Environmental Awards.

Castlebridge was well represented at the Wexford County Council Awards ceremony

Environmental Awards
Castlebridge was well represented at the Wexford County Council Awards ceremony which were held in the Ferrycarraig Hotel last week. St.Ibars National School proudly received their framed certificate for their hard work in obtaining their green flag. Ms. Cullen, Enda Cloake and Jonathan Smith attended the ceremony. 2nd overall prize in the county for the best kept housing estate went to Rectory Hall. 1st prize for the best community initiative went to Castlebridge Community Centre.The committee received a prize of 400 and a plaque.Well done to all involved. The other two groups from Castlebridge, the Tidy Towns and Foxborough Residents received Spring bulbs and a voucher for 30. 
All Stars
Congratulations to Kate Kelly on receiving an All Star Camogie award last Saturday.  Kate was selected corner forward on the team which included 5 Wexford players, Maggs Darcy (St Martins), Catherine O Loughlin (Monageer) Mary and Una Lacey (Oulart), Well done to all five. This tops off a great year for Kate as she has already been selected Vodaphone player of the year in Camogie; Wexford Supporters Club player of the year in both football and Camogie and Nissian sport star of the year for Camogie. Michelle Hearne was also nominated for the award  in the full forward line but unfortunately was not elected on the team. However it is a great acheivment to be nominated for such a prestigious event. Michelle has also been nominated for the Ladies Football awards so best of luck to her next Saturday. A Date for the Diary – December 8 in Hotel Curracloe, St Ibars Shelmalier Camogie Club will be honouring its players who played a part in capturing the O`Duffy Cup for the first time in 32 years for Wexford. All are invited on the night, more
details to follow.
We extend our condolences to the family of the late Tracey Lawlor, Mullinagore, Castlebridge, who has died at the  young age of 24 years, especially to her Father and Mother, Ian and Phil, brothers Brian and Joseph, relatives and friends.  Her remains were removed from her home to Castlebridge Church for the funeral Mass on Tuesday morning with burial afterwards in St. Ibars cemetery, Crosstown.  R.I.P.

Petmania in National School
Snakes tarantulas and bearded dragons were some of the new pupils at Curracloe School last week. Petmania paid a visit bringing with them the cute and cuddly, the hairy and the eight legged. Declan, Anna and Mick from Petmania volunteered their time to teach the pupils pet care and to introduce them to some traditional and novel pets.The teachers and children were delighted to get the chance to see and pet the creatures, but not brave enought to pet the tarantulas though.
Heart Safe Award
Congratulations to the Shelmalier Ladies Football Club,  St. Ibars Shelmalier Camogie club and the Shelmalier G.A.A club on being awarded the first HeartSafe G.A.A Club Status in Ireland. This award will be presented to the clubs by Mr. Michael O Shea CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation at a special function in the New Complex in Hollymount tonight Wednesday, November 14.  Proceedings will get underway at 7.30 p.m. There is an open invitation to everybody in the local and surrounding communities, Sport Clubs, Schools etc and the general public to attend this launch. To date 15 members have been trained in the use of the AED and CPR and a further 12 in CPR. The clubs aim is to have a trained person present at all training sessions and matches and they hope that more volunteers will come forward for this important training and function. The AED Committee was born with representatives from the interested bodies. Liz Quill was elected chairperson and in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation the committee began looking at the steps to becoming a heartsafe Club.  Anyone wishing to be trained should contact Liz Quill, Chairperson of the AED Group to arrange training.
GAA News
The Chairman of the Leinster GAA ground development committee John Healy visited the new complex in Hollymount on Saturday last to view at first hand the enormous progress made since his last visit six months ago. He said he was greatly impressed with the rate of progress the club had made on the development in such a short period and he had high praise for the style and standard of the building. The clubs minor hurlers qualified for the county final with a hard fought 3-14 to 3-9 victory over St Martins played in Wexford Park on Sunday last. The team played very well throughout and built up a commanding lead before St Martins fought back to within a point with five minutes to go, but sub Ronan Kavanagh ensured a Shelmalier victory with a goal in the last few minutes of the game.  Congratulations to Kate Kelly on receiving yet another national award for her outstanding contribution to camogie and ladies football this year. On Saturday night last she had the honour of receiving the camogie GAA All Star award for 2007. Everybody in the Shelmalier GAA Club and indeed the parish and surrounding areas are very proud of her achievements over the years and it is only fitting that she should be recognized on the national stage.

The annual 1910 mass in remembrance of the famous Castlebridge All Ireland winners of that year and also in remembrance of any other club member who has passed away, will take place on Sunday next  November 18 in Castlebridge church at 10.30 a.m.  This has always been an important occasion for the Shelmalier club when all present and past members and players of the club come together to remember and pray for their friends and relations. It has also turned into an important social occasion when the club invites all their members to a social gathering in the Porter House after the mass. The club would like to invite all parishioners to attend the mass and social afterwards.
 Bridge Drama Group will present the hilarious one act play 'None the Wiser' by Anthony Booth in the Forge in Crossabeg on Thursday November 22 at 8.30 p.m. and also in the Porterhouse,  Castlebridge on Friday November 23 at 9.30 p.m. and in Whelans of Campile on Saturday November 24 at 9.30 p.m. Each performance will  be followed by ceol agus craic. Don't miss out on these great nights.
Community Games
Entries are being sought for the Indoor Team Events – Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Choir, Draughts, Handball, Indoor Soccer, Olympic Handball, Table Tennis and Variety.  For the coming season, two teams per Area may compete at the County Finals.  Entries are also being sought for the Special Activity Events – Culture Corner, Drama Sketch, Recitation,  Projects, Group Singing/Dancing/Music as well as Solo Singing/Music/Dancing.  Contact Anne on 086-1980775 by Thursday of this week.
Community Centre A.G.M
The annual general meeting of Castlebridge Community Centre was held on Monday November 5 in the Community Centre. A large number of people attended and supported the work undertaken by the committee over the past year. The chairman welcomed everyone and praised all the voluntary groups who use the centre. He also thanked the committee for their hard work during the year. The committee for the coming year were also elected and Nicky Keane and Teresa O`Reilly were highly commended by the committee for their dedication.
At the All Ireland junior singles 60×30 College finals played in Mullinagore on Saturday  last,  Dean Corrigan received a walkover from Niall Donaghy of Tyrone who he had defeated in the All Ireland singles in Croke Park. In the final, Dean met the 2006 (40×20) World champion Padraig Carroll from Limerick. After a marathon struggle, in the 1st game Dean won 21-17. In the 2nd game Carroll won 21-11 and in the tiebreaker Dean overwhelmed Carroll and ran out on an 11-3 scoreline. .Dean is certainly a wonderful prospect for the future of handball in Wexford. The Youths final in the David Mythen tournament will be played on Friday night next in Castlebridge . 

Development Lotto
There was no winner of the jackpot in the Curracloe United AFC development lotto draw last weekend.  The winning numbers were 6, 7, 19 and 22. There were 4 match 3 winners, Eileen Quinn, c/o Tavern; Billy Donnelly, Screen; Sean, Jason, Jack, Aaron c/o Chris Keane; Sarah, Shoe & Buggy c/o Tavern and each received 40.  Next weekends jackpot stands at 7500 and the draw takes place in the Roadhouse on Sunday night.  In the Super South East Soccer draw, Curracloe United had 6 winners .  The top prize of a choice of cars or 13,000 was won by Seamus Ryan, Ashley Park, Coolcotts ( seller Seamus Ryan)  the 7th prize of a Blacksmith Stove or a Panasonic Camcorder to the value of 999 was won by Molly Gordon, Curracloe ( seller Chris Gordon) the 9th prize of a Greenhouse or Sports goods to the value of 395 was won by Gary Murphy, Coolrainey (seller Gary Murphy) the 13th prize of furniture or a Barbeque to the value of 239 was won by John F. Murphy, Kilmacoe (seller George Murphy) the 44th prize of 75 was won by Robert Furlong, Curracloe (seller John Furlong) A special category prizewinner of 5000 was Eanna Murphy, Church View, Curracloe (seller Sean Tobin) The second draw will take place on Friday, December 7 in the Courtyard, Ferns.  Tickets are available from John Furlong (085-1741077) or from Club and Committee members.
Ladies Football
The Shelmalier senior girls team were defeated 3-9 to 1-5 by Clonee in Hollymount recently.  As with all games between these sides this was another closely contested affair with the scoreboard not reflecting the game as was the case earlier in the year when the Shels girls defeated Clonee.  Shels scorers were Leona Tector 1-0, Deirdre McMahon 0-3, Deirdre Fox 0-1, Bridget Curran 0-1. Others to play well were Lisa and Maeve Quill, Tara
Moloney, Martina Pender, Catherine Doyle, Fiona Cullen, Kate Kelly and Sandy Carr.
Ladies Football All Stars
Michelle Hearne along with Mary Rose Kelly and Caroline Murphy have been nominated for a ladies football All Star. The award ceremony will take place in the City West this Saturday night commencing at 6.30 p.m. Michelle and Caroline have been nominated for both the ladies football and camogie All Star awards. A great achievement by both girls. The Shelmalier ladies Football Club congratulates Kate Kelly, Mary and Una Leacy, Mags Darcy and Catherine O'Loughlin on their All Star awards last weekend.  It was a great achievement for the
girls.  Once again many people were astonished that Michelle Hearne was unsuccessful in getting the award. She has shown great leadership in games when the tide was turning against the team and has been a driving force throughout their great year.