Slaney News, Issue 151, December 2022

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Among the first visitors to Santa’s Enchanted Christmas at the 1798 Centre in Enniscorthy, when it opened on 26th November 2022, was Natalia Stelmacu.

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built by the Council, particularly in the Enniscorthy area, and with Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy saying that the last ones built were at Termonbarry in Bunclody amost 20 years ago! Cllr Cathal Byrne says that of 624 social houses planned in Co. Wexford only 21 will be in the Enniscorthy district, equivalent to just 3%. Cllr Jackser Owens says he knows people on the housing list for the last ten years with no sign of a house coming their way. EMD Chairperson Aidan Browne agrees that the Council needs to start building its own housing rather than relying on the private sector to build for them. Cllr John O’Rourke has been pushing WCC officials to meet with the HSE with a view to providing housing at the St John’s Hospital complex and also to meet the owners of the old St Patrick’s School on Bohreen Hill to see if housing can be built there. Carolyne Godkin, Director of Services at WCC, believes that progress is being made in providing social housing but agrees that more needs to be done particularly in providing one and two-bed units in the Enniscorthy area. She says that there are developments in the pipeline which will be made public at the appropriate time and, furthermore, WCC is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from anyone who can supply housing or land suitable for housing. An ad to that effect is included in this issue of the Slaney News. A special WCC meeting on housing will take place this Monday 5th December.

There’s lots happening in Enniscorthy and around Co. Wexford this Christmas season, most of it covered in this issue of the Slaney News. We hope you get to enjoy some of the magic of it all, and we wish everybody a Very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.


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My team and I are ready to help you Of昀ce Open Weekdays: 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm. Browne TD James Minister of State at the Department of Justice TD for Wexford Contactme Lower Church Street, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford 053 9235046 @JamesBrowneTD Welcome to the December issue of the online Slaney News. Housing has certainly become the hot topic at recent meetings of Wexford County Council (WCC) and Enniscorthy
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Santa’s Enchanted Christmas –shining bright this festive season

Enniscorthy Municipal District in partnership with the National 1798 Centre, Wexford County Council and supporting sponsor the Riverside Park Hotel were delighted to open the doors to Santa’s Enchanted Christmas at the 1798 Centre on 26th November, running five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday, until December 22nd. Patrons can expect a magical experience thanks to the hard-working Rathnure Panto Society and Red Moon Theatre. Mico Hassett, Manager of the 1798 Centre site, and Ger Mackey, Enniscorthy Mu nicipal District Manager, are delighted with this year’s experience and with the extra capacity, accessibility, free parking etc. With very few tickets left all are en couraged to buy now before it’s too late. Patrons can check-in on the grounds be fore entering through the big red door for an enchanted forty-five minute tour priced from twelve to twenty euros. There will be plenty of surprises as you

wander through the multi-room spaces with gnomes causing mayhem along the way. Mrs Claus, helped by her elves, will entertain and transport the kids to be gifted by Santa with time to catch the moment on camera. Patrons can arrange a further free trip to Enniscorthy Castle in their own time where a walk through the

ground floor festive workshop by the North Two Madness team awaits dis covery by all ticket holders, during their normal opening hours.

PRO Sinead Dolan advises everyone to click into Santa’s Enchanted Christmas’ so cial media platforms for newsflashes, up dates and competition details. n

Among the first visitors to Santa’s Enchanted Christmas at the 1798 Centre in Enniscorthy, on 26th November 2022...

Above: Santa with the Rossiter family. Below left: Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was there also. Below centre: Ben Forrester chatting with Mrs Claus. Below right: The Snow Queen.

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Among the first visitors to Santa’s Enchanted Christmas at the 1798 Centre in Enniscorthy, on 26th November 2022... left: Santa with Natalia Stelmacu. right: Santa with Jacob and Hannah Burke. Eva, Hanna, Santa, Hookley and Taigh. Elves Elphina, Elpanna, Elfie, Elphin and Elphfa. Above left: Olaf and Elsa. Above: Mad Hatters Tea Party Ace of Hearts, Queen of Hearts and Alice. Below left: Santa Claus with Ben Forrester and his mam and dad, Dee and Mick. Mrs Claus with Holly and M.J. Dinton.


Wexford County Council has announced details of Free Park ing for the Christmas Season 2022.

From 11am on: Saturday, 3rd, 10th & 17th December, and Monday 19th to Saturday 24th December, inclusive.

Please note this applies to all Public Car Parks in Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross and Wexford.

A list of Enniscorthy car park locations included in this initiative is shown opposite.

For all other car parking facilities, normal rates and regulations apply. n

One of the biggest community invest ments ever in Enniscorthy, €1.2m, is hap pening right now at the Bellefield GAA complex. Among those who attended a recent meeting about this massive pro ject were Wexford GAA Co. Board Chair man Michael Martin and renowned racehorse trainer Jim Bolger pictured above. See pages 114-115 for more de tails.

Welcome repair to local roadway

Following representations from Cllr Jackser Owens and highlighting by us in the Slaney News, Wexford County Coun cil has done a temporary but very wel come repair job on the lane between Shamrock Rovers soccer club and Sham rocks GAA club. n

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Like most recent graduates he missed out on two years of college life due to the Covid pandemic and worked full-time in Dunnes Stores, Enniscorthy, over that period where he became a valued member of staff. He continued his college work online whilst working in Dunnes. n




The 36th edition of ‘The Past’ has just been published and it has been decided not to have a public launch of the Journal as part of society’s effort to thwart the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It will be available in all Eason’s bookshops in Enniscorthy, Gorey and Wexford; the Book Centre, Main Street, Wexford; and the Selskar Bookshop; also the Bookshop, New Ross, at €20 per copy.

It is essential to purchase your copy early as there is a limited print output. The present edition contains articles presenting many facets of Wexford’s past and should engage the interest of anyone even with a limited knowledge of local history. It would make an ideal present for a friend or family member, especially for members of the Wexford Diaspora.

Kieran Costello has a piece on the history of Enniscorthy Castle. There is an article by Aaron Ó Maonaigh ‘From Truce to Treaty, and Civil War in Co. Wexford’.

Ken Hemmingway writes regarding the ‘Office of the Mayor of Wex ford and the Tithe War in Co. Wexford’.

‘From Adamstown to Ballindaggin – Nurse Kate Dundon 1869-1946’ by John Dundon, who also has an item on ‘Irregular Catechism (1924)’.

Bernard Browne contributes an article on ‘Some County Wexford Ar morial or Heraldic Bookplates’.

The final contribution is from Mrs. Mary Hickey – ‘The Mount Leinster Lament’.

Once again the Editor is Rev. Fr. James Hammel. n

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to Kieron Tirbhowan from Ennis corthy who graduated from SETU last week with a Bsc Level 8 degree in Public Health and Health Promotion.
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Nicky takes over as Bill ‘retyres’!

Bill Hendrick set up his own tyre business in Enniscorthy in 1995 having pre viously worked for Kilkenny Remoulds in their Enniscorthy branch since 1979. Bill developed his business to become one of Enniscorthy’s best loved and re spected service providers but the time has come for Bill to step back a little and let the business develop further under the management of his son Nicky, with Bill’s grandson Keane O’Byrne also working there now.

Bill, himself, will continue to work in the business part-time. After over 40 years handling tyres for his loyal customer base in Enniscorthy and beyond, it will be a gentle withdrawal from the day-today running of the business.

For all your tyre needs as well as align ment and batteries, keep it local and in the family at Hendrick Tyre Centre. Tel: 053 9233625. n

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Bill ‘retyres’ after over 40 years in the tyre business, pictured on right with longstanding customer Pat Hayes. Below: Nicky Hendrick hard at work. Hendrick Tyre Centre, looking amazing after a new paint job.
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Enniscorthy Caredoc has moved
Jackser Owens presenting acting principal
with the Enniscorthy CBS’s recent environmental award from Wexford Co. Council.

Chistmas at Kilcannon

Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

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Available from our restaurant: ❄ Christmas Hampers made to order –an ideal gift for that someone special ❄ Brown bread & scones made fresh daily ❄ Lunch and dinner, tea/coffee We have a great range of decorations available – Christmas trees, lights, ornaments, our hand-crafted wreaths, presentation bowls and
Gift Vouchers available that can also be used in
restaurant, Bellefield Design or Astro Active.
Keep an eye on our Facebook pages for special offers A Voucher for Finishing Touches or Rejuvenate Treatment Rooms makes the ideal Christmas gift. Andremember:OurVouchersnevergooutofdate! Give the Gift of Beauty this Christmas Or choose from our great range of beauty hampers... Vouchers available online: Finishing Touches: 7 Main Street, Enniscorthy. Tel: (053) 92 32458. Email: Instagram: @ftbeautygirls Follow us on Facebook Rejuvenate Treatment Rooms: Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. Tel: (053) 923 0250. Email: Instagram: @rejuvenatebeautygirls. Follow us on Facebook Thankyou toeverybodyfor shoppinglocalthis Christmas

Enniscorthy gets illuminated

On Friday evening 25th November record crowds turned out in the Cathedral town to see the Big Fat Man with the long white beard hit the switch and flood the town with Christmas light.

The Switching On of the Lights event began at 3pm with the arrival of South East Radio to Market Square, where presenter Philip Cawley interviewed many of the town’s personalities, in cluding Yours Truly, who was delighted with the opportunity to flag our new development at Rapparees/Starlights GAA –the Building Bellefield Project, and also say a little about my books The Shadow of the Hill and The Shadow of Freedom. Philip also had the opportunity to interview my good friend and best-selling author Felicity Hayes McCoy who was in town to do a book signing event at Eason’s bookstore.

Development Officer with Enniscorthy & District Chamber of Commerce Jimmy Gahan and Chairman of Enniscorthy Mu nicipal District Council Aidan Browne both spoke of their de light to see such tremendous crowds on the streets of Enniscorthy and encouraged all to shop local this Christmas. Enthralled spectators were treated to beautiful dance rou tines from members of Martina Lacey dance academy before Santa arrived in splendour to Market Square accompanied by Mrs. Claus and a colourful entourage of elves and fairies and Disney characters thanks to the Rathnure Panto Society and Red Moon Theatre.

All in all a truly magical atmosphere and one that will con tinue in Enniscorthy with Santa’s Enchanted Christmas at the 1798 Centre, sponsored by Wexford County Council and the Riverside Park Hotel, where patrons will be treated to a forty-five minute wonderland tour with spectacular set and scenes and special guest appearances of all your favourite fantasy characters a Christmas experience not to be missed.

Well done Enniscorthy and a very merry Ho Ho Ho to all.

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– Words & Pics by Maria Nolan L-R: Rev Nicola Halford, Cllr Jackser Owens, Cllr Aidan Browne (Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District), Cllr John O’Rourke.

Make sure to check out the wonderful Christmas wonderland created by North Two Madness on the ground floor of Enniscorthy Castle during its opening hours. The purchase of normal admission tickets to the Castle include free access to this Christmas experience. And there is Free access for anyone who attends Santa’s Enchanted Christmas at the 1798 Centre. See more on page 23.

Conor and the Btwenty7 team are operating their famous snowglobe in the Market Square and will also be serving refreshments from their festive hut in the Square. Snowglobe tickets are available from their outlet in Market Square and online.

See pages 8-9.


Wexford County Council has announced details of Free Parking for the Christmas Season 2022.

From 11am on: Saturday, 3rd, 10th & 17th December, and Monday 19th to Saturday 24th December, inclusive. Please note this applies to all Public Car Parks in Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross and Wexford. A list of Enniscorthy car park locations included in this initiative is shown below. For all other car parking facilities, normal rates and regulations apply.

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Maria Nolan with Philip Cawley, South East Radio. Santa about to switch on the town’s festive lighting.
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Festive fun at Enniscorthy Castle


Make sure to check out the wonderful Christmas-themed ground floor of the Castle created by the Elves with a little help from Liam Doyle and the North Two Madness team. The purchase of normal admission tickets to the Castle includes Free access to this Christmas wonderland.

And there is Free access for anyone who attends Santa’s Enchanted Christmas at the 1798 Centre.

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Christmas cheer at Kilcannon

There’s lots of Christmas cheer at Kilcannon Garden Centre and Restaurant with the news that it is to receive a huge funding boost of €100,000, and that news coincides with the launch of Kilcannon’s amazing range of Christmas Hampers.

Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne TD confirmed that the Kilcannon Centre social enter prise supported by the County Wexford Community Work shop will receive a government grant of €100,000. The grant will support building works including the installation of an 8passenger disabled access lift; surfacing works including up grading and marking the public car park; installing electric car points; disabled parking and bicycle racks for cyclists.

Minister Browne outlined how he is “delighted that the Kil cannon Centre will benefit from funding through the Scaling Up fund to support improvement works at their premises on the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy.

“The Community Workshop provides a terrific service for the local community in providing horticultural goods and services, supporting our vulnerable citizens, and creating jobs.

“I want to thank the Community Workshop for their tremen dous work in serving the local community. Together with my Government colleagues, I will continue to work to deliver funding for County Wexford projects like these accessibility works for Kilcannon Centre”, Minister Browne concluded. n

HAPPY HOLIDAYS with handmade Kilcannon Garden Centre & Restaurant BESPOKE CHRISTMAS GIFT HAMPERS

Choose your own Hamper from as little as €20 with delights such as: Traditional homemade Christmas Log Puddings; flavoursome Mince Pies; Marmalades (Whiskey, Gin & Regular) & Jams (Raspberry and Blackberry); Christmas Granola; Pancake mix; Porridge Bread mix; Mince Meat; Rum and Brandy Butters; Christmas chutney; Tomato & Rhubarb chutney; Tomato jam; Kumquats in Vodka.

The selection of Irish Artisan foods include: Chocolates; Crackers; Biscuits; Nougats; Nuts; Wines & Prosecco.

Brimming with delectable Christmas treats, Kilcannon Christ mas Gift Hampers are the perfect choice to be enjoyed with friends and family with something to tempt everyone and all presented within a fabulous festive Christmas themed basket. Hampers available at:

Kilcannon Garden Centre & Restaurant, Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy Y21F5D7. Tel No. 053 9235514.

Bellefield Design, Bellefield, Enniscorthy Y21W6D7. Tel No. 053 9236294.

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Minister James Browne at Kilcannon Garden Centre and Restaurant recently with Trevor Jacob (Chief Executive of County Wexford Community Workshop Enniscorthy) and Ben Bernie (Manager at Kilcannon Industries) checking out the great new range of Christmas Hampers now on sale there.

If you want to be more sustainable this Christmas, there are some great tips and ideas available at these links: tainable-christmas

The main message is to buy less ‘stuff’, or buy experiences instead of things, or use your gift-giving to support Irish en vironmental charities this Christmas.

The most obvious way is a donation, with all now accepting donations on line.

Becoming a member or buying mem bership for someone who might be in terested in their cause is a great way to support environmental charities finan cially and help spread their mission. Many produce a regular magazine or newsletter for members like ‘Wings’ from Birdwatch Ireland and ‘Irish Wild life’ from Irish Wildlife Trust, which pro vide great information for anyone with an interest in nature.

Many environmental charities offer the chance to sponsor something, e.g., a nestbox from Birdwatch Ireland, or a tree from Native Woodland Trust, or take part in an activity such as a tree planting day with Crann Trees for Ire land, or adopt a whale or dolphin via the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, or adopt a hedgehog, fox or otter with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland Wild life Hospital. If you prefer to get your hands on something, you could buy an apple tree from Irish Seed Savers, or you might know a nature lover who would appreciate a bat detector from Bat Conservation Ireland to identify some bats living in the vicinity.

Lots of Irish environmental charities sell gifts like calendars, Christmas cards, greeting cards, tote bags, mugs, tea towels, notepads etc. If you know someone who prefers to wear their heart on their sleeve, they may like the wide range of clothing from many Irish environmental charities including fleeces, sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, beanies, neckies and snoods with orig inal designs. As well as supporting the charity financially, the owner is also spreading an environmental message by wearing the garment. Many environ mental charities also sell nature books, guides, posters and other educational

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resources for children and adults inter ested in learning more about our en vironment.

Favourite gifts are a set of 15 Christmas gift tags made from recycled Christmas cards from Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) for just €1, a floral bam boo reusable mug for €7 from IPCC and the ‘Keep Puffin’ hoodie from Bird Watch Ireland made of organic cotton and printed in a renewable energy powered factory. The cute puffin design is also available in t-shirt, or sweatshirt. They also offer a circular fashion t-shirt made from recycled post-consumer or ganic cotton.

The best way you can support Irish en vironmental charities is to get involved as a volunteer, member or supporter. Find out more at the websites of the following:

An Taisce

Bat Conservation Ireland

BirdWatch Ireland

Coastwatch Ireland

Crann Trees for Ireland

Friends of the Earth Ireland Global Action Plan Ireland

Irish Peatland Conservation Council Irish Seed Savers

Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

Irish Wildlife Trust Leave no Trace Ireland

Native Woodland Trust Seal Rescue Ireland (Courtown) Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland

The greatest gift of all is volunteering. Join a local Enniscorthy group or con tact the Wexford Volunteer Centre ( to reg ister your interest in volunteering.

Sustainable Enniscorthy is also always looking for more volunteers and members. So, if your New Year’s resol ution is about getting involved and doing more for protecting our environ ment, contact us at sustainableennis or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir ó fhoireann Inis Córthaidh Inbhuanaithe / Sustainable Enniscorthy. n

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Slaney News is delighted to have the local Sustainable Enniscorthy group on board with their monthly column, which in this issue looks at Sustainable & Charitable Christmas Gifts.
Nollaig Shona agus ath b hliain faoi mhaise daoib h, agus bígí sáb hailte! Best wishes for Christmas and the New year and keep safe and well. – Joh nny mythen JOHNNY MYTHEN TD Phone: 087 114 2100. Leinster House, Dublin: 01 618 3911. Email: Office: Slaney Place, Enniscorthy Facebook: Johnny Mythen T.D. Wexford Wishing everyone a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas 2022 and every good wish for a Happy and Healthy 2023. Email: Please support your Local Businesses this Christmas Cllr. Kathleeen Codd-Nolan Browne TD James Lower Church Street, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. W053 92 35046 /JamesBrowneTD @JamesBrowneTD 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 Minister of State for Law Reform CLLR. JOHN O’ROURKE Season’s Greetings to all my family, friends, and constituents and thank you for your help and support in 2022. A VERY HAPPY CHRIS LOCAL PUBLIC RE SlaNey ad SlaNey adS Page 26 - 2nd December 2022
SENATOR Malcolm Byrne Esmonde Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford 085 824 5142 @malcolmbyrne /malcolmbyrne Seanad Éireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 01 618 3150 wishing everyone a very happy and Safe Christmas. andplease remember to Shoplocal. Warmestthoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year Paul Kehoe TD Tel: 053 9243558 ISTMAS FROM YOUR EPRESENTATIVES SlaNey adS 2nd December 2022 - Page 27 Wishing you a safe and Happy Christmas and every blessing for 2023 Please support local jobs and local businesses by shopping local, in store or online Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy 087-6736966

Enniscorthy – a University town!

which is mainly based in Enniscorthy town.

Minister of State at the Department of Justice James Browne TD visited Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board’s (WWETB) FabLab in Enniscorthy to congratulate the first cohort of suc cessful students who completed the Certificate in Manufacturing and Design Engineering programme.

Members of South East Technological University’s (SETU) Faculty of Engineering and representatives from a number of well-known engineering com panies in the south east were also in attendance.

The certificate is a collaborative programme created by SETU’s Faculty of Engineering in Carlow and WWETB to upskill employees for local industry in technical areas such as computer-aided design, CNC programming and 3D printing. The visit marked a significant moment for the partnership in recogni sing the achievement of the first students to com plete the course, the importance of continued upskilling for the ongoing development of the re gion and the value of collaboration between Further Education and Training (FET) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Minister of State James Browne spoke at the event and praised the commitment of both employees and employers. Mr Browne also highlighted the value of engineering companies to the south east region.

The students on the first course were from wellknown companies in the region; Kent Stainless; Mann Engineering; Burnside and PB Machine Tech. The programme was delivered through hands-on training for a range of manufacturing processes. The practical aspect of the course is mainly carried out in WWETB’s FabLab in Enniscorthy while lectures are delivered in both Enniscorthy and SETU’s Carlow campus. The FabLab (Fabrication Laboratory) is a fabrication workshop which gives everyone in the community – from young children to entrepreneurs, schools and established businesses – the capability to turn their ideas into reality. Using open source de sign software and a selection of computer-controlled machines, users can design and make almost any thing.

Due to the success of the implementation of the first programme and strong demand from employers, WWETB and SETU are planning on running the pro gramme again in January 2023. The programme will be delivered one day per week for 15 weeks and will take the form of classroom lectures, labs and on-site industry field trips. The technical component of the course will be delivered at WWETB’s FabLab prem ises in Enniscorthy Enterprise and Technology Centre and lectures will take place in SETU’s Carlow campus and at Enniscorthy Enterprise and Technol ogy Centre. Interested employers or prospective students can contact course director Dr Mark Wylie for further information: n

Above: South East Tech nological University and Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board staff pictured with Minister James Browne at Enniscorthy Enterprise and Technology Centre.

Right: Minister Browne with John O'Leary, Co-ordinator of the FabLab in the Ennis corthy Enterpriser and Tech nology Centre.

Below: Representatives of participating local com panies in the back row pic tured with Minister Browne and SETU and WWETB staff.

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By any standards the last few months have been shocking for the cryptocurrency exchange. I venture to wager that it is a watershed in how the industry will conduct its business going forward.

We have had the third largest com pany in the exchange FTX collaps ing into bankruptcy with billions of dollars disappearing overnight. The Securities Commission in America has frozen assets of subsidiary companies pending the completion of a fraud in vestigation. If that wasn’t bad enough the industry’s stable-coin format has also collapsed causing an estimated $2 trillion dollars of wealth wiped off the face of the earth. In order to understand how this has happened one must go back to the beginning and identify the flawed cornerstone the industry put in place at its incep tion.

The exchange was invented in 2009 as a direct result of the devastating bank collapses in 2008. It was hailed as the new way of conducting financial busi ness in the digital world. It sold the concept of a quick and hassle-free way of greasing the wheels of commerce. Free of the bulk of cumbersome con straints. The reason it was set up, lack



of transparency and proper regulation of the banks, is the very reason for the earth-shattering demise of confidence in their industry today. Many crypto currency stalwarts were rolled out to defend the exchange and shore up confidence but this has not worked due to conflicting messages.

The only reason this flaw was exposed was because of a failed merger. While carrying out due diligence of the ex change books a financial ‘black hole’ was discovered. When it was an

nounced a run on the finances of FTX followed. Forgive me, but is this not the exact same thing that happened during the banking crisis in 2008? Is this why the cryptocurrency was formed? Have we not gone full circle in the woes of the financial fraternity? The final ‘deja vu’ moment comes with a statement from the exchange that in order to restore confidence a system of ‘proof of reserves’ can be intro duced. This is only a snap shot in time. Did they find this suggestion in the Mi chael ‘fingers’ Fingleton’s handbook?

The chief executive of Irish Nationwide building society would ‘borrow’ sub stantial funds for the few days he would have an audit.

So will cryptocurrency survive? I would think so. There are too many players in the industry that have more than money invested in this project. This will not be the last worrying episode in this story. Bitcoin has 40% of the mar ket, I suspect the other 60% will be slimmed down in due course. The possible outcome of this debacle will be some form of intervention from the financial regulator in order to avoid contagion to the other financial mar kets. One thing is certain, the unwa vering support from many circles has largely been diminished. n

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Enniscorthy Community College

Great range of courses available at Enniscorthy Commu nity College. Check them out at: https://www.enniscor n

St. Patrick’s Christmas Fair

Sunday 4th December 2022

St Patrick’s School, Enniscorthy, will be holding a Christ mas Fair in the new school on December 4th, 11am-4pm. With 66 tables fully allocated, this will be the biggest Christmas Fair in the Enniscorthy region. n

Oulart storytelling house back open

Bygone Days Storytelling House in Oulart reopened, after a long closure, on the 11th July. A great welcome awaits all, with good music, songs, stories and plenty of craic, tea and refresh ments served. Eircode: Y25 YP70.

For details of upcoming events keep an eye on: onedayshouseofstories n

Enniscorthy Library events

For upcoming Enniscorthy Library events see:

Please book your place by contacting 053 9236055. n

Kiltealy Calendars

The Kiltealy Community Development 2023 Calendars are now on sale in local shops. By buying the calendar it is a huge help to the committee in continuing with all its pro jects and in maintaining the village. The committee thanks Shane O’Neill for his work in putting the calendar together. Follow Kiltealy Community Development on Facebook. n

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Senator Malcolm Byrne spoke recently about the attitude of the State to those who have been wronged by institutions of the state, whether by medical incom petence or other means. He made the point that he is continually frustrated by the fact that successive governments seem to have an obsession with drag ging those who have suffered through the legal quagmire before they get any kind of admission of liability or compen sation. He is perfectly correct to high light this issue because of the suffering and added trauma which this policy brings to the victims of incompetence or worse. The establishment seems to have an addiction to paying out large legal fees to lawyers and legal companies rather than take the sensible course of compromise and agreement. Politicians many times raise issues which seem ob scure and indeed unnecessary but this is an important one and let’s hope that Malcolm makes progress on changing the mindset which exists at top govern ment levels on issues like this.


So Green Minister Eamon Ryan at tended Cop 27 and brought 54 delegates from across many gov ernment departments with him. This was the highest per head delega tion from any country in the world which at tended this conference in the fiercely expensive Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheik. The cost to us taxpayers was at least €100,000. And that’s be fore the individual subsis tence expenses are paid to the 54 individuals which will probably ac count for another €50k or so. Eamon says that they are worth it, sorry, that it’s worth it. Me thinks that it’s time Eamon copped himself on.

And while on the subject

View from the Centre

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

of the Greens, I see another of their hare-brained schemes is coming into operation in January. That is to make it illegal for farmers to burn brushwood and briars etc. on their land. This is a practice which has been going on for

centuries and quite frankly to ban it is insanity. What are farmers supposed to do with it? One recent suggestion was to bring it to leafy Dundrum and dump it outside Mr. Ryan’s door. I imagine that while his neighbours might be upset, Eamon would find a Green way to dis pose of it.

A bigger question is how the rural TDs of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael tolerate this nonsense? Are there any principles left anywhere or is it all about staying in power?


What’s that you may ask. Well, it’s what our Taoiseach wants to apply to every house in the country instead of collecting the television licence. Whether you have a television or not you will be expected to pay this. In other words, this is a new property tax of at least €160 per year and will probably start much higher at about €300. This money will be poured into RTE to allow them pay massive sal aries to their “stars” while the quality of programmes remains the same. Some years ago, when Labour were in power, Pat Rabbitte tried to introduce some thing similar. It didn’t work then and let’s hope that it’s not allowed to work now.


As we approach Christ mas, let’s hope that for the first year in three that we have a normal one. That our shops will have no restrictions and can trade as we traditionally remember them. It is in all our interests to shop lo cally where we can and support local industry which gives local employ ment to thousands of people who in turn spend the majority of their wages at local level. Sup porting local businesses is supporting ourselves. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. n

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Congratulations to local men Jamie Murphy and Blayne Hosey of the popular Opinion You Didn't Ask For Pod cast on the successful holding of a live podcast last month in The Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy.

The event was held to raise money for the Wexford People Helping People charity and Jamie and Blayne certainly did that by raising €614 through tickets, t-shirts and a bucket collection.

The duo would like to say a big thank you to the following:

● “The Presentation Arts Centre and all their staff, they were amazing.

● Michael you’re a legend, and all the crowd loved your stories, wit and humour.

● @powpowfizz. All we can say it was powerful.

● The man, the myth Bryan Steacy on sound/visuals. You're a hero.

● The volunteers from Wexford People Helping People, you do amazing work.

● Niall at Holohan’s Pub for allowing us gougers to pro vide audible diarrhoea for your patrons, and the staff in Holohans.“

We’re told it won't be the last show, big news soon!!! n

Congrats Tomás and Steve

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Local man Steve Cullen successfully graduated last month from South East Technological University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying. He is pictured above with Josh Rutledge. Tomás Herlihy, Clonhaston, Enniscorthy, has just graduated with a masters in sports journalism and communication from University of Galway. Blayne Hosey and Jamie Murphy.

Work in progress at Enniscorthy’s new Safe Cycle Park

Work is ongoing at the new Safe Cycle Park in Enniscorthy and could be open before Christmas. The park will allow for children to develop safe cycling skills in a safe and realistic environment.

It is being developed by Wexford County Council in the overflow carpark opposite the Enniscorthy Sports Hub at Cherry Orchard. This carpark is used by people attending the Sports Hub and also the Enniscorthy Community Allotments (ECA). The cycle park, when developed, can still be used for overflow parking on those occasions when the sports hub or ECA need extra parking.

Council Chairman Aidan Browne has been busy work ing behind the scenes on this project for a number of months along with Town Manager Ger Mackey and the town engineer. Cllr Browne says, "This will be a great asset for children in our town."

Our images show a typical example of a Safe Cycle Park along with a drawing of the proposed Ennis corthy facility. n

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Above: What a typical Safe Cycle Park looks like. Below: The proposed Cycle Park layout by Wexford County Council.
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New rail service to Gorey

Gorey Senator Malcolm Byrne has con firmed to the Slaney News that Irish Rail will commence a later evening rail service (around 8pm daily) early in 2023 linking Dublin Connolly with Gorey.

"This is something I’ve campaigned for over a long period and will be welcomed by customers. Irish Rail had indicated to me at a meeting last month that this would happen and I’m grateful that it has

been confirmed. It is hoped that if there is sufficient demand that the service will be expanded," said Malcolm. There is also the possibility ‘down the line’ that the ser vice could be extended to Enniscorthy. n

Enniscorthy Red Cross nominated for top national award

Recently the Enniscorthy Branch of the Irish Red Cross made an enjoyable jour ney to Croke Park glowing in the knowledge that they were one of three finalists in the Irish Red Cross Branch Of The Year Award category.

This award is given to an Irish Red Cross Branch who actively and passionately embody the fundamental principles of the Red Cross in the work they do. In line with Red Cross strategy, the Enniscorthy branch demonstrated their support in the development of safe and resilient com munities and in particular have prioritised helping the vulnerable in society.

The Enniscorthy branch has been for many months present in Rosslare three days a week providing supplies to dis placed Ukrainian persons on entry to Ire land. This is made possible in no small way by the continued support of local or ganisations who fundraise for them so they can continue this vital work. They are also to be found providing first aid cover at various events in the county such as the Wexford Stages Rally, the Mick Murphy Memorial 4 Mile Road Race, etc.

While they did not win on this occasion,

the Enniscorthy branch has made a real difference in their community by strengthening recovery, enabling healthy living and promoting social inclusion. They have also actively recruited new members throughout the year.

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Pictured below: Enniscorthy Branch of the Irish Red Cross at the Branch Of The Year Awards. L-R: Paddy Redmond, Catríona Whelan, Ruairí Ryan, Sally Flynn, Paul O’Meara, and Harry Nolan. Words and pic by Cathy Keane.

Lord of Charity event fundraiser

Enniscorthy Greyhound Track joined forces with six local good causes during the month of October with each of the six being assigned to a trap and collecting points dur ing all racing in October 6 points for a win down to 1 point for 6th place.

Trap 1 Kilmore Quay RNLI

Trap 2 St Vincent de Paul, Enniscorthy

Trap 3 Hope Cancer Centre

Trap 4 Wexford Marine Watch

Trap 5 Irish Retired Greyhound Trust

Trap 6 St Patrick's School, Enniscorthy.

Collections boxes for each charity were also at the track dur ing the month for anyone who wanted to donate to them.

Our photos show Enniscorthy track manager Bridget Whelan handing over the €3,202.95 that was raised and she thanked all who supported this great event.

Kilmore Quay Lifeboat €398.10

Wexford MarineWatch €1,181.85

Irish Retired Greyhound Trust €404.30

St Vincent de Paul Enniscorthy €350.10

HOPE Cancer Centre €494.80

St Patrick's School, Enniscorthy €373.80 n

Photos: Bridget Whelan (Enniscorthy Greyhound Track) handing out the pro ceeds of the Track’s Lord of Charity event, held over the month of October, to repre sentatives of the various participating organisations.

Right: A night out for all generations at The Lord of Charity event at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track on 30th October.

All pics by Brendan Kirwan.

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Above: Ivan Yates and Paddy Kavanagh enjoying a night out at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track.

letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

As we begin the countdown to Christmas 2022, I’d be grateful for the opportunity to remind readers of the Slaney News of the continuing need to support their local causes this festive season.

The We Act campaign is about celebrating the value and impact of Ireland’s almost 35,000 charities and community groups, each providing crucial services dedicated to making our world a better place.

Day in, day out, charities, community groups and individuals work tirelessly to build thriving communities, inspiring and ignit ing change all around them. They are the glue that hold our communities together.

Indeed, research undertaken by the campaign has found that three-quarters of people believe that the lives of the vulnerable in our society would be impacted if charities disappeared over night.

So, whether it’s snatching up a bargain gift at your local charity boutique, or throwing a few bob in the bucket for the choir sing ing merrily on the street, or jumping in some ice-cold waters on Christmas Day to raise funds, your generosity of spirit in suppor ting those most in need is vital.

We simply couldn’t do what we do without you. And if you’re already contemplating some New Year resolutions, why not consider joining the more than one million volunteers around the country and consider how you can give back in 2023?

Simply check out to discover the role to suit you!

Wishing readers a joy-filled Christmas. Yours sincerely Ms Madeline Campbell, Campaigns Officer – We Act Campaign, The Wheel, 48 Fleet Street, Dublin 2

Josh and Ken join forces for the Hope Cancer Support Centre

Top local photographer Ken Hayes was asked by Josh Rothwell if he would supply photographs for Josh’s Transition Year Mini Company calendar project with all proceeds going to the Hope Cancer Support Centre. Ken was only too happy to help Josh and support the Hope Centre.

Ken says the calendar features some of his favourite recent pic tures. It costs €7 for one calendar or €12 for two. They are available in Tommy Williamson Farm & Landscaping Supplies, Enniscorthy Cleaners, The Kiosk Enniscorthy, Hope Centre, General Office & School Supplies Enniscorthy, Dermot Kav anagh Pharmacy Enniscorthy, Evolv Healthstore Enniscorthy, Billy Doyle Shoes Enniscorthy, Beechdale Garden Centre/The Wildflower Café, Steemers Bunclody, Cois na hAbhann Garden Centre Camolin. n

Minister visits St Senan’s primary school

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Josepha Madigan, Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion, was in Enniscorthy recently and visited St Senan’s primary school to see their special education facilities and their impressive embrace of inclusive education. She is pictured above with local public representatives and school staff.

Gerard Murphy Memorial Vintage & Classic Car Show & Road Run

Last month the family and organisers of the Gerard Murphy Mem orial Vintage & Classic Car Show & Road Run presented €15,500 in proceeds from the 2022 event to three local charities: Slaney Search and Rescue, Wexford Marine Watch and Samaritans Arklow. A lot of work went into this fundrais ing so the family and organisers would like to thank everyone who helped make the event happen and be such a success. They hope the funds collected will help save some people’s lives in the future. n

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Enniscorthy Christian Fellowship jumble sale for shoebox appeal

Top Left: Bridget Owens got what she was looking for at the sale.

Top right: They’re tempting me! Eileen Owens couldn’t pass the sweet things on sale.

Left: Alex, Noleen and Killian Murphy-Browne at the sale.

Right: Maeve Whelan got a companion at the sale.

Above left: Thai and Anthony Hore found a bargain to bring back to London at the sale. Above centre: Ready to serve at the sale were volunteers Sandra Oszynska and Magan Tyrell-Wright. Above right: Lorna Burt, with James and Sue Nolan who were married recently in Portugal. Charity Jumble Sale in the Salt ‘n’ Pepper Pot Restaurant, CWCW Enniscorthy, 5th November 2022, organised by Enniscorthy Christian Fellowship to raise funds for its Christmas Shoebox appeal.
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Turning the sod on new Wexford Domestic Violence Refuge

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD and Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD have announced funding approval of over €6.4 million for the new Domestic Violence Refuge in Wexford.

The project, which is being advanced by Wexford Women’s Refuge in co-operation with Wexford County Council, has now re ceived final funding approval and com pleted the tender process. Construction on the new 13 unit Domestic Violence Refuge is expected to commence before the end of 2022, with an estimated com pletion date in early 2024.

The Third National Domestic, Sexual, and Gender Based Violence Strategy was pub lished in June 2022 and one of the key ac tions outlined in the strategy is the doubling of refuge spaces available in Ire land. Wexford is the first of 13 priority lo cations nationwide to begin construction on a new Domestic Violence Refuge and the Government is committed to suppor ting the development of Domestic Viol ence Refuges in all priority areas by 2025.

Minister O’Brien commented: “I’m really glad to be in a position to announce this funding today. I know how hard Wexford Women’s Refuge and Wexford County Council have worked alongside my De partment to bring this project to fruition and now work can get underway.”

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said: “When our Zero Tolerance policy to ad dress Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence was launched, I an nounced that one of its overarching goals is to ensure that everyone who needs a refuge space will get one. The devel opment of this state-of-the-art facility in Wexford will ensure that this will be the case in the South-East shortly.”

Wexford TD and Minister of State in the Department of Justice James Browne noted: “This is a very positive devel opment for Wexford in ensuring that the necessary emergency supports are there for people who need them the most. Wexford Women’s Refuge have been at the frontline of supporting women and their children for nearly 25 years who have been subjected to domestic violence.

“This new building will provide a worldclass, purpose-built refuge for victims of domestic violence. It will provide so much more than just a safe place. Children will be able to play in a space designed just for them. Teenagers will have their own space to do their school work, or to simply relax. Everyone involved in this project has placed the needs of victims at the centre of what they have done here.

“As impressive as this new building is, ‘ref uge’ for victims of domestic violence is more than just bricks and mortar. It is understanding, compassion and unwaver ing support. I want to thank Vicky Barron and the Board of directors and the staff and volunteers who work so tirelessly for WWR for providing just that.” n

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Ministers Darragh O’Brien, Helen McEntee and James Browne were among those present on 25th November 2022 at the sod turning for the new Wexford Domestic Violence Refuge at Maudlintown, Wexford. What the new Domestic Violence Refuge will look like when completed in 2024.

Killegney Early Years visit Whe

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Above left: Orlagh and James Doyle, proprieto Orlagh Doyle and Mary Wheelock at the Above left: Orlagh and staff giving out hot chocolate and Below left and right: Orlagh, Above: Enjoying hot chocolate and treats at the Killegney Early Years visit to Wheelock`s Tree Farm. Below: Orlagh playing Santa.

eelock’s Christmas Tree Farm

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ors, playing Santa at the Killegney Early Years visit to Wheelock`s Tree Farm, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy, on 25th November 2022. Above centre: e Killegney Early Days visit to Wheelock`s Tree Farm. Above right: There’s nothing like a bit of water to get the children splashing about. treats. Above centre: Orlagh, staff and children among the trees at the Killegney Early Years visit to Wheelock’s Tree Farm. Above right: Paidi and James. staff and children enjoying their Christmas outing at Wheelock`s Tree Farm, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy, on 25th November 2022.

Killegney Early Years at Christm

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Above: Orlagh, staff and children having fun on the Christmas tree farm. This pic: Killegney Early Years children and their teachers. Orlagh and staff with James Doyle, Mary Wheelock and the children at the Killegney Early Years annual visit to Wheelock’s Tree Farm, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy, on Friday 25th November. Cheese! Ollie enjoying his visit to Wheelock’s Tree Farm at Moneyhore, Enniscorthy, on Friday 25th November.

mas Tree Farm

Above left: Isaac Wheelock gives the children a ride on the buggy at his Christmas Tree Farm. Above centre: Liam having fun at the Hot Chocolate Party at Wheekock`s Tree Farm. Above right: Waiting for Santa`s Robin to appear at Wheelock`s Tree Farm.

Left: Isaac Wheelock with Orlagh, staff and the children of Killegney Early Years.

Right: This is my lollypop says Alex to Hazel and Aoife .

Below right: Look wer’e getting our picture taken, Finn and Alex .

Bottom left: This is great fun, Orlagh and Caoimhe in the muck.

Bottom right: Enjoying their visit to Wheelock`s Tree Farm.

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Lovingly written and laboriously researched by two well known, retired, local Gardaí, Tony Fagan and Tom Miller, who put ten years of their lives into The Guards Policing County Wexford 1922-2022 – a meticulously detailed record of policing in Co. Wexford over the past 100 years.

Published by Three Sisters Press and edited by Mi chael Freeman, the publication chronicles the names, ranks, numbers, stations and start dates of every member to serve in Wexford from 1922 to 2022 a mammoth task and a truly momentous piece of Wexford history, with a wealth of compre hensive information, a treasure trove of data and material for the generations to come, available in all good bookstores.

Tom and Tony were thrilled with the opportunity to reminisce with many old friends and comrades at the book launch in October in the Ferrycarrig Hotel where the large attendance included Minister James Browne, Paul Kehoe TD, Councillors Kath leen Codd-Nolan, Pip Breen, Joe O’Sullivan and Ve rona Murphy TD, along with a message of good wishes from Garda Commissioner Drew Harris who was unable to attend.

A book-signing event took place in Eason’s of En niscorthy on 12th November 2022 where dozens of books were signed and sold, and the authors chatted for hours with all who called in to congratu late them on their excellent production. n

Author Tom Miller with Tony Fagan, co-author and researcher, at the book signing in Enniscorthy.

The Guards Policing County Wexford 1922 -2022

‘The Guards’, a beautifully illustrated history of the Garda Síochána in Wexford from their formation in 1922 to present day, was officially launched in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford, in October and was the subject of a book signing by the authors in Eason’s of Enniscorthy on 12th November 2022.

The Eason’s shop coincidentally was the first garda station in Co. Wexford follow ing the formation of An Garda Síochána.

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Above left: Dan Walsh, Michael Freeman (publisher), Tom Miller (author), Tony Fagan (author). Above right: The authors with Dan Kickham. Below left: Josie Van Embden and Michael Freeman of Three Sisters Press. Below right: Jimmy Murphy chats with the authors. Above left: Frank Corcoran (Slaney News) and Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy with the authors Tom Miller and Tony Fagan. Above right: The authors with Damian Byrne of Eason’s. Below left: Tom Miller and Tony Fagan with Dan Kickham. Below right: The authors with Bridget Roche.

SETU Conferring

2nd November 2022 – Pics by Mary Browne

Above left: Claire Redmond from Ballycoheir, New Ross, with her parents Catherine and John.

Left: L-R Jack Conway from Sallins, Kildare, Dylan Farrell from The Rower, Co. Kilkenny, and Ciaran Bolger from Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, Bachelor of Business Honours.

Below left: Joe Dillon from Fethard on Sea who graduated with a Bachelor of Business honours with his parents Brian and Rosemarie.

Right: L-R Ciarán Fitzpatrick, Ballyhide, Co. Carlow, Jack Roche, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Rory McKernan, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow, who were all conferred with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Below: L-R Weng Yen from Dublin, Bachelor of Science Honours in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science, and Jessie Fong from Wexford, Bachelor of Science Honours in Pharmaceutical Science.

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Above: Ciara Bennett from New Ross who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours in Marketing and Digital Media with from left, Dylan Lacey from Bray, Alison, David and Joe Bennett.

Above right: James Dillon from Wexford who was conferred with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering, pictured with his parents Joe and Rosemarie Dillon.

Right: L-R Malisa Bajrami from Waterford, Professor Veronica Campbell, SETU President and Atiqa Javed from Gorey, Bachelor of Business Honours.

Below left: Steve Cullen who was conferred with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying with his girlfriend Chloe Pearson.

L-R: Coin, Marie and Kevin Roberts from Oldross, Bachelor of Business Honours, and Nicholas and Ciaran Roberts.

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Wexford County Council’s new payment portal

Wexford County Council launched a new online payment portal on 27th Septem ber, 2022.

The portal will allow customers for Commercial Rates, Housing Rents, Mort gages, Fire Charges, Marina Fees & Planning Development Levies to view and pay their ac count online.

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John is new FF Chairman

Wexford Fianna Fáil CDC recently held its AGM on the 5th of October 2022 at the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, where outgoing Chairperson Michael Wallace welcomed the Wexford party members and thanked them for their help and sup port during the last term.

The purpose of the AGM was to carry out the standard annual business expected of a political party including the formation of a new officer board.

This culminated in the election of John Higgins as Cathaoirleach of Wexford Fianna Fáil CDC, Bill Underwood as Secre tary, Bridget Bernie and Sinead Scullion as Joint Honorary Treasurers, and Conor Brennan as Public Relations Officer. The election of officers was chaired by Minister of State James Browne TD.

Andrew Bolger was also welcomed onto the committee following his election at the Ógra Fianna Fáil AGM back in August as Youth Officer, as well as Lorcan Allan as the Constituency Representative on the Ard Comhairle. The position of consti tuency organiser remains vacant at this time and will be filled in due course.

John Higgins thanked over 150 members present, extended his congratulations to the newly-elected officer board, and said: "It is a great honour and privilege to be elected as Chairperson of this great party, I'm really looking forward to working and engaging with the grassroots of the party." n

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JOHN HIGGINS BECOMES YOUNGEST CHAIRMAN EVER OF FIANNA FÁIL IN CO. WEXFORD. Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD will be the main speaker at the Liam Mellows Centenary Commemoration this year. See details above.

€1m for New Ross

Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne TD has confirmed that New Ross will benefit from €814,393 in Government funding for the town’s urban regeneration.

The significant investment will be directed towards redeveloping the oil tank site located along New Ross town’s quays and developing a quay front emigrant park in place of the tanks, a project costing €1m in total.

Welcoming the news, Minister Browne said: “This fantastic an nouncement comes on the back of significant investment in New Ross in recent years. Public realm improvements are mak ing a lasting impact to the town’s appearance, most notably with the recent opening of High Hill Norman Garden.

“I want to commend Wexford County Council for lodging this significant application for funding, which will have a lasting so cial and economic impact on New Ross.

“I will continue to make it my utmost priority to advocate for County Wexford funding within Government circles”, Minister Browne concluded.

Gorey Senator Malcolm Byrne also welcomed the news: “This is a fantastic project... I want to congratulate Wexford County Council and the Dunbrody Centre for their foresight and vision in pushing this project and really enhancing the area beside the river in New Ross.” n

50 years of service

Last month the Wex ford Garda Division celebrated with their wonderful colleague Mary O'Brien who has completed 50 years working in the civil service.

Mary has been with An Garda Síochána in Wexford for 47 of those years and has given outstanding dedication and hard work to her role in the District Office.

Congratulations Mary from all at Wexford Garda Division and all at the Slaney News. n

Funding for men’s sheds

Last month, Minister Heather Humphreys announced over €800,000 in support for men’s sheds nationwide. As part of that funding, 20 men's sheds in Co. Wexford are to receive €2,000 each to help with their running costs. The grants will be distributed to the over 400 men’s sheds via their repre sentative body, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA).

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said: “Our Men’s Sheds provide an absolutely invaluable service in communities the length and breadth of the country. They help tackle isolation and provide a welcoming and comfortable space for men to come together and socialise. And as we enter the winter period, the supports that our Men’s Sheds provide are even more impor tant. So I’m delighted to be in a position to support our Men’s Sheds with funding of over €800,000. This will assist our Men’s Sheds with grants of €2,000, which they can use to cover their running costs or carry out small improvements at their premises.”

The Minister continued: “Our Men’s Sheds have gone from being a small organisation just a few years ago to a national rep resentative body with over 400 members... This announcement today builds on the €100,000 I recently set aside for Women’s Sheds, which will also see grants of €2,000 provided.”

Welcoming the news, Gorey Senator Malcolm Byrne said: “I know first hand the wonderful work that these Men’s Sheds do and the in credible contribution that they make in all of our communities. This will really help them with ongoing costs or planning for new pro jects.” He added that, “The Men’s Sheds pro jects in Co. Wexford always impress me by how welcoming they are to new members and how they want to put skills to use for the betterment of the areas where we live.” n

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Minister James Browne TD Mary O’Brien Senator Malcolm Byrne

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Left: Aubury, Jack and Orlagh.

Right: Cian, Andrew and Sarah. Below left: Paidi, Aubury and Orlagh. Below right: Mary Wheel ock keeping the

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Carraig Briste Early Years School visit to W Above left: Hot Chocolate tim Above right: Rapparees/Starlights suppo Seven photos below L-R: Aubury and Orlagh. Orlagh Doyle with Cian, Aubury, Richie. Having their hot chocolate were Toby, Oliver and Lottie. Orlagh Doyle wit Carraig Briste Early Years School visit to Wheelock’s Tree Farm, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy. Carraig Briste proprietor Orlagh Doyle with some of the children having hot chocolate. Orlagh Doyle showing the height of the trees to Richie and Aubury. A contented foursome having their hot chocolate. children together.

Wheelock’s Christmas Tree Farm

Above: Having a great time on the Tree Farm was Maddison. Below: Rossa and Odhean.




In the frame were Aubury and Richie.

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Tree Farm, 28th November 2022. for Rossa, Josh, Evan and Zara. Paidi. Below: Forest Class on the Farm. Finn and Jack. The race in on at the Tree Farm. Above: Taking a break were James Doyle and Mary Wheelock. Below: The Carraig Briste team enjoying their day out. Time to relax: Lottie, Roisin and Emily. Carraig Briste Early Years School visit to Wheelock’s Tree Farm, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy. The Carraig Briste team with Orlagh Doyle, proprietor, and Mary Wheelock of Wheelock’s Tree Farm.

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Carraig Briste Early Years school visit to Wheelock’s Tree Farm, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy, 28th November 2022. Above left: Follow the leader, Josh, Amy and Oliver. Above centre: In touch with nature are Josh, Roisin and Emily. Above right: Orlagh with Pippa. Below left: Orlagh with Zara. Below centre: Happy Christmas! Below right: Orlagh with Seamie and Kirti. Above left: Orlagh with Evan. Above: Stephanie and Emily. Above right: Evan, Rian, Orlagh and Roisin. Below left: Orlagh and staff and Mary Wheelock relax with the children. Below centre: Rossa, Orlagh and Ned. Below right: Orlagh with Mary Wheelock on the Far m.

Wheelock’s Christmas Tree Farm

Left: Hi, we’re here! Right: A stroll through the trees.

Below left: Learning a bit about nature.

Below centre: Mary Wheelock welcomes the children to the Tree Farm.

Below right: About to begin their adventure the children of Carraig Briste arrive at the Tree Farm.

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Above left: Zara, Amy and Jack. Above centre: Arriving on the Farm. Above right: Orlagh, staff and children on the farm. Below left: Mary Wheelock talks to the children. Below centre: Face the camera! Below right: Orlagh with Pippa.

All the fun of the Fair...


Putting the final details for the Christmas Fair in place are Principal Lee Rogers with Catherine Cloke, Chairperson of the Parents' Association, who is the main organiser.

With all 66 tables booked out weeks ago, there'll be some thing for everybody at the CHRISTMAS FAIR which takes place on SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER at ST PATRICK'S SCHOOL, DRUMGOOLD, 11AM to 4PM.

On the day there will be a carol choir from 2pm, a donut van, South African style 'cook out' serving pulled pork and spicy chicken burgers among other delicious food, tea/coffee and tuck shop, bottle stall, various games for the children, a giant tractor and truck, and of course the man himself – Santa arriv ing at 12 noon suitably escorted by the local fire engine, Garda escort and South East Blood Bikes, and he'll visit the school's pupils in their dedicated sensory room.

The Fair is a major fundraiser for the school. While the cost of the school building and salaries are taken care of by the Dept of Education, there are lots of other costs that the school needs to raise money for. For instance, the ongoing costs of its two minibuses, which take the children on various outings, need to be resourced by the school itself. These outings are crucial to help develop the children's social and life skills, and fundraising is needed to help pay for these.

Admission to the Fair is FREE but all are encouraged to sup port the Monster Raffle with lines costing €2 or €5 for 3 lines.

Lines can also be bought any time by visiting the school or by contacting Catherine Cloke on 086-4079966 and paying through Revolut or Paypal. The prizes are amazing see the list below.

Visitors to the Fair can avail of loads of free parking and enjoy the school grounds and the foyer area of what is one of the most impressive school buildings in the whole country. With 153 children on the roll coming from as far as Arklow in the north, The Hook in the south, and The Rower, Kilkenny, in the west, and 125 staff in total, it is a proverbial beehive of activity.

For queries or more information, contact Catherine Cloke on 086-4079966. n

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The state-of-the-art school where the Fair will be held.


On 12th November 2022, Valeriia and Adriana Golub, orig inally from Ukraine, were announced as winners of a Garda National Youth Special Achiev ement Award.

When the war broke out in Ukraine, they approached their school in Enniscorthy and tirelessly packed donations from the school community and raised a staggering €8,400.

In 2019, the National Garda Youth Awards were established by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris in rec ognition of the meaningful work of so many young people in commu nities all across Ireland.

Speaking on the day, Deputy Com missioner Ann Marie McMahon re flected, "Today is a special occasion which shines a light on the inspiring and dedicated young people within our communities.” n

Edermine Ferry rowing in behind Slaney Search and Rescue

Last month Edermine Ferry Rowing Club held its end of year social night and presented a cheque to Slaney Search and Rescue to thank them for all their hard work helping the club out during the year, and to show their appreciation the club presented a cheque for €900 to Slaney Seach and Rescue the proceeds of the club’s recent heri tage row and quiz night. n

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2nd November 2022 SETU conferrin

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L-R: Amy Downey, Robertstown, Co. Kildare; Eoghan Reck, Curracloe, Co. Wexford; Alannah Dolan, Slieverue, Co. Kilkenny; Dean Malone, Graiguecullen, Co. Carlow and Niamh O’Connor, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford who were conferred with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Coaching & Performance. L-R: Jamie Clancy, Wexford town; Jack Coleman, Dublin; Eve Comerford, Enniscorthy and Dayna Cullen-Maher, Carlow town, who were conferred a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Science. L-R: Sarah Figgis, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford; Ailís Doyle, Dunmore East, Co Aoife O’Donnell, New Inn, Co. Tipperary and Ciara Doyle, Bodyke, Co. Cla conferred with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health & Exercise S Shane Lawlor, Newrath, Waterford and James Molloy, Campile, Co. Wexford, were conferred with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design (Visual Communications). L-R: Neisha Flavin, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford; Aisling Roberts, Kilkenny City, Kate Celik, Enniscorthy, and Karyn Murphy, Enniscorthy, who were conferred with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. Megan Pierce fro conferred with a Ba Early Childhood Stu L-R: Caroline Mulhall, Gorey; Shane Molloy, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny Morrissey, Ferrybank, Co. Waterford; Paul Cox, Wexford town and Tyrone Wexford town, who were conferred with a Bachelor of Science (Honou Nutrition & Exercise Science. Also pictured is lecturer Aoife Ahearn

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South East Technological University:

More than 2,300 graduates made history last month as South East Technological University held its


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L-R: Ethan O’Halloran, Waterford City; Dylan Redmond, Waterford City; Dr Lorna Doyle, course leader; Patrick Whelan, Clongeen, Co. Wexford and Caroline Mulhall, Gorey, Co. Wexford, who were conferred with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nutrition & Exercise Science. o. Waterford; re, who were Science. Jessica D’Alton from New Ross, Co. Wexford, was conferred with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing, pictured with her daughter Kitty and husband Mark. Rosslare Harbour was achelor of Arts (Honours) in udies, with her mum Elaine. Cassie Gaynor from Castlebridge, Co. Wexford who was conferred with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Science, also pictured are her mum Martina and dad Mark. first conferring ceremony in Waterford. y; Tonya e Kirwan, urs) in ne. L-R: Jessica English from Clonmel and Ciara Ennis from Wexford Town who were conferred with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology. L-R: Amanda Byrne, Kilmore, Co Wexford; Dervla Bergin, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny and Jessica Caulfield, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, who were conferred with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Studies. L-R: Niamh O’Connor, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, and Shannon Doyle, Ballycullane, Co. Wexford, who were conferred with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Coaching & Performance.

€1m investment in New Ross

Senator Malcolm Byrne confirmed last month that a €1m project to redevelop the quay front at New Ross will get the go ahead following the announcement of government Rural Regeneration Funding.

Senator Byrne says: “This is a fantastic project that will see the development of an emigrant park on the old oil tank site. I want to congratulate Wexford County Council and the Dunbrody Centre for their foresight and vision in pushing this project and really enhancing the area beside the river in New Ross." n

Welcome funding for recreation projects

Deputy Paul Kehoe has welcomed the announcement in recent days of €700,000 in funding for two outdoor recreation projects in Wexford.

Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors was devel oped in partnership with Comhairle na Tuaithe and is a collaborative cross-Gov ernment strategy that reflects the views of stakeholders and the public. The new strategy aims to strengthen and support the sustainable development of the out door recreation sector in Ireland for years to come bringing huge economic and health benefits to communities across the country.

Two Wexford projects are to receive €700,000 in funding under this scheme:

€500,000: Kilmore Quay Recreation Trail Develop cycle path along the canal, completing a looped walking trail, plus a new footbridge and carpark.

€200,000: Our Lady's Island to Carne Trail - Phase 2:

Extend the roadside trail by 600m, con necting to the local sports ground and beyond.

Welcoming the funding, Deputy Kehoe said: “Spending time outdoors supports our mental and physical health and it im proves our quality of life. There also huge economic benefits, particularly for rural communities, with over 2.7m over seas visitors taking part in outdoor activ ities every year in Ireland. Through this Strategy we can make Ireland the desti nation of choice internationally for out door recreation and adventure tourism.”

Minister James Browne also welcomed the news outlining how the funding is specifically designed to “develop our outdoor recreational amenities”.

Local Councillor and Cathaoirleach of the Rosslare Municipal District Lisa McDon ald said, "These have the potential to be fantastic amenities that people from near and far will be able to enjoy for years to come." n

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The old oil tanks in New Ross. The park area. Above: Paul Kehoe TD. Below: Cathaoirleach of Rosslare Municipal District, Lisa McDonald.

The Guards – Wexford book signing

At the end of October, St Patrick’s School, Enniscorthy, said a fond farewell to their friend and colleague Marie who retired after many years of dedicated work. Marie’s caring nature always shone through each day and her presence in the classroom will be missed. Wishing Marie all the best as she begins a new journey!

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Book signing of ‘The Guards’ in Wexford Book Centre, South Main Street, on 19th November 2022. Above left: Authors Tom Miller and Tony Fagan and in back row Aine O’Connell and Martin Broaders. Above right: Tom Miller and Tony Fagan with Dr Noel Culleton. Congratulations to Katie Nolan, Transition Year student at Enniscorthy Community College, on winning the Regional Final of the Youth Leadership Development Competition held in Dublin last month. A fantastic achievement, well done Katie.

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Community Monuments Fund 2023

The Community Monuments Fund was first established in 2020 to provide investment in Ireland’s archaeological heritage. The Community Monuments Fund 2023 was launched by Mr. Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, on the 21st of November 2022.

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 €100,000 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.

Stream 3 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation (including virtual/online) at archaeological monuments.

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 the Heritage Officer, Wexford County Council, Planning Department, Carricklawn, Wexford by Friday the 27th of January 2023.

For queries, please contact Wexford County Council’s Heritage Officer, Catherine McLoughlin, at 053 9196453 or email to

Call for Expressions of Interest for the Supply of Social Housing and Development Land

Wexford County Council has an ambitious 5 year capital programme under the Housing For All Action Plan. As part of a range of housing solutions, the housing authority is seeking expressions of interest from private developers, building contractors and land owners.

Wexford County Council is seeking expressions of interest from interested parties who are capable of delivering turnkey units within the County or the provision of development land.

Wexford County Council will consider land or units in areas which have an established need. An explanatory document will outline the areas of need across the County.

In particular, Wexford County Council is seeking:-

• Turnkey developments. Acquisitions are on a turnkey basis; potential payment is a fixed price lump sum, on completion of a development, within an agreed timeframe.

• Mixed development schemes where social residential components could be incorporated.

• Development land, varying from small sites (circa 4-6 units) in rural areas with modest demand to larger sites in urban areas (circa 50-70).

• Delivery of adapted dwellings to meet the requirements of those with specific needs.

All developments and associated works must be fully compliant with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government guidelines and standards.

A preliminary proposal via the official application form will need to be submitted along with required documentation.

Application forms must be received by 5pm on Friday 9th December 2022.

Application forms and accompanying explanatory documents should be requested by emailing or may be downloaded from

Wexford County Council is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014.

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Drawings showing the proposed works may be inspected during normal opening hours from 23/11/2022 for a period of 4 weeks at the following location:

Gorey / Kilmuckridge Municipal District

Gorey Civic Office, The Avenue, Gorey, Co. Wexford Y25 V1W5

Representations relating to the above mentioned proposed works may be made in writing to:

Senior Executive Engineer

Wexford County Council

Gorey / Kilmuckridge Municipal District

Gorey Civic Office, The Avenue, Gorey, Co. Wexford Y25 V1W5

Or emailed to

Latest date for receipt of representations is 12 noon on 21/12/2022.


Drawings showing the proposed works may be inspected during normal opening hours from 23/11/2022 for a period of 4 weeks at the following location:

Gorey / Kilmuckridge Municipal District

Gorey Civic Office, The Avenue, Gorey, Co. Wexford Y25 V1W5

Representations relating to the above mentioned proposed works may be made in writing to:

Senior Executive Engineer

Wexford County Council

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Gorey Civic Office, The Avenue, Gorey, Co. Wexford Y25 V1W5

Or emailed to

Latest date for receipt of representations is 12 noon on 21/12/2022.

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Bunclody Christmas Fair, 26th November, in St. Aidan’s Hall, in aid of Bunclody Community Park.

Above: Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy was spoilt for choice between Tom Cowman with his honey and Jimmy Murphy with his saw toys.

Left: Ciara Finn and Sylvia Hogan.

Right: Buns, Cakes, Jams and Christmas Cakes were on sale at the Mall Market Stand Bridget Roche, Arra Cremin Nolan and Zoe Wakerley.

Below left: Carmel Lonergan and Brigid Walsh on the Graney Goodies stand.

Below: Students Alice Moore house, Breda O’Rourke and Ciara Fortune had a stall in the Fair.


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y Christmas Fair

Above left: Aine Dowling, Look what I got mammy!

Above centre: Little Bailey O’Leary found what she wanted at the Fair.

Above right: Having a cuppa in between the shopping were Sheila Kirwan and Anne Conway.

Left: Keen shoppers Layla and Ella Kenny.

Right: Home Knitting by Maura Flannery.

Below left: Fresh Scentz by Leanne Mahon and Clodagh O’Byrne.

Below right: Kate Power had her gran Audrey Power to help her shop at the Fair.

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New music festival rises in Wexford

The inaugural All That Rises festival an epic three-night celebration of Wexford and Wexford-based music, curated by Cursed Murphy, will take place in the Jerome Hynes Theatre, National Opera House on December 15, 16th and 17th.

Funded through Wexford County Council and The Department of Tour ism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media through the Local Live Perform ance Programming Scheme (LLPPS) 2022, the line-up is as follows:

Thursday Dec 15: Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance, RachelGrace, The Ocelots

Friday Dec 16: Cathy Davey, Patricia Lalor, Franken stein Bolts

Saturday Dec 17:

Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Ian Doyle, Bas civille, w/guest Stephen James Smith Showtime 8pm. Tickets 10 euros. Tickets available from:

Check out Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance’s new, critically-acclaimed album Republic of the Weird on all digital platforms, and on limited edi tion compact disc. https://cursedmur m/album/republic-of-the-weird n

Wexford Arts Centre reopens...

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Wexford Arts Centre’s official launch of its new, all-access extension was held on 12th November 2022. Above left: Liz Hore (Director of Services, Wexford County Council), Leigh Ryan and Chris Ahearn both of Georgia Southern University, Savannah, Carolyne Godkin (Director of Services, Wexford County Council). Above right: Cllr Leonard Kelly, The Mad Hatter and Hayley Westbrook.

Live comedy returns to Enniscorthy

Bailey Laughs Comedy Club's inaugural night is on 15th De cember, 2022, downstairs in the Bailey Cafe Bar. The show starts at 8pm, and will be showcasing the cream of the Irish comedy crop, with an Aussie thrown in for good measure.

The lineup for the night in no particular order is: BLAYNE HOSEY

The better half of the Opinion You Didn't Ask For Podcast, and fast becoming a regular fixture on the Irish comedy scene.


Started his career in New Zealand in 2019 and won the Best New comer awarded by the NZ comedy guild in 2020. From there, he toured the country with two shows he co-produced Booze and Craic and Lucky to Be Here. Since moving back home, he has gigged all over Ireland and Europe, making appearances at the Coco Com edy Club in Cork, The Craic Den Dublin, Hardy Har Bray, Cosmic Comedy in Berlin, and The Comedy Clubhouse in Barcelona, and was chosen to support John Colleary as part of Lillieplalooza in Sligo. Shannon is the founder of Stand Up at Scraggs Alley, a monthly show based in Carlow. IG: @sbgcomedy. FB: SBG Comedy.

Foul Mouth Jo is a comedian from Wexford who has performed in both Ireland and New Zealand. She has been selected to perform in several competitions including: BBC's New Comedy Award 2022; Cherry Comedy's Breakout Act 2022; New Zealand's Raw Quest 2019 and Funny Women 2018 & 2019. She produces comedy the atre, and films with Fly Away Home Productions.


Labeled "One to Watch" by comedians and shopping centre secur ity guards alike, Brian Guilfoyle's tales of his youth, parenting, and being 'nearly-but-not-quite-just-yet-40' have been entertaining audiences around the country since he burst on the scene last year.


A fun, new voice in comedy with a charmingly relaxed delivery, this Aussie larrikin will leave you smiling even between punchlines. Jacob has performed in all of the top rooms on the east coast of New South Wales and internationally in Ireland and the UK. He is a

clever joke-writer impressing audiences with his hilariously honest take on his lot in life. Recently finished runner-up in ‘Joke Off’ Sydney’s comedy competition. Go along and revel in his warm energy.


Keego hasn't supplied a bio as yet, so Blayne has penned a few words on his behalf: “Keego likes wrestling, has a tremendous beard and wears amazing jackets. Other people wear pyjamas to bed, but Keego wears just the jacket. Hailing from Bray, Co. Wick low, we have ensured his safety for the night by providing safe pas sage down the motorway. Keego is renowned for always providing a top notch set.”


Sean Marshall is a stand-up comedian, comedy author and radio presenter who has gigged extensively across Ireland as well as in Northern Ireland, Great Britain, Belgium and Sweden; and recently brought his fourth solo show to the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Bailey Cafe Bar:

The event will be hosted downstairs in the cabaret area of The Bailey. One of Enniscorthy's finest restaurants and bars, with ample parking facilities to the rear of the building.

Hungry? High quality food is served all day: full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, full bar, including one of the town’s best cocktail bars. The venue is wheelchair accessible via both entrances to the building, and the helpful staff will be more than happy to cater for any additional requirements you may have.

This event is strictly 18+, and a ticket will be required to gain entry. So make sure to book early, and if you arrive not meeting the age limit, or you have no ticket, well that's your own fault!!! Tickets are priced at €10 (plus booking fee), available only through Eventbrite on the link below:

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Delighful Dollies Annual Fair


and crafts.

Left: Catherine Quigley, Cllr John O’Rourke, Helen Owens and Eileen Owens.

Right: Lilly Tierney and Bridget Major were at the Fair.

Far right: Anne O’Brien was happy with the selection at the Fair.

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Dollies Women’s Group Annual Fair in Bellefield GAA Complex on 16th November, specialising in home baking Young Anna Tierney liked the look of a particular dress. Jean Hendrick, Kit Kenny, Eileen Owens and Bridget Donohoe. Maura Ow Bracelets, necklaces and cookies on offer from these students of Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy. Janis Buckley, Catherine Johnston and Catherine Cahill show their wares.

A beautiful keepsake

If you’re searching for that special something to fill the Christmas stocking then look no further, The Keepsake Quilters by my good friend and best-selling author Felicity Hayes McCoy is the perfect fit.

The Keepsake Quilters, set in Wicklow and London, has al ready been referred to as ‘the perfect Christmas read’ and ‘an absolute joy’ by writers like Claudia Carroll, Roisin Meaney and Carmel Harrington, so you don’t have to take my word for it.

This heart-rending tale spread over four generations is a fasci nating family saga, of love, loss, and hope, beautifully crafted and executed with humour and warmth.

The perfect festive escape.

Felicity, who is no stranger to Enniscorthy, having strong family connections here going back to 1916 and beyond when her great aunt Marion Stokes is reputed to have been one of the three women who hoisted the Tricolour over the Athenaeum during Easter Week, is the author of the very successful Finfar ran series of fictional novels, along with the House on an Irish Hillside, Enough is Plenty and A Woven Silence, History and Remembrance.

Enniscorthy was the last stop on Felicity’s three-week tour pro moting The Keepsake Quilters in towns and bookshops up and down the country and she was delighted to be given the oppor tunity to be interviewed by Philip Cawley on South East Radio as part of the town’s Switching on of the Christmas Lights.

So treat yourself or someone you love, or someone who loves books, to a cosy, pleasant, appealing read this Christmas, with The Keepsake Quilters.

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wens and Ciara Kehoe. Inspector Sean Clince with a new recruit! Bernadette O’Neill and stallholder Helen Owens. Maria Nolan and Felicity Hayes McCoy at the switching on of the Enniscorthy Christmas lights on 25th November. Maria Nolan

Wexford Arts Centre reopens

Wexford Arts Centre’s official launch of its new all-access extension was held on 12th November 2022. Mayor Maura Bell hosted the ceremony with the offi cial opening by Mr. Peter Burke TD, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

The new all-access extension includes new entrance, lift and ramp to galleries and theatre and café. The design by ODKM architects complements the heritage of the existing building revealing the old stone wall and re-opening an original side en trance within the new lobby. The extension includes a new gallery, dressing rooms, development/workspace and upgraded facilities and access. The €3 million project was funded by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for €1 million with €2 million and project management from Wexford County Coun cil. McKelan Construction from Bree were the main contractors.

“We are delighted to have the long awaited extension to provide access to all our vibrant arts programme.... thanks to support from the Department of Arts and Wex ford County Council and all who campaigned and championed for this extension over many years,” said Elizabeth Whyte, Executive Director of Wexford Arts Centre. Visit for upcoming events, exhibitions, workshops, etc. n

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Wexford Arts Centre reopening, L-R: Maura Bell (Mayor of Wexford), Brendan Howlin TD, Ben Barnes (Board Member, Wexford Arts Centre), Rosemary Hartigan Hayes (Chairperson, Wexford Arts Centre), Minister Peter Burke, Elizabeth Whyte (Executive Director, Wexford Arts Centre), Sean Meyler (Director of Services, Wexford Co. Council), Brendan Crowley (President Co. Wexford Chamber), Tom Enright (CEO Wexford Co. Council).
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Chairman of Wexford Co. Council George Lawlor with longtime friend Pierce Turner. Above left: Maura Bell (Mayor of Wexford). Above right: Peter Burke TD, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Below: Oisín O’Connell with his children Erin, Brendan and Kieran. Left and above: Aerial performers at the official opening.

Weaving a ‘Webb’ of words

With players gathered to trade words at the All-Ireland Champion ships on 12th & 13th November at Hotel Curracloe in Wexford, Ronan Webb, a Dublin native, won the last-game decider of the 13-game event to bring the All-Ireland Championship home.

The event had a great turnout with 43 players in total; 24 in the AllIreland Division, 13 in B Division and 6 in the Novice event.

“There were many players just returning after the various Covid lock downs and challenges of the last two years, and it was great to see each other after such a long period of time. At the end of the day, I hope everyone enjoyed themselves over the weekend,” Tournament Director John Cunningham-Ryan said.

All Ireland Division

With 24 players in the All-Ireland Division, the stage was set for a great weekend, with several previous All Ireland Champions in atten dance... Chris Broderick (1995), Eileen Meghen (1997), Catherine Cos tello (2001) and Feargal Weatherhead (2011 & 12). It went all the way down to the wire with Ronan Webb clinching victory by the tightest of margins an incorrect word played by his opponent (Gillian) in the dying moments of the final game helped him along. The top seven places were separated by a difference of only two wins, which shows how close the event was. There were five prizes given in the All-Ire land division as follows:

Winner of the David and Goliath: Tom Drohan 4th Place Group A: Liam Donnelly. 3rd Place Group A: Gary Birch. 2nd Place Group A: Gillian Street. Winner of Group A and new All-Ireland Champion: Ronan Webb (pictured above right).

B Division

Joint winners of the high word score: Hugh Boland and Ger Hore. 4th Place Group B: Kieran Brosnan. 3rd Place Group B: Tommy Hayes. 2nd Place Group B: Anne Creaven. Winner of Group B: Marie Ryan.

Local lady Vonnie (Yvonne) O'Connor won the Novice event.

“The food, drink, hospitality, rooms and everything else was fab in the hotel, as usual. JP Hanrahan runs an amazing place with a great team of staff, and special thanks to Kate Copeland on computer input, who kept everything running well during the weekend,” said Tournament Director John Cunningham-Ryan.

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Gillian is Ireland’s top therapist

Congratulations to Gillian Redmond from The Zen Room, Oulart, on being awarded Therapist of the Year at the recent national Professional Beauty/Hair dressers Journal Ireland Awards 2022.

With over 50 applications from all over Ireland, it was a tough competition to win with a rigorous process including an application and interview (with the best in the business). Gillian was blown away by the amazing comments of the judges as they an nounced her as the winner.

Gillian said, “I have worked extremely hard on my business and continous education has always a huge thing for me and I believe this helps me be a better therapist... I love my job and will always strive to be the best therapist possible.”

She is also grateful to her many and loyal clients: “Thank you all for being the best clients ever! Thank you so much for choosing me to be your wax therapist, I am for ever grateful.”

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Tournament Director John Cunningham-Ryan (left) presents prize to All-Ireland Champion Ronan Webb. Tournament Director John Cunningham-Ryan (left) presents prize to B Division winner Marie Ryan.

Dancing with Declan

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Baby & Toddler Time at Enniscorthy Library...

Every Tuesday at 10:30am Enniscorthy Library is delighted to welcome parents and guardians with their little ones for fun rhymes, stories and songs. Suitable for ages 0-4. The relaxed and friendly environment of the library is the perfect setting to make friends and introduce books and reading from an early age. Children must be accompanied and supervised by a par ent or guardian at all times.

Contact Enniscorthy Library to book a place: Phone: 053 9236055

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Enniscorthy Drama Group on the road

Enniscorthy Drama Group will be taking the play Farsiders by Fintan Kelly on the All Ireland drama circuit in 2023 to the following venues:

February 27th Kilmuckridge, March 2nd Gorey March 6th Doonbeg, March 8th Kildare March 9th Mountmellick, March 20th Carnew March 22nd New Ross, March 24th Wexford.

The cast will be: Chopper - Tim Connaughton Red - Podge Dwyer Hawk - Anthony Finn Pat - Brendan Robinson Jane - Niamh Crowhurst Mary - Maeve Ennis Jenny - Roisin Barry DJ - Liam Doyle

The group will be putting it on pre circuit on 16-18 February in The Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy.

Also, the ever-busy group will be staging The Factory Girls in The Presentation Arts Centre, 18-21 January. The Factory Girls tells the story of five women facing the threat of redundancy, who stage a lock-in in a shirt factory in Co. Donegal. As their protest continues the women learn more about each other and them selves as they explore their anger, courage and compassion. Watch this space for more details on both productions. n


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Patrica Whelan enjoying her sandwiches and cake at the party.
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Patrica Wheeler and Catherine Cahill enjoying the Delightful Dollies tea party. Kit Kenny and Eileen Coady. Eileen Owens and Helen Wildes. Edel Kenny, Theresa O’Connor, Winnie Connolly, Winnie

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Terry Killeen,Cathy Murphy and Jackie Larkin. Marion Morrissey and Julie Grant at the Delightful Dollies tea party. Jean Hendrick, Anne Collins, Mary Kells and Elaine Murray. O’Connor and Marion Morrissey. Enjoying the Delightful Dollies tea party.

Some local events worth checking out....

Mockie Ah 

16 Dec 2022 at Wexford Arts Centre

After a sold-out Christmas show last December, Mockie Ah are back with a new winter extrava ganza! Hosted by Candy Warhol and featuring a lineup of Ireland's most exciting Drag, Bur lesque and Comedy talent! Fusing a Pick’n’Mix of drag and performance styles, Mockie Ah has something special for everyone. Mockie Ah is a celebration of all things camp, queer, nostalgic and oh so very Irish. It is a safe space where everyone is welcomed, loved, embraced and covered in glitter!

 Declan Sinnott and Victoria Keating

3 Dec 2022 at Wexford Arts


Victoria and Declan are very much at home on stage: warm, engaging, irreverent and often hilarious. They both carry a weight of musical and life experience that shines through every thing. They sing songs of their own and re-im agine songs by others with a beauty and sophistication. They play from a very real place. Both are very accomplished experi enced musicians but together: sparks will fly!

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Pierce Turner  Terrible Good Concert #4 22 Dec 2022 at Wexford Arts Centre Pierce Turner with Cillian and Lorcan Byrne, on Electric Guitar and Drums, Bill Bergin on Bass, and Mary Barnecutt on Cello.

Entertainment this Christmas season

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Oylegate Christmas Craft Fair

Top left: Tommy and Margaret Rowe. Top right: Poppy, Emily and Lucy Stedman fill their bags with sweets at the Fair.

Above left: Young Orfhlaith Ryan, and her ‘Cosmic Candles’, had her mam to keep her company as she waited for the punters.

Above centre: Elevyn Moulton and Phil Lam bert look happy with their purchase at the Fair.

Right: The auld cup of soup that’s what you want on a cold day, Marie O’Connor.

Left: Woodturner John Somers of Oylegate shows his woodturning skills at the Oylegate Christmas Craft Fair.

Above left: Student Sarah Roche (right) with her Creativity Crafts Stand at the Fair shows Cathy Doran and Madeline Roche her wares.

Above: Conor Ring, Liam Dobbs, Will Dobbs and Grace Dempsey at their stall.

Above right: From Christmas stockings to hats and scarfs hand knitting by Marian Reid at the Fair.

Right: Oylegate Parents Association Sweet Stand to raise money for the school Louise Holt, Lisa Bozentra and Kerri Stedman.

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Kilmore RNLI Coffee Morning & Christmas Card Sale

Top left: Siobhan and Ken Bates and Maura Fortune.

Above left: Sarah and Ethe May Hogan.

Above centre: Rory Doyle is happy enough with his purchases.

Above right: Lots of cards on display and Rosemary Murphy, Johnny Moore, Aoife Roche and Teresa Hinchy were there to help you.

Left: A happy customer Capt. John Murphy is looking forward to his coffee and Chris Kehoe is there to help with that.

Right: Lily Murphy, Caelan Walsh and Faye Murphy.

Below left: Michelle Hinchy, Katie and Damien Devereux.

Below right: There’s always a draw to enter, Mary Marggraf, Eileen Corcoran and Trish Devereux.

Bottom left: Three Men and a Baby, Jim Codd, Shane Goff and Nicky Murphy with Baby Callie Goff in pram.

Bottom centre: Supporting the cause was Denise Doyle and Gay Hayes.

Bottom right: Helper Anne McMorris with good supporters Seamus Codd and his dad Cllr Jim Codd.

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RNLI Annual Coffee Morning and Christmas Card Sale in the Stella Maris Hall, Kilmore Quay, on 13th November 2022.

Santa at The Village at Wh

Top left: Anne and Eithne Roche with Santa.

Above: Dolgheru family with Santa.

Left: Santa was well proteced by some of his Elves.

Right: Two of the Village Elves enjoying the occasion.

Below left: Mrs Claus with little Lily Wheelock.

Below centre: Elf with Fraya and Jamie O’Brien.

Below right: Jack and Michael Sharkey.

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Above left: Santa with Mrs Claus.

Above right: Santa fans Olivia Power, Aine Comerford, Jade Levingstone and Karla Hogan.

Left: Waiting to see Santa were Bobby and Noel Levingstone, Callum and Fionn Comerford.

Right: George and Tess Wheelock.

Below left: Hannah Furlong.

Below right: The Hendricks family Darragh, Paudie, Kelly and Holly.

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Supporting the night-time economy

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD last month announced the successful applicants for the €4 million in funding to assist off-peak entertainment in our towns and cities. A total of 433 organisations have been offered funding from the Night-Time Economy Support Scheme. Applications were received from a wide range of venues including pubs, nightclubs, cafés, theatres, arts centres, galleries, museums and retail outlets.

There was a high level of interest in this pilot scheme, with over 470 creative and diverse applications submitted for con sideration, reflecting the willingness of the night-time econ omy sector to be innovative and creative in their offerings. Well in excess of 2,000 events in every county across the country have been approved for funding, they include live music, ranging from traditional music to electronic music, DJ nights, theatre, comedy, dance, literature, art and photo graphic exhibitions. Fourteen Co. Wexford venues have been included for funding see accompanying table.

The Scheme included a specific strand of funding for un licensed premises such as cafés, dry bars and other suitable venues to support diversification and inclusivity in the NightTime Economy. Cafés and unlicensed premises have been awarded over €434,000 in funding.

Venues in rural towns and villages were also supported and funding was awarded to 252 venues outside of our cities.

The fund has been an important source of employment for Artists and Performers across the country with thousands of employment days generated by this Scheme.

The announcement has been welcomed by Gorey Senator Mal colm Byrne who pushed for such a scheme as a member of the Oireachtas Arts and Tourism Committee. Malcolm pointed out, “Covid dealt a serious blow to the entertainment sector and while there were strong supports, we needed to help to get it back up on its feet. I’m delighted that so many Wexford applica tions have been successful and look forward to the night time entertainment that they will offer.” He urged people to support artists and musicians performing in theatres, pubs and other ve nues over the winter. n

Would your young teenager like to join a book club?

Enniscorthy Library is recruiting 12-15 year olds to start a brand new book club in Enniscorthy Library where participants will read excellent, age-appropriate books.

It is hoped to gather a group together to meet and chat about the books, discuss their thoughts and share book recommenda tions.

If you would like more information or your child would like to join, please contact the library on 053 9236055. n

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After their inaugural and sell-out festive concert last December, it was inevitable that Sharon Clancy and the Chris Colloton Trio would return for another Christmas of Jazz at Johnstown, and not once, but twice.

This will be an evening of all time Christmas favourites heard through the prism of one of the best jazz performing trios in Ireland and one of the sultriest voices in jazz sing ing. It has been a busy year for Sharon and the trio: they had two sold out concerts for St. Valentine’s at the Johnstown venue in February and were headliners at the Jazz at Johnstown three-day festival in July. Chris and the band performed at Johnstown Castle for Culture Night and Sharon completed a four week residency at La Marine, Rosslare, during the Wexford Festival. So have yourself a Merry Little Christmas at Jazz at Johnstown on December 9 and 10.

December 9 and 10, start time: 8.30pm. Location: Johnstown Castle Visitor Centre. €25 per person. Over 18 event.

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Wexford skatepark now open

The new skate park at Min Ryan Park, Wexford, was officially opened by Mayor of Wexford Maura Bell on 1st November 2022. It is one of the biggest and best skate parks in the country thanks to the work of Wexford Co. Council. Our photo shows elected representatives, council officials and skating enthusiasts at the opening.

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Rathnure Panto

back with a bang!

‘Sleeping Beauty(ish)’ will run for eight glorious nights in Rathnure Hall on 19th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th and 30th December and 1st and 2nd January.

This panto always sells out so book now before it’s too late. Box Office open now on: 087 698 8004 and 087 679 0354.

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Switching on the Christmas Lights in Wexford

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Above: The heavy rain didn’t stop the Switching on of the Christmas Lights on Wexford Quays on Saturday 26th November 2022. Below: Cllr Maura Bell, Mayor of Wexford, helped Santa turn on the lights in the presence of Snow Queen and Mrs Claus.

Magic in the air at Wexford Arts Centre

Official opening of new extension

There was certainly magic in the air at the official opening of the revamped Wexford Arts Centre recently, as a trapeze duo extraordinaire from Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre enchanted from on high with a most energetic and ballerina like display, captivating the large audience who were there to celebrate the re-opening of one of the town’s most prestigious venues.

Minister Peter Burke TD, Minister of State at Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, said that he was de lighted to be back in Wexford to officiate at the event, having performed there many moons ago as part of a student choir.

Mayor of Wexford Maura Bell was lavish in her praise of all things Wexford, particularly the Arts Centre and its wonderful staff led by its Director, the excellent Elizabeth Whyte.

Tom Enright, CEO of Wexford County Council, congratulated all involved with the €3 million state-of-the-art extension, es pecially Sean Meyler of Wexford County Council who was Project Manager for the works.

Following the unveiling of a plaque by Minister Burke to mark the occasion, patrons were invited to view the new gallery space dedicated to the late, great Billy Colfer, teacher, his torian, artist and set designer, and opened by three of his five sons – Eoin, Niall and Paul.

Curated by Karla Sanchez and Rosemary Hartigan, the Billy Colfer Exhibition will run at the Arts Centre from 15th No vember to 23rd December and is a celebration of the life and work of Dr. Billy Colfer, including much of his writing, research, mapping and photographs along with watercol ours and drawings.

Director Elizabeth Whyte enthused about Billy and his tre mendous contribution to the Arts Centre and to the life of Wexford, creating a positive impact on all.

Niall and Eoin spoke fondly and proudly of their dad and their recently departed mother Noreen, lamenting the fact that she had not lived long enough to enjoy the event.

With preliminaries complete, the marvellous Arts Centre entertainment continued with the witty Michelle Dooley Mahon who had the audience in the palm of her hand as she delivered a bitter-sweet autobiographical essay specially commissioned for the occasion, and fourteenyear-old Wexford singer-songwriter Ayda, daughter of Elizabeth Whyte, a definite up and coming talent who per formed pieces from her own material for the most appreci ative audience.

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Words and pics by Maria Nolan
Above left: Mayor of Wexford Maura Bell with Maria Nolan. Above centre: The Mad Hatter with Pierce Turner. Above right: Executive Director of Wexford Arts Centre Elizabeth Whyte with her daughter Ayda Weaver.

Top left: Eoin, Niall and Paul Colfer.

Top right: Johnny Mythen TD with Executive Director of Wexford Arts Centre Elizabeth Whyte.

Above left: Tom Enright (CEO Wexford Co. Council), Rosemary Hartigan Hayes (Chairperson, Wexford Arts Centre), Elizabeth Whyte (Executive Director, Wexford Arts Centre), Maura Bell (Mayor of Wexford), Minister Peter Burke.

Above: Cllr John Hegarty and Michelle O’Neill (artist and international soccer referee).

Left: Performance by Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre.

Below: Mayor of Wexford Maura Bell with Minister Peter Burke.

All pics: Maria Nolan.

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Celebrate the Christmas season with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Chamber Choir Ireland as they pres ent Handel's Messiah, coming to the National Opera House on Friday, 16 December at 7.30pm.

Handel’s masterpiece, first per formed 280 years ago in Dublin’s Fishamble Street, has become a high light of the December calendar. This production is led by Peter Whelan, Artistic Director of IBO, with step-out solos from the singers of Chamber Choir Ireland. It is also performed on period instruments with a large chorus so audiences can experience Handel's much-loved work in all its original colour and splendour.

It is George Handel at his most bril liant, in a well-paced blend of aria and chorus to perfectly match the arc of the Christian story. As one of the greatest oratorios ever written, Han del's Messiah has never waned in popular and critical appeal. It is as timeless today as it was when it pre miered in Dublin in 1742.

Tickets are €25 and can be purchased online at or by ringing the National Opera House box-office on 053 912 2144. Box Office phone lines are open from 9:30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

The Irish Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Ireland are proud to receive principal funding from The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chom hairle Ealaíon. n

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Messiah in National Opera House HANDEL'S MESSIAH Irish
Soloists: Sopranos: Sarah Keating, Abbi Temple Alto: Dominica Williams Tenor: Edward Woodhouse Bass: William Gaunt
Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Ireland
Peter Whelan

New General Manager for NOH

The National Opera House, Wexford, has appointed John Warburton to the newly created position of General Man ager. The appointment marks a significant milestone in the organisation’s development as, for the first time since opening its doors in 2008, there will be a dedicated Gen eral Manager to focus on the operation and development of the National Opera House exclusively. John will lead the next phase of the company’s development.

John is a long-time resident of Wexford where he has lived with his family for the past 22 years. He is an experienced executive manager with over 35 years of local, national and in ternational managerial experience, specialising in business de velopment and creating a positive, productive workplace environment and culture. John is a former CEO of DoneDeal, a Wexford-based business success story.

With a powerful passion for music, John is also an amateur musician and has been a great supporter of the arts in Wex ford and beyond. His volunteer track record also extends to supporting and mentoring established businesses and startups in association with the Wexford Enterprise Association at the Wexford Enterprise Centre.

Commenting on his new role as General Manager, John said, “I am really excited to be part of this award-winning performance venue located in the heart of Wexford. The National Opera House is a landmark building with two diverse performance spaces encompassing fantastic facilities that any performer or group would be proud to perform in. This performance venue has really supported and enriched the arts and wider commu nity of Wexford and beyond. You only have to look at the 2022/23 programme of events to see the growth and dynamic range on offer from this performance space. The National Opera House has a world class team with a wealth of arts and theatre experience, fully supported by a Board of Directors with a diverse range of skills to compliment the team.

"I am honoured to join this outstanding team and look forward to the next exciting phase for the National Opera House, work ing closely with the team, Board and community in general. I encourage everybody to visit the landmark National Opera House and become part of this exciting Wexford community story.”

The National Opera House is a year-round receiving venue which hosts local, national and international events including all genres of music, dance, theatre, spoken-word, comedy and education. It also home of The House Café & Bistro located on the top floor sporting stunning views of Wexford Town and Harbour.

To date, it is estimated that nearly two million people have come through the doors of the National Opera House. Most recently it has implemented an Education & Community Pro gramme for all ages with the kind support of The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

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The Three Graces, Thursday 1st December at 7pm.

What Next Mother and Memento double-bill on Thursday 8th December at 7pm. What Next Mother - A comedy, starring Mary Gibson and Elaine Jor dan. ‘Mammy’ escapes from the nursing home in her daughter's car, when she comes to visit and goes on a spree. Pursued by her daughter and son, will she evade them before she comes to harm, or has she other plans?

Memento - Noleen O'Mara, an international TV star who has ended up in hospital due to exhaustion, misses her mother's funeral back in Ireland. Finally allowed to travel, she arrives home and has to face the wrath of her sister. But a surprise encounter with an old friend could change her circumstances. Booking is essential: 053-9236055. n

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John Warburton has been appointed to the newly created position of General Manager of the National Opera House. Presented by Dubhtíre Films, written and directed by Dick Donaghue and produced by Jer Ennis.

Tar Éis A Winter Showcase of Artwork

November 30th 2022 to January 7th 2023

The Presentation Arts Centre and guest curator Conor Gib son are delighted to announce a small showcase of artwork to round off a year of artistic excellence at The Presenta tion Arts Centre, Enniscorthy.

With artwork on display from a range of local artists including artist-in-residence Rory Draper, Larry Dunne, Lisa Byrne, Conor Gibson, and many familiar names from the 6th Annual Open Call Exhibition.

This exhibition will also showcase artwork created by children for the Centre’s famous annual Christmas window display. n

Enniscorthy Library news...

On the third Thursday of every month the Adult Book Club meets in Enniscorthy Library at 7pm.

New Members are always welcome, if you are interested in going along please contact Enniscorthy library on 053 9236055.

On the second Thursday of every month the Slaney Writers Group meets in Enniscorthy Library at 6:30pm.

New members are always welcome, if you are interested in going along please contact Enniscorthy library on 053 9236055. n

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An Aladdin’s Cave of Literature

Under the loving care and attention of editor Alannah Hammel and Wally O`Neill of Red Books, the Wexford Bohemian has gone from strength to strength publishing its fourth edition recently to the acclaim of Mayor of Wexford Maura Bell who launched the packed publication, at the popular St Peter’s Square venue.

Maura proudly proclaimed this latest edition of the Wexford Bohemian as a treasure trove of Wexford talent, with fifty-five short stories selected for the

bursting tome, from over one thousand entries, it is indeed a prestigious volume and indicative of the huge amount of lit erary forte in the county.

‘The theme, concentrating in the main on stories in or about Wexford, by Wex ford writers or those who have an affili ation and affection for the county, makes this a truly special edition,’ Maura Bell enthused, ‘and one that should be on all our coffee tables or bedside lockers’.

Alannah Hammel introduced many of the contributors in the audience, calling on them to read from their short stories and poems turning the occasion into a most pleasurable evening of poetry, prose and song in this truly amazing Aladdin’s Cave of literature that is Red Books.

It was indeed an honour for me to be among the contributors with a short story from Enniscorthy titled The Wasp

Declan speaks about his new book

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Words & Pics by Maria Nolan Above left: Maria Nolan with Wally O’Neill of Red Books. Above right: Members of Wexford Literary Festival Committee Alannah Hammel, Carol Long, Imelda Carroll and Maria Nolan. Declan Reck speaking about his upcoming book ‘The Merchants of Wexford’ in Red Books, St. Peter’s Square, Wexford on 6th November 2022. Above left: Declan with Anita O Leary. Above right: John Roche, Declan Reck and Wally O’Neill (proprietor of Red Books). Check out the video:

Dr. Billy Colfer: A celebration of

Launch of the Dr. Billy Colfer Gallery. Wexford Arts Centre is pleased to present an exhibition celebra ting the life and work of Dr. Billy Colfer. Curated by Karla Sán chez O’Connell and Rosemary Hartigan, the exhibition will run from November 15 to December 23, 2022.

Director Elizabeth Whyte states, “We are delighted to be launching a new gallery in Dr. Billy Colfer's name as part of the completion of new capital works. Billy was instrumental in the establishment of Wexford Arts Centre and contributed greatly as a board director, artist, historian, teacher, set designer, and ad visor over the years. This exhibition celebrating his life and works will be an inspiration to our visitors on how to make a positive creative impact within the local Wexford community. We are very grateful to the Colfer family for their support for this ex hibition and for the naming of our new gallery in their late father's name to inspire future generations visiting Wexford Arts Centre.”

A native of Slade on the Hook Peninsula, Dr. Billy Colfer (19392013) was the author of many publications that are now classics of Wexford history such as “The Hook Peninsula” (2004), “Wex ford: A Town and its Landscape” (2008) and “Wexford Castles: Landscape, Context and Settlement” (2013).

A graduate of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Colfer taught at the CBS in Wexford until his retirement in 1997. He then con tinued with the history studies he had started earlier, and fin ished a Ph.D. at Trinity College, Dublin. His research on Medieval Wexford now constitutes a must for anyone interested in the history of this area. Billy Colfer was also a keen photogra pher, having taken most of the images that illustrated his many

books, and a prolific watercolourist.

This exhibition aims to celebrate Dr. Colfer’s life and work by of fering a glimpse into his working process including all the re search, writing, editing, drawing, mapping and photographing. At the same time, the exhibition presents some of the treasured watercolours and drawings that belong to the Wexford County Collection, and the private collections of Dr. Colfer’s five sons: Paul, Eoin, Donal, Niall, and Eamonn.

A man of many talents, Dr. Colfer was an active member of the Wexford Historical Society, being president from 2007-2010 and editor of their journal from 1984-1991. He was both an actor and set designer for Wexford Drama Club; his beloved wife Noreen was the lead actress for many years. Dr Colfer was key in the es tablishment of Wexford Arts Centre and the National Heritage Park in Wexford, and his involvement in other organisations such as the Wexford SubAqua Club and Wexford Golf Club left a positive and indelible mark.

Dr. Colfer touched the lives of many people in Wexford and further afield:

“Billy Colfer was a great Wexfordman – down-to-earth, rock solid, utterly dependable, hardworking, committed to his family, community and county. He could turn his hand to anything –raising a family, being a good hurler, footballer and golfer, build ing a boat and a house with his brother George, catching mack erel or pollock, painting a picture, writing a book. His Wexford trilogy meets the demanding criterion of Italo Calvino about what constitutes a classic: ‘A classic is a book that has never fin ished saying what it has to say.’” Professor Kevin Whelan, Direc tor, University of Notre Dame’s Dublin Global Gateway.

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Dr Billy Colfer.

his life and work

“On the many committees and the various Chairmen under which he served, Billy Colfer contributed the wisdom, logic and prac ticality, all of which he had in abundance. When he spoke he had the undivided attention and the well-deserved respect of the avid listeners. He seemed to be always calm, certain in his convictions and really practical and dependable in his perspective. You could n’t but learn from and admire this man of words and deeds.” Pat Hackett, Chair, Wexford Historical Society.

“He was a wonderful man and an incredibly versatile scholar. There was nothing that Billy couldn’t do. While working with him on his four magnificent books I learned that he had many other remarkable gifts. If one of his books required a reconstruction of a destroyed church, Billy could paint a beautiful watercolour that was informed by the archaeology of the site. If he needed a pho tograph, he would return again and again to the same place, at all times of the day, until the light was just right and he could get the perfect shot. He would produce maps that revealed his true ap preciation of the Irish landscape and a deep understanding of all periods of Irish history, not just the Medieval which was the main focus of his research. When I was with Billy anywhere in Wexford I felt like I was with a star, and of course, I was.” Dr. Matthew Stout, Lecturer, School of History & Geography. Dublin City University.

“While researching elements of this exhibition I spoke to numer ous people about Billy. Former students remembered him as a fa vourite teacher, no mean feat when one considers the hundreds of small boys that passed through his classroom. He is remem bered as someone who ignited a love of Wexford, of history, and of art; someone who gave young imaginations space to explore and expand... I feel a suitable by-line for this exhibition might be 'We didn't mention....' as to cover all the aspects of Billy's talents would be nigh impossible.” Chair of WAC and Co-Curator of the exhibition Rosemary Hartigan.

“It was a pleasure to work on the monographic exhibition of a man who showed so much passion and love for Wexford. Dr Billy Colfer had a true Renaissance spirit, a man of a keen intellect, he had a deep interest and belief in education.” Karla Sánchez O’Connell, Curator.

This exhibition will run in the Dr. Billy Colfer Gallery from Tuesday 15 November to Friday 23 December 2022. Opening hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Wexford Arts Centre and curators Karla Sánchez O’Connell and Rosemary Hartigan would like to thank the Colfer family for their contributions to the exhibition, and the Arts Department of Wex ford Co. Council, Wexford County Archive, and Wexford Co. Li brary.

Dr. Billy Colfer: A Celebration of his Life & Works is supported by Wexford County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland. For further information on Dr. Billy Colfer: A Celebration of his Life & Works please contact Catherine Bowe - Curator, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford on (053) 91 23764 or email

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Elizabeth Whyte (Executive Director, Wexford Arts Centre), with author Eoin Colfer. Well known writer and friend Billy Roche and his wife Patti were at the opening of the Dr. Billy Colfer Exhibition. Clare and Eamonn Murphy were at the opening.

GIY in Enniscorthy

GIY (Grow It Yourself) Wexford is holding community meet ings and talks on growing in Enniscorthy, on the first Thursday of every month at the IFA Centre, Millpark Road, from 7.30-9.30pm

There's a different topic for each meeting with a Q&A session at the end. It's a chance to connect with other people in the growing community, share information and form a support and advice network. Expect to see folks from the Enniscorthy Com munity Allotments and Wexford Environmental Network there, and feel free to spread the word to anyone you feel would be interested, everyone is welcome. n

Knives & forks at the ready!

Get your knives and forks at the ready! En niscorthy Library has just received a mouthwatering delivery of delicious cookery books. Bon appetit!!! n

Sign up now!

Lime Asian Street Food restaurant is situated in the old River Restaurant premises right in the centre of Enniscorthy, and is of fering sit-down Lunch (up to 4pm) and Evening (up to closing time at 10pm) menus, as well as a substantial takeaway menu. The extensive size of the premises has allowed Mister Chen to completely separate the sit-down and takeaway areas. It is now taking bookings for Christmas. Tel: 053 923 6448, 089 216 8823. Keep up to date on Facebook at ‘Lime asian street food’ n

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Mister Chen in the extensive seating area in Lime. Mister Chen with staff and family at the takeaway counter in Lime. 'Nutrition and Healthy Options' part-time, Free course with BTEI at Bunclody FETC.

Enniscorthy Community Allotments wins Wexford’s top environment award

Enniscorthy Community Allotments (ECA) was thrilled to be announced the Winner of the “Best Overall Entry” at the Wexford County Council Environment Awards 2022 at a packed ceremony in the Ferrycarrig Hotel last month.

The award is a major achievement, especially since ECA only opened the gates to members on April 11th this year and the judging took place not long afterwards in July and August.

The winners were announced by Master of Ceremonies Alan McGuire and ECA was congratulated and presented with a plaque by Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council George Lawlor. ECA also received a cash prize which will help support further improvements and developments at the site.

Videoclips showcasing ECA and the various category winners are available to view on Wexford Co. Council’s YouTube channel.

Never ones to rest on their laurels, Michael Devereux and the ECA committee arranged with WWETB earlier this year for nine ECA members to undertake two modules of the QQI Level 4 Horticulture award at Gonzaga House on Upper Wafer Street, Enniscorthy, studying under expert horticulturalist Mairead Dunne. Up to Christmas, this group is studying ‘growing veg

etables’ and in the new year the second module is ‘growing fruits’. The nine will receive a certificate at the end of their two modules. More education initiatives are also being planned. Meanwhile, on the ground at the ECA complex at Gort Na Gréine, Enniscorthy, beside the Enniscorthy Sports Hub, a sophisticated new composting system has been introduced under master composter Betty Kehoe and her husband Lorcan, thanks to financial support from the Reimagining Enniscorthy group. Any school or community group interested in compost ing is welcome to contact ECA to visit and learn about the new facility.

The ECA committee would like to thank everyone who sup ported them over the last year and look forward to building on the project and enabling more people from the town to get in volved in the future.

ECA is all about local people growing their own food in an organic and sustainable way. To find out more: Email: n

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Award winners, front row, Cllr Aidan Browne (Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District) with Enniscorthy Community Allotments committee members, and behind local and national politicians and staff of Wexford Co. Council. Check out the video:

Afternoon tea by the sea

Time to indulge yourself with Afternoon Tea by the sea at Coast Rosslare Strand. The spectacular location makes for a truly unique experience. Celebrating something special? Why not treat yourself to a glass of prosecco or a dressed gin and tonic which can be added to your After noon Tea on request. Afternoon Tea is served daily between 11am and 6pm. €20 per person or €25 including Prosecco. Contact the hotel today at banquetingmanager@coas or call 053 9132010. Gift vouchers available. n

GIY launch the ‘GROW At School’ Food Education programme

In mid-November, 132 schools across the country headed outside to plant the first crops from their garden kit as part of the GROW At School programme, an initiative bringing together food education and outdoor learning.

The 132 schools got started on their food-growing kits which included four raised beds with soil, 14 different vegetables to grow, a plan that works around the school year, and lesson plans adapted for all age groups. The first lesson focused on food systems aiming to teach kids from junior infants up

wards about the journey their food goes on from the very be ginning and is freely available on the GIY website.

Earlier this year, GIY launched a €3.2m fund to support GROW At School, with an ambition to see every primary school in Ire land granted a free garden, seeds and the resources required for learning how to grow food, reconnect with nature, and de velop healthier, more sustainable food choices.

Founder of GIY Michael Kelly says, “We are delighted to offi cially begin GROW At School. This has long been an ambition for GIY and we are excited to be at this stage. Through this programme, we will enable 20,000 primary school children to learn about food growing this year. Getting their hands into the soil will be an invaluable learning experience.”

The best thing about GROW At School is that all the re sources, from the learning guides to the practical tools, are delivered to each school for free and this is due to philan thropic funds raised by GIY.

Having run as a three-year pilot with 31 schools, the pro gramme was a huge success. Teachers declared that they found the garden to be an excellent teaching tool across most subjects of the curriculum and that it also allowed them to get closer to the pupils and learn more about them in an informal setting. Children experienced better overall wellbeing and interest in eating more vegetables, outcomes that have been found in numerous other studies on the topic.

Michael says, “It is our goal to have at least 500 schools across the country participate during the 2023/24 school year we already have 250 schools on this wait list (registration is open and ongoing at So, the interest is there, and we just need the financial support to back it.”

For further details on GIY and GROW At School see n

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Pictured at St John of God National School in Waterford City are Nina Lalor age 6, Alhyzia Montenegro age 6, Millie O’Higgins age 6 and Evie Burchell age 6 as they received their GIY GROW At School pack which will enable them to learn about and to grow food at school this spring. Pic: Mary Browne.
Slaney aD 2nd December 2022 - Page 101 Providing you with a huge choice of sessions throughout the week: Tuesdays @ 6.30pm The Salt n Pepper Pot, 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, Community Workshop Call Tony on 087 1785384 Your local Slimming World Consultants in Enniscorthy

Tried-Tested-Tasted by Caitriona

Caitriona Barron from Drinagh, Wexford, grew up on her dad’s farm with plenti ful homegrown veg and their own meat so “we really knew the value of good food. My mother started a seafood business after meeting my stepfather fisherman, my brother now runs the seafood business so I’m well used to fresh food.”

“I worked with the family business before leaving to be a stay-at-home mother but soon got bored (lol!) and started taking pics of my food, sharing my recipes on social media. When people started showing interest, I realised this could be a job so I bought myself a camera and threw myself in the deep of it. I love it and I get to work with amazing companies. Seeing my pictures in magazines, in shops, and occasionally on TV is pretty amazing.

“I’m a mother of two boys and, yes, juggling it all can be very tough. But I keep it going as it’s my passion now and it’s very rewarding.” and Caitriona_barron on insta n


These roasties are so good! Perfect for Christmas…

I cook my potatoes until tender in salted water with baking powder… drain, give a little shake.

Blend one stock cube into 1/4 cup olive oil. Heat olive oil and butter until butter melted. Add drained potatoes to butter, oil, add garlic and herbs (I use rosemary), the stock cube mix, salt, pepper and bake in a preheated oven at 200c. Bake until golden and crispy.

Serves 8. Ingredients:

2kg potatoes

1 tbs salt

1 tbs baking powder to boil 75ml olive oil

50g butter

Garlic cloves

1/4 cup herbs chopped 1 chicken stock cube

2 tbs oil to blend

Sea salt Black pepper n

Pic: Caitriona Barron. triedtestedtasted

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Caitriona Barron

PTSB coming to Enniscorthy

n €1m investment will bring Permanent TSB to former Ulster Bank branch in Enniscorthy.

n Branch will feature full cash services and former Ulster Bank staff.

n Customers encouraged to move their current account to Permanent TSB before 6th of January.

Permanent TSB has announced details of its plans to open a new branch in En niscorthy in early 2023 which will build on Permanent TSB’s existing presence in Co. Wexford (through its branches in Gorey, Wexford and New Ross) as part of a major expansion from 75 to 98 branches in communities across Ireland.

The Bank will open for business in Ennis corthy in late January/early February fol lowing the acquisition of the Ulster Bank branch in Enniscorthy as part of its wider acquisition of €7.5 billion in mortgages, SME loans and asset finance business from Ulster Bank.

Permanent TSB is encouraging customers to move their account to Permanent TSB before the Ulster Bank Enniscorthy branch closes on the 6th of January.

Customers can open a Permanent TSB current account by downloading the Per manent TSB app and availing of Perma nent TSB’s award-winning digital current account opening process, which allows customers open an account in less than 15 minutes. Alternatively customers can make an appointment in one of Perma nent TSB’s 75 branches nationwide or in

one of Permanent TSB’s mobile branches. To check the schedule for mobile branches, please visit

Customers can visit Permanent TSB’s dedicated online support hub, perma, for more in formation on how to move their banking relationship to Permanent TSB or for an ap pointment in branch.

The new Permanent TSB Enniscorthy branch will feature full cash services and will include staff who worked in this branch when it was operated by Ulster Bank. Each branch will offer the full range

of Permanent TSB’s award-winning services including mortgages, current accounts, de posit accounts, personal loans, insurance and pensions.

Eddie Kearney, Head of Retail Distribution at Permanent TSB, says: “This is a big mo ment for Permanent TSB... We are delighted to invest in the new Enniscorthy branch and the people who will work in it... For Ulster Bank customers of the Enniscorthy branch we are offering an easy transition to a new bank, with the same people and in the same building as they have been doing their banking business up to now. We want to welcome them and assure them of a great service provided by great people.” n

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PTSB's Head of Retail Distribution Eddie Kearney The existing Ulster Bank branch in Enniscorthy.

Congrats to Sully & Juno

Nina and Gillian are best friends who met at the school gates on their children's first day of Junior infants. They got chatting and realised that while they are absolute opposites in some ways, they have loads in common also including the fact that both of our husbands are named Rob!

The pair of friends had always talked about possibly setting up a business together so after a long chat one evening they decided to take the plunge.

On the first day of term 2021 they dropped their children off to school and got to work. Three months later they packed and shipped their 1,500th order of their colourful, printed clothing from their design and print studio in Wexford.

Their range is colourful, affordable, high quality and unique and accessible and in clusive to those who have sensory needs, making great use of rainbows and every day Gaeilge in their designs which stand out from the crowd.

There was a fantastic array of Wexford products on the “Taking Care of Business” Special of the Late Late Show last month. Featured on the show were Sully & Juno, along with Nutorious Nutrition, Wexbury Spirits, Yola Bakery, and Scup Gelato. Sully & Juno came away with a bursary prize of €15,000 sponsored by Square. You can watch the full special back on the RTE player at the link below. n

Learn about remote working

Enniscorthy Library Information Session

Are you interested in working remotely or learning more about it? Grow Remote can help you by providing the tools to acquire: Skills to work remotely Progress your career remotely Apply to discounted courses delivered by Grow Remote Find remote jobs online Access Grow Remote events and community Understand benefits and challenges of remote working Booking essential. Please register for your place by phoning 053 9236055. n

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Feasibility Study Grants

Feasibility Study Grants are designed to assist the promoter with research ing market demand for a product or service and examining its sustainability. It includes assistance with innovation including specific consultancy require ments, hiring of expertise from third level colleges, private specialists, de sign and prototype development.

The maximum Feasibility Study Grant payable shall be 50% of the investment or €15,000 whichever is the lesser.

Expenditure may be considered under the following headings: Market Research - Consultancy Costs - Technical Development/Prototype/ Innovation - Salary/Own Labour Research - Miscellaneous Costs

Please contact Wexford LEO for an application form for the Feasibility Study Grant. Phone: 053 919 6020. Email: n

Business supports

The Business Expansion Grant is designed to assist a business in its growth phase after the initial 18 month start-up period. Sole traders, partnerships or limited companies that fulfill the following criteria can apply:

- Located and operating within the LEO geographic area.

- A business, which, on growth, will have the capacity to progress to the Enterprise Ireland portfolio

- A business employing up to 10 employees

- A manufacturing or internationally traded service business

- A domestically traded service business with the potential to trade internationally.

For more information and how to apply click here: https://www.localen

The Agile Innovation Fund is now available for small businesses: Introduced by Enterprise Ireland, the Agile fund will help clients of LEO Wexford respond more quickly to market opportunities and challenges like Brexit. Offering fast-track approval and a streamlined online appli cation process, the new Agile Innovation Fund will allow companies to access up to 45% or 50% in support for product, process or service de velopment projects with a total cost of up to €300,000.

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Green for Micro

Sign up for The Local Enterprise Office Green For Micro programme – help ing your business prepare for the low carbon, more resource efficient econ omy of the future.

Book Now:

This FREE initiative is available to companies with up to ten employees, and provides the mentorship and technical support your business needs to go green, covering such as resource efficiency, understanding your carbon footprint, reducing costs and implementing an environmental management system. n

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Student Enterprise Programme 2

The Student Enterprise Programme launched last month for its 21st year with the addition of three new awards.

Minister Damien English joined last year’s winners Bar relda from St. Patrick’s Classical School and their Princi pal and Meath GAA manager Colm O’Rourke in Navan for the launch of Ireland’s largest student entrepreneurial programme.

An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices to encourage entrepreneurship in secondary schools, the Student En terprise Programme has seen over 325,000 secondary school students take part in the programme since it first began, with over 25,000 participants expected this year.

Participating students will compete across three cat egories, Junior (1st year), Intermediate (2nd and 3rd year) and Senior (4th, 5th and 6th year, LVA, LCA and Youth Outreach). Each student enterprise is challenged with creating, setting up and running their own business, which must show viable sales of their service or product. Following county and regional finals, Student Enterprises from across the country will take part in the Final at Croke Park on Friday 5th May.

In addition to the three categories that students will be grouped under by class, students can also submit their business model as part of the further ‘optional competi tions’. This year will see the introduction of three addi tional categories of optional competitions including – the ‘Best Business Website’ sponsored by .IE, the “Green Go Getter Award” sponsored by the EPA, as well as the “Smart Business Idea” award sponsored by Folens. These three new awards categories are in addition to ‘My Entre preneurial Journey’, ‘Social Stars’ and ‘Intellectual Prop erty’ competitions from previous years.

Last year’s winner of the Student Enterprise Programme was “Barrelda” an eco-innovation created by two young farmers from Co. Meath. Barrelda specialises in revamping old, blue polythene drums and recycling them to create meal silos and teat feeders. The young entrepreneurs have won high praise from eco organisations and farming organ isations nationwide for their sustainability-focused project which also addresses the rising cost of farming equipment.

The Student Enterprise Programme, funded by the Gov ernment of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and de livered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local

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Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English TD, with Andrew Gormley, St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, Abbie Brocklebank with Belle’s Bowtique, from Coláiste na Mí, and Emma Summer with Garden Angels, from St Ciarán’s Community School with their 2023 entries at the launch of the Student Enterprise programme 2022/2023. PIC: JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

2023 is launched

authorities throughout the country, saw over 25,000 stu dents from 464 secondary schools across the country take part in 2021/2022.

Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English states: “The Student Enterprise Pro gramme is a hugely valuable initiative by the Local Enter prise Offices. Not only does it encourage and foster a love of entrepreneurship, it also creates understanding of what is involved in starting and running a business from idea right through to making sales. No matter what these students do in later life, they will acquire skills in this programme that they can bring with them into jobs and hopefully their own companies in the years to come. Again this year we look forward to innovative and indeed sustainable businesses that these students will create.”

Michael Nevin, chair of the Education Enterprise Com mittee of the Local Enterprise Offices, said; “I am de lighted to announce that the Student Enterprise Programme will return for 2022 / 2023, now within its 21st year. Each year we receive an overwhelming number of submissions which shows the true appetite amongst Irish school students who wish to learn the skills and

Abbie Brocklebank with ‘Belle’s Bowtique’, from Coláiste na Mí, Co. Meath, at the launch of the Student Enterprise programme 2022/2023.


practices for a successful life in business. In addition to the three national categories, we have added to our op tional competitions through our ‘Best Business Website’, ‘Go Green Go Better’ and ‘Smart Business Idea’ com petitions, giving more students an opportunity to show case their strengths and abilities. I would like to take this opportunity to wish every student the best of luck and we look forward to viewing their submissions.” n

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Paula Jiminez, Emma Summer and Marie Wolf pupils from St Ciarán’s Community School, Co. Meath, with their 2023 entry ‘Garden Angels’ at the launch of the Student Enterprise programme 2022/2023. PIC: JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

C&R Print sponsorship is worth over €100K for charity

The Dogs for the Disabled charity is set to benefit by over €100,000 thanks to incredibly generous sponsor ship of their calendar by Enniscorthy’s C&R Print.

C&R annually sponsor the production of calendars for Dogs for the Disabled. This year they have produced 12,000 of the cutest doggie calendars, graciously sponsoring the entire cost of the project. “What an amazing company they are!”, said a spokesperson for the charity. “Thanks to their continued support, 100% of the funds raised from the sale of each 2023 calendar goes towards funding our services and our precious, life-changing dogs/puppies.”

This calendar is the “Perfect Christmas Gift” that will bring joy to any dog lover. The cost is €10 (plus €2 p&p). Order on line at: duct/our-2023-calendar/?fbclid=IwAR0 6X8qV3OO6T5rJJCECWHU93NJuA0b

Stella making herself at home at Wexford Arts Centre

At the Wexford Arts Centre re opening on 12th November 2022 by Junior Minister Peter Burke TD were Mish Thobeen and her dog Stella ➤

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It’s that time of year again leading into Christmas, a magical time for many and a sad and tough time for others as they may have lost loved ones, or live alone, and this time accentuates that loneliness.

For me, I love this time of year, there's a buzz about the practice and the town, and it’s lovely to see people helping others and looking out for the less fortunate. It’s a time of looking back over the year too, reflecting on what was memorable and hopefully forgetting the parts that weren't so memorable.

A good friend sent me a book of poetry recently and one particular poem about cats, caught my attention on on this subject, so I thought I’d share it with you.

It’s titled Inessential Things and it’s by Brian Patten: They remember the ways in from the cold, The warmest spot, the place of food, They remember the places of pain the irritation of birds, the warm fumes of the soil, the usefulness of dust. They remember the creak of a bed, the sound of their owner's footsteps, the taste of fish, the loveliness of cream.

of the Moyne Veterinary Hospital

Cats remember what is essential of days. Letting all other memories go as of no worth they sleep sounder than we, whose hearts break remembering so many inessential things.

This is taken from a collection of poetry called Danc ing by the Light of the Moon by Gyles Brandreth.... it might be a stocking filler for someone you know!!

It’s such a simple message of how animals can teach us how to live... Enjoy the good stuff and let go of the rest... It doesn't serve them and so they drop the inessential things...

It certainly would simplify our lives and dovetails in with the book I spoke about before The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, another great read!

I'd like to just say a huge thank you to the staff of the Moyne Vet Hospital for all their help during the year and even more so a huge debt of gratitude to all our very loyal clients for putting your trust in us. May this be a magical Christmas for you all.

Thanks again, and Merry Christmas from all at the Moyne Veterinary Hospital. n

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The Volkswagen Polo is one of Ire land’s favourite small cars and has been for many years. Sales of small hatchbacks like the Polo have been in decline as customers switch to more fashionable SUVs and crossovers. But the humble hatch still has a lot to offer buyers.

Now Volkswagen has streamlined the Polo line-up in Ireland, which coincides with an update for the classic small hatch back that sees even more sophisticated style and high-tech equipment as stan dard than ever before.

The latest Volkswagen Polo goes on sale priced from €23,840 and is powered by a simple 1.0-litre petrol engine. It’s one of the classiest small cars you can buy with

handsome but understated style. Over the years it has grown in size, to a point where it's roomy enough inside now to function as a small family car.

In Ireland, the Polo range is very simple. There's the Polo Life priced from €23,840, the Polo Style from €26,995 and the Polo R-Line from €25,840. All cars come with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 95hp. Automatic versions are available for about €2,000 more.

The styling updates have been very suc cessful with a more mature looking front end. LED headlights are now standard across the range and some versions get more advanced matrix LED units.

At the back, there's a new set of lights

with a more horizontal design that add width and elegance to the Polo's road presence. Wheel sizes vary from 15- to 16-inch, with the option of a 17-inch set.

The R-Line model on test is the sportiest of the bunch with standard kit including 16-inch ‘Valencia’ alloy wheels, sportier bumpers, roof spoiler and gloss black trim.

The Polo has one of the best cabins you will find in a small car. It's solidly built and reassuringly simple in its design. Yet all the modern features are here - a full digital instrument panel and touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto as standard. Entry level Life models make do with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, but Style

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and R-line versions get a more im pressive 8-inch unit.

Some small car interiors like the Re nault Clio and Peugeot 208 feel a little more glamourous, but the Polo interior is a sound and comfortable place to spend time in.

Other standard features include air conditioning, leather wrapped steer ing wheel, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The Style trim adds a reversing cam era and adaptive cruise control. Rline versions have a slightly sportier ambience with sports seats, black roof liner, and stainless steel pedals.

It feels really roomy inside too, with one of the largest cabins in the segment. It's comfortable in the back for passengers with plenty of headroom and large foot wells. It definitely feels more spacious than a Peugeot 208 or a Toyota Yaris. The rear doors open wide and there are Isofix child seat fixtures on the two outer seats. The Polo also has one of the largest boots in the class at 351 litres, with prac tical features like a two-position floor and a spare wheel.

On the road, the Polo drives pretty much the same as it looks. It's a solid and

steady drive, offering plenty of comfort for those on board and impressive refine ment on the move - even on the motor way. It's not the most fun to drive small car with the steering being a little on the light side for that. But it's perfectly agree able with a robust quality that sees it move effortlessly from town to motorway and rural roads.

When it comes to power, there's just a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 95hp available. But it's actually an ideal engine for the Polo and feels lively enough, whether in town or on the motorway. A five-speed manual gearbox comes as standard but there is the option of a 7speed automatic. The five-speed manual

gearbox has to be worked at times to keep the engine in its sweet spot, but it settles down well to a cruise on the motor way, so you won't actually miss a sixth gear. It’s also efficient by class standards.

The Volkswagen Polo is an easy car to recommend. These days it's never looked better, with smart styling that looks good just about everywhere. The Polo is easily one of the most upmarket small cars on the market in Ireland, with a classy cabin that's comfortable and well-equipped. What's most impressive is the space and practicality the Polo offers inside, making it very good value indeed. On the road it's comfortable and refined. Overall, the Polo is a great all-rounder and a smart choice of small car.

Model tested: Volkswagen Polo R-Line Price: €25,840 Engine: 1.0-litre petrol Power: 95hp Torque: 175Nm

Top speed: 187 km/h

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Volkswagen ID. Buzz takes Irish Car of the Year title for 2023

Volkswagen ID. Buzz takes Irish Car of the Year title for 2023 and a double-take for Volkswagen as ID. Buzz Cargo wins Irish Van of the Year 2023 award at the same event.

This is an electric hat-trick as it’s the third consecutive Irish Car of the Year title for an electric vehicle (EV), confirm ing the move towards EVs in Ireland.

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz was named as the 2023 Irish Car of the Year by the Members of the Motoring Media As sociation of Ireland (MMAI), the group ing that brings together some 32 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, who hosted the awards event at the Westin Hotel in Dublin on 11th November 2022 in association with Continental Tyres, and attended by Ire land’s leading car brands, importers and distributors. The awards are voted on by the members of the MMAI who indi vidually assess each new car model that is launched in Ireland each year.

Volkswagen took the top award with its latest all electric ID. Buzz model and, the van version, the ID. Buzz Cargo, won the Irish Van of the Year title at the

same ceremony, a first in the history of the awards. It is the third time that an electric vehicle has taken the award as Kia EVs also won the 2022 and 2020 Irish Car of the Year titles with the all electric EV6 and e-Soul respectively.

Chairman of the MMAI, Joe Rayfus: “The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is a really worthy winner of the Irish Car of the Year title, it is a truly stand-out vehicle.

As the third electric vehicle to win the title, it really does confirm the onward march in Ireland towards an electric mo toring future. Just look at our field of runners for this year’s awards, more than half of the contenders are available as either partial or full electric vehicles”.

Tom Dennigan of awards sponsor, Continental Tyres, said: “After the Covid disruption that impacted on the Irish Car of Year awards over the past couple of years, we are delighted to be back with these awards for 2023. The MMAI jurors provide a great service to Irish motorists in providing a really helpful in sight into the broad range of increas ingly sophisticated car models that are launched here each year. No doubt, the Irish Car and Irish Van of the Year titles

will be a huge boost to the popularity of the ID. Buzz in the new vehicle mar ket in January and throughout 2023.”

The all electric ID. Buzz uses the same 77kWh battery as the Volkswagen ID.4 and delivers a 420km range from a single charge.

The Irish Car of the year category winners:

1. Irish Small Car of the Year: Fiat 500e

2. Irish Compact Car of the Year: Opel Astra

3. Irish Compact Executive Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

4. Irish Compact Crossover / SUV of the Year: Kia Niro

5. Irish Medium Crossover / SUV of the Year: Kia Sportage

6. Irish Large Crossover / SUV of the Year: Citroen C5X

7. Irish MPV of the Year: Volkswagen ID. Buzz

8. Irish Luxury Car of the Year: Mer cedes-Benz EQS

9. Irish Large Executive Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz EQE

10. Irish Performance Car of the Year: BMW i4 M50. n

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Joe Rayfus, Chairman of the Motoring Media Association of Ireland (MMAI); Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland; Kim Kilduff, Marketing Director Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland; and Alan Bateson, Brand Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland.

World champions!

Astro Pitch

The eagerly awaited new Astro Pitch project at Ross Road, Enniscorthy, is making progress.

The Part VIII planning process for the new pitch has been completed, the appointment of a project manager is imminent. It is expected to put out a call for tenders for the construction of the pitch before Christmas, with con struction work likely to commence in early 2023 and the project completed over the following months.

The question of a playing pitch at the centre of the running track at the En niscorthy Sports Hub came up again at the November meeting of Ennis corthy Municipal District. The District Manager informed the meeting that it is under review with a view to it being used for Spring/ Summer soccer. n


At the recent 2022 WEPF World Under-25 Team Championships held in Killarney, Ireland's pool team defeated Malta 5-3 in the final to emerge as world champions.

Congrats to Tyler O’Connor, Ben Doyle and Adam Maher, all from Enniscorthy, and fellow team members Morgan Thomas and Cormac Kerr, and team manager, Mark Scally. n

Building Bellefield

Greyhound snippets...

Enniscorthy Greyhound Track: The Track is now taking bookings for Christmas Parties. Tel: (053) 923 3172 for full details.

The recent Lord of Charity Event was a huge success with over €3,000 being raised for local charities and good causes: Kilmore Quay RNLI, St Vincent de Paul, Enniscorthy, Hope Cancer Sup port Centre, Wexford Marine Watch, Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, St Pa trick's School, Enniscorthy. n

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Irish pool team, world champions, back row L-R: Ben Doyle (Enniscorthy), Morgan Thomas, Tyler O'Connor (Enniscorthy). Front row L-R: Mark Scally (Manager), Adam Maher (Enniscorthy) and Cormac Kerr. Pic: Ultimate Pool. THREE L-R: Ger McVeigh, Pat Tobin, Michael Doyle, Anthony Russell. Pic: Maria Nolan. SEE FULL STORY ON NEXT PAGE.

Building Bellefield Project

A crowd of over three hundred strong turned out to the Bellefield Clubhouse, home of the Rapparees/Star lights GAA Club, on Tuesday 29th November, to hear Project Manager Pat Quigley launch the elaborate Building Bellefield Project, proposed for the iconic venue at the heart of the Bellefield community.

‘Our vision is to create a Flagship Sports and Community Facility’, Pat told the packed Clubhouse ‘to world class stan dards at the very heart of Enniscorthy that will promote the health and well being of all the community in a safe and inclusive environment’.

The process, already begun, will be com pleted in 3 Phases, and builds on the dedication and commitment of past gen erations and all who have given their lives to Bellefield GAA.

Pat went on to outline the extensive plan which will see the development of two new full-sized pitches, one of them

floodlit, a community walking track, a state of the art hurling wall complete with all-weather surface perfect for train ing and skill enhancement, a children’s playground, a sensory garden, new car park, new entrance, coffee dock, youth club facility, additional toilets and dress ing rooms, with wheelchair accessibility and upgrade of all seating on the exist ing main pitch.

The total cost of the project is approxi mately €1.2 million, Pat Quigley told the enthralled audience, with almost half of the total already secured through the generosity of long-time and loyal club sponsor Sam McCauley who has stood by the club in good times and bad, never asking what the club could do for

him but rather what he could do for it.

Sam said that he was more than de lighted to be able to assist with a project of this magnitude for the club and the town and thanked the Club Executive Committee, under Chairman Ger McVeigh, the Project Management Team under Pat Quigley, the Design Team under Paul O`Brien, Garry Flood, Main Contractor, the Finance Development Committee under Adrian Fenlon, saying that he was happy that the future of the project and the future of the club was in safe hands.

Adrian Fenlon announced to the gather ing of politicians, including Minister James Browne T.D., Paul Kehoe T.D., Johnny Mythen T.D., Chairman of Ennis corthy Municipal District Councillor Aidan Browne, Councillor Jackser Owens, Councillor Cathal Byrne, busi ness people of the town and beyond, club members, neighbours and friends, that the remaining monies to complete

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L-R: Minister James Browne TD, Padge Walsh, Maria Nolan, Aidan Browne (Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District). L-R: Paul McCrae (Enniscorthy Rugby Club), Pat Quigley (Project Manager), Contractors Sean and Garry Flood, Sam McCauley, Ger McVeigh (Club Chairman).

the project would be raised through the power of Meitheal – ‘an old Irish term’ he explained ‘that describes how people come together to help one another out’.

‘We have already had such a tremen dous start and response to our Christ mas Bonanza draw, through the goodwill of the people of the town and beyond. We are also offering a great op portunity to each and every one of you to show your support for this amazing project which will be here for gener ations to come, by having your name, family name, business name or name of a deceased family or club member in scribed on our Patron Wall. There will also be Silver, Gold and Platinum Pack ages available to those wishing to spon sor, and details of a fundraising Blind Date with Dáithí Ó Sé will be available early in the New Year.’

Adrian was happy to announce that Pet titt’s SuperValu had just come on board as a sponsor for the proposed Walking Track seeing it as a marvellous commu nity facility and an addition to the health

and wellbeing of the general public in the area.

Tony McEntee, CEO of the McCauley Group, had a very exciting announce ment to make when he came to the po dium to speak. ‘I am delighted to be able to tell you all that the McCauley group are proud to be associated with this innovative project at the heart of En niscorthy and are willing to accept nam ing rights of the new facility at €25,000 per year for the next five years.’

Amid rapturous applause, Club Chairman Ger McVeigh brought the uplifting event to a close thanking all for attending ‘es pecially County Board Chairman Michael Martin, all our public representatives, members of the Enniscorthy business community, club members and friends. This exciting new venture is a positive step forward for everyone in the commu nity. Together we can build not just a better Bellefield, not just a better Rap parees/Starlights, but a better Ennis corthy.’

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L-R: Lenny Connolly, Pa Doyle, Cllr Jackser Owens, Ryan Mahon. L-R: Leslie McCauley, Liam Spratt and Paul Kehoe TD. L-R: Adrian Fenlon and Matt Browne. Speakers on the night: L-R: Ger McVeigh, Pat Quigley, Adrian Fenlon, Sam McCauley, Tony McEntee. Words & Pics by Maria Nolan PRO L-R: County Board Chairman Michael Martin and Jim Byrne. L-R: Cllr Cathal Byrne, Minister James Browne TD, Ger McVeigh (Club Chairman), Michael Martin (County Board Chairman), Paul Kehoe TD, Johnny Mythen TD.

Planning for a better future

As Enniscorthy Rugby Club continues its second campaign as a Senior Rugby club, the club itself is beginning to im plement the necessary changes that all teams within the AIL do in their early stages.

The club has realised the importance that a strategic plan for the future of the club has, so they have started to intro duce these changes in the form of work shops.

The 19th of November and the 4th of December are the set dates for the club’s ‘Your Club Your Voice’ workshops, for all club members, coaches, officers, players, members of the community and other stakeholders.

The idea for these workshops was to provide an open forum for discussion on what the club can do to make the club more notable across the country, while also feeding into the Strategic Devel opment Plan that the club is developing for the next five years.

The focus of the workshops was broken down into six main areas; Legal, Admin

istration, Finance, Facilities, Playing and Social.

The club has adapted well to the status change with these areas so far. Com munication is a key focus for the club. In the past it looked at how other clubs were consistently posting on social media, and once the training was pro vided to those who put themselves for ward to do the social media, they haven’t looked back.

They have been sharp with their posting online when it comes to live match up dates and their graphic design for teamsheets, results, and so on is second to

none at the moment, a testament to those involved.

While a lot of what we read in the local media is about the senior team, the focus of this initiative is not just for the men’s. The club’s vision is to improve the standards across the board, for both the men and women’s game and this starts from the ground up, from the minis all the way to the under 18s.

In order to develop, you have to maxi mise the potential of everyone who puts on the red, white, and black of Ennis corthy, and this is exactly what the club plans to do.

Everything is a work in progress as the club is in the infancy stage of being a Senior Rugby club, but the plan is under way, the club are working hard to meet the goals set by the committee, and be fore we know it, Enniscorthy Rugby Club will be recognised across the country for how they go about things both on and off the field of play.

If anyone would like to get involved or provide feedback, the club would en courage you to get in touch with the Strategic Review Coordinator, Annette Soraine, by e-mail at asoraine@hot

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Slaney Olympic’s Anne is Irish Masters Athlete of the Year Addressing traffic concerns

Following a meeting between Wexford GAA, Sacre Coeur Boxing Club and the residents of Pearse Road facilitated by Enniscorthy Town Manager Ger Mackey and attended by An Garda Síochána and the Showgrounds Committee, a traffic management plan for match days in St. Patrick’s Park was agreed.

A one-way traffic system will be in place for games played in St. Patrick’s Park with traffic to exit via the Showgrounds and Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium and not back down Pearse Road. Sacre Coeur Boxing Club will have priority access to the car park during their training hours and will ensure that their members and parents will also exit using the same oneway traffic system. Enniscorthy Municipal District will erect signage in the shortterm on Pearse Road and provide resi dents with cones to prevent parking issues outside their homes.

In the medium term, Enniscorthy Munici pal District will look at improving street lighting on Pearse Road and in the car park while Wexford GAA will work with the Showgrounds Committee to improve lighting in the Showgrounds.

Wexford GAA ask all supporters attend

ing St. Patrick’s Park to exit via the Show grounds and Enniscorthy Greyhound Sta dium at all times and not via Pearse Road. And also ask that supporters respect the residents on Pearse Road and the neigh bouring sporting organisations in the same area. n

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Enniscorthy Rugby Recap: November

November wasn’t the best of months for Enniscorthy Rugby Club from a fixture sense, failing to win a game out of a possible three.

They first faced the Galway Corinthians up in Galway, and the tale of the tape of that game was pretty much how a lot of the Enniscorthy matches have gone so far this year.

They play a stormer of a first half, everyone playing to their roles without fault and going into half-time with leads or within one score, but then the second half starts, and they get blown out of the water within moments.

In this case, they were down 10-7 at the half, with Daniel Pim scoring the try and Ben Kidd stuck the conversion, but they conceded 31 points in the second half as a re sult of poor discipline, being penalised on number of oc casions which led to three players being sent to the sin bin at one point or another in the game. The final score on the Tuam Road was Galway Corinthians 41 Ennis corthy 10.

Next up was the matchup against Belfast Harlequins in Alcast Park, a game that they lost despite holding a lead at the half. A Tomás Stamp try which was not converted was the only score in the first half of a very physical game, but the second half shadows appeared again, as Belfast were able to pounce in the second half.

Unfortunately for Enniscorthy, the trend for the month was the lack of discipline and it carried into this game, with two yellows being dished out in this game along with a litany of penalties being conceded.

Despite scoring a second half try courtesy of David

O’Dwyer, Enniscorthy were outmatched, with Belfast scoring four second half tries along with two penalties to leave Enniscorthy with a 30-10 win.

The South East’s only Senior Rugby team got a week to breathe after this game, with their last match of the month taking place out west again, this time they took the trip to Hamilton Park in Sligo to face the namesake.

This game was a major improvement for Enniscorthy de spite the loss, as they were able to secure a losing bonus point due to their tenacity to stay in this game and were well disciplined, which is something I can imagine was an area of focus for head coach Declan O’Brien after their previous showings.

A strong starting 15, a good supporting cast of subs who played their part when they came on, Enniscorthy’s points in the game came from a mesmerising kick from Jack Kelly and a try from Niall Parker, last year’s 2C Player of the Year. The conditions in Sligo were not help ful and the home side were able to use the weather to their advantage when it mattered most, with the game finishing 17-10 in favour of the hosts.

Enniscorthy still await their first victory of the 2B cam paign, but the foundations of a strong side are there. Having dealt with injuries for the start of the season, they seem to be getting key players back at the right time, and they certainly will need to rely on these players over the month of December.

They will host Old Rainey Boys RFC from Magherafelt on Saturday the 3rd of December (kickoff at 2.30pm) before closing out the first half of the 2B campaign with a trip to Crowley Park to face the Galwegians on the 10th of De cember (kickoff is at 2.30pm) n

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Caoimhe excels at World Boxing Championships

Marshalstown boxer Caoimhe Kinsella represented herself and her country proudly at the World Youth Boxing Championship in Spain last month.

Caoimhe narrowly missed out on a quarter-final appearance losing on a split 4-1 decision to a Japanese opponent.

Caoimhe is no stranger to success having, among other achievements, won gold at the European Schoolgirls Championship in Tbilisi in 2019, being part of the Kinsella Family who won RTE's "Ireland's Fittest Family" in 2021, and received a Civic Award from Enniscorthy Municipal District earlier this year.

Best of luck Caoimhe with your future sporting endeavours. n

Next phase of Enniscorthy Sports Hub is in some doubt

The next phase of development of the Enniscorthy Sports Hub at Cherry Or chard is in some doubt after tenders received for Phase 2 of the project (changing rooms, showers, admin space, etc) were substantially in ex cess of available funding.

Among those alarmed by the news at the November meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District (EMD) was Cllr Kath leen Codd-Nolan who has been a cham pion of the Sports Hub project from the outset. Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy also spoke of her concerns and about the importance of getting Phase 2 done, even if this entails looking at scaling back the project a little. Cllr Cathal Byrne explained to the same meeting that the hub couldn’t accommodate Leinster-level events because of a lack of changing rooms/showers etc so it was crucial to get Phase 2 undertaken as soon as possible.

EMD Manager Ger Mackey told the meeting that the Council will now be re viewing the situation to see how it can be progressed and that hopefully it can still commence in 2023 but perhaps in a scaled back way. A decision will be made over the coming weeks and the EMD Councillors will be updated at their Janu ary meeting.

In relation to the existing facilities at the Sports Hub, Cllr Cathal Byrne asked that

an online booking system be introduced to make it easier for groups to book time slots at the hub. Manager Mackey agreed and indicated that such a system will be introduced.

In the meantime, all are reminded that the existing facilities at the Sports Hub provide a great place to keep fit on these these dark, winter evenings with its international-standard running track, secure parking, floodlights, security guard on duty etc and all for just €2. n

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Cllr Aidan Browne presents Caoimhe Kinsella with a Civic Award earlier this year, accompanied by her parents Patrick and Lynda.

Enniscorthy Tractor Run

Tractor Run for All tractor, cars and trucks at Enniscorthy Marts, Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy, in aid of St Patrick’s School, HOPE Cancer Support Centre and Awareness Head to Toe group, on 6th November, 2022.

Above left: Caolan and Gearoid Redmond. Above centre: With his home-built Massey, Jim Mooney. Above right: Ciaran Swaine and Jack Barbour who is mad about tractors.

Below left: Abi, Oran and Amy Finn. Below centre: David Whelan and Niall Finn. Below right: Getting their chips before the start were Sam and Philip Deacon.

Bottom left: Samanta and Jack Cloke. Bottom centre: The powerhouses behind the event are Emily Barker and Alice Doyle. Below right: Paddy Murphy.

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Ballymurn – echoes of times past

Ballymurn Hall was the venue on November 19th for the Launch of Ballymurn Heritage Group’s book Ballymurn Echoes Of Times Past.

This, their third book, has been compiled and researched by the hard-working group over the past few months.

Well known historian Michael Fortune, from, launched the book, with musical entertainment for the evening provided by Aileen, Nellie, Nan and Eppie Fortune and local musicians.

On behalf of the group, Margo Breen paid tribute to the late Joe Bishop, founder and Chairman of the Group, and sent good wishes to present Chairman Mog O'Connor who is ill at the moment.

The book is filled with photos, articles and stories relating to Ballymurn including the Ballymurn Bombings, John Hay and 1798 and WWI casualties, and it is bound to be of huge inter est to anyone at home or abroad with connections to the area. Echoes Of Times Past is a real trip back in time and will invoke many memories.

The book would make a great addition to any collection and the group would urge anyone with an interest in history to pick up a copy which is available in Peter Doyle's shop in Ballymurn or from any committee member. n

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L to R: Sean Colfer, Breda Redmond, Martina Boylan (Editor), Margo Breen, Marie Hayes (Assistant Editor), Michael Fortune (, Nellie Fortune, Nan Fortune, Eppie Fortune, Aileen Fortune and John Ennis.

Nicky remembers a lifetime of Christmases in Wexford

From the Cromwellian Christmas to a Covid online Christmas, Nicky Rossiter will be in Wexford Library on 8th De cember looking back over various Christmas seasons in Wexford in peace, in war and in industrial strife. But there will be a special emphasis on those Christmas times that will resonate more with fans of his books. From the old “16 weeks to Christmas” through excursions to Dublin, “darts for chickens”, the Yuletide Dance, Santa parcels and visiting the cribs, you will be transported by Nicky to a by gone era which will help us all get into that Christmas spirit.

Nicky Rossiter has published, alone or in conjunction with others, 19 books on the social history of Wexford as well nu merous articles in journals, magazines and newspapers. He has also broadcasted on South East Radio and RTE Radio and finds it impossible to cease researching the heritage of Wexford.

Nicky’s latest book ‘Looking Back’ is available locally including at Red Books in St Peter’s Square and through their online out let.

Wexford Library, Thursday, December 8th at 7:00pm. Booking is essential. Click here to book your place:

Or call Wexford Library on 053 9196760 or email n

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The National 1798 Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy is now currently closed to the public due to hosting the fantastic Santa's Enchanted Christmas! For information, visit Nicky Rossiter

Developments at Vinegar Hill

History talks at Gorey Library


Thursday, December 8th, 7-8pm, Gorey Library.

A Family History for Beginners event with local historian Celestine Murphy.

Booking essential, to reserve your place call 053 9483820. n

At the November meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District, it was reported by Council officials that The Heritage Officer of Wexford County Council is working on appropriate de signs for the interpretive panels to be located on Vinegar Hill. It is expected that there will be a presentation to the December meeting of the Municipal District in relation to this matter. n


Thursday, December 15th, 7-8pm, Gorey Library. December's North Wexford Historical Society talk will be de livered by folklorist Michael Fortune who will discuss New foundland and the Wexford connection.

This is a free event and all are welcome. Booking is essential. To reserve a place contact the library on 053 9483820. n

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Celestine Murphy Michael Fortune

Declan’s good hare day

Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast photography competition winners have been announced, showcasing all the beauty of the Irish coastal landscape, heritage, wildlife and more in 50 beautiful images.

For the past 13 years, the Love Your Coast photography com petition has been inviting photographers to capture the uniqueness of our coastal landscape, heritage, wildlife, commu nities and more, and to submit their best shot across five cat egories Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast, Wildlife & the Coast and Creativity and the Coast – for a chance to win prizes from a €5,000 prize fund and plenty of ex posure opportunities.

This year, they received over 1,100 entries and the 50 best images were shortlisted and displayed at an event at Smock Alley, Dublin.

Wexford’s Declan Roche with “Hare at Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford” got the third place prize in the Wildlife and Under water Category, taken on Curracloe Beach with a Nikon D500 camera and Nikon 200mm-500mm lens.

Declan commented: “As a regular visitor to Curracloe and The Raven Nature Reserve, I happened to be on the beach at the southern end of the Raven Forest on this particular morning photographing some seabirds. I got a great surprise when I looked around and spotted this Hare was also on the beach en joying the peace and quiet.”

Moreover, Wexford was also well represented by "Bringing Home the Dinner” by Sarah Ryan and “Underwater Birds” by Ivan Donoghue, both captured at Saltee Islands, and “Male Leafcutter Bee” by Pat Somers taken in the Raven Forest, Cur racloe all shortlisted in the top ten images for the Wildlife and the Coast category.

Working with communities on the ground, Clean Coasts’ mission is to help foster pride in our coastline, supporting Clean Coasts communities, groups, and volunteers to tackle is sues affecting their local area. This competition provides an op portunity to view the coast and our waterways that the Clean Coasts programme works to protect from a completely different perspective and see the beauty captured therein.

Coastal Communities Manager Sinead McCoy said: “We were delighted to be able to celebrate in person again both the beauty of the Irish coast and the talent of the photographers who entered our competition, after a two-year break.

“Over the last 13 years, the competition has been very success ful and very well received. For Clean Coasts, 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 over 1,800 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 in spired to get involved too.” n

Four Co. Wexford photographers made it into the top ten in the Wildlife and Underwater category of the annual LOVE YOUR COAST PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION.

Declan Roche, no stranger to success in this and other com petitions, placed third for his ‘Hare at Curracloe Beach’. Also in the top ten were: Sarah Ryan, ‘Bringing Home the Dinner’, Saltee Islands. Pat Somers, ‘Male Leafcutter Bee’, Raven Forest, Curracloe. Ivan Donoghue, ‘Underwater Birds’, Saltee Islands. Well done to all. n

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Government support available



In the aftermath of the tornado and other severe weather conditions that af fected south Wexford in early Novem ber, Cathaoirleach of the Rosslare Municipal District Lisa McDonald called for the government to immediately inter vene and provide support for those af fected particularly in the Clongeen/ Foulksmills area.

"I visited many of those affected in the area... and witnessed first hand the dev astation that has been caused," Cllr. McDonald said. "Homes and businesses have been ripped apart by this freak event, with hundreds of thousands of euro worth of damage done."

"In the aftermath of the Christmas Day flooding in Bridgetown and surrounding areas, we saw several schemes opened to support those affected. Government and in particular Ministers O'Brien, Humphreys and Varadkar must act im mediately to provide similar support for these people."

"They will also need to show flexibility in some of these cases which may not be covered by the existing schemes. A lot of the red tape that goes into said schemes can and should be removed."

"These schemes were initially designed to cover flooding and as we see in an in crease in the variety of extreme weather events it is clear that they need to be amended by the government."

"I am available to help anyone who has been affected," McDonald concluded.

Following calls from Cllr McDonald and many others for assistance, Minister James Browne TD secured gov ernment approval for County Wexford residents affected by flooding and se vere weather events since Thursday 3rd November to apply for humanitar ian assistance.

Minister Browne said the scheme aims to prevent hardship by providing incometested financial support to people whose homes are damaged from flooding and severe weather events and who are not able to meet costs through insurance or

otherwise for essential needs, household items and structural repair.

“Having spoken with families and locals in north and south Wexford regarding the impact of flooding and severe weather events to their homes, I im mediately spoke with government col leagues regarding the need for financial assistance. I can now confirm that my colleague, Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys TD, will open the humanitarian assistance scheme. Admin istered by Department of Social Protec tion Community Welfare Officers in

County Wexford, this scheme will now accept means-tested applications. Any essential needs, household items and structural repair required following flooding and severe weather events, which are not covered through insur ance, will be considered as part of the Community Welfare Officers’ assess ments.

“I encourage any constituent who requires assistance with the application to contact me by phoning 053 9235046 or emailing”, Minister Browne concluded. n

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Some of the devastation caused in the Clongeen/Foulksmills area. Cllr Lida McDonald, Cathaoirleach of the Rosslare Municipal District.

Enniscorthy Tidy Towns Awards 2022

The annual awards night was held on 29th November in the IFA Centre, Enniscorthy

The annual Enniscorthy Tidy Towns Awards night 2022 was held on 29th November in the IFA Centre, Ennis corthy, with speakers on the night –Sean Doyle and Billy Murphy.

Billy Murphy thanked CE Scheme workers, the Council outdoor staff, the Tidy Towns volunteers, and remem bered the late John Byrne RIP who had a huge positive influence on the town’s appearance; Billy extended the committee’s sympathy to John’s family. Speaking about the national Tidy Towns competition, Billy pointed out that in three out of the eight categories, Ennis corthy scored better than the section’s winner Trim. Where we as a town fall down is in two areas: Sustainability and Litter. Billy said the group would be concentrating more on these areas in 2023 and would be liaising closely with Enniscorthy Municipal District to better tackle the litter problem.

Regarding the local awards night, Sean Doyle expressed disappointment that many of the award winners were not present on the night considering the huge amount of work that goes into judging and organising these awards. But that is to take nothing away from the various award winners who are listed in the accompanying table. Well done to all those and the highly com mended. n


St. Patrick's Special School, Drumgoold SHOP FRONTS

Put a Bow On It, Aoife Foran BUSINESS PREMISES Dusty Boy Café/Arts/Prints

Kate Rose Crane & Justin Campbell MOST IMPROVED PREMISES Kehoe's Hardware, Hempfield NEW DEVELOPMENT

The Railway Square HOUSING ESTATES

Slaney View Park Residents' Association COMMUNITY AREA

Enniscorthy Community Allotments, Michael Devereux LANDSCAPE AWARD

The Grotto, Templeshannon ROSE GARDEN Theresa Larkin, 17 Daphne View

LARGE GARDENS: 1ST. John Somers, 4 Kilagoley Terrace HIGHLY COMMENDED Lily Lacey, 97 Slaney View Park MEDIUM GARDENS: 1ST. Margaret Stamp, 15 Moran Park HIGHLY COMMENDED Bernie Hutchinson, 27 Cluain Charman

SMALL GARDENS: 1ST. Jack Doyle, 92 Bellefield Road HIGHLY COMMENDED Jim & Maria Roche, 23 Moran Park OVERALL GARDEN WINNER Bernie Colgan, 29 Cherryorchard Heights CONTAINER GARDEN. 1ST. Marie Carroll, 24 Slaney View Park HIGHLY COMMENDED John & Mary Carroll, 11 Droim Catha H. BASKETS/W. BOXES 1ST. Nicola Farrell, St. Moling's Terrace HIGHLY COMMENDED Edward Murphy, 16 Vinegar Hill Villas COMMERCIAL PREMISES Mary Cummins H. BASKETS/W. BOXES

The Abbey Café, Abbey Sq. Shopping Centre AJUDICATOR'S AWARD Paul Nolan, Kenny for Bikes (Joint Winner) Matt Mernagh, 1 Slaney Street (Joint Winner)

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Award winners, local Councillors, and Enniscorthy Tidy Town’s Billy Murphy at the annual Enniscorthy Tidy Towns Awards night held on 29th November 2022. Full story in next month’s Slaney News.

Enniscorthy Tidy Towns retains bronze medal and wins architectural award

Congratulations to the Enniscorthy Tidy Towns group, national winner of the SuperValu Ireland Tidy Towns Good Windows Award sponsored by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. A lot of credit goes to Dervla Tierney of Reimagining Enniscorthy for pulling every thing together in relation to the submission for the win dows at No.9 and No.31 Slaney Street.

Well done to the Tidy Towns group also for retaining its bronze medal in category F of the national competition de spite a number of setbacks during the year. The group would like to acknowledge the support of like-minded organisations such as Sustainable Enniscorthy, Community Allotments, Re imagining Enniscorthy and all the residents’ associations.

Below: Award winners at the annual Enniscorthy Tidy Towns Awards night held on 29th November 2022. Full story in next month’s issue of the Slaney News. n

Above: Enniscorthy’s statistics kindly compiled and supplied by Sean Doyle showing how the town fared and comparing those results with Trim which was the winner in Enniscorthy’s category.

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Man ANNUAL TIDY TOWN COMPETITION Community Involvement & Planning Streetscape and Public Places Green Spaces and Landscaping Nature and Biodiversity in Your Locality Sustainability - Doing More with Less Tidiness & Litter Control Residential Streets & Housing Areas Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes TOTAL MARKS Our Highest Category Community Your Planning and Inv Our Lowest Category Sustainability - Doing More with L Our Second Lowest Category Tidiness and Litter Control OVERALL WINNER IN CATEGORY F. (OUR CATEGORY) IS TRIM. TRIM IS ALSO THE OVERALL NATIONAL WINNER THIS YEAR. ENNISCORTY 26 MARKS BEHIND TRIM Trim received 15 more marks than Enniscorthy under the heading Litter Control WE RECEIVED MORE MARKS THAN TRIM UNDER THREE HEADINGS:1. Community Involvement and Planning: Enniscorthy 57 Trim 53 2. Stretscapes & Public Places: Enniscorthy 52 Trim 51 3. Residential Street & Housing Areas:

Ferns Tidy Towns take home three environment awards

Ferns Tidy Towns group was de lighted to have been presented with three awards at the Wexford County Council Environment Awards 2022 last month. The group was announced as the winner in two categories and a second place in a third category, and was presented with two plaques and a certificate along with a cash prize in the following categories:

1st prize - Best Community Waste Pre vention/Reuse Project.

1st Prize - Best Community Project that Tackles & Reduces the Impact of Cli mate Change.

2nd Prize - Best Community Biodiver sity Project.

The group thanks its own hard-working committee, Wexford Co. Council, CE scheme and RSS workers, primary schools, crèches, local businesses, clubs and the community for getting involved and supporting them over the last year. Without that support the awards would not have been possible. n

Climate action podcast

180 Degrees an SEAI Podcast About Climate Action fea tures guests from various strands of society, who each have a story to tell about their own personal relationship to climate action.

Guests include:

Liz Bonnin, Science, Wildlife and Natural History Broadcaster. Davie Philip, Community Catalyst.

Eamon Ryan, Minister for Environment, Climate and Communi cations, and Transport.

Rachel Dempsey, Founder of Full Circle Change. Professor John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography at the NUI Maynooth.

Lorna Gold, Author and Movement Builder.

Sharon Finnegan, Director of the EPA with responsibility for the Office of Environmental Sustainability.

All episodes are now available to download from the SEAI podcast page if you like the podcast, please rate and review and share with friends and family. n

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Sean is awarded Ocean Hero Campaigner of the Year Title

Wexford-based Clean Coasts volunteer Sean Ferguson has brought home the Ocean Hero Campaigner of the Year title from the Ocean Hero Awards ceremony which took place in Kildare Street, Dublin, last month, celebrating and thanking the groups, individuals, communities, and businesses who, throughout the year, have done outstanding work to pro tect their local coastline and environment.

The awards were conceived in 2006 and this year Clean Coasts chose seven dedicated categories with a total of 28 groups, organisations and individuals shortlisted for the title of Ocean Hero within each category.

In County Wexford, Sean Ferguson was nominated in the Indi vidual of the Year category as well as in the new Campaigner of the Year category, winning the Campaigner of the Year title. This category is an acknowledgement of the individuals and groups who have engaged with and helped spread awareness about the work of Clean Coasts and its key campaigns – Think Before you Flush and the #2minutebeachclean. They are the voices championing the importance of reducing marine litter in their local areas and wider region.

Since 2015, Seán has been cleaning beaches along the Wex ford coast every morning all year round and has become a huge #2minutebeachclean supporter, after he discovered Clean Coasts through social media. He combines his beach cleaning with daily swims and walking his dog early before he starts work.

Sean uses social media to share images and videos of his daily beach cleans, not only showcasing what type of litter is im pacting our ocean and environment, but also inspiring other people to take action by showing how easy it is to make a dif ference and how every single piece of litter removed from our coast is one less threat to our marine environment.

L-R: Cathy Baxter, Director of the Environmental Education Unit, An Taisce; Sean Ferguson, winner of the Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Campaigner of the Year Award 2022; and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan TD.

Tomhaggard Clean Coasts group was nominated in the Beach Clean Award category for the clean-up events organised for the Big Beach Clean this year. Their first took place at the White Hole and focused on the area between Tacumshane Lake and the sea. This area is stunningly beautiful and is an area of special protection as it is home to hundreds of wild birds. Wildlife Ranger Tony Murray from Wexford Wildfowl Re serve also provided ATV assistance with this clean up. The sec ond took place on the Ballyteigue Burrow in Kilmore Quay and focused on the area at the bottom of Furlongs Road. Irish Coast Guard – Kilmore Quay assisted with this clean up. n

Tidal science at Wexford Library

All are invited to join Wexford Science Café on Tuesday, De cember 13th at 7:30pm in Wexford Town Library where the science and art behind Línte na Farraige will be discussed.

This project has installed a set of LED strip lights in Wexford harbour indicating where high tides might reach in a few dec ades. These are visible from three hours before high tide to three hours after; two strips are at or close to the Crescent, and one can be seen across the water in Ferrybank.

Joining the discussion will be Trinity College Dublin researcher Dr Zoe Roseby, a specialist in tides; David Dodd, Dublin Cli mate Action Regional Officer, who initiated the project; Finnish artist Pekka Niityvirta (remotely), who designed the installation along with his colleague Timo Aho, and Wexford County Coun cil environmental scientist Brendan Cooney, who was also in volved in putting this in place. n

Tuesday 13th December at 7:30 pm, Wexford Town Library. Booking is essential. Click here to book your place: or phone 053 9196760.

Striking Línte na Farraige art installation in Wexford town warning of sea level rise along Ireland’s coastlines.

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The government has granted funding for a feasibility study to investigate cause and possible solutions for recent flooding affecting Bridgemeadows in Enniscorthy. Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne has welcomed the funding of €44,218.

Wexford County Council lodged an application to carry out the feasibility study under the Minor Flood Mitigation and Coastal Protection Scheme. The feasibility study will consider the cause, possible solution and cost benefit of a flood relief scheme for Bridgemeadows.

“I’m delighted to confirm the approval of funding. The feasi bility study related to flooding in Bridgemeadows, Enniscorthy, will soon get underway. I’m sure this will be a great relief to the Bridgemeadows residents. I will certainly keep working with my Government colleagues to prioritise any solutions that may arise on foot of this feasibility study”, Minister Browne said. n

Green loans from Enniscorthy Credit Union

Radon Monitors are available to borrow in all Co. Wexford’s public libraries. All you need to borrow one is a library card! Please contact your local branch for details.

Need to retrofit your cold, 1970s house? Enniscorthy Credit Union’s Green Loan is designed to help you do just that with one of its lowest rates for a loan 5.25% (5.4% APR) you can save money, save energy and save the environment with Ennis corthy Credit Union!

Talk to them today at 053 9233835 or email: loans@enniscor n

Did you know?

Did you know that people use a plastic bottle for an average of 11 minutes? Meanwhile it takes up to 450 years to decompose!

Reusable bottles are becoming more and more popular and thank fully there are now a number of locations on the streets of Ennis corthy where you can fill them with water for free.

So if you want to do one thing today for nature, avoid using dispos able plastic bottles. n

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‘R’s can save our planet! R
single use plastics (bags, cups, etc)
ethink your choices
euse as much as possible
epair before you replace Recycle all packaging and plastic bottles Rot all your organic stuff and put it back into the soil n
Cllr Aidan Browne (Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District) in centre, with Michael Devereux and Shelly Doyle of Enniscorthy Community Allotments winner of the ‘Community Area’ category at the Enniscorthy Tidy Towns Awards held on 29th November 2022.
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