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Conor Byrne from Clogherhead with his parents Therese and Gary and his granddad Joe Corcoran.

Conor Byrne from Clogherhead with his parents Therese and Gary and his granddad Joe Corcoran.

Conor Byrne from Clogherhead with his parents Therese and Gary and his granddad Joe Corcoran.



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Tidy Towns report - Baltray

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The 2022 Tidy Towns report on Baltray can be described as very positive overall and an absolute credit to all the volunteers involved in keeping the village clean and tidy. Again the Judges carried out their work under 8 different headings.

1. Community-Your Planning and Involvement: A very clear and easy to read map set the scene and identifying new and maintained projects as well as including photographs of events that take place and work done during the year was praised. The core committee with additional volunteers remain steady and the active social media, regular newsletter and whatsapp group clearly serve to keep the community involved and in touch. The Judges liked the ongoing engagement with local children on the annual nature walk, pumpkin carving and community garden as well as continued engagement with the children being a key project this year. Does the committee consider involving them and the rest of the community in a survey to ascertain the presence of wildlife?

2. Streetscape & Public Places: Praise was given for a successful grant application from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme which was seen as being a great benefit to the work undertaken and provision of a safe working environment for Tus and CE workers and volunteers. The village is very well presented and a pleasure to visit. The weed management roster works very well with no evidence of weeds along kerbsides or in car park areas. Planting around the Grotto is very well planned with a very colourful planting mix and it is a lovely area to sit awhile and reflect. An excellent job was done on the derelict building prominent in the middle of the village. The wildflower path leading to the Community Garden got great praise as did the treatment of the old water pump which was beautifully painted and planted with small succulents.

3. Green Spaces and Landscaping: The Community Garden is a credit to the committee and all involved, beautifully laid out, well maintained and clearly a great asset and addition to the village. The willow sculptures will be stunning as they grow and the new hedge planting will create a good boundary and wind shelter. The magnificent escallonia in flower with roses entwined beside the garden was humming with wildlife and there was praise for a local resident who made the wooden planters for the green as they make a colourful addition to that area.

4. Nature and Biodiversity in your Locality: The Judges suggested that as a Tidy Towns Committee, Baltray is in a good position to ensure that if at all possible, biodiversity and sustainability are at the top of the list of priorities when planning for the flood defence scheme takes place and to keep them updated on this progress. Praise was given for joining the Louth Nature Trust Little Tern Conservation Project given Baltray being in the perfect location to observe and help with setting up and fencing off the protected nesting area. The production of a habitat map of the area was also suggested. 5. Sustainability-Doing More With Less: The continued use of fallen tree trunks and locally collected driftwood and shells for the Fairy Garden was described as excellent and photographs showing the work in progress was interesting to see. Would the Committee consider having a dedicated compost area behind the Fairy Garden? Encouraging the donations of seeds and saplings certainly gives a shared sense of community. Would consideration be given to having a plant and seed swapping event?

6. Tidiness and Litter Control: A big well done from the Judges who said there was little or no evidence of any litter in the public areas of the village and the volunteers, CE/Tus workers are to be congratulated on their work. Another well done was offered for taking part in the National Spring Clean Day and for registering with Clean Coast and World Ocean Day. It was suggested that one litter bin on the green could do with some cleaning and the area behind the Fairy Garden gave an appearance of being a dumping ground, maybe consider making all public areas plastic free.

7 Residential Streets & Housing Areas: The new housing estate is in a prominent position with some very nice new landscaping at the entrance to the village. The expanse of grass to the front of the estate is wonderful but could be left uncut for some wildflower sowing to encourage biodiversity. There was evidence of some excellent gardens throughout the village with many residents working towards a more biodiverse, pollinator friendly way of gardening. The newly established Best Garden Awards have clearly paid dividends. No hanging baskets seen at the front of the 19th Bar and Lounge on adjudication day was met with disappointment.

8. Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes: The welcome signs at the entrance to the village were nicely presented with new planting. The planting at the Queensborough sign was very nicely presented as were the new planters along the walls. The concluding remarks from the judges were: Baltray is a beautifully kept village in an enviable location beside the sea, and in an area designated a Special Area of Conservation, which clearly has a thriving community.

A lovely afternoon was spent there. Baltray scored 275 marks in this year’s competition, an increase on last year. Again great praise and applause for the Baltray Tidy Towns Committee and all the volunteers for what has been achieved.

“Termonfeckin: Village Life, Past & Present”

The recently produced film “Termonfeckin: Village Life, Past & Present” was very well received following its screening in the Droichead Arts Centre and it was decided to have a more local showing. The film will be screened in An-Grianan this Friday November 18th. Doors and Bar open at 8pm with another launch of Nicola Cassidy’s Book “The Emerald Spy” followed by the film at 9pm. Tickets are €10 and are for sale on Eventbrite. The link is https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/documentary-film-screening-termonfeckin-village-life-past-present-tickets-465689288197

There will also be a box on the night for people to submit handwritten recipes for the “Well Termonfeckin” Recipe Book” which is being produced by the Termonfeckin Development Board (Well Termonfeckin). Recipes can also be submitted to welltermonfeckin@gmail.com The Board is looking to celebrate the diversity of our village through food and if you have a favourite food or recipe, then the Board wants to hear about it. On the subject of “The Emerald Spy”, it appears to have gone global at this stage, so again congratulations to Nicola Cassidy on what she has achieved with her latest book.

Termonfeckin ICA

The Termonfeckin ICA Guild held its monthly meeting in the Termonfeckin ICA Room, An-Grianan on Monday November 7th. Members are presently attending Ceramic Classes. The annual Christmas Party Night will be held in An-Grianan on Friday December 16th. Members will also attend the ICA Louth Federation Meeting in the Castlebellingham venue on Tuesday December 6th. The next Termonfeckin ICA Guild meeting is arranged for Wednesday November 30th from 2pm to 4pm. New members are always welcome. For further details on becoming a member or various activities, contact 041-9822040 or 041-9881223.

Bus Shelter

The newly constructed Bus Shelter is now in operation. The barriers in place to allow resurfacing work on the footpath around the shelter have been removed and it is great to see that those who use the local 168 Bus service can now use the shelter while awaiting their buses.

November Rosary

The Rosary is being prayed on Sundays at 3.00pm in the Parish Cemeteries during the month of November. The Rosary on November 20th is in the Old Cemetery. The Rosary is also being broadcast at 9am before the weekly morning Masses in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Religious Ceremonies

Weekday Masses are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and Wednesday Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Sandpit, all at 9.30am. There is no morning Mass on Fridays. Eucharistic Adoration from the Church of the Immaculate Conception is on Monday evenings from 7 to 8pm and from the Oratory on Fridays from 11am to 6pm via the internet only at http://www.termonfechinparish.ie/webcam The Parish Office is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 1pm. All notices for inclusion in the Parish Newsletter should be submitted before 10.30am on Thursdays. A Remembering Service will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 7pm on Wednesday November 30th for us to remember our beloved dead. At this time and over the next few weeks, may we keep our Parish Priest Fr. Paul Byrne in our prayers as he undergoes some surgery.

St. Fechin’s GAA

The Senior Hurlers had a great win over St. Pat’s from Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow in the Leinster Club Junior Hurling Quarter Final last Saturday at Darver. The score was 1-18 to 1-06. They are now in the Leinster Junior Hurling Semi-Finals. The U21 team enjoyed another victory, this time against Glen Emmets. The Minor Girls played their final round robin match against a Stabannon Parnells/St. Joseph’s combination team and the game resulted in a draw at 1-07 apiece. The great run by the U13 Hurlers came to an end in the Rionn C Meath Hurling League final against Boardsmill GAA. However they have shown great dedication in all their training sessions and matches and should be very proud of their achievements. G4M&O has proved to be a very successful initiative and hopefully the Ladies will enjoy the break and will be back in the new year. An initiative targeting Over 55s known as the PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) is also underway. This involves training older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local community or groups. A Foroige Club has begun in St Fechins Community Centre and takes place on Friday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm. It is open to 1st and 2nd Years. To join, the link is https://foroige.tfaforms.net/f/joinforoige?tfa_179=0015J00000SfpLKQAZ&tfa_178=St.%20Feichin%27s%20For%C3%B3ige St. Fechin’s GAA are holding a 5th & 6th Class Disco on Saturday November 19th from 7-9pm. Admission is €10 which includes a soft drink/water. Music is by DJ Josh. To book your tickets clink on the link https://member.clubforce.com/tickets_m.asp?LL_ID=2603 Tickets are reported to be going fast.

Scor na nOg

The search is on for anyone under 17 years of age who would like to take part in Scor Na nOg. The aim of Scor is to promote Irish Traditions, Pastimes and Culture while offering Club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their Club. There are 8 sections to this competition, Ceile/Figure Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing. If anyone is interested, please email stfechins.scor@gmail.com by Monday November 28th.

Social Dancing Classes

Why not join St. Fechin’s for Social Dancing Classes on Wednesday evenings at 8pm in the Community Centre (A92 ET95) at Pairc Naomh Feichin, beginning this Wednesday November 9th. Try your hand at Jiving, Line-Dancing, Foxtrot and much more. Patricia and Pat will put you through your paces. The cost is €10 per night, pay as you go. For further information, contact John at 087-7621749.

St. Fechin’s Lotto

The numbers drawn were 2, 7, 10 and 17. There was no jackpot winner. The €100 winner was Helen Mc Glew. Winners of €20 were Chrisopher Whelan, John Dolan, Eoghan Duffy, Ruth Savage and Tom Sweeney. The jackpot is €1,300. 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.


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. Planning is well underway for the Christmas season and Friday December 16th is “Christmas Party Night”which includes a Mulled Wine Reception, Dinner and Live Music with an €50 option for B+B. Some places are still available. Christmas Weekend Courses are planned, running from December 2nd to 4th and December 9th to 11th, again some places are still available for these weekends. A One Day Christmas Course on December 5th also has some places available. The An-Grianan Garden Centre Opening Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays from 1pm-5pm. The An-Grianan Garden Centre will be holding a Christmas Crafts Fair on December 10th and 11th and stall holders are welcome. The World Gate Restaurant opens from Wednesdays to Sundays for Lunch and Evening meals and Sunday breakfast is also available. For further information or bookings, contact 041-9881474 or www.theworldgaterestaurant.com

Seapoint Pitch & Putt

Seapoint P&P ran an 18 Nett competition over the weekend and very windy conditions provided a stern challenge for the players. The Ladies winner was Ann Ward who shot a 45 nett which was equalled by Mary Matthews with Ann winning by half a shot on the back 9 with a 23. It was a similar affair in the Juniors Men’s competition, the back 9s rule being invoked as Tom Carolans back 9 of 23 edged out Sean Hoey’s 24. Both players shot a 44 Nett. The Inter Men had a clear winner with Martin Reilly’s 43 Nett edging out Colin Campbell by a shot. Senior Men’s winner was Gerry Breen Snr with a 44 nett. Gerry had the distinction of having the biggest winning margin of the weekend by being 4 shots clear of Tadgh Harrington. Well done to the winners. Next weekend is an 18 Gross competition at the usual times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and also 9.30am on Sunday.


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