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SEEK Contemporary Urban Arts Festival will make a colourful return to Dundalk.

Kicking off on August 1st, SEEK Contemporary Urban Arts Festival is gearing up for a colourful return to Dundalk next month. Due to run for a total of eight days, the town will turn into an outdoor art gallery of sorts – one that can be enjoyed by both locals and visitors.

A number of largescale street art exhibits have been programmed for public spaces in the heart of the city with SEEK 2020 promising to carry on the successful legacy of last year’s festival. Now in its second year, this year features an exciting line-up of national and international artists including Aches, Omin,
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Stephen Kenny undaunted as a bold new era beckons.

His ambition is, of course, to engineer victories, something there is pressure on him to do from day one due to the fixture list he has been handed. Getting to the European Championships is a particular goal, however.

“I think that we have to achieve something extraordinary,” he says of the play-offs. “We have got to get extraordinary results; win away in Slovakia and then win away in Bosnia or Northern Ireland, win two matches back-to-back against significant nations which we have not done in many, many years. We have not looked like doing it but we must do everything that we can to
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Louth County Council are set to roll out new social distancing measures in Dundalk town centre next week which will ask people to walk in a one way flow as a temporary measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

While key areas such as the Market Square, Clanbrassil Street and Earl Street will remain two way for pedestrians, new one way systems are being applied to Crowe Street, Francis Street, Park Street, the Long Walk, Dublin Street, Market Street and the Ramparts to name but a few.

Under the new system pedestrians will be asked to stay on the left hand side of the
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The health experts are confident that they are getting some control on this disaster with the strict restriction controls on movement we have all had to get used to over the past number of weeks.

The Irish public have played their part in the pandemic battle and have shown strict adherence to the controls. If there are any positives to be learned, the bravery of the public is one that shines out.

The nurses, doctors, carers, paramedics, ambulance crews, fire services, pharmacies, supermarkets and many other groups have been outstanding in the pandemic war. They are all heroes, as are many others, including the
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Rape Crisis Centre North East Pop Up Shop in Long Walk Centre

Rape Crisis North East is inviting you to come and visit their Pop-up Shop on Tuesday 31st March to Saturday 4th April 2020 in the Long Walk Centre, Dundalk.

This is a great opportunity to dispose of some of your used equipment and bits and pieces and perhaps purchase some other much needed items. Buy a gift for someone special, or just treat yourself, and support your local charity. It will be much appreciated.

All proceeds will go directly to Rape Crisis North East Clg. to provide a much needed counselling and support service to the increased number of Women, Men and Young People
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BREAKING: Dundalk St Patrick’s Day parade postponed amid coronavirus fears

The organisers of this year’s St Patrick’s Day events in Dundalk have taken the decision to postpone the festival due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement to the Democrat, Cllr. Conor Keelan said the decision was made in the “interest of public health”.

The statement said: “Following careful consideration this morning the Dundalk St. Patrick’s Day Committee have decided to postpone the events scheduled to take place in the town centre on March 16 and 17. We appreciate that this decision will disappoint many people but in the interest of public health and to ensure that the spread of Covid-19 is minimised
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Dundalk students through to SEAI One Good Idea National Final

Students from St. Louis Secondary School in Dundalk are through to the National Final of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) One Good Idea competition to encourage climate action following their success at the regional finals at Omniplex Cinema Rathmines, Dublin.

The SEAI One Good Idea Competition encourages students, their families and communities to take individual and collective responsibility for tackling climate change.

Students created a one-minute film and campaign to inspire people to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions in an effort to address climate change. At the regional final, students showcased their film on the big screen and presented their
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Family Addiction Support Network in Dundalk to host awareness event – 24th Feb

On the back of the National Drugs’ Strategy ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery; a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025’ and to the mark the International Family Drug Support Day on February 24, the Family Addiction Support Network in Dundalk is organising its second annual information/awareness event at their premises on Monday.

“The stigma of addiction affects many individuals and families but it doesn’t have to be this way. Drugs are a cancer and nobody needs to hold their head in shame when asking for help. It begins with sharing our stories, better public education and a broader sense of
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As part of a campaign to have a full immersion Gaelcholáiste open in Dundalk under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta, parents are also looking at how to promote Irish with the nextgeneration.

The first step of this is to open a Youth Club ‘as Gaeilge’ supported by Ógras of Conradh na Gaeilge, with a maiden registration night for interested children taking place this Thursday February 13th at 7pm in the Dundalk Conradh na Gaeilge building at 5 Seatown Place.

The club is open to children ranging from fifth class to third year and all the games, activities and crafts will be conducted ‘as
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TREE OF REMEMBRANCEThe tree of remembrance is present in St Nicholas, Dundalk again this year. If you are in the church at any time, whether for a service or otherwise, do feel free to take a tag and write a prayer upon it for your needs or the needs of others and then tie it on the tree as another way of offering prayer to God. Tags and pens are available at the position of the tree. The tags will be burned on Ash Wednesday as a symbolic way of collectively offering all the prayers through Christ to the throne of God’s grace.

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