Holy Cross Church

On Wednesday 15th August is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady, a holy day of obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm.

The Autumn collection for the priests of the parish will be taken up around the Feast of the Assumption. Envelopes are available in the church porches. Please be as generous as you can.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place every Thursday from after the 10am mass until 6pm.


Silent meditation every Wednesday evening in the Convent at 8pm. Everyone welcome. ‘Be still and known that I am God’.


Sincere sympathy in their sad loss is extended to the families, relatives and friends of the late Tom Cheasty, Ballyduff and the late Helen Penkert, The Dunes, Tramore.

May they rest in peace.

Tramore Whist

Results of the Whist Drive which was held on Monday 6th August:

Top score – Irma Nix

First gent – Gregory Tobin

First lady – Ann White

Other winners – J.Battye, B.Murray, A.Whittle, K.Fitzgerald, C.Hurley, A.O’Brien, B.Cummins, O’Daunt, A.Howley, B.Taylor.

The whist is held every Monday night at 8pm sharp in the Community Centre, Pond Road, Tramore. All are welcome, cash prizes.

On Display

Still a few days left to view the exhibition of paintings ‘Blending Light’ by Avril Shanahan, Trish Mulcahy and Eleanor Moore, with pieces of Alfonso Santoni, Noeleen Kavanagh and Irene Dawson at Tramore coastguard Station, Love Lane. The exhibition will close on Sunday 19th August and is well worth a visit.

Opening hours – Wednesday and Friday from 1-6pm, Thursday late night from 5-6pm, Sunday from 2-5pm.

Children’s Reading

Throughout the county children ar ebeing encouraged to get involved in the Children’s Library Summer Reading Challenge. We are asking children to read any five books during the summer break, but especially those from the golden ticket shelves. Presentation of awards will take place during the Children’s Book Festival in October. Contact Tramore Library for details.

Give Blood

Volunteers are needed to help with local organising for the forthcoming visit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile unit. If you can help out please contact 086-3892497.

The opportunity to give blood will arise at the Tramore CBS School, St.Otteran’s Terrace on Thursday 23rd August from 4.30-9pm.

Help us to help others by joining Ireland’s most extraordinary club as 3,000 blood donations are needed every week. Blood cannot be frozen or stored for longer than 35 days and more than 70,000 people will receive a blood transfusion this year as part of life saving operations. Bring a friend, we welcome all donors, new and old.

Lady Luck

You could escape from all the long faces and enjoy a refreshing sunshine holiday if your luck is in and you scoop the jackpot of €6,450 topping the agenda when Tramore AFC host their next Lotto draw in Rockett’s of Westown on Tuesday 21st August. Numbers out of the drum of destiny last week were 6,11,13,22 with four Match 3 winners netting €40 each:

Helen Hanway, St.Otteran’s Terrace; Margaret Murphy, Marian Terrace; Anna Murphy, Gracedieu, Noel and Julie Kennedy, Cliff Road.

Proceeds in aid of the Schoolboy Development Fund. Tickets are prices at €1.50 from club members at Graun Park clubhouse any evening after 6pm or from the Arch Newsagents Summerhill (Premier league class as regards selling Rehab Radio Bingo books, so try your luck on the AFC Lotto).


Items intended for publication in this column or items from Fenor and district should be dropped into the Arch newsagents Summerhill by 12 noon on Sunday or into 1 Market Street not later than 3pm on Sunday afternoon.

Tramore of Yore

In 1956, the ‘fifteenth’ was the worst in living memory as torrential rain set in at noon and for the rest of the day it was an indoor festival as even the sterling efforts of Tramore Fire Brigade couldn’t clear the flooding from the dip down by the stables. On Easter Monday 1924 picking winners was easier than usual as only fifteen runners were saddled in the six races. In August 1948, Lord Harrington’s aeroplane circled Tramore Racecourse before landing at Dunmore East. He arrived at the racecourse by car to pilot Moneyback in the Waterford Maiden Plate but his third mode of conveyance that day finished out of the money. On Whit Monday 1954 a new tote aggregate record of £9,939 was set with the ‘outside’ tote contributing handsomely.

In 1942 a strange aroma wafted through the grandstand as due to the severe tobacco shortage many substitutes such as dried dandelion leaves, fir bush bark or dried marshmallow leaves were used. The 1935 August meeting saw over 400 entries declared to run. The popular ‘outside’ enclosure was thronged as special excursion trains were run from Kilkenny, Clonmel, Dungarvan and Wexford. In 1955 a record attendance of over 1,100 dancers thronged the Atlantic Dancehall for the first visit of the Clipper Carlton Orchestra from Strabane. The special train to Waterford after the dance was packed to capacity.

No references to the truly good old days of racing would ever be complete without a mention of the most popular ‘Dub’ ever to set foot locally (actually born in Cashel). During race week in the 1950’s this charming lady could be found every night at her familiar stomping ground, the window sill of a town centre store. Garbed in black, with a large shawl wrapped around her to keep out the evening chill, she was affectionately known to one and all as Biddy Mulligan. Despite her dark attire she became a great favourite with all the children who smiled broadly when her ‘bottle of medicine’ was delivered in a brown paper bag from a nearby public house.

In those far off days the popular outside enclosure with the colourful side shows, traditional musicians, hawkers etc., added a tremendous atmosphere to the occasion – captured on film when Johnny McGurk invited the Gaumont Film company to Tramore.

One blistering hot August day a lady fruit vendor quickly sold all her stock and then did a brisk trade selling bottles of water at ten old pence a time.

August 15th 1981 marked the sad demise of the popular outside enclosure but the final day left some nostalgic memories imprinted on may a mind.

Tramore is sliding down the pecking order as regards tote aggregates so it’s time to arrest the trend by rewriting the history books and including an ‘outside’ enclosure at Tramore racecourse, mark three back down at the seafront.


Happy birthday to Leo Flynn of Gleann Doire, Tramore who will blow out three candles on his cake on Thursday 16th August. Many happy returns also to John Hutchinson, Josephine Walsh, Bayview, Jennifer English, Jennifer McGrath, Thomas Ryan.


Congratulations on their wedding anniversaries to Luke and Jennifer Flavin (nee Harrington), Christopher and Elizabeth Butler (nee Sheridan).

Klub Muzik

The Music club at Riverstown will be re-opening mid-September. Existing pupils will be contacted prior to opening to arrange their class times. We offer lessons for children and adults in keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, drums, violin, teen vocal group.

New lessons will include Piano accordion, banjo, trumpet, mandolin, flute, tin whistle, young choir and dance.

If you wish to learn a different instrument other than on offer you can contact the club. Drama classes will commence mid-September in 2 groups. Junior 6-9 years and Senior 10-14 years. Existing senior pupils will be contacted prior to opening. Drama will run on Fridays 4.30-6pm and 6-7.30pm. All other classes will run Monday to Friday.

Finally, we would like to inform you that W.C.C. Arts Office are giving us a musician in residence to work in the club from October to March 2008. Anyone interested in this post can contact the Arts Office, Dungarvan County Council.

Enrollment Day at Klub Muzik Sunday 2nd September 4-6pm or phone Kay on 087-9577661 or David 086-3180143.

Golf Classic

Winners of the Klub Muzik Golf Classic 4th August are:

1st JKPower, Mick Sullivan, Paul Coffey, Tommy Kavanagh 97pts; 2nd Niall Coughlan, Billy Donnelly, Liam Coughlan, Mick Coghlan 96pts; 3rd Billy Bolster, Tony Whelan, Paddy Costelloe, Dennis O’Mahony 95pts; 4th D. Lineen, Liam Slevin, Martin Geary, Eamon Pollard 93pts; 5th; P. Condron, B.Carr, M.Byrne, D, Murray 92pts; 6th John Brennan, Damian Clarke, Jim Doyle, David Doyle 91pts. Society Golfers – Mick Dunphy, Anthony Dunphy, Chris Jones, John Power 85pts

Nearest to pin – Paul O’Sullivan 2ft 4 ½ ins.

Longest drive – Jimmy Dunne 670 yards.

The committee would like to thank all who gave sponsorship, took part playing, Tramore Golf Club, Catering. Frank Sullivan and everyone who helped to make the day go so well. The children as always will benefit greatly from your kind support.

Tramore AFC

Ladies and Schoolgirls Corner

Waterford Schoolgirls LeagueTramore 2Stradbally 1

In a must win game the Tramore girls came from a goal down at half time at Graun Park. Naomi Douglas equalised on the back post after a great run from midfielder Aoife O’Sullivan and Vanessa Ogbonna, winning the game for the home side, showing a fine turn of pace to finish in style against a Stradbally side that never gave up the fight.

Piltown 1 Tramore 1

In the very last league game of the season, the league table could not have been any closer with Tramore going into this game one point ahead of Piltown. The home side had the better of the first half, taking the lead with a great goal from the edge of the area. Tramore, knowing that a draw would be good enough to take the League title, came more into the game in the second half and got the vital score through a well worked goal from Aoife O’Sullivan. With Captain Vikki Falconer in great form at the heart of the defence, Tramore held out for that vital point to make them league champions.

Under-13 Squad Waterford Schoolgirls League Winners 2007: Caoimhe Corcoran, Sarah Power, Grace Hanrahan, Jessica Waller, Clara McGrath, Vikki Falconer (Captain), Rachel Corcoran, Aoife O’Reilly, Jessica Palmer, Aoife O’Sullivan, Tara Power, Muirissa O’Sullivan, Sinead Lohan, Naomi Douglas, Katie McCusker, Vanessa Ogbonna, Gemma Linehan, Tara O’Brien, Sarah Sheppard, Roisin Hayes. Well done to all!

Waterford Schoolgirls League Under-16

Tramore 4Stradbally 2

Goalscorers were Wmily Holmes, Samantha Flynn, Beth Cummins and Jade Shanahan.

West Waterford East Cork Ladies CupTramore 3Kilmacthomas 0

Goals from Rosie Flynn, Aisling Griffin and Late McGrath kept hopes of a league and Cup double alive

Team: Valerie O’Keeffe, Stacey Browne, Rebecca Toomey, Catherine Power, Kate McGrath, Susan Toomey, Rachel Wall, Jade Shanahan, Sarah Arnold, Aisling Griffin, Rosie Flynn and Beth Cummins.

International Honours

Congratulations to Jessica Gleeson in Germany this week with the Irish U-16 squad to play Denmark, Russia and Germany.


Sincere sympathy is extended to Johnny Matthews on the sad loss of his mother in England last week. May she rest in peace.

Tribute to theKing

Rocky Mills will mark fifty years of paying regular tributes to the King – Elvis Presley to mark the 30th anniversary of his death at the Grand Hotel with the Pathfinders back in action for this oh so special occasion on Thursday August 16th. Admission €10 for adults and €5 for children.

Anyone who fails to gain entry on the night can enjoy an action replay in O’Shea’s Hotel on Saturday 18th August with Rocky and the Pathfinders belting out all those classic Elvis tracks. Tom’s documentary DVD which has received rave reviews from satisfied customers will be on sale at both gigs.

Stella Maris Class Of 1987 20 Year Reunion

Meeting in Grand Hotel Tramore 8p.m. on Saturday 27/10/2007 for informal gathering

Please contact Orla Garvey 087-9820412 Karen Coffey 087-2172918

Catherine Power 087-9385161 or Catherine Moloney 086-6043472

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