Friday, 13 December 2013

Latest Newsletter

This week the latest edition of our newsletter was dropped into your post boxes. Topics included:

  • Road Safety in the Old Mill
  • House Rules on Boundaries
  • Hedges & Planting
  • Board of Directors
  • Update from our AGM
  • Plus lots of snippets...

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Fairyhouse Road Closure (or Not)

You may have spotted a sign outside Ratoath National School saying that the Fairyhouse Road was due to be closed for 10 days. This information was not correct and the road will not be closed for 10 days. The sign has since been changed to:

Tuesday 10th – Fri 20th Sept
major road works ahead

They will be able to do the basecourse under traffic lights, HRA will need a closure for 2/3 days with a detour in place. Keep an eye on the sign for latest information.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Green Dog Walkers Unite

Meath County Council launched its Green Dog Walkers initiative on Monday 17th July 2013 at a gathering of dog-owners, community groups and local residents in Ashbourne.

Green Dog Walkers is a Regional programme involving South Dublin County Council, DunLaoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council, Wicklow County Council and Meath County Council. The initiative aims to tackle the problem of dog fouling in parks, in housing estates, playgrounds, beaches and all public areas.

If you'd like to sign-up and receive a free Green Dog Walkers pack, please contact us at

For more information on the launch or to download a leaflet, visit

Nice clean signs

You may have noticed it's a little easier to find your way home of late? We recently had all the signs in the estate professionally cleaned to remove years of grime. Just one of the ways BMML is working hard to make The Old Mill a nicer place to live and improve the value of your home.

Get in touch!

If you want to get in touch with the Directors of BMML, you can email us at our new address Emails are answered by a volunteer member of our Board who will endeavour to respond within two weeks.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Eight radical solutions to the problem of dog mess

It's a problem that gets on lots of people's nerves - the scourge of dog owners who don't clear up after their pets. So, what can be done to rid streets and parks of their mess?

The signs are easy to spot - the flattened deposit bearing the imprint of a shoe, the anxious parent quickly steering their offspring to one side, the man repeatedly wiping his foot on the verge as if kick-starting a decrepit motorbike.

The BBC News Magazine proposes eight radical solutions...

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Trees increase our homes’ value

I spotted this on a recent trip to Chicago and it struck a chord. The folks from The Morton Arboretum who posted this sign calculate that "homes in neighborhoods with mature trees sell for at least 10 percent more than in neighborhoods without trees." That's got to be good!

For more reasons to plant and protect our trees, check out the "Every Tree Matters" page from The Morton Arboretum website.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Ratoath Rugby needs your vote

You may have seen the ads for Ulster Bank Rugby Force, which is an initiative sponsored by Ulster Bank to encourage rugby clubs to develop their grounds and facilities. One club from each province has already been selected for a prize package and a further sixteen clubs are being put to a public vote.

The club that receives the most public votes will win a fifth package. Ratoath is one of the sixteen clubs facing the public vote.

The winning club will receive a prize package consisting of a grant of €5,000 and a training session hosted by an IRFU coach and two international players.

Voting opened today and continues until the 24th May. To vote please go to and click on the RugbyForce link.

Each person can vote once.

It would be of enormous assistance to the Club to win this very valuable prize. At the moment new changing rooms are being prepared in Jamestown to be ready for the start of next season. A new lawnmower is being bought to assist with the ongoing maintenance of our pitches. And work must be done to the pitches over the off-season to prepare them for next season.

Friday, 19 April 2013

What's your house worth?

If you're wondering what your house might be worth, why not check out the Residential Property Price Register.
A quick search will show you what houses in The Old Mill and Ratoath generally have sold for over the last couple of years.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Leap Card will be available on Ratoath buses

Leap Card will be available on Ratoath buses from next month

A full leap card service for bus travellers in Ratoath and Fairyhouse is due to be rolled out next month. Bus Eireann have told me that it expects Leap cards to be fully functional on the 105 serving Blanchardstown, Ashbourne, Fairyhouse and Ratoath, by February. Bus Eireann say defects in the system which they had uncovered have now been resolved. The company is continuing with bus testing so that service will be ready for February.

(With thanks to Dominic Hannigan for the update)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Meath County Council Weather Alert

This just in from Meath County Council (via Cllr Nick Killian)...

“Meath County Council is monitoring the current weather situation and is ready to take appropriate action if and when the need arises. The Council has adequate stocks of salt and sand bags. All gritters and snow ploughs are hooked up and on standby.”