Hi-tec solar bins to remain
Some of the village's new hi-tec litter bins were also affected by the storms, but only in a minor way, and are now to remain permanently in the village having proven their worth.
Seven of the Big Belly Solar Compactor bins were installed on a pilot basis in 2012, with the village chosen to trial them for the county because of the Tidy Towns' ongoing commitment to litter management.
The bins are operated by solar power and are capable of holding eight times more litter than a traditional bin.
They are fitted with a wireless monitoring system which allows the County Council to remotely check on the fill level of each bin, thus eliminating unnecessary collection trips. There is also a tiny 'traffic light' system on top of each bin indicating how full it is.
Two more Big Belly Compactors were installed in the village before last summer, and a number elsewhere in the county.
Their capability was fully tested over the hot spell, which lasted three to four weeks in the summer, where the county council had no need to empty them more often and were more than able to hold the increased volume of litter.
The jackpot is now €20,000 with no winner in last week's draw in the Geraldines lottery.
One player John Byrne, 10 Hill St, Dundalk selected three of the four numbers to claim the match three prizes. The numbers drawn were: 10, 21, 24, and 31.
LITTLE BREAK FOR GERALDINES
There was just a short break for the Geraldines players to celebrate their Leinster intermediate title win and the festive season.
For within a matter of days they were back training with a bigger goal now in sight as they prepare for an All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday, January 26.
This will take place fairly close to home in Crossmaglen, and the club are looking at mustering a strong support to help them progress to the final.
The team meat the Monaghan and Ulster champions Truagh, and are rated the outsiders of the remaining contenders for All-Ireland glory.
On the other hand Truagh are the favourites, having won their way back to senior ranks in their county-just like the Geraldines last year.
The difference is that Truagh have played at senior level for 14 of the last 16 years in their county. The two other contenders represent Cork and Mayo.
The Gers have a big incentive to upset the odds, and while a couple of the squad is carrying niggling injuries manager Eamon McEneaney hopes to have all his players available for selection.
The club plan to have a big visible and vocal presence at Crossmaglen. They are arranging to run a number of buses to the venue.
They also ordered a stock of flags which they plan to put on sale in local shops.