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Around the Districts: Slane and Tullyallen


Grace McGarvey and Éabha Phelan at the camp in Slane.

Grace McGarvey and Éabha Phelan at the camp in Slane.

Grace McGarvey and Éabha Phelan at the camp in Slane.




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Mick Moloney RIP

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The Johnstons Music Festival committee were saddened by the news of the sudden passing of their great friend Mick Moloney in New York last Wednesday. Dr Mick Moloney (77) was much more than a former member of the The Johnstons, the popular 1960s folk/traditional group from the village that put Slane on the map long before rock concerts. Formed by siblings Adrienne, Lucy and Michael Johnston, Limerick born Mick joined the group in 1967 along with Paul Brady. They went on to have national and international success with such numbers as The Curragh of Kildare and The Alamo. He moved to the US in 1971 and was later awarded a PhD in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mick was one of the driving forces behind the Johnsons Music Festival and was instrumental in the very first festival. He was part of the reunion concert at the TLT Theatre back in 2011 along with original members Lucy and Michael Johnston and Paul Brady, with Niamh Parsons replacing the late Adrienne.

Just last May at a function in Slane Castle during the 10th Johnson’s Music Festival Mick Moloney donated a collection of memorabilia relating to the group collected by his mother Maura to the Irish Traditional Music Archive. ITMA director Liam O’Connor was delighted to accept the memorabilia and LPs, which will be processed and made available to visitors to the Archive.

Later that evening in the castle ballroom Mick and his band the Green Fields of America featured in a concert along with a lineup of renowned international and national Irish artists.

Launch of poems by Francis Ledwidge

The Francis Ledwidge Museum in partnership with Gallery Press are delighted to announce a new edition of Poems by Francis Ledwidge. Edited by Peter Fallon, the book will be launched at a reception hosted by the Francis Ledwidge Museum Committee in Slane Castle on Sunday, August 7th at 3pm.

There have been three different editions of Ledwidge’s poems titled The Complete Poems. None is complete. This selection, the first book of Ledwidge’s poems published in County Meath is based largely on the first of them published by Herbert Jenkins Ltd (London) in 1919 with introductions by Lord Dunsany and comprising Songs of the Fields (the one collection the author saw in his lifetime), Songs of Peace (the collection being printed at the time of his death) and Last Songs (a selection assembled by Dunsany, the author’s mentor and patron).

To those three sections have been added ‘Other Poems’, a selection drawing in the main on Alice Curtayne’s pioneering scholarship and including work generously provided by Joe Doyle from the archives of Dunsany Castle.

After Ledwidge’s death in 1917, Lord Dunsany wrote - Roses will bloom in lanes in Meath for thousands of years to come, and blackbirds will charm other hearts, and the Boyne will sweep to the sea and others may love these things as Ledwidge loved them, but they were so much pictured upon his heart and he sang so gladly of them, that something is lost which those fields would have given up and may never give again. All his poems he used to bring or send me, and the best of them all I received the day he died: it tells how his dead love came to him out of ‘fairy places’ so that he knew his end was come.

‘On the edge of life I seem to hover,

For I knew my love had come at last

That my joy was past and my gladness over.’

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 is for three months, until September 30th and will be for 24 hours per day. Alternative routes are in operation both Westbound and Eastbound and diversion signs are also in place. Residents and property holders will be facilitated with access throughout the closure period.

Trad session

A traditional music session has commenced in the Village Inn and continues on Tuesday evenings from 9.30 to 11pm. All are welcome.

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 11am to 4pm at the Rock Farm. Find everything the Boyne Valley has to offer including producers, artists and creators. Afterwards take a stroll around the farm and see the incredible farm animals. For a guided tour book a Farm Tour at 11am or 2pm. Call 041 9884861 or email info@rockfarmslane.ie to book your place.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Sunday, August 14th, and will be led by Bishop Tom Deenihan.

Slane Library

Please note Slane Library is closed until Tuesday, August 9th. Renewals and reservations available via https://meath.spydus.ie. The elibrary is always open www.meathlibraries.ie/onlineresources

The Royal Shedmen

The Royal Shedmen are a group of 12 enthusiastic members of the Slane & District Men’s Shed who meet to play music and do rehearsals every Thursday evening at 7.30pm. The group has a variety of instrumentalists and would like to invite base players and drummers plus any other instrumentalists to join them. Just come along to the Slane & District Men’s Shed any Thursday evening. Further details from Patsy 087 6503839, Willie 087 2385933, John 087 6862970.

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.

George Murphy in Boyles

Well known ballad singer George Murphy and his band Rising Sons perform in Boyles of Slane on Thursday, August 18th at 9pm. Tickets are €12 and are available at the bar in limited numbers.

5K Road Race

Registration is now open for the Rathkenny Athletic Club 5k Road Race and Fun Run on Friday August 19th, starting at 7.30pm. This is an AAI approved event and registration details are on the Rathkenny AC Facebook page or contact Brendan on 086 0724911. Entry fee is €20 plus booking fee for chipped runners, walkers €10 and juveniles €5. Discounts for groups of 10 or more. First 300 entries will get a fabulous technical tee shirt and snood. You can also register on the evening between 5.30 and 7pm at Rathkenny Community Centre. Please allow 10 - 15 minutes to walk to the start line from registration area. Prizes for mens, women’s and seniors (1st, 2nd 3rd), O-40, O-50, 0-60 (1st & 2nd), Mens and women’s teams (1st & 2nd), first three count. Refreshments afterwards in Rathkenny Community Centre.


Contact Details

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 Wednesday’s publication you would need to get your news into me Sunday afternoon at the latest.

Lotto results

The Glen Emmets Lotto draw sponsored by The Morning Star took place on Tuesday July 24th & the result is as follows: Grand Prize €7,400 with no winner. The numbers drawn were 12, 15, 22 & 23 The 4 Lucky Dip winners of €25 each are Luke Victory, Aoife Walsh, Claire Maloney, P & G McGuinness. Next week’s draw is for €7,500. 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 pagewhere 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.

Men’s Shed

The Men’s Shed continues to meet up on Tuesday & Fridays 10am to 1pm & the workshop is open every day. Tullyallen Men’s Shed is a dedicated friendly & welcoming meeting place where local men come together & have said on their Facebook page “there’s plenty of laughter, chat & tea, biscuits & even a bit of work thrown in. They have been welcoming some new members over the last few weeks and are always open to new members; just call in & they will show you the ropes.

Clubrooms Space

Attention all Yoga, Core, Dance, Art Teachers etc. The Glen Emmets in the village have fine clubrooms that are available for rental some mornings & evenings. The 116sqm room is bright, spacious, has wooden floors, doors out to the balcony, so it can be well ventilated if needed, there are kitchen facilities, toilets & lots of parking.

Why not contact any member of the club or click onto their facebook page & make contact from there?

Away Jersey’ Competition

The popular ‘Away Jersey’ competition for the Glen Emmets is taking place again this year and entries are flooding in from all parts of the country and world. All you have to do is take a photo of you or your child in a Glen Emmets Jersey from any part of the world and send to pro.glenemmets@gmail.com with the name, location, and any other relevant details. The winner gets some GAA gear, it’s all a bit of fun and it’s great to see all the Emmets represented all over the world.

Glen Emmets Summer Camp

The Glen Emmets are hosting a Summer Camp this August in Cusack Park with their GPO Gerry Malone. This camp will be a multi sports camp, lots of fun and action packed. It will take place August 8th to August 12th from 10am to 2.30 over 5 days. But more importantly it costs just €40. Places are limited and spaces are filling up fast. Text 086-1062153 & you can revolut the payment @g_malone7

Booster Vaccines

Our pharmacy in the village is running booster vaccination clinics. You can register online for your first or second booster on fivestarpharmacy.ie/vaccines/ It must be three months since your primary dose to be eligible for a booster. To be eligible for your second booster you must be over 65 or be classified as immunocompromised by the HSE (The pharmacist may ask for proof of this in order to vaccinate). It must be at least four months since your first booster. If you caught Covid in between vaccines, the pharmacy would have to delay your booster by three to four months since testing positive. If you are not online, you can always call into the pharmacy, and they will look after booking you in.