Tuesday 22 October 2019

Around the districts: Tullyallen, Laytown/Bettystown, Mornington

Tullyallen: The Tullyallen Access the Glen Committee are delighted to announce that the official opening of the Glen Walkway will take place on Saturday 30th March 2019 at 2 pm at King William's Glen.

We are absolutely thrilled that Ms Éanna ní Lámhna has agreed to officiate at this long awaited event. This is a huge honour for all involved and for Tullyallen and the surrounding areas.  Ms Ní Lámhna is one of Ireland's best known public figures in the area of nature and the environment.  She is a renowned author, biologist, educator and is also a radio (Mooney goes wild) and TV presenter.  It is an added bonus that she also hails from the wee county. Further updates will follow on this event and the Committee looks forward to welcoming all at what promises to be a wonderful day - a fitting finale for this wonderful community project.

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Operation Transformation Walks

The Glen Emmets would like encourage all their members & everyone in the community to get up and get walking. In conjunction with RTÉ One's Operation Transformation, they are aiming to get everyone to enjoy community walks in our own local GAA club. This will take place every Saturday morning at 10am till Feb 23rd, why not come out and walk. The Glen Emmets walking track is just over 500m long.....walk it 10 times....and you've done 5k. Whether there is 5 people or 50 - just arrive and walk.

Lotto Results

Results for the Glen Emmets Lotto held 12th February 2019. The Grand Prize Draw was for €4,600 and there was no winner. The numbers drawn were 3, 12, 23 & 26. The 4 Lucky Dip winners who receive €25 each are Alan Branigan, Donal Healy, James Byrne & Sue Donoghue. Next week's draw is €4,700. 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. Amanda 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.

Parish News

The Africa Magazine supports the work of the St. Patrick's Missionary Society Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. Readers are informed of the changing challenge facing the missionary and gives them a sense of belonging in the frontier work of the church. If you wish to subscribe to this magazine, please leave your name and contact details in the sacristy (before Thursday the 28th of February ) for Mr. Moonan who is co-ordinating the Africa Magazine. Subscription is €10 a year.

Upcoming talks for Lent in Community Services Centre Scarlet Crescent Drogheda, Thursday 7th of March, 14th of March and 21st of March. Each talk will be from 7.30pm to 8.45pm. Refreshments are served and all welcome.

Thursday 7th of March - Listening for God's Voice in the Old Testament- Patrick Logue, 14th of March- Christian Art & Scripture-Larry Corrigan and 21st of March - Women of the Bible- Margaret Duffy.

Community First Aid Training

Tullyallen Red Cross Branch are running a 6 week Practical first aid course  at Glen Emmets G.F.C on Tuesday evenings from Tuesday February 26th starting at 7pm finished up at 9pm sharp in the Glen Emmets Clubhouse. This consists of 6 Modules: 1. How to Approach the scene of an Accident, 2. Choking and C.P.R. 3. Wound Care/Burns 4. Fractures/Sports Injuries, 5. Poisoning/Unconsciousness, 6. Paediatric Emergencies

Upon Successful completion of the course, which does not have an examination, but is based on attendance and participation throughout the course, participants receive an Irish Red Cross certificate in practical First Aid. The certificate is valid for two years. The cost of course is just €20.00 and places are limited to the first 25 places filled. Contact any member of the Tullyallen Red cross or have a look at their facebook page and leave a message there, someone will get back onto you.


Contact me

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

Pancake Morning

The East Meath hospice association are holding their pancake morning at the City North hotel on March 5th (Tues) 2019 from 10 am to 12.30 pm. All the usual stalls will be there. Designer clothes and accessories, home baking, plants and vegetables, bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts. There will also be a raffle. Thanks to the management and staff off City North for their continued support.

Spring Cleaning

An Taisce National Spring Clean takes place every year during the month of April. It will be held on Saturday 6th April, meeting at the statue of the Boy with the Kite, to do a clean-up of the village and surrounding areas. Would you like to come along and give a hand? Gloves, Bags, High Vis Jackets and Litter Pickers will be supplied.

School Enrolments

Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa, Bettystown - If you have a child who will be 4 years of age on or before 31st March 2019, and would like to register them for school, please call in, phone 041-9887431 or email

Coláiste na hInse Dinner

To celebrate 10 years of Coláiste na hInse, a Gala Reunion Dinner will be held in Halla Spoirt at 7pm on Friday 15th March. All former daltai are invited as are all current and former pupils and teachers. Tickets are limited and are available for €20 plus booking fee on Eventbrite. Dinner will be served on the night (buffet style). Bring a table of ten and make sure that you dress to impress! Special recognition to those that incorporate the school colours of sea blue and gold.

Mrs. Claire King

It was with deep sadness locally to hear that Claire King (nee Tully) had passed away last week. Claire was a very popular lady and very well known all over the area. Predeceased by her husband Leo, Claire was a loving mum to her daughters Karen and Barbara. She will be sadly missed by them, her grandchildren Erin, Callum, Canice and Seimi, son-in-law Paul, brother Séan, sisters Kitty and Margaret, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

A very large number of mourners went to the Sacred Heart Church, Laytown for Funeral Mass last Saturday week to pay their respects. This was followed by Cremation in Dardistown Crematorium. Sincere condolences are extended to her heart broken family. May Claire King rest in peace.

New Build at School

Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh We received news during the week that An Bord Pleanala has granted permission for the new build at Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh. We look forward to the state-of-the-art facilities that will be of enormous benefit to the children and the community.


Donacarney School Enrolment 2019 

Junior infants new admissions evening: Parents/Guardians (adults only) are invited to a meeting in relation to junior infants starting school in September 2019. These meetings will be held on Tuesday 12th February at the boy's school at 7.30 pm. Wednesday 27th February at the girl's school at 7.30pm. For enquiries about all enrolments for the 2019-2020 year please contact: Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt (boys' school) at 041 9827045, Réalt na Mara Caillini (girls' school) at 041 9887684.

Meath Befriending Service

Aims to reduce loneliness and isolation within County Meath by a weekly visit from a trained volunteer, For Further Information or to avail of the service Telephone Meath volunteer Centre at 0469280790 or email,

Hospice pancake morning

The East Meath hospice association are holding their pancake morning at the City North hotel on March 5th (Tues) 2019 from 10 am to 12.30 pm. All the usual stalls will be there. Designer clothes and accessories, home baking, plants and vegetables, bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts. There will also be a raffle. Thanks to the management and staff off City North for their continued support.

Where have all the salmon gone

On Tuesday last February 12th, for many generations, there would be no  men to be found in Mornington.

They would be all, well most of them, on the Baltray side, north of the river about a mile away from the mouth of the river.

Some men would fish on the Southern side. It wasn't just Mornington men who fished on the Boyne. You had men from peripheral villages and also men from Drogheda. In the halcyon days, there would be on up two hundred men fishing. A few days before the fishing started the priest would bless the boats and nets. Whilst the men were fishing the women folk would bring tea and bread down to the fishermen. The tea would be in a milk bottle and the bread would be wrapped in newspaper. Everything seemed so simple in those days. Unlike nowadays people lived a far less stressful life. I would guess that the word stress wasn't in the dictionary, if it was then no one looked it up.

Fast forward to nowadays there is no net fishing on the Boyne River. Many rivers, especially on the east coast were closed in 2006, except for the catch and release  programme which was carried out until 2015. This operation was carried out under strict conditions in the presence of a fishery inspector and some of his staff.

The angling fraternity are still doing the catch and "Release". The reason for the closure of these fisheries was to do with the small number of salmon that were returning to the rivers. Apparently.

This shortage is because of commercial fishing, angling, pollution, predation, poaching, global warming, scarcity of krill and capelin, which is the staple diet of the salmon. The krill and capelin is under serious stress from the Japanese boats and have decimated the stocks. There is another danger to salmon which is rarely mentioned, and that is the number of seals that are in the Boyne. They are doing serious damage to salmon and trout stocks. This is never mentioned. Now if the boot was on the other foot if salmon were killing seals there would be uproar. Surely these seals should be in a seal sanctuary or if not then have a seal cull like some other countries.

Drogheda Independent