Around the Districts: Broomfield, Duleek and Monasterboice

Aine Walsh, David Gough, Dusty Flanagan, PatCoffey, Terry Collins and Caoimhe Mulroy at the launch of the new Boyne Valley Camino walk signs in The Marcy Hotel. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Drogheda Independent



Contact Gerard on 087/2729154 or E-mail: if you have an item for this Column, please submit to me by 12 noon on Fridays, as the deadline for submission is 1pm on Friday, please note the change. The same deadline applies on Bank Holiday weekends.

Get in contact please if you have a bit of news for this column! Thanks for your co-operation as always.

Sincere Sympathy

Sincere Sympathy to Bernadette Mc Donnell and Family and to all who are bereaved by the recent passing of Donal Mc Donnell RIP., ‘Hillside’ Ardee Street, Collon. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Ar dheis De go raibh anam dilis. Donal had just turned 90 a short time before his passing. A kind and thoughtful gentleman, Donal attended the Tir na N-Og Active Retirement Group in Teach Raithneach for many years, and contributed handsomely to its activities. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed around Collon and further afield.

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.

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.

Active Ageing Event

The Active Ageing Event held on Friday 5th May last was disappointing, with a very poor attendance on the night. The CFR Certificates and May Bush Prizes were presented at the event.

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.

Next Social Dance

The next Social Dance in Teach Raithneach (A92W283) will be on Friday 19th May starting at 9pm, with Ray Murtagh providing the music. Raffle and light refreshments served. Everyone welcome.

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 have resumed on Thursdays 7-8pm, and Fridays 10.30 to 11.30am. There are still plenty of places available, everyone welcome. Contact Olivia on 085 8001328, for Pilates related information

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.


Contact me

If you have any news or items for this column, please contact me by e-mail or phone 086-3131708. Please have all information to me by 7pm on a Thursday for the following Wednesdays paper.

Duleek Fair Day

Stalls for Duleek Fair 2023 are now available. If you are interested please send us an email and we will send you the details. Stalls only on Sunday 18th June Cost of the 3×3 stall is €25.

We provide space only so you will need to take your own gazebo, tables and chairs. Please share among your friends.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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

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.

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.

Parenting Talk

Dr Mary O’Kane Starting ‘Big School’ Parenting Talk, Tuesday 6th June at 7.30pm in the Duleek Courthouse. To book your free place, please email with your name and phone number.

Your child is starting ‘Big School’ in September, this means new experiences, new friends, and a whole new identity as a Junior Infant. Naturally you want to support them in making this transition a success. How should you best prepare your child for this major transition in their lives? In this session, Dr Mary O’Kane offers some very practical advice on the most important skill sets for children during this transition, and how best to support your child over the summer in developing these skills.

June Classes “Sound Bath Meditation” Tuesday’s 13th 20th and 27th June from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Duleek Courthouse. Must be booked in advance.

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.

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.

Duleek AFC lotto

Results 10/ 5 / 2023: Jackpot €4.000; Numbers drawn 10 - 19 - 23 - 30; No jackpot winner; 4 Drawn winners; €20 each: L.Holden - C.Byrne - Martin Seery - J.O’Leary

Draw every Wednesday 7pm in clubhouse;

Next draw Wednesday 3rd May; Tickets available from any committee member. All weather pitch available to hire; Further info re 086/1662018;


Any news

If you have any Monasterboice related news, in the form of text or pictures, please don’t hesitate to send them on to or 0862039501, for publication in this column.

Well done and happy retirement...

All of the above and many more felicitations to Ann Philips and Fiacra Bell who both have recently announced their imminent retirements as principals of their respective schools in the parish, namely, St Bhuithe’s in Tenure and St Patrick’s in Harestown. Ann has been the consummate stalwart in Tenure since 1982 (Principal for the past 5 years) and her professionalism, together with more than generous portions of compassion and understanding has positively shaped copious young lives in the parish. Absolute ditto for Fiacra, a man of great vision an innovation. By co hosting, year after year, The Down Syndrome Ireland Ice Cream Party he enriched so many, many special lives. A big thank you for this, Fiacra and your committee, on behalf of myself and all that I have the pleasure to work with.

Again, Ann and Fiacra, take a bow for a job very well done. A job that had obviously become a labour of love and pls God, let your retirement be as lengthy and enjoyable as your current gig.

First Holy Communions.

Totally related, congrats to all pupils in St Bhuite’s who made their First Holy Communion, in georgous weather, on Saturday last. Let’s have more of the same for St.Patrick’s, to be Communicants, on Saturday next.

Drumshallon Forge AGM.

Drumshallon Forge Ltd (Drumshallon Forge Heritage Centre) will hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 24th May at 8.30pm in the Forge Hall.

Forge news,

Next Social Dance will be held on Friday 26th May . Music by Robert Brown.

Dance classes continue every Monday evening at 8.30pm and also at 11.00 am on Monday mornings. Learn how to dance in a fun way. It is also a fantastic form of exercise.

Other classes ;

Sunday morning yoga at 9.30am with Sharon,

who also has a yoga class at 6.45pm on Thursday eves.

Pilates and separate ladies weight lifting with Sara on Tuesdays at 9.30am and 7.00pm and Fridays at 9.45 am.

Yoga with Miriam on Wednesdays at 7.00pm and Fridays at

Craft club with Teresa on Tuesdays at 11.00am

Creative writing on Thursdays at 10.30am with singing for pleasure at 8.00pm.

So, don’t ever say there is nothing on...

Mullary Cemetery Lotto.

Saturday April 29th. Winning no was 33. Winners were Cathleen Dunne and Nicola Flood.

Saturday May 6th. Winning no was 9. Winners were Tracey Glass and James Flood.

Naomh Mairtin Funday.

Naomh Mairtin are currently preparing for a Community Funday on June Bank Holiday Monday, 5th, details of which will be incrementally released anon, on relevant media outlets including this particular avenue. So, keep your eyes and ears peeled.

N.Mairtin Lotto

Results 10-05-2023 No: 07,08,09,18, Jackpot not won, €3,800 this week. Match 3 numbers winner, Edel & Graham Matthews, Eddie & Joan Gray, this week wins or shares €150. Buy your tickets at the usual outlets or play online. If your not in you can’t win.