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Wednesday, 11th December, 2013. Vol. 6, Issue 50 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email: editorial@dundalkleader.com; advertising@dundalkleader.com

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Leinster glory for the mighty Gers By Paul Byrne

GERALDINES are celebrating the perfect Christmas present after becoming the toast of Louth sport by capturing the Leinster Intermediate Football title. The Blackrock/Haggardstown side turned in another magnificent performance in front of their ecstatic supporters to land the provincial title for the first time in their history. Geraldines captain Jim McEneaney summed up his feelings in the aftermath of Sundays heroic Leinster Intermediate Club Final by posting a message on Twitter stating ‘Nothing better than winning with your best mates! Best. Feeling. Ever. Leinster Champions!’ It was a glorious day not

The Geraldines players celebrate after the Leinster Final. INSET: Jim McEneaney lifts the cup

just for the Haggardstown/ Blackrock team but for all the supporters, and coaching staff who have helped the team every step of the way on their incredible journey in the

Leinster Club Intermediate Championship. The game against Naomh Olaf had originally ended in a draw after extra time the previous Sunday but the Gers

made no mistake the second time around as they prevailed 0-13 to 0-9 points in Parnell Park, Dublin. See Page 14

Town pays tribute to Mandela By Paul Byrne A book of condolences has been opened in Dundalk’s Town Hall to mark the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela. The book opened last Friday and will remain open until December 13. Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle the chair of Dundalk Town Council was at the Town Hall to open the condolence book and expressed his sadness upon hearing of Mandela’s death. “As chairman of Dundalk Town Council I believed it was appropriate that we open a book of condolences as a mark of respect to the great Nelson Mandela. He was a champion for achieving peaceful resolution to conflict and I believe him to be an inspirational example Full Story on Page 13


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Tribunal concludes that information came from within station The long-running Smithwick Tribunal into the killing of two senior RUC officers just across the border in Jonesboro in March 1989 has concluded that the IRA were assisted in their actions by information from someone in Dundalk Garda Station. Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan were shot dead by the IRA after leaving a meeting at the station. Mr Justice Smithwick began investigating the shootings in 2006 with public hearings starting in 2011. His eagerly-awaited report stated that that he was satisfied that there was someone within Dundalk Garda Station assisting the IRA. However, the report concluded that the Tribunal has not uncovered direct evidence of collusion. “There is no record of a phone call, no traceable payment, no smoking gun,” the report stated. The findings led to Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, apologizing without reservation for any failings identified in the report on the part of the State or any of its agencies. Judge Smithwick found that Active Service Units of the IRA were active on the day in question and were on standby for an anticipated operation, before the arrival of the two officers at Dundalk Garda Station. He said that it seemed “beyond

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doubt” that the IRA acquired information that the two officers had arrived at the station. He said he was satisfied that the evidence pointed to the fact that there was someone within the Garda station assisting the IRA. In his findings, Judge Smithwick said the “integrity of and confidence in An Garda Síochána can properly be maintained only if suggestions of inappropriate or illegal conduct by members are taken seriously, transparently and thoroughly investigated and, above all, not tolerated or ignored on the basis of some misguided sense of loyalty to the force or to its members”. He said the culture of failing to adequately address suggestions of wrongdoing, either for reasons of political expediency or by virtue of misguided loyalty, has been a feature of life in this State. He concluded that “too often that culture has resulted, some years later, after doubts, grievances and injustices have festered, in the setting up of investigations, commissions or Tribunals of Inquiry”. Judge Smithwick said the Tribunal sought to establish the truth and, in so doing, he said he hoped that it contributed one small part to changing that culture.

Rebecca displays her medal Inset: Victory is confirmed by the referee

Local girl Rebecca Gorman who boxes for Clann Naofa boxing academy had her first outing for Ireland last on Friday night in Belfast . Rebecca lined out with the Ireland boxing team who took on team Polska, a very strong and experienced Polish team. The Dundalk girl took on Barbara Niedziela,it was a very hard and fast paced fight which saw Rebecca dominate every round and win convincingly with a 3-0 victory as Ireland ended the night level at five wins each.

Victim of theft also picked up driving ban

A MAN who stated that he was moving his van after equipment had been stolen from it was convicted on a charge of drink driving at Dundalk District Court. Paul Murphy of 2 Oyster Bay, Carlingford, was disqualified for three years and fined €250 as a result of failing a breath test after being stopped by Gardai on November 3 at Dublin Rd, Dundalk. His solicitor stated that on the date in question he had been moving his van 500 yards across the street as it had been broken into and tools were taken. Insp Kevin Daly stated that he had no record of a theft being reported, but the solicitor stated that her client thought he had done so on night. The court heard that Mr Murphy had a previous conviction for drink driving in Newry. Judge William Hamill postponed the disqualification until February 1, 2014, to allow the defendant time to relocate to Dundalk.

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My son committed suicide three years ago and Aware do such great work in giving emotional and practical support to people who feel depressed or trying to cope with loss. “We’ve had various fundraisers throughout the year including cake sales, a cyclethon, tea and coffee mornings and

even a mock wedding and between them all we’ve raised €5500 so far for Aware”, she added. Margaret has been a driving force behind the fundraising efforts throughout the year and has made up a number of hampers which will be raffled off to lucky winners in

time for Christmas. The Christmas draw takes place on December 23. There is also a Christmas Tree of hope in the store and people are invited to write messages to loved ones which will then be put on to the tree. One of Margaret’s colleagues Sharon McGeough has also been busy helping out and she praised the great work being done. “I’m glad that Tesco have chosen Aware as their charity of choice for the past two years as they have been doing great work around the country. They provide great support to people and also run a ‘Beat the Blues’ course for secondary school students which helps kids recognise the symptoms of depression”, explained Siobhan.

chased the ticket in Spar Express on the Newry Road, have remained anonymous, were naturally delighted with their good fortune. “We’re absolutely

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By Paul Byrne

Staff in Tesco’s in the Longwalk Shopping Centre have been busy all year raising funds for their chosen charity Aware with over €5000 collected thus far thanks to a variety of fundraisers held in 2013. Aware is the Tesco Charity of the Year Partner 2012 and 2013. Funds raised by the 15,000 Tesco staff across Ireland during the partnership will help to fund Aware’s secondary schools’ programme “Beat The Blues” and an adult programme, Life Skills. Margaret Woods, a staff member in Tesco, is delighted with how much money the store have raised for Aware so far. “Aware are a charity very close to my heart.

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Lucky couple win big in EuroMillons

A local couple came in for an early Christmas present after scooping a prize of €105,633 in the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday December 3. The couple, who pur-


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Language What animal gives its name to an illegal and sometimes murderous court system? Television In what current sitcom does the main character live in a flat over her own novelty shop? Food Irish Stew is traditionally served best using what meat? Local The Dunnes Stores premises on the Ecco Road was originally built for what now defunct supermarket chain? Books Mr Micawber and Uriah Heep feature in what Dickens book? GAA Which Meath county football great and also a referee, was nicknamed ‘The Man with the Cap’? Movies Which comic actor provided the voice of

Donkey in the Shrek series? Rock and Pop Jake Burns was the lead singer of what punk band in the late 1970s? Geography The Potomac River flows through which major American city? History Which 20th Century Middle East country was nicknamed ‘The Peacock Throne’? Stinker When the Magic Roundabout was originally shown in France, what named did Serge Danot, its originator, give to the dog called Dougal by the BBC?

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Pictured (from left to right) are: Conor Byrne, Emmet Byrne (Entrance Exhibition Award Recipient) of Dundalk Grammar School, County Louth, and Ann O’Mahony.

Emmet Byrne of Dundalk Grammar School, County Louth, received the Trinity College Dublin Entrance Exhibition Award for high achievement. He was one of 458 first-year students to receive the special prize. Entrance Exhibition Award winners each scored 560 or more points (excluding bonus points) in their Leaving Certificate examination or equivalent second level examination. The students represent 267 schools

from 31 Irish counties as well as from other EU countries. Congratulating the students on their achievement at a ceremony to mark the occasion, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity, said: “560 points in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent reflects the remarkable ability of these students and their commitment to hard work. We are delighted these exceptional students have joined us at Trinity College.”


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Colaiste Rís seek place in All-Ireland THE Coláiste Rís Senior debating team will appear in the semi final of Comórtas Díospóireacht Uí Chadhain, All-Ireland Irish Debating Competition this Evening (Wednesday) at the Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda. Mícheál and Neasán Mac Suibhne will accompany Bearnard Mac Thoirealaigh in proposing the motion go bhfuil an pá an íoctar leis an Taoiseach tuillte aige – that the Taoiseach’s salary is well earned. This will be the Dundalk’s schools’ 11th successive appearance at this stage of the competition, which they last

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of the controls are based on common physiotherapy exercises. All of the puzzles and world interactions are achieved through physiotherapy exercises that the team has identified. Whether it is picking up and moving blocks (finger touches) or opening doors (finger walking), the player can do it with simple gestures. The competition judges were very impressed with the students’ idea and on informing the team of their victory, the Imagine Cup Competition Manager, John Scott Tynes, stated that “The judges loved the video and believe that the game is a very promising idea for a project that could make a difference in people’s lives.”

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The Dundalk branch of the Irish National Teacher’s Organisation (INTO) held a retirement function on Friday, November 29 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk. The night was held in honour of 11 recent retirees who have contributed greatly to the primary educational needs of countless children in Co. Louth over many years. Back Row: Rosena Jordan INTO CEC Rep, Phil Quigley, Ann Gordon, Renee Mc Kinley, Anne Sloane, Marie Walters, Mary Hession. Front: John Rust, John Maloney, Gerry Mc Donnell, Brendan O’Sullivan President INTO, Pat Mc Cann, Ollie Campbell.

Early Christmas present for Post Polio group There was an early Christmas present for the Post Polio Support Group last week with an anonymous donor pledging a massive €400,000 donation to the group which will be paid out over a three year period. Brendan Moore who is a member of the Louth Post Polio Support Group was understandably delighted with the donation and thanked the anonymous person for what he described as an ‘extremely generous act’. “I received a call last week from a person who wishes to remain anonymous telling me that they wanted

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Give the Gift of a Lift this Christmas

Those intending to enjoy the Christmas festivities are being encouraged to be a lifesaver and “Gift a Lift” to friends and family. Louth County Council’s road safety campaign invites everyone to commit to giving a family member or friend one lift home, or, to organise a taxi for them

over the festive season using the specially designed Gift A Lift card. The gift card is available free to download at www.louthcoco.ie or can be collected from local authority offices, Motor Tax offices, public libraries and museums throughout the county. Road Safety Officer,

Angela Muckian, said: “Road users need to be extra careful at this time of year when roads are at their busiest. Act responsibly: don’t drive if you’ve been drinking. Stay alert, slow down and always wear a seatbelt. Anyone cycling or walking should always wear bright, reflective clothing. Don’t let your

actions bring tragedy to any family this Christmas. The Gift of a Lift could be a gift of life.” Inspector Paul Kiernan, Garda Road Traffic Corps, welcomed the initiative and advised people to plan their journeys in advance. He said: “We are reminding drivers to plan ahead when going out for a drink over the holiday period. Leave the keys at home, get a taxi or use public transport, designate a driver and take part in Louth County Council’s Gift A Lift initiative”. Last year An Garda Síochána detected 862 people driving under the influence so if you drink and drive this Christmas, prepare to be caught.

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Dundalk Cursillo will hold a Candlelight Mass in Preparation for Christmas on Wednesday December 18 at 8pm in Confraternity Room, St Patrick’s Church.

Setanta Christmas Concert returns to Town Hall

The Setanta Choir will bring a festive feel to the Town Hall on Saturday

Setanta Choir’s Christmas concert is making a welcome return to An Táin Theatre at the Town Hall this year on the evening of Saturday December 14 at 8pm. Celebrating its 35th year in choral singing, Setanta are presenting a very special programme which will be hosted by the talented dancer and TV presenter, Dearbhla Lennon. The choir under the Musical

Directorship of Úna Murphy, is delighted to welcome local guest artists who will complete a great night’s entertainment. Conal Duffy the popular Uilleann Piper, who joined the choir recently for their performance of ‘The Peacemakers ‘ will perform with Michael O’Neill on Harp. They are also delighted to be joined by Violinist Jennifer Murphy and Pianist Sean Rooney. Back by popular demand this

year is their very charming arrangement of ‘The Snowman’. Read by Tim Ahern. The story will be enhanced in dance and song by Anóm Dance and Fionnuala Quinn. Tickets for the Christmas Concert are priced at €15 / Family Ticket €40 (2 adults and 2 children) and are available from the Dundalk Town Hall booking office (042) 939 2919, www.antaintheatre.com.

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Brian Morgan, Morgan McManus Solicitors, Oonagh O'Reilly, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, Michael Farrell, FPM Accountants, Paul Bond, Brix Workwear, Leslie Walker, Bank of Ireland at the cross border seminar which was part of the Gateways to Growth Meet the Buyer event in Monaghan last week.

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Workwear. Sean McDermott, Director, Loughtec attending the event as a supplier, commented, “What an excellent event. It has opened a couple of doors for us that I never thought would be possible.” Andrew McCormick, Buyer with Tayto Group NI said the event was remarkable and a great opportunity for everyone involved. “This event was so well organised and managed and we

look forward to doing business with some of the contacts we made .” The buyers facilitated over 800 meetings at the event and included IBM, Belfast International Airport, Bose, Bombardier, Fujitsu, Seagate, Belfast International Airport, Greiner Packaging, Lagan Construction Group, H& J Martin, Smiley Monroe, John Sisk & Sons, 4 Beauty Group, Banner Business Services,

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Panic led to crash with patrol car A Dundalk man who was less than a week away from completing a driving disqualification, panicked when he saw the Gardai and drove off before later colliding with two patrol cars. As a result, Andrew Thornton, of 60 Slieve Foy, Muirhevnamor, pleaded guilty to a series of motoring offences and an assault at Dundalk District Court. Insp Martin Beggy revealed that on May 20 this year that Dundalk Stadium celebrated a significant milestone when their meeting on Friday November 29 marked ten years since the venue first opened. Lots of regulars, new customers, shareholders, directors and many more arrived for the night’s entertainment of horse and greyhound racing followed by live music by the Long Riders. The cutting of the cake ceremony took place in the parade ring with Leo McCauley, Chairman and Jim Martin CEO of Dundalk Stadium. The cake was so large that the remainder was cut on Saturday night for our many regulars attending greyhound racing that night. A commemora-

the defendant encountered a man who is in a relationship with his ex girlfriend. He called the man an offensive name, grabbed him by the jumper and started punching him. On February 25 this year, Mr Thornton was observed in a car by Gardai who gave chase when he drove off. He drove through red lights and a stinger device was used at the Avenue Road roundabout. The defendant continued on to the

inner relief road where he performed a u-turn before driving at two patrol cars, causing €1,000 worth of damage. Barrister Irene Sands stated that the 30-year-old father of five was very close to completing a driving disqualification. She pointed out that Mr Thornton purchased a car which had been at the mechanic. He was driving it home when he encountered the Gardai and because he was

‘spooked’ he sped off. The defendant is currently serving a sentence and is not due for release until January 2016. As a result, Ms Sands asked the judge not to impose a sentence that would extend his time in prison. In relation to three of the offences Judge William Hamill imposed three-month sentences along with disqualifications of eight, seven and five years. Other matters were taken into account.

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Leo McCauley, Chairman Dundalk Stadium said: “We are proud that our stadium is a major asset for the North East,

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Lough Egish in County Monaghan was the venue for this year’s Four County Darts Challenge. With the Tuborg Dundalk and District Darts league going so well, the players involved had high hopes for success at inter county level. This annual event which saw the county panel assemble for the first time since the County Challenges was to be a yardstick for the upcoming All Irelands in February. The last minute drop out of the Meath team meant that a fourth team was made from substitutes from Cavan Monaghan and Louth. The Louth panel that travelled was: Owen Caffrey, Joe Finnegan, Daniel Dunn, John Don-

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nell, Carl Thomas, John O’Brien, Ian Rooney, Alan Reenan, Gerry Rice, Hamilton Smith, Sean Kavanagh, Robert Wallace, Pat Nulty, Brendan McAllister, Brian Fitzpatrick, David Rath, Joe Englishby. Louth drew 6-6 with both Monaghan and Cavan and went into the last game against

the mixed team knowing they needed to win as many as possible as the competition finalists would be the two teams with the highest number of games won. Despite winning the match against the Mixed team the competition came down to one last pressure game with Alan Reenan needing to win

to secure Louth’s place in the final. After throwing a great game Alan was pipped at the post in what was a thrilling climax to a great days darts for the Louth Men. The results from Week 7 are as follows: Premier Division Stags Red 2, Avenue Eagles 4; Stags Black 3, The Stags 3; Commerical 1896 5, Jackies Army 1. First Division: Punters Dragons 1, Kehoes 5; Courtneys 2, Harrys Bar 4; Stags Green 4, Avenue Celtc 2; Oriel Active 3, Punters Sharks 3. Second Division: Fergusons Gyles Quay 4, Stags White 2; Punters Tigers 2, Johnny Masons 4; Castle Knights 3, Commerical Hawks 3.

Trying to deal with addictions A man who was serving a period of Community Service found himself back before Dundalk District Court to face similar public order charges. Emmet Grogan for Muchgrange, Greenore, pleaded guilty to the offences arising out of an incident in Carlingford on October 26, this year.

Insp Kevin Daly told the court that on that date, Gardai were called to PJ O’Hare’s pub where the defendant was being restrained by bouncers when they arrived. He was abusive to both Gardai and bouncers and was arrested, but afterwards was apologetic. Solicitor, Niall Lavery, noted that his client had previous con-

victions for similar offences in the same location, but was trying to deal with his addictions. He added that Mr Grogan’s focus was on getting into a residential programme. Judge William Hamill agreed that he needed treatment as he adjourned the case to December 11 for a Community Service report.


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A book of condolences has been opened in Dundalk’s Town Hall to mark the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela. The book opened last Friday and will remain open until December 13. Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle the chair of Dundalk Town Council was at the Town Hall to open the condolence book and expressed his sadness upon hearing of Mandela’s death. “As chairman of Dundalk Town Council I believed it was appropriate that we open a book of condolences as a mark of respect to the great Nelson Mandela. He was a champion for achieving peaceful res-

olution to conflict and I believe him to be an inspirational example for all who live in violent situations”, explained Cllr O’Boyle. “He had a profound influence in overcoming bitterness produced by racial intolerance and was a champion of achieving respect, acceptance of all people irrespective of race, colour or creed”, added the Fine Gael councillor. Louth County Council chairman Cllr Declan Breathnach also opened a book of condolence for former South African president Nelson Mandela on behalf of Louth County Council. The book will be located at County Hall and members of the public are invited to come along and sign it. Both books will be open between 9am and 5pm until Friday evening. Nelson Mandela died in his home last Thursday after a long illness.

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Development Perspectives have returned with their white collar boxing ‘The Fight Before Christmas’ at The Fairways Hotel on December 16. Tickets are priced at €15 and are available from participating boxers. For further details contact Colm on 0851655292.

Christmas Bonanza

KILLANNY playground committee presents a Christmas Bonanza day on Sunday December 15 at 2pm in the Killanny Playground, in Killanny. The day will start with the grand entrance of Santa to his grotto in the playground at 2pm. For further details contact Laura Haughey on 087 2488490.

Making effort to cut down on drinking A MAN who is making efforts to cut down on his drinking has been given a chance to avoid prison after the judge recommended he serve 100 hours Community Service in lieu of three months in prison. Ciaran Halligan of 78 Castleross, Castletown Road, Dundalk, admitted a charge of a threat to damage property at Distillery Lane on July 10 this year. Insp Kevin Daly told

the court that on that date, Gardai observed the defendant trying to break into property with half his torso through a window. He was drunk and shouting at a woman inside the house. The occupant, who was Romanian and didn’t understand what the man was saying, was terrified by the incident. Solicitor, Frank McDonnell, stated that the 33-year-old

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defendant had four previous convictions and that he got into trouble when drinking. He added that Mr Halligan has very little recollection of the incident. Mr McDonnell pointed out that his client has cut down on his drinking considerably since the incident. Judge William Hamill adjourned the case to February 19 for a Community Service report.

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the Town Council’s decision to once again offer Christmas shoppers the bonus of half price parking. This means that up to January 4 parking for one hour is just 50 cent. Paddy Mathews President of the Chamber and BIDS representative, Fiona Cunningham, both believe that this will boost business in the town both before Christmas and in the important postChristmas sales. Speaking at the launch Paddy stressed the need for all to support each other by spending money locally

Hamilton Smyth and Robert Wallace

this Christmas and in general. “The theme chosen by the Town Council was “Shop Local”. If we all spend money in local shops it creates jobs in those shops. The employees can and will then spend their wages in Dundalk which

generates more jobs”, he explained. The town has really got into the swing of Christmas this year with the phenomenal Santa run last week organised by the Chamber which will be followed up next week by the Charity lunch.

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t b t a p Jimmy Cummiskey has made an appeal foru all Santa run money too be returned as soon asl t possible. The Town Council, Chamber and BIDS are also asking people to look out for our neighbours this season, particularly if it is cold.

Magnificent Geraldines enjoy Leinster Championship win

From page 1 There were joyous scenes in the immediate aftermath of the final whistle as the Gers became only the second team from Louth (Dundalk Gaels being the first) to win a Leinster club championship. Geraldines club chairman,

Padraig McDonnell, was understandably ecstatic in the wake of the club’s greatest ever victory and praised the supporters for the noise and passion they displayed in Parnell Park last Sunday. “It was a magnificent display by the team. The players,

coaching staff and Eamonn McEneaney the manager deserve huge credit and I’m delighted for the supporters who made the journey up to Parnell Park. We had two full busloads travel to Dublin as well as plenty who drove up in their cars and they filled

the whole stand and supported their team brilliantly”, enthused Padraig. “It was nerve-wracking in the second half and we were all on edge when Naomh Olaf brought it back to a point but they missed a great goal chance to go ahead and

we went straight up the other end and scored a point which really put us in the driving seat. I was especially delighted to see the two teenagers, Josh and Dara, come on at the end and score two important points. “We had a fantastic night

back at the clubrooms and the whole area of Haggardstown and Blackrock have been celebrating the win. I think we fed 150 in the hall on Sunday night and the younger crowd headed off to Blackrock in the early hours to continue the celebrations”,

added Padraig. The victorious Gers can now relax and have a wellearned rest as they take in their excellent victory before preparing themselves for the All-Ireland Semi Final clash against Truagh from Monaghan in late January.

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Wheelchair access improvements recommended By Niamh Kirk

A NUMBER of recommended improvements to the roads and footpaths in Dundalk town centre have been submitted to the Town Council following a report into wheelchair access by two local men. The in-depth report takes Dundalk streetby-street and identifies the precise locations along roads and footpaths that wheelchair users suffer difficulty or discomfort due to the lay out or condition of the path.

A total of 66 issues were identified, some of which are brought about due to damage caused by daily use and some that show previous road works that fail to comply with regulations. While the report says that some concerns should be ongoing such as road and footpath maintenance, some issues were identified as in urgent need of attention. Among the recommendations that needed the most attention are road to footpath height

differences at all existing disabled parking bays which were found to not comply with building regulations. Along the length of Anne Street there is no safe crossing point for wheelchair users. The report recommends removing cycle lanes to allow for safer crossings and to remove damaged concrete slabs that are a danger to all users of footpaths. The research was conducted by John Morgan a Dundalk based-wheelchair user. In the report John de-

scribes the problems he faces with getting around Dundalk due to the condition of roads and facilities. One of the reoccurring issues are the height differences between roads and pavements which can cause discomfort to one’s neck when crossing the road and contributes to the wear of the wheelchair. “I can appreciate that some of the height differences quoted in the report, for example 25mm, to the ablebodied person may

Black & White launch The official launch of Black & White Living took place on Sunday December 8 with a large crowd in attendance to visit the coffee shop, Winter Wonderland and Exhibit & Sell along with family entertainment

Drink didn’t agree with driver

A DUNDALK man who ‘drank something that didn’t agree with him’ failed a roadside breath test after being stopped by Gardai, pleaded guilty to a drink driving charge at Dundalk District Court on Wednesday. Michael Ryan of 15 Rockmount Gardens,

Carrick Road, Dundalk, was stopped by Gardai on May 28, 2013, at Seatown Place in Dundalk. Solicitor, Frank McDonnell, stated that his 77-year-old client had little memory of the incident after drinking something that didn’t agree with him.

Bag pack for RCNE

Rape Crisis North East Dundalk are urgently seeking volunteers to help with their fundraising bag pack which is taking place at Dunnes Store, Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk on Monday December 23 between the hours of 10am and 8pm. If you are able to spare an hour or two on that day to help raise much needed funds for this free counselling service, RCNE would be very glad to hear from you. Volunteers, who must be over 16 years of age, can contact Rape Crisis North East on 042 9339491 or E-mail info@rcne.ie to leave their name or obtain more information.

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seem extremely trivial or small but to a wheelchair user it can be equivalent to climbing Everest,” said John. The gullies along footpaths are also a source of considerable

discomfort. “It must be remembered that a significant proportion of wheelchair users may have obtained their disability as a result of an accident such as a car crash thereby leaving

their spine very weak particularly at the base of the neck. “Therefore constantly traversing these gullies causes whip-lash of the neck resulting in significant discomfort,” John

stated. The issues were raised with Dundalk Town Council to see if there are any of the issues that can be addressed within the current budget constraints.


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Neil tours with new show

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One of the biggest names on the Irish comedy scene, Neil Delamere returns to Drogheda with his highly anticipated new show Smart Bomb. Delamere will hit the TLT on February 28 2014, and in other venues around Ireland from December 6, 2013. Tickets are on sale now at www. thetlt.ie or visit www.neildelamere. com/gigs for full tour listings. Smart Bomb sees the star of RTÉ’s The Panel, 2nd Republic, BBC’s The Blame Game, Fighting Talk and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow make sense of the increasingly odd world in which he finds himself. With several platinum-selling DVDs

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Carols By Candlelight

A warm welcome is extended to all on Sunday December 15 at 5pm to St Mary’s Church, Ballymascanlon for their annual Carols by Candlelight event. As has been the case in recent years, the congregation will be joined by The Lowry Singers from Armagh with organist Canon Martin White and Director Earl Moffit Choir pieces will include; The Advent Calendar, Who would think, Angels tell the Christmas Story.

W K NO 6 0 O O B 85 9 87 a t 041 or online tlt.ie .the www The Dundalk and District Lourdes committee held their Christmas party in the Ballymascanlon Hotel on Thursday of last week. The party was attended by the Redemptorist Choir


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School’s Charity Fundraiser One of Dundalk’s newest schools, The Grasta Christian School is holding a fundraiser night of crafts and carols this December 12. The parents, teachers and students of the school are planning a fun night where the community can get together and have some festive fun while supporting the school. Formerly the Grace School based in Hagan house, and later the Coes Road, Grasta

became an independent Christian school last year. Grasta CS currently has 25 pupils and moved to its new location in Robin House in the Ramparts this September. The aim of the fundraiser is to build-up the schools resources. On the night the carols and crafts will all be provided by the pupils of the school and there will also be some prizes as a raffle of a handmade quilt and Christmas hamper

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Anthony McNally, from Dundalk, Co. Louth has won €10,000 on the Prize Call segment of the National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE on Saturday. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left: Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host; Anthony McNally, the winning player; Nigel Scully, Head of Sales, the National Lottery and Marty Whelan, game show co-host.

The Dundalk Railway Heritage Society in association with The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland have released a new book entitled Across The Tracks which is now available to buy for €18. For details call Brendan on 0872835099 or Davy on 087 2811191.

Failed to inform Gardai of address

A man who was in the process of renovating a house pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to inform Gardai of his name and address at Dundalk District Court. Thomas Gerard Callan of 21 Barrack St, Dundalk, was convicted and fined €200 by Judge William Hamill after being charged with an offence on April 10 this year. Solicitor, Conor Breen, told the court that his client had been living with his

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

Beds, Beds, Beds. For the largest selection of beds in Dundalk at unbeatable prices, beds from €79. The Bed Store Unit 24 Northlink Retail Park, Dundalk Tel 042 9320927

CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS - Christmas puddings for sale. Home Made €10each. Contact 087-226-3422

special services GERRY’S UPHOLSTERY SERVICE— Suites/Antique furniture repaired and re-covered. Better than new. 086-0800788 CHIMNEY & STOVE CLEANING Inspection & Repair. Tel Paul McArdle 042-9332491/0876660094 - Email tribalky@yahoo.com DUNDALK BUREAU DE CHANGE— Best Rates Guaranteed. No Commission. We Buy and Sell All Major Currencies; Electronic Bank Transfers; US and Austrailian Dollars. 8 Park St (Open 7 Days, 8am -11pm) & 4 Linenhall St (Open Mon-Sat) - Call 042 9339922/9370101; www.dundalkbureaudechange.com. Accepting All Major Credit and Debit Cards.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALS—Beautiful wedding photography professional taken presented in Picture Book Album With 150 photographs for €750.00 Peter Hughes Photography 087-256-1161 or 042-9333732 CARPENTER AVAILABLE—27 years experience. All interior, exterior, including kitchens, decking, doors, floors, flat-packs etc. No job too small. Keenest prices. Quality finish assured. Call Des for free quotation 087-6180150 WINDOW CLEANING—Gutter & facia cleaning carried out by professional, fully trained and insured staff. Affordable rates. Call our office for a free quoatation. Everkleen 0429352717 or 0868293585. CLEANEST & KEENEST—Have your windows, carpet or suite of furniture cleaned at keenest prices. Also guttering, fascia boards, power hosing. Call Damien 0868469559 or 0879319243 TILER AVAILABLE—Experienced local tiler to carry out all types of tile work - marble, granite, porcelain. Indoors and out. Call 0873878995 for free quote.

BUILDER & HOME MAINTAINENCE— Building, woodwork, painting, lawn cutting, all jobs. No job to big or to small. Tel. Brian 087 295 2529/042 932 8727. R LEVINS HOME MAINTENANCE & Painting & Wallpapering. Keen prices. For free quote call 042-932-0019 or 086-402-8291 GRIMLEY’S DUBLIN ST. DUNDALK— TV aerials, satellite, Freeview & Saorview, new installations, sales & repairs. 042 935 4343. A ALTERATIONS — For all your tailoring/sewing needs. We now offer a dry cleaning service. Find us at Long Walk S.C. Tel. 042 9333380 / 087 9688518. ROOFING REPAIRS—We fix leaks, broken tiles,gutters etc.Bird stoppers €25 for 1 or €35 for 2 fitted. We also clean & steam clean fascias. All work guaranteed. Fully insured. 25 years experience. For a free quote call Tony 087-6066-722 Studio Figura Dundalk Slim-ToneDetox, 50% Off all membership throughout month of December. Christmas Vouchers available. Christmas draw for €200 Voucher, entry to all people who purchase vouchers from now until Christmas Eve, draw takes place Friday 27th December Ph 085 1661116.

PHOTOGRAPHY - www.kingphotography.ie Wedding packages from €600. Christmas family protrait €80. Contact Nesta King 086-190-0315 PLUMBER AVAILABLE: Fully qualified. Gas and oil boiler service and repair. Fully insured. R.G.I. registered. Phone 086-8974036

situations vacant Earn extra money for Christmas the easy way. For more information ring or text 085 1595445 FANTASTIC BUSINESS opportunity for self motivated people who can work from home on a part time basis. No selling required. If interested please call 086-8789482 MISSING AVON? No Need. I am an independent Rep in Northern Ireland. I will drop off a book to you and convert prices to Euro. For more info contact me Elaine on 0879617341

antique restoration Meek Antique Restoration, Scots Pine Cottage, Jenkinstown, Bellurgan, Co. Louth Est.2003 We can restore your antique tables, chairs and repair general family heirlooms Tel 087 2486689

lost & found GINGER CAT - Missing in Dowdallshill Area. Very friendly. Name is Biccie. Was wearing red collar. Phone 0868125774. Reward offered.


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Mazda have announced details of the new Mazda3 hatchback and fastback (salon) which will go on sale early next year. The new Mazda3 line-up comprises 21 hatchback and 15 fastback models – the hatchback features eight diesel models, where the saloon has five diesel versions. There are five trim levels. All models benefit from Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) which helps to reduce or prevent low-speed collisions by automatically applying the brakes if the driver fails to act, Hill Hold Assist (HHA) to prevent roll back and internet connectivity with ‘Aha’ and ‘Stitcher’ app integration. Standard Equipment includes, : 16-inch alloy wheels, air

the NEW MAZDA 3

conditioning, power-folding heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, trip computer, radio/CD with six speaker audio system, 7-inch TFT colour touch screen, USB/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth® hands-free system. The new Mazda3 comes with an impact-absorbing lightweight SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis. Around 60 per cent of the body is made from high and ultra-high tensile steels. That’s up from 50 per cent in its predecessor, making the all-new Mazda3’s lighter yet some 30 per cent stiffer than the previous model. This has helped to improve passive safety protection, which is back up by a range of sensor-based active safety equipment and technology.

Free €400* Dunnes Stores Christmas Shopping Spree Rice & Roddy Motors Newry Road, Dundalk; Tel: 042 933 4603; www.riceroddymotors.ie *Offer based on a non-refundable €400 deposit. Only applies to cars for registration in 2014. Warranty is 7 years/150,000 km warranty and are subject to terms and conditions as defined in the owners warranty and service handbook. Contact a Kia dealer for further details. Models shown may not be to Irish specification. www.kia.com

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