Around the Districts: Ardcath/Clonalvy, Curraha, Duleek and Julianstown

Issy Cuttle, Sadhbh Geraghty and Georgia Dolan on Confirmation day in Ardee.

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 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.

A tremendous amount of weeding was carried out by volunteers in Clonalvy over the past few days. Keep a lookout for Geum, bluebells, primroses and cow slips which are in full bloom and much appreciated by our Bumblebees.

First Responders

Ardcath Clonalvy Community First Responders (CFR) Group are now recruiting volunteers to join our team. As a CFR you along with your CFR partner will attend a medical emergency (Stroke/Choking/Chest Pain/Cardiac Arrest) in the critical time before the National Ambulance Service (NAS) arrives. Your role is to help stabilise the patient and provide vital care until the NAS arrives to take over.

To find out more about CFRs please click on the attached link

No previous medical experience required as you will be trained in all vital lifesaving skills. This training is also aimed at past members who would like to renew their training.

If you are interested, please email us at or DM Ardcath/Clonalvy CFR Facebook page.

Please spread the word to family and friends.

St. Vincent’s GFC

Annual Membership is now due for all members. Visit

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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 .

Bike and Treats Day ! On the 2nd May we celebrated Chloe and Ciarán’s First Holy Communion. As part of Active Week, Garda Denis Motherway gave a road safety and bike maintenance talk. We then spent the day practicing our cycling skills and competing in races.

Curraha GAA

The Grand Draw - Congratulations to our €1000 monthly winner for April David Parsons

Also well done to Neil Shortall and Pat Coyle who were our €100 cash winners.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket. This fundraiser is crucial to our plans to upgrade our facilities over the next couple of years and to ensure that we are providing the best possible environment for our players at all levels to succeed.

There are still a handful of spots left for anyone who wants to get in before the first draw.

Payment options: Entry is priced at €20 a month or pay annually and get 1 month free. ClubZap/Website Payments can be found here - Cash payments can also be made to any committee member.

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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Drive in Bingo

Duleek-Bellewstown GFC - Drive in Bingo – Sunday 21st May @ 3pm in Bellewstown racecourse.

Duleek Meals on Wheels

Volunteers are urgently needed to help in the kitchen, on Monday Wednesday or Friday over the next few weeks enquiries to Maureen on 087-9932649.

First Holy Communion

Saturday 20th May 2023 Cushenstown NS Mounthanover N/S 10am St. Cianan’s Church Duleek.

Duleek Boys NS 12 noon St. Cianan’s Church Duleek

Saturday 27th May 2023 Duleek Girls NS 10am St. Cianan’s Church Duleek

Bellewstown NS 12 noon St. Therese’s Church Bellewstown

Trishaw Trips

Starting 9th May Trips 11am and 12.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays weather permitting. Starting point Domnick’s Park Drogheda, the route will take you along the Boyne Greenway to Oldbridge House where there is a break for tea/coffee and then return to Domnick’s Park. Now open for bookings, contact 041-9847764 or 1800 200100 Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm.

Meath Cares About Older People

Meath Age Friendly Alliance invite you to Meath Cares About Older People, Tuesday 16th May at Fairyhouse Racecourse 10.30am to 2pm.

The event will showcase a range of supports and services available to the older population in Co. Meath. Booking is recommended as places are limited. To book phone 046-9097400 or e-mail

Line Dancing

Line Dancing classes continues in Duleek Courthouse on Thursdays from 10.30am to 11.30am €5 per class.

The Feel Good Project

Music Therapy with Lyndsey. Dates 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th May from 6.30pm-7.30pm in the Duleek Courthouse

Taking 8 participants only and parents/carers must stay for the full session.

Booking through email only. ߑ?Email us at with your child’s name, age, diagnosis and favourite songs.

Liag Na n’Og

Liag Na n’Og playschool on the Navan Road are accepting names for the September 2023 to June 2024 school year. Morning’s 9am to 12 noon with an option of 12 noon to 2.00pm, afternoons 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Enquiries to Sinead on 087-1774269.

St. Vincent de Paul

Would you like to support those in need of support and friendship? Join Your Local SVP Team to help with visitation , IT or accounting. For volunteer information please e-mail or freephone 1800677777

Cemetery Sunday Weekend 2023

The annual devotions and blessing of the graves will be held on the weekend of the 11th June. Saturday 10th June at 5pm Crossmacole Cemetery. Saturday 10th June St. Mary’s Abbey after the Vigil Mass. Sunday 11 June at 1pm Holy Cross and Good Shepherd Cemeteries.

Community Employment Vacancies

We have a number of Community Employment vacancies based in Duleek, Bellewstown and Slane. There are various positions for Groundworkers who would maintain local sports grounds, church grounds, graveyards etc, Tour Guides who offer museum tours and Caretakers who would maintain car park, grounds and meeting rooms

Eligibility for CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 1 year or more or 18 years and over for certain disadvantaged groups. Your eligibility will have to be verified by the Department.

Please contact Janet or Frank in Duleek Development Association CLG on 041-9880269 with any queries and further information can also be found on

Book Club

Duleek Adult Book Club meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5.30pm in Duleek Library. Participants can meet with other book lovers for discussions on different reads and to swap book recommendations. New members are always welcome but check with library staff regarding available spaces.



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Julianstown Tidy Towns

Volunteers strimmed along the wall beside the Community Garden and then mowed the grass. 2 Chestnut trees have been planted at the woods in the centre of the village and the new bug hotel is being constructed in the community garden. The last ton bag of compost was emptied into the 4 new raised begs. Many thanks to Robert Ward for collecting the 3 ton of compost for us. We have 12 large flower beds and if you have any spare time on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, perhaps you might like to come along and give a hand with weeding and clipping back shrubs.

Julianstown Golf Course and Pitch & Putt

Have you got back into the swing of things yet this season? They are open 7 days a week from 8am. And the best thing is you don’t need to pre-book your round, so you can just drop in when you want to play.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Trócaire Boxes can be returned to the Parish Office, during office hours, or to the church during Mass times. For security, please do not leave boxes unattended.

Cemetery Sunday Moorechurch

Mass and Blessing of Graves in Moorechurch Cemetery will take place on Sunday, 2nd July at 11:30 am. Please alert family and friends outside the parish.

Active Retirement

East Meath Active Retirement Association (EMARA) meet every Thursday in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Parish Rooms, Laytown Road, 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

St. Mary’s Church of Ireland

Services during May - Sunday 14th May Morning Prayer, Sunday 21 st May Morning Prayer, Sunday 28 th May Holy Communion for the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday 4 th June Holy Communion with Jenny Williams of Habitat from Humanity as speaker.

The Charity Collection for May will go to SOSAD Drogheda. Here are some details about SOSAD, taken from the website: “Since 2007, SOSAD has worked to raise awareness and help prevent suicide in Ireland. We have worked tirelessly in our communities to help those in need feel supported and know they are not alone on their journey. SOSAD offer support and services for people who are struggling with suicidal ideation, self harming, depression, bereavement, stress and anxiety, or if you simply need to talk”.

The Charity Collection in June will be for Habitat for Humanity and we look forward to hearing from Jenny Williams who leads the organisation in Ireland and will speak to us on Sunday 4 th June.

Aisteoirí na Bóinne Drama group generously gave the parish €1330 as the result of the drama evening in February. Thank you to everyone concerned for their generosity.

Little Joey’s Creche and Montessori

Little Joeys Creche is looking to employ an experienced Early years educator to join our growing team.

The ideal candidate is someone who has a genuine love for children and wants to guide and educate the children for a promising future. This is a permanent full-time position The successful candidate must have Minimum QQI Level 5 in Early Years qualification.

We have fantastic working conditions, and our company is a home-from-home environment for our staff and children in which you and the children are treated with dignity and respect. Good communication skills and candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English

To apply please email Ericka to