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New fears as wheel falls off ambulance

Wednesday, 12th March, 2014. Vol. 7, Issue 11 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email:;

By Niamh Kirk

There have been calls for an investigation after the back wheel fell off an ambulance at the Xerox junction in Dundalk last week. The ambulance was returning to base and was not carrying a patient at the time. The crew were not injured during the incident and went back on duty in another vehicle soon afterwards. The HSE spokesperson said “The National Ambulance Service has confirmed that an ambulance broke down this morning in Dundalk." “The ambulance has been removed from the scene and a technical investigation of the vehicle will be under-

taken to establish the cause of the incident.” However there have been calls for a wider inquiry. Seamus Kirk TD described the incident as a near miss as it “could have been en route to an emergency incident or carrying a seriously ill patient at the time.” He called on the Minister for Health, James Reilly, to ensure this incident is fully investigated and a report into this matter is published. “This is not the first time the ambulance service in the North East has come under the spotlight in recent months. I have raised concerns in the Dáil about the safety and reliability of the ambulance service Continued on Page 14

Special guest for World Book Day

Tom McCaughren entertaining pupils at Gaelscoil, Muirtheimhne Mór

By Niamh Kirk Pupils of Geal Scoil Dundalk celebrated World Book Day in style with readings, costumes and lots of literary laughs. Gaelscoil Dundalk had a very special visitor to the school,

Journalist turned author Tom McCaughren, who has penned popular adventures such as Run with the Wind, The Silent Sea and the Children of the Forge. Mr McCaughren entertained the children with some of the

real-life stories of the 1798 Rebellion, 1916 Rising and civil war that influenced his fictional works. World Book Day has been celebrated in Ireland since its inception 16 years ago and aims to promote reading and books.

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Hairspray comes to St Louis school By Paul Byrne

Dun Lughaidh secondary school will present the show Hairspray this week. There will be three performances on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm each night and they promise audiences will be treated to ‘big hair, big hearts and big laughs along the way’. The production will be staged by the schools Transition Year students and will be staged this evening, tomorrow evening and Friday

evening with curtains opening at 7:30 each night. Teachers Elaine Byrne, Kate O’Byrne and Aine McEneaney have been giving a helping hand to the girls and according to Elaine all the hard work is now done and they can’t wait to play in front of a live audience this week. “The girls have put so much work into this production and we’ve all been busy since September rehearsing and putting together a set and everything else that

Eva McCaul, Nikayla Hamill and Molly McKenna

goes along with putting on a show like this. It’s a very lively production with some great music and both funny and touching scenes so hopefully all who attend will enjoy the show”,

explained Elaine. Set in 1962, the musical is based on a true event in Baltimore history. Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local

Sinead Cosgrove, Louise Grennan, Aisling Tennyson and Eimear Byrne

TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters, such as Corny Collins (The show’s singing

host who shares Tracy’s liberal political views) and Velma Von Tussle (The villainous producer of the show who does everything in her power to further her daughter’s career and destroy Tra-

cy’s and Corny’s). She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s. The musical’s original Broadway production opened on August 15th, 2002. Admission to what promises to be a fantastic show is €10 with tickets available from the school or by ringing 042-9334474. The curtain will open this evening at 7:30 and will run for three consecutive nights. All are welcome to attend.

Young Scientists to be celebrated in Dundalk IT Secondary school students from across Louth who exhibited projects in the BT Young Scientists Exhibition will be honoured in Dundalk IT on March 14. The students will attend at the invitation of Senator Jim D’Arcy, Seanad Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Denis Cummins President Dundalk IT and Dr Edel Healy, Head of the School of Health and Science at Dundalk IT. The achievements of all students will be celebrated by family, friends and special guests. Professor Tony Scott, co-founder

Aine Grennan and Eimera Shine of St Louis Secondary School.

of the BT Young Scientists Competition will give the key note address and MEP Mairead McGuinness will speak to the students about their excellent

projects. This is the second year that Dundalk IT will host Louth’s Young Scientists. Projects include such intriguing and

diverse subject matter as ‘an investigation into the prevalence of racism and sectarianism in border counties’ and ‘aetiology of bleeding canker disease of Horse Chestnut trees’. Speaking about the upcoming event Dr. Edel Healy said, “DkIT is delighted to be hosting this event one of the many Science outreach activities that we organise including Scifest which takes place this year on May 7. These students represent the future of Science in Ireland and their enthusiasm supported by the commitment of their teachers is to be highly commended’.

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warned that he would end up in jail repeated the offence. Matthew Conlon of 9 Ashford Crescent, Tom Bellew Avenue, pleaded guilty to a charge of handling stolen property when he appeared at Dundalk District Court. Insp Martin Beggy stated that on October 9 last year, Gardai were made aware of a laptop that had been left at a computer repair shop after making enquiries discovered that it has been stolen the previous day. The computer was recovered and returned to its owner. Solicitor, Conor MacGuill, stated

that his client paid a little amount for the computer but that fact didn’t alert him. He was given a particular line of patter from the seller and thought he was the owner. “He took it to be repaired and it became apparent that it belonged to someone else. If he had thought there was a problem with authenticity, he might not have brought it to be repaired”, added Mr MacGuill. In imposing a sentence of six months, Judge Flann Brennan, suspended it for six months but stated that he would go to jail if he did anything like this again.

In an effort to continue reducing the parish debt Holy Redeemer Parish is holding two raffles with a difference. The first is taking place on St. Patrick’s Day with prizes as follows: 1st A Hot Air Balloon Trip for 2 people; 2nd A Day car racing at Mondello Racing Tracks; 3rd A Days Racing for two at the Irish Derby including lunch There is a cash alternative for each prize. Tickets are €2 or a book of 6 for €10. The Second Raffle will take place on Easter Sunday. The prize on Offer is an all-inclusive trip for two people to

Medjugorje. Medjugorje is one of the most popular pilgrimage destination in the world today. The winner will receive two tickets and €100 spending money for a seven night, all-inclusive pilgrimage to Medjugorje, departing on April 28 and returning on May 5. There is no cash alternative to this prize. Tickets are €5 each or a book of 5 for €20. Both raffles offer unusual prizes and help us reduce the significant debts of the parish. Tickets are avaiulable in the Redeemer Parochial House, in the Sacristy and after all weekend Masses.

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in Brief Car Boot Sale In Aid Of Heart Foundation

The first of Summer Car Boot Sales in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation take place in St Pat’s GFC Lordship on April 13, from 10am to 3pm featuring a wide range of item for sale. Admission is feree. The Car Boots will be held on the third Sun of the month for the summer,: Cars €15 Vans €20. For info call Susan 087-2559405.

Louth Beekeepers Louth Beekeepers Association will host a lecture by Jim O’Donoghue entitled, ‘The Year Ahead’, on Thursday March 20 at the Teagasc Centre, Dublin, Road, from 8pm to 10pm.

Bag Pack For Simon Tesco and Simon are holding a One Day Bag Pack on Friday April 4 in Dundalk and they are looking for volunteers to help by giving just two hours between 10.00am and 7pm. It is hoped to raise €5,000 Contact Suzanne or Tracey in Seatown House on 9339583 for details.

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Scrambler motorbike collided with patrol car Two men who came to the attention of Gardai as a result of the use of a scrambler motorbike on a public road were spared a disqualification when they appeared at Dundalk District Court. The court heard that on February 23, 2011, Gardai were called to an incident in Cox’s Demesne, where they saw a youth on a scrambler motorbike with no helmet. He was observed overtaking vehicles close to a playground before performing a sweeping turn, crossing on to the wrong side of the road for a time before colliding with the patrol car as he tried to cross to a junction. Peter Heffernan of Sliabh Road, Hackballscross, was riding the motorbike and tried to run away before being apprehended. He

faced charges of having no crash helmet, two counts of dangerous driving, having no licence, no insurance and no tax, as well as failing to remain at the scene. Martin Duffy of 570 Ashling Park, Cox’s Demesne, Dundalk, arrived on the scene and attempted to take the bike which he claimed he owned. He refused to leave the scene when directed by Gardai. Mr Duffy faced charges of failing to comply with the direction of Gardai, having no insurance, no tax along with having no front or back identification marks. Conor MacGuill stated that the incident took place over three years ago when Mr Heffernan was 17 but he had matured since then. “It was a youthful endeavour that he doesn’t intend to repeat. He attracted the attentionof the Gardai

and didn’t behave appropriately. He has matured since then and is now in a stable relationship with a two-year-old child, and after completing a college course he is now looking for work”, explained Mr MacGuill. In relation to Mr Duffy, the solicitor stated that the scrambler was not intended for use on the road so it couldn’t be insured. As a result he has suffered the loss of the bike. Neither man had any previous convictions. Judge Flann Brennan imposed a €100 fine on Martin Duffy and stated that he wouldn’t disqualify due to his youth at the time. Peter Heffernan was fined €100 for careless driving and failing to give appropriate information, with other matters taken into consideration.

Sarah has adventure to remember Sarah Lawrence, aged nine is a member of Buíon Setanta Cub Scouts, who has written an article on her recent trip to Dublin. I first joined the Scouts in September 2013. Since then I have enjoyed lots of exciting trips like canoeing, sleepovers etc. Last Wednesday February 19 was to be the most exciting field trip so far as we were going to visit the Aerodrome in Baldonnell Dublin. The Aerodrome is the home of the aircorps which is the aircraft division of the Irish army. I had to get up early. I woke up at 7am, I was full of excitement not knowing what this magical day would bring. I had butterflies in my tummy. One thing I knew it was going to be an adventure of a lifetime. It was a fresh crispy morning and the birds were chirping ‘tweet tweet’. I had a packed lunch with a flask of tea. I had lots of warm clothes and raingear so I would be toasty warm. I met my friends at the Scout Den and we boarded the bus to Dublin. We arrived at the Aerodrome and our tour began. We saw some men from the Army and they spoke about the history of the Aerodrome. Queen Elizabeth landed at Casement Aero-

Members of Buíon Setanta on their visit to Dublin

drome on May 17, 2011 beginning her state visit to Ireland. It was amazing watching the planes landing and taking off. This visit is part of our Air Adventure Skills badge. I was privileged when I got invested in the presidential jet. This is the same plane Michael D Higgins uses for Government business. And the toilet was very posh. This was a special occasion that I will always remember. We

Good news on jobs front By Niamh Kirk

There has been positive news on the jobs and investment market as Low Cost Holidays announced that they are planning on opening their new headquarters in Dundalk. The Managing Director, Clem Walshe and his wife Siobhan Mulholland who

also works with the company are both Dundalk natives and Mr Walshe says he is happy to be bringing employment to the area. Pointing to the positive impact of cross border positioning and the headquarters will cover the tourism markets in Ireland both North and South, Mr Walshe said that

had our lunch and continued our trip to Newridge Farm and House.I had great fun with my friends looking at the baby chicks, lambs, calf and the peacocks were so colourful and funny. We all sat in a stone bath which was funny. Buíon Setanta Cub Scouts is the best. Thank you to my Scout Leaders, Cub Scouts and bus driver that made this day possible.

Dundalk is ideally located. “In terms of access to both Belfast and Dublin where are key trading partners are, Dundalk is perfectly positioned,” he said. The company hopes to see people from Dundalk take up some of the 12 positions that are on offer and that the doors will be opening in 6-8 weeks.


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Pat Gogarty 5K Run

The fifth annual Pat Gogarty Run will take place on St Patrick’s Morning. Registration is from 8.30am at Bellurgan FC clubrooms, with the run starting at 9.30am. There will be buses to and from the trail, with refreshments before and after sponsored by Last Lap Café.

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Titanium Racing hoping to be in pole position for national competition Five TY students from Coláste Rís Secondary School are living life in the fast lane as they aim to qualify for a national schools technology competition. Members of Titanium Racing are hoping to earn a place in the final of the Irish final of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge and they are currently on their final lap of preparations for the regional finals which will take place in Griffith College Dublin on the March 14. Rory Meehan, Mícheál Lambert, Brandon Muzira, Malchi Quinn and Rhys Shields make up the team that will be judged on, design of the car, the originality of the design, how they present their portfolio, how their pit display looks, use of social media and how much sponsorship they raise.

Rory Meehan, Mícheál Lambert, Brandon Muzira, Malchi Quinn They each specialise in different jobs to ensure the team’s success. Their 1:20 ratio wood cut-out F1 car delivered last week from The University of Limerick, which was designed by the team, now allows them to put the finishing touches to the car. While others are putting together the 20 page A3

portfolio and their pit display for the competition. They have had great support from local businesses who have been very generous with regard to sponsorship. They would also like to acknowledge the support they have been receiving from teachers in the school, especially

Ms Dorrian who is coordinating competition within the school. This is the school’s first year taking part in the competition with Titanium Racing being the joint first team along with Sonic Predators. Still there is work to be done and the team are up for it with the portfolio and pit display yet

to be finished. The team believes they have what it takes to advance to the National Finals later this year and hopefully represent Ireland on the International stage next November in Abu Dhabi. If any other businesses interested in sponsoring the team please email them at titaniumracing@

Patrick’s Day parade last year Blackrock After a hugely will be doing it all again successful debut St this year with everybody invited to attend the free day out. The parade working under the catchy title of ‘The floods are overLets Ceili’ will be a free family fun day out and will be followed by a live ceili band which takes place in the lower carpark in Blackrock. On the Friday 14th of March, secondary school students from across Louth There will be prizes for best float, best who exhibited projects in the BT Young Scientists Exhibition will be honoured spectator costume and in Dundalk IT at the invitation of Senator Jim D’Arcy, Seanad Spokesperson greenest kid. There on Education and Skills, Mr. Denis Cummins President Dundalk IT and Dr. Edel will also be a prize for best schools float on Healy, Head of the School of Health and Science at Dundalk IT. what promises to be The student’s achievements will be celebrated by family, friends and special a great day for all the family. Late entries to guests. Professor Tony Scott, co-founder of the BT Young Scientists Competitake part in the parade

are still welcome and all enquiries should be made to Conor Hughes at 0879674829. Conor who is part of the parade organising committee is looking forward to a great day out in Blackrock and has urged all who are taking part to make an effort to make the event more enjoyable. “Last year we had our first ever Blackrock St Patrick’s Day Parade and it went better than any of us dare hoped. This year we are looking to bring even more fun and colour to the main street of Blackrock and the only thing we’d ask of people taking part is

that they make an effort and bring a bit of colour to their floats to help make it a great spectacle for the kids”, he said. “Our Grand Marshal this year will be our charismatic local celebrity postman Tom Gaskin and there will be bits and pieces going on all day with the local shops getting involved making sure there is stuff going on for the duration of the parade. “We have the perfect setting here in Blackrock for a parade with one long straight main street and we have great people involved with The Blackrock

Academy of Music leading the way with a spectacular samba based show to coincide with this summer’s world cup in Brazil” added Conor. This year’s parade will start at 4pm and is absolutely free for all in attendance and those taking part. There will also be a special presentation on the day to the Dundalk Sub Aqua Club as a thank you for the Trojan work and support they gave to Blackrock during the recent floods. Everybody is welcome to attend what is sure to be a fantastic day down in the Rock.

Fun and colour at the Rock parade By Paul Byrne

Louth’s Young Scientists to be celebrated in Dundalk IT

tion will give the key note address , Mariead Mc Guinness MEP will speak to the students about the value of their work.

The exhibition will be on display to the public from 2.00pm – 4.00pm Senator Jim D’Arcy, 12 Sandygrove Close, Blackrock,Co Louth. Clinic Mon and Friday 11-1.00pm Phone 01 6183059 Photo Senator Jim D’Arcy with Conor Ryan, Stephen Woods, Stephen Lynch, from Bush Post Primary School at the RDS

David selected for Swiss summit David Donnelly, of Belfry Gardens, Dundalk has been selected as one of two students who will represent Shannon College of Hotel Management at the forthcoming Young Hoteliers Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. David who is a final year Bachelor of Business Studies & Hotel Management student at the SCHM in Clare will join young hoteliers at the prestigious Lausanne College of Hotel Management for their annual summit. The summit offers a new generation of Young Hoteliers the opportunity to network with their peers from colleges throughout the world and to pit their skills in multi- national teams to accomplish challenges designed to test the ability of the individuals to work in teams faced with innovative practical and theoretical challenges that are typical of what today’s leaders in the hospitality sector deal with on a daily basis. David Donnelly.

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Brendan advances in The Voice Brendan McCahey has made it through to the live finals of RTE hit series ‘The Voice’ after beating Roel Villones in a head to head battle with a rendition of ‘Every time you go away’ by Hall and Oates. Brendan, who hails from Monaghan has strong Louth connections with family in Ardee as well as spending five years working in Conor Hughes ‘Beat It’ music shop in Blackrock. He will now take his place in Sunday’s live final along with 23 other hopefuls as they aim to impress the judges in the Helix. According to Brendan he was delighted to hear

Brendan McCahey

Bressie call out his name as he was picked to go forward to Sunday’s live final. “I knew when I was picked to go up against Roel that it wouldn’t be easy to get through as he’s a great singer and he put in a really fantastic performance on the night.” said a delighted Brendan. That perform-

ance actually happened before Christmas so it’s been a bit of a wait for these live finals to come around. I’m really looking forward to the finals and I’ve picked my song and hopefully will be ready on the night to try and impress the judges” added Brendan. Brendan, who lives in Shercock in Cavan, loved his time working in Blackrock and is hoping that the people of Louth can get behind him as he bids to become the Voice of Ireland. Music has long been a passion for Brendan who first got the bug aged 17 when joining his first band. Speaking about his

experience thus far on the Voice Brendan says he has had so many laughs and although it has been somewhat of a surreal experience at times he is loving it. “When I first applied I just thought I’d go for it and see how I’d get on but not expecting much out of it really. But the feedback has been unbelievable. I’ve probably got more exposure from singing for two minutes in last week’s show than I have got in over twenty years gigging all over the place. You are mindful that there are 700,000 people watching you but that kinda adds to the excitement”, said Brendan.

Jim Meenan Cup The victorious Cox’s Throwbacks team after beating Dealgan F C by 3-1 in the final of the Dundalk Winter League’s Jim Meenan Cup in Oriel Park on Saturday night last.

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Weekly Quiz

1. Language In Cockney Rhyming slang, what part of your body are know as ‘Plates of Meat’? 2. Ireland What is known as The Treaty City? 3. Literature In the book and movie, The Day of the Jackal’ the Jackal tries to assassinate what 20th Century European leader? 4. Nature What name is given to an adult male giraffe? 5. Sport Which snooker star appeared in six World Championship finals and lost all of them? 6. Food and Drink In what country was Corona Extra beer originally brewed? 7. Movies In the Toy Story trilogy, what is the name of the little boy who owns all

the toys? 8. Science Which acid has the chemical formula H2 SO4? 9. Local In what street was Dundalk’s ‘Home and Colonial Stores’ located? 10. Television In the American soap, Dallas, what was Pam Ewing’s maiden name? The Stinker What means of transport takes its name from the Italian for wasp?

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Dundalk’s St. Patricks Day parade this year will be covered by RTÉ due to the town’s involvement in the international bicycle race Giro d’Italia. The race, which will pass through Dundalk on May 11, is putting the town in the world’s spotlight as an estimated global audience of up to 755 million people watch the race live on television.

As the excitement for the “fight for pink” builds, Dundalk is getting into the Giro spirit with this year’s parade theme dubbed Giro d’Dun Dealgan. The town will be dressed in pink for the event in May but St Patrick’s weekend will have a definite Giro feel as Cuchulainn Cycling Club take part in the parade along with a vintage bike display in Market Square

over the weekend festival. Dundalk Town Council announced free parking in town for that weekend which is sure to be great news to people and families travelling into Dundalk to enjoy the events. Bicycles will be seen all over town as a BMX bike display will feature in the event line up for the weekend, along with an Open Door Tour of St. Patricks

Cathedral organised by Tidy Towns, a concert in An Tain Theatre featuring lots of local talent, a free family Mystery Treasure Hunt with over €1000 in prizes to be won and many more fun activities for all ages to enjoy. Any groups or clubs wishing to enter the parade (which starts at 1pm) can contact at certs@dundalk. ie or phone 9336343.

Students in top 100 code-breakers

Students from St. Louis recently participated in the first round of the All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad 2014. The competition involves students pitting their code-breaking skills against some of the world’s toughest linguistic challenges.

The top 100 performers in the qualifying round progress to the national final, which will be held in Trinity College on March 25. St. Louis is very proud that two students, Sinéad Dullaghan (6th year) and Sadhbh Murphy (5th year) have qualified for the final. They will participate in a day of problem-solving, testing their skills in logic, language and linguistics. The winners of the final will represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Bejing, China in July.

Sinead Dullaghan and Sadhbh Murphy

Leprechaun world record

One of the nation’s favorite events is aiming to break the world record for the greatest number of people gathered as leprechauns at the National Leprechaun Hunt in Carlingford on Sunday March 30 at 2pm. The event that has captured the nation’s imagination since the official designation of Slieve Foy Mountain in Co Louth as an EU Special Protection Area for Little People in 2009. Exactly 25 years ago, the suit and bones of a leprechaun were found on The Slieve Foy Mountain by the late local business man, PJ O Hare. This sparked the original Leprechaun Hunt which was held on the Easter Sunday of 1989, attracting 4,000 visitors to the beautiful region of Carlingford.. On the day of the hunt, 100 ceramic leprechauns are hidden on Slieve Foy mountain, with a total cash amount of €2000 beneath them. However, people that may come across a real leprechaun are requested not to try to capture them. “This is about more than breaking a world record’ Frances Taylor, event co-ordinator said. Only carriers of authenticated licenses will be allowed on the mountain that day and prospecting licenses are sold at €6 per person with registration beginning at 1pm at the Village Green Carlingford. Irelands last Leprechaun Whisperer “McCoillte” will also be available on site to answer any questions about the lives of the remaining 236 little people.

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Great action continues in Dundalk Darts league The Dundalk and District darts league has reached various milestones within the fixture list, the second round of fixtures has been completed and a number of shock results were marked down on the cards. The favourites in all three leagues suffered upsets and the standard of darts has continued to improve. Paul Curran for the Punters Sharks emulated the PDC players by producing a 15 darts leg Ciaran Crawley of Fergusons had a 16 dart leg while Niall Hinchey from the commercial Club seems to hit a 180 in every game. The Divisional Cup semi finals were held at the end of the second round of league fixtures and it was ensured that a neutral venue was to host all semi finals , Kehoes of Quay street was the host for the Premier league and with the Stags Head having three teams in the semi final. They were definitely going to have one team in the final at least. The final result on the night saw them get two teams into the final with “The Stags” beating the Commercial 1896 team while the Stags red were

just pipped to the post by Stags Black who had team captain Andy Mackin to thank for a last leg victory. The First Division saw last year’s Cup winners Avenue Celtic suffer a heavy defeat to Courtneys while Harrys Bar were too strong for the Punters Dragons these semi finals were all played in the Stags Head. The Commercial Club was the venue for the Second Division semi finals and it saw Stags White play Castle Bar Knights and yet again a Stags head team came out victorious and in a very hard fought game Johnny Masons came out on top in a ding dong battle against Fergusons of Gyles Quay. The return of Round three of the league saw Jackie Murphy’s gain there first win over Stags Red, Commercial Hawks piled the pain onto Fergusons by beating them 4-2. The Stags head “Green machine” seems to be getting back on track with a good win over Courtney’s while Castlebar recorded there first win after a few weeks of uncharacteristic results

Attached is a photo of Adrian Sherman on behalf of Auto Assure Ltd presenting the keys of their new van to Fiona Squibb and Paul Casey of the Louth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Stole two trays of meat

A woman who stole two trays of meat from a shop was convicted and fined €100 at Dundalk District Court. Deborah McDonagh of 26 Cooley Park, Dundalk, pleaded guilty to the offence on February 10 this year at McArdle Meats in the Marshes Shopping Centre. After taking the meat, valued at €10 each, from the fridge, the defendant left without paying but after being apprehended she admitted the offence. Solicitor, Conor MacGuill, stated that his 30-year-old client apologised and was aware of the fact that she had been in court before when she was given a chance. He added that she had no explanation for this offence. In convicting Ms McDonagh, Judge Flann Brennan imposed a €100 fine.

Hundreds mourn Michael’s passing HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at the funeral Mass of Michael McGeown who died tragically on Thursday March 6. Michael was serious-

ly injured following an assault on the previous Friday and had been on a life support machine in Our Lady of Hospital in Drogheda. Originally from

SINN Féin have announced that they have selected a third candidate has been selected to run for the Dundalk/ Carlingford area in May’s Local Government Elections to be held in May this year. The selection was held on Monday evening at the Redeemer in Dundalk where Clan Na Gael man JJ Quigley was put forward to join Cllrs Edel Corrigan and Jim Loughran. JJ Quigley is well known in the area having played Gaelic football at all levels with his club and county. He is a firm believer that in-

volvement in sport and a healthy lifestyle is essential for the development of young people. Through his community work he coaches football and promotes sport in general in primary schools in his area. Always interested in politics and with a keen sense of republicanism, JJ joined Ógra Sinn Féin in his youth and went on to join his local Cumann, Halpenny, Worthington Watters, and has been a committed and active member. On accepting the nomination, JJ Quigley thanked everyone for their support.

Sinn Fein announce a third candidate

Ravensdale, Mr McGeown had been living in Toberona. The 60-year-old’s funeral Mass was held in St Mary’s Ravensdale on Monday morning,

with burial in the local cemetery. Michael is survived by his children, Michael, Lisa and Christopher, along with grandson, Eamonn.

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A shop owner who admitted an offence of selling alcohol to a person under 18 has agreed to pay €2,000 to a charity. Ailish Rocks of 1 Rathmount, Seafield Road, Blackrock pleaded guilty to the offence which took place at Londis, Castletown Road on April 12, 2012. On that date, Gardai carried out a test purchase on the shop where they observed a 16-year-old purchase four cans of beer valued at €5. He was not asked for identification. Solicitor, Roger McGinley, stated that Ms Rocks was not on the premises at the time and that the employee who made the sale was preoccupied with a medical diagnosis that had been given that day. Mr McGinely stated that the employee admitted that she should have asked for identification and pointed out that it is an offence that galls Ms Rocks. Judge Flann Brennan adjourned the case to March 13 for €2,000 to be paid to charity.

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Photographic Society impress Call to respect Dundalk Photographic Society returned from the IPF National Awards last weekend in Kilkenny with an impressive haul of awards as members once again caught the eye of the judges. Freddie McArdle took first place in the Colour Print Open section with his image “Butterflies” which also gave him the ‘Regional Winner’ gold medal. Indeed it was a clean sweep for the Dundalk club in the Colour Print Open section as David Martin picked up silver for his image ‘Blackrock Boat’ while Gabriel O’Shaugnessy picked up bronze for his beautifully captured image entitled ‘Golden Apple’. Meanwhile Brendan Tumilty’s image ‘Homeward Bound’ achieved first place in the intermediate photographer section with Clodagh Tumilty’s ‘Nanette’ picking up silver. There was further success in the Monochrome Open category intermediate section for Clodagh as her image “Grass and Sand” picked up gold while Dave Martin won first place for his image “Anybody Home” which was entered in the Monochrome – Irish Environmental Portraiture section of the

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Clodagh Tumilty, Carl Czanik(Cannon Ireland), Brendan Tumiity and PresidentJohn Cuddihy at the presentation of prizes

competition. Dave also took first place for his image “Reflections” which he had submitted into the Projected Landscape themed section. There was also success for Mark English, Thomas Grey Flynn Charles and Tony McDonnell as the medals stacked up for the Dundalk Photographic Society. Sunday night seen the IPF National Nature Competition 2013/2014 awards take place and there was further joy for Freddy McArdle as he picked up

bronze in the Colour Print Option for his image ‘Goldfinch’ The renowned IPF awards take place every year with judging from a panel of three internationally recognised judges. The Dundalk Society have established themselves as one of the premier photographic society’s in the world and even managed to win the 2010 FIAP Club World Cup as they saw off competition from 123 other photography clubs from around the world to claim the title.

A local political representative has called on all candidates in the upcoming local and European elections to respect the wishes of the Tidy Towns organisations within their respective areas Stephen Egan, the Fianna Fail Area Rep for Dundalk South, has stated that it is very important to keep the area looking good during the campaign also taking into account we will be the focus of the Global media during the Giro d’Italia on May 11 just two weeks before the elections take place. “The local Tidy Towns organisations have done such fantastic work

Traders encouraged to get into Giro spirit By Niamh Kirk

Dundalk based business owners, particularly those in the town centre are being encouraged to get into the racing spirit and decorating their

premises for the Giro D’Italia. Dundalk Chamber of Commerce has asked town centre property owners to think pink with some hanging baskets or decorate with national

flags. Other ideas are welcome. Dundalk will be on show to the world with thousands of people expected to visit Dundalk to see the racers pass through on Sunday May

11. More than 200 international TV stations are broadcasting the race to more than 775 million people. So far six aircrafts are also planning on covering the race. The Giro is a

major opportunity for the locality to pick-up some international coverage and make headway into new tourism markets. Clanbrassil St is expected to feature prominently, which may cause concern

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Shane Gregory and Adam Finnegan .

Michael and Michelle Finnegan.

around Dundalk and the surrounding area that this needs to be maintained during the campaign. “I have spoken with Blackrock Tidy Towns and have agreed not to hang any posters on the main street from Centra down to the entrance of the Ferns as well as any landscaped areas and at the entrances of the village. “I will also be looking to do the same in Glenwood, Muirhevnamor and Bay Estate”, he explained. “I would call on other candidates to do the same and respect the tremendous work the Tidy Towns have done in Dundalk South”, he added.

Kate Kane and Clodagh Fitzpatrick.

Austin and Dara Traynor.

Dean and Niall Mulligan.

Rachel Gregory and Maria Duffy.

with the high levels of empty premises along the main street. Both BIDS and the Chamber are planning on contacting the owners of the vacated building to request that they too participate.


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No memory of late night incident

A man who had no memory of a late night incident in which he broke into a car was fined €100 at Dundalk District Court and ordered to pay €200 compensation. Eugene Myles of George Bernard’s Flat, Flat 2, Clanbrassil St, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage at St Nicholas Ave on October 14, 2012. The court heard that the defendant and another man damaged the door while getting into the car but escaped when confronted. Mr Myles was identified by the injured party’s son. Solicitor, Conor MacGuill, stated that his client, who has 101 previous convictions, had previously been well known to the court due to a series of addictions. However, since he had received a six month suspended sentence he had been clean for the most part. Mr MacGuill added that the defendant didn’t recall the incident but accepts that he was present. He apologised to the owner and ex-pressed his desire to pay compensation.







The Jonesborough Juggernaut training exercise

A major cross border training exercise aiming to test the responses of emergency services to a rail crash took place recently in Jonesborough, Co Armagh. The exercise, called the Jonesborough Juggernaut, involved a staged collision on the railway line where a car crashes through a fence, onto the rail line, is hit by a train and pushed off the flyover onto the underpass into the path of oncoming traffic. Simulated fires on board the train combined with diesel leaking into a stream further intensified the difficulty for the various agencies responding to the mock up major incident as they dealt with multiple fatalities and doz-

ens of causalities. “Major emergency incidents on the railways, are thankfully quite rare, but can have serious consequences with generally large numbers of casualties if not fatalities involved. Preparing and training together for such incidents is essential and builds upon the ongoing co-operation and training,” said Chris Kerr, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS). The various agencies involved picked up a number of learning points and described the exercise as extremely valuable; ultimately enhancing the emergency response to serious incidents.


St. Vincent’s students braved the slopes recently on a skiing trip to Folgaria in Northern Italy. Team leader Ultan Henry organised the group of over thirty girls, many of whom have skied before with the school. They enjoyed a fantastic week in the Dolomites which also included a visit to the historical city of Verona and some exciting evening activities such as toboganning.



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Second Sinn Féin Candidate Selected For Ardee

Tom Cunningham with his partner, Sinead, and three children

Sinn Féin have announced that a second candidate has been selected to run for the Ardee electoral area in May’s Local Government Elections to be held in May this year. The selection was held on Tuesday evening in Dunleer where Clogherhead man Tom Cunningham was put forward as running mate to long standing Councillor Pearse McGeough. Tom was a member of RNLI for about 20 years and is now involved in coaching young people in football for the Dreadnots GFC having been a former player himself. His uncle and grandfather, both called Pat Carr, were past mayors of Drogheda so there is an established political tradition in Tom’s family. On an annual basis, Tom Cunningham, along with Drogheda Councillor Imelda Munster, organises the beach clean-up at The Little Strand Beach with the Clogherhead Scouts and Beavers. Tom has a deep concern for the environment.

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Illegal drugs ordered over internet A man who ordered illegal drugs over the internet was tracked down by Gardai after Customs and Excise officers intercepted the package as it came into the country. Seamus O’Hagen of 27 Slieve Foy Park, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, who ordered the tablets to help with his body-building hobby and as energy boosters, immediately admitted the offence after being questioned by Gardai. As a result he pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful posses-

LOUTH Young Fine Gael attended the 77th Fine Gael Ard Fheis which took place at the RDS in Dublin. This was the branch’s first Ard Fheis since being established and over the course of the twoday event attended and spoke on various issues and motions that were up for debate at the conference. During the event members of Louth Young Fine Gael met and spoke with various members of the Houses of the Oireachtas and MEPs. In a live televised event on Saturday morning local election candidate and Louth Young Fine Gael

ant on the street and found he had the package containing 1,015 tablets. He admitted ordering the tablets on line and it was revealed that they were valued at between one and two euro each. Solicitor, Frank McDonnell, stated that the 33-year-old defendant co-operated fully with the Gardai from the outset. He explained that his client had intended using the tablets as energy boosters as he did body-building as a hobby. The solicitor added that Mr

O’Hagen is a father of two, who is getting married and is a man of good repute. He pointed out that the impact of the arrest caused him to reflect on what he was doing and he began attending Turas, while he is not dependent on drugs. Mr McDonnell added that his client had flirted with this issue over the internet and would not do it again. Judge Flann Brennan adjourned the case to May 14 for a Probation Report.

Lucky Lotto Winner Kenneth Busher from Carlingford, won €34,000 on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show on RTE, on Saturday 8 March 2014. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host; Kenneth Busher, the winning player; Declan Harrington, Head of Finance, The National Lottery and Marty Whelan, game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Valentine’s Mini Market, Carlingford.

Young FG at Ard Fheis member John McGahon proposed a motion, which related to the high level of youth unemployment and called on the Government to focus on getting the youth of this country back to work. In a seminar based on Youth Pressures in Ireland Chairman of Louth Young Fine Gael Ciaran Callan discussed the development of a new educational programme for schools, the dangers of substance abuse and better training for teachers in dealing with these issues. This proposal led to a great discussion amongst the Young Fine Gael panel, which

sion of drugs, possession of drugs for sale or supply and unlawfully importing or exporting drugs at Dundalk District Court. It was stated in evidence that on February 14, 2013, Gardai were alerted by Customs and Excise that a package containing diazepam had been intercepted. Following a controlled deliver to 27 Slieve Foy Park, the defendant signed for and received the package. When Gardai went to the address they saw the defend-

included Kenneth Egan former Olympian who is running for Fine Gael in the local elections. On Saturday Louth Young Fine Gael were involved in the televised public address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Louth Young Fine Gael found the experience of attending the Ard Fheis very worthwhile and enjoyable. The introduction and discussion to various Government ministers and the Taoiseach himself has boosted the profile of the branch within the organisation and they hope to attend many more Ard Fheis events for years to come.

Members of Young Fine Gael with Senator Jim D’Arcy and Cllr Linus English

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D r Libraries I Celebrate C Dundalk Branch Library D are marking International i Women’s Day by hosting C a business seminar celebrating ‘Women in C Business in Louth’. The a seminar will be held b in Dundalk Library on w

Thursday, March 13 at 6.30pm. Speakers c include Suzanne Carroll, MD Bellurgan Precision m Engineering; Sarah Nic D Lochlainn, MD Aruna e Sauces; Gail McEvoy, MD t McEvoy Accountants. h For more information or e to book a place for the e free event, please contact Dundalk Library on a b 9324321.

RCNE Table Quiz Night

o o The annual table quiz in b aid of Rape Crisis North a East will take nplace on s Thursday March 27 in The Jockeys, Anne St, Dundalk. The theme is ‘The Craggy Island Pub Quiz’ and will include a mix of Fr Ted and other random trivia. Tickets: €40 per table of four, includes food and prizes on the night. Contact RCNE on 042 9339491 or E-mail for tickets.

Death Notices John English Clancullen Park and late John Cooney Woodview Park, Castleof Fr Murray Park, Dundalk, peacefully at town Road, Dundalk, Louth / Inniskeen, home on Monday March 10 surrounded by Monaghan / Skeoughvasteen, Kilkenny. his family. John will be sadly missed and re- Suddenly, at home on Saturday March membered with love by his family, friends 8. Husband of the late Mary and father of Patrick, Michael, Mary, Thomas, Kevin, and neighbours. Elizabeth, Daniel and Joseph. Deeply and Philip Lambert Grange, Knockbridge, sincerely regretted by his sons, daughDundalk peacefully in Beaumount hospital ters, grandchildren, especially Lisa, greaton March 10. Beloved husband of Made- grandchildren, brothers, sisters, relatives line (nee Byrne). Deeply regretted by his and friends. wife, brother, sister, mother-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, Padraig (Pat) Dunne, Spain and formerly, Ardee, Louth, suddenly on March relatives and many friends. 7. Deeply regretted by his wife Maura, Joseph McGrath, Greenmount View, daughter Louise, grandchildren, mother Saint Mary’s, Drumcar, Dunleer, Co. Louth Mary, sister Marie, brother Sean, son-in-law and late of 11 Slievenamon Road, Clon- Ray, mother-in-law Maureen, sister-in-law, mel, Co. Tipperary, on Sunday March 9, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, and friends. Drogheda. Joseph, son of the late Jimmy and Maureen McGrath. Predeceased by his Gerald O’Hagan, Shore Road, Omeath, brother John, sister Geraldine and step-fa- suddenly at his residence on Saturday ther Tommy. Deeply regretted by his broth- March 8. Gerald beloved father, grandfaers and the wider family circle and friends ther and brother. Very deeply regretted by his loving daughter Geraldine, son Kevin, especially Martina. granddaughter Shenice and grandson Mary Clarke nee Kerr “Belver” Avenue Daniel, his wife Rose, sister Patricia and Road, Dundalk on March 8. Mary, much brothers Francis and Brian and good friend loved wife of Thomas (Tom) and dear moth- Patsy. Also his brother in law Michael, er of Paul, Derek and Emma, and loving nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. grandmother of Daniel, Ben, and Will, sister of Ronan, Seamus, Muriel and the late Ger- Philomena (Phyllis) McShane (née aldine. Deeply regretted by her husband, O’Hare), Tankardsrock, Kilkerley, Dundalk, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, peacefully, in the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Beloved wife of the late Stephen and dear nieces, relatives and many friends. mother of Gerard, Stephen, Deirdre, Sheila Ramunas Sinica, 2 William Street, Ardee, and Helen. She will be sadly missed by her on Monday March 3. Ramunas beloved fa- sorrowing sons, daughters, grandchildren ther of Sonata. Sadly missed by his loving Katie, Aoife, Mark and James, sister May, fiancée Zivile, cousins, relatives and friends daughters-in-law Lesley and Maura, Deirand and all his colleagues at Finlays of Ar- dre’s partner T.J., nephews, nieces, relatives dee. and friends

Brigid Stephens (née McEneaney), 12 Marian Park, Dundalk, peacefully, in the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on Friday March 7. Beloved wife of the late Bill and dear mother of Mary, Martin, Frank, Breda, Brian (Billy) and the late Margaret and Bernadette. She will be sadly missed by her sorrowing daughters, sons, sisters Trixie (Nulty) and Kay (Durkin), sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Michael McGeown, Ravensdale, Dundalk, and Toberona, on March 6, tragically. Michael, beloved father of Michael, Lisa and Christopher and grandfather of Eammon, Christopher and Olivia and dear brother of Sarah, Paddy, and Rena. Deeply regretted by his sons, daughter, grandchildren, brother, sisters, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends. William Molloy, Marlbog Road, Haggardstown, Dundalk, peacefully, at the Beacon Hospital, Dublin, surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Kathleen. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, sons Alan and Garrett, their partners Kate and Catherine, his brothers Joe and Oliver, sisters Marie (O’Driscoll, U.S.A) and Loretto (Lambe), brothers-in-law John and Brendan, sister-in-law May (Mathews), nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Michael Hand, Kilabola, Inniskeen, peacfully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on Tuesday March 4. Deeply regretted by his sisters Bridgie, Eileen,and Kitty, brother John, brother-in-law Eddie, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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Karate Club enjoy success Told to abandon

Dundalk Karate recently attended an IKFC Junior Lefevre Camp in Clondalkin, Dublin. Junior Lefevre is not only a European Champion but a World Champion and it was an opportunity not to be missed by anyone within Karate. Sensei Mary Marcus was thrilled that so many members from Dundalk Karate attended this event and even though this event was held over two days with each age and grade category catered for, it was an experience that nobody will soon forget. Kumite (fighting) was on the agenda for everyone attending, from the basic punch, to the more advanced combinations, sweeps, take downs and

life he was living

Sensei Mary Marcus with European and World Champion Junior Lefevre and Junior members of Dundalk Karate, Liam Hoey and Callum Watters

scoring techniques. “Junior was an inspiration not just to myself but to all my students. Everyone was not only put through their paces during each kumite session, but because Junior is such a good coach he

inspired even the most novice of members to do even better when training”, explained Mary. With a number of events being held over the next couple of months, Dundalk Ka-

rate will be very busy. Everyone is currently in training for their very first Karate Competition of 2014 which is being held by the Ballybay Karate Club in Monaghan later this month.

A man was warned that he must abandon the life he was living in order to avoid finding himself in further trouble. Paul Nesbitt of 49 Park St, Dundalk, was given the warning by Judge Flann Brennan, after being sentenced to three months for burglary. Insp Martin Beggy stated that on August 13 a window was broken at a premises on Park St, Dundalk, and a laptop valued at €1,000 was stolen along with cash valued at €100. When CCTV was

viewed, the defendant was identified along with another man who has since died. Mr Nesbitt had denied the charge when interviewed, but pleaded guilty in court. His solicitor stated that the 35-year-old father of two is currently serving a ninemonth sentence and is due for release on August 8. He previously had a solid work history and was a championship boxer before he started committing offences. He added that the defendant had been greatly affected by

bereavements over Christmas and has attended counselling for his alcohol addiction. Judge Flann Brennan stated that he would not extend his period in custody as he imposed a threemonth sentence, and warned the defendant to change his ways. “You know what you have to do - you have to abandon the life you were living. That may be easy for me to say but you have to do it or this will keep recurring. You have got to stop it”, added the judge.



in Brief Confidence Growing In Motor Industry

Confidence is growing in the motor industry with new car sales up in Co Louth by 30% from the same period last year. Figures released by SIMI the Society of the Irish Motor Industry indicate that after many years of falling sale this might be the year to see a swing in an upward direction. So far this year there has been about 859 new car sales in Co Louth, which is more than half of last year’s total for the year when 1482 cars were sold. Industry experts say that this hints at a change in not only the motor industry but also in wider fortunes.

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Over to you QUESTION: Vox Pop- The Children’s Rights Alliance have called on a ban of smacking bold children. Do you agree with them?

Louise Byrne

Peter Ucheboh

Bernie Halwell

Daria Monajenko

Stephanie Curley

It depends on where the line is with regards to the strength of the slap. I’d probably agree with a gentle slap if the occasion merited it but I would never agree with hurting a child.

No I disagree with that view, I think it is ok to smack them if they do something bold as it teaches them the difference between right or wrong. There is no problem with a gentle slap.

Well obviously I would never agree with beating a child or being violent towards them in any form but a gentle smack is ok in the right circumstances. A child should never be afraid of being a child.

Yes, I think they are right. It is never fair to smack a small child who don’t know what they are doing and can’t defend themselves.

I don’t think you should ever smack small children. Maybe if they are a bit older and understand why they are getting smacked it might be ok but definitely not younger kids.

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in the North East and the Government has not responded with the kind of confidence I would expect to see in this regard.” “It is essential that the public know that the ambulance service can deliver safe, effectively, timely care, particularly in the event of emergency cases,” said Deputy Kirk.

DUNE Half marathon

THE DUNE half marathon from Newry to Dundalk will take place on Sunday March 16 at 10am . The race starts beside the Albert Basin outside quays shopping centre Newry and finishes in Market Square

Dundalk. Transport will be available on the day at a small charge. All of the information and updates can be found on the DUNE half marathon facebook page.

Forum plays a vital role and looks after needs of older people

The Louth Older People’s Forum has played a vital role in making Louth the premier age friendly county in Ireland, its AGM has heard. From restructuring the county’s bus service to combatting loneliness and improving age friendly business services, the forum has established the needs of the county’s older people and delivered real and lasting change. Ann Ward has been elected chair of the forum for the second time, after receiving glowing praise at its recent AGM for the stellar progress made over the past two years. “Louth has led the way in Ireland because it puts the older person at the centre of decisionmaking and service delivery – and the Louth Older People’s Forum has been one of the main driving forces behind that,” said Mary Deery, Louth Age Friendly County Co-Ordinator. The forum consists of older people’s groups,

advocacy groups, nursing homes, day care centres, community stakeholders and individuals and meets on a monthly basis. Vice Chairperson Kath Briggs and Secretary Michael McCoy will join Ann on the new committee, which will serve a two-year term. On a local level, one of the great triumphs of the forum over the past two years has been the dawning of a new era for bus commuters looking to use Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. The forum recently also carried out a comprehensive Age Friendly survey of the needs of older people in County Louth and made a submission to Louth County Council planning office on the development of the Louth Retail Strategy. The county has also hosted two annual Age Friendly Business and Consumer Fairs at Darver Castle in October – each attracting crowds of over 3,000.

Ardee was also recently awarded the status of Ireland’s first Age Friendly Town and is now being used as an exemplar for 16 other towns in the country. “The Louth Older People’s Forum has earned respect and trust because its constitution and services were designed by the members,” said Ann. “The Forum has led to person-centred services such as the Cultacha older people’s advocacy service, the Nestling Project, the Parlour, Men’s Sheds in Dundalk, Drogheda and Cooley and Good Morning Call Services in Dundalk and Drogheda. “We have also established a GAA social initiative, a volunteer day centre, care and repair programmes, befriending services and much more”, she added.

Louth Sportshall Athletics in DkIT

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Linda Zemiene and Claire Minogue

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Muhammen Ramos, Naser Mountap beme, Gerrard Uanal and Faisal Moy o

MIchael Achums and Alex Hill

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Matthew claims bronze MAS-F took a small but dedicated team to this year’s Irish Open which saw over 3,300 competitors from over 36 countries compete for the world class titles. With the highest standard ever seen at competition, few were lucky enough to make it through to the podium but 13-year-old Matthew McQuillan succeeded in doing just that. After a gruelling quarter-final against his Dutch opponent that went to overtime, Matthew secured his place in the semi-finals. Matthew fought brave and fast only missing out on a place in the final by a nar-

row margin. Delighted with his success he stepped onto the podium amid massive applause. Matthew entered this competition last year but did not make it further than the initial round, so to take a podium position is a fantastic feat of achievement. Other members of MAS-F competing in point-fighting over the weekend were James Shields and MAS-F’s younger competitors Conor Sharkey (6), Conor O Murchu (9), Callum O’Connor (8), Dylan Carr (9) and Lee Steele (9) who all fought well with Ethan Sharkey mak-

Matthew McQuillan celebrates his bronze medal

ing it to the third round of his section. Enda Kelly gave a great account of himself in a very big forms/weapons division going up against the best in the world including those from USA who hold world titles. With some sections holding over 100 competitors, this is the largest open kickboxing competition in the world at the moment. To obtain a podium position is indeed a coveted and respected win. Mas-f have consistently obtained a podium each year they have entered and are very proud of Matthew who made it there this year.


in Brief De La Salle pupils taking part in the sportshall athletics

Energy Seminar

Local schools compete in sportshall athletics at DkIT PUPILS from St. Joseph’s, Bay Estate, CBS Primary, St. Nicholas Boys School and Castletown Girls school competed in the third annual Louth Sportshall Athletics event. The event was held in the MPC in DKIT on Friday March 7. Sportshall Athletics is indoor athletics for children. It is an enjoyable method of developing fundamental sports skills and fitness during cold

winter months and an age appropriate pathway into mainstream participation. The programme is a Louth Sports Partnership initiative which has been set up and organised by Tríona Faapito, Sports Coordinator Dundalk Sports Centre in conjunction with DKIT. The atmosphere in the MPC was electric. After an exciting competition the winners in each category were Bay Estate - 3rd and 4th class girls. Bay Estate - 5th and 6th

class girls. CBS – 3rd and 4th class boys and St. Josephs 5th and 6th class boys. The 5th and 6th class boys competition was tied between St. Josephs and St. Nicholas boys school and a tense relay competition was held between the two schools with St. Josephs emerging on top by only point one of a second. All the winning teams will go on to represent County Louth at the National Sportshall Athletics final in Athlone Institute of

technology on the 26th March. Louth Sports Partnership is very grateful to everyone that offered help and assistance in preparing the school teams for the meeting and congratulated all the children involved for giving it their all. The Partnership has been instrumental in promoting the spread of Sportshall around the county and it is hoped that these games will continue to grow in future years.

LOCAL businessmanStephen Egan is the newest Finna Fail candidate to be added to run for the Dundalk-South constituency in the Local Elec-

tions this May along with Declan Breathnach. The Blackrock man says that he wants to be a positive voice for the region.

“I want to hear from local families, individuals and community groups and find out what really matters to them and how we can work together for

a better more prosperous community in the area,” he said. Mr Egan says he has already identified several areas that need attention.

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Fianna Fail announce candidate for election

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AIB and Dundalk hosted an energy seminar for SMEs in the Louth area who want to drive down their energy costs and increase their competitiveness. Over 150 SMEs attended the seminar which was held in the Bellingham Castle Hotel and speakers included AIB’s Head of Energy and Clean Technologies, Ray O’Neill and on behalf of SEAI, Declan Meally. The theme was helping businesses to reduce their energy costs and improve profitability.

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Musical Extravaganza Five schools from Co Louth are taking part in a musical extravaganza taking place in the TLT Drogheda this March 14. The extravaganza is the first of its type since the merger of Louth and Meath VEC. “Both VECs were known for the promotion of the Arts – in particular their support of musical events,” said Peter Kierans, Chief Executive with LMETB. Bush Post Primary, O’Fiach College, Scoil Úi Mhuiri, Colaiste Lú and St Olivers Community College will show their musical prowess before joining a chorus of nine schools for what promises to be an epic rendition of Elbow’s One Day like This. “The show promises to be a spectacular event. We are very proud to present you with a flavour of student talent from all parts of the two counties and showcase it here in this beautiful TLT. We pay a particular warm welcome to the first year students from our two new schools Coláiste na Mí, Navan and Coláiste Lú, Dundalk,” said Maire Ni Bhroite from LMETB.

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Do you have a wedding or special occasion coming up? Meet new people, learn a new skill and get fit... Learn The Wedding Waltz, Jive, Quickstep, Slow Waltz and Foxtrot No Partner Or Experience Required Social Dance morning and evening classes now taking Place in Dundalk, Cooley, Newry, Drogheda and Trim.

Contact Marie on 086 357 3271 Tues: Redeemer Community Centre 11am-12pm Tues: The Lisdoo 8-10pm Thurs: Holy Family Parish Centre, Drogheda 11-12pm Thurs: The Quayside Inn Newry 8-10pm Fri: The Barbican Centre Drogheda 8-10pm.

last orders Sunday 16th March Live Music With

back pages St Patrick's Day Monday 17th March Live Music from 7 pm with

Just Jane followed by

eclectic Til Late Cheltenham Special All Pints & Long Necks only €3.60 + Light Refreshments served all day every day during festival

Parties catered for – We can arrange the music & finger food if required

The Century Bar BIG COUNTRY SATURDAYS Keep Calm Keep Dancing Saturday 15th March 2014

Roden Place, Dundalk 0429338567

RUGBY FINAL SATURDAY 5pm All pints €3.50 during the game Live music with THE VENDETTAS


8.30 TILL LATE - Craic agus Ceoil

Saturday 22nd March 2014

Sing along to the music of the 60s, 70 & 80s Every Friday & Saturday Night

with Bongo

Billy from 8.30 to 11p.m.

Dancing 11 to 1 a.m. Doors open 9.30p.m. Adm: €15 B&B For 2 + Adm. to Dance Only €79 special offer: 3 course carvery only €11.95

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Patrick’s Day To All

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in Brief Music at Square

Paddy Mac and the Long Riders will be performing live in the Market Square this St Patricks Day. The band comprises Paddy McEneaney, Gino Berrill and Tubby Corrway who will take stage at 2:45pm on the day. Preceding them will be music from Down and Out Blue Grass Band at 12:30pm and the Dundalk Brass Band at 1:45pm.


South Pacific comes to DkIT DKIT Music Theatre Group is taking to the stage on Thursday March 13 and Friday 14, with their production of South Pacific. Leading roles are taken by Applied Music students: Brendan Cleary, Theresa McKenna, Lauren Murphy, James Crehan, Robyn Brennan Scorr, Daire

St. Patrick's Day celebrate with us in style! Monday March 17th 2014

A Night Full of Music, Craic & Celebration Special St. Patrick's Day Promotions LIVE Music ALL Weekend Music From

Bongo Billy • Julie McCraken Shane "The Bodhran" Byrne Michael Kelly FREE ADMISSION - SO GET DOWN EARLY Don't Forget Our Country Nights. 042 9321500 -

Stanley, Carrie McCarthy, Stuart Anderson and David Joyce with guest performances by Amy Foster and Jason Kelly. The cast is completed by the DkIT Music Theatre Chorus and Chamber Orchestra (director David Stalling) and is directed and produced by Una Hunt and Aisling Kenny. South Pacific takes its place among the greatest musicals ever written and was an immense critical and box office hit at its 1949 production on Broadway. The piece ran for almost 2,000 performances making it the second longestrunning Broadway musical of the era behind Rodgers and Hammerstein’s earlier show, Oklahoma! The story centres around an American naval base on a South Pacific island during World War II. Nellie Forbush, a young American nurse, has fallen in love with a wealthy French plantation owner, Emile de Becque. But, she struggles to accept his mixed race children. A parallel romance takes place between the US Marine, Lt Joseph Cable, and a young Tonkinese girl, Liat. Like Nellie, Cable is fearful of becoming a social outcast back in America if he follows his heart. To reserve seats for the performances contact ann.coffey@ or 042 9370280.


Christy Moore Friday 14th March - Tickets €40

Grease & Dirty Dancing Thurs 20th March the Show Tickets €20

Mike Denver

Sat 22nd March - Tickets €25

Lambert Puppet Show presents Snow White Sun 23rd March €10 featuring Bosco Sat 29th March Tickets €18

Andrew Maxwell Banana Kingdom Fri 11th &

Rathkenny Revels 50th Sat 12th Annual performance April €15 Fri 25th April Tickets €30

Keith Barry BrainHacker

The Cloak - ‘The Story of saint Brigid Sat 17th May Tickets €25

Sat 10th May €26

Friends In Low Places

More details on the website Available at: Carroll’s Bookshop, Park Street, Dundalk 042- 9334359; The Sound Shop Drogheda 041 9831078; The TLT Tel: 041 9878560; The D Hotel Tel: 041 9877700; Finlays Ardee Tel: 041 6856505; CD World Drogheda 0419833879 Also available online at

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Family Notices


NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for In Memoriam, Anniversaries, Birthday Remembrances, Thanksgivings & Acknowledgements. many favours. This time I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, birthday remembrance IN MEMORIAM where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). G.D. NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours. This time I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, CASEY McKenna where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful 8th Anniversary 1st Birthday Rememberance In loving memory of our dear mother, Marga- eyes it will become your favour, not mine. In loving memory of Pearse McKenna, whose ret, who died 13th March, 2006, late of Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise pubbirthday occurs on Monday, 17th March. lication and favours will be granted. (Never Muirhevnamor,Dundalk. Thinking of you on your birthday, known to fail). V.M. Silent memories keep you near, With sadness in our hearts, As time unfolds another year, For a very special person, Out of our lives you may be gone, From whom we had to part. But in out hearts you still live on. Those special memories of you will always —Always loved and missed. From Lorraine, bring a smile, Sharon, Kevin, grandchildren and greatthanksgiving If only we could have you back for just a little grand-daughter. while, Message of February 25th Then we could talk and laugh again just like Dear children! You see, hear and feel that in we used to do. the hearts of many people there is no God. novena You always meant so very much and always They do not want Him because they are far will do too, from prayer and do not have peace. You, little The fact that you're no longer here will always The Miracle Prayer children, pray - live God's commandments. cause such pain, Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked You be prayer, you who from the very beginBut you're forever in our hearts until we meet for many favours. This time I ask for a special ning said "yes" to my call. Witness God and my again. intention. Take it dear heart of Jesus and place presence and do not forget little children. I am —Missing you with all our hearts, your wife it within your own heart where your father with you and I love you. From day to day I Sheenagh, daughter Taragh and all the sees it, where in his merciful eyes it will be- present you all to my Son Jesus. Thank you for McKenna family. come yours not mine. Amen. A.D. having responded to my call. A.C.

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classes & courses

Easy Beginner Guitar course for Adults starting in Spirit Store April 21st on Monday nights 7.30-8.30pm. 10 week course. €10 per lesson. Relaxed friendly atmosphere with experienced teacher. Learn songs by U2, Garth Brooks, Thin Lizzy, Beatles, Elvis and many more. Contact Marcus 0872186127 for details. MEDITATION - Meditation classes every Monday @ 8pm and Thursday's 11am. Ramparts Rd, Dundalk. Opposite Dundalk Lighting. Everyone welcome. €10. Contact Mary 087-6342800 ENGLISH GRINDS available for Junior Cert & Leaving ordinary level. Registered teacher. €25 per hour. Tel. 087 7142925 @ 6pm.


Novena To Blessed Virgin Mary Remember oh most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone that fled to your protection or sough your intercession was left unaided - inspired by this confidence I fled onto thee oh Virgin of Virgins my Mother to you do I come before you I stand sinful and sorrowful despise not my petition (here mention your petition) but in thy clemency graciously hear and answer me, Amen. Followed by 15 Glory be to the Father. Say for 9 days, promise publication and your petition will be granted. P.T.

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PAUL'S THERAPIES - YOGA CLASSES Yoga Classes Mondays & Thursdays 7pm. Yoga for Men 8pm on Thursday's. Wellington Hall, Dundalk. Other Therapies : Spiritual healing, Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head. Paul 086 344 6944 BEGINNER GUITAR LESSONS OneOn-One only €10 per lesson for 45minutes. Begin a life-long hobby. Weekdays/Evenings. Can provide guitar if needed. Call Roy 086 2052108 REIKI - 30 Minute Reiki: Healing drop in sessions. Every Tuesday night 7pm 9.30pm. Outcomers Building, 8 Roden Place, (Under the arch), Dundalk. Contact Linda: 085 1080493.

LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE GIFT? Create a personalised newspaper page to celebrate a special occasion - birthday, anniversary, birth, sporting success etc. Contact 086 3238328 www. A VAN & DRIVER available for furniture removal, also single items, 3 piece suites, cookers, fridges, washing machines. Day & night Tel 086 8704908 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE—Repairs, building plastering plumbing, painting, tiling, concreting, patios, gardening, PVC facia and soffits, carpentery. Over 20 yrs experience. References available. Tel Michael 085-858-8090 BUILDING—McElroy UPVC products. For a competitive quote for all Home Improvements, extensions, sunrooms & conservatories. All PVC products supplies & fitted, fascia, soffit & guttering. We also have a complete range of PVC doors & windows. Contact Hughie, anytime, on 087 260 2501. AERIAL & SATELLITE, T.V, Freeview & Freesat Service & Repairs. Eamonn Cooney T.V. Phone 087 267 1809 DUNDALK BUREAU DE CHANGE— MoneyGram Money Transfer; Pay Household Bills; Payzone/Postpoint; Buy Stamps; Phone Top-ups; Prepaid Credit Cards; Sterling and Euro Cheques Available; Best Rates Guaranteed; No Commission. 8 Park St (Open 7 Days, 8am -11pm) & 4 Linenhall St (Open Mon-Sat). Call 042 9339922/9370101; – Accepting All Major Credit and Debit Cards. DUNDALK COMPUTER REPAIR CENTRE—We fix PCs, laptops, tablets, ipads, iphones and smartphones. All computer services only €45. Includes new antivirus and microsoft office for December only. Free callout service. No fix no fee! 9am to 10pm. 7 days a week. Call Gerard 0429328301 and 0851286436. WE CAN DISTRIBUTE leaflets from €65 + vat per thousand. 042 932 0888

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALS—Beautiful wedding photography professional taken and presented in Picture Book Album With 150 photographs for €750.00 Peter Hughes Photography 087-256-1161 or 042933-3732 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 0876563705 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. A ALTERATIONS — For all your tailoring/sewing needs. Zips in jackets €15. We also patch jeans.Dry cleaning service available.Long Walk S.C. Tel. 042 9333380 / 087 9688518. CHIMNEY CLEANER - The Clean sweep, clean & tidy, no dust. Brush & Vac. Contact - Cahal 087-225-9799 JOINERY / MAINTENANCE WORK carried out. Fencing - doors - kitchens - bedroom units made to measure. Curtain poles etc. No job too big or small. Tel 00447909768732 or 0873812476. Very keen rates and tidy work.

KI MASSAGE THERAPY - Allow me to help free the tension from both mind and body with a beautiful relaxing KI MASSAGE. Call now for more details and to make a booking. Mags Murtagh 086-8531854 ROOFING REPAIRS - We fix leakes, broken tiles, gutters etc. Bird stoppers €25 for one or €35 for two fitted. We also clean & steam clean fascias. All work guaranteed. Fully insured. 25 years experience. for a free quote call Tony 087-6066722. HANDYMAN - Handyman available to do general house work including tree maintenance, cutting grass, trimming hedges, painting indoors and outdoors, unblocking drains etc : Contact Romas 086-228-8444 GARDENS TIDIED - Hedges cut, trees trimmed & topped. Tel. 087 2296441 or 089 4449028. M & S LANDSCAPES - Garden designs, garden maintenance, Paving & Fencing, Decking & Patios, Tree Removal, Decorative Stone Beds. No job too small. Keen rates. 0879154064 RING - A - DRINK takes the hassle out of wet & windy weather. For your party contact Northend Bar, Bridge Street Tel 042 9337229 and we’ll deliver. Magician & Balloon Modeller available for all parties, communions, confirmation etc., contact ‘Odenni’ Owen Rice 042-9372455 or 0872473342

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 LADY LOOKING FOR WORK. Babysitting, cleaning, ironing. Dundalk area. Contact 089 4323686.

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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 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; Accepting All Major Credit and Debit Cards. PERFECT FIT ALTERATIONS—For all your sewing needs. Curtains, Hems, Zips & Repairs. 10% off for Slimming World members. Castletown Road: Tel: 042 9327837. ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICE to over 60,000 readers for only €5 per week up to 20 words Phone Dundalk Leader 042 9320888 GRIMLEY’S DUBLIN ST. DUNDALK— TV aerials, satellite, Freeview & Saorview, new installations, sales & repairs.

premises for sale/to let ATTENTION—BERs now required for Better Energy Home Grants. For BER certification at affordable prices contact Robert Mulholland 087 6091906. ADVERTISE YOUR HOUSE Premises for rent or sale to 60,000 readers a week from €5. Telephone Dundalk Leader 042 932088 CAR & VAN Sales space - Car & van sales space at busy petrol station on Newry Rd Dundalk. Also office available. Contact : 087-207-1796

situations vacant 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.

planning DUNDALK TOWN COUNCIL—Significant Further Information / Revised Plans. Planning Reference 13/82. Development Description: 1) Planning Permission for the Demolition of 5 no. dwelling houses and retail shop with residential accommodation over; 2) Temporary Planning Permission (5 years) for 2 no. Plant Rooms; and 3) Outline Planning Permission for 4 no residential houses; at the site of Maxwell Terrace and Coogan’s Shop, Newry Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth by Chevron (Ireland) Atlantic Limited Ltd. The Significant Further Information / Revised Plans being submitted includes a Natura Impact Statement, adjustments to rear boundary line, and revised site layout plan. A submission or observation in relation to the further information may be made in writing to the Planning Authority not later than 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the newspaper and site notice by the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00, except in the case of a person or body who has already made a sub-

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Bellurgan FC Race Night

Colm Fegan and Darren O'Reilly

Colm Woods (Chairman, Bellurgan

Dixie Finnegan and Iain Gallagher

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BMW announce details of new X4

Volkswagen e-Golf Power

The e-Golf is powered by an AC electric motor (85 kW / 115 PS, and 270 Nm) with no tailpipe emissions. Acceleration from 0-100kph (62mph) takes 10.4 seconds which compares favourably to the diesel Bluemotion Golf ’s 10.5 seconds. The top speed is 140kph(87mph) with a range of around 118 miles per charge, depending on driving style, charge level and ambient conditions. It is possible to opt for a heat pump which in the winter months can take heat from the air and vehicle’s drive systems to increase the range by around 20 per cent. In addition to the standard driving mode, there are two economy modes, ‘Eco’ and ‘Eco+’. ‘Eco’ cuts peak power to 70 kW / 95 PS, reduces the output of the air conditioning system and modifies the accelerator response. Top speed is cut to 119kph(74mph) and 0-100kph(62mph) takes 12.1 seconds. ‘Eco+’ limits maximum power to 55 kW / 75 PS, torque to 175 Nm, and top speed to 90kph (56mph), while the accelerator response is modified and the air conditioning disabled. In either mode, full performance can be accessed by kicking down on the accelerator pedal. The e-Golf can be re-charged via a normal domestic socket which takes around 13 hours, if you opt for a dedicated Wallbox charging socket a 3.6 kW supply can recharge a flat battery in eight hours. The 26.5 kWh lithium-ion battery is integrated into the Golf ’s floor so that the boot remains useable. A DC charging point as found in many major cities can recharge the battery (at levels of up to 40 kW) to 80 per cent capacity in just 35 minutes. The e-Golf is based on the trim of the SE model and is only available as a five-door model – in addition to the SE core spec, you gain 2Zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, e-specific ‘Tilleves’ alloy wheels and Discover Pro satellite navigation, with an eight-inch colour touchscreen. For the e-Golf the Discover Pro system includes added functionality including a range display, and the option to pre-programme the vehicle’s heating or cooling systems.

Based on the platform of the current X3 the X4 takes its styling cues from its bigger brother the X6. It is 14mm longer than the X3 and 36mm lower with the front seat occupants 20mm lower and the rear some 28mm lower than those in X3. There is a bench seat in rear, so that the X4 can accoomdate five. The rear seat splits on a 40:20:40 is reveal a boot that can carry between 500 and 1400 litres. From launch there will be a choice of three diesel engines, the xDrive20d a 2.0 litre unit producing 190 hp /

400Nm of torque. This equates to 0-100kph(62mph) time of 8 seconds via its standard six-speed manual gearbox, you can opt for an eight-speed automatic. With the auto fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 5.2L/100km(54.3mpg) and CO2 emissions 138 g/km. There is the 3.0 litre

BMW X4 xDrive30d which is equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox which produced 258hp / 560Nm and will cover the 0-100kph(62mph benchmark in 5.8 seconds. The fuel consumption is 5.9L/100km(47.9mpg) and CO2 emissions 56 g/ km. The range topping BMW X4 xDrive35d is

powered by a 3.0-litre diesel producing 313hp / 630 Nm, this is even fitted with launch control to command a 0-100kph (62mph) time of 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 246kph(153mph). Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is recored at 6 L / 1 0 0 k m ( 4 7 . 1 mp g ) and CO2 emissions are 157 g/km. Auto Start- Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of the ancillary units are standard across the range. Optionally available are 17-inch aero wheels with reduced-rolling-resistance

tyres, which reduce the CO2 emissions of the BMW X4 xDrive20d and xDrive30d by a further 7g/km. The X4’s core equipment comprises an electrically power opening tailgate, variable Sport Steering, 18-inch lightalloy wheels, front and rear Park Distance Control, Performance Control and Xenon headlights. The interior features 40:20:40 splitfolding rear seats, a Sport leather steering wheel, Heated front seats and BMW Business Media package are all standard. You can upgrade to

the xLine trim level which will add 18-inch light-alloy wheel, Satin Aluminium exterior trim, Dark Copper interior trim, Sport seats and exclusive xLine leather upholstery. The top line spec is the M Sport model which comes with M Aerodynamic bodystyling, High-gloss Shadow Line trim exterior trim and 19-inch M Sport light-alloy wheels plus M Sport suspension. There are BMW M door sill finishers, Sport seats and an Aluminium Hexagon interior trim add the finishing touches.

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