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Louth based Irish Wheelchair Association say disabled people are often ‘underestimated by society’.

We know that in Ireland there is a housing shortage. But for a wheelchair user there is a housing absence, a complete lack of any wheelchair liveable housing anywhere. This is why social housing is so vital for people with disabilities, because there are no private rental options there for them at the moment.”

She added that while local authorities are focusing heavily on building social housing, “they are not yet delivering wheelchair liveable housing at the rates that our community needs.”

In 2021 Irish Wheelchair Association was part of a campaign to have ‘wheelchair liveable’ needs included as an option on social housing application forms. Before 2021 it had not even been possible for a disabled person to include their disability requirements in their local authority housing application.

“This is how far behind we were on accessible social housing in Ireland.”

She added: “The good news is that now in 2022 all local authorities have new application forms with options to include and register accessibility needs. So there has never been a better time to encourage your loved one to think about their future, the life they want to lead and where they want to live as they get older.”

She suggested five steps to get started to support your loved one begin their journey: Get the application form you need, Get the medical form and ask for help, cover all your need, and return application forms.”

Carnival Day at Faughart CNS

It was a ‘Carnival’ day at Faughart CNS as the entire school community enjoyed an end of year celebration.

Pupils, staff and parents celebrated the end of a particularly busy year, the first full school year since the onset of the Covid pandemic.

It was also a successful year for the pupils and staff, with a number of awards received including the SFI Badge of Excellence, with Faughart being named as one of only three schools in Louth to attain the accoldate.

Faughart CNS was also Highly Commended in the National Minecraft Competition.

The school has had a steady increase in enrolment over the last four years and will
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Dundalk Counselling Centre ‘Oakdene’ is celebrating forty years of helping the local community

Dundalk Counselling Centre ‘Oakdene’ is celebrating forty years of helping the local community, with the demand for its services as high now as ever.

Set up in 1982 in response to the devastating impact which high levels of unemployment and poverty were having on people’s mental health, including refugees who had escaped the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Centre proved to be a beacon in how a community can help itself.

Many of those who have been involved in this valuable work were present on Friday when the Centre proudly launched the first of its 40 year celebration events with planting of an oak tree, followed
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Dundalk’s Mini-Marathon queen Joan

There has been widespread sadness at the death of Joan Brady at her home Ashgrove, Avenue Road, Dundalk, on Sunday.

Joan, who was originally from Dublin, was known far and wide as an inspirational participant in the Dublin Women’s Mini-Marathon – taking part in every event since it began in 1983.

She had taken up walking as a form of exercise after seeing people doing it in Central Park while on a trip to New York and set up the Dundalk Joggers and Walkers in the early 1980s.

The group met twice a week and were unique at the time as it provided women with
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Assist Ukraine in the Marshes

Dundalk-based Marshes wants to practically assist families and children caught in the conflict by collecting items to keep them safe, warm and fed.

It has set-up a designated drop-off point adjacent to the centre’s Customer Information Desk where items can be donated to its Ukraine Emergency Appeal.

Dry and canned foods, non-perishable cooking supplies, hygiene kits including soap, sanitary products, baby wipes and nappies, blankets and first aid kits, warm clean clothes, batteries and torches will all be accepted.

Items donated will go the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

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Fitzer’s Annual 5k Run/ Walk – 26th Feb.

On February 26th, the long awaited Fitzer’s Annual 5k Run/ Walk will take place at the Marshes shopping centre. Sponsored by Toolfix and organised by Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick, this year’s run promises to be one of the best and is an occasion not to be missed. All Funds will be going towards RehabCare Dundalk Centre and the Maria Goretti Foundation.

St. Brigid – Died 1st February 525 AD.

Devotion to St Brigid, one of our national patrons, is of ancient origin and would seem to have begun during her lifetime. Brigid’s cult grew to a status second only to that of Patrick, and to the Irish she was known as Mary of the Gael.

According to tradition, Brigid was born at Fochard Muirtheimne, a few miles north of Dundalk about 450 AD. Because of the strength of this tradition, the place was later known as Fochard Bríde.

It is believed that Brigid spent her early years in this scenic area of north Co Louth, and the ancient penitential ‘stations’ linked with St
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LMETB Community Education Services -Community Based Education Programme

LMETB Community Education Service supports new and existing community groups and organisations to establish community- based education programmes.

The Service prioritises individuals and groups who experience educational/social disadvantage or social exclusion. Programmes are offered on a part-time basis in non-formal, community-based settings and are intended to offer personal development and skills development for group members.

The group itself has an important role in deciding the subject area of any course. The type of course offered depends on the needs and abilities of the group   LMETB Community Education Service can assist groups in assessing their needs and provide an LMETB tutor to deliver a programme
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The Impact of Addiction on Families – Final Workshop Tuesday 14th December 7pm

Louth PPN and the Family Addiction Support Network under our Mental Health program present their final workshop on the subject of “The Impact of Addiction on Families.”

Our workshops are free of charge and available to members of our communities to join.

The Final Workshop will be held on Tuesday 14th December 7pm via zoom and will cover the following topics:

CounsellingWellness and FlourishingPeer Support Group5 Step Method

Materials that will be provided during the training will include:

Taking the Lid  OffBouncing Back (Building Resilience in Children)The Seven Stages families go throughHandout Wellness pack

To register for the workshops, please email to reserve  your place
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Green Issues

As the COP26 talks are nearing completion in Glasgow, it is worthwhile to look at some of the relevant quotes from the week.

“As a continent that only contributes 3% of greenhouse gas emissions, Africa cannot be left on its own to manage their increasingly harmful effects.” – DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi

“Even if we were to turn off the tap on greenhouse gas emissions today, the impacts of climate change would be with us for many decades to come” – Inger Andersen, executive director of UN Environment Programme

“We must demand that our leaders treat the climate crisis like our
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Random Quote

“The world is filled with interesting things to do. Don’t lead a dull life in such a thrilling world.”

Your action for today is to do something that you find really interesting.

— American Writer and Lecturer, Dale Carnegie