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Minister McEntee supports Science Week

The weather was bright and sunny this morning, which was perfect for Minister McEntee and all of the team at OPW Oldbridge and Coillte who gathered together today to plant a tree for Science Week.

Celebrating the Science Week tree planting initiative, Rosemary Collier, Director of National Historic Properties, OPW; Cormac Downey, Arboricultural Officer, OPW; Deborah Meghen Director of Stewardship Coillte; Helen McEntee, TD, Minister for European Affairs, and Dr. Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General, Science Foundation Ireland planted trees at the Battle of the Boyne site in Oldbridge as part of Science Week 2019.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has launched a nationwide tree planting initiative as part of Science Week 2019. Focussing on climate action, Science Week 2019 is seeking to help people understand climate change, how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change – including planting a tree! This tree planting initiative supports the national effort of planting 440 million trees by 2040. 

Speaking about the initiative, Helen McEntee, TD, Minister for European Affairs said: “I am delighted to play my part this Science Week and support the national tree-planting campaign. I greatly welcome the work that Science Foundation Ireland is doing to engage young people in growing a greater understanding of our changing climate and the role science can play. Trees alone can play a significant role in carbon absorption and in helping us reach the objectives set out in the Climate Action Plan.” There are a number of ways to get involved, information available on

(L to R), Rosemary Collier, Director of National Historic Properties, OPW; Cormac Downey, Arboricultural Officer, OPW; Deborah Meghen Director of Stewardship Coillte; Helen McEntee, TD, Minister for European Affairs, and Dr. Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General, Science Foundation Ireland
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Legends XV Vs. Colmcilles XV


Great Craic was had by all when the Legends XV played St. Colmcilles XV this evening. Many GAA All stars turned up for what was a great evening’s entertainment. Some of the players included:

  • The mayor of Drogheda, Richie Culhane,
  • Darragh Ó Sé – Kerry footballer and six time all Ireland champion,
  • Graham Geraghty – Winner of 2 All Ireland titles for Meath in 1996 and ’99,
  • Michael Duignan – who won 2 All Ireland hurling medals for his home county, Offaly.
  • Peter Canavan – AKA Peter the Great, winner of 2 All Ireland medals & 6 All Star awards,
  • Nigel Crawford, Winner of 1 All Ireland & 3 Leinster titles for Meath, including captaining them to their win over Louth in the 2010 Leinster Final.
  • John Mullane,Waterford Hurler & Legend in his own right is a 4 time Munster Hurling Champion. He also has 5 All Stars and a National Hurling League Title to his name.
  • Ross Carr, Double All Ireland winner for County Down,
  • Seamus Moynihan, Winner of 4 All Ireland titles for County Kerry,
  • Robbie O’Malley, who played for St. Colmcilles, as well as Meath during the 80’s & 90’s and has 2 All Ireland medals & 3 All stars to his name,
  • Bernard Flynn, who has 2 All Irelands and 5 All Star Awards for Meath and was also a Cilles man.

There is also one (or two) of Bernard Flynn with local lad, Noel “Take another picture of me!” Lannon (who is wearing Bernard’s original 1987 All-Ireland winning jersey!)

Michael Duignan played in goal and also managed to commentate too! Meanwhile John Mullane (who also played in goal for a penalty kick tournament) played a blinder, as did Peter “The Great” Canavan. However, the true class of all the Meath players (both from the Cilles and The Legends) shone through in the end…& as a Meath man, I am not being one bit biased!!!



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Hill Of Slane At Night

A couple of days ago I went up to the Hill of Slane and was amazed at how beautiful it was. So much so, that, I decided to go back to the Hill of Slane at night and I gotta say, it was even nicer than I had hoped. It was beautifully lit from a distance and even better the closer I got.

As I was walking up the hill, I was composing the photographs in my head, cameras slung over my back, tripod in my hand and thinking to myself, “yeah, I like those rocks over there, I’ll try and get them into the foreground of some of the wide angle shots.” I thought it strange that here I was in the pitch black and I was able to notice rocks, yet a few days ago I never noticed them.

Stuck in the middle with Moo!

All became very clear, very soon when a few of those “rocks” got up, walked towards me and started to Moo! I nearly left a cow-pat of my own right there and then! I was exactly halfway between the ruins at the Hill of Slane and my car and I was left wondering do I go on or do I run like hell back to my car. I decided to man-up and continue gingerly up the hill. When I was about three-quarters way up I thought to myself, “what if there’s a bull in here with me?!?” Needless to say, my gingerly pace turned into a trot. When I got to the wall of the ruins I closed the gate and got cracking on taking photos, forgetting all about my bovine interaction. That was until I heard some movement quite close to me and then some more of those unmerciful moo’s from those Mad Cows again.

Halfway through the shoot I realised that an off camera flash would’ve been beneficial. It was, of course, back in the car. After a little debate in my head, I mustered up some courage and headed back to the car to get the flash, all the while humming (in the tune of that Stealers Wheel song, Stuck in the Middle With You) “Cows to the left of me, More cows to my right; stuck in the middle with Moo.

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Townley Hall

Woodlands Scenery

Here are a selection of images that I took while visiting Townley Hall. It is a wonderful area to visit, great to get out there into nature and have some good old fashioned fun with the family. However, I must say that it is tainted by the fact that there have been many attempted (and some successful) car theft’s and vandalisation in the car park. It leaves us with a quandary, do we enjoy nature with the family, breathing fresh air into our lungs while some thug nicks our car, or do we stay at home and watch a television programme about some thug nicking someone else’s car!

On Yer Bike!

I suppose one solution would be to bring our bikes instead but my one year old still struggles at mountain biking at present!

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Hill Of Slane

I’ve been to Slane on numerous occasions over the years, whether it was for one a cup of tea and a slice of cake at George’s Patisserie or to jump into the mosh pit at a rock concert in the castle, but I’ve never been up to the hill of Slane before. I was well worth a visit and I plan to go back there at night.

Tabhair Dom Do Lámh

It’s such a shame that the statue of St. Patrick was vandalised, I can’t comprehend why someone would do something like that, I could’ve Photoshopped his hand back on, but, it is what it is. Maybe some local sculptor could put his/her hand to it and give St Patrick a hand!

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Whiteriver Karting

Great Racing At Whiteriver Karting

It was a fine day for race fans today at Whiteriver Karting in Collon. There were on-track scuffles from the bambino’s all the way up to the seniors and let me tell you, the young ones didn’t hold back!

It was organised by Tullyallen Karting Club, they race in various circuits around the Louth, Meath and Dublin area, including Athboy, Santry and Whiteriver Collon.

Marshall Law

It was great to see that the proceedings were kept safe and fair by the marshall’s today, one of which is pictured below. I won’t say his name because he’s very shy (yeah right!) and, from an internet presence is as rare as a Sumatran rabbit (that’s why I was delighted to get a photo of such a rare species, but if you click this link, it should give you a big enough hint!!)

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Brendan Carroll Memorial Bike Race

Unexpected Bike Race

I was heading to my daughters under 12 football match this evening, intending on taking a few photographs of her playing for St. Colmcilles against Navan O’Mahonys and as I approached, I noticed that there were a lot of vehicles for such a game. It turned out that there was also a bike race scheduled to start at the same time. So, I had to make a decision…Stay and watch my daughter play her match or seize the opportunity for some sports photography and take a few snaps of the bike race.

Father of the Year

What to do, what to do?!? Well, get out the award for father of the year because I did the right thing in the end, I took a few photos of my daughter playing Gaelic (after taking a few of the race!!) I checked to see how long the race was on for and did a little bit of arithmetic in my head and I reckoned I’d be able to do both. What I hadn’t reckoned on was the fading light. So, I got a few shots of the cyclists and one or two of the match. Luckily, she has another match next week. I was also asked to cover another bike race in Carrickmacross early next month, so keep an eye out in my blog for that one too.


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Drogheda From Millmount

Looking Down on Drogheda from The Cup & Saucer


Here are a couple of panoramic photos of Drogheda from Millmount. You can get fabulous views of Drogheda from up here if the weather is good. On the Hi-Res versions of these images you can really see the beauty and detail of Drogheda. The museum itself is well worth a visit too. Not only does it give a history of Millmount but also of the town of Drogheda. I brought my children there during the summer and on one floor (actually, I think it was the basement) there was a section on telecommunications and one of my daughters pointed out an old rotary phone and asked what it was! I told her it was a phone and showed her how it worked but she couldn’t figure it out. I told her to put her finger in each of the numbers, in the order that she wanted to dial. “So, you had to, like, remember numbers & stuff? That’s mad!!”. She then proceeded to take out her phone and tweet about how ancient I was!!!


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Charity Event

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A recent charity event for Brí

In Aid of BRÍ, The Acquired Brain Injury Advocacy Association


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Carlingford, Co. Louth

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