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Around the districts: Stamullen, Broomfield

Stamullen: New Arrivals - Congratulations and best wishes to the parents, guardians and extended families of the following children who were recently baptised in the parish. Calvin Nalley, Saorla McHale and Theo Sheik Jennis.

Hospice Thanks.

The East Meath Hospice Association would like to extend their most grateful thanks and appreciation to the management, chef and the staff of the City North Hotel in Gormanston for all their help in their recent fund-raising Pancake Morning.

A special word of thanks to all those who came along on the morning and to all who supported this event in any way.

A very generous €7,600 was collected on the day. The Association greatly appreciates the continued support of the general public and would also like to extend their thanks for this continued support.

Befriending Service.

Volunters are currently needed to visit the lonely & isolated people in their own homes for 1 hour per week. Anyone who may be interested may contact Eva at 046-9280790 or by e mail to eva@volunteermeath.ie

Make-a-Wish cancelled.

The McQuillan family from Mountain View, Stamullen who were due to host their annual `Make-a-Wish` Day Cake Sale in the Parish Rooms in Stamullen village over last weekend, March 14th & 15th, have announced that this particular event was called off due to the current crisis of Covid 19 and will be reschedualed for a later date.

Meanwhile, a number of other community events that were also due to take place over the coming days and weeks have also been cancelled.

St. Patrick`s Day

The annual Blessing of the Graves at St. Patrick`s Graveyard in Stamullen village has always been celebrated on March 17th and, in the lead-up to and including March 17th Stamullen graveyard would become a hive of activity as parishioners and former parishioners attended to their loved-ones grave-plots in preparation for the annual Blessing of the Graves. This year, as a result of the virus Covid 19, the village has been a lot quieter, there are no mass gatherings and people opting to arrive at the graveyard, attend to their family grave-plots and leave again.

The first mention of a church at Stamullen named after our national Apostle is found in medieval church documents of the 13th century. However, there are further references contained within the Book of Armagh, written in the Early Christian period of the 7th century by Bishop Tírechán and Bishop Murchú, that make reference to Patrick arriving at `Inbher Ailbhine`, which of course is the estuary of the Delvin River at Knocknagin.

Patrick then baptised a local man named Benignus at a local water-well and Benignus later became Patrick`s successor at Armagh.

Records from the Book of Armagh also show that Patrick then established a church in `Glenn Sescnán`, which was somewhere in the valley of the Delvin River, it`s exact location unknown, but many historians believed it to have been in the area of Stamullen and hence our dedication and association with Saint Patrick.

There was also an early Christian Church site in the vicinity of Tullog, situated little over two miles to the south-west of Stamullen village and this church was also dedicated to Saint Patrick. It has also been suggested in the past that the site at Tullog is an earlier one than that of Stamullen and that it was in the vicinity of Tullog where Patrick had founded an early church!

There are remains of an early medieval church at Tullog that may still be seen today, located on the estern slope of Tullog hill, along with that of a burial ground, the pattern day of which was celebrated on July 29th up until the mid 19th century.

Spring Equinox.

This week marks that of the Vernal or Spring Equinox when daylight hours and night darkness are of equal length.

It is from now on that the daylight hours will become longer and will continue to do so up until June 21st or soon afterwards.

The pattern of the astronomical movements of the planets has an effect on our weather patterns and as a result milder, warmer and brighter days are ahead of us and hopefully this warmer weather will also get rid of the dreaded Coronavirus.

Regarding the Vernal Equinox, there is a particularly fine example of a Bronze Age circular enclosure sitting among the hills within the townland of Mullateeling, its construction having taken place more than four-thousand years ago and the entrance to which is aligned to that of the equinox.

Broomfield

Contact me

Contact Gerard on 087/2729154 or E-mail: starinaghgerard1@gmail.com 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.

Sincere Sympathy

The sincere sympathy of Broomfield and District Residents Association and the Community of Broomfield & District is extended to the family, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends, and all those who were bereaved by the passing of Eamon Meade, RIP, Hopkinstown, Lobinstown, recently. Eamon loved the chat and a game of cards, supporting all our Poker Classics down the years. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis!

Suspension of Activities

Following the Government announcements in respect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Thursday 12th March last week, Broomfield and District Residents Association has suspended with immediate effect, all its activities, including activities at Teach Raithneach, until at least 29th March 2020.

The situation will be reviewed again at that point, and a further decision taken in line with the recommendations of Government and Healthcare Professionals at the time.

The Association wish to thank, and express its appreciation to all concerned or involved in any way with Association activities, or its Community facility, Teach Raithneach, at this time, for their understanding, co-operation, and support as always. Community and its representative Organisations were never more important than at this challenging time for our country. Together, we will beat Covid-19. Please stay safe and well.

Further information, if required, from Association Secretary on 087 2729154

P.P.N - Message from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

Dear Member Groups,

We've been asked by the Department of Community and Rural Development to help them make sure that all our groups receive certain information notices from them during this current COVID-19 outbreak. Please find below an email with some important information.

Dear Stakeholder

As part of the national response to Covid-19, the Department of Health, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the HSE are working closely to support stakeholders and community groups. We will be in regular contact with you to support you and the communities you represent over the weeks ahead. https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ea1c30-updated-measures-in-response-to-covid-19-coronavirus/

Draft Meath County Development Plan

The above Plan makes interesting reading, particularly in respect of Rural Planning. At it's March Monthly Meeting, Broomfield and District Residents Association agreed a Submission on the Draft Meath County Development Plan, which was lodged on Friday 6th March last.

Contacts made with other like-minded Organisations and individuals since then reveal that an intensive lobbying of Councillors will be required if the concerns outlined in Submissions are to be addressed and reversed, when the Plan comes before them for final consideration.

Broadband One Step closer

As you are probably aware by now, Teach Raithneach is one of the designated Broadband Connection Points in Co. Meath. Following a Meeting in Navan on Tuesday 10th March last, the installation of Broadband at Teach Raithneach is imminent. It will be possible to access Broadband from inside and outside the building. This will open up many other possibilities for the local and wider Community, possibilities that should be embraced.

Teach Raithneach Activity Contacts

While Association activities have been cancelled, for the time being, as outlined above, if there are any Community Members who would like to get involved in, or help with any of the activities listed below, please make contact with the relevant person listed.

We are not entirely closed for business, a significant amount can be discussed and achieved by the various forms of social media. Planning for the future is important. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

Walking Group, contact Josie on 086 4458108

Set Dancing, contact Gerard on 087 2729154

Art Group, contact Niamh on 087 8173073

Irish Dancing, contact Grainne on 086 3707227 or Olive on 086 3502157

Brickx and Craft Club, contact Teresa on 086 3212986

Guitar and Piano Classes, contact Nicole on 087 1674639 or Evan on 086 2513640

Yoga, contact Grainne on 086 8046781

To Book Teach Raithneach, contact Alice on 087-9360018

The Teach Raithneach Eircode is A92 W283

Anti-Litter Initiative and Spring Clean 2020

Meath Co. Council's Anti-Litter Initiative has started. Broomfield & District Residents Association appeals to Community Members to play their part in securing the Gold Medal again this year in the Anti-Litter Initiative. The same roads as last year are entered again this year. Thanks for your help!

National Tree Week Planting Cancelled

This activity scheduled to take place on Saturday next 21st March, has been cancelled. A Tree will be planted in memory of all who passed away during the last year at a later date.

Information

If you have not got round to returning the information requested of you, please do as soon as possible, as we cannot keep you informed of Community Information if we have not got your details.

This is important, and never more so than now, with Covid-19 lurking around, see the Covid-19 information above. Thanks in anticipation.

Contact the Secretary on 087 2729154 if you need further information.

Lottery

Broomfield Bonus Ball Lottery Draw Results. Draw Date: 11/03/2020 .Bonus Ball Numbers were: 02, 05 and 01. No Jackpot Winner! Next Week's Jackpot: €7,900.

This Weeks €20 Winner: Holly Mongey, Kellystown. Smokie Devine, Begrath. Ollie Halpenny, Broomfield. R.D.T.A. Barron, Glassallen. Frankie Collier, Drogheda Road, Collon.

Promoters: Vincent Fitzsimons, Josie Mongey, Alice Gallagher, Ollie Halpenny, Margaret Barron and Sheila Matthews.. Next Draw: 18/03 2020.

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