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OPENING 18th JULY The Enniscorthy Bypass will be officially opened by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, on Thursday, July 18th, at 12 noon, with attendance by invitation only. It is anticipated that motorists will be able to start using the new €400m motorway from early the following morning. While some nervousness exists about possible negative consequences of the Bypass, the majority of businesses and residents are

expressing the opinion to the Slaney News that, on balance, the new Bypass will have huge benefits for Enniscorthy, as similar bypasses have had for other towns around the country. Less traffic going through Enniscorthy will make living, working and shopping in town easier, and the improved connectivity to Dublin should help in persuading more businesses to open up here. Let us all hope that proves to be the case.

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comment , The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme (more popularly known as the Enniscorthy Bypass) will be formally opened on Thursday 18th July by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. The Bypass project comprises of a new motorway from the end of the Gorey Bypass at Clogh to the townland of Scurlockbush, south of Enniscorthy. The scheme also includes a bypass of the N30 to the west of Enniscorthy and a link road to the N80. The realigned route will comprise the provision of approximately 27km of M11 mainline. In addition, approximately 8km of single carriageway will be constructed to bypass Enniscorthy to the west by linking the existing N11 to the existing N30 and also approximately 4km of dual carriageway link road will connect the existing N11 / N80 junction north of Enniscorthy to the M11 mainline. So nearly four years after work commenced, the Enniscorthy Bypass is now very much a reality! – Frank Corcoran

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Keep up to date For positive, good news stories about Enniscorthy and Co. Wexford read Maria Nolan’s blog a t o u t a n d a b o u t w i t h m a r st senan’s parish Bingo There will be no bingo for the summer months but it will be back in the autumn. the athenaeum What’s on? See “Enniscorthy Athenaeum Museum and Historic Theatre“ on Facebook. Christian media trust Check out www.christianmed-

ENNISCORTHY SNIPPETS… for details of programmes and broadcast times on South East Radio. grow Grow Mental Health Help & Discussion Group. Mondays at 2.00pm in The Presentation Centre. This meeting is free to attend. Contact Ellen at 086-8066959 or al-anon Worried about someone’s drinking? Call the Al Anon confiden-

tial helpline 01 8732699, Local meetings held in St John’s Day Care Centre, Mondays, 8.30pm illegal dumping To report illegal dumping: Wexford County Council (WCC) Customer Service on 053-9196000 or email If you see dumping, take a photo and if possible send it to WCC to help them assess how big or small the incident is and what level of response is needed.

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Beneath my angels wings The annual churchgate collection was held recently at St Aidan’s Cathedral. Thanks to all who supported. Chairman John O’Rourke says the €505 raised will help families at the time of loss of their loved ones. alzheimer’s Coffee morning A coffee morning in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society will take place on Friday 12th July at James Browne TD’s office on Lower Church St, Castle Hill, Enniscorthy between 11am and 2pm. All are welcome. Phone 053-9235046 for I further information. n

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This day tour takes us to the Kennedy Homestead in Dunganstown outside New Ross from where John F. Kennedy’s great grandfather Patrick Kennedy left in 1848 to settle in Boston. The state of the art interpretative centre explores Patrick Kennedy’s departure in 1848 up to the present day. After we leave Dunganstown, we travel to the John F. Kennedy Arboretum on the Hook Head Peninsula to engage in more history of the famous Kennedy family. We will also visit Slieve Coilte mentioned in the famous ballad Boolavogue. We will have dinner in the lovely Brandon Hotel in New Ross before returning to our original pickup points. Pickups: Askea: 9.00am. Ballon: 9.20am. Bunclody: 9.45am. Enniscorthy 10.15am.


We travel to Mullinavat for breakfast before our onward journey to Mount Melleray Abbey – a Cistercian Monastery situated on the slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains in Cappaquin, Co. Waterford. The Monastery was founded 186 years ago in 1833 and is a sanctuary of peace and prayer where pilgrims have been coming for many years to pray and meditate. The Abbey itself is a beautiful building which has to be visited to really appreciate its relevance. On our visit there will be ample time to explore the entire area and we will have Mass in the Abbey at 4.00pm before returning to the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow, for Dinner Pickups: Enniscorthy 9.00am. Bunclody: 9.30am. Ballon: 9.50am. Askea: 10.15am.

Our first stop will be “The Rising Sun” in Mullinavat for breakfast. This day tour to the birthplace and burial place of the founder of the Christian Brothers will relive the fascinating story of Blessed Edmund Rice who was born in the thatched house at Westcourt, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, on 1st June 1762. On the site is the Edmund Rice Memorial Chapel and a visitor centre. Brother Damien has agreed with Candy Tours to hold a short prayer meeting in the chapel after he has opened the house for viewing. We will also travel to Mount Sion in Waterford where the Edmund Rice Chapel sits dramatically on the hill of Mount Sion. Inside the Chapel is the tomb of Blessed Edmund Rice with his named etched in ogham – the ancient Irish alphabet. Here visitors can reflect and pray in peace and comfort. The Edmund Rice Heritage Centre and Museum are beside the Chapel and was officially opened in 2008 and again we have this prebooked so as much time as needed will be afforded to us. We will have dinner in The Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow, at 6.00pm and return to our original pickup points. Pickups: Enniscorthy 8.30am. Bunclody: 9.00am. Ballon: 9.20am. Askea: 9.45am.

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Slaney News By Election

View from the Hill

A local contributor looks at life today in Enniscorthy and beyond BY-ELECTION OR GENERAL ELECTION? That is the question. With Mick Wallace gone to Europe a vacancy exists in this constituency. Under the legislation which deals with these matters the writ for the by-election and the setting of the date for it must be in place before the end of the year. There is wide speculation that the government, rather than fight four by-elections caused by the election of TDs to the European Parliament and probably only have a chance of winning one, will go to the country by way of a general election. The further question then will be as to what all this means for Wexford.

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A by-election, you’d imagine, should be fairly hotly contested between the main parties. The candidates are already known, and all parties should be out of the starting blocks as soon as any announcement is made. The reality will be somewhat different. Any seasoned observer will be aware that Fianna Fail has to be the favourite to take the seat. This assumption is based on the results of the local elections and the last general election where Fianna Fail had the edge with regard to the numbers of votes cast but failed to attain the two seats. They will also be the hungrier of the two parties to grab that seat as they have always felt that they are not complete without being at least equal in numbers to Fine Gael here in Co. Wexford. Furthermore, to be honest, it is difficult to see how there could be much enthusiasm in either Paul Kehoe’s wing of Fine Gael or amongst Michael D’Arcy’s supporters to have a third Fine Gaeler elected in the constituency. Come the next election, even on a good day, Fine Gael will be fighting hard to retain two seats and the last thing either of the incumbents want is Verona Murphy messing up the pitch. She will be seen by many as a ‘token woman’ on the ticket in a general election to sweep up a few votes for the boys but that’s the extent of it. The threat of Sinn Fein seems to have receded significantly and one has to assume that if they run former councillor Johnny Mythen he is not going to be at the races. I suspect that if Johnny even runs it will

New roles for Liz and Kathleen

Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager, Liz Hore (left), will be taking up a new role shortly with Wexford County Council – that of Head of the Wexford Local Enterprise Office. Recent local election poll-topper, Kathleen Codd-Nolan (right), is now the new Chairperson of Enniscorthy Municpal District. Congrats to both.

be his last outing for the party and he will be pushed aside before the general election which will certainly come within 12 months. Labour’s position is baffling. They are proposing to run current Mayor of Wexford George Lawlor who, as well as being Mayor, is Brendan Howlin’s parliamentary assistant. To be frank it just doesn’t make any sense whatever. In the last general election Brendan Howlin got in excess of 10,000 first preference votes, a great performance for an individual, but not near enough to win a by-election. In the recent local elections that first preference vote had dropped to less than 6,000. Besides, even if by a miracle George was elected how would they deal with the general election when it arrives. They couldn’t countenance running two candidates from the same town without realising that a split vote would cost them the one seat they currently hold. Brendan Howlin will still be leader of the party and must stand. Where then will that leave George if he is in the Dáil at that stage? One has to assume that this is only a testing of the waters episode and a face-saving operation for the leader of the Labour Party who feels that a byelection in his home constituency would have to be contested. I will therefore call the by election, if it comes, for Fianna Fail. General Election Rather than a by-election we may face into a fully fledged general election. Leo may feel it is too risky to run four by-elec-

so far, the concentration is completely on the east coast of the county. Enniscorthy is as far west as you go. This leaves a massive vacuum in the New Ross area, where thousands of voters will feel disenfranchised and ignored. This is the area from which Mick Wallace picked up most of his votes in two elections and the current position appears to be that an opening will exist there for a good locally based candidate, party or independent.

Cllr Pat Barden

tions to fill the vacancies created by the European elections, lose all of them, and then be forced to go to the country. In that case Co. Wexford will be faced with a different proposition. For starters we can fairly assume that Paul Kehoe, Michael D’Arcy, James Browne and Brendan Howlin will be returned. So the fight goes down to the wire for that last seat. The contestants for that, which we are aware of already, will be Lisa McDonald for Fianna Fail, Verona Murphy of Fine Gael and either Johnny Mythen or Thomas Forde of Sinn Fein. On paper it might look that now that the support for Sinn Fein has weakened and that Fine Gael will not be in the running for a third seat that Lisa McDonald should be a shoo in returning Wexford to a happy Fine Gael two, Fianna Fail two and Labour one. I’m not so sure of that. Based on the candidates selected

Step forward Pat Barden, Independent, who headed the poll in the New Ross area in the local elections. Highly regarded, locally based with GAA and other strong community connections, he is in an ideal position to make a real challenge for that seat. I am aware that in the last general election Ger Carthy, who had headed the poll in the Wexford district in the local elections, failed to make an impression in the subsequent general election. The position was hugely different for Ger. He was up against a number of strong candidates, Brendan Howlin etc in his district and Mick Wallace was still in the field. Barden’s position would be completely different, with Wallace gone, and a district which is wide open and bereft of any good local candidate. The parties, Fianna Fail in particular, would need to look closely at the situation in New Ross unless they are content to have only one seat in Wexford for the foreseeable future. Any observations or comments on this column feel free to email: n

Ichthyosis Coffee Morning Bellefield GAA Complex, 5th July

Bridget Major and Elaine Murray at Ichthyosis Coffee Morning.

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Aoife, Eira and Jennifer WarrenDay at Ichthyosis Coffee Morning.

New Enniscorthy Municipal District Council

Local Councillors and Council staff at the first meeting on 14th June of Enniscorthy Municipal District following the recent Local Elections. Back row L-R: Cllr John O’Rourke, Cllr Jackser Owens, Cllr Aidan Browne, Cllr Cathal Byrne, Tadhg O’Corcora (Wexford County Council), Padraig O’Gorman (Wexford County Council). Front L-R: Liz Hore (Manager, Enniscorthy Municipal District), Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan (Chairperson Enniscorthy Municipal District), Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy.

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Local solicitors win major award

The recent Schools Soccer Coaching Scheme fundraiser outside Pettitt’s SuperValu, Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy, to raise funds for coaching soccer in primary schools in the Enniscorthy area, involved a Draw and the results were: 1st prize €100 – Morgan Hughes, Clonegal. 2nd prize €50 – Stella Doyle, Monbeg. 3 rd p r i z e € 2 5 – F e l i x Murphy, Duffry Gate, Enniscorthy. 4th prize €25 – Mary O’Neill, Enniscorthy.

Enniscorthy solicitors, John A. Sinnott & Co, recently won the award for Excellence and Innovation in Client Service for Leinster at the Irish Law Awards 2019. Our photo shows Anthony Rath with the award.

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Schools Soccer Coaching Scheme

Cllr John O'Rourke, Chairman, would like to thank the staff of Pettitt’s, Duffry Hill, and all the volunteers and people who supported the fundraiser.

Ichthyosis Coffee Morning in Bellefield GAA Complex, 5th July, Johnny Mythen, James Browne TD, Roy Tierney.

Enniscorthy’s Jessie Flood and Molly Boyne at their graduation day in Trinty College Dublin, 20th June 2019.

Addressing Enniscorthy’s dereliction problem over recent years enniscorthy has increased its marks each year in the national tidy town Competition. it is in no small way due to the input of the Council’s staff (i was going to say town Council, but, alas it is no more), the tidy town’s Community employment group and the Volunteers who dedicate their sunday mornings to picking litter. Another aside – during the recent election I received an amount of literature from local election candidates, all of which I read and nowhere did any candidate advocate the restoration of Town Councils.

Seán Doyle

I believe it was one of the main reasons that there was such apathy in the town regarding the election; roughly half of the electorate didn’t vote.

St Senan’s Enniscorthy Communion Day

Above: The Connors family at First Holy Communion in St Senan’s Church, Enniscorthy, 15th June. Right: Liam Moore, Molly Sue and Amanda Dobbs.

Back to dereliction – it is my belief that derelict buildings and derelict sites are seriously impacting on our ability to reach the standards of such towns as Westport, Killarney and some other towns that reach the top in the Tidy Town Competition. The downturn in the economy and the demise of the Celtic Tiger exacerbated the situation and led to abandoned sites and vacant buildings; an example is Murphy-Flood’s Hotel site in the Market Square, lying idle for a number of years. The County Council want to be more vigorous in using the powers available to it under

the 1990 Derelict Sites Act. I’m not aware of the numbers listed on the Council’s Derelict Sites Register. At least the Council should ‘request’ the owner/occupier to carry out works to make good the derelict aspects of the site. If there is no response it should impose the annual levy amounting to 3 per cent of the site’s market value. The picking of litter is only part of the problem; there remains the issue of weeds and other growth at kerbsides. The spraying of herbicides is now causing concern and big urban centres are seeking alternatives. In a com-

paratively small urban centre such as Enniscorthy it should not be a massive chore to root out weeds and tufts of grass. Anyway, herbicide when sprayed causes green growth to turn yellow and it is possibly more of an eyesore than the original growth. To succeed it will call for an imaginative application of all our resources, human and machine-driven; and it should not be beyond the ingenuity of all of us to come up with solutions to solve the problem that has bedevilled us for years. – Seán Doyle 14 June 2019

Enniscorthy household income ranks low Malahide has the highest median household income of any large town in Ireland at €78,631 according to new figures published last month by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). It was the highest of the 41 towns in Ireland with a population over 10,000 (excluding the cities and suburbs of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford). At the lower end, towns with the lowest median h o u s e h o l d i n c o m e w e re Longford (€29,224), Enniscorthy (€31,049) and Ballina (€32,779). Across Ireland as a whole, the median income for households was €45,256. n

two wexford festivals are to benefit from special government funding designed to enhance arts and Culture around the country. The Wexford Literary Festival in Enniscorthy and The Leo Carthy Weekend in Our Lady’s Island have been chosen as recipients under the Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools scheme which is designed to assist local cultural events which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger scale events such as those supported by Fáilte Ireland, the Arts Council and similar bodies. Wexford Literary Festival (literary events, workshops, plays, music, film workshops and screening, visual arts, exhibitions, etc) will receive €2,500. The Leo Carthy Weekend – a festival to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of a remote part of Co. Wexford will get €1,000. There was unprecedented demand for funding in 2019 with 109 applications compared to just 20 when the scheme was first launched in 2016. As a result, the funding allocation was increased from €75,000 in 2018 to €111,000 this year by Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan. These events help attract new visitors to towns and villages across Ireland, showing off what makes each locality unique and building a strong sense of pride for the community.

ENNISCORTHY TIDY TOWNS All hands on deck! Sundays at 9.00am at the New Bridge on the Promenade to help Enniscorthy win Silver at this year’s national Tidy Towns competition.

A fond farewell Everyone at the Hope Centre and Hope Charity Shop would like to send every best wish to Betty Shanahan, Edna Cogley, Bernie Bolger and Breda Murphy who have been so generous with their time over the years volunteering in the Hope Shop. Their hard work and dedication over the years is fully appreciated and acknowledged. n

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Slaney News

10 July 2019

Strawberry Miles in Enniscorthy

At the Strawberry Miles run in Enniscorthy on 23rd June L-R: Bridie Poole, Catherine, Courtney and Kathleen Perse.

L-R: Gail Kavanagh and Tara Jarvis.


At the Strawberry Miles run in Enniscorthy on 23rd June L-R: Tracy Kavanagh, Joe and Kay O’Regan.

L-R: Noel Kerr, and Michelle Power.

RIGHT: John and Margaret Stamp, John Roche (member Co. Wexford Older People’s Council) and Garda David Fitzgerald.

WLD launches Ability programme wexford local development (wld) welcomed minister finian mcgrath, minister of s t a t e f o r d i s a b i l i t y, t o enniscorthy’s riverside park hotel on friday the 21st June to launch its ability programme. over 200 people attended on the day to celebrate the launch of this new programme. Wexford Local Development was successful in securing €600K in funding from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to run a three-year programme to deliver employment and training supports to 100 young people with a disability. The aim of the Ability Programme is to support individuals in County Wexford aged between 16-29 years, who have an intellec-

tual disability to move closer to the labour market. Michael Wall, Chairperson of Wexford Local Development, welcomed everyone in attendance and spoke about the w o r k o f We x f o rd L o c a l Development and of the Ability Programme. “Wexford Local Development’s core purpose is to enable specific individuals and communities to achieve a better quality of life by providing opportunities for employment and by addressing inequalities.” Michael stated that, “The supports provided through the Ability Programme will enhance the quality of life for those young people who participate in the programme.” Michael Wall acknowledged and thanked all of Wexford Local Development’s partners

in the delivery of the Ability Programme including Wexford County Council, Employability Services, CWCW, St. Aidan’s, A rd A o i b h e a n n a n d t h e Chambers of Commerce. The continued support of these partners is vital to the success of the programme. Councillor Barbara-Anne Murphy, Enniscorthy Municipal District, congratulated WLD on securing the funding and wished those participating on the programme every success in achieving their goals. The keynote address was delivered by Minister Finian McGrath who outlined the work he has done to date since he was appointed to support disability services. He acknowledged the work of the Ability Programme and the support it

Launch of the WLD Ability Programme on Friday 21st June in the Riverside Park Hotel. L-R: James Browne TD, Sarah Bolger, Minister Finian McGrath, Maria Mulvey (Employment Support Officer with the Ability Programme, WLD), Brian Kehoe (CEO of WLD), Clare Ryan (Programmes Manager WLD).

has provided to the participants. He stated that, “We all have to focus on every young person’s Ability not their Disability.” He encouraged employers to consider making their workplaces more inclusive and employing people with a disability. Many of the young people who have participated on the programme made a video which was shown at the launch outlining their experiences to date of participating on the programme. The video was the highlight of the launch. Local business person, Clodagh Davis of Naturally Cordial, shared her experience of employing people with a disability in her business and of her positive experiences. She stated that she does not see their disability but their ability and that working with Employability has been a very positive experience for her, and that the staff they have assisted her in sourcing are a valuable part of her team. The event ended with some traditional music played by the Cumus trad band. To find out more about the Programme and how you can get involved, contact Wexford Local Development, Mill Park Road, Enniscorthy. The Employment Support Officers can be contacted: Sarah ( on 0539155806 or Maria on 0539155845 ( n



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10 July 2019

Launch of ‘The Past’ – The organ of the Uí Cinsealaigh Historical Society on friday evening, 27th June, the Journal of the uí Cinsealaigh historical society was launched in enniscorthy library. it was the 33rd edition of the Journal which is known as “the past”. the first edition of “the past” was published in 1920 and next year will see its centenary edition entering the listing with its illustrious predecessors. The Chairman of the Historical Society, Very Rev. James Hammel, in a short address thanked Jarlath Glynn and the library staff for their help and co-operation. He also paid tribute to all the contributors for their varied and interesting articles which are now recorded forever for posterity and he welcomed all present at the launch. Seán Doyle, who launched the Journal, gave an outline of its history and its editors since 1920. The articles included in the 33rd edition of “The Past” are indeed varied; James W. Taylor’s

article ‘Researching Irish Soldiers in the Great War’ and next we have Dr. Rory Sweetman writing about ‘In Pursuit of H e n r y Wi l l i a m Cleary’. It is followed by a piece by Kieran Costello ‘Enniscorthy Courthouse Trials 1919’. Seán Ua Cearnaigh focuses on ‘Seán Etchingham, Wexford’s Supreme Hero’. A a ro n Ó Maonaigh penned a piece on ‘The Killurin Ambush and the Outbreak of Civil War’. It is followed by an article by Seán Doyle titled ‘The Rathnure Team of the Millennium’. Mark Redmond has an article on ‘Denis O’Leary and the Gaelic Revival’. Very Rev. William Cosgrave contributed ‘Thomas Furlong, Bishop of Ferns 18571875’. Bernard Browne has an a r t i c l e o n ‘ J a m e s C a r t y,

It was with great pleasure that Enniscorthy Credit Union presented a cheque, on behalf of its members, to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, Group 561, for €3,500 to assist them in funding their upcoming Pilgrimage to Lourdes. L-R: Geraldine Murphy (IPT, Group 561), Liam Waters (Assistant Manager, Enniscorthy Credit Union), Eamonn Kelly & Paul Roche (IPT, Group 561).

Bibliographer, Historian & Librarian’. Canon Séamas S. de Vál pays tribute to one of the Journal contributors ‘Sir David Goodall – An Appreciation’. The concluding article is ‘A Rare Glimpse of 9th to 10th Century Metal Working in County Wexford’, by Gill McLoughlin and Bernice Kelly. n

Johnny Mythen – business as usual! For General Election candidate Johnny Mythen it’s very much “business as usual”. Should anyone require any help or advice please feel free to contact Johnny who is working for Sinn Fein and will continue to assist in every way he can through Sinn Féin’s existing network of TDs, Senators and Local Councillors. Johnny says he is proud to have represented Enniscorthy in the past and even prouder to do so in the future!

Contact Johnny on 087-9847278.

Free carbon monoxide alarms for elderly and vulnerable muintir na tíre is facilitating the free installation of carbon monoxide alarms in the homes of those who are elderly and vulnerable. the alarms are being installed through local community alert groups. This programme is aimed at those who do not have existing alarms and haven’t the resources to install alarms themselves. If you know someone who would benefit from a carbon monoxide alarm in their home, please phone local TD James Browne’s office on 053-9235046 for more information. Or check out : community-de…/carbonmonoxide-alarms/ n

OFFICIAL OPENING OF NEW ENNISCORTHY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT Irish Water, working in partnership with Wexford County Council, will officially open the new Enniscorthy wastewater treatment plant at St. John’s, Enniscorthy, on Friday 12th July. The offical opening will be performed by Minister of State Michael D’Arcy TD. This project represents an investment of approximately €16.3 million. The works were carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Limited and Response Engineering Limited. Enniscorthy is one of 38 locations around Ireland where there is inadequate treatment of wastewater being discharged into waterways. This project will address these deficiencies and ensure that wastewater is fully treated and is compliant with all licence requirements and environmental regulations before being discharged into the Slaney. The new facility will also provide the capacity to allow for future economic and population growth in the Enniscorthy area.

The Hope Cancer Support Centre CLG thanks Liam Sharkey, John Reilly and all involved with Rathnure Panto Society for their huge donation of €2,000 from the proceeds of last year’s Christmas panto! Our photo shows John (right) presenting the cheque to Pat Mulvey and Mick Butler from the Hope Centre.

Enniscorthy’s air quality – a cause for concern enniscorthy is rapidly becoming the “new delhi of ireland” when it comes to air pollution, a chemistry professor from university College Cork has said. he was speaking following publication of results showing that air quality nationally is deteriorating. prof sodeau has called on the government to introduce a nationwide ban on smoky coal as soon as possible. the latest data from the environmental protection agency (epa) shows 84 air pollution breaches were recorded at monitoring stations across the state in the first five months of this year compared with 17 in the whole of last year. “During the winter, when people in Enniscorthy burn their solid fuels — which is coal of any type, wood and peat — you see every night at around about 8 o’clock you get

these enormous peaks that are far higher than is safe,” Professor Sodeau said. “Enniscorthy is quickly becoming the worst in Ireland for air pollution... The data from Enniscorthy is irrefutable. It is rapidly becoming the New

Delhi of Ireland.” T h e Wo r l d H e a l t h Organisation has previously described the air quality in New Delhi, the capital of India, as the worst of any major city in the world. There are currently 42 monitoring stations recording the levels of fine dust particles, or PM10 particulate matter, in Ireland’s air. These fine particles come from many sources including exhaust emissions, soil and road surfaces, construction work and industrial emissions. The PM10 daily limit of 50ug.m3 is considered breached if there are more than 35 breaches at one location in a calendar year. It is understood there have been 12 breaches in Enniscorthy so far this year compared to two in all of last year, while air pollution levels in the town are 10 times over the EU limit. A total of 1,500 premature

deaths in Ireland are directly attributable each year to poor air quality caused by solid fuel burning, the EPA warned late last year. Prof Pat Goodman from the School of Environmental Physics at DIT says the government needs to implement a smoky coal ban nationally as a matter of urgency. Smoky coal was banned in Dublin in 1990, with larger towns and villages around the country following suit in the years that followed. Earlier this year, Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton announced a delay to the longawaited nationwide ban on bituminous – or “smoky” – coal. The total ban is a longheld goal for clean air campaigners but Minister Richard Bruton has announced a delay, with the department facing legal threats from coal merchants. n

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Slaney News

10 July 2019

Enniscorthy hosts major conference

Business as usual at The 1798 Centre the proposed sale last year of the national 1798 rebellion Centre in enniscorthy didn’t proceed and it’s very much business as usual at the award-winning centre with extended seven-day summer opening hours until 31st august. The fantastic 1798 Centre is a 'must see' for locals and

visitors alike, as is its related attraction, the Enniscorthy Castle. 1798 Centre opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Weekend Opening from June 1st to Aug 31st, 12 noon to 5pm (last entry 4pm). tel: (053) 9237596 n

In May the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, hosted the Conference and Gala Dinner of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Retired Nurses Association of Ireland. This was a prestigious event; well done to the organising committee and in particular to MC for the occasion, Enniscorthy woman Linda Thorpe (pictured below on the left of the photo on the left). All pics: Maria Nolan.

Previous Wexford County Council Chairman Keith Doyle hands over the chains of office to Cllr Michael Sheehan, new Chairman.

First sitting of new Wexford County Council

Maritime Festival on Wexford’s Quay

The newly elected members of Wexford County Council with County Manager, Tom Enright, fifth from left in front row.

Classic Car Show at Wells House rain, torrential at times, was surprisingly no damper to the annual Classic Car show at wells house last month as car enthusiasts from all over the country and beyond descended in numbers on the stately home in north wexford. The lawn in front of the iconic building was populated with exquisitely cared for automobiles of all shapes, makes, ages and sizes, fascinating all – from the very young to the more senior viewers. Speaking with Wells House owner Sabine Rossler, she said she was delighted with the

marvellous turnout and the continuous and ever-expanding interest in classic cars and classic car shows, with the annual event at Wells House growing year on year. There were even a few classic motor bikes on show and some witty contributors took the opportunity to express their own individual sense of humour and some punters even dressed for the occasion – after all it was Blooms Day. Lots more exciting events coming up at Wells so do keep an eye on their website and facebook pages. – Maria Nolan

Maritime Festival on Wexford Quay 29-30th June. Above L-R: Cllr. Lisa McDonald, David Maguire (organiser) and David Martin (security).

Maria Nolan at Wells House

Right L-R: Mathew Franks, Jane O’Sullivan, Debbie and Millie Franks.

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Hits 2019 The Booking Office for Wexford Light Opera Society’s (WLOS) brand new production of the ever popular “Hits from the Musicals” is open now at the National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets are €22.50 each and can be booked online at: This Festival Fringe Event is always a sell out so early booking is essential. The musical playlist incorporates both musical theatre and light opera, sung by the AIMS Gilbert award-winning Chorus of WLOS in addition to the Society’s multi-talented soloists. The Hits is under the musical direction of Mr. Fintan Cleary and Chorus Mistress Eithne Corrigan and this year’s MC is the one and only Catherine “Biddy” Walsh. The Hits from the Musicals will run from Monday 28th October until Thursday 31st October 2019 and is not to be missed.

Enjoy Wexford’s beaches this summer The consistently high quality of Wexford public beaches and marinas was recognised again when the 2019 Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards were announced, with Co. Wexford receiving a total of 9 Blue Flags and 8 Green Coast awards. The Blue Flag Award is presented to beaches and marinas with excellent water quality and which achieve high standards in a wide range of other criteria including environmental education, management of the environment, safety and other services. The Green Coast Award is given to beaches which may be less developed and less populated than Blue Flag beaches but which nevertheless have excellent water quality. Wexford Co. Council successfully retained all 7 Blue Flags awarded last year while the coveted Blue Flag award was also retained for the Council’s two public marinas at Kilmore Quay and New Ross. We x f o rd C o . C o u n c i l Director of Services John Carley congratulated all those involved in maintaining the county’s

beaches to the exacting standards expected by locals and visitors alike. He also praised the work of Coastcare Volunteer Groups, who play a very important role in achieving Green Coast status for Wexford’s beaches. The following is the full list of County Wexford Awards. Blue Flag Beach Awards: Ballinesker Beach, Ballymoney North Beach, Carne, Courtown, Curracloe, Morriscastle, Rosslare. Clean Coast / Community Group Awards: Ballyhealy – Kilmore School and Wexford Sub Aqua Club. Booley Bay – Hook Residents Coast Care Group. C a h o re P o i n t B e a c h – Ballygarrett Tidy Towns. Cullenstown Strand – Cullenstown Community Group. Culleton's Gap – Friends of the Raven Coast Care Group. Grange – Hook Residents Coast Care Group. Old Bawn Beach – Ballygarrett Tidy Towns. St. Helen's Bay – St. Helen's Bay Residents Group. n

Wexford’s warriors are champions of Leinster

What a great few weeks it has been for Wexford’s county GAA teams – Leinster hurling champions in both senior and minor, Leinster champions in ladies intermediate football, and the county’s U-20 hurlers going well in the Leinster championship also. Top left and top right: The Senior hurlers celebrate with the fans at the official homecoming for the Leinster Champions. Far right: The huge crowd at the homecoming. Right: On the steps of the Hogan Stand, Croke Park, Leinster Minor Hurling Champions Jack Kirwan and Oisín Pepper, proud Rapparees men.

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Monart wins Spa of the Year Monart Destination Spa has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Pevonia Spa of the Year award 2018. The international Pevonia awards take place annually and are decided based on nominations submitted throughout the year and judged by a team of independent spa experts who consider all elements of the spa within their decisionmaking. Monart Destination Spa Manager, Mark Browne, is delighted at the win; “It is an honour to have won this prestigious award, we are especially thrilled that this is the second Marita Byrne Spa Supervisor, Becky Cranfield of Pevonia, Pamela Nolan Assistant Spa Manager and Lorna Murphy Assistant General Manager.

Pic: Patrick Browne

consecutive year that Monart has been awarded the Pevonia Destination Spa of the Year award. It is wonderful recognition for the dedicated and hard-working team who put all of their energy into ensuring each guest at Monart enjoys a wonderful 5-star destination spa experience. “Pevonia is a world leader in the spa industry so it is a delight to receive this accolade from such an esteemed global brand.” Located in a picturesque setting, near Enniscorthy, Monart is a 5-star, adult-only destination spa. Dedicated to

ensuring ultimate relaxation in this stunning and unique environment, Monart is recognised as one of the world’s leading spa destinations. The thermal suite and treatment rooms are at the heart of the Monart experience and offer an extensive range of treatments and classes to residents and Day Spa Programmes to non-residents. An extensive selection of in-spa treatments deliver an unsurpassed spa experience. For further details on Monart Destination Spa check out the website: n


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ARE YOU Welcome to the July edition of the Slaney News where we keep you updated on all the goings-on in the dance scene in the South east. There doesn't seem to be any new venues to report but Margaret Whitty who runs the Brandon House dance every Wednesday has a new dance on Monday nights in The Clonmel Park hotel. She opened with Michael Collins and they had a great crowd so best of luck to her on that. And it was Michael Collins again who was on hand last Friday for the 10th Anniversary dance in the famous Camross Ballroom. I headed down after work and was delighted to see so many people there. Over 200 I'm told so great credit to the committee there. The floor was in excellent condition for dancing. Hard to beat those little maple boards. I finally got down to see the Oak Tree Tavern last week and met with George McGee who is running that dance every Sunday night. Very friendly atmosphere with really nice complimentary food and a perfect floor surface for dancing so well worth a visit. We had the dance floor at the Gorey Show, Rathwood in Tullow, Annacurra Field Day, Ballyfoyle Gymkhana Kilkenny and The Adamstown Show since the last issue and we will be at The Bannow/rathangan Agricultural Show Thurs 11th July if you happen to be there. And if you miss that we are at The Tinahely Show August 5th. On the big band scene there are some great new releases out like Michael english's "Angelina", Jimmy Buckley's "The Weekend", John Molloy's "The Road", robert Mizzell's


DeclaN FlaNagaN is the South east’s leading dance teacher specialising in Irish country Jiving & Ballroom, 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll, line Dancing, etc. He is also well known as a music broadcaster on elite country Radio 7.30am-9.00am Monday-Friday. He contributes a regular music and dance column to the Slaney News. PAriSh DAnCeS: Friday 5th: Camross CC (Anniversary Dance) and Askamore Hall. Friday 12th: IFA Centre, Enniscorthy. Sunday 14th: Oylegate CC and Rathanna Hall. Friday 19th: Marshalstown CC. Saturday 20th: Drumphea Hall. Friday 26th: Kiltealy CC.

Dancing at the Gorey Show.

"The Farmer", Joe Davitt's "Clap Your Hands", Olivia Douglas' " A H u g O r Tw o " a n d m y favourite of all Patrick Feeney's version of Percy French's "The Darling Girl From Clare". Now I know we are all on a high after Wexford's epic win over the 'Cats' in the Leinster final, but the fixture for Sunday 28th has left the organisers of The South east Music Festival in a bit of a pickle. With all the big bands like Derek ryan, Michael english, Jimmy Buckley & Cliona hagan already booked, the show must go on regardless, so if you're not going to the match, why not head down to Killag and have a great day with all the bands and see the match on the big screen that has been especially acquired for the occasion. By the time the August edi-

tion of the Slaney News hits the shelves, the rock 'n' roll Town Weekender in Enniscorthy will have taken place from August 1st - 5th. I know it will be covered in this paper more extensively so no need for me to repeat most of it, but I would like to say that this event is well worth a look at. It has grown over the last 10 years thanks to a very dedicated backroom team, into an event that has something for everyone. Regardless of your taste in music, the Rock 'n' Roll & Rockabilly bands that come from all over the world are a must see and most of the gigs are free! So why not have a wander around the R 'n' R trail through the historic town of Enniscorthy on the August bank holiday weekend and prepare to be entertained.

BiG BAnDS: The Rhu Glenn: 6th - Michael English; 20th - Declan Nerney; 27th - Liam Kelly. Ashdown Park Hotel: 14th - Michael English; 28th - Jimmy Buckley. evenTS: 11th July - Bannow Rathangan Show. 14th July - Kilkenny Country Music Festival, Gowran. 28th July - Southeast Country Music Festival, Killag. 2nd-5th August - Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival. 5th August - Tinahely Show Derek Ryan, Olivia Douglas, Theresa & The Stars, Stuart Moyles. – Declan

Colourful in Wells House

The Local Bar Fairytales and Friends at Wells House and Gardens on 2nd June with Belle and Cinderella.

10th July 2019

Emily Redmond and Belle.

Cllr John O’Rourke (right) helps Craig Gray and Aerin Londra launch their new pub “The Local Bar” on Castle Hill, Enniscorthy.

with Declan Flanagan

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More success for Enniscorthy Musical Society

Carmel Monahan and Majella Londra with the national AIMS Choral Festival trophies won in New Ross in May.

What a wonderful year it has been for enniscorthy Musical Society. The Society was thrilled to have received two nominations for the national AIMS (Association of Irish Musical

Societies)  awards ceremony, held in Killarney on 15th June, for its recent stunning production of Sister Act. The nominations were for Best Technical (Mark Redmond and Joe Murphy) and Best Comedienne

James Dobbs celebrates with award winner Jennifer Byrne at the AIMS awards in Killarney on 15th June.

(Jennifer Byrne, Mother Superior). To win one of these national awards would have been a remarkable achievement in what is the “Oscars’’of the musical theatre world, but the society actually won BOTH awards – unprecedented success for this hard-working and multi-talented group. A couple of weeks earlier, Enniscorthy Musical Society hit another high note by competing in the national AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross in May and won the prestigious Cameo competition for its rendition of Raise Your Voice and was delighted to take home the winning trophies. Enniscorthy Musical Society was delighted also in May to confer Honorary Life Membership of EMS on the wonderful Anne O’Neill – a true lady and a huge asset to the society since 1982. Anne has been involved in countless shows over the years and also spent time on the com-

Honorary Life Member of EMS, Anne O’Neill, with EMS Chairman, James Dobbs.

mittee. The Society felt that it was time Anne was recognised for her much appreciated contribution to the society both on and off the stage. The Society looks forward to Anne performing in many more shows over the coming years. At the recent Society AGM the committee elected for 2019/2020 was as follows. Chairperson: James Dobbs, Secretary: Siobhan Molloy, Treasurer: to be elected at the first committee meeting, PRO: Tina Doyle. Committee members: Ashley Doran, Theresa Flaherty, Anne O'Neill and Murt Murphy. Last but by no means least on the news front, Enniscorthy Musical Society is really excited for the year ahead as it is looking forward to bringing The Producers to the stage in 2020! This uproariously funny musical comedy will be the Society’s 47th production. The Producers is a laugh-out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing farce that has been a smash hit since

James Dobbs, Chairman of EMS, celebrates with Best Technical award winner Mark Redmond, at the Association of Irish Musical Societies awards ceremony, held in Killarney on 15th June.

its 2001 debut by the legendary Mel Brooks on Broadway. The amazing production team of Imelda McDonagh (Director), Kevin Kennedy (Musical Director) and Anne Marie Cooney (Choreographer)

are returning to bring their magic to the stage again with this show. Details on an information night will follow shortly so keep an eye on the Slaney News Facebook page for updates. n


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10th July 2019

ENNISCORTHY LIBRARY - EVENTS TABLETS MADE EASY WITH MIKE QUINN. THURSDAY, JULY 11, 7.00PM. Surf the web, listen to books online, download apps and much more. He has a way of making technology easy and you will have far more confidence in using your tablets after his talk. Please make sure your tablet is fully charged and leave all your fears of technology at home. Book now to avoid disappointment 053-9236055.

CELTIC ROOTS – the best Irish show around

CLAYMAZING - TOY STORY THEME! JUL 13, 10.30AM. Helen from Claymazing will be holding 2 workshops with the Toy Story theme:The first one from 10.30am-11.30am is for 5 - 8 year olds making Mr Potato Head. The second will be at 12 noon - 1pm and is suitable for 9-12 year olds making Buzz Lightyear. Book early to avoid disappointment 053-9236055. ART WORKSHOP AND DEMONSTRATION WITH TOMÁS KING. THURSDAY, JULY 18, 11.00AM-1.00PM This workshop is open to all. No prior experience of painting is required. It does not involve participants painting. It is an introduction to Tomás King’s working method, his materials and influences followed by a brief oil painting demonstration. Tomás King has had many solo exhibitions in Ireland, England and France and has taken part in numerous mixed exhibitions. From 2000 to 2010 he lived in the south west of France which has influenced much of his painting. He has received numerous international awards for his work and his paintings are held in several corporate collections. A love of colour and a fluid tactile use of paint are the hallmark of Tom’s style which moves between landscape, still life and figure work in an impressionistic manner. Booking is essential 053-9236055. NATURE AND DRAWING WORKSHOP WITH AGA GRANDOWICZ. JUL 19, 11AM. Come and join us in Enniscorthy library for a nature and drawing workshop. The theme is the wildly wonderful world of Irish animals and is facilitated by Aga Grandowicz, co-creator of 'Dr Hibernica Finch's Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals'. Learn some fascinating facts about Irish animals and how to draw them. Suitable for ages 5 - 10. GYMBOREE. JUL 25, 11AM. Join Nicola for Gymboree - music, songs, dance and more. Parents and guardians are guaranteed to have just as much fun as their children. Suitable for under 5's. Free and all are welcome. *Booking essential* Tel: 053 9236055. Should you require additional supports to enable you fully participate in this event please contact us. Please note that library staff cannot supervise your children. You should stay with them at all times for their safety. For more information on these events, see “Enniscorthy Library” on Facebook or contact Library 053-9236055.

Lots in the pipeline for Enniscorthy Drama Group Last month i was at Treacys hotel for the Annual General Meeting of enniscorthy Drama Group. Chairman Liam Doyle began by welcoming everyone to the 6th AGM since the Group was formed in 2013. He said that whilst EDG didn’t participate on the Circuit over the past year it was still a very successful twelve months with a lot of new faces coming on board especially through the innovative Pub Theatre introduced by the group earlier in the year. Liam said that this venture had proved to be extremely popular with both actors and publicans alike with full houses at all venues. He thanked Tom Reddy for his wonderful play Well Anything Quare, a hilarious comedy that pulled in the punters all over

Enniscorthy and beyond, even as far afield (pardon the pun) as Listowel where the Enniscorthy group performed in John B Keane’s pub. The Beauty Queen of Leenane had a great run with full houses at The Presentation Centre over six nights and he thanked the cast and crew for all their hard work and inspired performances. There are lots of plans already in train for this year, Liam said, with rehearsals ongoing for two one-act plays written and directed by Tom Reddy, which will be ready for the stage in August and local playwright Paul O’Reilly has penned another which the group hope to have ready for November, and the group recently read the four final plays in the Billy Roche OneAct Play Award at the Wexford

Literary Festival last weekend in Enniscorthy. Treasurer Tom Boland gave a most comprehensive account of all income and expenditure since the last AGM showing the group to be in a healthy position going forward. Tom thanked Anne Doyle and Liz Murphy Mitchell for all their help throughout the year. Tom was complimented by all for his detailed report. The election of Officers ensued with Liam Doyle being returned as Chairman, Liz Murphy appointed Secretary, Tom Boland Treasurer, Maria Nolan PRO, Mairead Ennis and Fintan Kelly Child Protection Officers and Tom Reddy, Annemarie Whelan and Anne Doyle on the Committee. – Maria Nolan

Enniscorthy Drama Group AGM, standing L-R: Liam Doyle, Maria Nolan, Tom Reddy, Fintan Kelly, Tom Boland. Seated L-R: Liz Murphy Mitchell, Anne Doyle and Mairead Ennis.

Celtic roots was formed in 1998 in Bree with the objective of promoting irish culture at home and abroad. The talented cast of irish dancers, singers, musicians and storytellers have produced many exciting shows since then both at home and abroad.

In June 2019, the group's dancers brought home three individual World Titles and a l s o w o n 4 Wo r l d Te a m Championships. Emma Byrne, Wexford's Rose for the Rose of Tralee 2019 Festival, is also a singer with Celtic Roots.

For the months of July and August the group will be performing every Tuesday night in Bree Community Centre. Refreshments served at 8.30pm, show starts at 9pm. Book on 087-7535354. Tickets €10 with concessions available. Facebook: Celtic roots n

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Your “cut out and keep”

JULY ENTERTAINMENT All venues are in Enniscorthy unless otherwise stated. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PIERCE TURNER. Music. 19 July. Pierce Turner returns from America to this side of the Pond for a magical performance under the historical ceiling of Wexford’s Art Centre. This will be a very special and rare event with limited capacity, so book now. Pierce Turner is a dynamic live performer and consummate musician, who was voted solo Ireland’s solo artist of the year in 1994. He has worked on numerous occasions with Philip Glass and at Carnegie Hall with headliner Iggy Pop and Patty Smith in 2015. He had a song in HBO’s The Wire, and Christy Moore has covered several of his songs. The Sunday Times’ Liam Fay wrote, “He has created what I confidently believe to be the finest body of work in contemporary Irish music” and the Penguin book The Rough Guide to Irish Music concluded, “There is no one in the whole wide world of music quite like Pierce Turner, the owner of a voice that drips emotion, a consummate lyricist, and the creator of tunes that are both complex and accessible, just but listen and marvel.” ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CLANCY'S KITCHEN. Music. 25 July. The Clancy Family regale stories, songs and tunes from The Clancy Brothers’ homestead. This show takes you into the very heart of the Clancy kitchen, in County Tipperary. With performances from multi-award-winning artists – Donal Clancy (son of Liam), Róisín Clancy (daughter of Bobby), musician cousin Evan Grace and Welsh singer/actor Ryland Teifi, the audience experience, first hand, the atmosphere in the home of the troubadours that were the world famous Clancy Brothers. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– JMA Performing the Classic songs of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Music. 26 July. JMA are back in Wexford Arts Centre with their Bob Dylan/Neil Young tribute night. In a stunning show, JMA will pay homage to Bob Dylan and Neil Young’s greatest music featuring performances of classics such as: “Like A Rolling Stone”, “Baby Please Stop Crying”, “Senor”, “Cortez the Killer”, “Hey Hey My My”, “Cinnamon Girl” and so many more including some slightly lesser known album tracks. JMA take the songs of the masters and add their own unique edge to the mix. Their sound is based around excellent vocals with tight harmonies coupled with superb guitar work and driving rhythms. Join JMA on this night for a terrific journey through Bob Dylan and Neil Young’s long and varied careers. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Fri 19 Fri 19 Sun 21 19-21 Thur 25 Fri 26 Sat 27 2-5 Aug

The 40th Anniversary of Wexford Arts Centre in Greenacres Restaurant, Wexford, on 27th June. Playwright Billy Roche and Rosemary Hynes.

CELTIC ROOTS: Bree Community Centre. Every Tuesday in July and August. 8.30pm. See page 18. DOYLES, THE DUFFRY: Every Sunday in July and August. Live Bands in the Beer Garden 5-7pm. HOLOHAN’S PUB: Weds nights: Informal music session with Loose Arrangement. T. DOYLE’S PUB: Live music every Friday night. STAMPS PUB: Trad Music Friday nights. GREYHOUND RACING: Every Mon and Thurs. First Race 8pm. ST MICHAEL'S THEATRE, NEW ROSS: NATIONAL OPERA HOUSE: SOCIAL DANCING: Check out “Social Dancing in and around Wexford” on Facebook or text your name to 087 2723375 to receive the dates.

It would be prudent to check all events locally with organisers and/or venues. Thanks to Joseph Doyle for his help with our comprehensive events guide. Please email your event details to

FOR LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT NEWS…  Check the listing above  Check out our pages 15-23 See Joseph Doyle’s column page 36  Check for updated listings.  Facebook:“Slaney News” and “Enjoy Enniscorthy”

Plus art exhibitions, workshops, classes, childen’s activities, etc.

See for details. Tel: 053-9123764.

PIERCE TURNER. Music. Wexford Arts Centre. CULCHIE WARRIORS. Comedy. The Presentation Centre. WELL WEX FESTIVAL. Wexford Racecouse. Tickets: See page 5. STREAMS OF BUNCLODY FESTIVAL. CLANCY'S KITCHEN. Music. Wexford Arts Centre. JMA Performing the Classic songs of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Music. Wexford Arts Centre. PADDY CASEY. The Presentation Centre. ROCKIN’ FOOD FESTIVAL. See pages 20-21.

Ladies in ‘Strawberry’ Red: Previous Strawberry Queens Megan O’Shea and Rebecca O’Connor enjoying the recent Strawberry Fair. Pic: Maria Nolan.


Fáilte go Inis Córthaidh – Welcome to Enniscorthy



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10th July 2019

Wexford Literary Festival – a resounding success

An enthusiastic group of organisers, local politicians, authors, performers, and Wexford County Council staff members launch the recent 2019 Wexford Literary Festival.

Wexford Literary Festival Bookmark Competition. L-R: Richie Cotter, Caroline Busher, Edel Kelly, Damian Byrne, Gary Martin, Elizabeth Whyte, Roisin and Freya Williams with overall winner in front – Anna McConville and runner-up Aoife Doyle from Marshalstown National School. Pic: Maria Nolan.

MAkinG Their MArk i was delighted to be at Byrne’s Bookstore, enniscorthy, for the presentation of prizes in the Wexford Literary Festival Bookmark Competition, sponsored by Byrne’s, on 28th June. Over 25 national schools around the county were visited by Festival Chairman Richie Cotter and former Chair Caroline Busher encouraging children to use their imaginations and design their very own bookmark. Well they obviously did a great job because we had over 1,500 entries with some remarkable results.

Damian Byrne has been a friend of the Festival since its inception in 2013 and continues to sponsor and support us and we are extremely grateful for both his continued generosity and his co-operation. Almost 100 children packed into the Bookstore for the Awards Ceremony. Winners were chosen by judges Caroline Busher, Edel Kelly and Caoimhe Busher, who had an extremely difficult job to do as in reality all were winners. Sincere thanks to Gary Martin and Damian Byrne who had the onerous task of dis-

Official launch of the Rockin’ Food Festival 2019

Back row, L-R: John Carley, Richie Cotter, Tom Banville, Eric Barron, Colm Neville, Ger Mackey, Jackie, Ella, Samantha, Nick, Catherine, Jean O Connell, Anthony Tinney. Front row, L-R: Liz, Emily, McKenzie, Ava, Edward Hayden, Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Maree Lyng, Liz Hore, Eve, Shadya, Samira, Oisin, Leliah and Ellie, at the Orchard Peace Park, Enniscorthy. RIGHT: Celebrity chef, Edward Hayden and his helpers. BELOW L-R: Ger Mackey (incoming Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager), Ellie Lopes, Maree Lyng (President, Enniscorthy Chamber), Kathleen Codd-Nolan (Chairperson, Enniscorthy Municipal District), Liz Hore (outgoing Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager), Leliah Lopes, John Carley (Wexford County Council), Tom Banville (Head of Local Enterprise Office, Wexford County Council).

playing all the entries and in truth transformed the bookstore into a kaleidoscope of colour and an Aladdin’s Cave of inspiration and creativity. All winning entries received a Winner’s Certificate and a Voucher for Byrne’s Bookstore with the winning school – St. Patrick’s Special School, Enniscorthy, receiving a prize of €100 and a hamper of books. Most generous, Damian, and what a truly innovative competition and a lovely event. – Maria Nolan Full Festival report in next month’s issue. n

Aspill’s Aspirations for Athenaeum With the current plethora of Summer Camps available for your little treasurers over this Silly Season i am going to make a recommendation to those parents seeking something creative, flexible, artistic and different. The Drama Summer Camp from 5th to 12th August at The Athenaeum, Enniscorthy, promises something for everyone with music, song, dance, performance and above all fun and games according to organiser John Aspill, who will be working with local well known entertainer Maura Flannery and choreographer Sorcha O’Connor. John is a charming, enthusiastic, animated man whose background is in theatre and drama.

Born in Lincoln in the UK, John took his drama degree at Lincoln University and ended up teaching drama at the college for several years. He also spent time teaching English in Thailand, toured all over England with a theatre company before touring with his own company and his own show and was also a ringmaster with a French circus. All experiences adding to his extensive repertoire of performing art and to his joie de vivre and enchanting tales. John, a lovely, engaging man to chat to, has also written his own plays and musicals and only moved to Ireland six years ago with his dad who was originally from here and wished to return home to Dublin.

Exorbitant house prices in the city proving to be prohibitive, they bought a house in Wexford – a place they had no connections with but had easy access to Dublin. However, John’s dad passed away only six short months later. John is currently teaching Performance Art with Youthreach in Waterford and has been anxious for some time to do something at The Athenaeum which he deems to be a most impressive building that should be utilised more for the benefit of the people of Enniscorthy. John believes that The Athenaeum will lend itself beautifully to the Drama Summer Camp and is excited to be working with talented musician and singer Maura

Flannery and Sorcha O’Connor who holds a degree in contemporary dance. It is John’s aspiration to continue drama classes on S a t u rd a y m o r n i n g s i n September culminating in a Christmas pageant at The Athenaeum. I like his ambition and his aspirations and wish him well – wouldn’t it be lovely to see The Athenaeum become a school for performing arts. Drama Summer Camp is for 8-12 year olds and will run each day from 10am – 2.30pm and costs €75. So, if you want your little star to sparkle then enrolment forms are available from The Athenaeum, Castle Street, and from Maura Flannery at “Traditions”, 13 Slaney Street. Tel: 085-7723329. – Maria Nolan

The trio behind the upcoming Summer Drama Camp in The Athenaeum L-R: John Aspill, Sorcha O’Connor, Maura Flannery.

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Rockin’ Food Festival 2019 is ready to roll! Rockin’ Food Festival Main Stage and Dance Floor in full swing during the festival weekend last year.

The Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival won Best Festival 2018 at the South East Radio Hospitality Awards.

The 5th annual rockin’ Food Festival takes place the August Bank holiday weekend (2nd - 5th) 2019. The all inclusive Summer Festival boasts an incredible programme of Free and great value ticketed events including Live Outdoor Music, Artisan Food & Craft Market, Cookery Demos and events and a host of family-fun Activities and Workshops. Enniscorthy truly comes alive for this festival with last year attracting over 120,000 people, and the rock ’n’ roll gig venues packed to capacity each night with over 35 gigs and 120 events over the bank holiday weekend for all ages, budgets and interests. Hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cafes and shops were all busy and the town was bursting with activity. The festival generated €3.9m for the local community from accommodation, food and beverage and retail within Enniscorthy and the surrounding area. GOinG Green FOr 2019 The Rockin’ Food Festival is thrilled to launch their “rockin’ Green” campaign for 2019. This International Food Festival is taking giant steps toward sustainability by swapping out single use plastics, introducing waste management stations, hosting fun and educational events and encouraging food vendors and festival goers to get involved. The showstopper feature of the campaign is a giant norman character, made of recycled materials which not only represents Enniscorthy’s rich heritage but will act as a centre-piece waste management station for festival goers. 2019 FeSTivAL COnTenT The award winning Rockin’ Food Festival is an all inclusive, family festival hosting a jam-packed weekend of over 120+ rock’n’roll, food & drink, art, culture and family events. Relive the 1950s as some of the biggest names in Rock’n’Roll will hit the Free Outdoor Main Stage and rock’n’roll Gig Trail including the Hicksville Bombers, The Revolutionaires and

Sharnae May & The Mayhems. A range of interactive kids’ workshops will be running over the weekend such as Go Car Go and The Looney Gas Show which educate children about important Green topics in a fun and exciting game style way. Other great kids ‘events include Slime Making, Pizza Making Classes, Ancient east Storytelling and kayaking Sessions. Over 100+ food, drink and craft vendors will take over Enniscorthy’s streets for the FREE Artisan Festival Market including some delicious vegan and free-from options. Stop by the Food Marquee and check out the programme of free cookery demos, tastings and health & wellbeing talks with edward hayden, Paul hynes of La Cote, Bean & Goose Chocolate and lots more. Many of the fringe events include workshops and tours to local food producing farms such as Wheelock’s Fruit Farm and regan Organic Farm whose tour highlights the importance of sustainable farming and food production. GeT invOLveD! Rockin’ Food has launched the ‘Friends of the Festival’ campaign which poses a unique opportunity for local businesses and individuals to support this not-for-profit, community festival. Rockin’ Food Festival needs to raise €15,000 through this campaign to deliver an exceptional #rockinfood2019. Every little helps and contributions of €1,000, €500, €250 and €100 will help the festival reach its target. All contributions will be receipted and go towards the running of this festival,one that we can all be very proud of. One can donate at or contact or 053-9376931. FOr MOre inFOrMATiOn Pick up a copy of the 24-page festival brochure all around Co. Wexford. Website: Twitter: @RockinFoodWex Facebook: @rockinfoodfestival Instagram: @enniscorthyrockinfoodfest n #rockinfood2019 Enniscorthy 2-5th August 2019

2nd~5th 2019

 Outdoor R'n'R Music  Artisan Food & Craft Market CHILDREN’S EVENTS:  High in the Sky G&T  Slime Making  Woody & Buzz's Big Party  Norman Tastes & Tales  Family Yoga  Chocolate Truffle Making  Go Car Go  Looney Gas Show  Grass Head

Limited Online Tickets Book Now: #rockinfood2019


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10th July 2019

The recent Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots Fest Pic: Maria Nolan

Pic: Maria Nolan

Well done to the committee members for this year’s Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms & Roots Festival. Though few in number, and voluntary in nature, the committee put on an incredibly packed weekend of music, dance and fun and all on a very limited budget. If you think you can make a positive input to next year’s Festival please get in touch through the Facebook page ‘Strawberry Festival’. It’s going now for 52 years and is the second longest running festival of its kind in Ireland after the Rose of Tralee!! Now that’s a strong tradition well worth keeping. Pic: Maria Nolan

Pic: Maria Nolan

Left: The newly crowned Strawberry Queen, Joy Quigley, with one of the Festival organisers, Richie Cotter. Above: Joy called in to see her sponsors in Enniscorthy Credit Union. Right: Joy with last year’s Strawberry Queen, Ciara Byrne.

‘DisPatch’ at Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots

Members of Slaney Kenpo Karate Club show their skills in Market Square as part of the Street Rhythms element of the Enniscorthy Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots Festival.

Children enjoying the disco in the Market Square at the Enniscorthy Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots Festival.

Enjoying the strawberries at the Enniscorthy Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots Festival were Brian O’Neill and Kayleigh O’Rourke.

Rathnure Panto Society members performing at the Enniscorthy Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots Festival.

Above: The three artists behind the DisPatch artistic project L-R: Astrid Newman, Ciara Roche and Becks Butler, and below three members of Enniscorthy Men’s Shed who produced an installation to facilitate the project. L-R: Tony Casey, Matty Butler, Richie Heavey. Pics: Cathy Keane.

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Africa Day at the Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots Fest

Pic: Maria Nolan

Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager Liz Hore, Cllr John O’Rourke, and Michael Wall and Sandra Walsh of Wexford Local Development among those taking to the stage to do an Ethiopian dance.

Pic: Maria Nolan

Colourful international dancers at the Street Rhythms Festival. Pic: Maria Nolan

Well known local musicians Edmund Crean and Richard King enjoying the Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots craic.

Pic: Maria Nolan L-R: “Normans” Alan Jones, Pat Jones and Seamus Corrigan Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager, Liz Hore, addresses the crowd at the Strawberry Queen announcement.

L-R: Cllr George Lawlor, Kamal Tribak, Michael Wall (Wexford Local Development), Rashid Seghrouchni (Deputy Head of the Mission Embassy of Morocco), Liz Hore (Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager), Cllr John O’Rourke, at Africa Day in The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, on 1st June. Right: Some of the colourful women who attended Africa Day. All pics: Maria Nolan.

Enniscorthy Camera Club Exhibition

Pic: Maria Nolan

Pic: David Butler Pic: Maria Nolan

Pic: David Butler

Founding Members of Enniscorthy Camera Club L-R: Christy Doyle, Ger Carty, Aidan Quirke, Hon President Paddy Murphy, John Wilkinson (Club President), enjoying the club’s most recent exhibition held in St. Mary's Church Institute during the Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots Festival.

Pic: David Butler Jamie and Kerry (Kermie) entertaining the crowds at the AllIreland Farmers Market held in the Abbey Square during the Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms and Roots Festival.

DJ Morris, Photographer of the Year, with Club Chairperson Jacqueline McCann and Ger Carty.

Club Chairperson Jacqueline McCann presents Patricia Hyland with her award for Best Projected.

Pic: David Butler Jacqueline McCann presents Jarlath Judge with his award for Best Creative Digital.


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10 July 2019

St Aidan’s school champions Age-friendly step for Enniscorthy The Wexford Age Friendly Strategy 2017-2021 was developed by the Age Friendly Alliance following an extensive consultation with older people throughout the county. The Strategy was informed by the views of more than 650 people aged over 55, drawn

from a wide age range and depth of interests and circumstances, which were collected through a series of public consultations in 27 locations in Co. Wexford in 2015 and 2016. The Strategy seeks to enhance the quality of life of older people in Co. Wexford,

using a multi-agency approach (statutory, voluntary and community sectors) to implement a range of objectives and goals designed to significantly enhance the quality of life of older people living in Wexford For more information see n

St Aidan’s primary school senior infant class celebrate being crowned ‘Big Grow’ champions at this year’s Bloom Festival. Pic: Mark Stedman.

The students from St. Aidan’s school in Enniscorthy are the GIY and Innocent drinks ‘Big Grow’ Champions for 2019. Mr Foley’s senior infant class attended the recent Bloom Festival where they were presented with their award. 56,000 school children from schools nationwide took part in the seventh annual Big Grow initiative, which enabled the primary school children to learn how to grow their own food in their classrooms. The teacher of the winning class, Mr Foley says, “The boys and girls in my senior infant class really engaged with this initiative, taking care of the plants, rushing in to make sure the soil was moist enough. They were demanding photos with their plants. You can tell, read or show a child where vegetables come from but growing it themselves is the only way to actually grasp the concept. We smelled the plants daily (peppery cress smell) and I planted some in a clear container so we could see the roots growing. Many kids were

shocked when I ate a stem of cress straight from the pot ("You can't be eating flowers!"), they were happy to try their own cress and pea shoots when they were ready. One boy managed to eat all of his cress walking from our classroom to the main door, having nothing left in his pot to show his father when he was collected at hometime. Even though we finished this weeks ago, one girl brought back in her cress to show us. It had grown twice as tall as when it left and it had begun to flower too, teaching both the children and me that cress can flower. It is such a positive experience every year. “This was the children’s first edible growing project. They were surprised that they could eat something that grows from seed as they have only seen flowers grow before now. Going forward, it would be nice for the kids to do a longerterm growth for a more substantial edible plant as they go into higher classes. I will definitely continue to grow seeds yearly as it is an invaluable

learning tool for senior infants.” Presenting the award to the class, founder of GIY Michael Kelly said, “The 21 pupils from St. Aidan’s demonstrated brilliant engagement with this project, from the very beginning their enthusiasm for growing their own food was evident through the posts and content the class shared on their grow wall.” To date, since its inception in 2009, the GIY and Innocent drinks campaign has facilitated 254,000 children in growing their own food through the supply of seeds, grow pots, compost and expert growing advice and tips. The children not only learn the science of growing, but they also experience the joy of growing and eating their own food. GIY calls this “Food Empathy” a deeper connection with food, which is proven to lead to a healthier life long-term. To learn more about ‘The Big Grow’ see #BigGrow @innocentireland @giyireland n

Supporting mental health

Members of The Lost And The Damed Mcc (a motorbike club based in Enniscorthy) fundraising in Enniscorthy at the end of May for Grow Mental Health. Pic: Marie Hayes.

The Wexford Age Friendly Strategy 2017-2021 includes recommendations for age-friendly parking places throughout the county. At the launch of the first such parking spot in Enniscorthy's Abbey Square Shopping Centre were L-R: Kevin Molloy (Chairman, Co. Wexford Older People’s Council), Marie Redmond (member OPC), John Roche (member OPC).

New portal for all things Wexford

Hope fundraising

A new all-inclusive online guide showcasing the unique offering that our county has to offer is divided into LIVE, VISIT and INVEST, and gives a full run-down of the county for those curious about all things Wexford.

2019 will be tough for Irish tourism Tourism industry leaders have urged Government to prioritise the tourism sector as Brexit, VAT and insurance increases are impacting on Ireland’s largest industry. CSO figures just released for tourism for January to March identify a significant slowdown in tourism growth. Although headline “arrivals” figures were at +5.1% for the first quarter, the spend by these visitors was down 4%. Spend from all markets, with the exception of North America, is down for the first quarter. The Chairperson of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) has warned that there is an onus on Government to improve the competitiveness of Irish tourism. ITIC has criticised the Government for drift on tourism policy including increased taxation, rising costs of business, inadequate overseas marketing budgets, and confusion over new regulations curbing self-catering tourism accommodation. ITIC estimates that growth in 2019 at 3% will only be half of what official estimates had stated earlier in the year. For more info:

The Hope Cancer Support Centre CLG was delighted to receive two huge fundraising donations recently. Above: The Silvertones Choir raised a whopping €4,000 for the Centre from their recent variety concert which was a fantastic success. The Silvertones presented the cheque to Liz Fitzgerald, Michael Jordan and Una Doherty from the Hope Centre. Below: Huge thanks to Peter Hughes who launched his CD 'Keep on the Sunny Side' for the Hope Centre and raised a massive €3,000!!! Peter is pictured below left presenting the cheque to Mick Butler and Pauline Talbot from the Hope Centre.

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Smiles Dental Enniscorthy – bringing life to local smiles for over a decade A local dental practice is celebrating 11 years of providing dental care to the Enniscorthy community this month. Smiles Dental Enniscorthy situated at Templeshannon (between Slaney Medical Centre and Farrell’s Pharmacy) was opened in 2008 and has been providing quality general and specialist dentistry services ever since. Practice Manager Annemarie Mackey said: “As a team we strive to give excellent care to each of our patients, while pushing ourselves to exceed their expectations every day. Patient care is our number one priority.” The practice prides itself on being family-friendly and welcomes children of all ages with a warm, friendly atmosphere. They accept all healthcare, medical card and PRSI patients. Annemarie continued: “Smiles Dental Enniscorthy supports the government’s dental benefits initiative for farmers and workers paying PRSI contributions. Eligible

workers can claim a free annual check-up as well as a subsidised Scale and Polish (cleaning), so I’d urge you to contact our reception team to claim your entitlements today.” Team of experts The practice has an expert team including four general dentists: Dr Kathleen Byrne, Dr Julia Quinlan, Dr Raluca Arama and Dr Cristina Lapaz, as well as two specialist dentists, Dr Khalid Alfarsi and Dr John Lynch. Dr Alfarsi has been part of the team since 2015 and has built up a great reputation with patients. He provides high quality orthodontic care and strives to give all his patients a beautiful smile. Dr Alfarsi offers a range of orthodontic work which includes Invisalign, Damon Braces, Ceramic Braces and Lingual Braces. Dr Lynch provides high quality crowns and bridges so patients can smile again with confidence. These last much longer than dentures and restore dental functionality.

They can also improve the clarity of speech that may have been lost due to a missing tooth. Dr Lynch also specialises in porcelain veneers, which resist stains better than other veneers and provide a natural look. Dr Kathleen Byrne said: “It has been a pleasure to be part of the Enniscorthy community for 11 years, and we look forward to many more. We have a friendly, welcoming and expert team and I’d encourage anyone who is thinking about dental treatment to get in touch and see how we can help.” Smiles Dental Enniscorthy has extended opening hours which are set to suit busy schedules. The practice is open 8am – 8pm, Monday – Friday, and Saturdays 9am – 4pm. Visit for a full list of treatments and prices. If you would like to contact the practice for more information or to book an appointment, please call 053 923 6612 or email n

Some of the team members in Smiles, Enniscorthy. From left to right: Katie Sheehan, Rosemary Wilson, Aoife Tinney, Lilian Santos and Annmarie Mackey. Inset photo: Dr Raluca Arama.

The angels and saints at Wexford General Hospital I had the humbling privilege a few weeks ago of being in the care of the medical and nursing staff at Wexford General Hospital. No words of mine could adequately convey my thanks to all concerned. The doctors, nurses, student nurses, carers, cleaners and kitchen staff operating under the most trying circumstances with huge tolerance at times are nothing short of Angels and Saints. Despite the long twelvehour shifts that they work maintaining a cheerful smile and providing first-class care and encouragement to often very difficult patients, they do it with love and patience. I was on a ward of six people, four of whom were suffering with dementia. It’s not the patients’ fault but they soil themselves and those wonderful nurses cheerfully change them and see to it that they are properly cleaned so that they don’t get bed sores. I witnessed some patients using foul language and making impossible demands and staff doing their very best to placate them with smiles and words of comfort. That of itself was difficult enough but part way through the night on two separate occasions the staff had to cope with two young men who, it turned out, had noth-

Eamonn Sheridan from Glenbrien, an occasional contributor to the Slaney News, sent us this article about Wexford General Hospital which we are delighted to share with our readers.

ing wrong with them apart from over indulgence. The one who had a bed nearest to mine arrived in at approximately 2.00am demanding to see a doctor. The staff explained that there was only one doctor on duty and he would get to him as soon as he could. The “Patient” was asked politely to settle down and rest on the bed until the doctor could come. He lay down and the nurse left the ward to attend to another patient in another ward. The young man got out of bed and with a drip on a stand made his way to the toilet that happened to be right beside the bed I was occupying. I heard him shout for a doctor at the top of his voice claiming that he had fallen. I responded because the nurse was otherwise occupied. He

hadn’t fallen and looked a hell of a sight fitter than me. He had now not just woken me but also a couple of the dementia patients who then started shouting for attention. The nurse came running and asked the young man if he was all right. He answered no and demanded to see a doctor again, claiming he had fallen in the toilet. Once more the nurse patiently explained that the doctor knew about him and he would see him after he had attended to patients who needed immediate care. The doctor got to see him at 5.00am and explained that the tests that had been taken earlier in A&E together with urine samples etc were being processed and as soon as the results came back he could then determine the appropriate treat-

ment. Later that morning (I had managed to get two hours sleep) the doctor was back. “Have you been taking drugs?” the doctor asked. “No... I used to but I stopped two weeks ago and I de-toxed but I haven’t touched them since then.” “How do you explain the presence of drugs in the sample of your urine that was taken last night?” “Eh, eh, eh, I didn’t take any drugs since two weeks ago. I’ve got pains in my right leg, my right arm, and I’ve got double vision.” “All of the tests we’ve done on you are not showing that there’s a problem other than that your sample of urine tested positive for drugs so I’m discharging you.” The young guy got uppity, got off the bed and left the hospital. The second young man’s

complaint was similar and he left in a huff also. I witnessed a bed being used five times in two days – such was the demand. I experienced two patients in particular sleeping all day (except for the times when they were spoon fed by a nurse) and then shouting for attention all night long. I walked up and down the corridor during the day to get some exercise. One of the private rooms I passed had the door open, I almost passed out from the smell of excrement. One poor woman came down the corridor roaring expletives and demanding to be let into a room that wasn’t hers. The nurses patiently coped with her and eventually persuaded her to return to her own room.

Those poor souls who have to attend to this and many other awful situations are nothing short of saintly in my opinion. Amid all the chaos the engine keeps turning. The food is excellent and is served with a smile. The cleaning is very regular and is also done with a cheerful “hello how are you doing”. The ambulance drivers’ work is horrendous but they do it with good humour. I was discharged at 10pm because the bed was needed due to the pressure the medical staff are under trying to cope with the number of patients. I had no complaints. I needed the comfort of my own bed and a good, long sleep. I could write on for hours about the need for a separate specialist unit for those suffering with dementia, about the ignorant attitude of some patients and the chancers who make life miserable for the dedicated Angels and Saints of Wexford General Hospital. I challenge the Minister for Health to come and work just one shift alongside these wonderful people and at the end of shift tell them they are not worth at least twice the pay they are being given at present! n


Slaney Food & Drink

10 July 2019

Enniscorthy’s All Ireland Farmers Market Wexford Cheddar Enniscorthy set out its stall as one of Ireland’s leading food destinations by once again hosting the All Ireland Farmers Market competition which took place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019, at Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, organised by Wexford Farmers Markets. Some of the best food producers in Ireland competed for valuable prizes including a first prize of €2,000 and the perpetual Waterford Crystal trophy which went this year to “The Birds and the Teas” (Pat and Olive Germaine) from Kilcoole, specialising in handmade chutneys. Second place went to Duncormick-based Zaeire Artisan Chocolates with third place going to Bree vegetable grower Alex Fortune, a previous overall winner in this competition which was judged this year by Jeanne Quigley (Irish Food Writers Guild) and Paul Hynes, chef and owner of La Cote restaurant in Wexford town. The All Ireland Farmers Market competition is always a great family day out in Enniscorthy enjoyed by locals and the many visitors to the town for the occasion. n

celebrates 60 years

Prizegiving at the 2019 All Ireland Farmers Market Competition L-R: Minister Paul Kehoe TD, Olive and Pat Germaine (winners), Jeanne Quigley (judge), Paul Hynes (judge), Liz Hore (Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager), James Kehoe (IFA).

L-R: Jimmy Gahan (Strawberry Fair), Jeanne Quigley (judge), Paul Hynes (judge), Paul Kelly (Zaeire Artisan Chocolates, runner-up), Minister Paul Kehoe TD, Liz Hore (Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager), Pat Roche (Wexford Farmers Markets).

LOCAL WINS ALDI CONTRACT Clodagh Davis of Naturally Cordial presents, on behalf of the Wexford Food Family, Paula Asple of The Wilds with the 2019 Eat Wexford plaque.

Naturally Cordial, based in Ballinavary, Enniscorthy, is delighted that it won a new contract to supply Aldi Ireland’s 137 stores through its #GrowWithAldi supplier development programme. The exclusive listing sees new 330ml Naturally Cordial bottles (€3.49) on sale nationwide as part of an Aldi Specialbuys event, which kicked off on 6th June 2019. The deal sees the award-winning range of natural fruit cordial drinks available on Aldi’s shelves with four flavours available. Proprietor, Clodagh Davis, has created two new flavours: Lemon & Lime Leaf and Fragrant Orange along with bestsellers Wexford Blackcurrant and Strawberry, Cucumber & Lime. Commenting on the programme, Clodagh said, “To have our cordials recognised by a global retailer like Aldi is fantastic. Grow with Aldi provides huge exposure for our brand and lets us reach more shoppers than ever before. The support and mentoring offered by the programme has already benefitted our business immensely.” Clodagh was delighted also to recently present The Wilds, Enniscorthy, with their 2019 Eat Wexford plaque acknowledging The Wilds’ support of the Wexford Food Family. n

The extraordinary story of Wexford Cheddar begins in 1959 when a group of wise dairy farmers partnered with German entrepreneur Herr Hoevelmeyer. This unlikely partnership prospered when a shared passion for dairy farming met a love for local community. 60 years later, Wexford Cheddar continues to grow and produce award winning cheddar. Wexford Cheddar’s selection of red and white cheese products include Mild & Creamy, Rich & Mature and Strong & Vintage. Its newest product is the convenient, pre-sliced Red Cheddar Snacking Slices, perfect for on the go and healthy packed lunches. So, what has given Wexford Cheddar that superior, delicious edge over the last 60 years? “Well, the optimal climate of the Sunny South East, lush green meadows and months of grazing from the happy, free-roaming cows are to thank. Also at the heart of its success are the 600+ Wexford

farmers, many of whom supply their milk exclusively to Wexford Cheddar, they’re our true custodians,” says Cara Millaney, Brand Manager, Glanbia Ireland. Wexford Cheddar has grown internationally and operates in markets across Europe, North America and the Far East. However, Co. Wexford and the local community will always prevail as the heart of the brand. Co. Wexford boasts a world class food culture and our dairy, meat and seafood are at the forefront thanks to the diverse landscapes and coasts that surround the Model county. To celebrate 60 years, Wexford Cheddar invites you to take part in the #BetterwithCheddar challenge. Recreate one of their many recipes available on using Wexford Cheddar. Be sure to share your cheesy dish or even a cheesy smile online by tagging @wexfordcreamery and use #BetterwithCheddar #60YearsOfWexford n

Wexford’s Global Clean Cooking Conference A recent international conference in Wexford town examined advances in cleaner cooking to drive Ireland’s agenda on global health and climate change. The second International Pathways to Clean Cooking conference was held on May 29, 30 and 31 in Wexford County Hall and examined recent advances in cleaner cooking technologies and practices, and their potential to improve global health and the environment. T h e Wo r l d H e a l t h Organisation estimates that 4.3 million people every year die prematurely from illnesses linked to household air pollution caused by the inefficient use of solid fuels. Exposure to household smoke from burning wood, charcoal, coal and kerosene is the top killer of children world-

Slimming World A number of great new Slimming World classes have started up in Enniscorthy. On Saturdays you can join Tony at 9am and 11am in the Salt n Pepper Pot restaurant, Co. Wexford Community Workshop, Bellefield, Tel: 087-1785384. Every Tuesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm you can join Anna in The Bailey, Tel: 087-1186011.

Wexford man, Conor Fox, of Hestian.

wide. It leads to diseases like childhood pneumonia, pulmonary disorders, heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. Switching to cleaner cooking fuels or adopting advanced combustion cook stoves that burn biomass more cleanly and efficiently, can improve the health and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Top level global experts travelled to Wexford to take part in the conference organised by Wexford member of the Pathways to Clean Cooking platform, Conor Fox, who is the founder of Hestian, a company that promotes cleaner cooking technologies and practices in the developing world. Fox has been blazing a trail on the importance of Ireland’s contribution to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 by 2030, to ensure “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. Hestian has reached over half a million homes across Southern

Africa with cleaner cooking stoves. In an environmental context, cleaner, more modern stoves, fuels and practices have the potential to mitigate the effects of soil erosion, deforestation and air pollution. They can preserve natural resources and cause a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change. The conference was supported by Irish Aid, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Irish Forum for Global Health, the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway and Wexford County Council, in addition to a host of international partners mobilised through the Pathways to Clean Cooking platform. “Cleaner, more fuel-efficient stoves, fuels and practices can help protect human health and the environment,” said Dr. Jonathan Derham of EPA, supporting the conference. “They play a vital role in lowering emissions of greenhouse gases, pollutants and

black carbon. We are delighted to play a part in supporting Ireland’s role in contributing to the global environmental agenda.” “The adoption of cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels can reduce the risks of illness, save lives in the developing world and mitigate climate change. Action on these points have the combined effect of driving progress on our contribution to Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 7,” said Aidan Fitzpatrick, of Irish Aid. Reducing household air pollution from cooking is critical to improving the health of millions of people globally, while reducing unsustainable harvesting of biomass for cooking. Funded by the Irish Research Council, the Ryan Institute is working with partners such as the World Bank and Hestian to identify ways to accelerate the transition to cleaner cooking systems in developing countries. n

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Slaney Business & Finance

10 July 2019

Joyces Expert Wexford – big winners at Co. Wexford Business Awards 2019

Wexford company wins Regional Enterprise Award L-R: Jack Harte, Liz Harte , Minister Pat Breen T.D., Tom Banville, Head of Local Enterprise Office, Wexford Co. Council, Oisin Geoghan – Chair of LEO Network.

What a night for Joyces of Wexford at the Wexford Business Awards last month winning the Social Media and E-Commerce award, Wexford Family Business award and Overall Business of the Year award! What a way to celebrate 75 years in business!

The Wexford Business Awards, now in their eleventh year, are countywide awards recognising the entrepreneurship, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors. The awards honour Wexford’s industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success. The winners and runners-up in each of the award categories and the overall Wexford Business of the Year Award 2019 were announced at the official Co. Wexford Business Awards Gala Ceremony, on Friday, 24th May 2019, in Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Business of the Year Award sponsored by Wexford County Council. WINNER: Joyces Expert Wexford. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– We x f o r d Outstanding Contribution to Business Award sponsored by Monart Destination Spa. WINNER: Paddy & Tommy Redmond. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Visitor Attraction of the Year Award sponsored by Wexford Local Development. WINNER: The Irish National Heritage Park. RUNNER UP: International Outdoor Adventure Centre – IOAC. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Hospitality Provider of the Year Award sponsored by Rosslare Europort. WINNER: International Outdoor Adventure Centre – IOAC. RUNNER UP: Clayton Whites Hotel. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– We x f o r d E x c e l l e n c e i n

International Trade Award sponsored by Rosslare Europort. WINNER: Reynaers Aluminium. RUNNER UP: Survipod Engineering Solutions. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Operational Excellence Award sponsored by Waters Technologies. WINNER: Reynaers Aluminium. RUNNER UP: All in One Event Hire. Wexford eCommerce Excellence Award sponsored by AIB Bank Wexford. WINNER: Mr Oil. RUNNER UP: Women’s Inspire Network. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Excellence in Retail Award sponsored by Zurich Insurance. WINNER: Smyth’s Homevalue. RUNNER UP: Pettitt’s SuperValu. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford SME of the Year Award (1-50 Employees) sponsored by Permanent TSB. WINNER: Tool Depot. RUNNER UP: Mary Barry’s Seafood Bar & Restaurant. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford SME of the Year Award (50+ Employees) sponsored by Wexford Chamber Skillnet. WINNER: AirconMech. RUNNER UP: Kerlogue Nursing Home. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Social Media and Digital Marketing Excellence Award sponsored by 2Cubed. WINNER: Joyces Expert Wexford. RUNNER UP: The Irish National Heritage Park. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award sponsored by Datapac. WINNER: The Cutthroat Club Barbers. RUNNER UP: The Collective Sensory Group. –––––––––––––––––––––––––

Wexford Social Enterprise Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by Wexford People. WINNER: Ballycanew Ballyoughter Community Development Association. RUNNER UP: Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Start-Up Business of the Year Award sponsored by LEO Wexford. WINNER: Wilder Wander. RUNNER UP: The Village at Wheelocks. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Family Business of the Year Award sponsored by PwC. WINNER: Joyces Expert Wexford. RUNNER UP: Natural Health Store. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Training Provider of the Year Award sponsored b y C a r l o w I T We x f o r d Campus. WINNER: AMPM Safety & Environmental Ltd. RUNNER UP: Gorey Institute of Beauty. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Service Industry Provider of the Year Award sponsored by Danone Nutricia Wexford. WINNER: Fergus Flanagan Architects. RUNNER UP: Baker Tilly. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wexford Food & Beverage Producer of the Year Award sponsored by Wright Insurance Brokers. WINNER: Regan Organic Produce. JOINT RUNNER UPS: Wild About and The Village at Wheelocks. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– We x f o r d G r e e n Aw a r d : Environmental Best Practice sponsored by Wexford Bus. WINNER: Natural Health Store. RUNNER UP: Wild About. n


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Harte Outdoor Lighting in New Ross has won the award for the South East Region, and a prize of €2,000, at this year’s National Enterprise Awards, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices to celebrate Ireland’s best small businesses. Harte Outdoor Lighting was established in 1983 and currently employs 10 people. It has established itself as Ireland’s only producer of high quality cast iron outdoor lighting, post boxes and street boll a rd s . T h e c o m p a n y h a s ambitions to dominate the Irish market, to gain an unrivalled reputation as a manufacturer of distinctive, robust, quality products in cast iron. Pat Breen T.D., Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, made the

announcement in front of 230 guests in the Mansion House in Dublin on May 29th. Presenting the awards on stage, he said: “I want to pay tribute to all the winners and finalists in this year ’s National Enterprise Awards. Their drive, determination and passion for building successful businesses and creating local jobs is what this competition is all about. All this year’s finalists and winners have been supported by my Department through the Local Enterprise Office network.” Congratulating the local winners, Tom Banville, Head of the Local Enterprise Office Wexford, said: “Harte Outdoor Lighting are very deserving winners of this year’s Regional Enterprise Award and the team in Local Enterprise Office Wexford are very proud of their

achievements.” A skincare company, Pestle & Mortar, won the overall title this year (backed by LEO Kildare). Funded through Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities were established by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in 2014 as the ‘firststop-shop’ for anyone wanting to start or grow a small business. Over the last five years, LEOs have helped companies create 18,640 new jobs (net) and have provided €81.5 million in direct financial assistance to over 5,000 business projects. LEOs have also organised over 40,000 business mentoring appointments and provided enterprise training for 144,830 participants since 2014 ( n

Busy time at Wheelock’s Lot’s going on at Wheelock’s, Finchogue, Enniscorthy, but it’s no longer all about the strawberries as there are many other aspects to the new Village at Wheelocks – the restaurant, farm shop, walks, kids and educational activities, etc. Wheelocks would like to thank all their customers for their support since they opened their wonderful new restaurant and other facilities. They are delighted to have been nominated and to have achieved the runner-up award for both Food & Beverage Producer and Start Up Business of the Year in the Wexford Business Awards 2019. Make a note in your diary for a major Summer BBQ event there on 13th July. Tickets €12 in advance, €15 on the night. Price includes a free drink and burger & chips. Bar by Toss Kavanagh’s, music by James Reid. Buses will run from Toss Kavanagh’s from 6pm to 8pm and return from 11pm to close. Well done Cyril, Margaret and team on all you have achieved in such a short time. n

Above: Many people including legendary Irish footballer, Paul McGrath, have enjoyed the Village at Wheelocks.

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Part of the job of a vet is to put down animals. It's not what you sign up for but it becomes part and parcel of the job. Sometimes the decision is easy... you've an animal in severe distress and not any hope of recovery then the kindest thing to do is to humanely put the animal to sleep. I've had several cases recently where this was the case... A young deer was injured trying to jump a gate out of a graveyard and was paralysed in his hindlegs. It was the only option available to me. A week or two later a hosre got spooked in a field jumped the fence but shattered his front leg... again it was the only and kindest thing to do to put the animal out of her suffering. Where it becomes more difficult is with an animal you've been treating for a long time and they are slowly slipping but not ready to go… they keep fighting with every ounce in them to keep going. I had been looking after one of the bravest dogs I've ever had the privilege to treat, Rafa, for the last few years. Rafa was a King Charles Spaniel and he arrived with his owner, who lived in Dublin but was moving back home. Rafa had a significant heart murmur which is enough for any dog but he also had a tumour from the roof of his mouth up into his nasal cavity. He looked a sight by times but for Rafa this was a mere inconvenience… he lived his life oblivious to either complaint, without any fuss. He ate really well, played and was the guardian of their beautiful little daughter when she arrived. Rafa's owners were extremely attentive to him, giving him all the heart medications, pain relief and antibiotics and remedies when required and Rafa lived his days with what looked like without a care in the world. He had several dips and scares but bounced back time and again… We dubbed him the 'comeback king'!! Unfortunately, about ten days ago he took a turn and over the next few days he stopped eating… something he almost never did! We took him in and treated him and while he stayed the same he didn't pick up this time. We took him back in and I wasn't sure if it was his time but knew it was close. He had been such an intelligent and clever little fella I knew he'd want to do this on his terms... defying all the odds all his life was his trademark! I discussed the options with his owner and after ensuring he was well covered for pain and any discomfort, he took him home. I was away the next day from the practice but got word that he took his last breath in his owner’s arms the next evening. He died as he would have wanted with all his family with him, peacefully and without any fuss. He bore his illness with such courage and dignity that he inspired everyone who knew him. I wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing that evening letting him go home but when I heard the way he passed, then I knew I had. Rafa died as he lived... gracefully and peacefully and... on his terms. n

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Slaney History

10 July 2019

Ibar Carty has opened up his vast photo archives to the Slaney News. In this 95th of a series, Ibar shares two photos from the Ibar Carty collection. All Pics © Ibar Carty. Ibar Carty can provide high quality prints of all photos in his series to date. Simply ring Ibar on 087-6729969 or email: or call into his premises on Castle Street (beside Athenaeum) and if you mention the Slaney News he’ll give you 20% OFF the price! DON’T FORGET: IBAR SPECIALISES IN RECOPYING AND RESTORING OLD PHOTOS. CALL IN ANY TIME FOR MORE INFORMATION

Above: Seán Carty and members of Slaney Cycling Club in Market Square c.1929. Right: Breens on a 5-seater on St Senan’s Road, Enniscorthy, mid to late 1940s. Colum Breen (left), Jack (father, second from right) and Kevin (far right).

If a picture tells a thousand words… Ibar Carty chronicles the 20th century in Enniscorthy & beyond... Norman 850 around the county

Normans at Ballymore

R e c e n t l y, E n n i s c o r t h y Historical Re-enactment Society was invited to be part of the Anniversary celebrations of the opening of Ballymore House & Museum to the public 25 years ago. This hidden gem, privately owned by the Donovan family as it has been for the past 300 years, is off the beaten track near Camolin in County Wexford and is open to the public during the summer months and by appointment. The historic house and extremely well kept museum is a credit to Margaret Donovan and her family and is an Aladdin’s cave of historic treasures, including detailed, documented accounts of the compensation claimed and

paid to the Donovan family in recompense for the loss and damage caused when the United Irish Rebels confiscated the house and held it for five weeks in 1798, the family having fled to Dublin. Along with all the historic artefacts, the museum also houses wonderful collections of moths and butterflies, sea shells, birds’ eggs and musical instruments, brought home by family members from Africa and other places down through the generations. Everything in this museum is in excellent condition, lovingly preserved and so well displayed and depicts the Donovan`s family journey through the generations and is a most valuable piece of

Wexford history and so worth a visit. To m a r k t h e 2 5 t h A n n i v e r s a r y, E H R S w a s delighted to perform, in front of the beautifully refurbished Tea Rooms, a pageant written by Cathy Keane titled The Norman C o n q u e s t – T h e We x f o r d Connection telling the tale of the Norman landings at Bannow and Baginbun 1169 and 1170 and the nuptials of Strongbow and Aoife and William Marshal and Isabel – narrated by yours truly and presented by Joe and Deirdre Mernagh, Ray and Bridget Murphy, Ian Kidd, Pat and Alan Jones, Mary Hendrick, Bobby Sinnott, Seamus Corrigan, Tom Boland, David Owens, Billy Heffernan and Richard O’Sullivan.

Cllr Maura Bell with Maria Nolan.

This exquisite, historic setting was the perfect backdrop for the factual but humorous tale which went down well with the garden audience including well known local historian Brian Cleary and newly elected Councillor Maura Bell. – Maria Nolan

To mark the 850th anniversary of the first arrival of the Normans to Ireland onto Bannow Beach in Co. Wexford in 1169, a public lecture series is being hosted by Wexford libraries and by The Irish National Heritage Park. On July 18th Dr Michael Potterton will discuss ‘Early Castles in Ireland’ at Wexford Library. And on July 26th locals and visitors to Wexford are in for a treat as the Carrick Centre will host a lunch and open day when visitors can enjoy stepping back in time at the Carrick Archaeology Site at The Irish National Heritage Park, 3–5 pm. A series of guided walks will also be on offer with Baya the Storyteller as she hosts “New Ross Tales” guided tours of Norman New Ross. The remaining walks will take place on July 20th and August 10th and 24th. The guided walking tours will commence from the Tholsel in New Ross Town at 1.30pm. The Walls of New Ross selfguided tours are on offer showcasing to visitors the history and heritage hidden in plain sight on the streets of New Ross with free booklet and map for self-guided walking tours. Guided tours with New Ross Street Focus are also available upon request. Keep an eye out for a series of Norman-themed events for children

and adults at the Rockin’ Food Festival in Enniscorthy over the August Bank Holiday. A flagship event will be hosted by The Irish National Heritage Park as the spectacle of a Viking Fire Festival with a Norman twist will take place on Sept 28th and 29th. The festival will have two locations, the Wexford Quayside and the Irish National Heritage Park with the River Slaney route running between the two. On October 12th and 13th, a reenactment of the trial of Diarmuid MacMurrough will take place in Ferns. The MacMurrough Inquiry will shine a light on key events which led to the ‘invasion’, looking at the extent to which Diarmuid MacMurrough was responsible. Informed by Brehon Law, leading barristers, historians and academics will explore the fascinating tale of power and intrigue in medieval Ireland. The ‘Carrick 850 International Conference’ hosted by the Irish Archaeology Field School, Irish National Heritage Park and partners takes place on Oct 18th and 19th. This conference is being organised to coincide with the publication of the first book detailing the Carrick site – ‘Carrick, County Wexford: Ireland’s First AngloNorman Stronghold’. Further details on all events: Enniscorthy re-enactors looking the Norman part!

Pic: Patrick Browne

Slaney Around the Region

BUNCLODY… Bunclody liBRARy See Bunclody Library’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/BunclodyLibrary/events where you can sign up for the monthly what’s on e-newsletter. Also see the website: epartments/Library/WhatsOn/ ARt BAnK Bunclody ARTBANK Bunclody is a not for profit organisation and comprises an inclusive gallery, events, and workshops on the main street of Bunclody. Gallery open every Tues to Sat 2pm to 5.30pm. Do drop in! Follow ART BANK on Facebook for all happenings in Bunclody’s dynamic art scene. St VincEnt dE PAul Local Confidential helpline 0873696883. SVP request box is now located at back of shop. There is a newspaper recycling bin beside SuperValu in aid of S.V.P. cARRigduff ScHool There’s positive news for two schools in Bunclody and Gorey. Minister Paul Kehoe has con-

firmed that additional classrooms and other works will be carried out at Carrigduff National School in Bunclody and Scoil Mochua in Gorey. In Bunclody, the Department of Education has given the green light for a new 1x80m2 classroom, as well as toilet facilitates for assisted users and a Special Education Teacher room. Minister Kehoe said that the School Building Unit in the Department will issue detailed letters on the relevant projects directly to the school authorities informing them of the amount of grant aid sanctioned. AlcoHolicS AnonyMouS Meetings held Tuesday & Saturday at 8.30pm in Brennan’s Market Square. locAl MARKEtS Local Markets on the Mall and Saint Aidan’s Hall on Saturdays selling beautiful local produce. Bunclody touRiSt officE Office now open 7 days per week for the summer now looking for volunteers to help out on



Saturdays and Sundays for just 2-hour stints. Tel 087 1992892. E-Mail: tHE coMing MontHS... August 23rd-25th: All Ireland Horseshoe Competition at Bridge Meadow, Bunclody. Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club stages the Irish Professional Golfers’ Association Championship 19th-22nd August. The National Ploughing Match will be just up the road in Fenagh, Co. Carlow, 17th-19th September. The new SignaCare Nursing Home is due to open in the old Millrace Hotel in mid September. fAllon’S noMinAtion Joe Fallon Design Architecture of Main Street, Bunclody, and Dundrum, Dublin, has been nominated for the ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ by the Irish Construction Industry. The event celebrates the best of Irish construction and design and the Bunclody firm was the only Wexford based company to be nominated. n

Gorey Agricultural Show, Coolattin, 15th June 2019. Above left: Emma Holohan with her 1st prizewinner at the show. Above right: Jimmy Lawlor and Ger Kelly taking a break at Gorey Show.


New Committee of first ever Rosslare District Council, with new Chairman, Ger Carthy, front centre, and Council officials.




Caim Annual Parish BBQ, 21st June. L-R: Maura Owens, Orla O’Neill and Ian Roche.

Ferns Parish Field Day 23rd June at school grounds: Helen McClean and Michelle Doyle. Burger masters: Maria Murphy, Pat Nolan and Trish Ryan.

The first Mummers in 40 years in Monageer. Back Row L-R: Danielle Canavan, Angela Kelly, Ray Keogh (Fr. John), Stacia Furlong and Sinead O’Brien. Front L-R: Liz Furlong, Eileen Hayes, Nickey Furlong (mentor), Sean Furlong (captain) and Melissa Furlong. Missing: Sean O’Neill.


Kevin Frayne serves Peggy and Robert Rackard.

Confirmation class of Piercestown NS in Piercestown St. Martin’s Church with Mgr. Joe McGrath, and Fr. John O’Reilly with teachers Julie Sinnott and Laura Walsh, Principal.

Liam, Megan and Mary Byrne enjoying the Ferns Field Day.

Fr Richard Redmond’s Silver Jubilee in St. Aidan’s Church, Ferns, 22nd June. L-R: Fr. Paddy Cushin PP, Bishop Denis Brennan and Fr. Richard Redmond.


Slaney Motoring

10 July 2019

Caroline gets motoring MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS

Bunclody native caroline Kidd brings us reviews of the latest new cars to arrive in ireland. caroline is the editor of changing lanes (, one of ireland’s leading motoring blogs, and a jury member for irish car of the year. She also provides freelance writing services to businesses in Wexford under the name of Star content (

REVIEW BY CAROLINE KIDD Five seat MPVs used to be very popular but in recent years the SUV has taken over. But when an MPV does come along in my test schedule, it’s a reminder that these vehicles still make quite a lot of sense for buyers who prioritise space and practicality. Mercedes-Benz is obviously a brand that still believes in the genre because they’ve just introduced the all-new BClass. As I was driving the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class, I looked around and began to see numerous examples of the previous generation of the car. Clearly the B-Class has quite a following! So why would you disappoint your core market and render it to the scrap heap? Priced from €32,745, the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class

has a new look in line with the rest of the Mercedes-Benz range and is spawned from the very stylish new A-Class that arrived in Ireland in 2018. The wheelbase is now longer with short overhangs and a slightly lowered roof line. The new B-Class is styled to maximise interior space, but it’s classy and discrete in that Mercedes-Benz way! However it’s inside the new B-Class where the real Mercedes star shines. The BClass has an all-new dashboard design that’s really impressive. The material quality is excellent and this car gives the occupants a feeling of wellbeing with a light and spacious feel. There’s a digital instrument panel and touchscreen with touchpad control that complete the modern look of the new B-Class.


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It’s a far more practical car than the A-Class hatchback it’s based on with more headroom and legroom. The new B-Class is a bit wider than the car it replaces so there is more elbow room for everyone also. There are two deep footwells in the back making it a comfortable place to stretch out the legs for a long journey. The boot is also very practical for carrying things being large (455 litre capacity) with a wide opening and low sill. In Ireland, the new B-Class is sold in Style, Progressive (from €34,969) and AMG Line (from €37,337) trims. Standard equipment includes 16” alloys, MBUX infotainment system, reversing parking camera, leather/fabric upholstery, active lane keeping assist and heated front seats. The AMG

Line car I had on test has 18” AMG alloys, sports steering wheel, AMG bodystyling, AMG sports pedals, diamond radiator grille with single louvre, LED headlamps and dual zone climate control. The new B-Class is powered by new, efficient engines, all compliant with new Euro 6d-TEMP regulations mandatory from next year. Petrols include the B180 and B200. Diesels are available from €35,300 and are badged B180d, B200d and B220d with a new 2.0-litre diesel making its debut in the B-Class range. My test car was a B180 powered by a 1.3-litre turbo petrol with 136hp and mated to an automatic gearbox. The petrol engine is smooth and quiet, only getting noisy when you really accelerate hard. When taking off the auto-


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matic gearbox can be a bit slow, but out on the open road the power delivery is smooth and effortless. Manual gearboxes are also available. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.4l/100km with motor tax of €270 per year for the B180. On the road the MercedesBenz B-Class offers excellent comfort and refinement. It handles and steers competently with some body roll owing to its height, but for MPV buyers comfort is far more important, and the BClass delivers on that. Five seat MPVs may no longer be fashionable, but there is no disputing their value to buyers who prioritise space, practicality and comfort. The new Mercedes-Benz BClass is now more stylish than before with a fantastic cabin

ambience and the latest range of petrol and diesel engines. The B-Class has compact dimensions on the road, but the interior is surprisingly roomy. The best quality is the comfort the B-Class offers on the move. Owners of the previous generation of this car will love the new B-Class! Model tested: Mercedes-Benz B180 Automatic AMG Line. Price: €38,987 (range from €32,745). Engine: 1.3-litre turbo petrol. Power: 136 hp. Torque: 200 Nm. 0-100km/h: 9 seconds. Top speed: 212 km/h. Fuel economy: 5.4-5.6 l/100km. CO2 emissions: 125 g/km. Motor tax: €270 per year. n

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Wexford Motor Show

2019 Wexford Motor Show on Wexford Quays on 8th June. L-R: Cllr George Lawlor, Garda Ciara Hayes, Brendan Howlin TD, Garda Neil Murphy, Tom Cullen and Margo Doyle. Below: Kyle Roche and James Byrne of Wexford Menapia Motors.

Enniscorthy’s new Premier Auto Parts hosts roadshow


Luxury on our own doorstep Recently, i was invited to join my friends Moira fowler and Michael Murphy for morning coffee at their luxury manor, Anam cara, at cherry orchard, Enniscorthy, and i took the opportunity to take some shots of their truly beautiful property. Nestled snugly at a bend on the road in the rich Enniscorthy hinterland less than a mile from town, this beautiful residence is the epitome of elegance. Purchased in 2016 by Moira and Michael, Anam Cara (meaning ‘soulmate’) stands on 4.25 exquisitely manicured acres complete with woodland walk and meandering stream creating the illusion of being ‘far from the madding crowd’. With a recently awarded 9.9 Recognition of Excellence rating and rave customer reviews this is, without doubt, a gem on our doorstep and a wonderful addition to the Enniscorthy landscape. Moira, the embodiment of charm, born on the Navan Road, Dublin, has spent most of her life in the hospitality trade, albeit on the other side of the Pond – 30 years in Colorado. Moira smiles modestly recalling that her B&B – Emerald Manor at Estes Park, Colorado, was awarded the Hospitality of the Year Award. And chatting with her over a cup of coffee one can easily see why. This lovely lady is

Pic: Maria Nolan.

the perfect hostess, warm, welcoming and attentive with that magical ‘eager to please’, and ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude that endears her to travellers, visitors and friends. When Moira’s husband passed away seven years ago she decided to return home to Ireland and spent five years searching for her dream residence in the perfect location. She believes she found both at Cherry Orchard, Enniscorthy. From the moment you step over the threshold, the plush interior exudes laid back chic and sophistication with an eclectic blend of natural materials and the rich finishes of its Tommy Bahama furnishings suggestive of cool, casual yet classy living with oodles of style. The five spacious bedrooms are luxurious, the beds, solid and decorative with Moira’s penchant for pillows and cush-

ions very much in evidence with as many as seven adorning some of these Chariots of Dreams that are simply built for comfort. Some of the beds were shipped over from the States and one was actually made in the 1700s. Each bathroom is kitted out with €75 worth of Molton Brown products and indeed, according to Moira, the only complaint from guests is that the extra large cotton bath towels are simply too heavy! With high quality, locally sourced food, lovingly prepared and served with pleasantries and panache, this is a unique bed and breakfast experience to savour. ‘When people are on holidays this is their time,’ according to Moira Fowler, ‘and they deserve the Royal treatment’. And that is exactly what you can expect at Anam Cara. – Maria Nolan

Anam Cara – the perfect place to stay for anyone visiting Enniscorthy

Some of the large crowd who attended the MechanExpert Roadshow on 19th June in Premier Auto Parts Enniscorthy which is Enniscorthy’s newest auto factors stocking all leading brands at competitive prices. Unit 1C, Enniscorthy Business Park, Old Dublin Road.

Wells House and Gardens, Ballyedmond, Classic Car Show, Sunday 16th June. Jim and Christine Ryan beside a Ford Cadillac.

Pic: Maria Nolan.

Caim Vintage Tractor and Car Run at Rackards of Caim, 16th June. John Foley and his Ford 2000.

Caim Vintage Tractor and Car Run at Rackards of Caim, 16th June. Jack Dempsey, Roisin Murphy and John Dempsey.


Slaney News

10 July 2019

Diary DaTes

EnniScoRtHy EyE a column by Joseph Doyle

TV News

besT wishes & coNgraTs

RtE is set to get a new crime drama. from the team that brought us love/hate comes a brand new crime drama Dublin Murders based on the novels of tana french. the series stars Sarah greene and Killian Scott with tom Vaughan lawlor. Scott and green play detectives investigating a series of murders in the dublin mountains. this new 8-part drama will be shown in September on BBc one, then later in the year on RtE. this is just one of several new tV series to hit our screens this year. – Joseph Doyle

☺ Well done to Wexford’s senior and minor hurling teams – both Leinster champions. ☺ Congrats to this year's Strawberry Queen, Joy Quigley, and to all involved in oranising this year ’s Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms & Roots Festival. ☺ Well done to Rita Redmond, Kilmuckridge, captain of the Wexford team which won the Gaynor Cup recently. ☺ Best wishes to Craig Gray and Aerin Londra with their new pub “The Local Bar” on Castle Hill, Enniscorthy. – Joseph Doyle

Joseph Doyle with Leinster Champion hurler Lee Chin. Pic: © Joseph Doyle.

Rita Redmond from Kilmuckridge captain of the successful Wexford Gaynor Cup team.

REgulAR EVEntS: traditional irish Music night every Friday at Stamps. treacy’s Hotel – Live music every Fri (Davitts), Sat and Sun nights in main bar. Sunday night Sessions at Benedicts, plus disco. Benedicts disco – Friday, Saturday, Sunday. dBar – Saturday night DJ – 70s & 80s night. Holohan’s Pub – Weds nights: Informal music session with Loose Arrangement. toss Kavanaghs: Live music every weekend. t. doyle’s: Live music every Friday. Alba Restaurant: Live music – see “Alba Restaurant” on Facebook. Popovici’s: Live music or DJs at weekends. Rock ‘n’ Roll Jive classes every Weds at The Bailey. Beginners at 7.30pm, Advanced 8.45pm. Freestyle after with DJ Lew Boogie from 10pm. €5. the Presentation centre – See their website. St Senan's Parish – The usual Bingo in Templeshannon Community  Centre every Sunday night at 8pm is over for the summer months and will resume in the autumn. Enniscorthy greyhound track. Racing every Monday and Thursday Night. Doors open 7pm. First race 8pm. Alan o’Brien (the dance Man) – see his Facebook page for full arate kid. details of dance classes and his local social dancing events. It’sle on Youtube streamdoreen’s. Live music every weekend.


looKing AHEAd: – Joseph Doyle        Killian Scott and Sarah Greene in ‘Dublin Murders’.

Michelle O’Neill, Enniscorthy (centre, with her World Cup medal) was the assistant refereee for the recent women’s World Cup Final.

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Successful Enniscorthy runner Jamie Whyte with some recent medals he won.

Nic Furlong (fourth from left) with his cast and guest, author Billy Roche (third from right).

If you would like Joseph to mention an upcoming event or would like to send in pics of any occasion (weddings, birthdays, etc) for inclusion then email both and slaneynews@ The closing date for receiving material for this column is always the Thursday before our publication date which is usually the first Weds of every month.

Woman in Black – a play by Enniscorthy-based actor and writer, Nic Furlong, had a very successful run presented by Blackstairs Mountain Theatre in The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, in June. A second run of the play is likely to take place later this year. – Joseph Doyle

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New book lauNcheD oN cysTic Fibrosis our baby has sixty-Five roses is the title of a new book just launched by mums Eilís Moroney and Ruth cahill to help explain cystic fibrosis (cf) to other children in an ageappropriate way. “Sixty-Five Roses” is how children often first say the words “cystic fibrosis” and for Eilís and Ruth, who are both parents

FERNS PARISH FIELD DAY Ferns Parish Field Day, 23rd June at school grounds. Left to Right: 1. About to spin the wheel of fortune, Jim McClean and Noel Kinsella. 2. Relaxing with a cuppa were Lara Bohn, Carmel Doyle and Tommy McElwaine. 3. Cousins Aislinn and Sean Davitt.

See main entertainment listing page 19. Culchie Warriors. Comedy. The Presentation Centre. Fri 19 July. Well Wex Festival. Wexford Racecouse. Sun 21 July. See page 5. Streams of Bunclody Festival. July 19-21. Paddy Casey. The Presentation Centre. Sat 27 July. Rockin’ Food Festival. 2-5 Aug. See pages 20-21. Doyles Bar, The Duffry, will be holding Sunday Music Sessions in the Beer Garden with live bands in July and August 5-7pm.  Doyles Bar, The Duffry, gigs during Rockin’ Food Fest: The Alley Cats, 12.30pm, Sunday 4th August. Riley & The Moonrockers, Sunday 4th August, 3pm. – Joseph Doyle

of children with CF, the book is about helping siblings and relatives better support the person with CF in their lives, while also giving comfort to parents at a very difficult and challenging time. It is available on Amazon for €11.99, and is also available to order on – Joseph Doyle

c.F. News & eVeNTs

 Paris2Nice 2019. Saddle up and join CFI for a cycle challenge through

the French countryside from September 14th-19th 2019.

 Head2Head Walk 2019. The annual Head2Head Walk from

Howth Village to Bray on Sunday September 15th in aid of CFI.

 The CFI International Walk will take place from Sept 20th - 27th

and will discover 'Glorious Greece'.

 Run the world famous TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday

November 3rd 2019 for CFI. For all cF events check out:

Always beware of people collecting for charities who may not be genuine. Try and check that the person collecting the donation has official identification and has a permit to collect in that particular area. Genuine collectors should be able to produce identification and documentation to prove they are legitimate if someone asks. Anyone carrying out a bucket collection is required to have a permit dated and signed by the local garda superintendent.

You could also ask them some questions pertinent to the particular charity e.g. who is the local branch Chairperson? If the person knows very little about the charity they may be bogus. If you have doubts about a collector, contact the charity head office and they’ll advise you and contact the Gárdaí if needs be. Please note that Cystic Fibrosis Ireland doesn’t do door-to-door collections and it doesn’t call into pubs etc collecting. – Joseph Doyle

Slaney Sport

A dream comes true for Des it’s a "dream come true" for des Kirwan from ferns who is proud to be part of the irish international diabetes team that will compete in the diaEuro European futsal (indoor) football championships in ukraine later this month. 28-year-old Des, who works in Bolgers Hardware in Ferns, was diagnosed at the age of 22. Des says, “Diabetes was tough at first but after a while becomes part of your everyday routine. We as diabetics and soccer players have a motto – we have diabetes, diabetes doesn’t have us.” Des is grateful for the ongoing support of his future wife, Nikita Maqbool, and his family. Despite his diabetes, Des has continued to play the sport

he loves – soccer, and has been rewarded by his selection for the European championships. The idea for the diabetes team came from Dubliner, Cathal Fleming, who was himself diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 36. The diabetes team now also functions as a support network for Des and his playing colleagues who can exchange information, ideas and advice among themselves. DiaEuro Ireland is being assisted by Diabetes Ireland but receives no funding from any sporting body and is relying on sponsors and donations to raise the €16,000 to finance their trip. If you would like to donate or get involved in any way contact n

Roche Transport supporting Marshalstown Castledockrell Camogie / Ladies Football

Marshalstown Castledockrell Camogie / Ladies Football would like to thank Roche Transport, Milehouse, for their sponsorship. Our photo shows Jamie Roche presenting the Junior Ladies with a set of team jerseys. Both the club and the team are very grateful.

ST SENAN’S SWIM SUCCESS Congrats to St Senan’s National School, Enniscorthy, on winning the Waterfront Schools Swimming Gala for 2019 – the 20th year of the event and the first time St Senan’s have won the overall award. Well done also to Bree and Ballindaggin who were a close 2nd and 3rd.

Des Kirwan, centre of front row.



The AGM has been rescheduled for Tuesday 16th July at 7.30pm in the Astro Active. All players, parents and anyone who would like to get involved with the Club are welcome.

Irish Soccer Referees Society Wexford Branch

ABOVE: Wexford Races, 5th June. Winner all right! ‘Shawshank’ Trained by local trainer Paul Nolan, winner of the Slaney Maiden Hurdle. L-R: Dan Browne, winning owner, Byran Cooper, winning jockey, Tommy Woods and Paul Nolan, trainer. RIGHT: The new Katie Taylor? Roisin Balfe, Enniscorthy, is now Leinster Champion and All-Ireland finalist. Congrats to Roisin from all her colleagues in Enniscorthy’s Sacre Coeur Boxing Club. BELOW: Enniscorthy Golf Club Lady President Liz Askins (front centre) with winners and supporters of her recent President’s Prize day.

The Wexford Branch ISRS 50th anniversary dinner dance in the Talbot Hotel 8th June. Far left: John and Breda Roche. Above left: Sean and Vanessa Grant. Above right: Angela and Mathew Colfer.

Anne Gilshinan’s world records! Enniscorthy’s Anne gilshinan at the irish Milers Meet in leixlip last month set a new World Record in the 800m, over 55 age category, in a time of 2.19.63. She followed that up in Belfast with a new World Record in the 1500m (4.41.46) in the over 55 category breaking her previous World Record of 4.45.65. n


Anne Gilshinan with one of her new world record times.


Slaney Arts & Heritage

10 July 2019

Maria Nolan.

Pic: Maria Nolan.

Art in the Open Official Launch in Wexford Opera House on 6th June. Above left: James and Mary Horan. Above right: Liz Burns, Arts Officer Wexford County Council, Kevin Freemay, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Sheila McNally and Tony Robinson.

co. Wexford’s Art in the open is the largest and most prestigious plein air painting festival in Europe. Now in its 12th year, the festival which has grown to a 10-day internationally recognised event with 200 artists taking part. It attracts some of the best outdoor painters from around the globe. Renowned

for its friendliness and relaxed atmosphere, the participants can be seen painting the wonderful Sunny South East's landscapes leading up to the exhibition on the August bankholiday Sunday and Monday (the first Monday in August). The event is open to everybody on payment of a registration fee. Registration will entitle

participants to attend all or some of the seven paint-out days at beautiful pre-selected locations, exhibit at the festival and be eligible for festival awards. A stunning variety of scenes to paint have been chosen from seaside harbours to beaches, old castles to rolling fields and quaint little villages.

The 12th Art in the Open formal launch was held in the National Opera House on 6th June with music by the talented Colm Mac Con Iomaire and hospitality provided by The Starview Café. Don't miss the festival exhibition on the August bank holiday weekend in the gallery at Greenacres, Wexford. n

Art in the Open Official Launch. Above left: Helen Doyle, Ted Howlin and Cllr Maura Bell. Above right: Trish Robinson, Rita Kelly, Brendan Howlin TD, Colm Mac Con Iomaire who launched the festival, and Alma Hynes.

The beating heart: pop-up post-office art! in the true, time-tested tradition of our fast disappearing rural Post offices – disPatch – the Pop up Post office at 11 castle Street was a beating heart in the community over the June Bank Holiday weekend in Enniscorthy as people of all age groups flocked to the novelty venue to choose a specially designed postcard and send it free of charge to anywhere in the world. This innovative project by three young art students – Becks Butler, Astrid Newman and Ciara Roche was one of the main attractions during the Strawberry Fair / Street Rhythms & Roots Festival with No.11 Castle Street playing host to

many locals and visitors alike. This Art Project funded by Wexford County Council and supported by An Post proved to be a most popular, enjoyable and valuable experience allowing people to pause, take time and reconnect with each other much the same as letters and postcards have done for centuries. The three talented artists had spent considerable time connecting with the diverse groups and organisations in the town including the Men’s Shed, FDYS, Delightful Dollies, Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society, Enniscorthy Drama Group, The Wexford Literary Festival, Rapparees/Starlights

and Shamrocks GAA Clubs, South East Rock n Roll Club, E n n i s c o r t h y R e t i re m e n t Association and Sean Nos Dance, and produced an array of postcards depicting the essence of the town and its voluntary bodies. Stories were also collected extracting insights into the vibrant, generous, hardworking, energetic, animated volu n t e e r s w h o a re m a k i n g Enniscorthy what it is today. Stories were heard, postcards were sent and copious cups of tea and coffee were consumed as people sat and talked and shared and reminisced much as they always did in our local Post Offices – the beating heart of all Irish communities.

DisPatch above all else reminded us how important it is to connect with each other either through the spoken or the written word in this very fast moving world that leaves little or no time to pause and reflect on the wonderful things happening every day all around us in Enniscorthy. A big shout out to Becks, Astrid and Ciara for reconnecting us and providing us with the time and the space to appreciate ourselves and each other in a relaxed, warm, and above all people-friendly atmosphere. And please, please let’s do it all again soon. – Maria Nolan Pic: Maria Nolan

Pic: Maria Nolan

Members of the Delightful Dollies at the opening of DisPatch on 31st May. Above right: Aoife Walsh at the opening.

Lisa, Nadia and Lar from The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, have put a huge amount of work and energy into this year’s Arts Trail which takes place during the Rockin’ Food August Bank Holiday Weekend. For the full programme of events and artists, check out ‘Enniscorthy Arts Trail’ on Facebook.

Larry’s new exhibition Quare Taken, an exhibition by larry dunne, had its official opening & Wine Reception on July 6th at the Presentation centre. Larry Dunne is a visual artist and illustrator, who after achieving his B.A. in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design and PGDip in Cultural Event Management at IADT, returned to his native Enniscorthy in 2017 to continue his career in the visual arts with emphasis on his own practice of surreal and vibrant illustrations. Dunne is Visual Arts Editor of Tales From The Forest, a quar-

Tinahely exhibition The next exhibition in Tinehaly’s Courthouse Arts Centre is by Ian Brennan, a young artist from Cork. This exhibition has been travelling around Ireland and will be in Tinahely from July 13th to 31st.

terly online literary magazine, Lead Designer of Enniscorthy Arts Trail, which transforms spaces in Enniscorthy into accessible visual arts studios and galleries, and is currently Visual Arts and Marketing Associate at The Presentation Centre. In Quare Taken, Dunne reflects on the homophobia he experienced while growing up in rural Ireland. This exhibition runs until August 16th. For more information, please call 053 92 33000, visit or email n

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Around Wexford Town with Patrick Hogan

Above: Tom Enright, Noreen Enright, Elizabeth Whyte at Wexford Arts Centre Fundraiser. Above right: Laura Way and Michael Way at the recent Denis Collins Tribute Evening. Right: Recent Appreciation Evening for An Garda Siochana in Co. Wexford. Below: Remembering the forgotten ones in Wexford’s Paupers' Graveyard. All pics: Patrick Hogan.

Pic: Ger Carty.

Selskar College wins big with Lidl Lidl Wexford (St. Aidan’s) Store: Prize handover for Lidl’s post primary school competition to Selskar College students Wexford. Back L-R: Ava O'Connor, Sean Coles (Store Manager), Leiah O'Rourke, Sannija Kvecko. Front L-R: Ksenia Kedys, Jodie Keeling, Natalia Kedys, Klaudia Guba. Selskar College was recently announced as one of the winning 159 post primary schools across the country to receive jerseys and equipment as part of Lidl Ireland’s newest initiative which sees €250,000 invested in a nationwide schools campaign in 2019.

Confirmation for CBS Primary school and Mercy School John’s Road in Rowe Street Church. Five members of Wexford CBS primary school with teachers, Bishop Denis Brennan, Fr. Aodhain Marken PP and members of the clergy.

Seamen’s Memorial Mass and Presentation of Medals in Bride Street Church including Committee of the Friends of The Tall Ships, Mayor Cllr George Lawlor, Cllrs Lisa McDonald, Maura Bell, Michael Sheehan, David Hynes and Tom Forde, Minister Paul Kehoe, Fr. Jimmy Ryan and the VIP guests and Chairman Padge Reck (front centre).

New Wexford Mayor. L-R: Cllr. Maura Bell, Deputy Mayor, Tony Dempsey, outgoing Mayor, and Cllr. George Lawlor, new Mayor of Wexford.

Re-elected candidate for Wexford County Council, Cllr. Lisa McDonald, middle front row, thanks her supporters, canvass crew, friends and family at a celebration evening in Whitford House Hotel.

‘HERE/there - Wexford meets Wuppertal’ Exhibition. L-R: Elizabeth Whyte, Wexford Arts Centre, Wolfgang Flad, Artist, Anya Von Gosseln, Curater, Cllr Lisa McDonald, Liz Burns, Arts Officer Wexord Co. Council, Hazel Percival, Librarian.


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Slaney News, Issue 111, July 2019  

Slaney News Issue 111, July 2019. The Enniscorthy-based Slaney News (40 tabloid-size pages) is far and away the largest free publication in...

Slaney News, Issue 111, July 2019  

Slaney News Issue 111, July 2019. The Enniscorthy-based Slaney News (40 tabloid-size pages) is far and away the largest free publication in...