News from around Blackrock and Haggardstown
Being that time of year for witches and those scary creatures, it's not surprising that local witch Trish has had a busy time in the past week.
Trish the Witch as is her full title is a character created by leading local speech and drama teacher Patricia Reynolds.
Patricia has written a couple of books for children about her, and she is well known not only in these parts, but elsewhere as the books have proved very popular.
Trish the Witch books, 1 & 2, are now available for sale at a reduced price of €5.00 each. However, interested readers might have a job buying book 1, as apparently copies have completely sold out at present.
Local school children came to make a personal acquaintance with Trish over the Halloween period. For Trish paid a visit to each of the three local schools, dressed in full regalia.
She flew into Saint Francis's school in time for the Cheerios breakfast with the children, all in aid of ISPCC. It was a wonderfully, witchy time.
During break time she then flew over to Saint Fursey's to share some playtime and stories with the children.
On Thursday she dropped into Saint Oliver's. This visit was quite eventful! Mr McKenna one of the recently appointed teachers had never met Trish the Witch and tried to get her to leave. But there is nothing Trish likes better than a challenge!
As it was raining, all the children were in the hall as her eviction was being ordered!
She felt it was her duty as a good witch of course to have a little fun with Mr McKenna.
A little magic spell later he 'amazingly' became a chicken, full chicken head and all and began the well known and loved chicken dance to suitable music. The children totally loved the fun of it all.
Then with everything settled down, Trish peacefully spent the rest of the day in class with the pupils, where questions and stories abounded.
Trish had no time to spare as she was needed to undertake a precarious mission in the Amazon jungle helping a colony of ants move house.
Tidy Towns table quiz
This year's Blackrock Tidy Towns annual table quiz takes place on Thursday November 16 in Dundalk Golf Club. Tables are €40 for a team of up to four people. There will be prizes galore as usual. All funds raised will be used to deliver the group's work programme for 2017/18.
The purpose of the quiz is to raise funds for the organisation. If you would like to support the cause don't worry about having a full team. You will be fixed up on the night.
Players had no joy in the Geraldines lottery with the following numbers drawn last week: 1, 10, 15 and 24.
The jackpot now is worth €14,800 with the next draw on November 7th.
The Community Alert Group are progressing preparations for their annual Christmas party which will embrace Blackrock and Haggardstown this year.
The date has been set for Sunday, December 3, and the venue as has been for the past number of years is the Dundalk golf club.
Details regarding the event can be obtained from Mary (0876789146) or Amy (0862268606). It is open to senior citizens and vulnerable individuals.
The Group are also holding a fund raising night in the Geraldines clubrooms on Friday week, November 17.
It will take the form of a table quiz, with tickets costing €20 for a table of four. The tickets are available from any committee member or telephone 0862268606.
The proceeds will be used to defray the cost of the group's social programme.
Comedy play to cheer you up
Looking for some cheering up? What better way than with some live comedy, and support local thespians and their colleagues.
A group of local actors have joined with a number of their counterparts from Dundalk to stage "The Space" a play written by Ardee native Grainne Jordan.
It is a hilarious comedy and is due for a two night run in the Friary Hall, Anne Street, Dundalk this Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, starting at 8pm
The playwright has strong local family links with the parish, and her sister Eimear Boyle is directing the production.
Another of Grainne's plays "Only an Hour from Dublin "was performed by the local HaggleRock group in 2015 to packed audiences.
She has received rave reviews for her comedy and the cast includes well-known names from Blackrock and Dundalk, including Jack Montgomery, Joan Wilson, Maeve Montgomery, David Lennon, Fiona O'Murchú, Barbara Finigan and Stephanie Rocks.
The play revolves around the unusual surprise retirement present that Madge receives from her husband Dave and the conflict which arises when her plan for a stress free retirement gets hijacked by her family with hilarious consequences.
The play is produced by Mary Reilly and Amy Galligan.
'The Space' has been performed in several theatres in Ireland, and due to its phenomenal success it has gone on to delight international audiences.
Its next global performance is scheduled for Abu Dhabi in March 2018. Talented playwright Gráinne of MoMo Productions has many other plays to her name including 'Café Crunch', 'Dusty Memoirs' and 'Room with a Queue'.
Tickets are a mere €10 each.
Heritage Project launched
The Blackrock Heritage Project was launched at the recent Blackrock Tidy Towns Beautiful Blackrock Awards.
The project involves recording the recollections of people in relation to a series of structures which existed in the village in the past. The premises include Callans Seaweed Baths, Swimming Pool, Skating Hall, The Pavilion ballroom and the Swan hotel will be covered.
The project will be made available in the form of podcasts and is being recorded by Harry Lee of radio fame and Jason McGee of Jascom on the technical side.
A mine of information has been made available by Adrianne Boyle who is also working on the project and the first recording of Callans Seaweed Baths has been completed. Further recordings will be undertaken over the coming months. "
Geraldines recycle event
To raise funds for their juvenile section, the Geraldines club have organised a clothes recycle event over the Halloween period.
They have asked local people for their support in donating clean unwanted and re-usable clothes, along with bed linen, towels, shoes and handbags.
These items can be dropped at the clubrooms this Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 1pm.
The jackpot in the Geraldines lottery now stands at €14,400 with no winner in last week's draw and the match three prize also wasn't claimed
So €400 was added to the jackpot.
The numbers drawn were: 7, 13, 15, and 24.