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Around the Districts: Ardee/Collon


Scoraiocht Dunleer Musicians playing in West Street Photo Jimmy Weldon

Scoraiocht Dunleer Musicians playing in West Street Photo Jimmy Weldon

Scoraiocht Dunleer Musicians playing in West Street Photo Jimmy Weldon




Contact Hubert Murphy at 0419876820 or hmurphy@drogheda-independent.ie with all your reports and notes for this section.

Clare is shining again

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I have to give yet another mention to Collon’s own Clare Cunningham.

She won another top award recently and what’s more, has released a new Celtic EP called ‘Dear Ireland’.

It was released on August 13th exclusively to iTunes/Apple and then on all streaming sites August 27th.

The CD is currently available for $9.99 she reveals at all of her shows/festivals/events–but you’d have to be near Nashville to enjoy that.

‘For those of you looking to purchase a copy in the USA/Europe you can purchase from my website : https://www.clarecunninghammusic.com/shop. You can also request a signed copy at no extra cost at checkout by adding a note,’ she says.

And her thank you’s:

“Pat Coyne of Favor Media–cd design and publication–for such a fast turn around and amazing quality! I love to support local businesses so please check them out!

Bruce Jones–for the amazing artwork and design–and who probably had to make over 1000 edits (sorry!) You rock!

Eddie and Justy productions–my AMAZING team over at RCA studios for the most killer production–we did it! Love you guys so much ♥️

Steve Cropper for the co-production on the vocals to ‘Éireann i mo chroí’. Your wisdom and your ‘whooooops’ when I got a good note lol! ߘ?ߙ?ߏ?

My amazing co-writers–Colin Rowe (and for mastering) Patrick McManus and Drac Gibson (who also helped with design and produced ‘Clovers’)

All the session players who made the tracks sound fantastic!“ߙ?

Ardee/Collon Parish

Canon Murphy, PP VF, Hale St .- Tel 041 685 0920, Fr McCartan, Collon – Tel 041 982 6106

Copies of the Irish Catholic Newspaper are available in the Church, €2.50

The Graves in Kildemock, Stickillen, Mapastown, Shanlis and Smarmore cemeteries have been blessed in the last two weeks.

Sunday and Daily Mass may be viewed via the Parish of Ardee-Collon Webcam.

Readers & Eucharistic Ministers schedules available on the church notice board.

VOLUNTEERS to act as USHERS AND CLEANERS to help in Ardee Church and Collon Church with each Mass especially at weekends during these days of pandemic – please contact Parish Office or Sacristans.

A special word of thanks to those who have already volunteered their assistance in both churches. Their efforts and generosity for the good of everyone is very much appreciated and acknowledged.

At weekends, please take the copy of your Bulletin home with you.

Do not leave behind in your seat. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding during this time.

Collection boxes removed: Sincere thanks to all those who continue to support the Parish and our Priests, especially during these times of Pandemic. Regretfully, over recent weeks the collection boxes have been broken into and monies stolen; therefore they have been removed. Collection Baskets will be at the Church doors for the weekly collection and envelopes. Please place your offerings in these baskets on your way into Mass. Donations can be handed in to the Parish Office during the week. Please do not leave monies in the church at any other times. Thank you for your co-operation.

We express our thanks and appreciation to the Gardaí for their rapid and efficient response to the incident in our Church recently.

We encourage parishioners to use the online banking facility.

Here are the relevant bank details for online donations:

A/C Name: Ardee Parochial IBAN:IE03BOFI90316224860443 BIC: BOFIIE2D

A/C Name: Collon Parochial IBAN:IE35BOFI90316243235547 BIC: BOFIIE2D


Due to the ongoing government restrictions, sadly it will not be possible to publicly bless the graves in Collon Cemetery & Old St. Mary’s Cemetery again this year.

Many are dressing their family graves as usual. All the graves will be blessed by our Priests in the coming weeks and Mass will be offered for all your deceased loves ones.

Please consider supporting the upkeep of Collon Cemetery via facility for online donations. Donations may be handed in to the Parish Office during the week.


Collon scheme

Three Community Employment scheme positions will soon be vacant as follows:

1. Caretaker for Mattock Rangers

2. Caretaker for Collon P&P

3. Caretaker for Broomfield & District area

For eligibility you must be a minimum of 1 year unemployed and receiving a payment from DSP, e.g. Jobseekers allowance, benefit etc

Sean McDermott’s news

Calling on all Sean’s past and present–As many of you know, Our club is celebrating it’s magnificent 75th Anniversary in 2022. To celebrate this achievement, We hope to run a series of events next year, when Covid is a distant memory and things are much brighter once again. As we look forward to 2022, We are seeking to collect as much memorabilia as possible relating to the Sean’s to display or possibly even publish.

Old photos, Teamsheets, Minute books, Jerseys, Flags, Medals, Newspaper clippings or Match programmes, everything and anything is Welcome. Everything will be minded and returned, and we will only display or duplicate any items with the owners permission. So if you have something you’d like to share with us, Please contact Damien on 0879823552 Declan Curran Expert or email seans1947@gmail.com.

Win €100,000 with GAA club

A note from Lannleire CPG and a great club and cause to support. And you can win €100,000!

Lannleire C.P.G. are embarking on an ambitious fund raising venture, the aim of which, is to raise the finance required for the development of a new Astro turf and the extension of playing facilities at their grounds on Shamrock Hill. The new facility and extension are needed to cater for the growing number of Juvenile members – current membership now exceeding two hundred. The club will be running a Draw, www.landtheloot.ie with the winner collecting the grand prize of € 100,000 cash. There will also be twenty five other cash prizes. The Draw will take place on 30 December 2021. Tickets will cost € 50 each and will be available to purchase in the local shops, from committee members and online.

Our Lady’s Pilgrim Days

Invitation to one of Our Lady’s Pilgrim Days (Medjugorje Style) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and the last Saturday of each month from 11am-6pm at the Oasis of Peace Centre, Mellifont Abbey, Collon, Co Louth. (Cost Free) Strictly by booking at Apostles of Love Ireland 086 8611531 or 089 6152568 email info@apostlesoflove.ie. See also www.apostlesoflove.ie.

Seamie Weldon 5k

The Seamie Weldon memorial 5k has been set for September 4th at 5.30pm. Registration is ooen. Run it for real or virtually.

Hunterstown Rovers dual bingo

Hunterstown Rovers dual bingo is back on. For more information, or to purchase your bingo book check out Hunterstown Rovers GAA’s Facebook page or call/text 089 424 8931.

The McCreanor link to Fr McGrane

Blast from the Past: AUGUST 1981–When Fr. McGrane came to Ardee back in 1972 on transfer from Cooley, his first marriage ceremony involved Geraldine McCreanor, and by a remarkable coincidence Fr. McGrane’s last wedding as curate in the Deeside parish featured Geraldine’s brother, Brendan McCreanor, they’re daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Davie McCreanor from Hale St.

The story was told by Fr. McGrane himself at a marriage reception prior to taking up his appointment as P.P. of Mullaghbawn. Brendan, who’s a member of London’s ‘rag trade’ was exchanging vows with gwyneth (Gwyn) Roe, who this year qualified with an honour’s degree in bio-chemestry, and is attached to Middlesex Hospital, London. She is daughter of Mr and Mrs. Walter Roe, St. Patrick’s Terrace, Ardee.

While husband and bride had known each other back home in Ardee it was in the British capital that their love blossomed. There aren’t many lasses around in Ireland named Gwyneth, and it didn’t take long in establishing in this particular case the explanation; the bride’s grandmother on her mother’s side is Welsh, nee Gwyneth Roberts.

The elder Gwyn married Tom Kavanagh, a one time cashier in the (then) Hibernian Bank in Ardee and for several years they have been residing next door to the Roe Family (No’s 6 and 7 St. Patrick’s Terrace). The bride’s mother, Mrs. June Roe, is a member of Ardee Town Commissioners, and is also secretary of the local T.T. Committee.

To round off a rather different wedding story, Geraldine McCreanor back in the early seventies married Mark Tynan, and yes, the Tynans are also domiciled at St. Patrick’s Terrace.

Mattock Rangers

Lotto Numbers drawn are 3, 15, 18 and 23. Jackpot not won. Next Jackpot will be €7,300. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No 3 Wine Bar and Restaurant which is open 5 days a week from Wednesday to Sunday. Phone 041 9819547.

Fr Seamus McManus was popular in Tallanstown

Blast from the past–AUGUST 1981–Rev. Seamus McManus who recently left the parish of Tallanstown where he served for many years was the recipient of no less than six presentations at a functon held by parishioners in Bellingham Castle on Friday night last.

Mr. Alo McGeough on behalf of the parishes of Tallanstown and Reaghstown made Fr. McManus a presentation of a scroll, Tom Mulholland, representing Westerns G.F.C. presented a pen and pencil set; Reaghstown Pioneer Associaton, represented by Mr. Carroll presented Fr. McManus with an icon, Fintan Malone for Tallanstown Juveniles gave Fr. McManus a baromoter, Paddy Sharkey, doing the honours for Knockabbey Soccer Club gave a piece of silver, while Briege Osbourne and Madge Martin presented a painting on behalf of Clonkeen Church Committee. A presentation was also made by Sean McDermotts G.F.C. Tributes were paid to Fr. McManus’s work for the parish by many of the speakers, and on many occasions speakers referred to testimony of Fr. McManus popularity by the turnout at the dinner. Speakers also wished Fr. McManus every happiness in the future, and Fr. McManus was glowing in his praise for the parishioners and their generosity. . The attendance at the dinner included the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. McShane and Fr. McManus’s successor, Rev. Fr: McMahon, Rev. Fr. Caraher was also present.