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Launch of Kells Type Trail 2012 Kells Type Trail is delighted to announce its launch at 7pm on the 29th of June at the Kells Town Council Offices. This is the third year of the event which aims to celebrate and re-establish Kells as a centre for Type - Type being the visual representation of a letter, developing into an art form. The theme for this year is the word “Belong” and the TypeTrail will consist of 20 art installations at various locations around the town of Kells. Each installation will be a different interpretation of the word “Belong” including several translations into the languages of all the nationalities represented in the Kells area. The main events for the TypeTrail will be a free map of the 20 installations, available at the Tourist Office. There will be guided tours on the Saturday and Sunday by some of the artists involved, starting at 11am from the tourist offices.

Also there will be a lecture given by Dr. Meehan from Trinity College Dublin on the story behind the making of The Book of Kells and the actual production techniques involved. For the kids there will be a series of childrens workshops in the Kells Resource Centre- the focus will be on the letter as an artform. And for the big kids as well as the little kids there will be a screening of the award winning animated movie “The Book of Kells” in the St Vincent de Paul theatre with a special introduction given by the creator of the movie John Smith on the inspiration behind the making of the movie. The Kells TypeTrail events will run until Tues July 10th. For more information and times can be found on the Facebook page.

Carousel Type Installation in Swedish, from 2011 Type Trail.

Etched Glass on bus shelter Latvian word was part of the first Type Trail back in 2010

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Celebrity Big Brother Winner visits Kells

Celebrity Big Brother winner and star of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Paddy Doherty, was a guest of the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells a short time ago. Paddy was at the recent Nobber Fair. He is pictured with Olivia Duff of The Headfort Arms

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H’olé, H’olé, H’olé

Why not nail your colours to the mast for Euro 2012! Holyshow are offering football fanatics a chance to express their passion for football though tattoos for the month of June. Holyshow Tattoo Emporium have come up with some radical ideas for you to ponder, for example how about: • • • • • •

Your county’s flag or colours on your forearm Your favourite player’s portrait on your back A tattoo the same as the player you most admire Or their name in script on your body The date of a your favourite win Or the custom designed Euro Skully 2012

You could honour you favourite player by getting the same tattoo that they have. For example, Robbie Keane has Praying Hands with rosary beads tattooed on his left shoulder and a Celtic Cross on his other. Hoylshow recently carried out some of these types of tattoos, check them out in these shots . For years, Keane celebrated his goals with a trademark back-flip then unveiled a bow and arrow salute for the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan. Now he kisses both sides of his wrist – because he has his son’s name Robert and his date of birth tattooed on one side and his wife Claudia tattooed on the other. The Holyshow team are expert at script ,so you too can get the names of those you love the most and give meaning to your life tattooed on your body. Holyshow has just launched their Skully Tattoo for Euro 2012. Custom designed as always by John, who has a background in fine art and animation, this could be your permanent souvenir of Euro 2012. The Euro Skully is on offer in colour for €50 or Black and Grey for €30. Holyshow every month have a great offer and June is no different. In line with the European Championship theme anyone who gets an Ireland football related tattoo will get it with 25% off, purely as a best of luck gesture to our boys in green. Holyshow have given us a lot to think about this month so why not as they say “Nail your colours to the mast”. Check out their facebook and website for daily updates of work completed and offers. Vouchers are also available which are a great ideas for Father’s Day on the 19th June. John from the team will be working at the Midleton Tattoo Convention in Cork 29th June-1st July. If you fancy taking the trip down to get inked by John at the convention, you can book in on 085 8340924 or on the Holyshow facebook. You will also have the chance to check out the world of tattoo and experience some great music for the weekend.

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Sharon Maher Bordello and her Family on scoop the winning Lotto Jackpot of €4,000 at Claremont Stadium! Claremont Stadium Club Navan wishes to congratulate Sharon Maher Bordello and her Family on winning the Clubs Lotto Jackpot of €4,000! Sharon and her family have been very involved with Claremont Stadium and Navan Athletic Club since the start 30 years ago and their continuing support to the stadium is invaluable. The Committee, Management and staff wish Sharon the very best with her winnings! Our Club Lotto runs weekly and is a great support to the day-

to-day maintenance and running of our sporting and community facilities. Lotto agents sell the €2 tickets weekly in the town and anybody wishing to support the stadium through the lotto can do so by contacting us and we will make sure a local lotto agents call to you! All our Lotto agents have identification on them, so if you’re not sure please ask. Claremont stadium is your local sporting and community stadium for more information contact us on 046 9029693 or look us up

Marjan Boers (Claremont Stadium Manager) presents a cheque to Sharon Maher/Boradlo on her recent lotto win Dorian Salomé and Sharon Boradlo, Marjan Boers(Claremont Stadium), Laurita Bordalo

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Meath’s Best Dining Out! Lets face it, people love eating out at different restaurants and pubs. They love trying out new

years. Gerry & Jane Lynch has since moved on to new ventures but their daughter Louise manages the

items and discovering new ways to eat the foods they enjoy the most. When eating out we give our taste

and a great personalised service if you require advice or assistance.

places almost as much as they love returning to their old favorite spots. They love trying new menu buds a burst of flavour they might not be accustomed to. Here are some of the best dining experience’s in Meath...

Off-Liciense section at the Round O which has a great selection of fine wines, european beers & spirits

Part of the charm of the Round O in these 40 years has been the real family ambiance. Throughout

the years there has always been a family member overlooking the business and providing the personal

touch to the customers. The Round O is popular with the young and old generation after frequenting the

bar adding to the tradition of a time line of family orientated business custom. Weekend music provides

a lively atmostphere,inviting visitors to join in with a typical Irish welcome and friendly banter with the staff means the craic is always to be found.

Mark Keenan, Tommy & Mona’s son is holding the mantle for his parents and if you are lucky,

you will come across his sister Maria at luchtimes & both will greet you with the warm and friendly atmosphere which exudes from the Round O Bar. In the 40 years it really has become a place where no one is really a stranger, just friends that haven’t met yet!

Reviews: ***** A five star experience, from staff that can’t do enough for you to presentation

of food and then to top it off is the mouth watering taste with bursts of flavours oosing down your throat. I always eat in the O and with three children that can be difficult but not at the Round O as

with the relaxed atmospher but with the excellent quality food you can sit and enjoy every bite. The

menu choice is fantastic with something for every one even the most difficult palet. I would highly reccommend you try as you will keep going back for more!! J O Connor

The Round O

40 years in business this year, the Keenan family have been the eye and blood of the Round O Bar.

1972 was a turning point for Tommy and Mona Keenan. After having successfully run two pubs in

Dublin, from the tender age of 21, Tommy and Mona relocated to Navan to take over the Round O Bar with business partners Gerry and Jane Lynch. The Round O back then was a perfect example of an old rural quintessential Irish pub, but the potential was there. The Keenan family have since ensured it has

become a local landmark and a home away from home for the many locals who have frequented it for

Loco American Cookhouse

Welcome to Loco American Cookhouse. We sincerely hope that you enjoy your meal with us. We aim to be the best Steak and Grill restaurant serving Tex-Mex food in Leinster. To achieve this we have searched exhaustively to secure the best suppliers for our ingredients. We try and source all the best ingredients locally and have found the best suppliers being from Hogans Turkeys, Courtown, Co. Meath, Tullyard Farm Trim, and also Ryans Farm, Ballinlough. And our Free Range eggs are also sourced locally, so we ensure that the best ingredients are used in the preparation of our dishes. We serve only Irish Hereford dry aged Beef, Which is hung for a minimum 35 days, thus giving a level of tenderness and flavour in our steaks which is second to none. We are especially proud of our Grill as it is an open flame charcoal grill and Broiler which serves up the most beautiful cooked meals and barbequed dishes. Why not try our flavour filled burritos, fajitas or chilli con carne. Mexico is a beautiful wild country full of passion and excitement. The food is amazing full of flavour and honesty. Loco American Cookhouse believes that the Irish palate will love this food so be adventurous and give it a go! Our staff will always ask you “Hot or not”. Buen apetito!

Dunderry Lodge

Dunderry Lodge Restaurant is one of Irelands premier Restaurants. Established more than thirty years ago when an eighty year old hay barn was transformed to a beautiful Restaurant, Dunderry lodge has stood the test of time and is the perfect venue for any occassion. The restaurant is less than 8 minutes from Navan, Trim, Athboy and Kells and is the perfect venue for private weddings, christenings, communions, confirmations or entertaining guests for dinner. There is exceptional value on the evening A La Carte Menu with 2 courses at just €12.95 available Wednesday to Sunday. Sunday Lunch is also a huge attraction to Dunderry Lodge and booking is advised as it has become so popular. Dunderry Lodge also offer a home catering service and can cater for Weddings of up to 150 people with full bar facilities.

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Let The Cruise Banish The Blues

Anyone who has watched a news bulletin recently won’t need reminding that Ireland and many other countries are in the grip of a rather nasty recession, one that doesn’t seem to want to go away anytime soon. Fortunately, the Irish do want to go away, maybe not as frequently as we used to, but the annual holiday is still a very important part of our existence. In recent years, more and more Irish holiday makers have discovered the incredible world of the cruise ship. This self contained floating hotel has just about everything you could ever wish for. Luxurious surroundings, great food, exotic ports of call, excellent entertainment and great company. You can also pick up the ship quite close to home as well. MSC have a few cruises departing from Cobh in the latter part of the summer. There are frequent sailings departing Southampton and Harwich in the UK, and Barcelona, Rome, Malaga, Venice etc are little more than a 2 hour flight from Dublin. If you want to see the Caribbean or Alaska, then the flight is a little longer. Royal Caribbean has a dozen ships operating from European ports this summer, sailing to all parts of Europe, including the Med, the Canary Islands and Scandinavia.

There are still some bargains available for Royal Caribbean sailings in July and August, and the prices are even lower in September. Celebrity Cruises have based several of their luxurious ‘Solstice’ class ships in Europe this summer and if 5 star food and service are what you require, these are the ships for you. Not everyone wants the big ships though. Azamara Club Cruises, part of the Royal Caribbean group offer a wide range of destinations on their two ships, the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. Both these 5 star vessels take less than 700 passengers each and often stay overnight in the port of call, giving more time to explore. The ports of call are often smaller.more intimate destinations that the big ships cannot dock in. Wine at dinner and lunch is always included on Azamara, as are soft drinks and speciality coffees. on a 24/7 basis. If you want that little bit extra, try Azamara. Despite the Costa Concordia tragedy earlier in the year, cruise bookings are up for 2012. If you’ve cruised before, you’ll know what to expect on board. If you haven’t, give cruising a try. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it years ago..

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Welcome To The Most Excit ing

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Compet it ion For Gardeners In The Count y. The very first Meath Garden of The Year competition is a testament to all the hours you have put into your garden to have it looking great and feeling like a haven of peace and tranquillity. If you take great pride in your garden then this is the competition for you. Meath’s Garden of The Year 2012 will run through the months of June and July with the winners being announced in August. The two main categories are Town Garden of The Year and Country Garden of The Year. One winner will be picked from each with one overall winner from these two being crowned Meath’s Garden of The Year 2012. There are prizes to the value of €2,000 in the competition from the main sponsors The Meath Hearld and Landscaping Solutions plus additional prizes from companies such as Beechmount Garden Centre, Murdec Professional Decorating and Hillcrest Nurseries.

Main Prizes:

Country Garden of The Year €500 voucher / Town Garden of The Year €500 voucher / Over all winner €1000 cash prize On the Judging panel will be Navan’s very own Super Garden finalist Brendan Maguire who will cast his professional eye over each entry.

Now for the serious business – How do

I enter this fabulous competition:

Entry is simple, all you need to do is - Take 2 photos of your garden. Make sure they are photos that show your garden at its very best. You can either email your photos along with your name, address, email (if you have one) and a contact number to meathgarden2012@gmail. com or post your pictures with the same contact information to PCL Media, 1 Archdeaconry Glebe, Maudlin Road, Kells, Co Meath or you can post your pictures to our Facebook page which can be found under Meath Gardens. The finalists must be available for Judges to call to their house to see the competing garden for themselves. The final date for entry is 31st July. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Sponsors and wish everyone taking part every best wish for the competition.

Happy Gardening!

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We keep it, you cut it

Greenfeet have recently expanded their franchise network into Meath which is operated by Tom Dorran from Moneymore, Longwood, Co Meath. Tom operates on the “we keep it, you cut it” motto.

“People automatically think w are a grass cutting company but it is only when I explain the treatments and direct them to existing customers they realize how great a service it really is” says Tom. He goes on to say that Greenfeet can supply and apply treatments to your lawn for cheaper than you can buy them yourself which in the current climate is a must. Greenfeet is the brainchild of Anthony Fitzpatrick who is a fully qualified green keeper with over 20 years experience in the business, most recently with The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort.  Indeed, Tom himself is no stranger to the business with 13 years experience in green keeping, he now brings his vast wealth

of knowledge to Meath.

Anthony is very buoyant about the company’s prospects. “There isn’t another service like ours operating on the nationwide basis.  We have sourced the best products available en the marketplace for the care of lawns and I am confident that in the near future the Greenfeet brand will become synonymous with excellent grass care in Ireland”, said Fitzpatrick.  “At Greenfeet we are committed to providing a professional service second to none.  Our mission is to improve the quality

of grass, control moss and weeks, and manage our lawns through scarification, aeration, and growth regulation using top of the range products. Even if you feel your lawn is beyond repair and you will have to dig it up and start from scratch, fear not – we are passionate about our lawncare and we know that the Greenfeet programme can turn any lawn into a beautiful week free, moss free one”

Year Round Treatments


– Lawn Care 1. Spring Feed: Provides the correct balance of Nutrients for the coming season. 2. Summer Feed: Maintains a good green colour throughout the summer 3. Selective Herbicide: For year round weed control on your lawn 4. Autumn Feed: Prepares the lawn for winter slow down in growth 5. Winter Moss Control: Prevents the build up of moss over the winter months

Additional Treatments

• Heavy Moss Control • Scarification • Aeration • Over Seeding • Top Dressings Aeration allows surface water escape and lets your roots breath. Top Dressing is also available with aeration. Our scarification programme removes dead moss from your lawn.  All our Lawncare, scarification and aeration programmes are done in 4/5 visits per year so sit back and relax while the Greenfeet professionals transform your grass into a healthy lawn.

them at the initial consultation. The whole idea is to get your lawn looking great and getting back on the standard treatments as quickly and as economically as possible.  This year we are delighted to offer a payment scheme whereby your treatments can be paid monthly over the year by Standing Order.  Of course you will still have the pay as you go method which we have always used.  The most important thing for people to remember is that there is no contract and no upfront fee.  All our consultations are free and we only charge for work completed.

How It Works

After your initial enquiry we will follow up and arrange a visit to suit you. At our visit we compile a detailed lawn survey after which we recommend our programme of treatments required and give you a quotation for the year.  If your lawn requires additional treatments to get it right we usually recommend

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The Rug Drop Shop Launched In Navan A super new service has just been launched. Customers can leave their soiled rugs in Fagans Furniture on Railway Street where Rainbow Cleaning Services will pick up, clean them and then drop them back a few days later to Fagans for collection by the customer. This means there is no need for a house or office call for the rugs and while there, people can browse the wares of Fagans Furniture.

Mayor of Navan unveils sculpture in honour of miners that lost their lives

Unveiling of public sculpture ‘In the great Wide open’ on the Kells Road, Navan. The sculpture, commissioned by Meath County Council is a monumental limestone and zinc piece depicting a megalithic man moving decorative stone from one site to another and honors miners that lost their lives in Tara Mines..Pictured from Left, Mayor of Navan Cllr. Anton McCabe, Eileen Mellett, who represented the partners of miners who lost their lives in Tara Mines. Eileen is the wife of Padraig who died in Tara Mines in 1978 and sculptor Patrick Barry. Photo:Barry Cronin -

Launch of An Post Heritage Cycle

This year’s An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour takes place on Sunday July 29th. This year’s tour offers 4 different distances to choose from: 11km Family Spin – this is a flat route which is suitable for all the family. Children under the age of 12yrs must be accompanied by an adult and possess some level of cycling experience. 50km Tara Loop – this popular route has in parts been reversed in direction and includes an additional 10km this year. It is a relatively flat route with a moderate climb to the Hill of Tara. 100km Royal Tour – route changed in parts, whilst the flatter aspects have remained the same. Participants would need a good level of cycling fitness. 160km Royal Challenge – new route for 2012 brings cyclists to the east of the county and sees the introduction of Sliabh Breagh (known locally as Downeys Mountain). The route remains tough and challenging and is not for the faint hearted – cut off time applies on this route. The nominated charity for this event is the Alzheimer Society Meath. Alzheimer Society Meath is part of a nationwide charity that aims to provide people with all forms of dementia, their families and carers with the necessary support to maximise their

quality of life. All funds raised will be used by the Whistlemount Day Centre, Meath to assist in the provision of specialist care for those suffering with Alzheimer’s. The French/European Market will add to the atmosphere at the start/finish area and, for the convenience of participants, Aura Trim Leisure Centre are providing complimentary showers and changing facilities on the day. A number of local hotels and guest houses will provide discounted rates to those participating on the tour. This year sees the renewal of the successful working partnership between An Post, Irish Sports Council, Meath County Council, Meath Tourism, Meath Cycling Clubs, Gardai, Civil Defence, Trim Tidy Towns and Meath Local Sports Partnership who together will deliver a highly enjoyable, quality event. The organising committee welcomes the following partners for 2012: Vittel – official water partner to the tour; Dunnes Stores, Cycling Ireland, Aura Trim Leisure Centre and Trim Castle Hotel For more information and to download a booking form or enter online see or contact 046 9067337.

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Get Your Kicks At Flix

Headfort Golf Club Twinning with Portsalon Golf Club

The Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells is the place to be on Friday 6th July for anyone with fond memories of Flix Niteclub. A Flix Reunion Night is being held to help raise vital funds for the Cardiac Unit in Crumlin Children’s hospital. DJ Ken Murray is coming back to DJ for this one off special night and Vincent Duff of the Headfort Arms has kindly given the use of Vibe nightclub which used to be called Flix, free of charge for the event. Admission on the night is €10 and all the money raised on the night from admission is being donated to CCH. The event has been organised as a gesture to the staff of Crumlin from Alisha and Mark Coyle who’s little boy Jamie Coyle, born on 31.12.2011, was transferred to Crumlin where he received wonderful care from all the team until his tragic passing on 17.2.2012 The Banner for the Flix Reunion has kindly been sponsored by Glenn Trout in Mulhuddart, with the posters for the night being printed free of charge by Jon Lambert of Print Logistics. A number of local shops in Kells have pledged spot prizes for a raffle on the night.

HEADFORT Golf Club in Kells, Co Meath and Portsalon in Co Donegal have announced that they have joined forces in an innovative ‘twinning’ of the two Clubs. A delegation of Portsalon Golf Club officers travelled to Headfort, where the official announcement was made following a mixed competition. The twinning of the clubs – which are 140 miles and three hours journey apart – will have numerous benefits for members of both clubs, as well as having a positive impact on local tourism in both counties. Headfort boasts two wonderful courses. Headfort New is rated as the best

In addition to the night the girls took part in the recent mini marathon and raised over 2500, a figure that does not include cards to be collected. Kells native, Paula Mc Govern nee Mc Cabe, now residing in New York kindly filled a card over there for the night, and John Rocha Jewellery have sponsored the Flix Reunion and donated a beautiful pendent to the raffle.

Pictured are from right: Diarmuid Logue (Captain, PortSalon GC), John Griffin (Headfort GC), Martha Kennedy (Lady Captain, Headfort GC) and Noreen McConigley (Lady Captain, PortSalon GC).

parkland in Leinster and one of the top 10 in Ireland, while Headfort Old is generally recognised as an all-time gem. Meanwhile, Portsalon – which is being continually developed under the guidance of Paul McGinley – is a stunning links course that Golf Digest rates at number 27 in the top 100 courses in Ireland. The link up between the clubs will allow members to enjoy the facilities of the other club free of charge when they visit, while members from both clubs can play their respective Open competitions at members’ rates.

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The Celtic Tenors Launch the Kells Pink Ribbon Walk The 2012 Kells Pink Ribbon Walk was launched in spectacular fashion with a gala concert by the internationally acclaimed Celtic Tenors in the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells on 9th June. The Celtic Tenors, including local talent Matthew Gilsenan from Moynalty, have established themselves as the most successful classical crossover artists ever to emerge from Ireland. With total album sales worldwide of over one million, they have topped the charts in the USA, Canada, Germany, the UK and Ireland and their international touring schedule featured a recent sell-out tour in the USA. The Celtic Tenors’ live show is overflowing with vitality and variety with the unique voices, charm and wit of Daryl, James and Matthew, and the talents of Musical Director Colm Rogan, offering audiences a thoroughly uplifting experience. The concert on June 9th gave the large crowd a wonderful night of music and also featured Matthew’s sister Deirdre Gilsenan, who has recently returned from touring with Michael Flatley’s international show ‘Lord of the Dance’. The fourth annual Kells Pink Ribbon Walk will take place on Sunday, September 9th 2012. This ever-popular event is a sponsored 10km walk that takes the walker from the beautiful surrounds of Drewstown House and Lake and around the Girley Eco Bog Loop, which is currently rated in ‘Ireland’s Top 50 Walks’ by top UK travel writer Christopher Sommerville. The aim of the Pink Ribbon Walk is to raise much-needed funds for Action Breast Cancer; a programme of the Irish Cancer Society, while increasing breast cancer awareness and promoting exercise and a healthier lifestyle. Action Beast Cancer provides practical support and care for breast cancer patients and their families all over Ireland. The programme also funds groundbreaking research projects into breast cancer treatment and diagnosis. Since the first Walk in 2009, the Kells Pink Ribbon Walk has attracted over 1,600 walkers, more than 100 volunteers and has raised a staggering €235,000 for Action Breast Cancer. This years aim is to have over 600 walkers from both the local area and further afield. The date has been moved to a Sunday to accommodate those working and also

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to add a renewed emphasis on a ‘Family Day Out’. The aim is to make this year an even ‘bigger and better’ event, encompassing a weekend of involvement from community, business and surrounding clubs. This year, Moynalty Cycling Club has come on board and will run two cycling events the day before the Walk. “Moynalty Cycling Club is delighted to be associated with the 2012 Pink Ribbon Event,” says Club Chairperson Kieran Meegan. “ The Club will host a ladies only cycling event in Kells on Saturday September 8th, with runs of various distances to suit all abilities. We also plan to organise a short family fun run around the town that will be suitable for all ages. The proceeds from the events will be presented to Action Breast Cancer and Meath Palliative Care. Moynalty Cycling Club holds various events over the year in aid of Meath Palliative Care - a local charity caring for people with terminal illnesses and their families.”  “The Pink Ribbon committee are also delighted to have the continued support of our Walk Ambassadors, Bryan Dobson and Barbara McMahon, as well as our exciting new patrons of musical and comedy fame, The Nualas,” says Chairperson Penny McGowan. “The concert on June 9th promises to launch the 2012 Campaign with a bang!” The Walk will be promoted via a local and national media campaign, through social media and the national website on  HYPERLINK “” and we will offer a summer long agenda of training meets and information events for participants in preparation for the walk in September. Further Information: Visit:, Join us on Facebook: Penny McGowan, Kells Pink Ribbon Walk Chairman: 087 984 4724 Linda Higgins, PRO: 087 686 4319, Action Breast Cancer: or helpline 1800 200 700, Moynalty Cycling Club: or Chairperson Kieran Meegan on 087 2077624.

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Skyrne Tractor Run A Great Success

The 4th Skryne Tractor Run took place on Sun 27th May. This was the first time the event also incorporated a Family Fun Day and it proved to be a huge success.  The day was in aid the Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind.  A big crowd turned out on the day in beautiful weather on the Hill of Skryne.   There was live music from mid day until midnight with such acts like Martin Fox, Done and Dusted, Ray Murtagh and Matt Leavy.  A word of thanks goes out to all who helped put it together.  The organisation for day took 9 months with a very dedicated committee. The support from the community of Skryne and the wider community was excellent and also from all the businesses who contributed to the day.  Foxes lounge were instrumental in providing the lounge at the venue and also a word of thanks for the use of the field goes to Tara Stud.  Also LMFM who were in attendance with the road runner on the day.

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The Simon Community Homeless Support Service in Meath In February 2011, the Simon Community established a Homeless Support Service in Meath. The role of the Homeless Support Worker was to assess the current situation in Co. Meath for people who are experiencing/ or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. The extent of homelessness in County Meath has become a significant problem. According to the Meath Homeless Action Plan 2007-2011, the numbers have more than quadrupled from 2000 to 2007. At present, there approximately 4,000 people on the housing list in Co. Meath. Since November 2011, the Homeless Support Service has being taking referrals to work with people who are, or who are at risk of becoming, homeless. These clients are referred to the Simon Community by a variety of organisations including statutory bodies, voluntary organisations and self-referrals. As with all individuals, each client presenting has their own individual need. The role of the Homeless Support Service is to work with each client to assess their individual need. Understanding of risk factors associated with the risk of homelessness, and their practical implications for clients, allow those involved in housing clearly identify needs and action plans for clients. The Homeless Support Service has, where possible, worked alongside the housing personnel and other organisations when devising action plans or addressing concerns for clients. This has shown itself to be an effective way of working. It has allowed all those involved in the care of clients to achieve an understanding of their role. It has more importantly, allowed for a more structured and holistic support for clients. While the term homelessness can conjure up a variety of images for people, homelessness can be categorised into 4 areas. These are: A: rooflessness (without a shelter of any kind, sleeping rough) B: houselessness (with a place to sleep but temporary in institutions or shelter) C: living in insecure housing (threatened with severe exclusion due to insecure tenancies, eviction, domestic violence) D: living in inadequate housing (in caravans on illegal campsites, in unfit housing, in extreme overcrowding). The Homeless Support Service works alongside clients who are

experiencing any of these categories. The needs presented by each client vary greatly in accordance with both the individual needs and the category of homelessness being experienced. For clients experiencing rooflessness, the main immediate need was for emergency accommodation. As highlighted by the Simon Community previously, this is not a service that can be provided in the Meath area except through the provision of 2 beds in Drogheda Homeless Aid. The only other alternative available is B and B or provision of emergency private rented accommodation. It is recommended that in order to meet the needs of people who are experiencing rooflessness in Meath, emergency, temporary accommodation in the county should be provided. It is not appropriate that a B and B is one of the main options. Likewise, a person who is experiencing huge difficulty should not be required to leave their county and local supports in order to access a bed. While the provision of emergency accommodation through private rented is a positive situation, this is not carried out in conjunction with tenancy sustainment. This has proven difficult for some people to maintain. For clients experiencing houselessness, there was also a need for access to either temporary or emergency accommodation. The idea of houselessness leaves somebody very vulnerable to the person they are living with. This situation is difficult in most cases, however, it seems very difficult for young adults who are receiving lower rates of Social Welfare Allowances than their older counterparts in similar situations. Clients experiencing houselessness could benefit from supported or transitional housing. This would allow them to establish themselves in a supported manner. For clients experiencing houselessness, it is imperative that Visiting Support/Tenancy sustainment is carried out. All clients living in insecure housing that the Homeless Support Service worked with, has ended up in insecure housing as a result of rent/mortgage arrears. The Homeless Support Service feels that these arrears and issues of budgeting could be helped by a visiting support. This would allow the client to be supported in managing their difficulties with housing costs and advocate for the client around any issues where required. This is a real preventative measure for insecure housing.

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For clients experiencing inadequate housing, the needs are less defined. There are many people living in inadequate accommodation that have ended up there due to their needs not being in met in the previous categories. Clients have ended up placed/ living in inappropriate accommodation as no other alternatives were available at the time they needed housing. The lack of emergency accommodation is fuelling the number of people living in inadequate housing. As there are no longer deposits for accommodation provided by statutory bodies, many people are reliant on voluntary bodies to provide them with accommodation. As many organisations are stretched, this may not always be possible. There are very few adequate houses available that offer the option of paying of a deposit after you have moved in. The Homeless Support Service strongly recommend that the needs of individuals experiencing different categories of homelessness are better met in Co. Meath. While frontline workers in a variety of organisations do as much as they can for people, their services are limited within the area of housing. The needs of clients cannot be met in an environment where there is no emergency accommodation in the county, no visiting support provided to those who are at risk of homelessness and no long term supported accommodation to people who may struggle to maintain accommodation. The Simon Community strongly urge that these issues be looked at in greater detail in accordance with the relevant forums and frameworks that are currently running nationwide.

Trevor is Right on Cue

Local Skoda dealer Trevor McConnell is pictured with The Whirlwind Jimmy White after they played in an exhibition recently. Trevor has previously beaten Denis Taylor, the 1985 World Champion.

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The Importance of Data Backup By The Phone Doctor

A colleague of mine who works in the computer industry recently asked me how much my laptop was worth. I quickly came back with the reply “about 500 Euro”. It was at this stage that he pointed out that my laptop would probably be worth about 10 times that amount because of the amount of precious data on the machine. The same then follows for your mobile phone! Who of you that are reading this rely heavily on your mobile phone and the data that is on it? Whether you are a business user who has all their email and contacts on the phone, or a club secretary who has all the players’ names and phone numbers stored for group texts. I would suggest that everyone should have a backup made of their mobile phones just in case the phone is ever stolen or broken beyond repair Each manufacturer has their own particular piece of software that allows you to back up your mobile phone data such as contacts and music / pictures. If possible a backup file should be held on a USB stick and this would further protect you should anything ever happen to the computer you made the back up on. At Nokia Care Navan we offer a full back up service for clients, and all backups are provided on a USB stick. In recent times there is a lot of data stored on our phones that traditionally would not have been there such as pictures and video recordings. Recently I have begun to offer a service in conjunction with 360 Photography, whereby customers can have their favourite pictures from their phone reproduced onto a canvas print. This service has proved very popular indeed, and is

certainly a way of ensuring an image is kept & enjoyed. As ever if you have any questions regarding anything mentioned in the article, please feel free to contact me directly on or (046) 9072982 Michael Gibson - 087 8225129 Nokia Care Navan, “Care, Not Just Repair”

NIOXIN: Everyone dreams of having thicker, fuller looking hair in just 30 days. The dream has now come through at Clintons as they are exclusive stockists in Navan of Wella Nioxin.  Nioxin can delivers the thicker, fuller looking hair you have always wanted. Nioxin gives a reduction of hair loss due to damage and breakage and in doing so gives fuller looking hair with an amplification of hair texture.  Nioxin strengthens resilience of the hair against damage and also gives the removal of follicle clogging sebum.  This product is exclusive to Clinton Hair by Design on Preston Place, Navan. For information on Nioxin ask in salon.

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Kells Slimming World Swap Pounds for Euros The members of the local Kells Slimming World group have raised a fantastic €1000 which they have kindly donated to two local charities. At the start of their 12 week “Lets beat it campaign” the Kells consultant Lynne Woods suggested that they donate the raffle proceeds raised each week. Obesity is now a major issue in Ireland as 61% of people are overweight or obese. Obesity rates have doubled in the last 20 years from 10 % in 1990 to 24% in 2011. The Kells members between the 4 sessions have lost a staggering 234 stone or 3,276 pounds over the 12 weeks. All the members are following the Extra easy plan on food optimising and never feel deprived as you can fill up on all your favourite foods and are never hungry. The members decided to split the proceeds of the raffle between two local charities, the Mental Health Day Centre in Kells and the Alzeihmer Day Centre in Navan. Both charities have been overwhelmed with the donation and have expressed their shock and delight. The day centre in Kells have purchased a new computer which was badly needed as their current computers are all over 15 years old, they are putting the remainder of the money towards a day out and a picnic. Lynne Woods said that she was delighted that the group could give something back to the local community as both charities are very close to a lot of her members hearts. If you would like to lose a

The friendly and efficient staff at Clinton Hair by Design, Beauty by Nature are always on hand to help you relax and enjoy the experience while being safe in the knowledge that you are in experienced hands. Aoife: Aoife has been a part of the Clinton team for seven years and has finished her training with the recognised Robert Chambers school of hairdressing in conjunction with Clinton Hair By Design. Aoife is a young bubbly enthusiastic girl with a natural flair for hairdressing. She is proficient in all aspects of hairdressing. Davida – Davida has several years experience in the beauty industry and has a lovely warm personality sure to make you feel relaxed while you enjoy your treatments. Davida won the accolade of Beauty Specialist of the year while doing her training. She has trained in make up artistry with MAC and so is the perfect make up artist for you if you have a special occasion coming up that you would like to feel extra special for. Fiona – Fiona is head of the Colour team and is also a senior stylist, colour specialist and Great Length technician. She uses only top quality Wella Colour products and is there to assist you. Fiona has a Degree In Colour with a fantastic 12 years experience. Next time you want your Colour done ask for Fiona and she will give you a personalised consultation to discuss your needs and achieve the Colour that you desire.

few pounds and are interested in Slimming World, the Kells group runs on a Wednesday morning at 9.30 and 11.30am and 5.30 and 7.30pm in the Handball Alley Social Club (opposite garda station), you can contact Lynne on 087 9839776 or just turn up on the day.

Pia – Pia is a senior stylist with over 8 years experience. Pia brings with her a wealth of knowledge when it comes to hairdressing.  She brings lots of creative ideas to the Clinton table. You will find it difficult to find a hairdresser of Pia’s experience and she is proficient in all aspects of hairdressing. Pia also enjoys creating stunning Up-Styles for those special occasions! Susanne – Susanne is now back with with Clintons Hair by Design, Beauty by Nature and is well know to a lot of the clients.  Suzanne has a vast wealth of experience in hairdressing and has been in the industry for many years.  She can create the perfect style for you. Suzanne is head of our Wedding Team and is excellent in all aspects of hairdressing. She can create the perfect style for all your special occasions.

Ambrose – Ambrose is our Head of Hair Care and has many years of hairdressing experience. He managed a busy, well renowned Salon for over 25 years so he earns his title as head of hair care. Ambrose will ensure every client will leave satisfied with their new look and offers great advice to those still unsure of what they want when they enter the salon.

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Hello Readers, Last month’s article was a huge success and I loved the response I got from you all. So please don’t hesitate to call me or email me with any questions about what you read. Enjoy this months and please use the tips I give to make your life a happier healthier one. This month’s topics: The importance of rest days. Some healthy BBQ ideas for the Summer: Our different packages and offers and MYSTUDIO NAVAN, THE IMPORTANCE OF REST DAYS WHEN TRAINING A common misconception about fitness is that more is better. It’s an idea that one must work out 6 or 7 days a week and never take time away from working out. This cannot be further from the truth and in fact, adequate rest it just as important to a fitness programme as actual time spent working out. A person who does not rest adequately risks both a physical and psychological breakdown due to the level of stress placed on the body. To understand the importance of rest, it is important to understand how our bodies develop when involved in a fitness programme. Contrary to common beliefs, the actual act of exercising does not build muscle. Exercising actually does the opposite as it causes tearing within the muscle. When we work out we are essentially breaking down and tearing muscle tissue. The muscle building is a result of the bodies ability to adapt. Once we have broken the muscles down, the body needs to repair them, our bodies will adapt to this new stress by repairing the muscles stronger than before in order to meet the new requirement for strength. Adequate rest is crucial for this process to be successful as we repair our muscle tissue during rest. Lack of rest also increases the potential for injury. If a person works out 6 -7 days a week, they are essentially breaking their body down without giving themselves enough time to recover. Often times, this will eventually result in an injury as the

person does not have a chance to recover from the constant stress. In addition to the physical requirements, there is also a psychological advantage to resting. Unless a person is a professional athlete on a strict schedule, it is common for people to overwork themselves to the point of physiological exhaustion. There is tremendous guilt associated with rest and eventually the person breaks down and has to stop working out altogether. A proper understanding of the importance of resting would result in a more manageable program. It’s not hard to see this in practice. Professional athletes, for example, work out for a living in order to be in peak condition. Most athletes need 2-3 off days a week. In addition, for sports like boxing, where they are training specifically to be at their peak on a specific day, athletes will take a week off of rigorous activity immediately before the competition in order to recover and reach their peak. Keep in mind that good fitness is about balance, so hard work needs to be complimented with good rest. Don’t feel guilty about your time away from the gym because that is when your body really gets to work. SUMMER IS HERE AND THE BBQ IS DUSTED DOWN….. Hot ‘n’ Healthy Barbeque With summer upon us now, what better excuse (weather permitting) to dust off the barbeque and enjoy some time outside in the fresh air with family and friends. If your first thoughts are high-calorie, high-fat sausages and burgers - don’t fret! Chicken, fish, vegetables and even fruit are delicious cooked on the barbeque. Take a look at my tasty, nutritious barbeque ideasto tantalise your taste buds. Remember, enjoy the weather but don’t over indulge. Kebabs Tofu is a popular vegetarian substitute for meat, which is very easy to cube and ideal for kebabs!

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Alternatively look out for cubed chicken breast, prawns or lean meats. The beauty of kebabs is that your imagination is your limit - most vegetables, and some fruits too, are delicious combined with tofu, poultry, seafood or meat. Try cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, peppers, courgette or aubergine (cut into ¼ inch cubes), pineapple chunks, apple slices... whatever takes your fancy! Simply put your chosen combination onto skewers, brush with a little olive oil, or find a reduced calorie marinade, and grill over the BBQ until the meat is cooked and tender and the vegetables are roasted and charred around the edges. Note: If using wooden skewers don’t forget to pre-soak them for 30 minutes to avoid the ends burning whilst cooking! Vegetable Kebabs “Try vegetable kebabs, peppers, mushrooms, courgette, aubergine, any of your favourite vegetables, skewer them, wipe with teriyaki sauce or something else you like, and stick them on the BBQ until ready.” Marinated Chicken “4 chicken breasts, 2 tablespoons clear honey, 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce, juice & zest of one lime, 2 cloves of garlic. Mix up all marinade ingredients, stir in chicken, leave overnight then BBQ! Can either leave chicken whole or chop into chunks and cook on skewers. Enjoy!” Monkfish Kebabs: Monkfish is very meaty so doesn’t flake and fall apart on the barbeque like other fish. It was very simple: monkfish cubes interspersed with chunks of ripe mango, with a little oil drizzled over plus the juice of one lime. Delicious!” For Dessert :Make up a bowl of fresh fruit salad and serve with low fat yoghurt. Alternatively whilst the charcoal is dying down, pop some bananas (in their skins) wrapped in tin foil on the shelf and leave for about 10 minutes. When you unwrap them you’ll have a delicious gooey banana dessert! Yours in health and fitness, Aoife Bradley!

From boardroom to ‘work from home’. Be who You want to be!

These days it is just good news to have a job. Highly qualified individuals are working in lower paid jobs; some are happy to downgrade and reduce stress while others are feeling deflated at the downturn in their economy. The corporate world and employee environment was never a nice place when I worked there. It was a man’s world and I had to fight hard to get heard at board meetings and get to the top of my game. When my first son was born I had to make the decision to work part time and accept a reduced wage or stay working for over 50 hours a week and never see my child grow up. I took the former option and I was lucky to get a well paid part time job. Unfortunately, part time work left us short on money for mortgage and general daily expenses. I was also very tired, stressed and overweight with a toddler and very little money. I looked at trying to work from home but I had no skills. I found a ‘Work from Home’ opportunity that had a great training structure, amazing leadership and I was able to de-stress, gain loads of energy and lose 35lbs and 131cm in only 3 months. Taking this ‘work from home’ opportunity from an idea to a profitable business was easy for me. All my family, friends and the community I lived in recognised I had not only lost weight but I looked healthy and happy too. People began to call me and pop up for a chat, with their conversation always focussed on my ‘newfound’ wellness. Many other people started to join my Wellness Team. Some people worked from home, others ran Wellness classes in community halls and Personal trainers used the opportunity to help build their current business; all business methods had a common factor that everyone was only working part time and earning money. After many years of training Wellness coaches from all backgrounds I opened a second Nutrition Club in Athboy town, Co. Meath. I was blessed to bring together

some Amazing people from All backgrounds to build a very strong Wellness Team. We are always looking for Wellness coaches to work within our team in Athboy or from their own home or office. If you feel you could be an excellent Wellness and weight management coach then we will be happy to set up an interview and get you started. My Wellness Centre in Athboy town, Co. Meath has also helped many people start up their new Business and helped these entrepreneurs get on their feet. With a beautiful, quiet and tranquil room to rent for only €5 per hour there is very little economic strain on these newly established businesses. Each person renting the Wellness Centre in Athboy is self employed and work their own hours. At present the treatment room is being used by a Neuromuscular Masseuse, Sports injury therapist, Reflexologist, Indian head masseuse, baby masseuse, phycotherapist & Councillor. If you would like to start your own business for an investment of only €5 per hour then give me a ring. There is room for everyone to work their own hours and be their own boss. This new life has given me the opportunity to spend much of my day with my little boys, travel the world and generally enjoy my life Working the hours I want and being able to bring my family to work is a ‘Dream come true’ job for me. Siobhan Maher (Heavenly Health Nutrition Club and Wellness Centre, Athboy, Co. Meath) Mobile: 087 6524623 Business Opportunity Webinar: Web for Business Partnership: Email: Web for Retail: Follow Nutrition advice on:

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Can we cure an epidemic? With Garda numbers falling, our rural stations closing and huge budget cuts to the funds

available to fight crime more and more focus is being put on ordinary citizens to protect themselves and their property. Burglary by its nature makes it difficult to get a conviction unless our thief has

being caught in possession of stolen property. Thieves are also evolving with technology helping

them as much as it is used to stop them. Gangs of organised burglars are now a more menacing threat to our home than at any time in the recent past.

There is however light at the end of the tunnel. The greatest assets we have at present is knowledge

and awareness, Knowledge of the latest security devices and awareness of the best practice in personal security are key factors in reducing the possibility of becoming another victim. Research

has shown that preventing a burglar from entering your home for over 3 minutes considerably reduces the chances of it being broken into. Most relevant to this is not making it easy, an open

window or patio door is an open invitation! Good quality locks on both windows and doors play also key role in this. Lighting and landscape are something that are often ignored more than most

Some tips to keep the burgulars out! • Ensure that doors are locked and windows shut and securely locked. • Have the back door locked when answering the front door, • Consider improving the quality of your P.V.C door lock cylinder rather than depending on the manufacturers supplied one. • If living in a flat or an apartment never open the main entrance door to strangers. • Consider fitting the front door with a door viewer/peep hole or • Keep keys out of view - do not leave your door/car keys where they can be seen this is a common mistake.  A wire coat hanger opened into a long rod with a hook might be able to reach a key. • Visible burglar alarms, decoy dummy boxes/ cameras, locks and security lighting are excellent deterrents. • If the entrance to your home is dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves do not want to be observed trying to get in a door. • Leave a light on in the porch or hallway; prowlers always opt for the cover of darkness. • If you lose your house keys, change the locks immediately. • Do not leave valuables like your laptop or DVD player where people can see them through a window. • Having a dog is a major deterrent to burglars. If your do not have one simply place a ‘BEWARE OF DOG’ sign on your gate/fence. • Downstairs is not the only way in – remember to secure extension areas, side and back entrances. • If you are not in the room, make sure its secure there is a trend for houses to be burglared while the occupants are there in another part of the house. • Cash in king these days don’t leave it lying around • Do not leave gates or outer doors open. • Make sure that your wheelie bin, which makes an ideal climbing frame, is firmly anchored away from windows. • Beware of patio doors during the summer months, while chatting to a friend on the phone a burglary can walk straight in a take what is visual. • A timer for lights is a worthwhile investment and gives the impression that someone is at home • Do not leave keys under the mat or plant pots … it is the first place anyone will look. • Erect a strong, tall fence around the perimeter of your garden to keep opportunist burglars out. • Consider filling garden furniture with gravel to make it difficult to carry away. • Keep valuable items such as bikes and expensive tools locked away. • Fit outdoor garden security lighting. A light activated by a sensor will switch on automatically when darkness falls and switch off when it gets light. This acts as a good deterrent to burglars because your property is lit during the night. • Close off any side passageways on your property with a tall and sturdy gate. This will prevent would be thieves from slipping around to the back of your house where they can work unseen. • Holidays • Cancel your milk, paper deliveries or arrange for a neighbour, relative/friend to collect your mail or use MailMinder from An Post. • Arrange to have the lawn mowed, particularly when absent for long periods in the summer. • Do not unwittingly advertise your travel arrangements to others e.g. inform your friends on Facebook when you are going away. • Do inform family/friends of your travel arrangements so that they will know that you did arrive at your destination. • Check bikes, tools, ladders etc are locked safely into the shed. Also check that the wheelie bins in stored away in a safe place. • Check locks on entrance doors/gates and oil tank. • Make full use of light timing devices and do not have the curtains drawn during the daytime. Set the device to come on and off at different times to give the impression the house is occupied. • Check all windows/doors are shut and securely locked before activating your alarm. • If you have a domestic alarm – inform your monitoring centre of your absence and ensure any nominated key holders will attend promptly if alarm was activated. • Leave the radio on when you are away to give the impression that the house is occupied. • If leaving your car at home make sure it is safely locked in the garage, and check that the garage door is locked. If taking your car, invite your neighbours to use your driveway for car parking. • Downstairs in not the only way in - remember to secure extension areas, side and back entrances.

but are factors that should be taken seriously. Make them visible, make the uncomfortable, make them work , that will make them go somewhere else.

Technology of course is the one area that will always be at the forefront of crime prevention.

CCTV cameras are now commonplace with picture quality improving and costs coming down it

is now an affordable mean of protecting property. One area that is exciting is the traceability of

stolen property technology such as Smartwater and other forensic material methods are a modern approach to a problem that have haunted law enforcement for decades.

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have become a battleground with the criminals

and law enforcement both benefiting from the interaction of normal people online, Posting that

you are going to a wedding or on holiday is not a good idea in today’s environment. In Meath the Gardaí and Community Alert groups are using this same media to fight crime posting advice and suspicious behaviour to their friends or group.

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Navan Employment Options Midway Services present a cheque to Meath River Rescue for their “Sponsor a Brick”

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Meath Company On Top Of Croke Park

It’s the dream of every Meath junior footballer to play for their club or county in Croke Park. 8 year old Kells boy and Round Towers footballer, Eoin Meegan, got an even better prize - a trip to the top of Croke Parks premier Etihad Skyline Walkway. His father Kieran’s company, Skyway, installed the safety system on the walkway and are delighted to have a constant Meath Presence overlooking the pitch and the Dublin Skyline. “This is a great project for our company to be involved in. Skyway have been in business now for over 12 years but this job has to be the Sam Maguire in our industry”, Kieran says. “It’s a dream job for any GAA fan!!”

Cheque of €100.00 prestened by Conor O Neill on behalf of the team members in Navan Employment Options Midway Services to Martin Boland(Voulnteer) represting Meath River Rescue for their Sponsor A Brick.

Models Cause A Stir As They Go On Patrol At Palace Nightclub! Models Kerrie Nicole Blanc, Yurena Castro Shaw and Tiffany Stanley pictured at The Models on Patrol “ party at The Palace Nightclub in Navan. The models caused as stir as they arrived in a real New York Police Car and waved their batons as they sent male temperatures soaring at the arresting even. Late night traffic was brought to a stand still in Ludlow Street outside The Palace as the models strutted their stuff. Pictures - Brian McEvoy

Trevor Giles checks the blood pressure of Kevin Reilly in support of AMEN

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Business of the Month!

Dillon Geraghty & Co. Solicitors are a law firm based in Navan and Athboy. They are a progressive law firm for the private and business client and they strive to provide a professional and efficient legal service and to represent their clients to the highest professional standards at all times. Dillon Geraghty is headed by Partners Fiona Geraghty who is a Navan native and Mark Dillon originally from Castleblayney, County Monaghan. The firm’s Athboy office was established in 2008 upon the appointment of Dermot Dempsey Solicitor as a Judge with the Navan office being opened on Brews Hill shortly after. Fiona attended St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Navan before training as a Solicitor and worked in large commercial law firm Beauchamps

Solicitors before moving back to Meath to establish the Practice. She is a graduate of University College Dublin where she obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree (Hons) and also holds a Diploma in Commercial Property and Tax Law. Fiona is a Director of St. Mary’s Credit Union in Navan. Mark Dillon is a graduate of the University of Limerick where he obtained a Degree in Law and European Studies (Hons). He has since been awarded a Diploma in Employment Law. Mark is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers which provides information, guidance and support to those who have suffered personal injury. He is an active member of the local BNI (Business Networking International) Chapter and a Committee member of the Meath Solicitors Bar Association. Dillon Geraghty & Co carry out a range of services for both private and commercial clients. These services include for the Private client • Accidents / Personal Injury • Online Personal Injury compensation claim form • Medical Negligence & Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice • Wills, Administration of Estates & Tax Plannning • Residential Property • Family Law, including Civil Partnership & Cohabitee Law • Criminal & Road Traffic Offences For the Commerical Client • Employment Law • Commercial Law and Litigation • Commercial Property Dillon Geraghty & Co Solicitors were shortlisted recently as a

Finalist in the Leinster Law Firm of the Year category of the Irish Law Awards 2012. The Awards identify and recognise lawyers and law firms in Ireland who have achieved excellence in the law with particular focus on legal expertise, quality of service, value for money, and services to the community. Nominations for the awards were received from clients with the finalists being selected by a judging panel of twelve. Dillon Geraghty and Co. Solicitors can be contacted on Athboy Office: “Belmont”, O’Growney Street,, Athboy,, Co. Meath. Phone : 046 9432583/4; Fax : 046 9432717; Email :” Or the Navan Office, 36 Brews Hill, Navan, Co. Meath.

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Kells Blackwater FC Annual Soccer Tournament The sixth annual Kells Blackwater F. C. soccer tournament will take place over two weekends in the middle of August, 11th, 12th,18th and 19th when between 1300-1500 players from the north east counties of Meath, Louth, Monaghan and Cavan were joined by top sides from Westmeath and Dublin at the Grange soccer campus just outside Kells in what has become the mostsuccessful underage preseason soccer tournament in the region. Speaking after the tournament, which will saw sides like St.Kevin’s Boys, Home Farm, St. Francis, Mount Merrion and Drogheda Boys claim honours,last season Patrick Matthews, Kells Blackwater

secretary and tournament organiser is hoping that the Tournament will get more teamns then trhey got last year where threy had 98 teams competed over the two weekends in glorious sunshine, including teams from under 10 to under 18. Up 28 teams from the previous year. The tournament have proven a great success amongst the soccer community in the whole region and provides a great opportunity for parents, managers and players from surrounding counties to come together in what is a very competitive tournament in advance of the new season. For information about the Tournament, please contact Patrick Matthews at 086-1533487.

Kells Blackwater FC Annual Presentation Day KellsBlackwater F. C. Annual Presentation Day, took palce in the Kenlis Suite Headfort Arms Hotel on Sunday the 20th of May which was attended by over 250 parents and children. HSE NESCL Secretary, Eddie Higgins presented the awards and medals to players throughout the Club for the 2011-2012 season.

KellsBlackwater F. C. under 15s who got to the under 15 Final last year and lost 2-1 to Mint Merrion

KellsBlackwater F. C. won 3 HSE NECSL Cup in the season gone, under 13, 15 and under 16. Other awards given out on the day were as follows : Senior team Player of the Year for 2011-2012 season Craig Mooney Under 17 team Player of the year for the season 2011-2012 Paddy Dillion Under 16 team Player of the year for the season 2011-2012 Paul Finnegan Managers Player of the Year for the season 2011-2012 Lui Shine Top goal scorer of the season 2011-2012 Patrick Farrelly Under 15 Team Player of the year for the season 2011-2012 Louis Cooper -Faye Managers Player of the Year for the 2011-2012 Killian Maguire

Kells Blackwater FC Senior team took on current league of Ireland Champions Shamrock Rovers as part of the celebrations for Maureen O’Haras visit to the town recently. It was a close run affair with Rovers just scraping it with a 12 -1 victory!

Under 14 Premier Team Player of the year for 2011-2012 Aaron Doherty

Under 14 Division 2 team Player of the year for 2011-2012 Jonathon Browne Managers Player of the year for 2011-2012 Cormac Mattimoe Top Goalscorer of the Year for 2011-2012 Edam McKay Under 13 Team Player of the year for 2011-2012 season Stephen Collier Most improved Player of the year for 2011-2012 Barry Collins Best Individual goal in the season 2011-2012 Brian Byrne Under 12 Premier Team Player of the year for 2011-2012 Patrick McDermott Under 12 Division 1 A team Player of the year for 2011-2012 Oran Carolan Under 12 Division 1 B team Player of the year for the season 2011-2012 Adam Donnelly Managers Player of the year for season 2011-2012 Bradley Caffrey Most improved Player of the Year for the season 20112012 Sean Mulligan Top Goalscorer for the 2011-2012 season Ben Wiseman

John Shipps 70th in JJ Maguires Kells

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All-Ireland title for Athboy Boys in FAI Schools 5-a-side by Paul Holland

Congratulations to Athboy’s O’Growney NS who were crowned All-Ireland Champions of the FAI Schools 5-a-side competition at Tallaght Stadium in this the 20th Anniversary of FAI Schools Meath.The team managed by Barry McGann and John Brennan became the third Meath school to win National honours as they emulate the successes of Rathbeggan NS in 2005 and St.Michael’s Trim in 1996. The historic achievement was celebrated with the magnificent travelling support from the Meath school ,as the side captained by Sean Hughes emerged victorious on the day. Athboy began well by beating Connacht Champions Brierhill(Galway)by 4-0 and followed up with a closely fought 3-2 win over Ulster Champions Virginia (Cavan) before drawing 0-0 with St.Colmcilles Tipperary to secure the prestigious National title ATHBOY SQUAD 1.Jamie Monaghan,Callum O’Sullivan,Cillian Swaine,Sean Hughes(capt),John Farrell,Jack Kelly,Cian Quinn and Ben Renehan Dunboyne Girls impress in capturing Leinster title Dunboyne girls were convincing winners in the Section for large schools when they won all three games in impressive fashion and began by beating Scoil Mochua from Celbridge by 3-1 in their first game. Goalkeeper Niamh McDermott was outstanding throughout and was only beaten once the whole day. Margaret Leonard in midfield was top scorer for the South Meath school with four goals while the introduction of Grace Dunne proved to be decisive as she scored two crucial goals and set-up a third. The Dunboyne girls ,managed by Donal Scanlon and Michelle McDonnell,were most impressive in accounting for Dublin Champions, St.Oliver Plunkett’s of Malahide by 4-0 but had to pull out all the stops in the deciding game against St.Fiacc’s of Laois.Niamh Farrell and Abbie Reilly were magnificent in thwarting the brave challenge of St.Fiacc’s with the game decided by a well worked goal, with Anna O’Dwyer breaking to set up Margaret Leonard who netted from close range, sparking scenes of wild celebration for the Dunboyne supporters. DUNBOYNE 1.Niamh McDermott 2.Rachel McDermott 3.Aisling Flynn 4.Abbie Reilly 5.Grace Dunne 6.Niamh Farrell 7.Margaret Leonard 8.Anna O Dwyer ATHBOY BOYS WIN FIRST LEINSTER TITLE Quarryvale(Clondalkin) proved to be formidable opponents in Athboy’s first game .Despite an early 2-0 lead ,Athboy had to come from behind to snatch a 3-3 draw in the last seconds of a thrilling

All-Ireland Champions O’Growney NS, Athboy at Tallaght Stadium

Leinster Champions Athboy NS with Mark Scanlon (FAI Meath)

encounter.Keeper Killian Swaine pulled off some magnificent saves and a spectacular header from Ben Renehan in the dying seconds kept Athboy’s hopes alive.The seond game saw Athboy start slowly going 2-0 down at half-time.Athboy were much improved with Callum O’Sullivan as sub keeper and Jack Kelly pulling the strings in midfieldAthboy showed true character with winger Cian Quinn beating two players and floating a perfect pass for Seán Hughes (capt.) to head the equaliser home in true ‘Drogba’ fashion.Athboy went on to win their final match against St. Joseph’s of Kilcock with a score of 4-1 to capture their first ever Leinster title. Top scorer was Cian Quinn with 6 goals on the day with two strikes from Jack kelly and one each from Seán Hughes and Ben Renehan ATHBOY NS

Jamie Monagha, Callum O’Sullivan, Cillian Swaine, Seán Hughes, John Farrell, Jack Kelly, Cian Quinn, Ben Renehan


A skillful Gaelscoil side were most unfortunate not to reach the All-Ireland finals after impressing with

convincing wins (3-0 over Dublin Champions,St.Dominic’s Tallaght) and 3-2 over North Kildare

ET.Midfielder Lauryn Ní Grioghar was for many,the player of the day,with two superb strikes in the opening game.Gemma Ní Mhuirí was in inspired form between the posts while Eibhlís Ní Choileáin and Niamh Ní Ghalchóir were dominant in defence.

The crucial decider against Castlebridge(Wexford) saw Máire Ní Ghealbháin’s girls dominate

proceedings from the start but the extra experience of the South Leinster Champions saw them edge out the Navn school by 2-1.The fact that all eight of the Wexford team play regularly with their local

soccer team (as opposed to none from the Meath team) was what separated the two teams in the end.

Laoise Ní Dhiarmada put in a superb display in midfield while subs Sionainn Ní Riain,Muireann Ní Chorcora and Siobhán Ní Dheá all played their part in coming so close to reaching the National decider

in Tallaght Stadium. GAELSCOIL ÉANNA Lauryn Nic Grioghar,Eibhlís Ní Choileáin,Laoise Nic Dhiarmada,Gemma Ní Mhuirí,Niamh Ní Ghallchóir,Sionann Ni Riain,Muireann Ni Chorcora,Siobhán Ní Dheá

Gaelscoil Eanna Navan Leinster Finals Runner-up with coach Máire Ni Ghealbháin Ireland Legend Johnny Giles takes time out to launch Robbie Horgan’s testimonial, 6.30 pm 16th June Hunky Dory’s Park Drogheda

Leinster Champions Dunboyne SNS Winners of Leinster Finals of FAI Schools Meath5-a-side.Pictured with Teachers Michelle McDonnell & Donal Scanlon

League and Cup Winners Cloghertown Utd U-15s

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