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Fitting tribute to the memory of Melissa

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A small community in the Volta region of Ghana now have a working well in their village thanks to the fundraising efforts of the friends and family of Melissa O’Reilly. Melissa, from Carlingford, was only 29 when she sadly passed away from cancer last year. Ciaran Phillips, a first cousin of Melissa, was determined to do something in her memory and earlier this year the Omeath man came up with an idea to build a well in the small village of Abuitia in the Volta region of Ghana in memory of his friend. Ciaran was driving through Ghana delivering aid through the Crosscause charity earlier this year when he noticed that the villagers had to walk for miles to get water. He decided that he would try and drill a well to help Continued on Page 2 Ryan and Ciaran Phillips pictured in Ghana

Coláiste Lú pupils face trip to Balbriggan

Pupils from the Irish school in Dundalk who have been protesting against the degaeling of their Gael Choláiste since early Sept are still waiting for the green light on transport provision promised in a letter from the Department of Education to LMETB on 2nd October. Full Story On Page 2

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Pupils from the Irish school in Dundalk who have been protesting against the degaeling of their Gael Choláiste since early Sept are still waiting for the green light on transport provision promised in a letter from the Department of Education to LMETB on 2nd October. A dozen or so of the 41 pupils now remaining in Coláiste Lú who are able to make the trip are set to

journey to Balbriggan every day, with most of them anxious to ensure that they have the necessary Irish medium education to be able to sit their exams at the end of the year. They are awaiting confirmation of transport provision from the Dept of Education and are worried that a date has not yet been set. Parents can’t understand why red tape is causing delays when transport funding was apparently not an

issue seven weeks ago as set out in a letter to LMETB. Promises from the LMETB to parents to employ extra teachers and provide a bus to Colaiste Oriall in Monaghan for exam year students have yet to be honoured according to the Colaiste Lu parents council. This has ensured the continuing exodus from Coláiste Lú. Current Coláiste Lú numbers have gradually dwindled since

the beginning of September when there were 68 pupils in total. As of last week November 18 that figure had gone down to 41 and look set to continue to fall unless a resolution can be found. The Parents’ Council have also made a request to LMETB to facilitate travel arrangements to transport their children to Coláiste Glór na Mara in Balbriggan, as it is the closest Gael Choláiste in

travel time. LMETB and An Foras Pátrúnachta agreed in principle to this request and passed the request onto the Dept. who also agreed to facilitate it. However, despite rapid Departmental approval in principle in October, it is now the middle of November and the requisite transport to enable children to get educated through Irish still has not been authorised by the department. Following on from a

public meeting in Dundalk on Irish medium education, LMETB and An Foras Pátrúnachta agreed to explore how AFP could provide Irish medium education in Co. Louth next year. General agreement has been reached in principle that AFP would provide Irish immersive education from Sept 2020 in Dundalk and that LMETB would help and support them in this objective. This has also received the nod

in principle from key Dept of Education officials, subject to a formal proposal from AFP being submitted. All of the remaining Coláiste Lú parents along with parents of 6th class pupils in N. Louth, in particular Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan, are delighted with this proposal and intend to keep up the fight to ensure that the necessary resources required to deliver this vision are provided.

Fitting tribute to the memory of Melissa From Page 1 of Melissa’s memory. enabled Ciaran to buy make their lives easier Months of fundraising all the equipment necand do it in honour back home in Omeath essary to build the well and earlier this month he along with his son Ryan returned to Abuitia to drill the well. According to Ciaran he could not be more proud of his community and thanked everybody who helped his dream become a reality. “Melissa was a first cousin of mine and she was such a bright friendly girl. Everybody loved her and she was such a fun-loving girl. When she died last year at such a young age it hit all her friends and family hard and I wanted to do something in her memory. “I decided on building a well in a small village in Ghana where the locals had to travel miles to get water in temperatures as high as 42 degrees. We spent a few months fundraising and I have to say I am very proud to live

in such a generous and thoughtful community.,” he explained. “Everybody did their bid to get this project up and running and myself and my son Ryan travelled to Ghana earlier this month to drill the well and put a plaque in honour of Melissa at the site. We drilled roughly 100 metres into the ground and we have it running off a generator. All the money raised went towards the project and myself and Ryan self-funded our trip to Ryan and Ciaran Phillips during the trip to Ghana Ghana. “It would do anybody’s heart good to see the faces of the 350 or so villagers who were so grateful to have a working well in their village. It’s a monument to our friend Melissa who always went out of her way to help her friends and once again I want to send out a huge thanks to all who helped make this happen,” stated Ciaran.

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The Friday’s for Futures group in Dundalk will be holding their latest strike for climate action this Friday at Market Square. Fridays for Future are a group of secondary school students from various schools around town who are part of a global campaign to bring about awareness about the climate crisis and to fight for climate action. The group have already staged numerous strikes already this year and they have vowed to continue highlighting the issue until they see the government do more when it comes to climate change.

The strike will take place this Friday between 1pm and 2:30pm at Market Square and all are welcome to attend. According to organisers the aim is to bring awareness to the problem which they claim is the ‘biggest crisis humanity has ever faced’. “We are striking as part of a global campaign to bring about awareness about the climate crisis and to fight for climate action. This is a youth led movement inspired by Greta Thunberg. It is so important that we create awareness of the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced,” stated the organisers of the strike.

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4 Fifth Year student group in Ardee Community School undertook a fundraising hike in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust. The students were sponsored and hiked from Carlingford to Greenore. They raised a total of €2,098. Fr Peter McVerry visited the school to receive the cheque. The event was organised by the religion teachers in schools.

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Busy time for Marist students It has been a busy time at St Marys College recently with a number of events taking place. As part of the social outreach programme the Transition Years have been fundraising for the Irish Wheelchair Association and on Thursday November 21 they had the fantastic opportunity to try out wheelchair basketball in our local sports’ centre. Not only was it great fun, but it gave everyone a real insight into the sport and the opportunities that are available. The school recently established a student ethos group, named ‘Faoi Ainm Mhuire’. The aim of the group is to promote the Marist Ethos amongst the students of the school. At the moment there are 15 members, from 5th Year and Transition Year. It is hoped to inform students about the Marist way and to set up an Ethos space in the school. They also met Fr Justin Taylor on his visit to the school and had an informative and interesting discussion with him about the Marist ethos. Last week, a mix of students from German classes across various year

groups participated in a German Exchange programme with teachers Ms Woods and Herr Kronen. The students visited many museums such as Checkpoint Charlie, and also experienced many historical sites. The group visited Sachsenhausen Memorial Concentration Camp which was a truly touching and humbling experience. It was interesting to hear stories from exchange families about the Berlin wall as it was the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the wall. They also visited the Berliner Unterwelten tour which included a tour of underground war bunkers and the famous Reichstag. Four of the Marist Transition Year students took part in the Leinster Debating Competition. The team put in a great amount of effort into debating the motion “the house regrets research that aims to create strong artificial intelligence” and have progressed on to the next round of the competition. Congratulations to Weronica Staszak who progressed to the Regional Finals of the Rotary Leadership awards, representing Dundalk.

Andrew McKell had a day to remember last Sunday when he won the 14 Hole Singles Stableford competition at Dundalk Golf Club with an excellent score of 34pts to deny Peter McCaughey victory for a second successive week. McKell, who plays off 29, took full advantage of the 23 strokes he had as he scored on every hole and managed to collect four points on both the ninth and the 18th. Seamus Bailey (12) finished a further shot back on 32pts to take third overall while Charlie Monahan (10), Kieran Reidy (15) and Pat

Daly (21) took the category prizes and Frank Byrne (7) with 25pts had the day’s best gross score. The day was also memorable for Gerard Daly who had a hole in one at the ninth. Brendan Lawlor finished fifth in the inaugural EDGA Dubai finale which was a 36 hole event featuring some of the world’s best Golfers with Disability and took place alongside the European Tour’s season ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The event was won by World No.1 George Groves.

Andrew’s day to remember at Dundalk Golf Club

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Louth firms attend major food trade event A large delegation of Louth firms took part in a major trade event in Greater Dublin on Thursday November 21. Fifteen firms from the county took part in the Food eirEEN Meet the Buyer & Matchmaking Event, which was held at the City North Hotel, where over 170 food businesses engaged in pre-arranged meetings, allowing producers to pitch their products and secure orders from key food buyers. Over 25 buyers attended the event, including Savage and Whitten, Hendersons and NISA from Northern Ireland, and Aldi, BWG, Musgrave, Clayton/Maldron Hotels and Pallas Foods

from the Republic of Ireland. The event was organised by Enterprise Europe Network through the Local Enterprise Offices in Ireland and Invest NI in Northern Ireland; producers at the event are drawn from a cross section of sectors including bakery, chilled, dairy, seafood, beverages and fresh produce. Speaking of the importance of the event, Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Louth County Council commented: “The Local Enterprise Offices have been actively driving the growth and development of the indigenous food sector over the past ten years though local food strate-

gies, strategic national alliances and programmes and through active engagement with local food businesses. Through this event we hope to create opportunities for our food producers to engage with other food businesses, to discuss the potential for strategic partnerships and alliances, and to identify new sales opportunities and primarily generate new sales. Whatever the ultimate outcome of Brexit is, it has shown us how dependent we are on our nearest export market and it has highlighted the need for all our businesses to be more competitive and more ambitious in other export markets.

Pictured above is Réalt na Mara Student Council with their Principal Mr Phil McCaul and teacher Mrs Síle Holland. The Student Council coordinated a “Trick or Treat for Temple Street” event in their school. Through their Halloween dress up day, they raised €660 Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

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Evelyn Igharo triumphed in the 64kg category.

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Success for local boxers at National Elite Championships Two of Dundalk’s brightest young female boxers left the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday evening with the top prize in their respective weight category’s. Dealgan boxer Amy Broadhurst collected the 60kg title by walkover following a no-show from her Olympic rival Kellie Harrington while Clann Naofa’s Evelyn Igharo triumphed in the 64kg thanks to a brilliant performance against former Youth Olympics silver medallist Ciara Ginty. Eighteen-year old Evelyn Igharo has been training under the watchful eye of Dealgan coach Jim O’Neill since the age of seven and the teenager has developed into a fearsome competitor while showing huge heat and courage every time she steps into the ring. The talented Igharo was competing for the first time in the elite senior championships having enjoyed an excellent youth career winning numerous national titles as well as a European silver. After knocking out her semifinal opponent in the semi-finals the Clann Naofa star took on highly rated 22 year old Ciara Ginty in the final. In a close contest Igharo’s determination and strength paved the way late on for a 3-2 decision win much to the joy of her friends and family

Amy and Tony with her 18th national title.

who were there to cheer her in the stadium. This was Clann Naofa’s first ever Elite title win and it represented a very proud evening for club coach Jim O’Neill. “We are all so so proud of Evelyn,” stated Jim. ‘”he’s been with me since the age of seven and we’ve watched her develop from a quiet shy wee girl into a young confident strong young woman. She is a very technical boxer but she also has a heart the size of a lion and that’s what won her the final on Friday night. She is such a dedicated athlete and after boxing on Wednesday and Friday in the national stadium she then got up at 5am on Saturday to catch a flight to England where

she boxed and won for Ireland against a highly touted UK opponent. “She is a credit to the club and to the whole town and she deserves all the success that comes her way,” added Jim. Meanwhile 22-year old Amy Broadhurst was celebrating yet again as she picked up her eighteenth Irish national title at the Olympic weight of 60kg. Amy had been due to fight world champion Kellie Harrington in the final in what was a hugely anticipated contest but the Dundalk southpaw was instead given a walkover when Harrington pulled out late on. Amy’s father and coach was understandably proud to see

his daughter collect yet another trophy but admitted that he would rather have seen her win it in the ring. “was a fight that everybody was looking forward to and we worked so hard to get ready for it. Amy and Kellie are both very eager to be picked for the Olympics in 2020 and unfortunately only one of them can be picked. “This final was a chance to find out once and for all who the best is at 60kg but for one reason or another Kellie wasn’t there on Friday evening. It is probably fair to say that Kellie is ahead of Amy at the moment in the race for that Olympic spot but the two of them are due to fight at a tournament in Bulgaria in the same weight class this January and a win for Amy there will put huge pressure on the Irish selectors to give her the nod. She’ll also get a chance to impress selectors in Abbotstown over the next three weeks where she will be training with all the Olympic hopefuls,” he added. “I also want to congratulate Delagan’s Emma Agnew who did brilliantly to reach the final of the 57kg category on Friday night. She was beaten in that final but put up a very good performance and did herself and the club proud,” stated Tony.


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Dundalk Active Retirement Association meet every Monday afternoon in Carroll Mead Hall, Pearse Park. At a recent meeting, Ann Kirk spoke to the group about trying to help the homeless. She asked members to help by donating gloves, hats etc and she had a long list of articles and clothes needed. Members can bring whatever they think is needed and place them in a box at the meetings. The final Monday meeting of the year will take place on December 9 while the Christmas Party is arranged for December 11 in the Four Seasons Hotel. The group will then break for Christmas, reopening Monday January 13.

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Local representatives who attended a briefing in Leinster House

Sinn Fein Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that the Minister for Health must intervene to support community groups working with people in addiction in Louth. Cllr Ó Murchú, who is Chairperson of Louth Drug and Alcohol Forum and has recently been appointed as a member of the North East Regional Drugs Task Force, made his remarks this afternoon following his attendance at a briefing in Leinster House by the North East Drugs Task Force. Councillor Ó Murchú said that the reality is that the groups who attended the Dáil are all experiencing severe funding shortfalls. “Across the North East Region which encompasses Louth, Monaghan, Cavan and Meath, some groups are facing imminent closure unless the funding model is changed.

“They have no continuity of funding and are required to bid to the HSE annually.“Typically, if they receive funding, it is allocated the same rate as the previous year which takes no account of the rising number of service users, rising rental and overhead costs and inflation. “Staff in these community organisations do amazing and life changing work, yet their rate of pay, terms and conditions do not match HSE employed staff,” he continued. “Financially these groups are running to stand still by fundraising ever greater amounts and relying on the goodwill of volunteers. “In Dundalk and other areas we are in an emergency regarding the level of drugs usage. This requires urgent government action. “Louth based groups: The Red Door Project, Family Ad-

diction Support Network, Turas and the Community Addiction Studies Course (CASC) all attended today’s meeting and I thank them for giving up their time and commend the work they are doing. “These groups also reported that the level of participation on the Task Force by statutory agencies such as the HSE, Gardaí and Department of Education is reducing. “The groups feel they are being disempowered in the decision making process. This must be addressed because the state agencies need the local knowledge that only those working at the coal face can provide. “In follow up to today’s event a meeting with the Minister for Health and the Minister of State for Drugs will be requested and the Justice Committee will be making this issue a priority in the new year.”

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Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys TD confirmed that WuXi Vaccines, a subsidiary of WuXi Biologics, is planning to build a $240 million vaccine production facility on the newly established WuXi Biologics Campus in Dundalk, bringing 200 additional new jobs to the town over five years. The new investment, for which a planning application was submitted to Louth County Council last month is being supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland will bring total employment on WuXi Biologics’ Dundalk Campus to 600 by 2024. Speaking at last week’s announcement in Dundalk, Minister Humphreys said: “I am delighted to announce 200 highly-skilled jobs in WuXi Vaccines, which is in addition to the 400 roles announced last year by WuXi Biologics for Dundalk. Without a doubt, this is a great win for the North-East and a huge vote of confidence in the local workforce. The Government is fully

committed to regional development and ensuring that every region benefits from employment gains. Today’s announcement demonstrates, once again, that the Border region is a very attractive location in which to invest.” WuXi Vaccines is a joint venture between WuXi Biologics and Hile Bio-pharmaceutical. The company has entered into the strategic partnership with a global vaccine leader under which WuXi Vaccines will build a dedicated facility to supply a commercial product for the global market. “Vaccine CDMO (Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization) service is one of the next growth areas for WuXi Biologics”, said Dr. Chris Chen, CEO of WuXi Biologics and Chairman of WuXi Vaccines. “We believe our ‘co-located’ WuXi Biologics and WuXi Vaccines businesses will work well together and contribute substantially to the further future growth of the WuXi Biologics Campus in Dundalk,” he stated. The construction of the

WuXi Biologics contract manufacturing facility on the campus, which is scheduled for commercial production in 2022, is underway and it is currently hiring for senior roles. It has been designed to be the world’s largest biologics contract manufacturing facility using single-use and flexible scale-out production technology. The facility will have the capability to run multiple batches simultaneously, in small or large volumes as required to deliver biologics at lower Cost of Goods (COGS) than traditional systems. Commenting on the development of the WuXi Biologics Campus in Dundalk, Brendan McGrath, WuXi Biologics Ireland Site Head and Vice President said: “Dundalk’s potential to become a global hub for biologics contract manufacturing has moved one step closer to reality. As a leading global open-access biologics technology platform, WuXi Biologics’ global reach and operations currently counts most of the world’s leading biopharma companies as customers.

Reflecting our commitment to breakthrough scientific innovation by ‘Followthe-Molecule’and supporting the production of innovative biologics at effective Cost of Goods (COGS), WuXi Biologics is actively pioneering technologies for continuous production processes, laying solid foundations for exciting biopharma innovation in Dundalk.”

Eileen Sharpe, Divisional Manager Growth Markets, Europe and Emerging Business at IDA Ireland welcomed the announcement, Pictured at Friday’s expansion announcement at WuXi Biologics plant in Dundalk saying: “A second major investment by WuXi Biologics on its Dundalk site is very welcome news. As the first vaccines contract manufacturing facility in Ireland, this planned second project will considerably strengthen our life sciences ecosystem and reinforce Ireland’s strong drug manufacturing capabilities. The additional 200 jobs being created by the WuXi Vaccines project will provide a substantial further boost to the economy of not just County Louth, but the Martin Connolly and Paddy Malone at Michael Gaynor and David Minto at Friwhole North East region.” Friday’s event in WuXi Biologics day’s event in WuXi

Frostival parade kicks off the Louth volunteers to be honoured Christmas season in style Dundalk’s Frostival celebrations captured the imagination of young and old as the Christmas season was launched in Market Square last Friday evening. Despite the rain families descended upon the centre of town in their droves to enjoy the many stalls, Santa’s Grotto as well as the Little Elves free fun zone in the square. The event which was co-ordinated by BIDS helped launch the Christmas season once again as music from lo-

cal band Accidents in the Workplace greeted families on their arrival. Arguably the main attraction of the two day Christmas festival was the Carnival of Lights parade which departed the Long Walk at 7pm on Friday evening. The illuminated procession wowed onlookers as a variety of winter fairytales came to life including the Nutcracker prince spinning fire, a flying fairground horse, giant snowflakes, dancers from funky feet

dressed up as dancing stars and Santa riding high up in the sky on a bicycle. The parade departed from the Long Walk Shopping Centre at 7pm before making its way through Church Street, Clanbrassil Street, Crowe Street, Francis Street, Park Street and the Magnet Road before returning to the Long Walk where it set off for a second lap. The Christmas lights were also switched on with many of Dundalk’s

brightest young talent in attendance including sprint sensation Patience Jumbo Gula and martial arts multiple championship winner Eadaoin McCrave. BIDS chairman Martin McElligott thanked everybody for coming out for the free festival while also thanking sponsors for helping make the event come to fruition. “We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Louth County Council

and Cuchullain Credit Union for their kind support and sponsorship of this year’s events, and our associate sponsors The Longwalk SC. A special thanks to The Crafty Rock who have been instrumental in developing Dundalk Christmas Markets over the past few years. We would also like to thank Funky Feet, St. Patrick’s Scout Group 1st/2nd/5th Louth, the Civil Defence, Louth Volunteer centre and Dundalk Tidy Towns” stated Martin.

Pupils from Dulargy National School, Ravensdale, who took part in the Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Louth Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 12th annual Volunteer Ireland Awards. Over one million people in Ireland volunteer and these awards aim to celebrate the hard work and dedication of volunteers across the country. Aged 10 to 80 from 16 counties, this year’s shortlist is a showcase of the breadth and depth of volunteering in Ireland. From mental health to sport to homelessness, volunteers have an invaluable impact on communities across Ireland every day. On a shortlist of just 33 nominees, there are four Louth volunteers on the final shortlist. They are Orla Brannigan for her dedication to Comhaltas; Aaron Duffy for his dedication to Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann; and Eddie Phelan for his dedication to the local community including the Boyneside Trail. Eric Beggs from Dundalk was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in his forties and has no eyesight left as a result.

His friend Peter, who is sadly now deceased, introduced Eric to Fighting Blindness and fundraising. Since then, Eric has completed treks, tandem cycles, Easter egg hunts, church gate collections and more to raise money for the charity. He has organised events every single year for the past 15 years, spending his personal time tirelessly fundraising and raising awareness. He began fundraising primarily through church gate collections and taking part in sponsored walks. However, in 2014 he decided to take his fundraising one step further and started the annual Cooley Mountain Trek.The event was a sponsored trek through the beautiful Cooley Mountains. Eric organised the whole event with the help of his family. He secured lots of local sponsors, refreshments for participants, post-event entertainment and lots of coverage in local media. The inaugural event raised €7,217 and Eric went on to run six more Cooley Treks before his

last one in 2019. The final 2019 Cooley Mt Trek raised €10,500! Eric is tireless in his efforts, he said: “I have organised many events over the years. I don’t care what I have to do as long as it works and helps to find a breakthrough. I think it’s probably too late to find something to help me now but, as long as there is breath in my body, I’ll keep working until they find something that can help younger people from losing any more sight.” Louth Volunteer Centre Manager Gráinne Berrill said “I’d like to congratulate all four nominees for being shortlisted in this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards. Each year I am blown away by the breadth and diversity of volunteering across Ireland. The Volunteer Ireland Awards take place on Friday December 6 in the Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown where the winners in each category will be announced and Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year for 2019 will be named.


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Speech & Drama award for Lily 1 Animals What is a group of geese called? 2 Ireland What county is the Banner County? 3 Gas What gas is produced by decaying refuse in rubbish dumps? 4 Music How many strings has a Spainish Guitar? 5 Religion Which is Islam’s most holy city? 6 Nature A doe is the female species of which three animals? 7 Sport In 1938, Don Budge was the first man to win what? (The last time it was accomplished was 1969) 8 Russia In 2014 Russia had nine of these. Today they have eleven. What are

they? 9 Books Who is the author of ‘Barefoot Pilgrimage’ one of the recent Book of the Year award winners? 10 Hobbies If you were at a milonga, what would you most likely be doing? Stinker Including Pope Francis, how many Popes have their been throughout history?

Ten-year-old Lily was the youngest performer to receive one of the four awards in the Speech and Drama category.

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A budding local musician is celebrating after picking up a prestigious honour at the Leinster School of Music and Drama’s Annual Excellence Awards ceremony at Griffith College Dublin. Ten-year-old Lily McClean, Knockbridge Dundalk was the youngest performer to receive one of the four awards in the Speech and Drama category. Having scored an impressive 97% in the annual examination she was presented with a Leinster School medal and a Leinster School of Music and Drama excellence medal and cash prize. The awards are open to the 15,000 students across Ireland who took their music and drama exams over the last year. Based on their exam

grades the top 320 students are selected to compete in the Excellence Awards. Lily was recognised for her outstanding performance and her teachers Sharon Lynch Nordon and Gianna Nordon were recognised for their outstanding commitment to drama. Congratulations to Harry Valentine, Sean Brown, Sarah McDonnell, Sophie Malone and Grace Connolly who were also nominated for the 2019 awards. Now in its 27th year the school has had many excellence awards, accolades and bursaries at drama festivals throughout the country. Many students have completed their diplomas in performance, teaching and public speaking.

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Climate Change Talk

Prof. John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will give a talk entitled ‘The Climate Emergency and Ireland’s Response’ at the Spirit Store on Tuesday December 3 at 8pm. Presented by Louth Nature Trust and Birdwatch Ireland in association with Louth Environmental Network. Admission free.

Carol Service

Carol Service in Dundalk Presbyterian Church on Sunday December 1 at 7pm, with silver band and Dundalk Men’s Shed Male voice choir. All welcome.

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Ardee CS students stage variety show The Transition Year students in ACS put on a variety show in the Parish Centre on November 16 and 17. This event is the culmination of weeks of rehearsals as part of the TY programme, organised by the TY co-ordinator, Paula Conlon. The show involved various dance routines, which had specific themes; a circus scene, “cops and robbers”, a military scene, synchronised swim-

ming, a 90s scene, and a communion drama and musical theatre. Included also was a tribute to a past pupil, Ava Kelly, who died in May 2019. Ava herself had taken part in the TY Musical in 2014. The production was directed and choreographed by Tracy and Kelly McCluskey, who run ‘Showbiz Kids Stage School’. The show played to packed audiences on both nights and was a major success. Caoimhe McCabe, Oísin O’Brien, Daniel O’Connell and Ava O’Brien-Lynch.

successes, failures, and any lessons they have learned along the way. It provides a forum for students to explore entrepreneurship as a viable career option, not to mention a great opportunity for them to network. The lecture series forms an important part of DkIT’s continued strategy to introduce students from all backgrounds to enterprise learning environments, to help nurture desirable graduate attributes such as creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and entrepreneurship. Speaking of this year’s se-

ries, Angela Hamouda, DkIT lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation, said she was delighted to welcome such esteemed entrepreneurs and leading academics to participate in the lecture series. “We have a vibrant programme of speakers from a variety of backgrounds and wide ranging topics from social entrepreneurship to minority entrepreneurship. This presents a great opportunity for our students to learn about key areas in the field of entrepreneurship and

be inspired and learn from these shared experiences as they plan and consider their future careers.” This week Dr Eric Clinton spoke to students about family business and in particular: ‘Entrepreneurship in MultiGenerational Family Firms: How family businesses have embraced entrepreneurship and innovation across multiple generations’. Dr Eric Clinton is Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship at DCU Business School and Director of the National Centre for Fam-

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DkIT’s Entrepreneurship Lecture Series continues this months The School of Business & Humanities at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has launched its Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture Series 2019/2020, an exciting programme of guest lectures and panel discussions from leading academics in the field as well as dynamic entrepreneurs. The lecture series is for DkIT students from all disciplines and is also open to the general public. It is an opportunity to listen to individuals and their entrepreneurial journeys as they detail their


ily Business at DCU which engages with international family business associations and projects in order to support family businesses in Ireland with informed and innovative evidence-based research. The next lecture of this series will be given by Prof. Tom Cooney from TU Dublin on Thursday December 12 at Noon. The lecture will discuss the topic of Minority Entrepreneurship. If you are interested in attending, please contact: angela.

Dundalk Presbyterian Women’s Group will be holding a Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration by Vivien McElwain on Thursday December 5 at 8pm in the Church Hall on Jocelyn St. Tickets available at the door €10 each, includes seasonal refreshments. Door proceeds will be used to buy vouchers to be donated to Dundalk Homeless Support Group. Please support this worthy cause and enjoy a lovely evening to begin the Advent season.

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Almost €1m in funding for Louth clubs Ffionn Dolan 1st, Rachel Smith 2nd and Holly McCaffrey 3rd.

More success for Cuchulainn cyclists Kilruddery Park. Bray was the venue for Cuchulainn Cycling Club in the most recent round of the Leinster Cyclo Cross League. In the under 12 girls the club put two girls on the podium with Ffionn Dolan in first and Holly McCaffrey in third. This win sees Ffionn take an unassailable lead in the provincial league. Meanwhile in the senior races Johnny McCabe was second in the Masters 50 category in the A race, while Fergus McCann achieved the same result in the same category in the B race. The B race also

Felim Teggart just ahead of Dylan Huaghey.

excellent race to finish sixth. In the under 14 boys Eoin Holmes and Callum McCaffrey had a good back and forth battle to finish just outside the top 10. Shane

performance in the Under 12 boys. In the Ulster Cyclo Cross race, Armagh was the venue for the latest round. Aaron Doogan had a good ride in the Under 14 boys. Dylan

Teggart had a head-tohead battle with Dylan edging him out this week, however neither rider made the podium despite being very close in the under 12 boys. Grace O’Rourke finished just inside the top 10 in the Under 12 girls race and her younger brother Michael continues to improve in the under 10 category. The next big event on the Cuchulainn calendar in the Christmas and awards party on Friday December 7 in the Spirit Store. All the club awards will be presented along the overall for the Bike Station

A total of twenty one local sporting clubs have benefitted to the tune of almost €1m following the latest round of Sports Capital Grants. Glyde Rangers GAA club in Tallanstown and Naomh Moninne hurling club in Toberona, Dundalk were the big winners locally with both receiving almost €100,000 in funding. There were also large grants giving to DKIT for floodlights in the sports field and the Redeemer Family Resource Centre for a multi-purpose 3g Sports facility. Local GAA clubs St Brides and Geraldines were also giving €61,839 and €58,859 respectively for the improvement and upgrade of existing facilities The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment. It is part funded from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The scheme had been hit following the economic downturn in 2008 but

has been brought back in recent years much to the delight of local clubs. A total of €37m was allocated nationally with these the 2018 round of the Programme seeing the highest level of interest ever with 2,337 individual applications received. The full list of recipients are as follows: Ardee Golf Club €74,169. Renew Machinery, Drainage and course development. Boyne RFC €25,159 New Gym, Heating System and roof repair Drogheda City FC €92,386 Install 3G Grass Pitch DKIT €63,031 Floodlighting for sports field Dundalk RFC €2,074 Sports Equipment Dundalk School Boys League €3,888 Dressing Room refurb, pitch drainage and lighting Geraldines GFC €58,859 Improvement and upgrading of existing facilities Glyde Rangers GFC €97,602 Training Pitches and Running Tracks Incer Colpa Rowing Club €10,637 upgrading of equipment and facilities

John Mitchels GFC €68, 545 Construct indoor Sports Hal and Dressing Rooms Louth County Council €43,973 Louth Leisure CentresDisabled Facilities Upgrade Mac Bridge Pitch and Putt €9,951 Replacement of Clubhouse Mattock Rangers CLG €21,354 Pitch Drainage and Ball Stop Nets Naomh Martin GFC €61,839 General Facilities upgrade and 3g pitch development Naomh Moninne Hurling Club €98,347 Hurling Pitch Development at Toberona Dundalk St. Bridges GFC €61,839 Paric An Chuinnigh St. Fechins GFC €12,332 Pitch Drainage St. Kevins GFC €52,497 Flood Lighting, security fencing, Mower, Goal Posts St. Patricks Scout Troop Dundalk €13,948 Kayaking and Canoeing Equipment Redeemer Family Resource Centre Dundalk €53,937 Multipurpose 3g sports facility Termonfeckin Tennis Club €70,780 Tennis Club Phase 1.

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Call to support Wee County Double House Draw In the run up to Christmas the organisers of the Wee County Double House are calling on individuals and businesses to consider the project when purchasing presents. The draw has been launched to finance the development of the new County Ground on the Inner Relief Road and Louth County Board are calling on supporters to get behind the project. Not only will the tickets make a very good

Christmas present, but it is hoped that businesses will consider this as an option for a Christmas bonus. Tickets for the draw are priced at €100 with two semi-detached threebedroom houses up for grabs along with a third prize of €10,000 cash, with the draw taking place on Saturday May 16. One house is located at Sew View Way Dundalk and another house

in Beaulieu Village, Drogheda. The holder of the first ticket drawn will be given the choice of house or alternatively they can take a €200,000 cash prize. In the event of the cash prize being taken, the second ticket holder will have a choice of either house or the €200,000 cash. A maximum of 25,000 tickets will be sold for the draw and Louth County Board have been working

hard over the past number of months to get all clubs and supporters of the county behind the initiative. The ambitious €12m project will provide Louth GAA with a 14,000 capacity arena made up of a 4,080 seated stand, along with a standing terrace to hold 8,470 spectators while there will be two standing areas behind the goals, each with a capacity of 725 people.

There will be a light show, choirs and Christmas music as Santa arrives at his grotto at Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk, on Friday next, November 29 at 5pm. Santa will be at Marshes every day until Christmas Eve, giving children the chance to visit the grotto and create unforgettable festive memories. One of Santa’s elves will also be acting as a photographer to capture every child’s meeting with Santa. On the following day, November 30, Frozen 2 will be the theme for November’s Little Monsters Kids Club at Marshes Food Court between Noon and 4pm. December’s Little Monsters will take place on Saturday December 28 between Noon and 4pm when children will prepare for New Year’s Eve with balloon modelling, party hat decorating face painting and New Year wishes. Marshes Christmas Wishes has returned this year. Visitors to Marshes can pick up an entry form in the Centre and drop it in to the gift entry box beside Customer Services. One wish will be granted each week between now and Christmas.


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St Louis Cross Border Art Project Burglaries down complete with unveiling at museum but thefts and Last year, with funding approved by Leo Varadkar, St Louis Secondary School students participated in a Cross Border Art Project with New-Bridge Integrated school from Lochbrickland and St Colmcille’s from Knocklyon. The art project was a crossborder one exploring identity and diversity. For the last year 15 lucky students from each school met together and created a collaborative piece which contained individual pieces within one larger unified piece. Last Monday the piece was unveiled at a ceremony in the local museum to a full house. A film which mapped the journey of the students was also played on the day. Parents and students from all three school met up again and chatted about their shared experiences. Not only did the students from each school learn about the different identities, cultures and beliefs

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represented in a diverse new Ireland and work together through Art to explore issues and grow in understanding but their parents also met and forged friendships which might otherwise not have happened. Like St Louis, the ethos of New-Bridge is one of welcome and inclusion with a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of both staff and students. Art teacher Aine McEnaney was very excited to have taken part in the project. “The New Junior

Cycle Art Specification lends itself well to collaboration with others and we were thrilled to be part of such an exciting Cross Border project, especially at this very interesting time in EU politics. But we got so much more than that from this experience. It has been an enriching and rewarding experience both from an educational perspective but also a social one. We are so grateful to New-Bridge Integrated School for inviting us to be part of this project.

Our Religion students have also now made connections with the school as a result of our project and we look forward to further collaboration in the future,” she stated. Principal Michelle Dolan spoke of the sense of community and integration at the event: “I have very fond memories of my teaching days in New-Bridge and it was lovely to see this project come to fruition. It was a lovely celebration of integration, collaboration and

community between the three schools.” Kerrianne Mc Ardle and Rachael Dooley of St Louis provided some wonderful traditional music to add to the atmosphere and a choir from New-Bridge performed an original piece on the day as well. The event was attended by Art teachers Áine McEnaney, Paula Campbell and Fergal Kilkenny and by Mary Gilmore, Deputy Principal and Assistant Principals Siobhán Higgins and Martina Galligan.

An Garda Siochana attended a Joint Policing Commitee meeting in Dundalk at the end of October where they gave a short presentation on latest crime figures and statistics. During the presentation local gardaí revealed that burglaries in Dundalk in 2019 were down 13% when compared to the same period in 2018. There were a total of 213 burglaries in 2018 compared to 186 this year to date. There was also a 15% drop in thefts from vehicles with 2018’s figure of 117 dropping to 99 this year. The most dramatic drop in figures was in relation to possession of drugs which saw a huge decrease of 49%. 458 people were charged under section 3 (possession of controlled drugs) in 2018 while that figure is now down to 276. Assaults were also down by 17% (206 this year compared to 248 in 2018). However, it wasn’t all good news for the Gardaí with thefts from shops increasing dramatically this year by 30%. Last year’s figure of 290 thefts rose significantly to

360 in 2019 while other thefts saw a small increase from 150 to 153. Robberies meanwhile also saw an increase with last year’s figure of 25 rising to 31. The difference between robbery and theft being that robbery involves the use of force or intimidation. Sexual assaults are also on the rise with last year’s total of 46 rising to 60 which represents a rise of 26%. There were also a 26% rise in section 15 offences with drugs (sale or supply) with last year’s figure of 39 rising to 51. Domestic incidents are also on the increase with 346 incidents reported this year compared to 302 last year, a rise of 13%.

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Family Notices in memoriam

THOMAS McSHANE Treasured memories of a loving son and brother, Thomas McShane whose 13th anniversary occurs on 4th December and birthday remembrance (2nd December. Of all the special gifts in life, However great or small, To have you as our son, Was the greatest gift of all. A special time, a special face, A special son we can’t replace. —Forever loved, Mam & Dad. Your wings were ready but our hearts were not. THOMAS McSHANE Deep in our hearts there is a special place, Where we keep the image of your smiling face, All the good times we shared and memories we made, Will stay in our minds and never fade. —Loved beyond words. Love from sisters Nicola, Ciara and Christine; brothers Hugh, Kenneth, Matthew, nieces, nephews and brother-in-law.

novena NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). D.W. NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). M.C. 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.K.

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Fuel prices trend downwards despite carbon tax increase

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New snooker league up and running The new season of the Dundalk Snooker League is up and running after a thrilling opening night last Wednesday in the Commercial Club. First up on the opening night saw The Camelot take on Ginos Diner and the return of Ken Mullholland to the baize for the first time in years. He defeated Peter O’Hagan to put The Camelot one up however Glen Duffy of Ginos Diner levelled the match by beating Paddy Hayes. Paddy was up again in frame three but he was beaten by Alan Thompson to put Ginos Diner

2-1 before they completed the victory in the doubles match. In match two on the night Charlie Chaplins raced into an early lead against The Commercial when Stephen McBride beat Maddy Hoey and things got better for Chaplins when Mickey Ralph beat Dominic O’Connor. However that was as good as it got for Chaplins as The Commercial club rallied with wins in the last two games to earn a point with wins for Joe McEananey over Gary McNally and in the doubles when Joe McEananey paired with Aaron Lee to beat

According to the AA’s latest index of monthly fuel prices, a litre of petrol now costs 141.6c on average – down almost a cent from an average price of 143.9c last month. Meanwhile, the average cost of a litre of diesel has also fallen within the past month, dropping from 133.7c in October to a current average of 131.2c. “In mid-September we saw crude oil prices increase to over $70 a barrel in response to the drone attacks in Saudi Arabia and subsequent fears of significant delays in future oil production, meaning that motorists saw a surge at the pumps. However, as Saudi Arabia’s oil production rate returned to near-normal relatively quickly, we’ve seen crude oil prices return to a more typical level meaning that in the

past two months we have seen pump prices follow suit,” Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs stated. “While this is welcome news for motorists and means that, despite the increase in carbon tax, a litre of fuel will cost less on average than it did at the time the increase was announced, the tax increase has still unfairly raised the living costs for many across Ireland who don’t have a viable alternative means of commuting to and from work.” “In advance of Budget 2020, the AA warned that the planned increase in carbon tax was little more than a government tax grab and would not encourage any change in behaviour. Fuel prices naturally increase and decrease throughout the year and, where you fail to provide a reli-

Aaron Callan and Mickey Kelly. Global tyres started there new season with an outstanding all round performance against Bar One Racing despite losing the first frame when Bar One’s Patsy Muckian beat Tiernan Mallon. However, after that it was all one way traffic with Justin McArdle beating Patrick McArdle and then Keith Morris beating Patsy Muckian to put Global Tyres 2-1 up. In the doubles match Justin McArdle and Gerry Rodgers defeated Patrick McArdle and Patsy Muckian to secure a fine 3-1 win.

recent deaths Margaret Macken (née Byrne), Mul- devoted wife, daughter, adoring grand- nifer, Derek, Maria, Ciara, Claire and the lacrew, Louth Village, on Friday Novem- children Ciara and Adam, son-in-law late Ronan. She will be sadly missed by ber 22 following a short illness at Our Alan Graham, brother Peter and by all her loving sons, daughters, daughters Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. who knew and loved him. and sons-in-law Corinne, Helen, Sheila, Margaret predeceased by her husband Rita Molloy (née McGrath), Drumnacar- Dursun, Katrina, Cynthia, Seán, Tessa, Joe, will be sadly missed by her brother ra, Ravensdale, Dundalk, peacefully in Ray, Gavin and Tommy, grandchildren, Hugh Byrne (Louth), sister Phyllis Ruddy Moorehall Lodge, Ardee, on Thursday No- great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, (Donaghmoyne), brothers-in-law Paddy vember 21. Rita beloved wife of the late brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, Morgan (Tallanstown) and Johnny Butler, Henry James (formerly of P.J. Carrolls) nieces, relatives and friends. sisters-in-law Nancy and Bridget Byrne, much adored mother of Peter, Stephanie, Brigid Curran (née Wynne), Crownieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours John, Donal, Kenneth and Marie Thérèse, martin, Ardee, following a short illness and friends. and loving granny of Joe, Sarah, Daniel, on Monday November 18. Brigid, preBriege Murphy (née Mc Dermott), Ter- Anna, Philip, Rebecca, Keith, Colin, Dylan, deceased by her son Davy, will be sadly monfeckin, and formerly of Ballymakel- Holly, Henry, Alex, and Amy Jane, and sis- missed by her loving husband Noel and let, Ravensdale, peacefully, at Our Lady ter of the late Edmund. Rita will be sadly children Margaret, Eugene, John, Noel, of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, on Friday missed by her sons, daughters, grand- Richard and Bridget; her brothers and Noevember 22. Beloved wife of the late children, sons-in-law Adrian Ledwith and sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchild, Jim, sadly missed by her loving family Shane O’ Boyle daughters-in-law Marynephews and nieces. Jim, Margaret and John, daughter in law Pat, Ann, Aoife, and Helen, nephews, Mary Whelan Doolargy Avenue, Mary, grandson Karl, brother Tommy, sis- nieces, relatives and friends. Dundalk, and formerly of Ennis, peaceter Teresa, nieces and nephews, relatives Rosemary Robinson (née Watters), fully surrounded by her loving family and friends. Brook Street, Ardee Road and late of New in the wonderful care of St Peters NursGenevieve (Genny) McGuire (née Street, Dundalk, suddenly but peacefully ing Home. Predeceased by her father Braganza), Shanlis, Ardee, peacefully at after a long illness in Our Lady of Lourdes Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda Hospital, Drogheda surrounded by her Michael, brother James and sister Olivia. surrounded by her loving family, on loving family, on Tuesday November 19. Mary will be sadly missed by her loving Thursday November 21. Genny will be Pre-deceased by her parents Winne and family, daughters Tanya and Shannon, sadly missed by her loving husband John, Jack, brother’s Frank and Gerard. Loving mother Mary, sisters Bernie, Martina daughters Michelle, Karen, Aisling and wife of Peter and cherished mother of and Sinead, brothers Micheál, Pat, Noel son Jonathan, grandchildren Conor, Cian, Danielle, Suzanne, Stephen and Yvonne. and Paul, brothers and sisters-in-law, Shane, Éabha, Benjamin, sisters Giovi and Rosemary will be sadly missed and re- nephews, nieces, cousins and wonderful Nivette, son-in-law Alan and Des, sisters- membered with love by her husband, neighbours and friends. in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, children, adoring grandchildren Dylan, Desmond (Dessie) O’Callaghan relatives, neighbours and friends. Zoe, Luke and Mathew, sons-in-law Ger- Woodland Drive, Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk, Norbert Wangner Castle Road, Dun- ard, Gordon and Gareth, brothers John peacefully, in Louth County Hospital, dalk, and late of Halfway House, South and Pat, sister Maura, nieces, nephews, surrounded by his family on Monday November 19. Beloved husband of Elaine Africa & Stuttgart, Germany, peacefully extended family neighbours and friends. surrounded by his family in Our Lady of Kitty Ballantine (née Mulligan), Old (nee O’Meara) and dear father of Damien Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, on Wednes- Road, Bellurgan, Dundalk, peacefully, at and Emma. He will be sadly missed by his day November 20. Beloved husband home, surrounded by her family on Mon- sorrowing wife, son, daughter, daughterof Antoinette (Magogo) and cherished day November 18. Beloved wife of the late in-law Sandra, grandchildren Lily and father of Ulrike. Norbert will be sadly Jackie and dear mother of Vincent, John, Hazel, sister Bernadette, nephews, niecmissed and remembered with love by his Raymond, Jacqueline, Jim, Brendan, Jen- es, relatives and friends.

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