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Around the districts: Termonfeckin, Laytown/Bettystown, Mornington

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Coronavirus.

With the Chief Medical Officer not recommending an easing of restriction given the current number of Covid 19 cases, Government and HSE restrictions must still be adhered to in the interest of safety. Only very essential journeys should be made. An Garda Siochana have been present in the area and stopping motorists. We must continue to maintain the appropriate distance from each other as well as keeping within a short distance of our homes whether we are shopping or exercising. Again praise to our local shops and businesses who are doing their utmost to keep us stocked up with essential provisions. Please spare a thought for those at the front line of the current pandemic, particularly all medical staff.

St. Fechin's Lotto.

No jackpot winner last week. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 11 and 16. The winner of €100 was Dara Mc Auley. Winners of €20 were Oisin, Paudi and Sean, Bevan Duffy, Maureen Boylan, Marcus Clifford and Teresa Clinton. The jackpot this week is €1,100. Many thanks for your continued support. We would like to particularly thank Madden's Centra for their very valued sponsorship of our lotto which is essential to the running of our club. Given that in recent weeks the Lotto was won twice and Madden's Centra value what goes on the our community through their very generous spon sorship. You can get your lotto tickets in Forge Field Farm Shop, the Post office, at the club house or on line on the link below. Louth GAA

https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/St_Fechins_GAA/lotto In keeping with current HSE guidelines, tickets can be left in the "Lotto box" now located at the gates to Pairc Naomh Feichin which remain closed.

Weekly Church Ceremonies.

All Masses continue to be broadcast live via the internet from the Church of the Immaculate Conception on www.termonfechinparish.ie Masses for the St. Colmcille's Pastoral area. Mass is at 9.30am: Monday to Friday. On each Monday evening, the Eucharistic Holy Hour from 7pm to 8pm continues via the webcam. If availing of these ceremonies from the Church of the Immaculate Conception, when logging in, please note the letter h instead of the letter k. Religious ceremonies from the Church of the Immaculate Conception can also be viewed at www.mcnmedia.tv All Weddings and Baptisms are suspended until further notice. In the case of emergency, Baptisms may be celebrated, please contact Fr. Paul.

May Rosary.

As May is the month dedicated to Our Lady, the Rosary will be broadcast via the webcam from the Church of the Immaculate Conception each Thursday during May at 7.30pm.

Credit Union.

The offices will be open on Fridays from 3-7pm. From 3-4pm, this time is for Carers of Elderly/Vulnerable Members ONLY. From 4pm -7pm, it is for all other members. Social distancing will be enforced until further notice. All members are requested to abide by the following- Please keep at least 1-2 metres from people at all times, Where possible, members please do not bring children into the offices and also we urge you not to come into our offices if your business can be done remotely. We are here to help. Our top priority is ensure the safety and wellbeing of our members and staff. The Covid-19 outbreak is a developing situation that we are monitoring but we are aware that some of our members will be impacted in ways that will affect their ability to meet loan repayments in the coming weeks. If you find yourself in this position, we are committed to supporting you. We all hope things will go back to normal as soon as possible. Rest assured, we will look after you in any way we can in regard to your loan repayments. If you find yourself in difficulties please- email creditcontrol@termonfeckincu.ie Following the email, a member of staff will be in contact with you. Please be advised we are experiencing a large volume of queries and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Litter.

Please dispose of your litter properly. This particularly applies to passing motorists. Our village and surroundings are not dumping grounds. Also clean up after your pets.

St. Fechin's GAA

Pairc Naomh Feichin remains closed, including the walkway.

Termonfeckin Celtic.

All activities are temporarily suspended.

Termonfeckin Macra.

All Macra related activities nationwide have been suspended for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. 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.

Seapoint Pitch & Putt.

Seapoint Pitch and Putt Club is CLOSED FOR PLAY for members and Green Fees until further notice. Thanks and Stay Safe. In line with Government and HSE recommendations it was with regret that the Club had to postpone its Open Scotch Foursomes due to start last Wednesday and the Scratch Cup due to be held on bank holiday Monday. It is hoped to run them at a later date and all will be updated when more is known. Thank you to everyone and stay safe.

Tennis Club.

Termonfeckin Tennis Club remains closed until further notice.

Seapoint Golf Club.

The course, clubhouse and practice facilities remain closed. The closure will be kept under constant review. Meanwhile work continues to maintain the greens and tee boxes.

Co. Louth Golf Club.

The golf course, clubhouse and all practice facilities remain closed until further notice. If anyone has any inquiries please feel free to contact: reservations@countylouthgolfclub.com or enda@countylouthgolfclub.com #Stayhomestaysafe. Meanwhile the Confederation of Golf in Ireland wants to hear from the golfing public and is inviting golfers to share some of their positive golfing stories.

Set Dancing.

Set Dancing in Sandpit Hall on Thursday nights remains postponed for the time being.

BALSANTER.

Contact 086- 2747474 to report any suspicious activity. Anyone in need of assistance with shopping, prescription collection etc during the current crisis, please contact the Louth Community Response Helpline on 1800 805817.

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.

Laytown/Bettystown

contact me

Ring Iris on 0864033557 or email irismaryg@gmail.com with items of interest in the area.

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.

ALONE Helpline

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Meath Co. Co. Payment Break for Borrowers

The local authority is accepting applications from their home loan borrowers affected financially by the pandemic. Meath County Council has confirmed home loan borrowers from them can apply for a three-month payment break if they're affected by COVID-19.

The local authority says anyone who's income has been affected by the pandemic can submit a form to request the payment deferral. It also has confirmed no additional interest will be added to the borrowers account as a result of the payment break. Further information, as well as the application form, can be found on meath.ie

No Masses

All public Masses have been suspended until further notice. Bishop Tom reminds us that, while Masses are suspended, the voice of prayer should not be silent.

Fr. Denis and Fr. Joseph will continue to offer Masses but they will be in private. Parishioners are also asked to join in prayer at this time of worry and concern. Some prayer resources and links to Daily Mass readings will be posted on the Parish Website over the coming days.

Mornington 

St. Colmcille's GAA Assistance

Volunteers from St. Colmcilles and the local area can help get your groceries, prescriptions, and fuel during this uncertain time. Contact Brian on 087-1141150 or Ciara 087-6560343.

Mass Intentions

Fr. Joseph will continue to say Mass each morning privately. If you have an intention please write it out & place in an write it out & place in an envelope with your donation.

If you wish you can include your name & phone no. and Fr. Joseph will ring you to let you know when the Mass is being said. Please drop your envelope into the Presbytery letterbox. 

Parish Finances - Mile Buicochas

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for so many, with worries and pressures coming at them.  For this reason, we are even more grateful to those who have been in a position to return their envelopes to the church in the recent weeks.  Your generosity is deeply appreciated. We kindly invite people to consider maintaining or making a donation to the Parish during this critical time.

As you will be aware, for the duration of the restrictions on attendance at Mass, the Parish will be at a financial loss. While we will be saving on heat and electricity, other bills remain.

There are three ways of supporting the parish: Weekly envelopes: Continue to drop in the weekly envelope for the Church, through the letterbox in the Presbytery Door. Cheque (made payable to Mornington Church) or Cash Donation in Envelope marked 'Mornington Church': Donations can be left in an envelope into the Presbytery. Please include your name and/or envelope number (if you have one) as a reference so we can acknowledge your donation. If you would like to set up a standing order with the Church or to make a one-off payment, you can do so by electronic transfer to our Church account. Details are as follows: A/C: Mornington Church, BIC: BOFIIE2D, IBAN: IE93 BOFI 9033 2287 6798 44

Please let us know that you have made a donation or set up a standing order, so that we can track your donation. We very much appreciate your support.

The Community Call

As part of the Government response to the COVID-19 crisis, Meath County Council  has established a COVID-19 Community Call Forum which works with State agencies and community and voluntary groups to provide supports or services to any vulnerable person who needs them. Contact:  1800808809 covidsupport@meathcoco.ie

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

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