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Ciaran Calvey with Ned at the Rock Farm in Slane. Ned had just been to see the pigs on the farm so looking at our photographer was a big step down in fun.

Ciaran Calvey with Ned at the Rock Farm in Slane. Ned had just been to see the pigs on the farm so looking at our photographer was a big step down in fun.

Ciaran Calvey with Ned at the Rock Farm in Slane. Ned had just been to see the pigs on the farm so looking at our photographer was a big step down in fun.

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ARDCATH/CLONALVY

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Vincent’s Windfall Draw

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This week’s Windfall Draw Results. Numbers drawn were 09-20-27.

There was no winner of the jackpot. Entries for the monthly draw were

Richard O’Connor and Catriona Tuite. Next week the jackpot is €8,000.

New Signs

The Ardcath Clonalvy Heritage Society is funding new road signs for Ardcath, similar to the Clonalvy road signs. It seems that the Irish name for Ardcath on the current road sign coming from the Garristown direction is incorrect, Ard á Chataha would seem to be a misspelling of Ard á Chatha.

Rathfeigh P & P

Mr. Eugene Morgan: It is with a heavy heart that we learnt that our long-time member Eugene Morgan from Kentstown, died last Monday after an illness bravely borne. Eugene was at the very heart of our club and was a great supporter of the game. He travelled all over to play in Open competitions and was well known where ever he went. He brought a smile to your face and it was always great fun to play with him. He represented his club on the Meath County Board and was always vocal at meetings; always constructive with ideas and never a bad word for anyone.

The funeral Mass for Eugene took place on Friday last in the Church of The Assumption Kentstown with burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery. We extend sincere condolences to his wife Betty, devoted father of Paul and Jennifer. Adoring grandfather to Séan, Danny and Sadhbh. He will be sadly missed and remembered always by his loving family, daughter-in-law Laura, son-in-law Frank, brothers Brian and Jerry, sisters Anne and Pansy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in peace Eugene Morgan.

Bennett’s Trad Nights

The weekly Trad Music Night is back in action and will now take place on Fridays (instead of Thursdays) for the time being! Always a great night out with musicians travelling from all over the county to be there.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm.

Christmas Schedule in our Churches

Christmas Schedule is subject to Public Health Guidelines Sacrament of Confession: Ardcath: Sat, 18th December 5pm-6pm and 7:30pm- 8pm Curraha: Sun. 19th December 12:30pm-2:30pm Holy Mass 24th Dec - Christmas Eve St Mary’s Church, Ardcath 6:30pm St Andrew’s Church, Curraha 8:30pm 25th Dec - The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Christmas Day St John the Baptist Church, Clonalvy 10:00am St Andrew’s Church, Curraha 11:30am

St Stephen’s Day (Sunday) St John the Baptist Church, Clonalvy 10:00am St Andrew’s Church, Curraha 11:30am (Followed by Blessing of Horses – please contact Parish Office). Sacrament of Confession: Ardcath: Sat, 18th December 5pm-6pm and 7:30pm- 8pm Curraha: Sun, 19th December 12:30pm-2:30pm.

BELLEWSTOWN

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Any news or items of interest contact Iris @0864033557 or email irismaryg@gmail.com

Bellewstown Inn Bingo

Thursday night Bingo has resumed in the Bellewstown Inn; starting time is 9p.m. It’s a great fun night out especially for those who have been unable to get out and about in the past year. Please note Covid guidelines will be followed.

Bellewstown Golf Club

11th Dec: Turkey League: 1st Paul Hoey 28pts; 2nd Robert Ellis 27pts

12th Dec: Men’s 9/Hole 3 club team event: 1st Liam Murphy, Vincent Hughes, Graham Pentony; 2nd Oliver Mulvany, Sean Reilly, Alan Kiernan 35pts.

Christmas Vouchers available for Bellewstown golf club, the perfect gift

Blotto Draw

Blotto Tuesday 14th December. Numbers drawn 02-10-17-20-26. No winner.

€10 winners were Tara Halpin; Bob; T J Seery; Ava Seery; Paddy McConnon Jnr; Marie Black.

The winners of the draw for 10 x €25 vouchers were. Pamela Seery; Tishy & Tommy; Tara Halpin; Peter Reilly Jnr; Abbie Seery; Martin Flood; The Brennan’s; Christina Maguire; Angela Reilly; Peter Reilly Jnr.

Bellewstown P & P

We welcomed 42 players to our club last week for the Meath Alliance. The weather was wet but all enjoyed the game and refreshments afterwards. Three of our members were among the winners; Colm Hanley, Willy Corry and Oliver Plunkett. We wish all our members and friends a very happy and safe Christmas and hope that next year will be a better one.

Christmas Raffle

The Parents Council of Scoil Naoimh Treasa are busy getting ready for their Christmas Raffle and they have over 40 great prizes up for grabs. Good luck to everyone who bought tickets in the draw this Tuesday 21st December. Thank you for all your support.

Duleek Bellewstown Active Retirement

Due to high cases of Covid 19 all meetings, activities and outings have been cancelled until the New Year. Keep safe everyone.

DULEEK

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Mog’s Magical Tour of Majestic Monuments

Passing through Duleek six times a year, back in 1950 from my home in Mosney to St. Joseph’s Boarding School in Navan, little did I realise that i was passing through a rich treasury of our cultural and fascinating heritage icons from time immemorial to present day wonders!

For this discovery I have to acknowledge and complement our Gifted Guide, and niece Mog Downey of Mosney Road for her spontaneous enthusiasm in awakening me and my sister Margaret Downey to this landscape of historical treasures surrounding Duleek in what I describe as “Mog’s Magical Tour of Majestic Monuments”!

On arrival we paused for a photograph in front of the Abbey which recorded a list of the monuments and significant places of interest to visit but as my time was limited Mog had to be selective in her choice of heritage ‘Stepping Stones’. I felt privileged to view the Abbey ruins of the first “daimh liag’ stone church in Ireland from which Duleek gets its name, as I had encountered this word “daimh liag” naming the uppermost structure on a number of Celtic stone crosses around Ireland!

On leaving the Abbey we were introduced to the oldest and largest Lime Tree in Ireland. This tree was planted by the People of Duleek after the Battle of the Boyne to represent William of Orange and was intertwined with an Ash tree representing Queen Mary! However in time the Ash tree became completely enveloped by the Lime tree. We may of course assume to offer special thanks to the Ash tree for the ‘Inner Life’ acquired by the Lime to create such an awesome wonder!

What I considered even more wondrous was the feast of ‘ Majestic Monuments’ from stone castles, to stone churches with a variety of amazing stone crosses in between with each carrying a story of interest, intrigue or insight. Of the many stone crosses which I have observed since my return from the Missions, the Athcarne Cross is the first that I have seen to depict Mother and Child so beautifully sculptured, I wonder if it was unique among the myriad of magnificent crosses throughout Ireland. The Balrath Cross was another Cross which Mog our guide introduced us to of special significance, and which carefully portrays to my astonishment the sacred image of The Pieta. It would be interesting to read what Francoise Henry ‘Scholar of Irish Art’ (1902-1982) and author of mammoth work on ‘Irish Stone Crosses’ might have to say on this unique presentation!

It was meal time as we approched Bellinter House which made an invitation to enter most inviting, where we enjoyed a welcome meal in luxurious comfort. Plans were made to include a visit to Tara which is understood as the hub of Meath’s Heritage Gems. So after the meal we made our way there, but not without another encounter with one of nature’s masterpieces, namely the gigantic ‘Weeping Beach Tree’ which was a wonder to behold.

The challenge of our Tara visit was focused on paying our respects to the sacred Lia Fail Stone. This stone monument marks the Inauguration Mound on the Hill of Tara in Co. Meath which served as the Coronation Stone for the High Kings of Ireland from time immemorial. Researching the significance of this Stone I discovered that our surprise Trail was just one of eight different Trails of Meath: ‘Irelands Heritage Capital’!

The experience was for me and perhaps for others who may read this, a great ‘Awakening’ for which I must express my sincere Thanks to Mog our Guide, on being introduced with such enthusiasm to one of the ‘Heritage Marvels of Meath’.

Kathleen Lynch, Franciscan

Duleek Meals on Wheels

The committee would like to wish all our volunteers a very Happy Christmas and New Year. We are closed from Wednesday 22 December and re-open on Wednesday 5 January 2022. Thanks for all your hard work during 2021.

Duleek AFC Lotto Results

Results for 15/12/2021 Jackpot €4000 Numbers Drawn 7-14-23-29

No jackpot winner. 4 drawn winners €20 each. J. O’Leary - Bonnie Coleman - Stephen Lynch - C. McKeown. Next draw is €4,000 and will take place on Wednesday 12 January 2022. Happy Christmas and New Year to all our Supporters and friends

Seasons greetings

Wishing you all health and happiness for Christmas and the New Year. Ann Finger


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