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By Niamh Kirk

A LOCAL family are celebrating an early Christmas present after a young boy emerged unscathed following a freak festive accident. The boy was out shopping with family members when he fell from an escalator in the Penneys shop in the Marshes. Shocked onlookers feared the boy had been seriously hurt in the fall, but fortunately he was uninjured, although somewhat shaken, by the incident. It is understood the boy was climbing on the outerside of the escalators leading to the first floor when he fell. Staff, shoppers and family reacted quickly in coming to his aid. Emergency services at-

tended the scene and the boy was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital but he did not suffer any serious injury. One shopper who was in Penneys at the time of the accident described what she saw. “I was just after coming from the till when I heard screaming and people running to the balcony. “Somebody said that a child had fallen down and we could hear screams from downstairs. There was a woman crying and everybody was in shock. We were all just hoping that everything would be ok. “We didn’t want to go over to see exactly what happened so we just left the shop at that stage”, she added. Penneys confirmed the incident occurred in the Continued on Page 12

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Sean McArdle from Scoil Mhuire na nGael meets Santa

By Paul Byrne There was plenty of Christmas cheer in St Oliver’s nursing home on Monday morn-

ing as the residents were treated to gifts and carol singing from the generous pupils of Scoile Mhuire na nGael primary school.

The Bay Estate students visited the centre as part of the intergenerational project between the Continued on Page 22

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Students give green light to JJB By Niamh Kirk

DkIT students have given the college the green light to expand their facilities and purchase the JJB Sports Complex. Last week students were asked to vote on approving the purchase as college authorities will impose a €125 additional fee starting next year. More than 1127 people voted, 66% of whom supported the college’s expansion. The Students Union remained impartial during the campaign according to President David Brannigan. “We provided information for both sides and let people make up their own minds. We just wanted to make sure they were informed when they

were going to vote”, he said. Mr Brannigan thinks that the purchase is a good move for the college and that it represents good value for students. The students will have full gym membership including a swimming pool, steam rooms, hot tubs, 450 free parking spaces as well as a free shuttle bus between the campus and complex. However as basic fees are due to increase by a further €250 in September not all DkIT students are happy with the additional €125 charge. “We know one in three students are not happy with it but in this case the majority rules.” The SU president said that they will look at solutions where students legitimately

cannot afford to pay the additional cost. We will continue to represent those students in the same way we always have,” he said. President of the college Denis Cummins welcomed the news saying that the college now has among the best facilities in the country and hopes that the purchase will be completed early next year. “As well as catering for the needs of our clubs and societies we can now develop a whole new range of sports related programmes such as sports science, sports psychology and sports administration. The reopening of the JJB centre will not only benefit DkIT but the entire north east region,” he said.

Santa Run hits Dundalk streets

Santa is used to travelling around the world in style on his reindeer driven sleigh but last week 120 Santa’s took to the streets of Dundalk to take part in the 2012 fun run. The Dundalk Chamber of Commerce who organised the event said they were delighted with how the day went and praised the people of Dundalk for pulling together to help local charities. “On behalf of the organising committee of Dundalk Charity Lunch and Santa Fun Run we would like to thank everyone who assisted in making both events a phenomenal success. Over 100 Santas took part in the fun run and over 200 where booked into the lunch. “The events raised in excess of €18,000 including in-kind toys. Each of the nominated charities received a cheque on the day for €2,500 and the toys where distributed to St Brigid’s School and other local charities. Additionally a local child, Travis Foley received a trip to Euro Disney worth €2000”, said organiser, Michael Farrell

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‘The Gooch’ is special guest for St Vincent’s Trade Fair Wednesday December 12 saw the culmination of months of hard work for the TY students in St. Vincent’s Secondary School with the annual Christmas Trade Fair. The TY students involved worked so hard with their business teachers Linda McCusker and Cora McBride in setting up their companies from idea generation and development early in September to market research to see if their ideas would sell and then into production in the hope of making a profit at the trade fair. Fifteen stands were in place at the trade fair with various companies selling a range of cards, cupcakes, baked goods and sweets perfect for the Christmas market. Not to be forgotten were ‘2 Catriona’ who asked to have a stand in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation where they sold various baked goods and raffle tickets for some lovely prizes. They raised a fantastic amount of money for the charity so well done to them. The highlight of the day had to be the arrival of Colm “The Gooch” Cooper who officially opened the schools AIB Build a Bank Challenge. He made a lovely speech wishing the girls well with their challenge

Some of the pupils who took part in the St Vincents Trade Fair with Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper

of opening and running the school bank called “Rags to Riches Bank” for the year to encourage our students to save even a small amount each week. The girls involved in the Build a Bank Challenge include Aoife Malone, Katie Laverty Bent, Meabh Sloane, Claire Cooney, Annabelle Morris and Meabh O Hanrahan. With the help of Sheila Breen the local student officer from AIB Dundalk and

their teacher Linda McCusker the girls open the bank on a weekly basis and try to encourage the students to open accounts and save on a regular basis. Colm stayed in the school for over two and a half hours meeting students, getting photos taken and signing autographs for all the girls and meeting the very successful Gaelic team, illustrating just why he is such an inspiration to all the young players in the country.

Music teacher gets driving ban A 49-year-old music teacher faces a huge inconvenience in terms of his employment prospects after being disqualified from driving for three years. Paul McCreevy of 16 Castle Heights, Castlebellingham, was

banned at Dundalk District Court after pleading guilty to a drink driving charge. The court heard that the loss of licence will be a huge inconvenience for the traditional musician as he travels to people’s houses to

teach music. The defendant had been stopped by Gardai on August 23 this year at Castletown Road, Dundalk. He had been veering over the road and clipped a kerb before being stopped by Gardai. He stated that he had musical

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Lions Club help tackle bullying By Paul Byrne

Danske Bank is recruiting for Advisors to provide a personal and professional service to their bespoke customers. This role will be remote consultation via telephone & e-meetings. Role Overview Based in Belfast, the role is to assess and identify the financial needs of personal customers from the Republic of Ireland and to meet these needs through the compliant sale of personal banking products. Essential Experience & Qualifications ‹ Full or part qualified QFA (Preference will be given to those who are fully qualified) ‹ Minimum of 3 years financial services sales experience ‹ Experience of identifying customer needs ‹ Proven track record in meeting or exceeding sales targets This is a fantastic opportunity to join a leading and successful Bank. Employees will not only avail of an attractive salary but will also benefit from banking products & services at a favourable price. Closing date for applications: Friday 28th December 2012

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The Dundalk Lions Club have launched a new helpline card to try and tackle the ongoing problems with regard to bullying amongst young people. The problem of bullying and suicide amongst children was outlined recently in an NUI study which showed that 17% of all children had been victims of bullying. The study among Irish secondlevel students aged 12 to 18 found cyber-bullying usually goes on for one to two weeks, but can last for several years. It also claimed that up to 25% of those who are bullied did not confide in anyone. Tadhg O’Sullivan from the Dundalk Lions Club said he

Pictured at the launch of the new helpline card were Bush PP TRansition Year students and Tadhg O’Sullivan of the Lions Club

hoped the cards would be of use to schoolchildren while urging those who are affected by bullying to speak about their problems rather than bottling it up. “In producing and sponsoring the card we were conscious of the increasing level of suicides involving young people and the increased levels of bullying/cyber bullying.

“The card contains helpline numbers for among other services drug counselling/suicide and bullying/cyber bullying and for people with depression and parents under stress.” explained Tadhg. Anyone wishing to obtain copies of the card should apply on the Lions Club website at www.

Local students run for a great Claus By Jessica Shields

Local students braved the icy conditions to take part in annual 5K Santa Dash to raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. St Louis Transition Year students embraced the cold day that was Sunday December 9 and decked themselves head to toe in Santa costumes to run in the annual 5K Santa Dash in Dublin. The race was to

raise funds for Make a Wish Foundation, a foundation that aims to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Training for the 5K was the first project of the Transition Year PE programme. The training programme lasted eight weeks which involved running three times a week, and to reach being able to run a 5K a lot of dedication was required.

“I was apprehensive about bringing up the idea of the 5K training programme, I wasn’t sure how they would all take to it. But I was pleasantly surprised,” explained PE teacher Kate O’Byrne. “I couldn’t get over the commitment and dedication of the group each week.” After the training was finished the group wanted to run in a 5K race and picked the Santa

Dash as the race they wanted to compete in. “The Santa Dash was for such a great cause and we knew it wouldn’t be really competitive as it is a family event, plus we thought it would be cool to race dressed as Santa” said TY student Emily Reilly. Over 1000 participated in the race in Dublin all dressed as Santa Claus and all St Louis students finished the race in great time.

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nce upon a time, 20 years ago Dundalk Musical Society revived the tradition of pantomime in Dun- Nicky McCourt as Cru- The junior dancers. dalk. Twenty years later it is bigger than ever and is ella De Vile. the event which traditionally brings the curtain down on the Christmas festivities here in town. This year’s offering is the wonderful story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which opens at An Tain Theatre on Tuesday 8th until Sunday 13th of January 2013 at 8pm nightly with matinee performances on Sat 12th and Sun 13th at 3pm. Booking is now open at the Town Hall Box Office, and tickets are great value at €12 for evening shows and €10 for the matinee. The show features an amazing cast of local talent, with over 80 children and young adults taking to the stage as members of the chorus, whose singing and dancing will enchant audiences and transport them to the village of Happyville. Overseeing the story as Narrator is Katie Halligan, who tells the story of Snow White played by Ciara Quigley and her quest to find true love with Prince Charmalot MaryAlice Larkin. Daddy White played by Stephen Clarke is unaware that his wicked wife Cruella De Vile played by doyen of the panto world Nicky McCourt is making Snow White’s life a misery. To the rescue comes Maria Poppins played by Paudie Breen, who along with magical fairy Strawberry Jam and the Man in the Mirror played by Joan Wilson and Brian Keough respectively try to save the day. Along the way we meet the dynamic duo’s of Bippy and Boppy, Craig McHugh and Patrick Browne who with Lotty and Dotty, Laura McKinley and Deirdre Kenny add some great comedy moments to the show. Panto regulars Jason Kelly and Oliver Hanratty return to take charge of the sing-a-long and watch the audience do battle in a dance off! Last but not least the seven dwarfs who are the heroes of the show offering shelter and protection to the damsel in distress, Doc (Scott McHugh), Happy (Eoghan Weldon), Sneezy (Zoe Valentine), Dopey (Dillon Byrne), Sleepy (Oisin Reynolds), Bashful (Ruairi Reynolds) and Grumpy (Kelly Breen) who complete the list of wonderful characters. Writer and Director Rob Murphy returns to oversee proceedings this year and adds his magic touch to this timeless tale, assisting Rob and bringing the music to life through her amazing choreography is Sarah Carpenter. Ensuring everyone is note perfect and singing beautifully is the job of chorus mistress Geraldine Casey who takes charge of the baton. Not forgetting our amazing backstage crew who under the leadership of Niall McCooey will ensure the set is moved with seemless precision, Costume Mistress Phyllis Woods will make sure everyone is looking their best, and our amazing live band led by Kevin Donnelly will have the audiences dancing in the isles. Tickets are sure to disappear quicker than a tin of Roses and early booking is advised, tickets to the panto make a wonderful stocking filler and are available from the Town Hall Box Office or on 042 9392919.


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Dance Kids back in Town Hall New Home Freda Hearty and the Dance Kids are back once more with their Christmas show ‘Deck The Halls’’ which takes place on December 28 and 29 in An Tàin Theatre. ‘Deck The Halls’ is jam packed full of all Christmas favourites as well as a wonderful excerpt of Oliver, which is sure to tug at your heart strings. The talented dancers will also be performing to many favourites such as Pink, Cheryl Cole and Shrek the Musical to name just a few that are guaranteed to have audi-

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Conor has Blackrock buzzing again By Paul Byrne

The Christmas period around Blackrock would not be complete without a Conor Hughes fundraiser to entertain the masses on Blackrock beach and this St Stephen’s Day sees that trend continue with the theme of the fundraiser being the humble ’bee’. This 26th of December in Blackrock will see the launch of a new self-help initiative for poverty stricken West Africian communities. For every €65 raised, Cross-

cause can place a bee hive with a rural family. When the honey bees have produced,the honey it is then sold for the benefit of the family In keeping with the project, St Stephen’s day will be all about Bees. The highlight will be an all day variety concert featuring such artists as BEE-oynce, The BEEeatles and of course Sting. Speaking ahead of the fundraiser Crosscause founder Conor Hughes called for everybody in the area to come out and support the fundraiser. “Everybody is invited to come

along and enjoy the show, especially if they dress as a bee” he explained “All singers,dancers,and comedians are welcome to come and perform,with these great international stars! The idea of the fundraiser is of course to raise money for these West African communities but as always we’ll be having lots of fun whilst doing so” added Conor. The action starts at 12 midday and continues until everybody buzzes off. Give Conor a buzz on 0879674829 for any inquiries.

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Town watch seasonal message Dundalk Town watch scheme have issued their seasonal guidance to all to “Shop Safely” this Christmas. Drawing members from Gardai, public and private partnerships, the scheme works to provide a communication mechanism sharing information on local retail crime and hoping

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Comedian takes to the ice By Paul Byrne

Dundalk’s brand new skating Rink had an unexpected high profile visitor over the weekend when Channel 4’s ‘8 out of 10 cats’ star Sean Lock took to the ice with his daughter on Sunday afternoon. The star of the popular comedy panel game show was preparing to travel from Dublin to Belfast for a gig when he found out that Dundalk had recently become home to an outdoor ice skating rink. As Adrian Conlon from the Brew Crew Café company explains the funny man lists ice skating as one of his favourite pastimes and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put his skates on. “We were working at the Square all weekend beside the ice rink selling coffee when we saw Sean Lock arrive with his daughter” explained Adrian. “He came over and had a coffee with us and we just had the craic with him for a few minutes. He told us he had heard Dundalk had a new ice rink and as he was going to Belfast decided to stop in town for an hour to skate with his daughter” “He told us he had been a fan of ice skating for many years and he stayed for an hour and skated away with his daughter before heading off to Belfast. It was a bit weird to think that he was skating in Dundalk but it was great to meet him and say hello” added Adrian.

to contribute to safe shopping throughout Dundalk. Scheme Chairman Sean Farrell offered this advice for all the towns patrons to “please enjoy the season and the shopping offer in Dundalk” by keeping your property safe and secure and taking a few simple precautions.

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Students from throughout the region are lining up to take part in the annual Junior Chef Challenge. Preparations are currently underway in all local secondary schools for this much anticipated event which will take place on Thursday January 10 in DkIT. The competition which is being sponsored by Tony Kieran Butchers and judged by celebrity TV Chef Jenny Bristow, is in its second year. Last year’s Junior Chef Challenge was won by Ultan Larney and Glenn McCourt who represented St. Mary’s College, Dundalk. As overall winners they lifted the Tony Kieran Junior Chef Perpetual Cup and won

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age young people to cook and eat healthy for their family and friends at home, with an awareness of budget constraints. The theme the students have been given this year is to cook a

“Local Produce Family Celebration Meal” and Jenny Bristow will be awarding the Junior Chefs marks for originality, presentation, use of local seasonal produce and their interpretation of the brief.

Two men who attempt- glary and criminal damed to take copper and age at Dundalk Circuit wiring from a ghost es- Court. tate faced charges of burOne of the defendants,

who is training to be a drugs counsellor, was warned by Judge Flann Brennan, to advise his clients not to do what he had done. Jonathan Reid of 14 Cresent 1, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, and Thomas Stokes of 1 Road 2, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, pleaded guilty to the offence on January 19, 2012. On that date, Gardai were called the Carlinn Hall estate by a security guard and when the entered one of the houses they saw black bags containing copper and wiring, and found the two defendants upstairs. Solicitor James MacGuill stated that Mr Stokes, who had been drinking on the night, incorrectly thought there would be no harm in taking items from an abandoned property in a ghost estate. The 27-year-old had not been in trouble since 2006 when he returned

to full time education and is currently training to provide guidance as a drugs counsellor, was concerned that a conviction would undo the good work he has done. A sum of €400 in compensation was handed to the court and in light of this, Judge Flann Brennan found the facts proven and dismissed the case. “When advising people in relation to matters, you should advise them not to do what you have done”, added Judge Brennan. Solicitor, Peter Lavery stated that Mr Reid was also drinking on the night and couldn’t explain why he had become involved in the incident. He had hoped to have his €400 share of compensation in court didn’t have it just as yet. Judge Brennan adjourned the case until December 20 to allow him address compensation.

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Spat at security guard when refused entry to nightclub A man who was refused ended up spitting at a Cedarwood Park, Cox’s offence on November 23, entry to a nightclub security guard. Demesne, Dundalk, 2010, when he appeared became so upset that he Robert Conway of 249 pleaded guilty to the at the local District Court. It was stated in evidence that Gardai were called to a nightclub in Park St and they found a man in a very agitated state and very drunk. A security guard informed them that he has been spat at. This was confirmed by CCTV images which also showed the employee being pushed. Solicitor, Frank C McDonnell, stated that the defendant had been M out with his girlfriend Y on the night in question when they were refused CM entry to the nightclub. There had been MYan amicable exchange before Mr Conway became CY increasingly upset. He added that CMY his client was now in partK time employment and doesn’t drink as much. He apologised for his actions. The defendant also

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Geriatric services for hospital announcement of a new modle of care for older The reform of Louth people. The new modle is County Hospital contin- designed to help particuues this month with the larly frail older patients By Niamh Kirk

get access to care. The programme which will begin to be implemented in both Louth County and Our Lady of

Lourdes Hospitals early next year will see speciality ‘geriatric teams’ and dedicated wards. “This way of delivering geriatric services in the acute hospital will mean the older person is more likely to go home and less likely to have an extended hospital stay. This initiative will not just improve the quality and outcome for the older person, it is also cost effective and designed to ensure the needs of the older person are assessed when they are admitted to hospital and their care delivered in a coordinated and focused manner,” said Dr Diarmuid O’Shea, Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People. The care was developed through consultation with patients, HSE services for older people and care staff including doctors and nurses. Peter Fitzpatrick welcomed the announcement stating that it would “greatly improve the quality of care for older people and shorten their length of stay in hospital. “This is a positive step forward in the overhaul of the Irish healthcare service.”



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The Minutes will make a very welcome return this festive season when they headline New Day Rising Christmas Bash in O Connells, Quay St this Saturday night. It’s been a massive year for the trio as the bands reputation gets bigger and bigger. So far in 2012 they have played support slots to the likes of Foo Fighters, Stone Roses and Noel Gallagher. Just this week the band toured the UK with indie giants The Hives. Gav from New Day Rising says its we’ll over a year since we last had them

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in town and we are delighted that they agreed to play this years party. In rock and roll terms in just doesn’t get any better. It shaping up to be a fantastic night as some of the town’s best bands have also been added to the bill. Third Smoke will be the main support on the night, while the town’s top punk band The Gakk have also been added to the line. ONOFF will kick off this stellar night and the boys are well up for it. Doors open 8.30 with the first band on stage at 9pm. Admission €12.

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Toys on Table Appeal 2012

Marshes Shopping Centre have appealed

again for kind hearted shoppers to support

this year’s Toy and Food appeal for 2012.

Don’t know what to get them this Christmas? Why not get them Tickets to a show or a TLT gift Voucher The

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Over the last four years Marshes have hosted the Toy appeal with their Santa sleigh being the focal point for shoppers to deposit new toys and tinned foodstuffs so that needy families could have a wonderful Christmas with goods distributed by the Round Table. Traditionally hampers are made up of food items left in the sleigh and supported by a selection of new unwrapped toys for all age ranges. Harry Traynor, General

Ardee Concert Band A total of 145 musicians, all members of Ardee Concert Band, performed to a packed house in their 31st Annual Christmas Concert. For many Ardonians the Annual Christmas Concert marks the start of their Christmas festivities. There were four different ensembles performing. The band will perform at the Ardee Parish Carol Service on Sunday 23rd at 7pm and 12.30pm Mass on Christmas Day. They will also be performing carols on the street and in Moorehall Lodge on Christmas Eve. “The band members would like to wish all the members their families, all band supporters a very happy Christmas and 2013” said Fiona Reilly PRO.

Manager of Marshes said he was once again delighted to offer support to local needy causes and thanked the public for their kindness and encouraging support year after year. He asked that the public buy one additional present or a tinned food item, however small, when shopping and leave in Santa’s

sleigh for distribution over the next week, everything large or small helps somebody in need. Goods are usually delivered by Dundalk Round Table who have provided kindness and support to many in past years and he was hopeful they would do so again. The appeal will run to Christmas Eve.


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Students from Dun Dealgan N.S. at the dress rehearsal for their Christmas Service which took place on Sunday morning

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PUPILS from St Josephs NS, Dndalk, are hoping to push for a place at the top of the Christmas charts with their festive offering entitled, ‘Another Christmas Morn’. The song was originally written for the school choir 21 years ago by Liam Reilly of Bagatelle fame before being re-released this year. It certainly has caught the imagination with over 4,000 hits on YouTube in just over ten days and is available on iTunes, Amazon US and HMV shops. All proceeds go to the Simon Community and despite the competition from other Christmas releases in aid of good causes, the school is hoping to get to the top slot for Christmas. One interesting fact is that Elizabeth Cleary, who sang the solo lines on the original song, is now a teacher in the school. She sings the solo lines in the contemporary version, while her son, Oisin, is in the St Josephs School Choir, under teacher Muirbe Lawlor.

Cycling club reflect on impressive year

Recently crowned Irish Cycling Club of the Year, Cuchulainn Cycling Club celebrated their 2012 successes at their annual awards ceremony. The biggest competitive award on the night was the winner of the club’s flagship event, The FPM Accountants Summer Cycling League. The event sees the cyclists do battle over 21 rounds, comprising a mix of flat and hilly road races, time trials and finishing off with a hill climb. Consistency is what is required to win this league and this is exactly how Raymond O`Shaughnessey claimed the title. Celeine McPhilips was the winner of the ladies league. Here it was in the time trials were she picked up the most points and held off Lisa Neary for the win, with Annette Dawe in third. Annette did earn herself a Louth Jersey by winning the Hill Climb Championships in late August. Her Louth title was the second in the Dawe household this year, with her sister Breda winning the ladies Louth Road

Lisa Neary receives Most Improved Ladies Award from Kevin Dolan

Race Championships. The Mountain Bikers off road league also an epic battle between newcomer to the trails Gary Morton and the more experienced Ed Lennox. The other big club event, from the tail end of 2011, was the Carrick Cycles Christmas Time Trial won by Gerry McCabe. Eve McCrystal showed glimpses of what was to come by winning the ladies event. The most improved Female Cyclist of the Year was Lisa Neary, who claimed the runner’s up spot in the Ladies Cycling League.


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Family Notices

In Memoriam Announcements , Anniversaries, Birthday Remembrances, Thanksgivings & Acknowledgements. Christmas Remembrance

Kevin (Victor) Murray Have you ever lost a Son Or even felt the pain Or shed the bitter tears That drop like falling rain If you haven’t had that feeling I hope you never do For when we lost our Son It broke our hearts in two. —Always loved and sadly missed from your broken hearted Mam and Dad.


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One of the longest running sporting charity events in the country will continue this year when Dowdallshill GF & AC organise the annual Christmas Morning Run to St Oliver’s Hospital. The event was first organised in 1959 when athletes and footballers from the Dundalk club ran from their clubrooms, then on the Racecourse Road, to deliver presents to patients at Blessed Oliver’s on the Ardee Rd. Every year since then club members have made the trip that is one of highlights of the year for the hospital as the club also provides music and entertainment. The club now visits St Oliver’s at the Louth Hosptital and over the years, money collected has been presented to the hospital to purchase muchneeded equipment such as PA sound systems, wheelchairs, walking aids, televisions and a full size crib with figures. Those wishing to support the event can contact any Dowdallshill committee member.

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