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Around the Districts: Broomfield and Slane


Sarah Cunningham from Custom Cakes at the wedding fair in Conyngham Arms Hotel on Sunday.

Sarah Cunningham from Custom Cakes at the wedding fair in Conyngham Arms Hotel on Sunday.

Sarah Cunningham from Custom Cakes at the wedding fair in Conyngham Arms Hotel on Sunday.




Contact Gerard on 087/2729154 or E-mail: starinaghgerard1@gmail.com if you have an item for this Column, the deadline for which is 10am on Monday morning, Friday on Bank Holiday Weekends. Reach out and connect please! Thanks for your co-operation as always.

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The best wishes of Broomfield and District Residents Association, and the Community is extended to all who are hospitalised or ill at this time. We wish you a speedy return to good health.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Broomfield and District Residents Association has been set for Thursday 19th May, starting at 8.30pm in Teach Raithneach, Starinagh. Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, it’s been two and a half years since the Associations last AGM. A lot has happened since, so it is necessary, timely, and appropriate that an AGM takes place. The Association is seeking Nominations from persons interested in serving on the in-coming Executive Committee. With this in mind, Nomination Papers are available from the Secretary, who can be contacted on 087 2729154 or email starinaghgerard1@gmail.com If you are living in the District, you can submit a Nomination, however you should have the consent of the person you are Nominating before doing so. The Nominee should reside in the District. Community Members now have advance notice of the AGM, so please record this date, and make it a priority to attend the AGM. It is important that you have your say on how the Association and Community progresses into the future. We all must play our part in ensuring that the Community and the Association gets back to normal as soon as possible. The AGM was never more important than this year because of the previous two years of lockdown’s and restrictions due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. A lot of work is required to get back to where we were. The effort starts on Thursday 19th May. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all the Community Members who have accepted a Nomination so far, it is really encouraging.

Community Alert Sign Missing

Please keep an eye out for a Community Alert sign that has gone missing from the Cleever’s Cross, in the Ballymacan/Grangegeeth area recently.

A Message from the Broadband Officer

On the Thursday 9th June the IFI (Irish Film Industry) is hosting a film festival for the BCPs featuring Academy Award Nominated short films. People from all over Ireland are invited to join us for this free online film festival experience via their local Broadband Connection Point (Teach Raithneach). The screening is on from 7.30 pm until 9pm and therefore could start off a longer evening of activities if the site was looking to run any other events or activities that evening. The collection will be delivered through a downloadable link sent to each of the participating BCP locations. They have developed some posters and marketing materials for the event to enable you to attract viewers. BCPs will require a computer and television screen for viewing which most of you should have now. A wider collection of films will be available for viewing on the IFI player from the 10th June 2022. Please get in contact if you would like to get involved in making this initiative happen on Thursday 9th June. Contact 087 2729154.

Celebrate Bealtaine

The lovely month of May celebrates Age and Opportunity and focuses on creativity in older age through the Arts. Meath County Council Library Service and Meath Arts Office have a lovely selection of events and activities as part of our celebration of Bealtaine. Check out what’s on.

Walking News

The Broomfield Walking Group have already started walking on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8pm. Sunday Walking at 12 noon as usual. New Members welcome at any time. Contact Josie on 086 4458108 for information.

Irish Dancing Classes

The Farrelly School of Irish Dancing reminds you that Irish Dancing Classes are held as usual on Friday evenings from 6 to 7pm in Teach Raithneach. Past and new members welcome. Contact Grainne on 086 3707227 for further details.

Community Defibrillator Training

The Association would like to hear from Community Members who would be willing to take part in Training/ Re-training in the use of a Defibrillator. The Training will take place in Teach Raithneach when numbers willing to participate are established. Please contact the Secretary on 087 2729154 if interested.

Activities at Teach Raithneach

Activities include: Walking, Art, Yoga, Irish Dancing, Guitar and Piano Lessons, and Men’s Shed.

Keep in contact please

Please keep in contact with your relatives and neighbours, especially the elderly, and those living alone, and do what you can to help. A phone call will always be welcome. Contact Broomfield and District Residents Association Secretary on 087 2729154.



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Johnstons Music Festival

A stellar lineup has been announced for this year’s Johnstons Folk Music Festival which takes place this weekend, from May 21st to 23rd.

This will be the 10th festival and it commences with a Saturday night concert on May 21st at 8pm in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Slane, with Spiorad a wonderful local singing ensemble and they will be followed by Niamh Parsons, one of Ireland’s finest female ballad singers, accompanied on guitar by Graham Dunne. This duo has been performing to wide acclaim at all major folk music festivals, in Ireland, across Europe and the USA. Later that evening a ballad session featuring the Slane & District Mens Shed Music Group will be held in the Village Inn.

On Sunday afternoon in the Village Garden Navan Silver Band will perform a musical recital at 3pm and all are welcome. Later that evening in Rathkenny Community Centre a concert, honouring the Darby brothers, Thomas and Martin, Paddy Reilly and Michael Clarke takes place at 8pm. These musicians will be joined on stage by the Slane-based trad group The Chapel Street Band.

The festival moves to Slane Castle on Monday, May 23rd where the story of the Johnstons Folk Group will be recorded and entered into the Irish Music Archives for the first time. An Irish music concert featuring the Green Fields of America takes place in the Castle Ballroom at 7pm with a lineup of renowned international and national Irish artists. Former Johnstons member Mick Moloney leads the group along with Anthena Tergis, the former fiddle player with Riverdance. Also performing are renowned musicians Louise Mulcahy and Meath native Brenda Castles.

Tickets for the festival events and other are available from The Hub (041 9824000). A limited number of weekend tickets are available and early booking is advisable.

Viking Camp & Feast

Experience a Viking Camp & Feast at Slane Castle on May 21st and 22nd. It promises to be a great family day out with a difference. Enjoy a feast, a ninth century fare with a modern twist prepared by expert chefs using the best local Irish produce and foraged ingredients. Truly a night to remember, following the feast join in the Viking Concert headlined by Corvus Corax and supported by Nytt Land, Seidrblot and Ravensdale.

With the iconic Slane Castle as the backdrop and adjacent to the authentic Viking camp and a full sized long ship from the Vikings TV series, more than 200 viking re-enactors in their medieval costume will help create the atmosphere. Tickets are now on sale at https://www.boynevalleyevents.com/slane-castle-viking-festival


Want to get out and get active through the Gaelic4Mothers & Others initiative. Gaelic& Mothers & Others is coming to Slane GFC with a registration night on Friday May 27th 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. Further details from Stacey at 085 2780787.

Tidy Towns AGM

The agm of the Tidy Towns Committee takes place on Tuesday, June 14th at 8pm in the parochial Hall. Existing and new members welcome.

Drive in bingo

Following the success of their recent Monster Bongo in Toddy Harding Park, Slane GFC have announced that they will be running a weekly Drive-In Bingo starting this evening Wednesday May 18th, at the club grounds, starting at 8pm. Single books - €15, double books €20.

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 May 10th were 12, 15, 17, 19. There was no winner and the jackpot is now €2250. Spot prize winners were Jim Mullery, Gail O’Sullivan, Dermot Flynn, Francis Smyth.

The club host a GAA Cúl Camp from July 25th to 29th and registration is now open but places are limited and will sell out quickly.

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.

Community Centre Golf Classic

Slane Community Centre are holding their annual Golf Classic in Ashbourne Golf Club on Friday May 27th, to raise funds for the building of the Community Centre. It is €400 for a team of four including dinner in the club house afterwards.

Tee times are available from 9am to 4pm. Prizes for first and second placed teams as well as the longest drive and nearest the pin. There is also the option for businesses to sponsor a hole for €100. Further details can be had by contacting maevecarbin@gmail.com or colmdevin2@gmail.com

Mairead Phelan was the latest winner of €1,000 in the Slane Community Centre Grand Draw for May. The draw is presently fully subscribed as its capped at 200 members. However there is a waiting list for anyone who would like to register their interest. Details are on the Slane Community Centre Facebook page.

Couch to 5k

Rathkenny Athletic Club are once again running their Couch to 5k programme. This will start in mid-June with exact date to be confirmed. This is a great way to get fit and meet new friends in a friendly and encouraging environment. Cost is €60 which covers club membership until December and entry into the club’s 5k Road Race on August 19th. For further details or to book a place contact 086 0724911 or message the club’s Facebook page.