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DUNDALK’S FREE NEWSPAPER Roisin and Robert light it up for Christmas

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Wednesday, 24th November, 2021. Vol. 14, Issue 47 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth

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ALL bus stops on Sandy Lane in Blackrock are to be cancelled because of infrastructure changes at the Rock Road junction, according to Halpenny Coaches. Speaking to the Dundalk Leader John Halpenny of Halpenny Travel said that due to the changes made, their buses are unable to turn at the junction without breaking the law. “It’s a safety problem and we need to look at it. The traffic guards examined it and they also claimed it was unsafe,” said John. “No-one wants an accident. We made the difficult decision to cancel all stops on Sandy Lane

but we wrote a letter to the council explaining the situation. “We are encouraging the council to come up with a solution. The guards have said it’s not safe.” John added: “A lot of people are affected by this. 3,900 people travel on that route with 1,500 – 1,600 on that single road. “We carry three wheelchair users per week and the only place in Blackrock with a footpath high enough for them to get off is in Sandy Lane. It takes away their civil rights. “We also carry women with buggies who depend on the service for trips to the doctor and the like.” Continued on Page 2

Brendan finishes the season in style in Dubai Louth Village man Brendan Lawlor was celebrating on the double after his latest victory on the European Disabled Golf Association tour in Dubai over the weekend. This was Lawlor’s third win of the season having previously claimed the EDGA Cazoo Open and the ISPS HANDA World Disability Invitational. Full Story Page 2

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From Page 1 He concluded: “We’ve written to the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan, Senator John McGahon and Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd. “We are only doing this for safety reasons. No-one wants to have an accident. We’ve been operating this route for nearly 100 years. “We are asking the council to remove 3ft so that the bus can turn on that edge and not

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Louth Village man Brendan Lawlor was celebrating on the double after his latest victory on the European Disabled Golf Association tour in Dubai over the weekend. This was Lawlor’s third win of the season having previously claimed the EDGA Cazoo Open and the ISPS HANDA World Disability Invitational. And to top it all off his latest victory is expected to see him return to the top of the EDGA world rankings when they are updated later this week. Brendan took a twoshot lead into the final round and extended that to four by the ninth hole of his final round. However, the pressure was on when the Canadian Kurtis Barkley reduced that lead to just a single shot with four holes to go. The Louth Village native responded like a true champion birdieing both fifteen and seventeen to seal an impressive four shot victory. Brendan’s nerves down the finishing straight were most likely settled by his Dad Billy (Manager/Owner of local firm CTI Business Solutions), who was on the bag for him in Dubai. The event was played concurrently with the second and third rounds of the European Tour’s season-ending Rolex Series event, the DP World Tour Championship which featured Rory McIlroy and eventual winner Colin Morikawa. Brendan received his trophy alongside Colin Morikawa as part of a live presentation on Sunday evening. Speaking to Sky Sports after his latest victory Brendan hoped that his victory would inspire many people to start playing the game of golf.

cross over the white line.” Cllr Maeve Yore introduced a motion to have an independent audit of the junction to solve the issue at the November meeting of the Dundalk Municipal District. “To say I’m frustrated is an understatement. I was approached in June of this year and told that there was an issue,” said Maeve. “The following month I met with the engineer who

signed off on the layout of the new junction. “My motion will be put before all councillors in December to vote on it. This whole situation contradicts the Town & Village Scheme, which aims to encourage the use of public transport. “I’m doing my utmost to help bring about a solution to this problem. There just has to be more communication and collaboration involved.” The junction at Sandy Lane, Blackrock.


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Roisin and Robert to light it up for two worthy causes A DUNDALK family is planning to light up their house again this year in a bid to raise €2,000 for two worthy causes close to their hearts. Roisin Carolan and her husband, Robert, from Cortiel, Kilkerley raised €4,303 for the Dundalk Simon Community last year. “My husband used to light up the house every year and then in 2019 my sister joked with us that we should light up the house and raise money for charity,” said Roisin. “My sister sadly passed away in 2020 during Covid so this is part of her legacy.” This year Roisin and Robert intend to donate any funds raised to the Rotunda Foundation and the NICU in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. “We are lighting our house again this year from 5pm each day, from December 3 until the New Year,” she said. “Last year I was pregnant with twins and one

Roisin and Robert’s house all lit up last year for the Simon Community. of them was diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormality. “One of the twins had a condition called Trisomy 13, which meant the baby was unlikely to survive until birth, and if the baby did survive to birth it wouldn’t live for very long afterwards.” Roisin and Robert tried to be as positive as possible, and were distracted by raising the money for the Dundalk Simon Community but the day after they turned the Christmas lights off, Roisin was rushed to hospital at 27 weeks pregnant. “I gave birth six days later to two beautiful baby boys. Baby Ethan

spent two weeks in NICU in the Rotunda Hospital, and spent a further seven weeks in the wonderful care of the team at the NICU in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda,” she said. “Baby Robert lived for just one hour, surrounded by love, and regaled of all the stories we could tell him about our family and how much we loved him. Baby Robert was buried five days later surrounded by his loving and heartbroken family. “We are so grateful to the teams in both the Rotunda and the NICU in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, for their compassion, empa-

thy, quick thinking and dedication in the height of the pandemic.” Roisin added: “Please donate whatever you can, and be sure to visit and see the lights in person. We are just 5 miles outside Dundalk - Cortial, Kilkerley, Dundalk A91 T671. “Make sure and bring the kids and take photos. The lights will be on from 5pm each evening from Friday, December 3 until the New Year.” All proceeds will be split evenly between the Rotunda Foundation and the NICU in OLOL. The link to the Carolan fundraising page is https://gofund.me/561aff42


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John’s 1,100 baby steps journey Dundalk man John Morgan has been a wheelchair user since 2012 but ever since then he has been determined to try and walk as much as possible using a walker. Now, the Suil na Mara man has launched a fundraiser which will see him try and take 1100 steps every day in a bid to raise money for the Irish Wheelchair Service Sports and Activity Service. According to John he has seen at first hand the great work locally that the group do to help people in wheelchairs, and he wanted to give a little bit back by raising money to buy specialised sports equipment. “I have been in a wheelchair for almost a decade now and although I know I will never be able to walk independently I decided last January to try walking a little bit with the aid of my walker. With the help of my friend Patricia Brannigan who works with the IWA I have been building up my fitness and from being able to walk 220 baby steps back in January I am now doing 1100. Patricia or another carer from the IWA come out to me at 8am every morning and watch on as I do my steps. I am considered a falls risk, so I am unable to do the steps without somebody being there with me. “I initially started doing the steps when I was staying out in my father’s house during the pandemic last January and I would walk a few steps with the walker down to the shed at the bottom of the garden. Gradually I have been going further and further and now I am able to do

John Morgan with his dog, ‘Jamie’.

1100 steps which takes me just over an hour. It takes a lot out of me, but I really enjoy doing it,” explained John. “I play bochia every Saturday morning with fellow wheelchair users and our sports coordinator is a lady called Katie Byrne who also teaches wheelchair basketball for children as well as a senior basketball team. I have seen at first hand the great work she does, and I wanted to help out by trying to raise money to go towards specialised equipment like maybe special wheelchairs for children’s basketball or equipment for our bochia groups. “With that in mind, I plan on walking every morning between now and December 31st and hopefully I can maybe get up to 1500 steps a day by then which would be a good achievement considering I started on just over 200 last January,” noted John. “I cannot say enough good things about the IWA. They have been invaluable to me especially during the pandemic when they sent outreach workers around to the

house regularly to make sure I was ok. They hold weekly quizzes and a facility to work on your upper body strength in their offices which I enjoy, and they have a van which can take up to six wheelchair users out somewhere for the day like maybe the beach for example during the summer. “They also have a respite facility out in Ashbrook called Shrattan House which I attended, and I simply couldn’t do without them. They are great people who work there, and I consider them friends at this stage. I will keep walking everyday and hopefully by the end of the year I will have raised a few euro to give to the IWA’s sports and activity service,” added John. If you would like to support John’s fundraiser you can donate on his gofundmepage by searching for ‘John’s 1,100 baby step journey’. John is also hoping to get a sponsor to cover the cost of t-shirts with ‘John’s 1100 baby step challenge written on them. You can contact John on 0876332748.


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Former dkIt student receives national award Dundalk man Conor Matthews has been named as joint runner up in a national essay writing competition. The annual Hubert Butler Essay Prize, established in honour of Hubert Butler, one of Ireland’s most distinguished intellectuals and essayists is a prestigious competition run by the House of European Art and seeks to encourage the art of essay writing with a European dimension and expand interest in Butler’s work. The subject of this year’s prize was “During the plague I came into my own: Who or what benefitted from Covid-19?”. Conor, originally from Glenwood in Dundalk is now living in Leixlip in County Kildare. He is a past pupil in both the Friary Boys School and the De La Salle secondary school and he credits former English teacher Brother Raymond for nurturing his love for writing. He then went on to study Film and Anima-

Conor Matthews. tion at Dundalk Institute of Technology, graduating in 2012 and went on to attain a scholarship to attend the Irish Film School, taught by Oscar Nominee John Boorman. Conor’s previous acknowledgements include the Jim Craven Poetry Award, becoming a contributing author to the DKIT writers group anthology book No Bother, led by writer Ferdia MacAnna, and taking part in a writers group held by playwright Jimmy Murphy and Glass Mask Theatre at Smock Alley. Conor

was understandably proud and delighted to have picked up second place in the competition. “I am deeply grateful to have been chosen as joint runner-up for the Hubert Butler Essay Prize. It’s an honour considering Hubert Butler’s inspiring work and the fact myself and my fellow prize recipients get to add to that legacy. Now more than ever it’s important to think not just about what we value and but also how we can value others, following in the footsteps of the late Mr. Butler. “The essay probably took me two or three days to get the first draft together and then I went through it and tidied it up before submitting it. They emailed me a while later to tell me I had come joint second and I was thrilled to hear the news. The essay I wrote kind of talks about how I was forced to reassess my life during the pandemic and talks about my strug-

gles during periods of unemployment. I kind of think it is interesting how peoples attitudes to wards the unemployed have shifted over the last couple of years and the change in perception towards those who are out of work,” noted Conor. Chairman of the Hubert Butler Essay Prize had the following to say about Conor’s essay. “Conor Matthews essay is unremittingly and sometimes laceratingly personal, arrestingly delineating an individual crisis in order to illuminate how the pandemic enforced a new attitude towards mortality: “If it wasn’t for Covid, I’d be dead”. The sobering experience of unemployment, alienation and uncertain mental health is re-read powerfully through the perspective of Covid and its discontents; it is an essay full of uncomfortable truths,” he wrote. Conor’s website is conormatthewswriter. com, where you can find links to his work.


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Churches need to pay their fair share in mother and baby homes redress scheme—McGreehan Dundalk Leader 24th November 2021

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Louth Fianna Fáil Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Senator Erin McGreehan, has welcomed the

Government’s approval of the Mother and Baby Institutions Payment Scheme (MBIPS). However Senator McGreehan called on the Catholic Church to

pay their fair share in the Mother and Baby homes redress scheme. The Scheme will provide financial payments and a form of enhanced medical card

to defined groups in acknowledgment of suffering experienced while resident in Mother and Baby and County Home Institutions. It is estimated that approximately 34,000 people will qualify for financial payments under the Scheme. It is anticipated that approximately 19,000 people will be eligible

for an enhanced medical card. The total cost of the Scheme is estimated at approximately €800m. Senator McGreehan commented, “The report completed by the Commission of Investigation was disappointing and its findings upset many people. The proposals for the Mother and Baby Institutions

Payment Scheme go well beyond the recommendations of the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation. This clearly shows how the Minister and the Government have listened very carefully to all stakeholders, taking into consideration all opinions. It is this collaborative approach that has been to the core

of all Government actions to date and I am under no doubt that this attitude will continue. “This redress scheme is a further step in acknowledging the serious wrongs that were done onto so many women and children in this country.” Senator McGreehan added, “However the Church now needs to

pay their fair share. It is important that they acknowledge the wrong and pay financially for the wrongs that they did, let’s not forget that the religious organisations got paid to run these institutions. “The women and children deserve acknowledgment from the Church institutions in this.”

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‘Freeing the truth’-how one man took on the justice system and the ruc- and won D u ndalk - b a s e d counsellor Bernard O’Connor will launch his new book entitled ‘Freeing the Truth’ tomorrow evening in the Old Gaol, Dundalk. The book is a first hand testimony from Bernard of his experiences of being beaten and threatened by the RUC in the late 70’s as well as how he coped with those experiences in the years that followed. In 1977, a young Enniskillen schoolteacher, Scout leader and father of eight, Bernard O’Connor was arrested and taken to Castlereagh Interrogation Centre where he was brutalised and tortured for four days. Brainwashed, worn down, sleep deprived, and in pain O’Connor knew how very close he was to doing a deal, to confessing to crimes including murder that he had no knowledge of and could not possibly have committed. He was saved, he believes, by a fish supper. Three years later, O’Connor made history

‘Freeing the Truth’ will be launched tomorrow. by becoming the first person to win a civil case for torture against the RUC. The law governing interrogation methods was changed as a result. But the price was high. O’Connor would be subjected to a lifetime of harassment by the security forces af-

fecting both himself and his family. He would survive a Loyalist murder bid. Always, fighting the insinuations that a man who had never had a charge proffered against him, had somehow eluded justice. The collateral damage was incalculable. A mental breakdown, a

broken marriage would follow before he retrained as a psychotherapist and discovered renewed personal and professional happiness. Yet still, today, Bernard O’Connor knows he will never be a free man. This is his testimony, written in the hope that others will understand; and that such evil injustice can never again be perpetrated on another innocent. ‘Freeing the Truth will be launched in the Old Gaol, Dundalk on the 25th November, at 7.30pm, when there’ll be an opportunity to hear Bernard talk about his experiences. Guest speakers will also address the assembly. Copies are available for sale at the launch, priced 15 euro and also available in book shops in Dundalk, Easons of Cavan, Waterstones, Amazon and Kindle, or from Bernard O’Connor at boconnor3@hotmail.com or phone – 00373850462424 or 00447780900921.

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SEVEN Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) students have helped to raise over €300 for Peata Pet Therapy on Gofundme. com.

Fourth year Mental Health Nursing students Hannah Boyle, Jill McEvoy, Laoise Nolan, Jade Treacy, Claire Carvill, Eleanor Curran, and Kerri Ann Mone held a fundraising day at DkIT.

The fundraising day, which was organised as part of a class project, was held on Monday, November 8.

Fundraiser Hannah Boyle told the Dundalk Leader that Peata Pet Therapy’s principal activity is a dog visiting scheme.

and their dogs regularly visit caring facilities. We came up with the idea because we love our pets and are passionate about dogs,” said Hannah.

“They provide information to health care professionals on the benefits of Pet Therapy. Pet Therapy helps us feel less alone, stop stressing out and cope in times of crisis.”

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Fourth year mental health students from DkIT helped raise over €300 for Peata Pet Therapy. The four Leon Berger therapy dogs visit caring facilities and help the elderly with social interaction.

Joint message from the HSE Department of Public Health North East, Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare and Louth County Council

The Department of Public Health North East, Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare and Louth County Council are concerned about the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Louth and are appealing to the people of Louth to adhere to the public health advice. Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health North East said: “The latest figures, covering the 14 day incidence from the 2nd November to 15th November, reported the electoral areas in Drogheda Urban with an incident rate of 2415.4 cases per 100,000 of population and Drogheda Rural with an incident rate of 1963.5 cases per 100,000

of population. This is equivalent of saying if 40 people were tested in Drogheda in the past 14 days, we picked up 1 case. If we consider a longer timeframe, we are nearing levels of 1 out of every 20 people testing positive in past month. COVID-19 infection is everywhere, so now is the time to protect yourself and protect one another. If you are unvaccinated, your risk of serious infection is high, so please avail of the vaccination now.” “It is important that as a community we work together to help bring the rate of transmission down. With such levels of transmission, we all have to take personal responsibility. We must

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“We also know that there are positive effects on mental health from being around animals so we decided it would be a good class project.”

The fundraising day with four Leon Burgers therapy dogs took place in the Muirhevna Building in DkIT on November 8 from 12 to 2pm in “Approved volunteers room M111 and M112.

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layer up our defences so that the virus has less opportunity to infect us and the people around us. We layer up with vaccines, maintain social distancing, mask wearing, regular hand washing/sanitising, managing our contacts, isolating when symptomatic, avoid crowds, meet outdoors and maintain good ventilation.” “People in all age groups are at risk of becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19. We are hopeful we will break the chains of transmission in the community with the help of the public adhering to the public health guidelines.” Dr Pereira added: “We are asking you all to make the necessary changes to help drive down the

rate of transmission of the virus: Testing: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should isolate and book a PCR test online or contact your GP. You should NOT take an antigen test. Antigen tests should be used only by those without symptoms as one of many measures to mitigate against COVID-19. Mask Wearing: You should wear a mask when you are in crowded outdoor or indoor environments, including in shops, on public transport, in cinemas and theatres. It is very important that face masks are worn properly; covering the area from nose to chin. Hand Washing & Respiratory

Hygiene: Ensure regular hand washing and practice good respiratory hygiene. Ventilation: Let fresh air circulate in your area by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible. Social Distancing: Keep your distance and avoid crowded places where you cannot social distance. Social Contacts: Please at least halve your social contacts for the next 4 weeks”. Des O’Flynn, Chief Officer at Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation said: “Small changes, by all of us, will make a big difference collectively. Together, we can break the

The 2021 Cross Cooley Challenge raised a whopping €43,239 euros for our two very local worthy charities North Louth Hospice and Maria Goretti Foundation. On behalf of our team I want to thank each and everyone of you and your sponsors for your huge generosity and support. Looking forward to seeing you all again next May for our 10th anniversary.

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chains of transmission and bring down disease incidence. We must continue to stick to the basic public guidelines as practising hand hygiene, mask wearing, social distancing, as well taking a test if you display symptoms and of course, getting a vaccine if you haven’t had one yet. Working together, we can protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities from this virus.” Joan Martin, Chief Executive of Louth County Council said “Louth people have a great community spirit and are fantastic at looking out for each other. We need to protect each other and get the numbers down. We have done it before and we can do it again.”

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‘There can be no hard border on the Island of Ireland’

There can be no hardening of the border in Ireland, regardless of ‘sabre rattling’ by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to Dundalk TD Ruairí Ó Murchú. The Sinn Féin deputy was one of a number of public representatives from both sides of the border who joined a protest, organised by community group Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB) at Carrickcarnon on Saturday afternoon. The Louth / Armagh border event was one of a number organised in border areas by the group which aimed to send a message to Boris Johnson and Brexit Minister David Frost to ‘back off’ the Irish Protocol. Deputy Ó Murchú said the speakers at Carrickcarnon, including BCAB co-founders Damian McGenity and Declan Fearon as well as Queen’s University

David Cullinane TD, Chris Hazzard MP, Ruairí Ó’Murchú TD, Imelda Munster TD, Cllr Pearse McGeough, Cllr Antóin Watters, and Cllr Willie Clarke.

professor Colin Harvey, were ‘clear in their message about the absolute need for the Irish Protocol’. The TD said: ‘The British government has maintained a threat to trigger Article 16 and undermine the Irish Protocol. They have used the Protocol and elements of political unionism as tools in their high stakes poker game with the European Commission. They have threatened and pulled back and then threatened again. ‘Should they follow through on their threat, it could lead to a hard-

ening of the border in Ireland, a situation that cannot be countenanced. ‘Businesses, communities, retail, farmers and the majority in the North who are affected by Brexit have said that the protocol is working and is workable. It needs to be protected. Many see huge advantages for the North in economic terms of having access to both the EU single market and the British market. ‘The EU has already moved considerably and indicated it is willing to deliver on further technical aspects but is

not willing to deviate from the point that the protocol is needed. ‘Professor Harvey told the protest that the issue of Irish unity is live and there is an onus on the Irish government to start seriously planning for it. This is the real solution to the difficulties we are facing. ‘Time and time again, I have reiterated in every forum available, including at recent Conference on the Future of Europe meetings in Strasbourg, that the time for planning for Irish unity is now.

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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). E.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). A.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). T.P.

NOVENA TO saint martha St. Martha, I resort to thee and to thy petition and faith, I offer up to thee this light which I shall burn every Tuesday for nine Tuesdays. Comfort me in all my difficulties through the great favour thou didst enjoy when Our Saviour lodged in thy house. I beseech thee to have definite pity in regard to the favour I ask (Mention favour). Intercede for my family that we may always be provided for in all our necessities. I ask thee St. Martha to overcome the dragon which thou didst cast at thy feet. One Our Father and three Hail Marys, and a Glory Be Amen; and a lighted candle every Tuesday and the above prayer made known with the intentions of spreading devotion to St. Martha. This miraculous Saint grants everything before the Tuesdays are ended. No matter how difficult. E.D.

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Bugs, Bees and Native Trees at the Green Church

A tree planting initiative took place on 13th November at St Nicholas parish Church (The Green Church). We also had Prof Ronan Mullan from the Bugs, Bees and Native Trees initiative to explain the project as well as Church of Ireland’s Armagh Diocesan Youth and Children’s Officer, Mr David Brown and Rev Richard Moore blessed the children and their planting. The Diocese of Armagh, the “Bugs, Bees and Native trees” project and Christian Aid (Ireland) have teamed up to plant local species of trees across Parishes supporting children in being more aware of better protecting God’s gift of creation, locally and globally. Ms Tori Eveson of St. Nicholas Parish Church who is committee member of

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Dundalk Leader 24th November 2021

Friends in Need Dundalk Are e-scooters safe for all road users? offer a helping hand

Catriona Nixon, Eileen Murphy, Maddie Morgan, Maeve Yore, Jeanette Morgan & Brigid Murphy.

Friends in Need Dundalk is a new and exciting fundraising initiative set up by a group of 10 like-minded people in order to assist local groups, charities and various organisations around town and the wider area who find themselves in financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The group launched the new project on Monday in the Long Walk Shopping Centre and the first local organisation to benefit from Friends in Need will be the Dundalk Young Irelands GFC juvenile section. Friends in Need are in the Pop Up Shop in the Longwalk Shopping Centre until Saturday 27th November selling all sorts of items which have been kindly donated by members of the public. All money raised this week will go towards the Dundalk Young Irelands Juvenile Section. Dundalk FM and Voice of

Ireland finalist Kelley Mc Ardle was in attendance on Monday and the initiative has been a great success so far with plenty of people dropping in to pick up some great bargains while all the time supporting a fantastic local football club. According to one of the project organisers Madeline Morgan the idea came about towards the end of last month when a group of likeminded people decided to use their volunteering experience and skills to help out various groups around town. “The idea came about at the end of October when a group of ten of us who have a lot of experience with volunteering with various charities and organisations around town decided to put our heads together and try and give a dig out to people who are struggling to raise funds for their groups. We have picked a number of local organisations

and we will raise money for a different group each week by selling donations we have received in our pop up shop in the Longwalk. We are raising money for the Dundalk Yong Ireland’s this week and in the weeks ahead we will be helping out some more local groups including Dundalk Dog Rescue and SNAP. We have an amazing team of volunteers and we have a lot of experience so we are only too happy to put that knowledge and experience together to try and give local organisations a dig out. A lot of these charities and groups have been hit hard by the pandemic and have had to cancel fundraisers etc so this is our way of helping out. We are open from Monday to Saturday in the pop up shop in the Longwalk and we welcome everybody who wants to come down and have a look,” stated Maddie.

New Grow Remote Network Launching December 1st Grow Remote is a non-profit social enterprise promoting the benefits of remote work. There are 75 chapters across the country and even more around the world. Each one aims to make a sustainable social impact by supporting people to live, work and participate locally. The launch of the new Dundalk Chapter, aims to connect local workers be they, working remotely, business start – ups or interested in finding remote work which allows them to work from home. Monthly meet-ups, which will take place on the 1st Wednesday of the month will vary from informal coffee sessions with like minded people to local speaker on particular topics which have been raised by members. Our launch event will see speakers from the Grow Remote network and a local entrepreneur Ciara Breen is the local Grow Remote chapter lead, whose role it is to coordinate events and activities for the remote ecosystem at the local level.

Ciara returned to Ireland during the pandemic working remotely for Standard Life Edinburgh. Earlier this year joined the team at Creative Spark and will manage the new Co-working hub in Clanbrassil Street opening early next year. Ciara is passionate about supporting remote workers and building a local community that support local workers or those looking for job opportunities that work with their lifestyles. Welcoming new members If you would like to find out more about the work of Grow Remote and upcoming events taking place with the Dundalk Chapter you can follow the Grow Remote Dundalk Facebook page. If you are interested in joining us at our launch event in Creative Spark on the 1st December 7-9pm please register your interested by emailing ciara@creativespark.ie. We will continue to monitor government updates on restrictions and numbers and will update interested parties in advance of the event.

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Three organisations have expressed their concerns recently about the safety of e-scooter use in Ireland. They say the Government has not considered the needs of disabled pedestrians in the new Road Traffic Bill – including people who are blind or vision impaired, wheelchair users or elderly people. The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI), along with the Irish Wheelchair Association and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind are appealing to Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan to include a number of key changes in the bill. The new Road Traffic Bill, which legislates the use of e-scooters and e-bikes on Irish roads for the first time, was debated in the Dáil last week and should be concluded before the end of this year. National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) Head of Communications and Advocacy at NCBI, June Tinsley, tells AA Ireland that e-scooters are “becoming more and more common so there now needs to be clear, comprehensive and robust legislation in place that protects the rider and those using public spaces”. “We [NCBI] want to ensure that the current legislation that’s being debated is improved upon, so that the needs of disabled pedestrians are not overlooked and that their confidence and independence are not compromised,” Tinsley adds. The NCBI have said efforts to have audio devices mandated so that

people can hear approaching scooters have so far gone unheeded. “There needs to be an audio system installed in any e-scooter at the design stage, so that people who are blind or vision impaired can hear them approaching.” This is already an EU-wide regulation for electric vehicles – they have to have an artificial sound when they’re travelling under 30kmph: “an audio system has to be installed in electric vehicles, so why can’t it be installed in escooters”. The NCBI also says near misses with visually impaired people attempting to cross roads and walk on footpaths, where silent e-scooters present a potential threat, is an issue that needs to be recognised in the design of legislation. They also say that there needs to be designated parking bays, that are separate from the footpath. “We need to make sure e-scooters are not parked against railings or lampposts, where they could cause an obstruction.” Under the new Bill, a speed limit of 25kmph will be implemented, but according to the NCBI, this maximum speed limit is too high. “The legislation is very unclear surrounding the safety measures, as it is around insurance and registration. So in instances of collision, it’s unsure as to what would happen.” Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Advocacy and Policy Officer for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Léan

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Kennedy, says that “whilst Guide Dogs are trained to guide their blind or vision impaired owners through busy routes, they can be put under undue stress if they are forced to try to anticipate the unpredictable movements of an e-scooter”. “Often the pedestrian footway is the only option to maintain someone’s independence and as such e-scooters would be safer for all if they were required to use cycle lanes or roads,” Kennedy adds. The Irish Wheelchair Association Public Engagement Manager at the Irish Wheelchair Association, John Fulham, says that there are “very obvious benefits to the introduction of e-scooters as part of an overall transport strategy on climate change. But what we want is that they’re introduced in a manner that is safe and fair for people with disabilities”. “My experience with e-scooters is growing. From those who I have seen using them, the majority are not using them safely. They’re on the footpaths. They’re driving them too fast,” adds Fulham. “The legislation doesn’t specify this. It can be very unsettling for people with mobility issues who don’t have the ability to move or jump out of the way quickly.” “Scooter riders and drivers should keep their speed down. Be considerate of other road users. Be aware of the general rules of the road,” adds Fulham. By Anna Cullen, AA Ireland.

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St Joseph’s Lotto No winner. Numbers: 10, 11, 20, 32. €30 winners: Con Marley c/o Centra; Killian McDonnell c/o Kevin Kerr; Tom Dooley, Online; Ronan Lynch c/o Kevin Kerr; Paul Healy, Online.

Lost And Found A gold chain bracelet with a T-Bar was lost on Wednesday evening. The owner lost it somewhere on her journey from Greenacres to the Windsor Bar and on Dublin Street. Please phone 0879476331.

Ring Lost An engagement ring was lost on the Avenue Road close to the Mace shop in the Greenacres Shopping Centre in recent months. It is a three stone gold ring. Anybody who might be able to help return the ring to its owner can call 0863676142.

Anniversary Mass Anniversary mass for Deceased employees of Macardle Moore Brewery will take place next Saturday, 27th November at 6:30pm in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church.

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