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Around the Districts: Ardcath/Clonalvy and Slane


Members of Lung Ying Academy, Rosnaree marking the Lunar New Year last Sunday with some Dragon Dancing, they are set to be part of the celebrations in Dublin this coming weekend.

Members of Lung Ying Academy, Rosnaree marking the Lunar New Year last Sunday with some Dragon Dancing, they are set to be part of the celebrations in Dublin this coming weekend.

Members of Lung Ying Academy, Rosnaree marking the Lunar New Year last Sunday with some Dragon Dancing, they are set to be part of the celebrations in Dublin this coming weekend.




Any news or items of interest contact Niamh @ 086 3477283 or email niamhuiloinsigh@gmail.com.

Ardcath Tidy Towns

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The Tidy Towns Committee have found large cider bottles being regularly discarded on the roads around the Moat Cross, Balgeeth. These are persons who are drinking in their cars and throwing the bottles out the window. A New Years resolution for these persons would be to stop as one of your neighbours has to pick them up!

Sincere Sympathy

Condolences to the family and friends of Mona Barnwell (née Kelly)late of Davidstown, Clonalvy. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis.

St. Vincent’s GAA

St. Vincent’s GFC are pleased to announce our latest major fundraiser, following in the tradition of our previous successful shows where the stars of the show are the heartbeat of our community. St. Vincent’s GAAgglebox is on at 8pm on Saturday 11th of February 2023 in the Crescent Concert Hall in Drogheda.

Check out the teams below and how you can support them and the club and also get your tickets for the show: https://www.events54.com/event/stvincents

Text Alert Service

Duleek & District Text Alert Service covers the following areas:

Duleek, Donore, Mount Hanover, Julianstown, Laytown, Bettystown, Gormanston, Stamullen, Ardcath, Clonalvy, Bellewstown, Cushenstown, Curragha, Rathfeigh & Knockcommon.

€6 payment can now be paid by Revolut. Send your mobile phone number and parish name with payment to 086 8097737 or contact us on 041 9880523 for more details.

You will receive all up-to-date crime reports from Gardai & citizens that send us alerts.

Other public information like road closures, electrical outage notices & other emergency notices in your area only.



Contact Sean on 087-6783729 or email swall32@gmail.com if you have an item for this column.

Plans on display

Officials from Meath County Council were in attendance as the Slane bypass and public realm plan went on display to the public in the Conyngham Arms Hotel last Thursday. The plan includes a HGV ban, the redesign of the junction on the square, the creation of a new village garden and the removal of the overhead gantries on the descent to Slane Bridge.

The proposed bypass is a 3.5km long stretch to the east of the village, a type two duel carriageway with three junctions, one at the north, one on the N51 and one at the southern end with a combined walk way and cycle way running along the bypass.

The public realm plan sets out the future approach to the streets and spaces of the village and includes speed reduction measures towards the centre of the village, defined spaces and narrowed streets to create more space and an improved layout. Plans include a car park to the south of the N51 Navan Road, wider footpaths throughout the village to encourage walking and narrower carriageways to reduce speeding and encourage cycling.

It will also include an improved junction at the square, greater public lighting, greater space for pedestrians and the introduction of vegetation with tree lined streets enhancing the appearance of the village.

This proposal is dependent on the delivery of the Slane bypass and the removal of heavy goods vehicles from the village.

Enrolment for students

Enrolment for students intending to start junior infants in St Patrick’s National School Slane is now open. Enrolment application forms are available on the school website www.slanens.ie or by emailing the school office at office@slanens.ie Please return completed forms via email or post by Friday, February 3rd. Further information is available at www.slanens.ie/enrolment2023-24/

Slane GFC

Numbers drawn in the lotto on January 18th were 3, 7, 17, 21. There was no jackpot winner and the four lucky dip winners were Aoife & Aisling Mooney, Sharon Lynch, Colm Devin, Susan Murray. The draw takes place every Wednesday night following the bingo in Toddy Harding Park. The jackpot is now €3000.

The club’s 50/50 draw is back for 2023 and the first draw of the new year takes place on February 1st. The entry fee is €10 and the more entries the bigger the pot for the winner. To play scan the code on the club’s Facebook page or via Clubforce.

Drive in Bingo every Wednesday in Slane GFC Grounds at 7.30pm. Single book €15, double €20.

Wedding Showcase

The Conyngham Arms Hotel os hosting a Wedding Showcase this Sunday, January 29th from 2pm – 4pm. Allow Conyngham Arms help you start this wonderful journey together at the New Year Wedding Open Day. Be greeted with a glass of bubbly, tea/coffee and scones and wander around the boutique hotel with candles lit throughout and touches of French Country décor creating a ‘home away from home’ charming atmosphere. View the lavender Suite fully set for a wedding then step into the landscaped gardens complete with water fountain, which provides the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and photos. Meet Tracie the Wedding Coordinator who will be delighted to assist with any thoughts or questions you might have in relation to your special day. For more information email: weddings@conynghamarm.ie

Slane Castle

Slane Castle grounds, walking trail, distillery and castle courtyard including Browne’s Bar is open Saturdays and Sundays in January and February from 10 - 6pm. Browne’s Bar is open for brunch from 11 - 4pm with walk ins welcome but booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. New seasonal Sundays in the Gandon Room, Sunday lunch and storytelling is commencing this Sunday. Only private castle tours are available in January and February. Please email events@slanecastle.ie to book a tour or to book a private event.

Tractor Run

The Sean Loughran Charity Tractor & Vintage Car & Lorry Run in aid of SOSAD Ireland takes place on Sunday, February 5th, starting at Teach Raithneach, Strinagh, at 1pm. Registration from 11.30am and entry is €25 per vehicle. Further details from 086 3874318 or 087 9580993.

Vikings are coming

The Viking Festival returns to Slane Castle this summer, on Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st. Visitors to the camp can try archery and hear Skalds tell Viking sagas. Artisans will have their handcrafted goods on display and for sale. Participate in children’s treasure hunts, story telling and viking style face painting, see fierce warriors do battle to be Irish champion. There is something for all the family. Tickets from boynevalleyevents.com/slane-castle-viking-festival

Singers wanted

The Slane Church Singing Group gather on a Wednesday evening from 8pm 0 9pm. All are welcome.

Castle wedding showcase

Slane Castle’s Wedding Showcase continues this Saturday, giving couples an opportunity to see inside the time-honoured castle itself, view the ornate King George IV ballroom, the contemporary Gandon Room and Browne’s Bar complete with Slane rock concert memorabilia. This is a rare opportunity to meet the wedding co-ordinator and see Slane Castle’s wedding options privately. The historic castle and estate is ideally suited to weddings of varied sizes and styles, for your entire event including the ceremony, or as a luxurious reception venue. The wedding showcase is from noon to 4pm each Saturday and those intending to attend must book a time slot at eventbrite.ie Details are on the Slane Castle website.

New players welcome

Rossin Rovers Soccer Club is seeking new players to strengthen their senior men’s and women’s teams and underage teams for 2023. If you are interested please message the club Facebook page for further details or contact the following: senior men’s team - Stephen 0861616828, senior women’s team - Graham 085 1128964, kids nursery to under-11 - Andy 087 0663947.

Find the Joker takes place in Dolly’s Bar every Sunday night.

Christmas trees recycling

Have you taken down your Christmas tree and are wondering what to do with it? Well Navan, Trim and Kells recycling centres are accepting Christmas trees for shredding free of charge until the end of the month. Normal gate fee applies.

Rathkenny Athletic Club

Membership for 2023 is now open. Juvenile membership costs €50 and adult €60. Family rates available for four or more people. Training has recommenced and new members are welcome. For further information contact Brendan on 086 0724911.

Walking Group

The Slane Striders Walking Group meet each Tuesday evening at 7.30pm for walks around the Slane/Boyne Valley area. They also meet on Thursday mornings at 10.30am. New members always welcome. For further information contact Lucy Kennedy on 0874649876.

Joker Draw

The Joker Draw takes place in Lynch’s Bar each Sunday night. Get your envelopes in any of the shops and pubs in the village, €3 for one week and €20 for seven weeks. All proceeds go towards the St Patrick’s Day Parade 2023. The Slane St Patrick’s Day committee are busy with the preparations for the parade which is now less than two months away. This year promises to be a brilliant day for young and old with music on the village square from early in the day and free goody bags, popcorn and candy floss for the kiddies. If you would like to take part in the parade you can contact any of the committee members or Slane Hub. It is a great opportunity for free advertisement for your business. There is also a €500 prize for the best float.

Slane Spinners

Slane Spinners Cycling Club have leisure spins every Sunday morning leaving the square in Slane at 9am and everyone is welcome. Turbo Training classes take place in the Youth Cafe every Thursday for the winter months starting at 7pm. All welcome, please bring towel and water plus small donation each night towards the rent of the hall. For further information contact Barry on 087 9469047.


Alone aims to help reduce loneliness and isolation through a weekly home visit from a befriender. To avail of this service or make a referral contact Francis at 086 1085965 or email volunteer@alone.ie