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Around the Districts: Ardee/Collon and Monasterboice


The Gospel Choir sang at Sunday’s mass in remberance of road traffic victims.

The Gospel Choir sang at Sunday’s mass in remberance of road traffic victims.

The Gospel Choir sang at Sunday’s mass in remberance of road traffic victims.



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Mary Duff is amazing

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Mary Duff is an amazing lady and long may her star shine on the local and world music stage. Tonmy Leddy retired from the TLT last week and a special show was held in his honour and one of those to take part was Mary. She performed immaculately and afterwards met with all her fans–all masked up and no hand shaking of course.

Mary told me it will probably be March before she hits the road again but she has spent the past number of months singing at mass in Lobinstown–at this rate she’ll be as famous as Paddy Meade. I wonder could they perform a duet and she might even perform Paddy’s campaign song if he ever stood for the Dail!

Delight for Dromin u/15s

There were great scenes at the recent Dromin United under 15s presentation night. The team is a great example of friendship and no doubt they were delighted to be back enjoying te season again.

Justin and Selina Callaghan came along and did the presentations and the Player of the Year was named as Robert Mathews.

Players player of the Year was Cormac McArdle and the Clubman of the Year turned out to be a double delight for Cormac McArdle and Eoghan McCabe. Most Improved Players of the Year were named as Luke Mcardle Lynch, Oisin Prout, Paidi McCabe and Conor Dunne. Top Goal scorer for the season was Brendan Cassidy.

The team enjoyed the occasion, helped a lot by the pizza, sandwiches, biscuits and drinks.Warren Matthews was also there to take the pictures.

Smith Brothers sponsored t-shirts for the team too.

Red Hurley in concert

Red Hurley is in Concert in Ardee Parish Centre on Saturday 18th December at 8.00pm. Tickets are €20 and are available from Ardee Parish Centre (0416856721) and Ardee Parish Office (0416850920). Please support

St Mary’s lotto

Don’t forget to play the St Mary’s club lotto each weekend and you could be one of the lucky players to enter the Xmas Trolley Dash Run Draw. Entries close Sunday evening at 7:00pm Draw Live on Facebook at 8:00pm.

Hunterstown Rovers bingo

Bingo next Friday night. 8pm–doors open @ 7.30pm at Ardee Parish Centre. Zoom online bingo at the same time. All in attendance must have a Covid Certificate.The big cash winner takes all flyer–for our Ardee Parish centre players only

Books can be bought by calling/text 089-4248931. You can purchase from our club rooms on Thursday from 6pm to 7pm on the door at entrance to Parish Centre or online.

Ardee Coach Trim rewards

They are a great crew at Ardee Coach Trim Ltd. As the saying goes ‘A Company is Only as Good as its Employees’ and at Ardee Coach Trim they say they have some of the best employees there are.

They held an ‘Employee Appreciation Day’ recently to celebrate the team and all their hard work. “During the day we had fun, games and yummy food–we also held a raffle with all proceeds going to SOSAD Dundalk – raising €1309.25 for this amazing charity. Thank you to every one of our employees for their generosity and hard work,” they state. (All Covid safety guidelines were adhered to during this event)

Mrs Taaffe was the town clerk

A story from December 1969–The death on Sunday of Miss M. Taaffe, Town Clerk, Ardee, caused widespread grief in the town and surrounding districts. The deceased lady owned a Hairdressing Salon in Market Street, Ardee for many years and was a very charitable person. She was a very active member of the Order of Malta since its origin in 1939, and was Treasurer of the I.C.A. Guild. A sad aspect of her death was that her sister, Sister M. Teresa only arrived home from Sydney, Australia three weeks ago for the first time in 39 years.

Miss Taaffe is survived by her brothers, Patrick, Ardee, John, N.T., Blackrock, Dundalk, and Brendan, Lisrenny, Ardee; sisters, Mrs. R. Murphy, Tallanstown, Mrs. C. Vinnlcombe, London, Sister M. Teresa, Sydney, and Mrs. E. Mathews, Reaghstown, also nephews and n eces to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

The remains were removed from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda to St. Mary’s Church, Ardee, on Monday evening and were received by Revs. W. Murtagh, C.C., and Fr. Lynn, Ballymacnab. The I.C.A. Guild formed a guard of honour.

Requiem Mass was_celebrated on Tuesday by Rev. S. Cullen, C.C. Clergy present: Very Rev Oanon P. McDonnell, P.P., Ardee, Very Rev. P. Downey, P.P., Tallanstown, Rev. W. Murtagh, C.C, Ardee. Rev. M. Toal_, C.C, Ardee, Rev. J. Kearney, S.M., Dundalk, Rev.. Michael Balfe, Maynooth Mission to China. Navan, Rev. B. McDonnell, C.C, Tallanstown.

The Ardee Town Commissioners formed a guard of honour at the funeral which was very large and representative.

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.

ANNUAL MASS OF REMEMBERENCE on Saturday 27th November at 6.30pm in Ardee Church. All our deceased will be remembered. We invite you to join in this Mass at home via the Parish Webcam and light a candle in memory of your loved ones.

CONFESSIONS: Saturday mornings after 10am Mass in Ardee.

BALLAPOUSTA & OLD ST MARY’S CEMETERIES: ROSARY every Saturday at 3pm. COLLON GRAVEYARD: ROSARY recited every Sunday at 3pm

MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA PRAYERS: each Monday at the 10.00am Mass concluding with the Feastday of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th Dec. Novena books available from the Parish Office.

We encourage parishioners to use the online banking facility. Donations can be handed in to the Parish Office during the week or phone Sinéad to use the card machine. Please do not leave monies in the church at any other times. Thank you for your co-operation. 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

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.

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.

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.

Pamela’s works of art

A walk along the railway line is probably one of the best ways to spend an hour or two in Ardee and when Dermot is not working his magic, others are doing their bit.

One of the latest is works by Pamela Higgins. She has produced images of animals as feeding stations and they are dotted all over the area.

Dermot duly gave her the height of praise. “Your work is overwhelming, we love them and they are a credit to you, thanks for all your work feeding the birds and making these little gems ,” he remarked. Here, here.

Ardee band bingo

It’s great to see the Ardee Concert band bingo in full swing.

It’s on Sundays at 8pm sharpDoors of the Bohemian Centre open from 7pm

“The Committee of Ardee Concert Band can’t wait to welcome you all back, its great to be back to see all our friends and bingo patrons again.” said PRO Sinéad Nutley.

Vaccine Cert is required for entry and C19 Government guidelines are in place.

Mattock lotto

Numbers drawn are 8, 13, 14, and 17. Jackpot not won. TWO Match 3 winners are Eimear O’Sullivan and Rosemary O’Brien. Next Jackpot will be €9,000

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 9819547


Your news

If you have any Monasterboice related news, be it personal, organisational or whatever, please send info to paddyholdcroft@gmail.com or text or watsap on 0862039501. Photos of birthdays, anniversaries or special occasions will also be printed.

November Remembering at The Mairtins.

On Saturday next, 27th November you are encouraged to call up to Naomh Mairtin’s grounds to remember family and friends of the parish, who have passed away in our community. Please call anytime between 10.30am and 1.00pm. Fr Paddy Rushe will bless the Christmas memorial tree at 11am.

Tea and coffee will be served and all donations will be given to SVP.

Covid protocols will be adhered to.

Junior Infant Enrolment September 2022

Applications for enrolment in Junior Infant Classes are open in Scoil Naomh Buithe Tenure and Saint Patrick’s National School Harestown from Wednesday 17th of November. Please contact the school for further information or see their website

Saint Patrick’s NS (0419822112) www.harestownns.ie

Scoil Naomh Buithe (0416851503) www.tenurens.ie

Christmas Fair.

Thinking of Christmas gifts, Drumshallon Forge Heritage Centre Annual Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday the 28th November from 10am to 5pm. Lots of stalls with Handcrafted Gifts, Baked goods, Collectibles, Pancakes, Tea & coffee and much more. Come and join in the fun, entry is free, at Drumshallon Forge, Ballymakenny Road, A92AX59.

Wild In Your Garden!

A one hour video, created and presented by Noel Marry, celebrating the wildlife that inhabits our gardens will happen on Friday

December 03rd, 2021. It will be starting at 8 PM Sharp and doors open at 7.30 PM.

Tickets are €10 each and can be purchased at the door, however please reserve your place in advance. Children are admitted free. TEXT your name and WILD GARDEN to 086 859 6648 to reserve your place. Space is limited

to 60-people. All proceeds will be donated to Drumshallon Forge Heritage Centre. Sounds like a very, very interesting evening.

Calendar 2022.

See the much heralded Monasterboice Tourism and Tidy Towns ‘22 Calendar will be up for sale very shortly. It really is a collectors item and the perfect Christmas prezzie. More anon on where and when to order and purchase.

Mullary Cemetery Lotto.

Saturday Nov 14th: Winning no was 14. Winner was Silla Byrne

N.Mairtin Lotto

Results 17-11-2021 No: 06,15,25,30, Jackpot not won. €2,500 this week. No Match 3 Numbers so this week wins or shares €450. Buy your tickets at the usual outlets or play online. If your not in you can’t win.