Around the Districts: Ardcath/Clonalvy, Bettystown, Curraha, Laytown and Mornington

Sadie McGarry and her mam Suzie at the Flower and craft show at Oldbridge Walled Gardens. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Drogheda Independent



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Ardcath Tidy Towns

The Tidy Towns Committee can be contacted on +353 87 835 4805 and the help from our volunteers is always appreciated!

Ardcath Tidy Towns were awarded €600 by Meath County Council towards the cost of purchasing some cast iron posts for hanging baskets.

Ardcath Tidy Towns are getting some Hi Vis Vests printed. If you are interested in Litter Picking on an individual basis or as part of a Tidy Towns, let us know the quantity and sizes of vests required. The sizes available are Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2 Extra Large & 3 Extra Large. Message us on Facebook or Text/WhatsApp +353 87 835 4805.

Coffee Morning

Ardcath ICA–Coffee Morning Bring and Buy. Saturday May 27th at Masterson’s Park, Ardcath from11am to 1pm. Proceeds to St. Vincent’s Community Centre Development Fund.

St. Vincent’s GFC

Online registration is now closed for our Summer Camp. Limited places are available by contacting Sarah Travers on 0876380178

Lotto–Make sure you play your favourite numbers. Windfall draw takes place on Monday night @ 9.00pm. Play before 6pm Monday at

Congratulations to the Meath Minor Football team on their victory over Wexford. Our own Michael McIvor got the third of Meath’s goals in a hard fought game where they turned around a seven point deficit at half time to win by nine points. Next up is a Semi-final showdown with Kildare next Wednesday.



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Bettystown Tidy Towns

If you’d like to get involved message us on Facebook and Instagram @bettystown_tidytowns or come along and meet us in the village on Saturday mornings between 9 and 11am. Come and join us!

Bettystown Tidy Towns application under the Communities Recognition Fund from the Department of Rural and Community Development has been successful.

We are delighted to report that we have been awarded a grant which will be used for the construction of a footpath, and all associated works, from the Burrows Hall to the recently constructed boardwalk, Burrows Boardwalk. Meath County Council will be responsible for all works.

This fund recognises the efforts of community groups in their communities. The path should be constructed before the end of the year.

The footpath will be a valuable addition to the community and will make it easier to access the beach.

Coláiste na hInse

Farewell Day for 6th year students. A day to remember for our 6th Years day our Farewell Day took place to celebrate what has been six great years with these students. They had an array of games–dodgeball, sack race, tug of war, rodeo bull and bouncy castles–coupled with a bit of rock n roll bingo and ice creams from @storminateacup_x .A huge thank you as always to Iníon Walsh and the 6th Year team for putting together such an amazing and memorable day.

Games on the Beach

Games on the Beach will be returning once again to Bettystown this July so dust off your bucket and spade and get ready for a full day’s action of beach activities! Meath LSP in collaboration with Foroige & East Coast Family Resource Centre will host a festival of beach sporting events such as Beach Volleyball, Rounders/Cricket, Beach Handball, Soccer and more!!! Suitable for children and teens (8-17yrs), this is an ideal opportunity to try out a variety of sports on one day.

East Meath Boxing Club

Fitness training and circuit training for women of all ages and fitness in East Meath BC opposite the Neptune Hotel in Bettystown

Ran by past experienced boxer Lillie Keogh Tuesdays 6pm-7pm; Thursdays 6:30pm-7:30pm; Five euro a class. All you need is a bottle of water, towel, gloves for the bags and yourself!!

Weekly boxercise classes are running in East Meath Boxing club in Bettystown for anyone that’s interested. We have men’s and women’s classes on multiple times a week. You can use the following link to book yourself in

St. Colmcilles GAA, Pilltown Road

St Colmcille’s lotto on Tuesday 9th of May was €6,500. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 23, 25.

There was no winner of the jackpot and our two €50 winners were Mark Gallagher and Annie Powderly.

The Jackpot is €6,600 on Tuesday 23rd of May. You can play online via

Our Gaelic for All Group are no back in action on Saturday mornings from 10.30-11.30 in Piltown. This group provides Gaelic games for young people with additional needs. If you have questions or want to get involved, please contact Ken on 087-6349162.

A reminder to all that we are a Healthy Club in St Colmcille’s and part of the wider GAA Healthy Club Programme. We have events like mindfulness classes, Mens Shed, Gaeilge agus Caife and other activities taking place weekly. If you want to get involved call Lisa on 087-1368734.

All our teams are now back training for the 2023 season. All children aged 10 and above up to adult level are back training midweek.

If you want to get involved, just make contact via any of our Social Media channels and someone will get in touch with you.

A reminder that we cater for boys and girls born in 2014 through to 2019 at our Sunday morning Academy. It takes place every Sunday at our pitch in Piltown from 9.30-12.30. Come along and give it a try, you and your child will make new friends and learn something new! Our Hurling Academy takes place Monday evenings from 6pm in Piltown, as with everything else in St Colmcille’s, everyone is welcome to come along. If you have any questions, reach out to us on social media.

If you are returning, or have never played before, you are welcome to come and join us. Again, if you want more information, reach out via our social media channels and someone will come back to you.

Men’s Shed

Meath East Coast Men’s Shed meets every Tuesday and Friday in the grounds of St. Colmcilles GAA on the Pilltown road. For more details contact James 0872706456 or Eoin 0860649447



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Curraghalla National School

Enrolment forms for children wishing to enrol in Curraghalla National School are now available. Contact school on 025 27449 or .

Creative Schools Week 2023 was a roaring success in Curraghagalla.

Our students collaborated with real life artist Julie Forrester to design and paint a new school mural. They showed off their talents to the whole school on a Thursday Talent Show and for the finale of creative schools’ week the children had a full day of child led creativity. They enjoyed drawing, collage, painting, clay and constructing their own pieces. They then showcased their creative work by organising a whole school art gallery. Everyone got an opportunity to admire all of the wonderful artwork, including the parents.

Curraha GAA

Lotto results for 15/05/23, (11, 18, 22, 24). Jackpot: 5500. No Winner. Envelopes are available in Swans, The Becks and The Snail Box. Please note the deadline for online entries is 6pm Monday. Entries are available here–

Curraha Seniors have been drawn in Group A of this year’s Meath Senior Football Championship and will face Na Fianna, Dunshaughlin and Donaghmore/Ashbourne.

Our opening fixture against Na Fianna will be played the last weekend of July.

Curraha Notice Board

Volunteers are always needed and welcome to help maintain our community . If you are interested in this initiative , Please Contact Deirdre 086 8868917 . Gerardine . 086 1982060 . Marcella . 0876744691



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Laytown Tidy Towns

Volunteers meet every Saturday morning at the car park outside the Coast Tavern from 10 am. to spruce up different areas of our village. Great work is being carried out by Laytown Volunteers and if you would like to help, please come along, and join us.

Laytown Tidy Towns are delighted to have been awarded a Grant of €600 from Meath Co. Co. towards the cost of 2 new wheelchair accessible picnic tables. These will be made from recycled plastic and will be a great addition to the other picnic tables on the seafront.

Laytown Tidy Towns Volunteers are a great team and were very busy creating two wildflower beds on the Laytown Road, as well as planting sapling in new beds all of which were made by Meath Coast Mens Shed. They finish off their work with a much deserved coffee and chat.


East Coast Family Resource Centre, Strandhaven, Laytown have been granted €400 by Meath Co. Co. Community Grant Scheme towards a Trip to Fairy House to attend event held by Age Ireland and Meath County Council.

Men’s Shed

Meath East Coast Men’s Shed meets every Tuesday and Friday in the grounds of St. Colmcilles GAA on the Pilltown road. For more details contact James 0872706456 or Eoin 0860649447. Here we give a list of items made for our local community in East Meath – Two benches for Laytown National School, a beautiful seat for Gormanston with the inscription ‘Rest a While’, bee and bird boxes, and recently commissioned to make four magnificent, raised beds for Julianstown Community Garden.

We have also made the new raised beds for Laytown Tidy Towns. Give us a call anytime and let us know how we can help. Shop Local!

Active Retirement

East Meath Active Retirement Association (EMARA) meet every Thursday in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Parish Rooms, Julianstown from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm each week. New members are always welcome to join this vibrant group of men and women. We have many events and outings lined up for the coming month. For more details contact James 0872706456 or Eoin 0860649447


Are you looking to reduce your plastic waste, are you tired of over packaged food in the supermarkets? Why not try something new and make your shopping more sustainable. @bare.necessities.ireland specialise in selling loose, organic, food staples and hygiene products to help you live a zero waste life.

You can order their fantastic items online through the Open Food Network website (link is below).

You can also find them at the @skerriesmillsfarmersmarket Market on Saturday from 10-2.

MAY DISCOUNT in Sonairte for the month of May!

To celebrate the start of a new month and the fact that summer is getting a little closer we are offering 20% off all online orders for the month of May. We have lots of great sustainable and eco-friendly items to choose from.

Of course, we also have our fantastic organic produce that is harvested weekly from our walled garden, why not try one of our fab veg bags. We have 4 items for only €10!!! We only grow with the seasons to ensure that you get maximum flavour and nutrients from every bite

Just click the above link to see what savings you could make not only to your wallet but also to the planet



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Donacarney Schools are celebrating 150 years!

The school is looking for photos for the 150th Donacarney Schools celebration in June. They are particularly would like any photos you may have which are pre 1964, from the red brick school era.

Anyone with photos email the school on

Star of the Sea

To help Fr. Joseph and the Parish Pastoral Council to identify the pastoral needs of the Parish, a suggestion box has been placed in the Church. We welcome suggestions from all parishioners.

Dates for Your Diary Cemetery Devotions: Colpe: Saturday 10th June at 7.00pm. Mornington: Sunday 11th June at 7.00pm. Reilig Mhuire: Sunday 18th June at 7.00pm

East Meath Meals on wheels.

Hot Meals are delivered to your home between 12.30 and 1.30 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week throughout the year, excluding Bank Holidays. Areas covered are Laytown, Bettystown, Mornington, Donacarney and Colpe. The charge is €5 per person per meal and if you would like to avail of this service, please contact us on 085 7570810.