Around the Districts: Ardee/Collon and Dunleer

Lann Léire U11 Girls recently playing away to Hunterstown Rovers Gfc last Thursday.

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Ruby Durnin is a winner

Two north-east primary schools werecelebrating as they were announced as the winners of the recent Setanta Wind Park art competition.

SSE Renewables ran the competition in celebration of the renamed Setanta Wind Park and to acknowledge the community feedback shared during public consultation across Louth, Meath East and North Dublin last year.

Fourth Class pupil Ruby Durnin from Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire, Ardee, Co. Louth and Ava O’Connell from Sixth Class in Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Laytown each won €3,000 for their school, to be used for the purchase of digital technology equipment.

Their artworks depicting folk legend Setanta were chosen as the winning entries.

Deirdre Sweeney, Principal, Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire, Ardee said: “Thanks to SSE Renewables for this IT funding which will be put to very good use in our school, and well done to our own Ruby Durnin who created such a beautiful artwork to submit to the competition. I also thank the class teacher Ms Mason for her work with the class preparing all their entries.”

SSE Renewables renamed the formerly known Braymore Wind Park to Setanta Wind Park last November based on local feedback that the existing name was not identifiable with the wider communities that the wind park covered.

The proposed Setanta Wind Park site is situated off the northeast coast of Ireland in the Irish Sea between Dunany Point in County Louth at its most northern point and Braymore Point in County Dublin and secured a foreshore licence to facilitate surveys of the seabed to enhance understanding of the prevailing conditions at the site. Once operational, Setanta Wind Park will be capable of generating up to 1GW of renewable energy, powering over 1 million homes and offsetting up to 1 billion kgs of carbon annually.

Mattock lotto

Numbers drawn are 1, 20, 21, & 25. €2,200 Jackpot not won. Two Match 3 winners are Aaron O@brien and John Killen. Next Jackpot will be €2,300. Our lotto draws take place on Monday at 8pm. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No. 3 Wine Bar and Restaurant.

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.


Ballapousta First Holy Communion on Saturday May 13th at 11am.

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

Ardee Celtic golf

Ardee Celtic are hosting a Golf Fundraiser with proceeds going to the Under 15 Team to help with the Gothia Cup trip. The Golf Fundraiser is Friday 19th May in Ardee Golf Club, €180 for team of 4.

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?



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Huge congratulations to all the children who celebrated their recent confirmations in the Dunleer and Togher parishes especially my son Aidan who was confirmed last Saturday May 13th

and also to Harry Martin St. Brigid’s N.S., Erin McCullough and James Matthews from St. Kevin’s N.S. all confirmed in St. Brigid’s Church Dunleer this Tuesday May 16th

Lann Léire GFA news

The LGFA Club are improving and going from strength to strength with the Lann Léire U11 Girls recently playing away to Hunterstown Rovers Gfc last Thursday May 11th.

The girls training is on every Tuesday 7 to 8pm and recruitment for any girls wanting to go try it out, you can contact the club on their social media platforms Facebook and IG LannLéire C.P.G

The club wishes to thank all their coaches, mentors, parents and players for their continued support and hard work.

Dunleer Golf Society

On May 6th 2023 the Dunleer Golf Society visited the Bellewstown Golf Course to find the course in great condition and the Clubhouse very welcoming. Only 22 members took part and they found the course challenging with the exception of Andrew Ward who amassed a fabulous 43 points. Andrew did tell us that he might have played there previously. The Event was sponsored by Sean and Lorraine Mulroy, Dunleer Inn and Andrew’s Overall Trophy was presented to him that evening in the Dunleer Inn. The other results were as follows:- 1st Cat 1 Stephen McDowell 31pts, 2nd Cat 1 Mark Churchill 31pts, 3rd Cat 1 Gerard Matthews 30pts, 1st Cat 2 Russell Gant 29pts, 2nd Cat 2 Jeanne Connolly 29pts, 3rd Cat 2 Ken Brady 28pts. Longest Drive Jeanne Connolly, Nearest the Pin Russell Gant and 2’s Peter Grogan.

The next outing will be Holywood Lakes on 3rd June 2023 and will be sponsored by Alan and Lorraine Shearman, Dunleer.

Dromin fundraisers

Annual Cycle or Walk in aid of Ardee Hospice Homecare takes place on June 17h 2023. You can Cycle the 60km (No Helmet No Entry) or there is a 7km walk.

BBQ afterwards until 2pm. Registration from 8.30am at the Village Saloon Dromin. Start time is 10am and Entry €30 is payable at registration.

Bucket collection

The Dromin Fundraisers will also be holding a bucket collection in Dunleer and Ardee on Saturday June 10th.

Dunleer & District Historical Society

The society is happy to announce the annual excursion this year will be to Armagh on Sunday, June 4th. Their first stop will be The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium where they will be treated to a guided tour of the Planetarium exhibition area, a science talk from an astronomer and a dome show. Afterward, they can walk around the lovely Georgian building which houses the Observatory opened by Archbishop Richard Robinson in 1790. Rokeby Hall, just outside Dunleer was built as the country residence for Richard Robinson, Lord Rokeby, Archbishop of Armagh. A buffet lunch will be provided at the Armagh City Hotel. In the afternoon they will visit the magnificent twin-spired R.C. Cathedral on the hill for a guided tour. They will finish with a walk around the Church of Ireland Cathedral where one point of interest is the plaque on the wall to mark where Brian Boru is buried. Itinerary; Bus leaving Dunleer 8.45 a.m. Sharp, 10.00 a.m. Planetarium Dome Show, Guided tour of Planetarium exhibition area, and science talk from an astronomer, p.m. Armagh City Hotel - Buffet Lunch, 2.30 p.m. Guided Tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral R.C, 3.30p.m Walk around C.o.l. Cathedral. €50 Per Person, Lunch included in price

Contact any committee member or call to the Dunleer library to book a place. You can contact Muriel on 0861556996

Dunleer to lourdes

Dunleer Parish annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from September 28th to October 3rd 2023, price is €775pps. Spiritual Director Michael Murtagh. Price Includes return direct flights Dublin/Tarbes (Lourdes), 20kg checked in bag, coach transfers to/from Lourdes airport, 5 nights in the 4* Hotel Paradis, Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, Services of a Marian Pilgrimages guide throughout, Mass daily and spiritual activities, all airport taxes and Local city taxes, Travel insurance upto 85 years (€20 extra for those over). Single room supplement €175. Only €100 deposit is required to book.

For further details contact or Parish office 041 6851278.

The garden of remembrance

The Garden is presently in progress and the completion date is 31st May 2023. The contract was given to John Douglas of Douglas Horticulture to complete the garden. It will be officially titled ‘ The Grace Gifford Plunkett Garden of Remembrance and Reflection.’ Grace was married to Joseph Mary Plunkett briefly before he was executed in 1916 at Kilmainham Gaol. The guidelines asked to be named after a Woman of the Revolution. It will be officially opened on Sunday June 25th 2023 at 3pm at the Garden of Remembrance on the Ardee Road.

Sponsored Walk

The Dunleer Tidy Towns hope to have a sponsored 5Km Walk on Saturday, May 27th at 11am from the Market House out the Cappoge Route and back in the Dromin Road. If you see us on the Street collecting for the Walk please donate to help the town build and prosper. Register on Volunteer Day Saturday April 2nd 2023 at 11am in the Market House, Main Street.

Lann Léire Draw

Results for 10/05/23 are 3, 12,22 and 28. No Jackpot winners however the weekly winners were Trisha Hand, Nicky Malone and Martin McGeough. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,500.


There is Badminton in the Lann Léire Pavilion every Wednesday and Thursday from 8pm to 9pm. It cost just €5 for the session, All are welcome to go along and try it.

Slimming World

Slimming World Dunleer group takes place in the Market House main street Dunleer every Wednesday at 6pm. The lovely Lynne is the consultant who has ten years experience. For further info you can contact Lynne on 0879839776 or just pop in.

Trad sessions

Scoraícht Lann Léire holds open Trad sessions every Tuesday evening at 7pm. For all info on events you can follow them on their facebook page; Scoraícht Lann Léire.

Set dancing

Set dancing classes take place in the Scoraíocht Hall, every Thursday night from 8 to 10pm. It is €8 pay as you go. Everyone is welcome for a dance and cup of tea. No experience needed.