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Facebook friends walk down the aisle Wednesday, 22nd August, 2012. Vol. 5, Issue 34 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email:;

By Niamh Kirk

It was a wedding with a difference for Dundalk couple Elizabeth and David McCabe which may never have happened without social network Facebook. Elizabeth lived in Cedarwood Park, and David lived just one door up, but like many these days they didn’t really know each other well despite living in the same neighbourhood. “I’d know him to say ‘hello’ when passing but not much more than that” said Elizabeth. He sent Elizabeth a friend request on Facebook and she accepted and so the first connection beyond neighbourly friendliness was established. But one night four years ago Elizabeth found that her printer was broken and it was the night before an essay

for college was due in at 9am. Saviour was needed and David came to the rescue after Elizabeth sought help from her Facebook friends. They continued to ‘chat’ on facebook and soon after, he sent Elizabeth a chat message asking her out and the rest, as they say, is history. They got married in the Redeemer Church on August 18 when the benefits of life online were called upon once again during the ceremony. Elizabeth’s brother and niece were unable to attend the wedding, but that didn’t stop them from being there, as in the second row of the church sat a laptop with a Skype feed ensuring family who could be there in person didn’t miss her big day. They then travelled to the Continued on Page 22

Pay up or see services cut By Niamh Kirk

Met on Facebook, now they are married

Photo by Gerry Duffy at

The pressure on those who haven’t paid the Household Charge is on the increase as Louth County Council stressed that there would be a threat to vital services if the funds are not raised. As the second round of letters to those who have not paid are due out in September, Louth County Manager, Joan Martin, pointed out just how important the money is for the local authority. “This money is critical to fund essential local services like public parks; libraries; open spaces and leisure amenities; planning and development; fire and emergency services; Continued on Page 11


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Dundalk FC step towards stability By Paul Byrne

Gerry Matthews’ difficult reign at Dundalk FC looks to be nearing an end after a deal in principle was reached between the Dundalk Community Supporters Trust and Fastfix last Friday. A statement released by the club last weekend confirmed that a deal had been reached between the two parties which they hoped would bring some much needed stability to the club. “While there are a number of legal issues that need to be finalised, all parties are now confident that all the major obstacles have been successfully negotiated.” Consortium representative Ciaran Bond stated: “Our immediate plan is to stabilise the club’s finances. This will be achieved through a three-year sponsorship package that will be factored around current sponsorship frameworks. The due-diligence process has revealed that the

Dundalk Community Supporters Trust chairman, Simon Blackmore

financial situation at the club is much more serious than anticipated.” “The successful conclusion to these negotiations, while bringing stability to the club, does not solve all the club’s problems. We have already this morning addressed a very serious creditor that demanded immediate attention. A major concerted effort will be required between now and the end of the season” Speaking on Tuesday morning, Trust chairman Simon Blackmore said he hoped the deal could

be finalised in the next week or so but insisted that the club still needs help from its fans if it’s to survive. “Obviously this deal is good news for the club and we will be doing our utmost to make sure we bring back stability in Oriel Park. At the moment we are waiting on a Fastfix representative to come back from his holidays and when that happens we are confident we can tie up the loose ends and officially take over the club. “But I have to emphasise that we still need

By Paul Byrne

pal Matthews. Doireann Roche from Blackrock was one of the St Vincent’s girls who achieved top marks and she spoke of her delight upon opening her brown envelope. “I was nervous opening the envelope and couldn’t believe it when I found out that I got 600 points. Obviously I’m delighted with that as it means I can go for my first choice which is medicine” explained the delighted 18 year old. Meanwhile, over at the De La Salle College, Principal Patricia O’Leary said that the majority of students in the school were also happy with their results. “Most of the students I spoke to last Wednesday were happy with their results and overall the results are up on last year. This was the result of a lot of hard work from the students and I wish them all very well as they head off to third level in September. See page 14

people to come out and support our various fundraisers and to join the trust. “We have our comedy night with Ardal O’Hanlon next Thursday August 30 in the Crowne Plaza and we’re hoping to have an evening with Giovanni Trapattoni in the YDC in September so we’d asked people to support both these evenings. “We need to clear all the debts before we can move the club forward and hopefully bring the good times back to Oriel Park”, concluded Simon.

Wait for Leaving results comes to an end Months of waiting finally came to an end last Wednesday morning with students from all over the county receiving their Leaving Certificate results. Despite the results being available online the majority of students preferred to brave the wind and rain and collect their results in person. Principal of St Vincent’s school Deirdre Matthews, said that the majority of students in the school seemed very happy with their Leaving Certificate results. “We were very pleased with their results,” she said. “We had three students with over 600 points in the school and two of those achieved 600 points without the bonus which is available for maths this year. “147 students sat their leaving cert in the school this year and 26 of those got over 500 points so it really was a remarkable set of results for this year’s group” added Princi-

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Man walked out of court A 36-year-old man who was offered the chance to do community service in lieu of jail walked out of court before he was free to go. Judge William Hamill gave David Kirk the option of avoiding jail when he admitted breaches of public order on two dates, and a charge of stealing two bottles of whiskey on one of the dates. The judge agreed to give him bail in a personal sum of €500. However, the judge after passing on to other cases noticed that the defendant “wandered off into the sunset” and was “unlawfully at large” not having signed his bail form. He said he presumed the Gardai would “perform their functions”. The defendant of no fixed abode and stated to be residing at the town’s Simon Community, appeared in custody at the holiday sitting of Dundalk Court on Thursday last after being remand-

ed from the previous week. Kirk who was stated to have 19 previous convictions and served jail sentences was before the court following separate incidents in town in April and earlier this month. Garda Inspector Martin Beggy said on April 29 last the defendant was observed striking a man at Dublin Street. The other man didn’t make an issue of the incident, but the defendant was found with a half bottle and a full bottle of whiskey. CCTV showed the defendant taking the two bottles from Tesco. He was also charged again with threatening abusive and insulting behaviour and with failing to comply with a Garda at Point Road on August 8. Sean T O’Reilly solicitor said that the defendant came from an exceptionally hard working and decent family. He was a chronic alcoholic with drug addiction

problems. Since he began representing him all of his offending was as a result of these problems. The public order offences tended to be “attention seeking exercises. He asked the Judge to take into consideration that the defendant spent a week in custody on the present matters before the court. Judge Hamill said he would give the defendant the chance to address his addiction problems. Kirk said he wished to do community service and was remanded to October 17th to be assessed and a report to be prepared on his suitability to do 100 hours instead of three months in jail. Judge Hamill remarked the defendant had a real choice to make. He wouldn’t be accepted if he turned up for his appointments with drink. He also wouldn’t deem him suitable unless he paid the €28.89, the value of whiskey that the store was at a loss, by the adjourned date.

Local people show generous spirit

Down Syndrome Ireland, as they recieved a cheque of €2500 euro last week with the much needed funds the result of a music fundraiser night. The Stephen Lynch Memorial Night, which took place in the Lisdoo Arms highlighted the truely generous spirit of local people. Locals, took to the floor and left their worries behind them as they were entertained by the many musicians performing. The funds rasied go straight to the Louth/Meath branch of Down Syndrome Ireland, helping them continue the invaluable support and resources they provide for people with Down Syndrome

living in the community. The night was organised by Anne Reilly, Daren Lynch, Mary Callan, Kathleen Duffy and Michael Kelly. Many thanks to the organisers and everybody

who gave their support. The cheque was presented to Peadar Keenan from Down Syndrome Ireland L/M Branch (far right) by Daren, Honnor and Wesley Lynch (left to right).

Karate students impress in Mayo Two young students from Jocelyn Street’s Martial Arts School of Fitness, journeyed recently to Castlebar to compete in the White Tiger Challenge. As part of the weekend there was a National Training Camp for those juniors heading off to Slovakia to represent Ireland in the upcoming

WAKO World Kickboxing Championships. Monique Martin, who is part of the Irish National team and is representing Ireland in the Worlds, had a rigorous weekend of training and practice before she took to the competitive arena against clubmate Enda in the -17yrs advanced weapons division. Deb-

uting her double sword form Monique successfully demonstrated her skills and achieved Gold, with Enda securing the Silver medal. The +17yrs division was next up for the MAS-F pair. Enda performed his Bo Staff form with speed and manipulation. Enda impressed the judges and

secured the Gold medal in this section. In a reversal of positions, Monique took the silver medal. The two students brought home two golds and two silvers and once again showed that MASF produce not only fantastic competitive students but, supportive team-mates.


in Brief Separated Parents

Jenny-Lee Fleming, Roisin Butterly and Andrew Kelly celebrating the Leaving Certificate results

The next Tuesday meeting of Parents Separated Support Group will take place on August 21. Those wishing on attending the meetings should confirm their intentions with Val on 085 7303609. Meetings are every second Tuesday, Cost €5 to include refreshments on arrival from 7:30pm until 9pm at Social Services Building, 15a Clanbrassil Street.  Visit our website at for details.

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Great community spirit at Lughnasadh festival

On Sunday August 12 the Festival of Lughnasadh was celebrated for the third year, in An Cuige, Ravensdale, Dundalk. The festival included events for all ages, with the children enjoying creating beautiful wreaths and clay figures, using flowers and herbs from the gardens. The young people were also enthralled with magical tales of how

the god Lugh arrived in Ireland and became the master craftsman, lord of the harvest, who ensured the full harvest of the gifts from the earth. The Circle Dancing, which began in the drizzling rain, appeared to entice the sunshine from behind the clouds, while there was also a space in which people shared the dreams that they held for themselves and for their community. One of

the organisers, Dolores Whelan, was delighted with the success of the event. “A total of 44 adults and children gathered in a circle for the Lughnasadh ritual. “We honoured the earth, gave thanks for the gift of life, for the abundance of the earth and to all those involved in producing food and getting it to our tables. “We gave thanks for

and celebrated the gifts and talents of each person in the circle. We danced and sang in true Lughnasadh style. “We said goodbye to summer and made our commitments for the year ahead. Later we gathered for a truly wonderful shared meal. People brought their favourite food to share and we enjoyed music around the fire”, added Dolores.


in Brief Enjoying Blackrock Festival Sheila and Linda Bell in Blackrock on Sunday afternoon

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Noel back in the fast lane Dundalk racing driver Noel Roddy made a return to racing after a five year lay-off at last weekend’s Phoenix Park Motor Races in Dublin mixed fortunes. Noel started Saturday’s race from eighth on the grid. He made a great start and was leading the race by lap two, and started to pull out a gap until the safety car came out because of an accident. After the safety car went back in, and late in the race his brakes were giving him serious problems, however Noel was able to hold on to win the race, with the fastest lap.

Noel Roddy in action

Sunday’s race “The Dublin Grand Prix” Noel started in seventh position but he soon found out that he had a

clutch problem, despite this he worked his way into second place. However, on the penultimate lap he was

forced to retire after a gear problem but overall can be pleased with his comeback performances.



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School absenteeism rates revealed in new study By Niamh Kirk

A survey by the National Education Welfare Board (NEW-B), which recently moved to new offices alongside the VEC in Chapel St, illustrates the level of absenteeism in Louth schools. The board use a wide variety of measures that operate by collaborating to secure better education for children and younger people and in June attendance figures were released for both primary and second level for the 2009/2010 academic year. The survey showed that the average primary school in the county had an average of six students missing from the ranks per day. Louth also had the fourth highest rate of absenteeism for more than 20 days at primary level average of 12.3 students missing from a Co Louth

school on any given weekday. While many schools in the province had at least one student suspended during the academic year, Louth was one of four counties in Leinster who had a student expelled at primary level. No details are available on specific cases but a student could be suspended or expelled from a primary school as a result of continuing extremely difficult behaviour or not in keeping with the code of behaviour for that school. All forms of non-attendance were generally lowest in secondary schools and higher in community/ comprehensive schools and vocational schools. On an average day in the Co Louth Secondary level school there were seven students absent and around four suspended. Absenteeism for more than 20 days increased at second level with about

16 children out of school for more than 20 days. Expulsions are also higher at second level, the .016 figure for Co Louth shows the area to be the third best in Leinster for keeping unruly students in school. In general the results show that non attendance is higher in urban schools and although suspension are rare in any school they are more common in urban schools. The average for Co Louth was calculated at the school level and then the average non-attendance is reported for all schools in a particular province. Dr Kirk CEO of Louth VEC said that the attendance could be improved and the county’s ranking could increase if parents and schools addressed the increase in time being taken off in the lead up to breaks like Christmas, Easter and Summer.

BMX enthusiasts show their skills On Saturday last the young Cuchulainn cyclists headed to the Co Meath town of Ratoath to gain experience on an international standard BMX track. The sport, which has featured in the last two Olympics, is the fastest growing section within cycling. The club’s BMX section headed up by Peter Collins trains at St Mary’s College every Monday. The large group of underage cyclists got to grips with the tight bends on the track and the fast jumps. The course starts at a high point and sees the riders shoot out of the starting gates to tackle ramps, jumps, bends and generally undulating surfaces. All involved found the track really exciting and are hungry for more action. The BMX track at Ratoath

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Great skills at RAPID summer camp The weather stayed sunny for another successful annual RAPID Summer camp which took place in Noel Gorman Park, Cox’s Demesne one of the RAPID areas in Dundalk. There were 60 children aged 6 to 14years in attendance each day at the fun filled FAI Soccer Camp. The camp itself was

organised through the collaborative efforts of the Dundalk RAPID Programme, the Football Association of Ireland, with assistance from Co. Louth VEC, Dundalk Community Policing Unit, Dundalk Town Council, North East Regional Drugs Task Force and Dundalk FC, who successfully rolled out the Futsal

tournament earlier this year where upwards on 250 children and teenagers attended from all around the town. The next RAPID event will be an all girls Intercultural Camp which is to be held in Oriel Park, until August 24 this is aimed at girls between the ages of seven up to 14 years and will run from 10 to 3pm.

This will be followed by a September “drop in” league targeting the 16 to 21 years age group. For further information on the Drop in League, please contact Paula Gribben Louth County Council on 042 9392990, Ian Walker Co Louth VEC on 042 93968160, or Mick Neville FAI 086 6095463.

Participants in the Rapid summer camp

Man allowed to attend rehab course Judge William Hamill agreed to vary the bail conditions of a 34 year-old man accused of burglary offences at a local shopping centre to allow him attend a drug rehabilitation course lasting 20 weeks. Kevin McKenna is alleged to have committed the offences in June last at Carroll Village where

he had an address. The charges are adjourned to November 28. As part of the changed bail terms, he was ordered to stay at a named address until Monday when he was due to enter the rehabilitation course. Judge William Hamill at the holiday sitting of Dundalk Court on Thursday also imposed fur-

ther conditions on the defendant that include he stay out of Carroll Village, and not leave the rehabilitation centre except for medical appointments and court appearances. He also required the defendant to sign on three times a week at Dundalk Garda Station when not at the Rehabilitation Centre.



Article insulted Louth people says Sharkey By Niamh Kirk

Louth County Councillor Tomás Sharkey has described an article in the Evening Herald as “deeply insulting to the people of Louth and the wider electorate.” The opinion article by Geroge Byrne which appeared in the Saturday edition of the paper describes the people who voted for Gerry Adams as ‘fools’ who ‘deserve everything they get’ and later goes on to describe those who voted for Sinn Fein in Louth as ‘morons’. The article also had a dig at Dundalk in general commenting that ‘things are bad enough’. The local Sinn Fein councillor said “The Evening Herald really has hit a

new low with this disgraceful rant. “It is deeply insulting to the people of Louth and the thousands of people there who voted for Gerry Adams. It is also insulting to the thousands of people across the state who voted for Sinn Féin in the last election. “This is gutter journalism at its worst and shows up just how biased the Evening Herald is. “Sinn Féin has gone from strength to strength since the General Election with more and more people agreeing with our alternative policies and proposals. Clearly this makes some people in the establishment media uncomfortable. This does not however give them the right to insult and undermine the democratic process”, he added.

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Maeve shows off her true colours Dundalk’s Maeve Byrne made it a worthwhile trip to the Dublin Horse Show when she scooped one of the event’s top fashion prizes. Maeve was selected as the winner of the ‘Most Colourful Outfit’ on Thursday August 16, after being selected by judges that included RTE’s Brendan Courtney and Lucy Kennedy. The prize for the overall ‘Best Dressed Lady’ winner carried a prize of an €8,000 shopping trip to New York.

Charged with offences on three days in a row

A 19-year-old youth is charged on three successive days at the end of July last year carrying out two thefts, handling stolen property, making off without paying and drunken driving in the Dundalk area. These are part of upwards of 20 counts faced by Barney McGinley with an address at The View, Five Oaks Village Drogheda. They also include criminal damage and motoring offences which he allegedly committed in Dundalk, Drogheda and Newbridge between May and October last year. He appeared in custody at Dundalk Court on Thursday which heard that he handed himself in to Gardai after failing to appear in court, and was prepared to plead guilty. Judge William Hamill said he couldn’t deal with the charges and put them back to Drogheda Court on September 14th. He fixed bail of self €200 and independent surety of €200 or cash of €200. He attached conditions that he reside at Kilcronin Close, Clondalkin, abide by a curfew to be in between 11pm and 7am and sign on at Clondalkin Garda Station three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and also not drive.

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maintenance and cleaning of streets and street lighting – all facilities that benefit everyone in the community.” She went on to indicate that these services would not be able to be maintained if payments were not forthcoming. However no details on the extent or nature of the cuts is yet available and will not be known until September when the council are presented with the revised budget which will be minus €1.3 million which the Government cut from Louth’s funding.

A statement from the local authorities also reminded that legal action may soon be on the horizon however they did say that before any proceedings are commenced those who haven’t paid will be written to and given the opportunity to pay. Figures released by the CSO show a compliance rate of 53.3% with 22,131 of the county’s 41,176 homes that are liable having paid the Household charge. Separate figures released by the Department of the Environment on August 17 show a lower rate of compliance. The league table shows that Louth County Council has had 21,961 payments

generating €2,215,577 million euro for the Government. “I would like to thank people in County Louth today who have paid the Household Charge and I am encouraged by the number of citizens who continue to pay the charge”, said Ms Martin. However not paying the charge is still considered by many to be an act of protest and opponents of the levy are still encouraging people not to pay. As yet it is unclear how the Louth local authorities will manage the potential 10,000 proceedings and how it will affect the administration of justice within the county.



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LSPCA look forward to kennel opening By Niamh Kirk

The Louth Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LSPCA) is well on the way to finishing their new kennels for our unfortunate four legged friends. For the past six months a team of volunteers has worked tirelessly to renovate an old farm yard on the outskirts of Dundalk so that the animals they rescue in the area have a top class facility to stay in before they are re-homed. Fiona Squibb has been the LSPCA officer for more than 11 years and she is hoping that they will have the new kennels complete soon but when it comes to caring for the abandoned animals in the county there is no rest. The current residents are fed and walked twice a day and the volunteers dedicate as much time as they have to keeping the dogs happy. “The more volunteers we have the better, not just because they help get the things done that

Sally Turnbo with Pretty Puppy, Clare Cooney with Honey, Donna Mc Evoy with Thai, and Fiona Squibb

need to be done but because playing with the dogs keeps then stimulated and happy”, explained Fiona. Once complete the facility will have dog and pup facilities and a ‘cattery’ where the cats will have plenty of both indoor and outdoor space. There will also be a mock-up living room to help simulate life in a family home and get the dogs some basic training. The biggest problem facing the LSPCA and

their volunteers is the sheer volume of wild and discarded cats in the area. They estimate they have had to put down more than 30 cats since the beginning of the summer because they are sick, have been poisoned or there is simply nowhere for them to go. The solution to the problem is neutering according to Fiona. “What we need is a crowd to go out and trap, neuter and return these cats. If we did that for a few months it

would curb the problem in the long-run and it has worked in other areas. But I can’t do it myself, I’m just one person.” The LSPCA is hoping that with the school year starting more people will volunteer at the new kennels. The current volunteers love spending time with the animals and though they admit they are frequently sad to see the animals they have bonded with leave the kennels they are always happy to see them go to a loving home. The LSPCA Kennels will have an official opening soon and in the meantime would like to hear from anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the new shelter. They are seeking anything from cupboards, to blankets, an old paddling pool or sand pit, pots and pans and much more. They are also hoping to hear from some new volunteers and also to get some fundraising ideas for the coming months.

Witam Was serdecznie. Poniżej druga częśc lekcji języka polskiego sprzed tygodnia. Odmiana nazw własnych: 2. Wyraz zakończony jest na -y wymawiane jako [y] lub [i]. Stosujemy wówczas odmianę przymiotnikową, pozostawiając w przypadkach zależnych końcowe -y dla odróżnienia od ewentualnych analogicznie odmienianych nazw zakończonych na (wymawiane) -e. Przykładowo: Kennedy, Kennedy’ego, Kennedy’emu, z Kennedym, o Kennedym; Valéry, Valéry’ego, Valéry’emu, z Valérym, o Valérym. Wyjątek stanowią nazwiska węgierskie, w których nie należy stosować apostrofu mimo nieopuszczania końcowego -y w odmianie: Ormandy, Ormandyego, Ormandyemu, z Ormandym, o Ormandym. Nazwiska pochodzenia słowiańskiego zakończone na -sky, -cky itp. odmieniają się tak jak polskie nazwiska zakończone na -ski, -cki, ze zmiękczeniem, a zatem w odmianie nie występuje końcówka mianownika ani apostrof: Kowalsky, Kowalskiego, Kowalskiemu, z Kowalskim, o Kowalskim; Radetzky, Radetzkiego, Radetzkiemu, z Radetzkim, o Radetzkim. UWAGA. W języku węgierskim występują dwuznaki gy, ly, ny o wartości fonetycznej odpowiednio [d’], [j], [ń]. Nazwiska zakończone na te dwuznaki odmieniają się rzeczownikowo, zgodnie z wymową: Nagy [wym.: nod’], Nagya, Nagyowi, z Nagyem, o Nagyu; Kodaly [wym.: kodaj], Kodalya, Kodalyowi, z Kodalyem, o Kodalyu; Arany [wym.: arań], Aranya, Aranyowi, z Aranyem, o Aranyu. Nie należy stosować apostrofu: 1. W odmianie nazw, których temat fleksyjny stanowi całą formę mianownikową: Bush, Busha, Bushowi, z Bushem, o Bushu; Blériot, Blériota, Blériotowi, z Blériotem, o Blériocie; Nicolas, Nicolasa, Nicolasowi, z Nicolasem, o Nicolasie. Choć w ostatnich dwóch przykładach końcowa spółgłoska mianownika nie jest wymawiana, wchodzi ona w skład tematu, o czym świadczy wzór odmiany (jak rzeczowników zakończonych na spółgłoskę). W przypadkach zależnych zwykle wymawia się tę spółgłoskę. Szczególny nacisk należy tu położyć na nazwy zakończone na -y wymawiane jako [j] lub jako dyftong, którego drugim (niezgłoskotwórczym) składnikiem jest [j], albo będące składnikiem dwuznaku wymawianego jako [i] (typowym przykładem będzie angielskie -ey w niektórych wyrazach). Odmieniają się one jak polskie rzeczowniki zakończone na -j, a więc zakończenie wchodzi w skład tematu i apostrofu nie stosujemy: McCartney, McCartneya, McCartneyowi, z McCartneyem, o McCartneyu; (Karol) May, Maya, Mayowi, z Mayem, o Mayu; Dewey, Deweya, Deweyowi, z Deweyem, o Deweyu. 2. W odmianie nazw zakończonych na -a, -o i wymawiane -e: Derrida, Derridy, Derridzie, z Derridą, o Derridzie; Picasso, Picassa, Picassowi, z Picassem, o Picassie; Dante, Dantego, Dantemu, z Dantem, o Dantem; Poincaré, Poincarégo, Poincarému, z Poincarém, o Poincarém. Przypominamy również, że: - wciąż poszukujemy chętnych do rozegrania meczu bokserskiego i reprezentowania w nim Polski. Więcej szczegółów na - Shamrockowy Polski Wieczór Klubowy tym razem zamiast w ostatni piątek miesiąca będzie 7 września, temat przewodni: Festiwal Piosenki Żołnierskiej Kołobrzeg w Dundalku. Zapraszamy! Agnieszka Boniewicz.

Basketball trials After a very successful three day Basketball Camp, Kilsaran Dynamites prepare for the coming season with free basketball trials being held in Dundalk Sports Complex on Sunday August 26 from 1pm to 3pm. Dynamites having played over 100 games last season from under 10s to senior ladies are preparing in advance of pre-season tournaments and with a very successful Barcelona Cup Tournament behind them are looking forward to the start of the 2013 season. Last week’s camp saw Natasha Kearney pick up the Best Shoot award with Ciaran Monahan winning the most valuable player of the camp award at junior level.


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Car Boot Sale For Hospice

A car boot sale and used furniture sale will take place on Sunday 26th August, in the Readypenny Inn Car Park. All proceeds will go to the Ardee Hospice. The cost will be €10.00 per car boot. If you are interested please contact Margaret 086 2381030.

New Members Welcome Most Valuable Player Ciaran Monaghan with his cup

The senior award most valuable player MVP was won by Nadine Weldon with Lynn Gregg from Longford winning the best shot award. Dynamites begin

training for the new season with the senior ladies on Tuesday night August 21 from 8pm new players welcome or contact, Orla on 0872770121

Castletown ICA welcome new members. Castletown ICA meet in the O’Hanlon Park Community Hall every Wednesday evening at 8pm. If you are interested in joining Castletown ICA please contact 087 1303355 to find out how you can join the Castletown branch.

Protest group call for support The local group opposed to the household charge and water tax have called on home owners to continue their protest. With local authorities planning to send out letters, the Dundalk Campaign against

Household and Water Tax, point out that these are reminders rather than summonses. The group states that 740,000 people have yet to pay the charge. The are also calling on mem-

bers of the public to support their campaign. Meetings take place every Wednesday night at 7pm in the Redeemer Resource Centre and all are welcome. Contact 087 7050903 for further details.

Post Polio Support’s ‘Any Old Coins’ appeal

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By Paul Byrne

Karl Dolan from Cuchulainn Crystal presents to Peadar Woods trainer of Maytown Impact at the hugely successful dual race day at Dundalk Stadium

Aidan regains his pool league crown The action in the 8 Ball Pool League at the Sportsmans Bar continued on Friday night. Patrick McArdle reigning Friday Night Champion was back to defend his title along with well known, Aidan ‘Mouse’ Kinsella, the four time winner. The action saw tour regular Patrice Rice narrowly missing out on a quarter final spot and Niall Donohoe on his tournament debut, beaten by 9-Ball All Ireland Champion, Mark McDonald. JP Tonar was unlucky to be paired with current champion, Patrick McArdle, however he said that its better to lose to the best then to lose in the final. The tournament starts every Friday at 8pm with the draw. Registration can be made at the bar or on the night. This week’s tournament draw was made in front of the players on the main stage. Both Aidan and Patrick McArdle required one match to reach the semi finals. Aidan knocked out Barry Keane in the quarters and was up against Aaron Callan. Aidan looked solid against Keane not missing a single shot in the final two racks, but the semi was different.

Things just didn’t work for the Mouse. Aaron swept the table twice and found himself two nil up after 14 minutes. And it looked like this would be Aidan’s exit. But in the third rack a loud grunt from the Mouse seemed to clear is frustration and showed come great quality pool to advance to yet another final. Recently crowned 9-Ball All Ireland Champion, Mark McDonald, made it through his first two matches to reach the semi against holding champion McArdle and seemed determined to make an impression. Mark had the tournament experience, winning an 8-Ball Challenge Tour Stage in Tyrone a few months back, but Ted had the Friday Night experience and knew how much a final place was worth to him. The 3-2 victory was deserved by McArdle but Mark didn’t do much wrong on the night. Both players had more reasons then ever to capture another Champions Title. Last week Patrick McArdle beat the Mouse 4-1 to claim his first tournament victory, but now he had to defend it. Aidan was playing a lot better this week and showed his determination by winning on a 4-1 scoreline.

Beyond the Hall Door event

Participants in the Beyond the Hall Door tour

The curtain came down on Dundalk Tidy Towns “Beyond the Hall Door” programme for 2012. The weather relented long enough on Saturday August 18 with our visit to the secret gardens of the Redemptorist Order. Hosted by Fr Michael

Cusack, the tour included a wonderful ramble through the grounds where you could actually feel the peace and tranquillity. There is an open air but covered walk which includes the Stations of the Cross and the group

was treated to a brief history of the Redemptorist order in Ireland and specifically their Dundalk history. The visit to the crypt, which is directly under the Sanctuary of the church, was well worth the time we spent there.

The Post Polio Support Group in Dundalk have launched their ‘Any old coins’ appeal which they hope will raise some much needed funds for the organisation. Brendan Moore from Post Polio support has urged people to look in old drawers and presses to see if they can find old punts, sterling, dollars etc. “I’m hoping the public will help us in our ‘Any old coins’ appeal and dig out any old cons they may have lying

around the house. No matter how small the amount we will accept it. It doesn’t matter if you have old 1p, 2p, 5p or 10p. Anything at all will be gratefully accepted” explained Brendan. All monies raised from this appeal will directly help members of the group pay for services and support. According to Brendan any large amounts of old coins donated to the Post Polio Support Group can be claimed against your end of year tax returns. “There’s over €2 million worth of old coins lying in people’s houses in


the North East. Whether it be leftover coins from holidays abroad or simply old punt lying around the bedroom we would urge people to help us out. “We can also help people claim this money back against their tax and we’d be only too happy to explain to people how this is done if they wish to do so”, explained Brendan. Anybody wishing to help out the Post Polio Support Group’s ‘Any Old Coins’ appeal should contact Brendan on 083 4036434.


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Louth TD hits back Bieber fans queue in comfort over Dail claims By Paul Byrne

By Niamh Kirk

Louth County TD Gerry Adams has refuted claims by the Irish Independent that he only attended one out of four Dail sessions. A spokesperson for the party said that the report by the Irish Independent failed to take into account all his attendances to date and the report “ignores July when the Dáil sat 11 days and the Sinn Féin leader was present for each day.” Sinn Fein asserted that Adams has a 78.5% attendance rate for sitting days so far. An Irish Independent review of TD attendances claimed that Mr Adams had one of the worst attendance records in the country. It also claimed that most of the days Deputy Adams missed were Thursdays prompting them to state that this was “effectively giving the Louth TD a two-day Dail week on a regular basis.”

Gerry Adam, TD.

The Irish Independent say that the figures are taken from the official Dail register but a spokesman for Deputy Adams said that on at least one of the days Gerry Adams was in attendance but did not sign in. The daily national said that they had chosen to look at the first six months of the year as it was a natural break but the Sinn Fein party hit back stating that the July figures should have been taken into account. The article claimed that Adams’ ‘current total is 66 days’ however by the date of publication Sinn

Fein say the total was in fact 78. Deputy Adams spokesperson detailed his attendances and whereabouts on the days he was not present in the Dail on sitting days which included meetings in constituency, attending a family funeral and personal injury. The Sinn-Fein spokesperson also said Adams had attended 16 non-sitting days, spoken at 249 debates and received 852 answers to written questions all of which they say is well above average. “Gerry Adams is an effective Dáil and constituency representative for the people of Louth and East Meath and party leader for Sinn Féin. The success of this work and the effectiveness of Sinn Féin’s alternative policies can be seen in the strong support for Sinn Fein and for Gerry Adams as party leader in opinion polls since the last general election” said the party spokesperson.

They came armed with just blankets and sleeping bags and their mission was simple. To secure tickets for teenage heart-throb Justin Bieber’s O2 concert next February. Thirteen Dundalk girls had planned to camp on Park St on Wednesday night to wait for the tickets which went on sale at 9am the following morning. Unfortunately for the girls it seemed the weather gods were not Justin Bieber fans as it proceeded to pour down all Wednesday afternoon leaving the girls high and not so dry as it looked as though they would have to abandon their plans and return home. However there was to be a happy ending to this story with news of the girl’s plight reaching Frankie McGrory from Sevens cabs in Dundalk. A Sevens bus was immediately dispatched to the Park St shop and the relieved girls had a roof over their heads for the evening. Shannon Van Kalkeren and Katie Garland were among the group of girls who camped out for the night and both explained how much Justin Bieber meant to them. “He is just brilliant and we both love him” they gushed. His


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Louth Branch MS Society flag day

The County Branch of Louth Branch of the MS Society are having a flag day in Dundalk on Saturday, 25th August and are calling on all Co Louth people’s support which would be greatly appreciated.

Cursillo Mass

Katie Garland and Melissa Farrell

voice is amazing and he’s a really great entertainer. There’s no way we’re leaving here without tickets. “We’d like to thank everyone who helped us. We’re all sleeping on the bus tonight and our parents are taking turns to come down and make sure we’re ok”, they explained. The girls dedication to their hero was rewarded with all 13 fans getting their hands on the much sought after tickets which ranged in price from €54 to

€81. There was unbridled joy as one by one the girls left the shop waving their tickets in the air. It had been a long night for the girls but with the prized tickets in their possession the girls agreed the wait had been worth it. It appears the Dundalk girls weren’t the only ones keen to get their hands on tickets with the Canadian’s O2 concert sold out in minutes before a second date was quickly added to cope with the demand.

Dundalk Cursillo Mass will be held on Friday August 31 at 8pm in the Marist Oratory, St Mary’s Road. Celebrant is Fr Mark O’Hagan. Refreshments after Mass and all are welcome.

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Local Students Celebrate Leaving Results

Conor O’Connor Georgis Siderov, Darren White and

hran Skye McGeough and Shauna Loug

Aidan O’Hare, Stephanie Kirk and Chelsea McGee

Jason McGrath and Brian Turley

Wayne O’Shaughnessy and David Hoey

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Pete Treanor’s

Weekly Quiz

1 Movies What was the name of the character played by Michael J Fox in the Back to the Future Trilogy? 2 Religion St Anthony is the patron saint of what European country? 3 Music Which two composers of light opera fell-out over the colour of a carpet and never spoke to each other again? 4 History What nationality was the WW1 spy Mata Hari? 5 Money St Brigid appeared on what pre-Euro Irish currency note? 6 Books What was the name of the fictional pilot created by Captain W.E. Johns? 7 Rock and Pop Who released the controversial album ‘Faith of our Feathers’?

8 Local What Clanbrassil Street Store advertised itself as the ‘Shop with the Stock’? 9 Geography Mount Logan is the highest point in which country? 10 Soccer Which is the only Scottish league club with ‘City’ in the name? This Week’s Stinker: In Larry Grayson’s comedy routine what was the occupation of his friend ‘Pop it in Pete’?

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Eilish going for gold in London

Eilish and her team-mates River Thames to St Paul’s expected to return to Irewill compete in the scenic Cathedral as the backdrop land to a civic reception in Greenwich Park with the to the events. They are Dublin on September 10.

By Niamh Kirk

The summer of sport is not yet over with the Paralympics due to begin at the end of August and Dundalk will be getting behind local lady Eilish Byrne as she competes with her horse Youri, a 15 year old Dutch Warmwood. Eilish was born with Spina Bifida but her love for horses saw her riding on the beach by the age of 12. She progressed to show jumping and soon began competing, however it would be another 20 years before Eilish got involved with Para Equestrian Ireland. Eilish, the squads most experienced rider, represented Ireland in Beijing in 2008 where she came fifth. Eilish is considered to be a cornerstone figure in the Irish equestrian team and has racked up a stunning list of achievements as she competed with them when qualifying for this summer’s games. The team has competed at the highest levels including the European and world championship and achieved a fifth at the

Eilish Byrne, hoping to win a gold medal

Concours Para Equestre de Dressage International earlier this year and came second in the European Championships in 2011. Eilish will compete in three events; the individual test, the freestyle and as a member of the team. Dressage is about the strong relationship a rider has with the horse. It is a sport of grace, precision and harmony where judges want to see riders create the effect of rhythmic lightness through the routine. The individual test will see her perform a series of pre-determined

movements while in the freestyle she can choose her own movements and music. The London games are particularly special for riders as this is the first time the Irish Para Equestrian team has made it to the Games. Eilish will also be competing in this test alongside her three teammates. Eilish and the rest of the 100 strong Irish Paralympic squad will arrive in London on August 24 and prepare for the opening ceremony and first competitions which begin early the following morning.

1Marty McFly, 2 Italy 3 Gilbert & Sullivan 4 Dutch 5 €5 note 6 Biggles 7 Dustin 8 Duffy’s 9 Canada 10 Brechin. Stinker - Postman.


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Sun shines on Blackrock festival By Paul Byrne Blackrock beach was the place to be at the weekend, as the inaugural Seaside Festival filled the air with an array of entertaining attractions. The two-day event was a huge hit with locals and visitors alike, with huge crowds making their way to the village to sample a taste of the many activities on offer. Organising committee member Antoinette

Watters said the weather had played a big role in the event’s success. “The weather over the two days was fantastic” she said. “We kind of based the festival on what we used to have here in Blackrock in the 1980s. We had a tug o war competition, glamorous granny, bonnie baby, loads of music and sandcastle competitions and a fairground for the kids so there was plenty

going on”, added Antoinette. As well as all the fun activities there was also a cycle race which brought some of the best amateur cyclists from all over the country to Blackrock to take place in the gruelling 105 km road race. Antoinette said it was difficult putting the whole thing together with a committee of just six people but was pleased with how it all turned out.

Enjoying the Blackrock festival on Sunday

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Maureen and Hugh Quigley

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The successful Na Piarsaigh squad and right, manager Paul Burke celebrates with son, Zack

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Carrickdale Hotel for the reception. It was one of the happiest days of Elizabeth’s life and the party didn’t end there as they couple held a celebratory BBQ in Kennedys Bar the following day and are looking forward to going on their honeymoon in the coming weeks. With an increasing number of relationships starting online and in particular through Facebook where you can learn so much about someone once you’ve become virtual friends, Elizabeth says she thinks it is a good thing. “I don’t think David would have asked me out if it wasn’t through Facebook. It can give people a bit more confidence to go ahead and say it to someone because they can avoid the embarrassment of maybe being rejected face to face.”

Claire makes her mark in Tralee By Niamh Kirk Stabannon were represented in Tralee on Monday evening when Melbourne Rose Claire Lynch took to the stage for the ever popular Rose of Tralee contest. Claire, an Occupational Therapist, left Stabannon for Melbourne in 2008 and this year became the first Melbourne Rose to qualify for ten years for the event. There was great excitement from her supporters when Daithi O Se introduced her as members of the Stabannon ladies football team and the Melbourne St Kevin’s football team welcomed her on to the stage. After a brief chat with Daithi in which she dropped the bombshell that she is a keen Daniel O’Donnell fan, Claire proceeded to perform

Claire Lynch

Patricia Marmion

her party piece. After receiving a helping hand from Daithi to remove her blue and red dress, Claire sporting a pair of shorts showed the Kerry host how to play Australian Rules Football. With her proud parents, Peter and Bernie watching on, Claire showed the audience how to kick pass, hand pass and how to ‘Mark’ an

Aussie Rules football. Her routine was lapped up by the Dome audience as she left the stage to huge applause. At the time of going to press, Louth Rose Patricia Marmion from Cooley was readying herself for her big moment in the Rose Dome where she hopes to wow the judges in front of her family and friends who made the trip to Kerry to support her.

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The all-new Range Rover should be available in early 2013. It will be built in the UK at Land Rover’s plant at Solihull. The new Range Rover’s allaluminium monocoque body structure is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg. Which will pay dividends in reducing CO2 emissions and improving fuel consumption. There will be a choice of three engines, a V8 supercharged petrol unit, and

two diesels a TDV6 and the excellent TDV8. The air suspension has been redesigned to utilize the all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture which has vastly improved the Range Rover’s agility offering flatter cornering with improvements to the ride quality. It will also feature the next generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system. The Terrain Response 2 Auto analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable

vehicle settings for the terrain. On the outside the Range Rover has been given a cleaner smoother exterior, taking styling cues from the Evoque although perhaps not so radical. The inside has been minimalised in a good way to give the interior a cleaner contemporary look, yet retaining the elegance and sophistication that is expected of Range Rover. Meridian has been appointed as Range Rover’s audio supplier which adds that extra British-ness to the sound quality.

Thoughtful there is 118mm more legroom, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort, with the option of a new twoseat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury, hopefully they have improved rear seat access and door opening. There will be a full specification list and prices nearer the Paris Motor Show 2012 in September when we should expect to the see the new Range Rover in the flesh.


The new third generation SEAT Leon is set to be unveiled at the Paris motor show in September and should be here early 2013. Based on the same platform as the new Audi A3, the five-door model will be launched first followed by a three-door version and an estate in 2013. At 4.26 meters long, the new Leon is around five centimetres short-

er than its predecessor, yet the wheelbase is up by almost six centimetres with a larger capacity boot. The new SEAT Leon engine line-up will range from 1.2 to 2.0 litres covering both petrol and diesel units. Depending on the engine, transmission options range from five- and six-speed manual gearboxes or

six- and seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearboxes. There will be an Ecomotive version that will see Co2 levels below 100 g/km with an official fuel consumption figure of 3.8 l/100km, (74.3 mpg) on the combined cycle. Equipments levels and options will include Full Beam Assistant, which switches automatically between

full and dipped beam, and the ‘Heading Control’ lane-keeping assistant, which makes slight corrections to the electro-mechanical power steering to prevent the driver from crossing over lane markings. You can even specify FullLED lights to match the LED daytime running lights, a first on a compact car.

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Dundalk Leader 22nd August 2012


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