Saturday 19 October 2019

Around the districts: Ardcath/Clonalvy, Collon, Clogherhead, Monasterboice

Ardcath/Clonalvy: Meath Befriending Service aims to reduce loneliness and isolation within County Meath by a weekly visit from a trained volunteer, For Further Information or to avail of the service Telephone Meath volunteer Centre at 0469280790 or email,

Whist drive

Top Score last week was won by Michael Meade. Top lady was Maureen Thornton and Top gent was Marian Leonard. The first half winner was Bernadette McGeogh and the second half winner was Brenda Caffrey. Whist continues each Monday night in Bennett's.

Duleek Community Support Group 

Katty McGrane and Annette Murray are still installing alarms for the elderly and have been doing since 1997, Anyone looking for information please contact Katty or Annette 0861050159.

Ardcath Macra

The club are always very welcoming to any new members; please don't hesitate and just come along and join in the fun follow us on Facebook @ Ardcath Macra.

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Holy Land 2019

Bishop Deenihan will lead the 2019 Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from November 4th - 12th. Full details will be available shortly. Enquiries to MAP Travel at 01 8783111, or Gerry McCormack 042 9667314.


Mattock Lotto

Numbers drawn 11-12-20-25. Jackpot not won. TWO Match 3 winners Lauren Reilly and Peter Murphy & Grandkids. Next Jackpot €12,900. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No.3 Old Bar and Restaurant.

Awards Night

Mattock Rangers Annual Awards night will be held on Saturday 9th March in the Valley Inn Mullary. So, make sure you get your ticket from any committee member for this great night and support our local Club.

6th Fundraiser

We are holding our 6th Fundraiser on Saturday 23rd March at 8.30pm in Watters Lounge Collon. This year the theme is Oscars Night/Movie Character Night!

So, you can get all glitz and glam as going to the Oscars Awards Night or if you prefer you can attend as your favourite Movie Character. It promises to be as always, a fun filled night with great music, food, prizes for best dressed and a raffle.

Tickets cost €10 and all proceeds raised will go the wonderful Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre. For tickets or any information please contact me on 086 1081448.

Many thanks in advance for the fantastic support that I know we will, as in previous years receive.

Collon Active Retirement

Monthly Meeting of Mattock Rangers Collon Active Retirement this Thursday 21st February in Watters Collon at 2.30 pm. Flexi Bus will collect members as usual.   Chair Aerobics with Martin Whyte very enjoyable. Music by Paddy Reilly and plenty of chats.  Light refreshments served.  Looking forward to seeing all members there also new members very welcome. We are planning a few outing in the near future.

50th Birthdays

Congratulations and best wishes are sent to John Hanratty and Gerard Corrigan who recently celebrated their 50th birthdays. I believe plenty of fun was had marking this very special occasion.

21st Birthdays

Congrats are sent to Cillian Hickey who recently celebrated his 21st birthday.

Cillian is the eldest son of Derek and Majella and all the best is sent from everyone for your future.

More 21st birthday wishes are sent to Jack Thompson who celebrated this milestone last week. Jack is a son of Seamie and Orla and all your family and friends wish you the best of everything in life.

Laura is 18

Congrats and best wishes are sent to Laura Matches Oriel Road who celebrated her 18th birthday recently. Laura is a daughter of Anthony and Eleanor and all the best is sent to the birthday girl.

Mr. Sean Loughran R.I.P.

The community was very saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Sean Loughran from Glassallen on Friday 8th February.

The huge attendance at Sean's wake and funeral showed the huge respect he held in the area. He was such a kind, caring gentleman who always looked out for others. Sean is survived by his partner Patricia, Mother Moyra, brother Liam, sisters Margaret, Imelda, Bernadette and Pauline, nephews, nieces, aunt, uncle and large circle of friends. He was predeceased by his father John Joe and nephew Peter.

Sean was laid to rest after funeral mass in the church of Mary Immaculate. May his gentle soul rest In Peace.


Contact me

Contact me on 089 200 5305 or email me at for all notices to be included in paper. Thank you.

The Clogherhead Development Group is online at

Thought for the day

It does not matter how rich, talented or educated you are it is how you treat people that tells it all.

Dance for The Ferrard Day Centre

There will be a "Social Dance" in the hall at Drumshallon Forge on Friday next 22nd Feb from 9.p.m to about 12ish. Adm. €10. Supper served. 

Proceeds of the night go to The Ferrard Day Centre in Clogherhead where the young at heart from Baltray, Clogherhead, Drogheda, Monasterboice, Termonfeckin, Togher and surrounding parishes meet up every Wednesday morning in the Community Hall (old school) from 10:30 to 3:30 where they dance the morning away to the music of voluntary musicians. There is plenty of time for them to sing their favourite songs, recite a poem, and play their musical instruments etc. before a 3 course lunch is served.  Followed by a game or two of bingo before a cup of tea and a bun at home time.  Contact Deirdre Delaney at 089 200 5305 if you would care to join us or indeed if you would like to volunteer as a helper or a musician any Wednesday, we would very much appreciate it. In any case come and shake a leg in the Forge on Friday night to the DJ Legend that is Pat Thornton and support this worthy cause.  Raffle on the night.

Sean's Show

On Saturday next 23rd February, Sean Tester will be having his show "She's the One" in the Barbican Centre Drogheda. Tickets for the show only cost €20 and are available from the Barbican Centre, Reception at The Westcourt Hotel and online at

Callystown NS Enrolment

Enrolment for the year 2019/2020 in Callystown NS is now taking place. You may contact the school during school hours by telephone 041 98 22873 or call personally. Thank you.

Yoga with Gra

Another new class in the Community Hall, Clogherhead is Yoga with Gra. These classes are on Wednesday 9.30 - 10.30 a.m. and Saturday 10 - 11 a.m. are becoming very popular with the ladies and gentlemen are welcomed as well. Please txt Grainne O' Kane on 086 8290835 to book these classes which are "Gentle Flow Hatha Yoga"

ICA Group

The Clogherhead & Walshestown ICA group meet in the Community Hall Clogherhead on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 8.00 p.m. We would love to meet new members so come along this Tuesday and meet us all.

Birthday Greetings

Happy 1st birthday to Anna Browne, Harbour Road, Ross Delaney and Ronan Faulkner. Love and best wishes from all your family and


Contact me

If you have any news relevant to Monasterboice, be it personal, such as weddings, birthdays etc, club or organisation related, please contact me at or on 0862039501

Monasterboice Cemetery Committee

The Monasterboice Cemetery Committee will be launching their book "Monasterboice Cemetery Inscriptions " in Donegans Sarsfield Room this Wednesday February 20th at 8pm. Light refreshments will be served at this most interesting night and all are welcome.Books will be for sale on the night.

Dates for your Diary with Tidy Towns

Preparations are well under way for planting over 70 trees in the Pollinator Parks at Priestown and the Pope's Cross. The holes have been dug and the frames are going up. Anyone who sponsored a tree and would like to plant it with us, please come along on Saturday next, 23rd Feb, weather permitting. Planting at Priestown from 10 - 12 and at Pope's Cross 2 - 4pm. Please bring a hi-vis vest and suitable footwear and we'll have a treat for the children on the day.

Tidy Towns is hosting an Awards night on Monday 25th Feb at 8pm in Donegans. This is a celebration of our achievements and awards for the past year. We will be joined by some local Councillors and invited guests and would also like to invite members of the Community to join us. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more info.

Twinning Ass AGM

Following the recent very successful Scottish Night, Monasterboice Twinning Association will hold it's annual general meeting in Monasterboice Inn on Monday 25th February at 8.30pm.

Monasterboice is twinned with Letham, a village in Angus, Scotland. This twinning is based on a historical connection dating back to the fifth century. Saint Buithe established his first monastery at Kirk Buddo near Letham before returning to found the great monastery at Monasterboice.

The two communities officially twinned in 2000, when the twinning charter was signed. Since then many events and visits have taken place in order to strengthen the ties between the two communities. We have extended an invitation to our Scottish friends to visit Monasterboice this year. We expect this trip to take place in August.

If you would like to get involved, do come along to our meeting. New members are always welcome.

Social Dance

There will be a social dance in Drumshallon Hall on Friday next, 22nd Feb from 9.p.m to about 12ish. Adm €10 . supper served.

Proceeds of the night go to The Ferrard Day Center in Clogherhead where the young at heart from Monasterboice and surrounding parishes meet up every Wednesday morning in the community hall ( old school) from 10:30 to 3:30 where they dance the morning away to the music of voluntary musicians . There is plenty of time for them to sing their favorite songs , recite a poem, play their musical instruments etc. before a 3 course lunch is served, followed by a game or two of bingo before a cup of tea and a bun at home time. Contact Deirdre Delaney at 089 200 5305 if you would care to avail of the service, or indeed if you would like to volunteer as a helper or a musication any Wednesday, it would be very much appreciated. In any case come and shake a leg in the forge on Friday night to the DJ legend that is Pat Thornton and support this worthy cause. Raffle on the night.

Drumshallon Forge

The Drumshallon Forge is located just north of the Piperstown Equestrian Centre, Ballymakenny Road, Grangebellew, Co Louth, A92 DF7X.

Contact us by email: and find us on Facebook.

Special events

SOCIAL DANCE IN AID OF THE FERRAD DAY CENTRE - Friday, February 22nd, 2019, 9-12 PM. €10 per person and includes tea supper. Waltzing and Jiving to the music of DJ Pat Thornton.

POTTERY WORKSHOP with Roisin Gregory - ' Slab building a Sculptural or Functional Form'. Saturday Feb 23rd, 2019 11.00 to 14.00, €45 includes a light snack. Contact Roisin Gregory to book your place: 087 912 4817,

Céilí Set Dancing with the Triskell Céilí Band - Friday, March 15th, 2019. Dancing from 9 to 12 PM. €10 per person, adults only. Tea supper provided.

Mullary Cemetery

Feb 9th. Winning no was 18. Winners were: Mark Mathews and Clare O Brien

N.Mairtin Lotto

results 13.02.19 no: 05,09,23,32, Jackpot not won. €17,000 this week. Match 3 Numbers €150 Shared by Paul Campbell, Tom & James Kelly.

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