This is a landmark year for the Society for Old Folk and Underprivileged Children as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.
The group was founded in 1973 in answer to a cry for help by two families in town experiencing financial difficulties.
The cry for help was conveyed by the then adminstrator of Dundalk Parish, the late Cannon Desmond Campbell.
The first committee was chaired by Vincent McKey and also consisted of M.J McDonnell, Paddy Finegan, Kevin McGuinness, Frank Hamilton, Noel Breen and Eamonn Flood.
Over the past 40 years many people have given their time generously to further the aims of the society and one group who made an exceptional contribution to the society were memners of An Garda Siochana.
Six members of An Garda Siochana held the posotion of chairman.
The present committee is chaired by Paul McGee with Tom Darcy, Des Duffy, Tom Cheevers, Seamus McDermot, Eamonn Flood and Seasmus Bryne.
Eamonn Flood has been on the committee for the full 40 years and was chairman from 1996-2009.
The society contributes 25,000 euros to assist old folk and underprivileged children in Dundalk annually.
To mark the society’s 40th year there will be a mass for deceased members of the society on Friday, May 24 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church.
There will be refreshemnts in the Jockey’s Lounge on Anne Street afterwards.