Thursday 18 July 2019

Around the districts: Broomfield, Stamullen, Monasterboice, Laytown/Bettystown

Broomfield: 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.

February Monthly Meeting

The February Monthly Meeting of Broomfield & District Residents Association takes place on Thursday 7th February at 8.00 pm. If you have an issue you would like addressed, please contact any Committee Member.

Community Alert

Be winter-ready, You , Your Community and the Winter, a pamphlet from the Department of Rural and Community Development, contains some very useful information and is a must have for all Community households. It contains a section, Emergency Contacts, that can be filled in and kept at hand to be used if an emergency arises. A section Remember advises: Know your Eircode, Know your GP's contact details, Know your neighbours contact details, Get the Flu Vaccine, Keep your phone charged, Keep warm, eat well and avoid unnecessary travel, Know how to turn off your utility services (electricity, gas, water) in your home. The Broomfield and District Community Alert, Text Alert mobile number is 086 2193103. If you're not on the Text Alert Register and would like to be included, please contact the number above. Don't be afraid to make that call!

Parent/Guardian and Toddler Play-Group

The Parent and Toddler Play-Group meet every Friday morning in Teach Raithneach. Contact Isobel on 087 4170561 for further information or to get involved. All welcome!

Walking Group

Broomfield and District Walking Group has resumed walking on Sundays from 12 - 1 pm. For further information please contact Josie on 086/4458108

Irish Dancing Classes

Irish Dancing Classes with The Farrelly School of Irish Dancing in Teach Raithneach every Tuesday from 6 to 7.30 pm. Contact Grainne on 086 3707227 or Olive on 086 3502157 for further information. New members welcome at any time.

Set Dancing News

The Termonfeckin Set Dancing Weekend held recently was just about as good as it gets, and great credit is due to all involved in its organisation and execution. Set Dancing has grown over the years, becoming a hugely popular activity across the country. For Set Dancing information locally, please contact Gerard (Teach Raithneach) on 087 2729154, or by e-mail, starinaghgerard, or Jim (Sandpit) on 087 9161903. New Members welcome to join at any time.

TUS vacancy

A TUS vacancy exist 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 Christmas Draw Results

Draw Date: 30/01/2019

Bonus Ball Numbers were: 42, 36 and 27.

No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €5,000.

This Weeks €20 Winners: Alan Fedigan, Collon. Richard Drew, Grangegeeth. Cepta Carry, Tullyallen. P. O'Brien, Tullyesker. Mark & Dolores Traynor Starinagh.

Promoters: Gerard Weldon, Breege Drew, Eileen Traynor & Teach Box..

Next Draw Date: 06/02/2019


In memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Michelle McKiernan, nee McGrath, late of Grmanstown Meadows Stamullen and formerly of Annacotty Co. Limerick, who recently passed away. Following funeral mass at St. Patrick`s Church in Stamullen village followed by private cremation at dardistown Crematorium Dublin. Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of May Kelly, nee Mohan, late of Smithstown Julianstown and formerly of the Marsh Road in Drogheda. Following funeral mass at St. Mary`s Church in Julianstown, May was laid to rest in Moorechurch Cemetery.


The `sneaky night-time dumper` has been out again in the lovely townland of Lisdornan and has deposited two double-bed mattresses along the old and winding narrow road to the Dardistown Bridge.

Milestown Road

Since the huge population increase in Stamullen village ver the past 15 years or so the smaller rural roads have really become a lot more dangerous with the result of so many motorists accessing and exiting the nearby M1 motrway at junction No. 7 at the City North Hotel and also at junction No. 6 at Dalahessy in Fingal. As a result, the Milestown/Tobertown Road from Stamullen village through Balgaddy to the Naul-Balbriggan Road has become particularly dangerous for all concerned.

At certain times f the morning and evening it is certainly very unwise for anyne to be ut walking here or indeed cycling. In the past, a number of families also used to take pnies and horses out for a stroll alng this beautiful section of rural countryside, but due to the huge volume of traffic and such twisting and winding corners, it is now impossible for anyone to use this road safely.

Motorists also need to slow down and, as you cannot see around these bends, it is also therefore impossible to know what dangers might greet you as you round them as there are agricultural livestock in all f the fields adjacent to the roads. The sooner the better a new link-road can be opened between Stamullen village and the M1 motorway in the vicinity of junction No. 7.

Welcome to spring

Friday February 1st last marked the ancient Irish festival period of Imbolc; the coming of the ewes into lamb, it was celebrated as one of the four major Celtic Festivals in old Ireland. The festival was associated with the Pagan Goddess of Brigit and was also associated with fertility. Marking the beginning of spring, it was a pastoral celebration when the land was prepared for the planting of the crops and when the days began to become a little brighter. Lets hope that the coming days and weeks will not only bring a little more light into our days but a little more warmth would also be most welcome and not take us to where we were last year during February and March with hurricane winds, rain and a good deal of snow. This time of the year may very well mark the opening of spring, but to most of us, it can often become the sting in the tale of the dying winter with cold and miserable weather prevailing beyond St. Patrick`s Day and the Vernal Exquinox which will fall on March 20th 2019.


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

Tapadh Leat

A big "thank you" from The Monasterboice Twinning Association to all who supported the Scottish Night at Drumshallon on January 25th and a special thanks to the performers who made the evening such an enjoyable and resounding success.

St. Patrick's, Harestown, Enrolment

St. Patrick's N.S. enrolment forms are now available from the school office.

Please phone 041-9822112 to request a form. Closing date is Friday, 15th February, 2018.

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

ONE DAY WORKSHOP 'MADNESS TO MEDITATION' with Robbie H. Andrews. This workshop was designed to help cope with stress & anxiety through meditation and healing. Saturday Feb 16th, 2019, 09.30 to 17.00, €99. Pre-booking deposit of €50 required via PayPal: Contact Robbie directly on 353 (0)86 841 8085.

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,

Mullary Cemetery Lotto

Saturday 27th Jan.

Winning no was. 15

Winner was Rita Glass and Marie Boylan.

N.Mairtin Lotto

results 30.01.19 no: 08,18,20,29, Jackpot not won. €17,000 this week. Match 3 Numbers €150 Shared by Ray Winters, Caroline Hoey,


Contact me

Ring Iris on 0864033557 or email with items of interest in the area.

Coffee Morning

Colr. Sharon Keoghan will host a Coffee morning in the Village Hotel in Bettystown this Thursday 7th February from 10a.m. until 12noon. All proceeds go to the Saving Slav Campaign.

"Whose Wives are they Anyway"

Aisteoirí na Boinne Drama Group presents the play "Whose Wives are they Anyway" from Tuesday 5th - Saturday 9th February at 8p.m. each evening at the Droichead Arts Centre Drogheda. It's a two-act comedy play by Michael Parker.

Tickets cost €15 are now available for sale through Droichead Arts Centre 041-9833946 or book online All proceeds go to local charities

Spring Cleaning

An Taisce National Spring Clean takes place every year during the month of April. It will be held on Saturday 6th April, meeting at the statue of the Boy with the Kite, to do a clean-up of the village and surrounding areas. Would you like to come along and give a hand? Gloves, Bags, High Vis Jackets and Litter Pickers will be supplied.

Drogheda Special Olympics Club.

The club provides sports training and competition for athletes with an intellectual disability. If you have some free time please consider joining our volunteer team.  For more information please contact - Club Secretary 083-0527492.

School Enrolments

Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa, Bettystown - If you have a child who will be 4 years of age on or before 31st March 2019, and would like to register them for school, please call in, phone 041-9887431 or email

Mr. Michael (Mick) Tuohy

Sincere condolences are extended to the family of Mick Tuohy who passed away peacefully at his home last week. Loving husband to Betty, he will be sadly missed by his wife, son Hugh, grandson Michael, brothers Jim, Paddy and Tom, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and many friends. Mick was a Director in East Meath Credit Union for many years and was very well known and liked by all.

The Funeral Mass took place on Monday in the Sacred Heart Church Laytown when a huge number came to pay their respects. Burial afterwards in Moorechurch Cemetery Julianstown. Rest in peace Mick Tuohy.

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