Saturday 20 April 2019

Around the districts: Stamullen, Broomfield, Monasterboice and Ardcath/Clonalvy

Stamullen - In Memory: Sympathy is extended o the family and friends of James (Jim) Mortell, late of Kilbrickstown Stamullen and formerly of Charleville Co. Cork, who recently passed away.

Following Funeral Mass at St. Mary`s Church in Julianstown, Jim was laid to rest in Moorechurch Cemetery. Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Mrs Yvonne Dunne (nee Hanley), late of Watery Lane Stamullen Village.

Poker Classic

The Stamullen Road Club will host their annual Poker Classic in Whytes of Stamullen this coming Friday evening, November 30th. This event, which is eagerly awaited by many every year and, in many ways, kicks off the festive season in Stamullen, will be tinged with more than a little sadness this year following the tragic and sudden passing of the club`s anchor-man, the one and only Gaybo Howard. Well done to the club and to their sponsors and indeed the management and staff at Whytes of Stamullen in coming together to make sure this event went ahead.


The Parish Fundraising Committee will host their annual Monster Bingo evening at the City North Hotel in Gormanston on Wednesday December 5th next.

Silverstream Monastery

The Benedictine Monks at the Monastery of Silverstream invite all clergy, religious and the lay-people of the Diocese to join with them for Vespers, Homily and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 5pm on the first three Sundays of Advent, December 3rd, 10th and 17th. The Monks will also celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Priory on December 8th.

Art & Craft sale

The Stamullen Art Group will host a weekend of their Arts & Crafts in the Parish Rooms in Stamullen village over this coming weekend of Saturday and Sunday, December 1st & 2nd .

Young at Heart

Christmas Party. Kathleen Gough has been really busy of late organising the annual Christmas Party which she will host in Whytes of Stamullen on Friday night December 7th next. This annual event is always eagerly awaited and a great night will no doubt be had by all who attend. The ever popular Ray Murtagh will provide the entertainment on the night. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable €20 and there may still be some tickets available for this event. Booking is essential and further details can be had by contacting Kathleen at 086-3702869.


Contact me

Contact Gerard on 087/2729154 or E-mail: if you have an item for this Column

Christmas Lights

The Official Switching On of the Christmas Lights at Teach Raithneach takes place on Thursday 6th December starting at 7.00 pm. All welcome.

December Monthly Meeting

The December Monthly Meeting of Broomfield & District

Residents Association takes place on Thursday 6th December at 8.00 pm. If you have an issue you would like addressed, please contact any Committee Member.

Christmas Fair

The Christmas Fair at Teach Raithneach will take place on Sunday 9th December 2018. Contact Alice on 087 9360018 for information.

Christmas Sets Ceili

The Christmas Set Dance Ceili is set to take place on Sunday 16th December 2018 from 4 to 7 pm. Tara Ceili Band. Fear an Ti, John Mc Evoy. Contact Gerard on 087 2729154 for information.

Morning Star Set Dancing Session

On last Thursday night 21st November, The Sandpit Set Dancers, in conjunction with the Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend 2018, presented a night of Set Dancing in the Morning Star, Tullyallen. Live music was provided on the night by Seamus (Accordion) and Fidelma Bellew (Keyboard) and Geraldine Smith (Fiddle), while Fear an Ti, John Mc Evoy called the Sets. There was a great attendance present for what was a thoroughly enjoyable nights dancing. Thanks to all involved in this event. A particular thanks to the Management and Staff of The Morning Star for their hospitality. and the lovely refreshments served. Thanks also to all the Dancers who danced the feet off themselves all night. The newly refurbished Morning Star is well worth supporting. Please support local businesses, they support us in many ways. Buiochas aris.

Laurel Hill Works

The works carried out on the Laurel Hill, Collon are to be welcomed, and should improve the situation significantly. However, there is a case to be made for further major works to be carried out at this location, which we hope will happen eventually. What's done so far is appreciated.

Potholes in the District

There are a number of whoppers of potholes in the District, in particular on the Broomfield and Clogher Roads. There are a couple of particularly dangerous potholes on the Broomfield Road. Residents can't wait until the road works promised for next year are carried out. These potholes need to be filled urgently, before they cause an accident, and then of course it will be too late. No potholes in Dublin, I'm told!

Community Alert

It's that time of year again, short daylight hours and long dark evenings and nights. Please call on elderly relatives and neighbours, especially those living alone. See that they have all their needs, food, heat, light and fuel for fires and anything else that they may need. It is often difficult for the elderly to get out and about to get shopping at this time of year, you may be able to help out in this regard. Also, please make sure that all Personal Socially Monitored Alarms are working as required. You can check out their operation by pressing the pendant button, when you should get a response from personnel in the Monitoring Station within seconds. It's also time to make sure that Security Lighting is working correctly. Please make Community Alert a priority in the months ahead and beyond.

TUS vacancy

A TUS vacancy will exist shortly with Broomfield and District Residents Association. The Work Programme involves Care-taking duties in and around Teach Raithneach, as well as the maintenance and up-keep of a number of amenities throughout the District. If you think you are eligible to participate in this Scheme, then please contact the Gerard on 087 2729154 for more information. Self referral forms are available. These allow you to self-refer to Meath Partnership, the body who have responsibility for implementing the TUS Scheme in this area.

Teach Raithneach Booking

To discuss options or to book Teach Raithneach, contact Alice on 087-9360018

Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery Results

Draw Date: 21/11/2018

Bonus Ball Numbers were: 44, 26 and 01.

No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €4,500.

This Weeks €20 Winnes: Killian Mongey, c/o Josie, Kellystown. Christy Lynch, Starinagh. Patricia Barron, Glassallen. Richard Drew, Grangegeeth. D, T & A. Barron, Glassallen.

Promoters: Gerard Weldon, Josie Mongey, Margaret Barron, & Breege Drew.

Next Draw Date: 28/11/2018

Thanks for supporting Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery.


Contact me

If you have any news relevant to Monasterboice, be it personal, such as weddings, birthdays etc, club or organisation related, please contact me at or on 0862039501. Photos always very welcome

Riding High

Huge congratulations goes out to local riders Noel Callaghan and Ruth Cody from Piperstown , who finished first & second in the Autumn Dressage League at Carlingford Lough Equestrian Centre on the weekend before last. Very fittingly, Noel dedicated his win to his late nephew and godson , Philip Dowling , who sadly passed away in October. Beautiful gesture for a beautiful person, Noel.

Shield Success

Well done to Naomh Mairtin U12 team who captured the Division 1 Shield Championship. Carla Rowe, Dublin's player of the match at this year's All Ireland Final, joined The Mairtin's girls for the medals presentation. She gave them an intriguing talk on her numerous achievements to date, having played in no less than 12 All Ireland finals from the underage level upwards. An act, however daunting, very much worth aspiring to following.

Drumshallon Forge

The Drumshallon Forge is located just north of the Piperstown Equestrian Centre, Ballymakenny Road, Grangebellew, Co Louth, A92 DF7X.

Contact us by email: and find us on Facebook.


YOGA FOR YOU - Monday mornings 09.45 to 11 AM. Suitable for all levels. €10 Pay-as-you-go. Contact Kathy 086 818 0166

BUN RANG GAEILGE (Irish for Beginners) - Every Monday evening from 6.30 to 7.30 PM. Tutored. Fee is €5 per class. Contact Helen on 086 357 7304

COMHRÁ GAEILGE (Conversational Irish) - Every Monday evening from 8.45 to 9.45 PM. Fee is €4 per class. Contact Helen on 086 357 7304

BOOK CLUB - One Monday evening per month, 8 PM to 10 PM. Fee is €5 per meeting. Contact Lisa on 086 161 4465 for next meeting.

ARTY CRAFTY EVENINGS - Every Wednesday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 PM. €5 per session. Non-Tutored. Contact Jacinta on 087 758 9282

CREATIVE WRITING - Every Thursday morning 10 AM to 12 Noon. This group provides an opportunity for both prose and poetry writers, of all levels of experience, to have their work reviewed and critiqued by others. Fee of €5. Contact Lisa on 086 161 4465.

SINGING FOR PLEASURE - Every Thursday evening from 7.30 PM to 9.00 PM. €5 per session.

YOGA WITH SLAVA - Friday mornings, 10 AM to 11.30 AM. Cost is €12 Pay-As-You-Go. Contact Slava on 087 295 9662 for more information. Beginners welcome!


Christmas Design Class with Listoke Flower Boutique at Drumshallon Forge - Learn to make Christmas decorations for your home or as gifts. €160 for 4-sessions starting on Monday November 26th and ending on Monday December 17th, 19.30 to 21.30. Refreshments served. Contact Dolores Flynn to book your space on 086 330 0803

Mullary Cemetery Lotto.

Sat 17th Nov. Winning no 17. Winner. Kenneth Devine

N.Mairtin Lotto

results 21.11.18 no: 4,6,10,26, Jackpot not won. €17,000 this week. €20 won by Fiona & Richard Hughes, Anne & Paul Clutterbuck, Annie & Michael Molloy, Paul Clutterbuck, Emma Dunne.

Thanks for your continued support.


Whist Drives

Top score last week was won by Marian Leonard. Top gent was Anthony Nulty and top lady was a tie with Ita Kennedy & Mary Gleeson. The first half was also a tie with Ethel Nulty and Paula Millar. The second half winner was Bernadette McGeogh. Whist continues each Monday in Bennett's of Ardcath.

Christmas Auction

The annual Christmas Auction and fun day at Clonalvy N. S. will take place on Sunday 2nd December. There will be great bargains on offer as usual and light refreshments will be served. All monies raised is for the school. Santa will make his arrival at 3:00pm.

Date for your Diary

A Poker Classic in aid of St. Patrick's N.S. will take place on Wednesday 5th December in Bennett's. Tickets €30.

Duleek Community Support Group 

Katty McGrane and Annette Murray are still installing alarms for the elderly and have been doing since 1997, Anyone looking for information please contact Katty or Annette 0861050159.

Ardcath Macra

The club are always very welcoming to any new members; please don't hesitate and just come along and join in the fun follow us on Facebook @ Ardcath Macra.

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