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Thursday, 5st May, 2014. Vol. 7, Issue 23 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email:;

By Paul Byrne

LOUTH'S love affair with the Rose of Tralee contest will continue again this year after another hopeful from the Wee County was selected to compete in the finals in August. Carlingford girl, Ailís Hughes, will be representing Dubai in the prestigious finals after coming through the regional heats in Portlaoise over the weekend. Unfortunately, she won’t be joined on stage in Kerry by the Louth Rose, Ciara Soraghan, who just missed out on making it through after an intense battle for one of the 23 places on offer. However, she will be one of the many people from Louth heading to Tralee to

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Members of the Dundalk Special Olympics squad Dubai Rose, Ailís Hughes.

offer her support to Ailís, who was naturally thrilled to have been selected out of the 60 competing Roses. Continued on Page 11

By Paul Byrne Louth will be well represented at this year’s Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick with 11 athletes making the trip

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The community in Louth village have come out to support the devastated family of hit and run victim Keith Byrne by offering a substantial reward for information leading to a conviction. Keith had been walk-

ing home after a night out with friends when Gardai believe he was struck by a vehicle a short distance from his home in Carnalogue in Louth Village in the early hours of Sunday May 11. He was found by a passing motorist

but had suffered fatal injuries. Keith’s brother, John and sister Niamh Hoey appeared on Crimecall last week appealing for the driver to come forward or anyone with some information. In making the ap-

peal John Byrne described Keith as a great brother. “Myself and Keith worked together for eight or nine years. To think now that we’ll never get the chance to work together again it’s hard to accept. It’s

very hard to accept.” His sister Niamh also appealed for people to come forward. “Everytime we walk out our front door we can see where Keith was killed. We’re grieving Keith but somebody knows some-

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Investigations continue after discovery of suspect device Three men have appeared before the Special Criminal Court CCJ on May 28 last week as part of the ongoing investigations into dissident republican activities. It comes after five men were arrested at Kilcurry church by Special Detective Unit assisted by Gardaí from Crime & Security, During the course of the operation a suspect device was recovered and examined by a

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Defence Forces EOD team. Five men were arrested ranging in ages from mid 50s to early 70s. They were detained at Drogheda and Dundalk Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 30 Offences Against the State Act. The two other males have been released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The incident prompted concerns about the

danger that the device posed in the area. Minister for the Department of Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald said that: “While it would not be appropriate to comment in detail. What I will say is that there is a real and persistent threat posed by certain paramilitary groups on this island whose aim is a return to the misery and bloodshed of past decades,” In the dail last week she added “These people

have no support in the wider community. Their actions fly in the face of the peaceful wishes of the vast majority of people on this island who abhor these groups and their violence and criminality. With the full support of the Government, the Gardaí and their colleagues in Northern Ireland are working at one in the fight to disrupt and prosecute those who seek through violence to return us to a failed past.”

By Niamh Kirk

this is only one of many problems the young people face and the community plan to take the fight further. The aim is to have an acceptable route to school in place by the time the next terms commences in September. Having recently formed the Omeath Community Safety Action Group with other community group representatives, the plan is now to campaign for better safety facilities in their area. The group

are meeting with Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick this week to establish what can be done.

Fight continues for school safety measures THE parents of school children in Omeath are continuing the fight for safe passage to school for their children. Teachers and parents in the community recently came together to protest about the unsafe pathway that children are forced to use to access the school. While the local authorities have confirmed that some drainage works will take place over the summer,

thing, someone has to know something. And to them people think of your own mother and father, your brothers and sisters, or your nieces and nephews and how they’d feel if that was their family. You know, come forward, explain what happened that night. It’ll help us maybe come to terms with what happened

Keith,” she said. Gardai are hoping to speak to witnesses or anyone who travelled on the Carnalogue Road between 4.15am and 4.45am on May 11. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Ardee Garda Station on 041 6853222 or Garda confidential hotline on 180666111.

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Brendan McCoy heading to Africa with Plan Ireland A group of Irish firemen have embarked on an epic journey from Ireland to West Africa as they bring a fire engine, an ambulance and a fire tender to Niger as part of Plan Ireland’s Fire Engine to Niger Project. Joining Dundalk fireman Brendan McCoy and Drogheda fire station officer Peter Leahy are Derek McGuinness from Dublin Fire Brigade and Darren Geary and Stephen Mullan from Monaghan Fire and Rescue. The team left on June 1 for the 14-day trip with the three vehicles are being shipped to the Port of Cotonou in Benin, West Africa. The volunteers will collect them from the port and take them on an arduous bone-jarring four-day journey across Benin to Niger. The vehicles will

The team who are going to West Africa (from left to right) Derek McGuinness, Stephen Mullan, Brendan McCoy, Darren Geery, Peter Leahy and Ian Watters.

be delivered to the city of Zinder and the team will train the fire-fighters there. The project first began in 2010 when Irish fire-fighters heard of the grossly under resourced fire services in the region and they decided to do something to help. One of the founders of the project, Brendan McCoy, explained that that when he was Chair-

man for the Retained Fire Service of Ireland he met personnel from Plan Ireland who had just returned from the city of Zinder in Niger. They told him about the non-existent fire and rescue service there and asked if he could help with its development. “After this meeting I was hooked. I made a promise to assist and the project started from

there. A two- year-old fire engine was donated from Dublin Fire Brigade and the hard task of collecting money to send it and a team to Africa began. Since the project started we have delivered four fire engines, one ambulance and two emergency tenders,” he explained. The three vehicles being shipped over are a fire engine donated by

Student was fully aware of need to have insurance

A student who was described as having no excuse for driving without insurance was fined a total of €650 at Dundalk District Court. Kangoi Ren with an address at 31 Hazelwood Ave, Bay Estate, Dundalk, pleaded guilty to a number of charges arising out of an incident on April 23, 2013, when he collided with a cyclist at a junction on Hoey’s Lane. The court heard that after the incident Mr Ren asked the cyclist if he was ok, said sorry and then drove on. He

Green Flag For St Malachy’s St Malachy’s GNS received their second Green Flag from An Taisce. The award ceremony was on in the Helix, Dublin on Wednesday, 21st May. This green flag was for energy and the flag raising ceremony will be at the end of June for all the school. In the photo is principal Bríd Galligan, Green School Committee members, Aoife Gorham and Rachel McArdle and Green School co-ordinator Michelle Martin.

was subsequently spoken to by Gardai in relation to the incident. Solicitor, Paula Tiernan, stated that her client had very poor English and didn’t realise he had to report the incident. He admitted having no insurance and having a Chinese licence which was not valid here. She added that the student had €500 compensation for the injured party. Judge William Hamill then heard that the defendant had previously been stopped by

Gardai on August 30, 2012 and as a result had been disqualified for two years on a no insurance charge when he appeared in court after this second matter. “So a year later he still has no insurance so there is no question that he didn’t know he needed insurance. He ignores all that and goes out and drives”, noted the judge who imposed a €500 fine and four year disqualification in relation to the no insurance, and €150 fine for failing to remain at the scene.

County Limerick, an emergency road based tender donated by Louth Fire and Rescue and an ambulance donated by the company Navartis in Cork. Cork County Fire and Rescue donated 30 sets of road traffic extraction equipment (called ‘jaws of life’). Brendan McCoy added, “Zinder was chosen because this was the area described to me at the first meeting with Plan Ireland. The officials of the region of Zinder also embraced our project and worked tirelessly assisting us in developing a fire and rescue service within their region. The region of Niamey will also be visited on this trip and instruction delivered to personnel there with a view to hopefully developing that area.”


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Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter is coming back to Ardee as he will be appearing in the Parish Centre on June 19 with doors opening at 7.30pm. Also performing are Philomena Begley and Rose McConnon. Tickets are €25 and available from, Ardee Parish Centre; Finlays, Irish St; CD World Drogheda, 041 9833879, also on line CD World Drogheda; Bits & Bobs Carrickmacross, News & Deli, Park St., Dundalk, or call 0872821715

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Combined efforts continue to help tackle smuggling By Niamh Kirk

Gardai and Revenue officers are involved in joint operations, and working in conjunction with their Northern counterparts in a continuing effort to tackle the illegal diesel and smuggling in North Louth. The combined efforts are paying off as recently discoveries were made in relation to a mobile oil laundry operation, while cigarettes and cash were also seized. Last week as a result of ongoing, joint, intelligence-led investigation with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), officers from Revenue’s Customs Service backed up by An Garda Síochána seized approximately 581,000 smuggled cigarettes in North Louth. The cigarettes have an estimated retail value of €278,880 and potential loss to the exchequer of €234,400.

A further 26,000 litres of mineral oil were seized for suspected licensing offences and approximately €60,000 of cash was seized under the proceeds of crime legislation. Two vehicles were also seized as part of the investigations. A series of premises on the border in both Louth and Armagh were searched under warrant. Three premises in the Ballybinaby and the Castleroche area of North Louth were searched by officers from Revenue’s Customs Service. The joint operations were assisted by the tobacco and cash detection dogs. Searches carried out by HMRC in the South Armagh area resulted in the seizure of documents, computers and telephones. These seizures are part of Revenue & HMRC’s on-going investigations into the organised crime gangs involved in cross border

smuggling and the evasion of excise duties. Customs say that investigations are continuing in both jurisdictions, and internationally. As well as uncovering smuggled cigarettes, an investigations into the increased presence of dissident republicans and the rise in paramilitary activity uncovered a mobile oil laundry in Kilcurry. In this separate operation the mobile oil laundering unit was seized by Gardai investigating recent paramilitary activity in the area. The laundering equipment, concealed in a cow trailer, included a filtration system, pump and a bleaching agent mixing container which is transported by the trailer to different sites to carry out oil laundering activity. This unit was capable of processing 20,000 litres per operation. Investigations are on-going.

Mary-Ann McGlynn (Left), CEO Louth Leader Partnership, Paul Branagan, Enterprise Officer and Frank O’Brien (Right), Chairman with Eleanor Wogan, Work-Wise, Colin Berrill and Lloyd Fay, Phone Station and Bronagh Gorman, Bronagh Gorman Millinery who were Enterprise Award winners pictured at a presentation ceremony held in Partnership Court, Dundalk

COLÁISTE CHÚ CHULAINN Dundalk’s New 1,000 Place Post-primary School Commencing September 2014 A new school under LMETB                              

•  Learner centred •  Innovative approaches to teaching and learning •  Co-educational and multi-denominational •  Inclusive and democratically managed •  Bright, modern, attractive learning spaces •  Broad and balanced curriculum •  Dynamic school/parent partnerships •  Excellent spurting and community facilities •  E-mature school, harnessing the potential of ICT •  Rich range of extra-curricular activities Construction of Coláiste Chú Chulainn will commence on an extensive site at the Marshes in Dundalk this Summer.

Applications are now invited from students entering first year in September 2015 Application forms and admissions policy available from: Coláiste Chú Chulainn, Chapel St., Dundalk, Co. Louth Tel: 042 933 4047 web: Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: Friday 17th October, 2014

Final preparations for Agri Show The final preparations for the Co Louth Agricultural Show are being made ahead of the family day out at Bellurgan Park on Sunday June 15. Once again a great attendance is expected and the Dundalk Show Society Ltd is looking forward to welcoming everyone to the show where there will be a packed programme of events for all. The Cooley Mountains as the background to the beautiful setting which is Bellurgan Park provides a very scenic backdrop to the show. The mission statement of the Co. Louth Agricultural Show is “to be a shop window for what is produced locally, defining the process from farm to fork, highlighting agricultural practice and adherence to quality production”. Entries are now being sought for the 2014

show with classs held for, Cattle, Sheep, Horses and Ponies, Alpacas, Dogs, Arts, Crafts, Horticulture, Home Industries, Photography, Baking and Flower Arranging. There are also classes for children and those with special needs. Winning a rosette at the show adds value to an exhibit and winning a cup is the icing on the cake for many. The highlight for many is the Parade of Interbreed Champions in the Cattle section with the winner taking home the Quinn Cup and prize money There are some new additions to the show. In the Poultry section, classes for Pigeons have been introduced. In the Sheep section, the Co. Louth Agricultural Show will host the North East Texel Championship. Alpacas proved to be very popular last year and are back again this year.

Qualifying events play a big part in the Co. Louth Agricultural Show. Exhibitors get the chance to enter specific classes which enable them to go further and represent the Show at All Ireland Finals held at other shows nationwide. Dundalk Show Society Ltd and Newry Agricultural Society joined together at the turn of the millennium under the Community Initiative to help further relationships between North and South and work jointly to enhance both shows. Other competitions will be held on the day such as the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Teenager, Best Dressed Gent, Most Glamorous Granny and Bonny Baby competitions. There will be numerous Trade Stands and attractions to suit the very young family members

include the Children’s Petting Farm and Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Other Show highlights include music from the Booze Brothers, Dog Agility Tests, live broadcasting from Dundalk FM, Tug O War, Sheep Shearing and Sheaf Tossing. All traffic will enter the Show grounds from the Deerpark Road while the main entrance to Bellurgan Park will be reserved for emergency vehicles only. If you have any queries or require application forms, please do not hesitate to contact Dundalk Show Society Ltd at 087-9594247, or the Show Office based in the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce at 042-9421200. Entries close on Saturday June 7. Home Industry exhibits must be brought to Bellurgan Park on Saturday June 14 between 9am and Noon for judging.

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Talented fashion student is hoping to make his mark

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The final will take place this September on TV3’s Xpose, offering all the finalists a wonderful platform to showcase their talent. Having spent time in London on an internship, the 22-year-old is hoping to further his studies in the English capital and also gain experience in the industry. He was naturally delighted to have been selected as one of the 14 finalists. “Following my graduation in September 2014 I plan on working in Ireland and saving towards moving to London. I would like to gain industry experience there, designing commercially for a large commercial company while saving for a Masters, which I would ideally undertake at the Royal College of Art in London”, he explained. The theme of this year’s competition is a Persil Play Date. The brief to students was to design and make an outfit, suitable for a fun

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day at the park being mindful that growing up is a messy business. The designs needed to be casual, machine washable and durable.

Hundreds of aspiring designers, from Ireland’s leading art and design colleges, submitted portfolios in January.

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Young gardeners are out in force

Young Gardeners and their mentors.

By Niamh Kirk

The young gardeners of Blackrock were out in force with their mums and gardening mentors to celebrate the official launch of their own sally garden. A children’s herb garden is part of the Eco-Tribes: Biodiversity Challenge that was developed by Louth County Council to

encourage environmental social activism in the area. The Sally Garden is at the heart of the Biodiversity garden in Blackrock which is run by the local branch of Tidy Towns and local children. Complete with hand woven willow tree installations contains the selection of herbs. The children are encouraged

to take ownership of the gardens care for the herbs including mint, chives and fennel as well as using them in sustainable way.

A taste of fruits of their labour was there for everyone to try with fresh snacks and drinks made from the herbs from the budding garden.

Challenging end to Transition Year By Evin Quigley TransitionYear students from De La Salle College rounded off an eventful term on a challenging note when they took to the Cooley Mountains for a trek. The 32 students and two teachers arrived in Ravensdale for 9.30pm and with the bus not returning for collection until 3pm, the

boys knew they were in for a busy day on the hills. After a couple of breaks for refreshments, the group reached their appointed destination. Some then proceeded to take on the highest point taking in views of the Isle of Man and Sugar Loaf in Wicklow. The efforts were rewarded with a very welcome barbecue back at base.

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A student’s perspective on Transition Year


in the Cooley Mountains which was something that was really good fun and it just showed how close a group we are and close we have become over the past year, which is one of the other reasons why I enjoyed the year so much. Now this is something you can only see in a big event or gathering; for instance we had our Transition Year Graduation Night last Thursday and it was mentioned to me by a friend’s parent, that we all “seemed like a very close-knit bunch” and to be honest I think she was right. Before the presentations started we were all gathered together, just talking to each other, shooting the breeze, etc.

And when I went back to sit with my mother as the presentations were about to begin and she kept asking me questions like “Who’s that boy?” and “How come you never mentioned him before?” But I wasn’t going to say things like “He’s just from my class”, no, I would introduce them as my friends, but we wouldn’t really think about it. We wouldn’t think of ourselves as our classes from the junior cycle anymore, we would all be equal, every one of us. And this is a great thing, because some people might have very contrasting interests, but we were all able to come together and bond over all the projects that we did

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De La Salle student, Evin Quigley, gives his views on his experience of Transition Year

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Weekly Quiz

1 Cartoons & Comics In the Superman stories, Clark Kent works as a reporter for what newspaper? 2 Local Union St and Albert Place are side streets off what Dundalk thoroughfare? 3 Sport What club does Robbie Keane play for in the MLS American soccer league? 4 Communication What does the CB stand for in CB radio? 5 Pot Luck In a pharmacy, what is an OTC drug? 6 The Olympics In what city will the 2016 Olympics be held? 7 American History At what siege of 1836 did Davy Crockett die? 8 Money Before joining the euro, which country had the

Guilder as its unit of currency? 9 Literature Which Irish writer claimed to have been an alcoholic at the age of eight? 10 Inventors What great inventor issued the words ‘Mr Watson, come her, I want you’? The Stinker Midge Ure, writer of ‘Do They Know its Christmas’, appeared in the Adelphi Ballroom in the late 1970s, playing with what band?

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Karate students return wth medals DUNDALK Karate travelled to compete in the Zanshin Midlands Karate Kata Tournament recently which was held in the Downs GAA Centre in Mullingar, and not only did they manage to impress all around them, but were triumphant in each and every category that they entered into. Following a successful International Karate Competition in Dublin at the Annual Budo Nord International Championships where Elizabeth Marcus came home with a Bronze in her Kata (form) Category, she went one better with a Gold in her Individual Kata Category in Mullingar. Not leaving all the fun

Dundalk Karate members who had a successful tournament

to the Junior Members of Dundalk Karate, Senior Member, Denise Moran not only came home with a Bronze in her Individual Kata Category, but Denise and her daughter Katie, were victorious in

the Parent and Child Kata Category and came home with Gold. Fellow member Chloe Joyce, showed that she is also training hard and also came away with a Bronze for her Individual

Kata Category. Christopher Joyce, Katie McNamara and Liam Hoey who were entered into the Under 10s Kata Category which was a huge category with clubs travelling from all over Ire-

land to compete were challenged at every corner and impressed everyone watching and received high praise from watching Senseis. Head of Dundalk Karate, Mary Marcus said “They were all under pressure but took to the tatami matts like pros and even though they didn’t manage to take home a medal to add to Dundalk Karate’s increasing medal haul, they not only impressed me on how they can perform under immense pressure, but a number of other Sensei’s commented on how much they had improved since they saw them at an earlier competition in April.”

Crashed jeep after leaving party A man who left a party in a jeep belonging to the mother of his friend crashed into a building before leaving the scene of the accident. John Finnegan of 59 Oldbridge, Toberona, caused €6,760 worth of damage to the jeep and considerable damage to the medical centre in Blackrock during the incident on Tuesday February 18

this year. Dundalk District Court heard that on that date Gardai were called to the scene of the accident in Blackrock where a vehicle had crashed into a barrier and left. When they established the owner of the vehicle it emerged that the defendant and the owner’s son had been at a house party when the defendant was given

the keys of the jeep to leave people home. Mr Finnegan made a full admission to Gardai and pleaded guilty to having no licence, no insurance and failing to give appropriate information. No compensation was paid. Mr Finnegan’s solicitor stated that his client had a bad history of addiction to drink and drugs, but had made ef-

forts to deal with these issues. He had relapsed at the time of this incident but had since returned to Victory Outreach. Mr Finnegan handed a letter into the court outlining his desire to be given an opportunity to deal with his problems and Judge William Hamill adjourned the case to August 28 for Probation and Community Service reports.


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Clothes swap for charity

A great opportunity for the fashionably frustrated is taking place this June 15 in the Crowne Plaza to help raise funds for the Neo Natal unit in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

A fashion swap, Gok Won style, is taking place complete with makeovers, raffles, spot prizes and more. Bring smart casual or occasional wear, which is clean and pressed. Registration takes place in the Marshes Shopping Centre from Thursday June 12 from 5pm to 8pm, Friday June 13, from 4pm to 8pm and June 14 from Noon to 5pm. It costs €20 to register and every penny raised through registration goes towards buying the equipment.

The swap is simple, you leave in up to five items and when you arrive on the day you get a ticket for as many items as you gave in.

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Emmanuel Adegboyega, Jesse Nwa bueze, Mayowa Animasahun and Benas Lukosevicius won prizes U10s Emerging Talent at the Glenmuir UTD FC Awards Night at the Lisdoo on Sunday night .

David and Kyle Rafferty with Dundalk FC Manager, Stephen Kenny.

Ryan McEneaney and Daniel Brogan.

Keenan. Sarah Myles with Nicole and Abbie

Dillon Simpson, Lamar Okonkwo and Shane Flynn won awards in the U10s category.

Odhran Woods, Gary Conway and Pearse McMahon.

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Action from last year’s raft race

Blackrock Tidy Towns are finalising their preparations for this year’s Raft Race & Family Fun Day which takes place on Sunday June 15. A full programme of events has been planned including a treasure hunt, a sandcastle competition, a recital at the Sundial by Dundalk Brass Band, a schools talent competition, and of course the raft race itself. The new Coastguard helicopter will also make an appearance

unless it is called to deal with an emergency, and Dundalk Cricket Club will again entertain with their “Cricket on the Beach”. The Admiral for this year will be Larry Tuite who captained “The Black Pig” which won the raft race each year from 1996 to 2004. Harry Lee will be the compere for the afternoon once more, and Kate Smyth will be commentator for the raft race. At the recent launch chair-

man John Horan thanked all the sponsors and the bodies who provided grants. Thus far 27 rafts had registered to take part, representing businesses and organisations from the village and further afield. Last year’s winners, the Dundalk Mens Shed team, are not participating this year, so the race is wide open. In conjunction with the raft race the Tidy Towns are running a bumper raffle.

Ailís books her place in Rose of Tralee finals “I can’t believe I’ve made it to the Rose of Tralee finals and I intend to enjoy every minute of it” promised Ailís. “I’ve been teaching in Dubai for just over a year now having spent three years working in London. I got involved with the Rose of Tralee through the Irish society over here and I’m delighted I went for it. I’ll have a big crew from Carlingford and South Armagh coming down to Tralee to support me and I know we’ll all have a great time down there”, she added. “I am a travel addict so Dubai is the perfect base for this, and I have travelled to most continents with the hope of seeing more in the next few years. My utmost favourite thing in life is laughing and I’m sure there will be plenty of that going on in Tralee”, concluded Ailís. Despite missing out, Ciara Soraghan, was also thrilled to have experienced being part of the Rose of Tralee

Ailís Hughes

competition. Ciara from Haggardstown was crowned Louth Rose last month and headed to Portlaoise last weekend as she competed with 59 other Roses for one of the 23 final places on offer. Despite impressing the judges with a fantastic version of ‘Use Somebody’ by Kings of Leon Ciara narrowly missed out on making it through to the televised stages of the popular event.

Ciara Soraghan

Ciara and her travelling army of supporters made their way to Portlaoise last weekend and according to the newly crowned Louth Rose it was a weekend to remember for everybody. “We had a fantastic weekend in Portlaoise and we all really enjoyed ourselves on what was a brilliant weekend. I was first up in qualifying and although it was a nervewracking experience I enjoyed it and it was great to get talking to

Daithí O Sé. I sang a piano-led version of Use Somebody by the Kings of Leon and although I didn’t qualify for the finals I’m delighted to have been a part in the whole thing”, explained Ciara. “All the girls were great down there and it must have been very tough for the judges to pick just 23 out of 60 Roses as they were all fantastic. I’m going down to Tralee in August to cheer on Ailís”, she said.


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Yarn’s and Rhymes from Paddy and Angela McGinn

Paddy and Angela McGinn, long time residents in Dundalk and notable contributors to the Sunday Miscellany, have released a new book. Padraig was in Dundalk last week to promote the ‘random and risqué’ compilation book. “All the stories are true, and some actually happened,” said Padraig of the stories in the book which range from recalling two Dundalk men having an ‘I’m more Dundalk than you’ dispute, to the perils of Dundalk dating in the 50s. Padriag and Angela’s acute and detailed memory, elegant way with words and jovial sense of humour make the ‘Yarns’ more a vibrant and entertaining social history of the area down through the years. The McGinns lived in Dundalk for more than 30 years, Padraig having worked in the ESB and travelled the North East thoroughly with the ‘Rural Electrification Scheme.’ Later he became a teacher in the Ar-

Padrig McGinn.

dee Community School before moving to the west to take up the role as principal in a secondary school in Carrickon-Shannon. He was straight laced teacher, “strict but fair,” he said. Pat and his wife Angela moved on from Dundalk but with family still in the area they are regular visitors. Padraig was accompanied by his daughter Mary who said she was very surprised to discover the somewhat cheeky side to their parents when she grew up. His knowledge of Louth and the individual

characteristics of the locality as well as being peppered with the local lingo makes Yarns and Rhymes is a playful look back showing how much and how little some things have changed. Some of Dundalk’s best known but since passed characters are brought back to life in the tongue in cheek stories of nights in, nights out, disastrous doctors and much more. Many local families are sure to find some scandal and craic from their forbearers. Padraig’s witty poetry and animated short stories were performed regularly in RTE’s Sunday Miscellany but he says he was always reluctant to get up on stage himself. But his and Angela’s sense of humour and warmth come through on the page making Yarns and Rhymes a must read for lovers of local history. The book Yarns and Rhymes is available in Conor Hughes Blackrock, The Louth County Library and Carrolls Bookshop on Park St.

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Dance championships bring tourism boost to Dundalk

Dancers pictured at the launch of the Ulster Dancing Championships

Dundalk is set for a major tourism boost with the news that the town will host the Ulster Dancing Championship (Oireachtas Rince Uladh 2014) after a 25 year absence. This is a great boost for the region as together with the obvious social and cultural benefits such an event brings to Dundalk, there are of course the economic benefits, with over 5,000 visitors expected over both June and November weekends. Sean Farrell, Dundalk Tourism Chairperson, is delighted

to welcome back the event which he believes is an excellent opportunity for Dundalk to showcase the best the town has to offer. “Dundalk Tourism Committee under the auspices of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce have given a commitment to fully support The Ulster Dancing Championships 2014 so as to ensure it is a renowned success. “On behalf of The Dundalk Tourism Committee, Sean wished to take the opportunity to offer his gratitude to Sinéad

Roche (Dundalk BIDs and Tourist Office) who worked tirelessly with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha and who was pivotal in securing Dundalk as the host town for the championships”, he stated. Meanwhile, Dundalk Tourism Officer, Sinead Roche, also welcomed the announcement. “Hosting the 2014 Ulster Dance Championships is another amazing opportunity for Dundalk to step up to the mark and show the country what we are made of. It is 25 years since

we last had this opportunity and we would ask the entire tourism, hospitality and retail industry come together as we did for the Giro to welcome the competitors to town. “A community approach works and it encourages event organisers to choose Dundalk as an event or conference destination. It is not a coincidence that significant opportunities are coming our way, it is as a result of the ‘can do’ attitude that local people and the local business community have”, she added.

Glenmuir FC Awards Nights

Eilis Lynch, Elizabeth Sheils, Ann Finn , Una Breen, Orla Kilgallen and Niam h McStravick.

Toni Olowookere, Stephen Kenny, Naoise Waring and Teleola Olowookere

Peter and Brian Nicholson

Lorraine and Kenneth McEneaney with

Ryan and Eabha

Barry Kehoe won the U11 Clubman of the Year award

Liam Lynch won U16 Player of the Year

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Dundalk Chamber making a real difference to local economy

Dundalk Chamber hosted businesses to think pink and get to lobby for this. The Chamber Tourism Confertheir AGM last week at which their business ready for the Giro president, Paddy Matthews, re- D’Italia. The chamber was de- ence in April was a huge success flected on a successful year that lighted with the huge response and it is now an annual event saw over 50 events organised in from shops and local businesses with high profile speakers and and the town really got in to the over 250 delegates from all over 2013. One of the highlights of a col- spirit of the Giro D’Italia making Ireland. Paddy also mentioned the ourful and record-breaking year everyone proud. Paddy Matthews mentioned Chambers new Tourism Steering for the chamber was Dundalk turning red for the Santa Run and that although the town has been Group led by Sean Farrell and it thus breaking the Guinness Book hit hard by the recession it is is helping to make a difference of World Records when over fighting back and that there is an but we need more stakeholders to uptake in house prices and dis- engage. He reminded those in at6000 lined up to take part. Natasha Byrne, Aoife Byrne, Muna Okola, Siobhan McKenna, Sonia Okereke, Shauna Armstrong St Louis DunThe meeting also reflected on posable income is rising. The tendance that Dundalk Chamber dalk the fact that the chamber was very president pointed out that the was a major player in securing involved with the St Patricks Day chamber will grab any opportu- an overdue relaxation of the draParade as they were one of the nity it can to promote Dundalk conian finance limits with regard main organisers attracting over and Dundalk business. He re- to public tendering and Paddy 20,000 people in to the town for cently met Louth Co. Council in Malone PRO of Dundalk ChamStudents from Louth were Thought from St Louis ComBrian Motherway, CEO of the day and over 50 entries. order to reduce the rates burden ber has made a huge contribution to the forefront in a competition munity School, Dundalk for the SEAI said: “These students are They also encouraged local on business and we will continue to this. designed to come up with ideas imagination and passion they making a big difference in their to save energy. showed throughout the compe- schools and communities by A number of innovative local tition which was showcased on helping to raise awareness of young people were finalists in Friday May 16, in the Mansion energy and climate change isSEAI’s Nationwide Competition House, Dublin. sues in clever and imaginative A father of four on the Avenue Road on at 2.30am and when 34-year-old client, who for One Good Idea. Competitors must use all their ways. It’s thanks to the enthu- was sentenced to two March 29, 2010. searched he was found is currently serving four The competition aims to in- creativity and ingenuity in de- siasm and drive of the teachers consecutive 11-month On December 8, to have a screwdriver, years in jail, lives with spire people to use less energy signing campaigns based around involved that so many students prison sentences after 2012, the defendant gloves and pliers. his partner and four in their daily lives. The judges their one good idea for energy from schools around the country pleading guilty to a took a 32” television Mr Kavanagh also children ranging in ages commended team Food for saving. have joined in”. number of offences at and 24 cans of beer admitted stealing a from 18 months to 15, Dundalk District Court. from Tesco in the Long Garda stamp from Dun- while they are expectAmong the offences Walk Shopping Centre dalk Garda Station on ing their fifth. committed by Gavin valued at €303. June 5, 2013. He was He added that Mr Kavanagh of 8 Drive On April 24 the fol- observed on CCTV tak- Kavanagh had made atTHE Post Polio Support Group is premises please will you consider services like physiotherapy 2, Muirhevnamor, lowing year the de- ing the stamp from the tempts to get clean from appealing to the public business- donating them to the Post Polio occupational therapy and to Dundalk, was a total of fendant was discov- hatch and it was later his addictions and that like pubs, takeaways, hotels, Appeal. provide mobility aids such as €13,600 criminal dam- ered on the premises recovered. he was unable to pay shops etc. If you have any little The funds raised in this appeal wheelchairs custom made shoes age to a cash machine of St Joseph’s National The defence so- compensation as he had cents 1, 2 or 5 lying around your help the group fund the essential etc. at Maxol Filling Station School, Muirhevnamor, licitor stated that his recently lost his job.

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Role of volunteers is underlined There were over 100 representatives from various community groups and organisations from all over Louth at the last Community and Voluntary Forum Conference which took place on May 15 in the Boyne Valley Hotel. The theme of the Conference was “Our Community, Our Voice” the importance of this theme was backed up by John Lonergan, Louth County Council Cathaoirleach Declan Breathnach and the Forum’s chairperson Kevin Moran especially at a time where there are a lot of changes currently going on in the community sector and local government. To facilitate people’s voices being heard there were a number of discussion tables covering a wide number of issues which before the conference was submitted to the Forum from commu-

The Community and Voluntary Forum proved to be a great success

nity groups, these topics ranged from Youth Issues to attracting a new type of Volunteer. Anthony McArdle who was the MC for the event reinforced the idea that it is the volunteers who are at the core of the community and that they should not be forgotten about for all the great work and their commitment to organisations as he said “The work of the volunteer is vital in our community, it should not be underestimated or

taken for granted”. The chairperson of the Community and Voluntary Forum talked about all the achievements the forum had over the course of the year such as providing members with social media training to help them raise the profile of their community groups. He hoped the good work will continue in the future with the new structures coming onboard in the Community and Voluntary sector.

“The Louth Community and Voluntary Forum has had a busy year providing training for members and improving opportunities to connect the voice of the community with decision makers. We will ensure that the voice of the community is at the heart of future developments in Louth”, stated Mr Moran. The conference report will be available in the coming weeks on www. louthcommunityforum. ie.

Jamie’s CD provides funds for charity By Paul Byrne

Three charities are currently benefiting from the generosity of Stonetown teenager Jamie Malone who has released his very first CD which he has called ‘Footprints’. The first year Inver College student launched his CD last November and has sold 124 copies to date raising an impressive €1200 for charity. All proceeds from the eight track CD have been divided equally between Cara Cancer Support Centre, Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin as well as SOSAD. Talented 13-year-old Jamie has been playing guitar since he was eight years old and according to his mother Martina he was inspired to record a CD after suffering three heartbreaking family

Jamie Malone presenting a cheque to SOSAD

losses over the past couple of years. “Jamie absolutely loves music and he wanted to record a CD for charities close to our heart following the recent deaths of his Grandad to cancer, his aunty to suicide and his brother who died when just ten years old”, explained Martina. “Jamie was determined to do something

to remember them all by and he decided to release a CD of some of his favourite songs. We found a recording studio in Killanny last summer where he recorded an eight track CD with songs by Coldplay, Oasis and Bruce Springsteen. The CD is called ;’Footprints’ and is available for €10 with all proceeds divided between the three chosen

charities. “Myself and Jamie’s dad Raymond are extremely proud of Jamie and we think it’s a huge achievement for a young fellow. We’d also like to thank Jamie’s guitar teacher Paul Finn from The Flaws”, added Martina . Last week Jamie presented a cheque for €415 to Denise in SOSAD Carrickmacross.

Netwell volunteer opportunities in Dundalk In Dundalk, almost 60 people of all ages invest their time, talents and energy to make a positive contribution to their community by volunteering with the Netwell Centre to support positive ageing for older people. Ann Marron from the Netwell Centre is calling on people to give their time to make a difference to others. “We match our volunteers with an older person living in their local area to provide social home visits. Visits

then continue weekly on a one-to-one basis in the older person’s home. Most visits last for an hour and usually involve nothing more than a cup of tea and chat with the older friend. “Firm friendships are forged between the volunteers and the older people, with many volunteers visiting the same person for many years. Some volunteers also give their time and talents to support day trips for older people across County Louth

and our weekly social groups for older people in Dundalk. “This simple gift, of time and company, makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation”, explained Ann. If you are interested in volunteering with the Netwell Centre on the social home visiting progamme or with Netwell older people’s social groups, please contact: Ann Marron at 9370360 or Pat Tel: 087 9370361.

Death Notices Patrick Heuston Ballinamara, Riverstown, Dundalk, peacefully in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on Monday June 2. Deeply and sincerely regretted by his sister Rosaleen, brother Richard, good friends Darren, Mary and Anthony Keenan, Mary and Peter Sheelan, carers Mary and Briege, relatives and friends. Sr Maurice O’Loughlin Mount Oliver Convent, Dundalk, peacefully at St Francis Nursing Home, Mount Oliver, Dundalk on Monday June 2. Sr Maurice will be sadly missed and remembered with love by The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Africa and her family, relatives and friends. Nicola Scott (née Glennane), Malahide/Dundalk, peacefully in Beaumont Hospital surrounded by her loving family on Sunday June 1. Nicola will be very sadly missed by her loving husband John, daughter Sarah, son Conor, parents Dominick and Una Glennane, brother David, sisters Karen (Callanan), Ciara (Molloy), mother-in-law Ann, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Kevin Woods Park Gardens Dublin and formerly of Dunmahon, on Sunday June 1. Deeply and sincerely regretted by his wife Monica, children Stephen, Yasmin, Connor and Hannah, mother Bríd, father Tom, brothers David and Brian, uncles, aunts, relatives and friends. Dermot Baldwin Doolargy Ave, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on Friday May 30. Dermot beloved son of Tom and Marie (nee) Maguire, Very deeply regretted by his loving family Mum and Dad, daughter Debroah, grand- daughter, brothers Don and Paul, sisters Linda and Veronica, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family relatives, neighbours and friends. Freda (Gran) Killian (née McElroy), Mount Anville Park and formerly of Dundalk, suddenly on Friday May 30. Beloved wife and best friend of Jarlath. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sons

Iarla, Paul, David and Cathal and her daughter Sarah, daughtersin-law, son-in-law, her 12 grandchildren, brothers, sisters and extended family. Bernadette Lennon (née McCullough), Beechwood Drive, Dunleer, peacefully at the Mater Hospital Dublin on Friday May 30. Bernadette, beloved wife of Willie, sadly missed by her husband, daughter Angela, sons Peter and Robert, sisters Katleen, Nan and Sheila, brothers-in-law, sisters-inlaw, Robert’s partner Laurie, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Paddy Smyth Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk, peacefully at his residence on Saturday May 31. Paddy beloved husband of Ethel (nee) Reid, very deeply regretted by his loving wife, sons Fergus, Brian and Niall, daughters Deirdre Ferris, Grainne Casey and Aisling McAlevey, sister Theresa (London), sons in-law, daughters inlaw, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nephews, nieces family relatives and friends. TJ (Thomas) Conophy Channonrock, Louth Village, peacefully at his nephew Patrick’s home, Ballykelly, on Friday May 30. Deeply regretted by his nephew Patrick, niece Ann, sister-in-law Dora, relatives and friends. Elizabeth (Moya) Dollard (née Morton), St Nicholas Avenue, Dundalk, peacefully at home surrounded by her familyon Friday May 30. Moya will be sadly missed by her loving husband Michael, sons Francis and Mark, daughter Betty, (her adopted son Fintan), daughters-in-law Fionnula and Laura, son-in-law Damien, brothers Eddie, Oliver, Pat and pre-deceased by Michael, sisters Vera and Noleen, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Tracy Smyth Rock Road, Blackrock, peacefully in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on Friday May 30. Tracy, dearly loved daughter of Gina and the late Tony and adored sister of Sandra (Mc Dowell) and Peter (Killenard Co. Laois) and loving partner John Ryall. Deeply regretted by her mother, sister, brother, partner, sister-in-

law Irene, brother-in-law Robert, nieces Holly and Annabel, nephews Jack and Sam, aunts Kathleen and Ena, Uncle Jim, relatives and many friends in Ireland and USA. Fr Martin Kenny Our Lady of Lourdes Presbytery/Hardmans Gardens, Drogheda, and formerly of Derreen, Ballyforan, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, suddenly on Tuesday May 27. Sadly missed by his loving brothers Jack (Wales) Peter (Ballyforan) and Jimmy (New York) sisters in law Vera, Maureen and Maura, nephews, nieces, Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Priest colleagues of St Peter’s Parish, Drogheda and the Archdiocese of Armagh parishioners and many friends. Brid Lennon Moneymore, Carlingford, peacefully at Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday May 28. Bríd beloved daughter of the late Luke Lennon, very deeply regretted by her loving mother Margaret, sister Sorcha, brothers Padraic and Ciaran, sisters-in-law Grainne and Samantha, brother-in-law Adrian, Aunt Christina Connolly and family and all her aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces relatives and friends. Mary Minnie Shevlin (née Boylan, Drumboat, Inniskeen, Monaghan / Dundalk, Louth. Peacefully ay Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Mary (Minnie) predeceased by her husband Paddy. Very deeply regretted by her loving family, sons Patrick, James and Michael, daughters Marie, Briege, Theresa, Frances, Patricia and Lucy, sons in-law, daughters in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family relatives, neighbours and friends. John Martin Kilbarrack, Dublin and formerly of Dundalk, peacefully at his daughter’s house in Slane on Saturday May 24. Beloved husband of the late Yvonne, loving father of Eileen, Paul, Anthony, Cathy and Leo. Very sadly missed by his family, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, his sisters Maureen and Kathleen, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

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Giro decorations help charity Dundalk businesses and residents threw their all into tickling Dundalk pink for the Giro d’Italia’s flying visit but with the riders having completed their trip around Italy you might be wondering what to do with the pale

pink decorations. Instead of getting rid of them, Dundalk Tourist Office at the Market Square is asking that you donate them. Tourism Officer Sinéad Roche was contacted by Larry Clarke on behalf of Navan Road Cycling

Club who fundraise for the ARC Cancer Support Centre. They are hosting an exhibition next month to highlight the Giro celebrations in Ireland and how each town along the route was ‘pinked.’ The decoration donations

will help the cycling club make the most of the reflective exhibition. All donations from entry into the exhibition will be donated to the charity The Tourist Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Dundalk athletes gets ready for National Game From Page 1 for coaches and one to one carers. That means we had to raise about €10,000 to ensure all of our athletes get a chance to compete in Limerick next week. Thankfully we have managed to raise the full amount thanks to

the generosity of people around the county”, noted Eilish. “It’s all systems go for Limerick now that the money has been raised and we can concentrate on winning a few medals. We are bringing down eleven athletes in total including five swim-

mers, five track and field athletes and one ten pin bowler”, added Eilish. In total, 1,500 athletes from all four corners of Ireland will make the trip to Limerick to ensure that this year’s event will be the biggest yet. The Special Olympics Ireland games

take place in Limerick between June 12 and 15, with the opening ceremony is on Thursday and games themselves starting the following day Friday. There is plenty at stake for the athletes with places at next years World Games in Los Angeles up for grabs.

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St Nicholas Pre-School Graduation

There were scenes of delight in St. Nicholas’ Primary School as the youngest class of pre-schoolers graduated from their first year. Mums, dads and extended families went along to see what the youngsters have learned in their first few months in school and beamed with pride as they performed songs for the audience. Teachers Lorraine McArdle and Breda Hughes congratulated their little learners and commended them for their hard work all year and telling parents that they should all be very proud. Rijis Bacuks presented his Múinteoir Lorraine with a bunch of flowers before starting his summer holidays. List of children attending graduation: Bartosz Stefanik, Amaefuna Ikeotuonye, Rijis Bacuks, Nicco Montero, Julia Pluchowski, Sara Wojciechowska, Tara Lynn Cooney, Fionn Martin, Jana Samulevica, Robert Myszkowski, Nair Mimoso, Kevinas Kryzevicuis, Martynas Neumann, Suzanna Witkowska, Martyna Kowalczyk, Summer Cooney.

Women’s Aid welcome confirmation of funding By Niamh Kirk

Women’s Aid future is secure now that the Section 10 funding allocated to the running costs of the refuge has been reinstated. There were 32 days left until the emergency refuge gfor the victims of fdomestic abuse was to -close when the service mlevel agreement giving n€50k per year was esigned between the two parties. Sandra Farrell, Women’s Aid Dundalk facilitator said that now the funding has been reinstated it is business

as usual and spoke of her own, and all the staff’s, appreciation at the support that they received from the community. “We want to extend our deep gratitude for the overwhelming support that has brought us to where we are today,” they said. The funding to the refuge was cut to €20k by Louth County Council Homeless Department in February when they asserted the amount they could offer was capped by a directive issued by the Department of the

Environment. However this was not reflected in comments made by the Department of the Environment who stated that no cap was implemented and funding by Louth County Council should not have been reduced. Despite the cut being announced and later being reversed the local authorities maintain there was no confusion over the function directive. The women’s refuge is planning on drawing a line under the episode and getting back to what they do.

“On behalf of the women and children who are currently using our refuge and for those who will now continue to have refuge in the future, we thank you and invite you to join us as we move forward”, a message from Women’s Aid Dundalk read. They are hosting an open evening on Thursday, June 5 and are inviting the community to go along and hear about the work that is done there. For further information on the open day please contact 042 9333245.

Kevin McHugh and Dermot McLoughlin enjoying the Vintage Run in Cooley


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Family Notices

In Memoriam, Anniversaries, Birthday Remembrances, Thanksgivings & Acknowledgements.

in memoriam


NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours. This time I ask you 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 MURRAY publication and favours will be granted. (never known 3rd Anniversary to fail). B.G. In Loving Memory of Kevin (Victor) Murray, late of Fr. NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Murray Pk, who died 4th June 2011. Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many Have you ever lost a son favours. This time I ask you for this special favour or even felt the pain (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it or shed the bitter tears within your own broken heart where your Father sees that drop like falling rain. it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, If you have'nt had that feeling not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise I hope you never do publication and favours will be granted. (never known for when we lost our Son to fail). G.M.M. it broke our hearts in two. —Always loved and missed. From Dad and Mam XXX Birch 37th & 40th anniversaries In Loving memory of our parents Patrick and Margaret Birch, late of Old Golf Links Road. A Mass a Prayer are all we can give, These you will have as long as we live. —From your loving family.

Pictured alongside James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations of Valero is Terina Kelly, and inset, Abi Coburn and Juliette Morrison.

Talented students win art awards

Three Dundalk students have been presented with top awards in this year’s 60th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

This year’s youngest winner Terina Kelly (4), a pupil at Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Dundalk who won a Special Merit Award in the six-years and under age category for her work entitled ‘Sound of Music’.

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Other Dundalk winners, both of whom received Special Merit Awards, were Abi Coburn (7) from Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Dundalk and Juliette Morrison (16), from St. Vincent’s Secondary School.

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situations vacant Mature reliable person required for 4-8 hours a week for ironing & general laundry duties, Dundalk area, for further information apply to Box no. 134 c/o Dundalk Leader Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk Mechanic required—Dundalk area, apply with relevant experience to Box no. 136 c/o Dundalk Leader 63 Clanbrassil St., Dundalk BUILDING WORKMAN WANTED— Building workman wanted with experience of underpinning, foundations to dig out, basement floor and shutter and concrete under walls to reinforce foundation. Contact: 089479-3687.

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Creative students display talents

Event Guide The TLT Celebrates International Music Day

Friday 20th June

Free concert

Line up includes: Drogheda Male Voice Choir, The Replays, Drogheda Orchestra Collective, Philipstown Youth Ensemble, The Two Tone Blues Band. Raffle on the night to win a pair of tickets to every show in the TLT for a year (worth over €3000). To guarantee your seat book early.(€1 booking fee)

No fear Fighting Championships Comes to the TLT

Saturday 5th July  Tickets Adult €30 Child €15

Live Sound Engineering & Light Engineering Course July 7th -11th €300 info from

THE Section of Creative Media in the Dundalk Institute of Technology returns with its end of year showcase, Fís 2014, in the recently renovated Carroll’s Building on Thursday June 5. Featuring completely new and original work ranging from film to interactive installations and games, Fís 2014 examines a wide range of ideas reflecting on the nature of art, technology and media forms. Exciting new works such as Lemuria: The Lost Land, Caecus, and Perceptune allow visitors to explore sensory awareness in new ways. SCIO: Connecting the Emigration Generation captures current patterns of migration and features a phone app that allows users abroad to contribute and interact with local visitors. Also launching will be a new arcade game, a programme that creates art from users’ bicycle peddling and an interactive website to support young victims of cyber-bullying. Visitors can also watch new films exploring celebrity culture, PTSD, superheroes and fatherhood. Two documentaries will also premiere on Wednesday night. Tonn Nua? features interviews with industry experts about the exciting ‘new wave’ in Irish cinema while Player Character explores how users engage with the immensely popular yet brutally violent video game Grand Theft Auto V. Music is central to Lush, a film blurring the line between reality and fiction which questions the benefits of teen pop star fame, while A Father’s Song examines the link between music and memory. The work on show will highlight the relevant and diverse skills that students of creative media & film acquire over the course of their studies at DKIT. The students showcasing work are graduating from four main programmes: the BA/BA (Hons) in Communications in Creative Multimedia & the BA/ BA (Hons) in Video and Film Production. Fís 2014 is open to all, and will be launched at 6 pm in the Carroll’s Building on Wednesday 4th June and will be open to the public from Noon until 9pm on Thursday.

The TLT 5th Anniversary Show with Marty Wilde & The Wildcats and The Toppers Showband Friday 19th September Tickets €25

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Tain March hits the roads this weekend By Niamh Kirk Queen Medb is coming and her Celtic warriors in the vanguard as the Tain March descends on Co Louth this weekend. An Tain Bo Cuailgne, one of Ireland’s national epics, is celebrated each year over three days of entertainment and re-enactments of Medb’s march. The army consists local warriors, walkers, horse riders and families young and old. People are invited to join the army, dress up and enjoy one of the outstanding Irish heritage myths. The walk begins in Ardee Castle on Thursday June 5 where the mustering of Queen Medb’s army takes place, but, is not until the following day that the army set-out for the famous cattle raid. Over three days and nights the army travels from Ardee to Carlingford, feasting and fighting en route. Stopping at the notable locations in the epic tale, Tallanstown and Knockbridge where Chuculainn was said to have slain hundreds of the Connacht Queen’s men. There they make camp for the night and will enjoy a fireside talk by archaeologist Professor Paul Gosling. ‘Táin Bó Cúailgne & the Fords of the River Fane.’

The army arrives in Dundalk’s Market Square in Saturday where a re-enactment of a battle to the sound of Glasheen. They will depart to make camp at Bellurgan Park and Tippings wood and wake on Sunday to march over the Cooley Mountains and make their advance on Carlingford where Chuculainn will come face-to-face with Queen Maeve. While it is possible to join and leave the march at any time, in total the army will walk 63 km over the three days in celebration of the area’s part of the Ulster Cycle. Helena Mullens who has played Queen Medb encouraged families to get involved “It’s a great family fun event, free for all ages to take part. I’ve been involved for the past four years at this stage I think and I’ve met such wonderful and inspiring people during it who want to build this event to attract locals and tourists alike. It has gotten bigger and better each year with more people becoming aware of it and wanting to get involved. We’ve had interest from as far away as America, Australia, we had a large group from France last year also. It’s a work in progress to become an international festival for all to enjoy.”

Hickcocks back in Spirit Store Hickcocks Absolutely Final Ride is back. Once a staple of the late and lamented Maytime Festival in Dundalk, where it would play to packed houses each night, Hickcocks Absolutely Final Ride is making a comeback on new stage. Taking to the Spirit Store from June 5 Hickcock is irreverent entertainment at its best, where no person or party is spared. Heading a cast of well known local actors, and musically accompanied by Ann King, Doc Lavery dishes out the gags and master of shenanigans on the night. Hickock kicks-off at 9pm with the €10 ticket price to be donated to the local branch of Down’s Syndrome.

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Over to you QUESTION: What advice would you give to students sitting their exams at the moment?

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Well first of all I’d urge everybody to make sure they actually sit their exams. Education has never been more vital.

My advice to students would be to get enough sleep, eat well and make sure to take a break at regular intervals between studying. Just do your best.

Just make sure you go into the exam knowing that you’ve prepared well. Make sure not to have any regrets after the exam by taking shortcuts.

Everything will be ok if you have prepared properly. If you go into your exam with no work done it will not be a good experience. Do your study and it will be fine.

I have a son doing the leaving certificate and I’ve told him to read the questions carefully and do all the stuff that you are familiar with first. Get the easier questions out of the way first.

Walking in footsteps of St Brigid THE Irish version of the famous Camino de Santiago, begins at St Brigid’s Well and Shrine in Faughart near Dundalk on Saturday June 28 with pilgrims hoping to reach Kildare on Sunday July 6. The pilgrimage will wind its way through quiet rural landscapes and spiritual significance, including Knockbridge, Hill of Slane and Hill of Tara and experience the magical landscapes of Donaghdea Forest Park

and Robertstown along Grand Canal, en-route to St Brigid’s monastic site in Kildare. This unique cocurated pilgrimage offers participants an opportunity to walk for nine consecutive days through beautiful Irish countryside, visiting many sacred places. and taking part in scheduled and spontaneous ceremonies. According to Dolores Whelan, a Celtic Spiritual teacher the walk gives pilgrims

a chance to learn about the ancient traditions and wisdoms associated with St Brigid. “We are looking forward to this years Brigid’s Way and we invite pilgrims to join us and uncover layers of stories within themselves and within the land of Ireland. The walk will allow us all time and space to drop down into the deeper part of ourselves. Each day we will walk 10 to 12 miles at a leisurely pace with a support car

will travelling with the pilgrims at all times”, explained Dolores. “Obviously not everybody will be able to join us for all nine days due to work or maybe family commitments but we have a ‘Walk a Mile’ option for people who want to get a sample of what the pilgrimage entails. The first stage of this pilgrimage will begin at 2pm in the grounds at St Brigid’s Shrine with its magnificent trees and

the flowing St Brigid stream. “We will process around the grounds of St Brigid’s Shrine and at 3.30pm we leave Faughart as we begin the first stage of the pilgrim route to Kildare. We invite you to join us in this initial phase of the pilgrimage and to walk a mile or two of Brigid’s Way.” added Dolores. Karen Ward from RTE’s ‘Health Squad’ and BBC’s ‘Last Resort’ will lead the

Some of the participants in the 2013 event

pilgrimage alongside Dolores on the nineday trek. “The organisational and facilitation fee for each day is €25,

if we are arranging accommodation for you. “If you are joining us for a single day of the walk, we ask you to

simply make a donation on the day (suggested donation €15 per adult, €25 per couple or family)”, explained Dolores.

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Details of new FIAT 500 have been released. So, what's new?

According to FIAT one of the key new features is the introduction of a new seven-inch TFT digital instrument display, developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli, which we quote, “seamlessly combines cuttingedge technology without disrupting the trademark aesthetics of the cabin”. It is standard on the 500S and Cult model, an option for the Lounge editions. It displays key information such as the distance travelled, instant fuel consumption and range. It indicates Gear Shift recommendations; warning messages and a more sophisticated media player, telephone and navigation information readouts, including junction graphics and realtime traffic updates when equipped with a portable TomTom 2 Live satellite navigation system. On models powered by the new 105hp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine when the sport button is engaged it transforms into a turbo-boost gauge. The six-speed 105hp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine is a new edition to the TwinAir engine family and features a Start&Stop fuel-saving system. It delivers 105hp/145Nm in Sport mode (98hp/120Nm Eco mode) and is capable of 0-62 mph in 10 seconds and a top speed of 117 mph. On the official combined cycle it is capable of 67.3 mpg and CO2

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emissions are rated at 99 g/km. The entry-level engine remains the 69hp 1.2-litre petrol (113g/km) unit, which is joined by the TwinAir 85hp Turbo Petrol (92g/km) and 1.3 16v MultiJet 95hp turbo diesel (97g/ km). A Dualogic automatic transmission is available on the 1.2 69hp and TwinAir 85hp engines. Core safety equipment for the FIAT 500 includes ABS with EBD, seven airbags (including a driver’s knee bag), ISOFIX attachments and daytime running lights (DRL). It is disappointing that ESP, with ASR/MSR and Hill Holder is an option on the lower grade models. Standard equipment includes Start&Stop; seven airbags; electric windows and mirrors; remote central locking; a height-adjustable driver's seat; a heightadjustable steering wheel and electric power steering. Options include air conditioning for; ESP and rear parking sensors. The FIAT 500C Pop which starts at not only gains a powered electric convertible roof, air conditioning is also standard. The next level up adds air conditioning, special paint and white detailing (wheel covers, pool-ball design gear knob, aerial and mirror caps). The next level, Lounge, takes the POP specification and adds air conditioning (climate control on

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in lieu of the fixed glass sunroof you gain front and rear bumpers, side skirts, dark tinted glass and 15-inch sports alloy wheels. There is satin detailing

and inside there is a leather-trimmed, flat-bottom Abarth sports steering wheel; new sports upholstery with the “500S” logo embroidered into the seatback; a sports gear

knob and the seveninch TFT instrument cluster all as standard. Based on the Lounge the Cult features automatic climate control; new 16-inch alloy wheels; rear

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