Wednesday 17 July 2019

Around the districts

Good Show from Cooley Under 14s - Cooley Kickhams couldn't be any more proud of this bunch of U12 boys following their heroic efforts and achievements yesterday in the 6th annual Bamell Malone Tournament.

Having topped their qualifying group, beating Wolfe Tones from Drogheda, Trillick from Co Tyrone, (winners of the tournament the past two years) and Gloucestershire from the UK these lads were superb from start to finish! In their first game v Wolfe Tones, Cooley started slowly but on eventually finding their groove they ran out easy winners. Trillick as expected proved to be much stiffer opposition in their next game but another fantastic performance saw the Cooley boys come out on top. Gloucestershire were next up and again provided good opposition and an entertaining game resulted.

In the Cup quarter final St. Brigid's of Belfast were waiting! A game that ebbed and flowed, but Cooley were in no mood to take that early bath just yet! They dug so deep and came out victorious once again.

Westport were waiting to face-off in the semi-final however this one proved to be a step too far for Cooley. The lads were out on their feet having given everything up to this, but must be so so proud of themselves and the character they showed throughout a long day.

They left everything on the pitch. No regrets! Congratulations boys, fab performance.

Zoë Conway, John McIntyre and Friends

Whether or not we have a repeat of last summer's heat wave, we can be sure that the summer will soon be here as Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre launch their tenth annual Sunday afternoon concert programme in Carlingford Heritage Centre, 28th July to 25th August.

It's hard to think that we have been enjoying their company since 2009. Season after season, they have shared not only their wonderful music and talent with us but also so many of their friends - so many household names and all without exception at the height of their art.

To celebrate the tenth year of the series, John and Zoë have brought together an exceptional programme of international artists to Carlingford. For five Sundays from the 28 th July to the 25 th August, their guests will come from far and wide - the United States, Scotland, Brittany and Spain. The only two local artists are a Dublin-based combination from Donegal and the Congo.

To open the series on Sunday 28 th July, the legendary Irish fiddler of Bothy Band fame, Kevin Burke, now Irish American, will perform with Zoë and John. For those who are too young to have known the fabulous Bothy Band, Kevin Burke's fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music. He has worked with other distinguished performers like Arlo Guthrie, Kate Bush and Christy Moore.

John and Zoë's guests for the second concert on Sunday 4 th August hail from Scotland. Two artists commonly described as 'amazing' fiddler Chris Stout and harpist, Catriona McHay. Catriona and Chris have their roots in Scottish traditional music. Together they create a dynamic and adventurous sound that retains the identity of their traditions yet sets the music free to connect with other styles and traditions.

For the concert on Sunday 11 th August, we will be offering an exciting fusion of the world and classical music in the company of Virtuoso guitarist and singer, Niwel Tsumbu, and percussionist Éamonn Cagney. In their ten years together, they have worked with some of the greats in modern Irish traditional music, such as Liam Ó Maonlai, Iarla Ó Lionáird and the late Michéal Ó'Suilleabháin. Expect what the Irish Times has described as 'a cavernous stash of redemptive music' for the hour-long concert. Zoë and John will be absent and on-duty at the Fleadh in Drogheda.

On Sunday 18 th August, resident hosts, Zoë and John will be back at the Heritage Centre to welcome Breton artists, traditional flute player, Jean-Michel Veillon and guitarist, Yvon Riou. Jean-Michel and Yvon have been playing together since 1993 and have performed regularly in Ireland, Scotland and across Brittany in that time, adding Carlingford to their tour list for the first time.

There will be a flamenco flavour to the final concert of the series on Sunday 25 th August when John and Zoë invite one of Zoë's former Riverdance colleagues, dancer Yolanda Gonzales Sobrado to join them on stage. You can hear the rhythmic click of heels on the stone tiles of the Heritage Centre floor already. In addition to Riverdance, Yolanda has toured worldwide with El Ballet de Antonio Gades, one of Spain's most prestigious dance companies.

All concerts commence at 4pm. Tickets €12 (concession €10). Tickets can be purchased on line at or by e-mail at or by phone +353 (42) 9373454 or +353 (42) 9373888 Please note that the concert will start at 4pm sharp. Parking is an issue in Carlingford on Sundays and patrons are advised to arrive early.

Overnight Trip to Knock

An overnight trip to Knock has been organised for Saturday June 22 from the Cooley Peninsula.

Those travelling will stay in Knock House Hotel enjoying a breakfast on route in the Longford Arms Hotel. The cost is €115 per person sharing. For information and booking please phone 0879886660 /0429371619.

St. Pat's Lotto

There was no winners of the St. Patrick's lotto jackpot of €3,200 when the draw took place in the complex at Lordship on Thursday night last, June 6. The numbers drawn were 1, 15, 19 and 22. There were 2 'match 3' winners, John Campbell c/o Mary Campbell and Lorcan Finnegan c/o Joe Finnegan.

This weeks jackpot is €3,400 and tickets can be purchased from local shops, committee members and on-line.

Cooley u12 girls Unbeaten Run Continues

Cooley U12 girls continued their unbeaten run with a convincing win over St. Patrick's in the league last week.

Cooley opened the scoring with a goal from a Ciara Boyle free. The Pats responded with a goal, also from a free. In the second 10 mins Cooley settled well and scored another goal from Ciara Boyle and a point from Siabh Morgan to lead 2-1 to 1-0 at half time.

In the second half Cooley dominated with the ball rarely passing mid field. Another goal from Ciara Boyle and a point from Ellen Callan followed. Siabh Morgan found the net from a sweet pass from Myah Ward and points from Aislinn White and Ruby Steeples and a final goal from Emma McCarragher sealed the win.

On a slippery surface Cooley kept their composure to the end and worked the ball well with fine passing and taking their scores. The final score was Cooley 5-4 Pats 1-0. Well done girls

The Cooley team: Sadhbh Richardson, Rosie Smart, Chloe Boyle, Katie McDonald, Sarah Duffy, Tara White, Annie Dunne, Ellen Callan, Jessica White, Ciara Boyle, Aislinn White, Siabh Morgan,Myah Ward, Emma McCarragher, Annie Malone, Teagan McDonnell, Fina McDonnell, Kate Hanlon, Aine O'Reilly, Aine Gallagher, Ruby Steeples, Eman Eharief, Niamh Arnold, Abagail Sheridan, Katie Long, Hannah McGrath, Fiona Wynne.

Kickhams Lotto

The Cooley Kickhams Lotto draw took place on Tuesday night last, June 4. There was a jackpot of €6,200 on offer but the numbers were not matched and the jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were, 1, 6, 10 and 12. There were five 'match three' winners; Ann Marie O Neill c/o Online; Michael Rogan Snr. C/O Eamon Carroll; Olivia Duffy c/o Brian; Ciara Connolly c/o Brian; Cathy Gregory c/o Gerry Malone. They each receive €20. The jackpot for this week's draw is €6,400.

U9 boys Blitz

The U9 all county blitz too place in Darver on Wednesday evening. The Cooley boys played 3 games against Glen Emmets, St.Mary's and the Geraldine's. They won 2 and lost 1. They were 3 very competitive games and the boys played great football in all 3. Well done boys

Parish Lotto

The Carlingford/Omeath Parish lotto draw took place on Tuesday night last, June 4, for a jackpot of €15,000.

The numbers drawn were 1, 14, 17 and 20 but these numbers did not produce a winner of the top prize. There was one 'match three' winner, D. McKevitt, Carlingford, who receives the €150 prize.

This week's draw has a jackpot of €15,000. The new reserve jackpot is €6,150.

Cuchulainn Gaels Lotto

The Cuchulainn Gaels lotto draw took place on Wednesday last, June 5. The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 6 and 12.

There were no winners of the top prize of €20,000. There were six 'match three' winners, Leroy McGuinness, David Murphy, Eileen McManus, Niall Dunlevy, Eamon Brady & Nuala O'Connor.

This week's draw is on Wednesday June 12 for a jackpot of €20,000. The new reserve jackpot is €18,560. The draw takes place in the Granvue Hotel at 7pm.

Cuchulainn Gaels would like to thank everyone for their continued support!

Cooley Pioneer Centre

The presentation of Gold, Silver and Pioneer Pins in Cooley Parish together with young Pioneer Pins to the 2019 Confirmation class will take place on Friday June 14 at the 8pm Mass in Grange Church.

Anyone due a gold or Silver pin should hand their names into the sacristy as soon as possible.

Credit Union - 50th Birthday

This June Cooley Credit Union will celebrate 50 years serving the financial needs of the parishioners of Cooley, Carlingford and Omeath.

The Credit Union will be hosting an Open Day at the main Cooley Office in Monksland on Friday June 14 from 3pm to 6pm. An open invitation is extended to everyone in the locality and a special invitation is extended to those who have served as officers, volunteers or staff members in the past.

Nursing Home Art Exhibition

Carlingford Nursing Home will be hosting their Residents' Art Exhibition on this coming Thursday 13th June from 2pm to 5pm, as part of Nursing Homes Week.

Refreshments will be served. Please contact Anne on 042 9383993 for further details. All are welcome.

Long Woman's 5k Family Fun Run/Walk

The Long Woman's 5K Fun Run / Walk is back for its 2nd year with a slight change of route! The aim of this run is to raise enough money to be able to purchase much needed sports equipment and aid teaching staff in the delivery of the PE curriculum for Scoil Naomh Lorcan, Omeath.

The 5K run/walk will be open to participants of all abilities and will take place in what is arguably the most scenic stretch of the Cooley peninsula, from Tullagh Bridge to The Long Woman's Grave and back again, where both runners and walkers can breathe in, fill their lungs and embrace the natural beauty and capture the outstanding views across Carlingford Lough to Warrenpoint and beyond. Refreshments will be served afterwords at Tullagh Bridge. The date is this Wednesday June 9 from 7pm to 9pm. Don't miss out on this great event!

St Pat's Draw

St. Patricks GFC are holding a pitch development draw the funds of which all go to the central pitch development, for all teams, women and men, boys and girls. The tickets are €10 each or 3 for €20. There is also a unique online offer of 15 tickets for €75 total. The top prize is €1,000 and the draw takes place in Fitzpatricks Bar on Friday June 21 at 9pm. Free finger food will be served before 9pm. Fitzpatricks are one of our very generous sponsors as are KTF. Niall and Regina Keenan of KTF have very kindly donated the first prize of €1,000.

Fionn stars

Fionn Holmes represented St Patrick's GFC at the U12's GAA Club Skills Challenge in Darver. He finished second in a very competitive field. Well done Fionn!

Spring concert

Our Sundays in Spring concert series closed on 12 th May. Seems like a long time ago now. But still in time to recall and celebrate a wonderful hour and half of traditional music at its best. The warm and easy interaction between harpist, Laoise Kelly and uilleann piper, Tiarnán Ó'Duinnchinn created a special, otherworldly atmosphere, transporting us back in time.

They shared stories and background from the present and past as they introduced, with much humour, such tunes as the ancient piper's O'Sullivan's March or Laoise's rendition on harp of the seventeen century Scottish air, Catherine Oige. Wonderful to see Brian and Eithne Vallelly from the Armagh Pipers' Club, where Tiarnán first learned his art. Laoise may have been further from home - Achill Island - but she is always welcome back in Carlingford.

Our warmest thanks also to the McCaul Family who performed in what has become the Music Generation Louth slot in the Series. This multi-talented group of two sisters, Evelyn and Anna and two brothers, Bobby and Phil, play such a range of musical instruments with ease, grace and style. Evelyn has been playing harp and fiddle with Music Generation and with the Harp Ensemble also.

Bobby alternated on the Banjo, Button Box and Melodeon. Anna also plays the Button Box could then take up Melodeon as well as the Tin Whistle. Phil's ability as a young piper has already been noticed and very favourably commented on by Tiarnán. A great performance!

Sundays in Season review

At the start of this year, we promised a superb line-up of musicians, singers, songwriters and performers to match Carlingford Heritage's Centre's ever growing reputation for bringing high quality acts that have become a feature of Sundays in Spring.

Thanks to Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre, we have been able to do that. We are truly grateful to Create Louth, the cultural arm of Louth County Council

Looking back on this first collaboration with Music Generation Louth, the young musicians who have graced the stage at the Heritage Centre for each of the five concerts have done their tutors and their families proud. And they have given us a real sense of the depth and quality of musicianship there is among the youth of County Louth.

We hope the experience has been beneficial for them as they start into their musical careers, professional or otherwise.

The Argus