Any news or interesting items welcome in this column, births, birthdays, engagements, weddings, sports/social/special events etc. Please have all information with me by 10pm on Thursday evenings at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 087-2486472.
The Government is urging us all to be responsible. More restrictions have been relaxed but in a scenario when daily case numbers are on an upward spiral and the numbers requiring hospital treatment and intensive care are causing huge concern. Face coverings, santising, social distancing and the requirement to produce a COVID digital cert remain in place until February 2022. Lockdown measures could be re-introduced, something we won’t be able to handle. Please follow all the guidelines and stay safe. We are still not emerging from this pandemic as we would like to.
The hospitality sector is strong in Termonfeckin and the pandemic has impacted hard on the sector but previous relaxations of restrictions have resulted in business beginning to pick up again, particularly with outdoor dining. So how is the latest round of relaxations going to impact? The Coffee Shop at Forge Field Farm Shop has begun indoor dining again but a COVID digital cert is required. The restaurants at Seapoint and Co. Louth Golf Clubs facilitate indoor dining and also require production of the cert. The Co. Louth Golf Club restaurant requires pre-booking while weekend bookings are advisable for Seapoint Golf Club. The World Gate Restaurant at An-Grianan entrance has also begun indoor dining, currently focussing on a new winter menu for the remainder of the year and also working on a new lunchtime menu. Guidelines are being followed. Much has been done to enhance the restaurant exterior with floral displays and there is preparation for the week ahead with a special Halloween Corner inside and Pumpkins (Jack-O-Lanterns) illuminating the entrance. Both Flynns Pub and The 19th Pub in Baltray expect some headaches with the new regulations particularly in relation to bar seating and requesting COVID certs though weekend extended opening hours are receiving a lukewarm welcome.
Details of all weekly and weekend Masses and other religious ceremonies are in the Parish Bulletin and on the facebook page. The link is www.facebook.com/termonfechin.parish.9 Masses from the Church of the Immaculate Conception continue online while Masses from the Church of the Assumption can be viewed on the Parish facebook page. Eucharistic Adoration from the Church of the Immaculate Conception is on Monday evenings from 7 to 8pm and is also online. Adoration on Fridays from 11am to 6pm is online only from the Oratory. The Vigil Mass on Saturday 16th October was recorded by LMFM and was broadcast on Sunday morning October 17th at 9am.
The final Rosary for October is this Thursday October 28th at 7.30pm at the Grotto in the grounds of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Rosaries will continue on Sundays during November at 3pm in the Parish Cemeteries. The first one is from the Old Cemetery on Sunday November 7th.
Last Tuesday evening a head-on collision occurred at the bridge in Termonfeckin. Emergency Services attended the scene and the drivers of both vehicles were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Thankfully the situation wasn’t any more serious. According to hearsay, speed seems to be the main contributor in such cases and the question is posed if speed ramps or traffic calming measures should be installed on the Drogheda Road approaching the bridge. Would that make a difference? What is certain is that speeding is a serious problem approaching Termonfeckin on the Drogheda Road and some motorists are ignoring the speed limits and the flashing sign. In the interest of safety, motorists-please slow down coming into the village.
Actress Evanna Lynch has just published a book on her life and rise to fame. Described as a Memoir, it has the title “The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting”. It details early struggles she faced as a teenager and then the sudden elevation to an acting career having landed the role of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films. Since then she has been extremely busy with different acting roles. Her Memoir certainly looks like it will be an excellent read and no doubt will be on many Christmas lists, especially among Harry Potter fans. Well done Evanna and we are looking forward to reading it.
An-Grianan will hold “One Day Christmas Demonstrations’’ on November 25th and 26th and also on December 1st and 2nd. All are welcome, however December 1st is fully booked out. An-Grianan is looking forward to welcoming back Tom Cooper with The Joe Dolan Tribute Show on December 4th and 10th. There is limited availability for December 4th but December 10th is a Party night and accommodation is also available. All are welcome. Book early to avoid disappointment. Details of all Midweek or Weekend Courses and Christmas events are available by contacting 041-98 22119 or 041-9822478, the An-Grianan website or email email@example.com Private and corporate functions can also be accepted. The Pumpkin Patch at An Grianan Garden Centre is proving very popular in the run up to Halloweeen with the owners very pleasantly surprised at the huge turnout of visitors. The Face Painting with Jo Bubbles, the Queen of Halloween is also very popular with many exhibits now adorning the walls of the Garden Centre and children are waiting to see if they are among the prize winners, the results of which will be announced this Saturday October 30th following the Fancy Dress Parade at 4pm. The Pumpkin Patch is open all this week to Sunday 31st, daily from 10am to 6pm and entry is free. Pick your own pumpkin from the patch and enjoy the Halloween maze, spooky colouring corner and lots more.
St. Fechin’s Lotto
There was no winner of the jackpot. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 12 and 18. The winner of €100 was Gary Rock. Winners of €20 were Helen Mc Glew, Ronan Holcroft, Tommy Duff, Harry Mc Ardle and John Mc Enteggart. The jackpot is now €4,400. Thanks as always to Madden’s Centra for their very valued sponsorship and to all who support the Lotto. Tickets are available at the Club House, Post Office, Forge Field Farm Shop or online at our new online lotto app. Check out the St. Fechin’s facebook page for details.
St. Fechin’s GAA
What a week it has been for all involved in St. Fechin’s GAA with three finals to look forward to. Two of them were held over the weekend and hopefully St. Fechin’s will have overcome Cooley Kickhams in the Intermediate Final and see themselves playing at Senior Level next year. It was the first time for the Ladies team to contest a Senior Final and hopefully a victory for them against the Geraldines. The next big one to look forward to is the A Minor Final on November 7th when St Fechin’s U17s take on St. Kevin’s/Stabannon/John Mitchells/O’Connell’s combination.
Congratulations to the U15 Hurlers who are County Champions having beaten a St. Kevin’s/Mattock Rangers/Glen Emmets combination team by 3-07 to 1-03. Well done also to the U13 Girls who played a final match in their re-grading competition and beat Kilkerley. Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others has proved to be very successful and the ladies have had their final training session. They had their first competitive game or social football playing a G4M&O team from Duleek/Bellewstown. St. Fechin’s are also calling on Dads & Lads to get involved in Social Football under a Healthy Club initiative. It is open to anyone who has retired, lapsed or never played. It takes place on Monday evenings on Pitch 2 from 8-9pm. To register, log on to foireann.ie, set up your profile, click membership and register under “Dads & Lads”. Text 087-2830251 for more details.
St. Fechin’s Community Centre
The St Fechin’s Community Centre is getting busier and the following events are taking place. Lisa Kennedy of Calm Paths commences weekly Yoga Classes on Wednesday October 27th from 7:00pm to 8:00 pm and is holding a monthly Yoga Workshop on Friday October 29th at 7:30pm. Claire Fallon from Moo Music is holding Musical Classes for children and their parents, great for interactive fun play and learning. Classes are starting on Tuesday morning at 9:45am. To join the Musical Class, please contact Claire on 086-8854172. Linda Knowles is extending her classes, and will be holding Classical Hatha Yoga on Saturdays at 11am. Currently Linda is holding Gentle Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings from 10:30am to 11:30am. Linda will be commencing Vinyasa Flow on Wednesday October 27th at 7:30 pm. To join the classes, please contact Linda at 041-9846724. There will be no indoor Men on the Move Classes this week. Due to the Mid Term Break, the following classes will not take place this week: Yoga with Louise McFadden Smith – Monday, Fit Teens and Fit Kids Dancing with Jacinta Cassiidy and her team – Wednesday and Irish Dancing with Darina Corrigan – Thursday. All classes will resume again after the Mid Term and October Bank Holiday. Mary at the Community Centre would like to wish all parishioners, members and non members and people who use the facilities at St. Fechins Community Centre a very happy and safe Halloween and October Bank Holiday and she looks forward to seeing everyone again after the break. For further information or any enquiries about holding events, contact Mary at 089-2610475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Termonfeckin Macra na Feirme
The 2021/22 Macra year is up and running and new members are welcome as always. If you are interested in learning more about Termonfeckin Macra, simply like and contact the Macra Tearmann Feichin facebook page or contact Eamonn on 086-2014735.
7th Louth Coastal Scout Group
The former Scoil Naomh Feichin and Community Centre can now be rented for different activities following the renovation work undertaken by the 7th Louth Coastal Scout Group. Events such as classes, business meetings, parties and much more can take place. A wonderful job has been done and what is now known as the Community Hall has facilities such as free parking and a fully functional kitchen not to mention its central location in the village. If anyone is interested in using the Community Hall, the 7th Louth Coastal Scout Group can be contacted at email@example.com or 086-3447249 for more information. Volunteers are always welcome and if you are interested in getting involved in the 7th Louth Coastal Scout Group, please complete the form which can be downloaded at 7thlouthcoastalscouts.com/volunteer-opportunities/
A Fun Tennis Camp for 4 to 16 year olds takes place at Termonfeckin Tennis Club with Coach Hugh during the Halloweeen break, from Tuesday October 26th to Friday 29th (10am-1pm daily). It costs €55 for members and €65 for non members and discounts apply for two or more siblings. Places are limited and booking can be made by contacting 086-3431437. New members are welcome. The membership form can be downloaded at”Membership Application 2021” and completed forms can be emailed to the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the U15 and U16 Boys teams who finished as Runners-Up in the Dundalk Credit Union Schoolboys League. The very best of luck to the U14 team in their play off for the NECSL Division 1 title. The AGM will take place soon and members will be notified of the date. The Astro Pitch is available for hire.
Seapoint P&P held its third Christmas Turkey competition the previous weekend and the results of the 18 Nett competition were as follows. Mens: Senior Winner-Johnny Campbell Snr 43, R/Up-Gerry Bree Jnr 46. Inter Winner-John Kelleher 43, R/Up-Bobby O Brien 44. Junior Winner-Eddie Smith 43, R/Up Con McGinley 46. This means there were yet another 4 different names in the winners and runner up enclosure from the last 2 previous weeks which shows the competitive nature of the competition. Ladies: Winner-Sarah Cooney 38, R/Up-Ann Ward 43. Well done to the winners. There were 70 cards played which is a great turnout considering a significant amount of Club luminaries were playing in the Kildare Short Grass competition over the weekend.
Boxercise Classes are held at Tredagh Boxing Academy based at An-Grianan on Tuesdays from 6.50pm to 7.50pm and on Thursdays from 8pm to 9pm. These classes for men and women of all ages involve a full body workout with all the training of a boxer but without physical contact. Contact 087-9944799 for details of any other events at Tredagh Boxing Academy.
Open Singles take place at Seapoint every Tuesday. Check out the Co. Louth and Seapoint Golf Clubs websites for details of competitions and how to book places.
Contact 086- 2747474 to report any suspicious activity. BALSANTER is the eyes and ears of our community and please use the service to report anything suspicious. This way we can keep ourselves and our homes safe.