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DUNDALK could be set for a brand new sports arena with a local group of sports clubs coming together to try and secure funding for the ambitious project. Majella Watters who is involved with Setanta FC in Dundalk said the initiative was born after a few of the local sports clubs around town were rejected for the latest sports capital funding grants. “A few of the local soccer teams and sports clubs didn’t receive any grants in the latest round of sports capital funding and through Barney Connolly we came together and formed a committee with the aim of trying to secure funding for a new sports arena in the town.

“So far we have got Redeemer FC, Shamrock FC Rangers FC, Setanta FC on board with O’Hanlon Park Boxing club also showing interest. Basically not many of our clubs have their own pitches and we want to have a sports arena that will service a number of the clubs with training, astro turf and normal football pitches.” explained Majella. “We are inviting sports clubs around Dundalk to get in touch with us and hear what we have to say an d decide if they want to get on board. We will have a short meeting next Tuesday night February 12 at 8pm in the Jean Corr room in the Redeemer Family Resource Centre. Continued on Page 21

Priest’s plea to turn killers in

Crowds show their respect outside Dundalk Garda Station

Dundalk and the Cooley Peninsula came to a virtual standstill on Wednesday of last week as thousands turned out to pay their respects to Det Garda Adrian Donohoe.

The State Funeral for the much-loved and respected 41-year-old father of two saw friends and colleagues from all over the country join Adrian’s family on an emotional day.

As Garda colleagues intensified their efforts to catch the killers, Fr Michael Cusack called on people with information to turn in those responsible. Continued on Page 2, 8 & 9


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Estate sale may bring relief for Carlinn Hall families The two families living in one of the area’s largest ghost estates, Carlinn Hall, are hoping their problems may soon be over as a buyer has come forward for the property. The families say they were contacted

by the receivers for the property, RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, before Christmas who informed them that a sale had been agreed on the property which has been on the market for more than 12 months. However five weeks down the line the families still do not know who the buyer is. They say they have had indications that the new buyer would relieve some of the problems that the families have been suffering since moving into the estate. The sewerage system will be connected to the mains and the issues with the heating system will be addressed by the new buyer the residents were assured. The Sally and Humston families who have been living in the ghost estate for around five years have been told that the buyer is the best possible one for the estate. But in the absence of direct dealings with the buyer, they are growing in-

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creasingly anxious as the details of what the future might hold for the estate are not yet available. The families bought in 2007, in what was to be the Ireland largest sustainable housing development; it was to set the standard of energy efficiency but the developers, Keelagh Homes, hit financial difficulties before the estate was finished. Ever since, the two families have been living in a ghost-estate and have been plagued with all the problems that come Call with Todayliving to book your and in an unfinished, almost entirely unoccupied street. However, demonstration it is fingers crossed that

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Ricky secures All-Ireland title In his first full year of competitive boxing Ricky Nesbitt has succeeded in capturing an Irish title for himself and his local club Dealgan. Ricky stepped into the boxing ring in the National Stadium on Saturday January 19 in the semi–final of the 51kg Flyweight division to box his opponent, Ben Nelson from the newly formed Townland boxing club in Belfast. Ricky found himself leading 7–4 at the end of the first, and after a close second he was 11-6 ahead before winning comfortably. The following Saturday in the final of the 51kg division Ricky came up against Cavan BC’s Sebastian Stasi-

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aczck, a heavily muscled southpaw. When the round ended Ricky found himself behind on points 3–1. Again he did what was asked of him with great determination and courage and due largely to the wonderful spar-

ring he had had prior to this contest with his clubmates, Amy Broadhurst, European Champion and Kalum Mc Conville, Senior Cadet Champion, both southpaws, he found himself ahead by a single score as the bell sounded to

end the second. In a thrilling third round, Ricky showed great courage and strength to come out on top to land the All-Ireland Novice champion at 51kg with a 14-13 win. Ricky also boxed in the National Intermediates before Christmas and was only narrowly beaten by the eventual winner. Anyone out there prepared to say that this young man, Ricky “Nasty” Nesbitt, won’t be an Olympian in 2016, Ricky will be looking to continue the progress he has made over the past two years with many tipping him to be a contender for a place in the 2016 Olympics.

Night at the Dogs in aid of Down Syndrome 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. 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. Tickets to the event cost just €10 for one adult and two children. The local branch are also looking for volunteers to help out in the run up to and on the night.

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Realt Na Mara students unveil ‘love blanket’

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The students and teachers of Realt na Mara National School unveiled their ‘Love Blanket’ this week after working on it for many months. The blanket is part of the global Blanket Earth Project which will be showcased at the Olympics in Brazil in 2016. Students, teachers and parents looked on proudly at the blanket which every child in the school contributed to. Each class chose a symbol to represent a positive aspect of their school, and all combined under the overall theme of forgiveness. The blanket will now join others which will be unveiled at a special event in Grafton Street before it makes its way around Europe and South America before joining the 2016 celebrations in Brazil. It began with a chance meeting in a

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Realt Na Mara taking part in the Blanket Earth project

paint shop where parents Michelle and David Carthy overheard a conversation about the project. They immediately thought it would be a great way to help raise funds for the school’s sensory room which caters for the additional needs of pupils in the Autism Spectrum. Paul Mack the Derryman who began

Blanket Earth visited the school in May last year and helped raise more than €1,100. It went towards the development of the schools Autism Programme. They are now endeavouring to fundraise to improve those facilities. There has been an ongoing effort from parents and teachers to develop a soft play

Cobra Kan are best of the best Cobra Kan students have proved they are among the elite as on last 12 students competed in the ‘Best of The Best’ competition held in Dublin. Juniors Leah O’Shaughnessy and Erin O’Connell competed in the same division, the yellow - orange girls section, and dominated the event. They met in the final were Leah secured the gold and Erin earned the silver title. Tiernan Weldon competed in the White – Orange boys section, his preformance in this section can not be faulted and he secured the bronze. Rebecca Lamb Fegan competed in the Green – Purple girls section, deservingly gaining the gold title in the final. Meanwhile, Peter Lamb Fegan entered the boys Green – Purple devision, and after fighting superbly he took home the gold.

Cobra Kan members celebrate their success

Sean O’Hare faught in the boys Green – Purple division were he stormed his way to the final and winning a silver medal. On the senior side of things, Megan Rogers fought in the women’s Black Belt section and won the silver title in an extremely tough section. Patrick Mulligan fought in the men’s Brown belt advance section, he made his way to the final and took home the gold. Philip Corway competed in the men’s Black

belt advance division, where he used his years of experience fighting extremely well in this section and secured the gold in the final. Martina Goss entered the Green – Purple section and won the bronze title. Gerard Conlan and Yan Fitzgerald both competed in the mens Green – purple section Yan fought with huge heart and skill while Gerard made his way to the final were he returned home with the gold medal.

area in the school as well as the schools sensory room. They soon hope to be able to purchase a new piece of equipment The school have a strong ethos of inclusion, cooperation and the celebration of differences. Through this they irradicate bullying as they promote healthy and fruitful friendships.

Cross border marathon

the Preparations are continuing for the DUNE cross border half marathon in association which will take place on Monday February 18. This event will be a chipped half marathon, starting in Dundalk square and finishing in Newry. All proceeds from the event will be going to The Ryan Cinnamond Trust. Ryan is a local teenager who unfortunately lost both his legs in 2010 after suffering a ruptered aortic aneurism. On line registration will be available through runireland. com. Entries are now being taken for walkers and relay teams. Walkers will leave Dundalk at 9am and relay teams will changeover at Carrickdale Hotel.

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Epilepsy Meeting

Parents with epilepsy who are concerned about discussion their condition with their children are invited to attend a meeting in the Brainwave Offices, Partnership Court, Dundalk on February 12. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and guest speakers will include, Dr Mark Mulrooney, Senior ClinicalNeuro-psychologist Beaumont Hospital, and Sinead Murphy Clinical Nurse Specialist Community Epilepsy Service. To book a place or for further information please call Noreen O’Donnell 042 9337585.

The Dundalk unit of the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps are actively seeking new members. No First aid experience is needed as full training will be provided by members who are qualified instructors. They meet on a Monday night at their premises in Mill Street beside the Realt Na Mara national school. The group covers sporting events such as football, horse racing, kick boxing, Thai boxing and motor bike racing. If you are interested in joining Call Catriona on 0879356381 or Paul on 0879371272

Make a Wish Draw

Local people are asked to support a special draw in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation with tickets on sale in the Long Walk Shopping Centre from February 14 to 16. The prize is a Volkswagen car and money raised will go towards children in Louth between the ages of three and 17 with life threatening illness. There are just 2,000 tickets on sale and the draw will take place in the Fairways Hotel later in the year.

Portuguese Embassy

Continuing with our series of visits from various Embassies, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce has invited the Economic Attaché from The Portuguese Embassy to come to Dundalk on Wednesday February 13. To book a slot call 042 9336343.

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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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Family’s thanks for Baby Ellen support By Niamh Kirk

Baby Ellen Barron McGee who captured the hearts of the people of Dundalk has died after a brave battle with a rare genetic disorder which also claimed the life of her 18 month old brother Christian ten years ago. Baby Ellen died peacefully in Temple Street Children’s hospital on January 25 having battled a disease called Mitochondrial disorder throughout her short life. Last year a committee was set up to raise funds to send Ellen to the US for life saving stem cell treatment in a bid to extend her life. People in Dundalk and throughout the country got fully behind the cause and Ellen travelled to the states for two rounds of treatment. Unfortunately for

Ellen’s parents, Tom and Lisa, her brave battle against the disease ended after she picked up a virus just before Christmas. A statement released from the Ellen Barron McGee Fundraising Committee, read “It’s with the heaviest of hearts and the deepest sorrow, that we announce the death of our angel Ellen. Ellen had been poorly for the last seven weeks, and fought her wee heart out to survive, but God had different plans for her. “We would like to thank every single one of you who contributed to our fund to save our wee Angel, also those of you who fundraised all over the country. You showed so much love to our Ellen, she became the nation’s daughter, sister and friend. “You will never know the extent of our

Baby Ellen with parents Tom and Lisa

gratitude for your generosity. We will be forever thankful to you all. “Our Ellen is now in the arms of her grandfather Thomas McGee, and in his other arm holds her dear brother Christian. The little fairy’s wings were too strong to hold her here in this earth, she needed to fly to a better place,

and her beloved granda and brother met her with open arms on the dark Friday night. “The committee, parents Lisa and Tom, her twin sister Grace, her grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins and friends would like this opportunity to say thank you”, the statement read.

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“For God’s sake turn these people in”—Fr Cusack By Niamh Kirk

As the shock over the shooting of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe the community subsides, anger and disgust have become dominant amid calls for those protecting the killers to come forward. At the funeral service on Wednesday Fr Michael Cusack called on anybody with information to come forward. He said that in not doing so they were prolonging the family’s pain and denying them closure. “I think we need to look into the eyes of Caroline, look into the eyes of Adrian’s parents and allow what is best within us, our humanity, to recognise what evil can do when it is allowed to flourish in a community “If there is anyone who knows anything about that, if you have any semblance of goodness in you, for God’s sake, turn these people in. If

People gathered outside Dundalk Garda Station show their respect for Adrian Donohoe

not, you’re allowing Satan to ruin the lives of more and more people”, said Fr Cusack. Justice Minister Alan Shatter added to the call to the community saying “There are husbands, wives, sons, daughters, neighbours, friends, who must know the individuals engaged in this. They are not five people operating in a vacuum.” Last week the Garda Commissioner Callinan said that he was hopeful the killers would

be brought before the courts. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that no resources would be spared in the hunt for the killers and that they would serve the full 40 years for their crime. National teams have been assisting local Gardai as they continue their investigation, as are teams from the PSNI. The Irish League of Credit Unions has offered a reward of €50,000 for information that will lead to the arrest and pros-

ecutions in the case. Gardai are looking for information about the movements of the navy Volkswagon Passat with an 08 Dublin registration that was stolen in Clogherhead late on Tuesday January 22/23 between 11.30 pm and 4.30 am . There was a large funeral held in the area at the time and it might help jog people’s memories of the night. The car was found burnt out in South Armagh on Sunday and Gardai believe that it remained in the area for a number of days before the robbery. CCTV from local businesses, the Credit Union and petrol stations are being examined. However, there are those who are protecting the people who were involved. Dundalk Garda station on 042 9388400 or the Garda confidential number 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. The can also contact the PSNI on 04890-650222 or 08456008000 from the North.

Crowds turn out to pay respects By Niamh Kirk

Louth residents came out in force last week for the final journey of Det Adrian Donohoe. The funeral was attended by the President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and ministers as well as

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thousands of mourners who gathered outside St Josephs Redemptorist Church to show their respects as the funeral cortege arrived. Around 2,000 Gardaí from all over Ireland joined the procession, as did members from the other security forces. St Joseph’s church was filled and hundreds of mourners stood in a marquee provided adjacent to the church or in the car cark under a canopy of umbrellas. The Mass, presided over by Fr Michael Cusack, was broadcast to the gathered mourners. He described the fallen Garda as a perfect role model, humble and a community leader. “So many people today no longer offer their services freely to the community but Adrian always did,” said Fr Cusack. “To the local community in the Dundalk and Cooley peninsula, we are forever in your debt for the outstanding generosity you have shown to the Donohoe family and An Garda Siochana at this most difficult time,” he said Det Donohoe’s children formed part of the offertory procession. Seven-year-old Amy took the phone on which she called her father every night while he was on duty and a remote control she would hide from him. Her younger brother Niall took the football he and his father would play with and his favourite Manchester United jersey. The grey and wet weather was reflection

of the mood in Dundalk as the funeral was being held, but the sun broke through and thousands of people emerged to line the streets for the passage of the funeral cortege. The hearse travelled through Dundalk after the service and Church

bells rang out across the town. Hundreds gathered at The Crescent and joined in solemn applause when the procession stopped for a few moments in front of the Garda Station. An Taoiseach stood and paid his respects too before the procession continued to

Park Street and then on to Clanbrassil Street. Businesses closed for much of the afternoon as a mark of respect for the Garda who did so much for the local community and the sombre mood of Dundalk has been palpable since news of the shooting broke.

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Huge amount of goodwill in response to act of evil

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n dIf the callous murder of Adrian 3Donohoe displayed in chilling terms the pure evil that can be visited upon any family or comtmunity, the small crumb of comfort is that such tragic s -events providing the opportuinity to display the huge amount eof good that exists in our society. The outpouring of emotion -was heartwarming as people of lall ages and all walks of life .turned out to display their utter o revulsion at such a cold and o cowardly act that shook a whole nnation. - The St Patrick’s GFC centre in Lordship was the focal point nthroughout the week and peonple flocked to pay their respects, -show their support for the Donohoe family and help out in any way they could. Members of the club responded magnificently in pronviding refreshments and organising car-parking throughout r sthe week as people flocked to ethe centre to sign the book of hcondolence. y It was a magnificent effort by fthe club, but they were not alone and the support of neighbours – near and far – was

The late Adrian Donohoe

something that Chairman Alan Duffy felt illustrated the real good that exists despite such tragedies. “On behalf of the St Patricks club, I want to thank everyone who helped out in any way. People really went above and beyond the call of duty and it was an indication of the esteem in which Adrian, Caroline and family were held in the area. “I don’t know how many

people I met who took time off work to come out help us over the few days. It was absolutely magnificent”, added Alan who was also very impressed by the response of the wider GAA community. “Clubs in Louth were fantastically generous and supportive over the past week and all anxious to help out. Whether it was food, equipment or just turning up to show their support, we just couldn’t believe the response. “I have to mention in particular our neighbours, Cooley Kickhams, who were brilliant especially on Wednesday when they took charge of organising traffic at the Gyles Quay end of Lordship. “The local businesses were also brilliant and the amount of food that arrived was incredible. It just shows you the good that exists”, continued Alan. As the army of volunteers and friends filtered back to the comfort of their normality, their thoughts and prayers remain with Caroline, Amy and Niall who must now come to terms with a life that will never be the same again.

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Fresh from the success of their recent pantomime “Snow White and The 7 Dwarfs”, Dundalk Musical Society are already putting the wheels in motion for their next offering. A concert entitled “An Evening with Lloyd Webber and Friends” which will take place on Friday May 3 at 8pm in The Crowne Plaza Hotel. Rehearsals will begin on Monday February 11 in Dundalk Tennis Club. The society would like to invite males and females of 16 years and over to come and join the ensemble for this production. No audition or experience necessary just a love of musical theatre and an interest in singing. Rehearsal times are Ladies Chorus 7.30 - 8.30pm and Men’s Chorus from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

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Agreeement reached over new running track Co Louth VEC and Dunleer Athletics Club signed an agreement this week that will see both organisations come together to build a state-of-the-art outdoor running track in Dunleer. The new 400m full size synthetic running track is set to be built on a seven acre site adjacent to Scoil Uí Mhuirí on the Barn Road in Dunleer. The VEC acquired the site in 2011

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in lightof the growing numbers of students attending the school and the consequential need for additional space and accommodation. At the signing of the agreement in the school this week were Fiona Kindlon, Principal of Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Aileen Conry, Senior Staff Officer with Co. Louth VEC, Kevin Matthews, Chairman of Dunleer AC and

club members Pat Cheshire and Jacqueline Matthews. Last year both organisations made a funding application to the Sports Capital Programme administered by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. The joint application was awarded €120,000.00, the highest single award made to any organisation in the county.

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Help name new kennels The Louth Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals is looking for the public to help them find a name for their new kennels. Volunteers spent countless hours working on the kennels over a six month period and they opened in July last year. The facility is one of the best in the country providing care and training for the animals before they are re-homed. The past few months have proved to be quite busy with increasing numbers of people surrendering their dogs. However, many dogs have also found a new home and the benefits of visiting the kennels and adopting a dog are many. Local

pharmacist Gerard Smith and his family had a previous bad experience with a dog. But keen to not let one bad experience put his daughter off they kept searching

for a perfect pooch. The LSPCA volunteers are dedicated not only to the care of the dogs but also to preparing them for new family. Mr Smith said that he couldn’t have asked them to make him a dog so good and suitable. “He’s a bit older and settled into the family as if he had always been there. When we are out walking he doesn’t pull on the lead. He’s really great and restored my daughter’s faith in dogs.” The kennels are run by the Department of Agriculture but largely on the efforts of their volunteers. If you have a good name to give the LSPCA’s kennels just visit their facebook page www. facebook.com/Louthspca and post your idea there.

Fine Gael TD, Peter Fitzpatick, has urged women across Louth to avail of a free smear test from a dregistered GP or women’s health -clinic in the county, for early detection of cervical cancer. x “This week is European Cervigcal Cancer Prevention Week and I ,am urging women across Louth to ,avail of a free smear test from ,your local doctor. Funded by the dDepartment of Health, this free rscheme is available to women aged between 25 and 60.

“A smear test could save your life, and, with over 300 women diagnosed with cervical cancer and 90 lives lost every year to this deadly disease, it is vitally important that women are regularly screened to detect any changes in the cells of the cervix. “Regular screening helps identify cervical cancer at an early stage and can lead to successful treatment of the disease. All you need to bring with you is your PPS number.

“I am urging every woman to take care of their health and avail of this free service during European Cervical Cancer Prevention week”, added the local TD. Thousands of GPs, practice nurses, Women’s Health, Family Planning and Well Woman Clinics all over Ireland are registered to provide smear tests. You can see a full list in the ‘Find a smeartaker - doctor’ section of the www.cervicalcheck.ie. Call CervicalCheck on Freephone 1800 45 45 55.”

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Official opening of The Market Bar

Conan Gormley, Conor Noonan, Peter Griffin and Michael Crawley at the Market Bar on Saturday night.

Nicola Mc Cann and Emmet Bishop.

Sunday evening. Salidbar and John Mul at the Baron

at the Market Kevin Lawlor and Patricia Moriarty

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Aine and Aisling Hogan with Paula Gray at the Market Bar on Sunday evening

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Teachers’ group call for clarity

The Ardee Celtic U-16 team that reached the last 16 of the National Cup following victory over Hodson Bay Celtic of Roscommon. The local side were 4-2 winners after an impressive display at Oriel Park thanks to two goals each from Podge McGowan and James Carraher, which sets up a meeting with Home Farm next week. There was disappointment for the U-15 team who lost out to Carrigaline Utd on a 1-0 scoreline in the National Cup. The Ardee side were unlucky as Mikey Kelly, Aidan Lee Martin and Cian Commins all went close to scoring.

Series of cultural exchanges The Yoruba descendents of Nigeria in Ireland are holding a series of cultural exchange days over two months starting this February 12.

The workshops are to take place every Tuesday evening from 6pm – 9pm at the Muirhevnamor Community Centre . The classes offer

the opportunity to learn more about the Nigeran Language and the Irish language as well as the history and background of Irish and Yoruba people.

Local guidance counsellors have called on local public representatives to make their position clear on the future of the role in schools following comments made by Minister Ruairi Quinn last week. Gerry Malone, a spokesperson for the local group of guidance counsellors, made the call after the Minister suggested that students could turn to “The cleaner or the maintenance man” for advice if required. “I am calling on all local TDs and Senators, and in particular, Mary Moran to make their position clear on this role. Senator Moran is the Labour spokesperson for education in the Senate and we would like to know where they stand”, added Mr Malone who is concerned there is an attempt being made to downgrade the role of guidance counselor. “It was surprising to read in a national newspaper on Friday last, a comment by the Minister that “Guidance Counsellors provide

guidance in relation to career options and career choices.” “The Minister has either not read the content of his own policy document, which clearly states as outlined above that the role of the Guidance Counsellor “include personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or a combination of all”, he added. A statement from the Irish Guidance Counsellors said: “The IGC is now calling on the Minister for Education and Science to affirm the importance of professional counselling availability to all students as outlined in his own policy document published on 31 January last. The IGC further calls on the Minister to provide schools with the dedicated resourced from September 2013 to enable them to allocate sufficient time to the qualified Guidance Counsellors, to support all the students within the school who are experiencing difficulties or are in crisis.”

W roku 2013 tłusty czwartek przypada na 07 lutego. Tłusty czwartek rozpoczyna ostatni tydzień karnawału i jest świętem zwyczajowym. W Polsce w tłusty czwartek prawie wszyscy pochłaniają duże ilości pączków z nadzieniem różanym (i nie tylko). Według jednego z przesądów, jeśli ktoś w tłusty czwartek nie zje ani jednego pączka, to w dalszej części roku nie będzie mu się wiodło. Tłusty czwartek to święto ruchome wypadające zawsze w ostatni czwartek karnawału i zależy od daty Wielkanocy. Ostatni czwartek przed Środą Popielcową i Wielkim Postem, a zarazem ostatnia przed Wielkanocą okazja, by beztrosko oddać się karnawałowemu nieumiarkowaniu w jedzeniu. Tradycja oddawania się słodkim przyjemnościom towarzyszy Polakom od kilku wieków. Dawniej biesiadowanie w zapusty ciągnęło się przez kilka dni, aż do wtorku przez Popielcem. Sam Tłusty Czwartek od lat nierozerwalnie wiąże się z pączkami. Zwyczaj ich masowej konsumpcji miał niegdyś również swoje przyczyny ekonomiczne - przed okresem postnym trzeba było zużyć zapasy tłuszczu, cukru, jaj i owoców – w istocie trudno wyobrazić sobie lepszy sposób na spożytkowanie tych składników. Obecnie w Tłusty Czwartek pączki można kupić dosłownie wszędzie. Dlatego nie należy się dziwić, że nasi rodacy pochłaniają w ten dzień wspólnie ok. 100 milionów tych pulchnych nadziewanych kulek. Zajadanie słodkości ma oczywiście swoje ciemnie strony – zwłaszcza dla kobiet. Jeden pączek, w zależności od nadzienia, to nawet 400 kalorii. Biorąc pod uwagę, że przeciętny Polak zjada w Tłusty Czwartek 2,5 pączka, wiele osób ma później ambicję wyzerować niekorzystny bilans i spalić nadmiar przyswojonego tłuszczu. To z kolei nie lada wyzwanie: aby spalić równowartość kaloryczną 1 pączka, można na przykład: biec przez pół godziny z prędkością 11 km/h, pływać kajakiem przez godzinę, malować ściany przez 2 godziny czy też robić na drutach przez 4 godziny. Powrót do formy można jednak rozłożyć w czasie, w końcu nie bez powodu zaraz po Tłustym Czwartku czeka nas 40-dniowy post. W imieniu Simul Polonia smacznego życzy Agnieszka Boniewicz

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Holistic & Psychic Health Fair this Sunday 11am to 6pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel

The ever popular Holistic & Psychic Health Fair will take place on Sunday February 10 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel from 11am to 6pm. The organisers aim to promote healthy living in the full sense and this Holistic and Psychic Health Fair provides a fantastic opportunity to

experience a vast range of holistic therapies and natural products. New this year is an Angel Workshop by Robbie Andrews, which are certain to prove a big hit. Robbie will be holding two workshops, the first starting at 11.30am and the second at 4pm.

Join Arthur at the Holistic & Psychic Fair in Crowne Plaza Sunday 10 Feb

Spiritual Healing Evening Arthur Whyte, Spiritual Healer will hold

Healing Evening

Carlingford: Monday 11 Feb – Four Seasons Hotel Dundalk: Tuesday 12 Feb – Fairways Hotel From 7p m to 9.00pm. Cost €20. Private Healings available with Arthur 11 Feb – 12 Feb in Fairways Hotel To reserve your place please call Alison on 087 630 2694 e-mail: info@arthurwhyte.com www.arthurwhyte.com Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/arthurwhyte.healer ‘I was stuck until I met Arthur. Now I’m doing exactly what I am meant to be doing. Arthur has a special gift and embodies unconditional love. He has touched not only my life but 3 other members of my family. I am eternally grateful. Thank you Arthur from my heart.’ Clodagh, Co. Cork.

PALM READER KEITH McCABE Discover yourself through palmistry as it is a way of finding out why things occur & why you behave the way you do. Learn how to make your life go the way you want it to. Keith will be at the Psychic Fair on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

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Tickets are sold at the door at €10 each. Robbie will be well known to many as he has written a book called “How I Met My Guardian Angel”. For those who are looking for spiritual guidance or are curious about what your future has in store for you, then this fair is an ideal opportunity to visit psychics, angels and tarot readers. The organisers carefully hand pick them for their skill, honesty and integrity to ensure they give you an inspirational reading and help guide you through your present and future life choices. You can experience all kinds of psychic alternatives at the fair from tarot to angel cards, palmistry, numerology and astrology. Just turn up on the day, no appointment necessary and the readers will be happy to talk to you. The Holistic and Psychic Health Fair will also feature the chance to have your aura read. The aura is a mirror to the soul and with the latest photographic technology you can now see it for yourself. Each colour in the aura contains a different message to help you on your path through life. Come to the fair where an aura photographer will take a photo of your aura and read it to you – giving you a deeper insight into your spiritual wellbeing. You can sample mini treatments of ancient therapy Indian Head massage, reflexology, Bio- Energy therapy, massage, and much

more. Arthur Whyte, Spiritual Healer will also attend the Holistic & Psychic Fair in the Crowne Plaza where he offers Energy Healing sessions, a fifteen minute session with Arthur might just leave

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you feeling incredibly well, lasting for days if not weeks to follow. All sorts of physical and stress related conditions can be helped with a session with ‘Dr. HealGood’. However if you just

fancy doing some shopping, there are angel gifts and lots of other products such as handmade jewellery, candles, natural skincare, books, crystals, paintings and more on sale. The fair also provides

an excellent opportunity to benefit from the huge range of ancient and modern therapies and products at the fair on Sunday, with the new health drink, Asea on sale. The event is open to

the public, admission is €5and children are free. Doors open 11am to 6pm. All are welcome. For more information please call Geraldine 087-6730717 or visit www.holisticfairsireland.com

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SONG to make a return with ‘The Pirate Queen’

Stage One New-musical Group (SONG) are thrilled to announce that their next production will be Boubil and Schonbergs’s “The Pirate Queen”. It will take place in An Tain Theatre from Wednesday February 20 to Saturday March 23, nightly at 8pm. From the Creators of “ Les Miserables” and the

Producers of “Riverdance” , this spectacular musical, tells the story of Grainne O’Malley, who was the most notorious sea captain in Ireland. A heroine who led an extraordinary life as a Pirate, Chieftain, Lover and Mother in 16th Century Ireland. Her quest to protect her people and to save her one true love, em-

Official opening of The Market Bar The Market Bar in Dundalk held its official opening celebrations from Thursday to Sunday of last week and it proved to be a big success. The proprietors of the new venue, located at the top of Clanbrassil St close to the Market Square, expressed their thanks to all who supported them over the weekend. There was a big turn out over the four days as people came to enjoy the music and food on offer. The next big event is for Valentines Day and the staff are hoping to see all return to the venue.

barks on a thrilling voyage that climaxes in a heated confrontation with the one woman more powerful than her, her fierce rival Queen Elizabeth I. The Pirate Queen combines classic storytelling and a sweeping score with the powerful vibrant traditions of Irish song and dance, to create a new musical event

and an epic romance. “SONG are thrilled to be granted the performing rights , it is a massive honour for us and after nearly a year of working with the Writers’s Agent in Los Angeles, it is fantastic to be given the go ahead and to announce the show. We expect huge interest in the show and that it will be a

sell out” said Terese Dunne, Director of SONG This show will feature SONG’s award winning production team and cast. Joining the production team, is the original Broadway Irish Dance choreographer and former Riverdance choreographer, Carol Leavy Joyce. “Carol, from Ardee but now living

in Blackrock , is a fantastic audition to our team and we are thrilled to have her on board .“ said Terese. “ The cast have been working so hard since January . We will also have former members the Riverdance Dance Troupe joining us, including Dervla McGee, Alan Fox and Cal Moran and of course former musi-

cal director Patrick Dunne is back with us again this year”. Booking opened on February 1, tickets priced at €15 can be got at An Tain Box Office, Town Hall , Dundalk , telephone no 042 93 92919. You can also contact Rosemary at 087 2023915 or Terese at 086 8963079 for tickets.

Monk’s Music at St Nicholas’ Church Louth Contemporary Music Society presents the world premiere performance of a fantastic new spiritual work MONK’S MUSIC by the Russian Composer ALEXANDER RASKATOV. Monk’s Music will be performed by the Carducci Quartet and Gordon Jones of the Hilliard Ensemble. The performance will take place on Friday

February 8 at 8pm in St Nicholas’ Church of Ireland Dundalk (The Green Church). Raskatov’s composition Monks Music is based on seven brief texts by the Russian Orthodox monk Elder (“Starets”) Silouan, who was described by Thomas Merton as the “most authentic monk of the 20th century”, and declared a saint in

1987. Loosely modelled on Hadyn’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, Raskatov has scored the work, by turns mystical and dramatic, for solo bass and string quartet. It was written in memoriam Alfred Schnittke. Admission is €10 (includes a glass of wine in the Wellington Hall). Tickets from 0818 205 205 | www.centralticketbureau.com


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New Dundalk Junior Brass Band programme

Music Generation Louth, in association with Dundalk Brass Band, is holding an Open Evening on Tuesday February 12 at Wellington Hall, St Mary’s Rd, Dundalk to mark the launch of its new Junior Brass Band programme for children and young people. The event will give families the chance to hear the Dundalk Brass Band perform,

as well as obtain information about how to get involved in the new programme. There will be lots of opportunities for children to try out trumpets, trombones and other brass instruments under the guidance of Music Generation Louth’s team of brass tutors. Gemma Murray, Music Generation Louth Coordinator,

explained, “We are hoping to recruit lots of new learners aged 9 and over; that’s the ideal age to start playing a brass instrument. Our new junior band programme offers an af-

fordable and fun way to play music with instrument rental, weekly individual or group lessons and the opportunity to play music with others in ensemble”. Music Generation

Louth is a new music service for the county that aims to help children and young people up to 18 years of age access vocal and instrumental tuition. It is led by Co. Louth

VEC and is part of Music Generation, a national programme

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Southern Tenant Folk Union in Spirit Store

This week saw the release of the fifth Southern Tenant Folk Union album ‘Hello Cold Goodbye Sun’ a collection of new and original material written by five of the award winning Scottish collective’s members. Fresh from a sold out UK tour, Southern Tenant Folk Union, who won Americana Artist of the Year 2010 in the UK and feature Belfast born banjo player Pat McGarvey, will return for a nine date Irish tour in support of the album starting on February 7 in The Spirit Store, Dundalk.

With a more difficult and emotionally charged pre-production process than on previous albums, the band have developed a set of songs that build on some of the soundscape folk from the acclaimed fourth album Pencaitland as well as showcasing the growing songwriting, instrumental and vocal talent within the group. The album was originally proposed with a focusing theme of ‘modern horror’ as a lyrical and a musical basis for a cohesive album with influence from John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi and Goblin.

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Let us help you get ‘mortgage ready’. Louth buck national trend in housing construction figures

Stephen Gunne who is Managing Director of local auctioneering firm Property Partners Laurence Gunne has recently completed his exams to become an accredited mediator. Mediation is one of the most up and coming forms of alternative dispute resolution were parties who are locked in a dispute can enter the mediation process in an effort to get a satisfactory resolution without having to go through the court process. Stephen is already a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Ireland and since May of last year is Chairman of the board of the Property Partners Group throughout Ireland who have 29 offices.

According to figures released by the Construction Industry Federation there was a drop of 19% in the figures for houses built in 2012 when compared to the figures for 2011. However Louth were one of just three counties to buck the national trend with an increase of 4% in house building for 2012. A total of 268 housing units were built in County Louth in 2012 which represents an increase of 11 from the previous year. Along with Longford and Sligo, Louth were the only county to show an increase. A total of 8,488 houses were built in Ireland during 2012, according to the figures published by the CIF which represents a drop of 1,992 or 19% on the figure for 2011 when a total of 10,480 houses were completed. The CIF is also predicting that the coming year will see a further slight reduction in housing units built. This is based on the drop in residential unit commencements for the first 11 months of 2012. Speaking about the figures, CIF Director General Tom Parlon said, “2012 was

a very difficult year for the Irish house building industry with the level of activity falling once more. Previously the lowest level had been the 13,887 units that were built in 1970 when the records began, but the total for

2011 dropped below that mark and 2012 has seen a further fall in completions. “There is no doubt that house building reached unsustainable levels during the boom years, but the industry has now gone through

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“I think that sports clubs are a vital outlet for kids and a great way to make friends and to stay fit. We need to get our kids active and get them out of the house away from their computer games” urged Majella. We are

hopeful that sports clubs from all around the town will support us in our efforts as we try and give the town a brand new sports arena for our kids.” she added. If the group’s efforts at securing funding are suc-

cessful it is hoped the arena would be built within a 5 to 10 year period with a location around the area known as the ‘Back of the Wall’ being mooted as a possibility. All sports clubs are invited to attend Tuesday’s meeting.

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By Testimony Adegboye deaths. 2009 was the year of the lowest road deaths in The road safety Authority Louth there were only five (RSA) published a report on deaths. the road safety performance Meanwhile in 2010 there of each county in Ireland was again an increase in road during the lifetime of the last deaths which was eight road Government Road Safety deaths, in 2011 there were Strategy 2007 to 2012. Louth only six road deaths and in achieved a 43% reduction 2012 there was seven road over the years. deaths in County Louth. In 2004 to 2006 there Between 2007and 2012, the was an average of 12 road national average reduction in deaths. In 2007 there was an road deaths was 57% when increase of road deaths that compared to the number of reached up to 16 but in 2008 fatalities between 2004 and there were only seven road 2006.

Two counties Leitrim and Laois achieved a 100% reduction in road deaths falling from five fatalities to zero in 2012 and from seven fatalities in Leitrim in 2007 to zero in 2012. Road deaths continue to fall in Louth and all over Ireland and hopefully will reduce again this year. Ireland’s Third Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 aimed to reduce road deaths to 252 per annum by 2012, a target which has been achieved and even surpassed.

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Temperance Sunday

The annual Temperance Sunday Mass will be celebrated in St Fursey’s Church, Haggardstown on Sunday February 10 at 3pm. During this Mass there will be a collection to help defray the cost of Insurance as Pioneer Centres are no longer covered by parish insurance. All are welcome. The AGM of the North Louth Region of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association was held in the Parish Room, St Fursey’s Church, Haggardstown on Sunday January 13 with Regional President Gerry Stewart presiding. Delegates present included Fr Paddy Rushe, Spiritual Director and Gerard Teggart, Armagh Diocesan President.

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Family Notices

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Novena to the Sacred Heart Novena to the Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus In the past I asked you for many favours This time I ask you this special favour (Mention Favour) Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart Where your Father sees it Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise to publish it and the favour will be granted. (Never known to fail) K.B.

Novena to the Sacred Heart Novena to the Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus In the past I asked you for many favours This time I ask you this special favour (Mention Favour) Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart Where your Father sees it Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise to publish it and the favour will be granted. (Never known to fail) K.K.

Novena to the Sacred Heart Novena to the Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus In the past I asked you for many favours This time I ask you this special favour (Mention Favour) Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart Where your Father sees it Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise to publish it and the favour will be granted. (Never known to fail) McA.

premises for sale/rent ATTENTION BER’s now required for Better Energy Home Grants. For BER certification at affordable prices contact Robert Mulholland 087 6091906. www.louthber.ie ADVERTISE YOUR HOUSE Premises for rent or sale to 60,000 readers a week from €€5 Telephone Dundalk Leader 042 9320888 3 Bed House to rent Woodbury Gardens. Would suit couple or small family. 087-761-8887. 2 Bed House to rent - Furnished Castletown Road area. Contact 086822-3914 FOR SALE Newry, Co. Down, Four bedroom house, large garden & conservatory, 2 bathrooms, utility room, hill view, electric gates. Must be sold. Tel. 048 30266891 or 0044 7729882096.

Articles for sale BEDS & FURNITURE DIRECT Beds, mattresses, wardrobes, chests, lockers, pine beds etc., also furniture removals call 086 8704908 anytime. BED & MATTRESS SALE, beds from €99, mattress from €69. Massive range on show (free delivery) The Bed & Sofa Store, Northlink Retail Park, Dundalk 042 9320927 BEDS FOR SALE Totally heavy solid pine beds. Brand new, super strong, rock solid bases, lifetime guarantee. Good deep super memory foam mattresses included. Everything brand new. Can deliver. €89. 086-820-8303 SELL IT THROUGH A CLASSIFIED only €5 for one week up to 20 words. 04293 20888. The Dundalk Leader.

SPRING SPECIALS AT DEALGAN FURNITURE Longwalk, Dundalk (inside The Paint Store), for a wide range of New & Used Bedroom, Dining room and Kitchen furniture, great deals on Beds & Mattresses. Water proof mattresses in stock. Suite reupholstery and furniture fixing service available Tel 042-932-9111

ART CLASSES starting in Blackrock Music School on 16th Feb. Kids & Adult classes. €10 per class. Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced. Sketching, painting craft, sewing. Make something special for St Patrick’s Day float. Contact Elinor at 086-390-7159

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GERRY’S UPHOLSTERY SERVICE: Suites/Antique furniture repaired and re-covered. Better than new. 0860800788

PRIMARY & SECONDARY tuition in most subjects with highly experienced educationalist. Adults and children with learning difficulties especially welcome. Tel 083 149 0646

Classes & Courses BEGINNER GUITAR LESSONS only €8 per lesson. Begin a life-long hobby. Weekdays/Evenings. Can provide guitar if needed. Call Roy 086 2052108. PAUL’S HOLISTIC THERAPIES: Full body massage €40. Partial body massage €20. Reflexology Treatment (one hour) €40. Reiki Treatments (one hour) €40. Integration Energy Therapy (one hour) €40 Contact 086-3446944

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CHIMNEY & STOVE CLEANING Inspection & Repair Tel Paul McArdle 042-9332491/0876660094 or 089496-2292. Email tribalky@yahoo.com DUNDALK BUREAU DE CHANGE – Best rates guaranteed – No commission – We buy and sell all major currencies, electronic bank transfers, sterling and euro cheques – 8 Park St. (open 7 days 8am-11pm) & 4 Linenhall St (open Mon-Sat) – call 042 9339922/9370101 –www.dundalkbureaudechange.com – accepting all major Credit and Debit cards.

Learn one-to-one to use your computer to create: posters & greeting cards, upload photos from your camera. Internet, email, facebook, ECDL assistance. Contact Maria on 087-233-8702

DUNDALK BUREAU DE CHANGE – Western Union money transfer – pay over 140 different bills – payzone/ postpoint – stamps – pre-paid credit cards – phone top-ups – best rates guaranteed – no commission - 8 Park St. (open 7 days 8am-11pm) & 4 Linenhall St. (open Mon-Sat) – call 042 9339922/9370101 –www.dundalkbureaudechange.com – accepting all major credit & debit cards

VALENTINES DAY Gift Voucher. Treat the one you love to a holistic massage. Treatments lasts 2hrs, includes full body massage, reflexology and reiki. Contact: Paul’s Holistic Therapy’s 086-344-6944

PERFECT FIT ALTERATIONS - For all your sewing needs. For your convenience NOW OPEN on Avenue Road. 10% off for Slimming World members. Castletown Rd: Tel: 042 9327837. Avenue Road: Tel: 042 9352348

Medals galore for boxers News in Brief Dundalk Gaol Concert

Chief Instructor Wayne Rutherford, Enda Kelly, Matthew Mc Quillan and Coach Fidelma Martin, Conor O Murchu, Feidhlim O’Callaghan and Callum O’Connor.

The Martial Arts School of Fitness started their competitive year with a bang last week taking on two tournaments over two days. Day one saw Enda Kelly gaining a silver in a split decision final against the current National Champion for weapons in the Best of the Best competition, with Lawrence Clifford securing double 4th position for forms and weapons up against competition from all areas of the country. Conor O Murchu fought well to finish up in the quarter finals of his large sparring division. Sunday brought even better results for MAS-F at the New Years Open in Tallaght. First time competitor Feidhlim O’Callaghan took to the floor for forms with the u9s and secured a bronze position. Not to be daunted, he immediately competed in the u12 division with

LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE GIFT? Create a personalised newspaper page to celebrate a special occasion - birthday, anniversary, birth, sporting success etc. Contact 086 3238328 www. frontpagenews.ie A VAN & DRIVER: available for furniture removal, also single items, 3 piece suites, cookers, fridges, washing machines. Day & night Tel 086 8704908 FULLY QUALIFIED MECHANIC available for MOT, servicing & Mechanical repairs. Renault specialist Tel Declan 0044 7749488859 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE: Repairs, building plastering plumbing, painting, tiling, concreting, patios, gardening, PVC facia and soffits, window cleaning. Over 20 yrs experience. References available. Tel 085-858-8090 ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICE to over 60,000 readers for only €5 per week up to 20 words Phone Dundalk Leader 042 9320888 WE CAN DISTRIBUTE your leaflets from €65 + vat per thousand Phone Dundalk Leader 042 9320888 CHIMNEY CLEANING SERVICE: Dust Free. Brush & VAC. Reasonable rates. Call Tommy. 0871869164 EAMONN COONEY Satellite, T.V Aerial, Saorview, Freeview, Freesat etc. Sales/Service/Repairs. Phone 087 2671809 042 9331348 WEDDINGS 2012 Special at Peter Hughes Photography, Professional Wedding Photography, full coverage of wedding and 26 page picture story book album total price €750 phone 042 9333732 mob 087 2561161 IRONING - Reasonable rates for all your ironing. Text or Phone 086-1525364

his nun-chucks and up against current Irish representatives, he tied for bronze. Monique Martin once again proved her abilities with her sword and secured a gold in the +16yr division and a silver for her forms. Two other first time competitors premiered that day in a whirlwind of headkicks and jabs. Callum O’Connor fought fantastically in his division winning his first fight ever with almost maximum scores. Callum earned himself a brilliant bronze for his efforts. Matthew Mc Quillan entered one of the biggest sections on the day and after a great win, finished his day in the quarter finals. Conor O Murchu was again on the floor here also, trying out the advanced section and secured a silver for point sparring.

CARPENTER AVAILABLE 26 years experience. All interior, exterior, including kitchens, decking, doors, floors, flat-packs etc. No job too small. Keenest prices. Quality finish assured. Call Des for free quotation 0876180150 WINDOW CLEANING, gutter & facia cleaning carried out by professional, fully trained and insured staff. Affordable rates. Call our office for a free quoatation. Everkleen 0429352717 or 0868293585. CLEANEST & KEENEST Have your windows, carpet or suite of furniture cleaned at keenest prices . Also guttering, fascia boards, power hosing. Call Damien 0868469559 or 0879319243 TILER AVAILABLE Experienced local tiler to carry out all types of tile work - marble, granite, porcelain. Indoors and out. Call 0876563705 for free quote. DUNDALK COMPUTER REPAIR CENTRE We fix P.C’c, laptops, tablets, ipads, iphones and smartphones. No fix, no fee! 9am to 10pm. 7 days a week! Call Gerard 04293-28301 and 085-1286436 HANDYMAN SERVICES: For all your domestic jobs. Painting/Decorating/ Flooring/Building/Plastering etc. Phone Brian 0872952529 or 0429328727 R LEVINS HOME MAINTENANCE All types of work carried out about the house. Painting, Wall & Floor tiling, damp solutions, drylining. Outside the home PVC Fascia, soffit, all types of guttering & roof repairs. Flatroofs garden fencing. 15 years experience. Call Richie 086-4028291 MAN WITH CHAINSAW available for hire. Tel. 087 9791719.

Mórga (meaning Majestic) are a talented four piece traditional music high energy ensemble, based on the great bands of the 1970s will play at the Oriel Centre Dundalk Gaol on Thursday February 7. Adm €10. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets and further information available from 042 9328887.

Toxic Dump Found

Four industrial sized containers of toxic sludge have been found dumped at Lurgankeel on the Dundalk-Armagh Road. Each of the IBCs contains about 1000 litres of the toxic sludge that is left behind when agricultural diesel has had the green dye washed out. The sludge is toxic and poses an environmental threat when it leaks. The cleanup operations for Co Louth along last year cost the Irish Taxpayer more than one million euro.

GRIMLEY’s DUBLIN ST. DUNDALK. TV aerials, satellite, Freeview & Saorview, new installations, sales & repairs. 042 9354343.

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