Tuesday 22 October 2019

Around the districts: Duleek, Slane, Broomfield, Mornington

Duleek: The Hub Duleek - The Hub Adult Training Group Duleek, part of the Talbot Group, are currently running an ETB course with Ability Film, within our services for our members.

This involves our members interviewing members of the public and asking general questions about Duleek. The information gathered and some of the interviews will be developed into a short movie about Duleek.

Once completed the finished product could be shown on social media.

We are seeking volunteers who can give us ten minutes on a Monday morning between 11.30am to 12.30pm. If you would like to volunteer please contact us directly on 041-9823691 or e-mail us on your participation would be greatly appreciated.

Duleek ICA

We return after the summer break on Wednesday 18th September in the Prayer Rooms at 8.00pm. New members are always welcome.


Zumba classes have resumed after the summer break. The classes are in the Parish Centre on Tuesday nights from 7pm to 8pm. Pay as you go €8 per class. New members welcome.

Duleek Kenpo

Duleek Kenpo resumes in Duleek Parish Centre on Monday 23rd September 2019. Beginners class commencing 7pm Mondays and Wednesdays. To book a place text 086-3658266. Adults and Children welcome.

Duleek Women's Forum

We meet on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am in Duleek Courthouse.

Duleek/Bellewstown Active Retirement

Bowls continue every Tuesday at 2.30pm in the Parish Centre .

Duleek AFC Lotto

Results for 04/09/19. Numbers 2-4-9-30 No Winner - 6 x €20 M. O'Brien - Alan Foley - K. Ryan - C. McCormack - M.Coleman - Noel Heeney. Jackpot next week €8000.


Contact me

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

Tidy Towns draw

The Slane Tidy Towns draw for August was held in the Boyne Valley Inn and the winners were: €100 Miriam Hickey, €60 Karen O'Brien, €50 Paddy Coleman, €40 Des Meagher, €30 P Birch. The next draw takes place in on Friday, September 27th in Boyles pub.

To join the draw contact John at 087 2644603.

Give blood

The next Blood Bank Clinic in the area is this evening, Tuesday September 10th from 4.30pm - 8pm in Teach Raithneach, Starinagh Collon (Beside Military Museum). It is important that we all remember that many patients in hospital need our blood on a daily basis.

Sean Keane concert

The Johnsons Folk Music Festival Committee have requested those attending the Sean Keane Concert in St Patrick's Church of Ireland, Slane, this Friday evening to give themselves plenty of time to get to the venue.

This is due to ongoing road works in the village.

The concert commences at 8pm and is sold out and no tickets will be available on the night.

Slane Active Retirement

Slane Active Retirement has resumed after the summer break and meet each Tuesday at 3.10pm.

New members, male and female welcome. Further details from Mary at 087 9960874.

Strawfest at Rock Farm

Strawfest at Rock Farm, Slane (C15 FNP4), takes place on Sunday, September 22nd from 11am - 5pm.

Celebrating the end of the harvest with a farm walk, peek at the glamping and strawbale buildings.

There will be a farmers market on the day, and a pop up BBQ and pizza party in the hay barn. There will also be E-bikes, kayaking, organic farm and glamping tours as well as strawbale building tours throughout the day.

Golf Classic

Slane Wanderer's Soccer Club have their annual Golf Classic at Bellewstown GC on Saturday, October 5th, with tee times 10am - noon.

Team of four costs €120 and includes meal and goody bag. Prizes for the longest drive and nearest the pin.

Sponsorship opportunities available. Further details from Brendan 086 1921591 or any committee member.

Three County Cycle

Slane Spinners were out in force for the annual Three County Cycle in aid of the ARC Cancer Support Centre. The cycle started in Slane where local Cllr Wayne Harding, who is also Chairperson of Meath CC, officially started the cycle.

At the start of the event cyclists observed a minute's silence in memory of Mikey Leddy, Sean Lynch and Paul Healion. Along their journey the cyclists placed a wreath at the spot just outside Drumconrath where their good friend Paul Healion tragically lost his life in a road accident.

At Donoghue's Bar in Woodtown, Benny Grogan from the Louth Watch club made a number of presentations, including one to Maria O'Connell for her great support for this special event.

Slane cyclist Larry Clarke thanked all who took part and supported the event, including The Village Inn Slane, Louth Arms Tallanstown, Donoghues Bar Woodtown and Slane Red Cross.

Thanks also to Greg Johnson and Tony McMahon who drove the support vehicles.

Boyle's gig

There are a number of top gigs taking pace at the wonderful music venue which is Boyle's of Slane over the coming weeks. They include Paddy Casey on Thursday, September 19th and tickets at €20 are now on sale. Christy Dignam of Aslan fame, and Joe Jewell play in Boyle's on Thursday, November 28th in what promises to be another great night.

Wedding evening

With the beginning of autumn comes Tankardstown's Autumnal Wedding Evening, taking place on Wednesday, October 9th from 6-8pm.

Full of inspiration and enchantment, the Orangery will be looking its very best, adorned with autumnal floral displays, candlelight and romance.

Savour some bubbly and canapes, whilst absorbing the wonderful ambience of the 18th century manor house in all its glory.

Soak up Tankardstown's elegant parkland, walled gardens and courtyards, amongst the fallen leaves and golden autumn glow. Then chat to our wedding team who will be delighted to assist with any thoughts or questions you may have in relation to your special day.

This event is by invitation only, please email to be included on the guest list.


Hive of activity

Maria's Montessori Pre-School is buzzing with activity these days.

Located in the idyllic rural setting of Starinagh, it's wonderful to see its little pupils enjoying their surroundings, as nature unfolds all around them. The school is: 'Where Big Hearts, shape Little Minds'. Ar feabhas!

Set Dancing

Set Dancing Classes resume for the Autumn on Monday 16th September at 8.30 pm in Teach Raithneach.

Dancers with varying or no experience of Set Dancing welcome. Class duration is 2 hours. Sean n-Os also. Light refreshments served. Contact Gerard on 087 2729154 for Set Dancing information.

Bodhran Classes

Bodhran Classes will run on Monday evenings in Teach Raithneach from 7.30 to 8.30pm if there are sufficient numbers interested. Contact Gerard on 087 2729154 for details.

Art Classes resume

Teach Raithneach Art Group start their classes with Mary Mc Donnell on Monday 30th September, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Tuesday evening classes with Betty Flanagan resume on 15th October, 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Both classes run for an 8 week term, €80 for the term. All abilities welcome. Contact Niamh on 087 8173073 or see our Facebook page for details.

Guitar Lessons

Beginner Group Guitar lessons available in Teach Raithneach on Fridays. Ages 8-11. €65 per term (5 weeks). One to one lessons also available. Contact Nicole on 0871674639 or Evan on 0862513640 for more information.

Booking Teach Raithneach

To Book Teach Raithneach, contact Alice on 087-9360018.


Laytown Races

This year will be the hundred and fifty-first year for Laytown races, which will be held on Wednesday the 11th September, with the first race at 4.00 pm.

It's a quite unique meeting as it's one of the very few meetings that is held on a beach. We will have a good influx of people from other countries as well which will add to the occasion. All we need is a good sunny day.

St. Vincent De Paul Education Assistance

Are you starting/returning to 3rd level education in September 2019? Are you experiencing difficulty with 3rd level fees or expenses? St. Vincent de Paul may be able to help. Please phone (Freephone) 1800677777 for further information.

East Meath Bridge Club

Continues each Tuesday upstairs in the history room, in Laytown and Bettystown golf club. Everybody to be sitting for 7.30pm start.  Please note that the car park is now a one-way system with the entrance at the tennis court end.

Diary dates

Wednesday 18th Sept: Parish pastoral council meeting at 8 pm in the parish rooms. Monday 23rd Sept: Meeting for parents/guardians of children for first communion at 8 pm in Donacarney school hall. Tuesday 24th Sept: St Joseph's young priests society meeting at 8 pm in the parish rooms.

East Meath Hospice Association

Invite you to join us for coffee mornings for hospice on Thursday, September 19th from 10 am to 12.30 pm. This year our hosts are Reddans of Bettystown, all funds raised locally are spent locally to provide services for people with a diagnosis of cancer. Please support.

Laytown & Bettystown Bridge Club

 Will re-commence on Monday 16th September, at 7.30pm. New members welcome.

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