Friday 20 September 2019

Around the districts: Broomfield, Slane, Ardcath/Clonalvy, Collon, Dunleer

Broomfield: Blood Clinic Diary Date - The next Blood Donation Clinic is in Teach Raithneach, Starinagh, Collon on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 from 4.30 to 8pm. Previous and New Donors most welcome.

Contact me

Contact Gerard on 087/2729154 or E-mail: if you have an item for this Column, the deadline for which is 12 noon on Friday. Thanks for your co-operation as always.

Best Wishes

The best wishes of the Association and Community is extended to all who are hospitalised or ill at this time. We wish you a speedy recovery.

Sincere Sympathy

The sincere sympathy of the Association and Community is extended to the families, relatives, neighbours and friends and all those who were bereaved by the passing, in her 101st year, of May Ward RIP, Main Street, Collon recently. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time for you. The large attendances at May's wake and funeral obsequies was testament to her popularity, the esteem in which she was held, and the respect the people had for Collon's most senior resident at the time of her passing

Annual Summer Set Dance Ceili

The Annual Summer Set Dance Ceili takes place in Teach Raithneach on Thursday 30th May from 9 pm to 12 midnight. Music is by Triskell Ceili Band and Fear an Ti, John Mc Evoy will call the sets. You don't have to be a dancer to enjoy this event, you can come along and enjoy the Music and Dancing. The very best of refreshments will be served. This event will be followed by the Summer Ceilis in Mc Hugh's, Drogheda. More information on this later. Contact Gerard on 087 2729154 for details.

Gold secured again this year

Well done to all Community Members who had a hand in securing the Gold Medal for the District in Meath Co. Council's Anti Litter League again this year. To obtain a score of 96 out of 100, on both occasions when an inspection was carried out, is quite an achievement. Thanks to Community Members who continue to pick litter on a regular basis, your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Please keep up the good work over the Summer months.

The Big Hello!

Thanks to everyone from the Community and further afield who supported Broomfield and District's offering in what was the first National Community Weekend ever held, and hosted over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. This proved to be a positive initiative all across the country this year, and no doubt will be held again next year.

Walking Group info

Broomfield & District Residents Association Walking Group has resumed evening walks. Contact Josie on 086-4458108 for Walking Group information.

Booking Teach Raithneach

To Book Teach Raithneach, contact Alice on 087-9360018. The Teach Raithneach Eircode is A92 W283

TUS vacancy

A TUS vacancy exists with Broomfield and District Residents Association. The Work Programme involves Care-taking duties in and around Teach Raithneach, as well as the maintenance and up-keep of a number of amenities throughout the District. Contact Gerard on 087 2729154 for more information.

Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery

Draw Date: 08/05/2019; Bonus Ball Numbers were: 02, 26 and 02. No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €5,700. This Week's €20 Winners: Rosaleen Collier, Drogheda Road, Collon. Vincent Martin, Grangegeeth. Mary & Pippa, Balrenny. Amanda Kealy, Tullyallen. Larry Geraghty, Collon. Promoters: Sheila Matthews, Gerard Weldon, Vincent Martin, Breege Drew & Teach Box.

Next Draw Date: 15/05/2019.


Contact me

Contact Sean on 087-6783729 or email if you have an item for this column.

Leinster Champions

Congratulations to local girls Sorcha Gough and Olivia Gore who were members of the Meath minor football team that captured the Leinster crown when defeating Kildare 3-13 to 3-11 in Kinnegad on Bank Holiday Monday. Sorcha who is from Slane and plays with the Seneschalstown club came on as a second half substitute in the final. Olivia is from Rathkenny and her goal and a point in the decider proved crucial scores in a closely contested match.

Late Celine Dwyer

Sympathy is extended to the Dwyer family, formerly of Grangegeeth, following the death of Celine after an illness. Celine grew up in Grangegeeth where her late father Edward (Ned) was proprietor of the pub at the crossroads for many years.

Celine is survived by her mother May, brothers David and Eamonn, sister Mary, sisters-in-law Mary and Mairead, nephews and nieces and many friends. Her funeral Mass took place in St Patrick's Church Celbridge, followed by cremation at Newlands Cross Crematorium.

Knowth Lecture Series 2019

A number of lectures are taking place over the next number of weeks in the Knowth Lecture Series 2019 at Knowth Farm buildings which is beside the Knowth monument. The Rediscovery of a Passage Tomb Cemetery at Dowth Hall by Dr Clíodhna Ní Lionáin is this Wednesday, May 15th.

Then on Wednesday May 22nd a lecture entitled Passage Tomb People: A Molecular Approach to Monumental Questions by Dr Jessica Smyth takes place. Managing Irish Archaeology: Threats, Challenges and Discovery, The Work of the National Monuments Service by Michael McDonagh is the final lecture in the series on Wednesday, May 29th.

All lectures are at 8pm and admission is free but places and parking is limited. Advance booking only - email

Underage training

Fundamentals training for 4 - 6 year olds has started at Slane GFC and will continue every Wednesday evening from 7 - 7.40pm. Under-8 and under-10 training is every Wednesday from 7 - 8pm.

Golf Classic

Slane Community Centre will hold a Golf Classic on Friday, May 24th, at Ashbourne Golf Club. Tee times are available from 12.30 - 5pm and the cost per team of four is €400. This includes snack on the ninth hole and steak dinner in the clubhouse. Prizes for first and second placed teams as well as longest drive and nearest the pin. All funds raised will go towards the building of a community centre and sports hall in Slane. Further information can be had from

Dates for the diary

The First Communion takes place this Saturday, May 18th in St Patrick's Church, Slane. Blessing of the graves in Monknewstown, Dowth and Fennor is on Sunday, May 26th, and on Hill of Slane and St Erc's Cemetery on Sunday, June 2nd.

Coscán play Boyles

Lovers of Trad/Contemporary Folk music are in for a treat when the very popular Coscán play in Boyles of Slane on Friday, May 31st at 8.30pm. The four piece local group comprising of Gerry Doggett, David Nevin, John Shankey and Harry Long are celebrating 20 years on the road and as well as playing all over Ireland they have also performed extensively on the continent. Entry to their gig is free with no ticket required.

Summer Wedding Evening

Tankardstown House are hosting a Summer Wedding Evening on Wednesday, May 29th, from 6 - 8pm. It is a perfect opportunity to see Tankardstown House and gardens beautifully dressed for a summer wedding. Enjoy music, canapes, and bubbly while meandering through the main house and magnificent Orangery. Amble through the beautifully manicured courtyards and gardens, the perfect back drop to an outdoor ceremony or wedding photographs. Chat to the team on the evening who will help guide you through planning the most special day of your life. Tankardstown's Summer Wedding Evening is by invitation only. Email to join the guest list.


Whist Drives

Top Score last week was a tie with Ethel Nulty and Patricia Collins. Top lady was Bridget Murphy. Top Gent was a tie with Annmarie McCluskey and Marian Leonard. The first half winner was another tie with Anto Grendon and Philip Mohan. The second half winner was Paula Mohan. Whist continues each Monday night in Bennett's.

Clonalvy Revival Committee

There will be a Community 5K walk this Sunday 19th May starting at 11a.m. from Cloghertown soccer pitch, followed by refreshments back in Donnelly's Lounge. Also, a €30 porker classic in Donnelly's Lounge on Thursday 30th May at 9 p.m.

Fr. Joe from The Late Late Show

Tuesday 14th May - Community: What does it mean to you? | Are we a working community? Do you feel included? One-for-all or All-for-one?

Wednesday 15th May - Church of the Future: Dead or alive, dying or surviving? Do you want a future church? Do you want the sacraments? Role of women? Laity?

Thursday 16th May - The Way Forward: Looking back, can't see forward/ No priests, No Eucharist. No sacraments Are we a Mission country Parish Sustainability?

Fr. Joe's view of the current state of the clergy and church is stimulating, controversial and more often inspiring and deeply provocative. We sincerely encourage you to attend and have your say on your parish. Fr. Joe, as seen on the Late Late Show, is author of the book Why the Irish Church Deserves to Die.


Alex is 21

Congrats and best wishes are sent to Alex Clinton Kells Road who recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Alex is a son of Cliff and Annemarie and all your family, friends and neighbours wish you the very best for the future.

Mattock Lotto

Numbers drawn 07-16-18-21. Jackpot not Won. Five Match 3 winners Michelle Englishby, Sean Dowling, Gerard Fanning, Jonny Matthews and Donal Mathews.

Next Jackpot will be our highest ever at €14,600

Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No Three Old Bar and Restaurant. You can play our lotto online at

Collon Active Retirement

Mattock Rangers Collon Active Retirement Monthly Meeting takes place this Thursday 16th May at 2.30pm in Watters Collon. Flexi Bus as usual.  Chair aerobics. Music with Paddy Reilly, Light Refreshments served. All welcome.

Just a reminder we have dinner at 4.30 pm in Watters Restaurant on 23rd.  


Contact me

If you have any personal or community notices big or small please send it to The deadline for submissions is close of business Thursdays, any news beyond that time may not go in until the next week.

Dunleer Golf Society

The Dunleer Golf Societies President's Day was held at the Killeen Castle Golf Course on Sunday 5th May 2019. President Gary Broughton led the charge in the event sponsored by Ray Moore, Hibernia Steel. The President's Prize was won by Mark Durnin with 38pts. The other winners were as follows:- 1st Cat 1 Hugh Callaghan 34pts, 2nd Cat 1 Ciaran Reynolds 31pts, 3rd Cat 1 Gary Reynolds 29pts. 1st Cat 2 Eric White 35pts, 2nd Cat 2 Nicky Malone 34pts, 3rd Cat 2 John Smythe 32pts. Longest Drive Phil Turner (visitor), Nearest the Pin Pat Meehan and 2's Gary Reynolds.

The next outing 25th May 2019 at Balbriggan GC sponsored by the Dunleer Inn.

LannLeire Pavilion

Slimming World Every Wednesday at 5.30 and 7.30pm Call Margaret for more details: 0861715206

Dunleer Leanai Grupa hold their Mother & Toddler Group every Friday morning from 10.30am to 12pm in Lannleire Pavilion upstairs coinciding with the school Calender.

Summer Camps - Gymnastics Funtastics : Main Hall Lannleire Pavilion. Dates Monday July 15th to Friday 19th. Times 10am-2pm. Contact Ola; 087 2354904.

Bricks4Kidz: Main Hall, Monday July 22nd to Friday 26th.Contact Steve Rees: 087 7020283

Fior Damhsa

Classes in Sean Nos and Set Dancing every Wednesday in Teach Scoraiocht Dunleer at 8pm. New pupils welcome. Eolas 086 3577304


Philipstown Bowls start up again every Wednesday at 8 pm in the community hall. Everyone welcome beginner or pro, kettle always on.

Drogheda Independent