The great race of famed Duleek Gate
Dear Sir, I thought some of your readers would like this tale. It’s called ‘ The Boys from Duleek Gate’.
‘Come lads and lassies pay attention and to you I will relate, the tale of two athletic men who lived at Duleek Gate.
Owen Reilly and John McLaughlin were two men of courage bold, they did challenge one another to run a race upon the road.
On a Thursday night at 8 o’clock this great event took place, the people came in thousands to see this marathon race.
Now you may talk about Jem Fagan or White from Donabate, but they couldn’t hold a candle to the boys from Duleek Gate.
The journey for this great event it was a mile or more, from Sampson’s Lane to Coolagh Bridge and back to Moore’s door.
Says Reilly to McLaughlin, for beer my throat does thirst, says Chat Smith I’ll give a gallon to the man that comes in first!
Then at the word get ready, each man stacked his duds, Dolly Gargan was the starter, Sam Cooper was the judge.
The signal then was given, and each man made a spurt, but Reilly seemed to lag behind, the wind got in his shirt.
When they came to Keelaghan’s Corner, how the kids did shout with glee, and they got a great reception when they turned round at Reilly’s tree.
But it was on the return journey, it was then the sport began, for the kids would shout ‘at Reilly go and catch him if you can’.
But Reilly he was punctured and almost choked with dust, and along the route you could hear them shout, the thatcher’s coming first.
McLaughlin had the staying power and he showed it through the race, though Reilly done his best, he couldn’t stick the pace.
With a burst of speed in his time of need away like the wind John went, and without a scrape he tipped the tape and won this great event.
Now you may talk about Jem Fagan or White from Donabate, but they couldn’t hold a candle to the boys from Duleek Gate’.
Santa’s helpers are ready to receive your child’s letter at Pet Bliss, Drogheda Retail Park.
They have placed a letter box, crayons and paper in the store so that children can write and send their letter to Santa.
“I want to hear what all the boys and girls want for Christmas,” said Santa, taking a break from Christmas preparations at the North Pole.
“The boys and girls must also let me know whether they have been naughty or nice and whether they will be in bed early on Christmas Eve.”
Letters must be posted by Monday, December 17.
Pictured at the CarePlus Carer of the Year Awards in The Westin Hotel, Dublin is Jenny Campbell the Louth CarePlus Carer of the Year. The annual awards ceremony now in its 12th year recognised 27 family carers across Ireland. The special ceremony was presented by broadcasters and patrons of Family Carers Ireland, Marty Whelan and Mary Kennedy. Newly appointed ambassadors and Mrs Brown’s Boys stars Danny O’Carroll and Paddy Houlihan were also in attendance. Family carers in Ireland provide 45 hours of unpaid-for care per week in their homes saving the state €10 billion every year. Jenny cares for her daughter Aimee who has recently been battling a serious illness called Guilian Barre syndrome.
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