Garristown Community Council

Message From Balbriggan Garda.

Kate Brennan here from the Community Policing Unit of Balbriggan Garda Station. Unfortunately my work email does not allow me to email outside work or to receive emails either - something i am trying to rectify at the moment.

I have organised a meeting to be held in Balbriggan Town Hall on Wednesday coming, the 22nd of September, and was wondering if you could put a notice on the website?

As part of the national An Garda Síochána's Community Safety Week which is taking place from the 20th to the 26th of September 2010, Balbriggan Community Policing Unit have organised for a public meeting to be held in Balbriggan Town Hall on Wednesday the 22nd of September 2010 from 7-9pm. This meeting is open to anyone and everyone, and the topic of the meeting will be Crime Prevention and Personal Safety. A special guest speaker, Sergeant Peter Smith, will be giving the talk. He is the Regional Crime Prevention Officer of An Garda Síochána. In an attempt to prevent burglaries and reduce crime in the Balbriggan area, it is hoped that as many people will attend as possible. Further information can be obtained by contacting Garda Kate Brennan in Balbriggan Garda Station on 01-8020510.

If you need any further information from me, you can contact me on the station number above or on my own mobile, 087-9877852.


Sunday 18th July 2010

ALMC official press release.

Dear Resident,

We would like to thank you for your support and co-operation on the occasion of our ALMC Stages Rally. The safe running of the event is very dependent on you, the residents of the Stage.

Reconnaissance will take place on Saturday 17th July 2010 between 9:30am and 4pm, please note that the roads ARE NOT CLOSED during these times. Competitors will be driving Standard road cars only and are not permitted to exceed 40 mph at any time.
· If during the running of the Rally on Sunday 18th July, a medical emergency arises, please telephone the emergency telephone number and follow the instructions given exactly. Alternatively dial 999 or 112 (as per normal circumstances), but you must tell the operator that the road is closed for the Rally.
· If you have no telephone - go ON FOOT to the nearest phone, or to a Marshal, who will be at the junction nearest your home. If you walk on the road, remember the Stage may be active.
· Do not attempt to drive or cycle on the road that is closed as you may be putting your life and that of others in extreme danger.
· Tell the Marshal what your problem is, and he will communicate your problem to the Mid Point or Finish of the Stage where Radio Communication is available. The Stage Commander will be at the Start of the Stage and he can stop the Rally until the medical emergency is over.

This is the only way the Rally can be stopped - so please use the procedure as outlined above if the occasion arises.
STAGE NO: 2 - 5 - 8
ROAD CLOSING HOURS 09:50 to 18: 45

It would be of great assistance to the Organising Committee of the Rally if you would inform any intending visitors to your home of the Road Closed Times.-Full Route Map overleaf. You might also mention it to the Milkman, Doctor, Vet, etc. Again, we thank you for your co-operation and remember if you are spectating - do so from a safe position. If you would like to marshal on the rally, please contact our Chief Marshal –Conor Crowley on 086 8513313

We will endeavour to keep your inconvenience to a minimum, and we hope you enjoy the day.

Yours Sincerely,



Current Dublin team member Dean Rock presented medals to the Garristown School team in a ceremony held in the school on friday 5th Feb 2010.A large turn out of parents were there to cheer on the team as they received their medals from past pupil Dean. After the presentation Dean kindly stayed to answer some probing questions from several of the school pupils. Mr Daly, School Principal ,and the other teachers involved congratulated the team and thanked the parents for always being on hand to supply lifts to and from the games.

Have a look at the presentations and team photo below and well done to all the team and of course the teachers who make it all happen.


Following a clean out of the River Delvin in the Garristown area a boat was sailed up a stretch of the river from the bridge on the Ardcath road and on up the river for about a mile. The work was carried out by local land owners and Fingal Co Co. Have a look below at a couple of photos of the escapade !!


Saturday 15th August saw Garristown Juniors play the Wild Geese of Oldtown in the Terry Murray Memorial Cup challange match. Unfortunately for the Garristown lads the Geese came out on top at the final whistle. Terry's brother Johnny from Canada was on hand to present the cup to the Geese captain Tom Smith.
Have a look at a few photos from the match below.


The ALMC Rally was a great success with over 155 crews taking part . With the expection of a couple of crashes on the Garristown Stage it all passed off ok .
The organising club were very pleased with the event and were delighted with the level of support from the local community . The ALMC Motor Club are very keen to get local people involved in the club . Details of their meetings which are held in the City North Hotel in Gormanston can be found on their website . .There were a few rumours as to the plight of the driver and co-driver involved in the accident during the event but both are ok . The club asked for this release to be posted on the site. ” ALMC is primarily concerned with safety on their event – for crews, marshals and spectators. Competition cars undergo a thorough scrutiny check before the event to ensure every aspect of safety is addressed, from their fireproof clothing and helmets, to the all important roll cages. This photograph shows how the car stands up to a high speed accident, from which both crew members, emerged shaken and bruised. Both returned to Co Wexford on the Sunday night and were back to work on the Monday morning.”
ALMC wishes them well and hope that they recover from their bruises and that we them back on some rally in the coming months
See below for a few photos from the event .


Road closure notices have been placed all along the route for the ALMC rally to be held on Sunday 19/07/2009. All junctions along the stage route will be closed from 10am through to 6.30pm. More information can be found on or you can buy the official rally pack in the service station at Kilmoon cross.

Please go to bottom of page to see official ALMC rally information about the stage on sun 19/07/2009.

Anybody who is on the route affected by the road closing order pay particular attention to the procedure to be followed in the event of an emergency. See RALLY INFO 1 below.
” ALMC is primarily concerned with safety on their event – for crews, marshals and spectators. Competition cars undergo a thorough scrutiny check before the event to ensure every aspect of safety is addressed, from their fireproof clothing and helmets, to the all important roll cages. This photograph shows how the car stands up to a high speed accident, from which both crew members, emerged shaken and bruised. Both returned to Co Wexford on the Sunday night and were back to work on the Monday morning.”
ALMC wishes them well and hope that they recover from their bruises and that we them back on some rally in the coming months

Garristown Census Information

Further to an recent enquiry on the website, Fingal County Council has supplied some information regarding population figures in Garristown. The last full census in 2006 gave a figure of 256 in the village area itself. A more recent figure, although not a population figure, is that as of November 2008 there were 99 residential homes in the village which roughly equates to an approximate figure of 280.

Farmers Market 2009.

The time of year is upon us again for the farmers market in Garristown village. The event will take place outside Gormley's Public House. The Historical Society are organising the market this year. It will get up and running for 11am on Saturday 16/05/2009 and finish up about 1pm . Please support this great event which will feature all local produce and wares.
See photo below from 2007 market day.

1916 Rising remembered at Garristown ceremony.

A large crownd gathered in the village to celebrate and remember all who fought and died from 1916 to 1923.Father Tom McGowan PP celebrated mass along with the traditional colour parade led by Bill Pilkington.The Black Raven Pipe Band also attended the ceremony.After the mass a march was held from the Church gate to the cemetery at the old church.This commerative event will be held in Balbriggan next Easter Sunday.

See below for a few photos kindly provided by Fintan Clarke from The Fingal Independant.


The 2009 ALMC rally is a one day event taking place on Sunday the 19th of July . This is based in the City North Hotel . A stage of the rally will be located around the Garristown area . The stage will run through Baldwinstown Cross but the exact route will be released nearer the time . The service area will be at the Duleek Business Park . Go to for more information . See below for a few photos from last years event .



Garristown Cross Country Chase took place on Sunday 1st March and over a hundred horses and ponies rode out in the beautiful March sunshine. The riders ranged in age from six to sixty and maybe older. A number of very young children partook in the lead rein category. Between the raffle and entry fees €5,000 was raised so the school and Community Council got €2,500 each. Great money.!!

Michael McGrath’s team consisting of Dara Shanahan, Barry Tormey, Ian Carberry and Seamus McGrath led the event. Unfortunately the chief organiser Michael McGrath himself had a mishap during the week and was unable to ride but he was on hand to ensure the orderly running of the event. A lot of work had already gone into planning and preparing the course and mapping it out. To make it challenging and interesting jumps had been erected on part of the course.
The event was run as a fundraiser for the Community Council and the School Parents’ Association. Representatives from these two groups assembled to register the entrants and collect fees. Patricia Lynam, Margaret Donnelly, Seamus Donnelly, Stephanie O’Brien, Nora Carolan, Eileen Neylon, Johnny McGrath, Fiona Jones, Patricia Holloway, Orla Cahillane, Deirdre Mason, Miriam Tuite, Suzanne Carey, Linda Sexton, Amanda Donnelly, Caroline Shires, Sineád Neylon, Phillip Counet, James O’Brien, Mark Murray, Willie Shanahan, Alan Davis, James Downey and Martin Downey were among the strong team who were on hand to ensure the safety and smooth running of the event. The Ashbourne Red Cross ambulance was available but thankfully it was not needed.
Volunteers provided sandwiches to the returning riders and spot prizes were also awarded.
A raffle was held in conjunction with the Cross Country. The winners were
1st Prize- A 32" Flat Screen TV and DVD player (Tina Rothwell)
2nd Prize - €200 voucher for Atlantic Homecare (Johnny Murray, c/o M. Early)
3rd Prize – Drinks Hamper (Emily Plunkett, Batterstown)
4th Prize – Meal for two in The Snailbox Restaurant (Anthony Early).
It would not be possible to hold an event like this without the goodwill and
co-operation of the landowners. The organisers are deeply indebted to them and wish to thank them.
It was a very successful day and a great example of the community working together to raise funds for two local organisations.

Once again, a huge thanks to all who helped these two deserving causes . Have a look at a few photos from the event at the bottom of the page.

The Garristown area has had plenty of frost and snow over the last few weeks. Go to the bottom of the page to see a few photos taken one of the snowy days.

Cross Country 2009 !!

Cross Country back on !!!!!!!

The annual Cross Country event for horses and ponies will now take place on Sunday 1st March 2009. The meet is at 1.00p.m. outside Gormley's Pub.
Proceeds go to Garristown Community Council and Garristown National School.
After the event a raffle will take place in Gormley's.
1st Prize 32"Flat Screen T.V. & DVD Player
2nd Prize £200 Voucher for Atlantic Homecare
3rd Prize Drinks Hamper
4th Prize Meal for Two.
Tickets £2each or Book of 6 for £10. Tickets are available from any Community Council or Parents Association member.
Please come out and support this worthwhile event.
Hopefully the weather will be kind and we can get the event up and galloping second time around!!!


A brand new venture has been launched in the Garristown area. Mary Murray has opened up a Hats for Hire outlet from her home in Baldwinstown. As the name suggests Mary has an extensive and impressive collection of hats for hire to suit any occasion. Another service on offer is a custom made Headpiece designed and created by Mary for occasions such as Weddings or Communions !! These creations would be one off and unique to the customer. These "Fascinators" ,as they are known in the Millinery trade, are made to order.The hours of trade are as follows----Mon,Wed,Fri ---3pm--7pm,Tue,Thur----4pm--9pm and Sat---9am--1pm or you can call for an appointment. Contact Mary and ARISTOHATS at 087-2218915 or Email at of luck to Mary. Have a look at a few photos below.


Garristown now has a new Butcher shop open.Dick Brangan has open up "Brangan's Craft Butchers" in the premises formally the site of McGrath's Butchers. Dick told me the shop is going very well so far and we all hope it continues to go from strength to strength.As well as all the traditional cuts of meat on offer Dick also has ready prepared marinated meats and B.B.Q style coatings.Outside is a good selection of locally grown veg and potatoes. Inside there is also a nice selection of sauces,marinades,oils,pastas and jams.Well done and all the best to Dick and dont forget to support your local outlets.The opening hours are mon to fri 8.30am to 6.30pm and 8am to 6pm on sat.Have a look at some photos below.

Library Open For Business.

Garristown village now has the Library open for all to use.The official opening was held on Wednesday 25/6/2008.Alarge crowd attended and hopefully they will all avail of this fantastic amenity.The library has , alongside its large selection of books,internet accesss,cd's,cd-roms,dvd's and also newspapers and periodicals.The staff also will be welcoming class visits and hope to run various events.Have a look at some photos from the night and most importantly,call in and join !!

Garristown Showband 60's Style!!

As usual Dickie Murray has come up with some great old photos. Actually his brother Johnny in Toronto unearthed them and Dickie passed them on to the site. Cheers as always. See photos below and let us know any names if you know them.


This bank holiday Monday 5th/may/2008 sees the Garristown market day held outside Gormley's Pub . There will be plenty of stalls on the day featuring lots of local produce . Come along and support the market . Market starts at 11am and runs until 1pm . Proceeds go to Hisorical Society . Hopefully the rain will stay away unlike last year . Have a look at the two pictures from last year .

New Pics from Dickie.

1996 saw the local school celebrate a school reunion on its Golden Jubilee ! The event was held in Fairyhouse and we have some great photos taken on the night. Cheers as always to Dickie murray.

GO down to picture galleries then click on Garristown Re -visited.

Snow 2008 !!!!!
Garristown got a nice helping of snow thursday evening 3/1/2008 on into friday 4/1/2008 . The council were out gritting and clearing the main roads and tractors pulling lorries who were stuck on the hills leading up to the windmill.

Dickie sent this photo showing his brother Johnny standing beside a palm tree which was planted in memory of their late brother Jodie who passed away December 7th 2006. A nice tribute to Jodie who worked in the Botanic gardens for a long time. Dickie also sent me in another photo last week, its a great one from yesteryear.The Garristown running club from the 1950's no less !! Thanks as always to Dickie. See photos below.As and when I get more from Dickie I will put them up so keep an eye on thumbnails below for new photos.

Following some very interesting pictures supplied by Dickie Murray we have decided to develop a picture gallery of 'OLDER' Garristown pictures that reflect the environment and people of previous years. If anyone has any pictures they would like put on the gallery that will be accessd on this website pls contact Malcolm Lewis (086-2464617) or Paul Connell (086-8122502). We can scan the pictures and return the originals or you can supply jpeg files to us on CD's or email to on thumbnail below to see one of the photos received from Dickie Murray. Cheers Dickie !! See anyone you know? Click on Picture Galleries then on Garristown re-visited for some more.

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