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A great day’s entertainment is on the cards for Enniscorthy on St. Patrick’s Day, 17th March. The programme starts at 2.00pm with entertainment in the Market Square consisting of music, dancing and children's entertainment with free face-painting. At 3.00pm the Street Parade commences with pike charging rebels and musket-wielding redcoats battling through the streets of Enniscorthy as part of this year's St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Two marching bands will lend colour to the occasion: the

Northfield Caledonia Pipes & Drums, Birmingham, and St. Colman’s Pipe Band, Ballindaggin. Enniscorthy Castle will provide free family fun with free bouncy castles and facepainting from 12 noon on St. Patrick’s Day. Normal admission prices apply for Castle tour, etc. The 1798 Centre will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by offering an attractive 2 for 1 on admission to the “Rebellion Experience” for four days only – Saturday 15th to Tues 18th March. ■

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Welcome to the March issue of slaney News. With St Patrick’s Day fast approaching it’s time to look ahead to all the festivals that Enniscorthy has to offer over the coming months. The lineup includes: Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Festival 6th to 8th June. Co. Wexford Strawberry Fair: 18th to 29th June. Riverside Jump Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival: 18th to 20th July. Vinegar Hill Battle Re-enactment: 2nd & 3rd August. Blackstairs Blues Festival: 12th to 14th September. As well as providing superb entertainment for the residents of the town and county, these festivals are a huge boost to the tourism sector in Enniscorthy and tourism is vital to our economic wellbeing. Please support these festivals in any way you can and, if possible, please consider volunteering to help these festivals. You can keep up to date with developments during the month on our slaney News Facebook page and on the new enjoy enniscorthy Facebook page. And don’t forget you can read our back issues online at: – Frank Corcoran

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The slaney News is delighted to know that Tuan Health Sanctuary is operating from Ferns and offering all and more of the treatments and care they offered in Enniscorthy but in a more tranquil, relaxed setting. Tuan Health Sanctuary is a family run business continuing in the family tradition of natural health. Tuan Health Sanctuary combines the ancient wisdoms of our forefathers with modern day technologies. Their aim is to honour the client to help heal themselves through the identification of problems and development of solutions. Allergies, environmental toxicity, stress, poor diet and the like are putting pressures on the human body. The outcome of these stresses are disease in our lives.

The Enniscorthy Business Association (EBA) has been involved in an impressive range of activities and promotions in recent months including the acclaimed christmas parade, live music in the town centre, funding the town’s christmas lights, establishing the new enjoy enniscorthy logo and Facebook page, commissioning a report on the proposed flood relief scheme, promoting the new Enniscorthy town vouchers, etc. Its most recent promotion was in relation to Valentine’s Day and it ran for the month of February. The top prize was a stunning piece by Walter Bourke Jewellers valued at €1,000. The lucky winner was

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Tuan Health Sanctuary Ferns helps to combat these stresses through healing tools such as allergy testing, homeopathy, kinesiology, neuro-linguistic programming and many other healing modalities to

restore and revitalise the human organsim. For more information contact Breda Morrison @ 087 6683078. And follow Tuan on Facebook. ■

L-R: Paula Murphy (Baked Potato), Helen Byrne (Gus Byrne Electrical), Mary Bourke (Walter Bourke Jewellers) at the EBA Valentine’s Promotion Draw.

Oonagh Doyle c/o Kiss & Makeup on Duffry Hill. The ever active EBA will be running a lot of other events and promotions in 2014. Keep

an eye out for them in your local shops. To learn more about the EBA please contact the slaney News on 087-2403310. ■

Wexford GAA Rewards Excellence Wexford gaels gathered in numbers at The Talbot Hotel on Friday 14th February to honor the men and women who make our games unique, passionate, breathtaking, heart stopping, and above all entertaining. At the Glen Fuels/Wexford Supporters Valentine Ball Player of the Year event, awards were presented in 7 categories – Senior Hurling, Senior Football, U/21 Hurling, U/21 Football, Camogie, Ladies Football and Handball with the honors going to Eoin Moore, Daithi Waters, Ian Byrne, tied at a draw Lee Chin and Colm Kehoe, Kate Kelly for camogie, and the very young Ellen O’Brien taking the Ladies Football award and the even younger Holly Hynes getting the Handballer of the Year Award. MC for the evening was the irrepressible Mr. Liam Spratt who welcomed the 350 strong attendance and thanked the Sponsor Alan Keyes and Glen Fuels for their marvellous contribution to Wexford GAA and to the prestigious event.

Unfortunately, special guest DJ Carey had to cry off at short notice due to illness and former Kilkenny hurler Billy Murphy stepped in to make the presentation of Leinster medals to our U/21 hurlers. The national Chairman of Ladies Football Mr. Pat Quill was on hand to present All Ireland Runners Up medals to our beautiful and talented Ladies F o o t b a l l e r s a n d A l l I re l a n d Handballer winners were presented with their medals by Mr. Alan Keyes who also made a very special presentation to a very special lady Kate Kelly - 5 times All Ireland winner and 7 times All Star. Not many in the country can boast of same. The unassuming Kate was her usual modest self and remained gracious in her comments despite the cajoling from Mr. Spratt! Sponsor Alan Keyes said that he was delighted to be associated with Wexford GAA and thanked the Wexford Supporters Club for their help and co-operation organising the night. Mr. Keyes said that it was tremendous to see the numbers

that had turned out to celebrate all that is good and positive about Wexford GAA and he looked forward to many good years with them. County Secretary Margaret Doyle standing in for County Chairman Diarmuid Devereux was lavish in her praise of Wexford Supporters Club and in particular Chairman Arthur Quinn, Secretary Tom Boland and P.R.O. Maria Nolan for all their work not just on this event but throughout the year. Wexford GAA would not continue to operate she said without the support of Wexford Supporters Club. Chairman Arthur Quinn thanked all for coming and supporting the cream of Wexford GAA. He paid tribute to Alan Keyes and Glen Fuels for their wonderful sponsorship and endorsement of this very special event on the Wexford GAA Calendar. He complimented all the Nominees and congratulated all the winners and thanked all in attendance for their continued

encouragement and support. Before vacating the stage he complimented the hotel for the excellent meal and service and thanked the Pettitts for all their help to Wexford GAA over the years. One final Award was made before Alan Keyes handed over to the band The Groove to begin the musical part of the evening - The Best Dressed Couple Award was made to Anne and Oliver Furlong. As PRO of Wexford Supporters Club could I say a most sincere thank you to Alan Keyes, Glen Fuels and his expert team who have transformed this occasion into ‘The Event’ on the Wexford GAA social scene and could I take this opportunity to apologise to those who could not get tickets for the night and to those who were inconvenienced in any way on the night. With the overwhelming demand for tickets it was impossible to accommodate all but what a good complaint to have. Up Wexford! – Maria Nolan, Pro

Above: The nominees. Below: 7 time all star Kate Kelly receives a special award from Alan Keyes, Glen Fuels, and Billy Murphy, Kilkenny. Pics: Maria Nolan.

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Annmarie Whelan’s Class with Fr. Samer Yohanna, Fr. Richard Lawless, Bishop Denis Brennan, Fr. Billy Swan and school principal Peter Creedon.

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First Lady of Fashion

Maldron Hotel sponsor Wexford Youth Women AFC 2014. L-R: Rianna Jarrett, Edel Kennedy, Lauren Dwyer, Ciara Rossiter. Pic: Patrick Hogan.

The First Lady was looking extremely stylish as she opened the Marja van Kampen Art Exhibition Inspire at The Presentation Centre on Friday 21st Feb. Mrs. Sabina Higgins wore an elegant dress and coat ensemble in shades of deep, rich purple which suited her colouring and complexion and looked chic, sophisticated and comfortable. Mrs. Higgins told me that she loves Irish fashion and makes an effort as First Lady to wear Irish designers whenever possible, some of her favourites being Paul Costello, Peter O’Brien and Louise Kennedy. – Maria Nolan

Mrs. Sabina Higgins, wife of Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins, officially opened the Marja van Kampen Art Exhibition ‘Inspire’ at The Presentation Centre on Friday 21st February. Pic: Maria Nolan.


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cial transactions, all of it read, in real-time, by a complete stranger, and this has been going on since September 2012. You can afford to take a little bit of a deep breath; your password-protected home network is safe; obviously there's not a hacker lurking in every free Wi-Fi spot or coffee shop; your personal information is never as interesting to others

as you think it is. And if you've updated your Apple device, you're fine. 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 in a future article, then pop me an email at, or you can phone the shop on 053 9238544. ■

Apple’s bug allows “A Man in the Middle” Attack, which is basically high-tech eavesdropping. In this case, an attacker on a shared network intercepts the communication between your browser and a site, monitoring, recording, seeing everything that transpires between you. Gmail, Facebook, finan-

Protecting our Post Offices Local Fianna Fáil TD John Browne says new proposals published by Fianna Fáil on the role of Post offices would secure the future of the netw o r k i n We x f o r d a n d throughout the country. The document entitled ‘Enhancing our Post Offices: Fianna Fáil’s Vision for the Future of the Irish Post Office Network’ sets out in detail plans for consolidating the existing role of the Post Office network in Wexford while increasing the commercial activity in every office. Deputy Browne commented: “Post Offices in County Wexford are under serious threat, particularly if the network loses its contract to handle social welfare payments. “Post Offices are the heartbeat of so many rural communities in Wexford right across the county. It not only serves as a site for pension and welfare payments; the social benefit to these communities, particularly rural ones, is immeasurable. “Instead of diminishing the financial work that the Post Office network undertakes; Fianna Fáil proposes to enhance and expand An Post’s financial services. Post Offices in Wexford should become a centre for all state payments and charges. “The only way for the Post Office network in Wexford and nationwide to survive and prosper is to expand the services it carries out. While the contract with the Department of Social Protection for social welfare payments is secure for the

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next two years, beyond that the future is uncertain. An Post must present itself as a hub for a host of financial transactions in Wexford and across the country if its longterm future is to be guaranteed. “The move to electronic payments in the Department of Social Protection is of huge concern and poses a threat to the future of Post Offices. Fianna Fáil also proposes  Expanding Post Office services so that it acts as a central office for state payments and charges e.g. motor tax, local authority charges and hospital charges.  Shared community services and multi-purpose Post Offices  An Office for broadband access and printing facilities where the local community can have affordable and easy access to broadband and printing services.

oisin o'connell, Sinn Féin’s local election candidate in new Ross, has said that his party would reopen as many as possible of the 380 post offices that have been closed in the last decade. Oisin O'Connell said that Post Offices were of crucial importance to their communities, especially rural ones, and said that their true potential had never been explored under Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, and Labour administrations. "Closing Post Offices is unfair and unnecessary," Mr O'Connell said, "If the one stop shop model for post offices was enthusiastically adopted in this state, then not only would there be no need to shut down further offices, but some of the 380 closed units could be reopened. Closing them was a terrible mistake and has impacted hugely on local communities." "Sinn Féin supports giv-

Cllr John O’Rourke with Celene O’Leary at petition signing outside Duffry Street Post Office, Enniscorthy. Pic: Donal Cullen.

ing post offices more responsibilities instead of taking services away. A local Post Office should be able to provide for rent payments, motor tax renewal and other government payment services as well as providing citizens information and documentation. Withdrawal and lodgement services should also be provided." Meanwhile Enniscorthy To w n c o u n c i l l o r, J o h n o’Rourke, has collected over 1,000 signatures on a petition calling on the government not to close the Duffry Street post office which cllr o’Rourke estimates serves between 2,500 and 4,000 people every week. Cllr. O’Rourke, who is a regular user of the Post Office in question, is continuing to gather signatures both on the street and in the post office itself where the petition is available inside the door. He aims to collect up to 5,000 signatures on the petition which he will then present to our local Minister, Paul Kehoe. Cllr O’Rourke believes that closing smaller post offices rips the heart out of the community. People are now going to be forced to access post office services through machines instead of the familar faces they are used to dealing with behind the counter and Cllr O’Rourke believes this is totally unacceptable particularly for elderly people. Cllr O’Rourke’s position is quite clear: “I’m calling on the people of Enniscorthy and Wexford to say ‘no’ to this plan to close 600 post offices.” ■

Retirement Association

The next monthly meeting of Enniscorthy Retirement Association takes place on Tuesday 1st April at 2.30pm in the Riverside Park Hotel. Those wishing to join or renew membership should go along to the meeting. Membership fee is €10. Forthcoming events: • Lunch in the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, on Wednesday March 19th. • Computer classes for beginners. • War Horse in the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin, in April. • 5 day trip to the Lake District in England in May. on going activities held weekly: • Mondays: Line dancing 11-12 noon, bowls at 1pm, all held in the Astroturf Centre. • Wednesdays: Walk 11am from Riverside Park Hotel. • Thursdays: Keep fit class and Scrabble, both 11am-12 noon, also Crafts at 2-4pm, all held in the Astroturf Centre. Ramblers club walk meet at Lidl car park 9.30am. ■

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Angela Mulcahy is closing her long-established boutique “Saria’s” on Main Street Enniscorthy and relocating to north Main Street, Wexford. The move will bring Angela closer to home and avoid the daily commute to Enniscorthy.

Angela has no regrets about her ten wonderful years in Enniscorthy. She is full of praise for the people of Enniscorthy and their “kindness and openness” over the years. Angela is very grateful to her loyal customers and to


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The 2014 Dragon Sportive in aid of St Vincent de Paul was officially launched at The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, on February 27th. The 2014 Dragon Sportive is a cycle challenge starting and finishing at The Duffry, Enniscorthy, and consisting of two events – a 75km cycle and a 130km cycle taking in the breathtaking scenery of Co Wexford. It takes place on Sunday 29th June 2014 starting at 9.30am. Entries close on 28th June at 5pm. For more info visit: TheDragonSportive or contact Paul 087 232 1137 or email:



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Enniscorthy Community Forum AGM

AGM of the Enniscorthy Community Forum in Bellefield GAA Complex, Tuesday 18th February.

The AgM of the Enniscorthy community Forum was held at Bellefield gAA complex on Tuesday 18th February with representation from 12 groups in the Enniscorthy area including: Enniscorthy Community Youth Project Bunclody Active Retirement Blackwater Tidy Towns Friends of St Johns Hospital HOPE Cancer Support Centre Old School RestorationGlenbrien Development Group Glenbrien Village renewal Group Oylegate Community Centre PWDW-People with Disabilities, Wexford School Soccer Coaching Scheme Rappstars Social Steppers Rapparees/Starlights GAA Enniscorthy Convenor Maria Nolan welcomed everyone to the AGM, particularly County Chairperson Lucy Medlycott who she said has done tremendous work over the past couple of months revamping and redefining the Forum. Both Lucy and myself were thrown in at the deep end in 2013 Maria said and I think it is fair to say that both of us have been

trying to get a handle on and in some ways re-invent the Forum ever since. The Forum came into being when funding was available and this was the obvious attraction and incentive for the many groups and organisations who became members. Since then unfortunately a lot of the funding has either been severely reduced or has dried up altogether. Maria went on to say that the Forum is now an opportunity for bodies to network, build linkages, consult and be consulted on a wide variety of topics relating to social, economic and cultural development of their own areas and the county overall. There is a wealth of information, experience, expertise and knowledge between the 600 or so groups that make up the County Wexford Community Forum and the sharing of this information and expertise is its real asset. Lucy Medlycott said that over the past 12 months with the assistance of Ger Mackey and Mary T Kehoe of Wexford County Council the Forum’s database and website have been

upgraded and a facebook page has been created and a free Training Programme has been rolled out in Effective Communication and Social Media . Lucy told the members that the Forum gives all a voice in the decision making process with our members on Joint Policing, Access and Transport Committees and some of them sitting on the Board of Wexford Local Development. Maria said that one of the highlights of the year for her was the presentation of the Social Inclusion Grants at the Riverside Park Hotel in November. Eleven groups emerged successful from the 36 different organisations who applied and as Convenor of the Enniscorthy Forum she was delighted to make the presentation to the Bellefield Delightful Dollies and the Rappstars Social Steppers. These small grants are sometimes the lifeline of many of these hard working voluntary organisations enabling them to continue the excellent work they are doing for their own organisations, their communities and the county overall. ■

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Ferrycarraig Wedding Fair Sunday 16th February: Left: Marie Ann Moran, Wexford and Lorraine Moran, Glynn, "Special Treats". Centre: Sarah Foley, Taghmon, Alan Moran, “DJ Hire” and Yvonne Delaney, New Ross. Right: Grace Murphy, “Flowers by Grace” and Colette Holden, Kildavin.

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At a recent meeting of the Gaelscoil Fun Run team: Back row L-R Bill Steadman, Paul O'Reilly, Tommy Ryan, Donnacha Kerins. Front: Fionn O'Reilly and Éanna O'Reilly.

The gaelscoil inis córthaidh coiste is organising a 5k fun run/1 mile walk on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 to raise funds for the school. Registration for the 5k run is from 9.3010.30am on the 6th at gaelscoil inis córthaidh, Drumgoold, and cost €10. The run commences at 11.00am. The 1 mile walk will commence from the school at 11.15am. Sponsorship cards are available from the Gaelscoil office during school hours or alternatively, if you wish, a small donation could be given on the day.

P a u l O ’ R e i l l y, E v e n t Controller, says, “The aim of the event is to provide a fun day out for both young and old, fit and not so fit and hopefully raise a few euros along the way. Much emphasis is on fitness these days so we set out to include a 1 mile route which is both safe and practicable for young children and those of us who would be less inclined to do a 5k run.” Donnacha Kerins, Chairperson of the Gaelscoil Coiste, says, “We have had various fundraising events in the past and this year opted for a fun run and walk which we

hope will allow for a large community involvement. We would encourage all to come along for a very enjoyable morning of exercise and of course join us afterwards in our beautiful new school for refreshments, chat and prize giving.” Have a look at our chosen routes on Facebook and remember “Is fear an tsláinte ná an táinte!” Like us on Facebook: where you will find detailed maps of the two routes. For enquiries, contact Shelly O’Reilly 086 3216779.

Congratulations to Enniscorthy Athletic Club Enniscorthy Tidy Town Association At a recent meeting of the Association plans were made for the year ahead and some dismay was expressed at the abolition of the Town council later this year. The recent Raffle and Table Quiz were quite successful and realised €1,808. The committee wishes to thank all who supported the venture and businesses who donated prizes. The Association recently received details of the changed format for this year’s National Tidy Town Competition. The number of categories has been

reduced from 10 to 8 by amalgamating Tidiness and Litter Control into one category and removing the General Impression category. They have also renamed some categories and reviewed the wording under each category in an effort to bring greater clarity as to what the adjudicator is looking for. In addition they have increased the marks allocated in some categories which bring the total marks available to 450. The closing date for entries this year is the end of May.

The Tidy Town Committee expressed general satisfact i o n w i t h t h e p ro p o s e d changes and it is hoped that with a special effort on the part of the people of Enniscorthy we can continue to improve the appearance of the town and increase our marks under the various headings. The meeting wished a speedy recovery to full health to committee members, Mr. Fran Breen and Mr. Martin Staunton. – sean Doyle

Enniscorthy Athletic Club getting the Brother Egan Cup for the Best Senior Track & Field club at the Athletics Wexford Awards Night held in the Bailey on February 21st.

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Rapps/Stars trip the light fantastic Fantastic night at Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday 23rd February as Rapparees/ Starlights hosted Strictly Club Dancing – a night of magical entertainment and glamour as 8 dancing couples took to the stage to trip the light fantastic. And it was certainly a case of Fred and Ginger eat your heart out as the glamorous couples strutted their stuff with extraordinary expertise and poise. Along with that the 500 strong audience were treated to an outstanding display of local entertainment

with the Duffry Stompers, Stephen Murphy, Michael Sullivan, The Boys of Wexford, Denise Gordon, Joe Hogan, Stephen O`Brien, Lucy Doyle, Eoin Groake, Pa Doyle, The Barber Shop Quartet. What a night for €10! As MC the eloquent Jimmy Gahan said “you won’t get better than that anywhere”. Judges for the evening Liam Spratt, Annemarie Cooney and Declan Ruth were blown away by the quality of the dancing and the professional execution of the glittering event.

All of the dancers were winners, Maria Nolan Club Secretary and organiser of the event said, as they had all trained hard, performed exceptionally and acquitted themselves well and raised tremendous funds for Rapparees/Starlights GAA – you won’t beat that she went on and the club owes them a huge debt of gratitude which she also extended to all the performers who didn’t hesitate to give freely of their time to support the club. Maria also thanked Emma Murray on

makeup and Joanne Collins for hair, Matt Deane for the incredible lighting, Anne Gilpin and Duffry Stompers for sound and music and Sinead Reck, dance teacher, for her trojan work over the past few weeks preparing the dancers. The results of the evening were then announced by MC Jimmy Gahan – Suzanne Donohoe and James Donnelly going through to the final on 16th March at the Riverside Park Hotel having raised the most in sponsorship – James and Laura Dobbs going through on the public vote on the night and Matthew Hyland and Anne Ryan going through on the Judges’ vote. Its full steam ahead now for the gala final as Rapparees/ Starlights/Rathnure and Shamrocks GAA dance it out to select the winning couple! And now we are going countywide with Wexford Supporters Club organising 2 semi finals and a final to find the Strictly Club Dancing County Champions of 2014 at the Talbot on March 23rd, at the Amber Springs on 30th March and the final at the Riverside Park Hotel on 6th April. – Maria Nolan

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the Presentation Centre – ‘inspired’ and other Launches ‘Inspired’ – by Marja van Kampen

Officially opened on Friday 21 February by special guest of honour Mrs Sabina Higgins. Speaking at the launch, Mrs Higgins said “I think this is a very important and very beautiful exhibition of Marja’s work. It brings to the centre of our attention those things we most truly value in life. When we experience the joy, security and tranquillity of these paintings it reminds us that this is what we wish for ourselves and for our children, for the children of the future and indeed for and every human being....being aware of the beauty of life, and gaining joy and sustenance from it”.

Launch of Scaldy Detail

Coming Up 05 March NEW Adult Art Class with Julie Moorhouse – a new six week course to Easter with renowned local artist Julie Moorhouse, Wednesdays 11am-1pm. New students welcome and all levels catered for. For more information call: 053 92 33000 or see our notes section on

There was another full house at The Presentation Centre for the launch of ‘Scaldy Detail (2013 edition)’ a new anthology of creative writing from Co Wexford launched by Minister of State Paul Kehoe on 6 Feb. Editor Maggie Breen thanked everyone for their overwhelming response and support, almost fifty writers are included in this new edition, the biggest ever. Copies available from

Launch of Wexford Song Project

08 March – Installation by Trudie Mitchell, Gorey School of Art. This installation evokes participation and interaction from the audience which will be documented by film and photography. Sound interesting? Call in to The Presentation Centre between 10am1pm on Saturday 8 March to find out more... 1-12 April – ‘Arts Ability’ Exhibition curated by Kathleen Delaney. Removing the barriers to arts participation, Arts Ability delivers high quality arts experiences based on meaningful engagement between participant artists and professional artists. Part of Wexford County Council Arts & Health programme. More details to follow. K club Community Knitting Project are looking for more volunteers, meeting every Thursday 10am-12noon – please call in!

Youth Arts Programme St Aidan’s Parent & Toddler Group continues Tues 9-11am, this term featuring a little YOGA. Marja van Kampen recently moved to Enniscorthy from Galway where she lived for almost 30 years having spent time in France after graduating from art college in Arnhem, the Netherlands. She was a cofounder and chairperson for ten years of Artspace artist collective. Her work is held in the collections of the office of An Taoiseach, Aras an Uachtaráin, the Arts Council, Microsoft, the OPW, Radisson Hotel Group as well as a number of private collections. ‘Marja and Dick … were such an integral part of Galway [arts] life and such a lovely presence in the city. Galway is very indebted and grateful to them’.

Singers from across the county who have been taking part in the Wexford Song Project presented a night of Traditional Songs from County Wexford at the Presentation Centre on Thursday 20 February last. Songs featured included some well-known alongside some rare finds and one self-penned song. The project website – – was also officially launched at the event. This website features research and lyrics of Wexford songs which has been compiled by participants, providing a rich resource for anyone interested in traditional songs of County Wexford. This project was funded and supported by Wexford County Council as part of the ‘Artist-in-the-Community Scheme’, The Black Rock Mountain Traditional Singers and The Presentation Centre.

WACT have added a new class for WACT juniors (5-8yrs), contact Joanne or Jacqui on 086 441 3181, meet Tuesdays. Creative Kidz Dance Project (8-12yrs), Wednesdays 4-5.15pm, led by new artistic director Lisa Cahill 086 408 5877. Red Moon Theatre every Thursday with an expanded programme of art, drama & youth theatre, contact Michael: 086 086 1449. Co Wexford Youth Film Project. Films made during the Summer last year will premiere as part of the 3rd Annual Wexford Widescreen Youth Film Festival at 3.00 pm Saturday 12 April in St. Michael's Theatre, New Ross.

For more information, contact project facilitator Aileen Lambert on 087 7552593 or There were also songs from some well known singers in attendance who have contributed much to traditional song in the County - Paddy Berry, Phil Berry and Paul O’Reilly.

Dates are being confirmed for the new Summer film project and a new format Halloween Room to Record music programme.

For Further inFormation: We wish Marja every success with the exhibition and many years of happiness in Enniscorthy. ‘Inspired’ by Marja van Kampen runs to Saturday 29 March 2014. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm daily including lunchtimes.

Paul O’Reilly (right) sings ‘The Mexico’ in honour of the crewmembers of ‘The Mexico’ and nine crew members of the RNLI who lost their lives off the Wexford coast aiding the shipwrecked schooner ‘The Mexico’ in Feb 1914.

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Left: Aileen Donohoe poses with Doris Day. Right: Aileen with Patsy Donohoe. Pics: Maria Nolan.

and when she did The Windy City, The Deadwood Stage and My Secret Love she was Doris Day – sounding and looking just like her. A most beautiful and entertaining show the work of writer and director Brendan Cull and musical director Robert Scott and Aileen Donohoe is per-

fectly cast and does such a perfect job that you come away almost convinced that there were three people on stage instead of just her – an exceptionally talented lady. The set is very well assembled and the lighting was subtle and effective. Yet another wonderful talent with an Enniscorthy con-

nection – Aileen Donohoe is the daughter of Jim Donohoe and niece of well known local entertainer Pat Donohoe. Well done again to Mairead Linneen and The Presentation Centre providing us with such enjoyable and affordable entertainment on our doorsteps. – Maria Nolan

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Sharon Shannon in Wexford

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Betty McGuinness, Samantha Short, Mary Short, Fiona Mythen enjoying A Date with Doris.


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Your “cut out and keep”

A DAte with Doris The varied and outstanding talents of Aileen Donohoe were in evidence on Saturday 15th February as she brought all time favourite Doris Day to life on the stage of the Presentation Art Centre. What a delightful show and what a gifted talent - Aileen Donhoe enchanted the full house with her acting, her singing and her marvellous stage presence as she transported them back to a time of innocence, nostalgia and simplicity. With songs that we were raised on - Que Sera, Sera, On Moonlight Bay, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, Pillow Talk – we all remembered those old movies and how us girls all kinda liked Doris who wasn’t your classic beauty, who wasn`t always perfect, who got into quiet a bit of harmless trouble, and yet always got the right man and ended up happy ever after. Yes we all had a certain fondness for Doris – she was more like ourselves than some of the other divine divas around at the time – Sophia Loren, Audrey Hephurn, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor – they were way up there but Doris – now Doris could be and often was the ordinary girl next door and if things could work out well for her – sure they could work out for any of us! Yes Doris Day was the ordinary woman’s favourite. But she could sing good – now that was something we couldn’t all do. And Aileen Donohoe can sing good too – boy but she can


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Pink Penguin Music Promotions is a Wexford based business set up to bring live music and dance to venues in Ireland. Check out: “Pink Penguin Music Promotions” on Facebook. Our photo shows Jonathan Ryan of Pink Penguin Music Promotions feeling relaxed with his double bass.

Strawberry Fest news… The Strawberry Fest is beginning to cook this year! Entry forms for chefs and homecooks for A Taste of Wexford Strawberries are now available on All homecooks who enter will be in the draw to win a Cooking Demonstration and lunch for two at Ballymaloe Cooking School, Cork! Our Strawberry Queen is getting ready to enter the Wexford Rose of Tralee heats and you may hope to have this chance too in 2015. With €500 as a prize get your application in by 30th April and your sponsor will be in the draw to win €200. Both fun ways to experience a fantastic 2014 Festival!"

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Monday, 17th March. ____________________ Easter Monday Ceremonies. Commemorating all who died for Irish freedom. Organised by Enniscorthy Town Council: 21st April. ____________________ Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Festival 6th to 8th June. ____________________ Co. Wexford Strawberry Fest: 18th to 29th June. ____________________ Riverside Jump Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival: 18th to 20th July. ____________________ Vinegar Hill Battle Re-enactment: 2nd & 3rd August. ____________________ Blackstairs Blues Festival: 12th to 14th Sept. Keep an eye on this page over the coming months for all the details.

Sharon Shannon will headline the celebrations this St. Patrick’s Day, Monday 17th March, in Wexford Opera House. Sharon, who is famed for her ability to blend traditional Irish music with more modern and exotic styles, graced the Opera house stage at the 2009 Gradam Ceoil Music Awards and prior to that she opened The Late Late show’s live broadcast from the Opera House when it first opened in 2008. Joining Sharon on the night are some of Ireland’s greatest traditional musicians. Jim Murray on acoustic guitar, often referred to as Sharon’s ‘right hand man’, is Ireland’s leading traditional guitarist. Jack Maher, on electric guitar, is an accomplished

musician, singer and songwriter and has played with Van Morrison, Sharon Corr and Eddi Reader. Sean Regan, on fiddle, completes the trio backing Sharon and comes highly regarded as one of the finest fiddle players in the music business today. Sharon, fresh off of the release of her album ‘21’ last year, celebrating a 21 year recording career, shows no signs of letting up, with single releases planned for this year, Sharon continues to be a force to be reckoned with on the Irish music scene. Tickets are €20 and are available online at or ring box office on 053 912 2144. ■

Donna Marie Fundraising concert last month in the Riverside Park Hotel. L-R: Hannah Roddy, Mick Cloke, Donna Marie Cloke and Maeve Roddy.


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4 March 2014

St Patrick’s Day in Enniscorthy St. Patrick’s Day Enniscorthy Parade 2014 PROGRAMME: 17th MARCH 2.00pm Market Square Entertainment: Music, dance and children's entertainment with free face-painting. 3.00pm Street Parade Commences.

GROUPS INCLUDE: United Nations Veterans’ Association, Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen, Athletics, GAA, Rugby & Soccer Clubs, Ferns Diocesan Youth Service, Scouts, Guides and Brownies, Dancing Schools, Gymnasts, Town Festivals and Events plus Various Floats, Vehicles and Vintage Machines.

MARCHING BANDS: Northfield Caledonia Pipes & Drums, Birmingham. St. Colman’s Pipe Band, Ballindaggin.

THE REVIEWING STAND: The Reviewing Stand will be located at Abbey Sq.


Floats, vehicles, vintage machines, ponies and traps assemble on The Promenade from 1.30pm. Marchers/walkers assemble at St. Senan’s Parish Church from 2.00pm. Marchers depart St. Senan’s Church led by the Army Reserve Colour Party at 3.00pm. Proceed along Templeshannon Quay, across Séamus Rafter Bridge, past the Reviewing Platform, turn left into Mill Park Road at the Post Office, first right up Friary Hill, turn right into Court Street, Rafter Street, turn left into Weafer Street, along Pig Market Hill, turn right at Doyle’s Corner into Duffry Street along by St. Aidan’s Cathedral and Main Street into the Market Square where the marchers will be diverted down Slaney Street.

Floats, Vehicles etc will join the Parade at Séamus Rafter Bridge after all the marchers pass by and turn left at the Post Office and proceed along Mill Park Road to Arnold’s Cross where they turn right at the 1798 Centre and proceed along Parnell Road and rejoin the marchers on Duffry Hill. It is hoped that some of the larger vehicles and coaches will divert on to Nunnery Road at Doyle’s Corner as they cause a lot of congestion in the Market Square. For safety reasons horse-drawn vehicles are not allowed down Main Street by the Cathedral.

adults are requested to ensure children are supervised at all times SPECIAL THANKS:


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee would like to thank the following for their support and commitment to making our St. Patrick’s Day Parade possible: An Garda Siochána, Staff of Enniscorthy Town Council, Slaney Search & Rescue, the Civil Defence Ambulance Service, MC Liam Sharkey, John Reilly and the Adjudicators of Floats, Marchers etc.

Chairman: Seán Doyle Secretary: Margaret Kavanagh Casey Treasurer: Pat Casey Committee: Donal Minnock, Martin Murphy, David Minogue. Sergeant Graham Rowley attended meetings representing An Garda Siochána. Senior Executive Engineer, Mr. Rory O’Mahoney, advised the Committee on technical issues.

ENNISCORTHY CASTLE Free family fun with free bouncy castles and face painting at Enniscorthy Castle from 12 noon on this St. Patrick’s Day. Normal admission prices for tour, etc.

1798 CENTRE To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the National 1798 Rebellion Centre is offering a spectacular 2 for 1 on admission to the “Rebellion Experience” for four days only. Offer available Sat 15th to Tues 18th March. Parade: Witness pike charging Rebels and musketwielding redcoats battle through the streets of Enniscorthy as part of this year's St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Please keep Enniscorthy Tidy and Litter Free

OUR SPONSORS: Wexford County Council,Enniscorthy Town Council, Enniscorthy Credit Union, Malocca’s Fine Foods, J.J. Murphy, Rare Bits, My Sport, Sherry Fitzgerald O’Leary, Colm McDevitt.

Slaney Entertainment


No Regrets – The Songs of Edith Piaf with Jeanette Byrne

THE FOLLy A three piece ALT Rock band hailing from Enniscorthy consisting of Ben Hogan, Vocals and Guitars, Oisin Ryan, Bass and Vocals, Jamie T Murphy, Drums. With a set which covers material from The Pixies, The Dead Kennedys, Blur and Kenny Rogers. They are currently working on original material and some blistering covers which will be showcased on the 14th of March upstairs in Holohan's. A monthly occurence which is picking up speed and awareness of superb local talent. The nights are run by Bryan Steacy. See The Folly in their debut gig along with the acts below. Bumper night of music this 14th March in Holohans Bar: The Folly (Enniscorthy Alternative). thefollyband. Words That Burn (Dundalk Alternative/Metal) wordsthatburn. BeltBuckle Overdrive (Dublin - Hard Rock/Metal) BeltBuckle.Overdrive. Twisted Autocracy (Dublin Thrash)

TwistedAutocracy. Raw Dawgs (Kingscourt Folk Metal) RawDawgs/ €5 in – 3 pints for €11 downstairs, share and invite your friends! The organisers ask that no outside drinks be brought in and to please be aware that I.D. will be required for the purchase of alcohol at the bar. ■

Heading for Hollywood Sam O'Shea is an 18 year old student from Wexford and a musical theatre singer and performer. Sam is currently training with internationally renowned Soprano and Vocal Coach Deirdre Masterson and has performed with numerous musical societies including

Wexford Light Opera Society, Oyster Lane Theatre Group, Wexford School of Ballet & Performing Arts, Wexford Pantomime Society and Centre Stage School of Dance Waterford. Sam has also performed on the Late Late Toy Show. He recently won the AIMS Choral Festival Best

Male Singer and performed in the Wexford Opera Festival’s production of 'La Navaraise'. Sam has been chosen to represent Ireland at the prestigious World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood, Los Angeles next July for two weeks. There will be over 5000 competitors from all around the World competing at this event with the finals aired on Fox TV all over America and also online for the whole world to see. Sam is delighted and honoured to represent Ireland and especially Wexford. As Sam has to raise all the funds himself to travel to LA he will be having a Fundraising Concert on Saturday the 22nd of March in the Talbot Hotel Wexford at 8pm. Tickets are €10 and are on Sale from Whites for Music Wexford and also the Talbot Hotel. Tickets can also be booked by phoning 086-2535554 or Special Guest Performers on the night include Tony Carty, Yvette Walsh, Joanne McCabe, Eithne Corrigan, Vicky Clancy, Emily Redmond, Megan Power, Eimear North and Fianna Rositter. MC on the night is the one and only Catherine "Biddy" Walsh. You can check out Sam's Facebook page at more information. ■

the PhiL Ware trio & anders BergCrantz music - 7 mar Firmly established as Ireland's foremost jazz piano trio, pianist Phil Ware, bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady join forces with multiaward-winning Swedish trumpet player Anders Bergcrantz. Bergcrantz's playing unashamedly bears the fiery hallmarks of Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw, making this a truly hard-swinging meeting of musical minds. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kieran goss music - 8 mar Kieran Goss has long been hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers. Over the last twenty years he has quietly and consistently delivered songs of rare quality and his wonderful, deceptively simple melodies have won him fans across the globe. But while his albums have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– James Bierney in reCitaL With Éanna mcKenna music - 13 mar James Bierney and Eanna McKenna take a spirited journey through the romantic song repertoire. Choosing the classical songs of Mozart as their starting point they arrive at the great

salon composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With a selection of Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs" this recital should prove a wide ranging journey for performers and audience alike. magnetiC By irish modern danCe theatre dance - 20 mar Fresh from the success of ACTIONS – an evening of Men in Motion at the Abbey Theatre, John Scott has created MAGNETIC, a dance show constructed like a movement symphony. It’s an explosive and joyous dance theatre work for five virtuosic dancers achieving new levels of perfection: physical, technical and spiritual. MAGNETIC balances passion, humour, sensuality and outstanding dance. Get ready for a thrilling evening of dance theatre that’s both funny and a little bit crazy! Joey ryan trio music - 21 mar With special guests Lynda Cullen and Gordon Barry. Following on from their most successful tour of Ireland yet in October 2013, Joey Ryan trio (JRT) will be hitting up nine dates around Ireland this March to promote their new single Stay Strong, which is being

released in conjunction with Breast Cancer Ireland to raise awareness and much needed funds for this fantastic organisation. All sales of the single will be donated to the charity as well as a fundraiser night for the charity in Wexford Arts Centre. don BaKer music - 22 mar The man affectionately known as The Don. Irish singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player Don Baker will bring us his authentic Blues sound and marking 40 years in the business with a brand new album My Songs, My Friends. no regrets - the songs oF edith PiaF WITH JEANETTE BYRNE music - 27 mar 50 years after her death, the triumphant tragedy of Edith Piaf continues to fascinate. She is the essence of France and French music and yet she conquered a world that was just discovering rock and roll. Classics like La Vie en Rose and Je ne regrette rien need no translation. Jeannette Byrne’s passion for this music enthralls and enriches her audiences with astonishing renditions of these great songs.

For more info on these and other events in WAC: T: (053) 9123764.


Slaney Picture Parade

4 March 2014

AN EvENING OF MuSIC IN OyLEGATE COMMuNITy CENTRE WITH BRENDAN BOWyER AND FRIENDS, 16TH FEBRuARy. Left: Mary Redmond, Enniscorthy, Marion O’Gorman, Glenbrien and Betty Moore, Enniscorthy. Right: Stephanie Kinsella, New Ross, Brendan Bowyer and Clodagh Kinsella, New Ross.

Wedding Fair hosted by the SOuTH EAST WEDDING COLLECTION in The Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthjy, 2nd March: L-R: Karen McCormick, Nicola and Bernie O’Connor, Oylegate and Shauna McCormick, The Ballagh.

Out and About in Enniscorthy and beyond

Dervla Tierney and her daughters enjoying A Date with Doris last month in The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy. Pic: Maria Nolan.

Wexford’s All Ireland Junior Ladies Football Runners up at the Wexford GAA Awards night, Talbot Hotel, 14th February. Pic: Maria Nolan.

‘The Scaldy Detail’ Book Launch in The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, on Thursday 6th February. Above left: Caroline Bracken, Maggie Breen (Editor), Paul Kehoe TD and Una Ni Cheallaigh. Above: Anne Colgan, Gorey, and Paul Kehoe TD. Above right: Gianna Balster, Germany, Anna and Philip O’Neill, Wexford. Left: Alison Jordan, Gorey, James Jordan, Pat Jordan, formerly Enniscorthy, and Cathriona Nolan, Gorey. Right: Cllr Johnny Mythen, Maria Nolan, Paul Kehoe TD and Paul O’Reilly.

Paddy Morgan, Chairman Athletics Wexford, Jane Porter, Secretary Athletics Wexford and Neil Murphy, Wexford Creamery, at the Athletics Wexford Awards night last month in The Bailey, Enniscorthy.

Slaney Fashion


In this new series, Maria Nolan looks at what’s new and exciting on the Enniscorthy fashion scene and beyond.

Slaney Catwalk

Left: Crane & Lotus Dress from the Uttam London Collection. Centre: Butterfly Embroidered Wrap Dress. Right: Two Tone Dress.

“In Zanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree Where Alph, the sacred river ran Through caverns measureless to man down to a sunless sea” This poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes Zanadu or Xanadu as a “dream place of magnificence and luxury”. Well Enniscorthy has its own Zanadu and it was indeed the dream place of owner – the beautiful and bubbly Louise Bernie, who used to dream about owning the premises as she passed it each day or her way home from school. So there must be something in this visuali-

sation thing! Louise, who is also an interior designer, always had a keen interest in fashion and always dreamed of owning her own fashion outlet. That dream became a reality nine years ago when Louise set up business in Maniac on Castle Street selling young men’s fashions having found a niche in the Enniscorthy market. Four years later she began a small womenswear section as the sales in men’s clothes dwindled due to the growing recession. Christmas 2009 and Louise’s dream premises became available

to rent and in a whirlwind she found herself trading on Main Street where she had always wanted to be and began to believe in Santa again! Louise has been there ever since and meets her customers with a friendly smile and a lot of good advice. The Spring/Summer trends for 2014 are cool white, black and white and also pretty icy pastels and, she says, lots of boxy cropped jackets in a variety of prints and colours, perfect over body con dresses, tailored trousers, skirts and jeans. Boxy leather jackets in bold vibrant colours, bomber jackets and sweaters

A Woman of Substance… that is how I would describe the lovely Laura Mullett. She is bubbly, she is lively, she’s vivacious, she’s intelligent, she’s interesting, she knows her stuff but above all else, at only 24, she is a Woman of Substance. Over tea and scones at the Riverside Park Hotel – local girl Laura kept me enthralled with tales of fashion shoots, top class models, well known photographers, Press Days and Fashion Weeks. She has only just returned from New York’s fashion whirlwind week. On the surface it all sounds soo exciting and exotic but Laura makes it quiet clear that it is all very hard work and sometimes as a freelancer she is working 7 days a week. Journalist, Press Stylist, Image Consultant, Blogger and Social Media Addict, Laura loves what she does and works extremely hard at it – a typical Press Shoot can

last up to 12 hours she tells me. Laura studied and took her degree in journalism and quickly turned to her passion – fashion – even before she left college. This lady is self-made using social media, in particular blogging to put herself out there and get her work known and respected. She has managed to carve out a blossoming career for herself and is to be highly commended. This girl does not sit back and wait for things to happen – she makes them happen. Her blog was only up and running when it had 10,000 hits and at that stage people began to contact her. Now her blog ‘Lipstick Gossip’ has 130,000 readers and was shortlisted for the National Blog of the Year in 2012 and was nominated in 13 categories for the Blog Awards Ireland. It is a blow by blow account of the ‘behind the scenes’ of the Irish fashion industry.

Laura Mullett

A Woman of Substance This is a confident lady who has tremendous confidence in her own ability without being in any way egotistical or conceited. Laura is a joy to chat to – she is enthusiastic and optimistic about the fashion industry and feels that if you are prepared to work hard, take risks and be versatile there are opportunities out there.

Focus on Zanadu are very strong for the coming Spring. As with all fashion trends the one thing to keep in mind is to dress for your shape and for you to look and feel your best Louise advises. “No one can carry off all the trends but they can often be incorporated into your wardrobe nonetheless in some form.” Pick and choose wisely and rely on honest advice which Louise says you will always get in the Enniscorthy boutiques. One of Zanadu’s key brands is Rant & Rave – an Irish brand concentrating on the jeans market. Known for their high wasted bum lift and tummy tuck jeans, they are the ultimate in shape and comfort. Both boot leg and skinny are available and they come in 3 leg lengths 30", 32" and 34" and in sizes 8 to 16. And for those who wish to enhance their rear end Louise and Zanadu have the perfect solution arriving this month – announcing the fabulous high waisted bum lift jeans with removable padding in the seat of the jeans for added curves when needed. Orders for these jeans are filling up fast – so get on in to Zanadu and order yours now and be ahead of the rest! Zanadu also stocks the Uttam London range and their Summer collection is full of wardrobe staples. It is a feminine, easy to wear collection which is perfect for the modern day woman. With a continued dedication to prints this collection offers unique oriental, mosaic and flirty floral

dresses and separates. Flattering folds are worked into afternoon tea dresses, bright tropical prints splashed over 1950’s silhouettes and bold stone embellishment freshens up necklines. Zanadu caters for all shapes and sizes and all age groups and Louise Bernie is welcoming, helpful and gives excellent advice. She

Laura works with Ireland’s best and brightest for Press Fashion Shoots in top Irish publications and is also a Personal Shopper… she styles clients for photoshoots, ad campaigns, model portfolios, event and fashion shows. She has recently styled models for fashion shoots that have featured in The Sun, The Sunday Business Post, The Star, Life Magazine, The Sunday World and many more. Laura works with Ireland’s top models and top fashion photographers such as Richie Buttle and Alex Hutchinson and describes them all as lovely people dedicated to their craft and a pleasure to work with. Laura has also built up relationships with many of the top fashion houses in Dublin and I was green with envy to hear about Press Days at Brown Thomas that begin with champagne breakfast – what a job! However Laura The Practical was very quick to point out

that for every day like that there are far more days that involve Laura journeying around the city and beyond picking up clothes and accessories, taking them to designated venues, styling and dressing models, making sure clothes are protected from all kinds of damage, making sure that models and photographers are kept happy and when everyone else goes home making sure that everything is returned in pristine condition. A tall order for a rather petite Laura but she handles it all with gusto and smiles and says “it’s all in a day’s work”. She has a marvellous attitude for someone so young and even offers to take me on a fashion shoot with her in the future so that I can see for myself how it’s done. So watch this space folks… you will be the first to know when I do! All Laura’s contact details can b e found on her website at

says all Enniscorthy shops are suffering at the moment and if each person decided to buy one extra item in the town instead of elsewhere it could be enough to make the difference and put Enniscorthy back on the fashion trail. Not a bad idea Louise maybe people will take you up on that. – Maria Nolan

at Zanadu Her blog is – and has been nominated for 19 national blog awards to date. Her Facebook page is where she holds competitions and giveaways for followers. And she is also very willing to help anyone who may be thinking of getting into the industry and says that if anyone is looking for work experience in the area of fashion or looking for career advice simply contact her. You wont regret it, this girl is dynamic, energetic and is definitely going places. Where does Laura see herself in 10 years time? Her ambition is to be the editor of a fashion magazine and/or a fashion presenter with RTE. And having spent time in her company I would have no doubt that this dazzling, effervescent blonde will do that and much, much more. It was a pleasure Laura! – Maria Nolan


Slaney Food & Drink

4 March 2014



Old Dublin Rd, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Tel: 087 257 6052.

Wexford Food Summit, Ferrycarraig Hotel, 28th Feb. L-R: Pauline Dunne, Killowen Yogurts, and Laura Sinnott, Wexford Preserves.

There was a tremendous turnout of food industry members at the Ferrycarrig Hotel on 28th February for the inaugural Wexford Food Summit. People from food producing companies came to hear Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, address the audience on the importance of the food industry to the coun-

L-R: Michael Murphy, Bord Bia, Paula Ronan, CEO Wexford Food Family, Minister Brendan Howlin, Breege Cosgrave, Wexford County Enterprise Board and Neil Murphy, Wexford Creamery.

try and the efforts being made to grow it. Nicholas Dunne of Killowen Farm shared the fascinating story of the Killowen Farm brand and the evolution of their family business. Kenneth O’Connor of Musgrave Retail Partners gave a useful presentation on how food brands can get listing in

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Musgrave retail outlets through the Food Academy. Michael Murphy of Bord Bia spoke about ways to grow food businesses and the supports that Bord Bia offers. There was an animated panel discussion facilitated by Paula Ronan, CEO and founder of the Wexford Food Family, with a panel made up of Bettie Marie Burger Smit of the Brandon House Hotel, Colin Jephson of Ardkeen Quality Foodstore, Breege Cosgrave of Wexford County Enterprise Board, Pauline Dunne of Killowen Farm, Neil Murphy of Wexford Creamery

(chair and co-founder of the Wexford Food Family), Michael Murphy of Bord Bia and Kenneth O’Connor of Musgrave Retail Partners. The summit ended with a specially designed Wexford lunch, developed by renowned chef Tony Carty. The event was sponsored by Wexford County Enterprise Board. Membership of the Wexford Food Family is available to any business producing food in County Wexford – for the application form or call Paula Ronan on 086 129 4859. ■

Carmel Moran, Food Consultant Wexford, Killian Stafford, Stafford Family Butchers Enniscorthy, and John Kenny, Atlantis Seafoods Wexford.

Strawberry Fest Food news…

Fiona Falcanor, Wild About, Jimmy Barry, Jimmy’s Kitchen and Ciara O’Dowd, Ciara’s Pantry.

The Strawberry Fest is beginning to cook this year! Entry forms for chefs and homecooks for

A Taste of Wexford Strawberries

are now available on the website: All homecooks who enter will be in the draw to win a Cooking Demonstration and lunch for two at Ballymaloe Cooking School, Cork!

Creative Cakes Margaret Byrne is the woman

Pic: Maria Nolan.

Enniscorthy native (and TV star!) Oonagh Barrett provided the tasty treats on the occasion of the visit of Ireland’s First Lady, Sabina Higgins, to The Presentation Centre last month. Oonagh is pictured with her mother, Mary Bourke. Pic: Maria Nolan.

behind Creative Caketoppers based in Brownswood, just outside Enniscorthy. The wonderfully creative Margaret is a regular exhibitor at local wedding fairs and we just had to feature one of her special wedding cakes – it stands 26" tall and is all handmade by Creative Caketoppers To find out more visit the website:, email:, and check out “Margaret Byrne” on Facebook. ■

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Via Veneto: 053 9236929

Pizza Perfection! With the arrival of two specialist Pizza chefs and a special pizza oven that can cook a rectangular 70cm x 30cm pizza (“Pizzalunga”) at 5000C in just 3 minutes, Via Veneto in Enniscorthy now offers a pizza experience unrivalled anywhere in Ireland and at a very affordable price. A group of four sharing a 70cm x 30cm Pizzalunga with a variety of toppings will each have change out of €10. A full range of delicious 12” circular pizzas continue to be available starting at just €10. Enniscorthy, nestled below Vinegar Hill, is the home of Paolo Fresilli’s Via Veneto Restaurant. Paola is a native of Cassino in Italy. Cassino is probably best known from the movie about Monte Casino and the battle of the Allies against the German forces in World War II. As a young man Paolo was educated in Cassino and gained the benefits of hard physical work from his job in the stone quarries with his father. He progressed academically and studied for the priesthood with the Salesian Fathers, but his love of people and his desire for improvement created impatience in the young man so he left the pastoral studies to concentrate on the restaurant business. He learned his cooking skills in Fiuggi in the Italian Province of Frosinone. Paolo was a cruise-ship chef for five seasons and so knows about catering for large groups. He also attended chef school in Bad Reichenhall in Germany. He then joined the Italian army and later plied his culinary trade in Germany and then moved to Dublin before settling in Enniscorthy in 2006. His Weafer Street premises is about 100 metres from the statue of Fr John Murphy of 1798 Rebellion fame. Paolo is the president of the Italian Federation of Chefs for Ireland and is also president of Ciao Italia, the association for Italian restauranteurs. Paolo's skills at Italian cuisine, which is much loved by Irish people and people all over the world, have been lauded and promoted by the well known food critic Paolo Tullio and he has many awards including the Hospitalita Italiana. Paolo, his partner Diana, and all the team at Via Veneto create the essential Italian experience for the visitor and take delight in making you feel welcome.

The ingredients used, including cheeses, are all of the highest Italian quality and traditional Italian loaves of bread are baked inhouse.

A Takeaway service is also available. Paolo would like to thank all his regular customers since Via Veneto opened it doors in 2006. Paolo looks forward to seeing you again soon and to welcoming many more new guests in search of Pizza Perfection. Via Veneto, 58 Weafer Street, Enniscorthy Open 5.30pm to 10pm every day except Tuesday, and Sundays from 5pm-9pm.

Tel: 053 9236929

Two specialist Pizza chefs from Naples (the home of Pizza!) have joined the Via Veneto team. Giovanni Liberti has worked in the food business all his life, starting in his award-winning family bakery business in Naples before taking his Pizza skills all over the Western world and also to such far flung places as Egypt and Ghana. Giovanni is a member of the Italian Federation of Pizza Chefs. Giacomo D’Andrea has attended professional Pizza school and worked in leading Pizza restaurants in Naples and Modena before sharing his skills in Germany, Hungary, Paris and now Enniscorthy!

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Slaney News

4 March 2014

Gathering to celebrate The Gathering

Wexford Federation ICA with Anne Doyle. Pic: Wexford Local Authorities Photographic Society.

On Weds 29th January 2014, Wexford County Hall hosted a reception for Gathering initiatives that took place across Co. Wexford in 2013.

In excess of 50 Gatherings registered for the event with 160 people attending on the evening. Wexford Ambassador Ann Doyle addressed the group

and presented certificates on the night signed by President Higgins. In County Wexford, it is estimated that the Gathering

events resulted in close to 5,000 additional overseas visitors to our county, generating additional revenue of €3.4million. ■

Monart’s new high tech addition A brand new award winning hi-tech addition has arrived at Monart Destination Spa - a custom built and custom designed Infrared-Pro Cabin has opened at the Spa’s extensive Thermal Suite. The technology has won a number of leading international SPA innovation awards and was sourced and customised for Monart through months of consultation and development between Michael and Liam Anthony Griffin and Klafs of Germany. This technical development is currently not available anywhere else in the world excluding some very limited sites in Germany. The Infrared-Pro cabin is available for Monart guests to use freely as part of the Thermal Suite experience and it offers numerous health benefits to its users. The proven benefits from infrared heat include; removal of toxins that are stored in the body, improves flexibility and joint mobility, promotes healing, reduces muscle stiffness, soothes pain and arthritic pain, decreases soreness and inflammation, increases circulation, promotes weight loss, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress. Usually infrared cabins just permeate rays into the space with no change in intensity providing a generic dose. The Monart infrared-Pro takes these benefits one-step further through personalising the treatment to each guest’s individ-

All-Ireland multiple gold medalist athlete Kelly Proper was on hand at Monart to launch the InfraRed-Pro – a high-tech Infrared Cabin, which has been custom built and designed exclusively for Monart Destination Spa’s Thermal Suite. Pic: Patrick Browne.

ual body type and targeting the heat deep into the body specifically along the spine and surrounding muscles. Monart’s custom engineered cabin utilises a unique ‘real-time communicating sensor system’, six sensors per person to measure the body temperature and provide instant feedback. The sensors regulate the intensity of the therapy over the 20-minute treatment, which means the user receives 100 percent targeted infrared therapy tailored to their individual body type. Michael Griffin, Griffin Group CEO commented “Hitech innovation is at our core and is essential to constantly raise the bar in delivering

results for Monart guests. We are dedicated to looking throughout the world for the best innovations ‘just’ arriving on the market. Our goal is to weed out and avoid the many, many ‘fads’ in the industry to only focus on finding and developing technology that creates an easy to use and sustainable benefit for our clients. I am delighted to see that within our extensive Thermal Suite that the Infrared-Pro cabin has already become without doubt one of the most popular with our guests. We are looking at trials of new innovations to be introduced for 2015… watch this space.” Commenting on the addition of the Cabin to the Spa

offering, Liam Anthony Griffin, Group Sales and Marketing Director said, “We have made substantial targeted re-investments at Monart this year to reinforce our world class status of which the Infrared-Pro is a key project. The selection of Monart as a finalist in the World Spa Awards 2014 clearly highlights the benefits of our approach. Being the only finali s t f ro m w i t h i n I re l a n d , England, Scotland and Wales is another significant recognition of our team, our vision and our property.” All-Ireland multiple gold medalist athlete Kelly Proper was on hand at Monart to try out the new Infrared-Pro cabin, commenting on the experience Kelly said, “Infrared therapy is used by a huge number of athletes mostly to alleviate joint pain and ease pain from sore or aching muscles. The InfraRed-Pro experience at Monart was incredibly simple to use, really relaxing and I can see that it would be of huge benefit to me during intensive training periods. I really could feel the warmth in my back long after the treatment had ended.” The world-class award winning Monart Destination Spa is an adults-only destination spa located just outside Enniscorthy in County Wexford. Conde Nast Traveller has previously named it in the Top 3 Spa Resorts in the world. For further details on Monart see ■

Co. Wexford App

A brand new App developed by Visit Wexford and managed by Wexford Chamber is currently under construction and will be launched officially by midMarch. The App is a complete directory open to all business sectors in Wexford. The App enables users to easily find contact details and link to businesses of interest featuring five different categories. The categories include ‘Food and Drink’, ‘Travel and Stay’, ‘Shopping’, ‘Services’ and ‘Things to do’ with an easy to use scrolling menu. An ‘Events and Festivals’ tab will also be added. The App also offers users directions and visual maps to locations

of interest and a Sat Nav option. There is a filter and search function on the App enabling users to easily find the information that they need. A ‘vouchers’ tab will enable business to promote special offers they may have to users of the App offering them exclusive App based deals. The App is open to all businesses in Wexford and the ‘Visit Wexford App’ is offering everyone a free basic App lifetime listing. A basic listing includes the name of the business and address, phone number and a category tag word. Bronze and Gold listing are also available. Users can currently download the App from the iTunes store or the android store for free. ■

Chess News…

Dean Copeland with Gerry Graham from the ICU (Irish Chess Union),

Seven of the Enniscorthy junior club members took part in the recent Bunratty Chess Festival, all in the minor section. There were 110 players in total taking part in that section, a mixture of children and adults. All the Enniscorthy club players played really well, and all finished in the top half of the table, with Dean Copeland coming joint 3rd. The club’s adult section is growing week by week, with some of the juniors staying on to play the adults after their own coaching finishes. The club meets in

Enniscorthy Golf Club every Tuesday evening from 7pm onwards. People can find out more about the club on www.Enniscorthy ChessClub. com) or on Facebook, or by ringing Jennie on 087 6868410 or Ruth on 087 2511933. ■

Some of the adult players.

Slaney Business & Finance

Enterprise Board breeds success Wexford County Enterprise Board-supported firms pumped an estimated €6m extra in wages into the local economy in 2013 through an increase in 145 jobs on 2012 figures. The importance of the enterprise board to the locality has been highlighted with the announcement of Wexford County Enterprise Board’s end of year results for 2013. A value of €6 million has been put on the net gain of 145 jobs created by companies backed by Wexford County Enterprise Board (CEB) in County Wexford during 2013. A total of 1,331 full time jobs, were in place in Wexford CEB supported companies, at the end of 2013 up from 1,186 jobs in 2012. This sees job creation and retention on the recovery path from a downward trend in recent years. “These jobs have been created as a result of direct financial assistance provided by Wexford CEB and represent 331 companies that we currently work with,” says Tom Banville, Chief Executive Officer of Wexford County Enterprise Board. Direct financial assistance is available to companies who manufacture with export potential or provide internationally

Tom Banville Chief Executive Officer of Wexford County Enterprise Board.

traded services. Businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs also benefit from training and mentoring. Enterprising spirit Speaking about the end of year results, Mr Banville noted “the people of County Wexford have shown an enterprising spirit during 2013 with many people wanting to make a difference by either creating employment for themselves or others.” “143 people attended 10 Start Your Own Business courses h e l d i n We x f o rd , G o re y, Enniscorthy and New Ross in 2013.” Wexford has the sixth highest training participant rates on

city and county enterprise board programmes nationwide. Wexford receives the highest allocation of enterprise board grant aid in the south east and is in fifth place nationwide. Business training contributes to growth In 2013 Wexford CEB hosted 79 business development training courses and workshops, networking events and other programmes to assist with the development and establishment of enterprises in County Wexford. These events were attended by 1,021 entrepreneurs, small business owners and their staff. The mentor programme was again very popular with SMEs in the county with 179 mentor applications received in 2013 and 632 mentor meetings taking place between mentors and business owners. “The Board will continue to work in partnership with various organisations in County Wexford to continue to support business start-ups, growth and jobs creation. It is important that enterprise development is embraced across a spectrum of organisations and that employment creation is kept as the main agenda item for 2014,” concluded Mr Banville. ■

Town South East Regional Rates Economic Forum

Enniscorthy Town Council met on Tuesday 14th January at the Presentation Centre to decide on commercial rates for 2014. The authority decided on a 0% increase on the rate from last year which is the sixth year in a row that annual rates have not been increased.

Want to live or work in Enniscorthy? Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce is building a database of people wishing to live and work in and around the Enniscorthy area. This database can be completed by people locally or people living in any part of the world who wish to move back to Enniscorthy. This database will then be used to encourage multinational companies or companies around Ireland to consider locating their business in Enniscorthy. If you or anyone you know is interested in being part of this database please log on to Enniscorth Chamber website:

Chair of South East Chambers Madeliene Quirke joined w i t h I b e c , Wa t e r f o r d Chamber and Waterford City Council to announce details of an upcoming ‘Regional Economic Forum’ which will take place on March 12 at Waterford City Hall from 8.30am to 2pm. The Forum will address a range of business and economic issues impacting on the status and future prospects for the South East Region in terms of investment, growth and jobs. The particular context is the amalgamation of the Local Authorities and the unique opportunity this presents to determine a joint public-private regional growth strategy. This year's review of the National Spatial Strategy also provides an opportunity to highlight the status of the region and this presents a timely opportunity for the partner organisations to forge a joint vision and strategy for growth and jobs. A number of high profile speakers will participate in

the event including Tom Boland, CEO, Higher Education Authority, John Sweeney, National Economic & Social Council, Gerard McCleave, Development Director, Ilex Regeneration, Derry, Jim Power, Economist, Gary Breen, Failte Ireland, Dr. Willie Donnelly, WIT and Michael Walsh, Waterford City Manager. Madeleine Quirke, Chairperson of South East Chambers, said “Working collaboratively and co-operatively with Chambers, Local Authorities and relevant Agencies across the South East is the only way that change and progress can be made in terms of job creation and economic growth. It is essential that we work together. There is strength in numbers particularly when we are lobbying or negotiating on behalf of our Members” To register for the upcoming forum event contact Sheila at Waterford Chamber on 051 872639 or see ■


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with the Moyne Veterinary Clinic In each Slaney News the Moyne Veterinary Clinic deals with various issues relating to animals. This month, Joe Kavanagh takes a look at our pets’ digestive systems. My cat Cody wasn't feeling too well last week. He came into the house, threw up a few times and then had diarrhoea too. Needless to say there was lots of scrubbing and cleaning in the aftermath but he still seemed to be his cheerful self. I began to think… well what's really going on with him? I feed him on one of the better ranges of kibble and he's usually fine with it. I reckoned maybe it was all the stress and all the tooing and froing of people coming and going in the house over the last few weeks but there was more to it.

This month we have a 4 month old female mini Jack Russell terrier and a black and white 8 month old male looking for a home. Both are wormed and vaccinated. Homechecks apply. We also have lots of other pets looking for homes, please contact us for fur-

ther information on the mobile number below. The society reminds dog owners to ensure their animals are under control at all times in order to prevent cruelty to sheep during the lambing season as a number of attacks have already occured within the county.

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4 March 2014

If a picture tells a thousand words… Ibar Carty chronicles the 20th century in Enniscorthy & beyond

Above: St Patrick's Day Parade 1989. Right: Enniscorthy Musical Society 28th Feb.1989. Pics: © Ibar Carty.

Ibar Carty has opened up his vast photo archives to the Slaney News. In this 32nd of a series, Ibar shares more photos taken in the Enniscorthy area 25 years ago. If you can supply the names of any of the people featured 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.

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A local contributor looks at life today in Enniscorthy and beyond eMergency ServiceS Since the last column we have gone through what can only be described as a brutal weather experience. Storm Darwin wreaked total havoc across the entire country with Co. Wexford being hit particularly hard. In the midst of all this our emergency services such as E.S.B. staff, council workers, fire and ambulance crews and gallant volunteers all came out to assist in very extreme and difficult conditions. A vote of thanks to them all for their efforts on our behalf. They made a difficult situation a little more bearable and it’s great to see that such spirit still exists in this country. and Speaking oF eMergency ServiceS… What service is more relevant than the RNLI Lifeboat Service. On Saturday night 22nd February the Missus and myself travelled to the County Hall in Wexford to support the said service who were the beneficiaries of a concert given by the Wexford Sinfonia. Well what a night. The Sinfonia appropriately used the occasion to honour the men of the Helen Blake lifeboat who suffered many losses 100 years ago as they attempted to rescue the crew of the Mexico which had run aground just off the Wexford coast. All proceeds of the concert went to

the lifeboat service and the place was packed. This is not surprising when, apart from the good cause, the talent of the Wexford Sinfonia is considered. This orchestra is professional in everything but the rewards they reap and is equal to anything we will see on television or anywhere else. So highly regarded is the orchestra that TG4 has recorded them and they are shortly to perform at the National Concert hall in Dublin. We should be proud that such talent exists within our community and that those who possess it make it available to assist such worthy causes. Well done all. Mortgage Sale A disturbing issue which has raised its head in recent times is the Government allowing the liquidator of the former Anglo Irish Bank sell off mortgages to foreign vulture funds. The Minister for Finance tells us that his priority is to get as much money as possible for the mortgages. That is the only interest of the government. Bear in mind that not all these mortgages are in arrears, even if they were the sale would still be wrong. By selling my or your mortgage to a vulture fund the liquidator is effectively throwing you to the mercy of financial mercenaries who have no interest other than making a huge

that this practice of our mortgages being sold must stop. If you have a mortgage use the opportunity of the local elections to tell party candidates what you think of this.

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View from the Hill profit. Any rights you may have under Irish law will disappear and these funds can call in your mortgage at any time or increase your repayments at will. On top of this they have probably bought the mortgage at about 40% of its value and will nail you for every single cent of the full value of the mortgage. If you or I are lucky enough to have enough money to offer the bank 40% of our mortgage to buy it out ourselves we will be refused and told that we must pay the full amount or else. This is an extremely dangerous precedent because if this works the next people to be targeted will be those in arrears to other banks and those on loss making

tracker mortgages. This matter is far more serious for every mortgage holder in the country than anyone is realizing. The media are only giving it minor coverage and it will be too late to do anything about it when I or you get a letter from some fund in Japan or America telling us that we have 30 days to clear our mortgage in full or get out. Every mortgage document is full of get out clauses for the bank but very little for the consumer so effectively the bank can do what they like with the mortgages. This is a serious matter for every mortgage holder in the country and the time has arrived for us to tell our government in no uncertain terms

Bad driving Bad, reckless and downright dangerous driving takes many forms. I could go on for pages outlining aspects of everyday craziness on our roads. However I will dwell on one small aspect of this problem. Driving on unmarked secondary or county roads. When will drivers realize that just because the road hasn’t got a white line down the centre that the rule of driving on the left still applies. I don’t know how many times over the past few years that only God or sheer skill has kept me alive as I dodged idiots in cars coming towards my vehicle totally on the wrong side of the road as they rounded a bend on an unmarked road. How we don’t see more accidents I don’t know. So remember keep to the left and save lives, probably your own. legal ServiceS contractS Hardly a week goes by without someone in business telling me about the pressure that they are being put under by either the Town Council or County Council in relation to the payment of rates and

other charges. This pressure usually takes the form of letters from the councils’ solicitors demanding payment and outlining in great detail the consequences of failing to pay. (No difference between can’t pays and won’t pays). However the interesting question is how are these legal firms appointed and how much ratepayers’ money are they being paid? Is there open competition for the position of council solicitor and how often are the posts advertised. How much public money has been paid out in fees to these firms over the last five years and how does it compare with similar legal firms, say in Wales or Scotland. Maybe some of our councilors would do the public a service and raise this matter and publish the answer. and Finally Hopefully Spring is here and the next big set of events in Co. Wexford will be the celebration of St. Patricks Day. Let’s hope that all our towns and villages will have good turnouts and that most of us will support the local parades and events rather than leave the county for the day. Remember every few euro spent locally will go towards supporting local businesses and jobs. Let’s hope we all have a good one. n

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BUNCLODY NOTES… whiSt Every Monday night in St. Aidan’s Hall. SliMMing world Join a warm and friendly group. Thursdays 5.30pm and 7.30pm in Millrace Hotel. Contact Maria 086-4141212 who’s looking forward to meeting new and rejoining members. BunclodY actiVe retired Please Note: Manage Your Life talk by Dr. Fergus Heffernan change of venue to The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Wed 12th March 7pm-9pm. BunclodY liBrarY 6 Mar: World Book Day storytelling. 6 Mar: Composting in your garden. 8 Mar: Film "Aisling Gheal". 13 Mar: Growing fruit successfully.

Lecturer Pascal Harte at the Engineer’s Week workshop in Bunclody Library on Renewabel Energy.

14 Mar: Traditional Irish music session. 20 Mar: Comicí Gael graphic art workshop. 20 Mar: All about herbs in your garden. 27 Mar: Growing vegetables in

containers. For St. Patrick’s weekend: Bunclody Library will be closed on Saturday 15 March, Sunday 16 March, Monday 17 March. Normal opening hours resume on Tuesday 18 March. n

Bishop Denis Brennan signs recent letter to the priests of the Diocese of Ferns with Accord Chaplain Fr. Bill Cosgrave and Family Life Services co-ordinator Maria Kennedy.


BARNTOWN NOTES… Barntown School John Carroll CC, Chairman of the Board of Barntown National School, announced the good news at the end of February that: "The building of the new parish school at Barntown will commence in the coming days.” “Gratitude is expressed to all who have made this a reality– the Board, the staff, the design team, local and national politicians, and an understanding and a patient, parish, pupil and parent population. “The board extends every good wish to Mythen Brothers (contractors to the project) and to all who will be engaged in the building work itself.” A 13 month time frame is envisaged. Fr John continued: “The patience, co-operation and assistance of the entire school and parish community is sought, as we journey together, to see this venture completed.” our aBu dhaBi roSe! Barntown National School board, staff, parents and pupils extend a warm word of congratulations to teaching staff member Ms. Patrice McGillicuddy who has been selected to represent Abu Dhabi in this year's Rose of Tralee competition. Commenting on the news, board chairman Fr. John Carroll said: "Good news is coming fast and furious at Barntown National School at present – a new school and a potential Rose of Tralee next summer." n

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Patrice Ms. Gillicuddy is selected to represent Abu Dhabi in this year’s Rose of Tralee competition. Patrice is currently on a career break from Barntown National School.

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ABOvE LEFT: Michael Andrews Annual Memorial Boxing Tournament in the Courtyard, Ferns, 23rd Feb. 39 kilo bout: Jack Murphy, St Ibars, on the recieving end of a right from Nathan Bolger, St Aidans, Ferns, winner. ABOvE: Mary Lou McDonald, TD, Seamie Davitt, Ferns, and Kathleen Funchion, Kilkenny, at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Wexford last month.

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hillbrook lawn tennis club ran a very successful table quiz on Friday night last the 7th of February in The Bailey. There was a great showing on the night as 14 teams took part in the event. The team from Campile comprising of Willie Wallace, Terence Cahill, Brendan Kehoe and Lar Power emerged victorious on the night. There was also various spot prizes given out on the night and the lucky winners were Hermes Parker, Seamus Dempsey, Ger Carty, Benny McCabe and Terence Cahill. This was a very successful and enjoyable event and Hillbrook Lawn Tennis Club would like to thank our quizmaster on the night Tom Miller, and Eddie Creane who set the questions and also The Bailey for accommodating the event so successfully.

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All smiles at Enniscorthy 10K The successful 9th running of the Enniscorthy 10K took place on Sunday 9th February starting and finishing at the Shamrocks G.A.A. club. Judging by the smile on everyone’s face it was a fun day for participants and spectators.

last month enniscorthy athletic club (eac)’s colin nolan travelled to the national Juvenile all Star awards in tullamore to receive the 2013 national Star for wexford. this is a fantastic achievement for the 18-year-old athlete in what was his last season in Juvenile competition. It has been a steady upward spiral for Colin who in 2010, 2011 and 2012 received the Leinster version of the award. Colin hopes to continue his progress and to secure the National Senior Athlete of the Year Award some day. A few days ago Colin had the honour of accepting the prestigious Brother Egan Cup on behalf of EAC being, for the first time, the club with the best record in the Wexford County

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motoring news round-up this month small cars seem to be having a moment with renault, Peugeot, toyota and citroen all revealing plans for new city cars. the renault twingo promises to be a treat with its unusual rear wheel drive and rear mounted engine layout to create a roomier and more agile city

car. at the geneva Motor Show later this month, the Peugeot 108, toyota aygo and citroen c1 will all be shown in the metal for the first time. There is great value to be had with small city cars, like the excellent Skoda Citigo, Seat Mii and Hyundai i10,

the latter which has just gone on sale in Ireland. I have recently been enjoying the company of a Fiat 500S and it has reminded me of the merits of small cars. Cheap to own and run, compact, agile, and the modern ones offer more big car comfort than ever before.

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honda civic review by Caroline Kidd honda has developed a brand new diesel engine that has been cited as a game changer for them in the irish market. equipping the honda civic with a 1.6 litre diesel engine puts the civic in a good position to compete for more market share in the popular family hatchback segment. A 2.2 litre diesel and two petrol engines are already offered in the Civic range, but the addition of the 1.6 litre diesel is more in keeping with the current Irish appetite for small low emission diesels. The first thing that strikes you about the Civic is the styling. It’s sharp and angular and looks like nothing else in its class. The new Civic is lower and wider than the previous model and has been designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind, resulting in a sporty, athletic profile. LED daytime running lights and 16” inch alloys fitted as standard add to the dynamism. Inside the Civic feels very different to European competitors. While there are a lot of hard plastics about, the quality of the cabin is very g o o d . I t ’ s w e l l s c re w e d together and I can’t imagine bits falling off within a few weeks, months or years. Inspiration for the Civic’s interior came from cockpits of jet fighter planes and race cars and the instruments wrap around the driver’s seat. I was driving the entry level SE model but it didn’t feel budget or basic. Standard levels of equipment are good including six airbags, alarm, climate control air condi-

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4 March 2014

enniScorthY eYe a column by Joseph Doyle

hISTory on our DoorSTEp The Great war, world war I, 1914-1918 or the Shamrock and the poppy young lives in Wexford. The exact number of Irish who died in the Great War is listed as anything from 27,000 to 55,000 depending on what figures are taken. The Irish War Memorial records quote a figure of 49,400, the Registrar General's official return was 27,405, while other sources state that it was nearer to 30,000. The total recorded deaths on land from County Wexford was about 500. Those killed in battle arenas other than on land are not listed, except in very few circumstances.

on the 28th of June 1914 the archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the austro-hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo by gavrilo Princip, a Serbian anarchist. the murder of the archduke was the spark that lit the fuse that caused the explosion that ignited all of europe in the form of the great war 1914-1918. John redmond was a member of parliament at the time. John redmond and recruitment in wexford Britain entered the war in 1914 and immediately introduced conscription. For political reasons this was never extended to Ireland, but members of the Anglo-Irish community were quick to join the ranks and defend the Empire. John

Redmond, leader of the Home Rule party urged members of the Catholic community to enlist, believing that Ireland would be given Home Rule as a reward for its support. Speaking at the Parade of Irish Vo l u n t e e r s o n t h e 2 0 t h September 1914 at Woodenbridge, Co. Wicklow, he declared: 'The war is undertaken in defence of the highest principle of religion and morality and right, and it would be a disgrace for ever to our country, and a reproach to her manhood, and a denial of the lessons of her history, if young Ireland confined their efforts to remaining at home to defend the shores of Ireland from an unlikely invasion, and shrunk from duty of proving on the field of battle that gallantry and courage which has

distinguished our race through its history.' Stories of German atrocities in Catholic Belgium were a further incentive to join. (These rumours were gratefully used by the British propaganda machine). In Wexford, men from both religious backgrounds enlisted. Many men had joined the armed forces before the war as the army provided secure employment and a comparatively good income at a time of high unemployment and low wages. the number of irish casualties Many of those who enlisted would not return. Significant numbers died in far off places like the Dardenelles or the trenches of Northern France and Belgium, far from the peaceful pastures of their

the following men killed in the great war enlisted in enniscorthy: John Berry enlisted in Enniscorthy, killed in action Gallipoli May 2 1915. Walter Bishop killed in France May 13th 1915. Bolger James killed in France March 3 1916. Bolger Patrick, Dec 8th 1917. Breen James May 8th 1915. Breen Thomas 9th Sept 1917. Brien John, May 11, 1915. Brooks John Oct 14 1914. Brooks Patrick Oct 14 1914. Byrne Patrick Nov 11th 1916. Connors Denis Aug 16 1917. Connors Philip May 2 1915. Conroy Thomas May 4 1917. Cosgrave Dan May 1 1915. Forrestal David 18 Jul 1916. Goode Henry W 20 May 1917. Gorman John May 1917. Mahon Patrick 1916. Whelan Thomas 1916. The last man killed in action in World War I was Patrick Doyle from Enniscorthy. Next month I’ll be doing a 4-part series on the 1916 Rising. – Joseph Doyle

Rapps girls representing Colaiste Bride.

ConGrATulATIonS…  Well done to Wexford’s comic book illustrator Nick Roche who has been signed up by Marvel comics.  Happy birthday Tara O’Brien 4 and Jessie O’Brien 13.  Shauna O’Connor was 21 recently.  Happy 70th Patrick Doyle.  Wedding anniversary Patrick and Gretta Doyle.  Congrats to Aaron Dobbs who is the first member of the Moyne Rangers soccer

club to be called up for the Rep of Ireland at any level. Aaron was called up to the U-15 side.  Shauna Redmond won gold and silver recently in Cork. Well done.  Bree Utd were crowned womens champions over the weekend. If you have a birthday wish or wedding or would like a mention please email: – Joseph Doyle

hopE & DrEAM 10 this year’s hope and dream 10 takes place on april 13th. Hope and Dream 10, 2014 will be run to raise funds and awareness for Hope Cancer Support Centre and the Wexford Branch of Console, the National Suicide Charity. In 2013, €114,470 was raised for the benefit of Hope Cancer

Support Centre and Share a Dream Foundation. This brings the event total to an amazing €242,732 since it began in 2012! See more at: h t t p : / / w w w. h o p e a n d, Phone 087 0530277. – Joseph Doyle

oThEr nEwS… n AGM of Enniscorthy Drama Group will be held upstairs in Holohan’s Bar on Wed 19th. All welcome. n Coffee morning in aid of CF in Joe Doyle’s lounge from 10am till 1pm on Friday the 28th of March. Your support would be much appreciated. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who contributed to the churchgate collection recently. Thanks to Ann Doyle, Ann Ryan

and Rose Ryan for helping out. n Moyne Rangers women were runners-up in division two. Hard luck girls. The league winners were Bree Utd. n Kickboxing in Riverside Park Hotel 23rd March 3pm. n Playwright Billy Roche will read from his new book in the Cotton Tree Cafe, March 20th, time tba. – Joseph Doyle

Rapps-Starlights Strictly Club Dancing

Rapps-Starlights Strictly Club Dancing in the Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday night, 23rd February. Left: Dancers Lorna Hogan, Leanne Hore and Liz Whelan, Enniscorthy. Centre: Maura Murphy, Marie Moran, Ellen Millar, Margaret Leacy and Cllr. Frank O’Connor, Enniscorthy. Right: Aine Doyle and Aine O’Toole, Enniscorthy.

Slaney Wexford Scene


Wexford hosts successful Sinn Fein Ard Fheis the Sinn Féin ard Fheis held in wexford’s opera house on the 7th and 8th of February is estimated to have earned the county over €2 million in revenue. Speaking after his live RTE address, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams thanked the people of Wexford for welcoming delegates and visitors and insisted that many had already booked another visit to the county. Local Cllr Johnny Mythen said that he believed the success of the Ard Fheis would silence some of the more vocal critics of his party in the county.

Cllr. Johnny Mythen (Chairman Enniscorthy Town Council), Mary Lou McDonald, TD, and Mayor of Wexford Cllr. George Lawlor.

L-R: Liadh Ni Riada, Cllr. Anthony Kelly, Mary Lou McDonald TD, Martin McGuinness (Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister), Mick Roche, Cllr Johnny Mythen, Oisin O’Connell at Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Wexford Opera House. Pic: Patrick Hogan.

Group at Civic Reception on Thursday 6th February.

WLOS gets in on the (sister) act

Claudia Kariuki

the committee of wexford light opera Society is delighted to announce its cast for its highly anticipated forthcoming production of Sister Act the Musical. The cast is as follows: Deloris Van Cartier - Claudia Kariuki (West End star). Mother Superior - Siobhan Meyler Fawsitt. Sr. Mary Robert - Maggs Jacob. Sr. Mary Patrick - Catherine "Biddy" Walsh. Sr. Mary Lazarus - Marian O'Leary. Monsignor O'Hara - Des Whelan.

Curtis - George Lawlor. Eddie - Tony Carty. TJ - Eric Hayes. Joey - David Cox. Pablo - Pat Lawlor. Ernie - Kieran Flynn Sr. Mary Martin of Tours Pavlina Murphy. Sr. Mary Theresa - Yvonne McGuire. Michelle - Grace O'Brien. Tina - Joanne Flood. WLOS is particularly delighted to have its three most recent leading men, Des, George and Tony all together

on stage in the one show – what a treat! The production team for the show is the same as the All Ireland Award Winning witches of Eastwick and the show will take place in Wexford Opera House from Monday 28th April 2014 to Saturday 3rd May. Early booking is essential. Watch this space (and the Slaney news Facebook page) for booking details which will be announced shortly. Best of luck to all in WLOS.

Civic Reception for Declan Sinnott

Civic Reception for Wexford’s music legend Declan Sinnott (standing) with Mayor George Lawlor, Angela Laffan (Town Clerk) and Sinead Casey (Borough Engineer). Pic: Patrick Hogan.

wexford’s guitar legend, declan Sinnott, was given a civic reception last month in his home town. The musician and record producer who has worked with Horslips, Moving Hearts, Mary and Frances Black and with Christy Moore (for 30 years) among others was formally honoured by the Mayor of Wexford, Cllr. George Lawlor, and the Borough Council. The talented guitarist, now residing in Cork, grew up in Wexford town where he still has family members. Declan continues to play with Christy Moore but has also released his first solo album of original songs 'I Love The Noise It Makes'.

10th February in the Friary Hall, Wexford Light Opera Society presentaion of the proceeds from their annual carol singing at Christmas. Left to Right front row: Antoinette Brauders and Catherine Walsh present Eanna McKenna with €1,000 on behalf of the Friary Heating Fund, and Sean Kinsella and Jim Goggin of Wexford Meals on Wheels receive cheque for €3,100 from Yvonne Mc Guire. In back are members of the society.

The 63rd Wexford Festival Opera runs from 22 October – 2 November, 2014. Priority Booking for Friends has opened with general booking opening on Saturday, 29 March.


Slaney Arts

4 March 2014

Waxing lyrical down Slaneyside

i was indeed very privileged on thursday 6th Feb to have my poem in memory of my dad Martin doyle included in the latest edition of the Scaldy detail, the company being both overwhelming and illustrious and the response for material massive - the greatest number of submissions to date! ‘Tis no wonder I felt privileged and somewhat overawed to be among the chosen literary diamonds - Eamonn Wall, Peter Murphy, Denis Collins, Margaret Galvin, Paddy Kehoe, Helen Gaynor, Mogue Doyle, Larry Kirwan, John

Kelly, Helena Mulkerns, Mary O`Brien, Niall Wall, Paul O`Reilly, Suzanne Power and many more! This is the fourth anthology of new writing Slaneyside there being Scaldy Detail Publications in 2005, 2007, 2011 and now the 2013 Edition which includes seven short stories and over 46 poems sure as MC for the evening Niall Wall pointed out `You can`t throw a stone in Enniscorthy without hitting a writer`. The 2013 Edition was compiled and edited by local Poet the lovely, elfin like Maggie Breen who had a warm, welcoming smile for the large attendance as she stressed the difficult task she had choosing the work that would appear in the book. She says “It was a tough choice, but overall the writing here is clear and precise. And that`s how it should be. There is no need to dress it up when writing from the heart.” Which is certainly the case in this anthology as you will see from reading pieces like Survivor, Redundant, The October Revolution, Last Act, Listening for the Dead and others where the writer opens

‘Oscars’ for Wexford Opera?

Paul O’Reilly makes a presentation to Maggie Breen.

his/her wounds to the world for all to witness their anguish, their anger, their loss and their pain. There are some really strong themes through this collection dealing with some extremely emotive issues including suicide, abuse, illness, love, grief and hope. And Minister Paul Kehoe who launched the book at the Presentation Centre was lavish in his admiration and praise for those who wrote with such courage, passion and conviction. When it came to my turn to take the podium and read all

I could do was say a huge thank you to Scallta Media - Eamonn Wall, Niall Wall, Paul O`Reilly and Maggie Breen not just for the tremendous honour of being included but also for the wonderful service they give to Enniscorthy and all her would be poets and writers. Please go out and buy this book for only €10 and support Scallta Media and the work they are doing keeping the town`s literary tradition alive and well. Well done guys and thank you. – Maria nolan

in what is now considered the oscars of the opera world, wexford Festival opera received an impressive four nominations in the 2nd annual international opera awards announced last month at a press conference at the royal opera house, covent garden. For the second year in succession, Wexford was shortlisted in the Best Festival alongside category Glyndebourne, Aix-enProvence and the Rossini festival in Pesaro. In addition, Wexford Festival Opera was also nominated in the categories of Best Chorus, along with The Met and Bayreuth and Best Re-discovered work for Cristina, regina de Svezia. Australian Soprano Helena Dix, who sang the title role of Cristina, was also nominated in the Best Young Singer category, based on her critically acclaimed performance in Wexford last October. Upon receiving news of the nominations, Chairman of Wexford Festival Opera, Ger Lawlor said, “2013 was a vintage year at Wexford and these nominations confirm

that. We are delighted that the International reputation of the festival under the stewardship of David Agler, our Artistic Director, continues to flourish and has been recognised by these prestigious awards. We are ever grateful to The Arts Council for their continued support.” The winners will be announced at a gala award ceremony on Monday, 7 April, 2014 at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. For a complete list of nominations visit Closer to home Wexford Festival Opera has won Best Opera Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for Cristina, regina de Svezia. The opera is loosely based on the life of Queen Christina of Sweden and was the hit of last year ’s opera festival: atch?v=u7Osmp_wLbs t h e 6 3 r d we x f o r d Festival opera runs from 22 october – 2 november, 2014. Priority Booking for Friends opened Saturday, 1 March with general booking opening Saturday, 29 March.

Support the artS in Co. Wexford Wexford arts Centre 053-9123764. the presentation Centre enniscorthy 053-9233000.

liBrarY newS…

L-R: Mairead Linneen (The Presentation Centre), Paul O’Reilly (Scallta Media), Johnny Mythen (Chairman Enniscorthy Town Council), Maggie Breen (Editor, Scaldy Detail), Paul Kehoe TD, Naill Wall (Scallta Media). Pics: Maria Nolan.

New Slaney Writing PriMordial VerSe oF the ValleY

MY loVe by Donal Cullen

by Martin Joseph Byrne

I want to give you my love I’m trying to make it right Give love a chance Only a heartbeat to love Sorry is the hardest word My love to have, my love. A song of love is not enough To hold your hand To join your band. Sitting on this bench Thinking of you and me Remembering what will be To hold you in my heart O my love, my love. To be with you To love with you Bring me in with you A song of love is not enough To hold your hand To join your band Love my love Sing my love, sing my love. n

Along river stream petals in snow white fall, The snowflakes whirl against a chalkboard sky, Timorous fen grasses drop and dangle the verge, Run rise and waters mount generating sorrows Along the floodplain, Mud merges with white Mountain rapids sullying The ebb and flow, Amid the gales and heavy rains you have followed Me to this place, A harrow moon hangs developing the sky Into polaroid fastening undertows of still frame. Why do you come here after midnight when the night Has spoken in genuflecting icy air currents? Why do you bear a wand of the ancient’s touching the water’s edge And touch upon the cold flow in mythical faintness lessening the Tempestuous course? A night owl calls out a nocturnal prayer softening the nor’easter, A rogue fox, a grey dog howls into the eye of the squall, Along the mountain rim the banshee cries and the stars Pronounce the echo ridge. n whatson/ for details of what’s on in your local library. You can also check out your local library on Facebook.

Minding Your own BuSineSS by Mary Cotter Minding its own business. That’s what my little car Was doing last night. Waiting to take me home After line dancing. I love line dancing. Parked in the town Car park Across from the Bailey. A quick get away spot, Quicker than checking The code at the bar. Hopped in at half nine. God, the car was cold. Saw the shattered window Saw the radio gone. Thought about crying, Decided against it. A dear little car That carries me Up the mountains, Home to Tipp, Up Kilbrannish And down to the sea. A small car,

A well-behaved car, It goes to Bridge , It joined a book club, Loves going to Charity shops And Gorey cinema. Now, let’s be honest, It just needs a new window. They took the radio So what. They thought they got A Dunnes bag full of new clothes. It was full of things For the Charity Shop. It is with a smile Of satisfaction I write that. And what have you learned from that, Mary? What have you learned from that? Beware dark corners On a Monday night, Or any night. And treasure your little Four-wheeled friend, As faithful as a dog. n

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Art exhibition by Marja van Kampen officially opened last month in The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, by Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins. The exhibition runs to 29th March.

The Artist and The First Lady i had the distinct pleasure of being at the Presentation art centre on Friday 21st Feb for the official opening of inspired – a new exhibition of art by dutch artist Marja van Kampen. the opening was performed by the First lady herself Mrs. Sabina higgins who is a long time friend of both Marja and her galwegian husband dick donohoe and was lavish in her praise of them as both friends and marvellous patrons of the a r t s . g a l w a y ’s l o s s i s wexford’s gain she said as she went on to speak about Marja and her paintings which are an explosion of vibrant colour and life bordering on the surreal. Mrs Higgins was also full of compliments for the Centre and for the wonderful work of Manager Mairead Linneen. She described it as a wonderful space and said that we were extremely fortunate to have it at our disposal in

Enniscorthy and she commended the Town Council for providing such a great centre for the arts. Marja van Kampen who prefers to let her paintings do the talking is a charming, smiling, unassuming, gifted artist and her work is electric, exciting, stimulating and at the same time relaxing with a huge emphasis on the beauty and abundance of nature. The Inspire Collection was inspired by Marja’s visits to India where she fell in love with and became fascinated by “the strong colours, the abundant and varied vegetation, the vibrant outdoor life, the bright colourful clothes, and in particular the tactile relationship of the women and children”. Marja’s disregard for perspective and distortion of proportions creates a story book element to her paintings which could be illustrations from Alice In Wonderland. These paint-

Edel Kenny, Cllr. Jackser Owens and Winnie O’Connor. L-R: Eileen McKiernan (Sabina`s sister), Elisabeth McKiernan, (niece), Sabina Higgins and brother-in-law Dr. Paddy McKiernan, Wexford.

Artist Marja van Kampen, Sabina Higgins, Cllr. Frank O’Connor, and Mairead Linneen, The Presentation Centre.

Cllr. Johnny Mythen, Sabina Higgins signing visitors’ book, Mairead Linneen, The Presentation Centre and Cllr. Tom Moorehouse.

ings don’t just hang on a wall they look as though they live there.

beauty of life – but don’t take my word for it go and see this beautiful exhibition for

This is a stunning exhibition which challenges the viewer to be aware of the

yourself at The Presentation Centre until the end of March. – Maria nolan

Poetry at Cafe Fusion Poetry at cafe Fusion returns on Friday 7th March at 7.30pm at the very popular cafe on north Main Street in wexford. the March gathering will be an open mic night with poets and readers free to choose whatever poems they like. readers and listeners are invited for 7.30pm when they can order their drinks, buns and cakes while mingling with fellow enthusiasts, the reading starts at 8.00pm under the watchful eye of Mc denis collins. Although the poetry on the night will be completely at the discretion of the readers people often ask for a few pointers for suitable material. Well you could think of the time of the year with daffodils popping up everywhere and trees starting to come into bud. It is a time for refreshing, doing some Spring cleaning, dusting the cobwebs out so its likely that newly written poems will feature. One of the regular readers had prepared some love poems for the last reading but could not make it along so one can expect to hear them this time around. It is the beginning of March so maybe some mad March hares or maybe an army on the march will turn up. We have had such disturbed weather this winter past that maybe there will be poems of storms and rain and wind or maybe people will be looking forward to better times when the sun will return to shine brightly in the sky. Drama festivals are in progress throughout the county so maybe someone will turn up with a poem about a favourite play or playwright, maybe there will be some sonnets from Shakespeare.




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There you have it, some suggestions as to what you might want to read next Friday night at Cafe Fusion, but don't feel bound by these suggestions, please surprise the audience by reading something they have never heard before. If you intend to read then just put your name down on our readers list when you arrive and you will be called on in due course to get up and do your bit. Listeners, of courses, are most welcome. Please bring a friend along and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of an evening of poetry at Cafe Fusion on Friday 7th March at 7.30pm.



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Mary’s Letter to Jesus

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