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Around the Districts: Julianstown and Stamullen


Mick Weir and Deb Messier at Bonesfest in The Barrel Venue at McHugh’s.Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Mick Weir and Deb Messier at Bonesfest in The Barrel Venue at McHugh’s.Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Mick Weir and Deb Messier at Bonesfest in The Barrel Venue at McHugh’s.Photo: Colin Bell Photography




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Julianstown Tidy Towns

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Volunteers are continuing with the weekly Litter Patrols.

In the Community Garden a great deal of tidying up and repairs are being carried out. This week our usual litter patrol was carried out throughout the village and three bags of rubbish collected. It’s disappointing to note that people are still tossing their rubbish out of cars as they are passing through Julianstown.

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 give a hand.

Julianstown Tidy Towns will be holding its annual An Taisce Spring Clean on the 15th April, 2023 from 10 am to 12 noon, and we are always delighted with the large turnout. We will be covering all the roads leading to Julianstown, so it is an ideal opportunity to give the area a proper ‘Spring Clean’. Bags, gloves, litter pickers and high vis vests will be provided, and Meath Co. Co. will be supplying the skip which will be situated at the Julianstown Community Garden Car Park. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

National Tree Week - Meath County Council recently donated saplings to Tidy Towns Groups in Meath and Julianstown Tidy Towns are delighted to receive them – We got a mixed selection of Rowan, Hazel, Beech, Sweet Cherry and Holly. Meath Co. Co. does this every year in conjunction with Caoilte and it is great to receive them. They will find good homes in our Community Garden in the Native Woodland Area.

Daffodil Day - 24th March, 2023 Julianstown will again be supporting Daffodil Day and we would encourage anyone who can, to get out there on Daffodil Day and support the Irish Cancer Society. We all know families and friends who have been affected by this terrible illness.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

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

Whitecross National School

Whitecross National School, Julianstown is currently recruiting an After School Club facilitator. The After School Club runs Monday to Friday 1.25 pm to 2.25 pm, on school days only. To apply or for further inquiries, please email whitecrossns@gmail.com

Active Retirement

East Meath Active Retirement Association (EMARA) meet every Thursday in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Parish Rooms, Laytown Road, Julianstown from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm each week. New members are always welcome to join this vibrant group of men and women. We have many events and outings lined up for the coming month. For more details contact James 0872706456 or Eoin 0860649447

Little Joey’s Creche

Little Joeys Creche is looking to employ an experienced Early years educator to join our growing team. The ideal candidate is someone who has a genuine love for children and wants to guide and educate the children for a promising future. This is a permanent full-time position.

To apply please email Ericka to info@littlejoeyscreche.ie

St. Mary’s Church of Ireland

Services during March - Sunday 19th March: 10.30 Morning Prayer (Mothering Sunday)

Sunday 26th March: 10.30 Morning Prayer

For the month of March, the special appeal will be for the Turkish and Syrian Earthquake appeal.

In a joint endorsement of the appeal, Archbishops John McDowell and Michael Jackson said: “The disastrous earthquake which has so suddenly overtaken and overwhelmed the people and resources of Turkey and stretched beyond breaking point the already ravaged infrastructure of Syria, requires a swift response from aid agencies in the Western world. The Bishops’ Appeal of the Church of Ireland is to be commended for releasing €10,000 from its reserves immediately to be channelled through Christian Aid, a trusted partner, to the areas affected.

Of course, much more is needed, and we would encourage parishes to make a special appeal sometime over the next few weeks to supplement this initial contribution by Bishops’ Appeal” Donations will be used to provide basic food, water and sanitation, shelter and healthcare, education and mental health support, particularly for children and young people. All funds collected will be distributed to our dedicated mission partners who are actively working in the affected areas. We would also encourage parishes to pray for all those affected by these events and for all aid workers who are engaged in the relief operation.”

Craft and Chatter Group

There will be an opportunity for people from the Craft and Chatter Group to meet for Coffee at Relish at Southgate on Thursday 16rd March at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to join us and enjoy chatting for an hour.


In Memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Sylvia O`Brien née Collins, late of Mountain View Stamullen and formerly of Fourknocks, who passed away peacefully at Our lady of Lourdes Hospital on Sunday, March 5th last. Following funeral Mass at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Clonalvy, Sylvia`s remains were then cremated at Dardistown Creatorium in North Dublin.

New Arrivals

Congratulations and the very best of wishes to the parents, guardians and extended families of the following children who were recently baptised in the parish. Millie Dowling, Casey Ryan, Nola Ryan and Penelope Ryan.

Pattern Day

Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick`s Church in Stamullen at 11.30am on Saint Patrick`s Day,with the annual Blessing of the Graves at Stamullen Graveyard taking place immediately afterwards.

Know Your Parish - Saint Patrick

This coming Friday, March 17th , we will be celebrating St. Patrick`s Day, the Feast day of our National Apostle and of course it also holds a special place within the hearts and minds of all Stamullen natives as it is the annual day of the Blessing of the Graves or Pattern day in Stamullen village graveyard.

A few years ago now, I came across an old Scottish newspaper, titled the `Aberdeen Journal`; dating to the month of March back in1932, it contained an advert for the following book which was just after being published. `Saint Patrick: The Travelling Man; the story of his life and wanderings`. The book, which was was written by Winifred M. Letts, was published by Ivor Nicholson & Watson and was on sale back in 1932 for 12 shillings and 6 pennies.

An extract from this publication stated that, ` Patrick was the son of a Roman Centurion who was captured by Irish raiders to Britain and who was made a slave to King Milchu of North Dalradia in the north-east corner of Ulster. He then escaped from his captivity here and travelled abroad before returning to Ireland as a Bishop, where he founded his first Church in Seschen Valley near Gormanstown`.

The book was also described as a `colourful and richly-written biography of the saints life, telling of Patrick`s plight as he travelled across Ireland daring King and Druid, facing forests and swamps, climbing mountains and fording rivers; a determined pioneer of Christ, the book also contains several charming drawings by Lesley Blanche`. The above-mentioned `Seschen Valley`, where it was said our National Apostle set up his first Church, has long been known as being in the vicinity of the Delvin River Valley.

Patrick baptised a young lad at Gormanstown named Benignus who was later to become Patrick`s successor as Bishop at Armagh and it was also stated that Benignus was in fact a son of a local man named Seschen. Some historians in the past have stated that Patrick may have set up his first church at Stamullen and that the local name `Glen Seschen`, or Seschen`s Valley, was in the vicinity of the Delvin River valley at Stamullen.

However, there are other documents and historic papers contained with the Book of Armagh and recorded by Bishops Muirchu and Tierchan in the 7th century, which makes suggestions that an early church founded by Patrick was located within the townland of Tullog, situated some 4km to the south-west of Stamullen village and where there are the remains of a church, a burial ground and a holy well, all of which are dedicated to St. Patrick and all of which are situated on the side of a hill overlooking the valley of the Delvin River!

There are are other references contained within the 12th century Book of Leinster which also show the location of Seschen Valley as being along the banks of the Ailbhine River, the name Ailbhine having been corrupted over the centuries, firstly to the name Eluin, then Elvan and finally the name of which we are familiar with today, the Delvin!