Louth Nose Lily seeks support for Nose of Tralee title



Local woman Tara Mundow is appealing for support for her dog Lily to become The Nose of Tralee.

A canine version of the Rose of Tralee contest run by Pet Sitters Ireland, Lily – who lives on the Castle Road in Dundalk – is the Louth Nose.

Lily is currently doing well in the voting, which is conducted on social media, but needs your support to see off stiff competition from the likes of the Kerry, Cork and Kilkenny Noses.

You can vote every 24 hours at the link below until August 24th and who knows, maybe Louth will have it’s very own Nose of Tralee.

Vote here.

All-Ireland Poc Fada takes place on Annaverna this Saturday

Gerard Smyth collects his Louth Poc Fada title from County Board chairman Des Halpenny last month. He will be hoping to lift the All-Ireland title when he takes to Annaverna on Saturday

Gerard Smyth collects his Louth Poc Fada title from County Board chairman Des Halpenny last month. He will be hoping to lift the All-Ireland title when he takes to Annaverna on Saturday

The All-Ireland Poc Fada will take place at Annaverna on the Cooley Mountains this Saturday where holder, ex Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, will be seeking his ninth title.

Also this weekend Waterford’s Patricia Jackman will be looking to capture the camogie title for the seventh year running where she will be up against the four provincial champions.

This year’s competition was launched recently by GAA president Aogan O Fearghall and sponsor Martin Donnelly said he was delighted to continue to support this wonderful and truly unique event. The Poc Fada is played out over a 5km course which takes in the wonderful views of Dundalk as well as Carlingford and this year Pearse Óg’s Gerard Smyth will be flying the local flag as Louth bids for its first winner since Paul Dunne in 2003.

There are three former U-16 winners in the field for this year’s senior event where they will be trying their best to dethrone Cummins. They are Aaron Murphy (Limerick 2007), Noel Fallon (Roscommon 2009) and Cillian Kiely (Offaly 2011/12).

The 1965 Poc Fada Champion Denis Murphy from Cork will also be honoured at this year’s event and this is sure to add to the occasion of what is the 54th running of the event.

For the first time there will be a competition on the day for U-16 camogie players where the new four provincial winners will take their place alongside the competitors in the senior hurling, senior camogie and U-16 hurling events.

List of competitors for 2015 Poc Fada:

SENIOR HURLING: Aaron Murphy (Limerick), Andrew Fahey (Clare), Brendan Cummins (Tipperary), Cillian Kiely (Offaly), Eoin Reilly (Laois), Gerard Smith (Louth), Karol Keating (Down), Keith Raymond (Sligo), Noel Fallon (Roscommon), Paddy McKillion (Tyrone), Patrick Kelly (Clare), James Skehill (Galway).

SENIOR CAMOGIE: Aisling Corbett (Clare), Catherine McGourty (Down), Catriona Daly (Galway), Elaine Gallery (Dublin), Patricia Jackman (Waterford).

U-16 HURLING: Cormac Phillips (Mayo), Barry O’Mahony (Kerry), Padraig Delaney (Laois), Reece McSorley (Derry), Shaun Murray (Waterford).

U-16 CAMOGIE: Ann-Marie Smyth (Ulster), Sarah Healy (Connacht), Ciara O’Looney (Leinster), Aine O Loughlin (Munster).

Benefit Cosmetics opening in the Marshes this Saturday


Benefit Cosmetics are opening in the Marshes Shopping Centre this Saturday.

There will be discounts and giveaways to mark their arrival to the mall and everyone is invited along on Saturday to the opening.

Beauty brand Benefit Cosmetics was set up in San Francisco in 1976 by twins Jean and Jane Ford and are well known for products such as They’re Real, Porefessional, They’re Real Push Up Liner, Rockateur, Hoola, Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW, High beam, Sun Beam, That gal, Bad Gal Lash, Benetint, Coralista and more.

Louth County Council launch #LoveLouth photo competition


To celebrate reaching 4,000 followers on Twitter, Louth County Council are holding a #LoveLouth Photo Competition, with three One 4 All gift vouchers up for grabs for the winners.

Simply Tweet @louthcoco with a photo of your favourite spot in Louth with a brief explanation of why you love it. Add the tag #LoveLouth and you could be in with a chance of winning one of three One 4 All gift vouchers.

Closing date for entries is August 24th and the winners will be announced on August 31st.

Further details are available at www.louthcoco.ie/photocompetition

Third picket at Ard Dealgan apartments planned for tomorrow


Local councillor Jennifer Green has organised a third picket of the Ard Dealgan apartments in Quay Street for tomorrow afternoon between 4.30pm and 5pm.

In May the Sinn Féin councillor held a first picket there to raise awareness of the social problems the building was causing and followed it up with another event in June.

Vacated in 2009 due to fire safety concerns, the complex has been idle ever since. It remains a nuisance for local residents though with drug dealers reported to be using it, as well as squatters. A number of fires have also taken place there in recent years.

Louth County Council said recently they may look to use the complex for local housing but Cllr Green is encouraging some form of action to be taken and wants people to support the picket to ensure one of the Quay’s biggest problems is rectified sooner rather than later.

Bronze for James at Special Olympics

James Meenan crossing the line to secure his bronze medal

James Meenan crossing the line to secure his bronze medal

Dundalk’s James Meenan secured a bronze medal after coming home third in the 200m event at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles yesterday.

The 20-year-old from Greenacres ran the race at Loker Stadium in a time of 26.13 seconds, which was actually slower than his trial time of 25.77.

James on the podium

James on the podium

James still has another chance of silverware with the 100m event still to be run.

So far Team Ireland have secured 8 gold, 4 silver, 10 bronze, 14 ribbons and 19 personal bests.

The games will conclude at the weekend.

James with his medal

James with his medal

Toxic diesel sludge dumped in Knockbridge

Stephenstown Pond

Three cubes of toxic diesel sludge were discovered dumped in Knockbridge last night.

The cubes, containing around 1,000 litres each of the fuel laundering waste, were abandoned opposite Stephenstown Pond. The fact they were right on the bend of the road also made them a hazard for passing motorists.

Louth County Council contractors are removing the cubes this morning.

This is one of several similar dumps at Stephenstown Pond and anyone who might have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9335577.

373 convictions for tax offences in Louth over 13 year period

000aea52-642There were 303 tax offence cases in Louth per 100,000 of population between 2002 and 2014, according to new figures from the RTÉ Investigation unit.

In that 13 year period there were 373 convictions.

In both cases this is around the middle of the table when compared to other counties.

County Roscommon had the highest rate of convictions by far, where the number of cases per 100,000 of population was 671. That was almost ten times higher than the lowest in Kilkenny, where the rate was just 68 per 100,000.

High rates were recorded across the North West and Midlands where Longford, Leitrim, Offaly, and Donegal joined Roscommon to make up the top five.

There were more than 11,000 convictions in total across the thirteen years of figures that we analysed.

Dublin, chiefly because of its massive share of the national population, registered the highest number with a total of 2,533 cases while Kilkenny was lowest with just 65.

The county with the next highest number of cases after Dublin was not one of the major urban centres as might have been expected but Donegal, where there were 864 cases.

You can read the full article here.

Dundalk FC seeking to sort out lease arrangement of Oriel Park as a matter of urgency

Oriel-Park-Stand-2010Dundalk Football Club are anxious to work out the lease and ownership arrangements of Oriel Park as a matter of urgency.

The Carrick Road ground is owned by the Casey family but the lease is still head by former owner Gerry Matthews.

The current board are unable to apply for grants above €20,000 because they do not hold the lease for Oriel and chairman Ciaran Bond told the local papers this week that it was holding the club back.

He estimated that the club had to turn away 3,000 supporters from last week’s Champions League game against BATE Borisov, which cost the club €60,000, while he said it cost another €30,000 just to host the game.

He said they want to redevelop Oriel but were unwilling to do so until the lease issue was sorted out, admitting that if it was not sorted out shortly then the club would have to look at other options. A joint venture with Dundalk IT has long been mentioned and remains one outside possibility.

“We’re coming to a crossroads for this club,” he told The Dundalk Democrat.

“We are trying to put modern mechanisms into an ageing stadium and it just doesn’t work.

“The whole issue in terms of the lease is coming to a head and we really need something done on that. It needs to be resolved for this club to take the next step,” he said.

Bond also revealed that had Dundalk progressed to the third qualifying round of the Champions League they would not have been able to host the game at Oriel.

Concerns over future of WALK PEER programme

walk+logo+fbConcerns have been raised about the ending of a scheme set up to help young people with disabilities access the labour market.

The WALK PEER programme operated in Co Louth from early 2013 until April this year.

It was aimed at assisting young people with disabilities, aged between 16 and 24, to find jobs or further their education.

The programme was jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Department of Social Protection, and was one of 14 disability activation projects established in the midlands region.

Parents of many of the participants of the scheme have expressed anger that it is not being continued or repeated and replicated elsewhere in the country.

In a statement issued to RTÉ News earlier this week, the Department of Social Protection said an evaluation of the programme was currently being carried out and would be reviewed when finalised.

The department said it had not been intended that the scheme would become an ongoing service and that funding was no longer available for the project.