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Pictured are the winners of the Blackrock Tidy Towns Table Quiz which was held after a break of a few years in Dundalk golf club. They are Daniel Deery, Kevin Henry, Ger Lyons and John Englishby being presented with their prize by Tidy Towns chairman John Horan. The organisers were very happy with how the event went off after a three year interruption due to the pandemic. They were happy with the great support for the quiz, and it was deemed a success all round.

Pictured are the winners of the Blackrock Tidy Towns Table Quiz which was held after a break of a few years in Dundalk golf club. They are Daniel Deery, Kevin Henry, Ger Lyons and John Englishby being presented with their prize by Tidy Towns chairman John Horan. The organisers were very happy with how the event went off after a three year interruption due to the pandemic. They were happy with the great support for the quiz, and it was deemed a success all round.

Blackrock Tidy Towns Energy event in the Community Centre. Pictured are Tom Dwyer, a local resident, Eugene Conlon of Dunleer Energy, Gerry Reyburn DkIT, Garrett Shine and Fergal Cassidy of Blackrock Tidy Towns.

Blackrock Tidy Towns Energy event in the Community Centre. Pictured are Tom Dwyer, a local resident, Eugene Conlon of Dunleer Energy, Gerry Reyburn DkIT, Garrett Shine and Fergal Cassidy of Blackrock Tidy Towns.

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Pictured are the winners of the Blackrock Tidy Towns Table Quiz which was held after a break of a few years in Dundalk golf club. They are Daniel Deery, Kevin Henry, Ger Lyons and John Englishby being presented with their prize by Tidy Towns chairman John Horan. The organisers were very happy with how the event went off after a three year interruption due to the pandemic. They were happy with the great support for the quiz, and it was deemed a success all round.

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BLACKROCK Tidy Towns held a very successful Energy event in the community centre on Saturday week last, with over 50 people attending.

Energy exhibition

The presentation was expertly delivered by Dunleer Energy Community group, a not-for-profit organisation, specialising in delivering SEAI grant assisted energy saving projects.

Dunleer Energy offers a turn-key solution, from organising the initial survey, identifying the required steps needed to achieve a B2 energy rating, to costing the works, including the applicable grants, sourcing the required tradesmen, and completing all the necessary paperwork for SEAI This is a complex task in itself, to ensure the grants are applied.

On the day 17 people signed up for the next phase of the project, whereby they will have the initial energy survey carried out.

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Also in attendance was Connect Credit union who can offer preferential loans for such improvements to homes. As long as the project is accepted for the SEAI grant, a loan can be availed of which is much lower that the normal personal rate.

Feedback after the event was that many more people would welcome the opportunity to avail of this scheme, and so the Tidy Towns expect to repeat the event early in the new year.

End of era as Patrick retires

PATRICK Rafferty, a very well-known and popular figure in the community and over the extended area for his work with the Fane Community Employment scheme, has retired.

A native of the Marl bog Road, Patrick spent 39 years in the role of supervisor of the scheme that takes in Dromiskin and Darver as well as Haggardstown and Blackrock.

His departure marked the “end of an era”, said John Horan when leading tributes to Patrick at a retirement function on his last day in Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the village on Wednesday night last.

Patrick was accompanied by his mother Sheila, son Darren and daughter-in-law. He was hailed for the significant part that he played in the standing attained by Blackrock and Dromiskin in the national Tidy Towns competition by Mr Horan, speaking as management representative of the CE scheme and chairman of Blackrock Tidy Towns Committee.

Patrick has had a very close affinity as well as working relationship with Blackrock Tidy Towns over the years and given unstinting service above and beyond the call of duty in helping the village became one of the top centres in the national competition.

The village has contended for the overall prize in the last number of years, and awarded Gold medal status in those years, as well as winning the country’s tidiest small town award in 2019.

Dromiskin also has acquired bronze medal status, Mr Horan noted, in lauding his contribution to the advances both participants have made, and all that he had done for the local community a lot of which wouldn’t be apparent.

He was glad that Patrick intended to remain helping with the litter patrols carried out by the local Tidy Towns committee, which he has taken part on a voluntary basis all down the years on Saturdays and Sundays.

It was also a measure of the regard in which Patrick was held that fellow workers on the scheme dropped in to join in the good wishes extended to him.

Mr Horan spoke of his motivational skills in his work, and acknowledged he was always “very helpful, accommodating and co-operative” with a very useful attitude that no matter the problem “there’s always a solution”.

He said on a personal level he was very grateful to Patrick.

Community Christmas celebrations

THE Community Christmas celebrations take place on Sunday next with the switching on of the Christmas tree and street lights.

A full programme of entertainment will commence at 4.30 p.m. in the lower car park in the village, with the event resuming after a break of three years after being suspended due to Covid and the ban on gatherings.

The village’s Social Group has taken over the organisation and running of the event, teaming up with the remaining members of the original Christmas Committee.

For the last two years, committee members saw to it that at least the village had a Christmas Tree to light up the mood during the pandemic.

The amalgamation of the two groups has been agreed following on the Social Group successfully taking over the task of running the village’s St Patrick’s Day parade in March last.

Gers Lotto jackpot now at €13,400

The jackpot has gone up again in the Geraldines lottery, with no winner/s in last week’s draw. The numbers drawn were: 1, 9, 15 and 29.

Dearbhla Greene selected three numbers to claim the €200 prize.

The jackpot was €13,400 going into this week’s draw.


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