Cross Cooley Challenge taking place later this month

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A Cross Cooley Challenge in aid of North Louth Hospice and the Maria Goretti Foundation will take place on Saturday April 25th.

The fun event takes place across the Cooley mountains with anyone looking to get involved asked to contact one of the following:

  • Seamus Gormley – 086 2566034
  • Errol Boyle 086 8178231
  • Brian Watters 087 0578697
  • John Fergus McArdle 087 2570653

Bellurgan Park to host first Four Seasons Challenge event later this month

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Bellurgan Park’s Four Seasons Challenge will take place on Sunday April 26th.

The idea behind the challenge is to run an event during spring, summer, autumn and winter. The event on April 26th is the first, with others to follow on June 14th, September 6th and November 15th.

The course covers up to 12km of obstacles both natural and man made. Some obstacles have an alternative route if the challenge is too much, although the alternative is sometimes worse, so choose wisely!

You can book one event for €45 or all four for €100.

For further details call 042 9371318 or email info@bellurganpark.ie

RTÉ lodge appeal against decision to refuse planning for support tower

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RTÉ have lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala following Louth County Council’s decision last month to deny them permission to retain a 30m high operational support tower with associated equipment attached at Clermont Carn in Ravensdale.

The council refused RTÉ permission to retain the structure on three counts. They said that it was located on an exposed mountain top site within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which they wanted to preserve and protect.

They also said the structure was “inappropriately designed” with regard to its location’s sensitive landscape. Finally, they said it would interview would the view of the area.

Louth’s young dart players travel to Ennis and bring home success

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It’s an interesting thing to overhear a crowd of teenage boys having an argument about mathematics on a bus travelling from Ennis County Clare.

“128, how do you do it and why?”

This isn’t a school trip it’s the Louth Youth Darts team explaining what the best way to maximise your chances of finishing the game is by going with a certain combination and arguing against alternatives. The joy about the discussion is that not only can these players count as quick as they throw, they are every bit as accurate with their shots as they are with their calculations.

This accuracy was shown when two teams of six travelled to the All Ireland Inter-Counties to represent their county. The teams were divided between players who had attended before and those who were first time attendees. Mark Connolly, Robert Connolly, David Andrews, David Lambe, Paul Maguire and Jason Finnegan were Louth’s 1st team while Alan Smyth, Liam Kindlon, Conor Murtagh, Kyle Costigan, Aidan O’Brien and Aaron Finnegan made up the second team.

The two teams were drawn in difficult groups with Louth (1) getting Tipperary (1), Galway, Roscommon (1), Mayo and Meath (2) while Louth’s 2nd team got drawn against last year’s winners Dublin as well as Offaly, Limerick, Clare (1) and Laois (2).

The format of the competition meant that the six teams in the group played each other and the top two teams from each of the four groups qualified for the quarter finals and the remaining teams played in the shield competition.

After some very good darts on the day, the Louth team felt the effects of the 05:30 start and were unfortunate not to make it into the quarter finals of the Championship competition but instead went into the draw for the shield competition.

The draw say Louth (1) play Tipperary’s second team and in a team of five the first to three was a short race. This game was to set a trend because louth went 2-1 down before coming back to win 3-2.

The Louth second team were not so successful against Cork’s second team but they threw some fantastic darts with all players impressing on the day.Aaaron finegan took out some fantastic finishes and Liam Kindlon from Louth Village was a late addition to the squad but he didn’t show any nerves at all.

Another star of the team was Conor Murtagh who is the next generation of a family who have been involved in Dundalk darts for years. Conor, who is from Muirhevnamor, put some of the best young throwers from Clare and Dublin right to the limit and showed no fear. His dad Mark, who accompanied him down, was nearly throwing every dart with him.

Aidan O’Brien played his very first darts competition in probably the most intense environment and took it all in his stride. The manager of the Louth (2) team was Dermot Connolly and he was very proud of how his players played.

The first team were soon up again against a strong Roscommon team and once again the Louth team trailed 2-1 with David Andrews from Tullyallen suffering on his doubles but it went down to Jason Finnegan to show what coolness was to win the deciding game and put Louth into a semi-final .

The semi final saw Louth vs Donegal and the first player in for the Wee County was David Lambe from the Lumpers. He met a very strong player from Donegal and was narrowly pipped on doubles.

Once again Louth had to show character and come from behind to secure their place in an All Ireland final where they would have to play on the main stage at a national event.

The whole Louth contingent hit the roof when the winning double was hit and Louth had succeeded in reaching the final. The other semifinal was between Limerick and the Cork team that beat the Louth second team and it was Limerick who came through.

Louth and proud is the saying and although best of order was given, every player from both teams were shouting as Louth took on Limerick on the main stage. The game was flowing well and once again Louth were 2-1 down when Robert Connolly played an exceptional game to put Jason Finnegan in for the final match. In what was a brilliant exhibition of youth darts both players pushed each other right to the very end with the game going to the last game and last leg.

A missed dart at a double which was right on the wire of Double ten was to cost Louth as Limerick hit the winning double in the next throw to claim the title of All Ireland Shield winners 2015
The Louth teams that travelled would never have had the opportunity to go to this event if it was not for the support of the sponsorship given to them by the local darts leagues and by Minty’s Mini Bus Hire, who contributed to cover the expense of this trip.

The committees of the Dundalk, Glyde and Newry leagues all contributed to ensure these players got their chance to shine and shine they did.

Anyone interested in getting involved in youth darts should contact Dundalk and District Darts or Louth Darts on Facebook.

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Auction in aid of Maria Goretti Foundation to take place next month

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Milltown Hall Trust will host a fundraising auction next month in aid of the Maria Goretti Foundation in Lordship.

The event takes place from 12 noon on Sunday May 10th in Kilkerley and donations are appreciated for the auction.

Anyone who would like to make a donation or assist on the day can contact Patsy on 087 2973590 or Sinead on 087 9684622.

Dundalk from the sky

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We came across this fantastic picture of Dundalk from the sky and thought it was worth a share.

The two most prominent buildings that can be seen are Dundalk Retail Park and DkIT Sport, formerly JJB.

In the foreground is part of the Avenue Road and Bay Estate, to the right is Muirhevnamor and to the left Kingswood and the Blackrock Road. In the distance you can also see further out towards Blackrock/the Dublin Road and Blackrock beach.

Speed van rammed outside Dundalk

gosafeA Go Safe speed van was rammed outside Dundalk yesterday.

The incident took place around 3pm on the N53 Dundalk to Castleblayney Road at Rassan, Hackballscross.

A dark coloured Toyota car pulled in at the side of the road in front of the van before driving into the door of the vehicle.

The operator was uninjured in the incident but Gardai are appealing for anyone with information on it to contact them at 1800 666 111.