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Around the Districts: Monasterboice and Tullyallen


Glen Emmets Senior Player of the Year (Evan English) receiving his award at the club's dinner dance from Padraig O'Houlihan and Glen Emmets Manager Raymond Lambe.

Glen Emmets Senior Player of the Year (Evan English) receiving his award at the club's dinner dance from Padraig O'Houlihan and Glen Emmets Manager Raymond Lambe.

Glen Emmets Senior Player of the Year (Evan English) receiving his award at the club's dinner dance from Padraig O'Houlihan and Glen Emmets Manager Raymond Lambe.



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Drumshallon writing group meet every Thursday morning from 10:30-12.30. Both experienced and absolute beginners are very welcome. Only €5 per session, including the obligatory cup of tea.

Craft Club

The craft club started back after it’s Christmas break on Tuesday 17th January at 11:00.am with all kinds of everything on offer including classes in painting, sewing. Decoupage and lots more. Contact Teresa for more details on 086 3212 986 or just drop in. Everyone welcome.

Social Dance.

The very popular Social Dance will take place on Friday next, 27th January, at 8:30 pm with ‘Unity” from Co Offaly,a two piece band made up of fab singer Ruth and brilliant key board player, Louis. Live dance music at its best. Adm:€10 Supper served.

Dance Class.

Ballroom and social Dance class continues every Monday night at 8:30 pm .

Parish Office.

Mary/Ann will be able to take parish calls and answer emails re certificates etc on Tuesday’s from 2.30 to 5.30pm. Phone no is 0873791443.

Naomh Martin AGM.

At the recently held Naomh Mairtin AGM, the following were elected onto the executive Committee - Chairperson. Oliver Ginity. Secretary. Ailish Harty. Og Sport Delegate. Stuart McDonnell. Co. Board delegate. John Moroney.


A Pilgrimage to Medjugorie from Dublin, via Split will depart from Dundalk on June 21st of this year and return on the 28th. Your are asked to ring James on 0872202173 for more details. Total price is €775, with early booking discount, before January 31st.

Confirmation Prep.

The Confirmation children will have a “Service Of Light” on February 1st in Tenure and Feb 2nd in Fieldstown. both with 7.30 starts.

Mullary Cemetery Lotto

Results Saturday 21st Jan. Winning no was 38. Winner was Derek Devine


New Deadline Times

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.

For your news to feature in next week’s publication there are new times to adhere to. Friday morning 10 o’clock is the latest time for news to reach me. It had previously been Sunday afternoon but due to operational issues, this has changed so please note new deadline times.

Carers News

Tullyallen Carers would like to say a big thank you to Stuart and Pat Carolan for their recent donation from the proceeds of the New Year’s Day Raffle, your support and contribution to their funds is very much appreciated.

Men’s Shed AGM

The AGM for Tullyallen Men’s Shed took place last week and David ‘Daithi’ Cusack was given a unanimous vote of confidence to continue at the helm of the Men’s Shed at a very well attended AGM. He will be ably assisted by Brendan Ennis who was given the position of Secretary and by Patsy Gregory who filled the Treasurer’s position. They also have what Daithi stated is a great working committee going forward and we are very lucky to have such good men on board. Committee as follows Martin Lane, Peter Murphy, Seamus Byrne, Noel Finnegan, Jim Gavin, Ralph Bull, Ian Belton, Brendan Ennis & Patsy Gregory.

The men’s shed is up and running after Christmas and is already a hive of activity and is always open to new members. Anyone who would like to get on board will be made very welcome. Last Wednesday, there was a great morning of chat, craic and the odd, good shot thrown at the Bowls up at the Glen Emmets clubhouse. Keeping warm was the order of the day as well on a bitterly cold morning and this was no bother to these hardy souls. If you would like to give it a go why not pop along Wednesday mornings at 10am. But if Bowls is not your bag of tricks, the Men’s Shed also offers a variety of activities to choose from, Pool, Bowls, Darts, Cards, Chess, Rings, Draughts, or more importantly a good old chat and a cuppa tea/ coffee/soup etc. You won’t regret making the first move by calling into them. Our lads are friendly and always open to new members. They are open on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10am. Wednesday is Bowls Day from 10am. Workshop & Polycarbonate Tunnel all mornings. Why not pop along and see what it is all about.

Glen Emmets Dinner Dance Date

The Glen Emmets Dinner Dance took place last Saturday and the Emmets turned out in all their finery to accept their awards and party the night away. It was a great night with lots of positive energy in the room. Well done to the Ladies team who were presented with their Junior Championship & Division 3 League medals and to the Men’s team who were presented with their Division 3A League & Kevin Mullen Shield medals.

Ladies Player of the Year went to Rebecca Carolan, Young Ladies Player of the Year was awarded to Katie McCabe with Emerging Talent to Clodagh McHugh. Well done to all the ladies. Senior Player of the Year was Evan English and Junior Player of the Year was Damien Grimes. Young Player of the Year was Emmet Delaney and Club Person of the Year went to Susan Donoghue.

The Glen Emmets would like to say a big thank you to compare Colm Corrigan and the Glenside looking after them so well.

Parish News

To celebrate Catholic Schools Week the school will have a special prayer assembly for their Grandparents’/Special People’s Day in the school this Thursday 26th of January at 10.30am.

The next adoration date will be Friday 3rd of February. The Pastoral Area Resource Team (St. Oliver’s) will meet on Thursday 26th of January at 7.30pm in the Parochial House.

Parishioners are asked to view the Provision of cover arrangements in our Pastoral Area in case of sickness or holidays: our Saturday 7.30pm Mass will be covered by Fr. John Mc Alinden (Mell) and our Sunday 11am Mass will be covered by St. Peter’s. We will not have our Sunday 8.30am Mass as it is not possible to obtain cover. Fr. Sean Dooley will cover Mell Saturday 6.05pm Mass and St. Peter’s will cover Mell’s Sunday 11am Mass. Mell will not have cover for Sunday 9am Mass.

Invitation to A Triduum of Blessings: Wednesday, February 1st @ 7.30pm Mass of St. Brigid, Abbess and Secondary Patron of Ireland. St. Brigid Crosses will be blessed at this Mass. Thursday, February 2nd @ 7.30pm, The Presentation of the Lord (World Day for Consecrated Life), The Blessing of Candles will take place at this Mass. Friday, February 3rd Adoration @ 7pm followed by Mass @ 7.30pm, the traditional blessing of throats (St. Blaise) will take place at this Mass.

If you have any stamps from Christmastide post Mr. Moonan collects stamps for the Medical Missionaries of Mary. All stamps are much appreciated, and they are a great help to funding the missionary work of the MMMs. Stamps can also be left in the sacristy.

The parish is trying to develop an Adoration Team for Church: Placing the Monstrance with Blessed Sacrament on Altar before Mass, placing Blessed Sacrament back into the Tabernacle and bringing monstrance back into sacristy. They hope to develop a team which could help with at present the First Friday of the Month before Mass and the Fridays during Lent. (7pm-7.25pm). If you are interested in helping with this, you can 1. Fr. Sean (041)9838520. mellifontparish@outlook.ie 2. Niall 086 3461087 or 3. Message us on our Parish Facebook Page Mellifont Parish-Tullyallen. All are welcome.

To facilitate congregational singing, the parish is looking for a backup person to assist with music slides projector: Approx 2.5 hours a week including Mass, 1 hour to do slides, 20 minutes to set up the projector, 10 minutes to pack away after Mass. Susan who assists at present is happy to do the slides and send on, so that brings it down to 1.5. hours we week including Mass. If you can assist at present: Contact Fr. Sean (041) 9838520 mellifontparish@outlook.ie 2. Drop into the sacristy 3. Message us on our Parish Facebook Page Mellifont Parish-Tullyallen. Your help would be most appreciated.

Below are some liturgical dates as we enter into 2023: Ash Wednesday Start of Lent: 22nd of February, Easter Sunday: 9th of April, Sacrament of Confirmation: Friday 21st of April, Sacrament of First Holy Communion: Saturday 13th of May, Corpus Christi/Cemetery Sunday (Blessing of the Graves): 11th of June.

There is a link to 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.

Lotto Results

The Glen Emmets Lotto draw sponsored by The Morning Star took place on Tuesday 24th January and the result is as follows: Grand Prize €9,900 with no winner. The numbers drawn were 3,4,11 & 13. The Lucky Dip winners of €25 are Ann Marie Murray, Paddy Crowe, McBride Children & Martin Lane. Next week’s draw is for €10,000. You can see this online on the Glen Emmets Facebook page & tickets are on sale in Centra Tullyallen or go onto the Glen Emmets Web page where you can set up your weekly draw numbers & payment. But not to worry if you are not internet savvy, if you would like your envelope collected, contact any member of the Emmets & they can organize to collect your envelope.

Getting Fit for 2023

Get 2023 off to a healthy start. The Irish Life Steps Challenge and Ireland Lights up are back and by taking part in the Irish Life Step Challenge you can track your steps and help the club to be in with a chance to win some O’Neills vouchers. All you have to do is register on the “My Life” app. Once downloaded and you’ve completed your profile, go to 1: “Challenges” 2: Click into “Leinster GAA–Every Step Counts” 3: At the top you will see the leaderboard, tap into this and scroll down until you see “Glen Emmets GFC”. In addition The Glen Emmets Healthy clubs Ireland Lights Up weekly walk in collaboration with Operation Transformation will return on Wednesday January 11th. The Glen Emmets walkway lights up and is running EVERY night, the organizers ask as many people as possible to take part every night. Each lap is over 500m….3 laps for a mile, 10 laps for 5K. This is suitable for all ages, families and multiple generations particularly welcome. Please spread the word these walks are for our entire community, not just members.

Irish Dancing

Nally School of Irish Dancing takes place in the Glen Emmets, Thursdays 3.30 to 4.30pm. Beginners are welcome and it is a great way to get fit & have fun and make friends through Irish Dancing. There is the option of competitive and non-competitive classes girls & boys are welcome, aged 5+ This is a high standard of training in a safe & friendly environment and with encouragement students will gain confidence, enhance their personal skills and learn the importance of working as part of a team. Contact Aisling today for further details on 085-7404892 or email: aislingnallydance@gmail.com or message Nally School of Irish dancing on Facebook or Instagram.

Valentines Day

The lads and lassies in Tullyallen Macra are not letting the grass grow under their feet as they are getting ready for Valentines Day which will be upon us before we blink. They are hosting a Mr and Mrs Night and say this is the ultimate test to see how well you know your partner. Word has gone out to everyone to join them in Dollies on the 18th of February for what’s set to be a great night of pints, music and craic and they say that you might even find your own Valentines if you play your cards right. Music will be played by ‘Reverb’ and going by past events, this promises to be a great show as they always have the crowd hopping. Events kick off at 8pm and if you fancy chancing your arm by taking part in the actual show, couples are asked to contact 086-0366323 to register your interest. Tullyallen Macra are looking forward to seeing everyone there, so pencil this one into the diary for one special night.

COVID Boosters

Tullyallen Pharmacy say that the HSE have now opened up the adapted second booster to people aged over 18. For people aged 18-49, It must be at least 6 months since your last vaccine or Covid infection to be eligible. For high-risk over 12s, over 50s, pregnant women, and healthcare workers (ID Required) It must be at least 4 months since your last vaccine or Covid infection. Register now via fivestarpharmacy.ie/vaccines/ or their app. Tullyallen Pharmacy are currently holding additional clinics to cater for this new cohort. Those who registered in advance can expect to be contacted soon as we may need to confirm your eligibility.

Glen Emmets Registration

Registration for the 2023 season is now open. All Registration is through Foireann https://returntoplay.gaa.ie/user-home.

All those intending to play this season must be registered by 20th March 2023. The Annual Membership Fees for 2023 are as follows: Adult Player–€175 (incl. one year lotto), Adult Non Player €100 (incl. one year lotto), One Juvenile €150 (Inc. one adult non player member for lotto purposes), Mothers & Others €50, Additional Juvenile €20 (No Lotto included), Social membership €40* (For inclusion in Scór etc.), -U7s are free, but you still have to register.

Membership includes lotto with immediate effect, plus 12 months to March 2024. It is important that all adult and juvenile names are entered into the membership on Foireann. *Social membership does not include Lotto or voting rights at AGM.