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Peadar recalls brave nephew

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Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021. Vol. 14, Issue 38 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Battle lines drawn in Ardee road row

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A group of protestors who call themselves ‘Friends of Ardee Bog’ have delivered a petition to Minister Eamon Ryan urging him to halt the building of the N52 Ardee Bypass. The proposed route would see the bypass run directly across Ardee bog and concerned residents in the area believe this result in long lasting damage to the area. The group’s petition had over 10,000 signatures and last Wednesday they travelled up to the Dail to deliver it to Minister of Transport Eamon Ryan. Anne Lennon was part of the travelling party who delivered the petition to the Dáil and speaking to the Dundalk Leader she outlined a list of reasons why she wants Minister Ryan to put a stop to the N52 bypass project. “There are many reasons why we believe that this project needs to be stopped and we were very thankful that we got an opportunity to talk to Green Party politician Malcolm Noonan who is the current Minister for Heritage and Electoral reform. He listened to us and was in agreement with much of what we said and we are hopeful that our concerns will be acted upon now,” stated Anne. Continued on Page 2

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The SUDS European Trigames 2021, a multisport event, takes place in Ferrara, Italy, from 4-11 October - hosting teams with athletes with Down syndrome from over 15 countries in 8 sports. full story on page 2

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Continued from page 1 “We have many concerns including the fact that there has never been an Environmental Impact Assessment carried out in relation to this project. As well as that, the bog is home to many forms of wildlife including the Curlew bird which is close to extinction. “Curlews nest in Ardee Bog and a recent report has shown that there has been a 96% decline in numbers since the 1980s and it is in danger of extinction in Ireland. I think a lot of people tend to underestimate just how important our bogs are and how vital a role they play in combatting the climate crisis. “Ardee Bog is the last and most easterly Raised Bog in Ireland. It is a proposed

Natural Heritage Area, and a site of national ecological significance. It needs to be protected from so-called "development" and left to regenerate. This bog is an important store of carbon, helping to control greenhouse gasses and also an important store of water within river catchments. “Bogs act as a sponge and help to alleviate flooding and I can guarantee you that if that road is built through Ardee Bog there will be all sorts of issues with flooding around Ardee in the years ahead. Untold damage will be done to farmers, businesses, Ardee Golf Club and our local communities. “The plans for this bypass were drawn up twenty years ago and

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we believe they are outdated and not fit for purpose today. Traffic congestion in the town of Ardee is largely

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Reaching his full potential as an individual, but also belonging to a group, is a part of David O’Hare’s life journey. David started training with Glenmore athletics club, at Bush track early 2020 and continued in 2021 after lockdown was eased. Kenneth McBride, Glenmore chairperson, became David’s coach and although it was the first time training

an athlete with Down syndrome, Kenneth did not shy away from the task at hand. Training in an inclusive setting made David feel part of the club and a worthy athlete. Having a training partner, which David found in Franco van Heerden, then added another facet, as people with Down syndrome are strong visual learners and can quickly replicate what the other athlete does. Currently there are no events locally in Ireland tailored for athletes with Down syndrome to compete against their peers. This upcoming European Championship only for athletes with Down syndrome will serve as a great first competition, as postpandemic the event will be on a smaller scale with fewer athletes. David will be able to experience athletics against his peers with Down syndrome for the first time ever. “I could see the look of pure joy and belonging on David’s face during the Futsal Talent Days for players with Down syndrome in 2019 – he instantly felt at home and truly

a disability specific setting”, said Caroline, David’s mother. In Italy, David will share in the experience of travel, dinners, training and competing. Not only will he be able to observe the skills and abilities of the other athletes, but also have the opportunity to socialize with his peers off the field. Few people realise that inclusion and disability specific participation in sports, go hand in hand. Both are essential components - each providing the athlete with a different aspect, which in the end leads to him being a well-rounded athlete. Inclusion gives a sense of belonging, whilst a disability specific setting creates a level playing field when competing. The SUDS European Trigames 2021, a multisport event, takes place in Ferrara, Italy, from 4-11 October hosting teams with athletes with Down syndrome from over 15 countries in 8 sports. David will be travelling with his mother Caroline to Ferrara on the 3rd of

caused by traffic on the N2 coming from Dublin, Slane, Collon, Carrickmacross as well as two local primary schools, a community school, housing estates (some existing 18 years ago as well as a lot of new developments built since). All this traffic from the N2 gets bottlenecked at a little bridge over the river Dee; it is not traffic from the N52. If this road project aims to solve the traffic problem in Ardee, then it needs to relieve traffic

from the N2 rather than the N52. This Bypass is not bypassing the right part of town,” claimed Anne. “We have laid out are concerns with Minister Ryan now and we are hopeful that he will listen to us and act accordingly,” she added. However local TD’s Peter Fitzpatrick and Fergus O’Dowd have both voiced support for the project with the latter seeking an update from Inister Ryan as recently as last week. During his exchange

with the Minister it was revealed that €8.1m had already been spent on theproject. “Ardee town has been choked with traffic for decades. Fumes and heavy goods vehicles clog the town. It is critical that the bypass be built. Money has been allocated to it. How much funding has been spent to date, what are the timelines for commencement, and will the Minister make a statement on the matter,” asked Deputy O’Dowd.

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Finding accommodation is not an issue for majority of DkIT students By Tamara O’Connell

DUNDALK Institute of Technology (DkIT) Student President Christopher O’Neill has said that local students have had an easier time sourcing accommodation than students in Limerick, Maynooth and Galway. According to Christopher DkIT’s student accommodation is full with a waiting list in place for people hopeful of cancellations. “The college’s student accommodation is full for the first time in years and there’s a waiting list in place for some students,” he

said. “If we receive a call from a student about accommodation, we direct them to DkIT’s website. We have landlords signed up who want to showcase their properties. “There’s been a slight shortage in terms of accommodation but nothing like what is happening in Limerick, Maynooth and Galway.” Christopher added: “We have been busy and have been lucky in that capacity. But if DkIT keeps on growing an accommodation shortage could affect us in the future.”

Ludlow verdict ‘extrememly disappointing’- O’Murchú The rejection of the Supreme Court of the arguments made by the family of Dundalk man Seamus Ludlow, who was killed in 1976, is ‘extremely disappointing’, according to Sinn Féin TD Ruairí Ó Murchú. The seven-judge Supreme Court’s unanimous decision, published today, rejected the Ludlow family’s argument that the State should be compelled to hold an investigation into the handling of the Garda investigation of the killing. Deputy Ó Murchú, who has supported the Ludlow family’s campaign for an inquiry, said: ‘This is another extremely

Sinn Féin TD Ruairí Ó Murchú.

disappointing day for the Ludlow family who have campaigned for many years for justice for Seamus. ‘The family’s case was argued very well at

the Supreme Court by their legal team, and this is not the outcome they wanted. The judgement acknowledges there were failures by the State to investigate

Seamus’s death properly, but there is no remedy to that fact for the family. ‘They have been campaigning for justice for many years and they intend to continue that by using multiple means to bring a just conclusion. ‘I admire their fortitude and tenacity in this campaign. ‘They are in discussions with their solicitors about their legal options. ‘The family has been failed many times by the Gardaí and successive governments over many years and they deserve the justice that has so long been denied to

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Cllr Edel Corrigan urges Housing List Applicants to take note of upcoming Housing Needs Assessment Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan is urging all relevant applicants on Louth County Council's housing waiting list to take note and comply with the upcoming Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) being carried out by Louth County Council over the coming weeks. Cllr Corrigan said “The Housing Assessments Unit of Louth County Council are commencing a ‘Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA)’ which is a review of those applicants for social housing supports that were qualified on the social housing waiting list prior to 31st  July 2020 but excluding those applicants that were reviewed during the SSHA 2020.  “The Council will write to the relevant

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documentation within the specified timeframe, your application for social housing support will be terminated.   “Previous HNA  has seen large numbers of cases closed, some due to people simply just NOT returning the forms resulting in their waiting time on the housing list gone.   “I am urging everyone who gets these forms to promptly return them along with any documentation required. Your years built up on the housing list are invaluable; do not lose them out of complacency.”   If you have any queries regarding completion of the form or the supporting documentation required, please contact Louth County Council on 1890 202 303 or email

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Peader recalls brave nephew Timothy McSweeney who died in 9/11 attacks

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As the dust settles on the anniversary of the attack of the twin towers on 9/11 a Dundalk man has been remembering the life of his nephew Timothy McSweeney who died during that tragic event. Peader Hughes says his nephew was a very popular character who loved Dundalk and often visited the town forming friendships with a number of fire fighters in town. Timothy’s mother Maureen Hughes was born and raised in the Laurels, Dundalk before emigrating to New York to work as a nurse when she was in her early twenties. There she met Denis McSweeney, a New York fireman who she married and settled down with. The couple would have four children including first born Timothy. According to Peader his nephew always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the FDNY. “Timothy was a great fellow and a very popular guy. He was over 6ft and something of

a gentle giant. He followed in his Dad’s footsteps and joined the Fire Department in New York where he was assigned to Ladder Company 3 in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. He was very proud of his Dundalk roots and he made regular visits to the town both as a boy and a man. He absolutely loved Dundalk and over the years he became very good friends with a few of the firemen down in Dundalk station. Whenever he came over for a visit we would all go down to McAlester’s in Bridge Street for a pint and he absolutely loved that,” recalls Peader. Timothy was on duty when two hijacked airplanes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Centre. He and his colleagues were amongst the first on the scene and whilst helping burn victims in Tower 1 it is believed the tower collapsed in on them killing both Timothy and eleven of his colleagues. Timothy left behind a loving wife (Debbie) and three kids. According

to Peader there was shock and sorrow around town when the news came that Timothy had been killed in the attack. “We got word from my brother and sisters who were also living in America at the time and we were stunned. Maureen had died six months beforehand which was probably for the best as it would have broken her heart to see her son die like that,” explained Peader. “His Dad Denis and his family were understandably distraught upon hearing the news. It was just all so sad. I know that a group of lads from the fire station who he considered great pals travelled over to New York for his funeral. We always think of him around this time of year and probably even more so this year given the fact it is the twentieth anniversary of the attack. For me I will always remember his great big smile and his love for this town,” stated Peader.

A thank you from Rape Crisis North East The Cooley Camino 10k sponsored walk took place on the glorious sunny morning of Sunday 12th of September in aid of Rape Crisis North East. A large number of people participated on the walk travelling from many parts of our region including Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan, Dublin and other surrounding areas. “This was the first walk of its kind for Rape Crisis North East” quoted Grace McArdle, Manager of RCNE, “One of which we plan to hold annually. The atmosphere was electric and people were buzzing as this event for many was their first social gathering since the lifting of some of the covid-19 restrictions”. “It was such a delight to be led up the Tain Way by Clodagh McKevitt. Clodagh guided us towards Barnavave and the Cross, down by the deserted village and back via a scenic route facing the Mourne Mountains. The scenery along the route was breathtaking with views of the Mourne Mountains and Dundalk Bay, the pre-famine deserted village, a megalithic tomb, wild horses in the distance and sheep galore to keep us company! Clodagh spoke passionately about the pre-famine years in the deserted village, possibly one of the most intriguing sites in Carlingford and Cooley Peninsula. She regaled everyone with tall and short tales of the surrounding landscape and folklore. Clodagh’s enthusiasm and energy generated an electric atmosphere amongst the walkers keeping it fun and entertaining for everyone involved” said RCNE Manager, Grace McArdle. The walk finished back in the Foy Community Centre where everyone relaxed with tea/coffee and sandwiches which was very much appreciated after a 3 hour walk. A great day was enjoyed by all and the positive energy and goodwill was palpable. We would like to say a huge thank you to Clodagh McKevitt of Anam Tours and her brilliant

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team of volunteer leaders who gave their time and expertise so freely to help our service. We would like to thank our local Red Cross both Gabrial and Zelda for accompanying us on the walk and reassuring us that help was on hand should we come into any difficulty. We would like to thank Cheetah Money, Matthews Bus and Dermot Lavery Solicitors, the chief sponsors behind our walk and also our sincere thank you to Graham Norton who designed our wonderful logo which we plan to use for years to come. We would like to thank all the volunteers here today, Gerry Norton, Lada & Eugene abdrakhmanova, The Foy Centre Conor McCaughley RCNE board director, Ken Finnegan Photographer and all the local radio stations, newspapers for promoting our Cooley Camino Walk Fundraiser. We would also like to thank the staff at RCNE, in particularly Jennifer Norton as she was the driving force behind the organising and implementation of the Cooley Camino Walk. And finally, we would like to thank all of the people for participating in the walk and raising much needed funds for our services. Rape Crisis North East could not do what it does without the generous support of a caring community. RCNE Helpline is 1800 21 21 22

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Encore Productions return to An Táin stage

As venues across the land open their doors once more, An Táin Arts Centre’s theatre company in residence - Encore Productions, are proud to be back with their brand new show - 'Aesop'. Audiences last saw Encore Productions in 'Courage' back in 2019. A production of 'Our Town' in 2020 was one of many planned shows to vanish into lockdown but at last the group of actors from RehabCare in Dundalk have the green light to do what they love best - perform real live theatre to a real live audience! Taking its inspiration from Ancient Greek theatre, 'Aesop' tells the tale of a man born into slavery who used his intelligence and empathy to create tales of animals and trees, of sun and wind - fables which gave a strong message of freedom and fairness to those who would wield power over others. 2500 years on these tales are as vivid and topical as the day they were first told. While the life journey of  Aesop  is acted out on stage, the scenes are interspersed with bold animations which bring the fables themselves thrillingly to life. Stunning costumes, atmospheric music and passionate performances by the cast guarantee a show that will delight audiences of all ages. According to Mary Frances McAteer who plays the role of Agnes - ‘the public know full well that our shows are always fantastic’ while Paddy Durnin, who takes the role of the god Apollo, believes audiences are ready to really experience the spectacle of a live show. Melissa Fox who plays the Oracle thinks it is the tense rivalry between Apollo and Aesop that drives the story forward, while Rodger Zyro, who plays Aesop himself is convinced that his character’s djourney through a violent society has a passion that will really grab the audience s As service users at RehabCare Dundalk, the

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cast and their families had to cope with the closure of face to face services from March of last year. Support was initially given through phone calls and online meetings, evolving into house visits to people’s gardens with activity packs to help everyone continue to feel connected to ‘normality’. After the isolations of lockdown, it is a joy for the cast and crew to be preparing for live performance once more. Oliver Hanratty who takes on the part of Dionysus pointed out that he and many others of the cast have been performing for up to 20 years and the process of devising new plays and working together to bring them to their beloved audience is a huge part of their lives. Oliver, who leads a theatrical double life, recently received a medal for 20 years of performance with Dundalk Musical Society. The remaining cast members Sandra Shields, Dolores McKeever, Jamie Linden, Martin Hanley, David Coyle, Olivia McGinnity and Anita Guest couldn’t agree more and cannot wait to entertain the town again. Over the last 18 months we have gone from being isolated at home with a script to slowly reintroducing the group in small numbers at our centre in Carroll

Village or in the Outcomer’s Centre to eventually returning, socially distanced, to An Táin Arts centre where the access to a larger space was a huge bonus to the group not only creatively, but socially also. In previous years of their residency at An Táin, Encore have taken part in workshops with visiting professional theatre companies to learn the skills that they have used to develop their productions. This was not possible during restrictions and was replaced by on - line resources from The National Theatre in London. By the summer, restrictions had eased sufficiently to allow the group to take part in theatre skills workshops with Quintessence Theatre Company in Clan Na Gael football club.


Bridge Street Studio based artist Orlaith Cullinane has gone back to original sources – Greek vase painting and sculpture to seek inspiration for her animations (voiced by Therese Baxter), while the videos of the gods in their home among the clouds created by Dara McCluskey have the poise and sheen of Michelangelo. Blackrock’s very own Eileen Johnston has created sumptuous costumes that will transport the audience back through the millennia to the distant days of ancient Greece. As ever Jason Kelly will be up in the light box, this time teaming up with Encore newcomer James Cassidy. The show is directed by Sandy Sneddon assisted by stage veterans Grainne O’Hanlon and Rachel Tinniswood who also take stage management and performance roles. With passionate performances, animation and video this show has something for everyone and with audiences having been forced to stay at home for so long there has never been a better time to get some tickets and head to An Táin Arts centre for a wonderful live show made right here in Dundalk!! Show times are 8pm Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th October – tickets 10euro (plus 1.50 booking fee) and a Matinee at 11.30 am Wednesday 13th October –tickets 3.50 (plus 1.50 booking fee). Tickets from the box office on 0429332332/


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Bernie fills late husband Hugh’s vacant council seat Bernie Conlon is set to fill the vacant seat of her late husband, Hugh Conlon, on Louth County Council. Bernie was co-opted onto the seat after she was nominated by Councillor Jim Tenanty and seconded by Councillor Maeve Yore. “I seconded the proposal because although no-one could forsee Hugh’s passing, I know ye will all show kindness, love and support to Bernie as she keeps Hugh’s legacy alive,” said Cllr Yore. She added: “And I look forward to working with and helping Bernie as independent women in Louth.” An independent councillor from Dunleer, Hugh Conlon was first elected as a councillor in 1985. Sadly, he died in July. Bernie was co-opted onto Hugh’s vacant seat at the local authority’s

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monthly meeting on Monday, September 20. “It was very emotional. To be coopted under those circumstances is not ideal but I want to continue to do what Hugh’s done,” she said. “I was a little nervous. I didn’t want to break down so I

was trying to keep my composure and I did. “It would have been very important to Hugh for the seat to remain in Dunleer and I know that he’d be happy seeing me in his seat.” Bernie added: “The Ardee Municicpal area has now become equally gender balanced. It’s 50/50 men and women which

is great. “Hugh was involved in a lot of organisations and committees and I’m going to get involved in those too so I’ll be very busy. “The phone’s been hopping non-stop. I met Hugh when I was 17 and we were married for 38 years so I understand the life of a politician.”

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THE Louth County Council Riverside Walkway and Outdoor Centre has been renamed in memory of a Dundalk solider who died in Lebanon. Private Michael McNeela was raised on the Lisdoo Road close to the walkway which is located from the Lisdoo to the Tain Bridge in Dundalk.   The Michael McNeela branch of ‘One’

announced the renaming of the walkway and outdoor centre on Monday, 20th September. Michael’s parents, John and Kathleen, and his sister, Julie, unveiled the walkway signs, in front of local dignitaries, and O/C 27 Inf Bn. Lt.Col. David O’Shaughnessy and fellow veterans. Jim McEneaney the chairman of the Michael McNeela Branch paid tribute to Michael ahead of the unveiling of the two

John (father), Kathleen (mother) and Julie (sister) McNeela unveil new sign.

The McNeela’s unveiled two new signs at the McNeela Walkway on Monday.

Jim McEneaney (Dundalk Michael McNeela Branch Chairman), Jim May (National President Óglaigh Naisúnta na hÉireann) and Ollie O’Connor (CEO)

walkway signs. This Riverside Walkway is now dedicated as: “The Pte Michael McNeela Riverside Walkway and Outdoor Fitness Centre”.   Michael was born on the 24th July 1967 and raised on the Lisdoo road close to the walkway.  He joined the Defence Forces on 10th November 1986 and served with the 27 Inf.

Bn., Aikens Barracks in Dundalk. On the 24th February 1989 while serving with the 64 Inf.Bn. on active service with the United Nations Michael was killed at Post 6-38 Alpha, in Haddatha village in south Lebanon. Michael gave his life in the service of peace. Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (ONE) provides Support, Comradeship, Advocacy and Remembrance (SCAR) for Irish Veterans.

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nearly two years ago since the area was last attended to by anybody. There are multiple bags of rubbish all along the alleyway and the weeds are almost as tall as I am. The place has become a breeding ground for rats and I know of a number of residents in Woodview Park who have complained of seeing a number of rats in their gardens. “We have asked the council to help us out but there is nothing being done. If it is not their duty to clear this area then whose is it? I don’t know if that alleyway is deemed as private or council land but whoever owns it needs to do

something about it. There needs to be at the very least a CCTV camera installed at the side of the alleyway to deter dumpers or catch them in the act. This place is a health risk to all local residents and it is shocking how bad things have got down here. “People are coming down here to dump their bags of rubbish and they keep on doing it because nothing is being done about it. We need help and I would ask somebody from Louth County Council to advise us on how we can sort out this issue once and for all,” stated Robert.

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be a fund for emergencies cases like the one this man encountered last weekend? “This guy was at his wits end and in a state of depression and when he looked for help he was told there wasn’t any. He has recently split up with his girlfriend and that is why he is homeless. This is something that could happen at anytime to anyone of us and I am asking the question where is the safety net for situations like this? The Simon community are permanently full and from what I can see there are no other options open so the question I am asking is where is the so called emergency accommodation for this town? Is there any?,” asked Luke. When asked by the Dundalk Leader what options are available

in cases like this Paddy Donnelly, Director of Services in Louth County Council said that it was imperative that ‘clients in trouble continuously engage with the homeless team to ensure that their housing needs are being met’. “Clients experiencing homelessness, whether short term or long term, who present to Louth County Council will be supported through the application of relevant options to address a Client's current situation. “In some instances , and for many different reasons, an offer of supported accommodation may not immediately be made to a Client. Clients are , however, required to continuously engage with the Homeless Team to ensure that their ongoing housing needs are being met. “The Council places great emphasis on the need for strictest confidentiality in respect of our clients and therefore the Council will not comment on the specifics of individual cases,” concluded Paddy.

1 - Who, in 1990 became the first chancellor of a united Germany? 2 - Which car manufacturer produces the Mustang car? 3 - Recently deceased John Challis played which popular character in BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses? 4 - Astana is the capital of which Central Asian country? 5 - What number do you get if you add eh total number of league titles won by Dundalk FC and the total number of Sam Maguires won by the Louth Senior Mens Footballers? 6 - How many balls, including the white cue ball, are on a snooker table (before any are potted)? 7 - What animal is Snowball in George Orwell's book Animal Farm?

8 - Which Irish presenter hosted UK series ‘This is your life’ between 1955 and 1964 and from 1969 to 1987? 9 - Where in Dundalk was ‘Gallows Hill’ the scene of public executions located? 10 - Ireland's first ever all-weather horse race meeting took place on 26 August 2007 on which racecourse? The Stinker: What has most bones: the skull, hand, or foot (as in, a single foot and hand)

—this week’s answers— Answers: 1- Helmut Kohl, 2- Ford, 3- Boycie, 4- Kazakhstan, 5- 17 (14+3) 6- 22 7- Pig, 8Eamonn Andrews, 9- Carrick Road, 10- Dundalk. The Stinker: The hand with 27 bones (a foot has 26 bones, and the skull has 22 bones)


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John Mitchels GFC Brief

John Mitchels GFC are running an adult only 6K Fun run/walk on Sunday 26th September, starting at 12pm. Registration can be done on Clubforce or directly with a member of the crew from 11 am on the day at our Club grounds in Ballybailie.  The registration fee is €20.  Strict Covid-19 guidelines will be in operation.  We would love if you would come along and join us for this enjoyable event.



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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 known to fail). MCA 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 known to fail). L 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 be-

come your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). AD 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 known to fail). DW 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 known to fail). IM 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 known to fail). PT

The Prayer to St Jude O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honoureth and invoketh thee universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, who am so miserable. Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to mine assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolation and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, to always honour thee as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to thee. Amen. DW

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Any young people who are interested in drama are asked to contact M.A.D Youth Theatre.

M.A.D Youth theatre seeking new members

M.A.D Youth Theatre is looking for new members between the ages of 12- 21 years old. No experience needed but must have an interest in drama. MAD YT have been working with young people throughout the pandemic, keeping them engage in a variety of projects despite the obstacles. Short films, radio plays, fashion shows and performances online are just a some successful creative outcomes produced by the young people of MAD. "It was challenging at first, but we learned to adapt to the new normal. This ensured our young people got the creative and social outlet they needed to cope..." (Kwasie Boyce Artistic Director) Now with the easing of restrictions we can open our doors to new members and resume in person workshops. We have so much to look forward to in the coming months with guest facilitators, new artistic programmes

Phoenix Ryder's winning entry.

and we are currently writing an original musical supported by Creative Ireland and the Arts Council. M.A.D Youth Theatre offers Social, Personal and Artistic Development programmes to their members with opportunities to engage in unique projects and collaborations outside of MAD YT.  We want to give everyone the opportunity to take part, and encourage young people from backgrounds who has an interest in drama to see for themselves on the open day this Wednesday 22nd. However spaces are limited so you must book ahead to get a place.  For information and booking Contact HYPERLINK "mailto:info@"info@ 0831404747. Or visit Instagram and Facebook @madyouththeatre. 

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Daragh Roddy's winning entry.

Senan Campbell's winning entry.


Three Dundalk students have won top prizes in this year’s 67th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, the results of which were delayed until now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  They were Daragh Roddy (15) from De La Salle College for his work entitled ‘Vanilla’; Phoenix Ryder (8) from St. Malachy's Boys' National School for his work entitled ‘Ronaldo’ and Senan Campbell (5) from Monksland National School, Carlingford for his work entitled ‘Beach Days’.  All were winners of Special Merit Awards for artworks that Final Adjudicator, Professor Declan McGonagle said: “demonstrated high levels of skill and imagination”. The Texaco Children’s Art Competition

is popularly regarded as the longest-running sponsorship in the history of arts sponsoring in Ireland, with an unbroken history that dates back to the very first Competition held in 1955. This year, as has been the case throughout its life, it has been a platform on which young artists from Louth and counties throughout Ireland have had their talents recognised and their creativity commended. From September 14 to October 2, Drogheda’s Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s Competition. Admission is free and further information is available at HYPERLINK "http://"



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