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Thursday, 4th August, 2022. Vol. 15, Issue 31 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Gordon steps up for best friend’s son

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By Tamara O’Connell

THE mother of a teenage boy battling brain cancer has praised her close friend for offering to raffle his Dundalk apartment in a bid to pay for life-saving treatment. Jean Woods is the former driver of the Sevens double-decker school bus on the Annagassan-Castlebellingham-Dundalk route. The Carrickmacross woman is the mother of Stephen, a bubbly 18-year-old who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain stem cancer in January. “It’s a living nightmare. Stephen had pains in his head and a stiff neck and he told me he didn’t feel well,” said Jean. “I was finishing work in Dundalk at the time but we took him to the hospital and he was sent home with anti-inflammatories. “He wasn’t fit to the leave his bed over Christmas. We called an ambulance on the 6th of January and they found a large mass in his head and he was rushed to Beaumont.” Continued on Page 2

Gordon Kenny (left) with Stephen Woods and his mother Jean Woods.

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Gordon’s grand gesture for best friend’s son Continued from Page 1 Stephen is currently getting treatment in Texas and the medical bills range from $17,000 to $30,000 a month for 18 months to 24 months. Jean’s friend, Gordon Kenny, has since offered to raffle his Dundalk apartment in a bid to raise money for the treatment. “The apartment is a ground floor apartment in Brickfield Gardens, Newry Road. We are so grateful to Gordon. I’d be lost without him,” said Jean. Purchasing a ticket will not only give someone a chance of winning this life changing prize, but also help this young, 18-year-old get one step closer to affording his treatment.

The property will only be awarded to the winner if a minimum of 55,000 tickets are sold. If less than 55,000 tickets are sold, the winner will receive a cash prize amounting to 50% of the total ticket revenue and the balance will be used for Stephen’s treatment. Every ticket purchased helps the family get closer to their target. Tickets cost £10. The raffle ends Tuesday, December 20 at 8pm or when the last ticket is sold, whichever comes sooner. For more information, please see the following link - https://bit. ly/3Sd2zxZ Enter Raffle to Win An Apartment in Ireland hosted by Gor- Gordon Kenny (left) with his good friend Jean Woods and her son Stephen don Kenny (raffall.com). (centre).

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‘A stroll for Gavin’ will take place across the Cooley mountains later this month to raise money for two charities close to John Morris’s heart. John, who hails from Fatima, received the heart-breaking news last January that his son Gavin had taken his own life in Germany. Gavin had been working in Kiel and following his death John was faced with the daunting task of bringing his son’s body back to Ireland. According to John he would have been lost but for the help of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust helps families who have lost loved ones tragically abroad. The group was set up in 2013 by Co Down couple Colin and Eithne Bell following the death of their son Kevin in New York and over the past nine years it has helped repatriate many people from Australia, the States, Europe and further afield to their families in Ireland. “We brought Gavin home on the day he should have been celebrating his 30th birthday. It was a very painful time but myself and my family will forever be indebted to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who were brilliant in helping us

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take Gavin home to Ireland. “I’m from Fatima but we lived in Cooley for many years and myself and Jock McArdle have decided to organise a walk across the Cooley mountains in Gavin’s memory which will hopefully raise money for two charities, Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and SOSAD, both of which are close to my heart. Jock, unfortunately, has also had to lean on the Kevin Bell Repatriation trust who helped bring his son’s body home from Vietnam a few years ago. “We have set up a GoFundMe page and we also have sponsorship cards so if anybody wants to help they can contact either myself or Jock or go to the GoFundMe page and hopefully we can raise a decent amount for both charities. “The walk will take place on

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Saturday 27th August and will begin and end at John Long’s Pub. We have walks for all levels of fitness and Fast Walkers will start at 10:30am, Moderate walkers at 10:45 and families at 11am. We have plenty of walkers from local walking groups already signed up and we invite anybody who would like to come and support two great charities to join us on the 27th of August for a lovely walk across the Cooley mountains,” stated John. If anybody would like a sponsorship card or find out more info about the walk they can contact either John on 0877500357 or Jock on 0863954830. Donation/Registration costs €20 and there are three ways of donating. You can register on the day of the walk (27th August), fill out a sponsorship card or donate on the GoFundMe website by typing in A Stroll for Gavin in the search bar. A bus from Boyd’s Car Park, Dundalk will leave at 9:30am sharp on the 27th August but only if there is demand for one. Please contact Jock or John if you intend on taking a bus to Longs Pub in Cooley. Registration takes place at 10am and there will be light refreshments, music, a raffle and spot prizes on the day.

Dundalk Famine Graveyard Association will be holding their annual Service of Remembrance at Dundalk Famine Graveyard on the 7th August at 5pm. Dundalk Famine Graveyard, located at A91E76N, has become one of the most important local historical sites since it was restored by a group of dedicated volunteers in recent years. Located on the Ardee road, it is the resting place for over 4,000 people who died between 1850 to 1955.

Marina refused to sit on the fence over safety concerns

THE owners of Carlingford Marina have spent over €11,000 of their own money erecting a fence in a bid to prevent any tragic accidents from occurring in the popular spot. Carlingford Marina General Manager Johnny Moneley told the Dundalk Leader that the total cost of erecting the fence including VAT stands at €11,603. “Louth County Council promised to build a fence here in 2012 so we have been waiting ten years for this,” said Johnny. “We put in a footpath in 1986 and the council did recognise from the very beginning of the Greenway project that a fence needed to be put in too. “However, the feedback I got is that the project is running out of money and that it will have to be done in phase two.” Johnny added: “With that uncertainty, we couldn’t wait around. Between 2012 and to date there have been a couple of incidents. “I wrote to the council in 2017 after one of the incidents where a man fell off the side and into a hedge. “In that letter I outlined a worst-case scenario that a child could fall 20 feet onto the beach below.” Johnny continued: “This year, a six-year-old girl fell a number of feet and thankfully she was alright. “I had a meeting with the mother of the child and decided we couldn’t live with ourselves if the worst happened. We decided to build a fence. “The indications I’m getting from the council is this might be a temporary job. At some point the council might re-build it to their spec.” He concluded: “When you head off down the Greenway towards Omeath there are fences in place to protect the sheep, why not build a fence to protect children and adults?” When contacted by the Dundalk Leader, Louth County Council stated that they are currently in communication with Carlingford Marina regarding the fence. “The council’s engineer has met the owner of the Carlingford Marina at the location and are in communication regarding the provision of a fence”.

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raises airport concerns Lost baggage problems, knowing when to turn up to Dublin Airport and what passengers can do when flights were cancelled were raised by Dundalk TD Ruairí Ó Murchú when airport and airline chiefs came before the Oireachtas Transport Committee last week. Senior officials from Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and baggage handling firms were quizzed by the Sinn Féin deputy about issues affecting passengers as they try to get away for the summer. Lost baggage, and the length of time it is taking for handlers and airlines to get it back to passengers, was a main theme of the meeting, which lasted three hours. Deputy Ó Murchú said he had seen himself the ‘stacks of suit-

Ruairí O’Murchú. cases’ piled up at the airport. Darren Moloney, MD of Sky Handling Partners admitted there were hundreds of bags still waiting to get back to their owners, but a new ‘landside’ unit had been opened so passengers could come to the airport themselves to claim their baggage. Deputy Ó Murchú said that while he ac-

cepted some of the current lost luggage problems at Dublin Airport are being caused by issues at other airports, particularly in Britain and Holland, ‘people are being greatly impacted’. He said he noted a ‘large increase’ in the numbers of people who are not checking in luggage for flights but are taking them on board themselves.

Chief Operations Officer at Aer Lingus, Peter O’Neill, told Deputy Ó Murchú the airline currently has 1200 open lost luggage files. The Dundalk TD also asked about cancelled flights and how people are being accommodated when this happens. Mr O’Neill said efforts are made to book people onto the next available flight, but admitted that, with peak summer season, this can be ‘quite limited’. Deputy Ó Murchú received confirmation that there are no plans to limit access to Dublin Airport, unlike other airports around Europe this summer. He also secured an assurance from the Transport Committee that the issue of foreign driving licences that can be used on national roads in the State, but not at the airport, and which

is limiting the numbers of people who can apply for jobs as drivers and baggage handlers, will be looked at by the committee in the coming weeks. Deputy Ó Murchú asked about the current advice for people about when to turn up for flights from the airport. Lynne Embleton, CEO of Aer Lingus, said there are issues, particularly on morning flights, where passengers whose flights are leaving in minutes are behind those in the security queue whose flights are not departing for hours. Vincent Harrison from the DAA said the airport had a responsibility to give out ‘one size fits all’ advice to passengers and if airlines wanted to issue ‘bespoke advice’ to their customers, they could do that.

Family Friendly Beach Day in Templetown

Templetown Beach. An Taisce are hosting a Family Friendly beach day with fun activities for all ages open to all at Templetown beach on August 20th from 11am to 2pm. This event will also mark World Heritage Week and in particular Water Heritage day on August 20th. An Taisce’s Clean Coasts will be teaming up with Cooley Community Alert, and the Irish Coastguard based in Greenore, LCC lifeguards and the Local Authority Waters Programme will also attend. Engaging interactive activities will include displays from the coastguard and water safety

demonstrations alongside stands on topics like tides, marine biodiversity, water quality, marine litter, and people will be encouraged to participate in a short beach clean to finish with. You may be familiar with beach cleans, but why is the litter there, who dropped it? Why has it washed into that beach you know so well and love to walk on? What effect does it have – on us, on the local ecosystem? For a special family-friendly session, Clean Coasts officer Aidan Gray, will guide us through several topics like tides, marine litter identification, pollution and bio-

diversity. Not only can you take in the amazing scenery of the Cooley Peninsula on its Blue Flag Beach but perhaps even have a swim on the day. An Taisce has some fun activities planned for all ages and beach cleaning equipment will be available to help tidy and keep this beach at its amazing standards. The beach is a gently sloping, sandy, sheltered beach protected on each side by low-level rocky areas. Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets, slipway and seasonal lifeguards.

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Specsavers Dundalk Launch Dedicated Kids’ Zone


pecsavers have officially launched their Kids’ Zone in their Dundalk store in Eimear’s Court at Market Square. On a separate floor, the Kids’ Zone contains the latest in children’s testing equipment as well as a children’s exam room, pre-test room (including high-tech fundus camera) and a children’s dispensing area with an extensive range of frames for children and young adults. The Dundalk store has a team of dedicated experts on hand for your children’s eye care needs including Dr Colleen Howell and Ms Danielle Moran who both hold professional certifications in paediatric eye care, Colleen has also completed her doctorate in Childhood Myopia studies. Our Opticians are specially trained to test children’s eyes, by using shapes and pictures and with a team of three dis-

pensing opticians we will ensure your child gets the perfect glasses and a high standard of care. Specsavers recommend that parents take their children to have their first eye test at the age of three and continue with regular yearly check-ups. As much as 80% of learning is accomplished through our vision, yet one out of every four children have an undetected visual problems that may inhibit their progress in the classroom. Making regular eye test appointments is very important to ensure normal visual development. Specsavers Dundalk offers paediatric clinics/appointments every Wednesday with extra clinics throughout August. Our children’s sight test is €20. Children’s dispensing and collection appointments are available every day. We have an extensive range of chil-

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There was laughter, reminiscing, craic and even more laughter over four days in Fatima as residents celebrated the 70th anniversary of their estate. The hardworking committee ensured that there was plenty of fun throughout the weekend for all generations of the Fatima community with proceedings starting with a bang thanks to a procession on Friday evening led by The Carlingford Pipe Band and Castletown Belles. A very special remembrance mass followed which honoured all those who have passed away over the years while there was also a presentation made to the sixteen original residents who

1—Which continent is the only one that has land in all four hemispheres? 2—What is a Beaujolais? 3—Who is the Irish ladies senior soccer manager? 4—Which furry creatures lived on Wimbledon Common? 5—Which famous novel featured Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March? 6—The people of Fatima celebrated the 70th anniversary of the creation of their estate last weekend but which Dundalk estate celebrate their 75tth anniversary this year? 7—Strokestown, Boyle and French Park are in which county? 8—What are the four

have lived in Fatima since it was first built in 1952. According to Jock McArdle, one of the organisers of the event, the weekend went as well as everybody hoped it would. “It was brilliant and thankfully the whole event went off without anybody getting hurt or anything bad happening. People came out in force for all the events and they really seemed to enjoy themselves. We had a brilliant night out in the Clans Function room on Saturday evening where we had a two and a half hour video playing on a loop of footage from Fatima down through the years. We got it especially made using footage

taken by one of the residents down through the years. We had a big clean up in Fatima in 1987 and there was lots of footage of that and seeing all the old faces from back then brought an awful lot of memories back to a lot of people. “We’d like to thank everybody who helped out and who embraced the event and it shows once again what a great community we have down here. The rain came on Monday unfortunately but we still had a great evening with the gig on the rig and everybody was boogeying late into the night to end what was a fantastic weekend celebrating Fatima Castletown Belles being led by Carlingford Pipe Band at the Fatima 70th anniversary celebrations. community,” stated Jock.

Dundalk Lions Golf Classic 2022 Dundalk Lions Club President Pat Byrne was delighted with the response to the annual Golf Classic which took place last week in Dundalk Golf Club, Blackrock.

types of teeth? 9—In Japanese, what is the word for goodbye? 10—What animal was on the old pound coin which was introduced in Ireland on the 20th June 1990? The Stinker—Why is the name Dan Castellaneta famous in the world of TV?

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“Thank you to all the teams, sponsors and volunteers who made this year’s Golf Classic a success. Our thanks also to our main sponsor, Louth LEADER Partnership as well as our Prize Sponsor, Fyffes Ireland and our Raffle Sponsor Lallys Electrical. We also thank all the Dundalk Golf Club and the local print media for covering the event. The proceeds from this event will support our Local Christmas Food Appeal,” stated Pat.

Back row: Cllr Sean Kelly, Jock McArdle and Brian Keough. Sitting: Residents who have lived in Fatima since 1952.

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Victory for Eoin at the ‘Home of Golf’

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Eoin Murphy’s impressive season has finally yielded a trophy and it came at the home of golf when he won the Boyd Quaich Memorial Tournament at St Andrews. Representing Maynooth University where he is a Harrington Scholar, the Dundalk Golf Club player recovered from a disappointing opening round of 74 to post three rounds in the 60s and finished with a memorable birdie on the 18th hole of the Old Course where the Open had concluded barely two weeks previously. The tournament was played over the Old and New Courses at St Andrews and Murphy opened on the Old Course where a double bogey at the infamous Road Hole saw him sign for a two over par 74 that left him well down the field after the first round. Four birdies and just one bogey on the New

Eoin Murphy at St Andrews. Course in Round 2 saw him shoot a three under par 68 on day two and the following day on the same course he went one better with a four under par 68 that included six birdies in the first eight holes. It was back to the Old Course for the final round and after bogeying the third, Murphy responded with back to back birdies at the fifth and sixth to go out in

one under par. Another birdie followed at the tenth and although he dropped a shot at 13th he got it back at the next. After parring the next three holes he finished in style with a memorable birdie on the famous last hole at St Andrews. His final round of 69 left him level on eight under par for the tournament with Scotland’s Ben Fuller, who was representing the hosts

St Andrews University. But Murphy claimed the trophy on countback as his final round was two better than Fuller’s 71. “Any time you get to play at the Home of Golf at St Andrews is a good week and to birdie the last to win a tournament is a nice feeling,” said Murphy afterwards. “It was a bit unlucky for Ben playing with me to shoot the same score overall but lose on a

countback. It’s not a nice feeling but I knew I had him on the countback and hit two decent shots and holed the putt.” Murphy hadn’t won an elite tournament since taking the Munster Boys U16 Championship in 2016 but after finishing sixth at the North of Ireland and reaching the third round of the South of Ireland, he had travelled to Scotland full of confidence. “It probably is the greatest win. The U16 Munster Boys was the last time I won a proper golf tournament so, just because of where it is, it’s hard to top that. Not many people get to say they have won at St Andrews.” Murphy will now turn his attention to this weekend’s Leinster North Barton Shield Final when he will be trying to help Dundalk beat Castleknock and qualify for the All-Ireland Finals in September.

Women’s Aid expand their outreach clinics

Women’s Aid Dundalk have expanded their services across the county by launching three brand new outreach clinics in Ardee, Carlingford and Omeath. The clinic will open once every month in all three locations and there is no appointment required to attend. The outreach clinics were launched in May and upcoming clinics will take place on the following dates at the locations below: Ardee-Dee Hub on Monday 15th August, Monday 12th September and Monday 10th October between 10am and 12pm Omeath-The Dolmen Centre Monday 22nd August, Monday 19th September, Monday 17th October between 10am and 12pm. Carlingford-The Foy Centre Monday 29th August, Monday 26th September and Monday 24th October between 10am and 12pm

Anybody wanting to attend can just pop in to speak to a support worker on a 1-2-1 basis. According to Niamh Quinn from Women’s Aid Dundalk the outreach clinics were created to help make it easier for women who are outside of Dundalk and in need of help to get in touch with a support worker for a face to face meeting. “We began the outreach clinics in May as we wanted to make it easier for women outside town to come and see us. We have always had these clinics in our main premises on the Avenue Road but we would have often took

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ourselves out of the office and met with individual people from outside town. This is an extension of that and it is helpful for women who don’t want to be seen coming into town and going to our Avenue Road premises. We offer support, a sympathetic ear and we can put any victim of domestic support in touch with the relevant services to help them escape from what they are going through at home.” stated Niamh. Please call the Women’s Aid 24hour helpline if you would like more information0429333244 or send a message to Women’s Aid Dundalk via their facebook page.



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Back-to-School—Citizens Information Centre is here to help! As families are preparing for children returning to school, information about the supports that are available can be obtained at your local Citizens Information Centre. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a means-tested once-off payment aimed at helping families with the extra costs of clothing and footwear when children start school each autumn. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme is open from 1 June to 30 September each year. Through a matching process in the department, many

For anyone needing impartial, confidential, nonjudgemental and informed advice and support the Citizens Information Service is here to help. Funded by the Citizens Information Board, Dundalk and Drogheda CIC, are part of North Leinster Citizens Information Service, a regional service with two Citizens Information Centres located throughout the county of Louth. A growing number of customers require in-depth assistance and CIS plays an important role in providing advocacy with, or on behalf of, those people who need it from all walks of life.

customers will receive the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance payment automatically. Award letters issued to these customers in June. If you have not received an award letter for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance by the end of June, and you satisfy the qualifying conditions, you will need to make an application online at www. MyWelfare.ie, even if you automatically received the payment last year. The online application is open since 20 June. The closing date to apply for Back to School Clothing

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Louth Cross Country Cycling Championships NCBI stores need It has been a busy summer period for Dundalk’s Cuchulainn Cycling Club. On the mountain the club recently held the Louth Cross Country Championships, where underage phenom Conor Murphy was the outright winner, ahead of PJ Hynes in second and Jason Malone in 3rd. Unfortunately numbers meant there wasn’t a female winner crowned, however, Niamh McKiverigan was just over 3minutes behind the men’s bronze medal when she fin-

ished a very impressive 5th. The Bike Station League resumed after a brief hiatus and with 3 rounds remaining Tomas McCabe holds a very strong lead. Tomas won round 11 in a sprint finish and now tops the leaderboard with 11 points to spare over second placed Liam Dolan. Dolan did win round 12 at Ravensdale, however in the remaining rounds it is hard to see McCabe being toppled. The next big event on the club’s calendar is the Wom-

an’s Lap of Louth. This women’s only event was a huge success when first held in 2019, however it is only now returning after 2 years of the pandemic. The event being held on August 14th, starts and finishes at the DKIT Fitness Center and offers participants either a 55km loop or a more challenging 85km loop. Event director Jacqui Healy and her team are working hard to ensure an excellent Conor Murphy was the outright winner, ahead of PJ Hynes day out for all. in second and Jason Malone in 3rd.

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Family Notices in memoriam


CONLON Mattie 39th Anniversary In loving memory of our father Mattie Conlon, late of 18 Hughes Park, whose 39th Anniversary occurs 6th August. Time may pass and fade away, But silent thoughts and memories stay, No longer in our lives to share, But in our hearts you are always there. In the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, Sweet Jesus may he rest. —Always loved and missed by your loving family.

Novena To The Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). A.D. Novena To The Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart in memoriam of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). P.C. Novena To The Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I O’HARE asked you for many favours This Billy time, I ask for this special favour 1st Anniversary (mention it). Take it, dear Heart In loving memory of Billy, late of of Jesus and place it within your Cluan Enda, whose 1st Anniver- own broken heart, where your Fasary occurs 9th August. ther sees it. Then in his merciful Will those who think of Billy eyes, it will become your favour, today, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer A little prayer to Jesus say. for 3 days. Promise publication —Always remembered by your and favours will be granted. friend Imelda. XX. (Never known to fail). K.N.

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Over thirty young DSG athletes made the short trip to Bush on Saturday to compete in the Setanta Games. For many, it was their first time competing and there was plenty to celebrate as the athletes racked up a massive 57 medals between them and had great fun in the process. In the U8 Boys category, Cian Rafferty got off to a great start, securing Gold in the Sprint, followed closely by Jack Cunningham who took Silver on his debut, with fellow debutant Caden Kerrigan in 4th. It was a clean sweep for DSG in the distance run with Jack claiming Gold, Cian taking Silver and Tommy McCourt picking up Bronze. The Long Jump competition resulted in another 1-2-3 for the boys with Cian taking top spot, Tommy in 2nd and Jack in 3rd. Cian took his medal tally to four on the day when he picked up the Silver medal for the Turbo. Éabha Durnin put in very strong performances in the U9 Girl’s events and picked up the Bronze medal in the distance race. The U9 Boys were represented by Dylan McElarney and Aidan Rafferty who both competed very well and showed great potential, with Aidan taking 4th in the Turbo and 4th in the Sprint. Katelynn Woods continued her great form in the U10 Girls category, picking up three individual Gold medals for the

Sprint, the distance race and the Long Jump, as well as finishing 4th out of age in the Turbo. The distance race produced a third clean sweep for the club, with Freya Halpin taking Silver and Lucy Molloy claiming Bronze. Freya also secured Bronze for the Sprint. For the U11 Girls, Aimee Quinn took Bronze in the distance race. The Turbo event saw Aimee taking top spot, followed by Blathnaid Conlon in 2nd. Aimee then competed in the U11/U12 Long Jump contest, a year out of age and delivered a determined performance to take Bronze. In the Boys U11 Category, Calvin McCourt secured two Gold medals for the Sprint and the Turbo respectively. Competing out of age in the Long Jump, Calvin took the Silver Medal spot. Aaron Duffy picked up Silver in the distance race and narrowly missed out on a medal in the sprint. Anna Duffy dug deep to finish third in the U13 Girls distance race, while Ferdia McEvoy went home with the Silver medal for the Sprint in this age group. Aaron Mulligan continued his fine form, securing Gold in the U14 Boys Sprint. The U15 girls sprint was a very exciting race which saw Grace Reilly take Silver and Isolde McEvoy claim Bronze, with Doireann Conlon in a close 4th. Doireann secured Silver in

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the distance race and Bronze in the Long Jump, while Grace was on the podium for a second time to pick up Silver for the Shot Put. The older DSG Juvenile athletes swept the boards in the Sprint events. Maya Urbanska, Ciara Cunningham and Victoria Ovie all claimed Gold in the U16, U17 and U19 categories respectively. Victoria added Gold in the Shot Put and Silver in the Long Jump. Anthony Urbanski took Gold in the U16 Boys Shot Put.

The day culminated in a succession of thrilling relays across the various age groups, which brought many more medals across five DSG teams and great joy for many of the athletes. St Gerard’s thanks Louth Athletics and all of the organisers for a wonderful, fun-filled event. Even the little bit of rain did not get in the way of the usual bright smiles and camaraderie that this great club has enjoyed on so many days like these.

To mark the centenary of the famous Dundalk Jail breakout, Louth Sinn Féin, chaired by Cllr Edel Corrigan, held a vigil on the Ardee Road side of the Jail at 6.45pm on Wednesday 27th July. Main speaker Councillor Kevin Meenan welcomed relatives of some of those who took part in the daring escape and described it as “momentous.” “We had the biggest jail escape in Irish history right here in Dundalk by Republicans and talking to the relatives of those involved, the story would certainly rival anything Netflix could come up with.” Cllr Meenan referred to conversations he had with one descendant in particular who related how their family member had spent the night before the escape at Tipping Wood in Ravensdale unaware of the events that would be unfolding the next day.

“The following morning they were awoken by John McCoy who informed them that a jailbreak was about to take place. They were then moved to Angela McDonald’s farm which is now where Fitzpatrick’s restaurant is where they were fed and a priest was made available to them in the event they wish to make what could be a last confession. The reality probably sank in when Angela McDonald gave each of those present some holy water. They were then ordered to the Barrack Street/Quay Street area to ensure troops from the Barracks could not go to the aid of the prison authorities when the break occurred. “Residents in Barrack Street were told to remain indoors with their doors locked to ensure that there would be no cover for troops who would normally have ducked in and out of doorways if under attack.”

Cllr Meenan then read extracts from a book compiled by Donal Hall for Louth County Council which relates the story of the events leading up to and including the event. 105 prisoners escaped through a hole in the wall of the Jail led by Frank Aitken. Over half of the escapees were from the 4th Northern Division while most of the remainder were from Meath

and the Midlands. Cllr Meenan said “this is a decade of centenaries and Dundalk certainly played its part at that time. It is important that we remember these events and for the families of those involved to know how we appreciate that these events are what shaped our country today and the sacrifice of their families should not and will not be forgotten.”

Aaron Mulligan takes Gold in the U14 Boys Sprint.

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Update—Robbery at Lordship Credit Union A 31-year-old male was arrested last week on the 29th July 2022, at Dublin Airport following his extradition from the United Kingdom.

The male was detained overnight at a Dublin Garda Station. He is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin at

10.30am, today 30 July 2022 charged in connection with the Robbery at the Lordship Credit Union, Co Louth on the 25 January 2013.

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