IN TOUCH – January & February 2018


The Occasional Newsletter


Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

Dear Friends,



The infant son of Alan and Carol O’Mahony was baptized and given the name of Cian in St. Peter’s on 17th February by Rev’d. Jamieson .  We wish Cian and his family every blessing.



Rev’d. Jamieson officiated at the funeral of Hugh Riggans on 12th January at Townley’s Funeral Home. Our prayers and sympathies to his wife Catherine and his family.

The funeral of Allan Wares took place in St Peters on Monday 12th February with cremation afterwards at Dardistown Crematorium.  We send our prayers and sympathies to his wife Deirdre.

We extend our prayers and our sympathies to the Treadwell family, recently bereaved by the death of Charlie’s and Robbie’s sister, Dorrie. This comes at a time when the family is still mourning the death of Deirdre, who died on 19th November 2017 and whose remains were laid to rest in St Mary’s Church, Castlebellingham, following a funeral mass in St Brigid’s Church, Dunleer.  In an example of Christian outreach and common fellowship, the Church of Ireland community was welcomed and supported by Father Murtagh, pp in Dunleer.  Thank you, Father Murtagh.

We send our prayers and sympathy to the family of the late Noel Hill, who died, after a short illness, on 30th January.  Noel’s funeral service was in Dunleer Church on Friday 2nd February and his remains were laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.



The Rector has had discussions with four couples who are intending to get married.


Confirmation classes take place in St Peter’s Parish Hall on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm.  Classes are shared between the Rev’d Captain Geoffrey Walmsley, the Rev’d Iain Jamieson and Canon Joyce Moore.  The Service of Confirmation will be on Thursday 19th April at 7:30 pm, venue has not yet been confirmed. We have six young people from St Peter’s Parish and Dundalk Union of Parishes preparing for Confirmation.


News from our Parish School – St. Peter’s, Bolton Street.                                                                  

January proved to be a busy month. 2 teams were entered in the local Credit Union Quiz and a very successful Science Week was held at the end of January. As part of this, Junior Einsteins visited and the whole school went on a special trip to W5 in Belfast, which proved enjoyable and educational. In February 5th and 6th class organised a fantastic Bake Sale which took place on Shrove Tuesday. A fine array of baked goods, drinks and special items like popcorn and jellies were prepared by the children themselves and they manned their own stalls. It was well attended by parents and all pupils and €585 was raised for the chosen charity “My Canine Companion”, which trains dogs to help children with autism. 5th and 6th classes also took it in turns to attend the Lenten Lunches in the Parish Rooms. During assembly Rev’d Jamieson reminded the children about the meaning of Lent.  Finally the Board of Management appointed Ms Williams as an Assistant Principal and have completed a Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment and revised their Child Protection Statement. The school can be contacted at 041-9839573 or email


Rural Deanery Service

The Rural Deanery Service took place in Ardee Church on Wednesday 7th February.  It took the experimental form of a Songs of Praise, interspersed with Bible readings.  The theme was ‘Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness’.  The church was beautifully decorated and warm; the service was conducted by all the clergy and readers; the lessons were read by readers from every Select Vestry in Creggan and Louth RD; the congregation, led by Dundalk choir, joined by Eileen, sang with satisfying enthusiasm.  Thank you to all who contributed to making it a special occasion.


Lent Services

Lent services continue on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm; each service takes place in a different church in the Unions.


Lenten Lunches                                                                                                                                                               

Now in their 10 year our annual Lenten Lunches continue apace under the guiding hands of Clive and Pam Bagnall.  Their merry band of hard working helpers provide lunch each Wednesday during Lent 12.30-2pm in the Parish Hall. All proceeds will go to Drogheda Homeless Aid.


Karen Coleman and her team of stewards have coordinated two concerts during the period which were held in St.Peter’s under the auspices of Drogheda Classical Music. On Friday 26th January the German/ Canadian cellist Johannes Moser and Russian Pianist Andrew Korobeinikov performed together and on Friday 16th February there was an evening of Opera and Song curated by the artistic director of the newly formed Irish National Opera. Both concerts were well attended. The next concert which is the last in the Drogheda Classical Music Series for this season sees the return of Finghin Collins on Friday 9th March. A large attendance is expected.

Collon Church                                                                                                                                                          

Friends of Collon Church are holding a musical evening in Collon Church on Sunday 15th April to raise much needed funds to repair the Church roof.  Tickets are €25 and refreshments will be served. Tickets are available from John Rountree 087 2620610 and Michael McMahon 0872355645.  If you would like to attend and are in need of a lift please let the Church Wardens know.


St.Peter’s Place (The Alleys)

Two of the period houses at St.Peter’s Place have now been restored.  It is hoped that the first tenant will shortly be moving in.


The Community Services Group                                                                                                                                

We are very fortunate and grateful to have this group of very willing workers led by Jamie Nolan who have been doing tremendous work clearing and tidying our graveyard, the Close, St John’s Home and St.Peter’s Place.


The Darro Centre (St John of God – North East Service)                                                                                  

We are also very grateful to have members of the Darro Centre who help out weekly with light duties in and around St.Peter’s.


Sunday School at Ardee Church                                                                                                                              

The Rector is delighted to say that plans are in progress to start a Sunday School in Ardee.


St. Peter’s Sunday School and The CLGB                                                                                                         

Both Sunday School and the CLGB are hoping to restart soon.



There was a Church of Ireland takeover bid in Cyprus recently: the service (Eucharist of course) was conducted by the Rev’d Michael Graham and the organ played by his former assistant minister, Joyce. Michael and Janet are enjoying their ‘retirement’ (he helps with their newsletter, website, readings and regularly takes services)


Dean Katharine Poulton will be instituted as Rector of St. Mary’s Church, Julianstown on Friday 9th March at 8pm

St Peter’s Annual General Vestry Meeting will be held on Sunday 8th April after morning service.

St Peter’s Summer Fair will be held at St Peter’s Close on Saturday 23RD June- more details later.


It is hoped to have In Touch ready for distribution on the first Sunday of each month.

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Best wishes



The Revd Iain Jamieson    Tel: 041-9870073/083-8640133

Rectory, Drogheda

The Revd Canon Joyce Moore    Tel: 041-6851327/087-7468866
Dunleer, Co. Louth