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Around the Districts: Dunleer, Monasterboice and Tullyallen


Out-going Bellewstown GC Captain Diarmuid Wilson receiving a token of appreciation for his hard work on the course and with the members from President Paul Tobin

Out-going Bellewstown GC Captain Diarmuid Wilson receiving a token of appreciation for his hard work on the course and with the members from President Paul Tobin

Out-going Bellewstown GC Captain Diarmuid Wilson receiving a token of appreciation for his hard work on the course and with the members from President Paul Tobin




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Congratulations to Edel McKenna and Stephen McDonagh on their recent wedding in in Saint Brigid’s church last weekend. May you have a long, happy and healthy life together.


The Dunleer Medical Practice are doing a Covid Booster clinic on Saturday, November 6th. Covid Booster administration for patients of Dunleer medical Practice (only) aged between 70 and 79 (ONLY) will only take place on that Saturday November 6th at Lannleire-Pavilion Recreation centre Ardee road Dunleer.

Dunleer practice will be offering this service to that cohort of patients ONLY between the hours of 9.30am and 3pm on a first come first served basis. No administration to this cohort of patients will take place in the surgery on account of the numbers involved SO please show up at the Recreation centre on Saturday 6th. The practice wishes to acknowledge the kind generosity of the Pavillion in making the centre available for this vital service to the community- Dr. Patrick O’Donoghue.


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.


2, 5,8, and 11. No Jackpot winner, weekly winners of the €50 were; Mary Bowhan and Donal McArdle. Next draw will take place on November 4th with a Jackpot of €7,400.


St.kevins bingo takes place at 7pm, gates open from 6.15pm every Thursday (weather permitting). If unsure any week you can check for updates on their Facebook page.


Dunleer has won the best bio diversity garden at Louth in bloom 2021 with their project on Barn Road. Well done to all involved.

Dunleer tidy towns are inviting everyone to participate 100km in October either walking or running. We are looking to raise much needed funds for the upkeep of the Dunleer Town and to help fund the building of St Brigid’s Cross and welcome sign. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Their gofund me link address is; https://gofund.me/c2e4693b.


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


A history of Dunleer parish and Saint Brigid’s Church especially has been compiled by Fr. Michael Murtagh and printed. It is on pre-launch price of €10 and is available in Saint Brigid’s Church, in the library or on the porch at the parochial house. The price can be paid by Paypal on the parish website and we can post abroad for €20 in all. If you pick up one in his porch, please leave the cost in the honesty box provided. The porch is the one beside the bins at the side of the house. The book is beautifully produced and of excellent value.


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.

Back to back.

Of course last year’s first Senior Football Championship success for Naomh Mairtin was a truly momentous occassion, the ultimate reward, the crescendo of 60 odd years a climbing to the peak. It was as sweet as it was deserved. But like all things in these awful Coved times, it came with a caveat. The lack of sizeable numbers at the actual match were surreal and the subsequent celebrations afterwards were very much subdued. Personally, watching the match on the Louth GAA TV was odd, to say the least. Surely this year’s final, due to crowd restrictions being relaxed, will surely have a more real feel to it.

However, please be cognisant that, just because society is kicking it’s heels in impatient anticipation of “moving on”, Coved 19 hasn’t even started packing it’s bags, never mind “moved on” and you are urged to act accordingly, in the hours and days of the game’s aftermath, whether or not the outcome is to our satisfaction. This disease is insidious and although it loves company, it definitely isn’t on our team. In fact, it is our formidable, dangerous opponent.

And, if the auld 3 in a row is on the cards next year, we’ll also have three pent up year’s a celebrating to catch up on. Best of luck on Sunday lads.

Biodiversity Award.

Huge congrats goes out to the people in Monasterboice Tidy Towns who picked up The Biodiversity County Award at the recently held Louth Blooms event. The benefitting area was around The Dolman in Ferney Park and, boy does it look well. In fact, the entire parish of Monasterboice is looking absolutely splendid and not all, but most of the credit, must go to the wonderful people at Monasterboice TT.

Apparently a couple of bucket loads (literally) of tarmac is needed around the area of aforementioned Dolman, so if you are getting your driveway done and you have a bucket or two to spare.....

A wise owl secret....

Shuhhhh, would u like be one of the first to know about 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

Yoga in Drumshallon.

Great to see events and gigs starting up again in Drumshallon Forge Heritage Centre. We all know that Covid 19 hasn’t even wiped it’s dirty feet at our back door yet, let alone left us, but whilst using our common sense and by adhering to good advise, we can rebuild our social lives by structuring them around the very real threat of Covid.

Case in point is the Yoga Class for beginners that started in The Forge, on Thursday evening next, Oct 14th, between 7 and 8pm. This particular class is full, but further information on this class, and future ones can be obtained by ringing Sharon on 0862665690

Blessing of the Graves.

As per the times we are now living in, all the Graves in our parish have been blessed, in our absence. And, for very good, covid prevention, reasons. Thankfully, due to modern technology and Joe Finnegan’s ability to harness said technology, you can view all the ceremonies by finding the link on the Parish Facebook page and website.

And, with a certain degree of confidence for next year, we can all look forward to be actually being at the Blessing of the Graves, as guests as distinct from hosts, pls God. The dates for same patrons have been announced already and here they are.... Sunday 24th July in Mullary, Sunday 31July in Ballymakenny and August 7th in Monasterboice. Now, don’t say you weren’t well prepared.

Monasterboice Credit Union.

Huge changes in the opening hours at Monasterboice Credit Union. The only time you can hand in your well earned dosh at Maiden’s Cross is on Mondays at 9.30 to 1.30 and Tuesdays, same time. Otherwise same transaction can be done at the weekends in Dunleer. More info next week

N.Mairtin Lotto results.

20-10-2021 no: 13,21,24,30, Jackpot not won. No Match 3 Numbers. Buy your tickets at the usual outlets or play online.

N.Mairtin Lotto results 27-10-2021 no: 02,04,18,24, Jackpot not won. €2,200 this week. No Match 3 Numbers, this week wins or shares €450. Buy your tickets at the usual outlets or play online. If your not in you can’t win. ߔ?⚪️

Mullary Cemetery Lottos.

Saturday Oct 16th. Winning no was 19. Winners were Cathleen Black and The Molloy family.

Saturday 23rd Oct. Winning no was 16. Winners were: Kathleen Loughran and Mary King.


Contact Me

If you would like to see your news in this part of the newspaper, birthday, wedding anniversary, achievement, new addition to the family or anything that might be of interest to the local community, please have no hesitation in contacting. Give me a ring at 087 6366605 or pop me an email at hilary.a.kelly@gmail.com But one thing to remember is that the deadline to get your items to me is Friday Lunchtime as the paper is on the shelves from Tuesday mornings.

Mass Times

Mass during this week are as follows: Tuesday 7.30pm (Bethany Bereavement Mass of Remembrance) Wednesday 7.30 pm, Thursday 9.00 am & Friday 7.30 pm

Mass times this weekend are on Saturday at 7.30 pm, Sunday 8.30am & 11.00 am. All Masses (except 8.30 am Sunday) will still be available on Facebook for those who are not comfortable/able to attend in person and the weekly bulletin is available in the church. November dead lists and envelopes are at the side door of the church too. Mellifont Parish will continue the use of stewards at the weekend Masses. Social distancing and wearing of masks will continue too. We ask that all parishioners respect the arrangements. Also a word of appreciation to our stewards who help us keep safe at our masses.


The parish is seeking volunteers to help with Parish Safeguarding. Training is provided. This involves 1. getting vetted for the role. 2.helping others prepare a part of their paperwork before they send their information off for vetting, 3. Ensuring that our Parish is following Diocesan guidelines regarding the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults. 4. On-going training . Please contact Fr. Sean on 041-9838520 if you would like to volunteer.

Link onto our Parish Facebook page Mellifont Parish- Tullyallen. If you are on our Facebook page like us, invite and share this information with others too. Spread the word that our Parish Facebook is active.

Folk Group

Kerygma Folk Group would like to announce that Mellifont Parish is re-launching Kerygma, Parish Folk Group. If you are interested in joining them please contact Janet on Tel: 087-9931082 , everyone is welcome to come along.

Lotto Results

The Glen Emmets Lotto draw sponsored by The Morning Star took place on Tuesday 26th October 2021 is as follows: Grand Prize €3,500 with no winner. The numbers drawn were 24, 17, 6 & 30. The 4 Lucky Dip winners of €25 each are Jane Mullen, Seany Neilon, Marcella Cunningham & Sinead Halpin. Next week’s draw is for €3,600. You can see this online on the Glen Emmets Facebook page and tickets are on sale in Centra Tullyallen or go onto the Glen Emmets Web page where you can set up your weekly draw numbers and payment. But not to worry if you are not internet savvy, if you would like your envelope collected, contact any member of the Emmets and they can organize to collect your envelope.

The Emmets Win

By now everyone will have found out that the Emmets won their final to become Louth Junior Champions. Well done to the team, management, backroom & supporters. The whole village is proud of our team and will be rooting for them once again when they are out to Na Piarsaigh in Darver this Wednesday night at 7.30 in the final of the Kevin Mullen Shield. Fingers crossed the lads take home the title.

Wedding Congratulations

Congratulations to local lady Laura Cusack, daughter of David and Ann Cusack who was recently wed in Tullyallen Church. Laura, who looked absolutely stunning was walked down the aisle by her proud dad when she married Eric Donovan last week . They took the celebrations onto Ballymascanlon Hotel surrounded by family and friends where no doubt many great memories were made. Here’s wishing the happy couple a lifetime of love & happiness.