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Around the Districts: Ardee/Collon and Duleek


Addison Kelly at Termonfeckin confirmations

Addison Kelly at Termonfeckin confirmations

Addison Kelly at Termonfeckin confirmations




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

Clare picks up three awards

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COLLON singer and Nashville based Clare Cunningham just can’t stop being a winner.

Last week she picked up three awards at the famed Josie Music Awards.

“Thank you to the good Lord above - for bestowing me with this gift so I can inspire and have this platform! To the JMAs for everything they do for us independent artists,” she stated.

Clare won Vocalist of the year (multi-genre), Pop/Contemporary Song of the year - ‘Heart of Mine’ (co-written with Jon D’Agostino) and Songwriter achievement for an unreleased song - ‘I swear’.

Out of nearly 39,000 entries she was nominated in 8 categories - and won three of them!

The previous year she took home ‘Folk/Americana artist of the year’ and her song ‘Angel of the Emerald Isle’ was awarded ‘Best folk/Americana song of the year’.

There is no doubt that a glowing future awaits the great Clare.

Mizen-Malin is a big success

THE Ardee and District Cancer Support say a A huge thank you to Mauretta Finnegan and Tommy De courcey,who cycled from Mizen Head to Malin Head. They raised in total €3,735 for the charity. They really appreciate all the hard work.

Hunterstown Rovers bingo

With the lifting of government restrictions Hunterstown Rovers can now welcome back our Friday night bingo supporters to the Parish Centre on Friday evenings at 8pm. It has been 18 long months since the cancellation of the bingo on Friday nights but thank fully with the easing of restrictions it is making a welcome return.

The start off jackpot was €2,700

Doors will open at 7.30pm All who attend must have a valid vaccination passport and wear a mask until seated while in doors. For all the online bingo players the Zoom bingo will run in tandem with the Parish centre so both options are available

To purchase your tickets just call/text Amanda on 089-4248931, from the club rooms on a Thursday evening between 6pm and 7pm online via our facebook page or on the door Friday night at the Parish Centre. Follow our social media platforms to be in with a chance of winning a bingo book.

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

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 baskets - Sincere thanks to all those who continue to support the Parish and our Priests, especially during these times of Pandemic. 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 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

Mattock lotto

Mattock Rangers Lotto - Numbers drawn are 12, 19, 25 and 27. Jackpot not won. NO winner of €100 Match 3 . Next Jackpot will be €8,000. 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 9810547 or message their Facebook page.

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.

Nelson family take over Baltrasna House

A little story from 1982 “One of the stateliest homes in Ardee district Baltrasna House, standing on seven acres, has been purchased privately by Drogheda licensee, Paddy Nelson of the popular “Admirals” in Shop St. The property, which at one time was owned by a member of the Crosby newspaper family in Cork, didn’t reach the reserve when put up for auction some months back by the Dundalk firm of P. B. Gunne Ltd

In later times, Balstrasna was the residence of industrialist, Tony Murphy, managing director of Kingscourt Bricks Ltd. A native of Dundalk, Mr. Murphy has since moved into Smarmore Castle which, for centuries was the residence of the Taaffes, one of Ireland’s oldest families. Situate about three mile south of Ardee the Castle is bit by bit being refurbished by the hew owner and his wife who share a common interest in such sparetime activity.

There has been no figure put on the sale of Baltrasna, but one source mentions that it was substantial. The property, which includes a swim pool, is about a mile from the town, and is approached by a secluded avenue off the Dunleer/Ardee road. Mr. Nelson is a native of Arva in County Cavan, while wife Sheelagh, hails from Killeshandra, also in the Breffni County. They have three children, a boy and two girls, the eldest nine and the youngest four.

Paddy will probably be interested in the following story on Baltrasna as told by the travel writer George Henry Bassett, in his Guide and Directory of Co. Louth, a century ago. It goes as follows:

“There is a cave at Hacklim, or Garrett’s Fort, on the lands of Mr. Thomas K. Coleman, Baltrasna House, which is supposed to contain a troop of enchanted horsemen. The belief of the peasantry on the subject is that the foremost rider has a sword which if drawn from its scabbard, the spell will be lifted, and he and his campanions liberated.” And the story goes on.

“It is said that a brave young fellow once went to test the truth of the legend. When he had drawn the sword half way out, the horsemen began to tremble, whereat he became so alarmed that he allowed it to fall back in again. It is a fact that a great many years ago, an attempt was made by a gang of workmen to explore the particular cave. But the fear of terrible consequences so filled them with alarm that most

Former owner, Mr. Tony Murphy, his wife Sheila and who’ve moved house from Baltrasna to Smarmore Castle striking distance of Kildemock’s ‘Jumping Church’. The legend connected with this extraordinary displacement, says Bassett, is that “a person of unsavory reputation was buried near the base of members of their family the gable inside the ruin and that this method was taken by supernatural power to put his unregenerate bones out of the pale.” The author was describing the phenomenon associated with the ‘jumping’ of a wall measuring 18’ to 20’ high from its foundations, and being set — still upright — some five feet further in towards the middle of what was once the church’s interior.

Plenty of meaty stuff there for ‘Admiral’ Nelson to chew on. He’s sure coming to a storied part of the world. Away ahead of Drogheda, though we wouldn’t of course expect Peter Casey to side with that summing up. A final thought: Maybe Paddy, when he settles in, would have a go at liberating the long banished troop of enchanted horsemen. It should fmake a further good story!

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 cost €50

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.


Contact Me

If you have any news or items for this column, please contact me on my new e-mail address annfinger@yahoo.co.uk or contact me on 086-3131708. Please have all information to me by 7pm on Thursday evening for the following Tuesdays paper.

Bingo on the Hill

Duleek-Bellewstown GFC - Drive in Bingo – SUNDAY 10TH October in Bellewstown racecourse @ 3pm

Booster Jackpot of €1,800 in 47 Calls or the standard Jackpot of €1,000.00

Duleek-Bellewstown GFC - Drive in Bingo – SUNDAY 17TH October in Bellewstown racecourse @ 3.00pm

Duleek Womens Forum

Our next meeting is Tuesday 28th September at 10.30am in Duleek Courthouse with Chair Aerobics and for those who dont want to do aerobics you can bring along knitting or crochet etc. Tuesday 5th October there is a talk on “ Meals on Wheels” Tuesday the 12th October is a trip to “ The Mens Sheds” in Mullaghcrone, Donore Co. Meath. Tuesdays the 19th and 26th October and Tuesdays 2nd and 9th November is back to Chair Aerobics.

Duleek Courthouse Schedule

Due to easing of restrictions it is hoped to reopen with Mondays Pilates with Tara 11am to 12pm - Pilates with Tara 7pm to 8pm - Civil Defence 8pm to 9pm and 9pm to 10pm.

Tuesdays Duleek Womens Forum 10.30am to 12pm - Glitz Stage Academy 3pm to 4pm - 4pm to 5pm - and 5pm to 6pm - Feel good project - 7pm to 8pm - 8pm to 9pm - and 9pm to 10pm

Wednesdays Pilates with Tara 11am to 12pm - Irish Dancing 3pm to 4pm and 4pm to 5pm - Royal Meath Accordion Orchestra 5.30pm to 8pm.

Thursdays Slimming World from 5pm

Fridays Slimming World 10am to 12pm - Royal Meath Accordion Orchestra 5.30 to 8pm

Enquiries about any of the above activitys to Duleek Development Office on 041-9880269

Duleek Parish Centre Schedule

Due to easing of restrictions it is hoped to reopen with

Mondays Just B Fit 10am to 11am - Gymnastics 3.30 to 5.30 - Duleek Kenpo Karate 7pm to 8pm and 8pm to 9pm

Tuesdays DB Fitness 9.30am to 11am - Caroline Campbell Irish Dancing 5pm to 6pm - Zumba 7pm to 8pm - Duleek CFR 1st Tuesday of each month 8pm to 9pm.

Wednesdays Just B Fit 10am to 11am - Mary Simpson 3.30pm to 5.30pm - Corrigan Irish Dancing 5.45pm to 6.45pm - Duleek Kenpo Karate 7pm to 8pm and 8pm to 9pm.

Thursdays DB Fitness 9.30am to 11am - Gymnastics 3.30pm to 5.30pm - Brownies 5.30pm to 6’30pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Fridays Mary Simpson 3.30pm to 5.45pm

Enquiries about any of the above activitys to Duleek Development Office on 0419880269.

Lia na Nog Pre School Places

We have a few places left for the morning session Pre-School hours 9.15am to 12.15pm with the option of Preschool plus hours 12noon to 2pm. We have several places left for the afternoon session which will run 12.30pm to 3.30pm. For more information or to enquire about places please contact Sinead on 087-1774269.

Do you Knit?

Would you like to help decorate the lamp posts at Duleek Bellewstown GAA pitch with covers in the club colours of yellow and green? If so, contact Carol on 085-7538995 or Gillian on 087-7548403.

Covid - 19 Support Line for Older People

Senior Line is open every day of the year from 10am to 10pm. We are older people too, trained to listen and support. We would love to hear from you. Freephone 1800 80 45 91

Duleek AFC Lotto

Results for 22/09/2021 Jackpot €4000 Numbers Drawn 8-25-29-30. no jackpot winner. 4 drawn winners €20 each. D.Geraghty - D. Meehan - M. Cunningham - Gareth Toal . Next weeks draw is €4,000.

Draw every Wednesday at 7pm in Duleek AFC clubhouse. Tickets available from any committee member. Various group Slots Available On Club All Weather Pitch. Further Info Ring 086/1662018;