A Bull Dog? Alan and Kerrie Martin with gorgeous golden retriever Kai (7) relaxing at the Bull statue in Market Square, Navan. PHOTO: SEAMUS FARRELLY

Countywide Notes: From Ardee to Trim


Archbishop Eamon Martin has announced clergy appointments for the Archdiocese of Armagh, which will take effect from 3rd October 2020. These include Fr Aidan Murphy, PP, Mullaghbawn (Forkhill), to be PE, AP, St Peter’s, Drogheda; Fr Seán McCartan, Chaplain to the Irish Defence Forces, also to be priest-in residence, Collon, assisting in the Parish of Ardee and Collon; and Fr Linos Dube, CC, St Peter’s, Drogheda, to return to his diocese in Zimbabwe.


The Conscious Consumption Communities Programme is a tailored training programme for the community in Athboy. The programme addresses the issues of responsible consumption and waste management, helping the community to take the next step.

Athbags Initiative is delighted to being this amazing opportunity to Athboy via three free zoom workshops. The first workshop is on Tuesday 6th October from 7pm and lasts for roughly 90 minutes. To join in this any subsequent meetings, simply contact Athbags for more details or to register interest via email athbagsinfo@yahoo.com or via Facebook to avail of the zoom link.


Bective GFC is holding its 10th anniversary Drive-in Bingo on Sunday 11th October at 3pm. Big prizes are up for grabs. All welcome.


Congratulations and best wishes to neighbours, Naomh Mairtin, who landed the club’s first ever Louth Senior Football Championship title, to take the Joe Ward Cup with a win over St Mary's, Ardee. It proves the old saying, 'deanann tatai maisteraich' or 'practice makes perfect’ Following defeats in 2018 and 2019, this one was not getting away from the Jocks. Everyone is delighted for this rural club and the players concerned. JP has finally got his medal, which could not happen for a nicer guy, both on and off the field.

Congratulations also to the Rathkenny/Slane combination who annexed the Minor Football Championship Division 4 title recently, at the expense of Ballinlough. A thrilling final by all accounts, with only three points in the difference at the final whistle. Comhghairdeas.


Meath Alzheimer Cafés are now being held on-line. The next Virtual Café will take place at 11am on Wednesday 7th October.

The speaker is Elizabeth Hughes, occupational therapist, Memory Technology Resource Room, who will give a talk on ‘Everyday Technologies at the Memory Technology Resource Room.’

All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome to join them. If anyone wishes to take part they should email: meathvirtualcafe@alzheimer.ie and they will receive an invitation to attend. There is no charge for this service.

Church Car Park Vigilance is being strongly advised as a car was broken into recently in the church car park. It is asked that all who use the car park be careful and not to leave any items on view in the car.

FÉILTE, one of the largest educational events in Ireland, took place online for the first time on Saturday. FÉILTE (the Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence) gives teachers the opportunity to collaborate and share their work with each other and with the wider public. Keynote speaker was Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Almost 100 different schools and education centres from across the country contributed to the event, either via a showcase, hosting a workshop, or coordinating a TeachMeet.

Amongst them was Dunshaughlin Community College in collaboration with Bingham Academy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Claire Tuttlebeee provided a live workshop titled ‘Giving Students a Voice: Restorative Practice in the Post-Primary School’; based on this year's FÉILTE theme of ‘Collaborating to Connect’. This workshop provided teachers with some tools for building empathy with students by implementing dialogue in the classroom, particularly when discipline problems arise.

Claire was looking at research-based practical tools teachers can work with to problem-solve with students in the post-primary classroom.


The Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies at St Angela’s College, Sligo congratulated three of their final year students on being highly commended in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare category of The Global Undergraduate Awards 2020.

The Global Undergraduate Awards is the world's leading academic awards programme which recognises top undergraduate work, shares this work with a global audience and connects students across cultures and disciplines. Highly commended entrants are recognised with a certificate of recognition, publication of their submission(s) on The Undergraduate Library, access to the UA Alumni Network and the opportunity to attend the UA Global Summit.

The award recipients include Maria Isabella Shankey whose titled paper was ‘The Factors That Influence Elder Abuse to Occur in The Long-Term Care Setting - A Literature Review

St Ciarán’s Community School is now accepting applications for 1st year in September 2021. Due to Covid restrictions they are unable to host an open night for incoming first years. The prospectus and application forms are available on the school website - www.stciaranscs.ie Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 23rd October. This deadline is absolute.

Line Dance Classes will commence on Friday 9th October in Kells Parochial School Hall (Navan Road) from 7.30 to 8.30pm. In order to manage numbers people are asked to ring (086) 871 1532 to register.

Public Health guidelines will be adhered to. Line dance classes continue in Girley Hall on Tuesdays from 8 to 9.15pm. HSE guidelines are adhered to.


The Drive-in Bingo on Thursday 8th October is at 6.30pm sharp. Masks must be worn. A jackpot of €700 must be won. A double book is €10, a single book is €7. The jackpot sheet is €3 and the ordinary sheet is €2. The snowball this week is worth €120. Thanks to all who are supporting the bingo. Thanks also to all own volunteers who work on the night.


Stackallen Tennis and Pitch and Putt Club is holding Drive-in Bingo on Sunday 11th October at 3pm in aid of Rathkenny and Stackallen NS. This event was postponed from March 2020. Tickets are €10 for a fun day for all the family. All previously sold tickets are valid.


On Sunday morning 26th September 1920, volunteers from the South Meath Division of the Old IRA attacked the RIC Barracks in Trim, now the Castle Arch Hotel, to obtain weaponry for their war of independence.

The dreaded Black and Tans in reprisal came back that evening and burned the centre of Trim including properties and homes in Market Street, High Street, Castle Street and the Town Hall.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the courageous attack by the IRA Volunteers, former independent councillor Phil Cantwell, stood at the front door of Trim Courthouse facing Market Street as it was in the 1920s and erected a tricolour and read The Proclamation to mark the occasion and concluded with a minute's silence out of respect for the volunteers. His stand at the courthouse on Saturday drew much interest from passers by and visitors to Trim.

Congratulations to the families of these children recently baptised in the parish: Aaron Treacy; David McDonnell; David Guy; Donncha Guy; Ava Ryan.

When the country locked down, La Leche League (LLL) breast feeding group responded, hosting its first virtual meeting on 18th March. Since then, there have been close to 200 meet-ups, almost daily, on a wide variety of platforms. Each virtual meet-up is guided by at least one internationally accredited La Leche League Leader, providing evidence-based, up-to-date information as well as practical support for mothers.

Trim/Summerhill La Leche League group is to host two on-line meetings every month. People can check out their Facebook page for details. Contact a local Group Leader any day for breastfeeding support – Sheila (046) 943 6712, Celine (086) 379 5715, Sarah (086) 377 9879 or Noeline (086) 805 3512. Details of virtual meetings can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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