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Thursday, 10th June, 2021. Vol. 14, Issue 23 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email: editorial@dundalkleader.com; advertising@dundalkleader.com

By Tamara O’Connell

OVER 22,500 participants have raised over €1 million and logged 423,002.61km to date as part of the 100k in 30 days fundraiser in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland. According to 100k in 30 days founder Niall Carroll the team are “delighted” with the response so far. The Blackrock man said: “It’s early days yet so we are encouraging people to keep fundraising. “We want to thank everyone who has raised money so far. The money will go towards three areas including a clinical trial, education awareness campaigns and will fund

research nurses across the country.” The family-friendly challenge kicked off on June 1 and is running until the end of the month. Niall and his wife, Cara McAdam, launched the virtual fundraiser. “There are 4,000 people in Louth taking part with 3,000 of that number from Dundalk. There are also 3,000 children across the country taking part,” said Niall. “Hopefully people are enjoying it and having fun with their family and friends. There is great community spirit in Louth and we are very proud of it.” Continued on Page 2

Leaving cert gets underway!

Colaiste Rís students Caoimhe Woods and Rebecca Martin McCourt all smiles after completing English Paper One yesterday morning. Full story page 2.

Leaving cert begins for local students Dundalk Leader 10th June 2021


Yesterday was DDay for the class of 2021 as the Leaving Cert Exams got under for almost 2000 students in Co. Louth. Students sat English Paper 1 from 9:30 yesterday morning with students this year having the option of sit-

ting the written exams, accepting calculated grades or choosing both, on a subject-bysubject basis. They will be credited with the better of the two results. Almost 90 per cent of the 61,500 Leaving Cert candidates have opted to sit written exams,

with 52,000 registering to sit at least one. Due to public health measures there are more than 5 thousand exam centres being used to allow for social distancing. This year sixth year students have the option of sitting the exams, accepting calculated grades or choosing both. Speaking after the opening exam Colaiste Rís students Aoife Tobin, Cian O’Connell and Stephen Rooney expressed their satisfaction with the paper. “There were changes to English paper 2 this year which worked re-

Stephen Rooney, Cian O’Connell and Aoife Tobin were all in agreement that the first exam (English Paper One) of the Leaving Certificate was fair with the trio happy with what came up on the paper.

ally well,” explained Aoife. “They gave us more choice and less writing which meant there was less pressure on us to finish the paper on time,” she added.

Cian agreed with his classmate stating that ‘I felt like I had plenty of time to get everything done and there was no sense of panic with regards looking at the

Coastal Communities” category, while “The House” which hosts the Cox’s Demesne Youth and Community Group are in the “Community Wellbeing” category. Louth has been a consistent presence in the competition and has had a significant level of success in recent years. The Gary Kelly Cancer

Support Centre won the Community Wellbeing Initiative category in 2018 and the Maria Goretti Foundation was the winner of the Community Reaching Out category in 2017. Carlingford were runners up in the Tourism Initiative category in 2019, while Omeath were runners up in the “Islands and Coastal Communities” category of the 2020 competition. Blackrock is a growing, vibrant coastal village which is nestled on the shoreline of Dundalk Bay and provides beautiful views from the promenade for the many tourists and day trippers alike. Community spirit is very much alive in Blackrock which is the current holder of the title of “Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town” in the National Tidy Towns competition. It is also a Gold Medal winner and is the Tidiest Town in the Midlands and East Region. The Cox’s Demesne Youth and Community

clock. I’m glad that the first one is over now and I’ll get ready now for Home Economics this afternoon,” he noted. Speaking ahead of the examinations which

started yesterday morning, the Minister for Education Norma Foley praised the “remarkable resilience and goodwill” of the students due to sit their exams. “It’s a very big day for the class of 2021 and I would like to wish all of the students taking their Leaving Cert exams all of the best of luck,” Foley said. “Equally, I want to acknowledge the last number of weeks have been a very important week for all of the class of 2021. Many of those opted to have the accredited grades,” Foley said.

“Tomorrow is another opportunity and I am very pleased to say that the vast majority of students have opted to sit the exams and the accredited grades system,” she said. “It’s been a remarkable challenging year for them but they have shown remarkable resilience and goodwill and good humour. “I have enormous faith in young people. In my experience, particularly from a schools points of view, students have been so co-operative and so willing and adhered to best practice advice in schools.”

“Pride of Place” All-Ireland Competition

Blackrock and “The House” in Cox’s Demesne to represent Louth in the “Pride of Place” All-Ireland Competition Louth has nominated two entries to represent the county in this year’s Pride of Place competition. Blackrock has been entered into the “Island and

The House in Cox’s Demesne has been nominated to represent Louth in the ‘Pride of Place’ All-Ireland competition. The village of Blackrock has also been nominatd in the ‘Islands and Coastal communities’ section.

Group, has been in existence since 1991 when two derelict council houses were renovated by the community, spearheaded by a local man, helped by a team of 18-20 year olds on a “Fás” scheme. People within the community offered their skills free of charge e.g. carpenter, bricklayer. The project became known locally as “The House” and the community took “pride” in its establishment and development. The original aim was to provide a safe, welcoming place where young people could grow, develop and al-

ways feel at home, helping them find strengths, overcome difficulties and build better futures. It has a long legacy of community giving and it brings a cohesiveness and collaborative approach through interagency work, facilitation, investment and strategy, to the community it serves. Speaking about the competition, Joan Martin, Chief Executive of Louth County Council said “We are delighted that Blackrock and ‘The House’ in Cox’s Demesne are representing Louth in this year’s Pride of Place Compe-

tition. It is a wonderful competition which showcases all that is best and innovative in communities throughout the island of Ireland,”. The groups in Blackrock and at ‘The House’ are extremely proud to be chosen to take part in the Pride of Place competition. Judging of the competition will take place virtually and concludes on 30th September. The Pride of Place virtual awards ceremony will take place on the 20th November. For more information on Pride of Place please visit www.prideofplace. ie

Pink army help raise €1m From Page 1 Niall and Cara and thousands of #pinkarmy participants raised €1.2 million last year from the popular event. Niall launched the 100km in 30 Days challenge in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland last June, after Cara was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas 2019. Niall set a target of raising €100,000. However, the event proved to be a huge success and

Aileen McGeough, Breast Cancer Survivor Ambassador.

quickly raised over €1 million for the charity. This year’s event, has a new title sponsor, Sherry Fitzgerald, and is

expected to be even bigger and better. People are invited to walk, jog, run or wheel a total of 100km during

the month of June to help raise funds. There are around €30,000 worth of prizes to be won throughout the event including a €3,500 family travel voucher, sponsored by Connect Credit Union, five-star hotel breaks, restaurant vouchers, luxury brands and family days out. Registrations for the event and more information is at www. 100kin30days.ie.

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Dundalk Credit Union announces sponsorship agreement with Dundalk School Boys League


une 2021 - As part of Dundalk Credit Union’s ongoing commitment to grass roots youth sports and community development, they are delighted to announce a three-year sponsorship agreement with the Dundalk School Boys League. This agreement will see the Dundalk School Boys League, an established and integral part of sports development within our wider community, renamed The Dundalk Credit Union School Boys League. The League draws talent from across Co Louth and manages league and cup competitions for teams from fifteen affiliated clubs in age groups from Under 12 to Under 18 years and by organising representative teams from these age groups and entering them

Michael Dillon, Chair & Majella Keating, Secretary – Dundalk School Boys League, Billy Doyle, CEO & Paddy Donnelly, Chair – Dundalk Credit Union. in suitable national and international competitions. This new agreement will see the teams within The Dundalk Credit Union

School Boys League fitted out with new playing kits across all age groups and in addition, offers The Dundalk Credit Union School Boys

League an opportunity and avenue to further strengthen and grow their strategic plans for The League into the future.

Billy Doyle, CEO Dundalk Credit Union said “The Dundalk School Boys League was established in 1927 in response to a local community need, similar to that of Dundalk Credit Union and its founders in 1968. As organisations, we listened to, and answered the needs of our communities, and Dundalk Credit Union is very proud to work together with The League to showcase the importance of team, motivation and focus in success.” Michael Dillon, Chairman, Dundalk School Boys League added “Dundalk Schoolboys League are delighted to be partnering with Dundalk Credit Union with this sponsorship agreement. The support provided by the Credit Union through this sponsor-

ship will underpin the activities of the League going forward. This agreement will provide capital for facility improvement and maintenance and for the purchase of equipment and kit. With this sponsorship agreement Dundalk Credit Union has shown its commitment to grassroots football in the area and, once again, the value it provides as a community based Financial Institution that supports many and varied community groups and activities.”


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Taidgh welcomes news of students return to campus By Tamara O’Connell

DkIT SU President Taidgh Kavanagh has welcomed comments from Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris who has said he expects students and staff to be back on campus for the new academic year. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Harris said he also expects that most

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students returning to college will have been fully vaccinated, “and obviously staff generally being older than the students should also be overwhelmingly vaccinated”.

“I’m absolutely delighted that students will be allowed to return to campus but I think we have to be mindful that a lot of students have become accustomed to studying at home,” said Taidgh. “There will be a few people in different scenarios for example mothers with three or four children that need to be accommodated and not forgot-

ten.” Meanwhile, the Department of Education announced that this year’s Leaving Certificate results will be issued on Friday, September 3. “If CAO offers aren’t coming out until the third week of September this could cause problems for some people seeking student accommodation,” said Taidgh. “What I would say

to first years looking for a place to live is to make sure they start looking as soon as possible. Get on to DkIT Student Village as soon as possible. “I’m delighted people will get the chance to be back on campus. It’s nice that first years will get to meet one another but we need to look after the small minority who have become used to studying at home.”

Dowdallshill graveyard improvement works should be a priority for July

Cllr Seán Kelly raised the ongoing improvement works at Dowdallshill graveyard at Tuesday’s meeting of Dundalk Municipal Council. Kelly commented ‘while the works around the one way system are most welcome and hopefully the public adhere to them, we now need to further progress the other works planned

which include new parking at the newer Lawn cemetery at the back to allow people better access to loved ones resting places, a new water pump system to stop the issues with pressure and the beginning of the cementing the lanes in the older part of the graveyard as it can become extremely mucky and unkept.’ Cllr Kelly fur-

ther noted that these works should be completed before the third week of July when the Blessing of the Graves normally takes place. He stated ‘although its unclear if this years event will go ahead with Cvoid, this event is always a time when people visit and maintain family graves and we should aim to have the majority of the

work completed by then.’ Kelly previously raised the issue of illegal dumping at the graveyard and the need for CCTV at entrance and bins to be emptied more regularly. In response Council management stated that works were ongoing and they would hope to be in a position to have a lot of it completed by July.

Cllr Sean Kelly.

Prestigious award for Beatrice Beatrice Monciunskaite, a PhD student in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University has been named as one of this year’s Fulbright Irish Awardees. Beatrice will spend three months in Princeton University in New Jersey to carry out research into the status of liberal constitutional democracy in Lithuania and Latvia in light of the current democratic crisis in Europe. The former Marist student’s PHD research will analyse how successful democratisation has been in these two countries to ascertain a more comprehensive picture of the health of democracy in the Central and Eastern European region. This research is hoped to inform better responses to the rule of law crisis in the European Union. As a Fulbright awardee at New York University School of Law, she will continue to conduct research on the causes of democratic and rule of law deficiencies. The Fulbright Programme in Ireland was established in 1946. It annually awards grants

Beatrice is a past pupil of The Marist. for Irish citizens to study, research, or teach in the U.S. and for Americans to do the same here. Since it reached Ireland in 1957, over 2,500 postgraduate students, scholars, professionals, and teachers across all disciplines have participated in the program between the two countries. The Commission is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and many Irish and U.S. higher education institutions and organisations.

It is also a registered charity.
 Looking to the future, Irish awardees will shine a light on urgent international research issues from advances in cancer research, to cyber security and human rights. They will also represent, share and promote Irish culture, particularly through the Irish language teaching programme. Award recipients are due to travel from September 2021, with a majority going from January 2022.
 The Fulbright programme has served to strengthen international relations throughout turbulent times for over seventy years. Founded in 1946, it has enabled academic and cultural exchanges between more than 2,500 Irish and American citizens since 1957.
 With an emphasis on cultural immersion and building long-term academic and professional connections, the Fulbright programme selects excellent candidates from all over Ireland to work with top U.S. Institutions across all disciplines ranging

from science, technology and business, to the arts and culture. Chair of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland Professor Diane Negra: “The Commission Board congratulates the Awardees travelling to the U.S. in the coming year. It is exciting to consider the role they will play in the resumption and reinvigoration of academic and cultural activities.” Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland Dr Dara FitzGerald: “The Fulbright program is really about people; the resilience of our Fulbright awardees and alumni this year has been wonderful. The impacts of our partners’ and sponsors’ support, flexibility and vision are heartening, especially in challenging times as the world recovers from a difficult year. We thank our partners, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Irish Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.”

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Local sectors need to be looked after as country re-opens—O’Murchú

Taxi drivers, live musicians and the aviation sector must be looked after as the State unlocks from Covid-19, Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú has said. The Sinn Féin TD was speaking after statements on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, which he took part in. He said that while there was much to be welcomed in the announcement about the unlocking plans for the State, there were ‘serious issues around how key members of the economy, including taxi drivers, live musicians and the aviaton sector are looked after.

He said: ‘I have been speaking to these groups in Louth over the last few days and weeks. All of them have highlighted to me the particular issues that they have in relation to their own sectors. ‘But the key theme is that they remain concerned about how supports, such as the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, could be gradually withdrawn from them, despite the fact they are utterly unable to work due to restrictions. ‘Regarding some of the supports, I spoke to many Ministers about the fact that many people fell between the stools. I hope

the business resumption support scheme will deal with an element of them, but we must see action in respect of taxi drivers. ‘I welcome what was said about aviation workers. Any supports for the airlines must be connected to ensure jobs and workers’ rights are maintained. ‘Those in the live entertainment sector continue to be unable to go back to work, so the government has to look at how general decisions made to cut back on the PUP payments will disproportionately affect these areas of the economy’. Speaking in the Dáil he said

WRC investigations found 250 breaches of employment law Sinn Féin TD for Louth Imelda Munster has said new data provided to Sinn Féin which shows that 250 breaches in employment law and abuse of workers’ rights were detected after Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) investigations in Co. Louth over the past two years underlines the need for additional WRC investigators and improved workers’ rights legislation. The figures show 240 breaches of employment law in Co. Meath in the same period. Teachta Munster said: “Despite being underfunded and under-resourced, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) does fantastic work on behalf of workers across this state. “In spite of the challenges posed by the pandemic the WRC carried out 7,687 inspections in 2020 and managed to recover almost €1.7m in unpaid wages for workers. “Indeed, data recently revealed to Sinn Féin outlined how, since 2011, the WRC has recovered almost €18m in withheld wages for workers. “We have also obtained data which shows the scale and number of breaches of employment law detected by WRC investigations since 2015. In those six years, the WRC has detected breaches in employment law in more than one-third of all investigations. “Of the number of cases investigated, 35.9% found breaches by em-

ployers for non-payment of the minimum wage, employment permits, protection of young persons, annual leave and public holiday breaches, unpaid wages, among others. “Sectors such as food and drink, retail and wholesale, hair and beauty, and construction, to name but a few, have seen breaches of employment law in recent years. The breadth, scale and nature of these breaches reveal a dark underbelly of Irish economy, which must be stamped out. “Counties Louth and Meath are not immune to seeing workers’ rights and employment law trampled over as 250 breaches in Louth and 240 in Meath were detected in 2019 and, shamefully, during the pandemic in 2020. “The increase between 2019 and 2020 is also cause for concern. In 2019 in Louth there were 53 breaches, but in 2020 there were 197 detected. In 2019 in Meath there were 68 breaches, with 172 in 2020. “In addition, this data also reinforces the need for workers being given the legal right to collective bargaining through Trade Unions so they can stand up for workers and protect them.. “The government can’t ontinue to turn a blind eye, there has to be protections for workers on one hand, and consequences for employers who ride roughshod over employment law and workers’ rights on the other.”

that EU member states’ GDP ratings were used to determine the monies received from the EU recovery and resilience fund, but that only provided Ireland with €915 million in the first tranche and is ‘not necessarily the methodology we want to use in the future’. He said: ‘This must be examined because it is an insufficient amount when compared to what other states are receiving. ‘GDP is providing a bad read of the status of the economy. The other problem is the own resources decision. We did not deal in the Dáil with the fact that

the EU has taken a loan of €750 billion and the decisions that will be made on how that will be paid back. There are, therefore, outstanding issues in that regard’. He said he welcomed the emphasis from the government on recovery and on the green and digital transition, even if some proposals were a ‘reheat’. He emphasised that because of the ransomware attack on the HSE, ‘we must build in whatever must be done from the point of view of securing ourselves, ensuring we have cybersecurity capacity at the optimum level’.

The Dundalk TD also spoke last week at the online Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union, which contained representatives from all over the EU, of the EU Commission and the Portuguese Government, who have Presidency of the EU Council. He emphasised many of the same points including the lack of Dáil oversight in this whole process and raised the issue of possible EU wide taxation changes, which is obviously hit centre stage due to the G7 proposal over the weekend.

Publicans raise a glass as outdoor hospitality resumes A number of local publicans welcomed back customers on Monday as further restrictions were eased allowing all outdoor hospitality to re-open. That meant that local pubs with beer gardens were finally able to reopen their doors after a nightmare fifteen months which saw the industry take a battering due to COVID-19 restrictions. Local pubs have been operating a booking system where customers ring or go online to book a table and according to reports from local publicans business has been brisk with the good weather helping encourage people to go out and meet up for a drink outdoors. Some pubs have also reserved a set amount of tables for walk ins on the day to try and maintain some level of normality. Restaurants, beer gardens and cafes will

outdoor service will also see 25,000 staff return to work after an horrendous 15 months. Last year’s numerous lockdowns and partial reopenings played havoc with their lives so it’s important staff have confidence that we are now on the path to a full reopening. “For the vast majority of publicans, outdoor service will keep them ticking over until indoor trading resumes on 5th July. We’re acutely aware that thousands of our members cannot open this week at they have no outdoor space and will have to wait another four weeks to resume trading. “We’re hoping for a busy summer once all pubs open. There is a sense in the trade that people want to get out of the house and meet up. To get pubs back open will be a great sign the country is returning to normal,” says Mr Cribben.

Eugene McGeough (second from left) with staff and customers from Kennedy’s Bar on the Carrick Road. be able to serve food grand re-opening on licans as they finally and drinks outdoors, Monday. Some pubs reopened their doors. while gyms, swim- unfortunately simply “It’s a big day for the ming pools and leisure do not have the space pub trade as 4,000 pubs centres will reopen for to offer outdoor servic- are set to reopen for outes and they face having door service. There is a individual training. Several pubs around to wait another month strong sense of anticipatown worked hard until July 5th when tion among publicans to in recent weeks and indoor hospitality for get open and get back to months to converting pubs and restaurants what they do best. The outdoor spaces on their can resume. message from publiAccording to Padraig cans to old regulars and premises into makeshift beer-gardens whilst Cribben, VFI Chief new customers alike is other pubs spruced up Executive, there was ‘we’ve missed you and already existing beer a strong sense of an- welcome back’. gardens ahead of the ticipation among pub“The reopening for

ers released their debut EP – A Mouthful of The Mary Wallopers last year. They are now due to perform at Vicar Street on Friday, December 10 before playing the Cork gig nine days later on December 19th. The band were also recently involved in Breaking the Silence – a live-streamed event from the National Concert Hall, featuring words and music in response to the legacy of Ireland’s Mother and Baby Home Institutions.

Sean McDermotts club players Conor Lynch and Evan Bird have raised over €5000 for SOSAD after they combined their passions of football and mental health to raise funds for the suicide prevention charity. The Ardee duo spent their bank holiday weekend visiting every GAA club in County Louth while kicking a point in each ground.

The Mary Wallopers are sell-outs! Conor and Evan raise over €5000 for SOSAD

DUNDALK folk group The Mary Wallopers are riding the crest of a wave with the popular trio set to sell out their second headline show in a week. Last week the band sold out their December show in Vicar Street in less than thirty minutes and yesterday morning at the time of going to press they’re December 19th show at St Luke’s in Cork was all but sold out also. The popular local band performed a number of live-streamed gigs over lockdown and even did a duet with

The Mary Wallopers. Dustin the Turkey on the second episode of The Den as well as the Tommy Tiernan Show which has helped boost their popularity across the country. Brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and

Seán McKenna form the triad that is The Mary Wallopers. Charles (27) and Andrew (25) are from Haggardstown and Seán (27) is from the Avenue Road. The Mary Wallop-

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Maria elected as Cathaoirleach of Dundalk Municipal District Fine Gael councillor Maria Doyle has been elected as Cathaoirleach of Dundalk Municipal District for the next year. This will be the second time Maria will take up the role having also been elected in 2015. Maria will take

up the role almost ten years to the day when she first entered local politics having been co-opted onto the Council in July 2011 to replace Senator Jim D’Arcy. She was subsequently elected to represent the Dundalk South electoral

area in both 2014 and 2019. Cllr Doyle was elected last Tuesday (2nd June) having been nominated for the position by Cllr. John Reilly. She was the only candidate put forward by any of the

parties to become Cathaoirleach and therefore was deemed elected. Maria succeeds Emma Coffey in the role. Speaking after her election Cllr Doyle promised to do the best she could in the role while represent-

ing Dundalk and the entire region to the best of her ability. “Last night, I was elected as Cathaoirleach of the Dundalk Municipal District committee. I am looking forward to the new role and representing our great

town and the entire north Louth region,” stated Maria. Meanwhile, Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Meenan was elected as Leas-Cathaoirleach when he defeated Fianna Fáil councillor Seán Kelly by eight New Chairperson Maria Doyle. votes to five.

Sir David sends thank-you Roy raises MND note to Brendan Connolly awareness

When local wildlife photographer Brendan Connolly heard the sound of a letter coming through his front door last Friday morning he assumed it would be a bill or something equally as mundane. However, he was ecstatic to find that the letter was sent by none other than his hero Sir David Attenborough the renowned broadcaster and natural historian. Brendan, a keen wildlife photographer living in St Alphonsus Road, recently released his debut book entitled ‘Pictures of Wildlife’ which features magnificent pictures of all kinds of wildlife from all over the country but particularly around town. One of his all time heroes is Sir David Attenborough and according to Brendan he decided to send him a copy never in a million years expecting to receive a reply. “When I finished the book and it was

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“Obviously I was delighted that he took the time to send me that note as he is one of my heroes and personally I think he has done so much in educating people about the planet and what we need to do to make sure we don’t destroy

it. A lot of things have changed for the better thanks to Sir David and to get that note from him really made my day. I plan on having the note framed and it’s sometime I will treasure forever more,” added Brendan.

LOCAL man Roy Taylor has spoken about his Motor Neurone Disease (MND) diagnosis in a bid to highlight MND Global Awareness Day on June 21. Roy lives on the Red Barn’s Road, Dundalk with this wife, Lisa, and is a father to four children – Adam, Terrence, Aaron and Ella. The 64-year-old musician is a bass guitarist and was diagnosed with MND by a neurologist in April 2018. “I was having difficulty breathing and was very tired and exhausted if I walked a short distance,” said Roy. “My brother-in-law passed away with it in 2012. He had been sick for a year. It’s a difficult diagnosis to get. “It’s extremely difficult to absorb on the day. It really took about a month for it to sink in. I’d wake at night and wonder is this a dream?” Roy decided to put his musical skills to work in a bid to raise awareness of MND by organising an event called Rock for MND. “We raised €7,000 for IMNDA and shortly

“It’s annoying for the people who took the time to plant them because they think so much of their area,” said Mickey. “We must have spent at least three hours getting all the flowers planted in eight boxes. The boxes are there permanently. “There are seven at the green facing Dixon’s Funeral Home on Maxwell’s Row and there’s another large box at the bottom of St

Nicholas’ Avenue.” Mickey added: “We must have planted around 40 flowers at a cost of €300. One of the committee men checked on the flowers later that night and told us the bad news. “We will have to replace them. We have to take a chance and re-do it. If we were to stop this…we can’t let people like that stop us from taking pride in the area. “It’s nice to be able

to look at the flowers as they start blooming. Usually, we have 24 hanging baskets too but Covid put a stop to it last year but we will re-introduce them next year.” He continued: “It’s not very nice to do something like that. People gave up their time. It’s just pure vandalism. Everyone’s annoyed about it. It’s disheartening after giving up a good day’s Members of the St Nicholas Avenue Residents Association planted the flowers on Saturday. work.”

Brendan Connolly with his book and inset: the hand-written thank-you note from Sir David Attenborough. released I decided I wanted to send it to Sir David Attenborough who in my opinion is one of the greatest people who has ever lived. I kind of forgot about it then until last week when a letter came through my door which I assumed

was going to be a bill or something like that. When I opened the letter I was amazed to find that Sir David had responded to me telling me that he had received the book and that it was most kind of me to send him a copy of it.

Roy Taylor is raising MND awareness after that IMNDA asked me to be an ambassador. Then is September 2019, my son, Terrence, and I set up ‘Watch Your Back MND’ to raise awareness,” said Roy. “We released a song by the same name ‘Watch Your Back MND’, then we released a second song called ‘My New Dream’ which shares the same initials as Motor Neurone Disease. “It went to Number One in the iTunes charts and this year in September I’m going to release a third song called ‘I Can’t Wait for Tomorrow’ with my 12-yearold daughter, Ella,” To organise a Drink Tea for MND event in or around the 21st of June, all you have to do is visit imnda.ie and register your virtual tea event.

Roy added: “If you can’t have a big tea room, you can have a big tea Zoom. It’s very important as it’s the biggest fundraiser for IMNDA.” For more information email fundraising@ imnda.ie. Invite friends and family to join you on Zoom. If you can’t host a tea event, why not make a tea donation – go to imnda.ie to find out how or just text MND to 50300 and donate €2. Text cost €2. IMNDA will receive a minimum of €1.80. SP: LikeCharity. Helpline: 0766 805 278. The IMNDA provides specialised services for people affected by MND such as equipment on loan, financial assistance towards home help, advice and home visits by MND Nurse.

Vandals undo good work of local residents association By Tamara O’Connell

THE Chairman of St Nicholas’ Avenue Residents’ Association has said he is “disappointed” after some newly planted flowers costing hundreds of euros were pulled up by vandals. Mickey McEneaney from St Nicholas Avenue told the Dundalk Leader that the flowers were planted on SaturFlowerbeds after shrubs and flowers had been day last and pulled up pulled by vandals. later that same night.

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Senator expresses disappointment at professor’s attendance at Oxford event D

Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has expressed her disappointment at the attendance of Professor Mary Daly at an Oxford University online event on the Commission of Investigation into the Mother and Baby Homes. Senator McGreehan commented, “I was very disappointed to see that Prof. Mary Daly came before an academic

event to discuss the report like it was a historical study. This was very ill-judged and in bad taste. This is not history, the women, the survivors, all those people who gave their testimonies in good faith are present. They are not artefacts to be discussed like they were somehow just a research project. “Prof. Daly’s assertions that evidence given to the Confidential Committee could not be used in the Final Report explains to me why there is such a discrep-

ancy in survivors’ experience and the Final Report. The Professor stated that as the evidence to the Confidential Committee was not given under affidavit and was unchallenged, it could not be used as evidence. “However, the terms of reference do not preclude use of the evidence given in the Confidential Committee. They do in fact allow for a report of a “general Nature” comprised of the evidence heard by the Confidential Committee.

Cllr Corrigan welcomes progression of road safety measures at Scoil Phadraig Naofa in Kilcurry This time last year, after several years of campaigning, Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan welcomed the installation of initial road safety measures at the Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Kilcurry. According to Cllr Corrigan “that was a positive start but I am delighted to welcome further road safety works taking place with additional signage being installed along the Carrickstricken Road on the approach to the school. “There will be flashing amber signs on the road behind the school.” Anything that ensures or promotes the safety of children and families around the school is always welcome as safety is always paramount. These should be installed in the very near future and are Cllr Edel Corrigan. very welcome.”

The testimonies heard by the Confidential Committee is the majority of the evidence given. I find it incredible that the Commission heard from over 500 individuals but clearly did not listen to their experiences.” “I feel yet again these survivors have been let down.” Senator McGreehan added “We as a committee have reissued the invite to the Commission members and I hope they will have the courtesy to appear as this

is a very serious matter. The Mother and Baby homes and how we treated women, girls and children in this country has created a legacy of pain and heartacheD and that legacy will continue for genera-4 tions to come if we do not confront thei wrongs. i “This report was supposed to do thatr – however it seems to have created moref wrongs and an incomplete picture of theh reality of the torturous regime that survi-b vors had to live through.” s s f w d

Communions and Confirmations are set to go ahead next month a Communions and Confirmations are set to go ahead next month after being given the green light from July 5. According to Gov.ie First Communions, Confirmations and Baptisms may take place subject to the public health situation at the time. “We are delighted that it may be possible but we are in the same boat as everyone else in that it is pending government guidelines,” said Fr Cormac McNamara of Dundalk’s Holy Family Church. “We’ve got three schools – St Jospeph’s NS, Scoil Mhuire na Gael in Bay Estate and Gael Scoil

Dhun Dealgan in Muirhevnamor.” m Related family gatherings shoulda strictly adhere to prevailing publich health advice on household mixing,d including visitors to your home ande t indoor and outdoor dining. Any decision to schedule suchd ceremonies should take accounta of the disease situation in the localq s community. “It’s wonderful for families tol w be able to celebrate these occasions i but families are being asked t by the Government to observe R guidelines especially relating to v any celebration after the events,” said Fr Cormac. o t D h w d j

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Domhnall’s book raises €1,200 for St Vincent de Paul

Domhnall Flynn, a 40-year-old man attending RehabCare disability services in Louth, has raised more than €1,200 for charity by publishing his autobiography. The book entitled: ‘My life story so far’ has been described as “a handbook for how to negotiate life when you live with a disability’.
 Domhnall’s book is a collection of vivid memories and personal achievements detailing his childhood in Dundalk, numerous celebrity encounters, from Cristiano Ronaldo to President Mary McAleese, and starring in an RTÉ quiz show. Domhnall said: “During the first lockdown, everything was shut down, including my RehabCare centre, but the staff from RehabCare called to visit me on Thursdays.”
 It was during these outreach visits that the staff suggested to Domhnall to document his life story. “I started writing a bit each day during lockdown and it just grew into a book.

Domhnall Flynn with his book. At times it was difficult, but I enjoyed it and my Mum kept me going by checking my spellings. Gerard Roe, my support worker, always asked how it was going when he rang me or called to the house,” he said.
 The book delves into Domhnall’s happy childhood, however, as a child born with a cleft palate, he says he was frequently misunderstood. “I have a mild intellectual disability, mostly speech and language difficulties.The

teachers and pupils found it hard to understand me, and I found it hard to concentrate,” stated Domhnall. RehabCare Support Worker Gerard Roe has been working with Domhnall for 20 years and speaks of Domhnall’s determined spirit. “I asked him if he was interested in going to college. He asked if his siblings were able to go, why couldn’t he? All Domhnall would want is reassurance that his place in the RehabCare

centre, with his friends, would remain.”
 Gerard added: “I think this autobiography is a fantastic achievement. He had a teacher who gave him extra lessons, staying with him after school to help him learn to read and write. This book is because of that teacher, it’s because of his family circle, it’s because of the community.
 Speaking of the support services, Domhnall said: “I can’t imagine what my life would be like without RehabCare. Since I was 18, I have attended the centre and the horticultural centre and lots of my school friends also attend it. We do so many activities like snooker and football. Gerard always encourages me to try new things and he has been a great influence on me and my friends over the years. The staff set us achievable goals, and they all have a great sense of humour and fun. The years since I started have flown by because I have so much enjoyed RehabCare,”he added.

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Digital Print Operator and Packaging Machine Operator Foxpak are on the hunt for a Digital Print Operator and Packaging Machine Operator to assist in maintaining our high level of quality production and speedy service. The ideal candidates should be team players with a positive and flexible attitude showing enthusiasm while working in an efficient and fast-paced manufacturing role. Previous experience in the same or similar capacity is seen as a distinct advantage. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in an ambitious and fast-paced company that values the personal and professional development of their employees. Each role offers multiple perks such as a competitive salary, excellent working environment, technical and personal training. the roleS: • • • •

Operating on a three-way shift basis Achieving weekly output targets and KPIs Ensure all orders are manufactured to required quality standards Participate in continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing projects as required • Perform regular maintenance as needed • Working to BRC standards Packaging Machine Operator : • • • • •

Operating as part of a team on a packaging production line Ensuring production line/work area kept clean to required standards Loading product for despatch Counting and auditing product on the production line Quality control of the finished product

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To apply please send a copy of your CV to adrian@foxpak.com Closing date for applications is Wednesday 23rd June Successful candidates will be contacted in due course.

IFE are delighted to announce the development of a new Special Needs Assistant (SNA) course to enable learners complete studies in Special Educational Needs to facilitate progression to both employment and further studies in this area. This course qualifies participants to work as SNA’s in primary and secondary school classrooms or special schools, supporting children in their learning environment. This programme will also allow for a professional placement within a variety of educational contexts and community care settings. The course will include specialist areas of study in understanding special needs, intellectual disability studies, equality and disability and child development. Learners will also complete tailored workshops in autism, learning disabilities, first aid, management of actual or potential aggression and people handling. Graduates can progress directly to employment in a variety of educational contexts and community care settings. Alternatively, graduates may progress to further studies through the Higher Education Links Scheme in specialist social care, psychology, social studies, and early childhood care and education degree programmes including: • Psychology, Social Science, Arts: Maynooth University • Arts (Children and Youth Studies), Applied Social Sciences. Psychology and Sociology, Psychology: NUI Galway • Psychology, Social Policy and Sociology, Social Sciences: UCD • Social Care, Early Childhood Care & Education, Community Development and Youth Work: TU Dublin • Health and Society: DCU • Early Childhood Studies: DkIT The course is suitable for both school leavers and experienced or mature students seeking a formal qualification and looking to develop a career in this rewarding and fulfilling field. For Further Information or to Apply Now see visit the website or contact the college on 041 983 7105 to speak to our guidance team.

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Chartered Engineers Architectural Services & Project Managers McArdle Doyle are a Dundalk based Engineering and Project Management Consulting practice serving the retail, commercial, petroleum and residential construction sectors. Due to continued expansion we now have vacancies for the following positions:

Architectural Technician – Architectural Technologist Due to continued expansion into the Residential sector we are seeking to appoint a Architectural Technicians and Technologists. The role is a permanent position offering the candidate the opportunity to join a progressive practice leading a growing sector within the practice.

Role Responsibilities: • Design and Detailing for Residential projects with values ranging from €2.0m to €24.0m. • Joining a growing team within our residential section, • Planning and managing CAD documentation, working closely with our in-house Engineering section. • Attend meetings with the client and other members of the design team. • Aid in the preparation of Fire Safety Certificates and Disabled Access Certificates. • Aid in design delivery in accordance with agreed timescales, building regulations and costs. • Aid in compliance with the relevant Health and Safety legislation.

Role Requirements: • Appropriate qualification in Architecture with minimum 5 to 10 years experience. • Experience of working closely with other members of the design team. • Competency in AutoCAD essential and a working knowledge of Revit desirable. • This role will suit a professional wishing to expand their experience across a number of construction sectors. • Possess excellent communication, organisation and analytical skills. • Must have fluent English and be eligible to work in Ireland. • Full-clean driver’s license. Package: • Contract Duration. Permanent. • Salary. Negotiable. • Company Pension scheme available. • Company bonus scheme applies. • Travel Expenses apply.

Civil Engineering Technician - Commercial, Residential & Petroleum Sector We are currently seeking to recruit an Office Based Civil Engineering Technician to join our civil engineering team on a range of projects ranging in value from €3m to €30m. Experience/Role Requirements: • A minimum 3-5 years’ experience working in a similar role within a design consultancy working on major civil & structural engineering projects. • Software skills to include Micro drainage, AutoCAD 2/3D proficiency. Revit experience an advantage but not essential. • Experience in drainage, wastewater & pavement design. • Ability to manage design from concept through Planning, Tender and Construction. • Knowledge of Planning and Regulatory Processes. • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Role Description: • Responsibility for drawing and design duties on civil engineering projects. • Liaising with other members of the design and construction teams on a large range of projects. • Encouraged to develop your skills and progress your career within the consultancy. Package: • Salary: Negotiable. • Pension Scheme: Company to match staff contributions up to 5% of salary. • Performance Bonus: Up to 15% of annual salary, performance related. • Annual leave: 25 days. • Contract Duration: Permanent. • Travel Expenses Package included.

Lead Design Architect Role Responsibilities: • Design responsibility for Residential projects with values ranging from €2.0m to €24.0m. • Leading a growing team within our residential section, • Planning and managing CAD documentation, working closely with our in-house Engineering section. • Attend onsite meetings with the client and other members of the design team. • Carry out site inspections to ensure compliance with design and coordination of reporting etc. • Responsibility to ensure projects are delivered in accordance with agreed timescales, building regulations and costs. • Ensure compliance with the relevant Health and Safety legislation. • The candidate will also have the opportunity to become involved in business development activities through growing relationships with new and existing clients.

Role Requirements: • A degree in Architecture with minimum 5 to 10 years experience. • Ideally be a Registered Architect or actively working towards registration. • Experience of working closely with Clients and other members of the design team. • Competency in AutoCAD essential and a working knowledge of Revit desirable. • This role will suit an Architect who has gained strong design skills and is now seeking to advance to a leadership role. • Possess excellent communication, organisation and analytical skills. • Must have fluent English and be eligible to work in Ireland. • Full-clean driver’s license. Package: • Contract Duration. Permanent. • Salary. Negotiable. • Company Pension scheme available. • Company bonus scheme applies. • Travel Expenses apply.

Please return CVs to McArdle Doyle, Second Floor, Exchange Building, The Long Walk, Dundalk, Co Louth or ronnie@mcardledoyle.ie by Friday, 2nd July, 2021.


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Careers & recruitment The importance of recruiting well “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” Never have those words from Richard Branson been so apt as companies big and small from all over the world have started to realise the importance of recruiting the right people for their business. In human resource management, “recruit-

ment” is the process of finding and hiring the best and most qualified candidate for a job opening, in a timely and cost-effective manner. The recruitment should be a sound one. If it is not so, the morale of the staff could be threatened and the image of the company tarnished. The process begins with identification of the needs of the company with respect to the job and ends with

the introduction of the employee to the organization. Having good quality employees is the number one goal for any employer. Establishing a job description and advertising in places where you know you will be able to attract people with the right set of skills is the first step. In order to avoid the recruitment minefield, many organisations turn to specialist recruitment consultan-

cies in order to not just expedite and take the stress out of the process, but also to ensure the process is smooth and effective in order to attract and retain the best talent. In summary the recruitment process needs to ensure that only the most suitable and competent people should be selected for the jobs. As the old saying goes time spent on hiring is time well spent.

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1—Which former Tánaiste and Fianna Fáil government Minister was born in Dundalk in 1930? 2—Ireland generally has nine public holidays per year. What month will the seventh of the nine take place? 3—What city will the European International Football Championships kick off this Friday evening? 4—In mythology who was the Greek Goddess of Love? 5—Irish hit comedy series The Young Offenders is set in which city? 6—Lev is the currency of which European country? 7—How many degrees of angle in total does a triangle have?

Oldbridge and Ashling Park astro turf pitches in deplorable state and need urgent attention 8—How many US states border Alaska? 9—On 24 June 1993, Ireland officially passed legislation which decriminalised what? 10—What alcohol is used to make the cocktail known as a Mojito? The Stinker: If dogs bark and lions roar what do eagles do?

—this week’s answers—

Cllr Seán Kelly again raised the issue of the condition of the astro turf pitches at both Oldbridge and Ashling Park with council management at Tuesday’s meeting of Dundalk Municipal Council. Kelly stated ‘the condition of the pitches are deplorable, they are of no use in current state and the Council needs to act now to maintain and secure them for the community.’ Kelly raised the issues around Oldbridge previously in a motion before the Council and has since visited Ashling Park which is in a similar state. Kelly said

‘we cannot build this infrastructure and then allow it fall into this such levels of disrepair, it is a small minority causing these issues and if they were properly maintained and secured the whole community including local clubs and groups could benefit from them. Oldbridge has Shamrocks, Ashling Park has Dealgan Boxing Club and Redeemer Celtic. They could all be availing of the facilities if they were in working order.’ Council management undertook to look at sites and come back to the Council next month.

Cllr Sean Kelly.

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1—Brian Lenihan Sr, 2—October, 3—Rome (Italy V Turkey is the first game of the tournament), 4—Aphrodite, 5 Cork, 6—Bulgaria, 7—180, 8—None, 9—Homosexuality, 10—Rum. The Stinker— Scream.

Dundalk Lions Club cheques for charities

David Larkin, President of Dundalk Lions Club presents a cheque to Anne Murphy Phone Service Manager Alone Good Morning Louth.

to Joan, Nuala and CathDavid Larkin presents a cheque . erine from the North Louth Hospice

David Larkin presents a cheque to Joe Duffy, Chair Dundalk FM Community Radio.

David Larkin presents a cheque to Megan Bellew, Women’s Aid Dundalk.

Paula Dowdell, Fundraising David Larkin presents cheque to tion Childrens Respite nda Manager, Maria Goretti Fou Centre.

David Larkin presents a cheque to Siobhan Lynch, Chime The Nat Charity for Hearing Impairnent.

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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 three days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). S.K.

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 three days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). D.M.

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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 three days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). B.D.

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 three days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). L.C.

Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads, so that I can attain my goal, you who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances of my life you are with me. I want in this short prayer to thank you as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you even in spite of all material illusion. I wish to be with you in eternal Glory. Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine Amen. Say for three days for three consecutive days and when the request is answered, as it always is, publish the prayer. M.M.C.

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County Louth top prospective housing builds table

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SELL IT with Louth followed by Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow with Cork in sixth spot the first non Leinster county to feature. Roscommon prop up the table with just shy of ten residential housing units planned per 1000 population. Indeed the west of the country provide the bottom three counties in the table with Leitrim and Sligo faring only slightly better than Roscommon. To arrive at these figures buildinginfo took a deep look into their database to understand what the pool of planned activity in the

housing sector is. They looked at projects that have been granted planning permission, but have not yet started works, and indeed have not expired. The figures in the table represent the intent in the building industry to supply housing as it stands which has not been acted on. Although the table does look promising for housing in the Wee County it has to be pointed out that these figures thus far represent potential supply only.


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deaths dad to Mary, Patricia, Paula and John. Sadly Predeceased by her brothers Noel, Con, DesColette McENEANEY (née Lennon), Hardy missed by his loving wife and family, sonssie, Myles and Benny. Sadly missed by her Lane, Blackrock Road, Dundalk, Louth. Peacein-law Paul, Patrick and Joe, grandchildren sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephfully in the love and tender care of The Louth Chris, Niamh, Patrick-Ellis, Shonah and Aoife, ews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and Co. Hospital. Beloved wife of Brian and dear nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. mum of Aidan and Justin. Predeceased by friends.# her parents Bernard and Elizabeth, brothers Teresa McELROY (nee Cunningham) RIP Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, peacefully at Our Sean CONWAY (Newtownbalregan, Dundalk) Brian and Gerry, sister Joan Monaghan, She Much loved son of John & Patricia. Dear Lady Of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda. Beloved will be sadly missed by her loving husband, brother of Lisa, Patrick, Suzanne & Zoe. Sean wife of Gerry. Cherished mother of Ronan, sons, sister Ann Doherty, grand-daughter will be sadly missed by his parents, brother, Gareth & Cara (Meegan). Dear mother in law Kaileyn and her mum Leone, Justin’s partsisters, sister in law Claire, brothers in law of Mark, Patricia & Maria. Devoted grandner Martina, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, John, Mark & Ciaran, nephews, nieces, exmother of Kyla, Heidi, Gerard, Zac, Finn, nephews, nieces, extended family, wondertended family and large family circle. Ryan & Angel Sophie. Loving sister of Bernie ful neighbours and friends. & predeceased by her siblings Patsy, John, Gerard Durnin Newtownbabe, Ardee Road. Jim Gray Farndreg, Dundalk. Peacefully in Peacefully in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Mary & Rosetta RIP. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, surrounded Gerard much loved husband and best friend by his family. 2nd June 2021. Jim much Bill Dugdale Laurel Brook Gardens, Dundalk. of Noreen née Mc Mahon, dear father of Bill much loved husband of Margaret née loved son of the late Christy and Una and Jennifer, Ian, Niall, Alan and Andrew, lovWalsh and brother of Mary Wallace and the brother Michael, Jennifer, Moira, Kenneth, ing grandfather of Jake, Leah, Liam, Shane, late Yule and Tom. Bill will be sadly missed Una, Yvonne, Christopher and the late Gary Myles, Alex, Conor, Naoise, Matthew, Rachel by his wife, sister, nephews, nieces, relatives and David and his late nephew Travis. Jim and Mia and brother of Syl, Marie Donnolly and many friends. will be sadly missed by his brothers, sisters, and the late Paddy, and Jean Mc Parland. brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, his good Seán Quinn Cherrymount, Drogheda, Co. Gerard will be sadly missed by his wife, sons, Louth and formerly of Mc Swiney Street, friend Deloras, nephews, nieces, relatives daughter, grandchildren, son-in-law Noel, Dundalk. Passed away suddenly at Our and many friends. daughters-in-law Leona, Judith, Karen and Lady of Lourdes Hospital in his 90th year. Joyce (Joy) Morgan (née Gough), Woodville, Tina, brother, sister, brothers-in-law, sistersPredeceased by his parents Roseanne and Dunleer peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many John, sisters Josephine, Rose, Bernie and Hospital, Drogheda. Joy, beloved daughter friends. Carmel. Beloved husband of Pat and loving of the late Sgt. Robert and Susan Gough.

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An Táin Arts Centre want your old shoes We want your old shoes for an exciting visual arts installation! If you have old or unwanted shoes taking up space, please bring them to the Box Office at An Táin Arts Centre. Drop off times 10am - 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday. Migration is an intriguing new sculptural art project by artist Garry Maguire, the new work explores the pattern, colour and movement of the natural definitions of migration and juxtaposes them with the definitions of human migration and the concerns thereof. Over a three day period from the weekend of the 16th – 18th of July, the new work will be displayed at Market Square, Dundalk. The public are very welcome to come and engage with the artist and this thought provoking piece of work over the three days. Please donate your old shoes, all shapes and sizes welcome. You are also invited to place a message in the shoe if you wish. Last day for shoe drop-off Tuesday 15th June at 4pm. Migration art project is coming soon

Louth Library Service upcoming events Gardening with Bumblebee Farm: Learn how to create sustainable, organic and healthy flowers, arrangements and more! Join Bumblebee Farm for a virtual workshop that will guide you on how to plant better and protect the environment. Takes place via Zoom on Thursday June 10th at 3pm. To book email libraryhelpdesk@louthcoco.ie Cruinniú na nÓg - Vikings in Louth: Louth Library Service is delighted to support this national day of arts and creativity for children and young people taking place on Saturday June 12th. County Louth has an incredible Viking history! Join us at 11am to learn about the Vikings in Ireland and some of the amazing Viking discoveries in the county. In this hands-on live workshop, children will make a Viking longship while hearing fun facts, terrible dad jokes, and a fabulous story of life in Ireland at the time of the Vikings. Booking is essential, please book via https://antain-tickets. antain.ie/shows/873617646 to reserve a spot. Crafting packs can be downloaded in advance and printed at home. Packs are also available for collection from Drogheda, Dundalk and Ardee Libraries. Full details will be provided when booking. For more

information on Cruinniú na nÓg, and the free events taking place nationwide, please visit https:// cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/ Summer Stars Illustration Workshop: To celebrate the launch of the Summer Stars reading programme, artist and storyteller Wayne O’Connor will guide participants in a fun filled art session on how to create exciting characters and develop an imaginative story. All you need is paper, pencil and your own imagination. Suitable for children age 8 to 12 years.Takes place Saturday June 19th at 2.30pm; places are limited so booking is essential. To book email libraryhelpdesk@ louthcoco.ie The Summer Solstice: Zoom talk about the solstices and their meaning to the prehistoric builders of the Boyne Valley with astronomer and author Anthony Murphy from Mythical Ireland, takes place on Monday 21st of June at 6:30pm. Places are limited so booking is essential. To book email libraryhelpdesk@ louthcoco.ie Rhyme and Sign Storytelling with Clever Little Handies: Rhyme and Sign storytelling session via Zoom funded by the Community Resilience Fund. Free for parents with babies and toddlers

from newborns up. Takes place on Tuesday June 22nd at 11am, places are limited and booking is essential. To book email library helpdesk@louthcoco.ie Volunteering a Stepping Stone to Employment: Join Volunteer Louth for this virtual workshop exploring the benefits of volunteering for the jobseeker. Taking place via Zoom on Wednesday June 23rd at 11am, places are limited and booking is essential so please email libraryhelpdesk@louthcoco.ie to reserve your spot. This is a Work Matters at the Library event. Introduction to Scratch Coding with Aoife: Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. In this virtual workshop for parents find out the basics on Scratch to support your child in their Scratch experience. Takes place on Wednesday June 23rd at 6.30pm via Zoom. Places are limited and booking is essential. To book email libraryhelpdesk@ louthcoco.ie.

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Dundalk Leader 10th June 2021


Dundalk Leader 10th June 2021


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