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Around the Districts: Stamullen and Tullyallen


Local author Nicola Cassidy with members of Tullyallen Men’s Shed at the launch of the ‘Free Library’.

Local author Nicola Cassidy with members of Tullyallen Men’s Shed at the launch of the ‘Free Library’.

Local author Nicola Cassidy with members of Tullyallen Men’s Shed at the launch of the ‘Free Library’.



In Memory

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mrs. Maureen Branigan, née Heffernan, late of Drogheda and formerly of Balloy Stamullen, who passed away on Friday February 17th last. Following Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Drogheda on Monday February 20th last, Maureen was laid to rest at Moorechurch Graveyard in Julianstown.

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Meath County Council have been called upon and requested to look at installing some new lighting on parts of the Stamullen to Gormanston Road. There is a particularly dark stretch of this busy road from the Motorway bridge towards the former Gormanston College Grounds and the Local Authority have been asked that when funding becomes available, some new lights be installed along the road.

Water Disruption

Valve Installation Works may cause water disruption along the Stamullen to Gormanston Road this Wednesday March 1st from 9am until 5pm.

Gormanston Village disruption

The ongoing works being carried out along the village/Flemington Road in Gormanston Village by Irish Water is causing major disruption. There are clear notices up stating the closure of the village road, with `local access` in place only. However, the restricted travelling along the village is being totally ignored by countless motorists at all times of the day and night. There is no `Stop-Go` system in place nor no traffic light system and while the works are coming down the centre of the road, motorists are ignoring the `road closure` signs and are driving through the village to and from the direction of Balscadden and Junction 6 on the M1 Motorway at Dalaheasy in Fingal. The local Doctor`s surgery, the school in the centre of the village at Gormanston, a large section of which is currently accommodating Ukrainian Refugees, along with a primary school at nearby Balscadden, are all adding to the problem; motorists going to and from work are also heading through the village for junction 6 on the motorway, while many others are still continuing to use the village road to get to and from the nearby town of Balbriggan. The works are to continue until March 7th next and, judging by, what appears to be a blatant ignorance of the road closure, it would have been a far lesser problem if Irish Water had installed a `stop – go` or traffic light system here while these essential works were being carried out !

Know Your Parish

The following Lease regarding a Tannery situated at Stamullen village is taken from the Gormanston Estate Papers, held at the Manuscript Reading Room of the National Library of Ireland in Kildare St. Dublin; this particular Lease dating back to the beginning of the 18th century. `Lease by Anthony Preston, Viscount Gormanston, to James Farrell of Stamullin, Co Meath, Tanner, of a house, yard and garden with a Park called “the Five-acre Meadow”, in Stamullen village in the Barony of Duleek, Co Meath for 21 years. Rent £40, with a good fat beef, a fat mutton and a couple of fat ducks at Christmas, or 15 shillings lease to grind corn and do suit at the Mill and Manor Court of Gormanston. Lease dated at Gormanston Manor March 8th in the year 1706`. Note: Viscount Gormanston was certainly making sure his dinning-room-table had plenty of food laid on for the following Christmas of 1706; this being just one demand from the landlord to just one of his tenants. It was also at a time when the dreaded Penal-Laws had been greatly enforced against Catholics under the reign of Queen Anne and when many ,many families of the working and poorer classes became destitute, having little or no access to the land, nor any resources from it and no representation, either at local and/or national Government level.


New Deadline Times

If you would like to see your news in this part of the newspaper, birthday, wedding anniversary, achievement, new addition to the family or anything that might be of interest to the local community, please have no hesitation in contacting. Give me a ring at 087-6366605 or pop me an email at hilary.a.kelly@gmail.com. For your news to feature in next week’s publication there are new times to adhere to. Friday morning 10 o’clock is the latest time for news to reach me. It had previously been Sunday afternoon, but this has changed so please note new deadline times.

Motor Neurone Fundraiser

Donore & Rosnaree Drama group are performing their play ‘Widows Paradise’in Drogheda Arts centre on Wednesday 8th March 2023 All profits on the night go to Irish Motor Neurone Disease Assoc . Tickets €15 available direct from Drogheda Arts Centre.

Albion Volunteers

Albion Rovers have recently been made a Player Development Centre by the FAI and they need volunteers across many areas to continue our growth. If you have even as little as 1 hour a week to spare, or maybe you have a keen interest in grassroots football, or a former player or parent willing to help their long-established club they need your help. Contact the facebook page or Liam Callan on 0876376639.

The club is also looking to strengthen their girls teams. Was your daughter born between 2007 and 2016 and has an interest in soccer? If so, Albion Rovers FC might be the place to go. Why not go along to one of their open training sessions or contact Liam on 087-6376639 or email albionrovers77@gmail.com or have a look on their facebook page. It’s a great way for girls to learn new soccer skills, keep fit and make new friends in a safe and friendly and professional environment. Albion Rovers FC have qualified coaches and superb facilities and is well worth a look.

Glen Emmets 2023 Registration

All registrations are through Foireann. https://returntoplay.gaa.ie/user-home. It is now time to Register. All those intending to play this season must be registered by 20th March 2023 and Annual Membership Fees are as follows: Adult Player–€175 (incl. one year lotto), Adult Non Player €100 (incl. one year lotto), One Juvenile €150 (Including one adult non player member for lotto purposes), Mothers & Others €50, Additional Juvenile €20 (No Lotto included), Social membership €40* (For inclusion in Scór etc.) U7s are free, but you still have to register. Membership includes lotto with immediate effect, plus 12 months to March 2024. It is important that all adult and juvenile names are entered into the membership on Foireann. *Social membership does not include Lotto or voting rights at AGM.

Parish News

Many thanks to all who supported our Syria/Turkey Earthquake appeal. All monies will be sent to Trócaire. Trócaire boxes and our Parish Welcome Pack have been delivered to our 43 distributors. Your support is gratefully appreciated for our Lenten Trócaire campaign.

First Friday 3rd March the sick and housebound will be visited this week. Weekday Masses at present during Lent (Tuesday-Friday) at 7.30pm Weekend Masses (Saturday) 7.30pm (Sunday) 8.30am & 11am.Lenten Fridays continues on Friday 3rd of March silent adoration at 7.00pm followed by 7.30pm Mass (List of the Dead First Friday).

The parish is trying to develop an Adoration Team for Church: Placing the Monstrance with Blessed Sacrament on Altar before Mass, placing Blessed Sacrament back into the Tabernacle and bringing monstrance back into sacristy. They hope to develop a team which could help with at present the First Friday of the Month before Mass and the Fridays during Lent. (7pm-7.25pm). If you are interested in helping with this, you can 1. Fr. Sean (041)9838520. mellifontparish@outlook.ie 2. Niall 086 3461087 or 3. Message us on our Parish Facebook Page Mellifont Parish-Tullyallen. All are welcome.

To facilitate congregational singing, the parish is looking for a backup person to assist with music slides projector: Approx 2.5 hours a week including Mass, 1 hour to do slides, 20 minutes to set up projector, 10 minutes to pack away after Mass. Susan who assists at present is happy to do the slides and send on, so that brings it down to 1.5. hours we week including Mass. If you can assist with at present: Contact Fr. Sean (041) 9838520 mellifontparish@outlook.ie 2. Drop into the sacristy 3. Message us on our Parish Facebook Page Mellifont Parish-Tullyallen. Your help would be most appreciated.

Below are some liturgical dates for 2023: Easter Sunday: 9th of April, Sacrament of Confirmation: Friday 21st of April, Sacrament of First Holy Communion: Saturday 13th of May, Corpus Christi/Cemetery Sunday (Blessing of the Graves): 11th of June.

There is a link onto our Parish Facebook page Mellifont Parish–Tullyallen. If you are on our Facebook page like us, invite and share this information with others too. Spread the word that our Parish Facebook is active.

Lotto Results

The Glen Emmets Lotto draw sponsored by The Morning Star took place on Tuesday 28th February and the result is as follows: Grand Prize €10,000 with no winner. The numbers drawn were 2, 12, 23 & 27, so until the Grand Prize draw of €10,000 is won there will now be 2 Lotto Draws as the pot of €10,000 is capped. Everyone who buys 1 ticket will be entered into a second draw which kicked off last week. There was no winner of the €1,300, the numbers drawn for that prize were 6,9,11 & 23. The Lucky Dip winners of €25 were Alex Carolan, Sean Neilon Jnr., David Heerey & Brendan Hilliard. The second draw will be €1,400 next week with €100 added every week to this draw until it is won. Two Jackpots, Two Draws, Two Chances and every ticket entered is entered into the 2 draws. .

Irish Dancing

Nally School of Irish Dancing takes place in the Glen Emmets, Thursdays 3.30 to 4.30pm. Beginners are welcome and it is a great way to get fit & have fun and make friends through Irish Dancing. Contact Aisling today for further details on 085-7404892 or email: aislingnallydance@gmail.com or message Nally School of Irish dancing on Facebook or Instagram.

Rossin Rovers Soccer

Rossin Rovers AFC have put out the word out for young footballers. They are looking for boys and girls aged 4-11 to join their club. Training started last Saturday, 18th February at 9.30 and continues on Saturdays until the light improves, they will then go back to evenings. This year they have the following teams – Junior Nursery, Senior Nursery, Under 7, Under 8, Under 9 and Under 11, boys must be a max of 11 on 31st December this year while girls must be a max of 12 on the same date. All coaches are Garda Vetted and have completed a Safeguarding course and have the relevant FAI coaching qualification for the age group they are with. Message or WhatsApp Andy on 087-0663947 to find out more. www.rossinroversgfc.com

Zumba Classes

For all the ladies that like to keep fit and have a bit of craic. St Kevin’s Community Centre, Phillipstown, is running HIIT Fitness Classes on Saturdays at 10am and Zumba Fitness Classes on Tuesdays at 7pm. Both classes are suitable for every level of fitness and are a great workout in itself. The invitation has gone out, so what are you waiting for? Contact Grainne on 086-8091023 for further details.

School Fundraiser

Well done to all the winners for the Tullyallen National School 1st Draw Fundraiser. The lucky winners were Jenny Moffett (Newgrange Farm Voucher), Sharon Carolan (Smyths Toystore Voucher), Audrey Davis (Duffys Toy Store Voucher) and Mark Doyle (Family Pass to Red Mountain Open Farm)

If you would like to support our local school in the weekly raffles you can now go online and take part in their fundraising initiative. Money raised will be used to directly support the children’s education and purchase resources for our local school including sports equipment, IT equipment, classroom and teaching resources. There is a weekly option of 1 line for €2.50 will allow everybody to contribute. And if you could do more it would be hugely appreciated if you can contribute €5 for 3 lines, and you never know you might just win. Click on https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/tullyallenns and you will be guided to the fundraiser page where you can participate.

Tullyallen Free Library

Well done to the members of Tullyallen Men’s Shed for the recent launch of their Free Library located at Aggies Coffee Hut. The launch was attended by local author and screenwriter Nicola Cassidy who cut the ribbon to reveal the Library and Nicola brought along her 4 classic books, including her latest “The Emerald Spy”which by all accounts is a great read. Nicola was on hand to meet and greet all who came along to the launch which was well attended by the locals. Tullyallen Men’s Shed chairman David Cusack presented Nicola with a bouquet of flowers that were sponsored by Mary Bell Ryan from Forever Flowers, Kearney’s Lane, Monasterboice. A big thank you to Stuart and Siobhan Carolan of Aggies hut for hosting the event and for facilitating the Library. You can now grab a cuppa and have a good read. I have a feeling this will be a hive of activity coming up to the spring and summer months.