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Wednesday, 23rd November, 2022. Vol. 15, Issue 47 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth

John leads Ireland to emotional victory

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Tallanstown man John Brennan helped the Ireland Soccer Transplant Team to an historic victory over the Northern Irish Transplant team last Saturday in the AUL complex in Clonshaugh, Dublin. It was an emotional day for all involved as Ireland played their first ever international match with all players thinking of the people who donated their organs ahead of the game. John, who lives in Tallanstown with his wife Claire and their children Lauren and Shaun, was born with a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. John was diagnosed at the age of twelve with a defective gene in his heart which meant it didn’t stop growing. The talented soccer and GAA player was told by doctors that he could no longer play sport and at the age of just twenty he was forced to stop playing with both Na Piarsaigh and Glenmuir Utd. By the time he received a heart transplant in 2018, his original heart had grown to twice the size it should have been. Continued On Page 2

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More people turned out for this year’s Frostival Winter Festival in Dundalk than for former US President The Carnival of Light parade was enjoyed by Bill Clinton’s visit to thousands last Friday evening. the town, according to Dundalk Town Centre Manager Martin McElligott. Exact numbers are still not known but the streets of Dundalk were thronged with thousands of people when the popular two-day

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event kicked off on Friday, November 18. “We are still digesting it. It was fantastic. We were expecting around 5,000 people to attend but the numbers far exceeded that amount,” said Martin. “It was a great surprise. I think it was the perfect storm after Covid-19 and Christmas is the biggest time of year and the weather itself helped too.

“Most of the markets were sold out on the first night and couldn’t re-stock for the following day. It was an incredible festival.” Dundalk BIDS organised Frostival in partnership with Dundalk Credit Union. They were supported by Louth County Council. The highlight of the festival, the Carnival of Light Parade, signalled the beginning of

the Christmas season. Starting at 7pm, this year’s Frostival Parade route weaved its way from Church Street to Park Street on a magical journey illuminating the town centre. The procession was a winter fairy tale come to life with the Nutcracker prince spinning fire, a flying fairground horse, troupe of Dancing Christmas Stars, the Sugar plum fairy,

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Since receiving his new heart John has been busy getting his coaching badges and just before Covid hit John was part of a group of players who decided to form a national team ahead of a World Cup that was due to take place in Italy in 2020. Unfortunately Covid put a temporary halt to their plans but in recent months the side made up John Brennan in the black Dundalk coat in the back row with members of of players who have had the Irish Soccer transplant team who beat Northern Ireland on penalties heart transplants, lung in their first ever international game which was played last Saturday. transplants, liver transplants and kidney transTeam Ireland will be “We got together a plants began training couple of years ago with back training again in again in recent months a dream of forming a the coming weeks and under the guidance of team and representing if interested in joining John Brennan and Lar our country playing the the team they are always Brennan who approached game we love. We have looking for new memthe Irish Kidney Asso- players of all ages from bers, if interested please ciation to put themselves lads in their early twen- contact John Brennan forward to coach the ties to fellas in their fif- (086)3884850 or Lar Irish side. ties. They are a great Brennan (085)7222155 Training takes place bunch of lads and it was for more information. every second week in a proud moment for me Portlaoise which acts as to be able to manage a central hub for play- them in our first ever ers who live all over international game. We the country. According won the game on penalto John the game on ties but as I said the reSaturday was a hugely sult was secondary today. emotional moment for We will get back to trainboth sets of players on ing now soon and we are the pitch and with that in the process of organisfirst historic game done ing more games over the and dusted the focus will next few months as we now turn to next sum- prepare for the British mers British Transplant Transplant Games which Games in Coventry. take place in Coventry “Today was a very next July. We’ve already special day for all of us. had interest from the It was so much more likes of France and Holthan just a football match land looking to play us for everybody. Saturday and we plan on traveling was a celebration of life to Wales in February for and a celebration of the people who helped give a match all going well,” us a second chance. Not revealed John. “It was an historic day everybody gets a second and we look forward chance and many die waiting for a transplant to creating many great so with that in mind we memories over the comwere all emotional be- ing years,” he added. There was a second fore the match. Prior to the game we held a local connection on Satminutes silence for two urday with Dundalk man former members of the Andrew Gallagher comIrish team, Shane Ryan ing on as a sub for the and Luke Doherty, who Irish team. Andrew had were sadly missed, and a liver transplant back in it also gave the players 2013 after his mother in time to reflect on their law donated a kidney to him. own donors.

giant snowflakes, huge golden baubles light up the street, Rudolph prances and dances, a Snowman cycles in a sparkling snowstorm and Santa is high above the crowd on his magic bicycle. “Well done to our commercial sponsor Dundalk Credit Union. They have a great team themselves and Louth

County Council also,” said Martin. “We were very proud of local boxer Amy Broadhurst. It was a magical moment seeing her put the star on top of the Christmas tree. “Our aim is always bigger and better. We have a good familyfriendly event that people have fallen in love with.”

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Fitzpatrick welcomes motion looking ‘Retained firefighter for extension to selling alcohol outdoors model not working’

Peter Fitzpatrick has backed a motion which seeks to extend legislation which allows for the sale and consumption of alcohol in outdoor seating areas. The law originally came into force as a temporary measure in July of 2021 to help businesses in towns and restaurants to make money during COVID. Earlier this year the law was extended for a further six months but that will come to an end at the end of this month. Last week a motion was put forward in the Dáil asking for a further extension up to May 2023 and this was welcomed by Deputy Fitzpatrick. “I welcome the motion, which seeks to extend sections 1 to 7, inclusive, and section 9 of the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act to allow for the sale or supply of liquor in outdoor seating areas for four to six months - from 1 December next to 31 May 2023. “We can all recall why this arrangement was required. The Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, which came into force in July 2021, was in direct response to the issues streaming from Covid

Peter Fitzpatrick, TD. restrictions, whereby those in the licensed trade, the tourism industry and people involved in businesses in towns and villages across the country had no way of making an income. The Government took the decision to introduce a stopgap measure while there were ongoing discussions about whether by-laws or primary legislation was needed. I supported what has been done and today I will support the motion to extend the provisions of this Act. There is an ongoing demand for the provision that allows businesses to provide outdoor dining services,” insisted Deputy Fitzpatrick. “I have spoken to numer-

ous businesses in Dundalk that invested heavily in fitting kitchens and external seating areas in order they could survive during the lockdown. The Covid restrictions support scheme helped, but this was an expense they never intended nor expected to incur. Now they want a return on their investment, especially coming into the busy Christmas period, which will likely see a ramping up of clientele in the context of outdoor dining and Christmas parties. The extension of this Act is required in order that they can offer to serve liquor in outdoor seating areas. “Ireland is behind the times. Outdoor eating and drinking is commonplace in Europe. Berlin and Brussels, for example, have outdoor dining throughout the year. People like the option to sit outside in spite of the Irish weather, particularly as most facilities have implemented heating systems and spacious sheltered areas to mitigate the effects of our climate. “In some cases, however, footpaths have been made narrow and people with dis-

abilities have not been able to pass or enter. It is essential that we do not impede people who have visual impairments or physical movement difficulties. “As I said, it is a stopgap. Eighteen months is a long time. It is very important for the Government to put something out there at the moment. People like dining outside. I am a Pioneer and I really enjoy eating outside. I have no problem putting on an extra coat or scarf. The communication between people is far better. As I said, other European countries do it. I do not see any reason why we cannot do it. “I welcome this and it is a step in the right direction. All of the businesses appreciate it. They have invested much money over the past two years because of the pandemic and this is money that they owe to their banks. It is an opportunity for them to come in to a busy Christmas and perhaps have a bit of outdoor dining and drinking. I support the motion to extend the Act, but I ask the Government to please put something more permanent in place,” urged Fitzpatrick.

The importance of retained fire fighters to the service in Louth was highlighted in Leinster House last week by Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú who spoke on a motion tabled by Sinn Féin about the ‘crisis’ in the sector. During the debate on the motion, which was attended by retained fire fighters from all over the State, the Dundalk TD said there was ‘acceptance that the model for retained firefighters is not working’ and that the issues with pay, conditions, rostering and ‘the fact the job is not attractive must be dealt with’. He said local authorities are under ‘severe pressure to be able to put a full quotient of firefighters into operation’. Deputy Ó Murchú said: ‘In many cases local authorities cannot put forward a full complement. That means we are dealing with firefighters who are under severe pressure’. And he highlighted

Ruairí Ó Murchú, TD. a number of instances where fire fighters had battled blazes in Dundalk and North Louth. The Sinn Féin TD said: ‘The last time I went to visit a scene was close to my house in Dundalk, where firefighters bravely fought the flames at a waste plant and brought the fire under control. ‘Councillor Antóin Watters and I spent a considerable amount of time with firefighters who were fighting blazes on the Cooley Mountains. We all realise the absolutely necessary work that needs to be done.

‘People have talked about six 24-hour shifts, 144 hours per week, split by two days and then another six days of the same. That is just not doable in any way, shape or form. ‘Whether the Minister agrees with our motion and is going to follow through with the review process we are talking about or whether he is talking about an alternative, we know for certain we have a system that is ready to fail. ‘In County Louth, Deputy Imelda Munster and Councillor Joanna Byrne have been to the forefront in talking about the huge difficulties in Drogheda. ‘From speaking to retained firefighters from Carlingford to Drogheda, we know we do not have a system that is working and fit for purpose. ‘We need action to happen as soon as possible. We do not particularly care how the Minister does it, but he must make it happen as soon as possible’.

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Narrow Water Bridge Project moves to tender stage Taoiseach Micheál Martin T.D. announced on Friday that the Narrow Water Bridge project, a major crossborder initiative which will span the Newry River north of Carlingford Lough, linking the R173 near Omeath in County Louth and the A2 near Warrenpoint in County Down, will proceed to tender for the construction phase of the project. The project consists of a new cable-stayed bridge with a rolling bascule opening. The single carriageway road and bridge will be 600 metres in length and will have a 20 metre span opening section to facilitate the passage of marine traffic, including tall ships. In July 2021, the Taoiseach announced €3 million in funding from the Shared Island Fund to advance this crossborder project, based on the current design of the bridge and existing planning permission. Louth County Coun-

Artist’s impression of the new bridge. cil is the lead project partner. A sub-group of the North-South Infrastructure Group has been established to oversee the development of the project, co-chaired by Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Infrastructure. By linking the Mourne Mountains with the Cooley Peninsula, the bridge will boost tourism and connectivity along the East Border region, acting as an enabler for other active travel initiatives in the area, such as the Carlingford-Newry Greenway and the proposed Warrenpoint-Newry Greenway. Taoiseach Micheál Martin T.D. said: “I am delighted that the Narrow Water Bridge is now proceeding to tender stage. This is an important and symbolic project for the NorthEast, directly connecting the Cooley Peninsula to coastal Co. Down, and a project with strong support from communities on both sides of the border”. “The project also brings significant tourism and economic benefits

to the region. Along with improving North-South connectivity, the bridge will be at the heart of a range of crossborder greenways, active travel, recreation and outdoor activity amenities planned for the Carlingford Lough area. “Today’s announcement is an important next step in the delivery of this long-awaited project and another example of the Shared Island Fund in action” Joan Martin, Chief Executive, Louth County Council,said: “Louth County Council is extremely proud to play a leading role in such a vitally important initiative. The Narrow Water Bridge is a true all-island project, with strong cross-party political support both North and South. It will open up new and exciting opportunities, with huge potential for the local and wider economy. “I would like to thank the Taoiseach, as well as Newry, Mourne, and Down District Council, for their commitment to this landmark project.”

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A group of fourth year mental health nurses in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have decided to support “Save our Homeless Dundalk” over the Christmas period. According to one of the students, Remi Onakoya, the group understands that winter, especially Christmas is a hard time for a lot of people. “However, it is especially difficult for the homeless. As part of our fundraiser, we are hosting a charity event in the Muirhevna Building in DkIT on Thursday, 24 November,” she said. “It’s due to take place from 9am to12pm. Stu-

Back row: Cormac Boyle, CJ Corentin, Farrell Assoua; front: Holly Carroll, Remi Onakoya, Eimear Gray and Niamh Donnelly. dents and staff will have the opportunity to sign a Christmas card to a person in need for a donation of just €2. “All are welcome

and small refreshments will be provided by the seven students hosting this event.” A small donation from those who are un-

able to attend would be hugely appreciated by the group and the volunteers at “Save our Homeless Dundalk.” If you would like to

donate please visit the group’s Gofundme page Fundraiser by Remi Onakoya : Help the homeless this Christmas! (gofundme.com)

Migrants Centre hosts 2022 Jobs Fair in partnership with Louth Local Development Cultur Migrants Centre hosted a Jobs Fair, in partnership with Louth Local Development at Fairways Hotel in Dundalk on Wednesday 16 November 2022. This year’s annual event was headlined by 24 local corporate employers, 11 agencies as well as education and social welfare information groups. Over 180 job seekers attended the event and many left with job offers, revamped CVs and interview skills and a better understanding of local opportunities. The program also featured human resource experts who took job seekers through a CV preparation clinic as part of a series of 2 workshops on gaining successful interview skills. Commenting on the side-lines of the event, the

A big crowd attended the Jobs Fair in the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk. Cultur Migrants Centre Project Manager, Ms Tinu Achioya said that, “The Jobs Fair was instrumental in consolidating existing relationships with potential employers and ignited new ones. I hope that our event becomes the most soughtafter platform for migrants looking for employment opportunities throughout the Republic of Ireland’’.

The goal of the Jobs Fair is to provide networking opportunities withpotential employers and create conditions for migrant job seekers to obtain knowledge of current labour market needs in the Louth, Monaghan, and Meath areas. Event attendee Michael Adebayo, expressed his gratitude and said, ‘’The event gave me an op-

portunity as a migrant to engage with employers to get an insight in the job application process. We learnt a lot from engaging employers first hand on what they look for especially the interview skills workshop was very beneficial for me’’. The Jobs Fair is a great place to pick up people who are genuinely looking for work and we got

many CVs from jobseekers’’. For over 18 years, Cultur has been at the forefront, empowering and working together with ethnic minorities to act as agents of positive change through support from partners as diverse as our beneficiaries. The Cultur Migrants Centre annual Job Fair actively seeks to eliminatebarriers preventing people from applying for jobs including coaching in the application process and communicating interview questions/discussion points for candidate preparation. Cultur hopes to simplify a process which is burdensome to immigrants and enables them to effectively contribute to Ireland’s society, culture, and economy by directly connecting jobseekers and employers.

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Dundalk Leader 23rd November 2022

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Disability Louth AGM—One Voice For All News disABILITY Louth interest in disability 6th at 10.30am at the for the group as they invite all members matters to their AGM Crowne Plaza Hotel. hold their first in-person of the public with an on Tuesday December This is an exciting time AGM in 3 years. disAbility Louth was formed in 2018 and is the only Co. Louth voluntarily run charity, by persons with a disABILITY or carers of persons with a disability to promote for equality and rights for those with a disability in the county. This year the focus will be on ‘The Cost of Living’ with guest speakers Sean Brosnan from MABS and Helen Grant from Employability Louth along with well know motivational speaker Nicola Connolly Byrne from Duleek. Nicola was such a success at the 2020 AGM over zoom that they have asked her to come along and deliver a presentation in person. Throughout the pandemic disAbility Louth have managed to keep their meetings and a number of activities on the go through zoom, however having their AGM in 2022 in person in the Crowne Plaza will certainly be something

to look forward to. Along with the regular AGM business and guest speakers, a presentation will also be given by group treasurer Annette Monaghan on the ‘Breaking The Mould’ project which along with other activities has been funded by Louth County Council’s ‘Disability Participation and Awareness Fund’. If you are part of a disability group and have ideas for future projects under disAbility Louth’s project they would be delighted to hear about it on the day. The AGM will be held on Tuesday December 6th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin Road Dundalk with guest speakers and Registration at 10.30am. Lunch will be provided. Booking essential. To book contact disabilitylouth@gmail. com. For more information on the group: https://www. disabilitylouth.ie/. FB and Twitter. If you are inerested in joining contact disabilitylouthch @gmail.com.

1—The World Cup final will be played in the capital city of Qatar. What is the capital city called? 2—The record for longest stay at number one in the Irish charts is 18 weeks. This happened in 1994. Can you name the song? 3—Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley and Daphne Blake were characters in which children’s TV programme? 4—Who launched the Cultural Revolution in China between 1966 and 1976? 5—Which Irish actor starred in movies such as ‘The Crying Game’ The Butcher Boy’ and ‘V for Vendetta’? 6—Dubliner Philomena Poole and Limerick

man Conn Murray both held what positions in County Louth? 7—What’s Homer Simpson’s fathers first name? 8—In the USA this vegetable is known as Zucchini. What is it called in Ireland? 9—The postcode for Dublin City Centre is D1. What is the postcode for the area which includes Phibsborough, Drumcondra, Cabra and Stoneybatter? 10—In which 1995 film does farmer Arthur Hoggett say “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.”? The Stinker—The vast body of water that covers 71% of the earth is generally divided into five oceans. Can you name the five?

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in Brief Carol Service

A community carol service will take place on Sunday 4th December at 7pm in Dundalk Presbyterian Church with the Commons Silver Band and the Dundalk Men’s Shed Choir. Everybody welcome.

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Family Notices IN MEMORIAM

CAPRAZ Adil Robert 14th Anniversary In loving memory of Adil Robert, late of 52 Grange Drive, Muirhevnamor, whose anniversary occurs around this time. SON We are sending a dove to heaven, With a parcel on its wings, Be careful when you open it, It’s full of beautiful things. Inside are a million kisses, Wrapped in a million hugs, To say how much we miss you, All our love. —Sadly missed by Mam, Dad, Robert, sisters and nieces. CAPRAZ Adil Never more than a thought away, Loved and remembered every day. —Loved by your Aunties Anne, Barbara, Jackie, uncles, cousins and family.



DOYLE Jennifer 1st Anniversary You never failed to do your best, Your heart was true and tender, You worked hard for all you loved, And left us to remember. In tears we watched you sinking, We watched you fade away, And though our hearts were breaking, We knew you could not stay. You left behind some broken hearts, That loved you most sincere, We always shall and always will, Hold your memory near. —Missed and Loved your Mam and Dad, brothers, sister-inlaw, nieces and nephew. DOYLE Jennifer As each day dawns we think of you, As each night falls we pray for you, And in between, no matter where, Deep in our hearts you will always be there. —Loved so much, your favourite cuz Geraldine, Annette and Liam, all the girls and the babies.

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) F.D. Novena To The Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart 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.D. Novena To The Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail) P.B.

Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council opens Book of Condolence for Vicky Phelan Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council opens Book of Condolence for Vicky Phelan A Book of Condolence in honour of Vicky Phelan has opened in County Hall Dundalk, by the signing of same by the Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Councillor Conor Keelan in the presence of the Chief Executive Joan Martin. Speaking at the opening, the Chief Executive Joan Martin said, ‘Vicky Phelan was an incredible woman who despite a terrible diagnosis managed to keep going and inspire many others throughout the country and beyond. Her legacy will live on long, long after her. My heartfelt sympathies go out to her family and friends’. An Cathaoirleach

Opening of Book in County Hall. Cathaoirleach Conor Keelan and Chief Executive Joan Martin. Conor Keelan added, ‘It is my honour to open this Book of Condolence for Vicky Phelan who stood as an ambassador for all that is fair and good. I hope the book will give the people of Louth an opportunity to pay their respects and express just some of the great admiration every person I have met since her passing has conveyed to me’. A hard copy book will be available

for signing at County Hall Dundalk, Ardee Library & The Tholsel Drogheda for one week from the 18th November 2022. To assist those who may otherwise not be able to attend in person, an online book of condolences is also opened here Book of Condolence -Vicky Phelan | Louth County Council’s Online Consultation Portal (louthcoco.ie).


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Podiatry/Chiropody treatment in the comfort of your own home. Ms. Dara McCoy, Bsc. Podiatry 0871924794. Man available for Karaoke in Pubs, also covers all parties and entertainment. Also available for Car Valeting, has all the equipment. Tel Francis 085 1353703. Power Washing & Gardening, lawns cut, hedges cut, trees trimmed and topped. Also firewood cut up for winter months. Telephone Tom 087 2296441. Interim accounts services for the Building Industry also, final accounts and tenders. Call 087 9218855. LANDSCAPING—Flower beds tided up, outdoor cleaning, patios, footpaths, walls, general property maintenance, exterior painting of fences, gates, walls, etc and decking cleaned. Dundalk & District. Tel. Jim 086 3818184. Professional Drylining—Dropped Ceiling, Tape & Joints also all Insulation Services. Tel 089-2488819 or 089-4189199.

articles for sale Attention Landlords—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 Logs—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. 3 Seater Sofa + Recliner Chair, grey fabric with charcoal trims, excellent condition €150, also 3 door wardrobe €30 Tel 085 8663040. Brother electric sewing machine never used €100 o.n.o.. 5ft singing Santa Bear €110 o.n.o.Calvin Klein mans wrist watch, still boxed, never worn €100.Vintage doll’s pram with large doll must be seen €150 o.n.o. Santa on rocking horse €80 o.n.o. Tel 042 9352885.

SPECIAL services 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 087-225-9799. 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>. HOUSE & APARTMENT CLEANING 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 work - marble, granite, porcelain. Indoors and out. Call 087387-8995 for free quote. 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 Services—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. MOBILE HOME TRANSPORT—Transported throughout 32 Counties. Contact:Eugene 086607-1702.


Rough grazing for winter months required. Contact 087 2662558.

situations vacant

Secretary required for office work for a small business, part time 2/3 days per week, approx. 15/20 hrs in the Dundalk area. Please email CV to bazpk21@hotmail.com. House Cleaner required—Dundalk area, one day a week. Contact 087 2462282. Housekeeper required for light house work 1 day a week. Louth Village, Tel 086 8459472.

classes and courses

Get fit 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. French Grinds available for Junior and Leaving cert. All levels. Individual and small group options. Tel 086 8723340.

special notices

Greenfields Music Tours—Invite you to join for our 1 nights stays to see the cream of Irish Folk and Ballads. Price includes accommodation, bus and ticket. Contact Anthony on 085 1204994.

planning notices

LOUTH COUNTY COUNCIL—I, Sean Kilroy, intend to apply for permission for a development at Unit 2, Butterly Business Park, Coes Road, Dundalk, County Louth A91 F5DE. The development will consist of change of use from existing retail/industrial warehousing to a gymnasium/fitness facility including the installation of male & female facility rooms/ toilets & showers, reception, coffee and relaxing area utilizing existing ground floor, installation of a mezzanine area including a massage therapy room, development to include all other ancillary site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during the public opening hours of 9:30 - 16:30 Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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Louth Craftmark Winter Weekender Louth Craftmark is delighted to announce their forthcoming Winter Weekender will be taking place from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th November. The Winter Weekender will feature a calendar of exciting in-person and virtual events brought to you by a selection of members from the extensive Louth Craftmark Designers Network. The Winter Weekender will feature a variety of artistic disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewellery, painting, print, mixed media, textiles, and sculpture, so there will be something for everyone’s taste! There will be a broad range of one-off events taking place over the course of the Winter Weekender, including Pop-up shops, open studios, Meet the Maker events, talks, live and virtual demonstrations, exhibitions, workshops, and lots of special offers and discounts. It’s

Cherry Orchard Trees at McEntee Av. by J. Cartwright.

promised to be a fantastic weekend full of visual art and craft that you won’t want to miss! Founded in 2006, Louth Craftmark Designers Network is a collective of talented northeast based professional artists, designers, and craftspeople, who have come together to promote and support each other. The Louth Craftmark network has grown exponentially in recent years, now standing at 68 members in total. After returning this year with their very successful Summer Fair in

the St Nicolas Quarter, Dundalk, and the Connective 22 Exhibition in Millmount, Drogheda, Louth Craftmark are delighted to be coming together once again to showcase their Winter Weekender just in time for the Christmas season. With the increase in the cost of living, people may be looking for more meaningful and budget conscious gifts for their loved ones this Christmas. It is so important to seek out our local businesses to keep our communities thriving, whilst

also bearing in mind sustainability and being kind to the environment. Ceramicist Sarah McKenna has commented, “We are delighted to be able to come together once again to showcase the wealth of talented makers in the northeast with our forthcoming Winter Weekender. The Louth Craftmark Designers Network is going from strength to strength, with our driving force being the promotion and support of each of our members’ work. We would encourage people to look closer to home for Christmas gifts this year and if possible, to Shop Local, and Buy Irish.” Many of the artists also create bespoke and commissioned work, so if customers would like to gift that someone special an original piece of art this Christmas, the Winter Weekender would be the perfect time to enquire about this service.


Dundalk School of Music announces ‘Liam Reilly Scholarship’ Dundalk School of Music (DSM) is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship to support upcoming musicians and vocalists, in honour of the late Liam Reillysinger/songwriter, renowned frontman of Bagatelle, and proud Dundalk man. The annual scholarship, kindly donated by Liam’s family, will cover a full year’s tuition for one aspiring musician chosen from students applying to or returning to DSM. “Liam was a good friend of DSM and very much admired their work. He visited the School frequently and was generous in sharing his experience and expertise,” said Liam’s sister Evelyn. “He was grateful for the encouragement he received from his earliest music teachers when he was just starting out. In recognition of Liam’s great interest in the School, and in the spirit of supporting the next generation of mu-

Patricia Duffy, founder and direc- The late Liam Reilly. tor of Dundalk School of Music. sicians, we are delighted to make this small gesture in his name.” “It’s a huge honour for us to be associated with Liam Reilly, who was such a big name in the music business for so many years. With a long list of hit songs, he is an artist who really put Dundalk on the map internationally,” said Patricia Duffy,

founder and director of DSM. “He took a keen interest in our students here and would remark when he noticed someone with a spark of very special potential. We don’t know where the next great musician will come from, and this scholarship will help to encourage and inspire our students as

they develop their talent. ”Now in its 14th year, Dundalk School of Music has been serving the people of Co. Louth as a vibrant, welcoming place for budding musicians of all ages, offering professional one-to-one tuition in a wide range of instruments across many genres.

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