SLANEY NEWS. ISSUE 135. AUGUST 2021.

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Slaney News

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Issue 135 - August 2021

Tony Doyle, Creane & Creane Insurance and Chairman of Yola FC, presenting gear to Kian Murphy and head coach Jim Barnes. See story page 80.

100-year-old Elisabet Berney officially opens Min Ryan Park See pages 22-23

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Shop Enniscorthy – Faces and Places The team at The Presentation Centre with Cllr Aidan Browne

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comment Welcome to the July issue of the new-look, online-only Slaney News. It’s great to know that works, costing about €230,000, will be commencing shortly on Enniscorthy’s quaint Slaney Street, with its canopy of colourful umbrellas. This investment in the transformation of the street is expected to entice new businesses to the area. In the words of local TD Paul Kehoe: “This project has the potential to make the street a hub for artists and designers and the wider Enniscorthy community and bring back a beating heart to the town.” Already this year there has been new commercial activity there: Earthy Eats is a new Eco/coffee shop, The Beauty Booth has transferred its nail bar and beauty salon there from Duffry Hill, Sami’s Hair Parlour has moved to a new and bigger premises at the bottom of the street, The Copper Chimney takeaway has taken over a vacant premises there, and the Sweet Republick ice-cream venture has opened in Maloccas. The proposed major tourism project in the centre of the town, based around Enniscorthy Castle, will, in the years ahead, draw huge tourist numbers (possibly up to 200,000 a year) to the town and Slaney Street is poised to benefit more than most under these plans. We look forward to that street flourishing in the months and years ahead. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– We would be delighted as always to receive stories and photos from our readers from all around Co. Wexford. If you have anything you’d like us to share please email them to slaneynews@gmail.com and we will do our best to include as much as possible. Also, please let us know what you think about our new format. Tel: 087-2403310, slaneynews@gmail.com or message us through our Facebook page: “Slaney News”. And, of course, if you like the new format please spread the word so we can grow our online readership. Thank you. – Frank Corcoran

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

page 4 page 45 page 56 page 60 page 62 page 65 page 78 page 82 page 87 page 92

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

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1798 Centre extends its opening hours The National 1798 Rebellion Centre is now open on weekends and bank holidays. For the summer season, you can now visit the award-winning exhibition between 12pm and 5pm every weekend and bank holiday with last admission each day at 4.15pm. Also on offer there is delicious HB icecream as well as tea/coffee and cold drinks, all of which can be enjoyed at the picnic tables on site. On Wednesday 18th August, 2021, 9.30am – 4pm, you are invited to visit the National 1798 Rebellion Centre for free, and explore the history of the 1798 Rebellion and its legacy. A free demonstration of the weapons utilised during the 1798 Rebellion will take place outside the Centre at 11am (weather permitting). Places are limited, therefore pre-booking is essential. Visits are available to book in one-hour time slots from 9.30am – 4pm. For more information or to reserve your place, contact 053-9237596, info@1798centre.ie Also visit www.1798centre.ie n

Commemorating the 1921 truce

See story pages 87-89.

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The 2021, 10th anniversary, ‘Hope & Dream 10’ launched

Some of the ‘Hope & Dream 10’ organisers and volunteers at last year’s event. Pic: David Butler.

10 mile Run / 10 km Walk, September 13th to 19th 2021 2020 was a very challenging year for the charity sector and the Hope Centre in Enniscorthy was no exception, experiencing significant losses due to the temporary closure of its Charity Shop and a reduction in other fundraising activities. The Centre was fortunate to be able to continue to provide its services due to the receipt of additional state aid funding.

to the quality of life for hundreds of people across County Wexford. The goal for 2021 is to register 2,500 people and have each participant raise as much money as possible for the Hope Centre. All sponsorship money will go directly to the Hope Centre and race costs will be paid for by the invaluable sponsors of the event.

So the message from the Hope Centre is: “Please, do the best you can... if we do nothing... nothing will happen.” Register now at: www.hopeanddream10.com For any queries, please email: info@hopeanddream10.com

In Autumn 2020, the Hope Centre purchased an adjoining building on Wafer Street, Enniscorthy, with the intention of expanding its facilities due to the ever increasing demand for its services. In line with the Board of Directors’ fiveyear strategic plan, 100% of the proceeds raised from Hope & Dream 10, 2021, will help the Hope Centre to continue to provide existing services, and develop the new building, and plan for increased services. ‘Hope & Dream 10’ has become a major event in the South East. Since 2012, an amazing €1,334,795 has been raised! This money has made a huge difference

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€800,000 funding for community and voluntary Groups On 15th July, the members of Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) approved funding of just under €800k for projects across Co. Wexford. The funding includes €646,704 for 12 projects under the LEADER* Programme, and €150,065 for 85 community and voluntary groups under the 2021 Community Enhancement Programme** 2021. Speaking at the meeting, the Chairperson, Cllr. Lisa McDonald, thanked the members for their commitment to the programme and acknowledged their efforts in ensuring that both businesses and community groups across the county could access this vital funding particularly

through this difficult period. * LEADER is a rural development programme, co-funded by the EU, which operates a locally-led, bottom-up, approach to meeting the needs of local communities and businesses. The programme supports private enterprises and community groups in rural areas. LEADER forms part of Ireland’s multi-annual Rural Development Programme which is co-financed by the EU and is part of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). ** The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. n

Cllr Lisa McDonald, Chairperson, Wexford Local Community Development Committee.

Over €300,000 to be invested in remote working hubs Deputy Paul Kehoe has welcomed the announcement of funding of over €319,000 for a number of connected hubs across Co. Wexford, under the Connected Hubs Scheme, to enable them to enhance and add capacity to their remote working infrastructure. Grants will also fund measures to assist hubs to deal with COVID related challenges. Welcoming the funding, Deputy Kehoe said: “One of the positives to take out of the last year and a half is that there has been an increased shift to working from home and #OurRuralFuture recognises hubs as ideal locations for people to work remotely, as well as acting as key economic assets for towns and villages.

remote working capacity, develop privacy pods and own-door office spaces. Currently the shared community workspace consists of 10 dedicated workstations, 1 Private office and 1 Breakout / Meeting Room. €36,890 for 61 North (Wexford town), to improve the existing facility through a general upgrade and modernisation, including improving security and accessibility, enhancing the internal and external aesthetics of the building.

Paul Kehoe TD

“We have an opportunity now to design our rural towns and villages to support a better work-life balance for many people and to provide greater job opportunities outside of the cities.

uals with the option to live and work in our rural communities. Remote working from hubs and Broadband Connection Points benefitting from this funding will also support local economies and assist in reducing our carbon emissions.”

“The investment will provide an increased number of families and individ-

€64,789 is being allocated to Kilanerin Community Centre to upgrade existing

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€217,350 for Wexford County Council to upgrade nine Broadband Connection Points across the county: Askamore Childcare Centre, Ballyroebuck Hall, Raheen Family Resource Centre, Hook Head Lighthouse, Marshalstown GAA Club, Ballyfad Community Centre, St Mary's GAA Club, Stella Maris Community Centre, Wexford Swimming Pool. n


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HSE launches activity garden at St John’s The HSE’s Enniscorthy Activity Garden and Outdoor Gym Project on the St. John’s Community Hospital campus in the town was launched on 29th June, with then Wexford Senior Hurling Team Manager and RTE’s Ireland’s Fittest Family presenter Davy Fitzgerald in attendance.

Above: Davy Fitzgerald at the launch of the St John’s activity garden, Enniscorthy. Below: Davy with some of the residents.

The St. John’s campus features: · · · · · · · ·

St. John’s Community Hospital (long-stay older persons and extended care residential centre). Millbrook Disability Day Centre. An Tearmann (mental health services respite unit). Carn House (community mental health day services centre). Havenview (mental health services residential centre). Millview (mental health services residential centre). Tús Nua (mental health services rehabilitation unit). HSE and other Primary Care services located in the old St. John’s Hospital building.

The project on site also involves inter-agency co-operation with, and the active support of, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Age Friendly Ireland, Creative Ireland, Wexford Libraries and Wexford Sports Active/Wexford County Council, the Irish Architectural Foundation and the Men’s Shed. For the HSE, Dr. Derval Howley (Head of Service, Health and Wellbeing, South East Community Healthcare) and Dr. Denise Rogers (Acting Principal Psychology Manager, Wexford Mental Health Services) both spoke about the development of plans regarding the Activity Garden and Outdoor Gym Project. Welcoming the Chair of the Enniscorthy District of Wexford County Council, Cllr. Cathal Byrne, and other guests to the

launch, Mick Mahon (Clinical Nurse Manager, Havenview Mental Health Services Residential Centre) said: “Everyone who works on campus here in Enniscorthy is delighted that Davy Fitzgerald took time out to visit us today and launch this important amenity. As someone so well regarded in sporting circles and other spheres of life in Co. Wexford, Davy is a very welcome visitor and we are appreciative of his association with the Enniscorthy Activity Garden Project.” “Our outdoor gym signifies the start of an exciting development for a community here that has had a challenging time over the past year, so this positive development is really welcome.” n

Davy Fitzgerald cuts the ribbon with assistance from Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach, Enniscorthy Municipal District.

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Major extension for Enniscorthy C.B.S. In mid-July, Enniscorthy CBS was approved for a major extension to its school on Millpark Road. In brief, the extension will consist of three general classrooms, one SET (Special Education Teacher) room, a twoclassroom SEN (Special Education Needs) base, one library room, one music room, one graphics room, one home economics room, one construction studies room, one tech/prep area and three science classrooms. It may be 2024 before the new extension is built and ready for use. n

Minister James Browne TD is delighted that approval has been granted for a major extension at Enniscorthy CBS. Typically projects of this size can take several years to complete between design, planning, construction, fitting-out, etc. So it may be 2024 before the new rooms are in actual use.

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New state agency to be based in Wexford At the beginning of July it was announced that a new Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) is to be based in County Wexford. Confirming the new state agency, Minister James Browne said, ‘I am delighted to confirm this major new Authority has been secured for County Wexford. This new agency will deal with major marine regulatory matters and be properly resourced – delivering jobs and investment to our county. We have a rich maritime history in County Wexford and today marks a new chapter in that history.’ The new authority will be similar in scale to the Environmental Protection Agency and this could mean up to 200 new state jobs in Wexford when the authority is fully operational. MARA is expected to be based in the new Trinty Wharf development in Wexford town, when that is completed. MARA is being created as part of Ireland’s new National Marine Planning Framework and it will have enforcement powers to protect our seas and coastlines. Minister Browne says, “When established, MARA will be the licensing authority for large offshore projects including windfarms and electricity interconnectors. Officials in MARA will be responsible for a sea area 10 times greater than the landmass of the State. There will be a focus on sustainability and protecting our seas while also managing economic drivers including telecommunications cables, fishing, and other activities. This is a landmark announcement for County Wexford and the waters that surround us.” n

Minister James Browne TD

Wexford County Council is currently looking for members of the community to join the Fire Service as Retained (Part-Time) Firefighters in Bunclody, Enniscorthy and New Ross Fire Stations. Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm on 12th August, 2021. Full details available on www.wexfordcoco.ie

Enniscorthy and Monart Union of Parishes Rev Nicola Halford had the pleasure of presenting Deirdre Huddleston from Christian Aid with a cheque for €3,610 in St. Mary’s church, Enniscorthy, on 4th July 2021. The money was raised through the ‘walking with water’ challenge Rev Nicola undertook in May this year. Rev Nicola says ‘Thank You’ to everyone who donated to the fundraiser. The money raised will help Christian Aid to develop much needed infrastructure in countries struggling because of climate change. It will help communities to build and run ‘earth dams’ which allow the heavy rainfall to be stored and used in times of drought. Sadly, because of climate change, rainfall has become much heavier with longer periods of drought in between. For more information on what the charity Christian Aid is doing, please go to its website www.christianaid.ie Rev Nicola was awarded the South East Radio Local Hero Award in May. This award is for those who have made a big impact in their community both prior to and during the Covid pandemic. Rev Nicola was recognised for her efforts in continuing to provide pastoral care in spite of Covid restrictions, as well as being a very busy mother to Ava and Hayley. n

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ENNISCORTHY GREYHOUND STADIUM SEEKS YOUR SUPPORT Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium needs to raise funds to upgrade its facilities in line with the agreement which was signed with RCE (Rásaíocht Con Éireann – Greyhound Racing Ireland) in September 2019 which allowed it to keep its doors open and facilitate racing and trials in Enniscorthy. Due to being a privately owned track, it gets a reduced operating grant from RCE compared with what other tracks get, and that has implications for the Enniscorthy venue’s financial situation. So Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium is calling on all supporters to help it raise funds to keep racing alive in Enniscorthy. A members’ club is being set up. Supporters are being encouraged to join this club by paying a fee of €100 to join. The fee can be paid fully upfront or can be paid monthly in €20 installments over 5 months. Monthly draws will be held for all paidup members and monthly sweepstakes for members only will be run. A list of all paid-up members will be included monthly in the race card and on noticeboards around the stadium. All money raised will go towards the track development fund and a financial statement will be issued at the end of the year. The proposed development plan for the next five years (pending adequate financial support) includes:  Renovation of the bar and restaurant facilites (which has already started and should be finished shortly).  Upgrading the electrical wiring around the track.  Outdoor seating for the ground floor.  General upgrade of the stadium facilities, painting, repairs etc.  Repairs to judges’ box and its structure.  Development of stand facilities.  Universal access in line with regulations.

Suzanne is re-elected Suzanne O’Leary, Managing Director of O’Leary Travel, Enniscorthy and Wexford, was re-elected to the ITAA (Irish Travel Agents Association) Board at the Association’s AGM on 17th June 2021. Suzanne looks forward to continuing to represent Irish travel agents, and to bringing travel issues to the public consciousness and promoting positive change in an industry that has suffered far more than most during the Covid pandemic. n

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Work already carried out:  Repairs to office in line with the fire safety report.  Fire safety around the stadium brought up to standards in line with the fire safety report.  Rewiring of the turnstiles.  General painting.  New floor in the bar. The fundraising committee will be in contact with people directly in the coming weeks to discuss joining the members’ club, or alternatively you can contact the office for details on 053-9233172. With everyone’s help and support, the management believe they can continue to keep greyhound racing in the heart of Enniscorthy where it belongs. n


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STATESMAN, LEADER, SERVANT AND PATRIOT The sad, recent passing of DES O’MALLEY should be marked. It is well reported that he changed and shaped

TOWN TALK

He was the Chief Whip when C.J. HAUGHEY and co were expelled from FIANNA FÁIL for their alleged involve-

Irish politics for over three decades. As

ment in the attempt to import arms for

a reluctant 29-year-old, he replaced his

the PROVISIONAL IRA. The distrust be-

uncle Donogh O’Malley as TD in 1968,

tween the two men lasted many years as

and he held that seat until he retired in

O’Malley felt that Charlie was a corrupt-

2002. It is what he did between those

ing and caustic influence on the body

dates that will go down in the history

politic. He tried to change Fianna Fáil

books and makes interesting reading.

from within including three heaves on

Some younger readers may not know

Haughey as leader in the early 1980s re-

the full story until now, and some older

sulting in his expulsion in 1985 for not

readers would like to forget. The latter

voting on a family planning bill against

group would ignore his exploits as it

the Fianna Fáil stance. This is where

affected their way of old-school

Fianna Fáil can put a pin in the historical

politics or a particular way of life propped up by same. O’Malley showed his steel in the 1970s when minister for justice, being a real and and true advocate of democracy, when taking a hard line with the dark forces of the IRA who at the time did not recognise the Irish state and vowed

WITH KEITH DOYLE to tear it down. Des and his young family were under constant threat and as minister he could not live in the same place for any more than a week. Please tell me how many TDs today would take that stand for this country?

map as the time they lost dominance on the political scene and has never gained an overall majority since. THE PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS party was formed with O’Malley as leader. They ran on the platform of a cleaner and accountable stance with a greater focus on supporting business culture to lift the nation. After two elections they

Des O’Malley prior to his expulsion from Fianna Fáil in 1985.

went into coalition government with Fianna Fáil bringing the pro business agenda with them. With a willing finance minister CHARLIE McCREEVEY, and participation in future governments, this policy morphed into a resurgence in the fortunes of Ireland that lasted until the crash in 2009. Des O’Malley was a risktaker for all of his political life and is branded as breaking the mould in Irish politics. Due to this mould breaking, we have a more diverse representation in DÁIL ÉIREANN. We have more accountability. We have more transparency. I am sure that Des O’Malley knew he started this journey and he should be proud of his efforts in his lifetime for the Irish State and the nation he vowed to protect. n

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L-R: Tom Enright (CEO Wexford County Council), Cllr. Garry Laffan (Mayor of Wexford), Richard Mulcahy (grandson of Min Ryan), Elisabet Berney, daughter of Min Ryan, who officially opened the park.

L-R: Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Chairperson, Wexford Co. Council), Elisabet Berney, Cllr. Garry Laffan (Mayor of Wexford), Tom Enright (CEO Wexford Co. Council).

Official Min Ryan

31s Min Ryan Park, Wexford, was officially opened by his worship the Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Garry Laffan, and Ms Elisabet Berney, daughter of Min Ryan, on Saturday 31st July, 2021. The park actually opened to the public in summer 2020 providing a high quality and attractive public space accessible to all. The park includes a playground, picnic area, dog park, memorial garden, walking track, skate park, water features, multi-use events area, play

L-R: Cllrs Maura Bell, Leonard Kelly, John Hegarty, Tom Forde, Davy Hynes and Garry Laffan (Mayor of Wexford).

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Ms Elisabet Berney unveils the official plaque at the opening of Min Ryan Park, Wexford, on 31st July.

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Jack Cullen provides a musical moment at the official opening.

st July, 2021 spaces, wildflower meadows, wetland area, native woodland habitats, art/sculpture displays, and award-winning communication boards for children with verbal communication difficulties. Mary Josephine ‘Min’ Ryan was born in 1884 in Taghmon to a family prominently associated with the nationalist struggle. In 1915 she was a founding member of Cumann na mBan and played an active role in the 1916 Rising. In 1919 she married Richard Mulcahy, Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Republican Army and subsequent leader of Fine Gael. She died in 1977, aged 92, having contributed much of her life to the cause of Irish independence. n

daughter of Min Ryan, addresses the gathering at the official opening.

L-R: Aidan Ryan with Eileen and Paddy McKiernan.

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Now is the time to tackle large class sizes – Johnny Mythen TD TD for Co. Wexford Johnny Mythen has called on the Minister for Education to urgently tackle oversized classes, as figures released to Sinn Féin show there are over 2,500 classes across the country with over 30 pupils in each one. Teachta Mythen said: “The pandemic has uncovered the fact that our education system is underfunded, understaffed and overcrowding in classrooms is becoming a systematic problem. Figures provided to Sinn Féin via a recent Parliamentary Question show that there were over 2,500 school classes last year with more than 30 pupils, with 74 of those classes in Co. Wexford. The average class size in Co. Wexford in 2020 was 22.9, above the EU average of 20. "The reality is that keeping school buildings open in the last year was made more difficult because we have some of the highest class sizes in Europe. There are countless classes that are far too big, in buildings too small, and not fit for purpose. In Co. Wexford, as one example, there were 36 students sharing one classroom last year. "The first step in ensuring that educational standards and safety protocols are maintained, is by reducing class sizes down to the EU average of 20. If there ever was a time to tackle this issue, surely it is now. "The government must immediately undertake an audit of class sizes across the country, and work to address this issue sooner rather than later, so that schools can remain open in a safe and sustainable way in the coming months." n

Paddy Berry’s Ballad Books Wexford Ballads First published in 1982 now updated and reprinted 2021. Comprising 145 ballads, songs and recitations collected in the 1970s.

More Wexford Ballads First published 1987, now reissued, 162 ballads, songs, recitations. Both books available in all bookshops and tourist outlets, or from: Paddy Berry, Rowesmount, Drinagh, Wexford, or email paddy@bawndevelopments.ie Page 24 - 6th August 2021


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Hope for the future of Ulster Bank premises in Enniscorthy Enniscorthy’s Ulster Bank branch has been included in a list of 25 of their 88 branches nationwide which will be acquired by Permanent TSB. It is hoped that this will mean the continuation of walk-in banking in that premises. According to Minister James Browne TD: “It is important Enniscorthy retains a walk-in branch to support local customers in the town. I will be engaging further with both Ulster Bank and PTSB to stress the importance of such a facility remaining open. I understand 400 to 500 branch staff nationwide will be included in the transfer to PTSB and I am calling for clear and timely consultation with staff ahead of any transfer.

Supporting families in Co. Wexford Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald visited Wexford town on 26th July where she accompanied local TD Johnny Mythen and Cllr Tom Forde on visits to FAB Community and Family Resource Centre in Farndale, and Family Carers Ireland in Wexford Town. Ms McDonald said that both organisations do outstanding work – the importance of which has become even more apparent during the pandemic. She also said: “Community organisations and family carers have always shouldered huge responsibilities. The Covid crisis over the last eighteen months has shone a spotlight on the challenges these groups face. They have had a very tough time. “There is an onus on the state and political leaders to truly recognise the value of their work to our society by delivering real supports and by putting the experiences of community organisations and family carers at the very centre of policy. “These engagements are very important. It is about listening to those on the ground, those dealing with challenges on a daily basis and by doing our utmost to respond to their needs." n Mary Lou McDonald TD (second from left) on her visit to Wexford town.

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Water on tap! Enniscorthy Local Credit Union Property Tax

Enniscorthy Municipal District has agreed to install drinking-water fountains (refill stations) in these locations: - Bunclody. - Bree. - Promenade, Enniscorthy. - 21 Steps, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy. - Doyle’s Corner, Enniscorthy. Quotations are currently being assessed and it is hoped that the fountains will be ordered by the middle of this month. n

One can apply now for the Enniscorthy Credit Union Scholarship draw with thousands of euro to be won! To enter you need to be a member of Enniscorthy Credit Union and be in any year in college or doing a PLC. Application forms are available to download or you can collect them in any Enniscorthy Credit Union office: Enniscorthy, Ballymurn, Murrintown or Taghmon. All applications must be returned fully completed by 4.00pm on the closing date of October 30th 2021. See: https://www.enniscorthycu.ie/scholarship-draw/

The MYCU Debit Card and current account are coming very soon! The management and staff at Enniscorthy Credit Union are thrilled that the MYCU Debit Card and current account are on the way. Be among the first to know when the card drops and find out more about the MYCU debit card by registering on: https://www.enniscorthycu.ie/.../my cu-debit-card-coming.../

will increase by 10% for 2022 An overwhelming majority of Wexford County Councillors voted in favour of an increase of 10% in the Local Property Tax for 2022 when the matter was debated at the July meeting of Wexford County Council. Council officials stressed that the 10% is ring-fenced for the economic and community development programme. That programme facilitates major projects such as Trinity Wharf, with Chief Executive Officer Tom Enright saying that government grants of €20.5 million for Trinity Wharf would not have been possible unless Wexford County Council had the funds to invest heavily initially to acquire the site, do the planning, and get it ready to attract massive private investment. The 10% increase, while substantial, is only expected to generate €1.2 million approx in a full year which equates to about 1% of the County Council’s annual budget. n

Pulse Point App will save lives – download it now! PulsePoint is a new App available to the general public to assist them access an AED (defibrillator) in the Enniscorthy area, but it is now being widened to cover all of Co. Wexford. The App allows the user to instantly see where the closest defibrillator is in an emergency. Sports clubs, parish halls, schools, businesses etc countywide should get in touch now and register their AED. The ‘Add AED’ feature on the App can be used to to submit AEDs to the App. The App is on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/DefibApp-Apple and Android: https://tinyurl.com/AndroidDefibApp See ‘Enniscorthy Defibrillator Initiative’ on Facebook. n

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Enniscorthy Technology Park – work on first building commences

Enniscorthy Technology Park: Steel erection commenced for the first building at the end of July with that building due for completion in May 2022.

Slaney Street news... In March 2021, the Heritage Council awarded €174,000 to the Enniscorthy Town Steering Group for the regeneration of Slaney Street. The group had made an application for the funding under the Historic Towns Initiative.

Tendering for window and door replacement work is completed and physical works on the street are due to commence this month. The completion date is set for October 2021 in order to fully avail of the grant funding.

The project proposals involve external works on up to 22 individual properties, to include painting, repair of sash windows, replacement of PVC windows with timber sash windows, etc. The works will also include upgrading the public realm such as public lighting, pavement repairs and drainage improvements.

Property owners have been consulted and will be required to make a financial contribution in the region of 25% to 30% towards the cost of the capital works on their premises. Due to these works a more limited colourful umbrella canopy is in place this summer. n

Sports Hub update... Design work on Phase 2 (new building to contain changing rooms, toilets, office, etc) of the Enniscorthy Sports Hub is progressing. Contract documents are currently being pre-

pared and it is expected that a tender notice for the works will be advertised this month with a contractor to commence works on the site in October 2021. n

Enniscorthy Trails Project An application under ORIS (Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme) Measure 2 was submitted to the department of Rural and Community Development on the 7th July, 2021. This project is to resurface the entire riverside trail by the Slaney, 3km, and resurface a track around the Urrin River up to St. John’s Bridge, 600m loop. This will allow wheelchairs and disabled users access around the Urrin Footbridge. n

Enniscorthy Street cleaning Major street cleaning took place in Enniscorthy in July in the following locations: Rafter Street, Court Street, Church Street, Castle Street and a portion of Wafer Street and Main Street. n

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Walk for Deirdre On 17th July, 2021, the first Deirdre Redmond Memorial 8K Walk from Naomh Eanna GAA club marked the first anniversary of the popular Gorey woman – an avid walker and runner. Above, main pic: Back row L-R Nicola Doyle, Amy Morris, Joan Connors, Katie Dillon and Ronnie Elliott. Front row L-R: Colette Baker and Niamh Redmond. Above, inset: Catherine and Bernie Sheehan. Top left: Carmel Cooke and Lynda Byrne. Left: Orla and Linda. Below left: Liam and Breda Breen, and Raymond Byrne. Below right: Aidan, James, Michael and Tom Redmond. Bottom left: Niamh Redmond, James Byrne and Colette Baker. Bottom right: Lisa, Liath and Kathleen Doyle.

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The new Visit Wexford App – download for Free now! To keep up with all things new and exciting happening around the county, Visit Wexford with the support of Wexford County Council has launched an App to help locals and visitors explore Wexford with ease. The handy pocket guide to Wexford has everything visitors to the county need for a fun and hassle-free trip to the Sunny South East. Wexford is a popular holiday destination for many, so Visit Wexford has made it even easier for you to explore the county all year round! Find all there is to see and do, places to stay and eat, fun-filled activities, stunning beaches, terrific trails and much, much more across the county with the help of the Visit Wexford app. Discover County Wexford with a click of a button and get exclusive notifications, offers and more, directly through the app. It includes helpful functions, such as:

✦ Directories for accommodation, activities, restaurants, beaches and more across the county.

✦ Listings and contact information for tourism and hospitality businesses in Wexford.

✦ A handy map of County Wexford with all of the points of interest pinpointed for you.

✦ A selection of the top Travel Tuesday blogs and insider guides from VisitWexford.ie.

✦ A weather widget for the weather forecast in the Sunny South East.

✦ A gallery of stunning images from around the county to inspire your trip.

✦ Push notifications about nearby attractions, coupons and more exclusive offers for app users. The Visit Wexford app can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Download the Visit Wexford app now and start planning your adventure in Wexford today! VisitWexford.ie n

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Great spaces and places

Minister Mary Butler (third from left, front row) Minister of State at the Department of Health, launched the Wexford Mental Health Association’s ‘Great Places and Spaces’ Map of Wexford at Min Ryan Park, Wexford, on 23rd July. Below Left: Minister Mary Butler at the launch with Wexford Sports Active group members Fran Rowan (left) and Anna Flynn (right) and Mayor of Wexford, Cllr. Garry Laffan. Below right: Samantha and Anna Boyce with Minister Mary Butler.

Wexford Great Places and Spaces, a wellbeing guide map for Co. Wexford, was launched by Minister Mary Butler on 23rd July in glorious sunshine at the fabulous Min Ryan Park in Wexford town.

This project seeks to ensure that children and young people are active and healthy with positive physical and mental wellbeing in accordance with the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020.

The project, which is an initiative of Paula Lowney, board member of Wexford Mental Health Association, is supported by Creative Ireland, Sports Active Wexford, CYPSC, the HSE Health and Wellbeing Division and the Wexford Healthy County Committee through the Community Mental Health Grant.

With over 889 submissions and 22 primary schools participating, the project far exceeded expectations. The Wexford Mental Health Association would like to sincerely thank all the teachers and youth organisation leaders who supported the project.

The project was creatively developed by local Artist Laura Ní Fhlaibhín through local primary schools where children were invited to submit visual depictions of their favourite place for play, adventure and wellbeing. The Great Places and Spaces project aimed to produce a creative and child-orientated publication, a map that will act as a source of information and guide to families and carers to support children’s wellbeing. The project gave the opportunity for primary-schoolaged children from all over Co. Wexford to share their own “Great Places and Spaces” that have had a positive impact on their wellbeing.

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The publication, which opens up into a poster-like map of Wexford, highlights some of the most popular and also hidden gems where children love to spend time in the company of family or friends or down time, exploring, adventuring, playing or just losing themselves in the company of nature. The publication was designed by Padraig Cunningham of Pure Designs. The Wexford Mental Health Association would like to acknowledge their members and staff who played a direct part in the project team for Great Places and Spaces: Theresa Goff, Conor Ryan, Lorraine Cleere and Niall Ó Muirí, and also Frank Burke and Mark Mitchel from Wexford County Council’s IT Department for their support in mapping the Great Spaces and Places. n


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View from the Centre

A local contributor, based in the centre of the county, looks at life today in Co. Wexford and beyond The real losers here are Fianna Fáil. It is unimaginable that Bertie Ahern or Albert Reynolds would have allowed Fine Gael get away with this. Governments have fallen on similar issues in the past. The present Fianna Fáil ministers have shown clearly that they will accept absolutely anything to stay in power. This will cost them dearly come the next election.

DANGER IN THE WATER The loss of life by drowning in our inland waterways and in the sea this year has been really horrific. Many of those who died were strong swimmers who

for some reason got into difficulty and regrettably drowned. The lesson has to be that no one should go swimming unless they have the company of a fellow swimmer or are 100% sure of the safety of the particular area that they are using. And even then no chances should be taken.

WATER SUPPLY Maybe I’m missing something here but as far as I can remember we have had a fairly miserable Spring with plenty of rain followed by something similar in June and the early part of July. Then we get a few really hot days, four or five at the most, and suddenly we have a water shortage. Recently in Enniscorthy at night, water was shut off as early as 10pm until 5am. Seems crazy to say the least of it.

REOPENING BUSINESS While we welcome the reopening of business, particularly inside dining and pubs, it is fair to say that some of the restrictions are totally off the wall. The vaccine passport requirement if you eat or drink in a bar or restaurant, which doesn’t apply if you do the same thing in the restaurant or bar of a hotel once you’re staying there, seems peculiar to say the least. To add to the difficulty, many people who have been fully jabbed haven’t received these passes or passports or whatever you like to call them. My thoughts are with the owners and operators of the establishments who have to enforce these silly rules which seem to have little impact in the long run. n

The loss of life by drowning in our inland waterways and in the sea this year has been really horrific. Please, take no chances!

Katherine Zappone

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Global figures lined up for Kennedy Summer School The 2021 Kennedy Summer School is set to run in New Ross between 2-4 September and the organisers have announced a stellar lineup of guest speakers for the annual festival of Irish and American history, culture and politics: Prof. Luke O’Neill, Mick Mulvaney, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle, Tommie Gorman, Donie O’Sullivan CNN, Minister Darragh O’Brien, Alliance Party MP Stephen Farry and more. More than 30 guest speakers will participate in debates on a wide range of subjects, the main focus will be placed on topical issues in Irish and U.S. politics plus key discussions on Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol along with the impact of Covid-19. Launching the 2021 programme, Chair of the Kennedy Summer School Willie Keilthy said, “It is with tremendous pride, gratitude and – to be perfectly frank – relief that we now announce the 2021 Kennedy Summer School programme... It is set to be another fascinating summer school series of events.” Under current government restrictions the Kennedy Summer School will be taking place as an in-person event with some events streamed online and these events will be announced soon. The Summer School will be officially opened by Professor Luke O'Neill of Trinity College Dublin at 6pm on Friday, September 3rd. Following the official opening address, Prof O’Neill will participate in ‘The Noel Whelan Interview’ where he will be discussing the turbulence of life during Covid-19; he will be interviewed by Virgin Media’s Zara King. Prior to this, on Friday afternoon the Department of An Taoiseach will host a ‘Shared

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Island Experience’ discussion at 2pm with Darragh O'Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage; MP Stephen Farry, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland; writer, lawyer and commentator Sarah Creighton and Dr Bob Mauro of Boston College. This event will be chaired by journalist Bryan Dobson. At 7.30pm that evening, US Politics will be the point of focus. Joining the US political panel to discuss how polarised America is will be US Congressman Brendan Boyle and Mick Mulvaney the former White House Chief of Staff, Special Envoy to Northern Ireland and US Congressman with moderator Eileen Dunne of RTÉ. At 9pm the Edward M. Kennedy Interview will take place. On this occasion, RTÉ’s former Northern Ireland editor Tommie Gorman will be discussing life behind the lens of reporting on Northern Ireland during his distinguished career. He will be interviewed by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Saturday, September 4th, commences with a History Panel as eminent historians Dr Margaret O'Callaghan of Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Cormac Moore, Historian in Residence at Dublin City Council, Dr Bill Kissane of London School of Economics and Dr Donnacha Ó Beacháin of Dublin City University discuss a range of seminal events in Irish and American history with moderator Dr Mary C. Murphy of UCC. At 2pm an Irish Politics Panel will be the focus of attention as an all-female lineup of representatives will discuss the impact of Covid-19, the current housing crisis and more. The panel includes Jennifer Whitmore

of the Social Democrats, Neasa Hourigan from the Green Party, Jennifer Carroll McNeill of Fine Gael and Mairead Farrell of Sinn Féin with RTÉ’s political reporter Mary Regan as moderator. At 3.30pm that afternoon, a panel of Ireland’s leading legal journalists will take to the stage to discuss ‘Covering the Courts’ offering an insight into reporting on some of Ireland’s most fascinating legal cases that have gripped the nation in recent years. The final event of the 2021 summer school will see Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch of The Irish Times join RTE’s Washington correspondent Brian O’Donovan and Donie O’Sullivan of CNN as they discuss ‘Reporting on America in a Time of Tumult’ offering an insight into their own first-hand experiences of covering the Trump and Biden administrations and the complex media landscape in the US with moderator Larry Donnelly. The Kennedy Summer School and Festival is run in association with New Ross Municipal District, Wexford Co. Council and Boston College. The Kennedy Summer School Directors include Willie Keilthy, Larry Donnelly, Dr Brian Murphy, Sinead McSweeney, Eileen Dunne, Eamonn Hore and Dr Bob Mauro. The event will be held in accordance with all public health guidelines, therefore a limited number of tickets to the 2021 Summer School will be released for sale in early August online via kennedysummerschool.ie – visitors to the website can currently sign up to an email notification and they will be informed via email with the date and time of the ticket release. n


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At Courtown Harbour on 7th July were Leah Bracken, Bobbie Brennan, Ellen Lawlor and Katie Wilson.

Taking it easy in Courtown

Above left: Pippa and Avril O’Neill, and Ciara Cloak. Above centre: Nioche Moore, Taylor Reddin and Siobhan Mooney. Above right: Young crab fishermen Callum, Tadhg and Dara O’Neill.

Left: Helen, Cian and Cora Doyle. Above: Alex and Jack Johnston Elliott. Right: Paddy, Gwen, Sid, Quinn and Drew Smyth.

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Still time for young ‘Summer Stars’ at Enniscorthy Library All children throughout the country are invited to join a reading & writing adventure over the summer and collect gift rewards along the way. Summer Stars is the free national reading programme for children that takes place in all public libraries and online each summer. You can go to Enniscorthy library now, no appointment needed, and register for Summer Stars and collect your starter pack. Summer Stars runs from 14th June until 31st August. Look out for lots of activities for Summer Stars 2021, during July and August. For more details on all activities, to sign up for Summer Stars and/or arrange to collect a ‘Mystery Bag’ where librarians will pick a selection of books for you, call into Enniscorthy library or phone on 053 9236055.

of reading. Each bag contains 5 story books for children up to five years of age. The bag also contains several informational resources from the libraries as well two specially developed booklets on using books and stories with children.

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Enniscorthy Library will also have First 5

The First 5 Little Library Bags is a project for babies and children and the public libraries Right to Read Programme. This initiative aims to develop and build on relationships between the Early Learning and Care centres and their local library to encourage a love of books and reading among young children. This roll-out will help support families in establishing or developing the practice

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JUST A REMINDER THAT ENNISCORTHY LIBRARY IS BACK HOSTING OUTDOOR CHILDREN'S EVENTS IN THE COMFORTABLE AND SAFE GROUNDS OF THE LIBRARY. To find out about upcoming children's events, contact Enniscorthy Library on 053 92 36055. And keep an eye on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ enniscorthylibrary

Little Library Bags available to loan to parents and for story times and reading corners in the library. If you are an Early Learning Centre and have not yet heard from the library, please call Enniscorthy library on 053 92 36055. n Below: A selection of children’s Summer Stars books for borrowing this summer.


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Pictured are the team outside the Riverside Park Hotel before moving to the new location in CWCW, Bellefield, Enniscorthy.

A moving story... The South East Community Healthcare Area Vaccination Programme has moved from the Riverside Park Hotel to its new location in the County Wexford Community Workshop (CWCW), Bellefield, Enniscorthy. Kate Killeen White, Chief Officer of SECH, acknowledges how effectively the Enniscorthy Vaccination Centre has operated since it opened its doors on the 6th April, 2021. “As we all know only too well, the Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented historical event. As part of our response we have rolled out a comprehensive vaccination programme across the South East which includes the establishment of the Vaccination Centre in the Riverside Hotel, Enniscorthy, on 6th April 2021. Since operations commenced in Enniscorthy Vaccination Centre, I am incredibly proud and humbled to note that over 70,000 vaccines will have been administered to the people of Wexford by

the Riverside Hotel Vaccination Team by the time it relocates to the new site on Friday 23rd July 2021.” She praised the work of Ann Roche and the full team saying, “All staff have contributed to the success of the Vaccination Programme and Enniscorthy Vaccination Centre in many different ways – including (but not limited to) the preparation and management of the centre, staffing, communicating across the system and outwards, administration and technical support and the many vaccinators and medical staff whose enthusiasm has been so evident throughout.” Derval Howley, South East Community Healthcare COVID 19 lead, added that the HSE would like to thank all the staff for providing not only a professional service but also for making the vaccination centre a welcoming and friendly place for people in Wexford to come for their vaccination.

Ann Roche, the site lead, assures the people of Wexford that the same efficient and friendly service will continue going forward in the new vaccination facility at Bellefield. Some of the many favourable comments left on the Slaney News Facebook page included: “Well done everyone, the care and consideration you show everyone is second to none.” “I was very impressed by the speed, professionalism and efficiency of the service offered. Well done to all involved. A great team effort.” “Fantastic work being done by friendly and efficient staff. Well done to all involved and best of luck in the new location.” “Thank ye all for your efficient, professional and very caring service, good luck in Bellefield.” n

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Visit by Minister for Health

Above: Health Minister Stephen Donnelly (with green face mask) in the new Enniscorthy Vaccination Centre at CWCW, Bellefield Road, on 28th July. Also included in photo are Minister James Browne TD (third from right) and Dr Derval Howley (HSE, third from left) and members of the vaccination centre team. Right: Health Minister Stephen Donnelly with Senator Malcolm Byrne and Brian Byrne, Director, Lantern Events (Lantern look after the security and car-parking at the vaccination centre). Below: Cllr Aidan Browne, Minister James Browne TD, Kate Cassidy, Celene Conroy and Ann Roche (all of the vaccination centre), Minister Stephen Donnelly TD, Geraldine Cooper (vaccination centre), Dr Derval Howley (HSE), Senator Malcolm Byrne.

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Affected by cancer? Avail of Free counselling support. The Irish Cancer Society is encouraging anyone affected by cancer in Co. Wexford, and who is in need of free counselling support, to reach out for help. The charity increased its commitment to counselling last year, funding 590 sessions in Co. Wexford. The charity is now doubling its funding for this service to more than €800,000 this year to ensure people can access this crucial free service when it is needed more than ever. Cancer patients, survivors and those around them have had to deal with a huge amount during the pandemic including disruptions to treatments and services, social isolation and uncertainty around vaccinations. This has understandably taken its toll on people at a time when they are also dealing with a life-changing diagnosis. Counselling provides a safe space for people to talk about their worries and anxieties in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. The Irish Cancer Society funded some 590 counselling sessions in Wexford in 2020, ensuring that the service was able to continue on a remote basis during the pandemic. Counselling is available for children and adults, including family members as well as those directly impacted by a cancer diagnosis or who have lost loved ones to cancer. Whether your experience is recent or in the past the service is available to you. Referrals for counselling sessions are available through the Society’s Freephone Support Line on 1800 200 700 and SupportLine@IrishCancer.ie. Cancer patient Anne Kearney from Dublin who received free counselling sessions last year spoke of the difference they made for her: “It was during the first lockdown that I was told over the phone that I had cancer. I got the news on 4 June, four days before my 60th birthday, and on 12 June I was

Donal Buggy, Director of Services, Irish Cancer Society.

told the cancer they picked up had spread and I was to start chemotherapy the following Monday. “I had great support from my own circle, but it got to a stage where I just wanted to speak to a trained person. I’ve experienced so many fantastic people and services over the last year, including through counselling. It’s a scary, lonely journey especially given all that’s happening in the world recently, but to know that you have these services beside you and to call upon if you need them is amazing,” Anne said. Experienced cancer counsellor Deirdre Stanley added that it’s often not just the person who receives the diagnosis who needs support, as a cancer diagnosis can incur feelings of “shock, fear and panic”. She said: “Talking with somebody can help break these feelings down and make them more manageable. People can now access it from anywhere with the remote service, and many actually find it more comforting being able to

do it from their own home environment.” Welcoming the increased funding commitment for counselling, Irish Cancer Society Director of Services Donal Buggy said: “Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the public who responded to our Daffodil Day and Late Late Show fundraisers we are able to ensure that anyone affected by cancer who requires counselling can get the help they need. “This has been a really challenging time for anyone affected by cancer, with some people isolated from their normal support network of family or friends.” He concluded: “Each of our counsellors is very experienced at working with people affected by cancer. We want to tell people that it’s ok for them to take the first step and reach out, and any concerned family members or loved ones can do the same.” n

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Some of the committee of Ashfield Drive, Wexford, as they start the celebration of Relay for Life. L-R back row: Anne Tormy, Fiona Murphy, Cllr Garry Laffan (Mayor Of Wexford), Marion Frayne, Gillian Roche and Gay Murphy. Front Sam Roche, Dylan Power, Cllr George Lawlor. At the Belvedere Grove event for Relay for Life were Paul Scott and ‘Powder’ Freeman.

Relay for Life Relay for Life is a massive community event that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to the disease and encourages the community to fight back, while at the same time raising vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society. This year’s events were held on 10th July all around Co. Wexford. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/ relayforlifewexford

Members of the Committee of Belvedere Grove Relay for Life were joined by Wexford Mayor Cllr Garry Laffan.

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Sophie Doyle and Aoife Blake were part of The Ballagh’s The Fit, The Fab & The Funny team for Relay for Life.


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Tree planting: Two of the elders of Bishopswater, Eileen O’Gorman and Madge Carty, planted a Tree of Life watched by members of the committee and Mayor of Wexford Cllr Garry Laffan, and Cllrs George Lawlor, Leonard Kelly and Maura Bell.

Members of the committee of Relay for Life Wexford meet with the Mayor of Wexford Cllr Garry Laffan and other Councillors of Wexford District at County Hall.

Relay for Life, The Grove, Clonard, 10th July 2021. Cllr George Lawlor and Cllr Garry Laffan, Mayor of Wexford, joined the activities at The Grove with members of the committee and residents.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome, often referred to as simply IBS, is a condition affecting the bowel (colon) in which the bowel over-reacts and goes into spasm. IBS is characterised by stomach pain, bloating and irregular bowel habits – including alternating diarrhoea and constipation. IBS has become extremely common. It is not contagious, inherited or cancerous. It is believed that 30% of people in Ireland experience the symptoms of IBS at some point during their life. Anybody can develop IBS and it can also affect people of all ages. It often develops initially in young adults and teenagers. It is most common in people in their 20s and 30s, and affects twice as many females than males. In some people, IBS is a minor irritation, whereas in others it can have an extremely debilitating effect.

What are the symptoms of IBS?  Stomach pain which can be stabbing, gripping or churning – pain may be relieved following a bowel movement  Change of bowel habit – constipation and/or diarrhoea

 Crampy urge to move bowels but inability to do so  A feeling that you have not fully emptied your bowels after going to the toilet  Bloating and swelling of the abdomen  Excessive belching and excessive wind (flatulence)  Stool may have mucous and be small in size  Occasionally heartburn, nausea and vomiting also occur. Additional problems In addition to the main symptoms, some people with IBS experience several other problems which can include:    

a lack of energy (lethargy) feeling sick backache bladder problems (such as needing to wake up to urinate at night, experiencing an urgent need to urinate and difficulty fully emptying the bladder)  pain during sex (dyspareunia)  incontinence The symptoms of IBS can also have a significant impact on a person's day-today life and can have a deep psychological impact. As a result, many people with the condition have feelings of depression and anxiety.

What causes IBS? The exact cause of IBS is unknown, even experts don’t know. It appears to be related to problems with digestion and increased sensitivity of the muscles of the gut. It is not known why some people develop the condition. It has been suggested that IBS is caused by dietary allergies or food sensitivities, but this has not yet been proven. Genetics has also been suggested as a potential cause of IBS, but so far, a hereditary link has not been found. However, it is clear there are several factors or triggers that may set it off. These triggers include certain foods, hormones, and some medicines. Stress and depression are also known to contribute to flare-ups. IBS can sometimes develop after an episode of gastroenteritis. Knowing what sets off one’s IBS can help in its management.

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In this, the second of a series of articles by Leonie Grant of Grants Pharmacy with branches in Enniscorthy, Wexford, Gorey and Arklow, Leonie discusses Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

You’ve g Make them Problems with digestion The body usually moves food through the digestive system by squeezing and relaxing the muscles of the intestines in a rhythmic way. However, in IBS it is thought that this process is altered, resulting in food moving through the digestive system either too quickly or too slowly, causing diarrhoea or constipation respectively. Psychological factors It is also believed that psychological factors play an important role in IBS. Intense emotional states such as stress and anxiety can trigger chemical changes that interfere with the normal workings of the digestive system. IBS triggers


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Changing your diet will play an important part in controlling symptoms. The diet that works best for you will depend on your symptoms and how you react to different foods. It may be helpful to keep a food diary and record whether certain foods make your symptoms better or worse. You can then avoid foods that trigger your symptoms.

 not missing meals or leaving long gaps between eating  drinking at least eight cups of fluid a day – particularly water and other non-caffeinated drinks, such as herbal tea  restricting your tea and coffee intake to a maximum of three cups a day  reducing the amount of alcohol and fizzy drinks you drink  reducing your intake of resistant starch (starch that resists digestion in the small intestine and reaches the large intestine intact), which is often found in processed or re-cooked foods  limiting fresh fruit to three portions a day – a suitable portion would be half a grapefruit or an apple  if you have diarrhoea, avoiding sorbitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free sweets, including chewing gum and drinks, and in some diabetic and slimming products  if you have wind and bloating, it may help to eat oats (such as oat-based breakfast cereal or porridge) and linseeds (up to one tablespoon a day).

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Exercise

People with IBS are often advised to modify the amount of fibre in their diet. There are two main types of fibre: soluble fibre (which dissolves in water) and insoluble fibre (which doesn't dissolve in water).

Many people find that exercise helps to relieve the symptoms of IBS. Aim to do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderateintensity aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, every week. The exercise should be strenuous enough to increase your heart and breathing rates. 

confirm irritable bowel syndrome, and so your doctor will normally make a diagnosis on the basis of your symptoms and after ruling out various other disorders – such as colon cancer and Crohn's disease. Diagnostic tests that may be carried out to rule out these other disorders include blood tests, stool analysis, x-ray, and endoscopy of the bowel.

Management of IBS The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can often be managed by changing your diet and lifestyle, and understanding the nature of the condition. IBS-friendly diet

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got guts. m happy! Certain foods and drinks can trigger the symptoms of IBS. Triggers vary from person to person, but common ones include:  alcohol  fizzy drinks  chocolate  drinks that contain caffeine – such as tea, coffee, or cola

Foods that contain soluble fibre include:  oats  barley  rye  fruit – such as bananas and apples  root vegetables – such as carrots and potatoes  golden linseeds.

symptoms. Therefore, finding ways to

Foods that contain insoluble fibre include:  wholegrain bread  bran  cereals  nuts and seeds (except golden linseeds).

manage stressful situations is an impor-

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 processed snacks – such as crisps and biscuits  fatty or fried food. Stress is another common trigger of IBS

tant part of treating the condition.

How is IBS diagnosed? IBS must be diagnosed by a GP or specialist. There is no specific test to

Your IBS symptoms may also improve by:  having regular meals and taking your time when eating

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Diarrhoea

As stress can often set off flare-ups of IBS, stress management can be a useful part of treatment. This can entail counselling and support, stress reduction and relaxation therapies, and ensuring you are getting enough exercise and adequate sleep.

One of the most inconvenient symptoms of IBS is diarrhoea. Diarrhoea occurs when fluid cannot be absorbed from your intestines and this can happen for a number of different reasons. Approximately 27% of IBS sufferers have diarrhoea every time they have an IBS flare up.

Treatment of IBS

If you have diarrhoea, your pharmacist at Grants Pharmacy may be able to recommend an anti-diarrhoeal medicine such as Arret® or Imodium® (loperamide). They work by slowing down the passage of food in the intestine which allows more water to be absorbed and stools become firmer.

As well as making changes to your diet and lifestyle to manage your IBS there are also treatments your pharmacist at Grants Pharmacy can recommend when you have a flare up, depending on your symptoms. Probiotics Probiotics are dietary supplements which can help improve digestive health. They contain "friendly bacteria" that can restore the natural balance of your gut bacteria when it has been disrupted. Some people find taking probiotics regularly helps to relieve their IBS symptoms. A probiotic product should be taken as recommended by the manufacturer for at least four weeks to see if symptoms improve. Your pharmacist at Grants Pharmacy can advise you on a high-quality probiotic such as Symprove, Quest TumBiotix® or Alflorex®. These help reduce IBS symptoms in the following ways:  Probiotic bacteria give a huge boost to the numbers of friendly bacteria in the gut, so less space is available along the gut lining for colonisation of ‘bad’ microorganisms, which often cause excess gas production and digestive discomfort.  Beneficial microflora help break down foods which often alleviates IBS symptoms.  Healthy flora may play a part in controlling the nervous system in the gut, therefore reducing the impact of stress on the gut, which is a key factor for many people with IBS. Symprove is a water-based multi-strain supplement that contains 4 unique strains of live activated bacteria. Diet and lifestyle can cause these to become unbalanced leading to symptoms of

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IBS. Restoring these good bacteria using supplements has achieved amazing results for some patients coming into the pharmacy. Symprove has allowed IBS sufferers to eat foods that they otherwise could never touch. Symprove has a short shelf life so we always like to order it within one week of a patient’s needs. Abdominal cramps, pain, and discomfort IBS sufferers say this is the most common symptom of IBS but it is often mistreated with painkillers or antacids. IBS pain is often described as ‘stabbing’, ‘sharp’ and ‘intense’ and it is caused by spasms in your digestive tract. Once diagnosed with IBS, your pharmacist at Grants may be able to recommend an antispasmodic medicine, such as Buscopan® Tablets (hyoscine butylbromide) to relieve the discomfort of abdominal cramps and pain. Up until recently these were available only on prescription from your doctor but now you can buy them over-the-counter without prescription. Hyoscine acts locally in the digestive tract to interrupt the signal which tells the muscle to spasm. This helps the muscle to relax, which quickly relieves the pain and the digestive process can return to normal. Colpermin® (peppermint oil) is also effective in the relief of the spasm and cramp which occurs in the large bowel in IBS.

Constipation For constipation in IBS sufferers, your pharmacist can recommend a mild laxative such as a bulk-forming or a stoolsoftener which work by making the stools softer and easier to pass. It is important to drink plenty of fluids while taking a bulk-forming laxative. This will help prevent the laxative from causing an obstruction in your digestive system. Bloating and flatulence Bloating affects over half of sufferers when their IBS flares up. An antiflatulence treatment, such as simethicone, can help to reduce the pressure of trapped wind and help you feel more comfortable. If you have any questions or concerns about IBS or other conditions, we’d be delighted to help you. Please feel free to drop into Grants Pharmacies and chat to the Pharmacist or one of the staff where you will be offered excellent, professional advice and a road to recover. There are five Grants Pharmacies across Co. Wexford and Arklow and we look forward to welcoming you. We are located next to Pettitt’s Supermarket in Wexford, Enniscorthy and Arklow, on The Avenue in Gorey and on Rafter St in Enniscorthy. We would be delighted to help you with any healthcare queries or questions. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. n


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Senator Byrne pushes for reopening roadmap for arts & entertainment Gorey-based Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne has written to the Taoiseach and to Arts & Culture Minister, Catherine Martin, calling for the Minister and senior Government officials to meet with representatives of the arts, live events and entertainment sector before the end of next week and to agree a clear roadmap for reopening. He again expressed frustration that, “Arts and entertainment are not being given sufficient priority, in spite of the fact that those involved have been among the worst impacted by Covid over the last eighteen months.” Senator Byrne stated that it was “welcome and appropriate that there was high level engagement with the tourism and hospitality sector, as well as with

music events after government announcements and worse, not having any sense of priority being given to the safe reopening of these activities. “Theatres and arts venues are controlled environments. They are happy to work within clearly defined safety guidelines; they do it all the time. Arts professionals – be they involved in production or dance or drama classes or event management – have a constant awareness of health and safety.

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sporting bodies to ensure safe reopening,” but he added, “Like so many involved in the arts, I am tired of constantly having to seek clarity on cultural and

“I do not accept an aspiration toward having some kind of roadmap at the end of August represents any sort of coherent government policy. There should be the same level of engagement now as we have seen with the tourism and hospitality sector,” he concluded. n

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Above left: Off to the beach were Finn, Tadgh and Darragh Nash. Above centre: Theresa Byrne and Anne Hynes. Above right: Berna Howard and Charlie Geraghty.

Taking it slow in Curracloe

Above left: Outside the Winning Post, Curracloe, were Layton, Caroline, Alison, John and Laxie Muldowney. Above centre: Billy Trika and Jared Allen from Enniscorthy. Above right: Adventurous foursome Cormac Donnan, Johnny and Tom Martin and Daire Donnan.

Above left: Family day out for James, Graham, Amelia, Sean, Carmel and Grace Higgins. Above centre: Ciara Kehoe with her nan Linda Byrne. Above right: Pam Dunne and Garry Holt.

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Leading the way to weight loss

Enniscorthy Slimming World Consultant Tony McCann certainly knows from experience how Slimming World can help you succeed on on a weight-loss journey. Tony himself has lost five stone (32 kilos) and now he can help you achieve your own weight-loss goals while still enjoying lots of tasty food like in the recipe below. Call Tony now on 087-1785384. Click here to check out Tony’s Facebook page n

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Sticky Chicken Recipe What you need:  3 level tbsp honey  3 tbsp balsamic vinegar  3 tbsp soy sauce/tamari  680g chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes Method: 1. Mix together the honey, vinegar and soy sauce. Toss the chicken cubes in the mix to coat well, and leave to stand for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. 2. Heat a non-stick frying pan and add the chicken cubes and marinade. Cook on a medium-high heat for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until all the chicken has absorbed the liquid. 3. When the chicken is cooked through, serve with boiled plain rice and steamed pak choi. n

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The Tin Roof – at your service

The Tin Roof just outside Enniscorthy, on the road to Clonroche, is a perfect place to relax. Below left: The Tin Roof has facilities for all the family to enjoy, Fiona and Fiadh Martin, Elaine and Elsie Keane. Below right: The ladies say it’s a lovely place for a cuppa and a chat, Mary Levingstone and Phil O’Neill.

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Enniscorthy Community Allotments needs your support Negotiations for a site in Enniscorthy for the proposed Enniscorthy Community Allotments are at an advanced stage as we go to press. What the Allotments will consist of: A communal polytunnel 21ft x 72ft. Planting potting area. 4 patio pods with picnic tables. Special needs area. Primary school area. Secondary school area. Fruit cage. Fruit trees. A number of raised beds for people with mobility issues. Member plots of varied sizes. Resource shed. Wildflower area. Totally secure site. Toilet facilities. Carpark. Entrance gate.

Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach, Enniscorthy Municipal District, was on hand on 17th July to do the official opening of Earthy Eats on Enniscorthy’s Slaney Street. Both Cllr Byrne and the Slaney News wish the best of luck to Rose and her team in Earthy Eats as they provide another great option in Enniscorthy for eco-friendly coffee, deli and tasty treats.

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People have started to appreciate the value of growing their own food in an organic and sustainable way. To make the Enniscorthy Community Allotments a reality, please support the gofundme page to secure this great amenity for Enniscorthy. Your donation, no matter how small, will make a difference. https://www.gofundme.com/f/helpraise-2500-for-enniscorthy-allotments

The only draught available at Redmond's famous establishment at Scarawalsh, Enniscorthy, is no longer the draught under the door!!! Draught beers are now on tap, and creamy pints of Guinness also. And for those who prefer the more typical fare at Redmonds, don't worry, there'll always be a bottle of Macardles or Smithwicks waiting for you too!!

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Food & drink entrepreneurs m on his visit to Enniscorthy Ca Local Minister James Browne TD was delighted to host Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD at Enniscorthy Castle last month to meet with local food producers and others in the agriculture sector. Among those he met was young Enniscorthy entrepreneur Mark Kavanagh. A number of years ago Mark began to infuse fresh Wexford strawberries with vodka and sugar as an experiment. This ‘experiment’ has now led to his Wexbury Spirits business. Mixers manufacturer Poachers Drinks, based in Kilmuckridge, specialises in using Irish ingredients and is the only Irish company to produce premium natural mixers for the long drinks market. Mrs Mary Colbert of Poachers Drinks spoke with Minister Charlie McConalogue and presented him with some samples of its premium product. Also taking the welcome opportunity to promote their products were: Nicky Doyle of Fairfield Milk, the Still, Enniscorthy; Pat O’Neill of O’Neills Bacon, Enniscorthy; and John Stafford and Ed Tobin of Jackford Gin, Enniscorthy. Minister Browne commented, “I was delighted to invite Minister McConalogue to Enniscorthy to meet with local food producers and farmers. We discussed the potential in Co. Wexford for expansion and further developments for our local producers. This is a matter I will continue to engage on with stakeholders and Department of Agriculture officials. Through this engagement the Minister left with a better understanding of the unique needs of food producers in Co. Wexford.” n TOP PHOTO: Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD pictured last month in Enniscorthy Castle. L-R: Johnny Mythen TD, Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District, Minister McConalogue, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council, Minister James Browne TD. RIGHT: Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue with Wexford Co. Council CEO Tom Enright. BELOW: Mrs Mary Colbert of Poachers Drinks with Minister McConalogue. BELOW RIGHT: Minister Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister James Browne TD and Nicky Doyle of Fairfield Milk, the Still, Enniscorthy.

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meet Minister for Agriculture astle

ABOVE RIGHT: Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District, Senator Malcolm Byrne, Minister Charlie McConalogue TD, Pat O’Neill of O’Neills Bacon, Minister James Browne TD, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford Co. Council. RIGHT: Senator Malcolm Byrne, Minister Charlie McConalogue TD, Mark Kavanagh of Wexbury Spirits, Minister James Browne TD, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council. BELOW RIGHT: Senator Malcolm Byrne, Minister Charlie McConalogue TD, John Stafford and Ed Tobin of Jackford Gin, Enniscorthy, and Minister James Browne TD.

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Say goodbye to á la carte in post-pandemic overhaul The owner of three Dublin eateries and co-founder of Ireland’s largest food supplier ordering platform warns that the days of the dependable á la carte could be off the menu as Ireland’s hospitality sector prepares for an overhaul of the dining experience in post-pandemic Ireland. Barry McNerney, CEO and co-founder of Unify Ordering, and owner of Lotts & Co., Paulie’s Pizza, and Junior’s Deli and Cafe, says, “The Irish restaurant scene will take some time to recover to prepandemic levels but we’ve faced challenges before. These periods of uncertainty give establishments time to step back, reassess, plan and come back stronger and most importantly, smarter. It is also a time for opportunity and we see amazing chef talent and food concepts come out of the crash.” With the cost of produce increasing, especially meats, restaurant operators will be required to be savvy with their ordering as the industry prepares to embark on the road to recovery. Beef and lamb prices are expected to rise by as much as 30%. Packaging prices are also rising which means that people could see their total bill increase

opening times. Restaurants will likely cut underperforming days and services resulting in fewer days that the restaurant is open but operating longer hours on busy days to ensure profitability. Restaurants that pivoted to delivery platforms during lockdown will likely discontinue the use of the service upon reopening. High platform fees of up to 30% per order are taking a significant bite out of restaurant margins resulting in restaurant owners considering no longer utilising the novel delivery platforms once they reopen fully. However, it looks like ‘click and collect’ is here to stay. Barry McNerney

in their local shop, restaurant and takeaway. More set menus and a reduced á la carte offering could be the solution as restaurants are likely to be impacted by staffing issues. The hospitality industry has seen staff retrain and depart to other sectors due to the persistent closures throughout the pandemic. Restaurants have had to reassess their opening strategy and will be astute with

BEST OF LUCK TO NEW BUSINESS IN FERNS WITH A CATCHY NAME... Best of luck to Brian and the team in Only Fools in Horseboxes which opened last month at Bolger Brothers Hardware, Ferns. The facility is open Monday-Friday 8-3:30 and Saturdays 9-3:30, for coffee, tea, iced coffees, sandwiches and lots of treats. https://www.facebook.com/Only-Fools-In-HorseBoxes109750967991190

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As a positive response to the pandemic, some savvy operators have pivoted their services to wholesale during the pandemic. Coffee kiosks have popped up in urban areas during the pandemic and these small businesses would have limited time and resources to prepare certain menu offerings. Larger restaurant operators and establishments who have lost footfall in city-centre locations have adapted by preparing items like sandwiches and pastries for these outlets as a means of generating revenue. This could become a lasting legacy of Covid in the industry, Mr McNerney believes. n


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Wexford food businesses making their mark Great news for mushroom lovers Wexford’s Fancy Fungi Gourmet Mushrooms are now available to consumers nationwide in Lidl Stores. Pick up a box of Forest Mix, Grey Oyster or Shitake Mushrooms in store now. Fancy Fungi Gourmet Mushrooms have been growing mushrooms since 1998 so the team are veterans in this sector, and they believe that with their experience they are currently growing the best tasting and best looking varieties of exotic mushrooms available. While many of their mushrooms are served up in menus in some of the best restaurants and hotels, it is great news that their awardwinning products are available in stores and also online. To shop and for more information visit: www.fancyfungi.ie

Congratulations to Scúp Gelato Wexford-based Scúp Gelato has teamed up with Avoca to install icecream huts at three of their locations, Avoca Kilmacanogue, Rathcoole and Dunboyne. The team at Scúp have one simple aim: to make the best gelato using only the highest quality raw materials sourced locally and internationally. They couple the highest quality Irish milk and cream with fresh authentic ingredients like fresh Wexford strawberries, Sicilian Bronte pistachios and Madagascan vanilla to create a mixture which gives amazingly creamy, smooth and flavoursome gelato. While much of the hospitality and food service industry was closed, Willie Devereux had to look to diversify and started to supply retailers and also took out a licence for a mobile unit on Wexford’s Quayfront. The latest deal with Avoca provides a further platform for the delicious Wexford produced, award-winning gelato. www.scupgelato.com

Wexford Food Family delighted to welcome Stafford’s Bakeries as a new member Stafford’s Bakeries has been in operation in Gorey, since the 1950s. It was started in the town centre by Sean Stafford Senior, and the family and staff have gone on to develop a state-of-the-art bakery at the IDA Industrial Estate in Clonattin, Gorey. It’s safe to say that the Stafford family know a thing or two about baking! Having run their family bakery in Gorey for 65 years, they have passed their wisdom and knowledge down through three generations of family and staff. Stafford’s Bakeries prides itself on making quality bread, cakes and confectionery for its customers. Stafford’s Bakeries produces high quality bread and confectionery in the old-fashioned traditional way. The range of products is huge, from traditional Irish soda breads, crusty breads, breakfast breads (under the Noirin’s trademark), rolls and scones to black forest gateaux, pavlovas, cheesecake and a full range of small cakes including eclairs, doughnuts, pastries etc. Stafford’s also produces par-baked breads which are supplied frozen to shopkeepers and baked by the shopkeeper as needed. Stafford Bakeries is one of the most innovative bakeries in the country using new bakery technology. From the mixing of the ingredients to the baking of its products, craft and dedication play a vital part in the business. Stafford’s uses traditional methods within a modern bakery to provide great tasting products. It never rushes a process and prides itself on “quality without compromise” allowing its breads to rest and its delicious cream cakes to be baked by eye and finished by hand. www.staffordbakeries.ie for more information n

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A wander around Wheelocks Wheelocks, Enniscorthy, 10th July, 2021. Above left: Outdoor dining at the Village at Wheelocks, Enniscorthy, Wojciech Bednarzak, Magdalena Wiacey and Szyya Ludwika. Left: Katie and Ava Murphy. Above: Stella and Louis Parle at the children’s playground in Wheelocks. Below left: Margaret Walsh, Michelle Drennan and Jessica Leacy. Below right: At the children’s playground in Wheelocks were: Aoife, Sean, Lucy and Aine O’Toole.

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Trisha’s Staycation Cooking Tips  Cook ahead and batch cook. You can have these ready in the freezer in advance. Think curry, cottage pie, stroganoff and lasagne. Store in containers, dated, with the number of servings on them. This will ensure that the quality of the meals is high in advance.  Bring a toasted sandwich maker, this will be very handy as lunch or if you need a fast dinner.  Have some meals that do not need to be cooked – make a meal out of snacks and create a mezze plate. You could include fruit and yogurt, cereals, granola, nuts, sandwiches, wraps and a selections of cheeses and crackers with chutney and grapes – ideal for the beach or long walks.  Have dips and breadsticks – these will be amazing when you are hungry and waiting on your dinner.  Go for convenience where you can. Use microwave rice, pre-chopped potatoes, salad bags etc. After all, this is a holiday!  Wash and prep your vegetables in advance or buy freshly cut vegetables.  Bring someone that loves to cook! Try out Aldi’s recipe for a Simple Chicken Curry – perfect for batch cooking ahead of your staycation and always a crowd-pleaser!

Aldi Ambassador Trisha Lewis gives her top tips for cooking on a self-catering holiday! 2021 is another staycation/holiday at home year for Irish holidaymakers, with almost 90% of those who took part in a recent Aldi survey saying they are booking a staycation/holiday in Ireland this year. Aldi asked participants what they want – what they really, really want when they take to the highways and byways of Ireland for their staycation, with some surprising results! 39% said that they would be staying in self-catering, camping, or mobile home with more people than ever looking at the camper van as a Staycation option. With this in mind, more people will be cooking on holidays, and Aldi Ambassador Trisha Lewis has the following tips to eat well and spend less!  Make a meal plan and shopping list.  Look up where your nearest Aldi is beforehand so you know what you can grab daily if you run out!  Don’t do recipes that require specialised equipment – keep it simple.  Plan meals that do not spoil quickly.  Make meals where the leftovers are just as good to have the next day.  Make a list of the food you need to bring and break it down into breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Ingredients:  80g Worldwide Foods Classic Basmati Rice.  2 tsp Specially Selected Cold Pressed Irish Rapeseed Oil (10g).  1 Nature’s Pick Onion.  2 Butcher’s Selection Chicken Fillets.  1 tbsp Stonemill Mild Curry Powder, approx. 15g.  2 Nature’s Pick Carrots.  200g Nature’s Pick Green Beans.  150ml Warm Water.  Stonemill Sea Salt and freshly ground Stonemill Black Pepper. Method:  Simmer the rice for 20 minutes then leave to sit for 10 minutes.  Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat.  Slice the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft.  Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to the onion with curry paste or powder.  Stir fry for another 2-3 minutes until sealed and almost tender.  Peel and dice the carrots, then trim the green beans and cut in half.  Add both to the chicken mixture together with water and bring to a simmer, stirring to combine.  Season with salt and pepper, then reduce heat and cover to simmer gently for 5 minutes. Serve with the rice. n

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IN SUNNY CURRACLOE Enjoying a day at Curracloe Beach on 15th July were, above: Grace Byrne, Lucy Donnelly, Ava Byrne, Abby Donnelly, Kate Donnelly and Jack Byrne. Below left: Young Sophie Rigley had the right idea to keep cool. Below right: Kate Murray and Ailbhe White.

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South east entrepreneurs to benefit from €3m investment Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) have jointly secured €3m from Enterprise Ireland to operate the New Frontiers entrepreneur development programme in the south east over the next five years. The New Frontiers programme is for potential entrepreneurs who have an innovative business idea or an innovative technology that has the potential to be developed into a scalable, highpotential start-up company. The Enterprise Ireland funding will allow the two institutes – which are working together to create a technological university for the south east – to work with over 400 early-stage entrepreneurs over the five-year funding period, with 95 of the high-potential entrepreneurs receiving a payment of €15,000 each to participate in New Frontiers. The programme, to be delivered at the ArcLabs innovation hub in Waterford and the ERIC incubation hub in Carlow, is now taking applications from entrepreneurs and innovative business start-ups. This intensive training and support programme also includes desk space, mentoring, business master classes and networking. Commenting on behalf of Enterprise Ireland, Brian Fives Senior Regional Development Executive said, “Enterprise Ireland is proud to offer such a critically important-programme like New Frontiers which will be delivered by IT Carlow and WIT. New Frontiers is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneurial development programme and by combining practical advice, mentorship, and funding, it can help reduce the risk and dramatically increase the chances of success, for aspiring start-up entrepreneurs. We are delighted to announce the approval of €3m in funding for IT Carlow and Waterford IT to deliver this programme over the next five years.”

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Gemma Purcell, the New Frontiers Programme Manager at Institute of Technology Carlow and New Frontiers Programme Manager at Waterford Institute of Technology, Eugene Crehan.

New Frontiers Programme Manager at Waterford Institute of Technology, Eugene Crehan, explains who the programme is for. “The New Frontiers programme is designed to help ambitious individuals bring their business idea from concept to successful startup. Recent participants have gone on to attract significant funding after New Frontiers: Immersive VR Education raised €6.7m on the London and Dublin Stock Exchanges in 2018 and recently closed a €9m funding round, while OmniSpirant Ltd received €9.4m in the Disruptive Technologies Fund 2020. Having strong, innovative, regionally-based export companies is vital to balanced economic development and creating high value jobs into the future. Through this partnership, The South East New Frontiers Programme provides a critical platform to support entrepreneurs, talent, innovation and investment in the region.” Gemma Purcell, the New Frontiers Programme Manager at Institute of

Technology Carlow, said: “We are delighted to continue supporting entrepreneurship and innovation across the south-east region through the New Frontiers programme. IT Carlow has been delivering such programmes since 2007 and has already been responsible for the creation of numerous successful enterprises in the region such as MicroGen Biotech and Seed Golf, both international sucess stories. MicroGen Biotech raised $5.1m in Series A funding and has been selected as a finalist of the 2021 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year competition. Seed Golf has customers in 34 countries and is currently raising €1 million through crowdfunding and direct investment.” Websites: www.wit.ie/newfrontiers https://www.itcarlow.ie/industry-innovation/sme-entrepreneurial-supports/new-frontiers-programme.htm https://www.newfrontiers.ie/ n


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World class standards in Wexford Organisations across Ireland, from the private, public and SME sectors have been recognised by the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) for their achievement in becoming certified to world class business Standards so far in 2021. The list includes Wexford based organisations: Department of Housing, Local Government: I.S. EN ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental Management. Glanbia Ireland DAC: I.S. ISO 50001:2018 - Energy management systems. Inish Pebble Company: I.S. EN ISO 9001:2015 - Quality Management. Kare Plus: I.S. EN ISO 9001:2015 - Quality Management. M&T Plant Hire Ltd: I.S. EN ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental Management. O'Brien Cement: I.S. EN ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental Management. I.S. ISO 45001:2018 - Occupational health and safety management.

State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English who said, “Across Ireland, businesses and public bodies are enjoying the benefits of certification to International Standards. WCDAS Ltd: I.S. EN ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management. I.S. ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management. Wexford County Council: ISO 50001:2018 - Energy management systems.

“I want to congratulate every organisation for achieving certification, which will pay huge dividends in terms of improved efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction.

All the businesses and bodies that achieved certification were independently audited by NSAI Auditors to ensure they complied with the International Standards.

NSAI Chief Executive Geraldine Larkin said, “Certification can grow an organisation’s knowledge and skills across a wide range of areas, boosting efficiency and helping to mitigate risk.

They join an elite group of over 4,000 organisations who are currently NSAIcertified in a variety of areas such as Quality Management, Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management and Energy Management.

“I am delighted to see the high level of commitment shown by the companies and organisations who have been certified. I want to acknowledge the huge effort, particularly this year, when many of our audits had to be conducted online.”

The organisations have been recognised for their achievements by the Minister of

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SlaNey BUSiNeSS SlaNey ad & fiNaNCe Despite the challenges facing the tourism and hospitality industry for the past 16 months, the hotels in County Wexford are recording the highest occupancy levels in Ireland. County Wexford boasts an incredible 95% occupancy rate in the most recent Irish Hotels Federation Occupancy Survey Report, and as at 30th July was reporting 84% occu-

pancy for August and almost 50% occupancy already for September. "We're incredibly proud of the results that we've seen this season after a difficult year," says Visit Wexford chairman Paul Finegan. "It is a testament to all of the very hard work put in by those in the tourism and hospitality industry in Wexford and also the support given by Wexford County Council. Everyone has done their best to ensure that holidaymakers can enjoy a break in Wexford safely, and we are delighted to see that the huge effort is paying off."

The positive tourism vibes can be witnessed across the whole county with many new and innovative tourism experiences popping up, as well as existing businesses adapting and introducing new elements to improve safety and overall visitor experience. Visit Wexford has seen many tourism and hospitality businesses scaling up in the past few months with the increased demand and are delighted with the addition of new businesses opening their doors for the first time. Download the Visit Wexford app now and start planning your adventure in Wexford today! VisitWexford.ie

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Byrne welcomes Brexit report Local Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne has welcomed the recommendations made by the Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU in its Interim Report published on 8th July.

as on digitising paperwork to speed up movement at the ports as well as looking for greater support for businesses negatively impacted by the Rules of Origin (including flour). “This report is obviously at a very sensitive time in EU/UK relations and particularly as there are serious concerns about the political situation in the North. It will be used to shape government policy in our continuing work in this area.

The Committee of twelve people, of which Senator Byrne is the only Wexford member, was established to consider the potential consequences of the decision and the implications for Ireland. Central to the work of the Committee was the impact of the December 2020 Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK on various sectors of society. The report makes 53 recommendations across the areas of trade and customs, infrastructure, rules of origin, the protocol, citizens’ rights among other areas. Some of the key recommendations:  The Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland: In light of the significant opposition by some politicians and groups in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Protocol, the Committee recommends that the Irish Government and the European Union begin preparations immediately for the upcoming vote in Northern Ireland, through the consent mechanism of the Withdrawal Agreement, on the continuation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.  Rules of Origin: The Committee is of the view that a more flexible interpretation of the rules of origin is needed in order to protect cross border supply chains on the island of Ireland where products of mixed origin with components from Northern Ireland and Ireland want to maintain EU and Irish status. The Committee notes in particular the difficulty being experienced by Irish milk products producers where milk from Northern Ireland is being used in Irish milk products.  Trade and Customs: The Committee recommends a review of the paperwork required for customs and ports to ensure duplication is avoided. In addition, the Committee recommends an immediate move towards the digitisation of paperwork be implemented to include automation where possible to ensure speed and efficiency is maintained at ports.  Citizens’ Rights: Following Brexit, the

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rights of citizens in Northern Ireland have been severely impacted and the Committee agrees that this policy area is becoming more complex as the implications emerge. The Committee notes that some of the rights protected under Article 2 of the Protocol are not being upheld and recommends that a public consultation be conducted without delay to ascertain the full level of impact on the daily lives of those living in Northern Ireland. Such a public consultation would be fundamental in informing future policy decisions. Senator Byrne commented, “We engaged with Rosslare Europort and haulage companies and the effects on our freight traffic. But we also considered the impact of Brexit on so many other aspects of our lives – education and training and recognition of qualifications; managing data held in different jurisdictions; the impact on importing and exporting of food and drink, and, of course, the ongoing political ramifications. “One big issue that I highlighted before has been the impact of Brexit on the price of certain goods, including flour, which is very significant for Co. Wexford, not just because of the bakeries located here but also planned development of a mill in the county. “Brexit continues to have profound implications for Wexford. I am very proud that I was able to ensure a very specific recommendation about Rosslare Europort as well

“The Committee sought to provide a platform for businesses, communities and civil society groups to discuss the impact of Brexit and the operation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The intention of the Committee was to provide an in-depth and detailed analysis of the issues impacting people and businesses on the island of Ireland. The Committee has, in this Interim Report, provided solutions-focused recommendations and looks forward to its return in the Autumn where it will re-commence its examination in order to produce its final report by the end of the year.” Specifically in relation to Rosslare, Senator Byrne says: “The Committee recommends the expansion of Rosslare Europort and the new direct routes from continental Europe and is of the view that, following the recent demand-led transformation of the port, the port continues to be developed and that further resources be allocated to facilitate further necessary routes/sailings. Further development of the port will alleviate pressure on Dublin Port and congestion on surrounding motorways such as the M50. To facilitate this expansion, the Committee recommends that the motorway and link road to Rosslare be completed without delay to improve connectivity with Rosslare port.” Senator Byrne aslo commented on speeding up times at ports and the need to move to a digitisation of paperwork. “The Committee acknowledges the increase in customs documentation as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. In light of this, the Committee recommends a review of the paperwork required for customs and ports to ensure duplication is avoided. In addition, the Committee recommends an immediate move towards the digitisation of paperwork be implemented to include automation where possible to ensure speed and efficiency is maintained at ports.” n

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which are the engine room of the system and an engine that’s humming is going to go much longer than one that’s limping from one crisis to another. Each discipline has its own merits, its own pitfalls, but for me using both alongside each other they can dovetail really well. Conventionally, the level we can help with pain relief is exceptional, especially short-term pain relief. Long-term, using both natural and conventional meds there can be a dovetailing, having to use lower amounts of meds to help get the best result for the animal, and so can take time to resolve. Having an understanding that you’re working towards a long-term solution is what we’re about and is why many owners are happy to use this option as ultimately you’re hoping to get the best result for the animal’s health and the owner’s pocket! Timely reminder that flea and tick treatments are still needed during the warm weather. Enjoy the summer sunshine, when it returns, and thanks for all your custom and support over the years, all 80 of them!! n

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Above: At Courtown Harbour on 7th July were Megan Hayes and her dog Max. Above right: Also at Courtown Harbour were Emmie and Tayler Douglas with their dogs Millie and Hugo.

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Roaming in Rosslare. Below left: Cynthia Diagman and Gemma Duggan and their dogs Max and Rocco. Below centre: Gillian O’Sullivan and Shelboy. Below right: Trish Whelan and Ann O’Leary.

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

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OPEL MOKKA The Opel Mokka has returned to Ireland in 2021, a rejuventated offering for the popular compact SUV segment in Ireland. Available in electric for the first time, along with petrol and diesel variants, the Mokka’s new face is one that changes everything for the Opel brand. Priced from €23,295 for a petrol, from €25,095 for a diesel, and from €33,038 for the all-electric Opel Mokka-e, the Mokka is shaping up as a very compelling and competitive offering. Of course, Mokka has some history in Ireland, launched back in Ireland as a new compact SUV contender in 2012 and revamped in 2016. This car still has good visibility on Irish roads, but Mokka owners

will be astounded by the step forward this new version has taken. It’s the design that gets you first. The 2021 Opel Mokka is lighter and sleeker looking, with a genuine sporty bent to it. Opel has found new direction indeed, tapping into their history in motorsport and classic Opels like the Manta and GSi models to add some zest to a new generation of cars. You cannot miss the striking new grille area. Opel call it the ‘Vizor’ face. It looks like nothing else on the road. This new family look is bestowed upon other models like the Crossland and Grandland SUVs, as well as the upcoming new Astra hatchback.

For style conscious buyers this one hits the mark! SRi models (from €24,795) like the Mokka on test really stand out with 17” black alloy wheels, red exterior detailing and a contrasting black roof! Other trim levels include the SC and Elite. Standard equipment levels are good including traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, collision avoidance sensor with brake assist, pedestrian detection alert, electronic cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, air conditioning, 7” colour touchscreen, 7” colour driver instrument cluster, DAB radio and 16” alloy wheels. Inside there is an all-new dashboard design that follows the Opel new ‘Pure

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SlaNey motoriNg Panel’ philosophy. Take it as code for simplified, modern and minimalistic and you will come close to the experience behind the wheel of the new Mokka. Opel has worked hard to give this car a new personality and the red trim of the SRi model certainly spices things up. There is a full digital experience for the driver with a digital instrument Interior cluster as standard and 7” colour touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. A multimedia system the line-up with 110 hp and a 6-speed with 10” touchscreen and navigation is manual gearbox. There’s also the exciting also available. new all-electric Opel Mokka-e powered This is a compact vehicle but in terms of by a 50 kWh battery with 136 hp and a interior accommodation, it’s competitive range of up to 324 km. for this class of vehicle with a decent show On the road, the Opel Mokka has a light of legroom and headroom in the rear. The and modern feel that makes it easy to boot is also smartly sized at 350 litres. handle and steer through any driving situAvailable across all three trims, petrol and ation. It’s not the sharpest performer of diesel engines offer power outputs rangthe bunch but there is an affable character ing from 100 hp to 130 hp. The petrol to this car that will see it do just fine model is a 1.2-litre affair with 100 or 130 among buyers of compact SUVs. It’s rehp, and the option of a 6-speed manual fined and comfortable by class standards, or 8-speed automatic gearbox. At Changwith just the odd bump over ramps and ing Lanes we tested the petrol automatic the like on our test car’s 17” ‘shoes’! with 130 hp. It performs well for a petrol These cars are built to be autobahn proof automatic with a good show of power and and the Mokka can surely hold its own on clever automatic that never misses a beat. the motorway, staying in lane simply and Buyers will also find a 1.5-litre diesel in confidently.

Opel is definitely back in the game with the new Opel Mokka. There are more exciting models on the way. Choice is a key feature of the new Mokka range and Opel is to be commended for bringing such a selection to the compact crossover range. The petrol model on test offers a very good value entry into the Mokka range; the Mokka-e is a compelling option for buyers ready to make the switch to electric. Mokka has taken a huge step forward. In design and technology, it can really now hold its own. It will stand out and adds a youth and vibrancy back to the Opel brand that was sorely missed. Model tested: Opel Mokka 1.2 SRi Automatic Price: €26,295 Engine: 1.2-litre turbo petrol Power: 130 hp Torque: 230 Nm Top speed: 200 km/h Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.2 seconds CO2 emissions: 133-135 g/km Motor Tax: €210 per year. n

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RELAXING IN ROSSLARE

Above: Boden and Stephanie in Rosslare Community Centre Garden. Above right: Beach guards on duty – Mark Power and Sarah Murphy. Right: Dining out at Sinnott’s were Leea Mulchinock, Zoe, Nina and John O’Brien. Below: In Sinnott’s outdoor beer garden were Patrice Kelly, Susanne Dempsey and her daughter Jill Dempsey. Below right: Water Safety Week in Rosslare Strand with Instructors Anne Ryan, Sean Maher, Eoin Allen and John Doyle. Bottom left: Father and daughter time – sharing an ice cream were Evan and Anna McDonnell. Bottom right: Mynie, Sophie, Chloe and Alfie Leech, Harvey and Danulle Somers.

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Your chance to go ‘Wild in the Country’ Enniscorthy Drama Group is delighted to be performing in public again, it will be staging ‘Wild in the Country’ – the brilliant, three-act tragic-comedy, by Enniscorthy’s own Paul O’Reilly, in the idyllic setting of Wilton Mills glamping, near Bree, on August 25th. Tickets are limited for this outdoor event and it will sell out soon so early booking is advised – contact any cast or committee member. So

book your ticket, bring your own refreshments and sit back and enjoy Wild in the Country! The show is based around a character named Rose, who is an obsessive Elvis Presley fan. When she hears he is coming to town to perform in the local hall, she gives it her all to get ready for the great event. However, when her plans to meet

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and seduce Elvis are interrupted by her Mozart-loving husband, a washing machine, a local election and Mother time herself, she takes things into her own hands to fulfil her destiny. The show was written by an Enniscorthy author, it features an Enniscorthy cast and is ideal summer entertainment for an Enniscorthy audience. n

Countdown to Castle-Lake Arts Festival Johnstown Castle, Saturday, August 7 2021, 6pm – 11pm Excitement is building for the Castle-Lake Arts Festival, a new outdoor Arts Festival taking place this Saturday, August 7, on the grounds of the stunning 12th Century Johnstown Castle Estate. Tickets sold out in a matter of days for this – the first ever Arts Festival produced by Ad Personam Cultural Events. Aileen Donohoe and Peter McCamley, the people behind the festival, have assembled an eclectic artistic programme. International singing sensation Camille O’Sullivan headlines the event which also includes the world-premiere of a short-film ‘Sequah’, written by Wexford’s own Billy Roche, which was shot on location at Johnstown Castle and celebrates the heritage and beauty of the venue. Also featuring are Corner Boy, The Ivy Sisters, Saxology, theatre, dance and pop-up events. The programme will include a variety of unique outdoor performances offering its audience an array of art forms and signals the return to major live outdoor performances. Headlining this spectacular event is singer and actress Camille O’Sullivan, named as one of the top 25 performers ever on Later with Jools Holland. Award-winning broadcaster Alan Corcoran will MC the evening.

Congrats to Enniscorthy’s Tom Linneen (Ragged Blackbird) on playing a wonderful set supporting Mick Flannery in concert on Wexford’s Quay on 29th July. The show was part of the ‘Sounds of Summer’ series promoted by Lantern Presents. Check out Ragged Blackbird on YouTube.

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The gates will open at 6pm and the public can then meander through the park towards the main performance area whilst encountering a variety of pop-up acts along the way, including Irish tenor Ross Scanlon in the Courtyard, Shakespeare Live, an interactive croquet match, The Ballet Academy performing a masked Corps de Ballet by Dara Pierce at the castle wall, and Colclough/Alcock Dual re-enactment. Attendees are advised to bring a face mask for any indoor areas and to socially distance and enjoy the festival within their own pod. And in true ‘festival-style’, audiences are encouraged to bring their own picnics, refreshments and blankets or portable seating to maximise their ‘Festival Experience’. Catering services will also be available from Johnstown Castle for people to enjoy. n


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In praise of staycations So it wasn’t Costa Blanca for the sunshine, or Vienna for a city break, or something more luxurious like a cruise round the Greek Islands, or even more adventurous like a walk on a glacier in the Rockies, but a short three-day trip to Connemara on Ireland’s west coast with its own distinct flavour and attraction. No, we weren’t assaulted by that welcoming blast of warm air as we drove into the West but the weather did hold, giving little or no rain for our three-day sojourn, with our blast of warmth emanating from the friendly people of the tribes of Galway. The city itself was humming as always, with dexterous street entertainers and gifted musicians, enthralling the masses. The Claddagh and Eyre Square bubbled and buzzed like Grafton Street on a Christmas Eve, making me wonder if the city had somehow been granted a Covid exemption by a benevolent Overlord who only exists on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Connemara, far from the madding crowd in every sense of the word, has its own ancient, desolate, unique attraction, difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t been there, the mystic beauty of its desolation, with scenery that can take you back in time to a hardshipped, hungry Ireland, where the only hope was escape. Our hotel, Peacockes, almost in the centre

of Connemara at Maam Cross, with easy access to a myriad of attractions and at €119 per room, per night, for bed and breakfast, a most reasonable establishment with good food, comfortable, clean, accommodation and helpful, pleasant staff.

visit the chapel where they wed, or the house of the Dying Man, or Squire Danagher’s hotel, or Cohan’s pub or the scene of the fight. It’s great fun and tours can be taken with lively, witty tour guides through the seventy-year-old film set, that somehow never seems to lose its appeal.

Charming peninsulas and bays abound along the Connemara coastline – Roundstone, Spiddal, Rosmuc, Carna, and when the sun shines there is nothing closer to God’s own country.

The scenery is stunning, travelling along the shores of Lough Corrib, where a cruise of the Lake is possible for €20, which will take you past the celebrated Ashford Castle, the preferred choice of accommodation of the rich and famous.

Maumturk Mountain and Killary Fjord, the only fjord in Ireland, are on Peacockes’ doorstep. Connemara’s National Park, a haven of wildlife, fauna, and flora, nestled against the spectacular Twelve Bens mountain range, provides a stunning vista of grassland, wood, heath, and bog, everywhere you look, and the renowned Aran Islands are just a short boat hop or an 8-minute flight off shore. The picturesque village of Cong, home to the famous film The Quiet Man, with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, is less than an hour away, in County Mayo, and is so worth a visit, you just have to, don’t you, when in that neck of the woods and all. Cong and its people are due every credit for keeping the well-loved film alive for visitors for the past seventy years, you cannot but have your photo taken with the Quiet Man himself and his vixen bride, or

The day we visited, there was a wedding, and I got speaking to the lovely gateman, John, who very kindly allowed us to drive into the hotel grounds to take some photographs. You can also partake of delicious refreshments at Mrs. T’s Tearooms on the grounds of the magnificent, manicured, estate. The tranquil, majestic Kylemore Abbey, built by Mitchel Henry for his wife Margaret in 1868 and later purchased by the Benedictine Nuns in 1915, was a must-see for me knowing that the Benedictine Dames, as they were called, fled Ypres when the Germans invaded neutral Belgium in 1914 and found a new home at Macmine, Enniscorthy, through the good auspices of the Wexford parliamentarian and Home Rule activist John Redmond. I was mesmerised by the house and gardens and once again the wonderful staff, includThe Quiet Man.

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SlaNey leiSUre ing Niall who gave a most interesting talk on the history of the house and estate, but rather disappointed that there was no mention of the Irish Dames spending time at Enniscorthy.

Connemara Coast.

A matter that I did bring to Niall’s attention, who was well aware of the Enniscorthy period, but unfortunately, no great reference to it in the history of the house or the nuns, but an intriguingly beautiful place and at €15 per head may sound a little expensive but with the woodland walks, the walled garden, the house tour, the gothic church, the historic lecture, along with café/restaurant and the opportunity to take photographs in one of the most exquisite locations I’ve seen, it turns out to be rather good value where you can spend an entire day. The house is beautifully laid out as it would have been in the time of the Henrys, when they received a visit from the then King, Edward VII. The property was also owned for a period by the Duke and Duchess of Manchester and became the home of the Benedictine Dames in 1920, who turned it into a rather exclusive boarding, and later a dayschool for young ladies.

Connemara Coast.

Fourteen Benedictine nuns still reside at Kylemore, it employs 170 local people, many of them the third generation of their family to work there, and it is obvious they have a sense of ownership and pride in the property and their work. Perhaps, after my visit, they will consider mentioning the important Enniscorthy connection, without which the Benedictine Irish Dames might never have returned to Ireland at all. n Words and pics by Maria Nolan.

Ashford Castle.

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Gorey Little Theatre, 7th July, 2021, ‘The Actor’s Nightmare’. The cast and crew L-R: Amanda Sheil, Karen Dunbar, Marion Murphy, Ronan Byrne, Paula Acton Dover, Jacqui Whelan, Fionn Brennan and Michael Stokes.

Above left: At Gorey Little Theatre on 7th July for ‘The Actor’s Nightmare’ were Anne Kelly, Margaret Dunne and Mary Doyle. Above right: Amy and Conor Tierney. Below left: Anne and Cathy Lee. Below right: Anne and Emma O’Connor.

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Reuben having the time of his life

Amsterdam for a spell. Settling for a time in Berlin, Reuben Hester's fabled street performances across European cities stopped traffic.

Enniscorthy singer-songwriter Reuben Hester recently released a new video for his latest single, Time Of My Life, and it was the focus of substantial coverage by Hot Press magazine which reported as follows:

On returning to Manchester, he formed new band China Lane. As the band’s focal singer and songwriter, he reached over 1.5 million Spotify streams and secured a sync placement in Netflix series Insatiable. In 2020, Reuben showcased his songwriting on BBC One Television’s Little Mix: The Search, performing ‘Sold My Soul’. The track was written in memory of his father, who had passed away following a drug overdose at the age of 55.

The summer dance-pop anthem was recorded in Berlin by ENIAC aka Robert Borrmann, producer of Tomcraft’s UK No. 1 classic club crossover hit ‘Loneliness'. Mastered in New York by Chris Gehringer, who has worked on hits for the likes of Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Ava Max; the track calls on audiences to host the party of the century. Earlier this year, Hester’s acclaimed debut single 'Sold My Soul' racked up over 1,300 plays on Irish radio, later reaching No. 34 in the Irish Radio Charts. Back with a bang, the emerging artist's uniquely-filmed ‘Time Of My Life’ video takes us on a big night out in Berlin with Reuben and his friends. With a similar aesthetic to Calvin Harris' visuals for 2012's 18 Months track

'Drinking from the Bottle'; 'Time Of My Life' goes from dusk til dawn with Reuben at the forefront of the clip. Guitar, piano and cello player Hester left school at 16 years old and moved to Manchester with the sole intention of making music. Fast-forward a few years, Reuben boards a bus in Manchester Central Coach Station on a whim, heading to

On the advice of Little Mix – one the world's biggest girl bands – Reuben launched his solo career with ‘Sold My Soul’, which Spotify UK added to the New Pop editorial playlist. Hester is now passionately working on his live show, set to hit venues this autumn. Check out Reuben Hester's latest video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=SNmp3R1JF8U Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ reubenhestermusic

Enniscorthy singer-songwriter Orian (Joey Ryan), based in Germany for the last five years years, released a new single a few weeks ago – Before It Weighs Us Down. He also visited Ireland in July for the first time in over 18 months. Some live shows are in the pipeline which he says, “I cannot wait for.“ And Orian has even more cause for celebration – having got engaged to Elly at the end of July!

The world renowned tenor – Kiltealy’s Anthony Kearns kicked off the Saturday Night Live concert series in New Ross in July in the Library Park. He has also performed in various healthcare settings around Ireland this spring and summer. Over the years, Anthony has performed in the most prestigious international venues, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House, and has performed for four U.S. presidents and for Pope Francis.

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The Rosslare Podcast https://therosslarepodcast.podbean.com With its finger on the pulse of Wexford, listen to locals express their views, enjoy interviews with some of Wexford’s most influential people, hear discussions on Politics, Economics, Social Affairs, Art, Culture, Sport, the Environment and much more. Delight in special global features, documentaries, and short stories also. This podcast is run by Michael Freeman and Jim Corcoran.

Jimi’s ‘Folk Manifesto’ Jimi Cullen is a Gorey-based folk singer, musician, songwriter, producer and activist, well known locally and nationally. His music has has been described as “a unique, refreshing and uplifting sound which blends elements as varied as folk, rock, punk, country, blues, reggae and spoken word.” To encompass all this, Jimi has coined the term ‘Renegade Folk’, which he feels perfectly describes his musical style, firebrand attitude and thought-provoking lyrics. To sample Jimi’s Renegade Folk, readers can now download Jimi’s fifth album entitled Folk Manifesto. It is available for Free on Bandcamp. Here's the link to stream or download it: http://jimicullenmusic.bandcamp.com/album/2021-folkmanifesto-lp A limited number of physical copies of the new album may also be available. The album is a collection of acoustic songs written and recorded over the last year that focus on many of the social issues and events that have been centre-stage during that time both here in Ireland and around the globe. https://www.facebook.com/jimicullenmusic https://twitter.com/jimicullenmusic https://www.instagram.com/jimicullenmusic/ https://www.youtube.com/user/jimicullen https://jimicullenmusic.bandcamp.com

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Wexford’s Greenway potential Co. Wexford could potentially be the Greenway ‘capital’ of Ireland. Major plans and proposals are in place and in the case of New Ross the construction of the South Eastern Greenway, named after the former Dublin and South Eastern Railway company, is already underway. The South Eastern Greenway starts at Ferrybank, Waterford, and then heads through Slieverue and Glenmore experiencing the rolling hills of south Kilkenny before heading into the inland port town of New Ross on the banks of the River Barrow. From here the greenway heads though the site of the old New Ross Station to the two highlights of the greenway, the magnificent engineering structure that is the Barrow Bridge and the monumental achievement that is the Mountelliot Tunnel. The 180m long Barrow Bridge spans the Barrow River and its red appearance makes it an icon to the area while the Mountelliot Tunnel is 680m long and curves making it a very thrilling experience to any visitor. At the eastern portal of the tunnel, the proposed Wexford Greenway will potentially continue along the route of the former railway line to Enniscorthy while the South Eastern Greenway will loop back to New Ross along the old Enniscorthy-New Ross road.

Rosslare Europort to Waterford City Greenway: Following the decision to include of the out-of-service Rosslare to Waterford railway line in the upcoming national rail review, it was decided to pause the application for planning consent for the Rosslare to Waterford greenway project pending a decision from DOT on the future of the rail corridor. Wexford County Council will review advancing the Rosslare Harbour to Rosslare Strand section as a stand-alone project that could link to the EuroVelo and the Wexford to Rosslare Greenway project currently at feasibility stage. Wexford to Rosslare Greenway: Fehily Timoney and Company has been appointed to provide consultancy services for a feasibility study, route selection, preliminary design and environmental assessments for the development of this project. Constraints have been identified and ecological surveys are ongoing. It is planned to commence a route selection public consultation in quarter 3 of 2021. https://www.facebook.com/WexfordGreenways https://www.facebook.com/Waterford-New-Ross-Greenway-104800564899516

The potential future of Greenways in Co. Wexford...

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Local entrepreneur guides Holos to another major skincare award Holos Skincare is an Enniscorthy business with an increasing national and international profile. That profile will, no doubt, be helped by a major national award – the ‘Free From Skincare Award – Overall Champion’ received last month for its ‘Get Better Butter’ skincare product. This award adds to the many awards already garnered by this progressive company.

Niamh Hogan – the entrepreneur behind Holos.

The entrepreneur behind Holos is Niamh Hogan. Her company produces a range of luxurious plant-based skincare products that nourish skin health and helps prevent the signs of premature ageing. The products are free from allergens, additives, preservatives and fragrances and are ideal for sensitive skin. Holos bridges the gap between natural skincare and cosmeceutical skincare by taking the best of natural skincare – the nutritious plant ingredients and putting them together with the best of cosmeceutical skincare – the scientifically proven plant actives with sustainability and the environment to the fore. Holos is a client of the Wexford Local Enterprise Office, and a spokesperson there said, ‘We would like to congratulate Niamh on behalf of the team in LEO Wexford on this wonderful achievement. As part of the national initiative “Look for Local”, we encourage everybody to support your local businesses such as Holos Skincare where possible and remember in shopping local you are supporting jobs within County Wexford.’ #LookforLocal www.facebook.com/holosskincare www.instagram.com/holosskincare https://ie.linkedin.com/in/niamh-hogan @holosskinniamh on Twitter n

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Our summer dresses have been a kaleidoscope of blooms and posies and that trend will carry right into winter with Laura Ashley type florals smattered over ruffled dresses and prim blouses. Tartan, check and plaid are also tipped strongly and as always faux fur fabrications are part and parcel of the autumn/winter range. Maria Nolan

This explosion of joyful clothing is a vaccine if you like against the comfort we’ve been wrapped in over the past eighteen months. Colours are known to lift the spirit and boost our mood causing physiological changes within us, so it makes perfect sense to find dense, saturated shades everywhere for autumn/winter as we embrace colour therapy like never before. Bright winter colours will inject a much needed sense of energy and optimism to our wardrobes and our lives. Blues, greens, yellows, pinks and oranges, are currently the top stocked brights and should they prove too much for you simply tone them down with easy neutrals or jeans.

This month, as autumnal August heralds the end of the summer silly season, I thought we would look at some of the fashion trending for the Autumn/Winter period, both in anticipation and preparation. Meanwhile can I remind you that you can pick up some amazing bargains at the moment on the end-of-summer sale rails in all our fantastic Enniscorthy boutiques. So do get your skates on and nab that bargain, but be warned to choose something with that timeless quality that you can resurrect summer after summer and steer clear of items just on trend for 2021.

Quilted and puffer coats were the big news of 2020 and are holding their appeal for the 21 season, with perhaps a slightly more tapered or refined look, in shades of muted chocolate, mustard and eggplant colours taking centre stage.

Trouser suits are taking a prime fashion slot as people return to the workforce and discard the leggings and tracksuits of the Zoom era. I would suggest investing in key blazers styles and mixing and matching for maximum value and impact. The big news is that bags are gigantic, as we now need room for face masks, hand sanitisers, reuseable coffee cups and homemade lunches, along with all the other paraphernalia we traditionally carry. Supersized shoppers or big totes you can sling over your shoulder are the two styles currently leading the pack. In general it’s all about classic colours that won’t compete for attention despite their proportions. I hope I have given you some food for thought as you plan your winter wardrobe and I look forward to seeing all that vibrant colour in our newly-reopened pubs and restaurants as we hopefully head for our first lockdownfree winter in two years. – Maria Nolan

Traditionally, the darker, colder months are a time when we look forward to cocooning, but I think we all agree – we’ve been there, done that, and most definitely worn the multitude of tee shirts. This year’s autumn/winter ‘21 fashion trends are looking a lot more vibrant than any other autumn/winter season to date, and in truth who can blame designers for embracing proper fashion with oodles of peacocking mileage, as we emerge from what has felt like a never-ending doldrum of dismal lockdown. Fashion is back with a bang. Designers are offering colour, eclecticism, and optimism with the full spectrum of sequins, feathers, ruffles, artisanal knitwear, statement outerwear and glamour.

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Enniscorthy’s Derby connection Everyone at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track was thrilled that Thorn Falcon recently won the English greyhound Derby. The winner was bred by Wexford man Joe Devlin so congratulations to him on breeding such a top class greyhound. A spokesperson for Enniscorthy Track said, “When we see a dog that was bred in Wexford go on to win such a coveted trophy, it shows the strength of greyhounds in the south east. Congratulations again to all connections from everyone at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track.” n

Enniscorthy’s Sean Cooper was crowned the 2021 Irish Under-14 Boys Golf Champion, at Longford Golf Course last month. Cooper defeated Fota Island’s John Doyle and Belvoir Park’s Evan Hogg in a three-hole playoff, after the trio finished their 36 holes on +3. A brilliant chip from in front of the water hazard on the 18th green saw Cooper almost hole his shot for eagle, but a tap-in birdie proved enough to win the title.

Representing Wexford with pride on the Olympic stage Congrats to New Ross (Ballykelly) athlete Sophie Becker (pictured right) on reaching the Tokyo Olympics final as part of the 400m mixed relay team. Well done also to all of County Wexford’s other Olympic participants and officials: Foster Horan from Gorey played on the Irish Rugby Sevens team. Bertram Allen from Enniscorthy competed on the Irish showjumping Olympic team. Michelle O’Neill from Enniscorthy refereed at the football tournament at the Olympics. Deirdre Duke, with strong Ballycanew connections, played hockey for Ireland at the Olympics. Leon Reid of Menapians AC, Wexford, competed strongly in the 200 metres. And Enniscorthy’s Lisa Jacob managed the Irish women’s hockey team. n

Enniscorthy Chamber’s Golf Classic returns After a sustained period of lockdown, Enniscorthy and District Chamber of Commerce believes the time is right for a little fun and relaxation. So its annual Golf Classic is making a welcome return and the Chamber hopes as many as possible will join in on Friday, September 10th, for a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet old friends. The Classic will take place at Enniscorthy Golf Club and, with the support of AIB Bank, the event will provide an ideal networking opportunity for Chamber members and friends while, at the same time, allowing participants relax and unwind in the lush surrounds of one of the South East’s most challenging golf courses. Every effort is being made to make this year’s Classic really special and with some wonderful prizes on offer, it promises to be an occasion not to be missed.

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The Classic is traditionally well supported by the business community as it is the major fundraising event undertaken annually by the Chamber of Commerce. Hopefully, this year will prove no exception despite the many challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. The need for a strong and vibrant Chamber was never greater and with the support of the business community and friends of the Chamber, it will continue to be an authoritive voice. This year’s Classic on September 10th is much later than in previous years and with the long summer evenings drawing to a close, would-be participants are advised to book early in order to avoid disappointment as times are limited. Full details of the event will be announced shortly. n


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Enniscorthy Ladies Golf - Open Week Some results from Open Week: –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ladies Singles, Ladies Open S/F Sponsor: John T Delaney Competition Date: 26th July 2021 Number Played: 17 H/C Score 1st Catherine Creane 36 49pts 2nd Eilish Nolan 41 44pts –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ladies Singles, Ladies Open S/F Sponsor: Jennings Opticians Competetion Date: 27th July 2021 Number Played: 52 H/C Score 1st Margaret Crotty 27 42pts 2nd Clare Lambert 36 41pts (L9) 3rd Lori Whitney 16 41pts (L6) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ladies Open S/F Sponsor: Herbie Murphy Competition Date: 29th July 2021 Number Played: 22 H/C Score 1st Patricia Errity 28 41pts 2nd Rachel Fortune 29 40pts ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Enniscorthy Ladies Open Week: Prizewinners in the competition on 27th July: Lori Whitney and Margaret Crotty being presented with their prizes by Lady Captain Meta Cummins. Missing from the photo is Clare Lambert.

Congrats Darragh Congratulations to Darragh O’Connor from Clonroche on his winning debut on 14th July for Motherwell FC in Scotland. Darragh recently joined the club from Leicester City.

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Local rugby players making the grade Congratulations to Enniscorthy’s Temi Lasisi who played for Ireland’s U-20s in the recent U-20 Six Nations championship. The U-20 championship is seen as a crucial pathway for players’ development as they begin their journey into senior professional rugby. Congrats also to Enniscorthy’s Aoife Wafer, Mia Kelly, Katie Whelan and Ciara Boland on recently making the U-18 Leinster squad.

Congrats to Gorey’s Paul Boyle who won his first international rugby cap for Ireland against the USA last month. Paul is pictured on right with his Connacht teammate Caolin Blade.

Yola FC – ready to participate Last month in Bunclody, where Yola FC currently train, Tony Doyle from Creane & Creane Insurance presented playing kit and training gear to the club’s under-seventeen academy squad members and coaches. The newly formed Yola FC has been in training since restrictions were lifted and look on themselves as an alternative option for players who, for whatever reason, did not step up to League of Ireland this season. As highlighted in the media last year, Yola FC applied for a licence to participate in the League of Ireland at all levels but were unsuccessful for a variety of reasons, but are preparing to apply

again for the 2022 season for its male and female teams at 14s, 15s, 17s, 19s and for senior men and ladies. Plans are already being put in place for this application and a spokesperson for the club told us that, “Last season this application was portrayed to be an effort to remove Wexford FC from the league, but that is not the case, and while Yola may have a different ethos than Wexford FC, Yola recognises the great work and effort made by the current LOI club and wish it the best of luck for many years to come.” The ethos of Yola FC is to have a majority of all squads drawn from Wexford based players, and then from surrounding counties. A spokesperson says,

“We very much want Yola FC to be seen as a Wexford club, for Wexford players.” The spokesperson went on to say, “We are very aware of the challenges that face any club in the LOI but Yola have several strong Wexford football people involved, both at coaching and administration levels, that will bring a badly needed local focus to a club from the county and surrounding areas participating in football at the highest level in the country.” Further details will become available in the coming months as Yola’s application progresses, but for the moment the initial U-17 academy will continue to train and prepare to participate at the highest level. n

Yola FC U-17 development academy with their new gear presented by Creane & Creane Insurance, Enniscorthy. It is hoped that the majority of this current squad will play League of Ireland U-17 next season for Yola FC.

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The Inaugural Marie Lynch Memorial Tournament There was certainly a heavenly smile on one lady’s face recently as her granddaughter Aoife Walsh collected the trophy on behalf of Rapparees who were the outright winners of the U-10 camogie tournament in memory of the late Marie Lynch at Bellefield on Saturday 31st July. In beautiful August sunshine, teams from all over the District and beyond competed in the inaugural event sponsored by Brian Walsh Hurleys and organised by event manager extraordinaire, Colm Sunderland, and his team of dedicated workers. Twelve teams competed in all from Rapparees, Cloughbawn, Davidstown, Monageer, St. Ibars, St. Pats, Marshaltown, Oulart, with some clubs bringing two teams to the event. The U-12 Cup was won by Cloughbawn beating Monageer in a most entertaining final. The level of skill and the standard of hurling on the day is indicative of the massive amount of work being done in all of the clubs with our young female hurlers and augurs well for the future of camogie in the county. The Lynch family, Paul, Lisa, Wendy and Mark were delighted with the turnout in their late mother’s memory saying that as a woman who dedicated her life and time to the GAA and in particular the club, she would have been chuffed to see so many young people enjoying themselves at Bellefield while playing the game of camogie.

Above: Rapparees, winners of the inaugural U-10 Marie Lynch Memorial Camogie Tournament. Right: Susan, Kate and Colm Sunderland (event organiser). Below: Cloughbawn, winners of the U-12 Marie Lynch Memorial Camogie Tournament. All pics: Maria Nolan.

Marie was responsible for the care and washing of all the jerseys of the Rapparees/Starlights Club for over thirty years and one of the main promoters of our weekly lotto. The club was her life, along with her beloved Paul and her children, and I think we can safely say that we will never see her likes again. We would like to thank all who contributed to the occasion particularly our young female referees and those who ran the shops and sold the Split the Pot envelopes, and especially Colm Sunderland for making it a very fitting tribute to a very special lady, Marie Lynch RIP. – Maria Nolan

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L-R: Laura Valeri, Eoin Colfer and Andreae Callanan.

The Wexford Literary Festival, founded in 2013 as the Focal Festival, is very proud to have recently held its 8th annual Festival. Embracing Covid 19 and all its debilitating restrictions, the enterprising Committee, under Chairman Richie Cotter, went digital this year and last to keep the Festival alive and to support literature, writers, playwrights and poets through the dark days of pandemic. And to say it was successful would be an understatement. Welcoming the opportunities presented to us through social media, we established literary links with our very close cousins in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Savannah, Georgia; St. Louis, Missouri and St. David’s, Wales. In our Premiere Poetry – Hyacinths & Biscuits – we were thrilled to welcome Andreae Cal-

lanan, celebrated author and poet from St. John’s, Newfoundland, who spoke of the indigenous peoples of Newfoundland and the very strong Irish-Wexford connection, before reading from her own work. Our own Eamonn Wall came to us from his American home in St. Louis, an avid supporter of the Festival since its inception, Eamonn delighted us as usual with his beautiful words. In our Premiere Authors, we were treated to readings from Felicity Hayes McCoy coming to us from her London home and reading from her latest book The Year of Lost & Found, and author Laura Valeri established our great Wex-Sav link reading her work from Savannah, Georgia, very much in keeping with our mission to deliver an International Literary Festival with emphasis on promoting and awarding new and existing writing across many genres.

Speaking of which, we are pleased to have received submissions for all our Awards – The Colm Toibín Short Story Award, The Anthony Cronin Poetry Award and The Billy Roche Short Play Award from right across the globe, from all parts of Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, New York, California, Florida, Philadelphia, Denmark, Germany, France, and Canada, establishing the Wexford Festival as a global event on the world’s literary calendar. And this year we went a step further adding yet another award and another genre to our amazing list of competitions, with famous Wexford Children’s author Eoin Colfer agreeing to his name on an award for our new category – Children’s Short Story Award. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Eoin and tell him that we were delighted with both the response and the standard of the submissions. The Festival continues to grow and prosper with each passing year, and we are extremely proud to say that we have taken on the Covid challenge and, by going digital, managed not only to attract a greater global audience but produced the only festival in this county during the pandemic. The Festival Committee is dedicated to the promotion of reading and writing through our extensive programmes with special emphasis on social inclusion, and contribute to cultural

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Felicity Hayes McCoy and Eamonn Wall.

tourism in Enniscorthy and Wexford through our promotion of Wexford as the Literary Capital of South East Ireland, and this year some of our Wexford authors recorded themselves reading from their work in the Wexford locations that inspired their novels so not alone could people listen to their beautiful words but they were treated to some scenery from our beautiful county as well. This year’s Festival Programme, because of the very difficult time had, particularly by those in the literary arts world, endeavoured also to focus on all the wonderful literary talent in our midst right here in Wexford and included authors, poets, playwrights and spoken word artists – Carmel Harrington, Sheila Forsey, Hannah McNiven, Caroline Busher, Peter Murphy, Derek Meyler, Anne McLoughlin, Eamonn Wall, Joe Neal, Maybelle Wallis, Felicity Hayes McCoy, Jack Byrne, Maria Nolan, Madeline Breen, Paul Gaul, Billy Roche, A.M. Cousins, Margaret Galvin, Mary O’Brien, Grace O’Reilly, Caroline Stevens-Taylor, Ellen Lordan-Lohier, Sinead O’Reilly, Allannah Hammel, Zeff Ryder, Dean Ray Bolger, Daithi Kavanagh, Mattie White, Aoife Rose O’Brien, Chris Black, Richard Williams, Elizabeth McGeown, Imelda Carroll, Shane Gibbons, and local vocalist Aislinn Williams who gave us the most exquisite rendition of Moore’s The Last Rose of Summer. Our particular thanks to Enniscorthy Munici-

pal District Council, Town Manager Ger Mackey, Wexford County Council, Tourism Officer Billy Byrne, Wexford Libraries, Imelda Carroll and Jarlath Glynn, and local media – People Newspapers, Slaney News and of course South East Radio, and to all the amazing literary artists who participated in our Festival 2021 line-up. The Wexford Literary Festival 2021 truly had something for everyone, so if you missed it or just want to enjoy it again, go to our Facebook page, website and YouTube channel to view the amazing literary talent presented over the weekend. Since the Festival, the Committee of the St. Davids Festival of Ideas in Wales have been in contact with us inviting Wexford authors and poets to participate in their annual festival scheduled for March 2022, and our Festival Committee are currently working with both Savannah and Newfoundland to expand and develop our newly established literary connection, which we envisage will be of major benefit to, and extend the scope of, authors, poets and playwrights in Wexford, Savannah, Wales and Newfoundland, and aspire to being the beginning of niche Literary Tourism for Enniscorthy and County Wexford – and it begins here, with the Wexford Literary Festival 2021. – Maria Nolan, Wexford Literary Festival Secretary.

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Wexford Festival Opera The 2021 WFO 13-day programme, celebrating Wexford’s 70th anniversary, looks forward to welcoming live audiences back into the National Opera House, to experience in person the magic that is Wexford Festival Opera. All events will be delivered safely, within government guidelines. Live audience numbers for festival performances will be at a reduced capacity, but this is not expected to dampen the excitement of this 70th Anniversary festival programme. There will be three evening operas in the O’Reilly Theatre to a limited audience – a fully-staged production of Edmea (Alfredo Catalani), a semi-staged production of Le Songe d’une nuit d’été (Ambroise Thomas), and a concert performance of Ein Wintermärchen (Karl Goldmark). n

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Enniscorthy’s marvellous murals Wexford Co. Council, the Enniscorthy Walls Project, The Presentation Centre, Wexford Local Development's LEADER Fund, Wexford Arts Centre and Enniscorthy Municipal District are to be congratulated on their involvement in the amazing new wall murals in Enniscorthy. The first one was completed by the artist ‘Ominous Omin’ in early July on the gable wall of accountancy firm Doyle Fielding & Co, Abbey Square. It celebrates the life and times of Enniscorthy’s internationally renowned architect and designer, Eileen Gray. The project team thanks Eugene Doyle and PJ Fielding for the use of their wall for the first mural as part of the Enniscorthy Walls Project. At the end of July the next two murals appeared – at the old bridge at Templeshannon Quay (by AWD Artist) which puts a vibrant and unique twist on the town coat of arms, and also a little nod to Evil Knievel – signifying the brave and bold spirit of Enniscorthy and our fearless nature! And one on the gable wall of the Hope Centre, Upper Wafer Street (by Solus Art). See https://www.facebook.com/EnniscorthyWallsProject/ for more information and photos. New Ross also has a number of impressive new murals adorning its walls and laneways and bringing the history of the town to life. See: https://www.facebook.com/VisitNewRoss/ videos/1220711048402616

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The mural on the gable end of Doyle Fielding, Chartered Accountants, Abbey Square. L-R: Eugene Doyle, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Cathal Byrne, Dundalk artist ‘Ominous Omin’ and PJ Fielding.


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Wexford Arts Centre exhibition The Age of Reason/ Unreason (Part 3) A group exhibition by Na Cailleacha 16 August – 6 October 2021 Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford, Y35 X5HF Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm Tel: +353 (0)53 912 3674. Email: info@wexfordartscentre.ie Web: www.wexfordartscentre.ie Wexford Arts Centre is pleased to present The Age of Reason/Unreason (Part 3), a group show with artists Helen Comerford, Barbara Freeman, Patricia Hurl, Maria Levinge, Therry Rudin, and Gerda Teljeur, art historian/curator Catherine Marshall, and composer Carole Nelson. Through painting, drawing, film and performance, the group collectively known as Na Cailleacha – the Irish word for witches – will explore the nuanced process of growing older. The exhibition will run in the lower and upper galleries from Monday 16 August to Wednesday 6 October 2021. This exhibition is the third public iteration of Na Cailleacha’s first year in collective practice. The group of eight older women, six visual artists, one musician and one curator, all, bar one, over 70 years of age, came together to explore issues around creativity, visibility, isolation, health and collective practice from an older feminist perspective. Na Cailleacha are committed to raising awareness and promoting public discussion about these issues, in keeping with Gloria Steinem’s assertion that ‘Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age’. The title of the exhibition alludes to the play of rational and irrational instincts in the creative process, especially challenging in relation to ageing and loss of capacity. Among the work created during their first year together, the exhibition will include Therry Rudin’s documentary film, ‘Dawn to Dusk’, a group print portfolio, individual paintings and drawings by Helen Comerford, Patricia Hurl, Gerda Teljeur, Maria Levinge and a film by Barbara Freeman in association with Carole Nelson. In addition, the exhibition will present Na Cailleacha’s version of the Guerilla Girls famous poster on the ‘Advantages of being a Woman Artist’ (made with their co-operation), alongside new work from their second residency at the Ballinglen Art Founda-

tion in July of this year. New work will include a performance video, Waiting Room by Patricia Hurl and Therry Rudin, 8 drawings, multi-layered on acetate, by the group, led by Gerda Teljeur and with a new composition by Carole Nelson, and an installation of life-sized rag dolls representing different aspects of the group as a whole. The exhibition will be curated by Na Cailleacha’s curator, Catherine Marshall. Locally-based artists Aileen Lambert and Caoimhe Dunne will respond to the folk and doll-making traditions which feature in the exhibition. The Age of Reason/Unreason (Part 3) is supported by Artlinks. Wexford Arts Centre is supported by the Arts Council and Wexford County Council. n

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Remembering Ireland’s famine

Paula Stokes at Johnstown Castle.

FAMINE MEMORIAL OPENS AT JOHNSTOWN CASTLE U.S. based artist Paula Stokes has returned to her paternal family’s home place of Wexford from Seattle to unveil her internationally renowned 1845: Memento Mori installation which officially opened to the public on July 17th 2021 and closes on 21st August. This site-specific exhibition is a Famine Memorial dedicated to the Irish Potato Famine. The title of the project references the year that the potato blight came to Ireland, marking the beginning of a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration. Over 1.5 million people died, and a further 1 million emigrated to Australia, Canada, and America. Each glass potato is hand blown and then sandblasted, creating a white ghostly appearance to the potatoes. The large mound of glass potatoes and the fragility of the glass are very representative both of the vulnerability and of the resilience of those who died and those who survived the famine. Paula Stokes graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, with a Bachelor’s Degree (with honours) in Glass Design. She also has a Certificate in Glassmaking and Technology from the Dudley College of Technology, UK. Stokes received the Milnora Roberts Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Printmaking from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. In 1996, together with Róisín de Buitléar, she established a visiting artist programme at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), where professional artists from Seattle worked with the students.

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She has exhibited her own work extensively both in Ireland and abroad. Her work is included in many collections including the National Museum of Ireland and the Irish Embassies in Brussels and Beijing. She has been awarded artist’s residencies at the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Ireland, and at the Jefferson County Museum of Art and History, Port Townsend, Washington. In 2019, she presented her installation 1845: Memento Mori, a memorial to the Irish Potato Famine, at the Jefferson County Museum of Art and History, and at METHOD Gallery, Seattle. Visitors to Johnstown Castle, will be able to view the exhibition as it sits within one of the fishing towers within the gardens, enabling visitors to view it while being outdoors. Paula says that the form of the installation often differs in response to specific locations, changing shape and volume depending on light, accessibility, and exposure of each site that it is showcased. For further details see: www.johnstowncastle.ie and www.1845mementomori.com/


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Commemorating the Truce in the War of Independence A memorial event in commemoration of the centenary of the Truce in the War of Independence took place on Sunday, July 11th, at the Orchard Peace Park located behind The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy.

Cllr Byrne expressed his “thanks to the Enniscorthy Municipal District, the 1798 Centre, the Enniscorthy Historic Re-enact-

ment Society and the new Wexford County Council Historian Barry Lacey for the well organised and respectful event.”

The event was introduced by Bernie Quigley, Acting Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager, with speakers including the newly-elected Chair of Enniscorthy Municipal District, Cllr Cathal Byrne, and newly-appointed Historian in Residence at Wexford County Council, Barry Lacey. In attendance were Minister James Browne, Paul Kehoe TD, Chair of Wexford County Council Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cllrs Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Jackser Owens, John O’Rourke, and Caroline Godkin, Mary Clince and Moira O’Gorman along with members of Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society. Cllr Cathal Byrne spoke about the importance of remembering those who lost their lives in the struggle for Irish independence and laid a wreath to all who died in the War of Independence and then unveiled the new Peace Seat in the Park. n

Above: Enniscorthy Municipal District Chairman Cathal Byrne unveils the new Peace Seat in the Orchard Peace Park. Below: Laying of the Wreath, Paul Kehoe TD, Sinead Kehoe, Cllrs Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Jackser Owens, Cathal Byrne, John O’Rourke, Barbara-Anne Murphy (Chairperson Wexford Co. Council) and Minister James Browne TD.

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Pic: Maria Nolan Some of those gathered on 11th July in Enniscorthy’s Orchard Peace Park for the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Truce in the War of Independence, 1921.

Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society (EHRS) were delighted on Sunday 11th July to be at the Orchard Peace Park, Enniscorthy, to be part of the centenary Commemoration of the 1921 Truce that brought the War of Independence to an end. The event was introduced and MC’d by Bernie Quigley, Acting Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager. Bernie called on

newly-elected Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cathal Byrne, to lay a wreath and unveil a memorial bench to all who lost their lives in the conflict between January 1919 and July 1921, as Enniscorthy re-enactors under Chairman Ray Murphy formed a guard of honour adding atmosphere and ambience, attired in an array of War of Independence outfits and uniforms. Cllr Byrne told those gathered that more

Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society at the grave of Pat Carton in Camolin.

than 2,000 people died in the two-and-a-halfyear war, as Ireland struggled for her freedom and recognition as an independent nation. ‘Today’, he said, ‘We remember all who died and the sacrifice and hardships they endured during that period of our history.’ ‘This day one hundred years ago was a day of hope for Enniscorthy, and Ireland, and after an extremely difficult year we now look forward once again with renewed hope to the future,’ Chairman Byrne concluded. Newly-appointed Historian in Residence at Wexford Co. Council, Barry Lacey, gave a broad historical outline of the struggle for independence in Wexford, greatly curtailed by the inclement and worsening weather conditions. The poignant and dignified event, brought to life by the re-enactors, memorialised one of the most significant episodes of our history. Lest we forget.

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EHRS were also at Camolin in July for the commemoration of the Camolin Ambush, when on Tuesday 5th July 1921, Pat Carton of the North Wexford Flying Column was spotted by an RIC patrol visiting the home of his friend Andrew O’Brien, on the main street.


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Jumping the wall at Valentia House into a field, he threw a mills grenade in the direction of the eight-man patrol, injuring four of them, and allowing Pat to make good his escape. Historian in Residence Barry Lacey gave a detailed account of this, the last ambush in Co. Wexford before the Truce on 11th July 1921, to the large crowd of relatives and friends gathered for the commemoration.

Above L-R: Graham Cadogan, Maria Nolan, Paul Murphy at the Liam Lynch Commemoration in the Knockmealdown mountains. Left: The newly appointed Historian in Residence at Wexford County Council, Barry Lacey, with Liam Lynch’s glasses – the ones he was wearing when he was shot. Below: EHRS re-enactors at the ready at the Liam Lynch Commemoration. Pics: Courtesy of Maria Nolan.

On Sunday 25th July, EHRS were delighted to be invited to form the guard of honour at the annual Liam Lynch Commemoration at his memorial monument nestled in the exquisite Knockmealdown mountains where he was fatally wounded by Free State forces during the Civil War. Chief of Staff of the IRA, he was described by historian Prof Ruan O’Donnell as ‘an unassuming man, with a spirit that was totally sincere and dedicated to the Irish Republic, making him a leader without personal ambition, who inspired those who came in contact with him. He was among the makers of history. Men felt it an honour to serve the cause he served. He was a natural leader, adaptable, quick witted, shrewd, with broad vision and balanced judgement.’ A fitting tribute indeed to a man, believed to be one of the greatest losses of the Civil War. – Maria Nolan

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Heritage Week at Wexford Library

Tuesday 17th August, 2021, 9.30am - 4pm. Free visits to the Castle are available to book in one-hour time slots commencing at 9.30am with last admission at 4pm. As places are limited pre-booking is essential. Group bookings are limited to a maximum 6 persons, for groups exceeding this number two consecutive time slots can be booked subject to availability. Short talks on the history of the Castle will take place on the rooftop (weather permitting) at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Further Information: 053 9234699, info@enniscorthycastle.ie.

Wednesday 18th August, 2021, 9.30am – 4pm You are invited to visit the National 1798 Rebellion Centre for free and explore the history of the 1798 Rebellion and its legacy. A free demonstration of the weapons utilised during the 1798 Rebellion will take place outside the Centre at 11am (weather permitting). Places are limited, therefore pre-booking is essential. Visits are available to book in one-hour time slots from 9.30am – 4pm. Group bookings are limited to a maximum of 6 persons per time slot, for groups exceeding this number two consecutive time slots can be reserved subject to availability. For more information or to reserve your place, contact 053-9237596, info@1798centre.ie.

Monday 16th August, 2021, 2pm Enjoy a free guided tour of the historic Vinegar Hill Battlefield focusing on the famous Battle of Vinegar Hill which occurred on 21st June 1798, alongside an overview of the 1798 Rebellion, including the factors which influenced the Rebellion and its legacy. Places are limited, therefore pre-booking is essential. Call or email the National 1798 Rebellion Centre to reserve your place: info@1798centre.ie, 053-9237596.

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Wexford’s Historian-in-Residence Wexford County Council has appointed Barry Lacey as the first Historian-inResidence with Wexford Library and Archive Service. In this role Barry will promote an awareness of the Decade of Centenaries and the collections of Wexford County Library and Archive. The aim of the residency is to promote discussion of history from this period with people across the county. It aims too to raise awareness of the many resources on offer in Wexford Library and Archive to make history accessible to everyone in a manner that is informative and engaging. The intention is to create a legacy of research and cultural material for future generations. Barry Lacey – the first Barry aims to bring 1921 to life for Historian-in-Residence with people in Wexford using a variety of Wexford Library and media. As part of his role as Historian-inArchive Service Residence, Barry would like people living in Wexford or with a Wexford connection to contact him regarding any memorabilia or documents they have belonging to their ancestors who played a part during the War of Independence or the Civil War.

Library Service. This year, one hundred years ago, marks a critical time in the creation of the state. Many people played a part in the struggle for independence here in County Wexford and it is only right that their contribution is documented and the records of the time collected in their entirety so that we get to fully understand the history of the struggle for independence.” Barry will give talks in all libraries in County Wexford this month to mark Heritage Week. He will also be available to visit and meet schools, communities and to work with individuals and groups online and in person as restrictions allow. This initiative is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme. For more information on the work of the Historian-in-Residence or to make contact with Barry, please phone 053-9196330 or email libraryhq@wexfordcoco.ie

Barry Lacey has a Higher Diploma in Archaeology and a Masters in Archaeological Excavation. He has a keen interest in the War of Independence in County Wexford and has already created a website dedicated to this research. Barry has worked on Decade of Centenary projects for Wexford County Council in the past, delivering a slideshow showcasing the various incidents that took place during the War of Independence in Wexford. In partnership with folklorist Michael Fortune, he made a short documentary, released in March 2021, highlighting a selection of events from 1920 in County Wexford. Barry has previously given lectures in Wexford libraries and writes weekly articles on War of Independence events in Wexford People newspapers. Last year he produced a report on the archaeological remains within the county relating to events that took place in 1920. Welcoming the appointment, the Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy said, “I’m delighted to welcome Barry Lacey as Historian-in-Residence with Wexford

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Turning the sod on Arthurstown’s new wastewater treatment plant It was sun, sea, sand and sod-turning last month as Irish Water began works on a new Wastewater Treatment Plant for Arthurstown, Duncannon and Ballyhack that will end discharge of raw sewage. A palpable air of optimism emanated around the small and socially distant gathering who were present for the event at Arthurstown as Irish Water, in partnership with Wexford County Council, began the necessary works. The investment of €12.8m will see the plant provide wastewater treatment for the first time for the equivalent of almost 1,875 people. The works will ensure the communities have the capacity for social and economic development into the future and will also ensure the protection and the integrity of the environment. Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Barbara-Anne Murphy, was on hand to officiate at the sod-turning, saying: “The commencement of this vital sewerage infrastructure development will lead to enhanced tourism opportunities for the beautiful villages of Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Duncannon. In Wexford we pride ourselves on our expansive, well maintained beaches and coastline with all of the amenities they offer. The removal

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of untreated wastewater to this estuary has long been a goal of Wexford County Council, and we can now look forward to all the benefits of a cleaner environment, previously denied due to the lack of treatment in the area. These works will also hasten the return of our Blue Flag Beach status to Duncannon. I very much welcome the investment from Irish Water in conjunction with Wexford County Council.” Paul Fallon, who is Programme Manager with Irish Water, was delighted to be present also. “This is a big day for the communities of Duncannon, Arthurstown and Ballyhack and we are so pleased to finally get the project underway. This is such a beautiful part of the country and to think that this Irish Water project will eliminate the equivalent of 1,500 wheelie bins of raw sewage flowing into the Barrow, Nore, Suir estuary every day is something to be positive about. “The size and scale of the challenge of raw sewage discharging into our water ways is well documented, however, the good news is that Irish Water has a plan to get to grips with this and similar areas around Ireland. This project is due for completion in 2023 and will support social and economic development and pro-

tect our marine life in the years to come too. I'd finally like to pay tribute to our colleagues in Wexford County Council, Sisk, Aecom and Atkins who have done a fantastic job to date and I look forward to bringing this project to completion with them." Minister of State James Browne was there also to help mark the occasion. “It’s great to see this project get underway. It has been a long time in the making, and it will open up so many new opportunities for the communities of Arthurstown, Duncannon and Ballyhack. I wish Irish Water, Wexford County Council and Sisk the best of luck with the works.” Chief Executive of Wexford County Council, Tom Enright, also warmly welcomed the commencement of construction of the much needed Wastewater Treatment Plant, stating that “the works when completed in approximately 16 months’ time will bring great benefits to the villages and surrounding areas in terms of environmental improvements, water quality, infrastructural development, tourism and investment.” The Chief Executive also thanked Irish Water and the staff of Wexford County Council for bringing the project to this juncture and wished contractors Sisk Group well in their endeavours.


SlaNey eNviroNmeNt Although numbers were limited at the event due to COVID-19 restrictions, the communities were well represented by their elected representatives, business leaders and other members of the community. Well known chef and author, Kevin Dundon, was in Arthurstown to see the works kick off. He is passionate about his locality and the environment: “For all of us living and working in a coastal community, this is a fabulous environmental step forward. Cleaner beaches and water for residents and visitors alike means better living. Hopefully, the blue flags will return soon as a result of this wastewater treatment development.” Lorraine Waters from Hook Lighthouse was also on hand to witness the sod turning. “Hook lighthouse too is delighted to hear its partnering villages Duncannon, Arthurstown and Ballyhack will soon have a new wastewater treatment plant, as all our areas are striving to go green and become more eco-friendly this is indeed good news, especially in a time where we are now hoping to, in the coming years, increase our visitor capacity to our beautiful county.” Chairman of New Ross Municipal District, Patrick Barden, was also in attendance, saying: “Protecting our environment has never been more important than it is today. With this new treatment system for the villages of Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Duncannon, we are taking a major step in the right direction with regard to improving our environment here in this lovely area. Over the years these villages have

L-R: Minister James Browne TD with local resident, chef and author Kevin Dundon. been restricted in their ability to expand and diversify due to the lack of adequate sewage treatment. This problem is now being resolved and we can look forward to realising the full potential of these vibrant communities. I would like to acknowledge the role of Irish Water and Wexford County Council in the delivery of this ambitious project. I also look forward to the day when the neighbouring village of Ramsgrange will also be connected.” Since 2014, Irish Water has built new wastewater infrastructure for 16 towns and villages across the country, ending the discharge of raw sewage into our rivers, lakes and seas; the equivalent of 100,000

Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Barbara Anne-Murphy, said: "The commencement of this vital sewerage infrastructure development will lead to enhanced tourism opportunities for the beautiful villages of Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Duncannon. In Wexford we pride ourselves on our expansive well-maintained beaches and coastline with all of the amenities they offer. The removal of untreated wastewater to this estuary has long been a goal of Wexford Co. Council, and we can now look forward to all the benefits of a cleaner environment, previously denied due to the lack of treatment in the area. These works will also hasten the return of our Blue Flag Beach status to Duncannon. I very much welcome the investment from Irish Water in conjunction with Wexford Co. Council."

people’s worth, every day. Across the bay in Dunmore East and all along the Waterford coastline, the practice of discharging raw sewage into the waterways has been eliminated since 2017. The investment of €24 million there delivered seven new wastewater treatment plants in towns and villages across Co. Waterford including Ardmore, Ballyduff/Kilmeadan, Cappoquin, Dunmore East, Kilmacthomas, Stradbally and Tallow. Half of the raw sewage entering waterways in Ireland has now been eliminated and there is a plan to remove the remainder in the years to come. n

The project will bring benefits in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all. Upon completion the project will;

Eliminate the discharge of untreated wastewater

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Public should still consider water conservation during staycation season As the Irish staycation season enters the busy August period, the public should still, despite the relatively wet weather over the last couple of weeks, conserve water as much as possible to ensure a consistent supply for all. Some simple measures to conserve water in your home, business or farm:  Take a shorter shower and save up to 10 litres of water per minute.  Fix dripping taps or leaking toilets in your home.  When brushing your teeth or shav-

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ing, turn off the tap and save up to 6 litres of water per minute. Save and reuse water collected from baths, showers, and hand basins in the garden. Avoid using paddling pools. In the garden use a rose head watering can instead of a hose and aim for the roots. If you need to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose. Report any leaks to 1800 278 278.

Tom Cuddy, Irish Water’s Head of Asset Operations, said: “Conserving water is

something that we should be doing year round, not just when supplies come under pressure due to drought conditions and seasonal increases in demand. As demand increases we are appealing to the public to redouble their efforts in conserving water in the home, in the garden, at work and on the farm, especially when staycations will be at a peak and demand is expected to soar.” Further water conservation information is available on the Irish Water website www.water.ie/conservation


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Help keep Wexford’s coasts clean The Clean Coasts organisation is calling on people from all over Co. Wexford to join the World's Biggest Clean-Up. Registrations for the Big Beach Clean are now open! In 2019, the campaign reported record-breaking numbers with over 300 cleanups taking place around all of Ireland, engaging approximately 8,000 volunteers who removed at least 45 tonnes of marine litter across the country. In Wexford, 15 clean-ups were organised, where approximately 450 volunteers got involved, removing 2.7 tonnes of litter all over the region. The Big Beach Clean is an annual call to action and this year it will run from 17th to 19th September, as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), operated internationally by Ocean Conservancy. This call to action invites communities and volunteers around the country to remove litter from around the Irish coast after the end of the bathing season. This initiative is also an opportunity for volunteers to

get involved in a worldwide citizen science project, which entails collecting the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches and filling in Clean Coasts’ Marine Litter Data Cards. This will help heighten awareness about the issue of marine litter serving as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem. The Big Beach Clean also takes place over the same weekend as World Clean Up Day, which normally unites

more than 20 million people in 180 countries, who come together to tackle litter. For this reason, in 2021, with the involvement of the National Spring Clean programme, registrations will again be open to all residents of Ireland, no matter how far from the coast they are based. Statistics show that the number one cause of marine litter is litter dropped in towns and cities. Getting involved in the Big Beach Clean is a way for residents of non-coastal counties to help prevent litter entering our waterways and seas by holding a clean-up no matter where they are in the country and tackling the problem at source. As sea lovers and sustainability supporters, Cully and Sully are joining Clean Coasts again and are very excited to be supporting the Big Beach Clean by providing volunteers with clean-up kits. Cully and Sully will also be hosting flagship events which will be announced later this month. To register visit the Clean Coasts website at www.cleancoasts.org

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Picture-perfect Wexford Wexford County Council Keep Well Photo Competition Winners... During the last lockdown, Wexford Libraries launched the Keep Well Photo Competition. The people of Wexford were asked to take photos that showed who or what was helping them to Keep Well in what was a pretty grim situation at times. The organisers were looking for images that would lift our spirits. The photos could include people, places and activities as long as they were taken somewhere in County Wexford. There were 318 entries with public voting and input from three judges: Paul Finnegan, Chair Visit Wexford; Dr. Denise Rogers, Acting Principal Psychology Manager, Wexford Mental Health Services, HSE; and Philip Knight, Wexford Local Authorities Photographic Society. First place: Tintern with a Twist by Daniel Stenning. Second place: Sunrise by Patricia Murphy. Third place: Otter Pups by John Nunn. All three are pictured below. Daniel Stenning was delighted to win first prize with his striking photo Tintern with a Twist. Daniel lives in Taghmon. He has a keen interest in photography, ‘The picture I took was just a spur of the moment thing. My brother and I were out on our kayaks. As we travelled under the bridge in Tintern, I noticed the shape of the small arch was the same shape as the front of the kayak. I mentioned to my brother that I thought it would make a great picture but it was difficult due to the wind current travelling through the tight space. I took a few different shots but didn’t know if I had taken a good one. I checked later that evening and, luckily, I had one that had the right shape to it. I was delighted to get into the top 3 nominations, and even more so that I was chosen as the winner.’

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Back row L-R: Eileen Morrissey, County Librarian, Daniel Stenning (winner), Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Chairperson Wexford County Council, Alan Butler, Wexford Library. Front row L-R: John Nunn (3rd place) and Patrica Murphy (2nd place).

The judges said: This photo captures Tintern and the many elements which contribute to health and wellbeing including provision of opportunities to connect with others, be active and interact with nature. The photograph captures the less common view of Tintern from the water. It is well documented that time spent around water has many positive benefits on health and wellbeing. The view from this alternative angle reminds us also of the many perspectives which may be taken of one situation. This was so well captured by the words of poet and philosopher John O’Donoghue, “The way you look at things is the most powerful force in shaping your life.” Patricia Murphy, who won second place with her photo Sunrise, lives in Oulart and is a paediatric nurse in Wexford General Hospital. She was driving home after night duty and noticed the amazing colours in the sky. She pulled over at Ferrybank and captured her beautiful photo. Patricia says, ‘I think it’s the most amazing sunrise I've seen. I started taking photos during lockdown when out walking and it has grown on me, Ireland is beautiful and has

amazing landscapes and I really enjoy capturing moments from Wexford and other counties.’ John Nunn, who came third with his captivating photo Otter Pups, has lived in Kilmore Quay for 32 years. John was aware of adult otters in the locality but he had never been lucky enough to see otter pups. John says, ‘It was a case of being in the right place at the right time and I was fortunate to be able to frame them with the Saltee Islands in the background.’ The winners won fabulous Taste Wexford Hampers and Taste Wexford Boxes. They were presented with their prizes by Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, and County Librarian Eileen Morrissey. This Keep Well Campaign was possible with thanks to Healthy Ireland, an initiative of the government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare Fund delivered by Pobal. n


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FDYS Festival

FDYS (Ferns Diocesan Youth Service) Intercultural Festival at the Presentation Convent, Francis St, Slippery Green, Wexford on 24th July with Mayor of Wexford Cllr Garry Laffan, the Chairperson of Wexford Co. Council Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Councillors, officials, and FDYS members.

L-R: Kieran Donohoe and Mathew Colgan of FDYS listen as the Mayor of Wexford addresses the gathering.

On a hot day, Cllr George Lawlor and Co. Council Chairperson Cllr BarbaraAnne Murphy enjoy a cool drink.

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