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Young Scientists aim for the stars Wednesday, 9th January, 2013. Vol. 6, Issue 2 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email:;

Town slips in litter league

By Paul Byrne

Some of County Louth’s brightest young minds will be aiming for the stars when they compete for top honours at the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition which starts today (Wednesday). As always, Dundalk are well represented in the annual exhibition with entrants from O’Fiach college, Colaiste Ris, De La Salle, St Vincent’s, St Louis and Bush Secondary School in the contest which has attracted the highest number of entries yet. More than 550 projects from students will be on show, covering four categories: biological and ecological sciences; chemical, physical and mathematical sciences; Students from De La Salle taking part in the Young Scientist exhibition Social and behavioural sciCounty include the effect of and the young, investigating ences; and technology. This year’s projects in the caffeine on reflexes in adults whether the relationship

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Paddy Donnelly of Louth County Council has expressed his disappointed at Dundalk’s performance in the IBAL Litter league after it was placed 37th out of 42 towns surveyed last year. The town has been deemed ‘Moderately Littered’ in the 2012 results published on Monday. Full story on page 2

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New registration system could lift car sales The From this month on, all new cars bought in Ireland will have a new number plate. Instead of 13-LH (for Louth) the new

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that only time will tell if the initiative works. He said, “While it is too early to tell how new car sales are doing, given that today is only the first day of sales, there certainly has been a lot of interest from the public in the new number plate. “Only time will tell what impact the new

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plate might have on sales but we expect demand to increase when we begin to see new cars on the road. “The Motor Industry is often used as a

barometer for the economy and we hope, with consumer confidence seeing some slight pick up of late, combined with the new number plate, that in-

terest will grow in the coming weeks.” The SIMI also released key stats for the 2012 new car market. Co Louth still holds around a 2% share of the national market which remains unchanged as the trends in Co Louth are reflected nationally. The move toward

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Disappointment as Dundalk slips further in litter league By Paul Byrne

Paddy Donnelly of Louth County Council has expressed his disappointed at Dundalk’s performance in the IBAL Litter league after it was placed 37th out of 42 towns surveyed last year. The town has been deemed ‘Moderately Littered’ in the 2012 litter survey, the results of which were published on Monday afternoon. This was a dis-improvement from the previous year when Dundalk came 29th and was declared ‘Clean to European Norms’. Although disappointed with the results Mr Donnelly insisted that the local authority will strengthen its efforts to improve standards in cleanliness. “The Local Authority is of course disappointed with the recent litter league table as published by IBAL in relation

to the categorising of Dundalk town. Dundalk Town Council and the Tidy Towns groups continue to maintain their efforts in the fight against litter.” he explained. “The Local Authority will review its operations in this regard and will as appropriate and within resources strengthen its efforts to maintain the town to a standard that residents and visitors alike have come to expect. “The Local Authority recognise the difficult challenge it is to maintain the high standards in cleanliness that the Town has achieved in recent years but are confident that with the support of the Traders, Residents and the many active individuals and Tidy Town Groups that the high standards can be achieved again.” he added. Established in 1996, Irish Business Against Litter is an

alliance of companies which share a belief that continued economic prosperity - notably in the areas of tourism, food and direct foreign investment - is contingent on a clean, litter-free environment. Of 42 towns and cities monitored across Ireland for cleanliness levels over the course of 2012, Kilkenny was announced as the cleanest. The city pipped Cavan and Killarney in the annual survey which showed 80% of towns and cities in the country to be as clean or cleaner than their European counterparts. This was the first time that Kilkenny City, which has been litter-free for the past 4 years, has won the IBAL Litter League, taking the title from last year’s winner Trim. It was one of 22 towns to be deemed ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ this year. Emma Conroy and Judy Conroy at Kennedys Bar on Saturday night

more sustainable living and the increasing price of petrol can be seen in the amount of low CO2 emissions being bought with 92% of all cars about now in the two lowest categories. The shift toward diesel engines is also gathering pace as 74% bought last were diesel, only 23% were petrol. Key Stats: - Volkswagen was the best selling car

brand in 2012 followed by Toyota and Ford - The Ford Focus was the best selling car of 2012 followed by the Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Qashqai - 92% of cars sold last year were in the two lowest CO2 emission categories, 2% more than in 2011 - 23% of cars sold in 2012 were petrol, 74% diesel - Silver was the most popular car colour in 2012

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Man with machete tried to deal with house attack A man who became so upset after his house had been attacked that he tried to deal with the matter himself, was witnessed wielding a machete by Gardai investigating the original incident. As a result, Michael O’Connor of 66 Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, appeared in Dundalk District Court on a violent disorder charge and the production of an article in a dispute, where he was remanded in custody for a week for sentencing. The court was told that on April 15 Gardai were called to the defendant’s home to investigate a case of criminal damage after the house had been attacked. Thirty minutes later they saw a

car in the estate and followed it to Clontygora Court. While there, they saw the defendant and others approach carrying weapons. O’Connor, who had 20 previous convictions, was identified by Gardai, was carrying a machete, while an axe and sledge hammer were also recovered. Solicitor, Frank McDonnell, stated that tensions had been raised when his client’s home suffered a lot of damage. He added that a number of people were riled and tried to deal with it in front of Gardai. He conceded that the 28-yearold father of two had a bad record but asked the court to show whatever leniency it could.

The defendant also faced public order charges on December 23 at Ramparts Dundalk, January 1, 2013, in Park St, Dundalk, and November 11, in Francis St. In the incident on Park St, he caused €400 worth of damage after jumping on the bonnet of a car, but had undertaken to pay compensation. Judge Flann Brennan stated that he had given the defendant bail on Christmas Eve and this had been abused. “I have to take a very serious view of this matter and also the fact that he has a bad record. I will remand him in custody for a week when I will make a judgement”, added the judge.

Annual Cake Sale St Fursey’s National School held their annual cake sale to raise funds for the Haggardstown School. The event was held in St Furseys Church and on the day €2,500 was raised. The funds raised will go toward building a soft play area for smaller children in the playground. Run by the school’s Parents Committee the cake sale has become an annual event and always supported by the community. The school are grateful to everyone who attended and supported the event. • Picture shows Aoife Campbell, Emma Marron, Ava Connor, Alice Reidy.








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Conor aims for further scientist glory Fresh off the heels of last year’s Young Scientist awards, Conor Begley a third year student from Coláiste Rís secondary school Dundalk is heading for the finals for his second time this year. After receiving a Highly Commended award last year for his innovative “Automatic Wheelie Bin Locking System” Conor has reached the finals again with his project on detecting dangerous Hydrogen Sulphide levels in slurry tanks that can cause illness and possibly death. Conor has developed an early warning system that will alert the farmer of dangerous levels that can cause dizziness and a possible imbalance which can lead to a fatal fall into the tank. Conor also took home the National prize in last Year’s environmental innovators competition “Green Dragon” for his wheelie bin idea. • Picture shows Conor with principal Padraig Hamill

Aunt purchased vodka for teenager A woman who purchased alcohol for her teenage niece before leaving her do to a disco, did so because she believed she was acting in the best interests of the girl. Donna Woods of 191 Greenacres, Dundalk, appeared in Dundalk District Court on three charges of purchasing intoxicating liquor to persons under 18 following the incident on August 12, 2011. The court heard that at the request of her 17-year-old niece, the defendant pur-

chased a bottle of vodka, which the teen and her two friends drank in the car before being left to a teenage disco. The teens also obtained drink elsewhere and during the disco one of them came to the attention of security staff when she became very drunk. Following enquiries, Donna Woods was interviewed by Gardai and the 25-year-old mother admitted her role. Solictor, Frank McDonnell,

explained that his client believed that by purchasing the alcohol she could monitor its consumption. He niece was going to obtain drink by some means and she felt it would be better to operate in a controlled environment. He added that his client had co-operated fully with Gardai and had she not done so, it would have been difficult to prosecute the case. Judge Flann Brennan adjourned the case until May 1 for a Probation Report.

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No escape from Household Charge payment in Louth By Paul Byrne

The 15,275 (38%) householders who have yet to pay the Household Charge in County Louth have been warned that their outstanding charges will be automatically added to the forthcoming Property Tax. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has made it clear that any household which had not yet paid the €100 charge – which currently stands at €130 for

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households which pay the charge this January – will see the charge added to their Property Tax liability when that new tax kicks in this July. Noonan said this move would serve as “an important assurance for compliant tax payers that non-payment of the Household Charge will not be ignored and will be collected”. Revenue will write to residential property owners in March including notification of an es-

timated amount of local property tax, a booklet on the operation of the tax, valuation procedures and payment methods and a form for completion. The completed forms with a self-assessment of property value will have to be sent back to Revenue by May 7 on paper or May 28 electronically. The return will be valid until 2016 unless circumstances change. If Revenue believes the amount of property

value declared does not reflect the market value, it may question the declaration. If people refuse to pay or do not send back the form the tax will be deducted at source, by sheriff or court action or attachment orders based on Revenue’s estimate of value, Revenue said Revenue will develop a register of residential properties using sources such as Revenue data, household charge data and Private Residential Tenancies Board data.


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Busy time for St Patricks GAA club

The football season may not have started yet, but it is a busy time for St Patricks GFC off the field of play with a number of big events taking place in the club over the coming weeks. Sunday January 27 will see a breakfast morning in the complex where the players will serve a hot breakfast from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Full breakfast €8.00.. Small breakfast €5. All proceeds to the players holiday fund. Following victories in league and championship, the club’s presentation dance is on February 2 with music by the Stormers downstairs in the complex. Four course meal served. Admission €25 under-age €12.50 Ticket only.. The Jigs and Reels launch night is February 9 in Pats complex at 8pm, with the main event taking place on St Patricks night.



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Boost for local economy as jobs on the increase Dundalk Leader 9th January 2013

By Niamh Kirk

There has been a dramatic uplift in enterprise in the north east according to Enterprise Ireland’s end of year report. Irish companies involved in export created 986 new jobs in the north east, a net gain of 386 for Co Louth alone. It was a huge improvement on last year when there was an increase of only six

jobs for the entire country. In particular Dundalk saw a great increase in start-up activity helped by the DkIT Enterprise Development New Frontiers Initiative which supports 13 student businesses. The businesses are high value, knowledge based and Irish owned and a new round of the programme is being launched at the end of the month. Pascal Maguire from Enterprise Ireland noted that

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there are some high potential businesses from crop of new frontier entrepreneurs. Across the country, Enterprise Ireland supported companies make a contribution (spend) of over €18BN in the Irish economy every year and they account for more than 300,000 jobs in Ireland. In Louth, Enterprise Ireland works with 200 companies which employ more than 4500 people. Last year

they gave out €100k in innovation vouchers to companies and individuals who help link small businesses and educators and researchers in the same field. They also supported six Community enterprise Programmes including the new Creative Spark, the county’s creative industry hub. Enterprise Ireland will soon be launching another round of feasibility study grants for start up business-

es in the region. The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) also included Dundalk among its regional successes for 2012. The opening of Paypal which will create up to 1000 jobs over the next two years. They also pointed to the opening of Pet product firm Radio Systems Corp which has already created 25 positions and will create 56 total over the next two years.

Suspect devices in Haggardstown Gardaí in Dundalk are investigating the discovery of suspect devices in Haggardstown over the weekend. Gardaí were investigating suspicious activity at a derelict house on the Old Dublin Road when

they discovered four improvised devices thought to be pipe bombs at approximately 2.30 pm on Sunday. A number of homes and restaurants in the area were evacuated as the Army Bomb Disposal team attended

the scene. The area which had been sealed off was declared safe at about 6.15pm on Sunday evening. It is unclear how long the devices had been in the property. No arrests were made

and the investigations are ongoing. Meanwhile The Army Bomb Disposal with a suspicious container was brought to the Ardee Garda Station. It was deemed not to be a danger to the public.

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Lydon form after the Sex Pistols broke up? The Human Body What is the proper term for the funny bone? 20th Century History How many members were there when the Common Market, now the EU, was set up in 1956? This Week’s Stinker In 1997 Desperate Dan was written out of The Dandy comic, the excuse given was that he was to run away and join what pop group?

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St Malachys Year of Faith

St Malachy’s Dundalk will celebrate the Year of Faith with a multimedia presentation of Catholic faith, identity and inheritance by Fr Rober Barron and Fr Bede McGregor in the Dominican Hall, Anne St, Dundalk, every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The event runs from January 9 to March 13 and all are welcome. The DVD presentation will last for 30 minutes and refreshments will be served.


Shop with previous good record sold wine to minor The owner of a shop where a 16-year-old girl was sold a bottle of wine was given the benefit of the Probation Act at Dundalk District Court in light of his previous good record. Raymond Prunty with an address at Forge Filling Station, Castlebellingham, was warned that he would not be dealt with so leniently in the future after making a contribution of €2,000 to the court poor box. The court heard from Insp Martin Beggy that as part of a test purchase case, a girl

entered the Forge Filling Station in Castlebellingham on February 17 where she bought the wine for €7.99. A Garda then entered the shop and identified himself to the staff member, who apologised but stated that she thought the girl looked older. Solicitor for Mr Prunty stated that he employed 21 people in the local area and had never been in trouble before. There had never been any complaints made to Gardai and on this occasion the staff member had

made a simple mistake. He has since introduced training in relation to the sale of intoxicating liquor and has promised that this isolated incident will not be repeated. Judge Flann Brennan pointed out that if he convicted the defendant he would have to make a closure order. However, after the solicitor pointed out that this would have grave consequences for the business, he applied the Probation Act in view of the previous good record.

Annual Charity Soccer Match

Workers from two companies came together over the Christmas period to remember a colleague and raise money for charity. HJ Heinz and An Post recently raised €1230 on behalf of the Irish Kidney Association through their annual charity soccer match in memory of Liam Cunningham – a late employee of An Post. The Liam Cunningham Cup match is held every year between the two teams and was won this year by An Post. Brendan Scollon (H.J. Heinz) and Paul Smartt (An Post) along with the team players helped organise this successful event. On accepting the cheque on behalf of the Irish Kidney Association, Thomas Geary thanked all those who took part in the event and everyone who generously donated. He added that the funds raised would be put to good use assisting local Kidney patients. • Picture: Accepting a cheque on behalf of the Irish Kidney Association is Thomas Geary (Treasurer of Louth/Meath Branch). Left to right: Eamonn O’Hagan, Thomas Geary, Paul Smartt and Niall O’Hagan.

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Dun Dealgan Athletic Club

Anybody wishing to blow the Christmas cobwebs away are advised to get in touch with Dun Dealgan Athletic Club in Seatown as they recommence for training today after the winter break. Training for juvenile athletes (boys and girls aged seven and upwards) will recommence on Wednesday January 9 from 6.45 until 8pm. As always new members are always welcome and if anybody is looking for information they should contact 0876556030.

New babies

Our Lady of Lourdes maternity ward was bouncing with New Year’s babies. Ten babies were born in the hospital on New Year’s Day, six boys and four girls.

Coláiste Lú, the new allIrish post-primary school set to open in Dundalk this September, has now enrolled its very first group of students. The closing date for applications for a place in first year this September passed on December 14 and places have just been offered to prospective students. Parents and students now have until January 11 to confirm their acceptance of their place. Coláiste Lú will provide a complete immersion education through the medium of Irish at post-primary level. It will be the first school of its kind in Louth and one of only a small number of such schools in the North-East. The school will be based at Chapel Street in Dundalk.

Louth VEC has said that the school is oversubscribed with applications received for places right up to 2021, according to CEO Dr Pádraig Kirk “We are still receiving applications for a place in Coláiste Lú for all years post September 2013. This high level of interest is very encouraging and augurs well for a bright and positive future for the school”, he stated. At maximum capacity the school will cater for between 200 and 250 students and is expected to reach these figures by 2019. “Coláiste Lú will be a small but well-resourced school with a very committed and talented teaching workforce. Gael Coláistí have high academic

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standards nationally and these schools consistently perform well in third-level college feeder statistics”, explained Dr Kirk. The school on Chapel Street is currently undergoing refurbishment work in preparation for its first open day next month.

When complete the school will have a comfortable accommodation including a Music room, Computer room, Art room, Science room, Technical Drawing room, technology workshop and canteen. The school also will have a plethora of general classrooms and a spacious reception area incorporating an interview/parents room. “The school will be kitted out to the highest of standards, including the installation of WiFi access throughout to allow for anytime, anywhere learning”. A head teacher will be appointed to the school shortly. Further, all students of Coláiste Lú will use iPad technology from day one as part of their teaching and learning experiences.

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Final Notice for Registration of Septic Tanks 1st February 2013 is the deadline to register your septic tank/domestic waste water system By protecting our water, we protect our environment, our health and our jobs. The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 introduces a new registration and inspection system for septic tanks and other domestic wastewater treatment systems.

Local young Scientists aim for the stars By Paul Byrne

Some of County Louth’s brightest young minds will be aiming for the stars when they compete for top honours at the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition which starts today (Wednesday). As always, Dundalk are well represented in the annual exhibition with entrants from O’Fiach college, Colaiste Ris, De La Salle, St Vincent’s, St Louis and Bush Secondary School in the contest which has attracted the highest number of entries yet. More than 550 projects from students will be on show, covering four categories: biological and ecological sciences; chemical, physical and mathematical sciences; Social and behavioural sciences; and technology. This year’s projects in the County include the effect of caffeine on reflexes in adults and the young, investigating whether the relationship of a student with the teacher of a particular subject had any ef-

fect on the results the student obtained in their exams as well as a pen specifically designed for left-handed people. Now in its 49th year the exhibition continues to grow and according to BT, there was a 24per cent increase in entries in the technology category from students since the 2012 contest. Awards will be competed for and presented across a range of categories including, Best Individual, Category Awards in Biological and Ecological Sciences, Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Social and Behavioural Sciences and Technology, BT Business of Science and Technology, Travel Awards, Special Awards as well as the prestigious title of BT Young Scientist(s) of the Year. The 2012 Young Scientist contest was won by Mark Kelly and Eric Doyle for their project, which looked at planetary motion and how satellites can stay on the right flight path when in space.

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Ruth McDonald from Walterstown, Ardee Rd, is pictured after receiving her black belt in kickboxing following a grading in December. Ruth trains under the watchful eye of Martin Frick Mc Mahon 4th dan blackbelt and has trained for 12 years in all. She has won numerous Irish titles along with World and European title.

Man in court following drugs find in Dundalk OFFICERS from Revenue and Customs and armed Gardai from the local drugs unit have recovered almost €9000 worth of cocaine in a planned operation on Monday evening. The joint operation between Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Síochána

took place at an address off Tom Bellew Avenue at an address in Dundalk, Co. Louth. The find which amounted to approximately 126 grams of cocaine originated in South America. The drugs are thought to have a street value of almost €9000.

A male was arrested and detained at Dundalk Garda Station before being charged under section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. He appeared before Dundalk District Court yesterday (Tuesday).

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Two of the skaters who took to the ice on Saturday

‘The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity’ will kick-off at Noon and it promises to be a fun filled family day out. It is the first time the event will be officially held in Dundalk and admission is free. Final Auctions is a one-day public meeting, organised by the Foundation of the Great Orchestra of Christmas

Charity and traditionally it takes place the second Sunday of January each year. The whole event is shown in the direct transmission through the second Polish TV programme. It consists of live inputs, arranged in a network schedule all day. This year’s Grand Final is coming to Dundalk.


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played at the Market Square as a mirage of red and white, young and old, Polish and Irish skaters enjoyed a carnival experience in the heart of Dundalk. Attention now turns to this weekend when the next event bringing communities in Dundalk together will be held this coming Sunday, January 13 at Dundalk Stadium.


While many people are taking it easy in the days after the Christmas break, it appears to be the opposite for members of the local Polish community who are set for a busy January. Dundalk Square on Ice held a special morning for the Polish community on a last Saturday. From 10am onwards Polish Children’s songs

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Finał WOŚP to jednodniowa zbiórka publiczna, organizowana przez Fundację Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy. Odbywa się tradycyjnie w druga niedzielę stycznia każdego roku. Całość pokazywana jest w bezpośredniej transmisji przez drugi program Telewizji Polskiej. Składają się na to bloki, czyli tzw. wejścia na żywo, rozmieszczone w całodziennej ramówce. Każdego roku blisko 120 tysięcy wolontariuszy zbiera pieniądze, które później rozlicza w swoich sztabach. Jest to absolutny fenomen socjologiczny, ponieważ z sum, które wpływają na nasze konto, widać, że wszyscy nasi wolontariusze, obdarzeni naszym bezgranicznym zaufaniem, rozliczają się bardzo skrupulatnie z zebranych pieniędzy. O godzinie 20.00 zapraszamy wszystkich do udziału w happeningu pt. “Światełko do Nieba”. W tej jednej chwili w całej Polsce prosimy ludzi o wysłanie w stronę nieba Dobrych Aniołów, światełka w postaci zapalonej zapałki, świeczki, pochodni czy sztucznych ogni. W tej jednej chwili wierzymy w to, że jesteśmy bardzo widoczni. Przez cały dzień w studiu telewizyjnym, trwa licytacja złotych serduszek. Kulminacyjny moment, czyli licytacja nr 1, zaczyna się około godziny 23.00. Po godzinie 00.00, podajemy wstępne, przybliżone wyniki naszej zbiórki. Zazwyczaj, do końca lutego czyli do momentu rozliczenia z Ministerstwem Spraw Wewnętrznych i Administracji, suma ta wzrasta o 30-40%. Podczas trwania Finału, dokładnie rozliczamy nasze poprzednie zakupy i przede wszystkim dokładnie tłumaczymy cel naszej aktualnej zbiórki. Warszawskie studio telewizyjne tego dnia odwiedza kilka tysięcy osób. Kilka razy więcej bawi się na Placu Defilad, przy Pałacu Kultury i Nauki, gdzie odbywa się koncert, a pokaz sztucznych ogni przechodzi każdorazowo do historii, jako piękne widowisko. Występujący tego dnia artyści, proszeni są aby nie pobierali żadnych honorariów. Tego dnia staramy się, aby jak najwięcej wydarzeń artystycznych, czy też związanych z przeprowadzeniem Finału, odbywało się bez ponoszenia żadnych kosztów. W tym roku Wielki Finał zagości w Dundalk. Już w roku ubiegłym Dundalk organizowal sztab pomocniczy dla Dublina, w North End Bar przy Bridge Street, tym razem dzięki Polskiej Szkole w Dundalk i ludziom dobrej woli, Polakom i Irlandczykom, Dundalk po raz pierwszy zagra swój oficjalny koncert w WOŚP; zapraszamy wszystkich na stadion wyścigów konnych 13 stycznia od 12tej, bo będzie się działo!!!!

Dundalk Square on Ice to continue for another week The promoters of Dundalk Square on Ice , Profile Music Group are to extend the run of the ice rink for another week. Originally the rink was due to finish on the 6th January but because of the very positive reaction to the rink

it was felt that another week could prove popular. Andrew Mawhinney from the TCCM office has welcomed this extension to what has been a very successful event thus far. “For the first attempt at introducing an ice rink on the Market

Square it has been very successful, we have been very pleased with the impact that it has had on the town and on business. David Storey from Dundalk Town Council commented “ I am glad to see that the newly developed Mar-

ket Square is being used for a variety of different events, following on from the successful Jedward Concert in the Summer, and I can see the Market Square going from strength to strength in 2013”.

Minister Fergus O’Dowd has urged local septic tank owners to make sure they have registered their systems before the deadline of February 1, to ensure they will be eligible to apply for a remediation grant if necessary. “Septic tank owners now just have a couple of weeks to register their systems ahead of the deadline on February 1. It is important that everyone is aware that it will not be possible to apply for a remediation grant if you have not registered your system,” said Minister O’Dowd. “Septic tank inspections are due to get underway shortly, and the vast majority of systems are expected to pass without any issues. “But for the small minority of people who do need to get their tanks upgraded or repaired, grants of up to 80% of the cost of the remedial works, to a maximum of €4,000 will be made available. The grants are being specifically targeted at low income households. “Septic tanks which are leaking or failing to work properly pose a threat to our drinking water supplies. Effective waste water treatment systems are essential for the environment and for our economy. This is of particular significance to people living in rural areas, who understand the importance of protecting local water supplies.

St Louis Class of ’91 Class Reunion

Miriam Wilson, Jim Kelly (Science teacher), Eunice Rice, Ray Byrne (ex-Geography teacher) and Fiona O’Hanlon at the Class of 1991 Louis Reunion on Saturday night.

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Muriel Kirkby, Jean Carroll and Mary Richardson at the Class of 1991 Louis Reunion which took place at Kennedys Bar on Saturday night. Muriel was back home from Australia and Jean from London.

Cliona Byrne and Emer Connoll at the Class of 1991 Louis Reunion on Saturday

Gillian Carolan and Marcella Harrison.

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St Louis Class of ’91 Class Reunion

at the Class of 1991 Sharon Finlay and Allison Cooney Louis Reunion on Saturday night.

Eunice Rice, Miriam Wilson and Fiona O’Hanlon at the Class of 1991 Louis Reunion on Saturday night.

Deirdre Craven, Edel Duffy and Jean Carroll at the Class of 1991 Louis Reunion on Saturday night.

Moira Sweeney, Caroline Mc Guinness and Marcella Harrison at the Class of 1991 Louis Reunion on Saturday night.

Sinead Gill, Kiera Hall, Aislinn Collins and Emer Thompson at the Class of 1991 Louis Reunion which took place at Kennedys Bar on Saturday night.

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Darts league host annual charity night

It was charity night for the Dundalk darts players on January 3 in the Stags Head and it proved to be a great success. A 3 a side competition which was aimed at raising money for St Olivers hospital. The format brought out some of the best of local darting talent and some of the local characters judging by some of the team names, The Devils Disciples, The Rogues, The Old and New and Three Dodgers were some of the names which seemed to fit just right. The darts were of a high standard from the very beginning and it wasn’t very long before Aidan Conroy hit the first 180 of the night. It was closely followed by Daniel Dunn who was playing with Alan Rogan and Silvio Malloca. The other team that was fancied was Macs Black which had three county stars looking to further their success story, John Donnelly , Alan Reenan and Gerry Rice.

Stags United, Paddy Gibney, Mick Murtagh and Andy Mackin

Organisers of the darts charity night that took place in the Stags Head

The last four teams after a great night had a Commercial Club team of Gerard McKeown John O’Brien and Brian Fitzpatrick against the highly fancied Macs Black. It is a testament to the standard between these two teams that five of the six players will be travelling to Ennis with the Louth County Panel for the All Ireland Inter-county competition but it was the only non Louth player among them that

stole the show, with McKeown sending the Commercial Club through. The other semi final saw Stags United a mix of all teams from the Stags head with Paddy Gibney Mick Murtagh and Andy Mackin. This team had a good run beating Stags Bandits in there previous game and they needed to be on form playing The Rogues of Dunn Rogan and Malloca. In another tense encounter it was The Rogues

who took the honours. In the final, it was The Rogues who had the slight edge to secure the title of Old Folks Champions 2013 The aim of the night was for a good night of darts and to raise funds for a worthy cause and both of these aims were achieved with over €700 raised in total. All the organisers would like to thank all who helped, attended and who played in the competition.

Charity darts winners, The Rogues, Daniel Dunn, Alan Rogan and Silvio Mallocca


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Over to you QUESTION: If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would you pick?

oliver o’rourke I’m a real homebird so I’m going to have to say Dundalk. Why would I leave the town when all my friends and family are here?

Roisin & Eileen watters We would both pick Mauritius. Just lying on a beach relaxing with nothing at all to do all day sounds like heaven right about now.

Family’s lucky escape thanks to Carbon monoxide detector The lucky escape for two adults and three children from their home in mid-Co Louth during the Christmas holidays after a carbon monoxide detector alerted them to high levels of the gas in their home, allowing the family to vacate the property and receive precautionary hospital treatment. A carbon monoxide detector had been fitted to the family’s home by Louth County Council last year as part of a programme to retrofit the devices to local authority owned properties. Joe McGuinness, Director of Services, Louth Local Authorities, said: “This family were obviously very fortunate that they had a working carbon monoxide detector in use and the consequences for them could have been drastically worse if they’d not been alerted to the build up of this gas which is odourless and has no taste or colour – earning the description of ‘silent killer’. It is for this reason that we as a local authority have been prioritising the installation of these potentially lifesaving devices. “We would encourage all householders in Louth and more widely to take this threat seriously as a working and frequently checked

carbon monoxide detector really is an essential piece of equipment for any home at this stage.” Eamon Woulfe, Chief Fire Officer, added: “When Carbon Monoxide is inhaled into the body it combines with the blood, preventing it from absorbing oxygen. If a person is exposed to carbon monoxide over a period, it can cause illness and even death. “Carbon monoxide alarms can be used as a backup to provide a warning to householders in the event of a dangerous build up but it is also important to remember that alarms are no substitute for regular inspection and maintenance of appliances, vents, flues and chimneys. “Carbon monoxide can be produced when ANY fuel is burnt, including oil, gas, wood and coal. To prevent Carbon Monoxide, ensure your appliances are installed and serviced annually by a Registered Gas Installer, a Registered Oil Technician, or a qualified service agent for your fuel type. Also make sure vents, flues and chimneys are kept clear. Carbon Monoxide is odourless and colourless so for added protection install an audible carbon monoxide alarm.” explained Mr Woulfe.

Celebrate the beginning of spring festival Spring is just around the corner and February 1 heralded the beginning of spring in the Celtic Year and the time when our ancestors celebrated the Festival of Imbolc. As part of the Brigid of Faughart Festival, there will be a celebration night of poetry, story and song on Saturday February

2 in Dundalk Gaol at 8pm. Performers include singers, songwriters and poets, local favourites Sean Bradley and Sophie Coyle; Pamela Brown and Conor Kelly (ex Poetry Chicks) Deirdre Ni Chinneide and Kilkenny based poet Frances Cotter, along with special guests.


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Information Night for aspiring beekeepers will be held in the Teagasc Centre, Dublin Rd, Dundalk on Thursday January 10 at 8pm. The information night is planned to provide the beginner with all the information they will need to take up beekeeping including demonstration of the typical equipment necessary for beekeeping. The night is not just for beginners, all are welcome including experienced beekeepers. Entry free.


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I would have to go for Santorini. It’s a beautiful island in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece. Myself and my family have been there before and it’s a really lovely place.

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Blackrock Girl guides’ musical The Girl Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds had their musical before Christmas in Blackrock Community Centre and it was a huge success. Parents and children turned up in their droves to watch what can only be described as the best performance of the year’. It kicked off with the Girl Guides (101/2 -13yrs) performing ‘Grease 1.5’, singing and dancing to many of the popular numbers like ‘Summer Lovin’, ‘Sandra Dee’, ‘I’ve got Chills’ and a fabulous rock n’ roll finale to ‘We go Together’. All involved worked extremely hard and it paid off, as they were magnificent and brought the crowd to their feet. Then followed the Brownies, (7-101/2yrs), who presented ‘Blackrock’s got Talent. There were three brownie judges who commented on each act, comprising comedy, Irish dancing, singing etc and all were winners. And just before the beautiful Ladybirds (4-7yrs) sang some Christmas Carols, , Santa, turned up to greet all the children. The Guides thanked all who helped out with the show.

Back Row: Cheer Leaders: Aoife, Bi, Sarah, Nicola, Eileen, Ella, Mich elle, Grace (missing Shannon); Next Row: Danielle – Rizzo, Cliondhna – Marty, Roisin – Putsie, Caitlin – Sonny; Front Row: Nessa – Frenchy, Said bh – Jan, Carrissa – Doody, Aisling – Keni cike Seated: Mellissa – Sandy and Emma - Danny.

Students urged to embrace Senator Challenge Fine Gael Louth Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Education, Jim D’arcy, is encouraging transition year students in Louth to take part in Seanad Éireann’s Young Senator Student Challenge before the closing date for entries later this month. The project aims to encourage students to broaden their knowledge and interest in Ireland’s parliament. “Students can choose to either write an essay or compile a

video of a speech they would give to the Seanad on one of two topics; (i) Do you think the Leaving Certificate prepares you for life? (ii) The challenges that face Ireland and does my future lie here? Essays should be between 500 and 750 words, while videos must be between one and a half and two minutes. “A shortlist of students will be chosen to attend the Seanad in the spring, giving them a great opportunity to see and ex-

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DUNDALK TOWN COUNCIL—We Eamon Bishop & Sons Ltd intend to apply for Planning Permission for Decommissioning Existing Underground Fuel Tanks and Installation of three new 40,000L Underground Fuel Tanks and Ancillary Works, at Texaco Service Station, Newry Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dundalk Town 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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Bush schoool project will help farming industry The Bush Post Primary school will be represented by 5th year students Deirdre Ruane McAteer and Emma Shields who will look at how social attitudes of students vary on both sides of the border with regards to abortion. The school will also be represented by TY students Megan O’Connor and Caitriona Irvine who have developed a device which will alert farmers to the critical temperatures of young calves to prevent death or illness.

According to their teacher Emma McMahon both teams have carried out extensive research for their respective projects and are looking forward to this year’s exhibition. “The girls have been working hard for the last number of months on their projects and we’re all set to go up to Dublin on Wednesday for the exhibition.” she stated. Deirdre and Emma will know their way around the RDS having represented the Bush in last year’s exhibition as well.

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De La Salle are well represented again at this year’s BT Young Scientists exhibition with five teams making the trip to the RDS today to take part in the annual competition. Under the watchful eye of their teacher Cara McAdam the boys have investigated a whole range of interesting subjects for their entries this year. Ben Mulholland, Stephen Kneel and Fiach Murphy‘s project is called ‘Mean Girls’ with the boys investigating the prevalence and severity of bullying in secondary schools in Dundalk. Team two comprises Ciaran

Sunderland and Niall O’Hanlon and their project ‘The T-Factor’ surveyed students who had sat the Junior Certificate in 2012. They wanted to find out if the relationship of a student with the teacher of a particular subject had any effect on the results the student obtained in their exams. Team three are made up of Philip Mc Guinness, Shane Mc Quillan and Alex Cahill who investigated the ‘Prevalence of Racism and Sectarianism Amongst Teenagers in Dundalk’ John Byrne, Conor O’Kane and Niall McEnteggart are the fourth team taking part for the Castletown Road school and

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O Fiaich College will be represented at this year’s ‘BT Young Scientist Exhibition’ by TY students Darren Coburn, Craig Thornton and David Reilly. The trio will compete in the RDS this year investigating the most appropriate class times in which to study or learn a particular subject. For example, is it more efficient for students to study more numerical and logical based subjects early in the day and is there any perceptible difference in a student’s comprehension in a linguistic based subject based on tests carried out at different

times of the day? The project targets a wide range of students using specifically designed “IQ” style testing method will target a range of students over specified times throughout the day and over a number of weeks. Questions will vary in regard to subject area allowing gains or shortfalls to be readily identified and easily associated with the time of testing. The results will be analysed in an effort to design a timetable based purely on academic achievement. The students worked under the watchful eyes of Kenneth Rae and Martin Coyne.

they looked at ‘Nutritional Knowledge and Supplement Use of Athletes’ The final team consisted of David Lennon and Dylan Martin and their aim was to investigate the most effective method of revising Leaving Certificate Chemistry and Biology. In this project the boys took 60 students and asked them to carry out a personality test. They then split the group into different groups and each group revised a topic using a different medium. They hope to find out if different learning methods are more suitable for different personality types.

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ST Louis school have been long time supporters of the Young Scientists Exhibition and that hasn’t changed this year with three projects travelling up to Dublin today to take part in the competition. St Louis principal Siobhán Greer commended the students taking part for their efforts in their respective projects and wished the girls luck in the exhibition. The first of the projects from the Castletown Road school consists of Melissa Lawrence, Eimear McGee and Caoimhe Kerley who looked into the effects of caffeine on the reflexes of adults and young people. Team two are Aine Grennan and Eimear Shine and they investigated the human impact on the quality of water in various locations around Dundalk Bay. Finally team three which consist of Aine Mellin and Ellen Elvards decided to strike a blow for Southpaws around the country as they designed a pen for lefthanded people.

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Banish the Blues at The Spirit Store Any risk of the January Blues setting in are sure to be banished by the impressive line-up at The Spirit Store over the coming weeks. As well as a stunning line up of top musical talent, the venue will play host to the kings of Irish Comedy. One of Ireland’s best loved jokers, Ardal O’Hanlon takes his stand up show to Dundalk this January 27. Although he is best known for his role as Father Dougal Maguire in Father Ted Ardal has always maintained that stand-up is his vocation. He is the founding father of the Comedy Cellar in Dublin and has been touring the world with

his stand up shows. During his summer tour of Ireland he delighted audiences with thoughtful and punchy routine dealing with this things of importance suchsex, religion, politics, Irishness and less important matters such as the monogamous life of frogs. Following in Ardal this February sound effects crackerjack Michael Winslow is bringing his Man of 1000 sound effects show to the venue. Known for his appearances as Larville Motor Mouth Jones in the Police Academy Movies, the vocal gymnast continues to stun and entertain audiences with his unique show. He was thrust into the

international limelight again when a video of the star performing Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love on Norwegian TV went viral. Also bringing the laughter to town is David O’Doherty. The multi award winning comedian, author, actor and playwright stand-up show has won a huge following with his whimsical style and hilarious insights accompanied by his Casio keyboard. He plays in the Spirit Store this February 28. Reviews of both the Spirit Store’s bar and venue have been over whelminglypositive since it reopened just before Christmas.

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Toyota’s new seven seater Verso has under gone a comprehensive mid-life upgrade with over 300 parts being changed. The engine line-up has been revised – the two diesels are a 2.0-litre D-4D unit which has seen the CO2 emissions being reduced by 10g/km to fall below 130g/km, whilst there is better power delivery at lower revs. The 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel engine is now available with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The former develops 175bhp with 159g/km CO2 emissions and the latter 148bhp and 178g/km. The towing capacity for all dieselpowered Verso has

been increased by 200kg to 1,500kg The 1.6 and 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol engines will continue. Both are matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.8 optionally available with a revised Multidrive CVT that has been tuned to give more of a stepped gear shift feel, with engine revs building in a way that’s more closely linked to vehicle acceleration. Toyota have improved the Verso’s driving dynamics retuning the front MacPherson struts and the rear torsion beam to improve the ride and power steering promises better feedback. The exterior has

been faced lifted to echo Toyota’s new styling DNA that has been seen on new Auris and Auris Touring Sports. The headlights have been revised and now incorporate LED daytime running lights. Whilst the folding door mirrors now incorporate indicators. On the inside there are new trim details and a new satin black paint finish that is softer to the touch. Soft-touch material has also been introduced for the upper glovebox and, on some versions, Nappa leather is used around the steering wheel, door trims and armrest. Warm satin chrome trim highlights feature on the driver’s instrument surrounds,

the instrument binnacle hood, air vents, instrument panel, gear shift and door grips. Measures have been taken to harmonise the appearance of the instruments and switchgear by using more consistent illumination and font sizes for the graphics. The driver’s meters are now back-lit in white, and all switches have a deep orange illumination. A dimmer switch has been added to the controls so the brightness of the combination meter and the switchgear lighting can be adjusted simultaneously, giving a consistent lighting level. New seat fabrics, colours and designs have been introduced


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Renault collected four awards at the annual Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge on Saturday 3rd November winning categories for the ZOE supermini and Kangoo Van Z.E. as well as scooping the overall prize. The event, sponsored by RAC Motoring Services was first introduced in 2010 to showcase low energy use vehicles. It features competitors driving electric, hybrid, hydrogen and lowemission conventional petrol and diesel cars on a 63-mile route from Brighton to London, using the least amount of energy as possible. The event is a real-world test of current and future vehicle technology.

ZOE, Renault’s new 100% electric supermini won the categories of Most Energy Efficient Small Car and the Best Pure Electric Vehicle. Kangoo Van Z.E. won the Most Energy Efficient Light Commercial Vehicle category. Against a wide range of competition including fully electric, hybrid and hydrogen vehicles, ZOE won the overall RAC Future Car Chal-

lenge for a production car. Andy Heiron, Head of Renault Electric Vehicles Programme, said, “I’m delighted to have won four out of 19 categories. We’re the only manufacturer offering such a wide range of fully electric vehicles to cover the main market sectors and appeal to both retail and business buyers. Our current three-model range has

already been attracting a lot of interest, especially the unique Twizy. The proof of the pudding though is trying them out. We’re confident that after experiencing the refined and responsive driving experience of a purely electric vehicle, combined with the financial and environmental benefits of switching to an electric vehicle, potential buyers will be smitten.”

As would be normal this time of year, AA Ireland are reminding us of to be prepared for the winter weather. The component most likely to cause issues for motorists this winter as in every given year is the battery says the AA. Each winter a third of call outs received by AA Patrols are battery related with January and February typically being the worst months of all when temperatures are at their lowest. The AA also points to brakes and tyres as components that will need extra attention over the next few months. “A common belief held by drivers is that it’s a good idea to reduce your tyre pressure to improve traction when road conditions become slick.” Says Faughnan. “But it’s really not a good idea. It might help a little in terms of traction but it’s really not worth the other associated risks that come with it so steer clear.” The AA also advises motorists to ensure their tyre thread depth doesn’t go beyond 3 millimeters and to keep an eye out for warning signs that there could be an issue with their braking system such as the need to apply more pressure than usual to your brake pedal, scraping, squeaking or chirping noises that come from the wheels when the

brakes are applied or a car that pulls to the left or the right when braking. Other winter specific maintenance the AA is recommending includes: Checking of your antifreeze (the liquid in your radiator): Anti freeze plays an important role in your car’s cooling system and prevents liquids within that system from freezing to a solid state during winter. It’s important to make sure the level is full and the mixture is close to 50/50. Replacing of your wiper blades: The average set of wipers blades should last about a year, so if you’ve had yours a while, now is a good time to have them replaced so you’re equipped to clear winters grime and dirt. Cleaning of your windscreen and making sure your washer fluid is topped up: The glow of winter’s low sun can be pretty dazzling and dangerous to drive in when your windscreen is smeared and dirty. So make sure to give your windscreen a good clean inside and out. It’s also good to use proper washer fluid rather than just water as it won’t freeze when temperatures drop. Checking of your lights: See and be seen, keep your indicators and headlamps clean and working.



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