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Around the Districts: Ardee/Collon and Stamullen


Having a great week at the John Mitchells Cúl Camp were Niamh Fay, Sadie Durnin, Freya Durnin, Beth Whately and Aoibhe Durnin.

Having a great week at the John Mitchells Cúl Camp were Niamh Fay, Sadie Durnin, Freya Durnin, Beth Whately and Aoibhe Durnin.

Having a great week at the John Mitchells Cúl Camp were Niamh Fay, Sadie Durnin, Freya Durnin, Beth Whately and Aoibhe Durnin.



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Three Car Draw

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Mattock Rangers would like to congratulate our 3 Car Draw winners, Darragh & Anita Harmon from Tinure, Sinead McCormack from Ardee and Paul Murray from Ardee. Each received a 222 Nissan Micra from John McCabe Nissan. The winning tickets were sold by Michael Reid, Mario Smith and Des King. Mattock Rangers would like to thank all who generously supported the 3 Car Draw either by selling or purchasing tickets.

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.

Blessed Sacrament

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Ardee church on Friday 10.30am-4pm and Collon church, Thursday 9.30-10.30am.

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.

Mattock lotto

Numbers drawn are 3, 13, 14, & 31. Jackpot not won. No Match 3 winner. Next jackpot will be €13,700. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No 3 Wine Bar and restaurant

Pick up some Gaeilge

The Irish Conversation Group which meets in Ardee every Thursday morning is based in DeeHub, Market Street. The group offers an opportunity to practice spoken Irish in an informal setting and to learn more words and phrases. As well as informal conversation, the group focuses on learning basic sentences on a different topic each week. New members are welcome every Thursday from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Beidh fáilte romhat. Tuilleadh eolais - Eilís Ní Mhearraí, 087-2770873.

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.

St. Vincent de Paul

Your local branch of SVP, St. Colmcille’s is here to help those in need. Please contact 086-0390612 for information. To make a donation: by Cheque: St. Colmcille’s SVP, by Direct Debit/Bank Transfer: IBAN: IE18 AIBK9320 9460 3620 77 BIC: AIBKIE2D.

McDermotts camp

Sean McDermotts Cùl Camp 2022 will run from 8th - 12th August.

Details for Coeliacs

Parishioners who have a Coeliac condition and wish to receive Holy Communion may do so. Please inform the Priest before Mass.

Blessing of the graves

Kildemock Sun 7th Aug 7.00pm

Collon Sun 4th Sept 11.00am

Old St Mary’s Sun 4th Sept 6.00pm


Temporary Road Closure

Meath County Council has announced that the small section of road between Silverstream Close and Stedalt Cross will be closed from this Wednesday August 3rd to Friday August 5th to enable Water-Main Rehabilitation Works to take place on behalf of Irish Water; directions will be in place regarding alternative routes. The road closure, albeit only for three days, will hinder many motorists at Silverstream, Kilbreck and Glassheen who are trying to access the area to and from the nearby Stamullen village and, as a result of the closure, motorists residing and/or visiting the Residential Estates and other properties on the Silverstream Road will have to travel several kilometers further as an alternative to passing through Stamullen village.

Moynalty Show

Following an absence since 2019, the great Moynalty Steam Threshing Fair will once again become a huge attraction for visitors on Sunday August 14th next. This year will mark the 47th year of this vintage agricultural Steam Threshing Show and, besides the Steam Threshing in itself, as usual, there will be an array of side shows, displays, demonstrations, etc. of how we used to live, work, rest and play in the rural parts of Ireland of yesteryear. There will also be animals, birds, music & dance, competitions, children’s games, stalls, fun-fair and numerous other attractions that will certainly keep those who attend including the younger children more than happy throughout the day. This type of outdoor, rural activities and displays of the past have been greatly missed by thousands of people since 2019 when, due to the Covid Virus; all of this was cancelled in 2020 and 2021. So, all roads lead to Moynalty on Sunday August 14th next and, expect a huge number in attendance, particularly if the good weather prevails on the day.

Silver Banks

Construction of the large Residential Housing Estate at Silver Banks, off the Gormanston Road, is continuing. Construction work first began when a number of houses were constructed on the site of the former Stamullen Community Centre and St. Patrick`s G.F.C Gaelic Football Field and the construction work has continued, at pace, north and westwards towards the City North Hotel and across to the rear of St. Patrick`s National School at Cock Hill.

Know Your Parish

The following advert appeared in the pages of the Drogheda Independent newspaper back in the month of October 1925. `Hello! Hello! Hello! Return Challenge Football Match at Stamullen on Sunday next, November 1st, at 2.30pm sharp. Gormanston Camp versus Stamullen. Come in your thousands and see the match of the season. Greenanstown Pipers Band will attend`.

During this early period of the Irish Free State in the 1920`s and 30`s, there were several local Gaelic football clubs within the combined parishes of Stamullen and Julianstown, with players very often going from one football club match to another club within a week, skipping from club to club, from Bellewstown, to Bettystown, Gormanstown, to Greenanstown, Fourknocks to Julianstown and the rivalry between the `Rovers` of Stamullen, the `Stars` of Julianstown and that of `St. Patrick`s` club from Gormanstown. Intercounty players were also a very familiar sight at various club matches from the neighbouring counties of Louth and Dublin. Gaelic football clubs had been formed in the district in less than two years after the founding of the Gaelic Athletic Association back in 1884.

Stamullen Rovers and the Julianstown Stars had been `togging out` on the field since late 1885. The following match was locally advertised in October 1926. `Football challenge matches to be played on the Sports field Laytown on Sunday October 26th. O`Neill`s Laytown versus Donore. Gormanston Camp versus Fourknocks Stars, first game to start at Two O`Clock. Admission 6d`

Another match that took place on the last Sunday of October back in 1934 at, what was advertised as `The Gaelic Grounds in Gormanstown` was a challenge match between Julianstown and St. Patrick`s of Gormanstown; the Julianstown men overcoming their neighbours with a score of 2 goals and 5 to nil.

However, with all these `townland` clubs that had formed and some of which were indeed cross-county, disagreements were always at the forefront of both matches and at club and county meetings.

The following extract from a meeting of the Committee of the Meath League of the GAA, held in March, 1927, read a letter from the Stamullen Club stating that it was `withdrawing from the Meath League as most of their players lived in Co. Dublin and also on the grounds of expenses of travelling to Meath venues. Stamullen asked for permission to enter the Fingal League`.

Mr. O`Brien, of the Meath Committee objected to `any more of the Co. Meath being given away, adding that the best part of it had been given to Louth`. Mr. McCourt, Stamullen, who was in attendance at the meeting said that, `It was only Gormanstown and Stamullen they wanted`. The Committee decided not to accede to the request and the Stamullen Representatives who were also present, agreed to remain in the Meath League and they also secured the transfer of Thomas Mulholland from the Ardcath club to Stamullen`.