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Around the districts: Ballymurn, Crossabeg, Oulart, Over the Water


John Harpur, Eileen Furlong, Eamon Furlong and Jim Ffrench at Bannow Historical Society’s talk on the history of Carrig-on-Bannow by Brendan Hayes in Colfers Pub

John Harpur, Eileen Furlong, Eamon Furlong and Jim Ffrench at Bannow Historical Society’s talk on the history of Carrig-on-Bannow by Brendan Hayes in Colfers Pub

John Harpur, Eileen Furlong, Eamon Furlong and Jim Ffrench at Bannow Historical Society’s talk on the history of Carrig-on-Bannow by Brendan Hayes in Colfers Pub

Ballymurn: GAA Club lotto results - Numbers: 9, 20, 23, and 28. No winner. Match 3s Matty Sludds. Next jackpot €10,000.

Heritage Group

Ballymurn Heritage group will hold their AGM on Thursday, February 6, at 7 p.m. n in Ballymurn Hall. New members always welcome.

Knitter Knatters

Ballymurn Knitter Knatters meet every Wednesday morning in the club room of Ballymurn Hall.

Dates for your diary

St Blaise's Day third Febuary. Confirmation March 3. First Communion May 16. Coffee morning in aid of Birch View CWCW will be held in March. More details to follow.

Ballymurn Youth Club

Ballymurn Youth Club meet every Friday night in Ballymurn Hall at 8 p.m.


Table quiz

Crossabeg national school parents' association are holding a table quiz on Friday next, February 7, at 8 p.m in Foleys pub. Entry fee is €40 for a table of four persons. There will also be a raffle on the night with many great prizes. Your support would be much appreciated.


Crossabeg national school is now taking applications for enrolments for September 2020. Please visit the schools website crossabegns.ie to download an enrolment form or visit the school between the hours of 9 a.m and 3 p.m to collect a form. Crossabeg national school is a mixed rural school 8km outside of Wexford town. The school boasts a new building and excellent facilities with 11 teachers in total.

Road Race

Massive credit has to go to Bobby Redmond and his team for the fantastic work they put in for their annual Tara Bishop 5k Memorial Run held recently. The run is going from strength to strength with 419 entries this year. It is really well supported by the local community with the proceeds going to Temple Street hospital and Ballymurn school and it was great to see so many St Killian's athletes competing in the event.

Niall Sheil capped off a great January with another win but had to work hard with a scorching early pace set by St Senan's athletic club athlete Conor Rochford. Niall was up for the challenge and finished in a course record time of 15min 48sec with Conor taking second in 16min 31sec and Slaney Olympic's Darragh Cloake taking third in a time of 17min 09sec.

Brian O'Shaughnessy (St Killian's) finished in 12th place in a time of 18min 16sec with John Egan hot on his heels to take 16th in 18min 50sec. Chris McCathy, fresh from his cross country exploits was home in just over 19 minutes to take 20th place with our juvenile superstar, Emma McCarthy showing her class to finish in a superb 31st place and fourth lady overall. Keelin Doyle finished in 206th place with Amelia Kavanagh being expertly guided by Gail to finish in 328th and 329th position with Jack and Joel Warren not far behind to take 368th and 369th.

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The sympathy of the community is extended to Pam Rossiter and family (Mark, Keith and David), Oulartwick on the death of her mother, Mrs Bridie Courtney, Ross Road, Enniscorthy, who passed to her eternal reward on Friday, January 24, at St John's Hospital, in her 98th year. She will be sadly missed by her sons Tony and Oliver, her daughters Marion, Phil, Pam, grand-children, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Sincere condolences also to Jim Murphy (Dranagh, Boolavogue) and his daughters Jamie and Sarah on the sad passing of wife and mother, Ann (née Blackburn) on Sunday, January 26. She is also mourned and will be sadly missed by her sister Margaret Breen, her brother Liam, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Her funeral Mass was held in St Patrick's Church, Oulart on Tuesday the 28th with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam.

Oulart Garda Station

There is great disquiet in the local area, with the recent disclosure that Garda Darin Sane, who mans the local garda Station is leaving to take up a post in Rosslare and may not be replaced, leaving a vast area of rural Co. Wexford, from Oylegate to the coast, without a garda presence.

While we wish Garda Sane the best of luck in his new post and thank him for his help and efficiency while in Oulart, we deplore the down-grading of the area and call on local people to make their feelings known to the powers - that - be and especially to the candidates in the forthcoming general election.

Isn't the Oulart area as important as Stepaside? While Oulart had only a skeleton service, it was reassuring to the locals and a definite deterrent to the criminal fraternity. So we should demand the continuation of that service and the appointment of a garda dedicated to needs of the area.

Local Notes

If you want coverage of your organisation, club or family's important occasions or successes please contact your Local Correspondent, Breda Jacob by phone, text (086 1686978) or email mickjacobjr@yahoo.co.uk no later than 8 p.m. on Thursday prior to publication.

Primary School enrolment

Enrolment forms for pupils starting school in Oulart, in September2020 are available from the school office from 8.40 a.m. to 2.40 p.m. It would be greatly appreciated if you would encourage parents/guardians of pupils due to start in September, to register as soon as possible.

Wellbeing Flag

Congratulations to pupils and staff at Scoil Mochua on being awarded a Wellbeing Flag by the HSE for all the work being done in relation to the promotion of wellbeing in the school. It is envisaged that an award ceremony will be held before the February mid-term break.

Thank you to Miss Griffin, the Wellbeing Committee, all the pupils and staff for their enthusiasm and dedication.

Children helping children

Thank you to all who contributed to the 'Christmas Jumper, Own Clothes' Day that was held in Scoil Mochua before Christmas. €268.60 was raised and presented to the Paediatric Unit of Wexford General Hospital. The funds will be used to purchase toiletries and pyjamas for children who are admitted to hospital in an emergency.

Parents' Association News

Scoil Mochua parents' association says thanks to all who purchased 'Greetings from Oulart' Christmas Cards that raised €481.80 for the benefit of the school. Thanks also to Richie Buttle of Pro.

Photo and Magic Mirror for his donation to the school of €105 that was generated from the junior infants photos. Special thanks also to John-Joe and Aisling Hyland from donating all sales from their Christmas Trees to the school. Scoil Mochua split-the-pot continues weekly and your support is greatly appreciated.

Oulart Crafters

A group of local people, interested in traditional crafts, meet every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Snug, in Marty's Bar, Oulart. All craft workers are welcome to attend. Contact Teresa Lee at 086 3957896 for further information.

Eucharistic Adoration

The Eucharistic Adoration in St Mochua's Chapel, Oulart will continue each Tuesday from 9.30 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Get well wishes

Best wishes for a speedy return to full health to all Oulart residents who are sick or recovering from treatment at home or in hospital.

For privacy and security reasons names of the sick will not be published in these Local Notes unless requested by themselves or their family. Nevertheless, be assured that they are remembered in our prayers.

Operation Transformation

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club, through its Healthy Club Officer, Breda Flood has signed up, once again for the RTÉ Operation Transformation 'Ireland Lights Up' that was so successful in 2019. Beginning on Monday, January 13, and continuing till February 24, the lights at the Upper Pitch will be on Monday nights from 7 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. to enable walkers/runners to participate. People are asked to sign-in so that the numbers taking part can be recorded.

Baptisms in the Parish

Oulart and Ballaghkeene Baptism dates for 2020 have been published and will take place on Saturdays at midday or 4 p.m. Three weeks' notice is required. Application forms are available from P Lacey for the Ballagh (086 3030492) and M Davis for Oulart, Tuesdays 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., phone 053 9136139.

Bingo in Oulart Community Centre

Bingo is held in Oulart Community Centre every Sunday night, beginning at 8 p.m. Books are €10 with valuable cash prizes. The jackpot now stands at more than €400. We would ask as many people as possible to support the bingo because not only does it act as a fundraiser, it is also a great way of making and meeting friends and parishioners for a chat.

GAA and camogie registration

There will be a Club Registration night on Tuesday, February 4, from 8.15 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in Oulart Community Centre. All players and intending club members of the GAA Club and camogie club are invited to come and register on the night. If you have any queries please call Liz Freeman at 087 7560871.

Over the Water

Fitz Nuts

Couch to 5k programme continues every Tuesday night at Hollymount, with Operation Transformation also taking place at 7 p.m to help anyone wanting to lose weight, get fit and active. There are weekly fitness plans, nutrition advice, measurement in private and group sessions. Why not kick start 2020 and head on over to the Shelmaliers GAA Club.

Development lotto

results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, January 26, The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 14 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and one match-three winner, Nicky Doyle, Begerin, who received €150.


Weekly winners of the partners 45 in Hotel Curracloe were Donal O'Leary and Willie Cullen. Cards continue every Thursday night at 9 p.m and all are welcome.


Congratulations to the recent winner in the Curracloe school split-the-pot draw, Mossy Hall, who won €99.50c. Envelopes are on sale in all the local Curracloe businesses as well as the school for €2 for one draw, six draws for €10 or 12 draws for €20. The next draw will take place on Wednesday, February 5.


Curracloe national school are now accepting enrolments for the 2020/2021 school year. Please contact the school secretary at 053 9137283 for a registration form, or download a form from the school website curracloens.ie.

Community Development meeting

The annual general meeting of the Castlebridge Community Development Co-Op will be held on Monday, February 17, at 8 p.m in Castlebridge community centre. All are most welcome. The AGM is an opportunity for anyone in the Castlebridge community to go along and find out what the Co-Op does and how you can get involved in making positive changes that benefit the whole community. If you would like further information before the meeting please email castlebridgecommunity@gmail.com or message Castlebridge community garden on Facebook.

Items welcome

News items such as details on meetings, births, sports, engagements, etc are most welcome. Items must be submitted by Thursday night for inclusion in the paper, which comes out on the following Tuesday. Send items to redcow2@eircom.net or text to 086 1980775.

Wexford People