Around the Villages: April Announcements

Pilgrimage to RatoathOld lad standing at the corner get togetherSome toast, Sacristan?Duleek IRA Nostalgia NightTraveller Tinder LaunchClogherhead Ladies Mini MarathonSlane and the Nazis


Pilgrimage to Ratoath

The annual holy pilgrimage to Ratoath will be on the Saturday after the first Saturday of next month. Due to the forecasted bad weather, those crawling are advised to leave before sunrise. There will be a four course fast on arrival (vegetarian, paleo diet, gluten intolerant catered for) followed by a good pray. Contact Fr. Silvio at the parochial house for further details on 041 98 6066 66.

Old lad standing at the corner get together

After the success of last year’s corner gathering at Mell, a meet has been scheduled to select competitors for the county heats in May. Archie Weldon will be bringing his portable corners again this year and has added a new rounded corner to his arsenal. Entrants must have shrunk at least a foot in height and look genuinely confused. Shirt and tie essential. No punks or go boys.

Some toast, Sacristan?

A musical based on the week long hunger strike by Dominican church sacristan and part-time hunger striker, Some toast, Sacristan? kicks off this weekend in the TLT. Part drama, part documentary but mostly pantomime, the musical is sure to be a hit. Russell Crowe stars as the sacristan with support from the Christian God and Drogheda Drama Club. Tickets €15, €12 with concession. No snacks.

Duleek IRA Nostalgia Night

Duleek hosts its bi-annual IRA nostalgia night this coming Wednesday in O’Niall’s Bar. Special guest Dessie ‘The Border Fox’ O’Hare will compère an evening of song, poetry and dance. The ever popular Gerry Adams sound-a-like competition returns as does music by popular trio Bobby and the Letter Bombs and the ever engaging Dirty Protest.

Republican elements of Tullyallen Erotic Art Collective will perform an erotic interpretation of the life of Ian Paisley with local Martin McGuinness look-a-like Petes McCann. All proceeds go to families of those imprisoned during ‘the struggle’. €20 on the door, does not include An Phoblacht which must be bought.

Traveller Tinder Launch

Local entrepreneur Kite McKeown launches his latest app aimed at the Irish traveller community and those who are traveller-curious. Traveller Tinder is aimed at young travellers and hipsters. More details at

Clogherhead Ladies Mini Marathon

Clogherhead national school is looking for dwarf mammies, aunts, sisters or cousints to raise funds for a badly needed new roof by running a full marathon this May Bank Holiday weekend. The event is being filmed by TV3.

Slane and the Nazis

The Historical History Society of Drogheda will host a lecture on the links between Meath and Nazi Germany in the years after the Second World War. It will explore the long held local belief that Hitler escaped Berlin in May 1945 and opened a pub in Slane. The Eagle’s Nest Pub was popular amongst German tourists for years until the proprietor, Herr Dolph Spittler, passed away. Tickets free but must be reserved. Contact Joe up at Millmount for details.