Tuesday 17 September 2019

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

Mornington: Fair Play to Navan O'Mahoneys - The management of Navan O'Mahonys juvenile teams (GAA) have banned the use of mobile phones during matches. 

The bulk of team supporters would be mainly parents. Seemingly, the parents spend most of their time with their faces stuck in mobile phones. Now, young John or Josephine could have played a blinder but the parents would be totally unaware of this because they are deeply engrossed with their priceless and beloved children. Oh sorry, I meant to say that they are totally engrossed with their beloved and priceless mobiles.  

Don't kill the Dandelions

Anyone that has a bit of garden (most of which have some of these flowers) should leave some of these plants which are regarded as many as weeds but play a significant part in the well-being of bees. The Dandelion is full of nectar which allows the bees to pollinate other plants such as apple trees, flowers, etc.

The survival of bees is under threat mainly because of the overuse of insecticides, we must give a dig out to the bees. 

The Maybush Tradition

Mayday in years gone by was celebrated by most people by adorning their gatepost with Maybush, often called the furze bush. I carried out my annual survey around Mornington, where there are thousands of dwellings, on May 1st and sadly I only counted three maybushes on show. Congrats to Mary, Maura, and Catherine.

Type 2 Diabetes

Expert dietitian care course for the type 2 diabetes will be starting in St Theresa's building, Hardman's Gardens in Drogheda (beside the Lourdes church) on Friday, May 10th. This is a free course that runs for six weeks. If you are interested in attending please contact Ger Nolan on 041-6850675 for more information. 

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 (€50.00 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.

East Meath Bridge Club

Results for April 23rd club night. N/S: 1st Margaret Smith & Alice O'Neill.

2nd Josephine Cannon & Pamela Crinion. Gross Patsy Stack & Brigid Weir 

E/W: 1st Veronica Branigan & Denise Fanning. 2nd Elma Delaney & Joan Tully

Gross Pat Eakin & Margaret Curran.


Julianstown & District Community AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Julianstown & District Community Association will be held in the Church of Ireland Parish Rooms, Laytown Road, Julianstown Date: 16th May; Time: 8.00 pm.  All members and interested individuals are welcome to attend.  

Cllr Kelly      

Cllr. Tom Kelly is facing another eight weeks convalescing that will hamper his fight to retain his seat on the Council. Tom is Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council and has been a councillor for many years representing the East Meath area. So, you won't see Tom canvassing this time round, but he is still ready and willing to represent local people for another term.

Orchestra Open Day

Julianstown Youth Orchestra are having an Open Day on Saturday 18th May at Coláiste na hInse, Laytown from 10a.m. until 11a.m. Go along and learn about the range of instruments played in the junior and senior orchestras and see what might interest you.

The new term starts in September 2019 and new members can go along and see if they would be interested in joining up.

Meath Co. Co. Anti-Litter League

Congratulations, Julianstown Village has achieved a Gold Medal Award for 2019 and the following housing estates also scored highly; Anney View - 98/99 marks, Ballygarth Manor - 96/97; Castlegrove 97/96; Old Laytown Road - 96/98; Preston Park - 96/997.

Julianstown & District Community Association 

We will shortly be starting a complete revamp of the beds going up the hill in Julianstown and are in the process of drawing up a design. 

This will create a focal point going up through the village and also include additional seating.   We hope that you will support us by either giving a helping hand or making a donation towards the project. 

We want Julianstown to grow into an attractive, safe and sustainable village which will be home to a vibrant, creative and enterprising community, welcoming to all.   


Contact me

Any news or items of interest contact Iris @0864033557 or


Blotto Results 1st May. The numbers drawn were 03-10-11-13-19. No winner. The €10 winners were Martin Branigan; Janet Rooney; Marie & Richie; Darren Heeney; Peter Reilly Jnr; Anne Collins. Jackpot next week €550.

Bellewstown P & P

We start the Tuesday evening competitions on Tuesday 14th May; 6.30p.m. We hope all members will take part. Our membership is now open for Juvenile members, girls and boys aged from 10 years old upwards. Membership forms are available in the clubhouse.

Bellewstown Golf Club

27.04.19 Single Stableford: 1st Mark McGuinness 37pts, 2nd Martin Reynolds 30pts

28.04.19 LMC Monthly Medal: Overall Winner - Mark McGuinness 66

Division 1 winner - Keith Rooney 71; Division 2 winner - Marcus Biddulph 70

Division 3 winner - Eugene Lynch 74; Division 4 winner - Darren Kavanagh 85

Ladies J. Vaughan April Medal: 1st Grace McCullen Net 76, 2nd Mary Kennedy net 79.


Whist Drives

Top Score last week was won by Kathleen Dunican. Top lady was Kathleen Grendon. Top Gent was Gerry Govern. The first half winner was Mary Leonard. The second half winner was Anto Grendon. Whist continues each Monday night in Bennett's.

Clonalvy Revival Committee

There will be a Community 5K walk on Sunday 19th May starting at 11a.m. from Cloghertown soccer pitch, followed by refreshments back in Donnelly's Lounge. Also, a €30 porker classic in Donnelly's Lounge on Thursday 30th May at 9 p.m.

Ardcath Windfall

Numbers drawn were 7-16-30. Names drawn for monthly draw were Jack Clarke and Sarah Gaffney. €200 winner was Deirdre Nally.

Next week's jackpot will be €4,000. St. Vincent's GFC would like to extend their thanks to everyone who helped out it the organisation, set up and running of the very successful Pitch Opening.

These days would not be possible without the support from our players, members and the community.

Fr. Joe from The Late Late Show

Our Parish of Tomorrow, Your Opportunity Your Voice, Parish/School Hall, Curraha. Mon 13th May - Thursday 16th May nightly at 8pm for 1 Hour! Our Moderator: Fr. Joe McDonald

FORMAT: 1 hour consisting of an opening address on topic of that night by Fr Joe followed by open discussion with Q&A. Concluding with a cuppa and chat.Monday 13th May - Family: Is your family included? Who is family? Does the church include/exclude? Loss / Hurt.Tuesday 14th May - Community: What does it mean to you? Are we a working community? Do you feel included? One-for-all or All-for-one?

Wednesday 15th May - Church of the Future: Dead or alive, dying or surviving? Do you want a future church? Do you want the sacraments? Role of women? Laity?

Thursday 16th May - The Way Forward: Looking back, can't see forward. No priests, No Eucharist. No sacraments. Are we a Mission country, Parish Sustainability?

Fr. Joe's view of the current state of the clergy and church is stimulating, controversial and more often inspiring and deeply provocative. We sincerely encourage you to attend and have your say on your parish. Fr. Joe, as seen on the Late Late Show, is author of the book 'Why the Irish Church Deserves to Die'.


Garden Party

A Garden Party will be held next Saturday 11th May at Collon House from 2pm till 5pm. Collon House and Gardens are a hidden gem in the centre of the Village.

The full Lourdes Band from Drogheda will play, including the main band and the youth band. Guests will be able to stroll through the beautiful gardens, enjoy a cuppa and relax enjoy the music.

There will Also be stalls, a cake sale, children's activities and guided tours of the nearby historic Church. Admission is only €15 so make sure you get along for a wonderful, relaxing afternoon.

New Babies

Congrats and best wishes are sent to Tara Dillion and her partner, Kevin Reilly, on the recent birth of their beautiful son, Baby Kai.

Also, congrats to Paul and Maria Murphy on the arrival of their baby daughter, Alannah Rose. Great excitement in the area and wishing everyone the very best for the future.

10k Thanks

Congrats and well done to all our local runners who took part in the Drogheda 10k run last Sunday. It was great to see so many out supporting and cheering on all our locals. Brilliant achievement to all.


Congratulations to all the boys and girls from 6th class in Collon National School who recently made their Confirmation. They all looked wonderful on their special day and credit to all parents and teachers for their support and help in the lead up and on the day.

Collon Bowls Club

The Fr. Felix McGuckin competition came to a conclusion recently in the parochial Hall. All Club members take part in this competition over a number of weeks.

The semi-final pairing of last year's winner Michael O'Neill vs Martin Weldon over 11 ends saw Martin just get over the line in a very close contest. In the other semi-final, featured previous winner on a number of occasions Paul Carry vs Paul Keogh.

Paul Keogh came through to meet Martin Weldon in the final; a new pairing in the Final over 11 ends. In the final Paul Keogh came out on top to lift the Fr. Felix McGuckin Trophy, presented by the Chairman Tom Bannon.

In his victory speech Paul said he was honoured and delighted to receive the trophy.

The evening concluded with tea and cakes.


Sincere sympathy is sent to Warren Whelan and his family on the recent death of his father, Mr. Mick Whelan, Carrickmacross.

We also extend sympathy to the Sullivan Family, Grangegeeth on the recent passing of Mrs. Kathleen Sullivan.

There was sadness, too, at the passing of Alice Gogarty, Moorehall Lodge, Ardee, to whom we extend our sympathy to her family, friends and staff members.

Sincere sympathy is sent to the O'Brien Family on the recent passing of Mrs. Philomena O'Brien, Monknewtown.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Drogheda Independent