Anti-drugs meeting planned for the peninsula next week

An anti-drugs meeting will take place in Mullaghbuoy Community Centre on October 1st at 8pm.

Speakers on the night will include Derek Russell from Roscrea, County Tipperary, whose community also made a stand against drug pushers.

Nora O’Donaghy from Turas Counselling Services, Dundalk, will also speak on drug awareness, and give advice to parents on what to look for if they think their child is taking drugs. She will also discuss the devastation caused by drugs, and what to do if somebody is pushing drugs on your child or you.

Sergeant Eugene Collins, from Dundalk Garda Station, will give a presentation of the different type of drugs which are been pushed on to our young people and will also discuss the problem of anti-social behaviour. Eugene will discuss the different means of how to contact the Authorities in confidence in relation to these matters.

This meeting has been initiated by the community and all organisations in the Peninsula are invited to attend this meeting. It is very important that local people and organisations do attend to show their support for their community. The objective of this meeting is to try and find out as a community how to deal with drugs and drug pushers in the Peninsula.

The community feel it is time that we stand up as a collective against these pushers who are ruining lives, ruining families and stealing the life out of drug victims.

This week’s Dundalk Democrat

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This week’s Dundalk Democrat leads with the story of Paul McGee, who was attacked by Shamrock Rovers fans as he attended the wake of his wife’s grandmother in Pearse Park on Saturday.

There’s also coverage of the EA Sports Cup victory for Dundalk FC and a look ahead to the Louth SFC final.

All that, and more, in this week’s Dundalk Democrat… on sale now!

McGee suffers brutal attack at hands of Shamrock Rovers fan

Paul's injuries

Paul’s injuries

A local man was attacked outside a wake at the weekend by thugs from Shamrock Rovers FC, who were in Dundalk for Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final, which the home side won 3-2.

Fitness guru Paul McGee was left with a number of facial injuries after being attacked by Hoops supporters outside a house in Pearse Park.

Paul was with his wife Dara at the wake of her grandmother Maura Coleman (77), when he says he was struck in the face with a beer can.

The 37-year-old suffered a broken nose, a fractured eye socket and had to receive six stitches in his face following the attack.

Paul was with the deceased’s son Eddie Coleman at the time when a group of more than 70 Rovers fans walked past the house en route to Oriel Park.

Video footage shows them walking from Clanbrassil Street towards the Carrick Road chanting the likes of ‘Shamrock Rovers, we’ll do what we want” and “We hate Dundalk.” The same video expires just minutes before the brutal attack while fans were congregated on Mulholland Avenue outside the Magnet.

Paul told The Irish Daily Mirror that “what happened was disgraceful and unreal. The can was smashed into my face without any warning and it was completely unprovoked.”
Mrs Coleman’s Funeral Mass and burial occurred yesterday.

Jobseekers boost prospects with free Springboard courses in high-growth areas at DkIT

DKITWith 58,133 people on the Live Register in the border region in July, jobseekers from Louth and the northeast who lost their jobs during the recession are boosting their prospects of returning to work by starting specially-designed third-level courses at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) this month.

Offered through the State-funded Springboard programme managed by the Higher Education Authority for the Department of Education & Skills, the places are free to those who qualify and the courses – most of which started yesterday – are delivered flexibly, allowing jobseekers retain their benefits and continue their search for employment.

The skills taught on the programmes have been specifically selected to match the current job market and concentrate on areas where there is existing and projected growth.

The part-time Springboard-supported programmes getting underway at DkIT are Certificate in Business in Digital Marketing & Digital Media Management (Level 7); Certificate in 3D for Games (Level 7); Certificate in 2D and 3D Digital Animation Production (Level 7) and Diploma in Food & Agribusiness Excellence (Level 8).

Anton Barrett, Head of Lifelong Learning, DkIT, said: “The Springboard programmes offer a real ‘win-win’ in that the graduates are better equipped to secure sustainable employment while employers in Dundalk and the northeast have access to a larger talent pool who’ve acquired very relevant and up-to-date skills within a short space of time. All of the subjects covered on these courses align with the skills employers tell us they want from graduates so those who complete them are in a strong position to compete in the jobs market.

“As well as our indigenous firms, Dundalk has secured several large investments in the recent past from IDA Ireland client companies and DkIT is committed to helping meet the skills needs that those companies have so they can sustain and grow their operations here.”

Some of the best advocates for Springboard courses are those who’ve completed previous programmes.

Among those taking the first steps on Springboard at DkIT two years ago this month was Ann Osborne O’Hagan who – despite excellent qualifications – had found it difficult to secure full-time work as a secondary school teacher. Now pursuing a PhD at the Institute, Ann began the Higher Diploma in Computing in 2012 – “The whole process of applying for the course was very simple and I would recommend Springboard and DkIT to anyone who feels they could benefit from a further qualification. The programme has allowed me to upskill and to really understand current technology.”

Offering an employer viewpoint, Paddy Matthews, President, Dundalk Chamber, added: “Springboard brings hope for those out of work of an early return to gainful employment as the courses being offered are in areas where companies are hiring. Indeed, some employers in these sectors have challenges filling vacancies with skilled people so those who graduate from the Springboard courses at DkIT will be very well-placed to secure work in a growth area. This is a welcome, proactive response to the jobs crisis.”

Dr Mary-Liz Trant, Head of Skills and Enterprise Engagement, Higher Education Authority, said: “The HEA on behalf of the Dept of Education & Skills is delighted to work with higher education institutions like DkIT to provide education opportunities that support unemployed people in getting back to work. A feature of Springboard is that the courses we fund through the programme are in disciplines where there are job opportunities and where employers tell us they have a skills shortage and anticipate further recruitment.

“For those out of work in the northeast, I would encourage them to visit www.springboardcourses.ie later in the year and check what’s on offer in future intakes. We also wish those starting courses this month every success with their studies. The programme offers a great opportunity to quickly get the skills employers want but also to have a formal qualification that reflects what you have learned. In a competitive labour market, this can make all the difference.”

Dundalk Lions Club to host country night this Saturday

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Dundalk Lions Club will host a country night in aid of the senior citizens’ weekend away in the Lisdoo Arms on Saturday at 8pm.

Music on the night will be by The Long Riders, with refreshments also served.

Admission is €10 and all support is welcomed.

Planning sought to complete Coulter Place

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The company are looking to retain and complete 22 two storey homes in the estate, while they have also applied for planning permission to construct 84 new units, made up of one, two and three bed houses and apartments.

Louth County Council will make a decision on the matter by October 27th.

Night of the Riffing Dead coming to Dundalk Stadium

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An evening of heavy metal music is coming to Dundalk Stadium next month.

Night of the Riffing Dead, which takes place on Saturday October 25th, will feature six tribute bands and has a fancy dress theme. Amongst the bands being covered on the night include AC/DC, Guns n’ Roses, Motorhead, Metallica, Status Quo and Rory Gallagher.

There will also be music til late from DJ Propaganda.

Doors open on the day at 4pm, with advance tickets €10 or standard tickets €15. You can buy now at www.tickets.ie or email monstersofrocktribute@gmail.com

Further details are also available from Gerry Keane on 087 9904758.

Caution urged during Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

Louth County Council is urging householders to be aware of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide build-up in the home as part Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which got underway today.

The main aim of the week is to raise public awareness of the causes and symptoms and the protection measures for this highly poisonous gas which can kill in minutes.

Carbon Monoxide is one of the leading causes of poisoning deaths throughout the world.

It can build up to dangerous concentrations indoors when stoves, fires and boilers are not properly vented, operated or maintained. Because it has no odour, colour or taste, CO cannot be detected by our senses.  Symptoms are a mild headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and drowsiness

Fortunately, simple measures can be taken to prevent CO problems, such as the installation of a CO alarm to detect potentially deadly conditions. Householders should also make sure that all fuel burning appliances and heating devices are properly vented and maintained.

For further Carbon Monoxide information and advice visit www.carbonmonoxide.ie

Intact hoping to combine three units at Blackthorn Business Park

intact-software-irish-accounting-softwareIntact Software Ltd are hoping to combine three light industrial units at the Blackthorn Business Park on the Coes Road into one office unit.

They have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to knock units 13, 14 and 15 into one unit.

The council are due to make a decision on the matter by October 30th.

Dundalk IT open day dates are set

1Dundalk Institute of Technology will hold its annual open day on Friday and Saturday October 17th and 18th.

Everyone is invited to visit the college over the course of the two days to see all that it has to offer. Department heads, lecturers and students will be on hand to give advice while documentation will be issued providing details on all courses.

The event is open to all but would be particularly useful for anyone considering attending Dundalk IT in September 2015.