Slaney News, Issue 136, September 2021

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

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comment Welcome to the September issue of the new-look, online-only Slaney News. Today, 6th September, sees a further easing of Covid restrictions and a greater opening up of social and religious events. For all who enjoy music, drama, and other cultural activities, it is a welcome development and good timing with the annual Culture Night free events happening on 17th September. See for events taking place around Co. Wexford. For those wanting to take advantage of getting out and about more, there’s also national Bike Week taking place between 12-18 Sept. See page 47 for lots of information on bike happenings in Co. Wexford. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Expect to see noticeable improvements in the streetscape of Co. Wexford’s main towns over the coming weeks and months as the Streetscape Enhancement Measures funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development take effect. The scheme is designed to support the upgrade and enhancement of shopfronts and street facades through painting (including murals), signage replacement, shopfront improvements/ repairs, lighting, canopies, planting etc. So, if you are a business owner, see page 46 for details, but hurry – applications must be submitted by tomorrow at 5pm. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 12th-18th We would be delighted as always to receive stories and photos September 2021 from our readers from all around Co. Wexford. If you have anyLove Your thing you’d like us to share please email them to slaneyBike! 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, 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

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Housing plan welcomed Local TD Paul Kehoe has welcomed the €20bn investment in housing over five years outlined in the new Government plan ‘Housing For All’ launched on 2nd September which aims to deliver 40,000 homes annually. Deputy Kehoe said: “Housing For All sets out clear housing targets and a realistic and sustainable path... and represents real progress for first-time buyers, for renters, and for lower income families who need additional support to meet their accommodation needs. It is built on the core vision of social inclusion and supports and empowers home ownership.

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“The plan ensures that 20% of all developments are set aside for affordable and social homes and also commits to reforming the Local Authority Home Loan scheme. “Another hugely important goal is to eradicate homelessness by 2030. This plan expands the Housing First programme which provides wraparound supports for homeless people to help them transition into housing and establishes a new National Homeless Action Committee. We are also expanding Street Outreach Teams nationwide to help people sleeping rough. “Housing for All is a living plan with ambitious but achievable targets to ensure that responsibly built, highquality, sustainable, comfortable and secure homes are available for all,” Deputy Kehoe concluded. n

Installation of New Bishop of Ferns Fr Ger Nash was installed in St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy, on 5th September, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Ferns. He succeeds Bishop Denis Brennan who has been in the role since 2006 and whose resignation was accepted by Pope Francis last year when he turned 75. 62-year-old Bishop Nash is originally from the parish of Tulla in Co Clare and was ordained in 1991. Since then he has held numerous positions within the Church including Secretary of Killaloe Diocese and Director of Pastoral Development for that diocese. The outgoing Bishop of Ferns, Denis Brennan, has warmly welcomed Bishop Nash's appointment as his successor as Bishop of Ferns. “I know that the people of Ferns, priests, religious, and lay faithful will welcome him too, and make him feel

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at home in their midst. “I heartily congratulate him on his appointment and trust that he will be happy in his new surroundings in the south-east.

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“I wish to assure him that I will be available to assist him in any way I can as he gets to know the diocese and its people as Bishop in the weeks and months ahead.” Bishop Brennan said that his successor begins his ministry in Ferns at a time which poses "many choices and challenges for the Church but at a time which is also blessed by possibility". Bishop Nash said, “I am privileged to be chosen by Pope Francis to lead this historic diocese and I feel very humbled.” We’ll carry more details and photos in our next issue. n

Bishop Ger Nash (left) being installed in St Aidan’s Cathedral on 5th Sept as the new Bishop of Ferns.

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At the Green Ribbon Launch in Johnstown Castle on 29th August, L-R: Martin Doyle (MC), Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council), Minister James Browne TD and Cllr Garry Laffan (Mayor of Wexford). The Green Ribbon campaign aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health to help end stigma and discrimination. By wearing the Green Ribbon you show you are committed to influencing positive change. Green Ribbon is all about inclusion. See more photos on page 40.

This year’s Hope and Dream 10 virtual event will be held between September 13th and 19th... 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.

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A welcome sight Enniscorthy Councillor Jackser Owens was a delighted man last month as his long-running campign for the installation of bollards at Duffry Gate finally bore fruit. Cllr Owens said, “I’m delighted to see the bollards installed on the Duffry Gate, I’ve been campaigning to the Co. Council for a good few years for these. So badly needed for pedestrians and all who live along this area.” n

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The Bygone Days Storytelling House in Oulart is planning to start an outdoor market to try and raise some badly-needed funds. Due to the pandemic, the attractive thatched cottage has been closed since March 2020 but still has insurance and other bills to pay. So a call is being put out to local entrepreneurs who are looking for a place to sell their homemade and handcrafted products or homegrown produce. If you or someone you know would like more information on how to get involved, please send an email to or contact Eileen Dempsey on 087 9116695. See also the Facebook page ‘Bygone Days Storytelling

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Gorey District Park – Open at last! The new, extended Gorey District Park finally opened to the public on 13th August. This amenity will be a massive addition to the town and district, and great for local people and visitors alike. One man who has campaigned tirelessly to get the park open is local Councillor Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin. He says: “While it's not 100% complete (more playground/gym equipment to be installed shortly, as well as a provider to take over the café) the park itself has a wonderful array of equipment and facilities. There

is an amphitheatre space for performances, which I'm sure will be well used, a lit walking/cycling track, a full size playing pitch, two outdoor table tennis tables, a skating area, bicycle racks, biodiversity/wet area (still maturing) and much more. The council will continue to enhance the Park with more equipment... a work in progress.” The project also provides up to 80 carparking spaces with special disability parking and special campervan spaces and facilities.

Councillor Ó Súilleabháin says, “I guess we won't see it in its full glory until next Spring by which time the trees and the seeded grass areas will have matured. “I want to thank Wexford County Council officials and my fellow Councillors for their work on this project in what were challenging and frustrating times. “Please avail of the District Park and enjoy it. Make sure that all who use it show it the respect and care that it deserves – it belongs to all of us,” Cllr Ó Súilleabháin concluded. n

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Mattress Amnesty The 2021 Wexford County Council Mattress Amnesty has finished in the Holmestown (Wexford), New Ross and Gorey recycling centres but will run in the Enniscorthy centre from 7-10th Sept. Following the successful Wexford County Council Mattress Amnesties in recent years in which around 7,000 mattresses were recycled throughout the county, Cathaoirleach BarbaraAnne Murphy was delighted to launch the 2021 amnesty which ran in August in Holmestown, New Ross and Gorey, and will run in Enniscorthy from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th September at the the Enniscorthy Recycling Centre, Old Dublin Road, from 8.15am-12.00 noon and 1pm-3pm daily.

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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.

Cllr Byrne launches new website Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, recently launched his upgraded website which will keep everybody updated with details of his work as a local councillor for the Enniscorthy area. Cllr Byrne is delighted, not only with the site itself, but also with the fact that a local company, Plural Video & Design, did the upgrading work. Check it out: Cllr Byrne can also be contacted on 085-1461164 Email: 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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AFGHANISTAN – THE POLITICAL PAWN SINCE TIME BEGAN The story of AFGHANISTAN looks a complicated one on the face of it but when you look at the history in its stocking feet it emerges as a simple one.


This country has had a bloody past as far back as the GHURID EMPIRE in 879 AD right up to the present day. Since then it has had 38 wars, 4 civil wars and many revolts. It has had 13 governing name changes. DYNASTIES, EMERATES, KINGDOMS, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICS, ISLAMIC STATES, ISLAMIC EMIRATES to ISLAMIC REPUBLIC. We do not know what it will be tomorrow. This country and its people have been used and abused by many key world players of the day dating back to the Ottoman empire with their invasion in 1722, but I wish to bring the focus on the 1900s to today. The BRITISH EMPIRE had two great Afghan Wars. In 1839 to 1842 and 1878 to 1880. This was known as THE GREAT GAME as they were creating a buffer zone between the West and RUSSIA. RUSSIA had their eye on the country as it is the gateway from Asia to the West. The BRITISH withdrew after the second Afghan War leaving a puppet system to rule. RUSSIA was the next to invade this country in the 1980s only to be repelled by the TALIBAN. This is where OSAMA BIN LADEN made his name. Fighting the RUSSIANS. He was backed by the AMERICANS to the tune of 500 million dollars in military aid. Then it was the AMERICANS’ turn. After 9/11 they picked AFGHANISTAN as the area of operations for a war on terror. Foreign policy dictated a pull-out of all troops on 31st of August this year. I doubt it will be the last we will see on the matter for one simple reason – SELF INTEREST.

WITH KEITH DOYLE out, just like they did in VIETNAM, but the difference is they are and will be cooperating on many fronts. The recent drone strike on the bombers at the airport was no solo run. The TALIBAN will point out key ISIS leaders to the AMERICANS for elimination. ISIS is now the common enemy. So what is in it for both sides? The USA requires stability in the region

even if it is an oppressive regime. They require an oil pipeline from central Asia to PAKISTAN. They require access to the oil reserves in that country worth 31 TRILLION DOLLARS. They require no other superpower getting a hold on the country for obvious reasons. The TALIBAN can and will work within that parameter. They want to create an ISLAMIC STATE and everything that goes with that. They want a blind eye turned to the poppy industry under their control. Officially it is said that the main export from AFGHANISTAN is CARPETS. Unofficially, it is DRUGS. 80% of the world’s supply of drugs come from AFGHANISTAN. It is reputed to employ 120,000 people. 60% of the TALIBAN revenue is from drugs. They have a 10% tax on farmers which generates between $100 and $400 million annually. There is so much at stake it is obvious that horse trading will take place. CHINA has already started to engage with the TALIBAN. With so many big players still hovering to pick over the carcass of this nation I fear that AFGHANISTAN will be a pawn on the chessboard for some time to come. n

The Taliban want to create an Islamic State and everything that goes with that.

The TALIBAN and the AMERICANS have been talking for some time in relation to the Americans’ orderly pull

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Enniscorthy’s marvellous mura The Enniscorthy Walls Project brought to us by The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, is an initiative to rejuvenate and revive Enniscorthy through colourful murals across the town. The project is supported and funded by Wexford Local Development’s LEADER Fund, Wexford Arts Centre, Enniscorthy Municipal District and Wexford County Council. 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). In August two murals were done close to each other in the town centre – on the gable walls of Wickham Bros and Glamour Boutique, by Amanda and Anna Doran respectively. That’s five murals in total and that’s it for the moment but after the overwhelmingly positive response it has received so far The Presentation Centre is now seeking more funding, artists and walls to continue this colourful project. The Centre is also currentluy designing a walking-trail booklet to distribute in Enniscorthy, along with plaques to place beside each mural with information about each artist, the buildings, and the artworks. 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: videos/1220711048402616

Two murals completed in July. Below left: At the old bridge at Templeshannon. Below right: On Upper Wafer Street at the Hope Centre.

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Above left: Work underway on the mural on the gable wall of Glamour Boutique, Irish Street. Above right: Mural on the gable wall of Wickham Bros with Vinegar Hill in the background. Below left: 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. Below right: Mark Wickham with artist Amanda Doran.

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New “Streetscape Enhancement Initiative" for five Wexford towns Deputy Paul Kehoe has welcomed the announcement that Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross, Wexford and Kilmore Quay are to benefit from a new €7 million fund to support the enhancement of streetscapes and shopfronts. The five towns and villages were selected by Wexford Co. Council. The Streetscape Enhancement Initiative is a key part of Our Rural Future and is designed to make our rural towns and villages more attractive places to live, work and visit. Under the scheme, property owners will be provided with funding to improve the facades of their buildings, carry out artwork and install features such as canopies and street furniture. Paul The types of projects to be Kehoe TD supported include:  Strategic collaboration between property owners to paint buildings or shopfronts in vibrant colours.  Commissioning of murals in towns and villages  Upgrade or restoration of historic / traditional shopfronts  Provision of street planting, shrubbery, trees and flowers boxes  Illumination and lighting of architectural features  Installation of canopies and street furniture  Decluttering of streetscapes with removal of unnecessary signs/wires Deputy Kehoe said: “This unique initiative is about making our rural towns and villages more attractive and welcoming places for locals and visitors alike. Whether it’s painting buildings in vibrant colours, upgrading shop fronts or installing canopies or street furniture – this fund will provide a welcome boost to rural communities... “We all know that even the most modest of improvements to our buildings and streetscapes can make a huge difference. And so over the coming weeks, local authorities will work closely with businesses and property owners to give our towns and villages the facelift they deserve. “This initiative is a key part of realising that goal. I am really looking forward to seeing the sort of proposals that are put forward over the coming weeks. If you are a business or property owner in any of the five towns and villages selected, I encourage you to contact your local authority for details on how to apply.” The Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce has also welcomed the scheme, with its Development Officer Jimmy Gahan saying: “This is an ideal opportunity for owners of commercial, residential or unoccupied buildings to apply for funding to enhance their properties. I hope there will be a positive take-up from interested parties in both Enniscorthy town and district.”n

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Gorey’s digital innovation On 19th August 2021, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD announced €1.2 million in funding for 20 projects under the Our Rural Future Digital Innovation Programme. The programme funds Local Authority-led innovation projects that provide a public benefit and support regional digital development. The diverse range of projects to be funded aim to use new technologies to solve rural problems and deliver real benefits to communities. Gorey’s ‘Town of Things’ project is among those being funded. Local Senator Malcolm Byrne said, “Today’s announcement of funding for Gorey... cements North Wexford’s reputation as one of the most digitally innovative communities in Ireland. Technology is changing all our lives and we need to embrace it as well as upskill everyone to benefit from the changes.” Full details of the Gorey project and the other 19 are available on n

New ambulance for Enniscorthy A new ambulance for the Enniscorthy Ambulance Station has been delivered. According to local Minister James Browne TD, “This is the second new ambulance Co. Wexford has received this year and I expect further additions to the fleet later in the year.” n

Wexford school extension approved An extension to St. Peter's College, Wexford town, has been approved by the Dept of Education. This project will deliver a new science laboratory and preparation area for the students and a new art room in the school. n

Live music returns The famous rock ‘n’ roll scene in Enniscorthy is back with a bang next month with a major live gig presented by SE RnR Club featuring the fabulous Moonrockers on Sunday 24th October at 9pm in the IFA Centre, Enniscorthy. For updates, check out n

SlaNey NewS BACK TO NORMAL? Schools are back, most but not all businesses are back, and as this column is being written we await, once again, the decision of government with regard to such matters as live entertainment, proper theatre, bingo and other entertainments which are enjoyed by so many people. Let’s hope that common sense prevails and society is allowed reopen in full. We’ve had enough of daily doom and gloom broadcasts from NPHET regarding case numbers etc. We now need to treat covid as being a manageable disease like measles and many other viruses which for generations have circulated throughout the globe. If we have the high vaccination coverage claimed by the authorities there is no need to be continuously informing us of the number of cases of something which is going to be around forever. There are, unfortunately, people who are waiting each evening by the television or radio to get these numbers and for the past eighteen months have literally lived their lives by them. They are in a state of constant anxiety, totally unnecessarily, as a result. So, the time has arrived to block out the covid news and go back to normal living.

OIREACHTAS RETURNS The Oireachtas will return shortly after the long Summer break. Let’s hope that the Ceann Comhairle’s nonsense of “protecting the parliamentary family” (wherever he got that) is thrown out the window and that we see our public representatives get back to work in Leinster House. The millions of our money spent down in that Convention Centre was, in the main, completely unnecessary. The average attendance in the place, which has 1,995 seats, was about 40, and that included officials. It should have been obvious after the first month or so that the place was way too large for the requirement of the Oireachtas. But when it is our money that they are spending these things don’t come into it. TDs should as a matter of principal refuse to go back there and insist on getting back to the Dáil Chamber.

ENNISCORTHY FLOOD DEFENCE SCHEME The scheme and plans to prevent the

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Councillor Jackser Owens has been fighting hard to have this scheme brought to fruition for years. During his time on a previous council and since his re-election he has never given up. His reward, unfortunately, has been little more that to be insulted by a minister who described his efforts as hysterical. This of course is grossly unfair to Jackser who is doing what a lot of his colleagues should be doing. He is doggedly refusing to let this essential issue rest and hopefully he will continue with his campaign regardless of the official wall of silence mounted against him.


A local contributor, based in the centre of the county, looks at life today in Co. Wexford and beyond regular flooding of parts of Enniscorthy has been bandied about for ages. It is years now since the first of many public announcements on this issue was made. Since then, we’ve been told about surveys and reports and all sorts of shenanigans surrounding it. The only thing that we have not seen is a sod being turned to mark its commencement. CllrJackser Owens has been fighting hard for years to have tthe Flood Defence Scheme brought to fruition.

The great Pat Nolan, who passed away recently, was a role model for all of us. Pat was a GAA legend who minded the goal for Wexford for decades and was up there with the all-time greats such as Ollie Walsh of Kilkenny. He was a quiet, unassuming man who carried his fame lightly and loved his chosen sport of hurling to the very end. He will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him as a neighbour and sports colleague. May he rest in peace.

A BIT OF HISTORY Wexford Co. Council at its meeting of September 19th 1931 heard members express grave concerns at the condition of Ferrycarrig Bridge. The Department of Local Government engineer who had carried out a survey pointed out the many defects in the bridge which would make it dangerous to open the middle span which allowed shipping to proceed to Enniscorthy. However, having regard to the more urgent demand for roadworks (our older readers will remember or be aware that this was the period when the concrete roads from north of Bunclody and surrounding areas to Wexford town were laid) the minister was not prepared to sanction any grant towards work on the bridge. One of the councillors suggested that to allow ocean-going steamers go as far as Enniscorthy not only would the bridge have to be repaired but that the river would have to be dredged. After assurances from the County Surveyor that there was no danger of the bridge actually collapsing (phew) it was agreed to forget about the opening span and replace it with a fixed, reinforced concrete span. That’s what they did, and the bridge survived and carried hundreds of thousands of vehicles and millions of tons weight over it until it was replaced in the 1980s. n

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Above left: Kathleen and Mick Keating, New Ross. Above right: Mattie and Liz Callaghan.

Our Lady’s Island Pilgrimage 15th August is the Feast of the Assumption and it marks the beginning of the pilgrimage season at Our Lady's Island – an ancient place of pilgrimage for at least a thousand years. This Pilgrimage Season, because of Covid 19, Mass could only be said for 50 people in the Church, but many more people turned up and sat outside to hear the Mass.

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Brenda, Mick and Marcella Davis

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Finn and Lara Brazzill at the community playground.

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Nuala Walsh and Anne Carton, New Ross

Ann Goggins at the community playground

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Byrne welcomes housing plan Wexford Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne has welcomed the publication of the Government’s new housing plan for Ireland, called ‘Housing for All’, highlighting some key targets:    

something in this plan for everyone. “If you’re a first time buyer or someone looking for a fresh start the Government’s ‘First Home’ Shared Equity Scheme, Local Authority Affordable Purchase Scheme and newly expanded Local Authority Home Loan Scheme will help you to step onto the property ladder.

300,000 homes to 2030 90,000 social homes 36,000 affordable purchase homes 18,000 cost rental homes

Senator Byrne says ‘Housing for All’ contains four pathways to a better future:  To supporting home ownership and increasing affordability  To eradicating homelessness, increasing social housing delivery and supporting social inclusion  To increasing new housing supply  To addressing vacancy and efficient use of existing stock Senator Byrne pointed out that the plan will significantly benefit Co. Wexford and that Housing Minister, Darragh O’Brien, was in Wexford on 3rd September at his invitation calling to the St Waleran’s site in Gorey, which will be the base for hundreds of new homes in the next few years, followed by housing-related visits to Wexford, New Ross and Enniscorthy. Commenting following the publication of the plan Senator Byrne said, “Everyone in Ireland is impacted, or knows someone who is impacted, by Ireland’s current housing difficulties: those who have lost

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their home; the young couple or single person who is unable to buy; those facing high rents; or the homeless on our streets or in emergency accommodation. These are just some of the scenarios to which unfortunately every person in this country can relate. “We all know fixing the current housing crisis is complex, there is no silver bullet, but what the Government have announced today sets us on a path to achieving the supply we need to cater for all our people. I know that individuals and families across Co. Wexford have been eagerly awaiting this plan and they will not be disappointed – there really is

“If you’re someone who is happy renting but want secure tenure without having to worry every time you hang a painting then the Government are providing a whole suite of rent reforms including indefinite tenure and linking rent increases to general inflation as well as committing to providing 18,000 cost rental homes over the lifetime of the plan. “If you’re within the social housing eligibility limits but have been years waiting on the social housing waiting list while oftentimes sharing cramped accommodation then you can take some comfort in the fact that Government have today committed to significantly scaling up the provision of social housing. 90,000 social homes will be provided between now and 2030. “I would really encourage the people of Wexford to have a read of Housing for All, and to see for themselves that the Government have a plan to address the crisis. It won’t happen overnight but we are on the right path and we will do everything we can,” he concluded. n

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Above L-R: Aaron and his dad Ray McGlone, Blake Kenny Walsh, Odhran Quill and Harry Roche with his mum Gerri.

Castlebridge school First day for junior infants – 26th August

Above left: Theresa Price had double trouble as she and her two boys arrived at school on their first day – Joseph, Theresa and Iarla Price. Above centre: Molly Casey brought her little sister to school on her first day and Siedhbh was delighted. Above right: Proud parents as young Louis Parle made his way to school with parents Grainne and Padraig Parle by his side.

Above left: Ivy Lewis accompanied by Clodagh Ryan and Mathew Lewis. Above centre: Selena Gainford dropping her son Cody off on his first day. Above right: Young Sarah Hearne was delighted because she had both her sisters to walk with her – on left is Ciara and on right is Katie.

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First day at Carraig Briste preschool, Davidstown. Above left: Shy Harry had both Harvey the dog and proprietor Orlagh Doyle to help settle him in. Above centre: Young Freddie being dropped off by his mum Katie. Ava and James with proprietor Orlagh Doyle.

A warm welcome at Carraig Briste Early Years At Carraig Briste preschool – Annie with proprietor Orlagh Doyle.

First day at Carraig Briste – Grace and Diarmuid with staff members Amy Dàlton and Orlagh Doyle.

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Happy on her first day was Robyn with her mum Sinead.

Young Rose looking forward to her first day in Carraig Briste.

Emma on her first day with staff member Amy Dàlton at Carraig Briste.

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Getting into the swing of things at Killegney Early Years

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 1. Ellie having a go on the swings. 2. Having a swinging time on her first day at Killegney preschool was Zoe. 3. Don’t think art is one of my passions but young John has a go anyway on his first day at Killegney. 4. This preschool is a doddle – enjoying the play facilities were Emelia and Laoiseach. 5. Young artists Alfie and Soairse trying their hand at painting. 6. Not hanging around on her first day was Hannah.

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Gone to the dogs... Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium, 13th August

Shay Hodnet at the dogs.

Sue Mernagh at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track.

Above: Henry Kelly with his dog "Karlow Mac" after winning the first race. Below: Caroline Fielding and her dog Marlfield Trent.

Above: Spotting the form, Eddie Sheridan, Jim Flynn and Nicky Flynn. Below left: Tony O’Connor and his grandaughter Layla O’Connor. Below right: Amy and Danny Harney.

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Top left: Ken Donohoe, David Byrne, Liam and Maeve Donohoe and Sarah Byrne. Top right Roisin and Ellie Balfe. Above left: Lisa O’Brien, Robbie Kelly and April O’Brien. Above right: Catherine Redmond and George Roche with their dogs. Left: Noel, Danny and Claire O’Brien. Below left: Laura Earle and her dog Whitewood Cassie who finished third and Pokey Whelan whose dog Luna Babylon won the last race. Below: John O’Connor with Miss Boss and John Byrne with Thunders Runway.

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All political hues come together

Cllr David Hynes and Antoinette Lynch secured cross-party support from Wexford’s Councillors including Wexford Mayor Garry Laffan and Chair of W TD and Senator Malcolm Byrne, to fundraise by walking/running 80km during the month of August to help "kit out" the new Wexford Women’s Refug gust were L-R: Senator Malcolm Byrne, Cllr Garry Laffan (Mayor of Wexford), Cllr Maura Bell, Cllr John Hegarty, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Cha Cllr Leonard Kelly, Pauline Ennis (Wexford Women's Refuge), Johnny Mythen TD, Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin, Emer Kehoe (Wexford Wom

New crossing for Our Lady’s Island A new, controlled pedestrian crossing is in the pipeline for Our Lady’s Island village. Local Cllr Ger Carthy is delighted to have secured €50,000 in funding for this project which will address a number of road safety issues in the village. This project is supported by local residents, business people and the Gardaí. Meanwhile, the traditional pilgrimage season for Our Lady’s Island began on 15th August and continues until the 8th September. At the Opening Mass retiring Bishop Denis Brennan made his farewell and Bishop-elect Ger Nash introduced himself to his flock. Visitors are welcome to come on pilgrimage and walk the Island with the usual catering and gift shop facilities available. All services are broadcast online and on local radio 106FM with daily masses at 3pm and 8pm. Saturdays are also 3pm and 8pm with Sundays at 11am, 3pm and 8pm. Website:

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Cllr Ger Carthy, Garda Robbie Aylward and local businessman Denis O’Doherty.

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r for Wexford’s women’s refuge

Wexford County Council Barbara-Anne Murphy, as well as Johnny Mythen ge. Above: At the Launch of the 80km run/walk in Maudlintown on 8th Auairperson Wexford County Council), Cllr Tom Forde, Cllr Davy Hynes, men's Refuge) and Ethel Newton (Wexford Women's Refuge). ser

Miss Wexford supporting the Wexford Women’s Refuge Cllr George Lawlor said a massive ‘thank you’ to the wonderful Miss Wexford, Mindulee Seneviratne, for choosing the Wexford Women's Refuge ‘Kit Out The Refuge’ campaign as one of her chosen charities. Mindulee recently handed over a cheque for €831 to the fund. The Slaney News joins Cllr Lawlor in wishing Mindulee the very best of luck in the upcoming Miss Ireland final which takes place as we go to print.

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Heart Valve Disease readers over the age of 65 years are finding that small everyday tasks are feeling more like an ordeal, it might be a good idea to ask their GP for a stethoscope check – at least once a year.

NEIL JOHNSON, CEO OF CROÍ – THE HEART & STROKE CHARITY, ALERTS US TO AN UPCOMING WEBINAR TAKING PLACE ON HEART VALVE DISEASE... As more and more of us live longer, heart valve disease is increasingly an issue that we may need to face. Indeed, it has been described as the next cardiac epidemic.

However, symptoms are not always present and, so, as a matter of good heart health management, I would encourage all those over 65 years to try and have an annual stethoscope check.

The webinar, “Listen to Your Heart”, is taking place on Thursday September 16 at 7pm, as part of Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week. Neil Johnson, CEO of

We know that one in eight people over the age of 75 suffers from moderate to severe heart valve disease. Sadly, up to half of symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis – where the aortic valve is not working properly – die within two years of developing symptoms, if not treated.

It will be presented by consultant cardiolCroí – the Heart & Stroke ogist, Dr Samer Arnous, and will focus on Charity the signs and symptoms of heart valve disease and how it is detected and treated. The patient perSo, it is clear that early detection and timely treatment is spective will also feature and members of the public will have vital for a longer and better quality of life. Remember, always, the opportunity to put their questions to Dr Arnous. listen to your heart. Heart valve disease – where valves in the heart are damaged If readers are interested in finding out more about heart valve or stiffened, causing reduced or blocked blood flow – is comdisease they can join the upcoming webinar by registering at mon, serious, but treatable. Symptoms include breathlessness and becoming dizzy. If – Neil Johnson

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L-R: Íde and Siobhan with Cara Marcus who started school. Niamh Devereux. Liam Cuddihy and Oisin Quigley. Jim, Joey and Amanda Whitmore.

31st August – First day at

Piercestown National School

L-R: Kevin Kehoe with Heidi and Millie Kehoe starting school. Oran Devereux. Brendan, Donnacha and Aine Doyle. David Boggan Fenlon.

L-R: A very happy looking Lexi Fitzpatrick going to school with her mum Eleanor. Orla, Ada, Kate and Michael Kearney. Reuban Lawlor. Nuria and Montse Walsh.

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Kennedy Park National School, Wexford, L-R: Michaela Carley and Alannah Maher. Tadhg Ó Cuanaigh. Millie Berry. Lucie Pavelkova, Slawomir Burczyk and Alber Burczyk.

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Above L-R: Nigel Sinnott and Kelsey Greene. Robert, Holly and Paula Parle. Colm and Page Kavanagh and Carol Smith. Below L-R: Alsi and Denis Duraku. Alannah, Gabby, Ava and Kira Jankowska. Stephen, Isabelle, Mollie and Sharon Quigley.

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Byrne pushes for greater French links Gorey Senator Malcolm Byrne recently met with French parliamentarians to discuss greater links between Rosslare/Wexford and France.

and Rosslare and Wexford represent France’s gateway into Ireland.” The discussions built on the Bonjour Wexford initiative in which Senator Byrne has been involved with Wexford and national tourism interests, looking at ways of encouraging French tourists to come to Co. Wexford.

Senator Byrne was part of a small group of Irish parliamentarians who met with members of the French National Assembly and Senate. The French group was part of the party which travelled to Ireland recently with President Macron. The meeting discussed furthering links between the two countries, particularly in the areas of trade, tourism, culture and education.

Malcolm added that hotels and restaurants in this county, as well as Wexford County Council, are looking at ways to make French visitors even more welcome, including more brochures, menus and signage in French.

Malcolm, who is a member of both the French Irish Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Brexit Committee in the Oireachtas, specifically raised the tourism potential of Wexford with all the additional direct sailings to and from

“We have such strong connections going back to the Normans and the French love Ireland. Wexford has a real opportunity now, post Brexit, to build an exciting new chapter of cooperation,” concluded Senator Byrne. n

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France from Rosslare. In particular, he pointed out, “There are strong links between our two countries

Wexford Young Fine Gael housing proposals Wexford Young Fine Gael (YFG) is part of a campaign happening at the minute focusing directly on youth housing. The group is calling on the government to assess the status of the Housing for All plan and to engage in an all-round review on the current national housing market.

members of the Traveller community on the overview board.

“Young Fine Gael is committed to not only improving but actioning the current situation surrounding the lack of supply and affordability of housing in the Irish market, and to make it more straightforward for buyers, particularly younger people, to rent or purchase homes”, the group says.

“Young Fine Gael welcomes the Government’s upcoming Housing for All programme, but we want engagement with Government to bring fresh ideas and thinking to the housing debate so that we can help improve our country’s housing system for the betterment of us all. Over the next couple of weeks, Young Fine Gael will launch videos and statements focusing on various aspects of our document which will then culminate in an online petition. All details can be found on Wexford Young Fine Gael’s Facebook page. Alternatively, the ‘Housing: A Youth Voice in Policy’ document can be found on the policy documents section of”.

“The cost of renting or owning a home in Ireland is amongst the highest in Europe and our housing system needs significant remodelling. YFG believes that the introduction of initiatives such as a Citizens’ Assembly to review the current legislation surrounding housing in Ireland and the elimination of tax for first time buyers, would go a long way to improving the current situation throughout the country.” Other proposals in their twelve-page document touch on affordability, plan-

The group says, “Housing is the defining issue of this generation. The ‘Housing: A Youth Voice in Policy’ document offers thirty-two policy ideas that we believe will help alleviate the current issues within the Irish housing market.

ning, supply, housing quality, social housing, and homelessness. There is also a call for the establishment of a Student Accommodation Regulation Board which would set down minimum standards for student housing in university-owned and private accommodation. One proposal calls for the establishment of an Independent National Traveller Housing Authority, which would help to oversee the delivery of appropriate accommodation for the Traveller community. This authority would also include

Wexford Young Fine Gael is always seeking new members between the ages of 15 and 35. The branch can be contacted on Facebook or on n

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Green Ribbon Launch Green Ribbon Launch in Johnstown Castle on 29th August. Cutting the tape are Patrick Hipwell (organiser) and Cllr Garry Laffan (Mayor of Wexford). The Green Ribbon campaign aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health to help end stigma and discrimination. Wearing the Green Ribbon shows one is committed to influencing positive change.

L-R: Providing the music at the Green Ribbon Launch in Johnstown Castle was Stacey Breen from Ferns. Cllr Andrew Bolger, Patrick Hipwell (organiser), Maree Lyng and Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (Chairperson Wexford County Council). Minister James Browne TD adrdesses the crowd.

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First Day at school. L-R: All set was young T.J. Cleere. Emma Moulds (Snr Class), Richard Wall who dropped them off at school and Maisie Moulds (Junior Infants). A happy looking Lillie Murphy. Emilia Blqzewice (Junior Infants) with her mum and brother Jakub who is in senior class.

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Scoil Naomh Maodhog, Ferns

L-R: Katie, Karen and Jack Breen as young Katie starts her first day. Sean and Lochlann Davitt. All smiles from Bella Keating. All excited was young Katie Lennon-Jordon with her mum Marta.

L-R: Young Jayden Dempsey goes to school on his first day with Chloe and Lorraine Dempsey as back up. Mary and Mylie Cash. Little Marie McDonald accompanied by her baby sister Ella.

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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

Heart-shape chicken and mushroom pies Serves 4, ready in 1 hour 5 minutes, 4½ Syns per serving WHAT YOU NEED:  500ml hot chicken stock  4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks  2 onions, roughly chopped  1 garlic clove, finely chopped  2 carrots, diced  200g green beans, trimmed and roughly chopped  200g button mushrooms, halved or quartered if large  1 level tsp chicken gravy granules  2 tbsp tomato purée  2 x 200g cans cooked lean ham, diced  2 tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon  1 egg, lightly beaten  100g ready-rolled light puff pastry WHAT YOU DO: 1. Put the stock, chicken, onions, garlic, carrots, beans and mushrooms in a non-stick saucepan over a high heat, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, until the onions have softened and the chicken is cooked. 2. Add the gravy granules and tomato purée and stir well. Add the ham and tarragon, season to taste and stir again. 3. Preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Pour the chicken mixture into 4 individual pie dishes and brush the rims with some of the beaten egg. 4. Divide the pastry into 4 portions and shape each portion using a heart-shape cutter. Place the hearts on top of the pies, brush with the remaining egg and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed up and golden. Serve hot with your favourite summer veggies. n

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Enniscorthy Community Allotments Enniscorthy Community Allotments committee: Cllr. Aidan Browne, Eimear McCauley, Michael Devereux, Mark Cooke, Noreen Kehoe. Missing from photo are Michelle Doyle and Anna Davis. Negotiations for an Enniscorthy site are at an advanced stage.

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The Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) has cautiously welcomed the Government’s latest reopening plan entitled “Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting”.

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Chief Executive of RAI Adrian Cummins says, “The Tourism Sector, which restaurants and hospitality are a significant part of, employed pre-pandemic over 265,000 people and contributed €9.2 billion to the economy. A sector of such significance to the overall economy must continue to receive supports to survive until trading levels can return with the resumption of international tourism and lifting of all trading current restrictions.” The immediate priorities for the sector are: Financial Supports:  Wage Supports – continuation of EWSS at current rates to June 2022.  CRSS – continuation of scheme for hospitality following reopening of indoor dining.  Commercial Rates Waiver – to be extended for Hospitality into Q1 2022.  9% VAT Rate – extension until 2025 to support businesses now and tender for future international tourism and be competitive.  Stay & Spend Scheme – immediate review and redrafting of the scheme – real time voucher needed and be applicable for all citizens. Recruitment and Retention:  Streamlining and prioritising of work permits and visa process for staff.  Establish a National Tourism & Hospitality Training Body.  Immediate equitable funding of Culinary Apprenticeships as outlined in Apprenticeship Action plan. Medium term supports needed:  Representation of food and drink sectors of hospitality on State Boards and Authorities  Insurance Reform  Tourism Budget – an increase in the Budget for 2022 that impacts directly upon tourism and hospitality businesses in real time and does not get lost in State Agencies.  Licensing review and plan for development of the night-time economy. n

The Wilds, Enniscorthy, is an Official Supporter of the Wexford Food Family and Audrey from The Wilds was delighted to receive the official plaque. Customers can be assured that part of the menu is made up of the highest quality food and drink supplied by members of the Wexford Food Family. The Wilds – a local business supporting local businesses.

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Michelin plate in place Chef Paul Hynes with Restaurant Manager Edwina Hynes

From the Crate to the Cradle – La Côte returns with Michelin plate in place Fine dining duo – Chef Paul Hynes and his front-of-house partner in life and in the food business Edwina Hynes – reopened their Michelin plate recommended restaurant last month after a lengthy pandemic break. The pair’s La Côte restaurant on Wexford’s quayside is again serving up the best of seafood and modern cuisine daily from 5.30pm to 9pm Wednesday to Saturday. Putting their newly delivered Michelin sign in place on the quayside, Paul commented, “It feels unreal to be back with the team in the main kitchen and we are excited to share our new tasting menu with our customers. There’s seafood and gluten-free dishes included so both our regulars and visitors should enjoy our offering over the coming months in a comfortable and safe space.” Edwina added, “We have spruced up our room and all Covid safety procedures are in place alongside a professional team of informed wait staff – the summer with our Cheeky Cod food crate on the quay

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was a great success and enjoyable but being back to what we do best – serving locally sourced food in a welcoming indoor setting is very satisfying.” From the MICHELIN guide’s point of view, La Côte on the main promenade of Wexford’s historic town is a welcoming and personally-run restaurant comprising two homely rooms with grey oak flooring and Cape Cod inspired blues. Local seafood is at the heart of their good value five-course €45 menu. Paul and Edwina look forward to operating in the new industry normal after successfully reopening their multi-award-winning restaurant. They are all set for the run up to the Wexford Opera Festival and Christmas activities albeit with less numbers but with more passion than ever to grow and succeed with their loyal team of staff. Tel: 053 9122122 n

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Wexford well represented at national food awards Blas na hÉireann, the Irish food awards, has announced this year’s finalists and the list includes an impressive 15 food producers from the Wexford Food Family, which is 3 more than 2020. This is a huge achievement given the continued unprecedented challenges which remain.

judging system from the campus in UCC to Dingle to work within government guidelines and the constraints of social distancing. With the blueprint for this new system developed last year, the team were able to seamlessly ensure the judging was handled with the same care and attention as always, especially important in a year where they saw a record entry level from producers right across the island.

Members of the Wexford Food Family will be very well represented at these prestigious awards with many members having multiple products through to the final stages of judging. This is a huge acknowledgement of the quality of the food and drink produced in our county.

Blas na hÉireann will be a virtual event again this year. The annual gathering that takes place each year is an important part of the Blas experience and the team are working hard to move as many events to a virtual format as is possible.

Members through to the final are: Atlantis of Kilmore Quay Fancy Fungi Gourmet Mushrooms Irish Country Meats Isle of Crackers Killowen Farm Naturally Cordial O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co. Scúp Gelato Sofrimar Staffords Bakery Tasty Parlour Wexford Home Preserves Wild About Zaeire Artisan Chocolates Zanna Cookhouse.

Also representing Co. Wexford are Bramble Cottage Kitchen, Lekker Food Collection, Nutorious Nutrition, Pettitt’s SuperValu and Ryan’s Bakery Now in their 14th year, the team at Blas na hÉireann have worked harder than ever this year to make sure the awards went ahead, moving the blind-tasting

The Blas team are also working on an exciting line up of online presentations and workshops as part of The Blas Backyard which is supported by Bank of Ireland and Taste4Success. The awards will be announced over the course of the day on October 2nd on the Blas website and across social media channels and while the Blas family will miss welcoming everyone to Dingle, the team and the wider Blas community will gather virtually and make sure #Blas2021 trends all day! n

Ministerial visit to Killowen Farm The minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, recently visited Killowen Farm to see first-hand the process behind its award-winning yoghurts. Accompanied by Minister James Browne TD, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Barbara-Anne Murphy, and Councillor John Fleming, Minister McConalogue was given a guided tour of the facility and its operations. That facility is soon to be expanded with a new

product line that’s almost ready to be launched. Pauline Dunne explained this new venture for the family run business:

“We’re in the process of building a cream cheese facility. It’s at a very early stage at the moment. It’s early days, but the build is up and we’ve started installing the equipment.” Currently in the middle of a “soft launch”, the cheese is available in certain stockists and will be officially launched later in this year. Congratulations to all the team at Killowen Farm in Courtnacuddy and best of luck with the official launch of their cream cheese.

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Norman Way Loop with talk from Catherine McLoughlin, Wexford County Council Heritage Officer. Monday, September 13th @1.30pm. Organised by Wexford Bicycle User Group. Register Online:


Bums On Bikes, Courtown BMX Club.


Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Sept 13th, 15th & 17th) @ 5.30pm.


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Bike Maintenance Workshop,

The Bike Shop, 9 Selskar St, Wexford. Thursday, September 16th @ 5-6pm. Register:


Men’s Shed Cycle, Ramsgrange (FREE Bike Hire available). Thursday, September 16th @ 10am. Register:


5km Teen Cycle, Enniscorthy (FREE Bike Hire available). Thursday, September 16th @ 6-8pm. Register:

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Wexford Town Loop with Bike Safety Skills. Saturday, September 18th @ 9am.

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Mountain Bike Taster at Forth Mountain (13-18yrs). Saturday, September 18th @ 9.30am.

Register through Shielbaggan Outdoor Education and Training Centre: 051 389550.

Five South East Local Sports Partnerships have come together to develop a Virtual South East Spin during Bike Week this September. Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford Local Sports Partnerships, together with their Local Authorities are encouraging people all around the South East to take part in their own virtual cycle, any distance, any day during Bike Week from the 12th – 18th September 2021. Bike Week is a national celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. We invite everyone to take part in this virtual spin and especially people who haven’t been on a bike in a long time.


Balance Bike Come and Try Festival, Min Ryan Park. Saturday, September 18th @ 1.30-3.30pm. Bikes and Helmets provided.


You can register for your preferred distance and all registered participants will receive a certificate. There will be a limited number of snoods available for the first 250 people registered in each county. We encourage everyone to take pictures of your spin and tag Sports Active Wexford and Wexford County Council on social media and use the #southeastspin. For more information please contact Mary Flynn:

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Apply now before it’s too late! Wexford County Council Streetscape Enhancement Measures 2021... The Department of Rural and Community Development has announced funding of €260,000 for Streetscape Enhancements for County Wexford in a maximum of five towns/villages. The scheme is designed to support the upgrade and enhancement of shopfronts and street facades of defined areas within selected rural town/village centres under the Government’s 5-year strategy “Our Rural Future”. Wexford County Council invites applications from owners of commercial, residential or unoccupied buildings in the following towns/villages who may have suitable premises for consideration under the Scheme: • Gorey Town, • Enniscorthy Town, • New Ross Town, • Kilmore Quay, • Wexford Town. The maximum grant per building is €8,000 and eligible works include but are not restricted to:

Stoc. on Rafter Street, Enniscorthy – a great example of a shop contributing hugely to the town’s streetscape. Co. Wexford. Tel: 053-9233540. Email:

• Painting including murals • Signage replacement • Shopfront improvement/repairs • Lighting

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Gorey/Kilmuckridge Municipal District, Civic Square, The Avenue, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tel: 053-9483800. Email:

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New Ross Municipal District, The Tholsel, Quay Street, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Tel: 053-9196700. Email: Rosslare Municipal District, Block A, Carricklawn, Wexford. Tel: 053-9196913. Email: Wexford Borough District, The Bullring, Wexford. Tel: 053-9166900. Email:

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Shaping Wexford’s economic landscape Help us shape the Economic Landscape of Wexford. Have your say for the chance to WIN a fabulous hamper to the value of €200! Take Survey: We are asking Wexford business owners to complete this short survey to help us map out the business skills and working requirements of employers across the county. This will take no longer than 5 minutes and can be accessed at the link above. Completed surveys will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a hamper to the value of €200 so make sure to enter soon!

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Helping your export journey At the end of August, Enterprise Ireland in association with the Local Enterprise Offices, launched its second Export Compass Series. The series aims to help companies explore ways to overcome the present economic challenges, by understanding overseas business cultures, building digital capabilities for selling, and developing customer, distributor and partner relationships. The webinar workshops will take place between Tuesday 7 September and Tuesday 5 October. Featuring interviews with Irish companies who have successfully exported, Local Enterprise Office and overseas Enterprise Ireland staff, the series will address the key ingredients to a successful export strategy: What is the basis of your export plan? Where in the world might you export to? Who is your ideal customer? Culture and doing business in other countries. How to win export customers in a digital world.

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How to finance your export plan. Roundtable Q&A with exporting companies and advisors. Attendance is complimentary for all micro and SME companies that are taking their first steps on their export journey. Commenting on the launch of the webinar series, Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy said, “Ireland is an exporting nation that performs excellently in virtually every market in the world across a range of industries. We have a wealth of SMEs and start-up companies that have the products and services to export but may lack the know-how on where and how to start on their export journey. The Export Compass Series is an opportunity for these businesses to get simple, free advice from market experts as well as hear from successful exporting companies on their experience and learnings... I would encourage business owners and leaders to consider all options open to them to grow their businesses while con-

tinuing to access the supports available.” Keelin Fagan, Head of Central Services Exporter Development & Core at Enterprise Ireland, said, “The Export Compass Series is the all-important ‘first step’ for any company even considering the possibility of exporting, or indeed if you’re in the early stages of your export journey. The aim of Export Compass is to inspire more small to medium-sized businesses to look at the opportunities afforded by exporting. Participants will finish with a clear idea of the right place to look for support with their export plan, and how to reap the many rewards available in the export market.” The webinars in the series take place every Tuesday at 10am, 7 September – 5 October inclusive. Businesses can find more information and register for the Export Compass Webinar Series here:

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Multi-million-euro investment planned for Rosslare Europort

A major transformative planning application has been submitted to Wexford County Council which will see a multi-million-euro investment in Rosslare Europort which, due to Brexit, has seen a massive increase in trade. The move has been welcomed by local Minister James Browne who said, ‘I am pleased to confirm that our State Agencies, led by the OPW, are now working on plans which will secure the long-term future of the Port as Ireland’s trading gateway to mainland Europe.’

J.C. BREEN & CO. MARKS 35TH ANNIVERSARY 2021 is the 35th anniversary of J.C. Breen & Co. Ltd. To celebrate 35 years in business, the wellknown Ferns-based transport company has taken delivery of a new Mercedes-Benz 2535 Actros heavy-duty truck. Supplied by local Mercedes-Benz dealer, Somers Commercials, of which the Breens have been a customer for three decades, the new unit brings to 30 the number of Mercedes-Benz trucks now in the Ferns-based haulier’s fleet. Founded in 1986 by the late John Breen, J.C. Breen & Co. Ltd is a family business, now run by John’s wife Theresa, sons Nick and Barry, daughter Ashleigh and a highly experienced team of staff. A well-respected businessman and member of the IRHA, to which he contributed his time for many years, John is dearly missed by the industry. Today, Breens operate a fleet of over 55 trucks offering nationwide next-day delivery. The company also specialises in import and export consignments to the UK, warehousing and storage, home delivery and refrigerated delivery services. n

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Above L-R: At the sing-a-long cinema event in Gorey on 22nd August as part of the Gorey ‘Sounds of Summer’ festival was Amy Rothwell. Enjoying the playground after the cinema event was Ruby Hartwieg. Also there were Hope McKiernan and Sadie McAndrew. Eken, Anne and Kate Woloham pictured leaving the playground.

Above left: Enjoying the playground after the cinema event were Aíne O’Brien, Sean Whyte, Ríona Whyte, Síofra Whyte, Aoibhínn Ní Shúilleabhain, Siún Ní Shúilleabhain, Yara Donelan and John O’Brien. Above right: Holly Farrell, Lucy O’Reilly and Rayna Redmond.

Above L-R: Maureann Long and Danielle Cruise. Giggles the Clown with Andrea French. Isabell Byrne in the playground.

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Above L–R: Having a good time in Courtown Harbour were Pat Kinsella and his dog Ted. Going for a walk in Gorey’s new Town Park were Lachlan Phelan and Lorraine Flood and their dog Bruce. First day back at Carraig Briste preschool were Austin, proprietor Orlagh Doyle and her dog Harvey.

Online dog healthcare workshops for children Gorey Library is hosting two workshops for children with Hannah Flew, author and lecturer in Animal Welfare, via Zoom. The workshops are called: ‘Healthcare for your dog’ and ‘Your dog’s behaviour’.

In this online session you will learn behaviour and enrichment for your dog, and how to interpret and understand signals, best forms of socialising and what toys are most suitable. How to read and understand your dog’s body language. How they communicate their feelings. Enrichment comes in many forms and is as important as veterinary care.

Hannah Flew will provide you with the building blocks to grow a healthy and happy relationship with your dog. Sessions are suitable for all the family but most suitable for 7-12 year olds. Each session lasts one hour and there will be plenty of time for Q&A. Places can be booked by calling Gorey Library on 053 9421481 or emailing: Healthcare for your dog: Saturday September 4th at 11.30am via zoom. In this online session you will learn all about essential healthcare for your dog. What types of vaccinations are required.

When to worm and for which types. The benefits to spay and neuter your dogs. Mental and physical exercise. Ways to encourage good dental hygiene for your dog. Your dog’s behaviour: Saturday September 11th at 11.30am via zoom.

When booking, please provide an email address as this will be required to send you your invitation for the zoom session. All children attending these sessions must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the talk. Hannah Flew is CEO of dog boarding facility Alpha Boutique, holds a degree in animal husbandry, lectures on animal welfare, and is author of the book ‘Animal Welfare in Ireland’ which was published in October 2020. n

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MOYNE VETERINARY HOSPITAL Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy. T: (053) 9233187, 9236674. F: (053) 9236674. E:

VET DIARY FOR SEPTEMBER with the Moyne Veterinary Hospital

This month Joe Kavanagh talks about two of his colleagues... Autumn has arrived and with the change of season

We wish him well now and in the future and

nature moves into a new phase, of letting go and

we feel very grateful to have had the pleasure

preparing for the new, and so it is for our practice

of working alongside such a gentleman.

too at the moment. Today we say goodbye to one of

His enthusiasm is infectious, his willingness

our vets, Padraic Murphy, who has been with us

to learn inspiring, and his gentle nature hum-

for the last three and a half years.

bling to work with. Thanks for all the Laughs,

It's hard to say enough about this young man who

great work Ethic and Professionalism.

came to us straight out of college.

On another note, I would just like to acknowl-

To say he hit the ground running is an understate-

edge the very sad passing of Ann Turner who

ment. Nothing was a problem, everything is "do-

died tragically a short while ago. Ann worked

able" and always willing to help out, be that

here in the practice on different occasions and

clinical work, clerical work, answering the phones,

she was brilliant with animals. Her gentile,

it didn't matter. His big frame, his lighthearted atti-

caring nature melded right in to looking after

tude and his happy go lucky disposition helped

the animals in the hospital. She was an Angel

him create a great atmosphere in the office, on the

on this Earth, quietly going about her work.

farm, everywhere he went. He has gotten engaged

Our condolences to her mother Lena, her

and is moving up country... not too far, and so is

family and her friends. May she rest in

starting a new chapter in his life and career.

peace. n

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Clockwise from top left: Keith Sheehan, Enniscorthy, with the Best Female of Show – Wilma. Daniel Edan with his entry. Robin and Ellie Sheehan, with Coco. Aidan Cosgrave with Fred. Scott Fitzgerald and Tracey Carroll with their dog Ocean.

ST BERNARD CLUB OF IRELAND ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 2021 at Wells House & Gardens, Gorey, 28th August 2021.


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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

PEUGEOT 3008 The Peugeot 3008 mid-size SUV is a particular highlight of the lion brand’s SUV trio – a former Irish Car of the Year and European Car of the Year. The launch of the Peugeot 3008 in Ireland back in 2017 was the brand’s best manifestation yet of Peugeot’s move upmarket. Comfortable and practical, the 3008 competes in the sweet spot of the market where the family SUVs reside. Updated for 2021, Peugeot’s bestseller now has slightly revised exterior styling. What a good-looking car! Surely one of the

prettiest SUVs of its size on the road. And the new look gives it enough modernity to stay relevant in the market. The updated 3008 range kicks off from €32,995 for a 1.2-litre Puretech petrol with 130 hp. The diesel range kicks off from €33,700 for a 1.6-litre diesel also with 130 hp. The new hybrid range starts from €40,920 with 225 hp. There are three trim levels for Ireland – Active, Allure and GT – with lots of equipment from the entry into the range.

On the outside, the 2021 Peugeot 3008 has a new frameless front grille and gloss black air intakes, while the headlights, daytime running lights and indicators all use advanced LED technology across the range. At the rear, Peugeot’s trademark three-claw taillights and new sequential indicators provide a contemporary look. Top of the range GT models get 18” alloys, alloy roof rails, black roof, and sports front bumper design. Other high-end features include ambient lighting, handsfree start, Alc-

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antara/leather effect seats, and front and rear parking sensors with 180 rear reversing camera. Inside, the new 3008 SUV features Peugeot’s next generation digital i-Cockpit® technology with a 12.3-inch digital head-up instrument panel, a compact steering wheel and 10-inch high definition capacitive colour touchscreen. There is seating for five with good space inside the vehicle. There is plenty of Interior rear leg room and even the middle seat passenger will find a flat space for their feet. However the boot has been trimmed down in size in the hybrid. Standard petrol and diesel models get 520 litres, while the hybrid can only manage 395 litres. A powered tailgate is also available as an option. The Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid on test is quite a machine, combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 13.2 kWh battery to produce a healthy 225 hp. This model can be charged up and driven on electric power alone for a range of up to 62 km. Paired with the eight-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission (EAT8), this car feels positively premium. The drive

mode selector allows owners to switch between Electric, Hybrid and Sport modes, altering the feel of the car on the road and performance somewhat. A 3.7kW single-phase on-board charger is included as standard, with a full charge taking three hours and 45 minutes. On the road the 3008 hybrid displays its wonderful pedigree. The hybrid carries a premium over other models in the range but with the power and ease of the transmission, it is a high-end driving experience, which goes some way to justify the price. The way the hybrid system blends with the automatic transmission

The plug-in hybrid adds diversity and flexibility to the 3008 range, though as with all cars of this type, the battery is best used regularly to see a good return on the investment and make the car more efficienct to run. The hybrids are now the most expensive of the 3008 range but buyers will still find a good car in the more affordable petrol and diesel models. The facelift gives this car just the right presence. What’s underneath is still a very good car indeed. Model tested: Peugeot 3008 GT PHEV Price: €43,240 Engine: 1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid Power: 225 hp Torque: 360 Nm Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8.8 seconds CO2 emissions: 31 g/km Motor Tax: €140 per year n

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LOCAL MAN LUKE O'CONNELL IS COMBINING HIS LOVE OF DINOSAURS WITH HIS LOVE OF PERFORMING TO BRING DINOSAURS TO LIFE FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES... Luke O’Connell recently brought his Dinosaur Day to New Ross Library and entertained two age groups there: 6-9 year olds and 9-12 year olds. Luke brought along a selection of both 3d printed fossil replicas of dinosaur teeth and bones, along with a small number of actual fossils to provide an authentic look into the lives of the most spectacular and interesting creatures of prehistory.

Luke at his recent show at New Ross Library

He highlighted favourites such as Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops, but also brought to light some lesser known and equally fascinating animals in his wonderful storytelling manner. The sessions were fun and interactive but also educational – teaching children a little bit about the world of the dinosaurs. So if your child is wild about dinosaurs, prehistoric beasts and nature, then they will love Luke’s one-of-a-kind workshops! Luke is available for your special day, event or get-together of any kind.

Fundraising for Rathnure Walking Track The community of Rathnure are well known for being crazy about sport and they are now fundraising to develop a Community Walking Track around their Nicky Rackard Park. It will be a beautiful space, 850 metres, fully lit, safe with no cars, no lorries – a very safe space to walk in. No need for hi-vis jackets or flashlamps! Just bring a couple of friends and enjoy!

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The project has received Sports Capital Grant funding and the community is fundraising to finish the project. The goal is to raise €15,000 locally and so far over €3,000 of that has been raised. To play your part in this worthy project, just follow the link below and donate whatever you can.

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Slí Cheoil agus Oidhreachta Cois Sláine A trail around the Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, featuring mostly Wexford traditional, folk, and contemporary musicians along with sean nós, dance and spoken word, took place on Sunday 5th September. Performances on the trail included: Lorcán Mac Mathúna Quartet featuring Martin Tourish on Accordion (Altan), Daire Bracken Fiddle (Riverdance/Jiggy) and Eamonn Galldubh Pipes/Flute (Slide), Cáca Milis Cabaret hosted by Helena Mulkerns, Celtic Jazz with Melanie O'Reilly and Jericho Kikala Traore, Trad Jam with Ellie Walsh and Orla Quirke with Young Trad players, Wexford Folk Orchestra, Padraig Sinnott and friends, The Reville Family, Cuckoo’s Nest, Danecastle Music Group, Ceoltoir Munna, Wexford Sea Shanties, Wild Turkeys, Kilmuckridge/Monamolin CCE, Wexford Traditional Singers, and Alice and James McIntyre. n

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Above: James and Alice McIntyre. Below: Cáca Milis Cabaret performers.

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Light at the end of the tunnel With the government recently publishing “Reframing the challenge, continuing our recovery and reconnecting”, the performing arts sector can, at last, now see some light at the end of the tunnel. Some key points are as follows: FROM 6 SEPTEMBER... Subject to continued protective factors and sectoral guidance, organised indoor events and mass gatherings can take place with capacity limits of 60% of venue capacity where all patrons are immune (fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 within previous 6 months), or accompanied minors (under 18). Where patrons have mixed immunity status, there will be no change to the current restrictions during September. For indoor live music, drama, live entertainment and sporting events, the audience/spectators should be fully seated. FROM 20 SEPTEMBER: Organised indoor group activities (sports, arts, culture, dance classes) can take place with capacity limits of 100 people (with appropriate protective measures) where all patrons are immune (fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 within previous 6 months), or accompanied minors (under 18). Where patrons have mixed immunity status, pods of up to 6 participants will be permitted (excluding adult leaders/teachers). Check out the full document here:

Best of luck to Mary in final of international competition

Wexford TD Johnny Mythen supporting the Performing Arts sector outside Leinster House, Dublin, on 16th August 2021.

Mary Mullally was born and raised on the Milehouse Road in Enniscorthy and now lives in Cork with her four children Gabrielle 17, Lisamarie 13, Jade 12, her little boy Travis who is 2, and her partner Ryan. Mary was recently crowned ‘Miss Elegance Of The World Ireland 2021’ after winning her virtual heat. She will now go forward next March to the UK to represent Ireland and seek to win the international title and become the third Irish winner of this prestigious international event. The organisers say that the Miss Elegance of The World pageant strives to promote self-esteem and self-confidence in women of all ages and that Miss Elegance of The World is founded on using positive words and actions, transforming lives by helping others and raising money for charity such as Cancer Research UK. “We encourage all our contestants to INSPIRE! LEAD! ACHIEVE!” In addition to doing photoshoots and media interviews, 37-year-old Mary has been busy raising money for various charities and in August did the ‘100 Miles in a Month’ for The Mater Foundation – her third time doing it. She is also a proud supporter of Women’s Refuge. Follow Mary on her journey by clicking here:

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Visit Wexford Photo Competition Calling all visitors, photographers and locals… Enter the ‘Fall In Love With Wexford Photo Competition’ here: Visit Wexford wants to learn more about what makes people fall in love with Wexford. So, submit your photo of Co. Wexford, and tell Visit Wexford where and why you fell in love with that place, and whether it’s an overall area, the perfect attraction, your favourite hidden land or somewhere in Wexford that holds senti-

mental value to you! It could be one of Wexford’s great local attractions, hidden gems, or somewhere that allows you fulfill your hobby like hiking, cycling, swimming and so on. So enter your photo now for the Fall In Love With Wexford Photography Competition with a €300 gift card to be won. The closing date is Friday 29th October 2021. Entry form here:

Enniscorthy singer-songwriter Reuben Hester was one of the performers at ‘Summer of Sounds’ in Enniscorthy. He has an upcoming, headlining show in Dublin on Saturday 16th October at 8pm upstairs in Whelan’s famous venue on Wexford Street.

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A jolly time at Johnstown

First Castle-Lake Arts Festival – a huge success

Above: Elisabet McKiernan, Minister James Browne and Cllr Lisa McDonald. Below: Joan Murphy, Billy Roche and Stephen Murphy.

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Above: At the Castle-Lake Arts were Paula and Decla Below: The Ivy Sisters as Below right: Maree

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Louise Malone of the group "Saxology" entertaining the attendees at the festival.

All set for the Castle-Lake Festival in Johnstown Castle were Cherie and Paul Doyle.

The Dara Pierce Ballet Acadamy, Clonard, performing at Johnstown Castle.

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Festival in Johnstown Castle grounds on 7th August an Murphy, and Eleanor and Joss Furlong. s they perform on stage in Johnstown Castle. e and Michael Lyng enjoying the festival.

Above: Dara Pierce from the Ballet Academy, Clonard, with some of her students performing at the festival opening. Below right: At the Castle-Lake Festival in Johnstown Castle on 7th August were Deirdre and Ricado Forte.

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The Remedy OUT AND ABOUT... Club’s new single gets wonderful reviews Local woman, Aileen Mythen, is feeling humbled by the beautiful comments the Remedy Club (Aileen and her husband KJ McEvoy) have been receiving since releasing their version of Thin Lizzy’s Wild One. It’s a slowed down, haunting, melancholic take on the Thin Lizzy classic, described by former Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham as, ‘The most beautiful and haunting version of a Thin Lizzy song I have ever heard'. High praise indeed!

At the Castle-Lake Arts Festival in Johnstown Castle on 7th August were Robert and Anne Redmond from New Ross.

The song was also named “Tune Of The Week” on RTE Culture at the end of August. The Remedy Club’s single was released on Phil Linnott’s birthday, 20th August, and all proceeds go to the Irish Cancer Society in memory of the Remedy Club’s friend Gavin Ralston. Listen and see here: The Remedy Club – Aileen Mythen and KJ McEvoy.

Entertaining at the recent Fairy Hunt in Wells House were Michael J and Donna Marie.

At Wells House and Gardens’ recent Fairy Hunt were Genevie, Dawson, Dave and Verity Fleming and their dog Brad.

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In praise of Staycations A little bit of Heaven in Donegal Donegal, being one of the very few counties in Ireland that I hadn’t already been to, was the obvious choice for a staycation. I had been warned that Irish hotels were charging ridiculous prices in August to catch the punters before the schools reopen in September, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Taking into account that we travelled midweek Tuesday to Friday, and it was a Golden Years package, I was delighted to get a deal at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, 3 nights B&B and one evening meal for €468 for two people, now seriously, how good is that, sure you’d hardly stay at home for it! The Great Northern, owned by former Donegal footballer and manager Brian McEniff, stands majestic on the Bundoran coastline, completely dominating the skyline, even the Bundoran Eye in the Fun Park plays second fiddle to it. Excellent location, efficient staff, clean, comfortable rooms, and good if ordinary food, spacious lobby with an abundance of seating areas and bar service. Very busy golf course to the right of it and beautiful coastal walk and sandy beach to the left, with magnificent scenery of the wild Atlantic. On our first evening there we were lucky to see four frolicking dolphins just off the shore, a delightful bonus, as was the visit to our table on our final evening by the owner himself Brian McEniff. Being an ardent GAA fan I was delighted to hear that this famous footballer at the other end of Ireland has been a follower of Wexford hurling since 1956 and was doubly delighted when he spent time with us posing for the obligatory photograph.

first on the agenda, having heard a recent documentary on RTE on The Life, Work and Disappearance of Arthur Kingsley Porter, who owned the lands and castle in the 1920s. Wexford author Lucy Costigan penned the work after a visit to Glenveagh, which tells the intriguing tale of the disappearance of Arthur Kingsley Porter, a Harvard Professor, a famous archaeologist and author, and a multimillionaire who bought Glenveagh in the 1920s and came to live there with his American wife Lucy.

A most charming man, it was a pleasure to meet him and he certainly adds a personal touch to the experience of staying at the Great Northern.

Life was apparently idyllic for the Porters in this remote and extremely beautiful part of Donegal for a time, until the cracks began to appear.

Bundoran itself is a commercial entity, geared towards family holidays and packed with amusements, so we headed off to the more remote, sedate areas of this massively beautiful county.

It seems Lucy’s new husband, whom she loved dearly, was actually attracted to his own sex, but rather than end the relationship with a divorce, Lucy agreed to the relationship between Arthur and his same sex partner, an Italian, and the three

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seemed to embrace the arrangement for a while, then two things happened. The Wall Street crash of 1929 brought great losses to the estate of Arthur and Lucy Porter, leaving them with substantial debt and the Italian lover appears to have taken up with another partner, causing Kingsley to lapse into a bout of severe depression, and in 1933, while walking on Inishboffin, Arthur Kingsley Porter disappeared, his body never found. Some say he was drowned by a freak wave while others say that he was smuggled off the island to begin a new life as a gay man in Paris. A boat was seen by locals in the area the day he disappeared and for years afterwards there were reported sightings of him, as far away as India. But whichever, or whatever, this is a most intriguing tale and the ambience of the Castle and the secluded remoteness of the landscape contribute to the mystery. There is an energic two-mile walk from the

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car park to the Castle through some of the most exquisite scenery I have ever seen. We were extremely fortunate on the day we visited to enjoy a beautiful spell of weather and as I strode happily through lush, leafy vale with soft, undulating hills encircling a crystal blue lake glittering in sunshine, I truly felt like Arthur and Lucy Kingsley Porter, that the hand of God had dropped a little bit of Heaven into the heart of Donegal. There are normally tours of the Castle but due to Covid restrictions its doors were closed to us, but we enjoyed exploring the Victorian walled garden, the attractive Italian and Tuscan gardens and the Gothic Orangery and sampled the fare at the charming café nestled in the courtyard. There was no charge for any of this by the way, except of course the eats, and if you wished – a bus back to the car park for €1.50. We toured Gweedore, Ardara, the Rosses,

Dungloe (wee Daniel was nowhere to be seen), Glenties, Killybegs, Mountcharles, Donegal town, Letterkenny, and Ballyshannon, and were lucky to happen on a 70% sale at McElhinneys in Ballybofey, where it would have been a sin not to purchase, so gladly I obliged. In Donegal town we found the ancient seat of Red Hugh O`Donnell, the last of the great Earls of Ulster, and crossed the border to look for Dragoons in Enniskillen, then on to walk the great walls of Derry and marvel at the past in pictures at the Bogside. The preserved Free Derry Wall is an emotive moment for anyone who remembers the Troubles, the sight of which will transport you right back to every six o’clock news bulletin of your youth. The expertly displayed murals are an extremely well executed visual history of the injustice and suffering of the people of the Bogside, lest we forget.

We visited the Ulster/American Folk Park at Omagh, a marvellous testament to all those from Ulster who left for whatever reason to settle in the new world, chronicling their lives before and after, many like Davy Rocket, Stonewall Jackson, Thomas Mellon and many, many others who played central roles in America`s history. The Folk Park takes two to two-and-a-half hours to complete and is comprehensive, imaginative, and very reasonably priced, encouraging me to return, again, as on the day we were unable to view the entire project. In fact, I will definitely make a return trip to Donegal, it is a huge county and a place of outstanding beauty, of heather covered, rolling mountains, lush, lake-filled valleys, and dramatic coastline dotted with countless, golden, sandy beaches framed exquisitely by majestic, vertical, honeycombed cliffs, washed by wild Atlantic waves... what more could one ask for from a staycation. – Maria Nolan

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Peace Park Sings to the Sounds of Summer The Orchard Peace Park, adjacent to The Presentation Centre, is a wonderful amenity at the heart of Enniscorthy, and I was particularly pleased to see it used recently for a mini music festival, Sounds of Summer, hosted by Lantern Presents and Wexford County Council Arts Officer Liz Burns. Funded through Wexford County Council and The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme 2021, Sounds of Summer was an initiative aimed at encouraging local artists back onto the stage and into the spotlight in the aftermath of Covid-19. Similar gigs are being held in thirty-one venues around the country promoting local talent and heralding the end of the summer season. The Orchard Peace Park provided a natural amphitheatre, nestled as it is between historic Vinegar Hill and our impressive Pugin Cathedral, for the four-day event featuring artists like the dulcet duo Clive Barnes and Luan Parle, the energetic, author/singer/songwriter/and spoken word wizard Peter aka Cursed Murphy and the international star-in-the-

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making and local boy made good Reuben Hester, supporting the very popular Ten Ounce Mouse and For the Company. The Peace Park also became an outdoor cinema on Sunday 29th to the delight of families all around Enniscorthy. The talent on show was excellent, the location picturesquely perfect, the presentation professional, and even the weather obliged, making this a most successful and enjoyable endeavour, and besides it was all totally free – now you simply can’t get better than that, well done to all involved. As I have said previously, Covid has forced all of us to think outside the box providing some new initiatives and lots of new ways of enjoying local talent in local areas. Hopefully much of this will continue to be a feature of our future, Covid or no Covid, as it affords opportunities for communities to come together and appreciate not just the amazing talent we have on our doorsteps but the plentiful, beautiful and variety of venues in which to savour and enhance it. – Maria Nolan

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Politicians, performers & local people enjoying the ‘Sounds of Summer’ Pics by Maria Nolan

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Whether the more formal suit or the blazer and pants combo, there’s no single cut or era that dominates. You’ll find flares and nipped-in jackets for that 70s look, oversized grey checked suits for an 80s mood and pared back pieces for a more refined 90s visual, all equally popular this winter. And don’t be too quick to pack away the pretty summer dresses and pleated skirts, these will look amazing with this year’s statement knitwear. Sumptuous, jumbo cable knit sweaters, head to toe cashmere co-ordinates, fringing, embellishment, the works, it’s all there in our winter luxury knitwear, reflecting the growing demand for comfortable but dressier looks, with ski style and fair-isle knits being the popular choices. Pop a sweater over your favourite dress or skirt, pull on a pair of boots, maybe matching tights, and you’re sure to adorn any office, coupled with which you’re ready to go for that after-work meal or drinks. There are subtle ways to sparkle up your outfits now that we are embracing our ability to go out again and mix with friends. Faux fur is never far away from autumn/winter fashion, but this year it’s not just coats and jackets, it’s furry boots, hats, scarves and bags and of course the closer we come to that Ho Ho Ho season the more sequins will feature. They say in difficult times, fashion is always outrageous, so stay tuned as we come further and further out of the darkness. I have no doubt fashion will continue to sparkle and shine. – Maria Nolan

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Above left: Little Adaya Buggy enjoying the Fairy Hunt. Above right: Lula, Kelly, Tony and Millie Moore.

Above: At Wells House and Gardens Fairy Hunt on 8th August were Kalinen, Declan and Brayden Downs. Below: Holly Peelo.

Fairy Hunt at Wells House Hayley, Ronan and Ava Lewis with Nicola Halford.

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Above: At Wells House and Gardens Fairy Hunt were Ella, Kevin, Alex, Ethan and Eva Fryery. Above right: Listening to the music at Wells House and Gardens Fairy Hunt was Ellen Kelly. Below: Lillie, Stephen, Noah and Amanda Sinclar. Right: At Wells House and Gardens Fairy Hunt were Regina Ryan and Brendan Byrne. Below right: Ana and Morgan Ferriter.

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Eoin’s new song deals with division in our world...

Enniscorthy’s Eoin Devereux has a new song available called Falling Apart which is about his outlook on the world last November when “the world was completely divided and broken”. Check it out on: and Eoin’s new song is a successor to Going My Own Way and Fall and Save both written and recorded alone in his bedroom. FALLING APART is also a song which he made alone in his bedroom but this time he wrote a song looking externally to the world rather than looking in to himself. Eoin says, “Looking at the world in the past few years has left us all with a hole in our heart. For such an intelligent species we are so divided by things like race, gender, skin colour etc. With this song and music video I wanted to showcase this division as I feel it is important to be honest and remember that we are the change in this world full of hate. It starts with ourselves... We must come together and find peace, it comes first above all else.” n

Reuben visits home International singing sensation Reuben Hester at home in Enniscorthy with his mum Donna. Reuben performed live in his home town at the recent ‘Sounds of Summer’ mini-festival and also has an upcoming headlining show in Dublin to look forward to on Saturday 16th October at 8pm upstairs in Whelan’s famous venue on Wexford Street.

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Top jazz trio for Wexford Arts Centre Enniscorthy’s favourite musical duo – Kermie (Kerry and Jamie) are back on the road! Jamie Murphy tells us, “Lads... we'd love to play anywhere at this stage... We are back at it. Give us a bell and let us bring some much needed joy to you!!! We do dos and functions, weddings and wakes....” Contact the duo through Facebook: Kerry and Jamie – back on the road.

If you are into jazz you will, most likely, already be a fan of Irish jazz composer, musician and performer Carole Nelson. And if you’re not into jazz – well now’s your chance!

Dominic Mullan on drums and Cormac O’Brien on bass. Together they will be performing the music from Arboreal – their album which was released in February 2020.

Described as a rare and exceptional talent, Carole will be returning to the Wexford Arts Centre on Friday 11th September, accompanied by her band of

Their original tour, scheduled for last year, was cancelled due to the pandemic but Wexford Arts Centre is thrilled to host them now on 11th September. n

Hard to believe! It may only be the beginning of September but already a number of local attractions are gearing up for Christmas! The Village at Wheelocks, Enniscorthy, has announced that Santa will return to The Village this Christmas, and on 3rd September their booking website for their Santa Experience went live. Meanwhile, plans are progressing for ‘Santa’s Enchanted Castle’ at Enniscorthy Castle. Keep an eye on the Slaney News Facebook page for updates on this magical experience. Check out It looks like the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on! n

At "The Actor’s Nightmare" in Gorey Little Theatre recently were: Carmel and George Hogan.

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olf classic The Paul McGrath Golf Classic in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland took place at Rathaspeck Manor on Saturday, 28th August. Top left: Stephen Campion, Neil O’Reilly, Paul McGrath and Eamonn Haughton. Top centre: Paul with organisers Jonathon Power and Tracey Jennings. Top right: Anne O’Reilly, Paul McGrath and Bernie Boland. Far left: Una Furlong, Paul McGrath, Anna Kelly and Agnes Grant. Left: Ciaran Medler, Denis Donohue, Paul McGrath and Bernard Lynch. Right: Kevin Sheehan, Paul McGrath, Martin Langton and Seamus O’Connor. Below far left: David Phelan and Paul McGrath. Below left: Pacelli English, Paul McGrath and Mick Reid. Below: Mary Fowler and Paul McGrath. Below far right: Johnny Doyle, John Redmond, Paul McGrath and Seamus Kenny.

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Prizewinners in Lady Captain Meta Cummin’s (second from left in front row) 18 hole stroke competition, 14th August 2021.

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Above and below: Competitors in the Ladies competition in Enniscorthy Golf Club on 24th August.

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Successful start to Enniscorthy’s rugby season Congratulations to several Enniscorthy players on being selected for provincial and national teams. Temi Lasisi put in tremendous performances in starting 3 of Ireland’s 5 matches in the recent Under-20 6-Nations championship. Temi commenced his playing career with Enniscorthy Rugby Club at minis level and and played right up to 18.5. A real home-grown success story.

Ben Manion (above) is Enniscorthy Rugby Club’s new men’s senior coach. Ben spent a 10-year semi-professional playing career, in both Australia and the UK, before heading into the coaching ranks. In his ten years as a full-time coach, he has worked as an attack coach under Wallaby legend Mark Ella, assistant coach under Flying Fijians national coach John McKee, skills coach with Japan and Tongan national teams and as a senior head coach in both Australia and Ireland, with a proven track record of developing players for Super Rugby / Pro14 and motivating teams to consistently exceed targets. He is currently Senior Cup coach / physical education and history teacher in Blackrock College – Ireland’s leading rugby school having won the Senior Cup 69 times since the inaugural tournament in 1887, and is the country’s premier player nursery. n

Congratulations also to James Doyle on being selected for the Leinster combined schools and clubs under 19s. A huge achievement from a young man with huge potential. Congrats also to Enniscorthy’s Aoife Wafer, Mia Kelly, Katie Whelan and Ciara Boland on recently making the U-18 Leinster squad. Aoife was also selected for the Ireland Women’s Sevens squad.

Enniscorthy Rugby Club held its annual Golf Classic in Enniscorthy Golf Club on 27th August which was a huge success. The club’s recent Pettitt’s Tag Rugby Tournament was also a huge success thanks to the organising committee of John Murphy, Timmy Morrissey, Declan O'Brien, Sarah Nolan, Ev Fenlon, Amy Stafford, Seana Kane, Michael Bolger and Arthur Dunne. n

Congrats to Aoife Wafer, Mia Kelly, Katie Whelan and Ciara Boland on making the U-18 Leinster squad.

Fixture List 2021/22 Leinster Senior League 4th Sep Enniscorthy v Naas 11th Sep Greystones v Enniscorthy 18th Sep Enniscorthy v Blackrock College

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AIL Division 2C 2nd Oct Enniscorthy v Midleton 9th Oct City of Derry v Enniscorthy 16th Oct Enniscorthy v Omagh Academicals 30th Oct Tullamore v Enniscorthy 6th Nov Skerries v Enniscorthy 20th Nov Enniscorthy v Sunday's Well 27th Nov Bangor v Enniscorthy 4th Dec Enniscorthy v Bruff 11th Dec Clonmel v Enniscorthy 15th Jan Enniscorthy v Clonmel 22nd Jan Bruff v Enniscorthy 29th Jan Enniscorthy v Bangor 19th Feb Sunday's Well v Enniscorthy 26th Feb Enniscorthy v Skerries

Metro League Div 3 19th Sep Malahide v Enniscorthy 25th Sep Enniscorthy v Terenure College 10th Oct St Marys College v Enniscorthy 17th Oct Tullamore v Enniscorthy 31st Oct Enniscorthy v Old Belvedere 7th Nov Navan v Enniscorthy 21st Nov Enniscorthy v Skerries 28th Nov Enniscorthy v Malahide 5th Dec Terenure College RFC v Enniscorthy 8th Jan Enniscorthy v St Marys College RFC 16th Jan Enniscorthy v Tullamore 30th Jan Old Belvedere v Enniscorthy 6th Feb Enniscorthy v Navan 13th Feb Skerries v Enniscorthy n

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Enniscorthy Hockey Club After a long break from club hockey, Enniscorthy Hockey Club is finally getting ready for the season to commence.

2nd, 3rd & 4th Year Girls: Sunday 10.30-11.30am.

The new training schedule is as follows:

Men: Wednesday 8.30-10pm.

U8, U10 & U12 Boys: Friday 6-7pm.

Open Senior Session: Friday 8-9pm.

U14 & U16 Boys: Sunday 11.30-12.30pm.

Goalkeepers: Friday 7-8pm.

1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th Class Girls: Sunday 9.30-10.30am.

Membership: Head to and complete registration.

5th & 6th Class Girls: Friday 7-8pm. 1st Year Girls: Sunday 11.30-12.30pm.

Ladies: Wednesday 7-8.30pm.

Information regarding League and Cup competitions will be posted asap on the club’s social media channels. n

Stars shine bright at Feile There was lots of excitement at Bellefield GAA, home of the Rapparees/Starlights, as our very talented U-15 football team came out overall winners of Division 1 Feile beating Bannow/Ballymitty in a most entertaining final 3.8 to 2.1. These young men of Feile are an extremely talented and skilful team and most definitely stars of the future and we look forward to them making many a county final appearance in the years to come. Our Ladies Junior Camogie team are this year’s League Champions beating Kilross Gaels in the final at Piercestown. Well done to this very committed team and

their dedicated mentors on their achievement. Bellefield had a visit recently from the Minister of State for Sport, Jack Chambers, who took time out from his very busy schedule in Wexford to accompany our own Minister James Browne to the Club to have a look at all the great work being done there for the youth of Enniscorthy. Minister Chambers’ parents are both natives of Mayo so a Rapparees jersey with the red and green of Mayo was presented to the Minister on the occasion of his visit. We hope it brings luck to him and to Mayo. – Maria Nolan

Minister Chambers is presented with a Rapparees jersey.

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Wexford ladies defeated in All-Ireland Final Commiseration to the Wexford Ladies Intermediate footballers who tasted defeat against Westmeath in the 2021 TG4 AllIreland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Final at Croke Park on Sunday 5th September. It was Wexford’s first TG4 Intermediate Final appearance since 2007, but it was Westmeath who claimed the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup and Senior status for 2022.

Cooper is crowned champion of Ireland 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.

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The very talented U-15 Starlights football team – overall winners of Division 1 Feile beating Bannow/Ballymitty in a most entertaining final 3.8 to 2.1.

The Rapparees Ladies Junior Camogie team – this year’s League Champions beating Kilross Gaels in the final at Piercestown.

Starlights U-15 footballers in action.

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Restricted return of racegoers

WEXFORD RACES 6th August, 2021 A restricted attendance under Covid-19 guidelines attended a fine evening of racing at Bettyville Park with a seven-race card for all to enjoy. Left: Martin McDonald, Breda Wright, Kitty Goldsmith and John Wright. Below: Mary Doyle (Chairperson Wexford Supporters Club), Frank McGuinness, Blackwater, and Watt Sinnott, Caim, Enniscorthy.

Next Meeting is on Sunday 24th October.

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Left: Dan and Margaret Walsh, Enniscorthy. Above: Frank McGuinness, Blackwater, and Trainer Paul Nolan, Davidstown, who had a 2nd and 3rd in the 5.45 race. Below left: Shane Carty and Adam Murphy. Below right: The younger generation enjoying the racing. Bottom left: Aileen Cardiff, Wexford and Peter O’Loughlin, Fethard. Bottom right: Nancy Cullen and Anna Cosgrave.

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SlaNey SlaNey Sport ad On the mid-August weekend, Edermine Ferry Rowing Club had eleven crews take to the water at the Irish Coastal Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre in Cork. The first race of the weekend was for the club’s Coastal 4 U16 Ladies crew of Lucy Ivers, Sarah O’Leary, Moira Grimes and Emer Foley, coxed by Josh Martin. The girls rowed a brilliant heat and qualified in third place. The final was fast paced and all boats crossed the line within seconds of each other, with the Edermine ladies placing 6th overall.

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The Coastal 4 U18 crew of Kate Kavanagh, Sam Geraghty, Sean Kavanagh and Brendan Devereux coxed by Sinéad Kinsella fought hard in their final and placed a strong 7th overall. Next out was the Coastal 4 Veteran Mixed crew of John Murphy, John Kavanagh, Bernie O’Leary and Carmel Devereux coxed by Josh who finished a powerful 6th in their final. Now, as exciting as those first three races were, it was from here on that the real excitement began for the club! The first Traditional crew out was the Junior Men in which Barry Cunnea, Jason Roche, Mark Delahunty, Richie O’Neill and cox Josh took home silver medals – and this started off a chain of medal winning results for the club! The Traditional Senior Ladies (Marie Kinsella, Sinéad Kinsella, Bernie O’Leary and Carmel Devereux, with cox Josh) took to the water soon after and had a spectacular race, holding the lead from early on and taking home gold medals as Traditional Senior Ladies Champions! The final race of Day 1 was the Traditional Senior Men and after a wellfought race they brought home two sets of medals for first and third place! The

gold medal winning team consisted of John Murphy, Joe Carley, Richard O’Neill and Josh Martin, coxed by Ruairi Murphy, and the bronze medal winning team was made up of Fintan Kinsella, Jim Power, Hugh Cunnea and John Kavanagh, coxed by Sinéad. Moving on to day two, four crews took to the water to compete. Out in our first race of the day was the Coastal 4 U-21 Men (Richard O’Neill, Josh Martin, Mark Delahunty and Jason Roche, coxed by Sinéad) who rowed a fantastic race and came away with welldeserved bronze medals. The U-18 crew of Kate Kavanagh, Sam Geraghty, Sean Kavanagh and Brendan Devereux, cox Sinéad, took to the water again but this time in the Traditional race and were rewarded with bronze medals. The U-16 girls crew of Lucy Ivers, Sarah

Traditional Snr Women Gold Medalists L-R: Carmel Devereux, Marie Kinsella, Josh Martin (Cox), Sinéad Kinsella, Bernie O'Leary.

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O’Leary, Moira Grimes and Emer Foley, coxed by Josh, returned to the boat again to take part in the Traditional U-16 girls race. They fought stroke for stroke to the line and finished in an amazing second place, securing silver medals! The final crew of the weekend – Fintan Kinsella, Joe Carley, Marie Kinsella and Deirdre Bowers Kavanagh, coxed by Sinéad – competed in the Coastal 4 Masters Mixed race. The crew fought tooth and nail to the finish line which required a photo finish to determine the result and after an anticipated wait, they

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came out as winners with a third set of gold medals coming back to Wexford! Congratulations to all the club’s rowers and coxes. Incredibly, every single one of their competitors left the championships with a medal to their name and this is no mean feat for a national event. The club would like to thank its attending club members for their support throughout the weekend. Hearing them shouting for the crews

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made a huge difference. And also the club thanks Portmagee Rowing Club El Nino and Rowing Ireland Coastal Rowing for running such a fantastic event. A spokesperson for Edermine Ferry Rowing Club concluded by saying, ‘Following what has been endured for the past 18 months, to be able to finally attend the Coastal Rowing Championships was uplifting for all who attended and provides great motivation for us for the year to come.’ n

Traditional Jnr Men Silver Medalists L-R Barry Cunnea, Mark Delahunty, Josh Martin (Cox), Richie O'Neill, Jason Roche.

Traditional U-16 Women Silver Medalists L-R Myra Grimes, Lucy Ivers, Josh Martin (Cox), Sarah O'Leary, Emer Foley.

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Enniscorthy Walls Project Whether visitor to, or native of, the town, one cannot help but be dazzled by the latest initiative to hit our streets, or should I say our walls. The Enniscorthy Walls Project is a vibrant community development plan for the revamp and rejuvenation of the town via large scale mural artworks, something to brighten our days and lift our spirits as we emerge from the doldrums of the Covid-19 lockdown. Inspired by the successful model set out by the Waterford and New Ross outdoor mural project, Enniscorthy Walls are excited to have unveiled no less than five major artworks created across the town. Nationally, renowned artists have facilitated the design and application of street art in key locations identified as high focus areas in need of rejuvenation. Omin, who painted the Eileen Gray mural at Abbey Square, is a graphic artist with a 20-year history rooted in Graffiti. Hailing from Dundalk, Omin has been painting and traveling extensively, becoming established on the international graffiti art scene. Painting in cities across the globe from New York, London, Barcelona, Lisbon, Amsterdam and Copenhagen to name but a few. A graduate of Visual Communications from Dublin Institute of Technology, Omin works across a variety of mediums and surfaces. These range from large-scale murals; canvas works and various print processes. Omin’s graffiti pieces encapsulate traditional graffiti elements where letterforms can become deconstructed or in some cases verge on the abstract. In the pursuit to discover new techniques and textures, Omin's style is ever evolving. His work also explores the human figure, painting characters with photorealistic and illustrative qualities, mixing graphic elements influenced by glitches in everyday use of digital technology. Art has been central to ADW’s life ever since he started dabbling with his creativity while still in primary school. After five years studying animation in Ballyfermot college, Dublin, he

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moved to Britain to work in the computer games industry. In 2005 he returned to a booming Ireland, slowly becoming more and more disillusioned with a future in the computer graphics world and dreaming of a more creative future. However, his mind was made up for him in the fallout from the economic crash of 2008, when he was made redundant from his full-time job as a 3D artist. He returned to his creative roots and began to produce his own art full-time. A determined creative and social activist, the economic collapse provided the backdrop for much of his art and street-art, earning him much acclaim and recognition in the process. Laced with satire and burnt by honesty, his pieces are often imbued with a dash of acerbic humour. ADW is responsible for the mural at Enniscorthy Bridge. Intercontinental artist Solus found art eleven years ago, and iot is the key to keeping him inspired and on the right track. He embraced his natural talent and keen eye using spray paint as his main medium, leaving his mark in Europe, America, and Asia on walls, canvas, sculpture, and various media. He has exhibited in various international solo shows in America, Canada, and Paris. In 2017 he served as National Trailblazer (Ambassador) for Culture Ireland, representing and promoting culture in Ireland. In 2018 he was nominated as one of five Irish artists to receive the Irish Central’s Creativity and Arts awards, honouring him for his work in the streets of New York. His successful use of colour and positive imagery evokes a sense of hope and leaves a mark that is undeniably his, which is obvious from his work at the top of Wafer Street. Amanda Doran is an artist based in Gorey, Co. Wexford. She received her B.A. in fine art painting from N.C.A.D. Amanda is mainly a figurative painter, her work focuses on subcultures such as the tattoo scene and alternative music scenes, and Amanda’s colourful mural can be seen at Wickham’s Butchers, Market Square. Anna Doran is a mural artist from Dublin, Ireland. She is a graduate from NCAD and has been painting walls all over Ireland for over ten years now. Anna is obsessed with colour and

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– a definite talking point! geometry and loves how street/mural art can transform a drab grey wall into something inspiring. Anna works primarily with stencils and uses spray paint and collage to create her tessellations. You can find some of Anna’s work on Love Lane in Dublin city, or scattered throughout other towns throughout Ireland. Anna has also worked with brands such as Facebook, Intel, Bombay Sapphire, and Urban Outfitters on selected projects. And now you can also find Anna’s beautiful work at Glamour Boutique, Enniscorthy. Although Enniscorthy is known for its wealth of history, the artists of Enniscorthy Walls created street art that focuses on contemporary icons in writing, music, and art, depicting the future of Enniscorthy, and the incredible creative potential of the town. Enniscorthy is famed for its dedication to heritage, but Enniscorthy Walls looks instead to community development, revival, renewal, rejuvenation, and pride of place. Visual Arts Manager at The Presentation Centre, Lisa Byrne, who co-ordinated the Walls Project with local artist Larry Dunne, had this to say, ‘We aim to create a vibrant backdrop for Enniscorthy, with emphasis on creativity and creative involvement, reminding residents that they are the focus of the redevelopment, this is for them, creating a sense of pride in their hometown and redeveloping the area as a welcoming, positive, vibrant place to be.’ And congratulations Lisa and Larry, because whatever your appreciation of art may be, there is no doubt that these murals breathe new, colourful, vibrant, life into old, drab, grey walls and are proving a positive focus and a talking point for native and tourist alike. The Walls Project is funded and supported by Wexford Local Development Leader Programme, Wexford Arts Centre and Enniscorthy Municipal District and Wexford County Council. – Maria Nolan

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If Covid-19 has taught us anything – it has taught us to think outside the box and that is exactly what Enniscorthy Drama Group did recently, staging the very popular Paul O’Reilly tragic comedy Wild in the Country – in the country! Wilton Mills Rural Glamping Retreat, nestled in the heart of the Bree country-

side with accommodation for 16 people, bbq area, pizza oven, sittingroom, outdoor showers and indoor toilets, was sublime in the August evening sunshine, and the ruin of the old mill provided the perfect amphitheatre for the eightystrong audience who had the pleasure of attending.

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Julie Fox stole the show once again with a stellar performance, aided and abetted by an extremely talented cast – Pat Murphy as the hen-pecked, piano-playing husband Wolfie, Fergal Kelly as the awkward, bashful, yet secretly lusting Fr. Billy, Niall Holohan as the larger than life

Above left: Fergal Kelly as Fr Billy with the play’s main character, Rose, played by Julie Fox. Above right: Julie with Fintan Kelly playing the part of Johnno.

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Above: Julie Fox as the dysfunctional Rose. Right: Karen Franklin as the rather dowdy and shy Marie with Pat Murphy as Rose’s hen-pecked husband. All pics: Maria Nolan.

roles – Karen Franklin as the rather dowdy, shy, election canvasser Marie, desperately seeking votes and love on the doorsteps, and Fintan Kelly as the rock n rolling, grab your chance handyman, Johnno. Playwright Paul O’Reilly is to be commended for this masterpiece, with lines so brilliantly written and so hilariously funny that they almost completely mask the darkness lurking just beneath the surface. When we meet Rose, we admire her wanton ways, her flamboyant nature and her fun-loving character, but as the play develops we begin to realise that Rose is almost completely dysfunctional. She seems to be unable to feed herself or her unfortunate hen-pecked husband Wolfie, or keep their home in any semblance of order, and even though we laugh at the way Rose treats the staid, timid, piano teacher Wolfie, constantly scoffing at his lack of sexual prowess and his inability to satisfy her, we sense the domestic violence that eventually manifests itself. Rose’s out-of-hand obsession with Elvis, to the point that she believes him to be

coming to play in Enniscorthy ‘in the hut beside the 21 steps’ is evidence enough of her unstable state of mind which visibly frightens the demure, sedate Marie, when she calls for the election rosettes, yet she does nothing to help or reach out to Rose, rather her focus is on Wolfie in whom she recognises a kindred spirit. Rose’s Elvis adoration is a godsend for the flirtatious handyman Johnno who reaps the benefits of her sexual desire for The King. The vain, playful Johnno has no qualms about taking advantage of her mental frailty, it actually never occurs to him to do anything else. In almost every scene Rose is seen swigging neat brandy by the neck, trying to seduce Johnno and the local priest Fr. Billy, yet no-one seems to consider that she might be depressed or an alcoholic or in need of psychiatric help. Indeed, all the pillars of society seem to fail Rose, her teacher husband, the local clergy, the political activist and even the American cop she eventually meets in Graceland, all of them recognise that Rose is mad to the point of violence, and it can only end in tragedy.

But the ending is only tragic and sad for Rose herself. As she walks away, we are left wondering what will become of this mentally challenged woman, where will she go, who will take care of her because the bottom line is, we all love Rose even the madness and the wildness of her. But it is 1977 Enniscorthy and we can all remember back then when there were no systems in place and mental illness was kind of accepted in the community as someone being ‘a bit odd’, ‘mad as a hatter’, ‘a bit eccentric’ or ‘doting’. This is a wonderful production – vibrant, funny, and terribly entertaining albeit with its undercurrent of mental illness, alcoholism, domestic abuse, and violence, excellently written by Paul O’Reilly cascading with McDonagh overtones and Enniscorthy nuances, cleverly directed by Fintan Kelly, outstandingly performed by Fergal Kelly, Pat Murphy, Karen Franklin, Fintan Kelly and Niall Holohan, and as for Julie Fox aka Rose – she simply blossomed during Covid and returned to our stage, madder, funnier, and more vulnerable and lovable than ever. – Maria Nolan

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Wexford Festival Opera news... 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. It runs from 19th to 31st October 2021. Following the recent government announcement, Wexford Festival Opera is delighted to announce that it can welcome increased audiences this October. Following a short period of priority booking for Friends of the Festival, additional tickets will go on sale from Monday 13th September. For any immediate enquires you can email Full details of the operas, concerts, etc can be found on the website: Wexford Festival Opera presents an online concert for Culture Night 2020: Covid can’t stop Culture as this year Wexford Festival Opera and the National Opera House will present an online performance of the final concert by the singers of the WEXFORD FACTORY, a young artist development programme for young Irish/Irish-based singers which is currently underway in the runup to the Festival. Capturing the glorious acoustics of the National Opera House, viewers will be able to enjoy the

performances of these young singers from the comfort of their own home for free on the Wexford Festival Opera YouTube Channel on Friday, 18 September at 7:30pm. The Wexford Festival Opera – The Early Years: The Wexford Festival Opera – The Early Years is an exhibition of rare newspaper photographs documenting the early years of this world famous opera event which in 2021 celebrates its seventieth anniversary. The photographs capture the innocence and the joie de vivre of the very first opera in the Theatre Royal on nearby High Street in 1951 – The Rose of Castile – and is a remarkable record of the leading artistic personalities of the day. The exhibition will be on view to members of the public in Wexford Library during the Wexford Festival Opera in October. 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.

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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: Web: 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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TWO WEXFORD ARTISTS SHORTLISTED FOR MAJOR NATIONAL AWARD... Two Wexford artists have been shortlisted for this year’s Zurich Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland. Serena Caulfield has been shortlisted for her portrait Dad, 5/10/2020, and Emma Roche with her self-portrait Shower Painting (Self-portrait). Their artworks will be on display at the Gallery later this year. From hundreds of entries, 24 artists made it through to the final stage of the Zurich Portrait Prize, while 20 young artists aged between five and eighteen years old have been shortlisted for the Zurich Young Portrait Prize. The winner of the Zurich Portrait Prize will receive a cash prize of €15,000 and will be commissioned to create a work for the national portrait collection, for which they will be awarded a further €5,000. Two additional awards of €1,500 will be given to highly commended works. Judges for the Zurich Portrait Prize are: artist Eamonn Doyle; Róisín Kennedy, art critic and Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy, UCD; and Seán Kissane, Curator at IMMA. Exhibitions of shortlisted works in both competitions run at the National Gallery of Ireland between 13 November 2021 and 3 April 2022. The exhibition will travel to Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, where it will be displayed between 23 April and 17 July 2022. n

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Above: Serena Caulfield. Below left: ‘Dad’ by Serena Caulfield. Below centre: Emma Roche. Below right: ‘Shower Painting (Self-portrait)’ by Emma Roche.

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Free painting classes starting this Monday, 6th September...

REALITY ENDS! Culture Night 2021 With Kitsch Doom, Baroness Von Boomdea, Poppy De Scrace & The Disgraceful Cabaret September 17th at 8pm, for those 18+ This is a free event, however tickets must be booked in advance. There will be no admittance without a ticket. This event will take place under relevant Covid-19 guidelines, please visit The Presentation Centre website for up to date Covid-19 guidelines. The Presentation Centre and artist Kitsch Doom, in partnership with Wexford County Council’s Culture Night 2021, are excited to present a collaborative event celebrating performance, spoken word, experimental theatre and alternative drag performance with host Baroness Von Boomdea, Poppy De Scrace and The Disgraceful Cabaret alongside multimedia artist Kitsch Doom. Kitsch is inspired by theories on gender, sociology, and posthumanism. Kitsch transforms themselves and volunteers into fictional characters through acting techniques such as improvisation and the Method. The performance will be a cabaretstyle introduction to spoken word, experimental theatre and alternative drag performance with performers highlighting various aspects of their artform. This performance is intended to be suitable for any member of the community seeking to deepen their understanding of alternative cultures and subcultures. n

Over 10 weeks, starting this Monday 6th September, Oonagh Latchford will conduct online painting classes during which one can explore with her all the basics of how to paint with acrylics. Each week, Oonagh will approach a different topic, and teach the basics. This will include colour mixing, still-life composition, portraits, landscape, and many more techniques. Oonagh will also share her ongoing works during a virtual visit of her studio. Adult classes (participants need to be 15 years+). No previous painting experience is needed. The sessions will be led virtually through Zoom. Participants should have access to a computer, smart phone, or tablet with a camera. Internet connectivity will be provided at your local Broadband Connection Point (BCP). These free sessions are exclusive to participants attending from a BCP. To find the nearest bcp: This project is supported by Dept of Rural and Community Development.

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First Day at Tombrack National School, Ferns. Above L-R: Tom Rothwell and A.J. O’Neill. Molly Kane and Tom Rothwell.

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Above: L-R: Faólan Ó Brien. Jack Ormond. Sam McMullen. Below L-R: Lee Plummer and Leon Schuster. Blayne Moynihan.

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Vinegar Hill – the last stand of the Wexford Rebels of 1798 A new book is launched... 21 June 1798 saw 20,000 men, women and children trapped on a hill outside Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, facing a Crown force of some 15,000 troops. It was the dying days of a rebellion that had shaken British rule in Ireland to its core. The army that now surrounded the hill was determined that none should escape. Vinegar Hill – The Last Stand of the Wexford Rebels of 1798 is a 352-page book, edited by Dr Ronan O’Flaherty and Jacqui Hynes, and is the culmination of “The Longest Day Research Project”, supported by Wexford County Council and a steering committee of national and international experts. The book includes research by a multidisciplinary team of archaeologists, historians, folklorists, architectural historians, and military specialists, and provides fascinating new insights into what happened at Vinegar Hill on that fateful day in June 1798. Using cutting-edge technology and traditional research, the sequence of the battle jumps sharply into focus. Beginning with Vinegar Hill in the international context, the book considers the command and structure of the armies and course of the battle that day, reveals archaeological artefacts and surviving historic buildings from the battle and period, oral histories of that fateful day and the last march of the Wexford rebels into county Meath. It also evaluates the stories of why General Need-

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History and habitat Our Lady’s Island has a unique history and a unique habitat and both have been captured in a new interactive exhibition which has been installed in the community centre there at a cost of €50,000. The state-of-the-art display focuses on the arrival of Christianity, the invasion of the Anglo-Normans, the history of the island’s pilgrimage, the cutting of the lake and also focuses on local landmarks. Local Councillor Ger Carthy is immensely proud of the new exhibition which he helped secure funding for from various funding streams. The exhibition is just one aspect of a proactive rural development programme which is being implemented by Our Lady’s Island Community Development. Anyone who has visited the village in recent years will be aware of the huge amount of community development work being carried out there e.g. the modern playground and community centre with its own coffee shop, with further work planned including information boards and walking trails in the area. n

At the new history and habitat display at Our Lady's Island Community Centre are L-R: James Maloney, Lou Morris, Cllr Ger Carthy and Garda Robbie Aylward.

A compelling story Enniscorthy Library has produced a lecture by Jeremy Hill, of Monksgrange House, entitled: OBEDIENTLY YOURS – 19th Century LETTER BOOKS OF EDWARD RICHARDS (1826-1911) Letter books, originally preserved because of their association with an individual or a locality, are often the most significant surviving records of the early years of a community. Frequently, they constitute the only non-governmental record of the lives of ordinary people. Six letter books of Edward Richards of Monksgrange, Rathnure, from between 1857 and 1897, are considered following their conservation under a 2021 Heritage Council grant. Monksgrange House is a County Wexford Ascendancy House saved twice by rebel intervention in 1798 and 1922. It tells a compelling story of Irish history from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Monksgrange House, Rathnure, is one of the most visually and historically significant houses in Co. Wexford, and this talk will be of huge benefit to anyone interested in the history of our county.

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Medieval Ferns Experience – Wexford’s newest visitor attraction The Medieval Ferns Experience in Ferns is Wexford's (and possibly Ireland's) newest visitor attraction. Although new, it tells an old story – of Ferns and its significance in the medieval period in an informative and entertaining way. In Wexford we rightly feature the Viking and Norman story, their arrival and what they left behind. However, in Ferns we can now enjoy the story before their arrival – a time when St. Aidan's monastery dominated the landscape in Ferns – in the 6th/7th century through to Gaelic kings, their rivalries and alliances in the 12th. The Medieval Ferns Experience focuses on one in particular, Diarmait MacMurrough, King of Leinster, an ambitious king who ruled from Ferns and had his sights on the High Kingship. His reputation as a tyrant is widespread but the new Ferns attraction sets the context through a mix of media including audio visual, virtual reality and sensory.

The Experience is located in Ferns Community Centre and is run as a social enterprise, staffed by a mix of community employment scheme people and volunteers. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. As it’s a social enterprise, it depends on an entry fee to meet running costs – adults €6 and children under 12 free. Because of the need for social distancing, visitors are asked to pre-book by emailing: Hourly slots are bookable from 10am and on the hour from then – with the last slot at 4pm. People can also follow Ferns Village on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and on the website: for updates. n

The Medieval Ferns Experience is open less than a month but already the positive reaction has been most welcome. The visitors so far reflect the modern Ferns – people who have lived in Ferns all their lives, and people who have chosen to make Ferns their home. Great feedback has been received from foreign nationals living in Ferns who were delighted to know about Ferns’ history – one resident from Poland said it was a “fantastic experience, very interactive – we highly recommend it”, another of Russian origin said, “Really happy to see this wonderful idea being realised in Ferns village. It’s an amazing experience for children, very educational and entertaining.” Catherine MacPartlin, Manager at Medieval Ferns Experience, tells us that, ”For years, we’ve heard from locals, that we should have something in Ferns and this is the realisation of an ambition – it’s the start. The main reaction by our visitors so far, and that includes people from Ferns now working abroad and home on holiday, is that they were not aware of all the interesting ‘stuff’ presented in the Medieval Ferns Experience – more than once it was compared to Game of Thrones.”

The Bolger brothers getting into the medieval spirit at the new Medieval Ferns Experience

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As part of the heritage events for Heritage Week, Historian in Residence at Wexford Libraries, Barry Lacey organised and led an historic walk to the statuesque and beautifully restored Woodview House, Ballingale. This magnificent residence is yet another of Wexford’s hidden gems, and tremendous credit and thanks is due to the current owners, the Cosgrave family, for allowing access to their historic property. Walkers were treated to an informative talk by the very knowledgeable Barry Lacey, giving a brief history of the house and in particular an event that occured on the premises during the 1798 Rebellion, which was then brought to life by Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society. Woodview was built by the de Rinzy family of nearby Clobemon Hall for their invalid daughter who married the family’s private tutor. The couple had two sons, one called Francis who became a clergy man and a British magistrate. Francis Turner opposed the 1798 Rebellion and condemned events leading up to it, so on 27th May following the battle of Oulart Hill, a 300-strong party of local rebels armed with pistols and pikes surrounded the house.

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Heritage Walk

s by Maria Nolan

Rev. Turner called to them from an upstairs window to get off his land or he would have them all transported, at once inciting the rebels to fire shots at the window, injuring Francis Turner in the jaw. As he fell back, the rebels rushed the house, killing four of the local yeomanry who had come to protect him, three Ganford men, William Christian and Thomas Dowse. The rebels stormed the house, entering the room where Francis Turner lay injured and demanded that he deliver up his arms. Upon his refusal, rebel William Behan is reported to have said, ‘You lie there now, in lavender like Larry Ward’s pig,’ before killing him and burning the house to the ground. Now, returned to its former glory, this splendid period house, oozing with character, was the perfect backdrop for the living history event provided by members of the Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society, with Richard O’Sullivan in the role of the Rev. Francis Turner and Joe Mernagh as the rebel leader William Behan. From there the Heritage Walk proceeded to the exquisitely managed and manicured Community Garden at Tombrack where EHRS provided more entertainment and living history with a War of Independence shootout between RIC, Black and Tans and Rebels. n

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Help keep Wexford’s coasts clean Join over 100 volunteers from Co. Wexford and 5,000 nationally who have already registered for the Big Beach Clean in the third weekend of September and you will receive free clean-up kits to help tackle litter. In Co. Wexford, over 100 volunteers have already signed up to carry out clean-ups in different locations across the county. The Big Beach Clean is an annual callto-action organised by Clean Coasts that calls on volunteers from communities all over Ireland to get involved to remove litter from our beautiful coast at the end of the bathing season, as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), operated internationally by Ocean Conservancy. This year, the initiative will run between 17th-19th September, which is also the same weekend as World Clean-up Day. The Big Beach Clean 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

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litter serving as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem. Statistics show that the number one cause of marine litter is litter dropped in towns and cities. This is why the Big Beach Clean will once more be open to all residents of Ireland, no matter how far from the coast they are based, thanks to the involvement of the National Spring Clean Programme. 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.

Finally, Cully and Sully will support the initiative again by providing registered volunteers with the Big Beach Clean kits. Cullen Allen (Cully) said, “Cully & Sully are proud to be partners with the Big Beach Clean again for 2021. The work carried out by the teams across the Island of Ireland is amazing and unfortunately very much needed during these times. We all use our local beaches and have spent time on many of the beautiful beaches and waterways across Ireland and are so thankful for the work that the groups and organisations do.” “Highlighting the importance of taking your rubbish home with you and encouraging everyone to do their part really is critical in the world we are living in. We would urge everyone to get out during the Big Beach Clean 2021. Why not get together with your family, friends, work colleagues or even your classmates and make a fun day of it whilst also helping this amazing initiative. We need to maintain our clean beaches and waterways and protect them for future generations.” To register, visit the Clean Coasts website at

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BIN YOUR GUM, WHEN YOU'RE DONE... Councillor Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, and Councillor Garry Laffan, Mayor of Wexford, joined members of Wexford Tidy Towns recently to officially launch the Gum Litter Taskforce's (GLT) gum litter education campaign. Councillor Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council said, ‘We can never underestimate the pride that people have in their local towns and villages. As ever, I am confident that the people throughout County Wexford will do their town and local community proud by getting behind the Gum Litter Taskforce campaign in an effort to invoke positive change within their local communities.’ The Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) is an environmental initiative that was set up to develop and implement an awareness campaign to reduce gum litter in the most sustainable way. Supported and funded by the chewing gum industry, the GLT initiative has made very real and significant improvements in relation to gum litter awareness and disposal behaviour over the last 14 years since its inception in 2007. The 2019 campaign maintained an all-time high of 93% of people stating that they regard chewing-gum as litter, up from 74% when the campaign first began in 2007, pointing to the attitudinal impact which the campaign has had. Councillor Garry Laffan, Mayor of Wexford said, ‘The campaign has achieved positive results to date, and I hope this year’s campaign will continue to further build on those results. Each year we see communities coming together with the common aim of reducing the level of littered gum in our county.’ Research commissioned by the Gum Litter Taskforce and conducted by Kantar Millward Brown during the 2019 campaign highlighted the campaign’s continued positive effect on people’s behaviour towards gum disposal. In 2019, the results showed that 88% of people said that they always dispose of their gum correctly, which was up from 54% when the campaign first began. This shift in public behaviour has been evident throughout the 13 years that the campaign has been running, as the proportion of gum as a percentage of litter has decreased by 64%. n

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Think before you flush!

Main photo: Caretaker cleaning blocked screens at an Irish Water wastewater treatment plant. Inset photo: Wipes and other sanitary items removed from wastewater known as ‘ragging’ stored in skip awaiting disposal. Only the 3 Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper should be flushed down the toilet. EVERYTHING ELSE SHOULD GO IN THE BIN.

Irish Water and Clean Coasts are urging the people of Wexford to continue to ‘Think Before You Flush’ as a recent survey has revealed that almost a million adults living in Ireland regularly flush wet wipes and other sanitary items down the toilet. With sea swimming and use of our beaches becoming more popular, it’s a timely reminder that our flushing behaviour has a direct impact on the environment and that making small changes can help protect Ireland’s sandy beaches, rocky shores and secluded bays. Speaking about the survey results, Georgina O'Reilly, Irish Water, said, “In 2018, our research informed us that 36% of people living in Ireland were regularly flushing the wrong things down the toilet. Working in partnership with Clean Coasts on the Think Before You Flush campaign we have made some progress as 24% of respondents in this year’s survey admit to regularly doing so. Whilst this improvement is welcome, 24% represents almost a million people. The impacts of flushing the wrong things down the toilet are stark, as we are still remov-

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ing thousands of sewer blockages from our network every month. “Removing blockages can be a nasty job, sometimes workers have to enter sewers to remove blockages with shovels. Some blockages can be removed with jetting and suction equipment. I’ve seen pump blockages that workers have had to literally clear by hand in order to get the pumps up and running again in a race against time to avoid sewage overflows to the environment. “Our message is simple, only the 3 Ps – pee, poo and paper should be flushed down the toilet. All other items, including wet wipes and other sanitary products, should go in the bin even if they are labelled as flushable. This will reduce the number of sewer blockages, the risk of flooding to homes and businesses and the risk of pollution in the environment harming wildlife such as fish and birds and associated habitats. We have all seen the images of sea birds being impacted by marine litter and we all have a role to play in protecting our beaches, seas and marine life. A small change in our flushing behaviour can make a big

difference – put wipes, cotton bud sticks and sanitary items in the bin and not down the toilet.” Speaking about the size and scale of the challenge, Georgina added, “Wexford is such a beautiful county and has a significant number of vistors every year. Tonnes of wipes and ragging are removed annually from pumps and wastewater treatment plants and this is foul material that needs to be disposed of. In addition to that we also clear hundreds of blockages across the wastewater network in County Wexford every year.” Speaking about the campaign, Sinead McCoy, Clean Coasts, said, “By making small changes in our flushing behaviour, we can prevent the harm caused by sewage-related litter in our marine environment. We are asking everybody to only flush the 3 Ps – pee, poo and paper, and put everything else in the bin.” To find out more about the Think Before You Flush campaign please visit and for tips and information on how to avoid blocked drains please visit

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A refreshing approach to refurbishing Over three quarters (77%) of students feel pressured to buy new electronic devices before returning to education. 65% of parents will spend between €100 and €300 on electronic devices for their children returning to school. Close to 25% of students will spend over €500 on electronic devices when returning to third level education. The refurbishment process sees a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions and customers can save up to 40% on the original device price.

Refurbed, the fastest growing online marketplace for refurbished electronic devices in Europe, released findings last month from a survey that looks at the demand for purchasing electronic devices when returning to education. The survey, conducted by Bounce Insights, canvassed 1,064 Irish parents aged 35 and over and students aged 18 to 24 for their insights on purchasing refurbished electronic devices when returning to education this year. The survey results were released in conjunction with Refurbed’s own back to school campaign which launched on the 12th August with products up to 40% cheaper than new devices and 100% environmentally friendly. The survey results found that purchasing a refurbished device is popular with those returning to school this September. Close to 51% of all respondents said they intended to buy a refurbished device for back to school purposes instead of a new device with a breakdown of 50% of students and 51% of parents opting for this. The pressure to supply children and students with electronic devices before returning to school can be high but this pressure has only elevated since the pandemic. Just over half (51%) of parents feel pressured to provide their

child/children with an electronic device for school. This pressure is higher among parents aged 55 and over (62%). A large proportion of students (77%) in third level education also feel the need to purchase an electronic device before returning to college. A high percentage of parents (65%) and students (42%) will spend between €100 to €300 on electronic devices when going back to school. Close to one quarter of students (24%) will spend over €500 on electronic devices before returning to education. Refurbished devices are commonly mistaken with second hand devices but it is apparent that Irish parents and students are aware of the differences between them. The findings from the survey demonstrates that 87% of parents with children in school and 77% of students in third level education know the difference between a refurbished device and second hand device. Knowing this difference gives consumers an advantage when deciding to buy refurbished or second hand devices. 84% of parents and 75% of students are aware that buying a refurbished device is cheaper and will have a guaranteed warranty. Peter Windischhofer, co-founder of Refurbed said, “Buying refurbished products

also assists in lowering your carbon footprint and we are delighted by the large proportions of parents and students in Ireland willing to buy refurbished devices when returning to school. Our refurbishment process sees a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the manufacturing of a new product.” Refurbed is proud to be a CO2 negative and environmentally friendly company and undertakes a 40-step refurbishment process to ensure all products are restored to factory settings. The refurbishment process reduces carbon emissions by 70% compared to the manufacturing of a new electronic device. To date, the company says it has saved 170 tons worth of electronic devices and subsequently managed to reduce the CO2 impact by 31,000 tons. Refurbed customers can expect to save up to 40% on the original price when buying a device on refurbed’s marketplace and devices come with a 12 month warranty. Additionally, for every product sold Refurbed plants a tree to offset carbon emissions created during the refurbishing process in countries such as Haiti, Madagascar, Kenya, Indonesia, Mozambique and Nepal through its partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects. n

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Great goings-on in Gorey

Action from the All Ireland Youth Cycling championships in Gorey, 21-22nd August 2021. Left: At the All Ireland Youth Cycling championships in Gorey on 22nd August were Derek Webb (Race Director), Paul Smith and Cllr Andrew Bolger. Below: The ‘Sounds of Summer’ Gorey Festival sing-a-long to the movie ‘Frozen’ at Gorey Civic Centre. Bottom left: Watching the cycling races on the streets of Gorey. Bottom right: Some of the cyclists – Lucy Brown, Emer Heverin, Aliyah Rafferty and Mya Doocey.

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