Sunday 19 January 2020

Around the districts: Ardee & Collon, Slane, Broomfield

Ardee & Collon: Get behind Ardee Celtic draw - Due to increased demand for Holiday Draw tickets, Ardee Celtic have extended the draw by one month, so you have just a few weeks to pick up a ticket and win one of the amazing prizes on offer.

It also means that the draw will take place in conjunction with the opening of the new magnificent new astro training pitch at Townparks, which looks amazing.

Draw tickets are available from any committee member or player. Tickets are €5.

The top prize is a week for two in Lanzarote in a 4 star hotel. Second is a trip for two to the Grand National in Aintree and 3rd is a trip to Man Utd v Watford or a weekend break in Ireland.

Well worth supporting.

Mattock's big day

To put in bluntly - there will never be a bigger game in the history of Collon GAA.

The AIB Intermediate Club Championship All Ireland Semi Final between Mattock Rangers and Magheracloone takes place on Saturday 11th January 2020 in Crossmaglen at 1.30pm.

Mattock have been magnificent in their run to this match and the support of a huge crowd could bring this one over the line as well.

Blood donors

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) would like to thank all 218 donors who attended the Clinic recently held in the Parish Centre, Ardee.

A breakdown of the total figures show that 21 first time donors and 16 former donors attended the clinic.

A special thank you to Local Voluntary Organiser, Mr Nicholas McQuillan.

The Collon Files

January 1970 - teens donation

The Editor acknowledges receipt of £16 from seven Collon teenagers - Brian Hanratty, Margaret Hanratty, Vera Reid, Eileen Reid. Ann Loughran, Sheila Cole, Margaret Coleman.

The money has been forwarded to Gorta as requested.

January 1980 - Seamus Wogan wins

Dunleer A.C. made history in Glenmore when they equalled Mountpleasant's long standing record of 13 team titles, the club also took the six team events and four out of the six individual medals at the Louth finals.

Seamus Wogan, the young Collon lad wearing the Dunleer colours, beat clubmate Jimmy Pepper in the boys under-12. Dunleer also won the girls under-12 led home by Allison Dunne in second place.

Collon animal sanctuary

Continued success to the sanctuary, Lynn and all those that support their services.

They rehomed over 380 dogs in 2019 and so thanks to everyone who has adopted an animal from the sanctuary.

Ardee Traders

Ardee Traders Annual Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday 11th January 2020 in Brian Muldoon & Sons Bar & Restaurant. What a night in store.

The great Ollie Ward

Ardee and district lost a great one before Christmas with the death of Ollie Ward.

St Mary's, as they always do, paid a fitting tribute: 'Ollie was a great supporter of St. Mary's and Louth GAA for many years. Ollie served on our committees within our club on fields committee development committee and gates committee and he also served for many years for Louth county board collecting at gates for inter county games.'


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Local bereavements

Sympathy is extended to a number of families who lost loved ones over the festive season.

Aine Stewart (née Flood) Monknewstown, passed away on on December 31st. Predeceased by her husband Tommy, Aine is survived by her daughters Judith and Eibhlin, sons Thomas and Patrick and extended family. Her funeral Mass took place in Monknewstown Church on Friday morning with burial afterwards in St Erc's Cemetery, Slane.

Joe Murphy, Creewood, Slane, passed away at Kilbrew Nursing Home, on December 30th. Joe is survived by his sister Nora Quaile, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. His funeral Mass took place in St Patrick's Church, Slane last Thursday with burial afterwards in St Erc's Cemetery.

Mary Reilly died peacefully at her home, School Road, Rathkenny on January 1st. Mary will be sadly missed by her sisters Bridget, Nuala and Pauline and extended family. Her funeral Mass took place to St Louis and St Mary's Church Rathkenny on Friday morning with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Road closure

There will likely be more headaches for local commuters as Meath County Council intends to close the N51 Slane/Navan road between Slane Castle Demesne/Castlepark and Blackcastle, Navan for two weeks in January. This closure is required to facilitate resurfacing works on the N51 at Dunmoe and on the N51 at Craig's Cross Roads.

The proposed closure will be between 9am and 5pm, commencing on Monday, January 20th, until Friday, January 31st. Alternative routes and diversion signs will be in place. Local access will be provided onto the closed section of the N51.

Athletic Club registration

Rathkenny Athletic Club have their 2020 new member information and registration this evening Tuesday, January 7th in Rathkenny Community Centre from 7.45 - 8.30pm. All fitness levels catered for, why not come down and see what we are about.

Head and beard shave

Local man Greg Johnson is having a beard and head shave in the Boyne Valley Inn on Saturday, January 18th to raise funds for Navan Alzheimer's Day Care Centre. Sponsorship cards are presently in circulation while a signed Republic of Ireland soccer jersey will be auctioned on the night. All support is appreciated for this worthy cause.

Ledwidge performance

A Day in the Death of Francis Ledwidge, written and directed by Richard Ball, is on in Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, on Thursday March 26 at 8pm.

Francis Ledwidge, soldier and poet, bridges a century and more to speak to us in his own words of his two great loves; the local landscape of Slane and Ellie Vaughey. Blown to pieces in 1917, his unique voice remains suspended forever in time, in its first flowering. He was only 29 and destined, in the opinion of Lord Dunsany, to be the poet of the age.

In his mid twenties he took to dressing like a poet; white poplin shirt, a flowing black silk bow, rimless glasses, and he grew his hair long. But he was no dandy, defending the honour of Slane's Gaelic football team with his fists, on the streets of Navan. He was a good soldier, and dressed like one, wearing his uniform with the same meticulous attention to detail.

Watch and listen as he unravels his past and tries to imagine a future that will never be, as he stands on the cusp of eternity. You will never get closer to Francis Ledwidge. Tickets €16/€14 (conc).


Despite the bad weather in Slane on St Stephen's Day the Cycle 4Cairde went ahead with over 30 hardy cyclists taking to the roads around the area. The amount raised was over €2,000 that provides support for senior citizens in the area.

A roller cycle event also took place at the square and proved to be extremely popular. The official starter was All-Ireland final referee and Slane native David Gough.

Cairde member Jimmy Mooney thanked all who took part in the cycle and helped in any way. Meath County Council chairman Wayne Harding also congratulated everyone involved in this special event.

The Slane Spinners were out in force as were the Gormanlough and Rathkenny bikers. Some of the local cyclists that took part included Brian Kelly, Barry Harding, Fergus Crilly, Martin Colfer, Simon Colfer, Kenny Lenehan, Jim Grimes, Emer Maloney, Debbie Cudil and Susann Duff, also there was Dev Cudil along with his son Liam onboard his bike buggy, former local cycling star Ian Richardson also took part.

After the cycle former chairman of Navan Road Club Matt Nolan made a number of presentations in the Village Inn, including one to Jimmy Mooney who celebrated 50 years involvement with Cairde. Larry Clarke also thanked Slane Red Cross, Slane Gardaí, The Handmaid Soap Co, The Village Inn, the collectors, all who gave donations, road stewards and support vehicles.

Turbo Training

Slane Spinners Cycling Club have turbo training at Slane GFC clubhouse every Thursday at 8pm over the winter months and it will continue until March. Everyone welcome, the club have some spare turbo trainers if you don't have one. Contact Barry 087 1123103 for further details.

Mock wedding

Rathkenny GFC will host a Mock Wedding fundraiser in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, on Saturday, January 25th. Tickets are now on sale and would make a great Christmas gift. Tickets are available from committee members or by contacting the club through their social media outlet.


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Semi-Final date

Louth and Leinster Football Champions in the Intermediate Grade, Mattock Rangers have an All Ireland Semi-final encounter with Monaghan and Ulster Champions Magheracloone Mitchells at St. Oliver's Park, Crossmaglen on Saturday 11th January at 1.30 pm. There is a palpable air of excitement and anticipation in the Parish of Collon presently. It is very much a case of last person out switch off the lights on Saturday 11th. Best of luck to all involved. Go n-eiri an bothar libh.

Brendan Reilly, RIP Tournament

The Brendan 'Rusty' Reilly Tournament played out on Sunday 29th December last was a huge success as usual.

Held in Mathew's, Collon, the Tournament enjoyed brilliant support. The eventual winning Team Members were: Karl Fox, Paul 'Smokie' Englishby, Gerry Hanratty, and Craig Corrigan. The Player of the Tournament was Paul 'Smokie' Englishby, (Snr.). Well done to all involved with this popular Tournament.

Community Alert

An amount of suspicious activity, including a house break-in in Collon recently is sufficient reason why we should re-double our efforts to be vigilant at all times, and aware that the criminals don't take holidays. Always on the look-out for their next target, make every effort to ensure that that's not you.

If you notice something suspicious, contact 999 or 112, it's the best way to ensure that you will get the Garda response you require.

Op-Trans Walk Day

Meath Local Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland have linked up with the Operation Transformation Team to promote National Walk Day 2020, which is on Saturday 18th January. Organisers welcome all ages and abilities along on the day and would like to see families getting involved. The event is ideal for beginners to come out and give it a go. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Check out your Local Sports Partnership for further information.

Set Dancing news

Connors in Dunleer was the setting for a New Year Set Dancing Session on Wednesday 1st January. Musicians and Dancers celebrated the arrival of 2020 with gusto. A great night of music with well known local musicians, and Fear an Ti, John Mc Evoy calling the sets.

The dancers were from Teach Raithneach and Sandpit. Classes resume in Teach Raithneach after the Christmas break on Monday 13th January, while Sandpit classes get off the blocks on the following Thursday 16th. Both Classes run from 8.30 to 10.30 pm, and refreshments are served. New Members always welcome to both classes.

Avoid being scammed

A tentative date of Thursday 23rd January 2020 has been set for this presentation. More details later.

Other New Year activities

Other New Year Presentations and Activities under consideration include: Citizens Information, and The Irish Heart Foundations free 'Hands for Life CPR Programme'.

Information Gathering

Broomfield & District Residents Association Members will be circulating an Information Gathering Form throughout the District in the coming weeks. The purpose of this Information Gathering Exercise is to improve the flow of information from the Association, to Community Members. The Association looks forward to the co-operation of Community Members in this respect.


Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery Draw Results. Draw Date: 01/01/2020 . Bonus Ball Numbers were: 03, 27 and 22. No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €7,400.

This Weeks €20 Winners: Mary Dunne, Kellystown. Frank Gallagher, Grangegeeth. Killian Mongey, c/o Josie, Kellystown. Ollie Halpenny, Broomfield. Mary Rafferty, Rathbran.

Promoters: Ollie Halpenny, Alice Gallagher, Josie Mongey and Mary Rafferty.

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