Sunday 15 September 2019

Around the districts: Monasterboice, Mornington

Monasterboice: Monasterboice Twinning Association - A group of people from Letham in Scotland will visit Monasterboice from Wednesday August 14th to Saturday August 17th.

Monasterboice officially twinned with the village of Letham in 2000 following the discovery of a important historical link dating back to the 5th century. Many visits have taken place over the years and many great friendships have developed.

The Scottish group will visit several local places of interest and of course sample the magic of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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Monasterboice Tourism & Tidy Towns

The above held their annual evening of Heritage, Poetry, Music and Song on Friday evening, the 2nd of August. This, now annual event has become very popular and well received in Monasterboice. It's an event for families, music lovers and anyone with an interest in local history as it celebrates the music, poetry, history and traditions of Louth and Ireland's Ancient East.

This year, the evening commenced at 7pm with a very interesting talk at Mullary Cemetery led by Seán Byrne. Seán has great knowledge of the history and stories of the area and he imparted this to his audience with great aplomb. It must also be recognised that the Cemetery Committee at Mullary do fantastic work and the preservation of the church is a credit to all involved.

The evening continued at 8.15pm with an enjoyable nights' entertainment at Drumshallon Forge Heritage Centre. There was a huge variety of talent on display from poetry readings and recitations to storytelling, traditional Irish music, singing and dancing. These were all performed by local musicians, singers and dancers. Without a doubt, there are no shortage of very talented entertainers living amongst us in Monasterboice! This year again, we had some Sean Nós dancing which was a new addition to the event in 2018. To add to the entertainment, there were plenty of opportunities for audience participation and light refreshments were served with a raffle to finish off an evening full of fun and enjoyment.

A big thanks and well done must go out to Maria Callery for organizing the event and to Louth County Council for their support. Roll on next year!

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

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.

CREATIVE WRITING - NEW CLASS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER, Monday evenings 8 to 10 PM. This class will meet the FIRST and THIRD Mondays only of every month and provide an opportunity for writers of both poetry and prose to share their work with others for review and critique. Fee is €5. Contact Lisa on 086 161 4465

4-WEEK BLOCK OF YOGA - Saturdays 10 to 11 AM, August 10th to 31st, 2019. €40 for the 4-week session or €12 per session. Contact Miriam Gaynor on 086 156 5988 for more information


N.Mairtin Lotto results 07.08.19 no: 05,12,18,27, Jackpot not won. €9,200 next week. Match 3 Numbers €150 Shared by Viv Flanagan, Larry Durrigan, Paula & Jane Mulroy, Antoinne Maher, & Joanne O'Dowd.

Mullary Cemetery lotto

Saturday August 3rd. Winning no was 34. Winner was Mary McGuire.

Hi to Peggy from The Fleadh in Ireland

Just a personal note to a dear friend and relation of ours in Pittsburgh, USA. Basically, Peggy Holdcroft has being coming over to Ireland since the 90's, formally with her late husband. Bob (a second cousin to my dad Ben), and latterly with her family and friends. She has being directly responsible for encouraging (scrub that and add "coercing") hundreds of Americans to our shores in general and this area in particular. Although she's only third generation Irish, she, like St. Patrick has "become more Irish than the Irish themselves" .... and "encouraged" numerous of her compatriots to follow suit.

Peggy has not only sampled Ireland, she and Bob emerged themselves in it.

She loves Monasterboice Monuments, the ceilis, the scenery, the ceilis, the people, the ceilis.

And because of her love of Irish music, ceol and stories it's rather poignant, due to a few health reversals, that she won't be able to make the trip across the pond for The Fleadh in Drogheda. Due to similar reasons, she missed last year's affair and it was her heart's desire to come to the banks of the Boyne this year.

I've promised to send Peggy all news and literature from The Fleagh and I know that all in Drogheda gives her a huge 'Hello" and, please God hope to see her in the very near future.

Tellers wanted for Credit Union

Monasterboice Credit Union are looking for Tellers for their Friday/Saturday and Monday rosters. If you're over 16 years, a member and would like to get involved, please contact the Credit Union. Training will be provided.

Albion Registration

Albion Rovers is offering Half Season Registration for new players joining now, more information is available from or

Mairtins welcome visitors

Recently Naomh Máirtín GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee welcomed a Group from Belseskin Reception Centre in Finglas plus Carroll Village Dundalk & introduced our visitors to GAA Games & Culture whilst also commemorating the official launch of our GAA Club Manifesto sign to be erected on our Club building.

As well as enjoying GAA coaching & mini games, we are also grateful to our members' generous donations of Jerseys & Football Boots for the Group from Belseskin Centre & Carroll Village as well as the New half zips provided by Mark Kirwan of Clear Cut Marketing from their range of Club Leisure-ware.

The visiting group are new residents to Ireland currently seeking asylum & staying in Carroll Village (Dundalk) and Balseskin Reception Centre (Finglas).

Our guests were so appreciative of the experience of GAA games & being welcomed into Naomh Mairtin Club to experience our games 1st hand themselves and also for the kind donation of the football boots and jerseys from our Club members & supporters.


Knock Pilgrimage

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 11th August 2019 Cost €40 including Bus Fare, Tea & Scone going and Dinner coming back in Longford Arms Hotel Bus will depart Mornington Church at 8a.m. Only 4 seats remaining.

Diary Dates

 Saturday 31st August: 30th Anniversary of Mornington Church.

Monday 9th - Saturday 14th September: Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

30th Anniversary of Mornington Church

Mornington Church was Blessed and opened on 27th August 1989 by Bishop Michael Smith. To mark the 30th anniversary of the new church a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael Smith on Saturday the 31st of Aug at 6 pm. 

You are asked to make a special note of this and join the parish in the celebrations.

The Mass will be followed by a Parish Social Evening in the Glenside Hotel. Buffet reception at 7.30pm. Tickets €15 will be available in July. A meeting will be held to make preparations on Wednesday, June 12th (tomorrow) at 8 pm in the parish rooms.

Bus Shelters

Meath Co - Council have decided to erect some bus shelters in East Meath 

(Laytown and Bettystown) their target is to have the job done by early Oct. The locations for the new bus shelters are Inse Bay in Laytown which are badly needed.

They are also erecting two bus shelters at Tesco Bettystown on both sides of the Eastham Road, near Eastham village. There is another that is badly needed and that is opposite the Ozanam home in Mornington in Mornington were many elderly people get on the bus stop. They are soaking wet with the torrential rain that comes from the east, south, and west. After all. The fact that the council will be in the area it's a great opportunity to erect the Ozanam home shelter.

Dogs on the Beach

"Dog-gone" as the cowboys of yore used to say if something went wrong. 

Nowadays dogs are not gone and won't be if the Meath Co Council take heed of  some people who are quite vexed, to a certain degree if dogs are not leash free.

A writer in a local magazine mentioned that they loved the beach and also there is nowhere else that they know of that they could walk their dogs off the lead. Is that not a warning? The writer also mentioned that for every one hundred dogs that do behave one dog can spoil it for everyone else. One dog is one too many. P.S, Joe Duffy on Liveline on RTE, spoke about dogs off leashes are a serious problem. Many people phoned in and described their horrendous experiences of ending up in hospital and small dogs savaged to death. If one could get a copy of that phone-in show it would be a real eye-opener.

Bottom line. No dog can be trusted.

Drogheda Independent