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Around the districts: Blackwater, Crossabeg, Oulart & The Ballagh, Over the Water

Blackwater: Scoil Naomh Bríde - We are appealing for photos of official opening of school 50 years ago.

If we could borrow, we will take special care of them, scan and return to you. Also, any photos pertaining to the old schools in Ballyvaldon, Killahard and Blackwater. Please drop photos into school or contact us on 053-9127314.

Active Retirement

The Active Retirement AGM is on Tuesday, December 10, at 2.30 p.m. in the Lodge, election of officers, refreshments and music. All members are encouraged to attend.

The Christmas dinner is in the Lodge on Saturday, December 14; cost of meal (four course) €20. Please bring a spot prize to value of €5. Those interested in attending, please contact Kate on{087} 2840457 before December 4 please.

GAA notes

The underage AGM was held on recently in the clubrooms and a new chairman was elected to the board. Joe Cullen stepped down as chairman, having been on the top table for the past 8 years with Neil Murphy, The village, taking over his role. Joe thanked the all the people who helped him throughout his years and the underage section has been left in a healthy state. Neil Murphy incoming chairman hoped to continue on Joes success for the coming year List of roles for the coming season.

Chairman: Neil Murphy Vice Chairman: John Whelan Secretary: Michelle Curran Assistant Secretary: Karen O'Connor. Treasurer: Noleen Murphy Assistant Treasurer: Keith Barrett Children's Officer: Aidan Whelan Coaching Officer: Sean Salmon Co. Board Rep: John Whelan U17 Hurling & Football: Brian Curran, Joe Cullen, Keith Kavanagh. U15 Hurling & Football: Pad O'Connor, John Byrne, John Whelan. U13 Hurling & Football: Sean Salmon, Darren Byrne, Dean Whelan, Tomas Murphy, Pad O'Connor Jnr. U11 Hurling & Football: Martin Sinnott, Keith Barrett, Aidan Whelan. U9 Hurling & Football: Lar Lacey, Mag O'Leary, Owenie Lacey, Declan O'Leary, Brian Redmond. U7 Hurling & Football: Larry Kelly, Brian Curran. Nursery: Joe Walsh.

Like the Coiste na nOg, we now have a new adult club chairman, Owen Murphy after Sunday afternoons AGM in the newly refurbished community hall. Liam Buttle stepped down after 28 consecutive years at the top table, the last four as Chairman. He steps into the role as Assistant Chairman.

Owen Murphy follows in the steps of his grandfather, Jerry Murphy who was secretary in 1940 (he was involved with the short lived Island Rangers before this) while he also had stints as chairman for 3 years from 1955 to 1957 so 62 years later Owen now takes on the role. Club Treasurer Keith Barrett reported that the club is in a healthy state for the year going forward. We also have a new intermediate hurling manager, James Donoghue, from Inch. Best of luck to him with the team.

Tom Waits tribute night

On Saturday, December 7, come along to the Kilmuckridge Memorial Hall for a night of music celebrating the work of Tom Waits. As the date happens to coincide with his 70th birthday, many of his songs will be performed on the night, by a range of musicians, many local, some who are travelling to give their time for the night. Admission €7.50 and proceeds are in aid of St Francis Hospice. Doors open at 8.30 p.m. There will be a raffle on the night.

Any news?

Would everyone connected with groups, asssociation etc in the Blackwater Parish please consider putting up notifications in the local newspaper. We are one of the few parishes that dont keep everyone informed of events, results of draws, enrollments upcoming and important events.

All notices need to be sent via email to blackwaternotes@gmail.com on the Thursday evening by 9 p.m. before publication every Tuesday or if email is not available please call Clare at 086 8386242. Many of our parishioners are not on social media or email and rely on the paper to keep them up todate.


Christmas Coffee Day

All roads will lead to Kyle Forge on Saturday next, December 7, for the annual fundraising coffee morning which Annis Kehoe is once again undertaking. From the time you step into the Forge, there will be a roaring fire and you will be warmly greeted with a cup of tea or coffee and lovely cakes and buns.

This year Annis has again decided that all money raised will go towards the local Crossabeg-Ballymurn community centre development project at Garrywilliam.

During the event, there will be lots of tarts, buns, mince pies, Christmas cakes and puddings, jams, vegetables, firewood etc on sale, just in time for Christmas. A raffle will also take place, with lots of lovely prizes to be won. For further enquiries, you can contact Annis at 087 2426146.

Christmas party

The organising committee of the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish will be held in Ferrycarrig hotel this coming Sunday, December 8, The guests will sit down to dinner at 5.30 p.m. Grateful thanks to all who supported the fundraising ticket sales.

Annual collection

The annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal collection takes place in all churches around the diocese this coming weekend, December 7 and eight. Your support is as always much appreciated.

Managers needed

Crossabeg-Ballymurn Ladies' Gaelic FC are seeking candidates to look after their Junior B and under-16 teams. If you are interested, please contact crossabegballymurn.wexford@lgfa.ie or any member of the committee.

Annual general meeting

St Killian's AC will hold their annual general meeting in Crossabeg school this evening, Tuesday, December 3, at 8 p.m. The committee would love to see lots of parents in attendance and there will be a cuppa and refreshments on offer too. No one is obliged to take on a job but offers of help with admin or minding children at training would be most welcome.


We extend our condolences to the family of the late Margaret (Peg) Whelan (née Cullen), Crory Upper, Crossabeg, who died on Wednesday of last week, November 27 Beloved wife to Michael, and Mother to Michael, Brendan, Des, Caroline and Trish, and sister of Kathleen, Eileen, John, Thomas and the late Breda. She will be sadly missed by her husband, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, grandchildren, daughters-in-law Bridget and Olive, son-in-law Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends and neighbours. Her remains reposed at Mackens funeral home on Friday last with prayers at 8 p.m. Removal took place to Crossabeg church on Saturday for funeral Mass at midday. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.

Our condolences also to Joan (Berney, Saunderscourt, Crossabeg) on the death of her husband Richard (Richy) Kelly, Oak Tree Heights, Castlebridge and formerly of Garryvarren, Ballymurn, who died on Sunday, November 24, Husband to Joan, he was also father of Richard, stepfather to Nuala, Melanie and the late Sharon, brother of Dermot, Jackie, Caroline and the late Danny, PJ and Michael, he will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, sons-in-law, brothers-in - law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and extended family members His remains reposed at Mackens funeral home on Tuesday of last week with prayers on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Cremation took place privately at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin. May they rest in peace.

Oulart & The Ballagh


The sympathy of the community is extended to the immediate family, relatives and friends of the late Eliza-Ellen Prendergast, née Sutton, Ballybrega, Oulart, beloved wife of the late Aidan and sister of the late Paddy and Peter Sutton, who passed to her eternal reward on Friday, November 22. She is deeply mourned and will be sadly missed by her sons Laurence and Pat, daughters Bridget Brennan and Margaret Doyle, daughter-in-law Marie, sons-in-law Paul and Donal, sister-in-law Mary, seven grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. Eliza-Ellen was laid to rest in Oulart Cemetery after requiem Mass on Monday, November 25. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam dílis.

Another of Oulart's most esteemed residents, Stasia Finn (née Hartley), Kilcormac, Boolavogue, passed to her eternal reward on Wednesday, November 27, and was interred in Oulart Cemetery, after requiem Mass, in St Patrick's Church, on Saturday, November 30. Stasia was the beloved wife of the late Jim and loving mother to Helen, Edel, Aidan, Mary, Gerard and Paul. She is also mourned and will be sadly missed by her brothers and sisters, Fr Noel, Bill, Joan, Bridie, Margaret, Cathy, John and Martin, her grand-children, nieces, nephews, other relatives, neighbours and friends. She was pre-deceased by Sister Mary, Teresa, Paddy and Tom. Ar dheis láimh Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Christmas Choir

Oulart Parish has an enviable reputation for the excellence of its choir, especially at Christmastime. Once again, male and female singers are being sought to augment the loyal members who keep up the tradition of enhancing the Christmas Masses with their rendition of traditional carols.

Parishioners are being asked 'are you willing to give up an hour of your time for the next three Tuesdays (third. Tenth, December 17) to attend choir rehearsals for Christmas Eve Mass'? The rehearsals will be held in the well-heated St Mochua's Chapel 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration

From now on, the Eucharistic Adoration that takes place in St Mochua's Church on Tuesdays after morning Mass will conclude at the earlier time of 5 p.m. A new Rota is being arranged and volunteers will be notified.

First Responders

Oulart-The Ballagh CFR Unit would sincerely like to thank the organisers Joanne Dunne, Nicola Stamp and Yvonne O'Leary, who donated over €4,000 to our unit as a result of the Charity Bingo that was organised recently. This money will be put to great use for equipment and training.

The local CFR Unit is always looking for new volunteers. if you would like to get involved, please contact any member, or message our Facebook page.

Fundraising Success

Oulart-The Ballagh camogie club fundraiser 'Look Good-Feel Good' event that took place on Sunday, November 24, in the Riverside Park Hotel was a phenomenal success with a very big crowd in attendance. The camogie club committee would like to sincerely thank all the people who supported by buying tickets and all the people who showcased their wonderful products. The standard of the exhibits was outstanding and well done to our young entrepreneurs from TY who had great products on display too. A big thank you to the six people who did on - stage demonstrations which were greatly enjoyed. The camogie club is greatly indebted to all the sponsors for their continued and valued support, without which the success of the fundraising ventures would not be possible. Thank you and well done also to Ursula Jacob, who did a brilliant job as MC.

GAA lotto

The lotto draw takes place every two weeks. The prize fund is now €15,000. The winning numbers at the last draw were 1, 16, 22 and 31 and the bonus 11. The five €30 lucky-dip winners were Graham Whitmore, John Nolan, Molly and Liam Cooper, Pierce Redmond, and K Gahan. All money made from the lotto go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the club. We would encourage everyone to support the lotto and say a very big thank you to all the loyal lotto entrants who participate every two weeks.

Martin Storey Tournament

The finals of the Martin Storey Tournament will be held in Oulart on Sunday, December 8. Full details will be on our Facebook page.

Ministers of the Word

Readers at Masses in St Patrick's Church, Oulart are reminded to collect their Rota from the sacristy. The list till the end of the year is as follows: December 8 E Swords and M Prendergast, December 15 J Masterson and J Doyle, December 22 L Masterson and M Evers, December 25 B Jacob and N Mythen, December 29 N Doyle and M Whelan.

Oulart ICA

It was decided to bring forward the next meeting in Oulart Community Centre to December 9 at 7 p.m. and members were reminded that membership fees would be due at that meeting. The guild will hold its Christmas Lunch on Saturday, January 18, and members will do Kris Kindle at that event. Anne Byrne will represent the guild in the 'autumn Foliage' competition at the next Federation meeting. Most of the members signed up to attend the Wexford Federation Lunch on Sunday, February 9.


Scoil Mochua's split-the-pot organisers congratulate its latest winner-Thomas and Sadhbh Kenny-Murphy, who get €141. The next draw will take place on December 2. Entry envelopes are available from the school and from local businesses.

Ballagh Split-the-pot

Congratulations to our recent winner, Oonagh Cussen, who gets €101. Thank you for your continued support. It costs just €2 to play and envelopes can be found in all local businesses: Tim's Chipper, Caroline's Hairdressing, Bob's Bar, Lounge, Shop and Takeaway, The Sawdust, Barry Walsh's Car Servicing, The Unyoke Cafe, Dick Britton PVC Ltd., The Trading Post, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ballaghkeene NS

A massive thank you to everyone for supporting the Book Fair at Ballaghkeene National School, which raised €758 worth of books for the school. Your support is much appreciated.

Choir Practice for Christmas Eve Mass will begin on Monday, December 2, in the Ballagh Church from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. New members are always welcome to join the choir.

Oulart Bingo

Bingo continues in Oulart Community Centre on Sunday nights, commencing at 8 p.m. and usually concluding before 9.30 p.m. Local causes benefit from the proceeds each session. At the time of writing, the jackpot stands at €500-a sum of money well worth winning.

Over the Water

Annual Christmas party

The annual Christmas party for the senior citizens of the Screen/Curracloe area will take place in Hotel Curracloe this coming Sunday, December 8, You are invited to attend at 2.30 p.m for dinner which will be served up at 3 p.m. Following the dinner, all guests will be entertained by music and song. The organising committee look forward to seeing everyone there.

Development lotto

Results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, November 24, The numbers drawn were 2, 7, 10 and 15. There was no jackpot winner and one match-three winner, Phyllis McArdle, c/o Roadhouse, who won €150.


Congratulations to the winner of the recent Curracloe school split-the-pot draw Cathal Crowe, who won €139. 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 takes place on Wednesday, December 4.


Weekly winners of the partners 45 cards in Hotel Curracloe were Kathleen Lacey and Denis Kelly. Cards continue every Thursday night at 9 p.m. There is an open draw and all are welcome. You must have played six nights to qualify for the Christmas final which will be held on Thursday, December 19, at 8.30 p.m.

Camogie news

Well done to the St Ibar's/Shelmaliers Minor camogie team who won their semi-final against Craanford and have now secured their place in the final against Buffers Alley which will take place on Sunday, December 15, at 11 a.m. The venue is as yet to be decided.

Camogie Teen Disco

The next teen disco will take place on Friday, December 13, and tickets go on sale on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m till midday, then text sales at midday (Limit on tickets). Door sales five tickets per person/2 tickets per person via text. Contact 087 6983334 for further details.

News items

News items such as weddings, anniversaries, notices of meetings, sports results etc are most welcome. Email items to redcow2@eircom.net or text to 086 1980775 by Thursday evening of each week.

Wexford People