Wednesday 20 March 2019

Around the districts: Faughart, Kilkerley, Knockbridge, Louth and Shelagh

James Mackin and Aimee Woods, Castlebellingham at James' 40th birthday party in Byrne's of No. 10, Hill Street.
James Mackin and Aimee Woods, Castlebellingham at James' 40th birthday party in Byrne's of No. 10, Hill Street.
The new Naomh Malachi GFC committee: Front row - left to right, Tracey Rogers, Elaine McArdle, Aidan Fee, Ruari Daly. Back row - Ronan McElroy, Donna Daly, Peter Rooney, Micheál Murtagh, Denis McMenamin and Emma McArdle.

St Vincent de Paul: St Brigid's Conference are making an appeal to the wider community for their help this Christmas.

Most of us preparing for Christmas is a matter of deciding what to buy and for whom: but for those struggling to survive on tiny inadequate amounts of money, these people, our neighbours, family, parishioners, already not able to heat their houses, or deciding what time of day to eat their only food, it is unthinkable how hard it would be, in this situation, to try to make a loved one smile on Christmas morning, to try to make Christmas a memorable one for the children.

These people carry such a burden, struggling so quietly in the background that those of us lucky enough to be able to save for Christmas are unable to understand.

While all donations are always greatly appreciated, this Christmas we are focussing as much as possible on financial contributions from people, as we can then tailor to the individual needs of each person/family who seek help at this stressful time of year.

Please dig deep now, make an extra effort early before Christmas so the volunteers can get the help where it is needed in time. Remember 100% of every penny and every item collected will be given to the needy in this parish.

The Christmas collection will take place after Communion on Sat 1st and Sun 2nd December. Contact St Vincent de Paul Society on 087 2520382.

Coffee morning

Louth Cerebral Palsy our Coffee Morning last weekend has raised €1,550.

We wish to thank everyone who attended the coffee morning, all those who donated raffle prizes and money. Also those who donated baked goods and their time to help in any way for the day.

Thank you all very much. It is all appreciated very much.

Social Dancing

We have two dances in December. Our Christmas Party dance is on Saturday 8th December with music by Curtis Magee.

St Stephen's night dance Wed 26th December with music by Michael Mawhinney. Dancing 9pm to 12am. Supper will be served. All welcome.


Kilcurry Bowls Club club night up on Tuesday nights 8pm to 10pm. Anyone wanting to try it out will be very welcome.

Mountpleasant AC

Mountpleasant A/C meet up on Tuesday nights 6pm to 8pm.

Craft group

Craft group meet up every Tuesday night 7.30pm to 9.00pm. All crafts and crafters welcome. Either bring your work with you or come along and we will show you how. To find out more please contact 087 643 9546.

Tapestry Project

Louth Creative Spark want to begin a project with the local community to create a unique and permanent artefact for Dundalk. They hope to develop a beautiful and timeless artefact made by the community, for the community and for future generations in the County. Story collecting process and stitching workshops will be held shortly. Please contact 042 938 5720 to book a place.

Yoga Classes

Classes on Wednesday nights 7pm to 8.15pm, and on Friday mornings 10am to 11.15am. All abilities catered for. Contact Jackie Unity Yoga 087 6217 359.

Irish dancing

Irish dancing n Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm. New dancers welcome. Contact Kerrie 087 8831 736.



Dancing in the Community Centre continues this Sunday night December 2, with music by Curtis Magee. Showbud play on December 9, and Liam Mannering on December 16. Dancing from 9.00pm to midnight.

Jive Classes

Beginners Jive classes take place Kilkerley Community Centre each Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm and also each Tuesday evening Pilates takes place in the Centre at 6.30pm. Contact 0851048491 for details.

Recent Deaths

Condolences to the Lawless family, Barronstown and the Gorman family, Donaghmore on the death of Monica Callan, Avondale Park, Dundalk sister of Jane Lawless and Pat Gorman.

Blood Service

The Irish Blood Transfusion mobile unit is in Clan na Gael Centre today Tuesday, November, 27, from 4.30pm to 8.00pm, the Crowne Plaza Hotel this Wednesday, November 28, and this Thursday, November 29, from 4.30pm to 8.00pm.


St Vincent de Paul will hold its National Collection at masses this weekend 1st & 2nd of December.


Bowls continue in the Community Centre from 7.45pm each Wednesday night. New members welcome.


Badminton for adults in the Community Centre on Monday nights from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. All over 18 welcome.

Parish News

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Friday from 6.30p.m.-7.30p.m. Please pray for Monica Callan, Dundalk, Ann Smyth (nee Monahan) Carrick Road, Eddie Cronin, St Clements Park, Dundalk, Jennifer Grant, Belmayne, Dublin, formerly Barronstown, Michael Tuite, Sportsmanhall, who died recently. Baptisms take place every second Sunday of the month at 10.00am mass. Confession will take place after 6.00p.m Mass on Saturdays and before Mass on First Fridays. If you wish to have your home blessed please contact Fr Gerry or Fr Paddy. The Church Choir is looking for more members so please contact Fidelma Bellew or the priests. Best wishes to parishioners who are hospitalised or unwell at home presently. Fr Paddy is presently covering in Monasterboice Parish until January 2019, celebrating weekend and week day masses, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, First Friday calls and hospital visits. He will still do what he can in Kilkerley if he as any time to spare at all. The last family tree healing mass of 2018 takes place on Monday next, December 3, at 8.00pm preceded by rosary and confessions at 7.30pm. Refreshments afterwards.


The Foroige Club continues each Friday evening at 8.00pm in the Community Centre as does Lady Birds and Girl Guides at 6.00pm and Brownies at 7.00pm.

Emmets GFC

The girls minor team won in the Shield semi final on Sunday last at home to St Brides 2-13 to 1-5. Emmets Annual General Meeting was held on Friday, November 23, in the Community Centre and the following were elected: Honorary Presidents: Eoin Bellew, Seamus Lambe,Tommy Mulholland, Brendan McArdle, Harry Reilly. President- Fr Gerry Campbell. Chairman-Kevin McEnteggart who takes over from Eugene McGeough. Vice Chairman-Richard Mulholland. Secretary - Aidan Cawley. Minor Secretary Yvonne Quigley. Treasurer - Joe Crawford. P.R.O-Willie Quigley. Registrars-Aidan Cawley, Yvonne Quigley. County Board Delegate-Paddy Clarke. Minor Board Delegate-Martin Quigley. Juvenile Chairman-Ciaran Kirk. Irish Language and Culture Officer-Jane Quinn. Coaching and Games Officers-Ray Quinn. Player Injury Fund Officer-Sinead Lennon. Executive Committee comprises of: Club Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrars, PRO, Officer for Irish Language and Culture, Childrens Officer, Players Rep plus Sean McEneaney, Martin Quigley, John McCarthy, Paddy Clarke, Peter Kellegher, Mary McGeown, Yvonne Quigley, David Fitzgerald, Ciaran Kirk, Eamon Kelly, Bronagh McGee, Seamus Bellew, Vincent Litchfield , Adrian Conlon.

Text Alert

If you want to receive text messages from Kilkerley Community Alert 'Text Alert' then text your full name, address and mobile number to 089 472 5650.


Blood Service

The Irish Blood Transfusion mobile unit is in Clan na Gael Centre today Tuesday, November, 27, from 4.30pm to 8.00pm, the Crowne Plaza Hotel this Wednesday, November 28, and this Thursday, November 29, from 4.30pm to 8.00pm.


Welcome into the Christan community Catherine Anne Murphy, Loughantarve, who was baptised in St. Mary's Church, Knockbridge recently.


As Ann Manning retires from her sacristan role at year end application forms and Job Description for the vacancy are available from the church. It's a 20 hours a week role, which includes the smooth running of St Mary's Church activity at all times including liturgical events and cleaning.

Vintage Club

Knockbridge Vintage Club are hosting their Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party and Presentation Night on Saturday, December 8, in the Parish Centre at 8.30pm.This is guaranteed to be a great night with a hot dinner and excellent entertainment! All are welcome. For more information 087 2204261, 087 9198476, 042 9379128.

Parish News

Please pray for Paddy Myers, Dunbin, Annie Dunne, Rathroal, Brigid Farrell, Fairhill, Ardee Road, Dundalk, Maura Byrne, Ballybarrack, Jim Farrell, Marian Park, Dundalk, Ciaran Reid, Tallanstown who died recently. Baptisms take place every fourth Sunday of the month at 11.30am mass and a baptism course will be held each month with course dates posted in the Church Porch. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the Church followed by Benediction at 10.00p.m. Confessions are available on Mondays before 7.30 Mass and from 9.30pm-10.00pm, at the end of Eucharist Adoration, and at any time by request.

If you wish to have your home blessed please contact Fr Gerry or Fr Paddy. The Church Choir is looking for new members so if you are interested please contact Grainne or the priests. From December a new organist is needed so contact Grainne McGeeney or Fr Gerry.

Set Dancing

Set Dancing Classes continue each Monday at 8.30pm in the Centre. New Members urgently needed and no experience required. Contact Ann on 042 9338089. Admission €6 and everyone welcome.


Many thanks to Fr Paddy and the volunteers who tidied up the graveyard in recent months. You are encouraged to volunteer a few hours towards this cause so contact Peggy McCreesh on 086 3817585.

It would help if old flowers and wreaths were taken home for disposal. Out of respect for adjoining property owners please do not throw anything over the cemetery wall.

Irish Dancing

Classes continue in the Parish Centre on Thursdays at 4.00pm. Details from Dearbhla Roddy 086 8242670.

Flower Arranging Classes

The classes continue in the Parish Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday, each week from 10.00am till 12 noon. Details from Veronica at 085 7569404 or 9374642.


Yoga Classes continue on Tuesday nights from 7.00-8.00pm. For more info, Contact Alan on 085 7326964. All levels Welcome.

Parish Centre

Those wishing to book the Parish Centre for Funerals and other occasions, must contact: Jean Myers directly at 042 9338670.

St Brides GFC

Lotto numbers drawn on Monday, November 19, 2018 for the Jackpot of €4,400, were 18, 20, 26, 27. No Winner, One Match 3 winner got €200 for Noel and Irene Brennan.

Lotto continued on Monday of this week for a jackpot of €4,600. In the event of no Winner, or Match 3 Winners a further additional €200 will be added to the following weeks Jackpot. Tickets on sale (Priced €2) from MacNamee's Bar, McGuinness's Bar Dundalk, McKeown's Bar Dundalk, Giovanni's Chipper, Brodigan's Shop, Cluskey's Bar, Finnegan's Foodstore, Louth, Harrys Bar Dundalk, any Committee Member/Player or play online at The GAA National Club Draw tickets will be on sale shortly. Prizes include holidays, car, All Ireland Final tickets, vouchers. All proceeds from sales go to club funds. Tickets on sale from any player or committee member. Priced €10. The club AGM will be held on Friday, November 16. New Officers and Committee for year were elected:

Chairman- Anthony Hoey, Vice Chairmen- Gareth Corcoran/Ronan Carolan Jnr, Secretary- Joe Mc Kenna, Assistant Secretary- Robbie Mc Enteggart, Treasurer- Aileen Hoey, Assistant Treasurer- Paul Smyth, P.R.O.- Gareth Corcoran, Assistant P.R.O.- Sean Brennan, Children's Officer- incoming committee, Health and Wellbeing Officer- Bernadette Mackin, County Board Reps- Paddy Farrell/Colm Smyth, Coaching and Games Officer- Noel Loughran. Irish Language Officer-Joe McKenna. Committee: Pearse Murphy, Aaron Hoey, Shane Rutledge, Kevin Hearty, James McArdle, Pat Mackin, Ruairí Kelly.


A position is available on the TUS Community Employment Scheme for a suitable person to carry out churchyard maintenance.

Please contact Fr. Gerry 9374125 or Peggy McCreesh 086) 3817585.

SVP Collection

St Vincent de Paul will hold its National Collection at masses this weekend 1st & 2nd of December.


Parish Bingo this Thursday and each Thursday, at 8.30pm in the Parish Centre all welcome. €550 in Prizes each week. Raffle plus Jackpot of €1,000. The committee wish to thank the Parents and Friends of the school for the lovely sandwiches and pastries last Thursday night.


Brendan is runner up

Pride of place this week must go to local champion golfer Brendan Lawlor who had an fantastic achievement in coming runner up in a prestigious international tournament in Australia. Brendalia.

This tournament attracted all the leading golfers both from the leading professional ranks and also the disable golfers. The crowd really took to Brendan and supported him all the way. In the last round Brendan shot the same score as some of the professionals. He even got a round of golf with Irish golfers Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry. Brendan is the son of Billy and Marie Lawlor Green Road and incidentally Brendan's brother Liam was a valued member of St. Mochtas championship winning team. We congratulate Brendan and send him our best wishes for the future.

Mochta's AGM

This coming Friday night St. Mochtas will be reviewing a very successful year when the hold their A. G. M. In their clubrooms at 8pm sharp. By this time all nomination and motion papers should be in. Remember any one putting forward a motion will have to speak to support the motion. The club are hoping for a good turn out on the night and we hope they get it to show our appreciation for all the good and hard work they put in all year and also this is your chance to have a say on how the club is run next year.

50/50 draw

The winner of the 50/50 draw which was held in McCooeys was Stephen Carolan.

Places available

Principal of Louth National School Paddy Martin informs us that places are still available for junior infants starting next September 2019. You can contact the school at 0429374840 or on

He also informs us that raffle cards are out and about for St. Mochtas National school Christmas raffle for a Christmas hamper. They are appealing for your support.


We send our congratulations to three teachers Paddy, Aillen and Clare on the births of Vince, Stanley and Eabha respectively recently. Thankfully all doing well.

Community Centre

The Community centre hub committee are asking people for old photos or articles of interest such as paper stories to exhibit on the opening day of the refurbished community centre which takes place on Sunday 9th December . This is the day Santa will be arriving by Fire Brigade Anyone with old photos can hand them in to Fr. McArdle or any member of the committee. Please remember to put your name on the back of the item and they will be returned to you after the day.


AGM-Naomh Malachi GFC

The annual general meeting took place in the clubrooms on Friday, 23rd November. There was a great attendance and the Chairperson, Aidan Fee, thanked everyone for their fantastic support during the year. The following are the Honorary Presidents, John Agnew, Tom Begley, Larry Begley, Michael Begley, Mickey McShane, Packie Rogers, Fr. Donal Sweeney and Kevin Murray. Both Eamon Laverty and Gerry McElroy were elected as Presidents of the club. The following Committee members were elected, Chairperson-Aidan Fee, Vice Chairperson-Micheál Murtagh, Secretary-Tracey Rogers, Assistant Secretary-Elaine McArdle, Treasurer-Donna Daly, Assistant Treasurer-Ronan McElroy, County Board Delegate-Peter Rooney, PRO-Denis McMenamin, Assistant PRO-Emma McArdle, Insurance Officer-Gearoid Wills, Registrar-Ruairi Daly, Officer for Irish Language & Culture-Michéal Woods, Players Representative-David Begley, Minor Board Delegate-Kevin Begley, Coaching Officer-Pierce Caherty, Health & Wellbeing Officer-Michelle Daly. The Chairperson and the Committee are looking forward to a successful year ahead for Naomh Malachi.

Lotto Results

Naomh Malachi GFC lotto 18/11/2018. Jackpot €3,100, numbers drawn 9, 12, 13 and 25. Two winners, Charlie O'Neill sold by Ronan Lynch and Lilly Dowdall sold by Teresa Rogers, both won €50. Next week's lotto jackpot will be €3,200, draw on the 2nd December. Thanks to all who support the club lotto.

Couch to 5K- get active now!!

Starting Monday 5th November and every Monday & Wednesday evenings at 8pm at Naomh Malachi GFC. A great way for everyone to get fit and in shape for Christmas. Goal is to do a 5K on St Stephens Day-training over the next 7 weeks. Contact Tracey on 086 2656720 for any details. All proceeds going to North Louth Hospice.

Mass times

New mass time for Shelagh Church began Sunday 4th November at 10.30am and continues every Sunday onwards at 10.30am.

Ciorcal Comhrá

Irish speaking/conversation An Ciorcal Comhrá meets every Thursday night in Naomh Malachi GFC club rooms Courtbane. All welcome. Come along and practice your cúpla focal. Bígí linn

Irish Dancing

Scoil Rince Móna Ní Rodaigh have commenced Irish dancing classes. The classes will be on every Saturday morning from 10.00 am - 11.30 am in Naomh Malachi GFC and will continue on a weekly basis. All welcome from local community and surrounding areas (Cullaville, Crossmaglen, Kilkerley, Inniskeen, etc) to attend regardless of experience. Boys and girls from aged 4 upwards! Anybody looking to get their children involved in a new cultural pastime over the winter months, this is a great opportunity to do so.

The Argus