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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.

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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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disABILITY Louth

disABILItY Louth is a Voluntary Group formed to Promote, Represent, Develop and Engage the interests of Persons with disABILItY in Co.Louth.

If you are intetested in joining please phone 085 8660507

Further information at www.disabilitylouth.ie

Dundalk to face Arsenal in group stages

The League of Ireland champions were in pot four for the draw made at Uefa headquarters in Nyon on Friday and will now meet Arsenal, Rapid Vienna and Molde in the group stages which will be played between October 22nd and December 10th.

For obvious reasons Arsenal would have been one of the clubs Dundalk were hoping to be drawn against but, as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, they won’t be able to cash in on the full Aviva Stadium that a meeting with last year’s beaten finalists would usually get.

All in all it’s a tough draw
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Talking Newspapers – Lions Club

Dundalk Lions Club would like to let people know that the ‘Talking Newspapers’ service continues for the visually impaired. Each week, members of the Lions Club read and record articles from The Argus and Dundalk Democrat onto CDs.

These CDs are then distributed in custom-made wallets to listeners in various parts of Co. Louth. Listeners can reverse the address labels in the wallets for return to the Lions Club. An Post does not charge for delivery or return of the wallets so there is no cost to the listeners. Dundalk Lions Club provides the CDs free of charge.

CDs are usually posted on Wednesday
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Cuchulainn CC hosted the Louth Hill Climb Championships

Competitive action returned to Dundalk after a long Covid induced break on Thursday last, when Cuchulainn CC hosted the Louth Hill Climb Championships. The championships were held on Jenkinstown Hill, which is 1.7km long, with an average gradient of 8% and has 136m of elevation gain.

The biggest surprise of the night was when under 14 rider Rhiannon Dolan of Cuchulainn CC won the ladies event in a time of 7min 38seconds. She had 8 seconds to spare over local triathlete Lorraine Dunne
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Hong Kong tycoon to visit Dundalk as plans for new city progress

Up to 15,000 Hong Kongers could relocate to Co. Louth if the development gets the green light.

Plans to build a new city for thousands of Hong Kong residents in Co. Louth have taken a step forward.

It’s proposed that up to 15,000 Hong Kongers would relocate to a newly built development called “Nextpolis” near Dundalk over the next five years.

The development would take place on a 50 square kilometre area of land, making it the country’s fifth largest city.

The Irish Independent also reports that Chinese billionaire Ivan Ko, chief executive of the Victoria Harbour Group (VHG), is set to visit
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New Dundalk boss flies in for ‘kamikaze mission’

Italian Filippo Giovagnoli, the shock successor to departed Dundalk boss Vinny Perth, has described his new role as a “kamikaze mission” and urged friends to “pray” for him.

The news that Giovagnoli is set to arrive on a short-term deal has left players and staff at the League of Ireland champions scratching their heads.

He will be assisted in his first senior management role by his compatriot Giuseppe Rossi with the duo having worked together at a New York junior soccer academy.

Giovagnoli (49) spent his playing career in the Italian lower leagues, but coaching commitments have taken him to America where he worked
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