Good Morning Louth.
Good Morning Louth is a telephone service for older people living in Co. Louth. Its main aim is to ensure the older person is safe and secure in their home and to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness with a friendly phone call. In addition the service will provide opportunities for users to share worries and concerns and will raise awareness of other potentially useful services, thus connecting the older person to their local community. The service is free and confidential and calls are made by volunteers who are fully trained and garda vetted, Contact Anne Murphy, project coordinator at 042-9330103
The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon takes place on Monday June 3. The Birches Alzheimer Day Centre and Home Overnight Care are looking for help to raise funds to enable them to maintain their present services and hopefully expand their Day Service in the coming weeks. To help them they are looking for ladies to run, jog or walk for them on June 3. For sponsorship cards please contact Mary Gaughran on 086-8899197.
Children’s Takewondo classes will commence in the Parish Centre on Saturday April 6 from 10.00 a.m. To 11.00 a.m. And will run each Saturday at the same time. Classes will also run on Wednesday evenings from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. For more information contact Darren on 086 3414929 or facebook knockbridgetko.
The Walk Peer Programme is a new programme recently set up in Louth to support young people aged 16-24 years in receipt of a disability payment to access mainstream employment, education and training.
If you are in receipt of a disability payment and would like to find out more about our programme please contact the Walk Peer Programme on 041 6856823 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A small sum of money has been found in Knockbridge. Call087-2380535.
Vacancies exist for Catering/Coffee Shop and general assistants at “The Dairy Maid Coffee Shop”, Stephenstown Pond. To apply you MUST be eligible for Community Employment (that means you must be unemployed for at least one year and in receipt of some type of Social Welfare payment). Positions are part of Community Employment and are for a one year duration only. Working hours are 19.5 weekly and INCLUDE weekend work. Anybody applying must be available for weekend work. To apply (if you are eligible for C.E. schemes) please forward your C.V. to Asst. C.E. Supervisor, Stephenstown Pond, Knockbridge, Dundalk. Outdoor vacancies also exist for general maintenance workers.
Please we are asking for the support of the local community and visitors to Stephenstown Pond to help solve a recent incident at our own Stephenstown Pond. Last Thursday evening 11th April between the hours of 5pm and 7.30pm (remember it was a wet evening) a Passat car left the car park at the pond and drove to the exit barrier. The front seat passenger got out of the car and “ripped” the exit barrier out of its holding cradle and rendered it broken. The car then left. Thankfully the car has been captured on the CCTV camera and shows the passenger with a bag over their head. The incident has been reported to the gardai who are currently examining the CCTV footage. We are asking that IF anybody who might have been walking round the park or simply visiting the centre might have noticed anything involving the above incident. IF you feel you can help, please, please make contact with the Dundalk garda station or a member of the Stephenstown Pond project team. PLEASE HELP as sadly, the barrier has cost over €500 to replace. Unfortunately the reason the barrier is there in the first place is to help to defray insurance costs associated with a community project of this nature. The annual cost of the insurance alone is approx €15,000. There is no way that either the barrier system or coffee shop takes in anything in the region of this amount. Therefore the monies collected from the barrier goes some way only towards helping with this cost. Plus the electricity costs of the project are in the region of €3,000 every two months, alarm system per year costs €1,000. Barrier maintenance (only) costs €1,500. Cost of paint and other everyday repairs are in the region of €10,000 per annum. That means the pond must generate at least €30,000 to cover one year of everyday running costs. So, when you see the cars that park across the road illegally on private property and refuse to pay the small fee of only €3 per car exiting the park, maybe you would explain the costs associated with the running of a local family amenity that is used by so many people. A family can buy an annual Swipe card that allows them visit Stephenstown Pond every day of the year (365 days) for as little as €30. That works out at only 8cent per day. Not a lot when you consider the beautiful tranquil settings and facilities available to families that Stephenstown Pond provide. Please, please, please your help and support are greatly appreciated and any help given will be treated in strictest confidence. Thank you so much.
Tidy Up Day.
Knockbridge Tidy Towns are holding their Annual National Spring Clean up morning on Saturday 27th April commencing at 11am from the Community Centre. You and your family are invited to come along and help your local community and at the same time enjoy the craic and banter of the morning. A great time is always had by the gang involved. Tidy Towns are asking if people from a certain area or particular road would very kindly come forward and offer to just get a few people together from their area or road, family and friends and take responsibility for cleaning a certain section of their road or area. PLEASE HELP. You will have great fun along the route. If you are interested in learning more or in volunteering for just an hour or two anytime over the next 10 days or on the morning itself of Saturday 27th April, please phone secretary, Marian Scanlon at 087-2710716. Special plastic bags will be supplied to the local volunteers, so please give Marian a call to arrange collection of same. Anybody volunteering to clean up their road or area need only go out on the morning or at a time suitable to them, you do not need to meet up at the community centre. However you are more than welcome to do so should you wish. The proposed time of the clean up is from 11am to 1pm.
If you are a member of a local group, club or committee who would like to do a little voluntary work for your local community, you could join in the Annual Clean up as part of a project. Or if you would just like to come out at 11am on 27th April and meet up at the Community Centre, your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. The Tidy Towns look forward to working with members of the local community on the morning.
Yes, following the highly successful Music night and Table Quiz held last year in Cluskey’s Bar and Restaurant at Little Ash as a fund raiser for our own Stephenstown Pond Project, there will be return visit on Thursday 16th May at 8pm where you can come along and meet your favourite Dundalk FM radio presenters on stage. A great night is planned. Music on the night will be provided by local man Joe Duffy who has been involved with Dundalk FM for many a year and presents a daily afternoon show on our local community radio station from 2 to 4pm Monday to Friday. Local lady, Eileen Corcoran from Stephenstown who is also a presenter with Dundalk FM with her highly successful “Arts Show” on a Saturday and the man himself....Paddy Mac who presents the morning “Breakfast Show” will be on stage. Paddy is of course well known as part of The Long Riders. Also around on the night will be The McCollum Brothers (who are well known musicians and artists who have been involved with The Stephenstown Pond Project for over 13 years). Local man Tom Gernon from Louth Village will be the Table Quiz master on the night......a few surprises form Tom this time round.....You can get your tickets from Stephenstown Pond or Dundalk FM radio in The Partnership Court Dundalk or from Cluskeys of Little Ash or just pay at the door on the night. A great night of fun and craic is guaranteed. Vinny Byrne from Cluskeys has again kindly agreed to provide refreshments on the night. A big thank you to all the above people who are giving of their time and talent on a purely voluntary basis as a fund raising event for our own Stephenstown Pond. So why not come along and enjoy a great night of music and test your brain just a little and at the same time support community development in your community. All funds raised on the night go towards the daily up-keep and maintenance of Stephenstown Pond. Watch this space for further details.
House and garden contest
A great opportunity for you to win €200 doing something you enjoy. Knockbridge Tidy Towns Annual House and Garden Competition has got underway with a new incentive. Yes, the overall winner will receive a cheque for €200 plus the Kathleen Farrell Perpetual Trophy. 2nd Prize winner will receive a cheque for €100 and 3rd Prize is €50. A nice little sum of money all round. So as the story goes, “...if you’re not in you can’t win...” All you have to do to enter the competition is complete the application form that you can pick up in Brodigan’s Foodstore in the village and return the completed form to the box provided in Brodigan’s. All of the above is private and will only be opened by the appropriate tidy towns volunteers. Closing date is 13th April. Photographs of the gardens and houses entered will then be taken at various intervals by tidy towns representatives. So, please note when completing your application form that you are giving your permission for tidy towns to photograph the subject of your entry during the coming months. Adjudication of the 2013 House and Gardens competition will take place in June and winners will be notified. Good Luck everybody, don’t forget to get your entry in over the next week. The catchment area that applies to all entries extends out to Martin’s Cross, The Stone Trough and from Grange Cross to the top of the Rathiddy Road.
St. Bride’s G.F.C.
The results of the Lotto for Monday April 8 are as follows. The numbers drawn were 6,8,9 and 25, there was no match 4 numbers, The following matched 3 and won E35 each, Dara McKeown c/o Shop, Fra Fagan c/o Pat Mackin, Catriona Pepper c/o Shop, Yvonne Neary c/o Shop, Stephaine Stauton c/o Shop and Maureen Crawley c/o Shop. Next week’s jackpot will be E19,400. Tickets on sale (Priced €2) from Mac Namee’s Bar, Macs Chipper, Brodigan’s Shop, Cluskey’s Bar, any Committee Member or play online at www.stbridesgfc.com