Bagenalstown -

Margaret Cushen


Margaret Cushen



Submissions for the Parish Yearbook can now be made. All groups, clubs and organisations within the parish are invited to submit a report of their activities. This is entirely free of charge and is an excellent forum in which to present news and activities to the local community and wider diaspora. Personal contributions are also welcome. Deadline for contributions is September 30. All contributions should be typed and sent by email to Photographs should be included as jpegs. If it is not possible to type submissions or if further assistance is required please phone 087 9845024.


Monday August 12 was another milestone in the history of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop when the contingent of Senior Scouts and leaders from the Troop entered the town of Santiago de Compostela at the end of their gruelling 100km pilgrimage along the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) in northern Spain. The Camino is a leading Catholic pilgrimage which originated in the 9th century.

By any standards it was a fantastic achievement for this group of impressive young people. Not alone did they travel the hills and valleys of the Camino on foot but, as true Scouts, they carried each and every piece of kit, clothing and equipment on their backs in the searing Galician heat. Despite the heat, blisters and the weight of their rucksacks the Baden Powell Senior Scouts truly embraced the spirit of their pilgrimage and their positive attitude, courtesy and good humour were commented upon by many of their fellow pilgrims of all nationalities. On Tuesday, August 12, the Bagenalstown group was privileged to attend a special Mass in thanksgiving for their achievement. It marked the end of a very special experience for all concerned and as they later boarded the Aer lingus plane for the flight home to Dublin they reflected on what had been a most memorable and worthwhile experience for all of them. The Senior Scout section of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop would like to thank everybody who made their Camino pilgrimage possible – their fellow scouts, leaders, parents, committee members and troop supporters who helped with fundraising and in many other ways. They would particularly like to thank the leaders who travelled on the pilgrimage and McEvoy Coaches for their courtesy and co-operation.


A new youth club called LLB is being set up in the area for young people from 11 to 18 years old. Bagenalstown, Ballinabranna and Leighlinbridge. For further information contact Tara Rice on 087 3286673


The organisers would like to thank all who contributed so generously to their recent collection. Total amount raised €1,316.


Congratulations to the swimming pool committee who organised the Fun Gala on August 10.


A large crowd attended the Railway Fair over the weekend of Aug 9 and 10 in Borris to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bagenalstown to Palace East railway line closure on

March 25, 1963.

On Friday, August 9, Andrew Kavanagh, Borris House, launched the book compiled by Fr. Pierce Murphy “The Ducks of Borris” which comprises a short history of the railway with photographs of the 40 or so bridges and level crossings on the line from

Bagenalstown to Ballywilliam.

Next day Borris VEC hosted a conference with lectures, lunch, walk, bus tour, presentation and signed copy of the book. Speakers included Olivia O’Leary, Fergus Mulligan, Padraig Cahill and others who spoke about the 100 years of the railway. The book is on sale in The Little Shop, Bagenalstown andThe Buzz Newsletter, Kilree Street. Price €5.

If you are interested in local history and the story of the Bagenalstown Wexford line this book is a “must have”. Proceeds of sale will go to BEAM Services, Bagenalstown and Borris Tidy Towns Association.


Bagenalstown Parish Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick will take place on Saturday, September 7. Bus, one night bed and breakfast and evening meal in McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, about ten minutes from Knock. Contact Kathleen Cox on 059 9727303 or Eleanor in the Parish Office at 059 9721154.


Barrow Training Early Childhood Care and Education Course modules will take place in the coming months. Child Development Sept 29, Oct. 5, 12 and 19. Work Experience Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Communications Jan 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1, 2014. Further information from Barrow Training, ring 97 21416.


Congratulations to the Men’s Choir who are looking very smart in their green blazers

which were donated by a very generous parishioner.


Muine Bheag Vocational School is holding a Celebration Weekend in October to mark its 50th Anniversary. Friday, October 4: Celebration Service, Unveiling of Commemorative Piece, Craftwork and Photograph Exhibition, with entertainment and refreshments. Admission free. Saturday, October 5: Open Day in the School (12pm - 3pm), Gala Dinner Dance in the Lord Bagenal Hotel at 8pm. Music by Quatro.


The lads travelled to Fenagh last weekend to take on their neighbours, Fenagh. The town team was out on top with three early goals. Fenagh played well but the town won.


The Minors lined out against Ballinkillen on Monday night (Aug 12) in the McGrath Park for an excellent performance from both teams. Ballinkillen went ahead in the early stages but the town was soon back on track and there was little between the two teams with the Bagenalstown boys coming out on the winning side.


U6 hurling and football training has resumed in the McGrath Park after a short break.


If you wish to join Bagenalstown Text Alert please fill out a form (available from the Credit Union) plus €10 in an envelope and drop it into the Credit Union on Main Street.