Thursday 19 September 2019

Around the districts: Duleek, Stamullen, Termonfeckin

Duleek: Bring and buy coffee morning - Coffee Morning in aid of Autism Spectrum Disorder unit in Duleek School will be a Bring and Buy Coffee Morning in Duleek Courthouse on Sunday 16th June from 9.00am - 12.30pm.

Duleek will soon be the home of a new ASD unit catering for the needs of children with Autism and special educational needs, catering for up to six pupils in each. Duleek school welcomes the significant progress that has been made in the provision of land for two purpose-built ASD units beside the existing schools in the village.

Only two years ago we built a magnificent school in Duleek and it's already outgrown our needs here in the village and particularly those with special needs and those on the Autism spectrum.

This is wonderful news for parents and children from our district. The value of an ASD unit to a child, parent and community is simply priceless.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behaviour. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a "developmental disorder" because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life


There will be a 60's, 70's, night fundraiser in Carranstown Lodge on Saturday 25th May at 9.00pm. Music by DJ Shane McGuinness. Admission €5 Raffle on the night. Enquiries to Ann on 9823415.

Duleek Women's Forum

Trips this Summer:

Tuesday - 11th June - Half Day Trip to Chester Beatty Library

Tuesday - 9th July - Half Day Trip to Carlingford / Greenore

Tuesday - 30th July - Full Day Trip to The Apple Orchid and The Swiss Cottage Tipperary including Dinner

Tuesday - 13th August - Full Day Trip to Knock

Enquiries for all trips to Ann on 9823415

Duleek Library

There will be a Music Appreciation Morning on Tuesday 21st May at 10.30am in Duleek Library. All welcome.

Duleek / Bellewstown Active Retirement

This years summer outing takes place on Wednesday 3rd July and is to the Carrickmacross Lace Museum and the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen, including a 3 course dinner. Enquiries to 9823322.

Duleek Drug Free Town and Feel Good Project

Tuesday 21st May - Senator Frances Black - Family Support for Substances Use

Tuesday 28th May - Drug Awareness - Know the Signs (McDar)

Talks are all free and take place in Duleek Courthouse at 7.30pm

Free Therapy / Counselling every Tuesday for appointment ring 089-4008685


Brother Andre Medical Centre in Nairobi, Kenya Acknowledges €10,000 donated by the generous people of Duleek and surrounding areas. Liz Lynch would like to say thank you and advise that your donations has upgraded the Physiotherapy Dept. in the hospital and also purchased a new incubator.

Duleek - Bellewstown GFC

Drive in Bingo Sunday 26th May at 3pm in Bellewstown Racecourse. Over €3000 in prize money to be won on the day. Complimentary Tea and Coffee at interval.

Free CPR Training

Duleek CPR group are holding a community training event on Sunday 26th May in Duleek Parish Centre. We will teach you to perform hands only CPR on a person in cardiac arrest. We are holding hourly sessions starting between 9.45am - 3.45pm. Advanced booking is essential. for more information contact Pauline Durkin Coordinator Duleek CPR on 087-6390495.

A.F.C. Lotto Results

09/05/2019 Numbers 4-22-23-30 No Winner - 6 x €20 Winners; C. Morris, C .O'Brien, G.Murphy, M. Coleman, D. Greechan, T. McGuinness. Next weeks jackpot €8000


In Memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Bridget Smith, late of Tiree Harbourstown, Stamullen and formerly of Carriga Kells, Co. Meath, who recently passed away in the care of Boyne Valley Nursing Home. Following funeral mass at St. Patrick`s Church in Stamullen, Bridget was laid to rest in the family burial ground at Stamullen old graveyard.

New arrivals

Congratulations and best wishes to the parents, guardians and extended families of Allesandro Dujak, Aaron Mooney and Ronan O`Grady, who were recently baptised in the parish.

Meath Lourdes Hospitality Group

If parishioners may know any hospital pilgrims who would like to travel with the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from September 9th to 14th next and who may be in need of some help and support with the fare and costs, please contact Lily at 087-6978783.

Louth/Meath Down Syndrome

A Summer Concert by the Tredagh Singers with the Celtic Choir Berlin will be hosted at the Augustinian Church, Shop Street Drogheda on Friday May 31st beginning at 8pm. Tickets for this event cost €15 and are available from Clare who may be contacted at 087-6383477. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Louth-Meath Down Syndrome.

Know Your Parish

The following advert appeared in the pages of the Drogheda Independent in September 1899: `For sale, about 150 Larch, 325 Scotch, 275 Spruce, 55 Ash, 50 Elm, 80 Oak and 85 various, in all, about 1,050 trees. Terms: To be cut down by the purchaser and removed within a specified time. No timber to be removed until all the purchase money is paid. Timber may be seen and fuller particulars obtained on personal applications to Mr A Watt, Gormanston, or by letter to Viscount Gormanston`.

The, above-mentioned, `Mr. A. Watt`, was a loyal servant of the Gormanston Household.

He was originally from Ayrshire in Scotland and, along with his wife, they both served three consecutive generations of the Preston family at Gormanston Castle.

Both Mr. Watt and his wife are interred in Stamullen cemetery, their grave-plot being marked by a fine headstone which was erected by the 15th Viscount Gormanston in the first decade of the 20th century and is situated in the old Stamullen graveyard overlooking the road into the village.


Contact me

New email address: or contact 087-2486472.

Any news or interesting items welcome in this column, births, birthdays, engagements, weddings, sports/social/special events etc. Please have all information to me by 10pm on Thursday evenings.

Speed Limits

New speed limits are now in operation in the Parish. The 50kph limit has been extended slightly on the Sheetland Road. There is now a 60kph limit from just beyond the entrance to An-Grianan to Ballyfaddock. New 50kph limits are also operational on both sides of the turn into Baltray.

It is important to be mindful of these extended limits and not get caught out.

Sandpit Community

Members of the Sandpit Community Group are certainly keeping themselves busy. They have installed ornate posts for hanging baskets in the grounds of Sandpit School and the Church of the Assumption. These no doubt will certainly add to the beauty of the area.

St. Fechin's Lotto

The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 9 and 14. There was no winner of the jackpot. The €100 winner was Irene Rafferty. Winners of €20 were Laurence Mc Evoy, Kay Newman, Theresa Mc Glew, Helena Kirwan and Breda O'Connell. The jackpot is now at €4,900 and is sponsored by Madden's Centra, Termonfeckin.

Termonfeckin Macra

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

Set Dancing is held on Thursday nights in Sandpit Hall at 8.30pm. Beginners are welcome. This is a great way to keep in shape and learn the art of Set Dancing.

School Summer Camp

Bookings are still being taken for the School Summer Camp at Scoil Naomh Feichin from July 1st-5th and runs from 10am to 2pm daily. Children aged between 4-8 years of age can attend and application forms are available in Scoil Naomh Feichin or at the following numbers: 087-6552094 or 087-7946524.

Seapoint Pitch & Putt

Please check for all the results in the coming days. Players are also asked to check the notice board in the Clubhouse for all entry sheets and get their names up as soon as possible.


Check out the list of available courses at An-Grianan at or at 041-9822119/9822478. Bookings are currently being taken for the An-Grianan Annual Garden Party which takes place over the weekend June 28th-30th.


The 6th Class children from both Parish Schools will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Saturday May 25th at 11am in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Congratulations to the 2nd Class children from Scoil Mhuire gan Smal (Sandpit) who received their First Holy Communion last Saturday.

May Rosary

As May is the month of the Rosary, praying of the Rosary will take place at all the Grotto's in the Parish on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. This Thursday May 23rd, the Rosary will be prayed at the Grotto in the grounds of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.


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.


Both Parish Schools will be closed this Friday May 24th to facilitate the Local and European elections and the Referendum. This year there are three candidates from our Parish contesting the Local elections in the Drogheda Rural Constituency. Not sure if this has ever happened before but the best of luck to them.

Summer Picnic

The Parents Association of St. Finians National School, Dillonstown are hosting a 'Bring your own' Summer Picnic in Barmeath Castle on Sunday May 26th from 2-5 pm.

Enjoy a picnic followed by a stroll through the beautiful walled gardens. It costs €10 per car or €5 per adult and accompanied children go free.

All are welcome.

Drogheda Independent