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CURRAHA

Contact

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

Curraghalla National School – Enrolment forms for children wishing to enrol in Curraghalla National School are now available. Contact school on 025 27449 or office@curraghallans.com .

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Curraha GAA Grand Draw 2023

The Grand Draw was a great success last year, and is a crucial fundraiser for the club. Our long-term goal remains to find a space within the parish to develop 1/2 pitches & training grounds to cater for our ever growing playing base.

We have record numbers of kids involved from nursery up. The LGFA side of the club continues to grow apace. We have an U17 Ladies team this year, and are getting closer to entering an Adult Ladies team in the years to come. While this growth is great to see, it does place additional demands on our limited resources.

Finding space to develop new pitches and training grounds is crucial to continue our development as a club and would really allow us to realise our potential.

Enter the Curraha GAA Grand Draw 2023 here: https://currahagaa.com/products

In the meantime, we continue to develop Joe McDermott Park as much as possible. There is ongoing work to improve what we can. The carpark was revamped last year, the trees at the top end of the pitch were cut down to free up some space, and we have done a lot of work to improve the quality of the pitch. We have also recently completed work on improving the floodlights around the pitch, and there is further works to be undertaken on the clubhouse and gym.

We are exploring the option of fully redeveloping Joe McDermott Park. This would involve realigning and relaying the pitch, installing new ball-stop nets, the addition of a walkway and a new fence around the perimeter of the pitch. This would involve us needing to relocate for training and matches for a year while this work is ongoing, and again leaves facing the challenge of finding a suitable area to use within the parish during this time.

While we are planning for all of these changes, we continue to fundraise via the Grand Draw and the Club Lotto. We thank everyone who has supported us with these fundraisers and hope we can continue to rely on your support. We would also like to thank our various benefactors and sponsors who play a vital role in helping us provide the resources required from Nursery up to Senior.

You can contact us at currahagaa@gmail.com with any queries

CurraghAthletic FootballClub

Curragha Underage Registration takes place upstairs in the Clubhouse on Tuesday 24th January, 2023 from 7 to 9 pm.

JULIANSTOWN

Contact

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

Tidy Towns

Julianstown Tidy Towns volunteers got off to a good start so far this month. All the Christmas Decorations were taken down and a litter pick was carried out in the village. I believe 3 full bags of rubbish were collected.

New Volunteers are needed to carry out some of the new projects in the garden and if you are interested in giving a hand please message us on Facebook – Julianstown Tidy Towns or text 086 3477283. We will be working in the garden on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday if you would like to call in and have a chat.

January might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen the garden starts to grow. Now is a great time to plan for the coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants. Enjoy the fresh air, on dry sunny days, and check your winter protection, stakes, ties and supports are still working after any severe weather. Also put out food for birds and leave some garden areas uncut, a little longer, to provide shelter for wildlife in your garden.

Gardening Tools – Give your tools a bit of a spring clean and if you think some of them may have seen better days why not visit your local garden centre and treat yourself and remember you get what you pay for. You need good quality spade, fork, rake or hoe, a good clippers and secateurs.

Community Alert

It’s that time of year when we unfortunately hear of sheep and lamb kills by roaming dogs who are not under the control of their owners. Please keep an eye out for unsupervised roaming dogs, and report to the Gardai immediately. Also, please be reminded that there has been an increase in hunting hares with lurchers on lands in neighbouring Districts. The Irish Hare is a protected species, and this activity is illegal. This normally occurs on farmlands without the permission of the owner, report any such activity to the Gardai immediately .

As reported by An Gardai on many occasions recently, beware of the Scammers who never cease plying their illegal trade. Remember, if you want Garda assistance, the quickest way to get it is to dial 999

Join Text Alert

Duleek & District Text Alert Service covers the following areas:

Duleek, Donore, Mount Hanover, Julianstown, Laytown, Bettystown, Gormanston, Stamullen, Ardcath, Clonalvy, Bellewstown, Cushenstown, Curragha, Rathfeigh & Knockcommon.

€6 payment can now be paid by Revolut. Send your mobile phone number and parish name with payment to 086 8097737 or contact us on 041 9880523 for more details.

You will receive all up-to-date crime reports from Gardai & citizens that send us alerts.

Other public information like road closures, electrical outage notices & other emergency notices in your area only.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Confirmation Ceremonies will take place in St. Mary’s Church Julianstown on Monday, 27th February.

The Ceremony for Candidates from St. Patrick’s NS will take place at 10 am and for the Candidates from Whitecross NS will take place at 12pm. Candidates are welcome to invite their parents/guardians, their sponsor, and their siblings to join them at the Ceremonies.

First Communion Ceremonies will take place on Saturdays, 22nd April and 6th May.

St. Mary’s Church of Ireland

St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Julianstown would like to announce the following services

Sunday 29th January: Morning Prayer

Drama

Aisteoirí na Bóinne Drama Group will perform Drinking Habits - a farce by Tom Smith in the Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Drogheda from 14th to 18th February @ 8pm nightly.

They are kindly donating the proceeds of their performance on Wednesday 15th February to St. Mary’s Julianstown Parish Appeal and the Alzheimer’s Society. In the past this has been a very enjoyable evening and an important fundraiser for the Parish - your support would be greatly appreciated. As this event has been a sell-out in the past advance booking is essential - Tickets €15.00 available online from Droichead Arts Centre www.droichead.com (Further details from John Wheatley – 085 7158213)

Buy Irish, Shop Local

Please ‘Buy Irish and Shop Local’ all year round. It’s the least we can do to support our local economy. Local businesses deserve our support. Supporting Local Businesses will also help to sustain jobs locally, please do your best

STAMULLEN

In Memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Oliver (Ollie) Walsh, Tobersool, Balscadden who passed away Peacefully at his home on Sunday evening last, January 15th . Following Funeral Mass at the Church of the Assumption on Thursday morning, January 17th last, Oliver was laid to Rest at Balscadden Church Cemetery.

Community Heritage Grants.

The Community Heritage Grant Scheme is now open. Aimed at projects to improve access & inclusion to Heritage Sites that apply good heritage practice to the management of Sites of archaeological and historical importance and significance including architectural buildings. Applications for The Community Heritage Grant Scheme opened on Tuesday last, January 17th and a total of €1.5 million is available for this year’s scheme. For further information, log onto http://bit.ly/3kbSFjC

Cock Lane

Over recent weeks, the local Authority has been repairing the road surface at the Cock Lane in Gormanston. This old narrow lane, running from the R132 main Gormanston to Balbriggan road, just south of the old Cock Tavern Public House to the Beach, has been in a terrible state of disrepair over a number of years. It is widely used by members of the public and it is also used a lot by members of the Defence Forces based at nearby Gormanston Army Camp. The repair work has been welcomed by local Councillors and the general public alike; however, it is also very much hoped that this is not, yet another, `quick-fix` repair and that the new road surface, currently being installed, will improve the overall conditions of the Cock Lane.

Know Your Parish

Rockabill Lighthouse - In January 1854, the following article appeared in the pages of the Drogheda Argus newspaper. `Light House on the Rockabill. The memorial of the magistrates, merchants, ship owners and traders of the county of the Town of Drogheda and the surrounding districts along the Eastern coast, assembled at a public meeting held at the Tholsel of Drogheda on Monday the 16th January 1854 and signed by the Mayor on behalf of the meeting.

That a resolution was unanimously passed at the above meeting, strongly recommending the necessity of the erection of a lighthouse on Rockabill, as it would be calculated to afford in such a prominent position, considerable assistance from the wide extended distance at which it would be visible along the Eastern coast; that the opinion of eminent engineers and of experienced nautical men, has been repeatedly expressed upon the advantages and assistance it would render to the mariners along the coast. Your memorialists, therefore, respectfully request your honourable board may be pleased to take this subject into consideration, in order that a lighthouse may be erected on Rockabill`.

The completion of the lighthouse on Rockabill was duly completed by the end of the decade, however, even after its completion, numerous ships were often wrecked on the rocks along the coast, particularly during high seas and heavy storms; such as that which occurred in early February 1861, when the Schooner, `Ann of Dundalk`, was wrecked on the Caragee Rocks, off Filgates, while on the same day, the Duke of Wellington, laden with coal for Dundalk, was wrecked on the strand at Gormanstown, with the Captain and a couple of the crew having been drowned and, again on the same day, two other trading vessels were wrecked on the rocks off Barnagera, near Skerries.

The construction of the Rockabill Lighthouse, the initial meeting of which took place in Drogheda 169 years ago this month


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