After a break of three years 151 hardy souls gathered at Mullaghbuoy Community Centre on Saturday to take on the 10 mile Glenmore Challenge.
Nestled between the mountains of Slievenaglogh and SlieveFoye, the beautiful valley of Glenmore offers competitors stunning views of the Cooley mountains and Dundalk Bay as they take on the hilly 10-mile route.
The race, now in its ninth year, always draws a large field of competitors from clubs both north and south.
Athletes lined up at the start, facing down the hill in Glenmore and at 10am they were off. Local man Shane Toner was in the lead from the start, followed closely by Drew Fowler of Ballydrain Harriers. The downhill start to the race can be deceptive and lull competitors into the false sense that they are in for an easy day. After the first 3km of downhill, athletes cross the bridge on the Castletown River and from here it is 7.5km of mostly uphill to the Long Woman’s Grave, whereby now Shane Toner had extended his lead to almost 200m on Drew who was chasing him down.
From here it is downhill to the finish back at the Community Centre where Shane Toner finished over a minute ahead of Drew in second place. The next Glenmore athletes home were Ciaran Walsh (9th) and Peter Noone (10th). No doubt Ciaran and Peter pushed each other hard on the hills of Benagh, Ballagoley and Aghmeen. Sarah Dooney was first female home for Glenmore, followed by Fiona MhicConchoille and Yvonne Gallagher.
This year there was also a 5km race which started just below the Long Woman’s Grave, with competitors transported by bus to the start line. The 5km race began at 10:30am and what promised to be a very fast course lived up to its expectation.
The first 1.5km is relatively flat and then it is all downhill from there to the finish back at the Community Centre. The race was led from the start by Jimmy Sloan of Newry AC, followed by Paul Hyland of North East Runners and Andrew Knapton.
As always a massive effort was put in by club members and locals alike to provide everything from tea and sandwiches to delicious cakes, all served efficiently and with a smile by the wonderful volunteers!
The 10-mile race was won by Glenmore AC athlete Shane Toner in a time of 57:51. Drew Fowler of Ballydrain Harriers was 2nd in 58:58 with David Brady of Clonliffe Harriers home in 3rdoverall and first M40 in a time of 1:02:27. The first female home was Jan Corcoran of Le Cheile AC (1:03:17). Jan was 4th overall and 1st F40. Ann Terek of City of Lisburn AC (1:13:29) was 2nd female and 1st F50, and Eimear McCracken of Annadale Striders (1:14:12) was 3rd female. Well done to Paul McCullagh of City of Lisburn AC (1:10:27) who was first M60. Peter Noone of Glenmore AC (1:07:00) was first M50. Patricia Lee of Monaghan Town Runners (1:47:47) was first F60.
In the 5km Jimmy Sloan of Newry AC was 1st in 15:20, Paul Hyland of North East Runners was 2nd in 16:02, and Andrew Knapton was 3rd in 16:39. Kelly Breen of North East Runners was first female in 17:53, Siobhan Hanratty was 2nd female and 1st F40 in 19:14, and Jessica Blaney of Lagan Valley AC 3rd in 20:23. Richard Califf of Dunleer Ac was 1st M40 in 17:48. Mark O’Connor of North East Runners was 1st M50 in 17:08. Brendan Howard of North East Runners was 1st M60 in 25:04. Tina Morrow of Crilly PT was 1st F50 in 22:39. Patricia Brown of Newry City Runners was 1st F60 in 23:24.
Calling all young athletes. The Cooley Peninsula area will be hosting their athletics evening on Friday 17th June at the Bush track. Registration at 6pm sharp with races kicking off at 6.30pm. Please contact Sarah on 0872250252 (after 6pm) for further information.
Make this father’s day truly memorable with the gift of world class music accompanied with an aperitif and fresh oysters on Sunday the 19th of June with ‘A Tip Of the Hat’ in the beautiful venue of the Carlingford Heritage Centre. Presented by Opera Unleashed another exciting afternoon of entertainment awaits you with the best of artistic performance.
This time international BelCanto Soprano Evelyne Bourton, known as ‘The Voice from Heaven’ and Dublin based concert pianist Jillian Saunders join forces with special guest Tenor Dominic McGorian who made international fame with ‘The Three Irish Tenors’. Evelyne and Jillian first staged together in the Cabaret Show ‘Diva Unleashed’.
Launched at the Spirit Store to rave response, this fun, insightful, heartfelt and quirky show had you from laughter to tears and was welcomed at the Belfast Comedy Festival to great audience feedback & reviews. This Father’s Day concert promises to be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with your loved ones. Enjoy your welcome reception of fresh Carlingford oysters and artisan honey inspired drinks from ‘Magic Hill Honey’ on a arrival and get a groove in your step with dance music from the swing era, 20s to 50s, presented by ‘Dundalk Swing Dance’. Then sit back and be amazed by world class musicians performing well loved songs from Musical Theatre, Ballads and Opera – A truly sensational experience for all the senses and an afternoon for all the family to enjoy. Welcome to Opera Unleashed.
The team is looking forward to seeing you there. Sunday 19th June at 3pm. Doors open at 2.30pm Tickets €30 adults and €5 children.
The Cuchulainn Gaels Duck Race Fundraiser is taking place on Saturday June 18th in The Essmore River. Ducks are on sale at €10 each. There are €1,000 in prizes up for grabs. Ducks can be purchased online at: https://member.clubforce.com/ticketsm.asp?LLID=634
The Cuchulainn Gaels Cul Camp is due to take place from 8th to 12th of August. It is open for all boys and girls from 5 to 13 years old.
Book online early to avoid disappointment as places are limited: https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/?county=Louth&venue=1909&week=
The 34th annual Cooley Kickhams Golf Classic takes place in memory of Patrick Carron at Greenore Golf Club on Friday June 24.
This has been a very successful fundraiser for the Kickhams all those years and it has also proved to be a very enjoyable and sociable occasion. the craic is always good and there are some fantastic prizes to be won!
There are a number of sponsorship options available and these are as follows; tee boxes €150; green sponsorship €150; 4 ball €200; years lotto €200; all of the above bunched together €500.
For tee times, further information and to secure your slot please contact Brian Rafferty at 085 1684655. As always thanks to all for your continued support
The Bellurgan United Blotto draw took place on Tuesday night last, 7th June. The numbers drawn were 8, 11, 16 and 21 but there were no jackpot winners. There was one ‘match three’ winner, Joe Finnegan, Old road, Bellurgan, who wins the €100 prize.
This week’s draw carries a jackpot of €700.
You can now play Blotto On-Line. Check out the link on the Bellurgan United Face Book page and Website or download the Club Force App. You can also do the Blotto in the Lumpers Bar.
The St. Patrick’s GFC lotto draw took place on Thursday night last, June 9, for a jackpot of €11,400. The numbers drawn, 1, 8, 17, 29, did not however produce a jackpot winner.
There were three ‘match three’ winners; Margaret Kirk, Riverstown, c/o Sheelan’s Shop; Patricia McCann, Glenmore, c/o Eamonn McCann; Eoin O’Connor, Railway Village, c/o Padraic O’Connor. This week’s jackpot is €11,600 and the draw takes place on Thursday June 16.
Lotto contacts; 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 Cuchulainn Gaels lotto draw took place on Wednesday night last, June 8. The jackpot on offer was €1,500 but the numbers drawn, 12, 13, 22 and 23 did not produce a jackpot winner. There was one ‘match three’ winner, Eamonn Brady, who receives the €100 prize.
The jackpot for the next draw which takes place on Wednesday June 8 in the Granvue Bar is €1,600. 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); 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.
Ciste Spreagtha are funding Irish language events in communities all over Ireland between April and June 2022 with the goal to encourage the use of Irish in communities. This is especially important after the isolation experienced by many communities during the pandemic.
The Omeath District Development and Engage4Change project are delighted to be involved in Seachtain na Gaeilge 2022. Their event will be held on Saturday 25th June in Omeath Co Louth and the bilingual talks and tours will focus on the Irish language and rich history and heritage of the area.
Congratulations to St. Patrick’s under 14 boys who beat Naomh Fionnbarra in the under 14 division 1 league final last week. The lads battled hard for the entire match in every position on the pitch and got their just rewards with a 3 point victory. They led at half time by 0-7 to 1-4 and the final score was 1-12 to 1-9. Captain Peter Conlon was presented with the Peter Judge Cup. Congratulations to the boys, their mentors and their families.
The team and scorers; Craig Tuohy, Dylan Lambe, Jack Wills, Aaron Phillips, Chris Conlon(Capt), Cian McGee, Ruairi Holland (0-1), Elliott Nichols (0-1), James Mayne, Tommy Keenan (0-3), Thomas Bothwell (0-1), Shane McCusker, Sam Elvin (0-1), Eoin McCoy (1-04), Liam Griffin. Subs Luke Spain (0-1), Pierce McArdle, Josh McAteer, Dylan Loughran, Liam Holland.
There will be a demonstration at the gates of Bellurgan NS on Friday 17th June at 8.30am in relation to excessive and constant speeding in the Bellurgan area.
As this issue is in the interests of the whole community we urge all parents, grand parents, aunties and uncles and of course our children to join the demonstration.
Make your posters for 50KMPH (that is 50 Kilometers per hour), “we want ramps now” “support our safety”.
More details to follow. Spread the word.
The A.G.M. of the Mullaghbuoy Community Centre will take place on Tuesday 21st June at 9pm in Mullaghbuoy Community Centre.
All welcome to attend
Covid Booster Vaccinations for over 65s are available at the Carlingford Medical Centre on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Anyone interested can call 042-9373110 or 042-9373617 for an appointment.
The Pilgrimage from Cooley Parish to Lourdes will take place Friday 26th August 2022 for 5 nights. Full board accommodation is in Hotel La Solitude at €799 per person sharing. A deposit of €250 per person is now payable. Please contact the Parochial House 042-9376105 or the Parish Office 042-9397617 for further information.
Cooley Cemetery Mass and Blessing of Graves The Blessing of Graves in Grange cemetery takes place this Sunday, 19th June at 11.30am. Parishioners are encouraged to tidy their graves in the coming week in preparation.
The blessing in Boher cemetery is on Saturday 23rd July at 7pm and in Cill Mhuire on Monday 15th August at 7pm.
The Blessing of the Graves takes place in Carlingford on Sunday 26th June at 11.30am. The Sunday Mass will be celebrated in the cemetery. All are welcome to attend.
The blessings in Omeath graveyard is on Sunday 7th August at 11am.
The Cooley Kickhams lotto draw took place on Monday night last, 7th June, with a jackpot of €5,200. The numbers drawn were 13, 24, 30 and 32 but there were no claimants to the top prize.
There were two ‘match three’ winners; Kevin McDaid and Caroline Noone. They each receive €50. Our next Lotto Draw takes place on Monday night June 13th for a JACKPOT of €5,400 !
You can buy your lotto tickets online using the link below. Lotto tickets are also available on the Clubforce App, and lotto can be purchased in Barry’s Shop, Longs Bar, Murphy’s at Bush and A91 HQ. The numbers will be drawn live on Facebook just after 9pm. The lotto committee will then check the numbers and the results will be published on Facebook and via WhatsApp.
It’s always tough at the bottom and Cooley Kickhams seniors know all about it sitting as they are at the foot of the division 1 senior league. Last Saturday against St. Brides at Fr. McEvoy Park they struggled to keep in touch but never gave up and deserved their last minute score to level the match. The result was greeted with great enthusiasm by players and supporters alike and the result should inspire them to get good results in their final couple of matches to keep them in the top division for next season.
Cooley trailed the Knockbridge side at half time by 1-5 to 0-4 which left them with a lot of catching up to do but a tremendous rally saw them deservedly outscore the opposition in the final minutes to level the match with 0-12 to St. Brides 1-9. A very valuable point indeed!
The Cooley Kickhams team and scorers; Neil Gallagher, Ronan McBride, Dean McGreehan, Ian Arnold, James O’Reilly, Paddy Hanlon, Enda O’Neill, Peter Thornton 0-1, Richard Brennan, Darren Marks, Patrick Johnston 0-1, Gerry Malone 0-2, Cian Connor 0-5, Fearghal Malone 0-1, Peter Shields. Subs; Michael Rafferty Brian White 0-2, Daire McDaid, Sean White.
The U21 league kicked off last week for Cooley when they travelled to play the combination team of Kilkerley/Naomh Malachi. The match was in division 1 of the league and was closely contested throughout with Cooley leading by just a point at half time and the eventual outcome was a draw, Cooley 4-8 Naomh Malachi 3-11.
The Cooley Kickhams team and scorers; Thomas Fearon, Sean McCarragher, Josh McShane 0-1, Ronan McMullin, Ronan McBride, Peter Shields 0-1, Ross Magennis, Cormac Malone 0-2, Callum O’Hanlon 1-2, Pearse Hulme, Aodhan O’Hanlon 1-1, Dylan Quinn 1-0, Thomas McCarragher 0-2, Enda O’Neill 0-2, Ian Arnold, Daire McDaid, Cian Rogan, Niall Brady, Aaron Carolan.
Cooley Kickhams under 17s came from behind to win this under 17 division 1 league match against Roche Emmets 3-7 to 0-13.
The Cooley Kickhams team and scorers; Luke Sheridan, Gerry Rafferty, Sean Thornton, Phillip McCormack, Finn O’Reilly, Sean Hoey, Niall Morgan, Kyle Murphy 0-2, Brian Boyle 1-2, Shane Murphy, Thomas McCarragher 1-1, Jack Craven, Jason Brady, Emmet Duffy 0-2, Cian McGuinness. Subs; Adam Brady, John Boyle, Dualta O’Neill, Jack Long 1-0, Oisin Malone, Joesph Hanlon, Dylan Loughran.