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Aidan Greene, Mickey Harte and Patrick Thornton at the launch of 'Win a Feckin Fortune' raffle hosted by St. Fechins GAA Club. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Aidan Greene, Mickey Harte and Patrick Thornton at the launch of 'Win a Feckin Fortune' raffle hosted by St. Fechins GAA Club. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Aidan Greene, Mickey Harte and Patrick Thornton at the launch of 'Win a Feckin Fortune' raffle hosted by St. Fechins GAA Club. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

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TERMONFECKIN

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Given that daily case numbers are going totally in the wrong direction, fears of another lockdown are being expressed locally. Some restrictions may be brought back, the hospitality sector is being hit again following the latest announcements, although the Government still insists that another lockdown is not being considered. However we still need to do our bit by reducing our social contacts, continuously washing and sanitising our hands and ensuring we are vaccinated against this virus that won’t let up.

“Win a Feckin Fortune”

Team “Win a Feckin Fortune”, are you on board the team to help promote this latest fundraiser? St. Fechin’s GAA is calling on all Parishioners to do whatever possible to promote the sale of tickets for what is the biggest prize fund ever in any fundraising draw in Ireland other than the National Lottery. The first prize is €300,000, second prize €20,000 and 3rd prize €10,000.Tickets which are limited to 12,000 cost €100 each.

The funds raised will go towards enhancing the facilities at Pairc Naomh Feichin at Beaulieu and reducing the €400,000 mortgage on the new Community Centre. When COVID restrictions allow, it is envisaged that the Community Centre will be very busy morning to night with a variety of activities to cater for all age groups in the Parish.

The Club welcomes any ideas you may have in this regard. You can help by taking a book of tickets to sell, you can like and share its social media content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Share www.winafeckinfortune.com with family and friends all over the world. Buy some tickets as presents for any occasion for family and friends.

Contact winafeckinfortune@gmail.com with any queries you may have. Please play your part in helping to complete the facilities at Beaulieu that will help cater for some of the social, sporting and recreational needs of all members of our community now and for generations to come. Thank you for your support.

Tidy Towns Results

The results of the 2021 Supervalu Tidy Towns are out and Termonfeckin continues to increase its marks steadily in the competition, this year scoring 266 points. The overall report is very favourable which reflects the amount of hard work put in by volunteers. There are 8 sections in the marking process.

1–Community -Your Planning and Involvement: this section referred to the committee size, a suggestion to try and recruit some more volunteers and the possibility of encouraging an “Adopt a Patch Approach” which encourages volunteers to look after the street facing width of their property. Support from local organisations was noted and involvement of the School in an Art Project was commended. The possibility of students in the School coming up with project ideas under the Green Flag programme is also encouraged.

2–Streetscape and Public Places: the many fine buildings in the centre of Termonfeckin stand out to the adjudicators with the Cob House, Old Courthouse, High Cross and Castle drawing attention. Further upgrading works outlined in the Termonfeckin Plan impressed the adjudicators with references given to the corten steel cut out of the Castle and plans to renew old village pumps.

3 – Green Spaces and Landscaping: what stood out here was the work on the tree stump and the Health Centre with weeds cleared and plants used to grow over it. There was also good use of pollinator friendly plants in the landscaping projects.

4 – Nature and Biodiversity in your Locality: the adjudicators look forward to seeing additional proposed works and Mooney’s Corner and are encouraging the use of more pollinator plants, particularly at areas where cars end up queuing and driver interest being captured.

5 – Sustainability – Doing more with less: Termonfeckin was highly commended for its reusing of materials for planters and for propagating plants from seeds.

6 – Tidiness and Litter Control: Great Community Spirit has been shown by local people keeping their own patches tidy and litter free. While there is a core group of Owen Kirwan, Jim O’ Neill and Bobby Aspell seen regularly working away and well done to them, there is also a special tribute to Thomas Maguire for all his work around the village.

7 – Residential Streets & Housing Areas: The use of stone walls in a new estate was described as encouraging and all works carried out by resident associations was also highly commended.

8 – Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes: The adjudicators have suggested having a theme to approach roads to make them stand out as entrances to the centre of the village and not over mow approach road verges. Termonfeckin is thanked for entering the competition and wished continued success in the coming years. All in all a great report for work undertaken in a difficult time given the pandemic and well done to all concerned.

School Enrolments

Both Parish Schools are accepting enrolments for the 2022/23 School Year. To enrol in Sandpit School, please contact the School Office at 041-9822126 or download the application form at www.scoilmhuirec.ie To enrol at Scoil Naomh Feichin, please contact the School Office at 041- 9822589, check the school website www.scoilnaomhfeichin.ie for more details or alternatively, you can email the school at office@scoilnaomhfeichin.ie for an application form.

Jane Matthews R.I.P.

Our deepest condolences are with the family, relations and friends of Jane Matthews, Baltray who died recently. Requiem Mass was offered in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Termonfeckin and the Funeral in the Old Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Carl Leddy R.I.P.

We offer deepest condolences to the family, relations and friends of Carl Leddy, Rathview, Termonfeckin who died recently. Carl’s Funeral Service took place in Dardistown Crematorium. May he rest in peace.

St. Fechin’s GAA

The Minor Team will have contested the replay of the U17 A Championship Final and hopefully returned with the Silverware. Also over the weekend, the St. Fechin’s Hurlers had a game against St. Oliver Plunkett’s Mullingar and hopefully are able to progress further in their Leinster campaign. St. Fechin’s are also up against Trim in the Leinster IFC this Wednesday November 24th in Ashbourne at 7.30pm. Meanwhile there were wins for the U20s, U16s and Minor Girls teams in their recent round of games. The St. Fechins GAA 2021 AGM takes place on Friday December 3rd at 8pm in St. Fechins Community Centre.

St. Fechin’s Lotto

There was no winner of the jackpot. The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 19 and 22. The winner of €100 was Fergal Mc Nally. Winners of €20 were Bernadette Daly, Francis Bellew, Deirdre Delaney, Tom Sweeney and Fergal Mc Nally. The jackpot is now €4,800. 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.

A Day In Termonfeckin Life

The Termonfeckin Development Board (Well Termonfeckin) continues its work on a video of Life in Termonfeckin, both present and past which is hoped will forge stronger community relationships, bringing a sense of pride to our beautiful village and increase wellbeing through connection. As part of the video, Well Termonfeckin wants to include a video montage of photos of your life in Termonfeckin. Photos (preferably landscape and high quality) can be from anytime of the year. If you would like to send in photos of your family (name and area), your club/residents association, your local business or if you have photos from the past you would like to see included, please share them by email to welltermonfeckin@gmail.com. If having difficulty uploading, please ring Michelle on 086-1437079. When submitting photographs, please ensure that permission has been granted especially from parents or caregivers of minors included in the images. The photographs will be deleted from the email account once the video is launched.

Religious Services

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.

Rosary

Rosaries continue on Sundays during November at 3pm in the Parish Cemeteries. This Sunday November 28th, the Rosary will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

Termonfeckin Celtic

Phase 1 of the Pitch restoration work has been completed. The Club wishes to thank all those who helped fund this work. Phase 2 will be completed in March 2022. The AGM will be held on December 8th, time and venue yet to be clarified. The Astro Pitch is available for hire. If you are interested, contact Termonfeckinfc@gmail.com

An-Grianan

An-Grianan will hold “One Day Christmas Demonstrations on November 25th and there are still places available. These include Cookery, Mixed Crafts, Willow Wreaths and Mindfulness. There are some places still available for the One Day Course on December 1st. A few places are also available for the Party Weekend December 3rd to 5th which also includes Tom Cooper with the Joe Dolan Tribute Show on December 4th which is also on December 10th. 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 admin@an-grianan.ie Private and corporate functions can also be accepted. The Garden Centre at An-Grianan will hold a Christmas Craft Fair on December 11th from 12 noon to 4pm. If anyone wishes to be a stall holder, contact angrianangardencentre@gmail.com for further details.

St. Vincent de Paul

As Christmas approaches, many people are struggling to provide for their family. Your local branch of SVP, St. Colmcille’s is here to help those in need. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to hold our usual collection and fundraisers and are appealing to you for donations or gift vouchers so that we can help those in need.Your continued support is greatly appreciated and depended on throughout the years. Please contact 086-0390612 for information. To make a donation: by Cheque: St. Colmcille’s SVP, by Direct Debit/Bank Transfer: IBAN: IE18 AIBK9320 9460 3620 77 BIC: AIBKIE2D

Termonfeckin Macra na Feirme

New members 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 Community Hall, Sheetland Road, formerly Scoil Naomh Feichin and Community Centre can now be hired for different events and activities following the renovation work undertaken by the 7th Louth Coastal Scout Group. If anyone is interested in using the Community Hall, the 7th Louth Coastal Scout Group can be contacted at neilmartincoastal@gmail.com or 086-3447249 for more information.

Tennis

New members are welcome. The membership form can be downloaded at”Membership Application 2021” and completed forms can be emailed to the Club at termonfeckintennis@yahoo.ie

Seapoint Pitch & Putt

The results of Week 7 of the Turkey competition-an 18 Nett are outlined below but pride of place must go to Phil Reynolds who shot a stunning 39 strokes on Sunday morning. The popular Phil shot 15 birdies and 3 pars in his first round. Phil gave a pitching and putting masterclass and this magnificent score caps a fantastic season when Phil has won the Seapoint Scratch Cup amongst other notable victories. Well done Phil, the Club is proud of you. Given the statistical model in place for the running of the Turkey competition Phil does not get a turkey this week, he will have to make do with last week’s turkey.

Mens: Senior Winner–Johnny Campbell Jnr 45, R/Up–Michael Bedford 46. Whiskey winner–Phil Reynolds 41. Inter Winner–Brian Kinnane 44, R/Up–Ray McEvoy 46. Junior Winner–Gerry Rock 44, R/Up–Joe Downes 46.

Ladies Winner–Ann O’ Sullivan 46, R/Up–Noeleen Bedford 48. Biscuits winner–Sarah Cooney 43. An impressive 92 cards were played.

Members are reminded that competition afternoon sessions begin at 1pm following the clock change. The Club asks members to be mindful of safety measures in light of the recent rise in COVID numbers. Finally the Club will be running a Christmas Raffle and all members are asked to support this venture.

Boxercise Classes

Boxercise Classes at Tredagh Boxing Academy based at An-Grianan are 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.

Golf

Check out the Co. Louth and Seapoint Golf Clubs websites for details of competitions and how to book places.

Credit Union

Termonfeckin Credit Union is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 12noon and on Fridays from 3pm to 7pm. You can apply online for loans or membership at www.termonfeckincu.ie

BALSANTER

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.


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