K`NEX CHALLENGE in Curracloe School.

Gerry Forde give children interesting talk on water towers.

The boys and girls from 4th & 5th classes in Curracloe National School are entering a project on "Water Towers" in the k'nex challenge competition.  Mr. Gerry Forde, County Engineer, kindly gave a most interesting presentation in the school and then arranged for 4th,5th & 6th class pupils to visit the Water Tower in Mayglass. There they met Dr.Jacky Power who showed them how to test water.  They were also brought through all the different stages and were shown a backwash that removes all the manganese and iron. The pupils will draw up a plan for their project and then make it out of K'nex and make their presentation. The pupils really enjoyed their engineering experience and wish to offer sincere thanks to Mr. Gerry Forde and Dr. Jacky Power and all the other workers for all their assistance to them.
As part of their preparation for confirmation, the 5th & 6th class pupils of Curracloe National School made a trip to Our Lady's Island with their teachers.   There they learned the geography, history and religious aspect of the island.   Fr. Donal Berney, C.C. then accompanied the pupils and teachers around the island, whilst saying the rosary.
The Shelmalier Juvenile footballers faced local rivals Glynn Barntown in the county football final in Glynn on Sunday last. This was a repeat of the juvenile hurling final in which the black and amber won out in a thrilling final in Wexford Park. Sundays finals was also a thriller in difficult weather conditions with the Glynn boys coming through on a final scoreline of 4-7 to 4-3. The first half was evenly contested with both teams displaying great skill and determination with the half closing on a 1-4 to 1-1 score line with Sean Walsh slipping through for the Shels goal mid way through the half, but a couple of Glynn frees converted in the closing stages of the half left three points between the sides at half time. Glynn started the second half in a whirl wind fashion and quickly raced to a 10 point lead. However the Shels refused to die and responded with two goals in the space of a few minutes to ensure exciting closing stages of the game. The Shelmaliers battled bravely to the end but could not stop a Glynn victory. Scorers for the Shelmaliers were Alan Rossiter 1-1, Sean Walsh 1-0, Kevin O Leary 1-0, James Gordan 1-0 and Brian Doyle 0-2.
There were no winners of the Shelmalier GAA club development lotto draw last week.  However there were 13 winners of the match three numbers and they were:
Rose Donohoe, Andrew Furlong, Joe Fox, Eileen and David Walsh, S & M. O` Brien, Nancy Tobin, Dympna Murphy, John Murphy, Grahan Lawlor Ryan, Noel Howlin, Richard Doyle, Matty Murphy and Maurice Roche, with each person receiving 19.  The Shelmalier GAA club would like to wish all their members and supporters a very happy Christmas and New Year. They would like to thank each and everyone who helped and assisted the club during the year, as your contribution helped in the objective of promoting and playing gaelic games in the parish. To the large number of people who helped financially make the first stage of the new complex development at Hollymount a reality, they would like to thank you all for your generosity. Once the Christmas and New Year is over they would like to welcome you all back to Hollymount to plan and organize for another progressive year for both club and players.
The Shelmalier Coiste na nOg committee would like to invite all the parents, supporters, trainers and members to a Christmas get-together in Freddies of Screen on Saturday next, December 22 commencing at 9 p.m.
Castlebridge Community Development Committee wishes to thank the youth club for their recent bag packing in Dunnes Stores. They raised 2250 for the Community Development. The committee would like to thank Martina Furlong and Virginia Hanrahan for organising the event and also to thank Dunnes Stores for facilitating the bag packing.
Castlebridge`s Kevin Byrne and Eoin O' Leary were beaten by Oularts Peter Sutton and Darragh Corrigan in the u-13 (40×20) on a scoreline of 15-11.  In the local Turkey Tournament (Group 2) the results were as follows:- Brendan Murphy defeated Jason Murphy 31 aces to 16; Padraig Foley defeated Luke Whitty 25 aces to 15; Dean Furlong defeated Justin Power 25 aces to 15; Oisin Foley defeated Thomas Hall 25 aces to 16; Brian Kehoe defeated Jamie Hall 25 aces to 17; Enda Cloake defeated Stephen Rossiter 15 aces to 9;  Stephen Rossiter defeated Adam Hanrahan 15 aces to 11.  In the final Enda Cloake defeated Adam Hanrahan 15-7; Shane Lawlor defeated Walter Lawlor 31 aces to 21; Jason Murphy got a walkover from James O' Toole.  In Group 4,
Craig Hall defeated Michael Redmond 31 aces to 25;
Kevin Murphy defeated Brian Murphy 31 aces to 17; and in the Final Kevin Murphy defeated Craig Hall 31-24.  The winner of the Dara Cloake and Dean Corrigan match will play Cory Murphy in the semi-final. In the semi-final Jason Murphy will play Shane Lawlor and David Rossiter will  meet Eoin O' Leary in the semi final of Group B
Brendan Murphy meets the winner of Dean Corrigan and Derek Walsh in the mens final.
Best of luck to the 13 students of John and Linda Phillips who tested for their black belts in Dublin on Sunday
The total amount taken up last weekend for the St. Vincent de Paul amounted to 983.43c.  Thanks to all for their generosity.
Masses for Christmas
On Saturday next, December 22, there will be the Sacrament of Reconcilliation at 7.30 p.m. in Castlebridge Church with Canon Noel Hartley as the Guest Speaker. The Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve will be at 9 p.m.  Christmas Day Masses at 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.  Mass on St. Stephens Day at 11 a.m.  Mass on Thursday, December 27 will be at 11 a.m.
Bridge Magazine
The Bridge Magazine is on sale throughout the village of Castlebridge – in local shops and other outlets.  There is many great articles of local interest.  It is a great read for the Christmas season.