Slaney News, Issue 139, December 2021.

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Issue 139 - December 2021

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Wheelock’s Christmas Tree Farm, Enniscorthy, welcomes Orlagh Doyle, staff and children from Carraig Briste and Killegney Early Years on their annual visit.

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Our office is open and welcoming constituents for face to face advice and support. By appointment only and Covid-19 public health advice compliance.

Tel: 087 1142100. Email: Johnny.Mythen@oireachtas.ie Constituency Office: Slaney Place Enniscorthy Co. Wexford Y21 T8K7

Contents of this issue of Slaney  News... News Food & Drink Business & Finance Pets Motoring Leisure & Lifestyle Sport Arts History & Heritage Environment

page 4 page 52 page 57 page 64 page 66 page 69 page 82 page 88 page 90 page 97

We would be delighted to receive stories and photos from our readers around the county. If you have anything you’d like us to share, please email slaneynews@gmail.com and we will do our best to include as many photos and stories as possible.

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comment Welcome to the December issue of the online-only Slaney News. As we ‘go to press’ (1st December) we can announce the good news that an agreement has been reached this morning between Enniscorthy Municipal District and the Enniscorthy Community Allotments Group to lease two plots of land to facilitate the development of a community-led garden and allotment project for the people of Enniscorthy. One of the plots is right beside the Enniscorthy Sports Hub at Cherry Orchard, the other is across the road from the first plot – about one hectare in total. The lease will be for ten years to three individuals on behalf of Enniscorthy Community Allotments Group. The agreement will now go forward to the full December meeting of Wexford County Council for approval which is expected to be a formality. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to bring this project to fruition. We look forward to seeing (and tasting!) the fruits of this labour. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– There’s lots happening in Enniscorthy and all around Co. Wexford to keep everyone entertained this Christmas season. See page 16 for details and also our Leisure & Lifestyle section starting on page 69. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– As always, the Slaney News is supporting the ‘Shop Local’ message this Christmas and all year round. And to help cut the cost of your local Christmas shopping, remember there’s Free Parking in Enniscorthy on the following dates and times: In all Public Car Parks from 11.00am on Saturday 4th, 11th and 18th December, and Monday 20th to Friday 24th December inclusive. Note: Parking tariffs will continue to apply to all on-street car parking. The other towns in Co. Wexford have Free Parking arrangements also. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– If you have any news or photos you’d like us to share in the Slaney News, please email them to slaneynews@gmail.com and we will do our best to include as much as possible. Also, please let us know what you think about our new format. Telephone: 087-2403310, slaneynews@gmail.com or message us through our Facebook page, ‘Slaney News’, which now has over 8,000 Likes. And, of course, if you like our new online format please spread the word so we can grow our online readership. Thank you. – Frank Corcoran

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Cllr Byrne welcomes €200k upgrading Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, has welcomed the announcement in recent days of €200,000 in government funding for upgrading the Enniscorthy Country Walk.

be extended to create a loop via Borodale Woods on the border between Bree and Davidstown.” “It is now open to Wexford Co. Council to

submit further applications for funding to the Department in 2022 and I will be continuing to push for increased funding to turn this vision into a reality,” concluded Cllr Byrne. n

“I welcome the confirmation that €200,000 has been secured by Wexford County Council from the Department of Rural and Community Development to upgrade the Enniscorthy Country Walk at the Promenade,” commented Cllr Byrne. “This is a project that I have been pushing over the past two years on behalf of local residents and businesses in Enniscorthy.” “This funding will see the current existing walkway resurfaced and will fund the extension of the existing walkway by 600m around the River Urrin to provide a wheelchair accessible and buggy friendly option for people to use the walking trail.” “My vision for the walkway is that it would

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The new funding will address the existing twin problems of accessibility and waterlogging of the Enniscorthy Country Walk.


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Christmas & New Year Holiday Arrangements Mon 20th December

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New community diagnostic service on the way In recent days, Minister James Brown TD revealed that the HSE is to proceed to develop a new Community Diagnostic Service as part of the new Enniscorthy Primary Care Centre development at Quarrypark. This diagnostic suite will be based in a building adjacent to the main primary care centre and it is expected that these services will include direct access by GPs to X-ray, CT, MRI and DEXA services. This development will ensure that more healthcare can be carried out in the community and take pressure off the hospital system. This was a key recommendation of the Sláintecare committee of which Minister Browne was a member. Minister Browne says he “will continue to work hard to ensure the best quality of healthcare is delivered for local people across Wexford”. n

Dr Mairead Kelly and Minister James Browne TD on the site of the new Enniscorthy Primary Care Centre which will be in use by early next year.

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United Nations Centre of Excellence for Enniscorthy moves a step closer Pic: Mary Browne

See full story on page 63 On 3rd November Minister Darragh O’Brien signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wexford County Council Chair Cllr BarbaraAnne Murphy, the Waterford Wexford Education & Training Board (WWETB), the Wexford High Performance Building Alliance and the United Nations. Ireland’s first nZEB (near Zero Energy Building) training centre was established in Enniscorthy in 2018 and this MOU is the next step on the road to establishing a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Centre of Excellence there. L-R: Tony Larkin (Wexford Co. Council), Liz Hore (Wexford Co. Council), Minister James Browne TD, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Chairperson Wexford Co. Council), Minister Darragh O’Brien TD, Paul Kehoe TD, Michael O'Brien (nZEB training centre, Enniscorthy), Kevin Lewis (WWETB).

Slaney Street Rosslare funding improvement works making good progress Fianna Fáil Councillor for the Rosslare Municipal District, Lisa McDonald, has welcomed funding approved in recent days under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) for two projects in her District.

Streetscape improvement works on Enniscorthy’s Slaney Street, under the Historic Towns Initiative, are progressing well under the management of Wexford County Council. Stafford Quantity Surveyors, O’Brien Design and Kavanagh Services were procured to provide design of the project work requirements. Michael Tierney, Conservation Architect, was procured to supervise the conservation works element. National Gates & Joinery from New Ross are working under contract on repair and replacement of over sixty timber sash windows for eleven separate vacant and protected buildings. Turner and Whelan are contracted to paint 20 premises on the street. Public realm works include replacement of public lights, bollards, railings, litter bins, gutters and downpipes, and tidying up electrical cables on the street elevation. While the vast majority of the work will be completed in the next few weeks, access to some of the retail business premises is restricted until after the busy Christmas retail period. n

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“I am delighted to be informed that a total of nearly €400,000 has been approved for two projects in the Rosslare Municipal District,” she said. Cllr Lisa McDonald “In a significant development for the people of Wellingtonbridge, Foulksmills and surrounding areas, along with the local tourism sector, an 11km blueway will be created along the Corock River to the village of Wellingtonbridge, which will continue on to the village of Foulksmills. €199,800 of funding will be invested into this project. Having visited other Blueways, I have no doubt this amenity will be of fantastic benefit to the people of the Rosslare Municipal District."

“I also welcome the €189,000 of funding secured by Rosslare Community Resource Centre which will help to improve accessibility, by enhancing facilities, improving signage and providing safe access," concluded Cllr McDonald. n


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CHRISTMAS IN ENNISCORTHY Santa’s Enchanted Castle returns The big fat man with the long white beard is back and has taken up residence at Enniscorthy Castle, along with all his little helpers, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Paw Patrol, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Mrs. Claus, Smelfy, the smelly elf, and a plethora of other Disney characters, in fact every floor of the Castle is full and brimming with energy and magic as Sinead Dolan and the Castle team bring magic and memories to hundreds of families from all over Ireland.

Santa’s Enchanted Castle. Pic: Maria Nolan.

Tremendous credit is due to Sinead and the Rathnure Panto team who have come together to create every child’s Christmas fantasy with all their favourite characters and Father Christmas under one roof, and what a roof, a fairytale Castle, sure it doesn’t get any better than that.

A warm welcome at Santa’s Enchanted Castle. Pic: Maria Nolan.

Observing all Covid restrictions, Sinead and the team have managed to have every booking filled from now to Christmas Eve, an achievement to be applauded under the circumstances. I had the pleasure of taking a tour when the Castle opened on 27th November and was almost as enthralled as the children with the attention to detail and the beauty and the wonder of it all. The one and only Liam Sharkey and the whole Rathnure Panto team really make it even more special by adding comedy and humour to the whole experience.

One of the many families who’ve already enjoyed Santa’s Enchanted Castle this Christmas.

This is not just a ‘Come and meet Santa’ event – this is fantasyland at its best and will leave kids and their families with treasured memories for years to come. Well done Enniscorthy Castle.

– Maria Nolan

Christmas happenings in Enniscorthy Santa and the Enniscorthy Elves have posted an online video to help kick off the Christmas experience around Enniscorthy. This ‘Lighting Up Our Locality‘ video gives everybody a bird’s eye view of the town in all its festive glory. View it at: https://tinyurl.com/Lighting-up-our-Locality or https://www.facebook.com/shopenniscorthy Children can use the seasonal post box in the Market Square to post their Santa letters and snap pics with a Nut Cracker or two! Santa’s Enchanted Castle commenced on 27th November in Enniscorthy Castle where patrons of the sold-out experience are assured of a magical time on Castle Hill. The town’s festive lights and Christmas Tree in the Market Square are shining bright, and keep an eye out for Christmas street art over the coming weeks. Tap into the Apres Ski Vibe at Btwenty7 on Templeshannon Quay. An outdoor Christmas Village for all to enjoy right up 23rd December with Giant Snow Globe with Snow – Ski Lift Booth – Falling Snow – Woodfired Pizza – Crepes, Coffee & Hot

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Chocolate – Personalised Mini Snowglobes and Snow Blocks to bring home – Christmas Trees and Light Display. €6 per person including a free 8"x6" photo included with every group of 3 or more. Book at www.btwenty7.ie And, of course, the Village at Wheelocks is a must-visit destination this Christmas. See page 74 for more information.

Free Parking in Enniscorthy The following parking arrangements will apply in Enniscorthy in the run-up to Christmas. Free Parking in all Public Car Parks from 11.00am on Saturday 4th, 11th and 18th December, and Monday 20th to Friday 24th December inclusive. Note: Parking tariffs will continue to apply to all on-street car parking. n


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A VERY HAPPY CHRIS LOCAL PUBLIC RE

CLLR. JOHN O’ROURKE Season’s Greetings to all my family, friends, and constituents and thank you for your help and support in 2021.

James

Browne TD Minister of State for Law Reform

James Browne TD and the local Fianna Fáil team wish the people of Enniscorthy and Co. Wexford a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year

Wishing everyone a very Happy and peaceful Christmas 2021. Thank you for your outstanding efforts during this ongoing pandemic. With every good wish for a happy & healthy 2022.

Cllr. Kathleeen Codd-Nolan

Please support your Local Businesses this Christmas Email: kathleen.coddnolan@wexfordmcc.ie

Nollaig Shona agus athbhliain faoi Mhaise daoibh, agus bígí sábhailte! Best wishes for Christmas and the New year and keep safe and well.

– Johnny Mythen

JOHNNY MYTHEN TD

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New Enniscorthy service opens

Above left: Three residents of Lemongrove help Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte TD, and Laura Keane CEO of Resilience, the company which owns and operates the facility, offically open the building on 29th November. Above right: At the opening of Lemongrove on the Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy, were Kelly Anne Walsh, Laura and mum Jane Cox.

Above left: At the official opening L-R: Cllr Garry Laffan, Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford Co. Council, Laura Keane, CEO Resilience, Johnny Mythen TD, and Senator Malcolm Byrne. Above right: Stephen Murphy entertaining the attendees including Johnny Mythen TD.

OFFICIAL OPENING OF SPECIALIST SERVICE SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH PRADER WILLI SYNDROME IN WEXFORD A state-of-the-art residential service dedicated to supporting people with Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS) was officially opened on 29 November in Enniscorthy by Minister for Disability, Anne Rabbitte, TD. The service is based at the former Lemongrove B&B premises on the Old Dublin Road.

PWS is a complex, multisystem genetic disorder, and is associated with intellectual disability, complex medical needs, mental health difficulties, behaviours that challenge, life-long hyperphagia (which is an abnormally increased appetite for consumption of food as people always feel hungry and never feel full).

The Lemongrove complex represents a major step forward in supporting people with PWS, while also bringing new job opportunities to Enniscorthy with up to 20 people employed, and utilising local suppliers and businesses on a daily basis.

Leading the service at Lemongrove is an experienced Clinical Nurse Manager with support teams trained specifically in PWS. Adopting a Positive Behaviour Support Model, Lemongrove has the support and guidance of its own multi-disciplinary team, and a dietician who can assess and provide advice on calorie-controlled meals and weight management programmes.

Resilience, a leading Irish health and social care company, is behind the launch of ‘Lemongrove’ which has been designed in line with international best practice and with the appropriate environmental supports – in particular psychological and food security. Residents at Lemongrove enjoy independent living in their own apartments, with an on-site team providing 24 hour individualised care and support, including individualised meal planning and additional clinical supports.

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CEO of Resilience, Laura Keane, says: ‘We work closely with PWSAI (Prader Willi Syndrome Association of Ireland) in achieving a shared vision of increasing awareness and understanding of PWS and to give greater choice and quality of care and support for people with PWS in Ireland.’ For more information about Lemongrove, Prader Willi Syndrome and Resilience, go to www.resilience.ie n


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Around Enniscorthy town

Enniscorthy’s Waterfront Pool & Leisure Centre Manager Barry Dempsey with the Ireland Active Award for 2022.

Collecting money for Concern in Market Square, Enniscorthy, on 20th November were Bernie O’Callaghan and Annette McCarthy.

The Waterfront Pool & Leisure Centre in Enniscorthy is a community focused gym and swimming pool run for the people of the area. It depends totally on the support of the local community to keep its doors open. With the hard work of the staff there, it has again achieved the highest award at the recent National Quality Standard Awards run by Ireland Active. After a difficult two years due to Covid restrictions, the Waterfront needs community support more than ever to continue to provide swimming and gym facilities for the area. n

At the launch of Christmas in Enniscorthy at Santa’s Enchanted Castle, L-R: Mico Hassett (Manager Enniscorthy Castle), Bernie Quigley (Enniscorthy District Administrator), Cllr Cathal Byrne (Cathaoirleach, Enniscorthy Municipal District), and Jimmy Gahan (Enniscorthy Chamber) with Santa Claus and various (vaguely familiar!) elves.

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New local development staff Wexford Local Development has welcomed two new Community Development Officers to its team – Julie Grant and Sandra Walsh. WLD is delighted to have Sandra back, as she was a member of the team prior to spending two years with IT Carlow's Wexford Campus. Julie will be working in the Enniscorthy district with groups and communities in the town, and in Bunclody and Oylegate.

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Funding for community groups The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, have announced a €9 million fund to support community groups impacted by COVID-19, with €300,000 of that earmarked for Co. Wexford community groups. Facilities such as community centres, men’s and women’s sheds, parish halls and youth centres are to be supported.

Community Development Committees (LCDCs). Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said: “I would encourage all interested groups to get in touch with their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) that administers the programme in their area. “Supporting local communities to shape

The Community Activities Fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their running costs such as utility or insurance bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities.

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In order to allow flexibility, the Department is not setting a national closing date, but will allow each LCDC to set its own, to best suit its area. The Department will require that all closing dates are no later than 28 February 2022. Groups should check with their LCDC for further details. Gorey Senator Malcolm Byrne has welcomed the government announcement saying: “This is to help with the payment of bills such as insurance or the purchase of equipment to help get groups back on their feet.”

Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and to purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment. The once-off fund will be allocated under the Department’s Community Enhancement Programme and will be administered locally by the Local

their future is a key focus of the Government’s new rural development policy, Our Rural Future. The funding I am announcing today will ensure that important work can continue to be delivered by communities on the ground and I’m delighted that every single county will benefit.”

Senator Malcolm Byrne

“With colleagues, I pushed for this as we know that local community organisations are playing an essential role in bringing our communities back together after the enormous challenges we all faced over the last eighteen months.” n


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REDRESS? REGRESS MORE LIKE! It feels like for the last couple of decades the IRISH GOVERNMENT has stumbled from one redress to

TOWN TALK

than 6 months was ignored outright? Is this not offensive to what they experienced all their lives. Finding out that

the next without learning from the

they were adopted out. Not knowing

mistakes of the last.

their birth mother. In many cases the state preventing them from finding

You could write a book on each and

out. Not having access to any family

every one of them – on its flaws and

medical records. In many cases ending

how it was presented to the public. It

up in an abusive or sad childhood.

is not a stretch to suggest that the

Many survivors stated it feels like they

CIVIL SERVANTS tasked with preparing

were singled out and the apology was

papers on such matters would at least

not meant for them and their story.

have got the basics right this time.

Their lives are a big part of the story

After all, they have had some very high

and must not be forgotten. To insult

profile cases over the years. The GOV-

them further, a spokesperson for the

ERNMENT of the day has handed out

GOVERNMENT stated that they were

more statements of regret for the actions of STATE INSTITUTIONS or

WITH KEITH DOYLE

agents acting on behalf of the STATE than we want to remember. Hell, there is not a month goes by that you do not hear one from the HSE.

apology were carefully worded not to give offence. Much consultation was had with survivor groups and other interested parties. Expert consultants

So why did they get it so wrong at the

headed the consultation process. Ad-

first hurdle again this time? The

vice and assistance was requested from

mothers and babies and county homes

the IRISH HUMAN RIGHTS AND-

survivors scheme was well flagged, well

EQUALITY COMMISSION. A plan was

researched. The official statement and

formulated that would be a payment to survivors for their suffering and their ex-

too young to remember their time in an institution. What this does is put a cold face to a GOVERNMENT that is already giving a sense that they just do not understand people’s hardships and needs. This will go before the DÁIL and can be changed but not before the cabinet will be raked through the hot coals. Nobody learned from the MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES CASE. Get it right for once and for the right reasons. n

periences when in the care of the state. This is on a sliding scale from 6 months to 10 years. This is for 34,000 people. Another 19,000 people will avail of an enhanced medical card. So it was announced a few weeks ago. With all this preparation what could go wrong? I am reliably informed that all the survivors’ groups asked for it to be INCLUSIVE. This was most important to them in the discussions. So can somebody explain why some of the STATE homes were not investigated and were excluded from the redress. Why any Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman TD

baby that was in an institution for less

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€9m research and innovation centre for Teagasc at Johnstown Castle A new National Agricultural Sustainability Research and Innovation Centre (NASRIC) is to be established at Teagasc, Johnstown Castle. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD announced the €9m funding during a visit last month to Johnstown Castle. This new Centre will expand and enhance the current Teagasc research and innovation activities at the Teagasc Environment Research Centre in Johnstown Castle. Construction work will commence shortly. Speaking at Johnstown Castle, Minister McConalogue said; “The Government is committed to assisting Irish agriculture adapt to the numerous challenges facing farmers and agriculture and I’m delighted to announce this major investment in new research facilities to explore future technical solutions to enable the sector enhance its environmental sustainability. “The investment is a clear show of strength in my commitment to agriculture research. I am convinced that as we face into a decade of change for our great sector that the cornerstone of our development will be cutting edge research. This, in turn, will provide farmers with all the tools, analysis and information to make informed decisions for their own businesses. Teagasc continues to play a leading role in the area and I commend them for their pioneering and innovative work.”

Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, addresses Teagasc staff at Johnstown Castle on 11th November.

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L-R: Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Professor Frank O’Mara, Teagasc Director; Liam Herlihy, Teagasc Chairman; at Johnstown Castle, on 11th November.

The Centre will focus on the development, testing and implementation of innovative technologies to facilitate farmers to combine economic and environmental sustainability. NASRIC will provide practical integrated solutions for farmers and other stakeholders to improve soil health, restore and protect biodiversity, improve water quality, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and ammonia and enhance soil carbon sequestration. Director of Teagasc, Professor Frank O’ Mara said; “The Centre will provide technical support to policy makers and

the wider agri-food and land-use sectors to achieve sustainability targets. The Centre will accommodate up to 85 staff, consisting of research scientists, technical and support staff, to undertake the research necessary to underpin the sustainability of the sector." The laboratories are being equipped with cutting edge instrumentation across the areas of soil, crop, water and gaseous emissions. The research programme utilises a range of state of the art field facilities including dairy, beef, forestry and agro-forestry research trials and component facilities including longterm soil fertility experiments, the national lysimeter platform and climate change control rooms. Research is carried out at larger scales via the Agricultural Catchments Programme, the National Soil Carbon Observatory and the national soil archive and database which are needed to upscale research. This significant capital programme will establish world class laboratories to house the current analytical research facilities. The investment will facilitate the increasing expansion of the Teagasc environment research programme to deliver the evidence base to support strategic national commitments to increase the sustainability of agricultural systems. n


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Highlighting domestic, sexual and gender-based violence

County Hall turned orange last month for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. L-R: Cllr Lisa McDonald, Minister James Browne TD, Cllr Bridin Murphy, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Cllr Maura Bell, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council), Cllr Jim Moore, Cllr Mary Farrell. Ireland proudly marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and is a party to the Istanbul Convention, a crucial part of the government's strategy to tackle domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.

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Wexford TD Johnny Mythen supporting Wexford Women's Refuge and all women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.

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Gorey youth funding Senator Malcolm Byrne has welcomed the recent government announcement of a grant of €4,250 for Gorey Youth Needs Group to support inclusion measures for local lesbian and gay young people. Malcolm praised the work of Gorey Youth Needs Group as “ensuring that all young people are included in our community, and their particular focus on LGBTI young people.” “The 2021 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call is an important element in achieving the overall objective of the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy and in supporting the Government’s objective to build a fairer and more inclusive society. Positive visibility and increased non-stereotypical representation of LGBTI+ identities is vital to support longterm attitudinal change. Support for these organisations has increased importance at a time when many LGBTI+ people may feel disconnected from their community.” n

Bunclody Community Park Best wishes to the newly formed Bunclody Community Park Committee who are fundraising to bring a new park to Bunclody, behind the existing playground. You can find more information and donate to their Go Fund Me page at the following link https://bit.ly/3j9j1zj Also see ‘Bunclody Community Park’ on Facebook. n

Wexford Co. Council – greater accessibility for all Wexford Co. Council has officially launched ReciteMe on its website. This new technology is designed to make the website more accessible to all. See more detail below and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei2TNX8od68 n

St Aidan’s Christmas Shop The Bygone Days Storytelling House in Oulart runs a weekly market on Sundays, 10am to 2pm. For more information email: bygonedayshouseofstories@gmail.com or contact Eileen Dempsey on 087 9116695. See also Facebook page ‘Bygone Days Storytelling House’. n

The St. Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy Christmas Shop is now open. So if you have a few minutes during the week why not pop into the Parish Shop and have a look at the Christmas items, decorations and gifts on display. The shop is open during office hours: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5.30pm. You can be sure of a warm welcome. n

St Senan’s Christmas Cards St Senan's Parish, Enniscorthy, has a beautiful range of Christmas Cards depicting some well known Enniscorthy and Wexford landmarks now available. Featuring Ferrycarrig, Vinegar Hill, snow-covered Blackstairs Mountains, Templeshannon in the snow, the Promenade / River Slaney, the Ringwood, etc. Ideal to send to family and friends living abroad. 10 cards for €5. Available from the Parish Office 053 9261729. n

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Playground for Oylegate Funding was secured in October for a new neighbourhood playground in Oylegate, including disability access to some of the play equipment. The new playground will be located beside the Community Centre. Work is expected to commence shortly. n


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View from the Centre

schools apparently. However, parents

committee to consider as to whether we should order the drug or give it a pass. In other words, they are waiting for permission from a group of unelected people to tell them what to do. Regrettably, this is the pattern in everything this government has faced since its appointment. At a time when we need strong leadership we seem to have the weakest government in the his-

are told not to bring the children to

tory of the State. Imagine if this

a panto, a nativity play, to see Santa

group of politicians had been in

or to allow attendance at a party or

power during the last war. The

celebration with their friends.

people of this country would have

This advice from NPHET will put the

starved and the economy would

producers of pantos and those offer-

have collapsed while they set up a

ing other services and facilities for children into an impossible position. If they close down the operation no compensation will be forthcoming from government, because it is just

A local contributor, based in the centre of the county, looks at life today in Co. Wexford and beyond

committee to see what they should do. We need people who are not afraid to take decisions out front. Not those who spend most of their time vacillating, vacillating and vacillating.

advice and not a regulation, and if they proceed with it will probably be

Anti-Viral Drugs

a disaster because of people staying

A drug which apparently is extremely

away and of course they will be pillo-

effective in preventing the hospital-

ried by the self righteous of society.

isation of people who contract covid

Once again can we appeal to the

This is a no-win for all concerned,

will be available in February next.

loyal readers of Slaney News to

particularly for parents who are

This drug is a gamechanger we are

shop local, as in County Wexford,

being asked to take huge decisions

told (I know that we have heard that

this Christmas. From looking around

in relation to their children.

before). The American, UK and many

the shops in this county it is clear

European governments have pre-or-

that there is little to gain from going

dered massive stocks of this drug for

elsewhere to purchase for Christmas

delivery before March 2022. Our

or any other occasion. We have the

government has decided to set up a

same selections as are available on-

Anti-Social Behaviour We have seen a lot of publicity re-

line or in other centres at the same

cently regarding the amount of anti-

price. But we have something extra.

social behaviour witnessed on public transport, particularly in the Dublin

Shop Local

Merck’s Covid pill.

A personal service from people who

area. Anti-social behaviour has been

appreciate your business. That’s the

an issue for years and from time to

important thing. To be appreciated

time it comes to the forefront when

when you spend your few euros in a

something significant occurs. Junior

shop. And remember it doesn’t

Justice Minister James Browne is

matter how little you spend. Every

bringing new legislation before the

single euro counts. Every business

Dáil shortly to give the Gardaí extra

person will tell you that. So please

powers to deal with those involved in

shop at home this year.

such activities. While this is welcome, it is important to ensure that the new powers be accompanied by the re-

Finally

sources to enforce it. This country in-

A very Happy Christmas and Great

troduces legislation and regulation at

New Year to all our readers. Thank

the jerk of a knee but is much slower

you for your support over the past

to provide the tools to actually im-

12 months and hopefully we will all meet up again in early 2022. n

plement it.

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Above left: Ready for the real Santa at Kia Ora Mini Farm, Gorey, on 28th November were Elves Kerri McDonald and Annie Molloy. Above right: On their way in to see Santa at Kia Ora were Prina, Mikau and Gabriel Ocnaru.

Sophie, Evenlina and Cormac Harte.

Al and Ned Cosgrave.

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Santa has taken up residence at Kia Ora Mini Farm, Gorey

The Morris family, L-R: Niall, Jock, Orlean and Ruby Morris.

The Carmody family visiting Santa at Kia Ora Mini Farm.

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Above left: Delighted with Santa’s arrival at Kia Ora Mini Farm Gorey were Kate, Max and Dylan Redmond. Above centre: Karen and Kahila Farrell. Above right: At Kia Ora Mini Farm in Gorey were Tracy and Yen Ferdy.

and Sinead Phelan.

George and Christina Connolly.

With Rudolph was young John Wall wand granny Alice Carmody.

Al and Ned Cosgrave.

Staff member Bredine Donohoe.

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Brothers and sister L-R: Ger Hore who is a well kn brother Dick Hore from Cork, his sister Frances C Waterford and brother Anthony H

The all new Beautiful Bunclody 2022 calender is now on sale in: Steemers-O'Leary's Day Today News, Eurospar Bunclody, Bunclody Tourist Office and also at the Bunclody Community Park stall at the Bunclody Christmas Market every Saturday before Christmas. This year half the profits from the sale of calender will go to the fantastic new Community Park project.

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L-R: Paul Ironside, Rosslare, Mary Byrne, Cork, D

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Daniel (Con) Hore R.I.P. It is often said that the only time extended families get to meet up is at weddings and funerals. Last month it took the sad passing of Daniel (Con) Hore, Rose Park, Old Hospital Road, Wexford Town, to bring his relatives and friends together, from near and far, to remember his life with great fondness. The funeral arrangements were sympathetically handled by Macken’s Funeral Home and the Funeral Mass was held in Rowe Street church with a video link so relatives in England, USA and Canada could follow the poignant ceremony. Afterwards, Con was fondly remembered by family and friends at a reception in the Talbot Hotel, Wexford. Formerly of Davitt Road and Poole, Dorset, England, Con was the beloved husband of the late Eileen and Muriel, brother of Dick, Anthony, Ger, Frances (Cadogan) and the late Paddy, Maeve and Phyllis. He is sadly missed by his brothers, sister, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends. n

Denise O’Connor-Murphy, Wexford and Aileen O’Connor Ironside, Rosslare.

Anthony Hore, London, Catherine Hore, Cork, and Dick Hore, Cork.

ony Hore, London, Maura and Frances Cadogan, Waterford, Aileen O’Connor, Rosslare, d. Front Row L-R: Dick Hore, Cork and Sarah and Jimmy Cadogan, Wexford.

Ger Byrne from Cork and in the mirror is Ger’s wife Ronnie Byrne.

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Cutting the tape for the start of the tractor run are Patrick Hipwell, Verona Murphy TD, George Graham, Minister James Browne TD, Willie Cowman, Anne Marie Hammel (Hope Centre) and Senator Malcolm Byrne.

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Conor Sinnott and his Ferguson 1956 tractor.

Felix and Mary Bartel.

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White, Paddy Kenny and Minister James Browne TD at the on 7th November, on the grounds of Enniscorthy Marts.

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Patrick's School and the Hope Centre

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roarty.

Aoife Darcy in her Peugeot 205, 1987.

Aidan, Jim and James Kinsella.

Mick Kavanagh and Anne Marie Hammel, Hope Centre.

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Annual Christmas visit by Carraig Briste Early Years school to Wheelocks Christmas Tree Farm, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy, 26th November. The Forrest Group with Mary Wheelock, Orlagh Doyle (Carraig Briste proprietor) and staff.

Caoimhe in the Santa box with Kathriona.

Kathriona posing.

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Freddy, Noah and Kathriona.

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SlaNey SlaNeyNewS ad Enniscorthy Municipal District hosted a Civic Recognition night on 18th November in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, to honour various individuals and organisations on their achievements and contribution to the town and district. Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, Cllr Cathal Byrne, said it was a privilege to present the awards – the highest honour the local authority can bestow. Award recipients were: Woodsmen Horseshoe Club; Enniscorthy Pitch & Putt Club; Enniscorthy Rugby Club; Jason Rackard; Co Wexford Pool Team; Patrick Dobbs; Bree ICA; Bree Macra na Feirme Capers; Bree Macra na Feirme; Louise Dobbs; Slaney News; and Jake Cox. Cllr Byrne was joined by his fellow Councillors Kathleen Codd-Nolan, John O’Rourke, Aidan Browne and Barbara-Anne Murphy in presenting the awards. The Slaney News was delighted to receive an award which we dedicate to our late, great colleague Joe Doyle. Thanks also to Maria Nolan and Pat O’Connor (our main contributors of stories and photos) and to all our other regular contributors Keith Doyle, Caroline Kidd, Joe Kavanagh, Declan Flanagan, and of course our mysterious ‘View from the Centre’ columnist!

Breda Cahill and her son Brendan with the award bestowed on Bree ICA, of which Breda is the President. Bree ICA celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020.

Enniscorthy Rugby Club – award winners for reaching All Ireland League status. L-R: Thomas Stamp, Declan O’Brien and Niall Wall receive the award from Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy.

Pool champions. L-R: Tyler O'Connor, Barry Sinnott, Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Adam Maher and Ben Doyle.

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Picking up the Pitch and Putt Award was Ruairi Fortune from Cllr. Aidan Browne.


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All-Ireland U-11 Irish Dancing winner Louise Dobbs receives her award from Cllr John O’Rourke.

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Jason Rackard, winner of the Mullingar Scratch Cup, one of Ireland’s premier golf competitions, receives his golf award from Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan.

Cllr Cathal Byrne (left) with Bree Macra na Feirme award winners L-R: James Byrne, Johanna Wickham and Billy Wickham.

L-R: Municipal Administrator Bernie Flood, Dylan Hudson receives his award for Pitch and Putt from Cllr Aidan Browne.

Cllr Aidan Browne presenting an award to John Joe Byrne (Woodsmen Horseshoe Club) with Municipal Administrator Bernie Flood.

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An historic link to Wexford Former Mayor of Wexford Thomas F. Byrne’s family recently added a ring to the Wexford Mayors’ chain in honour of the late Thomas F. Byrne. L-R: Cllr George Lawlor, Anthony O’Flynn, Les Byrne Jr, Mayor Garry Laffan, Les Byrne Snr, Sean Byrne, Cllr Maura Bell and Wexford District Manager Angela Laffan.

Following an approach to the Mayor of Wexford and Wexford Borough District earlier this year, members of the family of the late Mr. Thomas F. Byrne travelled to Wexford last week to meet with the Mayor, Councillor Garry Laffan, and District Manager, Angie Laffan, and representatives of Wexford Borough District Council.

which they held office. The mayoral chains date back to 1853.

The late Thomas F. Byrne, from Columba Villas in Wexford Town and a longstanding member of the Labour Party, served in the high office of Mayor of Wexford for five terms between 1963 and 1970. Indeed, in June 1963, during his first term as Mayor, Thomas proudly welcomed and conferred the Freedom of the Borough on John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America, during his visit to Wexford as part of his official visit to Ireland just months before he was assassinated in the United States in November, 1963.

Mr. Les Byrne and Mr. Les Byrne Junior, accompanied by other family members, officially presented the new link to Mayor of Wexford, Councillor Garry Laffan, during a meeting at County Hall, Carricklawn, on 23rd November.

The son of the late Thomas F. Byrne, Mr. Les Byrne and his grandson Mr. Les Byrne Junior, sought permission from the Wexford Borough District Council to add a link in his memory to the historic mayoral chains on which each link is inscribed with the name of the many elected representatives who served as Mayor of Wexford Town over the years and the year in

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Following approval by the Protocol Committee of Wexford Borough District, a new link was commissioned by Thomas’ son, Mr. Les Byrne, via local Wexford goldsmith Martin Doyle, Rowe Street.

Councillor Laffan welcomed the family to Wexford and thanked them for their addition of the new link to mark the contribution made by the late Thomas F. Byrne to political and public life in Wexford Town over many decades. During his political career, Thomas F. Byrne also served several terms as Chairperson of Wexford County Council. Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr. Les Byrne was delighted that his plan had finally come to fruition, and he thanked the Mayor and District Manager for facilitating the family’s request to honour his late father in this way. n


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Kilcannon’s Ben Bernie (right) with the European visitors.

European visitors to Kilcannon On 3rd November, a group of European visitors were in Enniscorthy to visit the County Wexford Community Workshop social enterprise at Kilcannon Garden Centre and Restaurant. The visitors were members of the “Full Life” project which is funded under the EU Erasmus Plus programme. The EU promotes the active inclusion and full participation of disabled people in society, in line with EU Commission’s European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), European Charter of Fundamental Rights, Lisbon Treaty, and forms part of the Europe 2020 Strategy. It is estimated that approximately 120 million Europeans have a disability, but still the EU-level indicators show a clear gap with the rest of the population. Access to labour market remains one of the main

challenges for people with disabilities, such as the linked high early school leaving rate for disabled people (around the double compared to persons without disabilities). There is also a big gap between EU countries on approaches, setting up and running of services for persons with disabilities, and in life quality, contrary to the principle of equal rights for all EU citizens. Full Life contributes to the EU Strategy 2010-2020 goals, especially on Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and Training, Social Protection, and promoting deinstitutionalisation. Full Life promotes cooperation among different institutions and professionals working for the inclusion of people with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities: government agencies, non-profit organisa-

tions, social enterprises, etc. Full Life involves around 200 participants, workers in the project partner organisations: coordinators, managers, educators, support staff, social workers, psychologists, job coaches, work insertion tutors, life coaches and other professional figures. It promotes the improvement of quality of services and policies for inclusion of disabled people at local and EU level, raises awareness and increases the sensitivity to the topic, carries out lobbying action to accelerate and improve policies for autonomy and full exercise of rights, and promotes the birth of new initiatives to achieve the objectives of the EU strategy, and also explores and highlights how persons with physical and intellectual disability and with mental health problems experience autonomy, inclusion, participation in their lives across project countries. n

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Enjoying afternoon tea: Breda Whelan and Mella Winters.

Afternoon tea: Mary Monaghan, Mary Noonan, Shealagh Delaney and Cllr Bridin Murphy.

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ICA Celebrates 111 years at Wexford Conference Local TD Paul Kehoe, Daphne Lane (who celebrates 50 years in Bree ICA), Breda Dunne and Breda Cahill, ICA Wexford Federation President.

ICA members in the Memorial Garden.

The ICA celebration events started on 5th November in Bree where it all began 111 years ago. Members visited the grave of Anita Lett, founder of ICA, in Clonmore Churchyard. National President Hilda Roche and Wexford Federation President Breda Cahill from Bree laid a wreath on her grave. Then it was off to Bree Garden, the site where the first ICA meeting was held and then afternoon tea was enjoyed by all guests and dignitaries in Bree Community Centre. See accompanying photos on this page. An evening of entertainment was enjoyed by all in the Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey later that night. The Conference proper commenced on Saturday morning, with members of Wexford Federation hosting a beautiful craft exhibition and goodie bags were presented to all delegates. Hilda Roche presided, telling the meeting that, 'We are part of a powerful legacy, we built on the past and now move forward together, we work and support each other, encourage each other, and keep all that is good, and every member has a part to play.' Breda Cahill welcomed all to the conference and asked ICA to lead in climate change and ‘play our part’.

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CEO, Eufemia Solinas, in her address brought the attendees down memory lane and then advised them of some possible plans for the future of the association. Approx 500 ICA members and friends were thanked for making 1,500 sets of scrubs for nursing and care homes. Lockdown stories were shared and the association’s top priorities for the future were discussed. The 2021/2022 Competitions Calender was launched with Dublin Federation in charge of competitions. Updates and stories from federations were shared, prizes for competitions were presented and the anniversary cake was cut and enjoyed by all. Guest speaker, Noeleen Kavanagh, beekeeper and grower of fresh flowers, advised the attendees on how to succeed in having a beefriendly garden. Afternoon tea: Betty Creane, Breda Donohoe, and Patricia Whelan.

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In the Memorial Garden, Bree: Ellen Gibbons and Patricia Vaughan.

Afternoon tea: Anne O’Connor, Mary Kelly and Dympna Kelly.

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Chairperson Wexford Co. Council) addresses the gathering.

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Kathleen Farrell, Rosemary Farrell and Geraldine McCarthy.

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Having a ‘cuppa’ in the Johnstown Cafe were Cllr. Maura Bell, Lorraine Waters (Hook Lighthouse) and Dr Austin O’Sullivan (founder of the Agricultural Museum).

L-R: Dr Austin O’Sullivan (founder of the Agricultural Museum), Minister C McConalogue TD, Minister James Browne TD, Brenda Comerford (Man Johnstown), and Peter Millar (volunteer at Johnstown).

OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY FOR JOHNSTOWN CASTLE ESTATE, MUSEUM & GARDENS On 11th November, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, was joined by some descendants of former staff of the Johnstown Castle Estate from 100 years ago, in celebrating the official opening of the majestic Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens. Johnstown Castle opened its doors to the public for the first time in 2019 exactly 850 years after the arrival of the Anglo-Normans to Wexford. The arrival of the pandemic meant that the occasion was not officiated until last month when Minister McConalogue declared the gothic revival doors of the castle ‘open’. Situated in 120 acres, the historic property opened pre-pandemic following the completion of a €7.5million investment by Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and Fáilte Ireland – which was overseen by the owners of the property, Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority, in partnership with The Irish Heritage Trust, an independent, not-for-profit organisation. This investment included conservation works in the Castle and enables the estate to deliver a stunning destination visitor offering in Ireland’s south-east consisting of Castle tours, the 86-metre servants’ tunnel, a world-class visitor centre, a redeveloped Irish Agricultural Museum, and the Daniel Robertson Ornamental Gardens along with 4km of stunning lake walks and the addition of a children’s playground.

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The Irish Heritage Trust, which is managing and bringing the property to life, welcomed back 82-year-old May McDonald who grew up on the estate and has many fond memories including her responsibility of turning hatching eggs twice daily underneath a paraffin incubator and delivering the fresh eggs to the Castle’s kitchens via the ‘servants’ tunnel’ in complete darkness. “It was my job to deliver the hens’ eggs to the cook, they were wrapped up in newspaper in a rectangular basket… I was always on guard carrying the eggs as I daren't break any but, of course, the coal boys would be waiting at some point along the tunnel to give me a good fright.” Tea time for Minister McConalog

Since 2019, Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens has proven a hugely popular visitor attraction and presently draws over 100,000 visitors per year with some 7,600 Irish Heritage Trust members enjoying the facilities year-round. The Irish Agricultural Museum explores rural life in Ireland and houses a fascinating collection of 19 permanent exhibitions. The museum at Johnstown Castle is recognised nationally as holding the preeminent collection of agricultural artefacts. Minister McConalogue, speaking at the official ceremony in Johnstown Castle said, “Both I and my Department are truly proud to have been able to support this tremendous project which brings together the history of agriculture with the beautiful surrounds of Johnstown Castle. I commend everyone in my own Department as well as Fáilte Ireland, The Irish Heritage Trust and Teagasc for bringing this exciting venture to fruition. I know it will be a mainstay for the Irish tourism sector for years to come,” he continued. Works and re-investment continue apace at Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens, including the redevelopment of the sunken garden and conservation works on the Castle’s ballroom and the Victorian glasshouses. For further details on Johnstown Castle see www.johnstowncastle.ie n

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L-R: Dr. Noel Culleton, Larry Doyle, Eleanor Spillane and Dr. Aidan Conway (retired former employees at Johnstown).

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L-R: Sean Connick (Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross), Ruth Andrews (Association of Visitor Experience and Attractions) and Orla Carroll (Failte Ireland).

One of the star attractions at Johnstown.

Margie McDonald and May McDonald in the servants’ quarters.

Brendan Howlin TD and Cllr Lisa McDonald.

RTE film crew in the underground servants’ tunnel.

Left: In the Johnstown Castle dining room, General Manager Brenda Comerford showing some of the highlights to Minister McConalogue, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Council) and Minister James Browne TD. Above left: Groundsman at Johnstown Castle, Eamonn Kehoe. Above right: Enjoying the Cafe at Johnstown, Mairead Esmond, Ted Howlin, Paddy Browne and Brendan Howlin TD.

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Enniscorthy Credit Union – scholarships for students ENNISCORTHY CREDIT UNION held its annual scholarship draw on Tuesday November 16th. Due to rising Covid cases, it was decided to hold a virtual draw again this year, which was done on Facebook Live. Bernie Morrisey, who functioned as MC, introduced Michael Jordan, Commissioner for Oaths, who made sure that proceedings were correct and proper. Bernie spoke about the Brenda O’Neill Scholarship fund which is now in its 27th year, it was named in 2017 in honour of late work colleague Brenda O’Neill. Enniscorthy Credit Union have now given €130,000 to members over the years to help them with the cost of further education. Bernie further explained that the format of the Scholarship has changed going forward, now students at any year of third level can apply for the draw. There are two prizes for third level – first prize is €1,500 annually for up to 3 years, and second prize is €1,000 annually for up to 3 years, as well as a prize for PLC student members. Michael Brennan drew the following winners for 2021: THIRD LEVEL 1st (3 x €1,500) Jack Davitt, Enniscorthy. 2nd (3 x €1,000) Ronan O’Leary, Ballymoteybeg.

The winner of the first prize in the Enniscorthy Credit Union Third Level Scholarship Draw was Jack Davitt pictured above with Orla Doyle, Head of Lending. Jack has won €1,500 this year, and for the next two years also on continuation of his course.

PLC 1st (€500) Conor Kenny, Enniscorthy. Previous winners Clodagh Ryan of Monagear and Ciara Bolger from Marshalstown were awarded with their next tranche of their bursary having successfully completing their exams and continuing their education. Bernie congratulated all the winners on behalf of the board of directors, management, staff, and members of Enniscorthy Credit Union, and wished all entrants continued success in their educational pursuits. n

Winner of the first prize in the Enniscorthy Credit Union PLC Scholarship Draw was Conor Kenny pictured above with Áine Doyle, Member Engagement & Marketing Manager.

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Enniscorthy well represented at Garda National Youth Awards

Above: Oisin Mullett (second from right) collects his award. Right: Harry Nolan.

Last month at the third annual National Youth Awards held in Portlaoise, Co. Wexford was well represented by two worthy winners both hailing from Enniscorthy. 17-year-old Enniscorthy CBS student Harry Nolan has developed and expanded an App which helps members of the public locate their nearest defibrillator device. This App will inevitably save lives. About 80 defibrillators have been registered on the App in a very short space of time. Harry now has plans to go nationwide with the Pulse Point AED App (see more details below). Oisin Mullett, while non verbal, has a lot to say. He has perfected a method of communication which has seen him create short, thought provoking and enlightening stories from a boy’s perspective living with autism. RPM is the system Oisin uses to point to letters on an A-Z laminate sheet to spell out his thoughts. Oisin attends Enniscorthy Vocational College and will take higher level subjects for his Junior Certificate this coming summer. n

Pulse Point App saves lives – download it now!

PulsePoint is an App available to the general public to assist them access an AED (defibrillator) in Enniscorthy and around Co. Wexford. The App allows the user to instantly see where the closest defibrillator is in an emergency. Sports clubs, parish halls, schools, businesses etc countywide should get in touch now and register their AED. The ‘Add AED’ feature on the App can be used to to submit AEDs to the App. The App is on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/DefibApp-Apple and Android: https://tinyurl.com/AndroidDefibApp See ‘Enniscorthy Defibrillator Initiative’ on Facebook. n

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Making Co. Wexford ‘Age Friendly’ Wexford County Council is seeking to bring about positive changes for older people in the county over the next five years. Work on a new Age Friendly Strategy for the county continues with the return of 583 surveys from older people following an extensive period of public consultation. The results of these surveys have been collated and evaluated and the results will inform the content of the Age Friendly Strategy 2022-26. These results have been presented at recent Age Friendly Alliance and Older People’s Council meetings. The next step is one-to-one meetings with members of the Age Friendly Alliance committee followed by the production of a draft strategy.

Enniscorthy – Age Friendly Town: Work has begun on the process to make Enniscorthy the county’s first Age Friendly town. This involved a ‘walkability audit’ of the town on 13th October bringing together a group of individuals with different abilities and needs through the town, and documenting any issues encountered. Members of Wexford Older People’s Council were among those participating as well as the Town Engineer and Technician, Senior Planner, Special Projects and WCC Access Officer and Age Friendly Programme Manager. The results will be examined by an Implementation Team and a plan put in place to carry out works. n

Work has begun on the process to make Enniscorthy the county’s first Age Friendly town. This involved a recent ‘walkability audit’ of the town.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Bells may be ringing, but it’s hoped that tills will most definitely be singing at Jack & Jill’s charity boutique in Gorey this Christmas. The shop, which is located at 1 Main Street, Gorey, is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Indeed, it’s the most important time of the year for Jack & Jill with Christmas sales a key component of its annual fundraising activity, with money raised locally going to support the 23 children with highly complex medical conditions cared for by Jack & Jill in Wexford. Jack & Jill’s mission is to empower parents to care for their child at home, because there is no care like home care for a Jack & Jill child, especially at Christmas time. Set up by parents for parents nearly 25 years ago, Jack & Jill provides in-home nursing care and respite for children up to the age of six with severe to profound neurodevelopmental delay, including children with brain injury, genetic diagnosis, cerebral palsy and undiagnosed conditions. Another key part of Jack & Jill’s service is end-of-life care for children under the age of six, regardless of the diagnosis. So, what are the must-have items that keep loyal customers coming back to the Jack & Jill charity boutique? For Robert McCoy, manager of the Jack & Jill charity boutique in Gorey, it can vary from a vintage dress for that special occasion to a designer candle for that special ambience!

“At Jack & Jill, customers know that we are all about quality and value. There’s so much choice! From bargain dresses and matching handbags, to sacks of LEGO and a limited number of signature scented candles specially designed for Jack & Jill by Paul & William Costelloe. Many of the items in store are leading brands donated by generous retailers on the high street, while many of our preowned clothes have never been worn and still have their shop labels on! At a time when we are all thinking of how we can help save our planet, it’s good to know that making a purchase at Jack & Jill is the perfect sustainability choice. And for the man or woman who has everything, we also have Gift of Time cards. Each donation of €18 funds one hour of home nursing care.” “Of course, we know that for many there is even greater joy in giving rather than receiving. And, so, we are always delighted to accept donations of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, handbags, shoes, accessories, books, ornaments and, of course, every child’s favourite, LEGO.” Jack & Jill has also recently launched its Home for Christmas collection and its online shop has a range of items on sale. To view the collection, or to make a donation, visit www.jackandjill.ie. Follow on social media at Instagram @jackandjillcf; Twitter @jackandjillcf; Facebook @jackandjillfoundation; and LinkedIn @Jack & Jill Children's Foundation and use #HomeforChristmas n

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Your local Slimming World Consultants in Enniscorthy Happy Christmas from your local Enniscorthy consultants providing you with a huge choice of sessions throughout the week. Tuesdays @ 6.30pm The Salt n Pepper Pot Restaurant, Community Workshop Call Tony on 087 1785384 Wednesdays @ 9.30am, 11.00am, 5.30pm and 7.00pm Enniscorthy Rugby Club Call Trish on 087 3607615 Saturdays @ 9.00am and 10.30am The Salt n Pepper Pot Restaurant, Community Workshop Call Tony on 087 1785384

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Enniscorthy’s Country Market Enniscorthy’s Country Market is back up and running every Friday morning in the IFA Centre, Millpark Road, run by a dedicated group of local ladies. The advice is to get there early (from 8.30am) for the best selection and freshest home baking, breads, scones, vegetables, flowers, eggs, etc. Right: Some of the fine fare on offer at Enniscorthy Country Market. n

Alba – new contact number – same great service!

Coffee time at Toffee & Thyme Enniscorthy’s popular Toffee & Thyme restaurant may no longer be visible on Enniscorthy’s Rafter Street, but it now has an impressive presence on the Old Dublin Road, next door to the NCT Centre, with loads of free parking, and open 6 days a week from 7.30am to 5pm. Enjoy a visit there soon! n

Owner-Chef Angelo – ready to take your call on 089-2649417

Toffee & Thyme on the Old Dublin Road.

Alba Restaurant in Enniscorthy can now be contacted on 089-2649417 for queries, bookings and take-away orders. The ideal venue for Christmas nights out. www.albarestaurant.ie

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Wild about ‘Wild About’ In a year like no other, Blas na hÉireann recently announced their award winners for 2021, with 18 winners from County Wexford, including the Blas na hÉireann Supreme Champion 2021, Wild About for their So Sloe Jelly. Wild About is a multi award-winning Irish artisan producer and local food hero. Working from their small sustainable permaculture farm in Co. Wexford, they grow and forage a range of produce to create deliciously low carbon, low sugar, sustainable, handmade artisan dressings, syrups, chutneys and snacks directly from seasonal harvests. The Falconer family created Wild About products through a huge lifestyle change — they swapped living in London and careers in product design and documentary film-making for the good life in the Wexford countryside. Fiona was originally from Dublin and Malcolm grew up on a smallholding in South Wales, and now with their family they specialise in handcrafting seasonal products using native wild ingredients, Ireland’s own superfoods.

Pictured above is Fiona Falconer (centre) from Wild About who won Supreme Champion, Best in Leinster, Best in Wexford, gold and bronze at this year’s Blas na hÉireann – the Irish Food Awards 2021 (the food equivalent of the Oscars!) Also in the photo are Paula Ronan (CEO Wexford Food Family, left) and Sara Doran (Wexford Food Family, right). Photo: Mary Browne.

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products are also based on foraged wild foods like sloes, haws, rosehips, crab apples, wild pears, quince and an array of other exceptional seasonal ingredients. Their Blas na hÉireann 2021 Supreme Champion win is for their So Sloe Jelly, where wild sloe berries from the native Blackthorn are made into a gorgeous seasonal fruit jelly conserve with a hint of star anise, perfect with duck, game and venison and delicious with soft cheese or even just on hot buttered toast. “We are absolutely dumbfounded to be awarded Supreme Champion at the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards,” says Fiona Falconer of Wild About. “We are a tiny, family-run company that believes passionately in the benefits of simple, sustainable plant-based foods. We grow ingredients for our products, ethically and sustainably on our biodiversity farm here in Co. Wexford. We work seasonally so the range changes with the harvests and we specialise in native wild ingredients. Malcolm makes everything by hand in small batches – pure artisan. But it's just the two of us, we are tiny!” n


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Hot meals for additional schools Five schools in Co. Wexford were added to the Hot Meals Programme last month, benefiting 1,624 students, according to local TD Paul Kehoe. Deputy Kehoe has welcomed the move for the five schools which are currently availing of the cold lunch option under the School Meals Programme. The schools are: Clonroche N.S. St Senan’s National School, Enniscorthy Scoil Náisiúnta Bhantiarna Lourdes, Bunclody Convent of Mercy, Wexford Scoil Réalt na Mara, Kilmore

Congrats to Enniscorthy chef Justin Moorehouse who was awarded a Chef Ireland 2021 gold medal in the Vegan Class at the RDS last month at the Chef Ireland 2021 Culinary Competitions.

Killowen wins again Courtnacuddy-based Killowen Farm has just won gold for its multi-award-winning Killowen Farm Natural Cream Cheese at the Irish Quality Food Awards. All Killowen products use milk from its own family farm and special herd of cows. So if you’re in your local shop and you don’t see Killowen stocked, ask the manager to check out their range of locally produced products. n

Welcoming the announcement, Deputy Kehoe stated: “Receiving a hot meal in the middle of the day is so important for nutrition but also for a child’s mental and physical wellbeing. It also leads to better educational outcomes and an improvement in the overall wellbeing of our children. I am continuing to work with my colleagues in Government to push for further progress in the coming months that will result in future expansions of this really important programme.” n

Wexford Libraries release Healthy Eating video 10 Tips for Healthy Eating with Leona Courtney. Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQpdM5m8biw

Leona Courtney is a Registered Dietitian from Co. Monaghan. She originally obtained a first-class honours degree in BSc. Human Nutrition from University of Ulster, Coleraine, in 2013. She qualified as a dietitian from Glasgow Caledonian University with a master’s degree. Leona’s range of clinical experience includes; weight management, diabetes and endocrinology, heart disease, IBS and coeliac disease. This event is now online and is in conjunction with 'Healthy Ireland at your Library'. #HealthyIreland #HealthyIrelandAtYourLibrary n

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Taste Wexford’s new online shop Taste Wexford recently launched their brand-new online shop just in time for the gifting season. The shop features a wide range of products including food and drink hampers, Christmas gifting bundles and all-new exclusive Taste Wexford merchandise and apparel. The Taste Wexford gift boxes bestow a sense of place and give a gift of cheerful joy any time of the year – particularly at Christmas. They are available in a range of sizes, each packed in a reusable rustic burnt finish wooden crate to symbolise the rich agricultural significance of County Wexford. Filled with flavours from Wexford’s diverse landscapes and some wooden craft and pottery, each item has been carefully selected to represent many of the food, drink and craft experiences you can visit in Wexford. The food hampers feature many of County Wexford's award-winning producers, so the lucky recipient is sure to cherish the delicious offering in each box. Choose from The After Dinner Box, The Cracker Box, The Sweet & Sticky Box or The Sweet & Craft Box.

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Enniscorthy’s new retailers

With many people expressing doubts over the future viability of on-street retailing due to Covid and the growth of online retailing, it’s wonderful to see not one, but two, new retailers opening up on Enniscorthy’s Castle Street. Left: Annette Kearns admiring the beautiful items for sale in “The Hidden Gem” and right: owner Cheryl Reid in “High St. Style”. The Slaney News wishes them both every success. Pics: Shop Enniscorthy.

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Comhairle Contae

053 919 6000 www.wexfordcoco.ie customerservice@wexfordcoco.ie

Loch Garman Carricklawn, Wexford Y35 WY93

Planning Community Monuments Fund 2022

Wexford County Council Household Recycling Centres

The Community Monuments Fund was first established

Normal Opening Hours:

in 2020 to provide investment in Ireland’s archaeological

Tuesday to Friday 8.15am – 4.00pm Saturday 8.15am – 3.00pm Closed for lunch 12.00 noon – 1.00pm Sundays, Mondays & Bank Holidays Closed

heritage. The Community Monuments Fund 2022 was launched by Mr. Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, on the 17th November 2021.

Christmas Opening Hours:

The Community Monuments Fund provides funding for projects in relation to: (i)

Archaeological Monuments that are included in the Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) under the National Monuments Act 1930 (as amended);

(ii) Archaeological Monuments that are identified in the Sites and Monuments Record compiled by the National Monuments Service. There are 3 Streams: Stream 1 will offer grants up to €85,000 aimed at essential repairs and capital works for the conservation and repair of archaeological monuments. Stream 2 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for development of Conservation Management Plans/ Reports that are aimed at identifying measures for conservation of archaeological monuments and improving public access.

Note: Large volumes of traffic are expected during the above period and queuing/delays can be expected. Please follow staff instruction, and do not exit your vehicle unless you are parked in the correct location on the site. We would advise customers where possible to dispose of their recyclable materials before or after this period. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may arise. Normal opening hours resume on Tuesday 4th January.

Stream 3 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation (including virtual/online) at archaeological monuments (including COVID 19 public health measures). Private applicants and/or community groups who are the owners or custodians of archaeological monuments in County Wexford who wish to apply should submit an application to Wexford County Council by the 28th January 2022. For queries please contact Wexford County Council’s Heritage Officer, Catherine McLoughlin, at 053 9196453 or catherine.mcloughlin@wexfordcoco.ie

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Free Entry with Recycling Recoverable Items on one day only so don’t miss out! Wexford County Council are offering you free entry with recycling recoverable items to our Household Recycling Centres on Monday December 20th 2021. The €2 Entry Charge will not apply on this day only. All other wastes deposited at Holmestown Household Recycling Centre will be subject to the normal charge.

The Management and Staff of Wexford County Council Household Recycling Centres would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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Recruitment Wexford County Council invites applicants for the following post:

Typed and submitted by Email only to recruitment@wexfordcoco.ie Printed hard copies will NOT be accepted for the

Executive Planner Selection for all posts will be by means of interview and candidates may be shortlisted based on applications submitted. Panels may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled. Qualifications, application forms and further particulars for this post are available from our website at www.wexfordcoco.ie

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Please note all applications for the above post must be

above post. Closing date for receipt of completed application forms for the above post is: 5.00 pm on Thursday 16th December, 2021. Wexford County Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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‘Look for Local’ this Christmas

Promoting local shopping in Enniscorthy. L-R: Kasia O’Leary (My Sport), Frank Corcoran (Slaney News), Bridín Dwyer (Bell Heather Interiors), Jo Byrne (Evolv), Verona Murphy TD, Dermot Kavanagh (Smyths Homevalue), Cllr John O’Rourke.

The ‘Look for Local’ campaign was

to Look for Local when purchasing prod-

launched earlier this year by the Local

ucts, services or experiences. And that

Enterprise Office Wexford, funded by

message is even more important in the

the Department of Enterprise, Trade and

final weeks before Christmas when

Employment and supported by Enter-

shopping is at its peak.

prise Ireland and the Local Authorities.

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoir-

The campaign involves local advertising

leach, Wexford County Council, says:

and promotion encouraging consumers

“Many people are now aware of the

benefits of Looking for Local and they consciously choose to support local businesses and will continue to do so into the future. This is a testament to the campaign.” Liz Hore, Head of Enterprise LEO, says: “The ‘Look for Local’ campaign is an opportunity for the Local Enterprise Office to show support to small businesses in County Wexford... while at the same time encouraging consumers to do the same. “As outlined during the campaign, every euro that is spent in Wexford is an investment in our community and has a knock-on effect throughout the county. Consumers understand that spending locally will positively impact the economy and will sustain and create jobs. We envisage a big opportunity for small businesses to capitalise on that sentiment going forward.”

L-R: Liz Hore (Head of Enterprise, Wexford Local Enterprise Office – LEO), Angela Lawless (LEO), Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Council), Caroline McCrea (LEO) and Ben Brosnan (Bodibro) promoting the Look for Local message.

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The regeneration of Enniscorthy town centre On Wednesday 3rd November a public consultation meeting took place in the Riverside Park Hotel to discuss the regeneration of Enniscorthy Town centre. Wexford County Council along with Loci Urban Design Consultants facilitated the meeting where close to 100 people attended to give their views on the future of the town. The constructive and wide-ranging comments and suggestions that emerged will feed into the development of the regeneration strategy. Speaking at the event, Cathaoirleach of the Enniscorthy District Cllr Cathal Byrne said, “The Government has confirmed that there will be funding made available in 2022 for the regeneration of towns across the country. It’s vital that a comprehensive and well thought out plan for the town is prepared as part of any application for this funding. This public meeting has offered local residents an opportunity to have their say and give feedback directly to Wexford County Council. If anyone has any feedback on what they wish to see in a regeneration plan for Enniscorthy they can still do so through the Council’s website.” After some short presentations, the meeting moved into workshop mode and the groups were asked to work on questions posed by the urban de-

Ideas being put forward at the recent Regenerating Enniscorthy Town Centre meeting.

signers. Detailed feedback was then presented back to the meeting by representatives of each group. Diarmuid Houston, Senior Planner, said, “The meeting was set up so everyone could add to the discussion. I was very impressed with how quickly the attendees got down to work and the fact that they gave so much of their time to help us in this process. We gained a lot of information from the evening and I want to thank everyone who got involved.” Conor Norton of Loci said, “It was a hugely productive workshop. We

gained many new insights into the critical issues, opportunities and the general way forward for the town centre. The commitment of the community to the future of the town centre was more than apparent in the enthusiasm and contributions on the night.” A second consultation is planned for early January 2022. The consultation process will be continuing over the next few months. Individual submissions and information updates on the process can be accessed via Wexford County Council’s web page consult.wexfordcoco.ie n

Time to have your say! If you missed the first public meeting on 3rd November, there is still time to have your say. Wexford County Council welcomes written submissions at https://consult.wexfordcoco.ie or by post, marked ‘Renewing Enniscorthy’s Town Centre’ to: Planning Department, Wexford County Council, County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford, Y35 WY93. Queries regarding same can be made to Sonia Hunt on 053 9196408 or sonia.hunt@Wexfordcoco.ie All comments received will be recorded and considered during the ongoing design process. Future consultation with the general public will also take place in the near future regarding the Local Area Plan (LAP) for Enniscorthy and a transportation strategy for the town. n

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Wexford forging business links with Savannah A delegation of business and university leaders from Savannah, Georgia, visited County Wexford last month for a number of meetings with regional and local partners to develop Tradebridge, the regional international investment, export and job creation programme between the counties of South East Ireland – Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary, Waterford, and Savannah and the 16 counties in South East Georgia, USA, and to advance collaboration and planning with Georgia Southern University in relation to their International Learning Centre Hub established in Wexford Town. The International Learning Centre was officially opened in November 2019 but due to the pandemic, all student travel plans from the USA were put on hold. Tradebridge: Tradebridge aims to develop new export, FDI and job creation opportunities for companies and SME’s who operate in the South East of Ireland and the 16 Counties of the State of Georgia, America. The project received funding from Enterprise Ireland, and at regional level by the Local Authorities /Local Enterprise Offices of Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford, Tipperary and Carlow. The project expanded its scale and economic ambition following the successful initial pilot implemented as a collaboration of Wexford County Council and Wexford Enterprise Association with Savannah

Back row L-R: Cllr. Jim Moore, Dr. Howard Keeley, Georgia Southern University, Trip Addison, Georgia Southern University, Aidan Foley, Raceix, Eamonn Murphy, Wexford Enterprise Association, Tom Enright, Chief Executive, Wexford County Council, John Coleman, Chairman Savannah Economic Development Authority, Brendan Ennis, Wexford Enterprise Association. Front row L-R: Ron Stalnaker, Georgia Southern University, Leigh Ryan, World Trade Centre Savannah, Jessie Jenkins, World Trade Centre Savannah, Mayor of Borough District of Wexford, Garry Laffan, Martina Furlong, Wexford County Council, Eleanor White, Chair of Wexford Enterprise Association.

Economic Development Association and the World Trade Centre Savannah. In the first week of November, a planning retreat was held with a delegation from Georgia to develop the workplan for implementation with meetings in Wexford and Kilkenny. Wexford County Council is lead partner on behalf of the regional local authorities and are currently recruiting a Head of Enterprise Development to support the project in developing tangible economic trade opportunities leading to commercial income generation and fostering entrepreneurship.

Enniscorthy North Business District The Masterplan for the Enniscorthy North Business District (Old Dublin Road) is now complete and can be inspected at the offices of the Enniscorthy Municipal District from Wednesday 17th November, 2021. Phase 1 of the works are expected to commence on site in quarter 1 of 2022. The working title of this project has been the Enniscorthy North Business District and it is proposed this title be adopted as the business district name and to be used on the gateway signage which will be erected as part of the Phase 1 works. n

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Georgia Southern University: As part of the visit, representatives from Georgia Southern University also travelled for business meetings. The GSU meetings aimed to put in place plans for the first intake of academic students with a small group, pending covid, planned for 2022 and programmes for the academic year to commence in 2023. Wexford County Council representatives and the delegation had a live stream meeting from the GSU campus with the Board of GSU Housing Foundation and the President of GSU to progress plans. n

Rosslare Europort Rosslare Europort recently welcomed Brittany Ferries’ new weekly service direct to Le Havre. The announcement comes on top of the port’s 55% increase in freight traffic this year up to November. The service is being operated by Brittany Ferries’ freight-only Cotentin vessel, with capacity for 120 freight units and 120 cabins, as well as a range of amenities for drivers. It will give Irish industry a further vital post-Brexit connection, with landbridgefree access to the continent of Europe. It increases to thirty the number of direct weekly Ro-Ro services between Rosslare Europort and the European continent. n


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Enniscorthy is designated a UN Centre of Excellence at COP26 Amid all the criticism of COP26 last month, at least one good news story emerged... Enniscorthy has been designated a UN Centre of Excellence! Minister Darragh O’Brien and Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy, Chairperson of Wexford Co. Council, signed a Memorandum of Understanding designating the High-Performance Building Alliance (HPBA) as a designated UN Centre of Excellence, at a prestigious virtual event at the COP26 Climate Change conference. The initiative signals Ireland’s commitment to the sustainable and energy-efficient development of buildings in an initiative led by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe outlined by Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary and Scott Foster, Director of Sustainable Energy at the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe). Minister O’Brien stated he was "delighted to sign the UN agreement on behalf of the Irish Government which will see the HPBA Centre of Excellence based at Enniscorthy as a global leader in energy efficiency and in assisting with the retrofitting and building of new homes, reducing carbon emissions while providing warmer homes.” Minister O’Brien added, “I want to commend the leadership of Wexford County Council (WCC) and Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) who worked together to establish the centre of excellence as the first provider of NZEB social housing and the first Education and Training Board to provide NZEB training nationally with over 1,000 people trained to date at the WWETB NZEB training centre in Enniscorthy.” Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy, Chair of the HPBA and WCC /WWETB, addressed the live stream COP26 climate conference in Glasgow from government buildings and stated that “the High Performance Building Alliance is determined to be a leader

and champion of high-performance energy buildings and to increase knowledge, capacity and demand for low carbon emissions buildings." In particular, she emphasised that “the HPBA will advance innovation and lead in the use of sustainable solutions through collaboration with the Global Network of Centres of Excellence.” The UN Centre of Excellence at Enniscorthy is already named as a key driver in reducing carbon emissions in the built environment and providing training for the construction industry in the National Development Plan. The built environment and construction sector is central to tackling climate change, with buildings consuming as much as 70% of the electricity generated globally and accounting for 40% of Co2 emissions. High-performance buildings are designed to use minimal amounts of energy for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation with a range of benefits for both the environment and the people who live and work in them. Wexford County Council is currently recruiting a new Chief Executive for the HPBA and establishing the HPBA headquarters with the UN centre in Enniscorthy. The Board of the HPBA involves a number of key stakeholders – government departments, state agencies, NGOs and industry leaders including Tomas O’Leary from Mosart architects, an Enniscorthy native who is an industry leader in energy-efficient buildings in Ireland. It is expected in 2022 that WCC and WWETB, the funders of the HPBA initiative, will host an international event to launch the UN centre in Enniscorthy and to showcase international speakers on how the built environment can address climate change while providing warmer, and better homes for people. n

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On 3rd November Minister Darragh O’Brien signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wexford County Council Chair Cllr BarbaraAnne Murphy, the Waterford Wexford Education & Training Board (WWETB), the Wexford High Performance Building Alliance and the United Nations. Ireland’s first nZEB (near Zero Energy Building) training centre was established in Enniscorthy in 2018 and this MOU is the next step on the road to establishing a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Centre of Excellence there. L-R: Tony Larkin (Wexford Co. Council), Liz Hore (Wexford Co. Council), Minister James Browne TD, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Chairperson Wexford Co. Council), Minister Darragh O’Brien TD, Paul Kehoe TD, Michael O'Brien (nZEB training centre, Enniscorthy), Kevin Lewis (WWETB).

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MOYNE VETERINARY HOSPITAL Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy. T: (053) 9233187, 9236674. F: (053) 9236674. E: moynevet@gmail.com

VET DIARY FOR DECEMBER with the Moyne Veterinary Hospital

Joe Kavanagh takes a look back at the year that’s coming to an end. It’s December, the end of another year and it just seems to have flown by this last year. For the farming community, it seems to have been a fantastic year. Almost every type of farming seemed to do well. Sheep prices came right up and stayed buoyant, beef prices too. The tillage farmers got a pretty good price for their corn and dairy farmers seemed happy with the weather, grass growth and their milk prices. It’s very seldom that each of the sectors in farming get a good year together but this year held good for them all. That usually augers well for the local economy as farmers usually spend their hard earned cash. Enniscorthy traditionally has long been known as a market town. Back in the day there were fair days when farmers came to sell their produce, jobbers came to buy, haggle, deal and finally they would generally sojourn to the pub to enjoy their good fortune or drown their sorrows. Seemingly, it was like a carnival atmosphere in the town and shopkeepers, publicans, drapers and grocers all played their part and enjoyed the business and banter. Nowadays, there is so much choice from the internet, and in the cities, that small towns find it hard to compete. Shop Local is the catch phrase and it’s great to see the town starting to regenerate. Slaney Street restoration is underway, new cafes popping up and some new clothes shops. The development of a new business park on the Wexford road lends confidence that it’s a bright future ahead for the town. Enniscorthy is a town nestled in the heartland of a fertile county and has been a service town to the farming community for centuries. As it has moved with the times, so have all of us. As a veterinary practice, we have served the farming community for eighty years. As time moves on, trends

shift, change is inevitable. Small animal practice in itself has morphed in the last twenty years and where once it was a small part of a mixed veterinary caseload, it is now centre stage in many towns with more and more specialist areas developing as the demand continues to grow. This seems a two-edged sword as more people get dogs and cats. The unprecedented demand for dogs during the lockdowns now is waning and the number of strays and unwanted dogs is starting to creep up again. The old adage, ‘A dog is for life and not just for Christmas’ is as true today as ever. Dogs and cats are soooo much more than just fluffy ragdoll pets. They are companions, confidants and always happy to see you rain or shine. They get us out of bed on these dark dreary mornings, get us walking when we would rather sit by the fire and pick us up when sometimes it seems our world is crashing down. If you are thinking of getting a pet for Christmas, rehome a dog or cat and make the commitment for the long haul... it’s a win-win. An old lady came in this evening with her dog and confided in me that this dog of hers was her best friend and companion. You could see the bond of love that was there between them and it was a joy to see. That unconditional love that they give is what Christmas is all about... but they give it all year round. Thank you one and all for your help and support over the last year and beyond. We really appreciate the great loyalty you have shown us over the years from the town’s people to the farming and racing circles. We love what we do and are very grateful to you all for your kindness care and custom. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and the new year is one of health, peace and happiness. n

If you have a topic you’d like Joe Kavanagh to address please email Slaney News at: slaneynews@gmail.com OPENING HOURS (6 DAYS A WEEK): 9.00am–1.00pm and 2.00pm–6.00pm Small animal clinic (please tel. for appointment): Daily 9.30–10.30am, 2.30–3.30pm, 5.00–6.00pm. 24-hour, on-call, Emergency Service: (053) 9233187.

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It’s a dog’s life Right: Mother and son walking their dogs on Wexford Quays on 21st November – Colette and Adam Aiken with dogs Snowie and Luna. Below left: Coimhe Juggins, Claire and Niamh Duggan and Josie Juggins with dog Charlie on Wexford Quays on 21st November.

Above: Theresa and Robbie Staples with Lola on Wexford Quays. Left: Enniscorthy Tractor Run at the grounds of Enniscorthy Marts on 7th November, in aid of St Patrick's School and the Hope Cancer Support Centre. L-R: Joe, Patrick, Sean and John Higgins, with Cllr Andrew Bolger, and some canine friends.

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CAROLINE GETS MOTORING Bunclody native Caroline Kidd brings us reviews of the latest new cars to arrive in Ireland. Caroline is the founder and editor of the online automotive magazine Changing Lanes and a jury member for Irish Car of the Year. Find out more about her editorial and commercial copywriting services at

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PEUGEOT 3008 HYBRID Plug-in hybrid has been one of the major themes of the motor industry in recent years as car manufacturers scramble to meet the needs of a changing market. Sales of petrol plug-in hybrids in Ireland have been growing steadily, accounting for over 7% of the new car market in 2021. With every new model launch, the pond of plug-in hybrids available gets bigger. And while recent news that the €2,500 grant for these vehicles will be removed from 1st January 2022 dims their sparkle somewhat, plug-in hybrids remain a sort of halfway house to full electric vehicles, an opportunity to get used to the idea of plugging a car in, charging a battery, and driving more efficiently into the future. In 2020, Peugeot Ireland launched a series of new ‘electrified’ models on the Irish

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market including full electric and plug-in hybrid models. The French brand had already witnessed a revival in the market thanks to the launch of a trilogy of popular SUVs and a move upmarket. The Peugeot 3008 mid-size SUV is of course a particular highlight of the lion brand SUV trio – a former Irish Car of the Year and European Car of the Year award winner. Now Peugeot has added a hybrid to the 3008 range. Comfortable and practical, the 3008 competes in the sweet spot of the market where the family SUVs reside. Updated for 2021, Peugeot’s bestseller now has slightly revised exterior styling. The new look gives it enough modernity to stay stylish and relevant. The updated range kicks off from €35,585

for a 1.2-litre Puretech petrol with 130 hp. The diesel range kicks off from €36,560 for a 1.5-litre diesel, also with 130 hp. The new hybrid range starts from €44,845 and is now the most powerful of the range with 225 hp. There are three trim levels for Ireland – Active, Allure and GT – with lots of equipment from entry into the range. On the outside, the 2021 Peugeot 3008 has a new frameless front grille and gloss black air intakes, while the headlights, daytime running lights and indicators all use advanced LED technology across the range. At the rear, Peugeot’s trademark three-claw taillights and new sequential indicators provide a contemporary look. Inside, the new 3008 SUV features Peugeot’s next generation digital i-Cockpit® technology with a 12.3” digital head-up instrument panel, a compact steering wheel and 10”


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The 3008 has seating for five with good space inside the vehicle. There is plenty of rear leg room and even the middle seat passenger will find a flat space for their feet. However, the boot has been trimmed down in size in the hybrid. Petrol and diesel models get 520 litres, while the hybrid can only manage 395 litres. The Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid on test is quite a machine, combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 13.2 kWh battery to produce a healthy 225 hp. This model can be driven on electric power for a range of up to 62 km. Paired with the eight-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission (EAT8), this car feels great on the road. The 3008 hybrid carries a considerable premium over other models in the range but with the power and ease of the transmission, it is a high-end driving experience. The way the hybrid blends with the automatic transmission adds up to an effortless, serene drive. It’s very comfortable over the tarmac and feels agile from behind the wheel. Drawing on power mostly from the petrol engine, my fuel consumption averaged at 6.7 litres per 100 km. Plug-in hybrids are at their best when you are making use of the

electric range and charging between journeys to boost the overall efficiency of running the car. A 3.7 kW single-phase on-board charger is included as standard, with a full battery charge taking three hours and 45 minutes.

The hybrids are now the most expensive of the 3008 range, but buyers will still find a good car in the more affordable petrol and diesel models. The facelift gives this car just the right presence. What’s underneath is still a very good car indeed.

Peugeot jumps on trends exceedingly well, keeping their range fresh and current in a rapidly evolving motor industry. The plugin hybrid adds diversity and flexibility to the 3008 range, though as with all cars of this type, the battery is best used regularly to see a good return on the investment and make the car more efficient to run.

Model tested: Peugeot 3008 GT PHEV Price: €47,415 Engine: 1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid Power: 225 hp Torque: 360 Nm Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8.8 seconds CO2 emissions: 31 g/km Motor Tax: €140 per year n

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TWO NEW ŠKODA ENYAQ VARIANTS ARRIVING IN 2022 ŠKODA are raising their electric game once more with the addition of two new ENYAQ iV variants in 2022. Available to order now direct from your local dealer is the new ENYAQ Sportline iV and the new all-wheel drive ENYAQ iV 80x. The ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA’s first fully electric vehicle was revealed in 2020, with the first Irish sales pre-booked online by way of a €1,000 deposit. Demand outstripped supply in 2021 with 231 ENYAQ customers recorded up to November. Although supply will improve in 2022, ŠKODA advise that consulting your dealer early is the best way to avoid disappointment. The ENYAQ iV 80x has an all new, allwheel drive powertrain that is available to order now for delivery in 2022. Thanks to a second electric motor on the front axle, complementing the existing rear-wheel motor, it transmits power to the road via all-wheel drive. The two motors have a combined output of 195 kW and offer a maximum torque of 425 Nm. The 80x is mainly driven by a permanent-magnet synchronous motor (PSM) on the rear axle, which delivers an output of 150 kW, a maximum torque of 310 Nm and maximum running speed of 16,000 rpm. The ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV 80x is powered by a 82 kWh battery and can cover more than 500 km in the WLTP cycle. Its top speed is 160 km/h with a 0100km/h acceleration time of 6.9 seconds. The ENYAQ iV 80x starts from €49,894 inclusive of Grants/VRT Rebate and a service and tyre plan. The ŠKODA ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV is the sportiest version yet, characterised by a range of black design features and large wheels, while the lowered sports chassis makes for a particularly dynamic driving experience. The interior adds to the sporty feel, thanks to decorative, carbon-style trims, a three-spoke multi-

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ENYAQ Sportline iV

function steering wheel and seats with integrated headrests. The SPORTLINE variant is offered in three performance levels. The ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV 60 which has an output of 132 kW, while the ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV 80 produces 150 kW. Both feature rear-wheel drive. The SPORTLINE can also be equipped with all-wheel drive! The ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV 80x benefits from two electric motors for additional performance. The SPORTLINE variants are an integral part of ŠKODA’s model portfolio. The Czech car manufacturer is continuing with this tradition by adding the ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV to the line-up of its first all-electric SUV. The new variant comes with a sports chassis as standard that features model-specific springs and shock absorbers, and has been lowered by 15 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear. Body-coloured bumpers and side sills further enhance the car’s sporty appearance. Whether fitted with rear- or all-wheel drive, the electric SUV boasts excellent traction, confidently transmitting the power generated by the electric drive system to the road in any situation. Because of how electric mo-

tors work, the car’s maximum torque is available immediately, even when pulling away. Furthermore, the high-voltage battery fitted in the floor between the axles ensures a low centre of gravity, which has a positive effect on the vehicle’s agility and behaviour when cornering. Thanks to its model-specific sports chassis, the ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV can handle fast corners more dynamically and with less roll. The progressive steering, another standard feature, also allows for sportier handling. The ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV 60 starts from €44,942 inclusive of Grants/VRT Rebate and a service and tyre plan. Commenting on the launch of ŠKODA ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV, John Donegan, ŠKODA Brand Director said, “We are thrilled with the successful launch of our first fully electric vehicle here in Ireland and we are confident the new ENYAQ Sportline iV will fuel even further success for the brand. Availability will improve next year, but demand is still expected to be high. To avoid disappointment we would encourage interested customers to contact their local ŠKODA dealer today”. n


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Dancing with Declan Christmas Party The Dancing with Declan Christmas Party (see accompanying graphic) is open to everyone, so give Declan a text on 085 708 9128 if you’d like to go and he’ll arrange your e-ticket. n

Frosty Fest in New Ross This Christmas you can enjoy a socially distanced, free Christmas concert in St. Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Featuring fantastic music from all-girl band Maċa, soprano Emma Rochford, The Nomads (who are launching their debut CD that night), and the legendary Corkman Seán Ó Sé. An evening of magical talent brought to you by Wexford County Council under the Local Live Performance Scheme. n

Panto time in Wexford Wexford Pantomime Society is delighted to announce its upcoming production of Aladdin in the National Opera House running from 19th to 23rd January. The box office in the National Opera House will open this coming Saturday, December 4th, 2021, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone and online on www.nationaloperahouse.ie n

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Join multi-award-winning singer Tony Carty and his band Blackjack for a warm, cozy and comforting evening of Crooning and Christmas classics in the beautiful surroundings of St. Iberius Church, Wexford town. This concert was a sell-out last year, so hurry, hurry, hurry for tickets to this year’s show. Tickets from the National Opera House website www.nationaloperahouse.ie Featuring Tony Carty and wonderful musicians Fintan Cleary, Nick Bailey and Colette Cleary along with some special guest performers singing your favourite yuletide songs. A wonderful way to enjoy the Christmas season. Page 72 - 1st December 2021


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Sublime Sunday sounds A Musici Ireland String Quartet recital that was originally scheduled for 2020 to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and the centenary of 19th century composer Max Bruch’s death, was hosted in front of a very appreciative audience at The Presentation Centre on a beautiful November Sunday recently, providing sublime afternoon entertainment at the iconic Enniscorthy location.

Towards the end of his life, he wrote three major chamber pieces, of which the String Quartet in E-flat performed at the Presentation was one, with a bit of an intriguing story attached to it. It’s odyssey is one of the strangest in the annals of any composer’s output, being completed in 1918, the score was lost after Bruch’s death and didn’t turn up for nearly nine decades, when Sothebys auctioned a fair copy of the score and

The Musici Ireland String Quartet of Mia Cooper and Victor Vigas on violin, Beth McNinch and Gawain Usher on viola, and Katie Tertell on Cello, presented an elaborate programme of spirited and pacing movements, beautiful melodies, lyrical in character and of delicate voicing, romantic and classically Beethoven, who needs no introduction as one of Pic: Maria Nolan the most famous composers ever. Max Bruch, on the other hand, born in Cologne in Germany in 1838, was one of the major composers of the 19th century, but is only known for a handful of works, despite having written three symphonies and numerous concerti, along with being a prolific writer of chamber music.

parts in 2006. The much belated premiere took place in London on 23rd July 2008, and we were indeed privileged to hear it performed exquisitely right here in Enniscorthy. The music was heavenly and sublime and with the low November sunshine streaming through the magnificent stained glass window providing the perfect backdrop, it was an afternoon of inspirational and elevated entertainment and all I want to say to The Presentation Centre is... ‘Can we have some more please.’ – Maria Nolan

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The Village at Wheelocks A magical place to visit this Christmas Visit the website and book your magical Christmas Experience online at thevillageatwheelocks.ie, situated just outside Enniscorthy.

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The Fureys – legends of Irish music and song – to play two Co. Wexford venues Legends of Irish music and song, the FUREYS return to the live stage for the first time in almost two years. On this tour they include the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, on Sunday 2nd January and the National Opera House, Wexford, on Saturday 15th January. A Fureys concert guarantees a night of pure music magic, songs and nostalgia. Fans will be taken on a compelling winding journey through more than four decades of The Furey’s legendary classics, including I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Old Man, Red Rose Café, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, Leaving Nancy, From Clare to Here and The Green Fields of France. The Fureys have seen and done it all. They’ve played for Irish presidents, enchanted world leaders and enjoyed standing ovations in the most prestigious concert halls all over the world. Their story began to take shape with the great folk revival of the 1960s when Eddie Furey met up with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell. The seeds were well and truly sown when Eddie and Finbar joined the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem as special guests on their 1969 American tour. The band has naturally gone through change with Finbar leaving the band in 1996 and Paul’s passing in 2002. The legend of The Fureys continues to shine as brightly as ever with Eddie and George steering the band through the last two decades. They remain one of the hardest working music acts on the live circuit and in 2019 played more concerts than dur-

ing any of their previous 40 years on the road! Now that they are up and running again, Eddie and George have no plans to stop anytime soon. Eddie says: "We'll keep it going. As long as people want us to play and sing, we'll be around.”

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Panto at The Pres The Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy is looking very festive at present as it gets ready for Panto time there very soon – December 11th to be exact when Little Red Riding Hood's Christmas Adventure will have us all shouting out "Granny, what big teeth you've got!" With wolfy antics and lots of jammy donuts, this festive show is fun for the whole family. Tickets are available now at www.presentationcentre.ie or by calling 053 9233000. All Covid restrictions will be adhered to. n

To celebrate, the team at Screen Wexford would like to announce an end of year Showcase Event taking place in Wexford Art Centre on Thursday 2nd December 2021 from 7-9pm. This event will include short films screenings, launch of Screen Wexford’s new website, and be an opportunity to meet the team behind Screen Wexford and learn of new and exciting plans for 2022. Screen Wexford was established in 2020 and is the Co. Wexford designated Screen Office responsible for film and TV development. An initiative of Wexford County Council’s Arts and Economics development departments with the support of Bodecii Film, the Screen Office facilitates the development of the industry in the region, supporting incoming and indigenous production and making the county ‘film friendly'. This showcase event will include:

NEW VOICES SHORT FILM AWARDEES In December 2020, from a highly competitive slate of submissions, three Wexford based teams were selected to receive production finance; equipment support from lighting company Teach Solais; and a professional mentor to support the filmmakers throughout the production process. The three winning projects being presented in the showcase are: ‘Sonny, Mammy and Patch the Dog’ by Sinead O’Quigley, Richard Deering and Adam Hart, is a dark comedy about how life can be put back together after a bereavement. Samsara by Unity, a collaboration between artists Mirona Mara and Jonathan Murphy who have made an animated short about the cyclical nature of life, death and rebirth. Halted by Robert Tyrell and Joanne Heffernan – a documentary about the everyday lives of the Travelling Community in Wexford. Please note that due to the latest government guidelines only those in possession of a COVID vaccination cert will be admitted unless patrons can provide proof of exemption. n

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Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy at the Bunclody Tidy Town stand with Niall Ó Muirí and Ger Ó Muirí. Right: Bunclody Christmas Market is in the Square, Bunclody, every Saturday until Christmas. Young Mathew Tully shows off his homemade Christmas candle holders and ornaments to Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy. Mathew is helped by fellow FCJ pupil Robbie Chapman.

Bunclody’s weekly Christmas Market

Above left: Linda Murphy with her soft toys. Is Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy buying one for everybody on the Council!!! Above centre: Bunclody Community Park volunteers and their stand at the market, Mary T McKeown and Mary Dowling. Above right: At their Christmas decorations stand were Natalya Ryl and Agnusxka Kaminski at Bunclody Christmas Market in the Square Bunclody, open every Saturday until Christmas.

Above left: FCJ students Roiseen Carroll and Niamh Doyle show off their wares. Above centre: If you have a sweet tooth make sure to visit Ella Keane at her fruit cake and jams stall. Above right: Selling tickets for the Bunclody Camogie Club Christmas Trolly Dash were Leanne and Marita Mahon.

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Left: Christmas decorations and candles were all the rage at Jodie Codd and Lindy O’Mahoney’s stand. Above left: Taking a break for a nice cup of tea were Pam and Tony O’Connor. Above right: Karen Cullen after purchasing one of artist Mick Devereux’s paintings.

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ember Above left: Raven and Wren stand was the place to go for all your Christmas items with Geraldine Watters on hand to help you decide. Above right: Exhibitors Lily and Caroline O’Leary.

Sweetie time – young Nova Lacken enjoys a feast of bonbons.

At their Christmas stalls were Clare Kenny and Mary Quirke.

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Wexford Has Talent is back! The much-missed Wexford Has Talent Competition is back for 2022. The organisers of Wexford Has Talent have announced details for the 2022 competition with auditions set to take place on Sunday, January 9th, at Clayton Whites Hotel. Competitors are now invited to book a free audition place for Sunday, January 9th, in Wexford from 12 noon to 6pm. Wexford Has Talent is kindly sponsored by The Wexford People newspaper Group and has taken place in Wexford town annually since 2015 except for 2021 when Covid restrictions prevented the show from going ahead. The event has grown to become recognised as ‘the' talent competition in the county launching and awarding talents like the band Fit for Kings, gymnast Tara Doyle Robinson, musical ensemble Seventh Fret, singer/songwriters Rachel Grace and Luke Spellacy Shaw and dancer Alex Saunders who have all gone on to perform across the country, release albums and films, and who have appeared on stage at some of the biggest music festivals in Ireland. During the auditions, a panel of at least three judges will help performers through the audition stages. The competition is open to all ages and all

Wexford Has Talent. Pictured are Ella Grant, Katie O’Connor and Anna Jeffares from the Sullivan Academy of Irish Dance. Pics above and below: Patrick Browne.

manner of talents and is free to enter with the winner walking away with a €2,000 prize. Two additional prizes of €500 will also be awarded to runners-up. Organisers say this year is going to be ‘the best yet’. Two semi-finals will take place following the auditions; these will be on Saturday and Sunday, January 22nd and 23rd, and the Grand Final will take place on Saturday, February 12th. All shows will take place in Clayton

Whites Hotel and will be organised under the Covid restrictions in place at that time. Commenting at the launch, the Chair of the organising committee Enda Whelan said, "We have no doubt that this will be the best Wexford Has Talent yet. It has been a hugely difficult couple of years particularly for those involved in the arts and we are delighted to offer a platform to nurture and showcase the immense talent of those involved in the arts in County Wexford. We look forward to welcoming lots of entrants, old and new, at the free audition day on January 9th." Audition appointments can be booked in advance via www.wexfordhastalent.com From this audition process, a shortlist of between 24 and 30 acts will go forward to take part in the live audience semi-finals and the semi-final winners will go on to perform at the Wexford Has Talent Grand Final on Saturday, February 12th, 2022. Tickets to the Wexford Has Talent SemiFinals and Grand Final are now on sale at Clayton Whites Hotel priced at €10 for each semi-final of Wexford Has Talent and €15 for the Grand Final. All live shows commence at 8pm sharp. For further details and Wexford Has Talent news see www.wexfordhastalent.com or join the event on www.Facebook.com/WexfordHasTalent and Instagram - @WexfordHasTalent n

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Jimi’s new album Gorey’s Jimi Cullen is delighted to be launching his new album 'Folk Manifesto Pt.2' this Friday, 3rd of December, on BandCamp and YouTube. It will also be released on Spotify and all other streaming services shortly after. The album will be preceded by his latest single 'The Internationale'. Jimi has been described as being from the old school style of singer-songwriters – “Pure, honest songs, from the heart, without the bullshit, take it or leave it!” Jimi’s website is https://www.jimicullen.ie where you’ll find links to all his wonderful songs. n

Jimi Cullen – Gorey-based folk singer, musician, songwriter, producer and activist.

Enniscorthy’s favourite musical duo – Kermie (Kerry and Jamie) are back on the road! Jamie Murphy tells us, “Lads... we'd love to play anywhere at this stage... We are back at it. Give us a bell and let us bring some much needed joy to you!!! We do dos and functions, weddings and wakes....” Contact the duo through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamieandkerry

Kerry and Jamie – back on the road.

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Enniscorthy Rugby Club – welcoming its Cork visitors Enniscorthy Rugby Club extended a warm welcome to Sunday’s Well from Cork as they came to Enniscorthy for their All Ireland League clash on 20th November. The warm off-thefield welcome contrasted with the lack of mercy shown on the pitch as Enniscorthy ran out comfortable 32-0 winners! n Enniscorthy Rugby Club hosted Sundays Well Rugby Football Club, Cork, in an All-Ireland League clash on 20th November. Left to right: Niall Wall President Enniscorthy Rugby Club), Barbara-Anne Murphy (Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Council), Jacqie Cashman, Margaret Donnellan, Mar Dwyer and Ger Donnellan, Vice-President Sunday’s Well.

Kinsellas doing Enniscorthy proud The popular RTE television programme, Ireland’s Fittest Family, has seen its fair share of Co. Wexford families doing well. None more so than Enniscorthy’s Tom, Dena, Josh and Jay Hogan who came second in 2019, only a whisker away from winning it outright. Now Enniscorthy is being well represented again with the Kinsellas from Marshalstown setting the new series alight with their performances to date. Dad Patrick (49) is joined by Michael (21), David (18) and Caoimhe (15). They have been watching the show since season 1 but had to wait for Caoimhe to reach 15 to be allowed apply. n

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St. Patrick’s winning ways

St Patrick’s School St Patrick’s School, Enniscorthy, were on a winning streak recently beating Youthreach Enniscorthy in a tight match by 4-3, before going into a big game against local rivals Gaelscoil Inis Córthaidh. Gaelscoil arrived to the pitch full of optimism of turning St Patrick’s over but the latter had a lot of work done going into

the game. Gaelscoil took the lead as early as the 10th minute to make it 1-0 courtesy of Saoirse Fortune. St. Patrick’s came back to level it 1-1 with Holly Levingstone scoring from a controversial penalty awarded by match referee Cllr John O’Rourke. After halftime, St. Patrick’s went 2-1 down

with a goal from Blathnaid Cullen but there was no sign of panic from St. Patrick’s as they pulled one back from Shane Fortune. With the game on a knife-edge heading to full time, St. Patrick’s scored again to win 3-2. A delighted Cllr O’Rourke thanked the Gaelscoil team and múinteoirí Judy and Roisin for their support. n

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A case of a bridge too far After a most special and entertaining season, it was disappointing to see our Senior Hurling team go out to Clough/ Ballacolla in the first round of the Leinster Senior Hurling Club Championship.

and senior hurler Oisin Pepper who presented the medals to the girls. Tremendous work is being done at the club, particularly at underage and it is reaping rewards on the field, so congrats to all involved.

Well done to our Junior B footballers on winning the district final and a reminder to all that our AGM will take place on Sunday 5th December at 5pm. – Words and pics by Maria Nolan PRO

To be fair, the Laois Champions were the better team on a bitterly cold evening in O`Moore Park, Portlaoise, albeit the sides being level at the half time break at 8 points each, the home side had the better of the exchanges in the second period and finished convincing winners. Disappointing it was for the Red and Green Army who travelled in numbers to the fixture in the hope that the dream would continue for a little while longer, but the ten week gap from the county final, plus the loss of Nick Doyle and Nathan O`Connor, depleted our reserves and left us vulnerable. Despite the loss, all we can say to this amazing team is ‘Thank You’ from the very bottom of all our hearts. Over a period of two years they have given us both county titles, the senior football in 2020 and the coveted and long-awaited senior hurling after a forty-three year famine.

Kevin Foley, Ben Edwards, Jack Kelly and Liam Ryan with a group of U-13s.

What more could we ask of a tremendously talented group of players who have been ambassadors for the club both on and off the field and have provided us with many trophies over the years coming through the underage ranks. You have given us golden moments, inspired hurling and fooball and treasured memories that we will never forget, and lifted both the club and the town in a time of great need, so in grateful appreciation we say, ‘Thank you for the joy and happiness that you brought to us in an otherwise dour and dismal 2021.’ In other club news, congrats to player, mentor, coach and trainer Padge Walsh who celebrated his 60th birthday recently at the clubhouse surrounded by family, friends and teammates, and congrats to all our underage teams who held medal presentation evenings in November, especially our very successful U/13 hurlers and footballers and Rising Stars who received their medals from senior hurlers Kevin Foley, Ben Edwards, Jack Kelly and Liam Ryan and our U/8, U/10 and U/12 ladies footballers and camogie players and their mentors Colm Sunderland, Seamus Doyle, Ronan Furlong and others,

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U-13 hurlers and footballers with Liam Ryan, Ben Edwards, Jack Kelly and Kevin Foley.

Liam Ryan and Kevin Foley with group of U-13s.

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Enniscorthy Golf Club raises over €10,000 for local charities

Enniscorthy Golf Club made a cheque

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Breast Cancer Research was represented by Gemma Butler and Denise McCarthy, and It’s Good to Talk was represented by Liam Spratt. The club thanks all its members, sponsors and visitors who supported its charity weekend which was played over the weekend of 25th and 26th of September. On the playing front, to finish off a fabulous year Sean Cooper recently won the U-15 Flogas Irish Junior Open Tournament of Champions played in Royal Portrush. Sean was also the winner of the Golf Ireland U-14 Boys Order of Merit. Congratulations to his younger brother Ruairi who finished tied 34th.

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Enniscorthy Golf Club charity fundraiser Enniscorthy Golf Club held its Charity Days on 25th and 26th of September, and raised over €10,000 which has been shared between Breast Cancer Research and It's Good To Talk.

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Back to the Future Back To The Future by Kathrina Shine. Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely. A multidisciplinary artist based in Wicklow, Kathrina’s background is in architectural draughting/theatre/film and abstract/abstract realism paintings. Since 2011 she has mainly concentrated on painting. She works in acrylics, oils, inks, photographic collage with textures. The paintings are built, layer upon layer, the inks work less so. Textures include glass beads, lava sand, rice or small found objects. She works mainly with knives, but will use any object with a shape or an edge, that will make the right mark to balance the piece. What motivates her to paint in abstraction is a personal belief that pure realism is better captured in photography or film.

Art & pics – make ideal Christmas gifts

Her major themes are extrapolated from nature, poetry, politics, mythology, technology, human emotion or simply the joy of colour. She is perpetually researching something. She received a distinction in the Principals of Visual Structure from FETAC (QQI) /UCLA and realised those same principals apply to fine art, filmmaking, set design and architecture. She has always abstracted things, even when model making in architecture. Her buildings were always abstract with creative use of wire, wool, lightbulbs, anything that could be repurposed. Through her own journey, the artists she found herself drawn to are Yeats, Kusama, Kahlo, Miro as well as many others. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

SCARENTHOOD The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy The current exhibition 'SCARENTHOOD', is a series of original black and white comic illustrations by graphic artist Nick Roche. Nick's exhibition runs until December 18th in the main foyer gallery. The gallery is free to visit and open to the public. But you are asked to mask up, sanitise and be mindful of social distancing while visiting. n

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Artist Jeanne Ffrench (paintings and ceramics) and Photographer John Holden held a joint exhibition during Wexford Festival Opera and decided to carry it on until Christmas. So if you looking for interesting art and photographs, visit their wonderful exhibition at South Main Street, Wexford.

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Launching Caroline’s ‘Legend’

Author Caroline Busher with South East Radio’s Alan Maguire. Pic: Maria Nolan.

Local author Caroline Busher launched her third book recently at The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, to an appreciative gathering of family, friends, and fans. The pandemic inspired novel The Legend of Valentine Sorrow is set in Sligo during the Cholera Epidemic of 1832, which is reported to have killed 1,500 people in approximately six weeks and contains many references to Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, and his mother Charlotte Thornley, who lived in Sligo and survived the devastating epidemic. In fact, the name Valentine Sorrow came from a distant cousin of Bram Stoker called Valentine Blake Dillon who became Lord Mayor of Dublin and even gets a mention in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The Legend of Valentine Sorrow begins in 1832 as the Cholera Epidemic is reeking death and destruction right across the country and bringing with it a plague of 200-year-old vampires. The main character, Valentine Sorrow, an orphan, is whisked off by girl vampire Clarabelle to a vampire’s lair and embarks on a life of amazing adventures. He is shipwrecked at the foot of an ancient lighthouse, he battles with Vampire hunters, and works as an illusionist in a Dublin theatre.

is so in tune with how young people think and feel. ‘Don’t be taken in by her demure and delicate image,’ he warned the Presentation audience, `There is a very dark side to this lady, but kids need to be reminded from time to time that the world out there can be big and scary.’ Enniscorthy, he said, is a great town for stories, in particular our amazing Castle and he wondered if Caroline’s next book might be set here, because he added, ‘There’s plenty more to come, this Irish Times bestselling writer is not going to stop anytime soon.’ Caroline read an extract from the book before thanking her many fans and readers, her mam and dad, her husband John and

their three children. And she had a special mention for the Wexford Literary Festival and thanked them for their encouragement and support and for the people of Enniscorthy who have always made her feel so welcome since coming here from Manchester over twenty years ago. She thanked her friend and musician Helena Dunbar for the haunting rendition of the Coolin and her publishers Poolbeg Press and Damian Byrne of Easons for their tremendous endorsement and promotion. Well done to our magnificent Enniscorthy author, and if you have a reader in your house this Christmas do treat them to The Legend of Valentine Sorrow , trust me they won’t be disappointed. – Maria Nolan

Valentine, along with Clarabelle’s vampire family, takes up residence in Casino Marino, an exquisite summerhouse in Dublin with hidden rooms and passages but an old enemy is about to seek them out intent on destroying them. The similarities between the Cholera epidemic of 1832 and the Covid pandemic of 2019 are extraordinary considering the almost 200 year lapse between them. This is an intriguing tale and a must for children who like the thrill of the scare. Launching the book, Alan Maguire of South East Radio said that it is no surprise that The Legend of Valentine Sorrow was shortlisted for the Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year Award because Caroline

Caroline Busher (centre) with Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council) on left, and fellow author Maria Nolan on right.

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Latest edition of local history book LATEST EDITION OF ‘THE PAST’ – THE JOURNAL OF THE UÍ CINSEALAIGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY The 35th edition of ‘The Past’ has just been published, but the public launch of the Journal has been cancelled due to the recent surge in the Covid-19 pandemic. The Journal is available in all Eason bookshops in Enniscorthy, Gorey and Wexford and also in the Book Centre, Main Street, Wexford, at €20 per copy. The present edition contains numerous articles dealing with many aspects of Wexford’s history and should be of interest to anyone even with a modicum of interest in the county’s storied past. It would make an ideal present for a friend or family member, especially for members of the Wexford diaspora. To deal with all the articles in detail would take up too much space; so a brief mention will have to suffice. In the beginning, Editor, Rev. Fr. James Hammel, pens an introductory note. John Garahy has a contribution on the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland 1922-1923. An article titled “The Men Will Talk to Me”, by Aaron Ó Maonaigh, deals with Ernie O’Malley’s interviews with Wexford veterans of the Irish Revolution. John

Pat’s new book Best wishes to Pat Doran with his new book, Enniscorthy The Forgotten Republic – a fascinating insight into the part played by the people of Enniscorthy in the 1916 Rising locally and nationally. A must-read for anyone in town with links to the rebels of 1916, and anyone with an interest in local history. It’s available to buy now at Delaney’s newsagents, Rafter St, Enniscorthy.

Seamus O’Flaherty goes through some of the books on display.

Sean Doyle with a copy of the new edition of ‘The Past’.

Dundon writes about the War of Independence and the Civil War. Eileen Wickham has an interesting piece on the Cultural Significance of the Pugin Legacy at St. Peter’s College. Rev Fr. Bill Cosgrave writes about The Brownes of Bigbarn: Their Two Bishops. There is an article on St. Abban of Moyarney: The Past is Always With Us written by Ellen Elizabeth Ganly.

Jack O’Leary, author of ‘Sailing Ships of Wexford’ with Brendan Howlin TD.

The final contribution is from Yvonne Reid and the title is Starting With My Wexford Ancestry. – Sean Doyle

Family ties – Gerard White looks at the SS Isolda history stand – that ship sunk off Kilmore in 1940. Gerard’s grandfather served on it.

Mark and Aude Bates enjoying the exhibition.

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Thatched cottages of Kilmore. Noel Howlin looking for his family’s house.

At the John Power exhibition opening, L-R: Brendan Howlin TD, Cllr Jim Moore, Chairman Rosslare Municipal District, John Power, and Cllr Jim Codd.

Kilmore Quay in the ‘Rare Oul Times’ John Power’s Exhibition, ‘Kilmore Quay Village in the Rare Oul Times’ took place in the Stella Maris Hall, 20-25th November.

Something for everybody at the exhibition as young Ben Mythen found out.

Some of the attendees at the official launch.

‘Found someone I know.’ L-R: Anne and Tony Kelly and Johnny Moore.

Cllr Jim Codd met Marie Bates, and two former pupils of his from 20 years ago – Becci and Holly Power, at the exhibition.

L-R: Joe Maddocks, Captain, John Grace and Aodhain Power.

L-R: Publisher Michael Freeman, Artist Brian Cleare and Exibition Host John Power.

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Enniscorthy Historical Re-ena of Johnstown Castle Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society at the official launch of Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum and Gardens on 11th November 2021.

On 11th November, Minister for Agricultu McConalogue TD, was joined by some des Johnstown Castle Estate from 100 years a ing of the majestic Johnstown Castle Estat

Johnstown Castle opened its doors to the pu 850 years after the arrival of the Anglo-Norm pandemic meant that the occasion was not o ister McConalogue declared the gothic reviv

Situated in 120 acres, the historic property o completion of a €7.5million investment by D Marine and Fáilte Ireland Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society’s Maria Nolan and Tom Boland at the official launch.

Works and re-investment continue apace at J Gardens, including the redevelopment of the works on the Castle’s ballroom and the Victo

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actment Society at the launch

Pic: Patrick Browne.

Above: Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society’s Tom Boland and Maria Nolan with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, at the official launch. Pic: Mary Browne.

Below: Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society members at the official launch.

re, Food and the Marine, Charlie scendants of former staff of the ago, in celebrating the official opente, Museum & Gardens.

ublic for the first time in 2019 exactly mans to Wexford. The arrival of the officiated until last month when Minval doors of the castle ‘open’.

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New releases from Wexford Public Libraries Wexford Public Libraries are pleased to announce that they have two online offerings in relation to the revolutionary period (1912-1923) available now. These presentations – on “The Miracle of Irish Independence” and “Wexford Women and the Road to Independence” – are available on Wexford Public Libraries social media platforms. “The Miracle of Irish Independence” by Ronan McGreevy: Ronan McGreevy considers the Irish War of Independence. Ronan is an Irish Times journalist, the author of Wherever the Firing Line Extends: Ireland and the Western Front and the editor of Centenary: Ireland remembers 1916, the official State book recalling the commemorations of 2016. Prior to joining the Irish Times in 2006, he wrote for The Times, the London Evening Standard and the Irish Post. He was also a radio and television producer with the BBC and Sky News.

Masters in Archaeological Excavation. He has a keen interest in the War of Independence in County Wexford and has already created a website dedicated to this research. He was appointed Historian-in-residence for Wexford Libraries in June 2021. Both videos are available now on Wexford Public Library’s Facebook and YouTube. Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council

Barbara-Anne Murphy says, “Wexford County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme continues to examine the events of one hundred years ago in Co. Wexford and nationally. Ronan and Barry draw vivid pictures of this time. I hope everyone will enjoy these online talks.” For further information, contact the Local Studies Librarian, Caroline Barry at 053 919 6330 or libraryhq@wexfordcoco.ie n

“Wexford Women and the Road to Independence” by Barry Lacey, Historian-inresidence at Wexford Libraries: Barry Lacey explores the role that women from Wexford played in the War of Independence and the Civil War. Barry has a Higher Diploma in Archaeology and a

Wexford War of Independence and Civil War Digitisation Wexford Libraries invites you to take part in “Wexford War of Independence and Civil War Digitisation Day” in Wexford Library, Mallin Street, Wexford, on Friday, 10th December 2021, from 11am to 4pm.

Members of the public are invited to bring photographs, postcards, letters, diaries, medals or other memorabilia in relation to this turbulent time in our history. Staff from Wexford Library will record the story of who they belonged to and why they are important. The objects will be scanned or photographed. Historians and experts will also be on hand to discuss the significance of these treasures. Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Barbara-Anne Murphy, says, “I’m delighted that we are holding this digitisation day. It is a chance for us to engage with families whose ancestors were directly involved in events which led to the formation of our state and to the rich history of county Wexford.” Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy.

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Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society news Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society had a very busy November from their prestigious photoshoot at the official opening of the beautiful Johnstown Castle by Minister of Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, which received national coverage on the 6.1 and 9 o’clock news, and in the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner, along with all local papers, depicting Johnstown as the gem of the south east and Wexford’s Downton Abbey, our reenactors re-created Lady Maurice Fitzgerald, the last owner of the Castle, along with her staff of maids, farm manager, game keeper and footman (see accompanying photos). In Gorey and New Ross, our re-enactors accompanied Historian in Residence at Wexford Libraries Barry Lacey on his informative, guided War of Independence and Civil War tours depicting all sections and divides from Flying Column, RIC, Black and Tan, to Free State army and IRA, as those in attendance found out exactly what happened in each town the where and the when, if not always the who. And on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, EHRS laid a wreath at the Orchard Peace Park for all those from the town of Enniscorthy who lost their lives in that war to end wars, WWI. EHRS is continuing to do its utmost to promote and educate members of the public on all aspects of Wexford’s history, heritage and culture, through interactive living histories from 1169 to 1798, and 1916 to 1922 and everything in between. – Maria Nolan Top photo: Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society at the Orchard Peace Park in Enniscorthy. Other two photos: Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society at the official opening of the beautiful Johnstown Castle. All pics: Courtesty of Maria Nolan.

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Wexford hosts major planning conference Irish Planning Institute (IPI) highlights key steps to complete the transformation of the planning system in Ireland.

Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy addresses the delegates at the Welcome Event for the IPI Conference 2021.

President of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI), Dr Conor Norton, has called for renewed urgency in the ongoing transformation of the planning system in Ireland to meet the major challenges in achieving sustainable development and climate action. Speaking at the IPI Annual Planning Conference in Wexford on 19th November in the context of the Housing for All and National Development Plan, Dr Conor Norton also highlighted the opportunity to rapidly rebalance the system and deliver a fit for purpose planning system for Ireland. Dr Norton outlined at the conference the key areas that need to be addressed, with the Minister of State for Planning and Local Government, Peter Burke TD, department officials and delegates in attendance.

1. Establish and commit to the fundamentals of planning: The true purpose of planning is to act in the interests of the public and the common good, and to secure the objectives of sustainable development. There is plenty of scope within these to complete the transformation of the planning system and to help to restore public confidence in the system. 2. ‘Connect the dots’ with a plan-led system: There is a need to complete the move to a plan-led planning system. While positive work has been done at national level, and with regional and metropolitan plans in place, the focus needs to shift to County and Local level. 3. Restoration of local level planning: With improved local level planning, the purpose and function of planning guidelines must be reconsidered. While there is no appetite to keep shifting the planning goalposts, sustainable place-making at local level must trump generic planning guidelines. 4. Consistency in decision making: There is need for consistency in decision-making and a rebalance of national and local level considerations, in addition to how vague highlevel policy is translated into Local Authority and An Bord Pleanála planning decisions. While this is important for planners, it is even more important for a ‘confused public’.

Senior Planner Wexford Co. Council, Diarmuid Houston, welcomes the delegates to the IPI Conference 2021.

5. Regional planning: Ireland is almost unique in Europe as it still uses a two-tier government structure. In most countries regional planning provides the link between national and local level planning. Nationallevel planning should focus on national spatial and planning policy, and can coordinate regional planning, and indeed avoid unnecessary involvement in local matters. Likewise, local planning can then focus on the business of placemaking and regeneration within the coordinating framework of regional planning, and indeed high-level national policy and guidance. Concluding, Dr Norton said, “We have little time to waste and planners across the private and public sector need to work together and in collaboration with government to build the system that Ireland deserves and one that can meet the challenges ahead of us.” n

Back Row L-R: Cllr Pip Breen; Anthony Abbott King; Cllr Garry Laffan; Diarmuid Houston; Brian Keaney and Paul Hennessy. Front Row L-R: Cathaoirleach of Wexford Co. Council Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy; Mary MacMahon; Dr. Conor Norton; Ciara Kellett.

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Dec does it again!

Wexford photographer Declan Roche’s winning image from the Wildlife and Underwater category, Let Me Out, was the overall winner of the 2021 Love Your Coast photography competition. The Love Your Coast competition is an integral part of the Clean Coasts programme. Ireland has some of the most spectacular and diverse coastlines in the world. For the past 12 years, the ‘Love Your Coast’ competition has been about capturing the essence of the Irish coastline, its beauty, and its diverse character. Being Ireland’s foremost community-based coastal programme, Clean Coasts counts on the work of nearly 2,000 volunteer groups nationwide to help protect our coastline, waterways, seas, ocean, and marine life. Once more, Clean Coasts’ volunteers and groups have been eager to engage with us and support the fight against marine pollution. Clean Coasts mission is to foster pride in our coastline and waterways and each year the Love Your Coast competition is an opportunity to see this reflected in the entries.

No stranger to winning photography competitions, Wexford’s Declan Roche has won the overall Photographer of the Year award at the Clean Coasts 2021 Love Your Coast photography competition.

duction of a brand-new Love Your Coast Category for 2021, Creativity and the Coast. 2021 saw local photographers score top places in various categories. Declan Roche won the overall Love Your Coast prize as well as first place in the Wildlife and Underwater category for his image Let Me Out which was shot at Wexford Harbour quayfront. Roche said of the winning image that “a regular talking point with people getting their ‘5K’ exercise on Wexford’s Marina during the lockdown in 2021 was this otter. I was there most days each week over a 6-week period, and this shot with a shore crab in his mouth was one of my better photos.” Photographer Myles Carroll also placed first in the new category called Creativity and the Coast for his photo entitled Seagull on Tour, taken at the beach at Kilmichael Point, Co. Wexford, with Ivan Donoghue winning third place in the same category for his photo entitled Sunlight from Above, taken at Hook Head.

For the Love Your Coast 2021 competition, almost 1,300 entries were received – the most entries the Love Your Coast competition has had to date.

Myles Lambert from Caim was the winner of the Coastal Heritage category with Remains of the Day, a tranquil image captured in Connemara, Co. Galway.

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast photography awards were held virtually for the second year in a row, where the winning photographers for the competition were announced. The competition had a prize fund of €5,000 for the amateur photographers competing in five categories: Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and the intro-

Moreover, Graham Murphy with the picture titled Caught on the Hop and Thomas Ormond with the photograph Puffin with Sandeels were shortlisted in the top ten images for the Wildlife and the Coast Category. Nikki George’s image Hurling at the Ball Alley and Tara McGeary’s photo Joggers at Dawn were shortlisted in the People and the Coast Category, while Myles

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Ivan Donoghue won third prize in the Creativity and the Coast category for his photo entitled Sunlight from Above, taken at Hook Head, Co. Wexford.

Myles Carroll placed first in the new category called Creativity and the Coast for his photo entitled Seagull on Tour, taken at the beach at Kilmichael Point, Co. Wexford.

Carroll’s image entitled Hook Lighthouse and Christine Taylor’s photo Stargazer were shortlisted in the Coastal Heritage and the Creativity and the Coast categories respectively.

seen some of the most amazing photographs of our coast over the last number of years. This is more than just a photography competition: we are an island nation and our coast and marine environment are incredibly important to us. Clean Coasts has almost 2,000 volunteer groups who are doing amazing work when it comes to managing and protecting our marine environment, so these photographs are a way for everybody to appreciate and celebrate our coast and be inspired to get involved too." n

The 50 best shots were shortlisted by the Love Your Coast judges for an online gallery. Michael John O'Mahony, director of the Environmental Education Unit, said: "This is the 12th year of the competition and it has been very successful and very well received and we have

Overall winner: Declan Roche’s Let Me Out, Wexford Harbour Quayfront.

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Roadmap to renewables EirGrid and Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, have unveiled a roadmap to radically transform the electricity grid to meet renewable ambitions. EirGrid was asked by the Government to transform the electricity system in anticipation of a future without coal, oil, peat and ultimately one with net zero emissions. Specifically, EirGrid must redevelop the grid to manage the vast majority of Ireland’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. The Shaping Our Electricity Future roadmap is the result of a comprehensive 14-week consultation across all sectors of society and two years of research by industry experts and tens of millions of technical simulations. There were numerous engagements across Wexford as part of the consultation, including briefings for Wexford Chamber of Commerce and Wexford County Council, and an Irish Rural Link Workshop. In response, there were 492 submissions from members of the general public and 80 industry submissions. Shaping Our Electricity Future provides an outline of the key developments needed from a networks, engagement, operations and market perspective to support a secure transition to at least 70% renewables on the electricity grid by 2030. This is an important step on the journey towards 80% renewables, which will present opportunities for further renewable generators, and ultimately, net zero by 2050. EirGrid consulted on four different approaches to developing the grid and the final roadmap contains a blended approach that looks at grid development from an economic, technical, social acceptance and

Glasgow, November 10th – Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, EirGrid Chief Executive, Mark Foley and Liam Ryan, EirGrid Chief Innovation and Planning Officer at COP26 unveiling the ‘Shaping Our Electricity Future’ roadmap.

deliverability perspective and seeks to minimise the impact on communities while still delivering on the renewable ambitions. It also takes account of available capacity and network development synergies and is aligned with policy. The plan comprises 40 new grid infrastructure projects, representing a total investment of over €1 billion. This is on top of an existing €2.2 billion programme of grid infrastructure projects. Some of this additional investment will be seen in Wexford through upgrading existing lines and infrastructure. Under the Shaping Our Electricity Future roadmap, there will be greater control over where future generation and demand is located, maximising the utilisation of the exist-

ing infrastructure while minimising the need for the development of new electricity lines. Most of the new projects identified in the blueprint are upgrades to existing infrastructure. Minister Ryan said: “We must radically reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and make the transition to cleaner, indigenous renewable energy. Increased renewable energy will insulate Ireland from the volatility of international gas and carbon prices, which are near an alltime high. Shaping Our Electricity Future shows a clear path to delivery on our commitments to decarbonise our electricity grid, harness our natural resources and bring renewable energy into the heart of our communities. It will also enable us meet the projected increase demand for electricity over the coming years.” n

Planning sought for new Enniscorthy nursing home A Planning Application has been submitted to Wexford County Council by Green DCBM for a material change to what was previously granted for the site at Clonhaston, Enniscorthy. The application states: "Planning Permission is sought for construction of a three storey Nursing Home building (comprising a gross floor area of 5763.00 sqm) in lieu of previously granted (Planning Reg. Ref. 20180945) Pharmacy, Offices and Medical Centre building on the same site. Permission is also sought for alterations and moving of location of previously granted (Planning Reg. Ref. 20180945) two

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storey child care facility building (comprising a gross floor area of 906.00 sqm) to a new location on the site, beside the proposed Nursing Home. Planning permission is also sought to re-

place previously granted (Planning Reg. Ref. 20180945) stone boundary wall, running the full length along the R744 to be replaced with a 1.1 metre high metal railing and beech hedge.


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Plan will “bring down emissions, create new jobs and protect communities” The government’s new Climate Action Plan includes low-cost, high-benefit measures that will bring down emissions, create new jobs and protect communities across Wexford, Fine Gael TD Paul Kehoe has said.

new retrofitting centres of excellence last year. “Farmers are willing and able to play their part in climate action. They know the land better than anyone. They are part of the solution. “This plan provides farmers with the certainty they need for the future, after what has been a challenging and uncertain period for many due to Brexit and reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

A range of actions which will pave the way for Ireland to meet the legally binding target of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050, are central in the plan.

“This plan also includes serious investment in transport across Wexford.

Deputy Kehoe said, “As it currently stands, Ireland has the second largest greenhouse gas emissions per person in the EU. “Climate change is a serious threat to families, businesses and communities across Wexford but the measures included in the Climate Action Plan provide us with an opportunity to create new jobs, bring down emissions and crucially protect our natural environment. We want reasonable and practical climate action that ensures the protection of jobs, farms and communities into the future. “One of the most significant changes we’re going to see is the transition to up to 80% renewable electricity by 2030. Our electricity system is going to look radically different as we make fundamental changes over the coming years. We’re going to have less coal, gas and oil in homes and businesses across Wexford, and an increase in offshore wind on our coastlines, solar and other renewable energies.

“By 2030, there is going to be an additional 500,000 walking, cycling and public transport journeys per day. We need this plan to work for everyone though, and a crucial component is the widespread rollout of electric vehicles (EV) as well as investment in rural public transport. “The funding of retrofitting of homes across Wexford to make them warmer and cheaper to heat is key to embedding changes within our energy system. “Over 500,000 people will be helped to insulate their homes or change their heating systems, and approximately €300m will be spent in 2022 alone on supporting people to improve their home energy efficiency. “New industries will be created in retrofitting and offshore wind. We’re going to see the rollout of a new National Retrofit Plan, and my colleague Minister Simon Harris has already begun work in growing the sector with the launch of four

“With a target of almost one million EVs by 2030, we’re going to have record numbers of electric cars on Wexford roads over the next few years. “We want reasonable and practical climate action that ensures the protection of jobs, farms and communities into the future. There’s no doubt climate change is a huge challenge, but this plan presents significant progress to transitioning to a sustainable and cleaner way of living,” concluded Deputy Kehoe. The Climate Action Plan 2021 document is available to view here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/6223 e-climate-action-plan-2021/ n

Funding to combat erosion at Kilmore Deputy Paul Kehoe has welcomed the recent announcement of approval of €367,740 for the installation of rock armour cliff toe protection to help combat the risk of erosion at Seaview, Kilmore, Co. Wexford. Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Mr. Patrick O’Donovan TD, announced the approval

of Wexford County Council’s application under the Office of Public Works’ Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. Welcoming the announcement, Deputy Kehoe said, “As a coastal county, it is imperative that we move swiftly to protect areas and properties at risk from erosion. Today’s funding will help to protect the

cliff frontage immediately adjacent to the access road to 14 properties at immediate risk of erosion in Seaview, Kilmore.” “Wexford is renowned for its glorious sandy beaches, but the downside of that sandy coastline is that it is extremely vulnerable to erosion. We must continue to work to protect our coastline and the properties that are threatened along it.” n

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Gold medal winners - congrats!

Wexford Tidy Town group: gold medal winners at the National Tidy Town Awards 2021.

Students and teachers of Scoil Mhuire Coolcots on a visit to Johnstown Castle on 11th November.

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Killegney Early visit Wheelo Christmas Tree A Christmas must for Killegney Early Years – a school visit to Wheelocks Tree Farm, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy, 25th November. Surprise, surprise as the children play at the Tree Farm.

Hot Chocolate time as the group relaxes with Issac Wheelock, James Doyle

Tom, Sofie, Farrah and Sophie.

Sophie and Orlagh.

John posing at Wheelocks Tree Farm Moneyhore, Enniscorthy.

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and Mary Wheelock looking on.

Orlagh with the Killegney Group.

Joan and Amelia.

Kit picking out his tree.

Killegney Early Years school visit to Wheelocks Tree Farm, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy.

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