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Safety concerns keep street closed Thursday, 2nd January, 2014. Vol. 7, Issue 1 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email:;

By Niamh Kirk

THE effort to reopen Clanbrassil St and to rebuild the Cycle Shop and Greenmount Restaurant begins in earnest this week as local authorities, traders and engineers meet this Thursday to determine the future of the area at least in the mid-term. A meeting with engineers and a demolition crew is scheduled for Thursday morning to inspect the building which was gutted by fire. Traders were severely disrupted in the crucial two days before Christmas and every effort is being made to ensure this disruption is kept to a minimum, while at the same time taking into account safety concerns. The blaze began in the Cycle Shop at around 11am on

December 22 and spread quickly. It took five units from the Louth County Fire Services three hours to get the fire under control. Both the Cycle Shop and the apartments above it were completely gutted by the fire but no one was injured. Initially the fire was isolated to the Cycle Shop, however such was the extent of the damage, the Fire Services were unable to enter the building and declare it safe. In the early hours of December 23, fire services returned to the scene after the blaze was rekindled by hot embers. The fire spread into the adjoining Greenmount restaurant which was severely damaged. Full story on Page 2

Beauty contest is one of The Scattering’s highlights

Trappist monks dancing at The Scattering on St Stephen’s Day

By Paul Byrne There was a gathering of sorts on Blackrock beach on St Stephen’s Day morning as Conor Hughes and friends

took part in the always fun annual Crosscause fundraiser. ‘The Scattering’, a slightly warped version of ‘The Gathering’ began at around

11am as the locals in Blackrock were entertained with the sight of a ‘Miss Afghanistan’ beauty contest with contestants dressed in Continued on Page 2

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Fire brings Clanbrassil Street to a standstill Continued from page 1 The area was declared unsafe as it was impossible to determine the stability of the chimney given that high winds were expected to continue and roof slates were not known to be

secured. As a result the north end of Clanbrassil Street was closed between Bachelors’ Walk and Yorke Street, However, this was reduced in the following days to the area immediately in front of the fire damaged buildings.

A statement from Louth County Council said that the fire has extensively damaged a number of commercial premises, and following an inspection by a structural engineer, the building presents a danger to the public.

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The section of the road will remain closed until further notice but it was emphasised that all of Clanbrassil Street remains open for pedestrians and that businesses are trading as usual. The council said it regrets this emergency road closure and wished to also advise that the road will be re-opened as soon as possible. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick said that there were major health and safety issues around the building and that decisions cannot be made until the building has been fully inspected on Thursday. Once the picture become clearer the TD intends to hold a meeting with the Local Authorities and traders along the street to see if anything can be done to accommodate them. Businesses in the area have suffered greatly with pre-Christmas trade down by as much

The scene of the fire on Clanbrassil St

as 50% and completely missing out on many last minute shoppers. However Deputy Fitzpatrick acknowledged that ‘safety comes first’. “The lines of commu-

nication are open and if we all work together we might be able to make a positive impact for them,” he said. On social networks words of support

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The Ghana orphange which will benefit from funds raised on St Stephen’s Day

Beauty contest is one of The Scattering’s highlights Continued from Page 1 Burkas making it a pretty tough job for the watching judges. A total of €5,000 was raised with all proceeds helping to complete an orphanage which is currently being completed in Ghana. Conor Hughes who founded the Crosscause charity was delighted with the day’s events and thanked everybody who helped make the event such a success. “We had plenty of people coming down and supporting us on the morning and we had loads going on which hopefully kept the masses entertained. We decided to have our own take on the Gathering this year calling it the Scattering and we had various touristy attractions such as the Dwarfs Causeway and the Hole of Moher. “We had people setting up stalls on the beach selling seagulls and remnants from the Titanic and we even had the Pope dancing with Miss

little something for everybody”, laughed Conor. “We’ve been building the orphanage in Ghana slowly but surely and earlier and this latest fundraiser should be enough to finish the job out there. We haven’t finished counting this year’s money yet but it’s in the region of five or six thousand euro and that means we’ll be able to kit out the orphanage and finally open it’s doors which is great”, he explained. “I’d like to thank everybody who came out and supported us on the day and got into the spirit of things especially Mandy and Shane in Pelican Promotions, Richard in Photo Express and Ciaran Phillips for all his help on the day. I’d like to think people who came along had an entertaining day and hopefully we will see them all for next year’s fundraiser. Once again I’d like to reiterate that we are completely self-funded and every penny raised goes towards our various Crosscause projects”, added

flooded into the Cycle Shop who set up a temporary store on Clanbrassil Street to facilitate any customers before Christmas. The staff of the shop were

commended by many for their efforts to help customers and their Facebook page carried a notice thanking their customers for their support.

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Cartoons & Comics Peter Parker is the real name of what comic book super hero? Nature Ursus Martimus is the Latin title for what animal found around the Arctic Circle? Art Which New York-based artist gained notoriety for his painting of Campbell Soup cans? Local Which 18th Century Ulster poet is buried in the ancient graveyard of Urnaí near Kilcurry? Movies Which silent comedy start was nicknamed ‘The Great Stoneface’? Entertainers The motto of which legendary singer and movie star was ‘Taking Care of Business’? Sport Which former Grand Slam title winner is Andy

Lú and their music teacher Rachel Ní Channan. Múinteoir Rachel and her students performed a moving rendition of “Winter Song” by Sarah Bareilles which they translated into Irish themselves. The Coláiste Lú teachers were very pleased with the event. “We were delighted to welcome so many Friends of Coláiste Lú to celebrate the culmination of our first term commented Múinteoir Maria Nic Eochaidh. “I’m sure that everyone was incredibly gratified to see the fruits of their work in our confident, twenty-five strong choir. It was a proud day for all concerned.”

Murray’s coach? Television Kid Currie and Hannibal Hayes were the title characters in what 1970s Western series? Science Which Navan-born sailor devised a scale for measuring wind speeds? The Bible How many people sailed on Noah’s Ark? The Stinker Which veteran rock start took his stage name from a spirit he once encountered at a séance?

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There were festive celebrations in Coláiste Lú as the new gaelcholáiste was officially opened. Coláiste Lú is the first school of its kind in Co. Louth, offering a full post-primary education through the medium of Irish. On Thursday, December 19th, Stiúrthóir Deirdre Uí Liatháin and her staff welcomed local dignitaries, parents, members of the local community and those who played a role in the foundation of the historic school. Mince pies and a cake commemorating the occassion were enjoyed by all as they listened to wonderful music provided by the students of Coláiste

Pictured are Fourth Class pupils from Castletown Girls School who provided a festive treat at Dealgan Nursing home as they sang a range of Christmas carols and played some lovely Christmas tunes on the violin. Their teacher Ms Jordan and the Home school liaison coordinator, Yvonne Gallagher, accompanied the group.

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Christmas storms wreak havoc

By Niamh Kirk There were as many as 35 roads closed locally in the days following Christmas after Ireland suffered one of its worst storms in 15 years this Christmas. Local emergency services were forced to deal with fallen trees, flash floods and fires county-wide over the Christmas season. With wind speeds as strong as 135kph, damage was wrought across Co Louth on St Stephen’s night with trees and roofs fallen and electrical lines downed. Louth’s local authorities dispatched emergency crews to tackle problems across the county and some fallen trees were so large that specialist contractors were called in. The crews battled to make affected areas safe even in the severe weather. They were forced to withdraw for a time over concerns to their safety as the weather conditions deteriorated. Louth County Council reported that their fire crews were called out to a number of incidents throughout the county while other teams were dispatched to tackle flash flooding. Such was the volume, Louth County Council asked the public to avoid a number of routes as crews were not able to deal with all calls. In the days flowing Christmas the local authority crews cleared debris from roads which was particularly bad in wooded areas. The roads around Knockbridge were particularly affected as were the Ardee Rd, the Castleblayney Road and the Ravensdale area. Due to the danger posed by debris, drivers were advised to make no unnecessary journeys. The fallen branches brought down a number of power cables and more than 1,400 homes in north Louth were without electricity after the St Stephens night storm. Parts of the Cooley Peninsula were also without power for a number of hours after the storm. However electricity was returned within 24 hours in most cases.

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Pupils analyse benefit of music By Paul Byrne

Realt na Mara 4th Class students will represent Dundalk at next Thursday’s RDS Primary School Science Fair with their interesting experiment which asks the question ‘Can music help you study?’ The project which took place under the guidance of science coordinator Mrs Daly will be the school’s very first visit to the prestigious science exhibition and the students are raring to impress the judges in the RDS next Thursday. Mia Durnin who is part of the 4th Class project team explained how the students tested whether music helped or hindered them during study time. “We wanted to test if

Realt na Mara pupils looking forward to the Science Fair

people could concentrate better or worse while music was playing in the background so we found a concentration game on the website and we had to play the game with and without the song ‘What does the fox say?’ playing” explains Mia. “We found that 22 of

the class did better playing the game without music and only seven got better results with the music playing. We also made pie charts showing how many people usually listen to music while studying and they showed that 27% of girls usually listen to music and 39% of boys do so” she added.

The young Realt na Mara scientists said they were surprised that so many of them did better in the game without music as most have them had expected the results to be closer. As well as their main project the students have also been busy creating brand new games which they will take with

them to the RDS to interact with the other schools taking part in the exhibition. The games which were created from scratch by the children include concentration related games called ‘Where’s the ball?’ ‘Matching Shapes’ and ‘Story Square’. Mrs Daly praised the

children for their hard work in putting their project together and is also looking forward to the trip to Dublin next Thursday for what will be her first RDS Science exhibition as a teacher. “We’re all looking forward to showing our project to the judges up in the RDS and it should be a very enjoyable and interesting experience for the children. Science is a wonderful subject as I think it plays a huge role in developing a child’s mind and it makes them ask questions and discover how things work. If taught correctly science can be fascinating for children and it brings out a side to children which you don’t get to see in other subjects” she explained.

O Fiaich Institute night classes enrolment O Fiaich Institute Dundalk is now offering over 40 night classes as part of the Spring 2014 Evening Class Programme. Courses range from hobby classes to FETAC level 5 Healthcare and Childcare modules. Also on offer is a selection of Leaving Certificate courses to take place after school

to facilitate those intending to sit the Leaving Certificate in 2014. O Fiaich Institute, under the auspices of Louth Meath Education and Training Board are involved in an innovative project titled BestVET. As part of this initiative there will be a Pre-registration information

night for anybody considering undertaking FETAC courses on Wednesday 8th January from 7pm to 9pm in O Fiaich Institute. All are very welcome to this event where an outline of what is required to undertake FETAC courses will be given and meet our panel of FETAC tutors. A demonstra-

tion of how you can study FETAC modules from home is included. Enrolment for night classes takes place on Monday January 13 from 10am to 3pm and Tuesday 14 from 10am to 3pm and 7pm to 9pm. Further details may be found on www.

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The Dundalk Lions Club are continuing their great work for local children with autism by organising an impressive eleven iPads for children around the County. The Lions Club in association with Autism Ireland, have been collecting old mobile phones for recycling with every 160 phones collected equating to a free iPad for an autistic child. Dundalk Lions Club have now provided 11 iPads under the scheme. As Tadhg O’Sullivan from the Lions Club explains the scheme is still ongoing and people can still donate old mobile phones to the scheme. “We have so far collected 11 iPads and we have two more coming in during January which is brilliant” says Tadhg. We managed to get eight iPads through the mobile phone scheme, we bought two from our own resources and a local firm kindly donated the other one.” he explained. “So far we’ve donated six to the autistic units in Realt na Mara

Members of Dundalk Lions Club presenting iPads to schools

in Dundalk and Scoil Mhuire in Kilsaran. Three have been given to SNAP (Special Needs active Parents) and the other two to autistic kids who attend a local special needs school. “We are still collecting mobile phones and if people have any old mobiles lying around the house they can contact us at the Lions Club or drop them into the reception at Dundalk FM in Part-

nership Court on Park St.”added Tadhg. Autism Ireland believe that iPads can help autistic children work on receptive and expressive language, improve motor skills as well as problem solving skills and joint attention. So far almost 2500 iPads have been delivered to autistic children around Ireland through the scheme.

Coláiste Chú Chulainn gathering A large gathering of prospective parents and students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn got an opportunity to meet their newly appointed Principal this week. In an event hosted by Louth and Meath Education and Training Board in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, Principal Deirdre Uí Liatháin outlined her vision for Dundalk’s newest post-primary school. She spoke to

a large and engaged audience of more than 200 parents and students on a range of topics from the school’s preparations for the New Junior Cycle, to the schools ambition to integrate ICT throughout the curriculum. Deirdre said that she was delighted with the level of support and enthusiasm shown by everyone on the night. “It was great to meet our pioneering class of

2014 and to commence the process of developing a shared vision for learning and teaching in our school. We are now looking forward to the next step for our school community, the design of our uniform and crest.” This section of the night’s discussion drew great interest from all participants with over 20 parents and students volunteering for the Uniform Design Com-

mittee. In a significant week for Coláiste Chú Chulainn, archaeological surveys commenced on the 10 acre site of the school’s state of the art campus at the Marshes. The school will open its doors to its three fully subscribed first year classes in September 2014 with a move to the Marshes site planned for the following September.

Order of Malta continue important tradition Member’s of the Dundalk Order of Malta recently paid their annual visit to the patients of St. Oliver Plunkett hospital with Santa and distributed presents to all the patients. This year is the 61st time that the Dundalk order of Malta has visited the hospital at Christmas time. The group was joined again by the McCollum brothers and Kevin Shields who came along and sang some Christmas songs while Santa and his helpers were doing their rounds and distributing the presents. The Order of Malta also included some members of the cadet unit who dressed up as

The Order of Malta team who visited St.Oliver plunket hospital recently

elves and helped Santa with his duties. The Order of Malta would like to thank Shane and Roddy McCollum along with Kevin Shields who gave up their time for

free to play for the patients. On Christmas Day some members made it possible for one resident of St Olivers to spend Christmas with her fam-

ily, by picking her up at St Olivers and taking her to her daughter’s house to have some dinner and spend some time with the family before taking her back that evening.

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in Brief Scarce And Rare Birds

Well known Louth birder Peter Phillips will give a talk entitled “Scarce and Rare Birds From Tory To Cape” at 8pm on Monday January 6 upstairs at the Spirit Store Dundalk Docks. Peter has been visiting both Tory Island off Donegal and Cape Clear Island off west Cork, arguably Irelands two hottest birding spots, for the last 30 odd years the talk is an account of what he found over this time - it will also describe practical aspects of visiting the islands. Entry is free and all are welcome.

Road Allocations

More than €1.1m is to be invested in the improvement and maintenance in Louth for 2014. In December the National Road Authority announced its allocations to local authorities on December 18 with a number of allocations for specific projects. €160,000 that has been allocated for the improvement of the Ardee by-pass (N52) and a further €650,500 has been ring fenced for other specific road improvement projects in Louth.

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The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Man had total The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity – is a Polish charity foundation which organises fundraising to buy medical equipment for hospitals to help sick people, mostly children and improve their health. Every year the charity organises the Grand Finale fundraising events where there are music concerts, which are organised in Poland and places all around the world where Polish communities exist. This year ‘The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity’ is coming to Dundalk again where they hope to top last year’s fundraising efforts which raised nearly €5000 for the charity.

Credit Union Winner Keith Travers winner of €2500 in the Dundalk Credit Union Cash Draw with his son Blake receiving his cheque from Stewart Agnew of the Credit Union.

The main event will take place on January 12 at a fun-filled event at Dundalk Stadium which will include lots of games and attractions for the kids as well as raffles and sales all day for all the family. The event begins at Noon and will finish up at midnight. Entry is free and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the fun.

There will also be two nights of entertainment at the Spirit S t o r e which takes place on January 9 and 10 with many talented Polish bands strutting their stuff over the two evenings starting at 8pm each night. A bargain two day €25 ticket is available to buy for the event otherwise tickets cost €15 for each night. Tickets can be purchased in the

Spirit Store and McAteers on Clanbrassil St. There is also a special €5 admission price for children into the Pirates Den on Thursday and Friday between 6:30 and 8:30 in the evening. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is the second biggest in charity in Poland and Dundalk’s Polish community are hoping that the people of Dundalk can come out and help beat last year’s total which raised almost €5000. There are two free tickets for the Pirates Den ‘Kids Fun Day’ and two 2-day passes for the Spirit Store gigs available to the first two people into the Dundalk Leader offices this week.

of 85 years in driving bans

A man who had was banned from driving for a combined total of 85 years appeared at Dundalk District Court charged with driving while disqualified. The court heard that Richard McDonagh of 4 St Vincents Ave, Dundalk, had been given one 20-year ban, five ten-year bans and three five-year, arising out of three separate convictions. The defendant was observed by Gardai driving on St Marys Road on July 8 this year while disqualified and without having insurance. Solicitor, Frank McDonnell, stated that his client is from a large family and well-known to the court. One of his children enjoys poor health and that is why he was driving at the time. He added that his client has had a traumatic time with deaths in his family recently. “He is keen that his liberty is not taken away or that any sentence be deferred until after Christmas. He wants to be with his family as he has missed many over the years”, added Mr McDonnell. Judge William Hamill noted that the defendant had nine disqualifications and yet he was still driving as he imposed a five-month prison sentence and a 20-year disqualification. Mr McDonnell asked the judge to fix recognisances for an appeal.


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in Brief Praise for Netwell Centre

Independent MEP Marian Harkin has described the Netwell Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology as having huge potential to improve the lives of older people not just in Co. Louth but across Ireland an beyond. The MEP whose constituency will include Co. Louth after next May’s election was on a familiarisation visit to the Netwell Centre where she was briefed by Centre Director Rodd Bond. “This Centre is doing immensely important work and developing solutions which are of great benefit to older people not just in co. Louth and Ireland”, she said. “Its involvement as a unique living lab is one of the most advanced facilities for age related products and service research. It is also a selected member of the World Health Organisation and the International Association of Gerantology and Geriatrics global Network of ageing research centres”, added Ms Harkin.

Healthy start to Man chased group the new year with a hatchet and

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Cllr Peter Savage, Brian Donnelly, Brendan Murray, Pat Ferguson, ,Kevin Joyce, Principal of Bush Post Primary School, Peter Fitzpatrick TD, Sinead and Ray Finnegan at the launch of ‘’Operation Bush 4 Mation at the Bush track

Students from Bush Post Primary School are getting together with the local Glenmore AC to offer people the chance to start the New Year on a healthy note. Operation Bush4mation is being run by Bush School and Glenmore Fit 4 Life this January and February for over 18s only. Be it weight loss, toning up, general fitness, take the air on scenic walks around the peninsula or wellbeing there is something for everybody: Zumba, Circuits, Pilates, Yoga, Walking, Jogging and Running. Take your pick. Qualified trainers such as Brendan Murray, Johnny McCabe , Maria Duffy, Denise Fennessy, Pat Ferguson

and Kenneth McBride can put you through your paces with nutritionist Dara Morgan available for nutritional advice. Registration will take place on January 6 at 7pm in Bush School gym with the six week programme commencing on Monday January 13. RTE sports presenter Jimmy Magee who hails from the peninsula wished bush4mation and the Glenmore fit 4 life group every success with their 6 week project as did one of Ireland’s premier athletes Eamonn Coughlan who hopes to visit us during the project. For more information see,

A man who was seen by Gardai chasing a number of people with a hatchet, also threatened his brother during an altercation and told Gardai on another occasion that he intended to slit somebody with a knife he was carrying. As a result, Craig Quilton, appeared at Dundalk District Court where he pleaded guilty to a number of charges. Insp Martin Beggy stated that on September 26 this year, Gardai in an unmarked patrol car saw three men run in front of them at Mulholland Ave. They were in pursuit of a group and shouting abuse. The defendant, who was one

of the three men, was carrying a hatchet and followed the group into a house on the Demesne Road, which was Mr Quilton’s home at the time. Nobody was injured during the incident. On July 2, 2013, Gardai spoke to the defendant in River Lane and he told them he had a knife which he threw on the footpath. He said he had it to slit a named individual. On June 29 in Crowe St Mr Quilton was involved in an altercation with his brother and he ran from the scene before being arrested. He was threatening his brother and said that he would get others to ‘do him’.

He admitted having a knife and Gardai found a chisel in the patrol car after taking him to the station. Barrister Irene Sands told the court that her 19-year-old client had no drug difficulties and although he takes alcohol only occasionally, he acknowledges that it doesn’t have a good effect on him. She added that he struggles with anger difficulties and managing his temper but is attending a psychologist. Judge William Hamill imposed a four-month sentence back dated to September 26 when he was taken into custody.

Courtesy bus at hospital cancelled The HSE has stopped the courtesy bus service to and from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and Crosslanes Car Park as of December 23. In its place it has of-

fered a set-down facility at the main hospital entrance if required, for dropping off and collecting patients and visitors. They say that a short term car park facility is also avail-

able in the hospital grounds. “The decision to cease the courtesy bus service was taken due to the low uptake and usage of the service by patients and visitors to

the hospital. Any patient/visitor who is frail/ elderly who needs to be dropped to the door while someone parks their car will continue to be facilitated,” said a spokesperson.

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DkIT officially takeover JJB By Niamh Kirk

The former JJB sports complex has found a new lease of life now that DkIT have formally taken over the facility. The contracts between the two parties were signed over the Christmas break and ownership has officially been transferred to DkIT; the complex is now called DkIT Sport. It contains a 20 metre swimming pool, steam rooms, jacuzzis, indoor football pitches, a gym and an ice-rink. A complementary bus is also expected to run between the DkIT main campus and DkIT Sport. The acquisition will make the colleges one of the best equipped third level institutions in this regard in Ireland. The facility will be fully opera-

Grammar School donations Dundalk Grammar School Student Council, with on left, back, Niall Mulligan, Dundalk Simon Community, front, Geraldine Bond, Cara Cancer Support Centre, and on right, Claire Byrne, Cara Cancer Support Centre, at the presentations made to both charitable organisations.

tional for the commencement of the 2014 academic year this September. The institute plan to tender for the running of the facility and it is expected that once open, it will employ about 35 people directly. However access to the facility will not be exclusive to DkIT students and the college plan to include the wider community in its development. A spokesperson for DkIT said that the institute is committed to the community it serves and intends to make the DkIT Sports facility available to local sports clubs too. DkIT’s president Denis Cummins said work will begin on the complex right away. “This magnificent complex will be an asset for future students and for this region and I want to thank our

students for their support because we could not have proceeded without it,” he said. The students of DkIT were asked to vote on whether they were satisfied to pay additional fees to the college so that they could make a bid for the JJB sports complex. More than 66% agreed to pay an additional €250 per year on top of fees for access to DkIT Sport. DkIT are already planning a number of new major projects to the campus “The Library extension and replacement of the North block are our next priorities and we will work at executive and governing body to achieve these in the coming years making our campus the largest, most appealing and best equipped in the country,” said Mr Cummins.

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Charities’ plea after poor publicity Following the revelations of pay tops-ups coming from public donations in the Central Remedial Clinic fundraising has dropped by about 40% nationally according to Fundraising Ireland, hitting charities far removed from the behaviour in the CRC. This week some charities who aim to support communities in Co Louth reminded that they are run by members of the local community for members of the community and that all the money they raise goes to where you would expect it to. Vitally, many say that they would not be able to survive without the public’s continued support. The Birches Alzheimers Day Care centre say their whole service provision

is thanks to the people in north Louth and without their continued support the service would have to be curtailed. “We want the people of north Louth to know that 100% of the fundraising for the Birches is spent on the Birches services which include the day centre for five days and two Saturdays a month, Rathabbey during the summer and home-to-home services four nights a month,” said Mary Gaughran. “The board and branch officers are all 100% voluntary, they don’t take expenses for anything at all. The board of the Alzheimer’s of the society are totally voluntary too and they too do not take any expenses. “ North East Cancer Research and Education Trust,

(NECRET) say that they are very worried about future funding in the wake of the CRC revelations. This week they advised their patrons and supporters that they do not receive any financial or other remuneration for their services. All services are provided on a free and voluntary basis. The charity adheres to all statutory obligations with regard to a limited company and annual accounts are submitted and audited as per statutory obligations. They are hopeful that people will still support us as we are a very worthy cause. Dundalk Simon Community’s Niall Mulligan said that people should always ask where their money goes when they donate and that they account for every

Louth County Museum is seeking the help of the public to discover the identities of men who were inmates in Crumlin Road Prison in Belfast over Christmas 1921. The Museum was recently presented with a Mis-

sal, a prayer book, with the signatures dated Christmas Day 1921, by Aiden Rogers whose father, Frank, owned the book. In the Missal are signatures from a number of inmates awaiting release

following the Anglo Irish agreement which was signed on December 6 1921. The signatures from Dundalk include a Michael Shields, Michael Copas, Matt Lennon, Paddy Hughes, Patrick Byrne, Hugh Ki-

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cent they get. “We don’t do top-ups, we don’t have contributions to pensions. All the money we raise through the public goes into direct service provision, and we are very grateful for every cent that is donated, €2 will feed someone for a day”, he said. People do not just donate money but many also donate their time and the Louth volunteering Centre has seen an increase in the number of people offering to give a helping hand. “The trend seems to be more younger people are having a preference to volunteer at once off events and look at volunteering like they would view other leisure interests ie they want to have fun and learn something new or gain experience.”

Sisters are a class act The Murray family from Kilcurry left to right Shauna, Nicole and Kelly who represented Kilcurry NS in the final of the school stars 2013 competition held in the TLT Theatre in Drogheda. Guest judge Bressie commented that the girls should represent Ireland in the next Eurovision Song Contest as they are “an act you could just not say no to”.

Museum asks for help to indentify historic signatories eran, Pat Farrelly and William Lawless. His father Frank was arrested again during the Civil War and sent to Mountjoy before being transferred to Dundalk, where he escaped and went on the run. But he

returned to his hometown, settling down and living a full life until he passed away in 1988, aged 96. But Aiden and the Museum’s curator Mr Brian Walsh are keen to get more information on the other

men. “I’ve always felt that something should be done to find out more about the men who signed their names here. At one time a few years ago I considered going around the various counties but never got

around to it,” said Aiden. or they can view the Missal in the museum. If anyone sees a familiar name they can contact Brian Walsh at 042 9327056.

Santa Run raises €50,000 for charity

Paula Hanon, Kim Mackin, Paddy Matt hews, Maeve Yore, Michael Farrell and children

Paddy Malone and Anita Fleming Nort h

Louth Hospice

The organising committee of the second combined Dundalk’s Santa Fun Run on November 29 and Charity Lunch on December 13 in the Crowne Plaza raised a very impressive total of €50,000 including in-kind toys valued at €5000. This brings the total funds raised for local charities to €80,000 since the event was launched in 2012. The Santa Fun Run was a phenomenal success with in excess of 5,000 Santas taking part. The feel-good factor it brought to the town could not be measured in monetary terms with a sea of red kick starting the festive season. An application has been submitted to the Guinness Book of Records to determine whether Dundalk will be recorded as the official World Record Breakers. Five nominated charities (The Men Shed, North Louth Hospice, SNAP, Lordship Children’s Respite Centre and SOSAD) received an interim payment of €8,000 each and a further 13 local charities received a donation of €500. Sponsorship money is still being collected and it is anticipated that a final payment will be made in January 2014. In addition, the organisers received a total of six nominations to send a local child and their family to a trip to Euro Disney. In what was a very difficult decision, the committee awarded the voucher for Euro Disney valued at €2,000 to David O’Hare and his family. The other five children each received vouchers valued at €250 which will be spent in local shops. The toys were donated to St Bridget’s School and local charities such as Women’s Aid, St. Vincent De Paul and Dundalk Rotary Club.

Children with the toy mountain.

Paddy Malone, Kim Mackin (SOSAD) and

Maeve Yore (SNAP) and Michael Farre ll

Eva Beirne (Mens Sheds)

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Karate party Dundalk Karate held its very first Christmas Party recently where students came together for some fun and games and to see some talented students to be awarded with Achievement Awards. Among these students, was Junior member Philip Hryhorchuk, who was awarded Student Of The Year 2013. Pictured is Sensei Mary Marcus with members of Dundalk Karate who received Achievement Awards for 2013

Juvenile badminton event provides quality competition Cooley Badminton Club hosted a juvenile badminton blitz in their badminton hall at Father McEvoy park in Cooley before Christmas. The age ranges participating at the blitz were from the under 11, under 13 and under 15 age catagories. Following an afternoon of very high standard of badminton in each age group which was played on a round robin basis it came down to the free finals in each of the categories. The finals proved to be exciting affairs for all those playing and

in attendance at the venue In the Under 11 Final it was an all Cooley affair between Sean Quinn and Aaron Carolan who played Ciara Quinn and Alex O’Hanlon. Sean and Aaron proved to be the worthy victors in this contest 15-4. In the Under 13 Final David Bell and Aidan Prone of Boyne Badminton club in Drogheda played Ciaran Curley and Seamus White from the Dundalk Sports Centre. David and Aidan won a highly entertaining game

of 15-8. In the Under 15 Final which was a real credit to the game of Badminton Eimer McCoy and Aine Reilly beat Aidan Hopkins and Reel Fox-Hughes with both set of players hailing from the Ardee Badminton club 15-13 All juvenile clubs who took part in the blitz were well represented and great credit must go to the organisers of the tournament Ann and Patricia. The prizes at the tournament were sponsored by the County Louth Badminton Association.


Kidney donor has case adjourned A Dundalk man who pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving and driving when disqualified had his case at Dundalk District Court adjourned after it was stated that he is ‘waiting on a call’ after being accepted as a kidney donor for his father. Liam McCartney of 38 Bothar na Feirme was stopped by Gardai at a checkpoint on St Alphonsus Road, Dundalk on July 2, 2013. A breath specimen revealed that he was over the limit and had been disqualified at the time. The defendant was described has having a number of previous road traffic disqualifications

including three for driving while disqualified. His most recent ban was for four years imposed in January 2010. Solicitor, Roger McGinley, stated that his 32-year-old client’s record spoke for itself. The unemployed tiler is in a relationship and supports two children. He added that the defendant was taking the car to the tax office to get it taxed when he was stopped. “It is unusual for someone to come before court with such a record and to face similar charges. He behaved stupidly not once but on a number of occasions and now he has a better understanding

of that. “He has been accepted as a kidney donor for his father and last week was his final assessment following various tests. He is now awaiting the call”, added Mr McGinley. Judge William Hamill stated that he wanted to see evidence of this before he would make his ruling as he adjourned the case to January 15. “He has already been convicted and dealt with by the courts and he is back. Before I consider the case I want evidence and when it is likely that this operation will take place”, he stated.

A total of 28 participants, from diverse multi-cultural backgrounds and countries including; Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Nigeria and The Philippines all had cause for celebration as they achieved their Fetac Level 6 qualification - at a prize-giving ceremony in The Crowne Plaza Hotel before Christmas. The far-reaching ‘Ethnic En-

trepreneurs’ Programme,’ an initiative run by Louth County Enterprise Board and supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes body and delivered by the Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership, has ‘transformed lives,’ with many of the graduates well on their way towards opening their own businesses.

“The Ethnic Entrepreneurs’ Programme set out to promote the integration of ethnic minorities into the mainstream economic life of County Louth. “It’s been a phenomenal success - with 25 candidates graduating having developed the right skills to take forward their own business ideas,” said Sarah Mallon, the project’s co-ordinator, from Louth County Development Board.


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Pictured in SVP photo: Mary Deer y (St Vincent de Paul), Micheál McA rdle (General Manager, McArdle Skeath), Paddy Matthews (St.Vincent de Paul ), Mark Skeath (Transport Manager, McArdle Skeath), Siobhan McArdle (Accounts Manager, McArdle Skeath)

Above: Leinster GAA Bursary Presentations 2013 at Aras Laighean, Portlaoise. Louth Group L to R: Martin Skelly, Cathoirleach, Leinster GAA. Darren Marks and James Stewart (students) and Michael Hyland, Chairman, Leinster GAA Third Level Colleges.

Paul Hyland from Haggardstown, Dundalk, was one of 900 students to graduate from St Patrick’s College Drumcondra last weekend. Paul, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, will remain in the College for another while as he fulfils the duties of the office of Student’s Union President.

Right: Saoirse Duffy and Dearbhla McGahon celebrate as Faughart NS is awarded a Healthy Eating Certificate

Pictured is the presentation of the cheque from a recent fundraiser in Mullaghbuoy Community Centre , Glen more, to the Pallative Care organisation. The total amount raised was €6780. The cheque was presente d to Maura Fagan and  Mairead McGahon from Pallative Care, who would like everybody to know, 100% of it  will  go to patient care. Padraig McCann and his committee would like to thank everybody who contributed and supported this worthy cause.  

James McGeown, Ravensdale and Ciaran Cotter, Carrickarnon at the Dulargy School Holly Fair in Anaverna House

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St Stephen’s Night at The Spirit Store

Two projects up for awards Two Dundalk projects have been shortlisted in the Local Authorities Members Association Community & Council Award which take place on January 25. The Cox’s Demesne Regeneration Project and Dundalk BIDS and Tourism Office have both been shortlisted for their outstanding achievements in the past 12 months. The Project was shortlisted in the Best Energy Smart Initiative for their which was one of Ireland’s biggest energy efficiency retrofit projects. To date the project has seen close to 2,000 residents benefit from the 18-months of works including energy efficient insulation, boiler installations, draught proofing and the installation of heating controls in 573 houses in Cox’s Demesne. The work was carried out free of

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charge to all the residents concerned and was done by Dundalk Town Council along with Electric Ireland and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) invested €3.3m in the project. The next phase of energy efficiency works on local authority housing involved the Ashling Park pilot project, looking at improving existing council housing stock as well as the local physical environment. Dundalk’s second nomination, BIDS along with the Tourism Office was been nominated in the Best Tourism Initiative category. Dundalk BIDs was instrumental in securing the return of the Tourism Office to the Market Square in 2012. In the year since, the Office has been extremely popular with visitors to Dundalk and the

surrounding areas, providing a vital information hub and also increasing visitor footfall in the town centre. Speaking on the success of both projects in reaching the finals, Dave Storey, Senior Executive Officer with Dundalk Town Council said: “The LAMA Community & Council Awards is a very highly regarded awards scheme which highlights excellence in various projects throughout the country.” “Both the Cox’s Demesne Retrofit Scheme and Dundalk BIDS are pioneering projects on a national scale and it is good to know that the LAMA adjudicators are acknowledging this by placing the two initiatives on their respective shortlists. “Hopefully we can bring home the top awards in January”, he added.

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Over to you

Rosemarie Thomas I try and make them and sometimes I see them through but I can’t say I always succeed unfortunately.

Question: Do you bother making New Year’s Resolutions?

Lea Pepper I always make them. I think it’s a good idea to give up something you don’t like doing. It’s always good to challenge yourself.

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I don’t make them as I don’t really have any excesses. I just try and live a reasonably healthy life all the time so that way there’s no need for annual resolutions.

They’re a nice idea in theory but if I did make them I know that they wouldn’t last very long so I don’t bother.

We never bother making them. They are too hard too keep and it’s too much pressure. We just try to be good and that’s enough for us.

Spirit Store ready for another big year

UNDOUBTEDLY 2013 was a year to savour for music lovers in Dundalk as the newly refurbished

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Glen Hansard, Therapy, Jack L and Damien Dempsey were just some of the acts who entertained and the great line-up for 2014 begins this weekend. Tomorrow night (Friday 3rd) sees Freedom 35’s, a four piece instrumental outfit with an explosive old school soul/funk sound, on stage. The band are influenced by Booker T and the MG’s, James Brown, David Holmes and Sugarman 3 to name but a few. Almost Ghosts and Tyrannasonic Deaf Rays will prove able support on the night with doors opening at 8pm and admission just €5. On Saturday there is a treat in store for Luke Kelly fans as the ‘Legend

of Luke Kelly’ bring their critically acclaimed show to the Spirit Store stage at 8pm. They have amazed audiences following powerful sell out performances with the regular attendance of the Kelly family. Luke’s brother Paddy is special guest for this show. Lead singer Chris Kavanagh bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke, while his singing captures the depth and passion of the great man. Tickets for this highly anticipated gig are available for €17.50. Sunday night is Soul night in the Spirit Store as ‘Singing Nina- The singing Life of Nina Simone takes to the stage with singing Soul Queen

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By Niamh Kirk

THE new year is all about looking ahead and it is a big year in terms of local politics as soon the local elections of 2014 will be upon us. With the dissolving of Dundalk Town Council the sole local authority will be the 29 elected councillors and the executive of Louth County Council. The changes to the constituencies mean that Co Louth now has four voting areas with Dundalk North having six seats, Dundalk South with seven, Ardee (Mid Louth) six and Drogheda with 10. Some candidates have already been announced for each of the constituencies however so far almost all are associated with a political party with only one independent declaring so far. Each of the candidates so far already have a measurable degree of experience in local politics. In Dundalk South constituency makes up seven council seats and so far only eight people have declared to run. Sinn Fein’s Tomas Sharkey who already holds a seat, Jennifer Green the former Chairperson of Dundalk Town Council and Kevin Meenan have all been selected. Councillors Linus English and Maria Doyle are running for Fine Gael and former Chair and current PRO of Dundalk Chamber of commerce, Paddy Malone are running under Fine Gael while Finna Fail have only one candidate so far, Declan Breathnach and so too has the Green Party with Councillor and former chair of Dundalk Town Council Marianne Butler.

In Dundalk/Carlingford some of the youngest candidates are running in the Dundalk Carlingford constituency with three councillors named for Fine Gael Cllr Martin Murnaghan, John McGahon and Colin Goss are all competing for the six seats. Peter Savage and Conor Keelan have been declared for Fianna Fail while former senator and current councillor Mark Dearey is running for the Green Party. Dundalk Town Councillor Oliver Morgan is the only independent to declare so far. Although there is no requirement for political parties to select women to run for the local elections, it will be required for the next general election. Nonetheless the local elections are traditionally a platform for increasing political profiles and it would be expected that many of the female representatives running in March will be seen on the next general election ballot paper. It is also an indication of the parties level of engagement with female candidates preceding the next general election. There are six female candidates all associated with a party. Sinn Fein lead the way in this respect with three females running across the four Louth constituencies, while Fine Gael have two and the Green party have one. Fianna Fail have put forward no female representatives for the local election and in the absence of any independent’s this will be the sole female representatives in local politics. However by comparison to other councils Louth has a relatively high degree of female representation.

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Gerry salutes cricket success By Paul Byrne

One of Ireland’s most fervent cricket supporters Gerry Murphy has travelled the world following the Irish Cricket Team and last week he made the trek to watch the boys in green lift the Intercontinental Cup. Gerry, from Bishop’s Court in Dundalk, was in Jamaica six years ago for Ireland’s historic victory over Pakistan and he was also cheering in the stands two years ago in India when Ireland memorably beat England in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Although the Intercontinental Cup isn’t quite on the same scale as those momentous occasions Gerry was determined to make the trip as it market team captain Trent Johnstone’s final appearance in the green of Ireland. “I was determined to make the trip to Dubai as I knew it was Trent’s final ever game for Ireland and I wanted to say goodbye to a real Irish legend. He has come into the team and really has been a huge factor in raising the standards and professionalism of

Irish cricket”, explained Gerry. “It was a marvellous trip and as always we had great fun out there supporting the team. There is about thirty of us from all over Ireland and we call ourselves the ‘Blarney Army’. From Limavady right down to Kerry there’s supporters from every part of Ireland and it’s always lovely to meet up with them on these trips.” he added. “Unfortunately the cricket team don’t really get the recognition they deserve but last weeks victory marked the first time a team

has won three ICC tournaments across three different formats in the same calendar year which is a hell of an achievement. “This year Ireland won the World Cricket League Championship title in the 50-over format in October and the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament in November, to go with the Intercontinental Cup title in the longer format last week. “They are a great group of lads and they always do us proud when they take to the pitch”, concluded Gerry.

A woman who lives in a rural part of Co Louth will be severely penalised by losing her licence after pleading guilty to a drink driving charge at Dundalk District Court. Brigid Duffy of Knock-

nagoran, Omeath, gave a breath sample after being arrested by Gardai following a minor accident on Linenhall St on October 1 this year. Solicitor, Dermot Lavery, stated that the 50-year-old

woman had never been in trouble before and asked that the disqualification be postponed until February 1. Judge William Hamill imposed a three-year driving ban and a €250 fine.

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Check Your Headlamps

New research shows that when it comes to car lights, many motorists are being kept in the dark. The study reveals that 35% of all Irish drivers have suffered at least one blown bulb in the last twelve months. The research also shows that 35% of drivers don't check their lights from one year to the next, so rely on others to tell them when a lamp has blown. 23% have been told by friends, 8% by other drivers but 3% of motorists have faced the ultimate sanction having been pulled over. The most common way drivers spot that one of their own lights hs blown is when they see their car's reflection (17%). More people spot a blown bulb in this way than through a dashboard warning light (14%) or through reduced light when driving at night.

With the daylight at a premium, and more drivers likely to be journeying home in the dark, experts encourage all drivers to check their lights on a regular basis. Gerald Hayes, comunications director at a prominent national automotive organisation says: "Faulty lights are one of the most common reasons for cars failing their N.C.T.s, but we would urge drivers not to leave it until the N.C.T. to check all their lights are working, or rely on others to point it out to them." Women seem to be luckier in the bulb stakes as just a quarter (twenty eight per cent) of women have had a lamp blow in the past year versus two in five (41% men). That said, more women than men rely on others to notice when a bulb has gone (45% versus 35%).


Tailgaters and Phone Users Revealed As Ireland's Most Dangerous Drivers

Drivers who tailgate other vehicles or use a handheld phone while at the wheel are the most dangerous threats on the road, according to a new survey from the Motorist institute. More than half of all drivers regard each of these two activities as 'highly dangerous', according to a survey of almost 700 motorists carried out for the M.I. to improve driving standards. Drivers who overtake on single carriageways when there is oncoming traffic, and those who cut others off, forcing them to brake, are regarded as the next most serious threats. The survey shows that more women (60%) than men (47%) regard tailgating as highly dangerous. Likewise more women than men see 'phoning and driving' as highly dangerous (61% of women versus 44% of men). In contrast, young drivers (aged 17-29) are significantly less likely to regard other motorists' activities as dangerous. Only 30% of young drivers regard 'phoning and driving'

as highly dangerous, compared with 50% for all other age groups. Similarly, 40 per cent of young drivers consider tailgating highly dangerous, compared with 55% of other age groups. Steve Norris, a member of the M.I. Council said "Many of Ireland's motorists regard other drivers as lacking basic road safety skills. Too many road users slip into bad habits, either through ignorance, impatience, or even worse, agression. Tailgating and phoning while driving are activities which are a clear threat to

the safety of others. No one has the right to drive badly but the results of bad driving fill our hospitals every day. Motorists should leave at least a two second gap behind the vehicle in front, and more in bad weather. And using handheld mobile phones at the wheel has the potential to kill." The institute is calling on the R.S.A. to remind drivers of the 'Two Second Rule' - the safe gap between vehicles. Steve Norris said: "More effective police action would help the government achieve the aim of making 'phoning

and driving' as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving. We are particularly alarmed by the evidence that many younger, less experienced drivers fail to appreciate the risks of poor driving skills. Taking an advanced driving test would make them better equipped to indentify and avoid dangers on the road, and to be less of a risk to themselves and others. The cost is a small price to pay for making them a better, safer driver, with skills which could save lives - their own and others."

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