Local graves now appearing online

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.08.17Locals may be interested to know that a number of their deceased friends and relatives’ graves are now appearing online.

In a move that will be welcomed by some and seen as an invasion of privacy by others, Northern Irish company Ever After have recorded the plot information of a number of local graveyards on their site www.discovereverafter.com

While to date Bridge-A-Crinn cemetery in Faughart and St Fursey’s Cemetery in Haggardstown are the only two in this area available on the site, along with St Peter’s in Drogheda, it is understood that there are plans in place to plot more local graveyards.

As well as giving an interactive map of the cemetery, Ever After takes a picture of each grave and records a number of details about the individual(s) buried there, including: their name, date of death, townland, age and any additional information such as who they are related to.

The site then has a link allowing people to place flowers on the grave while donations can also be made to the parish or church.

Ever After – who are based in Portglenone in Antrim – have received EU and government funding under the Rural Development Programme but a number of locals are concerned about their deceased loved ones’ breach of privacy.

Leona and Sean McAlister set up Plotbox, a cemetery and crematorium programme that allows content to be generated for their genealogy website discovereverafter.com

In February this year they won Invest NI’s Propel Company of the Year award. While the bulk of the cemeteries on the site are based in Northern Ireland, they are increasingly adding southern sites to their website.

Man arrested over Jean McConville murder

Jean McConville with some of her 10 children prior to her abduction

Jean McConville with some of her 10 children prior to her abduction

A man has been arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.

The 73-year-old from Dunmurray was detained by detectives from the Serious Crime Branch of the PSNI this morning.

“He has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning,” PSNI detective inspector Neil McGuiness said.

Several people have been detained and questioned this year in connection with the murder – the most high profile being Sinn Féin president and local TD Gerry Adams. Mr Adams (65) was released in May without charge after four days in police custody.

Mrs McConville was dragged, screaming, away from her children in the Divis flats in west Belfast by a gang of up to 12 men and women after being wrongly accused of informing to the security forces.

The 37-year-old widow was interrogated, shot in the back of the head and then secretly buried – becoming one of the ‘Disappeared’ victims of the Troubles. Her body was not found until 2003 on a beach in Shelling Hill in north Louth, 50 miles from her home.

Kieran’s Avenue Pharmacy’s official opening weekend event gets underway today

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Kieran’s Avenue Pharmacy on the Avenue Road will hold their official opening weekend this weekend.

Events get underway today with a Voya beauty expert in store from 11am to 4pm to offer you hints and tips.

On Friday there will be a Halloween Fancy Dress event with a prize for the best dressed adult and child. Free face painting will take place between 2pm and 4pm, with a free nail painting for all those who purchase Mavala polish.

On Saturday there will be a Decleor Paris promotion, with a free gift available following purchase and a free skin consultation.

There will also be giveaways, goodie bags, raffles and a series of special offers over the course of the weekend so feel free to drop in.

Kieran’s is a joint operation between Amy Kieran and Justin Nevin and opened last month beside The Gym and Country Fresh on the Avenue Road.

Shots fired at house in Knockbridge

This area of the village is closed off as a result of this evening's incident

This area of the village is closed off as a result of this evening’s incident

A Garda investigation is underway after shot were fired at a house in Knockbridge this evening.

A number of shots were reportedly fired at the house around 7.30pm.

An adult and a child were inside at the time, however no one was injured during the incident.

The Garda Armed Response Unit were quickly on the scene and have preserved the scene pending an examination.

Diversions are in place as a result of the incident, with cars travelling on the R171 from both Dundalk and Louth Village directions unable to access the area in front of Brodigan’s shop, St Mary’s Church and St Mary’s NS.

Traffic coming are being diverted via the N52 Ardee to Dundalk Road before turning off in the direction of Stephenstown Pond.

Planning Clinics to allow people have their say on Draft County Development Plan

The offices of Louth County Council will host the Dundalk clinic on November 12th

The offices of Louth County Council will host the Dundalk clinic on November 12th

Planning Clinics will be held at various locations throughout Co Louth in November to help the public to shape the County Development Plan for 2015-2021, the draft of which is currently on public display until Wednesday, December 17.

Currently,  the draft plan can be reviewed at Council Customer Service Desks and libraries around the county while Dundalk Town Hall on Crowe Street has a facility to discuss the draft plan with a planner during normal office opening hours.

However, for those not able to do so, a number of planning clinics have been arranged throughout the county, offering the public the opportunity to discuss the plan and any associated queries they may have, with a member of staff from the Louth County Council Planning Department.

The planning clinics will take place as follows:
Dunleer:
Wednesday, November 5 from 10am to 1pm at the Dunleer Library, Station Road, Dunleer
Drogheda:
Thursday, November 6 from 10am to 1pm at Louth County Council offices, Boyne Centre, Patrick St, Drogheda
Ardee:
Friday, November 7 from 10am-1pm at the Mid Louth Civic Service Centre, Fairgreen, Ardee
Carlingford:
Tuesday, November 11 from 10am to 1pm at the Carlingford Heritage Centre
Dundalk:
Wednesday, November 12 from 10am to 1pm at the County Hall, Millennium Centre, Dundalk

Speaking on the Draft Louth County Development Plan and the associated Planning Clinics, Mary T Daly, Director of Services, said: “This is a valuable opportunity for the people of Louth to have their say in the county’s future.

“The planning clinics provide an ideal opportunity for those who are interested to meet a member of the planning department and discuss relevant issues before making a submission to the process.”

Copies of the Draft Plan, Strategic Environmental Report, Natura Impact Report and accompanying documents continue to be available for public inspection during normal opening hours 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays and public holidays) until Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the various Council offices in Louth.

Copies are also available for inspection during opening hours at the county libraries at Dundalk, Drogheda,Ardee, Dunleer and Carlingford.

You may also view a copy of the Draft Plan and all accompanying documentation at www.louthcoco.ie

O’Donnell 1 Trolls 0 – Dundalk captain has last laugh

The Twitter exchange today

The Twitter exchange today

Stephen O’Donnell’s return from injury to score the goal that set Dundalk on their way to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title on Friday night has already secured the midfielder legendary status at Oriel Park.

However, he has certainly gone up in the estimations of all of us here at Talk of the Town today after hitting back at two St Patrick’s Athletic supporters who celebrated his potentially career-threatening knee injury, which he sustained against Shamrock Rovers on Good Friday.

At the time Anto Hayes and Aaron Alford took delight in O’Donnell’s misery. The former described the Galway man as a “dirtbird” while his friend added that it “couldn’t of happened to a nicer bloke’.

O’Donnell would ultimately have the last laugh though.

He took to Twitter today saying: “And now for a tweet that I have been waiting to send since the final whistle last Friday night.”

He then messaged Anto and Aaron directly, saying: “thank you to these gents for the motivation of getting back before the season finished. Much appreciated!!!”

It’s fair to say it’s O’Donnell 1 Trolls 0

The Dundalk captain is a winner on and off the field.

Five Dundalk players sign up for title defence in 2015

DUNDALK2014Just days after winning the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title, Dundalk FC have secured the signatures of five players for the 2016 campaign.

Darren Meenan, Chris Shields, Dane Massey, David McMillan and Andy Boyle have all committed themselves to Oriel Park for next season and fans will undoubtedly be delighted to see them back.

Boyle captained the side for much of the season in the absence of Stephen O’Donnell and helped the club to the best defensive record in the league.

Holding midfielder Shields and left back Massey also contributed to that stat, with the latter picking up the SWAI’s Player of the Month award for September after grabbing a brace in the club’s EA Sports Cup triumph over Shamrock Rovers last month.

Despite long spells on the bench last season, McMillan – who ended the campaign on the sidelines with an ankle injury – hit a hugely impressive 15 goals in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Meenan was arguably one of Dundalk’s finest players in the run-in, contributing 32 assists in what was a brilliant campaign.

Dundalk will hold a victory parade this Saturday through Dundalk, starting at approximately 3.30pm from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The club will then host their Player of the Year awards that night in the Lisdoo, starting at 8pm.

The Saturday’s star Una makes a new friend at Bellingham Castle

Ferdia and Una at Bellingham Castle

Ferdia and Una at Bellingham Castle

Irish wolfhound Ferdia has certainly made a big impression since taking up residence at Bellingham Castle since its reopening at the tail end of last year.

Visitors are frequently enthralled by the friendly pooch but it appears he has a new celebrity fan too.

The Saturdays star Una Foden (nee Healy) was in the Castlebellingham-based castle this morning and took two pictures of Ferdia, including one alongside her new best friend, which she then shared on her Instagram page.

Healy seemed impressed with all that Bellingham had to offer and she is a tough judge of late having recently signed up to be a coach on the new series of The Voice of Ireland.

Anti water charges protest planned for Dundalk this Saturday

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Right 2 Water Dundalk are holding an anti water charges protest in Dundalk this Saturday afternoon to campaign against the introduction of water charges.

Those looking to get involved are asked to meet at the Fairgreen before 2pm, with the march then taking place to the Market Square.

The event will coincide with more than 50 other similar events around the country.

The protest comes following an incident in Ardee yesterday in which Gardaí seized a firearm when a homeowner produced it during a confrontation with an Irish Water worker trying to install a meter.

The incident occurred at 9.20am at a house at Home Farm, Townparks, Ardee. A Garda spokesman said no arrests had been made in relation to the incident and investigations are ongoing.