Last updated: 18 May

From Monday, under Phase 1, you are advised to Stay at Home, and avoid unnecessary journeys, except for the following 5 reasons:

1. To go to work, if your place of work is open and you cannot work from home

2. To shop for items you need

3. To exercise within 5km of your home

4. For medical reasons or to care for others

5. To meet friends or family outside, within 5km of your home, in groups of no more than 4

Older people and those who are cocooning should continue to stay at home, except for brief outdoor exercise within 5km of their home.

For more information visit –

Walking Times For Coocooning Individuals (Monday-Friday)


11am – 1pm

Athboy Fair Green:

1pm – 3pm



Athboy Community School

“Thanks to all staff, pupils and parents/guardians for your co-operation with the smooth closedown of the school at very short notice yesterday afternoon. As mentioned at yesterday’s assemblies, pupils should respect the request to remain socially isolated and not to congregate in large groups. The school and school office are now closed to pupils, parents/guardians and members of the public.

Staff will continue to liaise with pupils on our online platform Office 365. All pupils should monitor their school e-mail on a daily basis for instructions from teachers. These include details of work for CBAs which can be carried out over the next few weeks. Please contact if you have any difficulties in accessing your account. If possible, use a fellow student’s account for this purpose, or an alternative e-mail account for yourself on a once off basis (e.g. gmail).

We wish all members of the school community a safe time over the next few weeks. You should continue to monitor this School App for further details which will be kept to a minimum. I can be contacted at at all times if you have any urgent need to do so”

Local Business Updates

Athboy Businesses:

“Thanks to everyone for all your support over the last few weeks – it is very much appreciated.
Special thanks to all our staff members who have been working so hard to try and make sure our businesses stay open – you have done truly amazing work.
Nobody knows yet how this week is going to work out for any of us but we will continue to try and provide as wide a range of services for as long as possible – please bear with us – we will be doing our best.
Please note –
1. from tomorrow we will try and combine deliveries from the different businesses so if you are placing a phone order with one pls let them know that you have already ordered/are ordering from another and the businesses will try and deliver each other’s goods – this should allow us reach more customers.
2. Please use card payments where possible in shops etc as cash is one of the biggest carriers of bacteria.
3. Please observe good hygiene methods and social distancing in our shops – especially the smaller ones – for everyone’s sake
4. Please let us know if we can help in any way.
5. Please check with this local group for the latest advice etc on Covid-19 – Stay safe everyone.”
Only 2 members are allowed in the office at a time.
“Opening Hours Change. Please note that after today we will not be open on Saturdays until the Covid-19 situation has passed.
Weekday hours are for essential business only and we will be open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday but closed on Wednesdays. Lunch from 12.30pm to 1pm.
Most counter transactions can be processed online. If you are calling to the office to pay your loan there are other ways to pay. By phone or online. Please call us for details 046 943 2432.
Your visit to the office should be for essential transactions only. This is to protect you and our staff.
Thank you for your consideration and understanding during this difficult time.”
As of May 16th – Athboy Credit Union is open 9.30-12.30 on Saturdays.

open for video and phone consultations as well as their Pilates at Athboy Physio online classes.


Ladies, it has been a hard decision to make and with a heavy heart I regret to say Amber will be closing tomorrow [Saturday 21 March] evening at 6pm until further notice. For the safety of ourselves and our customers it is the best thing to do. I hope we will be back open as soon as possible. Myself and Elaine will certainly miss the chats, the laughs, and everything else that makes up our day in Amber. I will continue to post pictures of stock and if something catches your eye during isolation, message me on Facebook or Instagram and I will happily deliver it. See you all soon, stay safe and thank you for everything, Amanda x”

Bird’s Centra

*Opening Hours Update*
From Monday 18th May Birds Centra Athboy will be back opening at 8am

Athboy branch will remain open.

Brogan’s Butchers

“Customers, with the recent increase in Covid-19 cases..
We would like to accommodate any of our customers who may be immune suppressed or have any other health implications and don’t want to be in a busy retail environment by offering you a service of order and collect which can be dropped to your car boot minimising exposure.
This can be done by ordering and paying over the phone or by contacting us via Social Media.
We want to put your safety first as you are the key to our business.
So we will try to help in any way we can at this time. Just call us on (046) 9432122″

Belle Mariee Bridal

“What a week, we seen tears, anxious faces and disbelief. There was some laughs too. A big thank you to all the girls who came from all over the country to collect their very special dresses: Communion, wedding ,bridesmaid and occasion dresses.

Most of you not knowing when or if your wedding were going ahead due to this terrible virus.
We wish you all the best, good health and happiness. We are happy we got to get dresses out early so girls would have them, when needed.
Your day will come and it will be special and everything you imaged. please god with all the people who matter.
Our doors are closed now, but be reasured we are here and can be contacted. Phones are diverted and we can receive emails .
Stay safe everyone and look after each other.
we look forward to getting back to what we do best looking after you ladies .
Fiona x
“Due to government instruction on non-essential businesses having to close to help with the ongoing battle with the Coronavirus,we are now closed and will re-open when instructed to do so .Stay -Safe.

The Darnley Lodge Hotel

We would like the share our thanks and appreciation to all our customers who joined us for ‘Sona Sa Bhaile’ this Bank Holiday Weekend. Your support is very much appreciated
We were so pleased we could open our doors again.
We are open Thursday, Friday & Saturday – preorders from 2.00pm until 5.00pm and collection until 9.00pm.
Sunday Carvery from 12.00pm until 4.00pm.
No pre orders necessary for Carvery.
New Menus will be posted later this week.
We look forward to seeing you next weekend.
Stay Safe.

Cafe Sabrosa

Call and Collect service starting from Thursday 7th May.
Causey Farm – opening to over 70s for daily exercise.

Cheveu belle Hair salon

“Due to the current crisis and with a heavy heart after 30 years this week in business I have made decision to close the salon. The health and well being of our team and customers is of paramount importance. Thank you to the girls that work here and to the customers who have supported us.

We look forward to welcoming all of you back soon.
Take care of yourself and others.
Stay safe,

Clancy’s Butchers

“We will be back open from 9 tomorrow however we will be enforcing strict protocols to ensure social distance. Only 1 customer will be permitted entry at a time. Upon entry use hand sanitizer provided. While not ideal we kindly ask customers to wait outside until it’s your turn to enter.

If you are unwell please do not come in. Ring ahead and we can drop it into your boot or arrange delivery for you.
We are all in this together and must listen to what the health care professionals advise.”

Manna Charity Shop – Closed

Hi-Class Cuts

“Hi everyone. On Thursday the 19th of March Hi-Class Cuts is 38 years in business. I would like to thank all my clients for their continued support over the years. Unfortunately due to the situation with COVID-19, the salon will be closed until further notice. Hope staff, clients and all stay safe and keep well. Many thanks Cepta x

Martin’s Pharmacy

  • Closing for lunch between 1-2pm

Murtagh’s Life Pharmacy

“In line with current practice in many pharmacies around the country, as of tomorrow morning we have decided to operate from our front door only.
We completely understand this may cause anxiety and stress to some but it is a necessary step we must take to protect staff and customers.
We want to continue to serve our customers and be well and healthy to fulfil all prescription and medicine needs.
We will have staff on the door at all times taking in prescriptions and gathering any items you wish to purchase.
We would also ask the card payments be the only method of payment (our machines are wireless so you can easily tap your card).
Our phone number is 046-9432380 if you wish to contact us regarding ordering prescriptions or items to be put aside for collection. Please do not order prescriptions over Facebook messenger.
We would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued help, support and cooperation! This has been a very difficult decision to make but we hope you all understand.”

“To all our Customers , friends and family.

This is one of the hardest decisions that I have had to make as a small independent business it’s is never an easy decision but one that I have to take.
As of today Faulkner’s Fashions Ladies will be closed until Monday the 30th of March .
I think this is the right decision to make for the safety of our customers and community.
If you need anything from the shop while it is closed please phone 087-9073310 and I can arrange delivery .
Please stay safe and where possible stay at home .
If we follow the guidelines from the HSE , we can beat this together
I look forward to seeing you all soon and having some normality back in our lives.

“Tim Lodge Homevalue will open its doors again on Monday 18th May 2020 at 9am.

We will be adhering to the Social Distancing Guidelines as set out by the Government.

What does this mean for you? Both outside and inside the shop we must all continue to keep our 2 metre social distance from other shoppers and staff.

Only groups of 2 or less can enter the store.
We ask you not to enter until another customer has left, or you have been asked to enter by a member of staff.

There will be a one way system operating in the shop which will bring you to the checkout. This may involve queues, but we will endeavour to make your shop experience as quick as possible.

We will provide a Sanitizing Station at the entrance of the shop should you require it, and we will have anti-bacterial wipes at the checkout to clean card machines and desktops.

If you require items which are large such as Garden Furniture, Lawnmowers, Coal, Compost, etc, then please ring in advance if possible.

If you wish to continue to order goods for collection, then please email us at, provide your name, phone number and the goods that you require, and we will ring you to arrange collection.

And don’t forget, we have our website, should you think of something after closing hours.
Our Online Store is open for business 24/7, have a browse, pay via Shopify or PayPal or Credit or Debit Card and have it delivered straight to your door.

Thank you for your loyal custom when we were closed, and we hope so see you all next week when our doors open again.”

“Tracey’s Gifts are closed until further notice for the safety of our much valued customers and ourselves. You can contact us on 087 6616252. Thank you all so much and take care.

“We are so happy lockdown is starting to ease and some normality is returning. We have had to adapt like every business to keep our patients and staff safe. With this in mind, We have some restricted opening hours starting off and other measures specified in our post. We hope you can bear with us ! We feel so lucky to have such fantastic customers and great community in Athboy and the local area. We begin with restricted opening hours 10-2pm Monday to Friday.”


Newsagents closed.
ATHBOY POST OFFICE – Updated Opening Hours
Easter Week Opening Hours
This Saturday 4th April – 11am – 1pm
Monday – 9am – 4pm
Tuesday – 9am – 4pm
Wednesday – 9am – 5.30pm (lunch closure 1-2pm)
Thursday – 9am – 5.30pm (lunch closure 1-2pm)
Friday – 8am – 1pm
Easter Saturday – Closed
Easter Monday – Closed
“Covid 19 Update-
For the protection of our staff, clients and patients, Athboy veterinary hospital has had to postpone all routine consultations and procedures until March 29th.
We will be in contact with everyone who had upcoming appointments over the next few weeks.
We would like to reassure our clients that we are still providing a 24 hours emergency on call service.
The clinic will remain open during normal opening hours. However, please ring ahead before you attend the clinic for prescriptions or food. This will avoid waiting times.
If you are concerned about your pet, please call the clinic to speak to a vet and we will assist you as best we can.
Spring is a very busy time of year for our vets. We will still be attending to our farm animal and equine clients.
We wish everyone the best in these difficult and challenging days. Stay safe and healthy.
Many thanks,
Athboy Veterinary team”

Local Community Updates


Athboy HUB – Closed

Athboy Convent Community Centre – Closed

St James Hall – Closed

Meath GAA suspends games and training.

All football (soccer) activities cancelled.

All domestic rugby cancelled.

Comhaltas Tlachtgha cancel all events until further notice

Athboy Parish suspends public masses

Meath County Council advises that playgrounds should not be used at this time.

Useful websites and contacts


Citizens Information

Dept. of Social Protection

Meath County Council

Athboy – We’re in This Together Facebook


  • Emergency Services – 112 or 999
  • Athboy Doctors – 046 9430098
  • North East Doctor on Call – 1850 777 911
  • Garda Siochana – 046 9432201
  • Parochial House (Athboy)- 046 9432184
  • Meath County Council – 046 9097000
  • Meath County Council  – 1890445335
  • Cllr David Gilroy Athboy – 0874172136
  • St Vincent de Paul – 1800677777 or 0876941776
  • Athboy Post office – 046 9432138
  • Life Pharmacy (046) 943 2380
  • Martins Pharmacy – 046 9487629
  • HSE Live – 1850 241850/041 6850300
  • Athboy In This Together Team – 083 8610038 (David)