Popular show to run again

DUE to popular demand local author and historian Noel Sharkey will once again present his historical film and slide show. The show which was originally presented during National Heritage Week 2010 proved so popular that Noel has decided to run it again, this time as a fundraiser for the upcoming Blackrock Festival Fund.

DUE to popular demand local author and historian Noel Sharkey will once again present his historical film and slide show. The show which was originally presented during National Heritage Week 2010 proved so popular that Noel has decided to run it again, this time as a fundraiser for the upcoming Blackrock Festival Fund.

The programme consists of a half an hour DVD film of the old Dundalk Workhouse on the Ardee Road, which was recorded by the Old Dundalk Society in 1987 and is narrated by Ray Stone. Following this a slide show of old photographs detailing the history of Blackrock from 1900 to 2010 will be presented by Noel Sharkey. The entry fee is €5 and light refreshments will be served.

Noel who has written two books about the parish of Blackrock & Haggarstown recently presented a cheque for €5,000 to the Birches Alzheimer Centre, Dundalk. The cheque represented the proceeds of his latest book ‘Blackrock & Haggardstown – A pictorial record’ which was sponsored by Franck Lynch Accountancy Firm, Dundalk.

The book which took five years to complete was printed by DunDealgan Press. 1200 copies were printed at a cost of €27,000 and Dun Dealgan Press kindly printed an extra 80 free of charge. It went on sale in December 2009 and making an ideal Christmas gift had sold by January 2010 with the final 280 being released for sale in the intervening years.

Over 20 people attended an evening in Sextons Bar & Restaurant to mark the presentation which was attended by representatives of the Birches Alzheimer Centre Mary Gaughran and Bernadette Loughran, Chairperson who accepted the cheque on behalf of the centre.

Frank Lynch who has sponsored a series of Noel’s books over the last decade all in aid of the Birches Alzheimer Centre also took the opportunity to honour his long time school friend friend Sister Ann Kavanagh, head of the Sisters of St. Louis with a personal presentation.

Noel would like to thank Frank Lynch for his unfailing generosity in sponsoring his books over the years, Sean Mas Aonghusa who drew old maps for the books and for sharing is wealth of knowledge, Owen Byrne for his faultless photographic work, including painstaking restoration of old parish photos and Declan Quail for all of his help and advice, editing and support.

He would also like to thank his employer John Laverty of John Laverty Motor Factors for a very generous donation towards the birches and his clients many of whom have purchased his books over the years.

Finally he would like to thank everyone who bought a copy of this book for such a worthy cause. Noel is currently working on his next project and hopes to release his 4th book of poetry in aid of the Birches Alzheimer Centre in the near future.