Around the districts: Ardée/Collon and Broomfield


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Putting Ardee on the map

A nice little story from 1966 when Ardee wanted its place on the map.

“The brochures published by the Eastern Regional Tourism Organization Ltd. contain little or no mention of Ardee, which annoyed the curators.

The issue was raised at the monthly meeting by Mr. Malone, who produced some of the publications prior to the meeting. There was great importance given to other parts of Louth and adjoining areas, including what has been referred to as the country of Cuchulainn. But the only reference to Ardee was that it was the scene of the famous Cuchulainn/Ferdia battle. Publications officials were aware the fight took place “at a place called Ardee, but otherwise we don’t seem to be getting any mention,” Malone added.

The president said Ardee has a lot to offer tourists.

Mr. Thorne said Ardee was put on the map in this regard a few years ago thanks mainly to the work of Father Maclvor, Mr. O’Flynn and other members of the Ardee sub-branch of the Co Louth Archaeological Society. Ardee was steeped in history.

Miss Taaffe—We had plates when no one in the county had. Mr Kerr said tourists would want to keep their feet dry (a reference to the earlier Ardee flood debate).

It was agreed to invite the newly appointed tourism officer for Louth, Mr Burke, to a public meeting in Ardee, with the town clerk indicating that she had already spoken to him and that he was ready to come.

Blessing of the Graves

Collon Sunday 4th September 11am and Old St Mary’s Sunday 4th September 6pm.

Drawing of Sean McDermott’s tractor

Congratulations to Collon Vehicle Dismantlers who generously donated the fantastic 1st Prize in Sean McDermott’s GAA Club Vintage Jubilee Tractor Draw for the 75th year.

The company is currently run by Gary Myles, whose father was a strong supporter and active member of the Sean’s committee.

The Tractor – An International B250 has been in Gary’s family for many years, although it was not used.

The restoration gave the tractor a new life. Tickets are on sale now for €10 one or 3 for €20. Online tickets – Draw date: Saturday, October 8 ???

Preparing for Seamie Weldon’s race

The Seamie Weldon 5K, promoted by Ardee and District AC, will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 3. All are welcome to walk, jog or run.

There are great medals and t-shirts for the participants. ɸ? ɸ?

The Couch to 5K has started but it’s not too late to give it a shot… Join the team every Monday and Wednesday from 7 p.m. at the Fairgreen.

Pickaxe Lotto

Lotto numbers are 7, 9, 14, 15. Jackpot not won. The winners of match 3 (€50 each) are Kay Taaffe and Dessie Morgan. The next jackpot will be €14,000. Mattock Rangers Lotto is sponsored by No 3 Wine Bar and Restaurant

Apps for young people

Ardee Youthreach is now accepting applications for the new academic year 2022/23. Call the Ardee Business Park center or call the center phone at 086-8222700

Priest Details

Contact details of the parish priest of Ardee/Collon: Canon Murphy, PP VF, Hale St .- Tel 041 685 0920, Fr McCartan, Collon – Tel 041 982 6106

Rosary in the Church of Ardee

The Rosary is prayed daily at Ardee Church at 2:30 p.m.

RCNE kayak event

Rape Crisis North East (RCNE) is thrilled to announce its first kayak fundraising event: Splash Out! Come paddle for a good cause, taking place on Lake Blessington in County Wicklow on Saturday August 27, 2022.

Paddlers will depart from Russelltown Bay at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday August 27 to begin their 10 kilometer journey on Lake Blessington, ending at Avon Beach. Participants can bring their own kayaks or rent equipment from Poulapouca Paddlers.

Price per paddler €25 with own kayak and €45 with rental kayak.

To register online and for more information, please visit the RCNE website and their event registration page for details.

Mitchels couch at 6k

Couch to 6K began on the grounds of the John Mitchels Club in Ballybailie. Training will continue every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7-8pm, for seven weeks in preparation for a fun 6K run/walk on Sunday September 25th.



Contact Gérard at 087/2729154 or E-mail: [email protected] if you have an article for this section whose deadline is 10 a.m. on Monday morning, Friday on holiday weekends. Contact us and connect please! Thank you for your cooperation as always.

Best wishes

Best wishes from the Broomfield & District Residents Association, and extended community to all who are hospitalized or ill at this time. We wish you a speedy return in good health.

Heritage Week

To celebrate National Heritage Week 2022, the Broomfield and District Residents Association organized a heritage walk from Teach Raithneach, Starinagh to the former Mellifont Abbey on Saturday 20 August.

Leaving at 11am from Teach Raithneach, participants were given a map of the walk to the ancient Abbey of Mellifont, which was the first Cistercian foundation in Ireland, dating from 1142 AD. The map provided indicated places of historical interest along the route including: the Patron Tree 1649 AD and Ballinacarraige Wood, linked to the infamous bandit, Collier the Robber. Further on is a farmhouse synonymous with the Plan de Campagne evictions of the 1890s. The Holy Well of St. Columcille, dating from around 550 AD (not visible from the road), Hurcle Hill, the medieval village of Doe (Hurcle) and Mellifont Abbey itself. On arriving at Mellifont Abbey the group saw a very informative talk and demonstration on beekeeping by Paddy Gorman of Bee Wise. After some light refreshments, the group enjoyed a lecture on the history of the ancient Abbey of Mellifont, from its establishment in 1142 AD to the present day, by tour guide Nicola. All in all, it was a very pleasant event. The ancient Abbey of Mellifont is on our doorstep and is undoubtedly a historical gem. The route from Teach Raithneach to Mellifont features many places of historic interest.

Along the road and not already mentioned is Scanlan’s Hole, now where is it? Do you know where Mellifont Hall was? Does anyone remember Mellifont Hall. Two local musicians, now deceased, once played music here. Mellifont Hall was just one of many such halls in the past. Incidentally, there are a number of aerial photographs of the medieval village of Doe (Hurcle) that were taken by Leo Swan available on the net. Leo Swan grew up in Lobinstown and, like his parents, became an elementary school teacher. He taught for a time at Grangeeth National School. Continuing his studies in archaeology, and this coupled with his interests in photography and flight, Leo Swan illustrated the importance of aerial photography in revealing archaeological elements not visible from the ground. Its collection of aerial photographs is easily accessible and well worth perusing. Leo Swan died in 2001.

Thanks to Stephen and Hazel for their first aid coverage on Saturday, it was greatly appreciated.

Couch at 5K

An 8-week Couch to 5K training program will begin with a registration meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022 at Teach Raithneach. Suitable for all fitness levels. Contact Oisin on 086 8090192 for more information. Also keep an eye on the Broomfield Facebook page please.

Community Alert Garda Advice

Posted 8 days ago, Gardai warns the public to be aware of a new SMS scam that sees fraudsters impersonating AIB Bank and other financiers [http:]establishments. The text message instructs the person to call a number regarding a transaction, and that number will bring them an “AIB Agent”, who will instruct a person on how to cancel the transaction. The fraudster will then extort credit and personal information from the victim.

Agents of the official An Garda Siochana Facebook page have issued a warning in recent days about the new scam, reminding the public not to respond to these texts or call this number. “If you need to call your bank, make sure the number matches the number on the back of your bank card,” they said.

Defibrillator training

Training in the use of a defibrillator will begin as soon as possible. Please contact us on 087 2729154 if you would like to benefit from this lifesaving training. We would like teenagers to get involved in the training as well.

Place Pride Judgment in Broomfield and the District

The judgment took place last Saturday. 20 August. It’s now a waiting game until the results are revealed. Thanks to everyone who made an effort.

Meath LSP–August Update

Please see Meath LSP’s planned programs below:

Multi-sport activity days; Orienteering course on the beach for families; Ladies Social Tag Rugby; Women on Wheels; Nature walks for women aged 50 and over; First aid workshop for sports injuries;

Save 1 Child Protection Basic Awareness Workshop; Workshop for Safeguarding 2 Club Child Caregivers

Workshop on the protection of 3 designated liaison persons

Learn 2 Cycle Ashbourne

Canoe included

Contact Lynn at Meath Local Sports Partnership on 046 9067337 or see

Meath NPP

The latest news and updates from the Meath Public Participation Network are available now. Lots of news and information as usual.

Available space

There is ample space available at Teach Raithneach for all types of fitness and wellness classes and activities. Tutors / instructors in this type of activities, please take note. Are there any music teachers who would be interested in learning to play a musical instrument at Teach Riathneach? Plenty of parking at Teach Raithneach as well. A number of dedicated broadband spaces are also available at Teach Raithneach for those wishing to work remotely. Contact the secretariat on 087 2729154 for more information.

The Teach Raithneach air code is A92 W283.


The Association would like to hear from members of the community who would be willing to participate in defibrillator training/refresher training and/or digital literacy training. The training will take place at Teach Raithneach when the number of people wishing to participate is established. We would especially like to hear from teenagers interested in defibrillator training. Please contact the secretariat on 087 2729154 if you are interested.

To stay in contact!

Please stay in touch with loved ones and neighbours, especially older people and people living alone, and do what you can to help. A phone call will always be welcome.

Contact the Broomfield & District Residents Association Secretary on 087 2729154. Please see the Broomfield & District Residents Association Facebook page.

Dino J. Dotson