2022 News

See how our community is making Johnstown a better place in which to live, work and visit. 

Thank you to the Johnstown Times Online Community Magazine for producing the following records.

If you're looking for things to help us with this month view our Upcoming Activities

December

December 20th 

Sleepout Fundraiser

We would like to say a big thank you to Loreto Secondary School, St. Michael's, Navan Transition year students who raised over €1,600 through their sleepout event in support of our Navan's homeless.

We now have the support and backing of Core Ireland which will mean we are able to provide an improved outreach service to the most vulnerable people in our county.

December 17th 

Christmas Hampers

Our annual Christmas delivery to families in food poverty within Navan saw 40 hampers distributed by volunteers.

A special thank you to the regular weekly delivery volunteers who donated their years worth of petrol expenses to purchase extra supplies.

December 15th

Foregoing Lights

There's a noticeable reduction in outdoor decorative winter lights this year due to the cost of living crisis and the rising cost of electricity. We therefore decided that it's not appropriate to host our winter lights display this year.

December 14th 

Spring Planting

The recent weather has changed from being extremely wet to extremely cold and neither are suitable conditions for planting bulbs. Add to this that people are naturally busy in the run up to christmas and therefore time ran out for planting. To ensure that the bulbs will be available next autumn we implemented our backup plan of planting our 1000 crocus bulbs in pots.

December 16th

Christmas Shoebox

Due to the closure last year of the ICHH charity we've been unable to advertise and collect donations from the public. We were delighted when Beaufort Secondary School made their own collection and asked us to help distribute them.

December 14th 

Christmas Hampers

Our traditional Christmas deliveries to families in food poverty within Navan saw 40 hampers distributed by volunteers.

A special thank you to the regular weekly delivery volunteers who donated their years worth of petrol expenses to purchase supplies.

November

November 25th

Tree Decorating Time?

The Late Late Toy Show today is often the signal for Christmas Trees to be erected in family homes.

LED lights are much more energy efficient and anything with a power plug and no longer working can be recycled at the Navan Recycling Centre.

Don't be tempted to buy battery lights thinking they are cheaper to run than mains electric - one expert has pointed out on knowledge sharing site Quora that they will cost as much as 600 times more to run.

November 25th 

Good Morning Johnstown

Meath Photography captures some lovely early morning images in Johnstown.

November 24th

Our Volunteer of the Year

We are delighted to announce the winner of our Johnstown Tidy Towns 'Volunteer of the Year Award 2022' sponsored by Smiths SuperValu is Alan Lawes.

Alan's continuous commitment and drive in leading our ‘People Projects’ including Navan Outreach, Food Hampers, Christmas Shoeboxes, Clothing Collections, Easter Eggs, Back to School Packs, involvement in the Ukraine Appeal, and also making the time to provide hands-on support with all the environmental projects is remarkable.

Congratulations Alan on your well deserved award.

Johnstown Tidy Towns Committee.

November 23rd

AGM

Hosted at O'Briens it will be 12 Month's since our last Zoom AGM this will be our first in-person gathering since 2018.

November 6th

Seasonal Lights

Haven Studios has added a sparkle to the dark autumn evenings in Old Johnstown Village. Local artist Fiona has transformed the studio with the use of natural materials and together with seasonal imagery produced by Compact Ivy Mural Design Meath it's a really effective scene.

It's refreshing to see traditional decorations of real fir, pine cones, eucalyptus, and pussy willow all foraged locally and in Wicklow.

We look forward to seeing more Johnstown decorations in the coming weeks.

November 3rd 

Meadow Grass

Many thanks to Meath County Council for agreeing to take our collected meadow grass to the recycling centre.

25 brown waste bins worth have now been composted from our meadows.

October

October 29th

Season Ends

St Martha's Bridge looks rather empty now that volunteers have taken down the flower baskets. In full bloom during the summer they were very effective at attracting pollinators.

October 28th

Tidy Results Are Announced

Congratulations to Trim on winning the Tidiest Town Award for the 4th time.

We're in the same large town category but we're a few decades of experience behind them.

October 27th

Final Cut

The final section of our Johnstown summer meadows got cut back down to ground level. The grass cuttings will be allowed to compact before being removed for composting.

The Metges Road and Spireview Lawn sites will be seeded with 'nature's lawnmower' yellow rattle that adds both colour to next summer's display and will start reducing the grass.

October 26th

Sowing Spring Colour

Having waited a full 2 months to ensure any dominant weed roots have been removed we sowed some of our 'Irish Seeds' that we'll hopefully recognise in Spring.

October 25th

Colour Set to Return

The Bothar Sion Fence Line Native Irish Wildflowers originally came from an expensive seed packet and since each flower produces hundreds of seeds we've collected these.

This summer's 2nd-year display (picture below) was quite different to the vivid red poppies. yellow, orange, & blue cornflowers pictured above. This year we've intervened to cast a few collected seeds to add some vibrant colour next year.

October 12th

Pride of Place Awards

We offer our congratulations to all the award winners at MCC Pride of Place 2022 for the Navan Municipal District.

We picked up 2 awards for Large Town and Actions for Pollinators

Results

Housing Estate Small (1-30 houses) - St. Ultan's Terrace

Housing Estate Medium (31-70 houses) - Elmview Close

Housing Estate Large (71+ houses) - Beechmount Residents Association

Streetscape - Old Johnstown Village Community Group

Best Bee Friendly Front Garden - Maureen Davis

Small Town 500-2000 – Old Johnstown Village Community Group 

Large Town > 2000 - Johnstown Tidy Towns

Youth Project - Beaufort College

Community Wellbeing - Core Ireland

Heritage - Old Johnstown Village Community Group Old Kilcarn Cemetery

Action for Pollinators -Johnstown Tidy Towns

Best New Group – Solas Glan Community Garden

Shop Front – Gardener’s Choice

Hospitality – P. Clarke’s Bar

Volunteer of the Year/ Shane Donnelly Inspirational Award – Sean Dunne

October 10th

Johnstown Biodiversity Plan

With all the great work being done to promote biodiversity in Johnstown we really need professional help to establish what we have, and how best to develop a plan to maintain and promote it. We have applied to the Community Foundation Ireland for their "Environment and Nature Fund 2022". This could enable us to employ an ecologist to survey Johnstown's public spaces and establish a biodiversity baseline and potential project areas to develop.

If we are successful we would hope to have a completed report in late 2023. 

October 10th

Seed Harvest

The vast majority of the sunflowers along our 10km trail have now finished making seeds. Volunteers have now collected and cleared many sites although we have left a handful that are still in bloom.

The seeds can either be dried and stored for future use or eaten since their very nutritional. Wild birds will soon get the idea that these contain seeds simply by hanging the heads next to existing bird feeders. These make more hygienic feeders compared to emptying the seeds into plastic tubes.

October 7th

Navan Outreach

Volunteers deliver food, drinks, and tents to 3 rough sleepers in Navan and also to one lady sleeping in her car.

September

September 26th

Navan Outreach

More sleeping bags, food, and drinks distributed by volunteers.

September 24th

Autumn Mowing

It's time to clear away the summer meadow long grass on Metges Rd. Cutting with a lawnmower would burn out the machine, strimmers get tangled too easily and make too much mess. The traditional scythe is however very effective and with a little practice it's fairly quick and reasonably simple to use.

The clearing has begun and is expected to take a few weeks to complete. The grass cuttings will be taken for composting locally before yellow rattle seeds are sown.

September 18th

Food Hampers

Every Saturday volunteers deliver up to 20 hampers to Navan families experiencing food poverty. Contact us to offer your help.

September 11th

Finally We See Development.

Signs of progress at the Johnstown School Campus with groundworks clearly visible. 

Photo Meath Photography
September 6th

Cycle Path Extension

Dublin Road connecting Johnstown with Navan could see cycle paths in the near future as part of the Navan Cycle Scheme - Part 8 Notice (Ref P822011).

September 1st

Pruning Season

From September to the end of February trees and hedges can legally be trimmed and pruned.

We have plans to prune low troublesome branches along pedestrian pavements in the neighbourhood. Contact us if you can help.

September 1st

Long Verge Cut

An unplanned, yet very welcomed, development during the summer months was the 'Let it Grow' verge on Bothar Sion at the Bailis Downs estate. 

Today it was cut and cleared having been let grow since May. This protected the wildflower strip and helped trap litter that would otherwise be blown across the estate lawn. 

August

August 31st

New Principal

We extend a warm welcome to Louise Kearns, the new Principal at Coláiste na Mí.

News Article www.meathchronicle.
August 31st

MCC Sunflowers

Peter Olwell from MCC Climate Action team and Colm Dunphy from Corporate Services inspect the sunflowers on display at Buvinda House.

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August 31st

New Planting

The entry sign to Johnstown Wood on the lawn of the Elm Estate has started a planting transformation. The soil will remain bare for a number of weeks to ensure that there are no deep-rooted weeds in place before a seed sowing that will hopefully produce something distinctly Irish next year.  Rain is also needed to help loosen the summer baked soil before sowing something for summer and Autumn.

August 29th

Fuel Changes

Those who produce, sell or supply solid fuels need to prepare for the introduction of new legislation that comes into effect from 31st October 2022.

For guidance on how to get ready, visit IrishGovCleanAir

August 25th

Exercise

A volunteer records their steps through the neighbourhood in just one day.

Helping Tidy Towns is exercise without even realising!

August 25th

Doing Well

After nearly 3mths our display baskets on St Martha's Bridge are doing well. We were unsure how the pollinator friendly plants would deal with the exposed site. The bees and butterflies certainly managed to find them.

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August 24th

Back to School

Great to see our sunflowers still in full bloom on the School Roundabout welcoming students back after the summer break.

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August 24th

Growing Space

Prevented from planting these out in late Spring due to the heatwave staff at O'Brien's Johnstown have hosted these climbers on their roof terrace. These can now be planted on Metges Road fence line in Autumn. 

August 24th

Pavement Blitz

In one week volunteers removed 3km of road weeds.

Many thanks to Meath County Council for coming to our aid with the street sweeper.

August 24th

Weeding Continues

Several bin bags of ragwort were also cleared from the banks of Bothar Sion. Despite being hugely beneficial to biodiversity ragwort is illegal to grow since it is poisonous to horses and cattle if eaten.

August 24th

Navan Outreach Continues

Thanks to volunteers for providing assistance and hot meals this evening.

August 24th

Graffiti Removal

Removal of Graffiti and Litter today, both are blights on our environment and completely avoidable.

August 22nd

New Footprints

Meath Photography captured the sight of the 2 new apartment buildings that are replacing the Athlumney Shopping Centre on Metges Road.

August 21st

Sunflowers Shine

Our Sunflowers at The Old Bridge Inn, Willows are looking great.

For the next few weeks there's over 10km of trail to follow and hundreds of Sunflowers in full bloom.

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August 19th

Navan Outreach

Hot meals were delivered to those living on the streets of Navan.

August 22nd

Metges Rd Lights

A sign of how busy Metges Road is set to become with both the forthcoming roadworks, the school reopenings, and the future Farganstown Developments.

Photo Meath Photography
August 16th

Street Weeding Continues

An hour spent this morning and the road frontage of Johnstown Wood's Birch Estate looks much better.

Before school restarts why not grab a shovel and take on a section of the road with your neighbours. It doesn't take very long with a few helpers and you'll be doing a great service to the environment by protecting it from poisonous chemicals.

We'll collect the debris from you if you don't have space in organic waste bins.

August 14th

Weed Removal Blitz

North Metges Road looks a lot neater today as we return with a blitz removing the pavement weeds WITHOUT using chemicals. 

There's still more to do but we had hoped to have news about our MCC grant application to acquire an environmentally friendly machine. Unfortunately we'll have to wait a few more months to see if Johnstown gets access to a better long-term solution for chemical-free weed control.

In the meantime feel free to offer your help to keep the pavements and cycle lanes clear. We'll be finishing off North Metges Road before working our way along all the main roads and with your help we'll look after Johnstown's streets a lot quicker.

Message us to offer your help.

August 13th

Bothar Sion set to close for 2wks.

Meath County Council advise that diversions will be in place from Monday Sept 12th to Sunday Sept 25th to facilitate works to the sewer. 

This impacts on our St Martha's Bridge display with access to water the flowers. We may remove the flowers shortly before works commence.

More info www.meath.ie/notices

August 13th

Cycle Opportunity

New to this year's Sunflower Trail Spun Cycles and Run have transformed the former Metges Road swimming pool into a very welcoming sight. As part of this year's 🌻 Trail you can take a family-friendly 🚴 following the cycle lanes and around the IDA.

We're very excited to hear that they're NOW offering bike hire which is great news if you've not got enough space at home to store a family collection of bikes.

Details in store or call them on 0469020478 and they specialise in Bike and Running sales and servicing including Ebikes. 

August 12th

Trail Signs

New temporary street signs have been placed around our trail with a QR Code link to further information about the routes.

August 12th

Growing in Height

Our Sunflower Trail extends as far as Walterstown Gfc Official and we're delighted to see the smiles they brought to the U5's this evening. 

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August 11th

Finally Berries Appear

For those keen on foraging for summer fruit then berries have appeared at our planting in 2018 at the former petrol station verge on Metges Road.

August 10th

Extra Display

Not all the sunflowers form part of a public trail so it's great to see Sunflowers bring some extra sunshine into the adorable garden at the Special Care Unit in Bailis.

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August 8th, Sunflowers In Bloom Review

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July

July 12th

IDA Grass Fire

Emergency services called to put out a grass fire in the Johnstown IDA. The cause is unknown but firefighters have in previous years been called to put out deliberate BBQ fires within the Athlumney Riverside Walk area.

July 12th

Don't Mow Yet

Many of the 'Don't Mow Yet' Council signs are now being removed after several weeks benefiting biodiversity. After holding off from using the lawnmower for as long as they could the Council finally cut the Johnstown Roundabout. 

July 8th

Town Centre Road Works

Navan Town Scheme (Navan 2030) – Traffic Management Notice

Meath County Council wishes to advise of traffic management changes to occur on Kennedy Road as part of the current public realm upgrade works in Navan - Monday 11th July 2022

Full details on the changes can be seen at bit.ly/3bZ1skI

July 4th

Dunville Development Stalls

Plans were submitted  (Ref 22606) for 46 apartments  in a split level 6 storey building at the Dunville  site on the boundary of the Johnstown School Campus. 

Further information has been requested by the planning department citing concerns of overdevelopment of the site, access road, scale of design considering the neighbouring 2 or 3 storey dwellings, and community use of neighbouring land.

July 1st

A rare glimpse of how birds view the Dunville Estate

July 1st

Sunflower Trail 2022

Volunteers are well underway creating this year's Sunflower Trail through the neighbourhood.

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June

June 27th

Athlumney Abbey Sunflowers

A dozen flowers planted by volunteers will hopefully grow tall enough to be seen from Bothar Sion

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June 26th

Summer Meadow Weeding

Creating summer meadows that have kerb appeal means removing aggressive weeds such as dock. When the wind and rain flattern the grass these are easy to spot and remove before they drop their seeds..

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June 25th

Steps Clean Up

Our appeal for volunteers earlier in the week resulted in the Spireview Steps getting a thorough clean from litter.

Now we need a regular clean-up to maintain this litter hotspot.

June 25th

St Martha's Bridge Flowers

This year's display of 30 planters was installed by volunteers and they are slightly different from previous years. Created by Navan Garen Centre these flowers are all highly attractive to pollinators and if you get up close the smell is amazing.

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June 24th

Chestnut Court Sunflowers

A dozen flowers were planted along the approach road into Old Johnstown Village today

June 24th

St Mary's Special School Sunflowers

Sunflowers are prepped and ready for students to plant along the school's fence line.

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June 24th

Sunflower School Team

Students and staff have shown us their amazing 'Green Fingers' producing one-quarter of this year's Johnstown Sunflower Trail.

Pictured are students from Ard Ri CNS.

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June 22nd

Sunflower Planting Begins

This year's trail planting got off to an enthusiastic start with staff at Utmost, in the IDA, not only joining our trail but starting it off with the first planting.

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June 22nd

Kerb Appeal

The roadside edge at Spireview Parade gets a thorough cleaning of weeds to improve the presentation of the site.

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June 21st

What's Going On?

Over a dozen sites along Bothar Sion had graffiti removed by volunteers. This is after removing several instances days earlier.

June 20th

Sunflower School Team

We offer a huge thank you to students and staff at our 4 local schools for growing hundreds of sunflowers for our 2022 trail.

Pictured are students from St Stephens NS.

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June 17th

Entry Display Offer

The 4 estates along North Metges Road do not have flower displays around their estate name entry marker stones. We made an offer to help them start their own.

June 15th

Sunflower Team

Volunteers are starting to collect hundreds of saplings from our local schools. Some are being transplanted into pots for transporting around the neighbourhood ready for planting out.

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June 14th

Someone's got a new paint pen!

No sooner than we clear graffiti that it returns. It's a Navan-wide issue with tags by the same person appearing everywhere but why would someone think it's cool to lay claim to electrical boxes, bus stops, lamposts, and street signs?

June 13th

Sunflower Team

A massive thank you to The Grow Shop team who have played a significant role in helping to create this year's Sunflower Trail.

Not only did they donate compost bags to the community earlier this year to start off the sunflowers but they have grown delicate trailing plants to feature in our St Martha's Bridge Summer Display.

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June 10th

Wildflower Entrance

Lovely to see the small lawn at the entrance to St Mary's Special School host oxeye daisies. 

June 10th

Chemical Free Weeding

Only 50m more to go and then all of Metges Road will have had it's first pavement weed clearing without using chemicals. Bothar Sion is not far behind but the school approach road is in need of volunteers.

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June 10th

A lawn without an owner?

A few minutes spent by a volunteer with a lawnmower has quickly improved the presentation of the Metges Road bus stop outside the vacant property. 

June 10th

Weeds or Flowers?

It's a mystery why some roadside flowers are considered as being weeds whilst others are desired and tolerated. Neither should be growing where they' are not wanted but who wants to remove the 'pretty' ones. 

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June 7th

Lawn Biodiversity

Signage went up today to highlight 4 Johnstown sites where areas of estate lawns are 'growing wild' to support biodiversity. With the help of local residents these sites are on their way to becoming summer meadows. 

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June 7th

Clear The Clutter

As part of our MCC Green Km initiative we made a request to remove the two 'out of date' and very large National Development Plan signs at the Bothar Sion bus stop.

June 7th

Weed Killer Free

As part of our MCC Green Km initiative and in a bid to persued the IDA not to use weed killer on the Bothar Sion fence line we neatly trimmed along its length.

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June 5th

Alliums Appear

The circle effect hasn't quite worked on the School roundabout with only half the allium bulbs growing into flowers.Read More
June 5th

Navan Outreach

Volunteers react to support another person homeless in NavanRead More
June 5th

Food Hampers

Volunteers deliver food hampers to families in need living in the Navan neighbourhood.Read More
June 3rd

Metges Road Meadow

The first signs of something being different appear on the Chestnut & Elm estate lawn in Johnstown Wood. This is the start of our pilot project to create a summer meadow.

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June 3rd

Parade Meadow

Our proposal to form a summer meadow at Spireview Parade started to take shape. Unfortunately our plans to host the entire lawn are cut short.

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June 3rd

Pavement Weeding

North Metges Road has its first complete weed removal as part of the Green Km Initiative.Read More
June 3rd

Petrol Station Verge

Volunteers cut the perimeter to enhance the north Metges Road verge presentation.

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June 3rd

Verge Cutting

Meath County Council aims to cut verges every 4 weeks but we needed to distinguish between grass and intentional wildflower planting.

June 3rd

Request to replace signs

We made requests to MCC to replace 2 street signs on Bothar Sion and to correct one direction sign that has been wrong for over a decade on south Metges Road.

June 10th

Clean

Well done to Meath County Council contractors.

We're delighted to see that our request to replace the damaged Bothar Sion signs were actually cleaned without needing to be replaced.

June 1st

Athlumney Centre Gone

After more than two decades the north Metges Road building has now been completely demolished.

May

May 30th

Fast Response

The Meath County Council reacted quickly to the JTT request for graffiti removal at the Bothar Sion bus shelters. A number of signs and electrical boxes in and around Johnstown were targeted for vandalism over the weekend and the new bus stop shelter was cleaned within 24hrs.

May 27th

Volunteer Awards Night

Meath County Council event to recognise the outstanding work of community volunteers during the height of the Covid pandemic was hosted by Rory O'Connor of Rory's Stories.

Pictured: Peter Heylin, Robin Marshall, Rory, Alan Lawes, Dave Hewitt
May 27th

No Mow May Results

Before the month comes to an end, and the estate lawn gets cut, we took a stroll through the long grass lawns to see what lawn flowers we could uncover.

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May 27th

First Flag

'Well done to all involved in the Green Schools programme and ensuring that Coláiste na Mí achieved green flag status. Yesterday our TY horticulture class raised the flag for the 1st time. It was a very proud day for the school as the raising of our 1st green flag recognises the positive work and determination put in to ensure a greener school for all. 

A huge congratulations to Iníon O’Donnell and to all our TY students involved for driving this forward. 

We look forward to further work being done in this area in the years ahead.'

Photo: Meath Photography
May 27th

Play Areas & No Mow May

A volunteer makes use of the Tidy Towns lawnmower to cut a soccer pitch and a play area in the Bailis Downs green. Having been let grow for 5 weeks (including No Mow May) the Res Assoc is attempting to strike a balance between the frequency of cuts, costs to maintain, the need for play areas, and the volume of grass clippings that the contractor can practically manage.

May 27th

Pride of Place 2022

On the back of our 3 winning awards in 2021 we've submitted our entry into this year's competition for Best Large Town, Actions for Pollinators, and Community Wellbeing.

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May 28th

New Sponsor

To help offset some of our transport costs Malones Toyota Navan provided sponsorship on Alan Lawes's new vehicle.

May 20th

Too High

Once grass goes over the wheels of the lawnmower there's a problem cutting it back. Despite being No Mow May this is the 1st cut of the year and there comes a time when it's gone too high.

Thanks to our volunteer Dave Hewitt for cutting the grass verge all the way from Millbrook Apartments along the Boyne View side of Johnstown People's Park and onto Metges Road.

May 18th

St Mary's Green Flag

We were delighted to see St Mary's Special School raise their Biodiversity Green Schools Flag today.

Congratulations on this huge achievement, it's well deserved.

May 13th

The Weeds Are Back In Town.

It didn't take long before weeds reappeared along the pavement and cycle lane. Volunteers cleared those on Bothar Sion because if we don't take them out then the Council will be obliged to return to spraying them with poisonous weedkillers.

We want Johnstown to do the right thing for the environment. You can help by lending a hand.

May 13th

Clean Cut

We resumed our verge edging to avoid the needless use of poisonous weed killer by MCC. We're going to be working our way along Metges Road in the coming weeks. 

A big thank you to Walterstown GFC for helping us transform the turf back into useable soil. 

May 13th

Orchard Repairs

Two broken tree stakes replaced at the Bailis Downs estate Dispersed Urban Orchard.

Find out more at www.WildAboutNavan.ie

May 13th

It's Clean Again

It's not exactly an exciting photo but it's been a long time since it looked this dull. A few minutes with a brush and paint, in the hands of a volunteer, removed the graffiti from a prominent location.

May 13th

Weed Free Roundabout

It's only when you drive that you see the weeds on the Johnstown roundabout curb - and so many of us do drive around it daily. We decided to pick them out to make a very brief, yet significant, difference.

May 13th

Checking Tree Ties

Since they were planted the trees along Metges Road have been buffeted by strong southwesterly winds and the tree ties sometimes come loose. 

May 13th

Sign Clean

The recent Johnstown Shopping Centre exterior cleaning made the nearby street signs look dirty so volunteers tried to make a few of them slightly more presentable.

May 13th

Spring Clean

Alerted by a resident whose child's hands were filthy after touching the street pole we deiced to try a spring clean. 

May 13th

National Biodiversity Week

From May 13th to 22nd there is a whole host of online events to inspire you to connect with our environment.

www.biodiversityweek.ie

May 11th

Plants Drink Too

The Ardboyne Hotel provided us with some of the hundreds of drinks bottles that we're going to transform into watering funnels for our Sunflower Trail.

May 11th

Clean Shopping Centre

Over the period of a week the Johnstown Shopping Centre has been painted and washed.

May 11th

New Initiative

There are new signs on Johnstown's public verges maintained by Meath County Council indicating where they are growing them for longer to benefit biodiversity. 

Play your part at home by joining #NoMowMay 

www.biodiversityweek.ie

May 7th

Cost Of Living

Johnstown Tidy Towns report an increase in local hamper delivery requests as the cost of living rises.

May 7th

Re-Usable Cups

Walterstown GFC encourage visitors to bring their own reu-useable cups when they visit the club's Black Coffee.

May 7th

Darkness Into Light 2022

Amazing to see so many participate. Well done to all. 

See the Meath Chronicle Watch Live as hundreds pass over St Martha's Bridge.

May 5th

Film Festival Of Rubbish

Well done to students of Colaiste Na Mi and St Michaels Loreto for raising awareness of litter. Joint Winners with in this years Rubbish Film Festival 2021.

May 1st

Bike Week 14th to 22nd May

BikeWeek is a celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling and there are FREE events locally:

For more details and to register for these free events, visit: http://navancycling.ie/bike-week-2022/

May 1st

No Mow May

Wild About Navan calls on the community to play their part in ensuring that biodiversity has a fighting chance this year by letting their lawns grow. This provides food, shelter, and security for so many creatures - and you'll soon have lawn flowers too!

Play your part at home by joining #NoMowMay 

April

April 29th

Going The Extra Mile.

How amazing is this? 

The Bailis Downs estate grass contractor is praised by Johnstown Tidy Towns for taking unusual care to work around this delicate cowslip that was just in flower during the 1st grass cut of the year.

Would you be willing to see more of these lawn flowers during #NoMowMay?

April 21st

Foggy Morning

Meath Photography captured some unusual views of the River Boyne in morning fog. 

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April 17th

A sea of dandelions fills the lawns along north Metges Road. 

Johnstown Tidy Towns is encouraging those who manage estate lawns to refrain from having them cut until late April. This encourages lawn flowers such as dandelions, daisies, and cowslip, to flourish and provide food for pollinators at a time when they need it the most.

Do your part and join in #NoMowMay next month to encourage biodiversity.

April 6th

Sunny Start

This year's Johnstown Sunflower Trail got off to a great start. 

This lovely card was waiting for Tidy Towns volunteers from students of St Mary's Special School as they took delivery today of sunflower seeds.

The 4 local schools which also include Ard Ri CNS, St Stephen's NS, and Colaiste na Mi secondary school, will be helping to produce over a thousand sunflowers for the Johnstown Sunflower Trail 2022.

April 1st

Ukraine Needs Food!

Video footage sent back by Gillian Doonan this morning from Poznan, Poland shows the Johnstown Ukraine Appeal truck being unloaded at a Caratas Charity Hub. 

The video clips make for heart-wrenching viewing. 

The priority is very clear. People are DESPERATELY in need of FOOD aide.

March

March 30th

Medieval Navan

Navan History announced the launch of their latest Heritage Guide and at €5 and delivered free it's well worth discovering.

https://wordwellbooks.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=2011&search=Navan+ 

March 30th

Preparations For Demolition

Builders begin to wrap fencing around the Athlumney Centre as they prepare to create new apartments and facilities for 2 takeaways - perhaps Mario's and The Dragaon Inn will return?

March 29th

SuperValu Save The Bees Campaign

Find out more https://supervalu.ie/real-people/save-the-bees

March 28th

Ukraine Truck Departs

The truck containing 33 pallets of aide to Ukraine departed from Johnstown Today.

March 26th

Ukraine Appeal

Volunteers gathered to pack over 7 tonnes of donations into the Ukraine delivery vehicle.

March 25th

New Reminder Signs

They should not be needed but these are appearing around Johnstown to remind owners to clean up after their pets.

March 24th

Ukraine Appeal

Fantastic to see the donations coming in for the people of Ukraine from our Community. If you have items to donate then bring them to the trolleys outside Smith's SuperValu before Monday 28th of March 

March 21st

Athlumney Centre Closures

Mario's at the Athlumney Centre on Metges Road recently closed and Johnstown ABC Boxing Club vacated at the beginning of March. This only leaves the Dragon Inn which is also due to close soon.

The building will be demolished (date unknown) to make way for the development of 42 new apartments, 2 takeaway/fast food outlets and a community room.

Planning Reference NA191200 

March 16th

Donations Start To Arrive

The Johnstown Navan Ukraine Appeal has started receiving hundreds of donations 33 more pallets of products arriving in the coming days.

Volunteers can offer their time by filling in the time sheet https://forms.gle/L7vmgWDviV8t5TxV7 

March 19th

Ladybirds Are Great For Your Garden

Three '7 Spot' Ladybirds warm themselves in today's sunshine. You're in luck If you find them in your garden since they have a ferocious appetite for plant pests such as aphids, scales, mealy bugs, leafhoppers, mites, and white flys.

You can help by recording sightings of Ladybirds and other wildlife https://records.biodiversityireland.ie/start-recording

March 16th

Where will you be in 10 or 20yrs time?

If you commute from Navan to Dublin there's a good chance you'll be waiting for the Dublin train. But don't start queueing for it just yet. According to the article by the Meath Chronicle it will be arriving  sometime between 2031 and 2042 

https://www.meathchronicle.ie/2022/03/11/ryan-reaffirms-navan-rail-line-commitment/ 

March 16th

Energy Bills Set To Soar

Bord Gais announce customer bills will increase from April stating that the average electricity bill will go up by 27% and the average gas bill will go up by 39%.

Perhaps it's time to revisit our Reducing Bills Articles 

March 14th

Appeal to Clean Space

Temporary space has been provided at the space below FeelFit Gym, Johnstown to help Volunteers collect humanitarian aide for Ukraine. The Johnstown Navan Ukraine Appeal calls for volunteers to meet Tuesday 15th at 3:30pm with brushes to make it useable. 

March 14th

Adventure Cycling

Navan Cycling Initiative organise Adventure Cycling for all ages at Blackwater Park!

Taking place Sunday March 20th from 10am-12, this is a free event suitable for kids and grown ups making use of the thrilling cyclocross track in the park. 

March 13th

Bees Are Coming Back

Bubble Bees are emerging from their winter rest.  JTT are asking everyone to give dandelions and clover a chance to flower in lawns to provide much needed food for hungry bees. 

Don't Mow Grow

March 1st

Metges Road Tree-Lined Avenue

During February Johnstown Tidy Towns volunteers planted more than 60 tree saplings to increase biodiversity and create habitat corridors for wildlife and pollinators in Johnstown.

Silver Birch, Guelder Rose, Rowan, Wild Cherry, and Holly trees were planted along Metges Road and were provided by MCC as part of the Green Kilometre Initiative. 

We hope these will grow to screen the Johnstown Wood, Bailis Downs, and the Boyne estates from the increasing levels of road traffic. 

February

February 23rd

Spring Flowers

In Autumn 2018 Johnstown Tidy Towns planted 100 crocus bulbs around tree bases on the Bailis Downs green. Thought lost to the wet soil and weather several have unexpectedly flowered this year.

Spring flowers like these, dandelions and clover offer much needed food to the emerging bees.

February 9th

New Soil

Last year Johnstown Tidy Towns volunteers trimmed the excess turf along many pavements. The pilot project has resulted in some of the cuttings have now sufficiently composted to be returned as soil for this years planting projects.