Sunday 16 June 2019

Around the districts: Termonfeckin, Slane and Stamullen

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"Feckin House"

Whoever you are, congratulations. Enjoy your new acquisition and thanks for supporting the Feckin House draw. Congratulations also to the other nine winners who won substantial prizes in this draw. All funds raised will go towards the construction of the new Community Centre at Pairc Naomh Feichin.

Termonfeckin Macra

The Club will be holding a Bake Sale on Sunday January 6th 2019 as a fundraiser for equipment/costumes etc. for upcoming competitions. It will be held in Sandpit Hall after 9.30am Mass in the Church of the Assumption. The Club recently held it's Christmas Party in Keogh's, Ballymakenny and a great night was had by all. The next monthly meeting will be held in Sandpit Hall on Wednesday January 16th at 9pm. New members most welcome as always. 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.

St. Fechins Lotto

There was no winner in the last Lotto Draw for 2018. The numbers drawn were 10, 16, 21 and 22. The winner of €100 was Tom Connor. €20 winners were Patrick & Lousie Feehan, Ronan O' Gorman, V Mulligan, Alf & Morgan McGlew and Matthew Mc Evoy. The jackpot for the next draw taking place in the New Year will be worth €3,000 and is sponsored by Madden's Centra, Termonfeckin. There was a special draw for Christmas with 5 winners each receiving €25. They were A&S Fitzpatrick, Bevan Duffy, Michelle Mc Cabe, Francis Mc Glew and Laura Mc Glew.

Credit Union

We would like to wish all our members a Happy New Year from all in Termonfeckin Credit Union. The Credit Union has closed for the Christmas Period and will re-open on Thursday January 3rd from 6-8pm.

Seapoint Pitch & Putt

Once again, our Turkey Competition has been a resounding success, with a large number of players competing every week. We appreciate your support. It has to be said that the course has been in excellent condition, despite a few storms coming from the Atlantic. A special Thank You to our course management team, headed by Pat Greene. The results are as follows. Turkeys Winners & Non/Winners Week. Senior Winners-Nett: Gerry Breen Snr. 46, Gross: Darren Fagan 48 (ob9 23). Inter Winners-Nett: Barry Coyle 41 (ob6 12), Gross: Sean Breen 49. Non Winners-Nett: Martin Reilly 45 (ob9 23½), Gross: Kieran McDonnell 51. Junior Winners-Nett: Toma Rock 44, Gross: Declan Brogan 55. Non Winners-Nett: Eddie Smith 44, Gross: Gerry Rock 56. Ladies Winners-Nett: Barbara Murphy 42 (ob9 21), Gross: Marlo Evcritt 51. Non Winners-Nett: Ann Ward 43, Gross: Mary Coyle 59. The Seapoint Christmas Party was also a great success. We would like to thank Garveys Bar & Restaurant, Scarlet St., Drogheda for providing the excellent food and entertainment. Presentations were also made to our two Players of the Year for 2018, congratulations to Marlo Everitt and Johnny Campbell Snr. A fundraiser Scramble for all the Louth Inter County teams for 2019, takes place in Seapoint on December 29th, 30th and 31st and also on January 1st 2019. The Seapoint P&P Club AGM takes place on Monday January 14th 2019. The Winter League entry sheet is on the notice board. Please get your teams up as soon as possible as it starts on January 18th 2019. The committee would like to wish all our members and everyone in the Pitch & Putt community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope to see you all in 2019. Please check for all the latest Seapoint news.


The GOAL Christmas Mile event was held on St. Stephen's Day at Pairc Naomh Feichin. It was the eleventh year that the GOAL Christmas Mile was held in Termonfeckin. Once again it was very well attended. GOAL is an international humanitarian organisation, dedicated to alleviation of suffering among the poorest of the poor in the developing world. Since its inception in 1977 GOAL volunteers have assisted and responded to almost every major global natural and man-made disaster.

Christmas Masses

The meaning of Christmas was again well and truly evident at all Masses marking the feast of the Nativity. Fr. Paul made it a very joyous occasion with his homilies. Well done to others who played their part, Ministers of the Word and Eucharist, Altar Servers and as always, the Choir excelled with its singing.

Advent Liturgy

Well done to the Parish Pastoral Council on organising the Advent Liturgy held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday December 23rd. This event set out to prepare us for the birth of our Saviour through music and reflection. The impact on Our Lady, St. Joseph and the Shepherds was also narrated.


Eucharistic Adoration takes place 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.


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Tidy Towns draw

The Slane Tidy Towns draw for December was held in the Village Inn and the winners were - €100 Kathy Kealy, €60 Colm Devin, €50 Billy McMenimon, €40 Thomasina Gray, €30 Andrina Doggett. There was also a special Christmas draw and the winner of the first prize was Greg Johnston, 2nd Colm Smith, 3rd Pat Gleeson, 4th Jasper Govern. There was also a host of other prizes and the tidy towns committee would like to thank all the local businesses who sponsored prizes. The next draw takes place in Boyles on Friday, January 25th. To join the draw contact John at 087 2644603.

Do they know it's Christmas

A big well done to the sixth class pupils in St Patrick's National School, Slane and their teacher Kevin Fagan whose Christmas charity single 'Do They Know Its Christmas' is proving a big hit not only locally but also farther afield. The pupils recorded the song to help raise badly needed funds for the local St Vincent de Paul and the CD is presently on sale in various locations. Online donations through their GoFundMe page have exceeded all expectations and people can still make donations and also buy the CD. The CD providing vocals, drums, bass, guitars etc to the track, making it a masterpiece the pupils can be proud of. The CD was on sale at their Christmas concerts with all proceeds going to such great use providing food, warmth and comfort for families in need over the Christmas period.

Recycle your tree

Its almost time to get rid of your Christmas tree for another year! Meath County Council will be accepting Christmas trees at their recycling centres in Navan, Kells and Trim free of charge until Friday, January 18th. The recycling centres open from 8.30am until 4.45pm Monday to Saturday.


The annual Cycle4Cairde which started at the Village Inn on St Stephen's Day proved a great success with cyclists out in force as they took advantage of the mild weather to raise funds for the local Cairde. The cycle took in Creewood, Rathkenny, Kilberry, Gormanlough, Stackallen and back to Slane for the finish. A roller cycle event also took place at the square, Slane, with collectors out in force with collection buckets.

Funds raised from both events go to the local Cairde group who do great work for senior citizens in the area. Local cyclist who took part include Larry Clarke, Brian Kelly, Mark Tobin, Barry Harding, Kevin Carolan, Simon Colfer, Martin Colfer, Killian Galligan, Fergus Crilly, Paul Duff and Susan Duff. The event was started by well known local sports journalist John Greene who is also a keen cycling enthusiastic. Refreshments were served after the cycle in The Village Inn.

DVDs now available

DVDs from the recent Christmas Festival of Music which took place in Rathkenny Church recently to raise funds for the church restoration are now available and can be got from members of the Rathkenny Revel committee.


Uilleann Pipes

The current edition of An Píobaire, from the Society of Irish Pipers, Na Píobairi Uilleann, contains the tale of Billy and Charley Taylor originally from Drogheda and who emigrated to America back in the 1860`s, made adaptions to the old Irish Uilleann Pipes and made this wonderful musical instrument more suitable for playing in the larger American Concert Halls of the day; these subsequent changes brought the Taylor brothers to the forefront of the later 19th century revival of the Irish Uilleann Pipes and as a result of such adaptions, the Drogheda natives became renowned across the world in the circle of Irish traditional piping music.

Community Historian and Stamullen local, Brendan Matthews had carried out extensive research on the history of the Taylor brothers over the last number of years and he presented a talk on the brothers during last years Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann which of course was held in the town of Drogheda, the former hometown of the Uilleann Pipe makers and players. Brendan Matthews also wrote an extensive article on the findings of his research on the brothers and it has now been published by Na Píobairi Uilleann in their Samhain/November edition, Vol. 14 No. 4. This article also covers the origins of Uilleann Piping music, pipers and traditional musicans in the Drogheda and East Meath area from the early 19th century and contains a mention of a number of local musicans and makers of traditional musical instruments.

There is also a photograph of Tom Matthews, the Greenanstown native, who, not only made many fine musical instruments, but who also wrote many tunes with localised titles such as `The Glasmerry Stream`, `Greenanstown Lasses`, `Fourknocks` and `Harbourstown` along with many others.

Brendan Matthews will also present a talk on the Taylor brothers at Na Píobairi Uilleann Headquarters in Dublin during the spring of 2019 and, it is hoped, that a presentation talk may also be given at the Drogheda Museum on the same topic in early 2019 where the Community Historian & Researcher will elaborate further on the origins of local traditional music and musicans in the Stamullen, Greenanstown and Naul areas and the connection between his own Grand Uncle Tom Matthews, Jimmy Ennis, father of the greatest Irish Piper, Seamus and the visits to these musical sessions by Eamon Ceannt, one of the signatories of the Easter Rising Proclamation in 1916. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Seamus Ennis and many great musical events are planned for the Ennis Centre in Naul village as a result.

Gormanston beach

There was a noticeable increase in the number of people visiting Gormanston beach for a stroll on Christmas Day.

The mild weather of late certainly helped and despite no signposts indicating that we even have a beach 200 metres east of the old N1, now the R132 road from Gormanston to Balbriggan, new residents to the greater Stamullen area have discovered over time that it is in fact an excellent and safe strand for individuals, couples and families to visit.

Drogheda Independent