Thursday 20 June 2019

Around the districts: Slane, Stamullen

Slane: Slane Castle 5k thanks - The recent Slane Castle 5k trail run/walk in aid of the local St Patricks National School proved an enormous success with 371 adults and 198 kids taking part and and a total of €9200 raised for the school.

The organisers would like to thank the following: The Mountcharles family, Jemma and Tom from Slane Castle, for the use of the grounds and for being so accommodating and welcoming; main sponsor V Keating's Oil Ltd; premium sponsors Supermac's Navan, Specsavers, Aura Navan Leisure Centre, Beko, Sherry Fitzgerald Geraghty, Hair Gallery, Slane Pharmacy, Lorrac Developments, Muttonhead Butchery, Romayo's Slane, Early Buds Crèche, Gleeson and Associates Solicitors, Glenbrier Construction, Noone Transport Ltd, Inside Out Slane, Smart Nutrition and Shanley Interiors; Mary, Lynn and Ruairi from Meath Local Sports Partnership, Meath Civil Defence, Conyngham Arms Hotel, Fyffes Ireland, Slane Credit Union, Martin Kane Avonmore Milk, Woodie's, East Coast Bakehouse and Brenda at Ananda Centre, Ivan Heavey photographer, Meath Daily TV, members of the local community who put up signs, marshalled, baked and helped out with making the day a massive success.

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Collins Coaches service

Due to the road closures that will be in place this Saturday, June 8th, because of the Metallica concert in Slane Castle, Collins Coaches will not operate a service through Slane Village on the day.

N2 services to Dublin will pick up as far as Collon and will then divert over to the M1 and into Dublin. N2 services on return journey from Dublin will divert from Finglas, onto M1 and divert back to drop in Collon, Ardee, Reaghstown, Carrickmacross and Ballybay as applicable to timetable.

The following stops will be impacted on Saturday, June 8th only: To Dublin: No service Slane village, McGruders Cross, The Brink,, Curtis Cross, Balrath Cross, Rathfeigh Cross. From Dublin: No service Rathfeigh Cross, Balrath Cross, Curtis Cross, The Brink, McGruders Cross, Slane.

Bus shelter petition

Slane Tourism in conjunction with Slane Community Forum are looking for all members of the community in Slane and surrounding areas to sign a petition looking for bus shelters in Slane. Call into The Hub and sign today for this much needed amenity.

Tidy Towns AGM

The agm of Slane Tidy Towns takes place on Tuesday, June 11th, in the Village Inn at 8pm. New volunteers are always needed to continue the great work of the small hard working committee who do so much to have the village looking its best throughout the year.

Forum AGM

The Slane Community Forum agm takes place on Wednesday, June 12th, at 7.30pm, in Slane Credit Union.

Tús Scheme

Are you unemployed and would like to avail of 19.5 hours work placement in your local area?

Meath Partnership is currently seeking to expand the number of participants on the Tús Scheme. Tús is a one year community work placement scheme for people who are unemployed for more than 12 months and in receipt of a jobseeker's payment. Participants receive a top up payment while maintaining all secondary benefits.

Minimum payment is €225.50 per week. You will also receive dedicated one to one career support, CV preparation, interview skills and accredited training throughout the year.

If you are interested please contact Tús Office, Meath Partnership on 046 9280790 Ext 252 for full details.

Slane History EGM

Slane History and Archaeology Society have an Extraordinary General Meeting to review their constitution on Thursday, June 13th, at 8pm in the Slane Youth Cafe.

Other important matters will be discussed and there will also be information regarding the trip to Killua Castle, Clonmellon, later in the month.

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

Alzheimer's Bike Day

Cycling legend Larry Clarke is hoping for a big turn out from the Slane area for the Alzheimer's Bike Day this Sunday, June 9th. It starts at 10.30am from Teach Na Teamhrach and the cyclists will visit the day care centre at Whistlemount on the Kells Rd where refreshments will be served. The cycle is to raise funds for the local Alzheimer's Society and sponsorship cards are now in circulation.

Further details from 041 9824460.

Couch to 5K

Remember that 5K run you always promised to do but never got around to it. Well Rathkenny Athletic Club are hosting a Couch to 5K programme starting on Monday, June 10th.

This programme is open to everyone over 16 years of age who want to improve their fitness levels or even to just start out on the journey. All training will be given by experienced coaches.

Remember training within a group is great fun, focuses the mind and a great way to meet new people. The club will have their annual 5K road race & fun run on Friday, August 16th, starting at 7.30pm.

Boyne Valley Food Series

The Brabazon Restaurant at Tankardstown House will host their annual Boyne Valley Flavours Food Series event on Thursday June 13th commencing at 7pm.

This year it's 'From Valley to Valley' at Tankardstown House and guests will enjoy a delicious menu based on produce from the Boyne Valley, paired with wines from some of the finest valleys of Europe and beyond.

After recently receiving the award for Best Hotel Restaurant in Leinster at the RAI Restaurant Awards 2019, the Brabazon team are keen to impress diners at their first themed dinner event of the year.

Priced at €65 per person including food and wine, tickets can be purchased by calling 041 9824621 or email

Meath Food Safari 2019

Starting and finishing in Slane Village on Sunday, June 23rd, the food safari visits four farms in the surrounding area.

On each farm you will meet the farmer and food producer who will tell you about their business and have some lovely local produce to taste.

A bus will be provided for the tour to visit Boyne Valley Farmhouse cheese and see the herd of goats, hear about the cheesemaking process and taste lovely cheese; Slane Cider Mill: hear and see how cider is made and then drink different types; Rock Farm Slane: see this working organic farm with a wide variety of animals and plants, and eat some tasty produce from it; Newgrange Gold: hear all about how rapeseed oil is grown and made and then taste a few flavours; Boyles Pub: finish with a BBQ in the bear garden with food made from the farm visited.

Further information from Michael 086 3844162 or

Midsummer Walk

Plans are well underway for 'A Midsummer Walk for the Homeless 2019' which takes place on Saturday, June 22nd, with the event aimed at generating funds for the Fr Peter McVerry Trust. This is the third year the event has been held and so far it has generated €27,000 for the McVerry Trust.

The full 32km walk starts from the Hill of Tara at 10am and proceeds to Newgrange.

There is also a shorter option which includes a scenic stroll along the banks of the Boyne from Navan to Newgrange with some opting to end their walk at Slane.

This 'half walk' option is about 22km and takes about four hours (Navan to Slane is about 2.5 hours). The shorter walk leaves from the Ramparts, Navan at noon. There are water stations and toilet facilities along the way with refreshments afterwards.

The cost of taking part is €50 for the full walk (Tara to Newgrange / Bru Na Boinne ) and €30 for the half walk ( Navan to Newgrange ).

For further details see Facebook 'A Midsummer Walk for the Homeless 2019'.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, August 11th.

The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Deenihan and the diocesan choir will also be in attendance.


In Memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Luke Maguirk, Aishling, Gormanston, who recently passed away.

Stamullen Road

Development works are continuing in the area of the Stamullen to Gormanston road which will create a new road into a new residential housing estate and a link to the business park to the west of the City North Hotel at Junction on the M1 Motorway. Planning permission for a number of other residential housing developments in the Stamullen village area has also ben lodged with Meath Co. Council, which will see another rise in the population.

Let`s hope that, along with the houses that will be constructed, it is hoped that services and recreational facilities will also be provided for and that the built and natural heritage and wildlife habitats will not be forgotten, as has been the case over the past 20 years regarding developments in the area of Stamullen village!

Election Candidates

Now that the hype of the Local & European Elections is done and dusted, it would be nice to see the Councillors who were elected to represent `all of us` taking a greater interest in the parish of Stamullen, both the rural townlands and an expanding village!

Nice to see that the majority of the unsightly election posters have also been removed from public view.

Tús Employment scheme

An opportunity to avail of 19.5 hours at work placement within your local area exists with Meath Partnership who are currently seeking to expand the number of participants on the Tús Scheme. This is a one-year work placement scheme for those who have been unemployed for over 1 year and who are also in receipt of Jobseeker`s Allowence.

Participants will also receive a top-up payment each week while holding on to all secondary benefits.

The minmum weekly payment is €225.50.

One-to-one carer support will als be on offer, along with C.V. prearations, interviewing skills and accredited training throughout the year.

For further details and to apply for this course, contact the Tús Office at Meath Partnership at 046-9280790, extension 252.

Know Your Parish

The following article appeared in the Drogheda Independent newspaper in the second week in July back in 1908:

'Attacked by a dog'

On Sunday last the young granddaughter of James Bagnall, aged about ten years old, was ferociously attacked on the public road in Stamullen village by a dog belonging to a resident of that district.

The savage animal, being unmuzzled at the time of the attack, seized the child by the leg and inflicted an ugly wound which, together with the shock she sustained, leaves her at present in a very critical condition.

It is also stated that this same dog attacked a Balbriggan Bread-van driver some time ago and the neighbours are beginning to think that it is about time an end was put to his man-eating career.'

Drogheda Independent