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Around the Districts: Clogherhead, Dunleer and Monasterboice


Eileen Bond, Geraldine Liddy, Aoife Mc Kenny and Ella Mc Caffrey at the Splash for Cash in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation at Clogherhead Beach Photo Jimmy Weldon

Eileen Bond, Geraldine Liddy, Aoife Mc Kenny and Ella Mc Caffrey at the Splash for Cash in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation at Clogherhead Beach Photo Jimmy Weldon

Eileen Bond, Geraldine Liddy, Aoife Mc Kenny and Ella Mc Caffrey at the Splash for Cash in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation at Clogherhead Beach Photo Jimmy Weldon



Well done to the Dreadnots

Clogherhead was like every other village over the past 18 months or so, gripped by the COVID issues and struggling to really get a grip on what could be done and what couldn’t.

One richly positive event, inspired by the Dreadnots, was the drive in bingo at the club.

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It began months ago and attracted people from all over the place. It was a safe environment and for some, allowed people perhaps their only chance of enjoyment each week.

Clubs like the Dreadnots, and it’s the same for the O’Raghallaigh’s, have helped a lot of people connect in a safe way and fair play to them.

The last Drive in bingo of the year at the Dreadnots was last week.

‘We would like to thank all our bingo patrons and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. We’re not sure what Denis and Anthony are going to do on a Monday nights in the meantime without all their fans,’ the club remarked. How true.


Mass times: Clogherhead: Sat 7.30 p.m.; Sun 11.30 a.m. Walshestown: Sun 10 a.m. Weekday Mass in Clogherhead 9 a.m. (except Wednesday).

Readers needed

Readers are needed in the churches in the parish and if you’d like to be part of the team, please make contact.

Tidy Towns bid

Clogherhead Development Group are looking for more volunteers as part of their Tidy Towns bid for 2022 and they know they can give it a real shot. Contact them on their Facebook page if interested.

Rosary at graveyards

The Legion of Mary are leading the Rosary at the cemeteries in the parish over the course of the month of November.

They will meet and invite others to come along, on November 16 at 3.30 p.m. at the Mullagh. Also, 3.30 p.m. on November 23 at Mayne and November 30 at 3.30 p.m. at Rathdrumin.

Mass webcam

If you cannot attend Mass in the Clogherhead parish, people can avail of the webcam service from their home. It’s on Clogherheadparish.homestead.com.

Confirmation date

There will be prayers said and hopefully answered for the students at St Deni’s’s school.

They have planned the celebration of confirmation for Saturday, May 7, 2022, and First Eucharist on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Blessing of the Boats

Blast from the past – July 1976 – The blessing of the boats ceremony at Clogherhead on Sunday afternoon drew perhaps the biggest crowd to the harbour for this annual ceremony.

The boats, all gaily decorated for the occasion, were blessed by local curate, Fr Breslin, and as usual the skippers put to sea for a short time following the blessing.

The attendance included the chairman of the Louth County Council, Mr Peter Moore, and Mr Aidan Stafford on behalf of’ the trawler skippers thanked all concerned on such a fine turnout, and wished the skippers good fishing in the year ahead.

Thomas Scully is coroner

July 1976 – Mr Thomas E Scully, Clogherhead has been appointed Coroner for Louth. He succeeds Dr D. A Collins, Drogheda, who has held the post in a temporary capacity for the last few years since the death of Dr W. A Bradley, the last Coroner to hold the post in a permanent capacity.

Dr Scully first came to Louth as Assistant County Medical Olfficer and later he was appointed Dispensary doctor in Clogherhead, succeeding Dr Monica Rath.

Since his new post a permanent Coroner will only occupy part of Dr Scully’s time, he will continue to act as Dispensary doctor in the Clogherhead area.

Dr Scully’s appointment made by the Local Appointments Commission was confirmed by Louth County Council on Monday.

Paddy Donegan visits fishermen

July 1976 – At a fruitful meeting with Clogherhead skippers last Sunday morning, the Minister for Defence, Mr P. S Donegan, was put in the picture with regard to the fishermen’s feelings on many matters dealing with the port.

Firstly with the matter of taxation for which the fishermen are now liable, Mr Donegan instructed them to contact an accountant so that they would not be paying tax for which they were not liable. He also informed them that fishermen were allowed earn an extra £150 before paying tax, to cover the purchase of their clothing for fishing.

On the question of limits, the Minister said his. Department had an official at the recent conference on the Law of the Sea in New York but that the 200 mile limit talked about would only apply to trawlers from outside the EEC countries. With regard to the EEC countries Ireland had proposed a 50-mile limit and were supported by England, but it was understood that some countries such as Denmark would object to such a limit being imposed.

Countries which had established a precedent were entitled at present to fish to within six miles of our shore for white fish but for shell fish, such as prawns, they had to be 12 miles outside the limit.

On the recent boarding of two Clogherhead trawlers by the French, Mr Donegan said that the French Embassy had been in touch with the Department of Foreign Affairs and that the French may have thought that they had a right to board Irish trawlers. But they were now put in the picture and he hoped there would not be a repeat.

Skippers also expressed their fears about a new EEC regulation which states that trawlers over 15 years-old must be inspected and perhaps told they could not put to sea if they were not up to scratch. The Minister undertook to have this new regulation looked into.

The pier was also discussed and Mr Donegan said that everything possible should be done to have the Louth County Council and the Department of Fisheries agree on proposals as soon as possible. He would be pressing to have the money allocated in next year’s estimate, but the urgency was that the estimates would be discussed within the next month.

St Vincent de Paul

As Christmas approaches, many people are struggling to provide for their family. Your local branch of SVP, St. Colmcille’s is here to help those in need. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to hold our usual collection and fundraisers and are appealing to you for donations or gift vouchers so that we can help those in need.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated and depended on throughout the years. 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



All Dunleer Community clubs, organisations and individuals are very welcome to send in their notices big or small to me at maryroserafferty@gmail.com or you can pm me on Facebook preferably by Thursday night, Friday morning at the latest.

Wedding bells

Congratulations to John Farrelly and Mairéid Tuite who wed recently in St. Mary’s Kilsaran. May you have a long, healthy and happy married life together.

Trad sessions

Scoraícht Lann Léire hold open Trad sessions every Tuesday evening at 7pm. For all info on events you can follow them on their facebook page; Scoraícht Lann Léire.

St. Kevins community centre events

All events listed below are with keeping within government health and safety guidelines;

Whist Night every Thursday at the centre, new players are always welcome.

Fun Gymnastics at the centre every Wednesday. Great fun for your boys and girls, so feel free to go along and join the fun. 3 to 6 years old 3.30 to 4.30pm, 7 to 9 year olds 4.30 to 5.30 and 10 to 13 year olds; 5.30 to 6.30pm.

The Brickx Club

THE BRICKX CLUB starts from Saturday November 20th from 2pm to 4pm. Suitable for girls and boys aged 4 to 12, a social freeplay brick building club which develops imagination, creativity, STEM themes, problem solving, fine motor skills and spatial intelligence. €12 per child, €10 per sibling. To book text Clodagh on 0861546940 and book early to avoid disappointment

St Kevin’s Lotto

11.11.21 – numbers 6,7, 8 and 25. No Jackpot winner, weekly winners of the €50 were; Jillian Leavy and TJ Doheny. Next draw will take place on November 18th with a Jackpot of €7,600.

Lann Léire GFC Land The Loot

There are just 7 WEEKS left until one lucky individual will win €100,000 CASH on the 30th of December 2021! A ticket would be the perfect gift this Christmas! so make sure to get your ticket early before it’s too late! In three short weeks the club will be giving away another 5 prizes of €500, so just make sure to get your ticket early to be in with a chance to win as much cash as possible! All ticket holders on November 28th will be entered into the supplementary draw! Tickets are €50 each and are available to purchase in local shops, from committee members, juvenile coaches, and online. By purchasing your ticket online you will receive two emails, one to confirm your order and the second with your ticket included, your ticket will be visible as ‘1234-LTL’. For any queries you can contact the club directly. Lannléire GAA are embarking on an ambitious fundraising venture, the aim of which is to raise the finance required for the development of a new Astroturf and to better the playing facilities at their grounds on Shamrock Hill.

Dunleer Men’s Shed

The Dunleer Mens shed takes place every Tuesday from 10am in our St. Brigids Hall, new members are always welcome.


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.

Sweet success

One would be seriously mistaken in thinking that Naomh Mairtin’s second Louth Senior success, in as many years, was easily gotten. Emerging victorious from any campaign is difficult. Claiming the ultimate Gaelic Football title, multiplied by two, in ANY county, is as ardorous as it is noteworthy. These are heady times in Monasterboice and will be looked back on as a wonderful epoch in our Gaelic Footballing history. In the meantime, appreciate The Mairtin’s convincing wins over The Mochtas, this year, and St Mary’s in 2020, for what they were... the result of years and years of hard grinding and absolute dedication to the cause. Well done lads.

Next Sunday’s encounter will be a major step up for Naomh Mairtin. Obviously, the Monasterboice outfit is the best team in Louth at the moment. The first round Leinster match versus the Carlow champions will require another gear change and will ask questions on how far these boys in blue can go. Let’s hope the answer will be in the affirmative...

Junior Infant Enrolment

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.

Barn Owl Project.

Ther’s an exciting new project being started by local volunteers to help Co Louth Barn Owls?

In association with the Barn Owl Project, guidance from the Louth branch of Bird Watch Ireland, Louth Nature Trust and initiated by the wildlife rehabilitators of Drogheda Animal Rescue, we hope to find and record the existing nesting and roosting sites and hunting grounds used by Barn Owls in our wee county.

We also would like to identify sites that nest boxes could be hung to help the Barn Owl increase its range here.

Nest boxes will only be hung at sites that are deemed suitable ie at least 1-2km away from the motorway, adjacent to rough grassland, no rodenticide used in the area etc.

We ask the public to kindly report any known roosting/nesting sites, any sightings of Barn Owls and any injured or dead birds they may encounter.

Any local businesses or groups that would like to sponsor the materials and building cost of a nest box or two, any groups or handy individuals that could assist by making some boxes, your help would also be very much appreciated.

We would also like to ask for your help by spreading the word of this project and anyone who could kindly assist with the cost of printing, distribution and displaying of flyers, your support would be gratefully received.

You can contact us by emailing louthbarnowls@gmail.com or texting 0866076420. Please bear in mind, we are volunteers but we will endeavor to reply to you asap.

We are currently setting up social media accounts and a website page about our project but in the mean time we would direct you towards the Barn Owl projects website, thebarnowlproject.com, for any information on these beautiful birds you may need. Many thanks in advance, Nicola Carroll

Mullary Cemetery Lotto.

Saturday Nov 6th–Winning no was 18. Winners were Clare O Brien and Mark Mathew’s.

N.Mairtin Lotto

Results 10-11-2021 No: 02,03,12,20, Jackpot not won. €2,400 this week. No Match 3 Numbers so this week wins or shares €300. Buy your tickets at the usual outlets or play online. If your not in you can’t win.