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St. Margaret s National School, Curracloe had a visit from Skipping Workshops for an `All- Day Skip` on November 30.  Every child in the school had the opportunity to take part in one of the workshops taking place in which they learned a selection of moves, including individual moves, double-dutch, long rope, and partner skipping.  To finish off the day, there was a demonstration of the skills learned, performed by children chosen from each workshop.  Skipping Workshops have presented demonstrations to over 6000 schools throughout the UK and Europe.   They have represented Great Britain in international skipping events and have appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, on Record Breakers, Blue Peter, SMTV Live and the Jack Docherty Show.   Their aim is to encourage children and adults to skip for health, fun and fitness, whilst introducing traditional skipping games back into the school playground.   The school supports these aims.  Skipping Workshops supports a number of charities working within the health education field.  The cost per child was 2.50c and all the children really enjoyed the day.  The instructor for the day was Mr. Lee James, Senior Skipping Coach. 
A large crowd from the community attended the Open Night at Curracloe National School on the evening of November 29 to see the new school.  It was a great opportunity  for parents to meet each other. Thanks are extended  to everyone who helped decorate the school, the Parents Association for providing refreshments, the staff, pupils and all who came. The school community would like to welcome the new Board of Management Chairperson Fr. Donal Berney, Principal Mrs. Lelia Keating, Staff Rep. Ms. Emer McCrea, Parents Reps. Mrs Deirdre Tobin and Mr. Francis Neville, Wider Community Reps. Mrs. Anne Carty, Mr. James Cash and Mr. John Furlong and to wish them well in their new term.
The AGM of the Shelmalier GAA club took place on Sunday last in Hotel Curracloe with a large attendance present. Outgoing Chairman Noel Ryan opened the meeting and highlighted a very successful year for the club, having reached senior grade for the first time when the Intermediate footballers beat Kilmore in the county final and the first stage of the major development complex was completed.  Secretary Peggy Kelly gave an extensive report on the clubs activities over the year. She said that 2007 was a great year for the club both on and off the field of play. The first function was recently held in the magnificent new complex when the club received the very first Heartsafe award. She complimented the footballers in winning both the Intermediate and Junior titles and she stated that the senior hurlers were very unlucky in their campaign, with the Junior hurlers reaching both the league and championship finals. She congratulated Brian Malone, Clive Lawlor and Stephen Banville on winning the Intermediate All Ireland title with Wexford and highlighted the achievement of both the Ladies Footballers and Camogie players in their respective finals.
Treasurer Ann McGrath presented a very impressive balance sheet with a number of projects raising sufficient funds to run the club for the year. Larry Banville and Neil Hurley outlined the up to date position in relation to the new club complex. They stated that stage one of the project was now completed, with the fitting out of the complex the next proposed stage. They said a lot of work and fund raising was still needed to finish the complex and they thanked the generosity of the people of the parish who helped take the project this far.
The following officers were elected for the coming year: President Fr. Walter Forde, Patron Fr. Donal Berney, Chairperson Noel Ryan, Vice Chairperson Seamus O` Leary, Secretary Peggy Kelly, Assistant Secretary Paul Tobin, Treasurer Ann McGrath, Assistant Treasurer Denis Kelly, Registrar James Horan, County Board Rep Seamus O`Leary and Purchasing Officer John Wall. Management committee members including the officers are John Byrne, Larry Banville, Michael Ryan, Simon Donohoe, Fr. Donal Berney, Aidan O`Leary, Charles Kavanagh, Sean Kelly, Larry O`Shaughnessy, Ollie Hearne, Seamus Harding, Colm Flanagan, Oliver McGrath, John McGrath and Michael Kelly. The team managers elected were Senior Football Tom Tynan, Junior Football Larry O Shaughnessy, Under 21 Football Eddie Doyle, Senior Hurling Liam O` Neill, Junior Hurling Ibar Murphy and Under 21 Hurling Denis Kelly and Kenneth Hearne.  
The AGM of the underage section of the Shelmalier GAA Club (Coiste na nOg) takes place on Friday night next,  December 7 commencing  at 8 p.m. at the club grounds in Hollymount. This is a very important meeting for all parents and supporters of under age players, as it gives them an opportunity to express their views on the progress being make in the under age section of the club. The Club would like to encourage as many parents and supporters to come along, where they can meet other similar parents and the officials and team managers who help run this part of the club.
The Months Mind Mass for the late Mrs. Annie Reck, Monmore, Crossabeg ( Mother of Mrs. Annie Quinn, Ballyhoo, Screen) will be offered up in Crossabeg Church on Saturday night next, December 8 at 7 p.m.

In the Wexford B Doubles which took place in Bree,
Cameron Steel and Luke Barron (Under 11 B play-off) beat Jamie Hall and Thomas Hall with scores of 15-7, 15-11.  In the U-12 B Doubles Padraig Foley and Dean Furlong beat Peter Doyle and Ronan Minogue 8-15;15-4; 15-10.  The County Final is between Horeswood and Castlebridge. David O' Shea and Lee Norris from Horeswood will play Padraig Foley and Dean Furlong. Date as yet not fixed.  TheTurkey Tournament is in full flight at the moment at the Alley in Castlebridge.   Game of 25:
Group C :Padraig Foley Scr versus Luke Whitty Scr; Justin Power +12 versus Dean Furlong +5 . Group D: Oisin Foley Scr versus Thomas Hall +8; Bryan Kehoe scr versus Jamie Hall Scr. Group E: Round Robin, one game of 15 aces – Enda Cloake Scr versus Stephen Rossiter Scr;
Adam Hanrahan Scr versus Stephen Rossiter Scr; Enda Cloake Scr versus Adam Hanrahan Scr.
A great night was had by all in Castlebridge Community Centre on Saturday. The Gospel Choir sang a medley of Christmas Carols while Santa danced with members of the audience. He dsitributed sweets to the children, and was very popular on the night. Michelle Donoghue switched on the lights following a `cupla focal` from Hubert Tunney and Fr. Forde. Many thanks to all involved.