Monday 16 September 2019

Around the districts: Tullyallen, Laytown/Bettystown, Julianstown, Ardcath/Clonalvy

Tullyallen: Glen Emmets Kellogg's Cúl Camp - The dates for the Kellogg's Cúil camps have just been announced and Tullyallen will again be hosting a week this summer.

The Glen Emmets camp is on 15th July to 19th July this year. The children receive a jersey and training top and a backpack. The camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day, the programme involves coaching specific skills and is a great opportunity for the children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games.

During the camp week a 'blitz' is organized to provide each child with introduction to competitive games. If you are interested in your child attending go onto the website to try and secure your place this year. This camp is always fantastically ran and the cost is €60 for 1 child, €55 for the 2nd child, €45 for the 3rd and subsequent children. And if your child wants to attend another camp they can register for €45 without the gear that they get in their first camp.

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Tullyallen Sports Day

Looks like it's all systems go for the Tullyallen Sports Day. There will be the usual Kids races, BBQ, monster raffle, face painting to name a few of the many family fun filled events planned for the day. This is a major fund raiser for the school and is the high point of the year for the village.

This day cannot go ahead without volunteers on the few days leading up to and on the day itself.

If you can help with the set up or running or donate spot prizes or help with the medals, there are so many different ways to help the day be the success it always has been in past years.

The association currently gathering for the Vintage Bazar and Lucky Dip stalls. They are collecting Toys (new or in good working condition, Unwanted Gifts, Teddy Bears, Adult & Children's Books, Household Accessories but to name a few. If you can help with this or in any other way, just contact the parents association for further details.

Blood donations needed

The next blood donation clinic is at Teach Raithneach (next to the Military Museum) Starinagh, Collon this Wednesday 22nd May from 4.30pm to 8pm. All existing, returning and new donors are encouraged to come along.

Parish News

Reminder of collection for Education of Priests Blue Envelope (5th of May). Your support is gratefully appreciated for this special collection as we currently support students for the priesthood in Maynooth, in Rome, and at our own Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary inf Dundalk who are preparing to be ordained as Priests for the Archdiocese of Armagh. 

Mellifont Parish welcomes Father Michael Router to the diocese. Pope Francis has appointed him as Auxiliary bishop of Armagh. May God bless him and guide him in his ministry.

Congratulations to the 66 students (their families and school staff) who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Saturday. Please keep them, their families and friends in your prayers.

We will be remembering all who are undertaking examinations over the next few weeks in our prayers and during our Masses. Names of examination candidates can be placed on petition slips at church door and placed into the Exam prayer basket in our sanctuary. They will be remembered in all our Masses between now and the end of examination season.

Cemetery & Corpus Christi Sunday Mass will be this Sunday 23rd of June at 11am

Lotto Results

Results for the Glen Emmets Lotto held Tuesday, 14th May 2019. The Grand Prize Draw was for €5,900 and there was no winner. The numbers drawn were 3,5,6 & 22. The 4 Lucky Dip winners who receive €25 are Pat Colgan, Aoife Russell, Fiona Dillon & Declan Crosby. Next week's draw is €5,900. Tickets are on sale in Centra Tullyallen or any committee member or now you can play online at

Slimming World Times

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

Men's Shed

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.

Tullyallen Parent & Toddler Group

The Tullyallen Parent & Toddler group continues to meet every Thursday from 9.30 to 11.30am in the Glen Emmets Clubrooms. This is not just for parents, grandparents and minders can come along with the kids also, it's a great way for the kids to get together and the grown-ups can catch up with a cuppa and a natter. This costs just €3 per adult and this includes entry into the Glen Emmets Lotto draw.

Safe Talk

"I may be only one person, but I can be one person who makes a difference."

Do you work with teenagers or young adults. Coach football, hurling, camogie etc.

Work closely with your colleagues or in a predominately male environment, or simply just want to be able to help someone in need.

Then why go along to the Pharmacy in Tullyallen this Thursday May 23rd at 6.30pm for safeTalk. SafeTalk is a FREE of charge three hour training programme which prepares participants to recognize the warning signs and connect with a person with suicidal thoughts. This OPEN, HONEST and DIRECT safeTalk about suicide WILL make a difference in our community


Contact me

Ring Iris on 0864033557 or email with items of interest in the area.

First Responders Golf

The East Meath First Responders are holding their inaugural Golf tournament on Friday 5th July at Laytown Bettystown Golf Club. Cost is €300 per team of four.

There is also a prize of a car for a hole in one. For booking and sponsorship ring 083 8302414.

Pride of Place

The Pride of Place competition is now open for applications. Further information from the Community Department Meath County Council Buvinda House, Dublin Rd, Navan, Co Meath, or by email or alternatively from the website The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday 7th June.

Laytown Tidy Towns

Laytown Tidy Towns have been out in force and are doing tremendous work on the bed beside the railway bridge. You may have noticed that the ground has been levelled on the approach road to Laytown and work will shortly begin on creating a raised bed, pathway and wildflower meadow. Many of our villages, towns and housing estates in East Meath have entered Meath County Councils Anti-Litter Initiative and we hope that all the residents of East Meath will make every effort to ensure there is no litter on the ground. Pick it up and bin it or bring your rubbish home with you.

Blessing of the Graves 2019

Colpe: Saturday 1st June at 7.00pm Mornington: Sunday 2nd June at 7.00pm Calvary: Sunday 16th June at 3.00pm Reilig Mhuire: Sunday 16th June at 7.00pm St. Peter's: Sunday 30th June at 3.00pm Newtown Cross: Sunday 30th June at 5.00pm; Moorechurch: Sunday 7th July at 11.30am

Sandcastle competitions

The annual Sandcastle building and sand sculpturing competitions day will take place on Sunday 30th June. Now in its 17th year, it's a wonderful activity for all the family and for tourists, especially with the beach, the sand, the water, the fresh air, and the parking all free - just bring the buckets and spades!

Hospice Golf Classic

The Drogheda and East Meath hospice association are holding their annual golf classic at Laytown and Bettystown on Friday 31st May. The price is €160 per team of four. As usual, there will be raffles held in the clubhouse after the golf is over. There will also be an auction held as well, many valuable items will be up for grabs.

Also, dinner will be available for just €12.50. There are very few slots left on the timesheet. For further information please contact 087 1833008. 


Wooly Farm Animals

Wooly Farm Animals are coming to Julianstown on Sunday 23rd June, @ 2 pm. Children will be able to meet and pet rabbits, lambs, goats etc. Paul our favourite magician will astound us with his magic show and puppet theatre. Lots of fun and games for all. Join us in our village garden and enjoy the fun.

Julianstown & District Community Association 

We will shortly be starting a complete revamp of the beds going up the hill in Julianstown and are in the process of drawing up a design. This will create a focal point going up through the village and also include additional seating.   We hope that you will support us by either giving a helping hand or making a donation towards the project.  We want Julianstown to grow into an attractive, safe and sustainable village which will be home to a vibrant, creative and enterprising community, welcoming to all.   

First Communion Ceremony

Congratulations to the boys and girls from Whitecross NS who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Saturday last 18th May at 11 am in St. Mary's Church, Julianstown. We hope they had a wonderful day.

Louth Meath Down Syndrome

A Summer concert by the Tredagh Singers with The Celtic Choir, Berlin, is taking place in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda on Friday, 31st May at 8pm.  Raffle on the night. Tickets €15 available from Clare on 087-6383477.  All proceeds to Louth Meath Down Syndrome.


Whist Drives

Top Score last week was Dick Walsh. Top lady was Geraldine Kearns. Top Gent was Ita Kennedy. The first half winner was Kathleen Dunican. The second half winner was Mary Caffrey. Whist continues each Monday night in Bennett's. The final whist night will be on 27th May and as usual all monies on the night will go to the Alzheimers Day Centre in Drogheda We hope there will be a big turnout that night.

Fr. Brendan Jubilee

The Parish Pastoral Council are delighted to invite all to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of our Parish Priest Fr. Brendan Ferris. This will be celebrated on Sunday the 9th of June in Curraha at 11.30am Mass followed by refreshments.

Our Tomorrow Parish

Great attendance, fantastic input from Fr. Joe, brilliant questions from the participants, great debates and discussion and most important of all a lovely cup of tea to conclude where many more discussions were had. Thank you to all who attended this very interesting event.

Ardcath Windfall

The Jackpot was won by Francis Rogers; congratulations. Numbers drawn were 11-12-27. Names drawn for monthly draw were Ciaran O'Reilly and Kevin Boylan. Next week's jackpot will be €1,200.00.

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Holy Land 2019

Bishop Deenihan will lead the 2019 Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from November 4th - 12th. Full details will be available shortly. Enquiries to MAP Travel at 01 8783111, patricia@maptravel.ieor Gerry MacCormack 042 96673.

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