Slaney News, Issue 142, March 2022

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One of the first signs of normality returning to Co. Wexford last month was the successful holding by Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club of their Presentation Night Dinner Dance in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on 19th February. Pictured are Joe Kelly and Erin Fortune enjoying the occasion. See more photos of this event on pages 86 and 87 inside.

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

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comment Welcome to the March issue of the online-only Slaney News. In terrible news for Enniscorthy, word is filtering through to us as we are about to publish this issue, that the long awaited Enniscorthy Flood Defence Scheme has been rejected by the Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform on environmental grounds. It now looks like the scheme will have to go back to the OPW and Wexford County Council for amendment in order to try and meet the environmental criteria. If these criteria can be met, the scheme can be resubmitted as funding remains in place. So the questions are – can the scheme be successfully amended to satisfy the Department and its environment consultants, and if so, how long will all of this delay the commencement of the scheme? No doubt this story will feature heavily on our Facebook page over the coming days and in our April issue. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Looking ahead.... Enniscorthy will host a new and exciting summer festival based on a number of existing festivals amalgamating to form one super festival offering top class food, music, and children’s entertainment. This new festival will be called the Rockin’ Fruit & Food Festival and is scheduled to take place from Friday 29th July to Monday 1st August. More details in our future issues. Looking behind...The Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy is looking back over the first ten years of its existence as an arts centre serving the town and the surrounding area. The Centre is digging into its archives and sharing photos from its past events and exhibitions on its Facebook page. Check it out at: –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Enniscorthy St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be going ahead this year on Thursday, 17th March 2022. See pages 18-19 for further details. Parades will also be taking place in other parts of the county. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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 over 8,000 Likes. And, of course, if you like our new online format please spread the word so we can grow our online readership. Thank you. – Frank Corcoran

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Enniscorthy dates for your diary St. Patrick’s Day Parade 17th March 2022, 3pm. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Easter Monday 18th April 2022. Celebration of Mass in the Cathedral at 10am, followed by a procession to the Market Square where the Chairman of Enniscorthy Municipal District Cllr. Cathal Byrne will lay a wreath. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Literary Festival 1st – 3rd July 2022. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Rockin’ Fruit & Food Festival 29th July – 1st August 2022. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Blackstairs Blues Festival 9th – 11th September 2022. n

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€250,000 funding for Enniscorthy’s new food project formed into a food and community hub. The project will be delivered over this year and 2023. Welcoming the investment, Minister Browne described how “the major funding investment to create a food and community hub in Templeshannon is a significant boost in Enniscorthy’s community infrastructure. Enniscorthy has previously benefitted from the Historic Towns Initiative through enhanced streetscape appearance works on Slaney Street and Mary Street. Today’s investment shows how my Government colleagues and I are keen to support further heritage-led business regeneration in Enniscorthy. “Templeshannon food and community hub will develop facilities related to food production while also providing a strong community amenity. Today is a positive day for Enniscorthy as today’s funding will tap into the town’s terrific potential. The funding is sure to deliver fruitful economic and social results for Enniscorthy,” said Minister Browne. Minister James Browne TD has welcomed the €250,000 funding.

Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne has confirmed that Enniscorthy will receive €250,000 in funding under the Historic Towns Initiative for a food and community hub, while Wexford Town will get €40,000 for a heritage-led regeneration plan. Minister Browne and his government colleagues have prioritised Historic Towns Initiative projects related to heritage-led regeneration. €250,000 will fund the renovation of the ground floor of a Templeshannon heritage building. It will be trans-

Deputy Paul Kehoe has also welcomed the announcement of €250,000 in funding saying, “A new aspect of this year's initiative was a call for proposals that encourage the specific re-use of historic buildings which we will see with the transformation of one of the historic buildings in Templeshannon. Enniscorthy is a town with massive potential and huge historical significance. This funding initiative will help to bring a historic building and area back to its former glory, while ensuring that they play a role in today’s day to day life of the town.” Meanwhile, the €40,000 for Wexford Town will allow a heritage-led regeneration plan to be developed for the town. n

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Wexford’s women Councillors are united

Wexford County Council’s Women’s Coalition. Back row L-R: Cllr. Mary Farrell, Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Cllr. Lisa McDonald. Front row L-R: Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy (Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council), Cllr. Maura Bell (Chair of the Coalition), Cllr Bridin Murphy.

The official launch of Wexford County Council’s Women’s Coalition will take place on Wednesday 9th March in the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy. The coalition is a cross-party forum made up of the following six female elected Members of Wexford County Council:  Cllr. Maura Bell – Chair of the Coalition  Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy – Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Council  Cllr. Lisa McDonald – Rosslare Municipal District  Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan – Enniscorthy Municipal District  Cllr. Mary Farrell – Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District  Cllr Bridin Murphy – New Ross Municipal District The Women’s Coalition vision is a county with equal representation at all levels of society, including politics; that Wexford is

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a place of equal opportunity with a parity of voice reflecting the diversity of its population. The group was established to support an increase in the number of women in politics, to support each other as female members of the council and to encourage other women who are interested in politics to take the leap and get involved. There are similar groups in Dáil Éireann and other local authorities, but this is the first time such a group has been formed in Wexford Co. Council. The group has met via online platforms to date and the official launch is long awaited and overdue. The coalition is an official sub-committee of the County Council and has its own Mission Statement, Strategic Plan and Constitution. Michelle O’Neill, the acclaimed League of Ireland referee and FIFA World Cup / Olympic International Assistant Referee, is

the guest speaker and will perform the official launch. Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council and member of the Women’s Coalition Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy said, “Women are widely involved in leadership roles on school boards, community groups, sporting and other organisations, so it is only a small jump to step into official politics. The prospect may be a daunting one for many women, due to the lower levels of representation in Irish politics overall but we are here to show that it is a very worthwhile and rewarding occupation.” The event takes place between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday 9th March and refreshments will be served. The event is open to all, but advance registration is essential. Please use the following link to book your place: WW n

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Wexford’s towns to benefit from new initiative A new ‘Town Centre First’ policy will revitalise towns across County Wexford and benefit local communities, Fine Gael TD Paul Kehoe has said. Deputy Kehoe: “Fine Gael is working to create stronger, safer communities and this new ‘Town Centre First’ policy is crucial to that. It is designed to support the regeneration of our towns and villages with targeted funding to support above-shop and town-centre living. “This ambitious and far-reaching policy contains a range of measures and funding supports aimed at making towns in Wexford more viable and attractive places in which to live, work and visit, whilst ensuring they are social, cultural and services hubs for the local community. “The ‘Town Centre First’ policy contains a major new strategy to tackle vacancy, combat dereliction and breathe new life into town centres. This has been a key priority for Fine Gael and something on which we have been working hard. A recent policy paper by my colleagues Deputy Emer Higgins and Senator John Cummins put forward 26 proposals for consideration, which could enhance by over 10,000 the number of vacant homes becoming available for early use.

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aithe (Towns) Fund and the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Last year, over €410 million was distributed nationwide under the URDF and I understand a new call will be opened shortly, focused specifically on support for our town centres in places like Wexford. “For the first time, towns will also gain their own dedicated Town Regeneration Officers, who will be crucial to driving future development. They will be fulltime dedicated positions within Wexford County Council working with Town

“This major new policy is going to be a game changer for Wexford with local communities and local businesses central to reimagining and planning their own futures through a tailored plan. Our towns will benefit from Government funding, which will emphasise the importance of town centres as the central hub of our communities. “It is really important that this ambitious programme be backed up by significant Government funding. “It is underpinned by multi-billion euro investment spread across major Government schemes such as the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF), the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), Crói Con-

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Teams and local business groups to design and implement town plans. They will also work to identify derelict buildings and assist in bringing them back into use, a key objective of the Town Centre First policy,” Deputy Kehoe said. Publishing the plan, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, said: “Many of our towns face significant challenges, not least in the wake of the pandemic. Town revival requires a coordinated and comprehensive response. Through Town Centre First, the Government will provide towns with the supports, resources and funding to enable them map out a coherent vision for their future and to take ownership of their future. Major funding programmes such as the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund and the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund will help transform towns. This approach will help ensure that across Ireland our town centres can be vibrant and attractive places to live, work and visit.” The Minister of State for Planning and Local Government, Peter Burke TD, said: “Local authorities will play a vital role in assisting towns shape their futures. Town Regeneration Officers and technical expertise will assist local Town Teams in formulating their local responses and accessing regeneration funding. The National Town Centre First Office will help drive this new approach to revitalising town centres and bring together the stakeholders who can help towns realise a vision for their future.” “We know that many of our town centres are underutilised for housing and have limited housing choice despite being close to all amenities and public services. We are determined to act on this and ensure that we tackle dereliction by providing new and much needed housing supply within our town boundaries.” n

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St Senan’s school extension plans Permission was granted in February for the following developments at St Senan’s Primary School in Enniscorthy: Erection of a two-storey extension to existing primary school comprising at ground floor, 4-classroom special needs unit, general purpose hall and ancillary accommodation; at first floor 4 classrooms, library, extension to staff room, special education rooms, offices and link to existing school buildings. Total new floor area approx. 1719sq.m. Alterations to existing school in-

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cluding provision of external wind lobby, relocation of reception suite and home school liaison rooms at lower ground floor; subdivision of classroom no.3 to provide special education rooms, sub-division of classroom no.41 to provide 3 special education rooms, alterations to existing store and servery to form special education room. Site development works including re-alignment and extension of front boundary walls and railing fronting Fr. Murphy Park and Fr. Murphy Close, new set-down accessed

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Karl and Dermot Hope and Dream are a winning raised €136,772 combination in 2021 On 9th February 2021 the Hope Cancer Support Centre in Enniscorthy was delighted to announce that the amount raised by its virtual 2021 event was an incredible €136,772! And the Centre has also announced that registration for the Hope and Dream 10, 2022, is now open at Hope and Dream 10 will take place on Sunday April 3rd 2022, for those who wish to take part virtually, that option is also available. Enniscorthy Credit Union is proud to once again be a major sponsor for the event and is delighted with the 2022 t-shirt which has been unveiled. The main objective of the 2022 event is to raise as much money as possible for the Hope Cancer Support Centre in Enniscorthy and all are encouraged to help achieve that aim. All the event information can be found on n

The new series of RTE’s ‘Room to Improve’ is now running on Sunday nights at 9.30pm and already Enniscorthy’s leading fitted furniture company, Karl Cullen Fitted Furniture, has featured prominently. The first episode of the new series featured a home in Kilmacud, Dublin, for which Karl Cullen supplied a full house fit-out including kitchen, utility, living room and other fitted furniture. On 27th February a house in Howth featured in which Karl Cullen did a full house fit-out again including the kitchen, utility room, wardrobes and tv units. With such success to date and extensive TV exposure, it’s no wonder the business is expanding rapidly and is currently looking for two more staff to join the team – a kitchen cabinet maker and a spray painter. Check out the ‘Room to Improve’ episodes on the RTE Player. And check out a segment from the series in which Dermot Bannon visits Karl Cullen in his workshop just outside Enniscorthy: n

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Strong support for Ukraine It’s heartening to see all the efforts being made around Co. Wexford to try and support the people of Ukraine during this time of invasion by the Russian army. On this page we mention just some of these great efforts. One of the main collections is being done by a group operating from the old Slaneyside Carpets premises on Tempeshannon Quay, Enniscorthy. That premises will be open until this Saturday evening (5th March) up until 8pm at which stage everything collected will be sent to the Ukraine. The group is looking for items listed below:

Enniscorthy Municipal District offices floodlit in the Ukrainian colours. Pic: Dee O’Leary

After 5th March a decision willl be made on how to continue the support efforts. Keep up to date by checking the Facebook page: “Ukranian Refugees Collection Enniscorthy”. Shoppers in SuperValu and Centra can donate €2 in-store nationwide via a simple ‘Tap to Donate’ mechanism at the till. All of the funds donated from SuperValu and Centra will go directly to help fund the immediate humanitarian response through the Irish Red Cross. Grants Pharmacies are seeking donations of particular products for Ukraine. Check the ‘Grants Pharmacy’ Facebook page for the full list or call into any Grants pharmacy outlet for details. A public meeting will be held at the offices of Enniscorthy & District Chamber of Commerce, Portsmouth House, Templeshannon, tonight (4th March) at 7pm to co-ordinate a Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. All are welcome to attend. The Sunday Social Record Hop at the Bailey, 3-6pm this Sunday (6th March) will be donating the proceeds of the Hop to the Ukraine. See more on page 72. If you are involved in any fundraising or collections for Ukraine, please get in touch at

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Enniscorthy St Patrick’s Day Parade Thursday 17th March 2022 at 3pm (See detailed parade route map on page 105) PROGRAMME: THURSDAY 17th MARCH 2.00pm


Market Square Entertainment: Music and children's entertainment with free face-painting. Street Parade Commences from St Senan’s Church.

GROUPS INCLUDE: United Nations Veterans’ Association, Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen, Athletic, GAA, Rugby, Hockey, Soccer and Boxing Clubs, Ferns Diocesan Youth Service, Scouts, Guides and Brownies, Dancing Schools, Gymnasts, Town Festivals, Plus Various Floats, Vehicles and Vintage Machines.

MARCHING BAND: St Colman’s Pipe Band, Ballindaggin.

THE REVIEWING STAND: The Reviewing Stand will be located at Abbey Square.

GRAND MARSHAL: Seán Doyle. Due to Health and Safety regulations, Insurance implications and advice from An Garda Síochána, horses/ animals will not be allowed to take part in the Parade this year.



MARCHERS depart St. Senan’s Church led by the Army Reserve Colour Party at 3.00pm. They will proceed along Templeshannon Quay, cross Séamus Rafter Bridge, past the Reviewing Platform, turn left into Mill Park Road at the Post Office, take first right up Friary Hill, turn left into Court Street, turn right up Hospital Lane, then right along Parnell Road and Pig Market Hill, turn right at Doyle’s Corner into Duffry Street (Cathedral Street), past St. Aidan’s Cathedral, into Main Street and the Market Square, where the Marchers will be diverted to Wafer Street.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee would like to thank the following for their support in helping to make our Annual Parade possible: An Garda Síochána, The Army Reserve, Enniscorthy Unit of the Irish Red Cross Ambulance Service, Slaney Search & Rescue, Staff of Wexford County Council, Stewards, Liam Sharkey and John Reilly, Michael and Annette Dunbar, Adjudicators of Floats and Marching Groups, and J.C. Breen Transport, Ferns, for providing the Reviewing Platform.

FLOATS & VEHICLES: FLOATS and vehicles will join the Parade at Séamus Rafter Bridge after all the Marchers pass by and turn left at the Post Office and proceed along Mill Park Road to Arnold’s Cross where they turn right at the 1798 Visitor Centre and proceed along Parnell Road and rejoin the Marchers on Duffry Hill.

SPONSOR: Wexford County Council.

COMPETITION: Enniscorthy & District Chamber of Commerce is running a Shop Window Display Competition. An ambulance service will be located adjacent to the Credit Union.

Adults are requested to ensure that children are supervised at all times. Please Keep Enniscorthy Tidy and Litter Free.

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Enniscorthy’s Parade proceeding

ENNISCORTHY'S ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE WILL BE GOING AHEAD THIS MARCH 17TH AT 3PM. After a hiatus of two years, the Enniscorthy St Patrick’s Day Parade will go ahead this year on Thursday, 17th March 2022, at 3pm. The committee says, "It will be great to get out and about after our period of hibernating, in which most of us abided by rules to stem the tide of the pandemic.” “The Parade route will be the same as other years except that the marchers will go up Hospital Lane which means that Rafter Street and Wafer Street will be bypassed. Led by the Army Reserve Colour Party, the marching groups will set off from St. Senan’s Parish Church at 3.00pm. The floats and vehicles taking part in the

Parade will again assemble on The Promenade.” This year, new Laws and Regulations have obliged the Committee to send out a Consent Form about Data Protection and a Form that the Health and Safety Section of Wexford County Council has drawn up regarding insurance for participating groups demonstrating activities during the Parade, along with the usual Entry Form.

2022, in recognition of his contribution to the civic, social and cultural life of Enniscorthy over many years. The Committee also paid tribute to the late Tara Manning, who with Margaret Casey and others, rescued the Parade from almost disappearing at one stage to what it has become in later years. May she Rest in Peace. Over one hundred clubs, organisations and cultural groups have been circulated

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Mythen’s concern about rent levels in Co. Wexford Sinn Féin TD for Co. Wexford Deputy Johnny Mythen has commented on the latest rental report from on rental prices for quarter 4 of 2021 which shows that rents in the county rose by 15.7% over the year, even higher than the national figure of 10.3% Deputy Mythen said, “The massive increase in rents over the last year in Co. Wexford is of huge concern. Average rent in the county now stands at €1,050. “This increase is alongside the cost-of-living crisis currently being faced by working people and their families. They are facing extortionate heating costs, increases in carbon tax, rip-off insurance and soaring childcare costs. “If rents continue to rise like this, more people will have little option but to return

to their elderly parents’ family homes or face the possibility of homelessness. “The government’s policy is failing, and urgent intervention is needed. “This latest report makes it clear that there is little or zero affordable rental supply in most parts of the State. "The ban on local councils buying homes with HAP or RAS tenants in-situ where the landlord is selling up is contributing to families becoming homeless while the properties are being sold to vulture funds, who lease these same properties back to local authorities. This makes no social or economic sense.

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Wexford’s university campus getting closer Following on from confirmation last month that Minister Michael McGrath TD at the Department of Expenditure and Public Reform has cleared the way for the compulsory purchase (CPO) of a site in Wexford town for the Wexford Campus of TUSE (Technological University of the South East), came the welcome news that Oulart native Dr Patrick Prendergast will be the new Chair of the Board of TUSE. The news has been warmly welcomed by local Minister James Browne TD: “I’m delighted that Minister Simon Harris has announced that the Chair of the new TUSE will be Paddy Prendergast... Paddy is the former Provost of Trinity University. I’ve met Paddy several times and he will be an excellent chair of the new TUSE. The appointment of a Wexford person as chair also highlights that the university will be a university for the entire South East.” Senator Malcolm Byrne, who chairs the South East Oireachtas group on the Technological University, has also welcomed the news stating: “Dr. Prender-

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fiting the whole south east region: “We will continue to invest in this new university with new campuses in Wexford and Waterford so that the footprint of this technological university will benefit the whole region. “Upon establishment of the new TU, with all parties working towards a date of 1 May 2022, the TU, with multi-regional campuses in Carlow, Waterford, and Wexford, will see current students from the former IT Carlow and WIT graduating in 2022 with university qualifications.”

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gast brings a wealth of experience from his time in Trinity but also a keen understanding of the needs of the South East Region and what is required to build a university of international standing. There was a lot of interest in this role and this appointment signifies how the potential of the university is really appreciated.” Paul Kehoe TD sees the new TUSE bene-

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THE BEAR IS ON THE MOVE BUT I FEAR THE WATER TIGER MOST The first casualty of war is the truth. Ukraine is fighting for its homeland against one of the most powerful armies in the modern world. Alone to fend off an aggressor that did not give the art of dialogue time to work. It now looks like Putin wanted it to fail all along. This is not only about Ukraine, it is about sending a message to the world, a bolshevik message not to poke the bear. Ukraine is being thrown to the wolves to avoid an escalation in hostilities that could spiral out of control. Is this history repeating itself or a blip in time. Putin continues to lie to his own people as to the causes of this conflict. He now calls the Ukrainian government “drug addict Nazis". Whatever you are smoking Vladimir Putin, it’s time to give it up. The president of Ukraine is Jewish and it’s your actions right now that resemble Adolf Hitler. However, I do feel that he has an end game. Putin wanted to stop Ukraine becoming part of NATO. It is his goal right now. He invaded Ukraine after failing to get commitments from anyone on this topic. He now wants regime change. Replace the Head of State with a pro Soviet friendly puppet. He did have that before until the people


So where will this end up is hard to answer but the stakes are very high. The biggest danger can come from actions by other players who have not even entered the arena yet! It was so interesting to watch the outcome of a recent vote on the U.N. Security Council, which Russia chairs. The countries that abstained are the jokers in the pack: CHINA , INDIA, UAE. All have human rights issues. All have scores to settle. All three have designs on their neighbours. All three have carbon copy issues of their own. They are all waiting to see how the world deals with this crisis. Throw Iran and North Korea into the mix and we have big problems on the horizon.

WITH KEITH DOYLE voted pro independent and pro Europe. This struggle will go on long after the Russian tanks have left this country. Putin will get his way on the NATO issue one way or another. Bullies usually do. It is highly unlikely that he has designs on the other bordering countries. Not on this offensive as NATO will step in. That goes beyond what he wants to achieve right now.

China is the most immediate crisis looming. As Russia gets away with their invasion, with just sanctions, China is sending their warships into Taiwan waters. Will Europe, while on the cusp of hyper inflation, want to apply sanctions on China and risk a recession? Most of our products comes from China. Right now our prayers are with the people of Ukraine as they fight to hold on to what most countries take for granted – DEMOCRACY. n

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Funding boost for Ennniscorthy Enniscorthy has been granted €855,000 in active travel funding for specific projects in the last 18 months, plus €177,000 for the upgrade of Slaney Street and €200,000 for the Prom Walk, totalling €1,232,000. Funding has also been granted under safe routes to school for the town of at least €25,000 and Enniscorthy and also got its share of €900,000 in general allocation of funding for the county for upgrade of footpaths and walkways giving Enniscorthy a total of almost €1.5 million in new funding. n

Murrintown funding Fianna Fáil Councillor in the Rosslare LEA, Lisa McDonald, has welcomed recent funding approved under the Towns and Villages Renewal Scheme for Murrintown. “I am proud to announce today that I have obtained €220,918 for Murrintown under the Towns and Villages Renewal scheme,” she said. “The funding will be used for the development of a Remote Working Hub with high-speed broadband and a café to support job creation in Murrintown. The aim of the project is to enhance the existing social and economic infrastructure in the area. The announcement... is testament to the huge work done by the Community Centre committee headed by Colm Dunne. Thanks also to Minister James Browne for his assistance with this project." n

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Ukraine Crisis Much has been and will be written about the savagery of the Russian attack on Ukraine. In fairness this is more of a Putin invasion rather than a Russian action. It is appalling that in this day and age such a thing could happen. It is clear that Putin is a war criminal with no conscience whatsoever who totally disregards the consequences of his actions. The only hope that people have is that Putin may be overthrown from within by those around him in the Kremlin who will see the folly of his actions. Regardless of the outcome this will ultimately end badly for Russia and the Russian people. There is no possibility whatever that Ukraine and its forty million people can be held down long term by Putin. People will wear him and his army down through guerrilla tactics assisted by the toughest of sanctions from the West. The Russian economy will falter, it’s not too strong at any time, and once people in Russia begin to suffer the pressure will come on Putin to either withdraw or stand down. More importantly, Putin’s own friends, the billionaires who keep him in power, will begin to resent the loss of their wealth through the collapse of the value of the rouble and the loss of their overseas villas and other valuables. Already, as I write this column, I am seeing in the media reports of one of his wealthy pals whinging that he can no longer travel to his two villas on Lake Como in Italy. Ireland will not be unaffected by this crisis. We will see a further increase in prices in everyday goods as a result of

View from the Centre

A local contributor, based in the centre of the county, looks at life today in Co. Wexford and beyond restrictions on Russian energy supplies to Europe. Also the fact that Ukraine, a massive producer of wheat and other cereals, will have its production disrupted as a result of this terrible war. Hopefully, we will not see certain politicians at home trying to make political capital out of this crisis for their own narrow political ends. That’s probably a vain hope indeed. One thing which strikes me about all of this is the beautiful dignity of the Ukrainian people when interviewed by the media. Despite good reason they show very little bitterness or anger. Just sadness at what is happening to their beautiful country. All we can do

is admire them, and from this distance do all that we can do to help.

Back to Normal It is a pleasure to see a return to near normal after the horror of the last two years caused by covid, and its management some would argue. To see the removal of facemasks in most settings enables us to see peoples’ friendly faces again. Of course many will continue to wear masks on public transport or in particularly crowded places and this should be respected. Hopefully, before we arrive at next Winter and another covid or similar scare, the experts will have come up with a routine annual vaccination to deal with covid, flu etc. which we can avail of to allow us to continue with our lives without further disruption.

Dáil Confrontations It is difficult to understand what either the Taoiseach or the leader of Sinn Féin hope to gain by the ridiculous constant confrontations in the Dáil. It is very unbecoming to say the least and achieves absolutely nothing. It is what we might expect from a group of not too intelligent adolescents gathered on a street corner somewhere. We send people to the Dáil to represent us in a respectful manner in the hope that the lives of our people can be improved. Regrettably, the present argy bargy achieves none of that and in fact can result in the opposite. It sometimes suits the political class to divert attention from the real issues by manufacturing these rows which get the attention of the media rather than concentrate on the real issues. It’s time to stop. n

“It is clear that Putin is a war criminal with no conscience whatsoever.”

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We reproduce here the speech opened the new exhibition ‘THE FABRIC OF WEXFORD: I ❝ A textile fabric is a cloth that has been woven, knitted, knotted, or bonded together using natural or synthetic thread, yarns and other materials. I read that somewhere but I must admit that I’ve been involved with threads and yarns since I was six years of age when at that tender age my father taught me how to knit and it is still my favourite hobby. This event is not about me so let me straight away congratulate the people who conceived the idea of this exhibition. They have demonstrated initiative and innovation and it is their hope to continue with more exhibitions in future.

Enniscorthy Castle is thinking outside the box by Maria Nolan The newly-appointed Manager of Enniscorthy Castle, Mico Hassett, is to be complimented for her outside-the-box thinking, re-opening the Castle with a fresh look, hosting an in-house curated exhibition ‘The Fabric of Wexford: Industry and Innovation’. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea for our iconic Norman edifice, but certainly something different and exciting, which Ms. Hassett feels is needed to engage with both the local community and visitors to Enniscorthy on a recurring basis, which she told those gathered at the event ‘is the key objective of Enniscorthy Castle’s strategic business plan for the coming year’. ‘We have a busy and varied programme to roll out and a great team and Board of Directors to support us in our endeavours to attract even greater numbers to visit with us and enjoy all that there is to enjoy in Enniscorthy’,

Ms. Hassett continued before introducing Chairman of the Board of Enniscorthy Castle and 1798 Centre, Mr. Sean Doyle, to officially open the exhibition. Mr. Doyle spoke of his great love of fabric, textiles, and design, saying that he has been a keen knitter ever since his father taught him how to knit at the tender age of six and it has remained one of his favourite pastimes ever since. Indeed Mr. Doyle, an ardent hurling fan, was modelling one of his own designs for the occasion – a knitted purple and gold scarf. The exhibition, on the second floor of the Castle, explores the history of the textile industry in Wexford with key pieces loaned from the Wexford County Archives, thanks to County Archivist Gráinne Doran, including an early woollen Irish tricolour, an Irish dancing costume, Mount Carmel lace, along with other examples of lace, embroidery, and needlepoint and the 2021 Junk Kouture winning design by Coláiste Bríde exchange student Alicia Rostermundt, taking pride of place. The exhibition also features local contemporary makers in textiles, including embroiderer Tess Reynolds, weaver Terry Dunne, fibre artist Nicola Browne, and multi-media fibre artist Gráinne Kenny. Entry to the exhibition is included in the Castle’s general admission tour ticket.

The newly-appointed Manager of Enniscorthy Castle, Mico Hassett. Pic: Maria Nolan.

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Well done Mico and her innovative team and we look forward to many such events at the Castle in 2022, keeping our historic icon vibrant and alive.

I must welcome the new Manager of the 1798 Visitor Centre and Enniscorthy Castle, Mico Hassett, and wish her well in her new post. I would like to quote from her invitation to me to open this exhibition when she wrote, “We are excited to open with a fresh look and host an in-house curated exhibition with local and international appeal. With this show, we are aiming to connect the past to the present in a new space, exploring ideas generated by our Castle team and also inviting guest curators to present themes in their areas of expertise. Creating opportunities to engage with both the community and visitors to Enniscorthy on a recurring basis is a key objective of Enniscorthy Castle’s strategic business plan for the year. We have a busy and varied programme to roll out and a great team and Board of Directors to support us in our endeavours to attract even greater numbers to visit with us and enjoy Enniscorthy and district.” I suppose wool and cotton are generally familiar names to most of us although other yarns

L-R: Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council, Sean Doyle, and Mico Hassett, the newly appointed Manager of Enniscorthy Castle.

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h by Seán Doyle as he officially in Enniscorthy Castle titled NDUSTRY AND INNOVATION’ and fabrics come to mind such as linen, silk, denim, velvet, muslin, cashmere, gabardine, twill, lace, jersey, chiffon, tweed, poplin, flannel, gauze, and I’m sure there are many more. Some five years ago the Aran jumper featured among 111 of the most iconic fashion garments and accessories in the world over the last 100 years. It ranks alongside the Biker Jacket from the 1950s; a Wonder Bra; a Birkin Bag; a 1960s Breton shirt; a pair of Levi’s 501 jeans from the 1940s; and a collection of little black dresses. Over the years knitting many Aran jumpers, it never crossed my mind that I was helping to create an item of distinctive excellence in the opinion of the fashion world. Describing the exhibition, our new Manager said, “The first large room explores the history of the textile industry in Wexford with key pieces loaned from Wexford County Archives and Mount Carmel Lace sitting alongside contemporary examples of local creative industries from Ros Tapestries, Ceadogán Rugmakers to Emblem Weavers. The Wexford County Archives through Gráinne Doran has generously loaned the Castle examples of needlepoint, lace and embroidery, as well as an early woollen Irish Tricolour Flag and an embroidered dancing dress. The exhibition’s smaller space features contemporary makers in textiles, including embroiderer Tess Reynolds, weaver Terry Dunne, fibre artist Nicola Browne, and multi-media fibre artist Gráinne Kenny, along with showcasing the 2021 Junk Kouture winning piece designed by Coláiste Bríde secondary school student, Alicia Rostermundt.” Pic: Maria Nolan

Pic: Maria Nolan L-R: Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council, Seán Doyle, Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District, Mico Hassett, Manager of Enniscorthy Castle, Bernie Quigley, Acting District Manager, Enniscorthy Municipal District. We all have seen those gaunt fashion models on the ramp displaying the latest fashions created from exciting fabrics. Seldom, if ever, would you see such ensembles on the streets of Enniscorthy. No doubt they are worn by someone, likely the wealthier elements of society. It is the opinion of many that we today do not possess the dress sense of previous generations. In our everyday presentation a good number of us are slovenly and appear dishevelled at times. I’m sorry to say I have to include myself in this category. Seldom, if ever, do you meet a gentleman wearing a well cut suit. I wore them for years, whether they did anything for my appearance I’m not too sure but it certainly did for my morale. Maybe, due to my advancing years, and not trying to attract the attention of the opposite sex, I’m not as careful with my dress as I used to be. I occasionally visit a restaurant for a bowl of soup and I sit and watch the passing parade moving by in the passageway outside. I’m surprised at the number of young ladies that pass up and down wearing very tight-fitting clothing which accentuates their emerging obesity. Occasionally, a lady passes who is the epitome of elegance. In spite of the availability of many fabrics they are not utilised by many of today’s population. I see men strolling by, some with t-shirts stretched over beer bellies, and others with all kinds of unkempt and disorganised rigouts. Sometimes a welldressed gentleman will walk past. As I will be soon resigning my post as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the 1798 Visitor Centre and Enniscorthy Castle, I would like to give my views, which are personal, on the possible future of our cultural possessions. I believe there should be a serious examination of the appeal of the 1798 Centre. It is an excellent facility, up there with the best of its kind, but I feel it is time to widen its attraction

to the general public and young people. No doubt our new Manager’s brain is teeming with ideas. It has come across to me over the past few years that there is a strong feeling among the public for the return of the artefacts that were here in the Castle then known as the County Museum. Is it possible for the Local Authority to acquire The Athenaeum to house a new County Museum with a professional curator? It is a very historic building with many associations with our struggle for freedom and democracy and with the cultural life of the town for many years. Here, I must pay tribute to the Athenaeum Restoration Committee who rescued it from the obscurity it was slowly sinking into, and campaigned for its rejuvenation which culminated in its refurbishment for the Centenary of the 1916 Rising. It is due a new lease of life. Is it possible for The Presentation Centre to become a modern theatre with all the facilities necessary for producing a variety of theatrical performances? Maybe, the Courthouse should be considered for displaying our industrial past and present and the highlighting of Enniscorthy’s famous people. I’m sure there are many more ideas and suggestions available as to what is required to display and promote our past history and to envisage a bright future. I’ll conclude by highly commending everyone involved in mounting the exhibition about to be launched here this evening. I’m sure they are considering many more exhibitions in the future; and I’m certainly looking forward to an exciting future for Enniscorthy Castle. Without more ado I declare The Fabric of County Wexford: Industry and Innovation exhibition open.

The exhibition runs until 24th April

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A record €5,812,989 provide Equipment Progra Fine Gael TD Paul Kehoe has welcomed the recent announcement of almost €6m in new capital grants for 71 clubs and organisations across Wexford under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP). “Sport plays an incredibly important part in our communities throughout the county and there will be widespread scope for improvement to the facilities available for everyone. “The last couple of years have been tough for sports clubs but have also demonstrated the importance of sport in our lives. This funding will help to further develop access to sports and

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“Huge credit has to go to the dedicated committees who put these applications together – they are not easy and an enormous amount of work goes into each stage. I have worked closely with a number of clubs and am delighted to see all their hard work pay off.”

“We have also seen a wide variety of sports funded today – as well as the major field sports, grants have been awarded for tennis, swimming, golf, boxing, handball and rowing clubs, as well as funding for community and multi-sport facilities,” continued Deputy Kehoe.

As well as grants to local clubs, there was also €887,000 awarded to three projects deemed to be of Regional significance, which will see the development of two full size, artificial pitches in the county (Enniscorthy and Bunclody) and a community

“It is also important to note that any unsuccessful applicants will be given the opportunity to appeal the Department’s decision and information on the appeal process will issue to relevant organisations in the coming weeks. €6 million has been set aside to cover successful appeals under this process.” n

Funding for all-weather soccer pitch welcomed

Cllr. Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District, with Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers TD (right), on a recent visit to Enniscorthy.

Cllr. Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District, has welcomed the announcement of a Sports Capital Grant of €300,000 for the development of a floodlit, allweather soccer pitch on the Ross Road, Enniscorthy. “I welcome the announcement by Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers TD, that Wexford County Council has received €300,000 in Sports Capital Grant Funding to develop a full size, all-weather soccer pitch on a Council-owned site on the Ross Road in Enniscorthy. “Last August, as Cathaoirleach of the Enniscorthy District, I met with Minister Jack Chambers TD on the site, along with local public representatives, to show him the potential of such a project.” “I want to thank the officials in the Council who bought into this project from the beginning. There is a strong tradition and association with soccer in Enniscorthy and the surrounding villages. Today’s announcement will mean that local soccer clubs will now have access to a full size, floodlit, all-weather pitch in Enniscorthy to help cater for the growth in the popularity of the sport.” “I am delighted that he has allocated this funding and look forward to the works commencing,” concluded Councillor Byrne. n

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Fixed MRI scanner will be priority Local Minister James Browne TD says the installation of a fixed MRI scanner at Wexford General Hospital (WGH) will be prioritised in the HSE Capital Plan for 2022. Minister Browne explained, “I know how important the installation of a permanent MRI scanner on the campus of Wexford General Hospital is to the people of Wexford. “This is a matter I have constantly raised at the highest levels of Government given its importance to our county. The good people of Wexford did tremendous work in raising €250,000 to help deliver this essential service and I’m delighted its delivery will now commence. “There is currently a mobile MRI scanner at Wexford General Hospital but the benefit of a fixed MRI scanner within the hospital campus is evident. It will provide timely appointments and a pleasant experience for patients in County Wexford when built for WGH,” concluded Minister Browne. n

Minister James Browne TD at Wexford General Hospital.

€900,000 in Town & Village funding Fine Gael TD Paul Kehoe has welcomed the recent announcement of €920,914 in Town and Village Renewal funding for Co. Wexford.

the country have worked together and put forward really ambitious projects which will make a lasting difference in towns and villages across the country.

The funding is being provided under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme as part of ‘Our Rural Future’ and places a strong emphasis on projects which tackle vacancy and dereliction by bringing landmark town-centre buildings back to life.

“These projects will breathe new life into our towns and villages and are real life examples of the impact that ‘Our Rural Future’ is having in local communities.

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Bunclody launch of The Columban Way The Columban Way (also known as The Turas Columbanus), is a Europe-wide cultural project, developing a route that crosses from north to south, linking up a network of historic sites, across the island of Ireland, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy. This waymarked route through Europe starts in Bunclody village, taking in the scenic Nine Stones, St Mullins, Myshall, Carlow, Kildare, Tullamore, Athlone, Clonmacnoise, Clenish on Lough Erne, Armagh and Bangor then returning south through the Boyne Valley, Glendalough and finally crossing the Irish Sea to Cornwall, and then through Europe ending up at Bobbio in Italy. The starting point reflects the fact that St Columbanus, the 6th century monk and pilgrim, was born near Mount Leinster in 543. Football legend and walking enthusiast, Paul McGrath, officially launched the Columban Way at the Nine Stones, Bun-

clody, on Saturday 19th February 2022. After the Camino de Santiago, the Columban Way will be the longest heritage trail in Europe, crossing the most regions and nations. This walking route is destined to become one of the great pilgrimage routes of Europe. The Columban Way celebrates the heritage of the ‘Irish movement’ of the 6th to 8th centuries, in particular the story of the monks Columbanus and Gall, who travelled across Europe in this period of great turbulence and conflict, founding monastic communities that were to flourish until the late middle ages. The route mostly crosses rural and mountain areas, including small towns and villages and is a means of developing tourism, attracting walkers and other visitors to lesser-known areas, and of involving local communities. It is a cultural and educational project, involving events, celebrations and cul-

tural exchanges between its members, including young people in the different communities, around music, outdoor activities and the visual arts. Last, but not least, the Columban Way will promote scholarship and increase knowledge and understanding of the historical figures of Columbanus and Gall, and of this important time in history. Tracing its way from Mt Leinster through eight countries of Europe to Bobbio in Northern Italy, it echoes a tradition of pilgrimage by uniting different counties and countries in a vision of a common humanity. n

Above left: Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council, with Paul McGrath at the official launch of The Columban Way at the Nine Stones, Bunclody, on Saturday 19th February 2022. Above: L-R Fintan Phelan, Cathaoirleach Carlow County Council, Paul McGrath, Caren Carruthers, Failte Ireland. Left: L-R Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council, with Paul McGrath and Rory O’Mahoney of Wexford County Council who worked on mapping the route.

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ENNISCORTHY’S FESTIVALS & COMMEMORATIONS 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade 17th March 2022 –––––––––––––––––––––––––– Easter Monday Commemoration 18th April 2022 –––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Literary Festival 1st – 3rd July 2022 –––––––––––––––––––––––––– Rockin’ Fruit & Food Festival 29th July – 1st August 2022 –––––––––––––––––––––––––– Blackstairs Blues Festival 9th – 11th September 2022 n

The Delightful Dollies at the 2019 St Patrick’s Day Parade in Enniscorthy.

Film screening raises €400 for Enniscorthy Hospice

The Enniscorthy branch of Wexford Hospice was delighted to receive a cheque for €400 from the filmmakers and actors involved in the production and public showing of ‘When The Bough Breaks’ which was created by local filmmaker Dick Donoghue and Dubhtire Films and was shown at The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy. L-R: Dick Donaghue (producer), Summer Venn-Keane (actress), Karen Franklin (actress), Mary Walsh and Una Murphy (Hospice), Mary O’Shea.

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Sand art sends a strong statement The image opposite was taken recently on Duncannon beach at a promotional event for Wexford County Council’s Healthy Wexford ‘Not Around Us’ campaign. The ‘Not Around Us’ initiative is an invitation from young people in Co. Wexford to consider one’s activity in spaces where there are children and young people, in order to provide smoke/vape free environments and to help de-normalise smoking and vaping for the next generation. Over thirty representatives from clubs and groups signed up to the campaign around Co. Wexford took part in the Duncannon participative sand art event facilitated by sand artist Sean Corcoran. It is hoped that the promotional event will encourage other organisations such as playgroups, dance troupes, sports clubs etc to sign up to the ‘Not Around Us’ initiative. A sand art time-lapse video was released across @Healthy Wexford’s social media on Ash Wednesday featuring reps from New Ross Celtic FC, FDYS youth clubs, Barntown Community Centre, Coiste Na nOg and members of the Healthy Wexford steering committee led by Cllr John Hegarty. More info:

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Healthy Wexford's ‘Not Around Us’ campaign was chosen for use in the HSE National No Smoking Day webinar on 2nd March as an example of innovative ways to highlight and work towards a tobacco-free society.

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Glad to be back! Gorey Active Retirement Group "Glad to be Back" function in the Loch Garman Arms Hotel, Gorey, Wednesday, 16th February, 2022. Above left: Mairead and Anne Roche. Above right: David Mulberry and grandaughter Jill Mulberry. Left: Annette Sweeney and Breda Matthews. Below left: Teresa Rodgers, Julie O’Hanlon, Derek Pugh and Caz Tuohy. Below right: Kay Farrell and Anne Harris. Bottom left: Mary Evers and Ann Ward. Bottom right: Frances Shaffrey, Sydnay O’Reilly and Mary Curtis. Opposite page top: Sean and Dolores Kavanagh. Opposite page middle: Mick Wakelin, Judith and Sean Clough. Opposite page bottom: John Horan and Rose Burke.

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Standing up for Ukraine Gorey Senator Malcolm Byrne has been vocal in his support for the people of Ukraine as they endure the Russian invasion of their country. Pictured below is Senator Byrne and Taoiseach Micheal Martin hearing Senator the concerns of Ambassador Malcolm Gerasko and Deputy Ambassador Byrne Shaloput of Ukraine.

Senator Byrne has also been vocal on local issues countywide including the issue of the site for the Gorey Educate Together Secondary School which he raised again on 2nd March on the floor of the Seanad. Senator Byrne says, “I’m getting frustrated at the lack of progress by the Department.” n

Plans for 233 Enniscorthy housing units rejected Last month An Bord Pleanála refused permission to Dublinbased Torca Developments for a €120 million housing scheme consisting of 180 apartments and 53 houses at Carley’s Bridge, Enniscorthy, over road safety concerns including uncertainty over the future speed limit for the road where there will be an exit/entrance from the housing scheme. The board refused permission as it believed the scheme would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard. It endorsed the recommendation of its inspector, Rónán O’Connor, to refuse permission on the single road safety issue. Apart from his road safety concern, the planning inspector concluded that the proposed residential scheme was acceptable in principle at the site. The board received 28 submissions including objections from the Millbrook Residents’ Association and residents of Potters Way. Residents expressed concerns over the height of the proposed four-storey blocks, the density of the scheme and that the development was incongruous with the character of the area. n

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€24m for Wexford road funding Local Minister James Browne TD has welcomed confirmation that almost €24m will be provided to Wexford County Council under the regional and local road allocations for 2022. This is a significant increase on the €18.5m allocated last year. He commented, “In total, Wexford County Council will receive €23,749,787 in funding for the maintenance and improvements of our regional and local roads. “The bulk of the funding will be used for improvements to our road network. As a county dependent on a solid road network I am pleased to see funding will be ringfenced for this work. “Under this funding package there is also money set aside for bridge rehabilitation works in the county. “This annual funding, alongside funding from the Local Authority, ensures the upkeep of our regional and local road network. I am certain our engineers and officials in Wexford County Council will put this funding to good use over the coming months,” he concluded. n

Eastside roads in need of resurfacing A number of roads on the eastside of Enniscorthy are badly in need of resurfacing, some of them as a result of recent water works in the area. Works began in October 2021 to replace 1.5km of problematic mains on Rectory Road, St Senan’s Road and Templeshannon. New service connections were made for more than 70 residential properties, one large-demand commercial property, and further supply links were installed to allow continuity of supply in the event of an outage in the area. The works were completed with minimal disruption to supply due to frequent engagement between the local residents and the Local Authority working on behalf of Irish Water. Heavy criticism of the state of St Senan’s Road and Rectory Road following these water works was heard at the February meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District. Irish Water has told us that it and Wexford County Council “apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank the community for their cooperation and patience as these vital and essential works took place” and that its Resident Engineer has met with Wexford Roads Department and all concerns have been noted and will be “actioned accordingly”. n

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A newsletter providing an update on the Oilgate to Rosslare Harbour project is available to view and download on the project website Copies are also available at local shops, service stations and public buildings.

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Visit to Rosslare Europort by Billy Kelleher MEP (right) with Minister James Browne TD (left) and Glen Carr, Rosslare Europort Manager (centre).

Key visitors to Rosslare Europort On a visit to County Wexford on 21st March 2022, MEP for Ireland South Billy Kelleher took time to visit Rosslare Europort and also meet with Wexford IFA. “I was delighted to have an opportunity to meet with Glenn Carr, Manager of Rosslare Europort, and get an update on the great progress that is happening at the port in terms of its increased capacity in direct sailings to the continent and the potential around wind energy development. I’m familiar with the port having used it many times in a personal capacity in the past. I’m confident that this is only the beginning of growth for the port and the next big potential is offshore renewable energy and I really believe Rosslare Europort is an ideal location for facilitating offshore wind development,” concluded Mr Kelleher. Minister Browne commented, “The links between Rosslare and the continent have never been stronger and it’s important that we use all the tools at our disposal to further strengthen these links and ensure that the wider community and region benefit from them. Having one of our MEPs visit the port and show confidence in the port can only help.” “I also used his visit as an opportunity to meet some local farmers here in Wexford and meet with the IFA. A farmer himself, Billy is a strong advocate at a European level for farmers across the South East and has always made himself available to meet with farmers and farming organisations,” concluded Minister Browne

Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan visited the Garda Immigration facility in Rosslare Europort on the 21st March 2022 to discuss the proposed expansion of the port facilities with Mr. Glenn Carr, General Manager, Rosslare Europort. L-R: Sergeant Michael Mossissey, Chief Superintendent Anthony Pettit, Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan, Mr. Glenn Carr (Rosslare Europort) and Garda Peter Cassin.

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Left: Bridget and Issy Asple at the Gorey Night Run in aid of North Wexford Hospice which started at Gorey Library on 24th February. Above: The Earle family – Ciara, Shane, Niamh and Aoife Earle. Below left: Ross Nolan and Abigale Grouse. Below: Karen Keane, Cllr Andrew Bolger and Maria Lane. Bottom left: Taking part in the run were Kathy Carley and Margaret Doyle. Bottom right: Liz Tully and Catherine Wilson.

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Above left: Andrew and Orla Jones and Anne O’Sullivan. Above: Eli and Ross Hegarty and Oisin O’Sullivan.

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Wexford takeaway – best in Ireland! What a night for Mangans Traditional Fish & Chips takeaway, Wexford town, at the Irish Takeaway Awards on 21st February 2022 held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone. Mangans, which was established in 1963, took home five fantastic awards:

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Best Takeaway Ireland Overall Fish & Chips Takeaway of the Year Best Fish & Chips in Leinster Best Burger in Leinster Sustainability Award

Other Co. Wexford establishments did well at the awards also. In the Chinese takeaway category, the Lotus House, Wexford, was Highly Commended. American takeaway of the Year: Yeah Burgr, Wexford, was Highly Commended. Food Truck of the Year 2022: Highly Commended was Pot Belly Café, Wexford. Café Takeaway of the Year 2022 Winner: Westgate Design, Wexford. And Highly Commended: Kate's Coffee Shop & Deli, Gorey. King of the Wings 2022: Highly Commended was Yeah Burgr, Wexford. Vegetarian Takeaway of the Year 2022 Winner: The Cracked Teapot Café, New Ross. Sweet Treat of the Year 2022 Highly Commended: Kate's Coffee Shop & Deli, Gorey. The Sustainability Award 2022 Highly Commended: The Cracked Teapot, New Ross. n

Geraldine and Eunice from Mangans with their awards.

New Wexford location for The Tin Roof The popular Tin Roof coffee and food truck which was previously stationed at a site between Enniscorthy and Clonroche, now has a new home at the former Kate’s farm shop on the New Line Road just off the Whitford Hotel roundabout, Wexford town. So make sure when nearby to call in for your coffee fix and to say hello. You’ll be glad you did! n

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Some of Ireland’s top chefs are ‘WASTED’! GIY has launched ‘WASTED’ with some of Ireland’s top chefs on board helping to reduce the 200,000 tonnes of food going to waste in the Irish foodservice sector each year.

The GIY (Grow It Yourself) organisation has joined forces with some of Ireland’s top chefs to launch ‘WASTED’ – a national, peer-to-peer education programme for chefs to reduce food waste in the foodservice industry. The initiative is supported by the Department of Environment, Climate Action and Communications and Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme. Presently, the Irish foodservice sector wastes over 200,000 tonnes of food worth €300 million per annum and the aim of ‘WASTED’ is to create a network of informed and proactive chefs and foodservice teams advocating for zerowaste food initiatives. With approximately one-third of the world’s food supply going to waste, international climate research organisation Project Drawdown ranks Reduced Food Waste as one of the top 3 climate solutions. Commenting on the launch of WASTED, Founder of GIY Mick Kelly says, “This programme can have a significant impact on not only the environment but also business efficiency. We have been striving to make GROW HQ a zero waste restaurant over the last 5 years and we really want to help participants in identifying and managing their food waste, while continuing to learn from our peers in the industry.” The free 8-lesson ‘WASTED’ course is delivered online and one can sign up at The WASTED educational programme is a mix of food learning and action, with a free 8-lesson online course that explores ways to reduce the amount of food waste leaving the kitchen. Anyone working in the foodservice industry that is interested in learning about how to

L-R: JB Dubois (Head Chef at GROW HQ), Janice Casey Bracken (Executive Head Chef at Dunbrody Country House Hotel), Conor Spacey (Culinary Director at FoodSpace Ireland and the UK), and Maurice McGeehan (Performance Chef at the IRFU) who have joined forces with GIY to launch ‘WASTED’ a national, peer-to-peer education programme for chefs to reduce food waste in the foodservice industry.

reduce, or even eliminate, food waste is encouraged to take part. “One of the very black and white ways in which we can help identify waste levels is by encouraging participating chefs and business owners to weigh their current food waste at the start of the course,” says Kelly. “Once all lessons have been watched and some of the suggested ways to reduce food waste actioned, participants will be asked to weigh their food waste again in the hope that their food waste weight (and bills) will have reduced. It's a very simple action but one which so far has absolutely shocked every participant who has taken the challenge.” Participants will be able to follow each lesson at their own pace through the GIY app, while also having the opportunity to implement some of the suggested actions provided by the guest presenters who include Conor Spacey – Culinary Director at FoodSpace Ireland & the UK, Maurice McGeehan – IRFU Performance Chef, Janice Casey Bracken – Executive

Head Chef, Dunbrody Country House Hotel and JB Dubois – Head of Food at GROW HQ. Each chef showcases ways to reduce food waste in a range of innovative ways. At the end of the ‘WASTED’ programme, participating chefs will be invited to host their own Wasted Supper Club, a dining experience showcasing the best of food that is usually discarded. The Wasted Supper Club aims to reduce food waste in commercial settings whilst creating a network of inspired, educated, food literate and empathetic food producers sharing skills and knowledge, creating and supporting local, zerowaste food networks. Wasted Supper Clubs will be hosted by participants over a weekend where food diverted from waste is celebrated as the main ingredient on menus. To join the ‘WASTED’ programme and start making lasting changes around food waste see n

Ferrycarrig launches new Sunday Afternoon Tea Menu and a Vegan Afternoon Tea Menu Sunday afternoons will be for Afternoon Tea at the Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford as it launches a brand new Sunday Afternoon Tea menu starting on 13th March and, in addition, a brand new standalone Vegan Afternoon Tea menu. Everything on each menu is created in-house or locally sourced from the region's top-quality artisanal producers. Each Sunday afternoon the beautifully appointed Reeds Restaurant at Ferrycarrig will be transformed into a haven where guests can enjoy the new menus, the cosy atmosphere, the majestic views of the River Slaney and live piano music. Full details in next month’s Slaney News.

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Increasing the numbers of women in leadership roles is the theme of the March meeting of the LEO (Local Enterprise Office) Wexford Women in Business Network on Thursday, 24 March.

 Sustainability consultant Marie-Doyle Henry, Astrum Consulting.  CEO Bevin Mahon of DentalTech.  Bord Bia’s consumer insights specialist Grace Binchy.

The guest speaker is Meliosa O’Caoimh, the Country Chair of the Irish chapter of the 30% Club. The 30% Club is a global business campaign aimed at achieving better gender balance at leadership levels and throughout organisations, for better business outcomes. Established in 2015, the Irish Chapter hosts more than 260 organisations, representing more than 600,000 employees.

 Letterkenny-based Accountant Online founder Larissa Feeney.  Paula Fitzsimons, founder of the female rural entrepreneurs Acorns programme.  Cathy Corbett, executive coach with LIFT Ireland. About the 30% Club:

Melíosa is the Country Head of Northern Trust, a leading global financial services company. Northern Trust is the third largest provider of fund administration and custody services in Ireland, employing more than 1,600 people in its offices in Dublin and Limerick. Melíosa is Chair of Business in the Community’s “Worker of the Future” Committee and is also on the Board of the National Maternity Hospital Foundation. “We’re delighted that Melíosa will share her insights which will be of huge interest to women in business across Co. Wexford,” said Breege Cosgrave, Acting Head of Enterprise and Economic Development at Wexford County Council. The network is running online for now, with free Zoom meetings monthly and a dedicated Facebook Group called LEO Wexford Women In Business Network. The free March Network meeting is on Zoom on Thursday, March 24, at 11.30am. Bookings for the Network can be made on the LEO’s website. About the Women in Business Network: Wexford LEO’s Women in Business Network supports and empowers women as

The 30% Club is a global campaign supported by Board Chairs and CEOs of medium and large organisations, committed to achieving better gender balance at leadership levels and throughout their organisation, for better business outcomes. Meliosa O’Caoimh, the Country Chair of the Irish chapter of the 30% Club. we navigate these uncertain times. Using Zoom, it connects female entrepreneurs to share their stories and gain insights relevant to their business role. In a supportive spirit and authentic space, women share what they do and are supported in the challenges facing their businesses. Along the way, they pick up valuable information and ideas to implement in their business and personal life. n

The membership spans from start-ups to self-employed, CEOs to changemakers. This is where they belong – in a warm, welcoming, and safe environment. The network is supported as well by an active Facebook Group with over 150 members. Previous speakers:  Holos Skincare’s Niamh Hogan, Wexford LEO’s leading light for the 2021 National Women’s Enterprise Day.  Sinéad McSweeney, Twitter VP, Global Public Policy and Philanthropy.  FoodCloud co-founder Aoibheann O’Brien.

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Established in 2015, the Irish Chapter hosts more than 260 organisations representing more than 600,000 employees.

Sinéad McSweeney, Twitter VP, a previous speaker at the LEO Wexford Women in Business Network.

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Local Enterprise Week 7th-11th March Local Enterprise Week is organised every year by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the country. Taking place from Monday 7th to Friday 11th March, each Local Enterprise Office has its own programme of events. See the full line-up for Wexford below. Be informed and inspired by a great line-up of speakers and topics. Discover the supports and programmes available to help your business to thrive.

Wexford Local Enterprise Office – Tel: 053 919 6020 Join us for Local Enterprise Week 7th-11th March

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SlaNey BUSiNeSS SlaNey ad & fiNaNCe L-R Christine Fortune, Sales Manager ICT Services and Solutions, Datapac, Tom Malkiewicz, IT Manager, Special Olympics Ireland, and Matt English, CEO, Special Olympics Ireland.

Enniscorthy’s Datapac helps Special Olympics Ireland to go the distance Enniscorthy-based Datapac, Ireland’s leading technology solutions and services provider, announced at the beginning of February 2022 that it has implemented a fully managed ICT solution and security upgrades for Special Olympic Ireland (SOI). This represents an evolution of the long-term relationship between SOI and Datapac which, since 2006, has provided managed print services to Special Olympics Ireland, as well as a host of additional volunteering services including personnel, logistics and warehousing facilities. SOI identified the need for a fully outsourced and integrated managed ICT solution to enable ongoing benefits for almost 8,000 athletes in 293 clubs nationwide. Datapac was successfully awarded the contract through a competitive tender process. Key integration of Datapac’s service management team and SOI stakeholders ensured a seamless onboarding process for staff transitioning to the new system. The managed services solution designed by Datapac has been implemented across SOI’s five locations, with a dedicated IT helpdesk solution available to the head office in Blanchardstown, Dublin, and bases in Cork, Sligo, Belfast and Abbottstown, Dublin.

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The flexible and scalable service provided by Datapac helps to facilitate SOI events around the country such as sporting fixtures and charitable functions. Access to Datapac’s customer support centre through a variety of convenient media allows SOI staff to receive the ongoing support that they need, including access to a 24-hour support service. Datapac provides a complete and proactive approach to managed security, underpinned by industry leading Sophos™ firewalls, cutting-edge HPE Aruba secure wireless technology, and a range of managed services including vulnerability testing of devices across the organisation. This ultimately protects and provides peace of mind to all who engage with SOI, including almost 8,000 athletes in 293 clubs across the country. This solution is helping SOI to securely roll out services such as virtual training courses and online ‘Together at Home’ video sessions as part of its Young Athlete Programme, which is a play and sports activity programme for children aged four to 12 years with an intellectual disability. The advanced managed solution supports in excess of 200 devices, enabling employees to safely work from home.

Provision of advanced communications technology in the form of the Microsoft Office 365 suite and remote working hardware ensures that the great work done by SOI never skips a beat, no matter where their staff are located. Datapac’s proactive monitoring of the organisation’s IT infrastructure allows swift responses to potential issues or threats, ensuring minimal staff downtime and business disruption. Regular Disaster Recovery (DR) tests are carried out, which play a vital role in providing business continuity. The fully managed IT support helpdesk, with dedicated phoneline, ensures that a team of experienced engineers are always on hand to assist with day-to-day IT queries, further enhancing the employee experience while working remotely. Christine Fortune, Datapac’s Sales Manager ICT Services and Solutions, says, “Datapac has a long history of supporting Special Olympics Ireland beyond professional services and we’re happy to offer our facilities, volunteers and become involved in any way we can. We were delighted to be chosen to work with Special Olympics Ireland on this project and continue to build on our valued relationship.” n

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Enniscorthy & District Chamber Black Tie Ball

Attendees at the 2019 Enniscorthy & District Chamber Black Tie Ball After a series of false starts, the annual Enniscorthy & District Chamber Black Tie Ball will now be going ahead in The Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, on Saturday night, April 16th (Easter Saturday). After such a prolonged period of lockdown, the Chamber believes the mood and timing is right for this event at which the cares and worries of the past two years of Covid restrictions can be put to one side in the convivial company of friends and business acquaintances. The Ball is being billed as the social highlight of the Easter season in the county.

cisive comments and remarks on topics of the day will no doubt be eagerly awaited.

Considerable planning has gone into the event which includes a champagne reception on arrival, a sumptuous five-course dinner with a choice of wines, and dancing afterwards to the sounds of Brass & Co – a 13 piece musical combo from Waterford. Mr. Ivan Yates, well known TV personality, businessman and retired politician has very kindly agreed to act as guest speaker for the Ball and his in-

Tables of ten for company bookings will guarantee a night to remember for group attendees, and individual tickets are also available to purchase. With demand expected to exceed supply, early booking is strongly advised. Corporate tables and individual tickets can be ordered in advance by contacting the Enniscorthy & District Chamber office on 053 9232006 during office hours or by email at n

Enniscorthy North Business District (Old Dublin Road) The works tender documents for Phase 1 works for the Enniscorthy North Business District were advertised in January 2022. The tender assessment and procurement of a contractor is expected to be complete by the end of March and it is hoped that construction will commence in April. A grant application has been submitted for central funding for Phase 2 works. n

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Green for Micro

The objective of the Wexford Local Enterprise Office Green for Micro programme is to help prepare small businesses for the low carbon, more resource efficient economy of the future. This is a FREE programme, available to companies with up to ten employees. Developing a ‘greener’ policy can offer many benefits to your business, including: ● Increased cost savings ● Increased resilience to climate change impacts ● Increased access to customers ● Improved corporate image ● Opportunities for higher and additional value on products and services ● Reduced environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions ● Improved resource efficiency (for example: using less energy, water and materials) Click here to download the Green for Micro brochure: 021-Feb-LEO-Green-For-Micro-Brochure-FINAL-pdf.pdf n

Up to 30 jobs land in Wexford’s ‘Lapp’ Up to 30 new jobs could be created in Wexford thanks to a new business which has set up in Ardcavan Business Park. Lapp UK & Ireland is one of the world's leading manufacturers of cables, cable connectors, cable harnessing and assemblies, and has set up its new Wexford base with help from Wexford Co. Council and local businessman Derek Kent of Ardcavan Business Park. Lapp now has eight people employed locally but plans to increase that up to 30 employees over the coming years.

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Joe Kavanagh looks at how Nature can help us and our animals enjoy a long and vibrant life. It's the beginning of March and the beginning of Lent in the Catholic religion. Many religions and traditions seem to incorporate a period of fasting. Even in old Celtic ways the period of fasting was honoured using the lunar and solar cycles. Easter time changes each year to coincide with the lunar calender too. It was known to the ancients that this is probably one of the best times to help detox the body. It is working with the rhythms of nature and our bodies. These next 40 days present the perfect opportunity to help clear out the old and allow our bodies to regenerate and rejuvenate. The very same is true for our animals, helping to clear out the heaviness and sluggishness will benefit them for years to come. We think nothing of getting the car serviced, the oil, the oil filter, the air filter to keep the engine running smoothly and similar applies to ourselves and our animals. The famous horse trainer Tom Draper who trained the legendary Arkle fed all his horses dandelions and dandelion roots when they came up in the Spring. Traditionally we harvested nettles as a Spring detox and blood cleanser. The whole concept of foraging is starting to gain momentum, gathering from our native woods and hedgerows herbs,

plants and flowers that have huge curative powers. The old people used these as their medicinal chest to great avail. They were healthy strong and vital. To enjoy a long and vibrant life we need to look to Nature as much as to other remedies for ourselves and our animals. Dandelion root helps clean the liver, the gut and promotes better absorption of nutrients as a result. Taking probiotics helps replenish the normal gut flora. Cleavers are excellent to help the much overloaded lymphatic system that works tirelessly to drain and remove toxins from our bodies. These are just some examples of safe, effective natural remedies we and our pets could be taking over these next couple of months that will help stave off the ravages of time!! The old adage that we are what we eat is very true... Now's the time to make that change. Feeding a more natural grain free diet, less snacks etc and more healthy supplements to hopefully strengthen their immune system, digestion and overall health. If you have any queries don't hesitate to call or drop in. Enjoy the Spring detox... Your animals will love you for it... in time!! n

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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 SWIF T The Suzuki Swift is a perennial of the supermini class. It's been around for years, offering a simple and efficient way of getting around. With some considerable style. And it's not even trying to be a crossover or SUV, leaving that remit to the likes of the Suzuki Vitara, Ignis and S-Cross. Now in its third generation, the Swift has been updated with revised front-end styling, more standard equipment, and even further emphasis on safety equipment levels across the range. All models are now also fitted with Suzuki’s enhanced 12V Hybrid system for improved efficiency. The Suzuki Swift goes on sale here

from €17,775, making it now one of Ireland's most affordable small cars.

standard equipment.

Not much has changed in terms of design. The Swift still looks great, with a squat and sporty look to it. While most of the rivals appear to be getting bigger, the Swift is not trying to masquerade as anything other than a small car.

SZ-L grade to become the volume selling

The front grille and headlamps have been gently restyled for the latest version. There's also a new colour - Flame Orange Pearl Metallic - which can be combined with a Super Black roof on SZ-T and SZ5 models. All models now have LED headlamps and rear combination lamps as

conditioning, DAB radio, rear privacy glass,

Suzuki expects the new high specification model for the Swift range. That's good news: it's the entry into the range at €17,775. For that you get Radar Brake Support (automated emergency braking), Adaptive Cruise Control, LED headlights, air 16-inch polished alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone link fitted as standard. Under the bonnet there's a 1.2-litre petrol engine, matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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gest. It's ideal in urban environments, and the five speed manual makes it fun to drive. The Swift rides the road well. Revs run high in motorway driving as only a five speed manual gearbox is available, but fuel efficiency remains a strong point regardless. A new CVT automatic gearbox is also available on SZ-T and SZ5 models.

Inside, the Swift has a straightforward interior. It is starting to look a little old-fashioned in its design, but all the key equipment is here, including a touchscreen that connects easily to smartphones. There's lots of hard plastic but it's a solidly built car interior, still with robust Suzuki character.

The Suzuki Swift is one of Ireland's most affordable small cars. It offers a simple and straightforward package, with a genuinely efficient petrol engine that is still responsive and fun to drive. Swift offers value for money as well as high levels of standard equipment. In a world where cars are getting increasingly complex, the Swift stays refreshingly simple.


The car feels roomier inside than what you might expect, in the front and the rear, with more headroom garnered by lowering the seat positions in the initial design. Rear legroom is also good for a compact car. The Swift's boot is on the small side at 265 litres but it's still practical in everyday use. Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre Dualjet technology (K12C) in 2014, initially in the Swift, and then in the Baleno and Ignis. This engine is now replaced by the new K12D Dualjet unit which offers greater fuel economy and even lower CO2 emissions. The maximum power output is 83 hp with a torque figure of 107 Nm at 2,800rpm. The self-charging hybrid system is powered by a new lithium-ion battery with

capacity upgraded from 3Ah to 10Ah to improve energy recovery efficiency. The Swift sits on the Suzuki platform known as “HEARTECT” that is light and highly rigid. In fact this car weighs just 911 kg in front wheel drive manual versions, contributing to lower fuel consumption. In combination with the latest 1.2-litre Dualjet Hybrid four-cylinder engine, the Swift is one of the most efficient small cars on the road. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was just 5.3 litres per 100 km with plenty of high speed motorway driving included. Performance is fine, with the Swift feeling nippier than what the 83 hp might sug-

Model tested: Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet Hybrid SZL Price: €17,775 Engine: 1.2-litre petrol Power: 83 hp Torque: 107 Nm 0-100km/h: 13.1 seconds Top speed: 180 km/h CO2 emissions (WLTP): 106 g/km Motor tax: €180 per year n

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L-R Terry Lee-Williams, ARUP, Brian Cooke, Director General SIMI, Gillian Fanning, SIMI President, Jim Power, Economist.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS THE HUGE CHALLENGE OF DECARBONISING IRELAND’S VEHICLE FLEET Huge investment needed in public charging infrastructure which has fallen behind. 100,000 fast charging points needed in next 8 years – country currently has just 1,900. A key environmental policy to have almost a million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2030 will be a huge challenge unless the Government incentivises and supports dealing with the oldest polluting cars, while exponentially increasing the charging infrastructure nationwide, according to a new report released by Arup and economist Jim Power on reducing light fleet carbon emissions to achieve Government targets. The independent report which was commissioned for The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) stated that in order to deal with this older legacy fleet, help will be required for those with the least economic capacity to make the biggest change. This requires more investment, not just at the top end of the market, to remain fair and equitable if Ireland is to provide all commuters with viable transport options. According to the report, of equal importance is the urgent need to create a second-hand electric vehicle fleet. The age profile of the national fleet has led to the continued use of older polluting vehicles with 31.1% of vehicles being Euro 4 (pre-2011) or older (700,429 cars). Analysis within the report shows that removal of all these cars and replacing them with EVs would reduce carbon emissions by 875,000 tonnes which is the equivalent of planting over 1.1 billion trees which would almost cover the entirety of Co. Clare. Whilst the Government is leading the way by currently requiring all their fleets to be replaced with electric vehicles, this could be expedited by requiring a turnover every 2 or 3 years. Ireland, which is a right-hand drive market, has a slower and smaller supply chain than most other European markets, with around 120,000 new car sales per annum (pre-Covid-19) and

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an average car fleet age of 9 years (2021). With the majority of motorists being used-vehicle buyers there is currently three times as many used vehicles being sold as new vehicles, with an insignificant second-hand electric vehicle market. The creation of this secondary market can only happen via a vibrant overall new car market. The ambition to sell nearly a million electric vehicles by 2030 is extremely challenging. Supply disruptions wrought by Covid19, Brexit and the global chip supply shortage, combined with potential rare mineral shortages keeping battery prices high, has further delayed the availability of electric vehicles. The report also highlights that The European Commission aims to have 30 million EVs on the road by 2030 and estimates that 3 million public chargers will be needed to support them – by the same measure, Ireland would need 100,000 public chargers, with all new being fast chargers to serve the proposed 1 million EVs here by the same date. Currently there are 1,900 chargers installed at 800 sites across the island of Ireland and with the current number of 47,000 EVs on Irish roads, the number of charging points falls far short of the 4,700 realistically needed to serve these. To achieve this investment in public charging infrastructure, a broader approach is required to include policies on charging at home, as well as diversifying the distribution of fast charge points across the country to ensure charging installations support a complete and robust network across the country. There is scope to integrate private market investment into charging infrastructure to speed up the roll-out process and to off-set the capital intensity required to build a widespread charger network.

SlaNey motoriNg Gillian Fanning, SIMI President, said, “The Irish Motor Industry is a key partner of the Irish Government in seeking to reduce carbon emissions from motor vehicles. All stakeholders as outlined in this report have a responsibility to collaborate in delivering charging infrastructure, incentives and education so that consumers who are at the heart of this plan and critical to its success have the confidence to make the change to zero emission vehicles in greater numbers.” Brian Cooke, Director General SIMI, said “With over 2.2 million cars in the national fleet, the journey towards decarbonisation includes all vehicle owners. The Government cannot rely on new Electric Vehicles alone to achieve emission targets. While the new car market will deliver large numbers of Electric Vehicles over the next decade, we must remember that the majority of motorists buy a used car, and for them, particularly those in older cars, their EV journey will be longer. As outlined in the Government’s own plan, we need to deal with the legacy fleet, a fleet that continues to age due to the low levels of new car sales. We need to support all motorists to trade up to newer, less-polluting cars. This has two clear benefits; it can deliver an immediate reduction in overall emissions; and it can shorten the journey time for all owners into an electric vehicle. In this context, electrifying specific fleet sectors can help in the creation of an affordable strong used EV market, removing the barriers to entry for many, and accelerate the electrification of the Irish car market.” Economist Jim Power, who co-authored, said, “To sell 945,000 electric and low emitting vehicles by 2030, in line with Government policy is an extremely ambitious target. Ireland is a

relatively small right-hand-drive economy and has a slower and smaller supply chain with around 120,000 new car sales per annum (pre-Covid-19) and an average car fleet age of 9 years (2021). The Industry faces numerous challenges – global supply chain issues, used car supply scarcity, Brexit disruptions, rising motoring costs. For Ireland to achieve close to the 2030 target both economic and financial fundamentals need to be present. Government support is essential in creating this business environment, through EV grant subsidies, incentives and supporting infrastructure investment which will encourage consumers to take action and expedite sales.” SOME KEY FACTS OF INTEREST:  Average car fleet age of 9 years.  Government Adoption of 945,000 electric vehicles in Ireland by 2030, and ceasing the sale of new fossil-powered cars. This target comprises: 845,000 electric passenger cars, with a focus on EVs. 95,000 electric vans. 3,500 low emission HGVs. 1,500 electric buses.  All new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission in the European union.  Ireland's above average transport emissions, CO2eq. per person of 2.5t (2018) when compared to the EU average of 1.9t (2018), further underlines the urgency to act.  In October 2021, the average age for all vehicles was 9 years; the average age of petrol cars 10.82 years; and the average age of diesel cars 8.3 years. n

Markie Doyle Memorial Vintage Road Run Craanford, 30th January 2022, in aid of North Wexford Hospice Homecare. Right: Vinnie Walton with his vintage Citroen Traction Avant 1955 car. Below: What a car! Colette Leacy with a Citroen classic. Below right: James Martin and his sister Emily enjoying the Vintage section at the Markie Doyle Memorial Vintage Road Run.

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Kia EV6 Takes Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year Title 2022 At an awards ceremony at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, on 11th February 2022, the Kia EV6 was named as the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year for 2022. Motoring journalists from print, online and broadcasting hosted the Covid-19 guideline compliant event, which was attended by Ireland’s leading car brands, importers and distributors.

“After missing out on a 2021 Irish Car of the Year awards programme, we are delighted to be back with these awards for 2022 as the whole programme provides a great guide to Irish motorists on what the best and latest cars coming onto the Irish market are. I am sure that the Kia EV6 will benefit hugely here from winning this much coveted award.”

Kia took the top award with its latest EV6 model which also won the Continental Tyres Irish Large Car of the Year category award at the ceremony. It is the second time that an electric vehicle has taken the award as Kia also won the 2020 Irish Car of the Year title with the all-electric Kia e-Soul.

The category winners:

Joint-Chairman of the Irish Car of the Year Committee, Anthony Conlon said: "The Kia EV6 is a great car and as the second electric vehicle to win the title, it is proof, if any proof was needed, that the era of electric motoring is already well and truly here in Ireland. Just look at our field of runners for this year’s awards, more than half of the contenders are available as either partial or full electric vehicles”.

3. Continental Tyres Irish Small Crossover / SUV of the Year:

Joint-Chairman of the Irish Car of the Year Committee, Cathal Doyle said: “Congratulations to the Kia team on a very worthy win and what an achievement to score back-to-back titles with two great electric vehicles. The Kia EV6 came out as the clear winner and was hugely popular with my motoring journalist colleagues”. Tom Dennigan from awards sponsor, Continental Tyres, said:

1. Continental Tyres Irish Compact Car of the Year: Dacia Sandero. 2. Continental Tyres Irish Medium Car of the Year: Citroen C4. Opel Mokka. 4. Continental Tyres Irish Medium Crossover / SUV of the Year: Renault Arkana. 5. Continental Tyres Irish Large Car of the Year: Kia EV6. 6. Continental Tyres Irish Luxury Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz S-Class. 7. Continental Tyres Irish Performance Car of the Year: BMW M3/M4. The Continental Tyres Irish Van of the Year title for 2022 was awarded to the joint entry Citroen e-Dispatch / Opel Vivaro-e / Peugeot e-Expert. For full details on all of the winners: n

L-R: Anthony Conlon and Cathal Doyle, Joint Chairmen, Irish Car of the Year Committee; Ronan Flood, Kia Ireland; and Tom Dennigan, Continental Tyres Ireland.

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Dancing with Declan Keep up to date with the local dancing scene on: n

Wexford Arts Centre For details and updates on all concerts, drama, exhibitions, films etc happening in Wexford Arts Centre, check out: n

Fishy tales The Songs and Tall Tales of Jerry Fish. Enniscorthy’s Presentation Centre, 22nd April 2022. Tickets available from: n

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. A spokesperson for the group says: “So why not give it a try. Come join us and make new friends, have fun and a chat and get healthier at the same time.” A Facebook page has been created to help bring women of all ages together to enjoy walking in the company of other likeminded women.

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Check out the new Facebook page: ‘Enniscorthy Women Walking Together’ n

Enniscorthy Drama Group is back in action! Enniscorthy Drama Group’s next production will be a Martin McDonagh classic – A Skull in Connemara – a dark and comic piece set in rural Galway and is the middle play of the wellknown McDonagh trilogy. Full details in next month’s issue. n

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The line-up for the 58th Wexford Drama Festival is shown above. Six nights of fabulous drama in the Jerome Hynes Theatre in the National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets available from the National Opera House for each play and patron tickets also available for €66 on sale through the Opera House. Book by phoning 053 9122144. Please note the plays on Monday and Thursday contain adult themes and are recommended for audiences over 16 years old. n

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ARE YOU DANCING? It's hard to know where to start to be honest after such a long absence. Although, as I write this article, the last of the Covid restrictions are being lifted, little did we know this time two years ago the massive disruption to our lives that was just about to begin. I know it was generally across the board, but the music industry was particularly hard hit with the singers, musicians, sound engineers, etc (and not forgetting their families) having their incomes disappearing overnight. And while a whole range of businesses received financial support, the music industry was left out on a limb. But for me, what was all the more tragic was all the people who loved, lived, and looked forward to their social dancing. Many being in the older bracket were in the highest risk catagory, so they ended up in total isolation when they needed their social dances and social dancing friends more than ever. It went from, "Ah! It will be all forgotten about in a couple of months," to "It doesn't look like this is ever going to end." But although I know Covid is still going to be lurking around for the foreseeable future, by and large things are back to normal at the moment.

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Dancehalls and events are seeing a huge comeback thank God and most venues are back up and running. But there have been casualties. Marshalstown, Oylegate, Oak Tree Foulksmills, The Rising Sun Mullinavat, Ardboyne Hotel Navan, Tinryland and Seven Oaks Carlow, Wednesday night in the Ashdown, Murphy's Tinahely, Drumphea and Fenagh Halls, Knockananna CC, Celbridge Manor, Lawlor's Dungarvan, Clover Centre Ferrybank, Crotty's Lemybrien, Carraig Hotel Carraig on Suir, Donard Hall, Ashbourne House

Hotel, Golf Club Abbeyleix and Myshall CC. I'm sure there are plenty more with their doors still closed around the country but hopefully a lot of the aforementioned will still get going again. We'll be sure to keep you updated here in the Slaney News. The Rhu Glenn is flying it thanks to the efforts of Richie Halpin and Harney's Ballyedmond is back. Paddy O’Brien had a good weekend in Clayton Whites Hotel

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with Declan Flanagan Wexford and the Talbot Hotel is going well on a Sunday night. The Brandon Hotel in New Ross on a Wednesday and The Woodford Dolmen on a Thursday are two regular dances that are great to see back. The Parkview in Shillelagh is going great guns on a Saturday and Kiltealy, Camross, Askamore, Rathanna and Carrig on Bannow are to date the surviving parish dances. I know some of you are still nervous about venturing out where there are crowds, but if you're on the fence about whether to go to a dance or not, go ahead, take the chance, support the musicians and the venues and have a great time while you're at it. Would you like to know when and where all the dances are? Text your name to 087 2723375 and have them sent to your phone for free. There have been new songs out during Covid and I'll be reviewing them here in later editions of the Slaney News but the few that come to mind are Derek Ryan’s "The Night" – a fab lively song for jiving or quickstep where the night goes on for days.

And from 29th July to Aug 1st The Rockin’ Fruit & Food Festival comes back to Enniscorthy. It has steadily grown into a fabulous weekend event combining the Strawberry Fair, The Food Fair and The R 'n' Roll Festival.

So that's it folks. It's great to have something to write about again and hopefully we'll see you all here again in the April edition of the Slaney News. Yours truly, Declan Flanagan.

The Tumbling Paddies’ "The Way I Am" – real nice Jiver written and produced by Derek Ryan. These six lads from Fermanagh are causing quite a storm whereever they play down this part of the country. Ciaran Rosney’s "Come The Hour, Come The Man” is a feel good song about giving a hand to someone in need, perfect for Quickstep, Jiving or Linedancing. Just a quick word on the big day outs before I go. It looks like the Gorey Show can't secure a venue so it's very unlikely it will go ahead. The Bannow/Rathangan Show I'm delighted to say has just announced it's all systems go on July 14th. The Southeast Music Festival in the same grounds doesn't seem to be a runner but The Tullow (Aug 21st) and Tinahely Show (Aug 1st) both have the green light. The very popular Kilkenny Music Festival in Gowran Park July 3rd and The Bree Country Fest Sept 3rd in Byrne's Grain Store are also good to go.

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Brian Kennedy Courthouse Arts Centre Tinahely Saturday 12th March 8.30pm €25 A true warrior and survivor, Brian Kennedy is back on the road following quadruple bypass surgery after suffering a heart attack in 2021 and cancer treatment in 2019. He returns to The Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely on 12th March at 8.30pm, tickets €25. Belfast-born Brian Kennedy is one of Ireland’s most inspired and revered ambassadors of music. From harmonising with ambulance sirens as a child to overcoming stage fright to be discovered by the now legendary Svengali Simon Fuller, Brian’s story is one of talent, resilience, and bravery. With Van Morrison on the epic ‘Blues & Soul Revue’ tour, he shared the stage with Van Morrison and a breathtaking cast of some of the greatest artists in history: Jonie Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. Brian has sung with Stevie Wonder at Ronnie Scott’s and he is one of only a few to have sung with the late, legendary Jeff Buckley.

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Throughout the relentless touring with Van Morrison, Brian managed to maintain a stream of chart-making albums. ‘A Better Man’ and ‘Now That I know What I Want’ both went platinum. In addition to the Tinahely show, Brian will also be in Gorey Little Theatre on 14th May, so no excuse for not catching one of his nearby shows! n

Acclaimed Slovakian violinist Vladimir Jablokov returns to The Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy with a brand new show this summer! Jablokov’s hand-picked violin, cello and piano ensemble will begin with a unique arrangement of Vivaldi's iconic The Four Seasons, accompanied by visuals based on the original notes published nearly 300 years ago. The latter half of the concert features some of the most popular pieces in Vladimir's repertoire including Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5, Strauss' Radetzky March, Theme from Schindler's List, If I Were A Rich Man and many more audience favourites. Vladimir has headlined performances in the National Concert Hall, INEC, University Concert Hall, Cork Opera House, National Opera House and more. He is also preparing his biggest production to date to be staged at the 3Arena in December 2022. Line up: Vladimir Jablokov - Violin, Katie O'Connor - Violin, Sokol Koka - Cello, Inna Firsova - Piano. Enniscorthy Concert Date: 27th of May 2022 at 8pm. Ticket Price: €26.50. Facebook - n

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Wexford Arts Centre – temporary closing to facilitate new extension Wexford Arts Centre will be closing its famous red doors on Saturday 12th March until the renovation of the old building and the construction of the new extension is completed by end of July 2022. This work is being supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and by Wexford County Council. The last event there before the temporary closing will be the family friendly clown and circus performance: Bill and Fred's Adventure on Friday 11th March 7pm ( D'lush Café, based at the Centre, will also be closed from Saturday 12th March at 4pm.

For details and updates on all that’s happening in Wexford Arts Centre, check out:

Wexford Arts Centre management and staff will still be very active behind closed doors and off site. Visit the website to keep up to date on offsite events and exhibitions during this time including offsite locations at Green Acres, Wexford, The Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy, and Wexford County Council. Also check out studios, exhibitions and events at the Creative Hub in Wexford town. Bookings can still be made online at or by calling 053 9123764 Ext 1 for Box office, and in person at The Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Wexford Arts Centre’s offices will be located at its Annexe on John’s Gate Street. A spokesperson for the Centre says, “Thank you for your patience as we complete our final phase of our Arts For All plans and we look forward to welcoming you all back, as well as new visitors, through new all-access doors by end of summer.” Visit to show your support. n

Please note: All proceeds of the above Record Hop will be donated to humanitarian efforts in the Ukraine.

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Wexford GAA Fundraiser A great way to show your support for Wexford hurling and enjoy a great night’s entertainment at the same time. A Night with Anthony Kearns and Friends, in aid of the Senior Hurling Development Fund, takes place in Clayton Whites Hotel on Saturday April 2, and tickets are available now at n

Listen to the call of the Wild Geese Music for Wexford presents a concert featuring Irish and European music from the 1700s exploring the sound world of the Wild Geese. The Calling of The Wild Geese takes place at 3.30pm on Sunday March 6th at St Mary's Church, Enniscorthy. The concert explores the sound world of the Wild Geese, in Ireland and Europe, around 1700 through a varied selection of European and Irish music from this period for voice and harp and solo voice. It will include works by Irish, English and French composers. Featuring Siobhan Armstrong (Irish and European Baroque Harp), Róisín O'Grady (Soprano) and Cárthach MacCraith (Sean Nós singer) "The Flight of the Wild Geese was the departure of an Irish Jacobite army under the command of Patrick Sarsfield from Ireland to France, as agreed in the Treaty of Limerick on 3 October 1691, following the end of the Williamite War in Ireland. More broadly, the term Wild Geese is used to refer to Irish soldiers who left to serve in continental European armies in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries." This concert explores music from, or inspired by Irish, English and French

composers of that era. It features Siobhan Armstrong (Irish and European Baroque Harp), Róisín O'Grady (Soprano) and Cárthach MacCraith (Sean Nós singer).

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Opening of The Fabric of Wexford Exhibition in Ennis

Above left: Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Council, Sean Doyle who did the official opening and Enniscorthy Castle Manager Mic District, Mico Hassett, Enniscorthy Castle Manager, and Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Coun

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co Hassett. Above centre: Bernie Quigley, Acting Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager, Sean Doyle, Cllr Cathal Byrne, Chairman Enniscorthy Municipal ncil. Above right: Sean Doyle speaks at the official opening of the Fabric of Wexford Exhibition in Enniscorthy Castle.

Enniscorthy Castle Far left: Some of the crowd at the opening of The Fabric of Wexford exhibition in Enniscorthy Castle on 11th February. Left: Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Council. Right: Hannah, Mary and Kathleen McBee from Ballymurphy. Far right: Ben Dolan and Sean Doyle at the opening of the exhibition. Five bottom photos left to right: 1. Colm Hassett and Lilly Gortz. 2. Tess Reynolds artist and Eithne Scallan. 3. Emily Wilson, Jody Murray, Lilly Dorey and Olivia Cogan. 4. The three wise men! Sean Doyle, Ger Mackey and Jimmy Gahan. 5. Castle Manager Mico Hassett is pleased with how the launch went.

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A Glorious Obse

A fashion series by Maria Nolan

As we head joyful and triumphant into Bank Holiday season, our thoughts exuberantly turn to parades, celebrations, confirmations, and communions, and now for the first time in over two years, weddings, as we once knew them. Dresses, particularly the pleated midi seem to be holding their own very well this season and come in a kaleidoscope of fantastic colours, fabrics and blends, resembling an artist pallet, and are in plentiful supply in all our stores and boutiques. But be careful out there, ladies, they don’t suit everyone, no matter how good they look on the hanger, or on your taller friend, or on your twenty-year-old daughter, they gotta look good on you,

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otherwise all those vibrant tones and patterns are simply wasted. So do take lots of advice before you purchase and not just from retail staff who are doing their utmost to make the sale. A good idea is to ask them to take a photo of you in the dress and forward to a discerning friend who has your best interest to heart and knows you well enough to be honest without repercussions. And remember, there is no point asking for advice if you are not going to give it careful consideration, but at the final analysis, having contemplated all, my advice would be to go with your gut feeling, which is seldom wrong, deep down I think we all know what looks good on us and what doesn’t.


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Maria Nolan

And remember a pretty belt will give definition to a slim waist and focus the eye, a nicely tailored jacket will complement a dress adding structure, provided you get the length right, and a striking scarf will create both cover and contrast. With Paddy’s Day in the offing, green is the predominant colour at the present time in our stores. Dunnes is awash with all forty shades of it, in dresses, skirts, trousers, cardigans, jumpers, blouses, coats and jackets. There’s simply no excuse for not wearing the green on 17th March, useless of course green doesn’t suit you. Trouser suits are making a comeback in some very vivacious shades including royal blue, burnt orange, fushia pink and sunflower yellow, along with calmer tones of peppermint green, powder blue and gentle lilac, worn with contrasting camisoles and heels, sure to be spotted at all special occasions over Spring/Summer 22. A new label to watch for fashionistas is Emily & Me exclusive to BORN, focusing mainly on dresses, it is high end chic at very affordable prices. As we gear up for all those special occasions, remember it’s all about tweaking that outfit to make it unique, striking heels or stunning clutch bag, diamante belt or bold, bright, scarf will add your personality to what you are wearing and ensure that even if another guest does arrive to the occasion in the same outfit it will look completely different. And as they say in all the best quarters, ‘Vivre la difference.’ – Maria Nolan

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Spring time in Rosslare Strand

Spring time in Rosslare Strand and lots to do – walks, bars, hotels, coffee shops, golf, pony trekking, playgrounds and lots more. Above: Going for a walk – Paula and Ciara Cullen and Allie Patten. Above right: Dog walkers Angela Gaynor and Miriam Geralthy. Right: Aidan Meyler in his coffee shop and deli – The Beachcomber.

COSMIC REBELS CON is back in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, on the 24th of April 2022 from 11am to 7pm, admission is free and all tables are free of charge too! After a two-year gap, organiser Ed Doyle is delighted to be back, saying, ‘Let's celebrate together all things geeky.’ The Slaney News will carry more details in our upcoming issues but in the meantime make sure to check out the event page by clicking the link below.

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Wexford Light Opera Society is delighted to announce its

the Aims award-winning Wexford Light Opera Society’s tal-

2022 production of "The Pirates of Penzance".

ented chorus of ladies and gentlemen.

Having had to postpone their production of Titanic The Musi-

Pirates of Penzance will be running from Monday the 25th of

cal in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, all the members are

April to Saturday the 30th of April inclusive, nightly at 8pm at

absolutely thrilled to be back in full swing and swashbuckling

the National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets are €22.50 from

their way through a very intense rehearsal schedule under the

Monday to Wednesday night with OAP/Student/Concession

baton of Fintan Cleary as Musical Director, Tom O'Leary as

rate for Monday only at €17.50, and Thursday to Saturday

Director, Aisling Doyle as Choreographer and Eithne Corrigan

tickets are €25 each. A family rate is available of 2 adults and

as Chorus Mistress.

2 children each night for €75 Monday to Wednesday and €80

Taking the lead roles this year in "Pirates" are Wexford's infamous George Lawlor who will be playing The Pirate King,

from Thursday to Saturday, and group rates are also available for bookings of 20 or more people.

Clare Kavanagh as Mabel, Gary Stephens as Frederick, Pat

All tickets are available from The National Opera House Box

Lawlor as Major General, Elizabeth Rose Browne as Ruth,

office online: or by phoning

Tony Brennan as Sergeant of Police. Playing Mabel's sisters

them on 053-9122144. The advice is to book your tickets

are: Ami Stahlut as Edith, Sophie Blaney-Parslow as Kate, and

early to avoid disappointment as this swash-buckling tale of

newcomer to the Society, Hannah Devereux, playing the role

sentimental pirates, blundering policemen, absurd adven-

of Isabel. We are also delighted to have Michael O'Gorman

tures and improbable paradoxes is one you will not want to

return to us playing the role of Samuel, all accompanied by

miss!!! n

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Movie Review with Kyle Walsh 

So, I went to the cinema to watch the new Kenneth Branagh film Death on the Nile. It’s his adaptation from Agatha Christie’s murder mystery Death on the Nile published back in 1978. It’s also Branagh’s follow-up to his 2017 Murder on the Orient Express, which was an adaptation from Agatha Christie also. Branagh stars in this movie as the legendary detective Hercule Poirot. Alongside him are A-list stars such as the beautiful Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Russell Brand, Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Annette Bening and Tom Bateman reprising his role from the Orient Express. The film opens up to a brilliant sequence that is shot in glorious black and white. It’s a flashback to a young Poirot stuck in the hellish trenches of World War I with his men, all but defeated. His captain and men are planning an attack but young Poirot steps in and demonstrates his sharp wit with an entirely different

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plan, that saves his men. It’s a beautiful piece of film making and you can almost feel yourself transported from cinema seat through the screen and into the trenches with Poirot and co. It’s so beautiful but yet so tragic, and we get to see why Poirot has his signature moustache. I wanted the film to stay this way throughout I was enjoying it that much, but instead we ended up on a boat going up the Nile with a crowd of characters I didn’t really care much for. Oh how I wish we stayed in those trenches. We are thrown into London 1937 where we get to meet Doyle (Hammer) and his fiancé Bellefort (Emma Mackey) dancing inside a blues club. Poirot is there also, and then we get the most magnificent entrance from Ridgeway (Gadot). Bellefort introduces Ridgeway, her childhood friend, to her fiancé Doyle. Straight away it’s love at first sight between them (and who would blame him). In no time Doyle and Ridgeway are married, and Poirot and co are all swept away on a luxury honeymoon on the Nile. With love though, there’s always trouble. Enter the stalker – Doyle’s ex fiancé Bellefort, every-

where the newlyweds go she’s there. So we have all the different characters doing their own things on the holiday but as a viewer I never cared what they were doing. Badly written characters and the acting is nothing to write home about. Then a murder takes place. At this point I wished they were all murdered and we could go home, but that wasn’t the case and I had to sit there for another hour feeling pretty bored. So everyone was wondering who dunnit but I was wondering who cares. The cgi in this film wasn’t great either with some very bad effects for pyramids, disappointing considering the budget they spent on this film. The last five minutes was entertaining enough watching Poirot put the pieces together to find out who the killer was. I had figured it out an hour into the film. So overall lads, if it was on a streaming channel and you had nothing else to watch you could turn it on, but only if you had nothing else to watch. I was disappointed with it. It gets 4/10 from me. n

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Musical treat for Wexford service users and staff Service users and staff in several residential mental health care settings across Co. Wexford were served a musical treat last month. The Mobile Music Machine have been familiar visitors to HSE/South East Community Healthcare older persons, disabilities and mental health care facilities throughout the South East over the last two years with their live arts project known as “COVID Care” concerts. A classical music quartet founded and led by cello soloist, chamber and orchestral musician Gerald Peregrine, the project also involves playing with special guests.

care centre for Psychiatry of Later Life at Farnogue Community Nursing Unit, Wexford) and the Westlands (in Wexford) and Tús Nua (in Enniscorthy) rehabilitation units. The Westlands gathering was facilitated at the Wexford Arts Centre.

have faced enormous challenges over the last two years. The COVID Care concerts developed as a project to bring classical music into the lives of vulnerable members of society and those most affected by the impact of the pandemic.”

Dr. Denise Rodgers (Clinical Psychologist with Wexford mental health services, HSE/South East Community Healthcare) said everyone was delighted with the events:

“It was wonderful, on this occasion, to welcome Prof. Luke O’Neill on site to help everyone smile! Along with Mary Coughlan, Gerald, Lynda and Dermot they brought great joy and we look forward to further opportunities for such therapeutic activity!” n

“Staff, service users and their families

In this latest series in Co. Wexford (made possible with the support of Creative Ireland, the National Lottery and the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival), Gerald was joined by violinist Lynda O’Connor, Dermot Dunne on accordion, renowned blues, jazz and Irish soul singer Mary Coughlan and (on guitar and vocals) by Professor of Biochemistry and Immunology at TCD Luke O’Neill. Among the venues to enjoy the musical visits last week were Selskar (a residential

Above: Singer Mary Coughlan and Professor Luke O’Neill (guitar and vocals) at a performance in the Wexford Arts Centre by the Mobile Music Machine and guests for the Westlands Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit. Left: The Mobile Music Machine at the Tús Nua Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit, Enniscorthy. Below: The Mobile Music Machine at Selskar residential care centre for Psychiatry of Later Life at Farnogue Community Nursing Unit, Wexford.

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Do you have the WEX Factor? Wexford Has Talent wants to know… Do You Have the WEX Factor? Wexford Has Talent is back after a year-long hiatus and the countdown to the much anticipated 2022 Wexford Has Talent audition date is underway. The only chance for competitors to bag a place on the Wexford Has Talent competition stage takes place on Sunday, March 13th from 12 noon at Clayton Whites, Wexford. Organisers of the competition have opened online booking for audition places and participants can now reserve their free audition slot on From the auditions process, a shortlist of between 24 and 30 acts will be selected to go forward to take part in the live audience semi-finals at Clayton Whites on April 15th and 16th and the semi-final winners will go on to perform at the Wexford Has Talent Grand Final on Sunday, May 1st 2022. The acts that are successful will be featured in the Wexford People on Wednesday, March 16th, in the big reveal, detailing the semi-finalists who will have qualified to perform at one of two semi-final live shows. Wexford Has Talent is kindly sponsored by the Wexford People newspaper Group and has taken place in Wexford town annually since 2015 except for 2021 when Covid restrictions prevented the show from going ahead. Organisers say that all acts who turn up to audition on the day will get a chance to showcase their talent. Chairperson Enda Whelan says, “We are encouraging as many acts as possible to pre-register for their audition place via website as this will ensure the least amount of waiting time for contestants. However, the judges will see all acts that turn up on the day. We would like to wish everyone the very best of luck; there is a great variety of acts already pre-reg-

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There is still time to register for the 2022 Wexford Has Talent auditions, see

istered for auditions so we expect Wexford Has Talent 2022 to be another brilliant entertainment show.” Tickets to the Wexford Has Talent Semi-Finals will be on sale at Clayton Whites Hotel priced at €10 for each

show once the semi-finalists have been announced. For further details and Wexford Has Talent news see or join the event on and Instagram @WexfordHasTalent n

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Acko’s debut solo album is officially launched Enniscorthy’s Acko released his debut solo album St Dominic's Disappearance on 26th February at a well attended launch event at The Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy. The 54-year-old singer-songwriter is the former fontman with Dublin-based pop-punk quartet Grasshopper and a veteran of the Grafton Street busking mafia that also included members of the Frames, Kila, the Mary Janes and The Pale. St Dominic's Disappearance comprises eleven songs featuring long-time friends and collaborators Miriam Ingram, ex-Mary Jane Simon Good, Shane Wearen (The Pale) and violinist Colm Mac Con lomaire. The album, he says, deals with themes of friendship, loss, the passing of time. “At least half of the songs on the album are about a long-lost friend of mine, someone I haven't seen for at least half the time I've known him. It's funny how some people have a massive effect on your life and then disappear, but you still carry them around with you. I like to tell people that it's a concept album, but only in the loosest sense. There's no storyline as such, just a common theme to a few of the songs. “ St Dominic's Disappearance is available on CD and all digital platforms. For more information email: The album can be purchased from the above email address or from Check Acko out at: and n

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Courtown’s new walking trail The Wexford Walking Trails website is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in scenic walks in Co. Wexford. The website contains a great selection of beautiful walks: wooded, historic, coastal and mountain trails ranging from long sandy beaches in the east to the wild Hook Peninsula in the southwest. Many of the walks have rugged terrain. All walks are graded. The length of each trail is indicated to assist you to select the right walk for your ability. Choose a different walk each day! Wexford Walking Trail has rehabilitated a section of the Slí Charman Coastal Walkway, allowing walkers to safely travel from Courtown to Kiltennel without having to use the public roadway. Courtown's combination of semi-native, mixed woodland running adjacent to the sandy coastline is very rare and it provides a pleasurable and healthy experience for individuals and families of all ages to escape and reset from their busy lives. Courtown Community Council is delighted with the news that after two years in development, the Courtown/Kiltennel Walking Trail has received its official accreditation from Sport Ireland. The trail has now been added to the National Trails Register and will appear on the Sport Ireland website. Courtown Community Council continues to work closely with Wexford County Council, Wexford Walking Trails and National Parks and Wildlife Service in the areas of maintenance, restoration and conservation in this designated Natural Heritage Area – Courtown Dunes and Glen. Also, in collaboration with The Irish Coast Guard and Wexford Walking Trails, Courtown Community Council is delighted to introduce a numbered emergency locator marker system along the trail to help trail users identify their location should an emergency arise. n

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Sports funding for local clubs Wexford County Council was awarded €300,000 under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme for the facilitation of an all-weather full size Astro Turf Pitch at the Ross Road public amenity area in Enniscorthy. This news was warmly welcomed by Minister James Browne TD who said, “This is a very welcome facility for Enniscorthy and will be of enormous benefit to the community through the growth of local clubs and further participation of young people in sport while further promoting Enniscorthy as a healthy town.”

- Bunclody AFC €287,000.

The Enniscorthy Municipal District received further significant amounts of funding under the programme and Minister Browne “would like to congratulate the following groups on their successful applications and wish them the very best with their proposed projects”.

- Ferns St. Aidan’s GAA Club €46,000

- County Wexford Community Workshop Enniscorthy €150,000 - F.C.J. Secondary School, Bunclody €150,000 - Enniscorthy Golf Club €104,134 - Davidstown/Courtnacuddy GAA Club €103,535 - Enniscorthy Swimming Pool & Leisure Complex €80,431 - Enniscorthy RFC €51,500

- Ajax AFC €29,544 - Bree United Soccer Club €14,715 - Enniscorthy Boxing Academy €10,000 n

Minister James Browne TD pictured at Enniscorthy Golf Club where he helped secure €104,134 in a Capital Sports Grant for the club. L-R: Mr Denis Dunne, Captain; Mr Stephen Casey, Hon Secretary; Minister James Browne TD; Ms Breda Morrison, Lady Captain; Mr. Senan Lillis.

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European golds for Enniscorthy’s Anne Gilshinan Slaney Olympic’s Anne Gilshinan competed in the European Master Athletics championships in Braga, Portugal, last month and brought home not one, but three gold medals! The thirteenth European Masters Indoor Championships (EMACI) – a competition aimed at athletes over 35 years of age, took place from February 20th to 27th, 2022, on the six-lane track of the new Altice Forum, located in the centre of Braga. Anne competed in the over-55 category at 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m winning gold in all three events! Anne was in disbelief afterwards saying. “Three Gold medals and I still can’t quite believe it.” Check out Anne’s Facebook page: for videos of all three victories. n

Wexford County Council - Sports Active Wexford: Covid 19 Community & Club Small Grant Scheme 2022 now open for applications. Funding is available to support Covid 19 related expenditure. For all information and terms, and to apply: Active_Wexford_Covid19_Club_Small_Grant_Scheme n

Wexford FC’s sustainable kit This season Wexford FC’s shirts are made with recycled polyester fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. A great example of recycling being set by the club. n

Bunclody AFC – granted €287,000 under the recent Sports Capital and Equipment Programme.

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Bellefield Beat Exciting times as life returns to Bellefield GAA, with the re-opening of our indoor Bingo on Wednesday 16th February and our club bar resuming normal opening hours, and it’s all hands on deck as we prepare fields and facilities for playing season 2022. A wonderful addition to our playing pitch is the newly erected electronic Scoreboard very kindly sponsored by Brian & Wendy Walsh, Brian Walsh Hurleys & Sports. Our most sincere thanks to Brian and Wendy and daughter Aoife, all active and loyal members of the club. Our Senior Hurlers are currently selling a magnificent momento of their historic 2021 Championship win in the form of a beautifully framed photograph of the team and mentors, professionally taken by well known GAA photographer Noel Reddy. Two sizes available – 12”X16” and 16”X20” – €60 and €120, currently on view on all our social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and available to purchase from me, Maria Nolan, and Senior Hurling Manager Declan Skippy Ruth at 087-2574562. A treasured memory of a special and cherished club occasion. All monies raised from the sale of the photographs will go towards the future development and enhancement of Rapparees/Starlights players and facilities. Our weekly Lotto continues every Monday night at the clubhouse, tickets can be purchased online or from the

Brian Walsh with daughter Aoife. Brian Walsh Hurleys & Sports are the sponsors of the new electronic scoreboard at Bellefield GAA.

many sales outlets around the town. May I take this opportunity to thank all for supporting our weekly Lotto and those who are back supporting our Wednesday night Bingo, your weekly contribution is very much appreciated. Our Club Dinner Dance will take place at the Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday 30th April, our Bellefield Bunny Run will be held over the Easter bank holiday weekend, and our Club Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday 6th May at Enniscorthy Golf Club. Our new multimedia Communications Committee, operating Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TicToc, is Maria Nolan, John Ryan, Geraldine Redmond, Leanne Hore, Anna Flood, Ciaran Cronin, and Christopher Doyle, please feed all club information and activity through them to keep our members informed and up to date on any and all GAA and club happenings and events. So, a multitude of activity to look forward to and we haven’t even mentioned the games yet! Senior hurlers Ben Edwards and Kevin Foley with team photo now on sale.

Ar Aghaidh Linn Le Cheile. – Maria Nolan, PRO

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Slaney Olympic’s 10K Held at Old Dublin Road Enniscorthy on Sunday 13th February 2022 Sponsored by Creane & Creane Insurance Sarah Hamilton and Hannah Nolan.

Oylegate man Brian Shaughnessy warms up.

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Ruth and Anne Fitzgerald warm up.

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New handbook published to support Sporting Memories Groups A new Sporting Memories Handbook has been developed to support local sports organisations in setting up Sporting Memories groups. An initiative of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Sporting Memories groups are intended to provide a forum for people with dementia, families, supporters and friends to reminisce and talk about bygone sporting days as well as encourage participation in physical activity. The booklet, which is supported by the Dementia: Understand Together campaign, aims to help improve the health and well-being of people with dementia, as well as older people in general. The handbook is part of the wider rollout of the Sporting Memories programme in communities across Ireland. The initiative hopes to inspire and encourage local sporting clubs and organisations to organise regular Sporting Memories groups within their localities. The groups bring people together to reminisce about their lives through the medium of sport, using images, video footage, memorabilia, quizzes, and guest talks to spark memories and encourage social engagement. By using sporting cues, the purpose is to stimulate memory, improve communication and social skills, as well as create a sense of camaraderie and belonging.

as offering communication tips, ways to create a supportive environment, and details of how to access group resources. By meeting at the local sports grounds, or visiting a clubhouse, groups can help to conjure up fantastic memories of past experiences and events. Physical activity is also a key part of the programme with light exercises built into each session. There are an estimated 2,163 people living with dementia in WEXFORD and each year more than 11,000 people develop the disease across the country – that’s approximately 30 people every day. There are many forms of dementia, with the most common being Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, mixed Alzheimer’s Disease/vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body disease. For more information on the Sporting Memories programme, or to access the handbook, visit or To order a copy of the handbook, go to The development of the Sporting Memories Handbook was inspired by Sporting Heritage, a comprehensive guide for Scot-

The ultimate objective of the programme is to tackle dementia, depression, and loneliness through safe, friendly sessions, led by people with a passion for sport and a desire to help people stay engaged in their communities.

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supported by the Dementia: Understand Together campaign, led by the HSE. The campaign aims to help create communities that actively embrace and include those living with dementia tact The Alzheimer Society of Ireland on Freefone 1800 341 341 (Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm). n

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The Art of Reading The Arts Council is delighted with the appointment of Enniscorthy’s Colm Tóibín as the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2022-2024. His three-year term began last month. In partnership with Libraries Ireland, the new Laureate is presenting The Art of Reading, a monthly book club for library book clubs across the country and it is offered as an online event for readers on the last Thursday of every month.

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Over the course of the year, Colm will discuss a selection of titles by Irish writers, highlighting outstanding Irish writing and celebrating the reader and book clubs. In some cases, the Laureate will be joined by the featured writer in conversation about their book. The first online book club event was made available for streaming on 24th February. In that event Colm was in conversation with Claire Keegan about her recent book Small Things Like These. Readers, book lovers and book clubs everywhere are invited to join in the Art of Reading with the Laureate, to read these outstanding books and tune in every month for the discussion. Sign up for The Art of Reading Book Club monthly events via Facebook at

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‘Wexford Bohemian’ open for submissions The Wexford Bohemian is a journal of writing, art and culture published out of Red Books, St Peter's Square, Slippery Green, Wexford. The first issue was launched in August 2020. This 90page collection of 37 local writers and artists sold out within 24 hours. The second edition was a huge success also containing the work of 74 local creatives. A third edition of Wexford Bohemian is in the pipeline and is now open for submissions until 1st April 2022. Make sure to send your essays, poetry, short stories, reviews and anything else (within 30 lines/1,500 words) to before 1st April. It is hoped to publish the new edition by the end of April. n

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A foretaste of Wexford Literary Festival 2022 Wexford Literary Festival is delighted to announce that things are beginning to hot up for this year’s Festival weekend from 1st – 3rd July. The hard-working Festival Committee are busy putting together a comprehensive, all embracing, wide ranging, Programme of Events incorporating the many forms of literature – Poetry, Prose, Drama, Film, Visual Art, and Spoken Word. This year the Festival will be a Room & Zoom event, allowing viewing and participation from right around the world. The Festival Committee is also developing and expanding literary links begun in 2021 with writers and poets in Savannah, Newfoundland, and Wales, further enhancing our international status and appeal. This year’s Festival’s theme, a century from the formation of the State, is historical, and our innovative Committee plan to incorporate the historic events of one hundred years ago into our Festival weekend. The Battle of Enniscorthy, between the Free State garrison at Enniscorthy Castle and Anti Treaty snipers at St. Mary’s Church and the Courthouse, raged for four days on the streets of the town from 1st – 4th July, exactly coinciding with our 2022 Festival. We are currently engaged with developing a programme telling Enniscorthy’s story and the part it played in the birth of the Nation, through literature, visual art, and drama. So, watch this space for further details of this exciting concept. Our 2022 Programme will also include events at the Wexford Arts Centre and Red Books, Wexford, and our annual Children’s Bookmark Competition kindly sponsored by Eason of Enniscorthy.

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Over the coming weeks and months, we will have details of the myriad of events planned for WLF 2022 but in the meantime, we are inviting submissions for all of our prestigious competitions: n The Colm Tóibín Short Story Award, n The Anthony Cronin Poetry Award, n The Eoin Colfer Children’s Short Story Award, n The Billy Roche One Act Play Award n Meet The Publisher Event. This is an excellent opportunity for all you Scribblers out there to dust off that manuscript, or half-finished manuscript, that has been lying in the shoebox under the bed, or on top of the wardrobe and book a slot with the wonderful Paula Campbell of Poolbeg Press – who knows you could be the next Colm Tóibín, Eoin Colfer or Billy Roche.

Maria Nolan, Secretary, Wexford Literary Festival

So, get those entries into us now to be in with a chance to be among our 2022 award winners – details on our website – Maria Nolan

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Major bursary award for Eoghan Eoghan Rua Finn

Wexford County Council, in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre, is delighted to announce Eoghan Rua Finn as the recipient of the Wexford Playwright Commission Award themed around commemoration of the period 1916-23. This award provides a €10,000 bursary to the playwright to research and develop a new theatre work, addressing themes of commemoration of the period 1916–23. This commission forms part of Wexford County Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme (2012–2023) and is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under their Community Strand. The aim of this new work is to respond, with sensitivity, to the historical context of the revolutionary period in County Wexford and to promote a deeper understanding of the significant historical events of one hundred years ago. The new work will encourage reflection today about the multiple identities, traditions and perspectives that are part of the overall Irish historical experience. Eoghan Rua Finn was chosen as the recipient of the award from an open call attracting a significant number of very strong submissions. Over the year, Eoghan will further research and develop his script in relation to historical context of the period in County Wexford and will have full access to Wexford County Council Library and Archives with their extensive digital archives relating to this period. In addition, Eoghan will have access to work produced by Barry Lacey, Wexford Public Library Service’s Historian in Residence, during this commemoration period. Eoghan’s script will also receive further development support from Ben Barnes, former Abbey Theatre Director and Director of Four Rivers production company, leading towards a workshop reading by end of year and a full production to be produced in 2023 in association with Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford County Council. n

Wexford Libraries App Wexford County Council Public Library Service now has its own Library App. The Library App is user-friendly, so you can discover new experiences, online content, and so much more, quickly and easily. Access your library 24/7. Online resources include eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, eComics & Graphic Novels, music, take eLearning or language courses, business, education and research databases and more. The new app offers access to the library catalogue and to the library user's account, so you can reserve and renew items from anywhere once you have internet access. Families with numerous cards can keep the entire family’s account details in one place, with loans and requests for everyone available at a glance. The online library and library social media platforms, news and the library events calendar are available in one place. eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines, courses as well as other resources can be downloaded directly to your device. Using the app, it is easy to find your nearest library, with directions via Google Maps along with opening hours and contact details. The app is contactless, safe and hygienic. It allows library members to simply tap the item they wish to borrow with their smartphone and the item details are registered to their account. The Library App is available on both Google Play and the Apple Store, just search for 'Wexford Libraries' and download for free. You can also find the app by visiting n

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Book Review: Meet Me in Monaco: The book I am reviewing this month is a beautiful novel written by my friend Hazel Gaynor, who has joined us here in Enniscorthy on many occasions at the Wexford Literary Festival, and her co-author Heather Webb. I am a huge fan of Hazel’s historical novels, and as soon as I saw the cover of Meet Me in Monaco and read the blurb I was hooked. Set in the 1950s, on the exotic Cote d’Azur, against the backdrop of a real life fairytale, the whirlwind romance and glamorous marriage of American actress Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco. What’s not to like, sounds like my kinda book so far – pure escapism, travel, history, and romance, all bound together in very pretty packaging. In 1955, actress Grace Kelly attends the Cannes Film Festival. In a desperate effort to escape a rather persistent British photographer, she slips into a perfume boutique owned by the lovely Sophie Duval. Grace and Sophie strike up a relationship over the bond of perfume and later when Grace falls in love with the debonair Prince Rainier, she requests Sophie Duval to create a scent for her wedding day, which of course will be the making of Grasse perfumery, as every female on the planet will want to wear the same scent as the elegant actress turned Princess.

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Meanwhile, the persistent London photographer James Henderson falls for the French perfume maker, but already having, albeit, an estranged wife, returns to London to be with a dying friend and to be close to the daughter he loves dearly.

However, the lovely Grace Kelly unintentionally brings both Sophie and Henderson together again, when he is commissioned by his paper to travel on the S.S. Constitution from New York to Monaco to cover the wedding the whole world is talking about. Two epic romances in one novel, sprinkled with all the glitz and glamour of the silver screen. I simply loved the way the authors weaved the magic of French perfume making into the wonderful love story that captured the imagination of the entire world, instead of the Princess and the Frog it was the Prince and the American actress, made for Hollywood. For any of you who were fans of Grace Kelly, as I was, this book is a must read and for those of you too young to remember her, it gives an inspired glimpse into one of Hollywood’s most famous and favourite actresses. A lovely book, eloquently written and an easy and enjoyable read, one I have no hesitation in recommending. – Maria Nolan

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New strategy to protect Wexford's Heritage In February, the government approved Heritage Ireland 2030, a cross-government Strategic Policy for Heritage that sets out a framework for the protection, conservation, promotion and management of Ireland’s heritage for the next decade and beyond. The Strategy lays out a roadmap for the best possible future for Irish heritage with a joined up approach at government, stakeholder and community levels. A comprehensive implementation plan is now being developed to deliver on its actions.

ships, reflecting the importance of ongoing collaboration between government, communities, stakeholders, citizens and local authorities in delivering upon the objectives of this strategy. The proposed framework sets out structures through which all of these groups can come together to advance the protection of Ireland’s heritage. Recognising that responsibilities for Ireland’s heritage rest right across government, this structured framework will also enable the integration of heritage policy principles into decisionmaking across the whole of government.

Wexford County Council is tasked with the care and management of heritage assets in their ownership such as monuments, protected structures, county archives, museum collections, heritage gardens and parks. Heritage Ireland 2030 will aim to strengthen the role of Wexford County Council in the management, care and promotion of Ireland’s heritage and establish policies to underpin their work as custodians of many heritage resources.

Heritage Ireland 2030 contains over 150 actions, each of which will be built upon and delivered within working groups. An Implementation Plan assigning actions and timeframes to responsible parties will be developed within six months of the launch of Heritage Ireland 2030, elaborating on the formation of delivery structures and providing a clear roadmap for implementing actions.

The principal themes of the strategy are communities, leadership and partner-

Launching Heritage Ireland 2030, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan T.D. said:

“Government has today approved a plan that represents a major step forward for structured engagement around heritage. The actions in this strategy reflect the huge challenges facing Ireland’s heritage, particularly for nature and biodiversity loss. We have ambitious programmes underway in the area of peatland rehabilitation and nature recovery and the framework set out in this strategy, along with the structured delivery model, will bring cohesion to our efforts, including consultation with the Northern Ireland Executive on areas we might approach on an all-island basis. “We were heartened over the past two years to see people access our national parks, monuments, nature reserves and historic properties during public health restrictions, and know that this has strengthened people’s appreciation of our heritage. It is more important than ever that our heritage is protected, conserved and restored to ensure that the people of Ireland continue to benefit from the value and well-being that it provides.” n

The Transfer of Power in Co. Wexford in 1922 Wexford County Council Historian-inResidence Barry Lacey discusses County Wexford in the context of the months following the ratification of the Anglo Irish treaty in January 1922, the transfer of power and the lead up to the Irish Civil War. His online presentation is available on Wexford Library's Facebook and YouTube Channel. n

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Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society raises the flag It’s been a month of flag raising for Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society as invitations flowed in from Kilkenny, Tipperary, and New Ross where ceremonies were taking place to commemorate the handing over of RIC Barracks from the Crown Forces to the National Government in 1922. First up was James Stephen Barracks at Kilkenny, where on 7th February 1922 at 3pm, Battalions of Volunteers led by St. Patrick’s brass band marched up John’s Street, through the barrack gates and on to the square, where the British flag was lowered, and the Tricolour hoisted as the band played The Soldiers Song. EHRS were delighted to join re-enactors from Kilkenny, Ashbourne, and Monasterevin, along with members of the Defence Forces on Sunday 6th February to highlight and recreate this significant event, part of the Decade of Commemorations. On Sunday 13th February, the Enniscorthy group was invited to the old Military Barracks at Summerhill, Nenagh, Tipperary, to participate in Tipperary’s Decade of Revolution, at a flag raising event organised by John Flannery and narrated by Sean Hogan of the Nenagh Commemoration Committee to mark the handing over of the Nenagh Barracks to the National Army in 1922. The Programme of Events included the lowering of the Union Jack and the raising of the Tricolour along with the Last Post in memory of all the people involved in what were often bloody events that shaped the most critical period of our history, as Ireland struggled to assert her independence from an Empire and lay the foundations of nationhood. Our final outing for the month of February was a little closer to home at New Ross, where the New Ross Municipal District Council commemorated the

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handing over of the town’s RIC Barracks on Priory Street on Tuesday 21st February 1922. A unique aspect to the New Ross event was the presence of the actual Tricolour raised that day 100 years ago. The flag has been very kindly donated to the people of New Ross by the Sutton family who have cared for it with love and pride through the years. Watch this space for updates on the Decade of Commemorations Programme going forward. – Words & Pics by Maria Nolan Above: The actual Tricolour raised in New Ross 100 years ago. Other photos: Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society attending events in Kilkenny, Nenagh, and New Ross.

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New Tourism Ambassador training celebrating Ancient Connections Ancient Connections is an exciting heritage and arts programme that seeks to revive the ancient links between the people of Pembrokeshire in Wales and North County Wexford in Ireland. Having completed the successful History Hunters festival in 2021, Abarta Heritage (on behalf of Ancient Connections) is now hosting a number of free Tourism Ambassador and Welcomer training workshops in Enniscorthy and Ferns in March and April 2022. No experience is required; all are welcome to attend, especially those interested in volunteering in their local area or those working in the local hospitality sector.

training sessions, please register at ourevents. The first Tourism Ambassador training will take place in The Courtyard Bar & Restaurant, Ferns, at 10am on Thursday the 24th of March. The Welcomers training is in The Riverside Hotel, Enniscorthy, at 10am on Monday the 28th of March or the 4th of April at 6.30pm. The trainers look forward to seeing you there!

WHAT IS THE TRAINING ABOUT? The Tourism Ambassador Training is a great way to find out more about the fascinating aspects of local history, stories, heritage and culture and will provide you with enhanced skills to welcome visitors to your area. It’s comprehensive and a lot of fun and designed for those up for some volunteering and those in our local tourism and hospitality industry. For anyone interested in becoming a Tourism Ambassador, there will be three

days of training, two in the 'classroom' and one 'out and about day’. Also on offer is a half-day Welcomer workshop for those that cannot attend the Tourism Ambassador workshops. The Welcomer workshop is designed specifically to boost customer service skills and knowledge about what makes your place special for visitors. HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? If you are interested in joining the FREE

Róisín Burke of Abarta Heritage says: ‘This training offers the opportunity to develop new skills including sharing local stories with visitors to your local area. The training will be relaxed and informal, we want to create a fun environment supporting and connecting like-minded people passionate about their place. WHO IS RUNNING THIS PROJECT? Abarta Heritage is managing this project on behalf of the Ancient Connections project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is supported by Wexford County Council, Visit Wexford, Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. n

Medieval Ferns Experience Want to try something new and very different? Well, Wexford's newest visitor attraction is now open in Ferns – located at Ferns Community Centre in a specially refurbished area. The Experience tells the fascinating story of Ferns medieval history in an interactive and fun way. Using audio visual, sensory and virtual reality it really gives a great insight into power shifts in the Ancient Capital of Leinster. The Experience is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm. For enquiries email: or phone: 089-4946972. Entry fee is €6. Seniors/Students €5. Children under 12 are free. n

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It’s spring cleaning time! Calling all people in County Wexford to sign up to the largest anti-litter initiative in the country – National Spring Clean 2022. Register now, receive a free clean-up kit, and make a tangible impact on our environment. National Spring Clean is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce in partnership with Local Authorities and supported by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Mars Wrigley Ireland. The National Spring Clean traditionally takes part in the month of April. For the past 23 years, 85,000 clean-ups have been organised with volunteers dedicating a total of 12 million hours to remove around 42,000 tonnes of litter across the country. National Spring Clean 2021 was the biggest and the longest campaign so far, taking place between March and August, and despite the current situation and restrictions at the start of the year, 5,543 groups registered to carry out clean-ups throughout the country and collected an estimated 3,000 tonnes of litter around Ireland. In 2021, 2,500 Wexford volunteers participated in organised clean-ups to show their support to the National Spring Clean. The National Spring Clean is also an opportunity for volunteers to take local actions to make a change at a global scale. As a matter of fact, over the last couple of years, the National Spring Clean has also been trying to raise awareness about another crucial issue: the link between litter and climate change – the biggest environmental challenge of our time – and highlight how combined local actions can have a global effect. Our consumption patterns and how we dispose and treat our waste has a substantial impact on the levels of emissions of several greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, said: “An Taisce’s National Spring Clean is a real testament to the work of volunteers all over the country. These volunteers continue to organise local clean-ups every year. The past two years have proven difficult because of the necessary Covid restrictions, but this year represents a real op-

portunity for people to get together and help clean up our countryside. I would urge people to get involved and I would like to acknowledge the key role played by An Taisce in overseeing the campaign. My Department will continue to provide support to the campaign and I look forward to the many events that will be held countrywide.” National Spring Clean Chairperson, Michael John O’Mahony, commented: “We have all been through some unprecedented times over the last two years. We all became more aware than ever before of our local areas. Participants continued to undertake great work for National Spring Clean in family bubbles or as individuals during these times. However, we can now look forward to working together again as larger groups and communities and celebrate the success together.” The National Spring Clean programme is inviting people to visit the website at to request a free clean-up kit. While waiting for the National Spring Clean to officially kick off, the programme is also inviting communities around Ireland to join other initiatives. For example, volunteers are invited to take part in the #2minutestreetclean campaign. Furthermore, to celebrate Women’s Day, the National Spring Clean programme will be sharing on social media stories of women who have made a positive impact on our environment and is calling on people in County Wexford to share their own stories about women volunteers. n

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Enniscorthy’s first filtered water refill station opens! Eco-Kind – Enniscorthy’s eco-friendly shop at Duffry Hill, now has Enniscorthy's first free filtered water refill station, thanks to Refill Ireland and their commitment to providing plastic-free water options for communities. So spread the word, and bring along and refill your reusable water bottles, and while there check out the huge range of eco-friendly products available in-store and cut down on all your packaging waste. n

Ireland’s leaky pipes Irish Water has invested over €500 million between 2017 and the end of 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the public water network. Fixing leaks can be slow and complicated but progress is being made. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was reduced to 38%. Irish Water’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also make contact on Twitter @IWCare. For updates, visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website or set your location on its website n

Reserve a radon monitor at your library Radon monitors are now available for all Wexford library members in the county to borrow. The monitors can be borrowed for a four-week period, and come with instruction leaflets. To reserve a monitor at Enniscorthy Library, ring 053 9236055. n

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Time is running out for your stuff! All your stuff and activities have an environmental story. The Story of Your Stuff competition for secondary students is open for applications but the closing date is fast approaching – Monday, 7 March 2022. Pick an everyday object or activity, consider the impact it has on the environment, and get creative in telling its story. The competition brings together curiosity, creativity and science, and aims to get young people thinking about sustainability, climate action and environmental protection, and to spread the word among their friends and family. Prizes include €500 for the winning student and €500 for the school. n

We can all do better than this! The Slaney News photographer captured the accompanying image while on a visit to Rosslare Strand on 9th February – the photo shows the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of how we, in Co. Wexford, dispose of our pets’ poo. The Good: The full bin indicates that many people are indeed cleaning up after their dog. The Bad: Wexford County Council might want to look into how this bin was allowed to exceed its capacity without being emptied. The Ugly: Dog owners throwing their waste bags on top of an already full bin, instead of bringing their bags home with them, and these bags then falling onto the surrounding area. Wexford County Council and the county’s dog owners can all do better than this! n

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Invitation to Wexford students Second-level schools in Wexford are invited to take innovative action in response to the climate emergency through a new Climate Action and Energy Award, in association with Young Social Innovators and EirGrid. Currently, 43% of the electricity that we use in Ireland each year comes from renewable sources. The Government’s Climate Action Plan has set the target of achieving up to 80% renewables by 2030 and net zero by 2050. EirGrid, the national electricity grid operator, has launched a partnership with non-profit organisation, Young Social Innovators (YSI). The collaboration will see EirGrid become the new Climate Action and Energy partner with YSI for a threeyear period. Young Social Innovators empowers and supports young people to develop and implement innovative ideas to bring about positive social change for the benefit of people, communities and the environment. Over the past 20 years, some 145,000 teenagers have taken part

in YSI’s social innovation programmes in post primary schools nationally. EirGrid will become YSI’s Challenge Partner under its Environment Pillar. Along with this, a ‘Climate Action and Energy’ award will be created for current participants in the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards 2022. Speaking about the partnership, EirGrid’s Head of Public Engagement, Sinead Dooley said, “EirGrid is transforming the power system for future generations, and with that in mind we believe it is incredibly important to listen to and involve young people who are the driving force behind climate action efforts. “At EirGrid we engage for better outcomes for all and we recognise the value of creating a dialogue with the wider society. Going forward EirGrid intends to engage a broad range of stakeholders in in-depth, meaningful discussions about the future and the role of the grid. With this partnership we hope to learn a lot from young people across the island of

Ireland and that we are challenged and inspired by their innovative ideas,” added Dooley. Commenting on the partnership, Rachel Collier, Co-founder and CEO, Young Social Innovators said, “We are delighted to announce this exciting new partnership with EirGrid, focused on what is undoubtedly the biggest challenge facing us globally. How we can live and consume more sustainably is a key question and one that young people can contribute to. This new award, in partnership with EirGrid, will recognise young people’s efforts to innovate around climate action and energy and will empower and engage them in being a vital part of the solutions needed.” Schools can register their interest in getting involved now by emailing To find out how EirGrid is delivering a cleaner energy future visit or to get more information about the important work YSI do, visit n

Pictured are Sinead Dooley, EirGrid Head of Public Engagement, Rachel Collier, CEO Young Social Innovators, with St Mary’s Holy Faith, Dublin, TY students, Amy Ward and Mia Jervis at the launch of EirGrid’s partnership with Young Social Innovators. Pic: Shane O'Neill, Coalesce.

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The return of the Delightful Dollies Enniscorthy’s Delightful Dollies met up for the first time, since the Pandemic, on 2nd March, in Bellefield GAA Complex. Above left: Phyllis Healy and Sally Murphy. Above right: Jackie Larkin, Tracey Cowman and Bridget Major. Opposite: Miriam Morrissey and Kathleen Rossiter. Below left: Breda Kirwan and Evelyn Walsh. Below right: Kathleen Murphy, Catherine Rossiter and Theresa O’Connor. Bottom left: Mary Vardy, Mary Leacy and Joan Peale. Bottom right: Kathleen Cahill, Ceceline Fortune and Sally Murphy.

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Enniscorthy St Patrick’s Day Parade Route (see full details on page 18)

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