Thursday 17 October 2019

Around the districts: Broomfield, Slane, Julianstown and Clogherhead

Broomfield - 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.

Anti-Litter Initiative

This Initiative promoted by Meath Co. Council gets off the blocks on Wednesday 20th March, with judging continuing up to and including Wednesday 17th April. The same roads are entered this year as were entered last year. Please play your part, and help secure the Gold Medal again this year. If you want a Litter Picker, please contact Gerard on 087 2729154.

Birthday Best wishes

Best wishes to Jack Thompson, Starinagh, son of Seamus and Orla who celebrated his 21st birthday recently. The party was a good one by all accounts and lasted a while. Well done Jack.

6th Fundraiser for Gary Kelly Centre

Don't forget, it's on Saturday 23rd March at 8.30 pm in Watter's Lounge, Collon. Tickets are a steal at €10, and can be had by contacting Mary on 086 1081448. More information in the Collon Notes or contact Mary on the above number.

Tir na n-Og Active Retirement

The next Tir na n-Og Active Retirement Social Evening in Teach Raithneach will take place on Friday 5th April, starting at 6pm. All over 55's welcome. Come along, meet old and new friends and neighbours, and participate in the activities. Refreshments served.

Important National Dates

Daffodil Day 2019 is on Friday 22nd March. Please support this National Day, and the many Local Volunteers who work to support Local Cancer Services.

National Tree Week 2019

National Tree Week 2019 is from Sunday 31st March to Sunday 7th April. A Tree Planting Ceremony will take place at Teach Raithneach, Starinagh, Collon on Saturday 6th April at 12 mid-day, in memory of all those from the Community of Broomfield & District and the wider Community who passed away during the last year. Everyone welcome, especially those Families and their extended families who were bereaved during the last 12 months. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in Teach Raithneach. The theme for this years Tree Week is 'Plant for our Planet'.

Contacts for Activities

Art, Niamh on 086 8554590

Set Dancing & Bodhran, Gerard on 087 2729154

Adult Craft, Brickx Club, Teresa on 086 3212986,

Irish Dancing, Grainne on 086 3707227 or Olive on 086 3502157

Yoga, Grainne on 086 8046781

Men's Shed, Ciaran on 087 2728229

Tir na n-Og Active Retirement, Mary on 086 8548682

Walking Group, Josie on 086 4458108

Community Alert, Malachy on 087 2765207

Children's Garden, Teresa on 087 9375550

Booking Teach Raithneach, 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. If you think you are eligible to participate in this Scheme, then please contact the Gerard on 087 2729154 for more information. Self referral forms are available. These allow you to self-refer to Meath Partnership, the body who have responsibility for implementing the TUS Scheme in this area.

Teach Raithneach Booking

To discuss options or to book Teach Raithneach, contact Alice on 087-9360018


Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery Draw Results; Draw Date: 13/03/2019; Bonus Ball Numbers were: 27, 42 and 35. No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €5,250.

This Week's €20 Winners: Christopher Mongey, Kellystown. The Weldon Family, Clooney, Castletown. Ray Carry, Mellifont Road. Kevin Dillon, Grangegeeth. Rosaleen Collier, Drogheda Road,Collon

Promoters: Josie Mongey, Ellen Dillon, Gerard Weldon and Teach Box.

Next Draw Date: 20/03/2019

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.


Contact me

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

Slane library

Slane library has reopened after undergoing a major facelift over the past number of weeks. The library has been totally refurbished and now has a new meeting room, study facilities and IT equipment. There is also a new self-service kiosk which will allow you borrow and return multiple books at a time. Free Wifi will also be a new addition shortly. Library opening hours have resumed as normal 2 - 5.30pm and 6.30 - 8.30pm. The library in Slane was 40 years old last week.

History Society AGM

Slane History and Archaeology agm and talk takes place this Thursday evening in the Youth Cafe (beside the church) at 8pm. The agm will be followed by a talk entitled 'The Irish in New Orleans' with particular emphasis on the amazing story of Margaret Haughery 'The Angel of New Orleans.' This talk will be given by Mary McDonnell. All are welcome.

Cairde/meals on wheels fundraiser

The Donore & Rosnaree Drama Group's production of Nobody's talking to Me by Tommy Marren on Wednesday night April 3rd is being hosted by Slane Red Cross with all proceeds going to Slane Cairde/Meals on Wheels. The show is in the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda and commences at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased from any member of Slane Red Cross or phone 087 2630182/ 086 3496888.

Table quiz

Rathkenny/Slane Ladies GFC are holding a table quiz in the Sallygardens on Friday night, April 5th to raise funds for the coming season. Table of four is €40 and there are some great prizes to be won. There will also be a raffle on the night as well as live music.

Rory Smith Memorial Run

A motorbike social run in memory of the late Rory Smith takes place on Easter Sunday, starting and finishing from the Boyne Valley Inn. All money collected will be donated to the NICU in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital which cares for premature babies in intensive care as well as a worthy local cause. Sign up from 11am and leaving at noon. Tea and coffee will be provided before the start and soup and sandwiches afterwards. Further details from Greg on 0876914711. Rory Smith was killed in a motorbike accident three years ago while taking part in a charity Poker Run to raise money for SOSAD.

Slane Castle 5K

Online registration is now open for the 5th Slane Castle 5km trail run/walk which takes place on Sunday, May 12, (10am) in the majestic grounds of Slane Castle. You can register €15 for adults online, €20 on the day and €5 for under-16s on the day. All proceeds are in aid of St Patrick's National School, Slane.

Slane Spinners

Registration for Slane Spinners 11th annual cycle run in aid of SOSAD is now open at and it takes place on Saturday, May 11th, starting and finishing at Stackallen Tennis & Pitch & Putt Club where there is ample facilities for parking cars etc. There are three different routes, 105km, 100km or the 50km fun run. You can also sign up on the day from 8am with the cycle commencing at 9.30am sharp. Sign on fee is €20 for Cycling Ireland members, €25 for non members.

Hothouse Flowers

The Conyngham Arms Hotel will host the brilliant Hothouse Flowers in concert on Easter Sunday night, April 21st. The world renowned rock group that combines traditional Irish music with influences from soul, gospel and rock performed recently at the Temple Bar Tradfest and have a number of other concerts coming up shortly. Tickets are now available at the Conyngham Arms at 041 9884444.

Dates for the diary

Confirmation this year in Slane will take place on Wednesday May 8th. First Communion is on Saturday, May 18th. 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.

Rathkenny revels

Rathkenny Revels are back again for an incredible 55th year. The 2019 shows are on April 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th at 8pm with a 3pm matinee on Sunday, April 14th in Rathkenny Hall. Booking details will follow shortly.

Mary Duff in concert

Country music star Mary Duff and guests will perform in the Church of the Holy Cross Lobinstown on Easter Monday, April 22nd, at 8pm. Guests include Eugene Ginty, as well as Mary's dad Tom Duff and her niece Emma Duff. The concert is a fundraiser for Syddan GFC. Tickets are on sale from Lobinstown Post Office, Donoghue's Woodtown, Callaghan's Butcher's Ardee, The Lobinstown Inn as well as Syddan GFC committee members.


Daffodil Day

This Friday 22nd March is Daffodil Day. Join thousands of people across Ireland in the fight against Cancer by buying daffodil pins or flowers on the day. This is the biggest fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society that raises thousands of euro each year. Help support cancer patients and their loved ones as they provide free advice and support as well as funding for life saving cancer research.

The Lime Kiln in Julianstown will be selling flowers and pins on the day so call in and support this great cause.

Hospice Thanks

East Meath Hospice Association want to say a big thank you to all who supported the Pancake Morning in the City North Hotel. The event was very successful and we are indebted to Management and Staff for their support and commitment to the event.

Thank you to all who supported the event, Sponsors who donated Prizes, Plants, Designer Clothes, Home Baking etc. To the volunteers who always help out on the day.

Pancake Day is our main fundraising event of the year and all money raised will be spent locally to provide services for people who have been diagnosed with cancer.  Volunteer drivers provide a door to door service for hospital appointments in Dublin and Drogheda. This service is free of charge and can be contacted on0872100036

Should you need this service, you can ring as soon as you know your appointment dates, and the coordinator will contact volunteers to organise pick up.

Volunteer drivers give their time freely and make a great difference to families under stress

Julianstown Tidy Towns

Over the past number of years this voluntary group have transformed Julianstown Village into a very vibrant place to live.  We have a beautiful award-winning village garden with seating, orchard, small woodland, pond and flower beds throughout and it is open to all to enjoy. The woods can now be easily accessed and the village is kept very clean throughout the whole year.  As you know we are a voluntary group and have limited funds and we would therefore ask our residents in Julianstown to give a helping hand, by either helping with this project or donating funds towards it.  If you would like to help with this worthwhile project please contact Niamh on 086 3477283 or Jackie 087 6579884.


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

Clogherhead & Walshestown ICA Guild

Congratulations to the local ICA ladies for the great night's entertainment last week when they showed a collection of their Arts & Crafts in the Community Hall, Clogherhead. What a display of talent, all the ladies who turned up were very impressed and I believe new members joined there and then. The Guild meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. in the Community Hall. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Free Lifeboat Concert

By way of a Thank-you to the Community, and to showcase the talent in our Youth, Clogherhead Lifeboat Musical Crew have organised a Concert for Saturday March 23rd at 7:30pm sharp. This will be held in the Community Hall, and the line up will include the Miriam McCarthy School of Irish Dancing with her prize-winning dancers, the Beaulieu Bluegrass Group, the Musical Crew, and the singers and musicians of Callystown National School. There will be a Raffle with super prizes, admission will be free.

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"

Dreadnots Football

The next match will take place next Friday March 22 at home against Cooley Kickhams at 8p.m. They are playing for the "Paddy Sheelan Cup" and your support would be very much appreciated. Plans are in foot to start The League next month.

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 for and won.

Drogheda Independent