Tuesday 15 October 2019

Community news: Cooley

Bee keeping as part of the Eco Tribes project in the local school which was showcased in the video
Bee keeping as part of the Eco Tribes project in the local school which was showcased in the video

The Grange and District Residents Association is one of a number of Tidy Towns groups around the country highlighted in a series of YouTube videos made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the national Tidy Towns competition, which is sponsored by SuperValu.

The video showcases the wonderful work which the small committee has done in carrying out improvements to their area.

Retired teacher Seamus Savage recounts how he got involved with the residents' association and the Tidy Towns organisation when he finished teaching and spoke of the satisfaction which he gets from doing work which benefits the community.He is now chairperson of the twelve strong committee whose ages range from twelve to 82 years.

Over the past twelve years, they have done an enormous amount of work to improve the community, which includes the beautiful whitewashed St James' Church and John Long's thatched pub at the heart of the village. They have undertaken several projects including the creation of a picnic area with the iconic brown bull of Cooley statue and the restoration of an old railway bridge in what had previously been an area overgrown with trees and shrubs.

One of their most recent projects was the clearing of the pond beside Barry's shop, which is now a pleasant fishery and haven for wildlife.

The youngest member of the committee, and possibly the youngest Tidy Towns committee member in the country, is 12 year old Elizabeth Gillen, whose father David is vice-chairman of the committee. Elizabeth highlights the work done with the Eco Tribes project in the local school, which includes raising awareness about the environment and planting flowers which will attract bees.

Dad David explained how the work 'brings everyone together and it tidies the place up so it benefits everyone.'

The work done by Grange and District Residents Association has been acknowledged by Louth County Council in the annual Tidy Towns Together competition. Last year they were presented with the Chairman's Award at the Louth Looking Good Awards.

The village also saw their results jump by seven marks in the 2017 SuperValu Tidy Towns awards and they are hoping to see a further improvement when the results of this year's competition are announced.

Under 15 League win for Cooley Kickhams

Cooley Kickhams won this under 15 league division 1 game against St Fechins by 1-22 to 0-2. At half time they were leading by 0-12 to 0-1.

The Cooley panel and scorers were; Shane Quigley, Darragh Brady, Paul Brennan, Sean McCarragher, Cathal Malone, Cormac Malone, Eddie Kirwan, Cian Murphy 0-1, Enda O'Neill 0-4, Christopher McQuaid, Cian McGuinness 1-5, John Digney 0-2, Thomas McCarragher 0-2, Callum O'Hanlon 0-4, Aaron Sheelan 0-2. Subs; Ethan Murphy, Caolan Haugh, Ronan McMullin 0-1, Conail Donnelly, Sean Brennan, Sean Quinn 0-1, Thomas Fearon.

Cooley boys take part in Under 9 Blitz at Stabannon

Cooley boys under 9s played a blitz on Monday last in Stabannon. The event was attended by teams representing St Mary's, Clans and Cooley.

Cooley played two very competitive games with some fine goal scoring. The team are playing well together so well done to all who involved.

Cooley U14 Girls advance in Championship

The Cooley under 14 girls were convincing winners of this 2nd round championship match against Naomh Martins which was played at Cooley on Monday evening last. They led at half time by 3-7 to 0-5 and added another 10 points in the second half to win by 3-17 to 1-5. The scoring was shared by 11 players!

The Cooley panel: Abbie Traynor, Shannon Walker, Hazel Malone, Rebecca Hanlon, Katie O'Rourke, Leah Magee, Aideen Rice, Kelly Carolan, Laoise McElroy, Kristanna Keenan, Katelyn Murphy, Leah Maguire, Saule Juraityte, Emily McGrath, Dayna Ferguson, Sarah Walker, Kelly Marmion, Shóna Hanniffy, Shauna Ward Rice, Katie Mulligan, Kate Reilly, Aoife Bradley, Lucy White, Ciara Murphy, Cailtin Savage, Kirsty Quigley, Aoibhín O'Neill.

The Cooley scorers were: Kelly Carolan 0-2, Katelyn Murphy 0-3, Leah Magee 0-2, Saule Juraityte 2-0, Kristanna Keenan 0-1, Dayna Ferguson 1-2, Katie O'Rourke 0-1, Leah Maguire 0-2, Aideen Rice 0-2, Emily McGrath 0-1, Sarah Walker 0-1.

Under 15 League defeat for Cooley boys

Cooley Kickhams lost their under 15 league division 1 match against O'Raghallaighs at the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda, by 3-8 to 1-4. At Half time the home side led by by 2-4 to 1-2.

The Cooley Kickhams team ans scorers; Shane Quigley, Sean McCarragher, Paul Brennan, Darragh Brady, Eddie Kirwan, Cian Murphy, Daire McDaid, Cormac Malone 0-1, Enda O'Neill 0-1, Christopher McQuaid, Thomas McCarragher 0-1, Gerard Hanlon, Caolan Haugh, Callum O'Hanlon, Aaron Sheelan 0-1. Subs; Ronan McMullin, Ethan Murphy, Thomas Fearon, Conail Donnelly.

Cooley Ladies Fundraiser

The Cooley ladies football team have organised a Cake Sale and Coffee Morning for Sunday next, September 9.

It takes place in St. Mary's Hall, Cooley, and starts at 10am continuing until 1pm. Donations of home bakes would be very much appreciated.

Kickhams Lotto Jackpot €7,200

The Cooley Kickhams Lotto draw took place on Monday night last, August 27.

There was a jackpot of €7,200 on offer but the numbers were not matched and the jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 12, 15, 16 and 28. There was one 'match three' winner, Odran Thornton c/o Barry's Shop, who receives the €100 prize. The jackpot for this week's draw is €7,400.

The draw which is run on a weekly basis play a huge part in the fund raising efforts of our Club. We encourage all of our ex members and community to play the lotto. We also hope that we can all work together to promote this lotto and help get back in touch with people from Cooley and surrounding areas who may now be living all over the world.

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

Live Music in Cooley Hall

Live music continues in St. Mary's Hall, Cooley, on Sunday next, September 9. It starts at 9pm and continues until 11.30pm. The music will be provided by Kevin Kearney, admission is €8, light refreshments will be served, and a great night of music, song, fun and craic is assured!

The weekly bingo sessions continue in Cooley Hall every Wednesday night starting at 8.30pm. A book costs €6, flyers are €2, and the total prizes to be won amount to €1,570.

Trip to Assisi and Rome

The annual Canon Crawley trip this year is to Assisi and Rome and is scheduled to leave on Saturday October 13, returning on Friday October 19.

The travelling group will stay for two nights in Assisi and four nights in Rome for a total cost of €970. This includes return flights, Dublin - Rome, two nights accommodation in the Fontebella Palace Hotel, Assisi, and four nights in Hotel Tra Noi in Rome. Also included are guided tours in Assisi and visits to the four main Papal Basilicas in Rome and the Trevi Fountain. There will also be plenty of leisure time for personal sightseeing.

For further information please contact Canon Crawley at 048-37531222 or Nuala at 048-37531242.

Killarney Trip for Social Dancing

A social dancing break has been organised from the Cooley Peninsula and the general North Louth area for mid October. The destination is Killarney and those travelling will stay in the Gleneagles Hotel. The dates in October are Monday 15th to Thursday 18th.

The cost includes bed and breakfast and dinners and it also includes two day trips. There will be entertainment and dancing provided every night in the hotel and the entertainers will be Shay O'Callaghan ,Monday, Dermot Lyons, Tuesday, Checkers, Wednesday and Michael Collins, Thursday.

For information and booking please contact any of the following numbers; 0429371619 / 0879886660/ 0872608717.

Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser

The now annual Multiple Sclerosis fundraising walk takes place on Thursday, September 27 at 7.30pm on the Carlingford Omeath Greenway. This is the 4th year of this event and the organisers are hoping for a big turnout.

The Carlingford Greenway is a lovely addition to the amenities of the area. The walk is about an hour and a half from the Marina to Greer's Quay and return. This is the night of the full moon so conditions permitting it will be magical, but bring your torches just in case.

Refreshments will be served in the Marina. Sponsorship cards are available or donations can be made on the night. Please contact any of the following;Terry at 087 7929568;Teresa at 081 505865; Andy at 086 8435426.

Cuchulainn Gaels Lotto at €20,000

The Cuchulainn Gaels lotto draw took place on Wednesday night last August 29.

The numbers drawn were 11, 17, 23 and 27 but these did not produce a winner of the top prize of €20,000. There were three 'match three' winners; A. Elmore, M. McGuinness and J. Short..

This week's draw takes place on Wednesday September 5 in the Granvue Hotel for a jackpot of €20,000. The new reserve jackpot is €14,700.

Omeath Active Retirement

The next meeting of the Omeath and District Active Retirement Association is in The Dolmen Centre, Omeath, on Wednesday September 12.

It commences at 12 pm and all are welcome.

An Cumann Staire Omeith

An Cumann Staire Omeith resume monthly meetings on Tuesday September 11 in number 10 Village Green.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm and new members are very welcome. For further information please contact Anne at 087-6935430

Carlingford/Omeath Parish Draw

The Carlingford/Omeath parish lotto draw took place on Tuesday last, August 28, for a jackpot of €15,000.

The numbers drawn were 3, 8, 11 and 12 but these were not matched. There was one 'match three' winner who received the €150 prize, P. McCourt, Omeath.

The jackpot for this week's draw is €15,000 and the reserve jackpot rises to €14,100.

Induction of New Parish Priest

The induction of the new Parish Priest of Lordship/Ballymascanlon by Archbishop Eamonn Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, will take place at the Vigil Mass in the Church of Our lady of the Wayside on Saturday next at 7.30pm.

Refreshments will be served in the Church foyer afterwords. All are welcome.

Ladies Intermediate Semi-final spot for St. Patricks

Well done to our Ladies who booked their place in the Intermediate Championship final with a brilliant win over Mattock Rangers by 5-12 to 1-11. The team and scorers; Nadine Callan, Melissa O Hanlon, Caoimhe Breen, Naoimh Butterly, Deirbhle O'Doherty, Anna Whyte, Claire Savage 1-0, Grace Treanor 0-3, Áine Breen 1-0, Jacqui Kirk 0-1, Kate Flood 1-5, Aisling O'Doherty, Nicola Connor 1-2, Catherine O'Connor 1-1, Meg Woods. Sub Evelyn Donnelly.

Well done to both our U-16 and U-14 girls who also recorded great wins in the Championship during the week. The U-16 girls won on a scoreline of St Patrick's 5- 7 v Ardee St Mary's 3-9. Our under 14 girls had a convincing win over Stabannon by 8-9 to 2-6.

St. Patrick's lotto

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot of €4,600 when the St. Patrick's draw took place in the complex at Lordship on Thursday last, August 30.

The numbers drawn were 6, 24, 27 and 28. There were no match 3 winners. The 5 tickets drawn in the special draw were; Danny O Connor Bellurgan, Olivia Duffy c/o on-line, Aidan Lennon c/o McCrystals, Marina Sheelan c/o Paul Breen and Willie Oliver c/o Liam Oliver.

This week's jackpot is €4,800 and tickets can be purchased from local shops, committee members and on-line.

Bellurgan Blotto

The Bellurgan United Blotto results for Tuesday last, August 28, are as follows.

The numbers were drawn in the following sequence; 2, 4, 7, 6, 5, 3 , 1. There was No jackpot winners and the 3 Lucky Draw winners who each win €20 were; Aine McNamee c/o Gerry Woods; Penny & Alex O'Connor, Marsh Road; DCJ - Bellurgan.

The jackpot for this week's draw is €4250. Thank you for your continued support.

Family Fun Day at Ravensdale

A Family Fun Day has been organised for this coming Saturday, September 8.

It gets underway at 1pm and continues throughout the afternoon and evening until 6pm. Activities include bouncy castles, face painting, a penalty shoot-out and a 5 -a-side soccer tournament.

Clothing Recycling Fundraiser

There will be a clothing recycling fundraiser organised by the Parents' Association of Rampark National School on Tuesday October 2. Please donate unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, bags, belts, soft toys etc. Donated items to be dropped off between 8am and 9.30am on the morning. Your support is very much appreciated.

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