THE Dundalk and District Darts League may be on its Christmas break but that doesn't mean that all the work or even the darts stop.
The annual 3-a-side charity fundraiser competition for Saint Oliver's Hospital will be held on January 3rd. The 'Old Folks Competition' as it is known locally has been running for many years and is always well supported by current and ex players from the town.
DDDL Chairman Brian McArdle is running the competition this year and has asked for maximum support from all players in the county to come along and support the event which is to be held in The Stags Head Pub on Linenhall Street .
Meanwhile, the committee have been busy during Christmas making plans for the team delegates meeting which will be held in the Commercial Club on Monday 7 January at 7.30 pm.
This is a very important meeting as details for all cup competitions will be discussed. All team captains are asked to attend or send a representative.
The break in the league also ensures the focus turns to the up-and-coming stars of the Louth Youth team.
Darts is attracting more and more young players and Louth team will be travelling to both the Inter Counties and the Regionals in the new year. They will be well dressed in specially designed Shirts made by Westpoint Dartshirts in the UK.
The Youth system throughout the County is run by Conor McArdle of Dundalk Youth Darts and by David Rath from Drogheda Darts Academy. A round robin competition was held in August that was open to all players in the county under the age of eighteen. This was a huge success and the first youth team for the County was then selected.
In preparation for Intercounties competitions the team will be holding challenge matches over the next few weeks against league teams from the like of the Stags Head, the Commercial Club and the Martlets and a special challenge against the Louth Senior team.