A SUM of over €93, 500 was spent on the two local churches in the year covering the parish’s annual accounts up to March 31 last.
Cemetery expenses amounted to close on €60,000, with overall expenditure coming to €359,648..
This compared with total income of €478,511, resulting in a surplus of €110,124, taking into account administration costs of €8,700.
Weekly contributions from weekly envelope and basket collections, combined with online donations amounted to €158,456, and were the biggest source of income.
The parish loan arising from the renovation of Saint Fursey’s Church stands at €1.3m.
THE local scout troop were off this week on their first away camp in two years. Their counterparts from Tallanstown accompanied the troop, with a party of altogether 15 boys and girls travelling to Crawfordsburn in Bangor for a four night stay, overseen by five leaders.
Covid put paid to much more than annual camps, with scouting activities virtually suspended over the duration of the worst of the Corona virus.
The two troops have established a close liaison over the last number of years which involved years going together on annual camps.
They got back together earlier in the summer, and forged a closer union going forward, making Darver Community Centre their new joint headquarters for meetings and indoor activity.
Blackrock with the obvious natural facility for sea pursuits will be where they engage in outdoor activities, such as sailing and kayaking, synonymous with sea scouts which Blackrock are, being formed under the title of second Louth.
It was a return trip for the village’s troop to Crawfordsburn, having spent an annual camp on the site eight years ago.
They embarked on regular annual camps since to different venues with Tallanstown, who go under the name of 10th Louth.
Covid marked the end of camping and scouting days for a lot of the boys and girls with both troops, as they moved on in their life and education.
So, for many now involved with the troops they have been sampling scouting for the first time, and for most of the party it was their first annual camp.
To provide the newcomers with a taste of what to expect and what camping is like, the troops organised an overnight camp in Kingscourt prior to setting off on their big expedition.
It was, a local troop spokesman told nice to fit in a camp with a lot of the young members’ families arranging holidays nearly for the first time since the advent of Covid. “It’s lovely to get back camping. Next year we hope (to organise a trip) to go foreign.”
One of the leaders has family connections in Holland, and there is a jamboree in that country. So the troops are looking to make that the destination for their annual camp next year.
The jackpot has risen again with no winner/s this week of the €9,400 prize in the Geraldines lottery. The numbers drawn were: 4, 8, 17 and 23.
THE parish graveyard ceremonies in the Killally famine graveyard and the old cemetery on Old Golf Links Road take place next Sunday.
Both ceremonies are arranged for the same date, August 7.
The blessing of the graves in Killaly will he held at 5 p.m, followed by the service in the old cemetery at 7 p.m.
THE Green Gates society staged the big event of their year with the Captain Chris Ward hosting his competition at the Dundalk club.
Blessed with fine weather, a big field competed for the prize that all members had their eyes on with the day sponsored by MK Drilling.
In the end, it was Anthony McCrave who was the envy of all the competitors when presented with the prestigious prize.
The other prize winners were:
Category 1: 1, Neil MacKell; 2, Des McKeown; 3, Anthony Tuite.
Category 2: 1, Mickey Smyth; 2, David Kelly; 3 Richard Smyth.
Category 3: 1, Ross Timmons; 2, Paddy Brosnan; 3.Mark Thornton.
There were also further prizes for Nearest the Pin which was won by Brendan Sharkey and the Longest Drive, which went to Ciaran Traynor.
The visitors’ prize was captured by Brian Og Renaghan.
The society’s next outing is on Saturday week, August 13.
Ballymascanlon Hotel and leisure club will host the society, with Flanagan’s garage Dublin Road the sponsors for the day.