Three changes to Louth side for trip to Armagh

Louth crestLouth have made three changes to the side which lost out to Tipperary a fortnight ago for Saturday night’s clash with neighbours Armagh in the Athletic Grounds.

Derek Crilly, who hit a second half hat-trick after coming off the bench against the Premier County, comes into the side, as do Conor Grimes and Derek Maguire. Colm Judge, Peter Kirwan and Daniel O’Connor are the players to lose out.

Armagh are currently a point away from securing promotion to Division Two next season while Louth need points to ensure their survival in Division Three.

The team in full is: Neil Gallagher; Kevin Toner, Patrick Reilly, Padraig Rath; Anthony Williams, Dessie Finnegan, James Stewart; Bevan Duffy, Eoin O’Connor; Adrian Reid, Derek Crilly, Declan Byrne; Ryan Burns, Conor Grimes, Derek Maguire.

Fr Brendan Callanan appointed new administrator of St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church, Dundalk

Fr Brendan Callanan

Fr Brendan Callanan

Fr Brendan Callanan, CSsR has been appointed the new administrator of St Joseph’s Church in Dundalk.

Fr Brendan was ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1972 before departing for Brazil, where he worked in a parish with the Formation of Young Redemptorists until 1993.

He then returned to Ireland and was Provincial from then until 1999. He lived in Clonard Monastery from 2000 to 2002 before returning to Brazil in August 2002.

He did parish work there and in January 2007 went to Suriname to work with Redemptorists from other provinces until August 2011.

He work in Brazil again from 2011 to January of this year but will now take up residence in St Joseph’s on the Alphonsus Road.

Fr Callanan will work alongside Fr Michael J Cusack, CSsR, who last month was reappointed as Superior of St Joseph’s for the next four years.

Paddy Clarke hosting National Portrait Week event this Saturday


National Portrait Week gets underway tomorrow with a local photographer Paddy Clarke in Jocelyn Street taking part.

For just €25, you can receive a desktop sized portrait in a folder, with 100% of your donation going to charity. This year’s proceeds will go towards the LauraLynn children’s hospice.

Visit or drop in to his studio tomorrow to take part.

Lisa misses out on her Dream Job

Lisa Casey

Lisa Casey

Local woman Lisa Casey has unfortunately missed out on her ‘Dream Job’

The 24-year-old from Ard Easmuinn has been competing in the Budweister ‘Dream Job’ competition, with a €50,000 prize up for grabs as she looks to pursue her dream career of becoming a full-time comedian.

Lisa had been plugging for votes since making the final five but it has emerged that Clare-based aspiring film maker and actor Mark Griffin is the winner after being announced as the victor by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul yesterday.

Mark, who is originally from Ardnacrusha in Clare but who grew up in and around Limerick city, said the €50,000 winners prize would be used to purse his dream of a full-time career in theatre and film.

Local pair elected new heads of Dundalk IT Students’ Union

Paddy Duffy and Aaron Lawless celebrate their recent election success

Paddy Duffy and Aaron Lawless celebrate their recent election success

Local men Aaron Lawless and Paddy Duffy were recently voted in as the new president and vice president of the Dundalk IT Students’ Union.

Fourth year marketing student Aaron is from Blackrock, while third year accounting and finance student Paddy is from Louth Village.

The pair will replace outgoing duo Brian Fitzpatrick and Paddy O’Rourke in July.

Aaron's campaign aims

Aaron’s campaign aims

O Fiaich College triumph in Sky Sports Living For Sport project

Some of the students from O Fiaich College who took part in the Sky Sports Living for Sport project

Some of the students from O Fiaich College who took part in the Sky Sports Living for Sport project

O Fiaich College in Dundalk have been announced as the overall winner of the Sky Sports Living For Sport Project of the Year award for Ireland and the UK.

The announcement was made on Sky Sports News yesterday, with students set to collect their awards at a ceremony in London this weekend.

A statement from the school said: “This is an amazing achievement and one which the school are very proud of.

“Considering over 1,700 schools took part in the project, it makes this recognition all the more amazing. The group will now collect their awards on Saturday in London and then meet some world famous athlete mentors. We are all so proud.”

Having noticed an increase in behavioural problems and students lacking motivation and self-belief within school, O’Fiaich College set up a Sky Sports Living for Sport project to encourage goal-setting and raise motivation levels.

At the start of the project, each student set their own goal and outlined how they planned on improving themselves both physically and behaviourally in the coming 10 weeks. Each Wednesday, the group worked on a different sport – from rugby union and football to boxing and tennis – and the students’ involvement and enthusiasm throughout was unprecedented compared with any previous extra-curricular activity the school had carried out.

By the end of the 10 weeks, all 19 students had improved their attendance in school and have since steered clear of any kind of misbehaviour. One student whose attendance was only 20% before getting involved with Sky Sports Living for Sport was particularly affected and did not miss a single day throughout the project.

The valuable like skills which all of the students picked up throughout have been put into practice outside of the project, too, and the whole group now has a more mature outlook on life.

O Fiaich’s Brendan O’Malley was also nominated for the Sky Sports Teacher of the Year award.

Wedding band showcase in Cabra Castle this Sunday


A live wedding band showcase will be held in Cabra Castle in Kingscourt this Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.

Hosted by, the showcase will feature The Texas Wildcats, The Urge and The Liberals.

All are welcome to attend with further information available by contact John McCormick on 086 2468125.

New micro distillery earmarked for outside Dundalk

Newtowndarver is located close to Readypenny and Darver Castle

Newtowndarver is located close to Readypenny and Darver Castle

A new micro distillery is being planned for Newtowndarver, outside Dundalk.

Raymond Thornton has applied to Louth County Council for the facility, which would be housed in a single storey sheet cladded steel portal frame building, measuring 415sqm.

The proposed development would also comprise of a single storey boiler house (35sqm), an over ground alcohol storage tank (5,000 litres), an over ground LPG storage tank (2,000 litres), an underground fire water storage tank (180cu.m), a waste water treatment system/percolation area, a landscaped earth embankment, an oil interceptor, a soakage trench and all other associated site development works.

Louth County Council are due to decide on the matter by May 4th.

Liam Adams begins appeal against sentence for raping his daughter

Liam Adams was sentenced to 16 years in jail

Liam Adams was sentenced to 16 years in jail in November 2013

A lawyer for Liam Adams said that a judge was not sufficiently clear in giving her final direction to the jury which found Adams guilty of raping his daughter Aine.

Eilis McDermott, QC, in appealing the conviction of 60-year-old Liam Adams, also said the fact that Adams is the brother of the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams made the case a “national issue”.

Ms McDermott yesterday outlined her case on behalf of Liam Adams, who is originally from Bernagh Drive, west Belfast, but lived for a number of years in Dundalk. Adams himself appeared in the dock wearing a red check shirt.

In November 2013 at Belfast Crown Court Judge Corinne Philpott sentenced Liam Adams to 16-years in prison for sexually abusing his daughter Aine between the ages of four and nine. The offences occurred between 1977 and 1983, when Adams was aged between 22 and 26.

In October 2013, a jury of nine men and three women, by an 11 to 1 majority, found Adams guilty of all 10 charges against him – including three counts of rape, three of gross indecency and four of indecent assault.

In presenting her appeal, Ms McDermott referred to how there was “extensive publicity” surrounding two cases against Liam Adams in 2013 – the first in April which collapsed over an issue of disclosure and the second beginning in September which resulted in Adams’s conviction.

Ms McDermott told the Belfast Court of Appeal that there was not a sufficient “fade factor” between the aborted case and the second trial and that it was not possible for jurors in the second trial not to be aware of the original case.

Ms McDermott also referred to how there was extensive reporting of how Gerry Adams gave evidence in the collapsed trial even though he was not called to give evidence in the second case.

Ms McDermott referred to how, in 2009, UTV’s Insight did a programme detailing Aine Adams’s allegations against her father and how it became a “national issue” due to the Gerry Adams link.

She also referred to Gerry Adams’s disclosure on RTÉ that some members of his family were sexually abused by his father, also called Gerry.

Ms McDermott said that, as a result, “it is not a case where the fade factor would be effective”.

The lawyer said that Judge Philpott did not deal with the issue of publicity other than by the “standard form” of telling the jury not to read about the case or discuss it with anyone other than fellow jurors.

Ms McDermott said there was also a concern about the “clarity” of the final direction given to the jury by Judge Philpott. She said that certain aspects of her direction were “opaque”, “difficult for the jury to follow” and came “nowhere near the careful direction” that the jury required.

The lawyer said that there was “concern about the clarity of direction” of where the burden of proof rested in the case.

Ms McDermott also said that two weeks ago she received documentation from the Public Prosecution Service that was not disclosed in the two trials.

This showed that Gerry Adams was in contact about the abuse with his solicitor in February 2007 rather than in June 2006 as initially disclosed. Ms McDermott said had she known this earlier the “material certainly would have been used in cross-examination”.

Source: The Irish Times

End of an era as Maxwell’s Terrace is to be demolished today

Maxwell's Terrace

Maxwell’s Terrace

It will be the end of an era at Maxwell’s Terrace on the Newry Road today as the development is demolished.

In total five homes and the former Coogan’s shop, opposite the Lisdoo, will be demolished to make way for the construction of four new residential houses.

The work is being carried out by Chevron (Ireland) Atlantic Limited, who bought the sites back in 2011 for €840,000.

Part of Maxwell's Terrace looking onto the Lisdoo as pictured in 2009

Part of Maxwell’s Terrace looking onto the Lisdoo as pictured in 2009

A picture from local digital artist Paul Connolly on how Maxwell's Terrace looked in its prime

A picture from local digital artist Paul Connolly on how Maxwell’s Terrace looked in its prime