Clans to host All Star Mr & Mrs this weekend

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Clan na Gael GFC will host an All Star Mr & Mrs fundraising event in aid of juvenile football at the club this Saturday night in their clubrooms.

Doors will open on the night at 7.30pm, followed by the show starting at 8pm.

Tickets are priced €20, with the event being followed by a disco.

For tickets call Cormac on 087 8034982  or Jennifer on 086 8722471.

Shaw to present Engineer’s Ireland Excellence Awards

Niamh Shaw, right, pictured at the launch of the Engineer's Ireland Excellence Awards with ESB chief executive Pat O'Doherty and John Power, director general of Engineer's Ireland

Niamh Shaw, right, pictured at the launch of the Engineer’s Ireland Excellence Awards with ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty and John Power, director general of Engineer’s Ireland

Dundalk woman Niamh Shaw will be hosting this year’s Engineer’s Ireland Excellence Awards, which will take place in the Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge in Dublin on Friday November 7th.

The awards, in conjunction with the ESB, have been running since 2010 with aspiring astronaut and engineer Niamh set to act as MC at the event.

Entries are now open with further details available here.

Setanta to screen Louth derby

DundalkCrest2010Setanta Sports have announced that they will broadcast the Louth derby between Drogheda United and Dundalk live from United Park on Friday August 8th.

The game has been moved back to 8pm to facilitate the TV coverage with Stephen Kenny’s side returning to the scene of the venue where they suffered a 4-1 hammering on the opening day of the season.

Dundalk responded to that result by inflicting a 7-0 defeat on Drogheda in Oriel Park back in May and will be hoping for a similar positive result against a side that is now managed by former Cork City boss Damien Richardson.

The Lilywhites will also be live on Setanta Sports this coming Friday night when they travel to face Cork City in Turner’s Cross, in the knowledge that a victory could send them six points clear at the top of the table.

Broadhurst controversially denied gold medal in Italy

Dundalk boxer Amy Broadhurst had to settle for a silver medal at the European Youth and Junior Championships in Assisi in Italy yesterday.

The 17-year-old was controversially adjudged to have been beaten on a split decision to Valery Manchak of the Ukraine in the 57kg final.

The Dealgan Boxing Club featherweight won the first two rounds and held a 20-18, 19-19, 20-18 lead but took a standing count after being caught on the ropes in the third. She also controversially took a count in the fourth. However, many observers believed that when the ref stopped the action, that Manchak, who was clearly rocked by two big shots to the head, was going to take a count.

However, the ref, incredulously, gave Broadhurst a count.
 The final scores were 38-38,38-38 and 39-37 to Manchak and when it went back to the judges the Ukrainian champion got the verdict with the decision being booed by the crowd.

Check out a video of the count above.

Dundalk midfielder Towell linked with €350,000 move to England

Richie Towell was the Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month for August last year but will he still be at Oriel Park by the end of this summer?

Richie Towell was the Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month for August last year but will he still be at Oriel Park by the end of this summer?

Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell has been linked with a move away from Oriel Park in today’s Irish Independent.

As part of a feature on the top 50 transfer targets this summer, the 23-year-old features in number 42 with the paper claiming interest from Wigan, Burnley and Ipswich Town.

The Indo speculate a price tag of €350,000, having described Towell as the League of Ireland’s best player. They insist that it is just a matter of whether the deal happens now or at the end of the Irish season.

Ipswich boss and former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was at Oriel Park earlier this month for the club’s Europa League fixture against Jeunesse Esch leading to speculation that Towell may be on his way to Portman Road.

All private rental homes in Louth that were inspected failed to meet basic minimum requirements

All of the 17 private rental dwellings that were inspected by Louth County Council last year failed to meet the basic minumum requirements.

According to the Irish Independent, Louth was one of four counties – along with Donegal, Offaly and Limerick City Council – which saw a 100% failure rate.

Nearly 60% of rented homes around the country failed the inspections, prompting calls for landlords to be compelled to undergo ‘NCT-style’ inspections on their properties.

Each local authority has responsibility for checking properties in their area. The inspections are carried out following complaints from the public, as well as random inspection of the properties on the local authority database.

Over 40 Cuchulainn riders take part in the An Post Tour of Meath

Some of the Cuchulainn Cycling Club members who took part in the An Post Tour of Meath

Some of the Cuchulainn Cycling Club members who took part in the An Post Tour of Meath

On Sunday last over 40 members of Dundalk’s Cuchulainn Cycling Club descended on Trim to participate in the An Post Tour of Meath, a 160km cycle taking in the finest scenery and hills of the county. While the tour started in beautiful sunshine along the way they did meet with some showers and wind from time to time, which made for tired legs. The food stop at the 100km mark was a welcome break, giving everyone a chance to refuel with some pasta and sandwiches before tackling the final stretch for home.

With just three rounds remaining in the FPM Accountants Summer Cycling League the top of the table is quite tight. Trevor Kane, who suffered what may turn out to be a very costly puncture in the most recent round, leads the league with a point to spare over Alan Bingham. Stamullen’s Gary Gorman is a further four points back with Richard McMullen in fourth and Mickey Stokes in fifth. The final result may even be dictated by holidays as both Kane and Bingham are due to miss a number of rounds.

Road racing was held on Sunday in Donore, where the race contested 13 laps of a 6.4km circuit for a total of 83km. Cuchulainn had a number of riders involved with Colm Quinn and Aidan Cunningham being very active on the day, featuring in a number of break aways. In the end it came down to one mass sprint and Nathan McGreehan, fresh from his Junior Tour ride, claimed second unplaced junior.

Dundalk move three points clear at the top with victory over Bray

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk moved three points clear at the top of the table with a resounding 5-1 win over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park last night.

Stephen Kenny’s side got off to a dream start when Richie Towell fired them in front inside the opening three minutes, firing home a rebound after Shane Redmond had saved from Kurtis Byrne.

Byrne then got his name on the scoresheet himself on 25 minutes in similar fashion, mopping up the spillage after Redmond could only push clear a Darren Meenan shot.

Byrne then turned provider for Dundalk’s third goal in the 58th minute when he crossed for Patrick Hoban to finish.

A fourth then arrived four minutes later, with Byrne again on target after blasting to the top corner from 25 yards out.

Bray did manage to pull a somewhat controversial goal back on 83 minutes when Ismahil Akinade fired under Peter Cherrie despite appearing to be offside in the build-up.

However, Dundalk had the final say two minutes later when Hoban added a fifth after another cross from Byrne.

The win means the Lilywhites can go six points clear if they beat Cork City in Turner’s Cross on Friday night – a match that will be shown live on Setanta Sports.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Meenan (Mountney 81), Higgins, Towell, Horgan (McDermott 63); Byrne (McMillan 87); Hoban. Subs not used: Griffin, Rossiter, Kelly, Sava.

Bray Wanderers: Redmond; Barker, O’Connor, Mitchell, Gorman; Akinade, Zambra, G Kelly (McGill 69), Cassidy (Coombes 76), J Kelly; Hughes (O’Neill 65). Subs not used: Byrne, Cooney, McDonagh, McGuinness.

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin).

 

Then and now on Church Street

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Mark Quigley has been busy working on his Then/Now project for the past few weeks and months and here’s another stunning shot from Church Street.

In it he encapsulates some of the well knwon premises on the street such as Tony Kieran’s, Conlon’s Delicatessan and Youngs Restaurant and contrasts them with the cars and bikes of yesteryear.

Check out more of Mark’s work here.

Knockbridge Hurling Club prepare for golf classic

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Knockbridge Hurling Club will host their golf classic in Mannan Castle Golf Club on Friday August 1st.

The event is a four ball scramble with entry for a team of four costing €120, including a meal.

For further details or registration email pro.knockbridge.louth@gaa.ie or call 086 3556160.