Dundalk boxer Broadhurst to represent Ireland on home soil this weekend

Amy Broadhurst

Amy Broadhurst

Dundalk boxer Amy Broadhurst will be representing her country on home soil this weekend when Ireland do battle with England in a boxing event in Muirhevnamor this Saturday.

The Dealgan Boxing Club southpaw will be in action in the National Stadium in Dublin tonight before making the trip to the Clann Naofa Boxing Club on Saturday for a second bout with India Wilkinson.

A range of other bouts have also been lined up for both nights with Clann Naofa’s Shauna O’Callaghan also fighting on Saturday against Shelly Sweeney in the junior section.

The fights get underway from 7.30pm on the night.

Liam Adams appeal case adjourned in Belfast

Liam Adams was sentenced to 16 years in jail in 2013

Liam Adams was sentenced to 16 years in jail in 2013

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has reserved judgment in a sex abuse case against Liam Adams, the brother of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.

Adams (59) was found guilty of a string of attacks on his daughter Áine Dahlstrom when she was aged between four and nine during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He was given a 16-year sentence in 2013, but is seeking to have his convictions overturned.

Adjourning the case at Belfast’s Royal Courts of Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, Northern Ireland’s Lord Chief Justice, said: “We will make a judgment as soon as we can.”

Adams, formerly of Bearnagh Drive in west Belfast, was convicted of 10 offences against Ms Dahlstrom: three counts of rape, four of indecent assault and three of gross indecency.

The abuse was committed over a five-year period between 1977 and 1981. In later years he went on to work in a number of youth centres in the North and in the Republic.

A panel of senior judges – the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Justice Gillen and Lord Justice Coghlin – heard the appeal.

Defence barrister Eilis McDermott QC questioned the credibility of some evidence from Ms Dahlstrom’s mother, Sarah Campbell, in which she described holding her daughter all night after being told about the abuse.

Ms McDermott said: “It accords with the very dramatic account of events that were given on the UTV Insight programme that she had given to the police.”

The level of publicity surrounding the case was also highlighted.

“The circumstances of this case were unique,” Ms McDermott said. “The problem from the defence point of view is that the damage was done before the trial ever started.”

Ms Dahlstrom, now in her early 40s, has waived her right to anonymity. She was not in court for the appeal.

Source: The Irish Times

David Keenan releases new video for ‘The Friary’

Local singer/songwriter David Keenan has released the video for his new single ‘The Friary’.

Written about Anne Street’s best known location, it is the follow up to the hugely successful ‘El Paso’, which helped Keenan hit the headlines since the turn of the year.

Written during his teenage years, Keenan shot to fame after performing ‘El Paso’ in the local Maxi Taxi, with the video going viral across the internet.

In an interview with The Irish Independent, David also revealed that ‘El Paso’ has also just been accepted for the soundtrack of a film about Frank and Jesse James coming out next year.

We think ‘The Friary’ has potential too and we look forward to seeing David’s continued rise to fame in the months ahead. Check it out above and just because it’s so brilliant, have a listen to ‘El Paso’ again below.



Three changes to Louth side for trip to Armagh

Louth crestLouth have made three changes to the side which lost out to Tipperary a fortnight ago for Saturday night’s clash with neighbours Armagh in the Athletic Grounds.

Derek Crilly, who hit a second half hat-trick after coming off the bench against the Premier County, comes into the side, as do Conor Grimes and Derek Maguire. Colm Judge, Peter Kirwan and Daniel O’Connor are the players to lose out.

Armagh are currently a point away from securing promotion to Division Two next season while Louth need points to ensure their survival in Division Three.

The team in full is: Neil Gallagher; Kevin Toner, Patrick Reilly, Padraig Rath; Anthony Williams, Dessie Finnegan, James Stewart; Bevan Duffy, Eoin O’Connor; Adrian Reid, Derek Crilly, Declan Byrne; Ryan Burns, Conor Grimes, Derek Maguire.

Fr Brendan Callanan appointed new administrator of St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church, Dundalk

Fr Brendan Callanan

Fr Brendan Callanan

Fr Brendan Callanan, CSsR has been appointed the new administrator of St Joseph’s Church in Dundalk.

Fr Brendan was ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1972 before departing for Brazil, where he worked in a parish with the Formation of Young Redemptorists until 1993.

He then returned to Ireland and was Provincial from then until 1999. He lived in Clonard Monastery from 2000 to 2002 before returning to Brazil in August 2002.

He did parish work there and in January 2007 went to Suriname to work with Redemptorists from other provinces until August 2011.

He work in Brazil again from 2011 to January of this year but will now take up residence in St Joseph’s on the Alphonsus Road.

Fr Callanan will work alongside Fr Michael J Cusack, CSsR, who last month was reappointed as Superior of St Joseph’s for the next four years.

Paddy Clarke hosting National Portrait Week event this Saturday


National Portrait Week gets underway tomorrow with a local photographer Paddy Clarke in Jocelyn Street taking part.

For just €25, you can receive a desktop sized portrait in a folder, with 100% of your donation going to charity. This year’s proceeds will go towards the LauraLynn children’s hospice.

Visit www.paddyclarke.ie or drop in to his studio tomorrow to take part.

Lisa misses out on her Dream Job

Lisa Casey

Lisa Casey

Local woman Lisa Casey has unfortunately missed out on her ‘Dream Job’

The 24-year-old from Ard Easmuinn has been competing in the Budweister ‘Dream Job’ competition, with a €50,000 prize up for grabs as she looks to pursue her dream career of becoming a full-time comedian.

Lisa had been plugging for votes since making the final five but it has emerged that Clare-based aspiring film maker and actor Mark Griffin is the winner after being announced as the victor by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul yesterday.

Mark, who is originally from Ardnacrusha in Clare but who grew up in and around Limerick city, said the €50,000 winners prize would be used to purse his dream of a full-time career in theatre and film.

Local pair elected new heads of Dundalk IT Students’ Union

Paddy Duffy and Aaron Lawless celebrate their recent election success

Paddy Duffy and Aaron Lawless celebrate their recent election success

Local men Aaron Lawless and Paddy Duffy were recently voted in as the new president and vice president of the Dundalk IT Students’ Union.

Fourth year marketing student Aaron is from Blackrock, while third year accounting and finance student Paddy is from Louth Village.

The pair will replace outgoing duo Brian Fitzpatrick and Paddy O’Rourke in July.

Aaron's campaign aims

Aaron’s campaign aims

O Fiaich College triumph in Sky Sports Living For Sport project

Some of the students from O Fiaich College who took part in the Sky Sports Living for Sport project

Some of the students from O Fiaich College who took part in the Sky Sports Living for Sport project

O Fiaich College in Dundalk have been announced as the overall winner of the Sky Sports Living For Sport Project of the Year award for Ireland and the UK.

The announcement was made on Sky Sports News yesterday, with students set to collect their awards at a ceremony in London this weekend.

A statement from the school said: “This is an amazing achievement and one which the school are very proud of.

“Considering over 1,700 schools took part in the project, it makes this recognition all the more amazing. The group will now collect their awards on Saturday in London and then meet some world famous athlete mentors. We are all so proud.”

Having noticed an increase in behavioural problems and students lacking motivation and self-belief within school, O’Fiaich College set up a Sky Sports Living for Sport project to encourage goal-setting and raise motivation levels.

At the start of the project, each student set their own goal and outlined how they planned on improving themselves both physically and behaviourally in the coming 10 weeks. Each Wednesday, the group worked on a different sport – from rugby union and football to boxing and tennis – and the students’ involvement and enthusiasm throughout was unprecedented compared with any previous extra-curricular activity the school had carried out.

By the end of the 10 weeks, all 19 students had improved their attendance in school and have since steered clear of any kind of misbehaviour. One student whose attendance was only 20% before getting involved with Sky Sports Living for Sport was particularly affected and did not miss a single day throughout the project.

The valuable like skills which all of the students picked up throughout have been put into practice outside of the project, too, and the whole group now has a more mature outlook on life.

O Fiaich’s Brendan O’Malley was also nominated for the Sky Sports Teacher of the Year award.

Wedding band showcase in Cabra Castle this Sunday


A live wedding band showcase will be held in Cabra Castle in Kingscourt this Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.

Hosted by www.myweddingband.ie, the showcase will feature The Texas Wildcats, The Urge and The Liberals.

All are welcome to attend with further information available by contact John McCormick on 086 2468125.