The Julianstown and District Community Association have an exciting event planned for Heritage week at the end of August called Go Wild in the Woods!

Go Wild in the Woods will take place on Sunday 28th August  at 2.30 – 4.30pm in the Julianstown Woods beside Whitecross school. It will be a fun family event full of learning and nature education, in line with our Biodiversity and Woodland Management plan.

Go Wild in the Woods will start at 2.30pm with some poetry reading by the children of Whitecross School whose wonderful nature poetry will be part of creating a poetry path in the woodland. There will also be a talk by local historian Brendan Matthews on 19th Century Julianstown Poet Thomas O’ Brien who died in 1906 and wrote many poems reflecting the history of his times.

This will be followed by lots of creative fun activities for all the family……… including bird-watching tips, bird and bat-box making, identifying trees, bug-hunt, hedge-hog hotel making, woodland quiz with prizes and lots more…..finishing with picnic in the woods at 4pm.

 Tea / coffee and soft drinks provided – please bring your own picnic. Entry donation of €2 per adult and €5 per family - we hope to see you there!!


BEES AND BUTTERFLIES STREET FEAST IN JULIANSTOWN COMMUNITY GARDEN

ON SUNDAY 12TH JUNE AT 2 P.M.

ENTERTAINMENT WITH MAGICIAN & PUPPET SHOW

SUPER SLIDE, GAMES, CRAFTS

FACE PAINTING, GIANT 14 FOOT DRUM FOR ALL TO PLAY

GIANT JENGA & CONNECT 4

Competition for Best Bonnet/Hat

Learn all about Bees  and their favourite flowers at our Biodiversity Table and you can also purchase some of the flowers

Renew your membership for our Community Text Alert

BRING A PICNIC 

SUPER RAFFLE WITH HAMPERS FROM BOYNE VALLEY HONEY, COOLE SWAN LIQUEUR AND OUR NEW BISBUIT FACORY IN DROGHEDA EAST COAST BAKEHOUSE 

CLARKES FRUIT FARM STRAWBERRIES & CREAM CREAM FROM OUR FAVOURITE MILKMAN JOHN ROGAN

YUMMY HOT DOGS & SOFT DRINKS FROM COCA COLA

AFTERNOON TEA

ADM. €5 PER FAMILY .... ALL WELCOME

EVENT ORGANISED BY JULIANSTOWN & DISTRICT COMM. ASSOC.

 

 

Tidy Towns and Pride of Place Competitions

Julianstown and District Community Association are once again starting their annual work to improve the general appearance and community amenities within the village and we will again be entering both the Meath Co. Co. Pride of Place awards  and the national Supervalu Tidy Towns competition this June... this year there are new categories for Best Shop Front, Best Streetscape and Best Hospitality/Tourism, if you would be able to help in any small way we would be delighted  and please get in touch as we are always hoping new people will come forward and get involved as there is plenty to do and there are many different areas of interest for everyone to become involved with.

During this year we are planning to undertake initiatives from our recently launched Julianstown Community Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2020 this has been developed from the actions of the County Meath Heritage Plan 2015-2020 and the County Meath Biodiversity Plan 2015-2020. 

 

Our own bio-diversity report was funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland in collaboration with Meath County Council with Deborah D’Arcy MSc a consultant ecologist assisting us in developing our own plan which was recently launched to the wider community.

 

This year we have prioritised the important area of bees and pollination and plan to upgrade many of our existing planting areas by incorporating bee friendly pollinator planting. This initiative we are calling “Bee Friendly in Julianstown” and we will be working with the local school and wider community to highlight the importance of the native bee population of Ireland and how we can all become more bee friendly!

Poets corner and walk

In addition to this project which will also be the focus for our forthcoming summer festival in June, we will be continuing the work on our community woodland with the installation of a poets corner and walk; this will highlight the beautiful woodland poetry that was completed last year by the children at Whitecross school and will also commemorate our local renowned poet Thomas O`Brien from Sarsfieldstown, Julianstown.

We have decided to put out an appeal to both the local and business community in the hope that they may be able to help support and sponsor us with the costs involved in delivering these initiatives. The Julianstown Tidy Towns committee are very dedicated in their support of our community and were delighted with the recent report in the Drogheda Independent on Wednesday 24th February 2016 pg. 14 which wrote … “the Julianstown and District Community Association could nearly give lessons on the art of improving a community; such is their love of their own patch of County Meath”

 

Anti-Litter Initiative and National Tree Week

The Anti-Litter Initiative is now in full swing and runs until the end of April, after such a long dreary winter the village is beginning to come alive and is looking pretty good. Many thanks to everyone who is making such an effort at keeping Julianstown Litter Free!  Don't forget if you need any gloves, bags, litter pickers, you can contact Niamh on 086 3477283 or Jackie on 087 6579884.  

Thank you also to the large crowd that came out to help with the An Taisce National Spring Clean Day on the 2nd April and once again filled a skip (provided by Meath Co. Co.) with rubbish that was dumped on the sides of the roads.

Many thanks to An Taisce for the bags, gloves and litter pickers and many thanks also to Meath County Council for supply the skip, bags, gloves and litter pickers. 

We also recently received a donation of both Beech trees and Douglas fir saplings from Peter Brady, Environmental Officer with Meath Co. Co. these saplings were donated as part of Coillte’s National Tree Week.

 

New Garden Shed

Many thanks to Jean and Cormac Reynolds from Bettystown for their generous donation of an unwanted shed for use in the community garden, Karl Allen very kindly moved the shed to its present location and a big “thank you” to our local volunteers who are helping sort out the area around it ready for use this summer.

 

 

Julianstown Text Alert

Julianstown Text Alert is now due for annual renewal and those registered will shortly receive a text with Freepost information and fees. The address for posting is to Duleek & District Text Alert, Freepost FDA 103 Community Advice & Support Office, Main Street, Duleek, Co Meath. The charge is €6.00 and cheques can be made payable to Duleek & District Text Alert.


 

INVITATION TO PUBLIC MEETING 

You are invited to join Julianstown & District Community Association


In the Lime Kiln, Julianstown

 

On the 16th February, 2015 @ 7.30 p..m.

 

For the Launch of Bio Diversity Plan for Julianstown

Guest speaker

Loreto Guinan, Heritage Officer for Meath County Council

Project funded by the Heritage Office of Meath County Council

Oxigen will also be on hand to tell us about changes in Waste Collections

All Candidates for forthcoming Election have been invited

Niamh Bn. Uí Loinsigh

Chairperson

JDCA

086 3477283

 

Santa, Mrs. Claus, and his Elves make a surprise visit to the Mother and Toddler Group in Julianstown Community Centre on Wednesday 16th December, 2015.  Santa and Mrs. Claus wishes all the boys and girls in Julianstown a Very Merry Christmas and will be calling to their houses on Christmas Eve.  So boys and girls early to bed on Christmas Eve and No Peeking!

Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves make a surprise visit to the Mother and Toddler Group in the Community Hall, Julianstown

We would be delighted if you could join us for an Afternoon of Lunch i

In The Glenside Hotel, Smithstown, Julianstown, Co. Meath

Hosted by Julianstown Tidy Towns
on 24th November, 2015 at 1 p.m.
With Guest Speaker 
Tickets: €25.00 Euro and are available from

Clare McEnaney 0863991813
Aisling Monahan 0879051751
Jackie O'Shea 0876579884
Niamh Uí Loinisgh 086 3477283

R.S.V.P. By 15th November

All funds raised will go towards Julianstown Tidy Towns

Date for your Diary

Halloween 

in Julianstown Community Garden

Saturday 31st October 2015

At 6.30 p.m.

Admission €5 per family

All Welcome to join fun and games 

Calling all adults and children

Are you looking for a leisure activity in Julianstown?


Just click on the page .................... Activities available in Julianstown


JULIANSTOWN DRAMA GROUP BRINGS HERITAGE OF 1641 BATTLE ALIVE .



JULIANSTOWN DRAMA GROUP BRINGS HERITAGE OF 1641 BATTLE ALIVE 

AUGUST 22nd -  4pm start - SONAIRTE -Laytown Road-, Julianstown .

ENTRY FREE - ALL WELCOME

 

 

" Following on from the huge success of  Their  last two drama productions - The Whitehorse of Ballygarth & Collier the Robber .  JULIANSTOWN DRAMA GROUP are proud to announce their 3rd  production    "THE BATTLE OF JULIANSTOWN 1641"   


Embrace your history during heritage week by  joining us on 22nd of August in Sonairte at 4pm. 

Local historian Brendan Matthews will give a talk about the huge importance of the Battle..  Brendan's book "The Battle of Julianstown and The Siege of Drogheda" tells the story of British Troops marching from Dublin through Balrothery , Mosney & Whitecross. Their mission was to get to Drogheda to help defend its walls.   What they were not prepared for was to be met in Julianstown by Pheilim O'Neil and a huge army of Irish rebels.  

The play will be performed directly after the talk at 5pm sharp, lasting approx 1 hour and it will present a humorous take on what might have happened leading up to the Battle.  See King Charles the 1st , his horrible wife Henrietta of France and The Rebel Leaders Pheilim O'Neill and Rory O'Moore come to life and learn how the Irish beat the English troops on this occasion. 

 

                                ENTRANCE FREE.    Cafe will be open - please bring a fold-up chair.    NOT TO BE MISSED 

 

FUNDED BY THE HERITAGE COUNCIL


AND BY MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL. 

 



“Funded by Meath County Council under its Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2015”


Teddy Bears Picnic - 14th June, 2015

Time:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Julianstown Community Garden


Magician, Puppet Show, Giant Obstacle Course,

Giant Jenga Game, Fish in the Pond, Fancy Dress


Demo:  Annette with her Spinning Wheel

               James:  Making Bird Boxes


Strawberries and Cream (Clarkes Strawberries and Cream from John Rogan)

Hot Dogs, Tea/Coffee/Minerals


Adm: €5 per family  ....... All Welcome






Julianstown Tidy Towns

Invites you to a scrumptuous  Coole Swan Afternoon Tea

In City North Hotel, Gormanston On June 11th. (Thursday) at 3 p.m.

Admission €10

Cookery Demonstration by Shane Smith Head Pastry Chef with  Fallon & Byrne Group using Coole Swan Liqueur 

In aid of  Julianstown Tidy Towns Group 





An Taisce National Spring Clean 
Our Annual Spring Clean of Julianstown takes places this Saturday (11th April) from 9.00 am to 12 noon. Meeting at Whitecross National School where we will have a skip (provided by Meath County Council). Gloves and Bags provided and tea/coffee afterwards. 
Please support this event which help keep our village and surrounding areas litter free!






 

 

Easter Greetings from Julianstown - To put a smile on your face when you're driving through Julianstown we have bunting, bows and daffodils large and small! Many thanks to our merry band of Volunteers and Tús Workers who doing a great job making our village look so good!

 

The Woods in Julianstown

 

ARE YOU FREE SAT 14th March?
Julianstown Tidy Towns have been asked on many occasions to do something with the little wood at Whitecross. We have applied to the Carranstown Community Grant Scheme for funding for this project, but we may not get it given that it extends only for a radius of 2.5 k from Indaver. However we are forever hopeful! We are going to try and do this now with a much smaller budget and starting this Saturday the briars and blackthorn will be flayed. Following on from this on Sat 18th January we have engaged a JCB to then take out the roots so we can plant some bare root trees in its place. There will be lots of spoil to be moved, so if you are free on Saturday 17th perhaps you could come along a give a hand. Just wear heavy boots, warm clothing, and gloves. This wood is a fabulous amenity in the centre of our village, and if we can tidy up the ivy which has gone right up into the canopy of some of trees and perhaps have a designated are for grasscuttings, it would benefit all. We would also like to install a 'Seomra Glass' which could be used by Whitecross National School for their science classes. 
This is a case of Your Village Needs Your Help!
Please leave a comment and let us know if you are available.
Tea and Coffee for all and maybe a chochy bicky or two.

As you are aware there is an immense rookery in the woods as well as many small birds living there and it is not our intention to destroy their habits, but rather to enhance them. We would love to put in some bat and owl boxes and some for our blackbirds and robins as well. Many of the trees in the woods are beech and Blue and Great Tits just adore the seeds. 

We also received funding from Local Agenda 21 for a picnic table which will be sited near the bus stop at the woods and a half moon seat which will be placed around the Oak Tree on the Drogheda side of the Community Garden.



Text Alert Launch - 10th March at 8.00 p.m.  

Venue:  Church of Ireland Parish Rooms, Laytown Road, Julianstown.

      Areas to be covered 
> > 
> > All of Julianstown Village as far as South Gate on North Side and Murphy's Quarry on South Side (R132)
> > 
> > Out as far as Kilsharvan on Duleek Road and the Laytown Road to Minnistown Road, Pilltown Road.
> > 
> > Mosney and Briarles, Ballygarth and Pigeon House Lane, Moorchurch Road and Cooper Hill.

Please contact Niamh on 086 3477283 or julianstowndca@gmail.com  for membership form if you can't make meeting.


 

 

 TEXT ALERT LAUNCH


 

 

 

  Julianstown Drama Group presented the play 'Collier the Robber Rides Again' which was written and directed by Debbie Wogan.

It was a wonderful light-hearted play about Meath's best known highwayman who hailed from Lisdoran in the late 1800s. It started with a court scene in Trim, a bar scene in Julianstown, a stage coach hold up at Smithstown, and ended with another court scene in Trim at which Michael the Robber had his comeuppance! Well done to all the cast for such  a brilliant performance.

 

The Cast

 

 Michael Collier - Brian Calvey,

 Peggy - Emma Corcoran,

 Innkeeper/Mr. McNally - alan Howard,

 Mr. Balls - Yvonne Howard,

 Judge Rowe/Narrator - Dermot McCullen

 Bridie/Boulger - Lorraine O)'Dwyer,

 Woodsey/Judge Judy - Seamus Connolly,

 Mr. Moore/Innkeeper's wife - Mary Lou Murray

 Aggy - Philly Fox,

 Mary/Mr. Hoey - Emer Dolphin,

 Robert Russell - Lousie Maloney,

 Mary Kelly - Sarah Harris,

 Henry - Emma McDonald,

 Sully - Josie Wogan

 Drum Boy - Harry Wogan

 Jury - Margaret Downey.

 Jury - Niamh Bn. Uí Loinsigh

 

The 2 horses played themselves and gave the audience a good laugh – it`s not often you have two hobby horses pulling a stage coach!

  Many thanks to all the sponsors on the night

City North Hotel, Gormanston Tyres Group, Glenside Hotel, Edmund McNulty, Millmount, Tranquility Health & Beauty Clinique,Quintessential Wine, Drogheda Arts Centre, Joan McDonald, TLT & Sound Shop, Sage and Stone, Pat's Supermarket Laytown, Eastern Seaboard. Thanks also to the Church of Ireland, Parish Rooms for the use of their facilities.

 Halloween Bonfire Party Night

 

 What an absolutely amazing Halloween Bonfire Party Night was had in the community garden in Julianstown. Despite the rain something like 500 turned up for the event.

There was fun and games, hot-dogs, lovely homemade soup using some of the vegetables which were grown in the garden, cakes and buns. We had teas and coffees and drinks for the children too.

The children came in fancy dress and thanks to Tesco and Funtasia and The Julianstown Residents Association we must have had a prize or sweets for nearly every child there. It was wonderful to see such an array of costumes on both the mums and dads as well!

We had Mystic Emer and Madam Margaret enthralling the children with their animal card readings and tales of a spooky nature!

A special thanks you to Robbie and Pats Supermarket in Laytown and also Kennedy's Pumpkin Patch who supplied the many Pumpkins. Thank you to everyone who supported this event and to all our committee and friends who worked really hard to make this a special night for all.

 As one of the many parents said "It's the best night of the year in Julianstown".

 

 

 

Julianstown did very well at this year`s Meath County Council Pride of Place awards in Kells on Friday 10th October.

Winning a 3rd in Best Approach Road to the Village

2nd in the Small Village Category (C)

But a very special congratulation goes to Nianh Ui Loinsigh who was the winner of a special award for "Volunteer of the year".


  "Well Done" Niamh, you so deserve it.

 

 

 

 Would you have an hour to spare with Julianstown community to make a difference in our area? We are always happy for your suggestions and ideas. Thank you for your continued support. Please contact Niamh 086 3477283 or Jackie on 087 6579884 re further information on our projects and initiatives.

 

 

 

 Tidy Towns Competition 2014

 

 The national SuperValu TidyTowns competition is an annual competition organised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government with the support of the main sponsor SuperValu and many other agencies.

Julianstown Tidy Towns group were very proud to represent Julianstown at these awards.

 

 

TREE PROJECT AWARD

Sponsored by Tree Council of Ireland

Joint Winners of €500 each

Dromod Village, Co Leitrim

Julianstown Tidy Towns Group, Co Meath

 

 

Adjudication Report

 

Centre:

Julianstown

Ref:

1217

County:

Meath

Mark:

277

Category:

B

Date(s):

22/06/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum  Mark

Mark Awarded

Community Involvement & Planning

60

44

Built Environment and Streetscape

50

31

Landscaping and Open Spaces

50

39

Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities

50

32

Sustainable Waste and Resource Management

50

15

Tidiness and Litter Control

90

52

Residential Streets & Housing Areas

50

35

Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes

50

29

 

TOTAL MARK

450

277


Community Involvement & Planning / Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail & Pleanáil:


 Julianstown and District Community Council is very welcome to the 2014 Tidy Towns Competition. Its division into various subcommittees with members working in areas related to their own particular skills is all to the good and can only be beneficial to you and your work! The fact that the Tidy Town’s group fosters help from other members of the community also encourages a sense of pride in your village. The historical aspect of the village is one that you obviously –and rightly-highly value and respect. You have a good working relationship with the school, Meath county council, an Taisce and the Meath Partnership which is laudable. It was good to hear that you appreciate feedback from the local community. Congratulations on your achievements and awards in the Pride of Place competition and Meath County Council anti-litter league. Congratulations in your silver medal at the Liv Com awards in China. We noted you mention a village design statement-presumably this is a separate document to your 3 year plan and those submitted-possibly that written by the county council? If so, please enclose a copy with next year’s submission.


Built Environment and Streetscape / An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus Sráid-dreacha:

 The village of Julianstown looked very peaceful on a lovely summer’s day. The rear of the abandoned hotel and old mill building is very dominant as one approaches the village. It looks very unfortunate with its dereliction and graffiti. Hopefully is an issue that will be resolved in the not too distant future-this should be done in a sensitive and appropriate manner. We noted that the owners are working with the Heritage Council and yourselves in this regard. The fact that Julianstown is situated in an architectural conservation area is good as it means that all these fine buildings stand a good chance of being maintained and restored. The village has a wealth of historical and architectural heritage at its doorstep. The erection of new signage was noted and appreciated. Little Joeys crèche looked fresh. The Gallops Bar and restaurant looked well despite it being abandoned! Although the rear boundary wall of the car park in this location could be painted and additional landscaping would help break up its impact as it is rather large. The freshly painted school and attractive planted tubs were admired as was the striking modern church with its large slate roof and older statuary. The charming St Mary's Church of Ireland was admired on the village outskirts.


Landscaping and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte:

 The Community Garden looked marvellous as a statement of intent on approach to Julianstown. Its ongoing maintenance is commendable. The new Irish wildflower bed at the Community Garden was noted and admired. The garden itself is magnificent with its fruit trees, vegetables, bug hotel, composting bin, rainwater recycling etc-a marvellous gem for the village! The planting of 70 mature trees on approach roads is a great idea, as is the naming of trees on same. The planting of geraniums etc at the main junction by the hotel was admired. The golf course looked immaculate and the black timber painted bench and planting opposite were admired.


Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities / Fiadhúlra, Gnáthóga agus Taitneamhachtaí Nádúrtha:

Your work with the Education Officer in An Taisce in this regard was noted and the work with ecologist Dr Emma Reeves was also a good idea. The pond in the Community Garden will no doubt attract wildlife and improve bio diversity. The ongoing bat survey is commendable. We look forward to seeing the results of your allotment visit-do you plan to have some in your community garden? The Seomra Glas is a good idea, as is the Greenway from Laytown. Good luck with the future training seminars and workshops with An Taisce. We look forward to seeing the completion of your dovecote-what a wonderful idea!


Sustainable Waste and Resource Management / Bainistiú Acmhainní agus Dramhaíola Inbhuanaithe:

Your efforts at recycling and waste reduction are noted. The use of a community composter, the recycling of batteries and increase in e mail and texting to reduce waste paper are all to the good! Segregation of collected litter is commendable. We note your efforts to further improve this category and your visits to other entrants to see how they deal with this aspect of the competition. The questionnaire sent to parents of schoolchildren was an interesting idea. Your plans in relation to food foraging workshops, organic gardening and brown bins were all noted and sound very interesting. We look forward to seeing the bottle banks in place in the not too distant future! Presumably Sonairte have been helpful to you in this regard as they are so close by


Tidiness and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair:

We appreciate the hard work involved in trying to maintain the village, given the large volume of traffic passing through. Congratulations on your silver award in the Meath Anti Litter League competition. The involvement of the local children in this regard is to be commended. Your work in relation to signage, the community garden and unsightly signage were noted.


Residential Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe & Ceantair Tithíochta:

The many housing estates of the village were generally well presented. The residents of Anny View, Preston Park, Preston View, Castle Grove and Hillcrest are all to be commended on their hard work to date. We were pleased to hear that you have a close working relationship with them. The terraced Swiss cottages are quite charming and most unusual. The whitewashed cottage by the school was admired. There are some marvellous gardens with big long verges outside on the roadway leading down to the church.


Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna & Lánaí:

The approach from Bellewstown was good although the rear of the old mill has been mentioned elsewhere in this report. The Drogheda approach is an attractive one although the advertising hoardings create a negative impression. The traffic roars through the village at speed-have you looked into any traffic calming measure to counteract this problem?


 

 

 

 We have purchased new planters for the village and have some lovely summer bedding plants in them. Many of the pots have been sponsored by local businesses and any one who sponsored a pot will have their names inscribed them. If you would like to sponsor a pot, please contact any member of the committee. Many thanks to Robert McLysaght Nurseries for the wonderful bedding plants which he grows locally.

 

 

 

 Julianstown and its residents must be very proud of the great turn out for the Giro.  Not even the rain  could keep anyone away.  It was all happening down at ‘The Gallops’  v the Julianstown Committee had hot dogs, soup, and tea and coffee and were sold.

 

Thank you to everyone who helped with the anti-Litter League and to Meath Co. Co. and Coca Cola who sponsored it.  We didn’t win a prize, but we still managed to get a silver medal.  Well done to our neighbours in Laytown and Stamullen who won.

 

 

 A Big thank you to all who attended our coffee morning, it was so great to get to talk to people, and mix. Julianstown is such a happy friendly place to live, as expressed by many people. To those who contributed by baking, donating, helping. We could not have had such a successful day without YOU. Many thanks.

 

 

Judging for this takes place the first two weeks in June this year, and we would really appreciate your help in making Julianstown shine!  The judge will be going all around the village and housing estates, so if you can mow, paint, and perhaps if your elderly neighbour needs a bit of help, why not volunteer?

 

 

That was the theme for this year’s Garden Fest on Sunday 15th June.  We had a drumming circle lined up for all the boys and girls, Punch & Judy, a Magician. The kids learned how  to twist  balloons into wonderful things.  For the adults we had strawberries and cream, cakes, and buns.  Hope everyone enjoyed the sunny weather and the time spent among  friends. The fest was great.

 

 

Public Meeting 

First of all Clare McEnaney gave us the all the news about what happened at the Living Communities International Awards in China and we also saw a terrific short film on Julianstown which was produced by Tony Breen of Switch Digital Productions which is based in Drogheda.

First of all Clare McEnaney gave us the all the news about what happened at the Living Communities International Awards in China and we also saw a terrific short film on Julianstown which was produced by Tony Breen of Switch Digital Productions which is based in Drogheda.

Emer told us about the projects from our Village Design Statement which are in the process of being completed by the Residents Association.

Mary Logue gave us the low down on what we intend to do with the woods, which is to remove all the bramble and some of ivy and make the woods more accessible to all.    Gerard Clake from Coillte will be on hand to advise what trees could be dangerous etc . and how we can imprive woods. Annette Lynch (Wildlife Ranger) will be helping with the super Rookery in the woods and advise how we can attract more wildlife into the woods. As this wood is right beside the school it will be a wonderful amenity for all the children and parents in the parish.

Margaraet Downey gave a talk on Dovecotes and I think at one stage we even had  a headless horse thrown in for good measure.

Liam Burke (principal Whitecross National School) came along and told us what is happening with the new school build. Just in case you didn't know there are 450 pupils attending Whitecross now and there are 10 PREFABS on the school grounds, so the sooner the new building is completed the better.

You will remember the recent bad weather we had ......

"The past week was absolutely miserable. It really brought home the inefficiency of prefab accommodation when pupils, teachers, staff and indeed parents got soaked journeying around the school. We cannot wait for the time when we have an architecturally efficient building!" Liam Burke's School Blog

John & Tom (new owners of the Julianstown Inn) told us that they are hoping to put in a shop, pub, and restaurant. This has to go through the Planning Department so we wish them the best of luck for the future.

Peter Monahan, Eddie Phelan, Emer Dolphin and Nichola Blendell gave us some information on the proposed greenways from Drogheda to Mornington and then Laytown up to Julianstown. This will be a fantastic boost for tourism in the area and will also give residents a safe haven for cycling and walking. I'm sure you have all heard of the Westport to Achill Greenway ......... well we will have our own super walkway ... we just need money to get it started and hopefully Meath Partnership will get its funding soon!

Many thanks to Garda Matt McKenna who spoke at length on what the Gardai are doing to stop robberies and barglaries in the locality and we are working on having Text Alerts available to all the community in the near future. Check our Facebook Page - Meath Crime Prevention - its gives an insight of what the Garda are doing to prevent crime and also to warn us about different things. It's a good idea to check it fairly often as it updated on a daily basis.

Jackie O'Shea then gave us a brilliant talk on all the work that the Julianstown tidy Towns is undertaking. We have 4 Tús workers now giving us a hand on a regular basis. However 3 of them are due to leave us this month. If you've been up to the graveyard you will see that Ciaran has done a wonderful job clearing the ivy from the old church there (We do have permission from the Heritage Council to do this) and as the anti litter league has just started they are all busy picking up litter. You can help by making sure that outside your property is kept litter free and verges and kerbside weed free. As they say every little helps.

We would ask that perhaps you could give an hour of your time to helping with the projects in the Community Garden. Perhaps you could adopt one of the many flower beds and keep it weeded for the growing season, or just generally come along and join in. There are gardening classes on every Wednesday and Saturday and you don't have to be an expert as we have plenty of people on hand to show you what to do. Clare McEnaney is giving these classes.

We are going to have a stall at the next Flea Market in Sage and Stone in April in order to raise funds for the bedding plants that will be needed for the village floral displays, so if you have any unwanted gifts, bric a brac, jewelry, kitchen, vases etc we would be delighted if you could let us have them. Contact Niamh or Jackie about this please.

May we also remind you of the “National Spring Clean Day” Saturday the 5th of April,  Meet at Whitecross School 10.00 we will have litter pickers bags and gloves, If you are aware of areas that need attention please help, the litter will be collected and put in the large skip at the school on the day.

We would welcome any input, ideas, suggestions, We are a happy friendly crowd so do come and join us.

We had a question and answer time and then we had the pleasure in asking all the candidates in the local elections to tell us a bit about themselves and what plans they had to put EAST MEATH back on the Map.

Last year we put on a play about The White Horse of Ballygarth and we hope to do the same for Heritage Day in Sonairte, so if you have any acting skills or would just like help with the staging of it, please contact Emer.

We were delighted to have ministers Fergus O'Dowd, Ged Nash, and Peter Fitpatrick present. Fergus who was at a meeting in Dublin very kindly called in on the way back to Drogheda and we presented him with a photograph of Julianstown & Distict Community Association with Alison Harvey of the Irish Hertiage Council at the Irish Planning Awards night in Dublin Castle.

Many thanks to all the Committee Members of Julianstown & District Association for all the work they do in Julianstown and thank you as well to all our neighbours and friends who support our events.

Our Newsletter is doing the rounds at the moment and if you didn't get a copy please contact Niamh on 086 3477283 or get hold of a copy of the Meath Coaster for regular monthly updates on what is happening in our village.

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