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Whistle players from Callystown NS at the Louth Music Generation concert held in St. Fechin's GFC. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Whistle players from Callystown NS at the Louth Music Generation concert held in St. Fechin's GFC. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Whistle players from Callystown NS at the Louth Music Generation concert held in St. Fechin's GFC. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie



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Tidy Towns volunteers are doing a great job ensuring our villages are being kept clean and tidy and that they perform very well in the national Tidy Towns and Louth Looking Good competitions. However there are those who couldn’t care less and continually discard their rubbish on the streets or roads. In response to this, Cllr. Michelle Halls is encouraging an “Adope a Green Kilometre” strategy which she says will hopefully be a big boost to cleaning up the locality. Cllr. Hall has posed the question “Can you collect litter up to 1km from your house”? Having done so herself, she says she has filled a plastic bag full to the brim of mostly plastic drink bottles, cans and disposable coffee cups. Yes these and other forms of litter are a blight on the landscape. Cllr. Hall is asking members of the community to support this initiative. She says “Help your Tidy Town and keep your environment clean”. Cllr. Hall is also appealing to people to please not litter or try to shove litter into a full bin and not to dispose of household waste in public bins either.

Lorraine’s Poems Shine

Our congratulations to Lorraine Mc Ardle who has won a major prize for poetry at the recent Listowel Writers’ Week. Lorraine has a passion for poetry and has been writing poems for over 40 years, starting when she was at Primary School in Termonfeckin.The prize won at Listowel was for a collection of 6-12 poems for a poet who is yet to publish a first collection. She is currently working towards achieving publication of this collection of poems although she has had other poems published and also produced a short play. Lorraine is a daughter of Harry and Cabrini McArdle.

French/Spanish Summer Camps

French and Spanish Summer Camps will be held at St Fechin’s Community Centre in July. These camps are aimed at 9-12 year olds. The French Camp is from July 11th–15th and the Spanish Camp from July 18th – 22nd. The cost is €120 and there are discounts for siblings. For further details, contact Audrey at 086-3086649.


It was certainly worth the journey for Laytown/Bettystown Golf Club member Alex Maguire to the Co. Louth Golf Club in Baltray for the East of Ireland Championship over the June Bank Holiday weekend. Congratulations on your win Alex. Finishing on 8 under par Alex held off the challenges of Jack Mc Donnell (Forest Little) and Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) who both tied for 2nd place on 6 under par. Open Singles continue on Tuesdays at Seapoint. Seapoint will hold an Open Week from July 12th -15th.

Mary Farrell R.I. P.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family, relations and friends of Mary Farrell (née McQuillan) Galroostown who died recently. Requiem Mass was offered in the Church of the Assumption, Sandpit followed by a Committal Ceremony in Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan. May she rest in peace.

St. Fechin’s GAA

On a glorious evening in Darver, the 2021 Hurling League Final with St. Fechin’s taking on Naomh Moninne eventually got played and it was a thrilling game. In the first minute however, Naomh Moninne found the net and the game was definitely on. St. Fechin’s kept up their form and eventually the scores began to happen. At one point St. Fechin’s had an 8 point lead but whatever happened in the last few minutes will be something the team will certainly be questioning and will rue for some time. Naomh Moninne found the net on two occasions to level the game. A foul on a Naomh Moninne player resulted in a free which was taken and the sliotar sailed over the bar resulting in a one point victory for the opposition. A disappointing end to the game for St. Fechin’s with the score being 3-15 to 1-20. Our congratulations to the Louth Ladies team on their victory against Down in the Intermediate Championship. St. Fechin’s players Jenny, Roisin, Ceire and Sara shone in the Red and White. There was a winning start for the St. Fechin’s Ladies in their game over Newtown Blues. There were victories for the U14 Camogie team against St. Brides. The replay of the Division 1 League game saw St. Fechin’s overcome Sean O’Mahonys. Unfortunately it was not to be for the Louth team in their All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier against the Rebels, due to a 4 point loss. However the scoreboard showed that they certainly put it up to the Cork men and Bevin certainly played his part. There was also disappointment for the St. Fechin’s U21 team against a Mattock Rangers/Hunterstown Rovers combination team. The U8 Camogie players took part in a recent Blitz against teams from St. Anne’s. St Brides and Mattock Rangers and they certainly showed massive improvement in their game since the last Blitz. The Social Walking group is continuing for the summer months. For further information, Geraldine at 086-1072018. The St. Fechin’s All Stars continues on Saturday mornings for all Primary School children with additional needs. Social football for Dads and Lads is on Monday evenings from 8.15 to 9.15pm and Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others is on Tuesday evenings from 8-9pm. Registrations are still being taken for the St. Fechin’s inaugural Half Marathon on July 17th. To register, go to MyRunResults.com

St. Fechin’s Lotto

There was no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 4, 14, 15 and 21. The €100 winner was Aoife Greene. €20 winners were Gerry Hynes, Cathal Ryan, Anthony Duff, Larry Murtagh and Sean Drew. The Lotto this week is worth €2,100. Thanks as always to Madden’s Centra for their very valued sponsorship and to all who support the Lotto. Tickets are available in the Post Office, at the clubhouse gate or on the online lotto app.

St. Fechin’s Community Centre

Classes are coming to an end for the summer. The Strength and Fitness class will continue until July 22nd and Yoga on Wednesday nights will finish on June 22nd. There will be Summer Camps for children in French and Spanish in July. There was a full house for a wonderful concert last week with Music Generation. Sandpit School and Callystown School, Clogherhead took part. Zoe Conway and John McEntire were guest musicians and were amazing. The teachers from both schools also took part to the great delight of their students. Everyone went away happy with the night’s entertainment and spoke highly of the Hall. Hopefully this will be the first of many.

Termonfeckin Celtic F.C.

Termonfeckin Celtic will run a one week Summer Camp starting on July 11th. If you are interested in the Summer Camp, becoming a player, or if you would like to hire the Astro Pitch please email Termonfeckinfc@gmail.com for more information.

World Gate JUST EAT

I have yet to try JUST EAT for ordering food but it appears that the World Gate Restaurant located at the entrance to An-Grianan is re-launching its take-away service for the Drogheda area next week. The menu will be accessible on JUST EAT. The World Gate also intends to introduce some Tapas to the menu which are expected to be suitable for sharing or for the younger generation.

Termonfeckin ICA

Members attended the June monthly meeting in the Termonfeckin ICA Room at An-Grianan. Members were in attendance at the Louth Federation meeting on June 7th in the GAA Rooms, Castlebellingham where judging of the “Decorated Photo Frame” took place. The Termonfeckin Guild also prepared for and took part in the annual Dundalk Show on June 12th. The annual Garden Party at An-Grianan is on Friday June 24th and members are very much looking forward to attending it. The next monthly meeting of the Termonfeckin ICA Guild is arranged for Wednesday September 7th and subsequent meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month. Wishing all members a very enjoyable Summer. New members are always welcome.


For any information on different courses and events, contact 041-9822119 or 041-9822478, the An-Grianan website or email admin@an-grianan.ie Private and corporate functions can also be accepted including Weddings and Civil Ceremonies. The annual Garden Party takes place from June 24th to 26th but is fully booked out. The Irish Harp Festival takes place from June 30th to July 2nd. July 22nd to 24th is Best Friends Weekend with lots of great activities. A Family Fun Package is being offered from August 16th – 18th. The Garden Centre Opening Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays from 1pm-5pm. The Garden Centre has also begun renting various gardening machinery and tools.

Religious Ceremonies

Details of all Masses and other religious ceremonies are in the Parish Bulletin and on the facebook page. Eucharistic Adoration from the Church of the Immaculate Conception is on Monday evenings from 7 to 8pm. Adoration is also from the Oratory on Fridays from 11am to 6pm via the internet only. Mass from the Church of the Assumption in Sandpit is now online following the installation of a webcam. A Loop System for those who use a hearing aid is available in both Parish Churches. The wearing of masks, use of sanitizers and respecting safe distances is still strongly encouraged. A former visitor to our Parish, we welcome back Fr. Joseph from Nigeria who will be staying in the Parish for a few weeks. The Knights of St. Columbanus will have the relic of St. Oliver Plunkett at the 7pm Vigil Mass next Saturday June 18th.

Blessing of the Graves

Blessing of the Graves will take place on Sunday August 14th. If attending, please bring a small bottle of Holy Water.

Scouts/Community Hall

New youth members and adult members are also welcome. The new Scouting year begins in September and new members will be enrolled then. The Hall is always open for the Community to use for meetings, Bingo nights etc and the Scouts would love to see the Hall being used. 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.The Scouts will also hold a Flag Day in Drogheda on Saturday June 18th.

Termonfeckin Credit Union

Termonfeckin Credit Union is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm and Fridays from 3pm to 7pm. You can also apply online for loans or membership at www.termonfeckincu.ie

Seapoint Pitch & Putt

No competition took place over the past weekend as a National Qualifying Regional Board competition took place with the course open for practice only. Seapoint would like to congratulate the following members who qualified. In the Intermediate grade, Seapoint had four members who progressed, Eamon Furlong, Gary Coyle, Declan Matthews and Ciaran Reilly whilst Tony Butler secured a berth in the Junior section. There will be no competition next weekend. The course will be closed next Sunday to members and green fees. The course is open for green fees all week with the exception of Sunday. Seapoint Pitch and Putt held an 18 Gross competition the previous weekend and the results were as follows. Mens: Senior Winner-Pat Greene 46, Runner-Up Johnny Campbell Snr 48. Inter Winner-Declan Matthews 49, Runner-Up Eamon Furlong 50. Junior Winner-Tony Butler 52, Runner-Up Declan Mulryne 57. Ladies Winner- Mary Agnew 55 ob9, Runner-Up Marlo Everitt 55. Members are advised that the draw for the Club Doubles competition has been made and is up on the noticeboard. Please check it out and play your games within the schedule.

Tredagh Boxing Academy

Contact 087-9944799 for details of any events at Tredagh Boxing Academy which is based at An-Grianan. All new members very welcome. Boxercise Classes are on Tuesdays from 6.50pm to 7.50pm and on Thursdays from 8pm to 9pm.


Termonfeckin Tennis Club has announced a Calendar of Junior events for the Summer. Fun Tennis Camps with Coach Hugh Mc Donagh take place during July and August. The Camps are from Monday July 4th to Friday July 8th, Monday 11th to Friday 15th and Monday 18th to Friday 22nd. In August, the Camps are from Monday 8th to Friday 12th and Monday 15th to Friday 19th. They operate daily from 10am to 1pm and are for those aged 4-16 years. The cost is €70 for members and €85 for non-members. There are discounts for siblings and if attending 2 or more camps. Packed lunches, drinks and sunscreen are required. There is also free registration and assessment for the Autumn Coaching term. If interested, please text 086-3431437. Further details are available at www.termonfeckintennisclub.ie The Termonfeckin Tennis Club A.G.M takes place on Thursday June 16th in the ClubHouse at 8pm.


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.


The full line-up for “Vantastival” has been announced. I can’t say I’m familiar with any of the performers but there are many out there that are and no doubt the event will draw a huge attendance. “Vatastival” takes place at Beaulieu House and Gardens from Friday 16th to Saturday 17th September. Details are on the website Tickets on sale now at http://www.eventbrite.ie/.../vantastival-2022-tickets...

Art at Beaulieu House

The Plein Air Art Festival takes place at Beaulieu House on Sunday July 17th from 9.30am to 5pm. Any Artists wishing to participate are advised to register early at Eventbrite. The registration fee is €35.