New Louth Rose to be selected tomorrow

This year’s Louth Rose of Tralee selection night takes place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk on Sunday at 8pm.

We’ve put together a list of all the ladies involved and their sponsors below.

The ladies were at Dundalk Stadium last night with one of them hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Ciara Soraghan, in becoming the new Louth Rose.

Admission on the night is €20 or €5 for under 12s.

Shannon Fahey / St John of God's Drumcar

Shannon Fahey / St John of God’s Drumcar

Sarah McCarville / Victory's Centra Dunleer

Sarah McCarville / Victory’s Centra Dunleer

Helena Ní Mhaoiláin / Glen Gat House Dundalk

Helena Ní Mhaoiláin / Glen Gat House Dundalk

Paula McCreery / Lanney's Supervalu Ardee

Paula McCreery / Lanney’s Supervalu Ardee

Niamh Tumilty / Truform Laser Dies

Niamh Tumilty / Truform Laser Dies

Sorayah McGeough / Caranmore Exports

Sorayah McGeough / Caranmore Exports

Sharon Cummins / Aura Leisure Centre

Sharon Cummins / Aura Leisure Centre

Kim Murray / Energy Centre Drogheda

Kim Murray / Energy Centre Drogheda

Sammy Myles / Homecare Ardee

Sammy Myles / Homecare Ardee

Denisa Macari / Macari's Pizzeria Drogheda

Denisa Macari / Macari’s Pizzeria Drogheda

Aisling Nally / Scotch Hall Shopping Centre

Aisling Nally / Scotch Hall Shopping Centre

Jenny Hanlon / Maria Goretti Foundation

Jenny Hanlon / Maria Goretti Foundation

Andrea Muckian / AIB Drogheda

Andrea Muckian / AIB Drogheda

Maeve Kavanagh / Euro Antiques

Maeve Kavanagh / Euro Antiques

Williams hat-trick sees Dundalk RFC promoted to senior ranks


Dundalk RFC will be playing senior rugby for the first time in their history next season following a 22-10 victory over De La Salle Palmerston in Dublin today.

Johnny Williams was the hero for the Mill Road men on the day with a hat-trick of wins in what was arguably the side’s most famous ever result.

The visitors got off to a dream start when Williams got in for his first try in the 12th minute after a good break through a ruck by player/coach Ene Fa’atau.

Ultan Murphy missed the resultant conversion but with De La Salle missing penalties either side of that score, Dundalk would have been happy with their early 5-0 lead.

Williams then added a second try in the 27th minute, running in from the scrum after the Mill Road men had initially been held up over the De La Salle line. Murphy did manage to convert on this occasion, giving his well-supported side a 12-0 advantage.

The home side did respond with a penalty before the break to cut the gap by to nine points but a further miss on the restart meant they failed to build any real momentum.

Their cause then went from bad to worse when they had a player yellow carded, with Murphy converting the penalty to leave it 15-3.

Williams then completed his hat-trick minutes later, with Murphy converting to leave it 22-3.

The dream day took a slight sour turn for Williams when he as yellow carded in the 57th minute, with Fa’atau joining him in the sin bin two minutes later.

That allowed De La Salle cut the deficit courtesy of a penalty try with 18 minutes to go, with their fly half converting to leave it 22-10.

Despite Murphy missing a penalty with 13 men on the field for the visitors, Dundalk held out well in the closing stages to earn an historic promotion and cap a dream year for the club, who also won the Leinster League, All-Ireland Junior Cup and McGowan Cup this season.

The biggest prize of all though is a place in the All-Ireland League.

Trampoline park being planned for Dundalk

What the new trampoline park could look like if given the go ahead

What the new trampoline park could look like if given the go ahead

A new trampoline park could be on the way to Dundalk.

Donal and Jacqueline Rankin have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to convert part of the ground floor (935sqm) of Unit 19 at the North Link Retail Park to a trampoline park.

As part of their application they also hope to install associated signage and carry out minor internal alterations to the unit, which is currently part-occupied by AV Direct.

If given the go ahead, the trampoline park would likely resemble the Jumpzone facilities which operate in Sandyford and Santry in Dublin.

Conor needs help taking humanitarian aid to Moldova

Conor HughesCross Cause founder Conor Hughes is seeking two drivers to take a truck going to orphanages in eastern Europe from Kent in England to Moldova.

The Blackrock man has made an appeal via The Anton Savage Show on Today FM.

Conor has a 40ft articulated truck in Kent full of humanitarian aid – food, medical supplies, building supplies, all of which have been donated by local businesses and people in the Dundalk area.

He had two volunteer drivers to take the truck to Moldova but because the truck arrived in Kent too late, the drivers have missed their window for time off.

So Conor now needs two drivers to take the truck to Moldova!

What you need to know:

  • It’s about a 10 day round trip – Kent – Moldova – Ireland
  • The drivers get a hero’s welcome when they arrive – a great feeling
  • Driver will need a continental truck license
  • ATTITUDE is very important – need to be able to cope with incidents like border control, customs and the truck breaking down…
  • It’s a volunteer job, but the charity will cover your transport and keep

If you’d like to help out contact Conor via the Beat It music shop in Blackrock by calling 042 9321700 or emailing

It’s Richie TWOhill as Dundalk go five points clear

Richie Towell celebrates his strike against Cork City last night

Richie Towell celebrates his strike against Cork City last night

Dundalk moved five points clear at the top of the Premier Division table last night after coming from behind to beat Cork City 2-1 at Turner’s Cross.

Richie Towell was once again the star man for Stephen Kenny’s side as he scored either side of half-time to secure a huge win for the visitors.

Cork had gone in front through a deflected Billy Dennehy strike just after the half hour mark but Towell equalised in first-half stoppage time with a volley high to the roof of the net after the home side failed to deal with a corner kick.

He then secured the win three minutes into the second half by slotting home a penalty after David McMillan had been upended in the area.

Dundalk are next in action on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th when they host Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park.

Choral Meditation in St Nicholas’ Church next week


Ceol Oirghialla will present a Choral Meditation in St Nicholas’ Church in Church Street next Thursday at 7pm.

The free event will see a short concert of reflective choral music being performed by the DkIT Chamber Choir, directed by Aisling Kenny.

All are welcome to attend.

Bellurgan Utd given the go ahead for floodlight at Tom Flynn Park

Bellurgan-UTDBellurgan Utd have been given the go ahead to carry out a series of upgrades to their pitch at Tom Flynn Park.

The club have secured conditional planning permission from Louth County Council to install floodlighting on the main pitch. This would involve the installation of eight 18m high steel columns with five lights on each.

They also hope to install a new ball stop behind pitches two and three. This would be 6m high and 18m wide and be located along the eastern boundary of the site.

Dundalk IT music students to hold contemporary music showcase in The Spirit Store


Dundalk IT’s Section of Music will host a contemporary showcase on Tuesday in The Spirit Store at 8pm.

Students shall perform an interesting and varied programme of pieces selected from popular music and jazz repertoire. Following on from the fabulous success of previous contemporary showcases staged in The Spirit Store last year, this event will also feature the first public performance by the newly formed DkIT Jazz Ensemble.

The music students at DkIT are taking this opportunity to take their work into the public domain at a local level. On the night, the music shall take the audience on a musical journey that begins with jazz standards selected from the American Songbook through to movie themes and the energetic material by rock artists such as Queen. This promises to be a music night not to be missed and entry is free.

Residents object to plans for five new houses on Mill Street

Local residents have lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala against Louth County Council’s decision to grant conditional planning permission for five new houses to be built on Mill Street in Dundalk.

Thomas Agnew was given the go ahead for the quintet of 1.5 storey townhouses on land adjacent to The Garden House last November.

He also got permission for the renovation of an existing dwelling including the replacement of the existing Perspex roofed porch with a new porch with slate roof.

However, 11 objections have been made to An Bord Pleanala, with residents claiming the five new homes would result in “overdevelopment of the site”.

They say they would be “visually obtrusive” and point out there is an “inadequate provision of parking facilities” for such a development.

The Legend of Luke Kelly coming to Dundalk next week


“The Legend of Luke Kelly” will run for one night only at An Táin Arts Centre next week.

The show, seeing the superb Chris Kavanagh take on many of late The Dubliners’ stars biggest hits, will take place on Thursday April 30th.

This is the first time this show has taken to the main stage and promises to be an evocative and enjoyable experience.

Tickets are available from the An Táin Box Office on 042 9332332 or at Tickets are: €20/ €18 (concessions).