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Around the Districts: Blackwater, Crossabeg, Oulart, Over the Water

Blackwater: Church gate collection. There will be a church gate collection on March 16 and 17 in aid of Fighting Blindness. Anyone that has time to help could they please contact Brenda at 087 9256769 - any help would be greatly appreciated.

GAA Notes

Fixtures for the week: Bank Holiday Monday our under-17 hurlers start their campaign with a home game against Buffers Alley at 11 a.m. in our pitch.

Congratulations to Brian Curran, who received the club person of the year at the Wexford District awards recently.

The minor footballers started the year with a win recently against Ferns by 3-05 to 0-07 but only for our goalkeeper Ian O'Reilly, things could of been far different. He pulled off a number of wonderful saves throughout the match at crucial stages to keep us ahead. Ferns were first to register a score but Johnny made one of his maisy runs and finished brilliant to the net. A Ross point and then a free had us ahead but Ferns started to grow into the game and were just two points behind the break while also they missed a gilt goal chance after Ian had brilliantly saved. Scores for both teams were hard to come by with conditions awful with rain, wind and it was bitterly cold.

A tactical change at the break had an immediate impact as a high ball to Johnny O'Toole was flicked on expertly by him to the on rushing Adam Murphy and he made no mistake drilling low to corner net. Ross pushed us six in front but yet again Ferns to their credit refused to wilt and notched over three scores to bring it back to three with still 18 minutes left to go. Ian yet again pulled off a double save in the goal to deny a certain Ferns goal a minute later. We finally pushed the score back to six after some wonderful play, Johnny O'Toole soloed through and while the ball was on the ground he managed to brilliant pass to Ross, who couldn't miss tapping into the empty net. A Ross free and then two Ferns scores had it back to six but Jimmy Whelan tapped over a late point to make sure of victory. Next up is Kilrush at home next Sunday when the lads will be hoping for better conditions.

The intermediate hurlers secures a four point win in the second round of the Leinster League against Eire Óg from Kildare. They need a victory in their last game to qualify for the quarters.

There was no winner of the recent lotto: next jackpot €11,600. Numbers drawn were 8, 16, 23 and 28 and bonus 32. Lucky-dip winners Shane Wright, Karen O'Connor, Pat Murphy, Shea O'Brien, Margaret Byrne, and seller's prize Bride Gordon.

In history 25 years ago this week the GAA club held a American Tea Party in the Hydro for their fundraising efforts.

Fashion Show

A fund raising Fashion Show in aid of Crossabeg parish hall will be held in Hotel Curracloe on Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m. A great nights entertainment is guaranteed. Tickets will be on sale this week and cost €10. Children free. Your support would be much appreciated.



Well done to Jack Forde who travelled to Abbotstown on Sunday, March 3rd to take part in the U17 Leinster championships.

His first event was the High Jump which he won comfortably with a jump of 1.80m. The next event was the Shot Put where he was throwing a 5kg shot. He had a great win with a throw of 13.10m - a personal best of over 1 meter. Finally he competed in the Triple Jump and with a jump of 12.22m, he took the gold medal and broke the Leinster record.

Jack celebrated his 16th the next day, so 3 golds and a new record is a great comeback after a brief rest. Well done to his coaches Mick, Nicky and John on all their hard work.

Well done to Niall Sheil who also travelled to Abbottstown that same weekend to compete in the Leinster Masters Indoors on the Saturday. Under the guidance of coach Pavel, Niall had a great run to win the Over 40`s 1500m.

School Enrolments

Crossabeg national school is now taking applications for enrolments for September 2019. Please visit the schools website www.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.

Fashion Show

A fund raising Fashion Show in aid of Crossabeg parish hall will be held in Hotel Curracloe on Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m. A great nights entertainment is guaranteed.

Fashions from Benetton ladies and childrens; The Loft ladies fashions; Saria Boutique; Corcoran`s menswear and Dress hire; Charles Pierce mens fashions and shoes and Charleys Company ladies fashions and casual wear; and Barnardos all new wedding gowns,flower girls graduation gowns and First Communion dresses and accessories. Tickets will be on sale this week and cost €10. Children free. Your support would be much appreciated.

Items for column

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Community Text Alert

The AGM of Oulart Text Alert will take place on Wednesday, March 13, in the Legion of Mary Hall (situated just below, and on the same side as St Patrick's Church), in Oulart Village. A vacancy exists for chairperson of the group. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the AGM and to play a part in securing the safety and security of the residents of the area and their property. Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated.

Community Centre

The recent appeal for new people to join the committee of Oulart Community Centre elicited an extremely positive response that was very evident at the AGM last week. Tributes were paid to the outgoing officers and members for their dedication over many years and it was clear that all present were determined to continue the good work in the days and years ahead.

Following the minutes of the last AGM and adoption of the treasurer's report the election/appointment of officers took place. Parish priest, Fr Browne was appointed president. Martin 'Sport' Dempsey was installed as chairperson, with Aidan Finn appointed vice-chairperson. Theresa Sinnott is the new secretary and Margaret Gray is Assistant secretary. Audrey Tate continues as treasurer with Statia Dempsey as Assistant treasurer while Tina Rossiter and Fran Davis will take charge of the Shop. Breda Jacob continues as PRO Committee members include Martin Leacy, Tina McGraynor, Patrick Murphy, Scott Doyle, Margaret Leacy, Eddie O'Grady, Mairéad McAulliffe, Mary-Geraldine Buttle, Catherine Murphy, Maura Dunne, Peter Kennedy, Eddie O'Dowd, James Davis, Tom Sinnott, Bartle Sinnott and Tara Finn. (If anyone has been omitted inadvertently the record can be corrected next week).

Long-serving member, Hugh Coleman, who served in various capacities from the very beginning, retired from the committee but assured the members that he would always be available in an advisory role.

Scouts and Community Centre

Oulart Scout Group wishes to thank the community centre for accommodating their meetings and activities over the past few years and they want to make it clear that, despite rumours to the contrary, their decision to re-locate to Kilnamanagh Old School is based on the fact that the new venue is more suitable to their needs and they have been assured, that should they need to use Oulart Community Centre in the future, it will always be available to them.

Thank You

The organisers of the recent church gate collection in aid of the Oulart Christmas Lights would like to thank everyone who contributed. A total of €333 was realised.


The latest winner of Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot is Tom and Theresa Sinnott, who won €137. The next draw will be held on Monday, March 11. Entry envelopes are available from local businesses as well as from the school.

New Defibrillator

Thanks to the parents' association's fundraising efforts, Scoil Mochua now has a defibrillator. It has been installed at the front of the school and can be used by any member of the community if and when a need arises.

Road Safety Lights

After 12 years of campaigning by the school and the parents' association, Scoil Mochua has been granted Safety Lights on the road outside the school. With thanks to the parents/guardians, the parents' association can fund half the cost. Hopefully, this will mean that traffic will drive slowly outside the school. Road marking will be painted and the pavement beside the Garda Station will be in place in the coming months. Unfortunately, a pedestrian crossing between the car park and the school is not a possibility.

Cash for Clobber

Thank you to everyone who donated to the recent Used Clothes Collection at Scoil Mochua in which 1000 kg was collected. Míle buíochas to the parents' association members who organised the collection.

Get Well Wishes

Best wishes for a speedy return to full health to the people from the area who are sick at home or in hospital. For security reasons and to maintain their privacy, their names will not be published unless requested by themselves or their next-of-kin.

Don't forget that on the First Friday of every month, the Rosary will be recited in St Mochua's Church, at 7.30 p.m. for the intentions of the sick of the parish. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Family Notices

If you would like these Notes to include details of your family births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries and achievements etc. please supply the relevant details (no later than Thursday at 8 p.m.) by phone, text, email or written note to Breda Jacob (086 1686978) or email mickjacobjr@yahoo.co.uk.

There is no charge for including such items in the Local Notes. Items arriving too late for inclusion will be carried over to the next edition.

CFR Training

The Oulart-The Ballagh Unit of Community First Responders is live, seven nights a week and all day at weekends, assisting the National Ambulance Service, on a totally voluntary basis. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to contact Vickie (087 7780749) or Ger (086 1578484).

Mayoral Campaign

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Mayoral Campaign fundraising efforts have come to a close, with the winner to be announced on March 16 in Oulart Community Centre, beginning at 9 p.m. when Oulart Community Centre will be packed to capacity. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided and Bar facilities will be available. Music will be by Country Outlaws.

Congratulations to the candidates, Phil Redmond and Martin 'Sponger' Fortune and their teams who did trojan work throughout the campaign and raised vital funds towards the development and improvement of facilities which will be of lasting benefit to the local community, particularly our youth. The GAA club is very appreciative of the generous response of the people of the parish as well as marvellous support from people and businesses from outside the parish.

GAA/Camogie Registration

Parents/Guardians of underage GAA and camogie players are reminded that ALL players must be registered for training and playing matches and that the deadline to enter competitions and to register teams is fast approaching.

For further information and to register your son or daughter please contact Elizabeth Freeman (underage GAA) at 087 7560871or contact the camogie club at 087 9142899.

Rackard League

The primary schools in the parish are doing well in the schools' competitions and the combined schools are playing Rathnure tomorrow (Wednesday, March 13), in Round Two of Rackard League Hurling. That important match will be in Oulart at 2.30 p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

The parish schools' camogie team will be away to Marshalstown on today (Tuesday, March 12) at 2.15 p.m. Best of luck to all the teams and their mentors.


The boys from the Ballagh National School have qualified for the semi-finals of the Rackard League Mini-Sevens, to be played March 19 - 22nd. On their way to the semi-finals they defeated Bree, St Aidan's (Enniscorthy), Oulart and Monageer.

Secondary Schools camogie

Oulart-The Ballagh camogie players Miria O'Dowd, Siobhán Sinnott and Cora Redmond were prominent for Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy in the Junior 'B' all-Ireland semi-final against Clonakilty, recently. Among the substitutes were Sarah Walsh, Bronagh Kenny and Niamh Larkin-Cooney. Unfortunately, the team lost on a scoreline of one goal four points to five points.

Leinster Leagues

Oulart-The Ballagh under-13 and under-15 hurlers are participating in the Leinster Leagues and are getting lots of game time and have a few matches still to play. The senior camogie team have advanced to the semi-final stages of the Leinster League as well.

Over the Water

Curracloe school news

Fifth and sixth class pupils are at the 'making It work' stage of their Junior Entrepreneur Programme project. They are currently selling their 'joyful jars' at bargain prices. Anyone, who wishes to support their efforts, which have a great recycling focus, can contact the school at 053 9137283.

Recent split-the-pot winner was Orlaith Hearne, who won €84.50c. The next draw takes place on Wednesday, March 13.

Please contact the school at 053 9137283 for a registration form if your child is due to start school in September 2019. Bingo continues every Sunday from 3.30 5 p.m. in the school hall.


Weekly winners of the partners 45 in Hotel Curracloe were Fr Denis Kelly and Kathleen Lacey. Full house winner of the bingo was Chrissie Keane. Previous weeks cards winners were Pat Curran and Willie Cullen. Bingo winners were Joe Donohoe and Angie Fagan.

Development lotto

results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, March 3, The numbers drawn were 12, 14, 23 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and three match-three winners, who each received €100, Tom Rossiter, Screen; Luke Hearne, Ballina, Curracloe and Angela Cloney, c/o Cloneys supermarket. The weekly draw takes place every Sunday night at 9 p.m.

Camogie Club training

St Ibar's/Shelmalier camogie club registration for 2019 takes place this Wednesday, March 13, from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. in complex at Hollymount. The next 6K run and walk takes place on Sunday, March 24.

Training times for members as follows: Mondays 5.30-6.30 p.m (under-six/under-eight) 6.30-7.30 p.m (under-10) 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. (under-12) Training on Wednesdays for the following ages: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (under-14) 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (under-16). New members always welcome.

Fashion Show

A fundraising Fashion Show in aid of Crossabeg parish hall will be held in Hotel Curracloe on Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m. A great nights entertainment is guaranteed.

Fashions from Benetton ladies and children's; The Loft ladies fashions; Saria Boutique; Corcoran's menswear and Dress hire; Charles Pierce men's fashions and shoes and Charleys Company ladies fashions and casual wear; and Barnardos all new wedding gowns, flower girls graduation gowns and First Communion dresses and accessories. Tickets will be on sale this week and cost €10. Children free. Your support would be much appreciated.

Furlongs of Curracloe

Texasholdem winner last week was David Gray, Pool winner was Aidan Doyle. The final of the Pool tournament will take place on Saturday, March 30.

Items for Column

Send in your news items birthdays, wedding/special anniversaries, reports on meetings, gatherings etc to redcow2@eircom.net by Thursday evening of each week for inclusion in the people the following Tuesday. You can also text Anne at 086 1980775.

Wexford People