Wednesday 23 October 2019

Around the districts: Laytown/Bettystown, Mornington, Julianstown, Bellewstown, Ardcath/Clonalvy, Collon

Laytown/Bettystown. Contact me. Ring Iris on 0864033557 or email with items of interest in the area.

Kite Surfing

Irish Power Kite & Sand yacht Association have racing this Saturday 13th April - The Swamp Donkey Cup. Then on Sunday 14th April you can go along and try the sport.

School Enrolments

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

Laytown Tidy Towns

Laytown Tidy Towns have been out in force and are doing tremendous work on the bed beside the railway bridge. You may have noticed that the ground has been levelled on the approach road to Laytown and work will shortly begin on creating a raised bed, pathway and wildflower meadow.

Many of our villages, towns and housing estates in East Meath have entered Meath County Councils Anti-Litter Initiative and we hope that all the residents of East Meath will make every effort to ensure there is no litter on the ground. Pick it up and bin it or bring your rubbish home with you.

Blessing of the Graves 2019

Colpe: Saturday 1st June at 7.00pm Mornington: Sunday 2nd June at 7.00pm Calvary: Sunday 16th June at 3.00pm Reilig Mhuire: Sunday 16th June at 7.00pm St. Peter's: Sunday 30th June at 3.00pm Newtown Cross: Sunday 30th June at 5.00pm; Moorechurch: Sunday 7th July at 11.30am


Believe it or Not

It's almost twenty years since a few local salmon fishermen got together  to form a national organization. 

It was mainly made up of draft net fishermen.Draft nets only fish on rivers and whilst drift nets men fish at sea. So, the Irish Traditional Fishermen's Association was formed. We got people from every river in Ireland under the umbrella.

We felt that this move would give us more clout and more recognition. Most of our meetings were held in Athlone which suited everyone, being more central. River fishing was on the go for hundreds  of years whereas sea fishing was relatively new. River fishing was more sustainable by far, as one only fished for salmon that belonged to that particular river.

Now sea fishing was much more indiscriminative, and were catching thousands of salmon from all rivers.

We got to know many new faces due to the amalgamation and solid friendships were formed. As it transpired, we did not make much progress as salmon stocks were becoming very scarce everywhere and in 2006 Inland Fisheries Ireland (I.F.I) closed down many rivers countrywide. 

The east coast took the brunt of these closures. All east coast rivers were closed from Loch Swilly to Waterford which included Dundalk, The Boyne, Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford (the Slaney). Some rivers were allowed to carry on but were on a very restrictive quota. Some southern rivers like the Laune in Kerry and the Lee in Cork still operate.

Also, there are some rivers open in the west and also in the northwest. The positive side of this was that many great friendships evolved within our group. Lasting friendships. We had a great variety of personalities, like for instance Jack and Ger from Cork and of course dozens of other fishermen. Jack and Ger were from a small village in Cork and they were of the old fashionedtype and very set in their ways. 

We would have bi-monthly meetings beginning around 10 am, plus one hour for lunch and finish around 5 pm. During lunch, fishing would be discussed as well as many other subjects such as sport, politics, health etc. One of the health discussions that was brought up was the prevalence of cancer in recent times.

Ger and Jack were convinced that cancer was stigmatized (like T.B used to be when it was rampant in Ireland in bygone days) and that was as far as they were concerned, despite arguments that it wasn't carrying any stigma. Whilst the stigma may not be nationwide it still lingered in some pockets around the country they said. 

Now, I was diagnosed with lung cancer a while ago. So, last week I had a dream, as one does. I was in box in a cemetery, ready to go into the hole. There was a lot of chatter going on. Suddenly I hear Jack and Ger rabbiting away in their distinct Corkonian accents, when Jack said to Ger "twas cancer he died of Ger"? "well, not really, Jack. He did have cancer all right but he died of a heart attack" "Jees Ger wasn't he the lucky boyo" says Jack.

P.S just to assure the concerns of the four people who read this column may have, I'm doing fine.

Alzheimers Fund Golf Outing  

A golf outing will take place at Laytown and Bettystown golf club on Friday 17th May. Players who tee off before 11a.m. can have a free breakfast. Teams of four players will cost €200 (€50 each).

This particular golf classic is held to raise much needed funds, all of which will go to the Alzheimers Drogheda building fund. For further information please contact Veronica on 086-6025043; to book your slot on the timesheet.

If one would like to sponsor a tee box for €100. one can do so by phoning Ann on 087-2893698


Road Improvements

There is great much needed work being done at the moment on the Mosney Road, for years the road has been flooded whenever there is a shower of rain. Now Meath County Council are putting in drainage to alleviate the problem. All thanks to the residents who have campaigned for so long to get it done.

Kids Yoga & Mindfulness classes

Every Wednesday from 4.15-5:15pm in Julianstown Community Centre. €10 per child. (discounts available for siblings). Children aged 6-12.  Contact Louise on 086-391960.

Free basic IT Classes

Free basic iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, Tablet Class starting soon in St. Patrick's GAA Centre, Stamullen.  If you would like to book a place please call Angela on 046-9280790.

First Communion Ceremonies

Will take place on Saturday, 11th May for St. Patrick's NS and Saturday, 18th May for Whitecross NS.

Meath Befriending Service

Aims to reduce loneliness and isolation within County Meath by a weekly visit from a trained volunteer, For Further Information or to avail of the service Telephone Meath volunteer Centre at 0469280790 or email, 


Contact me

Any news or items of interest contact Iris @0864033557 or


Blotto Results 3rd April: The numbers drawn were 03-12-16-19-20. No winner. The €10 winners were Dean Farrell; Laura Joyce; Dylan & Alannah; Jay Russell; Pauline & Boiler; Ollie Hanratty. Jackpot next week €500.

Duleek Cardiac First Response Group

Easter Raffle will take place on Thursday 18th April (Holy Thursday).  Tickets cost €2 each or a book of 6 tickets for €10 and are now on sale from all our responders & in the following shops in Duleek - The Village Barber, Haven Pharmacy & XtraClean Dry Cleaners. Annual fundraiser Table Quiz will also take place on Thursday 18th April (Holy Thursday) in the Carranstown Lodge Duleek at 9pm sharp. Teams of 4 cost €20.

Bellewstown P & P

Our annual Open Scotch Foursomes gets underway this Wednesday 10th April and continues each day until Sunday 14th April. Prizes for Ladies, Gents and Mixed. Refreshments will be available every day.

Bellewstown Golf Club

30.03.19: Singles Stableford: 1st Kenny Moore 38pts, 2nd Martin Reynolds

31.03.19: March Monthly Medal sponsored by Burkes electrical, Enniscorthy: 1st Brian Creighton Nett 68, 2nd Joseph Kearns 69, Lowest Gross Gerard McLoughlin 77. Full Membership available to January 2020 €599.


Whist Drives

Top Score last week was won by Paula Millar. Top lady was Joan Caffrey and Top Gent was Brendan Caffrey. The first half winner was Marcella Millar. The second half winner was a three-way tie with Gerry Govern, Julianne Clinton and Dick Walsh. Whist continues each Monday night in Bennett's.

School places

St. Patrick's National School are currently accepting enrolments for the school year 2019/20. Enquiries please contact the school on (01) 8354043 or email

Ardcath ICA

The ladies are doing a one-day course in An Grianán on 16th April, some doing cookery, others doing crafts and the rest doing bead making. A Poker Classic will take place in Bennett's on Holy Thursday to raise funds for the annual senior citizens party; all support will be appreciated.


Easter Soccer Camp

Albion Rovers host their annual Easter Soccer Camp Tuesday - Thursday 23rd-25th April, 10am-1pm daily, places just €25/child if booked before 17th April & €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

Under-Age Hurling

Anyone who is interested in joining the Mattock Rangers under age hurling please contact Darren on 086 0766769 or Peter on 086 1944130 for more details.

Joan is 60

Congrats and best wishes are sent to Joan Hand who recently celebrated her 60th birthday.

The lovely Joan has been celebrating in style with I believe a lot more to do! All your family, friends and neighbours wish you the very best in the future.

Cheque Presentation

On Monday last David, Ross and myself presented a cheque for €5,412 to The Gary Kelly Centre from the proceeds of our recent Oscars/Movie Fundraiser night which was held in Watters on Sat 23rd March.

Once again thank you to our fantastic community and surrounding areas who as always have been a fantastic support.

Any ideas for the event next year will be greatly appreciated!

Rachel is 30

The lovely Rachel Grimes celebrated her 30th birthday on Sat March 31st in Mathews Lounge.

Plenty of glamour as Rachel and her family and friends partied the night way. Wishing you the very best of everything in the future.

Tea Party for Robyn

A Super hero's Tea Party in aid of Robyn's Life Trust will be held on Sunday 14th April at 2pm in Collon Parish Hall. Lots of fun on the day for children.

Fancy Dress, prizes for best costume on the day. Face painting, Lego, Balloon modelling, cake sale, raffle. Admission is €5 per adult or €10 per family.

Tea, Coffee and yummy treats. Please support this wonderful cause.

Happy 18th Ben

Special congratulations are sent to Ben Quaile who celebrated his 18th birthday last week.

Plenty of celebrating was had for this lovely young man and all your family and friends wish you everything good in life. Ben is a son of Ronnie and Yvonne.

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