Dun Lughaidh secondary school will present the show Hairspray this week.
There will be three performances on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm each night.
Admission is €10 with tickets available from the school at 042-9334474.
A local hotel had to be evacuated for a short time last night after a fire broke out on one of the residential floors.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel was evacuated around 10.30pm after a bag caught fire on the sixth floor.
It was put out by a fire extinguisher and all occupants were quickly returned to the hotel.
Two units of the fire service were in attendance for around an hour and an ambulance also called but thankfully no one was injured.
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has a shortage of 25 midwives on its staff, according to a new survey by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).
Based on the Birthrate Plus workforce planning tool in the UK, it recommends one midwife for every 29.5 births.
There are currently 99 midwives in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital but considering there were 3,654 births there in the last year, this amounts to a ratio of 1:37.
None of the hospitals with maternity services in Ireland met the Birthrate Plus criteria, leading to the INMO to brand the current practices as “unsafe”.
In total the INMO reckons the country needs an additional 621 midwives across our nation’s hospitals.
Dundalk’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign could hardly have got off to a worse start as they crashed to a 4-1 defeat against neighbours Drogheda Utd in United Park last night.
Despite dominating in the early stages, Stephen Kenny’s side never took advantage with league debutant Daryl Horgan going closest on a couple of occasions, including with a cheeky chip attempt.
The visitors then took the lead somewhat against the run of play when Eric Foley curled a 35 yard free kick to the top left hand corner of the net, giving Peter Cherrie no chance.
With tensions rising two substitutes were sent off in the tunnel, reported to be Drogheda’s Philly Hughes and Dundalk’s Simon Kelly but if anything that incident only fired up the home side.
The Boynesiders hit the ground running in the second half with a deep cross from Michael Kelly being volleyed home at the back post by Gavin Brennan.
Daly then turned provider again when another cross was turned in by former Lilywhite Declan O’Brien.
Dundalk did give themselves some hope when they pulled a goal back just after the hour mark after Pat Hoban headed home substitute Darren Meenan’s cross.
However, almost immediately O’Brien put the result beyond doubt when he met Brennan’s in-swinging free kick with a diving header to make it 4-1.
That meant that by the time Drogheda captain Brennan was sent off for a tackle from behind on Stephen O’Donnell in the 87th minute, it mattered little to the outcome.
DROGHEDA UNITED: Micheal Schlingermann (Dave Ryan 12); Michael Daly, Alan McNally, Paul Andrews, Shane Grimes; Daire Doyle, Eric Foley; Cathal Brady (Carl Walshe 73), Gary O’Neill, Gavin Brennan; Declan O’Brien (Austin McCann 90 +3). Subs not used: Paul Crowley, Gavan Holohan, Philly Hughes, Ciaran McGuigan.
DUNDALK: Peter Cherrie; Sean Gannon (John Mountney 79), Chris Shields, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Ruaidhri Higgins (Darren Meenan 56); Richie Towell, Stephen O’Donnell; Daryl Horgan, Patrick Hoban, Kurtis Byrne (David McMillan 59). Subs not used: Mark Griffin, Mark Rossiter, Simon Kelly, Gabriel Sava.
Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin).
Louth TD Seamus Kirk has called on the Minister for Health James Reilly to launch an investigation into how the back wheel managed to fall off an ambulance in Dundalk yesterday.
The vehicle became stranded at the Xerox junction in Dundalk yesterday morning after the rear passenger wheel fell off.
There have been reports that the vehicle had 400,000 kilometres on the clock.
The Fianna Fáil deputy said the incident could have been very serious had it occurred on the motorway or if a patient had been in transport at the time.
Thankfully for all concerned there was no patient in the ambulance at the time of its malfunction as it had just brought someone to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and was returning to base in the Louth County Hospital.
This week’s Dundalk Leader leads with the story of a rent probe at Dundalk Town Council. There’s also a welcome for the planned upgrade to Clanbrassil Street, news of Rose of Tralee escort Jonny McGailey’s volunteer trip to Belarus and a look ahead to Bay Utd’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
All that, and more, in this week’s Dundalk Leader, which can be read online for free here.
Students from Coláiste Rís saw their Formula 1 dreams brought to life recently when they received their car from the University of Limerick.
The students -Conor Begley, Morgan McLoughlin, Brian McCarragher, Jason Teather and Sara Radosevic – are participating in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge. This is an international competition to design, build and race model Formula 1 cars powered by compressed air canisters. The competition is run in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society in partnership with Discover Science & Engineering.
The team, ‘Sonic Predators’ has been working hard since September, using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to create virtual 3D models of their car. Once the design specifications were finalised and having successfully completed the qualifying stage (a five page project plan), the next step was to bring the car designs to life at the University of Limerick. The make centre has the specialised equipment required to manufacture the cars. Using sophisticated computer systems, the college transformed the design into an actual, 3D balsa wood racer, right before the students’ eyes.
Brian McCarragher explained how exciting it has been to see their virtual car plans brought to life.
“I am extremely happy with our car design and I was very impressed to see our car transform from virtual designs to a physical, balsa wood car,” he said.
Participating in this competition has provided the students a great opportunity to introduce them to the exciting world of science, engineering and technology and also allowed the students to view a manufacturing system at work and see what the job of an engineer is really like.
Now that the car has been manufactured, the team turns its attention to fixing axles and wheels to the car and also to the final finishing and race preparation. The car will be finished with high quality paint in the team’s blue & white colour scheme and decorated with sponsor stickers and various decals.
Race day is now fast approaching, with regional finals taking place on March 14th and the national finals in April. Teams will be judged on multiple criteria, including car engineering and speed, displays of portfolios and verbal presentations. The national winners of the 2013/2014 season will gain the chance to represent Ireland at the World finals in Abu Dhabi.
For further information go to: www.sonicpredators.com or contact Ms Breege Marie Dorrian, in Colásite Rís: 042 9334336
The Vantastival Launch Party will take place from 8pm tonight in The Spirit Store.
This free event will feature performances from the likes of Words That Burn, David Keenan, Those Creeps, Evil Presidentes and much more so is not to be missed.
This year’s Vantastival will take place on the May Bank Holiday weekend from May 2nd to 4th in Bellurgan Park, Dundalk.
Fr Mulligan, who published a book on the history of the club called ‘Dundalk Young Irelands – An Historical Record of the Green & Blacks’ a decade ago, has given a lifetime dedication to the club.
The last Marist Father to have taught at St Mary’s College, Fr Mulligan also wrote books on the history of the GAA in Louth in 1984 and 2000.
Commenting on the matter on their Facebook page, the Young Irelands said: “He is a big part of why we are still up and going. We think as many members and friends that are available should attend. Remember he is part of the reason we are celebrating 130 years this year.
“So let’s help him celebrate together as a team.”
Further details can be obtained from any committee member.
The Cooley Peninsula’s joint community alert committee have accused local politicians of “broken promises” after an agreement to arrange a meeting with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter a year ago next week was not followed through on.
The joint community alert committee represents the people of Faughart, Ravensdale, Lordship, Glenmore/Mullaghbuoy, Cooley and Omeath.
Following a meeting in Omeath last night, the committee issued the following statement…
“January 2013 was a bad start for the citizens of the Cooley Peninsula. Garda Adrian Donohoe was murdered in the process of an armed robbery at Bellurgan Credit Union. As a popular sports enthusiast with St. Patrick’s GAA Club and living a short distance from the violent crime, Garda Donohue’s murder sent shockwaves through the community.
“Anger, fear and frustration were expressed at a public meeting in the St Patrick’s Clubhouse on March 11th. All local representatives were invited to hear people’s concerns and to answer the big question ‘what can be done?’
“Seamus Kirk TD, Fergus O’Dowd Junior Minister, Gerry Adams TD and Senator Jim D’Arcy attended the meeting and sat at the top table whilst county councillors from several political parties sat in the audience. Community alert groups were represented from Faughart, Ravensdale, Lordship, Glenmore/Mullaghbuoy, Cooley, and Omeath and made passionate pleas to politicians and Gardaí to stop a long run of violent crimes. Examples of armed robberies of post offices, garages and recently the credit union were given as well as burglaries, car crime and the theft of farm machinery were cited as examples of things spiralling out of control.
“A more effective Garda presence was demanded with targeted patrols. A bigger buy-in from the community was offered on the basis of a partnership to protect everyone young and old in their homes. Our elected representatives offered solidarity and advice but a further request was put forward. Local citizens and representatives agreed that a meeting with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter would be a good idea and a general consensus was reached among attendees. Fergus O’Dowd accelerated the audience’s hopes by promising to deliver such a meeting in six weeks.
“This began a process of preparation by all the community alert groups to work out a common position for our meeting with the Minister. A greater sense of solidarity emerged as all community alert groups worked together and co-operated throughout this task. Unfortunately, it was the beginning of a very long process that reaped no rewards and got us nowhere near Minister Alan Shatter.
“At first, we were told to gather all of our facts and figures and to meet Superintendent Curley. We met with the Superintendent and were satisfied with the meeting.
“As time rolled on, the deadline slipped and attendance at meetings dwindled as the momentum slowed. Our energy and enthusiasm waned as we slowly came to realise that our meeting may not happen. Peter Fitzpatrick was asked to help. Possible dates were mentioned but those dates came and went.
“We soon started to feel as if we were not being taken seriously. Christmas passed us by. Garda Donohoe’s first year anniversary was marked and yet there were still no signs of a meeting.
“As we approach the anniversary of our public meeting there has been no meeting with Minister Alan Shatter. Communications between the six community alert groups, Fergus O’Dowd and Jim D’Arcy now have cobwebs on them.
“On March the 11th 2013 we sat for two hours in the St. Patrick’s GAA Clubhouse. When that meeting ended we made a commitment to talk to the elected representatives whom we thought would assist us. Now twelve months on all we have is a broken promise.”