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Amy clinches European boxing title By Paul Byrne

Dundalk’s hugely talented boxer Amy Broadhurst added the European title to the EU championship she won last year with a magnificent performance in Hungary last weekend. The 16-year-old who is a member of Dealgan Boxing Club in Dundalk claimed gold in the 57kg category thanks to a comprehensive victory over France’s Elisa Bouchlaka in the final. The Dundalk southpaw got the nod from all three judges across the board much to the delight of her family and supporters who had made the journey to Hungary to support the talented boxer. The talented young boxer arrived home on Sunday night to be greeted by family and friends at her house in Amy Broadhurst celebrates her victory in Hungary

Dundalk and she says she will now take a couple of weeks off before she gets ready for the World Championships in Russia this September. “I got back to Dundalk on Sunday evening and it was lovely to see all my family and friends back at the house waiting to congratulate me. It’s been an amazing year for me and to win gold in Hungary was just the icing on the cake” said Amy. “The first fight in Hungary against the Turkish girl was actually my toughest fight but thankfully I managed to get through and after that I grew in confidence and managed to win the gold” added the now double European gold medallist. “The plan now is to relax for a couple of weeks before heading back to the club Continued on Page 19

Wee County to invade Kildare By Paul Byrne Kildare are preparing themselves for a Wee County invasion over the next few days as both the Louth footballers and the St Brigids Way pilgrims make their way to the ‘Short Grass County’. Louth’s footballers take on Kildare in a crucial football qualifier this Saturday where they hope to continue their journey on the road to All-Ireland glory. Louth will be just a game away from the All-Ireland quarter finals if they can beat Kildare but a loss will see them dumped out of the championship. Meanwhile, Dolores Whelan and Karen Ward will be leading a walking pilgrimage to St Brigid’s Monastic See Page 14


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Unprovoked assault following a night out with his friends A young man who was the victim of an unprovoked attack was knocked unconscious as he went to assist a friend on the way home from a nightclub. Andrew McGee of Grange, Carlingford, remembers waking up in hospital hours after the incident which left him with bleeding on the brain. He also had a fit later that day and continues to suffer from headaches and dizziness following the assault on Friday April 13, 2012. A friend of Mr McGee, Shane Finnegan, was also the victim of a minor assault on the night and as a result two men were convicted of assault. Kurt Murphy of Lower Faughart, Dundalk, and another individual, who was a juvenile at the time, denied the charges and claimed that they were not present on the occasion. They disputed prose-

cution claims that it was they who were captured on CCTV cameras in and around the scene. Solictor for Kurt Murphy, Conor McGuill, argued that the case against his client should be dismissed as there was no identification that could properly satisfy a court. “There must be some doubt that the people on CCTV and in court are one and the same”, he stated. Meanwhile, Frank McDonnell, acting for the second defendant, also stated that there has to be a doubt as his client gave evidence to say he wasn’t there on the night, while an independent witness stated that he did not see any physical contact between the assailant and the victim. Inspector Kevin Daly, argued that there was sufficient evidence given to place the two men at the scene, and to identify them as the assailants. Judge Patrick Clyne

stated that the evidence of Garda Graham Doolan told the court that he saw the two defendants running from the scene as he responded to a call. This image was captured on CCTV and shown in court. Witness, Carly McGrath, indicated to him that the two men were present on the night. As result of this conclusion, he had to decide if they carried out the assault. “In the evidence of Shane Finnegan and Carly McGrath, they were very clear about who both parties were. In the circumstances I accept the evidence of Shane Finnegan and Carly McGrath given in identification and I convict”, stated the judge. Carly McGrath stated that she left a pizza takeaway with Mr McGee to look for a taxi when she remarked that their friend, Shane Finnegan, appeared to be in trouble. Shortly after An-

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atre is invited to take part. Even those unsure about committing for the full programme can still take part in the introductory workshop, which will take place on Thursday July 18 in the Town Hall from 2 to 4pm. Following this introductory workshop, members of the Upstate Youth Ensemble will work throughout the summer with experienced Upstate facilitators, devising a public performance for the end of the summer. Participation in the Upstate Youth Ensemble is free, but booking for the introductory workshop is required. To book, or for further information, phone Declan Mallon in Upstate Theatre Project on 041 9844227 or email

drew went over, she saw him drop to the ground. She knew the two men involved and had seen them in the night club earlier. Shane Finnegan told the court that he was walking across the road when two men approached and said, “are you pushing girls now?” When he tried to move on, he was pushed twice in the chest and then hit with a glancing blow on the face by the second

defendant. When Andrew McGee came over, he was pushed by Kurt Murphy before being struck on the head with a fist. He knew Mr Murphy from the local soccer scene. In adjourning the case to October 23, Judge Clyne ordered Kurt Murphy to pay €5,000 compensation to Mr McGee and the second defendant to pay €1,250 for the assault on Mr Finnegan.

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Natasha takes top pageant honours

Grafton St Dublin where all the Team along with last year’s European Princess of Ireland winner team Captain Abigail Little, they had a fantastic photo shoot where shoppers tourist and shopkeeper were treated to the tiara-clad girls charm poise and good humour. Natasha, who took everything in her stride, is now looking forward to travelling to Malta to compete against not only her own Team but up to 90 girls from all over Europe for a week long Pageant leading to the grand finale on the final night.

When 17-year-old Dundalk girl Natasha McDonagh entered a pageant in Dublin she had no idea where it would lead her to. With her stunning features Natasha blew the judges away with style and grace on the catwalk. Gaining the coveted title at her first pageant Miss Grace 2013. Natasha was asked to join an elite troup of girls heading for Malta later in the year to represent Ireland. Natasha has been to events with her team to open ceremonies, fundraising and photo shoots. Most recent event in Natasha McDonagh, second from left, won the Miss Grace title

Jim Corr makes settlement with bank JIM Corr has made an 11th hour settlement of his €1.4 million debt dispute with ACC Bank. The terms of the deal were not revealed in the Commercial Court where he was due to appear last week. The case centred around an unpaid loan for a 94 acre property in Kilkenny which was one of a number of prop-

erty investments arising from a business partnership. ACC got a judgement against the musician for €1.4m. They accused Mr Corr of trying to out his assets put of the banks reach when he sold off a Dublin apartment for €350,000 not long after the judegement was made.

Mr Corr was questioned about his financial affairs resulting from his former businsses partnership. At a court appearance in May Mr Corr answered questions regarding money he had in 2006 when it was claimed he had €4m sitting in different back accounts. He was due to be ques-

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he had built up. Just before cross examination of the guitarist with the popular musicians was due to begin, counsel for ACC requested a delay during which time the parties settled. The father of one said that he was revealed that it was over and looked forward to returning making music.

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Loophole closed for drivers trying to avoid motor tax By Paul Byrne

A LOOPHOLE which saw motorists with untaxed cars submitting a nonuse declaration form at a Garda station has been closed this week. Previously all the motorist required was a signature of the declaration by a garda, but no other documentary evidence was required to remove the liability to pay motor tax. The system was open to abuse as it left the possibility of motorists continuing to drive after their tax had expired and afterwards explaining the gap in their cover by telling the Garda that their car had been off the road for the three months in which tax hadn’t been paid. The change in the law will require anyone intending to take their car

off the road to make a submission in advance to the motor tax office, and not Gardaí, and to pay any arrears plus a minimum of three months’ tax. While in some cases declarations were genuine, it is suspected that there is widespread abuse, potentially costing up to €55m per annum. New arrangements will apply to declaring a vehicle off the road for motor tax purposes from July 1 2013. The new system requires a vehicle to be declared off the road in advance, and will replace the system whereby owners declare a vehicle off the road retrospectively when seeking to tax a vehicle. There is no change in the rules for those who pay their motor tax by its expiry date, or those who

end up paying arrears after their tax has expired. There is a three month transition period from July 1 to September 30 during which those in arrears must pay the arrears and either take out a new vehicle licence or make a declaration of non-use, that is, inform the motor tax authorities of their intention not to use the vehicle in a public place. Those whose vehicles have not been on the road must make a declaration of non-use for the period in question and either take out a new vehicle licence or make a declaration of non-use, that is, inform the motor tax authorities of their intention not to use the vehicle in a public place. Following the end of the transition period, the current system will cease to operate.


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Ceala Powell, Aine Lawless and Niamh Codd of Louth Comhairle na nOg with Mark Corcoran of Cavan Comhairle na nOg

Youth tackle cyber bullying YOUTH Council members from Louth joined their counterparts from Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Newry to take part in a unique cross border conference to explore the issue of Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety. First on the agenda for the 55 participants were workshops on Cyber bullying where the young people got to identify what exactly is Cyber Bullying and learned what to do if they

think they are being cyber bullied online, through social media or by text. The group then created T-shirts with their favorite internet safety slogan. This meant that the young people took the message of the training home with them and shared these messages with other young people and their families. By examining this topic on a cross border basis the young people gained an insight into how differ-

ently this topic is being addressed in both north and south of the border. The event was held in Derrynoose, Co. Armagh as part of the Cross Border Youth Council Networking Project. The next event is happening July 26 in Newry and will focus on Sectarianism and Racism in the border region. For more information on this project contact Louth Comhairle na nOg on 042-9324341.

A leading disability and employment group has launched a new project to engage with employers across Louth and support jobseekers with disabilities into jobs. Open Door is an initiative by the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE). It aims to support at least 100 people with disabilities into jobs in the open labour market and engage with some 1,500 employers across the Border, Midlands, West (BMW) region over the next two years. Open Door will see a series of employer focussed events taking place across the county over the coming 24 months. One of the project’s main aims is to engage with employers who currently do not employ people with disabilities. For more information on Open Door and supported employment services 097 82894.

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By Niamh Kirk Tourists who have visited Dundalk and some other destinations on “Dublin’s Doorstep” have had their say about their experiences. Failte Ireland this week released the results of the Holidaymaker Study 2012 which is its most comprehensive study into what holidaymakers think of Ireland and its regional destinations. More than 10,000 visitors both domestic and foreign to Dublin’s Doorstep areas including Dundalk and Co Louth were asked about their holiday. They gave in-depth insights into their experiences and recommendations. The results show that Co Louth has a huge potential to meet these demands and become a top tourist destination. Hiking/walking is the most popular activity for visitors, who also explained that the biggest pull away from urban centres was to spend time in mountains or along the coast. They also stated that golf, farm visits and other activities such as cycling and fishing attracted them to the area. Co Louth offers all of the main attributes visitors look for; its natural features like the Cooley Mountains and coastal hotspots mean that the main tourism needs and wants can be easily met. Hiking and mountain biking takes place in Ravensdale; fishing in Greenore Beach, boat trips in Carlingford, equestrian pursuits are

common across the county as are water activates. The scenery, and history and culture of a region are also a huge pull with 39% saying that is was took them to the area in the first place; Newgrange and the Boyne Valley were

big attractions. Speaking about Co Louth’s tourist potential going forward, Gary Breen, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Operations said that to attract more visitors, further insight is needed into “what they think, what they like and what they want.


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in Brief Community Alert

The next meeting of the Cooley Community Alert will take place in St Marys Hall at 8pm on 23rd July.

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McCabes Pharmacy will have their nurse in store this coming Friday July 12 for an event. She will carry out the, New to McCabes, HBA1C test . This test is the most common indicator of your blood sugar levels for the previous two to three months. In conjunction to this test she will also carry out the Cholesterol full lipid profile. She will give advice and information on any health care concerns you may have on the day.

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Dundalk Punk rock trio Podracer are taking on three other acts in the semi finals of the Newry Rocks competition. The competition takes place Friday July 12 at 10pm in Amplified Bar, Newry. The winners go on they are in with a chance of winning a three day recording session with Tubular Bells Tom Newman, music equipment and a professional press pack.

‘Embrace your identity’ with the Dundalk Pride By Niamh Kirk

The Dundalk Pride festival is taking place from July 16 to 23, complete with a new theme, ‘Embrace Your Identity’. Now in its fourth year, the festival was created to provide a regional version of the Pride events that take place among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities worldwide. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Embrace Your Identity’. Committee member Kirsty Park explains, “We chose this theme because Pride is not just a gay thing – it’s a community thing. You

can embrace your identity as a family member, friend or business by joining in the celebration and showing your support.” The festival kicks off on Tuesday July 16 with the “Identify” Art Exhibition Launch from 6pm at the Dundalk County Museum, to be launched by Senator Mary Moran. Running throughout the festival, the exhibition is free to view and features submissions received from across the country after a nationwide call for entries. A Table Quiz takes place on Thursday July 18, from 9pm at McGeough’s Bar, Roden Place, while the

Pride festival will be officially launched by Gerry Adams TD at the Dundalk Outcomers Centre in the Coach House, 8 Roden Place on Friday July 19 at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided. That Friday evening will see the Outcomers Courtyard hosting an outdoor Laughter Lounge featuring live comedy from some famous Irish comedians: The biggest event on the Dundalk Pride calendar is the Pride Day taking place from Noon to 5pm on Saturday July 20 at the Outcomers Courtyard. John Ruddy, Youth Co-ordinator at the

Dundalk Outcomers sible by sponsorship Dundalk Outcomers is North East, and Louth said, “The Pride Day is from local businesses funded by the Health Leader Partnership. Executive a family friendly event and funding bodies. Service and the whole point is that everyone is welcome. Volunteers have been working for months to transform the courtyard into a colourful and creative garden festival space – you’ll have to see it to believe it.” Finally, the festival will end on the Saturday night with the Pride Party taking place from 10pm till late at the Fairways Hotel. The festival is or- Drumconrath NS principal Joanne Carroll who was awarded her Masters Degree ganised by volunteers on July 4. She received the highest marks overall and so was awarded the annual from Dundalk Out- Biggar award for education from the University of Ulster. Joanne is a native of Ardee, attended Dún Lughaidh secondary school, Dundalk and taught in Scoil Eoin comers, an LGBT sup- Baiste Dundalk for nine years. She was appointed principal of Drumconrath in 2012. port service at 8 Roden Pictured is Dr SJ Mc Guinness, University of Ulster presenting Joanne with M.ed Place, and is made pos- and Biggar award.

Stolen goods found at rented property Sean McDermott, Drumnacarra, Ravensdale, appeared at Dundalk District Court where he pleaded guilty to a charge of handling stolen property. The court heard that on

August 12, 2011. Gardai investigating burglaries obtained a warrant to search a premises. Parts of three vehicles which were stolen in 2011 were discovered.

Inspector, Martin Beggy, stated that there was no evidence to suggest that the defendant was involved in the stealing of the cars. Solicitor, Frank McDon-

nell, stated that his client, who occasionally works as a lorry driver, had rented the shed and yard in order to supplement his income, but didn’t act on his suspicions.

“He acknowledges that he was reckless as it smelled of high heavens that wrong doing was going on, but he was just happy to get the rent. In doing so he stupidly fa-

cilitated what others were doing”, added Mr McDonnell. Judge Flann Brennan adjourned the case to October 23 for a Probation Report.

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Fall in local bee numbers is not yet at crisis point two successive years of particularly wet weather conditions explained Mr Shaw who keeps bees in Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk. Each Year a Queen Bee takes about three flights into the ‘drone zone’ which is about 20-25 meters up in order to mate enough to produce plenty of eggs. But during wet weather, she and ‘the drone bees’ cannot fly for as long or as much as necessary to fill a hive. Fine dry weather is needed for them to thrive. But last year they didn’t mate properly, didn’t produce enough eggs and the life cycle in hives died. This was exacerbated by this year’s delayed spring, meaning that there was little pollen to feed off when they began to emerge, usually in March and many starved to death. “There was no food and they didn’t go into increase and multiply

mode or swarming”, he explained. “The Beekeepers are frantically trying to rebuild their colonies and are keen to support each other. We have great members and we are trying to help each other by breeding Queens,” said Tom. The ongoing problem is pesticides that kill off the bees, and can cause them to infect others. But an EU ban on the most harmful pesticides comes into effect this December and may help with the population increase next summer. The Irish Government does not support the ban according to Mr Shaw. However nature has a way of correcting itself if allowed, he added and points out that bees have been around tens of thousands of years, exactly as they are, and have survived worse weather than this.

The Danish Ambassador to Ireland, Niels Pultz, and Ms. Louise Holmsgaard, First Secretary of Political, Economic and Cultural Affairs met with members of the Annagassan Viking Festival Committee recently. The purpose of the meeting was to brief the committee on the Danish Embassy’s plans to participate in the commemoration of the 1000th anniversary of the BatLuke Torris PRO. Annagassan Viking Festival, Neils Pultz, Danish tle of Clontarf next year and Ambassador to Ireland, Tommy Mulroy, Chairman, AV Festival, Lou- to explore the possibilities for ise Holmsgaard, Danish First Secretary and Hugh McMahon Vice- future cooperation with Annagassan. Chair AV Festival.

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The beekeepers of County Louth have suffered a free fall in the populations of their hives this year as a combination of bad weather and pesticides has caused them to fall by as much as 80%. There are more than 200 beekeepers in County Louth, each with a varying amount of hives, from one or two in urban gardens while others keep as many as one hundred hives. It is a vibrant community of people who care for these vital insects, but the population of bees has fallen by at least 50% in some areas and as much as 80% in others. Tom Shaw, secretary of the Beekeepers Association explained what is happening to the local bees and explains that we shouldn’t be counting down to catastrophe just yet. At the heart of it, there have been











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Mary’s hopes for Seanad


in Brief Banned for two years

A self-employed electrician was disqualified from driving for two years after pleading guilty to a drink driving charge at Dundalk District Court. Jonathan Murphy of Ballagan, Greenore, was breathalysed on June 15 this year at Lower Rath, Carlingford and the reading showed he was over the legal limit for driving. Judge Patrick Clyne also imposed a €250 and agreed to postpone the disqualification until January 1, 2014.

Mass for Marian Park

A Mass is being held for the deceased residents of Marian park in the Church of the Holy Redeemer on Wednesday July 17 at 7.30pm

Car boot sale

The monthly car boot sale in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation takes place in St Pats GFC car park on July 21. Refreshments will be available at a car boot cafe, and a raffle will take place. For more information on selling or attending 0872559405 or 0876479715.

By Niamh Kirk

Wee County prepares for a major invasion of Kildare on two fronts By Paul Byrne

KILDARE is preparing itself for a Wee County invasion over the next few days as both the Louth footballers and the St Brigids Way pilgrims make their way to the ‘Short Grass County’. Louth’s footballers take on Kildare in a crucial football qualifier this Saturday where they hope to continue their journey on the road to All-Ireland glory. Louth will be just a game away from the All-Ireland quarter finals if they can

beat Kildare but a loss will see them dumped out of the championship. Meanwhile, Dolores Whelan and Karen Ward will be leading a walking pilgrimage to St Brigid’s Monastic City in Kildare this Monday as they revive the age old tradition of the walk between the two counties. Dolores, a spiritualist from Dundalk is passionate about St Brigid’s story and was keen to walk the ancient pathway and invite other pilgrims to walk along

with her. “This initiative has been inspired by a desire to revive the ancient art of pilgrimage which was so central to the indigenous spiritual traditions of this land. This pilgrimage which honours Brigid goddess and Saint, will allow participants to slow down their pace of life by walking through some of the most beautiful rural towns, villages and countryside of Ireland, to find that place of deep inner peace”, explained Dolores. Louth County Coun-

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cil Cathaoirleach Declan Breathnach, Dundalk Town Council Cathaoirleach Eamonn O’Boyle and Michael McCabe were in attendance at the Market Square Dundalk to see the pilgrims continue their nine day journey to Kildare. Michael McCabe praised Dolores and Karen for having the vision to organise the pilgrimage and welcomed the walkers who had come from Australia, USA and Denmark to take part in the walk. Two of the walkers,

Marie Grant and Mary O’Meara came all the way from Australia to take part in the spiritual walk and spoke of their excitement and joy at being part of such a special pilgrimage. Mary and Marie hadn’t known each other before they both arrived in Dundalk with both ladies finding out about the pilgrimage on the internet. The nine day pilgrim ends on Monday July 15 in Kildare. Supporters of Louth GAA will hope that the football teams journey can continue beyond that date.

As the Government prepares to push for an abolition of the upper house, and announces it is soon to set the date for the fourth referendum of their term, local Senator Mary Moran has expressed her hopes that the Seanad will continue. Mrs Moran joined the ranks of the 24th Seanad in 2011 on nomination from Enda Kenny. Since then she says that she has really learnt about the value and power that the Seanad has. “If you abolish the Seanad, you leave all the power in one house, the Dáil,” she said. The Seanad has a role she explained, it is the forum where bills and legislation can be scrutinised and debated more robustly than in the Dáil. “You have a better opportunity to raise issues. We can call on ministers to take action, we can scrutinise bills before the pass,” she said. Indeed thisweek the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill is yet to be debated, and at the moment there is a 50/50 split. If rejected by the Seanad, it will have to go back for amendment. It is only since becoming a senator herself that she has fully appreciated the work that goes on while the spotlight shines mostly on the Dáil. She said that she was disappointed with Enda Kenny’s speech last week on the issue, and contested the claims made that the Seanad had done so little in its 75 years. Mrs Moran pointed to more than 50 amendments to Bills that have been accepted before passing into legislation and much more. She believes that the Seanad is in need of reform, and that it is this reformed Seanad, with more powers and more say in legislation that the people should vote on. “I would like to see a reformed Seanad put in place before the referendum”, she said.

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Over to you QUESTION: What is the best thing about the good weather?


in Brief

Liam and Conor Quigley Liam and Conor Quigley: It’s great to see everybody out doors having fun for a change. Usually we’re running inside for cover from the rain.

Akouete Assigno I love sunshine so it’s really good to see this beautiful sunshine. We have to enjoy it when it comes because it doesn’t come too often.

Janat and Janat The best thing about the sunshine is that we can top our tans naturally and it is also great fun playing in the lovely fountain here at the Square.

An introductory workshop will take place on Thursday July 18 in the Town Hall from 2 to 4pm. For information, phone Declan Mallon on 041 9844227.

Rachel Clinton You just have to look around the streets to see everybody are in beter moods. It’s great to see so many happy people about the place.

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Andrius Kisielius, 40 Beauparc, The Loakers, Blackrock, was banned from driving for four years and fine €200 after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to provide a breath specimen. The 21-year-old Lithuanian man was arrested on August 5 last year on Tom Bellew Ave after Gardai saw him turning without indicating. He was taken to Dundalk Garda Station where on four occasions he failed to provide a breath specimen. For driving without insurance he was disqualified for two years and fine €100, and fined €100 for having no licence.

Upstate Theatre Project is looking for young people aged 16 to 25 from across Louth to take part in a new programme, establishing the Upstate Youth Ensemble and preparing a public performance for the end of the summer.

Brendan Durkin The sun gives everybody a wee lift and puts a smile on peoples faces. It’s also great for the kids who are on their summer holidays.

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THOSE interested in taking on a more healthy lifestyle have the chance to get a little bit of help at Felda’s next week. From Monday July 15 to Wednesday July 17, Felda’s Open Week is offering assistance to those seeking to become more active, lose weight, find out their BMI and identify their body fat percentage. They are also offering complimentary access to all the club’s facilities and the answers to

many fitness-related questions. Have a workout, enjoy a swim, jacuzzi, steam or sauna, take part in over 50 classes every week and avail of a free Felda health check. Felda will measure your height, weight, BMI, blood pressure and body fat percentage and show you where you are now and what you should be for optimal health. For three days only all of these services are being made available to

you for free, don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to potentially change your life for the better. For more info call the team on 0429321860 or visit Pictured above is Aidan Gray, Jonesborough winner of €1,000 Holiday Voucher from Felda in partnership with Centre Travel in their recent membership draw, also pictured is Francine O’Hagan representing Felda and Olivia McGeown, Centre Travel.

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ARDEE BAND WINS GOLD CUP On Saturday July 6, 40 members of Ardee Concert Band took part in the 34th South of Ireland Band Competitions, which are held annually in Clonakilty, Co Cork. It was well worth the trip, as they took first prize for the first time in 20 years and this win places Ardee Concert Band at Joint Secretaries of Ardee Concert Band Darragh the pinnacle of bandBrowne and Aisling Reilly Collecting 1st Prize at the ing in Ireland. South Of Ireland Band Championships in Clonakilty The band has taken second prize in this competition in the past two years. Most members and their families and partners travelled down on Friday and with the sunshine beaming all weekend, the band performed outdoors for the people of Clonakilty after their arrival on Friday All Pints & evening. Longneck Friday 12th July Twenty four bands ens €3.50 from 9pm tered the competitions, nine in the Senior Sec-

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tion, which was won by Ardee Concert Band. In third place was Dublin Concert Band and second place was won by Lourdes Brass Band from Drogheda. Also taking part in the Senior Section were bands from Fermoy, Dungarvan, Limerick, Drogheda, Dublin, and Ennis. The prize for the Best Percussion section was won by Ardee percussion section, Niall Doherty, Paul and Annamaria O’Brien. This prize has come back to Ardee for the second year in a row. The third cup that also came up the road was won by Ardee for Best Repertoire Selection of the day. The adjudicator for the Bands Section was renowned musician, arranger and adjudicator, Mr. Alan Fernie, a Scotsman well known

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Soloists in this programme young and old were praised as being “ Top Class” by Mr. Fernie The celebrations started with a lap of honour around the picturesque town of Clonakilty in their famous tourist town train back to the Bands Hotel where the celebrations continued into the wee hours, with Queen’s

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march. Ardee’s choice was the March “Death or Glory”, Played with Great Poise, ”Eleanor Rigby” by Paul Mc Cartney, Arranged by the Adjudicator for the section, Mr Alan Fernie, followed by “Palladio”, which was a “Fine Performance”, and “Sing Sing Sing” a swing style piece arranged by their own Maestro himself, Mr. Paul O’ Brien.

world famous hit, “We are the Champions” being the theme tune for the weekend. The Band paraded Ardee’s main street on their arrival back to the town in the bus which was decorated with balloons and banners. The three trophies took pride of place at the band’s weekly Bingo at the Bohemian Centre at 8pm on Sunday last.

Members of ACB and supporters with the winning Cup at the South Of Ireland Band Championships

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in band circles. Mr. Fernie complimented the band by stating they performed “a Superb show from an Excellent Band - ACE” This was an entertainment type of competition, with each band having to perform a fifteen minute programme of their own choice, the only stipulation was each band must perform a

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Family Notices

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



NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours. This time I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (never know to fail). M.C.

NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours. This time I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (never know to fail). C.P.

NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours. This time I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (never know to fail). B.M.

Our Lady of Medjugorje's message June 25th 2013 to the world. Dear Children, with joy in the heart I love you all and call you to draw closer to my Immaculate Heart so I can draw you still closer to my son Jesus and that he can give you his peace and love which are nourishment for each one of you. Open yourselves little children to prayer. Open yourselves to my love. I am your mother and cannot leave you alone in wandering and sin. You are called, little children, my beloved children, so I can present you all to my son. Thank you for responding to my call.

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Ida retires from Credit Union Board Tom D’Arcy Treasurer of Dundalk Credit Union making a presentation to Ida Lewis who has retired from the Board of the Credit Union.

Don’t encourge others to take drugs A Dundalk man was given a stern warning not to encourage others to abuse drugs by Judge Patrick Clyne when he appeared at Dundalk District Court. Judge Clyne made his comments to Stephen Ryan of 14 Mourne Vale, Dundalk, as he gave him the opportunity to serve 200 hours Community Service in lieu of five months in prison. “I don’t give a damn what you take yourself but I care about what you encourage others to do. You

had drugs for sale and supply and it could have been to kids whose parents are petrified. This is a very serious offence.”, he stated. The court heard that on October 23 last year the defendant was seen acting suspiciously at Drive 2, Muirhevnamor, and ran off when he saw Gardai. He dropped a bag containing €292 worth of cannabis and €5,034 worth of ecstasy, which he later admitted owning. As a result he faced two charg-

es of possession and possession of drugs for sale or supply. Solicitor, Conor MacGuill, stated that his 23-year-old client had been an abuser of drugs at the time and asked for the judge to consider Community Service for his client who had no previous convictions. Judge Clyne adjourned the case to September 4 for a Community Service Report and suggested 200 hours in lieu of five months in prison.

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Calls for economic support in border area By Niamh Kirk TDs and senators from across the border region are calling for improved investment and support from the Irish Government. The move comes following the recent announcement the North is to retain tax assisted status, which means extra tax incentives to the area for infrastructure and foreign direct investment. The UK Government also announced an investment initiative in the South East of Northern Ireland, the Newry and Mourne area in a bid to attract further investment to the area. Some major firms like Vodafone have already been attracted to the North as they relocated their call centre from Dundalk to Teleperformance in Newry, resulting in the loss of more than 300 jobs last year. A team of TDs and Senators from Louth, along with colleagues from other Border counties, met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last week. Senator Jim D’Arcy representing County Louth said that the group got a fair hearing and will have the opportunity to meet again before October’s budget. The group will now put to-

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gether a proposal of suitable projects and measures for the border region and will present them at a pre-budget meeting this September. Dundalk has not fared well in a number of recent reports which have underlined the need for sustained improvement in the area. The McArdle report in 2011 focused on the Newry Mourne Economic Zone. It highlighted the levels of deprivation in Dundalk, which was found to be the most deprived part of the border region. While the establishment of Prometric and PayPal improved the situation, there is still considerable shortages of employment in the area. The most recent figures from the Central Statistics Office show that unemployment

is high with Dundalk at 24.19% and a new firm formation figures are, 5.79 new firms for every 1000 employees. The national average for gateway town like Dundalk is 7.29 firms. The McArdle Report recommended the establishment of a focused economic zone encompassing Dundalk and Newry, but this was rejected by Enda Kenny who favours a targeted stimulus plan. “We need a concerted effort to show the border region needs and we need a body of work to support that. There was a stage that there was a scheme for every lamppost in the country. But they don’t work by themselves. We need more than one string in our bow and there is more than one way to get where we need to go,” said Paddy Malone PRO of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. Dundalk Chamber of Commerce have been calling on successive governments to recognize the unique problems of this region and welcomed the request for submissions in advance of the meeting which will specifically address border issues.

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where I will start training for the World Championships which are on in Russia this September. Then maybe I can start thinking about the Olympics in Rio which would be a dream come true if I managed to make it over there” smiled Amy. Amy was part of an Irish women’s team who brought home a record haul of medals from a major championship. In all, the Girls in Green came home from the 23-nation tournament with 15 medals - a record for Irish boxing - with Katie Taylor, Kristina O’Hara, Grainne Gavin and Jacqui Lynch all joining Amy in picking up winning gold medals. Anto Donnelly from Dealgan Boxing Club was understandably delighted to hear of Amy’s win. “We were quietly confident going into the final that Amy would get the gold because she is the current E.U champion and her confidence is sky high at the moment. What she has achieved in her boxing career so far is

Amy Broadhurst takes her place on the podium in Hungry

phenomenal. ” enthused Anto. “She already has six national titles. She made her international debut only last year boxing in Poland against girls a year older than her and she is unbeaten in all her European fights since. “ he explained. Amy comes from a great boxing family in Dundalk with brothers Stephen and Paul having both gained medals for Ireland at International level and Tony who has also won All-Ireland

titles in the Junior division. As well as that, Amy’s father Tony is a trainer at Dealgan BC where Amy learned her craft. Earlier this year Amy got a special surprise when her hero Katie Taylor called to her classroom in Colaiste Ris to congratulate her on her European Gold. If Amy keeps on progressing at the current rate there is every chance she could be joining Katie on the podium in Rio for the Olympics in 2016.

Big local attendance at Rally for Life Many people travelled from Louth to Dublin last Saturday for the All Ireland Rally for Life where they joined 60,000 others from all

over the country in the biggest pro-life event Ireland has ever seen. At the rally the people demanded that the abortion bill should

be put to the people to vote in a referendum under article 27 of the Constitution. Oonagh Fernandes Da Silva from Dundalk

said that at least four buses had made the journey from Louth, while hundreds of others travelled by car with family and friends.

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Citroen have unveiled the new Grand C4 Picasso sevenseater MPV which is set to go on sale January 2014. It is lighter and leaner than its predecessor with weight saving of 110kg, lower C02 emissions which are as low as 98 g/km depending on the engine with the promise of improved fuel consumption. It has a footprint of 4.59m x 1.83 m x 1.63 m, which is the same length as the predecessor but has a longer wheelbase, which has improved the interior space. There is an extra 69-litres of cargo space 645-litres VDA & over 700-litres with row two seats in their forward position. All models will be fitted with stop/start technology to aid fuel consumption – there is will be a eco focused version fitted with a e-HDi 90 Airdream engine, with the ETG6 gearbox which, which emits 98 g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 3.8L/100km(74.3mpg). The six-speed clutchless ETG6 gearbox offers both a manual and an automated mode, and is also available on both the e-HDi 90 and e-HDi 115 versions. The eHDi 115 ETG6 emits 104g/km of CO2 emissions (105g/km for the manual version) with an official combined fuel economy of 4L/100km(70.6mpg). The new Euro 6 compliant BlueHDi engine fitted with Citroën’s innovative Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. The BlueHDi 150 manual unit will emit just 110g/km of CO2

emissions (117g/km for the 6-speed automatic gearbox version). Safety equipment includes radar guided active cruise control, anti-collision warning system and ultrasonic blind spot monitoring amongst other technology. The new Grand C4 Picasso will see both a 7” touchpad and a 12” panoramic HD screen – the touchpad will control all the incar functions such as dual-zone air conditioning, navigation, audio, telephone and driving aids. Where the 12” screen will be used to display the navigation system or other driving aids, such as the active cruise control. There will be a number of ‘Apps’ which will intergrates with the car’s systems to display information such fuel consumption, plan journeys or find available car parking spaces, etc. Park Assist will automatically offer assistance when manoeuvring into a tight parking space, whether parallel parking or reversing straight back, all you have to do is manage the acceleration and braking. Plus 360 vision will show a bird’s eye view around the car to aid parking or when hooking up a trailer. There have yet to be confirmed by Citroen, as soon as we know we will publish them, along with the specifications nearer the launch date. Some of the above features maybe options or not available on certain models.

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How about this little beauty in this weather? There are three variants of Jaguar's beautiful new sportscar, FTYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S. Each is distinguished by the power output of its supercharged petrol engine with all engines featuring stop/ start technology. The V6 F-TYPE is powered by a new 340PS 3.0-litre V6 engine which is capable of 0-100kph(62mph) in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 259(161mph). The all important CO2 emissions have been recorded as 209 g/km. The V6 F-TYPE S has a 380 PS version of the same 3.0-litre V6 engine, but is slightly quicker at 4.9 seconds to 100kph and a top speed of 275kph(171mph) (which is electronically restricted) - CO2 emissions are 213 g/km. The range topping F-TYPE V8 S features a 495PS 5.0-litre V8 which will do the 0-100kph sprint in 4.3 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 299kph(186mph) and CO2 emissions of 259 g/km.

An active exhaust system, which is standard on the S and V8 S models, adds another dimension of driver-engagement. Valves in the exhaust system open under load from 3000rpm which allows the exhaust note to build to a thrilling crescendo at the redline. All the F-TYPEs are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a set of eight closely-spaced, sporting ratios in its QuickShift transmission, giving greater driver control. The V6powered S model also includes a Dynamic Launch feature, which optimis-

es acceleration from rest. The exterior speaks for its self where the interior takes its inspiration from cockpits of fighter airplanes, the controls are ergonomically grouped by function. Further aeronautical inspiration can be found in the joystickshaped SportShift selector controlling the eight-speed transmission. The air vents on top of the dashboard will only deploy when instructed to by either the driver or complex control algorithms, staying tucked discreetly out of sight in other circumstances.

the new fiat 500L

Here are some details of the quirky but nice Fiat 500L Trekking: The 500L Trekking blends the styling of an off-roader with Fiat’s Traction+ technology, it does not have four-wheel drive but promises improved traction over a standard 500L and rides 13mm higher. The exterior features skid-plates; there are bespoke bumpers, side skirts and mouldings – with 17” diamond alloy wheels with 'snowflake' Mud and Snow tyres. There is a choice of four engines comprising the TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol (105 hp), 1.4-litre 16-valve petrol (95 hp), 1.3-litre 16-valve MultiJet diesel (85 hp) with manual or Dualogic transmission, and 1.6-litre 16-valve MultiJet diesel (105 hp). Standard equipment on the 500L Trekking includes 5-inch touchscreen radio with Bluetooth, six airbags, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including ASR/ MSR, Hill Holder, ABS +EBD, body-coloured electric door mirrors, cruise control, leather gear knob and steering wheel, automatic dual zone climate control, side mouldings, rear parking sensors, elec-

tric rear windows, automatic lights with rain sensors, front fog lights and rear armrest. Additionally there are 17” alloy wheels with Mud and Snow tyres, Traction+ system, bespoke suspension together with privacy glass and City Brake Control. There is a choice of seven colours which include New Age Cream, Bossa Nova White, Dark Wave Black, Heavy Metal Grey, Opera Red, Beatbox Green and the brand new colour, Hip Hop Yellow, which is unique to the Trekking model. The 500L Trekking features Traction +, a system that is designed to improve

traction in poor conditions and over slippery terrain yet at a lower cost to conventional four-wheel technology. Traction + modifies the ESC (electronic stability control) technology which is present on some 500L models, and simulates the behaviour of a self-locking electromechanical differential to improve traction to wheel that requires most torque. The system is activated using a button on the dashboard. The Fiat 500L Trekking also benefits City Brake Control as standard, a system designed to mitigate low-speed collisions in traf-

fic. Using a laser to measure the car’s distance off the one in front, it will automatically apply the brakes, if the driver does not take any action to avoid hitting the car in front. City Brake Control also provides three other functions, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Prefill and Brake Assist – the Prefill function primes the braking system to give a quicker response when the AEB system takes over. Brake Assist uses sensors to recognise emergency situations and alters the brake pedal’s response to achieve quicker braking in an emergency.

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details on the new mitsubishi Mirage

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There is a choice of two petrol engines either a 1.0-litre unit on the Mirage 1; and a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine for Mirages 2 & 3. Auto Stop & Go will be standard on the 1.2-litre engine. The Mirage 1, 2 and 3 are available with a fivespeed manual transmission while a CVT auto option is available on the Mirage 3. The 1.0-litre unit outputs 71PS and on the official combined cycle is capable according to Mitsubishi of 4 . 2 L / 1 0 0 k m ( 6 7 . 3 mp g ) , whilst emitting 96 g/km CO2, which currently means it is road tax exempt. The 1.2-litre engine Auto Stop & Go outputs 80PS; the Mirage 2 model achieves 4.1(68.9mpg) on the combined cycle with 96g/ km,   Mirage 3 manual 4.3(65.7mpg)/100 g/km and the Mirage 3 CVT 4.1(68.9mpg)/95 g/km. Every model is currently exempt from the London Congestion Charge and road tax exempt. All models feature ‘Eco Drive Assist’ which displays in the instrument cluster a visual indication of how economically the vehicle is being

driven based on current fuel consumption and vehicle speed. Despite its compact size the Mirage can accommodate 235-litres of luggage which increases to 600-litres with the seats folded down. Standard Equipment across all models includes, Driver’s SRS front airbag, Passenger’s SRS front airbag with cut-off switch, Drivers & passenger’s side & curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control, Hill-start assist (CVT only), Brake assist system, Emergency Stop System (ESS), Child protection rear door locks, Engine immobiliser, Daytime running lights and RISE occupant protection. Mirage 1 standard Equipment includes 14” Steel wheels with wheel colours, Front electric windows, Side air bags, Tyre repair kit, Front accessory socket, AM/FM radio/CD player with two speakers, Glovebox USB terminal and Stability and traction control Mirage 2 adds manual air-conditioning, Pollen filter, Remote central locking, Roof spoiler, Rear power

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