Around the Districts: Bellewstown, Bettystown, Laytown and Mornington

Peter Milne (founder member of the Star and Crescent B.C.) celebrating his 90th birthday with members of County Louth Bridge (Baltray) and Star and Crescent Bridge club with County Louth bridge club President Valerie Breen and Star and Crescent Bridge club President Geraldine Healy and Gate Bridge club President Dave Doherty.

Drogheda Independent



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Drive in Bingo

The next Duleek-Bellewstown GFC Drive in Bingo Sponsored by The Bellewstown Inn is on Sunday 21st May at 3pm in Bellewstown racecourse. Bonus Jackpot €1600 in 47 calls or less or standard jackpot €1000



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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!

The village square in Bettystown has new water efficient planters. Our thanks to the Local Authority Waters Programme for the grant, under the Community Water Development Fund 2023, which enabled Bettystown Tidy Towns to purchase them for the village.

Our volunteers have already been busy planting up the planters using a mixture of farmyard manure and soil.

The grant is offered by the Local Authority Waters Programme Office on behalf of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

The new planters have water reservoirs. Special cords transfer the water from the reservoir to the plant by osmosis. To make the planters even more water efficient we fill them using harvested rain water.

Bettystown Tidy Towns were delighted to be awarded €600 from Meath Co. Co. towards the cost of street planters, wall planters and pole planters with plants.

Coláiste na hInse

The students in Maistir Gunnings and Maistir Martins TY Technology classes work for the term came to a head at their Advanced Manufacturing Semi Final last and two groups have progressed to the finals on the 19th May in Dublin. Well done all.

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

Well done to both Tadhg Walsh and Antonio Bozkaya who took part in Wexford in New Ross’s Tournament of 2023. Tadhg Walsh came away with the win against a good strong opponent.

Antonio Bozkaya boxed the lad he met previously in his Leinster finals this year great performances from both lads Anto just losing out. Great effort!

St. Colmcilles GAA, Pilltown Road

St Colmcilles lotto on Tuesday 9th of May was €6,400. The numbers drawn were 13, 23, 25, 26.

There was no winner of the jackpot and our two €50 winners were Bob Hannon, Mill Road and Stephanie Sanderson, online player.

The Jackpot is €6,500 on Tuesday 16th 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.

Well done to our Senior Men who continue their recent run of wins in the A League, most recently defeating Gael Colmcille away in Cilles. Their next outing is Tuesday 24th of May at home at 8pm, where we take on Ratoath. Best of luck to all involved.

A reminder to all that we are a Healthy Club in St Colmcilles 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 of 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 Colmcilles, 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

Condolences to the family and friends of Nesbitt Derek (Artane, Dublin, late of Hardwicke Street, Dublin 1 and Bettystown, Co. Meath). Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam .



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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.

Boat Security

Every year, particularly in the spring and summer, boats, boat trailers, outboard motors, electronic and safety equipment are stolen. There are several measures that can be taken to provide adequate security precautions to protect your valuable property and reduce the risk of theft. Although boat insurance is essential, it is not a substitute for improved security.

By improving your security measures, you will greatly reduce your risk of falling victim to a crime.

Family Resource Centre

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


Bee Keeping - Many people have considered keeping honeybees but have hesitated because they just don’t know what it entails.

Join Brendan Murray on Sunday the 21st and he will give you the basic information, including what to expect, how much time it takes, advantages and disadvantages, benefits, and problems, and how much it all costs.

Tickets can be purchased on just click the link below or purchase tickets in our Eco shop.

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

Thanks so much!

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

Meath Pilgrimage to Lourdes: The annual Meath Pilgrimage to Lourdes will travel on September 12th and will be led by Bishop Deenihan. There is a 4 night or 6 night option with Fares from €729 full board. Booking forms are now available from JWT Travel contact 01-2410800.

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock: will take place on 13th August accompanied by the Diocesan Choir. Further information to follow at later date.

World Youth Day 2023 (1st-6th August) will be celebrated in Lisbon, Portugal. It is a massive weeklong event, with Pope Francis, for young Catholics (aged 18-35) to gather and participate in from every corner of the world.

Follow & Facebook: Meath Diocese WYD. Watch this space for more info in the coming weeks. (See posters in both churches for more information). For more details see Cost €650 approx. All expenses included. To book contact

Sincere Sympathy

Condolences to the family and friends of Anne Wilde (née O’Hagan) Bar View, Crook Road, Mornington, Co. Meath. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam .

Meals on wheels

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.