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The Emerald Spy
It is often said “Never judge a book by its cover”. In this case however I believe it is the opposite. A book cover featuring dark clouds, a low flying war plane, a stoney beach and a girl holding a bicycle looking on anxiously has grabbed your attention silently saying “pick me, read me”. Local author Nicola Cassidy has come up with another masterpiece. Her latest book “The Emerald Spy” was launched last Sunday night in the Droichead Arts Centre. The story is set in Termonfeckin and is inspired by Vida Lentaigne who once lived in Newtown House (An Grianan). Throw into the mix, two evacuees whose pasts haunt them having to settle into a new rural Irish home, one pining for his true love, the arrival of German Secret Agent, plots of espionage and IRA politics, the question is who is the true Emerald Spy and what exactly they seek at Newtown House, all combine to create a terrific story. Past writings by Nicola have been based on travel and lots of research but the COVID-19 Lockdown prompted her to do some local research and so “The Emerald Spy” took shape and is now available to the public. Interviewed by Sinead Brassil from LMFM at her launch, Nicola explained how she researched her material for the story and she also introduced the audience to Gloria from Milton Keynes whose mother, a refugee from Vienna came to Newtown House in 1939 and whose life is the basis for one of the story’s characters. Inspired by true events, a real story told through fiction, this book is already proving to be a winner. I’ve got my copy and am looking forward to reading it. Congratulations Nicola. We know there will be more.
The Termonfeckin Development Board “Well Termonfeckin” have been working to bring the community of Termonfeckin together through various initiatives. The COVID Pandemic enforced a change of direction and it was decided that a film featuring members of the community talking about their experiences of living in Termonfeckin would be something worth doing. Two years on and following the launch of Nicola Cassidy’s latest book “The Emerald Spy”, the film “Termonfeckin: Village Life, Past and Present” was screened in the Droichead Arts Centre. Nicola again was centre stage in the film as she interviewed various Parishioners about their experiences of living in Termonfeckin. Produced by local Councillor and current Drogheda Mayor Michelle Hall and filmed by Bang Bang Visuals, the film is very interesting as it shows various changes within our community. In a village where the population has trebled since the Celtic Tiger, there is a lot that can be said. It covered the history of Termonfeckin, farming, Macra na Feirme, GAA, Golfing exploits, the founding of Forge Field Farm Shop, why people chose to live in Termonfeckin, journalistic exploits and comedy writing and also a focus on Homophobic bullying and the need to change the public’s perspective on this issue. A lot went into the production of this film and well done to all involved. For those who have not seen it, there are plans to show it in Termonfeckin in the next few weeks.
Paddy Kirwan R.I.P.
Our deepest condolences are offered to the family, relations and friends of Patrick (Paddy) Kirwan, Knocklyon, Dublin and formerly of Termonfeckin who died recently. Requiem Mass was offered in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow and the Funeral in the adjoining Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
St. Fechin’s GAA
A Hurling Skills session for all boys takes place over the next 6-8 weeks at Pairc Naomh Feichin on Wednesday nights at 8pm. It applies to those born in 2004,2005,2006, 2007 and beyond. The Club endeavours to build numbers over the next few weeks and hopefully will have some challenge matches in a few weeks time. It will finish with a get together in the Club House. There is a drive on to get Camogie up and running for over 25s. If you ever wanted to try it, or haven’t played in a few years, why not come along on October 6th for what is “Camán N Chats”. Well done to the U13 Camogie team who had a win against St Kevins. There was success for the St. Fechins U15 team in the B Championship Quarter Final against Mattock Rangers and they now go on to face O’ Raghallaighs in the Semi-Final. The U7 Hurlers showed great skills and determination having 2 teams playing against teams from Knockbridge Hurling Club. Congratulations to the St. Fechin’s U11 Hurling team who won the Mc Creesh Shield for a 2nd year in a row. Something to look forward to: there will be a Halloweeen Concert in the St. Fechin’s Community Centre on Friday October 28th at 8pm. The concert will feature the Drogheda Male Voice Choir accompanied by David Leddy, Amie Dwyer, Termonfeckin Church Choir and Special Guests. Tickets costing €20 are available on Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm or from any committee members. Further information is available by texting 086-3262116.
St. Fechin’s Lotto
The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 20 and 22. There was no jackpot winner. The winner of €100 was Ronan O’ Gorman. Winners of €20 were Brian and Amber-Lyn Devlin, Larry Corrigan, Ralph Jordan, Josefina Andres and Kay Newman. The Jackpot this week is €2,400. 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
Body Design with Agne Kliaugaite is an excellent fun activity. Her classes are very popular and are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-11am and 6.30pm -7.30pm and Friday evenings only from 6.30pm-7.30pm. To join her class, please contact Agne on 085-7891029 or visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bodydesignagne Slimming World will continue with Paula on Tuesday evenings from4.30pm-7.30pm. To join Paula’s class, please call 086-8507051. Everyone is welcome. Jacinta and her team have returned on Wednesdays with Fit Kids and Fit Teens, Hip Hop classes. There was a great turnout last week and a brilliant time was had by all. The first class is from 4:30pm-5:30pm and is for children aged from 4 to 7. The second class at 5:30pm is for ages 7 to 16. To join her class please call 086-2685280. A very exciting new Parkour class for children has started on Thursdays from 3.00pm-6.30pm. Sergiy is running the class. It’s a fun activity for children of all ages and they are really enjoying it. It is an athletic training discipline and if you want to know more come and join Sergiy’s class or call 089- 9535723. Yoga classes will resume at the end of the month with Louise. There will be a morning and evening class. Further information next week. There are some upcoming events: watch out for Winter activities. Starting in early November there will be Social Dancing classes on Wednesday evenings with Patricia and Pat. If you wish to book a room for a class or function in St Fechins Community Centre, A92 ET95 please call Sheila on 089-2610475 or the class tutors for further information.
Mc Grane’s XL Supermarket in Sandpit has received another Retail Award. At the recent XL Retailer Awards, Mc Granes XL took home the award for Best Off-Licence. These awards honour retailers for their outstanding contribution to their local community. Congratulations to Malachy, Joan and all the staff.
Weekday Masses now take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and Wednesday Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Sandpit. There is no Mass on Fridays in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. 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 at http://www.termonfechinparish.ie/webcam The wearing of masks, use of sanitizers and respecting safe distances is still strongly encouraged. Details of all Masses and other religious ceremonies are in the Parish Bulletin and on the facebook page. The Parish Office is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 1pm.
The Rosary will be prayed on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the various Parish Grottos during the month of October. The first is on October 6th at the Grotto in the grounds of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
For any information on different courses and events, contact 041-9822119 or 041-9822478, the An-Grianan website or email email@example.com Private and corporate functions can also be accepted including Weddings and Civil Ceremonies. An-Grianan reports most courses being booked out and plenty of interest shown. Planning is well underway for the Christmas season and Friday December 16th is “Christmas Party Night”. This includes a Mulled Wine Reception, Dinner and Live Music with an €50 option for B+B. Christmas Weekend Courses are planned, running from December 2nd to 4th and December 9th to 11th and these include Christmas Crafts, Cookery Demonstrations, Care for the Self and Christmas Cards. One Day Christmas Courses are also available on November 29th and 30th and December 1st, 5th and 6th(fully booked). These One Day Courses include Christmas Crafts, Wreaths, Cookery, Flower Arranging (not November 29th) and Upcycling. It is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment. The An-Grianan Garden Centre Opening Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays from 1pm-5pm. The Garden Centre is also getting into the swing of things for Halloweeen. A Pumpkin Patch will be open from October 8th to 30th and entry is free. Visitors can pick their own Pumpkin, visit the Maze and Fairy Garden, enter a colouring competition and win prizes and there will be plenty of Photo opportunities and lots more. Hot food is available on Saturdays and Sundays and Free Face Painting with Jo Bubbles is also on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. Contact 089-2682695 for further details.
Seapoint Pitch & Putt
Seapoint P&P had a busy week of activity. First up was the Senior Citizens competition which was run for the first time since 2019. Played in calm conditions, Michael Bedford and Patsy Fagan played terrifically well and found themselves in the winners enclosure. The graded prize was won by Kevin Carter and Sean Hoey. Thanks to Gerry Rock for sponsoring the competition which was held last Wednesday. Sunday saw the running of the Club’s premier competition, the Captains Prize. There were 50 cards played which was a great turnout and was due recognition for our captains Noelene Bedford and Philip Reynolds. Played in somewhat challenging conditions with the wind picking up as the morning progressed, the scoring was nonetheless impressive.The grade winners were as follows. Ladies- Mary Agnew 97 Nett. Men’s Junior-Derek Mulryne 94.5. Inter-Brian Kinnane 90.5. Senior-Gerry Breen jnr 94.5 ob9 47.5. The Ladies overall prize was won by Joanne Cooney on 95 and the Gents was claimed by Joe Tinsley with a magnificent 87.5. Well done to the winners. Next weekend the PPUI will host the National Scotch Foursomes in Lakeside Co.Tipperary. Seapoint will be represented by Michael and Noeleen Bedford, Sean and Ann Ward and in the Men’s Scotch Pat Greene and Anthony Mullen. Best of luck to our representatives. Next weekend is also the start of the Turkey Competition. It will run for 11 weeks, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm and also Sunday mornings from 9. 30am to 12.30pm. The course will be closed to green fees during these times.
Termonfeckin Celtic F.C.
Termonfeckin Celtic are now holding open training sessions on Saturday mornings for Girls born during or before 2015. No experience is necessary, there is no cost and all are welcome. For more information, contact Termonfeckinfc@gmail.com Please use the same email address if you would like to hire the Astro Pitch or become a member or player.
Contact or text 086-3431437 for details of any events at the Club. Free registration and assessment for the Autumn Coaching term is currently taking place.Further details are also available at www.termonfeckintennisclub.ie Termonfeckin Tennis Club is offering a new term of coaching for Juniors and Adults beginning shortly. If you would like to book a spot, please contact the above number. Social Tennis is taking place on Tuesday evenings.
Tredagh Boxing Academy
Boxercise Classes are on Tuesdays from 6.50pm to 7.50pm and on Thursdays from 8pm to 9pm. Mondays, Juniors from 6.30pm to 7.10pm, seniors from 7.15pm to 8.45pm. Tuesdays, Senior Championship Boxers from 8pm to 9pm. Wednesdays, Juniors from 6.30pm to 7.10pm and Seniors from 7.15pm to 8.45pm. Thursdays, Seniors from 6.20pm to 7.50pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm. All new members are welcome. Training for the Mini Champions group is on Monday and Wednesday evenings. For further information, contact Tredagh Boxing Academy at 087-9944799.
Open Singles continue on Tuesdays at Seapoint.
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.