Wednesday 17 July 2019

Around the districts: Dunleer, Tullyallen, Collon

Dunleer: Jim McKenna retires - Jim McKenna, Principal St. Kevin's N.S. will retire in June. He has a long history of teaching in our parish. A mass of thanksgiving followed by reception will take place in Philipstown Community Centre on Monday June 24th at 7pm to mark the occasion and to wish him well. The school community invite all past pupils, parents, colleagues and those who served on Parents' Associations and Boards of Management alongside Jim to join them on the night.

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Dunleer Parish Picnic

This years picnic takes place Sunday June 16th in the parochial gardens. First Communion/Confirmation students are invited. Baked goods welcome.

Mosstown Patrún

Mosstown Patrun is June 23rd at 12 noon.

Let's Drink Tea for MND

A great way to gather some friends & raise funds for people living with Motor Neurone Disease. Please join us on Fri 21st June 2019 in the Westcourt Hotel Drogheda from 10.30am - 1.30. Raffle will be held on the day.

Summer Fete

Summer Fete and family fun day at St Finians National school, Dillonstown. Sunday 16th June 2-5pm. Bouncy castle, face painting, BBQ, cake sale and much more. All Welcome

Lann Léire C.P.G. lotto results

The Lann Léire C.P.G. lotto results for Wednesday 29th May 2019. Numbers drawn were; 3, 4, 10 and 25. There was no jackpot winner. Next draw jackpot: €1,900. The weekly winners of €50 were: Ciaran Carrie; & David McGeough.

Slimming World

Slimming world every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. New members welcome also. Contact Pauline Corrigan 087 6186371

Leanai Grupa

Dunleer Leanai Grupa hold their Mother & Toddler Group every Friday morning from 10.30am to 12pm in Lannleire Pavilion upstairs coinciding with the school Calender.

Summer Camps

Now taking bookings for Lannleire Pavilion Summer Camps, The following dates are available if any groups are interested.

Monday 1st July- Saturday 5th July

Monday 8th July - Saturday 13th July

Monday 29th July- Saturday 3rd August

Monday 5th August- Saturday 10th August

Monday 12th August- Saturday 17th August

Monday 19th August- Saturday 24th August

Monday 26th August Saturday 31st August

Enquiries at Reception: Contact any of our staff members for assistance.

Gymnastics Funtastics : Main Hall Lannleire Pavilion- Dates Monday July 15th to Friday 19th. Times 10am-2pm. Contact Ola; 087 2354904.

Bricks4Kidz: Main Hall, Monday July 22nd to Friday 26th.Contact Steve Rees: 087 7020283

Fior Damhsa

Classes in Sean Nos and Set Dancing every Wednesday in Teach Scoraiocht Dunleer at 8pm. New pupils welcome. Eolas 086 3577304


Philipstown Bowls start up again every Wednesday at 8 pm in the community hall. Everyone welcome beginner or pro, kettle always on.

Date for your Diary

DCDB Ltd are holding their annual Market House Evening of Music on Friday July 19th 2019.


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Summer Art Camp

There will be a Summer Art Camp this year in Starinagh, Collon. Art for boys and girls aged 5-12. week 1; 1st -5th July, wk 2; 8th -12th July, Places limited. Creative Art camp covering lots of aspects of art/crafts including Art History and lots of art projects. the cost is €65. Contact Teresa  086 3212986 or Sharon to book 086 860 3427 run by qualified art teachers. 

Tullyallen Link

After the wonderful news about our inclusion on the Irish Camino, Coillte have contacted Tullyallen Access the Glen Committee with some very upsetting news. Unfortunately, because of the continued use of the path by some Mountain Bikers they have said that if this practice continues, they will have no option but to close the Walkway on Health and Safety grounds. Despite signage that is displayed on the walk, some bikers are still cycling on the route.

The walkway is now very popular and because of the unprecedented amount of walkers that are using it, both young and old, Coillte fear that an accident will happen in the near future.  Therefore, we would ask all of the walkers to please encourage the bikers to use the designated routes that are available to them at the other side of the nature walk.

In fact, Coillte have even volunteered to designate an entire area for mountain bike users at the other less used side of the nature walk. We need to publicise this so that everyone is made aware of the awful possibility that the hard fought for and much loved amenity be lost to us all.

Drink Tea For MND

Lets drink Tea for MND is a great way to gather some friends & raise funds for people living with Motor Neurone Disease.  Please join us on Fri 21st June 2019 in the Westcourt Hotel Drogheda from 10.30am to 1.30.  There will be a raffle will be held on the day, this is a great cause and all support would be gratefully received.

Greenhills Summer Camp

Greenhills Summer Sports Camp is Drogheda's leading sports camp offering activities such as football, swimming, zorbing, arts & crafts and much more have been some of the activities in the past and there will be brand new activities this year. Children are introduced to a wide range of sports, under well organised and enjoyable conditions. Each year, parents and children write to us to express the great enjoyment they have had at the camp, and their excitement of returning the following summer. This camp is for children aged 6-13 years old. 2019 Booking is now open. The Greenhills Summer Camp will be running again for two weeks this July. Week One: July 8th- 12th  and Week Two: July 15th - 19th. Early booking is advised. Book online using the following Link

The camp are  running a competition to win TWO free places at this year's camp. Two, one week spots are up for grabs for a week of your choice at Greenhills Summer Camp 2019. T&Cs apply. All you have to do is Like Greenhills Summer Camp Facebook Page, share this post & tag 3 friends in the comments to enter. One winner announced on the 6th of June and one winner announced on the 13th of June. (Please note, if the winner has already paid for the camp, this money will be returned in full.) 

Parish News

A reminder for the Pink Envelope (26th of May) in your dues envelopes are being collected for our priest. Your support is much appreciated. 

We will be remembering all who are undertaking examinations over the next few weeks in our prayers and during our Masses. Names of examination candidates can be placed on petition slips at church door and placed into the Exam prayer basket in our sanctuary. They will be remembered in all our Masses between now and the end of examination season.

We wish all our parishioners who are doing exams the very best and we wish them well for their future lives.

The Relics of St. Oliver Plunkett will visit our church at the 7.30pm Mass on Saturday 15th of June. Mellifont Parish Pastoral Council will meet on Thursday 13th of June at 8.15pm in the Parochial House. A blessing for Fathers at Masses on weekend of 15th & 16th of June.

Cemetery & Corpus Christi Sunday Mass with Corpus Christi procession will be on Sunday the 23rd of June at 11 am. Please spread the word and share this message with your family and friends.

Lotto Results

Results for the Glen Emmets Lotto held Tuesday, 4th June 2019. The Grand Prize Draw was for €6,200 and there was no winner. The numbers drawn were 14, 18, 19 & 25. The 4 Lucky Dip winners who receive €25 are Michelle O'Brien, Tracy Rooney, Lynda Hayden & Keith Boylan. Next week's draw is €6,300. Tickets are on sale in Centra Tullyallen or any committee member or now you can play online at

Tullyallen Men's Shed

Great progress on the Men's Shed new premises, things are moving along very nicely. It won't be long before they can move in.

Tullyallen Men's Shed meets up every Tuesday and Friday mornings 10 am till 1 pm why not call into them. They are currently in the Glen Emmets GFC Clubhouse. They have Bowls, Pool, Darts, Rings, Cards so why not call in for a chat and a cuppa. Everyone has something to offer in the Shed. All new members will be most welcome.


Mattock Lotto

Numbers drawn 6-7-17-27. Jackpot not Won. Three Match 3 winners Frank McGuinness, Dermot Jones and Joseph Finnegan. Next Jackpot will be our highest ever at €15,000.

Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No Three Old Bar and Restaurant which is now open 7 days a week. Our next Lotto draw will take place next Tuesday in Mattock Rangers Clubhouse at 9pm.

You can play our lotto online at


Sincere sympathy is sent to Edel Fox and her family, Oriel Road on the recent death of her mother Mrs. Josephine ((Josie)Leonard (nee Tomlin Ballina last week.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Father's Day

A reminder to all that next Sunday June 16th is Father's Day. So, make sure you treat that special man in your life to breakfast in bed or a pair of socks! Also, remembering all the wonderful fathers whom we are celebrating in Heaven.

Concert visitors

Lots of people passing through our lovely village last Saturday on their way to the Metallica concert in Slane. Great to see a buzz about the place on the last stop before Slane. Great memories been recalled about many concerts in Slane over the years. Bruce Springsteen and Queen in 1985 and 1986 been high up there. Some fantastic bands have played on our doorstep and yet another reason why we are so lucky to live in this beautiful village of ours

20th Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to local Love Birds Ken and Catherine Tobin who recently celebrated their 20th Wedding Anniversary. To mark this special occasion the couple had a party in their home which I believe was a great night. All your family, friends and neighbours wish you both the very best for the future. Here's to the next 20!

Blessing of Graves Ballapousta

A quick reminder that the Blessing of the Graves will be held in Ballapousta on Sunday 23rd June at 11a.m. The crowds at Ballapousta seem to get bigger and bigger every year and people come from all over the country to attend to their loved one's graves.

I remember being on holidays in Co. Kerry in 1981 with my parents, God be good to them, and the sun was shining, it was a beautiful day.

This man got chatting to my Dad and as usual with the Irish the conversation turned to the weather. The man Dad had met said to him "That would be a great day for Ballapousta", him not knowing Dads family were laid to rest there.

The stranger was from Dublin and attended his loved one's graves in Ballapousta. It's a small world and I always feel that the Blessing of the graves in Ballapousta is a great gathering of people that may only see each other once a year.

Drogheda Independent