Monday 20 November 2017

Trust concerts

DROGHEDA CIVIC Trust has extended the Tumelty series of lunchtime concerts, due to popular demand!

A series of lunchtime concerts will be held every Saturday in July, from 1.10 to 1.50 p.m. at the Tholsel in Drogheda, to celebrate the life and times of Bernard Tumelty, an artist and collector of Irish music and poetry.

The programme includes: July 12, Dearbhla Collins (piano); July 19, Claire Fitch (cello); and July 26, Watery Hill Boys.

The Drogheda Civic Trust is a local community group that seeks to promote the local architectural, historical and cultural amenities of Drogheda and its surrounding areas, for the benefit of the local people and the visitors to the area.

For more information, visit their, or find them on Facebook and Twitter. This is a free event and no tickets are required.


IRISH TV, which broadcasts on Sky Channel 191, will be out in force around Slane village filming clips of the eagerly-awaited Johnstons Folk Music Festival in July.

The festival committee have announced an impressive line-up for this years event in the village, running from Thursday to Sunday, July 10 to 13.

The festival kicks off with a song contest in Boyles Pub, Main Street, on the Thursday night with an invitation to all budding songwriters and poets to write a song about the village of Slane and enter it in the competition.

Then on the Friday night a mighty session of Irish traditional music, song and dance takes place in the Boyne Valley Inn at 9.30pm with the Chapel Street Band who featured recently on RTE radio Ceili House providing the music.

There will be a full day of street events on Saturday, July 12, featuring what the village has to offer to visitors in terms of arts and crafts, tourism and local food produce etc.

The Saturday evening concert in the Conyngham Arms Hotel, Slane, will see Colm and Ben Sands of the famous Sands family take to the stage and they will be supported by local Slane band Carolan, with the concert commencing at 8.30pm.

The festival Mass takes place in St Patrick's Church at 11am on Sunday, and it is always an important part of the festival programme.

Later on Sunday evening the festival weekend concludes with a concert taking place in the Conyngham Arms at 7.30pm. Tickets for the weekend events can be purchased at the Conyngham Arms Hotel reception, 041-9884444 or at the Hub office, Slane, 041-9824000.

There will be a special weekend ticket available at both outlets costing €20.

Further details from 087-6734768 or or The-Johnstons-Music-Festival.


A car wash in aid of the RNLI will take place on Saturday July 12 at the Lifeboat Station in Clogherhead.

Starting at 10 a.m., the crew will be on hand to wash cars, talk about lifeboats and the role they play in saving lives at sea. This is an all-day event and you can have your car washed at any time up until 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.


A number of Past Pupils of Duleek Boys' and Girls' National School are organizing a School Reunion on August 16 (Fair Day Weekend) for pupils who attended both the Boys' and Girls' schools during the period of 1960s and 1970s. If you would like to attend, forward name, address, old photos and memories/stories of you time in Duleek School to the following email address: or post to the above address.

They can also be contacted for tickets by telephone/text at: Mary Watters (nee Brodigan) 0863470531, Susan Herron (nee Powderly) 0863630115, Margaret Sheridan (nee Heeney) 0868165073, Tony Gogan 0876735152, and Carol Saurin (nee Connell) 0857538995, John Heeney 0868090469.

Should you have any photographs, stories or other memorabilia from 'Your Time' in the school we would be delighted if you could make them available to us as we hope to produce a Souvenir Booklet to mark the occasion. All will be returned following the event.

The following is the purposed programme of events:

Saturday August 16th: 2pm - 4pm : Visit school. Re-visit Classrooms etc. View exhibition of photographs and other memorabilia.

Saturday August 16th . 8.30pm: Meal (Buffet) and Entertainment in Westcourt Hotel Drogheda.

Sunday August 17th: 11.30am Mass for all deceased Past Pupils.

Tickets are €25 and the proceeds will go towards St. James Hospital, Bone Marrow Transplant Centre, where some past pupils have attended. They also hope to have a memorial seat erected in the Duleek Cemetery to remember deceased Past Pupils.


TRIALS FOR the under 15 team at Drogheda Town for kids born in 2000 will take place in Marian Park tomorrow (Wednesday July 7) from 6-8.30pm. Registration starts at 5.45pm.


Albion will hold its annual Summer Camp from Tuesday to Thursday, July 29 to 31, from 10am-1pm daily. All children from 6-14 years old are welcome to attend and will cost €20 per child. The club can be contacted on 087-6376639 or at, or Facebook at


Places are available in the cub scout section of St. Martin's Scout Group for boys and girls aged between 9 and 11 years. The group meets on Wednesday evenings from 7-8.30 p.m. in the old school in Mell. Further information from Elaine on (087) 0560915 or


Cemetery Sunday in Termonfeckin parish is August 10. It is important to note that the times have changed with the prayers in Holy Cross Cemetery, Sheetland Road now at 3 p.m. and in the Old Cemetery at 4pm.


DONOR'S GREEN will once more play host to an Open Day in July, and everyone is invited to come along and share the People's Park.

The date is Sunday July 27 and the fun will start at 3 p.m. and run until around 6 p.m.


YOU can become a friend 0f the Boyne Valley Garden Trail for just €25. For that, you explore a number of historic gardens in Meath and Louth. Details from 0858602119 or email


Yellowbatter 43rd Annual Sports Day is on Sunday, August 24, 3-6 p.m. A great Family day out at The Ring Yellowbatter with races, Bonnie Baby, Glamorous Granny, Miss Yellowbatter. Fantastic prizes and trophies, music and fun. For further information, contact Frank 086 6060261


THE LOCAL annual pilgrimage to Fatima departs this year on September 18 for seven night, full board at the Hotel Avenida. For full details, contact Bridie Murray on 086 3855079.


Drogheda Presbyterian Church would like to thanks all who supported the recent Car Boot sales at the new Drogheda Presbyterian Church, Colpe Road.

They hope to run the next one on Saturday, July 26. (Taking a break for June) .


THE Slane History and Archaeological Society annual summer outing takes place on Saturday, July 12, to Cahir Castle and Swiss Gardens in Tipperary. If interested contact Mary McDonnell at (087) 2222144 or email


St. Mary's Parish, Drogheda: Parish Outreach Legion of Mary are now looking for new members, men and women of all ages. Meeting every Thursday at 7.30pm in Teach Mhuire. If you are interested you are welcome to come along to one of the meetings. For more information call 0871622679 or leave your name in the parish centre.


Greenhills Summer Sports Camp will run for two, one week courses from 10am-3pm, on July 14th-18th and July 21st-25th, at Our Lady's College, Greenhills for children aged 6 to 13 years. The camp provides a wide range of sport activities together with swimming, art and crafts, Zorbing and much more. Some places still available in each week! To book a place please call 041-9831951.


DROGHEDA Town FC host an FAI summer soccer school over two weeks this August.

The weeks are August 11-15 and 18-22.

The event takes place at Marian Park and further details and booking can be had at or call 1890653653. The camp is €65 and it's €50 for the goalkeeper camp. Entrants get a football, kit and backpack.


A MASS for the sick takes place in the Augustinian Church each Friday at 4.15pm with anointing of the sick on the First Friday of each month.


Oliver Plunketts GFC is holding their Hurling for Beginers session each Thursday, at 6pm at the club premises. An enjoyable time is guaranteed under the control of qualified coaches. Newcomers are welcome always.


Oliver Usher is conducting his annual Antiquarian and Rare Book Auction on Thursday, July 3, at 11.30 a.m. at The Auction Rooms, John Street, Kells.

This auction is one of the highlights of the very successful Hay Book Festival taking place in Kells from July 3 to 6.

Books of interest include Boulger - The Battle of the Boyne, Boyne Navigation Report 1836, Banim - 3 vols The Boyne Water, Petty - The Down Survey, Leslie - History of Kilsaran, The Pope in Ireland signed by John Paul 11. There's also poems of Plunkett, Mary Lavin, Joyce, Yeats, Hunting related books, postcards and many others.

One of the highlights of the auction are books relating to Dunsandle House, Athenry, Co. Galway - family home of Denis Daly M.P.

The auction consists of c.600 lots and Oliver assures that there are books to suit all tastes and styles. Viewing on Tuesday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 2, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Drogheda Independent

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