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Around the districts: Tullyallen, Monasterboice

Tullyallen: Make contact - 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 hilary.a.kelly@gmail.com 

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.

Slimming World Times

Slimming World classes are on in the Glen Emmets Clubroom every Thursday at 6pm. Amanda will be there to help everyone get ready for the summer ahead. Now is the time when the summer body is created.... Whether you need to lose a few pounds, few stone or just try and maintain what you have, the door is always open for new and returning members.

There is no judgement, just encouragement and support from your friendly leader Amanda and all the members who are all in the same boat as yourself.

The hardest part is deciding to go, and walking though the door on the first night but everyone else there has had that feeling, you have nothing to lose but a whole lot of satisfaction to gain from your weekly Slimming World meeting.

Tullyallen Men's Shed

The Men's Shed have announced that they will be closed until Tuesday, 31st March and keep an eye out for any updates on this.

The Tullyallen Men's Shed have received a very generous donation of a Garden shed, courtesy of Drumcashel, Stabannon for their up-coming raffle. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards setting up a much needed workshop for the Tullyallen Men's Shed members. Tickets will be released shortly and watch this space or ask local members for more details.

Glen Emmets Fun Run / Walk

The Glen Emmets fun run / walk is scheduled to take place on Sunday 19th April at 2pm. There will be a fantastic t-shirt for the first 200 that sign up online so why not log onto https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/GlenEmmetsGFC5K ensure that you get your t-shirt.

This costs €15 for adults, €10 for under 18's, €30 for a family entry comprising of 2 adults (chipped) and 2 under children (not chipped).

There is also a Group Entry option available for 20 or more people of €12 each.

If last year is anything to go by this will be a tremendous success. So log on early to avoid disappointment at https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/GlenEmmetsGFC5K

Lotto Results

Results for the Glen Emmets Lotto held 10th March. The Grand Prize Draw was for €2,300 and there was no winner. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 20 & 24. The Lucky dip winner was Ellen Farrell who receives a 'Wee County' Double House Draw ticket worth €100.

Next week's draw is for €2,400. Tickets are on sale in Centra Tullyallen or any committee member or now you can play online at https://www.locallotto.ie/play_newa.asp?ll_id=1329#Anchor

Golf For Ladies

Calling all ladies! Have you ever wanted to give golf a try? Well now is your chance. Seapoint Golf Links are running a Ladies Get into Golf programme. The course includes four lessons from the PGA professional, four on course scrambles with experienced members and ten tokens to play ten 9 hole rounds of golf..

So why not take up a new sport this summer, get fit and make lots of new friends. Equipment is provided.

The course commences on Monday 11th May at 7pm. with complimentary tea & coffee afterwards. For more information contact Louise @ 087 9343502.  

Blood Donations Needed

If you have a spare hour or so, why not pop along to the next IBTS blood clinic in St. Oliver's National School, Ballymakenny Road, Drogheda on Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th March from 5pm to 8.30pm.

All existing, returning and new members are more than welcome to come along.

Rossin Rovers

Rossin Rovers would like to thank continued jersey sponsors Noone transport and Newgrange gold for new strips for our senior and U13s teams for 2020 season.

Congratulations to recent last man standing winner frank Taaffe . Next club meeting is Monday 6th of April in Monknewtown hall at 8pm.


contact me

If you have any news relevant to Monasterboice, be it personal, such as weddings, birthdays etc, club or organisation related, please contact me at paddyholdcroft@gmail.com or on 0862039501

Always wanted to play for Ireland?

Let's be honest, when we were young (and not so young), we all had aspirations of representing our beautiful country, either by prehoumously possessing the body of an established super star or actually BEING that icon ourselves.

The Aga Khan would be hardly finished up on the TV and you'd be out in the garden, brush between your legs.

Let me hastily add that the brush had assumed the body of a horse called "Boomerang' and it's partner was the great Eddie Macken and the hastily assembled disused milk crates were "The Wall".

I played alongside Johnny Giles, ran with Eamon Coughlan, cycled with Stephen Roche and even sang with Johnny Logan.

All very dreamy stuff, but alas, aspirations and reality are mostly parallel tracks and "Never (or seldom) the Twain do meet".

Except for now, March 2020, in the most unfortunate circumstances. The Coronavirus is without precedent in Ireland. It is insidious, infectious and a real danger to us all. It has left us in a state of shock and fear.

But, and this is a big BUT..... we aren't helpless. There IS something we CAN do for ourselves and our country.

So, before you don the green jersey, let me paraphrase the title of one of Taylor Swift latest hits and say "You need to calm down" Never before has our actions being so consequential for our country. Get out of the supermarkets (If we run out of toilet rolls, we can always revert back to the capppock leaf).

We are now on Ireland's team and need to play the best game of our lives. We need to be team players, albeit at the requisite distance, and when needed, play solo.

We may think we are strong team members, but we have very important members that will be a little bit vulnerable when under pressure, so defend them when needed.

Every scintilla of our actions WILL have consequence on ourselves our our teammates.

So, respect the opposition even fear it, but don't succumb to it. Wash your hands, 40/50 times a day. Keep self same paws away from any orifice on your body and keep your distance.

This era, as I said, is without precedent. We have a tough game on our hands, but our country needs us. Get out there, play the game of your lives and when the final whistle blows, please God, we'll celebrate like Italia90 on steroids.

Stay safe.

Drumshallon Forge.

The Drumshallon Forge is located just north of the Piperstown Equestrian Centre, Ballymakenny Road, Grangebellew, Co Louth, A92 DF7X.

Contact us by email: drumshallonforgeheritagecentre@eircom.net and find us on Facebook.


Arty Crafty Wednesday Evening 7.30 to 9.30 PM weekly classes - Suspended until further notice

Singing for Pleasure Thursday Evening 7.30 to 9.30 PM weekly session - Suspended until further notice

Ceangal an Cheoil 2020 Traditional Music Sessions - Sunday March 22nd session - Cancelled.

Ladies, for the Links?

Calling all ladies! Have you ever wanted to give golf a try? Well now is your chance. Seapoint Golf Links are running a Ladies Get into Golf programme. The course includes four lessons from the PGA professional, four on course scrambles with experienced members and ten tolkens to play ten X nine hole rounds of golf.

So why not take up a new sport this summer, get fit and make lots of new friends. Equipment is provided.

The course commences on Monday 11th May at 7pm. with complimentary tea & coffee afterwards.

For more information contact Louise @ 087 9343502.

CPR Training.

Free, one hour CPR training courses will take place in Naomh Mairtin's Hall on Saturday March 28th at 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm. Training is open to all adults in Monasterboice and surrounding areas.

If interested, please txt 0861936349, in order to book your slot. Probably one of the most productive hours you could ever spend

Monasterboice Credit Union.

The Monasterboice Credit Union committee wants to let all members know that it's AGM date will be confirmed soon and all concerned will be duly advised.

St Colmcille's Pastoral Area.

Five Lenten talks have been organised for Our Pastoral Area on each Monday evening during the month of March.

Attendees are invited to gather at 07:45pm for a greeting cup of tea/coffee with the talk starting at 08:00pm and finish about 09:15pm.

The venue is Termonfeckin Credit Union office, Big Street A92 ET99.

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