Around the Boroughs: Ardee/Collon, Bellewstown and Dunleer


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New book

CSLewis and the Wee County is a new book by Father Paul Clayton-Lea. Father Paul will present the book and autograph copies at 7.30pm after the Vigil Mass on Saturday 15 October in the church of Ardee. Contact [email protected] for information

Sean Murphy

The community extends its sincere condolences to Canon Murphy and the extended Murphy family on the death of his brother Seán. Rest in peace.

Parish of Ardee/Collon

Contact Details – Canon Murphy, PP VF, Hale St – Tel 041 685 0920, Fr Stefano Colleluori, CC, Collon – Tel 041 982 6106. Church of the Nativity of Our Lady: Masses available via the parish webcam

Communion – Parishioners who have celiac disease and wish to receive Holy Communion can do so. Please inform the priest before Mass.

Daily prayer – Rosary is said every day at 2.30pm in Ardee church.

Children’s Rosary – Children’s Rosary begins with a story of Our Lady at Collon Church on Friday 7 October (Feast of the Rosary) at 11.30am. All welcome.

Baptism – Pre-baptism meeting this Wednesday October 5th at 6pm in Ardee church, all parents, godparents and grandparents of babies to be baptized are invited to attend.

Parish Records – A warm welcome to everyone who is new to our parish and has moved here to make their home. Please contact the parish office on 041 685 0920.

Donations Welcome – We encourage parishioners to use online banking. Donations can be dropped off at the parish office during the week or call Sinéad to use the card machine. Please do not leave money at the church at other times. Thank you for your cooperation. Here are the relevant bank details for online donations:

Air conditioner name: Ardee Parochial

IBAN: IE03BOFI90316224860443 BIC: BOFIIE2D

Air conditioner name: Collon Parochial

IBAN: IE35BOFI90316243235547 BIC: BOFIIE2D

Choir Numbers – The Liturgical Choir starts a new year and is looking for new and old members. No experience is required. If interested please call 087 441 8573.

Admissions to junior infants in our schools

Applications for Junior Infants in our Parish Schools for September 2023 will be accepted from October 17, 2022 to February 1, 2023.

The Annual Admissions Notice and application forms will be available from 10 October 2022 on the schools’ websites or can be contacted at the school offices on the numbers below.

Ballapousta NS Tel: 041 6853966

Collon NS Tel: 041 9826594

NS Monastery Tel: 041 6853641

Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire Tel: 041 6853512

Smarmore Alert

Smarmore and District Community Alert: Annual registration is now due. Phone 085 780 2679 for details.

bridge lessons

Bridge lessons from qualified bridge teacher Tos McGee every Tuesday at 7.30pm at Ferdia House, Moorehall, Ardee. Suitable for beginners and more. Contact Tos on 086 805 9369.

Sean McDermott’s tractor draw

Congratulations to Collon Vehicle Dismantlers who generously donated the fantastic 1st prize in the Sean McDermott GAA Club’s 75th Anniversary Vintage Tractor Raffle.

Tickets are now on sale €10 for one or 3 for €20. Tickets online – Draw Date: Saturday 8th October.

cancer fundraiser

The Vertigo Wedding Band will play a special fundraiser for the Ardee and District Cancer Support Group at Brian Muldoon & Sons Bar & Restaurant on November 18th. €40 per ticket, for a good cause.

Mattock lottery

Numbers drawn were 1, 14, 20 and 30. Jackpot not won. Martin Donegan is a €100 Match 3 winner. The next jackpot is €14,700. Mattock Rangers Lotto is won by No. 3 Wine Bar and Restaurant sponsored


Results of the golf club

09/28/22: Wednesday Open Singles Stableford: 1. Tom Kennedy 39 pts., 2. Tony Sweeney 37 pts

10/1/22: Women’s 18 Hole Fall League: 1st Ann-Marie Ennis 32 points, 2nd Siobhan Griffin 32 points

10/01/22: Individual Stableford: 1st Donal Nolan 34 pts, 2nd Paul Hoey 32 pts

10/02/22: Individuals Stableford: 1st Gareth McHugh 38 points, 2nd Hans Balfoort 37 points

Early bird midweek €15 before 11am midweek, book online to play.


Joe Torris RIP

On Sunday October 2nd, 2022, Dunleer lost his cherished son, Joe Torris. At the time of writing this column, the city has only just begun to mourn its spiritual brother.

We as a city, community, community are united in our grief and sending our heartfelt condolences and love to Anne, Niall, Damien, Alan, Aoife, Nan and the entire Torris family at this time. Next week’s column will be dedicated to Joe, so if anyone would like to send in memories of Joe to share, please feel free to do so

at [email protected] or PM me on Facebook.

Congratulations Grace

At the time of writing this column, our champion Grace Conway Dowling, representing Team Ireland, has her 5-0 win over Turkey in the semi-finals and is in the final of the European Junior Championships against England taking place today, Tuesday 4th October , regardless of today’s results, everyone is very proud of everything they have achieved.

Padraig Faulkner Memorial Lecture

The Dunleer & District Historical Society is pleased to announce that the 2022 Padraig Faulkner Memorial Lecture will be delivered by the late politician’s son, Bartle.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 12 October at 8pm at St Brigid’s Hall, Dunleer. The company is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year

and we re-dedicate this annual historical research award to the historian who contributed to our body of knowledge and inspired our foundation.

Padraig Faulkner devoted the last thirty years of his life to local historical research and the vast amount of material that has been collected and compiled has proved invaluable to those interested in the history of Dunleer and its environs.

Dunleer Tidy Town Monster Raffle results

The results of the Dunleer Tidy Towns Monster Raffle are as follows. 1. €4,500 – Barry Carpenter Woodgrove Heights Dunleer. 2nd €300 Yvonne Brennan Burren Lane, Dunleer. 3. €200 – Andrea Mooney Woodland’s Dunleer. 4th Prize €100 – Graine Berrils Mullary, Dunleer. 5. €100 Elena 9 Rivervale Park Dunleer.

Congratulations to all winners who will receive their checks next Saturday morning at 11am at the Market House on Main Street Dunleer. Bring your family for some pictures. Well done to all our winners

Dunlee Golf Society

The next outing is Jim Sweeney’s Captains Day in Dundalk on Saturday 8th October 2022 and is sponsored by Malone’s Windows, Dunleer.

slimming world

The Slimming World Dunleer group takes place every Wednesday at 6pm at the Market House Main Street Dunleer. The consultant has ten years of experience. For more information you can contact Lynne on 0879839776 or just stop by.

Senior coffee in the morning

Every first Friday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. there is a free coffee morning for all seniors in the market building.

Next up is the October event, which takes place this Friday, October 7th.

Patrún data

Dromin takes place on October 9th at 11 am

trad sessions

Scoraícht Lann Léire hosts open trad sessions every Tuesday night at 7pm. For all information about events you can follow them on their Facebook page; Scoraicht Lann Léire.

St. Kevin’s GAA

St. Kevin’s 9/21/2022 draw results are 9, 12, 19 and 25. No jackpot winners. This week’s €50 winners Marie McBride and Michael Grogan next jackpot on September 29th is €10,000.

Lann Léire CPG Draw

September 21, 2022 Draw Results Numbers; 2, 15, 20 and 25. No jackpot winners, weekly winners; Ken Dunne, Shay Torris and Bob Murphy. Next jackpot €2,800

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