Friday 18 January 2019

Community news: Blackrock Bulletin

Gardeners be cautious of intruders The weather wouldn't give the impression that it is time to get into the garden. Here's hoping that will soon change after a wretched Easter and the protracted spell of rain coupled with the cold and sleet and snow thrown in for good measure.

But like most everything, a return to gardening comes with a health warning. Or more precisely a warning to be careful and not to leave yourself exposed to thieves who are already showing that they are ready to take advantage of an unguarded moment. 

There have been a number of instances that the Gardai have become aware of in the Haggardstown area and have cautioned householders to be wary and take precautions. So they don't offer any un-intended invitation to intruders to trespass on their property and as a consequence make off with valuable property, such as lawnmowers or other garden tools and equipment. 

The precautions urged include not leaving equipment lying out in the garden or about the house, and at all times to keep sheds and gardens locked. 

It's not thought that the predators have been successful in making off with tools and equipment in the recent incidents. 

But it is within the thieves capability to strike at any time, and to make it as difficult as possible for them householders and gardeners are asked to be very security conscious and not to take any chances and be as vigilant as possible. 

If they notice anything suspicious, either an individual or a car in the area, they are advised to contact the Gardai.  


Some 90 senior citizens and others from the parish attended Showtime on Thursday night, the show presented by Dundalk Musical Society in the Crowne Plaza.

 It was one of the regular social outings arranged by the parish's Community Alert Group, and the numbers who availed of the opportunity to go to the show indicated how welcome it was after the prolonged bad spell of weather. 

The countdown has begun to the very eagerly awaited comedy production 'A Room with a Queue' by the parish's theatre group Haggle Rock. Various causes have benefitted from the group's stage shows, with all the proceeds from their performances donated to charitable and non-profit making groups. To date they have given €8,500 to a variety of causes. 

Goodness knows we all could be doing with some cheering up after such a long and miserable winter.

 Well the group are promising once again three nights of hilarious entertainment. The play written by Grainne Jordan will run from Thursday April 12 to Saturday April 14 in the Geraldines clubrooms, starting at 8pm each night. Grainne also wrote the Group's inaugural production in 2015, 'Only an Hour from Dublin.' 

'A Room with a Queue' is the story of Emily, a Country and Western line dancing fan who has a long held ambition to follow her passion for country music all the way to Nashville, Tennessee. 

However, faced with redundancy from her job, lack of funds becomes the biggest obstacle to making her States-side dream come true. Something drastic must be done, but her 'Plan B' to raise the badly needed cash by taking in a lodger has drastic consequences.  


The cast comprises Anne Donaghy who plays the lead role of Emily.  From Kilkenny she is a married mother of three, and teaches in the parish in Saint Francis NS in Blackrock. She is a prolific and well established actor and has performed in plays with various local amateur groups over the years. She played the part of mother Molly Doran from the Liberties in HaggleRocks's inaugural production of 'Only an Hour from Dublin'. 

Leanne McDonnell plays 'Grace' the primary school teacher. She also is a primary school teacher in Scoil Muire na nGael, Dundalk. As a student, Leanne acted in plays and musicals and worked as an extra on Fair City. She joined Hagglerock two years ago. 

Joanne Dalton is the 'Woman from Montenotte'. She is terribly snobbish, with delusions of grandeur!  Joanne lives in Blackrock and is a Primary Teacher in CBS Dundalk. This is her third year with Hagglerock Theatre Group. She took part in Jimmy Keary's play 'For Better, For Worse' and played the part of Aggie Foley in 2016. 

Jack Montgomery portrays 'Morris', a very flamboyant Interior Designer, with an over the top personality. 

Patrick Browne plays the part of Jason, a young man employed by a company doing contract broadband work in the area. Jason takes a room at Emily's house and very quickly develops a bit of a grá for her niece, Grace. 

Seán Roche acts the part of Ben, a widower who arrives home for his daughter Grace's graduation - with a 'lady friend' in tow - much to the dismay of Emily and Grace. He never really dealt with the death of his wife Helen, who was Emily's sister. 

Orlaith Kent makes her debut performance with the group playing the part of Anika, Ben's Polish girlfriend.  

The play is directed by Patricia Reynolds with Eimear Boyle as Assistant Director. A strong production team supporting the cast comprises of Brigitte Nelson, Amy Galligan, Barbara Finnegan and Martina Clerkin. 

Sadly, the group's production of 'A Wake in The West' was cancelled last year just two weeks before the scheduled performance dates. In the light of the tragic loss of Rescue Helicopter 116, which rocked the local community to the core, it was felt that the subject matter of the play might cause distress and out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues the play was cancelled. 

Tickets, priced €10, are available from St Francis NS Blackrock, McCormack's Pharmacy (beside SuperValu Fairways) and BHK Credit Union Blackrock. Or contact Amy on 086 226 8606.   

€20,000 jackpot 

The jackpot is now €20,000 in the Geraldines lottery, after it was not won or the match three prizes of €200 in this week's draw. So €400 had been added to the top up prize.  The numbers drawn were: 2, 17, 24 and 32.  

New pitch wishful thinking 

The dream of schoolboy pitch to accommodate the many matches and growing number of young players on its books appeared at hand for Rock Celtic. 

When a notice appeared on the club website that the club had received approval to develop a new juvenile pitch. A site and all was named in the village. 

The club has been trying for years to acquire a second pitch to alleviate the impact that the heavy playing schedule has on the Sandy Lane playing surface. 

Alas they still are. For the euphoria of the announcement quickly evaporated. As viewers of the announcement weren't clearly alert to the date and those to whom they passed on the great news on which it was made. 

Need to know more? They and others were taken for an April Fools joke. 

Who knows but the clearly wishful thinking hopefully will come true, and soon.

The Argus