Friday 24 May 2019

Community news: Cooley

The hard work of the Tidy Towns committees and residents' associations in North Louth was rewarded when the results of the Supervalu National Tidy Towns competition were announced last week.

There were great celebrations when Grange were named as the Midlands and East runner-up for the Water and Communities Award, receiving a €500 prize.

Grange saw their overall mark jump by nine from last year to 299. The adjudicators noted: 'The participation of your hard-working committee of 12 members is

appreciated and it is clear from your application that your involvement in the tidy towns competition is driven by the community with 40 volunteers helping out with your projects and a number of community and voluntary groups like Cooley Men's Shed, Cooley GAA and the Athletics Club all lending a hand.'

The pond was one of the items singled out for praise. 'This newly opened amenity area is an attractive and valuable amenity with seating areas, a toilet, a viewing gallery, fishing stations and a path around the pond and the committee (and others who helped out) should be justifiably proud of their excellent work in completing this.

Former national title winners Carlingford also increased their marks this year, and at 316 was the highest performer on the peninsula. 'It is great to see that the level of participation in your small town is exceptionally high with more than 50 volunteers helping your hard-working committee of 12 members - this is a very impressive number by any measure! It is clear from this level of voluntary commitment that everyone involved recognises the importance of the work that you are doing and that they appreciate the positive impact that it is having on Carlingford,' said the adjudicator. There was lavish praise for the village's built heritage and colourful shops and pubs, as well as various projects being undertaken by the committee.

'The remarkably intact Victorian village of Greenore is a delightful place to visit,' said the adjudicators, awarding it 310, which again was up on last year. They also complimented the residents for 'the high standard of presentation that they have achieved on their dwellings as every house looked particularly well.'

There was praise too for Omeath, which increased its mark to 282, with the adjudicator noting that it 'enjoys a stunning setting on the shores of Carlingford Lough with first-class views of the coastline and surrounding area. Many of the buildings and the public spaces that could be seen on adjudication day looked very well.'

Noting however, that there was a problem with some vacant and poorly maintained buildings they suggested the Tidy Towns Committee get in contact with Louth County Council to see if action could be taken under Derelict Sites Act.

Cooley on top in Under 15 League match

Cooley Kickhams won this under 15 league division 1 game with Dundalk Young Irelands/St Mochtas by 3-13 to 2-6. At half time they led by 3-6 to 1-2.

The Cooley Kickhams panel and scorers; Thomas Fearon, Darragh Brady, Paul Brennan, Colm Keenan, John Digney, Cathal Malone, Aaron Sheelan 0-1, Cian Murphy 1-0, Cormac Malone 0-2, Caolan Haugh, Gerard Hanlon 0-5, Christopher McQuaid, Thomas McCarragher 0-3, Calum O'Hanlon 2-1, Ethan Murphy 0-1, Eddie Kirwan, Sean Quinn, Sean McCarragher, Shane Rogan, Ronan McMullin, Sean Brennan.

The under 15s had a second big victory during the week, beating St. Fechins by 4-20 to 2-3. They were well ahead at half time, leading by 3-12 to 0-2.

The team and scorers for this match were; Shane Quigley, Darragh Brady 0-1, Paul Brennan 0-2, Colm Keenan, John Digney 0-1, Daire McDaid, Aaron Sheelan 0-2, Cormac Malone 0-1, Cian Murphy 2-2, Caolan Haugh 0-1, Calum O'Hanlon 2-4, Eddie Kirwan, Ronan McMullin 0-2, Christopher McQuaid 0-1, Ethan Murphy 0-1, Thomas Fearon, Conail Donnelly, Sean McCarragher, Gerard Hanlon, Cathal Malone, Sean Brennan, Sean Quinn, Thomas McCarragher 0-2.

Cooley Girls reach Under 12 Championship Final

The Cooley Kickhams under 12 girls team are through to the under 12 championship final when they came out on top in their semi final against St. Fechins by 2-9 to 0-2. The match was played in Fr. McEvoy Park.

The team and scorers were; Ciara, Boyle, Sarah Mallon, Niamh Donnelly, Tara White, Orlaith Daly, Stacey Murray, Lucy White 0-5, Anna Dawson, Annie Dunne, Ciara Murphy 1-2, Aislinn White, Chloe McCarragher 1-0, Siabh Morgan, Myah Ward 0-1, Chloe Boyle, Ellen Callan, Jessica White, Emma McCarragher 0-1, Katie McDonald, Aishling McConville, Rosie Smartt, Eilish Murphy, Finah McDonald, Teagan McDonald, Zara Finnegan, Annie Malone.

Shield Semi-Final win for Cooley Girls Under 16s

Cooley Kickhams girls won this shield semi final of the u16 championship against Glenn Emmets by 4-12 to 4-4. At half time it was a draw, 3-3 each.

The Cooley panel and scorers; Trinity Larkin, Ciara Donnelly, Aine McDonald, Mary Ann Loughran, Mary Ryan, Roisin McDaid, Alice Ferguson 0-4, Ciara Quinn 1-0, Laoise McElroy 0-1, Hannah Kirwan 1-4, Orlagh McGuigan 1-02, Kelly Carolan 0-1, Kirsten Murray 1-0, Holly Davidson, Blaithin Malone. Subs; Kristenna Keenan, Aideen Rice, Holly Maguire, Emma McArdle, Dayna Ferguson, Hazel Malone, Leah Magee, Soula Juralyte.

Kickhams Lotto Jackpot €8,200

The Cooley Kickhams Lotto draw took place on Monday night last, September 24.

There was a jackpot of €8,000 on offer but the numbers were not matched and the jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 11, 17 and 29.

The jackpot for this week's draw is €8,200.

CASA collection point for donations at Cooley Hall

CASA, the Caring & Sharing Association, are in urgent need of stock for their charity shops. With Winter fast approaching, demand will be huge for warm clothing and footwear.

CASA would like to express their thanks to Hanlon Transport for once more coming to their aid. Their truck will be parked at Cooley Parochial Hall on Saturday October 13 from 9 am to 1 pm. From there, all donations will be transported to Dublin for distribution to CASA charity shops throughout Ireland. Each donation, no matter how small is of tremendous value to CASA. It is also deeply appreciated by the customers of the charity shops. The proceeds from the sale of donated goods will be used by CASA to further enhance their services. CASA run monthly socials in twenty two locations throughout Ireland. The aim of the socials is to develop friendships and provide social outlets for those with disabilities. CASA work and support people with all disabilities - physical, sensory and intellectual, of all ages and from all backgrounds. CASA organise a pilgrimage to Lourdes every year. This trip caters for not only CASA members, they also liaise with hospitals and hospices to identify people with life limiting conditions that may wish to travel to Lourdes.

If you would like to be a part of this lovely story, then pop your unwanted item of clothing, footwear, jewellery, handbag etc into a bag and donate it to CASA. Unfortunately they are unable to accept toys or electrical goods. CASA wish to express their thanks to all who have responded their appeals in the past. The continued overwhelming support which they receive has had a huge positive impact on the charity.

To have your donation picked up from your home, please contact Anne at 086 3938289.

Heritage Centre Concert

The John Byrne Band will take to the stage in the Carlingford Heritage Centre on Saturday October 20, commencing at 8pm. The band is led by Dublin native and Philadelphia-based John Byrne.

The Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are €10; concessions €5; under 12s free. Home Brew will open the evening. For further information please contact Carlingford Heritage Centre at

Carlingford/Omeath Parish Draw

The Carlingford/Omeath parish lotto draw took place on Tuesday last, September , for a jackpot of €14,550.

The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 7 and 23 but the jackpot was not won. The 'match three' winners were; M. Halpenny, A. Elmore, M. Clerkin and M. Grimshaw.

The jackpot for this week's draw is €14,700.

Personal Alarm Pendants

Omeath District Development would like to remind anyone over the age of 65 that would like the security of having a monitored Personal Alarm Pendant to get in touch. You can also get in touch if you are a carer or have a family member over 65 that you feel would benefit from having a personal alarm system.

Anne from the Dolmen Centre will be available at the Post Office in Omeath on Friday morning September 28 to assist with application forms.

Cuchulainn Gaels Lotto at €20,000

The Cuchulainn Gaels lotto draw took place on Wednesday night last September 26.

The numbers drawn were 6, 12, 16 and 18 but these did not produce a winner of the top prize of €20,000. There were three 'match three' winners, Natalie Duffy, Kathleen O'Hanlon and Audrey Rafferty. who each receive €40.

This week's draw takes place on Wednesday October 3 in Cornamucklagh House for a jackpot of €20,000. The new reserve jackpot is €15,100.

Cooley Hall Bingo

The weekly bingo sessions continue every Wednesday night in St. Mary's Parochial Hall, Cooley.

The starting time is 8 30pm. The total prize money on the night is €1,570. A book cost €6 and flyers are €2 each. Everyone is welcome!

Winter League

The results from last weekend's fixtures in the North Louth Winter League are as follows.: Carlingford Celtic 5 Faughart 2; Greenfield 7 Rampart 2; Ravensdale 7 Haynestown/Doolargy 3. The fixtures for this coming weekend; Glen United v Faughart at Glen Park 11.30am.; Castletown v Ramparts at Muirhevna 11am.; Ravensdale v Bridgeside at Ravensdale 11.30am

Glen United lose to Dublin Side in Leinster Shield

Glenmore United played their match in the Leinster Shield in Carlingford on Sunday last. The opposition was provided by the Dublin team, Bohemians F.C. Glen were short a number of players due to work commitments and injuries but they nevertheless put in a spirited display. In the first half hour chances fell to both sides with Glen having the upper hand. But a long ball out of the Bohemians defence caught the Glen defenders on the hop and the Dublin side made the most of the chance with a good goal. They were 2-0 up less than five minutes later but just as the Dublin side seemed to take control, Glen pulled one back through Ronan Cull. Glen played some good football for the first fifteen minutes of the second half and were totally in control but a number of missed chances would cost them dearly. On the sixtieth minute Glen were awarded a penalty but the shot was saved. Bohemians scored two late goals to win by 4-1. Glen united would to thank Carlingford Celtic for use of their ground in Carlingford.

St. Patrick's Jackpot reaches €5,600

There was no winner of the St. Patrick's lotto jackpot of €5,400 when the draw took place in the complex at Lordship on Thursday night last, the September 27. The numbers drawn were 4, 20, 21 and 27. There were 3 match 3 winners; Mary Cunningham c/o Kevin O Connor; Frances Toner c/o McCrystals Shop; John Duffy, Cherrymount. This Thursday night's jackpot is €5,600 and tickets can be purchased from local shops, committee members and on-line.

St Patrick's Youth Club

The St. Patrick's GFC Youth Club returns on this coming Friday, October 5.The popular club night takes place between the hours of 7.30pm and 9pm. It is for children in the 6-12 years group.

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