Around the Districts: Ardee/Collon, Dunleer and Stamullen

It was a great day for Cu Chulainn Blood Bikes as they launch Cu Chulainn Blood Bikes second new van with the continuous support from Malones Toyota Drogheda/Navan. The van has also been fitted with a refrigerator system. helping to keep human milk cool as it's transported from the Human Milk Bank to NNUs (Donors to the Human Milk Bank).

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Mattock lotto

Numbers drawn are 17, 19, 22, & 31. €2,100 Jackpot not won. €100 Match 3 winner is Pat Gaffney. Next Jackpot will be €2,200. 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.

Collon Confirmation on Friday 12th May at 11.00am

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?

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).



All Dunleer parish news big and small welcome via email or you can pm me on Facebook. Please note that the weekly deadline for submissions is 10am every FRIDAY morning, anything sent later might not get in until the following week.

Rathescar Lake public meeting

Rathescar Lake public meeting takes place this Wednesday May 10th at 8pm in St. Kevin’s Community Centre.

Go along and hear plans for development of Rathescar lake and have your say in how the Local Community can get involved

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 03/05/23 are 4,11,26 and 28. No Jackpot winners however the weekly winners were Mixie Monaghan, Mal Callan and Colm Hoey. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,400.


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.

Dunleer CE vacancies

The Louth Connect Community Employment Scheme has numerous vacancies in Dunleer and surrounds. These are developmental opportunities, no experience necessary. Accredited training will be given towards your career path. Eligibility to participate on CE (Applicants must be in receipt of an Irish social welfare payment for one year or more and over 21. For information on the vacancies you can log onto their facebook page and also email your CV to: or phone 0858558175.

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.


In Memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Christopher (Christy) Smith, late of Rockville Beamore Road in Drogheda and formerly of the Stamullen Road in Gormanston who passed away suddenly at Beaumont Hospital on Sunday April 23rd last. Following his Funeral Mass at St. Patrick`s Chapel in Stamullen Village on Friday April 28th , Christy`s remains were cremated at Dardistown Crematorium in North Dublin.

Dog Fouling

I know: I have raised this issue a couple of times before in the Stamullen Notes. Why do some people take their dog out for a walk and when the animal relieves themselves, their owner will be seen to collect up the dog poo and deposit it into a proper content bag and then deposit same into a dog-fouling waste bin. However, I notice a lot more in recent times that people are being seen to collect up the dog droppings but, when further along the road they are depositing the the contents onto the beautiful natural hedgerows around our community and across the rural landscape on the outskirts of Stamullen Village. Some of the dog-poo that has been thrown onto the hedgerows was not even placed into the correct compostable bags, but was placed in small no-compostible bags, resulting in the unsightly mess lying on the hedgerow, often for months. Another problems with dogs in the area is that, it appears that more and more people are out walking on the lovely strand at Gormanston and they allow their dogs off the lead to ramble at will all over the beach; sometimes running at other dogs that are on leads and getting into fights with other dogs, which in turn is both scaring people and causing non-sensical and unavoidable arguments between folk as a result.

Dunderry Fair

The Great Dunderry Fair will take place on Sunday next, May 14th from 11am until 6pm. Old Crafts, Vintage displays, old Country Sport displays, Rare animals, along with music, fun and craic at the Fair of Dunderry, hopefully the good weather will prevail throughout the day.

Walk n Talk

Presented by Community Historian, Brendan Matthews; the first Walk n talk `History & Heritage Tour` of Drogheda 2023 will take place on Wednesday evening, May 17th beginning at 7.30pm on the Green Space area at the top of Magdalene Street adjacent to Magdalene Tower. Brendan will recall the visit to the Magdalene Tower by William Wilde, father of Oscar Wilde, in 1849. The Walk n Talk Tour will then proceed down King Street to the former Christian Brothers School, now Scholars Restaurant, where he will tell the fascinating tale on John Philip Holland, who was the inventor of the first real submarine. The Tour will then walk down to the lower end of King Street where Brendan will speak about the building of the new Technical School in 1936 and how it enlightened this particular area of Drogheda. The Walk n Talk will then move the short distance to the location of the old Presbyterian Church at Palace Street where the tale of the building of this Church will be told. The walk n Talk will then finish up at the spectacular St. Lawrence Medieval Town Gate. There is no Charge for this event; however, Donations for the continued Research & Study of Community History will be greatly received on the evening.