26 Jun 2022

MY DUNDALK LIFE: ‘Marian Park was the best community to grow up in in the sixties’

Rose Bailey

MY DUNDALK LIFE: ‘Marian Park was the best community to grow up in in the sixties’

Rose Bailey is a volunteer with the St. Patrick’s Parish Soup Kitchen

Rose Bailey is a volunteer with the St. Patrick’s Parish Soup Kitchen. She is currently collecting non-perishable food items for their Christmas food parcels

What’s your favourite thing about Dundalk?
One of my favourite things in Dundalk is I love walking and every morning I love the sky as the sun rises over the Newry Road bridge. I have some beautiful photographs of it.

What would your perfect day in the local area be — and why?
Every day is perfect once you wake up.

What would you like to change about Dundalk?
I would like to change the cycle lanes - try living on the same street as them.

What annoys you about the town?
I hate when people who are not invalids park in disabled spots and are not disabled! And also people
parking in front of private entrances. (I won't elaborate on that one !)

What plans do you have for the rest of year?
As you know I'm one of the many volunteers in St Patricks Parish Soup Kitchen/Food Parcels so our plans at the moment are collecting as much non-perishable food as possible to get the Christmas hampers and maintain a stock of food all year round as its needed every week.

How would you describe Dundalk people?
Dundalk people are generous and friendly and especially at this time of the year towards our soup kitchen/food parcels.

Where's the best place to go for a walk in the local area?
I love walking on the Cooley Mountains. A group of us go every Saturday to that general area, under the leadership of Jock McArdle (Brown Bull of Cooley Walkers), there are also many other walking groups like The Crows, wee Binans etc.
I recommend taking this hobby up.

What local amenities could Dundalk do with?
We definitely could do with a 24- hour chemist, especially for people who attend the out of hours doctor, and come out with a prescription only to have to wait until the following morning to get it.
What about a drive through ATM machine or maybe a few more machines that work at the weekend?

What’s your first memory of Dundalk?
One of my first memories is growing up in Marian Park, (one of the best communities to grow up in the sixties) where Santa called to every house in the Park with presents for everyone.

We had variety groups, day tours, sports days and many other events under the leadership of Mr Jimmy Bellew - RIP.
Another great memory was 'cheap charlie' at the square our very own Jonesboro !

What's your favourite story you've heard about Dundalk?
One of my favourite stories which indeed could have been a tragedy was when we where young we were walking to Toberona with our parents, one day my mother was talking to another neighbour on the roadside when my father saw something floating in the river.

Upon investigation he saw it was a ribbon on a child's head - they had fallen into the river and he saved her life.

Both my parents died recently and the girl Daddy saved, mentioned it at the wake.

He was a silent hero!

What's your favourite Dundalk slang/phrase?
It has to be C'MON DA TOWN !

Where is your favourite pub in Dundalk and why?
I loved the Railway Bar when Katrina and Pat Loughran ran it.
It was very quaint and original. Great sing songs there with Laurie and Seanie Coleman and many others.

Have you seen an increase in people needing to use soup kitchens over the last few years?
Unfortunately the need for the service has grown hence the need for our other service, the food parcels, where up to 150 people collect a food parcel every Friday morning.

It's very sad to see all age groups needing this service.

Do you think Dundalk people are generous?
Dundalk people are very generous going by the appeals we put out when our food supply dwindles. Within days we have callers to the parish office with donations.

Our non-perishable food appeal has started where anyone can donate items. Last year we ran with a Reverse Advent Calander which was very successful.

Instead of receiving an item each day you donated one. Many schools, business, families and individuals got involved in this.

Any non-perishable food items can be dropped into the parish office Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.15pm or St Patricks & St Nicholas' Church during mass times.

The Mass times are St Patricks Monday to Friday 8am and 10am, Sat 10am & 6pm, Sunday 9.30am, 11.30am & 1pm

St Nicholas' Monday to Friday 9am, Saturday 9am & 6.30pm & Sunday 8.30am. 10.30 am & 12noon.

Indeed if anyone is in need please call to the back of St Patrick's Church on a Friday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am where they can receive a food parcel.

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