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Around the Districts: Dunleer and Termonfeckin


Sharon O'Brien, Gillian Victory, Theresa Hilliard and Gillian Kierans who took part in the Annagassan 10K. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Sharon O'Brien, Gillian Victory, Theresa Hilliard and Gillian Kierans who took part in the Annagassan 10K. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Sharon O'Brien, Gillian Victory, Theresa Hilliard and Gillian Kierans who took part in the Annagassan 10K. Photo: Colin Bell Photography



Community Awards Night

The Dunleer Tidy Towns are holding their annual Community Awards night in the Grove House on Wednesday November 30th November 2022 at 7.30pm. It has been 3 years since their last Community Awards and they are so looking forward to having this event on November 30th November at 7.30pm. This is the 44th year of Tidy Towns Dunleer. The event is open to all in the Community to attend. It is usually a very good community night. Presentations and food are the order of the night. You can see a slide show of how Dunleer looked during the Summer. The markings of the National Tidy Towns Competition will be revealed. Also included in the evening will be the Garden Competition Winners over the Summer months with pictures of the Gardens. There will be special Awards and Volunteer of the year and shop front presentation and best presented Estate. Cllr. Bernie Conlon from Dunleer will attend along with other public representatives on the night. We look forward to showing you all the garden’s of the winners of their respective Estates. All the Estate Committees have also been invited to attend. All business owner and their friends and families will also be invited to attend. The Dunleer Tidy Towns look forward to a great night and if you live in or near Dunleer feel free to come along and join in the fun.

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Vincent Shop Dunleer are asking that If you have Xmas trees, decorations, unwanted gifts and toys we would be really grateful if you would donate them to the store they would be most grateful.

Christmas Fair

Date for your diary, Christmas Fair in the Lannléire Pavillion A92 YE13 Sunday December 4th 2022 from 11am to 4pm. Vendors Welcome.

To book your table phone Lucy on 041 68 6861064 or 085-8280491.

Slimming World

Slimming World Dunleer group takes place in the Market House main street Dunleer every Wednesday at 6pm. The consultant has ten years experience. For further info you can contact Lynne on 0879839776 or just pop in.

Senior Citizens Coffee Mornings

A coffee morning for all Senior citizens is being held each first Friday of the month from 10am to 12 noon in the Market house free of charge.

The next to be held is the November event which takes place this Friday December 2nd.

Boxercise classes

Tredagh boxing academy hold Boxercise classes (for all ages and abilities). Classes are held every Tuesday (6.50 Pm to 7.50 Pm and every Thursday (8 pm to 9 pm).

Full body workout with all the training of a boxer without the physical contact (go at your pace and build up). For all ages and abilities.. For further details contact 0879944799


Your news

Any news or interesting items welcome in this column. New deadline-please have all information with me by 8pm on Sunday evenings at nicholasduff66@gmail.com or contact or text 087-2486472.

2022 Supervalu Tidy Towns results

It is disappointing that Sandpit did not enter this year’s Tidy Towns competition, for whatever reason. However, it has to be said that despite this, Sandpit continues to look amazing and is kept extremely clean and tidy, so credit is due to those who keep working away in the background. The Louth Looking Good Awards are not far away so no doubt, Sandpit will figure very well in this adjudication.

Christmas in Baltray

Baltray residents are looking forward to the Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Saturday December 3rd. This will be followed with a Christmas Raffle in the 19th Lounge. There was also a very successful Halloween Party for the children and pumpkin carving competition, most of which were grown in the Village Garden.

Theresa Mooney R.I.P.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family, relations and friends of Theresa Mooney (Née Quail), Newtown Cottages, Queensboro, Baltray Road, Termonfeckin who died recently. Requiem Mass was offered in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Funeral in Termonfeckin Old Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

“Termonfeckin: Village Life, Past & Present”

The Film “Termonfeckin: Village Life, Past & Present” got another viewing over the weekend, this time in An-Grianan. Again, it was very well received and enjoyed by those who were there. It is understood that there are no plans for a further screening but it may be available for home viewing purposes, particularly if local people have visitors or family members coming home for Christmas who may like to see. If this is the case, it is understood that the Termonfeckin Development Board (Well Termonfeckin) is willing to facilitate such requests. Check out the Well Termonfeckin facebook page or contact welltermonfeckin@gmail.com There was also another opportunity for people to acquaint themselves with the writings of local author Nicola Cassidy whose latest publication “The Emerald Spy” got another launch on the night and at this stage is notching up global sales. Well worth reading.

“Eat Well Termonfeckin”

The Termonfeckin Development Board (Well Termonfeckin) is working away to produce a Cookery Book celebrating the diverse culture that is now a big part of our locality. Your favourite recipes are being sought for this publication and also a background story as to why the recipe is very significant to you. Recipes can be emailed to welltermonfeckin@gmail.com and there are also collection boxes in Forge Field Farm Shop and the Credit Union. It is also intended to publish shopping lists for ingredients in these recipes and where they may be sourced as locally as possible. Meanwhile “Well Termonfeckin” continues to keep busy, its focus is on serving the area and ideas are being sought as to what improvements or measures can be implemented. It is hoped to start up a “Book Club” for the village and hopefully such meetings will be held in An-Grianan. A “Clothes Swap” is another idea being floated. Funding was sourced earlier in the year for a new Playground in the village. This has now gone out to tender and hopefully the new Playground will be in place by Autumn 2023. An application for funding to extend the footpath from The Paddocks to The Stables was also made and this has been approved so work on this is expected to happen in the next few months. The Board will also continue its monthly Village Clean-Up.

Termonfeckin ICA

Members are looking forward to the annual Christmas Party Night in An-Grianan on Friday December 16th. Members will also attend the ICA Louth Federation Meeting in the Castlebellingham venue on Tuesday December 6th. The next Termonfeckin ICA Guild meeting is arranged for Wednesday November 30th from 2pm to 4pm. New members are always welcome. For further details on becoming a member or various activities, contact 041-9822040 or 041-9881223.

Traffic Calming

New enlarged speed limit signs which also bear the name Termonfeckin are now in place where the existing speed limit signs were located. They are doubly visible and hopefully will have the desired effect. There may be some more work carried out to further enhance the calming measures should speeding reach a certain level. However currently levels of speeding do not warrant further measures such as ramps or centre traffic islands at the moment.

November Rosary

The Rosary is being prayed on Sundays at 3.00pm in the Parish Cemeteries during the month of November. The Rosary on November 27th is in Holy Cross Cemetery, Sheetland Road. The Rosary is also being broadcast at 9am before the weekly morning Masses in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Religious Ceremonies

Weekday Masses are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and Wednesday Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Sandpit, all at 9.30am. There is no morning Mass on Fridays. Eucharistic Adoration from the Church of the Immaculate Conception is on Monday evenings from 7 to 8pm. The Parish Office is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 1pm. All notices for inclusion in the Parish Newsletter should be submitted before 10.30am on Thursdays. Mass Cards for a variety of intentions are also available in the Parish Office. A Remembering Service will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 7pm on Wednesday November 30th for us to remember our beloved dead. Please keep our Parish Priest Fr. Paul Byrne in our prayers as he undergoes some surgery. Fr. Paul Clayton Lea is looking after things at the moment, assisted by Deacon Pat Butterly.

St. Fechin’s Are Going Country

If you love Country and love to dance to the best Country Sounds around, then all roads lead to the St. Fechin’s New Community Centre at Beaulieu (A92 ET95) on Sunday evening December 11th from 5pm to 7.30pm. There will be dancing to Stuart Moyles, Hot Country TV’s award winning Country Music Artist. Admission is €10 and there will also be light refreshments on the night. All are welcome.

St. Fechin’s GAA

St. Fechin’s Hurlers will travel to Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford this Saturday November 26th to take on Horeswood in the Leinster Junior Hurling Semi-Finals. The Match is at 1.30pm and it is hoped to run a supporters bus to Enniscorthy though this will depend on uptake of people who would like to travel by bus. The bus is expected to leave Pairc Naomh Feichin, Beaulieu at 9am and the cost is expected to work out at €16/€20 per person. Anyone who wishes to travel by bus should contact the Club Secretary Mairead at 085-1640398. There was disappointment for the Minor Girls who bowed out of the Minor B Championship Semi-Finals at the hands of Kilkerley Emmets. The final score was 4-06 (18) to 4-14(26) however they played a great game and should be commended. The Dads & Lads finished up their season with a match against neighbours St. Colmcilles GAA Club. Some great performances were reported in the match and it has proved to be a very enjoyable season for the Dads & Lads. They have now hung up the boots to enjoy a well deserved rest and are looking forward to getting up and running again in the new year. The St Fechins AGM will take place on Monday 5th December 2022 at 8pm in St Fechins Community Centre.

St. Fechin’s Lotto

The numbers drawn were 14, 16, 20 and 23. There was no jackpot winner. The €100 winners were Peter, Evan and Eoghan. Winners of €20 were Sinead Dowd, Ralph Jordan, Audrey Johnston, Tony Morgan and Ciara Campbell. The jackpot is €1,400. Thanks as always to Madden’s Centra for their very valued sponsorship and to all who support the Lotto. Tickets are available in the Post Office, at the clubhouse gate or on the online lotto app.

Social Dancing Classes

Why not join St. Fechin’s for Social Dancing Classes on Wednesday evenings at 8pm in the Community Centre (A92 ET95) at Pairc Naomh Feichin, beginning this Wednesday November 9th. Try your hand at Jiving, Line-Dancing, Foxtrot and much more. Patricia and Pat will put you through your paces. The cost is €10 per night, pay as you go. For further information, contact John at 087-7621749.

Scor na nOg

The search is on for anyone under 17 years of age who would like to take part in Scor Na nOg. The aim of Scor is to promote Irish Traditions, Pastimes and Culture while offering Club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their Club. There are 8 sections to this competition, Ceile/Figure Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing. If anyone is interested, please email stfechins.scor@gmail.com by Monday November 28th.


A Foroige Club has begun in St Fechins Community Centre and takes place on Friday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm. It is open to 1st and 2nd Years. To join, the link is https://foroige.tfaforms.net/f/joinforoige?tfa_179=0015J00000SfpLKQAZ&tfa_178=St.%20Feichin%27s%20For%C3%B3ige


For any information on different courses and events, contact 041-9822119 or 041-9822478, the An-Grianan website or email admin@an-grianan.ie Private and corporate functions can also be accepted including Weddings and Civil Ceremonies. Friday December 16th is “Christmas Party Night”which includes a Mulled Wine Reception, Dinner and Live Music with an €50 option for B+B. Some places are still available. Christmas Weekend Courses are planned, running from December 2nd to 4th and December 9th to 11th, again some places are still available for these weekends. A One Day Christmas Course on December 5th also has some places available. The World Gate Restaurant opens from Wednesdays to Sundays for Lunch and Evening meals and Sunday breakfast is also available. For further information or bookings, contact 041-9881474 or www.theworldgaterestaurant.com

Christmas Crafts Fair

The An-Grianan Garden Centre will be holding a Christmas Crafts Fair on Saturday and Sunday December 10th and 11th. Both days will involve Stalls, Christmas Gifts, Decorations, Free Face Painting with Jo Bubbles, a Colouring Competition from 1pm to 4pm and lots more. There will also be hot food with Saul’s Street Kitchen. Admission is free. The An-Grianan Garden Centre Opening Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays from 1pm-5pm.

Seapoint Pitch & Putt

Seapoint P&P ran an 18 Gross competition over the weekend. The results are as follows. Senior-Liam Campbell, Inter-Joe Tinsley, Junior-Gerry Rock. Ladies-Marlo Everitt. An 18 Nett competition will take place next weekend at the usual times.

Termonfeckin Celtic F.C.

The Termonfeckin Celtic Awards Night is set for Friday December 9th in the new Community Centre. There will be plenty of treats and awards for the children, a Raffle and a visit from Santa Claus.