In these extremely competitive times merely getting one’s foot inside the door to coin a well-worn phrase would be regarded by most people as an accomplishment.
But there will always be exceptions and one who must surely be so classified is Dunleer’s highly popular Garda W. A. (Bill) McCarthy who has had the distinction of coming top of the pile from a list of 600 gardai from around the country, who, a couple of months ago were called for interview at Garda Headquarters.
From the 600, 150 have now been informed that postings await them as Garda Sergeants, with Bill McCarthy in the No. 1 slot. To the unitiated in such matters it perhaps needs explaining that the list of successful candidates is graded in order of merit.
To those who know the man, no surprise really that Garda McCarthy scored so impressively with the Board of examiners comprising four senior members of the force, plus a civil servant from the Justice Dept. If a thing is worth doing, then it’s worth doing well, has been very much part of his make-up since first joining the ‘boys in blue’.
A native of Doneraile in Co. Cork, his career to date in the force has been spent in Co. Louth, first in Hackballscross, next in Dromad, and in Dunleer for the past sixteen years. Ten years ago, he successfully sat the written examination for those aspiring to promotion, but at the particular time didn’t have a burning ambition to rise in the ranks. He was quite happy to be part of the Dunleer scene, where, as he puts it he’d made many good friends.
Now, a decade on, Bill feels that the time is ripe for a new challenge.
In his general attitude to the public, it can also be said that Bill McCarthy has scored highly throughout his stay in Dunleer. And that he has the sort of leadership potential to get the best out of a community, is reflected In his work on behalf of the Mountain View Residents’ Association of which he is a founder member and current secretary.
At County Council and other levels he has led many rewarding camaplgns in bettering the quality of life for those making up Dunleer’s biggest private housing estate.
Dympna O’Connor was popular woman
Widespread regret has been occasioned by the death, which occurred recently of Mrs Dymphna O’Connor, 1, Boyle O’Reilly Terrace, Drogheda. Deceased, who was aged 37, was the mother of two young children and her untimely passing has evoked much regret.
Mrs. O’Connor was a member of the well known Meade family in Drogheda and regret at her early demise has occasioned regret among a very wide circle of relatives and friends.
A skilled dressmaker, deceased worked in Greenmount and Boyne Mills and alsd in the clothing firm of Messrs. Morco. She was a talented dancer, being adept at both Irish and old-time dancing. Deceased was a member of the Sacred Heart Sodality and the Immaculate Conception Sodality.
She is survived by her husband, Mr. Patrick O’Connor; daughters, Maria and Stephanie; mother. Mrs. Teresa Meade; brother., Mr. Dessie Meade and Mr. Patsy Meade; sisters. Mrs. Ita Hodgers and Mrs. Maureen O’Neill; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other relatives.
Tribute paid to the Bellewstown GFC boys
A record attendance was present at Bellewstown G.F.C.s A.G.M. at which the chairman Jimmy Cudden paid tribute to the teams performance in 1980.
He congratulated them on winning the O’Dwyers junior tournament for the second successive year, adding that this was no mean feat as it was a very competitive tourney with some prominent Dublin clubs participating.
Cudden also complimented Bellewstown on reaching the semi-finals of the Division 3 championship where they were beaten by ultimate champions Kilmainhamwood. He praised the players for their sportsmanship and remarked that with a bit of luck they could win the Championship in the coming year.
Last year was also a satisfactory one for the club on the administrative side with fine work being done on the development of the pitch and a weekly quiz a big success. The local people were thanked for their response to these projects.
The outgoing secretary John Ludlow did not seek re-election and was replaced by Peter Farrell. Ludlow said that the club enjoyed a very good year in 1980 and if the team could play a more positive brand of football in 1981 the Division 3 title could be theirs.
He thanked Angela Cudden for washing and looking after the jerseys and the Howard family for use of the playing field.
The outgoing treasurer John Kirwan said the club was in a sound financial position, the sports day was a huge success with the result that a substantial donation was handed over to the church building fund.
The officers elected were — Presidents, Fr. P. Tully, Fr. Reilly, Paul Ludlow, John Nicholson, Patsy Synnott. Tony Flynn, Michael Hurley. Chairman. Jimmy Cudden; Vice chairman, Pat Brannigan; Secretary, Peter Farrell; Asst. Sec, David Power; Treasurer, Paddy Dunne; Committee, Nicholas Townley, Noel Hanratty, Tom Collier, Paul Cudden. Co. Board Delegates — Jimmy Cudden, Nicholas Townley, Peter Farrell, Noel Hanratty.