May 2021


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St Nicholas NS in Nicholas Street

Pupils and staff of St Nicholas NS in Nicholas Street are looking forward to the completion next year of a €3 million extension to the school.

Work began in February and is expected to be finished in April 2022.

On the ground floor of the two-storey extension to the front of the original building will be a special needs unit for children with autism, with three new mainstream classrooms overhead.

The development also includes a sensory room and sensory garden.

At the moment pupils are accommodated across three sites. Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class remain in the school, while 2nd to 6th Classes have moved to Wellington Hall.

The Autism Classes, Infants and 1st Class returned on 22 February, followed by 2nd to 6th on 1 March.

The autism unit, The Haven, is housed in a prefab on the adjacent Coláiste Rís playing fields, where it has been for the last couple of years.

Dundalk schools included in hot meals scheme

Four schools in Dundalk have been included in a programme that will see pupils get hot meals.

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys launched the Hot School Meals Programme which has been expanded this year benefiting 35,000 pupils in 189 primary schools.

The extension of the scheme means primary school pupils who had been getting a cold lunch will now be given a hot meal.

The Dundalk schools selected to be part of this year’s scheme are Redeemer Boys National School, Redeemer Girls National School, St. Nicholas’ Monastery National School and St Joseph’s National School.

Schools will be expected to provide a menu choice
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Cuchualinn Cycling Club make special presentation.

Cuchualinn Cycling Club recently held their AGM online and a productive meeting was had, with attendance well up on previous years.

Children’s Safeguarding Officer Philip Kerley did make a special presentation to Kevin Dolan, whom after 56 years involved in the club was stepping down. Kevin has been on both sides of the table having started racing with the club in 1964. His road and track racing career was incredibly successful, which saw him win 27 senior national medals, alongside numerous race wins, including two editions of the prestigious Tour of Ulster. He also rode in Ireland’s premier cycling event The Rás on 6
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Darkness into light – 8th May 2021.

THE dusk to dawn ‘Darkness Into Light’ walk has been a date to save for thousands of people across Louth over the last few years.

But with Covid restrictions continuing to impact on public events, the annual Darkness into Light event will take on Saturday 8th May 2021 with participants asked to complete the 5km walk or run in their own time and while adhering to all public health guideline that are relevant at the time.

Seán Kelly, Event Director for Dundalk added ‘ Our DIL 2021 event will be entirely community based. Walkers will take part in
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Dundalk coach Shane Keegan set for move into hurling management

Former League of Ireland manager and current member of the Dundalk FC backroom team Shane Keegan is set for a move into hurling management.

Keegan has had stints in charge of Galway United and Wexford Youths in the League of Ireland but Laois Today are reporting that he will take charge of the 2019 county senior champions Rathdowney Errill for the new campaign.

The Rathdowney native was ratified as the club’s new manager over the weekend. And while he is most readily associated with soccer, he is a highly regarded coach who had been linked to the Meath hurling role at one stage.

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Liam Reilly, lead singer of Irish band Bagatelle, has died aged 65.

Liam Reilly, who was from Dundalk, also represented Ireland at the 1990 Eurovision song contest, finishing in second place with the track Somewhere In Europe.

The singer and songwriter’s family confirmed in a statement that he had died at his home on 1 January.

Liam was behind Bagatelle’s biggest hit, Summer In Dublin, which was released in 1980.

His family said: “With sad hearts, the family of Liam Reilly, musician, songwriter and frontman of Bagatelle, wish to confirm that he passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home on 1 January 2021.

“We know that his many friends and countless fans around
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Marist priests to end service of Holy Family Church, Dundalk

The Marist Fathers in Ireland have announced they will no longer serve the parish of the Holy Family Church in Dundalk, due to a shortage of priests available to continue working in the community there.

In a video statement broadcast on Facebook on Sunday afternoon (see below), Father Cormac McNamara confirmed the news, saying the priests will stay working in the parish until the Autumn of 2021.

“The Marist priests have been reflecting on our presence in Ireland, in light of our changing circumstances. These circumstances include the ageing and dwindling number of Irish arts priests, whose average age is 74,” he said.

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disABILITY Louth

disABILItY Louth is a Voluntary Group formed to Promote, Represent, Develop and Engage the interests of Persons with disABILItY in Co.Louth.

If you are intetested in joining please phone 085 8660507

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Dundalk to face Arsenal in group stages

The League of Ireland champions were in pot four for the draw made at Uefa headquarters in Nyon on Friday and will now meet Arsenal, Rapid Vienna and Molde in the group stages which will be played between October 22nd and December 10th.

For obvious reasons Arsenal would have been one of the clubs Dundalk were hoping to be drawn against but, as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, they won’t be able to cash in on the full Aviva Stadium that a meeting with last year’s beaten finalists would usually get.

All in all it’s a tough draw
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Talking Newspapers – Lions Club

Dundalk Lions Club would like to let people know that the ‘Talking Newspapers’ service continues for the visually impaired. Each week, members of the Lions Club read and record articles from The Argus and Dundalk Democrat onto CDs.

These CDs are then distributed in custom-made wallets to listeners in various parts of Co. Louth. Listeners can reverse the address labels in the wallets for return to the Lions Club. An Post does not charge for delivery or return of the wallets so there is no cost to the listeners. Dundalk Lions Club provides the CDs free of charge.

CDs are usually posted on Wednesday
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