Blackrock bulletin: Green-fingered residents rewarded
Dromiskin's green fingered residents were honoured recently at the third annual Dromiskin Tidy Towns House and Garden Awards!
The presentation of residential properties and housing estates plays a big part in Tidy Towns success and the Awards, sponsored by Parish of Darver Credit Union and Councillor Liam Reilly, are seen as a fitting way to acknowledge those residents who present their houses and gardens to the highest possible standard and hopefully motivate others to join the effort!
A Movember style shave off is to take place on Friday December 1 next. The event is in aid of Autism and to raise awareness of the condition. The Bayview Inn will be the venue, and some eight volunteers have agreed to take part. These include one intrepid lady who has offered to have her hair shaved.
Proprietor Eamon Trainor and son Ryan have volunteered to take part, along with several regular patrons. Eamon is set to part with his precious moustache, with mostly beards and moustaches to be parted with on the night for the worthy cause. Local hairdresser Gerry Hoey who owns Jagged Edge, River Lane, Dundalk has kindly agreed to provide his professional services.
Christmas Celebration ready to roll
The parish Christmas celebration is ready to roll again with the date fixed and preparations in hand. Sunday has become the preferred day for all concerned, organisers and for families and children who attend the event that will take place at the customary venue in the car park, next to the Village Centre. December 3 is the date settled on with a 4.30pm starting time.
Like in past years it will incorporate the switching on of the village's Christmas lights along the main promenade, as well as the community Christmas tree that is erected in the car park and remains lit over he festive season. Santa will pay a visit, and hopefully will have some treats for the children. A festive atmosphere will be created with Christmas music and carols sung by members of the local choir. Festive food will also be served for adults and children alike, which will include mulled wine and mince pies, along with hot chocolate and cocktail sausages.
An art competition is arranged in conjunction with the event for pupils in the three local primary schools, Saint Oliver Plunkett's, Saint Fursey's and Saint Francis's. The entries will be displayed as usual on the front of the stage. The finale will comprise a giant fireworks display that will take place on the nearby beach.
Padre Pio Triduum
The triduum in honour of Saint Pio in Saint Oliver Plunkett Church commences on Monday next. It will run until the following Wednesday with Rosary and Mass each night. The Rosary will commence at 7.10pm followed by Mass. There will be Benediction on the Tuesday night, while there will be a ceremony to anoint and bless the sick on the Wednesday night.
The Green Gates golf society recently concluded a momentous year which marked the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the society. The big finale of a memorable year was the staging of the final regular outing of the season at Carton House, home of the Golfing Union of Ireland. The complex comprises two outstanding courses, and the society members tested their skills over the Mark O'Meara designed course and named after the American major winner.
Christopher Ward emerged as winner on the day. The other prize-winners were: Category 1, Richard Smyth and Ciaran Traynor; category 2, David Kelly and David Donegan. Category 3, Donal Lynch and Mickey Smyth. The society organised seven regular outings over the course of the summer.
Cut back hedges and trees
Property owners have been asked to cut back hedges and trees at the edges of roadways and grass verges, and where they encroach on footpaths. Louth County Council has made a request to the local Tidy Towns to seek the co-operation of Blackrock property owners to allow for unimpeded movement by pedestrians and clearance of line-of-sight at junctions and driveway exits. The problem has become particularly noticeable on the Rock Road following recent roadworks in the area.
But it is an issue all around the village, including within housing estates. The Council may need to issue formal hedge cutting notices to property owners where such growth affects the safe movement of pedestrians and vehicular traffic, but they would obviously prefer if it were done voluntarily.
The second phase of remedial works on Saint Fursey's Church is due to be completed by the end of the month. The third and final phase is scheduled to be undertaken next year.