Chairman’s address on Founder’s Day

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Ashbourne 200 Year Historical Civic Reception

At the Civic Reception in the Library/Civic Centre on the evening of Founder’s Day, Chairman of the ASH2020 Board, Liam Mulvihill addressed the assembled guests: A Chathaoirligh den Chomhairle Chontae, a Chathaoirligh den Chomhairle Baile, a Phríomh-fheidhmeannaigh den Chomhairle Chontae,a Theachta Dála, a dhaoine uaisle.

The Relevance of the Day

Not many towns in Ireland can claim to know their exact birth date, and many of them cannot be certain of the Century of their foundation, but Ashbourne can make such a claim.

This is partly because Ashbourne is one of the youngest towns in Ireland. Most towns origins go back to Viking or Norman times ( Ratoath and Trim), or even earlier (Kells).  So their origins are often lost in the mists of time.

In fact, when I try to find a town that is younger than Ashbourne, the one that comes to mind is Shannon. Interestingly, it also exists to serve the transport industry.

We in Ashbourne have the documentary proof that our town was founded on this day two hundred years ago.  It will always be our special day.

Remainder of Year

I was asked to talk about some of our commemorative events for the remainder of the year, but I am not going to do that, as there are more than 40 events scheduled between now and the end of the year.

I strongly recommend that you check our website regularly for upcoming events: that is

Also we list upcoming events in each edition of the Ashbourne News and on social media.


I’d like to use my last few minutes to say thanks to three Groups that have contributed so much to the concept and substance of what has become Ash2020. I’m not going to refer to the History Society, as they will be featured next month with the launch of the Book of Ashbourne.

Rather, I’m referring to : (1)- Ciarán Mangan’s group who have worked on Ash2020, as if it was their own; (2)—the Group of Musicians who composed the Anthem and (3) our own Ash2020 Committee, who this morning organised visits to the schools of Ashbourne to highlight and explain the significance of this day. They will be involved in the organisation and co-ordination of many more events during the year. We also had the launch of the Flower planters project at Murtaghs, which will be a major help in decorating our town in this special year. We thank Murtaghs and the Mens’ Shed for this initiative.

All of these Groups represent excellence in what they bring to a task, set standards for everyone else, and show what can be achieved  when there is leadership, vision and collaboration involved.

I trust that in future years this will be recalled as the Spirit of Ash2020.


We set out to make Inclusivity a special goal in our Celebrations this year, but we were slow to get it up and running. I am delighted that we have several people here tonight who hail from overseas, due to the work of Brian King, Jack Holmes and Fiona Woods in developing the Peoples of Ashbourne project.

I know I am speaking on behalf of everyone here when I offer you a very special Céad Míle Fáilte.

Please stay involved and bring more of your friends to our future events.


Finally, I want to thank the Meath County Council, The Ashbourne Municipal Council , the elected members of both Councils and the officials of both bodies for the honour bestowed on Ashbourne tonight.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh.