Wednesday 17 July 2019

Around the districts: Slane, Broomfield

Slane: Gold at Bloom - Congratulations to Aileen Muldoon Byrne, Boyne Garden Centre, Slane who scooped a prestigious award at Bloom 2019 recently. Aileen was the 'Best in Show Winner' (Nursery and Floral Pavilion).

The judges singled out Aileen 'for her ability to create an impactful but elegantly restrained horticultural composition worthy of a gold medal at any of the best shows in the world.'

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Tidy Towns draw

The Slane Tidy Towns draw for May was held in Boyles and the winners were: €100 Collette McDonnell, €60 Peter Whelan, €50 Debbie Harding,€40 James Sheridan, €30 Andrina Doggett. The next draw takes place in Lynch's Bar on Friday June 28th. To join the draw contact John at 087 2644603.

The Tidy Towns agm takes place this Tuesday evening, June 11th, in the Village Inn at 8pm. New volunteers are always needed to continue the great work of the small hard working committee who do so much to have the village looking its best throughout the year.

Community Centre Golf Classic

Slane Community Centre held a very successful Golf Classic fundraiser at Ashbourne Golf Club recently and the organising committee would like to thank everyone who took part, sponsored or helped out in any way. The team from Cullen Property Management scooped first prize, with Kelly's Ashbourne in second place and third were Ethos Engineering.

The nearest to the pin was won by Mick English and the longest drive prize went to Stephen Newman.

Bus shelter petition

Slane Tourism in conjunction with Slane Community Forum are looking for all members of the community in Slane and surrounding areas to sign a petition looking for bus shelters in Slane. Call into The Hub and sign today for this much needed amenity.

Forum AGM

The Slane Community Forum agm takes place this Wednesday, June 12th, at 7.30pm, in Slane Credit Union.

Tús scheme

Are you unemployed and would like to avail of 19.5 hours work placement in your local area?

Meath Partnership is currently seeking to expand the number of participants on the Tús Scheme. Tús is a one year community work placement scheme for people who are unemployed for more than 12 months and in receipt of a jobseeker's payment.

Participants receive a top up payment while maintaining all secondary benefits.

Minimum payment is €225.50 per week. You will also receive dedicated one to one career support, CV preparation, interview

skills and accredited training throughout the year. If you are interested please contact Tús Office, Meath Partnership on 046 9280790 Ext 252 for full details.

Slane History EGM

Slane History and Archaeology Society have an Extraordinary General Meeting to review their constitution this Thursday, June 13th, at 8pm in the Slane Youth Cafe.

Other important matters will be discussed and there will also be information regarding the trip to Killua Castle, Clonmellon, later in the month.

Drink Tea for MND

Let's Drink Tea for MND is a great way to gather some friends and raise funds for people living with Motor Neurone Disease. Please join us on Friday, June 21st in the Westcourt Hotel Drogheda from 10.30am - 1-30. Raffle will be held on the day.

GAA Cúl Camps

With the school holidays fast approaching its almost time to register for the Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps 2019 where children aged six to 13 can enjoy a fun action-packed week of GAA games with qualified coaches. The camps are from 10am to 2.30pm each day Monday till Friday, and a number of local clubs are hosting camps over the summer months.

The camp in Drumconrath GAA starts on Monday, July 1st; Duleek-Bellewstown and Rathkenny Monday, July 8th; Seneschalstown Monday, July 15th; St Mary's Donore Monday, July 29th. Register at

Boyne Valley Food Series

The Brabazon Restaurant at Tankardstown House will host their annual Boyne Valley Flavours Food Series event this Thursday June 13th commencing at 7pm.

This year it's 'From Valley to Valley' at Tankardstown House and guests will enjoy a delicious menu based on produce from the Boyne Valley, paired with wines from some of the finest valleys of Europe and beyond.

After recently receiving the award for Best Hotel Restaurant in Leinster at the RAI Restaurant Awards 2019, the Brabazon team are keen to impress diners at their first themed dinner event of the year.

Priced at €65 per person including food and wine, tickets can be purchased by calling 041 9824621 or email

Family Fun Day

Slane Wanderers Soccer Club have a family fun day and club marathon relay at Wheatfield Park, on Sunday, June 23rd. Event starts at 2pm and further details can be had from Dawn on 085 1092112 or Craig 085 8474904.

Meath Food Safari 2019

Starting and finishing in Slane Village on Sunday, June 23rd, the food safari visits four farms in the surrounding area.

On each farm you will meet the farmer and food producer who will tell you about their business and have some lovely local produce to taste.

A bus will be provided for the tour to visit Boyne Valley Farmhouse cheese and see the herd of goats, hear about the cheesemaking process and taste lovely cheese; Slane Cider Mill: hear and see how cider is made and then drink different types; Rock Farm Slane: see this working organic farm with a wide variety of animals and plants, and eat some tasty produce from it; Newgrange Gold: hear all about how rapeseed oil is grown and made and then taste a few flavours; Boyles Pub: finish with a BBQ in the bear garden with food made from the farm visited.

Further information from Michael 086 3844162 or

Midsummer Walk

Plans are well underway for 'A Midsummer Walk for the Homeless 2019' which takes place on Saturday, June 22nd, with the event aimed at generating funds for the Fr Peter McVerry Trust. This is the third year the event has been held and so far it has generated €27,000 for the McVerry Trust.

The full 32km walk starts from the Hill of Tara at 10am and proceeds to Newgrange. There is also a shorter option which includes a scenic stroll along the banks of the Boyne from Navan to Newgrange with some opting to end their walk at Slane.

This 'half walk' option is about 22km and takes about four hours (Navan to Slane is about 2.5 hours). The shorter walk leaves from the Ramparts, Navan at noon.

There are water stations and toilet facilities along the way with refreshments afterwards. The cost of taking part is €50 for the full walk (Tara to Newgrange / Bru Na Boinne) and €30 for the half walk (Navan to Newgrange) For further details see Facebook 'A Midsummer Walk for the Homeless 2019.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, August 11th.

The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Deenihan and the diocesan choir will also be in attendance.


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Sincere sympathy

The sincere sympathy of Broomfield and District Residents Association and the Community of Broomfield and District is extended to the following bereaved families and their extended families: The Loughran Family, on the recent passing of Moyra Loughran RIP, Glassallen, Collon, and the Gillespie Family on the recent passing of John Gillespie RIP, Ballymacan, Collon. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time for you.

Vote of sympathy

At the June Monthly Meeting of Broomfield and District Residents Association on Thursday 6th June, a Vote of Sympathy was passed with all Families from the Community who were bereaved recently.

Best Wishes

The best wishes of the Association and Community is extended to all who are hospitalised or ill at this time. We wish you a speedy recovery.

Social Dance

A Social Dance to the musical strains of Eddie Quinn takes place in Teach Raithneach, Starinagh, Collon on Friday 21st June 2019 from 9 pm till late. Raffle, and Light Refreshments served. Admission €10

Starinagh Art Summer Camp

Art for boys and girls aged 5-12 years. Week 1; 1st -5th July, Week 2; 8th -12th July. Places limited. Creative Art Camp covering lots of aspects of Art/Crafts incl Art History and lots of art projects. Cost €65. Contact Teresa on 086 3212986 or Sharon on 086 860 3427 to book a place. Run by qualified art teachers.

Summer Set Dance Ceilis continue

The usual Summer Sets Ceilis in Mc Hugh's, Drogheda, on Thursday 27th June 2019 and the Fleadh Ceili on Thursday 15th August 2019. Triskell will provide the music for these Ceilis. Contact Gerard on 087 2729154 or Jim on 087 9161903, for Set Dancing details.

Motor Neurone Disease

Let's drink Tea for M.N.D., is a great way to gather some friends and raise funds for people living with Motor Neurone Disease. Please join us on Fri 21st June 2019 in the Westcourt Hotel Drogheda from 10.30 am - 1.30 pm. A Raffle will be held on the day

Guitar Lessons

Beginner Group Guitar lessons starting Friday 2nd August 2019. Ages 8-11. €65 per term (5 weeks). One to one lessons also available. Contact Nicole on 0871674639 or Evan on 0862513640 for more information.

Deja Brew

A New Coffee Shop opened recently in Watters, Collon. Aptly named Deja Brew, it is spacious, while the decor is top class. Situated in what used to be Watters old shop of bygone days, it is ideally suited for refreshments and a chat. Deja Brew can accommodate over twenty people, so is ideally suited for small groups. With plenty of choice on the menu, there is no excuse. So call in to Alan and Lisa and the excellent staff at Deja Brew. Well done to all involved in this initiative. Please support Local Businesses. Go n-eiri an bothar libh.

Walking Group info

Broomfield & District Residents Association Walking Group has resumed evening walks. Contact Josie on 086-4458108 for Walking Group information.

Booking Teach Raithneach

To Book Teach Raithneach, contact Alice on 087-9360018. The Teach Raithneach Eircode is A92 W283

TUS vacancy

A TUS vacancy exist with Broomfield and District Residents Association. The Work Programme involves Care-taking duties in and around Teach Raithneach, as well as the maintenance and up-keep of a number of amenities throughout the District.

If you think you are eligible to participate in this Scheme, then please contact the Gerard on 087 2729154 for more information. Self referral forms are available. These allow you to self-refer to Meath Partnership, the body who have responsibility for implementing the TUS Scheme in this area.


Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery Draw Results. Draw Date: 05/06/2019. Bonus Ball Numbers were: 38, 39 and 07. No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €5,900. This Weeks €20. Winners: Pauline Dunne, Broomfield. Tara & Aoife Dillon, Grangegeeth. May Carpenter, Grangegeeth. Sheila Matthews, Starinagh. Ryan Gossip, c/o Teresa Carpenter. Promoters: Teresa Carpenter, Ellen Dillon, Gerard Weldon & Sheila Matthews. Next Draw Date: 12/06/2019.

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