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Stephen O’Donnell backs Dundalk FC to get back on track

Dundalk head coach Stephen O’Donnell has backed his side to bounce back from their defeat against Derry City when they welcome Bohemians to Oriel Park on Friday night.

The Lilywhites’ six match unbeaten run came to an end at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium as goals from Jordan McEneff, Brandon Kavanagh and Michael Duffy saw Ruaidhrí Higgins side claim their first win in seven attempts against the Louth men.

O’Donnell kept his players in the dressing room for a lengthy period after the game after admitting they “didn’t compete well enough” on the night but he is hopeful they can bounce back to winning ways against a Bohs side who sit three points ahead of them at present, with a game less played.

“We’ve won our last four previous to tonight and we’re unbeaten in six. We’ve had a poor defeat tonight but it’s another big game on Friday and a game that we’re really looking forward to,” said O’Donnell.

It is never too late to start appropriate exercise. The older we get, the more important this becomes

The study – published in the official journal of the British Geriatrics Society, Age and Ageing – shows how a combination of simple strength exercises and dietary changes could help stop frailty and enhance physical resilience in those aged over 65.

Professor Marie-Therese Cooney, senior co-author and consultant geriatrician at St Vincent’s University Hospital, said: “The practical and easily deployed approach could yield substantial benefits if rolled out across the community.”

“Most people believe frailty is inevitable and irreversible as we age,” said Dr John Travers, a general practitioner who led the research at UCD.

“It is never too late to start appropriate exercise,”
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Government pledges €800 tax free boost to house people fleeing war

Louth County Council is appealing to owners of unoccupied properties to offer them as temporary homes for people fleeing the devastating war in Ukraine.

The call is part of a new government initiative, led by local authorities, to make use of unoccupied houses, apartments or holiday homes to house Ukrainian people and families.

A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available for properties used to house those arriving from Ukraine. This payment rate applies from December 1st 2022.

More than 60,000 people have arrived to Ireland from Ukraine seeking safety and the vast majority need accommodation.

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Cop27 UN climate talks in Egypt

Political leaders from around the globe have a “special responsibility” to urgently drive the transformation needed to tackle climate change, Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said.

He made the comments as he prepares to attend the Cop27 UN climate talks in Egypt.

The climate change conference takes place in Sharm El-Sheikh this week.

Mr Martin will attend the event as well as Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora Colm Brophy.

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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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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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