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DUNDALK’S FREE NEWSPAPER Una is chamber’s new president Page 4

Bernie remembered by friends and family Page 4

SEEK Festival line-up announced Page 14

Wednesday, 29th June, 2022. Vol. 15, Issue 26 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Paris beckons for speed king Israel

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By Paul Byrne The fastest man in Ireland has his sights firmly set on reaching the Olympics in Paris in 2024 after he retained his national 100m title at Morton Stadium in Santry last weekend. Israel Olatunde cruised to victory in 10.51 seconds to confirm his place at the top of the Irish sprinting ladder. The 20-year-old former Marist student lives in Castle Ross in Dundalk and his athletic talents were honed locally in Dún Dealgan AC where he was coached by Gerry McArdle. His parents Elizabeth and Isaac are from Nigeria and they moved to Ireland with their son Gabriel over 20 years ago in search of a better life. Baby Sharon was born shortly

Israel Olatunde. after the Olatunde’s arrived in Dundalk in 1999 before Israel followed two years later. Sharon, a talented athlete in her youth, inspired Israel to take up running and his natural speed was apparent to all in Dún Dealgan AC with local coach Gerry McArdle

Jumping to victory at sports day!

taking the youngster under his wing to help develop that talent. In 2019, the then 16-year old ran Irish Under-18 records for 60m and 100m to announce himself on the national stage. Israel started on the Ad Astra scholarship in UCD where he is studying computer science. According to the sprint sensation he was delighted to retain hi snational title last weekend especially given the fact his family and friends were there to witness it. “It felt great to be out there competing against the best sprinters in the country and to retain my title in front of my family and friends just made it all the more special,” stated Israel. Estere Racene jumping to victory in the 4th Continued on Class Novelty Race at Castletown Girls sports day. Page 2


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The HSE Department of Public Health Area A (Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan and North Dublin) have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in the region in recent weeks and is urging people who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine or a booster and who have not yet received it to get their vaccine. Dr Deirdre Mulholland, Area Director of Public Health Area A, said: “The incidence rates of COVID-19 are increasing again in our general population including amongst the elderly. I would urge people to get their free COVID-19 vaccine or a booster, as the COVID-19 vaccinations are critical to ensure you are protected from serious illness. It is important for people aged 65 and older and those who

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are aged 12 years and older with a weak immune system to get their second booster vaccine. A second booster can reduce the risk of hospitalisation or death from COVID-19 illness. Every action we take to protect ourselves and those around us to keep cases down and can help our communities stay safe.” “There are several ways of getting your vaccination; book an appointment online at HSE.ie or ring HSELive on 1800 700 700 to book an appointment in a HSE vaccination centre. Participating GPs and Pharmacists will also continue to provide vaccinations.” Dr Mulholland added: “We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 epidemiological indicators to quickly detect,

Remembering Bernie

understand and communicate emerging issues and trends of concern in the region. While COVID-19 is circulating in our communities, mask wearing is advised in healthcare settings. Individuals are also advised to consider wearing masks in crowded indoor and outdoor settings, e.g. public transport, social gatherings or other activities and events.” “If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should follow the public health advice by staying at home, not attending work and self-isolating until at least 48 hours after your symptom free. We are advising people to adhere to this advice even if you have received your COVID-19 vaccination, had a booster, or Eimear Kelly with her daughter Mya and father Davy at a rose planting ceremony in memory of Bernie Kelly. Full story on page 4. had COVID-19 in the past.”

‘No good news for house buyers’ in latest DAFT report There is ‘no good news’ for house buyers in Louth in the latest daft.ie report, according to Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú. The Sinn Féin TD says the 9.1% increase in house prices in Louth compared with the same period last year ‘is only pushing affordability further and further away from first-time buyers’. The daft.ie report shows there was a 3.1% increase in the prices of residential property in the county in the second quarter of the

year, compared with January to March 2022. Deputy Ó Murchú said the increase in prices is ‘huge’ for first-time buyers. He said: ‘Every quarter, it seems that the selling prices for property in Louth, and across the State, are spiralling ever upwards. ‘The 9.1% increase in Louth, when compared with last year, means that homes are getting further and further away from the reach of those who want to buy for the first time.

‘This 9.1% increase means that people have to save for bigger deposits, which is next to impossible for some people, who are already struggling with huge cost of living rises since the start of the year. ‘This is coupled with the fact that rents are at extortionate rates in Dundalk and Drogheda in particular, meaning it is impossible to save for a deposit while paying huge rents. ‘It is brewing into a perfect storm for first-time buyers who just cannot get

a break in this market. ‘This week, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien will have been in the department for two whole years and there has only been a small number of affordable homes to purchase made available in 2021. Homelessness has returned to pre-pandemic levels. ‘There has to be a change in direction from this government and they have to dramatically increase capital investment to deliver at least 20,000 social and affordable houses a year’.

Paris beckons for speed king Israel

Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchu.

From Page 1 “I knew there was probably a bit of a target on my back given I came into the race as the national champion but I just kept telling myself that it didn’t matter what I had done in the past and it was all about focusing on myself and making sure I got my start right and do all the things my coach has taught me to do. “It was a great race and it was fantastic to race against my training partner and friend Joseph Ojewemi who ran a great race too. It’s just great to be out there competing again and trying to progress after the stop start seasons during

Covid. It was difficult to stay motivated with no competitions on the horizon but I’m lucky to have a great support group around me and my community in Dundalk are fantastic and are always encouraging me. “For me the ultimate dream is to support myself and my family through athletics and I need to keep on working hard to make that happen. The Olympics in Paris is definitely a goal of mine and I have my eyes on that for sure. I need to keep improving and keep working hard and if I do that everything will take care of itself,” stated Israel. Israel Olatunde.


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Una is new President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce

Bernie’s daughter Eimear and granddaughter Mya plant a rose in her memory.

Friends and family gather to remember Bernie Friends and family of recently deceased Bernie Kelly gathered outside her house in Meadow Grove on Monday afternoon as her daughter Eimear planted a rose in her memory. Bernie, originally from Muirhevnamór, was hugely popular with her neighbours in Meadow Grove where she moved to six years ago. Representatives from Louth County Council and Cuidigh Linn were also in attendance for the ceremony. Bernie was heavily involved in community work and was

on the Board of Management of Cuidigh Linn since 2007. Bernie was also involved with Ait Na nDaoine and was one of the founders of the Holy Family Credit Union. She was well known for her tireless work in her local community. According to friend and neighbour Tommy Reenan, Bernie was a hugely popular resident in Meadow Grove and will be missed dearly by all who knew her. “Bernie was a lovely lady and she was instrumental in helping us set up the Meadow

Grove Tidy Towns group which she was secretary of. She was brilliant at getting things done and in her six years down here she did so much to improve the area. She loved being out in the garden and loved flowers, especially roses, so we wanted to do something for her today to keep her in our memories,” stated Tommy. Eimear Kelly, a daughter of Bernie’s planted the rose as friends and family looked on including Bernie’s husband Davy and her Eimear’s daughter Mya.

Friends and family of Bernie Kelly gathered in Meadow Grove to plant a rose in memory of the popular Meadow Grove resident.

??? QUIZ ??? 1—Paul McCartney headlined the Glastonbury Music Festival on Saturday evening. What age is he? 2—What shape is fusilli pasta? 3—Which city is further north? Cairo or Miami? 4—In popular culture what is Dennis Mitchell better known as? 5—Which Hollywood actor starred in movies such as ‘Play Misty With Me’ ‘The Outlaw Josie Wales’ and ‘Mystic River’? 6—Which pub still in business today was established in 1799

and previously traded under the names ‘The Inn’ and ‘The Oriel Bar’? 7—Which part of the skull contains the brain? 8—An alternative version of which Irish coin was released on 31st May 1988 to celebrate the Dublin millennium? 9—In fashion what is a sporran? 10—What quiz show connects Judith Keppel, David Edwards, Robert Brydges, Pat Gibson, Ingram Wilcox and Donald Fear? The Stinker—What do

Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Cavan, Armagh, Monaghan and Derry have in common?

—answers— 1—80, 2—Corkscrew or spiral, 3—Cairo, 4—Dennis the Menace from the Beano comics, 5—Clint Eastwood, 6—The Jockeys Bar on Anne St., 7—Cranium, 8—50p, 9—The pouch which Scotsmen wear in front of their kilts. 10—‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’. They are the six legitimate winners of the £1m top prize. The Stinker: They are all counties that have the same name for their county towns.

Una McGoey has been named as the new President of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. Una succeeds outgoing President Sean Farrell and will be just the second female President ever in the chamber’s 130 year history (Mary Murray being the first between 1998 and 2000). Una who is a native of Carlingford worked in Financial Services for over 20 years. During that time, she worked in various roles, including project management, business change, business and mortgage advice, and branch management. She worked as branch manager in Ardee and Dunleer before setting up her own business, Anu Change, over four years ago. Anu Change provides business consultancy and leadership training, with Una using the skills she learned during her career and studies to help businesses, employers and employees, to gain clarity and achieve their goals. Una loves to travel and is excited to visit her son in New York this summer. Una is a member of Carlingford Tennis Club who recently won the Leinster Division 4 title. She also enjoys playing golf and is looking forward to the Cham- Outgoing President Sean Farrell welcomes Una McGoey ber’s annual golf outing in August. as his successor in the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.


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Brendan Treanor.

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No bail for man accused of involvement in Lordship Credit Union robbery A man accused of being involved in the robbery of €7000 in cash and assorted cheques at Lordship Credit Union on the 25th January 2013 has been denied bail. During the robbery Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was tragically murdered. 33-year old Brendan ‘Benny’ Treanor with an address at Emer Terrace, Castletown Road, Dundalk, has also been accused of conspiring with others to commit burglary

within the state. His trial was due to take place in the Special Criminal Court in October but has been put back to early next year as the DPP wants to try him alongside James Flynn for the same robbery. On Friday morning last, Brendan Treanor’s lawyers were seeking bail for their client and argued hat it was an ofence to his dignity to keep him in custody away from his newborn son especially

given the fact that the trial had been put back to January. However the requst for bail was denied by the ruling of three judges on Friday morning with Mr Justice Michael McGrath stating that he felt there was a real risk of interference with witnesses if Mr Treanor was granted bail. Aaron Brady of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh was sentenced to life in prison last October for the

murder of Detective Garda Donohoe. He was also sentenced to 14 years for armed robbery at Lordship Credit Union. Brady has appealed the conviction. Gardaí are continuing to investigate other suspects including the remaining members of the robbery gang as well as those who provided them with logistical support. They continue to liase with the PSNI and police agencies in the US.

Blessing Average property prices on the rise in Louth of the Graves By Tamara O’Connell

This year’s blessing of the graves ceremony is due to take place on Sunday, July 17 and will be broadcast live by Dundalk FM from St Patrick’s Cemetery. In order to listen to the service on the day, you would be advised to bring a radio, smart phone or Bluetooth speaker. Those unable to attend can also tune into Dundalk FM, or listen back on the podcast. This is a new initiative supported by the Parish Administrators of Dundalk, Dundalk FM and Louth County Council.

The commuter belt counties have seen “robust” property price increases, according to the Myhome. ie report 2022 Q2. The price for a four-bedroom semi-detached property in Co Louth has increased 10% on the year to €275,000. Prices for four-bedroom, semidetached houses have increased in 24 counties over the past year. The average price of a twobedroom apartment in Co Louth stands at €175,000, up 20.69% on the year. According to the authors of the report, “demand is clearly still very strong, driven by buoyant jobs and pay growth”.

The MyHome data shows that in Q2 homebuyers were bidding up transaction prices 6.6% above asking (at the median). In April, the average mortgage approval was €283,700, up 9.4% on the year, now above Celtic Tiger era levels for the first time. In neighbouring Co Monaghan, the average price of a two-bedroom apartment is €122,500 and a four-bedroom semi-detached house costs €216,000. In Cavan a two-bedroom apartment costs €97,500 on average and four-bedroom semi-detached is €197,000. In Meath a two-bedroom apartment stands at €195,000 and a four-bedroom semi-detached property is €310,000.

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Castletown Girls Sports Day

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Paris McGinley and Zoey Conachy-Treanor in the 3-legged race.

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Alexis Olatunji and Alexa Grey in the Novelty Race.


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Louth Culture Quest Walking Tours with Joe Rooney Sunday 10th July Dive-in to the Louth Culture Quest with a walking tour of the Dundalk Zone, guided in person by our very own custodian of art from 2050 Lugh, performed by Joe Rooney of Fr Ted fame. Audiences solve the clues, find the artworks and discover what happens to art and heritage in 2050, all while being entertained by our comic, custodian. As part of the SEEK Urban Arts Festival 2022. What is Louth Culture Quest? In 2050, art and culture as we know it has been destroyed by rolling pandemics, political unrest and climate change. A custodian of art from this dystopian future has placed 20 surviving artworks around County Louth for safe keeping. To ensure the future survival of art and culture, you must solve the clues, find the artworks and discover what happens between now and 2050 as you unlock the story behind the Louth Culture Quest.

Download the Louth Culture Quest app and embark on a futuristic treasure hunt exploring County Louth. From the Cooley Peninsula, to the coastal town of Baltray, tread the towns of Dundalk and Drogheda on foot. Armed with your mobile device and guided by the custodian from the future named Lugh, performed by Fr Ted’s Joe Rooney, you will take a journey through time, exploring the heritage sites of County Louth, engaging with newly commissioned pieces of art and changing the course of history. Louth Culture Quest Walking Tours are free, but booking is required, and participants will need to download the Louth Culture Quest App costing €4.99 from the Google Play or App Store in advance of the tour. For further information contact info@antain.ie or visit www.antain.ie.

Joe Rooney takes part in Louth Culture Quest.

Greenway Consultation Meeting in Carlingford

Louth County Council is to hold an information event on Thursday, 23rd June 2022 at the Carlingford Heritage Centre, Church Road, Carlingford, Co Louth as part of a public consultation of the proposed Carlingford to Templetown Greenway. The drop-in event takes place from 5pm to 7.30pm. Louth County Council is proposing to develop a greenway from the village of Carlingford to Templetown Beach with links to the heritage village of Greenore as part of the proposed Great Eastern Greenway. As part of a public consultation and in accordance with the TII’s Code of Best Practice National and Regional Greenways, members of the public and interested parties are invited to participate in the public consultation phase. The purpose of this first public consultation is to present the Study Area and hear your feedback. Visit https://forms.office.com/r/0FK1fVZ1Ed for a questionnaire to provide feedback to the project team. Closing date for submissions is the 8th August 2022.


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

PRAYER FOR DIFFICULT CASES Oh Dear Mother of God, Conception apparacidal, Oh St. Rita of Cassia and St. Jude worker of miracles and helper of impossible causes, pray for us. St Expeditus Saint of urgent causes, St. Edwiges Saint of needy, you know how desperate I feel. Please ask Jesus to help me. (Mention request). May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored and glorified forever. One Our Father, one Hail Mary, one Gloria. Say for 3 days. See what happens of the 4th day.

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Domestic Violence Register can protect women —Senator Erin McGreehan Senator Erin McGreehan has said a domestic violence register can protect women in our society. This policy is part of a Fianna Fáil policy paper on the elimination of violence against women launched with Jason Poole, brother of Jennifer Poole who was murdered by her partner last year. Speaking after the launch, Louth Senator Erin McGreehan said: “This is a very important step in updating our laws in terms of protecting women from abusive partners. “We believe that a domestic violence register could give women a chance at knowing the history of their partner if any abuse arises. “Too many Irish women have suffered at the hands of abusive and manipulative partners and I hope to see this policy paper adopted by the Minister for Justice.” Senator Erin McGreehan.

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SEEK Urban Arts Festival announces stellar Local school named as line-up of artists and themes for 2022 host centre for deferred SEEK Urban Arts Festival and its walls are now primed and ready to go, as event organisers yet again announce a stellar line-up of street artists from across the globe. The festival will start on July 2nd and is expected to run for up to 3 weeks, with the themes behind the large scale artworks instrumental in re-telling Dundalk’s story and connecting people to the area’s history and rich heritage. TCCM Manager Martin McElligot said: Every year the project grows beyond even our expectations, and this year will be no different. It makes me very proud to have played a part in such an exciting event, it truly has galvanised the town’s creative culture and re-imagined Dundalk’s destination status. He continued: We are also also delighted to announce the brand new website www.seekdundalk.ie where people can keep up to date and book all events and walking tours, and see other announcements as they happen.

The first three artists to be announced are Mariana Santos (Portugal), Milu Correch (Argentina) and Smugone (Australia). Smug painted the epic piece in 2021 of Lú God of Light on the Crowne Plaze Hotel, gifting us “The Tallest Mural in Ireland” Mariana Santos is a visual artist from Lisbon who works in a variety of media, she likes to both create a sense of nostalgia and bring the history of a place into a new time through the modern medium of street art. Her style is realistic

in nature and she enjoys bringing a painterly feel to her mural work. Mariana has been tasked with exploring Dundalk’s rich printing history. Milu Correch is an acclaimed graffiti artist who hails from Buenos Aires. Milu is best known for her large-scale murals and imagery that creates a world without limits or written codes. Her painting-like and impressive murals are not only to be found across in Argentina, Milu has painted in Portugal, Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Sweden. From

Helsinki she continued her journey to Bulgaria, Italy, and more recently Barcelona, but now she is coming to Dundalk! She will be exploring a forgotten part of Dundalk’s impressive ship building heritage, and the hustle and bustle that sourrounded the Quay when “The Irish Girl Of Dundalk” was built and launched. The SEEK team are, off course, thrilled to welcome back world renowned artist Smugone to this years’ festival. Creator of Ireland’s tallest and most iconic mural, “Lú God of Light”, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with this year! This time Smug is charged with another iconic mythological hero and favoured son of Dundalk “Cúchulainn”. His artworks favour a photorealistic style, that introduces additional light sources, giving each and every large scale piece he creates unrivalled character. Sarah Daly from Creative Spark said “this year’s festival is bigger and better with a fan-

tastic line up of fringe events that will ensure people of all ages can get involved. Spray painting workshops on both Saturdays will be open to children from 5 and up; AAEX will be running pop up postcard workshops; Bridge Street Studios is mounting an exhibition, HIDE 22; and the very popular Louth Craftmark Summer Fair will return to the St Nicholas Quarter on Saturday the 9th of July. SEEK Urban Arts Festival could not go ahead without the incredible support of their sponsors, Dundalk Town(BIDs) Colourtrend, Creative Spark, Creative Ireland, Louth County Council, Dundalk Tidy Towns, Crowne Plaza, Rocksalt, Coffee & Cream, Hire Direct and Zoma. Scheduled guided walking tours will run throughout the festival, allowing visitors to explore the themes behind the artworks. Booking information and further information on Fringe events is available at www.seekdundalk.ie

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Coláiste Chú Chulainn will host deferred Leaving Cert exams in Louth. Local school Coláiste Chú Chulainn has been nominated by the State examinations Commission (SEC) to host the deferred Leaving Certificate exams for all of Louth over the coming weeks. Principal Thomas Sharkey explained, “This is the first time ever that a deferred sitting facility has been made available. A very small number of students across Louth were unable to sit one or more papers in the main sitting in June due to serious accident, injury, or illness: due to close family bereavement: or on public health grounds

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