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Carlingford wins a second bronze in 2022 Tidy Towns


Kathleen Gallagher, Nuala O'Rourke and Philomena Doherty at the coffee morning in the Ravensdale Community Centre in aid of The North Louth Hospice in memory of Ann Doherty. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Kathleen Gallagher, Nuala O'Rourke and Philomena Doherty at the coffee morning in the Ravensdale Community Centre in aid of The North Louth Hospice in memory of Ann Doherty. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Níamh Kirk-Boyle and Claire Moran at the coffee morning in the Ravensdale Community Centre in aid of The North Louth Hospice in memory of Ann Doherty. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Níamh Kirk-Boyle and Claire Moran at the coffee morning in the Ravensdale Community Centre in aid of The North Louth Hospice in memory of Ann Doherty. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Eva and Nicola Grills at the coffee morning in the Ravensdale Community Centre in aid of The North Louth Hospice in memory of Ann Doherty. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Eva and Nicola Grills at the coffee morning in the Ravensdale Community Centre in aid of The North Louth Hospice in memory of Ann Doherty. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics


Kathleen Gallagher, Nuala O'Rourke and Philomena Doherty at the coffee morning in the Ravensdale Community Centre in aid of The North Louth Hospice in memory of Ann Doherty. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics


The overall Tidy Towns winner back in 1988, Carlingford is on the way back to the winners’ enclosure, winning their second bronze medal in the 2022 Supervalu Tidy Towns competition.

The town was also the runner-up in its population category behind Dromiskin, finishing just one point behind with 338 points, up from 326 in 2019.

Joanne Redpath of Carlingford Tidy Towns said they were “delighted” to win bronze for the second year running.

“It was a challenging year for litter management because so much food was takeaway only in Spring,’ she said, adding that they were very grateful for the support of the Council who arranged more frequent emptying of bins to help alleviate the problem.

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“We used Covid to do a Community survey online to identify the communities priorities and make a plan accordingly.

“We have a dedicated group of volunteers who helped make some new flower beds and revive old ones.

Their  main projects were replanting of the tennis courts with sustainable bee friendly planting and likewise on The Carlingford Castle Steps and The Village Green.

“We would especially like to thank the many individuals who contributed to our Go Fund Me Page which enabled us to continue projects when normal fundraising events were not possible,’ she said. 

They would also like to thank Keenan Oysters for their sponsorship and Councillors Andrea Mc Kevitt, Antoin Watters and John Reilly for their Councillor allocations.

!The business community made a significant contribution this year and used Covid to paint the shop frontages.

However, she said they  always need more volunteers.  and anyone who would like to help should contact them at  042 9373686

“We would like to congratulate our fellow Tidy Towns groups and thank Louth County Council for funding support.”

The adjudicators remarked that “one of the downsides of living in such a beautiful area is that is it attracts people from far and wide who may not treat it with the same respect that you do. Keep up the good work and continue to find suitable solutions to enhance and improve your area.”

The work of Carlingford’s Tidy Towns committee and many volunteers was praised by the adjudicator as was how they responded to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions by hosting virtual monthly meetings and carrying out an on-line  community survey.

The painting and upgrading of business premises in the Market Square and Newry Street was praised as was the work in regards to green spaces and landscaping where it was noted that the committee was “obviously aware of the benefits of pollinator plants.”

The adjudicator also welcomed the fact that no weed killer is used as they use salt to minimize weed growth but warned that can cause its own problems.

The redesigned nature garden was noted to have a good range of different habitats such as woodland wild grass and water and the committee was congratulated on their low mow policy along the wall of the village green and the  Omeath Road. 

The report noted that the water refill station had been a fantastic success and the group was committee was praised for moving away from peat based compost. They were urged to continue with energy information evenings and their Pay in Forward Facebook group.

The setting up of new residents’ groups in n Dundalk Street Estate, Castle Hill estate, and Oyster Bay court was described as encouraging.

The adjudicator sympathised with the committee over their problems with litter but urged them to keep up the fight against it and suggested they look into getting bins which compact rubbish.’

Greenore take first place with improved marks

Greenore Tidy Towns have claimed first place in their category, toppling the 2019 winners Reaghstown.
The seaside village which overlooks Carlingford Lough and includes a busy commercial port, increased their marks by nine, getting 325 this year.
The committee of nine and six volunteers were congratulated on entering the competition for 25 years and for their commitment to their place in these difficult times.
The adjudicator highlighted a number of projects which they have undertaken, such as the maintenance of the Victorian street lighting, while residents were praised for taking care of their listed buildings and the Port Company for their paint and tidy project.
The group were also congratulated on going pesticide free and it was noted that they had been busy planting native trees and additional shrubs and perennials. Their approach to grass cutting and planting pollinators was also praised, especially the area at rear of Anglesey terrace. The use of composting and green bins was also praised and it was suggested that they could build on this to gain extra marks next year.
“Well done in being strategic in dividing up your area and giving different people the responsibility of looking after each zone. This helps to reduce fatigue and also lets those involved that others are also carrying out similar work. Keep up the lobbying work,” commented the adjudicator.
The committee was also praised for their upkeep of the approach roads at their own expense.

Grange come third in their category

Grange Tidy Towns, who were placed third in their category with 213 points, were congratulated on their eleventh year of entering the competition.
The adjudicators’ reported noted that they had a committee of twelve and a group of twenty volunteers, receiving support from the County Council, Louth Leader, Cooley Credit Union and local businesses.
Projects such as developing Grange Pond as a fishing amenity, the erection of name stones refurbished, new seats in various areas for walkers to relax and old seats painted were noted as was the fact that residents had time to paint, plant, landscape and upgrade their properties. Cooley Kickham’s new walkway also got a mention.
The seasonal planting, polytunnel biodiversity area, pollinator friendly plants and wildflowers, bird and bat boxes were all favourably commented upon.
The adjudicator also noted the efforts being made in the local community in regard to sustainability, from car pooling to recycling Christmas trees, as well as the fact that many houses have installed solar panels.

Omeath volunteer planted 1,000 trees and bushes

A volunteer with Omeath Tidy Towns who planted 1,000 native Irish trees and fruit bushes to create a woodland walkway, has been praised by the Tidy Town’s adjudicator who assessed their entry.
Omeath Tidy Towns got an extra 12 points in this year’s competition to finish seventh in the most contested category in Louth with 299 points.
The village has a five-strong committee and around 8 to 10 volunteers.
The adjudicator commented that the Old Station House had received a much needed facelift and said the photos of the work on the derelict sites looked very encouraging. It was noted that
The group was praised for not using pesticides during their work at Cloch Mor.
“Well done to one of your volunteers on the planting of 1000 native Irish trees and fruit bushes on their property creating a woodland walkway,” commented the adjudicator.
Their efforts to reduce plastic waste along the Greenway with a bottle refill station was described as “a great addition”.
It was also noted that they were using organic peat-free compost.
Daily litter-patrols, the erection of dog-fouling signs and participation in national spring clean and beach cleans were also noted.
“The Narrow Water Bridge funding is great news and will provide a modern and safe access to Warrenpoint on the opposite side of the lough. So too the traffic calming measures,” states the report.

Gyles Quay, Lordship and Mountbagnal Tidy Towns Christmas Raffle

The tidy towns committee are running a Christmas raffle this year to help raise funds for exciting projects they wish to carry out in 2022.

There are fabulous prizes up for grabs - 1st prize is return flights with aer lingus to any uk/European city, 2nd prize an overnight B+B stay in the Fairways with evening meal included. There are also hampers and vouchers amongst the prizes. Tickets only 2€ or 3 for 5€, available in Sheelans, Ferguson’s, The Station House and McCrystals, can also enter by Revolut to @davidjsj3x, make sure to leave contact name and number when entering. Thanks for all your support.

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

It’s that time of year again and the St. Vincent de Paul Society are appealing for your help, now more than ever. We are asking you to please give as generously as possible with our Christmas appeal during the weekend of 4th & 5th December. Due to Covid-19 we are unable to collect or distribute food this year. This is our only collection, and we would be very grateful if you could give as generously as possible. Cash or vouchers would be greatly appreciated. You can also donate online via the attached link: svp.ie/carlingfordcooley

_ If anyone in the Cooley Peninsula ommunity needs assistance please phone 087-9656852. If you are in a position to donate or provide vouchers, please contact Maura 086-3361199 or Ann 087-2778671.

Advent Sleep-out for Fr. Peter McVerry Homeless Trust

Throughout the season of Advent which begins on Sunday next, 28th November, the Pastoral Council plan a sleep-out in solidarity with homeless people and to fundraise for the Fr. Peter McVerry Trust. Fr. McVerry will speak at the vigil Mass next Saturday 27th November in Boher Church.

The sleep-out will take place at the bridge at Bush where a replica of the stable at Bethlehem will be erected – linking our efforts to the Christmas story and giving a very real dimension to our preparations for Christmas in putting homeless people at the very heart of our parish community.

Each volunteer family or group in turn will host the sleep out for one night, when they can invite family, neighbours and friends to support them. If your family would like to volunteer, please let Fr. Malachy 042-9376105 or any member of the Pastoral Council know as soon as possible. There will be a short prayer each evening at 9.00pm where everyone is welcome to express their support.

Fr. Peter McVerry Thankful for Cooley Parish Help

Fr. Peter McVerry is very thankful to the Cooley Pastoral Council for organising the sleep-out at Bush

“Thank you to Cooley Parish and everyone in it for organising this sleep-out which will aid our work for homeless people at the Bush bridge starting on the 28th November and very creatively setting up a Nativity scene there. Jesus who was born homeless we’ll try to replicate that. So we are very grateful to the parish.

We do require very considerable funds from the public in order to maintain our work and this will be a wonderful Christmas boost to us. It will enable us to continue to serve homeless people. We look after about 1,500 homeless people staying with us between our hospice, our apartments and our treatment centres. We work with a lot more than that who are on the streets and who come to our drop-in centres. So we are working with a large number of homeless people.

“ We are trying to reduce homelessness. We actually got quite a number of them into accommodations during Covid because people were not going out looking and viewing flats that were available for rent. We got quite a few in but we’d like to get everyone in.

“ We have about 80 apartments coming on stream between now and Christmas. Each cost about €15,000 to fit out with everything that’s needed such as a fridge, cooker, television, electric kettle, toaster, table, chairs etc. So a lot of our Christmas appeal would be going towards fitting out those 80 apartments so that before Christmas we can give the key of a door to a homeless person. For them it’s like a dream come true. It’s like the best Christmas present they could have ever imagined owning their own apartment.

“So we are very committed to doing that to try and give homeless people a home of their own and we are very happy to try and do that and with your help it will make a difference! While we will get funding from the State, to purchase, buy or build these apartments we don’t get a penny for furnishing them. This is entirely down to fundraising and the generosity of the public.

“So I’d like to thank every one of you who will take part in this sleep-out. Thank you for your support and I hope you have a wonderful experience sleeping out and get a taste of what it is like for homeless people night after night, sometimes for years on end”.

Fr. Peter will speak at the vigil Mass next Saturday 27th November in Boher Church.

St. Oliver’s School Lotto

St. Oliver’s School in Carlingford recently launched their fundraising lotto. The money raised will be used to directly support school projects.

As a school we are committed to providing the very best for your children. The commitment to provide the very best costs more than the school grants provided by the department. This is a challenge for many schools in Ireland and we want to overcome this challenge with our school fundraiser lotto.

We will use the money raised to purchase IT equipment, new Interactive Panels, painting of our school and the much needed upgrade of our Sports Hall and General Purpose Room.

We will keep you updated about what we have been able to complete so you can see the positive benefit of your support. We hope that the weekly option of €2 per line or €5 for three lines will allow everybody to contribute.

The last lotto jackpot was €625, there were no jackpot winners and the weekly €25 prize went to Geraldine Gallagher. Previous weekly €25 winners were Josephine O’Loughlin, Stephanie Rice and Michelle Wallace.

Gaels Dinner Dance postponed

Unfortunately due to the rise in Covid numbers in the locality over the past few weeks, the committee of Cuchulainn Gaels GFC made the difficult decision to postpone the planned Dinner Dance due to have taken place this on Friday night last, November 19.

The club apologised for any inconvenience and but said they hoped to reschedule the event for early in the New Year. All purchased tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date. The Health and safety of the players and community is paramount!

Cuchulainn Gaels AGM

The Cuchulainn Gaels AGM will take place on Wednesday the 8th of December at 8pm in the Granvue Hotel.

Cuchulainn Gaels would like to invite all our club members, parents of underage players and community to attend. If anyone wishes to get a copy of nomination or motion papers they should email : Secretary.cuchulainngaels.louth@gaa.ie

Cuchulainn Gaels Lotto Jackpot €10,000

The Cuchulainn Gaels lotto draw took place on Wednesday night last, November 17. The jackpot on offer was €9,900 but the four numbers drawn, 19, 22, 23, and 27, were not matched. There were two ‘match three’ winners, Felim McKeown and Aileen O’Hagan. They each receive €50. The jackpot for this week’s draw which takes place on Wednesday November 17 is €10,000.

The easiest way to play the lotto is by purchasing a ticket online. Tickets can also be purchased in all the following local businesses: Fuels (TOP); Bar; Sister Chips; Post Office/Barry’s Shop; Cafe Rosa; Mace. If anyone would like to discuss anything lotto related, please do not hesitate to contact Mattie on (087) 9917373.

€10,000 Jackpot at Cooley Kickhams Lotto

The Cooley Kickhams lotto draw took place on Monday night last, November 15, with an on-line platform, Clubforce. There was a jackpot of €9,800 on offer but the numbers drawn, 9, 19, 20 and 31, did not produce a jackpot winner.There were no ‘match three’ winners, and the five winners of the special draw were; Conor Loughran c/o Online; Katie Schuls c/o Jamie Farrell; Aidan McGrath, Ballinamara c/o Online; Sean Sheelan c/o Adrian Sheelan; Robert Murphy c/o Jamie Farrell. They each receive €20. This week’s jackpot is €10,000.

The new system will make it easier for our supporters and members and wider community to access tickets and in turn support the club with much needed funds. There are many options to choose from (on the options drop down list ) to make it even easier to play and avoid missing out on a single draw. (A popular option is the 3 lines for €5).

Paper tickets are also available in Barry’s Shop and Bush Service Station. We also have ambitious plans to enhance our club facilities this year which will of course benefit the club and community. Buying a weekly lotto ticket would be a huge help in reaching our targets and securing the future of Cooley Kickhams GFC. Thank you for your continued support.

Patrick Hits Four Goals in big Under 20 win

Patrick Johnson scored 4-3 in helping Cooley Kickhams to a big under 20 win at Newfoundlwell against Newtown Blues. Cooley were well ahead at half time and went on to win comfortably to record a second win in this competition having beaten St. Brides in the 1st match of the competition which is run on a group league format.

The Cooley Kickhams team and scorers; Cian Rogan, Josh McShane, Ross Magennis, Cathal Malone, Ronan McBride 0-1, Joe Mee, Ian Arnold, Gerard White, Aaron Carolan, Enda O’Neill 0-6, Peter Shields 1-2, Cian Connor 0-4, Cian Murphy 0-1, Patrick Johnston 4-3, Thomas McCarragher. Subs; Thomas Fearon, Aodhan O’Hanlon 0-1, Daire McDaid, Packie Carron 1-1, Eunan McMullin, Ronan McMullin, Aaron Rafferty, M.J. Hanlon, Cormac Malone 0-2.

Nathan Carter to perform for Maria Goretti Centre

Country singer, Nathan Carter, will perform in Cooley to raise funds for the Maria Goretti Foundation.

The concert will take place in the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Boher, on Sunday 19th December commencing at 7.30pm. Admission is €30.00 per ticket which includes a free draw. A valid vaccination certificate is required to ensure full capacity. As tickets are limited, we encourage parishioners to purchase early.

Tickets are available from the Parochial House, 042 9376105, or from the Parish Office, 042 9397617.

St. Patrick’s Lotto Jackpot €5,800

The St. Patrick’s GFC lotto draw took place on Thursday night last, November 18, for a jackpot of €5,600. The numbers drawn, 6, 10, 22 and 32, did not however produce a jackpot winner.

There were two ‘match three’ winners, David McMasters, Dundalk, c/o On-line, and Irene Keenan, Ballygoley, c/o Ciaran Keenan. They share the €100 prize. This week’s jackpot is €5,800 and the draw takes place on Thursday November 25.

We are trying to make doing the lotto as easy as possible so people don’t miss out because of restrictions. There are weekly and monthly options. We have our on-line facility too http://member..com/.clubforcemcfappasp This link takes you directly to the online option.

For further details please feel free to contact any of the Lotto Committee: Paul Breen (087) 680 3402; Padraic O’Connor +353 (87) 239 7137; Rose McEneaney 0872320110; Pat Finnegan (086) 8067793; Louise McEneaney (087)6659312; Vin O’Hare (087) 956 3948; Maria White +353 (87) 804 0042; Mary O’Connor (087) 270 9298; Sean Crilly (087) 913 6627; Eamonn McCann +353 (87) 252 3611.

The Story of Christmas

The children’s liturgy group in Cooley Parish will perform “The Story of Christmas” on Saturday 11th December. The group, together with the John Paul II group, will relate “The Nativity Story”, sing Christmas Carols, pray and get involved in an Arts and Crafts Activity in the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Boher, on Saturday 11th December from 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

We encourage you to book a place for your child/children through texting/ringing 087-7457491 or Emailing childrensliturgycooley@gmail.com. This is guaranteed to be a memorable event!

North Louth Winter League

One match took place in the North Louth Winter League on Sunday last. Glen United scored 4 to beat Ramparts 4-1.

This week’s fixtures are; Greenfield v Edentubber; Glen United v Redeemer.

Cooley Ladies AGM

The Cooley Ladies AGM took place recently which saw the departure of Chairperson Martin Rice and Secretary Marie Quigley. We would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication during their term.

The officers for 2022 are as follows; Chairperson: Anne McDonald; Secretary: Liza Hanlon; Treasurer: Veronica Traynor; PRO: Laura Traynor. Best of luck to the officers, committee and the mentors for the year ahead.

The Cooley Kickhams Ladies are still seeking a senior manager for the coming 2022 season. Anyone interested can contact Martin Rice at 0873285008 or Marie Quigley at 0863842494 or email cooleykickhams.louth@lgfa.ie. Closing date and time is 6pm on 26th November 2021.

Junior 2 Championship Final

Cooley Kickhams won this game against Ardee St Marys 1-11 to 0-12. At half time it was 0-7 to 0-3 at half time for the ardee side.

Cooley Kickhams Cian Rogan Dylan Mc Garrity, James Loughran, Cormac Mc Guigan, Ian Arnold, Dean Mc Greehan, Sean White 0-2, Keith White, Gerard White, Eunan Mc Mullin, Declan Sheelan 0-2, Joseph Quinn, Aodhan O Hanlon 0-5, Joe Mee, Conor Loughran 1-0 Subs Peter Shields 0-2, Thomas Mc Carragher, Patrick Mc Grath 0-1, James Murnaghan, Aaron Carolan, Thomas Fearon, MJ Mc Carragher, Michael Maguire, Ronan Sheelan, Jamie Farrell, Daniel Hanlon, Packie Carron, Josh Mc Shane, Cian Murphy, Cathal Malone.

Cooley Juniors win Terry Maher Trophy

Congratulations to Cooley Kickhams who claimed the 2021 Junior 2A Championship on Friday night last.

Cooley defeated Ardee St.Marys in Darver to claim the Terry Maher Memorial Trophy.

Ardee got off to the better start and were ahead by 0-7 to 0-3 at half time. Cooley kept plugging away in the second half, played some delightful football and of course got the all important goal to win by 1-11 to 0-12.

The Cooley Kickhams team, panel and scorers: Cian Rogan, Dylan McGarrity, James Loughran, Cormac McGuigan, Ian Arnold, Dean McGreehan, Sean White 0-2, Keith White, Gerard White, Eunan McMullin, Declan Sheelan 0-2, Joseph Quinn, Aodhan O’Hanlon 0-5, Joe Mee, Conor Loughran 1-0. Subs: Peter Shields 0-2, Thomas McCarragher, Patrick McGrath 0-1, James Murnaghan, Aaron Carolan, Thomas Fearon, M.J. McCarragher, Michael Maguire, Ronan Sheelan, Jamie Farrell, Daniel Hanlon, Packie Carron, Josh McShane

Cooley Kickhams Juvenile AGM

The Cooley Kickhams Juveniles held their AGM recently and the officers were returned en bloc for 2022. Chairperson: Kieran Traynor; Vice Chairperson: Brian Boyle; Secretary: Lorraine Long; Treasurer: Anne McDonald. Best of luck to the officers, committee and the mentors for the year ahead.

Cooley U13 girls Claim Semi-final Spot

Cooley U13 girls played their last game in the group stages on Sunday morning last coming out on top against Hunterstown. The girls got off to a great start hitting the back of the net many times in the first half giving them a great lead at half time. They continued with their fine scoring in the second half and finished with a convincing win. They will now play in the semi finals next weekend.

Team: Molly Thornton, Keely Loughran, Holly McGrath, Lucy McArdle, Kate O’Neill, Niamh Arnold, Cliodhna Hanniffy, Katie McDonald, Jessica White, Neasa O’Neill, Emma McCarragher, Molly O’Sullivan, Ellen Gormley, Ella McMahon, Fiona Wynne, Alana Loughran, Mollyann Moore, Emily Byrne, Grace Smartt, Mary McCormack, Aine Gallagher & Charlotte Hanlon.

Omeath Project Nominated for PPN Award

Omeath District Development are delighted to announce that their Engage4Change Youth & Women’s Project has been nominated as a finalist in the Louth PPN Awards under the Youth and Children Category. The Engage4Change Project is currently funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund and was formerly funded by IFI Peace Impact Fund. The awards ceremony will take place on the 24th November and we would like to congratulate the project coordinators Joanne McAteer and Kathleen O’Brien on their achievements and tireless work this past three years.

Omeath District Development would also like to thank Louth PPN for recognising the outstanding achievements of the Project and the hard work of its coordinators and also the funders of the project for allowing us the opportunity to make a positive impact on the youths of our community.

Carlingford Castle/Ghan House Tour

Carlingford Heritage Centre has announced that the historic Carlingford Castle Tour with Ghan house is back for the festive season.

On December 18th we will take you on a tour through time to Carlingford Castle, followed by some festive cheer at Ghan house were visitors will get to taste mince pies & mulled wine. Places are limited so booking early is advised. Tickets cost €18.00, meeting at the Station House. Tour start time is 12 midday. Book Online www.carlingfordheritagecentre.com