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Around the Districts: Bellewstown and Slane


Members of Duleek Womens Forum pictured on their recent trip to Croke Park, with the GAA Guide. It turned out to be a very interesting tour.

Members of Duleek Womens Forum pictured on their recent trip to Croke Park, with the GAA Guide. It turned out to be a very interesting tour.

Members of Duleek Womens Forum pictured on their recent trip to Croke Park, with the GAA Guide. It turned out to be a very interesting tour.




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We have a number of Community Employment vacancies. These posts are based in Duleek, Bellewstown and Slane with roles for Ground-workers, Tour Guide, Admin Assistant and Caretakers. Eligibility to participate on CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years of age or over and in receipt of a payment from DEASP for a minimum of one year. Please contact Janet or Frank in our office on 041-9880269 or further information on how to apply for these roles can be found on Jobs Ireland.

Bellewstown P & P

Competitions continue each Sunday morning at 10a.m. Tuesday evening competitions continues each week; please be there for 6.40p.m. for 7p.m. tee off. Birthday greetings to Darren Heeney this week and get well wishes to Martin Flood.

Qualifiers for the National Seniors will be held in Laytown on Tuesday the 28th June at 6:30pm with a shotgun start. We have fifteen gents and one lady in this event.

Bellewstown Golf Club Results

Ladies 18/Hole Stableford League, 1st Karen Lennon 40pts, 2nd Debbie Wogan 37pts.

15th June: Wed. open singles Stableford: 1st Colm Hanley 42ps, 2nd Cian Brady 41pts.

18th June: Singles Stableford: 1st Morten Hasle 42pts, 2nd Fergus Hanlon 41pts.

19th June: Singles Stableford: 1st Hans Balfoort 40pts, 2nd Vincent Shanagher 39pts.

Mid-week early bird €15 before 11am, book online to play.

Active Retirement

The Duleek/Bellewstown Active Retirement group meet every Wednesday at 2.30pm in Parish Centre. New members always welcome. Bowls take place every Tuesday at 2pm in Parish Centre.


For Tuesday 14th June; Draw took place tonight. Numbers drawn were 03-04-06-22-26. At last, we have a winner. Congratulations to Geno Brannigan who won the Jackpot of €2,000. The €10 winners were Nicola Seery; Martin Branigan; Jim & Hunter; Sandy; Bridget Arnold; Janet Rooney. Jackpot next week €2,000.

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Taking place from 12th -17th September 2022 led by Bishop Tom Deenihan. Booking forms available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 69 O’Connell St. Dublin 1, Tel: 01-2410800. The pilgrimage this year will be for hotel pilgrims only.

CPR Training Day

Duleek Cardiac First Response Group are holding a CPR community training day on Sunday 3rd July at Duleek Bellewstown & District Community Facility. You can learn & practice how to perform hands only CPR and see a demonstration of a defibrillator (AED) in use. Sessions will take place at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Book your place on Eventbrite using the link https://tinyurl.com/28djtj2w



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Recent deaths

There was profound shock and sadness following the sudden passing of Gary ‘Bomber’ Murphy, Monknewtown, who was a former player, coach and committee member of Rossin Rovers Soccer Club for many years. Gary was also a great Celtic supporter and a long time member of the St Margaret’s Celtic Supporters Club. He was predeceased by his father Jimmy and is mourned by his loving mother Mary, brother Michael, aunt Margaret, neighbours and friends to whom condolences is extended. Gary’s funeral Mass took place in Monknewtown Church with burial afterwards in St Erc’s Cemetery.

Sympathy is also extended to the family of the late Paddy O’Connor, Cruicetown, who died at St Mary’s Nursing Home, Castleblaney. Paddy was predeceased by his wife Joan just last February, and parents Farrell and Agnes. He is sadly missed by his children Audrey, Noel, Martin and Johanna, grandchildren, sisters Nora Barry (Garlow Cross), Mary McDwyer (Donaghmore), Joan Murtagh (Proudstown), brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Paddy’s funeral Mass took place in St Patrick’s Church, with burial afterwards in St Erc’s Cemetery.

Road closure

Motorists are advised of the temporary close of the N51 Slane/Navan Road at Dunmoe, between its junction with the R162 Navan and the R163 Slane. This closure is required to facilitate construction of road works on the N51 Dunmoe Phase 2 Realignment Scheme. The closure will be for three months from Friday, July 1st to Friday, September 30th and will be for 24 hours per day. Alternative routes will be in operation both Westbound and Eastbound and diversion signs will be in place. Residents and property holders will be facilitated with access throughout the closure period.

Connemara Breeders Show

The North East Connemara Pony Breeders Show is back and this year’s event takes place on Saturday, July 2nd at the usual venue Fox’s Field, which is adjacent to Ledwidge Cottage Museum on the Slane/Drogheda Road. This year’s show has over 12 In-Hand Classes and also hosts The Trailer Vision All-Ireland Yearling Filly Final, plus The Devenish Beyond Nutrition All-Ireland Three Year Old Filly Final, as well as qualifiers for Three Year Old Filly Qualifier for Ballinasloe Show. Admission is free and there is prize fund of over €4,500. A dog Show will also be held on the day. Trade Stands are also welcome. Contact secretary Ciara McMenamon at ciaramcmenamon@gmail.com, 087 6413390. Entries close this Friday, June 24th.

Ras Tailteann

There was a great turn out to welcome the Ras Tailteann cycle race as it passed through the village on the fifth and final stage of this year’s race. The riders started out from Kinnegad and sped through Slane shortly after 1pm on their way through Collon and the finish in Blackrock, Co Louth. As well as around 160 cyclists there was a cavalcade of official and support vehicles, race officials, medical support and team cars. Great credit goes to local cycling fanatic Larry Clarke, himself a Ras Tailteann competitor and stage winner back in the 1970’s, who had the approach roads appropriately decorated and also at the square in the village to welcome the cyclists through. Larry went to great lengths to mark the occasion of the prestigious race travelling through Slane.

Tara Lecture Series

Anyone interested in local history will not want to miss the Tara Lecture Series which take place at the Hill of Tara Visitor Centre each Wednesday from July 6th to July 27th at 8pm. The opening lecture is Losing your head: Crime and Punishment in medieval Trim by Dr Michael Potterton; The Residents of Knowth 3200BC to 1990AD by Dr Eoin Grogan is the lecture on July 13th; Replicating the Crosses of Kells by Michael Ann Bevivino is on July 20th; Finally Medieval Navan & its Environs by Clare Ryan MIAI is the lecture on July 27th. Admission is free but seats are limited so come early. No pre booking required.


The Gaelic4Mothers & Others initiative has started up at Slane GFC and it continues on Friday evenings at 8pm. The initiative sees women playing ladies Gaelic football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment. The only criteria is to be 25 years plus, and be a non registered player. For anyone who would like to come along and give it a try just turn up at the pitch and have a go or alternatively you can get further details from Stacey at 085 2780787.

Alzheimer’s Bike Day

Navan Road Club will hold their annual Alzheimer’s Bike Day this Sunday, June 26th. Cyclist can take in their own area and decide on the distance they wish to cover. Donations can be made to the Day Care Center at Whistlemount on the Kells Road. The club thank their good friend and cycling colleague Brian Connaughton for his great support once again. For more info email larryclarkecycling@gmail.com.

Summer Camp

Slane Wanderers Soccer Club is hosting the Coerver Summer Camp for ages six to 14 from Monday, July 18th till the following Friday, from 10am to 1pm each day. Professional coaches guarantee that the planned sessions are delivered to the highest standard to ensure a fun filled week while also improving youngsters soccer skills. All players will receive a Coerver Coaching certificate and a choice of the brand new Adidas Coerver Ball or an Adidas Coerver top. The camps fill up very quickly so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Booking details are on the Slane Wanderers Facebook page.

Blessing of the Graves

The annual Blessing of the Graves takes place in St Erc’s Cemetery on Sunday, August 14th at 3pm. The Blessing of the Graves on the Hill of Slane takes place the same day at 2pm approximately. The graves in Monknewtown (2pm) Dowth (2.30) and Fennor (3pm) will be blessed on Sunday, August 7th.

GAA Lotto

Numbers drawn in the Slane GFC lotto for June 14th were 7, 8, 24, 26. There was no winner and the jackpot is now €2375. Spot prize winners were Grainne McGowan, Maurice McWeeney, Brian, Linda & Ian Farrelly.

Tickets for the 50/50 draw for June can be purchased at the club hut outside Smyth’s service station this Saturday from 9am to 6pm. The Drive-In Bingo continues this evening Wednesday, at the club grounds, starting at 8pm. Single books - €15, double books €20.

FAI Soccer School

Rossin Rovers are hosting a FAI Summer Soccer School starting Monday July 11th from 10am to 1pm and continuing each day to the following Friday. Registration is now open for boys and girls aged 6 -14. Each child will receive training gear and quality coaching from FAI trained and approved coaches.

Book online and get 20% discount at Intersport Elverys Stores. Booking available from https://bookings.summersoccerschools.ie/s/

Festival at Rock Farm

A Festival at Rock Farm featuring a mixture of music, comedy and wellness takes place across three days from July 8th - 10th. The event is an intimate weekend gathering of people with expected attendance of 2,000 - 2,500. The programme of events includes - Friday 8th: 5pm - 11pm - Music and events programme across four stages; 11pm - 3am - Late night areas open at reduced volume. Saturday 9th: noon to 11pm - Music and events programme across four stages; 11pm - 3am - Late night areas open at reduced volume. Sunday 10th: noon to 11pm - Music and events programme across four stages

11pm - 3am - Late night areas open at reduced volume. A comprehensive event management plan will be in place as well as a traffic management plan which will be agreed with the Gardai in advance.

Couch To 5K

The Rathkenny Athletic Club Couch to 5k programme has started up but there is still time to join up and it is a great way to get fit and meet new friends in a friendly and encouraging environment. For further details or to book a place contact 086 0724911 or message the club’s Facebook page.

Registration is now open for the 5k Road Race. Entry fee is €20 plus booking fee and first 300 entries will get a fabulous technical tee shirt and snood. To register go to the link on the club’s Facebook page.