The Stamullen Roundup – December 2020

The Stamullen Roundup

By Grace Tierney

Happy Christmas! It will be a strange one alright but I’m wishing you a happy and healthy festive season and even as I’m writing this I know plenty of Stamullen houses are already decorated and ready for a bit of fun with the Toy Show. Fingers crossed that by the time you read this, our case numbers and restrictions will be fewer.

Congratulations to Gormanston farmer, journalist, and presenter of “Ear to the Ground” Darragh McCullough whose new book for kids “The Great Irish Farm Book” is up for the Children’s Book of the Year award at the An Post Irish Book Awards tonight. It’s a fun hardback read for tractor-obsessed kids and is available in bookshops nationwide or at the farm shop in Gormanston. My books about the history of words are available too, I’m busy posting out signed copies at the moment for Christmas gifts. All the details are here

Grace Tierney

Another local woman carving out a niche is Mary, the creator of bright, cheerful giant mushrooms to place in your garden, especially if you want to encourage fairies to visit. You can see some of her work in the fairy garden just up from Gormanston Woods Nursing Home. You can order them from her by ringing 086-3857774.

Stamullen fairy mushrooms
Stamullen fairy mushrooms

Speaking of gardens, green-fingered (or wannabe green-fingered) Stamullen gardeners should check out the new Facebook group dedicated to all things green and growing. Anybody with an interest in plants is welcome and the group is full of advice which is sure to be local and useful, along with some stunning photographs of local gardens. Even now, while most of our gardens are dormant, there’s plenty of inspiration to be had for springtime plans and planting.

Stamullen Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic is now offering online consultations via video-call from the comforts of your own home.Video calls can be done via PhysiApp (like FaceTime). Downloading the app and setting up your profile is simple and allows for assessment, exercise selection and demonstration to get you on the road to recovery. Book an appointment by calling 01-6870302.

It’s been great to meet so many Stamullen villagers out and about walking in recent months but as winter closes in this may not suit everybody. The St. Pat’s GAA Healthy Club officer, Linda, has devised a Chair Fit programme to help those at home to keep active. All you need is a chair! You can check the video here

The Community Alert Group facebook page has a lovely initiative on the go at the moment (deadline 15th of December) started by Michelle Smith. The idea is to make a care package for residents in Gormanston Woods Nursing Home containing, for example, chocolate, sweets, wool, notebooks, fluffy socks, toiletries. With visits limited for most of this year, a cheerful gift will be most welcome this Christmas.

Christmas will be a little different in our locals schools this year too. Although the Transition Year students in Gormanston College have already begun painting festive scenes on the windows and crafting Christmas wreaths from local foliage. They’re certainly brightening up the place as they decorated for Movember too.

rainbow at Stamullens school
rainbow at St Patrick’s Stamullens school

Important Reminder – Stamullen CA Volunteer Group is still available to do deliveries for those who are restricting their movements (due to medical issues, waiting on test results, or because they have tested positive, etc). You can contact them on facebook, via the chemist and butchers, or ring 0876355519.

** Please note that changes to public health Covid 19 restrictions on indoor meeting may affect these events. Check with organisers if you have concerns.

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