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Lack of PA at Blessing of the Graves in Dundalk to be discussed by council today

Lack of PA at Blessing of the Graves in Dundalk to be discussed by council today

The lack of a public address system at the annual Blessing of the Graves in St Patrick’s Cemetery in Dowdallshill is set to be one of the major topics covered at the monthly meeting of Louth County Council later today.

A large number of people expressed their “disgust and outrage” yesterday after they were unable to hear the service at the local graveyard.

The only way to listen in to proceedings was by listening in on Dundalk FM but this was not suitable for many people, particularly the elderly, while others had problems connecting to the station’s website which had capacity issues. Those who did get connected have also reported delays between the live stream.

Talk of the Town was first to highlight the issue yesterday with more than 100 people commenting, mainly negatively, on our Facebook page expressing their “disgust” at the lack of a PA at the event.

Since then local Sinn Féin councillor Tomás Sharkey has set up a survey which he has asked people to fill in to give feedback to the council on the matter.

Cllr Sharkey said: “I am getting negative feedback about the management and especially sound in Dowdallshill Blessings today. Help me give feedback to the Council and fill in this survey if you were there.”

You can fill in the survey here.

Meanwhile, fellow councillor Maeve Yore described the situation as “totally unacceptable” and said she would be raising the matter at this morning’s meeting.

“I have attended the Blessings of the Graves for the last 51 years since my Daddy died. I was aware that Dundalk FM were covering this annual event but thought this would be in conjunction with the normal amplification provided.

“I – as a Councillor – was not consulted with by Council officials on this decision. I will be raising it at the County Meeting. It is totally unacceptable to me that this was not provided. Bluetooth coverage was behind car radio coverage and how are old people supposed to manage all this.

“In my opinion the thousands of people who attended the Blessings to honour their loved ones were badly let down by the Council and I will endeavour to ensure this won’t happen again.”

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