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Cuchulainn Cycling Club.

Cuchulainn Cycling Club’s underage structure continues to produce good results, the latest being Callum McCaffrey 5th place in the Noel Taggart Memorial held last weekend in Banbridge. Callum was racing in the under 14 boys event, where 3 riders escaped early on. This small group stayed away to take the podium places and when the main bunch came in Callum was 2nd in the sprint to take 5th place, a great result and testament to his hard work in training.

Rhiannon Dolan had another good placing when she was 6th place in the Under 14 girls race in Athy on Sunday last.

On the racing front, the club is delighted to announce that the Bike Station League will be commencing on Thursday July 15th. The league will run for 6 weeks and details on the courses are being finalized. An announcement will be made soon.

In the meantime underage training continues at the Louis Secondary School. Information on these sessions and all adult group spins can be found on the club’s Facebook page.

Callum McCaffrey sprinting at the end of the U14 Noel Teggart Memorial Race in Banbridge

It’s good to be back

Even the bad weather couldn’t dampen the spirits as restrictions eased, allowing for a range of activities to resume for the first time this year.

From getting a haircut to shopping by appointment, from going to Mass to picking a book in the library, a big chunk of normality returned and the people of Dundalk and surrounding areas were quick to enjoy this new taste of freedom.

Local hairdressers have been busy answering the phone and taking appointments since the news broke that ‘personal services’ could resume yesterday.

Church goers were among those welcoming the opportunity to attend mass in person for the first
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St Nicholas NS in Nicholas Street

Pupils and staff of St Nicholas NS in Nicholas Street are looking forward to the completion next year of a €3 million extension to the school.

Work began in February and is expected to be finished in April 2022.

On the ground floor of the two-storey extension to the front of the original building will be a special needs unit for children with autism, with three new mainstream classrooms overhead.

The development also includes a sensory room and sensory garden.

At the moment pupils are accommodated across three sites. Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class remain in the school, while 2nd to 6th
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Dundalk schools included in hot meals scheme

Four schools in Dundalk have been included in a programme that will see pupils get hot meals.

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys launched the Hot School Meals Programme which has been expanded this year benefiting 35,000 pupils in 189 primary schools.

The extension of the scheme means primary school pupils who had been getting a cold lunch will now be given a hot meal.

The Dundalk schools selected to be part of this year’s scheme are Redeemer Boys National School, Redeemer Girls National School, St. Nicholas’ Monastery National School and St Joseph’s National School.

Schools will be expected to provide a menu choice
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Cuchualinn Cycling Club make special presentation.

Cuchualinn Cycling Club recently held their AGM online and a productive meeting was had, with attendance well up on previous years.

Children’s Safeguarding Officer Philip Kerley did make a special presentation to Kevin Dolan, whom after 56 years involved in the club was stepping down. Kevin has been on both sides of the table having started racing with the club in 1964. His road and track racing career was incredibly successful, which saw him win 27 senior national medals, alongside numerous race wins, including two editions of the prestigious Tour of Ulster. He also rode in Ireland’s premier cycling event The Rás on 6
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Darkness into light – 8th May 2021.

THE dusk to dawn ‘Darkness Into Light’ walk has been a date to save for thousands of people across Louth over the last few years.

But with Covid restrictions continuing to impact on public events, the annual Darkness into Light event will take on Saturday 8th May 2021 with participants asked to complete the 5km walk or run in their own time and while adhering to all public health guideline that are relevant at the time.

Seán Kelly, Event Director for Dundalk added ‘ Our DIL 2021 event will be entirely community based. Walkers will take part in
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Dundalk coach Shane Keegan set for move into hurling management

Former League of Ireland manager and current member of the Dundalk FC backroom team Shane Keegan is set for a move into hurling management.

Keegan has had stints in charge of Galway United and Wexford Youths in the League of Ireland but Laois Today are reporting that he will take charge of the 2019 county senior champions Rathdowney Errill for the new campaign.

The Rathdowney native was ratified as the club’s new manager over the weekend. And while he is most readily associated with soccer, he is a highly regarded coach who had been linked to the Meath hurling role at one stage.

Keegan
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Liam Reilly, lead singer of Irish band Bagatelle, has died aged 65.

Liam Reilly, who was from Dundalk, also represented Ireland at the 1990 Eurovision song contest, finishing in second place with the track Somewhere In Europe.

The singer and songwriter’s family confirmed in a statement that he had died at his home on 1 January.

Liam was behind Bagatelle’s biggest hit, Summer In Dublin, which was released in 1980.

His family said: “With sad hearts, the family of Liam Reilly, musician, songwriter and frontman of Bagatelle, wish to confirm that he passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home on 1 January 2021.

“We know that his many friends and countless fans around
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Marist priests to end service of Holy Family Church, Dundalk

The Marist Fathers in Ireland have announced they will no longer serve the parish of the Holy Family Church in Dundalk, due to a shortage of priests available to continue working in the community there.

In a video statement broadcast on Facebook on Sunday afternoon (see below), Father Cormac McNamara confirmed the news, saying the priests will stay working in the parish until the Autumn of 2021.

“The Marist priests have been reflecting on our presence in Ireland, in light of our changing circumstances. These circumstances include the ageing and dwindling number of Irish arts priests, whose average age is 74,” he said.

“Regrettably,
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