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Around the districts: Crossabeg, Oulart, Murrintown, Over the Water, Rathangan- Cleariestown

Crossabeg: Condolences - We send our condolences to the family of the late William (Billy) Sweetman, Whitemill, New Line Road, Wexford (and formerly of Lambstown, Glynn) who died last week.

He is survived by his wife Phil, his sons and daughters, Michael, Marguerite, Cathy (Castlesow) Mary, Billy (Castlesow) and Roger, grandchildren, brother and sister, grandchildren, son and daughters-in-law and extended family members. His remains reposed at his daughter Cathy's residence in Castlesow on Tuesday, July 30, with removal to Clonard church on Wednesday, July 31, for Requiem Mass with burial afterwards to St Ibar's cemetery, Crosstown. RIP.

Church news

Prayer meeting every Wednesday at the parochial house in Crossabeg at 8 p.m. Adoration every Monday from 1 p.m. to 7.20 p.m with Mass at 7.30 p.m. Adoration then continues from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Confessions every Saturday evening at 6 p.m. A Holy Land Pilgrimage takes place from March17th to March 25, 2020 with four nights stay in Bethlehem and Nazareth. Contact O'Leary Travel Agency for further details.


Well done to Amy Forde, St Killian's AC who travelled to Santry on Saturday week last to compete in the National Senior Hammer competitions. She achieved a seasons best of 33.90m and finished in eighth place.


The annual patron in Ballymurn will take place on Sunday, August 18.

Aspire Dance Academy

Royal Academy of Dance Ballet classes for children aged three to 12 years and Zumba classes for children aged six to 15 years are now enrolling for September. Spaces are limited. Adult Pilates, Ballet, Zumba and Strong (HIT) classes running weekly throughout the summers, and drop-ins are welcome. For further information please call Philippa at 087 9295726 or email to contactaspirefitness@gmail.com.

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Family/Club Notices

Don't forget that if you want a mention in the Local Notes please contact Breda Jacob before 8 p.m. on Thursdays prior to publication. Phone or text 086 1686978. Email mickjacobjr@yahoo.co.uk. .

Michael De Lacy r.i.p.

The parish of Oulart lost one of its oldest and most respected native sons on Saturday, July 20, with the death of ninety-one year old Michael De Lacy, Oulart village. He is deeply mourned and will be sadly missed by his older brother Laurence (Lar), members of the extended De Lacy family, the McKenna, Cleary and Hyland families as well as by his neighbours, friends and the wider Oulart community. The De Lacy family played leading roles in the struggle for Irish independence, particularly in the Easter Rising 1916 and the Mise Éire monument in Oulart bears witness to that. Incidentally, the site for the Monument, which was generously donated by Michael and his brother Lar, is directly opposite the De Lacy homestead.

The late Mr De Lacy was a scholar and a gentleman and the proud wearer of the Fáinne and Pioneer Pin and is well remembered for the excellence of his spoken Irish as well as his deep knowledge and understanding of history. In former years he was a noted breeder of pedigree sheep and was always interested in horticulture and was ever-willing to share his expertise with others.

Though quiet and unassuming, Michael contributed greatly to the life of the community, was active in church affairs, being a Minister of the Word for many years and tending to the church garden while all the time supporting all local causes. He was laid to rest in Oulart Cemetery after funeral Mass in St Patrick's Church on Tuesday, July 23. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá anam uasal. I ndáiríre, ni bheidh a leithéid ann arís.

Active Retired

There was a good attendance at the recent AGM of Oulart Active Retirement group that was held in the local Community Centre. Best wishes are extended to five members who are recovering from illness and could not attend the AGM the following officers were elected: chairperson, Mary O'Grady; secretary, Hugh Coleman; treasurer, Bridie Nolan and committee members Margaret Doyle, Eileen Coleman and Derek Elliott.

A very enjoyable outing to the National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig took place on July 10. Lunch was had, followed by a leisurely walk around the park. Eleven members travelled and enjoyed a very relaxing day. The next outing is planned for Wednesday, August 7, when the group will travel to the New Ross area. Places to visit will include the Kennedy Homestead, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Ros Tapestry and a quick peep at the new bridge crossing the River Barrow, with lunch, and dinner in the evening before the journey home. For further information or to book please contact Mary O'Grady at 087 9361325 or Hugh Coleman at 087 6166647.

Mike Denver in Concert

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA will present the ever-popular Mike Denver in concert at the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey on Thursday, August 22. Doors will open at 7.30 p.m. and the concert will commence at 8.30 p.m. Tickets are priced at €20 and are available from players and committee and at the door on the night. This promises to be a superb event, not to be missed.

Heritage Week

Heritage Week will take place from August 17 to August 25, and with 2,000 events taking place throughout the country, there is undoubtedly an event for everyone. Three local walks have been organised for Heritage Week. Siúl Ladhrú (Laroo), linking the Unyoke to Blackwater Village will take place on August 17, 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. On August 24 a walk from the Unyoke to Oulart Hill will begin at 10 a.m. and take approximately 2.5 hours. On the following day, August 25 the Jean Kennedy Smith Walk, from Oulart Village to Oulart Hill will be held, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Community Centre

The interior of the community centre has undergone a facelift, having been recently painted. It was open for viewing after Masses on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st when many parishioners dropped in and enjoyed some refreshments while admiring the new colour scheme. The chairman of the community centre committee, Martin Dempsey made a presentation to long-serving and recently retired committee member, Hugh Coleman and thanked him for his year's of dedicated service from the earliest days of the centre up to the present time. The community centre is a vital amenity in Oulart and is there to be availed of and used. For information and booking please contact Theresa Sinnott secretary at 086 8227077 or Martin Dempsey chairman at 087 7940296.

Thank You

Joan Kavanagh wishes to thank everyone who supported her barbecue at Oulart Hill Bar in aid of the Cardiac Unit at Wexford Hospital. Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets and congratulations to the winners: Stephen Lawlor, Sancho Kehoe, Tiernan Troy, Kayleigh Travers, Mary O'Connor and Eva Troy. Thanks also to all who bought Burgers and Hot Dogs, not forgetting Paul Scallan and Caroline, who cooked to perfection. The amount raised, added to what had been raised through previous events, comes to €3,100. As Joan's aim is to raise 5,000 for much - needed equipment for the Cardiac Unit, she intends to hold further events in order to reach her target.

Underage GAA

Our under-13 hurlers recorded a three goals 15 points to one goal four points victory over Askamore in their last group match. The hurling quarter-finals (for this age-group) have been fixed provisionally for Tuesday, August 20, with the football quarter-finals due to be played on Tuesday, August 13. Venues and times to be confirmed. Our under-17 hurlers lost to Na Laochra (Bunclody and Ballygarrett combined) while our under-15 hurlers had a good win over Askamore and look forward to their away match versus Monageer-Boolavogue on August 15. Meanwhile, the under-nines and under-11s are having great fun playing blitzes in both codes.

Adult GAA Fixtures

This coming weekend promises to be extremely busy for players, club officials and supporters with our three adult teams in championship action. On Friday, August 9, our junior hurlers travel to Mayglass to play Kilmore at 7.30 p.m. The following day, Saturday, August 10, our intermediate hurlers will play Shelmaliers in St Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy at 3.30 p.m. On Sunday, August 11, Oulart-The Ballagh senior hurlers will play Shelmaliers in Wexford Park at 7.15 p.m. Best of luck to players and managements.


The under-sixes up to the under-12s are doing well in all their outings. The under-14s won one, drew one and lost one, and with two matches remaining, they hope to make the play-off. Our under-16, minor and junior players continue to train hard but have no local matches scheduled due to Inter-county fixtures. Oulart-The Ballagh senior camogie team are at home to Glynn-Barntown in championship on Monday, August 5, at 2 p.m.



Jordans Bar sold the lucky ticket again, this time to Ken Piper. Ken won €520. Draw takes place every Monday night at Murrintown bingo. Remember you must be in to win.

Community centre

BINGO - Mondays 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bus pick up at usual points: Ballycogley, Tenacre Pub, Bramble Park 7.30 p.m., Lakelands, Mayglass and Mulrankin. Town pickups: 7.10 Green Street opposite CBS through Kennedy Park by Lidl to Liam Mellows 7.15 p.m. Whiterock Hill 7.20 p.m. We are in urgent need of volunteers for bingo. Should you have some free time on a Monday evening and are willing to volunteer please contact the community centre at 053 9139328.

TAEKWON-DO - Mondays and Wednesdays 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Contact Pat O'Rourke - 053 9145773.

DANCEFIT - Tuesdays 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Contact Amanda Burke - 087 9713339.

YOGALATES - Thursdays 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Contact Sharon - 086 1943527.

Murrintown Community Centre also has facilities for squash, badminton, soccer, volleyball and basketball. The centre is also available for hire for children's birthday parties. For more information contact Murrintown Community Centre at 053 9139328; email murrintowncommunitycentre@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY CENTRE LIBRARY - opening hours Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 5.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Over the Water


Bridge Drama are holding auditions for 'Sharon's Grave,' by JB Keane in Castlebridge community centre on Wednesday, August 7, at 7.30 p.m. The play will be staged in Wexford Arts Centre from October 29 to November 2 as part of the Wexford Festival Opera Fringe events and will be directed by Brigid Scully. Sharon's Grave deals with man's ruthless lust for land. The setting is a small farmhouse in an isolated part of the southwest of Ireland, with a Kerry accent. The cast consists of seven men and four women. Contact the secretary Mairéad at 086 8693110 or email info@bridgedrama.com. Auditions for a possible circuit play will take place this evening, Tuesday, August 6, in Castlebridge community centre at 7.30 p.m. If interested please contact Trish Doyle at 087 4134950.

ICA Guild

Castlebridge ICA members will be in attendance at the Castlebridge Show on Sunday next, August 11, They would welcome new members and the existing members will be on hand at their stall with information about the association. Do drop in and see them. Guild meetings will resume on Monday, September 16, in Castlebridge community centre.

Castlebridge Show

Preparations are now advanced for the 79th Castlebridge Horticultural and Agricultural show. Another fun filled day is planned for all the family. There will be numerous classes so whether you are interested in baking, arts and crafts, growing vegetables/flowers, photography or flower arrangements, the children's section or the dog show, there is a class to suit everyone.

There will also be various stalls, a bottle stall run by the local Shelmalier GAA club, Mrs Oddsocks to entertain the children, a bric-à-brac stall by the Shelmalier Ladies' Football club, a pets corner by Blackwater Open farm, and slam the part people with popcorn and candy floss. A raffle will also take place and music during the day will be supplied by St Patrick's Fife and Drum band. Entires are being taken so why not check out the schedule on the website castlebridgeshow.com. You can email your entries to castlebridgeshow@gmail.com.

Coiste na nÓg

Shelmaliee Coiste na nÓg and St Ibar's camogie club will run the annual bottle stall at the Castlebridge Show on Sunday next, August 11, This is the 79th annual show and the bottle stall is one of the most popular and favourite stalls on the day. Please support by donating bottles or cans and give to your mentor at training as soon as possible. Your support is greatly appreciated and the more bottles the organisors have the better the stall.


Children from the local community are invited to go along and check out the playground in Hollymount. The playground received part funding from Wexford Leader programme and all children from the community are welcome to and indeed encouraged to use the facility. Thanks to all within the club who worked so hard to bring the project to completion. The club welcomes everyone to enjoy the new playground.

Notes for column

Send in those news items on meetings, special anniversaries, upcoming events to redcow2@eircom.net by Thursday evening of each week.

You can also text notes to 086 1980775.



If you have any news or information that you would like to submit in the weekly notes you can contact Rathangan Parish Hall at 051 563039 between 9.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. or leave a message. Also you can email your notice to rathanganhall@gmail.com. At the latest all notes must be received by 10 a.m. on Friday Morning.

Community lotto

There was no winner of last week's jackpot of €3,600. The winning numbers were 4, 13, 15 and 31. There was three match-three winners who each received €70, they were P & E Byrne, Thomas Callaghan, Tolik. The next lotto draw will be held on Tuesday, August 6, and the jackpot now stands at €3,800.


Last week's split-the-pot winner was Johnny Doyle winning €102. Next draw will take place on August 8 in Sammy's. Thank you for your support.

Thank You

Rathangan parish council would like to thank everyone who supported and helped with the Southeast Music Festival recently. The results of the raffle were as follows.

First prize 2nights B&B for two people in any of the Talbot Hotel Group. Winner Clodagh Redmond, Duncormick. Second prize two nights B&B and one evening meal for two people in Clayton Whites Hotel Wexford. Winner. Luke Doyle, Rathangan, Duncormick. Third prize 1night B&B for two people in the Red Cow Hotel Dublin. Winner Maria Canavan Enniscorthy. Fourth prize 1overnight stay for two people with dinner in the Maldron. Winner Paul Kenny Curracloe. Fifth prize one overnight stay for two people with dinner in the Coast Hotel. Winner.

Mary Scott Kilmore. Sixth prize dinner for two people and a bottle of wine in Kelly's Hotel Rosslare. Winner Ann Johnson Murrintown.

Patron Dates

Sunday, August 11, Rathangan Old cemetary at 11.30 a.m., Killag Monday, August 12, at 7 p.m. and Kilcowan at 8 p.m., Duncormick Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. and Ambroestown at 8 p.m., Rathangan Thursday, August 15, New Cemetary at 2 p.m.

Tidy Towns

Duncormick Area Action Group has once again entered this year's Tidy Town's Competition with judging from June-August. We are appealing to everyone to help us in obtaining better results this year and be proud of our village. We would also like to ask everyone to use the litter bins provided in the village.

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