The great race of famed Duleek Gate

Mid Louth Independent - - OPINION -

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.

The Louth W.A.T.C.H group and their new jer­seys Dear Ed­i­tor,

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