Around the Neighborhoods: Graiguenamanagh in Tullogher-Rosbercon


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Parish news

Duiske Abbey returns to its usual opening hours, with weekend mass on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and weekday mass at 10 a.m. except Saturday.

Prize draws

Graig GAA and Highview Athletitc Lotto draw and Tidy Towns jackpot draws to resume next week

John Joyce RIP

The death of John Joyce, formerly of Miltown, Graiguenamanagh and Ossory Park, Kilkenny at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny on December 30. Sadly his wife Mary Ann and son Dwayne and brother Michael and sister Kathleen and all her relatives and friends. Funeral and interment took place at St Kieran Cemetery after Requiem Mass in St John’s Church on Monday. John was the first man to work at Duiske Glass in its early days.


A number of businesses have had to close in the city due to Covid 19, mainly due to close contact and infections and staff unable to attend.



There was no jackpot winner last week when the numbers drawn were 8, 12, 18 and 20. The winner of match 3 was Kay Parker, Campile who wins € 200. This week’s jackpot is € 2,750. All proceeds from the Tintern Lotto go towards the upkeep of the Tintern Community Center in Ballycullane, which is an invaluable facility for the entire parish. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Snowshoe club

Huge work has been done to put Gusserane Handball and Racquetball Alley back to the test and the newly formed committee is always delighted to welcome new members to the club. Such has been the interest since the reopening of the alley that there is rarely a night when the facility is not in use.

Anyone interested in registering is kindly requested to send an email to [email protected] for instructions on how to register. A simple online reservation service means that when players reserve their slot to play, they can rest assured that the aisle will be available and that no time is wasted waiting for others to finish.

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers of the St Leonards Christmas Lights Race who generously donated a portion of the funds they recently raised for the upkeep of the aisle.


Divide the pot

The Split the Pot Christmas special has been postponed due to the growing number of Covid-19s in the region. The draw will now take place at Foley’s Bar on Friday January 14th along with our usual bi-monthly Split the Pot.


Bro. Don Kenny will continue to say Mass at Newbawn on weekends in Bro. Moynihan’s absence. Anyone wishing to book a mass can do so after any of the weekend masses. A member of the parish council will be present at all masses to facilitate this.

A member of the Covid Committee will be present at all masses. They will not place people in their place or attend Holy Communion unless there is a large attendance at Mass.

We ask people to continue to use the one-way system to get in and out of church and also at Holy Communion, maintaining social distancing and sanitizing their hands.

We continue to pray for Fr. Jimmy and wish him a speedy recovery.

The late Jimmy Neville

Much sadness and regret has been caused in the Newbawn area at the sudden death of Jimmy Neville. A native of Duncormick, Jimmy resided near Casey’s Cross, Newbawn. Sympathy is extended to his sister Kathleen, partner Joan, nieces, and all relatives and friends. He was buried in Ballymitty Cemetery after Requiem Mass in the Church of Mary Immaculate and St. Joseph, Carrig on Bannow last Thursday.

Good year

We wish all Newbawn Notes readers a happy and prosperous New Year.


Youth Fusion Café

The Fusion Youth Café at the South West Wexford Family Resource Center will reopen for fifth and sixth grade students on Monday and Tuesday, January 10 and 12, from 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and for high school students on Wednesday, January 12, from from 4 pm to 6 pm

Find your friends, play games and have fun. This is the opportunity to try out a lot of fun games and activities, so don’t hesitate. We have a small store with a limited variety of snacks available, as well as a selection of ‘toast’ for those cold winter days.

Covid protocols are still in place, so make sure you have completed a Covid screening form which can be downloaded from our Fusion Youth Café Ramsgrange Facebook page. To reserve a place, please call 087 1769843 or 051 3894180.

Guys with cameras

We will reopen for our Wednesday night meetings at the South West Wexford Family Resource Center on Wednesday January 26th. The group will meet at 7pm and although our main activity is photography, we also do a lot of other things including carpentry, computer training and outings. All are welcome and for more information contact Jack on 087 1358254.

Group of parents and toddlers

The first parent and toddler group meeting will take place on Tuesday January 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call Lorraine on 051 389418 or email [email protected]

Consultancy services

Please note that our subsidized and affordable counseling service is now available to everyone. For confidential requests or to make an appointment, please contact us on 051 389418.

Upcoming courses at REaD

Please contact us for information on the classes we have planned for the New Year. Social assistance recipients may be eligible for funding for courses. Easy payment plans can be used for all courses. For more details or to reserve a spot for any course, call 051 389418, email [email protected] or send us a message on Facebook: facebook.com/swwfrc.

We continue to offer free training for those looking to improve their skills online. For more information on our free courses on computer / tablet / smartphone, please contact us on 051 389418.

Loto St James GAA

The club would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets for last Tuesday’s draw. There was no € 14,000 jackpot winner in the draw and the winning numbers were 3, 10, 18 and 21. The St James Club had a match three winner: Shirley Doyle, Haggard.

Season’s greetings to all those who have purchased tickets in 2020 and please continue to support the lotto in 2022. The jackpot for the next lotto draw on January 11 will be € 14,000 (reserve jackpot of € 11,600). Lotto tickets are available from committee members and local shops and pubs.



There was no jackpot winner in the Tintern Lotto draw last week. Kay Parker, Campile matched three numbers and she received € 200. The numbers drawn were 8, 12, 18 and 20. Next week’s jackpot is € 2,750 and next week’s match three winners will split € 200. Tickets on sale in all local shops and pubs and from committee members. The draw takes place every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m.


Omicron virus

First it was the Delta strain of the Covid 19 virus and now we have the Omicron version. It is very widespread throughout the parish and people must be extra careful in their movements and their contacts. While many only have a soft version, some are much more under the weather. This booster shot was a big help in reducing the effects and avoiding hospitalization. The new Booster Vaccine certificates are being issued this week and will be required to gain access to many outlets soon after they are issued.

Parish Masses

The Rosbercon Assumption Church celebrated Mass on the second and fourth weekends of each month when attendance is limited due to social distancing. A strict protocol concerning the disinfection of hands when entering and leaving the church is in force. Anyone wishing to attend Mass can log into the Web Cam on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Protect representatives

Our two safeguarding representatives in the parish are Brid Vereker from Millbanks Grove and Ann O Sullivan from Ballykenna. If anyone has any concerns regarding the protection of children and adults, please contact Brid or Ann where your request will be treated with confidentiality and courtesy.

Christmas collection

All circulating envelopes for the Christmas collection can be delivered to the parish house or placed in the collection box at the back of the church. Father Dan is very grateful for the continued generosity of the people and thanks everyone who regularly contributes to church funds.

Little Christmas

Last Thursday was the last stop of Christmas 2021 when Little Christmas or Nollaig na mBan was celebrated. In the past, January 6 was always a day and night when people enjoyed the last vestiges of the real Christmas on December 25. There was a lot of fun and social activities with visiting friends and domestic dances. What was called “a Spree” was held in many homes with a quarter of the local New Ross Cherry’s beer, or Guinness stout being supplied to visitors and of course a drop of port or sherry for the ladies. “Guiness’s stout is definitely good on tap or in bottle, but Cherry’s Ale is sure to cure a thirsty choke.”

The last pieces of Christmas cake or pudding were also served and the next morning there was probably some headache after beer as well. Nice people, they all enjoyed their ‘Little Christmas’ maybe much more than we do today with all of our rules and regulations.

New year greetings

A very happy new year to all readers of these notes and may 2022 bring you a much better time than we have experienced in the last two. Protect yourself, be well and take the necessary precautions.