Ardee Town Council will once again host the Hallowe’en fireworks display at St Mary’s grounds. At the council’s October monthly meeting, it was announced that the same company will be engaged to run the night’s entertainment which has proved to be a great community party since it was set up a few years ago by the council.
This is a real proper Hallowe’en affair designed to give the evening back to the youngsters and get everyone away from the irritation of the illegal fireworks that have plagued housing estates in the town for so long.
On Friday members of the town council met the gardai and members of St Mary’s to finalise plans.
The councillors also thanked all who had supported the civic reception at Ardee Castle for Monastery national school Under-13 boys All-Ireland five-a-side All-Ireland soccer champions.
They also thanked the press for the coverage.
Cllr Padraig McKenny said it was a great boost for the school.
The Town Clerk, Miriam Roe, who helped organise the event, was also thanked.
The new pedestrian crossing at John Street also came in for consideration. It was described as a great job and a benefit to all.
Cllr Finnan McCoy complained about lorries and buses using Sean O’Carroll street as a shortcut from the link road to the town. He wanted a barrier set up near Castlegar to heavy traffic going through that route.
However engineers carried out a traffic survey on the road and results showed that a very small percentage of HCV traffic use it and precautions are not justified.
Cllr Dolores Minogue had a motion before the meeting calling for the council to write to the Minister for Education to introduce a third language on the primary school curriculum.
She knew of a Polish third-level student who speaks Russian, Polish, English, and Irish.
She also called for class sizes to be limited to a manageable size.
Cllr Pearse McGeough said the problem with class sizes is that the Government is not recruiting enough teachers.
Cllr Michael Farrelly asked that the Men in Sheds be contacted to inquire about the facility that had been set up in Ardee but no longer existed.
“Perhaps they could tell us what happened to it,” he said.
The Seanad referendum result also came up. Chairman Fintan Malone wanted the council to write to the Minister for the Environment stating that the Ardee town Council believes he should reconsider the abolishment of town councils next year.