Saturday 20 April 2019

Around the districts: Tullyallen and Clogherhead

Tullyallen - Christmas Tree: The Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony takes place annually in Tullyallen Village Square. This is a much loved tradition for all in Tullyallen and especially for the young and the young at heart.

This year the ceremony will take place on Tuesday 11th December at the later time of 7pm. There will be carols by the children of Tullyallen School under the expert guidance of Niall Moonan. Santa Claus promises us that he will make an appearance and we hope to have some other musical guests on the night as well. A family evening not to be missed. We would ask that parents ensure that the children wear high visibility jackets if possible to ensure that all spectators remain safe during the entertainment. All are welcome so do come along and add your voice to the night.

Men's Shed Christmas Draw

Tullyallen Menu's shed have launched their annual Christmas draw. There are over 25 prizes up for grabs with a fabulous hamper for 1st prize. Each line is €5 and tickets are on sale from any Men's Shed member, The Pharmacy in Tullyallen or Lambe's Butchers in the village. The draw takes place on Tuesday 18th December and if last year's draw was anything to go by it would be worth your while buying a line.

Tullyallen Men's Shed meets up every Tuesday and Friday mornings 10 am till 1 pm why not call into them. They are currently in the Glen Emmets GFC Clubhouse. They have Bowls, Pool, Darts, Rings, Cards so why not call in for a chat and a cuppa. Everyone has something to offer in the Shed. All new members will be most welcome. Contact David Cusack 086 1228569 or Martin Lane on 0878159172.

Calling All Tesco Shoppers

Tesco Extra on Matthews Lane and Tesco West Street have very kindly allowed The Tullyallen Link to be part of their Community Fund Initiative. For all Blue tokens placed in the drums located at both stores over the next few weeks, Tesco will make a donation to the funding for the Glen project. This will be used to complete landscaping and add some other finishing touches to the walkway. They have called it Tullyallen Across the Glen so the organizers would really appreciate it if all local (and not so local!) Tesco shoppers place their tokens in this drum. Remember, Every little helps. A huge Thank You to local man John Byrne for his assistance with this. It is looking like the works will soon commence by Coillte and that the project will be concluded successfully in the very near future.

Parish News

We invite you to the launch of the Advent season here in the Church of the Assumption, Tullyallen on Sunday 2nd of December at the 11.00 am Mass. Fr. Jude OFM Cap from Br. Kevin's Capuchin Day Centre will share a reflection with us about his work. All are welcome.

Red Wednesday is 28th of November (An Aid to the Church in Need Ireland Initiative) This is our chosen area of outreach for our parish. Make a Stand for Faith & Freedom! 

Wear red, Light red and Pray in solidarity for persecuted Christians throughout the world. 

Aid to the Church in Need Ireland supports the faithful whether they are Persecuted, Oppressed or in Need. To donate and help the suffering and persecuted church: or call us on 01 837 7516

Your support is much appreciated.

Supporting Persecuted Christians Worldwide. Prepare your heart for your Christmas Mass Bouquets with Aid to the Church in Need Ireland and support mission priests with a Mass stipend. The Masses will be offered over the twelve days of Christmas for you and your loved ones - €10 for a pack of five Mass Bouquet cards for shared Masses. Call the Dublin office on +353 (0)1 837 7516 or email for more information

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place 16th - 21st May 2019. If you are interested in travelling please contact Fr. Barry Matthews (041) 9831899 or leave your name in St. Peter's (West Street) sacristy or Our Lady of Lourdes Sacristy in Drogheda. The pilgrimage offers an opportunity to join with Archbishop Eamon and the wider diocesan community in this special place of prayer and devotion. It would be great if we could have a group representing our parish pastoral area.

Masses for the new List of the Dead are each Friday at 7.30pm in the month of November and Rosary will be recited each day in November at 2.30pm in the cemetery. All are welcome as we come together to pray for and to remember those we have loved and who have gone before us. 

Slimming World Times

Tullyallen Slimming World classes are on every Thursday. The first class is 5pm and the second is 7pm. Amanda will be there giving plenty of inspiration, motivation and encouragement to everyone who comes along.

Lotto Results

Results for the Glen Emmets Lotto held Tuesday 20th November 2018. The Grand Prize Draw was for €3,400 and there was no winner. The numbers drawn were: 5, 20, 21 & 28. The 4 Lucky Dip winners who receive €25 each are Daithi Cusack, Kathleen Gaynor, Dolly Traynor & Thomas Berrill. Next week's draw is €3,500. Tickets are on sale in Centra Tullyallen or any committee member or now you can play online at

Tullyallen Golf Club

Winners of last the 9 hole re-entry competition played 17th/18th November are as follows: 1st Brendan Tiernan with 20 points, 2nd Anthony Cowley with 20 points and 3rd Jim Faulkner with 19 points. The Midweek winner was Marie Bedford 22 with points 

Young Entrepreneurs

Here's a great idea for any of the Football players in the parish. Colm, Evan, Eoin and Ciaran who are Transition Year students in St. Marys Diocesan School are selling Gaelic gloves that are worn by players such as Cillian O' Connor, Conor McManus, Paul Flynn and James O' Donoghue. For just €18 you can get a pair with any crest and in a range of colours. For €2 more (€20) they can personalise them with your initials also. Contact with enquiries

Contact me

If you would like to see your news in this part of the newspaper, a celebration, weddings, anniversary, family party, births or anything that might be of interest to the local community, please have no hesitation in contacting.  Give me a ring at 087 6366605 or pop me an email at  But one thing to remember is that the deadline to get your items to me is Friday Lunchtime as the paper will now be in the shelves from Tuesday mornings.


Contact me

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Thought for the day

Happiness is an intermediate station between too little and too much.

Development Group Lotto

Results from 30/10/2018. No's drawn were: 8/13/16/20. No winner. €50 winners were: Mary Walsh c/o Breeda Marley and Peter Levins c/o Ann Levins. Results from 6/11/2018.No's drawn were:

17/18/22/24. No winner. €50 winners were: Ronan Meegan c/o Bingo and Rosario Devlin c/o Ann Levins. Results from 13/11/2018. No's drawn were: Philomena Donnelly c/o Blanaith Donnelly and Anthony Marley c/o Breeda Marley. Congratulations to all the winners. Jackpot next week €8850, yours to win or share for only €2. Good luck

Louth Looking Good Awards 2018

The following is a report on John Kirk Park from the recent Awards Ceremony by Louth Co. Council.

It was felt that the cleanliness rating had deteriorated this year although kerbside weed control was excellent in places but very poor at the lower end of the estate. In terms of landscaping all grass areas were neatly cut which contributed to a cared for appearance but the raised stone bed of ivy and Livingstone daisies also the two circular stone beds need to be pruned to deliver maximum impact.

The first impression of the estate wasn't very positive as the name stone at the entrance was surrounded by aged weeds on adjudication day; however it is evident that many green fingered residents reside in John Kirk Park. Individual presentation was very good with No's 94 and 95 being a particularly dramatic duo with flamboyant colour from a myriad of container planting. Others to really impress were No's 3, 4, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 51, 53, 57, 58, 59, 60, 64, 65, 67, 68, 71, 92, 93, 96 and 97. Because of the litter problem and the noted weed problem at the entrance the overall appearance was negatively impacted on but it is hoped that this is a situation that can be rectified for future years.

Report on McCooey Terrace

The cleanliness rating remain at the same general standard as last year with some litter in evidence including plastic bottles, glass bottles, and cans but this was balanced out somewhat by very good kerbside weed control. Landscaping options are extremely limited as a result of the layout of your mature residential area but the provision of some container planting would provide interest. Nicely painted boundary walls within the estate leads to a crisp and bright appearance and while the standard of individual presentation varies, most properties present in a positive manner. No 4 in particular, was very eye-catching with a stunning display of hanging baskets and window boxes while neighbouring No 5 was similarly embellished and looked terrific. Overall

McCooey Terrace presents well if in a somewhat understated manner.

Upcoming events at the Lifeboat Station

We have a very good selection of Christmas Cards on sale at the station at a very reasonable price. Please call down any day and view them.

Polar Plunge

The annual Polar Plunge for "Special Olympics" will be taking place at the beach on Saturday 1st December. Please come down and give them your support, as you know this fundraiser is for a very worthy cause. Thank you.

Drogheda Branch ISPCC

Anyone interested in attending one of our information sessions should contact or 0419833406 to book a place.

The Drogheda BranchI recruit volunteers from all over the Louth and Meath area and are eager to add to our fantastic team. We are currently recruiting volunteers for Monday to Thursday. The first step in becoming a volunteer is to attend an information evening/day. This is an opportunity for people to come along and hear about the service, and what is involved in volunteering. Information Sessions for: Monday 26th November 12-2pm, Tuesday 27th November 6.30-8.30pm or Wednesday 28thNovember 6.30-8.30pm) in Distillery House, Dyer Street, Drogheda, Co Louth please contact Carol on or 041-9833406 no later than Friday 23rd November.

Togher Chaerobics

Sit and Get Fit with Togher Chaerobics classes by Carmel, as heard on LM FM, in Tullydonnell School Hall, every Tuesday at 7.30 pm. Fee per night is €8 or €40 for six classes. For further information contact Carmel ph: 0863282748.

ICA Group

The Clogherhead & Walshestown ICA group meet in the Community Hall Clogherhead on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 8.00 p.m. We would love to meet new members so come along this Tuesday and meet us all.

Dreadnots News

Bingo continues every Monday night in the Community Hall, Clogherhead starting at 8.30.p.m.

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

Monday: 4.30-5.30 Campbell Academy of Irish Dance. Bingo: 8.30.p.m. Tuesday: 1st Of every month: 8 p.m. Clogherhead & Walshestown ICA Guild Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of every month at 8.p.m. Development Group Meeting: Wednesday:

10.30.a.m. Ferrard Day Centre: 5-6.30p.m. Miriam McCarthy School of Irish Dance. Thursday: 9.30 -11.30 a.m. Parent & Toddler Group: 2pm Indoor Bowls. Friday: 3p.m. Danceworx. To book the Hall for any event, please phone Carainn on 087 2767511 after 7 p.m. 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.

Drogheda Independent