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Around the Districts: Ardcath/Clonalvy, Curraha, Duleek and Stamullen


At the Drogheda Motor Show art competition presentations were the winners and representatives of the motor show.

At the Drogheda Motor Show art competition presentations were the winners and representatives of the motor show.

At the Drogheda Motor Show art competition presentations were the winners and representatives of the motor show.




Any news or items of interest contact Niamh @ 086 3477283 or email niamhuiloinsigh@gmail.com.


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Congratulations to former St Vincents GFC Ardcath man Shane O’Brien and his teammates at Glasgow Gaels on winning the All Britain Championship after defeating St Brendan’s of Manchester today in the Final.Tremendous achievement for the club.

They now enter the All Ireland Club series. Well done Shane. Onwards and upwards.

Ardcath ICA

Ardcath ICA held their November Meeting in Bennetts Function Room on Wednesday 9th November at 7.30pm Joan Caffrey (assistant) Chairperson welcomed everybody and remembered the deceased Val Reynolds & Maureen Murray former parishioners of Ardcath.

Minutes were read and signed by Mary Howard (Secretary) and Anne Whyte (Treasurer) gave an update on the Balance sheet. Competition for the nicest scarf was won by Kay Murphy, Raffle winner was Joan Caffrey.

Helen & Emma Whyte gave a demonstration on Decorative Wrapping of presents and Bow Making, a very enjoyable & relaxing evening as members were invited to participate.

10 Members attended the hilariously funny play Dirty Dustin in the TLT in Drogheda and met cast members Mary Byrne & Jake Carter afterwards for a photocall.

Members of the guild will attend a Day Course at An Grianan on 28th November starting with Morning Coffee at 10am, Cookery demonstration and dinner. Chair Aerobics resumed after the Halloween Break on Tuesday the 8th November and will continue for two more weeks, Christmas Wreath Making Class with Mary Boylan will take place on Wednesday 7th December.

The guild are finalising details for their December Day tour to Naas on 14th December.



Any news or items of interest contact Niamh @ 086 3477283 or email niamhuiloinsigh@gmail.com.

World Cup sweepstake

Curraha GAA are running a sweepstake for the World Cup which starts on Sunday 20th November as a fundraiser for the club. 50% of all funds collected will go into the prize pool. Entry fee is €10 per entry.

There are some fabulous prizes and entries must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday 18th November, Draw will then be held where each of the 32 teams will be assigned to 32 lucky entrants. Entries can be made via ClubZap or curraghagaa.com

Curraghagalla National School

Well done everybody! 154 bags and 891kg collected to raise funds for our sensory hallway. Thank you to all our families, friends, neighbours, and community members who came from far and wide to support our fundraising. Curraghagalla NS is grateful for your assistance, and we can’t wait to show you the new additions to our school.



Contact me if you have any news or items for this column, please contact me by e-mail annfinger@yahoo.co.uk or phone 086-3131708. Please have all information to me by 7pm on Friday evening for the following Wednesday’s paper.

The Feel Good Project

Menopausability! with Kathy Maher in the Duleek Courthouse on December 6th from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Living well through perimenopause, menopause and beyond. Join us for an evening of awareness, advice and support.

Mental Health Recovery Talk with Core Ireland from 6pm to 7pm in the Duleek Courthouse on December 13th.

To book your place in any of the above events, call us on 041 988 0523 or email us at duleekdft@gmail.com.

Duleek Christmas Fair

Duleek Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday 27th November in Duleek community facility on the Navan Rd.

Lots of stalls with cakes, puddings and unusual gifts for friends and family available. Santa will arrive at 2pm.

Duleek Tidy Towns

This year Duleek gained 12 points in the Tidy Towns Competition 2022. Our total points were 271. We were judged on Community - Streetscape and Public Places - Green Spaces and Landscaping - Nature and Biodiversity - Sustainability - Tidiness and Litter Control - Residential Streets and Housing Areas - Approach Roads Streets and Lanes. Concluding Remarks: Duleek was a pleasure to visit and adjudicate.

Duleek Development Association CLG

Its that time of year again so save the date for our first fundraising event since covid. Our annual table quiz will take place on Thursday 15th December in Carranstown Lodge at 9pm Table of 4 €20. The results of our Christmas Raffle will be announced on the night tickets 2euro each or 10euro for 6 tickets are available from Duleek Community Shop or any committee member. Our annual Church Gate collection will also take place in December

Duleek Meals on Wheels

We are urgently seeking volunteers to help in the kitchen and drivers if you are interested contact Maureen on 087-9932649.

Cushinstown AC

In preparation for our 50th anniversary in the Spring of 2023, Cushinstown AC are compiling information on our club since it was set up in 1973

If you have any information, old photos or articles on the club, especially in the years from 1972 to 2000, or would like to share any memories of the club over the years please contact us on cushinstownacarchives@gmail.com

Women’s Forum

Duleek Women’s Forum continues every Tuesday morning in Duleek Courthouse from 10.30am to 12noon.

Duleek & Bellewstown Active Retirement

Bowls continue in Duleek Parish Centre every Tuesday from 2pm. New members welcome.


Zumba classes have started back in Duleek Parish Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm pay as you go €8 per class. Enquiries to 086 - 1089007

Carmel’s Chair Aerobics

Carmel’s Chair Aerobics continue every Thursday from 12 noon to 1pm in Duleek Courthouse, except this Thursday 3rd November there will be no class due to unforseen circumstances.

Duleek AFC Lotto

Results 9/11 / 2022: Jackpot €4.000; Numbers Drawn 8 - 18 - 26- 27; No Winner. 4 Drawn Winners; €20 each: P. O’Flaherty - D. Walsh - S.Townley - Alan Foley

Draw every Wednesday in Clubhouse at 7.00pm

Tickets available from any committee member


Stedalt Development

Yet another beautiful hedgerow has been totally removed from the local landscape at Stedalt by developers over the past ten days or so. This particular hedgerow, which ran from the area of the former Potato (Tayto) Store towards Stedalt Cross, was the last remaining section of hedgerow on this southern part of the road and its removal in recent weeks is very noticeable as you approach Stamullen Village from Stedalt Cross. There is a large green-field area, subject for residential development that runs from the Stedalt Road here back to the boundary of the Delvin River which separates the parish of Stamullen and the County of Meath from that of Fingal and the demolition of the hedgerow now leaves the area open for such a development.

The former Potato Store was sold many years ago and this site now accommodates a number of residential dwellings known as Delvin Mews. Since large-scale developments of both residential and commercial began in earnest in the Stamullen area, around 20 years ago, not only has there been a population explosion but there has also been a dramatic change across the greater village area from the older, sleepy and very much a rural community to that which is fast becoming, what many parishioners are referring to as an “urban sprawl”.

Over those past twenty years huge sections of our native hedgerows have also been removed to make way for these developments and they are being replaced by short walls and railings to the front of the developments with some green spaces and a few trees planted here and there to, supposedly, enhance the area. In fact, the only residential estate that has been constructed in Stamullen and which retained its road-frontage original hedgerow is that of Elvana, which, ironically, is also in Stedalt and directly opposite where this hedgerow has been removed in the past week or so. Elvana was the second such residential housing estate to have been constructed in Stamullen back in 1997, after the Mountain View estate at Stedalt Cross which was the initial Housing estate in Stamullen and which began back in the mid 1970`s; an original hedgerow section also exists between Mountain View and Elvana. Hedgerows are habitats for all types of birds, insects and mammals, they provide food, nesting places, and shelter for them, they also contain wild flowers, fruit and berries and they are an added attraction to an otherwise urbanized area. Local Authorities and planners, architects and developers, should perhaps think more before they decide to `wipe out` sections of our Natural Heritage!

Know Your Parish

Throughout the parish of Stamullen there are numerous old stone bridges, the majority of them hidden away beneath road surfaces crossing the many smaller streams that run through the landscape. Many of these bridges date to the 18th and 19th century and when closely viewed and inspected they depict a craftsmanship that is certainly worthy of recording and preservation. The oldest bridge within the parish appears to be that of the Bridgefoot. This, humped-backed bridge is well known to locals as it is located along the old Coach Route from Gormanstown village to Balrothery; it marks the county boundary between Meath and Fingal on the road to Balscadden with the Tubbersuil Lane immediately on the right as you would cross the Delvin River over which the bridge spans. The upstream section of this bridge dates to the early 13th century and, this section of the bridge also still contains the high parapet, which was constructed as part of the bridge for defensive purposes, as a rider on horseback was subject to being shot by an arrow, particularly while crossing such a bridge and so hence that extra height of the bridge above the horse-back rider.

The downstream section of the bridge has been widened over the centuries, for instance, with one reference dating to the year 1769, which states that; `whether £6. 10 shillings and 1 penny be raised to build half the bridge over the River Delvin between the counties of Meath and Dublin at Gormanstown`. Each County was meant to construct one-half of the bridge on their respective sides of the river. In the year 1775 it states the following; `whether £9. 15 shillings and 9 pennies be raised to rebuild half an arch of the bridge of Gormanstown on the road from Dublin to Drogheda as which divides the counties of Meath and Dublin and 9 shillings and 9 pennies wages as approved before`. In the year 1800 there is a reference stating that; `whether £10 and 10 shillings be raised and paid to build battlements to half the bridge over the river at Gormanstown dividing the counties of Meath and Dublin at Outlands on the Dublin to Drogheda road`, while nine years later in 1809, the following states that, `£25, 11 shillings and 11 pennies to Lord Gormanston and Fran Flanagan and Mr Caffrey to repair and rebuild a bridge called Gormanstown on the road to Balbriggan`.

Another interesting point concerning the Bridgefoot is that, because it was firstly constructed in the early 13th century, it is then almost certain that it was built under the orders of the De St. Amand family, who resided at the Manor House at Gormanstown at this time and prior to this place being acquired by the Preston famly, Viscounts Gormanston. The St. Amand family were hugely important and played a significant role in both the history of Britain and Ireland. Being of Norman origin, they had very close connections to English Royalty and had been granted the lands of Gormanstown in the year 1226 following their part in the English Wars against France under King Henry III. In the year 1233, Almericus de St. Amand of Gormanstown Manor became the Godfather to a future King of England, Edward 1st.

Annual Remembrance Mass

Our Annual Mass Of Remembrance for our deceased loved ones, will take place on Saturday, 19th November at 5:45 pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Stamullen. All are invited to attend and participate.

During this Mass we will remember our loved ones and our friends who have died. We will also remember all who have died in tragic circumstances in our Country during the year and those who died tragically in Creeslough.

Tree of Life

In each of our two churches we have our Garden of Remembrance for the month of November.

At the side of each garden is our Tree of Life. We invite you to write the names of the people you want remembered on the little cards from the basket at the bottom of the tree and then hang them on the tree. These names will be included in all the Masses in November and in our Remembrance Mass.