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Enniscorthy’s Strawberry Festival is very much alive and well and planning for the 2013 Festival is well advanced. On Saturday night 16th February, the Strawberry Festival presents KEYWEST in the round in Benedicts Night Club at Treacy’s Hotel in conjunction with Benedict’s Night Club and Beat 102 103. Doors open 9.45pm. This is a major fundraiser for the summer festival so your support would be greatly welcomed. Tickets are €10, strictly over 18s, ID required. Why not treat yourself or someone special as a Valentine’s present? Check website (

or Facebook “County Wexford Strawberry Festival” soon for ticket outlets. Tickets also available on the door from 9.30pm. The Strawberry Ball will be on June 27th in the Riverside Park Hotel. Tickets available shortly. The Festival itself will be on 28/29/30 June and bands are currently being booked. The existing committee is keen to get more young people involved in the Festival so if you would like to become part of a new youth committee email: Also keep an eye over the coming weeks on the new website being developed at n

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The good and bad of life in Enniscorthy can be seen from two bits of news. The Strawberry Festival, despite numerous difficulties last year, is going full steam ahead with the local Strawberry Festival committee taking full control of the music aspect for 2013. This hard-working committee illustrates the never-say-die attitude of many people in this town and we commend them for that. On the other hand, we spoke recently with the owner of a new shop in the centre of Enniscorthy. Despite being open only a few months there have already been three attempted break-ins involving substantial damage to the premises. We would encourage all residents of the town to report any suspicious activity and support local retailers in every way possible in their efforts to stay in business and provide local employment during these difficult times. ...................................................................................................... Make sure to check out both our Facebook page and website ( for up-to-date local news. Also our paper is now online so all your friends and relations at home and abroad can now read the Slaney News even if they don’t have a physical copy! Log onto to see for yourself. – Frank Corcoran

We print 10,000 copies of the Slaney News per issue of which 5,000 are distributed door-to-door in Enniscorthy town and 700 in Bunclody. The balance is distributed to 170 drop-off points: ENNISCORTHY: Doyles Bar, The Duffry Gala Duffry Hope Centre Copper Pan Darios Takeaway MAD Wilson’s Bar Serenity Nail & Beauty Storm Hair Design Cotton Tree Cafe Dawson’s Bar Crew Cuts Landis Nosh+Coffee Pastel d’Creme Hope Charity Shop –––––––––––––––––––– Greenville Stores Presentation Centre SuperValu Pettitts Mace/Maxol Bellefield Enniscorthy Cabs Quik Pick, Ross Road Doyles Checkout, The Duffry

Bellefield GAA complex CWCWE Enterprise Centre Enniscorthy Voc. College Golden City Castle Bar Burger Macs The Bailey Shang Hai Riverside Park Hotel TOP shop/filling station Wickham Bros –––––––––––––––––––– Treacys Hotel Toss Kavanagh’s TK Cabs O’Callaghan’s Centra Chapel Lane Service Station –––––––––––––––––––– Main Post Office IFA Centre Wexford Local Development SuperValu Abbey Square Credit Union Enniscorthy Castle Post Office at Cathedral –––––––––––––––––––– Library St John’s Hospital 1798 Centre –––––––––––––––––––– Kavanagh’s Pharmacy Community Info. Service Uptown Kuts

Aideen Vonno Hilltop Dry Cleaners –––––––––––––––––––– Town Council Offices River Restaurant Evolv Turkuts Bridget’s Hair Salon Citizens Advice Centre Paul’s Shoe Repair/Locks/Keys Danny’s Barber Shop Toffee & Thyme Baked Potato Rosetta Restaurant O’Brien’s, Court Street Whites Music Shop Court Street Dental Clinic Court Street Medical Centre Karl Martin Hairdressers Scissors Sisters George’s Hair Salon Studio 5 Finishing Touches –––––––––––––––––––– Ziggys Hair Salon Smiles Dental The Barber Shop C&R Print –––––––––––––––––––– Gala Express, Old Dublin Rd Moyne Veterinary Clinic Pump Palace Gym Co. Council Offices Kilcannon Garden Centre

Enniscorthy Golf Club Martin’s Londis, Tomnalosset ADAMSTOWN: Cullen’s Gala. BALLAGHKEEN: Donohoes Foodstore Sawdust Inn. BALLYCARNEY: Jenny’s Diner Brenda’s Hair Salon. BALLYEDMOND/WELLS: Downes Gala. BALLYMURN: Peter Doyle’s Costcutter. BLACKWATER: Londis Post Office Blackwater Open Farm. BOOLAVOGUE: Post Office Fr Murphy Centre. BREE: Brí Beag Childcare. BUNCLODY: Adult Learning Centre SuperValu TLC Café Millrace Hotel Rivers Edge Library Post Office Sugar & Spice Daybreak, Ryland Road

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Launderette Daybreak. KILMUCKRIDGE: Londis Centra Sean Ógs Hotel. KILTEALY/BALLINDAGGIN: Kiltealy Post Office. MARSHALSTOWN: Murphy’s. MONAGEER Monageer Tavern / Corner Shop. OULART: Corrigan’s Londis Post Office. OYLEGATE: Garrys Service Station. RATHNURE: Post Office WEXFORD: Ferrycarrig Hotel Maldron Hotel O’Briens, Redmond Sq O’Briens, Main St Nosh & Dosh, Redmond Sq Yard Restaurant Wexford Arts Centre Wexford Service Station, Newtown Road.

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Templeshannon Congratulations Liz Padraig takes on Community Café – new role unbeatable value Well done to Enniscorthy photographer Liz Wildes. As well as supplying great photos to the Slaney News Liz also runs a brilliant Facebook page which has now reached over 2,000 likes – this is probably a record for an Enniscorthy based page (if you know of any with more “Likes” please let us know!) Check out Liz’s great page on Liz was also recently involved with Wexford Public Libraries and their Heritage Postcards. Six postcard scenes of County Wexford, Then & Now, were launched to support the national Gathering cultural tourism promotion. Three of the postcards have Liz’s photos on them. Images range across 100 years and show South Main St. in Wexford town, Slaney Place in Enniscorthy, Bridge St. in New Ross as well as fair days there and in Enniscorthy, busy summer beach days at Rosslare and Courtown and working windmills in Tacumshin and Ballindaggin. Councillor Kathleen Codd Nolan, Chairperson of Wexford County Council, launched the postcards last month. The postcards are available from public libraries, countywide. Members of the public are encouraged to send them to family and friends abroad, encouraging them to visit Wexford this year! Liz would like to thank Susan Kelly and Fionnuala Hanrahan of Wexford Public Libraries for inviting her to take part in the project. n

Many of us who live on the there. It is also a great place east side of town often for- for parents to meet up after get that we have a wonder- dropping their kids off in the ful and incredibly cheap childcare centre within the cafe on our own doorstep same building. The opening hours are with plenty of free parking (long may it last!) outside – Monday to Friday from it’s the newly decorated 9.00am to 4.00pm. The cafe is Community Cafe contained staffed by local women, within the Templeshannon Sylvia, Bernie and Vicki who are there every day to serve Community Centre. Locals and visitors can you. For more information on avail of a relaxing cup of tea/coffee, light snacks and the cafe and other services homemade soup, scones, provided at the centre phone cakes etc in comfortable sur- 053 92 37511 or email tccroundings and meet up with One for your diary: A quiz friends and family during the week for a chat. This night in aid of the running of bright new room is run by the Community Centre will friendly staff with a range of be held on 6th March in the very affordable light snacks White House, Templeshannon. anic Attacks and drinks e.g. homemade Go along and support your anic Attacks soup and brown bread €3 or local community centre. amme coffee and scone €2. The Community Centre mme effective programs forcafe any Locals can use the to kind will also be running a basic ffective programs for any kind xiety meet people as an alternative D.I.Y. Course for ten weeks, “Just thought I would text 2 say all to pubs and bars. Visitors can one evening a week startxiety “Just 2 say all very thought well hereI would and 6 text stone lighter, also avail of the services of ing later this month. This nt the centre where they can pick course is free and places very well heremuch” and 6 Jan stone lighter, Thank u very 2012 nt very much” Jan 2012Virtual up information on employ- are limited on a first come Thank rovement Sallyu Grogan (who started ment opportunities and welfirst served basis so ring ovement Gastric Band program in Liz July 2011) Sally (who started Virtual L-R:Grogan Susan Kelly, Librarian, Wildes, Cllr Kathleen fare entitlements or attend 053 92 375111 now to find Codd Nolan and Fionnuala Hanrahan, Gastric Band program in July 2011) Librarian. one of the training courses out more. n



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Enniscorthy Castle high on the list of achievements. The Slaney News always found Mr O’Gorman most pleasant to deal with and we wish him every success with his move to Wexford. An appreciation dinner for Padraig will take place at The Riverside Park Hotel on Thursday 7th February 2013 at 8.00pm. Tickets are €30, including wine, and available from The Riverside Park Hotel, Eric Barron Menswear, Bourke's Jewellers or Hogan Print. All tickets must be purchased before close of business this Wednesday 6th February. n

Enniscorthy Town Clerk Pádraig O'Gorman is on the move after seven years in his existing position to take on the role of Administrative Officer in the Economic Development Service of Wexford County Council. Gorey Town Clerk, David Minogue, will be the new Town Clerk in Enniscorthy. We wish him well in his new role. Mr O’Gorman, who previously worked with the Wexford County Enterprise Board, has certainly left his mark on Enniscorthy town with the Presentation Centre, and the re-opening of

The Bishop of Ferns, Denis Brennan, announced the following clerical appointments last month: V. Rev. Denis Kelly ADM, St. Aidan’s Cathedral as ADM of Screen/Curracloe. Rev. Richard Lawless, C.C. St. Aidans Cathedral as ADM of St. Aidan’s Cathedral.

STO SMOKIN SMOKIN The Bishop of Ferns thanked Fr. Jim Fitzpatrick, who now retires from ministry, for the good work he has carried out since 1994, in Ferns Parish and in Screen/Curracloe. See Donal Cullen’s interview with Fr Denis Kelly on page 17 of this Slaney News.




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watch bbc iPlayer, hulu & More Since finding this little gem I’ve gone all George Hook and fallen in love with a piece of technology, so move over sliced bread, this new piece of software just might be the best thing ever invented! Up until very recently, to watch TV shows on BBC iPlayer, Hulu and other online streaming sites you either had to live in the country the show was originally aired in or find a way to trick the website into thinking you did. The latter involved changing your DNS, a VPN or other services such as Tunnelbear.

browser, once it’s installed the Hola logo appears in the corner (a smiley face flame), click on it and a list of supported sites pops up, click on the site you want to visit and start watching your favourite TV shows straight away. Currently, Hola supports Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, CBS, and Fox. Hola is available as an extension for Chrome or Firefox, an installer for

Windows or Mac and an app on the Google Play Store. I personally found Chrome/Firefox extensions easiest to use, so if you haven’t already, install one of these browsers. As ever if you have queries about this article or you’d like me to talk about a tech issue that interests or concerns you, then pop me an email at, or you can phone the shop on 053 9238544. n

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Enniscorthy VTOS helps Hope Centre

Cheque presentation by the students of Enniscorthy VTOS to the Hope Centre, Enniscorthy. The money was raised from a ‘bring and buy’ sale the students organised and held just before Christmas at the Bellefield GAA complex. pic: Martin James Wall.

Enniscorthy Retirement Association The Annual General Meeting of Enniscorthy Retirement Association is on Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 2.30pm in the Riverside Park Hotel. The group will be discussing their Spring break and the resumption of the craft classes. Renewal of membership will also be collected at the meeting.

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The meeting will close with the cutting of the birthday cake, and light refreshments to celebrate ten years in existence.

Weekly activities include: Indoor Bowls, Scrabble, Art and Crafts, Walks. Their weekly Wednesday morning walk meets at 11.00am on the path below the Riverside Park Hotel and from there they do the Country Walk. All are welcome. The Ramblers walk is every Thursday, for more details contact Breda Doran. n

Black Tie Wexford GAA Awards On Saturday 16th February 2013 Wexford Gaels will gather together at the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, to pay tribute to the men and women of the GAA who have brought distinction and glory to their county in 2012. The prestigious event organised by the Wexford Supporters Club is being generously sponsored by Glen Fuels distributors of home and commercial heating oil throughout counties Wicklow and Wexford. Company Director Alan Keyes says that he is privileged to be associated with the marvellous sportsmen and women of County Wexford and is delighted to have the opportunity to be part of this very special awards ceremony honouring members of the historic 3-in-a-row All Ireland camogie champions. The Black Tie affair will be hosted by former journalist, newsreader, Wexford Ambassador, mega GAA fan and fashionista Anne Doyle who will announce the winner of the Best Dressed Couple Award. Five nominations have been submitted in each category – Senior Hurling and Football, U/21 Hurling and Football, Camogie and Ladies Football by an independent panel of judges comprised from local press and media.

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will be chosen to receive the esteemed award. Our marvellous 3-in-a-row camogie team will also be honoured on the night and we are calling on all GAA people the length and breadth of the county to support what promises to be a most excellent event. Tickets are €50 and can be purchased through the County Office at Wexford Park (053)9144808 or from Arthur Quinn 087-2511891 or Maria Nolan 087-6644603. Wexford Supporters Club would like to thank you in anticipation of your support. For further information please contact Maria Nolan, PRO Wexford Supporters Club on 087-6644603 or n

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View From The Nosebleeds Liam Neeson could have been wearing the stove hat, but he felt he was too old by the time the film got to the production stages and he had been waiting too long for it to get there. So the honour fell to Daniel Day Lewis, who coincidentally is only five years younger than Neeson but closest in age to Lincoln in the film 55 and 56 respectively, and what a performance. Now awards for films never held any interest for me but I will wish Day Lewis all the best with his nominations, they are all richly deserved. His performance and indeed the ensemble cast performances, in particular Sally Field as Lincoln’s wife, confidante and ultimately his weakness and source of strength are all outstanding. And the film looks absolutely gorgeous, with grey and black palates providing most of the backdrops for the looming 13th Amendment which will abolish slavery and end the Civil War that has been raging now for four years. The film focuses on the months between the Bill going to the vote and Lincoln’s assas-


sination in Ford’s Theatre, January to April. I know four months? What could possibly happen in four months? In Spielberg’s long dreamt of telling of the story quite a lot as it happens. Lincoln manoeuvres his way through personal grief, the loss of a young son and the subsequent anguish and strain put on his family as a result. This story provides, in my opinion, the best scene in the film where Day Lewis and Field argue again over how the other is dealing with the grief. Lincoln’s voice cracks when his wife accuses him of not “showing his face with grief”. He replies, “It’s too hard, it is too hard. I wanted the ground to swallow

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me up. I wanted to be buried down there with him. And I still do. Every day I live. Don’t speak to me of grief.” And in the middle of a personal traumatising struggle thousands are being murdered in The Civil War and his own cabinet doubts his reasoning for rushing this Bill through the house. The film raises an interesting question here during these debates. Did Lincoln push so hard to get the Bill passed because he wanted to see the black race free of shackles and injustice or did he simply want to end the war so his son, who returns from college to enlist, and countless other mothers’ sons would be spared a

lonely death on some battlefield? It never really sways you either way as Lincoln is portrayed as a loyal, family man who addresses black people in the same way as white people. But he never professes a great love for either race. It is also interesting to note that how those votes to pass the Bill are secured are all played out as humorous and underhanded. His Secretary of State hires men who are effectively spin doctors to offer those opposed to the vote steady, well paid internal jobs if they change their vote. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…. Overall I did enjoy the film. The performances as I stated were all first rate. Day Lewis in a rare turn out as controlled, barely audible at times gives Lincoln an everyman quality and shows him as a good father, he only raises his voice, or as Day Lewis is often described, “chews the scenery” the once. And at that it is not all that bombastic. He merely reminds his cabinet that he is indeed the President and for all intents and purposes “the man.” His way or the highway. A mention must go to Sally Field also, her nuanced performance as a grieving mother, wife of a president and a woman is great. She is still grieving the loss of her dead son and it might have affected her mental state. Her exchanges with Day Lewis are at times fraught, loving, tender and angry. Dare I say

it, their relationship comes across as one of a husband and wife having to deal with the pressures of running a country and maintain a healthy, loving marriage at the one time. My one gripe is the length of the film. Normally films of this length (this runs just shy of two hours forty minutes) do not feel like the length of their run. This one did, it sagged in pace in certain places and if I am being honest it could have done with more battle scenes if simply to just break up the “talking scenes.” I love dialogue and acting, but this film almost has overkill at certain points. But as I said, the film looks beau-

tiful and Day Lewis was mesmerising as Honest Abe, a good film, nowhere near great. Before we part, dear reader, a quick piece of advice if I may. If you plan on going to the cinema do not have a hearty meal before it. You know the ones that make you want to go for a nap after digesting? Myself and the good lady did, we went to Cistin Eile in Wexford. A hearty meal indeed and between the heat and long talky bits I nearly dosed off twice…. FML. So go see Lincoln and dine out afterwards….. Lincoln is currently showing in the Omniplex Wexford  Tel: 1520 444 000.

the Presentation Centre looking forward… saturday 09 february (8.00pm) voCare final ConCert Before Carnegie hall

Award-winning Wexford choir ‘vocare’ have been invited to perform Carol Barnett's The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass in the world's most prestigious concert venue, Carnegie Hall, this February. The Wexford choir is the only international choir to be invited this year and the only Irish choir ever in the memory of the organisers DCINY. Choir members will spend five days in New York leading up to the concert, a visit which will include Vocare's own performances in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan and The Irish American Society, Queens. For their Presentation Centre concert, the choir will perform the Bluegrass Mass as well as select pieces from their traditional and contemporary Irish repertoire. Come along for a great night’s entertainment, to wish them well and give them a great send-off to New York!! To reserve tickets telephone 053 92 33000.

youth arts Programme tuesday Wexford artists Community theatre (WaCt). With a focus on play, creative and personal development through drama and performance techniques in a fun, safe and sociable learning environment. 5–6:30pm Under 12's & 7–9pm Over 12's. Contact Jacqui 086 288 5942.


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Creative Kidz dance project with myriad dance. 4–5.15pm: Ages 8-11yrs. Myriad is a playful and innovative contemporary dance company which cultivates and inspires dance to happen – the project will mould children’s ideas for dance. Suitable for boys and girls ages 8-11. Looking to expand in 2013, contact Deirdre 053 91 74665 or 086 8763552.

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Wedding Fair in Riverside Park Hotel The four star Riverside Park Hotel will host their upcoming Wedding Fair on Sunday March 3rd from 1pm to 5pm with a unique fashion show by Prima Model Agencies. This is a great opportunity to view this spectacular hotel and its stunning setting, one of the most envied in the South East. The hotel has an extensive range of menus for you to choose from, their team has a wealth of experience and their reputation for food and service is second to none. The hotel’s stunning bridal suite is a luxury two storey suite surrounded by spectacular views and designed to reflect this romantic event.

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tive for you to choose for a smaller wedding party or a civil ceremony. The upcoming Wedding Fair on Sunday 3rd March is in asso-

ciation with South East Wedding Collection which is a team of professionals working together or individually to help arrange your special day. They have sourced and are bringing together a huge number of local wedding suppliers from suppliers of cakes, Flowers, Stationery, cars, Dresses, Grooms Wear, Photography, Jewellery, Event Planning, Accessories… the list is endless. With over 34 exhibitors and a fashion show, as well as Beat 102-103 in attendance, and lots of special offers… you won't want to miss this event! Stick it in your diary and tell your friends. 3rd March, Riverside Park Hotel, be there! n


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Suitcase Cabaret

The inclement climate conditions of Friday 25th January did little to encourage people to leave the comfort of their firesides to venture out to the Presentation Centre to sample the humour of Barry O`Neill and the deep, dulcet tones of James Bierney as presented in Suitcase Cabaret. This totally retro duo treated the small group of hardy patrons to a night of nostalgia as comedian Barry O`Neill rattled off Tommy Cooper one-liners – ‘just like that’ and introduced us to his Mexican ventriloquist dummy. It was a trip down a mildly amusing memory lane reminiscent of the Good Old Days complimented by the beautifully resonant voice of James Bierney and his equally lovely repertoire including Bette Midler’s The Rose and Roger

Suitcase Cabaret performed by Barry O'Neill and James Bierney in the Presentation Centre on 25th January. pic: Gavin Doyle photography (

Whittaker’s The Last Farewell along with many other well loved pieces from favourite musicals. Both artists are to be congratulated for their efforts and with a complimentary glass of vino it wasn’t bad value at €10

a head but not however a neverto-be-forgotten experience. But once again lovely for Enniscorthy patrons to have an opportunity to visit the local centre and be presented with a diversity of performers and performances to whet the

appetite – some will be good and some will be less good than others but wonderful to have the talent and the venue on our doorsteps so do keep a watchful eye out for the next ‘big thing’ at the Presentation. – Maria Nolan

For Hope and Hospice… Following the success of last year’s events, a series of comedy nights has been organised again for 2013 with the proceeds being shared between Enniscorthy’s Hope Cancer Support Centre and Hospice. The remaining nights of the "Laugh for Hope and Hospice" pure comedy nights are in the following venues. Check times locally. Fri. 8th February: Millenium Bar, Davidstown.

Sat. 16th February: Harrow Bar and Lounge, Boolavogue. Sat 23rd February: Jordan's, Ballindaggin. Sat 2nd March: Bellefield Complex, Enniscorthy. Music by "On the Run" (Tom, Domo and Mick). Donations on the door with raffle each night. Produced by Mike Nolan. These nights are always loads of fun and all proceeds go to two great causes. n

annual table quiz on friday 15th february in the Bailey at 8.00pm. tables of four for €30. Great prizes for winners and runners-up and plenty of spot prizes throughout the night. everyone is welcome. enniscorthy street rhythms fest hope to see you there.

coming 13–17 february: courtney brothers circus will be in the showgrounds enniscorthy. papa Bear, Baby Bear Drama - 8 Feb, 9 Feb Age 16 + Advised. A stellar new play written by emerging Wexford based writer Dominic Palmer and directed by Fionnuala McMullin. “Papa Bear, Baby Bear” follows novice security guard Barry (Kris McGuire ) on his first night at Navitec Security. Introduced to his mentor, long-time security guard Paul “Papa Bear” Brady (Dominic Palmer), a man experiencing a slow and increasingly dark breakdown, his night steadily descends into a hell of implied and increasingly possible violence… Expect the unexpected… A great fresh voice with hints of Trainspotting meets Glengarry Glen Ross. Strong language. –––––––––––––––––––––––– Beckett x 3 Drama - 15 Feb 1pm show: Eh Joe & Footfalls. 8pm show: Eh Joe, Footfalls & The Old Tune. We welcome back London based Godot Theatre in association with Richard Ryan Productions with another superb collection of

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Dick WhiTTingTon anD hiS caT. Panto. Screen Hall. ouT of orDEr. Drama. Wexford Opera House. karaokE with Julie. Castle Bar. MooD SWingS. Temple Bar, Treacy’s. afTEr hourS. Dbar. MccabE. Irish and Ballad Night. Millbar, Millrace Hotel, Bunclody. PaPa bEar, baby bEar. Drama. Age 16+ advised. Wexford Arts Centre. Sat 9th VocarE. Presentation Centre. See page 8. Sat 9th DaViTTS. Doyles the Duffry. Sat 9th chariTy SPorTS quiz. Castle Bar. Sat 9th bEEn ThErE DonE ThaT. Temple Bar, Treacy’s. Sat 9th ThE flock of buDgiES. Millbar, Millrace Hotel, Bunclody. Sun 10th liVE banD. Temple Bar, Treacy’s. Sun 10th rEVEngE. Benedicts. Fri 15th karaokE with Julie. Castle Bar. Fri 15th bEckETT x 3. Drama. Wexford Arts Centre. Fri 15th Mick clokE. Temple Bar, Treacy’s. Fri 15th SliDE. Dbar. Fri 15th VariETy nighT for Enniscorthy Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Presentation Centre. See page 11. Fri 15th ThE MillracE WExfacTor coMPETiTion in association with bunclody/kilmyshal Drama group. Millrace Hotel, Bunclody. Fri 15th MccabE. Irish and Ballad Night. Millbar, Millrace Hotel, Bunclody. Sat 16th kEyWEST. Benedicts. Fundraiser for Strawberry Festival. Sat 16th liVE banD. Temple Bar, Treacy’s. Sat 16th EDDi rEaDEr. St Iberius Church, Wexford. Sat 16th DiaMonD STanDarD. Millbar, Millrace Hotel, Bunclody. Sun 17th PaT bolgEr. Temple Bar, Treacy’s. Sun 17th J90. Benedicts. Sun 17th kEiTh barry. Wexford Opera House. Wed 20th iSla granT. Riverside Park Hotel. Fri 22nd karaokE with Julie. Castle Bar. Fri 22nd ToMMy g. Temple Bar, Treacy’s. Fri 22nd MccabE. Irish and Ballad Night. Millbar, Millrace Hotel, Bunclody. Feb 22,23 ouT of orDEr. Drama. Wexford Opera House. Feb 22,23 the Loves of Cass mCGuire. Drama. Wexford Arts Centre. Sat 23rd MEn in black. Temple Bar, Treacy’s. Sat 23rd ToMMy flEMing. Wexford Opera House. Sat 23rd ParTy rockS. Millbar, Millrace Hotel, Bunclody. Sun 24th ronan quiglEy. Temple Bar, Treacy’s. Sun 24th TranSMiTTEr. Benedicts. Sun 24th kEiTh barry. Wexford Opera House. Feb 28-Mar 8 50Th annual WExforD DraMa fESTiVal. Dun Mhuire Theatre, Wexford.




Beckett short plays with the added bonus of Beckett’s great publisher, John Calder, joining on tour. –––––––––––––––––––––––– the Loves of Cass mcGuire Drama - 22 Feb, 23 Feb This Brian Friel drama tells the sad story of a woman who for more than fifty years has worked among New York’s deadbeats, failures and dropouts – people who live in the past. This bawdy, vital, stirring, hilarious, compassionate and ultimately heart breaking play looks at the difficulties attached to her return to Ireland and more importantly her genteel family’s rejection of her after such a lengthy period apart. The play follows her lonely struggle to re-discover the home she’s dreamed of all her life.

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‘THE DARK SIDE’ Wexford Opera House Sunday February 17 and Sunday February 24

North Wexford's Yellow Moon Theatre Company, founded in 2010 by a small group of ardent theatre enthusiasts, will host six local performances of Marina Carr's critically acclaimed On Raftery's Hill this February and March. The Midlands-based play will be performed at Ferns Community Centre on the 7th and 8th of February, the Arklow Bay Hotel on February 20th, the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey on February 25th and 26th and

Kilmuckridge Hall on March 10th. The play's director Clodagh Hunt Cecil says: "On Raftery's Hill is based on a neglected Midland's farm and focuses on a dark and destructive farmer Red Raftery, who has mistreated and abused his family for many years". “The audience is taken on a gripping journey as Red’s youngest daughter Sorrel prepares to marry her sweetheart Dara Mood”.

Already with sold out shows and standing ovations every night on his brand new show “THE DARK SIDE”, Keith Barry is back at the Wexford Opera House where he will close his current tour with two shows in the Wexford Opera House on Sunday, February 17 and Sunday, February 24 at 8pm. Following on from his sold out ‘8 Deadly Sins’ tour, Keith’s new show will be his most controversial as he explores everything that encompasses 'The Dark Side'. Keith will take the audience on a theatrical rollercoaster ride where they will participate in astounding feats based around the occult, ouija boards, remote viewing, past life regression, and unspeakable acts! n

Marina Carr is one of Ireland's leading contemporary playwrights and her plays challenge dark and taboo subjects in Irish life, as Clodagh explains: "In many of her plays Marina Carr takes on very challenging themes and On Raftery's Hill violently confronts the issues of incest and abuse". As such, it has been advised that this play features adult content and is not suitable for children.

St Iberius Church in Wexford will host the legendary singer Eddi Reader on 16th February. Reader grew up in Scotland busking and performing at local folk clubs. In the early 1980s, she travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist harmonising with the likes of Annie Lennox and touring with the Eurythmics. With Fairground Attraction she became known to a much wider audience with the single Perfect and the album First of a Million Kisses both topping the British charts. Her subsequent albums signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. Her unerring instinct for fine material, whether self-penned, collabo-

Clodagh, who directed Ferns Dramatic Society's AllIreland winning Translations in 2010, is excited about competing on this year's All-Ireland festival circuit. The cast is as follows: Red Raftery: Kevin Bolger. Sorrell Raftery: Marian Rose. Ded Raftery: Pádraig D'Arcy. Dinah Raftery: Aisling Finn. Shalome Raftery: Fiona O'Gorman. Isaac Dunne: Jimmy Kavanagh. Dara Mood: Colum Coomey. n

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rative or a carefully chosen cover version resulted in four critically acclaimed albums in the 1990s followed by the classic ‘Songs of Robert Burns’ in 2003, and an MBE in 2006 for services to singing ‘Love Is The Way’, Eddi Reader’s seventh solo album, was released in March 2009 and produced by Eddi herself, and is her best work to date. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song and anything with her name on it is a guaranteed musical treasure. Whilst the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. See (and hear) for yourself this month in Wexford.


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5 February 2013

Wexford Light Opera Society raises €4,000 for charity

Strawberry Festival Gig KEYWEST Feb 16th On Saturday night 16th February, the Strawberry Festival presents KEYWEST in the round in Benedicts Night Club at Treacy’s Hotel in conjunction with Benedict’s Night Club and Beat 102 103. Doors open 9.45pm. This is a major fundraiser for the summer festival so your support would be greatly welcomed. Tickets are €10, strictly over 18s, ID required. Check website ( or Facebook “County Wexford Strawberry Festival” soon for ticket outlets. Tickets also available on the door from 9.30pm.

Wexford Light Opera Society (WLOS) has raised €4,000 for Wexford charities by Christmas caroling throughout December 2012. Last month, chairperson Yvonne McGuire and a group of the carolers took a break from rehearsals for their forthcoming production of The Witches of eastwick to proudly present Wexford Meals on Wheels and the Friary Hall (Heating Fund) each with a cheque to the value of €2,000. WLOS would like to sincerely thank the people of Wexford for their very generous donations. The Society is now busily

preparing for their hilarious production of The Witches of eastwick, which will take place in Wexford Opera House from 22nd-27th April starring George Lawlor, former Mayor of Wexford as the devil – Darryl Van Horne. The three leading ladies/witches will be: Siobhan Fawsitt, multiple AIMS awards winner as Alexandra, Wexfordborn TV star Sharon Clancy as Jane, and former Eurovision contestant Naoimh Penston as Sukie. Other principal parts feature more tremendous talent and familiar faces with Catherine (Biddy) Walsh taking the role of Felicia along-

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Kevin Foley, Jim Nolan and Anthony Roche at the Rapparees / Starlights Dinner Dance last month. pic: Maria nolan.

Enniscorthy CBS students Dylan Groarke, Martin Breen and Ross Walsh with some of the awards they’ve won this year in local and national debating competitions. Congratulations to them and their dedicated tutor Mr Jim McGovern.

Pat Jordan and Ronald Hendy enjoying a good laugh at the Suitcase Cabaret show last month in Enniscorthy’s Presentation Centre. pic: Maria nolan.

Club Minors with John Mullane, L-R: Kevin Ryan, Ben Edwards, John Mullane, Liam Ryan, Ryan Mahon and Anthony Roche at the Rapparees / Starlights Dinner Dance last month. pic: Maria nolan.

Fr. Brian Broaders with proud parents Caroline and Nicky Carroll from Gimont Avenue at the Christening of their daughter Sadie at St.Senan's Church 26th January 2013. pic: Gavin Doyle photography.

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Above: The Wall brothers, Eamonn, Niall and David with their mother Nancy at the poetry books launch by Maggie Breen and John Kelly last month in Enniscorthy Library. Left: Eamonn Wall with Dervla Tierney at the launch. Right: Maggie Breen with her mother Rose at the poetry launch. pic: Maria nolan.

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Wexford Transformation 2013 Operation Transformation Annual National Walk Day was held in every county in Ireland on Saturday 19th January 2013. The walks were organised by Sports Active Wexford – the local Sports Partnership. Since the inaugural walks started nationally in 2010 the event has grown each year. Over 400 men, women and children participated this year, despite the weather at the venues throughout the county and were led by Irish Heart Foundation leaders and organised in partnership with the walking groups who regularly walk in their areas.

Wexford Town – Led by Wexford Walkers and Joints in Motion. Raven Loop – Led by Denis Feeney and members from Shelmalier Walking Club. Carnsore Loop – Led by Anne Kehoe from Wexford Walkers and David Lawton. Askamore Loop – Led by Paddy Byrne and members from Askamore Community Centre where participants were not deterred by the rain and snow. J o h n ’s H i l l Wa l k , Bunclody – Led by Rory Murphy and members from Clody Loafers Hill Walking Club.

New Deerpark Walk, Bunclody – Led by Rory Murphy and members from Clody Loafers Hill Walking Club. Sports Active Wexford would like to acknowledge the sponsorship of fruit and water from Pettitt’s SuperValu Also thanks to the HSE Wexford for providing Get Ireland Active hi-vis jackets and wristbands. Thanks to Sarah Ryan who organised the Wexford Town walk, health screening and spot prizes. Wexford participants returned to the Riverbank Hotel for a social cuppa and optional health screening pro-

vided by Waterford Institute of Technology Exercise and Health Sciences Department staff and students for which over 80 people took this opportunity to get health advice. Sports Active Wexford hopes you have been energised to continue with your own personal ‘transformation’ this year to leading a healthier active life. If you wish to join a walking club please see the website for more information on when and where to meet up etc – or contact 0539196673. n

Therapeutic horse riding and equine assisted learning Rag Tree is a service based in a tranquil setting by the sea at Kilmuckridge which offers Therapeutic Horse Riding and Equine Assisted Learning. Rag Tree’s Denis O'Connor and Shelly Berry began their journey to starting Rag Tree when Shelly, having graduated with a BSc (Hons.) Equine Studies, went on to research ways to promote health through interactions with horses. Denis who had worked in the community and voluntary sector for over ten years at the time embraced the idea. Now they are about to start a new pro-

gramme which will see two centres, St Aidan’s Services, G o r e y a n d Wi n d m i l l Therapeutic Centre, Wexford, come together at Rag Tree to work with the horses. The programme will focus on developing the participants social skills while simultaneously learning horsemanship skills which they could potentially bring into the workforce. This programme is innovative and the first of its kind in Wexford. Contact: Denis O'Connor or Shelly Berry 087 6174494 / 087 9801733,, n


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Rapparees / Starlights Dinner Dance

Club Chairman Podge Hall presenting Starlights jersey to John Mullane. Pic: Maria Nolan.

Rapparees/Starlights GAA Club held their annual Dinner Dance at the Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday 26th January and it would be fair to say that the large crowd who attended enjoyed a really great night. Club Secretary Maria Nolan kicked the proceedings off by thanking all for coming to support the club and honour players. She had a word of welcome for Club President Larry Byrne, Club Chairman Podge Hall, Club Sponsor Sam McCauley and special guest Waterford hurler and All Star John Mullane. Maria also welcomed Eddie Nangle home from America for the occasion and read out messages from abroad from Garry Brilly, America, Michael Doyle, Australia, and Michael Walsh, America. Podge Hall, Chairman of the Club spoke about the victorious teams – minor hurlers putting county titles back to

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back, junior footballers winning the league and intermediate footballers winning both the league and the championship and said how happy everyone was and how important it was for the club to be back in the senior ranks in football again. He welcomed John Mullane and paid tribute to his achievements with Waterford and thanked him for taking time out to attend the dinner dance and make the presentations. Maria then called on Sam McCauley for a few words and thanked him for all his generosity to the club over the years – she said Sam was a dedicated clubman and a true Gael. She asked those present to be mindful of the family of Tomas Kinsella and keep them in their prayers at this difficult time - Tomas, she said, had been a most generous underage sponsor for years and she wanted to publicly thank him for his support. In introducing John

Mullane, Maria gave an account of his achievements including 4 Munster titles, 1 National League Medal and 5 All Star Awards but more importantly she said he holds the hearts and minds of all in Waterford and indeed the GAA fraternity as a whole. She said that it was impossible not to be amazed by the talent and ability of this exciting hurler even when he was playing against you and you couldn`t but admire his unadulterated passion for the game, his club and his county. In truth she said he could be called Cuchulainn’s Son. John spoke at length to the 200 strong crowd about what playing for your county means and the commitment and dedication needed but he said everything begins and ends with your club - and it is the club that holds the key to the GAA heart. There is something really special about belonging to a club and feeling a part of its community and family and he said that’s what nights like this were all about. John went on to make the presentation of medals to the 3 teams and then Podge Hall made a presentation of a Starlights jersey to John before wrapping up the formalities and wishing all a good night. It was a great club night and our sincere appreciation once again to all who came and supported in these trying times and a special word of thanks to two of our minors Kevin Foley and Seanie O`Gorman for all the work they put into selling so many tickets - you did good guys. – Maria Nolan

L-R: Club Vice-Chairman Fiacre Ryan, Club President Larry Byrne, Club Secretary Maria Nolan, All Star John Mullane, Club Chairman Podge Hall.

Rosslare Europort – in the firing line?

Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD has invited the people of Wexford to come to him with ideas on the future of Rosslare Europort. The Department of Transport are currently carrying out a Strategic Review of Rosslare Europort and Minister Kehoe has asked the public to come forward with any ideas or suggestions that they may have. Minister Kehoe said: “Rosslare Europort is vital to the success of our local economy, but it is widely acknowledged that the port is not realising its potential. Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD has ordered a Strategic

Review of port and this is currently underway. The opinions and ideas of the people of Wexford will be a vital part of this review. “Activity at Rosslare has declined in recent years, but the port remains a major asset to County Wexford and it needs to be utilised. Minister Varadkar has already made significant decisions in relation to the future operation of Shannon Airport to address economic decline in the area and I am confident that he will confront similar problems that affect Rosslare Europort. “All options have to be considered for the future of Rosslare and we have to ensure

the best outcome for County Wexford. Minister Varadkar has recently acknowledged the importance of Rosslare to tourism and trade at a national level. “The fate of many large County Wexford employers is dependent on the success of the Europort and improvement of the operation of the port would have the potential to attract new employers and jobs to the area. “I would encourage any person, business or organisation that has strong feelings on the operation of Rosslare, to bring their thoughts to the attention of the Department of Transport or my office”. n

Experiencing NDE Hello and once again welcome. Appreciative of the fact that by your reading this you have immediately become part of my captive audience. Willing to accept whatever it is which I have selected to share with you. The last time that I was published, I revealed a reluctance to allow untruths to be revealed, concerning this subject matter under my name. I also implored my readers to contact me with their revelations concerning the same subject. To date I have opened no line of contact with anyone. I start by disclosing what it is which I have selected to bring to you and that is, quite simply, a study on Near Death Experiences (NDE) and Out Of Body Experience (OOBE). However, to do so satisfactorily I have to have disclosures/material with which to open a debate. Already I have stated that I am reluctant to bombast yourselves with material of Actional pedigree, so until happenings are revealed by yourselves… I am powerless. Studies conducted in the United States show that as many as 25% of people could very well have had an experience capable of being put down to either OOBE or NDE. The reluctance to bring these happenings to our attention may simply be one of not recognising the

event for what it was. Indeed it can be understood that an event where the participant/individual having the experience is suddenly transported to some position thousands of feet from their physical body may not be a disclosure deemed worthy of sharing with absolutely anyone (and trusting that they would understand). So we have to understand that an occurrence of this nature may have been discounted or discredited (forgotten) in the conscious mind. However, I am urging You to look within yourself to ascertain whether or not an event of which you are only half aware (weird or strange) was something you may want to find a meaning for. I have already promised total anonymity to yourself, sharing an occurrence with me and indeed the two previous revelations in my articles have only received praise from the persons disclosing the happenings. They have both told me that no-one has approached them to tell them that they read of their story in the paper or even that they were recognised. So why should I be the one to lead this debate? What relevance do I bring to the table? Well, in 1981 I was the pilot of a Microlite, effecting a landing in a certain field in Dunnamaggin, Co. Kilkenny. Upon attempting a landing, I failed. Instead I collided with

high-tension cables and subsequent to the collision was evacuated to St. Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny by ambulance. Twice, whilst being transported from the field to the hospital, I was declared to have died. So electrodes were scattered around my chest area and with the aid of an electric shock, I reachieved life. Now I am not aware of anything approximating to a Near Death Experience or an Out Of Body Experience. My last conscious awareness before the collision with the cables was some thirty seconds or so before impact and my next awareness was some six weeks later, in hospital. If you appreciate that I died, then it (the event) does not have a memory for me. But Yes… I am incredibly interested in knowing what it is that I may have discounted from my memory. So it is that, through this medium, I am attempting to share dialogue with other participants in this (I accept) questionable subject matter. Again I reveal to you, my contact details are: Ron Smith, 4 Oulart Court, Oulart, Co. Wexford. Mobile: 087-1932566. For your attention, thank you. n

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Denis Meets Donal V. ReV. DeNis Kelly ADM, st. Aidan’s Cathedral, has been appointed as ADM of screen/Curracloe. DoNAl CulleN took the opportunity to speak to Fr Denis about his time in st Aidan’s. Every once in a while you come across a great human, a person who cares, who means well, and gives his time and energy but, most of all, his love. A true man, a man of God, a shepherd of his flock. Denis Kelly is that very man. To begin I’ll actually start at the end of my interview with Fr Denis, with the last question I asked him: “What will Denis Kelly say to God when he meets him.” Fr Denis: “Thanks, it’s been a good life, thanks for my great parents, thanks.” If the rest of us feel the same way after our journey’s end, then we will have made it into celestial bliss. For the past ten years I have been going to St Aidan’s and have enjoyed the masses, got a lot of faith, felt the Spirit move me and I can safely say the faith and creeds of the parishioners was never in doubt with Fr Denis Kelly there to pray, and protect our beliefs. This man is indeed a man of God, a man of his time and a man for all seasons. With me singing in the Gospel Choir and Fr Denis saying Mass I


thought I should interview him and find out more about him, my good friend. He initially joked about possible controversial questions but I smiled at him and said it would be just like pulling teeth! When we sat down it became very quiet and peaceful as if the eyes of heaven were upon us. I was a bit nervous because thus far my interviews have been with entertainment people and this was my first with a priest, but I knew my faith would see me through. Donal: Your leaving St Aidan’s, was it a surprise? Did the bishop give you advance notice? Fr Denis: It was no surprise, we have a seniority list among the clergy which determines when you move from being a curate to a parish priest and generally the changes would take place in the summer, and if something happens in the meantime there would be a change right now. The person I’m replacing in the other parish is in ill health and retiring so that is why I’m moving now. Donal: You’ve been in St. Aidan’s for a decade, has your relationship with the congregation been on a good level? Fr Denis: It’s definitely grown. I’m from Bree and I’ve been in the

parishes of St Senan’s and St Aidan’s for many years and we all know each other. And you get to know a lot of people through the Mass and housecalls, Baptisms, weddings, the list goes on. Donal: What kind of Church did you come into after your ordination? Fr Denis: A Church in transition, a changing Church and it’s still changing. Donal: Have you any opinion on the calling – there seemed to be more young men coming to the priesthood back in the 30s, 40s, 50s. Fr Denis: The Church by nature has always had ups and downs, peaks and valleys, I’ve found my own vocation very fulfilling and enriching. Donal: You must have seen some changes. Fr Denis: I’ve seen a lot of changes but they’re all good. Donal: Is the Word of God still relevant today as it was centuries ago? Fr Denis: Well, yes, God’s words are more relevant now, more than ever because of the times we are in. Donal: Has your faith become more intense as you go through life as a priest? Fr Denis: It becomes intense, very much spiritual with every experience you get throughout the week.

Fr Denis with Donal.

Donal: Is temptation any way different for you as a priest as it is for me or anyone else? Fr Denis: We are all ordinary people and temptation is the same for everybody, it’s how you take it on. Donal: What should people take away from Mass? Fr Denis: The Gospel message yes, but the final blessing too, for to go in peace and love each other that’s important. Go in peace and love God, and God be with you ‘til the next time we meet. Donal: Have you a message for the people of Enniscorthy. Fr Denis quoted from an old story

from bygone times: The tradition of union between the people and priests of Enniscorthy is one of the most treasured of the amenities of the parish, it goes back to beyond the oldest inhabitant of the town and is seen at every aspect of ecclesiastical life. There are very few if any parishes where such co-operation between people and priest exists. It’s been a pleasure knowing such a fine man and priest like you, Fr Denis, may the road of life rise to meet you and may you find God at every turn and may all who come into contact with you find the same way. – Donal Cullen

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Local man – National role Glenbrien man, Eamonn Sheridan, an author and occasional contributor of articles and poetry to the slaney News, has been appointed National Director for Public Affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of

Latter-day Saints or Mormons to use the nickname. Eamonn was privileged to be invited to a Garden Party at Arás an Uachtaráin last April to meet President Higgins and his charming wife Davina.

Should any readers wish to know more about the church Eamonn would be delighted to hear from you at 087-9596119 or online at We wish you well, Eamonn, in your new role.

We asked eamonn to tell us a bit more about the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints…

WLD farm diversification training programme which finished on 21st January at the Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre. Front (L-R): Siobhan McCabe, Tom Bermingham (Rural Development Programme, WLD), Pat Rath (Chairman, WLD), Sean Mythen (Adsum Training & Consultancy), Frances Doyle. Back (L-R): Paddy Long, Andrew Jacob, Michael Crosbie, John Lambert, Patrick Cairns, Robert Deacon, Bartie O’Connor, Nigel Clarke and John G. Murphy.

Farmers encouraged to diversify Twelve farmers from throughout the county have just completed a twelve week “Farm Diversification” training programme organised by Wexford Local Development (WLD). The aim of the programme was to provide farming households with the necessary skills to appraise their business idea and where appropriate to develop a business plan to bring the idea to fruition. The training programme delivered by the highly experienced Sean Mythen of Adsum Training & Consultancy was tailor-made to meet the needs of farmers who already had a clear farm diversification business idea. The programme covered the critical steps for developing a new business, including marketing, finance, legislation and the increasingly important issue

of managing work/life balance. Speaking at the presentation of certificates last week in the Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre, the Chairman of WLD, Mr Pat Rath, congratulated the participants who he regarded as the seed capital of the future to make things happen in Co. Wexford. Mr Rath assured them of ongoing support and guidance from WLD. Meanwhile, To m Bermingham of WLD’s Rural Development Programme encouraged them to focus on developing niche products or services as new business vent u re s o n t h e i r f a r m s . M r Bermingham reminded them that WLD has significant funding of up to 75% available until the end of this year for a wide range of projects. WLD through the National Rural Development

Programme 2007-2013 is committed to supporting the long term viability of the farming community and the wider economy within County Wexford. Mr Bermingham wants to ensure that as many farmers as possible in the county avail of the great opportunity that this substantial grant aid now presents. Certificates were presented to: Nigel Clarke, Clogh, Gorey. Michael Crosbie, Foulksmills. Robert Deacon, Bunclody. Frances Doyle, Fethard on Sea. Andrew Jacob, Bunclody. Michael Kelly, Ballymurtagh, Enniscorthy. John Lambert, Glenbrien. Paddy Long, Bunclody. SiobhanMcCabe, The Ballagh. John G Murphy, Coolattin, Bunclody. Bartie O’ Connor, Clohamon. Patrick Cairns, New Ross. n

Wexford to lose 10 teachers due to further education cuts – Browne Local Fianna Fáil Deputy, John Browne, has hit out at Fine Gael and Labour for persisting with sweeping cuts to further education that will result in the loss of about 10 teachers at institutes of further education across Wexford. “As a result of Budget 2013, 5 whole time teaching posts will

be cut at colleges of further education in Wexford. These posts are mostly filled by parttime teachers, so it is likely that around 10 teachers could be lost across Wexford,” explained Deputy Browne. “The latest statistics show there are 18,705 people on the Live Register in Wexford, 3,158 of whom are under the age of

25. These people are looking for work opportunities at home, and the specialised courses and training offered by our institutes of further education provide much needed opportunities. It is a grave mistake to persist with plans to water down this sector when little or nothing has been done to tackle the jobs crisis.” n

Mons Patrick J. Corish, R.I.P. The funeral Mass of Monsignor Patrick J. Corish, former President of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, took place on 13th January in St. Aidan’s Cathedral Enniscorthy with Preacher and Principal Celebrant – Most Rev. Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns. In his sermon Bishop Brennan referred to the end of an era for his family and many friends. “It is the end of an era for Maynooth, the place Monsignor Paddy called home

for the last 72 years. It is the end of an era for our diocese of Ferns. Monsignor Paddy was the senior priest of our diocese and even though he never served in the diocese, because of his longevity and personality he was seen as a patriarchal figure. “He had a deep love and loyalty to Ferns and Wexford and though his life was lived out in the service of the church nationally he never forgot us and until recent years returned frequently.

“ We for our part took pride in the contribution Paddy made to the life and work of the church in Ireland and further afield. Monsignor Corish was buried on Monday 14th January at the cemetery in Maynooth College grounds. May he rest in peace. n

While travelling on a train from Wexford to Dublin I sat in a four-seat section. You know the one that has a table down the middle. I was reading my book when the couple opposite me remarked that two young men had knocked on their door the previous evening. “They were smartly dressed and very nice but we’re Christians and told them we were not interested.” They apologised for disturbing me but couldn’t help notic-

cles”, I asked. They answered in the affirmative. “Good, well let me tell you about a vision that occurred in the year 1820. “A young boy named Joseph Smith lived in a place called Palmyra in Wayne County, New York State. During that time the various churches were proselytising for new members and being anxious to learn which church was true he attended many of the meetings. He found that

a book that would be an adjunct to the Bible and a second witness of Jesus Christ. That book was named after one of the ancient prophets and became known as the ‘Book of Mormon’ a copy of which you saw me reading.” We talked until the train pulled into Connolly Station. There isn’t enough space to go into all of what we discussed but here are a few of the fundamental differences between Mormons and other religions.

Eamonn Sheridan, on extreme left, at Arás an Uachtaráin.

ing that the book I was reading was entitled ‘The Book of Mormon’ and they were interested to know if the two young men had called on me too. I smiled and put my book down. “Those two young men were missionaries. Two others just like them knocked on my door almost forty years ago and changed my life”, I said. “Would you like to know what happened”, I asked. “Yes”, they said, “It will help to pass the time if nothing else”, said the husband. “Oops, sorry I don’t mean to be rude.” “That’s okay”, I said, “I can’t think of a better way to pass the time anyway. “You mentioned at the start that you’re Christians. Would it surprise you to know that the Mormons are Christian and that the proper name of their church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” “They told us that but we didn’t believe them. We heard that the Mormons are a Cult.” “I could understand your concern if it was true but that’s a piece of misinformation that’s put about, sometimes by well meaning people. Do you believe in visions and mira-

one seemed to contradict the other and having been brought up reading the Bible he remembered that in the first chapter of James verse five it says… “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraidedth not and it shall be given him.” “He took the Lord at his word, went into a grove of trees near his home, knelt in prayer and asked God which of the churches was true. Two personages appeared to him whose radiance was above that of the sun. One spoke and pointing to the other said ‘This is my beloved son, Hear him.’ He was told by Jesus that he should not join any of the churches because none of them had the full truth. In time, and after instruction he, Joseph, would be called on to restore the Lord’s original church. That’s how today’s church got its name. He was told that he would be given the record of an ancient people who left the Holy Land 600 years BC and arrived in the Americas. This record was written on Gold Plates and he would be given the ability to translate them and publish

We baptise by full immersion because we believe that that is the way Jesus himself was baptised by John in the river Jordan. We don’t baptise babies because we believe that they are innocent before God and cannot sin (Our Saviour having paid the price on the Cross). Children are baptised when they reach eight years, the age of accountability. We believe that the Trinity consists of three separate and distinct persons, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, but one in purpose. We believe our bodies are temples of the Spirit and to keep them as clean as possible we abstain from alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee. We only take drugs when prescribed by a doctor. Above all else we preach of Jesus, we teach of Jesus and we give due recognition to Mary His mother. If you would like to know more about us why not go online and look at or contact me, Eamonn Sheridan, National Director for Public Affairs, at 053 92 35375 or 087-9596119. We shook hands and parted as friends wishing each other well. n

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Local hotels invest for the future Two hotels in the Griffin Group have received over €250,000 investment in the month of January 2013. Ferrycarrig Hotel located on the waters-edge just outside Wexford town has opened a stunning new lobby and upgraded 10 bedrooms, while Hotel Kilkenny, in Kilkenny city, has just completed the refurbishment of 50 bedrooms. Commenting on the investment Michael Griffin, CEO of the Griffin Group said, “We are delighted to unveil a fresh new look for the Ferrycarrig Hotel, the works carried out have been fantastic and we are delighted to be in a position to continually re-invest in the business for the benefit of our guests. We are sure that visitors old and new will enjoy the new looks of both the Ferrycarrig Hotel and Hotel Kilkenny.

“It is very important to us to build on this family business which has been in operation since the 1960’s and we are delighted to have found great talent in Wexford which allowed us to place over 80% of the funds invested with local suppliers and contractors to carry out the works to the highest standard. We really do believe in supporting our local economies wherever possible. We would like to thank our superb staff for all of their assistance and dedication which has greatly aided our company to face the turbulent and trying times of this recession. “At the Griffin Group we take pride in the value we offer to our guests, this is not just about pricing but more important than that is the four and five star standard of service, friendliness and quality of product that our guests enjoy

L-R: Tracey McHugh, Assistant Front Office Manager, and Cathy Keelan, Front Office Receptionist, unveil the new Lobby at the Ferrycarrig Hotel as a €250,000 investment in renovations at Griffin Group hotel properties was announced last month. Pic: Patrick Browne.

each and every time they visit.” Michael concluded. To top off the month of January for the Griffin Group; Monart Destination Spa won two further international acco-

lades that month: Best Irish Spa Resort from the World SPA Traveller Awards as well as highly recommended by Red Magazine as a world class Destination Spa. n

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Microfinance guarantee welcomed The local Enterprise Board in Co. Wexford has welcomed the signing of a guarantee agreement covering loans to entrepreneurs and microenterprises under the Government’s Microfinance scheme. The network of County and City Enterprise Boards, including the Wexford County Enterprise Board, is encouraging small businesses to apply for the new Microfinance Ireland loan scheme, if they have been refused credit by the banks. To apply for loans of up to €25,000, start-ups or small businesses employing fewer than ten people must have a commercially viable business proposal and the Enterprise Boards can provide assistance with the application process. Aimed at companies with less than ten employees and a turnover of less than €2mil-

Tom Banville, Acting CEO, Wexford County Enterprise Board

lion, the microfinance scheme is run by Microfinance Ireland in partnership with the County and City Enterprise Boards. Nationwide, the ten-year m i c ro f i n a n c e s c h e m e i s expected to assist 5,500 microenterprises, helping to create an estimated 7,700 jobs in Ireland. Tom Banville, CEO from the Wexford County Enterprise

Board explains: “Loans under the new microfinance scheme can be up to €25,000 and the money can be used towards business start-up costs, expansion plans or general working capital. This new loan scheme is filling a gap in the market, to help secure credit for more micro-enterprises in more local areas. The Enterprise Boards can help applicants with advice around business plans, cash flow projections and the application process itself.” The Chairperson of Microfinance Ireland, Ms. Geraldine Kelly, said: “The scheme is open to sole traders, partnerships and limited companies, across all industry types and business sectors, from services to manufacturing. We’re also encouraging new start-ups to apply, in addition to micro-enterprises looking to expand. Working

in partnership with the County and City Enterprise Boards, our doors are now open for business in every county.” Set-up through the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation under the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, the Microfinance Loan scheme was established last October, by Minister Mr. Richard Bruton, T.D. The guarantee agreement, signed between the European Investment Fund and Microfinance Ireland, is given under Progress Microfinance, managed by the European Investment Fund of behalf of the European Investment Bank. Contact details for the local County and City Enterprise Boards can be found at and further information on the application process is also available from n


SONRu ANNOuNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH WEBRECRuIT Wexford based Sonru, a global leader in the field of video interviews and selection, announced last month it has formed a strategic partnership with online recruiter webrecruit (backed by former Dragon James Caan) to offer their video selection software via webrecruit+ – webrecruit's managed services division. webrecruit+ is the managed services division of webrecruit, offering an alternative for businesses looking to outsource their recruitment process. It combines candidate sourcing expertise with technology, tools and processes to create world-class recruitment for clients on demand and the partnership with Sonru makes an ideal addition to the product and services suite. Edward Hendrick, Founder at Sonru, said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with webrecruit which is a reflection of the increasing number of webrecruit clients that are turning to Sonru to optimise their screening and selection process.”

TAxING THE RICH, NOT TAxING WORK Local Sinn Féin representative, Anthony Kelly, has renewed his call for the introduction of a wealth tax, claiming such a tax would be a charge on those who could afford and not something that would impede the creation of employment. Cllr Kelly said: "Minister Bruton seems to be out of touch with reality. The Minister has ruled out a tax on wealth by suggesting that it would impede the creation of new jobs. He backed this up by revealing that the IDA created a little over 6,000 jobs last year. Does the Minister not realise that there are close to 20,000 people out of work or in forced temporary employment in this Cllr Anthony Kelly county alone? Does he realise that this state is suffering from an emigration crisis not seen since the famine? "Minister Bruton should explain his utopian talk to the 2,200 Wexford people who turned up at the Opera House last week to apply for 250 new jobs. The creation of these new jobs is greatly welcomed but we need more, far more than Minister Bruton and his government are capable of delivering. "Sinn Féin has consistently proposed making those who can afford to pay more to do so. We favour the introduction of a 1% wealth tax on net assets over €1 million excluding working farmland, business assets, 20% of the family home and pension pots. Such a tax would bring in €800 million per annum, would be progressive and would relieve the unbearable pressure on ordinary people."

KPMG LAuNCH GuIDES TO ASSIST IRISH BuSINESS ExPAND IN BRICS MARKETS Leading accounting firm KPMG has developed country specific guides for each of the five markets Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – highlighting the tax and other issues to be borne in mind by Irish companies when considering investment decisions in these markets. ● The five BRICS countries represent almost 3 billion people, with a combined GDP of US$14.9 trillion and an estimated US$4 trillion in foreign reserves. ● Given the need for Irish companies to expand to achieve scale- the BRICS markets represent a diverse yet significant opportunity. The government has encouraged Irish companies to look at BRICS countries as a largely untapped opportunity. Speaking at the launch, KPMG Tax Partner Sharon Burke said: “Government support for Irish business looking to the BRICS markets has been well flagged.” Burke continued: “The potential benefits of overseas expansion are clear but the serious pitfalls may be hidden – we believe these specially tailored guides with their country specific information will be a useful resource for Irish business as they look to expand internationally." For more see: n ●

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In each issue the Moyne Veterinary Clinic deals with various issues relating to pets. In the January issue there was a feature on nine pot-bellied pigs rescued from Mount Leinster so for this issue they decided to do a follow-up on one of these pigs. Written by Liam – a 13-year-old student: We recently got a new pet. You're probably thinking a dog or a cat! Well no, we got a pot-bellied pig. Yes we're crazy but it's not at crazy as it sounds. This pig was rescued on Mount Leinster. You may have seen them on The Late Late Show. They can grow up to 100kgs and the bigger they get the smarter they get. He follows me around all day and is always looking for food. He is only 4 months old and he is still very small. He is quite moody sometimes as well. We let him out into the back yard for a while and when we let him back into the kitchen he gives out to us and sulks in his bed. He eats just about anything (he's a pig). We mainly give him carrots as a treat but we give him pig feed, vegetables and pasta for his dinner. He is quite affectionate when he wants to be. He will come over to you if you sit on the ground. He loves to be scratched as they tend to have very dry skin. We rub on human skin products and he loves them. He is still getting used to being around us and we are still getting used to being around him. He hates being picked up. We try to get him used to humans but he just squeals if you handle him. We hope to train him to do some tricks in the future. He gets on fine with our cats although the first day the cats didn't know what was scurrying around the kitchen! Pigs are very easily toilet trained. We keep him in the kitchen and he went to the toilet in a corner. We put some papers down and now he goes on them. I wouldn't recommend keeping pigs with dogs unsupervised though as pigs are natural prey and dogs are natural predators although they seem to be okay when we are around. He likes to walk around the kitchen all day "just pigging around" as I say!! I love my pot-bellied pig although I think he just likes me because I give him carrots!!

Secret valley Wildlife Park, located near Clonroche, featured on Tv3’s “The Holiday Show Ireland” on 11th January. Presenter Ciara Whelan and Producer Jon Slattery paid a visit to the scenic fourteen acres of countryside to view the wide range of animals from the donkeys, llamas, alpaca, sheep and goats to the bunnies, guinea pigs, lizards, raccoons, prairie dogs, lemurs, seals and more. With wildlife galore and many activities to choose from, Ciara and Jon showed that Secret Valley Wildlife Park has lots to offer for the stay-athome holidaymaker, whatever the weather. SLINKY A little seal pup, subsequently named Slinky, was recently rescued from a beach in Cork and transported to Secret Valley Wildlife Park for rehabilitation. This was the very first seal taken in by Secret Valley. With extra supervision and care by Ann O’Connor and the team at Secret Valley, Slinky began to thrive receiving regular feeds of herring in his outdoor enclosure equipped with

his own pink bath-tub. He steadily came to a healthy, weaning weight of 40 kg ready to return at the end of January to his home, the Atlantic! With a countdown of 5,4,3,2,1, Slinky headed into the water and quickly started to enjoy his


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This Wednesday, February 6th, RTE’s Nationwide will feature a special package captured just off the Hook Peninsula of the wonderful sea life visitors who now frequent the Wexford coastline annually, the Whales. In mid-January Martin Colfer, skipper of The Rebecca C, who runs ‘Off the Hook’ Whales Watching tours, took the RTE crew to sea and brought them to capture some wonderful footage of the

whales, dolphins, seals and gulls all situated just off the Hook Peninsula. The crew then headed to Hook Lighthouse to capture the views from the world’s oldest operational lighthouse and to find out some more information about the sea life visitors and the Hook. Commenting on the upcoming programme, cameraman Brian Walsh from the local production com-

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Slaney History

5 February 2013

Ibar Carty chronicles the 20th century in Enniscorthy & beyond

Anco (forerunner of FÁS) training certificates presentation, Ennniscorthy, 1987. Photo: Ibar Carty.

Ibar Carty has opened up his vast photo archives to the slaney News. In this 19th of a series, Ibar shares two photos – one taken in 1987 and one in 1951. If you can supply the names of any of the people in these photos, Ibar and the slaney News would be delighted to hear from you. For our convenience we would ask you to email the names to: Thank you.

GERRY FORDE Co. Wexford and indeed well beyond lost a remarkable character with the passing of former Wexford County Engineer Gerry Forde a couple of weeks ago. Gerry had worked with the Local Authorities from 1949 to his retirement in 1985 holding the position of County Engineer for the last decade or so of his tenure. Gerry was a man who took great pride in his work and was in office during a period when money was scarce but achievements were many. He took great satisfaction from the fact he oversaw the building of many bridges in Co. Wexford such as Scarawalsh and of course Ferrycarrig. But to those who knew him Gerry was a bridge builder in ways much more important. He was a builder of bridges between people and solved many problems by discussion and debate rather than threat or litigation. Gerry was also a great musician playing the fiddle in bands from the famous Mayglass Ceili Band in the 1930’s to his group Tuskar right up to a few days before his death at the great age of 90 years. In his time he won many competitions including All Irelands playing the fiddle both individually and as part of various groups. Usually on his return to a council meeting after a musical victory Gerry would be

congratulated by the members on his success. On one such occasion as the members heaped their praise on him that old rogue, the late Councillor James J. Bowe of Kiltealy, rose to his feet and acclaimed “ I always suspected that the Co. Engineer was good on the fiddle. But now at last it has been confirmed.” Gerry thought it was hilarious and repeated it on many occasions to those in his company. That’s the kind of man Gerry was. Brilliant at anything he tackled from engineering to music yet humble and decent who treated everybody from king to labourer alike. The world will be an emptier place without Gerry but memories left behind will remain for many a year. SCARAWALSH JuNCTION A few years ago Wexford County and the National Roads Authority did a great service to road users by installing a roundabout at Scarawalsh. This junction was a deathtrap up to that time and it is now a much safer place. However, and there’s always a however, one major problem remains. That is the traffic exiting the Old Dublin Road and turning either right to Gorey or crossing all three lanes of traffic at that point to head towards Bunclody. This is lethal and on almost every occasion I use that road I see near misses at

Old IRA parade, Ennniscorthy, 1951. Photo: P.A. Crane (Copyright: Ibar Carty).

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View from the Hill A local contributor looks at life today in enniscorthy and beyond. this point. A solution to the problem is to only allow a left turn at that exit as has been done at the road which runs down from the Old Dublin Road through the Industrial Estate, although I see drivers ignoring this on occasions also. I fully realise that this would cause inconvenience to drivers who would then have to go back to Blackstoops to get off the old road but what price can you put on a life. Maybe there is a better solution and if there is I’d be glad to hear it. BuSINESS COLLAPSE Isn’t it sad to see the departure of companies such as HMV and Blacktie despite, what on

the face of it, looked like a fairly good Christmas. We tend to notice when high profile outlets fail but more or less take it for granted when local shops or pubs close their doors for the last time. We know that some businesses close because their business model simply doesn’t work but regrettably most closures are as a result of the economic downturn, leaving in their wake a trail of destruction which in turn weakens others, such as creditors, and of course adds to the unemployment register. There is also the human cost for those who ran the business as their only source of income, and then end up being refused social welfare because

they were self-employed. This adds to the stress and affects the mental well being of people who in many cases worked hard for years, behind their counter or in their workshop, and are now left totally unsupported. All this is happening b e f o re o u r e y e s , y e t t h e Government seem more interested in finding ways to pay bondholders in Germany and elsewhere than introducing incentives to enable people to spend. Every policy of this Government seems to be directed at taking money out of the economy which will further reduce spending and cause more closures throughout almost all areas of the service sector. If there is not an about turn shortly irreparable damage will be caused. But what are the chances of that I ask? RuRAL GARDA STATIONS Currently there is a bit of a fuss being caused by those who oppose the closing of rural garda stations. They argue that such closures leave large areas of the countryside without protection from criminals and that a climate of fear exists in rural areas. I don’t actually buy this argument as the reality is that for the past long number of years these stations were occupied by gardai for only a few hours a day five days a week. Therefore these stations are effectively closed anyway for

most of the time. Furthermore the gardai who operated from them did not live in the community but in the main commuted to and from work usually from the nearest large town. Their only function when they were there was to sign forms in relation to the dole , car tax or passports. This is not what gardai are trained to do or indeed want to do. The solution, if there is one, to rural crime is to equip the gardai with better, faster vehicles and for all of us to be more observant. ExERCISING ON PuBLIC ROADS Great to see so many people out on the public roads walking and running in and around the town every night of the week. It is a sign that this generation seem to be taking the issue of health seriously and that has to be commended. The vast majority of people involved in these activities are properly attired in extremely high visibility outfits for their own safety and to assist drivers in seeing them on the road. A few are still taking chances by simply wearing what we would describe as normal light colours. Problem is that when two vehicles are driving towards each other with lights on the normal light colour is not sharp enough to be seen at night. So for the sake of a couple of euro get the oul high vis. n

Slaney Around the Region Over 330 runners and walkers from all over county Wexford and further afield turned out to partake in the inaugural ‘Ferrycarrig Five’ road race in Crossabeg on Sunday January 13th. The five-mile run and walk proved to be a hugely successful fundraising initiative for the proposed new Crossabeg / Ballymurn Community Centre. It was the only Athletics Ireland licensed event taking place in the region on the day and therefore attracted highprofile athletes. A fine morning saw runners and walkers converge in their droves on the Wexford Youths FC training grounds, from where the race started at 1pm. The race followed an anticlockwise route through Newcastle, out and up the hard shoulder of the N11 from

Tom Hogan, ‘Ferrycarrig Five’ men’s winner. Pic: Tomas Greally (


Kitestown Cross to Kyle Cross, returning back to the Wexford Youths complex for the finish. Athletes enjoyed the reasonably flat course, which proved suitable for fast times and several personal bests. There was also a large local turnout, with people of all ages keen to start the new year on a healthy note. First to cross the finish line was Tom Hogan of Sliabh Buidhe Rovers. Hogan built up a good lead to return in a superb time of 25.18 minutes, some 55 seconds clear of Andrew Connick of Waterford AC. Meanwhile, local man Niall Sheil of St. Killian’s AC was keen to give a good showing on home soil and put up a fierce battle with Connick, to finish just two seconds behind the Waterford runner. Fresh from recent success at the Belfast Masters Cross Country, Jackie Carthy of Kilmore AC led the women’s

‘Ferrycarrig Five’ starting line. Pic: Tomas Greally (

race from start to finish to win with an impressive time of 29.43 minutes. The battle for second place was closer fought, with Sylvia Malone of Waterford AC getting the better of Ann Sullivan of DMP Wexford by 12 seconds. Lauren Kelly was first home in the junior female category, while Mark Ryan won in the junior male. Race participants received goodie bags on crossing the finish line, before heading into the complex for some light refreshments and a chance to catch up with friends. The committee of the Crossabeg / Ballymurn new community centre would like to thank all the local people who helped with marshalling the course and providing these muchappreciated post-race refreshments. A special word of thanks is due to Wexford Youths FC

for the use of their excellent complex facilities for the event. While there was no headline sponsor this year, the contribution of sponsors including: DHD Construction Limited; Arachas Insurance; ANK Contracting; Hertz, Ferrybank Motors and Price Waterhouse Coopers, was much appreciated. The committee of the Crossabeg / Ballymurn Community Centre have already developed excellent sporting facilities including an athletics track, a floodlit walking track, soccer pitch and two GAA playing pitches. Their extensive grounds, located at Garrywilliam, C ro s s a b e g , w e re k i n d l y donated by the Harvey family. Funds raised on Sunday will go towards paying off outstanding loans on the cost of these facilities, as well as

NEW ROSS NOTES… NEW ROSS LIBRARY Getting Smart with your smart phone: Tuesday 12th February at 7pm Michael Quinn will give a talk and demonstration on getting the most from our smart phones. using free technology to keep in touch with family and friends: For those who want to learn to use skype and similar technology to banish the miles between them and their loved ones. This information talk will be in March - the date is still to be confirmed. ENGINEER’S WEEK To mark “Engineers Week” from 25th February to 3rd March 2013 there will be two events. Bridges: Discover the Science of Structure Structural engineer, Eamonn Nolan, will give a series of workshops to local school children on bridges. The Bridges of New Ross There will also be a talk, on

Tuesday 26th February at 7pm, given by Jim Sutton on “The Bridges of New Ross”. Jim will take us on a memory tour of New Ross bridges, past and present, from 1189 to 1968. HOME AND FAMILY Clothes recycling & altering Aisling Noone will give a fiveweek course on how to recycle, restyle and alter clothes, aiming to provide learners with stitching and alteration techniques and the means and ideas to re-use and re-design your and your family’s existing wardrobe. Saturday mornings from 10.30-12.30. Started on Saturday 2nd February. CHILDREN Enfo Exhibition on Frogs Running from 10th Jan to 28th Feb, the Frogs Exhibition is produced by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. It outlines the life cycle, character, distribution, habitats, threats to and conservation of Irish frogs.

towards the development of the proposed new community centre building. Given the success of this event, participants can look forward to the ‘Ferrycarrig Five’ becoming an annual feature on the race calendar in County Wexford. RESuLTS SuMMARY: Men: 1) Tom Hogan, Sliabh Buidhe Rovers, 25.18 2) Andrew Connick, Waterford AC 26.13 3) Niall Sheil, St Killians AC 26.15 4) Myles Gibbons, Sliabh Buidhe Rovers, 27.01 5 ) Da vi d Ba r ron , Sl a n e y Olympic, 27.18 Ladies: 1) Jackie Carthy, Kilmore AC, 29.43 2) Sylvia Malone, Waterford AC, 30.28 3) Ann Sullivan, DMP Wexford,


30.40 4) Elizabeth Egan, Bree, 30.58 5) Aoife Joyce, Crusaders, 31.10 Male>40: David Barron, Slaney Olympic, 27.18 Male>50: Jim Stafford, Slaney Olympic, 27.43 Male>60 Sean Clifford, Sli Cullain, 33.07 Female>40: Lillian Lawless, Sliabh Buidhe Rovers, 34.43 Female>50: Anne Bolger, Sliabh Buidhe Rovers, 38.34 Female>60: Jane Porter, Slaney Olympic, 40.24 TEAMS: Male: Sliabh Buidhe Rovers Female: Kilmore AC Junior: Male: Mark Ryan Female: Lauren Kelly. – sarah Bermingham

Jackie Carthy, ‘Ferrycarrig Five’ ladies winner. Pic: Tomas Greally (

BUNCLODY NOTES… Recycled Frogs Thursday 14th Feb at 10.30 am (ages 5-8) and 12.00pm (ages 912). For the mid term break, Zdenka Maksimova will show children how to make frogs from recycled household material, tying in with the Enfo Frogs Exhibition. POPuLAR SCIENCE Lectures by Brendan Wallace: Jupiter Tuesday 5th February, 7pm. Einstein and time machines Tuesday 5th March, 7 pm. Cosmology Tuesday 2nd April, 7pm. Stars the Engines of Life Tuesday 7th May. COMING SOON In the pipeline are information talks on alzheimers, gluten free cooking, natural skin care and menu planning within a budget. Dates will be announced in the usual places or phone the library 051 421877 to add your name to the booking sheet.

REGuLAR EvENTS Grow it Yourself Grow it yourself started back on Tuesday 15th January, at 7pm, with a talk on selecting seeds. The February meeting is on Tuesday 19th February at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Is Leoir Beirt This is an Irish language conversation group. If anyone would like to improve their Irish by joining a weekly conversation group, please contact the library. Adult Book Club The adult book club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6pm. New members are very welcome. Junior Book Club The junior book clubs meet once a month on Friday afternoons after school. If your child is aged 7-9 or 10-11 and would like to join, please phone the library on 051 421877. Junior Story time (under 7s) Join us for some exciting stories every Saturday at 11.15 am. n

B u N C L O D Y L I B R A RY – REGuLAR EvENTS Every Tuesday - FAS eLearning (Booking essential). Every Tuesday - English conversation group (contact library staff for details). Storytime for under 7s Wednesdays at 4.00pm. Junior Chess and Board Games for younger children - Fridays from 3.00pm. Internet/computer classes for adults - Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings (Booking essential). Monthly reading circles for adults contact Aoife for further details; children's reading circles, new members welcome - contact Yvonne for further details. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOuS Local meetings are held on Tuesday and Saturdays at 8.30pm in Brennan’s, Market Square. HORTICuLTuRAL SOCIETY Bunclody Horticultural Society’s Quiz will take place this Wednesday February 6th in the Millrace Hotel at 8pm.

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WHIST – Monday nights in St. Aidan’s Hall. BuNCLODY Cu FACTOR 2013 The Bunclody Credit Union singing competition will be held on Friday, March 8th at 8.00pm in the Millrace Hotel, Bunclody. The top 3 singers on the night will go on to compete in the Chapter 9 CU Factor. Application f o r m s a re a v a i l a b l e f ro m Bunclody Credit Union. Get yours today! MICK RYAN – CONSOLE The slaney News bumped into Bunclody man Mick Ryan a few days ago not long after his participation in Derek Mooney’s RTE radio programme. Mick ‘s phone was hopping with people looking for his service – he releases doves at weddings, funerals and other events which he videos and puts on DVD. All proceeds go to the National Suicide Charity, Console. Follow White Angel Doves on Facebook: or visit Mick’s website: n


Slaney Sport

5 February 2013

Rapparees/Starlights AGM There was little or no change at the Rapparees/Starlights AGM held on Sunday 13th January in the Clubhouse. With Podge Hall retaining the Chair for his second year along with long-serving Secretary Maria Nolan and Treasurer Kathleen Miller there were only two changes on the Committee - Willie Peare joins as incoming Coiste na nOg Chairman and new Ladies Football Chairman Alan Byrne taking the final position to make up the Executive 15 who will take on the running of the club on a day to day basis for the coming year. In his Chairman’s address Podge Hall complimented and thanked all who had helped the club in any way in 2012 and looked forward to working with all again in the future. I think we as a club are facing many challenges particularly in relation to recruitment of young people, he said, and he reported that a group from our Coiste Committee met with County Chairman Diarmuid Devereux in December to see what we can do in terms of selling our games within the schools in our area. We have sent a proposal to him where we are requesting assistance with having club coaches placed in the schools. I am expecting a positive response on this very soon, Podge reported.

At adult level we made it to two county finals Podge said and his overwhelming emotion down in New Ross was not joy or triumph but relief that we as a club had climbed straight back into the senior grade after the sickening loss of 2011. In hurling we reached the junior final and it just didn’t happen for us that day – and in senior hurling we trained and prepared very well in 2012 and that is why we are sticking with the same coaching team for 2013 – you cannot change a training culture overnight and I hope and expect us to be very competitive this year. Our minor hurlers were majestic in the county final in Wexford Park last October which made up for the disappointing performance in the football the previous week. I think we have made progress this year Podge continued but he felt that compared to smaller clubs we do not have enough people willing to step up and get more actively involved. If I had a euro for every time I was told “the club should do this” or “the club should do that” I’d have a new stand built outside, Podge went on ….the club is not the government – we do not have a paid civil service waiting in the rooms behind the hall to be told what to do –all of us are the club and if you

Moyne Rangers – Football for All Moyne Rangers are in the process of establishing a Football For All Programme that will give players with disabilities between the age of 6 and 14 years the opportunity to get regular football training and competition through their local club in Enniscorthy. The training the kids will receive will be professional and delivered by qualified FAI coaches. Everybody regardless of their ability should have the opportunity to access football in their local clubs as part of the FAI ethos of inclusion within the football community. Players

will be provided with regular football, a feeling of belonging to a club, competition and a safe environment in which to express themselves. Most of all, players will have a pathway into mainstream teams if they improve to a level capable of competing in mainstream competition and, if not, they will continue to enjoy the game they love with their club. Moyne Rangers are currently trying to gauge interest so if anyone requires any more information please contact David Connolly 087 6633 591 or email n

think the club should be doing something then come to me and offer to do it and I will support you in every way I can. In her Secretary’s Report Maria Nolan gave a comprehensive view of all activity in the Club over the past year both on and off the field paying special tributes to both Intermediate footballers and Minor hurlers along with listing a plethora of events that occurred at Bellefield in 2012 including staging the popular play Victors Dung in March, participation in All Ireland Scor semi-finals thanks to Town Development Officer Mairead Linneen who represented the club, a visit from another Social Initiative group from Naomh Mearnog Club in Portmarnock, Billy (Hutchy) Dwyer Memorial Match on St. Patricks Day, the launch of the Bellefield Women’s Group – Delightful Dollies in April, visit to Croke Park for League Final Wexford vs Longford by Social Initiative Men`s Group – Croi Sasta, the Centra Coaching Session for 100 children with maestros Henry Shefflin and Damien Fitzhenry in May, an Open Evening with the county footballers on Thursday 24th May, a visit to Wicklow Gaol and Avondale House with Men`s Social Initiative Group in June, sponsored walk on the Prom in

aid of our ladies section in July, Bellefield’s co-operation with the Leinster Fleadh , our Field Day in conjunction with the annual St. Mary’s Patron, the Ulster Bank Roadshow brought Pat Spillane and the Sam McGuire to Bellefield in August, the Michael Foley Memorial U/15 Leinster Hurling Tournament and the Martin Doyle Memorial U/10 Hurling Tournament in September, another trip this time to Cobh for the Men`s Social Initiative, the club annual Race Night in November, the Michael Foley Pudding Run on St. Stephen’s Day and annual trip to Lepardstown Races on December 28th all culminating in the New Year’s Eve Party night on Dec 31st. What a year and what an amount of activ-

ity for everyone at Bellefield! The Treasurer’s Report followed with Podge Hall giving a detailed account of the club’s financial position to all present. Podge Hall then closed the

2012 AGM with a minute’s silence for all deceased members. Above report is an abbreviated summary of a fuller report supplied by Club Secretary, Maria Nolan.


The annual Slaney Olympic Enniscorthy 10K takes place this Sunday, Feb 10th, at 12 noon. It is open to both runners and walkers. Pre-entry is €15. Entry forms are available at My Sport, Castle St or go to to enter online or download an entry form. Further information from Jane Porter 087-6799490. All finishers receive a medal

and tea/coffee and sandwiches after the race. This year’s nominated charity is The Jack and Jill Childrens Foundation. Sponsorship cards are available at Creane & Creane Insurance or from Annis Kehoe 087-2426146. If you prefer you can contribute on the day. They will also be collecting old mobile phones, laptops, video games, print cartridges and crutches. n

Wexford Supporters Club – busy times Wexford Supporters and Club Wexford have a wide variety of events and fundraisers planned for the year already beginning with our Glen Fuels Player Awards Night on Saturday 16th Feb at the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey. Former RTE news presenter Anne Doyle is MC for the evening and tickets at €50 are

available from myself at 0876644603 or Bill Mernagh at 086-8379170 and don’t forget to cast your vote for your player of 2012 (see page 28). On Feb 21st in conjunction with South East Radio Wexford GAA are going to try to make the Guinness Book of Records for the largest crowd ever to do a Table Quiz at the same time.

Check your local club for details. Tables of 4 are €40 each with hundreds of prizes. On 3rd March at the Ferrycarrig Hotel Wexford we are organising a This is Your Life Event for well known Wexford horse trainer and GAA enthusiast Jim Bolger with guests like Aidan O’Brien, A.P. McCoy and Willie Mullins. This is a not

to be missed occasion for all racing lovers especially those making the annual pilgrimage to Cheltenham. A n d t h e We x f o r d Supporters annual Golf Classic will be held in May. So how is that for starters folks and there’s much, much more to come. I will keep you posted! – Maria Nolan, PRo

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on Saturday 16th February 2013 at The Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford. from 7.30pm til late

All-Ireland Darts The slaney News just happened to bump into the Co. Wexford Ladies and Gents Darts Team who were training in Bellefield GAA complex on Sunday 3rd February. They will be representing the county this coming weekend in Ennis in the All Ireland finals. We wish them well in their bid to bring All-Ireland success back home. n

Photo of Bellefield Executive Committee 2013. Back row L-R: Pat Hall, Hugo Kelly, Ed Doran, Michael Doyle, Paddy Sullivan, Fiacre Ryan, Tom Boland, Alan Byrne, John Boland, Pat Tobin, Willie Peare. Front row: Treasurer Kathleen Miller, Secretary Maria Nolan, Chairman Podge Hall and President Larry Byrne. John Browne missing from photo.

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Hope & Dream The Hope & Dream 10 is a walk/run in aid of the Hope Cancer Centre and the Share A Dream Foundation and takes place this year on S u n d a y, M a r c h 2 4 t h i n Enniscorthy. In preparation for the Home & Dream 10, Jason O’Connor has organised

walk/jog sessions every Tuesday and Thursday night at 6.30pm, meeting outside Bellefield. Other sessions continue around the county in the major towns. For more information contact or see the Hope & Dream 10 Facebook page and

Irish soccer internationals, John O’Shea and Stephen Hunt, supporting Hope & Dream.

Hockey: Slaneysiders Sparkle


Enniscorthy 1sts -vs- Carlow: Enniscorthy will do well to replicate their superb performance against Carlow last month throttling their rivals with a 6-0 triumph. Scorthy firsts were ahead as early as the tenth minute when Lisa Frayne found the bottom corner after she was teed up by Leah Chapman. The Carlow side had briefly threatened a fightback, yet Enniscorthy proved too hard to break down.

A number of athletes from Enniscorthy AC competed in the National Open Combined Events which was the inaugural event in the new, international standard, indoor arena in Athlone IT. Congratulations to Colin Nolan, 3rd in the Junior Men and Mairead Fortune, 3rd in the U16 Girls – some of the first medals won on the new track, with hopefully many more to come to the Model County as the indoor season gets underway. Best wishes to Marie louise Byrne in her new role as County Board PRo.

Enniscorthy were deservedly 2-0 up at the half way mark following a scuffle in the Carlow goal mouth which led to an own-goal. Enniscorthy gathered increasing momentum in the second half. Jane Peppard (Capt) made some impressive interceptions in midfield and followed up with some great aggressive attacks piling the pressure on the Carlow back line to further dent their dimin-

ishing confidence. An on-form Lisa Frayne slotted her second of the day home after the Carlow goalkeeper trundled on the goal line. The Slaneysiders registered three further scores in the dying minutes of the second half with Jessica Flood, Deirdre Kehoe and Grainne Roche each snatching at the opportunity to ensure Enniscorthy’s triumph was a resounding one. n

Annalise Creane, Bree (Adamstown AC), Roisin Stephenson, Raheen (Adamstown AC), Lisa Bolger, Ferns (SBR AC) and Claire Stephenson, Raheen (Adamstown AC) competing in the Wexford Juvenile Winter League.

Flight of the Wild Geese From the first time I saw them I was captivated. Lying, camouflaged in the serpentine sand of The Raven staring skyward I witnessed their ethereal approach as v formations filled the skies of the Wexford Slob and the frenzied cackling and frantic flapping of about 8,000 wild geese resonated twixt Heaven and Earth. It was akin to a spiritual experience this fantastic call of the wild and it has held me enthralled ever since. Pic: Maria Nolan

We are most fortunate that the reclaimed land in Wexford Harbour known as the Slob has since 1912 been the wintering habitat for one of Europe`s rarest breeds of geese - the Greenland White-fronted Goose. About 12,000 of these birds winter in Ireland every year with well over half of that number coming to the Wexford Slob. The geese take their name from West Greenland where they summer and breed and because of the white front on their foreheads. Each year in October

the geese arrive in big numbers to the Slob after clocking up an average of 3,700 miles and graze and feed, protected there until early April when they make the long and arduous flight back again to Greenland. But the geese also perform a smaller, daily migratory ritual while in Wexford, leaving their grazing fields on the Slob each evening at twilight to overnight on the secure sandbanks of Wexford Harbour and returning each dawn to the same feeding fields laden with

rye grasses, buttercups and clover. This daily migration of thousands of chattering birds in a dusky pink evening sky is a sight to behold – mystical and other-worldly and one that has that raised hair on the back of the neck effect as in noisy numinous unison they rise from the fields and take to the skies in answer to some ancient natural command. It is truly magical, inherent and feral and what’s more….. it’s on our doorsteps. So go and subject yourself to this spectacle from Wexford’s wealth of nature – you won’t be disappointed. If you get the chance go down to The Raven and witness it for yourself. I first did about 12 years ago and it has drawn me back like a magnet each year since. In fact I now look forward to the arrival of the geese and experience a certain sadness in me when they take their leave. They have become part of my year like the snowdrops, and the primroses and the swallows and the butterflies – each heralding an eagerly awaited, treasured point on my annual calendar. – Maria Nolan

L-R: Pat Webster, Stephen Casey, President Jim Delaney and Paul Leacy.

Enniscorthy Golf Despite the current economic climate and bucking the trend around the country, Enniscorthy Golf Club has received an influx of new members. It's all about choice and the many options available to those wishing to take up the game in Enniscorthy whether for health and fitness reasons, for the social aspect or love of the game, has drawn great interest. People with a little more recreational time available to them whether through retirement, early retirement, redundancy have found that a few hours on

the course, in the clubhouse or chatting with the professional at Enniscorthy helps to pass the time in good company. Coupled with the ability to pay in easy instalments or by direct debit means that membership of Enniscorthy Golf Club has never been more attainable. If you or a family member are interested in becoming either a full, five-day, junior, family or distant member you can contact Jim 087 2507330 to organise a tour of the club. Mention you read it in the slaney News and you'll get tea/coffee on your visit.


Slaney News

ENNISCORTHY EYE a column by Joseph Doyle

eNNisCoRthy’s thRee stARs

Charlie Murphy.

Three stars from the Enniscorthy locality were recently nominated for three very different national awards. The first is Enniscorthy born actress CHARLIE MuRPHY who is the daughter of Pat and Breda Murphy who run Scissors Empire on South Main Street in Wexford town and who have reacted with pride to the news that their daughter, Charlie, has been nominated for best TV actress at this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (the IFTAs). Pat and Breda are both delighted that all of their daughter’s hard work has paid off. Charlie was nominated for playing the role of Siobhan in RTE’s hit crime drama Love Hate an incredibly difficult role which required her to enter the mindset of a rape victim following a scene which generated

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Wallis Bird.

a number of complaints from viewers due to its graphic nature. However Siobhan’s fine acting skills have now been rewarded with a nomination for the prestigious IFTA award. Charlie will face stiff competition on the night from Orla Brady (Sinbad), Carrie Crowley (Rasai na Gaillimhe) and Amy Huberman (Threesome). Charlie is currently based in london where she is filming alongside Dame Judy Dench in a new movie but she is due back here for the awards night on February 9th and we’ll all be hoping the trip is worthwhile.

is among ten acts that have been chosen to feature in the short list for this award but Wallis will face stiff competition from musicians such as The Cast of Cheers and Two Door Cinema Club. Wallis gets her first nomination for her selftitled album which is her third release. She is a previous winner of the now defunct Meteor Ireland Music Award for best Irish female artist. Her album was shortlisted from a list of over 150 Irish albums on the orginal long list. The winner of the €10,000 prize will be announced in March. Best of luck Wallis!

WALLIS IS NOMINATED Wallis Bird has been nominated for Ireland’s premier music prize – the Meteor Choice Aw a r d . T h i s t a l e n t e d Enniscorthy singer-songwriter

KEvIN DOYLE – WIN ONE, LOSE ONE Kevin Doyle was nominated for two awards but only got one as he was beaten by Republic of Ireland teammate Keith


Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin was impressed with Presentation Secondary School Wexford students Anna Quaid (Screen) and Rachel Brady (Kilmore) at the BT young Scientist of the year Exhibition last month. Pic: Susan Kennedy.

Andrews to the award for senior international player of the year in the recent ‘3’ FAI International Football Awards. However Kevin’s disappointment on missing out on the player of the year award was short lived as he came out on top for the other category he was nominated for – international goal of the year. Kevin was nominated for this award for his late winner against Kazakhstan last September. Well done Kevin. Kevin wasn’t the only Wexford person to go home with an award as Wexford Youths women’s team member Lauren Dwyer took home the under 17 women’s player of the year award. Well done to all the winners in this year’s FAI international player of the year awards. – Joseph Doyle n

DONAL STEPS DOWN “I’ve stepped down from the Strawberry Fair Committee. I’ve had two good years and I really enjoyed every minute of it. I would like to thank my fellow committee members for their friendship and their love for the Fair. I wish them good luck with the future of the Fair and I hope the town of Enniscorthy enjoys what the committee has in store for them. I wish the Fair continued success long into the future and I will always be here to support it and provide any advice I can to the committee if they want it. Again, thanks for I’ve had the time of my life.” – Donal Cullen

CoNgRAtulAtioNs  Happy 50th birthday to Jim Tyrrell who thought he was going for a family meal and then back to John Doyle’s for a few drinks but instead was lured into an ambush by his Rose who had all his family and friends present at Enniscorthy Golf Club. A great night was had by all and music was provided by Bull and Max. _________________________  Lordy Lordy look who’s 40. Well I heard recently that the Boomtown Rats are reforming for a gig later this year to play the Isle of Wi g h t F e s t i v a l . We l l recently Enniscorthy’s most famous gang reformed for one night to celebrate Faw’s big 4-0. Yes the hole in the wall gang had a reunion to celebrate Faw’s big birthday. Patrick Faw Animal Fortune had a great night with his old gang and his family and friends in the function room of Holohan’s pub where Faw’s baby brother aka Pewee aka John played all Faw’s favourite tunes such as Bryan Adams and I Fought the Law and the Law Won by the Clash which we changed to I Fought the Faw and the Faw Won. _________________________  Happy birthday to Anne Lawler, Morriscastle, nee Doyle. _________________________  Golden Wedding anniversary – Liam and Sheelagh O’Leary, Enniscorthy, who celebrated their 50th recently. Also Moran Park residents Paddy and vera Collins who celebrated

their Golden Wedding Anniversary in Bellefield GAA complex with a party. Music was provided by Bull and Max. _________________________  Wedding bells for Mary and Domo Ian Davin who were married in St Aidan’s Cathedral recently and whose wedding reception was held in the Riverside Park Hotel. _________________________  Congrats to Cora Clarke and Gerard Collins who graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology recently _________________________  Congratulations to Leah Walsh, Aoife McCrea and K i m H o r a n f ro m t h e Rapparees who have been selected for the county U16 camogie squad. It is a great honour for the club to have three girls involved at county level. Much credit must go to their coaches Rose Ryan and Martin Broaders, John McCrea and Jim Breen for the years spent bringing their fitness and skill levels to the required standard to represent their county. Also congratulations to Rose Ryan who has been invited to be a selector on the county intermediate team and to Martin Broaders who has been asked to take over managing the under 14 county p a n e l . T h i s s u re l y i s deserved recognition for the hard work and personal sacrifice this group of coaches have put in. Well done to all involved. – Joseph Doyle n

International Women's Day in Enniscorthy The Greater Bellefield RAPID area and Delightful Dollies women's group are running a free community event to celebrate International Women's Day on Friday March 8th at the Presentation Centre from 11.00am - 7.00 pm. The Marie Keating Foundation mobile unit will be in attendance on the day, as will special guest author Niamh Greene. A fashion show is planned as well as local schools’ participation, dance groups, youth groups, community groups, and artists just to begin with and lots, lots more to come. Programme information can be had from Ann on 086-3512118. Facebook: “Delightful Dollies”. n

Slaney Arts

A Town, A River and A Flood…

Double Delight Enniscorthy’s 1798 Centre was full to capacity on Friday 11th January for a delightful duo of poets in the form of Maggie Breen and John Kelly who eloquently entertained with readings from their latest works: other things i Didn’t tell and gathering the Dead in the garden. Poet, author, lecturer and Enniscorthy born Eamonn Wall was home on a short visit from St. Louis and on behalf of publishing company Scalta Media said that he was privileged to be asked to launch the two very different volumes. Having worked with both poets as they put their respective tomes together he knew the blood, sweat and tears that went into each and he had no doubt that they would be enjoyed by all present and indeed anyone who read them. Niall Wall thanked the large crowd for turning up and before introducing Maggie and John said that he was delighted to be associated with Scalta Media with his brother Eamonn and close friend Paul O’Reilly and thanked them both for all the hard work they were putting into the publishing company. Maggie Breen then shared with us a couple of memory poems from her childhood like Chasing the Calves and Fitting – a piece about being fitted for her first bra when her mother took her to Burke O’Leary’s for the

L-R: Eamonn Wall, John Kelly, Maggie Breen, Paul O’Reilly and Niall Wall. Pic: Maria Nolan.

embarrassing ordeal and a lovely poem about her Uncle John who always seemed to have a fag in his mouth and a fiver in his pocket for Maggie. She then bravely went on to bare herself and her darker moments to all – reading pieces that were very emotive and very personal like Black, Secrets and In Me and before finishing Maggie paid tribute to Eamonn Wall and thanked him for all the help he had given her. Maggie`s poetry comes from her very core and is her way of banishing her demons and giving the world an insight into who she really is. John Kelly told us about going ‘Up the Moyne’ (for rhubarb) and about his fascination with St. Mary’s Cemetery having lived close to it all his

life he now finds that it appears in some of his poems and he read one to us about the Pattern. John also had an Uncle John and mentions him in an amusing piece called Whores. John had his poignant pieces in Warrenpoint – a love poem, Little Bird a poem about working with his father and one about being homeless in Dublin called O’Connell Bridge and he finished up with a lovely little humorous ode to RTE Presenter Marian Finucane – called Friday Night, Saturday Morning. John also paid tribute to Eamonn and said that they have been friends for many years and said he wouldn`t be standing in front of this audience tonight if it hadn`t been for the advice Eamonn gave him to go on writing no matter what… And

we are all so glad that he heeded him. Congratulations to both poets on producing such excellent and thought provoking work and truly I would encourage all to purchase the books – at only €10 each they are extremely good value – you won`t be disappointed and once again it is uplifting to see the talent that oozes out of the very heart of Enniscorthy and its hinterland. Might I also say a very special word of thanks to the staff of the `98 Centre who looked after me exceptionally well following a little incident between a glass of red wine and a cream scarf… you`ll be glad to know that your efforts were not in vain – the scarf is perfect! And thank you. – Maria Nolan

The Slaney News… New Slaney Writing… BEATLEMANIA Part 1 by Donal Cullen

Here they are, the Beatles The crowd jump up and down They scream and shout, twist and shout Twist and shout and scream and shout. Has the world gone mad, well no It’s just the kids letting their hair down As the Beatles jump up and down. The lad with the bass looks happy Do you want some more He says with a Liverpool accent. The crowd responds Yea-Yea-Yea, The Beatles give it their all, A splendid time is had by all The 60s have arrived And so has Beatlemania. n


by Maria Nolan

Twist and turn and swirl and whirl, Mystic, magic, mischievous play place Of silent hush and blackthorn bush Safe secrets long protected. Spin and curl, entwine and unfurl Mythical, masquerading memory days Of wings and rings and kings and things Numinous, clandestine worlds long guarded.


Peter Murphy’s new book shall We gather at the River was launched at his second home, Enniscorthy Library, on Thursday 31st January. Peter told the large crowd who turned up to celebrate his success that none of it would have happened without the help of Jarlath Glynn and the Library service who he said had `the cheapest printing rate in the world`. Peter also thanked Faber & Faber, Billy Roche, Acko, his family, the Cotton Tree and his partner Paula Cox who all contributed to the completion of this novel. He also had a word for the Town of Enniscorthy itself – for the inspiration and admiration. He quipped that after the release of John The Revelator it was a source of amusement to him when walking through the town to hear passersby cough into their fist and quickly mumble ‘good book’, major acclaim if one knows ‘the town’ he said. Shall We Gather at the River is about a town called Murn which is Enniscorthy, a river called Rhu which is the Slaney and a flood. Before reading an extract from the book Peter explained that in his youth there was nowhere more exciting as the stretch of ground from the Prom to the Mill ‘Stephen Spielberg country’ he described it where anything was possible. If you could think

it – it could happen. He recalled the old handball alley as a kind of Roman Colosseum. ”This was gladiator territory where all disputes from the CBS were settled.” And as he spoke you could see every male of the same vintage in the audience nod or smile in agreement and memory. Shall We Gather at the River is set in 1970 and is written in two tiers, the first about 9 people from the town who lose their lives in the flood and the second tier is about a central character Enoch O`Reilly whom Peter describes as a cross between Harry Powell, Larry Goggin and Johnny Cash who `knows that he is destined for greatness but just hasn’t figured out what`. Peter certainly whetted the appetite of all present with his readings and descriptive phrases - ‘wrinkled apples like screaming babies faces’ being one of my particular favourites and I look forward with relish to savouring this literary banquet. As he wrapped up proceedings leaving us hungry for more this talented Enniscorthian bade us farewell with ‘Till the next time’. Well done Peter for producing what promises to be another great read and thank you for the pledge of more Slaneyside genius to come. – Maria Nolan


a comment on world dynamics by Martin Joseph Byrne October arrives with its dun-dressed cavalry, Leaning forward from the tree face, timeTested knots, the never ending grain disappearing Into single piths, arms tied to reaching branches, The Madonna weeps and prayers like forest Firers smoulder toward heaven, October leans, Its lungs labour, Pilate’s power consummate As the brittleness of bone, October leans, and the World leans from machines and tired networks.

A LOST FRIEND by eamonn sheridan

It seems as though I’ve lost a friend and why, I cannot tell: I do not know what I have done and tears begin to well: Was it something I did, or even said, if so I’m really sorry: Without knowing what the reason is really makes me worry: So look into your heart and ask, did I mean to hurt: No, no my friend, that would never be, for I appreciate your worth: Your forgiveness would really help to bring back that certain smile: Knowing that you are still my friend and we’ve been reconciled.

see page 8 for details of what’s on in the arts in enniscorthy’s impressive presentation centre.

Peter Murphy with Fr Richard Lawless. Pic: Maria Nolan.

See: Library/WhatsOn/ for details of what’s on in your local library.

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Glen Fuels sponsor Wexford GAA Awards Glen Fuels are delighted to announce that they will be involved with Wexford G A A a n d We x f o r d Supporters club this year to sponsor the Wexford GAA Player of the Year Awards for 2012. Glen Fuel Services has been happily supplying oil in County Wexford since 1986. One of the legacies of the GAA is that it touches everyone’s life at some stage in this country and the people of Glen Fuels are no different. Sales Manager, Aidan Murphy, is a member of St. Aidan’s Ferns and is a brother-in-law of Geraldine Murphy, who was until recently a selector of the all conquering Three in a Row All Ireland Senior Camogie Team. Sales Representative for South Wexford, Michael Reck, is a renowned hurler from Oylegate/Glenbrien and only recently stopped playing in 2010 at the tender age of 22 (yes men lie about their age too)!!!!! Michael

represented Wexford hurlers with distinction at U21, Junior and Senior level during the mid 80’s to early 90’s. Company Directors, Kevin and Alan Keyes, have both represented “the other side”, Wicklow, at senior level but have strong roots with Castletown GAA through their mother, Miriam and their uncle Paddy Lennon. Miriam and Patrick hail from Coolgreaney and are related to the famous Merrigan and Shaughnessy families who played for the feared Castletown/Liam Mellows championship winning team of the 60’s. Paddy played with Castletown as well but is better known as the doubles partner of Dick Ly n g w h o w o n t h e A l l Ireland Minor Handball

Doubles title for Wexford in 1961. Paddy went on to win Masters, Silver and Diamond Masters titles well into his late 50’s and is still actively involved with his l o c a l c l u b i n Wi c k l o w, Coolboy. Paddy was also a very important member of the Glen Fuels set up when the business started in 1986. Two other members of the Glen Fuels team have also represented Wicklow, Shay Cullen and Nick Nolan, and both played for An Tochar who were beaten by E i re O g C a r l o w i n t h e Leinster Club Senior Final in 1995. Shay is now successfully managing Ballinacor in Wicklow and Nick has moved upstairs and is the new Chairman of his local club. Most of the Glen Fuels team are involved with the GAA locally in some capacity, be it coaching or just supporting, and that is why Glen Fuels is now proud to be associated with Wexford GAA and support their attempts to rise to the top of the GAA world once again.

Check out the nominated players in the following categories and vote for who you believe should be the Glen Fuels exford GAA Player of the Year 2012!

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Every entry form is automatically entered into a draw for 2 tickets for the awards night on February 16th.

Senior Hurling

Senior Football

Keith Rossiter Oulart the Ballagh

Adrian Flynn Gusserane

Richie Kehoe Faythe Harriers

Cian McGovern St. Anne’s

Kevin Gore Faythe Harriers

Daithi Waters Waters Martin’s s St. Martin’

Gareth Sinnott Oulart the Ballagh

Ciaran Lyng St. Martin’s Martin’s

David Redmond Oulart the Ballagh

Redmond Barry St. Anne’s Anne’s

U21 Hurling

U21 Football

Matthew O’Hanlon St. James

Lee Chin 6DUV¿HOGV

Lee Chin Faythe Harriers

Aidan Rochford St. Anne’ Anne’s s

Garry Moore Glynn Barntown

Matthew O’Hanlon St. James

Barry Carton Cloughbawn

Michael O’Regan Glynn Barntown

Diarmuid O’Keeffe St. Anne’s

Liam Og McGovern St. Anne’s


Ladies Football

Deirdre Codd Duffry Rovers

Clara Donnellan Shelmaliers

Mary Leacy Oulart the Ballagh

Mary Rose Kelly St. Fintans

Kate Kelly St. Ibars

Rosie Lawlor $GDPVWRZQ

Katrina Parrock St. Ibars

Marguerite Doyle Clonee

Ursula Jacob Oulart the Ballagh


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Please return completed forms to Maria Nolan, Jimaria, Bellefield, Enniscorthy. You can also vote online on the Wexford GAA Website, the Supporters Club website or the Glen Fuels website. Votes must be received by Friday 15th Feb.

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Slaney News Issue 34, 5th February 2013.  

Enniscorthy based newspaper

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