Two gardaí injured after being rammed by stolen van

The stolen van crashed into the railings of St Nicholas' Church

The stolen van crashed into the railings of St Nicholas’ Church

Two gardaí were injured after their patrol car was rammed by a stolen van in Dundalk yesterday afternoon.

It is understood the van rammed the patrol car in the Doolargy Avenue area of Muirhevnamor, before heading in the direction of the town centre where it crashed into the railings of St Nicholas’ Church around 5.30pm.

The driver of the van twice ran towards gardaí armed with a knife before he was finally arrested.

The two gardaí were removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for medical examination although their injuries are not thought to be serious.

St Patrick’s announce plans for Good Friday Way of the Cross

St Patrick's Church in Dundalk

St Patrick’s Church in Dundalk

St Patrick’s Parish, Dundalk is planning a live re-enactment of the Passion of Jesus on the streets of Dundalk this Good Friday, 18th April. The Stations of the Cross will begin at St Patrick’s at 6.30pm.

The celebration of the Stations of the Cross on the streets of Dundalk began over 25 years ago when residents of St Nicholas’ Avenue formed a group to organise this annual commemoration. Good Friday is central to Christian belief as as it is the day on which Jesus showed His love for all by dying on the Cross. Christians commemorate this day by celebrating the Lord’s Passion at 3pm in churches.

A statement from the parish said: “In recent years, however, we have seen changes in work practices on this day and so, to make these ceremonies more accessible to parishioners, extra devotions have been added in the evening. To this end we invite all parishioners from Dundalk and surrounding areas to join us for the Stations of the Cross through the streets of our town on Good Friday at 6.30pm.

“The Stations of the Cross will be re-enacted by parishioners beginning with Pilate condemning Jesus on the steps of St Patrick’s Church, Roden Place before continuing through Clanbrassil Street and ending with the Burial of Jesus in the Garden of St Nicholas’ Church, Bridge Street.

“We invite all who would like to contribute their talents to this venture to contact the Parochial House, Roden Place. We would like also to invite pupils from all of the schools in Dundalk to attend dressed in costumes from the time of Jesus. A special invitation is extended to all parishioners from Dundalk and surrounding areas as well as Prayer Groups, Church Ministries and Organisations to join us for this special occasion.”

 

Annual Good Deed Mass in Dundalk this Saturday

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St Patrick’s Scout Group will hold their annual good deed Mass this Saturday night at 7pm in St Nicholas’ Church, Dundalk.

The Mass, which aims to support the local Society of St Vincent de Paul, encourages people to come along and to bring a gift of non perishable food, which will be distributedto local families in need this Christmas.

Fight breaks out during funeral in Dundalk

St Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church

Fr Neil O'Donoghue

Fr Neil O’Donoghue

A local priest has hit out at more than a dozen individuals who fought each other with slash hooks at a funeral in Dundalk on Monday.

Fifteen people, reported to be from the Travelling community, were involved in the altercation at a packed St Nicholas’ Church in Dundalk on Monday as 26-year-old Martin Ward, from Castleross, was laid to rest.

Speaking about the incident to the Irish Mirror, Fr Neil O’Donoghue, said it was a miracle that no one was injured by the thugs, who were also armed with knives and hammers.

He said: “The church was packed, it was overflowing. And then it all started. It’s a miracle nobody was injured.

“It was like a stampede, people were running everywhere. I couldn’t see much myself as I was on the altar at the time.

“It was frightening for me but it was frightening for everyone else there of course. It’s a tragedy that this would happen in the house of God. It’s beyond any sense of decency. It’s a disgrace.”

It is understand a dispute broke out between two families at the entrance to the church after the coffin arrived. Before gardaí arrived on the scene, the attackers scattered and one car they escaped in was found burnt out in Belfast later that day.

The Mirror reported that many mourners had travelled from the UK to attend the Mass and it is believed they had come back to reignite old rivalries.

There was damage done to the holy water fonts of the church and the hearse of Quinn’s undertakers during the incident.

Mr Ward died suddenly last Thursday and is survived by his wife Kathy, son Baby Martin, daughters Maggie and Lexie, parents Martin and Margaret, sister Shirley, brothers Gareth, Seán and Son, brother-in-law Stephen, sisters-in-law Marian and Leona, nephews Patrick, Michael, Ryan and Baby Steo.

Fr O’Donoghue expressed his disappointment that his family had to witness such a thing at their beloved’s funeral.

“His three young children, one of them an infant, were there and they had to witness this at their own father’s funeral. It’s shocking,” he said.

Gardai have yet to make any arrests in the case but said they are following a definite line of inquiry.

A spokesman added: “It is believed the incident started at the entrance of
the church at 12.50pm. It then broke out onto Bridge Street.

“A group of males were involved in a public order dispute and nobody was arrested.

“There have been no arrests and nobody was injured at the scene.”

Source: Travellers fight inside a church with slash hooks at funeral (Irish Mirror)

Dundalk make a wonderful gesture ahead of Shields’ funeral

Dundalk players pay tribute to Marty after their victory over Drogheda Utd on Sunday

Dundalk players pay tribute to Marty after their victory over Drogheda Utd on Sunday

Marty Shields (left) RIP

Marty Shields (left) RIP

The funeral of well-known Dundalk supporter Marty Shields will take place on Wednesday morning at 11am in St Nicholas’ Church.

Marty, from Ashling Park, passed away suddenly at the weekend with a huge outpouring of grief shown before and after his beloved Lilywhites’ 1-0 win over Drogheda Utd at Oriel Park on Sunday evening.

In a wonderful gesture by the club, they have invited all mourners back to the Lilywhite Lounge afterwards for refreshments, with all proceeds from the day going towards the Shields family.

Incidentally, Marty’s family have requested that mourners attending the funeral wear Dundalk FC or Leeds United colours – the two great loves of Marty’s life apart from his family.

Marty is survived by his wife Sheila and children Tracy, Patrick and Glenda, granddaughter Kaitlyn and brother James.

His burial will take place in St Patrick’s Cemetery.