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Members of the local Soroptimists with Ambassador Cronin. Pictured are Breeda Early, Carmel Schmidt and Olive Maher.

Members of the local Soroptimists with Ambassador Cronin. Pictured are Breeda Early, Carmel Schmidt and Olive Maher.

Members of the local Soroptimists with Ambassador Cronin. Pictured are Breeda Early, Carmel Schmidt and Olive Maher.



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Farrell Furniture go for award

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The Irish Business Design Challenge (IBDC) is open to all micro, small and medium enterprises in Ireland that have designed sustainable products, services, or strategies that have benefitted their customers, communities and the environment at large.

Sustainable design seeks to create opportunities for positive impacts on the environment, reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimising waste, and creating healthy, productive environments.

Local firm Farrell Furniture (Farrell Brothers Ardee Ltd) have been nominated for the awards.

It all started over 60 years ago. Founded in 1961 by brothers Ollie and Paddy Farrell in the shed of their family home, Farrell is now in its third generation, working on some of the most ambitious commercial and residential projects across Ireland and the UK. Starting as a passion between two brothers and now run by their sons Paul and Brendan, the team extends to 130+ designers and crafters with a common goal – to do things right for customers, partners and collaborators.

Today, Farrell is a full-service furniture solutions partner leading in innovation and design for build-to-rent, commercial office, student accommodation and contract residential spaces. They design, manufacture, supply and fit all of their furniture, building flexibility into offerings. Solutions can be fully customised to meet your needs. As a family business they are passionate about the power of the personal touch.

‘Do More With Less’ - a study of circular furniture processes and business models in Ireland was the theme of their entry.

‘Making Furniture Work Better’. Our tagline is not just about making furniture work better, it’s about making furniture work better for the environment, for people and for the planet.

“I have 5 grandchildren, I want their grandchildren to have a planet to play in” Paul Farrell Joint-CEO stated.


St Vincent de Paul Society: Helpline 087 645 8038. Just leave your name, number and a brief message and a Conference member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Redemptorist Mater Seminary

A significant extension to the seminary is now a necessity for the housing and formation of the seminarians. The Seminary is inviting people to Buy a Brick. Contact Fr Giuseppe Pollio, Rector 042 933 6584/083 338 6432.

Lenten activities

Lentan Talks in preparation for Easter on Monday evening at 7.00pm in Ardee Church. Holy Hour for the Lenten Season: One Hour of Adoration with prayers and readings every Friday

afternoon from 2.30-3.30pm in Ardee Church. Spiritual Direction/Confession available from Fr Stefano in Ardee Church every Friday from 1.00-2.30pm

Mattock lotto

Numbers drawn are 8, 22, 23, & 31. Jackpot not won. NO €100 Match 3 winner. Next Jackpot will be €4,400. Our lotto draws take place on Monday at 8pm. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No. 3 Wine Bar and Restaurant.

DkIT Dundalk 10k

This year’s DkIT Dundalk 10k starts and finishes at DKIT Sport. The route is renowned for being fast with a course record of 29:45 held by Yared Deresse of Carrick Aces. The event also caters for walkers with a 5k route. The 2023 event will take place on Wednesday 19th of April at 7.00pm. For updates please follow on Facebook, Dundalk 10K.

They thank all of the sponsors who have continued to support them. This year the run is in association with Dundalk Institute of Technology, Servisource Recruitment, Fyffes, Dundalk Retail Park, Intact Software and Dundalk Credit Union, DEFY and Halpin Sport Sponsorship. This year they are supporting DkIT Colleague Sonia Hoey. All support for Sonia is greatly appreciated. Fundraiser by Sonia Hoey : Save Our Sonia (SOS)-Return to Mexico (gofundme.com)

Join the parade

Every school, club, organisation and business is being encouraged to get right behind the 2023 St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Ardee and make it a day to remember for the community of mid Louth.

A determined and dedicated team has been working away behind the scenes for months putting the March 17 event together and now need the community to drive the project forward.

Full details on how groups can enter the event can be accessed on the Ardee St Patrick’s Day Facebook page or by contacting ardeeparade@gmail.com.

Confirmation/Communion dates

Confirmation for Dromin and Philipstown takes place in Dromin church on May 7th at 11am.

Confirmation in Dunleer is on May 26 at 11am.

First Communion for Scoil Bhride, Dunleer, is May 28th at 11am.

First Communion in Dromin is on May 21st and Philipstown on May 14, both at 11am.

Evening of Song

The Bohemian Centre in Ardee will host a very special concert on Saturday April 1 at 8pm in aid of NET Cancer Patient Support Network.

The evening of Song is being organised by Ruth Kelly Brady.

NET Patient Network is a patient support and advocacy group for NET patients in Ireland. It organises patient support meetings and distributes information specific to Ireland.

It also organises an annual NET patient day.

“I am delighted to be sharing the stage with Drogheda Male Voice Choir and “Local Vocals”choir from Ardee, as well as my very energetic Children’s choir. Our accompanist on the night will be David Leddy. It promises to be an enjoyable night of well known and loved solo and choral songs,’ Ruth says.

Journalist and Author Tommie Gorman will also be there on the night to speak about his own battle with NETs and the importance of the NET Patient Support Network.

Tickets are €20 and are available from Ruth or any member of Local Vocals Choir, from Ardee School of Music and on the door on the night.

St Mary’s draw

The St Mary’s GAA draw - for a magnificent holiday - continues to attract great support, with plenty of celebrities giving it a shout out - Liam Jackson included!

Get your ticket now and be in to win the €20,000 prize or many other prizes. Will you take the holiday or the cash?

Only 5,495 tickets available. Over 50% of tickets have been sold, be quick and get yours now!

Go onto the Mary’s Facebook page for more details.✈ߌ?


Armagh Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 23rd — 28th May.

Band bingo

Ardee Concert Band Bingo every Sunday at 8pm sharp at the Bohemian Centre. Jackpot this week €7,000.

Migrant centre

Cultur Migrant Centre is looking for volunteer tutors to lead Conversational English Classes for migrants and refugees in Ardee. We are looking for motivated volunteers who want to support migrants in learning English and getting to know Irish society. Classes are Tuesdays (Ardee Library between 6pm and 8pm). Training and materials provided. If you want more information, please contact Angel 0873315169 or angel@cultur.ie

Parish of Ardee Collon

Canon Murphy: 041 685 0920, Fr Stefano: 041 982 6106

St Cillian’s Pastoral Area:- Parishes of Ardee/Collon, Dunleer, Kilsaran and Tallanstown, Fr Murtagh Dunleer 041 685 1278 , Fr Anselm Kilsaran 042 937 2255 , Fr Montague Tallanstown 041 685 5117

Ardee parish office, Secretary Sinéad. Tel: 041 685 0920 Parish E-Mail ~ ardee.collon@gmail.com

Ardee Webcam: https://www.churchmedia.tv/camera/church-of-the-nativity-of-our-lady

Adoration of Blessed Sacrament - Ardee: Friday 10.30am-4pm. Collon: Thursday 9.00-10.00am.

Tap machine in Ardee church - Anyone wishing to make a donation can now do so by using the Tap Machine. Many do not carry cash so this facility enables you to make your donation.

Rosary time - Rosary is prayed daily in Ardee Church at 2.30pm.

Bridge Club

Bridge club commenced, Fridays at 2pm – 4pm in Dee Hub. Everyone is welcome. €2 donation is required on the day. Phone 0874266206.


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Duleek Women’s Forum

Duleek Women’s Forum would like to thank everybody who sponsored raffle prizes and came and supported the Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy Sale in Duleek Courthouse on Tuesday 7th March. €1040 was raised for the Turkey/ Syria Earthquake Appeal.

Chair Aerobics

Carmel’s Chaerobics will return to Duleek Courthouse on Thursday 30th March from 12 noon to 1pm.

Cardiac First Response Group

Duleek Cardiac First Response Group will be holding a fundraising table quiz in The Carranstown Lodge on Thursday 6th April, questions starting at 9pm.

Tickets for our Easter raffle are now on sale priced €3 each from all responders, Haven pharmacy Duleek and dry cleaners Duleek.

St. Vincent de Paul

Would you like to support those in need of support and friendship?Join Your Local SVP Team to help with visitation , IT or accounting. For volunteer information please e-mail Kathryn.corrigan@svp.ie or freephone 1800677777

Duleek Cystic Fibrosis 10k Run

Duleek Cystic Fibrosis 10k Remembrance Run takes place on 30th April 2023 at 2pm. This event is to remember and celebrate the lives of Kelly, Cathy and all of our beautiful CF loved ones. All proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Feel Good Project

Free Tai Chi classes in the Duleek Courthouse on 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. To book, call 041 988 0523. To book call 9880523.

Cemetery Sunday Weekend

The annual devotions and blessing of the graves will be held on the weekend of the 11th June.

Community Employment Vacancies

We have a number of Community Employment vacancies based in Duleek, Bellewstown and Slane. There are various positions for Groundworkers who would maintain local sports grounds, church grounds, graveyards etc, Tour Guides who offer museum tours and Caretakers who would maintain car park, grounds and meeting rooms

Eligibility for CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 1 year or more or 18 years and over for certain disadvantaged groups. Your eligibility will have to be verified by the Department.

Please contact Janet or Frank in Duleek Development Association CLG on 041-9880269 with any queries and further information can also be found on JobsIreland.ie

Book Club

Duleek Adult Book Club meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5.30pm in Duleek Library. Participants can meet with other book lovers for discussions on different reads and to swap book recommendations. New members are always welcome but check with library staff regarding available spaces.

Duleek AFC lotto

Results 08/03/ 2023; Jackpot €4.000; Numbers drawn 4 - 5 - 10 - 26; No jackpot winner. 4 Drawn winners; €20 each: N. McMahon - E/A Noone - S. Kildillon - C. Kennedy. Draw every Wednesday 7pm in the clubhouse;