Second approach to a child in Blackrock being investigated

Gardai have confirmed they are investigating a second approach to a child in Blackrock.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon with the child being approached by the occupant of dark blue car.

It follows another attempted abduction in the Cocklehill area of the village earlier this month when an another child was attempted to be lured into a car.

Parents are advised to be vigilant and keep children in their sights at all times.

Sligo rage that Setanta Cup final is not fixed for The Showgrounds

Tallaght Stadium will host the Setanta Cup final on May 10th

Tallaght Stadium will host the Setanta Cup final on May 10th

In a statement issued yesterday, Sligo Rovers have expressed ‘great disappointment’ that their home ground, The Showgrounds, was not chosen as the venue for this year’s Setanta Sports Cup final.

The contest will see the Bit O’Red take on Dundalk in the final, which will be played at Tallaght Stadium on 10 May.

A statement released by Sligo Rovers read: “The club’s reaction is one of great disappointment that The Showgrounds will not host the final.”

Sligo Rovers chairman Dermot Kelly said: “It would have been a great credit for all the improvements and investment we have made to the ground in the last number of years to host the game.”

However, Dundalk were never in favour of bringing the final to Sligo, which would have effectively handed home advantage to Ian Baraclough’s side.

When contacted by RTÉ Sport, Dundalk chairman Ciaran Bond said: “You have to play a final at the best stadium in country and after the Aviva it’s Tallaght Stadium.

“A cup final of this magnitude should be played in a neutral venue.”

Sligo’s Kelly added: “The club would have been confident of a capacity crowd and to bring the match to a venue in Dublin that has attracted diminishing attendances in finals – in which the tenants of Tallaght Stadium have participated – makes little sense.”

“The region would have backed the occasion massively but it’s likely now to get ‘lost’ in South County Dublin.”

“Sligo Rovers made a proposal to the Setanta Sports Cup committee to host the game for a smaller cost, a likely sell-out crowd and less travelling time for those attending.”

Green welcomes speed calming measures on the Avenue Road

Cllr Jennifer Green

Cllr Jennifer Green

Dundalk Town Councillor Jennifer Green has welcomed speed calming measures on the Avenue Road around Medebawn.

A number of residents of the estate were concerned about the excessive speeds from vehicles on the Avenue Road and made representation to the council.

Sinn Féin’s Cllr Green was pleased to receive notification from the Town Engineer that ‘funding has being secured for a Low Cost Safety Scheme for 2014 at this location’.

The local election candidate explained that “this means the scheme is to include the extension of the footpath along the northern side of the road and a pedestrian crossing at Medebawn over towards the shop.”

Parents in particular have been concerned as their secondary school children have to cross the road to access the school bus.

“School times are a particularly busy time of the day anyway and as a mother myself, I can appreciate the parents’ concerns.”

Cllr Green continued: “This is good news and very much welcomed. The council recognised this problem and have acted appropriately.”


Pearse Óg to host The Contender tonight


Pearse Óg Hurling Club will host The Contender white collar boxing fundraiser tonight in The Fairways Hotel.

The event is being run in aid of the club’s underage hurling setup, with proceeds from the sale of the programme also going towards the Children’s Respite Centre in Lordship.

The event gets underway at 8pm, with admission €20.

Dundalk Grammar student elected president of ISSU


Craig McHugh's election poster

Craig McHugh’s election poster

17-year-old Dundalk Grammar School student Craig McHugh was elected president of the Irish Secondary Students’ Union on Wednesday after fighting off competition from across the island at the ballot box.

Craig announced his interest for running as president only last Sunday after a friend had recommended his characteristics and qualities would suit the role better than his earlier decision for running as PRO.

The elections took place as part of the 2014-2015 ISSU AGM, which were held at Liberty Hall and was attended by over 100 delegates representing schools from across Ireland.

Craig’s day was filled with canvassing for votes and speaking to the delegates about what he felt he could do to help the students of Ireland.

He said: “As president I will campaign diligently for reform in second level education in Ireland, if the students have ideas then those ideas should be put forward to the people who can make them become a reality.”

Craig also spoke from the heart in the run up to the election, saying: “We need to ensure that students taking the new junior cycle course receive a high quality of education with assessment that can be quantified across the nation.

“I want my brother, who starts first year in September, to have just as good if not better an education experience than I did.”

Craig’s passion for reform in second level education was mainly tailored around focusing on the importance of Career Guidance teachers in second level schools and catering for those who do not take up LCVP or Transition Year to offer them the opportunity of work placements as part of a more practical and efficient education system.

He said: “We need more practical experience in our education so that we can make better decisions for our college choices like work placements. These shouldn’t be exclusive to LCVP or TY Students, as well as that career guidance teachers, we need more of them and we need more time with them.”

Craig will be officially introduced to the role of president next Friday by outgoing president  Mark Caffrey next Friday at the ISSU’s first meeting of the new executive in Dublin.

Craig told Talk of the Town he is very excited about leading such a passionate group of young people as representatives of Irish students.

“I am truly honoured to have been elected as president of the ISSU, the work this union has done and continues to do on behalf of Irish students is remarkable, and I am thrilled to be in the position I have been bestowed with. I look forward to an exciting year representing this body and working with some of the most articulate and diligent young people in the country.”

St Joseph’s GFC hosting bring and buy sale this weekend


St Joseph’s GFC will host a fundraising bring and buy sale in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital today and tomorrow in the Dromiskin Community Centre.

The event runs from 1pm to 6pm each day, with a free Easter egg hunt at 2pm on Easter Sunday.

For further details call in on either day or call Eamonn on 086-3401151.

Dundalk left to rue late Finn strike

Dundalk supporter David Lennon looks on at Oriel Park last night in front of a packed Shed. Picture: Jason McGee

Dundalk supporter David Lennon looks on at Oriel Park last night in front of a packed Shed. Picture: Jason McGee

Dundalk squandered the chance to maintain their two point lead at the top of the Premier Division table when Ronan Finn’s injury-time goal rescued 10 man Shamrock Rovers a 2-2 draw at Oriel Park last night.

To add to the Lilywhites’ woes, captain Stephen O’Donnell was stretchered off just before half-time with a suspect crucicate ligament injury that could rule the midfielder out for the season.

Rovers looked to be heading for defeat until Finn popped up on the right of the area in the 92nd minute to fire low past Peter Cherrie to rescue his side a share of the spoils.

Trevor Croly’s side had got off to a dream start when Ciaran Kilduff fired them ahead in the 13th minute after being slipped through by Finn.

However, Dundalk were gifted a route back into the game when Rovers hit the self destruct button on 56 minutes.

Firstly, Richie Towell levelled from the spot after his header came off the arm of Jason McGuinness. Then, as the home side celebrated, Rovers captain Conor Kenna was shown a straight red card for clashing with Daryl Horgan.

With the man advantage, Dundalk pressed for the lead and found it when Darren Meenan made it 2-1 with a cool finish under Barry Murphy in the 62nd minute.

The home side had chances to seal the game late on with Horgan and Meenan both missing one-on-one chances and they were made pay for those misses when Finn popped up with his late strike that means Dundalk fall off the summit on goal difference with Cork City now leading the way.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Higgins; Horgan (Shields 82), Towell, O’Donnell (Meenan 45), Mountney; Hoban (McMillan 84). Subs not used: Byrne, Griffin, Rossiter, Sava.

Shamrock Rovers: Murphy; Madden, Kenna, McGuinness, Heaney; Robinson; McCabe (Waters 66), McPhail (Bayly 68), Finn; Kilduff, Zayed (Cornwall 59). Subs not used: O’Connor, Sheppard, Hyland.

Referee: P McLaughlin (Monaghan).

Walking tour of Dundalk next Friday


The Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism Project will be hosting a walking tour of Dundalk this day week, Friday April 25th.

The urban geology and archaeology field trip of the town will be led by geologist Dr Siobhán Power and archaeologist Dr Vanessa Ryan, daughter of local councillor Jim Ryan.

The meeting point for the walk is the Dundalk Tourist Office at the Market Square, with the walk getting underway at 2.30pm.

Light refreshments will be served after the walk with further details available by emailing Vanessa at

Plans for 17 new houses in Stamanaran remain on course

The four bed semi-detached homes at Stamanaran

The four bed semi-detached homes at Stamanaran

Plans for 17 new homes in the Stamanaran estate on the Old Golf Links Road in Blackrock are still on track after Andrews Construction Limited were granted an extension of planning permission for the development they first sought the go ahead for in 2008.

While the additional homes in the estate were never built due to the downturn in the construction sector, they remain a possibility in the next few years.

The Mullingar-based company have been given the go ahead to remove 36 apartments in three blocks at the estate that were never actually built.

In their place they are proposing 16 new houses, comprising 12 four bed two storey semi-detached dwellings and 4 three bed two storey terraced houses.

They have also been given the go ahead to relocate the proposed crèche in the estate and replace two four bed homes with three two bed homes.