Slaney News, Issue 159, August 2023

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Sla ney News Issue 159 – August 2023 Tel: 053 9138992. Mobile: 087 2994988 Email: Computer & Laptop Sales & Repairs IT Services & Website Design DUFFRY HILL, ENNISCORTHY. T: (053) 9234660. Haven Kavanagh’s Pharmacy Alflorex 30 Pack €28.95 Frizelle McCarthy Solicitors Annette McCarthy B.C.L. Suzanne Carthy B.A. L.L.B. Jillian O’Shea L.L.B. Reliable advice on all aspects of the law since 1929 Solicitors & Commissioners for Oaths Mill Park Road, Enniscorthy, Y21 W5T1 Tel: 053 92 33547  Email: Some of the people behind the scenes of the Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival taking place 4-7th August, L-R: Richie Cotter, Claire Lawless, Eric Barron, Amanda Whitmore, Eamonn Doyle. Organisers of the Pieta Black Tie Ball in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, on 15th July 2023, Megan Leacy and Megan O’Rourke. See pages 46-47 inside. Getting into the swing of things for the Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival. See pages 64-67 inside. Make sure to visit the Power to the People exhibition in Enniscorthy Castle. See page 20 inside.

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Welcome to the August issue of the Slaney News.

The annual Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival will be hitting the streets of Enniscorthy this weekend, 4-7th August, and promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s event which attracted 50,000 visitors to the town. We carry four pages of festival details in our Living & Leisure section, see pages 64-67.

And on the following Sunday, 13th August, the town centre will be very much alive again as the Rose of Tralee contestants pay a visit to the Market Square at 12 noon for some ceoil agus craic before moving on to the beautiful setting of Bunclody Golf Club for 1.20pm. A warm welcome is assured for Clonroche’s Bronagh Hogan and her fellow Roses in both places.

We’d like to alert our readers to major traffic disruption which will occur in Enniscorthy between August 8th and September 9th to facilitate sewage works by Uisce Éireann on the Island Road. See page 9 for more details.

In good news, a Town Centre First Plan for Enniscorthy has been finalised as outlined at a well-attended public meeting on 1st August. The plan aims to position Enniscorthy to secure between €15-20m for the town under the upcoming government URDF (Urban Regeneration and Development Fund) which will be announced later this year.

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Generosity at local level knows no bounds

The cost of living crisis may be affecting us all, but despite this the organisers of two of Enniscorthy’s biggest charity events are delighted to announce that they have raised huge sums for their respective charities, so the generosity of people in Enniscorthy and beyond knows no bounds even in tough economic times.

Enniscorthy’s Darkness Into Light event for 2023 raised €32,654.06 for Pieta. The committee say, “Thank you all for your support, you are all amazing. And roll on Darkness into Light 2024!”

This year’s Hope & Dream 10 event raised an incredible €128,918 for the Hope Centre in Enniscorthy. A short video acknowleding all who contributed and helped out in any way, can be viewed at:

You can continue to support the Hope Centre by donating to the upcoming fundraiser ‘Wexford Dip in the Nip’

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Enjoy the Fun & the Craic at Enniscorthy Track
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Major traffic disruption on the way

Uisce Éireann is planning to close Island Road in Enniscorthy for a substantial period of time – August 8th to September 9th to facilitate sewage works. The works will provide an essential upgrade to the sewer network in Enniscorthy and greatly improve the water quality in the River Slaney through the decommissioning of an existing outfall pipe, which will benefit local homes and businesses in the town. The project involves the construction of over 110m of new sewers on Mary Street and at the Promenade Pumping Station.

Uisce Éireann says that, “Once completed, the improved sewer network will allow for the long-term social and economic development of Enniscorthy.”

Speaking about the upcoming works, David Shalloo, Programme Manager at Uisce Éireann, said: “We understand that the works may cause some disruption to commuters and local road users and our crews will make every effort to minimise the disruption and complete the project as quickly as possible. We thank the people of Enniscorthy for their patience as these works progress and know that the long-term benefits will far outweigh the short-term inconvenience.”

“To minimise disruption for the local community, the road closures will be

undertaken on a phased basis. A road closure will be in place from Tuesday, 8 August, on Island Road (between Slaney Street and Enniscorthy Bridge) and is expected to last for approximately three weeks. The next phase of the road closure will be required on Mary Street, details of which are dependent on the progress of works on Island Road, and will be communicated well in advance.”

Uisce Éireann says its customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also make contact via Twitter @IWCare with any queries. However, Enniscorthy & District Chamber is very concerned that the

Ireland’s wettest July

Last month was Ireland's wettest July on record with more than four times the amount of rain recorded in July 2022, and more than twice that observed in July 2021, provisional data from Met Éireann shows.

The provisional data shows that Ireland had 217% of its 1981 to 2010 long-term average (LTA) rainfall in July 2023.

The previous wettest July on record was 2008 with 202% of the long-term average rainfall.

Over the past 12 months, Met Éireann says Ireland had its wettest October on record in 2022, its wettest March on record earlier this year and now its wettest

July on record.

The wet weather has prompted Bishop of Ferns Ger Nash (pictured) to express his support and compassion for those in the farming community who are experiencing difficulties because of the recent spell of poor weather.

He asks everyone in the Diocese of Ferns to join with him in praying for favourable weather and also in praying for all whose work or livelihoods depend on the weather conditions.

“God our loving Father, we know that you care deeply for us. We ask you to bless us with the good weather we so badly need at this time. Bless the work

closure coincides with the busy summer season in the town and is asking, on behalf of local businesses, that the closure be postponed until later in the autumn.

Speaking on behalf of the Chamber, its chief executive Jimmy Gahan explained that August is the second busiest month of the year and the traffic chaos that will be caused will be disasterous for local businesses. To make matters worse, this major blow to business in the town follows on from a bad trading month in July due mainly to the bad weather, with last month going down in history as the wettest July ever recorded in Ireland.

Mr Gahan told the Slaney News that “The Chamber has made representations to local and Oireachtas representatives and the Municipal authority” but its pleas haven’t generated any cause for optimism.

Mr Gahan acknowledges that a small ad had appeared in a local publication some weeks ago but it went largely unnoticed and did not constitute adequate consultation with local businesses.

Mr Gahan said that the work being done by Uisce Éireann on Island Road was indeed necessary and is fully supported by the Chamber and that its only criticism relates to the timing of the proposed work which it believes will be devastating for businesses in the town. n

and efforts of all your people so that their endeavours may produce the results they need. Grant success to the work of our hands. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.” n

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Bishop Ger Nash. Pic: John McIlroy.

Enniscorthy Community College Debs

5th July 2023

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Enniscorthy Community College Graduation Ball met up in TJ Murphy’s, Enniscorthy, before going to The Talbot in Carlow. Above left: Damiel Grzegorzak and Roslana Rannaja. Above right: Charlie Buckley and Lauris Zeles. Above left: Airias Balkus and Lauren Millar. Above centre: Blaithin and Trésa Butler. Above right: Tiegan Wildes and Kian O’Leary.
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Below left: Rachel Kelly and Damien Hartigan. Below centre: Aoife Murphy and Zoe Kelly. Below right: Sophie Franklin and Jack Carroll.

Wexford General Hospital ED reopens

Following the fire earlier this year, the Emergency Department (ED) in Wexford General Hospital (WGH) reopened on 25th July.

Full details on all services now available at WGH and other useful advice is available on: n

Garda pop-up stations around the district


Tuesday August 8th: Clohamon Community Hall 10am–11am Ballycarney Old Post Office 11.30am–12.30pm Bree Community Hall 1pm–2pm n

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Visit Wexford Photo Competition –‘Adventures for Every Season’

This year, Visit Wexford is running a photography competition which will give participants the chance to win amazing prizes, as it celebrates photography captured from all around stunning County Wexford.

Whether you’re a professional or amateur photographer, snap happy with a camera or phone in hand or just so happen to capture that ‘wow’ shot by chance, Visit Wexford wants to hear from you. This competition is open to everyone and can be a photograph from past, present or shots you go out and specifically shoot for the competition. You have until the end of September, so get snapping!

What Visit Wexford is looking for…

Great photography tells the story of Wexford to visitors far and wide and encourages them to visit our beautiful and historic corner of Ireland. Visit Wexford wants to show Wexford as a 12 month a year destination, and would love to see images of people enjoying all Wexford has to offer.

The winning photographs will be used in its marketing and advertising of Wexford both at home and internationally, so a great chance to get your images out there for the world to see!

Authentic images of people (tourists or locals) on an adventure in Wexford, whether that’s a trip out on a Saturday to a favourite place, enjoying our glorious coastline or just doing what they love. There is, of course, always a place for a great landmark or scenery shot but if there is a person in there somewhere in the distance, even better.

Insider tips that might help you score that top prize…

★ Lifestyle shots that look authentic rather than staged are key.

★ Try to avoid overly staged or posed shots or selfies.

★ An adventure could be any number of things as adventures are unique to people.


• 1st prize: Amazing €1,000 Go Anywhere Gift Card from

This truly unique gift card can be redeemed in any of the 400+ participating hotels and guesthouses across Ireland.

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Pic: Kate O'Donnell – Saltee Islands

It doesn’t expire for 5 years and the value can be redeemed across multiple stays with the gift card.

• 2nd prize: An overnight midweek stay in The Wild Rooms at Tara Hill Estate.

Enjoy a truly unique experience as you sleep under the stars in County Wexford’s coolest glamping style hotel nestled in Tara Hill with breathtaking views of the coast. This elegant slumber lets you sleep close to nature in the sunny southeast.

• 3rd prize: A private Saltee Sauna experience for 6 people.

Located in the picturesque seaside village of Kilmore Quay, enjoy a private sauna session for 6 friends or family and embrace the health benefits of this wood-fired sauna for mind and body before dipping into the Irish Sea.

Other important things to note:

Visit Wexford must have permission to use the images in advertising, both print and digital, so the people who feature in your images will have to agree to this (if you can see their faces).

Enter the Visit Wexford Photography Competition now to be in with a chance of winning!

Please read the competition terms & conditions at before entering.

Competition closes 22nd September 2023, so get snapping!

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Closing date: 22nd September 2023

See the three photographs reproduced with this article which were entered for the 2021 'Fall in Love with Wexford' Photography Competition by Visit Wexford, as they might inspire your entries for this year’s competition.

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Pic: Finula Goggin – The Hook Pic: Breda O'Connor – Oulart Hill

Coláiste Bríde Grad

Gathering at Enniscorthy Rugby Club on 25th July 2023 before heading to Tullamore

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Top left: Luca Sludds and Niamh Larkin-Cooney. Top centre: Yvonne Hemmerby and Mickie Doyle. Top right: Abi Somers and Killian Murphy. Above left: Ben Redmond and Mia Cussen. Above centre: Richard Fortune and Ciara Lewis. Above right: Dylan Sharkey and Caitlin Larkin. Some of the Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy, class of 2023.

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Top left: Niamh Mongan and Mark Asple. Top centre: Joe Doyle and Leah Byrne. Top right: Shane Quigley and Aoife Farnan. Left: Shauna Kenny. Above: Leah Earle, Hannah O’Brien, Annie Hendrick and Soairse Dwyer. Right: Laura Da Silveira. Below left: Kelsey Ryan, Sophie Franklin and Janice Cowman. Below centre: Shane Freeley and Emma Killeen. Below right: Lucy White and Bella Hogan-Hickey.

Coláiste Bríde Grad

Gathering at Enniscorthy Rugby Club on 25th July 2023 before heading to Tullamore

Top left: Saoirse Dwyer and Ruairi Ryan.

Top centre: Chloe McGrath and Orlaith Kinsella.

Top right: Hannah Walsh and Finn McKenna.

Left: Roisin Balfe and Maoise O’Connor.

Right: Yvonne Hemmerby and Caitlin Larkin.

Below left: Nancy Ennis, Shallet Manoj, Emma Breen and Caoimhe Kehoe.

Below right: Blathnaid O’Leary, Ava Whelan and Laura Da Silveira.

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Over €600,000 for rural roads

Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne has confirmed that an additional €619,320 has been allocated towards repairs and improvement works on County Wexford’s rural roads and local laneways.

The funding, under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS), will support the continued improvement of non-public roads and lanes that are not normally maintained by Wexford County Council. This additional sum brings the total LIS investment for County Wexford for this year up to €1,030,935.

Welcoming the funding, Minister Browne outlined how the LIS funding “goes a long way towards improving the condition of many roads across County Wexford. Such roads represent a vital piece of infrastructure for rural residents – providing access to homes, farms and businesses, as well as outdoor amenities such as our rivers or beaches. I’m glad that Minister Humphreys has delivered a further allocation of funding as I

know that Wexford County Council wishes to address a backlog of applications from across County Wexford.

“Today’s funding announcement proves the government’s prioritisation of making a real difference across rural Ireland. I will continue to work with my government colleagues to deliver further investment in County Wexford and I encourage Wexford County Council to use the funding announced today to get underway with repairs on selected roads in the near future”, Minister Browne concluded.

Gorey-based Senator Malcolm Byrne has also welcomed the funding announcement pointing out that, “There are lots of small roads and lanes across Co. Wexford where with the help of the local community they can be upgraded. This is a very significant announcement that will particularly benefit rural areas. I’m happy to work with any group that wants to improve a country road or lane in their locality.” n

Wexford Ógra Fianna Fáil all set for a busy year ahead

Wexford Ógra Fianna Fáil held its annual general meeting for 2023 in the Wexford Farmers Club, Enniscorthy, on July 21st. The meeting was attended by Ógra members from all across the county as well as Cllr. Barbara Anne-Murphy and Cllr. Andrew Bolger.

Ruairi Ryan, the outgoing Chairperson, thanked and praised the officer board during his tenure over the past 18 months.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure serving as Chairperson for the last 18 months. I’m very happy to say I’ve made some good friends in the role. We’ve done a lot, raised money for charity through our coffee morning, had debates with other parties and kept a presence at countless events most notably our stand at the Gorey show. We’ve an election coming up next year and we’re going to encourage as many young people as possible to be a part of it whether that be as a candidate or one of the many other roles in running an election. I’m proud to have been chair and for you all to have elected me twice.

So thank you.”

The election of officers took place with Sean O’Brien taking on the role as Chair, Niall Sinnott as Vice Chair, Rory Cassidy as Secretary, Michael Roche as PRO, Ruairi Ryan as Youth Officer to the senior party, Cian Cassidy as Treasurer.

Sean then gave his address as the new Chair focusing on what he wants to achieve in his new term.

“Thanks a million for electing me as Chair tonight. The local elections are coming up and that’s something we as Ógra and I as Chair want to focus on in the next year. I’m proud to be sitting next to Andrew Bolger, our Ógra Councillor in Gorey, and we’re going to get out canvassing, particularly helping in his election as well as any other young candidates.”

The meeting was then addressed by Cllr. Bolger who thanked Sean and Ógra for their continuous support and wished Sean well in his new role. n

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The new board L-R: Andrew Bolger, Maria Wall, Niall Sinnott, Sean O’Brien, Ruairí Ryan, Michael Roche.

Enniscorthy’s ambitious ‘Town Centre First Plan’

According to the CEO of Wexford County Council Tom Enright, “There are over 500 towns in Ireland with over 400 people and they all face similar challenges including building vacancy/dereliction, lack of vibrancy, how to increase employment in the town centre, out of town/online shopping, poor pedestrian/cyclist access, less desire to live in the town centre, lack of parking, access to green spaces.”

The Town Centre First Policy aims to create town centres that function as viable, vibrant and attractive locations for people to live, work and visit, while also functioning as the service, social, cultural and recreational hub for the local community. To help achieve this objective, a Town Centre First Team, a Town Regeneration Officer (TRO) and a Town Centre First Plan (TCFP), which is underpinned by a clear diagnosis of local strengths and challenges, are key. Enniscorthy is one of the first towns in the country to have a Town Team, TRO (Mick McCormack) and TCFP in place. Enniscorthy’s Town Team con-

sists of locals representing community, social, sports, business and public sectors.

At a well-attended public meeting in the Riverside Park Hotel on 1st August, the Town Centre First Plan was outlined by Dr Conor Norton of Loci Consultants, assisted by Wexford Co. Council officials Mick McCormick (Town Regeneration Officer) and David Whitty (Executive Engineer with the Special Projects team at Wexford County Council), and Cllr Aidan Browne, Chairman of the Enniscorthy Town Centre First Team. The plan follows a detailed public consultation process and various public meetings over the last year or more.

The Plan sets out a series of regeneration strategies and identifies a number of ambitious redevelopment ‘packages’ which will serve as the catalyst for the regeneration of the town centre and Templeshannon areas. We will carry full details of the plan in our Septemebr issue. n

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Above: Cllr Cathal Byrne, Enniscorthy Town Centre First Plan author Dr Conor Norton from Loci consultants, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Paul Kehoe TD. Below: Dr Philip Bowe, John Walsh, Dervla Tierney. Above: Nicky Murphy, Cllr Aidan Browne, Maria Nolan, Michael Devereux. Below: Nicky Murphy, Tom Wheelock, Cyril Wheelock, Margaret Wheelock, David Minogue.

Enniscorthy’s GreenTechHQ launches series of AI workshops

Enniscorthy-based Sustainability Innovation Hub, GreenTechHQ, has introduced a series of AI workshops to unlock the power of AI for businesses.

Presented by GreenTechHQ resident AI expert Rory Caldicott, it is an opportunity for attendees to equip themselves with the knowledge and tools to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving business landscape.

Almost one tenth of Irish adults have used ChatGPT for work purposes according to research by Digital Business Ireland. The study found that 18 per cent of all Irish adults have used the artificial intelligence platform, split 10 per cent for personal use and 8 per cent for work purposes. Findings were extrapolated from the most recent Digital Insights research commissioned by Digital Business Ireland, a representative body for online businesses, based on a national representative sample, collected from a pool of over 30,000 panellists.

“In a world driven by data, those who master AI will navigate the future with

foresight, elevate efficiency, and sculpt success. GreenTechHQ hopes to shine a light into a relatively new digital world which is rapidly improving. Our aim at GreenTechHQ is to support start-ups and SMEs through innovation, focusing on sustainability and leading of financially vi-

able solutions. With AI lies an additional key to shaping future successes now,” said GreenTechHQ founder Ed Murphy. The workshops are an ideal opportunity to stay updated with the latest advancements in AI and how businesses are leveraging this technology to their advantage. Attendees can gain insights into the success stories of AI implementations and discover the transformative potential for their own enterprises.

Workshops are perfect for business leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, and professionals from all industries looking to harness the power of AI to drive growth and competitive advantage. No prior technical knowledge is required; the content is designed to be accessible and valuable for all.

Course presenter Rory Caldicott says, “The future of AI holds endless possibilities. This workshop delves into the latest trends and predictions, empowering one to make informed decisions that will future-proof your business.”

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GreenTechHQ is based at the new Enniscorthy Technology Park. GreenTechHQ resident AI expert Rory Caldicott

A powerful exhibition

The new summer exhibition at Enniscorthy Castle explores the history of the electrification of Ireland and the future of sustainable energy. Beginning with a display of pre-electrical home implements, the exhibit extends through the electrification process to the protests against nuclear energy in the 1970s and 80s.

The Wexford County Council Archives, under Grainne Doran, and local business North Two Madness, have kindly loaned artifacts from the various time periods for display. Along with images from the ESB electrification archives, the exhibit is visually compelling and informative. Sustainable energy is covered in the sec-

ond room with family-friendly graphics showing how various types of energy, from wind and wave to solar, are generated. It also highlights the renewed interest in nuclear as a ‘clean energy’ source and raises the pros and cons. Pinergy

Solar Electric has kindly donated a solar panel, for up-close viewing, to the exhibition. Kids will also have the chance to pedal a bike to power their mobile phone, sponsored by Wexford People Helping People bike shop!

Opening the exhibition, the Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District

John O'Rourke quoted deputy James Larkin Junior addressing Dáil Éireann in March 1945: "We are going to put into

the homes of our people in rural areas a light which will light up their minds as well as their homes."

Entry to the exhibit is included in the Castle's general admission tour ticket of €6 per adult (€5 student/seniors) or €15 for up to a family of five. Running through to the end of September 2023 and open Mon-Fri 9.30-5pm (with last admission at 4.30pm) and on weekends Sat/ Sun 12 to 5pm.

The staff of Enniscorthy Castle are to be commended for their hard work over recent years bringing exhibitions to their second floor space and creating more reasons to visit the Castle throughout the year. n

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Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District John O'Rourke and Manager of Enniscorthy Castle Mico Hassett addressed the attendees at the launch of the ‘Power to the People’ exhibition at Enniscorthy Castle on 14th July 2023. The attendees included Cllrs Barbara-Anne Murphy, Kathleen Codd-Nolan and Cathal Byrne (pictured below). Also in attendance were members of Cllr O'Rourke's family including his three nieces (in centre photo above) Keela and Blathnaid Fortune and Caoimhe O’Rourke.

Humanitarian relief for Enniscorthy businesses and community groups

them back on their feet.

“This scheme is set up to provide urgent assistance to businesses that are unable, through no fault of their own, to get insurance to help with the costs of repairing the damage caused by flooding. The Irish Red Cross Society will administer and make payments under the scheme on behalf of my department.”

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD (pictured above), announced on 12th July 2023 that his department has opened an Emergency Humanitarian Support Scheme to small businesses, sports clubs, community and voluntary organisations unable to secure flood insurance and affected by recent flooding in counties Wexford and Kerry.

Announcing the scheme, Minister Coveney said: “As with similar weather events in the past, we will work with businesses in the affected areas to get

The scheme is a humanitarian support payment towards the costs of returning small businesses, sporting, voluntary and community premises to their pre-flood condition including the replacement of flooring, fixtures and fittings and damaged stock where relevant. The scheme will not provide a contribution to loss of earnings or loss of business goodwill.

This financial support is targeted at small businesses (up to 20 employees), sports clubs and community and voluntary organisations and has two stages:

The first stage commences immediately and will provide a contribution of up to €5,000, depending on the scale of damage incurred. It is anticipated that this will meet the needs for the majority of those affected. The intention is to process payments as fast as possible.

In the event that the premises have incurred significant damages above €5,000, businesses can apply for additional financial support, following an assessment by the Irish Red Cross. The total level of support available for both stages combined is capped at €20,000.

Application forms for support are available on the Irish Red Cross Society website: n

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Hailstones caused flooding in several businesses in the Market Square area of Enniscorthy in July. Local TD Paul Kehoe has welcomed the announcement by his party colleague Minister Simon Coveney of an Emergency Humanitarian Support Scheme for Wexford small businesses affected by recent flooding.

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Brendan bids a fond farewell

Last month, before he left the Wexford People newspaper group and Mediahuis regionals to take up a new position in the media in Waterford, well known journalist Brendan Keane, who covered the Enniscorthy area in recent years, penned the following farewell...

❝ As Bob Dylan once said 'the times they are a changin' and so it is for me as tomorrow is my last day working with the Wexford People newspaper group and Mediahuis regionals.

I've spent my entire journalistic career to-date covering every part of County Wexford – with the odd foray into Wicklow and Waterford along the way and that's where I'll be taking up a new role as Deputy Editor / Digital Editor of the Waterford News & Star. It's a new chapter and a challenge that I'm very much looking forward to.

In all the time I've covered news stories in the Model County I've met with people during their best of times and worst moments and I hope I've always treated people with the respect that was always my intention.

As anyone who knows me is aware of, the arts and music in particular, is something I'm very passionate about and its promotion is something I hope I will be able to bring to my new role too.

I have had the absolute pleasure of working with some of the finest media professionals in the business in the Wexford People over the last five and a half years and in the Wexford Echo for many, many years before that. I've learned a lot along the way from everyone I've worked with and will certainly miss the people around me and the people I've got to know extremely well across the county – particularly in the Enniscorthy area in more recent years. I'm not going too far however, and just about everyone has my number so keep in touch... and keep rockin'.

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Active travel plans for Enniscorthy’s St Aidan’s School

Wexford County Council proposes to undertake construction of Traffic Calming and pedestrian measures on Convent Road (R890), Enniscorthy, in front of St Aidan’s Primary School, Moran Park, St Aidan’s Villas, Bohreen Hill, The Moyne and Bellefield Road.

The proposed scheme consists of footpath widening, pedestrian crossings, removal of railings, bollard installation and place-making in front of and surrounding St Aidan’s Primary School.

These intervention works are part of the Safe Routes to School programme, developed in partnership with the NTA and Green Schools in 2020. The objective of the programme is to improve safety at the school gate by providing ‘front of school’ treatments to alleviate congestion and improve access on a busy regional road.

The design interventions proposed will improve the health and

safety for children and their parents outside and on route to school with the aim of increasing the number of children who walk or cycle to school. It will also serve to alleviate congestion in front of school. These proposed interventions are based on survey findings, audits, consultation with St Aidan’s NS and have been reviewed by the NTA.

There are currently 850 pupils in St Aidan’s Primary School and 100 staff members. 263 students attending the school start their journey from within a 1km radius. A recent Safe Routes to School survey found that 67.8% of parents believe road safety is a problem around the school and 97.5% of parents say they would support works to improve pupils safety and put pedestrians and cyclists first. 96.4% support works that would improve walking and cycling links to the school.

Enniscorthy Municipal District councillors at their July 2023 meeting voted in favour of proceeding to Detail Design, Procurement, Construction and Implementation. n

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Brendan Keane with his daughter Summer Venn Keane.


R.T.E. is a massive national organisation with a staff count of 1,800. It touches our lives on a daily basis. As with all the nation’s institutions, it was bound to come under public scrutiny at some point in time. With a budget of €340 million and loss of €13 million in real terms I wonder is our anger and attention somewhat misplaced. For some politicians to feign shock that an organisation of such stature, with weak internal oversight, does not have slush funds is a little naïve. It would be fair to suggest that the barter accounts are not the only way some sectors function in the creativity department. I feel with an in-depth audit it would uncover such practices. So what can the new CEO do to change things for the better and will he be allowed?

When one speaks of change, one automatically thinks of job losses. We have seen many changes in R.T.E. in recent years. A targeting of some of the smaller parts of the organisation. With rural sectors suffering and outsourcing the order of the day. It is argued that this is false economy and in some cases turns out more expensive. While the lower paid workers are being squeezed along with less resources, the ‘stars’ bring home obscene pay packets. How many of the frontline staff are worth €400,000? Or €350,000? Or even a quarter of a million euros. The unions have flagged the pay imbalance for some years pointing out the unease


about TDs and Ministers salaries while deliberately covering up his €250,000 salary from the public.

There will be a root and branch look at how R.T.E. is managed. There will also be a look at what the role is for R.T.E. in this ever-changing media and content world. I am sure that there will be clearer lines between the commercial aspect of the business and the noble cause of being a public service broadcaster. I would think that the practice of giving the B.B.C. €20 million a year and €5 million to American broadcasters for content that can be viewed elsewhere while local content suffers will be debated.


with the workers in the company. While all this was going on, one high profile presenter had a gagging clause that R.T.E. could not disclose his salary. When a new contract was made a few years later we learn he was the quarter of a million euro man. This presenter complained at length

So has Ryan Tubridy a future with R.T.E.? There are two issues that need to be addressed. First it was painful to watch Ryan squirm while his agent kept repeating the narrative of everything was the fault of R.T.E. and they had no hand, act or part in it and that R.T.E. are liars. As Alan Kelly pointed out, that narrative being spun was not credible.

Can Ryan distance himself from his agent’s comments or is he going to continue with this line while trying to have a working relationship with the broadcaster. The other issue is whether Ryan can enter the canteen with his “friends” if they feel that his salary was being protected while they all received a pay cut. Or with hundreds of thousands of euros falling out of his pockets does he really care! n

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Ryan Tubridy in happier times.

Putting Enniscorthy on the map

Wexford Film Workshop, Enniscorthy Drama Group, Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society and author Maria Nolan are delighted with the success to date of short film The Shadow of Freedom, based on the book of the same name written by Maria in 2022.

Adapted for film by Director Dick Donaghue and Producer Jer Ennis, The Shadow of Freedom has received an award from the Cork Film Week in 5th place selection and is currently a semi-finalist in the Benelux International Film Festival in the Netherlands, awaiting the results of the final selection process.

The short film tells the story of the War of Independence on the streets of Enniscorthy and was filmed in the locations around the town where it happened.

The cast is made up of amateur actors from Enniscorthy Drama Group and re-enactors turned actors and is being very well received in film festivals around the globe.

‘This film is all about Enniscorthy’ according to local author Maria, ‘It tells her story, it shows her beauty as a location for filmmaking and it gives an insight into her interesting and chequered history.’

‘I would like to thank Dick and Jer for turning my book into a film and all the actors and re-enactors involved,’ Maria continued, ‘How good would it be to see this little film about this little town in this little country do well internationally, such is the stuff of dreams. But then you gotta dream big if you dream at all,’ Maria laughed.

Wexford Film Workshop is currently making a sequel to The Shadow of Freedom titled The Shadow of War, again based on Maria’s novel and set in Enniscorthy during the Civil War telling the story of the Battle of Enniscorthy from 1st-4th July 1922. n

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Top photo: Dick Donaghue directing operations. Left: Centre trio, producer Jer Ennis, writer Maria Nolan and director Dick Donaghue, and cast members, whose film has received national and international recognition. Pics: Maria Nolan.

Enniscorthy Community College

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Information sharing

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Enniscorthy Library events

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Oulart storytelling house

At Bygone Days Storytelling House in Oulart, a great welcome awaits all, with good music, songs, stories and plenty of craic, tea and refreshments served. Eircode: Y25 YP70. For details of upcoming events keep an eye on: n

Supporting families with rare diagnoses


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Enniscorthy Toastmasters

Keep an eye on: for updates and news of upcoming meetings at The Bailey in Enniscorthy. n

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The recent spate of attacks on innocent people in Dublin has highlighted the danger lurking on our streets. This savagery comes as no surprise to the majority of us who for years have witnessed the growing trend of lawlessness in our cities and towns and also throughout rural areas where some people are afraid to sleep at night. The majority of our politicians appear to be in ignorant bliss of all this, in fact Helen McEntee, the Justice Minister, thinks that Dublin is a safe place at night for most people. What about the rest of the people though? Helen didn’t mention them. As Minister for Justice, Helen travels everywhere with a garda escort and has a 24 hour garda protection unit at her home. So she’d know.

The main cause of the problem in Ireland is that we have no deterrent. The criminals have no fear of the gardai or the courts because they usually get a slap on the wrist for the most heinous of crimes and walk away laughing. We have seen this in our courts for years now and the government refuses to introduce legislation making mandatory sentences the outcome of certain crimes and if the judges don’t comply – fire them. This nonsense about the separation of the judiciary and the Oireachtas does damn all to protect our people. It protects the criminals alright but not the victims. There are those who say that we must tackle the causes of this criminality, such as poverty etc. While obviously it is true that in this day and age we shouldn’t have poverty in our society and that it must be tackled, poverty, poor housing, lack of opportunity and so on are no excuses for thuggery and violence against innocent people. The usual mantra of, “He comes from a deprived background” should get no sympathy whatsoever from any judge or jury. If they commit the crime, whether they are poor or rich, they should be locked up.


By all accounts this year’s tourist season is getting off to a slow start. A combination of factors such as the bad

View from the Centre

year, seems very attractive. Having said that, hopefully August will improve weatherwise at least, which will encourage us to get out and about a little more and enjoy what is closer to home.


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

weather, which keeps day-trippers away from the resorts, and the cost of living crisis are probably contributing to the drop off in visitors. The bad publicity surrounding the scandalous overcharging by Dublin hotels in recent times has also frightened people off and the relatively economic foreign holiday which guarantees fine weather, maybe too hot this

June 7th 2024 is the date of the next local elections when we will be asked to elect our councillors for the next five years. Much will be written between now and then, by the candidates and about the candidates, which we will monitor and report on over the next nine editions of Slaney News. However, it is vitally important to point out that every single individual who puts their name before the electorate is a person of courage and are to be admired. It takes a lot to put yourself on that ballot paper and take the chance that you will get enough votes to justify the work and effort. So to all prospective candidates, outgoing and new, the best of luck and thank you for offering yourself to the people.


The proposal to reopen some of our rail network, particularly Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, is to be welcomed. The closure of the lines across the country under the supervision of the late Todd Andrews has to go down in history as one of the most disastrous economic decisions ever taken. Looking back, it is all the more surprising when we remember that, although not yet Taoiseach, Sean Lemass was a minister during the last phase of the shutdowns. Of course the Interparty government of the mid-fifties also played a major role in this destruction.

Regrettably, it will take years to even dent the surface of the requirement and have the necessary funds available but at least the political will seems to be there at the moment. In the meantime, perhaps rail fares could be dramatically reduced to encourage more of us to travel that way rather than by road.

In writing this chapter I realise that I actually support at least one policy of the Greens. With that shocking thought I think that it’s time for bed. Goodnight until next month. n

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American tourist Stephen Termini was brutally attacked last month in Dublin by a group of teenagers and left in a coma.
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New Greenway puts the South East on the map

The opening of Phase 1 of the South East Greenway – a 6km stretch from New Ross to Glenmore – was officiated by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Environment, Climate Change and Communications, Jack Chambers, on Tuesday 25th July last.

‘This €8 million project along the river Barrow and its connection with the Waterford Greenway, will, when completed, prove itself to be a valuable tourist attraction for the counties of the South East – Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford,’ Minister Chambers told the large gathering soaking up the sunshine of the South East in the car park at Rosbercon, New Ross.

Chairmen of Wexford and Kilkenny County Councils John Fleming and Michael Doyle welcomed the excellent amenity saying that it will have huge economic benefits for all three counties involved.

After the guest speakers, which included Chair of Callan and Thomastown District Council Deirdre Cullen, Chair of Pilltown Ger Frisby and Chair of New Ross Municipal District Anthony Connick, who himself lives in Rosbercon, Master of Ceremonies for the event District Manager for New Ross Alan Fitzhenry invited prayers and blessing from Rev. Joseph McGrath, the Reverend Bruce Hayes and Hafid Tribak, Muslim Imam, and called on Minister Chambers to cut the rib-


Presentations were made to Minister Chambers by Chairmen John Fleming and Michael Doyle who presented him with a unique hurling jersey half in the Wexford colours and half in the Kilkenny colours, a bunnet of Wexford strawberries presented by Chairman Anthony Connick, a hurl signed by Wexford and Kilkenny hurlers Lee Chin and JJ Delaney, and a beautiful painting of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge presented by Chairperson Deirdre Cullen.

The contribution to the project made by Wexford County Council’s Eamonn Hore was acknowledged by all, along with Ger Walsh’s major work on the event.

Then the ‘suits’ in attendance, Minister James Browne, Paul Kehoe TD, Senator Malcolm Byrne, Cllrs John Fleming, Pat Barden, Michael Power, Michael Sheehan, Sean Connick and Minister Chambers and others were invited to don helmets, mount bikes, and cycle the new amenity.

When fully complete, the Greenway will run along the old railway line from Waterford to New Ross taking in parts of South Kilkenny and will accommodate walking, cycling, and wheeling.

Truly a gift to the South East and one that is sure to benefit all.

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Politicians and officials gathered in New Ross for the official opening of Phase 1 of the South East Greenway.
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Above left: Local politicians with Minister Jack Chambers. Above right: Maria Nolan with Minister Chambers. Above: ‘And they’re off’. Local politicians and Minister Chambers get to try out the new greenway. Right: Senator Malcolm Byrne, Minister James Browne TD, Minister Jack Chambers and Paul Kehoe TD. Lining up at the official cutting of the ribbon for the opening of Phase 1 of the South East Greenway.

Carraig Briste and Killegney Early Years show the way

The approach demonstrated in Carraig Briste and Killegney Early Years and how the settings there are influenced by Reggio Emilia, and how they have combined this with a nature pedagogy outlook, ensures these two service providers are leaders in their field.

The settings are embedded in a culture that encourages children's experiences, supporting families and an emergent curriculum. The encouragement of connections to home and family comes through hands-on experience in a slow, relaxed pedagogy.

On 1st of July this year, the teams at Carraig Briste and Killegney shared their experience and knowledge with providers from every corner of Ireland. This allowed those educators and providers an opportunity to reflect on and share their own experience. Through this unique opportunity the various providers can work towards developing and promoting the best opportunities and outcomes for young children all over Ireland. n

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Top left: Orlagh Doyle, proprietor at Carraig Briste Early Years, Davidstown, gives the visiting group a tour of the outdoors there. Top right: Mili and Orlagh at Carraig Briste Early Years, Davidstown. Below left: A visitor getting tactile at Killegney Early Years, Clonroche. Below right: Orlagh and staff ready to present Carraig Briste to the visitors. Bottom row L-R: 1. The tour took in all aspects of schooling. 2. Mili with Jack and Kaptain – Carraig Briste farm animals. 3. Mili in one of the classes at Killegney with tour guide Maeve. 4. Kate shows the visitors around Carraig Briste. 5. Kate in the Carraig Briste sleeproom for babies.
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Top left: James awswers questions about camping in the forest. Top right: Mili as she goes through her tour of Orlagh Doyle’s Carraig Briste and Killegney Early Years in Davidstown and Clonroche. Above left: The Galleys on a tour of Killegney Early Years. Below left: Annemarie guiding the visitors at Killegney Early Years. Below right: James shows how to set up a camp fire in Carraig Briste.

Wexford YFG members to the fore in anti-spiking campaign

Two members of Wexford Young Fine Gael (YFG) recently met with Justice Minister Helen McEntee to discuss Young Fine Gael’s Building a Just Republic justice document. Steven Murphy, 25, from Screen, and Béibhinn Byrne, 24, from Gorey are both members of Young Fine Gael’s National Executive – Steven as Vice-President and Director of Elections and Campaigns, and Béibhinn Byrne as Director of Communications and Women’s Engagement. Steven and Béibhinn were both elected to Young Fine Gael’s National Executive in February at YFG’s national conference in Galway.

The document presented to Minister McEntee touches on many areas across the justice system including policing, sentencing, fines and compensation for victims of crime. The compensation for victims of crime part of the document was compiled by Eli Byrne, 23, from Bunclody. Eli is a member of Young Fine Gael in UCD where he studies law. Eli is passionate about ensuring victims of crime receive appropriate compensation for what they have gone through and previously has had a motion on this unanimously supported by delegates at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in November of last year.

Young Fine Gael is also currently lobbying the government to adopt their anti-spiking bill which is making its way through the Houses of the Oireachtas. The bill was introduced in the Seanad

by Fine Gael senators under the full title of Non-Fatal Offences against the Person (Amendment) (Spiking) Bill 2023 on the 25th of May and was debated at Committee stage on July 12th. The bill was drafted by Young Fine Gael members and if passed and signed into law, it will make spiking a stand-alone offence in Irish law and carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Currently, spiking is not a stand-alone offence and so it is hoped that this will send a strong message to perpetrators of spiking and make nights out much safer for everyone across the country.

Spiking is defined as the administration, injection, or causation of the taking orally of a substance, knowing that the person to whom the substance is administered, injected, or caused to be taken does not consent, or being reckless as to whether the person consents, and where the perpetrator intends to overpower or sedate the person, to engage in a sexual act, cause harm, make a gain or cause a loss, or otherwise commit an offence. While most people would think of tablets being put in drinks as spiking, it is much more wide-ranging than that and includes adding more alcohol to someone’s drink or injecting someone with a needle. Vape-Spiking has also become very common where hazardous drugs or materials are put in e-cigarettes and purposely shared by the perpetrators with the intention of causing harm to their victim. If you would like more information on spiking or to check out Young Fine Gael’s campaign, you can find it on n

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L-R: Rachel Kerley, YFG Director of Recruitment; Steven Murphy, Wexford YFG Member and YFG National Vice-President and Director of Elections and Campaigns; Béibhinn Byrne, Wexford YFG Member and YFG Director of Communications and Women's Engagement; Helen McEntee TD, Minister for Justice; Eoghan Gallagher, YFG President; Kenneth Henry, former YFG Director of Policy; Daniel Lynch, YFG Director of Policy Development.
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Tackling dereliction in Co. Wexford

The government announced in mid-July 2023 a €6.5 million allocation to Wexford County Council as part of a national €150 million revolving fund introduced to tackle long term vacancy and dereliction within Ireland’s towns.

Wexford County Council recently surveyed the four eligible towns in the county (Wexford, New Ross, Enniscorthy and Gorey) for long term derelict properties with a view to potentially acquiring such properties and moving ownership from passive ownership to active development ownership. The survey results were submitted as part of an application under the Urban Renewal and Development Fund (URDF) Call 3 Funding.

The €6.5 million revolving fund will now be used to identify and target long term derelict and vacant properties such as those on the Derelict Site Register maintained by Wexford County Council. The Derelict Site Register currently has 68 properties listed as long-term derelict.

Commenting on the new fund, Cllr John Fleming, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, said: “I am delighted to announce a €6.5 million fund for Wexford County Council to continue to breathe new life into our towns. Focusing on dereliction and vacancy makes sense. This revolving fund has created the opportunity to continue to rejuvenate our main towns. With this fund, we now have a comprehensive set of measures in place to make sure that everyone – individual buyers, developers and the local authority – have a really good incentive to bring disused and abandoned properties back into useful occupancy.”

Eamonn Hore, Deputy Chief Executive of Wexford County Council, commented: “This €6.5 million revolving fund is a very welcome fund for our four main towns. The fund will help transform and promote vibrant communities in our main towns Wexford, New Ross, Enniscorthy and Gorey. With this fund we will increase the pace at which vacant and derelict buildings are brought back into productive use such as new homes.”

Diarmuid Houston, Acting Director of Service, Wexford County Council, added: “This is a good news story for our Derelict Sites Team who put together a very detailed and exhaustive application to the URDF Call 3 Fund. I am delighted to see an allocation of a €6.5 million revolving fund. This fund will really help us to target long-term derelict properties in our main towns with a view to bringing them back into residential use. Our Derelict Sites Team, Property Unit, Vacant Homes Office and Town Centre Regeneration Officer will be working rapidly to make use of the fund in the coming months.”

Wexford TD and Minister of State of Law Reform James Browne has outlined how, “This government funding will help Wexford County Council to bring vacant properties back into use with the dual benefit of improving streetscapes and providing additional housing. Wexford County Council will benefit from the funding thanks to Call Three of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), a €150 million fund to tackle vacancy and dereliction in our towns and cities. It forms part of the government’s Vacant Homes Action Plan.

“The funding will give Wexford County Council the capacity to acquire vacant/derelict properties, which are either not on the market for sale or to which the market has not responded. They will then offer these properties for private sale to individuals who in return will commit to bringing the property into use as a home. Proceeds from the sale of these properties will ensure a rolling programme of acquisitions and disposals is in place.

Also welcoming the funding was Gorey Senator Malcolm Byrne who said: “It's hugely positive as not only will it remove derelict properties which are eyesores in our towns and villages, it will give people the opportunity to live and participate in their local communities making them more vibrant in the process.” n

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Anne’s new life-changing book

Designed as a one-on-one coaching conversation, UCC graduate and life coach, nurse and midwife working in Wexford Hospital Maternity Unit, Anne Houston has published a new book New Conversations Will Change Your Life providing readers with a “Roadmap for Life’s Journey”.

Anne’s passion for Wellness coaching began in1998 when she was a participant in a Behavioural Medicine research programme – “How to fight back against serious illness”. The programme altered her mindset for life when it introduced her to coaching techniques, neuroscience, and a holistic approach to illness.

The life-altering news that people can retrain their brain fascinates Anne and was the inspiration for her book. Anne wanted to develop a reflective process to help the reader understand why past learnings can create obstacles for positive outcomes and how it is possible to change your mindset and habits of response.

In the book, Anne shares her techniques that inspire and support the reader achieve the changes in life which they seek.

In 2018, Anne made the decision to follow a long-held personal dream of going to University College Cork to study a Personal & Business Management MSc. Anne found coaching training was a wonderful experience and a steep learning curve she enjoyed. The coaching process encouraged Anne to be open to new possibilities, alter learnt beliefs about her abilities and develop a sense of wonder about new teaching approaches.

The word MEGA was used to design twelve foundation blocks that give the reader a simple, relatable method with practical steps to direct them towards their true potential. MEGA offers a reflective method to begin a coaching journey that gives the reader the skills to self-manage.

MEGA coaching method is based in established research, the science behind behavioural medicine techniques and coaching strategies. Anne designed a universal education tool for all levels of education to support readers to build resilience and confidence to focus on their desired outcomes.

M Motivation. Memory. Mindfulness.

E Explanatory Style. Emotions. Emotional Intelligence.

G Growth. Genuineness. Gratitude.

A Abundance. Attitude. Awareness.

Anne says that her book New Conversations Will Change Your Life offers:

n Tools that support the reader to listen to their intuition and silent thoughts which guide them on their journey.

n Inspiration for the reader to reveal their individuality, passions, unique approach and skills.

n Thought-provoking questions to bring awareness to limiting habits, beliefs and value systems.

n Ability to identify what distracts their focus of attention from achieving desired goal.

n Understanding of how limiting habits no longer serve them well and why to change them.

n Inspire the reader to work out what they want, find solutions and take action to move positively forward.

n Space for “Your Ideas”, motivational worksheets and methods to create a bespoke plan for effective action steps.

Anne says, “Let today be the first day of your different new journey.” n

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Flowers for Kate. Flowers for Ciara. Far left: Members of Killegney staff getting the stra Above: Orla Flowers for Anne. Orlagh Doyle, proprietor, James and Karen Robinson.

ADUATION Clonroche – 28th June 2023

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awberries and cake ready. Above left: Orlagh presenting flowers to Joan. agh and staff at the goodies table. Emma, David and Conor Murphy. Orlagh Doyle, proprietor, with Aidan Howlin. Flowers for Ellen. Aoibhin, Michael, Roisín and Gillian Delaney. Brian, Eve and Gemma Murray. Ray, Ava Rai and Tina Sharkey.


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Killegney Early Years graduation, Clonroche, 28th June 2023. Above left: Having fun at the ceremony. Above: The graduation class of 2023. Left: Relatives enjoying the graduation ceremony. Right: Conor Murphy and Orlagh Doyle, proprietor, Killegney Early Years.

ADUATION Clonroche – 28th June 2023

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Left: Ready for the presentation at Killegney Early Years graduation on 28th June 2023. bove: Keeping in tune while singing at the graduation. Right: In fine voice. Above: Relatives enjoying the graduation. Below: Orlagh with some of the graduates.

Local Enterprise Office

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2023

Section 75 of Roads Act 1993 Temporary Closing of Roads

Notice is hereby given that Wexford County Council has decided to close the roads listed hereunder to vehicular traffic on Saturday 19 August 2023 from 09:00am to 15:00pm to facilitate the Tri-The-Hook Sprint Triathlon event in the Hook Peninsula area, Co. Wexford.

Road Closures:

Road Nos.: L4049-1 / L4049-2 / L4049-3 / L4049-4 / L8119-1 / L8117-2 / L8116-1 / R734-25 / R734-26 / R734-27 / L4054-1 / L40463-1 / L40465-1.

Expression of Interest Call

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2023 has announced grants from €20,000 to €500,000 to support the revitalisation of rural Ireland through a renewed focus on town centre economic and social recovery and regeneration aligned to commitment in Our Rural Future and the Town Centre First Policy.

The measures that will be supported by the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2023 include:

• Town regeneration projects

• Enhancing our streetscapes

• Green spaces / recreational amenities in town or village centres

• Refurbishment of existing community centres

• A new option to allow local authorities to acquire plots of land to enable development of town regeneration such as town parks, plazas, etc

• Bringing vacant and derelict buildings back into use as multi-purpose or community spaces

• Projects to support town or village centre markets, e.g. farmers markets or artisan markets

• Town/village centre plaza development

Wexford County Council invites Expressions of Interest from town/village groups who may have a suitable project for consideration under the Scheme. Details of the 2023 Scheme, online Expression of Interest application form and “A Framework for Town Centre Renewal” can be downloaded from the following link:

For further information and to register your interest, email

Expressions of interest may also be submitted by:

• Postal – ‘EOI Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2023’, Wexford County Council, Economic Development Section, Carricklawn, Wexford, Y35 WY93.

• Email:

Closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest: 5pm on Monday, 4th September 2023.

Townlands: Grauigle Little, Houseland, Portersgate, Templetown, Loftushall, Churchtown, Galgystown, Slade, Kilcloggan, Grauige Great, Lambstown, Ramstown.

Local access will be facilitated.

Section 75 of Roads Act 1993 Temporary Closing of Roads

Notice is hereby given that Wexford County Council has decided to close the roads listed hereunder to vehicular traffic on Monday 21 August 2023 to Friday the 25 of August, from 11:00am to 19:00pm to facilitate the cleaning and decorating of a commercial premises.

Road Closures: Road No: L3500-7.

Road Name: South Main Street from its junction with Henrietta Street to Harper’s Lane.

Alternative Routes:

Diversion: Henrietta Street, Crescent Quay, Harper’s Lane. Local access will be facilitated.


The following tender competitions are currently active. If you wish to obtain further information, and make a submission for any of the tenders, please visit

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ID Reference Tender Description Closing Date 2094477 45/RM/2023 Bridgetown To Kilmore Quay Greenway Phase 2 –Stage (I) Preliminary Design And Planning Related Consultancy Services Framework 10/08/2023 2102612 48/LEO/2023 Provision of Owner Manager Capability Development Programme 11/08/2023 2151998 50/FRS/2023 Alterations to existing fire station at Gorey, Co. Wexford 17/08/2023

Alt 75 d’Acht na mBóithre 1993 Dúnadh Sealadach na mBóithre

Tugtar fógra leis seo go bhfuil cinneadh déanta ag Comhairle Contae Loch Garman na bóithre atá liostaithe thíos a dhúnadh do thrácht feithicle Dé Sathairn 19 Lúnasa 2023, ó 09.00am go 15.00pm chun imeacht Trí-The-Hook Sprint Triathlon i gceantar Leithinis Duáin, Co. Loch Garman.

Dúnadh Bóithre:

Uimhreacha Bóthar: L4049-1 / L4049-2 / L4049-3 / L4049-4 / L8119-1 / L8117-2 / L8116-1 / R734-25 / R734-26 / R734-27 / L4054-1 / L40463-1 / L40465-1.

Bailte Fearainn: An Ghráig Bheag, Fearann Habha, Geata an Phóirtéaraigh, Baile an Teampaill, An Halla, Baile an Teampaill, Baile Ghalgaí, Slaod, Cill Chlogáin, An Ghráig Mhór, Baile an Lamaigh, Baile Ram.

Éascófar rochtain áitiúil.

Alt 75 d’Acht na mBóithre 1993 Dúnadh Sealadach na mBóithre

Tugtar fógra leis seo go bhfuil cinneadh déanta ag Comhairle Contae Loch Garman na bóithre atá liostaithe thíos a dhúnadh do thrácht feithicle Dé Luain 21 Lúnasa 2023 go dtí Dé hAoine an 25 Lúnasa, ó 11:00 rn go 19:00 in chun glanadh agus maisiú tráchtála a éascú áitreabh.

Dúnadh Bóithre:

Bóthar Uimh: L3500-7.

Ainm an Bhóthair: An Phríomhshráid Theas óna hacomhal le Sráid Henrietta go Lána Harper.

Bealaí Malartacha:

Atreorú: Sráid Henrietta, Cé an Chorráin, Lána Harper. Éascófar rochtain áitiúil.

Notice Publishing Commencement of Audit

Notice is hereby given that the audit of the accounts of the abovenamed local government organisation for the financial year ended on the 31st day of December, 2022 will be commenced by Gerard McMorrow, Local Government Auditor, on the 21st day of August 2023. In accordance with article 17 of the Local Government (Financial and Audit Procedures) Regulations 2014, objections to any matter or matters contained in the said several accounts will be considered by the Local Government Auditor during the audit.

Written notice of any proposed objection, setting out the relevant particulars and grounds on which it is to be made, should be sent

to the above Local Government Auditor at C/o Wexford County Council, County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford within ten days of the commencement of the audit.

The annual financial statement will be available during office hours for the inspection of all persons for a period of seven days before the commencement of the audit.

Dated this 9th day of August 2023

Wexford County Council invites applicants for the following posts: Community Sports Hub Development Officer (New Ross)

(1 Year Temporary Part Time Contract)

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

Qualifications, application forms and further particulars for all posts are available from our website at

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

Printed hard copies will NOT be accepted for the above post. Closing date for receipt of completed application forms for this post is: 5.00pm on Thursday 24th August, 2023.

Wexford County Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Bunclody CCTV System

Wexford County Council proposes to upgrade the existing CCTV system in Bunclody Town Centre. The purpose of this is to provide a deterrent to crime and anti-social behaviour and improve public safety.

It is proposed to install 10 new CCTV cameras at 8 locations within Bunclody Town Centre which have been agreed with An Garda Siochana.

Plans and particulars of the proposed scheme will be available for inspection during normal office hours (9.00am - 5.00pm) at Enniscorthy Municipal District Office, Market Square, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Y21 W2V4 and Enniscorthy Library, Lymington Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed scheme may be made in writing to Claire Lawless, District Manager, Enniscorthy Municipal District, Market Square, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford or on the Consultation Portal at not later than 4pm on the 30th August 2023.

Claire Lawless, Municipal District Manager.

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Wexford Strawberry W

The Wexford Strawberry Weekend food and drink festival took place on the 1st and 2nd of July at The Village at Wheelocks, Finchogue, E opportunity for producers, vendors, and customers to come together on a working farm to celebrate the excellent produce that the South tured lots of artisan traders selling food, drink, arts, crafts etc, live music on a dedicated stage, cookery demonstrations, kids' entertainme of other activities. And the good news is that Cyril and the team there are going to do it all again next year! Keep an eye on: https://wexf

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Above: Some of the Wexford-based Georgia Southern University students at Wheelocks with Cyril Wheelock in the centre. Below left: Strawberries and chocolate, a nice combination, Sean O’Connor with Paula Kearns of Earth Food, chocolate maker. Below right: Samantha Holbrook picking her own strawberries.
Above: Strawberry fan Millie Butler. Right: Terri Nolan showing potential customers Mark Morris and Rebecca Ryan her learning booklets.

Weekend at Wheelocks

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Above left: Stallholders and customers enjoying the festival weekend. Above right: Co. Wexford IFA had a stand at the festival, Alice Doyle, John Kelly and Jer O’Mahony. Left: Chloe Fitzpatrick and Helen Wall at their Peas & Love stand with Liz Doyle and Pamela Redmond. Right: There was face painting, as Niole Paluszka paints Samantha Holbrook’s face. Below left: Catherine Lambe and Sheila Power with Tom O’Neill showing them his glass art. Below right: Liam Sharkey getting the adults and children doing the hokey pokey.
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Black Tie Ball in aid of Pieta

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Above: Anne Howlin, Margaret Hogan, Tracey Hogan and Mel Murphy.
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Right: Jack Kirwan and Jack Salt. Above: The Black Tie Ball organisers Megan Leacy and Megan O’Rourke. Below: Michelle Drennan and Margaret Walsh.
Riverside Park Hotel Enniscorthy, 15th July 2023
Grace Kehoe and Katie Sutton.
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Sophie O’Brien, Billy Harman and Stacey O’Donohoe. James Byrne, Jemma Byrne and Philip Walsh. Leonie Power and Jack Kirwan. Ciara O’Rourke. Right: Jason Rigley and Austeja Balkule. Sinead Kehoe, Harper Leacy and Janice Leacy.

A great night out!

Enniscorthy Drama Group has an exciting night of entertainment lined up to help celebrate a special anniversary.

The group has been treading the boards for the last ten years and to celebrate this milestone it will be holding a variety night on the 12th of August showcasing lots of local talent from drama groups and musical societies, to dance, poetry, storytelling, filmmaking, comedy sketches and lots more. See ad opposite.

Tickets are limited so email or make contact through its social media channels. Entry is free but donation buckets will be in place on the night.

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A great way to enjoy the beach this summer

The Co. Wexford Beach Services are back for 2023 and this year there is the addition of Gorey to Ballymoney. These services will operate every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday from Saturday June 3rd to Sunday September 3rd with an additional two-week daily service from July 31st to August 11th. Fares apply to Ballymoney and Curracloe services and the Morriscastle shuttle is FREE. Here is a link to the timetable: n

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Eoin’s new song makes a powerful statement


The song, ‘Cool Out’, written and produced by Eoin, explores the complex emotions of feeling overwhelmed and misunderstood, and how this can lead to loneliness and feeling lost and overwhelmed in one's own thoughts.

With a catchy melody and introspective lyrics, ‘Cool Out’ is a powerful statement on the experience of feeling overwhelmed in today's fast paced society. The song touches on themes of identity, self-discovery, and the importance of embracing one's uniqueness, even in the face of adversity.


A fun social night

Enniscorthy Drama Group and Enniscorthy Musical Society are delighted to be hosting a joint social night on 25th August in the IFA Centre starting at 8pm until late and all are invited.

We expect there'll be lots of craic, banter, great company and maybe even a sing song. The members of both groups are poised and eager to meet and greet you!

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Summer Sessions 2023…

Live music in the Library Park, New Ross, each Saturday from 15th July to 26th August 7-8pm. Free concerts funded by Wexford County Council.

Birthday surprise

Patricia Wheeler was a surprised ‘Dolly’ last month. When she arrived at the weekly Delightful Dollies get-together little did she know that a birthday cake was waiting for her. Our photo shows members of the group ready to help cut (and eat!) the impressive cake.

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Wexford and Kilkenny County Councils along with Waterford City and County Council were delighted to officially open Phase 1 (New Ross to Glenmore) of the South East Greenway on 25th July 2023.

This project commenced in 2018 and is funded by the Department of Transport, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Kilkenny County Council, Wexford County Council and Waterford City and County Council.

Jack Chambers TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, carried out the official opening in the presence of Councillor John Fleming, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor Michael Doyle, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, as well as Wexford and Kilkenny Councillors, Oireachtas members and invited guests.

Phase 1 of the South East Greenway is approximately 6km in length from New Ross to Glenmore. It is the first part to be opened of the 24km of the South East Greenway, which will be a spectacular off-road cycling, walking and wheeling Greenway. Once fully completed, it will run along an old railway line from the quays of Ireland’s oldest Viking City of Waterford to the Norman town of New Ross along the banks of the beautiful Barrow River, through the scenic countryside of South Kilkenny. It will, in future phases, include historic elements such as the Red Bridge and old rail tunnel at Mount Elliot and will ultimately connect to the renowned Waterford Greenway which will result in a 72km Greenway along the South East of Ireland spanning New Ross to Dungarvan.

Speaking about the Greenway, Minister Chambers said: “The opening of the first section of the South East Greenway rep-

resents an exciting development for the South East Region. A figure of €8 million has been invested by the Department of Transport in developing this wonderful Greenway route to date. This investment signals the Government’s commitment to providing high-quality cycle infrastructure that will generate many benefits for cyclists and communities across Ireland. This Greenway will encourage greater levels of travel via cycling and walking rather than private car use amongst leisure users, tourists, and commuters. The opening of this route along the River Barrow and its connection with the Waterford Greenway will, in due course, represent a valuable tourism amenity in Ireland in attracting visitors to Ireland’s Ancient East.”

Acting Chief Executive of Wexford County Council Eamonn Hore said, “I am delighted to see that this day has finally come to pass with the opening of the first section of the South East Greenway. Thanks to all the people involved, right back to the original genesis of the project in 2014. I hope everyone enjoys the experience.”

Mr. Sean McKeown, Acting Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council, commented, “This is an important day for not just Kilkenny but the entire southeast region. While the opening of Phase 1 from New Ross to Glenmore is an important first step, the realisation of the full South East Greenway will greatly enhance the tourism offering and the reputation of the region.”

Cllr Michael Doyle, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, said, “The old rail corridor is steeped in natural, built and cultural heritage, with a blend of urban in New Ross and Ferrybank and rural through the farmland of south Kilkenny and I’m delighted to see it now re-imagined into the South East Greenway, a world class amenity that locals can be very proud of and one that they and visitors can enjoy for many years to come.”

Cllr Fleming, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, said, “As Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council as well as a

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or New Ross

Councillor representing New Ross Municipal District, and my parents being from Kilkenny originally, I am enormously proud to attend the opening of the Greenway between those counties and soon to include Waterford as well. The Greenway will bring economic benefits as well as very important health and social benefits to our communities and I look forward to its completion, in particular, to the Red Bridge and the tunnel at Mount Elliot, which will be spectacular.

Cllr Anthony Connick, Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District, said, “I’m delighted to see the first section of the Greenway open. It is a historic day for Wexford, New Ross in particular, and Kilkenny and Waterford. Being the closest elected member to the Greenway, living in Rosbercon itself, I would have passed this location every day for years and am delighted to see what it has now become, from the underutilised space it was for many years. It will be a major attraction for local people and for tourists alike, bringing people to New Ross and the South East region.”

Failte Ireland has also come on board with the South East Greenway team and they will animate the project which will ensure a more exciting experience for users. In addition, Wexford County Council’s Arts office in partnership with the South East Greenway project team is working with visual artist Aoife Banville to develop a pilot project which will see a public art project for the Raheen to Glenmore section of the Greenway.

Works on phase 2 of the South East Greenway are already underway along with the development of an Urban Loop in New Ross. The loop will offer a short walk, cycle route directly from New Ross town centre onto the Greenway and back, it will also feature lighting throughout in order to promote evening walk use year-round.

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On July 25th 2023, Minister of State at the Dept of Transport and the Dept of the Environment, Climate & Communications Jack Chambers offically opened the first phase of the South East Greenway.

Above: Minister Chambers with Anthony Connick, Cathaoirleach New Ross Municipal District.

Right: Nóirín Cummins, Rosslare Municipal District Manager and Eamonn Hore, Deputy Chief Executive, Wexford Co. Council.

Below right: Minister Chambers (centre) with a special jersey signifying the cooperation between Kilkenny and Wexford county councils.

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All pics by Mary Browne

The Phantom is coming to town!

The next production by the Wexford Light Opera Society (WLOS) will be the fabulous West End and Broadway favourite The Phantom of the Opera which will be staged next year at the National Opera House, Wexford, from 29th April to the 4th May 2024. The Society is thrilled to have secured the rights to this wonderful musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber which is packed with musical favourites such as: The Phantom of the Opera; The Music of the Night and All I Ask of You.

Wexford Light Opera Society is delighted to announce the production team for this highly anticipated 2024 production:

Director: Christine Scarry

Music Director: David Hayes

Chorus Mistress: Eithne Corrigan

Choreographer: Thérése O’Sullivan

Director Christine Scarry last worked with WLOS in 2012 when she directed Follies and previously The Producers in 2009 and Ragtime in 2008. Christine will join David Hayes and Eithne Corrigan from the 2023 production team of the highly acclaimed The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Thérése O’Sullivan who is coming on board as the society’s new choreographer this year and all are looking forward to working with her over the coming months.

No doubt Phantom of the Opera will be an expensive show to stage next April at the National Opera House and with this in mind the society is now busily preparing for their annual fundraiser – Hits from the Musicals, which takes place at Clayton Whites Hotel during this year’s world renowned Wexford Festival Opera.

Hits from the Musicals is always the

highlight of the Wexford Festival Opera Fringe events and takes place this year on Bank Holiday Monday 30 October and continues Tuesday 31 October, Wednesday 01 November and Thursday 02 November nightly at 8pm.

Tickets will go on sale soon so watch this space for more details.

Keep up to date:

Facebook: @wexfordlightoperasociety

Instagram: @ wexford_light_opera_society


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Enniscorthy Musical Society news and updates

Craft Fairs...

The Enniscorthy Musical Society (EMS) is holding a series of craft fairs over the coming months and would love to see lots of people there. The next one in the series will be on 26th August in the IFA Centre, Enniscorthy, so make a note in your diary now and check out the other dates coming up (shown opposite). This is your chance to grab a highquality bargain. EMS also welcomes crafters and small businesses interested in taking part to contact them on 086-8399350.

Are you 15-18 years old and looking for something fun to do with your time over the summer...

Are you a fan of musicals and looking to make some new friends?

Then why not join the Enniscorthy Musical Society (EMS) Youth Council! Their upcoming show promises to be great craic! Have your say, have a blast and meet some new people! What more could you want? Contact EMS for more information and to get involved.

Happy Days, a new musical, is EMS’s show for April 2024...

EMS is thrilled to be welcoming back the incomparable Imelda McDonagh as Director, and the musical genius that is Kevin Kennedy as Musical Director! And making his choreography debut is the one and only James Dobbs. With a team of this calibre, EMS will definitely be rockin’ the town of Enniscorthy when the show hits the stage in April next year!

To express your interest in this upcoming show just click on the link NA_ro4-dRgFDzvmLIVA n

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Rebranded Tirlán CountryLife ope

Tirlán CountryLife in Bunclody has officially marked the opening of its doors after a major refurbishment and is the first in the farmer-owned cooperative’s 52-strong branch network to benefit from an €11 million plus investment programme. n

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Above left: Mag Binions, Rita Morrissey and Trina Barron. Above: Ann Farrell, Rosheen, Aine and Oisin Farrell. Left: Niamh, Mia and Shay Murphy with Anna and Amelia Murphy. Below: James Brennan of Tirlán with Michael McMullen and Johnny Tobin. Bottom left: Ollie Keenan and Miriam Smyth of Tirlán. Bottom: At the official opening were Mary Furney with her children Callen and Sophia.

ens in Bunclody

See full report on page 101. All photos: Patrick Browne.

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Top left: Ciara Finn, John Murphy, (Tirlán Chairperson), Catherine Finn, Ger O’Hara, Sarah O’Hara and Aoife Finn. Top right: Robyn Redmond getting her face painted by Michelle Colfer. Above left: Anna and Maria Kenny with their mum Silvia. Above: Aggie McHale with Fergal Joy of Tirlán, Bunclody. Above right: Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy and John Murphy (Tirlán Chairperson). Left: Teagan Kehoe, Gina O’Gorman and Nadia Jordan. Right: Isabel and Ellen O'Connor. Below left: John Murphy (Tirlán Chairperson), and Robert Barron (Tirlán). Tirlán ambassador Tadhg Furlong.

Bannnow & Rathangan Show

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Killag, Co. Wexford, 13th July 2023.

Below: Group from Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and their minders enjoying the day out at the show.

Right: At the Cooney Furlong trade stand were John Dunne, George O’Connor, Philip Kennedy and Pat Banville.

Below right: Cllr Cathal Byrne, Paul Kehoe TD and his son Eoin, Dillon and Riley Jordan, Patrick Devitt and Harry Twomey.

Below right: Danny Murphy, Wexford Oil, Mick Sweetman and Tom Hipwell, Glen Fuels.

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All the fun of the fair at Bannnow & Rathangan Show, 13th July 2023. Above left: Sitting down for a chat at the show were Caroline and Sean Coloe who met up with George McGee. Above: Politics and farming, Jer O’Mahony (IFA), Simon Boyce, Cllr Michael Sheehan and Minister James Browne TD. Above right: Young Owen Winters shows his art at the show. Below left: Johnny Mythen TD with supporters Lorraine Smyth and Aoife Rose O’Brien. Below right: Enjoying their ice creams and milk shakes were Vera Mevlit, Cathleen Roche and Samanta Mevlit. Left: All aboard at the show were Jack Martin, Orlaigh Morrissey, Grace Barron, Liam Higgins, Ollie Barron and Simon Martin. Above: A good day out, Mogue Sinnott, Niamh White, Darragh and Robyn Sinnott. Right: An eye for detail earned first place for Evelyn Long’s art. Above: Nearly there – Noah O’Connor and Leila Foley get ready to go on the waltzer. Below: Yvonne and Kay Murphy. Left: Model Noleen Jones with a very tasty outfit from Wallaces of Wellingtonbridge. Right: Angela Browne models another outfit from Wallaces of Wellingtonbridge.

Rockin’ at Enniscorthy’s

12 Gauge Outrage launched their ‘Siren’ EP in The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, on 7th July, before an appreciative, capacity crowd.

Supporting them on the night were local band Dead Memories, Gravity Well from Belfast and R.P.C from Cork.

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Presentation Centre


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R.P.C FROM CORK All photos by Damien Smullen, Wexford Media.

Lots to look forward to at the Riverside Park Hotel

A fantastic line up of events over the coming months at the Riverside Park Hotel:

6th August - The Jets (Rockin' Food & Fruit Festival)

4th October - Michael English

9th November - Johnny McEvoy

10th January 2024 - The Three Amigos

Tickets can be purchased from the hotel reception or online at

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Slaney ad Slaney leiSure & lifeStyle Page 60 - 4th August 2023 SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTS CENTRES Wexford Arts Centre: 053-9123764. The Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy: 053-9233000 The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely: (0402) 38529
Keep up to date with the local dancing scene on: n What’s On Wexford Opinion You Didn't Ask For Podcast Tune in to Jamie and Blayne’s podcasts and check out: Check out for the best listing of what’s happening all over Co. Wexford. n
Dancing with Declan

The dates for this year's Blackstairs Blues Festival in Enniscorthy will be September 8th, 9th & 10th. Featuring the return of Austin Walkin' Cane, UK's blues acoustic act of the year Trevor ‘Babajack’ Steger and the refulgent Celtic blues style of Scotsman Gus Munro. It's shaping up nicely here in the sunny south east – home of the Blues. See full details in the September issue of Slaney News.

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Wexford GAA Race Day

On Friday 7th July Wexford GAA, under the auspices of Cairde Loch Garman, held its annual Wexford Race Day at the Bettyville Racecourse at Carricklawn, Wexford.

This prestigious event has become a major attraction over the years for fans and supporters of the Purple and Gold along with dedicated horse fanciers and brings a large crowd to the Wexford racing venue and this year was no exception.

The Cairde Loch Garman Pavilion was full to capacity as always with the Wexford faithful and with individual tickets priced at €95 and tables of 10 at €950 the occasion is one of Wexford GAA’s most lucrative and most enjoyable fundraisers and a must-do on the purple and gold calendar.

The loquacious Liam Spratt was the entertaining Master of Ceremonies interviewing among others, famous local horse trainer Paul Nolan, hurlers Lee Chin and Simon Donohoe and the Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Gent.

I had the dubious honour of selecting the Best Dressed.

With the many fashionable ladies and gents gracing the venue making my job a most difficult one, armed with the criteria of simple elegance, attention to detail, and locally purchased, I set off to select my winners.

After copious rounds of the Pavilion and track, James Or-

monde, in a dapper three piece suit in navy check with crisp white shirt and silk purple tie was the popular choice for Best Dressed Gent.

I think it was the purple tie that eventually swung it for me, and the lovely Áine Tyrrell from Bree, in a beautiful soft tangerine dress with gold leaf detail, purchased in Sarah King’s, Wexford, with matching gold leaf headpiece designed and made by local milliner Tracy Murphy, matched with gold sandals purchased in Shu 4 U Wexford, gold bag and gold earrings, was most deserving Best Dressed Lady, looking simple and elegant and fulfilling all the conditions.

James received his voucher from John Hore of Hores, Wexford, and GAA Chairman Micheál Martin presented Áine with her prize, along with a beautiful bouquet of flowers created and presented by Linda Benson.

After a thoroughly delicious repas of beef or salmon, what else, the popular Waxies kicked the evening off, providing the pavilion racegoers with musical entertainment long into the summer night.

Whether your luck is in or not on the geegees, this is a marvellous social occasion gathering lovers of the sport of kings and lovers of our sporting warriors together for a pleasant fundraiser.

– Words and pics by Maria Nolan

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L-R: Maria Nolan, James Ormonde (Best Dressed Man), Áine Tyrrell (Best Dressed Lady), Linda Benson and Gavin O’Donovan, CEO of Wexford GAA.
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Left: Áine Tyrrell (Best Dressed Lady). Above: Liam Spratt interviews Lee Chin. Right: Best dressed –James Ormonde and Áine Tyrrell. All pics: Maria Nolan. Above left: Maria Nolan with Áine Tyrrell (Best Dressed Lady). Left: Two legends of Wexford hurling, George O’Connor and Lee Chin. Above: Liam Spratt interviews Enniscorthy racehorse trainer Paul Nolan. Right: Áine Tyrrell (Best Dressed Lady) with Linda Benson All pics: Maria Nolan.

All set for Enniscorthy’s R


Get ready to satisfy your taste buds and groove to the rhythm of Rock ‘n’ Roll as the highly anticipated Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival returns to Enniscorthy from Friday 4th August to Monday 7th August. The Festival has earned a reputation as one of

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Above: Renowned chef Edward Hayden and his helpers are looking forward to this year’s festival. Pic: Domnick Walsh.

Rockin’ Food & Fruit Fest

Workshops, T-shirt Printing, Discos, Parties and Puppet Shows will take place, or children can enjoy a Chocolate Making Workshop and Baking Demonstrations in The Food Marquee. Families can meet the Normans at a Norman Camp outside Enniscorthy Castle or they can rock it out on the dance floor with Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Classes from the legendary Kav Kavanagh!

Visitors can enjoy a trip to local potato farm Slaney Farms, the home of Jackford Gin, where owner John Stafford will take them behind the scenes of his impressive operation. Afterwards, guests are invited to try their premium Jackford Gin!

Another enjoyable trip is to Enniscorthy Community Allotments where visitors can meet Mark Cooke and learn the basics of how to grow your own fruit and vegetables!

Festival Chairman Eric Barron commented, “Now in its 8th year, we try to grow and develop the festival every year. In addition to the economic benefits to Enniscorthy, the festival also fosters a sense of community togetherness. Our committee is a small and dedicated team passionate about showcasing the vibrancy of Enniscorthy, and this festival is something we are very proud of. 

festivals and this year’s event is set to be even more exceptional, featuring an array of culinary delights from both local and international vendors.

The festival kicks off on Friday 4th August with a bang! The funfair will be back on The Promenade and families can enjoy a variety of amusements before music and fireworks from 9pm. Visitors can also enjoy the Big Wheel with a Wexbury cocktail in hand from 8pm–9pm.

Savour the flavours of the Artisan Food & Craft Market on Saturday and Sunday from 10am–6pm (7pm on Sunday) where foodies and families alike will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of gastronomic treats. Whether you’re in the mood for savoury street food, sweet desserts, farm fresh produce or refreshing beverages, the Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival has it all! Top chefs and producers will take to the stage in the Wexford Food Family Food Marquee where visitors of all ages can enjoy Talk & Taste events and Chef Demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs. It's not just about food, organisers have a vibrant line up of live music performances from the best of Irish and International Rock ‘n’ Roll artists. Festival-goers can dance the day away while enjoying their delicious treats and soaking in the fantastic tunes in The Market Square. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Gig Trail continues late into the night in the pubs around Enniscorthy Town and finishes with a Jam session on Monday in TJ Murphy’s Outdoor Stage. While each band is fantastic, this year’s headline act are The Jets – a UK rockabilly band with major hits including two charting singles in the early 1980s with "Yes Tonight Josephine" and "Love Makes the World Go Round". The Jets will perform in the Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday 6th August at 9pm and tickets are available on Eventbrite.

The Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival is a family event with something exciting for everyone. Kids will have a blast at the Funfair and there are a wide range of free and ticketed events to enjoy throughout the weekend. Arts & Crafts activities such as Slime

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It wouldn’t be possible without the support of Wexford County Council, Failte Ireland, Ireland’s Ancient East, Rockshore, Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford Food Family, Enniscorthy Credit Union and Wexbury along with our loyal Friends of the Festival who support us year after year. ”

Event Organiser Amanda Whitmore added, “We are thrilled to have the Wexford Food Family involved this year and by working closely with them are bringing the best of Wexford food and drink in a special Wexford Showcase on Rafter Street. The Food Marquee has a jam-packed schedule of interesting talks, tastes and demonstrations and we can’t wait to see what Kevin Dundon and Edward Hayden have in store for visitors this year. Local chef Paul Hynes from La Cote Restaurant in Wexford will also take us through some delicious seafood options and Orla Power and Lorraine from will talk all things vegan and foraging! It’s really an event not to be missed!”

The Festival is delighted to be partnering with Wexford Food Family who will showcase the best of local food and drink at the festival this year. You will also be able to catch up with our local producers in the Wexford Food Family Food Marquee along with a range of celebrity and local chef demonstrations, tastings and workshops.

Lots to look forward to!!!

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Each year, festival-goers flock to Enniscorthy to see an incredible line up of over 40 Rock 'n' Roll gigs, both outdoor in The Market Square on the Rockshore Main Stage and throughout all the pubs in Enniscorthy town.

This year the organisers are delighted to announce that UK rockabilly band The Jets will perform in the Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday 6th August at 9pm along with Livestock Davies and Graham Fenton, well known lead singer of Matchbox. This is expected to be a sell-out event, so make sure to organise tickets in advance.

The countdown is on! Get your dancing shoes ready and get ready to rock! The Rock 'n' Roll Gig Trail will literally keep you on your toes for the whole weekend! You will be spoiled for choice with this year's lineup!

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Wexford County Council has decided to close the roads set out below to vehicular traffic on Friday 4 August 2023 to Tuesday 8 August 2023, to facilitate the holding of the Rockin' Food Festival Festival 2023.


Main Street, Castle Street, Castle Hill (R702) (between the junction of Duffry Street and Main Street with Irish Street and the roundabout at Abbey Square) and Church Street, Court Street (part of - from Church Street to Friary Hill) and Hospital Hill (closed to eastbound traffic only) and Wafer Street (R702) (between its junction with Castle Street and Market Square to its junction with Duffry Hill).

Date and Time: From 2pm Friday 4 August to 1pm Monday 7 August 2023.

Alternative Routes: HCV Traffic (Eastbound):

From Duffry Hill to Parnell Road to Arnold’s Cross to Mill Park Road to Abbey Square Roundabout via R890 and R744.

HCV Traffic (Westbound):

From Abbey Square Roundabout to Mill Park Road to Arnold’s Cross to Parnell Road to Duffry Hill via R744 and R890.

Local non-HCV traffic (Eastbound only):

From the junction of Duffry Street and Main Street to Irish Street to Island Road (R772) to Old Bridge The Shannon Quay to Seamus Rafter Bridge to Abbey Square Roundabout.

Local non-HCV traffic (Westbound only):

From Abbey Square Roundabout (R744) to Junction of Mill Park Road (R744) to Friary Hill to Court Street to Hospital Hill to Parnell Road (R890).


The Promenade (Closed to Northbound traffic only) – between its junction with Seamus Rafter Bridge and its junction with Quay Street.

Date and Time: From 11am Thursday 3 August to 2pm Tuesday 8 August 2023.

Alternative Route: From Quay Street or Salt House Lane to Mill Park Road to R744 Roundabout at Abbey Square to Abbey Quay.

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Entertainment for

A riot of colour

The Courtown Colour Run took place on Saturday 29th July 2023 as participants joined in by running, jogging, skipping and cartwheeling their way around the 3km scenic route, while getting plastered in colour paint and then enjoyed the fun, music and entertainment at the finish line. With no winners or official times, the Colour Run caters to everyone – first time runners, athletes, families, kids in buggies, even dogs. All money raised goes to Gorey Hockey Club to help build its own astroturf hockey pitch in Gorey. n

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Top left: Dylan, Cerys, Rhys and Katie Edwards. Above left: Shaun and Ellie Drennan, Adehy and Wynn Potter. Above centre: Conor, Cara and Catherine Rooney. Above right: Eabhe and Philly Malone and Saoirse Wilson. Below left: Aodhan and Anne Roche. Bottom left: Sara Innocentin and Cian Doherty. Bottom centre: Andrew and Emily Swaine. Bottom right: Fun for all ages.
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Above left: The mist of colour. Above centre: Mary and Layla Furney. Above right: Vevenne Golkine. Left: Hecena Kozakowska-Baranowski, Dominica Kozakowska-Baranowska and Sulwia Cedrzedek. Below centre: Taking things in their stride. Below right: Anne Smith and Jenny Ryan. Bottom left: Courtown Seal Rescue supporting the Colour Run, Megan Glenn, Selkie the seal and Alex Luschnath. Above left: Getting warmed up for the Courtown Colour Run. Above right: Ellie, Carole, Macey, Joanne and Poppy Flynn.

OPPENHEIMER Movie Review with Kyle Walsh 

I got to see this on the maxx screen in Wexford Omniplex Cinema and I have to say I was blown away by this cinema experience. Oppenheimer for me was truly a great movie.

Like all Christopher Nolan movies, they are all cinematic experiences. I love Nolan as a filmmaker. He’s quite unique in style and rumour around the camp fire is that he will be the next James Bond director. Now, that would be very interesting in the movie world.

From the first trailer I saw of Oppenheimer to sitting in the cinema waiting to watch it on the big screen, I have been very excited for this. I was not disappointed. Although I would have loved to have seen it on 70 mm imaxx the way it was shot.

First thing I’d say about it is that it was great to hear the dialogue between characters because if I was to be very critical of Nolan’s work it would be that the sound sometimes on his movies is not good. He uses a different kind of sound design than the norm. So it was nice to have a different sound.

The film is shot in colour and black and white which I thought for the subject of the film was the correct choice. Basically, the colour shots are the perspective of the Oppenheimer character played here by the brilliant Cillian Murphy who I think will win an oscar for this portrayal. The black and white scenes are the perspective of Lewis Strauss played here by Robert Downey Jr who I believe has never been better in any other movie as he is in this one, and is a cert to pick up best supporting actor for his role. He’s extraordinary in this movie. Two colour palettes used for two different perspectives of the same situation.

This film is the story of who some people consider to be one of the most important people ever to live. Some agree, others disagree. I for one disagree, but that’s just me. Oppenheimer is the man who invented the atom bomb and this film also shows the toll it had on him as he realised what he had introduced to the world.

This film is very complicated and needs your full attention at all times, so people put away the god damn mobile phones and shut up talking, just don’t bother going to the cinema if you’re just going to sit there blinding us all with your light on your phone.

This film needs attention. It’s a fascinating story told in multiple timelines so it’s hard to follow. We see the rise of Oppenheimer as a student, teacher, professor, expert, then we see all the criticism he faced after World War 2. We also see is he a communist or is he not. Basically, Oppenheimer invented the bomb to stop the Nazis and

win the war. So in one way you’re rooting for Oppenheimer but in another way you feel dread because we all know what these bombs can do. We live in a sad world these days and who knows it could all end one day in a nuclear war. This film will make you think, especially that last powerful scene of the film. It’s an enthralling story with plenty of characters in it. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt were great in it too and I feel Emily Blunt will pick up the best supporting actress award.

The music score is class from Ludwig. The cinematography is gorgeous. The performances are all amazing. The story is well written and this is a film of nothing but dialogue. So it’s mesmerising how you, the audience members, are locked into this film so much with just dialogue and no action or anything else. The editing is done perfectly and because of this technique and camera angles, Nolan somehow expertly lands you in his story and doesn’t let you come up for air until its over after nearly three hours. It’s an extraordinary piece of filmmaking again on Nolan’s part and one I look forward to revisiting again. Get on this people, you will not be let down, it’s a great movie, it gets a 9/10 from me. n

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Enniscorthy Historical Walking Tours

Ambassador to close the 2023

New Ross Kennedy Summer School

The Kennedy Summer School is delighted to announce that Geraldine Byrne Nason, the current Ambassador of Ireland to the USA, will deliver the closing address for the 2023 programme.

Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason assumed her role as Ireland’s 19th Ambassador to the United States in August 2022. Geraldine was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York (2017-22). Previously, she served as Ambassador to France (2014-17), Second Secretary General in the Department of the Taoiseach (2011-14), Ambassador and Ireland’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU (2005-11) and Director of the National Forum on Europe (2004-05).

Billed as 'A Festival of Irish and American, History, Politics and Culture’, there will be over 60 guest speakers and the weekend will be filled with panel discussions, debates and public interviews and addresses and the Kennedy Tea Party hosted by RTE’s Eileen Whelan. An expert panel will discuss the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the European Union.

The Saturday interview will see a husband and wife political duo take to the stage to discuss their opposing political viewpoints. Husband and Democratic political consultant James Carville and Republican political consultant Mary Matalin. An expert panel is also set to discuss ‘Celebrity Politics’.

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Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am and 2.30pm Private Tours also available on request. Contact Fintan on 087 675 6993 In conjunction with
Geraldine Byrne Nason, the current Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America

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Bunclody Summer Fête and Family Fun Day at St Mary’s Rectory, Ryland, Bunclody, 29th July 2023

Above left: Oakley, Arley and Isabelle Murphy and their dog Ecto.

Above right: Time for a cuppa and a cake , Lorne Brownrigg and Paul Mitchell.

Left: Philip O’Reilly, Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy and Jim Reilly.

Right: Jamie and Catherine Jackman.

Below left: On the BBQ were Peter Sutton and Shane Neville.

Below centre: Leanne and Annie Wilson.

Below right: Jane Rothwell and her dog Lola.

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Bunclody Summer Fête and Family Fun Day at St Mary’s Rectory, Ryland, Bunclody, 29th July 2023

Top left: Letitia Porter and Esther Bailey.

Top right: Caroline Steacy, Claudia Kidd and Vera Armstrong.

Above left: Trying their luck in the raffle, seller Aileen White with buyers Kate and Anne Tyndall.

Above centre: Rector Trevor Sargent wishing everyone well at the summer fête.

Above right: Ben Rothwell and his dog Patch.

Right: One of the vintage pieces on display with owner William Masterson and groundsman John Power.

Below left: Having a rest and enjoying their burgers were Jimmy White and Ollie Irwin.

Below centre: Enjoying the Classics Cars on display were Hazel Millar and Dorothy Glynn.

Below right: Peter Millar and Denie Hanlon.

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Back to our roots

Celtic Roots makes a welcome return this summer to the stage in the IFA Centre in Enniscorthy. The show runs from Tuesday 18th July for six consective Tuesdays. All welcome to enjoy a night of Irish song, dance, music and storytelling. For enquiries contact 087 9981973. n

Enniscorthy slimmers can choose from a huge range of classes provided by Tony McCann and Trish Dagg. See page 89.

The Bailey Laughs welcomes one of the best known comedians on the circuit to Enniscorthy, for one night only! Joe Rooney is a comedian best known for his TV roles in Father Ted, Killinaskully and many other parts, but renowned on the circuit as one of Ireland's finest comedians.

Joining Joe will be Ellen O'Reilly, combining her love of music and comedy. And also, for anyone who missed the last Standup Workshop Performance, this is your chance to see them in action once again.

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Are you up to the challenge?

Ferns Diocescan Youth Service (FDYS) will be holding an Ice Bath Challenge this month in Enniscorthy, Bunclody and New Ross to raise funds for first aid, CPR and defibrillator initiatives around Co. Wexford. To take part or to sponsor, see details above. n

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Tony McCann and Trish Dagg

A gentle reminder that two of Ireland's heaviest-hitting comics will be appearing at the Bailey Laughs comedy club in The Bailey, Enniscorthy, over the next couple of months. Firstly, Edwin Sammon on the 20th of October and secondly, but by no means least, Tom O’Mahony on the 4th of November. Put those not-to-be-missed dates in your diary now!

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“Wexford Arts Centre, over all the years, has been a beacon of light. In art, film, theatre, dance, music, it has enriched the life and the imagination of Wexford town. It is one of the great achievements in Irish culture life over the past half century.”

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Kilrane – Rosslare Harbour Community Family Fun Day in the Memorial Gardens, Rosslare Harbour, Sunday, 23rd July 2023.

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Top left: Cllr Jim Codd with the Kilrane/Rosslare Harbour Men’s Shed group and their display at the family fun day. L-R: John Dromey, Tony McCormack, Paddy Cody, Cllr Jim Codd, Jim Bolger, Joe Dwyer and Enda Murphy. Top right: Deirdre, Grace and Bobbie Hayes at the fun day. Right: "Lee and Fitzy" had a third member join them on Sunday – event organiser Bernie Mullins. Below left: Maisie Furlong enjoying her bun. Below centre: Emily and Mason Stewart enjoying the day. Below right: Making their way to the fun day were Viktor and Talat.

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Top left: The right colours! Vera Fox who knitted them, shows them to Pat Doyle and Cllr Jim Codd.

Top right: The best of friends enjoying the family funday in Rosslare – Oisin Murphy, Eoin Lacey, Kieran Doyle, Billy Breen, Alex and Luke Scallan.

Above left: Vera Fox (right) sells some of her plants to customers Gwynn O’Dowd and Phelim Connolly.

Above centre: Jackie Crosbie and Ruby Kelly enjoying the day.

Above right: Luke and Shauna Hayes enjoying the sunshine.

Below left: Nelly Stewart has her face painted by artist Michelle Colfer.

Below centre: Cllr Jim Codd meets up with an old student of his.

Below right: Galina, Sasha and Tatjana on the green at the funday.

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Lianey Dempsey having fun. Above left: Cllr Jim Codd keeps the rain off some of the Out Riders Leo Doyle, Tom Murphy, Paddy Malone.
Bargy Vintage Club Tractor Run From the Coal Bunker Bar and Restaurant Kilmacree, Wexford, 22nd July 2023, in aid of Piercestown, Murrintown and Mayglass Schools Slaney ad Slaney leiSure & lifeStyle Page 78 - 4th August 2023
Above: Eamonn Mullins checking his Fordson Dexta tractor in with Emer Coleman. Below left: Young James and Ellie McCormack came across a Dodge vintage van. Below centre: Supporting the run – Bruno Byrne and Pat Boggan. Below right: Larry Coleman and Patrick Hamilton. Top left: Top left: Sean Lambert about to head off. Left: The ‘posh’ tractors make their presence felt!
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Above: Sefton Butler, Francis Sinnott and Pat Butler.
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Top left: Happy Birthday John as members of Bargy Vintage Club had a surprise Birthday Cake for John Kenny of Curracloe (in the cap). John is the longest serving participant the Vintage Runs and joining with him on the occasion was Verona Murphy TD and Cllr Jim Codd. Top right: Tommy Sinnott. Above left: Loughlin Druhan, Frank Leacy and Robert Hayes. Above: Michael Wickham, John Kenny and Emer Coleman. Left: Mick Murphy and Micky Breslin. Below left: Mick Lyng and Frank Cardiff. Below right: Joe and Stephanie Garrigan, Cllr Jim Codd and Miriam Sheridan.

From the Slaney to the Yukon!

Enniscorthy author Maria Nolan has just published her third novel – a tale of love set against the backdrop of history, and two rivers, the Slaney and the Yukon, and the ghosts that forever drift upon their waters.

Social and religious bigotry of 1890’s Ireland compels George Warren of Castleboro, Enniscorthy, to disinherit his eldest daughters Beatrice and Margaret for marrying the Doyle brothers Jim and Jack, Catholics, and railroad workers from Palace, Clonroche, setting in train a series of events that would alter his family irrevocably and forever.

William Warren, George’s only son and heir, unable to accept the intolerance of his parents and the community he grew up in, takes the decision to leave his prejudiced homeland and head with his friend Sam Kidd for the freedom of Alaska and the promise of the goldfields of the Yukon.

Lydia Warren, Sam Kidd’s sweetheart and William’s youngest sister, and Molly Doyle, sister to Jim and Jack and William’s love interest, agree to join them on a life-changing journey that will take them from the decadence and debauchery of Belgravia and high society London to the danger and degradation of Hell’s Kitchen, the Five Points, Satan’s Circus, and the Irish slums of 1897 New York, to the vast wildness of

Maria Nolan with her first two novels. Her third book ‘From the Slaney to the Yukon’, is published by Amazon as a Kindle book and a paperback with a beautifully illustrated cover by local artist Larry Dunne.

Alaska and the frenzied yellow fever of the saloons, camps, and brothels of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.

Their American dream of love, wealth, and happiness is shattered and scattered to the winds of time by murder, rape, death, disease, and degradation, until a chance encounter on an Alaskan cruise ship and the discovery of an old wooden trunk finally lays their ghosts to rest in the love and peace they have been desperately seeking for over a hundred years.

"An absolutely enthralling novel. Gripping to the very last page. Maria Nolan is an exceptional writer who has the gift of bringing history to life."

– Caroline Busher (pictured), Irish Times Best Selling Author.

From the Slaney to the Yukon is published on Amazon as an ebook on Kindle and as a paperback. A launch event will be held in the near future. Watch the Slaney News Facebook page for updates. n

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“Mist” threat to Rosslare, but ‘the Fest’ went ahead by Michael Freeman

The sky over Rosslare would normally be blue and the sun shining down on the waves and the hundreds of people at the massive Rosslare Community and Sports Centre on the Strand. This year, probably because of Climate Change, the sky was grey and the air was damp, with the threat of heavy rain. People had brollies. But it wasn’t rain, it was “Rosslare mist” as one native explained, obviously conscious that visitors might shy away at the description of ‘rain’.

However, the beaming smiles of Maria Gore, general manager and organiser of the Rosslare Fest and Valerie Boggan, chairperson and Marion Breen of Monageer ancestry, just back from Brussels, shone through the mist, compensating for the lack of sunshine.

Jim Fortune, retired NCO of the Irish Air Corp, told us that the organisers had organised ‘the mist’ in order to get the bathers up off the beach to be at the Community Centre for the Rosslare Annual Festival.

If you were looking for more sunshine, it came from the energy and enthusiasm of the 50 or more young people who danced their little bee pop hearts out on

a huge platform on the ground to the blast from a big woofer high up on a Roche Logistics lorry on which stood a rousing Ronnie Bent, the DJ. Some of them were face-painted tiny tots who mimicked the prancing of their older sisters and brothers.

Luckily the mist lifted in time for the dog show out in the big field to which more than 300 people flocked like starlings on a rooftop to watch the parade of huge dogs, big dogs and little dogs. Dylan Walsh, in the dulcet tones of an RTÉ broadcaster, backed appropriately by the music of ‘Who Owns that Doggy in the Window’, called out the categories. ‘Best puppy under 12’, ‘mix breed’ and ‘small breed… He announced dogs ‘Midge’, ‘Aislan’, ‘Lily’, ‘Lola’, ‘Coco’ and ‘Toby’ and many more exotic names being paraded for the judge’s cold assessment of their characteristics. Shamela Lyons and ‘Coco’ from Dublin and Eve Lennon and her dog ‘Toby’ from Kilmore and Lorraine Smith and her dog fully named ‘Paddy Smith’ from Clondalkin in Dublin looked like winners.

One particular dog ‘had little legs, but a big personality’, enthused Dylan who is a popular Rosslare pharmacist and in his spare time, a star of the Wexford stage,


ENNISCORTHY RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION is a great, local, community group for those aged 55+, retired and living in the Enniscorthy area, with meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at the Riverside Park Hotel. On 4th July 2023, Trevor Jacob, CEO of Reach Ability, gave a fascinating talk on the history of the organisation (formerly known as County Wexford Community Workshop), the community care services provided and the services at Kilcannon Garden Centre and Restaurant, Astro Active Centre and Bellefield Design.

The Association now has a summer break and next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th September. Lots of events and trips are planned for later this year so stay in touch.

and knows a thing or two about dogs. The judge, Eamon Ownes, very carefully examined each dog but we couldn’t stay to watch and hear which dogs won.

We had to rush away to inspect the numerous stands, the hurdy gurdys and merry-go-rounds and slides laden with children having the times of their lives. Then there was a ‘pop-up pub’ in a horsebox provided by Sinnotts on the Strand and manned by Lee Donohoe whose pint-pulling was captured by Pat O’Connor, photographer.

We saw stands laden with cakes and sweets and jewellery and toys and other things out in the field and inside the Community Centre we saw more stands featuring garden stones, crafty knitters, glass art, handmade jewellery and jars of joy. And sticks of Rock. That brought us back in time.

The entire Fest took a year of planning said a breathless and busy Maria Gore who carried a pouch bristling with walkie talkies, several mobile phones and wads of paper carrying charts and instructions. “It was all organised and put on by volunteers. You can’t beat community,” said Maria.

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New members are always very welcome. For further information, contact Valarie or Annette at or see ‘Enniscorthy Retirement Association’ on Facebook for regular updates. n

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Rosslare Sum

Above left: Mary Lambert and her dog Potty were well prepared for the weather on Sunday.

Above right: In great form at the Kelly’s Hotel stand –Emer Pollard, Cathriona Devereux and Barbara Scott.

Rosslare Summer Festival in the Community Grounds 30th July 2023

Top left: Let’s dance! Young people of Rosslare not deterred by the wet weather.

Above left: Eva Lennon and her dog Toby waiting their turn to enter the dog show.

Above: Not quite the day for strawberries and ice cream but Marion Breen was on hand just in case!

Left: Aoidhin and Aoife Busher at the Summer Festival.

Right: Emma Egan in the green hoodie enjoying a go on the merry-go-round at the festival.

Below: The Dog Show attracted a large crowd at the Summer Festival.

Below right: Summer sliding – Isabele Smyth.

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Left: Lorraine Smyth and her pet dog waiting for their category at the dog show.

Above: The rain is falling but what the heck! We’re here to have a good time and there’s prizes for the best dancer so here goes!

Rosslare Summer Festival in the Community Grounds 30th July 2023

Above left: Some of the crowd at the dog show at the festival.

Above centre: James McGuire and his dog Coco.

Above right: Local Community Centre boss Marie Mulcahy with a happy Cllr Jim Codd despite the bad weather.

Left: Isabele and Elaise Smyth.

Right: All set for the dog show were Catherine McCauley and Juno.

Below left: Judge Eamonn Owens considers his decision of best dog in Rosslare as he watches "Coco" make his run with handler Shameala Lyons.

Below centre: Sinnotts Bar of the Strand wasn’t prepared to let the adults suffer in the rain so they brought the amber nectar along, with Lee Donohoe giving his close attention to a pint of Guinness.

Below right: Making the most of the Summer Festival were Fiadh and Andrew Furlong.

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Wexford Arts Centre highlights

One Voice Festival returns again this year in association with Paul Walsh productions with new work from new local voices. This production of eight short monologues titled The Small Town Experience includes short plays selected from open call including: On the Road to Fethard on Sea by John Atkinson, A Bit of Warmth by Davy Lyons, The Polished Trunk by Reenagh McCall and Batsahn by Jack Mathews. These four plays will accompany commissioned plays by Dermot Asple, Sasha Bratkova, Daniel Brennan and the Wexford Travellers Women Collective edited and performed by Janette Sidney Kelly. The short monologues cover diverse themes through humour and drama of entrepreneurial schemes, living with a disability, adapting to a small town from war torn country, traveller life experience, youth experience in small town, reflections on life and stories of ancestry in World War I and the unique makings of a local super hero.

Please note that this event will take place in The Pillar Room Gallery on 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th and 12th August at 8pm nightly and will be open seating.

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Vibes - Disco Night with DJ Ronan Buggy

25 Aug 2023, 13th Oct 2023 and 1st Dec 2023, 7-10pm. Wexford Arts Centre, Admission €5, PAs Free Entry. Disco Night with DJ and VJ Ronan Buggy and guest DJ/VJs. A night for Adults with intellectual disabilities, family and friends.

With thirty years of playing together, and a brand new album release in 2023, the creativity of brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy shows no sign of abating.

With an enviable catalogue of timeless songs including Mary, Washington Down, She Hits Me, Sunlight and Sugar Island, expect some beautiful songs, stunning interplay and great stories.

Tickets for the show on 26th August: n

So Say So is a monthly event focusing on poetry, storytelling and music hosted by poet Stephen James Smith. Each month a renowned poet will headline and be accompanied by local musician Ian Doyle (The Man Whom).

There will also be a 5-Word-Challenge open mic section, which is open to all (but strictly limited to 5 minutes per performer on a first come first served basis).

This space will be for all, no matter where you're from or what age. The use of the Irish language is encouraged as is any other language people may speak. All styles and genres are welcome – poetry, rap, spoken word, monologues, storytelling and songwriters. n

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Locals get to enjoy the new Greenway in New Ross

On July 25th 2023, Minister of State at the Dept of Transport and the Dept of the Environment, Climate & Communications Jack Chambers offically opened phase one of the South East Greenway. Phase 1 is approximately 6km in length from New Ross to Glenmore. It is the first part to be opened of the 24km of the South East Greenway, which will be a spectacular off-road cycling, walking and wheeling Greenway. Once fully completed, it will run along an old railway line from the quays of Ireland’s oldest Viking City of Waterford to the Norman town of New Ross along the banks of the beautiful Barrow River, through the scenic countryside of South Kilkenny. It will, in future phases, include historic elements such as the Red Bridge and old rail tunnel at Mount Elliot and will ultimately connect to the renowned Waterford Greenway which will result in a 72km Greenway along the South East of Ireland spanning New Ross to Dungarvan. See full story on pages 50-51. Pics: Mary Browne. n

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Email: Phone: 053 9236055


Monday 10.30am - 5.30pm (closed 1pm to 2pm).

Tuesday 10.30am - 5.30pm.

Wednesday 10.30am - 5.30pm.

Thursday 10.30am - 8.30pm.

Friday 10.30am - 5.30pm.

Saturday 10.30am - 5.30pm (closed 1pm to 2pm).

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Looking forward to seeing Playboy!

Enniscorthy theatre director, producer, actor Fintan Kelly is absolutely thrilled with the cast and rehearsals for the youth production of The Playboy of the Western World by JM Synge. Fintan says, “Don’t miss out on what I promise will be a fantastic show.” The cast is as follows:

Christy Mahon: Leo Walsh

Pegeen Mike: Lily Nolan

Widow Quin: Maeve Ennis

Old Mahon: Billy Stafford

Shawn Kehoe: Sam Doran

Michael James: Eanna O’Reilly

Philly Cullen: Naoise O’Connor

Jimmy Farrell: Jennifer Kelly

Village Girls: Grace Boland, Caoimhe Murphy, Jodie Tector, Anna Boyce, Ava Duffy, Niamh Lawlor.

Peasants: Conor Kenny, Luc Power, Caitlín Kenny, Mary Kelly. The show will be on in the Presentation Arts Centre on August 31st, September 1st and 2nd at 8pm. n

Enniscorthy Book Club

Check out the club’s Facebook page for information and details on when the club meets up. n

Wexford’s art collection

Check out Wexford Co. Council’art collection on: n

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A night out in Enniscorthy with a difference

Sip And Paint

4 August 2023 at 7pm Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy


Returning to The Presentation Arts Centre in Enniscorthy this August 4th, is a Friday night out with a difference, with Dawn from Craft Central.

Following step-by-step instructions, participants will paint on canvas to create their own piece of art to bring home. No experience is necessary and all materials are included in the price.

This is a fun art activity, perfect for groups or single participants – this is about fun art, not fine art!!!

The Presentation Arts Centre bar will be open for the workshop.

Feel free to call Dawn with any questions on 085 2091833. n

Lots on at Courthouse Arts Centre

There’s always lots happening at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely.

For complete listing of upcoming music, drama, comedy, film, art, etc, see: n


Wexford Arts Centre: 053-9123764.

The Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy: 053-9233000

The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely: 0402-38529

Pic: Terence White.

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Enniscorthy Community Allotments

The multi-award-winning Enniscorthy Community Allotments (ECA), based at Gort Na Gréine, beside the Enniscorthy Sports Hub, is all about local people growing their own food in an organic and sustainable way.

To find out more:


Check out the video: 2280682

Enniscorthy Community Allotments has started a new ‘meet the members’ series on their Facebook page: Make sure to check it out over the weeks and months ahead.

South East Radio recently paid a visit to ECA in association with IBIreland as part of South East Radio's ‘Ours to Protect’ series. Hear how Alan got on when he met the team behind this successful and sustainable local initiative. n

A food business opportunity

Wexford Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is creating a shop local campaign showcasing the best of Wexford food this summer. To get involved, just email them a short description of your business, along with any images or special offers you would like to include, and they’ll handle the rest!

Send your details to n

Authentic Palestinian food

Good news from Enniscorthy Farmers Market which takes place every Saturday morning in Abbey Square, Enniscorthy. A new food stall, Al Wadi Falafel, has joined the market serving up delicious, authentic Palestinian Falafel every Saturday. n

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Your local

Slimming World Consultants in Enniscorthy

Providing you with a huge choice of sessions throughout the week:

Tuesdays @ 6.30pm

The Salt n Pepper Pot, Community Workshop Call Tony on 087 1785384

Wednesdays @ 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 5.30pm and 7.00pm

Enniscorthy Rugby Club – Call Trish on 087 3607615

Thursdays @ 9.30am

Enniscorthy Rugby Club – Call Trish on 087 3607615

Saturdays @ 9.00am and 10.30am

The Salt n Pepper Pot, Community Workshop Call Tony on 087 1785384

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ooted in exford

Mark Cooke invites you to grow along with him.

Enniscorthy Community Allotments, and has a huge passion for growing fruit and veg which he shares on his Instagram platform @rootedinwexford which has over 7,500 followers. Mark describes himself very much as a ‘hobby gardener’ who is not academically trained in horticulture. He started planting with very little knowledge a few years ago and that knowledge has now ‘mushroomed’! Mark loves sharing his passion for growing with readers of the Slaney News.

Welcome back to another edition of my gardening column! As August arrives, many of our gardens are in full bloom, but for many, it has been a very wet July. I know that, for me, there was very little work done outside of the polytunnel.

The unusually wet weather in July had a significant impact on my gardening plans and progress. With constant rainfall, the soil became saturated, making it difficult to work on the outdoor raised beds. The excess moisture also created favorable conditions for some pests and diseases to thrive, requiring extra vigilance in pest management.

Due to the persistent rains, I regrettably failed to sow any of my winter vegetables and salads as I typically do in July. It was simply impossible to work outdoors effectively, and direct sowing into the raised beds became an impractical task. The constant downpours made it challenging to find suitable windows for gardening activities. Moreover, the wet weather negatively affected the growth of some of my existing crops. The lack of sunlight and excess moisture slowed down the ripening process of tomatoes. The plants appeared healthy, but they took longer than usual to produce ripe fruits.

Despite the challenges, I'm grateful for the shelter of my polytunnel, which allowed me to continue certain gardening activities during the rainy days. My crops inside the polytunnel were largely unaffected by the wet weather, and I managed to maintain a steady supply of some vegetables.

As we move into August, I hope to make up for lost time and get back on track with my gardening plans. The weather forecast indicates more favorable conditions, with fewer rainy days ahead. I'll be seizing every opportunity to sow the winter vegetables and salads that I missed out on last month. The raised beds are now well-drained, and with some sunshine, I'm optimistic about the success of my late summer plantings.

With August marking the transition from summer to autumn, it's time to prepare the garden for the upcoming season. I've started to clear out any spent crops, ensuring the soil is ready for new plantings. Compost, seaweed and organic matter will be generously incorporated into the beds, enriching the earth for the next batch of crops. Some of the beds that I don't use will be covered up with weed membrane to prevent any weeds from growing and taking over.

In this month of August, I hope to introduce some new crops to my garden, such as kale, spinach, and maybe some Swiss chard. These cold-hardy crops will thrive in cooler temperatures and make for nutritious addi-

tions to our meals during the colder months.

Despite the challenges of a wet July, I'm eager to embrace the opportunities that August brings. The prospect of a bountiful harvest and the simple joys of tending to my green haven keep my gardening spirit high.

If you're as passionate about gardening as I am, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram @rootedinwexford. There, I share regular snapshots of my garden, tips for aspiring gardeners, and many of my garden failures too.

As we continue our gardening journey into August, I hope these updates and insights inspire you to embrace the beauty and rewards of tending to your own green space. Until next month, happy gardening! n

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Tried-Tested-Tasted by Caitriona

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

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

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



 2 tbs olive oil

 1 small onion finely diced

 2 garlic cloves crushed

 ½ jar of Wexford Preserves tomato relish

 1 can of crushed tomatoes

 4 eggs

 Two handfuls of mozzarella cheddar grated cheese mix

 Salt and pepper

 Parsley to garnish

 Crusty bread to serve.


Heat oil in a pan and sauté onion and garlic.

Add relish and tinned tomatoes. Cook medium heat for 4 mins. Make a little gap and add eggs. Pop the lid on for 4 mins.

Take off, add cheese.

And cook for 3 mins or until eggs are to your liking.

Enjoy! n

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Caitriona Barron  Pic: Caitriona Barron.

Kilmore Seafood Festival Opening

Kilmore Seafood Festival, 13th July 2023, commenced with Parade from the Saltees Coast Hotel to the Band Stand at Kilmore Quay where the Festival was officially opened by Cllr. Jim Moore, Cathaoirleach Rosslare Municipal District.

Top left: Alan Corcoran MC, Cllr Jim Moore (Cathaoirleach Rosslare Municipal District), Susie Doyle (Mary Barrys, restaurant award winner), Caitriona Barron (judge), Nicky Cullen (Chef of the Year, Mary Barrys Restaurant ) and Gerry Kearns Festival Chairman.

Top right: Attendees at the opening. Above left: The Ukranian community. Above right: Attendees at the opening. Below left: Cllr Jim Moore. Below centre: Attendees. Below right: Sr. Anne Murphy and Dolores Wilcox. Bottom left: At the opening were Caoimhe and Aoife O’Shea enjoying an ice cream from Lick’d at Kilmore Quay. Bottom centre: Members of the Becky Sheil Dance group. Bottom right: Molly Brady, Catherine Cullen, Lisa O’Leary and Tiernan and Bláthnaid Cullen.

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This page: Participants and attendees at the opening parade. Above right: Kevin Casey, Abbie Jones, Aidan and Ann Furlong and Geraldine Casey. Left: Members of the Ukrainian community in Kilmore Quay. Right: Louise Goff, Cllr Jim Codd, Lisa Goff and Martin Doyle.

Kilmore Seafood Festival Opening

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This page: Participants and attendees at the opening parade. Above right: May Gaynor and Anne Marie Walsh. Right: A Visit to Kilmore Seafood Festival wouldn’t be the same without a bag of fresh fish and chips according to David and Jackie Byrne. Below right: Kilmore Seafood Festival Chef of the Year Nicky Cullen of Mary Barry’s Restaurant, Kilmore village, with Susie Doyle (Mary Barry’s), and Caitriona Barron (competition judge). Bottom right: Mary and Emma Quinn and their dog Sammy.

Kilmore Seafood Festiv al

Kilmore Seafood Festival Cookery Demo in the Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay, 14th July 2023.

Above left: Capacity crowd at the demo. Above right: Cllr Jim Moore, Chairman of Rosslare Municipal District and volunteer worker Nola Nurney tuck into the seafood. Left: Sylvia Kehoe (organiser of the seafood cookery day), celebrity chef Adrian Martin, and Chairman of Rosslare Municipal District Cllr. Jim Moore. Right: Wexford Chef Warren Gillen cooks a seafood pie. Below left: Three ladies enjoying the seafood delights L-R: Kathleen Doyle, Brenda MacFadden and Carmel Lonergan. Below right: Happy looking customers Darragh and Helen Kearns.

Bannow & Rathangan foodies

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Strawberries galore at the recent Bannow & Rathangan Show. Above left: Nicola Doyle at the Wheelocks stand with happy customer Liz Cullen. Above centre: Jamie Corrigan being served by Warren Wheelock. Above right: Richie Doyle, butcher, at the BBQ making everyone happy with his burgers and hot dogs.

Wexford hosts major food awards

Some of Ireland’s most exciting producers were recognised at the 2023 Euro-Toques (European Community of Chefs & Cooks) Food Awards held at Dunbrody Country House Hotel, Arthurstown, Wexford, on 24 July 2023. Established in 1996 based on an original idea by the legendary Myrtle Allen, the Euro-Toques Food Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate the very best food being produced in Ireland. The event is a unique opportunity for chefs to acknowledge the work of small artisan producers.

Introduced by renowned Irish chef Kevin Dundon and food writer and author Caroline Hennessy, six awards were presented by Euro-Toques Ireland under the categories Water, Land, Farm, Dairy, Artisan Produce and Craft. This year’s award winners are:

WATER: Kelly Mussels for their outstanding Blue Rope Mussels and their contribution to regenerative aquaculture in Ireland.

LAND: Sliabh Aughty Honey for their outstanding Raw Honeys and their contribution to the protection of Irish heritage and biodiversity.

FARM: Skeaghanore West Cork Farm for their outstanding Pekin Duck and their contribution to preserving the traditional and ethical way of rearing animals in Ireland.

DAIRY: Velvet Cloud for their outstanding Sheep Milk Yogurt and their contribution to championing Ireland’s rich and flavoursome dairy bounty.

ARTISAN PRODUCE: Killahora Orchards for their outstanding Rare Apple Ice Wine and their contribution to championing the artisan production of Irish craft drinks using apples.

CRAFT: Wildwood Balsamics for their outstanding Wild Aged Vinegars and their contribution to protecting the tradition and skill of vinegar making in Ireland. The ceremony was followed by a wonderful garden feast that brought together 100 chefs and producers, a real celebration of Irish produce featuring this year’s winners, nominees, and EuroToques members. Produce from over 30 producers was showcased on a beautifully laid-out communal Harvest Table, created by the Euro-Toques Food Council to draw attention to some of the best produce Ireland has to offer.

The common denominator running through the six categories this year is the theme of social responsibility with a focus on increasing biodiversity and the conservation of traditions and heritage.

Chef Conor Halpenny, newly elected as Head of the EuroToques Ireland Food Council, says, “Our responsibility is not only to acknowledge the talents and achievements of our nominees and winners but also to inspire and empower the entire community. Today, we honour the unsung heroes – the producers, farmers, and artisans – who work diligently behind the scenes to craft the flavours that delight our senses. We pay tribute to the artisans – the masters of their craft – who tirelessly strive to preserve traditions, revive forgotten flavours, and push the boundaries of what is possible in the culinary realm.”

Euro-Toques Ireland’s long-term strategy is to create a platform where chefs and producers can meet, network and exchange knowledge. Membership to the Community is open to all chefs and producers who are aligned with the ethos of Euro-Toques Ireland, based on local, seasonal produce that has been grown, farmed, or produced in a way that prioritises short supply chains. n

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Renowned Wexford chef Kevin Dundon with the various award winners.

Congrats to Mya

Congratulations to Mya, proprietor of La Barista Italian Coffee Shop opposite Enniscorthy Cathedral celebrating one year open at this time. Mya is pictured with Cllr Jackser Owens.

Attention all hospitality businesses...

'Happy to Chat’ Cafes Pilot launched by Healthy Wexford.

An extension from the ‘Happy to Chat’ Bench initiative, which has 11 benches spread across the County, the ‘Happy to Chat’ Cafes is a new pilot initiative to increase social engagement and reduce loneliness and isolation in our county.

Pilot Cafes based in hotels, restaurants and cafes, identify one of their tables as a ‘Happy to Chat’ table, identified by a small table sign in the distinctive Healthy Ireland green colour (see accompanying graphic). People sitting there alone or with a friend are highlighting that they are open to others joining them.

An initiative of the Healthy County Committee at Wexford Co. Council, committee member Cllr Maua Bell explains: ‘Initially in we sought expression of interest from cafes in Wexford town. We are delighted to have a number of cafes, hotels and restaurants come on board and we launched on 5th July. The reaction has been so positive, and there is demand across the county so we have now opened the pilot up to the whole county’.

Asked how it works in practice, Annette Dupuy, of Healthy Wexford, said, ‘As it is a pilot we are asking the businesses to allocate one table as a ‘Happy to Chat’ table. It might not be the same table all the time and they can move the Happy to Chat card around on their tables as suits. We have asked them to make sure to brief staff on the initiative and to feed back so we can tweak and tailor the initi-

ative should it continue beyond the pilot period of this July and August. Initially launched with eight Wexford Town locations, in under a week this had extended to 13 in Wexford Town and two other locations outside of town (see above graphic).

'As the participating cafes grow, they will be updated on Healthy Wexford social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Plans are also in place to produce flyers to explain the initiative to those who are not online.'

Speaking on the initiative, Mayor of Wexford and Chair of the Healthy

County Committee Cllr John Hegarty said, ‘This is a really simple idea to increase social connection and we are hoping that with the pilot we can figure out how it will work best. If it is successful, we would hope that it becomes a standard in County Wexford café locations.’

Participants who chat are encouraged to provide feedback to the cafes themselves or to Healthy Wexford via their social media, or emailing or by calling 053-9196000.

Other businesses/cafes who want to get involved in the pilot can also use the same contact info set out above. n

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Spotlight on digitisation and sustainability to build better business

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment welcomed businesses and enterprise support agencies from across the southeast to the Building Better Business Conference at the SETU Arena in Waterford on July 14th last. The objective of the event was to highlight ways that businesses can navigate the green journey and boost business performance through digital transformation.

The conference was addressed by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney and Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Dara Calleary T.D. and Patsy Casey, Chair of the South East Regional Enterprise Plan.

Mark Stafford of Wexford business Danone outlined the steps that their business has taken in recent years to address the twin challenges of the digital and green transition. Pauline Dunne of Killowen gave an insight into how their Wexford SME is scaling and internationalising.

Local Enterprise Office Wexford have a suite of supports to assist client companies to improve their sustainability credentials and to embrace digitalisation.

Digital Start is an initiative from the Local Enterprise Office designed to help Local Enterprise Office funded clients optimise their processes to deliver a seamless digital customer experience. The aim is to help businesses prepare and implement a plan for the adoption of digital tools and techniques across their businesses.

Green for Micro is a programme that helps eligible small businesses take the first step towards becoming more sustainable, giving access to a green consultant who can show you the small changes that can have a big impact on your company –and the world around you.

For further information, check out our website: or email n

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At the Building Better Business conference in Waterford were Local Enterprise Office staff from around the south, Melissa Doyle, Aileen McGrath, John Mulcahy, Brid Kirby, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Simon Coveney, Wexford County Council’s Head of Enterprise and Economic Development, Breege Cosgrave, Annette Rowsome, Sarah Byrne and Seamus Doran.


Wexford County Council has launched a multimedia campaign that shares details of the variety of Remote Working Hubs located throughout Wexford and encourages more professionals and businesses to consider working from their local Remote Working Hub across the model county.

Over the last number of months, the professionals who already work at the Remote Working Hubs in Wexford have been interviewed and they have shared the many and varied reasons why they love using the Remote Working Hubs in Wexford. These include the value for money, ease of use and a fully serviced office, a professional work environment, less commuting and more time to enjoy the beauty of Wexford and, for many, using a hub provides them with essential separation of home and working life.

A series of videos will be released sharing the Remote Workers' viewpoints, details of the Remote Working Hubs and the beautiful scenery of Co. Wexford.

In Wexford Town, there is The Cube at Wexford Enterprise Centre, New Work Junction is located opposite Clonard Retail Park and 61 North situated in the heart of Wexford town. In Enniscorthy, just minutes from the town centre, there is Enniscorthy Enterprise and Technology Centre. In Bree, The HUB @ Bree is positioned at the foothill of Bree Hill and is an ideal hub for remote workers, start-ups, and freelancers. In the south of the county in New Ross there

is The Rising Tide Business Centre. In the north of the county in Gorey, there are two Remote Working Hubs – one in Gorey town, The Hatch Lab, and the other just ten minutes from Gorey in Kilnaerin village, KCC Workspace.

The Remote Hubs will be showcased across digital media advertising on national websites like,, and; the videos will be released and promoted on social media, and the hubs will also be promoted on radio in a regional radio campaign, across print media with the Wexford People Group and on Wexford Bus with outdoor advertising also in situ in Wexford town and Gorey.

Speaking at the launch of the Remote Work Wexford Campaign at the Wexford County Council building, which saw speakers from a variety of the remote hubs sharing their experiences along with representatives of Connected Hubs, Leas Cathaoirleach Ger Carthy said, “I am delighted to help launch this campaign to encourage even more professionals and businesses to use the excellent Remote Working Hubs across Wexford.

“We are geographically ideally positioned and this is in tandem with our excellent infrastructure and, of course, an abundance of natural beauty which we all came to realise was vitally important during Covid lockdowns.“ Cllr Carthy says Co. Wexford is ready “to capitalise on welcoming more people into our communities who have left the chaos of the city for a better work/life

balance; and one that allows them to enjoy the wonderful amenities of Wexford and to work remotely from a professional and easy-to-access environment at one of our Remote Working Hubs.”

Liz Hore, Director of Services at Wexford County Council, commented, “We are delighted to launch the Remote Work Wexford media campaign. We know that the pandemic changed our view of ‘where’ our workplace is and we know that the future of work is hybrid. We have met a huge range of professionals who are already working from the Remote Working Hubs across Wexford over the course of this campaign preparation and it is their great endorsement of the hubs and their passion to share how successful the use of the hubs can be for a business that forms the cornerstone of our campaign messaging.”

Breege Cosgrave, Head of Enterprise at Wexford County Council, added, “We are also delighted to announce that a brand new Remote Work Centre will be opening soon in Enniscorthy Technology Park which is Ireland’s first passive office building. The UNEC Centre of Excellence “Green Hub” will offer a new space and support for businesses in the green sector to establish, innovate and collaborate. The hub is funded by Wexford County Council and Enterprise Ireland.”

For further details on Remote Working Hubs in Wexford see n

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Check out the video:

“Land of Abundance” in Bunclody

Glanbia Ireland is now known as Tirlán which combines the Irish words ‘Tír’ for land and ‘Lán’ for full, so Tirlán stands for ‘Land of Abundance’ and represents the deep connection and relationship between the co-op, its people and the land they nurture to farm and sustain.

As part of its rebranding, the co-op has officially reopened the doors of its Bunclody store after a major refurbishment and is the first in the farmer-owned cooperative’s 52-strong branch network to benefit from an €11 million plus investment programme.

Along with significant store design renovations, the store footprint has been extended by 500 square feet, making way for an additional 2,000 new product lines.

Cutting the ribbon and officially opening the doors of this remodelled branch last week, Tirlán Chairperson John Murphy said the investment is a clear demonstration of the co-operative’s commitment to deliver on its promise to invest

in rural Ireland and improve vital services in the communities it serves.

From its base in the south-east of Ireland, Tirlán sources its high-quality dairy and grains from a network of over 6,000 farm families who are at the heart of the business. Tirlán’s portfolio includes many of Ireland’s best known and most loved Irish dairy brands, such as Avon-

more, Kilmeaden, Premier, Wexford and international brands such as GAIN Animal Nutrition, Truly Grass Fed, Millac and Solmiko nutritional milk proteins.

As a co-operative, Tirlán is 100% farmerowned, with 11 high-tech processing facilities, 52 agri-branches and over 2,100 employees. Annual sales revenue is €3 billion.

Tirlán has a strong global footprint with a market presence in the UK, France, Germany, UAE, the US, North Africa, Japan and China. The Group currently exports to over 80 countries. It recently commenced construction of a €200m state-of-the-art continental cheese facility at Belview, Co Kilkenny, in a joint venture with international dairy producer Royal A-ware.

With over a third of Ireland’s milk pool, Tirlán will continue to be a key player at the heart of the Irish food and beverage sector, an area of enormous significance both to the national economy and Ireland’s overall export success.

Irish rugby international Tadhg Furlong is the new Tirlán ambassador. Tadhg is from a farming background in Co. Wexford and will be helping publicise the rebranding. n

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Tirlán Chairperson John Murphy cuts the ribbon on its extended and refurbished store in Bunclody, part of an €11 million investment in its stores nationwide. Pic: Patrick Browne. Pic: Patrick Browne.

South East Animal Rescue

South East Animal Rescue has revamped its shop at 27 Court Street, Enniscorthy, with lots of bargains now available. The shop is open 10am - 3pm Monday to Friday & 10am - 1pm on Saturday. n

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It would be great to see these dog poo bins being used by all dog owners. Family group and family pet enjoying the newly opened greenway from New Ross to Glenmore.


Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy. T: (053) 9233187, 9236674. F: (053) 9236674.



More and more I see the need for medicine, both veterinary medicine and human medicine, to look to new approaches or relook at old methods that had stood the test of time but maybe were overlooked when our fast pace of life began looking for quicker fixes and more immediate results.

As vets, we take a reasonably holistic approach in that we look to what the animal is eating, their bowel motions, their behaviour, changes to this and then the full clinical examination. You are looking for information from the owner and then the body's tell-tale signs during the exam. More and more as I learn more about energy medicine I see the subtle reactions of the animals when they start to react or respond to the treatment. For dogs, it is often that they'll open their mouths as if to yawn, lick their lips or, if you've nailed it, they lean over and give you a lick!! This gentle little gesture by them is often the most rewarding moment of the consult. Horses might yawn, lick their lips, give themselves a big shake, but when you see these

little indicators you know you're making progress in the case.

It's time that we look to more of these gentle and profound techniques that often have been on the go for centuries but lost favour or were treated as witchcraft by those who didn't agree with it. With the wane of antibiotics in sight, we have to look to new and old methods to bring about solutions for ourselves and our animals. It certainly starts with our food, chemical-free nutrition, free from glyphosate which is found in 8 out of 10 Americans when tested. There is no upper limit to this 'roundup' in animal feed and it is said that up to 400 times higher levels can be found in animal feed. This can have a devastating effect on these creatures’ microbiome, their digestion, and ultimately their health.

We need as consumers to be more discerning about what we eat and about what our food ate too!!

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Full blood analysis (haematology, biochemistry)

Gas anaesthetic – Digital X-rays – Ultrasound – Bioenergy Dermatological testing – Kinesiology – Prescription diets

Herbal remedies – Homeopathy – Allergy testing

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with Joe Kavanagh of the Moyne Veterinary Hospital


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

Citroen has added to its range of family cars and SUVs in Ireland with the arrival of the new Citroen E-C4 X. Following the launch of the new C4 hatchback, the C4 X is a new saloon from the French car brand with a little bit of crossover style to help it stand out.

The new Citroen E-C4 X goes on sale priced from €41,455, including grants and VRT relief. In Ireland, it launches exclusively as an electric model, though fuel versions are likely to join the range at a later date.

The new E-C4 X is essentially a saloon version of the C4. But the X in the name hints

at a bit of rugged, crossover charm. In length, the E-C4 X is somewhere between the C4 hatch and the larger Citroen C5 X. However the wheelbase is the same as the hatchback version and it's built on the same CMP platform. The 50kWh battery is also shared with the C4 and gives the car a range up to 360 kilometres (WLTP).

At the front, it's identical to the hatchback but around the side it's clear the E-C4 X has a different story to tell. The elongated rear and saloon-style boot add a certain amount of grandeur to this car and harks back to a time when saloon was king. The E-C4 X is a little more interesting because

it sits a bit higher off the ground than the average saloon car, like a Toyota Corolla Saloon for example. Citroen has also used plastic cladding around the lower parts of the car to help it to stand out.

There are four trim levels for Ireland (Feel, Feel Pack, Flair and Flair Pack) and 18inch diamond cut alloy wheels come as standard across the range.

The cabin shares much with the C4 hatchback though Citroen has given the E-C4 X an updated 10-inch infotainment system, shared with the C5 X. It looks great and is very responsive to use. It also comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Ventilation controls can be accessed from the screen or adjusted using some physical buttons and dials below the infotainment screen. There's a lovely tactile dial to adjust the volume of the stereo.

Like the C4 hatch, there are hard plastics in the dashboard and doors, so it would be nice to see some plusher material used in these places considering the price point of the vehicle. Citroen's 'Advanced Comfort' seats are a highlight however and feature thicker foam than standard seats. They are available in a variety of fabrics, including full leather. There's also a tasteful leather wrapped steering wheel. Generally it's a comfortable and relaxing cabin that's easy to interact with - a staple these days of the Citroen brand.

The E-C4 X offers excellent rear legroom. Headroom is not bad for a compact saloon either. The rear seat backs are deliberately more reclined than in the hatchback to give a more 'limousine' feel.

The boot offers 510 litres of space, which is significantly more than the 380 litres available in the C4 hatch. Yet the aperture is narrower as is typical with saloon cars, which limits its practicality.

has a range of up to 360 kilometres (WLTP). In real world driving this will be less, particularly during a lot of high speed motorway driving. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 156hp electric motor and single speed automatic transmission. There's 260Nm of torque and the 0-100kmh sprint is 9.5 seconds.

In some markets, Citroen is selling this model alongside a 54kWh battery with more range and efficiency. However it's not available in Ireland at the time of writing.

On the road, the E-C4 X is an exceptionally calm and relaxing car to drive. Yes, it's electric and that does contribute to this character. But there are a few other things at work here too. Citroen's advanced comfort suspension with progressive hydraulic cushions takes the edge of the worst of Irish roads making the E-C4 X remarkably soft for an electric car. The ride quality is really very good.

It's not designed to rival athletic hatchbacks like a Ford Focus or a Cupra Born, but it handles with reasonable composure through bends. The steering is light in town making the car easy to park and manouvre and is precise enough for bigger

roads too. Citroen has also added an acoustic insulation pack to the E-C4 X that keeps road and wind noise at a minimum.

DC fast charging is possible up to 100kW for an 80% battery charge in about 30 minutes. AC charging is more standard, with a 7.4kW onboard charger meaning it will take about 7.5 hours to charge this car from a wallbox at home.

The E-C4 X costs about €1000 more per trim level than the E-C4 hatchback. The range starts from €41,455 for the Feel, from €42,550 for the Feel Pack, from €43,507 for the Flair, and from €45,160 for the Flair Pack.

All in all the new E-C4 X is a good car and the saloon styling will certainly appeal to some buyers. It stands out for the space and comfort it offers passengers, while there is a decent amount of electric driving range to get from A to B too!

Model tested:

Citroen E-C4 X Flair Pack

Price: €45,160

Battery: 50 kWh

Power: 136 hp

0-100km/h: 9.5 seconds

Top speed: 150 km/h

Motor tax: €120 per year n

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Enniscorthy Greyhound Track

Racing every Monday and Thursday in August at 8pm at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track plus extra night: Sunday 20th August at earlier time of 7pm, a fundraiser to provide a lift at the track for accessibility for all to the bar and cafe area (tickets for this are available at the track and run on a buster draw system. Winning combination is worth €1,000).

Benefit nights for August 2023:

Monday 7th August – North End Soccer Club.

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Dannan’s national gold

A real coup for Tombrack

Ian Fowler, the Wexford FC senior men’s goalkeeping coach, will be holding a goalkeeper camp in Tombrack United's grounds (Y21 E6R3) on August 8th & 9th for ages 7-18 yrs, of all levels. Please contact Ian on or 086-3651333 to book your place as places are limited. n

Enniscorthy Athletic Club’s Dannan Long (pictured above) continues to take national titles, last month adding the 100m title in the U-19 in 11.05. Enniscorthy Athletic Club also had three other young athletes who competed well in the nationals. It looks like exciting times ahead for the club and for Enniscorthy’s young athletes. n

Paul selected for Ireland

Congratulations to Enniscorthy Golf Club’s Paul Conroy on his selection for Ireland’s men’s team for the upcoming home internationals.

Best of luck Paul. n

Sports Active

Sports Active Wexford is all about creating a healthier, safer, more active and inclusive society in Co. Wexford.

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Enniscorthy Rugby Club news...

Annette Soraine, Enniscorthy Rugby Club’s Chairperson, recently updated members...

❝ As our players take a well-earned break, we have been busy getting our team structure ready for the 2024 season. I'd like to share some updates with you. After 15 years as Head Coach, Declan O'Brien has agreed to take on the role of Director of Rugby for the coming season. As Director of Rugby Deccie takes over from Spud who has worked tirelessly in this role since 2018. Deccie will be focused on all levels of rugby in the club and will be looking at our player pathways, recruitment and retention, as well as coach development framework in consultation with the Rugby Council among other things. Deccie will also be Assistant Forwards Coach to the Senior squad.

I'd like to take the opportunity to welcome Brett Igoe as Head Coach. Brett comes with a wealth of experience across both the domestic and professional game and is highly regarded in particular for his expertise in Sports Performance over the last few decades with the IRFU, Leinster Rugby and Scottish Rugby. He currently works as a Lecturer on the MSc Sports Performance Analysis course in SETU in Carlow while also studying and researching for his PHD. Brett has coached teams in Clongowes Wood College, UCD and is the current Head Coach of the Leinster Schools U18s representative squad. He is qualified as a World Rugby Educator and an IRFU Stage 4 coach. His main area of strength would be coaching defence but he has a keen interest in attacking shapes and lineout strategies. We are delighted to have him at the club and look forward to a successful season for our Senior squad.

Samantha Weafer joins us as Women's Coordinator and comes with a vast amount of experience and expertise having been the manager of the Leinster Under 18s girls for the last 5 years, as well as managing the area development side and more recently Sam has dipped into coaching with the Under 18s girls in the club. Sam is hugely dedicated and organised and has a keen interest in the development of the women’s game. It also helps that pretty much all of Sam’s family have been involved in area, provincial and national pathways. Rumour has it that Sam has also popped the boots on in her twilight years!

While Spud is stepping down as Director of Rugby, he has agreed to take the position of Youth Coordinator. He will bring his passion and commitment to the Youth section of the club over the coming season. Supporting Spud in his role is Pauline McGowan who joins us as Youth Administrator. Pauline was Covid Officer for the Under 14s in 2020, and will work alongside Spud to coordinate relevant activities.

Ivan Poole will remain on as Mini Coordinator and Mike Bolger continues in the CRDO role.

On behalf of the club, I'd like to thank Denise Broe and Jack Hennessy for their significant input in their respective roles over the last few years. I'd like to thank all those volunteering for roles this year and I'd ask you all to support them over the coming months. As ever, there are many volunteering opportunities within the club, if you are interested in getting involved, please email me, we'd be delighted to hear from you.❞

New Players Wanted!

The senior men are back in the gym for pre-season training and are looking for new players.

If you are interested in playing for the south east's only AIL men's team, being part of a community club with excellent facilities and top class coaches, then get in touch!

Golf Classic

The club's annual golf classic will take place on August 18th in Enniscorthy Golf Club.

Cost of a team is €200, including a steak dinner.

Sponsoring a tee box is €50. Anyone who wishes to enter a team, sponsor a tee box or donate a prize to the golf or raffle can contact Dougie or Stellah. Details in the poster below.

Website: Facebook: n

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Enniscorthy Greyhound Track celebrates its 90th birthday

3rd August 2023

Full report and more photos in next month’s issue and on the Slaney News Facebook page.

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Left: Brigid Whelan, Enniscorthy Greyhound Track Manager, Deirdre Masterson, soprano, who sang the National Anthem for the occasion, and Paddy Kavanagh, Enniscorthy Greyhound Track Chairman. Thanks to Brendan Kirwan for the use of his photos.

Join Paul McGrath to support Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Football legend Paul McGrath wants you to join him for the 2023 Paul McGrath Golf Classic in support of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.

Event date: Saturday 26th August.

Registration open now:

The Golf Classic will take place on August 26 at Rathaspeck Manor, Co. Wexford, and by taking part people can meet Paul and make a life-changing difference to thousands impacted by brain injury.

The 2022 Golf Classic was a sell out and a memorable day. This year’s event will be your chance to win great prizes, enjoy a beautiful golf course and meet a sporting hero.

Jackie’s army legend Paul McGrath said: “9,000 people in Ireland acquire a brain injury every year – people whose lives are turned upside down overnight and who need the right support, at the right time, to get things back on track.”

“My Golf Classic is a chance for us all to make a real difference to the future of brain injury survivors and their families. This will be fourth Paul McGrath Golf Classic in support of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. I want 2023 to be the most successful event yet. So, get involved, register to take part, and join me on the course.”

The entry fee is only €90 for a team of three with all funds going towards the work of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Tee times are limited, so golfers are advised to book early to get a preferred time. People can register now on:

If you can’t be there but would like to sponsor a tee or a hole, please get in contact with Matt Powell, Community Fundraising Coordinator, at or call (086) 410 3681. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people in Ireland are living with a disability as the result of an acquired brain injury. Each euro raised will benefit those impacted, as well as their families and carers.

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is the country’s leading provider of specialised, community-based brain injury rehabilitation services. The organisation’s mission is to empower and support people with a brain injury to live their fullest and most independent life, with confidence. This is made possible by vital donations, including events like the Paul McGrath Golf Classic. n

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Paul McGrath and the Acquired Brain Injury Ireland team at last year’s Paul McGrath Golf Classic.

Legendary footballer to be guest speaker in New Ross

Jason Sherlock is a well-known Irish sports personality having represented Ireland underage in soccer and basketball and also played for the Dublin Senior Football Team for 15 seasons from 1995-2009. He will be one of the guest speakers at this year’s Kennedy Summer School in New Ross. See: -sherlock/ n

Apply now for sports capital funding

Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne is encouraging County Wexford clubs to apply for the enhanced Sports Capital and Equipment Programme for 2023. The local project maximum grant has risen from €150,000 to €200,000. The regional project maximum grant increased from €300,000 to €500,000 and a specific focus now on climate action, sustainability and gender equality.

Outlining this year’s programme, Minister Browne commented, “The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is a major transformative funding progamme to develop sports infrastructure across County Wexford. This programme spe-

cifically focuses on climate action and sustainability as clubs are encouraged to take steps in reducing energy consumption and considering more efficient lighting. One of the programme’s objectives is to increase female participation. Improvements to swimming pools will also be considered under this round of funding.

“My government colleagues and I understand the importance of this grant in pursuing club development. I encourage County Wexford clubs to register their interest by logging onto

More information can be found on If any club needs

assistance with their application, feel free to contact me by emailing or phoning 053 9235046,” Minister Browne concluded. n

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Damian’s books are available again

Local author Damian Cullen is delighted to have the second edition of "Castleboro: A Lost Legacy" printed and available. It’s approx 20% bigger than the first edition. Copies of Damian’s other book "Where The Boro Waters Flow" are also available. Both can be purchased in the following outlets:

Greenes Daybreak Clonroche. Cullens Gala, Adamstown. Sarah's Kiosk, Abbey Centre, Enniscorthy. Rackards, Caim. Johnstown Castle. Wells House.

Red Books, St Peter's Square, Wexford town. Red Books, Rafter Street, Gorey. n

Wexford: Town of Heritage

The official launch took place recently in Wexford Book Centre of an important publication that celebrates the historical architecture of Wexford Town. Wexford: A Town of Heritage is researched and written by Pat Dargan, an architect and planner for twenty years, who recently retired as a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology and now lives between County Wicklow and London.

The book presents a rich body of buildings that emerged in Wexford from a sequence of historical stages including the Medieval, Georgian and Victorian periods. This descriptive and highly illustrated publication by Pat Dargan celebrates and explores the historic core of Wexford and the significance of these buildings within the context of the town's heritage and local history.

Pat Dargan has a special interest in the history and development of Irish cities and towns and he has published and lectured extensively in spatial planning and design.

The book is available through all good booksellers, ISBN: 9781913934453. n

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Commemorating the Lacey Brothers of Ballinglen

Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society was honoured to be asked to the Ballinglen Commemoration on Friday 21st July remembering the Lacey Brothers, Philip and Patrick, who were killed there in 1798.

The two brothers, Philip 22 and Patrick 24 years old from South Wicklow, had escaped slaughter at the Battle of Vinegar Hill on 21st June and were making their way homeward that day with four others when they were discovered hiding under the bridge at Ballinglen by Yeomen Cavalry who shot them all dead.

MC for the event Paul Byrne welcomed everyone to Preban graveyard where the brothers are buried and where a wreath was laid before a march to Lacey Bridge where two more wreaths were laid at the plaques there.

There are two plaques on this old humpback, three-arched bridge, one unveiled in 1960 by the then Taoiseach Sean Lemass and the second unveiled in 1998 by the President of Ireland Mary McAleese.

The granite base of the memorial seat at the bridge is actually a rare shoeing stone dating back to 1798.

Members of Fossetts Circus were also welcomed to the event having lived in the area at Ballybeg House in the 1940s and return to the townsland each year for the annual 1798 commemoration. Music was provided for the occasion by the Aughrim Pipe Band, and more music and refreshments were provided for all in attendance at the nearby Doyles Pub at the conclusion of the commemoration.

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– Words & Pics by Maria Nolan

Final 1798 Commemoration in Co. Wexford

All roads lead to Rathangan parish next weekend (11th–13th August) for the final 1798 Commemoration, in this the 225th year since the rebellion. A weekend of activities, entitled Comóradh 225, is planned, including a storytelling house on Friday 11th from 7.30pm to 9.00pm ish!!! taking place in McCall’s Community Centre, Rathangan (Y35 YH92). An invitation is extended to all singers, musicians, poets, jokers, dancers or just lovers of these talents to join the event.

Saturday’s programme is entitled ‘1798 in Focus’ and again runs in McCall’s Community Centre from 1pm – 5pm including historical talks, living history demonstrations, a photographic display of the parish’s 1998 Commemorations and the renowned Wally O’Neill and his Red Books will have a bookstall there as well. The historical demonstrations are provided by the En Garde re-enactment group, who are travelling especially from Limerick for the weekend, and bring years of experience, passion and entertainment to the event.

Historical talks are on the hour and include talks on “The role of women in ‘98” with Jacqui Hynes; “Discovering your 1798 Ancestors - A Genealogy Talk” by Rory O’Connor; “Showcasing 1798 – a look at key documents, art, textiles and artefacts relating to the period from collections in Wexford County Archive” with Grainne Doran, Wexford County Council Archivist, and “The Wexford Republic” by Brian O’Cléirigh.

Sunday’s “Comóradh 225” events include a Commemorative Mass in Rathangan Church at 11.30am and Commemorative Ceremonies in Cleariestown and Duncormick at 1.15pm and 3pm respectively. Everyone is invited to attend to commemorate and recall those who participated in the 1798 Rebellion in Rathangan parish and further afield. The organisers especially welcome the re-enactment groups, current pike groups and former pike people to the event.

Organised by Cleariestown Rathangan Heritage Group, and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Wexford County Council and Rosslare Municipal District Council, further details are available on the Clear Rath Heritage Facebook page: n

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New community car launched

A new Community Car for the parish of Taghmon Camross was officially launched by Cathaoirleach of Rosslare Municipal District, Cllr. Jim Moore, on 26th July 2023 at the Taghmon Action Group building, Taghmon.

Also in attendance at the launch were Councillors Jim Codd and Leonard Kelly, a number of council officials including Annette O’Neill (Director of Rosslare Municipal District), Nóirín Cummins (Rosslare District Manager), Claude Clancy (Community Development), Annette Dupuy (Healthy Wexford) and Ann Marie Laffan (Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme) as well as Enda Newport from main sponsors, Bolands of Wexford town. The organisers of the initiative, Ann Marie Laffan (Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme), Mary B O’Leary (Wexford Local Link), Emily O’Rourke (Wexford Local Development) and John Waters (Taghmon Action Group) spoke at the event and answered questions from those present including many of those attending from Taghmon Day Care Centre. The project which is open to people living in the parish of Taghmon Camross will get underway shortly and it is aimed primarily at people who no longer are able to drive or those who have no access to transport in their homes.

Explaining how this works, Ann Marie Laffan said, “People can use this car to get to medical appointments but also it is hoped that it will help to alleviate social isolation and loneliness by allowing people to get to social events such as sporting events like GAA matches, Mass, bingo or just to visit friends or relations. Also, younger members of the community could use it to get to training courses, work, or job interviews.” Thanking all the volunteers who will run the service, she added that the availability of the car is determined by the availability of volunteers and additional volunteer drivers are still required for the programme. If you are interested in volunteering, please email or contact Taghmon Action Group.

Mary B O’Leary from Wexford Local Link noted that the community car will not compete with public transport but rather will compliment it and link passengers in with ongoing bus services such as into Wexford Town or to Waterford for hospital appoint-

ments which has been an issue identified particularly by older people. Wexford Local Link currently operates up to six return journeys from Taghmon to Wexford Town with plans to enhance this service soon. On top of that they also operate a door-to-door service in the parish with options available several days of the week. For more information on this, people can contact Wexford Local Link at 053-9011828.

John Waters from Taghmon Action Group (TAG) thanked all those involved in making this project happen and in particular to Bolands of Wexford Town for supplying the 161 Ford Focus car. It is hoped the car, which is branded and very visible, will be regularly spotted around the parish.

The project received 100% funding from the Department of Health’s Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme which is managed locally by Wexford County Council. It is hoped that people can start making bookings from mid-August onwards with the car on the road from the first week in September. Bookings can be made via a phone number which will be advertised shortly. n

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Enda Newport, Bolands Wexford, and Cllr. Jim Moore, Cathaoirleach Rosslare Municipal District. The official launch of the new Community Car for the parish of Taghmon Camross.

‘Red-letter day’ for Co. Wexford

Minister James Browne TD has described the 13th July 2023 as a ‘red-letter day’ for Co Wexford with the established of MARA – a new national State Agency for Ireland’s maritime area and based in Wexford, saying, “This is the sea equivalent of the EPA based in Johnstown Castle. MARA will start with 60 jobs, I expect this will rise significantly over the coming years. The EPA has grown to 350 jobs since its establishment in Wexford.”

The Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) will be responsible for regulating development and activity in Ireland’s maritime area and its role will include assessing applications for Maritime Area Consents (MACs), which are required before developers of offshore wind and other projects in the maritime area can make a planning application. It will also be responsible for granting licences for certain activities in the maritime area.

The establishment of MARA represents the beginning of phase two for Ireland's all-of-government approach to renewable offshore energy and will determine how we develop this valuable resource.

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O'Brien TD, officially launched the new regulatory authority at an event in Rosslare Europort last month emphasising: “With the launch of the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority here in Rosslare today, we now begin the second phase of our all-of-Government approach to the development of offshore renewable energy. Delivery of offshore renewable energy will be crucial as we strive towards our climate goals over the next few years and MARA will provide the regulation and clarity that this emerging industry needs and govern our extensive maritime resource and contribute to our nation’s sustainable future."

Chief Executive Officer of MARA, Laura Brien, added: “Ireland has one of the highest sea-to-land ratios in Europe and today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in how Ireland will manage that resource. MARA’s remit is wide-ranging re-

flecting the diverse marine resource that we will steward for this generation and the ones to come. MARA is confident in our ability to support the governance of our maritime resources. In achieving this, we look forward to working with the wide range of stakeholders in the seafood, tourism, transportation as well as offshore renewable energy sectors to deliver on our role.”

The 13th July also saw the launch of the first Designated Maritime Area Plan (DMAP) Proposal for Offshore Renewable Energy by Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD. This signals Ireland’s first step into the systemic, plan-led development of our huge off-shore wind potential.

DMAPS will determine the broad area where ORE projects can be developed, and will act as a management plan for a specific area of our marine waters.

Minister Ryan explained: "Today marks the start of our new plan-led approach to the development of our off-shore wind industry, which was supported by both Houses of the Oireachtas. It also aligns us with the strategic direction being taken by the world’s leading off-shore wind countries like Denmark and Scotland. The rigorous legislative approach included within the South Coast DMAP Proposal will offer the best approach to protect local marine environments, fishing communities and boost local community development. It will offer comprehensive opportunities for public engagement, including the engagement of local communities.”

Minister Coveney said: "Together with my colleagues across Government, I am committed to creating the environment that will allow a burgeoning Offshore Wind industry to develop and thrive. The provision of abundant, competitively priced renewable energy can be a key strategic competitive advantage for Ireland’s future reflecting the ambition as set out in my Department’s White Paper on Enterprise. On the path to that goal are a series of important policy, legislative, regulatory and infrastructural steps. Today marks one of those critical steps with the establishment of the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) with its new Chief Executive Officer Laura Brien. I wish her and all her colleagues well in playing its central role for this new industry." n

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L-R: Mark Mellett (Chairperson of MARA), MARA CEO Laura Brien, Minister Darragh O'Brien TD, Minister Eamon Ryan TD and Aonghus Ó Neachtain (Captain of the ship LE Samuel Beckett). L-R: Minister Darragh O'Brien TD, Minister Eamon Ryan TD, MARA CEO Laura Brien, and Minister Simon Coveney TD.

Enniscorthy Tidy Towns annual competition

In addition to participating in the national Tidy Towns Competition which most people are aware of, the ever-busy Enniscorthy Tidy Towns group runs an annual competition within the town of Enniscorthy itself.

The categories this year are Gardens, Shop Fronts, Window Boxes & Hanging Baskets, Public Buildings, Most Improved Premises, Industrial Premises, Tidiest Street and Housing Estate.

Entry Forms are available from the Council Office, Market Square, Enniscorthy, and must be completed and returned to the Council Office or emailed to:

The closing date for entries is Friday, 4th August 2023.

The best of luck to the entrants who are all winners in our book! n

Wexford Co. Council’s successful litter prosecutions

Wexford County Council had five successful prosecutions under the Litter Pollution Acts 1997-2009 in Wexford District Court on 26th of June 2023.

Fines ranging from €200 to €350 were awarded plus legal costs of €250 for each case.

An additional two prosecutions were successful under the Litter Pollution Acts 1997-2009 in Gorey District court on the 28th of June 2023.

Fines of €250 were awarded plus legal costs of €250 for each case. n

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Enniscorthy – ‘Cleaner than European Norms’!


Last month's An Taisce Report – IBAL Anti-Litter League Survey ranked Enniscorthy as joint 8th cleanest out of 40 towns /cities surveyed in Ireland and rated us cleaner than European norms, saying...

"A very strong result for Enniscorthy with seven out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade and no heavily littered sites. Examples of top-ranking sites included the pedestrianised Rafter shopping street, Market Square and the lovely Orchard Peace Park – the latter is a relatively new addition to Enniscorthy – a beautiful green space, in a natural setting...

"Bring Facility: Grade A (located in a car park, by a sign for Enniscorthy Rugby Club). This small facility consisted of five can / bottle units, very grubby in appearance and two clothing units which were freshly presented. There was no litter to the front / sides of the units, with minimal items to the rear as units were almost flush with the fencing.

"R772 Wexford Approach Road: Grade B. The overall impression was of a litter presence, mostly food related items but some obvious plastic wrapping trapped in shrubbery / trees along both sides of the road. Much of the litter appeared 'long-lie' indicating a lack of thorough cleaning for quite some time.

"R772 Dublin Direction: Grade A. All was in good order along this route with a virtual absence of litter throughout. The overall impression was a very good one. The area around the picnic table on the right was clear of litter.

"Riverwalk / Enniscorthy Promenade: Grade A. A wonderful riverside amenity which was excellent with regard to litter, almost a complete absence on a long stretch of pedestrian pathway, just a few incidents of dog fouling and a couple of food items. ‘Not Around Us’ no smoking signage at the playground at the beginning of the riverwalk.

"Car Park at Abbey Square Shopping Centre: Grade B+. This street level car park just missed the top litter grade - the main surface area was fine with regard to litter but three were noticeable items around the perimeter wall, particularly near the base of the industrial bins. Not much effort is required for the top litter grade.

"Rafter Street: Grade A. Attractive paving throughout this pedestrianised shopping street. Apart from cigarette butts trapped at the base of the ornamental trees, the area was excellent with regard to litter. Street bins, bicycle parking and grilles around the trees were all in good order.

"Market Square: Grade A. A lovely town-centre environment which has been attractively presented and maintained - all aspects within the immediate environs were in very good order

e.g. paving, seating, visitor information signage, sculpture etc. Some street bins provided the opportunity to separate waste - a great initiative which is slowly being rolled out throughout the country. Notice asking the public not to smoke in the area

"Fair Green: Grade B. The green space, public parking and surrounding perimeter were surveyed. Anti-smoking signage, ‘Not Around Us’; Bins / seating / signage in good order. Occasional food related items but also a pretty full black sack had been deposited beside the public telephone box, bringing down the overall grade. Such items can encourage further dumping.

"Orchard Peace Park: Grade A. A relatively new addition to Enniscorthy this lovely space extends from Fairgreen to the town centre. It is beautifully laid out with various memorials, sculptures, seating areas etc. It was excellent with regard to litter. A lovely feature was the 'Pocket Forest'.

"R744 Blackwater Approach Road: Grade A. All appeared in good order along this somewhat rural route - the road was well maintained and there were no obvious litter items." n

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Coastal photography competition

Clean Coasts’ annual ‘Love Your Coast’ photography competition is now open for submissions for its 14th year! So this summer, bring your camera with you when you are exploring the coast in Co. Wexford and submit your best shots for a chance to win from a prize fund of €6,000.

The Love Your Coast competition asks for photographers to capture and celebrate the uniqueness of our coastal communities, environments, or waterways such as the stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, epic cliff-faces, and raging rivers.

Ireland has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and Clean Coasts wants to encourage people to get out their cameras this summer as they explore the Irish coast and capture its beauty.

This year, the Clean Coasts programme is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the Love Your Coast competition will be a chance to celebrate this achievement. For the past 20 years, Clean Coasts has been working with communities on the ground, to help foster pride in our coastline, supporting Clean Coasts communities, groups, and volunteers to tackle issues affecting their local area.

To mark the occasion, a new category has been added to the competition, “Protectors of the Coast” which will showcase what volunteering on the coast and community spirit is all about. Other changes to this year's competition are the reintroduction of the Underwater category, which was temporarily removed during Covid due to restrictions around diving.

The competition’s categories this year are:

Wildlife and Coast

Coastal Landscape

People and the Coast

Coastal Heritage


Protectors of the Coast

Photographers have until 9am on 28th August 2023 to submit their best

images in one of six categories to be in with the chance to win a prize from a fund of €6,000 across all categories.

Last year, Declan Roche with “Hare at Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford” won the third place prize in the Wildlife and Underwater Category, taken on Curracloe Beach with a Nikon D500 camera and Nikon 200mm - 500mm lens. Declan commented: “As a regular visitor to Curracloe and The Raven Nature Reserve, I happened to be on the beach at the southern end of the Raven Forest on this particular morning photographing some seabirds. I got a great surprise when I looked around and spotted this hare was also on the beach enjoying the peace and quiet.”

Moreover, "Bringing home the dinner” by Clodagh Blake and “Underwater Birds” by Ivan Donoghue, both captured at the Saltee Islands, and “Male Leafcutter Bee” by Pat Somers taken in the Raven Forest, Curracloe, were all shortlisted in the top ten images for the Wildlife and the Coast category.

For the past 14 years, the Love Your Coast photography competition has

represented an opportunity to view and celebrate the coast and our waterways that the Clean Coasts programme has been working to protect since 2003, and see the beauty captured therein. The competition began in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength since, with entries going from approximately 500 in year one to over 1,100 in 2022 with massive improvement in quality. For 2023, Clean Coasts is looking forward to receiving even more amazing entries. Photographers are encouraged to explore new and different methods and angles in capturing the coastal regions and wildlife and would discourage photographing of locations and species that have been heavily submitted in previous years.

To enter, visit the Clean Coasts website: oasts website:

Social media:

Facebook: @CleanCoasts

Twitter: @CleanCoasts

Instagram: @cleancoasts

TikTok: @cleancoasts

YouTube: Clean Coasts Ireland

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No excuses!

With the generous support of the Environment Department of Wexford County Council, two Mutt Mitts bag dispensers and bins (see photo) have been installed in Ferns village and also at several locations around Enniscorthy. These dispensers contain easy to use biodegradable bags to dispose of your dog’s poo. So no excuses! Bag it and bin it!! n

These six ‘R’s can save our planet!

Refuse single use plastics (bags, cups, etc)

Rethink your choices

Reuse as much as possible

Repair before you replace

Recycle all packaging and plastic bottles

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Did you know?

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

Reusable bottles are becoming more and more popular and thankfully there are now a number of locations on the streets of Enniscorthy where you can fill them with water for free. So if you want to do one thing today for nature, avoid using disposable plastic bottles. n

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Energy supports & resources

There are a number of government supports and resources available to help businesses mitigate the impact of energy price rises and become more energy efficient. Check out the website:

School teachers...

Calling primary and post-primary school teachers! SEAI Schools Workshops have now re-opened for bookings!

Take part in one of the free student workshops and explore the topic of energy and sustainability in a fun and engaging way. Primary and post-primary options available – online, face to face and outdoors.

Visit the website and complete the booking form to register your interest: n

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Blackwater honoured

Blackwater Tidy Towns Committee members were invited to County Hall last month where their fantastic achievement in being named ‘Ireland’s Best Kept Village’ was acknowledged by Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr John Fleming in the presence of local Councillor Oliver Walsh.

In congratulating the committee, Cllr. Fleming said, ‘This is a remarkable achievement that reflects the hard work, dedication and pride that the community has shown in maintaining the beauty and cleanliness of their village. It will undoubtedly inspire other communities to follow suit and take pride in their own villages.’

Blackwater resident Cllr. Oliver Walsh added, ‘As a Blackwater resident, I want to thank the committee for all their hard work on behalf of all the residents of Blackwater.’

Chairperson of Blackwater Tidy Towns Committee Doug Taylor said he had been delighted to accept the award on behalf of the group adding that he was passionate about working with the group of volunteers. He acknowledged the assistance given by Wexford County Council’s Environment Section stating that it was a team effort to get Blackwater on the map.

The Best Kept Town Competition is an all-island competition that recognises the great pride people have in their own communities, both north and south. It is testament to how local volunteers take ownership of their local area and work to improve it, for both now and into the future.

Blackwater saw off competition from Ballyvaughan in


The all-Ireland awards were presented by Minister Heather Humphreys at a ceremony at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, recently.
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Co. Clare and Donaghmore in Co. Tyrone to take the overall Best Kept Village category. Doug Taylor, Chairperson of Blackwater Tidy Towns Committee and Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr John Fleming. Doug Taylor, Chairperson of Blackwater Tidy Towns Committee, and Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr John Fleming (both centre) with Cllr Oliver Walsh (far right) and members of Blackwater Tidy Towns Committee.

Bin your gum when you’re done!

The Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) took to the streets of Wexford Town on 7th July as a part of its Summer Roadshow. The interactive roadshow works with local authorities and communities across the country to carry out fun and engaging education and awareness initiatives that demonstrate the proper means of gum disposal and raise awareness of the environmental and fiscal impacts of gum litter. Now in its sixteenth year, the campaign is a collaboration between Food Drink Ireland, the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, the chewing gum industry, and local authorities.

Research published recently to coincide with the National Launch of the 2023 GLT Campaign revealed that 87% of people now report proper gum disposal, versus 49% when the campaign began in 2007–an increase of 77.5%, demonstrating the positive impact the campaign has had on attitudes towards gum litter. Peer pressure was found to be the key contributor to this shift in attitudes, followed by knowledge of the €150 fine.

However, work remains to be done to

further reduce this figure, as still only 46% of people can claim to have never dropped gum on the ground, demonstrating the continued importance of the awareness and behavioural change campaign.

Welcoming the Roadshow to Wexford Town, Councillor John Fleming, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, said: "We are delighted to welcome back the Gum Litter Taskforce to Wexford. The Roadshow is a fantastic way to demonstrate to people the sustainable impacts of responsibly disposing of gum litter and changing their disposal behaviours.’

Councillor John Hegarty, Mayor of Wexford, stated, ‘This GLT campaign has seen a visible reduction of gum litter on our streets since it first began, the Roadshow is an important reminder to the whole community that we must continue to reduce our litter and protect our local environment."

Speaking at the launch of this year’s Roadshow, Minister Ossian Smyth welcomed the latest research and the return of the GLT campaign for the second year of its fifth cycle: “The Department of the En-

vironment, Climate and Communications is proud to play a part in this important initiative. Each cycle of the campaign has delivered demonstrable progress in reducing gum litter on our streets, showing the impact that cross-collaborative initiatives such as this one can have. I look forward to continuing with our good work with industry and local authorities to build on the continued success of the GLT campaign to ultimately eradicate gum litter.”

Corporate Affairs Specialist at Mars Ireland, Anne Sheeran, also welcomed the announcement: “Mars Ireland has been a proud partner of the Gum Litter Taskforce for the past 16 years. We are delighted to have kicked off the 2023 campaign with the support of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications. We look forward to engaging with local authorities and students across the country to highlight positive environmental messages around proper gum disposal.”

For more information: Or follow: @GumLitterTF (Twitter)

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L-R: Siobhan Kehoe, Wexford Borough District; Phil Murphy, Wexford Tidy Towns; Mayor of Wexford, Cllr John Hegarty; Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr John Fleming; Caroline Sinnott and Jill Latimer both of Wexford Co. Council. Pic: Ger Hore.

Do you have old paint stored in your shed, garage or house?

Wexford County Council is hosting a paint amnesty on 16th August at the Enniscorthy recycling centre, Old Dublin Road. Never dump paint down the drain!

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