Around the Districts: Ardee/Collon and Broomfield

Jamie and Jim Lally present Sam Mulroy, Louth’s man of the match in the Leinster final, with a 55-inch Toshiba TV sponsored by Lally’s Electrical.

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Park properly

People parking in spaces for those with disabilities or impaired movement is something that impacts on many towns.

I came across this post last week; “It’s with annoyance I post this: On Thursday I had an appointment in Ardee at 12.30. As most of you know I use a wheelchair so I decided to park in the square outside the Library in Ardee as there are 2 designated spaces for people who are disabled. One place was occupied by a car displaying their badge. The other space was occupied by a car with no badge. I decided to try the car park behind the Credit Union but there was a car parked on the roadway blocking the disabled places. The majority of people in Ardee are very kind and helpful but a small minority are like these two drivers and have no regard for people who need these places. Please think of others who can’t just park anywhere, it’s very lazy and inconsiderate. I missed my appointment because of these two drivers.”

The bottom line - think of others when you park.

Newtown under 8s

The Newtown United U8s are ready to compete for the season ahead and it is great to see Meade Farm provide them with a new kit.

Well done Chairman Brendan Weldon, Coaches Richie Sheehy and Eamonn O’Neill, the players and Philip Meade Jr.

D&A Blooms delight

D&A Blooms at Mellifont Abbey is a wonderful place, full of life and growth.

The summer bedding plants and the vegetable plants are ready to go! Call in and have a look. Plenty to see!

No.3 is number one!

Well done to No.3 Wine bar and restaurant in Collon who won the best in Leinster at the Food Awards Ireland. They went to the finals last week just delighted to be in the frame. What a win.

Sad death of Lorna

O’Flynn’s pharmacy in Ardee lost a wonderful member of the team last week, Lorna Gaynor.

As they remarked, “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Lorna Gaynor (née Corrigan) Let us remember Lorna for her warmth, kindness, and the beautiful memories she leaves behind. May her soul find eternal peace.”

Mattock lotto

Numbers drawn are 3, 6, 24, & 27. €2,300 Jackpot not won. €100 Match 3 winner is Martin Murphy. Next Jackpot will be €2,400. Our lotto draws take place on Monday at 8pm. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No. 3 Wine Bar and Restaurant.

DEFY store opens

Great to see a mid Louth firm on the rise. DEFY opened its new store at 29 Clanbrassil, Dundalk, last week and it’s a great spot.

Cairdre Rovers event

Cairde Rovers is a fundraising initiative launched by Hunterstown Rovers GAA club to raise money to develop their new pitch. All funds raised will go directly towards the cost of this development.

“To cater for the growing numbers attending our club at all age levels, we need to continue to develop our grounds and provide additional training facilities. We can only achieve this with your help and support,” the club say. “We are asking our members, friends, and supporters to become a member of Cairde Rovers and help shape the future of our club. Please contact Sean or Dessie for more information.”

Creative Writing Group

New members are invited to Ardee Library every Friday morning from 10.30am- 12noon, Beginner and experienced writers welcome. Text of whatsapp 087 069 0625. No cost involved.

Armagh Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

Saturday 3rd June leaving 8am from Ardee Church. To book a seat contact the Parish Office 041 685 0920, Mary 086 403 2364 or Tom 087 6345 259.

A day for John Devitt

In memory of their friend and teammate John Devitt, Ardee Rugby Club and John Mitchels GFC will be hosting a charity event of both Rugby and GAA.

They are calling for all players and friends to attend for an afternoon remembering and celebrating the life of John Devitt by playing the two sports he loved dearly and passionately.

It will be a great afternoon of rugby, football, music, food and fun. All proceeds on the day will be donated to SOSAD.

Date: Sunday the 4th June . Time: 2pm-5pm. Venue: Ardee Rugby Club, Townspark, Ardee

St Mary’s draw

The St Mary’s GAA draw - for a magnificent holiday - continues to attract great support, with plenty of celebrities giving it a shout out. Get your ticket now and be in to win the €20,000 prize or many other prizes. Will you take the holiday or the cash? Go onto the Mary’s Facebook page for more details.✈ߍ?

Mary Duff

Mary Duff and Friends Weekend takes place on 16th - 19th June 2023 at the Grand Hotel Llandudno. Contact Bev on 07949 202774 to book or for further information.ߎ?

Golf club restaurant

Ardee Golf Club’s restaurant is now officially under the management of the McManus family and has a new name and branding. The Fox Covert Restaurant is an exciting development for the club. For details of opening hours please go to;

The restaurant is open to members and visitors, and all are welcome. For bookings and further information, please contact our restaurant at 041 6853227 (select 4 for restaurant).



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Sincere Sympathy

Sincere sympathy to Patricia Moynagh and the Moynagh Family, and to all who are bereaved by the recent passing of Jim Moynagh RIP., Kilpatrick, Ardee. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Ar dheis De go raibh anam dilis.

Best Wishes

The best wishes of Broomfield and District Residents Association, and the Community is extended to all who are hospitalised or ill at this time. We wish you a speedy return to good health.

2023 Pride of Place

The Pride of Place Initiative and Awards is about recognising the work of Community Groups and Volunteers in county Meath. This year the categories are: Towns and Villages, Best Bee and Wildlife Friendly Garden, Green Community Amenity, Community Wellbeing Initiative, Youth Project, Age Friendly Initiative, Heritage Project, Best New Group, Best Shop Front, and Volunteer of the Year. Ideas welcome.

Broomfield Walking Group

Broomfield Residents Walking Group continue their Tuesday evening walks from 7pm. All welcome. Sunday walks continue all year round at 11am. The Monastery Grounds, Collon, Llittlewood, Slane and Oldbridge on alternate weeks. For further information contact Josie 086 4458108

Tae Kwon-Do Martial Art

Our Tae Kwon-Do classes will help ypour child to: Develop fitness, confidence and self-esteem. and Learn lifelong Martial Art skills. Weekly Tae Kwon-Do classes in Teach Raithneach, Collon, every Tuesday from 5 to 5.45pm. Suitable for boys and girls, aged 5 to 12 years. Contact Michael on 00353 860 320 219 or 0044 777 850 9583, or you can Email

Community Alert

Please be vigilant at all times, and report anything suspicious to the Gardai. Dial 999 or 112 for best results. The Broomfield & District Text Alert number is: 086 2193103. Please sign up to the Broomfield & District Text Alert System if you have not already done so. Also, please advise Community Members new to the District of the Text Alert System, and encourage them to sign up please

The Tumbling Paddies

The Tumbling Paddies provided the best of entertainment at the Military Museum in Starinagh on Sunday 14th May last. Great music and song from the get go.

Cardiac First Responders

The following Community Members were presented with their CFR Certificates recently: Colm Dillon, Amanda Devin, Breege Drew, Roisin Roche, Josephine Sullivan, Gerard Weldon, Robin Bellew, Grainne Weldon, Aideen Walker, Josephine Mongey, John Fitzsimons, Jessica Farrell and Joan Farrell. If there is sufficient further Community interest in another Cardiac First Responders Course, then please get in contact with any of the above to express your interest, or contact the Secretary on 087 2729154.

Art Group News

Teach Raithneach Art Group, a peer-led group, continues it’s activities for the Summer term on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.30pm Enquiries to Niamh 0878173073.


Both Pilates sessions are on-going on Thursdays 7-8pm, and Fridays (Chair Pilates) 10.30 to 11.30am. There are still plenty of places available, everyone welcome. Contact Olivia on 085 8001328, for Pilates related information

Green Kilometre/Pride of Place seek Volunteers

The Green Kilometre and Pride of Place, both Meath Co. Council Initiatives, are up and running. We need Volunteers to get involved. Please get in contact if you would like to help. Your involvement would be greatly appreciated.

TUS Vacancies

Tús is a Community based work placement scheme for people aged 18 and over. TUS participants work 19.5 hours per week in good quality local settings with a minimum weekly payment of €247.50, while retaining all secondary benefits. There are Tus vacancies locally with Broomfield and District Residents Association. If interested contact Tus Supervisor Kenny on 046 9280790. There are also a number of vacancies, both CE and TUS, with organisations based in Collon Village.

Meath PPN

For the most up-to-date information from the Meath Public Participation Network, contact the PPN Team in the first instance on or Email: m, where you will find lots of information and more.

Meath Local Sports Partnership

For the most up-to-date, MLSP information, give Lynn O’Reilly, a call on 046 9067887 or check out

Community Grants Scheme 2023

Broomfield and District Residents Association has secured €635 from Meath Co. Council’s Community Grant Scheme for 2023. It will plug a hole somewhere. Graciously accepted, thanks.

Space available

There is ample space available in Teach Raithneach for all types of Fitness and Well-being Classes and Activities. Tutors/Instructors in these types of activities, please take note. Are there any, Music Teachers out there who would be interested in teaching how to play a musical instrument at Teach Raithneach? Contact the Secretary on 087 2729154 for further information. The Teach Raithneach Eircode is A92 W283.

Sheepdog Trials

The Ballymacan Sheepdog Trials are set to take place on Sunday 16th July. More information closer to the date. Time to get Rover, Rex and Roxy match fit!

Keep in Touch!

Please keep in contact with your relatives and neighbours, especially the elderly, and those living alone, and do what you can to help. A phone call will always be welcome.

Contact Broomfield and District Residents Association Secretary on 087 2729154. Please check out the Broomfield & District Residents Association Facebook page.