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


Local Notes.

Local Notes.

Local Notes.




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Our Under 13 girls had the great pleasure of a training session with Stacey Grimes of the winning Meath Ladies Team. What a great time was had by all. Stacy’s passion for the game and for ladies in sport is inspirational and felt in Masterson Park on Monday night. We thank Stacey for making the long drive from Longwood and we will hope to see you back in the New Year for more tips!!

Ardcath ICA

Members of Ardcath ICA will be attending a cookery demonstration and lunch in An Grianan, Termonfeckin on Monday 28th November.



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Curraha GAA

Well done to the under 20s plaayers for their great win over the Wolf Tones and are now looking forward to the Championship final. The final score was 0-8 v 1-9

Curraghagalla NS

Curraghagalla National School had a very successful and action packed Science Week

The students thoroughly enjoyed a week of Science filled fun. From experiments with skittles, volcanoes, mentos explosions and a bed of nails to webinars with the scientists in Moorepark the children were busy. They researched scientists and brought all of their knowledge together to end science week with a whole school science quiz.



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New Bus Service

Duleek Women’s Forum are delighted with the new proposed bus service, which they campaigned for with their petition in Duleek Post Office. Bus Route 163 which will connect Athboy, Navan, Kentstown, Duleek, Donore and Drogheda, 7 days a week. This is part of “ Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan”. It is planned to have this service up and running in the first quarter of 2023.

Mollies Blanket Appeal

Warm blankets are needed at Mollie’s Animal Rescue, Duleek for the large number of kittens there at present. According to manager Marion, small baby blankets or hand towels are best as they are easily washed and dried.

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

The 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.

Christmas Market

Saturday 26th November from 9am to 6pm at Sage and Stone Duleek food and craft stalls, live music, a ballet school performing excerpts from The Nutcracker and an appearance from Santa.

Duleek Development Association CLG

It’s 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.

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



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Tidy Towns

Julianstown Tidy Towns committee are drawing up plans for improvements in the village for the next 12 months and are asking residents for ideas on what they would like to see? If you have suggestions, please e-mail us at julianstowndca@gmail.com . We are also looking for gardening enthusiasts to help with planting flowers in the community garden. If you would like to join us on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings, please call and we would be delighted for your help.

Christmas Lights and Santa Posters

It is quite impossible to put up mains Christmas Lights in the village. However, thanks to funding from Meath Co. Co. we are able to purchase battery operated lights, and these are quite effective when draped around the many trees going up through the village. Last year we commissioned Santa and Frosty Posters which can be re-used and are great for giving us a special Christmas cheer in the village.

Whitecross National School

There were great celebrations at Whitecross National School for the official opening on Friday 18th November, 2022 by most Reverend Tom Deenihan Bishop of Meath. was firstly held in the church and then followed by the cutting of the ribbon, planting of a tree, unveiling of plaque, presentations, and speeches in the Hall. There were many parents past and present, and lovely to see so many of the retired staff such as previous principal Liam Burke, and teachers Mary Clarke, Noreen Ryan, Brian Colreavy, and Laura Reynolds. On the political front we had TDs Fergus O’Dowd, and Ged Nash, Senator Sharon Keogan, and Cllr. Paddy Meade. The proceedings were followed by some light refreshments and a tour of this fantastic school with Principal Patrick Doran at the helm.

Sincere Sympathy

Sincere sympathy to the Brangan family and friends of the late Esther (Esmary) Brangan Smithstown and sincere sympathy to the O’Loan family on the death of Arthur O Loan late of Ballygarth Manor. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time for you. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis.

Road closure

Urgent Temporary Closure of Regional Road R-108 At Dardistown Bridge, Dardistown. Meath County Council has made an order to temporarily close the R108 at the townland of Dardistown to facilitate urgent remedial works to Dardistown Bridge. The closure will commence at 9.30am on Tuesday, 22nd November 2022 and continue to 4.30pm on Friday, 16th December 2022.

St. Mary’s Church of Ireland

Advent Coffee Morning and Christmas Fair - It’s coming to the Season to be Jolly and a fundraising event will take place on Saturday 3rd December from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm in the Church of Ireland Parish Rooms, Laytown Road, Julianstown. There will be cakes, buns, chutneys, jams, crafts, books and plants for sale and after you browse you can enjoy a much-needed tea/coffee or seasonal refreshments. Tickets on sale for the Monster Raffle with some super prizes. Admission of €5 per adult will include your light refreshments and children go free. We hope to see you there and get involved in the Christmas Cheer!


In Memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Esther Mary Celine Brangan, Woodbine Lodge Smithstown. Esther`s funeral Mass took place at St. Mary`s Church in Julianstown, which was followed by her Cremation at the Dardistown Crematorium in north Dublin.

Steach Maoilin

Every evening during the month of November the local Community Steach Maoilin Facebook Page is depicting photographs of people who have passed away over the years; people from across the Stamullen, Julianstown, Bellewstown and surrounding areas. Some good and fond memories viewing those who are sadly no longer amongst us except in thought and memory. Check out the Steach Maoilin Facebook Page

Feel Good Project

The Feel-Good Project has organized a Free Talk, supporting anxious teenagers, presented by Doctor Mary O` Kane on Tuesday December 1st in the Parish Rooms, Stamullen Village from 7 to 8.30pm. Booking is essential and for those who may wish to attend, you can do so by calling 041-9880523 or by e mail to duleekdft@gmail.com

Know Your Parish

The following article appeared in the pages of the Drogheda Independent newspaper during the second week of July back in the year 1908. “Attacked by a dog. On Sunday last the young granddaughter of James Bagnall, aged about ten years old, was ferociously attacked on the public road in Stamullen village by a dog belonging to a resident of that district.

The savage animal, being unmuzzled at the time of the attack, seized the child by the leg and inflicted an ugly wound which, together with the shock she sustained, leaves her at present in a very critical condition. It is also stated that this same dog attacked a Balbriggan Bread-van driver some time ago and the neighbours are beginning to think that it is about time an end was put to his man-eating career”.