Corrigan welcomes council support for International Women’s Day

Cllr Edel Corrigan

Cllr Edel Corrigan

Sinn Féin councillor Edel Corrigan has welcomed the decision of Louth County Council to pass her motion calling on local authorities to mark International Women’s Day each year.

This is Councillor Corrigan’s third attempt in getting this motion passed and she says she “is pleased to have a commitment from Louth County Council to run events.”

The motion itself said: ‘That Louth County Council mark international women’s day (March 8th) each year. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing attention on areas requiring further action.

The theme of International Women’s Day in 2014 is “Inspiring Change”, however, a number of groups select their own International Women’s Day theme, specific to their local context, and I propose that in the Louth Local authorities select a theme relevant to Local Community on an annual basis.’

 Louth Sinn Féin will be hosting events and co-ordinating with other local groups in marking international Women’s Day. On Friday 7th of March Sinn Féin Vice-President Mary-Lou McDonald will be visiting Drogheda and Dundalk to meet with a number of community groups and organisations to discuss the role of women in ‘Inspiring Change’ in their communities.

Corrigan said: “we are very pleased to announce that Mary-Lou will be taking part in a panel discussion titled Women Inspiring Change in the DKIT on Friday  7th March between 12 – 1pm and all interested members of the public are invited to attend.

“There will be a reception following this at the Sinn Féin office in Crowe Street, Dundalk with Mary-Lou, from 4.15pm – 5.30pm and again, all members of the public, community groups and local businesses are invited to attend, to help mark International Women’s Day.”

Edel was quick to point out that  “while this is an event to mark International Women’s Day, we at Sinn Féin encourage men to attend these events also, which will hopefully show them ways in which they too can help support women and celebrate their achievements.”

Some of the council events for International Women’s Day are as follows:

Dundalk Branch Library

March 8th ‘Women Celebrating Diversity ( event to be confirmed in co-operation with the Polish community and / or African community in Dundalk)

March 11th ‘Women in Business in County Louth’ – Recognising the Achievement of Women in County Louth – a lively panel discussion with women from a broad range of business backgrounds (speakers to be confirmed)

We may also look at a daytime event for Secondary Schools on local women as role Models

Ardee Branch Library

March 8th ‘Women & Health’ – A talk with expert advice on all aspect of women’s health.

All branches will also have relevant book displays highlighting different themes to coincide with the day including women’s authors, influential women over the last century, women’s health issues etc.’

Holocaust survivor visits O Fiaich College

Tomi Reichental

Tomi Reichental

Earlier this week Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental visited O Fiaich College in Dundalk to give a talk to students.

Tomi spoke to a large gathering about his personal experiences as a child in the Belsen-Bergen concentration camps which were under Nazi rule.

Tomi was just nine years old in October 1944 when he was rounded up by the Gestapo, along with 12 other members of his family and taken to a concentration camp.

In his lecture Tomi informed the students of his harrowing ordeals.

“We lived in the same clothes day and night and the only food we had were boiled turnips and some bread. It was so cold; the temperature there could drop as low as -25C, five or six of us would huddle together with just one blanket for warmth. We starved for months; we were just skin and bone.”

In concluding his lecture, Mr Reichental imparted a strong message to the students present.

“If you see someone abusing someone else, don’t be a bystander – tell them it is wrong and it shouldn’t happen.”

 

A portion of the crowd listening to Tomi

A portion of the crowd listening to Tomi

De La Salle pupils get their hands on rugby silverware

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The Leinster Rugby trophy tour visited Dundalk over the last few days.

Pictured above is pupils from the De La Salle secondary school with the titles the province won last season – the Amlin Challenge Cup, the RaboDirect Pro12 title and the British and Irish Cup trophies.

Another school visited was Monkland NS, which Leinster and Ireland stars Dave and Rob Kearney attended in their youth.

Dundalk Credit Union open day tomorrow

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Dundalk Credit Union in Market Street are holding an open day tomorrow, Saturday March 1st.

The event is being run to coincide with the launch of the Members Better Energy Home Loan/Grant Scheme.

It will also give people a chance to see a demonstration of the new Credit Union app and online banking services, as well as the visual savings card.

The LMFM roadcaster will be on site on the day from 12 noon to 2pm and cash prizes and refreshments will be up for grabs throughout the day.

All are welcome to attend.

Running track planned for Naomh Fionnbarra pitch

62688_154016344631325_7710179_nNaomh Fionnbarra GFC are hoping to relocate their pitch and build a 580 metre long running track around it.

The club have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission for the development at their pitch at Ballynagassan, Dunleer, Co Louth.

They are proposing to relocate their existing pitch and erect 14 metre high ball stops behind each goal posts and increase the existing training area at the southern end of the pitch.

They also want to erect four 18m high floodlighting columns around the proposed new training area and provide a 580 metre long running track around both the pitch and training area.

They would also want to divert a 10kv ESB overhead power line and incorporate a pedestrian gate into the existing front vehicular gate as part of their plans.

Number of property transactions in Louth rose by 14% last year

Homes in Knockshee will be on open view this Sunday - a clear sign that the market is returning to health

Homes in Knockshee will be on open view this Sunday – a clear sign that the market is returning to health

The number of properties sold in Louth increased by 14% last year, new figures from the Property Price Register have revealed.

The stats show that there were 751 homes sold in the county last year, compared with 659 in 2012.

While a number of houses in Saltown sold for a combined total of €3,090,000 last year, the biggest single sale was a property on the Armagh Road for €1.9m. Carlinn Hall was the next largest sale at €1,233,480.10, followed by Ellen Forest in Heynestown, Blackrock for €670,000.

While there were sales in Collon and Termonfeckin for €10,000, the cheapest property sold in Dundalk last year was 35 Grange Drive in Muirhevnamor for €15,000.

The 14% increase in transactions coincides with what local estate agents have been describing as increased interest in the market in the last few months.

That is witnessed by one of the first open viewings in some time this Sunday from 2pm to 4pm in Knockshee on the Old Golf Links Road in Blackrock.

Jinx Lennon to headline Spirit Store gig in April

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Local singer/songwriter Jinx Lennon will headline a hometown gig at The Spirit Store on Friday April 25th.

Jinx, aka The Free State Nova, has gained nationwide acclaim in recent years for his unique style, which mixes blues, punk, folk and electro.

Special guests on the night will be Dundalk beat outfit The Rollers.

Tickets for the gig are on sale now, priced €10, from The Spirit Store, McAteer’s The Food House or from www.spiritstore.ie

Plans for Ardee Road apartments are quashed

Plans to build 40 apartments on the Ardee Road look to have been quashed after Dundalk Town Council refused an application to renew the planning permission for the development that was previously granted in 2008.

Danny Culligan of Danny Culligan Construction Ltd had applied to the council in January for an extension to his plans for 40 new residential units at Brookville in three separate buildings.

Despite being given the go ahead for the apartments six years ago, they were never built largely because of the collapse in the housing market.

The proposed development included plans for two three storey blocks. Type A would have included 24 two bed apartments with private balconies, with the ground floor apartments having their own access.

There would also have been one four storey block (Type B) comprising 16 two bed apartments with private balconies.

The council opted to refuse the application on two counts – firstly that a portion of the site is “in a vulnerable area to fluvial flooding and is designated as Flood Zone A as per the OPW Irish Coastal Strategy Study Phase 3 – North East Coast’.

They described the site as “highly vulnerable” to flooding and further rejected it on the basis that the plans were not designed having regard to flood risk management guidelines.

Louth GAA lend their support to Dundalk 10k

Derek Maguire, John O'Brien, Paddy Keenan and Keith McLaughlin of the Louth senior team will be competing in the Dundalk 10k

Derek Maguire, John O’Brien, Paddy Keenan and Keith McLaughlin of the Louth senior team will be competing in the Dundalk 10k

Louth GAA have once again lent their support to the forthcoming Dundalk 10k race on April 2nd.

A number of members of the county’s senior football and hurling teams signed up for the race earlier this week.

This year’s race will take place on Wednesday April 2nd at 6.30pm.

There are some changes to the race in 2014. Dundalk IT are the major sponsor and organiser and the race route will begin and end on the DkIT campus.

The main charity beneficiary is local NGO Development Perspectives, who run educational programmes in collaboration with partners in Africa and India.

Runners, joggers and walkers of all level of fitness are welcome to take part and raise funds for their favourite charity. The race will also be opened this year to wheelchair competitors.

The race was officially launched in Dundalk IT last month by Oisin McConville, Gary O’Hanlon and Denis Cummins.

Registration is €20 but if you do so now there is an early bird offer of €18 or a student entry for €15.

You can register here while further details are available from dundalk10k.com

Louth hurlers Diarmuid Murphy and Shane Callan lend their support to the Dundalk 10k

Louth hurlers Diarmuid Murphy and Shane Callan lend their support to the Dundalk 10k