Monday 15 October 2018

Cooley round-up: Christmas market a unique community event

Bellurgan National School would like to thank Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant for their generous sponsorship of new school Jerseys. The Girls GAA Team recently wore the Jerseys for the first time as they lifted the Corn Shean MacCaba for the first time in our schools’ history. Pictured (Left to Right) Niamh Holland (Vice Captain), Miss Majella Murray (Girls’ Coach), Ronan Fitzpatrick, Dermot McCoy (Principal) & Sophie Hanlon (Captain)
Bellurgan National School would like to thank Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant for their generous sponsorship of new school Jerseys. The Girls GAA Team recently wore the Jerseys for the first time as they lifted the Corn Shean MacCaba for the first time in our schools’ history. Pictured (Left to Right) Niamh Holland (Vice Captain), Miss Majella Murray (Girls’ Coach), Ronan Fitzpatrick, Dermot McCoy (Principal) & Sophie Hanlon (Captain)

Cooley Christmas Country Market helps to Fund the Birches Alzheimer Day Care Centre

A Christmas market with a difference will take place in St Mary's Parochial Hall Cooley on Sunday December 10.

Cooley Charity Country Markets are a unique community event, standing with an identity all of their own. Held twice per year in July and December, they don't have any private stall holders. Each stall, laden down with goods, comes thanks to the kindness of many. Every single item offered for sale at the market is donated free of charge.

Each cent spent at the market goes directly to help fund the The Birches Alzheimer Day Care Centre. To date, the markets have raised in excess of €60,000 for The Birches. The secret of their sweet success is the simple concept that they have the backing of an entire community, many kind generous people who continue to donate goods, proud to be part of the circle of care which is The Birches.

Pride of place at the market will as always be the home baking stall. Dressed in pink candy stripped tablecloths, it will showcase the labours of many. Approximately fifty people don their aprons to bake for the market. This dedicated support is what sustains the market, and is very much appreciated by the organisers. There will be a wide variety of breads, scones, mince pies and desserts. Dozens of Christmas cakes and puddings have been made. Maturing now for weeks in the finest of Cooley whiskey, they will be offered for sale at discount prices. The Birches are extremely grateful to the many business's who donated the ingredients for this huge amount of Christmas baking. They are also indebted to the Cooley Kickhams GFC for the use of their top class kitchen facility.

As the doors of the market open at 9am, customers will be dazzled as they view the many stalls filled to the brim with twinkling lights, decorations, candles and gifts. Stalls selling jams, chutneys, free range eggs and holly.

More selling potatoes, logs, handbags and jewellery. A stall will be laden by items handcrafted with care by the Cooley Ladies Shed Group. Their generosity in donating the

fruits of their labours to the Birches is warmly welcomed. For the thrifty housewife there will be an opportunity to snap of the finest of fresh fruit and vegetables thanks to the kindness of Fyffes Ltd. and Total Produce who are sponsoring a stall at the market. The Cooley Active Retirement Group are also hosting a stall, which guarantees lots of random items at rock bottom prices.

For the children there will be an opportunity to meet Mrs. Claus for tea and a chat in her gaily decorated Christmas themed coffee shop. They can also try their hand at the lucky dip and secure many bargains on the sweet trolley.

Funds raised through the markets travel the short journey up the road to the Community House in Rath Abbey, Grange, Carlingford. Each Monday staff from the Birches travel to Cooley to provide a Day Care Facility for those whose lives are touched by Dementia. The deep appreciation for this fantastic service in Cooley is truly reflected in the success of the market and the funding it generates.

To donate an item to the market, please contact Anne at 086 3938289.

Cooley Girls reachs semi-final

Cooley Kickhams beat Geraldines in the last group game to reach the semi final of the ladies minor championship. They won by 1-10 to 1-7 having led at half time by 1-4 to 0-4. Cooley now go into the semi-final of the competition against neighbours, St Patricks.

The Cooley panel and scorers were; Sinead Rice, Deborah Malone, Lauren McGrath, Shauna Murphy, Leah Kirwan, Claire Donnelly, Aoife McDaid, Niamh Quigley, Leanne Touhy, Lauren Boyle 0-6, Laura Traynor, Niamh Rice 1-4, Ciara Quinn, Ava O'Shaughnessy, Katelyn Quinn. Subs; Renee McGlynn, Eimear McParland, Ella Murphy, Aine McDonald, Orlagh McGuigan, Kate Arnold, Emily Ward, Roisin McDaid, Hannah Kirwan, Lillian O'Reilly.

Lip Sync Battle

All acts will have their final rehearsals this week in preparation for the Cooley Kickhams Lip Sync Battle fundraiser which takes place in the Complex at Monksland on this coming Saturday night, December 2. It starts at 8pm.

Lip Sync Battle is a new fundraising show that is taking Ireland by storm. 12 acts have been confirmed for the event from The Blues Brothers, to The Village People to The Spice 'Girls' and it promises to be a great night's craic with plenty of entertainment on the night from local stars.

Tickets are available from Barry's Shop and from all Lip Sync acts. Tickets are also available from Kevin Smyth (087)6276947, Fintan Murtagh (087)8052389 or Ann Callan.

Kickhams lotto

The Cooley Kickhams Lotto Draw took place on Monday night last, November 20, for a Jackpot of €4,600.

The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 7 and 20 but no one matched all four numbers to produce a winner of the top prize. There were three 'match three' winners; J.J.; Hanlon c/o Jamie; Gerry Keenan c/o Jim; Patrica Long c/o Eilish Kane. They each receive €35. The jackpot for this week's draw rises to €4,800.

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

Carlingford prepares for festive programme of events

The beautiful village of Carlingford is busy preparing for a festive and sparkly programme of events this December.

The first 5 days of December is going to get you well ready for the 12 days of Christmas if you are out Carlingford direction!

Carlingford's Choral Festival will kick off the areas fantastic Christmas programme on the first weekend of December with beautiful Christmas songs and choral singing on the mountain and around the town's Christmas tree in the centre of the village.

There are fairs and market stalls scattered throughout the glittery village over the weekend with the annual Christmas Craft Fair running in its traditional location of St Michael's Hall Fri 1st - Sun 3rd, and a Christmas market in the Carlingford Arms on Tues 5th Dec 'A Celebration of Christmas Fair'!

With a great atmosphere and delicious aromas, the public have an open invitation to stroll around the village and wander in and out of the fairs and markets, possibly stopping for some delicious hot chocolate and marshmallows along the way. Homemade breads and cakes, wooden and ceramic gifts, cute cards, designer jewellery to name but a few of the unique offerings and all fairs are free to the public.

'Carlingford is an ideal place to pick up something special for presents amidst a lovely Christmas atmosphere. The entire town is getting into the festive mood and the shops are packed with really unique Christmas gifts' Frances Taylor - Cooley Peninsula Tourism Officer.

The arrival of Santa in the village on the Sunday will enhance the visitor's enjoyment and the quaint medieval village promises to look like a winter wonderland with Sieve Foy Mountain in the background and bright Christmas decorations adorning the cobblestoned streets.

The man in the red suit accompanied by his helper Our Carlingford Oyster Pearl Winner 2017 Mary-Rose McCarragher will be arriving with Free gifts for all the children at 2pm Sunday 3rd Dec to St.Michaels Hall and will be greeting children until 5pm.

All children will receive a gift or a selection box compliments of Carlingford & Cooley Tourism.

In the event that you don't make it over the weekend, you still have your chance to soak up the atmosphere on the annual Discount Shopping Night on the first Tuesday of December when the towns shops will open from 10.00am -10.00pm. With up to 25% off in some places, the Discount Shopping Day has really become a feature in the region with tourists planning their visits around the date.

So make sure you head to Carlingford the first week of December and soak up the festive atmosphere, different Christmas ideas and great value.

Carlingford Craft Fair Is kindly supported By Local Enterprise Office Louth E:

Nine Choirs to perform at Heritage centre

The Carlingford Choral Festival takes place at the beginning of December starting on Friday December 1 and ending on Sunday December 3.

The opening Concert of the 2017 Festival is in St. Michael's Church, Carlingford, on the Friday starting at 7.30pm.

There will be 9 choirs from Ireland, Italy and France performing on the night. On Saturday December 2 there will be a concert in the Heritage Centre at 7.00pm.

A number of other events have been organised throughout the village over the weekend.

Niall McGuigan concert at Heritage Centre

Niall McGuigan and Friends will be in concert in the Carlingford Heritage Centre on Wednesday December 6 at 8.00pm.

For bookings please phone 042 9373454 or contact

Christmas Art Exhibition

A Christmas Art Exhibition takes place in the Carlingford Design House from Saturday December 2 until Tuesday December 5.

The exhibition is by the Carlingford Lough artists, Patricia McAteer and Maura Muckian. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Red Cross Christmas Party

Carlingford/Omeath Red Cross are holding their Annual Christmas party on Sunday, December 10 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford.

The evening gets under way at 6.30pm, music is by Solitaire. and admission is by ticket only (donation €15).

Festive Floral evening

A floral demonstration will be held in Carlingford Heritage Centre on Thursday December 7 commencing at 8pm.

This year our demonstrator is Bernie Preston (NDSF/AIFD) from Newry. Bernie is from a long established family business in Newry, retailing 50 years as George Preston's High Class Florist. She is a gold award winner at Chelsea Flower Show and has travelled worldwide demonstrating and participating in competitions, many of which she went on to adjudicate herself. Bernie is a true expert in her field and this a festive night not to be missed.

All proceeds are in aid of Our Lady's Children's Hospital and Research Foundation, Crumlin. Tickets are €10 and are available from the Heritage Centre, 042 9373454 or from Eileen at 042 9373168.

Carlingford/Omeath €15,000 Lotto Draw

The Carlingford/Omeath parish lotto draw took place on Tuesday night last, November 14.

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 18, 23, 24 and 25. There was one 'match 3' winner who received the €150 prize, P. & T. McAvinney, Dundalk.

The jackpot for this week's draw which takes place on Tuesday November 21 is €15,000 and the reserve jackpot is €8,250.

Cuchulainn Gaels Lotto Draw

The Cuchulainn Gaels weekly lotto draw took place on Wednesday night last, November 22. The numbers drawn were 2, 10, 11 and 29. There were no jackpot winners or indeed 'match three' winners. The five special draw winners who each receive €20 were; J. Bruen, B. Boylan, S. Grace, M. Halfpenny, A. Murphy. This week's draw takes place on Wednesday November 29 in the Granvue and the jackpot is €20,000. The new reserve Jackpot is €10,700. Thank you for your continued support.

The AGM takes place in the Granvue Hotel on this Wednesday November 29 starting at 8.00pm.

Christmas Coffee Morning

The pupils and staff of Scoil Naomh Lorcan invite you to their Christmas Coffee Morning on Friday December 8. The time frame is 10.30am-11.30am in the school. The children have been busy making Christmas crafts which will be on sale. There will also be plenty of baked treats for you to enjoy with a cuppa. All are welcome!

Christmas Toy Appeal

The St. Vincent de Paul Society have made an appeal for Christmas Toys and Gifts. One of the collection points in the Peninsula is Mulligan's Corner House, Omeath. This facility will be available up to Wednesday December 13. All Toys must be new and in original wrapping.

Youth Club Christmas Party

The Omeath Youth Club Annual Christmas Party is on Sunday December 10 in the Dolmen Centre, Omeath, from 3pm to 5.00pm. The highlight is the arrival of Santa which is scheduled for 4pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Omeath Tidy Towns Concert

Omeath Tidy Towns presents Ruth Kelly Soprano in concert also featuring Vintage in St. Laurence's Church, Omeath, on Sunday December 10. There will be a pre-concert reception in the Dolmen Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets €12.50 and all are welcome.

St Vincent de Paul Annual Appeal

The St. Vincent de Paul Society Annual Appeal is on next weekend, Saturday and Sunday December 2 and 3.

You are asked to please help those for whom Christmas will be difficult this year! All money collected will be spent in local area, to help with food, utility bills, heat and medical & education expenses. Please give what you can to support the Society.

Cooley Badminton

The Cooley Badminton Club (Senior) members meet in the Cooley Complex every Monday evening from 8pm-10pm.

New members are most welcome and for further information please contact Patricia at 087-9954831.

Christmas Cookery Extravaganza in Cooley

A Christmas Cookery Extravaganza with local man, Shane McGrath ( a member of the Michelin team at Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore) and local chefs will take place on this coming Thursday November 30 at 7.30pm in the Cooley Kickhams Complex.

Tickets are €12 each and all proceeds are for the Cooley Lourdes Hospitalite Fund 2018.

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