Wednesday 23 October 2019

Around the districts: Slane, Duleek, Clogherhead

Slane. Contact me. Contact Sean on 087-6783729 or email if you have an item for this column.

Tidy towns draw

The Slane Tidy Towns draw for March was held in the Village Inn and the winners were - €100 Darren Flood, €60 Brendan Mackle, €50 Brendan Reid, €40 Mackelle Duffy, €30 Emily Flynn. The next draw takes place in the Boyne Valley Inn. To join the draw contact John at 087 2644603.

Golf classic

Slane Community Centre will hold a golf classic on 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

Diabetes prevention

Do you want to improve your health and decrease the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes? A free education programme aimed at people with increased risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, overweight or family history will take place in the Navan Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan, on Monday May 13th and May 20th, from 10am to 1pm. Those interested in attending please contact Mary McNally on 046 9420804 or email for further information.

Walking group

Broomfield & District Residents Association Walk Group resume their Tuesday evening walks on April 16th, from Teach Raithneach, Collon. Sunday walks (noon to 1pm) continue at Littlewood, Slane, Oldbridge and Monks of Collon on alternate weeks. All welcome, further details from Josie at 086 4458108.

Chrism mass

A bus will go from Slane to the Chrism Mass in Mullingar on Wednesday, April 17th, leaving the church carpark at 5pm. To book a place contact Teresa on 087 6970421.

Rory Smith memorial run

A motorbike social run in memory of the late Rory Smith takes place on Easter Sunday, starting and finishing from the Boyne Valley Inn. All money collected will be donated to the NICU in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital which cares for premature babies in intensive care as well as a worthy local cause.

Sign up from 11am and leaving at noon. Tea and coffee will be provided before the start and soup and sandwiches afterwards. Further details from Greg on 0876914711. Rory Smith was killed in a motorbike accident three years ago while taking part in a charity poker run to raise money for SOSAD.

Slane Castle 5K

Online registration is now open for the 5th Slane Castle 5km trail run/walk which takes place on Sunday, May 12, (10am) in the majestic grounds of Slane Castle. You can register €15 for adults online, €20 on the day and €5 for under-16s on the day. All proceeds are in aid of St Patrick's National School, Slane.

This event is a great morning out for the whole family. The 5k route takes you around the castle grounds, along the river and through the forest with the castle as a backdrop. There will be medals for all who take part, t-shirts for under 16's and for the first 200 adults on the day. The refreshments and home baked goods at the finish line are worth the trip alone! This year the organisers hope to have a surprise in store, so keep an eye out for updates over the coming weeks.

Ladies golf lessons

Would you like to try out golf for a few weeks? Seapoint Golf Club are organising four lessons and a few scrambles starting in May. All beginner ladies welcome. Further details from 087 9343502.

Slane Spinners

Registration for Slane Spinners 11th annual cycle run in aid of SOSAD is now open at and it takes place on Saturday, May 11th, starting and finishing at Stackallen Tennis and Pitch and Putt Club where there is ample facilities for parking cars etc.

There are three different routes, 105km, 100km or the 50km fun run. You can also sign up on the day from 8am with the cycle commencing at 9.30am sharp.

Sign on fee is €20 for Cycling Ireland members, €25 for non members. The longer distances will take in some lovely scenery along the coast at Clogherhead and Annagassan before heading for Drumconrath. Close to 300 cyclists took part in last years event.

Hothouse Flowers

The Conyngham Arms Hotel will host the brilliant Hothouse Flowers in concert on Easter Sunday night, April 21st. The world renowned rock group that combines traditional Irish music with influences from soul, gospel and rock performed recently at the Temple Bar Tradfest and have a number of other concerts coming up. Tickets are now available from reception at the Conyngham Arms at 041 9884444.

Dates for the diary

Confirmation this year in Slane will take place on Wednesday, May 8th. First Communion is on Saturday, May 18th. 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.

Rathkenny revels

Rathkenny Revels are back again for an incredible 55th year. The 2019 shows are on April 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th at 8pm with a 3pm matinee on Sunday, April 14th in Rathkenny Hall. For bookings please phone (after 6pm only) 046 9024176 or 087 7370930.

Mary Duff in concert

Country music star Mary Duff and guests will perform in the Church of the Holy Cross, Lobinstown on Easter Monday, April 22nd, at 8pm. Guests include Eugene Ginty, as well as Mary's dad, Tom Duff, and her niece Emma Duff.

The concert is a fundraiser for Syddan GFC. Tickets are on sale from Lobinstown Post Office, Donoghue's Woodtown, Callaghan's Butcher's Ardee, The Lobinstown Inn as well as Syddan GFC committee members.


An Taisce

Duleek Development Association in conjunction with Duleek Heritage Group will see the unveiling of the Ellison Plaque awarded by An Taisce to Duleek Courthouse, on Saturday 13th April at 3.00.

Daffodil Day 2019

A huge thank you to Seamus in Londis and Irene in Eurospar for allowing us to collect at their premises on Daffodil Day.To all the Ladies and Gents who collected on the day,also Duleek Boys School who sold daffodils and goodies on the day and raised €230 and all of you who gave on the day and helped a total of €3,567.77. Many thanks for all your help from Marie and Janet.Hope to see you all again next year.

Duleek "Walk & Talk"

Will continue with walks on Saturday mornings at 10.00am meeting at the Village Green . All welcome.

Duleek Women's Forum

Are running a trip to Malahide Castle on Tuesday 16th April, leaving the Village Green at 10.30am, enquiries to Ann on 9823415.

Duleek Drug Free Town and Feel Good Project

Tuesday 9th April "You;re Worth It" The Confidence Clinic

Tuesday 16th April "I am Positive Mindset" with Nicola, it's ok to believe in yourself.

All talks are free and held at 7.30pm in Duleek Courthouse.

Free Trauma counselling service also provided every Tuesday evening, Accredited Counsellor (NAPCP) for appointment call 089-4008685.

First Responder

Duleek Cardiac First Response GroupEaster Raffle will take place on Thursday 18th April (Holy Thursday). Tickets cost €2 each or a book of 6 tickets for €10 and are now on sale from all our responders & in the following shops in Duleek - The Village Barber, Haven Pharmacy & XtraClean Dry Cleaners.

Annual fundraiser table quiz will also take place on Thursday 18th April (Holy Thursday) in the Carranstown Lodge Duleek at 9pm sharp. Teams of 4 cost €20.

Oliver Musical

Duleek Girls School are performing the musical "Oliver" on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April at 7.00pm in the Girls School.

Tickets on sale now through school website or by contacting the school office on 9823632.


Irish Cement Platin are holding an information evening on the 2019 Electrical and Mechanical Apprenticeship Schemes on Tuesday 9th April from 6.00pm to 7.30pm in Duleek Courthouse.

Table Quiz

A table quiz will take place in the Thatch Pub Drogheda on Friday 12th April at 8.30pm .Proceeds in aid of 22nd Meath Scout Group . Table of 4 costs €40.

St. Cianan's Church Duleek

Friday 10th May at 11.00am Confirmation.

Saturday 11th May at 11.00am First Holy Communion .

Duleek Boys and Girls Schools.

Saturday 25th May at 11.00am First Holy Communion .

Cushionstown and Mt. Hanover Schools

AFC Lotto Results

28/03/19 Numbers 18-21-25-29 no winner - 6x €20 winners P.Seery ; F.Coleman; E.Kavanagh; A.Richardson; Dipso; Barry Kavanagh next week's jackpot €8,000


Contact me

Contact me on 089 200 5305 or email me at for all notices to be included in paper. Thank you.

Development Group Lotto

Results from 5th March. No's were: 2/8/17/18. No Winner. €50 winners were: Bronagh McCormack c/o Blanaith Donnelly and Terry & Padraig Rath c/o Terry Rath. Results from 12th March. No's were: 3/11/15/20. No winner. €50 winners were: Teresa Smith c/o Deirdre Delaney and Mary Walsh c/o Breeda Marley. Jackpot next week €9250, yours to win or share for only €2. Congratulations to all the winners.

Annual Beach Clean-up

On Saturday next 13th April, the Annual Beach Clean-up will be taking place on Clogherhead Beach beside the Lifeboat Station. You are invited to join the gang at 10.30 a.m. Pickers and bags will be provided, but if you have your own please bring them along.

Hope to see you all there.

Yoga with Gra

Another new class in the Community Hall, Clogherhead is Yoga with Gra. These classes are on Wednesday 9.30 - 10.30 a.m. and Saturday 10 - 11 a.m. are becoming very popular with the ladies and gentlemen are welcomed as well. Text Grainne O'Kane on 086 8290835 to book these classes which are "Gentle Flow Hatha Yoga"!

Confirmation Day in Clogherhead

Congratulations to the following children who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Michael's Church, Clogherhead Sunday last 7th April.

The Celebrant was Dean Kevin Donaghy PP, VG

St Denis', Callystown NS

Alex Aspell, Ryan Bartley, Erminas Bastys, Luke Bradley, Eva Brazenaite, Anabel Burke, Ryan Butterly, Niamh Bonnar , Anna Rose Caffrey, Daniel Collier, Cara Collier, Michelle Collier, Calum Connolly Coyle, Caelian Farina, Alana Farrell, Donnacha Hodgins, Alli           Hughes, Sally Kiernan, Kori-Lee Logue, Katarzyna Lorenc, Troy Kelly Moran, Abbie McCullough Jack Mc Evoy, Anthony McKenna, Dane Matthews, Oisín Moore, Calum Mulroy, Finn O'Heochaidh, Katie Reilly, Katie Smith, Patrick Rothwell, Heidi Tallon.                       

St. Paul's, Walshestown NS

Caragh Cooney, Evan Fox, Colm Hackett,  Moya Healy, Senan Judge, Maya McCabe,Ryan Mc Donnell, Emma McGrane, Joshua McGrane, Megan Mc Grane, Ellen Moore, Conor Murphy, Maeve Rea, Holly Winters.

It is hoped you all had a great day as you all deserve it.

Congratulations also to all the teachers and your families who helped prepare you for Confirmation.

Drogheda Independent