Wednesday 18 September 2019

Around the districts: Slane, Broomfield, Clogherhead

Slane: Boyne Valley Champs - Congratulations to the Boyne Valley Inn team from Slane who were crowned Navan & District Darts League champions recently.

The team consisting of Gary Faulkner, John Andrews, Ian Kells, Brian Kelly, Curtis Harding, John Lane and Mick Englishby defeated Teach Na Teamhrach 4-1 in the final. The man of the match award went to Ian Kells.

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Safetalk evening

Tullyallen Pharmacy are hosting a Safetalk evening for the communities of Slane and Tullyallen in their Tullyallen premises this Thursday, May 23rd at 6.30pm sharp. This is a three hour workshop about suicide awareness in the community and participants receive a recognised certificate on completion. For more information call instore, phone 041 9837760or check out their facebook page.

Blood Clinic

There will be a blood donation clinic in Teach Raithneach, Starinagh, Collon, this Wednesday, May 22nd, from 4.30 - 8pm. Please donate, you get more than you give.

Knowth Lecture Series 2019

Lectures continue over the next two weeks in the Knowth Lecture Series 2019 at Knowth Farm buildings which is beside the Knowth monument. This Wednesday May 22nd a lecture entitled Passage Tomb People: A Molecular Approach to Monumental Questions by Dr Jessica Smyth takes place. Managing Irish Archaeology: Threats, Challenges and Discovery,

The Work of the National Monuments Service by Michael McDonagh is the final lecture in the series on Wednesday, May 29th. All lectures are at 8pm and admission is free but places and parking is limited. Advance booking only - email

Golf Classic

Slane Community Centre will hold a Golf Classic this Friday, May 24th, at Ashbourne Golf Club. Tee times are available from 12.30 - 5pm and the cost per team of four is €400. This includes snack on the ninth hole and steak dinner in the clubhouse. Prizes for first and second placed teams as well as longest drive and nearest the pin. All funds raised will go towards the building of a community centre and sports hall in Slane. Further information can be had from

Blessing of the Graves

Blessing of the graves in Monknewstown, Dowth and Fennor is on Sunday, May 26th, and on Hill of Slane and St Erc's Cemetery on Sunday, June 2nd.

Coscán play Boyles

Lovers of Trad/Contemporary Folk music are in for a treat when the very popular Coscán play in Boyles of Slane on Friday, May 31st at 8.30pm. The four piece local group comprising of Gerry Doggett, David Nevin, John Shankey and Harry Long are celebrating 20 years on the road and as well as playing all over Ireland they have also performed extensively on the continent. Entry to their gig is free with no ticket required.

Summer Wedding Evening

Tankardstown House are hosting a Summer Wedding Evening on Wednesday, May 29th, from 6 - 8pm. It is a perfect opportunity to see Tankardstown House and gardens beautifully dressed for a summer wedding. Enjoy music, canapes, and bubbly while meandering through the main house and magnificent Orangery. Amble through the beautifully manicured courtyards and gardens, the perfect back drop to an outdoor ceremony or wedding photographs. Chat to the team on the evening who will help guide you through planning the most special day of your life. Tankardstown's Summer Wedding Evening is by invitation only. Email to join the guest list.

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


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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 the Association and Community is extended to the following bereaved families, and their extended families. The Faulkner Family, on the recent passing of Alan Faulkner RIP, Ardee St., Collon, and the Darcy Family on the recent passing of Mary Darcy (nee Nevin) RIP, Kilcarn Court, Navan and formerly Cardrath, Collon. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time for you.

Blood Clinic Diary Date

The next Blood Donation Clinic is in Teach Raithneach, Starinagh, Collon on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 from 4.30 to 8 pm. Previous and New Donors most welcome.

Safe Talk at Tullyallen Pharmacy

A Suicide Awareness Programme takes place in Tullyallen Pharmacy next Thursday 23rd May starting at 6.30 pm sharp. On completion of this 3 hr. Workshop, participants will receive a recognised Certificate. For further information, call to Tullyallen Pharmacy, phone 041- 9837760 or check out the Pharmacy's Facebook page.

Annual Summer Set Dance Ceili

The Annual Summer Set Dance Ceili takes place in Teach Raithneach on Thursday 30th May 2019 from 9 pm to 12 midnight. Music is by Triskell Ceili Band and Fear an Ti, John Mc Evoy will call the sets. You don't have to be a dancer to enjoy this event, you can come along and enjoy the Music and Dancing. The very best of refreshments will be served. This event will be followed by the Summer Ceilis in Mc Hugh's, Drogheda. More information on this later. Contact Gerard on 087 2729154 for details.

CE supervisors strike called off

The Community Employment Scheme Supervisors Strike, scheduled to take place all week, last week, was called off on the previous Friday, mid afternoon. The strike notice was served earlier because a 2008 Labour Court Ruling recommending that an agreed Pension Scheme be introduced for the CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors had not yet come to fruition. This was further committed to in the Lansdowne Road Agreement of 2015 and again in a Dail Vote in 2018 that supported a call for the implementation of a Pension Scheme for CE Supervisors.

Community Groups that avail of the services of Community Employment Scheme Participants and their Supervisors should acquaint themselves with the details of this long running saga. It affects us all. The Labour Court is part and parcel of the States Industrial Relations Machinery, whose rulings should be respected.

The CE Schemes are a God-send to Community Organisations the length and breadth of the country. The CE Supervisors are key players in these Schemes, as indeed are the Participants, and the Community Organisations who facilitate the Schemes. The Supervisors should and must be supported.

Please take the opportunity to let your Public Representatives know your feelings on this issue, as they press the flesh and look for your vote. By supporting the CE Supervisors, you are also striking a blow for Voluntary Community Organisations, as they offer the best value for money that the State currently enjoys.

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: 15/05/2019. Bonus Ball Numbers were: 03, 37 and 32.

No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €5,750.

This Weeks €20 Winners: Paddy Hilliard, Kellystown. Vincent Martin, Grangegeeth. Mason Power, Grangegeeth. Ardee Hospice, c/o Gerard Wedlon. Alan Fedigan, Collon.

Promoters: Vincent Fitzsimons, Gerard Weldon, Vincent Martin, and Breege Drew.

Next Draw Date: 22/05/2019


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Thought for the day

No one ever lost anything by looking for the answers.

First Holy Communion Ceremony

The following are the names of the children from Callystown NS who made their First Holy Communion in St. Michaels Church, Clogherhead. Ceremony was officiated by Rev. Fr. McVeigh PP Clogherhead.

The boys and girls all looked marvellous in their lovely dresses and suits. Congratulations to them, their families and teachers who prepared them very well for their day.

Féile Mae Buckley, Sonny Connolly, Maisey /Burns,  Mikie Farrell, Kitty Burns, Colm Hodgins, Ciara Cunningham, Daniel Hoey, Hannah Jane Devlin McEvoy, Ryan Kirwan, Aya Laeth Edo,      Fionn Magennis, Emily Farrell,  Cealán Mulroy,  Alva Kelly, Niamh Byrne, Lily Kirwan, Saoirse Duncan, Saoirse McClenaghan,  Molly-Rose Farrell, Amy Markey Moran, Lulu McGuigan, Ruth Moore, Ellie-May Matthews, Dika Navikaite,  Lauren Sheedy, Emily O'Connor,  Mollie-Rose Smith, Saoirse O'Reilly, P.J. Collier, Stephanie Scollon, Sienna Wall, Amy Markey Moran,  Lulu McGuigan, Emily Sharkey,  Shaun Corrigan, Nelly Woroniecka,  Sam Dunne, Shea Carolan,  Fionn McLeer, Cole Carroll  Krystian Majczyk, Olly Carroll,  Patrick Reynolds.

Callystown NS Enrolment

Enrolment for the year 2019/2020 in Callystown NS is now taking place. You may contact the school during school hours by telephone 041 98 22873 or call personally. Thank you.

Togher Chaerobics

Sit and Get Fit with Togher Chaerobics classes by Carmel, as heard on LM FM, in Tullydonnell School Hall, every Tuesday at 7.30 pm. Fee per night is €8 or €40 for six classes. For further information contact Carmel ph: 0863282748.

Ronnie Whelan Golf Classic

The above Golf Classic will be taking place in Seapoint Golf Club on Thursday 23rd May, 2019.

A group of well known personalities will be in attendance, namely Jason McAteer, Keith Andrews, Barry Murphy, Brian Ormond, Keith Duffy, plus a number of Mrs. Brown's Boy's cast members and of course Mr. Ronnie Whelan. It is in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation and Fighting Blindness Ireland Last Few Teams Available. 12.30pm Shotgun Start Team of 4- €500 which includes, goody bags, burgers on the course, buffet dinner and amazing prizes. ContactGaryKeating or +353872287541. Last few teams available so don't delay in booking your spot. Good luck for this very worthy cause.

Dreadnots Football

Don't forget "Bingo" continues every Monday night in the Community Hall, Clogherhead starting 8.30p.m. Two jackpots as well as 10 other games to be played.

St. Colmcilles Pastoral Area SVP

If you need assistance or help please phone either of the numbers listed below: 086 0390612 / 041 9835914. Your request will be dealt with in a professional and confidential manner.

Community Hall, Clogherhead

Monday: 4.30-5.30 Campbell Academy of Irish Dance.

Bingo: 8.30.p.m. Tuesday: 1st Of every month: 8 p.m. Clogherhead & Walshestown ICA Guild Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of every month at 8.p.m. Development Group Meeting: Wednesday: 10.30. Am -3.30p.m. Ferrard Day Centre: 5-6.30p.m. Miriam McCarthy School of Irish Dance. Thursday: 9.30 -11.30 a.m. Parent & Toddler Group: 2pm Indoor Bowls. Friday: 3p.m. Danceworx.

To book the Hall for any event, please phone Carainn on 087 2767511 after 7 p.m. thank you.

There are 3 rooms for rent in the hall and also kitchen facilities and any event can be catered for: Business Meetings and Presentations, Arts & Crafts, Weddings, Christenings, Birthdays, Communions, Confirmations and Funeral Receptions.

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