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At the Spirit Store

Spirit Store


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 information to people affected.

Caitriona Dunne, Advocacy Manager with Fighting Blindness said: “We are delighted to be holding this event in Dundalk. We have received great support from the local community here for many years and this is an opportunity to thank people and give something back. Fighting Blindness is working to find treatments and cures for conditions causing vision loss. We also want to ensure that people who are blind or have a vision impairment have access to information that is easy to understand and to appropriate supports, such as our Insight Counselling Service. I would encourage anyone affected by vision loss to get in touch or come along to the information meeting.”

The information event will take place in the Oriel Centre Dundalk Gaol, Carrickmacross Rd, Dundalk on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm. This is a free event but registration is required. You can register online at www.FightingBlindness.ie or by contacting Caitríona Dunne on 01 6789 004.

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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Burns Day at the Green Church – 4pm 26th January.

The Ulster Scots Agency will be hosting an event at St. Nicholas’ Parish, Church of Ireland, Church Street, Dundalk on Thursday 26th January at 4pm.


The event will mark Burns Day which takes place on the 25th January.


It is intended that Minister Humphreys will be attending this event to lay the wreath at the Burns Monument within the Church grounds, along with the CEO of the Ulster Scots Agency, Board members and members of the Belfast Burns Club.


The event should be finished at 6pm with light refreshments provided.


Should you wish to attend this event or require further information
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Dance Kids’ celebrate ‘December Delights’ success


Freda Hearty and the Dance Kids have once again exceeded expectations and delighted audiences with their Christmas show ‘December Delights’. The talented Dance Kids aged from just four years danced and sang their hearts out last weekend when ‘December Delights’ took to An Tàin Arts Centre stage and brought the house down; with delighted audiences declaring it “the best show yet”.

With two sold out shows, the audience enjoyed an excerpt from the hugely popular ‘Wizard of Oz’ as well as many favourites such
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Dundalk: 26th out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Clean to European Norms

There were no heavily littered areas in Dundalk. Some of the very good sites surveyed included Dundalk Grammar School, Clanbrassil Street and Dundalk Train Station, with the latter registering a noted improvement over a previous survey. The V & W Recycle Facility was nicely adorned with planting and was impeccable throughout.  Dundalk Institute of Technology was let down by the very heavy levels of cigarette butts – it is quite unusual to see a Green Flag Campus environment so heavily plagued by cigarette butts. 


Dundalk Grammar School:  Grade A.  This was an excellent site – not only was it clear of litter but
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Action Quote

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”

Your action for today is to take time to remember a dream you may have had in your youth and see if you can do something towards achieving it.

— Author and Scholar, C.S. Lewis