Wednesday 23 January 2019

Community news: Blackrock

Applications for enrolment in Saint Fursey's National School for Junior Infants for September 2019 will take place from Monday 1st October through to Friday October 12 2018. 

Anyone wishing to enrol their child needs to collect an Application Form from the school office (9:20 am to 2:45 pm daily) and return by the deadline.   

All applications must be accompanied by an Original Birth Certificate and Proof of Address. The school Enrolment Policy is available on the school website 

It is necessary to resubmit all paperwork for any parents who have already completed application forms in the past.   

Parents' information evening 

An information night for parents has been arranged in Saint Oliver Plunkett School. It will take place in the school hall on Thursday, October 18 at 8pm. 

The process of appointing a new principal in continuing following the retirement of Angela McAdam after seven years in the post. Deputy principal Jacinta Thornton is very capably deputising in the position until the appointment of a replacement.  

Louth's tidiest town

Blackrock is now Louth's tidiest town. It also was awarded again a gold medal in this year's National Tidy Towns Competition. 

The awards were announced at a ceremony in The Helix in Dublin. 

The village increased its points yet again, gaining an overall mark of 334 out of a maximum of 450. This is an increase of nine points on last year, making the village the top entrant in County Louth in the competition.  

Blackrock is now placed 15th in the country from an entry of almost 900, finishing only five points behind the national winners Listowel, County Kerry.   

John Horan of the local  Tidy Towns  Committee , congratulated everyone in the village who contributed towards this outstanding result, including their hard-working committee members, litter patrollers and other volunteers, the Community Employment Schemeunder supervisor Pat Rafferty, Tús scheme workers in the park, the Probation Service, the Park Committee and Park Volunteers, residents associations in the various housing estates, private residents, Blackrock businesses, Louth County Council management and staff, and all sponsors including Haggardstown Garden Centre, Tiernan's Centra, SuperValu, Rock Cabs and Mace. 

'It is a huge achievement for Blackrock to retain a gold medal again this year and to have become the tops in Co Louth. Every single person in the village can feel justifiably proud' said John.   

'We are very fortunate indeed to have such co-operation from the residents, businesses and all organisations in Blackrock because this could not have been achieved through the efforts of Tidy Towns alone. I want to reiterate the absolutely critical role our most dedicated CE Scheme played in all this, and would also like to congratulate our colleagues in all the other towns and villages in the county on their achievements in the competition.' he added.  

Business premises and community centre singled out for high praise  The overall presentation of business premises and the refurbishment of the Community Centre received high praise from the judges. 

'The standard of presentation of business premises is generally high with almost every commercial building looking exceptionally well and the mix of traditional and contemporary designs also adds interest.  

The recently refurbished Neptune bar stood out and we also liked the traditional designs of Storm in a Teacup, the Clermont Arms, Crafty Rock, Belles Tea Room, the Cross Care Charity Shop and the Bay View Inn all standing out.  

The contemporary designs of McQuillans Pharmacy, Niamh Carter, Centra and Mace were similarly impressive. Away from the promenade, Sextons also achieved a high standard of presentation,' the adjudicator's report notes. 

Referring to the Community Centre car park, the report says the improvement of the car park was a key project this year, involving the redesign, resurfacing and upgrading of the car park area to the front of the community centre, while the Community Centre building was also upgraded with painting, new kitchens, plumbing, CCTV and bicycle stands.  

'The result of all this excellent work is a community centre that is second to none in your county. You are commended on your excellent work here and everyone involved should be immensely proud of their efforts.'  

Gers lottery 

The jackpot is now worth €8, 200 with no winner in this week's draw in the Geraldines lottery. The match three prizes were won by John Lynch, Marlbog Road, Haggardstown who claimed the €200 prize. 

Tony Golden Cycle

The LH286 Tony Golden Memorial Cycle which took place from Blackrock on Saturday September 22 was a huge success. This was the third event organised by colleagues of Garda Golden who had lived in Blackrock with his family.

This year's event attracted almost 290 cyclists and the organisers are grateful to all those who took part in the cycle, and who supported it in any way.

The organising committee wish to express a special word of thanks to Neil Kelly of The Trinity Quarter/Cross Bar Drogheda for the Gilets and Myles McCorry of Galibier who helped design and manufacture the Gilet and also provided numerous spot prizes; Paul and Harry of Clermont Arms, Blackrock who kindly sponsored tops and spot prizes and also provided a venue for our Committee meetings; Richard Tiernan of SuperValu, Fairways who kindly sponsored the Goodie Bags; Alan Meehan of Meehan's Garage Dundalk who sponsored the road signs; Synge & Byrne, Total Produce and Martin Molloy for the food on the day; Hanlon Transport, Byrne & Maguire and Allfast Systems Ltd who also supported the event; Ray and Karl of The Bikestation for their brilliant help with the organising and running of the day.

Thanks also to everyone who support the event, especially the cyclists, the marshals, the photographers, the volunteers who helped at the food stops, those that cheered the cyclists on, Blackrock Community Centre and Cooley Hall for providing venues and Jimmy Norman from Aoibheann's Pink Tie who turned up and helped out on the day.

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