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Cousins prove an inspiration to others Wednesday, 30th April, 2014. Vol. 7, Issue 18 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email:;

By Paul Byrne

Two local cousins who have not only battled cancer but have resumed their football careers will line out alongside players from all over the country in a special football match over the Bank Holiday weekend. Aidan and Derek Shevlin are taking part in the GAA match to raise awareness of the disease and to illustrate that players can return to football following treatement. The Professor Hollywood Memorial Cup will take place in Portlaoise on Monday May 5 and will also raise funds for cancer units. Aidan who plays with Stabannon Parnells and Derek who lines out for the

Dreadnots have both battled and defeated cancer and are looking forward to the game which is in aid of the cancer units in St James’s and St Luke’s hospitals. This match is made up of players who have been treated for cancer and will see GAA legends Brian Cody and Mick O’Dwyer each manage a team with all money raised staying within the cancer units and not to be used for any other purpose. The aim of this match is to raise funds and to also highlight to people that you can regain your fitness and health after cancer treatment. Aidan, who works in the St John of God’s Venegas Centre on the Inner Relief Continued on Page 6

Brendan claims The Voice title

Brendan celebrates his win with Conor Hughes and Niall Breslin

By Paul Byrne FRIENDS and family throughout Louth joined in the celebrations as Brendan McCahey walked away with

the ‘Voice of Ireland’ title on Sunday night having yet again wowed the judges with his soulful voice in the Helix Theatre in Dublin. Brendan, who was part of

Team Bressie, came out on top out in Sunday’s grand final seeing off Kellie Lewis, Laura May Lenehen and Jamie Stanton. Continued on Page 10

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New cancer support centre is set to open in Dundalk Dundalk Leader 30th April 2014

By Paul Byrne

There were tears of joy last week from the Cara Cancer Support Centre committee members as their year long dream to get their new home ready to be opened to the public was finally realised. The centre will open to the public on Friday May 23. The care centre’s new home is located in 7 Williamsons Place which is owned by Sinn Fein who have allowed Cara to use it as a cancer support centre. Claire Byrne who is a member of the Cara Cancer Support Centre Committee described the emotions of finally getting the project completed having fundraised for the past year. “We were determined to establish a centre in Dundalk to help support every cancer patient and any person at all affected by the disease. Cancer is on the rise in Dundalk and surrounding communities, and it is very

important that we have somewhere in town to offer people a venue where they can come to meet others in the same situation as themselves and to provide support to families and carers of patients”, explained Claire. “We have to thank Sinn Féin for donating the use of this building and also to the many people who donated their skill, time and expertise voluntarily to help paint and decorate the house and help create a wonderfully relaxing environment for all who will visit us”, added Claire. Anna Brennan who is also on the committee described the sheer joy the group felt when the house was fully completed a few weeks ago. “When the house was completed a few weeks ago we just sat in here and cried tears of joy upon seeing it all finished. We have been fundraising for over a

Anna Brennan and Claire Byrne getting ready to open the new cancer suppor centre

year now and it was just a wonderful feeling to see our dream become a reality”, explained Anna. “We would be here all day if we listed all the people we would like to thank for helping us realise our dream but we do thank every sin-

gle one of them”, added Anna. There are four postcancer patients in the Cara Support Centre committee and they each realise how important it was to have a centre in Dundalk and how much it is needed. The centre will provide

relaxation, information, counselling, therapeutic and holistic therapies, art creation and much more. As well as that it will provide a place where people can simply drop in to have a cup of tea and a chat. The Cara Cancer Support Centre will be

Sharkey claims that housing report paints a ugly picture By Niamh Kirk

THE recently published report into Louth County Council buying houses from its own staff paints an ugly picture said Cllr Tomas Sharkey after reviewing the document. The audit was commissioned following revelations that properties owned by a senior executive engineer and a senior executive officer Housing Department

were sold to the council in 2010. Each of the council employees were placed on suspension since October when the investigation began and have since returned to work. Cllr Sharkey described the audit as having been carefully worded to deliver a stinging criticism of how the housing department has been managed. According to the councillor, the report which was completed by Deloitte and published last week confirms long held suspicions around house purchases by Louth County Council with public money. He said that sweeping changes are needed across the Housing Department and that he feels the Employee Code of Conduct has

been breached. The report outlines how a Senior Executive Engineer sold his own house to the council at a cost to the taxpayer of €142,562.50 and with an additional refurbishment cost of €62,662.03. “It is incredible to read that the results of house inspections undertaken by the Senior Executive Engineer were not documented in a formal report,” said Cllr Sharkey. “Louth County Council’s solicitor wrote many times advising that structural surveys of purchased houses be carried out but they did not happen. Inspections by the Senior Executive Engineer were not formally documented. There was no record that the houses being bought satisfied a demand from

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our housing waiting list”, he added. The report also details how on one occasion the council’s solicitor was instructed to proceed with a purchase before a Director’s Order to buy it was signed. Cllr Sharkey however says that it was not documented how the two houses came to the attention of the Housing Authority or how they became available for purchase. “Policies and procedures did not exist,” said Cllr Sharkey who added that the report from the

Louth County Manager confirms a grave mistrust that the public has for the housing section. A review of procedures into housing allocations, maintenance requests purchase of houses and rental accommodation scheme, Long term Housing leasing and Housing Assistance Payments will now take place. “There now needs to be a sweeping change in our council. Policies and procedures must be made and followed,” said Cllr Sharkey. He went on to commend the Louth County Manager for helping to prepare the ground for reform in Co Louth and the employees of the Housing Department for brave and careful work in assisting the audit and sub-

open to the public on Friday May 23and it’s door will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday thereafter as well as one evening a week. For more information about the Cara Cancer Support Centre phone 0429339383 or 0873955335.


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Welcome for War Memorial

Cllr Mark Dearey welcomed Tuesday night’s decision by Dundalk Town Council to approve an all party motion to erect a memorial to the Dundalk dead of World War One. “I hope to see the speedy establishment of a small working group to explore how best to create a fitting memorial. It’s something that is long overdue in this town which gave up so many of its people to the Great War. “It is surely a sign of our own ongoing development as a nation that we see it as right and fitting to commemorate the lives of those Irish people who died fighting on the British side 100 ago”, said Cllr Dearey.


St Padre Pio Triduum in the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Ard Easmuinn takes place from Monday May 19 to Wednesday 21 at 7.30pm.

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Disposable income in Louth lower than national average

The average income in Louth is the lowest in tyhe country.

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The third annual Transition Year Triathlon is set to take place this Thursday May 1 in St. Mary’s Drumcar. The triathlon is organised by Louth Local Sports Partnership in conjunction with An Garda Siochána and Physical Education Association of Ireland. The students take on a gruelling swim 200m, 10k cycle and 3k run. But they are

not required to do it all alone. Students participate as either an individual or part of a three person team so that one person swims, one person cycles and the other person runs. This is one of the largest inter school events in Co Louith with more than 200 studetns from nine second level schools taking part.

News in Brief Blackrock ICA Open Evening The ladies of Blackrock ICA are holding a public Flower arranging evening in the Community Centre, this May 7 at 8pm. Entrance and refreshments are free, there will be a raffle for the arrangements created by our demonstrator, Adrienne Boyle. This is an evening is held annually in Blackrock in memory of Marcella McGuinness one of the Blackrock ICA founder members. It is also an opportunity for ladies who are thinking of joining the Guild to meet the current members before the applications open for new members which begins in June.

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bour have also had a devastating impact on the region. This can be plainly seen in the CSO figures published which show that disposable income in the border region is nearly 11pc lower than average. “This region also has the highest rates of unemployment, empty homes, medical card holders, voter apathy and emigration and lower levels of investment than anywhere else in this state. This is further evidence of the negative impact of partition, and the neglect of successive governments, on this region. “Clearly Fine Gael and Labour are doing nothing to alleviate economic deprivation in border counties,” he said. However, the CSO figures are only up to and including 2011 the same year that the current Government were voted in. “I am calling for an intensive job creation strategy for the border region. Without significant job creation this part of the country will continue to be left behind.

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number of seats in the UK House of Commons? 9 Local: William Hemmingway Mills was the architect of what iconic Dundalk building? 10 Media: Which journalist, broadcaster and TV quiz show host died from a fall in his Dublin home in 2000 at the age of 31? The Stinker: At one time he was probably the most famous man in the world, but he also wrote the 1967 hit for Petula Clarke ‘Love hear my son’. Who was he?

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The level of disposable income per person in Co Louth is more than €1,000 lower than the national average. According to recent figures from the Central Statics Office the average disposable income per person in Co Louth is €18, 095. The national average is €19,055. The average total income in Co Louth in 2011 was €22k down more than €4k from 26k in 2008. Disposable income is calculated by adding earning and social welfare payments and deducting tax and social insurance average. The data shows that incomes were still falling in 2011, four years after their peak in 2011 when the average disposable income in Co Louth was €22,362. The average income in Co Louth fell 15% from 2008 to 2011. However Co Louth is fairing the best out of the border region counties which have the lowest earnings at €16,894, 100% lower than the national average, while Co Louth is 6% lower.

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Sporting cousins provide an inspiration to others Continued from Page 1 Road, Dundalk, was just months short of his 30th birthday in 2006 when he was first diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid.

His wife Sinead was pregnant with their twins Ryan and Dylan at the time and as he explains it was a big shock to his system when he was told the lump on his neck was


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thyroid cancer. “It was a huge shock as I was young, fit and healthy, don’t smoke and rarely drink. On the first occasion of my cancer my wife Sinead was pregnant with our twins Ryan and Dylan. Because the treatment in St. Luke's (radioactive iodine) was finished a week before the Boys were born I was unable to live with Sinead, Ryan or Dylan for the first three weeks of their life which was Derek and Aidan Shevlin have returned to play football after surviving cancer so hard to take”, excrease the awareness cer. At the time I was The next six months plains Aidan. through sport and raise playing with my local was the biggest fight “Thankfully I got some vital funds for club and had no idea I of my life, but one I over it and in 2008 these great charities. was sick. I never drank can happily say I won. Sinead was pregnant I’m still playing with or smoked and have In May 2012, I got the again with Lauren Stabannon and feel re- trained and ate healthy good news that I was who was born in Janu- ally good My cousin all my life. I remember cancer free and only ary 2009. However, Derek plays with the thinking, this can't be four weeks after that I the cancer returned Dreadnots so although true, not me, I’m too fit celebrated the birth of and in March I spent we’ve played against to get cancer. my second child. Life ten weeks in hospital each other this will “Once I came to was starting to look due to the side effects be the first time we terms with it I knew I good again. of the radiation treat- play on the same time had to fight. I got huge “That winter I ment. Again that was so that will be nice,” support from family, worked hard at my tough being away from laughs Aidan. friends, club mates and fitness and thankfully our new born baby for Aidan’s cousin members of the com- last season I played so long. But thankfully Derek was originally munity”, explained some of the best senior the treatment was suc- diagnosed with tes- Derek. football I have played cessful and I am feel- ticular cancer in 2008 Having worked hard in years. I look forward ing fit and strong and before the disease re- to beat the disease to 2014 now with what I’m back playing with turned again in 2011. Derek was cancer free I hope are the toughest Stabannon again. As the former Louth until 2011 when it re- few years on my life “The only thing that Senior County foot- turned once more. Giv- now well and truly beI kept doing through baller explains the di- en his age most people hind me. all these times was agnosis came as a huge thought Derek’s play“As you can see training and playing shock to him. Football has played a ing days were over. Gaelic football so that “At 32 most people, huge part in my recov“In July 2008 I got is the main reason why the shock of my life if not all, thought I had ery and I’m so thankful I got involved in this when I was diagnosed finally played my last of that today which is match and also to in- with testicular can- game with the team. why I’m delighted to

be a part of this fantastic charity match,” added Derek. The Professor Hollywood Memorial trophy takes place this bank holiday Monday May 5in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise from 1:30pm. Tickets for the match are €5 and children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased online from www.charitygaamatch. com or from O’Moore Park and Nowlan Park directly. For those unable to attend a special text donation number has been set up for those who wish to contribute to what is a very worthy cause. Just text MATCH to 50300 and €4 will be donated in aid of the cancer units in St James’s and St Luke’s hospitals.

MEP says Louth needs help to create economic growth MEP Mairead McGuinness, has said that this week’s Central Statistics Office figures showing residents of Louth having below average disposable income “must give added impetus to national policy efforts to redress the current imbalance between the regions.” The CSO figures found the Louth average disposable income was €18,095 per person in 2011 compared with a figure of €21,329 for Dublin. The MEP said that the Border region, including Louth, needs particular attention. “We need a regional focus targeted

towards the specific potential of each region. And a central part of this focus has to be town and village renewal. Addressing the needs of existing SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) must be a particular priority, as well as encouraging young entrepreneurs.” She said foreign direct investment is critical but it is the domestic sector where seven in every 10 workers are employed by SMEs. “The SME sector is where most jobs will come from in the next numbers of years but it has a particular set of issues that much be addressed, issues such

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as an overhang of debt and access to business lending for cash flow and investment.” McGuinness who is Vice Chairman of the EPP in the European Parliament, Europe’s largest party, said the

European Investment Bank will play an increasingly important role in funding the SME sector. “The European Parliament has been at the centre of progressive, constructive solutions to the problems confronting the EU, problems that are not unique to Ireland but which require a European solution,” she said. “Rural development co-financing from the exchequer is also important to ensure that regions get the support needed to fund agri environment and on farm investments,” she said.

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Exciting finale to darts league competitions

The Johnny Masons team

The Stags Black team

The Stags White team

The Tuborg Dundalk and District darts league has had a busy final few weeks in both league and cup competitions which showed that when the pressure was on, the quality of the players came to the fore. The last three weeks have seen the final two games in the league competition and the cup finals night played in between. The league games saw results put the cat among the pigeons and added to the tension going into the last week. The Avenue Eagles were on top of the Premier and needed a win to secure the league title but it took Joe Finnegan to take out a 121 to secure them a draw against Commercial 1896 and it left things set up for a great final week. The First Division went to the very last week as well with Harry’s Bar praying that the Green machine of the Stags would slip up and in the Second Division it was down to the last week as three teams were chasing the title. The cup finals night was held in three different neutral venues and a high standard of darts was on show in all three. The Premier Division saw an all Stags Head final with The Stags securing the cup with a hard fought win over the Stags Black. This would put them in great form going into the final round of the league. The First Division Cup was a tense battle with Harry’s Bar facing the Courtney’s team who were out to claim some silverware. Andrew Neary for Harry’s threw a Man of the Match display to claim the Cup for Harry’s and break the heart of the Courtneys entourage. The Second Division saw league leaders Johnny Masons take on the Stags White and drama and tension filled the Commercial Club as this game went all the way to the very last leg in the very last

game and doubles were missed on both sides before Jim Conroy hit the winning double for the Stags White. The first winners of the year were known and once the celebration’s abated the focus was once again onto the league. The Premier Division saw the top two teams meeting in the same venue but playing with different opponents. The games were played at frantic pace and each match was being watched with great interest. The Avenue Eagles rose above the The Stags to stand proudly on top as the division was decided with the Stags following in as runners up. The First Division saw a change of fortune as The Stags head took the title by beating the Avenue Celtic team. Harry’s Avenue Eagles celebrate winning the Premier Division Bar fought to the very end and their win on the night showed that they never stopped trying. In the Second Division Johnny Masons held their own darting destiny in their own hands and they ensured that they were going to finish in style and secured the title of league champions. This was a most welcome potion after losing the cup the week before. The 2014 season is still not complete as the league divisional singles takes place this Thursday in three different venues. The singles competition will be played down to the last eight and then a finals night will be played closer to the end of the league. the venues are as follows: Premier Singles - Oriel Active; First Division Commercial Club; Second Division -The Stags Head; Last Eight - Finals night Kehoes Bar. The Andrew McAlester Open Shield is the final team competition of the league and it is a prize that a lot of teams want to take home. The Stags team


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Final preparations for the Cic Saor event for the Corona Golden year’s All Ireland Cic Boot Trophy as well as Saor Championship. The deadline for regTime is running out for the not too insignificant your chance to register matter of €5000 in this istering for this years By Paul Byrne

competition is mid- in Oriel Park from 10am. The event is once again being night tomorrow evening (Thursday) with the organised Adrian O’Donoghue event taking part again and as he explains, it will give a unique opportunity for people all around the country to rub shoulders with some of the best footballers in the country. “Jamie Clarke, Oisin McConville, Jack McCarron, Joe Sheridan, Paddy Keenan, Darren Car Boot Sale Clarke and last year’s winner DeThe annual Car Boot Sale clan Byrne are just a few of the and Coffee Morning will be GAA stars who have already regheld at The Presbyterian istered and we are getting people Church, Jocelyn St, Dun- from all around the country endalk on May 5th, 2014, tering every day so it promises from 11am -2.30pm. Cars to be very competitive this year” cost €15 and vans €20. This explained Adrian. includes the cost of refresh“The big thing about Cic Saor ments for two people. is that anybody can enter. You Gates close for vehicles at 10.30am. Entrance for pe- don’t even have to be involved destrians is €2, children with a sports team to take part. As free. There will be toy, cake, long as you think you can kick a book and bric-a-brac stalls ball accurately you’re in with a in the Church hall with tea chance of winning the €5000. “This competition is not a and coffee served with homemade scones, cakes, distance test. It is purely an acetc. Enquiries to curacy test and like last year we 0872396776. are allowing kicking tees to help


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competitors. The whole idea of this is to help raise money for the Dundalk Young Irelands club who have run into financial difficulties over the last few years. They are the oldest club in the country and it would be great if people come along and support what will be a fantastic day out”, added Adrian. As well as some of the biggest names in GAA taking part there will also be some of the most talented youngsters from around the county with Ryan Burns, Dean Maguire and Robbie Curran representing their local clubs. The entrants aren’t only restricted to GAA players with Ian Tolan a soccer player with Skerries Town trying his luck on Saturday. According to Adrian this year’s event promises to be the biggest Cic Saor to date with more than 40 players looking to kick their way to the €5000 first prize as well as a minimum of €700 for second place and a minimum of €500 for third place. “We’re in our third year now

House of Bethany is welcoming all, but especially young adults to Prayer around the cross by candelight to the music of Taize this May 2 at 8.30pm to 9.30pm in “Bethany”34 Point Road, Dundalk. The prayers are ended with a cup of tea and meet and greet with other participants.

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Students take part in Junk Koutour final

Students from Louth will be joining an impressive list of stars who have performed at the O2 in Dublin when they take part in the finals of Junk Kouture on May 2. Bush Post Primary School and St. Vincent’s Secondary School will be represented on Ireland’s most prestigious stage to showcase their couture trash creation in the Junk Kouture Grand Final. Representing Bush Post Primary School is ‘Electrifying’

designed by Catherine Kane, Nicola Bolton and Claire O’Hanlon. St Vincents will be represented by ‘In Vino Veritas’ by Chiara and The Bank of Ireland Eastern Wildcard Harvest Queen by Clare Keenan, Ruth McNally and Ciara Mahon. The event which was due to be held in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre sold out in a record five hours at the beginning of April leaving thousands of students, parents and teachers disappointed.

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and we’ve been growing with each event to the point where we have Corona on board as sponsors as well as Paddy Powers who will be opening a book on who will win the event. It’s great that the local clubs have got involved this year and it’s all set up to be the most competitive competition so far. 'There will be a bouncy castle and play area for the kids and it will be a great family atmosphere so come along early and enjoy the day”, urged Adrian. The Cic Saor competition will run from 10am until 4:30pm and will take place in Oriel Park on Saturday May 3. Entry to watch the event costs €6 or £5 with children under 12 getting in for free if accompanied by an adult. Anybody who is interested in taking part in the competition will pay €100 to enter the prestigious competition. The number of entrants is capped at 100 so anybody who is interested should move quickly to get their names in.

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Organiser and founder Elizabeth Curran said, ‘We were absolutely delighted when the Grand Final sold out in five hours and astounded that there was still such a huge demand for tickets. This is obviously down to the increased participation this year and popularity of the event. “We are truly delighted that we will now be showcasing the finest young Irish designers in Ireland’s biggest venue”, added Elizabeth.

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Fate of Louth towns highlighted in report


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will not work. Teagasc Head of Rural Economy and Development, Prof Cathal O’Donoghue said that the situation faced by towns across the country is a complex one. “The solutions to the challenges that these towns face will have to be tailored to their specific needs, a one size fits all strategy will not work in this instance.” At the launch of the report Prof O’Donoghue said that the rural towns that have had a lower focus in national development strategies over the past decade and a half have fared worst. “However the launch of the CEDRA report next week will help to fill this policy vacuum,” he said.






than 1,500. Eight of the 13 towns ranked in Louth were above the average with Dundalk and Drogheda placed in a similar position, just above average, but with Dundalk facing lower levels in inward migration and higher unemployment, The strongest town in Louth is Termonfeckin which was placed 34th the in the national survey. Overall Louth, which is averaged in the report at 121, is ranked as the fifth strongest county in Ireland, however Teagasc who published the report stress that analysis of the rankings indicates that the large differences in the strength and weaknesses show that a one size fits all solution


n t -Vast differences in the fates pof Louth towns over the past -few years have been revealed in a recent report from agriculeture agency Teagasc. The report, which details the economic edeprivation of Irish towns, sees ythe majority of Louth towns lie above the national average but lonly one in the top 25%. d The two Louth towns with the lowest ranking are Castletown at 279, while Ardee was placed at 259. Dromiskin (ranked 162) and Ballymascanlon (181) also .fell below the national average -levels. l The survey was compiled by considering the levels of unemployment and inward migration in towns with a population more











Pictured at Fairyhouse Races over the Easter bank holiday weekend were (l-r) Mairead McGuinness MEP, Evelyn Fallon, Dundalk and Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

Candidates warned over posters on Giro d’Italia cycle route

Candidates in the coming local election have been warned to remove any posters that have been erected along the Giro D’Italia route. Failure to remove them will result in a fine and the local authorities taking the poster down anyways candidates were told. Louth County Council requested that candidates refrain from putting up any election material along the route by asking them to agree to a ‘poster promise.’ However some candidates posters appeared both north and

south of Dundalk where Giro cyclists will pass through. Senator Mary Moran says she is so concerned about the impact the posters will have on Giro fans she has contacted the Transport and tourism ministers. “Our election posters will not mean much to the millions of viewers on TV across the world, and indeed I believe they will only serve to distract from the beauty of our countryside. “We have an opportunity to showcase our country along the route and I believe we should do

all we can to highlight the beauty of our country. “I have contacted Ministers Hogan and Varadkar to express my concerns and I am calling for the posters to be removed along the route for the weekend of the race,” she said. “This is a non-political event let’s use the opportunity to show that everyone can work together to show our country at its best. If unanimous agreement has been reached on this matter in the North then I believe we should also follow suit,” she added.

Appeal for pet

A MID Louth family are appealing for help in finding their dog that has been missing since Sunday April 27. The white Bichon Frieze, called Sally, has been missing from the family home in Togher, and a substantial reward has been offered for her safe return. She has a yellow high viz collor, is neutered, micro chipped and unusual for her breed has a light brown nose. Text or call 086-8180377.




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Friends and family celebrate as Brendan wins Voice of Ireland title

From Page 1 He had been installed as a warm favourite to lift the Voice of Ireland title having impressed judges from his very first blind audition. Born in Magheracloone and living in Shercock the 37 year old father of one has strong local connections having worked in Conor Hughes ‘Beat it’ shop in Blackrock for years. His wife Marion has strong Ardee connections and according to Brendan her uncle Seamus was leading the celebrations in Ardee Golf Club on Sunday evening when Brendan’s name was called out. “Marion’s uncle Seamus and all his

Brendan with Conor Hughes and Niall Breslin

friends and family have been meeting up in Ardee Golf Club watching me in the live shows each Sunday and I hear there was great excitement on Sunday when I was lucky enough to be crowned the winner. “It’s been just a mad weekend and I really want to thank every single person in the country who took the time to vote

for me and help me win,” acknowledged Brendan. Brendan, who is dad to three-year-old Noah, said already his gigs are getting a bigger crowd and he hopes people will like his album when it is released. He added: “I don’t know what will happen but I’ll give this a huge effort. The Voice has given me a platform and it’s up to me to

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make the most of this opportunity, get myself out there, let people hear what I sound like when I write my own songs.” “We’ve had such an amazing time and this show has given me the platform I needed to go on to bigger and hopefully better things. I hope you will continue on the journey with me as I try to establish myself as the artist I always wanted to be.” added Brendan. Brendan’s new single ‘You can’t judge a book by it’s cover’ is now available on iTunes to buy. As part of his prize he also gets to record an album with Universal Records which he hopes to get started on soon.

Local cyclists impress C p at national events It was another weekend of big racing for Ireland’s cyclists. The premier event of the weekend was the Shay Elliott Memorial, a race that has been running for over 50years held in memory of Ireland’s first professional cyclists and former yellow jersey wearer at the Tour de France. Held in Co. Wicklow the race covers 140km and features the dreaded Shay Elliott climb. The day was not made any easier by the constant wind and rain that battered the riders from start to finish. Cuchulainn had five men line up in the race and Michael Barry was having a great ride before bad luck intervened and he crashed out of the winning break on a greasy bend, forcing him to abandon. The rest of the riders all came home in the main bunch after a very

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Michael Barry leads the Shay Elliott Memorial Race

wet day with Alan Grey moving up in the sprint to take a top 10 position in the A2 Category. On Sunday the action moved to County Meath’s Bohermeen, were the course was considerably flatter. In the A4 race Alan Bingham continued his recent good form and placed in the top six, which sees

him earn enough points to move up a category to A3. In the main race,. which was 135km long, Gary Shiels and Kenny Sullivan came home in the main bunch, with Gary taking 5th in the A2 category. The IVCA League, where Cuchulainn riders have been so dominant

o c a i t over the years, contin-i b ued on Sunday. r However, such is m their reputation thata they are heavily marked and despite being actives from the drop of thes flag any green and redm jersey was very heav-t ily marked, not allow-t ing the Dundalk mens to feature amongst thec b results. l t i

Patrick Dunne formerly of Thomas, Claire and Kevin, sis- Norah Lawless Mulholland Dunlair House, Athlumney, ters Kathleen and Vera, neph- Avenue, Dundalk, peacefully Navan and Dundalk, at Our ews, nieces, relatives and in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on April 28. Nora, beloved Lady’s Hospital, Navan on friends. Tuesday April 22. Sadly missed Bridget King Grange, Knock- sister of Geraldine, Nan, Sheila by his wife Caroline, daughter bridge, Dundalk, peacefully in (Lynch) and Billy. Deeply reLesley Ann, father Joe, mother Blackrock Abbey Nursing gretted by her brother and sisAlice, brother Paul (Dundalk), Home on Sunday April 27. ters, brother-in-law Phil, and sister Irene (Johnstown, Nav- Bridget, beloved sister of Jack sister-in-law Ann, nephews, an), relatives, friends and mu- and Peggy. Deeply regretted nieces relatives and friends. sician friends. by her brother, sister, brother- ROSE HANLON, Gaultrimsland, in-law, nephews, nieces, rela- Riverstown, Dundalk peaceElizabeth Turnbull (nee tives and friends. fully, in her 80th year, in Our Allen), Strandhill, Clogherhead, and formerly of Huyton, Dahmane Hocine Dromin Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Liverpool peacefully at Our and Kabyle Art Gallery Dun- Drogheda on Monday April Lady of Lourdes Hospital on leer peacefully at Our Lady of 28. Beloved wife of the late Tuesday April 22. Elizabeth Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda Jimmie. She will be sadly (Liz), beloved mum of Michael, on Sunday April 27. Sadly missed by her son Jimmie, Matthew, Rebecca and Ciara. missed by his wife Mary (Bren- daughters Mary (Brannock), Sadly missed by her loving nan), daughters Kia and Nadia, Anne (Carroll) and Josephine children, husband Stuart, sis- brother Madjid and family in (O’Doherty), sons-in-law Amters Mary and Margaret, broth- Algeria, extended family rela- brose, John and Christopher, grandchildren Stalina, Denise er John, brothers-in-law tives and friends. George and James, sister-in- Ann McCullough Lawless- and John, great-grandchildren law Christine, nephew Michael, town, Dunleer unexpectedly Gerard and Erin, brothers nieces Julia and Paula, rela- at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospi- Michael and Tommy, sister Members of the Glenmuir Academy U-6 abd U-7 players at training over the weekend tal Drogheda on Thursday Margaret, nephews, nieces, tives and friends. April 24. Deeply regretted by relatives and friends. Andrej STUPIN Vincent Ave- her sisters Maureen (Grace), nue, Dundalk, and formerly of Rosemary (Pender) Luton, KATHLEEN McCRAVE (née the Ukraine on Tuesday April brothers Thomas Gerry and Martin), 43 Pearse Park, Dun22. Sadly missed by his loving Sean, her partner Brendan, dalk, peacefully in Dealgan mother Lena, sister Svetlana, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, Nursing Home on Tuesday son Viktor, family relatives and nephews, nieces, relatives and April 29. Kathleen predeceased by her husband Edfriends in Ukraine and Ireland friends. ward (Edwin) and son Ronnie. Angela Treanor (née Josie Callaghan Roods- Very deeply regretted by her O’Hanlon) Jenkinstown, Dun- town, Ardee, peacefully at loving family sons Edward, dalk, peacefully, at her resi- Moorehall lodge nursing Andrew and Kieran, daughters dence, surrounded by her home on Saturday April 26. Geraldine, Sandra, Catriona, family on Thursday April 24. Loving mother of Vera, Dick Janett, Lorraine and Sharon, Beloved wife of the late Peter and Tom, mother in law of Ro- brothers Eamon and Terry, sisand dear mother of Adrienne, saleen and Peter. Deeply re- ters Carol and Frances, sons Paraic, Angeline and Gerard. gretted by her loving children, in-law, daughters in-law, nephShe will be sadly missed by son in law, daughter in law, ews, nieces, grandchildren, her sorrowing daughters, sons, grandchildren, great grand- great-grandchild extended sons-in-law Dominic and John, children, nephews, nieces rela- family relatives neighbours and friends. grandchildren Grace, Peter, tives, friends and neighbours. Members of the Glenmuir Academy U-6 abd U-7 players at training over the weekend


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Call for stronger action to prevent diesel laundering

SINN Fein’s Gerry Adams has criticised new Government efforts to tackle illegal fuel laundering and joined the chorus of organisations in the area calling for a different approach. A dye that is impossible to ‘wash’ out of fuel is set to be introduced to agricultural diesel aiming to stop the criminal gangs who use chemicals to remove the current green identifying colour from the commercial fuel. In the past a number of stakeholders have criticised the continuation of using dyes as identifiers suggesting that methods of removing the new marker will be found, and it could result in even more toxic materials being dumped around County Louth. It has regularly been suggested from local stakeholders that the most effective way to tackle the problem is to introduce a rebate system for farmers who could claim their costs back. The Sinn Fein leader added his voice to the call for a change in policy.

“The only effective means of closing down this illegal activity is to end the differential between agricultural and non-agricultural diesel. The Government needs to introduce in its place a system where farmers can reclaim a rebate on their fuel costs based on vouched expenditure”, he said. Out of all the border counties, Louth is paying the price for the continuation of the illicit diesel trade most acutely. Almost €5m has been spent on clearing up after diesel laundering dumps across the border region, in the past six years. However, the vast majority, €4.1m has been spent on cleaning-up after diesel laundering in Louth alone. Over the past six years there have been 490 indcidents of dumping in Louth, 406 in Monaghan and 10 diesel laundries have been closed in Louth since 2010 with 33 being shut-down across the border region. As well as funding criminal gangs, the il-

legal fuel trade takes a considerable toll on drivers who unwittingly use the fuel. The washed diesel is infused with chemicals that can do catastrophic damage to car engines and fuel systems. Between 2012 and 2013 87 filling stations were closed along the border for selling illegal fuel. However the Irish Petroleum Industry Association estimates that there are as many as 120 illegal sites in Ireland, focused on the border region. These operations are costing the Irish taxpayer an estimated €155m per year. “The only guaranteed means of ending this lucrative trade is to have a single tariff for diesel. A common approach could then be adopted to rebate to farmers the additional costs incurred in fuel purchases”, said Deputy Adams. He also called for an increase in the penalties which range from €5k and prison sentence to €126k and five years in prison. In response Envi-

Female dancers who will be taking part in the Togher Strictly Come Dancing

Celebrate Bealtaine Festival in library

LOUTH County Libraries has announced a schedule of events to celebrate Bealtaine 2014. This year’s Bealtaine Festival theme is ‘And Catch the Heart off Guard’ a line from Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Postscript’ about the Flaggy Shore in Clare. The Bealtaine Festival is an opportunity for people to try something new, and Dundalk Library has a varied programme of events to suit everyone’s tastes. Events include: May 8 at 11am: An Introduction to Still Life Drawing. May 8 and 9 at 10am: Getting the Most From your Mobile Phone (attend both days). May 13 at 11am: ‘Bringing Back the Memories of Dundalk in the Old Days’ Reminiscence session with Harry Lee. May 15 at 11am: An Introduction to Art History – The Early Impressionists.June 12 at 2.30pm; Bealtaine Table Quiz. Tel: 9353190, email:

ronment Minister Pat Hogan said he believes the most effective way to combat the trade was through co-ordinated enforcement of the law from both a revenue and waste management perspective. “I am confident that

it has proven effective in supporting the identification and targeting of the organised crime gangs, many of whom have links to paramilitaries and former paramilitaries, that are responsible for the bulk of Male dancers who will be taking part in the Togher Strictly Come Dancing fuel fraud”, he said.




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Turas Thanks

Turas Counselling services have had a successful funding drive in the Longwalk and are already planning another. The alcohol addiction support service opened a pop-up shop in a Longwalk Unit to whom they were very grateful. They also expressed their thanks to those who donated or purchased items.

Car Boot Sale

A car boot and used furniture sale will be held in Readypenny Inn car park on Sunday May 4 at Noon. Proceeds in aid of Ardee Hospice. €10 per car boot. Contact Margaret 086 2381030.

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Great chance to get up Schedules available close to Giro d’Italia race for agricultural show Cycling Ireland are offering people the chance to get up close and personal with the Giro peloton by signing up to become an official Giro D’Italia Marshal for the Republic of Ireland leg of Stage Three. If you are interested in being part of the Giro and volunteering to be a Marshal, please complete the following survey, where you can either select the training day of your choice, or wait for a date and venue that is more suitable for you. Once you complete the training day you will be entered in a draw for a number of prizes.

SURVEY ( The Giro d’Italia is a three week international stage race taking place in May, and this year Ireland has been selected as the host for the Grande Partenza, or the Big Start, which will take place from May 9 to 11. Two stages will be held in the North and the third stage starts in Armagh, before travelling through Louth, Meath and Dublin, finishing up in Merrion Square in Dublin City. With over half a million spectators anticipated, this is a real opportunity for you to be at the

heart of the action, acting as an official Giro marshal along the route. Cycling Ireland is coordinating the marshals for final leg of the Giro journey, and will be offering marshal training and information to marshals over the coming weeks. Please note that this event is open to both Cycling Ireland members and non-Cycling Ireland members. Further information contact: Gary McNulty, Volunteer Coordinator, Cycling Ireland. Email: Mobile: 00 353 83 3710444.

Schedules for the 2014 Co. Louth Agricultural Show which takes place in Bellurgan Park on June 15 are now available. Schedules can be acquired at and details of the classes are available on the website www. with all interests catered for. Entries for all the different classes are now being sought and the closing date is June 7. As usual there are classes for children which cover Flowers, Baking, Crafts, Art, Writing, Special Needs Baking and Art, Home Industries which in-

clude Baking and Preserves, Crochet, Knitting, Crafts, Woodwork, Photography and Art. There is a Horticultural section covering Flowers, Containers and Vegetables. The Poultry section continues to expand and includes Waterfowl, Hens, Ducks, Eggs, Game Birds and Pigeons. In the Livestock section, there are classes for Horses and Ponies, Cattle, Sheep and Alpacas. There will be classes for dogs and different sections of the show will have All Ireland Qualifiers. Applications are also being invited for trade stands.

Dundalk FC ‘A Night At The Dogs’ at Dundalk Stadium Dundalk FC are holding a fundraiser on Saturday 3rd May; A Night at the Dogs at Dundalk Stadium. Last year’s event proved a real hit with everyone who attended and the club hope to better it this term. Live music will begin at 6:30pm and the first race com-

mencing at 7:50pm. Dinner will be served from 8pm. There are also a number of bar promotions available on arrival for diners as well as a band performing after the last race, so everyone is sure of a good night’s entertainment. There are many ways in which you can support this fundraiser; General Admission to the race

track is priced at €10, while tickets for the 4 course dinner and music afterwards are €50. There are sponsorship options on both races and dogs. Information and tickets are available from any club official and from the office in Oriel throughout the week, right up until the race meeting.

L-R: Fundraising Committee Members; AnnMarie Brown, Owen Fee, Greg Molly Commercial Manager, Paul Brown, Gerry King, Margaret Curtis, Dan Smyth, John McArdle, Des Donleavy. Front: Stephen O’Donnell Captain and Keith Ward with Nic Nak.

Jinx Lennon At The Spirit Store

Danielle Flood, Becky Taaffe and Ian Sweeney

Gerry Dillon and Ed Connolly

The Rollers, Ruairi Barnes, Jimi Staff ord, David Bellew and Conor Donegan

udia Sophie Coyle and Cynthia Iso-Idem

Adam Eakins and Andrew O’Brien

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Over to you QUESTION: The local elections are nearly here. Do you think it is important to vote?

James Wynne I think it’s very important to vote. If you don’t vote you can’t complain when things go wrong.

Sam McArdle It is definitely important. The system is designed to give everybody a chance to give some input into how the country is run.

Geraldine Gartland I don’t think it’s important at all. It doesn’t make any difference at all who gets in as far as I can see.


Nat O’Hanlon

Brian Lennon

It’s always important to vote. There are many people around the world who don’t have that basic right and it’s important we appreciate our ability to choose our politicians.

I would say it’s important to vote but at the same time I’d say it probably doesn’t matter who gets in as there is not too much difference between them.

‘Love-Hungry Farmer’ set for An Tain Theatre performance Des Keogh, one of Ireland’s foremost actors and entertainers, will bring his hugely successful show, ‘The LoveHungry Farmer’ to Dundalk on Friday May 9 for one performance only at An Tain Theatre in the Town Hall.

Based on John B Keane’s best-selling book, ‘Letters of a Love-Hungry Farmer’, and adapted for the stage by Des himself, the show has beenone of the most popular shows in Ireland and abroad in the last decade, and continues

to find new audiences. It tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor of indeterminate age and according to his own assessment, ‘past his best’. McLane’s amorous adventures range from the hilarious to

the pitiful. The Love-Hungry Farmer began its life in the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York before being performed in Ireland to huge acclaim. Des Keogh received a Best Actor nomination when

he performed the show at the Edinburgh Festival. Des Keogh, who celebrated 50 years as a professional actor in 2013, has been a constant presence on both the Abbey Theatre and Gate Theatre stages.

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Simple as ABC for election candidate Dundalk Town Councillor Sean Bellew has announced that he is running for the coming local elections as an independent candidate. The Former Fianna Fail councillor will run in the Dundalk South constituency. “It has been an honour to represent the people of Dundalk on the Town Council for the previous five years. I would now like to offer myself before the people of Dundalk South, to continue representing the town on the new Council,” said Cllr Bellew who has been on the council since 2009. “I am campaigning on the platform of ‘ABC’ as I stand for Accountability, Business and Community.” On accountability Cllr Bellew said “With resources as scarce as they are, it is unacceptable that wastage and duplication of expenditure should occur. When

Cllr Sean Bellew

such careless spending of public funds does occur, it is vital that those responsible for that spending be brought to account.” Cllr Bellew says that the council must do whatever it can to support local businesses. “In June 2013, I proposed a motion before the Town Council, calling on the government to change the 19th Century law at means that a new occupier of a premises can be made liable for unpaid rates of a previous occupant.

This motion has since received support in other councils throughout the country. “I have also passed motions calling for local authorities to favour local businesses for contracts, whenever possible. If elected, I will continue to support and promote local businesses,” he said adding that he would oppose any increase in commercial rates. Making a community a better place to live is at the core of his campaign he says. “This includes co-operating with the Gardaí to combat antisocial behaviour, and also assisting and supporting local sporting, voluntary and residents’ groups.” Cllr Bellew joins six other independent candidates contesting in Dundalk South, Oliver Morgan, Mark Fitzsimons, Eamon O Boyle, Brian O’Neill and Maeve Yore.

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R b H i o a G c b T Dundalk Stadium joins the ranks in welcoming the Giro d’Italia to Dundalk and turning pink! h Dundalk Stadium will be opening it’s car park to the public on Sunday 11th May so spectators can park up and make their way to h viewing positions from the Lisdoo into town. f i f a a t i t c C “This is a unique time for the commu- dalk Simon Community will launch their After two successful conferences hostT ed by the Louth Community and Volun- nity in Louth we now have an opportunity new Human Rights Advocacy toolkit. This r tary Forum they are holding a conference to shape how the future is going to look , conference is being held to facilitate the Community & Voluntary sector’s voicen on May 15 in the Boyne Valley Hotel, come along and have your voice heard. “To help us do this, our guest speaker but also to celebrate the work volunteers inb Drogheda from 4:30pm to 9:30pm. The conference will be around the theme is John Lonergan, the former Governor of Louth carry out. To end the conference ina of ‘Our Community, Our Voice’ as there Mountjoy Prison, who has many years ex- partnership with the Louth Volunteer Cen-fi are currently a lot of changes happening perience in voicing the issues communities tre we are hosting a Volunteer appreciationI t evening with refreshments. within local communities and the organ- face”, explained Mr Moran. The conference is free but places areo The work of some of the Community isers have identified a need to make sure local voices are still being heard, accord- groups registered with the forum will be limited but can be booked through theE ing to Louth Community and Voluntary showcased throughout the conference and CDB Secretariat, louthcommunityforum@w m one of the member organisations the Dun- Forum Chairperson Kevin Moran.

Conference to highlight importance of local voice

Jinx Lennon At The Spirit Store

Tony Tynan and Siobhan Owens enjo yed Jinx Lennon at the Spirit Store

Paula Flynn and David Manning

Jimmy Falcon, Owen Slevin, Jack Falco n,

Dan Gleesak, Nathan Shiel and Callu m Duffy

on Friday night

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Fergus Keenan and Christabel Kearns

Louth to benefit from an improved broadband service

Rural areas being brought up to speed. Highspeed broadband is set to be rolled out across rural areas in Louth as the Government invest in communities that have been left behind. The availability of high-speed broadband has major implications for businesses and industry as well as for the domestic users and this new venture aims to stop rural towns lagging behind in what is considered the key infrastructural component of the 21st Century. To date over 1,000 rural communities nationally have already been identified as target areas for the proposed fibre-optic connections. It is envisaged that telecommunications operators such as Eircom, UPC and Sky will be able to offer multiple services off

the new fibre network. For the past few years rural areas have been denied the some commercial plans and models that have been on offer in more urban areas due to the lack of high speed connections to the network. Residents in these areas have had to use boosters for wireless signals and regularly deal with slow download and streaming speeds as well as the frustration of waiting on a webpage to load. But no more. In Co Louth the rollout begins in Baltray, Beaulieu, Blackrock, Dromin, Grangebellew, Greenore, Jenkinstown, Kilcurly, Monasterboice, Mullins Cross, Newtown, Readypenny, Smarmore and Stabannon. This is an initial list and further locations may be identified as the mapping process continues.

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Football club’s 40th anniversary bash attracting great interest The organisers of a night to celebrate Bay United Football Club’s 40th anniversary of Bay United’s 40th anniversary have been hugely encouraged by the response to the event. The soccer club, which is one of the bestknown in Dundalk, will host a special function in the Lisdoo on Saturday May 24 and are hoping that as many people as possible with links to the club will attend. A great effort has been put in by the organising committee over the past number of months and that has paid dividends as a large crowd is expected to attend. Tickets for the event have just been released and Colm O’Hanrahan of the committee is urging people not to leave it to the last minute. “We had a lot of people coming to us to reserve tickets before they actually went on sale so that is a good start. We want as many as possible to attend on the night as it promises to be a


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National Vigil For Life Local Pro Life Campaign volunteers have organised buses from Louth to this Saturday’s National Vigil For Life, which starts at 3pm, in Merrion Square, Dublin. The pro-life vigil will be an opportunity for people to show their opposition to the Government’s controversial new abortion law, which came into force at the start of 2014.

The Bay Utd team that one of the first to represent the club in the Dundalk Sumer League

great event with plenty to catch up on from the last 40 years. “So far there has been a big demand so I would urge people who plan to go to get their tickets as places will be limited”, added Colm. To help jog people’s memories of the teams of the past, the organising committee are calling on people with photographs or information from the last four decades to come forward. One of the big attractions on the night is certain to be the unveiling

of a number of all star teams that represented the club in different eras. Nomination forms are currently available from committee members for those who wish to select a team. The celebrations on May 24 will commence at the club grounds on the Rock Road where there will be two matches played while there will be bouncy castles and entertainment for children. Bay Football Club was founded in 1974 by Brian Mulholland (RIP),

Frank Quinn (RIP), and Breffni Rowan and in that first year the club entered an under 11 team in the Dundalk Schoolboys League. From that humble start the Club has grown and over the years has won every Cup and League in all divisions of Dundalk Schoolboy Football. Colm O’Hanrahan of the organising committee is encouraging as many former players and members as possible to take part in the events.

“Over the past 40 years we have had thousands of players line out with the club and it would be great if people made an effort to celebrate this occasion. “We have had some brilliant teams in the past featuring some great players, including five internationals”, explained Colm. Anyone who has photographs or information, or would like tickets should contact Colm at 087 27991774 or Darren Keough at 087 2259697 (after 6pm).

People who wish to travel on buses to the National Vigil For Life can contact (085) 871 1100.

Get Into Walking Louth Local Sports Partnership have organised a free “Get Into Walking” Workshop on Thursday May 8 from 6 to 8pm in Dowdallshill GFC. The workshop covers health benefits of walking, how to plan a walking programme, ideas on how to form your own walking group and safety tips. Booking is essential please phone Celine on 042-9324318 or e-mail before May 5.

Jinx Lennon At The Spirit Store

Fionnuala Kerley, Mairead O'Reilly and Lisa

Aymeric Barrier and Kevin Buffet

The Rollers in action in Support of Griffin

Curtis Morris and Cillian Dullaghan

Jinx Lennon at the Spirit Store on Frida y night

Paul Hanratty

David Patrick Doris

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Róisín takes to stage in Carlingford

On Sunday 11th May the Carlingford Heritage Centre will play host to local violinist Róisín Dooley. Following on from a sold out concert performance where Róisín was solo artist with the Fr McNally Chamber Orchestra in November last, Róisín makes a welcome return to the Carlingford Heritage Centre to once again showcase her undoubted talents. A former pupil of Fr Brendan McNally, Róisín is a regular performer with Castleward Opera, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra and the Fr McNally Chamber Orchestra. She gave her first ever

solo recital at the Carlingford Heritage Centre back in 2006 and since then she has graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Performance at Cork School of Music under the tutelage of Ruxandra Petcu-Colan. Róisín’s forthcoming solo performance at the Heritage Centre is sure to leave audience members both exhilarated and mesmerised as she displays exceptional interpretational and technical skills in delivering a programme spanning through the ages from Bach to Gershwin.

Shaun Kennedy and Isabel Corrigan who are taking part in Strictly Come Dancing

Excitement building ahead of Strictly Come Dancing Roisin Dooley

With only days, if not hours remaining, the excitement is building in the Togher area ahead of the forthcoming Strictly Come Dancing. Thirty-two volunteers have gone through five weeks of intensive training and practice in preparation for the main event which takes place next Saturday night in the TLT in Drogheda. The 16 couples will battle it out on stage to see who will take first place in this highly anticipated event. The top five couples will be decided on a combination of judges’ votes and votes sold to the general public on and before the event. Once the top five couples complete the danceoff, the judges alone will decide who will be crowned champion. The judging line-up includes GAA legends Peter Fitzpatrick

and Oisin McConville along with Dancworx owner, Donna Bradley and local celebrity Rosaleen Butterly. Steering committee chairman Mark McArdle reflects on the effort that the dancers have put in for the event. “It’s a tribute to each and every one of them for the time and commitment they have given to this fundraiser. As well as taking part in umpteen training and practice sessions, the dancers have collected sponsorship and sold a huge amount of tickets for the TLT. “There are a few stray tickets left here and there, but all 900 tickets are in circulation and we expect the night to be a sell out. Anyone who hasn’t yet got their ticket should contact me and I will do my best to help out”, he added.

Funds raised in this event will go towards the development of the grounds in Ballygassan where the club hope to purchase adjoining lands for a second pitch and develop the existing facilities. It is a joint effort between the senior, ladies and juvenile football clubs and the local camogie club. “It is the single biggest event that the combined clubs have ever undertaken and given the commitment from all involved, we would have no hesitation in taking on larger projects in the future – but we’ll get this one out of the way first”, explained Mark. The committee kindly ask everyone attending to arrive early as seats are unreserved. Doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start.

Vantastival kicks off the music festival season

THE idyllic surroundings of Bellurgan Park are set to become the home of the first festival of the season with Vantastival taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The diverse line-up sees Hothouse Flowers and Fight Like Apes take top billing with some 70 artists playing on the festivals three main

stages over three days. In keeping with their distinctly Irish aura the line-up is a bounty of the country’s finest musicians including The Barley Mob, Sleep Thieves, The Vincent’s and the Hot Sprokets. There is a also a strong local presence on the line-up with Jinx Lennon among the top billing acts and David Keenen

whose reputations as a impressive singer songwriter and engaging performer is growing rapidly. Evil Presidentes, Words That Burn, I’d Fight Gandhi, The Gakk, Icarus Rising and Beached Whales all with a strong base in Dundalk are also set play over the weekend. There are a host of quirky extras at

Vantastival, not least the rainbow of classic VW vans that enthusiasts display proudly. This year there is a Star Wars themed Sunday, May the 4th (be with you), and Cully & Sully Campervan Cook-off, and The Spirit Store unplugged stage. Vantastival kicks off this year on Friday May 2 and runs until Sunday night. Tickets are €95.

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Soul band to play Spirit Store EvEnt GuidE niamh fionnbarra Gfc presents

strictly coME dancinG

Saturday 3rd May Available from Nh Fionnbarra GFC Tickets €25 or St. Annes Camogie Club committee Brother Shabo & the Soul Rebels will play the Spirit Store

May Bank Holiday Line Up Friday 2nd May

Karaoke with Just Jane Saturday 3rd May live music with

Back pages Sunday 4th May live music with

Dirty Harry from 6.30 Followed By live music with

last orders till late Monday 5th May

Dirty Harry is back All Sporting Events Shown On Our All New TV Screens Including Sky Sport & BT Sport. All Pints & Longnecks Only €3.60 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 7pm till late & Saturdays and Sundays during Premiership Matches. Parties catered for – We can arrange the music & finger food if required

Saturday May 3 marks Brother Shabo & the Soul Rebels third appearance in Dundalk’s Spirit Store. Founded by vocalist/guitarist Wa’el Shabo & lead/slide guitarist Mark Lynch in June 2012, this Navan-based soul show band, composed of 10 talented eclectic musicians, has performed in many venues throughout Louth and Meath. Influenced by Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Al Green and Aretha Franklin to name a few, this diverse band takes you on an incredible journey back to 60/70s Motown with their unique

mix of organic soul and hard-hitting gritty funk. Known for its energetic live performances, this band puts its own twist on the standards and introduces audiences to unfamiliar funky gems and a few modern surprises. A true show band, ‘Brother Shabo & the Soul Rebels’ don’t just perform, they entertain the crowd so if you want to experience a groove-driven, soul-drenched ride through some of the most iconic soul & funk classics of all time then do not miss this show.

Dundalk date for star of the West End TO CELEBRATE the release of his debut single on June 2 this year, West End Singer, AJ Lewis, will be performing in The Spirit Store on June 3. AJ has enjoyed a varied career with highlights that have included being under consideration for Eurovision selection, starring in the West End musical, Thriller Live, taking on the lead role of Michael Jackson and wowing audiences with his vocal talents. He has also appeared in shows all over Europe as well as at the West End that include him starring in Soul Train, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Dancing in the Streets, Blues Brothers, Show Boat, Jerry Springer the Opera, Porgy and Bess and Up Against the Wall. AJ has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and was also part of Channel 5’s “Don’t Stop Believing Supergroup”. People that have seen him perform live have been blown away by how talented an individual he is. AJ was brought up in Southampton and currently lives in London, but he has Irish roots.

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Family Notices

Speech and drama Easter camp

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

in memoriam


NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours. This time I ask you for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in his CUTHBERT merciful eyes it will become your favour, not 17th Anniversary mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise In loving memory of dearest Kenneth who publication and favours will be granted. (never went to God around this time 1997, aged known to fail). G.S. only 46, late of 2 Pearse Park, Point Road and Sheffield, England. thanksgiving A Heart of Corn Stopped Beating. —From your Brother Eric, The Bungalows, Thanks for favours received, Jesus Mary & Joseph the Sacred Heart, Saint Martin, Pearse Park, Dundalk. Saint Theresa. God of The Devine Mercy. Thanksgiving Novena To St Jude. O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all invoke your special patronage in time of need, to you I have recourse from the depths of my heart great assistance. Help me in my present and ur weekly Deadline for urgent petition. In return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. St. Jude, pray for us all who invoke your aid. Amen. Say three Our Fathers, three is 4pm Fridays prior to Hall Mary’s and Gloria’s. Publication must be Wednesday publication promised. This Novena has never been known to fail. I have my request granted. Publication promised. C.R.

Students who took part in a speech and drama camp over Easter with teacher Mary Richardson. The children attending the Drama camp were aged between five and 10 years and had different levels of experience in drama. Photo—Back row: Lily McElroy, Sophie Woulfe, Geordan Richardson, Sarah Richardson, Rebecca Crawley, Michael Quigley, Donnchadh O`Dunlaing. Front row: Svetlana Murphy, Ruby McElroy, Daniel Moane, Zoe Richardson, Megan McEvoy, Lucy Murphy, Grace Crawley.

North Louth Hospice Fundraiser


Family Notices

The North Louth Hospice is holding a special event in aid of the Irish Cancer Society this Sunday, April 27.The fork out for Cancer “Let’s do Lunch Ladies” takes place in the Ballymascanlon Hotel, at 12.30 pm. Ticket prices are €50 which includes a Presecco reception, four course meal with wine and entertainment on the day.

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The new MERC 400SL

Mercedes have introduced the SL 400 to replace the SL 350 model, it has gone on sale priced from £72,500 and deliveries will start in July 2014. The Mercedes Benz SL 400 is powered by a new EU6 compliant 2996cc six-cylinder bi-turbo engine outputting 333 hp / 480 Nm of torque. The 0-100km(62mph) time is 5.2 seconds with a limited top speed of 249kph(155mph). The official combined fuel consumption is recorded at 7.7L/100km(36.7mpg) with CO2 emissions of 178 g/km. The SL 400 Sport is equipped with 19” AMG 5-spoke alloy wheels as well as AMG front and rear aprons and side skirts, a boot lid spoiler in body colour and sports suspension. Other standard equipment includes Frontbass and Magic Vision Control, both the SL 400 and SL 500 will also now feature a DAB tuner and Tyre Pressure Monitoring.

new lexus nx

Lexus are debuting their new premium compact crossover at this month’s Beijing motor show; it is their first entry into this market. It will take on the likes of the Range Rover Evoque and Audi’s Q5. It will go on sale across the world in the second half of 2014. The Lexus NX SUV will be available with three powertrains, a 2.5-litre 195 bhp hybrid in the NX 300h; a new, a 235 bhp 2.0-litre petrol turbo unit in the NX 200t; and naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine in the NX 200. Front and all-wheel drive versions will be available, together with Lexus’s stop and start system. Some models will be available with Lexus’s next-generation Adaptive Variable Suspension. Linked to the vehicle’s Drive Mode Select system, this can change the level of damping force to improve comfort and reduce body roll. There will be a comprehensive safety package that includes a new, full-range Panoramic View Monitor, all-speed Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and head-up display.

new mini paceman The 2+2 MINI Paceman has been revised for 2014, with a fresh new look and feel. There have also been tweaks under the bonnet to reduce emissions and boost efficiency. The Paceman engines now all meet the meet EU6 exhaust emission standards with an improvement in both fuel economy and CO2 emissions. To increase efficiency there has been a rework of the air ducting, wheel bearings with a lower friction coefficient have been fitted along with lighter wheels and tyres with a reduced rolling resistance.

The Paceman S see an increase in power output and now develops 190bhp and increase of 6bhp with a drop in CO2 emissions from 143g/km to 139g/km. The other models have seen a reduction with the Cooper Paceman now outputting 137 g/km, Cooper D (111 g/km) and SD (119 g/ km). There exterior sees new larger headlamps, there are new paint finishes including Jungle Green metallic and Midnight Grey metallic. And LED fog lights are now standard to compliment the LED daytime running lights.

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The Volkswagen Touareg is getting a makeover for 2015 with a refreshed new look. The front of the Touareg features larger bi-xenon headlights; there is a deeper new front grille with four instead of two horizontal fins and a redesigned bumper to give it the appearance of a wider stance. The rear gets a new rear diffuser between the twin tailpipes and LED rear fog lights integrated in the bumper. The exterior is completed with new door mirror caps, a range of new wheel designs and new paint colours. The interior sees a new range of colours for the leather with new design accents and lighting. There have been some revisions to the technology and there are new safety features. All models will feature an automatic post-collision braking system, bixenon headlights and a coasting function on the eight-speed automatic gearbox. This last feature utilises the vehicle’s kinetic energy when driving downhill or when acceleration is not needed. As on existing Volkswagen models with coasting, it can be deacti-

vated temporarily by simply tapping and releasing the brake pedal, or switched off through the vehicle’s systems. The ADC automatic distance control (an option) has been revised. The ADC system, utilises a radar sensor to detect the distance from the car in front, maintaining a preselected speed and automatically braking or accelerating in traffic. It now includes a city emergency braking function, which can automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic. Low rolling resistance tyres, stop/ start and battery regeneration systems are now standard, and both V6 TDI engines meet EU6 emissions. The output of entry-level 3.0-litre V6 TDI remains the same at 204 PS, while the previous 245 PS unit now offers 258 PS. Fuel efficiency has increased for both models, and emissions correspondingly reduced. The 204 PS engine now returns a combined cycle 6.6L/100km(42.8mpg) and 174 g/km of CO2 (previously 7L/100km(40.4mpg) and 184 g/km), while the 258 PS model returns 6.8L/100km(41.5mpg) and 178 g/km.





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