Last updated: 3 April


As posts can easily get lost on social media we have compiled much of the information issued. It contains the information from the Irish government guidelines to help contain the spread of Covid 19 as well as useful websites and contact details. This page will be updated when required with fresh information.

– until Easter Sunday
Everybody must stay at home other than to:
• Travel to work only where work is essential health care and essential services.
• For food shopping.
• To collect essential medicines.
• For farming or the care of animals.
• For brief individual exercise only within 2kms of your home.
• All public and private gatherings of any number of people outside your household are prohibited.
• Non-essential family visits are prohibited.
• The list of essential retail units will be reviewed.
• All non-essential surgery and non-essential Healthcare will be postponed.
All visits to hospitals, residential home care settings and prisons are to cease other than for compassionate grounds.
no travel outside of 2km outside of your home for any reason other than the reasons specified.


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.”
“Unfortunately our doors are now closed for physical appointments and classes due to the current public health Covid-19 pandemic.
We will call anyone with an appointment scheduled this week and over the next few weeks to check in with you over the phone and offer any advice we can. We are also launching our TeleHealth service this week which gives the option of a video consultation also where we can help with assessment, rehabilitation, exercise and advice online.
Stay tuned for more information on our TeleHealth service and links to online Pilates classes to keep us all moving.
We will also share videos on this facebook page for the community to keep moving and some easy to do exercises and ideas for at home with your families.
Stay safe everyone and looking forward to getting back to it soon”
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

New closing time: 8pm every day from Sunday 22 March.

“Valued customers, in light of an Taoiseach’s announcement, we will be introducing further restrictions from tomorrow for you and our staffs safety.
Numbers in store will be restricted so please shop alone, without children, if possible.
Stock levels are good but to maintain that we will restrict quantities of certain lines.
Use card not cash if possible.
Please be patient and respectful to our staff, it’s tough going for everyone and be assured we will do our best to make your shopping as easy as possible.
Stay safe,
Jim and the team.”
  • 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

“To our loyal customers,
Following government advice we have decided to close until March 29th.
The health of our customers and staff is extremely important to us.
We would like to thank you all for your ongoing support and we look forward to opening our doors to you again soon.
Stay safe,
David & Hazel Sheridan.”

Cafe Sabrosa

“It’s with massive regret, we will need to close our doors for the foreseeable future. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all our very loyal customers, who have supported us from day 1 and also to our amazing team.
We will be back!
Stay safe
Mary, Sam & Team Sabrosa

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.
After much discussion we have decided that in the interest of customers and staff, that we will work behind closed doors.
What this means is we will only be selling emergency items i.e •Fuel • White Goods (washing machine- fridge) • Plumbing for burst pipes etc.
We will offer a delivery service for fuel and other emergency goods.
Deliveries will be made with no contact with the driver. And goods will be left outside homes.
We will operate a kerbside service, meaning the shop will not be open however you wont be stuck in the case of an emergency. You can collect a good.
Payments for such will be done across the phone.
Tim Lodge Homevalue phone number: 0469432553
Email :
We will beat this if we all play out part and stay at home.
“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.
Will attend to emergencies. Contact them directly.
“Athboy Eye Centre is closed

We will do our best to serve from afar !
Phone 0469487714
for advice, contact lens orders and collections.
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 – In This Together Virtual Session

“St Patrick Day may be on pause but to mark the day we have invited some of the best musicians around to join in for our First Virtual session. Everyone will be at home but the craic will be here live on FB! Tune in tomorrow at 4 pm Irish time. It doesn’t matter where on the globe you are. We’ll be here. 4pm AMT. Athboy Mean Time. It’s possibly the first time this has been tried and there’ll be plenty of tech issues but sure we’ll drive on, problems and all. Make sure you’re here FB live. PM if you’re a musician and would like to sit in. Please share. For the Global Session. “Sure virtually everyone will be here”

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)