February 2023


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Gerry Foran RIP

The death has taken place of Gerry Foran, one of Dundalk’s best known musicians who played with the legendary Paragon 7 showband.

Gerry’s lifelong passion for music began when as a young child he learned to play the guitar with Jim Fergus, a member of the original Merry Macs.

They were enormously successful, playing to packed ballrooms up and down the country and also played in England, Scotland and Germany, playing in the Star Club, Hamburg, made famous by The Beatles.

His love for the stage saw him documenting Dundalk’s entertainment scene in a series of books ‘”Break A Leg” the History of Entertainment in Dundalk and Surrounding Areas’.

He was very proud of his family and delighted that they shared his love of music.

Joe Martin RIP

Joe Martin who has died at the age of 91 was the 4th highest scorer in the history of Dndalk FC, helping them to a FAI Cup medal in 1952.

But more than that, Joe who was born and lived all his life in Dundalk, was an engaging personality, who acted as MC at a host of charity events in the town and became a very popular presenter on local radio, hosting music of his own choice that he selected to match the profile of his audience.

It was however as a bustling centre-forward with a deceptively long stride that fooled defenders, that Joe
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The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2022 is Amy Broadhurst.

The Dundalk fighter had, quite literally, the perfect year, winning every one of her bouts en route to taking gold at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and European Championships, Michael Conlon the only other Irish boxer to have achieved that feat. And just for good measure, she was named “Boxer of the Tournament” at the Europeans.

Government pledges €800 tax free boost to house people fleeing war

Louth County Council is appealing to owners of unoccupied properties to offer them as temporary homes for people fleeing the devastating war in Ukraine.

The call is part of a new government initiative, led by local authorities, to make use of unoccupied houses, apartments or holiday homes to house Ukrainian people and families.

A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available for properties used to house those arriving from Ukraine. This payment rate applies from December 1st 2022.

More than 60,000 people have arrived to Ireland from Ukraine seeking safety and the vast majority need accommodation.

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Cop27 UN climate talks in Egypt

Political leaders from around the globe have a “special responsibility” to urgently drive the transformation needed to tackle climate change, Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said.

He made the comments as he prepares to attend the Cop27 UN climate talks in Egypt.

The climate change conference takes place in Sharm El-Sheikh this week.

Mr Martin will attend the event as well as Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora Colm Brophy.

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Table quiz is back at usual venue

BLACKROCK Tidy Towns are to run their annual table quiz next month for the first time in three years, having suspended the popular event during Covid.

The committee have decided on Wednesday November 9 as the date for the quiz, and are to return to what was the usual venue for the staging of the event, that is Dundalk golf club.

It is an event and date that those who enjoy a good night’s entertainment might wish to take a note of and keep their diary free for that night.

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Carnival Day at Faughart CNS

It was a ‘Carnival’ day at Faughart CNS as the entire school community enjoyed an end of year celebration.

Pupils, staff and parents celebrated the end of a particularly busy year, the first full school year since the onset of the Covid pandemic.

It was also a successful year for the pupils and staff, with a number of awards received including the SFI Badge of Excellence, with Faughart being named as one of only three schools in Louth to attain the accoldate.

Faughart CNS was also Highly Commended in the National Minecraft Competition.

The school has had a steady increase in enrolment over the last four years and will
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Dundalk Counselling Centre ‘Oakdene’ is celebrating forty years of helping the local community

Dundalk Counselling Centre ‘Oakdene’ is celebrating forty years of helping the local community, with the demand for its services as high now as ever.

Set up in 1982 in response to the devastating impact which high levels of unemployment and poverty were having on people’s mental health, including refugees who had escaped the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Centre proved to be a beacon in how a community can help itself.

Many of those who have been involved in this valuable work were present on Friday when the Centre proudly launched the first of its 40 year celebration events with planting of an oak tree, followed
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Dundalk’s Mini-Marathon queen Joan

There has been widespread sadness at the death of Joan Brady at her home Ashgrove, Avenue Road, Dundalk, on Sunday.

Joan, who was originally from Dublin, was known far and wide as an inspirational participant in the Dublin Women’s Mini-Marathon – taking part in every event since it began in 1983.

She had taken up walking as a form of exercise after seeing people doing it in Central Park while on a trip to New York and set up the Dundalk Joggers and Walkers in the early 1980s.

The group met twice a week and were unique at the time as it provided women with
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Assist Ukraine in the Marshes

Dundalk-based Marshes wants to practically assist families and children caught in the conflict by collecting items to keep them safe, warm and fed.

It has set-up a designated drop-off point adjacent to the centre’s Customer Information Desk where items can be donated to its Ukraine Emergency Appeal.

Dry and canned foods, non-perishable cooking supplies, hygiene kits including soap, sanitary products, baby wipes and nappies, blankets and first aid kits, warm clean clothes, batteries and torches will all be accepted.

Items donated will go the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

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Random Quote

“Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Your action for today is to take something that you think is bad and see if you can see something good in it and vice-versa.

— William Shakespeare