Saturday 16 December 2017



Contact Hubert Murphy at (041) 9876820 or hmurphy@drogheda-independent. with all your Ardee news.


Local MEP Mairead McGuinness was in Ardee on Friday last to support the Good Morning Louth, a new free and confidential telephone service for older people.

The MEP said it is great that the message is beginning to get out and more and more older people are availing of the service. "This service has a very important aim, that of ensuring that older people accessing it are safe and well in their homes. But it also brings into the home information on services and entitlements.

'A wide range of listening services are on offer, including the possibility to share worries or concerns and knowledge about useful local services. In so doing it is keeping people more closely linked into their local community.' The MEP said the service can react swiftly where a prearranged call to an older person is not answered, alerting family members or emergency services as required.

'This important community based service is staffed by local volunteers, many of whom are retired and willing and able to give something back to their community.'

Ann Murphy, co-ordinator of the Good Morning Louth Service said they are reaching into communities and would be delighted to help if older people in the general Ardee area who wished to avail of the service would make contact with them.

Ann explained that the service is a direct link with older people and can range from a quick good morning call to check that all is well to a longer conversation about anything that is on the person's mind.

The service is targeted at those over 65 and can be accessed at 042/9330103.


A wonderful place I must give a mention to is the Ardee Parish Centre.

As a location for anything it is a must and Mark McCormnack staged a couple of very successful White Collar Boxing nights while some of the top singers in the country have also graced it.

It's open for 21sts and other parties so for some family fun, contact them at 6856721 for full details.

It's a great community facility.


As we enter the year 2013, we mark our 85th anniversary. To mark this occasion we will have some events throughout the year. First of all we start with a youth disco on February 15th.

Then on March 9th we have a mass for the living and deceased of the club, there will be tea and sandwiches afterwards in our Clubhouse, where we will also have our awards night, with the presentation of the u18, junior, senior and ladies players of the year.

Also the hall of fame will be unveiled (who do you think will get it this year?). We will have a lot more on throughout the year with the likes of 7-a-side and lots more. Keep an eye out on facebook, papers, and local radio to make sure you don't miss anything!

The Functions room is available for hire for all types of functions including: Weddings, Private parties, Corporate vents, Hospitality, Training course venue, Team meals, Family Funeral meals, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Communions A full range of catering can be arranged on request. Ring 041 6858691 or call Barney on 085 7191131


Ardee St. Marys GFC youth disco is on Friday 15th February from 7.30pm til 9.30pm in our clubhouse for 8-14 yr olds. Admission is €4. Parents must collect children from the door.


An open morning takes place in the Ardee Jobs Club on Thursday 31st January 10am - 1pn.

This free service includes CV Preparation/Job Searching Skills/Career Advice/Form Filling/Mock Interviews/Interview Techniques/Using the Internet/E-mailing and much more.

All Jobseekers welcome. Please call in. They are located in Ardee Business Park, Hale Stree, Ardee Ph. 041 6857917 or 6857934


The Ardee Concert Band are to host a solo and ensemble competition on Sunday 24th February. It's for the region and there should be a great turnout.


Last registration date for any new U8 & U9 players (born in 2004 and 2005) wishing to participate in 2012/2013 Drogheda Children's League fixtures is the 31st January. Any new players wishing to register must complete a Drogheda League registration form and provide a copy of either their birth certificate or passport before this date. Any new players registered this month can participate in fixtures from 1st February.

Any new U10-U16 players can be registered at any time with teams competing in the Dundalk League. Required paperwork must be submitted to the League at least 2 days before being eligible to compete in any fixtures.

There is still room for new players in the U6 and U7 Academy which will be starting back on Monday nights shortly.


Ardee St. Marys GFC club membership for 2013 is €50 - this entitles you to free admission to home league games. Contact Gabrielle Clarke on 087 6751343.


Ardee St. Marys Ladies GFC registration night is Friday 1st February at 7.30pm. All Welcome.


Ardee St. Marys GFC Club Fundraising Lotto draws, which run on a weekly basis, play a huge part in the fund raising efforts of our GAA Club. Our Lotto is sponsored by Brian and Jean Malone of Daybreak service station, Drogheda Rd., Ardee. There is no lotto winner this week. The 4 numbers drawn out were as follows. 2, 4, 13, and 14. There was no match 4 winner. The €50 winner was Sean Walsh and the €20 winners were Margaret Smyth, Dolores Malone and Colette Mc Kenny. The jackpot for next week is €3200.


Ardee St. Marys GFC offers a multiple state-of-the-art astroturf, floodlit, and partitioned pitches, available to everyone to rent by the hour. Ring 041 6858691 or call Brian on 087 7728101.


Ardee St. Marys GFC are looking for copies of photographs of players, teams, supporters, committee members, etc. If you have any please get in contact with Paddy Callan on 041 6853555 and he will arrange to get copies.


Adult Ceili class ran by Carol Leavy (former World Irish Dancing Champion), are starting soon Ardee St. Marys GFC Clubhouse.

Contact Carol on 087 9238733. Children's Irish Dancing Class is every Wednesday from 4.45pm - 5.45pm. All beginners welcome - contact Carol on 087 9238733


Elite Dance and Stage School Classes take place on Saturday afternoon @ 4.000pm - 5.30pm for 3- 14 years in Ardee St Mary's Clubhouse. Contact Kelly on 087 6667514 or email :elitedanceschool@


John Mitchels lotto: Numbers 4, 18, 19 and 25. No winner of the €10,000. €20 went to Gerry Coyle, Paddy Myles, Olivia McCoy, Stephen Coyle, Audrey Gillespie.


Drumconrath / Meath Hill A.G.M on Thursday 31st January at 8.00p.m. in Parish Centre. All parents are encouraged to attend.


Drumconrath National School is now accepting enrolment forms for September 2013.


Ardee Cycling Club are now taking new membership for 2013. Everybody is welcome to join. The membership is only €35 & that includes membership with Cycling Ireland.

There is a Beginners Cycling Group, plus an Intermediate Cycling Group & Advanced Cycling Group. For further info contact Ollie Arthur 087 2702787 or email


Dee Rangers ladies Player Presentation Night will take place on Saturday 2nd February at 8.00 pm. in Newtown Country Club. Tickets are €10.00 and available from any committee member.


The hottest new live comedy show of 2013 debuts at Vicar Street, Dublin on Saturday the 16th March!

Set to be the hottest new live comedy stage show of 2013, 'Paddyland' features characters from the award winning comedy writer and radio host Dave O'Connor, set among an impressive stage production with video footage, hillarious props, laugh out load games and live music.

Special guests on the night include 'everyone's favourite truck driver from Ardee ' Andy Breastfed' !' Now that could be a show worth seeing! Tickets are priced at €22.50 plus booking fee and are on sale now from Ticket Master outlets nationwide and online at


Do you like music and dance and want a great pass-time. If so Drumconrath Musical Society is the place to be. With view to a show in March a group has recently been coming together for a singing and dancing variety show. Rehersals Weds and Thurs at 8pm in the Parish Centre, Drumconrath. Children also welcome and their practice is at 7pm on same nights.


Lotto Jackpot €2,400 . No winner of Thursday nights draw dated 24th January, Numbers drawn were as follows: 13,17,23,26. There was no jackpot winner, Two 'match 3' winners,Katherine Kerley & Jane Kerley who receive €100, Congratulations! Next weeks draw to take place in Bradys Bar,Edmondstown on Thursday 31st January 2013 with a Jackpot of €2,500.

Thanks very much for your continued support with the weekly Lotto. You can buy your Lotto ticket/s in advance 5 wks,10wks, 20wks etc in Hughie O'Neill's Menswear Ardee, The Station Ardee, Post Office Ardee, Brady's Bar Reaghstown, Danny Boy Reaghstown & any committee member. If you're not in, you can't win!

Westerns GFC Membership is now due and payable to any member of the committee Adults €25 Students/OAP €20.


The Louth round of Scór Sinsir will take place Saturday 23rd February in Naomh Mairtins hall in Monasterboice starting at 6pm. Clubs must enter two competitions and the fee is €20 per Club. For further information contact Suzanne Ní Mharcaigh at or 085 1685214.


Here's two pieces from 1963 - 50 years ago.

Fifty members of the nursing, engineering and farm staff of St. Brigids hospital, Ardee, staged a 'no eating' strike They refused to take their dinners on the ground that the meat was not up to standard.

Members of the IT and GWU, they have been in dispute over the food standard with the hospital management and the local authority for some time.

Also, The De La Salle brothers in Ardee are to act as traffic wardens at their school there. This follows an acceptance by them of an offer by the local Town Commissioners of a special insurance indemnity scheme.

This was announced at the meeting of the Commissioners chairman Mr. J. J. Thorne.


August by the

Drumconrath / Meath Hill Musical Society practice on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All welcome. For further information call 087 / 7628713.


Everyone has a story to tell, be it local history, life experiences or tall tales from our area. Community Alert is looking for interested residents to join in a 5 week programme to gather and record material. The long term aim is to produce a publication that captures the essence of Reaghstown. Young, old, new and established residents – all are welcome to participate. Learn new skills and improve existing writing techniques with a professional tutor. For more info contact Aclint Hall or text Community Alert 087 0903673.


There promises to be another big night in club Luna on February 1st when Project X is staged at the venue. The likes of David O'Connor of iRadio, DJ Stiff, Joey Fay, Dave O'Reilly and DJ Mark Gallagher are all lined up to appear.


The first draw of the 2013 10 week draw for the Tallanstown/ Clonkeen parish will take place on Saturday February 2nd.


What a night on the horizon Shannon playing Boggers on 2nd. Get the tickets quick! - Sharon February


There will be a series of reflective training nights for Ministers of the Word across the diocese facilitated by OPRFM and the Liturgy Commission. Monastery National school, Ardee, hosts a gathering on January 30th at 7.30pm.


Fitness Classes for ladies beginning on 28th January from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm in Drumconrath Parish Centre. Contact Niamh on 086 / 3957639. Cost per session €5.00.


Hunterstown rovers bingo jackpot this week is €1,400 and along with the ever popular bonus flyer, they will pay out at least €2,500 every week,one lucky winner won €665 on the bonus game last week so why not play bingo this week,books prices are €6 each. Bingo starts at 8pm every Friday night in Ardee parish centre,

Club lotto jackpot this week is €10,000 with tickets available from the Hunterstown inn & at bingo every friday night.

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