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Around the Districts: Ardcath/Clonalvy, Julianstown and Stamullen


Former Julianstown resident Nóra Thornton Stout, now living near Los Angeles, California, who received a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Nora now lives with her husband Paul and dog Barney in Altadena, California, and is the daughter of proud parents Drs Geraldine and Matthew Stout,the world-renowed archeologists.

Former Julianstown resident Nóra Thornton Stout, now living near Los Angeles, California, who received a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Nora now lives with her husband Paul and dog Barney in Altadena, California, and is the daughter of proud parents Drs Geraldine and Matthew Stout,the world-renowed archeologists.

Former Julianstown resident Nóra Thornton Stout, now living near Los Angeles, California, who received a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Nora now lives with her husband Paul and dog Barney in Altadena, California, and is the daughter of proud parents Drs Geraldine and Matthew Stout,the world-renowed archeologists.




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Clonalvy: Sunday 26th June at 1pm. Ardcath: Sunday 11th September at 1pm.

Clonalvy N.S.

Following a very large turnout at the public meeting on May 16th in Donnelly’s, members of the local community were advised that Helen McEntee T.D., Minister for Justice had been informed by the CEO of the Louth Meath Education & Training Board (LMETB) that they wished to acquire the former Clonalvy N.S. with a view to it reopening as a primary school. This development was confirmed by the several other members of the Oireachtas and County Council area representatives who were in attendance, and who have supported the community efforts to retain a school.

The public meeting asked that letters be sent to the Bishop of Meath and to the LMETB to offer the communities unanimous support for the bid to reopen the school. These have now been issued and all the local area representatives have been copied with the request to make representations on the communities’ behalf. For the school to be sustainable and given the time pressure, we will require parents (and prospective parents/new residents) to indicate if they would be willing to send their child to any reformed school that might open, in the coming days. We are considering precisely how this will be done, members of the community can make informal enquiries with either Nick Reilly or Patricia Rogers.

Rathfeigh P & P

Well done to Peter Moore on winning the Inter grade and Kieran Quinn on winning the Junior grade at the Nicky Lynch Scratch Cup on Sunday last. Thank you to all who came to play in the event. It was a great success once again with 125 players taking part. New members are welcome to come along and join the club. It’s a lovely sport; and age is no barrier.

Well-Oiled Wheelers

A new season of cycling from Ardcath has begun with the Well-Oiled Wheelers cycling club back in the saddle. we hope that you will support our club by re-joining us on the saddle over the coming months and invite friends, family members and colleagues to get active and get peddling. So, whether you have a BMX, Mountain bike or a high-speed racer, the Well-Oiled Wheelers is the club for you.

The normal cycling days are Wednesdays at 7.00 pm and Sundays at 8.00 am from Ardcath; additional cycles on Saturdays or other week days will be organised as numbers grow. You can follow our progress on Facebook/Twitter or Strava.

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Taking place from 12th -17th September 2022 led by Bishop Tom Deenihan. Booking forms available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 69 O’Connell St. Dublin 1, Tel: 01-2410800. The pilgrimage this year will be for hotel pilgrims only.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Holy Land Pilgrimage – fully escorted trip 1st June 2022 visiting Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee and more. Spiritual Director is Fr Sean Henry. Cost €1,895 HB, details from www.travalue.ie 0818 333990.



All Dunleer parish news big and small welcome via email maryroserafferty@gmail.com or you can pm me on Facebook.

Kitty Breen

Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Kitty Breen (née Callaghan) The Cottage, Greenhills, Drogheda and formerly of Dunleer, who passed away peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Kitty, loving wife to Sean. Sadly missed by her husband, sisters Mary, Angie and Margaret, brother Hugh, sisters-in-law Maura and Linda, brother-in-law Anthony, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Teresa Newman

Deepest condolences to Raymond, Sandra, Paul, Anthony and all the family of Teresa Newman who passed away late last weekend, Teresa was such a lovely kind and friendly lady that will be missed around the town, may she rest in peace.

Dromin N.S. First Communion

Congratulations to all the students of Dromin N.S. who made their first holy communion last weekend, especially Killian Flanagan and Olivia Martin.

Class Of 2022

Best wishes to all sixth year students of Scoil Uí Mhuirí who are graduating this Thursday, May 26th.

Dunleer Golf Society

The next outing of the Dunleer Golf Society will be held at Hollywood Lakes on Saturday June 4th 2022 and sponsored by Alan Shearman, Shearman’s Inn, Dunleer.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2022

Dunleer parish Lourdes Pilgrimage 2022 takes please September 22nd 2022 with Spiritual Director: Fr. Michael Murtagh.

Five nights, €779 per person which includes complimentary group travel Insurance. Pilgrimage details consist of direct return flights from Dublin to Lourdes, return airport transfers to Lourdes, five nights in the Hotel Paradis, full board breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, fully escorted pilgrimage, accompanied by spiritual director, mMass at the Grotto, Anointing of the Sick, Torchlight Procession, Blessed Sacrament Procession and International Mass. For information please contact: Parish office on 0416851278 or email: gmichaelmurtagh@gmail.com.

St. Kevin’s Lotto Results

Lotto Results for May 12th 2022.️ Numbers Drawn were; 4,10, 23 and 28. No jackpot winners, Next jackpot is €9,900 for as little as €2. Congratulations to this week’s €50 winners, Michael Grogan & Donna King, you can enter online at www.stkevinsgaa.ie/club-lotto sales for this week close at 6pm Thursday, May 19th 2022. Envelopes can be acquired locally in St. Kevin’s Community Centre, and Thomas Clare & Co.

Lann Léire Review

The L.L.R Spring Issue in shops and church porches. Read the recent obituaries, local events and celebrations and about our local story and history including the women from Dunleer who entered religious life and travelled to various parts of the world. Read about Dunleer in 1922 and the impact of the violence that marked the era. Read of the remarkable Hynes family in Dromin who sent seven sons to war and of the three-card-trick men in Mulacurry.

Slimming World

Slimming World Dunleer group takes place in the Market House main street Dunleer every Wednesday at 6pm. The consultant has ten years experience.

For further info you can contact Lynne on 0879839776 or just pop in

Patrún dates

Mosstown Patrún takes place on Sunday June 19th 2022 at 12noon and DROMIN takes place on October 9th at 11 a.m.

Trad sessions

Scoraícht Lann Léire holds open Trad sessions every Tuesday evening at 7pm. For all info on events you can follow them on their facebook page; Scoraícht Lann Léire.



Any news or items of interest contact Iris @0864033557 or email irismaryg@gmail.com

Concert for Alzheimer Society Drogheda

The Tredagh Singers present a summer concert of songs featuring excerpts from Handel’s Messiah with conductor Geraldine Doggett, orchestra and Soloists. Taking place in St. Peter’s Church of Ireland Peter Street Drogheda this Friday 27th May at 8p.m. Tickets cost €20 and you will be supporting a great cause. For tickets contact Ann Shortt on 087 2893698.

Meals on Wheels

Julianstown Stamullen Meals on Wheels we are delighted that the service is resuming this month. Meals will be delivered weekly, Monday Wednesday and Friday. Anyone wishing to avail of this service please contact Meals on Wheels dedicated phone number: 085-7222068 Or Ann on 086-8576470.

Moorechurch Blessing of Graves

Blessing of Graves in Moorechurch Cemetery will take place at 11:30 am on Sunday 3rd July. Please alert others outside the parish.

Help Needed with Transport

City North Hotel is kindly accommodating a group of Ukrainians for the foreseeable future. We are looking for several people to volunteer to give them lifts to and from Balbriggan as there is no public transport from the Hotel to the town of Balbriggan. Would you or your friends be able to accommodate them with a lift? If you can please email mitchellniamh@gmail.com or text 087 2518752 with your availability.


The East Meath Active Retirement Association have resumed activities and will meet every Thursday in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Parish room from 2.30p.m. until 4.30p.m. each week. New members are always welcome to join this vibrant group of men and women who have plenty of events and outings for the coming months in the pipeline.

Julianstown Tidy Towns

The volunteers are busy getting the Community Garden into ship shape now that the weather is warming and encouraging Trees and Plants to show off their beautiful foliage and flowers. The Ladybirds have arrived and seem to like the flowers around the pond.

Basketball for All

We are thrilled to announce plans for a new inclusion team starting next season.

As part of this we are holding a ‘Come and Try day’ this Saturday May 28th from 10.30-12.30 in Ballymakenny College Drogheda.

We are inviting people of all abilities and disabilities, both physical and intellectual, to come along and play basketball with us. We will have plenty of qualified and experienced coaches on hand to answer any questions and get you involved in the best way that suits you. Please, help us spread the word. #wolfpack #tobelongtoplaytothrive #inclusion Basketball Ireland.


New Arrivals

Congratulations and the very best of wishes to the parents, guardians and extended family of the following children who were recently baptized in the parish. Oisin Howley, Victoria Polit and Callum Simmons.

College Wall

Nice to see that the section of the old enclosing stone wall around the former Gormanston Castle Estate has been reconstructed to the satisfaction of all. The section of the old stone wall in the village of Gormanston, which was apparently unsteady and therefore not safe, was taken down a couple of months ago, but it has now been repaired using the correct lime mortar etc. so that it will blend back in to the existing wall that runs along the village road. Credit where it is also due, the wall has been very well repaired and restored by the mason craftsman. Meanwhile the construction work is continuing in behind this wall in the area which was formerly part of the magnificent gardens and orchard of the former Preston, Viscounts Gormanston Estate; however all ground works had been monitored by archaeologists and also overseen by the County Meath Heritage Officer, with a further close eye being continually kept on the developments by the local Gormanston Community Association.

Stedalt House

Renovation and the restoration of the former Stedalt House at Stamullen is continuing. The House which has been empty and vacant now for the past couple of years had formerly been part of a Nursing Home. Prior to that, Stedalt House was owned and run by the Sisters of St. Clare and it was where St. Joseph`s Babies Home had been situated from the early 1950`s until 1987. Stedalt House itself was constructed in around the 1850`s and it sits on the site of a much earlier home. During the 19th century it was the home of the Walsh family and then it became the residence of the MacCartney-Filgate family before it was sold to the Religious Order called the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus in 1936; they in turn then sold Stedalt House to the Sisters of St. Clare in around 1952.

Belated Birthday Wishes

Congratulations to Kilbrickstown native Johnny Purfield who turned 84-years-old last week. Johnny is known far and wide across the parish of Stamullen and indeed way beyond; he has been involved and has been instrumental in several local sporting, recreational and charitable events in Stamullen for most of his life and, whenever called upon to get involved in any local activities, Johnny has never had to be asked twice. A butcher for many many years in Tom Hagan`s at Bridge Street in Balbriggan, Johnny was a frequent visitor to many a house between Balbriggan and Stamullen where he would deliver the meat from Hagan`s butcher`s a couple of times a week. Always a man with some great stories, Johnny is a real local character and a gentleman with a knowledge of the old Stamullen and the rural setting in which he grew up in this part of his beloved Royal County. A Belated Happy Birthday to Johnny and hopefully there will be many more years yet to celebrate for the native of the old townland of Kilbrickstown.

Historical Walk n Talk

Community Historian Brendan Matthews will lead a Historical Walk n Talk on Wednesday evening next May 25th beginning at the Bottom of Mary St. /Dublin Road junction in Drogheda at 7.30pm. The Walk n Talk will proceed along the Dublin Road to Blackbush Lane via Poor-House Lane and will finish at the old Union Workhouse Burial Ground of Bully`s Acre opposite Calvary Cemetery. Note: There is no charge for this particular event however donations towards the further research and presentation of Community History will be warmly welcomed on the evening.