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Dundalk’s three representatives at the Junior Kickboxing Championships in Krakow Poland arrived home on Sunday laden with silver and bronze with all three winning medals in their events. Eadaoin McCrave, Enda Kelly and Darren O’Donagh performed with great credit in their respective events with Eadaoin and Enda winning silver and Darren two bronze medals. Eleven-year-old Eadaoin’s silver came just 18 months after joining the Irish Martial Arts academy in Dundalk where she trains under coach Eamon Lawlor. Eadaoin, who attends St Fursey’s National School in Haggardstown, joined The Irish Martial Arts Academy in Williamsons Mall in 2012 and according to Eamon she immediately showed promise

Enda Kelly, Darren O’Donogh and Eadaoin McCrave celebrate their success

in her chosen discipline of ‘Musical Forms’. “When she first joined us I could tell straight away that she was very talented” explained Eamon.

“Eadaoin takes part in musical forms which is a sort of imaginary fight against one or more opponents in which the performer uses techniques coming from Oriental Martial

Arts to specifically chosen music. She is very flexible and she is very quick to learn which makes her a joy to teach”, he added. See Page 12

Jobs provide confidence boost By Paul Byrne

THERE was more good news on the jobs front in Dundalk last week when National Pen announced that they were creating 200 permanent jobs over the next five years. Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived at National Pen’s European headquarters in Xerox Technology Park last Friday morning with Joan Burton and Richard Bruton to announce the good news. He commended the company on their continued success and noted their ability to grow despite the downturn in the economy. Full story on Page 2

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will continue to do eve- al Pen, to grow and to rything it can to help create more jobs. “This is a great day businesses, like Nationfor all here”, he added.

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THERE was more good news on the jobs front in Dundalk last week when National Pen announced that they were creating 200 permanent jobs over the next five years. Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived at National Pen’s European headquarters in Xerox Technology Park last Friday morning with Joan Burton and Richard Bruton to announce the good news. He commended the company on their continued success and noted their ability to grow despite the downturn in the economy. “I am delighted to be here this morning with Ministers Bruton and Burton to announce that National Pen is to add 200 permanent jobs at its European Headquarters here in Dundalk over the next five years, with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through IDA Ireland. “National Pen’s 200 new jobs will add to the 3,000 that the private sector is now creating every month. “This decision by National Pen, a worldleader in the manufacture and development of marketing and promotional materials, to expand its workforce is a sure vote of confidence

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Joan Burton were presented with pens depicting their county colours ahead of the All-Ireland Final

in Ireland’s recovery.” enthused the Taoiseach. Last year National Pen celebrated their 25th anniversary in Dundalk having opened it’s doors here in 1987. The San Diego based US company has shown huge growth over the last number of years and is now serving 19 countries worldwide. The company which currently employs 259 people in Dundalk plan to have a workforce of 459 by the end of 2017. Peter Kelly, Senior Vice President of National Pen said “We celebrated 25 years of business in Dundalk last year and moved to a new custom designed facility to accommodate the growth of our international business and the demand for our products. Ireland is a great location from which to service our

global markets. “We have enjoyed a very positive experience in Ireland over the years due to the pro-business environment, the availability of skilled staff and the support of IDA Ireland.” he added Last year National Pen saw it’s sales in Dundalk grow from $47m to $87m while they also relocated from a 40,000 sq ft building to a 120,000 sq ft premises. An Taoiseach concluded his speech by promising to continue to help businesses like National Pen continue to grow whilst creating new jobs as Ireland recovers from recession. “Earlier this year I performed the official opening of the PayPal offices - another important event on the road to recovery in the region. “The Government

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Mattie Pepper (past President), Callan Quinn and Irene Maycock (secretary) with sponsors and members of Drogheda Lions Club at the lauch of the “Message in a Bottle” project

Lions Club back campaign DUNDALK Lions Club are getting behind a campaign to benefit the elderly which has been launched by their colleagues in the Drogheda club. The Lions’ “Message in a Bottle” project is an Emergency Information Scheme that directs the emergency services to information stored in plastic bottle which is kept in a fridge. Vulnerable people can enter health

details in order to save valuable time in the event of an emergency. It is hoped to distribute 5,000 bottles through HSE, doctor’s surgeries and chemists as part of Positive Ageing Week which starts on September 27. For information contact Irene Maycock of Dundalk Lions Club on 086 8335332.

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Cricket Club Open Day

Ryan Walsh, Callum Walsh, Laura Walsh and Eddie Walsh

Louise and Deborah Challoner with their award

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Mother and daughter make the cut for charity By Niamh Kirk

MOTHER and daughter Janet and Katie Malone from Kilkerley have made the cut when it comes to charity after teaming up to make a contribution that will be of great benefit to others. After months of preparation, Monday was D-Day for the pair as they donated their hair to the Rapunzel Foundation which makes real-hair-wigs for people suffering from the effects of treatment of cancer and alopecia needs. Janet wore her hair short, “a blade three all over” she said until she decided to grow her hair and then donate it to the Rapunzel Foundation. Some of Janet’s family and friends have been hit by cancer, Janet lost her mother to the disease only last year. In response she decided that she wanted to help

Janet and Katie Malone after having their hair cut

and began growing her hair. Janet was then joined by her daughter Katie who is ten and wanted to help too. Spurred on to make the cut by her friend Julie Byrne the date was set for Monday September 23. It was Katie who took the plunge first and said goodbye to 12 inches of her hair on Monday afternoon in Chaplin Hair Salon, followed

Crashed into neighbour’s wall A MAN who crashed into a neighbour’s wall was convicted of failing to remain at the scene and fined €200 Dundalk District Court. Solicitor, Frank McDonnell, stated that Kenneth Walsh of 64 Ashbrook, Dundalk, went back to his house

after the incident on August 27, 2012, but the car remained at the scene. He added that it was unfortunate that a prosecution came as a result but he accepted it. The damage to the wall has been repaired.

W ubiegły czwartek, 12 września, po wakacyjnej przerwie, wznowiliśmy spotkania Polska Szkoła w Dundalk wraz z Simul Polonia chciałyby polecić Waszej uwadze kampanię profrekwencyjną: „Jesteś u siebie. Zagłosuj.” Razem mobilizujmy Polaków do głosowania w Irlandii! „Mieszkasz w Irlandii już dobrych parę lat. Do pobliskiej szkoły chodzą Twoje dzieci, a w sklepie za rogiem robisz zakupy. Myślisz, że warto byłoby coś zmienić na lepsze, bo czujesz się jak u siebie… Jesteś u siebie! Wspólnie, w ramach kampanii „Jesteś u siebie. Zagłosuj!” przekonaj swoich polskich sąsiadów by zarejestrowali się w spisie wyborców. Pamiętaj! Tylko w ten sposób Twój radny dowie się o Twoim i ich istnieniu i zapuka do was, w czasie kampanii. Pomoże rozwiązać problem! Uproszczony termin rejestracji do wyborów mija 25 listopada. Nie pozostawaj w tyle. Weź sprawy w swoje ręce! Jesteś u siebie!” Już niebawem w Dundalk pojawią się plakaty promujące tą akcje, a na nich miejsca i daty specjalnie przygotowanych dla Was spotkań, wyjaśniających temat. Spotkań, na których zaproszeni kandydaci będą mogli Nas poznać. Spotkań, podczas których będziemy mogli przedstawić borykające nas problemy. Gdzie znajdziemy pomoc (także językową) by wypełnić formularz zgłoszeniowy. Więcej informacji zamieścimy na stronie oraz Przypominamy również, że po wakacyjnej przerwie ruszyła Polska Szkoła w Dundalk. Wszystkich zainteresowanych Rodziców i Dzieci odsyłamy na stronę Szkoły www.

quickly by Julie. Joanne Byrne and grandson Fintan Clifford, as well as Janet’s husband and Katie’s dad, Ronan Malone and Nuala Malone were on-hand to support the mother and daughter as they made the final cut. To donate to the charity, hair is grown so it can make a pony tail of more than 12 inches, the hair must be

untreated and preferably even in length. It takes as many as 25 pony tails to make a wig and The Rapunzel Foundation is always appealing for pony tails to be sent in to them. Nuala in Chaplin’s treated the ladies to a new ‘do’ when the pony-tails were cut. The Rapunzel Foundation revealed that the impact of a real hair wig is huge.


in Brief Had almost completed driving ban

A man who had almost completed a driving ban had a further three-year disqualification imposed after being caught driving by Gardai. Kevin O’Hare of 21 Fatima Park, Dundalk, was stopped by Gardai at Red Cow on September 6, 2012, having been banned in 2011 on a drink driving charge. The court heard from his solicitor that he foolishly decided to drive the car on that occasion at a time when he was getting close to getting his licence back. In being convicted on the no insurance charge, the defendant was also fined €200.

Phantom and the Musicals

The TLT in Drogheda will present Phamtom and the Musicals from The West End, Broadway and the Big Screen on October 5. The show, starring Barry Walker and Smackee, will feature songs from Chicago, Cabaret, West Side Story, Calamity Jane, Les Miserables, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and many more. Tickets €22.50.

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Young students celebrate another great harvest THE young organic gardeners at Dulargy National School have enjoyed a bumper harvest since their return this September. After one of the best summers in years, all the school crops did extremely well with a fantastic harvest of carrots, peas, onions and garlic in particular. Almost all the crops have been harvested and shared out in the last few weeks, with plenty for

everybody to bring home for dinner. The Gardening Project in the school is now in its fourth year and going from strength to strength. Co-ordinated by parents Roisin Cotter, Terri McKeown and Eileen McGeown, the project gives each child in the school the opportunity to sow seeds and care for their plants until they are ready to be brought home. Each class grows flowers or vegetables or both.

This year Junior Infants grew sunflowers, Senior Infants grew tomatoes, 1st class grew courgettes, 2nd class grew peas and sweetcorn, 3rd class grew heritage potatoes and turnips, 4th class grew rocket, lettuce, radishes and coriander. FIfth class conducted an experiment growing five varieties of carrots, ending up with a bumper crop of over 200 carrots. SIxth class grew red lettuce, scallions, onions, garlic and beetroot.

This school has almost completed its new Outdoor Classroom, another wonderful addition to the school resources, masterfully built by school caretaker, Jimmy Quigley. This will be planted up by the children in the coming months and will include a sensory garden and a pollinators paradise for birds, bees, butterflies etc. to bring in as much wildlife as possible to help pollinate all the school crops.

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in Brief Community Alert

Cooley Community Alert will hold their AGM in Cooley hall at 8pm on Thursday September 26. The committee invite all current and new members to attend.

Local man warned not to get involved in matters that do not concern him A MAN who intervened during a Garda drug search was warned that he had enough to concern him without getting involved in matters that didn’t affect him. Judge Flann Bren-

nan heard that William Doyle of 12 Langfield Road, Dundalk, is caring for his sick wife and four of his six children and warned the 47-year-old to mind his own business in future.

“Have you not got enough on your plate without getting into an argument with Gardai who are trying to conduct a drug search. “Drugs are the bane of society and they are eve-

rywhere. The worrying thing is that you probably can’t walk around the town without passing somebody who had drugs. In future mind your own business”, he stated.

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The court heard that on September 14 while Gardai were conducting a drug search when Mr Doyle intervened. He pleaded guilty to a public order charge and was fined €100.

Official opening of Brodigans Londis

Andrew and Joanne Brodigan pictured at the official opening of Brodigans Londis, Quay St, with parents, John and May Lennon, Johnny and Maureen Brodigan, along with sons Jack and Ciaran. The new proprietors had the ribbon cut by their parents at the official opening on Saturday September 14. The fun day included a variety of entertainment including face painting, bouncy castle, monster trucks and giveaways to celebrate the shop’s new beginning. The management thanked all their customers for their continued support.

Beekeepers meeting and talk THE County Louth Beekeepers Association are holding their first Honey Show on Thursday September 26 from 8pm to 10pm at the Teagasc Centre

Dublin Road, Dundalk. Also on the night certificates will be presented to the successful students who passed the FIBKA Preliminary Examinations for Be-

ginners. A lecture on preparing your bees for winter will also be given and advice on taking the hard work out of beekeeping. Free entry.

Weekly Quiz

1. Literature What is Dean Jonathan Swift’s most famous book? 2. Board Games How many pieces are there on a chess board at the beginning of a game? 3. Pop Songs In the Benny Hill song, who was Ernie the Milkman’s arch rival? 4. Sport Who has been the manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team for the last number of years? 5. Local On what road within Dundalk is there a series of buildings known as Father Stokes houses? 6. History What did Irish soldier Captain Thomas Blood attempt to steal in 1671? 7. Pot Luck How many separate bets make up the gamble

known as a yankee? 8. Television In what make of car did Inspector Morse drive about in? 9. Religion In all Christian churches, at what time of the day are prayers known as Vespers recited? 10. Movies In what film would you hear the line ‘Infamy, Infamy, they’ve all got it in for me’? The Stinker In the Aston Martin sports cars, DB5 and DB6, what do the letters DB stand for?

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Fergus Boyle, Kalaran Kieran and Gerry McKeever at the Cricket club open day

Cricket club celebrate another successful year By Paul Byrne

DUNDALK Cricket Club held their end of season Open Day at their home ground in Dromiskin as players, supporters and children helped celebrate what was another successful year for the fledgling club. It was refreshing to see so many youngsters picking up the bat and ball on the day as the young club aims to promote the game at grassroots level. The club have made giant strides since it’s inception back in 2010, joining the Leinster

Cricket Union in 2011 and entering a team into Division 11. The club went unbeaten for the whole season and were therefore league champions with the highest points total of any club. In 2012 the club entered a second team in Division 12. The first team having been promoted to Division 9 were again Division champions and promoted to Division 8 for 2013 where they finished a very respectable third place. There are also plans to start a ladies cricket team next season as the club con-

tinues to grow. During Saturday’s open day there were two demonstration T20 matches and a barbecue on what was a glorious afternoon. The children were kept entertained with a bouncy castle as well as face painting. Just after 6pm the players and supporters gathered in front of the stand as Chairman Brendan Waters and Secretary Derek Turner announced the winners of this season’s club awards. Sajan Jayaseelan won the Player of the Year awards for his consistent displays all














COMP year while Waleed ShaANY hid scooped the second team’s player of the year. Michael Mullen was delighted with his 100% I RISH young player of the year OWNE C D award while the ClubOMPA NY man of the Year was given to John Finnegan who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes 100% IRI SH OW to help improve the NED COMP club. ANY A row in the Challoner household was averted as sisters Deborah and Louise were jointly awarded the ‘Ladies player of the year’ to conclude what was a fun day out for all in Dromiskin.



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Rolling back the years at Knockbridge Vintage Day News

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Realt na Mara Church Gate Collection

The Realt Na Mara Parents’ Association organises events to raise vital funds for the pupils. With ever increasing school budget cuts, fundraising has never been so important. This weekend, staff and volunteers will be collecting outside St Patricks’, The Redemptorist, St Nicholas’ and The Marist. The funds raised are allocated to numerous worthwhile and necessary projects which include a PA system and new markings for the playground, along with iPads for the Autism Centre. Your support is appreciated.

KNOCKBRIDGE Vintage Club held their annual Vintage Day and Working Rally on Sunday September 15. The weather wasn’t ideal but the members of the club were overwhelmed by the large number of people who turned out to enjoy the numerous events that took place throughout the day. Vintage enthusiasts travelled with their displays from far and near to be present at the day. There were huge displays of both tractors and cars. Stationary engines along with older

horse drawn equipment filled in the gaps on the timeline. On the other side of the hedge, man and machines of yesteryear worked full steam ahead ploughing and cultivating the newly harvested stubble. One of the features of the day was All Ireland Ploughing Champion, Gerry King demonstrating horse ploughing. Like previous years, the Dog Show and Sheep Racing proved a real hit with the crowd. Various demonstrations took place during the course of the day such as flower arrang-

ing from floral artist Veronica McMahon, art and crafts, working blacksmith to name but a few. There was fierce rivalry in the Tug of War Competition as local teams fought for the trophy with the “Pink” Team winning the title in the end captained by Donal Conroy. The Vintage Fashion Show made a welcome return this year and featured some fabulous vintage pieces which local people kindly donated for modelling. “Knockbridge’s Got Talent” was a brilliant success and a large

number of incredibly talented young musicians, singers and dancers performed. Congratulations to all the competitors that took part. 1st Place - Gavin Gribben, 2nd, Place – Paddy Wallace and 3rd Place - Caitlin McNally and Kodi McEneaney. Delicious freshly cooked food and home baking was served during the day. The committee, on behalf of the club members would like to thank everyone who supported, sponsored, helped or participated in any way.

Some of the people taking part in the Knockbridge Vintage Day

Appeal lodged over nine month sentence A DUNDALK woman who pleaded guilty to a number of thefts in town lodged an appeal after being sentenced to nine months in prison. Natalie Dullaghan of 37 Slieve Foy Park, Muirhevnamor, had the case against her adjourned at a previous hearing pending a Probation Report. However, her solicitor, Michelle Murphy, conceded that the report was not favourable and asked for another chance.

“It is a disappointing report but she has now gained an insight into the root cause of her problems. She has not been in trouble for a while and I have asked her to be more co-operative with the Probation Service”, stated Ms Murphy who conceded that the judge had been more than helpful to her. However, Judge Brennan expressed his disappointment with the report as he imposed a nine month

sentence. “This is like throwing something back in my face. I won’t have somebody coming to me saying they won’t keep appointments. She doesn’t want to co-operate with the Probation Service”, he stated. The defendant pleaded guilty to four theft charges in shops in Dundalk between July 15 2012 and March 28, 2013. An appeal to the sentence was lodged.

THE Jonesborough Charity Cycle committee presented their donations to the nominated groups recently in the Gap of the North Inn Jonesborough. This is the fifth year of the charity cycle and to date they have raised over £120k for various groups. This year £36,000

was presented to 20 different groups and among them was Rehab Care Carroll Village and Quayside Dundalk. Donations of £1,500 were received by Meningitis Thrust, Dromintee Senior Citizens Club and Less Able Club, SNAP (Special Needs Active Parents), Dundalk.

The committee wish to thank the main sponsors, mile sponsors, all who donated to the auction JMC Cycle for their technical support on the day of the cycle and any other individual or group that helped to making this an enjoyable and successful event for everyone involved.

Groups benefit from charity cycle funds

Workers and Struggles

A POETRY reading featuring some of Dundalk’s best know faces is to take place in celebration of All Ireland Poetry day. As this year marks the centenary of the 1913 Lock Out the theme of the event is ‘Workers and their Struggles.’ The event will feature local people sharing their favourite poetry and some work that they wrote themselves. It will be followed by a discussion of what poetry means in Ireland today. County Arts Officer, Brian Harten said, “everybody has a favourite poem, and “Workers and Their Struggles” will encourage people to think about the poems which have made an impression on them in the past. As well as that, it’s good to be reminded that Ireland is still producing really good poets, and whether we’re in the middle of a boom or a recession, people still write poetry and people still read it. It’s part of what makes us human The event takes place on Monday September 30 at 1pm in the Town Hall. Admission is free.

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Sunset coffee morning Sunset Creations, Dublin St, Dundalk, are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday September28 to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. The event is part of the “As Easy as ABC” – a home design initiative which is being run to benefit the Irish Cancer Society and aims to promote cancer awareness and in the run up to Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. All are invited to come along from 10.30am have a coffee and make a donation. There are also promotions in store as part of the fundraising effort.

Talk on Celtic Mythology Cooley Genealogical Historical Society are hosting a talk entitled “Louth - Land of Legends, Louth’s Celtic Mythology” at 8pm in Long’s Pub, Grange, on Friday October 11. Talk will be given by Barbara O’Flaherty and all are welcome.

New class has Dundalk pupils jumping for joy Pupils from Realt na Mara enjoying the skipping lessons

Realt Na Mara pupils. George is a skipping PUPILS in Realt na Mara instructor with skippingwere jumping for joy on 4schools and has gained Monday morning as re- qualifications in Beginnowned English Skipping ner, Intermediate and Adcoach George Kubu ar- vanced Skipping Coaching rived at the school to give through the British Rope them a masterclass in the Skipping Association. He has used this knowledge art of skipping. ‘Double Dutch’, ‘Triple to help coach thousands Unders’ and ‘’Crossovers of children in hundreds were the order of the day of schools over the last as George passed on his eight years. According to knowledge to the eager George skipping is a simple yet effective way of

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tackling the ever growing problem of obesity. “Skipping as a form of children’s entertainment has died a bit in recent years which is a shame as it is fantastically simple way of keeping our children fit. “As you can see here today the children are having great fun with the rope and they are getting plenty of exercise at the same time. Skipping on the spot for even just a minute can

really get the heart pumping and is a great way of keeping fit.” explained George George also passed on information to teachers who were also given useful advice to help skipping to become a regular activity in the playground. After the skipping workshops, some of the pupils gathered together for a special skipping assembly where pupils performed their routines for



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From Page 1 “As soon as she finished her routine in Poland I knew she was going to get a medal as she performed the routine brilliantly. The girl that beat her is from Russia and is the current World Champion so that shows the calibre of opponent she was up against”, added Eamon. Eadaoin was understandably delighted with her medal and revealed that she is setting her sights on the World Championships in Rome next year, “I’ve been training hard with Eamon and I’m delighted to have won a silver. I really love musical forms and Eamon is a brilliant

teacher and I can’t wait to get back training again. The National Championships are on in March and if I do well there I qualify for the World Championships so I’m going to keep working hard” she explained.” Enda and Darren who both train in MasF on Distillery Lane under the watchful eye of their trainer Wayne Rutherford were also delighted with their exploits in Poland. Enda from Kilkurry specialises in the Bo Staff and was training five nights a week as he prepared for the Championships. That hard work paid off as he won silver in what was a very tough section.

He recently won gold in the senior weapons division in his final National junior competition winning another National title for himself as well as a spot on the Irish Kickboxing team so he went into the championships high on confidence. Enda’s father Pat thanked the people of Dundalk for getting behind Enda as he raised money throughout the year to fund the trip to Poland. “We’re delighted that Enda did himself proud over in Poland and it was great to see all his hard work pay off. The people of Dundalk were great all throughout the year as we held various fundraisers and

we want to say a big thank you to them all” he added. Current National champion, Darren O’Donogh, entered the younger cadet division for forms and weapons where he bagged himself two bronze medals beating a host of international competitors along the way. Darren who has been competing for seven years was delighted with his first ever international medals. “We had a great time in Poland and it was nice to come away with a couple of medals. I’m aiming to make the World Championships in Italy next year so I’m going to keep on working hard” he added.

Members from the Nestling Project being presented with their paintings from art teacher Peter Lennon. Back row L-R: Tessie Crighton, Maeve Callan, David Nail, Nancy Ward, Art teacher Peter Lennon, Josephine Foster, Pat Murray. Front Row L-R: Lilly Morgan, Elsie O’Hanlon, Rosaleen O’Shaughnessey, May Hughes.

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Wednesday: Why I Returned To Learning by Tracey About eight months ago, I was at work and I was listening to the radio. I heard a woman talk about her experience of returning to learning. She talked about going to the VEC in Dundalk to learn how to read. I liked her story. The phone number was given out at the end of the show. I phoned the number. I was talking to a woman called Mary. She asked me to call to the Centre. The following week I met a man called Francis. He took my details and we had a chat about what I wanted to learn. A short time later I met my tutor. My first tutor was called Mark. We started reading small books and filling out forms. I found this hard at first, but it got easier. I was able to take my time and ask questions. We looked at newspapers and we worked on words that I was not sure about. We worked well together, then Mark moved to France. My second tutor is Kathryn. I am doing reading, writing and spellings. Sometimes I find it hard to remember spellings. I know it will take time, but I’m glad I returned to learning. Thursday: My Learning Experience, by Therese At 42 I decided to return to education because I wanted to be able to help my two girls with their homework. I also wanted to be able to read and write with confidence. I did not know what to expect. I thought it would be the same as school. I really hated school. When I started my reading class I was very nervous. It took me ten

years to get the courage to be here today. I really don’t know what I was worrying about because everyone is so friendly and the teachers are great. I’ve been attending the Adult Learning Service, here in Dundalk, for about a year now and I feel happier in myself. I am reading as much as I can and I feel more confident in myself. I’ve learned a lot about myself. Bit by bit my reading and writing has got better and I can do things that I could not do before. I’m sorry I did not do this sooner but I am so happy that I am back learning. My dream is to sit the Junior Certificate. Friday Getting there by John I first got to know about the Adult Learning Service when my girlfriend picked up a leaflet in the local shop. My reading and writing weren’t great. It took me a long time before I phoned the number. This is my second year attending classes and I’ve had really nice teachers. I worked with a tutor for the first year and it was great. It gave me a chance to settle in. Now I am in a class with six people like my-

self. It has given me great confidence in my work. I drive a truck for a living. It is great being able to read the order forms that people give me. I would like to give up the truck driving now that I have got better at reading and writing. I would like to go on the road at sales, selling some kind of products. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m getting there.

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by Mary. She was very helpful. She put me in contact with a tutor. I am very happy that I have made this decision at this time of my life and I hope this story will help other people to visit the Adult Learning Service.

Tuesday: How the Class Changed Me – by Pauline. I contacted the Adult Learning Service one year ago because I wanted to get better at reading and Monday: Learning writing. I was told that I to Read and Write, by could join a small class. I Vincent was very nervous the first I contacted the Adult day coming in but I had Learning Service in 2011. nothing to worry about. Now, in 2013, at the age My class is made up of 55, I am able to read of four men, myself and and write. Claire, the teacher. You may know someWe get together every one that needs help with Tuesday night for two reading and writing. If hours. We learn to spell you do know someone and we read to one anoththat is not very good er. We learn to open up to at reading and writing, one another. The class is please try to encourage great. I really enjoy it. them to get in contact It made me open up to with their local Adult myself because I didn’t Learning Service. have much confidence The staff are very because I couldn’t read friendly. They will try to good or spell. Now I can, help you. They will put a little better. you in contact with a tuNow I don’t mind readtor. The tutor will help ing a menu in a restaurant you find your level, and or asking for help with after the first night you something I can’t read. will have made a new I would love to be able friend, and start reading to stand up in front of and writing. people and read, without When I went to the stuttering or feeling really VEC in 2011 I was met nervous.



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Mission to St Therese

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A table quiz in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation will be held in the Fane Bar on Friday October 4 at 8pm. Team of four costs €20.

A two-day Mission to St Therese is being held in the Marist Church, Dundalk, on Monday September 30 and Tuesday October 1 at 7pm.

• Group 1 Carseat for newborns to 3-4 years. • Double reducer for carrying a newborn. • 3 point safety belt with hook-up to car. • Removable and washable seat cover. • Classic Ferrari red and black colour combination. • 5-position recliner. Side protection. Buckle alarm.

ONE of the most successful and popular educational services available locally which provides support for adults who would like to improve their reading, writing, spelling and maths skills is now seeking participants. The Adult Learning Service, which provides a range of opportunities for adults who would like to improve their reading, writing, spelling, numeracy or basic maths and basic information technology skills, has proven hugely popular and beneficial. The Louth Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) is running the service with its motto being “Its never too late to learn”. The adult literacy service will help people deal with a wide range of needs from reading or completing forms, reading packaging to helping children with homework. A wide range of day and evening courses are available. Learners are encouraged to improve their skills and are provided with the opportunity to work towards achieving a national certificate whether that be a FETAC or a Department of Education, Junior Certificate. A number of participants have outlined their reasons for taking up the course and the benefits that have resulted. Starting on Wednesday, 25 September tune into LMFM at 11.30 am every morning their stories will be read out. Those interested are encouraged to listen and read along. Learners may choose to learn in a one to one setting or they choose to work in a small group. For information contact the Dundalk office on 9353593.

A car boot sale will be held in The Readypenny Inn car park on Sunday September 29. €10 per car boot with proceeds in aid of Ardee Hospice. Contact Margaret for details on 086 2381030.

Leontia Toal from Legion Avenue, Dundalk, won €40,400 on the National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE on Saturday. Pictured at the presentation of the winning cheques to the winners were from left: Marty Whelan, game show co-host; Leontia Toal, the winning player; Declan Harrington, Head of Finance, The National Lottery and Sinead Harrington, game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Mace Foodstore, Greenacres Shopping Centre, Avenue Road, Dundalk.

A Beginning Experience Weekend Programme takes place from Friday October 4 to Sunday October 6 to help people work through their grief to be healed and free again. Contact 9336393.

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Realt na Mara pupils enjoying their skipping classes on Monday

Boxing club celebrate 75 years at gala dinner By Paul Byrne

BERNARD Dunne and Ken Egan will help Dealgan Boxing Club celebrate 75 years in existence this October at a boxing gala dinner show which will also include 12 more Irish champions. The club are based in Marian Park having bought the hall over 15 years ago spending over €100,000 with the aid of Peace and Reconciliation funding to transform it into a clubroom, compete with two rings, dressing

rooms and showers. PRO for the club Anto Donnelly is understandably looking forward to the gala celebrations and says it’s a great chance for people to meet some of the best boxers this country has produced. “We are delighted to announce our Gala Boxing Dinner Show which will take place on Saturday October 5th in the Fairways hotel Dundalk. We’ll have no less than 14 All Ireland champions who will be in action on this auspicious occasion to

showpiece our most successful sport. “We’ll also have former world champion Bernard Dunne and Olympic silver medallist Kenny Egan coming down as guests of honour and I’m sure they’ll have a few stories to tell”, explained Anto. Restricted number of tickets at €50 are on sale now and can be purchased by ringing Dealgan boxing club at 0863748688 or 087 0528170 or else emailing info@irishboxing. ie. Corporate tables are also available.

Included in the price of the ticket is a four course meal, boxing, live music and entry into the nightclub. There will also be an awards ceremony on the evening including the ‘Joe Ashmore’ memorial trophy for best boxer of the night. The ‘Eddie Maguire’ Memorial trophy for best club boxer of the year and finally the ‘Willie Moore’ memorial shield for best junior boxer of the year. The club is open to all from age 11 to 35 from Dundalk area.



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Win tickets to see Lambert Puppet Theatre We have three sets of double tickets to be won for Ireland’s No. 1 and highly acclaimed children’s theatre company, the Lambert Puppet Theatre, who will present and perform the classic fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

in the Fairways Hotel on Sunday October 6 at 3pm. The legendary RTE puppet Bosco will be a special guest for this amazing performance. Doors open at 2.30pm and admission is €10 or family of four €30, all tickets on sale at the

door on the day. To enter our competiton just answer the following question: Which puppet is guest on the show? Dustin or Bosco? Answers to: The Dundalk Leader, 63 Clanbrassil St, Dundalk.

Busy time ahead at The Spirit Store SOME of the biggest names in Irish music are set to play Dundalk in the coming weeks as the Spirit Store announces a warming line-up. Cathy Davy, Therapy, Damien Dempsy, Jack L and Oscar winner Glen Hansard are all set to play in the Quay-side

venue. However tickets for Glen Hansard sold out quickly. The Spirit Store has always been a forerunner in bringing innovative, new and exciting types of entertainment to Dundalk and this autumn and winter is no different. As well

as Evil Presidents this September 27 merging bands and DJs in a live DJ set style performance - the Halloween showcase is a live soundtrack performance to one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu on October 30.

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Jiving classes starting at Fairways Hotel ALL-IRELAND champion tutor/dancer Gerard Butler will start a four-week Learn to Jive course in the Fairways Hotel, Dundalk on Monday September 30 at 8.30pm. Gerard travels all over the world passing on his talents and holds nine All Ireland titles for different styles of dance.

More and more people are wanting to learn to jive as when attending weddings or functions they don’t know what to do and can be shy of the dance floor. Country music has made a huge come back with popular bands such as Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan, Jimmy Buckley,

Johnny Brady, Lisa McHugh and Mike Denver to name but a few playing regularly in the surrounding areas. On occasion people attending these functions have shown great interest in taking updance classes. Dancing is a new way to lose weight and keep fit along with

meeting new people and making friends. If you are interested in attending you can arrive on the night as no booking is required, you just ‘Arrive and Jive’. If you wish to contact Gerard you may do so on 0868986004 or visit

Novel show takes to stage at Spirit Store The Evil Presidents band of DJs is bringing their novel stage show to the Spirit Store this September 27. The performance combines traditional musicians many of whom are from Dun-

dalk based bands, as well as DJ and with a visual display as the backdrop. The unique show was debuted at the Lock-Up in June to much acclaim and a video of the performance is available

online. There are no tickets for this event as entry is on a first come first served basis, entry is €5. Support on the evening comes from Eugene O’Hanlon.

Phantom & the Musicals from The West End, Broadway and The Big Screen 5th Oct.€22.50 A night of Musical Splendour not to be missed

Royal Moscow Ballet presents.

"Cinderella" 17th October - €35 / €40

19th October - €15

Gospel Gathering An annual celebration of the Joy, Power & Beauty of Gospel Music

51 Shades of Maggie A Dublin Woman's (slightly bruising) search for Mr. Right" 24th October €25

'How Great Thou Art' The Spiritual Hits Concert, Featuring Ireland’s greatest ever voice Red Hurley, with special guest Sandra Oman, Eugene McCarty Band & Singers Fri 1st Nov - €33.50

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Family Notices

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



AIDAN CARROLL 5th ANNIVERSARY We hold you close within our hearts And there you shall remain To walk with us throughout our lives Until we meet again Loved and missed by your Daddy, Mammy, sister Nancy and brothers Paul and David. Anniversary mass will be held on Saturday 28th September in the Holy Family Church at 10am

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 Saviour lodged in your house. I eseech 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. E.D.

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Dundalk darts league prepares for even better season ahead THE AGM of the Dundalk & District Darts League was held in the Commercial Club Dundalk on the September 12 and it proved to be as eventful as ever with a large attendance debating a number of issues which were aimed at improving the league. The outgoing Chairman Brian McArdle opened the meeting and praised all the committee and all the players within the league for making the league a great success in the 2012/2013 season. He noted how the league had gone from strength to strength and he hoped that it continued for the upcoming season. The Secretary’s address was read by Mickey Kelly and the Treasurer’s report was explained by Niamh Brady, both of these were received well by the assembled crowd who were given the opportunity to discuss

the season and ask any questions of the committee about the previous year. The committee stood down and the floor was opened for the election of officers for the upcoming season. The following committee was elected and took its place at the top table: Chairman - Brendan O’Rourke; Vice Chairman - Mickey Kelly; Secretary - Niamh Brady; Treasurer- Peter Neary; PRO - John O’Brien; Committe members - James Callan and Patrick Taaffe. The first job for the committee was the resolution of a number of proposals that had been put forward for the improvement of the league. The most notable of these was the inclusion of a third round in the league which will make the competition run longer as a number of people thought the league

finished too early last year. A number of additions and amendments to the rules were made to clarify some grey areas which were open to interpretations. As with all AGMs there were some proposals that caused contention but the committee that have been elected have committed to making this year an even more prosperous year for

Dundalk and District Darts League and will continue to listen to the views of all players throughout the league. Proposed dates: All team sheets to be returned by October 1 with full fee and affiliation fees to the Commercial Club at 8pm. Short Captains Meeting to be held. Proposed Date League start is October 17.

Erinn Mc Guinness, from Ardee, who won the Irish Dancing open championship U-12 section at the Portlaoise championships last weekend

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NEW DACIA LOGAN MCV Dacia’s Logan MCV, Ireland’s most affordable new family car, has arrived in Louth at Blackstone Motors Drogheda. The arrival of the new Dacia Logan MCV (Maximum Capacity Vehicle) with its bestin class boot capacity and ample space for 5 adults is sure to set pulses racing in Louth with its choice of three frugal engines and jaw dropping price tag from €11,190. With a boot to take on the bigger well known brand’s estates let alone one to shame every other supermini estate the Logan MCV is every inch a Maximum Capacity Vehicle. Its 573 litre boot which expands to 1,518 litres with the rear seats folded down, enabling you to transport large and awkward items is a doddle. A 60/40 splitfolding rear seat and a forward-folding front passenger seat also make for maximum flexibility when driving with rear passengers or transporting longer items. A virtually unknown brand in Ireland until the Duster arrived

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comes with the stylish addition of body coloured bumpers and black roof bars. Naturally, the 15” ‘Colorado’ steel wheel trims round off its practical, rugged look. Dacia hasn’t skimped on safety kit though, with ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ASR traction control, ISOFIX points in both outer rear seats and four airbags all fitted as standard. On the inside, its 573 litre boot versatility grows with a 60/40 split rear folding seats. The Alternative trim comes with Bluetooth connectivity, radio with CD player, USB connection for MP3 player, electric front windows, anti-intruder automatic door-locking, and remote central locking. With the Signature trim, comes additional style and comfort features. Among them are a 7-function on board computer, cruise control and speed limiter function, electric rear windows, and air conditioning. Things get even better

with a height adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, leather steering wheel and gear knob, fingertip remote controls and four speakers. The interior also becomes more upmarket with a graphite look finish for the centre console surround, front door handles and steering wheel lower insert. Its modern looks are also made even sharper with 15” ‘Sahara’ alloy wheel trims, front fog lights, body-coloured door handles, satin chrome roof bars and a chrome front grille. Not only will Logan MCV be affordable to buy, it’ll also be economical to run. Powering it are a choice of three frugal engines. The first, the 1.2 16V 75, one of the Renault Group’s most tried and tested engines, is on offer with each trim level.

The even more frugal, yet powerful, TCe 90 and dCi 90, can also be had with both Alternative and Signature. Even the heaviest Logan MCV only weighs in at 1090kg, so in spite of its heady load-carrying ability, it hasn’t got a hulking great body to haul around. Proving it, the smallest powerplant, the four-cylinder 1.2 petrol delivers 5.8 l/100km (48.7 mpg) on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 135g/km, enough for road tax band B2 at €280 a year. The second engine for Dacia’s new supermini estate is the TCe 90. It’s relatively new to the brand, following its launch on Sandero, after debuting in the Renault Clio with the added bonus of Stop&Start technology. In Logan MCV, the 0.9-litre three-cylinder

turbocharged unit is capable of 175km/h, with fuel economy of 5.0 l/100km (56.5 mpg) and CO2 emissions of just 116 g/km. Tax band A4 at €200 a year. Rounding off the series of modern engines is the new dCi 90. Belying its 1.5-litre diesel size, it delivers 3.8 l/100km (74.3 mpg) and sub-100 grams of CO2 per kilometre emissions and road tax of just €180 a year. The two top engines also boast an ECO mode to limit engine torque, both to help you eek the most out of your tank – by 10% - and save you valuable cents at the pumps. Combined with a gearshift indicator, they’ll also no doubt help you do your bit for the environment too. When it comes to enhancing the smart looks

of Logan MCV, several paint colours are available. Both trims come in glacier white, with optional metallic paints Fire Red, Platinum, Pearl Black, Sea Blue and Ash Gray. As with the other two Dacia models the Logan MCV comes with a standard warranty of 3 years/100,000 KM. Those seeking even more peace of mind can opt for an up to 5 year unlimited mileage warranty for only €369. Through Dacia Finance available at Blackstone Motors you can drive home a new Logan MCV from a shockingly affordable price of just €119 per month. The new Logan MCV is available to test drive at Blackstone Motors Log on to for more info.

Dundalk Leader 25th September 2013



Dundalk Leader 25th September 2013


Dundalk Leader