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Around the Districts: Ardee/Collon and Monasterboice


Boyne AC members at the Michael Fearon and Kevin Marron road races organised by Glenmore AC. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Boyne AC members at the Michael Fearon and Kevin Marron road races organised by Glenmore AC. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Paddy Meade and Charlie Sands, Ardee and District AC at the Michael Fearon and Kevin Marron road races organised by Glenmore AC. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Paddy Meade and Charlie Sands, Ardee and District AC at the Michael Fearon and Kevin Marron road races organised by Glenmore AC. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie


Boyne AC members at the Michael Fearon and Kevin Marron road races organised by Glenmore AC. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie



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Johnny Ross Cup date

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The Johnny Ross Memorial Cup will be held Saturday 13th August at St Mary’s GAA club. Four teams will be competing this year. Ardee St. Mary’s GAA, Na Fianna GAA (Dublin), Syddan GAA (Meath) and Slane GAA (Meath).

Sean McDermott’s tractor draw

Well done to Collon Vehicle Dismantlers who have generously donated the fantastic 1st Prize in the Sean McDermott’s GAA club 75th year Jubilee vintage tractor draw.

The company is presently run by Gary Myles, whose father was a keen supporter and active committee member of the Sean’s.

The tractor - An International B250 has been in Gary’s family for many years, although it was not being used.

The restoration has given the tractor a new lease of life. Tickets are on sale now €10 for one or 3 for €20 . Tickets online - www.winavintagetractor.ie. Draw Date: Saturday 8th October

Its been a great year so far for the club and they are constantly working on the PR.

Last week was actually the 75th anniversary - August 1947 - of an informal meeting of three men at Cookstown cross that led to the formation of what came to be known as Sean McDermotts GFC.

Paddy Byrne , Paddy Murray and Joe Curran (all now rip) , felt that at that time , there were young men from the locality playing with other clubs. It was decided that perhaps they could form a club and team of their own.

Two weeks later a meeting in Stormanstown Hall was attended by 27 people , a committee was assembled …..and the rest as they say is history.

A team was affiliated and played its first match in early 1948.

Mary’s book donation

Ardee and District Cancer Support group say a mighty thanks to Mary Brennan for donating €500 from the sales of her beautiful poetry book “Mary’s Memories “. Well done Mary.

Mattock lotto

Numbers drawn on Wednesday were 8, 12, 17 and 27. Jackpot not won. 2 Match 3 winners are Seamus Wogan and John & Gabrielle Mooney who receive €50 each. Next Jackpot will be €13,800. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No. 3 Wine Bar and Restaurant.

Blessing of the graves

Collon Sun 4th Sept 11.00am

Old St Mary’s Sun 4th Sept 6.00pm

Rovers 24 hour walk

Hunterstown Rovers GAA hosted a 24-hour Walkathon last weekend at the walking track at the Club. The Club separated into 24 groups. Each group had a leader and the group walked for 60 minutes at an allocated time on the Friday or Saturday. The aim was to help fund the development of the new pitch.

Getting set for Seamie Weldon run

The Seamie Weldon 5K, promoted by Ardee and District AC, takes place at 5.30pm on Saturday, September 3rd. All welcome to walk, jog or run.

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The Couch to 5K has begun but it’s not too late to give it a go... Join the crew every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm at The Fairgreen.

Youthreach applications

Ardee Youthreach is now accepting applications for the new academic year 2022/23. Call into the centre in Ardee Business Park or call the centre phone on 086-8222700

Priest details

Ardee/Collon Parish priest details: Canon Murphy, PP VF, Hale St .- Tel 041 685 0920, Fr McCartan, Collon – Tel 041 982 6106

Rosary in Ardee church

Rosary is prayed every day in Ardee Church at 2.30pm.

Danielle Cromwell is a star

All at Dromin Utd say well done to former player Danielle Cromwell who led out the Louth ladies league ETP squad as captain in the Galway cup.

Ardee’s open library

New Government funding has been announced to improve facilities in Ardee library, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd was speaking as his colleague the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced an investment of over €3.1 million in 46 library branches across the country.

O’Dowd said “€107k is being granted by the Department to Louth County Council to enhance both the Drogheda and Ardee libraries respectively, Louth County Council will provide a top up of €12k to provide an overall investment of €130k in the local services.

“Ardee who will relaunch their Open Library shortly will see a total project fund of €30,423 to enhance it’s technology offering which I know will be very well received in the area and encourage more users to the amenity.

RCNE kayak event

Rape Crisis North East (RCNE) are excited to announce their inaugural kayak fundraising event: Splash Out! Come Paddle for a Good Cause, taking place on Blessington Lake, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 27th August 2022.

The paddlers will launch from the Bay at Russelltown at 11.00am on Saturday 27th August to begin their 10 kilometre journey down the Blessington Lake, finishing at the Avon Beach. Participants can bring their own kayaks, or they can hire equipment from Poulaphouca Paddlers.

Price per paddler €25 with own kayak and €45 including rented kayak. To register online and for more information please go to the RCNE website and their event registration page eventmaster.ie/event/zbxxSPYSQJ for full details.

Mitchels couch to 6k

Couch to 6K starting in John Mitchels Club grounds in Ballybailie this week. Training will continue every Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm, for seven weeks in preparation for a 6K Fun Run/Walk due to be held on Sunday 25th September


Any news

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

Parochial House.

After years of deliberation, the Parish Finance Committe have decided, for a myriad of reasons, to upgrade and add a small extension to The Parochial House in Tenure, making it possible for Fr. Paddy to relocate from his present abode in Fieldstown. Thus, his new Tenure address would become The Parish Priest’s House.

The “reasons” I’ve alluded to, are part financial and totally practical and will be the first time, since Fr Walsh relocated to Fieldstown, that the PP’s House will be situated in Tenure.

Parishioners are invited to have a look at the proposed plans to both houses in question, in Fieldstown and Tenure churches and are encouraged to contact any committee member via the parish office, Parochial House, Harlington, Monasterboice A92RT66 or email monasterboiceparish2018@gmail.com

Community Buliding/Fund raising continues

Speaking about Parochial matters, the proposed Outdoor Cinema will happen on Saturday next, August 13th, on Tenure’s Church grounds. The metaphoric lights will go down and the equally metaphoric curtains will go up at 7.45 and..... fun fact coming up here.... the greatest film ever made, Shrek will be on show. Yeah, this absolute classic, coupled with nice weather and beautiful company will be the making of an unforgettable evening. Entry fee is €5 for individuals or €10 for families so, grab a blanket and chair and let’s go to the movies.

Also, The Car Boot Sale in Fieldstown, will happen again on August 22nd in the church carpark. €20 per car. Refreshments will be served as they will at Tenure’s flick night.

Poetry Night.

After a two year hiatus due to Covid, Monasterboice Tourism and Tidy Towns is delighted to hold it’s annual Evening of Poetry, Music & Song once again, on Friday Sept 2nd, in Drumshallon Forge Heritage Centre, from 8-10pm. Always a great night’s entertainment! Admission is free and there’ll be light refreshments served on the night. Do try and come along and you might be surprised by just how talented some of our local residents are. Also on the night, there’ll be a raffle held, with some great prizes

As part of Heritage Week, MT and TT will be holding an event on Saturday 20th August. More details anon.

Tidy Towns.

Message from Monasterboice Tourism and Tidy Towns......

Judging is ongoing for the Litter League and Louth Looking Good. Thanks to everyone who is helping with litter picking. We really appreciate your efforts and would appeal to all local housing estates and residents to keep areas litter and weed free. Let’s keep working together to keep Monasterboice looking its best.

Naomh Mairtin Lotto.

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