Around the districts: Slane and Stamullen



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Joan O’connor RIP

Sympathy is extended to the O’Connor family on the passing of Joan (née Kennedy) Cruicetown, Slane and formerly Beauparc. Joan was predeceased by her father Edward, her mother Catherine, her sisters Mary and Sheila and is mourned by her husband Paddy, her children Audrey, Noel, Martin and Johanna, her grandchildren, her brothers Eamon, Jim, David and Tommy , his sisters-in-law, his brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Joan’s funeral mass was held at St Patrick’s Church with cremation afterwards at Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan.

The parade is back

The good news for the village is that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. It will start the day at 3.30pm and there will be plenty of street entertainment along the way as well as goddies for the kids. There’s also a €1,000 prize for the best tank with more detail closer to the day.

game night

Rossin & District Gun Club are hosting their famous Game Night at Dolly’s Bar, Rossin, this Saturday 19th February, from 8.30pm. More than 30 wild game dishes from the lands and rivers of the Boyne Valley as well as pork on a spit will be on offer. There will also be plenty of onsite prizes and live music in the evenings. €10 tickets are available from club members.

Climb with Charlie

Climb With Charlie supports the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association & Pieta, Ireland’s national suicide prevention charity, on Saturday April 2 at 10:00am at Slane Castle Distillery on Slane Hill. More details from Linda on 086 3073933. To donate, click on the link Any support greatly appreciated.

Athletics Club AGM

The Rathkenny Athletic Club held its general meeting recently and the following people were elected: President Philli Finnegan, Living President Oliver Carolan, Secretary Barbara O’Neill, Treasurer Brendan White, Assistant Treasurer Susan Carrie, Registrar/ Competition Secretary Paul O’Neill, Children’s Officers Paula Black, Gerry Hoey, Fergus Crilly, Emma Fay, PRO Brendan White, Head Coaches David O’Halloran, Niamh McGuire. Committee – Martina McGuinness, Emily Sheridan, Caroline Carolan, Emma White, Olivia Kealy.

Capital Sports Grants

A number of local clubs have benefited from Sports Capital Funding allocations announced last Friday morning. In Meath alone, more than €6.2million has been awarded to clubs in the county. Local clubs that will benefit are Rathkenny GFC €52,688, Rossin Rovers Soccer Club €20,064 and Slane GFC €32,562. Meath GAA received €256,863 and the North Eastern Counties League €94,810.

Public realm plan for Slane

Meath County Council, in conjunction with BDP Consultants, have prepared a draft public realm plan for Slane. The draft Slane Public Realm Plan defines the future approach to the design of streets and public spaces in the village. The plan includes proposals for the redesign of the junction in the square, the creation of a new village garden and the improvement of recreational links along the southern approach to the village.

The draft plan and the accompanying Natura impact statement can be viewed until Friday 18 February at the following locations:

Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 Y291 – Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm; Slane Library, Castle Hill, Slane, C15 XWFS during normal public opening hours.

The draft Slane Public Realm Plan and accompanying Natura Impact Statement are also available on Meath County Council’s online consultation portal

Submissions can be made on Slane’s draft public domain plan via the following two options only; 1- Online at where you can then make a submission on the draft public domain plan. 2 – Written observations or submissions can also be made (full details in the link below). Please note that submissions sent by email cannot be considered and will be returned. Comments or submissions must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 18. More information at

wedding showcase

Slane Castle is hosting a Wedding Demo Day on Saturday 12 March from 12pm to 4pm, giving couples a chance to see inside the centuries-old castle itself, see King George’s ornate ballroom IV, the contemporary Gandon Room and the Browne Bar with Memories of Rock Concerts by Slane. This is a rare opportunity to meet the wedding coordinator and privately view Slane Castle’s wedding options. Book your place at

Lotto draw

The numbers drawn in the Slane GFC lotto draw were 9, 12, 13, 21. There was no winner of the jackpot which now stands at €1925. The award winners were Anne Courtney, Finton O’Brien, Siobhan McGowan, Ciaran Baxter.

The club will be hosting a Monster Drive-In Bingo on Sunday, April 24 at 4 p.m. at Toddy Harding Park. There is a €20,000 prize and entry is €100 with a maximum of 400 tickets (you can pay in installments if you wish) Further details from Patricia on 086 3984260 or Jim on 086 8799062.

Turbo drive

The Slane Spinners Turbo Training cycling club resumed on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Youth Cafe, chapel parking lot. Please

bringing your own trainer is possible, but otherwise a few spares will be available. Also bring a bottle of water and a towel. There is a donation box to cover room costs.

Slane Community Center

Congratulations to Bernadette Gavagan who won €1,000 in the Slane Community Center Grand Draw in February. A few places have become available in the big draw. It is limited to 200 members, 20 € per month or quarterly, half-yearly or annual payment. To register your interest, see the link on the Slane Community Center Facebook page.

Slane Walkers

The Slane Striders walking group meets every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm for walks around Slane and the Boyne Valley. During the winter months they also meet at 11am on Thursday mornings. Welcome new members. Contact Lucy Kennedy on 0874649876

AGM Rossin Rovers

Rossin Rovers Soccer Club held its General Assembly recently and the following people were elected – President Niall Taaffe, Vice President Andy McGuinniety, Secretary Frank Taaffe, Assistant Secretary Louise Taaffe, Treasurer TBC, Assistant Treasurer Mary Taaffe, PRO Andy McGuinniety , Coaching Coordinator Ciaran Mahon, Minors Manager Andy McGuinniety, Children’s Officer Veronica Marry. Committee – Brendan Reid, Stephen White, David Melia, Graham Smith.

The club is looking to register boys and girls born between 2012 and 2018 (from four years old). Training initially starts on Saturday at 9.30am in Rossin. It will eventually return to Friday evening after several weeks when the light and weather improve. If you would like to bring your children please message the club page or WhatsApp Andy on 087 0663947.

The Rossin Rovers Ladies are looking for new players for the 2022 season. If you would like to sign up, please contact the club via their Facebook page or Graham on 085 1128964.

Wanderers of Slane

Coaching for boys born in 2006, 2007 and 2008 starts at Wheatfield tonight Wednesday February 9 at 7pm. Contact the Slane Wanderers club facebook page for more information or arrive on the day.

Ireland lights up

Slane GFC is taking part in Lights Up Ireland 2022 and the walking track will be open and lit from 7pm to 9pm Monday to Thursday each week. The club hopes to see everyone come out and participate in this initiative. It’s a great way for families to get together and exercise. See the Slane GFC Facebook page for the latest updates.


In memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Oliver McKenna, late of Belvoir Park Culmore Derry and formerly of Irishtown, who died in Derry last week. After the funeral mass at St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, Oliver was laid to rest in the City Cemtre, Derry.

Service work

The installation of an improved water service through Stedalt to the village of Stamullen is continuing and as a result the ongoing works of having to dig down the center of the road, make it somewhat difficult for motorists to maneuver, in especially the larger agricultural machinery vehicles and large school buses.

Many people have also expressed their anger and frustration on some social media platforms regarding service works and delays etc. 2021, people were also “insurgent” about it, so you can’t have it both ways!

It is necessary to improve the water service in Stamullen; larger service pipes must be installed and therefore these pipes must be laid below the road surface, otherwise the job simply cannot be done: it is as simple as that.

Know your parish

The following excerpt is from the first stanza of a long poem of seven stanzas which was written in the early part of the 19th century by a man named James Tevlin of Billywood, near Moynalty, in the far north-west of county royal.

James Tevlin was a renowned singer, songwriter and poet. He was born in 1798 the year of the Great Irish Rebellion and died in the spring of 1873 at the age of 75. The “ditch” of Lisdornan which is mentioned in Tevlin’s poem, is that of a mound of earth, which has never been excavated archaeologically, but from some site studies of the surrounding topography and some sites and possible associated archaeological monuments in the immediate vicinity, it is believed that this Lisdornan ‘moat’ is that of an Iron Age burial mound and may have been reused as a Norman motte in medieval times.

“Sweet Biddy from the Lisdornan Ditch.

You boys and girls, may I ask you to listen

While these simple little verses I repeat,

In praise of a maiden who betrayed my heart,

Your muses now inspire me to complete them.

Under the liquid skies, there’s no one like her that I appreciate,

Nor ever until the morning apocalypse

This nymph surpasses all on this earthly ball,

Sweet Biddy of the Lisdornan Ditch”.

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