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Around the Districts: Ardee/Collon and Dunleer


Siún McBride on her communion day in Collon

Siún McBride on her communion day in Collon

Siún McBride on her communion day in Collon




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

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THE Ardee Heritage Group has announced that their publication on Ardee in the revolutionary years has all but “sold out” - especially given the fact that the book was free.

They had left a number of them in locations around town and they were now gone.

However, they did have a few left to present to members of the Municipal Council at their recent meeting.

Fintan Malone said the group - which is an umbrella name for a number of individual bodies - had also organised the cleaning of the monument at the Boys School.

He paid particular credit to the late Cllr Hugh Conlon who had backed them from the start. “We are said we lost a great supporter in Hugh,” he stated.

His widow, Cllr Bernie Conlon, thanked them for their heartfelt words.

The book is a wonderful read.

Bob steps down

Well done to St Kevins on this tribute to Bob Doheny who has stepped down as chairman.

“Having gone back through some of the achievement’s Bob has achieved as Chairman of the club, it became clear that we can only describe him as the “renaissance man of Louth GAA”.

From his playing days with the Sean McDermott’s, and then his transfer to the Kevin’s in the Naughties, Bob has been heavily involved with the GAA at any level. From the beginnings of the LGFA section here in St. Kevin’s from 1992 alongside individuals such as Anne Marie King, Johnny & Colin Meehan, coaching the mens team, mentoring camogie teams, playing for the Wolftone’s hurling team, refereeing countless games, and serving on the previous juvenile committees. It’s safe to say that Bob has a long and prolific career in all aspects of sports on the field.

Off the field, Bob immersed himself in club and county committees, in 2013 he was elected PRO for Louth County board, during his time he was awarded the National McNamee award for his match programme commemorating the 1957 Louth Final in 2017.

“This County Final match programme was beautifully styled, containing a trove of statistical details as well as excellently written editorial. The use of old and current imagery embellished the publication. There was a fastidious adherence to an intelligently structured design and the full-colour publication was creativity produced.” - GAA.ie

During this time he was elected as Chairman of St. Kevin’s GAA in 2017, and became heavily involved with the steering group for the “Win a house” draw which became one of the biggest successes for the local community and the club.

He was elected as Secretary of the County Board, becoming the second person in this club’s history to serve the top table at the county board. He joined club stalwart Barry Brennan in representing his club, his family, and friends with distinction. Shortly into his current term as secretary, he was also a part of the “Double House Draw” which was a national success and a big driving force in the commencement of the Dundalk Stadium County Ground.

Off the back of this success, he launched the “Win a Tractor” draw alongside Pat Callan, which resulted in another massive success for the club, and because of this we will be able to develop a new stand in Philipstown for our many members and visitors to the club. Along with Pat and the grounds committee, there have been a countless number of jobs completed and it’s clear to anyone that visits Philipstown the care and dedication that has gone into the facilities we thankfully have.

He now joins the men and women that have served this club with distinction and integrity and we thank him for the irrevocable mark that he has left on the members of this club, and the impact he has made in this Club’s history. We wish him the very best of luck as he continues his work on the County Board and if history tells us anything Bob will continue to be a driving force and inspiration in the GAA community.

Tipperary’s loss was most certainly our gain.

Go raibh míle maith agat.

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.

Mid Louth men’s shed

Mid Louth Mens shed Philipstown will be open every Wednesday morning from 10-30 to 1 old and new members welcome.

Mattock Rangers

Loto - Numbers drawn are 12, 20, 21, and 27. Jackpot not won. €100 Match 3 winner is Damien Stone. Next Jackpot will be €8,300 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 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. 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 cost €50 each and will be available to purchase in the local shops, from committee members and online.



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St Kevin’s GAA

In honour of the momentous occasion that this new chapter represents, St. Kevin’s would like to make a quick note of acknowledgement for their incoming Chairperson Paula Johnson. Many of us around the county have been fortunate enough to know Paula Johnson and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate person to take the mantle of first lady chairperson. Having been an ever-present member of St. Kevin’s Paula has been the definition of a club stalwart. Following in her mother Geraldine’s footsteps, Paula served as Chairperson for St. Kevin’s Camogie whilst mentoring multiple teams and achieving major success with our Féile team winning the Shield Final in 2018.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Paula and her immediate and extended family, between her father Pat (a long time Finbarr’s stalwart, R.I.P) and the Crehan’s and the Meehan’s, never mind their extended families in the Carron’s, Lynch’s and Johnson’s. They exemplify the core fundamentals and community standards that the GAA strive to achieve.

Paula’s record does not do justice to the hard work and dedication she has given over the years but here are just a few of the roles she played at club and county level. At County level Paula represented St. Kevin’s with distinction as Vice-Chairperson and registrar and currently is the Cumann na mbunscoil representative. Paula became the first Health and Well-Being officer for St. Kevin’s, a national initiative where St. Kevin’s was part of the first group of clubs in the country to take part, and alongside Donna Marie Brennan they have introduced many initiatives to the club.

St. Kevin’s Camogie have enjoyed phenomenal success over the past 10 years and it’s clear to see how much Paula and others have invested their time and skills into the emerging sections and we have been fortunate enough to reap the rewards of their work. By their actions, you shall know them and Paula is no exception, to her unwavering support on the sidelines to our upcoming players, she has provided the girls and ladies in this club a high standard to strive towards. St. Kevin’s GAA couldn’t be passed on to a more sure pair of hands. We wish Paula the very best of luck as we begin the next chapter in St. Kevin’s history. Onwards.

Following St. Kevins GAA 2021 Annual General Meeting in St. Kevin’s Community Centre last Monday evening, 11th October, the 2022 officers and committees are as follows; CAMOGIE Chairperson - Barry Leonard, Secretary - Martha Reilly, Treasurer - Marcella McCarthy, PRO- Deferred to next camogie meeting. LADIES FOOTBALL Chairperson - Michael Grogan, Secretary - Johanne Lynch/ Susan Murray, Treasurer - Sinéad Carroll, PRO- Roisín Butterly. St.Kevins Club Committee Officers for 2022; Chairperson Paula Johnson, Vice-Chairperson Deferred to next executive meeting, Secretary Andrew Agnew, Assistant Secretary Shane Darby, Treasurer Aine Clare, Assistant Treasurer, Deferred to next executive meeting, P.R.O Aoife Clare, Assistant P.R.O. Deferred to next executive meeting, Club Registrar David Rogers, Irish Language & Cultural Officer Grainne Murray, Club Children’s Officer Roisin Butterly, Club Health & Wellbeing Officer, Deferred to next executive meeting, County Board Delegate, David Rogers, Minor Board Delegate Deferred to next executive meeting, Juvenile Hurling Rep Stephen Mathews, Men’s adult football representative Patrick Duff, Pitch Co-ordinator David Rogers, Club Development Officer Deferred to next executive meeting, Grounds Committee Representative Aaron Callan, Community Development Representative Deferred to next executive meeting, Under 21 Representative TJ Doheny, Men’s Football Committee Chairperson Andrew Agnew, Og Sport Delegate Matt Boylan, Executive Committee Members: Michelle Callan, Michael Meehan, Donna Marie Brennan, Pat Callan, TJ Doheny, Club Committee Members John Grimes, Johnny Meehan, TJ Doheny, Jimmy Murray, Billy Cunningham, Damien Johnson and Peter Brennan. The club wishes the incoming committees the very best of luck for the coming season.

St Kevin’s Bingo

St.kevins bingo takes place at 7pm, gates open from 6.15pm every Thursday (weather permitting). If unsure any week you can check for updates on their Facebook page.

Dunleer Tidy Towns

Dunleer tidy towns are inviting everyone to participate 100km in October either walking or running. We are looking to raise much needed funds for the upkeep of the Dunleer Town and to help fund the building of St Brigid’s Cross and welcome sign. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Their gofund me link address is; https://gofund.me/c2e4693b.

St. Brigid’s Church - a short history

A history of Dunleer parish and Saint Brigid’s Church especially has been compiled by Fr. Michael Murtagh and printed. It is on pre-launch price of €10 and is available in Saint Brigid’s Church, in the library or on the porch at the parochial house. The price can be paid by Paypal on the parish website and we can post abroad for €20 in all. If you pick up one in his porch, please leave the cost in the honesty box provided. The porch is the one beside the bins at the side of the house. The book is beautifully produced and of excellent value.