Poc Fada to be featured on tonight’s In Off The Post show on Dundalk FM

dundalkfm100Tonight’s In Off The Post GAA show on Dundalk FM will look back at last weekend’s All-Ireland Poca Fada.

Special guest on the night will be the competition’s first ever winner, Damien Callan, a member of the local Pearse Og club.

The show will also reflect on Tipperary’s Brendan Cummins’ record eighth title.

There will also be reaction to the weekend’s GAA action with interviews with Dundalk Gaels mentor Gerry Copas following their victory over St Mary’s while the show will also hear from Eugene Judge on the Newtown Blues’ narrow win over the Geraldines.

In Off The Post airs each Wednesday night at 9pm on Dundalk FM 100 and is presented by former County Board chairman Peter Brannigan and Naomh Malachi clubman, Dermot Woods, a former chair of the Louth Ladies County Board.

The show can also be accessed online at www.dundalkfm.com and is repeated on Saturdays at 6pm.

This week’s Argus

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This week’s Argus leads with the story about Dundalk FC’s €18,000 fine from UEFA with the club set to launch an urgent review of their code of conduct as a result of the huge number of fines received this year.

There’s also news of the go-ahead for the new St Mary’s College and pictures from the Bush debs.

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

Moran calls for Port Tunnel toll to be reduced during rail strike

Senator Mary Moran

Senator Mary Moran

The National Roads Authority should reduce the €10 peak-hours toll faced by commuters using the Dublin Port Tunnel for the duration of the rail strike, according to Labour Senator, Mary Moran.

Up to 100,000 commuters, many of them from Louth, were left facing disruptions earlier this week as a result of the strike by rail workers on Sunday and Monday. Further protests are planned for next month, leaving rail users looking for alternative travel arrangements once again.

Commenting on the matter, Senator Moran said: “The disruption to Inter-City, Commuter and Dart services in particular means that people in Louth and north Dublin suburbs who normally use rail services are now being forced to commute by car and use the Port Tunnel.

“Due to the €10 toll that applies to the tunnel between 6am and 10am, and again between 4pm and 7pm, it means commuters could fork out €40 altogether between the two days – and even more again if the strike resumes in September.

“It is unfair that motorists are being financially penalised for a strike that isn’t of their own making. Therefore I am calling on the NRA to reduce the peak-hours toll to €3 – which is the usual off-peak fee – in what would be a welcome gesture that would ease pressure on strike-hit motorists.

“In the meantime, I hope that all sides involved in this dispute will resolve this matter soon, so that we can draw this difficult episode to a close.”

Kearney and Kenny complete ice bucket challenges

Following on from his brother Rob’s ice bucket challenge last week, Dave Kearney stepped up to the plate over the weekend with his own comical version of the latest craze to sweep the internet.

In the clip, the Leinster and Ireland winger pretends to chicken out of the challenge before getting absolutely drenched by a digger.

Meanwhile, Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny also got in on the act yesterday after being drenched by first team players John Mountney, Simon Kelly, Brian Gartland, Pat Hoban and coach Graham Byrne – who he nominated. Check out the clip here.

Warrants for three local men are defective, High Court hears

The High Court has found warrants detaining three local dissident Republicans, convicted of attempting to buy weapons and explosives on behalf of the Real IRA, are defective.

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan refused to release Fintan O’Farrell, Declan Rafferty and Michael McDonald, and adjourned the case to allow the State to seek to vary the warrants that would keep all three behind bars until late 2016.

The trio’s solicitors, who sought an inquiry into their continued detention under article 40 of the Constitution, had argued the warrants keeping the men in prison were defective and that they should be released immediately.

The court heard that the three men, who sought arms and financial support from the Iraqi government, were arrested by Slovak police in July 2001 after they had met two agents who, they believed, were Iraqi arms dealers.

The “dealers” had turned out to be undercover British security agents and, following their arrest, all three were extradited to England where, in 2002, they pleaded guilty at a London court to charges under the UK’s 2000 Terrorism Act and conspiracy to cause explosions in London.

Mr Justice Hogan heard the men had initially been given sentences of 30 years, which, on appeal, had been reduced to terms of 28 years. All three were transferred to Ireland and are held in Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co Laois.

The three local men – O’Farrell and Rafferty, both from Carlingford, and McDonald from Dundalk – had asked the High Court to inquire into the lawfulness of their continued detention in Portlaoise.

Their barrister, senior counsel Michael O’Higgins, had argued they were entitled to immediate release on grounds arising from their transfer from the UK.

He submitted the warrants detaining them in Portlaoise, issued by the Irish court in 2006, were flawed. This was because the warrants recorded they should spend 28 years in prison, when the maximum term in Ireland for similar offences was 20 years.

Source: The Irish Times

Dundalk director Moore linked with thriller I.T.

John Moore

John Moore

Voltage Pictures are reported to have tapped up Dundalk film director John Moore to direct and William Wisher Jr to rewrite their thriller I.T.

The film follows a publisher who fears for his family’s life after he fires an I.T. specialist who turns out to be dangerously unstable. Dan Kay wrote the previous draft of the script.

Moore is primarily known for helming action movies. He previously directed “Behind Enemy Lines,” “Max Payne,” and “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and is currently attached to the upcoming thriller “Ice Road Truckers” (also penned by Wisher Jr). Wisher Jr’s other films include “Terminator 2,” “Judge Dredd,” and “Live Free or Die Hard.”

Donohoe murder suspect ‘back in Dundalk’

Today's Irish Sun

Today’s Irish Sun

Today’s Irish Sun carries a report saying that the chief suspect in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe has been spotted in Dundalk in recent days.

The 41-year-old father-of-two was shot dead in January 2013 during an armed raid at Lordship Credit Union.

The suspect is believed to be from the north and is said to have been involved in a number of high speed chases in the area, often fleeing back over the border to Co Down.

Dundalk drawn away to Shamrock Rovers in FAI Cup

Dundalk have been handed a tough draw in the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup after being drawn away to Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium.

Stephen Kenny’s side have already beaten the Hoops away from home this season in both the Setanta Cup and the league. However, the country’s most successful ever side have been boosted recently by the appointment of Pat Fenlon.

The game will take place on the weekend of September 13th.

Jellyfish with potentially fatal sting spotted in Carlingford Lough

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The Lion’s Mane jellyfish

There have been a large number of confirmed sightings of the Lion’s Mane jellyfish in Carlingford Lough today.

A number of beaches in Ireland were closed earlier in the week due to the presence of the Lions Mane jellyfish. They are red in colour and have tentacles (stingers) that can grow up to three feet long.

The sting can be dangerous and cause serious symptoms including nausea, vomiting and respiratory distress. The pain from the sting is “excruciating” and some people can get anaphylactic shock in addition to sting pain. This can be fatal.

Carlingford Marina say they have contacted the Lough’s Agency, The Irish Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety regarding the matter and are waiting for further information.

They said: “For now, we urge everyone to be extra vigilant at sea, bathing, in the marina or even walking along the beach.”

This week’s Dundalk Democrat

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This week’s Dundalk Democrat leads with the story of Dundalk’s €18,000 fine for the flying of Palestinian flags at last month’s Europa League game with Hajduk Split in Oriel Park. There’s also a special 16 page trip through time photographic supplement plus a lot ahead to the Louth SFC semi-finals.

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