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Around the districts: Slane, Broomfield

Slane: Dates for the diary - Confirmation for Slane parish takes place in St Patrick's Church on Friday, February 28th, at 3pm.

First Communion takes place on Saturday, May 23rd at 11am. The Blessing of the Graves in Monknewtown, Dowth and Fennor will take place on Sunday, May 31st. Blessing of the Graves on the Hill of Slane and St Erc's Cemetery is on Sunday, June 7th.

Contact me

Contact Sean on 087-6783729 or email swall32@gmail.com if you have an item for this column.

Athletics AGM

Rathkenny Athletic Club hold their agm in the Sally lounge this Friday, February 7th, at 7.30pm. All existing and new members welcome to attend.

Stargazing at Knowth

How would you like to stargaze at a Megalithic Monument? Here is your chance! Enjoy the night sky at Knowth from 8pm to 10pm this Wednesday, February 5th and stargazing if the skies are clear and a talk on astronomy if the conditions are cloudy.

Please note that places are strictly limited and book up very quickly. Make sure to reserve by emailing Brú na Bóinne at brunapoinne@opw.ie Wear sensible shoes and dress warmly, bring a torch to find you way to the site. Over 12's only, assist dogs only.

CE vacancy

Slane GFC have a Community Employment vacancy for a grounds person at the club. Tasks include grass cutting and general upkeep of grounds.

Eligibility to participate on community employment scheme is generally linked to those who are 21 years of age or over and in receipt of a payment from DEASP for a minimum of one year. Further details from Janet or Frank in Duleek Development Association on 041 9880269.

Operation Transformation

In association with Operation Transformation Slane GFC have their lights on every Tuesday and Thursday night for those interesting in getting the new year off to an active and healthy start. Everyone is invited to avail for the new walking track (1km circuit) around the playing pitch at Rossin. It is an opportunity for you, your family and friends to come and walk in a safe environment, starting at 7pm each night.

Charity Tractor Run

The Sean Loughran Charity Tractor Run takes place on Sunday, February 16th at noon from Teach Raithneach, Starinagh. Registration is at 11am with vehicle entry €20 and proceeds in aid of coronary care unit, Drogheda. Further details from 086 3874318, or 087 9580993.

Staff wanted

Tayto Park is currently recruiting seasonal staff. Do you want to work in a fun, interesting and rewarding environment? the seasonal vacancies include plenty of exciting opportunities within the admissions, food & beverages, theme park attractions and retail teams. Applicants should be fun, outgoing and dynamic people and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 19th.

Rossin Rovers

A meeting for parents of children on underage Rossin Rovers teams takes place on Wednesday, February 5th, in Monknewtown Hall at 7pm. All existing members and new members are invited to discuss the upcoming season.

Rossin are planning to field a team in the Over-35 League this season and are looking for former players or people who are new to the area to play. If you are recently retired from the game or have been out a little longer and are interested in getting fitter this could be for you. The emphasis will be on fun, getting fit and active.

Smart nutrition classes

Now is the time to get started on your fitness journey for 20202 with classes every Monday morning, Tuesday and Thursday in Rathkenny Community Hall. Monday HIIT Circuit at 6.15am, Tuesday Zumba at 7.45pm, Pilates at 8.15pm, Thursday Zumba at 7pm, Pilates at 7.45pm, HIIT at 8.30pm. Contact Grainne to book a place.

New players wanted

Slane Wanderers Soccer Club are looking for new players for their under-16 team for the coming season which starts in March. Those born in 2004 are eligible. Those interested can private message Slane Wanderers facebook page or contact Graham at 085 1128964.

Ledwidge performance

A Day in the Death of Francis Ledwidge, written and directed by Richard Ball, is on in Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, on Thursday March 26 at 8pm.

Francis Ledwidge, soldier and poet, bridges a century and more, to speak to us in his own words of his two great loves; the local landscape of Slane and Ellie Vaughey.

Blown to pieces in 1917, his unique voice remains suspended forever in time, in its first flowering. He was only 29 and destined, in the opinion of Lord Dunsany, to be the poet of the age. In his mid twenties he took to dressing like a poet; white poplin shirt, a flowing black silk bow, rimless glasses, and he grew his hair long. But he was no dandy, defending the honour of Slane's Gaelic football team with his fists, on the streets of Navan.

He was a good soldier, and dressed like one, wearing his uniform with the same meticulous attention to detail. Watch and listen as he unravels his past and tries to imagine a future that will never be, as he stands on the cusp of eternity.

You will never get closer to Francis Ledwidge. Tickets €16/€14 (conc).

Turbo training

Slane Spinners Cycling Club have turbo training at Slane GFC clubhouse every Thursday at 8pm over the winter months and it will continue until March. Everyone welcome, the club have some spare turbo trainers if you don't have one. Contact Barry 087 1123103 for further details.

Sunday musical soiree

Tankardstown House host an afternoon concert of Italian Opera on Sunday, February 9th, in The Orangery. International Soprano La Millia Mere and renowned pianist Seho Dragon will perform.

Prosecco welcome at 3pm with concert commencing at 3.30pm. Tickets €30 available at Tankardstown, 041 9824621 or info@tankardstown.ie

Rathkenny Revels

Rathkenny Revels are back rehearsing for their 2020 shows. The dates for their 2020 shows are: Tuesday March 31st at 8pm, Thursday April 2nd at 8pm, Friday April 3rd at 8pm, Saturday April 4th at 8pm, Sunday April 5th at 3pm and 8pm.

Yoga classes

The Ananda Centre Slane has a number of upcoming classes. Relax & Renew Restorative with Brenda is this Saturday, February 8th at 10am in Phillipstown; Gentle Yoga Class (Evelyn) is on Tuesday, February 11th at 6.30pm - 7.45pm in Slane; Yoga to your Heart's Desire (Brenda) is on Friday, February 14th at 7pm in Slane; Mantra Yoga (Evelyn) is on Sunday, February 16th at 10.30am Slane.


Contact me

Contact Gerard on 087/2729154 or E-mail: starinaghgerard1@gmail.com if you have an item for this Column, the deadline for which is 12 noon on Friday. Thanks for your co-operation as always.

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.

Sincere sympathy

The sincere sympathy of Broomfield and District Residents Association and the Community of Broomfield & District is extended to the family, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends, and all those who were bereaved by the passing of Seamus Finnegan, RIP, Oriel Road, Collon recently.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis!

Art classes - Spring Term

Monday morning classes start back on 10th February, while the Tuesday evening classes start back on 4th February. Contact Niamh on 087 8173073.

St Valentine's Social Dance

Come and enjoy a romantic Social Dance on St. Valentines Night, 14th February in Teach Raithneach from 9 pm 'til late. Dance the night away to the musical strains of Patrice. Light supper served. Admission €10. Raffle.

Anti-Litter Initiative 2020

Meath Co. Council's Anti-Litter Initiative takes place this year from 2nd to 27th March. There will be 2 Rounds of Judging over this 4 week period. Points will be deducted for the presence of Litter, and there will be a score for general appearance. Grants will be awarded to participating groups as follows: 96 to 100 marks, €150 plus Gold Medal status, while 91 to 95 marks gains €100 plus Silver Medal status.

Broomfield and District has a proud record to defend in the Anti-Litter Initiative, taking the Gold Medal on almost every occasion since its inception.

A major effort is required to achieve this standard, please play your part to help take Gold again in 2020.

The ultimate aim is to get every road involved and entered. We will be in touch!

Meath Co. Council initiatives

Details of Meath Co. Council's Grant Schemes 2020 have been announced, and is now open for applications, with a closing date Friday 6th March, 2020. The range of grant categories available under the Community Grant Scheme 2020 are: Residents Association, Tidy Towns, Equality and Social Inclusion, Recreation and Sport, Festivals & Events, Burial Ground, and the Ashbourne 2020 Commemorative Grant.

The Community Amenity Project Scheme is a new Grant Scheme which provides financial assistance for capital projects such as the development of sporting, recreational, environmental, amenity, heritage and cultural facilities. Scheme details, criteria, and application forms are available on Meath Co. Council's website. Details also in local papers.

Ignite Rural Youth Training And Progression Initiative

Meath Partnership together with FRS Training are running a 15-week Training & Employment programme for 16-25 year olds which is fully funded by LEADER.

During this programme participants will get: Progression in personal development, jobs & training; Certified training; Guaranteed interview with employers; Assisted work placements; Insights from industry experts; Insights to work environments; Career coaching & mentoring; Free transport to & from training locations; Breakfast or lunch on training days. Training Provided: Hospitality; Artisan Food/Culinary; Welding; Technology; Agricultural; Equine; Social Enterprise; Youth Enterprise.

All courses are designed to provide Employability Skills through certified in-house training and work shops. For further information contact Samantha in FRS Training on 086-7802672 or email: ignite@frstraining.com

National Tree Week 2020

International Day of Forests occurs on Saturday 21st March this year. To correspond with this, the Tree Council of Ireland has decided to change the dates for National Tree Week 2020, which will now take place from Saturday 21st to Friday 27th March inclusive. Please note, the dates on the Broomfield and District Residents Association Calendar being distributed at present has the original, earlier dates for Tree Week. Please make a change of date.


To Book Teach Raithneach, contact Alice on 087-9360018

The Teach Raithneach Eircode is A92 W283

TUS vacancy

A TUS vacancy still exist with Broomfield and District Residents Association. Contact Gerard on 087 2729154 for details.


Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery Draw Results. Draw Date: 29/01/2020 . Bonus Ball Numbers were: 16, 43 and 45. No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €7,600.

This Weeks €20 Winners: Paddy & Clare, Kellystown. Grainne Weldon, Starinagh. Sheila Rafferty, Rathbran. P. O'Brien, Tullyesker. Cian Brady, Dublin.

Promoters: Vincent Fitzsimons, Gerard Weldon, Mary Rafferty, Teresa Carpenter and Eileen Traynor. Next Draw Date: 05/02/2020

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