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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.


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!


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.


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.


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 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.


Please con­tinue to sup­port the lo­cal Traders that are still open for busi­ness


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

•Elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances

•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.


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.


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

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