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Relief for Cheryl after typhoon hits Wednesday, 13th November, 2013. Vol. 6, Issue 46 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email:;

By Paul Byrne

THE Filipino community in Dundalk have rallied together this week as they gather food and clothes to be sent back home following the devastation left behind by Typhoon Haiyan. Many of them spent last weekend anxiously trying to contact family and loved ones from back home after the worst typhoon in living memory left a trail of death and destruction across the Philippines. Cheryl Rodriguez, a nurse in the Louth County hospital, who has been living in Dundalk since 2004 was hugely relieved to ring home on Saturday to find out that Typhoon Haiyan had not reached her home city of Ca-

gayan De Oro and that her family were all ok. “It is absolutely awful what is happening at the moment back home and I pray for all the people affected by this terrible typhoon. My home is in the south of the Philippines and although the wind and rain has been very bad the government has labelled it ‘Signal 1’ which is not too bad. The areas affected by the typhoon are ‘Signal 4’ which is the absolute worst a weather warning can be.” explained Cheryl. “Obviously myself and my husband Gary are so relieved that our families are ok but it is so terrible how many people have been killed and left homeless and needing food from this typhoon. Continued on page 11

Tribute to driving force of The House

Éabha Myers and Erin Myers at the ceremony to pay tribute to their grandad, Tom Myers

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Dream weekend for Louth Sports By Paul Byrne soccer in Louth with but for the Irish rugby It was a weekend to re- David Kearney scoring team as well as prestigmember for rugby and two tries in a dream de- ious awards received by both Stephen Kenny and Richie Towell at Friday evening’s PFAI awards. David Kearney from Willville in Carlingford came off the bench to devastating effect to put the gloss on a convincing 40-9 victory over Samoa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The 25-year-old scored two tries with the first one coming thanks to a pass from his older brother Robert. David was given his chance to shine having starred for Leinster in recent seasons and he definitely made a good impression on new Ireland boss Joel Schmidt with his impressive second half cameo. The game was a proud occasion for the Cooley area as Devin Toner, whose parents hail from the peninsula,

Stephen Kenny receiving his award

also played an important part in the win. On Friday evening a magnificent season for Dundalk FC was rewarded with manager Stephen Kenny winning the inaugural PFAI Manager of the year award and Richie Towell picking up the Young Player of the Year award. Reflecting on his

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award Stephen Kenny said the award was testament to all the hard work done by everyone at the club including players and backroom staff. “I think the award I received on Friday evening is testament to not just my work but all the players and my backroom staff of Vinnie, Steve, Gerry, Gra-

ham, Martin, Paul, Noel and Dr Samir. It’s been a great season and we are already looking forward to testing ourselves in Europe next season.” explained Stephen. “The aim for us next season is to try and play 50 games which will mean that we are doing pretty well in all the competitions we’re

in. We’re already looking around for players to add to the squad and we have a pre-season to organise so we’re still pretty busy even though the season has ended. When asked for a personal highlight from the 2013 season Kenny noted that watching the squad evolve had been very satisfying. “I suppose my own highlight was watching the team grow in confidence and watching the players evolve to become quite a formidable outfit. We beat all the top teams at least twice throughout the season and we really kicked on after a slowish start. It was nice to see Richie Towell win an award as well as he has been outstanding although I must admit I thought he deserved to win the Senior award as well.” he added.

Friends respond in hour of need By Niamh Kirk

NEIGHBOURS and friends of an 86-year-old woman who was the victim of a robbery in her own home have rallied around the pensioner

who endured the terrifying ordeal. The woman endured the traumatic experience when three heartless thieves broke into her home, is being comforted by local people. On Saturday November 2 in the late evening the 86-year-old woman was settling down in her living room to watch Winning Streak when an unknown woman suddenly appeared in her living room. The intruder told the woman that her bedroom window

had been left open and that the room had been ransacked. She inspected the room and saw that nothing had been taken, but two men then entered the property, rushed at the woman in her living room, grabbed her handbag and ran away. Local councillor Pearce Mc Geough visited the woman in the days afterward and said she was left in a traumatised state but praised the reaction of her neighbours. He described the inci-

dent as a very sad reflection on society but also noted that there are two sides to Irish life on display here and described how the woman’s neighbours had sown overwhelming kindness and support in the wake of the robbery. “I cannot speak more highly of them. They were fantastic to her and did everything they could to comfort her”, said Councillor McGeough. “I have spoken to her recently and she is im-

proving, but this is a terribly sad story. I would encourage anyone who knows anything about this to get in touch with the Gardai in Castlebellingham or Ardee. She is a lovely lady who did no harm to anyone. “The Gardai are doing their best but they don’t have the resources to deal with all the issues as they could. I would encourage people to be vigilant, make sure their windows are closed and have their alarm system on.”

Kitchen hero You love food and you want to cook like a pro then this is for you. RTÉ One’s Kitchen Hero, Donal Skehan is the rising star of Irish Cooking and he will take ‘The Home Cooked Tour’ to the TLT in Drogheda on Saturday November 23. For booking contact 041 987 8560 or

Drink driving A Dundalk man who was convicted of drink driving for a third time was disqualified from driving for six years and fined €150 at Dundalk District Court. Patrick Grimes of 33 Barton Park, Cox’s Demesne, Dundalk, was stopped by Gardai on May 30 this year at Castletown Road and a breath test showed he was over the limit. Solicitor, Sean T O’Reilly, stated that his client, who was a retired firefighter, had bought the car in order to help his elderly mother.

Award Moorehall Lodge Ardee achieved an amazing double on Thursday at the Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards 2013. Care Manager Natasha Bloore and carer Chrissy Barron both took the top honours in separate categories in the prestigious national awards. Natasha won the Nursing Home Innovations in Dementia Care Award while Chrissy took the Nursing Home Carer of the Year Award. The latter award was won last year by Geraldine Clinton, also from Moorehall Lodge Ardee.

Deirdre Ryan, Worklink, has announced her decision to stand down from the position of North East Regional Co-ordinator in order to play an increasing role in Worklink’s national development.

power and authority of Divine Ambassadors; The CD for the three day conference is available for sale at the church office on

castle town road. Or W:www. E:admin@, Tel; 0429328484 or 0879806684.

BikeSafe initiative is launched A LOCAL Division of the Garda Bike safe initiative is to be rolled in the new year. BikeSafe is an initiative run by Garda Traffic Units to enhance motorcycle safety on the roads, it involves a motorcyclist being taken out on an assessment drive, where they are followed by a

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Church conference

The Redeemed Christian Church of God - Miracle land, Dundalk held a well attended conference recently with participants from home and abroad. The participants were motivated to leave up to their God-given potentials in order to be a ‘Divine Ambassador.’. Among the topics discussed were: The identity of Divine Ambassadors; The assignment of Divine Ambassadors; The


Garda motorcyclist. At the end of the drive they are given an assessment of their riding ability and are given pointers and how they may improve their standard. It is free of charge and can be arranged at a time which suits the participants.

It is planned to have this initiative up and running in the coming months, with a full schedule planned for 2014 onwards. Gardai are asking any interested parties to get in touch with and take part in the course at or easternregion.traffic@garda.

Ceinwen Fergus will take over the role of coordinator. Ceinwen has a background in education and training and has nine years’ experience working with long term unemployed. ”I am looking forward to carrying on the good work done by Worklink” , stated Ceinwen.

Gorta The annual Church Gate Collection for Gorta will take place in Dundalk on Saturday and Sunday November 16 and 17. Funds raised will go towards the Rwanda Medical Missionaries Project.

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in Brief Sale Of Work

A sale of work in aid of St Nicholas Parish Church, Dundalk will take place on Friday November 15 at 7pm in Wellington Hall, St Mary’s Rd, Dundalk. Stalls, cakes, country produce, work stall, plants, gifts, books etc. Phone 9337023 for further information.

Historical Society Fr Garrett Campbell will give a talk in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dundalk on Friday, November 15 at 2pm. The talk will centre on the history of the building, the architecture which embraced the gothic revival, the interior furnishings and the art of splendid building. The many characters who saw the building as a philanthropic exercise such as PJ Carroll will be included. Refreshments will be served at the Parochial House adjacent to the Cathedral. There will be a charge of €5. Everybody welcome!

Shoe Box appeal Took father’s car need cuddly toys to buy cigarettes Dundalk Leader 13th November 2013

By Eunan Whyte

The people of Dundalk are being asked to show their generosity once again with the annual Shoe Box appeal now in full swing. The Team Hope initiative encourages people to fill a shoe box with toys, treats and clothing to provide a special present for a child in the developing world. Local organiser, Damien Higgins, is making a special appeal this year for cuddly toys to help fill the boxes. “We are in dire need of soft cuddly toys for our boxes as we have lost a sponsor who helped provided them in the past. “We are hoping that people will donate good quality new or second hand toys to help fill the boxes. We want them in good condition but if they need a wash we can do that”, explained

A man who took his father’s car after a night out to drive to the shop for cigarettes appeared at Dundalk District Court where he pleaded guilty to a drink driving charge. The court heard that Dean McDonagh of 94 College Manor, Hoey’s Lane, Dundalk, was stopped at College Manor at 4.45am and taken to Dundalk Garda Station. While there it was discovered that he had a can of pepper spray.

Barrister, Irene Sands, stated that her client, who had made an error, carried the pepper spray as he was having issues with a particular individual. “He had come back from the pub on the night in question and wanted his cigarettes. He took his father’s car and it was a drunken error. He was close to home but accepts that he shouldn’t have been on the road. “He was carrying pepper spray as he had

There will be a Quiz Night in aid of on Thursday November 28 at 8pm in Kennedy’s Railway Bar, Carrick Road, Dundalk. Everyone is welcome and all support is greatly appreciated. €20 per team of four. €5 per person.

There will be an ISL interpreter and finger food on the night. Prize for winning team and great raffle prizes to be won. For further information or to book a table contact: DeafHear at 0429332010, text 0429389186 or email

been having issues with a certain person he was encountering on an ongoing basis. He knows he shouldn’t have had it but didn’t use it”, she added. Judge Marie Quirke imposed a two year disqualification and a €50 fine in relation to the drink driving charge, taking the no insurance charge into account. He was fined €50 for driving without a licence and a further €50 for possession of a certain article.

DeafHear Quiz Night Damien and Mary Higgins at the Shoe Box depot

Damien. The depot for collecting the boxes this year is Unit 2, Airmid House on the Avenue Road beside The Gym and Damien is calling on people to drop in with a box or toys suitable for children aged

two to 14. People should pack the boxes with age appropriate items and mark the child’s age on the box, also stating whether it is suitable for a boy or a girl. “Last year we set a target of 2,000 and we

ended up with 2,240 so we hope to get a similar number this time”, explained Damien who added that the boxes will go to Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Swaziland and Mozambique.

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Anne Marie designs a special prize By Niamh Kirk

Local interior designer Ann Marie Hamill is stunned after raising €7,000 in just four days for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. The fundraising effort began last weekend at Ideal Homes exhibition where Ann Marie announced that she was holding a raffle that will give someone’s home the spring clean of their dreams. Using her design experience Ann Marie has collaborated with local businesses to offer a living-room revamp for the lucky winner. Wogan’s Interiors, Franks Carpets and Deismireán will provide furnishings such as the couch, flooring and accessories for the renovation while Ann-Marie will provide

Tickets being sold for the special raffle

the soft furnishings and design the room. Ann-Marie organised the bumper prize because she knows the great work that Jack and Jill Foundation do. She had a family member cared for by the group who provide nursing care to children in their own homes and promised that she would hold a fundraiser to show her gratitude. She came-up

with the living room revamp raffle which proved to be very popular at the trade show. Ann Marie’s design skills are well known as she was regularly featured on RTE’s interior design competition show ‘Showhouse’ where two Irish designers were asked to fit out a showhouse which was then judged by the public.

Ann-Marie launched the raffle at the Ideal Homes trade Show in Dublin over the bank holiday weekend and made €7,000 over the four days. The raffle which will take place at the Spring Ideal Homes Exhibition held in April. There is plenty of time to get a ticket from and by phoning 045 894538.

role in the community and are service providers for people who may otherwise be disadvantaged by their lack of access to information and services. Louth County Library Service have five branch Libraries in Dundalk, Drogheda, Ardee, Dunleer and Carlingford, as well as a mobile and schools service. There is so much more to the services offered by Louth County Libraries

than purely book lending. Louth County Libraries also have a joint membership initiative with the library service of DkIT . To find out more about your local library please visit any of our branches or log onto library ; E: Tel: Dundalk Branch Library 042-9353190. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter @LouthLibraries

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Louth celebrates Library Week News Louth County Libraries are celebrating Library Ireland Week running from November 11 to 16. The week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals and gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase their resources, facilities, events, contacts and services through different programs and events. Libraries play a huge

Car Boot Sale THE Irish Heart Foundation Indoor Car Boot sale & Xmas Fair takes place in ST Pat’s GFC Lordship Dundalk on December 1. There will be wide range of items for sale, home produce, jewellery, and loads of gift ideas for xmas, 1 space is €15 , to book spaces contact 0876479715.

Lotto Winner Kieran Murtagh from Dundalk, has won €60,600, including a Suzuki car, on Saturday’s 2nd November 2013 National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were from left: Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host; Kieran Murtagh; Declan Harrington, Head of Finance, The National Lottery and Marty Whelan, Winning Streak game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Londis, Quay Street, Dundalk.

letter to the editor Calling on Dundalk Town Council Dear Editor, The need and relevance of installation of traffic lights along Dublin Road right beside the Toyota dealer is very essential.

Motor accidents have been witnessed on several occasions on this spot, coupled with unnecessary motor traffic build-up at all times but especially in the morning. Collision between cyclists and motor cars are also very rampant at this spot as there is no traffic lights to control the pedestrians or cars. The increase in the number of car and bicycle users around the college also calls for urgent installation of traffic lights on this

spot to avoid accident. However, the installation of traffic lights in this area will not only save human lives but will eradicate collisions and pave the way for free flow of traffic at this junction. It will make lives easier for car traffic, students and pedestrians. Yours, Rauf College Manor Dundalk

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ANYONE APPLYING FOR OR RENEWING A DRIVING LICENCE. Since 29th October, the process has changed. And now, you must apply in person at a new NDLS centre.

However, due to high levels of demand for the new licences, we’re asking people to please only apply if your current licence expires within the next 4 weeks. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, and we thank everyone for their patience during this initial period. Also, to make sure your application can be processed as quickly as possible, we ask that you please make sure that you bring the correct original documents, along with your completed new application form which is available from or Garda stations and NDLS centres.

If you’re applying for a new driving licence, you’ll need each of the following:

If you’re renewing your licence, you’ll need each of the following:



2. EVIDENCE OF RESIDENCY ENTITLEMENT 3. EVIDENCE OF PPSN 4. EVIDENCE OF ADDRESS (NO MORE THAN 6 MONTHS OLD) 5. COMPLETED NEW APPLICATION FORM Please see table below for examples of accepted identity documents. Please bring one item from each of the four lists below: Photographic I.D.

Evidence of residency entitlement

• Irish Passport

• Irish/UK Long-form Birth Certificate or Adoption Certificate

• Current Passport for all non-Irish citizens

• Certificate of entry in the Irish Register of Foreign Births

• Current National Identity Card for EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

• Irish Passport

• Irish Certificate of Naturalisation

• Current Passport for all EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

• Current UK photo driving licence

• Current National Identity Card for EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

• Current Public Services Card

• Irish Certificate of Naturalisation

• Current Irish Travel Document

• Current Certificate of Registration (GNIB card) for non-EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens.

Evidence of PPSN

Evidence of address

• Driver Theory Test certificates are not accepted

• Utility Bill (i.e. from your electricity/phone/gas/cable television/broadband provider). Printed online utility bills are accepted. Mobile phone bills are not acceptable

• Public Services Card/Social Services Card • Correspondence from Revenue/Department of Social Protection showing PPSN • P21/Tax Assessment/ Notice of Tax credits • Receipt of Social Welfare Payment • Medical Card / Drug Payment Scheme (DPS) Card • Payslip or P60/P45

• Correspondence from an insurance company regarding an insurance policy • Statement from Bank/Building Society/Credit Union (Statements from Store cards/catalogue companies are not acceptable) • Letter from Department of Social Protection/Revenue • Other official correspondence from an Irish state agency

NB: In some instances the same document could satisfy more than one requirement. E.g. an Irish/EU passport is adequate as photo ID & proof of residency entitlement; a letter to you from Revenue showing your PPSN could be used as both proof of your address & proof of your PPSN. For further information visit or call 0761-087-880. View the handy information video at


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Over to you QUESTION: Do you agree with child beauty pageants?

Anne Coburn I don’t agree with them at all. Children shouldn’t be taking part in competitions like this. I think in years to come we will go down as the generation which took away children’s childhoods.

Rory Gallagher’s music in Spirit Store

THE Band of Friends is not a tribute to Rory more a celebration of his life and music as the band consists of musicians who played with Rory throughout his career. There are many tribute bands playing the music of Rory Gallagher, some good some not so good but what they are doing is keeping the music of this great musician alive. The band consists of the following members: Gerry McAvoy: (Bass Guitar) played with Rory for 20 years from 1971 to 1991. Ted McKenna: (Drums) played with Rory from 1977 to 1981. Ted is a rock drummer’s drummer. Marcel Scherpenzeel: (Guitar) grew up with Rory’s music and Gerry is quoted as saying “This is the closest guitarist to Rory you will ever hear”. So as you can see this is not a tribute band. This is THE BAND.

Margaret McGahon I wouldn’t be a fan of them at all. I think children should be left as children and not be pushed into stuff like this.

Rose McGinty

Liz Mua

I think they are a good idea. I think they give the children confidence and it’s nice to see the kids all dressed up and enjoying themselves.

I would be completely against them. These competitions are exposing children to adult behaviour and children of that age should not be judged like that.

Patricia Grant I think it’s really wrong. Children should enjoy their childhoods and stuff like this make them old before their time. I’d have no time for these pageants at all.

Mountain walk and lecture The newly formed Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism Project have organised two events for Carlingford for this Thursday, November 14 as part of their drive to promote the region. Project geologist Dr Siobhán E. Power along with archaeologist, Dr Vanessa Ryan will be leading the moonlight guided walk of the medieval town of Carlingford which will commence at 5pm at the carpark of the Tourist Office in Carlingford.

The walk will be followed by a lecture in the Carlingford Heritage Centre at 7pm on ‘Carlingford and its Castle in the Middle Ages’ by Prof Terry Barry, an archaeologist and Associate Professor of Medieval History at Trinity College, Dublin. Both events are part of Science Week and follow meet and greets which have taken place in schools around the area this week. Project geologist Dr Siobhán E. Power is hop-

ing as many people as possible will join the group for the scenic walk around Carlingford. “We’re calling it a moonwalk walk and we are being positive and hoping that the sky will be clear for us on Thursday evening. We will be starting the walk at the Tourist Office in Carlingford and walking up to King John’s Castle and around and back into the town. “We are hoping to finish the walk around 6:30 or so and have tea and a bite to

eat in the Heritage Centre before sitting down to hear a lecture on Carlingford and it’s castles in the Middle ages’ by Prof Terry Barry”, she stated. The Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project was launched in June and aims to develop an internationally recognised tourism destination based on the special geology, geomorphology and archaeology of the Mourne Mountains, the Cooley Peninsula and the Ring of Gullion.


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Danny Hughes staff reunion

One of the area’s best known shops is organising a reunion of former staff at the beginning of December. Danny Hughes’ shop in Blackrock is organising the event to coincide with the launch of a new traditional toy shop on the premises and all staff are encouraged to attend. The shop is currently temporarily closed for renovations but will reopen as a traditional toy shop, stocked with old fashioned toys, train sets, skipping ropes, rocking horses etc, and will look like a shop back in the 50s/60s.


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11 listopada to dla nas, Polaków, jedna z najważniejszych dat w kalendarzu. Właśnie wtedy obchodzimy Narodowe Święto Niepodległości. To właśnie 11 listopada 1918 r., po 123 latach zaborów, nasz kraj znów pojawił się na mapie Europy. Wspomnianego dnia, słynny polski przywódca i działacz niepodległościowy Józef Piłsudski, został Naczelnym Dowódcą Wojsk Polskich, a przebywające na naszych ziemiach oddziały obcych żołnierzy, zaczęły się z nich wycofywać. Ponownie mogliśmy zacząć się cieszyć ze swojego własnego domu – Polski, która przez wiele lat zawłaszczona była przez Rosję, Prusy i Austrię. Polska mogłaby nigdy nie odzyskać niezależności, gdyby nie niezłomność wielu naszych przodków, którzy przelali krew za utraconą Ojczyznę. Pomimo usilnych prób naszych nieprzyjaciół, którzy walczyli ze wszystkim, co wiąże się z naszym narodem, nie zdołano zabić ducha polskości. Ani Niemcom, ani Rosjanom nie udało się narzucić naszym rodakom swojej kultury i języka w ramach tzw. procesów rusyfikacji i germanizacji. Polacy odzyskując niepodległość po

ponad 100 latach „niebytu” – co jest fenomenem na skalę globalną – po raz kolejny udowodnili zaś, że są jednym z najbardziej niestrudzonych i najbardziej dumnych narodów świata. Co by się stało, gdyby nie bohaterstwo przodków, którzy walczyli o naszą niepodległość? Dziś prawdopodobnie nie mówilibyśmy w języku polskim; nie moglibyśmy pewnie też demonstrować dumy z naszych narodowych symboli – flagi oraz godła państwowego; a wielkie czyny, jakich dokonywali Polacy na przestrzeni wieków, zostałyby zapomniane. Polska mogłaby przepaść na zawsze. Tym razem postanowiliśmy zorganizować Dzień Niepodległości pod hasłem integracji z Irlandczykami, w czwartek 14tego listopada w klubie Młodych „Pajęczyna” nie tylko zaprezentujemy naszą ojczyznę, ale także poznamy historie Irlandii i legendy związane z Zieloną Wyspą. W piątek, w klubie Malucha dzieci będą mogły odkryć wspólne cechy naszych narodów, poprzez zabawę i wspólne warsztaty, a w sobotę zaprosimy Polskich i Irlandzkich przyjaciół na wspólne ucztowanie, muzykowanie i mecz siatkówki. Szczegóły na naszej stronie internetowej Pozdrawiam i do zobaczenia, Agnieszka Boniewicz

Santa suits and ice News

A very special Christmas delivery arrived in Dundalk this week as 4,000 Santa suits were dropped off for the Guinness World Record one mile Santa Run attempt. SOSAD, Louth Men’s Shed, North Louth Hospice, SNAP, Lordship Children’s Respite Centre and other local groups, clubs and organisations will benefit from this historical run. If you are not signed up already then register now for this great fun filled evening. Fee is €10 per person or €25.00 per family of any age suits and tags are provided.. To find out more on this call Tracey in Dundalk Chamber on Tel: 042 9336343 or email or log on to to register online. The Santa suits are not the only part of the festive season to arrive early as the Market Square Ice rink is set to open on November 23. This year will be much more affordable than last with the price dropping by €10 to €25 for a family ticket , €6.95 for a child and €9.95 for an adult. Pre-booking for skating sessions at Dundalk on Ice will open next Monday, November 11. Online booking will be Margo Mulligan, Lennon Melia Terrace, winner of €2500 in the Dun- available at Bookings can also be dalk Credit Union Cash Draw receiving her cheque from John Fee of made with cash at the Dundalk BIDS office at the Market Dundalk Credit Union Square.

Smashing Times for Louth students During October, Smashing Times Theatre Company drama facilitator Fiona Bawn Thompson, good relations facilitator Deirdre Blakely and actor Adam Traynor have worked with over 300 students across Louth as part of an in-school programme. Schools taking part included St Joseph’s CBS, Ardee Community School, St

Vincent’s Secondary School, St Mary’s College, Drogheda Grammar School, St Louis Secondary School, Scoil Ui Mhuiri and O Fiaich College. As a follow on from this, a youth theatre symposium for young people (15+) takes place on November 16 from 2pm to 9pm in the Barbican Centre and Droichead Arts

Centre, Drogheda, and includes a participative drama workshop, supper and an evening performance. The day begins with an afternoon workshop at 2pm in the Barbican Centre. Following the workshop, participants will have supper in the Droichead Arts Centre before an evening performance of Thou Shalt Not Kill.

The performance and postshow discussion will finish at 9pm. This performance is also open to the wider public, and will be free to attend. This is a free event, but booking is essential. Groups are very welcome. For further details contact Elaine Cronin at elaine@ or 01 8656613.

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St Pat’s Fashion Show St Patricks GFC are organising a Christmas party on Saturday November 16. This is a party with a difference that involves music and a fashion show. A number of players will be among the models who will strut their stuff on the catwalk modelling the latest ladies and gents fashions . Admission id €10 and is a night not to be missed.

Remembrance Service A special service to give thanks for and remember babies and children who have died in Daisy Hill Hospital will take place on Sunday 17 November at 3pm in the Town Hall, Newry. For further information please contact Anne Coyle, Southern Trust Bereavement Coordinator, on (028) 3861 3861 or Edel Corr, Patient Support Manager on (028) 3861 2395.

Reunion night for O’Hanlon Park residents

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I have a colleague here in work who was trying to get in contact with her family all weekend but the phone lines were down and she couldn’t get in contact with anybody. Thankfully she got word through earlier on that they were ok but unfortunately there are so many others that didn’t make it”, she added. The typhoon has claimed countless lives with UN humanitarian members estimating that “local officials estimate that some 10,000 people were killed in one city alone,” referring to Tacloban, capital of the eastern province of Leyte. The UN has appealed for aid to be sent to the Philippines to help those affected while the Philippines government has declared a

Cheryl with husband Gary

state of calamity following the typhoon. Cheryl says that the local Filipino community have rallied together and are currently collecting goods to be sent to those in

need back home. “There are about 50 Filipinos in Dundalk and we are a close knit community. We have got together and we are currently collecting food and clothes to be sent back. We will also be fundraising on the streets soon if we can get a permit from the Gardaí. Our hearts are with all those back home and they are all in our thoughts. We will do all we can to help”, she said. The scale of the disaster continues to unfold with images of where Haiyan first made landfall, showing whole districts of coastal towns reduced to piles of splintered wood. Haiyan’s sustained winds reached speeds of up to 315kph, making it the strongest typhoon in the world this year and one of the most powerful ever.

Theatre Workshop back on stage Dundalk Theatre workshop are putting the finishing touches on their new production of the renowned classic “ The Winslow Boy” by Terence Rattigan. With the popularity of costume dramas such as Downton Abbey set in pre first world war London, audiences can look forward to a sparkling night of theatre in An Tain Theatre next week. Set in pre-world war 1913 Edwardian London and based on a true story, it tells the tale of Arthur Winslow who campaigns to clear his son’s name, having been

expelled as a cadet from Royal Naval College for the alleged theft of a five shilling postal order. The production has been rehearsed intensively by Director Fergus Mullen and his talented cast for several months. Tim Ahern is Arthur Winslow with Gabriel Toomey as his wife Grace. Aine Corcoran plays his independently minded daughter Catherine. Tom Muckian and Nigel Clinton supply the competing love interest for Catherine in the shape of the John the ambitious Army Officer

and Desmond Curry the solid family solicitor, respectively. Pauline Wilson and Bernard Dunne play the gushing journalist Ms Barnes and her listless photographer side-kick Fred. Maeve Montgomery plays Violet the quirky but loyal house maid. Fergus Mullen takes on the role of Sir Robert Morton the barrister engaged by Arthur Winslow. This is the first time the workshop’s two All Ireland award winning actors, Tim Ahern and Fergus have appeared on stage together.

Paudie Breen fresh from his success in the recent Musical Society production of The King And I, plays the academically challenged older Winslow Boy Dickie. The cast is completed by talented new-comer 16 years old Sean Og Kearns who takes on the title role of Ronnie Winslow. Performances start each night at 7.30 pm for a strictly limited run of four nights only, between November 13 and 16. Booking in the Tain Box Office town hall Dundalk 042 9392919.

Carcasses found dumped The butchered bones of five bovine animals were found dumped in Ravansdale on Monday morning. Louth County Council Veterinary officers attended the scene and found that the animals had been

dealt with in a highly professional way. It is thought that the carcasses could be from an illegal meat cutting plant and it is the view that the cutting was carried out by individuals with

professional butchery skills. This had led authorities to believe that those involved had professional skills. The matter was reported to The Food Safety Fitzpatrick, presiAuthorities, Food Brian dent of DkIT SU who was Fraud Sub division. conferred recently

Tribute to driving force behind The House Continued from Page 1 chairman of ‘The House’ Board of Management for 22 years. The aim of the project was to provide somewhere within the community where young people who were excluded from all mainstream programmes, projects and clubs would be welcomed, learn new skills and be given new opportunities. Brian Doyle who worked closely alongside Tom in helping to get the project off the ground back in 1991 described Tom as ‘the driving force behind the project’. “Tom was a lovely, lovely man and I really can’t speak highly enough of

him”, explained Brian. “Myself and Tom started working together in the mid 1980s running a Foroige club in Cox’s Demesne and from that we got the idea to create a place for ‘The House’. We were given two derelict houses by Dundalk Town Council and over six months local people gave their time voluntarily to turn it into a home”, he added “Tom was the backbone of the whole project and he was a hugely popular figure in ‘The House’. We were all devastated when we heard he had died and we wanted to do something to honour his memory.

We decided to name our meeting room after him which will now be known as ‘The Tom Myers Meeting Room’ and we unveiled a lovely picture of him which was opened by his two granddaughters”, noted Brian. Tom, who passed away suddenly last May was remembered at the event by his wife Peggy and children, Nicola, Cormac, Niall, Andrea, Aoife and the late Aidan. Grandchildren, Haleigh, Rhys, Leah, Eabha, Erin, Cara Mae and Shay, along with siblings, Marie, Paddy, Rita and Dolores were also very proud of this special tribute.





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1. Myth What was the name of King Arthur’s castle? 2. Sport What nationality is tennis star Rafa Nadal? 3. Adverts Which chocolate bar as advertised as helping you ‘work, rest and play’? 4. Television What comic actor created the spoof TV interviewer Alan Partridge? 5. Movies Who directed the blockbuster Avatar? 6. Local What is the name of the small park at the rear of the old library in Seatown? 7. Rock and Pop Who was the lead singer with Genesis before Phil Collins took over? 8. Ireland In what county is the

village of Kilmeaden, famous for its cheddar? 9. Art What nationality was painter Sydney Nolan? 10. History Which Middle East country was established by the Treaty of Jeddah in 1927? The Stinker In the comic strip ‘Peanuts” what occupation had Charlie Brown’s father?

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Young driver had momentary lapse An 18-year-old man who was described as having a ‘momentary lapse’ while driving learned a valuable lesson after being spared a conviction at Dundalk District Court. Garth English of 5 St Ronan’s Villas, Dromiskin, made a contribution of €500 to the local Simon Community after appearing at Dundalk District Court to face a dangerous driving charge.

Insp Kevin Daly told the court that on October 1 at 10.15pm three boy racers were in convoy on the Newry Road. The defendant was on the inside lane and pulled out to try to prevent one of the other cars from passing. He was arrested for dangerous driving, and the Inspector stated that Mr English was in his father’s car and was fully insured. There was no collision. The defendant’s solicitor

Graduation celebrations

Three Dundalk students were among the ten who successfully graduated in the ‘Latch On’ adult literacy course which took place in Drogheda. David Coyle, Michael D’Arcy and Monina McCarthy from Dundalk were amongst the ten who successfully completed the course. Latch On – Literacy and Technology Hands On – is a literacy programme which has been developed by the University of Queensland, Australia and brought to Ireland by Down Syndrome Ireland. DSI’s involvement came about as a result of the concerns of parents nationwide in relation to low literacy levels among their adult children with Down syndrome . The programme which has been designed specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities, provides opportunities for adults with Down syndrome to commence and/or continue their literacy development. It is a socio-cultural approach to literacy and uses a combination of technology and more traditional methods of literacy instruction to enhance the literacy development of adults with intellectual disabilities. Clare Leonard, who is a coordinator for Latch on congratulated the group but warned that there would not be a class next year unless sponsorship could be found.

stated that her client had been in employment since August 2012 and the stats from his employers tracking system showed that he was the top driver in terms of safety. “This was a momentary lapse and was out of character. He was with his friend and never did this before, while he doesn’t intend to do it again. He has learned a valuable lesson. “Thankfully there was no

collision and he is thankful to the Gardai for stopping him. He apologises for his actions”, she added. Judge Marie Quirke agreed to accept a contribution and dismissed the charge after €500 was paid in court. “This is a very serious matter and he has to learn that he can’t behave this way. If his father pays the money, I want him to pay it back”, added the judge.


in Brief Tidy Towns Table Quiz

Blackrock Tidy Towns hold their annual fundraising Table Quiz in Dundalk Golf Club on this Thursday November 14 at 8pm. Proceeds will be used to help implement additional projects in the village with a view to progressing even further in the national Tidy Towns competition in 2014. The entry fee is €20 per table of up to four people, and there will be prizes galore. Contact the Tidy Towns on 087 2642064 to register a team, or just come along on the night.

Christmas Present have given their regular commuters an early Christmas present with the news that their Taxsaver tickets will not be increased for 2014, thanks to savings made through the company’s pioneering work in fuel management. This flies in the face of large impending fare rises across the road passenger transport industry. “Our loyal regular commuters are huge users of our Taxsaver tickets, and can save up to €1,118 a year by purchasing via this method through www.matthews. ie,” said Managing Director Paddy Matthews.

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Scouts spend the night on the wet and windy Cooleys ON what turned out to be a cold, wet and windy night, 15 young scouts from St Patrick’s Scout Group, Dundalk took to the Cooley Mountains to take part in the Louth Scout County Overnight Hike. The scouts and their leaders had prepared for the hike/camp over the previous few weeks, learning navigational skills, how to pitch lightweight tents and how to cook on different types of stoves. For most of the scouts this was to be their first overnight hike on the mountains and one they are unlikely to ever forget. The hike started at

the old Post Office in Ravensdale at 10am on Saturday, where over 70 scouts and leaders from the county met and set upon their walk. By Noon they had reached the site where they would pitch their tents for the night. The weather had been on their side up to this point but just as they started to pitch the tents the heavens opened. Luckily all the scouts were prepared and quickly had their rain gear on. After an hour of pitching their tents all the scouts headed off in patrols along an 8km hike route around part of the Cooley Mountains.

Along the route the patrols had to complete eight different bases run by the leaders including first aid, mental challenges, estimation exercises, navigational skills and tracking. By the time the scouts got back to the campsite at 6pm the wind had got stronger making it difficult to get dinner cooked. However with a little bit of help by the leaders all the scouts were fed and had clean-up done within the hour. With the campfire cancelled due to the weather, it was a early night for all. The morning saw breakfast followed by the taking down of tents.

Proud Family This is a photo of President of Dundalk Institute of Technology Denis Cummins with his daughter Ellen Cummins who graduated from the college on Thursday the 31st of October with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Bioscience.


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in Brief Craft Fair

A Community Craft Fair will take place in the Community Centre in Blackrock on Sunday November 17 between 1pm and 5pm. Lots of crafts on show and all are welcome. Anybody interested in putting up a stall for the event should contact 0894740812.

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Family Notices

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

Dundalk’s 1988 team honoured at Cup Final By Paul Byrne

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Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours. This time I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (never know to fail). S.R.

thanksgiving Message of 25th october from our lady of medugorje

“Dear children! Today I call you to open yourselves to prayer. Prayer works miracles in you and through you. Therefore, little children, in the simplicity of heart seek of the Most High to give you the strength to be God's children and for Satan not to shake you like the wind shakes the branches. Little children, deside for God anew and seek only His will - and then you will find joy and peace in Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


McCann, Gerard (Gerry), St Alphonsus Rd., Dundalk and Baldoyle, Dublin. Sunday 17th November, 2013 11.30 Mass, St. Partick's Cathedral, Dundalk. Saturday 23rd November, 2013 6pm Mass, St. Nicholas of Myra Church, Malahide Rd (Kinsealy) Dublin. His family wishes to thank all who supported them at this time

Unfortunately for Dundalk fans it was Mick Cooke’s Drogheda side lining out against Sligo Rovers for the recent FAI Cup final but there was still a strong lilywhites feel to the occasion with a warm tribute to the recently deceased Tommy McConville as well as the double winning side from 1988 being honoured. It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since Turlough O’Connor’s side achieved a rare double winning the league by a single point before edging past Derry City in the final. The

players involved in the cup final on that day in May 1988 were Alan O’Neill, Gino Lawless, John Cleary, Harry McCue, Joey Malone, Martin Lawlor, Larry Wyse, Martin Murray, Barry Kehoe, Dessie Gorman, Terry Eviston. with substitute O’Connor coming in for Wyse. John Cleary stroked home a controversially awarded penalty to give the Lilywhites a 1-0 victory meaning Dundalk had won their second league and cup double. Sadly one of the stars of that cup final, Barry Kehoe, wasn’t at the Aviva on Sunday having passed away in 2002 after

a prolonged battle with cancer. The rest of the team from that day strode out on to the pitch on Sunday a little slower and a touch greyer perhaps but it was a treat for Dundalk fans to see the heroes from 88 get recognised 25 years on from one of the clubs greatest triumphs. The team from 88 got a great reception from the 18000 crowd as they were officially honoured by the FAI to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their cup final win. There was also a moving tribute to Tommy McConville on the big screen before kick off as well as a Dundalk banner in the crowd paying respect to Tommy Mac.

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A special fundraiser in aid of Palliative Care is being organised in Mullaghbuoy Community Centre, Cooley, on Friday November 22. The event will feature music by Patrice and special guests, while there will be bar service and a light supper served. There will be a raffle for €500 on the night and spot prizes. Tickets for the event are €10. For information contact chief organiser, Padraig McCann at 087 7699730 or Mairead McGahon on 041 9875259. All are encouraged to come along to the night which is in aid of a very worthy cause and promises to be great craic.


Paddy’s Poetry Reading On Friday night Paddy Donohoe took to the stage for the first time to read the poetry he has been writing for years. Paddy came to the Simon Community shelter in Dundalk just over four years ago. He had been sleeping rough in Dublin and says he didn’t care for himself. But after coming to Dundalk he got the support he needed, particularly from his support worker Sarah. “She thought more of me than I did myself,” says Paddy. “if it wasn’t for the staff there I’d be dead on the streets.” Writing poetry was something that Paddy had always done as he finds it therapeutic, and has read to some people privately, but this was Paddy first time on stage. On Friday

An Tain Theatre Presents A stage adaptation of Christine McKenna’s best-selling novel ‘The Misremembered Man’ is set to come to Dundalk Tain theatre. The dark-love story follows Jamie McCloone, a bachelor whose childhood has been far from happy. Sensing his loneliness, his neighbors Rose and Paddy rally round to help him and urge him to respond to a lonely hearts ad in the newspaper. The result is a meeting of complete opposites. The show takes place for two nights from November 29-30 the An Tain Theatre.

night he received a rapturous response from the audience for his honest account of his life experiences. He ended with a poem about Dundalk that offered a fresh perspective on the town, and the positive impact it can have. “It was just how I felt at the time, it’s a great little town. I don’t mean that in a bad way. There are places that are dying a death but the people are still fighting for it,” he says.

‘Good Morning Dundalk’ It’s a good way to start the day, Just say ‘good morning’, to a stranger, But to have that phrase reciprocated, Will give you a boost, I’ll wager.

So say ‘good morning’ to that stranger, Than that grows into a nod and a wave. The small, but vital interaction, To me, is worth fighting to save.

Maybe it’s the because I’m a blow in, that I see it, This town still has that village appeal, Though its commerce is fighting this recession, The people are friendly and real.

Before long that stranger is a welcome face, Even in the drizzle in The Square. You’re not just another zombie in the rat race, Someone has acknowledged that you’re there.

I’ve been in Dundalk a few years now, And I’ve met both the good and the bad, But each day I feel community bonds widen, And if that stops, it can only be bad.

That’s how I used to feel sometimes, Surrounded by crowds but still alone, But as I try to get rid of my hang-ups, I feel my community appreciation has grown.


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Ardee Baroque Celebrates 10th Birthday Friday 15th November Live Music & Karaoke with

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This year’s Ardee Baroque festival is set to be particularly special as it celebrates its tenth year. As the only festival in Ireland that concentrates on orchestral Baroque music, over the past ten years it has attracted some of Ireland, Europe’s and America’s finest musicians. This year the Ardee festival has developed, but, is welcoming the return of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and hosting some new acts such as the Irish Youth Opera, Conal Duffy and Michael O’Neill. In 2004 the first Ardee Baroque was launched with the Irish Baroque Orchestra performing two concerts and rehearsing in their down time. They have returned each year since. And this year is no different as the Orchestra has prepared pieces from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” for the weekend concerts. The selection has thrilled founder of the festival and Louth County Arts Officer Brian Harten. “Vivaldi pieces are the icing on the tenth birthday cake.

The IBO were with us at the beginning, and it’s great to welcome them back again. For many people in the town, it’s like welcoming old friends home,” he said. The programme has expanded since the festival’s inception and year-on-year attracts big crowds of classical music lovers who relish in the stunning backdrop that the historic town of Ardee provides. “While it may be a small festival, we think it’s perfectly formed, and we’ve managed to combine great music with a welcoming and informal atmosphere,” said John Rowntree, Chairman of the Board of Ardee Baroque. On this year’s festival programme is the first public performance of Irish Youth Opera. Local musicians Conal Duffy and Michael O’Neill perform in ‘Hang the Harpers’ a concert of music composed in Ireland during the 17th and 18th centuries. The festival takes place in a series of venues across Ardee from November 15 to 17.

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