Dundalk Alamanac - ON SALE NOW
So that's nearly it folks. 2017 is spinning towards the end of its 365 day cycle.
A year of surprise and change, as they always are.
And, as ever, there was a constant supply of stories for The Democrat to put a voice to.
As another year passes for this newspaper and the events it reported on - and for the people that have shaped the town in that time too - it is a good time to reflect.
Within the pages of our new Almanac (on sale in all good newsagents NOW) you will find a look back at some of the local moments which 2017 will be fondly remembered for.
We start with a number of selected obituaries off those people who sadly departed this year.
We have a wonderful album of the photos which made us smile throughout 2017, not to mention photos from what was the publishing highlight, for this paper certainly, in 2017 - the 'Yesteryears' book.
It is a truly memorable collection of local photographs shot through the lens of our own brilliant photographer Arthur Kinahan over the past 40-odd years. Spot the faces of those who helped shape Dundalk's past and even some who are still shaping it today. See the way the town used to look and reflect on an incredible period in the town's history.
It's still available to buy in most good bookshops and - although I'm most certainly biased here - would make the perfect stocking filler this Christmas.
We have also trawled through our archives to bring you some of the covers of The Dundalk Democrat from throughout the paper's long and storied history.
Our former editor Peter Kavanagh provides some local historical stories which will keep any and all history buffs well-stocked with pub facts for 2018.
In sport, it was, as most years are, a mixed one for the local sports teams and clubs. We have some in-depth interviews with local sporting stars of yesterday and today. Including a brilliant chat with the ultimate local boy 'done good' - Stephen Staunton, about his unforgettable senior county final performance with Clan Na Gael back in 1985. Which came just before he departed for England and became a soccer sensation with Liverpool, Aston Villa and of course the Republic of Ireland.
2017 marked 60 years since Louth last won the All-Ireland, and within these pages we take a look back at how the town and county celebrated winning Sam Maguire.
There's sure to be something for everyone here.
The Democrat crew have immensely enjoyed putting it together, and we hope you will enjoy reading it just as much.
Editor, Dundalk Democrat