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Student in clear over Guyana joke By Niamh Kirk

The case against Co Louth teenager Cillian Crossan has been dropped by Guyana’s prosecution service. The 17-year old from Lambstown, Ardee was arrested on March 29, and appeared before the magistrate on April 1 charged with threatening to shoot the country’s president, Donald Ramotar. The incident occurred in a bar in the town of Lethem when Cillian and a group of volunteer teachers were taking a break over the Easter Holiday to attend a local rodeo. His defence solicitor, Glenn Hanoman, told the court Cillian was drinking with friends when he joked about shooting the president at City Boy Club in the presence of two of

the president’s bodyguards. The comments were overheard by Amerindian Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary Nigel Dharamlall who approached him over what was said. Cillian was arrested and charged with a criminal offence. He pleaded ‘not guilty’ and was later released on bail of about €240 after appealing to return to help students with upcoming exams. The prosecutor in the case, Vishnu Hunte , objected to his release on bail, claiming Cillian was a flight risk and had threatened the President. President Donald Ramotar was not present at the Rodeo which was being held in the town at the time. Full story on page 13

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news of a further jobs boost earlier this week when Prometric announced that 24 more jobs were opening up in the company. This takes the total jobs in their Dundalk facility to the milestone number of 100, and this comes one full year ahead of schedule in terms of expansion of its Dundalk operation and job creation. The recruitment drive has already begun with 30 high skilled IT jobs positions open in the Dundalk facility. Using a prime location in Dundalk, the research and testing company operate a 20 hours global workday, facilitating operations in more than 160 countries. In Ireland they help administer the Driver Theory Test. Continued on Page 4


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Decomposing horse carcasses removed field on the outskirts of Dundalk town last FriThe decomposing car- day bringing the issue casses of two horses of abandoned horses to were removed from a the fore once again. By Niamh Kirk

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ning through the field. There had been around 15 horses grazing in the field without the owner’s permission since before Christmas and the local authorities are attempting to identify the owners. The horses appear to have been previously handled as some have halters on them. However the problem with abandoned horses has reached crisis point in the North East and in the absence of an outlet for the animals they will have to be put down, according to Louth County Veterinary officer, Gareth Shine. “There is a glut of horses in the county at the moment. I had seven calls out to horses over the weekend alone,” he explained.

Mr Shine added that so far this year they have taken in more horses than in all of 2012. The lack of options and outlets for horses has led to effective cull. Warning signs have been erected in the site to let the owners of the horses know that they will be soon be seized. Louth County Council is one of only a few in Ireland with stables, but these are full, as are the rescue stables and shelter. Once seized the horses will be kept for five days before being put down. “No one is tending them, and they cannot be left to starve to death. We have a holding policy of five days,” said Mr Shine who described the situation with abandoned horses as ‘grim’.

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before being discovered and finally removed. A man was walking his dogs along the bank of water last Monday when he came across the bodies of the two horses in a field reserved for development. They were already in an advanced state of decomposition when the remains were discovered. Members of the Local Authority’s veterinary service and animal welfare officer Fiona Squibb inspected the bodies during the week before the animals were eventually removed on Friday afternoon. Such was the advanced state of decomposition it is not possible to tell how the animals died. They were lying in a channel of water which was run-

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Karen McArdle with Martin McEligott and Elaine McGeough, Longwalk SC, who are both supporting the charity event

Karen’s Bake and Books Some things that are just made for each other, and a good read and some home baked goods are among them. This is a combination that local woman Karen McArdle is planning to capatalise on as she raises funds to help build a school in Nairobi, Kenya as part of the Niall Mellon Township Trust. Karen is holding a Book and Bake sale in the Longwalk

Shopping Centre from Thursday June 6 to Saturday June 9. She is asking for people to donate old books and to come along and pick up a bite of baked goods and a book to help support the school’s development. Martin McElligott, Lifestyle Photography, will also be helping the project by taking a portrait photograph which will be printed and mounted on Thursday 6th June for only €10.

SIPTU Home Support workers, previously known as Home Helps, are to hold a protest against continuing government cutbacks to services in Dundalk town centre this coming Friday June 7. The protest forms part of SIPTU’s Time To Care campaign which is calling for a restoration of hours for vital services and proper contracts of employment for those working in the sector. Protesters will gather in the

Square at 3pm before marching to the local HSE Offices on Market Street to hand in a petition with over 15,000 signatures calling on the government to reverse cuts to services. Vital Home Support services to the elderly and disabled suffered 500,000 hours of cuts at the beginning of 2012, and last September the HSE slashed a further 200,000 hours from service provision.

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DUNDALK received news of a further jobs boost earlier this week when Prometric announced that 24 more jobs were opening up in the company. This takes the total jobs in their Dundalk facility to the milestone number of 100, and comes one full year o ahead of schedule in terms of expan-

sion of its Dundalk operation and job creation. The recruitment drive has already begun with 30 high skilled IT jobs positions open in the Dundalk facility. Using a prime location in Dundalk, the research and testing company operate a 20 hours global workday, facilitating operations in more than 160 countries. In Ireland they help

administer the Driver Theory Test. “Prometric is a perfect example of a company that follows the sun, and can deal with the west coast of the United States as easily at it communicates with Asia because of Ireland’s unique geographic location, “ said Louth TD and Minister of State, Fergus O’Dowd.

The Dundalk centre helps run the company’s global executive leadership, test publishing, business development, operations, software engineering, business and systems analysis, project management, human resources, finance, marketing and graphic design and accounting. In 2011 the company announced it was to open its

Global operations Centre in the Finnibar Business and Technology Park. Within 6 months it had completed the €800k facility and in June last year, it boasted 52 employees. The aim had been to see this expand to 100 by 2014, but they hit targets one year ahead of schedule. Prometric’s ties to Dundalk run deeper than just job crea-

tion as the company has taken on a business community leadership role. Taking an active involvement in young peoples’ educations and development, the company places volunteers in classrooms in Dundalk where they serve as mentors to young people. They also have growing links with DkIT with whom they share resources and facilitate

student internship and training. From the outset the company was willing to dig deep into their pockets to support the area where it has made its home, and they now sponsor this weekend’s Taín Festival. Their Vice president Holly Dance, was the first from a foreign company to serve on the Chamber of Commerce.

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Six members of Dundalk’s Red Cross will fly the flag for Ireland next week in Salzburg, Austria where the FACE 2013 competition will take place. FACE is the First Aid Convention in Europe and pits 26 teams against each other to find out who are the best team in Europe. Last year the competition took place in Dundalk with Italy coming out on top. As Dundalk Red Cross team member Orla Sheridan explained the team will fly out to Austria next Wednesday as they prepare for the competition which will be officially launched on Friday June 14 with an opening ceremony. “There are eight of us in total flying to Austria. Myself, Padraig Duffy, Dave and Paul Nordon, Miriam Watters and Marie Lawless are on the team while Irish Red Cross vice chairman Tom Horwell and team trainer Geraldine Lawless will be accompanying us. “We got to represent Ireland at the championships by winning the Presidents Cup which is a national team competition with the six person team having to deal with all types of scenarios

The local Red Cross team that will be representing Ireland in Austria

such as, negotiating the treatment of hostages with armed terrorists to dealing with a motorbike and car collision to name only two of the five different stations that had to be completed.” explained Orla. This will be Orla’s second time representing Ireland abroad as she was part of the Irish team who came third in Serbia back in 2010. “Myself and Marie Lawless were part of the Irish team which competed in Serbia in 2010 so I suppose we will have an idea what to expect. We spent a day training down at the Marshes Shopping centre last week so we are ready and raring to go and looking forward to

the experience. “‘The competition is based around simulated emergency situations, and tests the response and reaction time of the six team members. It is very tough and we’ll all have to be on the ball as we are marked on response time and leadership skills. “I’d like to thank the Marshes shopping centre and the Dundalk Fire brigade for all their help over the last while in getting us ready for the event and hopefully we can do Ireland proud.” added Orla. The FACE competition’s opening ceremony takes place next Friday with the competition taking place on Saturday.

Showcase of DkIT’s creative talent THE creative media students of DkiT are kick starting the summer holidays with their annual showcase of talent, Fís 2013 currently taking place in the Carroll Village Building. The exhibition features the original work in interactive installations, gaming, music and film of this year’s students. Among the locally focused displays is ‘On the Ropes’, an interactive documentary about young boxers from the Clann Naofa club.

Many of the exhibitions short films, TV Pilots and documentaries are filmed in the area. The work on show will highlight the relevant and diverse skills that students of creative media & film acquire over the course of their studies at DKIT. The students showcasing work are graduating from four main programmes: the BA/BA (Hons) in Communications in Creative Multimedia & the BA/ BA (Hons) in Video and Film Production.

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Cuts force closure of Simon Community Gatehouse project By Paul Byrne

The Simon Community have been forced to close down their ‘Gatehouse Project’ house which provided accommodation for up to seven people who sleep rough nightly. Located on Laurel Road the shelter opened from 9pm to 9am providing a bed, warmth, a meal and general support but has been closed this week due to a ‘significant’ reduction of statutory funding. The operation will now be transferred to the Simon’s Barrack St premises. Although not

ideal, Simon Community manager Niall Mulligan said there was no other option available to the organisation. “Due to significant statutory funding reductions the board of directors of Dundalk Simon Community has reluctantly taken the decision to close our night shelter in The Laurels. Over its 10 year history, the night shelter has been the difference between a core group of men and women having a bed for the night or sleeping rough on the streets of Dundalk. The service will now operate from our emergency accommoda-

tion project in Barrack Street. “We would like to thank all members of the public for their continued support for our work. The Simon Community has been working in Dundalk for 40 years. The need for our services remains crucial and we will continue to do everything in our power to support people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in our community.” he explained. “We’re struggling to get by just like everybody else. Our statutory income has reduced significantly and we are re-

liant on the generosity of the general public”, added Niall. “They have been great in supporting us over the years and I hope they continue to do so. Last weekend we raised €7000 thanks to a Tesco bag packing initiative in Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. We’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who helped us out. €7000 was a fantastic result. “We are having a Church Gate collection on June 8 and 9 around Dundalk and hopefully people can help us out over that weekend,” added Niall.

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By Niamh Kirk

Vigil For Life The national Vigil for Life will take place on Saturday June 8 from 3pm to 4pm at Merrion Square, Dublin. Organisers are asking for you to join them and show your support for both mother and child.

Dawn Chorus

Some of the pupils at Realt na Mara sports day.

Moorehall Lodge Retirement Village Ardee hosted a special Dawn Chorus event as part of a week of events to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival. Paddy Neary and the Ardee Church Choir led the singing and they were ably assisted by the Ardee Active Retirement Group at Moorehall Retirement Village’s picturesque setting on the banks of the River Dee.

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Sun Smiles on Realt na Mara Sports Teachers and parents of Realt na Mara pulled out all the stops to make it an incredible sports day for the pupils of the school. The múinteoirí and principal saw the opportunity for a sunny sports day and on

Tuesday, just two days before hand, the whistle sounded and the sports day was announced for the coming Thursday. The whole school, along with mums and dads too pitched in to see the children enjoy as many

sports as possible and have fun in the sun. Pupils took part in the traditional sports day races, from ‘Egg and Spoon’ to sack races as well as some game unique to the school.

As part of a national Save Our Forests Campaign A forest walk has been organised on Slieve Foy for National Walk in the Woods Day, June 9. It is an all-ages event, and participants are advised to bring sensible shoes, a raincoat and some picnic food. Meeting point is at the

first car park in the forest entering form the Dundalk side. Slieve Foy Woods has one of the most scenic walking and hiking trails in the north east. The two car parks offer panoramic views and there are more than 15 types of tree species in the woods alone including Japanese

Larch, Monterey Pine, Corsican Pine, Noble Fir, Norway Spruce, Lodgepole Pine, Sitka Spruce and pockets of Beech, Norway Maple, Red Oak and eucalyptus. Walkers could also spy a some of the local wildlife which includes, rabbit, hare, badger, fox, wild mink and other small mammals.

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Cycling News

The Louth Prague Cycling team, making a return to the An Post Rás, after a 6 year absence, had an outstanding race in the eight day professional international event. The race was a mix of professional continental teams and amateur Irish county teams. Before the race few would have tipped the Louth team to be amongst the best amateur teams in the race, as Dublin, Cork, Tipperary and Meath all possessed very strong line ups. However when the race crossed the final finish line in Skerries the Louth team were second amateur team overall, behind the vastly experienced Cork team. The team was comprised of Rás veterans Roger Aiken and Colm Quinn, Ray O’Shuaghnessy riding the event for the second time along with newcomers Ultan Coyle and Bryan McCrystal. O’Shuaghnessy unlucky to crash out on the second day, and while Aiken was a known quantity in Irish cycling circles and had an outstanding race to finish in seventh overall, it was McCrystal who

Council aim to deal with rent arrears Two-thirds of the people on Dundalk Town Council’s housing list are in arrears according to senior executive officer David Storey. There are approximately 1500 people on the list in total of which 1055 are in arrears. 432 of these are in arrears for rents greater than 12 weeks owed. During the monthly Town Council meeting David Storey urged anybody in arrears to engage with the council to try and come up with a plan to pay off what is owed.

The Louth team put in an impressive display

was an absolute revelation in the event. His most outstanding contribution was seen on stage 6 into Carlow, when himself and Aiken remained as two of only a handful of amateurs remaining in the leading group. Aiken who was still in the hunt for the win suffered an untimely puncture and was seeing his hopes of a high overall placing disappear up the road. While Aiken received a working wheel from the Louth team car, McCrystal dropped back and waited for his team captain. Working together they regained contact with the bunch, whom were in full flight for a sprint finish. With Aiken safely back in the bunch, McCrystal moved up to take the day’s prize for the first county rider home, a truly remarkable performance. Quinn completing his fourth Rás had another solid performance, while Dundalk native Coyle, now resident in London, also had a great race. He coped well with the transition to bunch racing and along with Quinn did plenty of work.

After months of growing concerns that funding for the project would be lost, the green light has finally been given to the Narrow Water Bridge. Last week the North’s Finance Minister Sammy Wilson made the announcement that they would press ahead with the bridge spanning Carlingford Lough between Omeath and Warrenpoint. Louth Economic Forum, Chamber of Commerce, Local Authorities, local TDs and senators on both sides of the border welcomed the decision. While describing the occasion as historic, Forum Chairman Padraic White said, “The importance of this bridge cannot be overstated. It will be of huge benefit on both sides of the border, opening up a whole new area of as yet untapped tourism potential as well as making this area more attractive to investors and creating employment opportunities. It truly is an historic occasion.” It will be a 195 metre long, singlecarriageway bridge that ‘swings’ open to allow boats pass through the lough. The towers at either side of the bridge will be 90m on the Omeath side and 37m at Warrenpoint respectively. The project is being managed by Louth County Council who is joined by Newry and Mourne District Council when seeking funding from the Special European Union Projects Body.

According to Louth County Council the project has advanced to the stage where they have shortlisted tenders. They were awaiting confirmation of funding to being making final decisions and progressing to the next phase of development. The project leaders confirmed that there will be a number of compulsory purchase orders in respect of lands in County Louth. There are no purchase orders in Co Down but any land requirements in County Down will be managed by Newry and Mourne District Council. Local representatives welcomed the announcement and, referring to the recent Gateway Report, look forward to the boost it should give to the area. Joan Martin, County Manager, Louth Local Authorities added that it was “another great step towards work commencing on the physical delivery of this long-planned bridge. With tremendous social and economic benefits, Narrow Water Bridge has also been supported by Fáilte Ireland in recognition of the contribution it can make to capitalising on the tourism potential of areas around Carlingford Lough.” “The bridge will also increase traffic between the new Mourne Coastal Drive and the Boyne Valley Drive. We look forward to working with our partners in delivering the bridge on time and on budget.” It is expected the bridge will be completed in 2015.

One Direction fans queue

“Almost two thirds of people on the housing list are in arrears and there is an obligation for all of those people to come in and talk to us and work out ways to pay their rent.” he explained. “We have a system in place for people in arrears and we ask people to contact your local housing office in Dundalk and advise of your predicament. “A payment plan should be agreed with the Housing Office, to address the arrears matter, ideally through the House-

hold Budget model.” he added. County manager Joan Martin said that arrears were prevalent in all input streams for Dundalk Town Council and stated that these arrears would be ‘vigorously pursued’ “We’re looking at better ways to get this money that is owed into us. There seems to be an element out there who won’t pay rather than can’t pay when it comes to arrears and we as a council will leave no stone unturned to get this money.” stated the County manag-


“We have 700 wage packets to pay each month a lot of which is pumped back into the local economy so it is vital we receive money which is owed to us” she continued. “We will be pursuing these arrears vigorously from this point on. In saying that we are sympathetic and ready to listen to people who are genuinely unable to pay. We have to feel that people are being fair to us if we are to be fair to them,” she concluded.

By Paul Byrne

They came armed with just blankets and sleeping bags and their mission was simple. To secure tickets for teenage heart-throbs One Direction who will play two dates in Croke Park next May. Fans of the hugely successful boyband started queueing outside the News and Deli shop in Park St on Friday morning despite the

Claire and Laura Daly waiting for One Direction tickets

tickets not going on sale until 9am the following day. Claire and Laura Daly were amongst the many who camped out to make sure they got the precious tickets. “I’ve seen them three times already and I can’t wait to see them again” gushed Claire. Myself and my sister

are going to queue here overnight to make sure we get tickets for it. I don’t think I’d do this for any other band but One Direction are special. Niall and Harry are favourites,” she added. Everybody who queued for the tickets were spared sleeping on the pavement for the night as Sevens

taxi’s stepped in sending around a bus in which the avid fans slept overnight. When the tickets eventually were released to the public on Saturday morning it took just two hours to sell out two concerts. The speed in which the tickets were sold represents a new Irish record which highlights just how popular the boyband have become. Those hardy souls who queued outside the Shop and Deli were rewarded as they all managed to secure themselves tickets for the much anticipated concerts next May.

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Conor calls for urgent action on epilepsy

Post Polio group mark 20 years

By Paul Byrne

The Post Polio Karaoke night proved to be a big success

By Paul Byrne The Post Polio Support Group are celebrating 20 years supporting Polio survivors and the Dundalk branch helped mark the occasion with a Karaoke evening in the Fane Bar on Park Street. Brendan Moore the local volunteer rep for the Post Polio Support Group said a great night was had by

all and thanked all those who made the night possible. “On behalf of the members of the Post Polio support Group locally and nationally I’d like to thank the fundraising committee and the management and staff of the Fane Bar for what was a wonderful evening’s entertainment. “We decided to have

the night in recognition of the 20th anniversary celebrations for the Post Polio Support Group. We would also like to thank the local businesses in these tough economic times for their support and also to the general public who helped us celebrate on the night.” explained Brendan. The Post Polio Support Group is an organisation

set up by Polio Survivors to assist their fellow survivors, particularly in relation to the Late Effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome. The Group was formed in 1993 and is run by a voluntary Board of Polio Survivors and friends, and is supported by voluntary committees, other voluntary workers and a small executive staff at the of

opment in that time. Started in 1993, Louth County Enterprise Board has been at the forefront of enterprise development during this time. Thousands of people have participated in “Start Your Own Busi-

ness” courses during this time. Yet more young people have engaged in student enterprise programmes, teaching young people how to bring their innovative ideas to life and perhaps create an oc-

cupation for themselves into the future. However it is in the field of supporting local enterprise that Louth County Enterprise Board has had greatest success, according to CEO Ronan Dennedy.

DUNDALK Town councillor Conor Keelan, has called on the Government to implement the National Epilepsy Care programme in full and open two Epilepsy Monitoring Units which have been lying idle since last August having been built at a cost of almost €2m. The units, at Cork University Hospital (CUH) and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, are crucial to understanding why people have epilepsy and how best it can be treated. “Epilepsy affects 40000 people in this country” explained Cllr

Keelan. 30% of those people have difficulties controlling their seizures while approximately 130 people die annually. “Last year the Government agreed a National Epilepsy Care Programme in which they proposed a €2m Epilepsy Monitoring Unit to be built. A four bed unit was built in Beaumont and a two bed unit in Cork. “However these units were completed last August and have been lying idle ever since. The reason for this is because the government say they cannot fund the staffing costs.” added the Newry Road councillor.

“Two years ago I received treatment in Beaumont for epilepsy and thankfully since then I’ve been able to control my seizures. It is extremely frustrating however for people who are unable to control their seizures as they have nowhere in this country to go for help. It is especially frustrating given that there are two units ready to open but

lying idle for almost a year” he concluded. The Epilepsy Monitoring Units are designed to monitor seizures in patients, with a view to making a definitive diagnosis of epilepsy, or deciding which candidates are suitable for surgery. Despite this sizeable investment in muchneeded and long overdue infrastructure, the units remain unopened today as a result of the HSE’s recruitment moratorium which prevents the hiring of five nursing personnel and two EEG technologists to provide a round-the-clock inpatient service.

been established whilst companies like Fitz Scientific, FlexiTech and Bryan Lynch Salads have created high quality, sustainable employ-

ment here in Louth – all home-grown success stories”, explained Mr Dennedy who is proud of the achievements in the past two decades.

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Marian Park Reunion

The Marian Park Reunion Night takes place on Friday June 7 in The Lisdoo, Dundalk from 9pm. it will feature a Golden Oldies Disco With Freddie Frisco. Tickets €10 Including finger food as well as a raffle for spot prizes on the night. All proceeds from the event will be donated to St Oliver’s Hospital. Contact Ollie Bradley 086-2375527 or Rose Bailey 086-3718194.

Spanish Invitation

Continuing with the series of visits from various embassies, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce has invited the Economic Attaché from the Spanish Embassy to come to Dundalk on Thursday June 20 to meet companies to discuss the potential of doing business with their country. The meetings will commence at 10am and conclude at 4.30pm in the Oriel Shared Services, Finnabair Business Park, and Coe’s Road, Dundalk, Co Louth. If you would like to book a contact or call 9336343. There is no charge for this event and slots are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Sharing The Journey

‘Sharing the Journey’ are hosting a playdate in Dundalk for 0 to 5 year olds who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Wellington Hall, St. Mary’s Road, on Saturday June 8 from 11am to 12.30pm. The play date is free of charge and open to the children and their families. If you would like to find out more contact Ciara at 353876202693.

Age Friendly Conference

Mary Deery, Louth Age Friendly County co-ordinator gave a key speech to a packed house at the All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA) annual conference in Dundalk on Thursday May 30. Over 200 delegates from all over Ireland attended the conference, which was held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in acknowledgment of Louth’s role as Ireland’s first age friendly county. The theme of this year’s conference was Helping Older People To Flourish In Different Care Settings – The Nursing Contribution and Mary drew large comparisons between the success of AIGNA and that of Louth.

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Dundalk show is not to be missed The 2013 County Louth Agricultural Show is moving into the final stages of preparation. This year, the show has moved to Bellurgan Park and once again a great attendance is expected on Sunday June 16. The mission statement of the Co. Louth Agricultural Show is “to be a shop window for what is produced locally, defining the process from farm to fork, highlighting agricultural practice and adherence to quality production”. The benefits provided by agricultural shows all across Ireland are manifold and have shown in the past to be platforms for launching new products, financial impact locally, stimulation to the food industry, preservation of traditions handed down through generations which otherwise could be lost forever and they also help to bridge the urban rural divide. Entries are now being sought for the 2013 Show. Many classes are held for Cattle, Sheep, Horses and Ponies, Alpacas, Dogs, Arts, Crafts, Horticulture, Home Industries, Photography, Baking and Flower Arranging. There are also classes for children and those with special needs. Winning a rosette at the show adds value to an exhibit and winning a cup is the icing on the cake for many. The highlight for many is the Parade of Interbreed

Champions in the Cattle section with the winner taking home the Quinn Cup and prize money sponsored by ABP Group. As always, qualifying events are a big part of the Co. Louth Agricultural Show which holds a number of qualifying events for All Ireland Finals at other shows. As usual, new and exciting events are sought to attract visitors. This year the Co. Louth Agricultural Show welcomes the Russian Cossacks who will hold two thrilling demonstrations of their activities. Two Sheep Dog Trial Demonstrations will be held with Gun Dog displays, Tug o War and the return of Unregistered Show Jumping which will give the Horse Section an enormous boost. Many other events will also be held to help keep the family entertained. The designated charity this year is SOSAD Ireland whom the show is pleased to support in what ever way possible. For application forms contact Dundalk Show Society Ltd at 0879594247. Alternatively, check out or info@ for further details or to download the schedule. Entries close on Monday June 10 at 4pm. Home Industry exhibits must be brought to Bellurgan Park on Saturday June 15 between 9am and Noon for judging.

Scoil Mhuire na nGael entered the Wall of Hope competition run by the Irish Cancer Society, with the entry pictured above. In the photo are L-R (rear) Pauline Boyle (Treasurer), Bernie Larkin (Chairperson), Olive Lowth (Secretary) all from the Dundalk branch of Irish Cancer Society and Martina Rafferty (School Principal); (front row) Sophie McGuill, Darija Martinkete, Mauowa Animasahun, Aoife O’Hagan, Grace O’Toole, Kerrie Hazzard, Jack Gilmore and Iseuit Wilson.

Welcome for DkIT alliance with DCU

Dundalk IT President Denis Cummins has welcomed the statement on higher education by the Minister for Education and skills Ruairi Quinn. The New Landscape for Higher Education provides for a major programme for structural reform including institutional mergers and much greater levels of institutional collaboration. The alliance between Dundalk

IT and Dublin City University has the potential to enhance the capacity of both the institutes and the universities to deliver a quality higher education to their students and maximize effective use of resources. The new structure makes provisions for collaboration in teaching and learning, research and engagement. Commenting on the recent

Delight for young dancers in Killarney By Niamh Kirk

A group of local dancers enjoyed a very successful weekend when they travelled to Killarney for the All-Ireland Hip Hop Dance competition. The hard work put in by the group, who are members of the Dynamic Dance and Stage School, scooped 25 trophies and a plaque in what was their very first competition. Among the hoard of 25 trophies, is the award for the group’s youngest participant, seven year old Hailie Heaney who won for a solo dance. The younger members of the group fared well over all as two first place trophies went to the Under 8s First Timer, Chloe Dollard and Under 8s

announcement, DkIT President Denis Cummins said, “We have declared our intention to continue to develop as an institute of technology while meeting the criteria for technological universities through our close alliance with DCU. We welcome the announcement that the HEA are endorsing our plans and we look forward now to building on our alliance.”


Amy Woods of the dance school was delighted with the success. “Some of the kids wanted to hold on to the trophies, they were so happy and proud of them. Some of the trophies, which in some cases are as tall as their winners, we buckled into the seats beside them,” said Amy. Amy Woods spoke of her pride in all those who took part but also of her gratitude for those who made it happen. A number of local businesses sponsored the kids to travel down and some parents travelled down to supervise and support, which made the The local dance group who had success in Killarney success possible. “I was so very proud Starters Eva Woods En- to Dundalk from Killar- happy and proud dancers place. of all of the, I can’t stop right. ney on Sunday evening as well as the silver and The dancers put in a smiling”, said a delighted The bus travelled back was filled with very gold that took pride of huge amount of effort and Amy.

in Brief

Prayer Around Cross

Young adults are welcomed to Prayer Around the Cross with the music of Taize on Friday June 7 at 8.30pm in Bethany, 24 Point Road, Dundalk.

Competition Winner

The winner of last week’s Family Ticket for Nathan Carter appearing in Tain Summer Festival was Rosaleen Sherry, Dundalk.

Exam wishes

At its most recent meeting Louth VEC took the opportunity to wish all those students who will be sitting the state examinations this week.

Great news for Dundalk Credit Union members Dundalk Credit Union members now have a real alternative to traditional banking thanks to the introduction of a suite of new financial services products being offered by the Credit Union. cuAnywhere is a mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphone users which

incorporates online mobile banking facilities plus a wealth of social media integration, ensuring that members can stay in touch with their finances and their Credit Union 24/7. cuOnline is an online banking service which allows them to check their balances, view

and print statements, apply for loans, make payments and lodgements and to communicate directly with their local credit union from any PC or laptop anywhere in the world. In association with CUsafe the Credit Union is launching a full insurance broker

quotation facility for their members. In association with Cuna Mutual, the credit union is introducing a new loan protection policy to assist members meet their loan repayments in the event of accident, sickness or involuntary unemployment.

Finally Dundalk Credit Union members can now avail of a new Electronic Visual Savings Card to enable members save and budget independent of their share account. Billy Doyle, Manager of Dundalk Credit Union, said “We are delighted to be able

to offer our members this new suite of products. Not only does it improve our service offering to existing members, but it is helping us to generate new members who would not have considered a Credit Union as a viable alternative to a bank previously”.

Sarah does Louth proud in Rose final

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By Paul Byrne

LOUTH Rose Sarah McCrave has failed in her bid to reach the Rose of Tralee finals but has pledged to proudly represent the Wee County for the remainder of her term. Sarah, from Willow Grove in Dundalk was one of 61 contestants at the selection event in Portlaoise last weekend. “There were just 23 of the contestants got through to the finals,

with only six of the 29 Irish girls making it so obviously the competition was very tough.” explained Sarah. “I had an absolutely brilliant weekend down in Portlaoise and I am so glad I got a chance to go down there and represent Louth. The whole weekend was just such a fantastic experience,” enthused Sarah. “We were treated like celebrities getting Garda escorts all around town and people pack-

Sarah McCrave being interviewed by Daithi O Se

ing the streets waving to us. It was surreal but really enjoyable at the same time” “I wasn’t too disappointed when my name wasn’t called as I wasn’t really expecting to get through. I was the youngest Rose down there and they don’t tend to send anybody under 20 through. The youngest Rose that went through last weekend was 23 I think”, added Sarah. She is now looking

forward to be the Louth Rose for the next year, and will also be invited along with all the other Roses to the international festival in Tralee in August.’ Sarah, a student in DKIT, says she hopes to represent the county with pride at various events around the country and revealed she is going to Belarus in February to help out at an orphanage as part of her year as Rose. “I enjoyed myself in Portlaoise so much and made so many new friends down there. The Roses were fantastic and Daithi was so friendly. But now I am looking forward to what will be a very busy year as Rose. I have been asked to volunteer for a trip to Belarus where I will be helping out at an orphanage in February. It’s something I am really looking forward to experiencing and I am sure it will be a real eye opener.” added Sarah.


Some of the artists with the paintings that will be on display

Talented artists put their paintings on display in County Library the exhibition and hope people around the County can come out THE cream of Dundalk’s artists and enjoy the paintings on show. “We meet up every Friday will be displaying their paintings evening at 7:30 in Carroll in an exhibition which takes Meade Hall and I suppose that place in the town’s library this there are about twenty or so of week. The Artisans exhibition began us altogether. “There’s experts, novices last week and will run until and everything in between and Friday 7 of June. there’s great camaraderie Admission to the exhibition between everybody. We mostly is free of charge and all are do watercolours but there are welcome to attend. Pat Cooling who is a member all types of painters within the group.” explains Pat. of the local artistan collective “The exhibition is a chance says that the twenty strong to display some of the many group are looking forward to By Paul Byrne

paintings we’ve painted over the last while. We’re always looking out for new members so if anybody is interested in learning how to paint or to paint with some like-minded people they should get in touch with me and we’ll take it from there” added Pat. The exhibition was due to begin last night at 8pm and will be open to the public during library hours from today on (library is closed on Mondays). Contact Pat on 086 8393525 for further details of the exhibition.


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Pete Treanor’s Third green flag for Dulargy NS Festival fever hits streets

Weekly Quiz

1. Movies The films The Hangover 1, 2, & 3 are set in what American city? 2. Ireland Which is the oldest licenced whiskey distillery in the British Isles? 3. Rock and Pop Under what name has Harry Webb been making hit records since the 1950s? 4. Politics Who is the current Lord Mayor of London? 5. Literature Which series of children’s books is set on the Isle of Sodor? 6. TV Sport The wrestler, Mick McManus, died last week but who was his long-term tag team partner? 7. The Human Body If you were suffering from Urticaria, what has happened to you? 8. Local

What nickname was given to St John’s Sports Hall, Moorland, which ran record hops in the 1960s and early 70s? 9. Entrepreneurs What was the first name of Captain Birdseye, inventor of frozen fish? 10. Television Neil Hannon’s ‘Songs of Love’ is the theme tune for what classic Irish TV series? The Stinker The last words, reportedly of what Irish wit were ‘Either that wallpaper goes or I do”?

—this week’s answers—

Legends, both old and new will converge on Dundalk’s Market Square over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9 as the annual Táin March arrives in the town centre on Saturday with country singing sensation Nathan Carter headlining the second Táin Summer Festival Open Air Concert the following day. Now in its third year, The Táin March celebrations start off in Ardee on Friday evening with battle re-enactments on Market Square, a talk in Ardee Castle and music and refreshments in The Ferdia Arms, before moving on to Dundalk the following day. Everyone is invited to meet at Oriel Park at 1.30pm on Saturday to get into costumes and prepare for the march into the Square. Before the marchers arrive, a free screening of the movie Brave will take place on the Market Square’s Big Screen at 1pm with the marchers set to arrive at the Market Square at 2.30pm. There will be 27 experienced walkers who will walk the entire march in troops of nine warriors, in keeping with Celtic tradition. Anyone who wishes to walk, either the whole route or one day’s march, should contact Jock McArdle on 086 395 4830. Following the Táin March departure there will be free concerts on the big stage by Oirialla and Glasheen. On Sunday the march makes its way on to Carlingford, for an evening of music and celebration commencing at 3.45pm. Meanwhile, Dundalk’s Market Square will be transformed for, Nathan Carter, joined by support performances.. Gates will open on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

Green School Co-ordinator, Mrs Kilcommins and members of the Dulargy NS Green School Committee with their third green flag which they received at a ceremony in Ashbourne on Tuesday last. The school was awarded the flag for their work in Water Conservation.”

County Louth retain all Blue Flags By Niamh Kirk

Louth has retained all of its Blue Flag awards after tougher new EU Water quality standards saw 13 beaches around Ireland lose the award. Nine of the beaches stripped of the award were along the east coast but Tem-

pletown, Port and Clogherhead beaches have all kept their status. In line with the World Health Organisation standards new criteria are now being used to identify potential risks to bathers and public health. They test the levels of bacteria in the water and now only the bathing water

with the highest quality will be awarded a Blue Flag. However, it is not just the water quality that gains an area a coveted Blue Fag. It also looks to beaches which achieve high standards across a wide range of other criteria including environmental education, management of the environment, safety and

other services. At the award ceremony held in Dublin last week the Coast Care Volunteer groups were commended for the work they put in to keep these public amenities clean for everyone. Larry Magnier from Blackrock was given the Individual of the Year Award

for 2012. Larry is a member of the Blackrock Tidy Town Committee. “The people are fantastic and they are going out there doing this for everyone’s benefit. Larry stood out as a driving force for the coast clean up,” said Michelle O‘Sullivan from Coast Care Ireland.

1. Las Vegas 2. Bushmills 3. Cliff Richard 4. Boris Johnson 5. Thomas the Tank Engine 6. Steve Logan 7. Nettle sting 8. The Ranch aka Club Royale 9. Clarence 10. Father Ted. Stinker – Oscar Wilde.

Jimmy’s Bar celebrates 2nd anniversary

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Colm (Cabbage) O’Hanrahan and Mark Watters

Paula Keane and Tracey O’Hanrahan

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Library relaunch opens up a new chapter By Niamh Kirk

A new chapter has opened at Faughart NS, Dundalk as the school relaunched their library after its refurbishment. The new library was officially opened by a former pupil, Dr Padraic Whyte, an author, Assistant Professor of English and co-director of the Masters programme in Children’s Literature at the School of English in Trinity College. It was in Faughart National School that Padraic’s love of literature was sparked. Acting on behalf of Children’s Books Ireland Dr Whyte donated a selection of more great reads to the new library and hopefully inspiring generations to come. Each class has an appointed librarian and all


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Finn (left) and Eoin (right) receiving their award for upkeep of the library, from Dr Whyte

the children are active in keeping the library clean and ordered, according to a member of the school’s Parents Association. “The children adore the new more spacious library with its updated, funky seating and colour coded areas. “We were very lucky

to have parents on hand with skills and advice on how to maximise this lovely zone and make it a place the children want to use and keep tidy and we wish to thank the staff for allowing a team to get handy with paint and bring new ideas to fruition,” said a member

of the Faughart NS Parents Association. The opening of the library coincided with the school sports day which saw the students make the most of the good weather running in the different heats or relaxing after competing with a book in hand.

RTE new regional base in DkIT

RTE have confirmed that their new regional operation will be based on the DkIT campus. It has been announced by Kevin Bakhurst the Managing Director of News and Current Affairs at RTE, that the move will take place in early July. DkIT President Denis Cummins welcomed the move saying, ““We are delighted to be in a posi-

tion to collaborate with RTE. It’s of great strategic importance for RTE to have a base in the North East and DkIT’s campus provides an ideal location.” It has also been announced that as part of the recently announced partnership between DKIT and RTE it was confirmed that RTE will host the 2015 annual conference of CIRCOM the European

association of regional television stations on the campus of DKIT in May 2015. The conference will attract over 300 delegates from across Europe to this major event. Kevin Bakhurst the Managing Director of News and Current Affairs at RTE described it as a major boost for the region and the country.”


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Marshes shopping centre Niamh claims All-Ireland medal News in Brief charity cycle challenge McAleese

Cyclists get ready for the charity event

By Paul Byrne

A team from Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk and the retail schemes Managing Agents BTWShiells have successfully completed a sponsored charity cycle from the Marshes in Dundalk to the Foyleside Shopping Centre in Derry. The six strong team of Harry Traynor, Larry O’Rourke, Lee Cutler, Peter Phillips, Keith Shields and Ruth Hamilton left the marshes shopping centre early on Friday morning as they began their 213 miles cycling challenge. The aim was to raise money in support of The Mary Peters Trust and Co-Operation Ireland with the cyclists stopping at shopping centres in Newry, Armagh, Dungannon, Portadown, Belfast, Dungiven and Derry. Marshes Shopping Centre manager,

Scoil Uí Mhuirí’s Nitrack and field season Certificate Examinations, amh Fussey has every with a gold medal in the and school principal, reason to celebrate this North Leinster Schools Fiona Kindlon praised week after her outstandChampionships in the her efforts. ing performance at the 100m hurdles in April. “This is a fantastic All-Ireland Schools In the Leinster Schools achievement for Niamh, Track and Field Champifinals last month Niamh her athletics coach,. Jaconships which took place earned herself a silver queline Matthews, our recently in Tullamore. medal in the Senior girls school and for Co. Louth Niamh, a 6th Year stu100m hurdles, and a place VEC. Niamh is an exemdent, ran a personal best in the prestigious All Ire- plary student and athlete to take the silver medal Niamh Fussey land Schools Track and who consistently works in the senior girls 100m Field Championships. to a very high standard. hurdles competition. As time at the school. On 21 May 2013, Ni- She is well respected Niamh took her place management, Niamh has been win- amh was presented with among on the podium to receive ning medals since she the Senior Athlete of the staff and the student coher medal, her athlet- started competing for Year award at Scoil Uí hort at Scoil Uí Mhuirí. ics coach and Scoil Uí the school in 2008. In Mhuirí’s Annual Awards We congratulate Niamh Mhuirí teacher, Jacque- first year, she represented Ceremony in recognition on her achievement and line Matthews, witnessed Scoil Uí Mhuirí in the of her outstanding contri- wish her well for what Harry Traynor was delighted to report what was a perfect end- Ocean State Cross Coun- bution to the sport. will no doubt be a very that the cycle had gone very well with ing to Niamh’s athletics try event in the USA. NiNiamh is currently bright future.” roughly €5000 in sponsorship raised achievements during her amh started the schools preparing for her Leaving by the six cyclists. “We’d like to thank everybody for their support and everybody who cheered us along the route and in the Dundalk has been making from community contributions. By Paul Byrne shopping centres.” said Harry. They include a sense of place, the headway in this area and is in“We finished up on Sunday after- Dundalk town is being con- local involvement , the products creasingly being acknowledged noon in Foyleside Shopping Centre in sidered for one of the top tour- available and whether the town as an important tourism area. Derry and there was a great buzz in ism awards in Ireland it was an- takes a unified approach to town It was shortlisted and placed in the city and bright sunshine which was nounced last week. Fáilte Ireland tourism. the top ten of the first year of great to see. The Down v Derry game unveiled the long-list of 45 towns The top ten “Highly Com- the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Town was on and the marathon had just fin- and villages that are being consid- mended Tourism Towns” will Award along with nine of the ished so the town was packed. All the ered for one of the country’s top be announced at the National country’s top tourism town like team did a great job and it was a very awards. Tidy Towns Awards later in year Westport, Co Mayo and Killarenjoyable experience. The cycle from The award, now in its second with the overall winner to be an- ney, Co Kerry. the docks in Newtonabbey right up to year, is designed to recognise Irish nounced by Fáilte Ireland in NoThe top ten towns will each the Glenshane Pass was particularly towns and villages where the local vember. receive €1,000 with the evenspectacular”, he added. Dundalk and Drogheda were tual winner receiving a further community goes the extra mile to Harry says that the Marshes plan to enhance their appeal to tourists. the only two towns from Co €10,000 along with marketing make the cycle an annual event and he The adjudicators look to four Louth to appear on this years’ and development supports from hopes to be involved next year again. main criteria, all of which stem long-list. Fáilte Ireland.

Dundalk in line for tourism award


Mary McAleese who served as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997 until 2011 is to be honoured this week with the naming of the cable-stay bridge near Drogheda on the M1 motorway as the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge. The bridge naming will be marked at a ceremony in Oldbridge Estate, Co Meath on Saturday, June 8 that will be attended by the former President and her family as well as An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD.

Specsavers Raise €1,200 Specsavers Dundalk spread the festive cheer last Christmas by becoming one of the main sponsors of the Dundalk Square on Ice extravaganza, the first ever open air ice rink, at the Market Square Dundalk. As a sponsor, Specsavers Dundalk were also committed to collecting donations for SOSAD - (Save Our Sons And Daughters) in Dundalk, and through their efforts they raised an impressive €1,250 for the charity.

Jimmy’s Bar celebrates 2nd anniversary

Joe and Jennifer Kelly and Gerry Dull aghan

Paula Keane and Steven Hearty

Ollie Mac Crave and Jason Mc Gee

Gerry Woods and John Stuart Osborne, Ronan Ballantine,

Donal Mc Clean, Richard Stewart and Amanda Mc Clean


Simon O’Driscoll on guitar at Jimmy’s second anniversary celebrations on Saturday night

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Over to you Question: Last Wednesday was National Biscuit Day. What is your favourite biscuit?


Ciaran McEntaggert

Dara Lawless

Maria and Amy Rogers

Diana Salmina

Shannon Fitzpatrick

I’d have to say the Jaffa Cake. The chocolate and the orange is a great combination. You can’t really go wrong with the jaffa cake.

I’m a Jaffa Cake fan. They’re the king of biscuits. They can’t be beaten.

I think we’d have to go for a Chocolate Kimberley. Lovely thick chocolate and marshmallow in the middle. They’re gorgeous.

I wouldn’t be a huge fan of biscuits but if I had to choose I’d probably go with something plain like a digestive biscuit or something like that.

I’m a big Rich Tea fan. They are the perfect biscuit to go along with a cup of tea. They are especially great for dunking.

Student in clear over Guyana President joke Continued from Page 1

However last week the Guyanese Director of Public Prosecution, Shalimar Ali Hack, wrote to the Georgetown Magistrates Court last week stating that they wished to discontinue the proceedings against Cillian. Last summer Cillian Cillian Crosson. took a gap year after completing his leaving certificate last year in the De La Salle travelled to Guyana in August 2012 to volunteer as a teacher before starting college this September. He had been teaching maths and science subjects in the remote village of Shulinab in the Southern savannah of Guyana. Before travelling, he told the Dundalk Leader that it was the remoteness of the country that appealed to him. “The remoteness, with no phone, no internet would be a better experience for me. I think I’ll get more out of experiencing that than if I went somewhere more similar to what I’m used to,” he said.

David Adair winner of €2500 in the Dundalk Credit Union Cash draw receiving his cheque from Bernie McCabe at the Open Day in Dundalk Credit Union


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Sun Smiles on Realt na Mara Sports

Resident’s warning over house break-ins By Paul Byrne

A St Nicholas Avenue resident has called on people of Dundalk to be extra vigilant following a break in at her house early Friday morning. Breda Mooney’s house was broken into in the early hours of Friday morning with the thieves getting away with a substantial amount of money as well as taking a playsta-

tion and games from her son’s games room. “My son Wayne has cerebal palsy and he is really shook up after the break in” explained Breda. They took his playstation and a number of games as well as a sum of money from my purse which was in the kitchen. The games were all limited edition cd’s so it will be hard to replace them unfortunately.

“They got in through the bathroom window sometime early on Friday morning. My husband got up at 5:15 and noticed my purse on the floor in the kitchen and he came in and asked me if there had been money in it. I told him there had been and we knew at that stage we’d been robbed.” explained Breda. “They obviously know what they’re at

as they didn’t leave a single fingerprint in the house. “This is the fourth house on my street to be burgled over the past month and I’d urge people to be extra vigilant. “There are a lot of old people living on their own and they would be particularly vulnerable so hopefully their neighbours can look out for them in the evenings.” added Breda.

Local group visit Peace Park

A Louth group recently visited the Island of Ireland Peace Park near Ypres in Flanders, Belgium. The park is a memorial to the sacrifices of the soldiers of the island of Ireland who died, were wounded or are missing as a result of their involvement in World War I. The group that travelled were all graduates of the very successful Leading the Way peace building training course which ran in a number of locations across the county in 2012 and 2013

Changes to electoral system in store By Niamh Kirk

There have been minor changes to the redrawing of the local electoral boundary maps in Co Louth following the release of the Boundary report last week. The report recommended no changes to the Dundalk, Carlingford and Dundalk South electoral areas. However despite the minor changes to the physical boundaries, there will be some significant changes to next year’s local elections. There will be no voting for Dundalk Town Councillors which will be abolished under Government plans to merge the functions with the County Council. In line with current Government policy, Dundalk Town Council will be abolished. The

report has recommended that a ‘municipal district’ be formed from the two Dundalk electoral areas which will be responsible for immediate decisions in the specified area. Louth County Council will see more members join the ranks as it will now have 29 Councillors in total, each will represent a population of 4,070 to 4,648 depending on the electoral area. The level of representation per population is within the recommended level for Co Louth which is within the range of 3,814 to 4,662 per councillor The Dundalk Carlingford area which has a population of about 24,500 will elect one additional member to the Louth Council next year as the number of seats goes from five to six. Those liv-

ing in the Dundalk South electoral area will also be voting for an extra member as the number of members in this electoral area goes from six to seven. Ardee votes will also have an extra seat to vote a councillor into as their representation goes from five to six. By shifting the boundary the electoral divisions of Dysart and Clogher, formerly in Drogheda East, will move to the new Ardee electoral area. Drogheda East and West will be merged into one electoral area electing 10 members to the council with no additions to the number of councillors that can be voted in. Nationally 114 councils will be reduced to 31 in the biggest shake up of the local electoral system in 30 years.

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DkIT Business Ethics students raise 10k for charity

W najbliższą sobotę życzenia popłyną od Rodziców do Dzieci. A wszystko to za sprawą Dnia Dziecka, które w Polsce tradycyjnie obchodzimy 1 VI. Tradycja ta ma 55 lat. Została zainicjowana jako Dzień Ochrony Dziecka przed krzywdą, głodem i wojną. Znana jest w byłych krajach socjalistycznych. Na świecie 20 XI obchodzi się Dzień Praw Dziecka. Jednocześnie każdy kraj organizuje obchody Dnia Dziecka w dowolnym terminie.W różnych państwach są różne zwyczaje związane z tym swiętem. We Francji jest to Dzień Rodzinny, obchodzony 6I. Zasiada się wtedy do uroczystej kolacji. W Japonii 3 III swoje święto obchodzą dziewczynki , a 5V - chłopcy. Dziewczynki tego dnia przygotowują wystawę lalek. Chłopcy razem z ojcami robią flagi w kształcie karpia i wieszają je na drzwiach. W Turcji dzieci swoje święto mają 23 IV. Tego dnia ubieraja tradycyjne stroje ludowe , tańczą i śpiewają. Niezależnie od daty czy miejsca Dzień Dziecka jest wspaniałą okazja do organizowania specjalnych akcji, koncertów, zabaw dla dzieci. Dla rodziców to czas składania życzeń i wręczania prezentow. Jednak najlepszym upominkiem dla każdego dziecka jest przede wszystkim miłość, troska i zainteresowanie ze strony rodziców. Jest rzecza oczywistą, że dziecko to najwspanialszy dar jaki otrzymali rodzice. Dzień Dziecka to wyjątkowa chwila w roku. 1VI jest czasem zarezerwowanym dla dzieci.Nic więc dziwnego, że tego właśnie dnia intensywniej niż zwykle myślimy o naszych pociechach. Przypominamy sobie czas kiedy pojawiły sie w naszym życiu ijak bardzo go zmieniły. Zastanawiamy się jaka czeka je przyszłość. Pytamy siebie: kim będą? jak ułożą sobie życie? Niejednokrotnie chcielibysmy zrobić wszystko za nie. Czesto jesteśmy przekonani, że wiemy co dla naszego syna, córki jest najlepsze. Planujemy im kolejne dni , miesiace, a nawet lata. Poprzez nasze dzieci chcemy zrealizować swoje niespelnione marzenia. Trudno jest nam pogodzić się z faktem, ze nasze dziecko to indywidualność. Ma swoje ambicje, plany. Mimo ,że czasami mamy problem z akceptacja tego faktu nie możemy sobie pozwolić na to, aby miłość do dziecka zaślepiala nas. Róbmy wszystko żeby dzieciństwo naszych pociech było szczęsliwe, radosne, beztroskie. Otoczmy je miłóscią i opieką. Chrońmy, ale mądrze, w granicach rozsądku.Pamiętajmy , że dzieci mamy przy sobie tylko przez chwilę naszego życia. Czas , kiedy stana się samodzielne i opuszczą rodzinne gniazdo, nadzejdzie prędzej niż byśmy chcieli. Pozwólmy im jednak na to. Niech zawsze będą mogły liczyć na nasze wsparcie. Jednak dopóki mamy przy sobie nasze małe pociechy obchodźmy radośnie Dzień Dziecka. Sprawmy aby ten dzień nasze córki i synowie wspominali jeszcze długo. Niech to będzie święto rodzinne. Simul Polonia ma przyjemnośc zaprosić wszystkie dzieci z rodzicami na Piknik Familijny. Odbędzie się on w sobotę 1 VI w godzinach 12.00 - 16.00 w Helen’s Park. Zapewniamy wiele atrakcji dla uczestników w każdym wieku.Gwarantujemy dobra zabawę i wspaniałą atmosferę. Przynieście ze sobą uśmiech, dobry humor i pogodę ducha , a zabawa na pewno będzie na 102. Ewa Toporek.

The students of Business Ethics put their studies to good use when they raised an impressive €10,000 in the past semester. Collaborating with the ABACUS school for children with autism in Drogheda and the Boyne 10k, the students worked to raise funds for a new playground for the children when they move into their new school. A

second, special donation, of €1000 was made by the students to the Lourdes hospital on behalf of the McArdle family. The Business Ethics students learned a great deal about organising and marketing events and delegating roles and responsibilities with guidance from their lecturers. The Business Ethics students were led

by the following team leaders who between co-ordinated over 200 students: Antoinette McGovern, Nicola Cooney, Carly Faulkner, Chad Conroy, Jessica O’Connor Moneley, James King, Ross McGrath, Paddy Coleman, Steven O’Leary, Shepherd Munyaradzi, Ruben Krapf, Shane Carolan and James Gogarty.

Pictured are Sam O’Carroll and Evan O’Connor, both pupils at Abacas School, their Principal Michelle McHugh, Aslam Jalalli, and some of the Business Ethics students.

Man stole delivery van from shop A Dundalk man who pleaded guilty to stealing a vehicle that was left unattended outside a shop was given the opportunity to undertake 200 hours Community Service in lieu of 10 months in prison. Robert Dillon, with addresses at Marian Park and Wood View Park, admitted taking the vehicle from outside Topaz on the Dublin Road on August 18 last year. The keys had been left in the ignition while the driver was unloading bread. Gardai were called after the driver noticed the vehicle missing and it was subsequently spotted parked on the Castletown Road.

Darts league checks out in style

When Mr Dillon was approached he handed over the keys. The defendant also pleaded guilty to trying to take money from the till at the Maxol shop on June 10, 2012. He also admitted two public order charges arising from a domestic dispute that spread outdoors at Woodview Park, Dundalk, on May 13. Solicitor, Frank McDonnell, stated that his 30-year-old client didn’t enjoy great health and when he drinks while taking mediciation, such incidents happen. Judge Flann Brennan adjourned the case until September 18 for a Community Service Report.

The Dundalk and District Darts League finished off a very successful year with a great party feeling at its presentation night held in the Dundalk Commercial Club. The night saw Chairman Brian McArdle address the large crowd in attendance and thanked them for their support throughout the year. The guests of honour on the night where the McAlester family as the DDDL made the decision to honour a much loved dart player in the town who died in tragic circumstances. Andrew McAlester was well known throughout the darting circles and in tribute the committee decided that the Open Shield Competition should be renamed the Andrew McAlester Memorial Shield. It was acknowledged by all that this year was a great success and thanks was given to all members of the league and to the league sponsor Peter Neary. The presentations were made followed music from Roz McQuillan the year of darts was ended on a high.

Jimmy’s Bar celebrates 2nd anniversary

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Ardee Band members celebrate high standards “This was the first Performance of the year for our Junior band, they

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Ardee Concert Band have been extremely busy in the last weeks as they have held their annual Grade Examinations in the Bohemian Centre, took part in and led the May procession through Ardee, held their annual awards night for 2013 on top of their own personal and

weekly practice sessions at home and under their tutors in the band rooms of the Bohemian Centre. First to take place was the Annual Grade Examinations for the Band that took place on May 16 and 17. There were 44 members who took the exams,

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which range from Grade 1 up to Grade 8, accompanied by Gerry Farrell on piano for the Thursday session and by Edward Holly on Friday. On Sunday, May 19 the Band took Part in the Revived May Procession in Ardee. The procession started at the church and set of on a slow march just before 1pm. The band led the procession, playing hymns to honour our Lady, Queen of may during the interludes of Our Lady’s Rosary. Upon the arrival of the procession to the Fairgreen, everyone involved took part in the Benediction, led by Fr. Murphy PP, joining in on the hymns and prayers. The band closed the sacred occasion by playing Faith of our Fathers, conducted by Kevin Reilly and joined in song by the whole congregation. The annual awards night of Ardee Concert Band took place Thursday last, May 23. The Recorder group, Junior and intermediate Concert bands performed on the night in the Bohemian Centre.

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NOVENA TO St. Martha

O St. Martha, I resort to you and to your petition and faith. I offer up to you this light which I shall burn every Tuesday for nine Tuesdays. Comfort me in all my difficulties through the great favour that you enjoyed when Our Savior lodged in your house. I beseech you to have definite pity in regard to the favour I ask (mention favour). Intercede for my family that we may always be provided for in all our necessities. I ask you St. Martha to overcome the dragon which you cast at your feet. One Our Father and three Hail Mary's and a lighted candle every Tuesday and the above prayer made known with the intentions of spreading devotion to St. Martha. This miraculous Saint grants every thing before the Tuesdays are ended no matter how difficult. Y.M.


Behold me kneeling at your feet Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. You know why I make this Novena. I come exhausted with fatigue to show you the crushing weights of my trials. You are powerful O Mary and can come to my assistance. (Here mention your request). I feel confident by the thoughts you can help. I have reason to expect any favour from a Mother who is at once so powerful in the name of the love which you ever had for your divine son. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Queen of peace, pray for us. This Novena will grant you any request. Publish prayer immediately. Also thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart. Thanks to the Sacred Heart for favours. P.S.

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Frankie puts energy into new film By Niamh Kirk

Film maker Frankie Fenton, from Ardee, has embarked on an ambitious project to get his documentary on the feasibility of a long forgotten energy source, Thorium reactors, into the final phases of production. Along with his co producer Des Kelleher, Fenton is aiming to generate €40k worth of donations in order to get the film completed and see it enter the greater debate. And they have only 30 days to meet their target. Fenton and Kelleher are hoping to push the debate around Thorium

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into the mainstream with their in depth documentary. Thorium Reactors were developed in the 70s but dismissed in favour of uranium, but many energy experts are resurrecting the technology. After studying for a MA in Film, Frankie,

went to London where he worked with post production company in Soho. But eager to get on with his own projects, he returned to Dublin and set up his own production company, Sector 7G, basing operations between the two cities. Coming from a background in social sciences Frankie had to get his head around the finer details of nuclear physics. “At the start, every conversation I began went over my head”, he said. “But it is interesting, people are passionate about it, and if I can get it, then people are going to get it too.” They started making

‘The Good Reactor’ two and a half years ago, travelling throughout the UK, US and Europe interviewing industry experts, Thorium supporters and sceptics. “It all started with a conversation with a friend,” said Frankie.” I was looking for a documentary subject and I was just taken by it.” They took a closer look and soon had a response from top Thorium expert Kirk Sorenson. “He was going to be in London for a conference. We met him, and a lot of people who were interested in the subject. It all kicked off from there,” said Frankie.

Jonesboro Charity Cycle The fifth annual Jonesboro Charity Cycle was launched in The Gap Of The North public house. This event has raised over £86,000 for charities especially those for children with special needs. This year the committee expect to smash through the £100,000 barrier. This will be acheived through the generous support of our sponsors and the people that take a sponsor card and cycle or walk. This year the main benefactors are Rehabcare Dundalk, Newry Gateway, Autism NI south down group, Helping hand charity for Belfast hospital for sick children, and NI children’s cancer fund. The event takes place on Sunday July 7 at Noon starting as usual at the cycle lane at Dromad. Contact Martin 028 30849426 or John 028 30848326.

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LOUTH COUNTY COUNCIL, We, David and Paula Broe, intend to apply for Planning Permission for extension and alterations including raising the roof and provision of dormer accommodation at first floor level, replacing existing rear extension with new two storey extension, elevational changes including construction of new porch to the front and bay window to the east and associated site works at Chapel Pass, Blackrock, 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 Louth County Council from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing within a period of 5 weeks from the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00 DUNDALK TOWN COUNCIL, We, Brookwood Taverns Ltd, intend to apply for planning permission for alterations to rear of the Ridleys Premises, 91 Park Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth including provision of roof terrace, enclosing walls and a store. 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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Following on from the successful r Hyundai Coupe we now have the -Veloster, which is billed as 1+2 Door -Coupe. - Why a 1+2 Door Coupe? - Well eit has 1 door on the drives side and -doors on the passenger's side - sort of aodd but practical. There are two models the Veloster . and Veloster Sport. m Both are powered by a 1.6 140 PS GDi petrol engine with option of dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and Blue Drive technology. The Veloster is available with Hyundai’s fuel-saving Blue Drive technology which includes Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG), low rollingresistance tyres. The six speed dual-clutch transmission or DCT is available as aN option; it offers all the benefits of an automatic with those of a manual. You can manual mode via steering wheel-mounted paddles you can sequential change gear without the uses of a clutch. Standard spec includes 17-inch

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Skoda have announced details of their new Octavia Estate. The new model has a bigger footprint than the predessor; 4660mm (l) x 1810mm (w) which makes it 90mm longer and 45mm wider. The Boot space measures 610 litres and increases to 1,740 litres with the rear seats down, which is 85 litres more than its predecessor. With the front passenger seat folded down the car will carry objects up to 2.92 metres in length. The new Octavia Estate will be available with the choice of : two petrol and two diesel engines with power outputs

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New mazda 6 goes on sale There are the options of SKYACTIV 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines with the choice of six-speed manual and automatic SKYACTIV transmissions. The powertrains includes two petrol engines and two diesels mated to six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. SKYACTIV-G petrol engines include the 2.0-litre 145ps and the 2.0-litre 165ps both producing 210Nm at 4,000rpm. SKYACTIV-D diesel engines include the 2.2-litre 150ps producing 380Nm at 1,800rpm to 2,600rpm and the 2.2-litre 175ps producing 420Nm at 2,000rpm. The diesel 2.2-litre 150ps officially is capable of 4.2L/100km(67.3mpg) on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 108 g/km. Yet will achieve 0-100kph(62mph) in 9.0 seconds and has a top speed of 211kph(131mph). Which compares

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4 3 4 3 4 33 2013 Skoda Superb Active GL 4 42013 Skoda Superb Ambition 1.6TDI Black No Mileage

2013 Hyundai Veloster 1.6 Red 2500k


1.6TDI Silver 4,500K


2013 VW Golf 1.6TDI Red 8k New Model

2013 Skoda Octavia Elegance 1010 2013 Skoda Yeti Ambition 2.0TDI 11 10Model 10 11 11 1.6TDI Red 5k New 4x4 Grey 170bhp No mileage

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Used Car Finance available from 5.9%Apr


8 8 7 2013 Hyundai i30 iPro Commercial 6 6 5 Car Van 1.4TDI White 1500k


to the petrol 2.0-litre 145ps which records 4.6L/100km(61.4mpg) on the combined fuel cycle with CO2 emissions of 129 g/km. The majority of the new Mazda6 range features the i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system. It claims to boost economy by up to 10 per cent, depending on driving conditions. There is also the 'i-stop' idle-stop system and SKYACTIV powertrains, chassis and body control, which promise to make the Mazda6 more engaging and rewarding to drive.

2013 Mazda 3 1.6TDi 11 Executive  Saloon Blue 3k

8 8

2013 Skoda Octavia Ambition 1.6TDI Silver 5K

2013 Mazda 12 3 1.6TDI Executive Saloon Silver 3k

12 1212

Kingscourt9Rd, Carrickmacross,10Co Monaghan Opening Hours: Mon/Fri 9-6; Sat 9-1; Tel: 042 966 2266

Dundalk Leader 6th June 2013


Drogheda Motor Show on this weekend

The Drogheda Motor Show is kicking off this Friday 7th June at 1pm in Southgate Shopping Centre, Drogheda and runs until Sunday. This show will be launching the Brand New ‘132’ registration plate for new cars and is your chance to view over 100 different brands and styles of cars, side by side. Explains Michael Holcroft, one of the dealers, “This is the third year of the show and it is certainly going to be the biggest, with extra attractions like Vintage cars, Emergency Services demonstrations and surprise guests! Everybody who buys a car at the show will get unique cashback deals, only available at this show and all

buyers will be entered into a draw to win €1320 cashback!” The motor dealers have worked with a charity partner for each of the shows and this year for the 1st time it’s the turn of the Special Olympics. Watch out for special promotions and activities featuring the stars of track and field! Motability Ireland will also be showcasing for the first time at the show and will be able to demonstrate their specialist modified cars. Alan Reynolds is one of the motor dealers involved and is inviting all members of the public to the show. “We have been getting huge feedback on facebook and on our website and we have (un!)happily giv-









ing away cash and motor prizes already so look out at the show for more competitions and giveaways!” The competitions will also include great prizes from our partners, the Boyne Valley Hotel and Energie Fitness Club and the outside broadcast unit from LMFM will be live from the show for the whole weekend Access to the event is free of charge and most of the event will be held indoors. Children are welcome and the adults can browse at their leisure throughout the various vehicle display areas and food stands. More info can be found on and www.droghedamotorshow. com

Drogheda Car Sales 2



2013 i40 1.7 TDI Executive Saloon 10K Demo



2013 i30 1.6 TDI Deluxe 4K Demo




2013 Veloster 1.6 Petrol 2K Demo





2013 I20 1.2 Premium 4K Demo

We are celebrating our 1st Anniversary on 14th/15th June Fri 14th June – 9-7 • Sat 15th June 9-5

6 7 8 for 6 6 6 7 7 7 Draw 8 8 8 Enter our Free a Weekend break away or an iPad

Also: €1500 Scrappage Deal on New & Used Cars Not to Be Missed

North Road, Drogheda 041 984 5288 www.

Gerry Cumiskey Dundalk Leader 6th June 2013



2012 VW Sharan 2.0TDi T-L €30,000

2013 VW Passat CL 1.6TDi

2007 Audi A4 2.0TDi SE

2012 VW Passat 1.6TDi TL

2012 Passat Highline

2012 VW Passat 1.6TDi HL

2012 Audi A4 2.0TDi Sport


2012 VW Polo Cross 1.2TSi €15,000

2008 Mazda 6 Executive 1.8 petrol €10,000

2012 VW Tiguan T&F 2.0TDI €27,000

2009 Audi A4 2.0TDi

2010 VW Golf TL 1.6TDI

2012 VW Up! 1.0 3dr

2013 VW Golf HL 1.6 TDI

2012 Golf 1.4TSi ER


2009 BMW 520d SE Towing €24,000

2012 VW Jetta TL 1.6TDi

2008 Opel Astra 1.4 Sport

2011 Toyota Auris Aura 1.4 D4D €16,000

2010 VW Jetta 1.6TDi CL

2011 Passat CL 1.6TDi

2010 VW Golf 1.6TDi HL

2008 Nissan Qashqai Tekna 1.6 €11,000

2011 Opel Astra

2011 BMW 520d SE

2012 Skoda Octavia

2012 Bettle 1.4TSi Sport

2011 VW Fox 1.0

2011 VW Golf 1.6DSG R Line €23,000

2011 Polo 1.2 TrL

2011 VW Scirocco 1.4TSi

2012 Audi A6 2.0TDi SLine

Peugeot 308 1.6HDi

2012 BMW 520d MSport Auto €41,000

2012 Audi A4 SE 2.0 TDI

2009 Toyota L.Cruiser LWB Com €14,000+VAT

2011 VW Caddy 1.6TDi

2013 VW Transporter 2.0TDi LWB €22,000 + VAT




2013 VW Amorak T-L 163bhp

€27,000 + VAT






2012 VW Transporter SWB

€16,000 + VAT








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