Tuesday 17 September 2019

Around the districts: Duleek, Broomfield, Stamullen

Duleek: Free CPR training - If someone collapsed in front of you and was in cardiac arrest would you know what to do? Now is your chance to learn! It's free and will only take one hour of your time. One hour of your day could add years to someone else's life.

Duleek CFR group are holding a community training event on Sunday 26th May in Duleek Parish Centre, Eircode A92 R658.

We will teach you how to perform hands only CPR on a person in cardiac arrest. Hands only CPR can double or even triple a person's chance of survival.

Over 70% of cardiac arrests occur in the home so you are more likely to perform CPR on someone you know rather than on a complete stranger.

We are holding hourly sessions starting between 9:45am-3:45pm. Advanced booking is essential and we advise you to book early as places are limited and will fill up fast.

You can book your place by following the link and choosing which session you prefer at

For further information you can send us a Facebook message or contact Pauline Durkin, co-ordinator, Duleek CFR Group on 087 6390495.

(Suitable for anyone of secondary school age and above to attend)


There will be a 60's, 70's, night fundraiser in Carranstown Lodge on Saturday 25th May at 9.00pm. Music by DJ Shane McGuinness. Admission €5 Raffle on the night. Enquiries to Ann on 9823415.

Marta's Zumba Class

Marta's Zumba Class continues in the Parish Centre, Duleek on Tuesday's at 7.00pm. €8, pay as you go. New members welcome. Enquiries to Marta on 086-1089007 or check out Face Book Page "Zumba with Marta".

St. Cianan's Church Duleek

Friday 10th May at 11.00am, Confirmation

Saturday 11th May at 11.00am First Holy Communion, Duleek Boys and Girls Schools

Saturday 25th May at 11.00am, First Holy Communion, Cushionstown and Mt. Hanover Schools

A.F.C. Lotto Results

25/04/2019 Numbers 3-26-28-29. No Winner - 6 x €20 Winners: Rita Campbell - K McKeown - B Baxter - Annette Murray - K Burke - Colin Woods. Next week's Jackpot: €8000.


Contact me

Contact Gerard on 087/2729154 or E-mail: if you have an item for this Column, the deadline for which is 12 noon on Friday. Thanks for your co-operation as always.

Best Wishes

The best wishes of the association and community is extended to all who are hospitalised or ill at this time. We wish you a speedy recovery.

Dump Cleared Up

The dump on the road from the Cleever's Cross to Kells Road (Phoenixtown or Cardrath?) was eventually cleared up recently. Please keep an eye out for this unacceptable practice of dumping in our area. Contact us or the Litter Warden without delay.

Gold secured again this year

Well done to all community members who had a hand in securing the Gold Medal for the District in Meath Co. Council's Anti Litter League again this year. To obtain a score of 96 out of 100, on both occasions when an inspection was carried out, is quite an achievement. Thanks to community members who continue to pick litter on a regular basis, your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Please keep up the good work over the Summer months.


Congratulations to Tracy and Kieran Weldon, Navan on the recent birth of a new baby boy, Alfie. A brand new baby brother for Billy. Tracy and Alfie doing well, Kieran and Billy too.

May Bush Competition Results

It was no walk in the park this year for the judge of The May Bush Competition on Wednesday last, 1st May. A very high standard was evident, making it difficult to separate the competitors. However, a decision was arrived at and, as they say, the judge's decision is final. The results are as follows:

1st Place, Mary Murphy and Chloe Cunningham, Carrickenane; 2nd Place, David and Mia Skye Martin and Caroline Martin and Callum O'Connor, Mullaghroy; 3rd Place, Bridie, Conor, Jane and Darragh Doggett, Kellystown; Joint 4th Place, Tanya, Ella, Tom and Mia McQuaile, Hoardstown, and Breege Drew, Grangegeeth.

Three special judge's awards were made as follows: Michael and Sarah Reilly, Newtown Cross, Grangegeeth; Fiona and Johnny, and Lillia, Tara and Gemma Reilly, Manning Hill, and Cian Rogers and Lyndsey Kealy, Bawnhill. Congratulation and thanks to all who took part in the competition.

Walking Group info

Broomfield and District Residents Association Walking Group has resumed evening walks. Contact Josie on 086-4458108 for Walking Group information.

More 'On the Board' successes locally

Congratulations to The Sally Gardens on overcoming their neighbours over the road, The Morning Star, in the Group B Shield Final of the Duleek and District Darts League. Some of the players involved are throwing darts a long time indeed, and as good as ever by all accounts. Comhghairdeas aris and well done to all involved.

Congratulations Mal

Congratulations to Mal Bowe, School Lane, Collon who celebrated a roundy birthday recently. Keep it lit, Mal; you dont look a day over ?.

Important Dates coming up

Wednesday 8th May is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

Sunday 12th May is International Nurses Day. This is celebrated every year on the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is credited with establishing modern day nursing 150 years ago, as she set standards for nursing and founded the first Nursing School. Why was she known as 'The Lady with the Lamp'?

Booking Teach Raithneach

To Book Teach Raithneach, contact Alice on 087-9360018. The Teach Raithneach Eircode is A92 W283

TUS vacancy

A TUS vacancy exists with Broomfield and District Residents Association. The Work Programme involves Care-taking duties in and around Teach Raithneach, as well as the maintenance and upkeep of a number of amenities throughout the District.

If you think you are eligible to participate in this Scheme, then please contact Gerard on 087 2729154 for more information. Self referral forms are available. These allow you to self-refer to Meath Partnership, the body who have responsibility for implementing the TUS Scheme in this area.


Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery Results: Draw Date: 01/05/2019. Bonus Ball Numbers were: 07, 09 and 12. No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €5,650.

This Week's €20 Winners: Mary Rafferty, Rathbran; Christopher Mc Court, Ardee; Christy Lynch, Starinagh; Abby, Aaron and Zoe Tierney, Limerick; Philip Carolan, Lobinstown.

Promoters: Mary Rafferty, Gerard Weldon, Teresa Carpenter and Teach Box.

Next Draw Date: 08/05/2019


Knock Pilgrimage

A reminder to parishioners that the annual Stamullen and Julianstown Pioneer Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday, May 19th next. The cost for the day will be €30 per person which will include tea and sandwiches on the way to the Knock Shrine.

The bus will depart from Stamullen village at 7.45am and Julianstown at 8am. All are very welcome to attend this annual outing to Knock, both pioneers and non pioneers.

To reserve a seat, please contact Ann at 087-9480326 or at 01-8411267 or contact Colm at 086-8056138


The lawnmowers across the parish fall almost silent as the damp and wet weather prevails into the early days of May.

Back in the years 2008 and 2009 we waited and waited for some summer sunshine and warmth; however, it never arrived and as we moved from month to month through those two consecutive summers, we had nothing but wet weather almost on a daily basis.

Hopefully, the weather will begin to improve as we progress into the summer of 2019; the vegetation is particularly heavy at the moment and many of the smaller rural roads across the parish and beyond are being smothered with high weeds and overgrown grass verges and hedgerows as a result of the wet weather of late. Hopefully, we will not get a repeat of the wet summers of nine and ten years ago.

yet it is worth remembering that we are but seven more Fridays away from the longest day of the year!

Local Elections

Over the past couple of weeks now the local election hopefuls have been busy outlining all their intentions of helping communities across this part of the Royal County in East Meath. The usual banter of `going-to-get-things-done` is being echoed on every doorstep, newspaper article, social medial, postal leaflets and local radio.

One of the most notable and ironic issues that has appeared to come up in the Stamullen village area is the need for a children`s playground. The reason it is ironic is the fact that these local elections are run every five years and, without any doubt, all of the candidates of the past three local elections have spouted similar words about the need for a children`s play area in the village and, of course, most residents would be in total agreement with this.

However, during the later 1990`s and at around the turn of the old millennium Stamullen village was awaiting a new skateboard park and facilities and as we entered the first decade of the new millennium the local election candidates were once again out in force spouting the same old popular issues to suit their election agenda, their beloved aims and objections of a `children`s playground and a new cemetery`.

The very same issues are again being spouted out in the lead up to the forthcoming local elections in a couple of weeks time, yet there are several other issues of local interest that very much need attention and delivery for the residents of, not just the ever increasing population of Stamullen village, but throughout the parish as a whole, including the townland and village of Gormanston, which often appears to be forgotten as one of the townlands of Stamullen parish. Some folk appear to be of the belief that Gormanston is a separate entity from the rest of the parish and therefore a parish in its own right, which of course it is not. Anyway, there is also much talk about cleaner environments and community cleaning spirit, etc. etc., yet the election posters that are strung up all over the place leave a lot to be desired regarding the same environmental issues of presenting and promoting the parish to the visitor, tourist or perspective home-buyer.

It is also of note that, only in the past few days, I have spoken with parishioners who, as children growing up in the village area of Stamullen, they were promised a skateboard park and also a new `state-of-the-art` playground.

This was almost twenty years ago; these `children` have now grown up and have children of their own, so while the parents are still awaiting these facilities that was promised to them all those years ago, their own small children are now awaiting the very same facilities, which are being spoken about as election issues today in 2019! Is this what the voting system and the election into office of such candidates comes down to? `Promises, promises, promises`!

Think hard before committing pen to paper and `marking your X` on Friday May 24th next.

Drogheda Independent