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Around the districts: Slane, Julianstown

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.


Mass from St Patrick's Church can be heard each Sunday at 11am on FM107.8. Masses throughout the week can also be heard at 9am on the same wavelength. For latest updates see Slane & Monknewtown Parish facebook page.


Best wishes for the future are extended to Paul Carroll proprietor of the highly successful House of Paul hairdressers Main Street, Slane, for the last 22 years. Paul has decided to move on to new pastures and announced on his Funky Fashion Frolics blog that he has some exciting projects lined up for when things eventually return to normal. He has also thanked his amazing staff and clientele for their wonderful custom over the years.


The numbers drawn in the Slane GFC weekly blotto were 11, 20, 23, 26. There was no jackpot winner and the €20 winners were Angela McConnon, Loreto Corish, David Gough, Paul Mongey. The jackpot is now €4375. 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


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'sPark 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. Trafficapproaching 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 from Kilberry to Slane. Diversion and information signage will be in placeas 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 the staff 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 canmake 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 scheduled to take place in Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, on Friday, July 17th at 8pm. Tickets €16/€14 (conc).


Slane Spinners Cycling Club are keeping their fingers crossed that their SOSAD Cycle which has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 26th can go ahead. It was originally due to be held on April 26th.


A Chink of Light

Over 70s who are cocooning will be able to walk or drive within 5km of their home once they avoid contact with others from today.

A five-stage plan will commence on 18th May with three weeks between each stage, hopefully resulting in our economy being fully reopened by 10th August.

Construction sites, hardware stores, garden centres, repair shops and some outdoor fitness activities etc will resume on 18th May. From 18th May small groups of friends can meet outdoors. Also, some outdoor sporting activity in small groups can resume. Schools and colleges to re-open in Sept /Oct.

Most of us have been cocooned now for over seven weeks and all the wardrobes are cleared, kitchen presses tidy and gardens weeded and fences painted; maybe a neighbour could do with a little help in their gardens and you will get a great feeling of wellbeing from helping someone else.

St. Patrick's Church Stamullen & St. Mary's Church Julianstown

St. Mary's Church, Julianstown is open every Sunday from10 am to 12 pm and Monday to Friday from 3pm to 4pm, if people wish to drop in to pray. St. Patrick's Church, Stamullen is open for parishioners from 9am to 4 pm daily. Daily Mass is broadcast on RTE news channel at 10.30a.m. Mass with Fr. Declan is on YouTube at 11am. each Sunday.

Corona Virus; Help stop the spread of infection

Stay at home if you feel unwell; Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue - always carry tissues; Dispose of used tissues in a waste bin after use; Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel; Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth - germs spread this way; Avoid sharing water and other drinks; Contact neighbours and friends by text and phone and social media. Visit HSE.IE for guidance and updates

Meath Partnership Payments

Meath Partnership have a team of employment support coaches working remotely to support jobseekers to access the DEASP COVID-19 payments; complete the online forms; advise on related entitlements, support people to navigate mywelfare.ie and write CVs.

To refer a person to this support please contact any of the following: Martina McCabe: (085) 834 2378; email: martina.mccabe@meathpartnership.ie Patricia Lynch: (089) 4366800; email patricia.lynch@meathpartnership.ie Caoimhe Donnellan: (087) 6693031; email caoimhe.donnellan@meathpartnership.ie

Clarkes Fresh Fruit

Clarkes Fresh Fruit in Stamullen have a number of positions available for seasonal workers for this summer.

Workers must be over 18 years of age and available to work a minimum term of June 2nd - August 29th.

The hours are 8am - 4pm in general, Monday to Saturday inclusive. Occasionally the length of day may change due to adverse weather conditions. ​

Wages are above the National basic rate in all cases and a performance related bonus is paid​. All work carried out will take place on the site of Clarkes Fresh Fruit, Clinstown Stamullen, Co Meath ​ Full training is provided​. Applications forms on website.

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