Slaney News, Issue 147, August 2022

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

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Welcome to the August issue of the online-only Slaney News. The Slaney News and the whole town of Enniscorthy was saddened at the sudden passing of John ‘Urney’ Byrne on 18th July 2022. One of the best known faces around Enniscorthy, John was an outdoor staff member of Enniscorthy Municipal District and kept the town looking well at all times, ensured that all public events passed off safely, and was always on duty and helpful in any time of crisis. As a mark of respect to Mr Byrne, the scheduled July meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District was postponed from 18th July to the 27th. Cathaoirleach Cllr Aidan Browne began the rescheduled meeting by asking everyone to stand for a minute’s silence in honour of Mr Byrne and all the Members and District Manager Ger Mackey paid tribute to Mr Byrne and expressed sympathy to his family.

John Byrne R.I.P. Pic: Dee O’Leary

Our condolences, here in the Slaney News, to Mr Byrne’s partner Bernie, and all his family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace.

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival was a huge success over the recent bank holiday weekend. Our congratulations to the organisers. We carry substantial coverage in this issue. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– If you have any news or photos you’d like us to share in the Slaney News, please email them to and we will do our best to include as much as possible. Also, please let us know what you think about our new format. Telephone: 087-2403310, or message us through our Facebook page, ‘Slaney News’, which now has nearly 10,000 Followers. And, of course, if you like our new online format please spread the word so we can grow our online readership. Thank you. – Frank Corcoran

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Toilet facilities on Vinegar Hill At the May 2022 meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District, the local Councillors discussed Vinegar Hill, with Council Chairman Cathal Byrne saying that he believes there are three main issues to be looked at: Access, toilets and a greater connection between the 1798 Centre and the Hill or alternatively a new interpretive centre at the Hill. It was agreed at that meeting that Vinegar Hill would be on the agenda for subsequent Council meetings. The lack of toilet facilities on Vinegar Hill has been a source of frustration for many over the years and has been a particular hobby-horse for Cllr Jackser Owens. In June, it was announced by him that temporary toilets would be installed on Vinegar Hill shortly. Senior Environmental Engineer with Wexford County Council, Gerry Forde, has since said that Wexford County Council will be piloting a new type of temporary toilet unit at Vinegar Hill later this summer and it would be a more environmentally-friendly type. The Council has only one such unit available at the moment and priority is going to be given to Vinegar Hill. n

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Enniscorthy Street Rhythms is back! Following the huge success of the Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival, another fun weekend is on the cards with the return of Enniscorthy Street Rhythms after a few years absence. This very popular family-orientated event takes place on 27th and 28th August kicking off on Saturday morning with Baby Bop – bring your little ones to meet some of disney’s favourite characters. Puppeteers, balloon modelling, face painting, circus skills, kids disco, drum circle, performances from local dance groups, gymnastics and karate displays will fill the Market square stage for the day. Sunday will see the return of the hugely popular Fairytales in The Castle. Dress up as your favourite character and come join in the fun with the Rathnure Panto group, as they transform the Castle into a world of fairytales and fun. This free event is a must see – an afternoon of dancing, games and entertainment.

The ever popular inflatable fun will be back on Castle Street on Sunday 28th. The Market Square stage in Ennisccorthy town centre will host the brilliantly talented and hilarious Jack Wise – this one man show is a must see. Jack is a comedian, magician and ventriloquist and his interactive show promises 40 minutes of laughter and fun. Bands, choral groups, local dance displays and just good fun dancing will all happen on the main stage on Sunday – come and join in. This festival is for the town and to celebrate the child in all of us, so bring your dance shoes and hit the dance floor, sing along with the choir or just take a seat and enjoy the music, dancing and laughter! Follow on facebook (Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Fest) for more details. n Jack Wise

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Ballycarney junction concerns The junction on the N80 at Ballycarney has been raised again at the Enniscorthy District level and at county level by Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan who believes that a major accident there is inevitable, such is the existing dangerous nature of that junction. Cllr Codd-Nolan raised concerns several years ago but nothing major has been done to improve safety in the meantime. Cllr Codd-Nolan is calling for ‘urgent traffic calming measures’ to be implemented by TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) particularly as she believes traffic on the road has probably doubled since Brexit, and the junction with the R745 at the Ballycarney Inn is particularly busy and dangerous.

In the absence of Wexford County Council CEO Tom Enright at its July meeting, his deputy Eamonn Hore stated that TII has looked at the junction and is proposing a number of measures, including better signage, to be implemented over the coming weeks. However, local Councillors including Kathleen Codd-Nolan and BarbaraAnne Murphy believe a lot more is needed to really slow down traffic on that road at Ballycarney. Traffic calming measures like those implemented on the approaches to Oylegate have been suggested. Wexford County Council Cathaoirleach George Lawlor is in agreement that more needs to be done and he has requested Mr Hore to relay the members’ concerns to TII. n

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Pride events in Co. Wexford Wexford Pride, in partnership with Be Pierced, is happy to announce a brand new LGBTQIA+ community support group at the IFA Centre in Enniscorthy. Meetings will be held fortnightly starting at 7pm. Every segment of the LGBTQIA+ community is welcome. A spokesperson says, ‘We are conscious that for many our queer identities intersect with other experiences in socially vulnerable groups as such we are committed to cultivating a space that is open and inclusive of *all* parts of our community including those who are neurodivergent or disabled or members of the traveller, roma or bipoc communities. If you’d like to attend or have additional accessibility needs do not hesitate to contact us via’ Pride on The Quay every Sunday at 2pm at The Pantry Kiosk on Wexford Quay. Join for a cuppa in a safe space to connect with other LGBTQIA+ folks in the local area. The group says,’New faces are always welcome, whether you're neurodivergent, disabled or a member of the traveller, roma or bipoc communities,

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Enniscorthy Community College graduation ball

Enniscorthy Community College Graduation Ball gathering at Enniscorthy’s Waterfront Leisure Centre on 29th July 2022 before heading to Swords, Co. Dublin, for their special night. Above left: Darragh Breen and Kelsey Martin Dunne. Above centre: Rachel Sinnott. Above right: Darcy McCarthy Power.

Financial support Slaney Search & for Ag shows Rescue committee Four Co. Wexford agricultural shows have received a financial boost this summer as Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD has announced individual allocations of €5,000 to €6,000 for 119 agricultural shows taking place nationwide this summer. In total, €700,000 is being provided to support the return of these shows. The Co. Wexford beneficiaries are: Gorey, show took place on Saturday, 18 June 2022 Adamstown, show took place on Saturday, 2 July 2022 Bannow & Rathangan, show took place on Thursday, 14 July 2022 Wexford Summer Show, show took place on Thursday, 21 July 2022 Welcoming the news, local Senator Malcolm Byrne said: "These shows are not simply highlighting what is happening in farming but are opportunities for communities to come together and have a real family focus. The voluntary committees behind them deserve great recognition and this increase in funding will help in their work.” n

The Slaney Search & Rescue AGM was held on 13th July 2022 in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. The new committee for the coming year is as follows. Chairman - Shane O’Connor Vice Chairman - Phil Deacon Secretary - Eileen Mullally Treasurer - Johnnie Byrne PRO - Julie Mullally Fundraising Officer - Mgt Kavanagh Casey Equipment Officer - John Fortune The committee thanks all who attended and welcomed the new members. If anyone else is interested in becoming a member one can contact the group via PM or WhatsApp. The committee thanks as always the people of Enniscorthy for their continued support, without which it wouldn’t be able to do all that it does. n

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Pilates for Peace

A ‘Pilates for Peace – Ukrainian Crisis Appeal’ event took place in the Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy, on 9th July 2022, with lots of activities for all the family during and after the pilates! And all proceeds to the Irish Red Cross. Above: Deirdre Forte. Below: Ben and Maura Bernie. Right: Giving the instructions was Lena Royal, instructor. Below right: Ricardo Forte and others participating. Bottom left: Giving instructions was Alison Long. Bottom right: Shane McDonagh, Chris Larkin and Ivanna Yates on bucket collection duty.

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A new monthly column


Enniscorthy The Slaney News is delighted to welcome the local Sustainable Enniscorthy group on board with their new monthly column.

Sustainable Enniscorthy is a voluntary group of local people with a vision to work together with all stakeholders and communities in Enniscorthy to create a thriving sustainable town. We see our role in two ways. Firstly to raise awareness of sustainability by facilitating, advocating, helping make connections, delivering small projects and supporting the work of others. Our second role is to be a driver of actions to support sustainability and health and wellbeing in Enniscorthy. The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are a blueprint for our vision (see graphic below). Sustainability covers lots of things. Rather than get overwhelmed with everything we could be doing, or not doing, we’d like to highlight the small things that each of us can do, every day, that help towards being a more sustainable town. Of course there are big things, like retrofitting our homes, switching to electric cars, public transport or cycling, eliminating plastic waste, and not using coal-burning open fires. These are worthy aspirations, but the reality is most

of us don’t have the money or opportunity or the means to do all of these things. We’d like to find ways where we can still do things that help make our town more sustainable, whether that’s buying vegetables that don’t have plastic packaging, reducing food waste, using a refillable water bottle, getting things repaired, getting a bus or walking when we can rather than using a car. The bigger things can be achieved too, if they’re affordable. There are grants available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), and that is one of the things that Sustainable Enniscorthy would like to do. We hope to help people understand what steps they can take to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, like extra insulation, heating controls etc as well as helping them to access information on the various grants that are available. This will help us all make more informed decisions about the best options to fit each household's needs, while staying within our own budget. We are a small group but we can achieve great things by working with other volun-

tary and community groups. We’d like our town to lead the way on sustainability, and be an example of how a community can come together to make a real difference. In order to make that happen, we need to all work together to make changes in our behaviour, big and small, for the benefit of our beautiful Enniscorthy. If you would like to get involved in Sustainable Enniscorthy – to be kept informed of our initiatives, please follow us on Facebook or email us at: Our full list of planned and potential future activities/projects is in our Strategy document on our website at We will have a monthly column here, so we’ll keep you informed of any upcoming events that you might like to be involved in. Future articles will give more detailed information on the circular economy and how we can achieve it in Enniscorthy, air quality issues and ways to improve it, an energy masterplan for the town, active travel and what we can do to promote it and SEAI grants available, among other things. n

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Lisa is new Rosslare Chair

On 27th June 2022, Cllr. Lisa McDonald was elected Cathaoirleach of Rosslare Municipal District, saying that she was greatly honoured and privileged to have been elected by her colleagues to serve in this important role. “This is a proud day for myself, family, friends and supporters. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues and the RMD staff in the year ahead to deliver for the people of the constituency. As the Irish saying goes; ‘Trína chéile a thógtar na caisleáin’ – In our togetherness, castles are built.” n Above left: Cllr McDonald with her family. Above right: Receiving the chains of office from outgoing Cathaoirleach Jim Moore. Below: Cllr McDonald with fellow Councillors and officials of Rosslare Municipal District.

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HOW VULNERABLE IS IRELAND INC IN THIS GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS? Ireland Inc. means something different to people depending on who you talk to. Some would say the term is attributed to the large and multinational companies contributing to the tax coffers of the state. Some say Ireland Inc. is the multitude of small to medium businesses who are an important cog in the healthy state of the economy. Many would wrap that flag around the Irish public who give us the reputation we enjoy across the world. With the global crisis causing a squeeze and tougher times pending in the winter, the classic cliché comes to mind. United we stand, divided we fall. We should resist the political spin to try and create wedges between factions. The enemy is not within but is the bigger economies looking after their own interests. Countries like Ireland will not be on the list of ‘must have’ economies to save when the going gets tough. All sectors will endure pressures that will bring them to the brink. It is hard to believe that many pundits have stated that Ireland has weathered the storm quite well up to now! Really? The official number for inflation is now over 10%. Coal has ever increasing prices that most people cannot afford. The Gardaí have warned of the commonplace theft of fuel from vehicles. Supermac’s boss urges people to stack up on canned foods while


WITH KEITH DOYLE it is still available. Shortages of food, fuel and commodities is set to con-

tinue. So, as per usual, the public feels the pinch first. Last week the SME sector released data showing a sudden halt to growth in the economy. For the last two months all areas of sales have dropped, none more so than the electrical retail sector down by 13%. This shows confidence has eroded and does not bode well for the short to medium term. So what looms for the multinational companies in Ireland? This depends on the energy stability question. If there are rolling blackouts introduced in this country due to energy rationing, you will see companies making decisions to protect the shareholders including moving to more energy-secure areas. The reason why we need to keep our nerve is that we are really on our own if things get tough. We need a lot of factors outside our control to go our way. Our economy is reliant on companies not making decisions during a recession – consolidating and downsizing. We are dependent on the European Central Bank making decisions that do not negatively impact on our exposed economy. We need favourable dollar, yen and sterling exchange rates. Is Ireland Inc. vulnerable in the global turmoil of today? You bet. I sense decisions will be made to protect bigger countries than ours so it’s time to man the barricades. Together. n

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Enniscorthy Community College Great range of courses available at Enniscorthy Community College. Check them out at: n


Enniscorthy Credit Union Áine Doyle of Enniscorthy Credit Union discusses the changing face of credit unions. Check it out at: n

CONTACT DETAILS: Email: Tel: 087 3369907 (this number is not manned all the time so please leave a message if nobody answers straight away).

Oulart storytelling house back open Bygone Days Storytelling House in Oulart reopened, after a long closure, on the 11th July. The next night is on 8th August at 8pm. A great welcome awaits all, with good music, songs, stories and plenty of craic, tea and refreshments served. The organisers hope to see a big attendance on the night. All are welcome. Eircode: Y25 YP70. n

Enniscorthy Library events Enniscorthy Library events August 2022, please book your place by contacting 053 9236055. Baby & Toddler Rhyme Time, every Tuesday at 10.30am. Movie night for Children, 5pm, Thursday 4th August, suitable 10+ years, parents/guardian must stay for the duration. Heritage Week talk: A shoppers guide to the geology of Enniscorthy town, 7pm, 11th of August with Jonathan Derham, EPA. Heritage Week Talk – An engaging talk on the ongoing Barn Owl Survey of Co. Wexford, 11am, Saturday 13th August. Suitable for families. Starting School Storytime, 11.15am, Tuesday 16th August. An opportunity also for school starters to collect their 'My Little Library Book Bag' free for every child starting school. MooMusic: A fun Music session for 1 to 4 year olds, 10.30am, Thursday 18th August. Heritage Week talk: From the ‘Archives from the Past’ series, archivist Gráinne Doran will give a talk ‘The 1919-23 period in County Wexford’ as documented in the holdings of Wexford County Archive, 7pm, Thursday 18th August. Balloon craft and storytime for children, 10.30am, Saturday 20th August. Out at the Movies, cinema evening for grown-ups, 6pm, Thursday 25th August. n

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SlaNey NewS NEGLECT OF RURAL IRELAND On the way back from somewhere else recently, I decided to stop in the Kilkenny village of Graiguenamanagh. This is a small and beautiful town of approximately 1,500 residents which over the years became a lively tourist area in the summer months. It still is beautiful in some parts, particularly along the banks of the River Barrow from where you can walk to the scenic St. Mullins which is five miles to the south. However, sadly, once you ramble from the riverbank up into the town itself the shocking neglect of rural Ireland is there for all to see. The number of closed-up and derelict buildings strikes as soon as you cross the bridge with the once impressive hotel and bar on the left boarded up and left to rot. The further into the town you go the more closed-up shops you will encounter. It is sad to see the names still on these buildings and realise that those who put them there once hoped for a livelihood from that business by giving a service to locals and visitors alike. Closed-up cafes, bakery, book shop, drapery store. I could go on and on. Amongst this, it has to be said, Graiguenamanagh’s surviving businesses are really making a genuine effort to survive and continue to give a service of which their town can be proud. I had a meal in an establishment which was second to none and extremely reasonably priced and served with a smile and a chat. The décor of the operating businesses and private houses leaves nothing to be desired and people are really working tirelessly against difficult odds to make things work. I spoke to a number of locals across different age groups and they simply express utter disgust at how a once pearl of a tourist attraction is literally being let fall to bits. They are fighting an uphill battle because of how this country is being governed, or not according to your perspective, at the moment. Those we elect have ceded all their authority to the higher echelons of the public service who run the country as if beyond the M50 was something of a foreign colony occupied by a population to which the crumbs of the wealth of the Dublin Empire would be distributed from time to time to satisfy the natives. They regard the elected representatives as a crowd of wafflers in the Dáil who spend most of their time attacking each other, much to

View from the Centre

A local contributor, based in the centre of the county, looks at life today in Co. Wexford and beyond the delight of the real government, themselves of course, and chuckle at the long debates of confidence or no confidence, climate change, LGBT issues, a Dublin Metro which we’ll, in the lifetime of anyone currently on the planet, never see and other matters which really will have no impact on anything that they, the real government, want to do or refuse point blank to do, in the immediate future. No real discussion on where the public’s money is being spent and more importantly how it’s being spent. A few committee meetings during the year to allow the rural wafflers let off steam and then back to normal. Thirty years service old boy, and get out of here with a handsome pension. They chuckle loudly when they see the colonial representatives, rural government TDs, issue statements to the local press in their areas welcoming a few crumbs such as a grant to a local school or childrens’ playground and it’s really hilarious to see them boasting about the few euros that the civil servants have allowed them to spend putting a bit of gravel into the potholes on rural roads. You can hear them, “Where is that place anyway. Ah well doesn’t matter it’ll keep that lot quite for another while.” In the meantime, they’ll look at Henry

St., O’Connell St., Grafton St., and areas like Temple Bar and decide that the economy, under their guidance, is booming. A few reports will be issued, the crowd in the Dáil don’t read them anyway, and everything will be rosy for another while. “That gang in Leinster House are only there to annoy us for a few weeks of the year.” In the 2021/2022 session the Dáil only sat for 101 days out of 365. While the above may be a bit of parody, it is not very far from the truth. While all this is going on the real Ireland, and I only use one town as an example, is left to rot. The question must be asked, “How do we solve this or more like how do those we elect and pay handsomely solve it? The first thing that they need to do is to take the power back from the civil service. Cut out this nonsense of standing, for a Facebook photo, in front of a childrens’ playground or something similar “welcoming” a pittance to do some minor job. “Welcoming” by the way means that I have been permitted by my civil service master to tell you this. Our TDs from rural Ireland need to insist that each Co. Council be ordered to carry out a forensic audit of every small town, population under 8,000, in the country to identify precise dereliction in their areas immediately. Put a twelve-month timeline on this and no nonsense about not having staff to do it. Voluntary groups with local expertise will assist in this. A special programme similar to the old urban renewal schemes must be introduced immediately with massive incentives for the redevelopment of such areas in our smaller towns. And this must be done immediately. If it’s not it will be too late. This is the real emergency in Ireland. To those who will ask, “Where will the money come from?” The same place that the billions to save the banks came from, the same place that the billions to fight covid came from, the same place that the billions to be spent, and already spent, on the non-existent metro came from and the same place that the neverending extra billions being spent on the Childrens’ Hospital fiasco came from. When there is a will to do something, however stupid, in this country the money can be found. So the time has come. The clock for Rural Ireland and its smaller towns is practically at midnight. Stop it Now! n

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Shine WHITE like a diamond! Cassie Gaynor from Castlebridge will represent Wexford this year at the 75th Miss Ireland, proudly sponsored by TanOrganic. The 37 finalists vying for the coveted Miss Ireland 2022 title were revealed at a sparkling white party last month for this, the Diamond Jubilee of the competition. Cassie is 21 years of age and from Castlebridge. She has just finished her level 8 degree in social science and will be graduating later this year. She is currently working in Candy boutique. Cassie’s chosen charity is Wexford People Helping People as it is very close to her heart, and she will continue to advocate for them throughout this competition. The Diamond Jubilee Miss Ireland show

Cassie Gaynor is crowned Miss Wexford

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will take place on August 20th at the Royal Theatre Castlebar with 1,500 people in attendance. As Miss Wexford, Cassie will represent her county and attend various awards, openings and engagements in her county over the next year as well as working on her various charity projects. This year the over-riding theme for Miss Ireland is ‘Our World Our Future’ with a focus on the environment and global citizenship. The headline sponsor for Miss Ireland 2022 is TanOrganic, the world’s first eco-certified, organic self-tan brand. They are delighted to be part of Miss Ireland this year to further promote sustainability and environmental awareness.

The finalists of Miss Ireland this year will be put through their paces in a challenging competitive process testing their skills in debating, public speaking, sports, modelling, social media and each finalist will be tasked with raising much-needed awareness and funds for their chosen charities. Challenges will also include beach clean-ups, ethical upcycling, education pieces and a new Miss Eco-Ireland sash will be awarded. Miss Ireland 2022 will follow in the footsteps of reigning Miss Ireland, Pamela Uba, who captured the hearts of the nation with her incredible story and featured prominently in the Irish media and internationally on TV shows in LA, London, Johannesburg and in the New York Times.

SlaNey NewS In recent years the Miss Ireland franchise has raised over €300,000 for various charities including Laura Lynn, Temple Street, Alzheimer’s Ireland, Pieta House, The Cari Foundation and this year are proud to partner, once again, with Variety Ireland, an Irish charity helping sick, disadvantaged and children with special needs since 1951. The winner of Miss Ireland 2022 will receive a lucrative agency contract and a host of prizes including jewellery, gowns, professional photo shoots, beauty and hair products and then jet off to represent her country at the Miss World Festival which is televised in over 100 countries around the world. The winner will also enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to the Maldives to do a photoshoot later in the autumn. See or on the new Miss Ireland App, available from Apple App Store or Google Play. n

Looking radiant in red Killegney Early Years Playschool, Enniscorthy, second day of Graduation on 15th July 2022. Above: Sophie, Joan, Tom and proprietor Orlagh Doyle. Below: Orlagh, Sophie and Ciara.

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Enniscorthy’s Rockin’ Food Festival’s jive competition WEXFORD ROSE JUDGES FESTIVAL JIVE COMPETITION.

beautiful home county expertly when she gets to Tralee.

Our lovely Wexford Rose Joy Quigley was in Enniscorthy on Sunday last to pledge her support for the Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival.

Indeed, she won’t have to wait that long as Joy will be hosting 33 Roses from all around the world right here in Wexford for 3 days (11th/12th/13th August) prior to the Rose of Tralee Festival, taking them to all our iconic places of interest and to the county’s many beauty spots and major visitor attractions.

Joy, a former Strawberry Queen, was interviewed on the bandstand by Compere extraordinaire Kav Kavanagh who returned to Enniscorthy for the Festival this year all the way from Italy with his lovely wife Rosella Piccolo.

Be sure to show your support for this lovely lady, Joy by name and joy by nature, as she makes her way to the Dome in Tralee with all things Wexford in her heart. – Maria Nolan

Joy, with her warm, easy smile and effervescent personality will, I have no doubt, be a most excellent ambassador for Wexford both here and in Tralee.

Joy, a quietly confident lass from Ferns, gave an excellent account of herself in front of the large Market Square audience, outlining who she was, where she is from, and how she came to be the Wexford Rose.

So, if you happen to see a bevy of beauties on our streets over those 3 days in August, do give them a very warm Enniscorthy welcome and help Joy put our town and our county on the global map.

Joy, adding yet even more glamour to the occasion, explained to those, who may not have known, the concept and ethos of the Rose of Tralee Festival saying that she very much hoped to acquit herself well and market her

Following her interview with Kav, Joy was asked to assist him and Rosella in choosing the winners of the very competitive Rock n Roll Jive Competition for 2022, not an easy brief, given the standard on display but Joy has an eye for

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talent and took to the task with relish.

Above: Joy Quigley on stage with Richie Cotter (festival organising committee) and MC Kav Kavanagh. Below left: Joy with Kav and Rosella Piccolo. Below: Joy with Maria Nolan. All photos courtsey of Maria Nolan.

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Finalists in action in the Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival’s jive competition, 31st July 2022. All photos by Maria Nolan.

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Above: Celebrating graduation at Carraig Briste Early Years with proprietor Orlagh Doyle. Above right: Mate and Petra watch their daughter Mia Bodo enjoying some strawberries and cream after the graduation.

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Clerical changes and appointments Bishop Ger Nash, Bishop of Ferns, announced on 15th July 2022 the following appointments within the diocese.

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Fr Jim Doyle C.C. Cathedral Enniscorthy has been appointed Chaplain, Irish College Paris, and to pursue further studies at the Institut Catholique, Paris. The appointment is for a three year period. Fr Danny McDonald, PP Marshalstown and Castledockrell, to retire. The parishes of St Aidan’s Enniscorthy, St Senan’s Enniscorthy and the parish and curacy of Marshalstown and Castledockrell to be assigned to the pastoral care of a team of three priests. Frs Tom Dalton, Paddy Banville and Billy Caulfield. Fr Billy Caulfield, C.C. Galbally, will join the team and reside in the Manse, Enniscorthy. Fr Paddy Banville, Adm. St Senan’s, will join the team and reside in Marshalstown. Fr Tom Dalton, Adm. St Aidan’s, will join the team and remain in the Manse, Enniscorthy. Fr Michael Byrne, P.P. Bree, will assume the pastoral care of the curacy of Galbally and Ballyhoge. The appointments take effect from Monday, August 15th, 2022. Bishop Ger on behalf of the diocese thanked all of the priests involved for their ministry and work in various parishes and roles over the past years. He wished Fr Jim every success in his new appointment and in his studies.

hancing for them while at the same time providing an effective ministry to the people in the pastoral area when it is no longer possible to provide a priest for each parish or curacy. Bishop Ger also thanked Fr Danny McDonald for his lifetime of ministry as teacher and parish priest and wished him many long, happy and healthy years in retirement.

He thanked Frs Tom, Paddy and Billy for their willingness to enter into a new structure of ministry for the diocese. Priests working together as a team should provide an opportunity for priests to focus on those areas of ministry which are life en-

In announcing these new appointments, Bishop Ger is conscious of the effect this new form of team ministry will have on the people of the parishes. He thanked the lay ministers and people who support the work of the parish and encouraged them to continue their vital roles in building up the family of God in their locality. n

Funding for social enterprises

John will be sadly missed

Deputy Paul Kehoe has welcomed news from Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD to support social enterprises with a Scaling-up Scheme designed to improve impact and sustainability.

There was very sad news last month with the sudden passing of John Byrne of Spout Lane, Enniscorthy.

Deputy Kehoe said: “Social enterprises in Wexford play a key role in communities and we have seen this throughout the recent Pandemic. This innovative €1.5 million scheme is a great opportunity for enterprises in Wexford to have a real impact. The scheme comprises of two streams, one for medium-scale capital works and the second for feasibility studies being administered on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development by Pobal.”

One of the town’s best known faces, John worked for the local Council keeping the town looking well at all times, ensuring that all public events passed off safely, and was always on duty and helpful in any time of crisis.

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WEXFORD ÓGRA FF HOLDS AGM On July 15th Wexford Ógra Fianna Fáil held its annual general meeting for 2022 in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. The AGM was chaired by Minister James Browne and a new board was elected to run the organisation with Ruairí Ryan being returned as chairman once again. Also in attendance were Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy and Cllr. Andrew Bolger. Ruairí Ryan thanked the previous board for their hard work in the past year and expressed interest in working with the new board and members over the next year.

“I would like to thank everybody for returning me as chair. We’ve accomplished a lot over the past couple of months since I took over and I want to continue on this growth. One thing I wanted to focus on was charity and working with the local communities of Wexford. I think we have done very well in that regard with such things as our Ukraine fundraiser as well as our many other events. This unit has so much potential and I want to help us achieve that. I’d like to give particular thanks to Minister Browne for chairing this as one of Ógra’s strongest supporters.”

If you wish to get involved email: Ruairí Ryan - Chair Niall Sinnott - Vice Chair Sean O’Brien - Secretary Treasurer - Conor Brennan Treasurer - Rory Cassidy PRO - Michael Roche Events and Campaigns Officer Aderinsayo Adeji Membership Officer - Ian Murphy OCM - Aoibhlinn Ryan OCM - Thomas Rodgers n

Improving beach access for wheelchair users Cllr Lisa McDonald, Chair of Wexford Local Community Development Committee and the Rosslare Municipal District, officiated at the launch on 11th July 2022 at Rosslare Strand of the first new Wheelchair Mat in Co. Wexford, and only the second of its kind in the whole country. Cllr McDonald said, “Dr. Vivian Rath came to me with this idea last year and I am delighted today to see it come to fruition so members of the disabled community will have further access to the beach. This is a pilot project, it is hoped that we will see similar mats around the county in time.”

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Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy, Graduation Ball gathering at Enniscorthy Rugby Club on 26th July before travelling on to Swords, Co. Dublin, for their celebrations. Above left: Corey Canavan and Orla Redmond. Above centre: Abbie Walsh and Killian Murphy. Above right: Bill Peare and Megan O’Connor.

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Top award for Agricultural musuem at Johnstown Castle The Irish Heritage Trust has announced that the Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle, Wexford, has been awarded full Museum Standards Accreditation in recognition of its high standards in museum management, collections care, education and visitor services. This is awarded by the Heritage Council of Ireland under its Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI).

Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle.

The Irish Agricultural Museum is one of five Irish Museums to receive the top award of Full Accreditation this year which requires complying with 34 standards under the MSPI. In receiving full Museum Standards Accreditation, the Irish Agricultural Museum joins the distinguished list of sites and historic properties with full Museum Standards including Farmleigh House (Dublin), Castletown House (Kildare), Muckross House (Killarney), Chester Beatty Library & National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin). The MSPI was established by the Heri-

tage Council of Ireland in 2006 to benchmark and promote professional standards in the care of collections and to recognise the achievement of those standards through the Irish museum sector. The programme recognises excellence in caring for collections, mu-

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Bringing life back to a vacant building

L-R: Cllr Jim Moore, Noirín Cummins (Rosslare Municipal District Manager), Minister James Browne TD, Annette O’Neill (Director of Services, Wexford County Council), Cllr Lisa McDonald (Cathaoirleach Rosslare Municipal District), Cllr Jim Staples, Cllr Ger Carthy, Paul Kehoe TD.

Cathaoirleach Cllr Lisa McDonald and the elected members of the Rosslare Municipal District have welcomed the announcement by the Department of Rural & Community Development of the funding of €150,000 for the purchase of the vacant old Bank of Ireland building in Rosslare Harbour.

state-of-the-art community resource centre, community facility, meeting rooms and ATM machine.

This Scheme, supported by Minister Heather Humphreys and her Department, has given the opportunity to the Rosslare Municipal District Council to enhance this vacant building as a

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Welcoming the announcement, Cathaoirleach Cllr Lisa McDonald thanked Minister James Browne TD, Paul Kehoe TD and the Manager and the staff of Rosslare Municipal District for their work in the delivery of this vital funding.

The Enniscorthy Defibrillator Initiative GoFundMe fundraiser The Enniscorthy Defibrillator Initiative is raising funds to maintain and replace the units in the locality. The Initiative owns and maintains thirteen public access defibrillators around Enniscorthy town and the greater locality including Davidstown, Tomnalossett, and Fairfield. Many of these defibrillators were installed a number of years ago and their batteries are coming due for replacement. Every time a defibrillator is used the pads which are placed on the patient's chest to deliver the shock need to be replaced and even if they never leave the packet they still need to be replaced every few years. Please see the link below to the fundraising page for more info: n

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Bygone Days Storytelling House reopens On July 11th 2022 Bygone Days Storytelling House in Oulart reopened. The event was well attended, with plenty of music, song, laughter and tea. There were some new faces there which was good to see, and good also to see the regulars coming back. It is hoped that the house will now remain open. Right: Sean Dalton, Nick Dempsey, Peter Hughes. Below: Carmel Sinnott and Jim Roche. Below right: Jim Dempsey, Suzy White, Myles Heffernan, Lar White, Ted Sinnott. n

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Friends of Ferns on the fairways The Ferns Village Golf Classic 2022 in aid of community development took place in Enniscorthy Golf Club on Friday 8th July 2022. Right: Tommy Roche, Cathal Roche, Keith Moore and Mick Kenny. Below left: Joan Dunbar, Theresa Bailey, Chairman, and Maeve McCauley on the organisers’ bench. Below right: Pat and Ursula Cousins and Joy and John Conville.

Enniscorthy Community Allotments’ national award Last month six champions from across the country were announced as the winners of the Energia Get Ireland Growing initiative with GIY (Grow It Yourself) for 2022. Each of the winners have been awarded prizes and funding from Energia to enable them to continue and further develop each of their food-growing projects. The 2022 prize categories and prizes included a ‘Community Hero’ winner, who has been awarded a GIY food growing starter kit. In addition, a €500 GIY voucher has been awarded to the community that hosted the most impressive gathering on July 2nd, and the ‘Best Transformation’ has been awarded to the community that has transformed a

space since the beginning of the campaign, with a €1,000 cash prize. The ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing Best Transformation’ prize was awarded to the Enniscorthy Community Allotments. The competition judges were rich in their praise for the Enniscorthy group: “The group was established in February 2021 with the goal of developing a community allotment area within the town. The community is made up of locals who want to grow fresh produce and create a friendly environment for the community to meet. They aim to encourage biodiversity, organic and sustainable food growing, to promote and encourage the practice and knowledge of horticulture among members and to build community spirit.

The allotment opened to members in April 2022. They have created 64 plots, 20 raised beds, and a polytunnel with 60 growing spaces. Approximately 250 people use the allotments on a regular basis.” Great credit is due to Noreen Kehoe and Mark Cooke, committee members, who submitted the Enniscorthy project to this national competition. Enniscorthy Community Allotments will receive €1,000 as a prize for this outstanding achievement, this money will be used to further improve and develop the site. For further details please see: ommunityallotments And see pages 96-97. n

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Forging India-Ireland conn Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Akhilesh Mishra, and his charming wife Reeti, on a visit to the National 1798 Rebellion Centre here in Enniscorthy, where they enjoyed lunch with Minister James Browne, Chairman of Enniscorthy Municipal District Aidan Browne, and the 1798 Centre Manager Mico Hassett. Over lunch I got the opportunity to explain to the Ambassador and his wife the significance of the Pike in Ireland’s struggle for independence, prior to their very informative tour of our state-of-theart Centre delivered by excellent tour guide Derek Meyler. Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment So-

ciety were honoured to form a Guard of Honour for Ambassador and Mrs. Mishra on arrival and accompany them on the tour of the premises. Over lunch, Ambassador Mishra explored many avenues with Minister James Browne where Ireland and India could collaborate going forward saying, ‘India and Ireland have much to learn from each other’s rich contemporary democratic experiences.’ Ambassador and Mrs. Mishra continued to Vinegar Hill where the Ambassador remarked, ‘As we celebrate our Independence, we must never forget the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters.’

Later that evening at The Presentation Arts Centre, Ambassador Mishra joined historian John Dorney for a panel discussion chaired by Councillor Barbara-Anne Murphy, part of the National 1798 Rebellion Centre Summer Series organised by Mico Hassett. Ambassador Mishra proved himself an informed historian and accomplished orator at the Presentation Centre event titled A Shared History – Independence in India and Ireland. It was inspiring to hear just how much our two very diverse cultures have in common, and uplifting to witness the Ambassador’s enthusiasm for bringing our two countries closer together going forward. His fondness for Wexford was evident, where he seems to have already formed a close bond.

Above left: Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Akhilesh Mishra, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Cllr Aidan Browne, Mrs Reeti Mishra, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, National 1798 Centre Manager Mico Hassett. Above: Maria Nolan presents the Ambassador with a copy of her book, The Shadow of the Hill. Below left: Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society members with Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra and his wife Reeti. Below: National 1798 Centre Manager Mico Hassett, Mrs Reeti Mishra, Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Cllr Aidan Browne, Minister James Browne TD.

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ections The evening concluded with a beautiful concert with Irish musician Dara O’Brien on Sitar and Indian maestro Debajyoti Sanyal on Tabla. I was delighted to present my book The Shadow of the Hill to Ambassador and Mrs. Mishra and receive a very kind invitation to bring my second novel The Shadow of Freedom, which deals with the War of Independence, particularly here in Enniscorthy, to them at the Indian Embassy on Merrion Road, Dublin. Such an honour to meet these most gracious and inspiring people and I very much look forward to them continuing to develop their newly formed bonds with Enniscorthy and Wexford. – Words & pics by Maria Nolan

Above left: Ambassador Mishra (left) joined historian John Dorney (right) for a panel discussion chaired by Councillor Barbara-Anne Murphy. Above right: Maria Nolan showing Mrs Reeti Mishra a 1798 pike.

Above: Indian Ambassador to Ireland Akhilesh Mishra, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Cllr Aidan Browne, Mrs Reeti Mishra, Maria Nolan, National 1798 Centre Manager Mico Hassett.

Above and below left: Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society members with Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra and his wife Reeti. Below: Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra and his wife Reeti enjoying the state-of-the-art exhibition at the National 1798 Rebelllion Centre.

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Templeshanbo Coffee Morning Templeshanbo Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy Sale in aid of the Ukrainian refugee community, 8th July, 2022. Above L-R: Anne Warren, Lily Warren, Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Doris Copeland and Paula Dorner. Left: Looking after the tea were Orla Foley and Anne Warren. Right: Anne Quigley and Mary Byrne. Below left: Fr Jim Fegan and Ken Hemmingway. Below centre: Charlotte and Thomas Wilson. Below right: Margaret James with the Bring and Buy Sale. Bottom left: Barty and Derek Warren. Bottom centre: Allison James. Bottom right: Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan gets a cuppa from Lily Warren.

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BIG FUNDRAISER FOR A LITTLE HOUSE On the 21st of August Bygone Days Storytelling House in Oulart is joining forces with Pat the Chap Vintage Club and Joan and Friends to run a fundraising event in Oulart village and in the Lower Street of Oulart in the grounds of Bygone Days Storytelling House. Like all organisations, the House needs to raise some funding after being closed for so long due to Covid. Pat the Chap has kindly agreed to organise an All Vehicle Road Run, leaving Oulart village at 12 noon, so go along and bring your tractors, cars, motorbikes or any type of motorised vehicle you have. Bygone Days would be very grateful of your support, and are very thankful to Pat the Chap for agreeing to help out.

Days Storytelling House. During the day there will also be a yard sale in the grounds of Bygone Days with all kinds of bargains available so drop by and see what you can find for a few cents. Teas and home produce will be available also. All are invited to go along and help raise some funding for Oulart’s little gem – Bygone Days Storytelling House. n

Joan and Friends are organising a 5k walk along the Jean Kennedy Smith Walk to Oulart Hill and back to the Lower Street. The walk will leave the thatched house at 4pm and there will be tea on arrival back for all taking part, and again Bygone Days is very thankful to Joan and Friends for organising this walk. A family fun bicycle run will leave the thatched house at 3pm. Dust off your High Nellies, Bone Shakers, Tricycles, etc and join in the fun and help raise some money too for Bygone

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Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998

Wexford County Council invites applicants for the following posts: Staff Officer, Senior Staff Officer

Notice is hereby given that Wexford County Council proposes to conduct a Mid-Term review of the Traveller Accommodation Programme (TAP) 2019-2024 which was adopted by Wexford County Council on 8th July 2019. The programme includes the accommodation needs of Travellers and the provision of accommodation to meet those needs.

Selection for all posts will be by means of interview and candidates may be shortlisted based on applications submitted. Panels may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled.

Submissions are now invited in writing from any interested groups, organisations or individuals concerning the Mid-Term review of the Programme. Wexford County Council will have regard to each submission received.

Qualifications, application forms and further particulars for this post are available from our website at

Submissions should be clearly marked “Submission for TAP 20192024” and be sent to Ms Caroline Creane, Senior Staff Officer, Housing Dept, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford or by email to no later than Tuesday, 9th August 2022.

Please note all applications for the above posts must be Typed and submitted by Email only to


Closing date for receipt of completed application forms for the above posts is:

Notice of Consideration of Setting a Local Adjustment Factor The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor. At the meeting set by Wexford County Council to consider this matter, the members may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or, may decide not to adjust the basic rate. Wexford County Council will meet in September to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor. Wexford County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on businesses, individuals and on local authority services. Submissions must be received by Friday 26th August and can be submitted by registering and using the Council’s Online Public Consultation Portal at

Printed hard copies will NOT be accepted for the above posts.

5.00pm on Thursday 11th August, 2022. Wexford County Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Wexford County Council invites applicants for the following post: Senior Library Assistant Selection for the above post will be by means of interview and candidates may be shortlisted based on applications submitted. Panels may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled. Qualifications, application forms and further particulars for this post are available from our website at Please note all applications for the above posts must be Typed and submitted by Email only to Printed hard copies will NOT be accepted for the above post. Closing date for receipt of completed application forms for the above post is:

Alternatively submissions can be sent to: County Secretary’s Office, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford.

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Appointment of Consultant Engineers for the Design of Holmestown Landfill Cap for Phase 1


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Community Employment Scheme Wexford County Council has vacancies in the following areas of our Community Employment Scheme: Job Description


Environmental Worker – 2 positions

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Environmental Worker – 2 positions


Mini-Bus Driver – Class D driver licence – 1 position

New Ross

Environmental Worker – 4 positions


Environmental Worker – 1 position


Duties to include:  Environmental Worker - General maintenance, cleaning, planting and weeding etc.

The closing date for the Environmental Worker Application is 4.00pm Friday 5th August. The closing date for the Environmental Worker with B licence Application is 4.00pm Friday August 26th. Please note that persons applying for these positions must satisfy the Department of Social Protection criteria to participate in the Community Employment Scheme. Wexford County Council is an Equal Opportunities employer.


Section 75 of Roads Act 1993

Temporary Closing of Roads Notice is hereby given that Wexford County Council has decided to close the road listed hereunder to vehicular traffic from 15 August to 19 August 2022, to facilitate a wastewater connection in Cross Street, New Ross. Road Closure:

L4506-1 Cross Street, New Ross, from its junction with South Street to its junction with Neville Street.

 Mini Bus Driver – Community Bus Driver – Applicants must have a clean valid D Class licence, Driver CPC training, 3+ years Bus driving experience.

Alternative Route: From Neville Street to Michael Street to South Street via the L4503, L4507 and the L4500.

To apply for these positions and for further information please contact:

Alternative routes will be signposted. Local access will be facilitated.

Sean O’Neill, CE Scheme Supervisor, Wexford County Council at 086 9478001 during office hours 9am – 5pm or email: The closing date for the Environmental Worker Application in New Ross, Duncannon and Wexford is 4.00pm Friday 12th August 2022. The closing date for the Environmental Worker Application in Castlebridge is 4.00pm Friday 30th September. The closing date for the Mini-Bus driver with D Licence is 4.00pm Friday 12th August 2022. Please note that persons applying for these positions must satisfy the Department of Social Protection criteria to participate in the Community Employment Scheme. Wexford County Council is an Equal Opportunities employer. Wexford County Council has vacancies in the following areas of our Community Employment Scheme:

Join us on the Green Area behind Westgate Tower/Heritage Centre Guided Walking Tours of Town Wall with Monica Crofton at 12pm and 3pm from Westgate Centre

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Environmental Worker – 2 positions


Environmental Worker with Class B Drivers Licence Ferns – 1 position Environmental Worker with Class B Drivers Licence Gorey – 1 position Duties to include:  Environmental Worker - General maintenance, cleaning, planting and weeding etc.

Other Events from 1pm to 5pm Weaponry & Combat Displays, Living History Tents & Craft Displays with Fingal Living History Society. Striking Viking Coins and Falconry Display with the Irish National Heritage Park. Baya The Storyteller, The Big Dig Workshop, School of Irish Archaeology, Shield Painting, Face Painting, Children’s Art Competition, Music by Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas.

To apply for these positions and for further information please contact: Bernie Lennon, CE Scheme Supervisor, Wexford County Council at 087 6575743 during office hours 9am – 5pm or email:

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Bannow & Rathang

Some of the huge crowd at the Bannow & Rathangan Agricultural Show at Killag, Co. Wexford, on 14th July 2022.

Above left: Anton Core with his grandaughter Safia Core who was 2nd in Class 44, Hand Drawing, so well done Safia. Her drawing is behind her. Above right: Making sure they won’t get dehydrated were Jack Duggan and Tom Power.

Above left: Enjoying the hospitality at the Cooney Furlong picnic area at the show were the Sheils-Moran families. Above right: Reaching great heights for a better view of the show were Maggie, Tom and Ally Connors from Adamstown.

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Above: Bannow & Rathangan Agricultural Show – kids doing the Crazy Frog Dance with Liam Sharkey. Top: Katie Audsley, Leagh Maddock and Grace O’ Connor. Above right: About to tuck in to the very best of Richie Doyle’s hot dogs were Karla, Jack and Kate Fortune.

Above left: Some of the audience enjoying the music at the show. Above right: Joe Sidney with his grandson Billy Sidney at the show.

Above left: Some of the large crowd at the show. Above centre: Enjoying the merry-go-round were Henly Elliott and Sharon Mahon. Above right: Enjoying all the fun of the fair were Lilly May Webster and Marta McGuire.

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Bannow & Rathangan Agricultural Show 14th July 2022. Danescastle Music Group entertaining the crowds.

Enniscorthy Community College Graduation Ball on 29th July 2022, Luca Sludds and Niamh Larkin.

Keeping the summer alive!

Enniscorthy Shamrocks GAA hosts on Saturday 20th August, 8.30pm until late, at Fr Murphy Park, Live Rock ‘n’ Roll music by Timebomb followed by DJ ‘til late. The bar will be well stocked and draft beer will be supplied by Toss Kavanagh’s. Jack's Burgers n’ Stuff will be there also with the grill. Keep an eye on the Shamrocks GAA Facebook and Instagram pages for more information closer to the date. n

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Enniscorthy’s new drama on stage August 23-27th

Enniscorthy Drama Group is delighted to present its new play, Farsiders, which will run from 23rd to 27th August in The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, with a special premiere night on Tuesday 23rd August in memory of Joe Doyle, starting at 7pm with a drinks reception, and all proceeds going to Cystric Fibrosis Ireland, Wexford Branch. Farsiders is a coming of age play, written

and directed by local man Fintan Kelly. It is set in Enniscorthy in 1981. Friends Chopper, Hawk and Red work in the local unemployment office and plan to go to the rugby club disco at the weekend. Chopper fancies Mary but has never had the courage to ask her out. But so does Pat Corrigan who has been bullying Chopper since they were kids. Will Chopper finally get the girl of his dreams?

Tickets for the premiere are exclusively available from any committee member or you can contact Enniscorthy Drama Group via its Facebook page or email: Premiere tickets are also available at Holohan’s Pub, Enniscorthy. To book tickets (€15) for the rest of the run (August 24th - 27th), contact The Presentation Arts Centre:, tel: 053 9233000. n

Enniscorthy Community College Graduation Ball

29th July 2022. L-R: Chris Doyle and Deniss Guravs, Bronagh Murphy Buckley, Killian Murphy and Molly O’Connor.

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Steam train pulls the crowds to Enniscorthy

Dancing at the Crossroads came to mind on the Sunday of the Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival as crowds assembled on the platform at Enniscorthy station all ‘waiting for a train’. This time, not to take them on to Croke Park, but to Rosslare on the No. 85 Rock n Roll Steam Train, departing from Dublin and arriving at Enniscorthy station at approximately 2pm where nearly 300 people disembarked for an afternoon at the Festival and yet another 150 boarded for the continuing journey to Rosslare.

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Those disembarking got into the swing of things upon alighting to the Enniscorthy platform, where rock n roll dancers where already strutting their stuff to strains of Johnny Be Good from a lone guitarist perched on a wall, all contributing to making Enniscorthy and the Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival a unique experience, with many of the visitors beginning to tap their toes long before reaching the Market Square epicentre. What is it about steam trains that still has the ability to capture our collective imagination?

Is it the relaxing, soothing pace, or the mesmerising chuck, chuck of the engine or the great puffs and plumes of smoke rising high up into the sky that draws us all back to a more tranquil time of travel? Whatever the nostalgia, it continues to work and that was never more evident than in Enniscorthy over the weekend, well done to the organisers and hopefully the Steam Train will continue to arrive in all its glory to our Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festivals of the future. Words and pics: Maria Nolan

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A cauldron of rock ‘n’ food The Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival returned to our town and our streets last weekend with a melting pot of colour, music, dance, food, energy, and fun that was welcomed and loved by all. What an amazing weekend! From the kaleidoscope of colour and the cacophony of sound reverberating from our walls, pavements, streets and alleyways, to the mouth watering culinary delights at the myriad of stalls and stands and Food Marquee where chefs Paul Hynes, Edward Hayden, Shane Smyth and others delighted with their cookery masterclasses, to the arrival of the much anticipated Steam Train to a packed Enniscorthy platform, to the Mad Hatters Tea Party and the Disney Disco at the Athenaeum, to the Build a Bear Workshop and Medieval Shield Making at En-

niscorthy Castle and of course the marvellously exciting Family Fun Fair on the Promenade, it was all an experience long awaited and never to be forgotten. In truth, I think I will be forgiven for saying that the epicentre at Market Square stole the show. Among the massive and unprecedented crowds, packed like sardines into the very nerve centre of our town, it would have been difficult to find a face without a smile, or an eye without a twinkle, as we toe-tapped, sang along with, and marvelled at the music and dance that swept us all back to happier pre–covid times. The energy and enthusiasm of the Rock n Roll dancers and their colourful and imaginative outfits, coupled with the outstanding quality of music and musicians

Above: Rathnure Pantomine Society keeping the young ones entertained in The Athenaeum. Top right: Maeve Doyle, Maria Nolan and Caroline Busher at the Festival. Right: Festival Chairman Eric Barron on duty. Below left: A busy Slaney Street. Below: One of the colourful stalls. Below right: Dancing in the Market Square.

made us all stand and stare and marvel and utter a word of thanks to the Heavens for guiding us through the bleak, dark days of the Pandemic back into the light and laughter of Rock n Roll. Rock n Roll you gave us all a reason to come together again in huge numbers and in buoyant spirits and we thank God for it, along with organisers Richie Cotter and Eamonn Doyle. It was Shakespeare who said, ‘If music be the food of love, then play on’ and he hadn’t even heard of Rock n Roll, I wonder what he would have made of our Festival over the weekend with Rock n Roll music filling the streets of our town with the love and celebration of life once again. Well done Enniscorthy. Words and pics: Maria Nolan


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Above: Dancing in TJ Murphy’s. Below: Steam Train visit to Enniscorthy.

Above: Dancing in TJ Murphy’s. Above right: Ann Furlong, Cllr Aidan Browne

Enniscorthy Rock Festival, 29 July

Above left: The Due-Tones on stage. Above centre: Showing Above: 1,000km Charity Cycle Tour de Lourdes in aid of HOPE Centre, Garda Damien Delaney, Garda John Kennedy and retired Garda Tony Fagan on Rafter Street during the Festival. Below: Facepainter Nicole Paluszka with Nathaniel Robinson.

Darragh, Donnacha and Peter Ryan.

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Queuing for facepainting at Enniscorthy Castle.

(Chairman of the Enniscorthy Municipal District), Kyran and Darcey Browne.

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g off their jive skills Breda Hosey and Chris Wall. Above right: All the fun of the fair.

The steam train’s visit to Enniscorthy.

Right: Baby Nancy being well minded by Sinead and Frank Mackin.

Aviva O’Donoghue, Vanessa O’Brien and Lynnsie O’Donoghue.

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Above: Dancers on the roof. Above right: Some of the attendees at the launch. Right: Sarah Kavanagh, Cllr Cathal Byrne, Mark Kavanagh (Wexbury Spirits) – one of the festival’s main sponsors, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan. Left: Karen Cousins and Thelma Whelan. Below left: Maria Nolan, Richie Cotter, Jimmy Gahan and Amanda Whitmore. Below: Colm Hayes, Dunnes Enniscorthy Branch Manager, Emmet Moloney, Dunnes Stores HR Manager, Eric Barron (Festival Chairman), Minister James Browne TD, Maree Lyng, Cllr Aidan Browne, Jimmy Gahan, Superintendent Denis Whelan. Bottom left: Dr Mairead Kelly, Maura Corcoran. Bottom centre: Martin Crimmings, Liam Ellis. Bottom right: Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Aidan Browne addresses the crowd.

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Rockin’ in Enniscorthy

Above: Jack, Peter and Billy Byrne, Tina Tinney, Stephanie Byrne. Above right: Mico Hassett, Cllr Aidan Browne, Maria Nolan, Tom Boland. Right: Minister James Browne TD who officially launched the festival. Far right: Frances Cross, Dan Walsh and Áine Doyle of Enniscorthy Credit Union – a main sponsor of the festival. Below far right: Paul and Sinead Kehoe, and James and Jeanne Hendrick.

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SlaNey leiSure & lifeStyle ENNISCORTHY'S MULLETT SISTERS AND SAFURA, WHO HAVE A SHOP ON RAFTER ST, A WINNING COMBINATION Jade Mullett is an award-winning celebrity and TV make-up artist. Jade has worked with famous faces such as Love Islanders Maura Higgins and Georgia Steele, Irish TV stars Kathryn Thomas, Miriam O’Callaghan and many more. She is best known for her creative makeup style on her Instagram as well as featuring on the RTE Today show. She has worked with many brands both in Ireland and the UK and featured in campaigns including Iconic Bronze, Samsung, Three Ireland, Bperfect cosmetics, Oh my Glam and Real Techniques. Laura Mullett is a fashion broadcaster, stylist to the stars and fashion expert for RSVP magazine who has worked with Ireland’s biggest names from Rosanna Davison to Louis Walsh. Laura also styles high profile clients for the IFTAs, BAFTAs and international red carpets. Over the past decade Laura has creatively directed campaigns for Ted Baker, Benetton and previously curated a fashion edit alongside Millie Mackintosh for Magnum. Laura presents fashion segments on Ireland AM and is a regular trends radio contributor on Newstalk FM.

Dream team Jade and Laura are excited to bring out their new exclusive edit with that includes flirty florals, luxurious textures and covetable colour pops that will add some edge and elegance to your closet. From vacation style vibes to wedding guest outfit inspiration, there’s so much to choose from. Laura and Jade: “Growing up, our household was always so girly, we always loved playing dress up and our love of fashion and colour is a big part of who we are. To team up with the talented Vahida Gogic and the Safura team has been so exciting and an amazing opportunity to share as sisters with each other. We work behind the scenes as a team so often that it’s been so much fun to model this gorgeous collection together. It’s important to us that the exclusive Laura and Jade Mullett x Safura edit is so affordable - each piece is special, timeless and a bargain buy. Prices start at just €24.99.” The campaign shoot was photographed at Luttrellstown Castle Resort by Patrick Quinn Byrne. Safura is a one-stop-shop for chic styles if you want to look bougie on a budget. You can shop Safura online on and in their Enniscorthy, Arklow and Tralee stores. They have bright and

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Above right: Laura in a tie strap halter maxi dress €59, Below left: Jade in a silky maxi frill wrap dress in lime €64, Below centre: Laura in a silky maxi length frill wrap dress - pink €64, Below right: Jade in silky paisley print maxi skirt €39,

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To the rescue! The local team that brought us the hugely successful Buddy the Musical four years ago is about to spring its latest creation on us. The new musical is called Rock ‘n’ Roll to the Rescue and it features Elvis and The Big Bopper. It tells the story of a young Elvis and JP Richardson. Trapped in small town America can they use their Rock 'n' Roll to save themselves? With a host of lovable and crazy characters and music that will have you hopping off the walls, don't miss out on Rock 'n' Roll to the Rescue. Featuring

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songs like Stuck on You, Hound Dog, Reet Petite, Chapel of Love and many, many more. Rock 'n' Roll to the Rescue will be performed in aid of Pieta House so your support would be most welcome. Written, produced and directed by Adrianne Murphy, it promises to be a riproaring show that will have you dancing in the aisles. It runs from 8th - 12th August.

The talented cast includes Cameron Cloke, Dick Butler, John Barry, John Foley, Stephanie McKenna, and Jamie Murphy. The talented musicians and singers include The Bellefords, Dave Duffy, Shea Tomkins, Jimmy Shiel, Richard King, Liam Ascot, Colm Murray, Rachel and Sarah Greene, and Ella Barry. And the all-important sponsorship includes €2,000 from Enniscorthy Credit Union which was generously presented by Áine Doyle to the organisers at the official launch of the show last month. Our advice is to get your tickets now to avoid disappointment. See booking information in the poster below. n

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Enniscorthy Women Walking Together A new ‘Enniscorthy Women Walking Together’ meet-up group has been set up so that no woman who likes to walk has to walk alone, and to help all women to be healthier, happier and fitter. All women are very welcome to join in. Walking alone is not usually much fun so it helps to be among friends who are encouraging and supportive. Walking times, days and duration will be decided by the walkers in the group.

Tune in to Jamie and Blayne’s podcasts and check out:

A Facebook page (‘Enniscorthy Women Walking Together’) has been created to help bring women of all ages together to enjoy walking in the company of other like-minded women. n

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Holohan’s Trad & Ballads A great trad and ballad session takes place in Holohan’s Pub, Enniscorthy, every Wednesday night for the summer months starting around 9pm. And keep an eye on Holohan’s Facebook page for other gigs throughout the summer and beyond: n

Stay in touch Wexford Public Libraries Social Media: Wexford Public Libraries on Facebook. Wexford Public Libraries on Instagram @wexfordlibraries. Wexford Public Libraries on Twitter @wexlibraries. YouTube: "Wexford Public Libraries" n

Summer Song Lab: 9th, 10th & 11th of August, 10am-2pm in The Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy, Fee €30. This is a songwriting workshop for teenagers aged 13-18 years old. Explore lyric writing – Create new songs – Play music together. The workshop will be led by Music Generation Wexford musician educators Justin Cullen, Karen Dunbar and Gayle Murphy. Register here: For more information, email: Phone: 086 031 7021. n

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Official launch of Rock ‘n’ Roll to the Rescue at The Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy, on 20th July 2022. Above, L-R, Pic 1: Adrienne Murphy (w performing in the show are Dave Duffy, Cameron Cloke and Shea Tomkins. Pic 3: The all-important sponsorship by Enniscorthy Credit Union, back r (show leading role), Rachel Greene, front L-R: Ella Barry, Sarah Green

GETTING READY TO RO Left: Geraldine Mullett and Roisin Williams with Dick Butler who plays the part of The Big Bopper. Right: Edel Kelly and Anne O’Neill. Below left: Maria Nolan, Winifred Connolly, and Mary Vardy. Below right: Ella Barry, Rachel Greene, Sarah Greene.

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writer, producer, director of Rock ‘n’ Roll to the Rescue) with Olive Ruane of the benefiting charity Pieta House. Pic 2: Some of the talented musicians row L-R: Kevin Murphy (show organiser), Adrienne Murphy (show writer, producer, director), Áine Doyle (Enniscorthy Credit Union), Cameron Cloke ne. Pic 4: The singing Bellefords from Waterford (show performers).


The team that brought us the hugely successful Buddy the Musical four years ago is about to spring its latest creation on us. The new musical is called Rock ‘n’ Roll to the Rescue and it was officailly launched to a large and enthusiastic audience at the Presentation Arts Centre on 20th July. Written, produced and directed by Adrienne Murphy, it promises to be a rip-roaring show running from 8th - 12th August, and all proceeds go to Pieta House. Our advice is to get your tickets now to avoid disappointment. See booking information in the poster reproduced below.

L-R: Dick Butler, Aileen Carley and Sean Foley outside The Presentation Arts Centre in Enniscorthy where the show will take place.

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Gorey Market House Festiva

Above left: Enjoying the concert on Gorey’s Main Street. Above: Shima McKeown, Robyn But Gorey Market House Festival: Brian Keville of Qween performed on Gorey Main Street, 29th July 2022.

Mollie Levingston, Ailbhe Byrne and Mairead Crehan.

A young audience member, Harry Breen.

Watching the concert was Emma Carter and her dad Ian.

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Getting in the mood for the concert.

Enjoying the co

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Above left: Leo and Sean Coade. Above right: Cllr Andrew Bolger and Alex Kinsella were at the concert.

ler and Samara McKeown. Above right: Cora and Alison Redmond.


Above left: A Shy Joe Coade. Above right: All excited were Robin and Oscar Doyle.

Young Gorey boys up for the concert.

Three concert goers on Gorey’s main street.

Members of Gorey Pipe Band entertain the crowd before the concert.

Brian Keville of Qween and Cllr Donal Kenny on stage before the start of the concert.

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SlaNey leiSure & lifeStyle Jive Inferno with Lekan in The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Thursdays from 8pm. Weekly modern jive class. No need to come with a partner and only pay as you go! Beginners welcome every week. Admission is €10. n

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Family Bingo Night on 6th July 2022 in the Coast Hotel, Rosslare Strand, in aid of the local community centre. Above left: Jennifer Lovett and Lynda Byrne. Above centre: Deirdre and Abigail McPeare. Right: Birthday boy Harrison English with his mum and sister, Ella and Elaine English.

Bingo at the Coast Hotel, Rosslare Strand

Family Bingo Night on 6th July 2022 in the Coast Hotel, Rosslare Strand, in aid of the local community centre. Above left: Sinead, Conor, Emma and Sarah Whelan. Above right: Senan Cosgrave and Skyer Carberry. Below left: Ann Murphy, Carley Mae Kelly-Murphy and Pearl Jones. Below right: Denise Jones, Lily, Amy and Jack McAuley.

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Jenny is ‘Full of Blues’

Jenny Murphy is a talented 19-year-old jazz and blues singer from Enniscorthy who has just released her debut single ‘Full of Blues’, which came out on the 15th of July on all digital platforms, and with an accompanying video. The track has elements of jazz and blues, opening with a cold vocal over a single strum on a Fender strat backed by a double bass percussion. It picks up around the middle, with a back beat beginning to support the tune, helped along with dissonant harmonies and some blues licks. It then resolves on the lyric “Maybe some day…” over distant humming creating a sense of desolation.

The lyrics contain reflections of a lingering old love which will not seem to leave, an example of this within the piece is, “Arsenic in my arteries, flows with male lies.” The vocals are strong, distinctive and full of emotion. Jenny’s socials are as follows: Instagram:@ jennyelizmusic Facebook: Jenny Murphy Music Youtube: Jenny Elizm Music Check out the artistic Music Video for the single: n

Enniscorthy Community College Graduation Ball

Enniscorthy Community College Graduation Ball gathering at Enniscorthy’s Waterfront Leisure Centre on 29th July 2022 before heading to Swords, Co. Dublin, for their special night.

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ARE YOU DANCING? Welcome to the August edition of the Slaney News.

day it made for a perfect bank holiday weekend!!

It's hard to know where to start as July was simply a whirlwind of music festivals and events. And things are about to move up a gear in August.

On Friday 29th July the Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival kicked off with the first gig in TJ Murphys. All I can say is wow! I was super impressed by the work they have done out the back. It really was a perfect venue for the bands and the punters. And all these great bands here were free to see. I know personally the massive amount of planning that goes into making this happen so well done to Eamonn Doyle and all his hard-working R'n'R committee.

Next Sunday 7th in the Wexford racecourse Derek Ryan headlines a great lineout of country stars including Jimmy & Claudia Buckley, Brendan & Emily Shine, The Conquerors, Trudi Lalor, Tom Murphy & Nick Furlong. It's from 1-7pm. St. Fintan’s GAA are the people behind this event and although it is replacing the country festival in Killag this year, the organisers of that event have told me they are holding their spot for the future. It was just a matter of not being able to come up with enough volunteers this year and I've heard a lot of events are experiencing the same problem. The racecourse is very central and easily accessible so it should go well. The good news is that the forecast is very good for the day. We had our dance floor at the Bannow & Rathangan Show and it turned out to be a great day weatherwise with a huge turnout. Well over double the expected attendance. Now I have heard from the committee that they are hoping to have a stage and a band or two next year, so even though that would mean I won't have my usual set up it will open the dance floor to everyone, similar to how Tinahely works. Unfortunately, my insurance restricts the usage of my floor. But, that's the way of the world now. And talking about the Tinahely Agricultural Show, we were there Monday August 1st. Our very own Tony, Theresa & The Stars and Stacy Breen got things going on the main stage while Stuart Moyles and Michael English finished it off in a fairly persistent rain. We still danced away and enjoyed every minute of it! On Sunday 31st July we had our floor in The Stradbally Steam & Vintage Day. It's one of the biggest steam events in the country and is run over two days. Declan Nerney put on a fabulous show for everyone. There are camping and caravan/camper facilities and it's quite easy to get in and out of. It's on a huge flat area and very well organised so between the Sunday there and Tinahely the next Dancing at Stradbally Steam Fair.

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It was a four-day event so I'm sure the Slaney News will be covering more of it in this issue. On Saturday 30th because we were setting up the floor in Stradbally there was no point in coming all the way back home so we headed to The Well in Moate. Probably the most well known dance venue in the country, especially among the Jivers. Johnny Brady and Derek Ryan with their bands were playing so you can imagine how busy it was. They had a DJ before and after which I wish they would do more of down our way. Bobby Jackman was ahead of his time really as he always used DJs while people were waiting for bands to start and while they were clearing up. There is really not much change on the social scene as regards any new venues starting up or closing. It does seem though that the gap is widening between smaller social dances and the bigger venues and the big band scene. It's hard to see the smaller dances recover to pre-pandemic numbers. I hope I'm wrong, but everything seems to be pointing to yet more of these dances finishing up and the ones left standing catering for the much smaller pool of social dancers that are left. One thing is for sure though, like it or hate it, Line Dancing and Jiving have become very very popular among the vast majority of dancers. They pay their tenner at the door the same as everyone else. They are the future of this dance scene and without them the future will be bleak. I say this not from a personal point of view, but from an observational one. If you are in any doubt, look at any dancefloor when the Slosh is played. Now Jimmy Buckley has a new song out called "Fiddle In The Band". Tony, Theresa & The Stars at The Tinahely Show.

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with Declan Flanagan When I heard the title I moaned and groaned and thought "here we go with another diddley-iddely fiddlely song that I've heard a thousand times before in one version or another". Michael English's "Joey On The Fiddle" was so lively it always went down well with the dancers. But, to my surprise, I actually really liked it. It's a real typical Americantype country, "rosin up your bow" song that Jimmy sings and I'm not sure anyone else could make it sound as good. The USA band Alabama originally released the song written by Murry Kellum & Dan Mitchell in 1984. The lyrics were, "If you want to play in Texas you gotta have a fiddle in the band" while Jimmy's version is "If you're going to play me country, you gotta have a fiddle in the band" with Donegal thrown in for good measure. Who changed it? Well Jimmy himself did, fair dues to him and I had to give my country music guru Ger Butler a call to find that out. Listening to both versions all the way through I'm actually amazed how so few word changes could make such a difference to a song. I'm wondering will Alabama be kicking themselves for not thinking it up first! So that's it folks for now. I forgot to say we had a great night in Drumphea Hall, Carlow, to Colm Bourke and, on that note, I again appeal to you all to support any live music you can. Even if it’s only to go and listen. Hopefully, see you all here in September for all the goings on in the dance scene, here in the Southeast. – Yours faithfully, Declan Flanagan

The Moonrockers in T.J. Murphy's new outdoor venue in Enniscorthy.

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The sun shone and the crowds streamed into the grounds of Rosslare Community and Sports Centre and Access for All Garden on Sunday 24th July for Summerfest 2022. Very excited children clambered onto the merry-go-round at the funfair. Crowds queued up for sizzling burgers from the Saucy Butcher. A few stood drinking pints at Sinnott’s popup bar. Some tasted wine at the Kelly’s Deli food tasting stand. The background was rock and heavy metal pumped out by DJ Ronnie Bent, from a big platform – a huge Roche juggernaut. There were dogs of all sizes in the best dog competition. The atmosphere was that of a happy carnival. For Maria Gore, the manager, and Val Boggan, the chairperson of the first Summerfest of the Rosslare Community Development Association, this was huge. It might not have been Glastonbury or Electric Picnic, but between those locals and visitors who came and went during the day from 11 to 6, there were 750-800 people there. The sun shone and young families crawled all over the grounds of the Rosslare Community and Sports Centre to do hip-hop dancing on a big board, sit around an open-air table being guided in painting or loll around on bales of straw placed strategically around the big Rosslare Strand Football Grounds. On the way into the Summerfest through the Access for All Garden, adults bought plants and flowers and books guided by Leola O’Reilly, Ann Mahon and Barbara Sheppard. Leola is an acknowledged national expert on flowers and plants. Maria Gore, Val Boggan, and women from the Women’s Shed, had created bunting that brought colour and the sense of fun to the whole event. They had been up at all hours during the week, and at 7am in the morning getting the place ready. Willie Ennis from Rosslare was MC for the Summerfest. He introduced acts on the Roche juggernaut platform, from Anne Crowe Fortune on guitar to the famous Furlong brothers of Taghmon, Thomas and Daniel, whose music the crowds could have listened to all day and all night. Summerfest Rosslare is already a must for hundreds of families from Dublin and Wexford and everywhere else for next time. – based on a report by Michael Freeman

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Rosslare Strand Summerfest in the grounds of Rosslare Community and Sports Centre and Access for All Garden

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Sunday, 24th July 2022 Above left: Cheese and wine sponsored by Kelly’s Hotel – not bad says Summerfest siblings Emer Pollard, Catriona Devereaux, Val Boggan (standing) and Shane Molloy. Above: The Saucy Chef Michael Healy doing the hot dogs at the Saucy Butcher Stand. Above right: Kia Hanley, Amron Jewellery, with customers including Nicola and Paula Keane. Left: Cousins Ollie Edwards and Louis Hore enjoying the merry-go-round. Right: The Nutty Professor with Willow and Tim Doyle. Below left: Enjoying the Summer Festival disco music. Below centre: Flowers in the garden, Ann Mahon, Barbara Sheppard and Leola O’Reilly. Below right: Sheila and Julie Higgins.

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Movie Review with Kyle Walsh  My daughter is at that age now where she has developed an interest in films, not as much as me, and perhaps she’s lucky as I’m just obsessed with the medium. So, with great privilege I’m now finding myself watching old classics – movies I loved while growing up, I hope my daughter will love these classics like I did. So far so good. We have watched The Goonies, Stand by Me, Indiana Jones, and the likes but the other night I introduced her to a movie that left a huge impression on me, for me it’s one of the greatest films ever made, directed by arguably the greatest film director that has ever lived. The film is simply known as Jaws. This movie was released in 1975 and became the first blockbuster in Hollywood. The first film to make over 100 million at the box office which is unbelievable for that era. People would queue around the block to get their ticket to watch the film. Same thing happened two years later for Star Wars. Jaws is 47 years old and I’ve watched it a thousand times. So when I turned it on for us the other night on bluray it’s unbelievable to say it still gets better with each viewing after all these years, which tells you everything you need to know. It’s a masterpiece in every way. The film is based on the Peter Benchley

going to become a household name all around the world. The film starred Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw. To have the three of them on screen is just amazing. So to the story of the film, which I’m sure ye all know by now, a killer shark is lurking in the waters of a resort called Amnesty. So local policeman Scheider decides that he and the two other characters go out on the ocean to track the shark and kill it. So the adventure starts and what an adventure.

book of the same name. The story goes that Peter found himself to be a struggling story writer. He was newly married and the bills were mounting up. Peter and his wife went to the beach for a few hours one day and while sitting on the sand looking out at the horizon over the big blue ocean an idea came into his head. He went home and started to write the book Jaws and his life changed forever. In the meantime, Hollywood had a talent on their hands that was ready to announce himself to the world with the right material. Let me introduce you to Steven Spielberg and the book Jaws. They fitted each other like a pair of gloves. History was about to change and Hollywood was about to have their first blockbuster and Spielberg was

There were lots of problems throughout the making of the film and the shark caused them a lot of headaches. But in the end they got it perfect. A few standouts for me would be the unbelievable score from John Williams, probably the greatest score to a film in film history. How would you ever forget the famous speech from Robert Shaw about the Indianapolis, still to this day it sends shivers down my spine. The end scene has Scheider looking at Jaws in a one-on-one situation and saying the famous words (smile you son of a bitch) well let me tell you I will always smile watching this movie. One of the all time greats. Never equalled. From the directing, editing, cinematography, music score, terror, the acting, this film is just the perfect mix. It gets a 10/10 from me. If somehow you never watched this film do yourself a favour and watch it as soon you can. Amazing film and I’m so happy to say the daughter loved it too! n

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Left: Musician Tom Murphy entertains the crowd. Above: Katie Kilcoyne. Above right: Cllr Lisa McDonald, Chairperson of Rosslare Municipal District and her dog Cooper, Dave and Tina Moloney and Verona Murphy TD.

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Kate and David Gaul, Brian and Eileen Parle.

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Top: Paula Devereux and Dog Dougie and Rebecca Foley and Dog Pip. Top right: Joe Ellard, Pat Doyle and Paddy Kenny. Above: Alya Hennessy, Clodagh Britton and Katie Kelly. Right: Taking part in the 6km Fun Run.

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Pat Doyle, Peter Plummer and Brian Marlo entertain with some Irish music.

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Joy to the world The 2022 Rose of Tralee Festival will take place in Tralee from 19th to 23rd August. This year will be its 61st. The two-night Rose of Tralee selection will take place in the Munster Technological University’s Tralee campus and will be broadcast live by RTÉ television. This year, Wexford is being represented by Ferns native Joy Quigley, a 26-yearold who works for herself as a Personal Trainer, Online Coach and Yoga Instructor. Joy is also currently studying for a Postgraduate Degree in Sports Science, specialising in The Science of Female Sport.

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Joy says, “Ferns is my home village and Enniscorthy my home town, and I am always so proud to support both in whatever way I can. I had the honour of representing this beautiful town as the Strawberry Queen in 2019. The experience allowed me to grow as an individual, so much so that I now very proudly represent the home of the Yellow Bellies as this year’s Wexford Rose in the Rose of Tralee Festival. Being an ambassador for Ferns, Enniscorthy and County Wexford is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope I can do ye all proud!” Best of luck Joy from the Slaney News and all in Co. Wexford. n

EnJOYing being the Wexford Rose.

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Castlebridge Show – ‘80 Years a Growing’

Castlebridge Horticultural & Agricultural Show Launch of their ‘80 Years a Growing’ souvenir programme took place in the Porter House, Castlebridge, on 28th July 2022. Above left: Cllr Maura Bell (Mayor of Wexford) and Jimmy Nolan (Chairman of Show Committee). Above right: Anne Murphy and Regina Kehoe at the launch. The Show takes place on Sunday 14th August.

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Above: Tractor Run in Glynn on Sunday 3rd July 2022 – the first time in three years, Tom Power and Jim Doyle. Right: Paul Moore and his dog. Below: Robert Hayes and his 70-year-old Ferguson 20.

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L-R: Matt White, Pat Butler, Paddy Hayes, Murt Rochford and Mick Rochford.

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Richard Furlong, David, David Snr and Nathan Moran.

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Above left: William, James and Marty Furlong. Above right: The three bosses at the check-in Megan Moran, Leanne Millar and Denise Furlong. Below left: Mick Brooks. Below centre: Ned Whelan. Below right: Patrick Furlong.

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Movie night at Enniscorthy Library Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying one of the new and innovative initiatives from our wonderful library service – Movie Night. Based on the historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is set in 1946 just after the war and tells the story of love, loss, and courage during the German occupation of Guernsey. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was formed as a cover for residents breaking curfew during the occupation and helped to keep a small group of literary minded people going through one of the darkest periods of their history when they were isolated from the outside world, occupied by a foreign power, and almost starved to death under Nazi rule. This beautifully written, nostalgic bestseller has sold over five million copies worldwide and its poignant story and magnificent Guernsey scenery lends itself delightfully to the big screen. The war is over, and author Juliet Ashton has writer’s block, but when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guern-

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sey, a total stranger who has come across her name written in a secondhand book, she enters into correspondence with him and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the Island, their love of books and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn by their words into their world, Juliet must see Guernsey for herself and

learn more about its war time happenings. She makes the decision to set sail for the Island, changing her life and her writing forever. A truly lovely film and very much enjoyed by all in attendance. Congratulations to Enniscorthy Library and staff and all I can say in the immortal words of Oliver Twist is ‘May we have some more please.’ – Maria Nolan

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The Enniscorthy / Clonroche combo, The Old Fogertys, are well known for their charity gigs and were at it again on 2nd July 2022 collecting money for Hospice at their Beatles’ tribute gig in Holohans. The band consists of regulars Eddie Crean, Richard King, Pat Murphy and Brendan Carty, with a young Fogerty helping out on keyboards on this occasion – Emma Murphy. And they were joined by many guest vocalists as usual. The band says, “Thanks to everyone who attended, donated, performed, worked the bar, helped with publicity and everything else. Yiz are only massive! We collected €1,526 on the night and have handed it over to the Hospice.” This is in addition to €600 collected prior to the original gig date which was postponed in 2020, as well as online donations. And the good news is that the band are threatening: “We’ll be back!” n Above left: L-R: Emma Murphy, Eddie Crean, Fintan Kelly (guest vocalist) and Richard King, with Brendan Carty on drums in the background. Above right: Nikki Cogley (guest vocalist). Below left: Paul O’Reilly (guest vocalist). Below right: Pat Murphy. Bottom left: Eddie Crean on vocals. Bottom right: Therese Canavan on duty. Pics: Veronica Murphy.

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Kilmore Seafood Festival

Kilmore Seafood Festival opening ceremony on 7th July 2022. Above left: Watching the parade were Olivia and Helen Lawton. Above centre: Peter Moran who been leading the parade in Kilmore for over 20 years. Above right: Happy that the parade is coming – young Jayden and Sofia Murphy. Right: Sophie, Measa and James Kitchin. Below left: Members of the Kilmore RNLI Crew before the parade, Joe Maddock, Aidan Bates and Victor Gore. Below right: Kilmore United before the parade.

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Above left: Kilmore Camogie Club. Above right: Chloe Walsh, Danielle Hernandez, Nevria Walsh and dog Luna.

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Lantern – keeping it lit The always busy team at Lantern in Wexford town have a great line-up of acts for their ‘Park Live’ shows at Min Ryan Park in Wexford on 19-21 August. Tickets from and


Above: The Stunning. Below: The Coronas. The 2 Johnnies.

HOLD THAT LINE Hold That Line, the new single from Enniscorthy’s Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance, was released on 24th June on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and all digital platforms. It is taken from the forthcoming album Republic of the Weird which will be released this autumn and will be the band’s second album, their first having been released to critical acclaim in 2020. Hold That Line is written and co-produced by Cursed Murphy, Dan Comerford and Johnny Fox, engineered and mixed by Johnny Fox and mastered by Fergal Davis. The cover shot is by Wexford photographer Kenny Ruttledge, with cover design by Rebecca and Olivia Gangnus. Check it out now on:

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10th Anniversary celebrations

The 10th Anniversary celebrations of Wells House and Gardens, Gorey, took place on 10th July 2022. Above: Kids having fun with the Pirate on the front lawn. Below left: Oscar and Joanna Frazirak meet Fairy Lizzy Byrne. Below centre: Train Ride at Wells House and in the powerhouse was traindriver Cathal Kinsella.

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Above: On the music stage were Mick and Donna Marie Cloke. Below: A family day out for Beth, Fiona and Millie Boland.

Left: Another name to add to the music scene is Michael, son of Mick and Donna Marie Cloke. Below left: Who had their face painted? Keith and Tara Power. Right: Enjoying the Train Ride were Corey, Vinnie and Danny Twyford.

Above: Garreth and Hannah Fitzgerald. Right: Enjoying his picnic was Ryan Watts.

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Launch of ‘Write By The Sea

Pictured at the launch of ‘Write By The Sea’ – the Kilmore Quay literary festival, on 22nd July, were back row L-R Anne Cousins, Sylvia Kehoe, Anne O’Brien, Derek Burke, Caroline Busher and Elena Winch. Front row L-R: Cllr Lisa McDonald (Chairperson Rosslare Municipal District), Theo Dorgan (who will open the Festival), Lucy Moore (Festival Chairperson) and Cllr George Lawlor (Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Council). ‘Write By the Sea’ is a boutique literary festival which takes place annually in attractive Kilmore Quay. This year’s event will take place from 23-25th September, with full details of the programme available on the website: All are invited to attend for a weekend of readings, conversations, workshops and interviews with some of Ireland’s most celebrated writers. The small and intimate nature of the festival allows plenty of opportunity to mingle, not just with fellow attendees, but with many of the writers and speakers too. A beautiful fresh seafood lunch, sourced by the local fishing boats, is served each day and is included in the ticket price.

Non-fish-eaters, vegans and vegetarians are also catered for with pleasure. So, why not avail of this unique opportunity to spend a day or a whole weekend feeding your mind, your body and your soul. TALKS, PANELS AND READINGS BY: Claire Keegan, Roddy Doyle, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Kevin Power, Lucy Caldwell, Ronan Hession, Nuala O’Conner, Liz Nugent, Sophie White, Emilie Pine, Roe McDermott, Rosaleen McDonagh and many more. SMALL INTIMATE WORKSHOPS FACILITATED BY: Fiona Sherlock, Caroline Busher, Adam Wyeth, Fiona Scarlett, and Simon Bourke. n Kathleen Tierney and Trish Devereux.

Pictured at the Launch of ‘Write By The Sea’ were Verona Murphy TD, Michael Freeman (Three Sisters Press) and Fintan Murphy.

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Pictured above at the Launch of ‘Write By The Sea’ were Rory Cassidy, Cllr Jim Codd and his son Shamie Codd. Right: Sasha Wilson and Anne O’Brien. Below: Cllr Lisa McDonald (Chairperson Rosslare Municipal District), Cllr Jim Moore and Annette O’Neill (Director of Services, Wexford Co. Council). Below right: Cllr George Lawlor (Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Council) and Michael Freeman (Three Sisters Press).

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Let’s throw some blue-sky thinking and some blue-sky money at the arts in Wexford, said Dr Noel Culleton at the launch of his book Classical Women, at Wexford Town Library, on 14th July 2022. Wexford Ambassador Anne Doyle, the TV celebrity and journalist, rowed in behind him as he addressed more than 150 people there. Michael Doyle of South East Radio was MC for the launch. Anne, a native of Ferns, said: “The days of artistry in the attic are gone. We now have a golden opportunity.” Her excellency and Noel were talking about the new South East Technical University (SETU). Coincidentally, the new president of SETU, Dr. Patrick Prendergast, is from Oulart which is across the fields from Ferns.

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Dr. Noel Culleton who was an external examiner to several colleges and universities throughout his career, said that the launch before an audience comprising leading politicians and decision-makers gave him a unique chance to express his hope for the new university that is coming to the town, and in particular the opportunity that the new university would give to the development of the arts.

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y thinking needed for the Wexford Verona Murphy TD, Cllr George Lawlor, the new chairman of Wexford County Council, and Cllr Maura Bell, the new mayor of Wexford were in the audience. Noel Culleton said: “We have more than enough Masters and PhDs being conferred every year. We have qualification inflation. Meanwhile, too many innately talented people are trying to make a living or trying to exist from busking or doing gigs or writing pamphlets that barely put bread on the table. They urgently need more basic training in their profession.” “Wexford is buzzing with the arts at the moment, but the arts are constrained and have limited chance to grow to their potential and expand. Well-designed courses in the arts sector would benefit not only students in Wexford but Wexford could also become a mecca for students from all over Ireland and the rest of the world. “To my mind, this new university, SETU, must be utterly imaginative and innovative. It must avoid becoming a carbon copy of other universities. “Let’s throw some blue-sky money at the Arts sector and invest in the future of writers, authors, poets, singers, musicians, performers, and composers. “Let’s foster specialists in animation, gaming, set design, acoustics, costume design, staging, sound and film engineering, production, event management, and social media and promotion. The arts are crying out for innovative approaches to the training of those entering the arts profession. "Let’s be ground-breaking in Wexford with the new university. Let’s help young artists in whatever field they’re interested in to not alone further learn their trade, but also train them to become entrepreneurs, innovators and self-sufficient business people, who are especially savvy in social media.” In the audience were writers, Mairead O’Gorman, author of Mr and Mrs Blue

Tit, Berna Boran, author of Shades of Integrity, Declan Lyons, co-writer of the memoir of RTÉ legend, Donncha Ó Dúlaing, Dr Mary Staines, author of a paper on her grandfather, the first Garda Commissioner Michael Staines, Phil Murphy, editor of the Ireland’s Own Anthology, and Paddy Whelan of Ballycullane, author of a new novel to be released soon. Anne Doyle quoted Michael Healey-Rae of Kerry who said, “What’s good for Kerry is good for Ireland.” She said: “What’s good for Wexford and each of the other thirty-two counties can be too!” “I particularly want to mention the beautiful illustrations in Noel Culleton’s book Classical Women. They really complement the book wonderfully and it’s lovely to know that young David Mahon, the illustrator, though he’s away at the moment [in Jakarta, Indonesia], will be

back soon. I’d like to send my congratulations to him and also congratulate his mother and his father.” “Of course, thank you to everybody in the Library – Jarlath Glynn and all the staff here, who have always made us so welcome.” She complimented musicologist and performer Maria Noelle Creevey, a native of Kilmore, for her advisory role in the book, John Gibney for his advice on design and Sam Sharpe of the printers W&G Baird for the ‘beautiful production’. After the launch, many of the attendance gathered at the iconic oasis and haven for writers, authors, musicians and actors in Wexford town – Dixies pub on the Quay. – Michael Freeman See photos from the launch on pages 90-91.

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Wexford artist and designer on display in the National Gallery As part of the public programme for the summer exhibition Giacometti: From Life, the National Gallery of Ireland welcomed Wexford artist and fashion designer Richard Malone to take part in an onsite artist residency for June and July 2022. For this in-depth project, Malone explored Giacometti: From Life and created a contemporary response to the artist’s life and work. A display of Malone’s artistic response to the work of sculptor Alberto Giacometti will be free for the public to visit from 4 August to 4 September 2022. The residency is in partnership with Arthaus Hotel, a boutique art-inspired hotel in the heart of Dublin. From Wexford and based in London, renowned designer Richard Malone said: “It’s been exciting to develop this onsite artist residency, reacting and engaging with the studio practice of Giacometti. Over the past year of planning, I have had many rewarding conversations with the Gallery’s Education and Curatorial teams, discovering exciting crossovers and synchronicities between our studio work, especially in relation to the body and form. This dedicated period of time has accommodated experimental and bold conversations, renegotiating the expected uses of studio space.” Through garment making, drawing, writing, textiles, weaving and performance, Malone often crosses the borders of rigidly defined artistic outputs. His work as an artist and designer has won numerous accolades and is held in some of the world’s most important collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum London and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints. It is co-organised by the National Gallery of Ireland and the Fondation Giacometti. Tickets are from €5, with free entry on Mondays before 1pm.

Giacometti: From Life runs at the National Gallery of Ireland until 4 September 2022. The exhibition displays more than 50 works by Alberto Giacometti including bronze and plaster

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If the cap fits... The Monageer community donned their artistic hats and completed and installed a bottle-cap work of art at Monageer Grotto last month, and it certainly adds a splash of colour to the area. The organisers are continuing to collect bottle caps for

another similar project but probably have enough red/blue/green – the milk bottle colours. But they do need more yellow, orange, pink, pale green, purple, and any other unusual colours that our readers may come across. You are asked to wash them before you donate them as it makes it much easier to handle them. All support is very much appreciated. Make contact through the ‘Monageer Grotto’ Facebook page. n

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTS CENTRES Wexford Arts Centre: 053-9123764. The Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy: 053-9233000 The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely: (0402) 38529

Creative Writing Masterclass for Adults with bestselling Author Caroline Busher, Gorey Library, 11th August at 7.30pm. Whether you are already writing a novel or want to know where to begin, Irish Times bestselling author Caroline Busher will give you her top tips for success. This workshop will consider the importance of setting, characterisation, plot, dialogue and how to build tension in writing. Participants will be given the opportunity to discuss their work and get advice on getting their work published. Booking essential. Call the library on 053 9483820. n

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Maria enthralls at Library reading

Local author Maria Nolan read from her latest novel, The Shadow of Freedom, at a public event in Enniscorthy Library on 21st July 2022. Maria would like to thank the library for the invitation and also thanks all who attended the event.

Above: Maria, centre front row, with her mother Maeve and Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Aidan Browne beside her. And colleagues from Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society behind.

The audience at the public event in Enniscorthy Library on 21st July 2022.

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Above: Trish Keenan, Enniscorthy Librarian, with Maria Nolan. Below: Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Aidan Browne with Maria Nolan. Left: Roisin Williams, Maria Nolan, Geraldine Mullett and Aisling Williams.

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Kennedy Summer School’s politics panel The New Ross Kennedy Summer School which is set to take place in New Ross this September 8th to 10th 2022, will host Prof Sarah Churchwell, John Feehery, Lise Hand and Royston Brady for its U.S. Politics panel. RTÉ’s Brian O’Donovan will moderate the panel discussion which sees Professor in American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Sarah Churchwell; columnist for The Hill, a partner at EFB Advocacy, a podcaster and blogger at The Feehery Theory and author John Feehery; journalist, broadcaster and regular contributor to current affairs Lise Hand; and U.S. hotelier and former Irish politician Royston Brady, join a discussion on the state of play in politics in the U.S. As always, this year’s summer school panel is an ideologically diverse panel of experts. Commenting on the Kennedy Summer School, U.S. politics panel Director Larry Donnelly says, “At the moment, the words of President Jimmy Carter’s White House Chief of Staff, Hamilton Jordan, have never rung more true: ‘The battle in American politics used to be for the middle. Now, it’s all about the building and the intensity of support on the far left and far right wings of both parties. And we have forgotten about the people here in the middle.’ In this less than ideal milieu, the panellists will debate the dominant policies and personalities, examine systemic issues and consider whether common ground can still be found in a nation that is undeniably, and

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some would say hopelessly, splintered along multiple fault lines.” Professor Sarah Churchwell directs the UK’s national festival of the humanities, the Being Human Festival. She is the author of Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream, Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby, and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, which in 2022 inspired a four-part CNN documentary narrated by Jessica Chastain. Her latest book is The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Myths of Modern America. She comments widely on arts, culture, and politics in print, television, radio, and film, and has judged many literary prizes, including the Man Booker Prize. She has been co-winner of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award, named by Prospect magazine one of the world’s Top Fifty Thinkers, and longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2021. Royston Brady is a US hotelier and former Irish politician. Born in Dublin, Brady rose to prominence as a member of Fianna Fáil. Elected to Dublin City Council in 1999, he served as Lord Mayor of Dublin from 200304. Locating to the United States in 2012, Royston recently became an American citizen. He lives and works in Florida. Lise Hand is a print journalist, broadcaster and regular contributor to current affairs programmes on national TV and radio, including Prime Time, The Week in Politics and The Today Show on RTÉ One, and a wide range of political and arts programmes on Radio One, Newstalk and Today FM such as Arena, The Hard Shoulder and The Last Word. Over the course of three decades, she has worked at a variety of national newspapers including The Sunday Tribune, The Sunday Independent, The Sunday Times, The London Times and The Irish Independent, covering everything from the arts to sport, fashion, features, current affairs and politics. John Feehery is a columnist for The Hill, a partner at EFB Advocacy, a podcaster and blogger at The Feehery Theory and a wellrespected political observer who spent 15 years working at the highest levels in the United States Congress. He has appeared on such television programmes as Real Time with Bill Maher, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. He is quoted regularly in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner and the Washington Times.

John Feehery Previously he was President of Communications and Director of Government Affairs for Quinn Gillespie and Associates, Washington, D.C.’s top public affairs firm. Feehery served as Executive Vice President for Global Government Relations and Global Public Relations for the Motion Picture Association of America. He also managed the communications operation for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. Feehery was the longestserving top spokesman to a Speaker of the House in the history of the House of Representatives. Before that stint, Feehery served from 1995 until 1998 as the Communications Director for Majority Whip Tom DeLay. Before becoming DeLay’s communications director, he served as the Whip office’s Chief Floor Assistant. Feehery serves as an official Observer to the International Fund for Ireland, an organisation dedicated to peace-building in the North of Ireland. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Capitol Hill Club. Hosts of guests join the Kennedy Summer School this year – United States Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin, the Irish American State Legislators’ Caucus, Minister Simon Harris, US politician and grandson of Robert Kennedy, Joe Kennedy, will join the event remotely, plus a host of politicians, political commentators and correspondents and leading global academics. The Summer School will have a focus on Russia and Ukraine, and on the 100th anniversary of Michael Collin’s death, and a discussion on Sustainable Futures and political impact. The 2022 Kennedy Summer School programme of events and tickets are now available online at or call St. Michael’s Theatre on 051 421255. n

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Enniscorthy Rockin' Food & Fruit Festival, Saturday 30th July 2022. Above left: Burger Chef Susan Murphy of M&M Meats, Rafter Street, Enniscorthy, going full blast to keep up with demand. Above centre: Finding some peace and quiet, Bridget Whelan enjoys her food. Above right: Orla Lambert, Caoimhe Kinsella and Maeve Murphy. Left: The Lynch family from Strabane, Anne, Connlaoch, Paddy and Daena Lynch. Right: Tayto with a difference! David O’Reilly and Hayley Dwyer.

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Enjoy coffee and a treat at the Hole in the Wall! The Hole in the Wall pub in Enniscorthy’s Market Square is now in the cafe business. Since 13th July it can provide customers with locally sourced, high quality coffee, sweets, treats and eats from 10am to 4pm daily. n

New sit-down Chinese restaurant to open in Enniscorthy town centre Work is ongoing behind closed doors at the River Restaurant premises in Market Square as the new owners, who have an established Chinese restaurant in Galway, are preparing to open probably at the end of August. The River Restaurant was previously run by the popular John and Margaret Morrissey for 27 years. They thank their loyal customers over those years and are delighted that the premises will continue to be a restaurant serving the people of Enniscorthy into the future. n

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Saltees Coast Hotel is situated in the heart of historic Kilmore Quay within walking distance of beaches, walking trails, and the harbour. This family-friendly hotel with its welcoming staff is now under new, local management, and is serving food seven days a week, 8am to 8pm, with great value steak nights on Mondays and Thursdays, and curry nights on Tuesdays. n

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The Enniscorthy Community Allotments (ECA) were officially opened on 30th July 2022. Delighted with the success of the allotments are L-R: Amanda Kearns, Irene Morris, Billy Murphy, Eddie and Rosie Wilson.

Plenty of political support for the Enniscorthy Allotments L-R: Cllr Jackser Owens, Cllr Aidan Browne (Cathaoirleach Enniscort Allotments), Cllr George Lawlor (Cathaoirleach Wexford Cou

The Enniscorthy Community Allotments (ECA) group was awarded funding in December 2021 and by 11th April 2022 the allotments was open, and growing had commenced on site. The ECA is made up of local people who grow their own fresh produce and aim to encourage biodiversity, organic and sustainable food growing, promote and encourage the practice and knowledge of horticulture among members and to build community spirit. To date, they have created 64 plots, 20 raised beds, and a polytunnel with 60 growing spaces and approximately 250 people use the allotments on a regular basis. What an incredible success story which has been acknowledged by RTE who filmed there recently and by the ECA group winning a top award in this year’s national Energia Get Ireland Growing initiative. n

L-R: Broadcaster and journalist Dan Walsh, Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cllr John O’Rourke.

L-R: Cllr Aidan Browne (Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District) and committee member of Enniscorthy Community Allotments with Tanya Nehaeva, Linda Tobin and Tanya Dobel. Ms Nevaeva and Ms Dobel are refugees from Ukraine and have a plot in the allotments.

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L-R: Cllr Aidan Browne (Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District) and committee member of Enniscorthy Community Allotments with Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Darcey Browne, Minister James Browne and Cllr Lisa McDonald, Chairperson LCDC (Local Community Development Committee).

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Addressing the attendees, above left: Cllr Lisa McDonald, Chairperson LCDC, and above right: Guest speaker, Dr Cara Daly, plant scientist.

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the end of the parade was The Irish Coast Guard. Above centre: Happily waiting for the parade. Above right: Cllr Maura Bell, Mayor of Wexford, opens the Festival watched by Chairman of Festival Gerry Kearns.

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Above left: Enjoying the Kilmore Seafood Festival opening ceremony. Above centre: Hurlers on parade. Above right: Bloco Garman Band. Below left: Kilmore AC on parade. Below right: Kilmore Quay ICA Guild.

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Mya opens new Italian coffee shop Best of luck to Mya with her new Italian coffee shop called La Barista situated opposite Enniscorthy Cathedral, and with great views of Vinegar Hill from the seats, both inside and outside, at the front window. Mya is originally from Croatia but has been living in Enniscorthy for the last six years and is still amazed by the warm welcome and frienship she has experienced here. Best of luck, Mya, with your new venture. n

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Feasibility Study Grants Feasibility Study Grants are designed to assist the promoter with researching market demand for a product or service and examining its sustainability. It includes assistance with innovation including specific consultancy requirements, hiring of expertise from third level colleges, private specialists, design 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: 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 application process, the new Agile Innovation Fund will allow companies to access up to 45% or 50% in support for product, process or service development projects with a total cost of up to €300,000.

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BD Enniscorthy (formerly Clearstream Technologies) celebrated its 25th Anniversary on 20th July 2022 with an outdoor food and entertainment event for staff. Above: Site Director Ger Reynolds (centre) with four members of staff who have been with the company for the last 25 years L-R: Kathleen Nolan, Anne Doyle, Bernie Higgins and John Murray. A fifth staff member, Louise Carley, has also served 25 years.

Enniscorthy’s biggest employer celebrates 25 years of success The BD (Becton Dickinson) plant in Enniscorthy recently celebrated 25 years of success in the town. Formerly known as Clearstream, BD is the largest employer in Enniscorthy with almost 500 staff spread over two buildlings on their campus at the Old Dublin Road. The business designs, develops and manufactures innovative and minimally invasive medical devices associated with various surgical procedures particularly in vascular intervention. The business is ever-evolving and its offering continues to diversify and enhance its reputation for excellence both within the BD community and worldwide. Its R&D section in Enniscorthy is headed up by local man Sean Wall.

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At a recent event to celebrate their first 25 years, the Slaney News was delighted to meet Ger Reynolds who is the Site Director and is a local man from Wexford town where he attended St Peter’s College. He is ten years at the Enniscorthy site starting as Manufacturing Manager before becoming Site Director (Director of Operations). Ger is confident that “as we look to the future we would expect that we will continue to be a success story here in Enniscorthy over the next 25 years”. Ger says that while many things have changed over the years, one aspect of the company that has remained constant is the quality of the people working there. At the celebratory event we met four staff members who have there for the whole 25 years – Kathleen Nolan,

Bernie Higgins, John Murray and Anne Doyle who were each presented with a gift from Ger Reynolds to acknowledge their commitment and service. The BD journey started in Enniscorthy in September 1996 when the first eleven staff went as a group to New York for training and then started making stents by hand in Enniscorthy in January 1997. Internationally, BD is now in 77 manufacturing sites in 50 countries worldwide employing 75,000 staff. Four of those sites are in Ireland: Dublin South, Drogheda, Limerick and Enniscorthy. The staff of BD are always active in supporting local charities including ‘Kit Out the Refuge’. Wexford Women's Refuge is delighted with this support which it receives from BD. n

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the intention of delivering the products to a wider audience

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Laura’s career first began in the hospitality industry, where she


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Since then, Wexford Home Preserves has gone from strength

quality control and food preparation, as well as a passion for

to strength and currently employs 14 staff at their premises in

customer service excellence. For some time she also worked in

New Ross. They produce a wide range of quality sweet and sa-

Bosch and Lomb in Waterford, where she built experience in

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In 2008, Laura and her husband decided they wanted to set up a business and were on the lookout for an opportunity. Tom’s aunt Ellen had a small scale cottage business creating jams in Our Lady’s Island, Wexford. The quality of the jam was

national Great Taste Awards three times and gold in the World Marmalade Awards. Laura and Tom also have appeared several times on national television, sharing the story of their business – on Nationwide and Local Heroes with Joe Duffy.

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Rosslare Europort – major works to commence later this year Every monthly issue of the Slaney News we seem to be reporting on positive news for Rosslare – a new ferry service, new infrastructure for the port, etc, and this issue is no exception! Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne TD has confirmed that the government is prioritising the redevelopment of Rosslare Europort. Works related to the redevelopment of the port are expected to get underway before the end of 2022. In December 2021, Minister Browne and government colleagues confirmed that the OPW will develop new infrastructure at Rosslare Europort on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the HSE. The border control post, known as Terminal 7 at Rosslare Europort, will consist of 19 buildings, associated enabling works and an access road. The redevelopment includes a new Garda station, agriculture inspection facilities and customs posts. “My government colleagues and I are eager to see redevelopment works at

Rosslare Europort get underway. Since the pre-tender process got underway in January 2022, the OPW now expects to issue the tender documentation to the market in the third quarter of this year. Once this stage has been completed, the OPW intends to complete the procurement process and commence works by the end of 2022. “The works serve as a major investment in a border control post at Rosslare Europort to facilitate East/West trade through

the port. The volume of traffic using the port since Brexit has increased. The redevelopment works involve the replacement of a number of state buildings. “Using funding from the EU’s Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund, the works will develop Rosslare Europort as a strategic port for our country, and my government colleagues will continue to prioritise the construction of this state of the art border control post”, Minister Browne concluded. n

Minister impressed by Wexford LEO On the conclusion of his recent visit to Wexford County Council’s Local Employment Office (LEO), Damien English, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, said: “I am delighted to be here in Wexford today and to meet with so many enterprising individuals and to learn about their businesses. I am always impressed with the diversity of business that engages with our various LEO teams all around the country. And Wexford can be proud of their local business community; with its biotechnology firms, not-for-profit network of food producers, cuttingedge cosmetic manufacturers and advanced medical products for the global medical device industry, the range of entrepreneurial spirit here in Wexford is truly inspiring. The willingness of businesses to grasp opportunities is vital in ensuring regional growth and job creation. Through the LEOs, and other agencies and supports, the Government will continue to support innovation and ambition in our business community to ensure that our economy will continue to grow and thrive.” n

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Minister Damien English’s visit to the Local Enterprise Office, Wexford, on 30th June 2022. L-R: Minister English, Breege Cosgrave (Acting Head of Enterprise at Wexford LEO), Cllr George Lawlor (Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council), Eamonn Hore (Deputy Chief Executive Wexford Co. Council). Pic: Mary Browne.

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Wexford’s Lord Leroy bids to become the ‘Nose of Tralee’! Lovely Lord Leroy, from Castlebridge, is in the running to become the Nose of Tralee but he needs your help! 1,500 dogs were entered for this year’s competion – the ninth year it has been run. That number has now been whittled down to the last 32 – one for each county and Sinead Ryan’s entry, Lord Leroy, is the Wexford representative. Lord Leroy is described as “Vizsla/Weimeraner with a dash of German-pointer”.

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The Rosslare Strand Summerfest was held on 24th July in the grounds of Rosslare Community and Sports Centre and Access for All Garden. There was a great turnout of dogs and their owners on the day for the dog show including... Above left: Nicole Barry and Alo. Above centre: Ethan Carroll, Liam and Alfie Fay with dogs Sun and Orloe. Above right: Charlie and Jagger with their owners Gavin Freeman and Thomas Wall.

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VET DIARY FOR AUGUST It’s the beginning of August and it seems like this year is just screaming by! To be fair it has been a pretty good Summer weather wise, warm temperatures, beautiful days and enough rain to keep the plants growing and the farmers happy. Summer is a time of celebration, of people coming together for everything from family gatherings, BBQs, beach parties to festivals. Enniscorthy has just had the Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival and wow was it good. The place was thronged both day and night and it was a tonic to see it so well supported and to be such a success. To make such a feat happen takes huge organisation, commitment and dedication by people volunteering their time and energy into something that has no monetary reward. It takes months and years of planning to make these events happen and these unsung heroes go about their work with passion, vision and enthusiasm that inspires awe in us all. To one and all who made this weekend happen, a huge thank you and I take my hat off to these people who brought so much fun and life to the town for the weekend. Heroes come in all sizes and shapes and one such hero is a cat named Sidney that came to us acutely ill, which transpired to be kidney disease. It's a serious malady

with Joe Kavanagh of the Moyne Veterinary Hospital

and can be fatal. We kept him in the vet hospital on a drip with the appropriate meds and slowly but surely this little soldier started to pick himself up off the floor as they say and bit by bit began to eat a little, drink some more, enough to warrant sending him home to his very attentive owner. He came back regularly and within a relatively short space of time he got himself back into his normal routine... plus a strict diet of special Renal foods. We took bloods to see how he was doing recently to follow up on earlier ones and I'm very happy to say he's done extremely well and is almost back to normal levels. Sidney is one of these no-nonsense, give-memy-space type of guys and tolerated us very well with all the drips, blood tests, prodding him with needles, catheters and although he wasn't always happy about it he warms our hearts with his gutsy resilience and will to live. On another happy note, we're delighted to announce the arrival of three new vets to the practice – Daragh, Alanna and Darren. It’s an injection of young blood enthusiasm and energy to help bring the practice to new heights and brave new frontiers. We wish them well. And to you our customers, thank you for all the great loyalty and support the practice enjoys each day. n

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

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

SUZUKI SWACE Suzuki has launched a series of new models in Ireland this year, expanding into new segments and building their hybrid portfolio. The Suzuki Swace has just gone on sale in Ireland this summer and is the Japanese brand's first ever estate car. Built as the result of a collaboration with Toyota, the new Swace shares a lot with the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports. Priced from €30,995, there's just one version of the Swace on sale in Ireland and it comes very well-equipped. The Swace is a sleek and good-looking estate. The position of the Suzuki badge on the bonnet flanked by LED head-

lights and daytime running lights gives the car a high-tech look. There's also a big glossy black mesh grille. Other standard features include fivespoke 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, body-coloured door handles, and rear privacy glass. At the back, the rear bumper gets a glossy black tip. Inside, everything from the steering wheel to the dashboard, switchgear and infotainment comes from the Corolla. That's no bad thing as the design and quality of the Swace's interior does feel a step up from other cars in the Suzuki range. The touchscreen and

digital instrument cluster are borrowed from the Corolla too. The touchscreen comes as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which means you can avoid the dull interface of the native system. The Swace is only sold in one trim level and the good news is that it comes loaded with comfort features including dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, driver’s seat electric lumbar support, radar cruise control, reversing camera and push button start. The Swace has a lot to offer anyone

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Slaney mOtOring looking for a practical family car. The cabin is bright and spacious with good headroom and legroom in the rear for a compact estate car. The rear bench can even seat three in reasonable comfort with enough legroom for all three passengers. There’s also separate ventilation controls in the back and Isofix anchors on the two outer seats.

under hard acceleration. Instead the Swace hybrid is more suited to a gentler pace, where you can enjoy this car for being a comfortable cruiser.

Interior The boot offers a lot of flexibility with a low sill, two position floor with reversible waterproof side, and 596 litres of space. That's just 40 litres less than the Skoda Octavia Combi. You can use the two position floor to create a flat loading sill or place it in the bottom of the boot to maximise the space available. Another handy feature is the switches in the boot to let down the rear seats, expanding the load carrying abilities to over 1600 litres.

pressive economy figures. There's a modest 122hp sent to the front wheels through a CVT automatic gearbox. It's a petrol-electric hybrid that doesn't require you to plug it in and charge it. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres, and that included some motorway runs. It's one of the most efficient cars I've driven in a while.

The Suzuki Swace has the advantage of being a fuel-sipping hybrid. It uses the same 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain as the Toyota Corolla and can return some im-

On the road the Swace is a steady and reliable drive. The automatic transmission makes it all rather effortless though the CVT gearbox can get noisy


NCT Preparation – Repairs – Timing Belts Clutches – General Servicing – Etc No job too big or too small NCRS, Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy (opposite Cooney Furlong / Gala) Tel: 086-8299431 – 053 9233033 – Email:

Suzuki has added a new SCross and Vitara Hybrid to the Suzuki range. The Swace is a brand new model and very accomplished. If you love Suzukis, you'll definitely enjoy this new addition to the range because it really has some of the best quality and design wearing a Suzuki badge. The Swace has broad appeal and certainly offers a good value alternative to an SUV in a sleek and stylish estate car with a big boot. Model tested: Suzuki Swace SZ-T Price: €30,995 Engine: 1.8-litre petrol electric hybrid Power: 122hp Torque: 142Nm Top speed: 180km/h Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.1 seconds CO2 emissions: 103g/km Motor Tax: €190 per year n


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One of several presentations made by Minister James Browne at the Moyne Rangers 50th anniversary dinner dance, Riverside Park Hotel, on 30th July 2022.

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Astro Active Summer Camps The Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy, has some spaces left on its two remaining summer camps – see notice opposite. Book online at: or book over the phone: 053 9236678. Full payment required at time of booking. n

Intermediate Ladies All-Ireland Final Well done to the Wexford Ladies on reaching the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Final on Sunday July 31st in Croke Park where they were very narrow losers to Laois on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-11 having fought back courageously from a ten-point deficit at one stage in the second half. n

2 REMAINING SUMMER CAMPS: Week 3: 15th-18th August (4 day camp €60) or €15 per day. Week 4: 22nd-26th August (5 day camp €70) or €15 per day. Camps run daily 10am-3pm for ages 5-11 years only

Rapps reach the semi The Rapps’ seniors battled it out to the bitter end on 31st July with only 14 men on the field to secure the narrowest of victories (2-13 to 1-15), and a place in the county semis, defeating opponents Faythe Harriers in a hard, tough, competitive game that could have gone either way. n

Remembering publican John Doyle

Roanna Hawk which won the recent John Doyle Memorial Unraced Stake at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track pictured with her connections and with Anne Ryan representing Doyle’s Pub third from left. Pic: Brendan Kirwan.

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Anne shines at world championships Last month Slaney Olympic athlete Anne Gilshinan added to her list of incredible success as she won two gold medals at the World Masters Championships in Tampere, Finland. Anne says, “I feel lucky, privileged, and grateful to have the health and strength to be able to compete at world level. I secured gold in the 800m and also gold in the 1500m. Going into the championships as the current world record holder was a pressure in itself and I was delighted to be able to deliver on the world stage. My preparations were far from ideal having contracted covid in early April.” Winning a World Championship gold medal is very much a team effort and Anne feels blessed with the team behind her including “my great friend and coach Rich Burns, his knowledge, coaching skills, and kindness are second to none. Rich was able to get me into race condition within the constricted time available’. She also thanked Star Geoghegan and Realta Clinic and her husband Keith, her two children Danika and Jake, and friends Madeline O’Rourke, Johnny Doyle, and Kevin Cogley, “who are always there for me and help in every way they can. Also thanks to... my club Slaney Olympic, for their continuous messages of encouragement and good wishes.” n

Anne Gilshinan of Slaney Olympic with her two world championship gold medals.

Moyne Rangers Dinner Dance Moyne Rangers 50th anniversary dinner dance, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, 30th July 2022. Two of the presentations on the night of the Dinner Dance: Festus and Lydia Ebosele with the presentation to acknowledge Festy’s connection with Moyne Rangers and the Republic of Ireland senior team. John Peare with the presentation to the Men’s first team for winning the Premier League in 2019. n

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Enniscorthy Community College graduation ball

Enniscorthy Community College Graduation Ball gathering at Enniscorthy’s Waterfront Leisure Centre on 29th July 2022 before heading to Swords, Co. Dublin, for their special night. Above left: Nadine Page and Brian O’Leary Carr. Above right: Cherie Kirwan and Emin Aksoy. Above far right: Darragh Walsh and Breanna Sludds. Right: Elizabeth Rollo, Thalia Liersch and Dom Almonaityte.

Moyne Rangers Dinner Dance Lots of style at the Moyne Rangers 50th anniversary dinner dance held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, on 30th July 2022. The club would like to thank the staff of the Riverside Hotel, members of the Holy Show band, James Ward and all the sponsors who provided prizes for the raffle and the table sponsors who contributed to making it a great night for all who attended. n

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National Heritage Week 2022 takes place from the 13th to the 21st of August. This year the focus is on biodiversity and sustainable heritage. Groups can organise events or submit a digital project in celebration of our built, cultural and natural heritage. This year’s heritage week celebrates the full return of in-person events as well as continuing with digital heritage projects which attracted so many new people to National Heritage Week over the last two years. The Heritage Council invites individuals, communities and organisations to develop Heritage Week in-person events and / or digital projects. The overarching theme for National Heritage Week 2022 is sustainability and organisers are asked to consider sustainable heritage in all its forms. Organisers are also invited to explore biodiversity through events and / or projects. Last year more than 1000 heritage projects were organised and shared on the National Heritage Week website. ____________________________________ Some events listed this year for Enniscorthy: Woodbrook House: Botanical Drawing Painting Workshop, 13 August, 3pm7pm, Woodbrook House, Killann, Enniscorthy, Y21 TP92. Talented Italian botanical artist Giulia Canevari makes a welcome return to beautiful Woodbrook House to host a botanical drawing/painting workshop on August 13th as part of Historic Houses of Ireland's Heritage Week programme. Nestling beneath the Backstairs Mountains near Enniscorthy in County Wex-

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ford, Woodbrook dates back to the 1770s and is the home of Giles FitzHerbert and his family. The workshop will take place in the chapel.

The afternoon is free of charge but seminar seats are limited and must be booked in advance. ____________________________________

Please contact Woodbrook to book: 053 9255114 (landline) 087 6402182 (mobile) ____________________________________

Open Day at Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground, 13 August, 10am-3pm, Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground, Woodbrook, Killann, Enniscorthy, Y21 TP92.

Monksgrange Heritage Open Afternoon, 21 August, 2pm-5pm, Monksgrange House, Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Y21 PT85. A one-hour guided tour with personal commentary by Jeremy Hill on the heritage of landscape and garden at Monksgrange will start at 2.00pm. Outdoor footwear is suggested. You will hear about the role of landscape trees, admire the oaks of the original avenue planted in 1750 and the hear about design principles of the later curved avenue and the importance of a ‘burst.’ The influence of the Edwardian Arts and Crafts garden designers Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens and their use of vernacular, natural materials for the construction of drystone walls, stone-flagged terraces and paths, semi-circular steps and sunken gardens will be discussed during the walk. At 3.30 a seminar will be presented in The Gallery. Anthony Hobbs will present the Edward Richards-Orpen Memorial Trust 2022 Annual lecture: The photography of historian Goddard Orpen (18521932). Archivist Lesley Whiteside will present an update on the latest news from Monksgrange Archives including the installation of a made-to-order storage chest for the map collection. The acquisition of this chest has been supported by a 2022 Heritage Council grant.

Woodbrook House is a large listed family home in Co Wexford. In 2012, it commenced the first natural burial ground in Ireland. It is holding an open day at the burial ground on August 13th as part of Historic Houses of Ireland's Heritage Week project. It will be attended by Colin McAteer, director of the burial ground, and by Harry McGrenaghan of Green Coffins Ireland who will showcase the making of an Irish willow coffin. Eventually, the natural burial ground will become a piece of woodland of Irish native trees. Also present will be Giles FitzHerbert, owner of Woodbrook House, who has long been interested in promoting sustainable ideas and projects and who hosted a major eco festival, the Irish Green Gathering, at Woodbrook in 2007 and 2008. Also on display will be a prototype compost toilet designed by Octavian FitzHerbert. The Open Day will run from 10am to 3pm. ____________________________________ To find out more about events happening all over Co. Wexford, check out There are plenty of events throughout Co. Wexford for everyone to enjoy. n

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Wexford museum’s national award The Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle Estate in Wexford celebrated a major award last month.

July 13 having achieved official accredi-

13 museums nationwide were honoured at a ceremony in Kilkenny Castle on 13th

(MSPI). Established to promote profes-

tation under the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland sional standards in museums, selection

under the MSPI is a major accolade with accredited museums considered to have attained excellence across a range of areas. Congrats to all at Johnstown who contributed to this success. n

Pictured accepting the award is Peter Miller, Chairman of the Irish Agricultural Museum; Matt Wheeler, Curator, Irish Agricultural Museum, Irish Heritage Trust; Dr. Emma O’Toole, Collections & Interpretation Manager, Irish Heritage Trust and Martina Malone, Chairperson of the Heritage Council of Ireland.

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Ballycarney Development Group hosted a lovely 'Know Your Neighbour' coffee morning in the Old Post Office in Ballycarney last month. What a beautiful building to have available for the local community.

Join us on the Green Area behind Westgate Tower/Heritage Centre Guided Walking Tours of Town Wall with Monica Crofton at 12pm and 3pm from Westgate Centre

Other Events from 1pm to 5pm Weaponry & Combat Displays, Living History Tents & Craft Displays with Fingal Living History Society. Striking Viking Coins and Falconry Display with the Irish National Heritage Park. Baya The Storyteller, The Big Dig Workshop, School of Irish Archaeology, Shield Painting, Face Painting, Children’s Art Competition, Music by Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas.

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Bringing history to life in Enniscorthy

Enniscorthy Historical Walking Tours In conjunction with

Supported by Enniscorthy and District Chamber and Wexford County Council, Fintan Kelly will be running historic walking tours of Enniscorthy for the month of August on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am and 2.30pm. There are a limited number of places per tour, and each tour will finish with a bus journey to Vinegar Hill. This is a chance to see Enniscorthy in a way you’ve never seen it before. Contact Fintan through his Facebook page or call or text him on 087 6756993 to book your place today! Private tours are also available. The multi-talented Fintan has recently qualified as a speech and drama teacher from the University of West London. “So anyone looking for drama classes locally hit me up!”, says Fintan. And as if that isn’t enough happening for Fintan at present, his newly written play Farsiders will be directed by him at The Presentation Arts Centre in Enniscorthy running from 23rd to 27th August with a special premiere night on Tuesday 23rd August in memory of Joe Doyle, starting at 7pm with a drinks reception, and all proceeds going to Cystric Fibrosis Ireland, Wexford Branch. n

History talk in Enniscorthy Library Heritage Week Talk: The 1919-23 period in Co. Wexford as documented in the holdings of Wexford County Archive on Thursday, August 18th, at 7pm. Join Gráinne Doran, Archivist with Wexford County Council, for a talk showcasing the extensive range of primary source materials relating to the Decade of Centenaries (1912-23) in Wexford County Archive. This illustrated talk will focus on some of the key documents, photographs and artefacts from collections in Gráinne's custody, and employ them to narrate and portray this turbulent period in our county’s history. Booking essential, phone 053 9236055. n

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am and 2.30pm Private Tours also available on request. Contact Fintan on 087 675 6993

The building stones of Enniscorthy Heritage Week Event: The Shopper’s Guide to the Geology of Enniscorthy. A talk with Dr Jonathan Derham, EPA, on Thursday, August 11th at 7pm. The Building Stones of Enniscorthy – millions of years in the making. This talk will take you through some of the fascinating stone that has been used to construct the different buildings in Enniscorthy. How volcanoes, floods, deep oceans, ancient coral reefs, earthquakes and glaciers shaped the locality and left us with the landscape we see around us and the material in our buildings. Bring your favourite stone and Jonathan will tell you a story about it! Booking essential, phone 053 9236055. n

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Flood relief for some Many people in Enniscorthy were casting an envious eye up the road to Arklow last month as Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), welcomed An Bord Pleanála’s approval for the Arklow Flood Relief Scheme. Minister O’Donovan said: “Coming almost one year to the day after I visited Arklow to familiarise myself with the proposed flood relief scheme there, this is very welcome news indeed. First and foremost, for the owners of the 637 homes and 141 businesses in the town for whom the scheme will mean protection from the kinds of flooding events we have witnessed here repeatedly in the past twenty years. But also for our partners in Wicklow County Council and the engineering consultants with whom the OPW has been working closely over

many years to assess and develop a scheme for the Avoca River which is viable, cost effective and sustainable. The estimated €28 million investment by the OPW will protect the town of Arklow against both coastal and river flooding once completed.” The defence system includes a plan to deepen the river as well as the introduction of new debris and gravel traps in order to improve conveyance. It also includes elements to enhance the public realm, strengthening works to the existing quay walls and Arklow Bridge, the construction of floodwalls, glass panelling and an embankment as barriers against flood risk. Wicklow County Council will act as lead authority in delivering the scheme, with full funding and support provided by the OPW under the Capital Flood Relief Programme. n

On 20th July 2022, Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), announced funding approval for demountable flood gates and barriers at Bridgetown, Co. Wexford. Wexford County Council’s application for funding under the Office of Public Works’ Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme was successful. Under the scheme, the Office of Public Works (OPW) has approved funding of €157,770 to provide demountable flood gates and barriers on affected properties at Bridgetown. Minister O’Donovan saw the effects of flooding on the community last Christmas when he visited the village on St Stephen’s Day to meet with officials and engineers from Wexford County Council and hear at first hand about the extent of the damage caused.

Low water pressure being tackled in parts of Enniscorthy Irish Water customers on Redmond Street, Ross Road and Duffy Hill will all benefit from a backyard service replacement project over the coming weeks. The existing ageing backyard water mains will be decommissioned, new service connections installed, and 220 metres of new water mains constructed along the public road. Irish Water’s Programme Delivery Lead, Joe Carroll, explained the benefits of the works, “Ageing pipework is a significant source of leakage which in turn causes a reduced level of service for our customers. Detecting and repairing leaks in these old backyard service connections can be very difficult. By replacing the mains and installing new connections residents will have a more reliable supply.” The works will put a stop to high levels of treated drinking water lost into the ground. Shareridge Limited, carrying out the works, will contact each customer to discuss surveys to assess the current water connection arrangement.

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Customers with questions about the project can call Irish Water on 1800 278 278 or contact us on Twitter @IWCare. For further updates please see the Irish Water website

The essential works may require some short-term water outages, but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water outage. Traffic management may be required where water mains are being constructed but local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. “We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient, but we assure local residents that every effort will be made to minimise disruption,” said Joe.

Irish Water is working with local Authorities across the country to reduce leakage and provide customers with a more reliable water supply. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was 38% and now Irish Water are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030. Since 2018, Irish Water has invested more than €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the Leakage Reduction Programme, and are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030 fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply. For more information on the Leakage Reduction Programme please visit n

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Incentives to buy electric vehicles  Up to €5,000 towards the purchase of new battery electric vehicles (BEVs). A grant eligibility price cap of €60,000 applies.  Up to €600 to install a home charger unit for new and second-hand BEVs or PHEVs.  VRT relief of up to €5,000 for BEVs until the end of 2023.  BEVs qualify for the lowest tax band of motor tax at €120 per annum, while a PHEV is typically taxed at circa €170 per annum.  Tolling reductions of 50% for battery electric vehicles and 25% for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.  BEVs qualify for a 0% Benefit-in-Kind rate up to €50,000 without mileage conditions. This will be extended out to 2025 with a tapering effect on the vehicle value. This measure will take effect in 2023. For BIK purposes, the original market value of an electric vehicle will be reduced by €35,000 for 2023; €20,000 for 2024; and €10,000 for 2025. A full list of grants and incentives available for electric vehicles is available on: a-electric-vehicles/ n

O'CALLAGHANS CENTRA, ENNISCORTHY – TACKLING UNSUSTAINABLE PACKAGING At the end of July, Centra nationwide announced new sustainable deli packaging changes, like compostable sandwich wrapping paper, as part of its commitment to eliminate, reduce and replace unsustainable packaging. O’Callaghan’s Centra, The Shannon, Enniscorthy, looks forward to its deli packaging becoming 92% sustainable by end of 2022, and playing its part in diverting over 234 tonnes of waste nationwide from landfills, and to being 100% sustainable by 2025. n

These six ‘R’s can save our planet! Refuse single use plastics (bags, cups, etc) Rethink your choices Reuse as much as possible Repair before you replace Recycle all packaging and plastic bottles Rot all your organic stuff and put it back into the soil n

Barn Owl Survey talk Heritage Week Event: The Barn Owl Survey of Co. Wexford Date: Saturday, August 13th. Time: 11am. Venue: Enniscorthy Library. Suitable for families. Join John Lusby of Birdwatch Ireland for an informative and engaging talk on the ongoing Barn Owl Survey of Co. Wexford. The survey has been commissioned by Wexford County Council with funding from the Local Biodiversity Action Fund of the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government and Wexford County Council. Book your place by phoning 053 9236055. n

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Conserving water this summer Irish Water is asking the public in Wexford to be mindful of their water usage due to increased domestic and commercial demand during the busy summer period. There are lots of helpful tips for conserving water on These include leaving the hose and the pressure washer in the shed; not using paddling pools; reusing household water for the garden; and taking shorter showers. Conservation Calculator: Last month, Irish Water launched the online Conservation Calculator. Research commissioned by Irish Water showed that over half of Irish households (53%) admitted to wasting water, even though some eight in ten (78%) know it is important to take steps to conserve it. The Conservation Calculator, which will assist households across the country to assess their water usage habits and find out how much water they are saving on a daily basis. It also offers useful and practical tips on how to reduce water usage and track their progress. The free tool was developed in response to research which shows consumers want additional tools to assist them conserve water and is available at n

Sustainable Enniscorthy – welcome on board Attendees at the Sustainable Enniscorthy public meeting on 20th June 2022.

The Slaney News is delighted that the Sustainable Enniscorthy group has come on board with a new monthly column in our magazine. See the first column on page 13. If you would like to get involved in Sustainable Enniscorthy and to be kept informed about its initiatives, please follow on

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“You don’t need to be a climate expert for your opinion to be valued; we want to hear from as many people as possible. This will shape the next Climate Action Plan.” The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, last month launched ‘Climate Conversation 2022’. People across the country are invited to have their say on how we can all play our part in securing our sustainable future. Climate Conversations 2022 will feed into, and shape, the next iteration of the Climate Action Plan. An online questionnaire is now open, where people can give their views on shopping; reuse and recycling; food and food waste; heating our homes and sustainable living; our local environment; and climate change. People can also have their say on how actions in these areas by individuals, communities and Government can help us realise this ambition of becoming a carbon-neutral society. Submissions close on 9 September 2022. Commenting on the launch of Climate Conversation 2022, Minister Ryan said: “Reaching our ambitious climate goals will require changes to many aspects of our lives including our homes and workplaces, how we power and heat them, how we travel, how we grow our food, how much waste we create, and how we manage that waste.

“Everyone, including Government, communities, industry and individuals, will need to work together to make Ireland carbon-neutral for a sustainable future. That’s why it’s so important for people to have their say on how we can all contribute to this ambitious goal, how it will affect their lives in practical ways and importantly how we, as a Government, can engage, enable, and empower people to adapt and realise the opportunities this transition presents. We have made significant progress on Climate Action Plan 2021, but we have a huge task to bridge the gap between where we are now, and where we need to get to by 2030, and 2050. “Stark greenhouse gas emissions projections, released recently by the EPA, underpin the urgency and importance of taking decisive action, not just for individuals and business but across Government. Inaction in any sector now will simply create a greater burden, for us all, in the years ahead.” You don’t need to be a climate expert: The Minister added: “Becoming a climate-resilient society and economy will help us to cope with the impacts of a changing climate. Hearing from people from across the country in different age

groups and in different locations means that we can support positive climate action steps – steps that people will be able to take. You don’t need to be a climate expert for your opinion to be valued; we want to hear from as many people as possible. All of this will feed into ongoing work on Climate Action Plan 2023.” Taking part and having your say: Citizens and communities can visit the Climate Conversation portal and share views on our collective goals, what has been achieved, and what more could be done to support communities on climate action. The Climate Jargon Buster is designed to help, as people read through the content and questions. Climate Conversation 2022 is being conducted in line with strict data protection rules, and for this reason is open only to those over 16. Under 16s will be consulted through focus groups and representatives from the National Youth Assembly on Climate. Have your say at: de7f-climate-conversation-climate-action-plan-2022/ n

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BLACKWATER VINTAGE CLUB TRACTOR RUN ON 10TH JULY 2022 Above: Annette Bolger. Below: Getting the cup of tea Mary Cullen and Paddy Kenny before the tractor run. Above right: Kathleen Leacy.

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Catherine Cullen with all the mod cons in her John Deere 6155R tractor.

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Above: Local tractor man Pat Doyle. Below: Jane O’Reilly, Joshua, Jack and Sinead O’Reilly. Bottom: Noel O’Reilly and Vincent Roche.

ve left: John Redmond and Stephen elly. Above right: Mick Gray, Paul he and Jim Kelly. Below: P.J. Leacy with his grandad George Leacy.

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Paddling up the Slaney It’s always great to see Susan and her team at out on the river Slaney in Enniscorthy giving kayak lessons, acompanied by Susan’s dog – the appropriately named ‘River’! The Slaney is a much underutilised asset in the town, so wouldn’t it be great to see others making more use of the river also for recreational purposes? n offering ‘come and try sessions’ during the Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival.

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