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Dundalk’s heart is beating again

Wednesday 7th December, 2011. Vol. 4, Issue 49. 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888 Fax: 042 9329676 Email: editorial@dundalkleader.com / advertising@dundalkleader.com

By Niamh Kirk

The heart of Dundalk is beating once again after the impressive new Town Square was opened. Young and old alike braved the dreary weather on Friday afternoon last to be rewarded with one of the most spectacular evenings in recent memory. Most of the multi million pound refurbishment of the Market Square was completed on time for the official turning on of Dundalk’s Christmas Lights. The revamped Square is a hugely significant event for Dundalk and it is hoped it will be a catalyst to boosting the local economy. It will also help boost a sense of pride in the town, leading for traders and town officials to call for the peo-

Emily ’s Toy Show delight By Paul Byrne

There was great excitement in the Moran household last Friday as Emily Moran travelled to Dublin to take part in the Late Late Toy Show. Emily who is in Senior Infants in the CBS Primary School in Dundalk left for Dublin last Friday morning to take part in the popular show. According to Emily it was a day to remember and she had a great time The scene at the Market Square for the opening on Friday night playing with all the other children. ple of Dundalk to support Seatown including bands Market Square for what was “I had a jeep to play with and I had local business in the run up playing on stage outside the to be the highlight of the to drive it on to the stage in front of Old Dunnes Stores Building, evening, the unveiling of the the people in the crowd. My sister to Christmas and beyond. The event was accompa- DJs at the Longwalk and new fountain. Grainne was there as well and we had Continued on nied by celebrations span- choirs at the courthouse. great fun playing with all the toys” Page 33 ning from Park Street to The crowds converged at added Emily.


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Gardaí are seeking assistance from members of the public regarding a serious assault that took place in November 30 in Hiney

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Park, the area at rear of Oriel Park. They are trying to identify possible witnesses who were in that area, also known as the

Furry Glen and Grammar Field, between 3pm and 6pm on the day. They are specifically looking for four people who they wish to speak to in order to eliminate them from the enquiries. They have provided descriptions

for the four men and ask if you recognise any to get in touch. They are seeking one male walking a brown dog with white markings; another male who was wearing a dark jacket, grey woolly hat with a red stripe, blue jeans and bright Converse an-

kle boots. A third male in his 50s approximately 5’9” in height with grey hair who was wearing a blue T-shirt with red shorts and running with a small white dog. Finally they are seeking a male 6’1” who was wearing dark cloth-

ing. Anybody with any information in relation to these persons or any other information in relation to this incident are asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station, 042 9388400 or the incident room on 042 9388470.

BLACKROCK LADYBIRDS PANTO - Three local girls Leah, Rosie and Aoibhinn who put on a great preformance at the Guides pano which was held in the local community centre

Parking fee reduced for Christmas period By Paul Byrne

The Chamber of Commerce have welcomed the initiative shown by Dundalk Town Council in once again reducing the parking charges for the month of December. The Town Council has agreed to reduce pay parking charges in the town from €1.30 to 70c per hour as part of their campaign to encourage people to come into Dundalk and support local businesses. Chamber President Paddy Malone welcomed

the initiative and hoped that it would encourage shoppers to come out and support the local economy. “Dundalk retailers face a difficult time and would like to see a further reduction in rates. We acknowledge the fact that rates have fallen by 2 and 3 % in each of the last two years. “We would also like to see a relaxation of the rules on the innovative rates remission scheme introduced earlier this year.” he added. “Friday night highlighted what this town is about.

It’s up to all of us to shop in Dundalk as much as possible. The new square has been opened before Christmas as promised by the Council and has given Dundalk a new heart and a further reason to be proud of our town.” The reduced pay parking rates came into effect last Thursday December 1st and will continue right up until the end of December in all Dundalk Town Council street spaces and four hour car parks. Current charges in long term car parks at Linenhall Street, Ramparts and the Longwalk will continue.

Traders vote on BIDS

Dundalk Town Centre Commercial Manager’s Office is seeking support for the continuation of Dundalk BID’s for a further three years. Rate payers are being asked to continue to contribute an added 1.5% to their annual rate in order to sustain the Business Improvement Scheme which counts the Seatown Fleadh, the Dundalk Fashion Festival and the seasonal markets and shopping promotions among its successes. If BIDS does not get the go ahead the responsibility for promoting Dundalk will fall on the Town Council. When asked to provide insight into why it was not a secret ballot and the efforts behind the BIDS initiative, a Dundalk Town Council spokesman declined to comment. He advised people to read the Local Council Act 2006 if they have any queries on the matter. Mark Deary who had already voted in favour of its continuation expressed his hope that rate payers would take the time to evaluate the successes and failures of BIDS before casting their vote.

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Distinguished fellowships are awarded at DkIT Dundalk Institute of Technology conferred its first distinguished fellowships on four people who have made an exceptional contribution to Irish life. The fellowships were awarded at a ceremony on Monday in the TK Whitaker Theatre by the Institute’s governing body to Senator Feargal Quinn; Carmel Naughton; Niall O’Dowd and Joey Maher. At the same event, a special presentation was made to TK Whitaker to mark the week of his 95th birthday. Mr Whitaker played a huge role in Irish economic recovery and development in the 20th Century.

Senator Quinn founded the Superquinn retail group with its first outlet in Dundalk in 1960. Carmel Naughton is the first woman to chair Co-operation Ireland and helped found the National Parents Council for the parents of primary schoolchildren. Niall O’Dowd New York-based publisher, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Raised in Drogheda, he played a vital role in the Northern Peace Process. Mr O’Dowd’s fellowship was accepted on his behalf by his brother, Cllr Michael O’Dowd. Joey Maher is a Drogheda

sportsman who enjoyed success from the 1950s to the 1980s, Joey Maher was the first Irishman to win the world handball crown when he took the title in Toronto in 1967. Conferring the fellowships, Andrew Griffith, Chairman, DkIT Governing Body, said: “These four individuals have each made an important and dis- Front, Pat Muckian, Michael Bellew. Back Row Martin Hegarty, Billy Doyle, Pat Donaghy and Tom D’Arcy at the tinctive contribution to Irish and Dundalk Credit Union annual general meeting international life. It is, therefore, very appropriate that this higher education institution confer on them our highest honorary academic award”.

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Scoil Naomh Lorcan Omeath on their recent school  trip to “Jack and the Beanstalk” Pantomine in Markethill Theatre, Armagh

Good news from Dundalk Credit Union meeting

The Chairman of Dundalk Credit Union, Pat Muckian, told a packed and very successful AGM in the Town Hall on Tuesday night last, that the Credit Union had an excellent year. “The payment of a 2.0% dividend on all shares while having one of the lowest personal loan rates (6.99% APR) of any Credit Union or financial institution in the country means good news for both savers and borrowers in Dundalk Credit Union” said Pat. She continued that “Dundalk Credit Union is very much open for business in terms of approving sustainable loans and with the

continuing rise in personal loan rates being charged by the banks it has never been a better time to consider taking out a new loan or transferring a costly bank loan to Dundalk Credit Union”. Tom D’Arcy, Credit Union Treasurer presented a detailed report on the very healthy financial affairs and position of the Credit Union and noted that at a time of uncertainty people were increasingly turning to Dundalk Credit Union as evidenced by the growth in membership and savings during the year. The AGM re-elected the following Directors: Pat Donaghy,

Stephen Fealy, Brian Gonnelly, Martin Hegarty, Goergina Henry and Martin Kerins. Paddy Williams was re-elected to the Supervisory Committee and Michael Bellew was re-appointed as Auditor. At a meeting of the new Board of Directors which was held immediately after the AGM concluded, Pat Muckian was re-elected as Chairman of Dundalk Credit Union. Tom D’Arcy was re-elected as Credit Union Treasurer, Pat Donaghy was elected as Credit Union Secretary and Martin Hegarty as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Proposed 30kph speed limit for town centre

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Birthday gig for charity Trevor Callan from well known band, New Originals, will celebrate his 30th birthday with a special charity gig in aid of Muscular Dystrophy in the Lava Lounge, Silence, on Friday December 9 at 9pm. Trevor’s band will play as will Blackwater Gut, while Djs Deirdre Keelan and Neil Waters. Admission is €8 and all proceeds will go towards Muscular Dystrophy North East.

By Paul Byrne

Town Engineer, Catherine Duff has outlined a proposal for the introduction of a 30kph speed limit in the town centre. The proposal for a reduction of the current 50kph speed limit will be enforced only in the immediate town centre and is designed to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The new 30kph speed limit zone will run from the Demesne down as far as McGeough’s on Jocelyn St and‘Wendle’s on Clanbrassil St. Speaking at last week’s monthly Town Council meeting Catherine Duff said a technical report was currently being prepared to take to Louth

County Council. “With the advent of the new Market Square in the heart of the town centre which encourages the greater use of the public realm for pedestrians and the increasing numbers of cyclists evident on our streets, I am considering the introduction of a special speed limit in the town centre core. “The Square has been designed to reduce speeds and a technical report is being prepared to be taken to Louth County hospital.” The report and recommendations are expected to be ready for submission in the April 2012 meeting with the laws becoming operational in May 2012 at the earliest. Councillor Jim Ryan expressed

Local Pharmacist Martin Keown of the Backhouse pharmacy will feature on TV3’s–S.O.S, Save Our Shops, a new retail makeover programme fronted by popular Fashion Stylist, Author and Broadcaster Lisa Fitzpatrick. In the series Lisa travels the country aiming to prove to shop owners that a little investment goes a long way to transforming your business.

reservations about the new proposals and questioned the need for a speed reduction in the town centre. “When I first heard about these proposals I went into town and drove at 30km/h which is 19.8mph and to be honest I really can’t see people sticking to that limit. Of course safety on the roads should always be a priority but I’d have to question if this speed reduction will work” In 2010 Dublin City Council reduced the speed limit in the city centre from 50kph down to 30kph but a year later they adopted a motion to reduce the extent of the 30kph zone following widespread criticism and anger at their decision.

Martin Keown and Lisa Fitzpatrick

The pharmacy was approached to participate in the project only a few weeks ago and was not going to let the opportunity pass. “We had started to refurbish the shop when we were approached and it is not every day that you get the chance to avail of the advice of a retail expert. All businesses have financial challenges and it is good to have a

We are champions: Members of St Therese’s Special Olympic Club who won many medals at the recent area swimming competition, held in Navan recently

The Rose blooms in Dundalk The 40th Anniversary of Dundalk Institute of Technology will be celebrated by DkIT choir and Orchestra with a special performance of The Rose. Written and composed by Siubhán Ó Dubháin, the work was originally performed as a Nativity opera in dozens of churches over the Millennium period, 19992000 with volunteer casts from

communities across South Down, South Armagh and Louth. Siubhán has rewritten The Rose as a cantata for choir and orchestra and it will be performed in the Redemptorist Church, Dundalk on December 13 at 7pm. A lecturer in Music at Ceol Oirghialla, DkIT Department of Music, she has arranged the work for the 100 voice choir, soloists

and orchestra, which includes many musicians from all over Ireland, as well as international students. The Rose will be directed by music lecturer Anthony Norton. The programme will end in the traditional way with carols, and Choral Director David Stalling will conduct motets by Bruckner and Rachmanninoff.

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fresh pair of eyes to look over that side of the business. It was a great experience” said Martin. With over ten years experience, Martin has seen some changes in the industry and continues to respond to new challenges. You constantly need to reassess your business through your customers eyes and you need to be prepared to

adapt your business strategies as your customers expectations change” said Martin. The outlet has sought out new products in jewellery and cosmetics in response to their client’s needs. Retailers have noticed changes in the products people are choosing, with people increasingly conscious of the price and quality. “We wanted to source good quality products but keep them at reasonable prices; you need to be conscious that people are more careful about what they spend their money on” he added. Lisa visited the Clanbrassil Street outlet in October this year and of-

fered some advice on improving the outlet. While other businesses participating on the series had a month to implement Lisa’s changes, the Back house Pharmacy had little over one week, but the team rose to the challenge and upon Lisa’s return the transformation was complete. “It was an experience” said Martin “what is most important is the positive feedback that we are getting from our customers. Martin will feature on the Morning Show (TV3) on Friday December 9th at 11 am and later that night Lisa’s visit to the Back House Pharmacy will feature on SOS Save Our Shops at 8pm on TV3.


Admitted two thefts

A 35-year-old mother of two teenagers was sentenced to a month in jail when she admitted two thefts. Dundalk Court heard that Patricia Ryan with addresses at 46 Woodview Park, Castletown Road and also Wrightsons Lane, Dundalk was in treatment over the summer for a substance problem, and

was trying to get back into treatment. She appeared in respect of a theft on April 28 last at JJB before she entered the treatment centre, and another at Parkes Bar, Park Street on November 27. Her solicitor Connor McGuill said she was drinking very heavily on the last date and had very little recollection of the

event. Inspector Leo McGinn, prosecuting, said that she took a handbag from the licensed premises containing personal property, valued €70. The bag was not recovered nor the items taken from JJB. The defendant had 23 convictions recorded against her, mainly for theft and shoplifting.

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Pete Treanor’s

Weekly Quiz

History In what shipyard was RMS Titanic built? Books Who wrote ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘The Mirror Cracked’? Sport Which soccer manager was nicknamed ‘Old Big Head’? Folk Music Crime and PunishWho wrote the song ment For what crime was Al ‘McAlpine’s Fusilliers’? Capone finally impris- Food and Drink What name is given oned? to a drink consisting Local Where was the Alpha of Champagne and orange juice Rosaleen Foy and Rosemary Boyle, Dundalk, at the Christmas festivities in Park St Health Club located, one of Dundalk’s first Transport on Friday night The first Aer Lingus health studios? flight in 1936 went Ireland from Baldonnell to In what town is St what English city? Mel’s Cathedral, This Week’s Stinker scene of a major fire To which fictional recently? engineer is there a Movies ‘Do you like fish? Well, plaque dedicated in Linlithgow, Scotland, he likes you too’, is a A local man jailed for 12 years in possession of weapons and attempted tag line of which 1975 even though he won’t Lithuania for smuggling weapons for smuggling. be born until 2222AD? blockbuster? the Real IRA is to appeal against his His solicitor said Campbell insists conviction. he was set up. —this week’s answers— Michael Campbell, from Dundalk, Michael Campbell was arrested was arrested following an MI5 sting after an international surveillance operation in 2008. operation involving MI5, Irish and He was convicted in October of Lithuanian intelligence services. supporting a terrorist group, illegal

Campbell to appeal against conviction

1. Haarland and Wolfe 2. Agatha Christie 3. Brian Clough 4. Tax Evasion 5. Castletown Road (Tojos) 6. Longford 7. Jaws 8. Dominic Behan 9. Bucks Fizz 10. Bristol. Stinker: Mr Scott from Star Trek

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Grainne set for charity haircut

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day between 2pm and be coffee and cupcakes 4pm and will be hosted available for all who atA Dundalk woman by Tres Belle. There will tend. Grainne and her husband Alan will say goodbye to her long locks this Sunday as she gets her waist length hair cut for charity. Grainne Hearty, from Bay Estate, will have her hair cut short in aid of education and research for the oncology unit in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. She decided to raise money for the oncology unit having seen two of her sisters in law diagnosed with cancer over the past three years. “My sister in law died three years ago from cancer and just recently another sister in law was diagnosed with the disease. You feel so helpless when you see loved ones suffer with any disease and I remember coming home to my husband and saying ‘I’ve never done anything for charity before and I really want to do something to help’. “We decided that I’d get my hair cut to try and raise money for the oncology unit in Drogheda. I’ve had long hair for as long as I can remember so it’s going to be strange next Sunday when it’s cut short.” added Grainne. Grainne has raised money for the event through sponsorship cards and has been bowled over by the response so far. “People have been very generous so far and I’d like to thank everybody who has helped out .I’d also like to thank Illy coffee, MayRose Cakes, Tres Belle and The Pantry for donating their services for Sunday. Once the first sponsorship card arrived back I knew there was no turning back and I couldn’t chicken out of getting my hair cut.” laughs Grainne. The event will take place in Felda this SunBy Niamh Kirk

Remand on bail

Gary Loughran of Ballinahattin, Doylesfort Road, Dundalk was sent forward for trial on three counts for keeping tobacco products for sale. He was remanded on his own bail of €500 to Dundalk Circuit Court on January 10. He is alleged to have committed the offences on February 17 last year.

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Ryanair exec at DkIT

Howard Millar, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of Ryanair recently shared some of his business experience and insights with postgraduate students at Dundalk Institute of Technology. During an hour-long presentation to students from the Master of Business Studies in Entrepreneurship & Marketing, he outlined how the airline has grown rapidly since its launch in July 1985 on the Waterford-London Gatwick route. Carrying some 77 million passengers in the year to October on routes connecting 26 countries, Ryanair is now a major player in global aviation with a much studied business model.

By Paul Byrne

Conor Hughes continues his annual tradition of madcap St Stephens Day fundraisers with a ‘Charlie Chaplin’ themed outing on the beach at Blackrock on Monday December 26. Conor’s annual fundraisers on the beach opposite his music shop in Blackrock have raised thousands of euro for children’s charities and helped him establish the Cross Cause charity which helps the poor in Romania, Moldova and Ghana.

Conor has called on people young and old to come out on St Stephen’s Day to help support the event. “We always do something out of the ordinary on St Stephen’s Day and this year we’re hoping that people will come to the beach dressed as Charlie Chaplain. “It’s a pretty simple look to pull off and I’d stress that we’re not expecting people to spend money buying outfits or anything like that”, explained Conor. “All people have to do is wear black trousers, a

white shirt and a shoe polish moustache. I think it will be a lovely image looking out on to the beach and seeing a crowd of Charlie Chaplains all in one place. “We’ll be showing old Charlie Chaplain films and we’ll be running competitions for the kids so hopefully it’ll be a bit of fun for everybody. There will be no pressure to spend any money on the day and we just ask people to throw a couple of euro into a bucket whenever they have it” added Conor.

National Science Week at Ardee’s Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire National Science Week 2011 was celebrated in Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire, Ardee from November 13 to 20. Pupils were involved in educational and fun science activities and experiments. Photographs and displays of their

work were on show, a Science Trail on the corridors led pupils on a series of discoveries about famous scientists such as Einstein and Marie Curie and pupils participated in a quiz on the theme of the Animal Kingdom.

The school enjoys a very strong reputation in Science and Maths having been awarded the Excellence in Science Award every year since 2004. Last week was another example of their active science curriculum.

“We have a good few projects in Ghana and this year’s fundraiser will go towards medical projects over there. We have a full time volunteer over there and they need a lot of help.” There is no entry fee for the event and Conor is hoping to kick things off around midday. He would like to hear from schools and groups who would also like to take part in this unique free fun family day out. For further information call Conor on 0879674829.

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Clermont Chorale present Christmas concert

Clermont Chorale will perform in the Green Church

Luke, Lucy and Alex Mason

The award-winning choir Clermont Chorale presents its Christmas Concert in St Nicholas’ (Green) Church, Dundalk on Sunday December 11 at 7pm. The choir continues to break new ground with its choral material selection and presentation style. This year’s programme contains sacred chants from Africa, artTerry and Ferdia Hynes Mura Andjelyte, Teva Andjelo, Megan Andjelyte and Ravis Krumins

Cait Watters, Eva Lawless and Laoise Watters

Gheal Chiúin Ní Chearbhaill, penned by local 17th Century poet, Séamus Dall Mac Cuarta. Clermont Chorale was formed in 2003 and has 35 members, attracting singer s from North Dublin to South Down. Tickets are €10 each and are available at the door.

together ‘from the Boyne to the Burren.’ He also noted the importance of the Narrow Water Bridge project and said that he was committed to seeing it go ahead. The 2% VAT hike was also treated with dismay by the opposition party, acknowledging the potential loss of business to in the area to businesses in the North. The ‘All Ireland’ inclusiveness was extended into Health as Deputy Adams suggested an open agreement with Daisy Hill hospital in Newry would allow for better access to Health services for those living along the border area.

On education the Government’s ‘punishment’ of students and Rurai Quinn’s reneging on his pre election promise to not increase student fees was lambasted. Deputy Adam’s noting that many Students in DkIT will be unable to finish their education if the €500 hike goes ahead. The Government were also criticised for ‘a succession of planned Ministerial leaks’ generating fear among the vunerable. “They don’t look at the impact of their policies on citizens or families or the young, elderly or ill. People are being squeezed. Three years of austerity has not fixed the economy.”

Adams calls for more health and tourism links By Niamh Kirk

Fiona Lennon, Niamh Goran and Lauren Ellis with Micky Mouse.

songs by Brahms and Bruckner, folk songs from Ireland and Scotland and new material from the two giants of modern-day American choral writing – Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen. Seasonal offerings are by Peter Warlock and Irving Berlin. The concert will also premiere conductor Ronan Dennedy’s setting of Ailí

Gerry Adams launched Sinn Fein’s pre budget submission late last week in his constituency office at Park St, Dundalk. Relaxed and focused Deputy Adams detailed some of the main aspects of Sinn Fein’s alternative to this week’s budget and took some time to address the impact that it would have on his constituency. One of the key propositions by Sinn Fein was that of an All-Ireland tourist board and suggested that the tourist bodies in the North East should collaborate and be marketed

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Cash found in drugs search A decision was deferred over what to do with €5,000 in cash discovered during a drugs raid at a house. Judge William Hamill adjourned an application under the Police Property Act at Dundalk Court on Thursday to allow a local man who claimed the money to provide proof in regard to a planning application for which he claimed he was given €3,500.

Gregory McDonagh said the rest was wages he earned. He denied that the money was part of a drugs transaction. Inspector Leo McGinn put it to him that the money was found beside heroin that McDonagh said he was holding for another. McDonagh claimed that he was given the €3,500 by his father, which was corroborated by the latter in evidence during the hearing that was put back

to February 2 next. The Judge heard that Gregory McDonagh was convicted and received a suspended jail sentence arising from the raid at a house at Aisling Park on November 7 2007, resulting from which he was charged with having drugs for the sale or supply and possession of drugs. He admitted under cross examination by Inspector Leo McGinn that

he was arrested nearby when his father Francis McDonagh was arrested in respect of the possession of a substantial amount of drugs in October last year. It was stated the latter is facing charges in respect of that incident. Garda Michael Rochford said that he found the €5,170 in two packages in the fuse box area of the house during a search in which he found a large quantity of heroin.

Ronan Ward Trust raise over €10,000

Jason McGee, Mairead McMeel, Ursula Lawless and Michael O Shea with the fundraising cheque

The Ronan Ward Trust is delighted to announced that they have raised €10,610 for the Irish Heart Foundation this year beating last year’s total by several thousand euros. Michael O’Shea, Aidan Stacey and Mairead McMeel from the IHF met with Jason McGee and Ursula Lawless to receive the cheque in the Crowne Plaza Dundalk last Thursday. The funds were raised through

generous donations from a Sponsored Walk, Coffee Morning, golf outing and entertainment night all in memory of the late Ronan Ward who died three years ago. “We are delighted with this year’s total which is amazing considering the current climate”, said Jason from the RWT. “Ronan was a very popular person and is fondly remembered by all of his friends who came together

to support the charity. A big thanks goes to Dessie, Peter, Ciaran and Gerry on the committee for all their hard work. The fact that people gave so generously is a fitting tribute to Ronan and we are all thinking of him and his family at this time of year”. Ronan’s Anniversary Mass is on Sunday December 11 in The Redemptorist Church at 11am.

Cycling club pay tribute to the late Johnny Mullen On Friday November 25t the death occured of Johnny Mullen, one of Dundalk’s finest cyclists. Johnny first came on the cycling scene in the early 40s, with his first result of note in 1942 when he was second in the Louth 10mile Time Trial Championships, in a time of 28min 01secs. The following year he went almost three minutes quicker in the same event to take home the gold medal. 1943 was in fact a landmark year for the rider with his first big success being the Leinster 25mile time trial championships. Winning the Leinster Championships was a mixed day for Johnny. To reach the event in Naas he took a train to Dublin and then cycled onto the Kildare town before winning the gold medal. A post race mix up meant that some of his friends left with his after-race clothing. While frantically searching for his clothes, Johnny missed the train and was forced to cycle the whole way back to Dundalk. Cycling to Dundalk without adequate clothes or money or food, he was exhausted and was later found some 10 miles from Dundalk collapsed in a ditch. However this ordeal didn’t stop

Johnny Mullen wearing his Irish Champions jersey following his victory in the 1943 25mile Time Trial Championship

him from the National 25mile Time Trial later the same year. In 1944 Johnny successfully defended both his Louth and Leinster Championships, but in the National event finished just outside the medals in fourth position. His next national medal was to come in 1946 when as part of The Mountpleasant Cycling & Athletics Club, a club which he had helped

form a year earlier, he won the team medal again in the National 25mile Time Trial Championships. The team that day was J Mullen, P Lennon and P Hanlon. Following their exploits in the 25mile Time Trial Johnny and his friend Paddy Lennon were picked to ride for Ireland in the Paddington track meeting and in the prestigious London to Dover Road Race. Following his retirement from competition he continued to play an active role within the sport and managed a number of Louth teams in the Rás, in addition to the first NCA Irish track team to compete outside of Ireland in 1969. Such was his involvement in cycling that he was acting Rás race director in 1969 for a number of stages. Johnny’s other passion was athletics and he founded the Rás Na hEireann along with Larry McGuill and Joe Christle in the winter of 1969. In recognition of his outstanding achievements and contribution to cycling in the Louth area, in 1990 Johnny was made an honorary life member of Cuchulainn Cycling Club. A minutes silence was held as a mark of respect at the clubs prize night last Friday December 2.

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Antiques Fair An antiques fair in aid of The Hospice will be held in the Crowne Plaza on Sunday December 11 from 11am to 6pm. Admission is €2, with children free.

Councillor questions role of rates in closure By Paul Byrne

Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle has questioned whether the annual rates charged to JJB Sports complex had a factor in the company’s decision to close down the JJB Soccerdome. When Cllr O’Boyle asked for the Art Group current annual rates charged to JJB Sports Complex he was told by Frank Dundalk Art Group will hold their annual Pentony that the current rates for the exhibition and sale of year 2011 were €212,364.08. paintings in the Longwalk When hearing the quoted figure Cllr Shopping Centre from O’Boyle asked the Town Clerk if the Thursday December 8 to rates may have had an impact on the Saturday December 10. company’s decision to close the soccer Twelve schools from across the county gathered in Knockbridge NS last week to compete in the annual Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Quiz Final. It was a great afternoon for the children and an exciting one as Bellurgan NS had a one point lead over runners-up Walshestown in the Smaller Schools final. Cumann na mBunscol Lú chairperson Fiachra Bell thanked all the schools, parents and teachers who came along to the quiz and helped to make it such a success. Thanks also to Quizmaster Richie Ford for organising the questions.

complex. Mr Pentony indicated that he expected JJB would ask for a revision for their rates prices for 2012. “Technically, nothing has changed with regards to the rates for JJB as the figure is for the whole complex. However, I expect they will ask for a revision to be made with regards to the two parts left in the complex.” he explained. Last month JJB ended months of speculation about the Soccerdome’s future by announcing that it would cease trading due to tough economic conditions.

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Colaiste Ris debaters reach regional final

Shannon Glenholmes, Emer Nic Fhionnachtaigh and Caoimhe Nic Suibhne are through to final

Coláiste Rís’ Irish debating team marched into the regional final in Gael Linn’s Comórtas

Michael Quinn Gift, Daniel, Naomi and Joy Gatta

Stilt walker at the opening of the

Market Square

Chimdi Okwesini and Sonna Nwabueze

Domas Saikunan, Edgar Seikus and Andris Jakunins with Micky Mouse

The Chapel Street Díospóireachta Uí Chadhain with a commanding school team were properformance in Mona- posing the motion go bhfaighimid luach táille ghan on Monday last.

an cheadúnais ó RTÉ – that we get full value from the license fee from RTÉ, and their fine performance saw the Dundalk school qualify for an unprecedented ninth consecutive Regional Final, which is also an AllIreland Semi-Final. Proposing the motion seemed to be an especially difficult task for Shannon Glenholmes, Emer Nic Fhionnachtaigh and Caoimhe Nic Suibhne, given the outrage being vented at the moment against the national broadcaster, but the ‘hands-up approach’ adopted by the local team seemed to unnerve the opposing teams from Dublin, Arklow and Buncrana. There was little doubt that the Dundalk school’s traditional strengths of presentation skills and teamwork edged them out in front in this fiercely contested debate. The experience of the local students served them well in answering the arguments of the opposition, and, while nothing has been won yet, the team’s mentor, Seán Ó Coigligh, is confident his charges are well placed to make a very serious attempt on the national title this time around. “There is no doubt that this team are improving all the time. And if the girls continue in this vein they will be very hard to beat. But we have been in this situation before, only to come away empty handed. Maybe this might be our year,” he added. Coláiste Rís enjoy a national reputation as being one of the strongest schools in the country at Irish debating, having appeared in the last eight consecutive All-Ireland Finals. One more victory will add another appearance to that impressive list. The next round of Comórtas Díospóireacht Uí Chadhain will take place in mid-December. A large number from Chapel Street are expected to travel.

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What is litter, and is it permissible to dump cuttings of grass, hedge and trees along the side of the public road? This was a question that exercised the minds of Judge William Hamill and two solicitors who appeared before him, resulting from the prosecution of David Reenan, Racecourse Road, Dundalk for depositing such materials at the side of the road close to his home. Dundalk Court was told on Thursday that Reenan was observed on CCTV camera taking a large bag from a van and removing the materials from it on April 22

last. He was summonsed for using the vehicle to dispose of litter. The council set up a camera because of a history of dumping at the spot.. Larry Steen, acting for the Town Council, said the part of the definition of litter that he was relying on was that the material was unsightly. Mr. Hickey for the defendant, countered it was not litter within the meaning of the act. Mr Steen said what was involved was hedge cuttings, parts of trees and ivy. Mr Hickey argued that it was not obnoxious or unsightly to see a pile of grass leaves lying on waste land.

By that interpretation, one could cut Croke Park and leave the material in the middle of Clanbrassil Street and couldn’t be charged with an offence, responded Mr. Steen. Mr Hickey said that the Town Council could be liable under the act every time they cut hedges on the public road and leave cuttings. The Judge asked for a dictionary to define deleterious, but decided looking at the photographs that the material was unsightly and was litter within the meaning of the act. He fined the defendant €150, and ordered him to pay €625 expenses and €250 costs.

‘Mighty’ Scoil Eoin Baiste

Over to you What do you think of the new Market Square?

Ms Dillon’s Senior Infant Class Scoil Eoin Baiste holding their “Mighty Mouth” certificates with Liz O’Reilly of the HSE. The Mighty Mouth Dental Hygiene Programme is a partnership initiative between the HSE and schools targetting Senior Infant classes. The programme included

a pack for each child with a toothbrush, toothpaste and a chart to mark the children’s progress. The teacher’s pack included dental hygiene lessons, child friendly worksheets and a large model of a set of teeth. The programme lasted four weeks and to celebrate it’s success the parents were invited to a

presentation on Dental Hygiene delivered by Liz O’Reilly and the children were awarded with certificates for completing the programme successfully. The children performed the “Mighty Mouth” song and poem, answered all their oral hygiene questions correctly as their proud parents watched on.

floodlights at Clogherhead failed. The Plunketts were four points in arrears and down to 14 men at the time of the floodlight failure and thinking that the game would be abandoned many of their players went home. The floodlights were actually fixed a short time later but this was to no avail as the Plunketts couldn’t field a full team. Following the referees report, 14 Plunketts players were suspended for 48 weeks for leaving the ground before the match was

officially over and Naomh Fionnbarra were declared the winners of the match. However following an appeal by Oliver Plunketts to the Louth Hearing Committee, all fourteen suspended players were cleared and it was decided that the last seven minutes of the match be replayed. Naomh Fionnbarra immediately appealed the decision and both teams must now await the Leinster Council’s final decision before the seven minute match can be played.

Martin Duffy

Gerard Conway

Alex Silcock

Pearse McGeough

It definitely looks well but personally I think it could do with just a little more dash of colour. During the day when the fountain is off the square looks a bit too concrete. But I’m sure they will improve that in time.

It’s great to see it finally finished. I think it was money well spent as the town needed it badly. It was great to see such crowds in town last Friday evening.

I’ve always thought that Dundalk should be a city rather than a town so it’s only right that they have a decent centrepiece. I think the council have done a good job with the Square and it has definitely improved the town centre.

I think it looks well but I can’t help thinking the money could have been better spent. I was here on Friday night and the fountain looks well but again I’d question the cost of the operation.

Adelphi/Longwalk Traders’ Christmas Festival Events By Paul Byrne

The Adelphi Complex and Longwalk Road Shops Committee kick started the Christmas season by organising Christmas Festival events last week. Last Friday saw a children’s choir singing outside the Chestnut Cafe, as well as a DJ and the unusual sight of Santa abseiling down Jock McArdle’s Outdoor Exchange Portwest Building. Speaking at the event Jock thanked the landlord of the Adelphi complex for helping them put on the show. “We felt that the Town Council had maybe forgotten about us down here on the Longwalk Road and Adelphi complex so we decided to form our

own committee and organise our own events.” Jock explained. “We’ve done all this on our own backs and with our own money as we felt a bit neglected with regards to the festivities happening around town. I’d like to thank the landlord of the Adelphi complex for helping us out and to all the performers who were down here with us today.” “We have no problem with the official organisers of the events around town and we’ll be taking part in the opening of the Square later on but we felt as though we should organise something to represent the shops and businesses in this area.”

Fatigue should not be an issue in seven minute match By Paul Byrne

Fatigue shouldn’t be an issue for the players of Naomh Fionnbarra and Oliver Plunketts when they replay their intermediate relegation play-off with the Louth Hearings Committee ruling that the game be played for just seven minutes. Last week the committee ruled that the two teams must play the last seven minutes of their intermediate relegation play off, which was initially abandoned when the

Goal Mile in Ardee

People from all over Ardee and surrounding areas have another reason to look forward to St Stephen’s Day this year, with news that the town will stage its first ever GOAL Mile in the Fairgreen from 11am to 1pm. The event, being held in association with Ardee and District Athletic Club, is open to people young and old, no matter what their fitness levels. If you have any queries, or would like to raise some money before the event, please contact Carmel Drumgoole on 085745-8487. Pictures are, All-Ireland Under 12 60m champion, Niamh Tenanty; chairman of Ardee and District Athletic Club, Seamus Weldon; and National Community Games Under 10 100m champion, Jonathan Cummins, all from Ardee, get in some practice for the Ardee GOAL Mile, which will

Seamus Gormley (President) and the winner Anne McDermott of the recent 2011 Lions Club Poker Classic

Man gets further six months William Joyce of 5, Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor Dundalk received a further six month sentence to one he is already serving. He faced a charge arising out of the larceny of a ladies handbag at Hoey’s Lane on September 30 last to which he pleaded guilty. Dudnalk Court heard on Thursday

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that later the same day a search was conducted at Joyce’s residence. Keys with a key ring and the injured party’s photograph were recovered. Solicitor Conor McGuill said the defendant, a father of two, was struggling with a heroin addiction at the time, and was taking steps in prison to deal with it.

Bernadette Schiavone I have to be honest and say I think that it’s slightly underwhelming. I just think it looks a bit bare when the fountain isn’t on.


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Marie Kirk and Patricia Moriarty with Wiseman

News Local art lovers help in Brief out injured artist

A number of Co Louth artists donated their work to the special auction in aid of Alexandra Trotsenko, a Dublin based artist and illustrator who had three of her fingers cut off during a savage attack just over Pictured (l-r) was Amber Singleton (age 10 and cancer survivor), Andrea McKevitt (age 14 and cancer survivor) two years ago. The auction which with her sister Ciara (age 12) from Dundalk attending the first ever Conference on Survivorship after Cancer dur-

Sinead and Orna

ing Childhood and Adolescence in the Croke Park Conference Centre. Guest speaker Nessa Childers MEP told Europe’s first conference on childhood cancer survivorship, survivors of childhood cancers should not smoke at any time in their lives due to their increased risk of developing second cancers.

Colette Kelly, food expert Paulo Tullio and Brianain Erraught

Deborah, Ciaran and Bernadette Herr

Charlotte Murtagh, Lucy Boyle and Naomi Boyle

y Anthony Mc Ardle and Colleen Hard

Marie Keenan and Mario Mc Nally

Ann Dullaghan Siobhan and Brendan Mulligan with

Riva’s ‘A Taste of Christmas’

Marian and Larry Witherow

Brianain Erraught and Colette Kelly Alvaro Luccesi and Jim Smyth. Josephine Maguire and Niamh Heaney

Ursula and Kerri Fee with Marian Maggs and Nicola Fee

Paula Flanagan and Bridget Gartlan

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e Linda Murphy and Sinead Dunn

Cllr Herr’s call to object to nuclear power stations Co-chair of the Irish Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA), Cllr Ollan Herr, has reiterated his call on the Minister Phil Hogan to object strongly to the construction of five new nuclear power stations on the west coast of England and in Wales. “The British authorities admit that these new nuclear power plants will emit radioactive emissions into the Irish Sea. The NFLA continue to express their concerns about these emissions and regard them as dangerous to public health”, said Cllr Herr who also raised concerns over the scale and nature of the Fukushima disaster.

“In addition there is now a deep concern that an accident of the scale of Fukushima has the potential to require a similar evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in both Britain and Ireland, as has already happened in Japan.” If a potential disaster was to occur, Cllr Herr argued that the people in Ireland who would be effected would be left in serious financial difficulties as there are questions about who would be capable of covering the wide range of costs. “In order to attract the interest of the private sector these privately

took place in Blackrock Co Dublin over the weekend and raised €63,000, which is to be added to by €20,000 donated by RTE’s Liveline listeners, towards prosthetic fingers for the artist. There were also some significant buyers from

the county as Adams Auctioneers said about 15% of the purchasers were from Louth among then five major anonymous winning bids from Castlebellingham, Ardee, Dundalk and Drogheda. Both buyers and donators wished to remain private.

this award is that Trugas Limited, based in Castlebellingham, Co. Louth, its servants and agents are prohibited by Order of the Commercial division of the High Court from filling or handling

Flogas cylinders in any manner whatsoever. Flogas has not alone been successful in its application against Trugas, the costs of the action have also been awarded to Flogas.

Flogas win injunctions

Flogas Ireland Limited has been successful in taking legal action against another local company. The court awarded operated power plants are to be al- Flogas every injunction lowed to operate in spite of wholly it sought. The effect of inadequate insurance cover. A similar nuclear catastrophe in Britain will result in the bill for victim compensation that cannot be met by the tax payers of either Britain or Ireland”, he stated. Cllr pointed out that the NFLA is advocating, that instead of nuclear power, that Irish wind power if fully developed, can become a significant alternative power source to British nuclear; creating Irish jobs and a secure national income and that Ireland should therefore urgently promote this exciting new renewable energy revolution.

Separated Parents’ Group

Our next Tuesday meeting shall take place on December 13th. There will be no more meetings until Tuesday January 10th 2012. Those wishing on attending the meetings should confirm their intentions with Val on 085 7303609. Meetingsareeverysecond Tuesday,donations in lieu of set charge for attendance from 7:30 till 9:00pm, at: Social Services Building, 15a Clanbrassil Street. Visit our website at :www. parentsseparated.org for details


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Sharkey angry at education cuts Sinn Féin Councillor Tomás Sharkey has reacted strongly against the announcement by Minister Ruairí Quinn that guidance counselling services in schools will no longer be ring fenced. Cllr Sharkey has written to Minister Quinn and local Labour and Fine Gael politicians on the matter. “Last week’s announcement by Education Minister is a blatant attack on students, schools and the core values of our schools. “Now more than ever,

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we need this guidance counselling services in our schools. The moratorium on assistant principal and special duty posts in schools means that there are less year heads and pastoral roles in our schools. “From speaking to local guidance counsellors, I am aware that fro some years now, the offices of guidance counsellors in our schools have become very busy with students needing support on a personal, educational and career level”, he said.

Call for apology Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir It was with delight to read where Fr Oliver Brennan has been vindicated, which I never doubted. Those clergy who read a letter to the Parish of Haggardstown/Blackrock on August 14/15 should now read letters of apology to Fr Brennan. Thanking you John McGuinness

Brendan Moore, Post Polio Support Group, has sourced sponsorship from The Las Vegas Club in the north east, which is to open on December 8 on the inner relief road in Dundalk. Las Vegas Bingo Club have taken the Post Polio Support Group along with the John of God Services north east as there official charites for 2012. The Bingo Club is owned by Denis McArdle will be managed by Margaret McArdle who is photo with Brendan Moore at the official sponsorship announcement.

Diesel was in car when purchased A man who was stopped driving a car with illegal diesel claimed that it was in the tank when he bought it. Jeffrey Frank Bailey of Flat 2, Callans Flats, Louth Village said he bought the vehicle

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two or three weeks before he was stopped on February 1 last at Millennium Buildings, Dundalk. The car wasn’t operative and he replaced the engine, but the fuel tank was still quarter full.

Dundalk Court heard the person whom he claimed he bought the car from said he knew nothing about the matter. The defendant told that he paid cash for the vehicle

and didn’t get a receipt. He disposed of it a couple of days later. He denied that he received a phone call subsequently from the customs officer and that he said he was not driving

the vehicle on the day of the offence. He explained that he changed his telephone number a number of times after giving it to the officer. Judge Hamill adjourned to February 2.

W czwartek 1 grudnia 2011, m odzie z Polskiego Klubu M odych „Paj czyna” zorganizowa a „Andrzejki” dla m odzie y z „Apple Tree Foundation” . „Roots Cafe” w Roden House – siedzibie fundacji, p ka a w szwach od licznie zgromadzonych m odych ludzi zaciekawionych wró bami, które przygotowali m odzi z „Paj czyny”. Go cie nie mogli nadziwi si ró norodno ci obyczajów andrzejkowych. Tradycyjnie mo na by o odczyta swoj przysz o z kawa ków stopinego wosku, przelewanego na wod przez dziurk w kluczu. By o te uk adanie butów do progu, eby dowiedzie si kto pierwszy stanie na lubnym kobiercu, obieranie jab ek i rzucanie skórki za siebie, a nast pnie odczytywanie litery w jak u o y a si skórka i na któr zaczyna si b dzie imi przysz ego ma onka lub ony. Mo na by o zapisa marzenia na kartce, wrzuci do wody i czeka , które pierwsze wyp ynie czyli się spe ni . – To niesamowite do wiadczenie, nigdy nie s yszeli my o takiej tradycji – mówili Irlandczycy i zadawali mnóstwo pyta sk d w ogóle wzi si zwyczaj obchodzenia „Andrzejek”. Pochodzenie andrzejkowych wró b nie jest do ko ca znane. Niektórzy wzkazuj na staro ytn Grecj , dopatruj c si odpowiedzi w s owie Andress i greckich s ów aner, andros oznaczaj cych m a, m czyzn . W Polsce pierwotnie wieczór andrzejkowy świ towa y tylko panny, eby poprzez wró by dowiedzie si , czy wyjd za m , kiedy i za kogo? Ch opcy za obchodzili „katarzynki”. To by niesamowity wieczór integracyjny m odzie y polskiej z m odzie irlandzk i afryka sk , która entuzjastycznie i z wielkim zainteresowaniem, i zaanga owaniem w czy a si w zabaw , po prostu przesympatyczny udany wieczór i sukces organizacyjny klubu „Paj czyna”. Tekst: Ma gorzata Koz owska


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Alcohol and tabacco offences

John Hoey of 26, Hazelwood Avenue, Bay Estate is to face trial on alcohol and tobacco offences. He was sent forward on Thursday from the District Court to Dundalk Circuit Court on January 10 in respect of five counts, two alleging that he kept alcohol for sale or delivery at two locations in town on July 16 last year, and three for keeping tobacco products for sale on the same date. He was assigned a solicitor and barrister under the legal aid scheme and remanded on his own bail of €500.

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Cuchulainn CC’s Christmas awards night inNews Brief Dundalk Leader 7th December 2011

On Friday night last Cuchulainn Cycling Club’s cyclists left the lyrca at home and put on their finery for their annual end of year Christmas Awards night, at the function room in Oriel Park. The night was kicked off with a minute’s silence for the former National Champion and Dundalk cyclist Johnny Mullen. The winner of the Volunteer of the Year award was none other than the illustrious Martin Grey, one of the club’s stalwarts going back as far as the early 90s. Martin, already a veteran, came to cycling with a background in life’s more relaxed activities, having no athletic career of note. However, he easily made the jump from club racing to senior

Martin Gray pictured receiving the Cycling Ireland Club of the year award from top Irish professional Nicholas Roche at the Cycling Ireland Awards Night

open racing. Such was his ternational Rás in 1993. natural talent on the bike While still a very acthat after only a few short tive racer, Martin is still years Martin rode the in- to be found on every club

run, either up the front pushing the pace or at the back helping newcomers to stay in touch with the

group. He is also involved in coaching the underage cycling and is always there to give pointers to newcomers. Despite all of this he still found the time to become a national champion again this year, successfully defending his age group title in the IVCA National Road Race Championships. Martin was presented his award from last year’s winner, his son Alan Grey. On the road scene 2 riders dominated the club & Louth competitions. Colm Quin won the FPM Accountants Summer League, and the Louth Road Race Championships, while Gerry McCabe won the Carrick Cycles New Years Time

Trial and the Louth Time Trial. The ladies Louth Time Trial was won by Eve McCrystal. Celine McPhilips was first lady in the league and took two Louth Championships winning both the road race and mountain biking champs. Michael Stokes took first in the beginners league. The Shiels Engineering Mountain Biking League went to John Sharkey, while Aidan McDonald was the winner in the Louth Mountain Bike Championship. The Louth Hill Climbs went to Breda Dawe and Raymond O’Shaughnessy. Next up for the club is this Saturday’s Cyclo Cross race being held in Bellurgan Park.

Wellington Hall Coffee Morning

The Wellington Hall Project is holding a Festive Coffee Morning at Bellurgan Park this Saturday, 10th December from 11am1.30pm. Visitors are invited to come along for a coffee and mince pies in the wonderful setting of this 18h century home. There will be advent carol singing round the piano, cake sale and a Christmas stall. Admission is free and all proceeds will go to the refurbishment of the Wellington Hall, St Mary’s Road, Dundalk. For more information email wellingtonhallproject@ gmail.com or call 0429321402.

for ‘Claiming our Future’ petition Government over budget Banned Two Years A Dundalk member of the ‘Claiming our Future’ organisation has spoken of the group’s forthcoming campaign which calls on the Government to introduce a wealth tax and protect the most vulnerable members of society. Dubhaltach Mulvenna, a convenor for ‘Claiming our Future’ in Dundalk insists the

Government needs to take action immediately to protect the poor in their upcoming budget. “We believe that there are real choices about who will pay in the current proposals for addressing the fiscal deficit in Budget 2012. “Cutting public expenditure and increasing taxes on lower

and middle income earners is a choice that will hit those least able to cope with the crisis and will hamper our chances of recovery” explained Dubhaltach. Claiming Our Future was the brainchild of a loose collection of individuals operating under the banner of’ Is Feidir Linn’ The aim of the

event was to create a space for civic society to deliberate and agree the values, policies and actions required to help bring about an equal, sustainable and thriving Ireland. Dubhaltach believes it is time that the rich in Ireland need to show solidarity and help the country get out of the mess it is currently in.

“There are other choices that will be less socially and economically damaging. We believe that taxing wealth, of which there is still huge amount in Ireland, is the right option. “We need the solidarity of people who hold wealth at this time. Across the world there are moves to ensure that those

with the most take their fair share of the burden. “We have written letters to every TD in the Dail including all five TDs in County Louth. There will be protests outside the Dail in the coming days and although there is nothing as yet planned for Dundalk I’m sure there will be action in due course”, he explained.

Padraig Muckian (22), of 7, Cloneevan, Haggardstown was banned from driving for two years and a day. He was also fined €275 at Dundalk Court when he pleaded guilty to a charge of drunk driving at Dundalk Shopping Centre on June 27 last.


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Seamus is happy that the Lions Club still going strong rne’s Paul By

“Ordinary people, doing extraordinary things. Those five words sum up what we’re all about” says Seamus Gormley, president of the Dundalk Lions Club. Dundalk Lions Club was formed by the Charter Lions in 1978 and has served the community since then by raising much needed funds for various projects. The ‘Lions’ in question are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local communities.

charity boxes and you think to yourself ‘I’d like to get involved in something a little more hands on’. “I was kind of on the lookout to get involved Cavan man, Seamus with a local charity first became involved when I was asked with the Lions in 2004 would I like to get having moved to involved with the Lions. Dundalk in the early So I went to three 80s. meetings, got a feel for “I’ve been living in the organisation and Dundalk since 1981 after the third meeting having started working agreed to become a for the Goodman member.” organisation in Every new member Knockbridge. As must pay a fee to join the years went by I the Lions Club with began to feel part of every penny going the community and directly to charities wanted to give a little around Dundalk. As back to the area.” Seamus explains, the Seamus explains. Lions perform a variety “There comes a time in of functions for the your life when you’re people of Dundalk. throwing money into “We do all sorts of stuff

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around Dundalk that a lot of people probably wouldn’t know about. We have volunteers who record themselves reading the local newspapers and then they put it on a CD and send it out to people with sight difficulties. “We are also involved with the arch club in the Friary school which is a group who run functions for people who are Down Syndrome or autistic. We would have volunteers who drive the kids to and from the disco in the Friary every Thursday. “Basically anybody who is in need of a break we will try and help them out. There are some people in the community who simply

don’t have anybody left.” says Seamus. “A while ago we brought 93 pensioners to Galway and put them up in Salthill Hotel for three nights. We had entertainment put on and everybody had a great weekend. So that would be the sort of stuff we are involved in around Dundalk” he added. Seamus, an avid Leinster rugby fan has been in Dundalk for thirty years now. He married his wife Geraldine in 1984 and has four children. He admits that having spent so long in the Wee County he has become a patch in the community quilt. “All the kids would be Louth supporters so I

Change of venue for next year’s Vantastival Duke Special among others. The venue for this COUNTY Louth’s year’s festival has premier music festival, Vantastival, changed but the is now accepting ap- beauty of the surplications from local roundings will not musicians to secure be lost as organisers a place on their 2012 move from Dunany Estate to Bellurgan line-up. Organisers are interested in Park, which is also a site of great natural submissions from beauty. The festival bands who write will continue to be a their own music as ‘celebration of campwell as traditional ervan culture’ and groups. After only two years Vantastival aim to have over 70 acts playing over the has already earned itself a reputation for May Bank Holiday gathering the finest weekend. There is a strong family fun eleIrish musicians to one festival and has ment to the festival as well as a plethora hosted some stunof campervan related ning performances activities, over the from Jack L, Kila, By Niamh Kirk

Wallis Bird played at Vantastival this year

Seamus Gormley- Dundalk Lions

have to admit that I’d be cheering on Louth come Championship time and I’d feel a bit of a closet Louth

supporter at this stage” laughs Seamus. The Dundalk Lions are currently fundraising for their Christmas

Eugene Ginty and Sally Anne Shepherdson at the Opera Night in the Glyde Inn

Food Parcel appeal and will hold a celebrity jigs and reels fundraiser over St Patricks weekend.

The Movemeber Ball in The Glyde Inn went really well with €660 raised.  Jim Keaskin won  the Movember Cup for best moustache of the year and Mary Casey, Castlelane, Annagassan won the Spot the Ball competition and won an overnight stay in any O’Callaghan Hotel.  The local band Caution went down really well too. 

past two years these have included campervan cook-off’s and caravan refurbishments. Such has been their success that they were recently nominated in the prestigious European Festival Awards 2011. The festival is up for the Best Small Festival Awards because it quirky charm and sense of community are at the heart of the celebrations.

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Relay for Life raises over €100,000 Despite the economically difficult times, Dundalk, pioneers of Relay in Ireland raised an incredible amount of €112,000.00, an amazing achievement from all who donated, purchased candles of hope, and the many local teams who came up with wonderful and unique fund raising ideas over the past weeks and months This was a truly incredible achievement. It was wonderful to see that while currently suffering from the economic downturn, the people of Louth

have proven yet again that they have great heart with both, young and old helping to beat the 2010 total by €8,000. On December 9 at 1pm, the Dundalk Relay for Life cheque 2012 will be officially handed over to the Irish Cancer Society at the newly refurbished Market Square Dundalk. It will be handed over by Damien O’Connor, one of the youngest local cancer survivors and we hope to see many of you who helped raising this incredible amount on the day, together with the media attending.

Ryan meets Marist students

All funds raised will go towards the all important work the ICS does here in the country, supporting cancer patients and their families, and opening Daffodil Centres in our hospitals, vitally important for helping all of us who need help or information related to cancer. With four more counties planning to join Relay for Life in 2012, the Dundalk team are committed to continuing this great event into the future, promoting awareness of the disease and raising vital funds for the fantastic work of the ICS.

St Mary’s College students with RTE 2fm presenter Ryan Tubridy at the launch of the St Vincent De Paul urgent appeal for funds in in the SVP Vincent’s shop. Over 100 SVP volunteers from all over the country were present. The appeal campaign will continue into December. The week of 4th-11th December will be SVP Week when local SVP conferences will hold church gate collections. In addition to this direct assistance for families the SVP also provides essential many services. It manages 970 social housing units, has 344 emergency beds per night available for the homeless, operates 15 day care centres, 150 shops and many breakfast, homework and revision clubs.

Clodagh Mathews, Anthony Mc Ardle, Paulo Tullio and Helen Bellew at Riva’s ‘A Taste of Christmas’ at the RIva Townhouse

Lucy Boyle and Charlotte Murtagh at Riva’s ‘A Taste of Christmas’ in Riva Townhouse

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Appliances

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Couriers

Blinds

Electrical

Garden Sheds

Locksmiths

Fuel Bathrooms

Book-Keeping

Heating

Chimney Repair

Builder

Blinds

Cleaning

Motor Body Repairs Home Insurance & Claims

Conservatories/Windows/Sunrooms

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Push to complete Narrow Water Bridge By Niamh Kirk

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County Louth’s Senators Jim D’Arcy and Mary Moran have joined forces to push for the completion of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge. Both raised the issue at the recent Joint Committee for the Implementation of the Good Friday agreement. The Committee is an all-party Oireachtas Committee that also includes members of

the Northern Ireland Assembly and Northern Ireland MPs from Westminster Parliament and was recently was attended by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore. Senator D’Arcy called for the project not to be viewed as a roads project but as a peace and tourism project and asked Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister Gilmore to see that the project goes through the planning stage. He said “I

asked Minister Gilmore to give the project political support as he has given to the A5.” Senator Mary Moran said that the project was an important one in the Louth and Down area and vital to the infrastructural plan for the North East. Minister Gilmore said that he would give the project some serious consideration when the two Senators approached him and has since agreed to meet with the two Louth Senators on this matter.

School up for award

F1 in Schools National Champions 2011, Octane Racing’s - Rollo Konig Brock, 5th year student and Michael O’Neill, Manager of Govannon Racing - F1 in Schools National Champions 2010 who is a 6th year student -have been shortlisted for the 2011 eircom Junior Spider Awards The awards, which were established in 2009, recognise and reward students for the successful and innovative ways in which they use the Internet in their daily lives. The awards are open to students at both primary and post primary level.

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The Mega Spiders at primary school level has three categories which are Best School Website, Best School Blog and Best Project. At post primary level, the categories are split across 2 groups: The Giga Spiders for 1st to 3rd year students and the Tera Spiders for 4th to 6th year students. The categories under both age groups include Best Concept and Best Web Design. There is also a Grand Prix Award which goes to the overall winner at each age level in the primary and post primary category.

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The state of the art fountain is the centrepiece of the new-look town centre which is to be dotted with new attractions. The synchronised light and water displays delighted all and were a beacon for children who could not help chancing their luck at running through the gauntlet of colourful water jets. Catherine Duff of Dundalk Town Council who was an intergral part of the project commented on how well the area looked and said that “the evening was a tremendous success and there was a lot of positivity about the area and pride in Dundalk.” The official opening of Market Square is planned for the New Year and details for this are expected to be an-

Roisin Doherty, Regional Director FÁS (Middle left), Cllr. Tommy Grimes, Paul O’Toole, Director General FÁS, Joe Reilly TD, Clifford Kelly and John Doherty, DkIT together with Joe Fee (Back Left), Senior Training Adviser, Ronnie Rice (Back 4th from right), Manager Services to Business, John Carolan, DkIT, Pat Rogan, Senior Training Adviser and Liz Dullaghan, Senior Training Adviser with Louth recipients of the Advanced Certificate Craft at the FÁS awards ceremony held in Kingscourt.

Five years for two local men Dalton McKevitt (36) Woodbury Gardens, Dundalk and Niall Farrell (35) Clos Brid, Dundalk were found guilty of the offence of membership of an unlawful organisation on Friday last and sentenced to five years in prison. Both men pleaded not guilty no contest to the offences which allows the State to read belief evidence into the record without any challenge from the defence. The co-accused Patrick Tierney (26), of Drumarg Park, Armagh

City, Co Armagh and Patrick Gordon (aged 23), of Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh City both pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of an explosive substance and received 6 and a half, and five years respectivly. All four men were arrested on November 30 2010 on the Commons Road, Dromiskin as part of a Garda investigation into activities of dissident republicans. The court heard that a mortar that was ‘ready

for use’ was found in a Peugot 206 in which three of the men had been seen travelling. Chief Superintendant Patrick McGee said he believed that the men were members of an unlawful organisation on that date. Justice Paul Butler said the court had no alternative but to draw inferences from McKevitt’s and Farrell’s refusal to answer material questions in interview and regard this as corroborative to the belief evidence provided by officers.

Community Notices Windows

Mens Sheds Mens Sheds is an initiative designed to promote greater community interaction among men. It takes place in Seatown on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm. Contact 9327652 or 085 8895471. Alone Again Separated or Widowed. The Beginning Experience, helps people to work through their grief to be healed and live again. Beginning Experience Coping Programme for Widowed and Separated on September 29 at 8pm until 10pm For further information contact: Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre, The Magnet, The Demesne, Dundalk. Tel: 9336393. Volunteers Wanted Want to Volunteer, Some of our current volunteering opportunities. College Buddy for Learners returning to Education, Antiques Charity Shop Assistant, Disability Assistant for Social Group, Historical Research Volunteer, Photographer, Events / Conference Assistant. Call us today, at the Louth Volunteer Centre 9330288 or email info@ volunteerlouth.ie Rape Crisis Training Rape Crisis North East is offering the opportunity to attend a Helpline Training Programme which will commence on October 27, 2011. The training is free. Anyone interested in applying can find an application on the website or can telephone the centre on 042-9339491 and request an application form. Recovery International Recovery International is a self-help group that meets every Wednesday night at 7pm in the Newry & Mourne Centre, 6-8 Savages Terrace, Newry. If you are struggling with stress, tension, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems etc, please call to the meeting on Wednesday, or call 0879590059 or 0863859260. Cancer Support The Cancer support network, which aims to support those who have been touched by cancer, meets the second Wednesday of each month. For further information you can ring Dolores Conroy, facilitator, on 0861074257 Turas Counselling Service Counselling support, outreach support, after care programme, facilitated family support group, gender specific empowering women in sobriety. 59 Clanbrassil St, Dundalk Tel: 9338221/4 Narcotics Anonymous Do you feel you have a problem with drugs? Then come along to Narcotics anonymous. We are open to everyone who has a desire to stop using drugs. Every Thursday night in Dundalk at 8pm. Call 087124 8933. All calls are confidential. Widows Association The Dundalk widows Association meets the last Wednesday of every month in the Community Offices, Partnership Court. New members Are always welcome.

PREMISES TO RENT/FOR SALE ATTENTION: BER’s now required for Better Energy Home Grants. For BER certification at affordable prices contact Robert Mulholland 087 6091906.www. louthber.ie Advertise your House/ Premises for rent or sale to 60,000 readers each week from €5 Telephone Dundalk Leader 042 9320888 TO LET (From 1st Jan) 4 bedroom house, fully furnished, Long Ave, Dundalk. Within 15 mins walk from town centre. Parking for three cars. €700 per month. Tel +353876813497 before 10pm. ARTICLES / ITEMS FOR SALE BEDS & FURNITURE DIRECT. Beds, mattresses, wardrobes, chests, lockers, pine beds etc., also furniture removals call 086 8704908 anytime. Bed & Mattress Sale, beds from €99, mattress from €69. Massive range on show (free delivery) The Bed & Sofa Store, Northlink Retail Park, Dundalk 042 9320927 COLLON FURNITURE – Probably the most interesting shop in the North East. Arriving regularly: container loads of quality Dutch furniture. A wonderland of household furniture including leather & fabric suites, dressing tables, kitchen tables and chairs, pictures, mirrors, bedroom furniture. Open 364 days a yearyou’ll pick up a bargain at Main Street, Collon. Tel 041-98 26484. The only Dutch furniture shop in the North East. WATTERS GARDEN SHEDS. New to our range, maintenance free garden sheds at unbeatable prices with an 8x6 from as little as €440,also check out our summer sale with huge discounts on certain products including some children’s activity centres,playcentres,and tree houses garden furniture and much more. www.wattersgardensheds.ie, Drumcashel, Castlebellingham, Co.Louth, 0416853799. Sell it through a classified, only €5 for one week up to 20 words, Phone Dundalk Leader 042 9320888 Beds for Sale. Totally heavy solid pine beds. Brand new, super strong, rock solid

bases, lifetime guarantee. Good deep super memory foam mattresses included. Everything brand new. Can deliver. €89. 086-820-8303 Dealgan Furniture (formerly Sofaland) Longwalk, Dundalk (inside The Paint Store), for a wide range of New & Used Bedroom, Dining room and Kitchen furniture. Suite reupholstery and furniture fixing service available Tel 042-9329111 Hedging Plants: Laurels/Beech/Box Viburnum €1.50 each. Green/Gold/Silver. Privets and Grizelenia all €1.30 each. Box Cone and Balls €25 each. 087-0689521 FURNITURE FACTORY SECONDS. ½ price or less now open upstairs at WOGANS, NEW STOCK WEEKLY,North link Home Park, Coes Road, Dundalk – Tel 042 9320040 Free standing fridge and 12 place setting dishwasher for sale, both 2 years old and in perfect working order, no reasonable offers refused Tel 087 9165242 BLACK LEATHER SUITE (3,1,1) Both chairs are recliners. New in the box. Soft leather. €600 o.n.o. Free delivery. 0894490833 WICKER SUITE - Good quality. Perfect condition. €150. Reduced for quick sale. Please call 086-3013036 CLASSES, COURSES & LESSONS Guitar Lessons Available Beginners Welcome – Contact Gerry Larkin 0871684260 CELTIC SCHOOL OF MOTORING. ADI approved driving instructor, dual controlled car, test routes covered, nervous pupils welcome. Contact Frank 089 425 8215 or 042 93 26148. www.celticschoolofmotoring.com Beginner Guitar Lessons. Adults and Children catered for. Dunleer / Togher area. Reasonable rates. Weeknights and weekend lessons. Contact Neil on 086-3818196 Caroline Campbell’s School of Irish Dancing, Cuirt Na Habhanna Tierney St, Ardee. Tuesday 3.30pm. All welcome, Monday 5-6pm, Community Centre, Dillionstown. Ph: 087-2211529 ONE TO ONE COMPUTER SKILLS

Weekdays/Evenings/Weekends – At your own home and pace. 0879573856 SPECIAL SERVICES HUGHIE MCELROY BUILDER All types of building work carried out. *House Maintenance & Renovations*Painting & Decorating*All PVC products supplied & fitted*Wall & Floor Tiling* Power washing of driveways & houses*Large & Small jobs*Free estimates.TEL:087 2602501. GERRY’S UPHOLSTERY SERVICE Suites/Antique furniture repaired and recovered. Better than new. 0860800788 Damp-proofing, Leak Detection, Solar ventilation, Chemical damp-proofing: All types of leaks – specialist equipment. Wall mounted solar panels heat and dry your home. Aqua Solve – 087-2664224 Dundalk Bureau de Change – Best rates guaranteed – No commission – We buy and sell all major currencies – Electronic Bank Transfers – sterling and euro cheques – 8 Park St. (open 7 days 8am-11pm) & 4 Linenhall St (open MonSat) – call 042 9339922/9370101 –www. dundalkbureaudechange.com – accepting all major Credit and Debit cards. Dundalk Bureau de Change – Western Union money transfer – pay over 140 different bills – payzone/postpoint – stamps – pre-paid credit cards – phone top-ups – best rates guaranteed – no commission - 8 Park St. (open 7 days 8am-11pm) & 4 Linenhall St. (open MonSat) – call 042 9339922/9370101 –www. dundalkbureaudechange.com – accepting all major credit & debit cards PERFECT FIT ALTERATIONS - For all your sewing needs. For your convenience NOW OPEN on Avenue Road. 10% off for Slimming World members. Castletown Road: Tel: 042 9327837. Avenue Road: Tel: 042 9352348 HOUSEHOLD INSURANCE CLAIMS. All types of household insurance claims, fire damage, flood damage, water damage, shower leaks, break-ins, call our Insurance Helpline today for a free consultation, Locall 1890 247 911 or mobile 087 6487466 LAPTOP REPAIRS & BROKEN SCREEN REPLACEMENT- Computer/Laptop re-

nounced soon, in the meantime Dundalk Town Council will launch Wi-Fi in Market Square in the coming weeks. The Wi-Fi service will be free to use for students in DkIT and for members of the Library. Cllr Marianne Butler last week said ”It’s vital that we maintain a vibrant and attractive town centre so I’d encourage everyone living or working in Dundalk to spend some time in Market Square and the surrounding streets in the days and weeks ahead. If we can all line out on the Dundalk team, we’ll make a real difference in the town’s economy and help save local jobs.” A full programme of markets and events is planned over the coming months in the new-look square with details coming soon.

pairs for all models and virus removal at competitive prices. No fix no fee. Contact Nick: 087 6241043 or 042 9330065. MICHAEL’S PROPERTY MAINTENANCE: Repairs, building, plastering, plumbing, painting, tiling, concreting, patios, gardening & PVC facia + soffits. Over 20yrs experience, references available. Tel: 086 7350357. Chimney Cleaning, Inspection & Repair. Tel: Paul McArdle 042-933-2491or 087-666-0094. Email tribalky@yahoo. com Telephone Problems, Wires everywhere? Ring John (ex-Eircom) for all your needs, no job too small Tel 085 1234003 anytime. Looking for a unique gift? Create a personalised newspaper page to celebrate a special occasion - birthday, anniversary, birth, sporting success etc. Contact 086 3238328 www.frontpagenews.ie A VAN AND DRIVER available for furniture removal, also single items, 3 piece suites, cookers, fridges, washing machines. Day & night Tel 086 8704908 Computer callout service. Day, evening & weekend hours. Experienced and professional. Dundalk & Blackrock and surrounding areas. Call Oisín now on 086-8778361. Fully Qualified Mechanic available for MOT, servicing & Mechanical repairs. Renault specialist Tel Declan 0044 7749488859 A1 INSULATION All types of house maintenance. Renovations/Extensions/ Facia/Soffet Guttering Garden Fencing and Patios. Estimates free Tel Tom 0863961206 Advertise your service to over 60,000 readers for only €5 per week up to 20 words Phone Dundalk Leader 042 9320888 We can distribute your leaflets from €65 + vat per thousand Phone Dundalk Leader 042 9320888 Aerial, Satellite – TV, Freeview Freesat professional installations, repairs etc. Phone Eamonn Cooney 087-267-

1809, 7 Distillery Lane. Weddings 2011 Special at Peter Hughes Photography, Professional Wedding Photography, full coverage of wedding and 26 page picture story book album total price €750 phone 042 9333732 mob 087 2561161 LAPTOP COMPUTER REPAIRS. Internet Set Ups, Broadband Set Ups, Security, Anti Virus Removals, Business & Home Networking. Collect & Return Service. Tel 042 9323419 Mob 087 6244151 Handyman available for all your household jobs. Tiling, Flooring, Kitchen & Bathroom, Insulating, Flooring, Paving & Building. Call Brian 0872952529 GremlinBusters Computer Services, FREE fault diagnosis, no-fix/ no-fee, collect and return, experienced professional technicians, for very cheap service and repair rates call Paul on 086 885 7350 Wedding Photography. All day coverage, DVD with pictures €350. www. elmotions.com Tel: 086-4036942 Wall Paper Hanger available. Reasonable rates, excellent work. Phone: Tom 087-632-8292 Carpenter available. 25 years exp. All interior, exterior including kitchens, decking, doors, floors, etc. No job too small. Keenest prices. Quality finish assured. Call Des for free quote: 0876180150 CHIMNEY CLEANING SERVICE Dust Free Brush and Vac Reasonable rates. Phone Tommy 0857492555 HANDYMAN 365 Is your ‘TO DO’ list out of control? Contact Patrick 087-1679650 for all your home and office maintenance. McALOON UPHOLSTERY. All furniture recovered as new. 3 piece suites, dining chairs etc. Cushions & springs replaced. Tel: 087 2305941 / 041 9842974. TREE FELLING SERVICE - All average sized trees. Power washing also available. Louth/Monaghan. Call Paul 0879705724. THAI MASSAGE - Traditional & Aromatherapy Thai Massage. Dunleer Area

0871707844 BAY WINDOW Curtain Rails made to measure. 0860787193. MOBILE LASH & BROW SPECIALIST Brow shaping, lash and brow tinting all in your own home. Tel 0857343627 SPIRITUAL & TAROT CARD READINGS. Phone or Text 0871820400. Party discount available. LINENHALL SALON SERVICES LTD, Linenhall St. Dundalk. Special offer Wednesdays Ladies Cut & Blowdry €24. Blowdry €12. Perm €40. For appt call 0429334347/087-7503679. Prop: Margaret McGill SITUATIONS VACANT FULL TIME TELESALES People & Full time field sales agents required in the LMFM and North County Dublin areas. Own transport essential. Basic & Bonuses. Ph 0858503884 SITUATIONS WANTED Kind and reliable lady available to mind children in childrens’ own home in Dundalk area. Tel 086-2256968 Wanted for occasional work Electrician, Plumber, Carpenter, Roofer, Blocklayer & Plasterer Tel 087-7955521 CHILDRENS ENTERTAINMENT Magician and Balloon Modeller available for all parties. Contact Odenni. 042-9372455 or 087-2473342. SPECIAL NOTICES CRAFT FAIR in the Spirit Store. Handmade crafts, jewellery, cupcakes, dog treats & much more. 11th December. 2-6pm. Free admission. ANGEL EVENING- Meditations/Angel Card Readings/Gudience & Assistance. 7.30-9.30pm. In Dundalk Tuesday 13th December. Cost €20. Phone or Text 0871820400. The Angels would love you to come. Spiritual & Tarot card readings. Phone or Text 0871820400. Party discount available. Bridge Street Studios open every saturday 12.30 - 5.30 for all your christmas gifts, buy irish made gifts 10% off all sales


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The new Renault Fluence Z.E.

The new Renault Fluence Z.E. will launch here in March 2012 with pre launch test drives from January. The Fluence Z.E. is aimed at private customers and fleet operators looking for an economical and environmentally respectful four door saloon. The Renault Fluence ZE will be manufactured at the OYAKRenault plant in Bursa, Turkey, on the same production line as that which makes the internal combustion-engined versions of Fluence. The overall length of the Renault Fluence ZE is 4.75 metres, 13cm longer than the internal combustionengined model allowing room for the batteries to be

located behind the rear seats. The sides are also redesigned retaining the visual balance of the original version. The exterior design of the Fluence ZE utilises fluid, crisp lines. The increased length allows for the same boot capacity of 317dm3. An integrated folding panel in the boot allows for storage of the battery charging cable. A low sill - 698mm and wide aperture - 1020mm - allows for easy access into the boot space. The interior’s uncluttered dashboard features an on-board computer which provides essential ‘electric vehicle’ information such as instantaneous and average fuel consumption, range,

battery charge and discharge. The ‘energy gauge’ shows the battery’s charge level reminiscent of a fuel gauge. The cabin of the Renault Fluence ZE offers over 23 litres of storage space, provided in part by a nine-litre illuminated glove box, a 2.2 litre cubby in the centre console and front door bins offering 2.6 litres each. Te c h n o l ogy found in the Renault Fluence ZE includes an integrated navigation system, networked and adapted for electric vehicles, Bluetooth telephony and dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlight and wiper activation. Controls for the radio, telephone and cruise control are

within easy reach without the driver needing to remove their hands from the steering wheel. When on the move, the Renault Fluence ZE is silent, with no engine noise. The cabin’s soundproofing has received special focus in order to make the most of the new environment. An audible signal and ‘GO’ light indicate the vehicle is ready to pull away from standstill. The electric motor’s peak power is 70kW at 3000rpm which is equivalent to 95hp and maximum torque is 226Nm. Torque delivery is instantaneous allowing for instant and constant acceleration throughout the power range. There is no need to shift gears.

NEW SUBARU BRZ

This is the new Subaru BRZ sports coupe powered by a 2.0-litre Horizontally-Opposed Boxer DI engine with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto and is the result of a joint

venture with Toyota, who recently announced the GT 86. The horizontally-opposed Boxer engine has been positioned as low as possible to aid the centre of gravity. In

conjunction with the lightweight chassis and use of cuttingedge materials, the Subaru BRZ has been designed with the enthusiastic driver in mind. We do not

know if Subaru intend to make it available to Irish dealers but we do know that the Subaru BRZ is scheduled to go on sale in Europe around July 2012. Fingers crossed!

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