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Michael Pentony’s daring bravery


Matt Durkee

Matt Durkee

Sr Ursula and the MMM team in Ghana

Sr Ursula and the MMM team in Ghana

Matt Durkee

Matt Durkee


Matt Durkee


TIME to put the name of Michael Pentony back into the headlines. We reported in July 1965. “Mr. Michael Pontony of 51, Trinity Gardens. Drogheda, who jumped into the cab of a runaway lorry at George’s Street last September and stopped the vehicle before it could cause damage, was awarded a bravery certificate by the Mayor. Ald. Peter Moore at the July meeting of the Corporation.

The Mayor told Mr. Pcntony that he would like to congratulate him on behalf of the Council and the people of Drogheda for “ this very wonderful act of bravery. It was very much appreciated,” said the Mayor, “ and we know that it is only what we have come to expect from a brother of the late Harry Pentony, who served as a Councillor on this Corporation for many years and did so much for the town during those years.”

Mr. Pentony said that he was very honoured at having received this certificate from the council and he added, “I would like to thank “The Drogheda Independent” who helped towards getting this certificate and also the sergeant of the Gardal who was very kind at the scene of the accident.

“When the driver died at the wheel of a milk lorry in Steptember last, the vehicle rolled downhill towards George’s Square. Mr. Pentony dashed 100 yards, caught up with the lorry, ran to the door of the vehicle and managed to halt it.”

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Matt is a Cilles man

THE St. Colmcilles GAA Club are a great bunch and certainly do their bit to foster great community relations.

I see they had a great piece recently on Cilles and Meath fan Matt Durkee. Matt’s family left this area in the 1840’s and during Covid he decided to trace his roots. “With the assistance of the guys at the We Are Meath podcast Matt found out that he was a Cille and he has since become a member and regular lotto participant.” He sent them a photograph of himself at the top of Wheeler Peak, New Mexico (13,161ft) whilst wearing his Meath jersey and Cilles Beanie Hat!
John McGahon and Antonio were stars

A little piece from May 1984: “Last week-end was a very rewarding one for young boxers from Co. Louth when they took part in the All-Ireland finals and came home as champions. In the under-19 grade, Derek McKenna (Kilkerley) and Derek Hickey (Philipstown) were very impressive when they outboxed their respective opponents to gain points wins.

In the youths section mid-Louth boy, John McGahon (Padre Pio, Dunleer) had some very fine wins on his way to the final especially a very spectacular knockout in the last half minute of the semifinal. He boxed really well in the final to win on a points decision.

At the end of the championships it was announced that John McGahon and Antonio Floody (Drogheda) had been picked to represent Ireland in a three day international against England, Scotland and Wales in Galway from May 18, 19 and 20.”

Schoolgirls league finals

THERE promises to be a great day out at Oriel Park on November 7th. The Louth Schoolgirls League host their U11 and U13 Cup and Shield finals. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Upstate’s great show

Upstate Theatre Project and An Tain Art Centre are proud to present Women of Independence, a presentation of the real-life experiences of four Irish women during the War of Independence through a cast of community actors. Tickets are on sale for the online event (Friday 3rd December, 8pm) and the live screening (Sunday 5th December, 8pm). Tickets are €10 (plus €1.50 booking fee).

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Decade of Centenaries, Department of Culture, Creative Ireland and Create Louth.

Sr Ursula leads the MMMs

THE very best of luck to Sr Ursula Sharpe. She is the new Congregational Leader of the MMMs, after serving as Community Leader of the Motherhouse in Drogheda.

After her 13 years of service as the Leader, Sr. Siobhan Corkery turned over the role to Sr. Ursula following a vote of delegates at the Congregational Chapter meeting held in Accra, Ghana. Delegates representing the four areas where MMM presently: Europe, the Americas, East and Central Africa and West Africa came together for a transformative meeting to discuss the future directions of the MMMs and decide who the future leaders would be as required by the Constitution of the MMMs.

The new Leadership team headed by Sr. Ursula and will include: Sr. Maria Gonzaga Namuyomba- Assistant Congregational Leader, Sr. Clara Chikwana- Councillor and Sr. Rose Mogun – Councillor

Amazing that all this was inspired by a woman who built the Lourdes Hospital.…

Clare’s new video hope

CLARE Cunningham from Collon is one of our greatest musical exports (she lives in Nashville) and she has just launched a Go Fund Me to try and make her dream of producing a video for her award winning song, ‘Clovers’ .

The song was released in May of this year and since then it’s already taken home ‘Best alternative Song’ at the World Songwriting Awards and was a Semi-finalist at the Unsigned Only music competition 2021. It features on her latest EP, ‘Dear Ireland’ which is available worldwide.

“The song is a very personal, pivotal song in finding a better place in life, after being through some very dark times, and navigating life again through the help of re-establishing faith. Life is a journey but certainly a better one with the Lord in my corner! As a mental health advocate, I feel it’s my duty to use this platform to be the voice of reason, inspiration and hope for those who can’t/won’t talk and de-stigmatize suppression. Because I have been given a gift to do this I want to help those who are suffering right now and raise awareness on the fact that we are never alone in this world. Any help, big or small is so appreciated and I love you all and thank you for always being here with me on this journey!,” she stated.♥

Peadar Halpin, league chairman️

DROGHEDA man Peadar Halpin was elected Chairman of the League of Ireland in 1965. His sister was Mrs. Eileen Summervllle (Lena Halpin) of Stockwell Street.

After the War of Independence, Mr. Halpin moved to Dundalk to work in a brewery and was associated with senior soccer in that town for a long number of years, serving as chairman for 16 terms. He is a brother of Thomas Halpin, who was murdered by the Black and Tans and an uncle of Mr. Oliver Halpin of Cement Ltd., Drogheda.