Thursday 17 October 2019

Around the districts: Termonfeckin, Clogherhead, Stamullen

Termonfeckin: Beaulieu Ramble - A 5km Ramble/Walk will be held at Beaulieu House, Gardens and Car Museum on Sunday September 29th.

Registration, which costs €5, is at 10.30pm and the Walk begins at 11am. Children are free. Light refreshments will be served in the courtyard afterwards and dogs are also welcome on a leash.

Contact me

Any news or interesting items welcome in this column, births, birthdays, engagements, weddings, sports/social/special events etc. Please have all information to me by 10pm on Thursday evenings at or contact 087-2486472.

Community Centre

The building of the new Community Centre is now beginning to happen. The steel upright girders have been placed in the foundations and joined together to form the apex of the roof. Walls will now be built between the girders. It is certainly beginning to take shape.

St. Fechin's Lotto

The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 8 and 23. There was no winner of the jackpot. The €100 winner was Pauline Flynn. Winners of €20 were Mark Savage, John Freeman, John J Conneely, Q B c/o Morgans and Ruth Savage. The jackpot is now at €6,500 and is sponsored by Madden's Centra, Termonfeckin.

Fit Kids/Fit Teens

Children and teenagers who like to keep fit through dance will be delighted to know that Fit Kids/Fit Teens starts in An-Grianan this Wednesday September 11th. There are two session, the first for those aged 3-7 years from 4.30-5.30pm and the second for those aged 7-15 years which runs from 5.30-6.30pm.

Further details are available by contacting 086-2685280, or

Termonfeckin Macra

The new Macra year will be starting again in Sandpit Hall on Wednesday September 11th at 9pm. New members most welcome as always!

Upcoming competitions include Bowling, Question Time and 7 a side GAA plus plenty of other social activities which will be discussed on the night.

If you are interested in learning more about Termonfeckin Macra simply like and contact the Macra Tearmann Feichin facebook page or contact Aoife on 087- 6262197.

Credit Union

Termonfeckin Credit Union is looking for volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare each week or are interested in helping out, please call to the Credit Union Offices or call 041-9822095 for further information.

Seapoint Pitch & Putt

The Senior Citizens Competition was held on Tuesday August 27th.

In 1st place were Jim Donnelly and Anne Fagan on a score of 40¾ while Michael Bedford and Patsy Fagan were in 2nd place on 41.

The Louth Down Monaghan Matchplay took place on Saturday August 31st. The winners are as follows: Senior-Ian Donnelly (Killineer), Inter- Ged Thornton (Killineer), Junior- John Kelleher (Seapoint), Ladies- Marlo Everitt (Seapoint).

Please check for all the latest Seapoint News. Players are asked to check the notice board in the clubhouse for all entry sheets and to get their names up as soon as possible.


Eucharistic Adoration is on Monday evenings from 7-8pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Why not come and spend some quiet time in the presence of the Lord.


Contact 086- 2747474 to report any suspicious activity. If you would like to join up to BALSANTER, application forms are available in Maddens Centra, Mc Grane's XL and both Parish Churches.

St. Vincent de Paul

The contact number for St. Vincent de Paul is 1800 677777. The St. Colmcille Conference of St. Vincent de Paul operates in this area.


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

Thought for the day

I would not change my children for the world but would change the world for my children.

Development Group Lotto Results

Results from 6th August. No's drawn were: 4/18/21/23. No winner. €50 winners were: Gerard Kilroy c/o Deirdre Delaney and Daisy Kirwan c/o Blanaith Donnelly. Results from 13th August. No's drawn were: 4/16/17/19. No winner. €50 winners were: Stella Matthews c/o Breeda and Helen Califf c/o Terry Rath. Jackpot next week €9800. Yours to win or share for only €2. Good Luck.

Lifeboat News

Goodbye Doris. Hello Michael. This past weekend in Clogherhead was all centred round the Lifeboat Station.

Friday saw "Doris Bleasdale" leaving Clogherhead after serving our community for the past 26 years. The leaving crew members who took her to Malahide for storage were Declan Clinton, Sean Reilly, Denis Levins, Brian Sharkey Noel Sharkey and Lisa Levins.

They and all on the beach were very sad to see her go; she became one of the family over the years. We wish her well for the future.

Saturday saw the Blessing and receiving of our new boat "Michael O'Brien" and over the coming months and years we will love her as much if not more than her predecessor.

At 3pm on Saturday when the celebrations and speeches started among all the wind and rain, which didn't dampen our spirits, we were enthralled to see Tomas Whelehan finally accept the Lifeboat on behalf of Clogherhead Lifeboat Station.

How proud it must have been for Sinead, Jonathon, Tom and all his family to see him accepting the Lifeboat.

After all blessings and speeches were over a beautiful array of food was served to the waiting crowd.

The following crew members took Michael on his official Launch, Tomas Whelehan, Padraig Rath Snr. Derek Shevlin, Brian Sharkey, Denis Levins and Declan Clinton.

Sincere thanks are extended to the visiting dignitaries' who attended the Launch and thanks also to all who gave their time to help out before Saturday and since.

Special word of thanks goes to the ladies who served up the food, those who cleaned up and especially you for baking the delicious cakes and buns.

Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock

The Annual Legion of Mary Pilgrimage Knock will be on Sunday 29th September with the bus leaving Mary Street, Drogheda at 7 a cost of €20. Enquiries to: Alice -085 7047071 or Margaret 086 8104011.

Togher Chaerobics

Togher Chaerobics - Sit and get fit with Carmel will resume in Tullydonnell School Hall on Tuesday 17th September. Classes are from 7.30 - 8.30 p.m. and will continue weekly thereafter. €8 per class. If interested contact Carmel on 086 3282748. Thank you.

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.

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.

Community Hall, Clogherhead

To book the Hall for any event, please phone Carainn on 087 2767511 after 7 pm. 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.


New Arrivals

Congratulations and best wishes to the parents, guardians and extended families of the following children who were recently baptised in the parish: Amelia Farrell, Tymon Schutzmann and James Stone.

Bowls Club

The Stamullen Bowls Club has resumed their weekly activities and competitive games after a well-earned summer break. The club meets up every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at St. Patrick`s GFC sports & recreation complex on the Cock Hill Road in Stamullen from 8 until 10pm. They would love to see some new faces who may be interested in joining a very successful team, a lively bunch amidst a great atmosphere.

Anyone who may wish to join should pop along any Tuesday and/or Thursday evening or for more information contact Rose at 01-8412086.

Farm Week

Some great RTE television footage of the beautiful rural landscape over Stamullen parish during last week`s `Week on the Farm`, which was broadcast on RTE 1 from Monday, September 2nd to Thursday September 5th each evening from 7 until 8pm from Broadleas Farm, homestead of Ivan Curran and his family. The show was first broadcast on RTE Radio 1 on the Ray D`Arcy Show on Monday afternoon, September 2nd from 3 until 4.30pm.

The townlands of Ballestrand and Whiteleas was a particular busy area over the week with all the farming activities that was going on as part of the show; great entertainment was to be seen around the farmyard and adjacent landscape, and many locals arrived at Broadleas Farm and became part of the colourful television audience for the week.

With the exception of an odd shower of rain and some strong winds, the good weather prevailed throughout.

Many issues effecting farming in Ireland in general in the 21st century were addressed throughout the very entertaining show and where the viewer got to hear about some wonderful new technology in running and managing farms across the country today.

There was also some great fun, competitions and `agricultural games` staged across the farm throughout the week and with the help of a number of well-known television celebrities and the participation of many locals and the extended Curran family, the `Week on the Farm` went off without a `hitch` with some fantastic publicity for Stamullen and providing the viewer across the country and beyond with some stunning and beautiful views across many rural townlands of the parish.

If there was any downside to the week on the farm, it has to have been the transformation of the beautiful old vintage Leland tractor; Ivan`s pride & joy of former days, which was to have some TLC applied to it during the course of the filming at Broadleas as the old machine was depicting signs of age, wear & tear, etc.

The tractor was secretly then revamped and what appeared to have been totally transformed, rather than restored and was it was then unveiled to Ivan, supposedly as a surprise, on Tuesday evening.

The finished product certainly did not reflect in any way the beautiful old and highly collectable little Leland tractor; although someone did say to me the following day that this `revamp` that took place could easily be removed again to have the Leland back looking like it was prior to the show!

A `Week on the Farm at Broadleas`, well done to the Curran family and all concerned for an entertaining week depicting Stamullen as a rural vibrant and agricultural landscape and not just being exposed and promoted as a fast-growing and ever expanding urban setting with a corridor-link to the greater Dublin sprawl!

Drogheda Independent