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Wednesday, 1st August, 2012. Vol. 5, Issue 31 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email:;

Clubs rally around Dundalk FC

Volunteer Cillian heads for Guyana

By Paul Byrne & Niamh Kirk

After a season of doom and gloom at Oriel Park the last month has seen glimmers of sunshine peeping through the clouds for Dundalk FC. With the work of the Trust and ‘Save our Club’ fundraising committee it seems that the heart of famous club still beats strongly. The reaction of the people of Dundalk to calls for suppport have created a huge sense of optimism that the club’s future will be secured. Dundalk FC Community Trust had called for the teams supporters to come out in

Pictured at the launch of the fundraising match for the Save Our Club campaign that will feature a Tommy McConville selection. See page 10

force for last Thursday’s launch meeting and that call was answered as a packed Lilywhite Lounge turned up to hear the group’s vision for

the future of the Lilywhites. spoke passionately as they Trust Chairman Simon outlined their plans to make Blackmore, vice-chairman Dundalk FC strong again Des McKeown and financial controller Niall Durnin Continued on Page 11

By Niamh Kirk At 17 many young men are looking forward to a few years of student life away from parents and the prospect of more freedom. But Cillian Crosson has a different plan for the next 12 months, he is travelling to Guyana, South America volunteering to help teach some of the underprivileged children in rural areas. On August 25 Cillian, from Lambstown, Ardee, will begin his journey to the remote village of Shulinab in the Southern savannah of Guyana where the opportunities to receive an education are sparse. The people there have built a three room mud hut for him and his co-volunteer and Cillian See Page 8


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Future for Diageo workers remains unclear By Niamh Kirk

This time next year the Great Northern Brewery will have closed its doors but many of the 108 employees there are still unsure of their futures. In January this year Diageo revealed plans to centralise its operations in Dublin resulting in the closure of the Dundalk and Kilkenny breweries. However six months

after the announcement few redundancy arrangements have been made according to Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams. Deputy Adams met the workers in the Dundalk brewery to discuss the negotiations recently where he expressed his concern over the treatment of the employees there. There had been seven meetings and three trips to the Labour Relations Commission but

the terms have yet to be agreed. Mr Adams said that there was serious frustration with the conduct of the negotiations so far. “The workers in the Dundalk brewery have made a huge contribution to the commercial success of Guinness and indeed to Diageo over the years. “They have the right to be treated with respect and their contribution to what is a hugely profitable company recognised,” he said. A number of the employees have already left the company and

started with a new one while some have taken up positions within Diageo’s centralised facility in St James’s Gate, Dublin. It is expected that there will also be a number of voluntary redundancies when the brewery finally closes. During the process the Brewery is being manned by staff on short term contract. Diageo have no plans for the 166-year-old Great Northern Brewery as they are concentrating on providing support for the employees in order to prepare them for future employment opportunities.

Negotiations continue over future

Peter will not seek fourth term Peter Fitzpatrick has confirmed that he will not seek a fourth year as manager of the Louth GAA senior football team. The Fine Gael TD informed the County Board of his decision after his three year term came to an end following the All-Ireland qualifer defeat to Westmeath. The Dundalk man enjoyed a very successful spell in reaching the Leinster Final, gaining promotion to Division 2 and retaining that status this year. The Clan na Gael clubman stated that he was going against his heart in deciding to call time on his spell in charge, as he felt he had achieved all he could and that it was time to bring in a new face. “I feel I have achieved all I can at the moment for Louth football, and it would be selfish of me to stay on as manager, even though I would dearly love to. I have never been happier than

when involved in Louth football. “To me it is about making the correct decision for Louth and not succumbing to personal feelings. As a result I am of the opinion that a new manager may progress the team further and I would only be delighted to see greater success for Louth”, he continued. The former manager thanked all who had worked with him during his threeyear spell in charge, and in particular the supporters of Louth GAA. “Most of all I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to the honest and dedicated people of Louth. Quite simply, they have been an inspiration and their commitment to following the team through good and bad is an example to the rest of the country. I am now occupying a different public role while but still serving the people of Louth; nothing gives me greater pleasure”, he added.

Legal argument in drink driving case A 37-year-old Dundalk man accused of driving while under the influence of drugs had his case put back for legal submissions and a final decision to October 3. Evidence against Paul Quigley, Ontario, Newry Road was presented at Dundalk Court on Wednesday last where he also faced charges for unlawful possession of drugs and driving without insurance and driving licence and failing to produce both. Conor McGuill acting for the defendant sought a dismissal of the drug driving offence on a couple of grounds. One was how the arresting Garda came to form the opinion the defendant was incapable of driving, on how he said finding drugs on the defendant and an interview she conducted with him. The second was over the wording that ap-

peared on the medical certificate from the Medical Bureau describing finding the presence of cannabinoids in the urine sample provided by the defendant at the Garda Station. Mr. McGuill argued that it was a general drug and could be present in the human system, and was open to an innocent explanation. Insp Martin Beggy prosecuting submitted that the nature of the defendant’s driving and detecting a smell from him resulted in the Garda forming the opinion that he was under the influence of herbal cannabis. He was not arrested on the finding of cannabis alone. He also said that cannabinoids would be a regular reading on certificates. A person with cannabis should not be driving whether it was naturally occurring or otherwise. He offered to

bring a witness from the Medical Bureau. Judge Flan Brennan remarked he didn’t recall seeing it on certificates. He put the case back for the Inspector and Mr McGuill to address him further. Garda Lisa McCabe told that while on mobile patrol on October 1 2010 she observed a Toyota Carina turning left out of Bay Estate without indicating. She followed the vehicle on the Inner Relief Road as it drove very slowly and the driver kept pressing the brakes. She stopped the vehicle after a short distance. She got a smell which she believed was herbal cannabis off the defendant. She found €15 of the drug in his coat pocket which he said was for his own use. She arrested him and conveyed him to Dundalk Station where he provided a urine specimen. She also demanded

insurance and driving licence from the defendant which he failed to produce.

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St Joseph’s GFC organise hill walk to raise funds A Louth GAA club are looking to raise much needed funds by offering walkers the chance to enjoy the unique beauty of the Cooley Mountains. Dromiskin-based, St Josephs GFC, have organised the Hill Walk and Activity Day for

Sunday August 12 and are calling on all to take part in what promises to be a great day. Those signing up for the event will get a fully guided walk through one of the finest areas of the Land of Legends, with panoramic views into the Mournes, Carling-

ford Lough, out to the Isle of Man, down as far as Dublin and Wicklow. Participants will be divided into different groups to cater for various levels of fitness and speed, making this an event that will suit the experienced walker, while also being a per-

fect introduction to hill walking for those who have never done it before. The walk is suitable for all ages, from children to seniors, assuming that they have a moderate level of fitness. At the end of the walk there will also be Supervised Watersportss. There will be a barbecue and a chance to relax for a couple of hours in the peninsula on this oyster festival weekend before you are bussed back to the Joes clubrooms, where there will be top entertainment for the evening.

Buses leave St Josephs Clubrooms, Commons Cross, Dro-miskin @ 12.30pm and are due to return @ 7.30 that evening. Bus will make pick ups in Dundalk and en route, but only by prior arrangement. Walkers will need to raise a minimum of €50 in sponsorship to enter the walk/join us on the day out. Sponsorship Cards are now available from all Joes committee members or by emailing Contact Michael Kinahan 087-1257720 or St Josephs are taking to the hills

Good news for Louth VEC The Patronage for the 1000 place post primary school planned for Dundalk has gone to Louth County VEC. CEO Padriag Kirk welcomed the announcement from Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn. “I am absolutely delighted with

this news. The establishment of these new schools is the most significant development to happen in education provision in the north east for generations and it is rewarding to know that the VEC is right at the heart of it”, he stated.

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Local Railway Heritage Society

Walking tours have been arranged as part of Heritage Week

In conjunction with National Heritage Week (August 18 to 28) the Dundalk Railway Heritage Society, in co-operation with Wogan’s Furniture and Carragher and Ward have arranged a few conducted short walking tours of some of the former GNR workshops on the Ardee Road. The walking tour will take place on Saturday August 18. The society’s intention is for groups of 15/20 persons accompanied by a society guide to visit the workshops. Each visit will last 40/45 minutes and

the society have proposed the followjng schedule: 1st tour will start at 10am, second tour at 11am and the third and final tour starts at 12 noon. The foregoing will depend entirely on the response to the event and there will be a nominal charge of €5 to cover the society’s logistical costs of staging the event. The visits are open to all the society’s members and the general public. In order to formalise arrangements contact should be made with any of the following

committee members not later than Thursday August 16. The railway and associated businesses was one of the principal industries in Dundalk and its decline led to mass emigration. Des Casey, chairman of the society, says the purpose of the heritage society is to expand knowledge of the railway heritage not just of Barrack Street, but also of Dundalk Engineering Works on the Ardee Road which closed in September 1958 as a result of the assimilation of the GNR into CIE.

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Pete Treanor’s

Weekly Quiz

Sport Lar Corbett is a star Hurler with what county? Nature A hammerhead is a type of what sea creature? Radio Who referred to his listeners as Togs? Plays Who wrote a ‘A Street Car Named Desire’? Rock and pop What nationality are heavy-metal group AC/ DC? Ireland In what county are the towns of Newcastle West and Rathkeale? Politics What 20th Century president of the US grew peanuts for a living? Local Which tributary of the

Castletown River flows through Jonesborough? Nature What name is given to the tail of rabbit? Television In the BBC comedy series Open All Hours was the name of the Green Grocer Ark Wright? Stinker What is unique about Captain McMoriss in Shakesphere’s play Henry V?

—this week’s answers—

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Volunteer Cillian heads for Guyana By Niamh Kirk

At 17 many young men are looking forward to a few years of student life away from parents and the prospect of more freedom. But Cillian Crosson has a different plan for the next 12 months, he is travelling to Guyana, South America volunteering to help teach some of the underprivileged children in rural areas. On August 25 Cillian, from Lambstown, Ardee, will being his journey to the remote village of Shulinab in the Southern savannah of Guyana where the opportunities to receive

an education are sparse. The people there have built a three room mud hut for him and his co-volunteer and Cillian is relishing in the opportunity to remove himself from the technology saturated western world. “It’s one of the reasons I chose to go to Guyana over some of the other countries. The remoteness, with no phone, no internet would be a better experience for me. I think I’ll get more out of experiencing that than if I went somewhere more similar to what I’m used to”, said Cillian, a former De La Salle pupil who plays with John Mitchels GFC

and Dundalk RFC. It will be tough on his family and friends too as there are almost no facilities for Cillian to contact home as there is no telephone link and no postal service and he will be almost oblivious to what is happening in the wider world as there is no media, newspapers or even Guyanese radio. But he will certainly be busy as Cillian will spend the year teaching 180 thirteen-year-old students English, Maths, Science and Social Studies. Cillian is holding a fundraisers to help support the ongoing education of

the Amerindian children. A table quiz will take place on Thursday August 2 in Cluskey’s pub, Duffy’s Cross and he is hosting a big South American Themed party night in Oriel Park. The night will also include a jumbo raffle which every entrance ticket from the night will automatically be entered into. Cillian has also set up a trust account where funds can be donated. Name: Cillian Crosson, Bank of Ireland, Sort Code 90-31-62 A/C no 94816843 or visit www. virginmoneygiving. com search for “Cillian Crosson”

Cillian Crosson.

More detail needed on PayPal jobs The CEO of Co. Louth VEC, Dr. Pádraig Kirk, has said that more information should be provided by PayPal in Dundalk to allow local education and training authorities to put effective measures in place to address any skills deficits that might exist. PayPal recently announced plans to establish a new European Operations

Centre in Dundalk, with the assistance of IDA Ireland. The investment project is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs by 2015 with some sixty people already started work at the plant at the Xerox Technology Campus on the Dublin Road. More than 200 employees are expected to be employed at the site by the end of this year.

Louise Phelan, Vice President of PayPal’s global operations, recently commented that a lack of job applicants with a second language could mean the company will be forced to look abroad for staff. Reacting to Ms Phelan’s comments the CEO stated that the VEC has the capacity to provide courses for job seekers and is anxious to work

with companies like PayPal in training or up-skilling local people to help make them eligible to compete for these kind of jobs. “ Once we have an idea of the number of jobs available in particular skills areas, the languages involved and the level of fluency required we could have courses up and running promptly. “I have already spoken

with Ms. Phelan and hope to meet with her soon to assess the situation in more detail”. However, the CEO cautioned that, “it would be a tall order to expect anyone to learn a foreign language to a high degree of competency in a short space of time; a lot will depend on the level of fluency required. Native speakers would obviously have a distinct advantage”.

1 Tipperary; 2 Shark; 3 Terry Wogan – Terry’s Old Geezers; 4 Tennesse Williams; 5 Australian; 6 Limerick; 7 Jimmy Carter; 8 The Flurry River; 9 Scutt; 10 Albert; Stinker: Shakespeare’s only Irish character.

GAA Cul Camp in Roche Emmets GFC

an, McKay, Brogan Kelly, Dylan Keen Niamh Kirk and Lisa Fee with Jack Rice-Martin

Mikey McCourt and Josh Kane Gorham and Mark Litchfield

Cillian Carroll, Cillian McCoy and Caoilean Dowling

Sarah McArdle ne, Isobel Reilly, AIne Murphy and Claire McDonald, Rebecca Gree Cillian Murphy and Matthew McArdle

Mark Byrne and Andrew McKay

Gerry Carroll, Liam Dawe and Paul Hamill

James McArdle in action

Cooley Mountains‘Bed Push’ for Crumlin hospital The Frances Gribben Cancer Trust is organising a Mountain Bed Push over the Cooley Mountains in Carlingford to raise funds for The ‘Fix Crumlin’ Appeal. This event is taking place on Sunday August 5 which is a Bank Holiday weekend. We will be meeting in Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant at 11:45 and The Bed Push will be commencing at 12:30. Oliver O’Shaugh-nessy who is one of the main organisers of the event says he wanted to help the ‘Fix Crumlin’ appeal after seeing at first hand the amazing work they do. “Our six year old boy


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The Bed Push takes place this weekend

Daniel is an outpatient in Crumlin and the staff up there have been absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately though the building is falling down around them and they need to raise €8 million to help raise funds for the renovation of the cardiac and cancer care facilities “ Daniel suffers from severe aplastic anaemia which means his bonemarrow is unable to produce red and white blood cells. Ollie’s wife Deirdre is caring for Daniel at home having got trained up in Crumlin on how to change Daniel’s bandages and help keep him

Man on oil laundering charge


A second man who is from Dublin appeared before Dundalk Court on Thursday last following e ethe discovery of an oil laundering oplant in North Louth in January ylast that was alleged to be capable aof laundering 12 million litres of fuel annually and causing a €6m eloss per annum to the exchequer. y David McGarry of Killnarden Estate, Tallaght faces a similar

charge to Pat Conway (35) of Coolderry Road, Crossmaglen who has appeared before the court a number of times. Both men are charged with removing or attempting to remove a prescribed marker, solvent yellow 124 from mineral oil at Courtbane, Hackballscross on January 25 last. It is anticipated that the case will be dealt with on indictment in the

circuit court. Their solicitor Mr. Frank McDonnell said both were served with a book of documents that morning, and the case could go back by consent to September 6th. Judge Flan Brennan remanded both men on bail to that date. He granted legal aid to McGarry and assigned Mr McDonnell to represent.

comfortable. Ollie estimates the bed push across the Cooley mountains will take approximately three and a half hours and he encourages people to come along and join the walk. “We will be arriving in Carlingford at approximately 6:30 and there is a Courtesy Bus organised to take everyone back to Fitzpatrick’s for entertainment and craic in the Bar. There will also be a raffle in the bar for everybody who donated and I would like to thank everybody who has donated prizes for the evening” added Oliver. Anyone who wishes to participate in this Bed

Push and walk over the mountain to Carlingford is more than welcome. All support is greatly appreciated and Oliver hopes to see some friendly faces to support this worthy charity, and enjoy the day’s events. Anybody who would like to donate to Oliver can contact him at 0876217363. Further details can be found on the ‘Frances Gribben Cancer Trust’ Facebook page. For donations direct to bank account the details are: Frances Gribben Cancer Trust, account number 87193488, sort code 99 06 14, Permanent TSB, Clanbrassil St, Dundalk.


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Young Irelands Lotto

There was no winner of this weeks Dundalk Young Irelands GFC Lotto draw (Week 11 - 24/07/2012), which had a jackpot of €11,800. The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 18 & 27. Kevin Keelan matched 3 numbers and wins €150. Next weeks Jackpot will be €11,950 and tickets can be purchased from committee members. Juvenile Training: What is your child doing this summer? Dundalk Young Irelands GFC U-7 to U-13 training takes place every Monday evening at 7pm in Pairc Eire Og. For more information contact John Laverty 086-8558614.


Walk for Heritage Week Anyone wishing to celebrate Heritage Week can take part in two walks that are being organised in the Cooley Peninsula. A Road Walk will take place on Sunday August leaving the Sportsmans at 11am, taking in Mount Pleasant House (John Mac Neill Engineer), the Proleek Dolmen and other sites on route. Adults €10 children free, to include light picnic lunch.

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Poc Fada competition takes place on Saturday By Paul Byrne

TIPPERARY goalkeeper Brendan Cummins and Waterford’s Patricia Jackman will be hoping to defend their All Ireland titles when they return to Annaverna for the M Donnelly Poc Fada final on Saturday. Brendan will be aiming to capture his sixth All Ireland title (One shy of Ger Cunningham’s record of seven) while Patricia will be looking to make it four in a row in the ladies section. The Poc Fada began over 50 years ago on the

named as The All Ireland Poc Fada Championships. Competitors must puck a sliotar with a hurley (they may lift and strike or hit the ball from the hand). They play to the top of Carn an Mhadaidh and after a short break continue back down to finish in Aghameen. The whole course measures over 5 Km. An Corn Cuailgne (“The Cooley Cup”) is awarded to the player who takes the lowest number of pucks. Ties are broken by The scene at the 2011 Poc Fada the distance by which the Annaverna mountain with winner of the event in event was opened up to player’s last puck crosses Dundalk’s Damien Callan 1960. competitors all over the the finish line. The concept of the becoming the first ever The following year the country and officially

Open Door project draws huge crowds

competition originates in the Irish legend of “Táin Bó Cuailgne” when Cúchulainn, who as the boy Setanta set out from his home to the King’s court at Emhain Macha hitting his sliotar before him and running ahead to catch it. This year competition will see twelve men, seven women and four U16s battle it out in their sections. This event will begin at 12pm this Saturday August 4 on the Annaverna mountains. Anybody who plans to attend are advised to dress suitably for the mountain as weather conditions can vary.

A Mountain Walk will take place on Sunday 26, leaving Dulargy School, Ravensdale, at 11am, taking in the Sweat Houses, Lissachiggle stone enclosure, Leaba Paragasta a large bedshaped stone – Cuchullain’s Bed (in Folklore). This year’s ‘Beyond The visit concluded The Hall Door’ in conwith a water spraying Adults €10 to junction with Dundalk competition for the children were they had to include Light picnic Tidy Towns completed knock bottles of water lunch. Guide, music the planned programme off traffic cones using on the mountain which proved to be a an operating fire hose. and €5 donation huge success. The list of events on They had great fun and Dundalk FC will play a Tommy to Temple St the programme included the adults would have McConville selection of locally based Childrens hospital. visits to Dundalk Garda loved to join in. players in aid of the Save Our Club Station, the Old Gaol, The organisers are campaign on Sunday August 5 with a kick Courthourse, St Nicholas deeply indebted to DavChurch and Graveyard id, Mark and Brendan off time of 3pm (Please note new time). (Green Church), Aiken who volunteered their This game will be followed by Project Army Barracks, Duntime to act as guides and Oriel, another fundraiser aimed to help dalk Waste Water Treat- The Open Door project visiting the Old Gaol who demonstrated all the ensure that Dundalk FC will be here in the ment Plant and Dundalk equipment because duty immediate and long term future. Bellurgan Park Fire Station. This year’s tour of nity for the children to The group then re- officers could not leave Dundalk FC legend Tommy McConville will play host to a A trip to the Redemptheir station. 12 hour mountain torist Secret Garden was Dundalk Fire Station get on board the various ceived a demonstration has spent the past week selecting the best They would also like bike race over the also planned but due to was definitely the high- fire engines that were not of the lifting platform to thank all the tour local amateur talent in the area and is giving light. Over 50 people in- on duty including the which can go as high as coming Bank holiday bad weather on the day cluding 25 children were 1034 Merry Weather. the roof of the Crowne guides for their time and these lads a great opportunity to showcase weekend. The Annual is has been rescheduled knowledge over the last their talents in Oriel Park against the treated to a spectacular All of the units were Plaza Hotel. Bull Raid, a race for a later date. tour which included the made available to use The visit proceeded two months,with special Airtricity League Premier Division side. Last year it was control room with op- with the exception of to the regional training thanks to Sgt. Eugene designed for mountain Tickets for the game are just €5 and bikers of all levels to Aiken Army Barracks portunities to try on the two units that were centre with the full range Collins, Dundalk Garda with Project Oriel €10, it is lined up to be competitive and that caught the public’s the equipment for both rostered for call-outs. In of all the obstacles that Station; Kay Webster, be a Super Sunday on this August Bank imagination to such an Old Gaol; St. Ricco Lucfun, will take place this young and old. The next the middle of the tour an fire personnel are likely extent that the organis- step was demonstrations emergency call came in to encounter in a real chesi, Aiken Army Bar- Holiday weekend so be sure and get tickets Saturday August 4. Solo riders and ers got so many requests of breathing equipment and the tour had an op- life emergency includ- racks; Hugh Clarke in fast as they are sure to sell fast. after the first tour, they and all the various types portunity to see at first ing burning buildings, Dundalk Court House; The match officials for the game will be mixed teams race for organised a second tour of cutting and hydrolic hand the speed and ef- blacked out stairways, Rev. Sandra Pragnell, supplied by Denis McArdle. 12 hours non-stop that was attended by gear. ficiency of their exit to lifts, tunnels, use of St. Nicholas Church and over an 11.2 kilometer over 40 people. Next was an opportudeal with the problem. breathing equipment etc. Graveyard. course – winners are the racers who have completed the most laps in the allotted time. Cuchulainn cycling Road, the Proleek Dolmen and All the funds raised will be The art classes are an Active SVP, Modern Fashion, BOI, By Niamh Kirk club have their home Ravensdale. reinvested in the art class and Retirement interest and are AIB, Riva Earl St. Imperial in Bellurgan Park The art class in St Oliver’s Not only will the paintings also in other activities in St known to foster self worth and Hotel , Pulse – Pacemaker, and the purpose Hospital Dundalk are using feature in the calendar but the Oliver’s. The benefits of art dignity in those who participate Carroll’s Bookshop and built circuit through their talents to raise funds to original paintings will be placed classes as a form of therapy as well as offering a sense Catwalk, art and the Dublin Tippings Wood and keep their classes going by in a number of businesses in and recovery from illness are achievement. The staff at St St picture framers who are Cooley is one of the making a calendar featuring Dundalk Town Centre to make well established. They have Oliver’s are keen to ensure that framing all the images for the best mountain biking works they have created. up an Art Trail. been long used on occupational the classes and other activities artists). areas in the Country. The residents selected some The group have an annual therapy, rehabilitative and like them are maintained. The Art Trail will begin The 12 hours long of the most striking images of exhibition of their work but this preventative programs and St The calendars are available on August 15 and continue race will kick off at Dundalk and its hinterland departure gives the class and Olivers has seen the benefits of from the outlets that are until August 25, however the 7.30 am on Saturday for their paintings including its students a new platform to the classes since they began a featuring the original paintings calendars will be on sale until morning. Blackrock’s beach, Castle display their work. number of years ago. (Ozone, J Woods, Gift and Art, the new year.

McConville selection to play in fundraiser

The Bull Raid 2012

St Oliver’s fund art classes with calendar

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Suspended sentence Dark Knight Rises surprise for Na Piarsaigh for series of offences

A 42-year-old Dundalk man who admitted  a series of offences in  December   was  given  a  nine months  suspended sentence  in  respect of  the theft of  a bottle of whiskey  from Lidl  on  the Avenue Road. Judge Flann Brennan  took the  other charges  into consideration which included  begging  where he  banged on the windows of cars  putting occupants  in fear leaving  Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. He placed Simon Maguire Woodland Park under a probation bond for nine months.  The case was adjourned for a probation report after the evidence was outlined at a sitting of the court in

By Niamh Kirk

March last. The Judge remarked it was a very positive report, and that the defendant knew if he drank he would get into trouble. It was a considerable achievement for him to avoid trouble and alcohol for what was a brief enough period. Maguire also admitted further public order offences on another date in December at Greenacres, and failing to appear at the court in January. It was stated all the offences and his 70 previous convictions resulted from Maguire being under the influence of drink. He hadn’t drunk for three months and his brother also had come to his aid and was helping him.

The Open Door project visits Dundalk Garda Station

Optimism around Oriel Park

Continued from Page 1 and help them’ compete at the highest levels’ “We are looking for a membership core to join us to give us a mandate to provide us with strength in numbers to give us some sort of real supporters representation in the club.” explained the chairman of the Trust. “A number of people have said to me that a supporters-run club cannot work. I don’t agree with them at all. I think this is the way of the future and there’s nothing to be afraid of. “The large turnout at the meeting shows just how important this club is to everybody. We are looking for strong membership ethos to encourage active involvement of members in the club.” concluded Blackmore. “The night also featured a passionate speech from Sean O’Connell of the successful Cork City Foras model, who urged Dundalk supporters to get behind their club. “I don’t believe that the people of Dundalk cannot run a football club. Anybody who says that doesn’t know football. Think of the collective expertise in this room. “Think of the amount of football matches you have attended over the years. Are you trying to tell me that you cannot join together and run a football club better than one individual? I highly doubt that. “Who owns a football club? You own this football club and have no doubt about it. Nobody owns Dundalk Football Club except for the football people of Dundalk. I wish you every success in saving your club” There was a real air of optimism in

the room as the large attendance offered suggestions and ideas to help save their club. It is not only Dundalk FC Supporters who are getting behind the effort to save the Lilywhites as a number of supporters clubs from around Ireland have taken on with helping to club to raise funds. It all began with Shamrock Rovers fans many of whom decided to pay extra for entry to their fixture and match programmes in Oriel Park on July 13. “That got the ball rolling” said Dean Arrownsmith from Dundalk FC. The next indication that Dundalk’s plight was not going unnoticed by the fans of their competitors came when Derry supporter Hugh Curran arrived to their match with a massive “Save Dundalk DC” banner which Mr Arrowsmith, the club’s promoter, said was a “really nice touch and it really helped get the other clubs on the campaign.” And the efforts are gaining momentum. The League of Ireland Blog has been committed to the Save Dundalk cause. They have helped promote every raffle, fundraising matches and have recently ramped up their efforts with the reporters from the blog donating personally and encouraging LOI followers to donate to the cause too. They are offering to help supporters from around the country to donate too. St Patricks Athletic supporters have also reached out to the Lilywhites and a match between the two supporters clubs is taking place on Saturday September 1 which RTE’s Monday Night Soccer will attend.

It is the movie phenomenon of the summer and some lucky Batman fans got to see the Dark Knight Rises at a private viewing in Dundalk IMC. Na Piarsaigh CPG took the opportunity of the highly anticipated release to show

their appreciation for the 100 young people involved in the club by brining them to a private screening of the summer blockbuster. All the underage boys and girls teams were invited as well as the minors and under10s up to under-16s. They were accompanied by mentors

from the club, some of whom the youngsters remarked were possibly more excited about seeing the movie than them. The parents of those who attended were delighted their children got to have such a rare experience. One parent noting that it was a welcome and unexpect-


ed treat for the kids. The club continues to achieve its ambitions of providing training and promotion of the health benefits of participation in sport irrespective of age, gender or abilities. They would like to hear from anyone interested in joining.


Festival of Lughnasadh 2012 Dundalk Leader 1st August 2012

To była fantastyczna i bardzo kolorowa noc. Hawajskie party w Shamrock Pub, w ubiegły (ostatni w miesiącu) piątek okazał się doskonałą alternatywą dla Polskich Wieczorów Klubowych. Letnie sukienki w słonecznych barwach, wzorzyste krótkie spodnie, koszule w wesołe, kolorowe nadruki, słomkowe kapelusze, okulary przeciwsłoneczne i... kwiaty! Kwiaty we włosach, na szyjach, na nadgarstkach, kostkach - żółte, czerwone, pomarańczowe, różowe, a nawet zielone i niebieskie - we wszystkich kolorach tęczy. Cel został osiągnięty - ponieważ kolory zwracały na siebie uwagę od wejścia, dodając słonecznego i wakacyjnego imagu. Mimo, że za oknem w piątek wiatr i zaledwie 15 stopni, u nas było gorąco jak na Hawajach, 40 stopni w cieniu ;) uśmiechy i pogodne nastroje jak na urlopie. Wieczór rozpoczęliśmy tradycyjnie o 20:00, choc tym razem o 20tej na miejscu byli tylko nasi najwierniejsi fani. Oczywiście w pełnej gotowości. Irlandczycy, których przy shamrockowym barze było więcej niż zwykle (pewnie za sprawą inauguracji Letniej Olimpiady w Londynie) kiwali do nas i pozdrawiali nas, pozytywnie komentując stroje i nasze poczucie humoru. Co było dla nas przesympatycznym akcentem. Imprezka jak zwykle wspaniała. Kochani Goście nocy w Shamrocku jako koordynator Polskich Wieczorów Klubowych jestem zachwycona Waszym entuzjazmem, lojalnością wobec naszych wieczorów, luzem i pogodnym, przyjaznym nastrojem, jaki tam panuje, a przede wszystkim kreatywnością, pomysłowością jeśli chodzi o pomysły na wspólne spotkania i wspólna zabawę i poczuciem humoru, a dzięki temu także radością i przyjazną atmosferą jaki panuje przy naszym wspólnym ogromnym stole. Dziękuje Wam za to z całego serca, w imieniu Simul Polonia i własnym. A kolejny wieczór wyjątkowo (z przyczyn technicznych) w piątek 7 września. Wszystkich miłośników klimatów żołnierskich, amatorów wspólnego śpiewania do dźwięku gitar oraz fanów piosenki żołnierskiej zapraszamy na letni przegląd piosenki żołnierskiej “Kołobrzeg w Dundalku 2012” Zapraszamy też reprezentację miasta Kołobrzeg, bo przecież w Dundalku jest Was całkiem spora grupa :) Wszystkie szczegóły dotyczące Shamrocku i innych naszych projektów znajdziecie na również galerie zdjęc z ostatniej shamrockowej nocy. Specjalne podziękowania dla Klubu Fotograficznego, który stawił się w Shamrock Pub w pełnym składzie i to wraz z osobami towarzyszącymi dzięki wielkie! I uśmiechamy się o Wasze zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam gorąco - Agnieszka Boniewicz

The festival of Lughnasadh was one of the four great festival celebrations of the ancient Irish. It was a time to celebrate the harvest and enjoy the fruits of the year’s work. On Sunday August 12, a celebration of this festival will take place in Ravensdale with a fun filled day of

harvest themed events for the whole family to enjoy. The Lughnasadh Festival will be held at An Cuige, which is located in Ravensdale Village, opposite the Old Post Office, from 2pm onwards. The aim of the Lughnasadh festival is to celebrate the harvest of the gifts of the land and the gifts of everyone in the

community. The day’s events will include a guided walk through the Celtic Year Garden, children’s garden crafts, storytelling, poetry,circle dances, and a dream sharing space for dreams achieved and those yet to be realised. At 6pm, a Ritual Celebration of Lughnasadh will be held followed by a shared

evening meal and ceol agus craic around the bonfire. This event is being organised on a voluntary basis and there is no cover charge, but please donate what you can on arrival to help cover costs. Parking will be limited so car pool if possible or use public transport. Everyone is welcome to at-

Co Louth couple claim €2m jackpot The champagne was flowed on July 18 at National Lottery offices as a couple from Co. Louth claimed their €2 million jackpot prize from the 23 June draw. There had been much speculation as if it had been claimed and who had won in the weeks after the Saturday night draw but the lucky couple remained unaware they were millionaires until they checked their ticket on Monday July 16. The couple said that the winning ticket had been resting in a drawer for the last few weeks. The winning ticket was a €4 quick pick which was bought on the day of the draw at Mace on Carrick Road. The couple, who wish their win to remain private, are regular Lotto players and claim to be ‘lucky’, having won a few Euro in the past. National Lottery good causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games, with about one third of all sales going to fund charitable and sports projects around the country. Since the National Lottery was launched, over €4 billion has been raised for good causes.

GAA Cul Camp in Roche Emmets GFC

an, Mikey McCourt McKay, Brogan Kelly, Dylan Keen Niamh Kirk and Lisa Fee with Jack n and Josh Rice-Marti

Rachel McKay and Anna McArdle

Owen Johnstone and Ciaran Kilkenny

Kane Gorham and Mark Litchfield

tend some or all of the events and if staying for the shared meal, please bring cold food and/or drinks to share. There will also be a “Great Giveaway” so bring something you would like to give away and in exchange take home something you would like to keep. Contact 042-9371901 or email

Participants line up for a drill James McDonald has a shot at goal

James McDonald

Conor Litchfield and James Corcoran

DkIT and Louth look to JJB site for new pitch Dundalk Leader 1st August 2012

The location of Louth GAA’s new county ground could be moved slightly from the current DkIT campus to a site on the Inner Relief Road. The proposed switch came to light at the County Board meeting in Louth Village on Monday night after it was revealed that DkIT are in negotiations to purchase the JJB soc-

cer dome. There are also plans to purchase the adjoining five acres of land owned by Dundalk Town Council. The plan would be for the college to incorporate their planned sports science facility within the existing building and to develop the new county ground on the land. The new location would

be only a matter of a couple of hundred yards from the original site and would not require any more then the €1.5m required from Louth County Board. It is planned for Louth County Board and DkIT to meet with Town Councillors in September to discuss the purchase of land but it is understood that already a number of

Fire Station Tour

Children line up to have a turn with the water hose as part of the Open Door project in Dundalk

Threatened staff at disco A 21-year-old man who was involved in an incident with staff at a disco to which Gardai were called, was sentenced to four months in jail. But Judge Flan Brennan said he would as an alternative allow Sean Ward of Oldbridge, Toberona do 100 hours community service, and put charges back to November 28th to seek a report on his suitability. The defendant was prosecuted with three counts under the Public Order Act for being intoxicated, threatening, abusive and insulting

behaviour and failing to comply with a member of the Garda on June 29. Garda Inspector Martin Beggy said on that date Gardai was called to Market Square where the defendant threatened staff at a disco. The defendant was asked to leave the area and refused and became abusive to the Gardai. He had previous convictions. Solicitor Dermot Lavery offered an apology on behalf of the defendant to the court and everybody involved.

Dundalk Cricket Club on RTE radio RTE1’s John Murray Show will be recording the ‘Underdogs’ part of their programme at Dundalk Cricket Club’s ground today (Wednesday August 1) at 5pm. The coach of the

Irish Cricket Team Phil Simmons will also be in attendance. The Cricket club has been gathering momentum trough on pitch successes and local support as well as interacting in the

national cricketing community. The club hope it will be a great opportunity to publicise Dundalk Cricket Club and Cricket in Louth on the national stage and everyone is invited to attend.

councilors will look favourably on the project. Meanwhile, a sub-committee has been formed to oversee the appointment of a new manager in succession to Peter Fitzpatrick. The committee comprises, Padraic O’Connor, Des Halpenny, Declan Byrne and Barry Cullen, and clubs have been asked

to submit nominations by the weekend of August 10th. The committee, who can also nominate candidates, will then begin the process of drawing up a shortlist of interested parties from that list. County PRO Ronan Lynch stated that while there was no deadline for the appointment of the

new manager, it is hoped to have the individual in place as soon as possible. A number of names have already been linked with the vacancy, with former selector, Peter McDonnell emerging as the early favourite. The Armagh man was instrumental in helping the county reach the Leinster Final and is understood to


be highly respected by the players. Colin Kelly, who led Louth to this year’s Leinster U-21 Championship Final, is another leading candidate, while a number of clubs look certain to put forward the name of Fergal Reel who led St Patricks to the Senior Championship title in 2011.


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St Nicholas Avenue’s 75th Birthday in Clan na Gael

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Local drummer making waves across Europe


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By Niamh Kirk

Rock group On/Off, featuring Dundalk drummer Stevie Ten Bears, released their live video “Waiting on You” on Youtube this week and racked up more than 800 hits in under 12 hours. And the lads are likely to continue on their upward trajectory as their album A Common Misconception is to be released soon and is already highly anticipated. Comments from listeners to the album’s debut single were overwhelmingly positive following Monday’s online launch. “Great tune lads, when are you releasing your album and where can I get it... I can see this band going very far” wrote one fan. “Video is rocking, just watched it twice, I think it’s the new sound everybody is waiting for, love it, please more music, album is going to be something special can’t wait” Capturing the essence of rock and roll OnOff

Family Notices

In Memoriam Announcements , Anniversaries, Birthday Remembrances, Thanksgivings & Acknowledgements. Novena



In loving memory of the reposed souls of Owen & Kitty Farrell and son Peter, formerly of 5 Marion Park, Dundalk. Anniversary mass in Redeemer Church 4th August @ 7.30pm.

On/Off are taking Europe by storm

have been making waves in Europe for some time , having sold more than 70,000 copies of their debut album Don’t Take Our word for it. Such is their popularity on the continent they have already appeared on the front cover of two of Germanys most popular music magazines Stardust and OX. Hopes are that the bands second album will be as successful as their first. They shied away from the traditions of the music industry as the band

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Enjoying the St Nicholas Avenue 75th celebrations in Clan na Gael


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The Carlingford Oyster Festival Carlingford Oyster Festival is looking forward to a lively weekend of fun for all the family with free bouncing castles, street magic, festival funfair, live music and colourful street markets. The 12 chosen Pearl Girls’ will be amidst the fun and participating within the festival activities, creating a buzz as and dressing to impress right up to the finale night in the Four

Seasons Hotel where the Oyster Pearl 2012 will be crowned, receiving €1000 cash, one years’ membership in the Four Seasons Hotel Carlingford and a beautiful pearl necklace. Local eateries will be offering festival fish dishes and of course the fresh Carlingford Oysters. So don’t miss the annual oyster opening competition on Sunday night where the local

chefs will be out with their knives followed by the official the crowning of the Pearl where plenty of kleenex will be present as high scores will go to the girl who uses the least amount to remove her make up and discover the hidden pearl. The place will alive with music from The Long Riders and a light supper will be served. James Griffin, Keenan Copas and DJ Griffin

Music Round The Square Music Round the Square continues this week with a concert by sisters Tara and Sadhbh Moran. One a flutist and other a violinist the duo are celebrated for their joyful and lyrical performances of some of the best loved classical music. The Music Round the Square is proving to be

very popular following Keenan Copas’s concert in the sun last Friday. The series of concerts organised by Dundalk Town Council offers a platform for young local musicians to perform in public in a relaxed and supportive environment. It also offers a vision for Market Square’s potential to evolve into a

Store Wars for LSPCA

Making the most of the coming bank holiday weekend revellers are being treated to a jam packed night of music in the Spirit Store all to raise funds for the Louth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals. Store Wars, will feature fourteen DJs over three stages kicking off at 5pm on Friday. Over the past few years The Spirit Store has played host to the micro festivals which offer local DJ’s the chance to showcase their skills. They encourage the local pub goers to broaden their understanding of what it is to be a DJ as each stage will be different with everything from Jungle and techno, to northern rock and soul being spun on the turntables. All proceeds raised on the day go to the LSPCA who are raising funds for a new kennel they have opened in Dundalk.

hub of cultural activity. The serices will continue every Friday throughout August with next Friday’s August 10 performance coming from Ceoltóiri Lú, who is curated by the renowned producers of the St Patricks Even Concerts. The group are comprised of some of the county’s most talented tra-

ditional musicians. After them The Magic Flutes, a vibrant and quirky ensemble of three flutists, who play unique renditions of Vivaldi, Handel, and other well known composers. All concerts start at 1.00. pm every Friday with the final performance on August 24.


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Project Oriel—Save Our Club

Some of the most prominent artist’s from Dundalk’s impressive music scene have been galvanized by the efforts to save Dundalk FC and are lending their support to the Save Our Club campaign. A truly stellar local line up of Jinx Lennon, The Trampz, The Malarkeys and The Curtain Thieve are all performing in a fundraising gig at the Oriel Youth Centre on Sunday August 5 at 8pm. Often the music that inspires the most has its foundations close to home and this line-up of some of Dundalk’s most active bands should help promote the importance of supporting the local institutions. With Jinx’s well honed reputation for generating understanding about ‘big issues’ by bringing them down to earth and making them entertaining, bolstered by The Trampz ‘impossible-not-to dance’ fun and funky sound, should see even those with only a passing interest in football, dig deep to help ‘Save Our Club’. Killian Walsh, organiser of Project Oriel said

Top: The Trampz and inset: Jinx Lennon who are supporting the Save Our Club campaign

“this will be the first of many events we will be organising and hope to work with the newly formed fan owned management of Dundalk FC. We want to try and be part of the new setup and help contribute to keeping the club financially stable by pitching in with fundraising music events throughout the year.” The Lilywhites’ grounds will be hive of

activity throughout the day as right after a fundraising match featuring some of Dundalk’s finest footballers kicks off at 5pm. The ticket price for the match is €5 but €10 to attend both the match and the concert. There are a limited amount of tickets for the concert to pick them early to avoid disappointment. The Tickets are avail-

able from the TCCM Office, Market Square, Oriel Park, Peadars Bar, The Deli Store, Kennedys Bar, Brubakers, The Works Blade FX For a listings of all the events included in the Save Our Club Campaign see http://www.facebook. com/ProjectOrielSaveOurClub, or follow @ SaveDundalkFC or # saveourclub on twitter.



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At this location the footpath is at least twice the width required, more than 6 metres or 22 feet wide. The cycle lane could have been installed on the outer edge of this pavement without affecting any vehicular traffic. Here again a two lane access road was halved; the left turn from Castle Street onto Seatown Place was reduced from a double lane to a single lane. And yet again a traffic calming ramp was installed on the mouth of a junction. This did not happen at the junction of Tom Bellew Avenue and the Inner Relief Road. The first ramp was installed recently about 50 feet from the junction thus allowing traffic to approach it straight on.

Dear Editor,

I would like to comment via your Letters to the Editor page, on the recent outcry about the Cycle Lanes recently installed around the town.

I believe the very fact that the “Smarter Travel Scheme” turned down the proposal for funding should have opened the eyes of those promoting these cycle lanes. If we just take a look at the Stapleton Place scenario first. This is an arterial route servicing at least three towns; Ardee, Carrickmacross and Castleblayney. Not to mention Louth Village, Inniskeen, Knockbridge etc. A lot of the traffic heading to these areas from the south and or eastern areas of town would access this route. For a two lane road to be halved and then be expected to cater for the same volume of traffic is ludicrous to say the least. Little wonder that the emergency services have difficulty reaching people in need of help.

To force students of the Grammar School onto the N52, Dundalk to Ardee Road, to access their school while bypassing the main gate is asking for disaster. In my opinion the students have a


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right under health and safety legislation to be allowed onto the school campus at

the earliest opportunity. Why was the very wide footpath along Jocelyn

Street and Seatown Place, not used to facilitate the cycle lane?

Chapel Street has for years been a problem for two way traffic flow. An opportunity was lost to regulate the flow and designate this street as a one way system for its full length. In the middle of this narrow street at Wrightsons Lane, good manners from drivers have meant there have been few if any collisions. Why was this street, not made one way in a Northerly direction? The remedial works at the junction with Yorke Street

has only served to confuse motorists and pedestrians alike. Can a car now drive westwards up Yorke Street towards Clanbrassil Street from Chapel Street or not? Is the east end of Yorke Street now a one way system eastwards? Can you verify that at a council meeting it was stated “Chapel Street was too narrow to be a one way street”? But it is still designated as a two way street. If a majority of students had been cycling to school, there may have been a need for these cycle lanes. But since the vast majority of students have to carry school bags that are too heavy to be carried safely on bicycles by young people, I believe this was a very poorly researched project. If lives are lost or injuries suffered because of it, how will the proposers face the victim’s families? A colleague of mine recently remarked, “Cyclists pay no road insurance, no road tax, no heed to traffic lights and no heed to one way streets. Yours Sincerely, Páiric Duffy 14 Belfry Gardens, St. Alphonsus Road, Dundalk.

in Brief 2012 Irish Wakeboard event

Lough Muckno Waterski & Wakeboard Club, C a s t l e b l a y n e y, proudly host the “2012 Irish National Wakeboard Championship” next weekend Saturday August 4 and Sunday August 5 when 48 of Irelands best wakeboard ri’ders from across the country will compete for the honours. The event is free to spectators and there are huge viewing decks and boardwalks with ample space for all your friends and family. The Irish team selectors will be lakeside to finalise the squad to compete in the forthcoming European Championships in Ukraine.


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The new model promises lower CO2 emissions and better fuel economy whilst retaining the 2.0 iVTEC petrol engine and the 2.2 i-DTEC diesel. There was talk of small capacity diesel but this has not been confirmed at this point. The petrol six-speed manual engine will feature idle-stop technology and have Eco Assist and ECON Mode as standard, which helps contribute to 10 per cent lower CO2 emissions when compared with the current model, which means a fall to 153 g/ km and 175 g/km for the five-speed auto. Honda have changed the four-wheel drive

system from the hydraulically activated “dual-pump” system of the third generation CR-V, to an electronically activated system that provides a faster response when a loss of traction is detected. It also reduces weight by 17 per cent and minimizes internal friction by 59 per cent. The new CR-V is 30mm lower than the current model and 5mm shorter but the interior space pretty much remains the same, although there is more room between the front seats and the hip height has been reduced to allow easier access. The boot

capacity has been increased by 148 litres to 1648 litres and with the seats folded up; the boot capacity is 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make access easier. The tailgate now has the option of being powered plus there is the option of a keyless entry system. There has been attention to sound deadening as well – with doors that have double seals and enhanced sound absorption material has been fitted to the rear door, rear wheel arches, door frames,

front bulkhead and bonnet. The CR-V will feature a number of key safety features to the range including Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system (MA-EPS), Real Time all-wheel drive with Intelligent Control System, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC), Advanced Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which are new to the CR-V.

km of CO2. If you prefer a 2.0 litre petrol engine then the 200PS TSI engine is quicker with a 0-100 kph of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 224 kph with

CO2 emissions of 175 g/km. There is a choice of either six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearboxes for either model.


There are two new versions of the Volkswagen Beetle, VW have introduced a 2.0-litre 140 PS TDI turbodiesel engine and a 2.0-litre 200 PS TSI turbocharged

petrol engine. The 2.0 litre 140PS TDI diesel engine can propel the Beetle from 0-100 kph in 9.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 198 kph and emits 129 g/


Dundalk Leader 1st August 2012


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