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Around the Districts: Monasterboice and Slane


Slane cyclist Larry Clarke at the start of the three county cycle in aid of the ARC Cancer Support Centre.

Slane cyclist Larry Clarke at the start of the three county cycle in aid of the ARC Cancer Support Centre.

Slane cyclist Larry Clarke at the start of the three county cycle in aid of the ARC Cancer Support Centre.



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U13 success.

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Great afternoon in Darver on Saturday last when Naomh Mairtin’s u-13s gave the Monasterboice supporters a great deal to cheer about, in a brilliant A Championship final. Played in near perfect conditions, their opponents, Glen Emmets, got off to a great start, with a major score and it took a few minutes for The Mairtin’s lads to find their rhythm, with points from Tadhg Moroney, before another Emmets goal put them back 3 points ahead. The blue and white’s responded with 2 goals in as many minutes from Ryan McMahon and a further two points from Tadhg McDonnell which gave a 6 point lead at half time, 2-7 to 2-1. A much tighter second half ensued with Tadhg Moroney keeping the scoreboard ticking over, with some lovely frees as did two points from Tom Murphy. Emmets did reply with a few nice scores of their own, but, to little avail, as the final whistle blew soon afterwards. Huge congratulations to the players and mentors on a fantastic season, winning the league and championship, and remaining unbeaten whilst doing so.. Also well done to Tadhg Moroney on his Man of the Match performance, kicking 8 points in total, on top of covering every blade of Darver’s hallowed grass.

Ladies fail at penultimate stage.

Unfortunately, no such luck for Naomh Mairtin Ladies who came out the wrong side of the result in The Louth Intermediate Championship Semi Final, versus Naomh Finbarr, in Togher. However, this squad is showing promise and a bright future is predicted.

St. Mary’s await.

After a competitive and tight quarter final versus St Pat’s on Sunday last, which ultimately ended with success for champions, Naomh Mairtin, they now face even stiffer opponents in next Sunday’s semi final, versus St. Mary’s. Yes, it will be challenging, but you feel if Monasterboice does what it has been struggling to do all season, ie fire on all cylinders, they should prevail, even over the in form Ardee outfit

Blessing of your Pets.

Ah, bless Fr Paddy for coming up with this absolute gem. Yeah, after 11.15 Mass in Tenure Church, on Sunday week, October 2nd, the good Padre will bless all our pets on the front lawn. What a great idea.

Ostensibly, yeah, pets will be blessed and are as worthy to be blessed as us mere humans, but also, surely it will bring a new cohort to the church that may, for one reason or other, not have done so for a period of time.

Personally, here’s one family that will be bringing it’s doggies along and I’m sure we’ll not be alone.

Lough Derg.

Parishners are reminded that a day of prayer for an end to the war in Ukraine will take place on Sunday next, Sept 25th in Lough Derg. Further info can be obtained by linking up with www.loughderg.org.

N.Mairtin Lotto

Results 14-09-2022 No: 04,07,11,20, Jackpot not won, €6,700 this week. Match 3 numbers won by John & Pauline Conlon, Mark & Emer McDonnell, Stephen Young, Jennifer Brennan, Ray Mitchel, Teresa Mulroy, Jean Lambe, Michelle Goring. This week wins or shares €150. Buy your tickets at the usual outlets or play online. If your not in you can’t win.

Mullary Cemetery Lotto.

Result Saturday Sept 17th.

Winning no was 19.

Winners were Cathleen Black and The Molloy family



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Fr Barry White appointment

Best wishes to recently ordained Fr Barry White who has been appointed as a curate in the parish of Mullingar by the Bishop of Meath, Dr Thomas Deenihan. The Rathkenny native, who had been working in St Mary’s Parish, Navan, will complete his studies in Canon Law over the next academic year while assisting with some pastoral duties in Mullingar. Fr Barry’s new appointment began at the beginning of September. He was ordained in the Cathedral of Christ the King in Mullingar in July and then celebrated his first Mass in Rathkenny.

Village Inn celebrations

Hardings pub in Slane celebrates 35 years in business with a number of functions from this Thursday to Sunday inclusive. The celebrations kick off on Thursday with a talk by Irish Times journalist Ronan McCreevy on ‘Mine are all dead mens dreams,’ ‘What would Francis Ledwidge have done had he survived the First World War?’ This will be followed by music from a number of talented local musicians. On Friday members of the two-in-a-row Meath All Ireland Ladies winning team will join the celebrations with Jucbox providing the music. Then on Saturday from 6pm to 8pm members of the 1987 All-Ireland winning Meath team will be in attendance for a showing of that famous win over Cork and it will be followed by music from Equipped. On Sunday there will be music by a group of musicians from Slane Men’s Shed and by Mike Mac. Proprietor Wayne Harding says he is really looking forward to the weekend. ‘We have some really good music lined up and are delighted to acknowledge the great work The Ledwidge Museum Committee have done for the village since the museum opened 40 years ago. We had so many great nights throughout The Boylan years as my father and my uncle Anthony purchased the pub in the same year that Meath made their big break through. Our first Rock Concert was when David Bowie brought his Glass Spider tour to Slane Castle and it was my job as a 16 year old to slide slabs of cans down from an upstairs window to sell out onto the street. We have been here for every concert since and are really looking forward to Harry Styles coming next June. I have always loved the buzz the concerts bring and we have had members of U2 in over the years. Photos are flooding in and we will have hundreds of pictures from over the years on display.’

Parents Association AGM

St Patrick’s NS Slane, Parents Association will hold its agm in the school hall this Thursday evening, September 22nd at 8pm. The parents association has been part of school life since 1992 and is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to promote a positive relationship between teachers, board of management and parents. It represents all parents and guardians of the students and feed parents views and opinions to the principal at monthly meetings. It also helps out at school activities and provide volunteers to assist on school outings as well as fundraising for different projects throughout the year..

Traditional music at the Castle

Meath Beo presents Irish traditional music at Slane Castle on Sunday, October 2nd from 6 - 8pm. It will feature Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Danny O’Mahony, concertina and accordion. Tickets €20 and further details at www.meathbeo.com

Creative Writing

There are plans to start a writers group in Slane library if there is enough of interest. Anyone interested please contact Marie at 086 0767903.

Slane GAA

Tickets are now on sale for the Slane GFC Oscarz 2022 which takes place in the City North Hotel on Saturday October 15th. This is the club’s biggest ever fundraising event and tickets at €25 can be had from any member of the club committee or by messaging the club’s social media pages. They are also on sale from The Hub and Slane Credit Union. Buses will be running to and from the event but seats must be booked in advance. The bus leaves Slane at 6.30, picking up at Dolly’s on route. The cost is €15 return and to book contact Eanna 086 8922296.

The Love/Hate group have organised a Rock N Roll Bingo Loco in the Village Inn on Sunday, October 9th at 6.30pm with DJ Keith Shanley. Great prizes and great craic with tickets available at the door.

The club have a five miles run starting and finishing at Toddy Harding Park, on Sunday October 9th. The run, starting at 11am, will take runners from Monknewtown across to the Newgrange loop taking them past the ancient wonders of Newgrange and Knowth and back to the club grounds where full shower and changing facilities are available with ample parking. Entry fee is €20 per person with registration online at www.justrunsevents.com

Numbers drawn in the club lotto on September 14th were 8, 10, 11, 18. There was no winner and the jackpot is now €2650. The spot prize winners were Marian Smith, Eoin Mahon, Richard Harding, Brian Fogarty.

Slane Spinners

Slane Spinners Cycling Club have leisure spins every Sunday morning leaving the square in Slane at 9am and everyone is welcome. They are also starting Turbo Training classes in the Youth Cafe on Thursday October 13th for the winter months. For further information contact Barry on 087 9469047.

Joker Draw

The St Patrick’s Day Joker Draw is held every Sunday night at 8pm in Lynch’s Bar. Envelopes are available to buy in any of the shops or pubs in the village as well as The Hub, €3 for one week, €20 for seven weeks. Last weeks jackpot was over €4,000. Proceeds of the draw go towards the St Patrick’s Day Parade in the village in 2023.

Defibrillator training

The Irish Heart Foundation is running a Defibrillator Training course in the Sallygardens this Thursday, September 22nd, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Community Centre draw

Congratulations to Pat Doyle of Pat’s Art Studio who was the winner of €1000 in the Slane Community Centre Grand Draw for September. If you like to register your interest to join the draw which is limited to 200 members details are on the Slane Community Centre Facebook page.

Country Music Night

Rossin Rovers Soccer Club in association with Dolly’s Bar are hosting a Country Music Night this Saturday, September 24th at 8.30pm. Tickets €10 with live music from Nicky Brennan and The Nashville Country. Fancy dress is optional and there will be prizes on the night for the best dressed. Tickets are on sale from Rossin Rovers committee members and also Niall at 087 7571820.

Active Retirement

Slane Active Retirement has returned after the summer holidays and meet every Tuesday in Slane National School from 3.15 to 5.15pm. New members welcome.

Car Boot Sale

Rathkenny Community Centre have a car boot sale and coffee morning on Sunday, October 9th, from 11am till 2pm. at the community centre (C15TV20). The fee is €20 per car, register by calling Mary on 087 6189148. Stall holders should arrive at 10am for set up. Bake sale and free entertainment on the day.

Three County Cycle

Navan Road Club’s Three County Cycle in aid of the ARC Cancer Support Centre took place recently. The spin took in the areas around Lobinstown, Drumconrath, Tallanstown and Ardee. Along the route a wreath was placed on the bog road near Cookstown Cross, where cycling colleague Paul Healion tragically lost his life a number of years back.

Thanks goes to all who supported the event, also thanks to the Louth Arms in Tallanstown and Donoghue’s Bar in Woodtown. The next big event for ARC is the 24 Hour Roller Cycle on Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd at St Erc’s in Slane.