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Concerns over Mount Avenue road project

The Lis Na Dara residents Association have issued a response following confirmation last week that Louth County Council had signed the contract for the Mount Avenue Link road.

The construction contract is valued in excess of €7million and will involve the construction of a new road from Lis na Dara, on the Carrick Road, to the Mount Avenue Road, known locally as the “back of the wall”.

The new road will join the existing Mount Avenue Road northwest of the eSB Substation. From that point, the Mount Avenue Road will be wid-

ened and upgraded to Castletown Cross on the Castleblaney Road.

While welcoming the news that lands will be opened up for housing developments the Lis Na Dara Residents Committee expressed concerns that the project will ‘will change the character and quality of our neighbourhood effectively splitting the estate in two’.

“We, as the community of Lis Na Dara, are pleased to hear that new lands will be opened up for housing development in the Mount Avenue area. We recognise that housing is a vital issue in our town and country, and we support Continued on Page 2

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Concerns over Mount avenue road project

From Page 1 any initiative that can provide more affordable and quality homes for people in need.

However, we are concerned about the long-term implications of this project on our community.

“Lis Na Dara is a private enclosed housing estate, which was never taken in charge, with many young families and elderly people living here. We have a strong sense of community and iden-

tity, where we care for each other and our surrounding environment. We are worried that this project will change the character and quality of our neighbourhood effectively splitting the estate in two.

“How will this project affect the wider Mount Avenue’s infrastructure and services? Will there be enough schools, shops, parks and public transport options for the increased popula-

tion? How will this project affect our traffic and road safety? Will there be adequate measures to ensure road safety for pedestrians and cyclists? How will this project affect our environment and heritage?

“Will the mature trees and planting that we have maintained, invested in and enjoyed for many years at the entrance of our estate be removed?

We are not concerned about the short-term disruption

caused by the construction work. We understand that this is a necessary part of any development project, and we trust that the contractors will do their best to minimise the inconvenience and respect our privacy.

“Louth County Council has never fully engaged with us apart from one meeting a number of years ago on road safety with no follow up, and then ultimately challenged us in an oral hearing in 2020 on the

compulsory purchase of our lands.

“The above are some of the questions that we hope will be addressed by all parties involved in this project. We urge them to consult with us, listen to our views and

take them into account when making decisions. We are not opposed to progress, but we want it to be sustainable and respectful of our needs and rights as a community,” concluded the statement.

Saint Joseph’s Redemptorist Church re-opens after renovations

Saint Joseph’s Redemptorist Church re-opened on Sunday with Fr. noel Kehoe welcoming back parishioners after the building had been closed for eight weeks for renovations. Fr. Kehoe thanked parishioners for their patience during the mass.

“We are delighted to return to the church after eight weeks. i take this opportunity to thank you for your patience during the renovation. it will be rewarded with the stunning new interior.

“Planning for this work began over three years ago from the initial concept design to completion. the initial programme involved simply replacing the lighting to LED. However, upon inspection, it was discovered that the electrical wiring and fire systems were in a very precarious state and major

maintenance became obligatory.

“Being a popular and busy church, the next challenge was to get the work completed in a very tight timeframe. ten electrical companies from Co. Louth, armagh and Down were invited to tender. Six expressed an interest, but disappointingly only two companies submitted tenders.

“We are very grateful to adair Electrical for completing an extremely complicated programme within eight weeks to a very high standard. We thank them also for accommodating all our local subcontractors and allowing building works to the sanctuary and church to happen at the same time to address damp and dry rot.

“as we return to the church for worship, i am very conscious of the skill and talent of workmen

and women who over the past 150 years created this beautiful church of St. Joseph’s.

“i am sure that you will agree that the new lighting not only will be environmentally more responsible but will enhance and highlight the beauty of the stone work, mosaics and woodwork. Like the prayer in the psalm, ‘i will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help,’ let us raise our eyes in thanksgiving for the salvation that has inspired such beauty, art and workmanship.

“We are delighted to welcome Bishop Michael Router who will bless and consecrate the newly refurbished altar on Sunday 19th March at the 11.00am mass. this is the feast of St. Joseph,” he stated.

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The newly renovated Saint Josephs Redemptorist Church re-opened for mass on Sunday.
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Residents report improvement in antisocial behaviour in Halliday Mills

Co-oPERativE Housing ireland has spoken about the improvement in anti-social behaviour at a Dundalk apartment complex.

Co-operative Housing ireland Policy and Communications Manager Eoin Carroll has said there has been a “significant improvement” at Halliday Mills on Quay Street.

“What has been key to it has been the conscious effort to engage more with the residents of Halliday Mills,” said Eoin.

“We are in the process of addressing antisocial behaviour. Some residencies have been terminated.

“It was a difficult decision to make and we had to follow due process. it can be very challenging for the residents so we are aware of that.”

He added: “We have also been engaging with the community and have facilitated the establishment of a residents’ association.

“there is a strong cohort at Halliday Mills and they have come to-

gether for the residents’ association.

“the residents also have a lot of support from the housing officer. The most recent event was at Christmas when the committee organised for Santa to visit and the children got presents.”

Eoin continued: “Communal living or apartment living is still relatively new in ireland. People have to navigate and find their way.”

Halliday Mills’ resident inga Perkona said that things have definitely improved since she first

moved into her new home.

“in the beginning, it was very rocky but things have improved. i didn’t know anyone before i moved in but i’m on the residents’ committee now,” said inga.

“We decided to have six people on the committee, normally there are three people but we have back up members to cover every position in case someone can’t make a meeting.

“there has been a big improvement since some of the neighbours got replaced. there are only two apartments that are

troublemakers now.”

Inga added: “The first committee fell apart but the new committee is working well and we even have an account with the Credit Union now.

“We managed to get some money together and organised a Halloween and Christmas event for the residents and kids.

“i’m settled in here now and i rather live somewhere like this where there is high security and cameras everywhere and if you call the guards they are here in two minutes.”

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Inga Perkona and her neighbour Geraldine Martin.
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Excitement building for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

DUnDaLK St Patrick’s Day grand marshals amy Broadhurst and Kate O’Connor were in fine form on Friday as they posed for press pictures ahead of the parade.

Excitement is building for the event, which starts at 1pm, and which will feature over 40 local community, sporting, voluntary and business groups.

the Dundalk St Patrick’s Day parade voluntary committee, which is made up of councillors Conor Keelan and Maeve Yore, along with Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú, Shane McBride, Dagan Fleming, Maria o’toole and anne Campbell, said they have been working hard on ensuring that the first parade in Dundalk in four years is one to remember.

the committee has announced that the family fun zone at Market Square will be free to attend and families can also look forward to free entertainment in the form of local musical and dance acts close to the Square after the parade.

this week, it was also

revealed at Louth Rose

Emma Barry will be on the Louth County Council float, which has been specially designed by Dundalk-based artist, Ulrike Liebetrau (Uliunique) and which will showcase the parade theme of ‘Urban Green’. in addition, there will be prizes for Best overall Entrant, Best Community Entrant and Best Commercial Entrant which will revealed after the parade.

Cllr. Keelan said: ‘a huge amount of work has gone into getting the St Patrick’s Day parade

up and running again in Dundalk and we are hoping that as many people as possible turn out to enjoy the event.

‘there will be lots for people to do. in addition to the live music, there will also be a Pelican family fun zone along with takeaway food and hot drinks.

‘i want to say a special thanks to the sponsors, without whom we would not be able to do any of this. i also want to say a massive thanks to all those who have signed up to take part in the parade’.

the parade starts at 1pm and will follow the traditional route along Clanbrassil Street, around Crowe Street, Francis Street, Park Street and will finish at tesco on Dublin Street. there will be a ‘quiet parade’, where participants will be asked to switch off sounds and music, from Utopia on Dublin Street to the end line so that those with sensory issues can enjoy the parade.

in addition, there will be a special viewing platform for wheelchair users and those wishing to use it must register through the links section on the website at stpatricksdaydundalk.ie.

the parade is sponsored by Louth County Council, and has also received funding from PayPal, Dundalk Credit Union, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, oriel Windfarm, Digiweb, SEo Solutions, Dundalk BiDS, BK Forklifts, Print Express, Pelican Promotions, Digital Screen Displays, Control Soft, v&W Recycling, Phoenix Waste, Sevens and Stage and Lighting.

O’Murchú questions definition of ‘adequately housed’

tHE question of whether adult children living at home should be deemed ‘adequately housed’ and therefore not included on social housing waiting lists was debated in Leinster House last week after Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú raised the issue.

During questions to the Minister of State Malcolm noonan, the Sinn Féin tD asked if the Green Party tD would ‘consider local authorities’ definition of ‘adequately housed’, where grown adults are living in their parents’ home, are deemed to be adequately housed and not included on the social housing list?’

Deputy Ó Murchú said: ‘they meet the other criteria like income thresholds. in some cases they are forced into seeking private rentals, which reduces supply, and we all know the issues that exist in relation to supply, especially with the

removal of the eviction ban.

‘there are a huge number of people who find that, if they are living in their parents’ home, they will be told they are adequately housed. if someone is in a situation of technical overcrowding, he or she will be eligible to get on the housing list.

‘this is something that needs to be looked at because the problem is people are being forced into the private rental sector so they at least feel they are clocking time on the housing list.

‘Everyone is aware they will be waiting for six, seven or eight years. this needs to be looked at at departmental level and then a directive and a discussion needs to happen with local authorities, including Louth County Council, about this’. in response, Minister noonan said: ‘adult children living with their parents can apply

for and be deemed to qualify for social housing support, subject to meeting the eligibility and need criteria.

‘Once qualified, such applicants are automatically placed on the relevant local authority waiting list. they do not need to move into the private rented sector to be placed on the list, so it is important to clarify that.

‘Such decisions are matters entirely for local authorities themselves in accordance with their respective statutory allocation schemes and their dayto-day management of the social housing system.

‘the fact is adult children can be and are deemed to qualify for social housing support in the Deputy’s county, County Louth. Some 355 households or 27% of those on the housing waiting list are adult children living with parents.

‘it is the priority for

that local authority, like it is for other local authorities, to assess housing based on the absolute and most urgent need for housing’.

Deputy Ó Murchú responded: ‘i request that some clarity and a directive be given out on this basis because we have a particular problem and it is reducing supply.

‘We know the issues that exist and that they will get worse. We are already dealing with people who are in fear of evictions.

‘We have had the removal of the eviction ban and i cannot imagine how I, my office and some of our councillors will deal with this’.

Deputy Ó Murchú asked about the scheme of councils buying properties that are long term rented to those on the housing list, with Minister noonan responding that the issue is ‘certainly not coming from a want in our department’

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Amy Broadhurst and Kate O’Connor.
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St. Malachy’s Girls are best in ireland

THree winning teams from the Dundalk Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz progressed to the Credit Union Development Association (CUDA) National Final which took place on Saturday, 4th March in the Tullamore Court Hotel.

Quiz teams from St. Malachy’s Girls School (Sophia McManemy, Orla

McCourt, Clodagh Degan and Gianna Grantusa), Scoil Mhuire na nGael (Fergal O’Toole, Ollie Kerr, rossa O’Malley & Shay Curran) and réalt na Mara NS (Donnach Minford, rory Murphy, eshiomugha Alexia Omoh and Audrey Akenji) put in fantastic effort on the day, cheered on by teachers, parents and team members

from Dundalk Credit Union.

The level of competition was extremely high, with three tie breaker rounds required before St. Malachy’s Girls School emerged as the overall winners of the quiz. Huge congratulations to Sophia, Orla, Clodagh and Gianna who were full of pride returning to school

with their all Ireland trophy.

The principal, teachers and students of St. Malachy’s Girls NS are extremely proud of the team and the celebrations are still ongoing.

Congratulations from all the team at Dundalk Credit Union.

St Malachy’s Girls School Quiz team winners. The team were victorious at the Dundalk Credit Union Primary Schhols Quiz in February before going on to take the national crown.

Mick recalls days gone by with collection of short stories

an 82-year-old local man has written a collection of short stories based on true events called ‘the Big Fella’s Memories’.

originally from England, Mick Keane moved to Co Louth 53 years ago and currently lives near Haggardstown.

“i’m from Crystal Palace but i met my wife, nancy, at the Ballymac after being in the country for only three hours,” said Mick.

“She has passed away now

but when i met her, she was living with her Mum at St Ronan’s terrace. She was originally from Barrack Street.”

Mick worked as a carpenter and joiner for a number of years before moving on to work in the banking sector.

“i worked as the aiB porter for four and a half years and spent two and half years at Bank of ireland and also worked for a short time at Ulster Bank,” he said.

“they were great times. i got to know a lot of people in the

Pupils from Scoil Mhuire na nGael, St. Malachy’s Girls School and Realt Na Mara who all performed excellently at the Credit Union Development Association National Final.

town. i really enjoyed the work. i also ended up teaching some carpentry skills to kids in Coxes Demesne.

“there was a project house there and the kids made wheelbarrows and garden furniture. it was a very good experience.”

Mick has since turned his hand to writing and has written over 20 short stories all based on true events.

“one of the stories is set in 1947 when my brother and i found an unexploded bomb in the garden,” he said.

ardee Concert Band to play free concert

ArDee Concert Band are delighted to be hosting and playing alongside the Texas Woman’s University Concert Band on Saturday the 18th March at 8pm in the Bohemian Centre in Ardee. All are welcome to attend this Free concert.

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St Malachy’s Girls School Quiz team winners pictured with principal Brid Galligan and teacher Ms. Geraldine Galligan.

Cargotec workers take strike action

MoRE than 200 workers took part in a one day strike at Dundalk forklift manufacturer Cargotec today.

Workers arrived at Cargotec on the ardee Road at 5.30am to air their grievances over a dispute about the transfer of terms and conditions for staff.

the Unite trade union represents more than 200 workers at the Co Louth facility and according to a representative from the trade union 93% of balloted members voted in favour of industrial action.

Unite has accused the company of failing to engage meaningfully at the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court regarding proposals to transfer workers terms and conditions.

a statement released by Unite on Friday

spoke about the lack of progress in resolving the dispute while warning that a second day of strike action is imminent.

“an urgent meeting of Dundalk 0327

UnitE Branch was convened on Monday evening March 6, at the request of the UnitE Representatives and Strike Committee in Cargotec, Dundalk.

“Reps updated the Branch on the lack of progress made on resolving the dispute and

advised of the strike days planned and the possibility of escalation.

The first day of strike action took place on Friday March 10, with a further day of strike action scheduled for thursday March 16.

“the meeting was unanimous in its total solidarity with the industrial action and also agreed to fund High viz Jackets, Hats and arm Bands for the 200 strikers, along with pledging other additional

funding requested.

“Willie Quigley, Secretary of UnitE 0327 Branch which all these workers are members of, said the Branch fully understands the grave concerns the members have with the recent tUPE of a section of the membership in the Plant and the lack of proper appropriate engagement with UnitE, which undermines the CompanyUnion agreement in place since 1998,” concluded the statement.

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Fitzpatrick says driver test waiting list times are much too long

DePUTy Peter Fitzpatrick has asked An Taoiseach to sort out the driving test waiting times which he claims are getting worse and causing hardship for many young people in Louth and Meath.

“As the Taoiseach knows, one of the most important things is achieving a driving licence. In three massive towns, Dundalk, Drogheda and Navan, the situation is getting worse. I got an email yesterday from a young man in Navan and he is saying the

exact same thing. He is getting on and trying to apply for a test. every time he is on, they tell him to come back in another week and another week. I passed my driving test when I was 18 and it opened up so many opportunities. There are nearly 3,000 people waiting in Drogheda, there are two other big towns in the region, and the Taoiseach is telling me this will help the situation, but it will get worse and worse,” stated Fitzpatrick.

“This has been going on

for two years. The rSA knew what was happening and that, in two years’ time, it would have to find another place. It has been looking with Louth County Council and has found a site. It is only the stroke of a pen, a very simple thing. This young fella from Meath has lost an opportunity to get a job. He has to defer going to college. He has no way of getting transport. The situation could be sorted out in a matter of days. I plead with the Taoiseach

to sort out the situation for these young people and the 3,000 people stuck in Drogheda,” he added.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar rejected Fitzpatrick’s claim that the matter could be sorted out in a matter of days stating that road safety was paramount in any decisions made.

“I passed my driving test at 18 as well, though it was my second attempt. A little bit like my electoral record, it took two attempts to succeed. I understand the importance

Na Piarsaigh/ Blackrock CLG after school training

of having a full licence. It is about being able to get a job, as the Deputy said, being able to get around, get to college and do whatever people need to do. It is a major restriction on people’s freedom not to be able to have a full licence. I do not accept, though, that a change is just the stroke of a pen. I am a former Minister for road safety and have met family members of people killed by an unaccompanied driver.

“Unfortunately, it is a simple fact that people

who have not passed their driving test are more at risk of harming themselves or others. An increase in injuries, deaths and disabilities caused by driving accidents on the road would be a worse outcome than people having to wait 20 or 40 weeks for a test. It is not a nice choice to have to make, but it is the right one. We will do everything we can to get the waiting list down, and the 30% increase in testers will make a difference,” stated An Taoiseach.

Join the Fun in Dundalk’s First annual ‘Mum’s Run’

DUnDaLK it junior parkrun invites kids and their mums to start Mother’s Day the right way with an easy-going 2k run, skip or stroll.

EvERY tuesday afternoon, approximately 45-60 school age children stay behind school at Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan to take part in after school Gaelic Football training, and this is something that na Piarsaigh/ Blackrock CLG are proud to develop as they begin to invest their time heavily in schools in their area.

Coach aoife Lowth has joined the na Piarsaigh/Blackrock underage coaching team and has

begun developing the fundamental skills of children attending Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan and St. Joseph’s n.S in Muirhevena Mór, and Scoil Mhuire na nGael in Bay Estate. this work has started in anticipation of the start of the football season, with underage training due to begin on the Rock Road, at 6.30pm on Monday the 13th of March, for all children from 4 - 12 years of age. na Piarsaigh/Blackrock’s

new found dual status is something that the club are striving to develop throughout the Holy Family/Blackrock area, as all children can now also avail of Hurling and Camogie alongside Gaelic Football.

To find out more about underage Gaelic Football, parents can contact Gavin McGee on 0857385296 - and to find out more about Hurling and Camogie, parents can contact David Gallagher on 087-7112178.

as Mother’s Day approaches on Sunday, March 19th, Dundalk it junior parkrun is sending out an invitation to walkers and runners aged 4-14 to come along with their mothers for Dundalk’s first annual ‘Mum’s Run’. Why not replace the traditional mother’s ‘breakfast in bed’ with a bit of fun and fresh air together instead! this free, family-friendly event will take place at 9.30 am as part of junior parkrun’s weekly 2k route around the sports pitches in the heart of the Dkit campus.

“Since 2021, we’ve been here to encourage kids to get fit and active every Sunday morning with their families. We get together every week of the year, whatever the

weather, and it’s always so worth it when you see the enthusiasm and pride of the kids making it across the finish line! Some run, some walk, and some do a combination of both! We are really inclusive, the focus is on fun, and everyone takes the course happily at their own pace,” said Sarah McEneaney, Event Director. “this

free event is perfect for families who are looking for an active way to celebrate Mother’s Day. it takes no more than 30 mins from start to finish, so there’s still plenty of time left in the day for the pampering and relaxing that all mothers deserve!”

the event is free, but participants need to preregister at https://www.

parkrun.ie/dundalkitjuniors/ Supported by vHi and Dkit. Dundalk it junior parkrun is organised entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the community. the 2k route is run on tarmac paths and is fully marshalled.

For more information, contact: Sarah McEneaney dundalkitjuniors@ parkrun.com.

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Dundalk IT Junior Parkrun are inviting mums to take part this Sunday. Peter Fitzpatrick, TD. Na Piarsaigh/Blackrock CLG are developing links with local schools by offering coaching and underage training to local children.

Christine to launch new singers club in Dundalk

‘tHE only thing better than singing is more singing’ is a quote often attributed to the Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, and those words most certainly resonate with local lady Christine Larkin who is launching an a cappella singing evening in the town later this month.

the Dundalk Singers Club with Christine Larkin will launch in the tipsy Cow pub in Bridge St. Dundalk on the 27th of March. the evening is open to anybody and everybody and it doesn’t matter if you have the voice of an angel or the screech of a crow. the only rule of the Dundalk Singers club is that there are no instruments. the evening will be completely a cappella with the voice the only instrument on display. Christine who is well known on the local theatre and arts circuit grew up with

music in her heart with her mam Lily Larkin a well known performer in Dundalk back in the day.

“i am from Broughton Street originally and because of my mother’s love of music i was pretty much breast fed on music and her love for singing was passed on to me very early on.

i truly believe music and singing are good for the soul and changes the chemistry in the brain to make you feel great.

i have been singing all my life but i have decided to try and launch a monthly event to encourage people of Dundalk to come out and sing a song in a friendly environment down in the tipsy Cow.

“the idea came to me when i was living in the West of ireland just outside Ennis. i found this fabulous monthly event called the Ennis Sing-

ers Club where singers of all abilities were encouraged to stand up and sing a song of their choosing. they were brilliant nights and recently i decided i would try and do something similar in Dundalk. it will be completely free of charge we just ask that you bring a song with you and sing your heart out on the evening. You can sing whatever style of song you want in whatever language you want and we promise that a great evening’s fun will be had by all. as i said i absolutely adore music and singing and this is my little attempt to keep the tradition of singing alive around the town,” stated Christine who is known to do a mean version of Edith Piaf’s ‘non, Je ne Regrette Rien’. anybody who would like to hear more information about

Ó Fiaich institute open Day

Dundalk Singer’s Club with Christine Larkin can call Christine on 0831161297 or email larkccm@gmail.com. the new club starts on the 27th of March at 7:30pm and all are welcome.



Primary transition Year student Jessica Moran attended the o’Fiach institute open Day and gave her thoughts on what was on offer.

“Ó Fiaich institute is a dynamic and excellent college that provides a large variety of different 1-year courses. on the 8th and 9th of March they hosted an open day with various stalls set up explaining each course

leaving cert students could decide to take. the stalls included courses on Business & Computing, Beauty, Sport & Wellbeing, Engineering & Science, art & Media, Childcare & Healthcare as well as Pre-University. From my impression, walking around and interviewing different members of staff as well as a few students all the feedback on Ó Fiaich was very positive. a few students who will remain anony-


1—Who is the only Irish film director to receive two Oscar nominations in the Best Director category?

2—What does Popeye have tattooed on each of his forearms?

3—Which country, the ninth largest in the world, has made “Very nice!” it’s official tourism slogan?

4—Can you name any of the children in the popular chidrens book series ‘The Famous Five’ by Enid Blyton?

5—Can you name the Dundalk born politician who served as Tánaiste in Charles J Haughey’s government between 1987 and 1990?

6—Hydrocephalus is the build up of fluid in which organ of the body?

7—The teddy bear was invented in honour of, and named after, which US President?

8—The name of which US state appears

mous have said.

“the good thing about Ó Fiaich is the fact that if you’re not sure what you’d like to do, you get to explore that for a year before making the decision to go straight into college.”

“it saves you from making a drastic financial decision, so you know what course you want to take before investing a large sum of money,”

on the label of Jack Daniel’s bottles?

9—Which Irish county is the only county in Ireland that does not touch a county that touches the sea?

10—The name of which country translates from Spanish as ‘Equator’?

The Stinker—There are seven countries in the world whose names in English end in ‘-stan’. Can you name five of them?


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Christine Larkin will launch the new singing club in The Tipsy Cow. 1—Jim Sheridan- My Left Foot (1990) and In the Name of the Father (1994), 2—Anchor, 3—Kazakhstan (taking inspiration from Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Borat), 4—Julian, Dick, Anne and George/Georgina (the fifth member of the famous five was Timmy the Dog), 5— Brian Lenihan Jr, 6—Brain, 7—Theodoore Roosevelt, 8—Tennessee, 9— Laois, 10—Ecuador. Stinker: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
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Family Notices

nOVena in MeMOriaM

seamus & Michael

13th & 2nd ANNIverSAry formerly of greenacres, dundalk

In loving memory of Seamus whose 13th anniversary occurs 21st March and Michael’s 2nd anniversary occurs on the 6th April. sons/Brothers

Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us everyday, Unseen, unheard, but always near,

Still loved, still missed, still very dear.

—Always loved and missed every minute of every day. Love Mam, Sinead, Dearbhla, Ciara, Desmond, Dylan, nephews, nieces and grandchildren XXX dad - Michael

Thinking of you Dad today

But that’s nothing new I thought about you yesterday

And the day before that too.

I’ll think about you tomorrow and as the years come and go I’ll think about you forever

Because I loved you so. Always loved and missed so much your loving daughter Michelle and Grandson’s Dexter and Frank. XXX.

dad – seamus

I often sit and think about The years that have passed by And of the happiness and joy

That was shared by you and I I think of all the laughter

The smiles and all the fun

And before I even know it

My tears have once again begun For although it brings me comfort

To walk down memory lane

It reminds me how without you

Life will never be the same —Loved and missed Shane and family XXX.

in MeMOriaM nOVena

novena to the sacred heart

Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted.

(Never known to fail) h.M. novena to the sacred heart

Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted.

(Never known to fail) c.p.

novena to the sacred heart

Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted.

(Never known to fail) r.p. novena to the sacred heart

Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted.

(Never known to fail). t.W. novena to the sacred heart

Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted.

(Never known to fail) c.r. novena to the sacred heart

Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted.

(Never known to fail) B.M.

Dundalk band ‘Words that Burn’ play hometown album launch

tHiS is Words that Burn’s first hometown show in four years as they have been constantly touring and writing pre and post pandemic.

Founded in 2011, they have released 1 EP (2013) and two full length albums (Regret is For the Dead 2016 and PYRES 2019) both of which went to top of the irish mainstream, rock & metal itunes charts. their latest offering “CUt tHRoat CULtURE

‘’, out March 16th on all stream and download platforms, was produced by famous

dundalk band ‘words That Burn’ will play their first hometown gig in four years this weekend in Toales.

USa based metal producer Josh Schroeder (Lorna shore, King

810). WtB have completed three European

ATTEnTion—For B.E.R. CERTIFICATION of properties being offered for sale or rent, contact Robert Mulholland, BER assessor. 087 609 1906 www.louthber.ie.

ATTE n T ion lA ndlord S—We supply furniture & Beds for any rental properties you have. Beds from €180, Bedroom Furniture Sets from €249 Call us today www. bedstore.ie, Coes Rd, Dundalk Tel 042 932 0927.

cd log S—Kiln Dried Ash/Oak & Birch, Weekly Deliveries to Dundalk & surrounding areas. Newry Co. Down Mob 00 44 77 6040 3254 or 048 30269632 www.cdlogs. com. for SAlE—2 Fireside chairs. Contact 042 9352962. SEll iT Through A clASSifiEd—Only €5 for one week up to 20 words. 042 93 20888. The Dundalk Leader.

chiMnEy & STovE clEAning—Tel Paul McArdle 042 933 2491 / 087 666 0094. chiMnEy clEAnEr—The Clean sweep, clean & tidy, no dust. Brush & Vac. Also gutter cleaning. Contact - Cathal 087-2259799.

window clEAning—Gutter & facia cleaning carried out by professional, fully trained and insured staff. Affordable rates. Domestic & Commercial. Call our office for a free quotation. Everkleen 042 935 2717 or 086 829 3585. www.everkleenservices. ie <http://www.everkleenservices.ie>. hou SE & APA rTME n T cl EA ning Service. Specializing in Re-Let & Spring Cleaning, Carpet & Upholstery cleaning. Fully insured. For a free quotation contact Everkleen 042 9352717 / 087 6873188, www.everkleenservices.ie <http://www. everkleenservices.ie>.

TilEr AvAilABlE—Experienced local tiler to carry out all types of tile workmarble, granite, porcelain. Indoors and out. Call 087-387-8995 for free quote.

S c Tiling—Professional Tiler, Specialises in full bathroom refits. Top Class Work

Guaranteed Call Shane 086 107 5080.

MoBilE hoME TrAnSPorT—Transported throughout 32 Counties. Contact— Eugene 086-607-1702.

cArPET & ovEn clEAning—Carpet, upholstery & specialist oven cleaning available. Call MVI Cleaning Dundalk on 042 94 21300 or visit www.mvicleaning.ie.

r oofing rEPA ir S & Stoves. Stoves supplied and fitted, fully insured, Hetas certified. Contact Paul Englishby 087 6301914 or 041 98 94633 and Mark on 087 1302040 for roofing enquiries.

gArdEn & houSE MAinTEnAncE

Strimming grass, hedge cutting, weeding, also garden clearance, concreting, patios, painting, power washing, gutter cleaning, window cleaning, fencing. Have all the equipment. Contact Brian 086-109-7358. ProPErT y MAinTEnAncE—Repairs, building, plumbing, painting, roof repairs, tiling, bathroom refurbishments, concreting, plastering, gardening, power washing, PVC facia and soffits, Over 20 yrs experience. References available. Tel Michael on 085-762-3758.

f ifi’S AlTE r AT ion S—Longwalk S.C. (formerly A-Alterations) Tel 083 011 8728.

Zips, hems, clothes taken in or let out, also Dry Cleaning Service. Open Mon - Fri 9.30 - 5.30pm & Sat 10-2pm.

wATch rEPAirS—Mechanical/Quartz (battery) and Vintage. In our own workshop. Most brands: Cartier, Longines, Omega, Revue, Raymond Weil, Seiko, Citizen & more, also Jewellery repairs. Goldstar Jewellers, Demesne Shopping Centre Dundalk Tel. 042 93 39478. PowEr wAShing Get ready for Spring/ Summer. Power washing of driveways/ paving/walls. Competitive rates. Call Will on 085 8604048.

BuildEr & hoME MAinTAinEncE

Building, Woodwork, Painting, Plumbing, Tiling, Kitchen Refurbishments, Paving & Fencing. Tel. 087 295 2529.

E AS y-going coun T ry l A d mid-50s with GSOH seeks like-minded female companion late 40s/mid 50s with no ties. For walks/talks and to share the simple things in life. Tel—0868220403.

c l EA n E r wA n TE d for general household work a few hours a week. Avenue road, Dundalk Tel 086 0633185.

gET fi T the fun way and learn to dance, the Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Jive, now taking place in the Lisdoo, Dundalk Tuesday’s from 8pm—10pm, no partner required. Newly Wed first dance lessons and private lessons also available. Contact 086 357 3271 for further information. f r E nch g rind S available for Junior and Leaving cert, All levels. Individual and small group options. Tel 086 8723340. druM lESSonS including BodhrAn For adults & children aged 8 years upwards. One to one lessons. Phone 087 414 4228.

louTh co. council—I, Fergal Ward, intend to apply for Planning Permission for development to comprise New extension, alterations and all associated site works to existing dwellinghouse at “Ardlaois”, Rock Road, Blackrock, Co.Louth. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Louth County Council from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing within a period of 5 weeks from the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00.

tours, including slots at EXit festival in Serbia, Revolution Fest in Romania and aggressive Fest in Czech Republic and more recently Bloodstock Festival in the UK.

they have also previously played as main support to alien Weaponry, Beartooth and as i Lay Dying here in ireland.

CD’s can be purchased at their toales gig along with other band merch. toales, March 18th, Doors 8:30 - free admission.

griMlEy’S duBlin ST. dundAlK Televisions, TV aerials, satellite, Freeview & Saorview, new installations, sales, service & repairs. Free estimates 042 935 4343. dundAlK gArdEn SErvicES—Tree topping, felling, hedge trimming, grass cutting & strimming. Rubbish Removals/ Garage clearance, House & Garden refuse. Permit holder. Contact Ben 085-840-7707. forTunE TEllEr—Available for appointment, private or group bookings. Tel. Alison 042 933 5102 or 087-67-51229.

Building S E rvic ES—Extensions, Renovations, Sunrooms, Conservatories and All General Maintenance. P.V.C. Fascia, Soffit and Guttering products supplied and fitted. Bathroom Refurbishment, Painting, Decorating, Wall & Floor Tiling. All types of Roof Repairs & Maintenance. For free estimates Tel 087 260 2501.

roof lEAKS MASTEr—We repair all types of roof/tile, slate, bangor blues. Repair torch on roofs, scrape & clean, chimneys & chimney pots, chimney bird guards, gutter facia & soffits. All work guaranteed, 25 years experience. Tel. 086 8184827.

cA r PE n T ry & Join E ry—Maintenance and repairs, roofing, 1st & 2nd fix carpentry, sash window repairs. No job too big or small. Contact Seandon Carpentry 087 298 5110.

Podi AT ry/c hiro P ody treatment in the comfort of your own home. Ms. Dara McCoy, Bsc. Podiatry 0871924794. loc A l Pow E r wAS hing—No job too big or too small. Patios, driveways, walls, also grass cutting & gutter cleaning. Contact James 089 9705466 for free quotation.

Bric K l Ay E r S AvA il AB l E for garages, extensions and garden walls. Tel— 00447585 541350.

PA in TE r AvA il AB l E—Keen rates, no job too small! Call 086 3848079.

Pl ASTE ring S E rvic E AvA il AB l E Free quotations. Contact David 085 7829910 or Gavin 086 3799285.

cA r PET A nd uP hol STE ry cleaning. Home and Office contract cleaning. Over 10 years’ experience. RTM Cleaning Services contact Robbie 087 3817618.

dd S PA in T ing & Decorating Services.

Dundalk area. Internal and external painting and wallpapering. Free estimates within 12 hours. 10 years experience. Tel David 085 7308777.

gA rd E ning—Lawns cut, hedges cut, trees trimmed and topped. Telephone Tom 087 2296441.

PAinTing—Interior and exterior painting. Competitive rates. Call Will on 085 8604048.

louTh counT y council—I, John McBride, intend to apply for full planning permission for infill development @ Crois Croinn, Saltown, Dundalk, Co. Louth. The development will consist of the construction of three apartment blocks in a mix of residential units. Block 1 consists of a three storey apartment building with a ground floor 5 Bed shared accommodation apartment, 6no. 1 Bed units, 2no. 2 Bed units and 2no. 3 Bed units. Block 2 consists of a three storey apartment building with 9no. 1 Bed units and 6no. 2 Bed units, Block 3 consists of a three and a half storey apartment building with 6no. 1 Bed units, 8no. 2 Bed units and 5no. 3 Bed units. Full permission to including access road, car parking with provision for electric charge points, cycle storage and plant room bin storage outbuilding and all associated site development and drainage works. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Louth County Council from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing within a period of 5 weeks from the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00.

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Rewarding enterprise excellence!

it was the perfect end to Local Enterprise Week 2023. Business owners and managers from all across the county gathered on Friday afternoon at the Monasterboice inn for the Louth Enterprise awards. Hosted by Local Enterprise Office Louth, the excitement and energy was palpable as business owners gathered to celebrate the achievements of local entrepreneurs. the event was officially opened by Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Cllr. Conor Keelan.

Hosted by LMFM’s Gerry Kelly, the awards ceremony featured a keynote interview with co-founder of StatSports Sean o’Connor. He shared insights into building a global business, personal and professional growth and how to innovate to stay ahead of the competition.

Following Sean’s interview, MC Gerry Kelly announced and

interviewed each of the Louth Enterprise award winners for 2023.

PortaMod were named as winners of the Best Start Up award. Established back in 2021 by Donal McLoughlin and tom Condon, PortaMod manufactures and supplies high quality modular buildings from their purpose-built manufacturing facility in Collon. their buildings are used extensively in education, healthcare and commercial settings. Since it’s foundation just two years ago, the company now employs 15 staff and are planning to expand by doubling their facility size and increasing their staff numbers further in 2023.

the innovation award was presented to Donal Quinn of EnSo. Donal has developed an online platform aimed at making sustainability planning easy and accessible for SME’s. Using the EnSo platform, businesses can benchmark

their sustainability, improve and communicate it to customers who care. Launched in 2022, the company is primarily focused on supporting small food and drink businesses in ireland, with plans to expand into the UK market.

the title of Best Established Business was awarded to SeaPark Consultancy, founded by Donal Geraghty back in 2014. SeaPark Consultancy is a leading Business intelligence consultancy offering innovative and unique solutions for all Digital transformation needs.

Donal has developed a number of transformation tools which significantly reduced the time and cost involved in data migrations for users of SaP software. Based in the Regional Development Centre in Dundalk institute of technology, Donal has expanded SeaPark Consultancy to provide it’s to clients in ireland, UK, Germany and Denmark including

the HSE, Lego and atlas CopCo.

at the conclusion of the ceremony, SeaPark Consultancy was announced as the overall winner of the 2023 Louth Enterprise awards. Donal Geraghty and his team will now go forward to represent Louth in the national Enterprise Awards finals in the Mansion House, Dublin on 1st June.

Concluding the event, Sarah Mallon, Coordinator of the Local Enterprise Week for Louth reminded the audience that “Enterprise is crucial to the health of the economy here in Louth. our role in the Local Enterprise Office is to advise and guide SMEs across the county to help them grow and create jobs. Local Enterprise Week may be over, we are always here to help and support local businesses. visit www.LocalEnterprise.ie/Louth/ Readyto to discover the many ways that we can help your business.”

All the winners group photo from the Louth enterprise Awards 2023 which took place at the Monasterboice Inn last Friday afternoon.

PortAMod were named as Best Start Up Award winners. established back in 2021 by Donal McLoughlin & Tom Condon, PortAMod manufactures and supplies high quality modular buildings from their purposebuilt manufacturing facility in Collon.

The Innovation Award was presented to Donal Quinn of eNSO. Donal has developed an online platform aimed at making sustainability planning easy and accessible for SMe’s.

Donal is pictured with Sarah Mallon (LeO) and Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council Conor Keelan.

The title of Best established Business was awarded to SeaPark Consultancy, founded by Donal Geraghty back in 2014. SeaPark Consultancy is a leading Business Intelligence consultancy offering innovative and unique solutions for all Digital Transformation needs.

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