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Major win for brilliant Brendan

Louth Village man

Brendan Lawlor is expected to climb to the top of the world rankings following his historic victory at the inaugural G4D open in Woburn, England.

The competition was billed as the first ever Major in the G4D (Golf For the Disabled) tour which was launched in February 2022.

It focusses on inclusivity, making space for every player and aiming to inspire more people with disabilities to pursue golf. The new tour now has a schedule of nine tournaments which run alongside DP World tour events, at the same

course on the same week.

Brendan was born with Ellis-van Creveld syndrome, an inherited disorder that results in short stature and short limbs. The talented Louth Village man has been making his mark around the world for several years with high-profile wins on the EDGA tour while showcasing disability golf to a wider audience.

Brendan, who honed his skills as a youngster playing pitch and putt in Channonrock has become one of the very best disability golfers in the world in recent years, collecting victories at the 2021 Cazoo Continued on Page 2

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Brendan recovered from three bogeys in a row in his final round to win the inaugural G4D Open title. The Louth Village man fended off the challenge of world number 1 Kipp Popert.

Major win for brilliant Brendan

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Disability open, 2021 ISPS hANDA World Disability Invitational, 2019 German Disabled open, the 2019 GGolf Knockout and the 2019 EDGA Scottish open.

He also became the first disability golfer to compete in a European Challenge tour event, the ISPS handa World Invitational at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in 2019. Last weekend he teed it up at Woburn looking to get back on the winning trail having not won a tournament in almost twelve months. the tournament was billed as the very first Major in the G4D

format with 80 players entered including 14 of the top 20 disability golfers in the world.

England’s Kipp Popert went into the tournament as favourite given the fact he has won multiple times this season and was the number one ranked player in the world. however, Brendan played beautifully on the first day carding a brilliant 70 to take an early lead in the tournament. Day two saw Brendan once again play fantastically from tee to green but an uncooperative putter meant he signed for a 74 thus taking just a one shot lead ahead of

world number 1 Popert into the final day.

That final day couldn’t have started much worse for Lawlor, with the 26-year old starting his round with three straight bogeys but despite going two shots down to the world number 1, Lawlor regained his poise superbly making a number of clutch putts throughout his round to regain the lead and eventually win the tournament by two strokes from Popert. Following his win Brendan celebrated with Dad Billy who is also his caddie and the pair returned to Louth Village on Saturday where delighted friends and family

toasted Brendan’s success.

“We got home on Saturday morning and my girlfriend Rebecca had organised a night in town to celebrate the victory and we all had a brilliant night. It was a great feeling to have my name on the trophy and become the first ever Major winner in our sport and I’m proud of how I coped with the pressure on the final day. I started the final round badly with three straight bogeys and at that stage I just decided to open up my shoulders a bit and just go for it. Kipp is a very steady player but he was feeling the pressure down the stretch and he went way right

at the final hole while I drove it straight down the middle. It’s been a while since I last won so it felt extra special to get it done at Woburn. I have been working very hard on my game and it’s nice to get the rewards. It’s great to see our tournaments get so much coverage and it really is turning into a mainstream sport now. I know Sky gave the tournament great coverage and they are showing highlights of the action this week. Next up for me is the Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Sweden but first I will chill out at home for a couple of days and enjoy this special victory,” stated Brendan.

Mickey urges Louth not to lose ‘Harte’

Louth manager Mickey harte urged his players to dust themselves down and get ready for the next challenge following his side’s chastening defeat at the hands of Dublin in the Leinster Senior Football final in Croke Park last Sunday. Dublin retained their title thanks to a 5-21 to 1-15 point victory over the Wee County.

After a promising start for Louth with Sam Mulroy looking lively early on, Dublin reeled off 1-10 without reply between the 15th and 32nd minutes to put the game beyond Louth. Dublin led 1-12 to 0-6 at half-time and extended that lead in the second half as they scored four unanswered goals to seal an emphatic victory.

Louth now go into the Sam Maguire Cup Group 1 with Mayo, Kerry and Cork with a game against the Rebel county first on the list in Pairc tailteann in Navan the weekend after next. harte alongside his assistant Gavin Devlin must now lift his troops ahead of that crunch game. Speaking after the match Mickey harte said work needs to be done now to restore credibil-

Above: Louth players reflect after a tough loss against Dublin in the Leinster final. Louth must pick themselves up ahead of a clash in Navan against Cork later this month. Pic Credit: Louth GAA.

Right: Pupils in CBS Primary dress in red and white last week ahead of Louth’s clash with Dublin. Pictured are pupils and teachers Pete Jones, Eimear O’Hare and Petrina Hanratty.

ity after the heavy defeat to Dublin.

“It’s a lesson we have to learn. It’s a harsh lesson today but you just have to hold your hands up.

I’ve always consid-

ered that it’s very easy to look back on a video tape when the game is over and be wonderfully smart. there’s lots of people can do that. It’s not that easy when you’re standing on the

line having to deal with it. So, you do what you think is good.

“I’ve been in places before where we got a very poor outcome. It’s not the end of the world.

It’s another process of

what can you learn from that, how can you adjust it and fix it.

“We haven’t much time because the group that we’re in now doesn’t really possess second rate teams either so we

have a lot of thinking to do, a lot of preparation to do to try and grab back some credibility of having the right to be in this level of the Championship,” stated harte.

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Fitzpatrick urges Minister to secure more foreign investment to Dundalk

INDEPENDENt tD Peter Fitzpatrick has urged the Minister of Enterprise, trade and Employment, Neale Richmond, to seek briefings from IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland to actively secure foreign and indigenous direct investment across Louth. County Louth is currently home to 36 IDA Ireland client companies directly employing 4,485 people but with job losses at both National Pen and PayPal in recent months Deputy Fitzpatrick wants the government to do more to attract investment in Louth.

“this question is to ask the Minister for Enterprise, trade and Employment if he will seek briefings from IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland on the work that they are currently undertaking to actively secure foreign and indigenous direct investment in areas in County Louth, such as at a complex in Dundalk regarding which details have been supplied, and if he will make a statement on the matter.

In response the Minister pointed to the fact that IDA Ireland had acquired two land banks in Co. Louth last year with a combined total of 157 acres which will be used to attract foreign investment.

“the timely provision of appropriate, cost-effective property and infrastructure solutions to meet the needs of multinational companies remains essential to winning FDI,” stated Minister Richmond.

“In June 2021, IDA Ireland acquired two land banks in County Louth. these land acquisitions, with a combined total of 157 acres, are situated in Drogheda and Dundalk and form part of the IDA’s long-term strategic plan to position Louth and the wider

region to compete for FDI investment. the IDA has also delivered an advanced office solution on IDA’s Finnabair Business Park and an advanced business solution building at IDA’s Mullaharlin science and technology park in Dundalk. the agency also plans to commence the delivery of an advanced building solution in Drogheda as part of the current strategy.

“the IDA continues to work with private sector commercial property owners, developers and local authorities to market other property solutions across all regions where they exist. the IDA is familiar with the property and infrastructure solution that the Xerox business campus offers to potential new enterprises and actively markets such potential property solutions for FDI and to meet the needs of Enterprise Ireland clients.

“I was in Dundalk a couple of weeks ago with one of the Deputy’s colleagues. there are some amazing business opportunities happening in the town in terms of new indigenous business and making the most of the Creative Spark hub, but there is also huge investment coming in

from abroad. It is fair to say the town is thriving, but we remain ambitious for Dundalk and the entire region,” stated Minister Richmond.

Replying to the Minister Deputy Fitzpatrick pointed to an increase last year in the number of early warning reports for FDI companies which may be experiencing trading difficulties.

“the Department saw an increase last year in the number of early warning reports for FDI companies which may be experiencing trading difficulties or are ceasing operations in Ireland. the number of early warning reports for the first 11 months of 2022 is higher than the same period in 2021. We saw this in County Louth, with the exit of National Pen and the closure of PayPal and Actavis in recent years.

“there are currently a number of significant players being impacted by global trading conditions and the war in ukraine. At a national level, the IDA strategy, Driving Recovery and Sustainable Growth 2021-2024, reflects the approach and ambition of the programme for Government whereby, in conjunction with the Department of Enterprise, trade and Employment, the success of the IDA is measured by the impact of FDI on the Irish economy.

“In terms of job creation and strategic achievements, the closure of the PayPal office in the Xerox complex and the empty state-of-the-art buildings on the Actavis and National Pen sites offer an opportunity for the IDA, the Department of Enterprise, trade and Employment and Enterprise Ireland to attract new businesses and jobs to County Louth,” concluded Fitzpatrick.

Relaunch of Dundalk townwatch Scheme

DunDaLk BIDS and members of the Dundalk Townwatch Scheme met with Superintendent Charlie armstrong and Garda Darragh Prior, on Wednesday 10th of May to relaunch the initiative within the retail and business community in the town centre. The main objective was to reconnect with everyone and to hear how we can restart and work together to identify and address issues that the businesses are facing, and to discuss, in particular, the impact on local retailers suffering sustained loss through frequent shoplifting, aggressive begging, criminal damage and intimidation.

The relaunch of the scheme’s Radio network is an important step towards improving security and safety in the town centre’s business district. It is encouraging to see local Garda representatives taking an active interest in reconnecting with the community and working together to solve the ongoing issues.

Sean Farrell Chairperson of Dundalk Townwatch commented “This is a welcome commitment from the Garda and one which everyone needs to make full use off to ensure it becomes permanent.”

Town Center Manager, Martin Mc Elligott, said “It is essen-

tial that all offences are reported to Gardaí immediately to include drunkenness/ nuisance/ begging / shoplifting / robbery etc. We cannot hope to improve our town image and trading conditions, nor influence the provision of either uniform policing or patrol vehicles, if the data collated by the Garda Pulse system is inaccurate.”

Local Garda need to know what is happening on the street if they are to be effective in dealing with criminal activity. all business owners in the Dundalk area are encouraged to report any antisocial behaviour directly to an Garda on 999.

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Grammar school students come second in national maths quiz

THE Irish Maths Teachers’ association held the Pi Quiz national Final in Portlaoise on Saturday 25th april. The competition commenced on March 14th where over 500 teams across 36 regional centres

battled to win a place in the national final.

Dundalk Grammar School hosted the regional round, with local schools St Marys College, Colaiste Chu Chulainn and St Vincent’s taking part. Dundalk

Grammar Schools team of Joseph Liscoe, kian Blanchet, nick kuzmin and Mickey Chung came out on top in the regional round with an impressive score of 23/24.

The lads then proceeded

to the Pi Quiz national Final in Portlaoise where 40 regional teams battled for the top prize. after 8 busy rounds, the DGS team took home 2nd place with a score of 21/24, behind the winners Wesley College

scoring 24/24. It was a great day out for all involved and DGS are immensely proud of this great achievement. The team look forward to future IMTa competitions in TY and senior cycle.

Lough Derg Pilgrimage

A oNE day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday, May 27th, 2023. Cost of Pilgrimage is @70. this includes bus, boat to island, tea and scones on arrival and lunch. optional evening meal in Clones. Bus will depart from the Magnet Cinema at 7.30 a.m. Please ring 0851833110 for information and booking.

trip to Knock

knOCk Trip - Sunday, June 18th, 2023. Bus will depart from Omeath via Carlingford and Cooley Hall. Ph: 9375281, 0861072222 0851833110.

Inclusion Louth

thE Summer Meeting and AGM of Inclusion Louth (formerly Dundalk Parents and Friends of the Intellectually Disabled) in the Fairways hotel Dundalk at 7.30pm on Monday 22nd May 2023. our guest speaker will be Ms Nicola McCabe, Assisted Decision Making Coordinator with St John of God North East Services, who will discuss the practical application of the recently enacted law which applies to persons lacking capacity, who require some assistance to make important decisions.

By attending this meeting, you will be showing your support for the ongoing work of Inclusion Louth. You will also be able to meet and learn from other families, share knowledge and experience, and add your voice to the call for improved services.

Refreshments will be served.

Councillor Tomás Sharkey concerned at delay in n53 Bord Pleanála decision

CouNtY Councillor tomás Sharkey has expressed his concern at the delay in a decision on the N53 Rassan to hackballscross scheme.

“this stretch of the Castleblayney Road is the last piece of the jigsaw to upgrade a dangerous and busy road from Dundalk to the Armagh border. I have been raising this matter since 2003 and am anxious that we complete the final phase.

“A number of residents and landowners made observations on the proposed route. It then went to an oral hearing of An Bord Pleanála. that hearing was in January 2023 but the board has not issued its decision yet.

“this delay puts the project in danger. Council staff and elected

members have worked hard to ensure transport Infrastructure Ireland keeps the project in its spending plans. But a delay in the decision means costs

may have to be revised.

“I hope that An Bord Pleanála issues their decision quickly so we can all see this important project finished. In the meantime, we have a job to do to ensure authorities in the north reciprocate our work in the southern end of the road. the N53 travels through county Armagh on its way to Monaghan. that part of the road now needs to be placed high on the agenda for politicians in Stormont.”

In response to Cllr. Sharkey’s concerns Louth County Council said that they were still awaiting the outcome of a hearing from An Bord Pleanála.

“the oral hearing was held by An Bord Pleanála (ABP) regarding the CPo process on the 10th of January. LCC still awaits the outcome of

this hearing from ABP. the inspector’s report has been completed and is currently awaiting the Board decision. In order to progress a decision on the CPo, LCC have written to ABP stressing that the route has an high accident rate, the funding commitments from tII, anxious of landowners and LCC to have a decision on the CPo order. In the mean time the design team continues to engage with the landowners, their agents and other stakeholders. A technical acceptance report has been prepared for structures and submission to tII. Ground Investigations tender and archaeological test trenching package is currently being prepared for field work and testing,” concluded the statement.

1—What do Maurice Davin, Michael Hogan and Michael Cusack and Pat Nally have in common?

2—O’Connell Street in Dublin was named in 1924. What was the street called before that?

3—Ireland famously won the Eurovision for three years in a row between 1992 and 1994. Can you name the three winning artists?

4—Who is the leader of the Labour Party in Ireland?

5—Where in Dundalk would you find Hemingway House?

6—Can you name the

character Jodie Foster played in Silence of the Lambs?

7—Can you name the Irishman who wrote the book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’?

8—What are the three largest organs in the human body?

9—Four counties in Ireland have only one vowel. Can you name them?

10—Which entertainment show featured the phrase, ‘Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be...’?

The Stinker—What is the collective name for a group of hedgehogs?

—this week’s answers— nswers:a heyt1— all had stands in rokec Park named after them.

2—Sackville St., indal3— artin-Whym e?,m iamhn avanagh-k In oury Eyes, Paul arringtonh and harliec cGettigan-Rockm and Roll ids,k 4—Ivana acik,b rdeea5— Road just past the bridge over the main elfastbDublin- Railway line. het house was one of a number of houses built to house workers of the Great orthernn Railway, laricec6— Starling, 7—Jonathan Swift, 8—Skin, iverl and rain,b 9—Down, ork,c Derry and erry,k 10—Stars in heirt Eyes. Stinker: a prickle of hedgehogs.

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Nick Kuzmin, Mickey Chung, Kian Blanchet and Joseph Liscoe receiving their certificates after placing 2nd at the Pi Quiz National Final. Mickey Chung Nick Kuzmin Joseph Liscoe Kian Blanchet and Teacher Mr Stephen Begley at the Pi Quiz National Final in Portlaoise. Cllr Tomas Sharkey.
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CuChulainn trio conquer Mallorca

Turas Launches Fundraising appeal

“Michael’s Story”

tuRAS is a not-forprofit addiction service based in Dundalk. they support over 350 people each year in the NorthEast, helping them to create addiction free lives. Michael Dwyer volunteers as a Recovery Coach and group facilitator with turas. he is also a former turas client. Michael is sharing his inspiring story to raise funds and awareness, so that turas can support more men and women in our community who are struggling with an addiction.

Michael describes life in addiction as “hell.

Absolute, pure and utter hell.” he says, “We are not “druggie scumbags”. We are not “alkies”. We are someone’s son, someone’s wife, someone’s father, someone’s daughter. In fact,

half the population of Ireland is directly affected by addiction, either through personal experience or that of a loved one.”

thanks to donations from people like you, turas was able to support Michael’s recovery from alcohol addiction.

If you can make a donation of €50 to turas

Cruinniú na nog

Your gift will help to fund essential community services, like free one-to-one counselling, community-based detox, relapse prevention, harm reduction, naturebased and creative therapies, recovery support groups and our 15-week transformational Recovery Programme.

a FaMILY-friendly event called Cruinniú @ The Square is due to take place in Dundalk on Saturday, 10 June from 12pm to 4pm.

Cruinniú @ The Square is an afternoon of free entertainment and fun for all the family and is suitable for all ages.

Following on from last year’s successful Music @ The Square programme, there will be a live performance stage, spray painting workshops, theatre, and much more.

The live music stage will have performances from Music Generation as well as youth bands and young performers from around the county.

today, we can give the gift of recovery to more people and their families in the North-East who need our support. Will you please consider making a gift of €50, or whatever you can, to support our turas fundraising appeal? You can donate now via www.turascounselling. ie/donate

Your generosity will ensure that other people like Michael can begin their journey back to a healthy, happy life, free from addiction. thank you so much for your support.

Donate to turas: www.turascounselling. ie/donate or fundraising@turascounselling.ie

Contact turas: 59 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. 042 933 8221. info@turascounselling.ie; www. turascounselling.ie.

MaD Youth Theatre and Dundalk Youth Centre will perform their Táin March theatre event, including an interactive piece with the audience.

Meanwhile, Creative Spark will host handson spray-painting workshops (water-based, of course), and the group’s Mobile FabLab will offer workshops in all things related to 3D printing and digital fabrication.

Please note that spray painting and FabLab workshops must be booked in advance on the Louth Cruinniú na nÓg website.

and be sure to dress for the weather, as this is an outdoor event. For more information, please visit Cruinniú na nÓg (creativeireland. gov.ie)

CuChuLAINN Cycl-ing Club were keenly following the progress of three of its members, Jacinta Black, Kevin Black and Jim Doyle, as they took on the grueling 225km distance event at the Mallorca 312 recently. this endurance event has become extremely popular in recent years and attracts upwards of 8000 participants across its three different distances (312km/ 225km/167km). the 225km crosses the northern part of the island and includes almost 4000m of climbing. To put that in perspective that is the equivalent cycling up 7 Slieve Foyes stacked on top of each other. to make matters worse there are cut-off times that participants must stay within along the route or they will be eliminated.

thankfully all three managed to complete the distance in excellent fashion. Jim Doyle was first of our intrepid trio home in 10hrs and 52 secs finishing 561th in the male category. Kevin’s time was 10hrs, 17mins and 41 secs finishing 878th in the Masculino category and Jacinta completed the event in 11hrs, 9mins and 23 secs and was the 125th female finisher.

CuChulainn’s Couch to 50km. CuChulainn has also been busy with its couch to 50km programme over the past few weeks, which is aimed at encouraging individuals to join the growing ranks of leisure cyclists and take on a challenge of preparing for and completing their first 50km distance. A comprehensive programme it covers safety aspects of cycling solo or in groups, basic bike checks and road side repairs in a fun environment. It is a programme that leisure club members love to support and many join the weekly spins perhaps reliving their own recent experiences of taking up cycling as an adult. the culmination of the couch to 50 programme is the 50km route of the club’s annual tour of Louth event on the 4th June.

Ó Fiaich wins Best Erasmus Programme Award 2023

thE Education Awards 2023 were held on thursday, 27th of April at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Santry Co. Dublin.

the prestigious event recognized the outstanding achievements and contributions of education providers in Ireland.

Ó Fiaich Institute was shortlisted for two categories, Best Education Provider and Best Erasmus Programme. the

anticipation was high as Principal Padraig Mc Govern, Deputy Principal Conor Rafferty, and a number of teachers from the college attended the awards ceremony.

In a moment of great excitement, it was announced that the winner of the Best Erasmus Programme Award 2023 was Ó Fiaich Institute. this was a remarkable achievement

for the college and a testament to the hard work and dedication of its students and staff. Each year, between 30 to 50 oFI students are given the opportunity of a lifetime to take part in the Erasmus Programme, which consists of a twoweek trip to Malaga, Spain. During this time, students go on work placement, experience a new culture and society,

and socialise in a new country. the Erasmus Programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people as they get to live independently, meet new people, and gain valuable experience in an international setting. All students applying to Ó Fiaich Institute in September 2023 will have the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus Pro-

gramme next year, which is an exciting prospect for the college community. the Best Erasmus Programme Award is a significant achievement for Ó Fiaich Institute, and it highlights the college’s commitment to providing its students with a world-class education. the college has a proud tradition of excellence in education, and this award is a testament to the hard

work and dedication of its staff and students.

Ó Fiaich Institute’s Best Erasmus Programme Award 2023 is a remarkable achievement for the college and a testament to its commitment to providing its students with the best possible education. the college is looking forward to another successful year, and all eyes will be on them to see what they achieve.

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It was a great night for the O’Fiach Institute teachers and principals who won best Erasmus Programme during the award ceremony. O’Fiach Institute Teachers attending the awards ceremony in the CRowne laza Hotel, Santry, Dublin. Principal Padraig Mc Govern Deputy Principal Conor Rafferty Accepting the Award. Jim Doyle and Sean Kelly.
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top class cycling in Blackrock this weekend as Rás tailteann returns

thERE are only four days to go until the prestigious final stage of this years Rás tailteann returns to Blackrock for a second year in a row.

the Blackrock stage last year was hailed as a massive success by spectactors and organisers and the decision was quickly made to return to the seaside village for this year’s final stage.

the Rás tailteann 2023 five day International Cycling Race around Ireland will cross the finishing line in Blackrock on Sunday 21st May 2023 around 2pm. this event will be made up of eight International teams, thirty National teams, over 170 professional cyclists and a cavalcade of 44 vehicles consisting of Gardai, support crew, media and marshalls.

Last year’s winner was the Irishman, Daire Feeley and he will be coming back this year

to defend his title. New for this year, the last 20 km and the final laps around the village will be streamed live on Facebook live to add to the excitement.

There will be significant parking restrictions in the village starting from the evening of Saturday 20th May and on Sunday 21st May 2023.

People are asked not

Cross Cooley Challenge raises money for charities

OVER 400 people participated in the Cross Cooley Challenge 2023 in a bid to raise money for two local charities.

Errol Boyle from the Red Barn’s Road in Dundalk is one of the organisers of the Cross Cooley Challenge.

“there are six of us that organise the event every year including Seamus Gormley, Fergus McArdle, Jennifer harrison, Brian Watters and Martin Beggy,” said Errol.

to leave their cars parked overnight in the village on Saturday night and there will be traffic and parking restrictions in the village on Sunday from the North end of the village to the Sundial. Parking will begin to be restricted from the night before and on the morning of the race barriers will be in place on both side of the street

from entrance to the lower carpark (Centra) all the way to the Sundial. See Route Map Link below.

Note - traffic will flow as normal while the race is not in progress. traffic will only be restricted as the cavalcade passes on each lap - then normal traffic will resume. Please look out for rolling road blocks.

“We are just a team, not a committee. All of the organisers are equal and it’s a team effort. We meet a couple of weeks beforehand and have several meetings.

“We have so many sponsors. the buses are all free and everything is donated on the day. All of our sponsors are so good to us.”

he added: “they donate icecream vans and mini buses. I don’t know where to start. there are chocolate bars and bottles of water and it’s all donated.

“We put any money raised straight into the accounts of the Louth hospice and the Maria Goretti Foundation.

“the day was a bit hazy starting off but it didn’t deter anybody. So many volunteers show up on the day.”

Errol continued: “the order of Malta and the Civil Defence are with us on the day. It starts at the Lumpers and people walk 15.4km to Carlingford.

“Volunteers go up early to mark out the route so no-one gets lost. All of the walkers are so

Cross Cooley Challenge

good and so understanding.

“Without the walkers and people who donate the event couldn’t happen. Everyone had smiles on their faces and got into the spirit of things.”

he concluded: “We give everyone a high-vis jacket and at the end of the walk in Carlingford they can get tea or coffee or an ice-cream.

“then a bus will take the participants back to the Lumpers to their parked cars or back to Dundalk.”

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Peloton on the Rock Road during last year’s Rás. Pic: Caroline Kerley The Cross Cooley Challenge raised money for local charities.

Family Notices

In Loving Memory

I miss you always Brother

My heart has been left broken since the day you had to go.

And the memories I treasure dearly are in the tears that still flow.


Birthday Remembrance of our dear Mother, Freda, whose 76th Birthday occurs on the 17th May 2023.


Birthdays in heaven

Decorations of gold

Where the years come and go

And you never grow old

Where you celebrate with angels

And past family there

With no illness in sight

Just love everywhere

So we don’t need to worry

How your birthday is spent

Because you’re safe in heaven

And our birthday wishes are sent

Though we know you are safe

Even though you’re away

We love and miss you

A little more today

—Happy Heavenly 76th Birthday

Mammy, missing you everyday, lots of love from Francis, Alan, Milanda, Sinead, Niamh, Grandchildren and Great grandchildren, Forever in our hearts. xxxxx.

You’re in my thoughts everyday and that’s how it will always be For you may be up in heaven now, But you’ll always be with me. If only I could have the chance to see your face once more

Or to hear your voice one final time just like it was before.

The day that heaven calls for me will be a relief from all this pain.

I’ll run to you with open arms. And we will meet again.

—Lots of love from Sophie

Happy Birthday Brother Happy birthday to my big brother Calvin.

We didn’t get to meet each other but Mammy and Daddy will tell me you would have been an amazing brother.

—Lots of love Baby Cruz.

In loving memory of my wee Grandson Calvin

Who died 19th September 2022 whose 12th birthday is 20th May. I thought of you today but that is nothing new.

I thought of you yesterday and the day before that too.

I think of you in silence and I often speak your name.

All I have now are my memories and your picture in a frame.

—Always remembered and never forgotten by Nanny Jella, love you my blue eyed boy.

Calvin 12th Birthday Remembrance

You are not forgotten Calvin nor will you ever be.

As long as life and memory last your soul will live in me.


12th Birthday Remembrance

Birthday Remembrance of Calvin Curley Gray, whose 12th birthday is on 20th May.

In loving memory of a special Son

Cherished memories of a Son whose love was strong and true, to lose someone so precious brings a pain you can’t undo. You were the treasure in our hearts,

You were loved in every way,

Now you’re gone, you’re truly missed each and every day …

…You always brought the blue skies and filled our world with joy, spreading happiness and laughter since you were a little boy. Son, life will never be the same, now you’re no longer here.

—Lots of love from Mam and Dad.

Happy Birthday Brother

It hasn’t been the same around here since you’ve been gone.

I really miss hearing your laugh and seeing your smiling face. Today is the day I miss you the most because its your birthday, the day you were brought into this world.

I hope the angels are celebrating with you in heaven and making you feel Loved.

—Lots of love from Evan

Nephew – Cousin

We think about you always, we talk about you still, you have never been forgotten, and you never will. We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain, to walk and guide us through our lives, until we meet again.

—Love always Uncle Colin, Aunty Sinead, Cousins Alannah, Alexa and Aleigha.


A date that is filled with sadness, Returns to us today.

To mark the day you left us in Such a sudden way. In thoughts we see you just the same, In love and pride we speak your name.

—Love always Aunty Tina and Uncle Michael.

Happy 12th Birthday


Today is your birthday in heaven above, my blessings I send on the wings of a dove. Not just for today but every day here of, we think of you always with all our love.

—Always loved, forever missed Jam, Audrey, Lee and Jake. Our star in heaven Happy heavenly 12th Birthday to my beautiful nephew Calvin I thought of you today but that is nothing new, I thought about you yesterday and will tomorrow too.

Happy 12th Birthday


Miss you so much every day. I have your picture in a frame and in our hearts.

—Lots of love Claire, John Paul, Demileigh and Jayden XXX

Happy 12th Birthday Calvin

Today is your birthday

In heaven above

My blessings I send On the wings of a dove

Not just for today

But every day here of We think of you always With all our love —Always loved, forever missed. Jam, Audrey, Lee & Jake


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I miss you now my heart is sore, as time goes by i’ll miss you more. Your loving smile, your loving face, no one can fill your vacant place.

—From Denise, John and Family.

Happy Heavenly 12th Birthday

I’m sending a dove to heaven with a present in its wings. Be careful when you open it, its full of beautiful things. Inside are a million kisses, wrapped in a million hugs, to say how much I miss you and to send you all my love.

Lots of love from your Godmother

—Sandra and cousins Tara and Jamie.

Nephew – Cousin

To my beautiful nephew Calvin.

Happy birthday up in heaven from Aunty, Uncle and Cousins. We love you and miss you dearly.

Just to let you know, never forgotten.

—Love Aunty Elaine, John and Family.

Calvin, Happy 12th Birthday

Nephew – Cousin

Those special memories of you will always make us smile, If only we could have you back for just a little while.

Then we could sit and talk again Just like we used to do, You always meant so very much to us and always will do.

—Love Aunty Lisa, Cousins Demiee and Eain.

I think of you in silence and make no outward show, For what its meant to lose you only those who love you know. I am sending a dove to heaven with a parcel on its wings, be careful when you open it, it’s full of beautiful things. Inside a million kisses, wrapped up in a million hugs, To say how much I miss you and to send you all my love. I hold you close within my heart and there you will remain, to walk with me throughout my life, until we meet again. Its just the heartache of losing you, that will never go away.

—Auntie Stephanie, Cousins Lucas, Sienna, Leon and Matilda.

Happy 12th Birthday


You were someone special, always good and kind, you will never be forgotten. All we have is memories and a picture in a frame, We keep you in our hearts. Love and miss you so much.

—Nanny Jean, Uncle Paul, Auntie Maria, Aaron, Ali, Hannah, Bryson and Harlow.

Happy 12th Birthday Calvin

We hold you close within our hearts and there you shall remain.

Miss you so much.

Auntie Victoria, Ken, Cousins Amelia, Colleen and Caitlinn.

Happy 12th Birthday Calvin

We miss you loads

—Auntie Grace and Cousin Ava.

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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 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail L.S.


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 G.McD.


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 M.F.

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