Around the Districts: Monasterboice and Termonfeckin

Four fine young men who made their First Holy Communion in Tenure recetntly: Finn McCabe, Nate O’Sullivan, Roland Harty and Sam Cummings.

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Drumshallon Forge

Drumshallon Forge Ltd (Drumshallon Forge Heritage Centre) will hold it’s Annual General Meeting tonight (Wednesday 24th May) at 8.30pm in The Forge Hall.

Separately, a Social Dance with the music man himself , the fabulous Robert Brown, will happen in The Forge, on Friday next, 28th May. Supper served, with the admission only €10. Sounds like a fantastic evening.

Also, Creative Writers are still meeting every Thursday morning at 10.30am . All levels welcome. Cost is €5 which includes tea and cake.

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...


Not long left til Naomh Mairtin’s Community Funday on June Bank Holiday Monday, 5th, details of which I promise to bring you next week, so, keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Mullary Cemetery Lotto.

Results Saturday 13th May: Winners were Cathleen Black and The Molloy family.

N.Mairtin Lotto

Results 17-05-2023: No: 06,09,12,25,Jackpot not won, €3,900 this week. Match 3 numbers winner, Liam Drew, Cliona McCann, Conor Whelan, this week wins or shares €150. Buy your tickets at the usual outlets or play online.


New deadline

Please have all information with me by 8pm on Thursday evenings at or contact or text 087-2486472. Any news or interesting items welcome in this column.

Green Initiatives

The Parish Finance Committee has been examining the possibility of using Solar Power in the Parish. It will now become a reality as Solar Panels will be installed behind the Parochial House which will supply Solar Power to both the Parochial House and the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The work will be undertaken by Lennon Solar and is expected to begin in the next few days. While staying with all matters green, well done to the 6th Class children from both Parish Schools who have embraced an Irish Bishops “Greening Initiative” which will see them involved in a project to plant wildflower seeds on Parish grounds. Ground to the side of both Parish Churches has been set aside for this purpose with plaques to identify them. Certainly this will enhance the beauty of the Church grounds. There will also be resurfacing of the car park at the Church of the Immaculate Conception over the Summer months and parking spaces will be lined out.

Funding for Footpath Extension

Funding is available that will result in the extension of the footpath at Strand Road, Termonfeckin. It is understood that €255,000 has been awarded from the Community Recognition Fund to extend the footpath. The Community Recognition Fund is a major initiative designed to specifically support communities across Ireland that are hosting people from Ukraine and other countries. According to local Labour Cllr. Michelle Hall who has welcomed the funding, it has been allocated across all local authorities based on the number of new arrivals located there. Cllr Hall says the Seapoint Footpath was the first project she started as a Councillor and hopefully enough funding now will see it completed for accessibility for pedestrians, buggies and wheelchair users to Seapoint Beach.

St. Fechin’s Lotto

There was no winner of the jackpot. The numbers were 2, 9, 15 and 17. The winner of €100 was Ronan O’ Gorman. €20 winners were Aine Mc Geown, Maeve Joyce, Shane Winters, Michelle Cooper and Michael Holcroft. The jackpot is worth €2,200. Thanks as always to Madden’s Centra for their very valued sponsorship and to all who support the Lotto. Tickets are available in the Post Office, at the Clubhouse gate or on the online lotto app.

St. Fechin’s GAA

St. Fechin’s will host “Lá na gClubanna’’ a Family Fun Day on Sunday May 28th. This will be a great day of entertainment featuring stalls, childrens races, music, food and there will also be a “Pride of the Parish” Tag Gaelic competition where townland will be against townland for a chance to win bragging rights and the Mooney Perpetual Cup. St. Fechin’s will also hold a Summer Camp which takes place on August 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 10am to 2pm daily. Naturally there was big excitement in the build up to the Leinster Final as Senior Louth players Paul Matthews and Bevan Duffy had a meet and greet at Pairc Naomh Feichin giving many young players the chance to wish them well for what was described as an historic occasion. With Dublin winning out and maybe it was a hard ask, can we just congratulate the Louth team on their endeavours this year and what is to come and to Mickey Harte for what he has done for County Football. The County Colours were certainly out in force at Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Sandpit given that Paul Matthews is a former pupil and he also took time to visit the School. There were plenty of football fixtures with the Senior Men getting a victory of Sean O’Mahony’s. The Senior Ladies had a draw against St. Mochtas. The U15 Boys enjoyed a win over Glen Emmets while there was disappointment for the U14 girls against a O’Raghallaighs/Oliver Plunketts combination team. The U11 team took on near neighbours Dreadnots, the U8 Girls got a chance to display their skills in a Blitz hosted by St. Joseph’s while the U10 Boys held their own Blitz and gave a great display of skill against a number of other County Clubs. There was plenty of Hurling action with St. Fechin’s winning against Carrickmacross Emmets Hurling in the Tain Og Hurling League. The U15 Hurlers won the Louth Feile against Knockbridge and now will represent Louth in the National Feile next month. The adult Hurlers also had a win against Knockbridge in the Colm Geary League. Well done to the U9 Hurlers who got to show off their skills in a Blitz hosted by St. Joseph’s and gave a great account of themselves against a number of teams. In Camogie there were wins for the U12 Camogs against Blackrock/Na Piarsaigh and Castleblayney. Well done to the Louth U14 Camogie team who have made it 3 wins out of 3 against Westmeath, Wicklow and Laois. The G4M&O, Gaelic for Mothers & Others takes place on Tuesday evenings and the Dads & Lads on Wednesday evenings. As part of the Healthy Club Initiative, St. Fechin’s invites participants to the Fechin Walkers and Talkers Group which takes place on Thursday mornings from 10.30am. This is open to all Senior members of the community. Social membership of St. Fechin’s is required for this which costs €40. For further information, contact Geraldine at 086-1072018. St. Fechin’s will hold a Half Marathon and 4 Mile Race on Sunday July 16th. The cost to enter the Half Marathon is €40, €15 for the 4 Mile and the cost is €40 for a family to take part in the 4 Mile. Registrations is now open at #run #halfmarathon2023 St Fechins GAA or If you would like to sponsor this event please email or contact Peter at 083-8796370 The“Men on the Move”programme takes place twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. St. Fechin’s are looking for new players of all ages and levels of experience. If anyone is interested, contact for further details. St. Fechin’s have also recently formed an Active Retirement Group “Fechin -Go for Life” which operates on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 11.30am. This is for those who are 55 years or over and will run for a 4 week period having started yesterday. It involves exercise, activities and games in the Community Centre. The time is from 10am to 11.30am and the cost is €5 per week. If you would like to join the Active Retirement Group, membership is €15 which lasts up to the end of December 2023.

Community Centre Events and Classes

Plenty of events and classes are taking place in the St. Fechin’s Community Centre on a weekly basis. Body Design with Agne is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6.30pm -7.30pm. Contact Agne on 085-7891029 or visit her on Facebook Classes with Louise are on Monday mornings and evenings, 9.30am and 7.30pm. Slimming World with Paula is on Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. To join Paula’s class, please call 086-8507051.Fit Kids and Fit Teens, Hip Hop Classes with Jacinta and her team are on Wednesdays. The first class is from 4:30pm to 5:30 m, for children aged from 4 to 7. The second class is at 5:30 pm for ages 7 to 16. Contact Jacinta on 086-2685280. Social Dancing Classes are on Wednesday evenings with Patricia and Pat from 8pm to 10pm. These classes cost €10 per night, pay as you go.

Religious Ceremonies

Weekday Masses are at 9.30am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and also 9.30am on Wednesdays in the Church of the Assumption. Eucharistic Adoration from the Church of the Immaculate Conception is on Monday evenings from 7 to 8pm. The Parish Office is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 1pm. All notices for inclusion in the Parish Newsletter should be submitted before 10.30am on Thursdays. Mass Cards for a variety of intentions are also available in the Parish Office. Masses from the Church of the Immaculate Conception and Church of the Assumption can be viewed on the Parish website and

Rosary During May

Praying of the Rosary has taken place at the different Parish Grottos on Thursdays at 7.30pm during the month of May. The Rosary this week is on Thursday May 25th at the Grotto in the grounds of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.


Our congratulations to the children from Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Sandpit who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Saturday. No doubt they, their parents and teachers had a great day. This Saturday it will be the turn of the children from Scoil Naomh Feichin.

Blessing of the Graves

The annual Service of Blessing will take place on Sunday August 13th. The Service in Holy Cross Cemetery, Sheetland Road is at 3pm and the Service in the Old Cemetery is at 4.30pm.

Seapoint Pitch & Putt

Seapoint’s Father and Son members Gerry Breen Senior and Junior had a great win in the recent Leinster Scotch Foursomes in Kilbeggan. They won the 36 Gross prize with 88 strokes which earned them 94 Stableford points. To win a provincial title is a magnificent achievement and the club is very proud of their fantastic achievement.

The Club had an 18 Gross competition the previous weekend and the scoring was impressive in the calm conditions.The winners and runners up were as follows. Senior-Pat Greene 44, Feichin Rath 45. Inters-Eamon Furlong 47 ob9 23, Paul Cooney 47. Juniors- Nicky McCann 54 ob9, Con McGinley 54. Ladies-Marlo Everitt 52, Ann Ward 53. Well done to the winners. Last weekend’s competition was an 18 Gross.


For any information on different courses and events, contact 041-9822119 or 041-9822478, the An-Grianan website or email Private and corporate functions can also be accepted including Weddings and Civil Ceremonies. Other facilities at An-Grianan include The Sanctuary (Self Catering Bungalows) and a Cookery School. The Irish Harp Festival runs from June 25th – 30th.

The Annual Garden Party is set for July 7th. The An-Grianan Garden Centre is open from 10am to 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sundays.

Termonfeckin ICA

New members are always welcome. For further information, please phone 041-9822040 or 041-9881223.

Termonfeckin Celtic F.C.

A Summer Camp will be held from July 17th -21st from 10am to 1pm daily. For further details, log on to There is a discount code if booking for 2 children which is TCFC02. If anyone is interested in any of the Termonfeckin Celtic events, please contact the Club at 086-1671583, through facebook or


Contact 086- 2747474 to report any suspicious activity. BALSANTER is the eyes and ears of our community. This service is also linked to An Garda Siochana. It is disturbing to hear reports of cars being broken into by a gang and it is understood that one car was stolen but cut out on the culprits as it was electric. BALSANTER is a vital local service and please use it if you see anything that looks even slightly suspicious.


The excitement mounts as preparations continue for the Golfing Legends Tour which takes place at Seapoint Golf Club from June 22nd to 25th as well as the Wapp Travel Insurance Celebrity Series. Seapoint will also hold its Junior and Intermediate Scratch Cups ahead of these events on June 5th.


Boxercise Classes for all ages and abilities are held every Tuesday at Tredagh Boxing Academy based at An-Grianan from 6.50pm to 7.50pm and every Thursday from 8pm to 9pm. This involves a full body workout with all the training of a boxer without the physical contact. For further details, contact 087-9944799.