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By Paul Byrne

A heartbroken Dundalk couple have launched a campaign in the hope of finding their beloved springer spaniels, Duke and Daisy, who were stolen from the Faughart area on February 2. Damien and Siobhan Walsh have offered a reward for anybody who has any information regarding the two dogs’ whereabouts and have urged members of the public to help them return the brown and white springer spaniels back home where they belong. Damien explained that the dogs went missing in the Faughart area after he had taken them to work with him. “I work in Faughart and I had Duke and Daisy with me as I take them with me every

Left: missing dogs, Duke and Daisy; right: Damien and Siobhan Walsh.

Saturday. They were playing away as usual in their pen when I went into the shed to get something. I got back a couple of minutes later and there was no sign of either of

them. I shouted for them and looked all around the area but there was absolutely no sign of them and it became pretty obvious that someone must have lifted them.”

“Myself and Siobhan are appealing to anybody in the area or further afield to get in touch with us if they see or hear anything that could lead Continued on Page 11

Gerry helps dreams come true By Niamh Kirk Every child living in Louth who is in the Make a Wish Foundation could see their dream come true if local fundraiser, Gerry Lennon, has his way. The big hearted man is holding a raffle for a Volkswagen Golf and is hoping to raise €30k which would be enough to grant the wish of every child in County Louth who is registered with the Make A Wish Foundation. Just before Christmas Gerry was watching the show Christmas Wishes on TV3, which followed the experiences of five children who have a life threatening illness and were given the opportunity to make a dream come true. After watching the show, the avid fundraiser felt that he had to do something to realise the dreams of these sick children. The wish is a time of pure Continued on Page 6

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Search for Adrian’s killers will be slow and steady By Niamh Kirk

Gardai are pursuing more than 1,125 lines of enquiry in the hunt for the killers of Det Adrian Donohoe Commissioner Martin Callinan said last week. Speaking in Dundalk

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Garda Station on Friday, the Commissioner assured people that Gardai will not give up the search, but he warned that progress will be steady and slow. The response to appeals both locally and from the wider community has been terriffic the Garda Commissioner said. Making a fresh appeal for information, Commissioner Callinan said that Gardai are investigating with the greatest of care. “It is being very,

Garda commissioner described the level of detail that they have received so far as very impressive and renewed the appeal for information. Det Donohoe was shot during a raid on the Lordship Credit Union on January 25. A navy Volkswagon Passat 08-D registration that was used in the raid was stolen from Clogerhead, County Louth on January 22/23. Anyone who may have noticed this car in

the days or hours before the murder or who may have seen this car in the Bellurgan or Cooley area should contact the incident room at Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388400.

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Saint Brigid Festival The recent Brigid of Faughart Festival was a great success and attracted guests from all over Ireland, as well as from Holland, Italy, England and Spain. The festival started with the St Brigid’s Cross Making workshop in Dulargy National School, where cross maker, Maura Lennon showed the pupils from 3rd and 6th class how to make their own crosses, which they really enjoyed. The very uplifting Circle Dance Workshop took place that evening, followed on Friday 1, by all the events for St Brigid’s Day including a very special Eucharist

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Aaron Goss, Ronan Cotter, Joseph Pfeiffer making crosses at Dulargy NS

at Faughart with Fr Tom Hamill and singer Deirdre Ní Chinnéide. One of the highlights of the festival was undoubtedly the Night of Poetry and Music in Dundalk Gaol, with both guests and performers

blown away by this fantastic venue in the middle of Dundalk. Sunday started with the now annual, Pilgrimage Walk from Dundalk to Faughart, followed by an Exploration of the Sacred Sites around

Faughart Hill with guide Pat O’Rourke. On Sunday evening, a Ritual Celebration of Brigid and the Festival of Imbolc in Ravensdale Community Centre brought an action packed festival to a close.

Night at the dogs in aid of Down Syndrome ing to raise over €100,000. The theme of the event is a good value, family friendly event to raise much needed funds for Down Syndrome Ireland nationally and locally. The funds raised locally will be used locally in each of the regional DSI branches. Tickets include access to the races on the night plus a race programme and DJ after racing. Tickets cost just €10 for one adult and two children.

Dundalk Stadium with the Louth/Meath Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland are holding their third annual Multi-Venue Family Benefit Night on Saturday February 16. This event will take place across ten greyhound tracks around the country on the same date. Thousands of people are expected to attend the Benefit Night all across the country and Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) are hop-

The local branch are also looking for volunteers to help out in the run up to and on the night, should you wish to get involved or to just buy a ticket contact Brendan Stephenson, Secretary, Louth/Meath Branch Down Syndrome Ireland on 087 2826349 / You can also purchase tickets in Dundalk from McGuill Travel, Market Square 042 9331333 and Dundalk Stadium 042 933 4438.

Local Zumba Fitness instructors Niamh Nic Aodha, Heather Gordon, Sharon Duffy and Luis Barbudo will host a “Together We Dance”™ Zumbathon in aid of Augie’s Quest to cure Motor Neuron disease on February 16. This fundraising dance event will be held in Knockbridge Parish Centre from 3-5pm. Tickets are €10 each and are available in advance from the participating instructors or by contacting Niamh on 087 4101953. Tickets will also be available on the door on the day. There will be a raffle to raise additional funds for local Motor Neuron Disease charities and additional donations are very welcome. Motor Neuron Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that robs sufferers of the ability to move. This event is part of a Zumba Fitness® initiative worldwide to raise funds to aid research that will help eventually find what causes this disease so a cure can be found.

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Principal appointed to Colaiste Lu

The preparations for the opening of the new Irish secondary school in Dundalk took another big step forward with the announcement that Una Kirk will take over as principal. Colaiste Lu will will welcome its first ever cohort of students when it opens its doors for the first time this September at

Chapel St and the new principal will bring with her a wealth of knowledge to the position. Originally from Dundalk, Una comes to Coláiste Lú from St. Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda where she has been Deputy Principal since 2011. Previous to that Úna worked in Scoil Uí Mhuirí,

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ment and public relations experience. During her time in St. Oliver’s Community College Úna played a key role in implementing the school’s code of behaviour, its school book scheme and organisation of state examinations. Úna is passionate about Irish language, culture, music and sport and plans

to develop a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students at Coláiste Lú. The new principal takes up her new post at a critical time for Coláiste Lú as it goes about establishing itself as a new second-level education option for parents and students in the county.


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Local authorities found two separate dumps of the toxic sludge over the weekend. Two containers (IBCs which hold 1,000 litres each) were found dumped in a cul de sac about 500m away from the Toberona Bridge,. The two containers were found upright and there were no leaks.In a separate incident one IBC container was found on the Old Church Road.

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Gerry helps dreams come true

Continued from Page 1 magic and joy for the children as it gives a respite to the routines of doctors, hospitals and treatments. It also gives long lasting memories for a family, whatever the future might hold. So Gerry had the idea, not to just make one child’s dream come true, but all the children living in the county. He secured a car, got approval for the raffle and is launching it this week in the Longwalk Shopping Centre. There are a limited amount of tickets for the car, only 2000 going for €20 each, and they are already moving so anyone who wants to support Make a Wish and be in with the chance of winning a new car needs to get in quick. The draw will take place in No-

Muscular Dystrophy vember but it is hoped that all the children’s wishes will have been granted by then. As tickets are purchased and the funds roll in they will go straight to Make a Wish, who will start making dreams come true. Irene Timmins, Fundraising & Marketing Manager for the Make a Wish Foundation said she wanted to thank Gerry and his fellow fundraisers and that they will make a huge difference to the charity .

“We receive no Government funding so rely completely on the generosity of people like Gerry and the general public. I would urge everyone to support this fantastic fundraising effort and help us grant many more wonderful wishes this year,” she said. The tickets for the raffle are available in retailers in the town centre, but you will find them in the Longwalk Shopping Centre this February 14-17 or call 0872871365

Man crashed into fence

The charity Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) “Have a Heart” Campaign was launched in Louth and donations can be made directly by logging on to Over 20 people in Co Louth have muscular dystrophy a degenerative, muscular wasting condition.

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A man who crashed before making a full and Judge William payment of €100 to a car into a fence in admission to Gardai, Hamill accepted a the Court Poor Box. a housing estate in the early hours of the morning, returned the next day to provide the owner of the house with his insurance details. Lukasz Szot of 3 Cloghanvarey, John St, Ardee, admitted crashing into the fence as 9 Langfield Close, Dundalk, on October LECTION WITH EVERY COL 14, causing minor damage. Gardai had attended the scene where they found the unoccupied car. LECTION CHARGE EXCLUDING COL The court was satisfied that the defendant approached the home owner

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A woman who was struggling to feed her four young children resorted to stealing groceries in what was described as ‘a crime of the times’. The mother of four children aged between seven and ten appeared at Dundalk District Court where she pleaded guilty to stealing €25 worth of groceries from Tesco at The Long Walk, Dundalk. After being stopped, the woman admitted the offence and the property was recovered. The defendant’s solicitor described that case as being a very sad as the woman had never been before the courts before. “She has an approximate income of €400 per week to pay all the bills and feed her children. the blanket. This was a crime of need”, he stated. Many other schools in the town Judge William Hamill adjourned the case joined in the celebrations accorduntil May 1 for a probation report. ing to Natalie McCann. “Redeemer Boys School drew pictures and made St Brigid’s Crosses, while Castletown Girls attended Mass, CBS held a ‘Grandparents Day’ where students put on a show consisting of songs, poems and Irish dancing.” Also celebrating the week were St Malachy’s Boys school and Scoil Mhuire na nGael with various displays and the making of St Brigid’s Crosses. As part of the week, many of the students attended Seinn 2013, Varrelly and Garreth Eccleston (The Booze Brotha Mass to celebrated the Catholic Jason ers), enjoying Francis Meehan’s 21st birthday party at the faith through song and prayer. Northend Bar

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As part of Catholic Schools Week, a number of Transition Year students from Colaiste Ris travelled to primary schools throughout Dundalk to find out what they were doing to celebrate their faith. Among those taking part in the initiative were Courtney Boland and Natalie McCann who revealed that it was a very successful week and that given the time of year the theme of St Brigid was high on the agenda. One of the first visits was to St Joseph’s Primary School where a ‘sacred space’ was provided and children were also given a holy medal as a reminder of their faith.

Two of the Transition Year students read bible stories to some of the children in Third Class, while pupils made St Brigid’s Crosses out of reeds. Courtney Boland then explained that the St Brigid theme continued at Gaelscoil Dun Dealgan. “The school held an assembly where Fifth Class performed a short play based on the life of St Brigid, and had various displays of the saint and her cloak.” Realt na Mara also celebrated Catholic Schools Week by holding a forgiveness week by creating a blanket with each class coming together as a community by having a different symbol on

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A MAN who was celebrating after taking part in a charity event ended up assaulting another man following a verbal altercation. Jimmy McKeever of Rampark, Jenkinstown, pleaded guilty to striking a man in the mouth which resulted in the victim requiring stitches and having a chipped tooth. The court heard that the incident occurred on May 6, 2012, in the Lumpers bar following a charity walk in aid of Cystic Fybrosis. The defendant’s solicitor stated that approximately 100 people had taken part in the event and they were celebrating its success when words were exchanged between his client and another man. He stated that Mr McKeever then struck one blow with his fist causing the injuries.

The solicitor added that his client, who is married with three children, had borrowed €6,000 from his father to pay compensation to the victim and that his actions were completely out of character. “This was most unusual for my client as he has never been in trouble before. He is surprised that he got involved in such an incident and accepts that he should not have struck out. “He lost his job as a result of the property collapse and has since returned to education. He has apologised to the court and the victim”, added the solicitor who offered €400 towards the Court Poor Box as a means of dealing with the charge. However, in convicting the defendant Judge William Hamill imposed a fine of €300.

With the preparations already underway for the 2103 Rose of Tralee, the search is beginning to find the next Louth Rose to take part in the hugely popular event. Young women throughout the county are invited to live the dream by applying to enter this year’s Louth Rose Selection. The 2013 Louth Rose will represent her county at the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival in Portlaoise, Co Laois and from there, she could go on to the International Festival in August. The 2012 Rose of Tralee, Nicola McEvoy, said: “Anyone who enters a Rose selection will never regret the experience of a lifetime in which they will make life-long friends and have the best fun along the way. Becoming the Rose of Tralee was a huge added bonus to what can only be described as the most exciting year of my life.” The Festival has connected the global Irish community in Tralee since 1959 attracting millions of festival-goers, thousands of Roses, their Escorts, families and friends, entertainers, volunteers, judges and sponsors. The 2013 Rose of Tralee will be crowned in the Dome on Tuesday August 20 after Dáithí Ó Sé presents two nights of entertainment to a huge TV audience. Entry forms and full details of how to become the Louth Rose are available at www. or contact 0 66 7121322 before the approaching deadline.

Disqualified For Two Years

A Dundalk man who was convicted for a second time of driving with no insurance was disqualified for two years at Dundalk District Court. Thomas Stokes of 1 Road 2, Muirhevnamor, admitted the offence on March 7, 2012. The 27-year-old had a similar conviction in 2005. Judge William Hamill also imposed a €400 fine.

Lenten Mass

A Three Day Lenten Mission will begin on Ash Wednesday (February 13) and continue on the following two nights at 7pm in the Marist Church. Guest preachers, Fr Tom Butler, Fr Ben Hughes and Fr Brian Lawless.

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Louth Rose Patricia Marmion pictured at the Regional Finals of the Rose of Tralee held in Portlaoise with TV Host Daithi O Sé.

Carmel McBride, Noelle Ward, Ann Marie Moynihan, Eadaoin and Niamh Ryan and Sinead O’Crowley, enjoying Frances Meehan’s 21st birthday party at the Northend Bar.

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our dogs back home to us” he added. The Springer Spaniels are both brown and white and had on black collars with ID tags on. They are both microchipped but despite the couple having searched high and low there is still no sign of them. According to Siobhan there is a reward for anybody who can help reunite the couple with their beloved dogs. “We are both absolutely heartbroken and just want them back home where they belong.” said Siobhan. “Somebody out there knows something and we are offering a reward for anybody who can help us get Duke and Daisy back.” “They are part of the family and it’s horrible coming home now and finding they’re not there. The house seems so empty without them. I’d like to thank everybody for their help so far and I have to say the

Missing dogs, Duke and Daisy.

local dog warden has been brilliant. We’ve been getting phone calls from people all over the country sympathising with us and offering to help in any way they can.” Duke (3 ½) and Daisy (2 ½) have been reported stolen to the Gardai and the couple are anxiously waiting and hoping to hear some good news. If anybody has any information regarding the dogs whereabouts they can contact Siobhan or Damien through the facebook page ‘Missing- Duke and Daisy’ or by calling 086 4006258 or 086 2692416.



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Longwalk celebrate St Valentine’s Day Longwalk Shopping Centre are celebrating St Valentine’s Day by offering customers the chance to win a luxury weekend away. From dealing with the customers on a daily basis, centre manager, Elaine McGeough, has often heard stories about people in her customers’ lives that they loved, and as a result she decided to use the St Valentine’s Day celebrations to recognise one of those people. As a result, the Longwalk is asking their customers to share their love stories, whether it be about a husband, wife, world’s best mum, or anyone special. So far lots of local people have been entering on Facebook and you can also go to the Shopping Centre on Friday February 15 from 2-to 6pm and Saturday 16 from Noon to 4pm where you can enter the Love Shack and be in with a chance to win a luxury weekend away.

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Good news for horses on Cooley Mountains By Niamh Kirk

The difficulties endured by some mountain horses locally may soon be over as Louth County Council have passed a bye-Law that declares Cooley commonage as a control area and all horses on it must be licensed and have an identifying microchip implanted.

Holly’s Horse Haven, a charity that cares for horses in the Cooley area have found it very difficult to identify horses that need their care. There are more than 100 horses roaming the Cooley Mountains but in the absence of an obvious identifiable owner, welfare officers must wait until the animal is visibly mal nourished before they are per-

mitted to take it in. Many of the horses have been abandoned or dumped on the mountain, putting pressure on the resources of the horse charity. The requirement to have a horse on the mountain micro chipped means that where owners are identifiable, they will be responsible for the animal’s care. And where there is no

European Employment and Advice Fair

The European Employment Services Unit of the Department of Social Protection, together with Employment Services North East is working in association with Marshes Shopping Centre and Dundalk Chamber to organise a Regional/National and European Employment and Advice Fair. The event is aimed at Irish and EU workers already in Ireland who are looking for jobs locally and throughout Europe. The event will take place in the Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk and will be open on Friday February 22 from 1pm to 6pm, and Saturday February 23 from Noon to 5pm.

Pupils from Scoil Mhuire na nGael who took part in Catholc Schools Week

chip, the charity can take the animal in before its health deteriorates or it causes damage to property. In a response to a Dail question from Sinn Fein TD Gerry Adams, The Dept of Agriculture has indicated that it may assist with the cost of implementing the scheme. Minister Simon Convey replied that the local authori-

ties would be taking charge of the issue under the Control of Horses Act, 1996. He said “together with legislation governing equine identification, this can assist with controlling horses, particularly with regard to horses that are straying and or abandoned so as to prevent injury or nuisance to persons or damage to property.”

The County Museum in Dundalk will host an exhibition on the Troubles from February 20 to April 6. Entitled ‘Everyday Objects Transformed by the Conflict’, the exhibition features a collection of familiar items whose function was changed over the course of the Troubles. Amongst items on display is a bin lid – used as a communication tool and a means of protest in nationalist areas as well as a bullet proof clipboard carried by police at vehicle checkpoints in ‘high-risk’ areas. It was to give protection to officers if threatened with a handgun In total, around 50 artefacts will feature in the exhibition from collectors

from all different political perspectives and backgrounds including other objects, sound recordings, photographs and videos showing everyday events during the conflict. The collection of objects has been sourced from museums, libraries, archives and private collections from Northern Ireland, through the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The exhibition will be open to the public until 6 April. Opening hours are: Tuesday Saturday: 10am - 5pm. Entrance to the exhibition and workshop participation is free. More information about the exhibition may be had by contacting the Museum at 042 9327056.

Exhibition starts on the Troubles at the museum

Francis Meehan celebrates his 21st Birthday

Paul, Francis and Sheila Meehan celebrate Francis’ his 21st birthday at the Northend Bar

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Paul, Jane, Francis, Sheila, Matthew and Paula Meehan

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Over to you What is your opinion of St Valentine’s Day?

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It’s just like any other day. We’re both single so we don’t really care about it.

I think it’s a bit of a gimmick to be honest. I’m pretty sure St Valentine was actually clubbed to death so there’s not too much romanticism there.

I think the original intent of the day was a bit of a money racket but I think the day has grown into something a bit more special and it’s a breath of fresh air for people to share the feelings for that special person in their life.

Valentine’s Day is a day to be celebrated because it gives people a chance to tell their partners how much they mean to each other and how much they care.

I love St Valentine’s Day. You get flowers and a big teddy bear from your boyfriend and it’s a day where you both spoil each other. What’s not too like?

Fr Paddy Rushe expresses genuine shock at retirement of Pope Benedict By Paul Byrne

Fr Paddy Rushe, chaplain in DkIT, says he was just as stunned as the rest of the world when hearing Pope Benedict XV1 announce his retirement in the Vatican on Monday afternoon. The 85 year old German born pontiff said he would resign on the February 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfil the duties of his office. And according to Fr Rushe it was

a rare case of a genuine shock announcement in this era of 24 hour news. “I was completely stunned upon hearing the news. I heard the word incredulous used a few times in different news reports and that pretty much sums it up” explained the DkIT chaplain. “I thought it was kind of nice that the announcement caught everybody by surprise in this world of 24-hour rolling news. There were no rumblings at all

about this announcement in the previous couple of days.” he added. When asked what Pope Benedict’s legacy would be Fr Rushe said that it would take some time for his legacy to be established. “He presided during a very difficult time for the church what with the sexual abuse scandals that have engulfed the church over the last number of years. People feel very angry and rightfully so and as head of

the Catholic church Pope Benedict perhaps bore the brunt of some of that anger. ‘However, he was a man of great intellect and some of his writings whilst in office were absolutely fantastic. I’ve only ever read two or three of his books but they are so deep and profound” he added. When asked on his opinion on who would become the next Pope, Fr Rushe said he hoped the cardinals would go for a non-European this time

around. “Personally I’d like to see it given to somebody outside Europe. There’s a guy in New York called Cardinal Dolan who I’d love to see get it. He’s a very affable character and really good with people as well as being media savvy and I think he would be really good.” concluded Fr Rushe. The new pope is expected to be announced before the end of March in time for the Easter celebrations.

Fr Paddy Rushe

Catholic Schools Week in Dundalk

Big events coming up for local runners and walkers It is going to be a busy time for local athletes, fun runners and walkers with two big events coming up over the coming weeks. Dundalk Simon Community in conjunction with rehab care and Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick have organised a 5k fun run to raise funds on Saturday February 23 in Dundalk. Rehab Care and Simon Community work together on the Food Garden Project which teaches participants how to grow, prepare and cook organic fruit and

vegetables. The group make healthy and nutritious meals from the food the produce in the Community Garden. The aim is to increase understanding of nutrition but also of self sufficiency. Such is the success of the project that they plan to roll it out into local primary schools. The hope is that it will help educate younger people about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables and the achievement of growing their own food. The funds raised in Fitzers 5k fun run will go towards

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Cuchulainn CC review a memorable year

Peter Fitzpatrick

funding these projects. The Simon community are encouraging sports clubs and groups to get involved and help support a local project. The event is an Athletic Association of Ireland event so will be chipped and timed Meanwhile, preparations are continuing for the DUNE cross border half marathon which will take place on Monday March 18. This event will be a chipped half marathon, starting in Dundalk Square and finishing in Newry. All proceeds from the event

Dundalk’s Cuchulainn Cycling Club held it’s AGM in the Crowne Plaza on Thursday last with a good turn out of over 60 members. Given the club’s good relationship with the local Gardaí, club chairman Pat O’Shaughnessy opened proceedings with a minutes silence in recognition of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. will be going to The Ryan The meeting heard the Treasurers Cinnamond Trust. Ryan report reveal a healthy set of figures is a local teenager who for the year ending in December of unfortunately lost both his 2012, while both Peter Collins and legs in 2010 after suffering a Michelle Dolan reported impressive ruptered aoritc aneurism. growth in their respective areas of On line registration will be BMX and Womens cycling. available through runireland. One potential problem going further com. A registration night was highlighted by the mountain will be held in Felda on bikers, with potential changes by the Wednesday February 20 from government as to how Coillte forests 7pm to 9pm. are managed. Entries are now being The potential for private companies taken for walkers and relay to come in and manage the harvesting teams. Walkers will leave of the land is very possible and if Dundalk at 9am and relay this goes ahead access for walkers, hikers and mountain bikers is sure teams will changeover at to be severely restricted. The club Carrickdale Hotel.

does have a top class state of the art off road circuit at Bellurgan Park, however the open mountain is hard to beat for a training ride. An update on the club’s plan to build a Velodrome in the town were also discussed. Plans as drawn up by Shiels Engineering are at an advanced stage and have been developed with both the local town council and town planners. Also discussed was the club’s hosting of the National male and female Elite Road Race Championships for 2013. Ireland’s best will battle it out for the national jersey on the roads of Carlingford in June of this year. One of the undoubted highlights of the night was that club secretary Karl Dolan informed those present that membership currently stands at 282, the highest it has ever been at. The efforts of the club have been recognised by the fact that twice in the last three years the cub has been voted by the members of the sports governing body, Cycling Ireland, as club of the year.

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The High Kings make visit to TLT TLT Concert Hall & Theatre Drogheda will host The High Kinds on Friday February 22. Tickets, priced at €20, are available from Carroll’s Bookshop Park Street, Dundalk 042 9334359 or TLT ticket office 041 9878560 or online www.thetlt. ie. Since The High Kings started, they have sold out hundreds

of shows in Ireland and the US, they have made numerous TV appearances, performed at the invitation of the previous Irish President Mary McAleese and President Obama. They have achieved platinum status with their first two albums – The High Kings & Memory Lane Together, The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility

Bats play Spirit Store Friday night sees Dublin noise merchants Bats drive up the M1 for a much anticipated gig in the newly refurbished Spirit Store. Bats began their musical quest in 2006, releasing an EP ‘Cruel Sea Scientist’ in 2007 and their debut LP ‘Red In Tooth & Claw’, produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, in 2009. With the forthcoming release of their sophmore album ‘The Sleep of Reason’, produced by These Arms Are Snakes’ Chris Common, BATS seek to continue their ongoing quest of promoting science and reason while combating superstition and pseudoscience with blastable riffage and erudite hookage. Watch this spacetime.

and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between them bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. The High Kings are continuing to live up to their reputation as a phenomenal live band, serving up laughter, good times and even the odd sing along.

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The Light’s Out Festival at The Fairways Hotel A nostalgic weekend of entertainment to raise funds for local charities is to be held in the Fairways this March. The Light’s Out Festival takes place over four days, the exclusively candle lit setting of the Library Suit in the Fairways Hotel. Getting a feel for what a night out was like before mirror balls and disco lights, Brendan Grace will perform over two nights in the intimate setting and up close and personal with the audience. The comedian who is used to a safe distance between the audiences

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is said to be looking forward to the intimate and refreshing show. During the festival popular Dundalk country rockers, The Long Riders will serenade with a candle lit dance after the show. But the festival is looking for a Light’s Out Festival Queen and in order to raise funds for the selected charities a pageant is being held on the first night of the festival, and the winner will be jetting-off to Florida for seven days as the top prize is sponsored by O’Callaghan Travel. There are only a few places left for women

who want to get involved, and if anyone wants to get the festival queen title before taking to the skies they must sign up before February 28. Pasty Rodgers who is organising the event said he wanted to do something different. Remembering nights in Fairways from many years ago where, nights of entertainment accompanied by Chicken in the Rough (Chicken and Chips) would attract crowds he decided to do something similar. On each of the nights over the festival a chicken curry supper

Imro live music venue of the year awards 2012 The popular TLT theatre in Drogheda has been shortlisted for the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) Live Music Venue of the Year award. The Louth venue has been widely acclaimed in music circles and has hosted some of the top names in the entertainment industry. The winner of the award will be named at the fifth IMRO awards night on Tuesday February 26. The annual awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience, week in, week out. More than 8,000 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live

music venue atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and most importantly, the staff and management of each venue. IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, delivering a shortlist of their top ten festivals. Live music venues and festivals play a pivotal role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy. The Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year Readers Poll will also be part of the awards and Hot Press fans can vote at readerspoll.

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Walentynki to coroczne święto zakochanych przypadające 14 lutego. Nazwa pochodzi od Św. Walentego, którego wspomnienie liturgiczne w kościele katolickim jest obchodzone tego dnia. Św. Walenty jest także patronem osób chorych na epilepsje i choroby nerwowe. Walentynki są obchodzone w południowej i zachodniej Europie od średniowiecza. Europa północna i wschodnia dołączyła do walentynkowego grona znacznie później. Pierwowzorem walentynek było starorzymskie święto: Luperkalia. Pomimo katolickiego patrona tego święta, czasem wiązane jest ono ze zbieżnym terminowo zwyczajem pochodzącym z Cesarstwa Rzymskiego, polegającym głównie na poszukiwaniu wybranki serca, np. przez losowanie jej imienia ze specjalnej urny. Współczesny dzień zakochanych nie ma jednak bezpośredniego związku z jednym konkretnym świętem starożytnego Rzymu, choć jest kojarzony z takimi postaciami z mitologii jak Kupidyn (amor), Eros, Pan czy Juno Fabruata. Możliwe, że zwyczaje związane z tym dniem nawiązują do starożytnego święta rzymskiego, zwanego Luperkaliami, obchodzonego 14-15 lutego ku czci Junony, rzymskiej bogini kobiet i małżeństwa, oraz Pana, boga przyrody. Z kolei Brytyjczycy uważają to święto za własne z uwagi na fakt, że rozsławił je na cały świat sir Walter Scott żyjący w XVIII wieku. Do Polski obchody walentynkowe trafiły w latach 90-tych XX w. z kultury francuskiej i krajów anglosaskich, a także wraz z kultem świętego Walentego z Bawarii i Tyrolu. Święto to konkuruje o miano tzw. świeta zakochanych z rodzimym świętem słowiańskim zwanym potocznie Nocą Kupały lub Sobótką, a później Nocą Świętojańską obchodzonym w nocy z dnia 21 na 22 czerwca. Stałym niemalże elementem walentynek jest wzajemnie wręczanie sobie walentynkowych ozdobnych karteczek. Czerwone, najczęściej w kształcie serca, opatrzone walentynkowym wieszykiem, a często i miłosnym wyznaniem. Ze świętem łączy się również zwyczaj obdarowywania partnera walentynkowymi upominkami w postaci kwiatów, słodyczy, pluszowych maskotek jak również bardziej osobistych elementów garderoby. 14 lutego to okazja dla osób nieśmiałych, platonicznie kochajacych i sekretnie kogoś wielbiących na ujawnienie swych uczuć i wyznanie ich komuś ważnemu dla nas, ale jest to także święto przypominające „singlom”, że nie mają nikogo, kto wysłałby do nich kartkę. Stąd też sporo głosów negujących ten dzień. Walentynki to przecież święto miłości, pamiętajmy więc o naszych bliskich i kochajmy się ☺ a świat będzie piękniejszy. Pozdrawiam Walentynkowo – Agnieszka Boniewicz Zapraszamy też na naszą stronę gdzie zamieścimy ciekawe, naszym zdaniem, artykuły o relacjach miedzyludzkich i psychozabawy dla zakochanych szczęsliwie i nieszczęśliwie też.

Special fundraising game at Oriel Park By Paul Byrne

A very special fundraising match will take place on Saturday February 16 in Oriel Park as Dundalk FC Legend Tommy McConville will manage a selection of some of the best local talent to take on a Dundalk FC XI. This match which is being sponsored by Isle De France, Clanbrassil Street kicks off at 6pm and will see players from nine local clubs take on Stephen Kenny’s new look Dundalk side. McConville, a former Irish

Stefan McKevitt, Tommy McConville, Stephen Kenny and Peter Cherrie at the launch of the game

international who played almost 600 times for the Lilywhites said he is looking forward to the game and is hoping peo-

ple will go out and support the event. “I’m looking forward to the game and it’s great to give the best players

from the local sides a chance to shine on the big stage up in Oriel Park in front of what we hope will be a big crowd. We’ve taken two or three players from nine local clubs around Dundalk and we are confident that it will be a competitive game against Stephen’s side” explained Tommy. Dundalk’s new manager Stephen Kenny was also looking forward to the match as he aims to gel his new look side together in advance of the league which starts next month. “It’s another game for

us to try out different combinations and it has the added bonus of giving us a look at the best of the local talent from the Dundalk leagues.” he added. John Kelleher owner of match sponsor’s L’Isle de France says he was delighted to sponsor the match and anticipated a great day out. Tickets are €5 and available from the club or from L’Isle de France. Supporters can also pay at the gate on the day. The match will be followed by music from DJ Baz.

Rise in volunteers brings benefits By Niamh Kirk

The Volunteer Louth Centre has moved to the Town Hall and is opening on Mondays and Thursdays 9.30am to 5pm, with the group revealing that since 2008 they have seen a 100% rise in the number of people in Dundalk offering their time to help others. The 2006 census showed that about 15% of people living in Dundalk at the time were engaged in some form of volunteer work, making people from the town among the most gen-

erous with their time. Although the question was not included in the 2011 census, the figures indicate that the level of volunteerism in Dundalk is still high, and rising. The impact it is having on the wellbeing of the community is enormous, even if it is not always instantly recognisable. They keep tidy towns initiatives running, recreation facilities for children and provide services for older people, according to John Cotterell of the Louth Volunteering Centre. “If you imagine what it

would be like if one day no volunteers showed up. The streets would be dirtier, kids would be getting into more trouble and older people would be more isolated. Without them so many services simply would not happen,” he said. Last month the Stitches and Bitches, inter generational project was featured in Women’s Way where 79 year old Ide Lenihan told how she had passed on her knowledge and skill to Transition Year student Helen Cunningham who has a passion for dressmaking and

sewing. Helen in turn got a a new skills and networking with people who have experience and can guide and advise as she undertakes her own projects. The volunteers centre is currently looking for people to help with PR, administration and organisation. But they are also looking for people to get involved in one off events like Fitzers 5K Fun Run. The Louth Heritage Group are hoping to get people involved in a one day conservation clean-up of Ravensdale Forest Park this February 23.


in Brief

Children’s Art Competition

Louth teachers in primary and second level schools, whose pupils take part in the annual Texaco Children’s Art Competition, are reminded that the closing date for receipt of entries this year is Friday, February 22. Last year, 740 pupils from schools in Co. Louth submitted entries to the Competition.

Lordship Credit Union

Lordship Credit Union would like to inform customers that opening hours for the foreseeable future will be restricted to Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. The branch regret any inconvenience this may cause.

UN Table Quiz

The Irish United Nations Veterans Association are holding a table quiz in the Youth Development Centre at Dundalk Football Club on Saturday February 16 at 8.30pm. Table of four is €20. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets beforehand can contact Harvey Norman on 0429396672.

Francis Meehan celebrates his 21st Birthday

Enda Walsh, Francis Meehan, Tommy Wynne and Alex Moss

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Ann Marie Moynihan, Francis Meehan and Niamh Ryan

Joseph Farrelly, Francis Meehan and Ciaran O’Donoghue at the 21st celebrations in the Northend Bar

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Drink related offences lead to three month sentence A Dundalk man who is serving a two-year jail sentence was given a 15 year driving ban after admitting to a drink driving charge and other drink related offences at Dundalk District Court. Jason Kearney of 481 Ashling Park, Dundalk, appeared at the local court to face charges that had been adjourned until his Circuit Court case had been finalised. Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Rose Martin on December 31 2006 at Phillipstown, Hackballscross and was sentenced

to two years in prison for the offence. The 41-year-old was stopped by Gardai at Patrick St on August 4, 2007, and a blood sample later showed that he was over the legal limit for driving. On June 19, 2011, the defendant was spotted by Gardai on patrol at Castle Ross, Dundalk, in possession of what looked like a handgun. It transpired that it was an imitation firearm and he was arrested. The court also heard that on September 18, 2011, Kearney attended

Dundalk Garda Station. He was drunk at the time and after being asked to leave he threatened to break the glass at the public office, and was subsequently arrested. On October 14 2011, Kearney stole a bottle of brandy worth €40 from Dunnes Stores, Ard Easmuinn. Solicitor Conor MacGuill informed the court that the defendant is currently in prison and has been banned from driving for ten years. Judge William Hamill imposed a three month sentence, and a 15 year driving disqualification.



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HMV closure

There was sad news for employees of HMV Ireland when it was confirmed yesterday that the store’s 300 staff were to be made permanently redundant following the receivers decision to close all 16 Irish stores. The news represents a huge disappointed for staff in the Marshes shopping centre who have faced uncertainty about their future since the company went into administration last month. There are ten staff members in HMV Dundalk who are affected by yesterday’s announcement

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assault course designed by elite army rangers. Every participant come out covered in mud, muscles aching and smiles from ear to ear. But well worth it according to Ann Marie “It’s exhausting but exhilarating,” she said. “The sense of camaraderie between all the runners was re-

Louth Historical Society host lecture

The Co Louth Archaeological also accompanied by cometary & Historical Society host apparitions. a very interesting talk on Dendrochrology by the world’s leading expert Dr Mike Baillie, on Wednesday February 13 at 8pm. in St Vincent’s School, Dundalk. From Queen’s University, Belfast, Dr Baillie will speak on dendrochronology or dating by means of tree-rings. In the 1980s, he was instrumental in building a year-by-year chronology of tree-ring growth reaching 7,400 years into the past. The evidence suggests that these environmental downturns were wide-ranging catastrophic events. TheAD 540 event in particular is attested in tree-ring chronologies the event coincides with the second largest ammonium signal in the Greenland ice (over the past 2000 years) and was

ally quite nice. The best bit was without a doubt the swamp and the mud,” Ann-Marie said. One week after Ann Marie had completed the challenge, another local man Gerard Hannaway, from Ravensdale took the route to Hell and Back too. “It was brilliant, unbelievable. The mud was the best bit and

it was everywhere. The hardest part was going up ‘The Baby Sugar Loaf’ which was basically like running up a muddy mountain.” One trip to Hell and Back just isn’t enough for these two, and both are planning to take the gruesome challenge again this coming October.

Property tax protest meeting A public meeting is taking place in Dundalk to encourage boycotts and protests of the Property Tax. The United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly and People Before

Profit TD Joan Collins are both speaking at the meeting. The meeting is being held in the Lisdoo, Dundalk at 8pm on Monday February 18.

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Family Notices

A man who had consumed a small amount of alcohol before being involved in a car crash told Gardai that he was not the driver of the vehicle, only to make a full admission a number of hours later. Barry McCusker of 1 College Manor, Hoey’s Lane, Dundalk, was fined €300 at Dundalk District Court after pleading guilty to a hit and run charge as a

result of the incident on February 12, 2012. Solicitor Dermot Lavery, stated that although his client had not consumed enough alcohol to trouble Gardai, he was concerned by the fact and as a result told Gardai that the driver had fled the scene. Gardai attended the scene at 3.30am at Bridge a Chrinn where McCusker was one of a number

of youths being treated for superficial injuries by ambulance personnel. However, the 21-year-old later called to the Garda Station and admitted he was driving where he was described as being genuinely remorseful. Judge William Hamill took into account charges of non display of tax and NCT discs as he imposed a €300 fine.

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LOUTH COUNTY COUNCIL We,Paul and Anita Smyth, intend to apply for Planning Permission for a two storey dwelling house and associated site works at Rockmount, Blackrock, Co. Louth, C/o McGahon Architects Ltd, 19 Jocelyn Street, Dundalk.This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Louth County Council from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing within a period of 5 weeks from the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00.

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Due to the closure of DUNDALK INDOOR MARKET, “SHIRLEY’S” Fruit & Veg. unit REGRETS she had to close. SHIRLEY & DAVID hope to be back in business if they can find a suitable premises and want to THANK all their customers who have been so loyal to them for the last 20 years.

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The new SEAT Toledo has been awarded 5-stars in the latest Euro NCAP safety ratings. It scored an adult occupant rating of 94%, child occupant 80%; pedestrian 69% and safety assist 71%. By comparison the new Ford Focus when tested earlier in 2012, scored an adult occupant rating of

92%, child occupant 82%, pedestrian 72% and safety assist 71%. It is reassuring to see that the Toledo performed so well as it is targeted at a family audience. The Toledo may look like a saloon car but is in fact a hatchback, and despite its small footprint can carry 550 litres of luggage with the seats up and 1,490 with


the rear seats folded down. Standard safety equipment across the Toledo range includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC); driver and front passenger airbag; passenger airbag disconnect; front side and curtain airbags; front seatbelt reminders; ISOFIX fixing points with Top Tether.

Dacia have announced details of the Sandero Stepway which should go on sale here this year. Dacia is the Romanian subsidiary of Renault, selling around 340,000 vehicles a year worldwide. According to Dacia they were voted “Europe’s most reliable car brand” in a survey of 30,000 car owners in five western European countries last year. The Sandero Stepway has 40mm extra ground clearance over the standard Sandero with SUV/Crossover styling (satin chrome roof bars, front and rear scuff plates and black wheel arch extenders) and a boot that will accommodate 320 litres of luggage with the seats up and 1,200 litres with the rear seats down. Four metallic body colours are available

Cinder Red, Mercury, Pearl Black and Azurite Blue. The entry level Sandero Stepway ‘Ambiance’ crossover is powered by a petrol directinjection, turbocharged, threecylinder 0.9-litre producing 90hp, which according to Dacia records 5.4l/100km (52.3mpg) on the combined cycle with CO2emissions of 125g/km. Standard equipment includes electric front windows, front fog lights and roof bars plus 16” alloylook wheels and body coloured bumpers and door mirrors. Safety gear comprises standard fit driver, passenger and front

side airbags and ESC plus front seatbelts with calibrated load limiters for thorax protection in the event of impact, plus rear seat Isofix anchorage points. You also benefit from Bluetooth connectivity, metallic paint and a radio/CD system with fingertip control. The 1.5 diesel unit (1.5 dCi 90) outputs 90hp with a combined fuel figure of 4l/100km(70.6mpg) and CO2emissions of 105g/km If you prefer a touch of luxury you should be able opt for the Sandero Stepway ‘Lauréate’ over the ‘Ambiance’ model. It adds air conditioning, a chrome front

grille, full electric windows and electric heated door mirrors. You also gain a MediaNav seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system with satellite navigation, AUX and USB inputs and four speakers plus cruise control, speed limiter and rear parking sensors. There is a height adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, leather steering wheel and gearknob and seven-function trip computer. You can even add dark carbon leather upholstery (with synthetic leather side bolsters). As standard the Sandero Stepway is protected by a 3 year/60,000 warranty.

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