Monday 23 April 2018

Band mass

MASS for the deceased members of Drogheda Brass Band will take place on Sunday December 22nd at the Augustinian Church at noon. The band will perform on the day and also at the 1.15pm mass. Sadly, the band lost two great servants in Liam Gardiner and Raymie Smith since last year's annual event.


The Benedictine Monks at the Silverstream Priory in Stamullen have announced that they operate an excellent Catholic Bookshop at the Priory and there are titles available to suit all ages. A gift of a book at Christmas can often be treasured for life, so for anyone with an interest in this, pop along to the Gatehouse bookshop at the Silverstream Priory any day from 11am to 12.30pm or from 1.30 until 5pm. The final Sunday of Advent will take place at the Priory this coming Sunday, December 22nd at 4pm and all are welcome to attend.


On Christmas Eve the Family Mass will take place at 4.30pm in St. Patrick's Church in Stamullen village and at 6.30pm in St. Mary's in Julianstown. Families and parishioners in general are being asked to bring along a statute of the Baby Jesus from your home cribs if indeed you have one so that they may be blessed at this service.


For the second year running, the Christmas Comedy Show in aid of suicide prevention and awareness charity Save Our Sons and Daughters (SOSAD) is taking place in The Venue at McHugh's Bar, Drogheda on Saturday December 21.

Headlining the night will be Joe Rooney, a man who is known at home and abroad for his appearance on Father Ted and his role as Timmy Higgins in Killinaskully.

The show will also feature an array of local talent as well as international comedians fresh off the stage from the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. The show begins at 8.30 and is free on the door, although a donation to SOSAD is kindly requested.

Entry to the show is free, but we are requesting a donation for SOSAD to support their worthy cause in raising awareness of suicide and helping those who have been affected by it. So anything you can give is very much appreciated.


'NECRET', the Northeast Cancer Research and Education Trust, was established in 2005 and set up to help improve facilities for all cancer patients using the northeast oncology unit in Drogheda.

The oncology team would love if people made the NECRET calendar and cards their number one charity purchases for this year.

The calendars and cards are made up of photographs depicting areas from all over the northeast and were kindly donated by very talented photographers. Should you be in a position to sell some please contact the team at 086 7773294.


Drogheda Community Services are expanding their Mediation Service.

Mediation is a process in which professional voluntary mediators help people to resolve disputes without the need to go to court. Service is available to individuals and members of Community based not-for- profit groups. If you think Mediation could help you to resolve your situation Please contact Drogheda Community Services, Dermot Kierans House, Scarlet Crescent, Drogheda, at 041 9836084.


VIATORIS Christi, a lay missionary group who work alongside Irish missionary priests are seeking people over 21 willing to go on the missions for a year or more. Details from 018689986.


Gamblers Anonymous host meetings every Thursday at 8pm in the Community House, Rathmullen Park.


Aisteoirí na Boinne are presently in the middle of rehearsal for their forthcoming production of wake in the west by M.J. Ginnelly . The production is a high farce play and has packed venues where it has been staged. After a life devoted to drink, it is to no surprise that Tom Healy's final wish, is to be buried in the drink, at sea that is.The neighbours are one by one calling into the wake house to pay respects though, not all come to pray.

Brian Kelly local teacher joins the group as he threads the boards for the first time in the role as Martin the emigrant son who has returned home to close some chapters on his life, while John Kelly well-known local actor returns to the stage as the local parish priest. The cast is made up of hugely talented actors and a crew who have had major success over the last number of years staging full house productions. Michael Ferguson director of the play invites us all join the family as they mourn.

Aisteori Na Bonnie are on stage in the Droighead Arts Centre from the 18th Feb till 22nd Feb. While always aware of the local community's needs A number of charity nights for various local groups will take place on some nights. Tickets are now available for sale through the arts centre and might fill the old Christmas stocking as a thoughtful gift.


It's that time of the year again, with Christmas just around the corner and the annual Christmas Home illuminations Competition is being organised.

The judges are Eileen Faulkner, Jimmy Weldon, William Mahoney, Caroline Kavanagh, Liam Wilson, Deirdre Russell & Co ordinator Cllr Frank Godfrey.

Judges will be visiting homes, estates, shops and businesses in Drogheda and District over the next two weeks, looking at the best dressed homes and a presentation of Certificates and Prizes will take place in The d Hotel on Monday 6th January at 7.30pm

Cllr Godfrey said, 'this is the 10th annual event, many households look forward to it every year and take great pride in their homes.'


A special needs group in Uganda and the St John Ambulance Drogheda Division are the two charities which will benefit from this year's Drogheda Cares at Christmas campaign.

They intend to put the Drogheda Cares at Christmas money towards buying an AED (defibrillator) unit for their Bike Unit. This is used during cardiac arrest.

The overseas project is the Shalom Community founded by Ugandans in 2012 in the capital, Kampala. Among the three assistants working there is Andrew Kieran from Bettystown who worked with the L'Arche community in Baldoyle for more than a year.

The Drogheda Cares money will go towards building a new community house, workshop and school nearby.

Anyone wishing to take part in the fund-raising fast can obtain fast cards from the Augustinian shop. "Groups wishing to undertake events in aid of the campaign are welcome to do so," said Drogheda Cares organiser Phil Conyngham. Her contact number is 086-8123310. Fast cards have already been issued to all the secondary schools in town.


A number of Past Pupils of Duleek Boys & Girls National School are organizing a School Reunion in August 2014 for pupils who attended both Boys and Girls School in the late 1960s & 1970s.

If you are interested to meet up with 'Old' school friends and teachers, please forward name,address,old photos and memories/stories of your time in Duleek School to the following email address or post to Duleek Boys/Girls National School Duleek Co.Meath. Check out the Facebook Page at Duleek Boys and Girls Past Pupil School Reunion.


Advent and Christmas Tide Service/Mass Arrangements: Reconciliation Service for our Pastoral Area, Monday 23rdDecember at 7.30 pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Carol Service will take place at 9.00 pm before the Nativity Vigil. Mass on Christmas Eve is on Tuesday 24th December, the Nativity Vigil Mass with procession of children to crib with image of Jesus and blessing of the crib is on at 10.00 pm. Nativity Day Masses are on Wednesday 25th at 8.30 am and 10:00 am.

No Mass will take place on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th December. Feast of the Holy Family Masses Vigil is on Saturday 29th at 7.30 pm and Sunday 29 th at 8.30 am and 11 am.


A public meeting will take place on Tuesday 7th January at the d Hotel at 7.30pm The purpose of the meeting is to set up a committee to organise a re-union which is scheduled for Easter Sunday 20th April 2014 in the Westcourt Hotel.

The organisers are calling all former employees of Greenmount & Boyne Mill to come along with suggestions and ideas and volunteers to help organise this historic event.

For further details contact Co-Ordinator Cllr Frank Godfrey 086 6060261.

Drogheda Independent