Friday 20 September 2019

Around the districts: Monasterboice, Dunleer, Collon

Monasterboice: Tourism and Tidy Towns - It's been a busy time lately for Monasterboice Tourism & Tidy Towns Group. On the May Bank Holiday there was a community event called 'The Big Hello' in Drumshallon Forge Heritage Centre.

A great afternoon was had by young and old with plenty of tea and treats on the go. There was music with Mick Dunne and friends and some of Naomh Mairtin's Set Dancers showed us how it's done. Maybe it will become an annual event!

Following on from the 'Sponsor A Tree' campaign, the Group invited the community to help disperse 1000 wildflower seed-bombs at the two Pollinator Parks at Priestown and the Pope's Cross at Tullyesker on Saturday 11th May. Both areas are being developed as part of the Groups Biodiversity plan. Thanks to everyone who came to help. We look forward to seeing the wildflowers progress over the coming weeks. A lot of work has been done on these areas over the past few months and are well worth stopping off to see. New information signs and benches have been installed and the personalised name plates done by Kathleen Smyth for the sponsored trees are really quite special.

Judging for the National Tidy Towns Competition starts from 8th June so there is no rest in sight for the dedicated volunteers. If you are from the Tenure, Fieldstown and Monasterboice areas and would like to lend a hand in any way please get in touch on 0830562641 or check out their Facebook page @MonasterboiceTidyTownsGroup or Instagram @MonasterboiceTourism.

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If you have any news relevant to Monasterboice, be it personal, such as weddings, birthdays etc, club or organisation related, please contact me at or on 0862039501

Tour Guides AGM

The Monasterboice Cemetery Tour Guides AGM will happen this evening (21 May) in The Monasterboice Inn at 8pm. New Members very welcome to attend and training will be available. Great way to spend a few hours each week of the summer, when the world comes to visit us.

Clothes Collection

St Patrick's National School in Harestown will be having a clothes collection on Election Day, Friday next May 24th from 7.00a.m. to 10.00p.m. The cynic in me would suggest that politicians have taken the proverbial shirt off our backs, so they may have everything else as well. Seriously, when parishioners come to vote, they can drop off bags of unwanted used clothing and all monies raised will go towards the school funds. What a great idea. Adult and children's clothing, paired shoes, handbags, belts, curtains, bedding and towels will all be accepted.

Monasterboice Parish

Monasterboice Parish is running a bus to Knock on Sunday next the 26th May and there will be various pick up points around the Parish. To book your seat please call any of the following numbers: 087 1357545, 086 3919613 or 087 2882253, ASAP.

This year is the 140th Anniversary of the Apparition and the parish will celebrate with the Armagh Diocese and the Knights of Columbanus. All welcome, bring a friend and share the Good News.

Volunteer Tellers wanted

Monasterboice Credit Union is looking for volunteer tellers to work at it's counter on Friday evenings OR Saturday mornings OR Monday mornings. Full training will be given and this experience will stand one in good stead in any future adventures. Please call into the office for further details.

Fleadh 2019

Building on the huge success of last years Fleadh Cheoil na gEireann in Drogheda, organisers are looking for people willing to rent out rooms to those visiting the Fleadh.

For more information check

Drumshallon Forge

The Drumshallon Forge is located just north of the Piperstown Equestrian Centre, Ballymakenny Road, Grangebellew, Co Louth, A92 DF7X.

Contact us by email: and find us on Facebook.

BOOK CLUB - One Monday evening per month, 8 PM to 10 PM. Fee is €5 per meeting. Contact Lisa on 086 161 4465 for next meeting.

ARTY CRAFTY EVENINGS - Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 PM. €5 per session. Non-Tutored. Contact Jacinta on 087 758 9282

CREATIVE WRITING - Every Thursday morning 10 AM to 12 Noon. This group provides an opportunity for both prose and poetry writers, of all levels of experience, to have their work reviewed and critiqued by others. Fee of €5. Contact Lisa on 086 161 4465.

SINGING FOR PLEASURE - Every Thursday evening from 7.30 PM to 9.00 PM. €5 per session.

Special events

Seisiúin Clainne - Traditional Irish Music Sessions for Families. Drumshallon Forge Heritage Centre in association with Louth County Council will be hosting a series of monthly music sessions with leading Traditional Irish musicians. It is free to the public and will take place on Sundays between 2 to 4 PM on the following dates: June 09th, July 14th, August 04th, Sept 08th, Oct 13th. For more information contact Mick Dunne on 087 284 1246.

Naomh Mairtin County men

Well done to all the Mairtins clubmen who have represented the county over last few days, at minor Tom Gray and Jack Lynch and at senior Sam Mulroy, Craig Lynch, John Clutterbuck and Eoghan Callaghan.

Must say the latter quartet have a date to remember on Saturday week when they can be the collective Seamus Darbys and derail The Metropolitans' "5 in a row" aspirations.

Playing this Dubs team is an occasion in itself, everything else, and you are in pure bonus territory. Personally, although I've been lucky to have a few subsequent successes in my footballing days, one of my dearest footballing memories is beating Dublin in Croke Park in the U14 Leinster Championship in 1972. After the game, the late great Bro Joe Hannon, re-routed the bus down O'Connell Street and pointed out the thousands and thousands of people trodding the street. He exclaimed that "these are the people you are after being victorious over".

On our way back, as we meandered up Shop Street and West St (only the Germans had motorways then) he again signalled to the much, much less numbers of people on the pavements and told us that "these are the people you are after winning for". We were young, but it was a powerful point and it stuck with me to this day. These hugely populated counties are beatable and can only put the regulation 15 on the pitch at any one time.

So, lads, give it a good lash on Saturday evening. Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.

N. Mairtin Lotto results

Results from 15.05.19; no's: 10,12,13,29, Jackpot not won. €17,000 this week. Match 3 Numbers €150 Shared by Eleanor McEleareney.

Mullary Cemetery Lotto

Saturday May 11th. Winning no was 15.Winners were: Marie Boylan and Rita Glass, Dunleer


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Picnic time

St. Finians National School, Dillonstown PA 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. €10 per car or €5 per adult and accompanied children go free. All Welcome.

Lannleire Pavilion

Slimming World Every Wednesday at 5.30 and 7.30pm Call Margaret for more details: 0861715206

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: 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


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.


Mattock Lotto

Numbers drawn 09-11-20-26. Jackpot not Won. There were four Match 3 winners; Michelle Englishby, Martin Brennan, Martin Wasylocha and Seamus Maguire.

Next Jackpot will be our highest ever at €14,700. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No Three Old Bar and Restaurant You can play our lotto online at

Our local choir bound for Lourdes

Our fantastic choir from the Church of Mary Immaculate were honoured to be asked to represent the Diocesan of Armagh in Lourdes.

They will sing at various masses throughout their five days there.

We wish them well and look forward to their return and their wonderful singing at Mass.

The Late Mrs. May Ward

On Sunday May 5th, the oldest woman in Collon was called home to Heaven.

May Ward, who was in her 101st year, passed away in the Lourdes Hospital.

May was born May Fleming on July 28tth 1918 and lived on the Lower Street, Collon. She was the eldest of 4 girls, Peggy and Lily (R.I.P) and Kitty (Belfast)

She married the handsome Paddy Ward from Mornington on March 28th 1951 when they moved to Main Street, Collon. That same year in November 1951 the electricity came to Collon. The couple had three children Marian (Emo), Patricia (Drogheda) and Mick (San Diego). May's connections with Collon were the families Reids, Flemings, Corballys Raffertys and Farrellys.

May was a true lady; she was kind and warm, and had a lovely gentle way about her. She was the official Historian of Collon, and had an incredible memory to the end. She loved Collon, she loved Christmas mornings especially the wonderful gatherings in her home where a warm welcome always awaited you.

She loved Mattock Rangers and was a great supporter. She loved the Parish and the people of Collon (maybe some not so much!) regardless of age or station in Life.

May is gone to join her beloved Paddy where many stories will be exchange and she will be welcomed by open arms.

Our wee village has lost a legend but we were very lucky to have had May in our company and to have been part of our wonderful community. Thank you May, may your gentle soul rest in peace.

Sincere sympathy is sent Marian, Patricia, Mick, son in law Jim, daughter in law Cathy, grandchildren Andrew, Sean, Aisling and Paddy Og, Great grandchild Liam and grand-daughter in law Leanne, sister Kitty and all extended family members.

Community Market

Collon community market is on Sunday the 2nd June 12- until 4p.m. Please come along and help support some of our local traders. Enjoy home-made cakes, doughnuts, cheese and crafts. We really need the support to keep the market going and the community hall open.  If you would like a stand on the day contact 0894368974. We aim to support all small business in the area. 

First Holy Communion

Congratulations are sent to all the boys and girls who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 11th May in the Church of Mary Immaculate. A huge thanks to all the teachers involved and the parents for their guidance and support for this special day.


Love was very much in the air recently when the ever-romantic Ryan Lenaghan proposed to the beautiful Caitriona Burke. Congratulations on your engagement and wishing you both the very best for the future.

Drogheda Independent