Saturday 19 January 2019

Community news: Blackrock Bulletin

The packed beach at Blackrock for the screening during the film Festival
The packed beach at Blackrock for the screening during the film Festival

That's a wrap folks ... : The 2018 Blackrock Film Festival has concluded for this year having shown six movies in five days in six very different venues in the village. With a mixture of comedy, classics, musical and cult movies this year there was something for every kind of movie goer. 

The festival kicked off in the 100 year old AOH hall which was specially renovated to accommodate 200 people watching John Fords classic 'The Quiet Man' complete with musical intro from Patsy and Eamon. 

Next up was an intimate silent movie classic in RockSalt Cafe with a musical enterpretation by pianist Mark Murphy. Followed later that evening by a the rip roaring western comedy 'Blazing Saddles' in Uncle Toms Cabin where the Castlebellingham Ukulele Band got things off to a great start. 

Friday saw the beach transformed into a circus spectacular when over 2000 people took to the beach and promenade to watch 'The Greatest Showman' alongside circus entertainers Cleo and Nick, dancers Crystal Ice and actress/dancer from the movie Caoife Coleman who came along to sign autographs. 

Saturday night saw an 80s classic cult movie 'The Blues Brothers' come to the Clermont Arms where chicken wire was errected at the bar and the tunes were provided by the Plagiarists.  Then to finish up the festival the Neptune beer garden was thronged with cult movie fans for "Pulp Fiction" where cocktails the order of the day. 

A thanks goes to all our sponsors - Louth County Council, Point Road Inc, Grandson Design Studio, Jascom Ltd, Beat It Music, Sybil Boutique, BHK Credit Union, Felda, Halpenny Travel, UHY FDW, Mullens Blackrock, Storm In A Teacup, Dundalk Credit Union, Keernaun House B&B, ChristyMcGee Insurances, Lallys Electrical, The Skin Studio, Pizza Hut Dundalk, ColourTrend and ShortCuts Barbers. We would also like to thank our venues for sponsoring the movies - The Clermont Arms, The Neptune, Conor Hughes AOH and Rocksalt Cafe.   

Special thanks 

A special thanks goes to the 2018 Blackrock Film Festival committee Aine Corcoran, Conor Hughes, Elaine Cosgrove and Jason McGee and their families who worked for months to prepare and execute this festival. 

Thanks to Lisa McCormack and Paula Kavanagh for the professional photograpy. Thanks to Blackrock Tidy Towns and all the stewards in particular Harry Lee, Noel Sharkey, John English and Peter Clarke who assisted with the CinemaOnTheSand and AOH. Thanks to St Francis National school for the chairs. Thanks to Martin and the lads for building the impossible at short notice.

A very special word of thanks to Richard Macken from Smack Express and Killian Walsh from Grandson who worked tirelessly, at short notice and without complaint to provide us with top quality designs and printed materials. 

Guild to resume 

The local Irish Countrywomen's guild will resume activities next week after their summer break.  The guild is scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, September 12. The members hold weekly meetings each Wednesday in the comfortable setting of the Parish Centre on Sandy Lane, commencing at 8pm. 

At all times they warmly welcome new members who can learn and participate in arts and crafts and other events that the guild organise over the months between now and next summer.  

Repair work continues 

Work is proceeding on the repairs to Saint Fursey's Church. This is the third and final phase of works arising from the renovation of the church in 2007. 

The work is due to take three months to complete at an estimated cost of €110,000. 

Morning Mass will be celebrated until further notice in the meeting room in Saint Fursey's Church, Monday through to Friday to facilitate the repair work.  

Car draw 

Tickets went on sale door to door this week for the Geraldines big car  draw.  The club are offering a chance for €20 to win three brand new Nissan Micras. 

The club is promoting the draw with two other Louth clubs Mattock Rangers and Westerns in association with McCabe Motors, Nissan dealers who are supplying the cars. 

The draw takes place on Saturday, October 20, and provides an opportunity for the clubs to raise vital funds. Tickets are also on sale in Haggardstown Garden Centre and BHK Credit Union.  

Delighted for James 

Local followers and particularly his former youth  teammates and mentors are delighted for James Dunne on being granted a one year extension to his contract with English Premier League club Burnley.

James who turns 21 on October 19 is now tied to the Clarets to 2020, and there is an option of extending his contract by a further year. 

Burnley have loaned him to Scottish Premier Division club Hearts for six months to January.  This is after a very successful loan spell last season with Accrington Stanley when he helped one of the smallest clubs in English football to gain promotion to League One. He previously spent six months at Barrow after signing  for Burnley the previous year in July 2016. 

He moved across channel in October 2013 to Old Trafford, and after three years with Manchester United joined Burnley.  He received an under-21 cap for Ireland on March 22 last when he  came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute in Ireland's 3-1 friendly win over Iceland in Tallaght. 

A dual player, who player Gaelic football for local club Geraldines he started on the soccer ladder with Rock Celtic. He collected a host of honours at under-age level.  

Gers lottery 

The jackpot has climbed to €7, 200 in the Geraldines lottery. There was no winner last week or of the match three prize of €200.  The numbers drawn were: 17, 25, 26, and 29.  

Back for short tour  

Back for a short tour to Ireland were the folk group La Bonne Heure which was formed in France but with a distinctive local flavour.

For a key member of the three members group is Blackrock man Brian Holmes who is now based in the Normandy region of France. The band name translates in English to 'The Good Hour' or 'The Right Time' and the trio has been wowing audiences in France and Ireland. 

They travelled to Ireland over the Paddy's Day period in March last, and performed at a number of local venues, including Brian's 'local' The Neptune, and are set to return for repeat tour next March and April.  

Their itinerary includes March 15, Dundalk golf club; March 16, Tir na Nog, Cootehill, Co. Cavan; March 17, Toals, Dundalk and April 7, Spirit Store, Dundalk. 

The group is a musical mix of three countries, and all three members play instruments and sing. Madalina Drouvin, a Romanian, is a baroque violinist and, Hugo Cordonnier a French ukulelest. Brian is like a one-man orchestra, who can play the guitar, bass drum and mandolin.  

The group is together nearly two years and has performed in Belgium and Italy, and has received rave reviews. 

The reason the trio returned to these parts was an invitation to play for the Footsbarn travelling Theatre Company in the Cootehill festival last month. 

They also fitted in two dates in Toales in Dundalk and The Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford last Thursday and Friday before sailing back to France.

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