Contact Gerard on 087/2729154 or E-mail: starinaghgerard1@ if you have an item for this Column, the deadline for which is 12 noon on Friday. Thanks for your cooperation as always.
The best wishes of the Association and Community is extended to all who are hospitalised or ill at this time. We wish you a speedy recovery.
The sincere sympathy of Broomfield and District Residents Association and the Community of Broomfield & District is extended to the Halpin and extended Halpin family, and all who are bereaved by the passing of Kieran Halpin RIP, Stuttgart, Germany (formerly of Collon) recently.
Sincere sympathy also, to the Devine and extended Devine Family, and all who are bereaved by the passing of Nora Devine RIP,. Begrath, Tullyallen recently. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time for you.
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Congratulations to Harry and Pat Smith from Ardee Street, Collon who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday the 3rd of October last. Harry, a native of Slane, and Monica ‘Pat’ Walsh from Starinagh Road, Collon were married in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Collon and had their reception in the Neptune Hotel in Bettystown. The couple spent their honeymoon in Liverpool. It was hoped to have a party for family and friends but due to the Coronavirus Pandemic this was not practical, so the
couple celebrated with a family meal in daughter Andrea’s house in Ardee.
All their family and friends congratulate them on this milestone and wish them all the best for the future. And so say all of us!
CHRISTMAS IS NOT CANCELLED
But the Christmas Fair and Christmas Set Dance Ceili are. Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, these two popular and well supported Annual Christmas events at Teach Raithneach will not take place this year.
BROADBAND ON TAP!
Teach Raithneach Broadband Connection Point is now live, and ready to use by all who wish to do so. Broadband at Teach Raithneach can be accessed from outside the building in the Car Park, or from anywhere inside the building when it is opened. Once accessed it will facilitate 7 day access from that point. To get connected
1. Choose the ‘BCP FREE WiFi network in your WiFi settings to see the portal
2. Enter your mobile phone number into the portal to get your access code
3. Add the code and agree to the terms and conditions
4. Confirm you want to connect to the web
5. You are now connected to the Vodafone superfast WiFi
If you wish to check it out, please get in contact with the Secretary on 087 2729154.
CEP GRANT SUCCESSFUL
The Associations Community Enhancement Grant Application has been successful to the tune of €1,000. This Grant aid is to be used to assist in the purchase of a Printer, a Ceiling Mounted Projector and a Wall Mounted Projector Screen, which will greatly enhance the Teach Raithneach
Offering. The CEP is administered by Meath Co. Council’s LCDC (Local Community Development Committee).
Syddan came through by a two point margin to annex the Premier Football Championship Div. 5 Title and the inaugural Micheal O’Brien Cup, defeating Skryne to do so.
Looking down the team sheet, it is obvious that the indigenous Family names associated with this great rural club, Syddan, are still alive and contributing, as their ancestors did. The scoreline read: Syddan 2-13, Skryne 2-11. Comhghairdeas aris to our neighbours over the road!
GARDA VAL RETIRES
Garda Val Smith, Slane, has recently retired from An Garda Siochana after 32 years service. In Slane since 1992, Val served in Dundalk, Dromad, Athboy and Navan also. A popular Community Garda who was always willing to help, we wish him all the best in his retirement. Many years of health and happiness to you Val.
Best Birthday Wishes to Declan and Dennis who celebrated their birthdays, (on the same day we believe) recently. It’s a good job that there is a little rain about, it’s as wet as the celebrations will get this year. We’ll celebrate big time next year when we get the Covid fix.
LOCAL BUSINESSES DESERVE SUPPORT
Please continue to support the local Traders that are still open for business
HOME FIRE SAFETY CHECK
This Service provided by Meath Co. Council’s Fire Service is temporarily suspended because of the Covid Pandemic, and will resume in some form when it is safe to do so. It is a great service that is free of charge and is aimed at improving Fire Safety in the Home, and increasing awareness of the necessity to carry out checks to ensure that your home is as safe as possible. One frequently asked question in respect of Fire Safety in the Home is: What are some basic home fire safety considerations? Home fire safety checklist
•Open fires and heaters
•Cooking – inside and out
•Always keep matches and lighters well away from children.
•Only working smoke alarms save lives, check the smoke alarm regularly,
•Install smoke alarms just outside the sleeping areas of your home so that the alarm sounds before smoke reaches anyone who is asleep.
A Family discussion on the above Checklist is worth consideration. It could save a life.
The Annual General Meeting of Broomfield & District Residents Association that normally takes place around this time has been postponed due to the Covid restrictions and in keeping with Public Health Guidelines.
At the October Monthly Meeting on Thursday 1st, this decision was taken in the best interest of securing and maintaining the Safety of Community Members. This decision will be kept under review, but it is not expected that there will be a change anytime soon.
A Report on progress over the calendar year of the current Committee will be circulated to Community Members in due course. The AGM was not held within the same calendar year on one other occasion before, in what year, and why?
Despite the current restrictions that we are all operating under, great work has been achieved throughout the District during the year. Thanks to all the Community Volunteers and Scheme Participants who have been busy, making the place look its best. The Association would like to thank Meath Partnership and Ardee Community Employment Project who provide Scheme Participants under the RSS, TUS and CE Schemes respectively. In difficult times, all this assistance is especially welcome.
Guitar Lessons have resumed at Teach Raithneach. Contact Evan on 086 2513640 for further information or to book a place.
The two bird foods recommended by Birdwatch Ireland are peanuts and sunflower hearts – they’re both eaten by a variety of species, have high protein and calorie contents, and are readily available in most shops. The Association uses Peanuts at all bird-feeding locations throughout the District. If you would like to help out with the Bird Feeding Programme this Winter, please contact the Secretary on 087 2729154.
If there are Parents in the Community with Children of School-going age, who would like to become involved in the Children’s Garden in 2021, please get in touch with the Secretary on 087 2729154.
The Broomfield & District Text Alert number is: 086 2193103. Please ensure that you have this number in your phone. Reminder, please check out the Monitored Alarms to ensure they are working satisfactorily. Security Lighting and other Safety Measures should also be checked out regularly. They must work when needed. If you know someone in the District that could benefit from a Monitored Alarm, please contact the Secretary on 087 2729154.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION– LAST CALL
Earlier in the year, the Association carried out a Community Information gathering exercise aimed at improving the flow of information to Community Members and visa versa. The response was good at the time. If you missed the opportunity to submit your details, and now wish to do so, then please contact the Secretary on 087 2729154, who will arrange to get the Information Form to you.
KEEP IN CONTACT PLEASE
Please keep in contact with your relatives and neighbours, especially the elderly, during these challenging times. A phone call will always be welcome. Keep in contact with us also. Broomfield and District
Residents Association’s Secretary, Gerard on 087 2729154 or visit the Broomfield and District Residents Association Facebook page. If anything can be done to help, please contact us.
Thanks for keeping in contact with neighbours, in particular the elderly!
Sarah Jay with her parents Tina and Jonathan at Termonfeckin communion