Dundalk Schoolboys League table quiz this Thursday

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The Dundalk Schoolboys’ League Kennedy Cup square will host a fundraising table quiz this Thursday night in Kennedy’s Bar on the Carrick Road.

The event gets underway at 8.30pm on the night, with a team of four €20.

All support for the event is welcomed and there will be spot prizes on the night.

All local beaches have good water quality

Templetown Beach

Templetown Beach

Good news for anyone looking to avail of the good weather by going to the beach – the areas beaches have all received good reports on the quality of their bathing waters from the EPA.

In Louth, Shelling Hill and Templetown, Port and Seapoint were all rated as excellent, while in Meath, Laytown and Bettystown were reported to have a good started.

Nationally seven beaches were reported to have poor water quality, the nearest being South Beach in Rush in North Dublin.

Man arrested in connection with disappearance of Dundalk teenager Ciara Breen in 1997

Ciara Breen has been missing since February 1997

Ciara Breen has been missing since February 1997

A man in his 50s has been arrested this morning in connection with the disappearance of Dundalk teenager Ciara Breen in February 1997.

The then 17-year-old went missing from her home in Bachelor’s Walk on the night of February 12th 1997 and hasn’t been seen since.

However, Gardaí confirmed late last year that two people had recently come forward with historical sightings of Ciara. Following a renewed appeal for information before Christmas, further people came forward with information, with an anonymous letter about her disappearance being sent to Gardaí.

The man was detained in the Dundalk area and has been taken to Drogheda Garda Station for questioning.

Speaking on an episode of RTE’s Crimecall, Ciara’s mother Bernadette revealed the heart-breaking final words she shared with the missing teenager at their home at Bachelor’s Walk.

“She said ‘Goodnight’ and I said ‘Goodnight pet, I love you’. And she goes ‘Mammy, don’t worry about anything, I love you, I’ll see you in the morning’.

“I said, ‘Sleep tight sweetheart, see you tomorrow’. They were the last words we spoke.”

Speaking to the Sunday World, Bernadette added: “I had one, just one little girl – my heart, my soul, my world – and just like that she was gone.

“I think she went out the front door and left the window off the latch to get back in. I sat the whole night waiting for her to come back.”

When last seen, Ciara was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, a wine-coloured sweatshirt and a white t-shirt.

Anyone with information can contact Dundalk Garda station on 042 9388400, or Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.

Dundalk RFC prepare for biggest game in their history

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Dundalk Rugby Club will play arguably the most important game in their history on Saturday when they travel to Kilternan in Dublin to take on De La Salle Palmerston in the All-Ireland League promotion/relegation play-off.

A victory for the Mill Road side will see them play senior rugby for the first time in their history.

A number of buses are going to the game on the Glenamuck Road and anyone who would like to attend should call 087 2795429 to book their seat.

Dundalk IT students unable to register to vote after Garda no show

DKITStudents at Dundalk Institute of Technology, who had hoped to register to vote in the upcoming referendums on May 22nd, were unable to do so on Monday.

Brian Fitzpatrick, president of Dundalk IT students’ union, said the registration event at the college had been arranged via LGBT organisation Dundalk Outcomers. A Garda presence on campus to register new voters on Monday before the May 5th deadline had been arranged, he said.

No gardaí attended the event, which was to take place for the first four days of this week and had been advertised on social media, Mr Fitzpatrick said.

“Now we have to tell students to go to their local Garda station. Luckily 50 per cent of our students are local.”

No one from Dundalk Garda station was able to comment on the matter when contacted by The Irish Times.

It is understood that Gardaí opted not to attend after the recent controversy over a Garda member appearing in a photocall campaigning for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum.

Laura Harmon, president of the Union of Students in Ireland, said that USI recognises the “necessary role of gardaí to verify identities to ensure that people can get registered to vote.

“We are very clear that gardaí have no political role in referenda,” Ms Harmon said.

The union encourages everybody to register to vote and “have their say, regardless of their political stances”.

Ms Harmon said “USI has for many years been extremely grateful to community gardaí for attending on campuses right across the country to verify identities for supplemental registration”.

Rape Crisis North East car boot sale this Sunday

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Rape Crisis North East will hold a car boot sale this Sunday from 11am to 4pm in McEvoy’s car park on Batchelor’s Walk.

Admission on the day is €2 for adults, while children go free.

Sellers with their cars can set-up from 10.30am at a fee of €10 per car and €15 per van.

All support is welcomed, with further information available by contact info@rcne.ie

 

Towell treble sees Dundalk past Galway

DundalkCrest2010Richie Towell grabbed a second half hat-trick as Dundalk seen off Galway Utd at Oriel Park last night to maintain their two point lead at the top of the table.

The midfielder opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 48th minute following a foul on David McMillan, before doubling his side’s advantage two minutes later.

Towell then completed his hat-trick on the hour mark with a curling effort to the far right hand corner of the net.

Next up for Stephen Kenny’s side is a trip to Turner’s Cross to face Cork City on Friday night.

Gideon triumphs in Patsy Kelly 5k

Gideon Kizmosop on the way to winning the Patsy Kelly 5k on Saturday. Picture: Paul O’Connor

Gideon Kizmosop on the way to winning the Patsy Kelly 5k on Saturday. Picture: Paul O’Connor

Gideon Kizmosop of the Project Africa Athletics group was the winner of the Patsy Kelly 5k in Dundalk at the weekend.

He came home in a time if 14:34, some 39 seconds ahead of second placed Paddy Hamilton of Slieve Gullion Runners.

Gideon’s clubmate Martin Cox was third in a time of 15:28, with North East Runners pair Brian McCluskey and Maurice McMahon completing the top five with times of 15:35 and 15:48 respectively.

The leading lady was Sarah Mulligan of DSD, who was 12th overall in a time of 16:49. Selznah Kangogo was the second lady finisher in a time of 17:37 with Anne Linden of Carrick Aces third in a time of 18:26.

In total 815 people took part in the race. Full results can be found here.

End of an era as Country Stores Toymaster prepares to close

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There’s probably not a parent in Dundalk of a certain age who didn’t shop there over the years but, after 31 years in business, the Country Stores Toymaster in Forkhill is set to close for good.

Located just over the border, near Murphy’s on the Carrickasticken Road, its owners Sharon and John Eveson announced at the weekend they were to retire.

The Evesons had previously operated a Toymaster in Dundalk, firstly in Clanbrassil Street from August 1991 to 2007 when they moved to the Long Walk before closing in the summer of 2008.

Their Forkhill store remained open though and it is on a nostalgic note that its closure has arrived. Its location just three miles from Dundalk made it a hugely popular place for toys, particularly in the late Eighties and Nineties before the likes of Smyth’s arrived in town. It proved particularly popular in years where the old Irish punt was worth more than sterling.

The Evesons have thanked all their customers from over the years and have announced a retirement sale, which gets underway this Tuesday at 10am. Be sure to call out to Country Stores Toymaster one last time to grab a bargain.