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Around the districts: Ardee/Collon, Clogherhead

Ardee/Collon: 1968 - Death of Maude McGee. The death occurred on Friday at her home in Ardee of Mrs. Maude McGee, in her 82nd year.

She was chairman of Messrs. McGee's of Ardee, being predeceased by her husband, Mr. Thomas L. McGee in 1949. Her passing has evoked sincere regret over a very wide area, particularly in Ardee, where she was well known for her charitable ways and support of many local causes. She had not been in good health in recent months.

Mrs. McGee was mother of the company's joint managing directors, Messrs. Patrick V. and Thomas J. McGee. She was also mother of Mrs. John Kieran, Cardistown; Mrs. Patrick Halpenny, Riverstown; Mrs. Brendan McDonnell, Mullacloe, and Mrs. Bernard Halpenny, Riverstown. Another daughter, Mrs. Marie Shannon, died in rocent years.

Back at the turn of the century, Mrs. McGee's husband took over the McGee business, established by Henry McGee in 1817. By this time, the motor car had appeared on the Irish roads, and in 1910, T. L. McGee opened up one of the first garages in the country.

Two years later, McGee's moved outside Ardee for the first time when a garage was opened in Drogheda. On the death of her husband, Mrs. McGee continued to take a keen interest in an expanding business and today the McGee Group of Companies include not only Ardee and Drogheda, but Dublin, Belfast and Navan. The name by which the firm has now become so well known throughout Ireland, McGee's of Ardee, was long in use, but it wasn't until a little more than 15 years ago that it was registered. Last year, the firm celebrated its 150th anniversary in business.

Mrs. McGee is also survived by a sister, Miss Edith O'Reilly, Dublin.

The remains were removed on Saturday evening to St. Catherine's Church, Ballypousta, and the funeral, at which there was a very large and representative gathering, took place on Sunday to the adjoining cemetery. Very Rev. Patrick Canon McDonnell, P.P., V.F., Ardee, officiated. Other clergy present included: Right Rev. Mgr. Peter McKevitt, P.P., D.Ph., Termonfeckin; Very Rev. P. Crowe, S.J., Rector, Clongoweswood College; Very Rev. P. Canon McDonnell, P.P., . Carlingford; Very Rev. J. Canon O'Neill, P.P., Kilsaran; Very Rev. T. Bennett, P.P., Monasterboice; Very Rev. P. Downey, P.P., Tallanstown; Rev. J. Callan, P.P., Ravensdale; Very Rev. P. Mc-Donnell, P.P., Collon; Rev. J. Casey, S.J., Clongoweswood College; Rev. S. Cullen_, C.C., Ardee; Rev. M. Toal, C.C., Ardee; Rev. W. Murtagh, C.C., Ardee; Rev. M. Balfe, St. Columban_'s, Dalgan Park, Navan; Rev. B. Steen, CM., Rahehy; Rev. E. Murphy, C.C., Kilsaran; Rev. P. A. Coyle, C.C., Coalisland; Rev. T. O'Brien, New Zealand; Rev. B. McDonald, C.C., Tallanstown; Rev. K. Connolly, C.C., Keady; Rev. M. C. Walsh, C.C., Drogheda; Rev. F. O'Rourke, C.C., Lobinstown; Rev. J. O'Reilly, C.S.S.P. (nephew), Sierra Leone.

Chief mourners were: P. V. McGee and T. J. McGee (sons) ; Mrs. J. C. Kieran, Mrs'. P. J. Halpenny, Mrs. J. B. McDonnell, Mrs. B. Halpenny (daughters); Miss E. O'Reilly (sister); Rev. J. O'Reilly, C.S.S.P., and Desmond O'Reilly (nephews); Miss E. A. McGee, Mrs. G. O'Reilly, Mrs. E. McGee (sisters-in-law) ; Mrs. C. McGoey, Vincent, Gerard, Hugh and Deirdre McGee, Maureen, Elizabeth and Thomas McGee, Anne Shannon, Desmond, Robert and Miriam Kieran, Philip, David, Olive, Kathryn and Mary Halpenny, Trudy, James, Peter, Patrick and Brendan McDonnell, John, Paul, Francis, Bernard, Mark, Kieran and Ruth Halpenny (grandchildren); Mrs. P. V. McGee and Mrs. T. J. McGee (daughters-in-law); John C. Kieran, Patrick J. Halpenny, James B. McDonnell, Bernard Halpenny and Michael J. Shannon (Sons-inlaw).

Mid Louth Men's Shed

THE Men's Shed project has done so much to help males right around the country and the group at the Mid Louth Men's Shed are no different.

The group are based in Philipstown and meet on Monday nights from 7-9pm and on Wednesday morning from 10.30am to 1pm.

All men are welcome and the atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed, come in, get a cup of tea, have a chat, play pool, cards, table tennis or watch the rest do it!

But most of all, call in and new members very welcome.

Events will get back to normal in late March.

Mattock Rangers

Numbers drawn were 18, 25, 28, & 30. Jackpot was not won. TWO Match 3 Winners are Frank McGuinness and Noeline Woods. Next Jackpot will be €19,500 (our largest ever).

Our lotto envelopes are widely available around the world or you can play online. Thank you for your continuing support and the best of luck in the future. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No. 3 Wine Bar and Restaurant

Darkness into Light Ardee/Collon

Darkness into Light will return to Ardee for its third year on Saturday morning, May 9th at 4:15am. With preparation under-way, the organisers are hoping to beat last years' turnout of over a thousand men, women and children from across the parish.

The Ardee Committee for Darkness into Light are also looking for volunteers to help the committee and during the event itself. All help is welcome and If you are interested, please don't hesitate to contact ardee@darknessintolight.ie.

For more information follow Darkness into light Ardee on Facebook and Instagram

Wee County Double House Draw

Two Houses means Two Winners. You can win a house in Dundalk (or €200,000) OR you can win a house in Drogheda (or €200,000) but ………………you will need a ticket.

Tickets can be bought in Collon from Paddy Watters Auctioneers or Paul Gibney in Donegan's Bar. Tickets are also available from Mattock Rangers Committee. For Free Express Ticket Delivery Service phone 086 8329225. Tickets can also be bought online at www.pickahouse.ie. Tickets cost €100. Welcome the future.

Rob Strong in Hamills

A true legend in the Irish music scene - Mr Rob Strong comes to Ardee on Sunday May 31. He is due to play Hamills on Bridge Street.

Blessing of the Graves 2020

Stickillen Sun 24th May

Shanlis Sun 2nd August

Ballapousta Sun 14th June

Smarmore Sun 30th August

Kildemock Sun 28th June

Collon Sun 6th September

Mapestown Sun 12th July

Old St Mary's Sun 6th September.

First Holy Communion

Ballapousta - Saturday April 25th

Ardee - Saturday May 2nd

Tallanstown - May 9th


Ardee - Sunday May 24th

Tallanstown - Tuesday May 19th.



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

Thought for the day.

A conscience is what hurts when all the other parts feel good.

Coronavirus 19.

At this stage we all know it is in Ireland. So, we really must be extra careful and wash our hands more frequently than before. And, ladies AND gentlemen, please keep a hankie near you, up your sleeve on in your pocket for those little coughs and sneezes that you are doing and also other people doing them near you. It is up to us to contain it and not let it spread, just a little thoughtfulness and consideration. Thank you.

Mother's Day.

Don't forget "Mother's Day" is next Sunday.

Clogherhead Development Group

The Clogherhead Development Group's Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th March at 8pm in the Community Hall.

If you have any queries, requests etc. that can be discussed at meeting, please send them to the Secretary c/o Community Hall, Chapel Road, Clogherhead, on or before Friday 20th March. Thank you. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated.

Development Group Lotto.

Results from February 18th. No's were: 15/16/21/22.

No winner. €50 draw winners were: Oliver Kirwan c/o Direct Debit and Pauline McEneaney c/o Bingo. Results from February 25th. No's were: 6/15/17/23. No winner. €50 winners were: Matt Byrne c/o Breeda Marley and Anna Fallon c/o Bingo. Jackpot is still €10.000, yours to win or share for only €2. Good luck.

Beware of Bogus Garda Calling.

Recently, a "Garda" dressed in full uniform, warrant card etc. called to several homes in the Clogherhead area.

On gaining entry to the houses, he proceeded to tell the occupant that any money they had was illegal and he would take it from them and bring it to the Garda Barracks and return with legal tender.

At this point, he was asked to leave but when he went the people in the houses were shook up and more afraid than when he was with them.

You never know what will happen.

These incidents happened in broad daylight and people were in their homes alone. It is very important that doors are locked and safety chains ON and you should have your personal alarm on you and not on the fireplace or your bedside locker.

Perhaps it might be an idea if you have an elderly person living alone near you, to call and see if they are OK. I know the elderly are fiercely independent but just try them anyway, and if you suspect wrong doings going on just lift the phone and tell the Garda. Thank you.


Please note change of time. Chaerobics class (sit and get fit) with Carmel every Tuesday in Tullydonnell School from 7 - 8 pm. All are welcome. For further details phone 0863282748. Thank you.

Year of Prayer and Reflection

Prayer cards have been delivered to both schools in the Parish for every child. Prayer cards have been distributed at Masses and more cards are also available in the churches.

During Lent the Stations of the Cross will be offered in St Michael's before Mass (8.40am) on Friday's and in Walshestown at 7 pm every Friday. A 9-day Novena to St Patrick will commence on Monday 9th March in St Michael's Church after 9am Mass. Watch this space throughout the year for further events.

St Colmcille's Pastoral Area.

Five Lenten talks have been organised for Our Pastoral Area on each Monday evening during the month of March.Attendees are invited to gather at 07:45pm for a greeting cup of tea/coffee with the talk starting at 08:00pm and finish about 09:15pm.

The venue is Termonfeckin Credit Union office, Big Street A92 ET99.

Schedule of Talks:

30th March - Family life through the Scriptures. All are welcome.

Birthday Greetings.

Happy birthday to Aileen McDaid, Oriel Cove, who I believe is still celebrating her birthday with family and friends. Congratulations to you Aileen.

Dreadnots Football.

Don't forget "Bingo" continues every Monday night in the Community Hall, Clogherhead starting 8.30p.m. Two jackpots as well as 10 other games to be played.

Clogherhead Credit Union Loans.

Going to college, improving your home, changing your car, or for that special occasion, Clogherhead Credit Union offers a competitive rate for loans. Flexible 3rd Level Student loans at a great rate now available. Terms and conditions apply. Office opens daily. For further information please phone 041 9822951.

St. Colmcilles Pastoral Area SVP.

If you need assistance or help please phone either of the numbers listed below: 086 0390612 / 041 9835914.

Your request will be dealt with in a professional and confidential manner.

Community Hall, Clogherhead.

To book the Hall for any event, please phone Carainn on 087 2767511 after 7 p.m. thank you. There are 3 rooms for rent in the hall and also kitchen facilities and any event can be catered for: Business Meetings and Presentations, Arts & Crafts, Weddings, Christenings, Birthdays, Communions, Confirmations and Funeral Receptions.

Get Well Greetings.

A speedy recovery is sent to all Parishioners who are ill, either at home, in hospital, and in the various convalescence and respite homes in the area.

Sincere thanks are also extended to those who care for them there.

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