Tuesday 22 January 2019

Community news: Cooley

Irish Water is going to acquire land for the long awaited upgrade to the Omeath Sewerage Scheme by Compulsory Purchase Order after it was unable to reach agreement with local landowners to get the wayleaves and land needed for the new Waste Water Treatment Plant to go ahead.

At the moment, untreated wastewater is being discharged into Carlingford Lough, a proposed National Heritage Area and an important shellfish area while the lough shore is a designated Special Area of Conservation.

'The practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the Lough is no longer acceptable and Irish Water is rectifying this in conjunction with Louth County Council by constructing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant, pumping stations (subject to planning permission) and sewer network to ensure that the treated wastewater discharged to Carlingford Lough meets the appropriate standards,' said a spokesperson for Irish Water.

While consultations have been on-going with all landowners identified on the proposed scheme. Irish Water was unable to acquire all of the required wayleaves and lands on a voluntary basis and given the importance of the project Irish Water is now endeavouring to acquire the wayleaves and lands by way of CPO. Irish Water will now be submitting the Compulsory Purchase Order to An Bord Pleanála.

Subsequent to the land acquisition process Irish Water will be seeking planning permission for the Omeath Sewage Scheme from Louth County Council. Subject to the Planning and CPO statutory approvals construction work is expected to commence in early 2019 with project completion in 2021.

The new plant will serve a population equivalent of 1,000 with the capacity for future expansion. The project also includes new foul sewer connections to connect existing wastewater pipes, the construction of a new main pumping station at Shore Road and rising main to transfer wastewater to the new plant. A new outfall pumping station and outfall rising main will bring the treated discharge to the outfall. Work will be carried out to upgrade and extend the existing outfall pipe which will allow the safe discharge of treated wastewater into Carlingford Lough.

Commenting on the project Paul Fallon, Infrastructure Programme Manager with Irish Water said: 'Irish Water is pleased to be progressing the Omeath Sewerage Scheme. The next stage is to submit a Compulsory Purchase Order to An Bord Pleanála to acquire the necessary lands for the project. Stopping the discharge of untreated wastewater into Carlingford Lough is a priority for Irish Water.

'The proposed scheme will protect the environment by improving the water quality in the Lough for residents and tourists that visit the area and the wildlife that live in and around the Lough. Irish Water is committed to delivering this project and will keep the community informed at each stage of the project".

Irish Water spent over €525 million on water services in 2017. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland's water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water's Business Plan up to 2021.

Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.

Cooley‘s first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade

The first ever St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cooley will be held this year. It will begin at 12.30pm from Murphy's petrol station at Bush before heading down the main road to the Cooley Kickham's Complex at Monksland.

The parade will feature children from the local schools, football teams and the Boy Scouts club in addition to vintage cars and tractors and floats sponsored by local businesses.

The route will take the parade along the main road to the Cooley complex. The Carlingford Pipe Band will welcome the parade to the complex. Refreshments will be served inside including traditional Irish stew. Live music will be provided by The Rambling String Band (formerly Ceol heads).

Big screens in the Complex will show the Rugby match and the All Ireland Club Finals from Croke Park while a disco will be held downstairs for the children.

Cooley Legends Half Marathon

The Cooley legends half marathon is on Saturday, April 7. Check in is on Friday April 6 at the Foy Centre, Carlingford, from 7 pm to 8 pm. All runners to check in at this time, if possible. Also on Saturday morning 7.45am to 8.50am.

The half marathon is 13.1 miles and has two long uphill sections followed by equally interesting down sections. The course takes in the best views of what the Cooley mountains has to offer.

As you approach Goylin Pass overlooking Carlingford Lough, you will encounter some breath-taking views. It has a variety of surfaces from forest roads to rocky sheep tracks and some surfaced minor roads, making for a challenging off-road run.

The race finishes in the village of Carlingford, a short walk from The Foy Centre.

All buses will take you from The Foy Centre, Carlingford, at 9.15am (SHARP), to the Lumpers Pub, in plenty of time before the start which is at10am. The 10k runners/walkers buses will leave The Foy Centre at 9.45am (SHARP) for a 10.30am start at the Windy Gap (Long Woman's Grave).

The cost of entry, inclusive of all charges is €37. A contribution from each entry received will be donated between Carlingford Red Cross and Clogherhead Life Boat.

Cuchulainn Gaels €20,000 Jackpot

The Cuchulainn Gaels lotto draw took place on Wednesday night last, February 28. The numbers drawn were 9, 19, 20 and 21.

There were no jackpot or 'match three' winners and the five 'lucky dip' winners were Eamonn Moley, Angela Davies, Pa Rice, Laura Ashfield and Brendan Mallon. They each receive €20.

This next draw takes place on Wednesday March 7 in The Granvue and the jackpot is €20,000. The new reserve Jackpot is €12,100. Thank you for your continued support.

Cooley Parish Confirmation

Archbishop Eamon Martin will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Church of St. James, Grange, on this Friday March 9.

Hopefully the weather will have improved by then for the ceremony which commences at 11am.

LauraLynn Hospice

The recent fundraiser in Anna Pearson's home raised a total of €700 for the LauraLynn Hospice.

Anna would like to sincerely thank all who supported the event!

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Carlingford and Omeath Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place over five 5 nights from Friday September 21 until Wednesday September 26th.

The cost is €680 pps. A single room supplement is €75 and a €200 deposit paid by Sunday July 1 secures a place.

For further information and bookings please contact any of the following; Kathleen Elmore 086 1955972;

Mary Fegan 086 1072222; Susan Reilly 087 8137394.

Cooley Women's Shed

The Cooley Women's Shed which is based in the Cooley Complex is re-opening after the winter break on this coming Tuesday, March 6.

The starting time is 7.30pm and activities include patchwork, quilting, knitting & crochet.

Carlingford/Omeath €15,000 Lotto Draw

The Carlingford/Omeath parish lotto draw took place on Tuesday night last, February 27.

There was a jackpot of €15,000 on offer but no one matched all the numbers drawn to claim that prize. The numbers drawn were 7, 11, 17 and 27. There were one 'match 3' winner, A. Ruddy, who wins the €150 prize.

The jackpot for the next draw which takes place on Tuesday March 7 is €15,000 and the reserve jackpot is €10,200.

Confirmation in Omeath rescheduled to May

Due to the severe weather conditions the Confirmation ceremony which was due to take place in Carlingford/Omeath parish on Friday last, March 2, had to be unfortunately cancelled.

The ceremony has been rescheduled and will now take place in St. Laurence's Church, Omeath, on Friday May 4 at 11am.

Cooley Bingo

The Cooley re-vamped bingo continues every Wednesday night in the Parochial Hall.

The starting time is 8.30pm. A book cost €6 and the flyers are €2 each. The total prizes to be won amount to €1460

Cooley Kickhams lotto

The Cooley Kickhams lotto draw took place on Monday night last, February 26, for a top prize of €2,000.

The numbers drawn were 2, 17, 18 and 26 but the numbers drawn did not produce a winner of the top prize. There was one 'match three' winner, Philip McDonald c/o Barry's Shop, who claimed the €100 prize. The jackpot for this week's draw is €2,200.

Club membership is now due for renewal, please contact Brian Rafferty on 0851684655 or Pauline on 0868730072.

Cookery demo to raise funds for wheelchair accessible bus

A Cookery Demonstration with RTE Celebrity Chef Paul Flynn who is famous for cooking modern Irish Food, along with Chefs Shane McGrath and Paula Hannigan from the renowned Cliff House Hotel, Waterford, is taking place on Thursday March 22 in the Four Seasons Hotel Carlingford at 8pm.

It will be a night of guaranteed entertainment offering very tasty, fun and easy recipes to recreate for all family occasions.

The demonstration is being organised along with a number of other events which will take place over the next few months planned Michael-Owen McGrath from Whitestown, Greenore, Co. Louth. His aim is to raise funds to buy a new wheelchair accessible bus for the Dundalk and North Louth Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association.

They are a completely non-government funded charity and rely solely on fundraising and volunteers to provide services to those who need them in our area such as rehabilitation, transportation and weekend breaks.

Tickets for the event cost €15.00 and are available from all regular outlets in the Cooley and Carlingfordarea. Alternatively please call Fundraising Committee Chairperson Michael on 0868397397 to book.

Annual Bellurgan Race Night

The annual Bellurgan Race Night takes place in Fitzpatrick's Bar and Restaurant, Rockmarshall, on this coming Friday March 9.

It commences at 9pm sharp and proceeds are in aid of Bellurgan United Football Club. The club is looking for sponsorship and anyone interested help out by sponsoring any of the following; races for €50, horses for €10, jockeys for €10 and trainers for 10.

Drama Group presents 'The Maiden Aunt'

St. Patrick's Drama Group presents a three act comedy by Jimmy Keary called 'The Maiden Aunt' at the Lordship Complex.

There are three shows over two weekends beginning on Sunday March 18. The following weekend there is the March 24 Saturday performance with the final performance on Sunday March 25. Admission is €10.

Winning start for St. Patricks in Sheelan Cup

The St. Patrick's senior men got their season off to a winning start with a 4 point victory over Glyde Rangers in the Paddy Sheelan Cup in snowy conditions at the Centre of Excellence in Darver. They led at half time by 0-8 to 0-2 and went on to win by 0-11 to 0-7.

The St. Patrick's team and scorers were; Sean Connor, Owen Zamboglou, Rory Duffy, Jason Woods, Leonard Gray 0-2, Thomas McCann, Conor Grogan, Dessie Finnegan 0-1, Darren O'Hanlon, Evan White, Paddy Keenan 0-2, Cathal Grogan, Shane Murphy 0-1, Danny O'Connor 0-4, Sean Cumiskey. Subs; Ray Finnegan 0-1, Cormac Barry, Stephen Toner, Ross Murphy, Daniel Rice, Cian Duffy.

€9,600 Jackpot at Lordship Draw

There was no winner of the St. Patrick's lotto Jackpot of €9,400 when the draw took place this week. The draw was cancelled on Thursday due to the adverse weather but it did take place on Sunday evening last, March 3.

The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 12 and 21. There were five 'match three' winners; Paddy Keenan c/o Paddy; Sharon McEneaney c/o Louise McEneaney; Ava Toner, Orla McGennity c/o Riverstown; Claire Muckian c/o Sheelan's Shop.

The jackpot for this week's draw is €9,600 and tickets can be purchased from Local Shops, committee members and on-line.

St Pat's Youth club

The St Patrick's GFC Youth Club for 7- 12 year olds continues every Friday night from 7.30pm to 9pm in the complex at Lordship.

North Louth Winter League Fixtures

The following are the fixtures in the North Louth Winter League for this coming weekend.

Edentubber v Faughart Rovers; Castletown v Haynestown/Doolargy: Ravensdale v Greenfield; Carlingford v Glen United.

The draw for the first round of the Danny Fitzpatrick Cup was also made. There will be a preliminary round match involving Haynestown/Doolargy and Rampart Celtic. The winners will then go on to play Castletown in the first round proper. The remaining first round matches are; Carlingford v Edentubber; Ravensdale v Greenfield; Glen United v Faughart. Date of matches to be arranged.

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