The Johnstown Navan Ukraine Appeal

The Johnstown Navan Ukraine Appeal have been put in touch with Poland’s largest charity Caritas by Fr Janusz in Navan.The founding member of the appeal Gillian Lindsay Doonan has been in touch with the charity in Poland.

Gillian asked the charity what they needed most to cater for the thousands of Ukrainian refugees crossing the border into Poland and being looked after by Caritas.

We need volunteers to sort and pack items and staff the unit between 9am and 9pm from Thursday 17th of March until we depart.

Sign up as a Volunteer here

This is the list of items the charity needs most:

Medical Aid Needed:

  • Bandages
  • Needles
  • Oxygen Masks
  • Oxygen
  • Trauma Kits
  • Equipment for Surgery
  • Resusitation Equipment
  • Sterile Wipes
  • Infusion pumps
  • Traumatic wound care- stitches sutures etc
  • Catheters
  • Central lines
  • Pain killers
  • Gloves all sizes
  • Blood clothing gauze
  • Incontinent pads all sizes
  • Refrigerated medication – diabetes

Adult Aid Needed:

  • Coats
  • Thermal Socks all sizes
  • Thermal vests all sizes
  • Underwear all sizes
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Gloves all sizes
  • Flip Flops all sizes for standing in showers

Children’s Aid Needed:

  • Thermal Socks all sizes
  • Thermal vests all sizes
  • Underwear all sizes
  • Baby food
  • Baby bottles
  • Plastic toys, books, jigsaws, bubbles, crayons

Other Aid Needed:

  • Thermal Blankets
  • Towels
  • Batteries all sizes
  • Power banks for phones
  • Flash lights
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Tooth paste and tooth brushes

Food Aid Needed:


  • Soups
  • Pastas
  • Rice
  • Sauces
  • Tinned food
  • Honey Biscuits
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Cereals & Bars
  • Porridge
  • Custards

If you can start to gather the above items at home or with your local soccer gaa or rugby team or your local schools it will be much appreciated. We have an international transport company on board who are providing a truck and driver and paying for the transport costs to the charity in Poland. We will be announcing the dates shortly when we will have a trailer parked in the Johnstown Shopping Centre in Navan over a couple of days where you can drop off donations.Please share our page and get the word out there about the appeal in aid of the refugees from the war in Ukraine.

If you need anymore information about the appeal please contact the appeal on social media or call Alan Lawes on 085 1757216.

General Election Candidates 2020

The Johnstown Community is part of the Meath West constituency and in 2020, there are 9 candidates asking for your vote on Saturday 8th of February.

The election hopefuls that Meath West constituents have to choose from are as follows.

  • Shane Cassells – Fianna Fáil
  • Peader Tóibín – Aontú
  • Damien English – Fine Gael
  • Sarah Reilly – Fine Gael
  • Noel French – Fine Gael
  • Ronan Moore – Social Democrats
  • Seamus McMenamin – Green Party
  • Johnny Guirke – Sinn Féin
  • John Malone – Renua

Please inform yourselves with the issues that affect you and your community and use your vote wisely.

Your vote – Your voice – Your community – Your future

Election Candidates 2019

Here is an exhaustive list of local and european election candidates standing in our area. Some brief profile information will be published shortly on candidates and it will be highlighted on this website which of these candidates support a modern day poster free election campaign. This website will not be be used to canvass for any particular candidate. The publication of information such as those candidates in support of a poster free campaign and other activities that benefit our community and local area will be for the sole purpose of providing an update for community members and residents.


  • Seamus McMenamin – Green Party
  • Cllr. Tommy Reilly – Fianna Fáil
  • Cllr. Padraig Fitzsimons – Fianna Fáil
  • Madeline Thornton – Fianna Fáil
  • Jenny McHugh – Fianna Fáil
  • Yemi Adenuga – Fine Gael
  • Karen Byrne – Fine Gael
  • Ross Kelly – Fine Gael
  • Cllr. Francis Deane – Independent
  • Cllr. Wayne Forde – Independent
  • Alan Lawes – Independent
  • Stephen Ball – Independent
  • Amy McGrath – Social Democrats
  • Emer Tóibín – Aontú
  • Cllr. Sinéad Burke – Sinn Féin
  • Cllr. Edward Fennessy – Sinn Féin


  • Mairead McGuinness- Fine Gael
  • Maria Walsh – Fine Gael
  • Brendan Smith – Fianna Fáil
  • Anne Rabbitte – Fianna Fáil
  • Matt Carthy – Sinn Féin
  • Dominic Hannigan – Labour
  • Saoirse McHugh – Green Party
  • Cyril Brennan – People Before Profit
  • Michael O’Dowd – Renua
  • Patrick Greene – Direct Democracy Ireland
  • Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan – Independent
  • Peter Casey – Independent
  • Dilip Mahapatra – Independent
  • Fidelma Healy Eames – Independent
  • James Miller – Independent
  • Diarmaid Mulcahy – Independent
  • Olive O’Connor – Independent

Johnstown Tidy Towns win Endeavour Award in 2018

Johnstown Tidy Towns have entered the national Tidy Towns competition on two occasions (2017 & 2018). The results achieved in 2018 represented a 6% improvement on the previous year. This achievement was recognised by the Endeavour award that was presented to Johnstown Tidy Towns this year. The 2018 report is available here.

Johnstown Tidy Towns urgently require volunteers to help continue this momentum. The committee has identified a number of current and possible future projects, however ideas and suggestions from the wider community are always very welcome.

If you could provide some time to help Johnstown Tidy Towns, please email, contact them through the Facebook page or come along to their next activity.

Looking for a trades man – here is some advice

For home owners, landlords, or businesses who might require a trades man to complete certain work on-site, it is very important the right person is selected for the job. With so many to choose from, this can sometimes be a difficult task. It is hoped this article will help community members to make the right choice.

It has become known that a private group known as Trusted Trades have trades men operating in Johnstown. Access to trades men within the Trusted Trades group is through an individual person’s mobile number. There appears to be no transparency and little chance for any customer to complete any form of due diligence before engaging this trades man to complete work at their premises. Recently members of the Johnstown Community were harassed by a member of the Trusted Trades group when they were subjected to vile insults and unwanted sexual advances. One of these Trusted Trades members is Weathersafe Roofing Ltd.  It would be strongly advised to look at other roofing companies.

A better option when searching for a trades man would be to search the website of The National Guild of Master Craftsmen in Ireland. This website provides transparent access to trades men through an open database. This allows customers the freedom to select the trades man that is best suited to the work they need done. The customer can make an informed choice and feel confident and safe with their chosen trades man.


Johnstown Community Alerts web tool

The Johnstown Community web team are delighted to announce the launch of the Johnstown Community Alert website. The aim of this website is to allow community members who witness anti-social behaviour or criminal activity to photograph or video the activity if safe to do so. Those who then browse the images and videos contained on the website can bring any useful information about the parties involved to An Garda Siochana. The people behind this website hope that sharing incidents like this can lead to increased lines of inquiry for An Garda Siochana and hopefully lead to the arrest of the perpetrators with the net result being a quieter and safer community for us all to live in.

The images and videos can come from a range of devices such as cameras, smartphones, tablets, CCTV, and dash cams.

Click here to access the Johnstown Community Alerts web tool.

Johnstown Community Vs Hunt Capital & Bad Planning

It was an atrocious decision by Meath County Council to grant planning permission to Hunt Capital. The objections from the community appear to have been ignored. There is little, if any, difference between the first submission and the second submission. The only party that stands to benefit from this planning decision is Hunt Capital who will be increasing their profits and the size of their bank balance. We as a community will be left barely able to get out of our own homes due to the increased level of traffic that this development will bring. There will be 200+ additional cars accessing this mixed use development. This is on top of the inevitable increase in traffic as a result of the three housing developments that are currently being constructed which Meath County Council seems to have ignored. The meeting tomorrow evening (Thursday 1st February) at 7pm in O’Briens in Johnstown village is important. We as a community need to ensure this decision is appealed to An Bord Pleanála. Please attend the meeting if you can.

For more information on this development please see the following.

Community Facebook page against this development

Meath County Council planning website (Search NA/170997)

Planning Observation – Proposed Mixed Use Development

Observation Significant Information

Planners Report

Beware illegal waste collectors

People have recently received flyers through their door advertising removal of unwanted household items. The flyer provides a mobile number belonging to a man named Mick. Mick does not hold a permit to collect these items and is breaking the law. He has already been reported to a local authority in Dublin with regard to this practice. Please do not hand over unwanted items and please spread the word.

See this link for more details:

Johnstown Times online magazine launched

Sunday 2nd of April saw the launch of the Johnstown Times, an online community magazine published by local resident Robin Marshall. The first edition includes contributions from a number of Johnstown residents and competition prizes have been kindly sponsored by local businesses.

Click here to read the first edition of the Johnstown Times.

Make Johnstown a safer place to live, work, and play…

The metges road which runs through Johnstown in County Meath is a hazard to all residents. Well in excess of 50% of motor vehicles that use this road do so at a speed that is well in excess of the 50km/h limit. This dangerous practice is putting lives at risk. There have already been a number of very serious accidents on this road in recent years. Do we have to wait until someone is killed before something is done? The solution is simple. The council need to approve and construct speed ramps which match the height and width of the existing raised pedestrian crossings such as those outside Supervalu / Johnstown Shopping Centre. If these are not installed then people will be killed just trying to get to the shop. Please support this petition to Meath County Council to provide these essential traffic calming measures: