Tuesday 17 September 2019

Around the districts: Slane, Dunleer, Clogherhead

Slane: Knowth Lecture Series 2019 - A number of lectures are taking place over the next number of weeks in the Knowth Lecture Series 2019 at Knowth Farm buildings, which is beside the Knowth monument.

'The Rediscovery of a Passage Tomb Cemetery at Dowth Hall' by Dr Clíodhna Ní Lionáin is on Wednesday, May 15th. Then on 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

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 April was held in the Boyne Valley Inn and the winners were - €100, Evelina Quinlan, €60 Robbie Berrill, €50 Ann Griffin, €40 Maura Finnegan, €30 Tommy Faulkner. The next draw takes place in the Boyles. To join the draw contact John at 087 2644603.

Confirmation in Slane

Best wishes to all the boys and girls, 30 in total, from Slane NS who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop of Meath Thomas Deenihan in St Patrick's Church this Wednesday. The ceremony gets underway at 3pm and everyone is requested to be in their place in good time.

Slane Castle 5K

There is still time to book online for the 5th Slane Castle 5km trail run/walk which takes place this 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.

Slane Spinners

Final preparations are being made for Slane Spinners 11th annual cycle run in aid of SOSAD which takes place this Saturday, May 11th, starting and finishing at Stackallen Tennis & Pitch & Putt Club where there is ample facilities for parking cars etc. You can still register online at

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. Helmets are compulsory and soup and sandwiches will be available in the clubhouse on return.

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.

Car boot sale

Slane Wanderers have a car boot sale in the Wheatfield this Saturday, May 11th from 11am - 2pm. To book your car €10, van €15. Make some spare cash, find a bargain and support the local soccer club.

Underage training

Fundamentals training for 4 - 6 year olds has started at Slane GFC and will continue every Wednesday evening from 7 7.40pm. Under-8 and under-10 training is every Wednesday from 7 - 8pm.

Rory Smith Memorial Run

The organisers of the Easter Sunday Rory Smith Memorial Run would like to thank everyone who took part, supported and helped out on the day.

The run proved a big success with €2,300 raised which will be divided equally between the NICU in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and a worthy local cause.

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

Dates for the diary

The First Communion this year in Slane 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.

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.


Contact me

If you have any personal or community notices big or small please send it to The deadline for submissions is close of business Thursdays, any news beyond that time may not go in until the next week.


Sincere sympathy to Padna, Geraldine and all the family and friends of the late great Paddy Lane who has recently passed away in his 88th year.

Paddy is predeceased by his beloved wife, Rose (née Flood). Paddy was an absolute treasure, a wonderful man with the biggest smile and a heart of gold.

He will be sadly missed within our community.

Quiz Night

St. Finian's National School Dillonstown are holding a table quiz In aid of the Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116, at The Glyd Inn, Annagassan on Thursday May 9th. Starts 8pm sharp, €40 for table of four.

Fior Damhsa

Classes in Sean Nos and Set Dancing every Wednesday in Teach Scoraiocht, Dunleer at 8pm. New pupils welcome. Eolas 086 3577304


Philipstown Bowls start up again every Wednesday at 8 pm in the community hall.

Everyone welcome, beginner or pro, kettle always on.

Date for your Diary

DCDB Ltd are holding their annual Market House Evening of Music on Friday, July 19th 2019.


Contact me

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

The Clogherhead Development Group is online at

Development Group Lotto

Results from 9th April. No's drawn were: 3/4/9/18. No winner. €50 winners were: Anna Sharkey and Bridie Corrigan c/o Deirdre Delaney. Results from 16th April. No's drawn were: 5/12/20/24. No winner. €50 winners were: Maura Levins c/o Breeda Marley and Dr. Daly c/o Direct Debit. Jackpot next week €9350, yours to win or share for only €2.

Dreadnots Golf Classic

Friday 17th May has been set aside for this year's Golf Classic in Seapoint Golf Club. It is a 4 person Team Format Stapleford and you can contact either Ronan Connolly 087 4137338, Darren Malone 086 6058951, Anthony Murphy 087 9428555, or Patrick Kirwan 086 2579096 for further information or to book your team in. Entry fee per team is €180 and or you may also consider sponsoring a Tee or Green and the suggested level of sponsorship is €50 but any contribution would be acceptable. Thank you.

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 on 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.

Pitch time

The latest craze at the All Weather Pitch in Clogherhead is to hire it out by the hour for your child and their friends to play football. It costs only €20 for 1 hour and after the hour you can continue the party there on the pitch or go to the Community Hall where they can run around having great fun in secure, friendly and safe surroundings for only €30 per hour. And then they just flake out with tiredness, happy but tired.

Contact 086 8242024 / 086 8568283 for further details.

Seapoint Ladies Golf lessons

Would you like to try out golf for a few weeks? Four lessons and a few scrambles starting in May, for further information please contact 087 934 3502. All beginner ladies welcome.

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.

Clogherhead Credit Union Loans

Going to college, improving your home, changing your car, or for that special occasion, Clogherhead Credit Union offers a competitive rate for loans. Flexible 3rd Level Student loans at a great rate now available. Terms and conditions apply. Office opens daily.

For further information please phone 041 9822951.

St. Colmcilles Pastoral Area SVP

If you need assistance or help please phone either of the numbers: 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. a.m -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.

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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