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Around the Districts: Crossabeg, Glynn-Barntown, Oulart, Over the Water

On Thursday morning of last week, a group of children from Crossabeg national school and members of the local community united to tackle the on-going problem of litter from passing traffic in their local community.

Green Flag committee members from third to sixth class, armed with gloves, litter pickers, high-visibility jackets and green refuse sacks managed to pick both sides of the road from the church to the top of the school. They were alarmed and amazed to have gathered a staggering eight bags of waste that was illegally dumped from passing traffic.

This cleaning initiative highlights the importance of never littering and inculcates a sense of duty and responsibility in the children to look after their local area. School principal Mr Philip Kennedy said 'Any hands-on exercise like this, shows the children how quickly litter can gather and also gives them a sense of pride and belonging to their wider community while developing a culture of disposing litter legitimately.' Mr Kennedy also thanked John Joe Sinnott for leading the initiative along with other members from the parish.

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.


We extend our condolences to the family of the late Patrick (Paddy) O'Sullivan, Kitestown, Crossabeg, who died on Wednesday, January 9, Paddy had not been in great health for some time. And his passing will be especially sorrowful for his wife Peggy, sons Richard and Mark and daughter Louise, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Paddy was for many years a well known Wildfire Ranger working at Wexford Sloblands and also on the River Slaney. His remains reposed at Mackens funeral home on Friday, January 11, with removal to Crossabeg church on Saturday for Requiem Mass at midday with burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.

We extend our condolences also to Michael Reardon and family, Killowen, Crossabeg, on the death of his Father, Matt Reardon, Ballyleary, Cobh, Co. Cork, who died on Friday, December 28, His funeral took place on Monday, December 31, RIP.


St Killian's juvenile groups indoor athletic training takes place at Crossabeg school. First to third class members train from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Monday evenings only. Fourth class and upwards train on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

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Musical evening

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.

Forever fit

The Active 50 PLUS is back in full swing on Tuesday mornings in Glynn Hall at the new time of 11 a.m. This is a gentle exercise class which includes a little dancing and music - it helps to improve balance, flexibility, joint mobility and more it's total gentle body workout, particularly suited to those who may not want a full aerobics class.

Dancing classes

Dancing classes re-commencing in Glynn Hall every Monday night at 8 p.m. Have a little fun and brush off those Christmas cobwebs at the same time.


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.


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.

Barntwon NS

Barntown National School is now taking enrolments for September 2019. Application forms can be accessed through the school website on barntownns.ie or contact the main office at 053 9120376.

Book launch

You are invited to attend the launch of Jim McGoverns Book - Stand up and Speak Out, Memoir of a Public Speaking and Debating Coach, by Enda Brady of Sky News, which takes place on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m., in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy.

Split the pot Barntown

This week's winner of split-the-pot is Neil Merrigan, who won €155. Well done to you Neil. 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.

Church news

Anniversary Masses: Should you wish to book an Anniversary Mass in Barntown, you are invited to ring Maura Rossiter at 053 9120830, who keeps records of the Masses in Barntown. For Masses in Glynn, please contact Fr John directly at 087 9598424 or if not available, please ring Alice the parish secretary at 053 9120853. In cases where more than one name is mentioned at a weekend Mass, please be advised, that week day Masses are offered individually for intentions.

Calendars: Last few 2019 calendars are for sale after all Masses in Barntown.


Hard luck to Presentation Wexford Senior camogie team who bowed out of the Leinster A championship with a semi-final defeat at the hands of Loreto Kilkenny-we wish Loreto Wexford the very best of luck as they now face the Kilkenny team in the final.

Coiste na Nog

Congratulations to our under-17 footballers who had a comfortable win over Taghmon-Camross recently in the Jim Byrne Cup.

Well done to Wexford CBS and to our own clubmen Conor Graydon, Darragh Carley, Michael Laffan, Paul Leonard, Josh Carley and Chris Flood, who won the South Leinster 'C' Senior Hurling Final last week.

Well done also to Mark Kavanagh, Patrick Berry and Liam Cooney and the St Peter's First year Hurling team who booked a place in the First year Leinster hurling final following a 19 point win over Kilkenny CBS last week.

GAA development draw

We'd like to thank all our sellers and supporters for their continued support with our very successful countywide draw. Just few weeks remain before the Prize Draw on February 16 so make sure you have purchased your ticket.

Senior Citizens party

The club is delighted to have hosted Glynn senior citizens 10th annual Party last week. Well done to Joe and all the fantastic helpers on another amazing job well done.


The Tennis Club will hold its AGM Wednesday, January 30, at 7.30 p.m. at the clubhouse in Killurin. Two committee members are stepping down and we need to grow our membership to ensure the future of our club. Your input would be most welcome and we encourage all ideas and participation, please come along and have your say to keep this great club active.

Members it's time to get back playing tennis - 'Turn up and Play' will take place every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from January 16 onwards. This is a casual arrangement whereby those who show up play each other for fun.

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.


Recent Death

The death has occurred in Brisbane, Australia of Bernadette (Bernie) McClean-Gazzard, sister of Breda Jacob, Oulartwick. She is mourned by her daughter Marie-Claire and son Kevin-Barry, grand-children Matteo and Allegra Boccalacci, son-in-law Luca, daughter-in-law Suzie, Bernie's partner Dick, her brothers Tommy, Jim, Tony and Kevin, her sisters Sheila, Kit, Eileen, Breda and Mary. Her brothers Michael, John and Paddy pre-deceased her. A nurse by profession, Bernie had only retired in 2018 and had been home visiting relatives in Co. Wexford on her annual holidays last August. She was laid to rest in Brisbane after Requiem Mass on January 15. A memorial Mass will be held in Boolavogue in early February. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam dílis.

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? Everyone - men, women and children, the fit and the not-so-fit-is encouraged to develop the habit of regular exercise. It costs nothing and the benefits are life-enhancing.

Oulart split-the-pot

Congratulations to the most recent winner of split-the-pot-Geraldine Wynn - who receives €142. The next draw will take place on January 21. Entry envelopes are available from the school and from local businesses.

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 Redmond's team have organised six weeks of 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.

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.

Mayoral Campaign

With only about six weeks to go, the GAA Mayoral Campaign is getting very exciting, with lots of entertaining events to look forward to. The final night of the Talent Competition will take place in the Sawdust Inn, The Ballagh on Saturday, January 26, beginning at 8.30 p.m. Featuring lots of wonderful talent from the parish, it promises to be a great night's entertainment. The five finalists representing Phil's Redmond's team are: The Murphy Sisters, Karen Sinnott, Cormac Finn, Phil Redmond and Kerri Wickham while Sponger's team consists of Laura Kelly, Rachel O'Leary, Eveleen O'Sullivan, Bartle Redmond and Seán Freeman.

Sponger's Events

Forthcoming events for Martin Sponger Fortunes Mayoral Campaign: Bingo in Bob's bar every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. 'Open Mic' night every Thursday in the Sawdust at 9 p.m. A cake sale/Coffee morning in Freemans, Ballynamonabeg,on Saturday, February 9, from 10 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. On February 21, a Dog Night in Enniscorthy with an All-Star Race starting at 8 p.m. with 10 Greyhound races on the card. Tickets are €10 each and children under-16 are free.

Phil's Campaign

Events for Phil Redmond's Mayoral Campaign are as follows: Sunday, January 27, Sunday, February 3, Sunday, February 10, Sunday, February 17, and Sunday, February 24, bingo in Oulart Community Centre at 8 p.m. A Breakfast Morning will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Sunday, February 3, from nine.am to 12.30 p.m. On Friday, February 15, 'Dancing with Declan and the Classic Outlaws' in Oulart Community Centre at 9 p.m. On Sunday, February 24, a five k and 10k Walk and Run starting at the Upper Complex at midday, with registration from 11.30 a.m. The Circuit Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday in the Ballagh Community Centre from 8 p.m. to 9.00 till Thursday, February 14.

Over the Water

Development lotto

results of Curracloe United Club lotto for Sunday, January 13, The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 10 and 24. Darragh Connor, Curracloe was the sole jackpot winner and won €2,000. There were four match-three winners who each received €40, Ann and George, Galbally ; Adam and Louise Howlin, Ballinablake, Curracloe and Mick Cullen, Johnstown, Castlebridge and T Murphy, Newfort, Screen.


Bridge Drama Group production of 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' by Neil Simon will open at the National Opera House at the end of 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 WWII 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 two, February 21, 22 and 23 and February 26 Tickets are priced at €15 each and are available at nationaloperahouse.ie or 053 9122144.

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.

Camogie club news

St Ibar's/Shelmalier camogie club 'Walk and Talk'. Why not join up with members of the club on Monday evenings from seven to 8 p.m for a social 'walk and talk' session followed by a cuppa in the clubhouse, All are most welcome. The next 6K run/walk will take place on Sunday, March 24, details to follow. A Valentine's Teen Disco will take place on Friday, February 15, Check out the clubs Facebook page for ticket sale details.

Curracloe school news

Congratulations to recent split-the-pot winner, Seán Keane - Carroll, who won €75.50. Envelopes are on sale in Curracloe village businesses, and the next draw takes place on Wednesday, January 23, Many thanks to all for the continued support. Bingo continues every Sunday in the school hall from 3.30 5 p.m.

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

Cards at Furlongs

Cards every Monday night at Furlongs Lounge, Curracloe at 9 p.m. Texasholdem first winner for the year was Tina Kelly. €1,000 in prizes to be won.

Castlebridge School enrolments

Castlebridge national school is now accepting enrolments for the 2019/2020 school year. If you require an enrolment form, please contact the school office at 053 9159442.

GAA news

Shelmalier GAA Club wish to congratulate Jimmy Carr, Castlebridge, on receiving a Seana Ghael award in the Ferrycarrig Hotel recently.

The under-13 and under-15 hurlers are looking forward to playing in the Leinster League which starts in February. The minors continue training for the Jim Byrne Cup. Work continues on the clubs new car parking facilities.

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