Thursday 14 November 2019

Around the districts: Broomfield, Termonfeckin

Broomfield: First meeting - The first meeting of the newly elected Executive Committee of Broomfield & District Residents Association took place on Wednesday 23rd October last.

The main item on the Agenda was the election of Officers for the coming year.

Those elected to Officership are as follows: Chairperson Mary Morgan, Vice-chairperson Teresa Dillon, Secretary Gerard Weldon and Treasurer Stephen O'Donoghue. Committee Members Josie Mongey, Breege Drew, Margaret Barron, Niall Callan, Hazel O'Donoghue and Grainne Weldon.

A priority for the incoming Committee will be engaging with the Community. The poor attendance at the A.G.M was worrying to say the least, so major engagement with The Community is required. The full potential of the Association and the Community will only be achieved with the engagement and support of Community Members in all aspects of the Associations work.

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Bring a Toy, Buy a Toy

In aid of a Dental Programme in a Chinese Orphanage in conjunction with International Orphan Aid, in Teach Raithneach, Starinagh, Collon on Wed. 30th October from 2 to 4.30 pm. Face Painting, Fancy Dress,Children's Art and Crafts, Side Stalls, Tea/Coffee and Raffle. A fun afternoon for all. contact Teresa on 086 3212986 for further information.

Church of Mary Immaculate, Collon

The celebrations to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Church of Mary Immaculate, Collon on Thursday 24th October last, began with Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Eamon Martin D.D, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

The Church was packed to capacity for this Mass of Thanksgiving - Celebrating our Faith. Everyone involved in any way, big or small, in this Celebration Mass, can justly be very proud. A gigantic volunteering effort all round.

Following Mass, a very large attendance converged on Mattock Rangers Pavillion for refreshments, all prepared and served up by Community Volunteers.

Each and very aspect of Thursday nights Celebration was 'ar feabhas ar fad, comhghairdeas do gach dhuine a bhi pairteach ann.

During the refreshments, Archbishop Martin mingled with those in attendance, standing in for photographs when required. Among the clergy present on the night were locals, Fr. Matt Carpenter, Fr. Warren Collier, Fr. Malachy Flanagan, and Deacon Dermot Clarke. Thanks to the Priests of the Parish, Canon Peter Murphy PP VF, Fr. John O'Leary PE AP and Fr. Brian Slater CC for their massive input. A truly memorable and proud occasion for Collon Parish.

The book 'Celebrating Our Faith' authored by Michael Reid and Seamus Roe chronicles the history of the church of Mary Immaculate and much more. It's a great publication and read, that would make an ideal Christmas present, for Family and Community Members, especially those living in foreign climes.

Albion Rovers

Albion Rovers host their annual Halloween Soccer Camp Tuesday - Thursday 29th-31st October, 10am-1pm daily, places just €25/child if booked before 23rd October & €30/child when booked after. Open to all boys/girls 5-14, not limited to Albion players. Please book online at More information is available from or

Social Dance

Broomfield & District Residents Association hosts a Social Dance in Teach Raithneach on Friday 22nd November 2019 from 9 pm 'til late. Well known Pat Mulcrone will provide the music. Light refreshments served, with Admission at €10.

Free Irish Heart Foundation Course

The Irish Heart Foundation have developed the free Hands for Life CPR Programme, which is sponsored by Abbott and ESB Networks.

The course concentrates on recognising cardiac arrest, making the emergency call, listening to the call taker and knowing your Eircode. Participants then get to practice compression-only CPR on a manakin.

Awareness of how to use an EDR, how to help someone who is choking, how to perform CPR on a child, recognising stroke and the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack are also covered - all in only one hour and for free.

This course will be held in Teach Raithneach, probably in the New Year. Broomfield and District Residents Association is promoting this course throughout the Community and wider Community. If you are interested, please contact Association Secretary Gerard on 087 2729154 or by e-mail:

Ramblers Country Tracks

Ramblers Country Tracks Walking Group were in the District last Saturday 19th November.

Parking up at Teach Raithneach Heritage and Cultural Centre, the Ramblers walked to Old Mellifont Abbey. On their return to Teach Raithneach they enjoyed refreshments and afterwards held their meeting.

Thanks to Sean McCormack and the Members of Ramblers Country Tracks for choosing to walk in our District, and for their co-operation and help as always. You are always welcome here!

Yoga Class

Another 5 week Yoga Class will run in Teach Raithneach, Starinagh, Collon from Wednesday 6th Nov. to Wednesday 4th Dec. Please contact Grainne on 086 8046781 for further information.

St. Vincent de Paul Dance

The Kilsaran Stabannon Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul are having a night of dancing, including, Sets, Ceili, Social and more, in The O'Connell's Clubrooms, Castlebellingham on Friday 15th November 2019, starting at 8.30pm.

Music is by Triskell Ceili Band. Admission is €10, and includes refreshments.

Diary dates

Teach Raithneach dates for your diary:

Christmas Fair, Sunday 8th December, 11 am to 5 pm.

Christmas Set Dance Ceili, Sunday 15th December, 4 to 7 pm. Tara Ceili Band.

Activity contacts

Broomfield Walking Group, contact Josie on 086 4458108

Teach Raithneach Set Dancing Classes and Bodhran Classes, contact Gerard on 087 2729154

Teach Raithneach Art Group, contact Niamh on 087 8173073

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

Brickx and Craft Club, contact Teresa on 086 3212986

Guitar Classes, contact Nicole on 087 1674639 or Evan on 086 2513640

To Book Teach Raithneach, contact Alice on 087-9360018

TUS vacancy

A TUS vacancy still exist with Broomfield and District Residents Association. Contact Gerard on 087 2729154 for details.


Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery Draw Results. Draw Date: 23/10/2019. Bonus Ball Numbers were: 43, 27 and 13. No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €6,900.

This Weeks €20 Winners: Emily Halpin, Tenure. Nicola Carpenter, Grangegeeth. Christy Lynch, Starinagh. Darren Barron, Glassallen. Bridie Mc Govern, Glengevlin, Cavan.

Promoters: Gerard Weldon, Teresa Carpenter, Margaret Barron and Teach Box. Next Draw Date: 30/10/2019


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Scoil Naomh Feichin Extension

It was definitely needed, campaigned heavily for, thrust into the political arena, kicked about and eventually it happened. The work began in 2017 and in 2019 it was completed.

The official blessing and opening of the School extension took place on Monday October 21st with plenty of celebration not to mention excellent weather.

Principal Bryan Collins paid tribute to all involved, saying it was a really happy occasion and he praised the children in the School choir who gave a lovely performance on the day, describing them as fantastic.

Teacher Claire Mc Cluskey prepared a sketch in the form of a poem detailing the history of the school, interspersed with music and song which delighted all present.

Mr Collins also paid special tributes to the late Cllr Oliver Tully who had given so much to the School and former teacher, the late Mary Murray who is very fondly remembered by those she taught.

Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh Diocese Michael Router was on hand to perform the honours assisted by Fr. Paul Byrne P.P. Termonfeckin and in doing so wished all the children a very enjoyable time at the school. In response to a comment from Principal Collins regarding former blessings of the School by the late Cardinal O Fiach and Pope John Paul II, Bishop Router stated that the School did indeed have a Saintly Blessing.

Bishop Router also planted a Black Cherry Plum tree in the School Grounds to mark the occasion while the school children also planted a tree on the previous Friday.

Fr. Paul Byrne said it was a great vision for the School to have the extension and he complimented all the staff saying it was a celebration of wonderful facilities.

Two former Principals were present, Tony Williams and Eddie Rocks, former Deputy Principal Catherine Campbell, Principals from other local schools and there was also a special welcome for former Parish Priest Fr. Aidan Murphy. Also present were representatives of the Construction Company, the Architects, Clerk of Works, Board of Management, Parents Association and local politicians.

The School has an excellent playground with a rubber surface, part funded by parents and the Board of Management. It is described as very energy efficient using energy saving lights, natural gas and even harvests rainwater for the toilets. We are indeed fortunate to have a school with such excellent facilities and may all the children who pass through it in the course of their education have very fond memories of their time there.

Madden's Centra

Customers and visitors to Madden's Centra, Big Street, Termonfeckin have certainly noticed the changes made to the interior of the shop. It certainly looks very well with plenty of space to move between the shelves. Compliments to Ray Madden and his staff who do a great job serving the local community.

St. Fechin's AGM

The St. Fechin's AGM will be held on Monday December 2nd at 7.30pm in Forge Field Coffee Shop. Club Officer Nomination Forms are available from the Club Reception Office but must be returned to the Club Secretary before the closing date of Monday November 4th.

St. Fechin's Lotto

The numbers drawn were 3, 9, 15 and 20. There was no winner of the jackpot. The €100 winners were Anne and Diarmuid Kerrisk. Winners of €20 were Bernard Devine, Michael Mooney, Carmel O' Shea, Shane and Marie Meegan and Joan McGrane. The jackpot is now at €7,200 and is sponsored by Madden's Centra, Termonfeckin.

U13 Final

The U13 St. Fechins Boys team were in action last week in the Division 2A Final. They took on a Stabannon/ O'Connells combination team with the match played in Darver.

They played a great game that required extra time but unfortunately were unlucky to lose by just one point. The final score was 1-10 to 1-09. However they must be commended for their performance.


Congratulations to Ciara Briscoe, daughter of Peter and Mary Briscoe, Windmill Cottages on her recent marriage to Brian McCabe, son of Tommy and Kathleen McCabe, Swords, Co. Dublin.

The Wedding Ceremony was in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Termonfeckin and the Reception in Boyne Hill House, Navan. Every happiness and health to you both for the future.

Termonfeckin Macra

The next monthly meeting takes place in Sandpit Hall at 9pm on Wednesday November 13th. New members most welcome as always.

If you are interested in learning more about Termonfeckin Macra simply like and contact the Macra Tearmann Feichin facebook page or contact Aoife on 087-6262197.

Set Dancing

Have you got dancing feet? Set Dancing is underway again in Sandpit Hall on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. Come along to learn the steps or even to improve your fitness. All are welcome.

Seapoint Pitch & Putt

The previous weekend, Friday 18th to Sunday October 20th was Week 3 of the Turkey competition and was a 18 Nett. Results as follows. Senior-1st: Darren Fagan 44, 2nd: Jim Judge 46 (ob6 14). Inter-1st: Martin Reilly 43, 2nd: Declan Murphy 44. Junior-1st: Derek Mulryne 38, 2nd: Patsy Fagin 39. Ladies-1st: Barbara Murphy 39, 2nd: Mary Coyle 41. Last weekend was Week 4 of the Turkeys and was an 18 Gross. The Seapoint Masters took place last Sunday and a Fourball competition was held on Bank Holiday Monday. Please check for all the latest Seapoint News.


Eucharistic Adoration is on Monday evenings from 7-8pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Why not come and spend some quiet time in the presence of the Lord.


Contact 086- 2747474 to report any suspicious activity. If you would like to join up to BALSANTER, application forms are available in Maddens Centra, Mc Grane's XL and both Parish Churches.

St. Vincent de Paul

The contact number for St. Vincent de Paul is 1800 677777. The St. Colmcille Conference of St. Vincent de Paul operates in this area.

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