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Around the districts: Blackwater, Glynn-Barntown, Oulart, Over the Water


Bridget Sheeran knitting while Mary Smyth watches on at the opening of ‘Picking up the Threads: Remaking the Fabric of Care’, an exhibition of work by the Elephant Collective in Wexford Arts Centre

Bridget Sheeran knitting while Mary Smyth watches on at the opening of ‘Picking up the Threads: Remaking the Fabric of Care’, an exhibition of work by the Elephant Collective in Wexford Arts Centre

Bridget Sheeran knitting while Mary Smyth watches on at the opening of ‘Picking up the Threads: Remaking the Fabric of Care’, an exhibition of work by the Elephant Collective in Wexford Arts Centre

Blackwater: GAA Notes - Two new babies to the parish. Congratulations to Nigel and Sinéad Cullen on the birth of Mia and also congratulations to Eoin and Kerry Buttle on the birth of Annabel. A good corner back and a full forward for the camogie team in years to come.

2019 club membership is due. Player €150, player and partner €160, student €70, non-player €60 and non-player and partner €70.

Hard luck to Mossy Murphy, Pad O'Connor, Feidhlim Roche and Jake Nobbs, who lost out to St Kieran's College in the Leinster Colleges Quarter Final. They still have a chance of making of to a semi via a playoff. Pad scored 0-3 from play and 0-5 from frees.

We are still on the lookout for any old memorabilia in the parish? We would love to photograph any old medal especially one of the 1899 or 1901 Leinster or all-Ireland final medals, there must be one floating around the parish? The team in 1901 (played in 1903) was Pat Rath (Ballymurn), Michael O'Brien (Inch), Paddy Kinsella (Ballinagore), Mike Cummins (Ballymurn), John Whelan (Ballinagore), Sim Donohoe (Curracloe), Con Dempsey (Ballyvoodock), Pat Murphy (Garryvadden), Bernard Murphy (Ballyvaldon), Mogue O'Brien (Killeigh), Willie Creane (Oulart), James Furlong (Ballyvaldon), Aidan Dempsey (Ballyvoodock), Simon Kehoe (Guraun), Denis Corrigan (Knocknasillogue), John Corrigan (Ballyconnigar Upper), James Murphy (The Moate), John Shiel (Ballynaclash), John Sinnott (Crosstown native of Inch), and finally Michael O'Brien (Inch). You can contact 087 2074594 or email to pro.blackwater.wexford@gaa.ie.

Last week's question: 'What Blackwater player was honored on the team of the century in Warwickshire?' The answer was of course current Vice-president Mouge O'Leary, named on the team of the century in 2002, named at full forward, the only wexford player to be named. This week's question: who captained the 1975 county hurling final winning team?

Table quiz

There is a table quiz, in aid of the Wayside Players three Act Drama Circuit Production, on Friday, February 1, in the Blackwater Lodge Hotel, starting at 8.30 p.m. Teams of four cost €40 to enter. There will be Prizes and Spot Prizes.



Want to get into shape for 2019 and have fund at the same time? Get on down to the Badminton sessions, at Barntown Community Centre every Monday and Thursday evening from 7.30 p.m. All equipment provided. See you there.

Split the Pot Barntown

The split-the-pot winner this week is Erin Rossiter, Barntown, who picked up her lucky €150 winning ticket in the parish office. Congratulations, Erin. Envelopes available in Barntown Church, parish office, C & D Providers, O'Brien's Londis, Mary Jo's, Saucy Butcher, Clonard Laundry, Joyces Expert, Wexpartz and Barntown Community Centre. Many thanks for your continued support.


Bingo has commenced in Marty B's. Come on down any Thursday night at 8.30 p.m. and try your luck - we look forward to seeing you.


Just a reminder that whist continues in Glynn Hall on Wednesday nights from 8 p.m. See you there.

Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazzaar held in mid December in aid of Glynn Hall raised the grand total of €920. Thank you to everybody for you support, thank you for all your donations and of course thank you to anyone who helped in any way to make our day the success it was.


Well done to Presentation Wexford, who beat Mercy New Ross recently in their second play off game in Ferns COE on a score line of 3-9 To 3-7. They now take on Loreto Kilkenny next week in the Leinster A semi-final.

Senior GAA

COUNTYWIDE DRAW - The club is now selling the countywide draw tickets in the Glynn-Barntown area. We would appreciate everybody's support in the final leg of our very successful fundraiser.

CLUB LOTTO - Numbers drawn on Wednesday, January 9: 7, 11, 14, 23. There was no jackpot winner. Seven match-three winners - Eoin Crosbie, Dan Redmond, Anthony Whelan, Alan Cowman, Clem and Brideen Doyle, James White and Clíona Connolly. Our next draw is on January 23 in Declan's. Thanks to all for your continued support. Jackpot now stands at €6,600.

Ladies GFC

Glynn-Barntown Ladies' Gaelic Football Club presents a Musical Evening in Barntown Church on Friday, January 25, at 8 p.m. Featuring local talent and special guest artists with MC George Lawlor it promises to be a great night. Admission €5. Spot prizes and refreshments on the night. Please support.


Glynn-Barntown GAA, Coiste and camogie clubs extend deepest condolences to the Kearney family at the sad passing of Kate. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Glynn-Barntown GAA, Coiste ns nÓg, camogie and Ladies' Football Clubs extend deepest sympathies to the Dempsey family at the sad passing of Tom's sister Majella Murphy. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dílis.

Notes deadline

Notices for Glynn-Barntown area should be sent by midday every Friday for publication the following Tuesday. Please phone or text Hillary at 087 2028065 or email hillaryobrien@eircom.net.



Heartfelt sympathy to the family of the late Ann Parle, Toberlamina, who died on January 5 and was buried in Blackwater, after Requiem Mass on January 8. Her husband Jack, son John and brothers Seán T and John L predeceased her. She is mourned by her sons William and Michael and daughter Margaret, brothers Peadar and Laurence, sisters Bridget and Brenda and their families, son-in-law John and daughters-in-law Janice and Lisa-Ann and five grand-children. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam dílis.

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.

Operation Transformation

After the success of the inaugural 'Ireland Lights Up' initiative last year the GAA is delighted to be once again teaming up with RTÉ's Operation Transformation and Get Ireland Walking to make exercise more accessible on dark winter evenings. Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club will participate again this year. Everyone is welcome at the club Walking Track on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, January 15. A register of participants will be taken each evening. Remember the fun we had last year, walking off the Christmas excess, catching up with neighbours and improving our fitness at the same time.


Congratulations to the most recent winner of split-the-pot-Carter Tohill - who receives €250. The next draw will take place on January 14. Entry envelopes are available from the school and from local businesses.

Christmas Lights

A meeting will be held in Marty's Bar on Wednesday, January 16, to determine the future of the Christmas Lights in Oulart Village as more help and support is needed to secure their existence. Please attend the meeting, because if a committee is not formed the lights will not be continued in future years.

Commit to be Fit

As the 'Race to be Mayor' hots up, the organisers are being most creative, coming up with very interesting ideas. Phil Redmonds team have organised Circuit Training, for all levels of fitness, in the Ballagh Community Centre, on Mondays and Thursdays, starting on Monday, January 7, The cost is €5 per night or 12 classes for €50.

Talent Competition

Martin 'Sponger' Fortune's team held a very entertaining Talent Competition in Marty's Bar, Oulart on January 12. The winners of that Talent Competition as well as the five winners from Phil's qualifying round will go forward to the Grand Final that will be held in the Sawdust Pub on Saturday, January 26, at 9.30 p.m.

Mayoral dates

Bingo in the Ballagh on Saturday, January 19, at 7.30 p.m. Bingo in Oulart at 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, and on February 10 and 24. Phil's team will hold a Breakfast Morning in Oulart Community Centre on Sunday, February 3. There will be dancing with Declan and the Classic Outlaws on February 15, in Oulart Community Centre. Sponger will hold a Dog Night in Enniscorthy featuring an All Star Race on February 21. Details to follow soon.

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Underage GAA

A registration night for Underage GAA and camogie players will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. For information please contact Elizabeth Freeman at 087 7560871.


Friday night, December 21, was a great night of celebration in Oulart Community Centre when Wexford senior hurling manager, Davy Fitzgerald presented championship medals to our all-conquering under-13 hurlers and runner-up medals to our under-17 players

. It was a nostalgic return trip to Oulart-The Ballagh for Davy, who as a 14-year-old goal-keeper had stayed in Sinnotts of Ballinerode during the Féile na nGael festival of hurling. The club is extremely grateful to Davy for taking time out from his busy schedule to attend the function. Thank you also to everyone who helped to make the night such a memorable success.

Over the Water


Bridge Drama Group production of 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' by Neil Simon will open at the National Opera House this January. This heart-warming comedy/drama is the group's Amateur Drama Circuit of Ireland's entry for 2019 and is directed by Pat Whelan.

Set in 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, the play centres round Eugene Jerome and his family, as they fight the hard times and sometimes each other with laughter, tears and love. As WWll looms, Eugene guides us through a series of observations that shows his family meeting life's challenges with pride, spirit and a marvellous sense of humour.

The show runs on January 31, February 1 and 2, February 21, 22 and 23 and February 26. Tickets are priced at €15 each and are available at nationaloperahouse.ie or 053 9122144.

Development lotto

results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, January 6, The numbers drawn were 5, 9, 11 and 20. The lucky jackpot winner of €11,250 was John Doyle, Ballyvaloo and the ticket seller was Cloneys supermarket, Curracloe. There were three match-three winners, who received €50 each, Anne Carthy, Yellow Road; Bones Curracloe and Mag Murphy, c/o Christine Keane.

Camogie Club news

St Ibar's/Shelmalier camogie club would like to invite anyone who is interested in being involved in any of their teams from under-six up to senior level to please obtain and fill out the club Expression of Interest form which is available from Mag Murphy, club secretary at 087 7834145. Forms must be returned no later than Friday, January 18.

Vintage News

The annual general meeting of the Over the Water Vintage Club will be held in the club room, Ballymurn hall, on Wednesday, January 23, at 8.30 p.m. Existing members and intending new members are invited to attend.

Curracloe school news

Congratulations to recent split-the-pot winner, Callum Connick, who won €98.50. Envelopes are on sale again in the local business in Curracloe, €2 per envelope.

Bingo has resumed in the school hall and takes place every Sunday from 3.30 5 p.m. All are welcome, so why not go along and have some fun.

The Curracloe 5K Fun Run/Walk takes place on Sunday, February 24, at midday. Registration takes place from 10.30 a.m at the school. Donations gratefully accepted on the day, and all funds raised go to Curracloe national school.

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