Around the districts: Askamore and Kilmuckridge


Around the districts: Askamore and Kilmuckridge

Amy Cowman at her Confirmation in St.Brigid’s church, Askamore, with her parents Brian and Mary, sister Aoife and brother Eoin
Amy Cowman at her Confirmation in St.Brigid’s church, Askamore, with her parents Brian and Mary, sister Aoife and brother Eoin

Askamore – Split-the-pot: Friday, April 5, winner of split-the-pot is Patricia Murphy, Drummond – winning €144. We thank everyone for supporting split-the-pot. Envelopes can be obtained from the School or any parent and from Ashling Walsh after weekend Mass in Askamore Church. Draws will take place every Friday morning in Ballyellis School.

Ballyellis NS Enrolment

Enrolment forms are now available for those wishing to enrol in September 2019. If you know of anyone wishing to have a child enrolled in Ballyellis please inform them that these forms are now available. Please contact the office at 053 9426159 or email the school at [email protected] if you wish to have an enrolment.

National Spring Clean

Askamore and surrounding areas are taking part in the National Spring Clean, organised by the Environment Section Wexford Co. Coucil. Last weekend a great number of locals got out and put in a major joint effort to clean up rubbish from the roadsides and hedgerows. We would encourage everyone, even if it was not possible to take part in the clean-up, to pick up any rubbish they may come across and it can be bagged and left at the community centre for collection.

Help keep your area litter-free. There will be two inspections of all areas by inspectors at some time in April.

North Wexford 2k Clean

Askamore Community have entered the Nt. Wex. 2k clean 2019. This is an ongoing area clean-up which encourages residents of these areas and those passing through, to keep them litter-free. In 2018, Gorey Municipal District, awarded Askamore Community Council with a Gold Standard Award, the top award, for the tremendous work done in the designated areas. Signs are already in place in the eight areas selected for this year, so please help us achieve another top award for 2019. If you see anyone littering in any area, please report it to Wex.Co.Co. Illegal Dumping.

Many thanks to Wexcoco for their prompt response to the report of illegal dumping on the main Carnew/Gorey Road They have informed us that a fine has been issued to the person concerned.

Le Chéile Park

We would love to welcome new members to get involved in the vegetable and fruit planting in the park this spring so if you would like to come along, please do. No knowledge of gardening needed. Ph. Jackie 086 2329865.


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Askamore on Tour

We are unable to go ahead with the planned tour for April 27, as some of the venues we were hoping to visit will not be open. We are now looking at a date in mid-May and hope these tours will run monthly till autumn.

Finches Fitness

Pilates classes in Askamore at 8.45 a.m. every Wednesday followed by fitness classes at 10 a.m. and Fit for Anything group 11.15-12.15. Contact Declan at 086 8468165.

Rural Transport

The Local Link is a vital service to Gorey for people in the area. Bus runs twice weekly. Local Link accepts Free Travel Pass. Arrangements can be made to collect people from their own door or at designated points along the route. The bus driver is happy to drop everyone home and help carry their shopping to their front door. Bus leaves Askamore Church car park Tuesday at 9.30 a.m. approximately arriving in Gorey 10 a.m. Bus departs Gorey at12.30. Bus Departs on Saturday at 9.45 a.m. €3 each way if not eligible for free pass. Plenty of time to shop, meet friends and have a coffee.

Contact Stacy at 087 9922481 or Willie 087 2449167 for details.

Kilrush-Askamore GAA

Lotto – The latest lotto jackpot wasn’t won. The numbers drawn were 1, 15, 26 and 31. Jim Nolan, John Byrne, Peter Kavanagh and Ger Kinsella won the Lucky Dips. Margaret Owens won the Sellers’ Prize. The next draw is in Dunbar’s, Ferns, on Tuesday, April 16, and the jackpot is now €3,900. €2 tickets are available from players and members.

Text Service

If anyone would like to receive text notifications of adult matches, please contact Tomás Kenny at 085 7299578 to be added to the Supporters Group. There’s no charge for this service.

Kilrush Drama Group

Kilrush Drama Group made history last week when they succeeded in qualifying for the all-Ireland Open Drama Finals in Athlone with their production of the Steward of Christendom by Sebastian Barry. The latest results last weekend pushed them over the line, with a win in New Ross Drama Festival and a second in Holycross Festival. Michael Dunbar also won Best Actor in both festivals and Mick Byrne won Best Director in New Ross, and the group also wone Best Costumes and Best Set in New Ross. Congratulations to all concerned.

The draw took place on Sunday in Athlone for what night Kilrush will be performing in Athlone. The all-Ireland will take place from May 2 – 11th. Watch this space and Kilrush Drama Group Facebook page for details of when they will have their pre-all-Ireland performance in Carnew.

Carnew NS split-the-pot

The winner of last week’s split-the-pot was won by Bill Brennan, who won €210.Congratulations. Also to Peg Cahill, who won the Mothers’ Day Hamper.

The seller’s prize was won by Finnán Kinsella, who won a €10 voucher for Victors and the lucky-dip winner was Kathleen Molloy. Thanks for your support.


Coffee morning

Joan and Friends are having a coffee morning in the Crosses Kilmuckridge next Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. midday, tickets €3. Door prize/raffle. There will also be a bric-à-brac sale on the morning. Proceeds to Wexford Cardiology Unit. For more information phone Joan at 087 9019027.

Little Acorns

Little Acorns Playschool is having its Easter Workshop (for aged four to 10 years) as follows. Week 1: April 15 to April 18. Week 2: April 23 to April 26. Time: 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Cost: €6 per day (bring a snack). Now taking bookings. Call 053 9130393.

Little Acorns Playschool is now enrolling for September 2019. Enrolment forms available from Kilmuckridge Family Resource Centre. For more information phone 053 9130393.

Ploughing Champion

Team Ireland has once again landed top spots as the 36th European Ploughing Championship took place on March 30 and 31 in Springpark Ballinaboola. Thousands of people were in attendance in a major boost for the economy of County Wexford. Dan Donnelly Kilnew represented Ireland and Dan took first place in the reversible class.

Thirteen countries were represented these included Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, france, Germany, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland and Wales. Ploughmen and plough women competed in a number of categories.

All the top brass of the National Ploughing Association were in attendance and they congratulated Dan on his tremendous success. In addition another Wexford man Martin Kehoe took first place in the Conventional class this year. Ireland last hosted the European ploughing Championships in 2011 and is set to hold the World Ploughing in 2021.

Free Computer Classes

Coláiste an Átha students from the Transition Year group are offering six hours of free computer classes to members of the community. You can either bring your own device or use the schools PC Our skilled TY students will help you get started with computers or develop your skills further. Refreshments are provided.

Our students would love to see you if you are interested please contact Carmel Maguire at 087 9238092. The last date is Tuesday, April 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Yoga with Michelle continues at the Upton Court Hotel on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Contact 087 9813950, [email protected]

Bridge Club

Come play bridge in Seán Óg’s Kilmuckridge Bridge Club at the Upton Court Hotel on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. No partner needed as we operate a joker system. We also play on Monday nights at 7 p.m., partner required.

Results for Monday, April 1 – first: Mary Murphy and Mary Mulrennan. Results for Thursday, April 4 – first: Jo and Podge Ussher. Second: Mona Moynihan and Mary Donohue.

Buffers Alley GAA

UPCOMING FIXTURES – Our under-13 boys play their first football game tonight Tuesday, April 9, at 6.30 p.m. in Blackwater. On Thursday night 11th, it’s a game for our under-15 footballers v Kilrush at home in Monamolin at 6.30. On the adult side, our intermediate men play Taghmon-Camross in Hollymount on Saturday the 13th at 2 p.m. with our junior men out on Sunday the 14th v Glynn-Barntown in St. Patrick’s Park at 3.30.

NEW GPO – Everyone in Buffers Alley is looking forward to the arrival of our new GPO, Neil McCrea. Neil, a graduate of the Sports Science Dept. in LIT, will be shared between Buffers Alley and Oulart-The Ballagh. He will assist and work alongside those involved in our club and schools promoting and coaching GAA to our young players. Neil takes up his new role in Buffers Alley week beginning Monday, April 21, which coincides with our Easter Camp.

UNDERAGE COACHING – U5 and U7 Hurling and Football coaching has re-commenced and takes place on Saturdays at. 10 a.m. in Buffers Alley. Looking forward to welcoming everyone back and a special welcome to new families. For any additional Len Hall. Now that the dark, wet and cold days are disappearing, our Nursery coaches are also busy preparing to get the ball rolling again. Saturday, April 27, is a date to mark on the calendar when our Nursery for boys and girls (4-6 years) swings into action – more details in the coming weeks.

EASTER GAA FUN CAMP – The Easter holidays are just around the corner with two weeks off school. There is no need to get bored as Buffers Alley has something special to offer to our young boys and girls. Our team of coaches are busy preparing for an action packed three-day Easter GAA Camp at our club premises in Buffers Alley. The camp will run from Tuesday, April 23, to Thursday, April 25 (inclusive) from 10.30 to 2.30 daily. Don’t worry if the sun doesn’t shine, as we have a fantastic indoor arena to cater for large groups.

This is a great opportunity to come along to have fun, make friends and enjoy the many activities that these coaches have lined up for our young folk. The chairman of Coiste na nÓg has informed us that he will bring along a couple of surprise well-known Wexford hurlers on the Wednesday to sign autographs, present goodies, etc. Participants must have celebrated their seventh birthday before the camp commences and be under-13. It is important that all boys and girls partaking are current members of the club.

To sign up for the camp, all are welcome to come along on Wednesday, April 10, to Buffers Alley from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. This camp, our first Easter one, promises to be one of the best.

MODEL COUNTY TICKETS – Buffers Alley/Wexford GAA Model Co tickets are now in circulation – this is a great opportunity for all families to win very attractive prizes including cars, vouchers, cash prizes, to name but a few – in total there are 50 prizes for each of the three monthly draws. Over the past number of years Buffers Alley members have been extremely lucky and were in the winners’ enclosure on many occasions. Tickets cost €50 for the three draws which will take place on May 1; May 29 and June 26. Tickets are available from club members or from the Co-Ordinator, Michael Sinnott (Kilmuckridge). This club is beneficial to our area as a high percentage of sales are retained by our club.

Walking/Running Group

An open social walking/running group has commenced in Kilmuckridge. Meets will take place at new time of 8 p.m. each Monday to Friday evening starting at St Joseph’s NS for anyone who wishes to take part. Anyone interested can join the informational What’s App Group by contacting Yvonne O’Sullivan at 087 9555282 or otherwise simply turn up any evening that suits and join in.

At least two members of the group will definitely be out each of the nights except for nights where a Red Warning has been issued for the area. This is a casual group set up to encourage people to get out and about with others in the community for some gentle exercise at a pace that suits each individual. Looking forward to meeting any new joiners.

Gorey Guardian


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