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Ashbourne Church Gate Collection – 3rd and 4th June 2017

Ashbourne Church Gate Collection

A total of €569.52 was collected at our 2017 church gate collection in Ashbourne. We are very grateful to all the local people who donated so generously. Many thanks to Joseph Beggy for organising the collection. Thanks also to the wonderful volunteers, Mairéad Mhic Cába and Mikie Kelly for giving so generously of their time to help out with the collection.

Drogheda Church Gate Collection - 29th and 30th April 2017

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Many thanks to all the local people who donated so generously to the Holy Family Church, Ballsgrove and St Mary's church gate collections in Drogheda on 29th and 30th April. Thanks also to all the people who helped with the collection: Joe and Marie Heeney, Eamon Gilmartin and Tom McElarney at Ballsgrove; and Marie Tully-Hand, Sean O'Connor and Mikie Kelly at St Mary's Church. Gusts of wind sent posters and umbrellas flying more than once and it was a bit wet. However, the collection was a great success, with a total of €1080.45 collected, €586.93 at Ballsgrove Church and €493.52 at St Mary's Church.

Dunshaughlin/Culmullen Church Gate Collection - 1st and 2nd April 2017

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Our 2017 Dunshaughlin/Culmullen church gate collection was a great success raising a total of €761.29. Many thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out; May Tuite, Mary Flood, Tony Brady, David Lloyd, Peter Tuite, Jackie Lynch, Rita Moore, Ann Wilkinson and Susie Farrell. Thanks also to all the local people who donated so generously.The pictures above show some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend.

Kells Church Gate Collection - 18th and 19th March 2017

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Our 2017 church gate collection in Kells was a great success, raising a record €1301.06! Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out; Catherine Tunney, Martin Flanagan, Brid Lombard, Áine Beggy, Eamon Cooke, Denis McCarthy and Michael Kelly. Lastly, thanks to the local people in Kells for giving so generously. The pictures above show our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend despite the occasional heavy showers of rain.

Navan Church Gate Collection - 11th and 12th March 2017

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A total of €2,051.48 was raised at our 2017 church gate collection in Navan. The blue skies and nice dry weather were enjoyed by the collectors. A special thank you to Joseph Beggy for organising the collection and to our volunteer collectors, Sean Lynch, John O'Brien, Kate Lynch, Andrew Beggy, Peter Kelly, Maura Beggy, Mikie Kelly. Many thanks to all who donated.

Dunboyne/Kilbride Church Gate Collection - 11th and 12th February 2017

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Many thanks to all the local people in Dunboyne and Kilbride who donated so generously to our charity at the 2017 annual church gate collection. Thanks also to all the people who braved the elements to make the collection the great success that it was; Bridgena and Alanna Reddin and Ann Farrell in Kilbride, and Ciaran Macken, Sally Mellon, Carmel Nally, Brid Reynolds and Judy Conroy in Dunboyne.

A total of €969.93 was collected, €694.68 in Dunboyne and €275.25 in Kilbride.

Trim/Boardsmill Church Gate Collection - 21st and 22nd January 2017

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Our first church gate collection of 2017 took place in Trim and Boardsmill on the 21st and 22nd January. A total of €914.69 was collected.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out: Teresa Kane, Rita Sheridan, Henry Sheridan, Marie Smyth, Sean Kane, Liam Walsh, Sean Walsh, Sr Claudia Bradley. Thanks also to TJ Reilly who organised the Boardsmill collection and to Nora Dixon who helped him with that collection.

The pictures above show some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend.

The collection was a great success and was helped by the nice dry weather.

Moate Church Gate Collection - 10th and 11th December 2016

Moate Church Gate Collection

A total of €903.89 was collected at the 2016 church gate collection in Moate. Many thanks to Anne Marie Minnock for organising the collection. Thanks also to Rachel Minnock and Katie O'Halloran whose help was invaluable. And last but not least, many thanks to the people of Moate for their generosity.

Kilcormac/Mountbolus Church Gate Collection - 3rd and 4th September 2016

​A total of €930 was raised at the 2016 church gate collection in Kilcormac/Mountbolus. Many thanks to Enda Egan who coordinated the collection in Kilcormac and to Liam White who organised the one in Mountbolus and to all those who helped out with the collections. Many thanks also to the people of both communities for their generosity.

Johnstown Church Gate Collection - 27th and 28th August 2016

​A total of €215.56 was collected at our 2016 church gate collection in Johnstown on 27th and 28th August. Many thanks to all who donated to the collection. Sincere thanks also to our collectors, Maura and Joseph Beggy.

Ratoath Church Gate Collection – 20th and 21st August 2016

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We were delighted to collect €700.48 at the 2016 church gate collection in Ratoath this weekend. A sincere thank you to Pat McGoran who helped with the collection at the Saturday evening Mass and who bravely stood her ground despite the torrential rain! Sincere thanks also to Susan Killoran for giving up all of Sunday morning to help with collections before and after all of the three Masses. Many thanks to the local people who donated so generously and to Mary McHugh for her continuing support.​

Mullingar Church Gate Collection - 13th and 14th August 2016

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The collectors enjoyed nice dry weather for the 2016 church gate collections on 13th and 14th August at Mullingar Cathedral and St Paul's Church. A total of €1,601.54 was collected. Of this, €1208.26 was collected at Mullingar Cathedral and €393.28 at St Paul's Church. Many thanks to all who donated so generously. Thanks also to the many collectors who helped to make the day such a success; Annemarie Minnock, Fintan O'Halloran and to Joseph and Maura Beggy who organised the collection at the Cathedral. And last but not least, a sincere thank you to John Leavy and Siobhan McKeon for helping Teresa Kelly with the collection at St Paul's.​

Beauparc Church Gate Collection - 9th and 10th July 2016

A total of €177.42 was collected at our 2016 church gate collection in Beauparc on 9th and 10th July. Many thanks to all who donated to the collection. A very special thanks is extended to Damien Sheridan for organising the collection.

Kilberry Church Gate Collections - 9th and 10th July 2016

Our 2016 church gate collection in Kilberry took place on the 9th and 10th July. A total of €176.39 was raised. Thanks to Joe Beggy for organising the collection and to all the volunteers who helped out; Jim Corkery, Gerry Kelly and Mikie Kelly. Thanks to all the local people for their generosity.

Donaghmore/Ashbourne Church Gate Collections - 4th and 5th June 2016

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We enjoyed beautiful sunny weather for the 2016 church gate collections in Donaghmore and Ashbourne on 4th and 5th June. A total of €869.31 was collected. We are very grateful to all the local people who donated so generously. Many thanks to Joseph Beggy for organising the collection. Thanks also to the wonderful volunteers, Mairéad Mhic Cába and Audrey McCarthy, for giving so generously of their time to help out with the collection.

Dunshaughlin/Culmullen Church Gate Collection - 2nd and 3rd April 2016

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Our 2016 Dunshaughlin/Culmullen church gate collection was a great success. The Dunshaughlin collection raised €902.15 and the Culmullen collection raised €261.34, totalling €1163.49. Many thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out; Johnny Lynch and Brendan Doyle in Culmullen, and Joan Gogan, Mary Flood, Dolores Jones, Peter Tuite, David Lloyd and Gerry Kelly in Dunshaughlin. Thanks also to Fr Clavin for his support and to all the local people who donated so generously.The pictures above show some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend.

Kells/Girley Church Gate Collection - 19th and 20th March 2016

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Our 2016 church gate collection in Kells and Girley took place on 19th and 20th March. The Kells collection raised €892.17 and the Girley collection raised €229.05, totalling €1121.22. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out; Martin Flanagan, Anne Moore, Brid Lombard, Catherine Tunney, Marie Tully-Hand and Catherine Ciechanowicz. Lastly, thanks to the local people in Kells and Girley for giving so generously. The pictures above shows some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend. We were blessed once again this year with glorious sunshine on Sunday morning making the collection so much easier for everyone involved.

Navan Church Gate Collection - 19th and 20th March 2016

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A total of €1988.87 was raised at our church gate collection in Navan on 19th and 20th March 2016. Many thanks to all who donated. A special thank you to Joseph Beggy for organising the collection and to our volunteer collectors, Sean Lynch, Ronan McGuinness, Maura Beggy, Peter Kelly, Michelle Beggy, John O'Brien, Mary McHugh and Andrew Beggy. Thanks also to Sadie O'Halloran who helped to count and bag the money.

Dunboyne/Kilbride Church Gate Collection - 13th & 14th February 2016

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Many thanks to all the local people in Dunboyne and Kilbride who donated so generously to the above charity at the church gate collection on 13th and 14th February 2016. Thanks also to all the people who helped out. Thanks to the Reddin family for helping out in Kilbride and to Paddy and Ann Gallagher, Phil Dwyer, Brendan McNamee, Rory Kavanagh and Sally Mellon for helping in Dunboyne. Pity about the hailstones after the last Mass in Dunboyne - luckily Paddy and Sally didn't run for shelter and the collection was a great success!

A total of €890.73 was collected, €611.08 in Dunboyne and €279.65 in Kilbride.

Trim/Boardsmill Church Gate Collection - 23rd and 24th January 2016

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Our first church gate collection of 2016 took place in Trim and Boardsmill on the 23rd and 24th January. A total of €930 was collected - this included two separate donations (€10 and €5) separately received by one of the volunteers.

Many thanks to Joseph Beggy who organised the Trim collection and to all of the volunteers who helped him: Teresa Kane, Johnny Connelly, Maura Beggy, Rita Sheridan, Henry Sheridan, Marie Smyth, Sean Kane, Celia Ryan, and Kitty Keogh. Thanks also to TJ Reilly who organised the Boardsmill collection and to Nora Dixon who helped him with that collection.

The pictures above show some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend.

The collection was a great success and was helped by the weather, which was nice and mild for the time of year.

Moate Church Gate Collection - 12th and 13th December 2015

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A total of €913.88 was collected at the church gate collection in Moate on 12th and 13th December 2015. Many thanks to Anne Marie Minnock and Fintan O'Halloran for organising the collection. Thanks also to Sadie O'Halloran for helping to count and bag the money. And last but not least, many thanks to the people of Moate for their generosity.

Johnstown Church Gate Collection - 29th and 30th August 2015

Johnstown Church Gate Collection

A total of €184.53 was collected at our 2015 church gate collection in Johnstown on 29th and 30th August. Many thanks to all who donated to the collection. Sincere thanks also to our collectors, Philip Marrin, Gerry Kelly and Peter Kelly.

Ratoath Church Gate Collection – 22nd and 23rd August 2015

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A total of €791.00 was collected at Ratoath church gate collection on 22nd and 23rd August 2015. Many thanks to all who donated so generously. A great big thank you to Michael McCullagh for organising the collection. Thanks also to Colm Killian, Philip Byrne, Susan Killoran and Gerry Kelly who left the comfort of their homes and braved the wet weather to help this very worthy cause.

Mullingar Church Gate Collection - 15th and 16th August 2015

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The collectors enjoyed nice dry weather for the 2015 church gate collections on 15th and 16th August at Mullingar Cathedral and St Paul's Church. A total of €1,660.25 was collected. Of this, €1247.69 was collected at Mullingar Cathedral and €412.56 at St Paul's Church. Many thanks to all who donated so generously. Thanks also to the many collectors who helped to make the day such a success; Rose Corcoran, Detty Cornally, Tommy Kelly, Peter Leahy, Annemarie Minnock, Rachel Minnock, Fintan O'Halloran, Cristina Saco Boceta and to Joseph and Maura Beggy who organised the collection at the Cathedral. We are also indebted to Tommy Kelly who worked very hard to find local people who were willing to help out and to Catherine Tunney, whose continuing support is greatly appreciated.

Beauparc Church Gate Collection - 11th and 12th July 2015

A total of €174.06 was collected at our 2015 church gate collection in Beauparc on 11th and 12th July. Many thanks to all who donated to the collection. A very special thanks is extended to Damien Sheridan for organising the collection.

Kilberry Church Gate Collections - 11th and 12th July 2015

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Our 2015 church gate collection in Kilberry took place on the 11th and 12th July. A total of €180.27 was raised. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out; Aidan Jordan, Mary Jordan, James Jordan, Sean Mulligan and Gerry Kelly. Thanks also to the local people for their generosity.

Donaghmore/Ashbourne Church Gate Collections - 6th and 7th June 2015

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We enjoyed nice dry weather for the 2015 church gate collections in Donaghmore and Ashbourne on 6th and 7th June . A total of €822.03 was collected. We are very grateful to all the local people who donated so generously. Many thanks to Joseph Beggy for organising the collection. Thanks also to the volunteers, Mairéad Mhic Chába, Michelle Beggy, Elizabeth Kelly and Maura Beggy for giving so generously of their time to help out with the collection.

Drogheda Church Gate Collections - 30th and 31st May 2015

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The 2015 church gate collections in two churches in Drogheda on 30th and 31st May were a great success. A total of €1,182.72 was collected. Of this, €568.35 was collected in St Marys and €614.37 in Ballsgrove. Many thanks to all who donated so generously. Thanks also to all of the collectors: Joe Heeney, Marie Heeney, Brid Heeney, Dec Murphy and Tom McElarney in Ballsgrove and Sarah Kelly, Marie Tully-Hand, John Coyne and Teresa Kelly in St. Marys. Particular thanks to Joe Heeney for organising the Ballsgrove collection. Unfortunately the weather was not typical for the time of year. It was cold and windy, with a bit of rain. Buckets and posters went flying more than once but our wonderful collectors braved it all and their hard work paid off on the day.

Athleague Church Gate Collection - 9th and 10th May 2015

Athleague Church Gate Collection

Our first church gate collection in Athleague, Co Roscommon took place on 9th and 10th May 2015. The collection was organised by Arthur Geraghty. We would like to thank Arthur and also Kevin McGeeney who helped him out with the collection. Great credit is due to them both as they had to brave the elements and got a bit wet in the process. A total of €315 was collected, making it all very worthwhile. We would like to convey our thanks also to the local people in Athleague for giving so generously.

Dunshaughlin and Culmullen Church Gate Collection - 4th and 5th April 2015

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Our 2015 Dunshaughlin/Culmullen church gate collection was a great success. The Dunshaughlin collection raised €622.37 and the Culmullen collection raised €309.50, totalling €931.87. Both collections were well up on last year. Many thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out; Johnny Lynch and Brendan Doyle in Culmullen, and Vale Bilkeviciene, Joan Gogan, Mary Flood, Rita Moore, Jackie Lynch, Cian Lynch, Jessica Lynch and Mikie Kelly in Dunshaughlin. Thanks also to May Tuite whose support was invaluable and to John Coyne who helped to count the money. Thanks also to all the local people who donated so generously.The pictures above show some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend.

Navan and Johnstown Church Gate Collection - 21st and 22nd March 2015

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A total of €2044.15 was raised at our church gate collection in Navan and Johnstown on 21st and 22nd March 2015. Many thanks to all who donated. A special thank you to Joseph Beggy for organising the collection and to our volunteer collectors, Maura Beggy, Sean, Valerie and Kate Lynch, Catherine O'Connor, Philip Marrin,, Maeve Kelly, Jim Corcery, John O' Brien and Peter Kelly. Thanks also to Mikie Kelly and Sadie O'Halloran who helped to count and bag the money.

Kells/Girley Church Gate Collection - 21st and 22nd March 2015

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Our 2015 church gate collection in Kells and Girley took place on 21st and 22nd March. The Kells collection raised €1130.89 and the Girley collection raised €196.04, totalling €1326.93. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out in Kells; Martin Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Gerry Beggy, Ann Beggy, Anne Moore, Eamon Cooke and Mikie Kelly. Thanks also to Anne Marie Cunningham who helped out with the collection in Girley. Lastly, thanks to the local people in Kells and Girley for giving so generously. The pictures above shows some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend. We were blessed with glorious sunshine for the weekend making the collection so much easier for everyone involved.

Kilcormac/Mountbolus Church Gate Collection - 14th and 15th February 2015

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A total of €1123.16 was raised at the church gate collection in Kilcormac/Mountbolus on 14th and 15th February 2015. Many thanks to Enda Egan who coordinated the collection in Kilcormac and to Liam White who organised the one in Mountbolus and to all those who helped out with the collections. Many thanks also to the people of both communities for their generosity.

Dunboyne/Kilbride Church Gate Collection - 14th and 15th February 2015

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Many thanks to all the local people in Dunboyne and Kilbride who donated so generously to the above charity at its 2015 church gate collection. Thanks also to all the people who helped out. Particular thanks to Ann Farrell and Rachel Quinn for helping out in Kilbride and to Paddy and Ann Gallagher, Phil Dwyer, Jimmy and Rory Kavanagh and Sally Mellon for helping in Dunboyne. Luckily we had a beautiful sunny morning for the collection.

A total of €886.30 was collected, €623.26 in Dunboyne and €263.04 in Kilbride.

Trim/Boardsmill Church Gate Collection - 24th and 25th January 2015

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Our first church gate collection of 2015 took place in Trim and Boardsmill on the 24th and 25th January. A total of €913.59 was collected - this included two separate donations (€40 and €5) which were given by one of the volunteers on behalf of donors.

When we reported on the amount collected to our Zambian partner, we were told, "Wonderful news - in our local currency, this is around 7,000 Kwacha. On our cost sharing system here, this amount will substantially assist around 30 children for the school year".

Many thanks to Joseph Beggy who organised the Trim collection and to all of the volunteers who helped him: Teresa Kane, Rita Sheridan, Henry Sheridan, Marie Smyth, Sean Lynch, Sean Kane, Celia Ryan, Johnny Connelly and Kitty Keogh. Thanks also to TJ Reilly who organised the Boardsmill collection and to Nora Dixon who helped him with that collection.

The pictures above show some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend.

The collection was a great success and the amount donated was well up on last year. This might have been helped by the weather, which was nice and dry - a welcome change from the wind and rain experienced for the last two years!

Moate Church Gate Collection - 13th and 14th December 2014

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A total of €916.90 was collected at the church gate collection in Moate on 13th and 14th December 2014, €573.62 at the Carmelite Church and €343.28 at St. Patricks Church. The collectors enjoyed dry weather until the last Mass when a shower of rain fell just a bit earlier than they would have liked....! However, they were provided with tea by the kind volunteers in the Pastoral Centre and this helped to make up for the untimely shower. Many thanks to Anne Marie Minnock and Fintan O'Halloran for organising the collection. Thanks also to Mary Fleming who helped out and to Sadie O'Halloran and Maura and Joseph Beggy for helping to count and bag the money. And last but not least, many thanks to the people of Moate for their generosity.

Drogheda Church Gate Collections – 30th and 31st August 2014

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The 2014 church gate collections in Drogheda on 30th and 31st August were a great success. A total of €1,254.48 was collected. Of this, €535.73 was collected in St Marys and €718.75 in Ballsgrove. Many thanks to all who donated so generously. Thanks also to all of the collectors: Sean O'Connor, Marie Tully-Hand, Gerry Kelly, Killian O'Shea, Joseph Beggy and Peter Kelly. The collectors enjoyed beautiful sunny weather. Some of them left their beds a bit earlier than necessary to collect before the 8.30am Mass which was discontinued a few weeks earlier. Sincere apologies Sean and Marie – we promise to double check Mass times from now on!

Ratoath Church Gate Collection – 23rd and 24th August 2014

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A total of €825.09 was collected at Ratoath church gate collection this weekend. Many thanks to all who donated so generously. Thanks also to the collectors Joseph and Maura Beggy and Teresa Kelly.

Mullingar Church Gate Collection - 16th and 17th August 2014

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Weather was mixed for the 2014 church gate collections on 16th and 17th August at Mullingar Cathedral and St Paul's Church. Luckily the worst of the rain happened after the final Mass so the collectors were able to go home immediately to dry out! A total of €1,644.59 was collected, making it all worthwhile. Of this, €1,202.72 was collected at Mullingar Cathedral and €441.87 at St Paul's Church. Many thanks to all who donated so generously. Thanks to Joseph and Maura Beggy for organising the collection and also to the collectors John leavy, AnneMarie Minnock, Fintan O'Halloran and Teresa Kelly.

Beauparc Church Gate Collection - 12th and 13th July 2014

Many thanks to Damien Sheridan for organising the church gate collection in Beauparc at very short notice. A total of €239.76 was collected. We are greatly indebted to the collectors, Bridie Wogan, Anna Wogan and Margaret Gleeson. Thanks also to all the local people who donated so generously.

Donaghamore/Ashbourne Church Gate Collections - 7th and 8th June 2014

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The collectors enjoyed nice sunny weather for the 2014 church gate collections on 7th and 8th June in Donaghamore and Ashbourne. A total of €1004.48 was collected. Of this, €669.59 was collected in Ashbourne and €334.89 in Donaghamore. Many thanks to all who donated so generously. Thanks also to the collectors, Mairéad Mhic Chába, Audrey McCarthy, Mick Kelly and Mikie Kelly in Donaghamore/Ashbourne. By the way, these last two are not related! They did not even meet as Mick helped at 9am Mass on Sunday while Mikie helped at 6pm, Saturday evening.

Raffle of Signed Lions Jersey - Beggy's Bar - 24th May 2014

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A signed 2013 Lions rugby jersey was kindly donated to our charity by the Lions team. The raffle of the jersey was organised in Beggys Sport and Music Pub, Navan on Saturday 24th May 2014. The lucky winner was Tony Hyland of Steen O’Reilly Solicitors, Navan. Tony has left the jersey on display in Beggys Pub. David and Stephen Beggy were delighted to be able to leave the jersey on the wall in the bar, where it had looked so at home while on display for the past month. The raffle raised €1810 for the Spiritan Zambia Orphan Fund.

Dunshaughlin/Culmullen Church Gate Collection - 5th and 6th April 2014

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Our 2014 Dunshaughlin/Culmullen church gate collection was a great success. The Dunshaughlin collection raised €518.78 and the Culmullen collection raised €209.72 totalling €728.50, well up on last year. Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out, despite a few surprise showers; Johnny Lynch, Peter and May Tuite, Dolores Jones, Sarah Kelly, Vale Bilkeviciene, Jackie Lynch and Cian Lynch . The pictures above show some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend. Thanks also to all the local people who donated so generously.

Kells/Girley Church Gate Collection - 22nd and 23rd March 2014

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Our first church gate collection ever in Kells and Girley took place on 22nd and 23rd March 2014. The Kells collection raised €980.67 and the Girley collection raised €84.01, totalling €1064.68. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out; Eamon Cooke, Anne Moore, Martin Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Michael Devine, Gerry Beggy, Ann Beggy and Liam Beggy. Thanks especially to Eamon who organised the Kells collection and to Catherine Ciechanowicz who single-handedly did the collection in Girley. Lastly, thanks to the local people in Kells and Girley for giving so generously. The picture above shows some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend. Luckily it didn't rain, and we even enjoyed a bit of sunshine, although everyone held on tightly to their warm coats and scarves!

Navan and Johnstown Church Gate Collection - 22nd and 23rd March 2014

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A total of €2292.42 was raised at our church gate collection in Navan and Johnstown. Many thanks to all who donated, and to our volunteer collectors, Joseph and Maura Beggy, Sean, Valerie and Kate Lynch, Dan O'Connor, Stephen O'Donnell and Peter Kelly. Thanks also to Maeve Walsh Kelly and Sadie O'Halloran who helped to count and bag the money. A very special thank you to Sarah Kelly and John Coyne who travelled all the way from Dublin to help out with the collection.

Kilcormac/Mountbolus Church Gate Collection - 15th and 16th February 2014

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A total of €1065 was raised at the church gate collection in Kilcormac/Mountbolus on 15th and 16th February 2014. Of this, €850 was collected in Kilcormac and €215 in Mountbolus. Many thanks to Enda Egan who coordinated the collection in Kilcormac and to Liam White who organised the one in Mountbolus and to all those who helped out with the collections. Many thanks also to the people of both communities for their generosity.

Dunboyne/Kilbride Church Gate Collection - 15th & 16th February 2014

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Many thanks to all the local people in Dunboyne and Kilbride who donated so generously to the above charity at the church gate collection last weekend. Thanks also to Joseph Beggy who organised the collection and to all the people who helped out. Particular thanks to Ann Farrell and Rachel Quinn for helping out in Kilbride and to Paddy and Ann Gallagher, Brendan McNamee, Jimmy and Rory Kavanagh and Sally Mellon for helping in Dunboyne. Luckily the weather was great for the time of year, if a little nippy at times!

A total of €900.70 was collected, €638.18 in Dunboyne and €262.52 in Kilbride.

Trim/Boardsmill Church Gate Collection - 25th & 26th January 2014

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Our first church gate collection of 2014 took place in Trim and Boardsmill on the 25th and 26th January. The Trim collection raised €651.61 and the Boardsmill collection raised €129.23, totalling €780.84. Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out; TJ Reilly (Boardsmill), Sean Kane, Teresa Kane, Rita Sheridan, Henry Sheridan, Johnny Connelly and Kitty Keogh. Congratulations are due all round, with both collections up on last year, despite hard times and terrible weather. The pictures above show some of our volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend. Distracted by the wind and rain, a few had left for home before I thought of the camera. There'll be no escaping next year....!

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