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Volunteers needed as Cycle Against Suicide visits Dundalk – 23rd April

Over 800 people die by suicide on the island of Ireland each year. That is 800 families and communities devastated; 800 lives cut short. Cycle Against Suicide aims to affect change by beginning a conversation about mental health; spreading the message that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’ into schools, businesses and communities throughout the island of Ireland.

Each year, cyclists of varying abilities, with different stories, and different “whys,” come together as part of Cycle Against Suicide to together, help break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland. The now annual event has seen over 10,000 cyclists take to the roads, shoulder to shoulder, since 2013. During the 2016 main Cycle, the movement visited in excess of 28 towns, villages and communities across 15 counties with a combined population of 1.45 million.

This April, Cycle Against Suicide 2017, will pass through Dundalk. Organisers are encouraging locals to register for the cycle, www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/register , or volunteer to help with the event which will see up to 1,000 cyclists travel from Dublin to Castlewellan via Dundalk on Sunday 23rd April.

Each day during the Cycle, informative events will be hosted at various locations along the route. Speakers ranging from celebrities to mental health professionals will present at schools and other venues to signpost those in need to where they can access support services.

On Monday 24th April St Vincent’s Secondary School will hold a mental health event comprising of presentations, videos, music, celebrity guests, entertainment and an exhibition of local mental health services.

Central to the success of Cycle Against Suicide is the Homestay Programme. People throughout our island welcome participants of the event into their homes. Hosts provide cyclists with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up, and a bed for the night. Feedback from Homestay hosts indicates that this experience has been extremely rewarding, as it allows hosts to lend support in a very tangible way.

Kitty and Jackie from Ennis, Homestay hosts in 2015, said “I heard about Cycle Against Suicide through the local Homestay Coordinator. Opening my door to total strangers was not something I had done in a long time. We hosted two lovely lads, and it was a joy to feed them and hear their tales. Before the evening meal was over, it felt like we were old friends opening up a conversation that was full of fun, and serious topics, in equal measure. The following day, we returned them to the group and said goodbye, feeling as though we were part of a movement of positivity, the like of which we hadn’t seen in ages. We have become familiar with the slogan ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.’ My husband and I are grateful for the chance to offer a little help.”

Cycle Against Suicide Local Homestay Coordinator, Ruth Donegan said “There is still time for people to offer accommodation to participants for a night when the cycle passes through Dundalk. The number of cyclists registering for Cycle Against Suicide is increasing year on year. As a result, we need more accommodation for cyclists and crew. We are more than happy to avail of as many spare beds as possible. Of course, we’ll also need many volunteers to help make our time in Dundalk memorable. Whether it is sandwich-makers, road marshals, or simply, people standing at the side of the road to cheer on the cycle, we can all play our part in breaking the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.”


If you would like to provide Homestay accommodation when Cycle Against Suicide visits Dundalk, please send an email to ruth.donegan11@gmail.com or homestays@cycleagainstsuicide.com. The local Homestay Coordinator for home stays is Ruth Donegan , who can be contacted on 0894621163.


If you would like to volunteer with Cycle Against Suicide please e-mail volunteer@cycleagainstsuicide.com. For more information see www.cycleagainstsuicide.com, where you can also register for some, or all, of the 14 days of the Cycle Against Suicide 2017.

DKIT Film – Eventuality

An upcoming Dundalk institute of Technology short film is in pre-production.  It  is currently been produced by final year students in the BA (HONS) Video & Film Production course. This short film is a practical element of our dissertation titled “Exploring the Representation of working women in contemporary Irish cinema”. An ambitious doctor’s career gets interrupted by news of a pregnancy. How will she manage to keep her professional and personal life from clashing?

We are currently in pre-production. Principal photography begins the 18th
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CAR BOOT SALE IN AID OF Rape Crisis North East – Sun 9th April

Rape Crisis North East is inviting you to come along to their Car Boot Sale on Sunday 9th April, 2017 in McEvoy’s Car Park, Bachelor’s Walk entrance, Dundalk.

Admission for buyers is €2.00 per person, free entry for children attending with parents.  Organised by Rape Crisis North East, the event takes place from 10:00am to 4:00pm and sellers with their cars can set-up from 8:30am at a fee of €10.00 per car and €15.00 per van.

This is a great opportunity to sell on some of your used equipment and bits and pieces and perhaps purchase some other much needed items.

All proceeds will go
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Where: Oriel Centre Dundalk Gaol, Carrickmacross Rd, Dundalk, Co Louth

When: Thursday, March 23, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness will host a public information evening in Dundalk for people and families affected by vision loss. The event will focus on age-related macular degeneration and diabetes-related sight loss as well as rare genetic conditions that cause severe vision impairment, such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease, cone-rod dystrophies and many others.

There are 6,022 people in Louth living with severe vision impairment. This event is part of the on-going work of Fighting Blindness to raise awareness about different types of vision loss and provide
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Thank You from RCNE

Rape Crisis North East would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported and took part in our coffee morning on Tuesday 28th February at the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol.

Thank you especially to our local businesses who kindly provided the food including: McNamee’s Bakery, Tesco Extra and Lidl and thank you to RCNE staff for also baking for this event.  We would like to thank a number of other local businesses who provided raffle prizes including: Costa Coffee in Tesco Extra, Sean and Anita Kelly from The Jockey’s Bar & Restaurant, The Kennedy’s Bar, Crowne Plaza, Country Fresh in Avenue Road and IMC Cinema.  Our
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in aid of ‘The Green Church’ on

Saturday 25th March between 2pm and 4pm in the Wellington hall

Fashion will be on display from Edinburgh Woollen Mills in both ladies and gents clothes.

Entrance fee is €10 Please support this worthy cause if at all possible.

Irish Augustinians Come and See – March 2017

The Irish Augustinians invite single men (aged 18-45) who are interested in learning more about our way of life. Friday 31st March – Sunday 2nd April More info: Contact Fr Colm OSA, Tel: 0868845747 augustinianvocations@hotmail.com


A Weekend of Words, Music & Drama celebrating the life, works and values of Dorothy Macardle (1889-1958) – Friday 3rd March – Sun 5th March.


Devised by Constance Short Conference Consultant: Peter Berresford Ellis Mistress of Ceremonies: Mona Daly Fachler


Coffee Morning – 28th February – In Aid of Rape Crisis North East

Due to the wonderful support we received last year and the huge response from all our very generous sponsors and many friends we are once again hosting our Coffee Morning in the Oriel Centre, The Dundalk Gaol, Carrick Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, and invite you to come along, enjoy quality time with your friends while helping to create awareness of our valued services here at Rape Crisis North East, surrounded by the ambience of this treasure local historical venue.

This event takes place on Tuesday 28th February from 10:00 am to 1pm and also includes a historical tour of the Old Goal which was very
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Brigid of Faughart Festival 2017

Brigid of Faughart Festival 2017 will take place between Sunday 29th January and Sunday 5th February 2017

The festival celebrates Brigid of Faughart, as both Saint and Goddess, and the Celtic Festival of Imbolc or Spring. The emphasis of the festival is to revisit and reclaim the richness of the traditions associated with Brigid of Faughart in ways which are relevant to our lives in the 21st Century.

Brigid as a poet, healer, manifester, initiator and many more of her aspects are explored through music, poetry, dance, story, landscape, folklore, spiritual customs, discussion and much more. Lectures and workshops will offer opportunities for expanding and
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Action Quote

“People hear what we say but they see what we do. And seeing is believing.”
Author, Al Lucia
Your action for today is to look at your “to do” list and remove an item you most likely will never do. As for the rest, get started and do at least one item today.

— Author, Al Lucia