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Around the Districts: Slane and Stamullen


Ann Byrne, Claire Quinn, Ann Fitzgerald ,Rose Hawes and Patricia Reid in the TLT to see the Tina Turner tribute act.

Ann Byrne, Claire Quinn, Ann Fitzgerald ,Rose Hawes and Patricia Reid in the TLT to see the Tina Turner tribute act.

Ann Byrne, Claire Quinn, Ann Fitzgerald ,Rose Hawes and Patricia Reid in the TLT to see the Tina Turner tribute act.




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Rosy Wogan RIP

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Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Rosy Wogan, The Commons, Slane who passed away recently. Rosy died peacefully at Ratoath Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family and caring staff. Predeceased by her parents Patrick & Kathleen, brother Benny and sister Marina, Rosy will be sadly missed by her sisters Tina (Slane), and Jean (UK), sister in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, the staff of Ratoath Nursing Home and friends. A celebration of Rosy’s life took place in St Joseph’s Chapel of Rest, Old Johnstown, followed by burial in St Erc’s Cemetery.

Road closure

Motorists are advised of the temporary close of the N51 Slane/Navan Road at Dunmoe, between its junction with the R162 Navan and the R163 Slane. This closure is required to facilitate construction of road works on the N51 Dunmoe Phase 2 Realignment Scheme. The closure will be for three months from Friday, July 1st to Friday, September 30th and will be for 24 hours per day. Alternative routes will be in operation both Westbound and Eastbound and diversion signs will be in place. Residents and property holders will be facilitated with access throughout the closure period.

Community Centre Draw

Congratulations to Renee Harris who was the June winner in the Slane Community Centre Grand Draw. Renee scooped the €1000 prize. For anyone who would like to register their interest in joining the draw details are on the Slane Community Centre Facebook page. The draw is capped at 200 members.

Ras Tailteann

Cycling enthusiasts are in for a treat this Sunday, June 19th, as the Ras Tailteann cycle race passes through the village on Stage 5 of the race shortly after 1pm. The race will comprise around 160 cyclists proceeded by a forward cavalcade consisting of official and support vehicles. There will also be a following cavalcade, which consists of race officials, medical support and team cars.

Stage 5 commences in Kinnegad at 11.55am and will finish in Blackrock, Co Louth. The route and approximate passing times through Meath are: Hill of Down 12.08pm; Trim 12.35pm; Navan 12.58pm; Slane 1.15pm; Collon 1.28pm. There will be some traffic disruption along this route as a rolling road closure will be in operation as the race progresses.

Spinners fundraiser

Slane Spinners Cycling Club 12th annual cycle run in aid of SOSAD proved to be an outstanding success with a total of €6855 raised for the organisation. The club would like to thank all who took part as well as sponsors and volunteers that helped out on the day for making it such a success. A cheque will be presented to SOSAD at a function in the Village Inn this Saturday evening.

The club has spins every Sunday morning starting from the square in the village at 9am and all are welcome.


The Gaelic4Mothers & Others initiative has started up at Slane GFC and it continues on Friday evenings at 8pm. The initiative sees women playing ladies Gaelic football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment. The only criteria is to be 25 years plus, and be a non registered player. For anyone who would like to come along and give it a try just turn up at the pitch and have a go or alternatively you can get further details from Stacey at 085 2780787.

Alzheimer’s Bike Day

Navan Road Club will hold their annual Alzheimer’s Bike Day on Sunday, June 26th. Cyclist can take in their own area and decide on the distance they wish to cover. Donations can be made to the Day Care Center at Whistlemount on the Kells Road. The club thank their good friend and cycling colleague Brian Connaughton for his great support once again. For more info email larryclarkecycling@gmail.com.

The club passed a vote of sympathy with the Califf family on the sad passing of Seamus.

Summer camp

Slane Wanderers Soccer Club is hosting the Coerver Summer Camp for ages six to 14 from Monday, July 18th till the following Friday, from 10am to 1pm each day. Professional coaches guarantee that the planned sessions are delivered to the highest standard to ensure a fun filled week while also improving youngsters soccer skills. All players will receive a Coerver Coaching certificate and a choice of the brand new Adidas Coerver Ball or an Adidas Coerver top. The camps fill up very quickly so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Booking details are on the Slane Wanderers Facebook page.

Blessing of the Graves

The annual Blessing of the Graves takes place in St Erc’s Cemetery on Sunday, August 14th at 3pm. The Blessing of the Graves on the Hill of Slane takes place the same day at 2pm approximately. The graves in Monknewtown (2pm) Dowth (2.30) and Fennor (3pm) will be blessed on Sunday, August 7th.

GAA Lotto

Numbers drawn in the Slane GFC lotto for June 7th were 12, 23, 24, 26. There was no winner and the jackpot is now €2350. Spot prize winners were Sandra Lynch, Grainne McGowan, Brian Fogarty, Liam O Broin. The Drive-In Bingo continues this evening Wednesday, at the club grounds, starting at 8pm. Single books - €15, double books €20.

FAI Soccer School

Rossin Rovers are hosting a FAI Summer Soccer School starting Monday July 11th from 10am to 1pm and continuing each day to the following Friday. Registration is now open for boys and girls aged 6 -14. Each child will receive training gear and quality coaching from FAI trained and approved coaches.

Book online and get 20% discount at Intersport Elverys Stores. Booking available from https://bookings.summersoccerschools.ie/s/

Festival at Rock Farm

A Festival at Rock Farm featuring a mixture of music, comedy and wellness takes place across three days from July 8th - 10th. The event is an intimate weekend gathering of people with expected attendance of 2,000 - 2,500. The programme of events includes - Friday 8th: 5pm - 11pm - Music and events programme across four stages; 11pm - 3am - Late night areas open at reduced volume. Saturday 9th: noon to 11pm - Music and events programme across four stages; 11pm - 3am - Late night areas open at reduced volume. Sunday 10th: noon to 11pm - Music and events programme across four stages

11pm - 3am - Late night areas open at reduced volume. A comprehensive event management plan will be in place as well as a traffic management plan which will be agreed with the Gardai in advance.

Couch to 5k

Rathkenny Athletic Club are once again running their Couch to 5k programme. This will start on Monday, June 20th at Rathkenny Hall. Registration will take place at 6.15pm. This is a great way to get fit and meet new friends in a friendly and encouraging environment. Cost is €60 which covers club membership until December and entry into the club’s 5k Road Race on August 19th. For further details or to book a place contact 086 0724911 or message the club’s Facebook page.

Registration is now open for the 5k Road Race. Entry fee is €20 plus booking fee and first 300 entries will get a fabulous technical tee shirt and snood. To register go to the link on the club’s Facebook page.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 12th - 17th September. Booking forms from 01 2410800.

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Bishop Tom Deenihan takes place from Tuesday 18th - Thursday 27th October. Price €1875 per person sharing (half board) Tel 01 8434734.

Free Drop Off Days

Meath County Council have Free Drop Off Days for cots, prams and nursery equipment at their recycling centres in Navan, Trim, Kells and Dunboyne from Monday, June 20th to Saturday June 25th. The gate fee of €2 is payable for each vehicle/visit. This drop off is for householders only. No commercial customers. For further information please contact environment@meathcoco.ie


In Memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Tom (Tommy) Ryan, late of Cedarfield, Drogheda and formerly of the Mosney Road in Julianstown who recently passed away. Tom was laid to rest at Moorechurch Graveyard. Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Kathleen (Catherine) Kelly née Dullaghan, late of Rockbellew Julianstown and formerly of Drumleck, Dromiskin Co. Louth. Kathleen`s remains were laid to rest at Dromiskin Graveyard.

Mid. Summer

It is hard to believe that we are already half-way through the month of June and heading for the longest day of the year, the mid-summer solstice within the next week or so. The weather had been pretty kind to us over the two years of the Covid-19 Pandemic; lovely warm and dry summers and not at all bad winter periods either, the weather throughout having been very mild. We were all looking forward to the lifting of restrictions earlier this year as the dreadful virus of the past two years and more begins to fade away. Then, out of the blue, we end up in yet another dire situation; the War on Ukraine by Russia has left us with prices soaring out of control on everything, you name it, the cost has gone up. Now, over the past couple of months or so we have been hit with a lot of showery days and evenings and it is hard for anyone to prepare or plan for outdoor events without taking into consideration that the chances of rain is pretty high. In the aftermath of the Pandemic, people were looking forward to getting back out once again and meeting up with other family members, neighbours and friends, but now with the cost of things such as accommodation rent, motoring fuel, electricity, home heating, travel and holiday costs, food prices, etc. etc., many people are feeling the `pinch` and this is in mid-summer; the longest days of the year, supposed to be and traditionally was, the `care-free` days of the `lazy-hazy` summer. Now, in this mid-summer, many of us are keeping an eye on the `pennies` while the other eye is being kept on the weather.

Hopefully, the second half of June and on into July, August, and September, the weather will improve and we will get some sort of a warm sunny summer, because if the cost of everything continues to spiral out of many people`s pockets, while families struggle to make ends meet, along with students preparing to return to schools and colleges, etc. we certainly will not have much to be happy about come the autumn!

Julianstown Sun Dial

Message to the person (s) who vandalised the beautiful Sun-Dial at Julianstown. If it is at all possible, maybe you could leave back the integral Sun Dial piece that casts the shadow of the movement, which you either took or had thrown away when you initially broke the Sun Dial. This beautiful time-piece had recently been installed by members of the Julianstown Tidy Towns Committee and needless to say, they are extremely disappointed and angry with those who carried out the act. So, maybe if you read this, you might like to perhaps cast your mind back as to what you may have done with the piece of the Sun Dial that casts the shadow and it would be appreciated if it could be perhaps left back from where it was taken.

Know Your Parish

A parishioner who resides in the Julianstown/Smithstown area had asked me recently if I had ever heard of a place-name at Gormanston which went under the name of `Baltray House`.Baltray House & farmstead was located at the top of the Train Station Road in Gormanston. This residence was an old thatched house facing the old Gormanston to Balbriggan main road. It was once the home of a family named Ogle and it was also later occupied by Paddy McDonnell; he being the last person to reside there prior to the old house being demolished in the 1980`s.. During the medieval period, documents refer to the place-name of Baltray as being a townland in its own right within the parish of Stamullen and separated from the adjacent townland of Gormanston. During, what was called the Tudor period and the Elizabethan period of the 16th century, there are many references to the townland of Baltray; the name itself coming from the Gaelic Balie Trá, meaning Strand Town, or a settlement by the Strand. If you mention the name `Baltray` today, people will immediately refer to a place-name of the same name, situated on the north bank of the Boyne River, the small and beautiful coastal village of Baltray in County Louth.