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Around the districts: Slane, Duleek, Clogherhead

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


Another reminder to everyone to continue to check on their elderly neighbours and the vulnerable during these uncertain times. Please consider giving them a call and offering help if they need anything especially groceries or medication. Remember to observe social distancing.


The HSE has opened a Community Assessment Hub in Slane at their Health Centre on Chapel Street. The hub will be for patients who have a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19. After an initial phone consultation with a GP, if it's decided a patient needs face to face treatment they will be referred to the assessment hub. Patients can only access these hubs when referred by their GP. Once seen at the hub patients may either be asked to return home, to enter isolation or to attend an acute hospital. The assessment hub is staffed mostly by GPs but is supported by healthcare professionals including nurses and physiotherapists as well as administrative support personnel. The assessment hub is open Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm. This may change or be extended based on demand and in consultation with local GPs.


If you are an older person or a member of a vulnerable group and have been asked to cocoon and stay indoors during the current period of this national emergency and need assistance at this time you can contact Meath County Council on their free-phone number 1800 808 809, Monday to Sunday from 8am to 8pm. The council is working with a range of other state agencies, local groups and sports clubs to provide that assistance. Do you need medication collected? food or other essentials delivered to your home? transport to a health appointment? or do you have other needs at this time? The council can also be contacted by email covidsupport@meathcoco.ie. Remember to keep unexpected callers out. Do not open the door, use the door chain and look for ID. Only use the services of people you know and trust. The latest HSE Covid-19 communication was distributed recently and has some useful information for householders.


In support of those who are cocooning at home, RTE has launched a 15 minute programme to help older people to keep active at home. It is broadcast daily on RTE One at 2.20pm. It helps viewers who are at home, in self-isolation or cocooning and offers tips, especially to older viewers, on how to keep healthy and happy. Fitness 15 will be hosted Monday to Friday at 2.20pm, with Ray Lally, the Today Show fitness expert, and Dáithí Ó Sé.


A number of businesses in Slane are offering a delivery service of essentials to older and vulnerable people in the community including Smyths Service Station who are also delivering for Slane Pharmacy 041 9824555, Mimnaghs 041 9824218, the Post Office 041 9824922. Slane Community Alert can also be contacted on 089 4185035.


The numbers drawn in the Slane GFC weekly blotto were 8, 14, 22, 25. There was no jackpot winner and the €20 winners were Paddy Dunne, Barry Carolan, Francis Smyth, Angela Rooney. The jackpot is now €4325. You can play the blotto through the Clubforce app and in the envelopes every week.


The pandemic hasn't stopped that great Slane cyclist Larry Clarke who has set up a cocoon roller cycle now that lockdown is here. At his house in Slane Larry intends to continue the cycle until the Covid 19 crisis has passed. Funds raised will go to the frontline who are doing tremendous work in very difficult conditions. For more info contact 087-1762903


The public is being alerted to a number of scams that are circulating at the present time and An Garda Síochána are warning people not to give their details, especially bank details, over the phone or through their computer. One scam relates to Covid19 which involves people receiving a text message and recommending self isolation and asking the person to click on a link. This is a scam, delete the text and don't follow the link. For all information on Covid19, follow the Government guidelines on gov.ie or HSE.ie.

An Post have also warned of a scam with fraudsters sending a text message which tells people that they have an item that is being held from them because of an overdue payment. They are again asked to click on a link and by doing so fraudster can steal personal and banking details. An Post will never ask customers to pay advance or additional delivery fees and will never look for bank account details.


Slane GFC adult men's team has volunteered to help those in the community who may need support during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are available and are more than willing to help with collections, delivery of groceries, messages, prescriptions or those who feel isolated and need someone to talk to. If you know anyone or you yourself require assistance they can be contacted through their facebook page or directly through adult team manager Eoin Feeley at 085 2853898. Rathkenny GFC are also offering similar support in their community and they can be contacted through Ross on 087 1527023.


The local Cairde and meals-on-wheels are continuing their work in the area throughout the Covid-19 crisis. The meals-on-wheels service continues, though in a slightly different format. For anyone who feels isolated or in need of help please contact Sean at 087 6783729 or Maria 086 3496888. Social distancing applies.


The Rock Farm in Slane (C15 HF59) has set up an Honesty Box with lots of fresh produce available in it from eggs, mixed salad, spinach, large leaf rocket, rhubarb and chives plants ready for planting. It is being refilled on a daily basis and they can be contacted via social media if people require something in particular.


Meath County Council has rescheduled their temporary closure of the Slane Road, Navan (N51) from its junction with the R162/Flower Hill (Round O Roundabout) to the entrance of St Enda's Villas/St Mary's Park to facilitate the installation of a new trunk watermain by Irish Water. The closure will commence from 9am Monday, May 11th, and is continuous until 8pm Sunday, May 31st. Traffic approaching from the N51 Slane road will be required to divert on to the R163 at the Slane Castle entrance and travel via R16 from Kilberry to Navan. Traffic approaching from the Round O Roundabout will be required to divert via R162 Proudstown Road then travel via R163 fromKilberry to Slane. Diversion and information signage will be in place as will speeding restrictions. Access for residents and property holders will be facilitated throughout the closure period.


Members of Slane GFC are organising a Beard & Shave fundraiser for thestaff in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda. The event will take place on the evening of their first games back following the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully, this will be a sign of some kind of normality back into the country and a show of appreciation for the staff of their local hospital. A gofundme page has been set up where the public can make donations.


A new date has been arranged for 'A Day in the Death of Francis Ledwidge,' written and directed by Richard Ball. It will now take place in Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, on Friday, July 17th at 8pm.Tickets €16/€14 (conc).


The 2020 SOSAD Cycle hosted by Slane Spinners which was due to take place at the end of April has had to be cancelled but the club are hoping to reschedule it for later in the year.


Rathkenny AC have decided to cancel their annual 5k Road Race which was scheduled for Friday, August 21st. However, they hope to be back in 2021 and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Rathkenny again.


Contact Me

If you have any news or items for this column, please contact me on my new e-mail address annfinger@yahoo.co.uk or contact me on 086-3131708. Please have all information to me by 7pm on Thursday evening for the following Tuesdays paper.

St Cianan's Church

St Cianan's Church Duleek continues to remain open during the day, for those who would like to spend a quiet moment.

Head Shave Fundraiser

Tom Maher is enjoying his new look after Cathy shaved his head recently to raise funds for the intensive care unit in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Tom and Cathy were overwhelmed with the response and a whopping €4650 was raised. Thanks to everyone who donated, shared the posts and supported in any other way. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital ICU were delighted with the donation.

Marathon Runner

Massive well done to Duleek fitness fanatic and Marathon Man Chris Dunne, who ran 100 miles around the Commons loop in Duleek over 24 hours. Chris was raising funds for local toddler Rian Murray, who is 20 months old, has Downs Syndrome and is also battling Leukemia. He was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. His diagnosis was heartbreaking for his family and the chemotherapy and other medical procedures are tough on him. A go fund me page has exceeded his parents expectations with almost €20,000 raised in a fortnight. Thanks to everybody who supported it in any way.

St. Vincent De Paul

SVP St Cianan's offer to assist those in our community who are experiencing hardship or difficulties. Contact the helpline on 087-0931068.

Alarms for the Elderly

Make sure to test your alarm to check that the battery is working, press the button and speak to the operator . If you have any problems ring Annette on 086-1050159 or 041-9821598.

Community Assistance

Assistance to those who may need shopping or medication delivered in the community. Duleek/Bellewstown Community Support for Elderly, Call Gillian on 087-7548403.

Alone ((8am to 8pm ) 0818 222 024.

Haven Pharmacy Duleek are happy to deliver prescriptions to their customers contact 9823326.

McNallys Pharmacy 365 offer online prescription ordering and free collection and delivery service contact 9814846.


Contact me

Contact me on 089 200 5305 or email me at delaney.deirdre@gmail.com for all notices to be included in paper. Thank you. The Clogherhead Development Group is online at www.clogherhead.com

Thought for the day.

Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.

Virus Pandemic.

With the continuation of "Isolation" it is a good time to consider what we have and what we haven't. For the most, we still have our health and as long as we do the right thing, keep our distances and not mingle, we should be as safe as it is possible to be. I know it can get very lonely and you feel as if the rooms are getting smaller, but it is only a feeling and when you compare the size of your rooms to the size of an ICU ward you feel glad your'e this side of the virus. Please keep safe.

Help from the Dreadnots.

The Dreadnots Players and committee are there to help you with your shopping and any other things you may need. Simply phone Ann on 087 7757007 and she will take it from there. In these times of keeping your distances it is very important to have the likes of these people out there to give a little help where needed.

The answer is No.

Are there any Masses in Clogherhead and Walshestown Church? Are the Dreadnots playing football? Are you allowed to visit the Lifeboat Station? Can you attend the Bingo, The Ferrard Day Centre, The Toddler Group, Indoor Bowls, Irish Dancing, Modern Dancing, Cubs and Scouts and all other activities in The Community Hall in Clogherhead? The answer to all above is No and this is under the regulations set out by our Government. It is all to do with the Covid 19 and quite rightly so.

These activities will only resume when all is deemed clear to continue.

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.

Get Well Greetings.

A speedy recovery is sent to all Parishioners who are ill, either at home, in hospital, and in the various convalescence and respite homes in the area. Sincere thanks are also extended to those who care for them there.

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