Our aim is to connect all people with a link to Julianstown Stamullen. You may live here, have visited here or maybe are tracing ancestors who left long ago. In any case, we’re sure to have lots to share and are delighted to welcome you.
You may live here, have visited here or maybe are tracing ancestors who left long ago. In any case, we’re sure to have lots to share and are delighted to welcome you.
Feel free to post your message and we will respond as soon as possible. Remember to post as much information as you can with regard to the people you are researching. The more information you post, the more likely it is that one of our volunteers will be able to advise or assist you. Also include information concerning which sources you may have already used so others may further your search.
Please be patient - as our programme has only begun to roll out across the island of Ireland and volunteers in some areas may not yet be organised.
The Parish of Julianstown / Stamullen which includes Gormanston, is situated on the coast in east Meath 30Km north of Dublin on the M1.
Welcome to Julianstown, Stamullen and Gormanston
Our welcome committee of Eileen, Mary, Margaret, Jackie, Niamh. and Claire will be delighted to help you with any enquiries about the parish or your ancestors from this parish.
Swiss Cottages Main Street Julianstown
The Swiss Cottages, a series of six attractive cottages in the main street were said to be based on a design that Major Charles Pepper saw in Switzerland. They were built by him in 1897 for his estate staff.
Main Street, Stamullen
Main Street Stamullen with Whites Pub on the right and St Patricks church in the background.
Silver Beach, Gormanston
The Silver Beach streches 2 km between the Delvin and Nanny rivers. It is a wonderful sandy beach with safe bathing enjoyed by adults and children.
Introduction to Julianstown/Stamullen
There are references to a parish in the Julianstown area dating back to the 13th century. At that time it was called Aney, but it later became known as Julianstown perhaps called after Juliana Preston from Gormanston.
The name Stamullen comes from the old Irish Teach Mic Mellan, meaning house of Mellan's son. A disciple of St. Mullan's founded an early Christian monastery at Stamullen.
The parish stretches along the east coast to the Delvin river, which forms the boundary on the south. To the west and north lie the parishes of Clonalvy, Duleek/Bellewstown and Drogheda.
Over the past 30 years the villages of Julianstown and Stamullen have developed and grown to become part of the commuter belt for Dublin.
It is an area of great scenic beauty with its gentle sloping fields, rivers and sandy beaches. Most of the land is used for agricultural purposes, mainly tillage and livestock but there is also a large amount of fruit grown in this very fertile area. It is bordered by manor houses, medieval castles, archaeological sites and ancient tomb-stones which combine to create its unique heritage.
Many of the old villages in Ireland developed around the landed estates and both Julianstown and Gormanston fall into this group. Shortly after the Norman Invasion of 1169, Hugh de Lacey held lands in Meath where he divided his estate among his barons. Lands were then granted as endowments on which the early Church of Ireland, St. Maryﾒs was built. The village of Julianstown was part of the Ballygarth estate. The Pepper family, who lived there, were responsible for much of the older buildings of the village that we can see today as we drive through Julianstown.
The estate in Gormanston was owned by the Preston family who came from the town of that name in England in the 14th century. Gormanston castle where the Preston family lived until the 1950ﾒs is now a secondary school. Over the centuries the Preston family had much influence in the Stamullen/Gormanston area. The family is associated with the fox. According to legend when the head of the family is in his final hours the foxes of Co. Meath make their way to the door of the castle to keep vigil until he has died. This is in thanksgiving for the protection from predators of a vixen and her young by a previous Lord Gormanston.
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