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Pictures from St Patrick's Day Parade 2014

Clonroche 2014 St Patrick's Day Parade was a brilliant success favoured by fine weather. The hour long entertainment session of Irish song, dance and music, was a much lauded attraction before the parade proper took place. With talented musicians like Tony Durack, Hugh Binney, Francis McCabe, Martin Ryan, Darren Buckley, Lorcan Dunne, Darragh Doyle, Ann Dempsey, Mick Dempsey, and Paddy Mahon success was assured but with the added attraction of Nick Dempsey and the Murphy School of Dance the entertainment turned to dazzling.

The parade had a number of topical fun filled floats with the Cloch Ban taking both the Overall Prize and also the best commercial award for their float "The 6th Garth Brooks Concert" including the man himself accompanied by a full chorus of line dancers. The most topical award went to a local grouping of Ann Fenlon, Marion Cleere, Lizzy Miles, with "They Have Even Taken the Bereavement Grant" The parade had a number of vintage vehicles including a 1952 Volkswagen with a strong representation from Courtnacuddty & Caime. One of the most remarkable exhibits in the parade was a tractor completely dressed in a tight fitting crocheted costume.

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Posted 18th March 2014

Action Packed St Patrick's Day

An action packed St Patrick's Day Parade is planned for Clonroche on Monday next: A star packed outdoor concert will take place commencing at 1 o'clock; With Martin Ryan, Daren Buckley, Nick Dempsey, Darragh Doyle on Banjo, The McCabe whistlers, The Murphy School of Dance, Ailbhe Cummins, Tony Durack on Accordion, Hugh Binney on Flute, Paddy Mahon on Bodhran, Ann Dempsey, the inimitable Francis McCabe & Lorcan Dunne; This will be a show not to be missed:

The Parade proper will pass the viewing platform at 2 o'clock and with over sixy businesses and twenty groups invited to attend Clonroche is the place to be on St Patrick's Day

Posted 15th March 2014


Castleboro Lament

Damian Cullen, Castlebor has penned a beautiful poem on his beloved Castleboro. Click Here

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day Parade in Clonroche is expected to one of the biggest in its five year history. With over eighty local businesses and groupings invited to participate, it's an opportunity to demonstrate the dynamic of the Clonroche area and it is hoped the majority of invitees can take part. This year, weather permitting, an hour long concert of Irish song dance and music will be performed commencing at 1 o'clock with the parade passing the reviewing platform at 2 o'clock; The Parade will assemble at 1 o'clock in Mernagh's Equestrian Centre for floats and vehicles with marching groups assembling at Glanbia Mill @ 1 o'clock. Bíodh iontach Lá Fhéile Pádraig i Cluain an Róistigh.

Posted 4th March 2014


Community Watch

A very representative Community Watch Committee was established at a meeting in Clonroche Community Centre on Wednesday night. The eighteen member committee will now go on to organise a text/ watch service for the village and area. This organisation is deemed necessary because of escalating crime incidents. A report of attempted extortion, perpetrated the previous day, was circulating at the meeting with incidents of theft, burglary, and car stealing, reported regularly; eighty percent of the people engaged in this activity are never apprehended. If there was a negative to this initiative it was the fact that of the 680 houses in the area only forty people attended

Posted 4th March 2014

Highest Traveller Population

Clonroche Village is home to the highest per capita population of Irish Travellers in Co Wexford at 22%

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Posted 25 February 2014

Community Watch Meeting

A Public Meeting, facilitated by Clonroche Development Association Ltd, will be held on Wednesday 5th March in Clonroche Community Centre at 8 o'clock to ascertain if there is public support for the setting up of a Community Watch / Text organisation in the area. It is hoped at least one representative from each household will attend. Ms Margaret Quinn, Community Alert Development Office and members of A Garda Siochana will be in attendance

Clonroche Development Association

Mr Ger Mackey & Dara Hillard, representatives of Wexford County Council, addressed the February meeting of Clonroche Development Association Ltd and set out plans for extra planting in the village. Mr Mackey in his address stated that Clonroche was nominated a Gateway Village, one of five in the County. Mr Dara Hillard, in an audio visual presentation, outlined effective and village enhancing stratagem's which will be implemented in the coming weeks. The committee will meet both men with a view to progressing the development on Thursday.

The first step in organising this year's St Patrick's Day Parade, which promises to be the biggest yet, was discussed. Advanced plans are being instigated to boost the attraction of this year's event. It's hoped that all commercial businesses and voluntary groupings in the area will have advanced plans for the parade


Posted 5th February 2014

Parish Party 2014

The annual Parish Party, held in Clonroche Community Centre on Sunday 19th January 2014, was a wonderful success. One hundred and five members of the community were served a delightful meal, with choice of menu, by William Kinsella's Wild Flower Café, described by all as delicious. The patrons were entertained by no less than nine young local musicians playing banjos, violins, whistles, and accordions. The Murphy School of Dance giving a truly professional performance.

At the commencement of the meal Rev Fr. Bernard Cushen remembered the late John Jude Doyle and a minutes silence was observed. The event, organised by Clonroche Development Association, were pleased to have members of the local Irish Country Women's Association present, the original organisers of the Parish Party. Go raibh maith agat as do sheirbhís don phobal. Mrs Iris Tector delivered an expression of gratitude on behalf of the guests and Canon Roger Harmsworth managed to fit the event into his busy diary

The very enjoyable after meal dance continued until seven o'clock with calls for more, testament to the musical talents of old troubadours, Martin Ryan & Lorcan Dunne. Jim Butler was the affable Master of Ceremonies, Fear an Ti, Ml Cogley checked very ones glass was full and head waiter, Martin Kelly organised his staff with military precision. An expression of appreciation was expressed by the organisers for the many donations of beverages and spot prizes received, from a personal observation it appeared everyone present won a prize.

Maith sibh gach duine lena mbaineann a bhfuil an fhreagracht eagrúcháin a chur ar stáitse an ócáid seo


Clonroche Development Association

 Jan 2014 Meeting

At the January meeting of Clonroche Development Association preliminary plans for this year's Parish Party, to be held on Sunday 19th January, was discussed. Invitations will be distributed during the week, but if in the off chance anyone is mistakenly overlooked in the distribution of invitations please come along or inform a committee member.

The establishment of a Community Watch / Text organisation for the area will have a preliminary meeting at the end of the month with a General Meeting in early February to establish if there is community support for the project. In cognisance of recent spate of robberies this would seem to be a very necessary development, especially for older people or persons living alone

Members will meet on site this Sunday morning to inspect and discuss the proposed Playing Field project. The 6 .23 acre development will, if supported by the community, be one of the biggest communal projects undertaken for the village and area with enormous potential to benefit the wider community.

To mark the end of the Christmas season festive street lighting will be taken down on Thursday

Posted 6th January 2014


Clonroche Development Association AGM

Clonroche Development Association will hold the Annual General Meeting on Monday 11th November 2013 in Clonroche Community Centre at 8 o'clock. All are welcome to voice their views and aspirations for the village, and area, for the coming years. Many significant and desirable developments have been instigated and executed by the association over the past years so a large attendance will be advantageous to continuing this work. AGM Newsletter

Tidy Towns Report 2013

The Tidy Towns Report 2013 acn be accessed from this link:

Pantomime 2012.

Clonroche Development Association are financing the 2012 Pantomime "Sing a Song of Sixpence, produced by Clonroche Stage Productions commencing 4th December 2012

Posted 11th November 2012

Clonroche Development Association Ltd will hold their Annual General Meening in Clonroche Community Centre at 8 o'clock on Monday 12th November 2012. See Publication

Posted 11th Nov 2012

History Society

The Annual General Meeting of Clonroche History Society will be hel on Tue 16th October 2012 in Clonroche Community Centre at 8 o'clock; Tom McDonald will speak on the attack on Clonroche Police Barracks in April 1920 plus memories of Canon Ml Murphy PP Cloughbawn


Tidy Towns Report 2012

See Clonroche Tidy Towns Report 2012

Attack on Clonroche Barracks

See Tom McDonald Report on the attack on Clonroche RIC Barracks April 1920. This is an excellent report on this incident never before published

Tom McDonald Page

Posted 16th Sept 2012

Dr Livingstone I presume?

The African explorer Mr H. Stanley and Mrs Stanley arrived at Enniscorthy on Monday en route to Castleboro, the residence of Lord and Lady Carew where they intend to spend a brief holiday. The couple were the object of all eyes as they drove out of the town in the open carriage which had been in waiting for them at the station." From the Wexford Independent August 9th 1893.

Posted 16 Sept 2012

An International Website??

In excess of 41 countries around the world has visited the Clonroche web site

Michael Canon Murphy PP

The link will take you to an article written in 1955 by Michael Canon Murphy PP Cloughbawn, the much loved pastor of over thirty years. A biographical account of his life and times, especially during the "troubles", it makes interesting reading

Michael Canon Murphy PP

Posted 15 August 2012

Easter Sunday Night Irish Concert

The Easter Sunday Night Irish Concert, a celebration of traditional music, song and story was a fantastic success and acclaimed by an attentive and appreciative audience. Organised to showcase some of the abundant talented in the area and to facilitate a platform of expression for local performers, as well as providing live entertainment for the community, acknowledgement and appreciation must be extended to the organisers and performers. Michael Byrne, the very accomplished Master of Ceremonies, introduced a multiplicity of delightful acts, The Carrigbyrne Pike Choir directly from their American tour, The Kinsella Sisters, The Foley Sisters, Joe Kehoe, The Harringtons, The Murphy School of Dancing, Clonroche School Band, Darren Buckley, Mummers, Sean Flood & Emmet Ryan, Thomas McDonald, Ailbhe Cummins, Colin Dier and that great exponent of the flute Paddy Joyce and his friends in music. Jim Murphy, Paddy Foley, Paddy Mahon, John Cullen, Martin Connolly & Seamus Sands. Martin Ryan, Sean Coleman & Ann Dempsey completed a very strong line-up. Daoine ar mian leo teacht i gcónaí ar chanadh amhrán.


Posted 9th April 2012

Easter Sunday Night Irish Concert.

The effort to revive the Clonroche Stage continues on Easter Sunday Night with a Traditional Irish Music Concert. Very popular in the 1950's, then called a Celebrity Concert, this event is organised to showcase some of the extraordinary talent in the area. Clonroche has a multiplicity of artists performing Irish Music Song & Dance around the county every week, and indeed around the country, and this is an attempt to bring it all back home. It is hoped to make this an annual event and in doing so promote and sustain the high quality and interest in Irish Music and to cultivate younger members of the community to carry the tradition into the future. It at 8 o'clock in Clonroche Community Centre. Easter Sunday 8th April: Admission €5 children free

Posted 29th March 2012


St Patrick's Day Parade 2012

The Clonroche St Patrick's Day Parade was a resounding success. The colourful parade, led by Grand Marshall , Mr Richie Blackburn and the Campile Pipe Band took over fifty minutes to pass the reviewing platform to the delight of the assembled crowds braving the proceeding showers. Many of the twenty voluntary groups in the area were well represented with children participating to the full building up their collection of future youthful memories. Businesses in the locale, and some outside, took the opportunity to promote their services and play a full role in this national day event.

The overall Float awards went to Raheen with a magnificent, and for the year that's in it, relevant float "Titanic". The people 'on board' dressed in period costume lent to the authentic atmosphere of this splendid effort. Mr Colin Dier took the humorous award for his "Phil Hogan Tink Tank" float, a play on the proposed water and septic tank charges. Coolaught Garden Centre was awarded the business prize and Clonroche / Poulpasty Community Games won the voluntary section.

A community triumph, great admiration is extended to all participants, those who in anyway helped to stage the event and especially to the people who lined the main street of Conroche without whose interest the endeavour would be futile


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An interesting statistic?

43.63 % of children attending Clonroche National School are in need of special attention:

21% of children attending Clonroche National School are Travellers

This is according to Mick Wallace TD making a statement to the Dail

Posted 27 Feb 2012


No Vintage.

Clonroche Development Association Ltd will not be promoting the Steam & Vintage Rally this year. After a number of years of falling interest, it was decided, at a recent meeting, to give the event a rest

Posted 12th February 2012

Irish Concert

It’s a long while since Clonroche had an Irish Concert. Its understood tentative steps are presently taking place to stage such a show about Easter time. An area with a long tradition of Irish music, song and dance, it is desirable to create an occasion to showcase the multitude of talent in the area

Posted 12th February 2012

Little Jobs Service.

There may be many older people in the area requiring a little job to be attended to around the house. Clonroche Development Association Ltd have bee made aware of such a scheme operating in Enniscorthy for some time. Named The Little Jobs Service and operated by Wexford Local Development Ltd, they have two TUS operatives, carrying ID and Garda Vetted, who go the homes of older people and carry out odd jobs – gardening, moving furniture, installing locks, or minor repairs.

Wexford Development Ltd has kindly offered the service to Clonroche area, on a trial basis, for a fixed period of one week to ascertain the viability. There is a small charge of €10 per job. Interested persons should contact Clonroche Development Association or WLD 053 9155864


Posted 12th February 2012

The Party goes on in Ireland & Wexford

People forced to emigrate, or their families, should note the generosity of payments to the esteemed members of Wexford County Council in this so called time of austerity. Payments made in 2011 amounted to €600,000

Look for yourself !

Posted 5th Feb 2012

International Website

The Clonroche Web Site has been visited by 33 different countries and 25 States of the USA. Interesting?

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Parish Party

The Annual Parish Party, held in Clonroche Community Centre on Sunday 22nd Jan, was a fantastic success with ninety-seven meals served. Organised by Clonroche Development Association Ltd, it's a tribute to the community that so many from outside the Association gave of their time and effort to make this event so successful. A truly community triumph it was a congenial and enjoyable day for all concerned and demonstrates the kinship, unity and co-operative spirit of the area. Tribute must be extended to the Cloch Ban, who prepared the meals and in the true flamboyant disposition of the genial proprietor, strawberries were featured in the dessert.

Tributes and remembrance must also be extended to the many members of Clonroche Irish Countrywomen's Association who for decades hosted the Parish Party when the many modern conveniences, that are now so commonplace, were not available. A welcome and meaningful contribution was received from the ICA towards the hosting of the event, so they are still involved and playing an active role.

All the effort would amount to small value if nobody turned up on the day. It would be so easy to sit by the fire. To the ninety-seven true community stalwarts a special thanks is extended for their participation without which the day would be a disappointment. Beidh orainn a fheiceann tú an bhliain seo chugainn

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Photo's from Enniscorthy Guardian

Posted 24th January 2012


Clonroche Christmas Night 2011

Clonroche Christmas Night 2011


Clonroche Pantomime

The pantomime was a popular form of entertainment in ancient Greece and later, Rome. Like theatre, it encompassed comedy, tragedy, and romance. The first Cinderella Pantomime in England was produced in 1804 at Drury Lane, the west-end theatre in London. Clonroche had its first pantomime production 'Cinderella' one-hundred and seventy four years later, on the 4th January 1976.

Pantomimes were produced in the village for a further twenty years packing houses and attracting Patrons County wide. After a lapse of fifteen years Pantomime returns to Clonroche on Tuesday 6th December 2011 when 'Sinbad the Sailor' opens for six nights in Clonroche Community Centre.

The show, produced by the illustrious, eminent, legendry Ray Quigley, promises to be a top drawer production with all the classical components. Ray, one of the most prominent and profligate directors in the south east, produced many shows, including Annie, Clown, Guys & Dolls, West Side Story and Joseph for Enniscorthy Musical Society.

The show has a very experienced and proficient company, many playing with drama and musical societies at the highest level over many years. Ray Quigley, and Lorcan Dunne preserve connections with that first pantomime production thirty-five years ago with Tim Harrington playing an adorable minute dancer on that first production and laying claim to a long and varied thespian career

The cast, including Pat Crean, Tim Harrington and The Honorable Dame Liam Spratt, yes he of South-East Radio sports commentating fame, promises a laugh a minute ably supported by Ann Marie Lambert in the role of 'Sinbad. John Foley- the Foley name being synonymous with pantomime-, and newcomer Martin Kehoe will complete the jesting quartet.

Fresh from roles in New Ross and the Enniscorthy Musical Society production 'Fiddler on the Roof', Sinead Doyle brings romance to the show with Pat Dunne portraying Count Hannibal Hector, the evil vampire. With his hand on the Tiller, Captain Lorcan Dunne will endeavor to have a steadying influence assisted by the magical powers of Genie Sarah Doyle

Bernie Murray Ryan is Musical Director, conducting a completely local orchestra with choreography by sisters Emma & Angela Murphy. The prices are a reasonable €10 for adults and €5 for child under 12, to book call 086-3474876.

Posted 22nd November 2011


Clonroche Development AGM

Outgoing chairman Lorcan Dunne saw off the challenge of Colin Dier for the position of chairman at a packed Annual General Meeting of Clonroche Development Association held in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday evening.

With canvassing going on for weeks, this was one of the more interesting assemblies of the Association and demonstrates the passion and sincerity of the membership in their commitment to further the interests of the village.

Addressing the meeting, the outgoing chairman catalogued the many achievements and the varying activities of the Association over the year. From the organisation of computer classes, to the management of the FAS programme, from being service provider of a thrift club, to stage and entertainment which, as he saw it, was the raison d'être of the Association.

To have a wide and varied focus was much more beneficial to the community than a narrow and blinkered outlook. Whilst the Tidy Town competition should and will remain an integral part of Association activities it should not be allowed to consume all the energies of Clonroche Development Association.

In conclusion the chairman expressed the associations gratitude to the wider community for their support and to the membership for their unstinting commitment to the betterment of our village and neighbourhood

Posted 18th Nov 2011


Tidy Town Report 2011

Clonroche once again maintained its high placing in the National Tidy Town Competition being second to Ballycanew in the county in category 'B'. Scoring higher than Tyrellspass, a previous National Winner, Clonroche can be proud of its 275 points.

Pride of place again went to the Millennium Park, with the Post Office, Cloch Ban and Tectors receiving very high commendations from the judging panel. Clonroche Pharmacy, Kavanaghs Filling Station & Greenes Footwear also came in for favourable comment.

Dereliction and the array of signage, most of it not applicable to the village, on the Enniscorthy approach road, was amongst of the less favourable aspects of the village in the opinion of the judges.

Surprisingly, some flower bed displays and flowering tubs came in for some criticism, but Canon Murphy Park & Woodlands were described as beautifully maintained in the report.

Generous praise should be extended to the FAS personnel for their trogon efforts in maintaining a village one mile in length, not including side roads and estates, and traffic in excess of 8,000 passing vehicles per day.

Tidy Towns may be a misnomer for the competition, conjuring up visions of hanging baskets, floral arrangements and clean streets. The competition has changed and now encompasses waste minimisation, wildlife, and biodiversity and encourages what some years ago, especially in a agricultural model county, would defiantly incur the wrath of the master farmer, the growing of thistles, briars, nettles and furze's along the roadside.

Strangely, the judges failed to comment on The Villas and Sli an Uische, both of which put in sterling efforts during the year. Perhaps with the cutbacks their petrol or shoe allowances have been reduced

You can read the full report by clicking on the link

Clonroche Development July Meeting

Clonroche Development Association Ltd held the July meeting in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday 5th. Chairman, Lorcan Dunne was complimentary in his comments on the community and members of the Association in their efforts at keeping the village tidy. He hoped this effort will be continued over the coming months in anticipation of the judges returning for a second visit and participation in the Keep Wexford Beautiful competition.


Storm water gullies through out the village are blocked with silt and requires immediate remedial work to avoid flooding. Both this and the flooding at Spout Road was brought to the attention of the local engineer and Wexford County Council roads department

A second Computer Programme for over 55's was secured for the area in conjunction with Wexford Development Ltd and will run from Tuesday 13th September for eight weeks. The initial programme was four times over subscribed and applicants already registered will be contacted shortly. Anyone interested, but have not yet registered an interest, should contact members of Clonroche Development Association Ltd

An expression of interest in the TUS Programme was submitted to WDL and it is hoped for a satisfactory outcome to the application. There are major plans for upgrading of the stage area in the Community Centre including re-flooring the storeroom and the construction of costume wardrobes

A Fashion Show with a wine & cheese reception is planned for September. This was a very successful venture some years ago and it is hoped to recruit models', both male and female, in the very near future

With the lack of open space around the village and the need for people to have access to recreational areas, the development of a pathway through Ballymackessey Wood was suggested. Association Secretary, Mr Dirmuid O'Sullivan, will contact Coilte to explore the possibilities of this development.

The Association is always in search of new members, and the return of some valued past members, so if you can help with the further development of Clonroche contact any member of the development association. To paraphrase the words of Lord Kitchener "Your village needs You!"

Posted 6th July 2011

Clonroche Development Association Ltd has organised a second eight week computer course for over fifty fives in conjunction with Wexford Development Ltd to run from mid Sept to Nov. The first course was four times over subscribed which demonstrate the need for this venture. Persons already on the list will be contacted and offered a place on the course but, if there is a requirement and interest for further courses the Development Association will be anxious the negotiate further programmes. If you have an interest in computers, are over fifty-five, contact any member of Clonroche Development Association Ltd.

Posted 22nd June 2010


Clonroche Development Association Ltd

June Meeting

The Chairman, in his opening address to the June Meeting of Clonroche Development Association Ltd, was complimentary to the membership and the wider community on the amazing contribution to this years Tidy Towns effort. He expressed the hope that this effort, now only maintenance of the work already carried out, would be maintained over the coming months and suggested that if everyone who saw a piece of litter on the street would pick it up and bin it then we should figure in this years competition.

 The Chairman praised the hard work of the FAS personnel in their daily effort in keeping and maintaining the village, without whose help and dedication the community and the Association would face a more arduous task.

The absence of a storm water system on Spout Road was causing many problems, not only as a traffic hazard, but also the depositing and accumulation of silt. The County Council Depot on Spout Road is also a continuing eyesore, where dumping is continuing. Wexford County Council has been informed of these issues on a number of occasions.

See Full Text of Chairman's Address


Posted 17th June 2011


Millennium Park

Seeking advice on the maintenance of shrubs and trees in the Millennium Park members of Clonroche Development Association Ltd met with Mr Harry Deacon, Coolaught Gardens, on Monday evening last. The Park, now eleven years planted, is requiring maintenance as some shrubs have attained their useful span and require re-planting. The work of cleaning the beds and removing particular shrubs and trees will be carried out within the next week. Selected planting will take place immediately with the remainder planted in the fall. Badly needed maintenance on the lawn area is in progress and it is envisaged a lush green sod will be ready for the Tidy Towns inspection date. Over the last number of years the Millennium Park has been the jewel in the crown with respect to Tidy Towns reports and hopefully this year it will remain so.


Vintage Festival

A rain shower in the middle of the afternoon put a dampener on Clonroche Development Association's Vintage and Steam Festival for the second year running. Held in the beautiful setting of the Rectory Lawn, kindly provided by Sean & Kathleen Flood, attendance was markedly down on previous years. The familiarity and profusion of vintage events throughout the year probably has caused a lack of interest and sensation for the general public resulting in lower attendances over recent years. However the afternoon was enjoyable for all present and the Campile Pipe Band opened proceedings in the traditional manner with a variety of marches and the youngest drummer in the country. There was the usual exhibition of vintage cars and tractors and a sheep dog handling exhibition with a difference when ducks were herded through a tunnel and down a slide. Tony Kehoe and Theresa and the Stars provided the entertainment for the afternoon and a Horse Shoe Throwing tournament was contested with skill and vigour.

Sadly the only steam visible on the day was seen rising from the Burger Stand at the bottom of the field where Jim Butler and his crew were kept busy for the entire afternoon. It was a lucky day for some with Noel Tector, Clonroche winning the €100 first prize in the Lines Draw. Second prize of €50 was won by Seamus Doyle, Newbawn, and the bottle of sprits, kindly donated by Mr Thomas McDonald, was won by Mr Jack Kirwan, Rockview Belfield, Enniscorthy.

Winners of the Horse-Shoe-Tournament were Chris McDonald and Sean Redmond, with Francis and Philip Mahon runners-up

Posted 17th May 2011



St Patricks Day Parade 2011

The third Clonroche St Patrick's Day Parade, organised by Clonroche Development Association, not only emulated the success of the previous two but clearly surpassed them. Even the weather favoured the parade: the forecast on Wednesday night was of a wet morning on St Patrick's Day only clearing by the afternoon. On the contrary the morning was cold but dry and as the time for the Parade-1.30pm-approached the temperature lifted with hints of sunshine. Maybe St Patrick mediated with the heavenly authorities to change the predicted weather. It was the kind of afternoon that invited people to come out and they certainly came out on the street of Clonroche-the footpaths on either side were packed with spectators, many of whom had come from well outside this locality. Some were taking photographs.

The floats created a resplendent spectacle, replete with colour, exuberance, topical allusions, scintillating wit, splashes of superb colour, musical performances and, in effect, essays in street theatre. It is axiomatic to say after observing these floats and emblems that enormous work and preparation went into them-the Parade is clearly an event that many people most eagerly look forward to participating in. Mick Wallace, or at least his alter ego, was inevitably present; the slogan on one of the parading machines spoke of bleeping the horse as there was a J.C.B outside. Some of the voluntary organisations had large numbers of participants following their emblems. And as usual the Raheen people had an impressive float but I must apologise to all the groups whose floats are not mentioned here.

Richie Blackburn, one of the most respected citizens in the village, led the parade into Clonroche; a tall St Patrick followed him. The Campile Pipe Band played inspiring music. The overall mood was of a happy humour blended with genial and neighbourly feelings; it was an exquisite community occasion with feint hints of a desire to keep continuity with olden and mythic aspects of Irish life. The children-for whom it was surely a truly memorable afternoon- and young people, generally, revelled in the exuberant atmosphere A special guest on the Reviewing Stand was Paddy Butler the first Chairperson of the Clonroche Development Association. Others present on the stand were: Fr Richard Hayes P.P. Cloughbawn, Rev Robert McGuire CC Poulpeasty, Rev. Roger Harmsworth, Rector of Killegney, Paul Kehoe T.D., Denis Kennedy M.C.C., Martha Doherty, President Clonroche I.C.A. Diarmuid O'Sullivan Sec Clonroche Development Association and Lorcan Dunne was M.C for the day. Ray Quigley adjudicated on the floats and the results were determined as follows: 1st Prize, Coolaught Gardens, 2nd Mrs Brown & Rubber Bandits, Martin Murphy & Co: 3rd Prize County Council Pothole Gang from Raheen

Posted 20th March 2011

The Lifestyle Challenge programme, organised by Clonroche Development Association Ltd & Wexford Development Ltd, continued its ninth week with a lecture on Alternative Therapies by Angela Devereux. The sixty people present were delighted with the presentation which, amongst other areas, touched on the subject of Reflexology. Reflexology is the act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger and is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands.

Next Wednesday evening representatives from Wexford Hospital Cardiac Unit will deliver a lecture on Heart Health. The venue is Clonroche Community Centre, the time is 8 o'clock, it's free and all are welcome

Posted Friday 19th March 2011

The Life Style Challenge programme organised byClonroche Development Association Ltd, continued a pace on Wednesday evening last with a food buffet, music song and dance. Elizabeth Donnellan organised the gourmet food selection enjoyed by the fifty people present. Entertainment for the evening was presented by Bandit Duo, Martin Ryan, Ann Dempsey, Francis McCabe and Sean Coleman and an informative discussion on the future needs and direction of the group were discussed.

Next Wednesday evening, the ninth in the series, Angela Devereux will lecture on Alternative Therapies. It's at 8 o'clock in Clonroche Community Centre, it's free and open to all.





Life Style Challange


Keen interest was show in the subject of Geopathic Stress in Clonroche Community Centre on Wednesday evening 23rd February when Jim Carthy delivered a lecture to the seventy people present. The sixth presentation in the Life Style Challenge series organised by Clonroche Development Association Ltd, Mr Carthy suggested the many people suffered stressful complaints as a result of this phenomenon. Many people present had experience of Geopathic Stress and had beneficial results by engaging with Mr Carthy and others involved in this field.

Next Wednesday evening Mr David O'Grady will give a lecture on Heart Attack & Stroke and what to do in emergencies. Its at 8 o'clock ,its free, all are welcome

Posted 25th February 2011


Continuing the Life Style Challenge programme, Matt Ronan gave a very interesting lecture on Natural Food Remedies to the sixty people present in Clonroche Community Centre on Wednesday evening. Emphasising the benefits of encouraging the body to naturally look after itself by eating the correct organic foods, Mr Ronan demonstrated the many natural products that enables the body to function properly without the intervention of chemical compounds. Did you know that many people suffer from stress and fatigue through lack of Magnesium or organic Pumpkin Seeds help you sleep better?

Organised by Clonroche Development Association Ltd and Wexford Development Ltd next Wednesday's lecture on Geopathic Stress will be delivered by Jim Carthy. Open to all and free why don't you come along 8 o'clock Wednesday evening in Clonroche Community Centre


Posted 17h Feb 2011


Did you know that a bag of Jelly Beans contains the equivalent of 60 cubes of sugar or a can of Locozade contains the equivalent 21 cubes of sugar? You would if you were attending the Life Style Challenge in Clonroche Community Centre every Wednesday night. Betty Roberts and Francis Furlong gave a very informative talk on Nutritional Therapy & Healthy Eating to the sixty people in attendance. Next Wednesday Noreen Dake will give a talk on the postures and relaxation techniques of Yoga. It's at 8 o'clock, all are welcome and it's free

Posted Thursday 3rd February 2011


Clonroche Community Centre was packed to capacity Saturday & Sunday nights for the first Parish Stage Show in almost twenty years. The capacity audience were enthralled with the high standard of talent on view, demonstrating stage craft is engrained in this community. The brainchild of Clonroche Development Association Ltd, the revival of stage productions is especially desirable as a showcase for the multiplicity of talent in the area and the dedication of the production team. Producer Michael Byrne coalesced with Musical Director Bernie Murray-Ryan to construct a show that was fast moving, entertaining and beautifully fashioned. Marie Aspel, in charge of comedy, amalgamated old hands Spratt, Flood & Creane with the new and younger Chelsea Cleere, Amy Hogan & Emmer Creane. Niabh Murphy gave a moving performance in a cameo piece from My Fair Lady. The singing talents of the Kinsella sisters Clodagh & Stephanie and the musical talents of sisters Kate and Yvonne Foley combined with that dedicated exponent of the button-key accordion, Jim Murphy, to captivate the audience.. Choreographer, Angela Murphy, had her charges in tip-top form especially performing the Michael Jackson number "Thriller". With over eighty people participating, it is to this community's credit that so many can give of their time and effort to afford enjoyment and pleasure to the packed auditorium that was Clonroche Community Centre on Saturday & Sunday night last.

Posted Sunnday 30th January

Clonroche Development Association

The successful Variety Show, Computer Classes, Lifestyle Challenge and The Parish Party confirmed a very busy schedule for Clonroche Development Association Ltd in the first few weeks of the New Year. The February meeting of the Association held in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday 5th February was given a full report on all events.

Chairman, Lorcan Dunne expressed delight at the standard and execution of the Parish Variety Show, the first parish production in twenty years. It is hoped the progress made will continue and Clonroche Development Association Ltd are committed to the revival of Clonroche stage. The event not only gave enjoyment to the participants but also the wider community who packed the Community Centre for two nights

The Parish Party had the largest attendance to-date and the Association are indebted to the many people who contributed their time and effort to make the occasion successful. The Computer Class for the over Fifty-fives was four times over subscribed and the Association are working on a follow up programme.

The Lifestyle Challenge is attracting attendances of over sixty per session. The Association is grateful to all persons delivering the lectures and helping to make this venture a community success.

Plans for this year St Patrick's Day Parade are in progress. A major event on the calendar the Clonroche Parade is a rival to the best the bigger towns have to offer. A show-case for local enterprise in district, business, community groups and other groupings are encouraged to get involved

Posted 7th Feb 2011


Clonroche National School 'photo 1930's

The photograph, of Clonroche National School , taken in the 1930's, was sent to me by Deirdre O'Driscoll and icludes her Grandmother, who was an only child. The 'photo was taken between 71 & 81 years ago, so its going to be difficult identify any of the children. I can identify Mrs M.A Power, the teacher back left

If you can identify any of the children, or if you know anyone who attended Clonroche NS at this time please contact this website

To see the 'photo click here


At the April meeting of Clonroche Development Association Ltd, held in Clonroche Community Centre, chairman, Lorcan Dunne recounted the very busy schedule of events over the first quarter of the year and congratulated all members you gave so freely of their time, seeking no accolade or public eulogy for their contributions.

Starting with one of the most successful Parish Parties, the chairman availed of the opportunity to thank the many people, contacted at short notice, who responded to make an enjoyable day for all and indeed the most successful party.

The initial success of reviving stage shows through the Variety Concert in January and the very many people and young people who contributed to make a very pleasant evenings entertainment and give enjoyment to many people. This work is on going with further projects in the planning

The Computer Course in conjunction with Wexford Development Ltd, four times over subscribed and the recently finished eleven week Lifestyle Challenge programme which attracted seventy registered participants.

The St Patrick Day Parade, again a successful event, but only with the participation and support of so many people, whom the Association wishes to thank.

The ongoing work of the Penny Bank, Village Maintenance, and Tidy Town Participation combined with representations on Community Fora and other bodies make for a busy schedule dual.

This years Vintage Festival was discussed, planned for the May Bank holiday week end, it is envisaged that this year's event will be more community focused than recent years with more participation activities. A meeting to finalise plans will be held on Monday evening next


Posted 6th April 2011


Life Style Challenge, organised by Clonroche Development Association Ltd in conjunction with Wexford Development Ltd, concluded its eleven week programme in Clonroche Community Centre on Wednesday evening. Chairman of the Development Association, Lorcan Dunne, thanked all speakers who delivered valuable information on living a healthy lifestyle over the period of the programme. Martin Ryan outlined options if the group should envisage progressing to other issues and courses into the future. Marie Louise Byrne, Wexford Development Ltd, presented over seventy citations to the participants of the course. Nurses, Mary Stafford, Ann Dempsey and Inez Dempsey were on hand to take blood pressure readings and BMI evaluations.

Posted 1st April 2011

Parish Party

In excess of 100 meals were served in Clonroche Community Centre on Sunday afternoon on the occasion of the Annual Parish Party organised and financed by Clonroche Development Association Ltd. Originated many years ago by Clonroche I.C.A Guild, Sunday's attendance was one of the largest in recent times. Many friendships were renewed and the afternoons' event was testament to the marvellous community sprit associated with the area.

Clonroche Development Association Ltd is indebted to the many that helped in so many ways to stage this event which was evident by the efficient table service throughout the evening.

The Murphy School of Dancing provided entertainment and patrons danced away the afternoon to the music of Martin Ryan and Lorcan Dunne.

Sunday 23rd January 2011

The Computer Class organised by Clonroche Development Association Ltd and Wexford Development Ltd is to be extended for a further six weeks. This pleasant news was delivered to the very happy participants on Tuesday morning last by Instructor Ann Dunne. With many people eager to participate in this course, it is hoped a second programme will begin in May

Posted 11th March 2011


Chairmans Address:

This is the thirteenth anniversary of the formation of Clonroche Development Association Ltd and also the thirteenth anniversary of Clonroche Vintage Festival. Over the years we were fortunate with both weather and venue. This year is no exception; we have an excellent venue and are indebted to Sean & Kathleen Flood for the use of their lawn to stage the event. At this time are endeavouring to involve wider community participation and return to the initial ethos of neighbourhood involvement, promotion and contribution. To further this aim we are including gardening, horseshoes, glamorous granny competition and children's' fancy dress in this years event

The major fund raising event of the Development Association, the organising of this occasion begins in January each year, requiring the involvement of over forty people. We are indeed fortunate to have the support of so many excellent people who give of their time and effort in support of the work of the Association.

We acknowledge the contribution of our sponsors, mostly from local business, and appreciate their encouragement in the furtherance of the work of the Development Association.

We welcome exhibitors to Clonroche to-day and hope they have a pleasant and enjoyable experience with us. The dedication and expertise of vintage enthusiast is always uplifting and their skill and knowledge of the vintage machine astonishing. It's amazing the knowledge imparted over the course of the afternoon. "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." is a quotation from Henry Ford. Personally I intend staying young during the course of the afternoon and I invite you to join me.


Lorcan Dunne


Posted: 27th April 2011


Heating Oil Thirty-One Per Cent More Expensive Compaired to Northern Ireland

As of to-day 7th August 2011 Campus Oil are charging €835 for 1,000 liters: Bangor Fuel in Northern Ireland €644; 29.5% more expensive; Ireland is still in robbery mode

02 November 2012: Republic of Ireland €910.00; Northern Ireland €728.00: Since 17th Jan Irish Heating Oil Inflated by 6%

There is a serious issue with Heating Oil Prices in the Wexford area, and indeed Ireland in comparison to Heating Oil prices in Northern Ireland. A copy of letters sent to all Green Party TD's, Fine Gael Front Bench Members local and national radio stations failed to elicit a response. The National Comsumer Agency are a complete waste of time on this issue.

The questions raised were simply to break down the spot price of Heating Oil and the final consumer's prices to elicit the tax, excise and profit margins that make Home Heating Oil in Wexford 31% more expensive than Northern Ireland.

If you, the reader, have thoughts on how a number of persons may purchase Heating Oil in Northern Ireland and have it delivered to Wexford I'm very interested in developing this issue

See letter and table of verification sent to the politicians. All prices are converted to Euro's; 1,000 litres priced

Campus Oil are now 31% more expensive compared to Northern Ireland Oil Prices 5th January 2011

Even if Campus purchased oil from the Northern Oil Companies, Added Irish Excise, Carbon Tax & VAT difference, they still have a 15% margin on the Northern Ireland Price: Something is not adding up here; Explain where I'm wrong

Northern Ireland Price: €539.00
Irish Carbon Tax €43.00
Irish Reserve Oil Tax €20.00
Irish Excise Duty €45.00
VAT Difference 13.5% - 5% €54.99

Extra Profit Margin 83.01

Campus Oil Price €785.00

Springtown Fuel in Derry will deliver in Derry @ € 539 and deliver to Buncrana, a few miles accross the border for € 740.00

According to Irish Customs only 10 litres of Mineral Oil can be imported for ones own use without liability to Irish Revenue:

Someone is Screwing Us

An Inquiry by Dr Liam Twomey TD sugessted the following reasons

Irish Fuel Prices

  • Petrol prices in Ireland in 2005-2006 rose by 16.3% where as in the rest of the EU it was only 8.5%.

  • The pre-tax prices in Ireland in the same period grew by 38% however the increase in the rest of Europe was only 23%

  • This means that by the end of this period Irish pre tax costs are higher than the rest of Europe and are rising must faster than the rest of Europe.

  • Now a litre of petrol in Ireland costs 30% more than it did at the lowest point in the current fuel cycle.

  • Fuel prices are currently very close to those of the summer of 2008 when the costs of a barrel of oil were $148 however they are currently only $82 a barrel

  • However the oil companies themselves are not taking larger profits on the oil which was verified by a national consumer agency investigation.

  • In the past within the past few years before budget 2011 there were four tax increases

  • These increases have meant that of every €20’s worth of petrol that you put in your car €14 is going to the government.

  • Oil prices pre tax are set to increase and increases from budget 2011 are also going to cause a rise in the cost of petrol.



Clonroche Development Association had a very enjoyable Christmas social in the Cloch Ban on Thursday evening 16th Dec 2010. Over thirty members enjoyed the festive meal of traditional turkey & ham with starter and dessert. John Jude Doyle and his staff had the lounge decked with holly and decorative lighting and served Champaign to create the festive mood. Music for the evening was supplied by two most experienced troubadours, Martin Ryan & Lorcan Dunne. A most congenial and pleasant evening was enjoyed by all.



Clonroche Development Association are organising an eight week programme on Healthy Lifestyle Challenge beginning in January. A speaker on various aspects of Healthy Living will give a talk each week. On the initial night a number of nurses will be available to carry out blood pressure and other health checks. Making Changes, Geopathic Stress, Heart Attack & Stroke, and Nutritional Therapy will be amongst the areas for discussion. The programme is being organised in conjunction with Wexford Development Ltd. See Details


The Clonroche Development Association Ltd Annual Parish Party will be held in in Clonroche Community Centre on Sunday January 23rd at 1 o'clock. A fun packed occasion, this years event will enable neighbourly and community concourse within a convivial atmosphere. A four course meal, spot prizes, song and dance are planned for the afternoon. Invitations have been distributed but, should any one be inadvertently overlooked all persons over fifty-five are most welcome.


Clonroche Development Association are organising a weekly computer course for over fifties, in Clonroche Community Centre, beginning January. The course will be conducted in two hourly morning instruction segments, one day per week over a number of weeks. Wexford Development Ltd is supplying their mobile IT Unit and Instructors. This will present an ideal opportunity for persons having a wish to use computers, now so essential to modern day living. See Flyer



The Variety Show, instigated by Clonroche Development Association Ltd, to develop a new awareness of stagecraft in the area, will be staged on Saturday & Sunday January 29th & 30th. Production is well advanced with chorus, dancers and singers rehearsing two evenings per week and recently witnessed surprises in the comedy and melodramatic disciplines. A blend of youth with the added influence of the more experienced thespians should prove to be a winning combination. Prices for the show are expected to be a very modest five Euro for adults and three euro for children.

Clonroche Historical Society Annual General Meeting


A packed meeting room in Clonroche Community Centre participated the first Annual General Meeting of Clonroche Historical Society on Wednesday 20th Sept 2010.

Chairman, Lorcan Dunne, expressed satisfaction at the large attendance and went on to advocate the importance of documenting the 20th centaury when knowledge, experience and memories are still with us. Access to documents, photographs, and artefacts are available in abundance and there is a requirement to catalogue, file and make available for present and future discourse.

The chairman advocated this could be a worthwhile project involving all members of the Society with the advantage of preserving the past events of the many people contributing to the community, rather than the fortunate few who left papers and documents behind in previous generations.

Mr Thomas McDonald, fresh from his recent lecture to the Irish Military History Society, gave an informative talk on the life and times of Coolaught physician, Dr Fredrick Stock. Mr McDonald outlined Dr Stocks' concerns with housing, sanitation, and drinking water in Clonroche during the latter quarter of the 19th centaury. One of the highlights of the meeting was the exhibition of Dr Stocks' medical bag, still in near perfect condition and the Register of the Clonroche Division of the Irish Red Cross from 1942.

During the meeting Pat Foley displayed a sample of Amber which he rescued from under a Road Roller. Part of the 40 million year old fossilised resin was gifted to the National History Museum by Mr Foley and an article on the find was included in the prestigious Earth Science Magazine.


Chairman: Lorcan Dunne

Secretary: Pat O'Neill

Treasurer: Elizabeth Donnellan


Variety Show Meeting


A fantastic response to the Variety Show for Clonroche Project was evident in Clonroche Community Centre on Thursday night 30th September 2010.

The enthusiasm for the Clonroche Stage to be rekindled was manifest from the large numbers, especially young people, who attended. To facilitate the numbers the assembly had to be moved from the meeting room to the balcony.

Convener, Lorcan Dunne, expressed his delight at such a large turnout and the enthusiastic discussions taking place. Michael Byrne also addressed the meeting where his organisational skills were evident in the manner he steered the discussion. Representatives from every townsland were present and the elected promoters will now attract every possible person in the areas to participate.

Singers, musicians, dancers, actors, script writers, stage managers, and all other artistic exponents are invited to get involved in a truly community project.

A list of Area Promoters and the Memorandum of Intent is available by clicking here


Variety Show Meeting

A fantastic response to the Variety Show for Clonroche Project was evident in Clonroche Community Centre on Thursday night 30th September 2010.

The enthusiasm for the Clonroche Stage to be rekindled was manifest from the large numbers, especially young people, who attended. To facilitate the numbers the assembly had to be moved from the meeting room to the balcony.

Convener, Lorcan Dunne, expressed his delight at such a large turnout and the enthusiastic discussions taking place. Michael Byrne also addressed the meeting where his organisational skills were evident in the manner he steered the discussion. Representatives from every townsland were present and the elected promoters will now attract every possible person in the areas to participate.

Singers, musicians, dancers, actors, script writers, stage managers, and all other artistic exponents are invited to get involved in a truly community project.

A list of Area Promoters and the Memorandum of Intent is available by clicking here


Historian McDonald hits the Big Time

Local Historian Mr Thomas McDonald will give a joint lecture entitled "The Turning of Lieutenant-Colonel Fitzhenry" with Paris based scholar Nicholas Dunne Lynch in the Military History Society of Ireland at their headquarters, St Stephens' Green, Dublin on Friday next 8th February 2010.

Years of research have gone into this project and documents never before examined by historians have come to light. Colonel Fitzhenry, lived at Borohill House, took part in the 1798 Rebellion and later joined the Irish Legion of Napoleons French Army, serving with perceived distinction.

This propels Mr McDonald, deservedly, into the higher echelons of the historical fraternity and adds an international dimension to his ongoing research.


Smallest Nationl Primary School in County Wexford

Killegney National Primary School has the distinction of having the smallest student based school in Co Wexford. With just seven girls and thirteen boys attending, its 20 pupils represent the lowest of 104 Primary Schools in the county.

Clonroche National Primary School is placed 58th with reference to its size of pupil base with 64 boys and 53 girls making a total enrolment of 117 students.

Clonroche National Primary School has nine teaching staff, Secretary, A Classroom Assistant and three maintenance personnel




  Wexford County Council Housing Estate, Sli an Uische, and Dereliction Sinks Clonroche Tidy Town Efforts.


Sli an Uische, the Clonroche Local Authority Housing Estate, came in for severe criticism in the 2010 Tidy Towns Report recently at hand. After a gigantic effort by Clonroche Development Association over many years in the competition, this year's effort was remarkable in the absence of litter in the village which brought favourable comment from both visitor and resident.

Disappointment was tangible in the Clonroche after Monday's adjudication when it was discovered four marks were lost under the Litter Control category. This failure can be laid squarely on the Local Authority Estate.

The poor blue screen boards at Sli An Uisce, Spout Road, created a very poor sense of place for residents in this area. Graffiti was also evident there. Maintenance of the estate is not great and there was a quantity of litter scattered around also. Empty planters were noted, as were many weeds. A boarded up house, uncut grass and redundant Christmas decorations all contributed to a poor overall effect.

The Jewel in the Crown is once again the Millennium Park. This development is continually coming in for favorable comment and winning awards for the village year after year. Without this development, together with the John's Lane Project, Clonroche would secure much lower markings.

The Millenium Park is really like a secret garden and is a magical place for adults and children alike. The arbour like gates at the entrance are very attractive and the sense of enclosure created by the boundary planting must make the park a pleasant place even on a windy day. We were intrigued by the notice over the gate with regard to shutting the gate which we presume was originally attached to a railway station - presumably the local defunct station? The park has lovely meandering paths and is extremely well maintained. The semi mature trees are all doing well, and the seating, shrubbery beds, and small hard landscaped area are very attractive. The picnic area is useful and was spotless on adjudication day as was the rest of the park. The boulder inscription dedicated to volunteers past, present and future is very imaginative and appropriate. The personal stone tribute and the ICA tribute were also noted located well in the trees and shrubbery bed.




Village dereliction was once again a negative factor in the Tidy Towns Report. Under the "Derelict Sites Act 1990, Wexford County Council is under statuary obligation to act on these neglected areas and a meeting with Noel Stacy on the Friday 7th July 2000, ten years ago, and reams of correspondence on this matter, has fallen on deaf ears.

The derelict property on the village side of the school (The Old Cottage) was noted. You are doing the best you can in the circumstances with dereliction and have really camouflaged the derelict end of terrace house (cream and brown paint) opposite the Gala station very well. The adjacent house, being well presented with its colorful floral displays also deflects the eye.

There are too many areas of dereliction in the village and under the "Derelict Sites Act 1990, the Local Authority is obliged to maintain a Derelict Sites Register

In this section "derelict site" means any land (in this section derelict site. referred to as "the land in question") which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in question because of-

( a ) the existence on the land in question of structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition, or

( b ) the neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of the land or any structures on the land in question, or

( c ) the presence, deposit or colleffion on the land in question of any litter, rubbish, debris or waste, except where the presence, deposit or collection of such litter, rubbish, debris or waste results from the exercise of a right conffered statute or by common law.

It may be necessary to obtain a court judgement on this matter and this may be instigated in the very near future.

There are, of course, many fine attractions in the village that have been commented on very favourable and this should give a sense of achievement and a will to progress the village in future years. The full Tidy Town Report can be read by clicking on this link.

Variety Show

Clonroche Development Associations' September meeting enthusiastically endorsed the proposal to encourage local talent by reviving interest in the stage. The talent in this area is legendary going back to Drama Groups in the 1930/40's, Tops of the Parish in the 1960's and Pantomime. Of late activity on the Clonroche Stage has diminished and it's with a view to reviving interest and creating an opportunity to express the latent talent that resides within the wider community, to instigate a Variety Show or Show's


It is hoped, over a number of seasons, to build up a pool of talent to undertake more elaborate and challenging productions. It's the intention to stage the shows late October or early November. Meetings will be held with interested promoters during the week and everyone in the Parish should be tuning their vocal chords, polishing their acting and production skills because your services will be called on


Clonroche Development Association Ltd, September Meeting

Controversy was raised at the September meeting of Clonroche Development Association Ltd in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday last 6th September 2010.

Arising from the minutes of the August meeting, some members were not in agreement with decisions taken but chairman, Lorcan Dunne, ruled the decisions were unanimously approved. The Chairman further pointed out that some movers for changing the decision did not attend the August meeting and others failed to raise the issue. He was of the opinion that it would waste valuable time to have decisions, previously debated, discussed and adopted, changed at subsequent meetings to facilitate members who failed to attend.

In his opening address the Chairman reiterated his believe that Clonroche Development Association Ltd has become too narrow in its focus and gave examples of work undertaken in previous years. He stated, in his opinion, the Association had become a Tidy Towns Committee to the determent of other areas of activity. To broaden the activities he was very interested in developing the stage talent in the area and to this end initiate a variety show or shows for late autumn. This was later approved by the meeting.

Secretary, Dirmuid O'Sullivan, informed the meeting that five members of Clonroche Development Association were invited to The Tidy Towns Award Ceremony in the Helix, Dublin City University on Monday September 13th. This would suggest Clonroche had attained high markings in this year's competition.

Members selected to attend the ceremony included Leo Tector, Martin Kelly, Jim Redmond, Richie Blackburn & Dirmuid O'Sullivan.

The meeting discussed employing extra workers in the village through the Government proposed scheme whereby persons in Ireland claiming unemployment benefit will have to work in the community in order to qualify for the payment

Under the new scheme unemployed people will be requested to work in the community for 19.5 hours per week. Whilst initially 10,000 people will be involved in the scheme, if successful it will be expanded to 40,000. The village, being on mile in length with three housing estates, community centre etc could benefit from the scheme.

The chairman was also of the opinion greater contact should be instigated with Wexford Local Development with a view of establishing projects beneficial to the village. Cll Denis Kennedy volunteered to furnish PRO Mr Thos McDonald with information on completed and current projects funded by this organisation for evaluation

One suggestion put forward at the meeting was the installation of high spec Closed Circuit Security Camera Network throughout the village which would help the fight against anti social behaviour


McDonald on the Works of Patrick Kennedy

At a recent meeting of Clonroche History Society in the Cloc Ban, Tom McDonald gave a lecture on the author Patrick Kennedy.

Patrick Kennedy, (1801-73), Irish folklorist, preserved the varied tales of County Wexford in his book Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts (1866), Kennedy is thought of as one of the fathers of the Irish folklore revival and is thus associated with the Celtic literary renaissance. Much of his early work was originally written for the Dublin University Magazine, though he used the pseudonym of Harry Whitney to publish Legends of Mount Leinster in 1855. Fearing that the tales he had heard as a child were in the process of being lost, he also wrote the famous Banks of the Boro (1867), Evenings in the Duffrey (1869); The Fireside Stories of Ireland (1870), and The Bardic Stories of Ireland (1871). The Irish Book of Anecdotes, Humour, Wit and Wisdom (1872). His Fireside Stories are reminiscent of the Grimm's' Kinder und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales) in implications of origin; they suggest the domestic circumstances in which folk tales were told. Kennedy did not attempt to capture the flavour of the original Irish stories or the tone of their tellers, nor does he cite specific sources or informants. He did, however, offer to the public a wide range of traditional narratives including, ghost stories, local legends, and heroic adventures.



Kennedy spent much of his childhood in the Courtnacuddy area and attended the Cloughbawn school of Mr Hugh O'Neill situated in the Chapel Lane. Kennedys' mother is buried in Chapel Graveyard. In 1823 he became assistant at the Protestant Training School, Kildare-place. After a few years he established the small lending-library and bookshop in Anglesea-Street, where he spent the remainder of his life. His works are singularly pure, and he diminished his prospects in trade by declining to lend or deal in works that he considered of an objectionable nature. For many years the committees of the Hibernian Temperance Association and kindred bodies were held at his house. Mr. Kennedy was widely known and respected by the literary world. He died 28th March 1873, aged 72, and was buried at Glasnevin

Tom McDonald in his lecture took a contrarian approach to Patrick Kennedy highlighting some exceptions to Kennedys' "rose tainted glasses" recollection of the live and times of his peers

Read part one of McDonalds Article in the Clonroche History Socieity Newsletter


Clonroche Steam & Vintage Festival 2010

This year marks the twelfth anniversary both of the foundation of the Clonroche Development Association and of the Clonroche Vintage & Steam Rally. This year's Rally was held on Sunday May 2nd 2010 in a field kindly made available by Sean & Kathleen Flood.

Entertainer Richie Kavanagh officially opened the event entering the field in a horse drawn vehicle. He spent most of the afternoon performing some of his most celebrated songs interspersed with shafts of his trademark wit.

Two steam engines added to the vintage setting and the trashing of Oats with the Ransom, Simms & Jeffers mill giving a glimpse back to an earlier period. Ollie Murphy displayed his Claas Europa, one of the first Combine Harvesters to work in County Wexford, sending boys in their sixties down memory lane with visions of sliding down the bag Shute.

A gentleman from Middleton, County Cork displayed an ingenious bottling devise, used in packaging stout in bygone days and beside him a gentleman displaying all tools necessary to poach salmon in slow moving river. Ah the ingenuity of it all.

Or what about the clothes iron that used coal and timber as a heat source or the charcoal roller iron for taking the creases from a starched shirt front.

The number of vintage vehicles present was formidable: there is an increasing trend for tractors dating back to the 1930's. Pat Foley displayed his Russian Army motor cycle, complete with sidecar. Also on display was an American Army Jeep from the Korean War era, complete with rocket tubes, binoculars and side arms.

A shower of rain sent the crowd into the tea tent mid afternoon, but, coming from a hardy breed of people, spirits were high, tea, sandwiches and Mrs Walsh's confectionary was consumed and an enjoyable day was had by all ,,,,,,, well nearly all



Clonroche History Society Meeting

A large crowd from a wide radius attended the meeting of the Clonroche History Society, held at the Cloch Ban, Clonroche on last Tuesday night April 20th. 2010

Tom Mc Donald gave a talk on Patrick Kennedy, the author of "The Banks of the Boro" and other famous works. He reiterated his thesis that Kennedy sought in his writings to prove the greatness of the House of Carew of Castleboro; Kennedy depicted the Carew estate as a paradigm of perfect social and economic order. The speaker cited a range of documentary sources to show that society in that era was much more fractious and violent than Kennedy indicated: he had, in particular, generally omitted any significant account of the White Feet terrorism. He then quoted from a letter written by an admirer of Patrick Kennedy at the time of the publication of "The Banks of the Boro" in which it was stated that Kennedy had almost totally excised any antagonism of class, creed and interest in his writings. His powerful literary abilities and novelist's craft enabled Kennedy to seduce the reader into an alternative wonder world.

The speaker described the Carews as comparatively humane: the 1st Lord Bob Carew anticipated modern democracy, campaigned (as did his father) for Catholic Emancipation and favoured the advent of the Poor Law system to succour the sick and destitute despite the financial burden that it placed on him and other landed magnates.

Kennedy and others of his generation were of the Gallican religious disposition and believed that the Catholic and Protestant faiths were interchangeable and of a metaphysical symmetry. Hence Kennedy's use of the alias of Harry Whitney, a member the Moneytucker Established Church family who were associated with law enforcement. The first and second Lord Carews stated publicly that the Catholic and Protestant faiths were in parallel descent; both sprung from a common source.

The talk touched on the accounts of hurling and ballads given in Kennedy's work and the speaker read passages from the famous author's work. He concluded by reciting one of the ballads referred to, "The Bantry's Girls' Lament for Johnny".

After a short session in which members of the audience put questions to the speaker the chairperson of the Society, Lorcan Dunne, announced the other big event of the evening: the celebration of the speaker's birthday. The issue of his actual age remains an enigma-perhaps some pedant could research it. The night was intended as a tribute to the long and arduous endeavour by Tom Mc Donald to research the history of the Co. Wexford generally and the Clonroche area, in particular, in minute detail-one thinks of the loneliness of the long distance runner.


Clonroche Development Association April 2010 Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Clonroche Development Association was held on last Tuesday night, April 6th and attended by thirteen-hopefully not an unlucky number- members. The Secretary Diarmuid O'Sullivan explained to the meeting that he regularly sought to include in his minutes an account of the views expressed by members at the previous meeting; the members indicated their satisfaction with this procedure.

The Chairperson Lorcan Dunne read out a report-that he obviously scripted with great care- on the recent public meeting. This report is available on the Clonroche Web Site. Report Link

The big issue was the coming annual Vintage Rally and it is coming very soon, on the weekend of the May public holiday! The time left to prepare is comparatively short; there are enormous amount of matters and details to be attended to but the daunting problem is that of finding personnel to work on the day. The meeting estimated that approximately thirty-six workers will be required on the day; in previous years the Association had been fortunate in finding sufficient personnel to discharge these duties and it anticipates that this generous response will continue again this year. The Association will meet on each Monday night between this and the Rally and all those interested in helping out on the day are most welcome to attend these meetings. Their contribution to the success of the Vintage Rally over the years has been enormous and sincerely appreciated. The Vintage Rally provides the bulk of the Association's income; of equal importance, at least, is that it constitutes a memorable occasion in the life of the local community. Richie Kavanagh, whose songs touch with a gentle humour on rural life, will once again perform the opening ceremony-one assumes that he will come chugging along on the little Ferguson that he bought at the Spring Show at the R.D.S.


Clonroche Community Meeting

The following is the opening address of Chairman Loran Dune at a community meeting held in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday 22nd March 2010. The purpose of the meeting was to give the wider community the opportunity to express their views on the direction the community should take in the social, cultural & economic spheres of development:


In 1960, as the ea of the village pump ebbed away, you could still think of a village as a world in itself. Nearly fifty years ago Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian expert on communications, predicted that the "The Medium is the Massage" and the world would become a Global Village

The world is now a Global Village and conversely the village may become microscopic

Our meeting to-night is to enable you to suggest how we, as a community, should respond to the potentialalities and bracing challenges of this time in the social, cultural and economic spheres

This is not a meeting of Clonroche Development Association: it is your meeting to speak as you wish about your own locality. We would like to hear your ideas, needs & aspirations

The people of this area has traditionally felt a strong sense of themselves as a community: the crowd on the village street for the St Patricks Day parade, plus the floats of the numerous voluntary organisations and business enterprises is solid proof that we still have sense of kinship. I'm proud of that

The problems of this recession blighted time are obvious; unemployment, increased social instability, signs of increased crime & substance abuse

Some obscure politician [Hillary Clinton] wrote on an occasion "It takes a Village". That is my cue to ask you what you think this village and surrounding community should do. What may Clonroche Development Association do?

Tom McDonald will be the recorder of the suggestions, without attributions, and in so doing will be prevented from making any of his unmannerly speeches and untimely interruptions.

I will assure you anyone wishes to speak will have the opportunity and I hope everyone here this evening will avail of that opportunity.

I will finish with a quotation from US President Barack Obama:

"Our greatness as a nation has depended on individual initiative, But, we also know that there are some things we can't do on our own. We know that there are some things we do better together".


Note: 23 people from a population of 1,974 attended the meeting. 400 individual notices were delivered to houses in the area in addition to press and newsletters notifications stating the purpose of the meeting


St Patricks Day Parade 2010

St Patrick-who participates in this event annually-must have used his influence in the heavenly mansions to ensure that, on a day of indifferent weather, the third Clonroche St Patrick's Day Parade, for its duration, should be blessed with a period of enhancing sunshine. The Parade assembled at the car park outside St Clement's Church, Cloughbawn circa 1pm and proceeded up and down Chapel Lane onto the Enniscorthy/New Ross road. At the Glanbia Mill, a few hundred yards from the village the Campile Pipe Band made its entry to the Parade and moved in front of the floats; and playing a stirring music led them into Clonroche village. Richie Blackburn-surely one of the most highly regarded persons in the locality-walked in front of the band: to borrow a phrase from somewhere else he was the Grand Marshal on the day.

The scene in the village, itself, was spectacular as crowds were densely lined on each side of the street from the Garda station up Clonroche Community Centre. The local community had clearly responded most positively to the Parade but there were many people present from other parishes. The warm sunshine seemed to caress the village as the floats, the vintage vehicles and youngsters representing Community Games groups, Youth clubs and sporting organisations swept rapidly by the reviewing stand on the right hand side of the street and opposite to the Post Office. The musicians and singers on at least, two of the floats added to the carnival atmosphere. And the writer, also, observed the motor cyclists and Pat Foley with his Russian Army motor cycle! The benign and warm sunshine intimated the advent of spring. It was heartening in this time of recession-hopefully transient-to observe so many floats representing local business in the Parade. Ray Quigley, who spent part of his professional life as a Garda in the village, consented to act as adjudicator of the best floats.

Martin Murphy's X Factor float were the winners of the best float-- repeating their success of last year; Second prize went to Sean Redmond's Strides Fitness Centre and third prize went to Cloughbawn GAA with their Cuchullain float. All the floats involved enormous effort on the part of the participants.

A happy humour and youthful exuberance prevailed all through. The day belonged in a special way to the children and young people who revelled in the pageantry, artistic touches and excited collective celebration. Conversely one could describe the Parade as a community expressing its sense of pride in itself. The Parade was organised by the Clonroche Development Association; on Wednesday afternoon, to paraphrase an old ballad of our national saint, the sun with pleasure on their labour did smile.


To plan future developments it is essential to have accurate information on the area, its assets, and its liabilities. Clonroche Development Association ltd, with a view to future and better planning produced this analysis to highlight beneficial and problematic areas in our community.

The survey covers the Electoral Division of Clonroche including Clonroche village, townslands of Coolroe, Chaple, Ballymackessey, Tomfarney, Tominearly etc. This edition also covers the townslands of Coolaught, Castleboro, Ballyboro etc. (the area voting in Courtnacuddy) omitted in the previous survey because of electoral boundaries and lack of information; however both townlands form an integral and important part of the area.

Statistics are available for the year 2006, which are the latest figures we have to work with, but will be accurate enough to build a demographic profile

We hope this survey will be beneficial to planners, business men who may be interested in creating employment in the area, for the local authorities to better understand the needs of the area, and for European bodies who are interested in helping with the development of rural areas.


Clonroche Development Association Ltd held their March meeting in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday evening last 1st March 2010

Chairman, Lorcan Dunne outlined to the meeting the favourable reaction to the proposed Variety Concert(s) and it is envisaged this will proceed in the late autumn.

The proposed General Meeting, the objective of which is to ascertain the aspirations and needs of the community, will be held on Monday 22nd March at 8 o'clock. This is an important meeting and it is hoped the majority of households and groups in the area will have a representative present to outline their views and ideas. Members of the Association will canvass support in the weeks leading up to the meeting. A newsletter is published to distribute on the canvass and is also available on the Clonroche Website.

The St Patricks' Day Parade is in an advanced stage preparation. Leo Tector reported to the meeting a very large turnout is expected this year. There are three Perpetual Trophies for the best entrants in the parade and these are on display in Greenes Supermarket windows. Ann Marie and the staff at Greenes have already entered into the festive atmosphere with a wonderful window display.

Planting of trees was completed on the Enniscorthy approach road and credit was given to Sec Dermot O'Sullivan and Leo Tector for the effort involved. The first sections of the Pre-Cast Wall on the Spout Road were recently laid Martin Ryan and Nicholas Kehoe working on this project. This is a very ambitious project and credit is due to both men.

 Councillor Denis Kennedy informed the meeting resurfacing the Cloughbawn Road will be carried out in the immediate future. Preliminary plans for the National Tidy Towns Contest was discussed as was the purchase of a Public Address System


Clonroche Development Association Ltd, held its February meeting in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday 1st.2010

Chairman, Lorcan Dunne, presented a Draft Statistical Survey to the meeting. This is the first such publication since 1999 when the Association published a similar document. The survey includes figures for the Castleboro area, which were not available to the first study.

Access to the draft survey is available in PDF form at the Clonroche website. Observations and comments are invited from members of the community to facilitate finalisation of the document.

The condition of roads in the area, especially the Cloughbawn road, was discussed. The remark that it could take months to begin remedial works was not acceptable and the suggestion that outside contractors should be employed if the Local Authority was finding it difficult to undertake the work was forwarded as the obvious solution.

Furtherance of the Community Meeting and the Variety Show was discussed and concrete proposals will be presented to the March meeting.

Other items discussed included, dereliction in the village, tree planting on the Enniscorthy approach road, drainage problems on Spout Road and planning for the coming year.

Appreciation for the generous donations to the Parish Party from individuals, business, and organisations, (ICA, GAA) were expressed and a vote of sympathy was passed for recently deceased members of the community



Clonroche Development Association Ltd held the January meeting in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday 4th. Chairman Lorcan Dunne, in his opening address to the well attended meeting, outlined the aspirations of the Association. for the coming year.

The main trust should be to broaden the appeal and significance of the Association to a much wider audience. There is much to be done, and to ascertain the perceived and real desires and aspirations of the community, it is envisaged a public meeting will be arranged for the March, April period. This should engage thought provoking discussion and exchange of ideas beneficial to the area and the wider community.

Even at this early stage individuals and groups in the community should formulate topics for discussion and debate with a view to the betterment of the village and district to present at the public meeting where all members of the parish will be welcome.

In the area of cultural expression the chairman articulated the view that a platform to showcase the considerable talent in the area should be considered. This was envisaged in the form of one or maybe two variety concerts including a cross and representative section of the community. A preliminary meeting with interested parties will be held in the very near future and persons interested should contact any committee member.

The Christmas Bazaar was again a successful event and credit was given to the Association for the Christmas Lighting and Christmas tree. Without their involvement the village would be left a dark place indeed for the festive season. The Association wish to express their gratitude to the two individuals who gave of their time and effort to erect the lighting


Preparations for the Annual Parish Party was finalised and it is understood over one hundred and forty invitations were presented.


A decision to postpone the Parish Party was taken late Thursday evening after consideration of all available information in relation to forecasted weather. Radio announcements were arranged for Friday and all other means of communication were employed.

At this time it is anticipated the Parish Party will go ahead on the following Sunday, January 17th, weather permitting

Snow and ice brought road and footbath difficulties to the village and area over past weeks. To alleviate difficult conditions Cement Roadstone donated gritting to community groups. 30 tons of gritting, located in the car park opposite Clonroche Community Centre, is available to anyone in the community requiring it for themselves or for their neighbourhood. Interested persons are invited to come along and pick it up



Extracts From Cloughbawn Poulpasty Parish Newsletter Sunday 27th January 2008

Clonroche Rangers Piano Accordian Band

On a Sunday night in early Jan. 1936 the victory of Cloughbawn in the Co. Junior Hurling Final of 1935 was celebrated at Clonroche Hall. "There was a fine attendance of patrons despite the heavy storm and rainfall which prevented many others venturing from home. The spacious hall was beautufully decorated and the attendance of so many patrons in the face of such inclement weather was a testimony to the great popularity of the club....Mr Andrew O'Brien proved a most efficient and erergetic M.C. and the music by the popular Clonroche Rangers Piano-Accordian Band was a real treat and was keenly appreciated by the dancers."

Dancing Master

A Reference from Pat Me Hugh at Clonroche Sessions "Mr K- is a teacher of dancing and callisthenics and on the night hi question he had a crowd assembled on the street of Clonroche, whom he was endeavouring to initiate into the mysteries of dancing as follows:-advance Janey, retire Biddy, salute your partner, that's it; look the gentleman straight in the face, see how he is taking it; round about now, beat time, (hie) left (hie) foot...." Sergeant Mc Hugh gave defendant "a good reference" and he was merely fined Is in June 1885.


Poulpeasty Active Retirement Group:

Dates to Note
Discussion on local flora and fauna on January 29* at 2pm
Speakers: Patsy Bennett and Monica Me Connick.

Talk on Healthy Eating and Nutrition
 Tuesday January 3l"at 8pm Speaker: Deirdre Howlin, Senior Dietician H.S.E. Admission: €7; tea and refreshments.
All welcome.

Clonroche Development Association

Clonroche Development Association Rarely has any group of voluntary workers laboured so assiduously as the above have to beautify the village of Clonroche; at their January meeting (all meetings on the 1st Monday of the month) they formulated plans for the 2008 Tidy Towns competition. This is their 10* year competing in the Tidy Towns and the 70*year of the Competition itself. Clonroche was placed 3rd overall in the Co, Wexfbrd last year and they- anticipate that if the residents and commercial entities continue to give the same unstinted support that it may be possible to surpass the fine result o of 2007. We urge the people of the locality' to underpin the work of the Association by attending the monthly meetings and joining in their work on evenings and weekends about "the street".

Drugs Awareness and Education Night

The Cloughbawn G.A.A. Club is hosting a Drugs Awareness and Education night in the G.A. A. Complex, at Castleboro on Monday March 3rd 2008 for all concerned parishioners to attend. Members of the Garda Siochana and The Health Service Executive will be in attendance to give a talk and to answer any queries. This night is opened to all organisations, clubs, parish members - adults and teenagers.

Clonroche Rangers Piano Accordian Band

On a Sunday night in early Jan. 1936 the victory of Cloughbawn in the Co. Junior Hurling Final of 1935 was celebrated at Clonroche Hall. "There was a fine attendance of patrons despite the heavy storm and rainfall which prevented many others venturing from home. The spacious hall was beautufully decorated and the attendance of so many patrons in the face of such inclement weather was a testimony to the great popularity of the club....Mr Andrew O'Brien proved a most efficient and erergetic M.C. and the music by the popular Clonroche Rangers Piano-Accordian Band was a real treat and was keenly appreciated by the dancers."

Society of St Vincent de Paul

The above are very thankful for "the very healthy €533" given at the recent collection in Poulpeasty.

Enrolment at St Joseph's School. Anyone wishing to send their child to St Joseph's School, Donard should call to Ms Teresa Tyner, during the week, Monday February 4a' to Friday February 8th between the hours of 2pm to 3pm for enrolment. Alternatively cotuact the office between 10.30am and 12.30pm


Cloughbawn Athletic Football Club

Cloughbawn were triumphant in the Billy Browne Wexford Football League Final, played at the Ajax Athletic Grounds on Sunday March 30' . Mossy Furlong scored the winning and only goal of the game and the Cloughbawn captain Niall Doran was deemed the "Man of the Match". The players were: Tomas Kehoe, Michael Lawless, Terence Kehoe, M.J. Redmond, Brendan Coleman, Witlie Murphy, James Redmond, Tomas Furlong, Martin Kehoe, Paul Lambert, Scan Lambert, Trevor Hogan, Mick Kehoe, Michael Kavanagh, Niall Doran, Leslie Monaghan and Padraig Doyle. Mascots: Paidi Kehoe and Gareth Murphy.

Re-Roofing Poulpeasty Hall

The Poulpeasty Parish Council has recently decided to have the local hall re-roofed. A meeting will be held at St Joseph's School, Donard at 9pm on Wednesday April 9th to prepare for the forthcoming fund raising night which will be held on Friday May 30th at the Horse and Hound, Ballinaboola Adults who wish to sing, dance, play music or recite at this event are requested to attend this meeting.

Cloughbawn GAA Club News

Cloughbawn pitch was not playable so the Division 2B Junior match was played in Gorey, Gorey winning 2-13 to 1-9. In Division 1A Cloughbawn Juniors had a good win over St Pats 1-10 to 2-9. We wish the best of luck to Ben Traynor, who is on the Wexford U 21 Football team, who will play in the Leinster Final shortly and to Harry Kehoe, who is part of the Wexford Minor team. The next Lotto draw will take place in The Boro Inn on April 12lh with the Jackpot at €6,600.


Dominick Murphy, the eldest son of the late Tom and Eileen Murphy, Chapel, Clonroche died very recently. His funeral Mass took place in Swords, Co. Dublin (where he had lived for many years)on Saturday March 29th. We extend our sympathy to his wife Emily, brothers Tony and Patrick, sisters Angela, Kathleen and Rita, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces and nephews and to all relatives and loved ones. The family's grief was intensified by the unexpected death on Sunday evening March 30* of Mr P. Comerford, St Mullins, Co. Carlow, an uncle of Dominick.

Cloughbawn/Poulpeasty Community Games Lorna Crean in the U14 girls and lan Murphy in the U16 boys have qualified for National Finals in Mosney in the Art Section in May.

Clonroche Golf Society

The society played in Quinagh House on Sunday last: 1B place--J. Lambert, 38pts, 2nd Nicky Walsh 37pts, 3rd Mikey Walsh 36pts. Tee off in Blckwater at 6am.

St Aidan's National School: Nota Bene


Any parents wishing to enrol then- child/children in St Aidan's School, Clonroche, for September 2008 please contact the School office or call 053 92 44441 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

First Holy Communion

First Holy communion will be held in St Clements Church Cloughbawn on Saturday May 17th 2008, between 10.30am and' 12.30 pm

Clonroche /Poulpeasty Community Games

Seven members of the committee travelled to Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on Saturday January 19* to accept the award for Best Participants in Co. Wexford; an award won by the Clonroche/ Poulpeasly Group for the past number of years. Much to their surprise they also received another award which was a special merit award for the area who has achieved high marks at provincial level. Well done to all the participants, managers, committee members who are working so assiduously to maintain the momentum of the Community Games in this locality.

'Wedding Bells

We congratulate Fergus O'Leary, from Rosbercon. New Ross and son of John and Kathleen O'Leary and Siobhain, the daughter of Alice and the late Billy Wickham of Rathurtin, Clonroche, who were married at the church of Christ the King, Poulpeasty on Friday January 25th. Ad Muteos Annos.


St Joseph's Parish School, Donard The Board of Management of the above meet on Wednesday night Jan. 30* in the school at 7.30 pm.






Important Sale

Grocery, Provisions, Merchant & General Store, prominently situated in Clonroche, with a lease for 99 years, at a nominal rent of €6; the landlord had agreed to renew the lease. The dwelling house has recently been rebuilt with 6 bedrooms, parlour, drawing room, kitchen, pantry with dairy at back. There is a large yard with its own supply of water. For details contact J. F. Shirley who has purchased the "Swan Hotel" in his native Carlow.To be sold by public auction on April the 7th 1909.

Book Launch

"Memories and Dreams" a book by Scan Cullen will be launched by Dan Walsh of South East Radio in the Cloch Ban Clonroche on Monday December 19th at 8.30pm. Do come and enjoy a very interesting evening for everyone. Light refreshments served. All are welcome.




Clonroche village was really to the fore at the Wexford Co. Coundl's Environment awards in the Fenycanig Hotel on Tuesday night last; taking three of the night's presentations. CONGRATULATIONS to the Clonroche Development Association for this fine achievement! The awards were: 1st prize €200: Best Community Environmentally Aware Presented Town/Village; 2nd prize ,€150 John's Lane-Best Heritage Preservation and Conservation Project; 2nd prize €150, the Millennium Park- Best Community Environment Initiative. Well done to all including the village FAS staff.


The tragic death in a freak accident in Clonroche village on Wednesday morning of the well known and much loved Hughie Dunne of Tominearly has numbed our local community. We extend our sympathy to his sister, nephews and nieces.

Requiescat in pace.

30th Oct 2005



Clonroche Development Association Ltd AGM

Clonroche Development Association Ltd will hold the Annual General Meeting in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday 17th October 2005 at 8:30 pm. It is hoped that at least one member from each household will be present at this important meeting to help continue with the development of the village and area.

It is also desirable for members of the various organisations in the area to have representatives present with a view to affiliating there organisations with Clonroche Development Association Ltd as the umbrella group for the area.

The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • Financial Accounts

  • Directors Reports
  • Auditors Report
  • Review of Past Year
  • Forward Planning
  • Election of Directors
  • Election of Officers
  • Election of Committee
  • Any Other Business

McDonald Continues with Historical Research

The office of National Education on the 16th of July 1910 cautioned Fr Sylvester Cloney about "the overcrowded state of the Clonroche Girls National School" and noted that while the room could only properly accommodate 42 pupils the average for 1909 was 52. It is possible that the teachers to ensure the continuation of the schools exaggerate these figures. The problem in Fr Cleary's time was that of declining numbers. The increase in numbers could indicate either an improved economic situation or a newfound determination by parents to educate their children. The problem of accommodation in the girls' room may suggest that boys were opting out of school at an earlier age help out on farms and to work at trades.

Continuing with his historical research Thomas McDonald breaks into the early 20th century and the happenings with respect to Clonroche National School and and the deplorable sanitary conditions of the time that pertained into the late 1950's and will be remembered by many contemporaries

McDonald on Fr Paul Kehoe and Clonroche N.S

2004 Tidy Towns Report

Clonroche Development Association, with a relieved welcome, received the Tidy Towns Report for the year 2004 during the week. With points increasing every year over the past five years this year is no exception with a gain of four points being recorded

Under the heading Overall Approach one can immediately question the judgement of the adjudicators when they applaud the support of Wexford County Council & WORD. This seems to be underserved as the contribution of Wexford County Council continues to be minimalist. Again they failed to even sweep the village except on one occasion throughout the year. The condition of the road through the village and the mention of Derelict Sites and the power and duties of Wexford County Council in the report are indeed an indictment of this body.

Officials from Wexford County Council were invited to visit Clonroche in May 2000 with a view to inspecting the many derelict sites in the village. They came and they saw but to this day have failed to act.

Commercial Premises in the village again came in for favourable comment as well as the Garda Station, Health Centre, Community Centre and Clonroche Primary School. The Millennium Park again took pride of place. Planters throughout the village and the New Ross approach came in for favourable mention, as did the trees planted by Clonroche Development Association a few years ago.

The village was practically litter free and great credit is due to the three FAS workers for their continued efforts under this category.


The open spaces in Canon Murphy Park were given favourable mention in the report but the fact remains that an increased marks are not coming under the headings Built Environment, Tidiness, gaining only one mark since 1999, Residential Areas again only gaining one mark since 1999 with Roads, Streets and Back Areas giving a similar return

The most telling aspect must come under the heading Overall Impression which, with all the effort put in by Clonroche Development Association, only increased by one solitary mark since 1999.

This would suggest that with the present condition of the approach roads, streets and footpaths or lack of them Clonroche is not creating a great impression and much of the reason for this must lie with the local authority.

In the past five years Wexord County Council had in excess of € 500,000,000,000 (that's five hundred million euros) flow into its coffers. What is there to show for this spend. It's certainly not visible in the villages of County Wexford and in particular Clonroche.

See the full text of the 2004 Tidy Towns Report

See Full Text of 2005 Tidy Towns Report


Cloughbawn Patron

The Patron in Cloughbawn Cemetery was held on Sunday July 11th 2004. This is an annual event where the people of the parish dress the graves with flowers wreaths etc to commemorate the memory of their loved ones departed. A widespread practice throughout the nineteenth century in Ireland in many counties it has not all but died out. On patron Sunday upwards of 2,500 people will be present for ceremonies in the graveyard and later Benediction in the adjoining church. In later years a field day is incorporated into the event to assist with Parish funding. For those who remember the Patron of Cloughbawn from their formative years and are now away from their native place this link will take them to photographs of the 2004 Patron in Cloughbawn

Clonroche Development Association Ltd

Annual Genera Meeting 2003

The Annual General Meeting of Clonroche Development Association Ltd was held in Clonroche Community Centre on Thursday 16th October 2003. Chairman Mr Richard Blackburn welcomed the attendance and thanked the outgoing Officers & Committee for their work and help during the year. He acknowledged the support of Clonroche Community Centre Committee, the FAS workers, the Clonroche branch of the ICA during the year and last but not least the support of the community.

Secretary Lorcan Dunne in associating himself with the chairman's comments read the minutes of the 2002 Annual General Meeting and summarised activities and achievements during the year in a tabulated hand out to the attendance

Treasurer Mary Tobin gave a detailed Financial Report with an appropriate hand out on income and expenses to the year end 31st August 2003

Both the Chairman and Secretary insisted that they were not going forward for re election having spent five and six years respectively in their positions.

Denis Kennedy MCC took the chair for the election of Officers and he apologised for the absence of Martin McDonald of Wexford County Council who promised to attend the next meeting. A village plan tops Mr McDonalds priority list. Denis also informed the meeting that the NRA representative didn't take any responsibility for the dreadful condition of the Village roadway following water mains laying operations. The roadway will be asphalt resurfaced when outstanding operations are completed.

Cll. Kennedy also felt that Clonroche Development Association Ltd adopted a very passive role in allowing the Institute Research Station Tagasc to close down without making any kind of intercession to have the facility, which has served Clonroche very well, retained. He was also critical of politicians who showed a great reluctance to get involved.

Cll. Kennedy complimented the retiring Chairman & Secretary for their dedication and hard work and unstilted efforts to enhance the village.




Officers for the coming year as follows: See Parish Organisations; The Incoming Chairman & Secretary thanked the outgoing retired Officers and Members for their work on behalf of the community over the years. Richard Blackburn and Lorcan Dunne offered their continued help, as did John Jude Doyle who expressed support for the Associations role. The Secretary also apologetically concurred with Mr Kennedy's remarks re lack of effort in the Institute Stations plight.

A general discussion followed. The provision of new flowerpots was lauded but having spent a substantial sum of money on them maintenance and lack of watering was disappointing. The early efforts of the watering squad of Leo Tector, Jim Redmond and Martin Kelly was praised but in the abstinence of a suitable watering system perhaps householders should be asked to maintain the flower display by watering two or three times weekly. Indeed some householders did this during the past year with evident results.

The condition of the street surface again came in adverse comment, as did some hardcore areas that are disintegrating as also are some road fences. Wexford County Council is in a position to help as is evidenced by county Councils work around other parts of the country.

It is hoped to have a list of priorities to discuss with Mr McDonald at the November meeting. It was also felt that the success of our projects would depend on a hardworking committee and a fully committed community.

There was some criticism of the committee in the Tidy Towns Competition-Too little, too late by too few

Ml Cogley said the pruning of trees and shrubs was causing a pile up of cuttings and some waste litterbins were cumbersome and had mobility difficulties.

Monthly meetings of Clonroche Development Association Ltd take place on the first Monday of each month except Bank Holiday weekend when meetings are scheduled for a week later

The November meeting will be held on Monday 4th November at 8.00 p.m.


Tidy Towns Report 2003

With on going works in the village throughout the first part of the year and with the number of FAS positions reduced to one at a very crucial period Clonroche village can be pleased with the fact that a gain of two points was made in this years Tidy Towns effort.

Whilst the community as a whole can be congratulated for their endeavours and members of Clonroche Development Association Ltd for their work during the Spring a special mention must be given to Leo Tector, Jim Redmond, Martin Kelly and Richie Blackburn for the Trojan effort put in during the year.

There is still a lot of work to be done in Clonroche to take the village to a standard befitting the twenty first century. Whilst some effort was made by Wexford County Council to improve the village during the year a lot more remains to be done. The fact that Wexford County Council only sent the mechanical Sweeper out ONCE during the year is cause for concern. The delay in completing the village centre and the condition of the roadway through the village are matters for consideration.

The fact that no footpath exists in a part of the village with traffic volumes in excess of 7,500 daily would not be tolerated in any other county or country. Wexford County Council has in excess of one hundred million Euro per year coming into its coffers. In the last five years Wexford County Council had five hundred million Euro coming into its coffers and can anyone point out the massive improvements that this body has achieved in Taghmon, Duncannon, Ferns, or Clonroche in the past five years?

Again this years report highlights the fact that Wexford's best is last of all in every county in Ireland. More to the point Wexford's best is beaten by all but two of the second best villages in every county in Ireland and more pointedly still Wexford's best would only be placed twenty second in the third placed entries in every county in Ireland.

Are you listening Wexford County Council?

In the 'Overall Approach' Clonroche gained one point over last year. Under the heading 'The Built Environment' Londis, Boro Inn, Clonroche Arms, The Post Office & Greenes Drapery got favourable mention. The School and Grounds were also commended, as was the Garda Station. Tectors in the village centre was again given favourable comment. Glanbia Hardware & the Health Centre according to the report will require painting before next year's competition as will the boundary wall of Clonroche School.





The Millennium Park again takes pride of place and the re opening of Healys Lane was also commended. There was a suggestion that local school children could do a study of wildlife habitats in the locality and their findings could be incorporated into this nature walk.

According to the report the standard of litter control was very good however litter was evident on the New Ross Road and around the School. Dereliction is one of the major problems in the village and this problem will have to be tackled if the village is to advance. Under the heading 'Tidiness' the village has remained static in markings since 1999. The Eircom Sub Station was described as ' extremely grubby' under this heading as was 'weed control at the entrances to the derelict sites'. It was recommended that construction material should be removed once building works were completed. The provision of beech hedge was recommended at the Furniture Showrooms and Clonroche Engineering.

The New Ross road looked ' quiet rough and overgrown in the area between the village nameplate and the speed limit sign. It is probably lucky the untidiness of the private sites at Sli an Uische wasn't mentioned in the report

Under the heading 'Residential Areas' the report states 'The standard in this category of the competition was somewhat inconsistent'. meaning the judges weren't impressed. Canon Murphy Park was fine and the colourful flowers display at the entrance was noted but some of the boundary walls 'were not of the highest standard'

Whilst the report is mindful of the traffic volumes passing through the village and the problems this presents it is evident from the report that a lot of work remains to be done by the community and by the local authority


See Full Text of Report


Clonroche National School Launches New Website

Clonroche Website have just been informed by teacher, Mary Caulfield that Clonroche National School has just launched a new website. This is great news for the village and area and you can visit this site by clicking on this link. As a matter of interest the Tom McDonald history page will shortly deal with the coming of the National School to Clonroche and other educational gems from times past.

Clonroche Steam & Vintage Festival

In less than favourable weather conditions Clonroche Vintage & Steam festival gave a good return to exhibitors and patrons on Sunday last 18th May 2003. A large number of exhibitors were present on the day and a good attendance braved the inclement weather. The event had to be postponed on the May Bank Holiday weekend because of weather conditions.

The Craft Fair, held in Clonroche Community Centre, was again to the fore exhibiting a staggering display of arts and crafts from local artists. A good attendance was present throughout the day and the catering committee served in excess of three hundred and fifty teas.

Oliver Harte, Brendan Redmond and Sheahans of Glenmore provided steam power on the day and Leo Tectors Trashing mill was giving a demonstration of that great economic and social event of yester year. Musical group Bandit were entertaining all afternoon on the bandstand whilst Tim Flood gave a marvellous demonstration of sheep dog handling in very difficult conditions.

A dazzling array of vintage tractors, combines, bulldozers, cars, carriages, motorbikes, stationary engines were on display and a wicker carriage reputed being built in 1717, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, before the Flight of the Earls, and just twenty seven years after the Boyne was proudly on exposition.

Over eighty entrants to the dog show demonstrated the popularity of this event. Winners of this event were as follows

Any Variety Terrier

1. Lisa Delahunty
2. Cecelia Boggan
3. Ann Buckley


Any Varieity Sheepdog

1. Ann Buckley
2. David Buckley
3. Annette Dowse


Any Varieity Large Dog

1. Brendan Carthy
2. Rickey Blackburn
3. David Buckley


Best Looking Gundog

1. Sean Fitzpatrick
2. Annete Dowse
3. Shareen Moody


Best Small Dog

1. Annette Dowse
2. Brigid Wall
3. Sandra Wall


Best Groomed Dog

1. Ann Buckley
2. Annette Dowse
3. Sharleen Moody


Dog Handled by Child

1. Sinead O'Neill
2. Brendan Denton
3. Martin Kehoe


Dog Handled by Lady

1. Brigid Wall
2. Catherine Kehoe
3. Charlena O'Connor


Dog Handled by Man

1. Brendan Carthy
2. Sean Fitzpatrick
3. Henry Dowse


Dog you would like to Take Home

1. Sharleen Moody
2. Sinead O'Neill
3. David Buckley



1. Kailenc Fenlon
2. Annette Dowse
3. Annette O'Leary



Over All Winner

1. Brendan Carthy
2. Ann Buckley


 Michelle Franklin, Clonroche, won 1st Prize in the Raffle for €250.00. The portable TV was won by Dora Cummins, €100.00 Liam Carthy, Ryland, New Ross, Cosmetic Basket, and Theresa Dagg, C/o Community Workshop, Ladies & Gents Watch set, Henry Dowse.

Having put in a magnificent effort at organising the festival the committee of Leo Tector, Mary Tobin, Colin Dier & Bernard Doran took a philosophical view of weather conditions and were thankful for having magnificent weather over the previous six years. Special thanks must go the Mr Evans & Colin Dier for the use of the field, which presents a magnificent setting for the event.

Contributors and Sponsers for the 2003 Festival were:

Bill & Joan Nolan, Millinnum Bar, Davidstown
Thomas Hayden, Adamstown Engineering
Myles & Michelle Vardy, Hillside Garden Centre, Courtnacuddy
Jimmy Fox, Clonroche Alluminium Ltd
Catriona Doyle, Village Cafe, Clonroche
Edward Murphy, Trinity Motors Wexford
Glambia, Clonroche Mill
Glambia, Trading Centre, Clonroche
J.P.K Developments, Clonroche,
Sean Redmond, Wexford Aluminium Ltd, Clonroche
Bernard Doran, Raheen
John Jude & Ann Doyle, The Cloch Ban, Clonroche
Thomas Doyle, Boro Inn, Clonroche,
Nuala Murphy, Clonroche Post Office
Keating & Doyle Concrete, Clonroche,
Con Ward, Castleboro


Trees Trees Trees

Clonroche Development Association Ltd again demonstrated their commitment to the improvement of Clonroche village when on Sunday evening last trees were planted in the centre of the village. The trees procured by Leo Tector, Thomas Kehoe & Ml Cogley, are a lime variety and deemed most suitable for their position in the village. Wexford County Council under the guidance of Executive Engineer Mr Paul Johnson and contractor Peter O'Loughlin are carrying out village upgrading at present. The provision for the trees was completed during the week and a quick 'phone around by Secretary Lorcan Dunne on Sunday morning assembled a working crew for the afternoon.

John O'Brien, Raheen was contacted and procured the massive new JCB machine from Mr Stephen Hatton, Ballyeden, who helped out on many occasions in the past ant to whom Clonroche Development Association Ltd are indeed grateful.

At four o'clock Martin Kelly, Jim Redmond, Patrick Monahan proceeded to dismantle the installed tree guards in preparation for planting. They were soon joined by Chairman Mr R Blackburn and Secretary Lorcan Dunne with shovels, brushes and other necessary implements

In the meantime Thomas Kehoe, the Villas an experienced horticulturist and Michael Cogley himself a gardening expert arrived with the trees and topsoil. Thomas Furlong, Jim Butler and Colin Dier were on hand to receive the trees and prepare the rootball for planting under the expert guidance of Mr Timothy Harrington proprietor of Boro Landscapes Ltd, Davidtown

Mary Tobin, Mary Redmond and Mary Buckley wee on hand to offer encouragement and the historic effort was recorded for posterity by the adept camera work of John Jude Doyle and Marelle Dunne.

Patrick Butler Snr, founding member and first chairman of Clonroche Development Association Ltd was on hand to make sure all was plumb and in proper position.

The trees will act as a focal point in the village centre and when the work is complete will add to the enhancement of Clonroche


Clonroche Discovery

It is amazing when news breaks the media descend on an area, contact all the wrong people, and go into print with nothing informative to offer. This was the case last week, 10th March 2003, in Clonroche with the discovery of a well opposite the dwelling house of Ml + Margaret Cogley. The well was discovered by men working on the installation of new footpaths in the village. There was no known reference to a well in village and it was not marked on any map or so it was thought.

Thomas McDonald, doing fantastic historical research work in the area, has written about this 'discovery' on a number of occasions and it appears there is no 'mystery' about the find. What was discovered was the village pump. Evidence from the material covering the well, which included a portion of railway track, suggests the well was covered over after 1874 when railways were introduced to this part of the world.

From reports of meeting in the village Thos McDonald has discovered the pump was not giving satisfactory service to the community as early as 1855. The operation of the village pump was still causing controversy in 1876 and sometime after this the pump was removed.

Thomas McDonalds research found that in June of 1875 Dr Freddie Stock, doctor at the Clonroche dispensary, wrote to the Board of the Enniscorthy Guardians, the authority responsible for poor law matters in this area: --"Permit me to call your attention to the great want there is felt in Clonroche by the inhabitants owing to the want of water. It has to be carried a considerable distance although there stands in the village a pump with a good supply of excellent water in the well; but the pump has been out of order for some years. I believe it could be repaired at a moderate cost." The rest of his letter dealt with the appalling sanitary condition of the village: the pioneering Freddie Stock connected filth and the absence of clean water with disease and epidemics.

The Board directed Dr Stock to make enquiries with the owner of the pump and at the next meeting of the Board a letter was read from the Clonroche doctor "stating that he believes the pump in Clonroche was sunk many years ago by the inhabitants; the expenses were defrayed by subscription. A few years ago Lord Carew got some repairs done but they were not satisfactory. "

The people of Clonroche were fortunate that they could draw water from the two spouts on the road going down by Robinson's since the pump was often (should I say usually?) out of order.

In late August of 1855 the citizens of Clonroche met at the Petty Sessions house to discuss the matter of fairs and markets in Clonroche: the legendary schoolmaster Hugh O'Neill (schoolmaster &mentor to Pat Kennedy of The Banks of the Boro fame) chaired the meeting and John Tector - who was either the husband or son of Margaret Tector, an early tenant of the premises that later became the Boro Inn was secretary. At the conclusion of the meeting Henry O'Neill (a son of the schoolmaster) and Denis Mulroney, perhaps sententiously, directed the attention of the worthy people to the condition of the pump. The motion has the mark of Hugh O'Neill's pedantry about it: the opening sallies go like this "as a fearful epidemic is said to be on he wing" and "as sanitary measures are strongly to be recommended". They, then, recommended that "the pump in our street be opened, cleansed out and repaired so that a good supply of pure spring water so essential to health and cleanliness be provided for the inhabitants of the village."' This was the cosmos of the village pump.


The obvious paradox or puzzle is that anybody in Ireland in the 19th century should want water! The last three months of 1852 were extremely wet and the labouring men of Clonroche and their families were close to starvation due to enforced idleness. The problem was the tedious progress of well boring in a pre-technological era plus the expense in a time of meagre cash flow. In a letter dated the 14th of July 1875 Dr Stock told the Enniscorthy Board of Guardians of the situation in Bree:

"The much respected Parish Priest, the Rev. John Scallen, about a year since opened a well in the village, and sank something about 44 feet through rock, but was unable to continue the sinking at his own private expense."

When the people subscribed to put a pump in Clonroche as early as 1820 (conjecture) they did so simply to provide drinking water: as the 19th century progressed water became the main weapon, in public policy, in the war against infection disease and epidemics. The increasing population and the concentration of people in villages meant that a traditional reliance on wells and springs (at ground level) no longer sufficed.

In September of 1875 the Board of Guardians accepted a tender from a Philip Hendrick of Enniscorthy "to put the pump at Clonroche in thorough repair" and the elected members of the Board for the Clonroche electoral area, David Doran of Tominearly and John Cullen the shopkeeper and publican in the village were to approve of it. Actually he disapproved of the work and in a letter to the Board in November of 1875 he informed them "that the pump in the village of Clonroche was put into repair at a considerable expense by the Rt. Hon. Lord Carew, by the same contractor Philip Hendrick and lasted but a very short time. The pump at present is working well but gave very poor satisfaction at first. The approaches around the pump are rough and unfinished and does not meet the approval of the public". The contractor promised to put a trough to it

The repairs were either minimal or the system was defective. On the 2nd of January 1876 Dr Stock again corresponded with the Board of Guardians in his inimitable and supercilious way;

"The pump, I understand has undergone some slight repair but it has not been sunk or even cleaned out and the water flowed for a few days. I am sorry to say it is now as bad as ever. It has been said that the demand for water on the pump was too great but it is now a considerable time since any water has been taken out it and I tried in vain to get a single drop out of it this day."

The evidence of the above clearly demonstrates that this pump is an artefact of early modern history: the evidence is also to the effect that communities in that era were determined to sink deep wells to get at bigger supplies of water (as at Bree) that were direly needed. John O'Donovan in his research done as part of the Ordnance Survey did not identify any well of antique origin on the street of Clonroche although he did refer to a blessed well outside the village but I doubt if Freddie Stock would expect the people to use the water of such a well for domestic purposes'. The earliest reliable and comprehensive map that we have is the Ordnance Survey of 1841and it identified antique sites and artefacts but not on the street of Clonroche


Closing of 'The Institute

Disappointment was expressed throughout the community with the Government announcement of the closing of the Tesgasc Research Institute at Clonroche. Established in the mid fifties this institution was a major employer in the Clonroche Area and added to the community through its research and development work for the soft fruit industry. Clonroche Station had a major input into making the Clonroche, Adamstown, Courtnacuddy, Bree areas the premier and largest soft fruit producing areas in the country.

Disappointment was always expressed with the failure of developing a large fruit processing industry in Clonroche over the years with the fruit being shipped to Dublin or Continental Europe for processing. The Agricultural Institute, as it was known at its inception, also attracted personnel to the village and many made their home here contributing greatly to the community in many ways.

The transferring of the Clonroche Unit to Johnstown Castle or perhaps Kinselly in Dublin speaks volumes for the Governments lip service to Rural Development and devolution. If this work, which is part and parcel of rural life and development, must be transferred to an Urban centre without a whimper from any of our local and national politicians or even more surprisingly the membership of the soft fruit industry groupings in the county who benefited most from the advise distributed from the Clonroche centre, the mid section of County Wexford should look very carefully at this insipid representation by our politicians and plan for future change


Tree Felling in Clonroche

Members of Clonroche Development Association Ltd again demonstrated their abilities and skills when on Saturday last 15th February 2003, in support of Wexford County Council village renewal scheme, they removed five trees from the centre of the village within three hours. The Association called in tree experts from Semi State Company Coillte to give a report on the trees in the centre of the village. Chairman, Mr R Blackburn and Mr Ml Cogley met with the experts on Thursday last.

In a written report the trees were accessed as being in poor condition, sporting old wound cavities and fungal activity together with root suffocation. The options for future management were limited and removal was deemed to be the more prudent course of action. At a special meeting of Clonroche Development Association Ltd on Friday evening last and after consultation with members of the community living in close proximity to the trees it was decided to follow the expert advise

Many people in the village will be saddened to witness the removal of the trees some of which were planted in 1932 to mark the the 31st International Eucharistic Congress held in June of that year. The Congress was one of the largest public events in twentieth-century Ireland. Two Chestnut trees were also planted at that time, one opposite the old courthouse, removed in the late fifties. However the good news for tree lovers is the old Ash Tree at the Spout Road was deemed to be in positive health and only required some pruning. The recommendation was that is should be allowed to live out its life.

In conjunction with the village renewal scheme appropriate trees will be replanted in the village in the near future. The recommendation that the replacement trees should be planted in selected locations to compensate for the loss of the removed trees will be implemented. The replacement trees will be substantial, over ten feet and guarded to prevent vandalism.

In true community co-operation members of Clonroche Development Association Ltd started the task at two o'clock and by four thirty the trees were felled, removed, and the village left in a spotless condition. The work of the members was all the more commendable when consideration is given to traffic flows through the village, seven thousand per day including over fourteen hundred heavy goods vehicles.


UCD Architectural Students Report

Students from U.C.D College of Architecture under the supervision of the Director of Studies at the Town Planning and Urban Design discipline in UCD, Professor Philip Geoghegan presented a report on their findings to a good attendance in Clonroche Community Centre on Thursday evening last.

The presentation delivered by Mr Bernard Voltick and Mr Philip Geoghegan presented their findings on a large and diverse area of mid county Wexford, which includes the Clonroche, Raheen, & Newbawn area. This mostly rural area presented the Town Planning & Urban Design team with major problems and inadequate material to work with. The effect was to largely compromise the potential effectiveness of this group from a Clonroche standpoint with too much concentration on the smaller settlements in the area. The focus of the presentation was then negated to the study of hedgerows and fields with little focus on Town Planning and Urban Design to which this group was more suited.

The potential usefulness of this exercise was lost to Clonroche village and other villages in County Wexford, which has the potential to utilise, especially at present, the attention and expertise of the UCD Students. This is all the more pointed when consideration is given to the poor showing of County Wexford villages in the National Tidy Towns Competition.



Over thirty students visited Clonroche last year and were largely accommodated in the village. Spending the Saturday morning in the Clonroche the students were very enthusiastic about the task on hand. Five postgraduate students, were to continue the work to minute detailed over a further six-week period during the summer and be resident in the community, however this was reduced to one student based in Wexford town with no contact being made with any group or individual in the village. This was seen as a weakness in the exercise.

With only one reference to the village of Clonroche and the parish of Cloughbawn in the report, the façade of Clonroche Community Centre and an amenity area in Diers Lawn, the report was deemed to be disappointing and missed the opportunity of creating a document to advance not only Clonroche but the other larger villages of County Wexford


The Villas Switch On

The Villas Residents Association switched on the new lighting system Christmas week. The Association installed over 22 vintage lighting standards by their own efforts. Work on the project is going on over the past two months and funding for the venture was acquired from WORD and Wexford County Council as well as the residents associations own efforts. It is understood the Association had considerable funding towards the cost of the installation from their own enterprising efforts including a jamboree of local musical talent held last summer. The Villas Residents Association also erected a Christmas Tree and festive lighting which added to the cheerfulness of the village over the Christmas season

UCD Students Presentation

The long awaited Spatial Plan prepared by University College Dublin Architectural students for Clonroche village and the Clonroche Newbawn & Raheen area will be presented in Clonroche Community Centre on Thursday 23rd January at 8 o'clock. This initiative, instigated and piloted by County Wexford Partnership under Community Development Officer Mr Billy Murphy will incorporate discussion on the implementation of the National Spatial Plan launched last December and how it will impact on the CNR Area.

Over thirty Architectural Students from UCD visited the village and area in January last to acquire first hand knowledge of the environment. This was followed by more intense research in relation to the local landscape, built environment and settlements old and new.

Preliminary findings will be presented in Clonroche Community Centre on Thursday 23 rd January at 8 o'clock and consultation and local perception of how the physical environment should be utilised will be examined. The presentation will include interesting aerial maps, an examination of various types of building and how the streetscape of the village might look following development.

This is an ideal opportunity to examine, from a unique perspective how our landscape, streetscape and environment has developed in the past and how it may develop in the future.

It is requested that a least on person from each household in the parish attend and a representative from all clubs in the parish are also invited


Clonroche Penny Bank

Clonroche Penny Bank will recommence on Saturday next 4th January from 8 o'clock until 9 o'clock and every Saturday eveing in Clonroche Community Centre. Last year Clonroche Penny Bank, organised by Clonroche Developemnt Association Ltd, had a record payout and record membership. New and existing members can join on this Saturday or any Saturday evening throughout the year.

Tidy Towns Report 2002

Clonroche made good progress again in the 2002 Tidy Towns Competition. With an increase in marks of 2.5%. The village started 22nd from the bottom in its category and is now 94th from the bottom. This is a remarkable achievement in three years but there is still much to be done. One must be aware that EVERY village in counties Kilkenny and Louth are better presented and gain higher marks than Clonroche

The Report in its opening remarks compliments the very comprehensive 3-year Development Plan and the involvement of the village in the International Nations in Bloom Competition in China and the success in securing a silver award. The Report goes on to say;

Clonroche has worked manfully over many years to help create for itself an identity and an ambience, which is both pleasing and indicative of further potential. Like most villages, on main thoroughfares, it is a constant struggle to create, devise implement and sustain a clear-cut division between it and the surrounding countryside. In this connection we applaud the installation of the large stone village nameplate. The national school area was very well presented and we applaud the mural in the shelter. "

For the third year running the plastic business signage in the village is bringing the community effort down and the businesses concerned must address this issue in coming years. The report states.

"On the negative side, Clonroche has a number of tired plastic, commercial and promotional signs which could with advantage be replaced by more appropriate and appealing signage."

With respect to the poor performance of Wexford County Council in Clonroche village the report states;

"The serious accusations in your development plan in respect of your Committees interaction with Wexford County Council raise important but separate issues which can be addressed in a forum other than the Adjudicators report."

On the built environment the report states;

"The Community Centre was well presented and pleasantly painted. The Clochba'n Bar was colourful, as was the Boro Inn (1877). Tectors projected an appropriate air while the Glanbia plant and especially the shop were well presented."

Leo Tectors garden is given special mention in the report stating:

"The Orchard looked splendid on the day of adjudication, while the Garda Station sign would benefit from mere washing."

Pride of place is given to the Millennium Park which is "being exceptionally well maintained". The matured trees on the verge from Chapel Road junction towards New Ross are maturing very well and the report states "There are many excellent individual gardens and communal grassed areas well presented".


The report is very strong in it's praise of litter management and credit must be given to Robin Varey, Johnny Connors and Willie Kehoe for their efforts as well as the praise for the presentation of the Millennium Park. The report states:

"It is pleasing to report further enhancement in litter management. The litterbins positioned at Millennium Park were well maintained and the national school, in other centres a black spot, was in Clonroche, clear of litter. Congratulations to all involved. Litter bins were suitably sized and appropriately located in Cannon Murphy Park"

Under Tidiness the report states:

"A number of plastic signs, as mentioned elsewhere, do now need urgent remedial attention. Very often simple sweeping of the area between the base of houses and other premises and the road proper would enhance matters considerably".

Again the plastic signage in the village is coming in for unfavourable comment

The Villas housing estate looked splendid and Cannon Murphy Park was also well presented.

Individual houses throughout the village and on the side roads contributed to an overall good impression in this category.

In it's summing up the report states; "There is a passionate commitment evident from the members of Clonroche Development Association and the Tidy Towns group. We would recommend the devising of attainable clear-cut objectives, within the competence and capacity of your Committee. In particular give attention to the profusion of plastic signs which are no longer a positive element. Devise a suitable, long term wildlife and natural amenities programme while continuing to concentrate your welcome efforts on the elimination of litter."

Over all a question mark hangs over all County Wexford towns and villages in relation to the Tidy Towns competition. Ballycullanne was given as Wexford's tidiest village, and congratulations to them, but it must be pointed out that EVERY one of the twenty-nine county divisions had a better result than Ballycullanne. It came last in the category of County Awards. Even more pointedly twenty seven of the twenty nine second placed towns had a higher mark than Wexford's best and even eighteen of the third placed towns in this category had a higher mark than Ballycullanne.

This must place a question mark over the planning and development of our towns and villages over past decades from Wexford County Council, our local authority, and it must surly place in doubt our ownership of the title 'The Model County'

For a full version of the 2002 Tidy Towns Report Click Here




Three Clonroche Girls returned from a ten-day visit to Germany during the week. Emma Dunne, Clonroche, Emma Murphy, Canon Murphy Park & Bridin Murphy Ballymackessey, all members of the Kay Keeley School of Irish Dance, were taking part in an International Dance Festival in Laggenbeck, Germany. Dancers from France Germany, Nederlands, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia, and Bosnia Herzegovina were taking part. The girls all enjoyed their experience and made some international friends.

9th August 2002

Townlands + Acreage

Ballymackessey 516
Castleboro Demesne 745
Chapel 743
Clonroche 773
Coolaught 444
Coolnacon 360
Coolroe 336
Kilegney 1014
Raheen 494
Tomfarney 724
Tominearly 1021

Total 7,170 acres

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Wexford County Council

Last of the Big Spenders

In the year 2000 Wexford County Council had revenue of € 99 million and paid out € 21 million in pay & pensions. It paid over €1 million in financial management, € 453,000 in Better Local Government, what ever that means, and € 230,000 for Markets & Fairs.

Wexford County Council gave € 621,287 for Parks, Open Spaces and Other Amenity Areas and € 782,498 Promoting the Interest of Local Communities.

Our County Councillors cost € 212, 428 with other 'expenses coming from the Health Boards, VEC etc. This spend almost matched the € 270,428 given to Industrial Development.

Administration costs in the Roads Section was a staggering € 5, 134,566 whilst administration cost in the Housing Section was an equally impressive sum of € 4,799,669

The Public Library Service was funded to the tune of € 1,536,950 whilst Waste Disposal cost € 2,950,768

In the year 2000 Clonroche Village received the princely sum, in money & kind of € 520 (five hundred & twenty Euro) from the largesse of Wexford County Council

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Vintage Festival Photos

We have some photos from the vintage festival, displayed in high quality, they take time to download and so may only be for the enthusiast. If you wish to proceed then click on this link


Urban & Village Renewal Funding for Clonroche village

Mr Dermot O'Sullivan & Lorcan Dunne, members of Clonroche Development Association Ltd met with Mr Paul Seaver, Forward Planning Section of Wexford County Council to discuss planning and implementation of the € 90,000 recently granted for Clonroche village under the Urban & Village renewal programme 2000-2006.

Plans are to be immediately drawn up for a centre village focal area and implementation of the plan will follow within months.

Clonroche Development Association Ltd have long campaigned for the up grading of Clonroche village and whilst this modest funding is welcomed it is hoped it is the prologue rather than the epilogue of involvement in the village by Wexford County Council.

All members of the community are in agreement that the road going through the village must be realigned and proper levels restored as a necessary first step in the development of the village. The road was raised on its highest point by up to three feet in a mistaken surveying exercise by Wexford County Council some years ago and never corrected. Some members of the community fear that piecemeal development will consume resources without contributing to the overall aesthetics of the village and a planned initiative is to be preferred

Detailed plans for the village were on public display in Clonroche Community Centre last March but the € 190,000 NRA funding allocated for the scheme was diverted to New Ross

Wexford County Council Investigated by the The Environmental Protection Agency

Wexford County Council are presently being investigated by the The Environmental Protection Agency with regards to serious pollution problems with the Clonroche sewage plant. This plant is polluting a nearby stream for many decades and with the imminent prospect of a further twenty eight houses utilising this facility in a matter of months and other developments in the area the modernising of the sewage utility is a matter of urgency. 03/03/2002


Moneytucker/Jamestown Road Alignment Gone

It was learned this week that the monetary grant allocation for the Moneytucker/Jamestown road upgrade was not passed by the NRA. This road, one of the worst in the country, is once again put on the back burner. There is also considerable doubt with the progress of the Clonroche bypass and the 'not in my lifetime' scenario is coming to the fore once again. It seems the Camross bypass and the Roslare/Wexford route are eating up all funding for the county. The Enniscorthy Clonroche road is carrying over 8,000 vehicles per day where three sections of this national route necessitate trucks stopping to pass each other. This road is certainly the worst national road in the country. The route is carrying in excess of 1,600 artics per day and it appears that the Roslare/Wexford and the Wexford/New Ross road is presently very adequate for the amount of traffic using it now and well into the future. One can only wonder at the thought processes of the decision makers


Clonroche Money Spent Elsewhere

It was learned from senior Wexford County Council executives that the money allocated for Clonroche village upgrading, as per the village blueprint displayed in Clonroche Community Centre on the 16th March 2001 and due to commence last September, was spent on other projects with the approval of the National Roads Authority.

This is further evidence of the lack of commitment by Wexford County Council to Clonroche village and it's neglect by that body for decades. It is estimated that the County Development Plan is costing in excess of € 380,000 and when one adds the cost of the Bacon Report & the Farell Grant & Sparks report it is conceivable that a number of villages in the county could be upgraded with the money consumed by these narration's


Wexford Web. Com

Should you require further information on Hotels Accommodation, Restaurants, Shopping, in County Wexford a visit to the the Wexford Web is a must. The site contains lots of information on County Wexford and useful links to public services

A Submission to Babtie Pettit & the National Roads Authority from Clonroche Development Association Ltd on the proposed By-Pass of Clonroche Village


The by by-passing of Clonroche village with the loss of over six thousand vehicle per day or a possible twenty four thousand persons passing through the village each day it is perceived that this project will have a major impact on the village for better or worse.

Clonroche will be the first village in County Wexford to be by-passed and it will serve as a model for other villages, not only in county Wexford but throughout Ireland, on the implications of this type of development on their communities

The facts are that only one village in the country has a five or more year experience of the impact of by-passing a village and this is Slieve Rue near Waterford city.

Visiting Slieve Rue in the morning or afternoon on weekdays one is immediately aware that practically all-commercial activity in the village is at a standstill. Both public houses are not open during the day. Walshes garage and filling station is now an abandoned shed and the business moved to Ferrybank. This was directly caused by the by pass. Speaking to the woman who owns the small convenience store one was immediately made aware of the detrimental impact of the by-pass on her business.

Carrying out a survey on a bigger centre, not comparable to Clonroche, Rathkeale in county Limerick that town being by-passed some years ago the reaction from most businesses people were not favourable. In a public house at lunch hour and on enquiring about the impact of the by-pass I was invited to look around at the totally empty lounge which had a good lunch trade. The lady proprietor of a fancy goods store explained the by-pass was very detrimental on her business. The only favourable comment coming from a drapery store with reference to parking.

 To encourage trade and commerce in by-passed villages it must be a requirement to leave the village an attractive and pleasing place to visit. This, in the Clonroche example, must include the realignment of the village roadway, the upgrading and extension of footpath. The under-grounding of service cables, the up grading of light standards to cast iron or other attractive design. The construction or reconstruction of stone or similar attractive features in the village, the redesigning of the roadway at the Glanbia Mill complex and planting of trees and shrubs.





This is not unusual in other villages such as Gowran in county Kilkenny where road planers were brought in to realign the village roadway, footpaths were re designed and constructed, a green area was developed in the centre of the village and fountain vocal feature installed. Derelict terraced were re developed and appropriate planting was carried out

The work in Clonroche can be carried out on a phased basis but substantial progress must be made within the next eighteen months. Trust in the local authority is now at an all time low with the reneging of that body on a prepared blueprint put on display in the Community Centre last March.

Farmers and other private individuals effected by this development are seeking and getting substantial compensation so by extension the community of Clonroche village must be allowed similar consideration. Similarly costing of development contractors are we understand being seriously inflated so if there are funds available to accommodate these firms the availability of funding for the requested upgrading will not be an excuse.

From representatives of Wexford County Council we understand 190,000 Euro was available for Clonroche village upgrade last year. It will not require much elucidation to demonstrate that 190,000 Euro would not build a decent bungalow let alone build a village. Figures such as this will be perceived as derogatory amounts. One need only examine the recent expenditure on the National Gallery, the precepts of whose hollowed portals will rarely be visited by the citizenry of Clonroche, to understand the cost of leaving Clonroche in an attractive condition should not have the effect of taking the National Development too far off it's monetary target and I'm sure by the time this programme is completed their will be amply opportunity for prudent savings





Nations in Bloom Awards 2001

Clonroche, Newbawn & Raheen took a silver award in the prestigious international Nations in Bloom competition held in Shenzhen, People's Republic of China from 29 November to 3 December 2001.

Nations in Bloom was launched in 1997 and is now the world's leading awards/competition scheme based on management of the environment.

The main objective of Nations in Bloom is the enhancement of the quality of life through the improvement of the environment and the creation of viable liveable communities. A further objective is the exchange of knowledge and best practice across cultural and national borders.

A Panel of International Judges, having assessed submissions from communities around the world invited the Clonroche team to take part in the Finals of Nations in Bloom 2001.

Representing the community Dr Ann Behan, Lorcan Dunne and David Ffrench made the thirty five-minute presentations to an international judging panel followed by a lengthy series of questions from the judges. Mary Howlett & Mairead Ffrench were supporting the team in China.

The Clonroche team was the only voluntary group in the competition all other groupings being members of county and city councils and municipal authorities. Cork County Architect William Houlihan & Urban Council chairman Seamus O'Brien made the presentation for category winners Clonakilty. Their presentation was mainly centred on building work carried out by the council and building firms in the town. Needless to say the Clonroche, Raheen & Newbawn group could not boast about any prestigious development works or planning carried out by our local authority but it is hoped one day this situation will change.

Amongst the forty competitors in Shenzhen, selected from an original entry of three hundred and fifty, were, to name a few, Baltimore, United States, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Stuttgart, Germany, Chicago Park District, Los Angeles, Miami-Dade County, United States, Nizhy Novgorod, Russia, Tshwane City, South Africa, Westminster, England. Toowoomba City, Australia, Kelowna, Canada, La Coruna, Spain, Loja, Ecuador, Malmo, Sweden, Boxtel, Netherlands, Soroti, Uganda, Guelph, Canada

The Clonroche group beat off competition from Finland and a third time try from Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia amongst others. Lorcan Dunne and Mary Howlett exchanged civic gifts with the mayor of Shenzhen Mr Yu Youjan at the opening ceremony and Dr Ann Behan & David Ffrench accepted the award and trophy from Nations in Bloom chief executive Mr Alan Smith on the closing night.

The Clonroche Newbawn & Raheen group is working with Mr Billy Murphy of County Wexford Partnership in a Sustainable Rural Community programme and the achievement in China is a boost to this initiative. The area is still lacking any serious commitment from Wexford County Council to improve the village and area after years of serious neglect but with the recent exhibition of a village blueprint it is hoped this plan will be turned into reality in the near future

In preparation for the competition local historian Mr Thomas McDonald was responsible for scripting and Ms Joan Healy & Dermot O'Connor for video footage and slides. Contributions were also made by Mr Mogue Curtis, Jimmy McDonald, Bessie Ffrench and Richie Blackburn chairman of Clonroche Development Association


Nations in Bloom Awards
The International Awards for Liveable Communities

Clonroche Village has been selected to participate in the international Nations in Bloom 2001 awards the final stages of the competition to be held in Shenzhen, China from November 29th to 3rd December. This is a major achievement for the community and demonstrates to all the commitment of Clonroche village and its inhabitants to positive and rapid progress.

A thirty five-minute presentation must be made by the participant community and will be followed by a series of questions by the judges. Last years winners in this category was the Township of Wainfleet, Canada

This years host city took top marks in the over one million inhabitants' category followed by Phoenix, Arizona and Chicago Park District, Illinois, USA

Nations in Bloom is the world's only international competition addressing the major issue of our time, Management of the Environment. Over 50 countries are involved in the Competition. Last year Broughshane Improvement Committee, Northern Ireland won 2nd prize in its category.

This competition is organised by Nations in Bloom of Reading, Berkshire a British registered company. The objectives of Nations in Bloom include:

· improvement in the quality of life through the creation of liveable communities

· the exchange of good practice relating to the management of the environment

· the encouragement of new initiatives

This is an important opportunity, not only for Clonroche, but also for County Wexford and it is hoped the support of public & community bodies in the county will be forthcoming to help the community and the county in their pursuit of meaningful participation.


An E Mail from Wexford Iowa

I am interested in finding a picture of Father Thomas Hore. I belong to the
Catholic Parish-Immaculate Conception-Wexford, Iowa where Father Hore
brought the 18 families in 1851. We are getting a history book together for
our 150th year celebration in June and am in need of a picture of Father
Hore.Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

See Our Article on Fr Hore

It is hoped to go ahead with the Vintage Rally & Craft Faire on The June Bank Holiday week-end. The monthly meeting of Clonroche Development Association will take place on Monday 11th May and it is hoped confirmation of this date will be passed. All this years events organised by the committee have been postponed owing to the foot & mouth situation

Clonroche of the 1930's/40's

We are publishing the memoirs of a Clonroche man, with very strong links with the area, who left the village over fifty-four years ago and still maintains fond and graphic memories of the Clonroche of that time. We are not disclosing the identity of our contributor but will leave it to those of us of a later period to enquire and of those of us of that time to remember. Click on this link, read the piece and if you can expand on the reminiscences of that period we would love to hear from you.


The Road

The first public consultation on the upgrading and development of the N30 through the village was held in Clonroche Community Centre on Thursday December 7th 2000. This development could mean a by-pass of Clonroche Village. As this will be a very important development for the village and area we are running an information & comment page to inform and prime debate on this important matter. We hope you will send in your considered opinion on this matter

The second Consultation on the Clonroche bypass was held in Clonroche Community Centre on Thursday 19th April. Four options were set out and these can be examined on the information & comment page . To date we have received no comments on this major development. The people of Clonroche remain silent. If you have a comment send in your considered opinion on this matter



An tUdara's um Boithre Naisiunta


St. Martin's House
Waterloo Road
Dublin, 4

Telephone: Ol 660 2511
Fax: Ol 668 0009

DateOur ref.Your ref.

 30 June, 2000.

Mr. Lorcan Dunne.
Honorary Secretary
Clonroche Development Association,


Dear Mr. Dunne,

Thank you for your letter of the 11 June, 2000 regarding the proposed N30 Clonroche By-Pass.

It is expected that Consultants will be appointed later this year to advance the planning and design of the proposed by-pass and to examine it's effects on the village of Clonroche. I can assure you that extensive public consultation will take place at all stages of the process, at which all interested parties will have an opportunity to express their opinions on the proposal.

The planning procedures to be followed for a project such as the proposed Clonroche By-Pass are set out in Section 10 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations. Under these Regulations, details of the proposal must be advertised by the local authority and submissions and/or objections invited from interested parties.

I should emphasise that the effectiveness of the planning and approval process depends, of course, to a considerable degree on the extent to which individuals and interest groups avail of public consultation opportunities to make their views and concerns known, and the Authority is therefore anxious to see full use made of them and to avoid, as far as possible, delays which might otherwise occur should issues of concern fail to be raised or inadequately presented under the public consultation process.

As regards your request for funding to allow you to appoint expert advise, I have to inform you that there are no resources at our disposal from which such an allocation could be made.

I hope the above clarifies the position for you


Yours sincerely





Date: 19 June 2000


Mr. Lorcan Dunne,
Hon Secretary,
Clonroche Development Association,
Co. Wexford.

Re: Proposed Clonroche Bypass

Dear Lorcan,

With reference to your letter of 11th June 2000 there are no proposals at present b bypass the village of Clonroche. This office, together with Wexford County Council, is in the process of procuring consultancy services for the design of the N30 between Moneytucker and New Ross. This design may incorporate a bypass of Clonroche. Before any decision is taken for this section of the N30 there will be extensive public consultation.

Further projects on the N30 for which designs are currently in progress or due to commence in the next few months are:

  1. Enniscorthy Bypass - consultants to be appointed in October.

  2. Jamestown to Moneytucker - construction due to commence early 2001
  3. New Ross Bypass - route selection in progress

You may be familiar with the National Development Plan, 2000 - 2006. In this plan it is proposed to construct high quality dual carriageways between Dublin and the cities of Galway, Limerick, Cork, and Waterford. All towns and villages on these routes will be bypassed. As designs on some of these routes are at an advanced stage it is likely that most of the villages mentioned in your letter will be bypassed before Clonroche

Design work is currently at an advanced stage in this office on the route selection for the Tipperary Bypass on the N24. This bypass will incorporate bypasses of Pallasgreen, Oola, Monard, Limerick Junction, and Bansha.

From the above you can see that Clonroche is neither the first nor the only village designated for a bypass. Under current legislation monies would not be available to fund the employment of independent expert advise. As [have pointed out, however, there will be extensive public consultation at all steps in the design process.

Your committee should carefully consider the impact on Clonroche that the growth in traffic will have over the next 10-20 years. Traffic volumes will more than double in that period over current volumes. With bypasses of New Ross, Enniscorthy, and Gorey in place the N30/N11 would be a real alternative route for Waterford traffic to Dublin and may attract additional traffic. The effect of this on the quality of life and safety of pedestrians in Clonroche (particularly with a School on the National Route) should be carefully considered before objecting to a bypass. An alternative for your committee to consider would be to try to get any proposed bypass to run as close as possible to the village, with good, well signposted access.

If I can be of any more assistance please let me know. I will keep you informed of developments on the design of that section of the N30

Yours sincerely

This is a detailed letter and certainly contains much for debate on the proposed by pass. Recognition of the difficulties envisaged in the second last paragraph of this letter should be taken on board and merit careful consideration

Further reading see By-Pass Page

Dear Mr. Dunne,

I refer to your e-mail of 6th June expressing fears regarding the By-Pass of Clonroche.

For a scheme of this nature an Environmental Impact Assessment will be caried out by Wexford County Council. This study will cover many facets of the impact of the scheme on the general environment. In particular, it will address the Social and Economic impacts on the Village of Clonroche. Please rest assured that Wexford County Council will consider this impact very seriously before making a final decision.

The Study will be carried out by independent consultants engaged by Wexford County Council and the Clonroche Development Association will be able to make submissions to the Consultants before the Study commences.

Best wishes.

Yours sincerely,

P. Callery,

County Engineer.

For further reading see Tramore House Reply, Public Meeting of 22/5/2000 & the By-Pass Page

Clonroche By-Pass

A very well attended open meeting on the proposed Clonroche By Pass, hosted by Clonroche Development Association, was held in Clonroche Community Centre on Monday evening last 22nd May 2000.

The attendance included Councillor Denis Kennedy and Senator Jim Walsh, both of who contributed greatly to the debate, and was chaired by Mr R Blackburn, Chairman Clonroche Development Association.

Whilst there was support for the by pass on the grounds of traffic congestion, parking, and danger from passing traffic a sizeable number of those present expressed fears of negative results on existing business and the business potential of the village.

Clonroche will be amongst the first villages of its size to be bypassed in Ireland and other villages on the more busy routes have not undergone this transformation.

On the main Dublin Cork route Abbeyleix, Durrow, Cullahill, Johnstown, Urlingford, Littleton, New Inn, Kilbeheny, Mitchelstown, Rathcormack & Watergrasshill are not by passed

Milltown Pass, Rochford Bridge, Tyrellspass, Kilbeggan, Moate, Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Craughwell remain without a bypass on the Galway/Dublin route

On the Limerick route Pallasgreen, Oola, Monard, Bansha, Kilsheelan and Carrig on Suir remain on these rotes.

As yet only three villages of similar size are bypassed in the country namely Slieve Rue, Kildavin and Newtownmountkennedy. Within the county Kilrane, Tagot, Barntown, Ballinaboola, Oylgate, Ferns, Camolin and a thirty mile limit recently installed at Clough for a filling station remain on route.

Further Reading; See By-Pass Page


Until recently the NRA or Wexford County Council failed to recognise the importance of the N30 and had it designated a secondary route it's now so important they require traffic to by pass Clonroche, the only village between Enniscorthy and Killmedan.

When larger centres are bypassed the size of population and the scale of business attract and maintain economic activity but as only three villages in the country have been bypassed the long terrn effects on rural villages are unknown. This in the main was the fear expressed by the meeting

It is understood New Ross are employing independent consultants to furnish expert advise on the effects of and the better routes for the proposed by pass and it may be possible that this could include Clonroche. This study, if instigated, would enumerate the cost/benefit effects of this development to members of the community in favour of the bypass and display the consequence of this development for better or worse to the business sector.

Clonroche Development Association are to approach Wexford County Council & the NRA for funding from the allocated planning monies available, to seek independent expert advise on the long-term effects of a bypass at Clonroche. As this is the first and only village in the county down for this transformation it would rebalance to some extent the powerful state organisation v a small rural community and display democracy in action. It will be in the further interest of the County Council to explore the effects on rural villages within the county and could be deemed money well spent.

Members of Clonroche Development Association are to visit and make contact with the communities in Slieve Rue, Newtownmountkennedy & Kildavin in the near future to ascertain effects the bypass had on those areas.



The Choir of '57

This is a photo of the Clonroche National School Gregorian Chant Choir given to me by Joe O'Neill of Chaple and taken from the Irish Independent of Tuesday May 14th 1957. Forty one years ago. Can you name any of the pupils?.

From L to R Back Row; Mary Doyle, Boro Inn: Neddy Murphy, Trinity Motors: John Ryan, Spout Rd, Brother Pat Ryan, do, Ml Maddock, Main St, Lorcan Dunne, The Villas, Ella Furlong, The Villas, Middle Row: Kathleen O'Neill, Chapple, Christy O'Brien, Kilegney, The two boys beside him I cannot identify;


Class of '57

Front: Kathleen Kavanagh, Bridie Murphy, Chapple?. Third girl Joan Healy?. I cannot identify the next girl is it Mary O'Neill Chapple? Mary Ryan, Spout Rd, Lilly Buckley, Tomfarney, Nancy O'Neill, The Villas, Kathleen Furlong, The Villas.

If you can help with further identification let me know



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