News from around Black­rock and Hag­gard­stown

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There was one win­ner in the Geraldines lot­tery this week, but the jack­pot was not claimed again and is now worth €8,400.

Alice Ber­rill c/o Sex­ton’s Road­house won the €200 prize for pick­ing three of the four num­bers drawn, 3, 20, 23 and 24.

St. Fursey’s N.S. Ju­nior In­fants En­rol­ment

The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions for the en­rol­ment of Ju­nior In­fants in Saint Fursey’s Na­tional School for the school year be­gin­ning in Septem­ber next is Fri­day next, Oc­to­ber 12.

Any­one wish­ing to en­rol their child needs to col­lect an Ap­pli­ca­tion Form from the school of­fice (9:20 am to 2:45 pm daily) and re­turn by the dead­line.

All ap­pli­ca­tions must be ac­com­pa­nied by an Orig­i­nal Birth Cer­tifi­cate and Proof of Ad­dress. The school En­rol­ment Pol­icy is avail­able on the school web­site

It is nec­es­sary to re­sub­mit all pa­per­work for any par­ents who have al­ready com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion forms in the past.

Ta­ble Quiz

The Com­mu­nity Alert Group for Hag­gard­stown and Dublin Road are to hold a num­ber of events to raise funds.

The first is a Ta­ble Quiz that has been ar­ranged for Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19 in the Geraldines clu­b­rooms, com­menc­ing at 8pm.

The en­try fee is €20 for a team of four, and tick­ets can be pur­chased from mem­bers of the com­mit­tee.


With Novem­ber de­voted to Our Lady, the Rosary in her hon­our will be re­cited each Mon­day through­out the month in the par­ish.

The prayer will be said at Our Lady’s Grotto at the front of Saint Oliver Plun­kett Church at 7pm.

In­for­ma­tion evening for Par­ents

An in­for­ma­tion night for par­ents of pupils in Saint Oliver Plun­kett School will take place on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18.

It will be held in the school hall, com­menc­ing at 8pm.

Car draw

Don’t miss your chance to win a brand new car with time run­ning out to buy a ticket in the Geraldines triple car draw.

Three Nis­san Mi­cra cars are to be raf­fled in the draw be­ing pro­moted by the club along with Mat­tock Rangers and West­erns, with McCabe Mo­tors, Nis­san deal­ers sup­ply­ing the prizes

The draw takes place on Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for the clubs to raise vi­tal funds.

Tick­ets are on sale in Hag­gard­stown Gar­den Cen­tre and BHK Credit Union, and sellers have been call­ing to homes in the par­ish to give ev­ery­body a chance to win a prize than would be the an­swer to the prayers of most.

It en­tails spec­u­lat­ing a mere €20 which for the win­ners will yield a rich re­turn.

Par­ish Cen­tre

The Par­ish cen­tre is a shin­ning bea­con on the lo­cal land­scape as high­lighted by the judges in this year’s Tidy Towns re­port on the vil­lage, sin­gling the build­ing out for spe­cial men­tion and ac­cred­ited it with play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in the vil­lage’s in­creased mark in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to be­come Louth’s ti­di­est town.

It is now il­lu­mi­nated at night time and prob­a­bly best seen then in all its new splen­dour, with taste­ful flood­lights erected on the ex­te­rior and parts of the newly ren­o­vated car park which has been re­designed, resur­faced and a whole new drainage sys­tem in­stalled as well as land­scaped.

The facelift and re­fur­bish­ment of the build­ing, is on a par with two of the big­gest devel­op­ments and im­prove­ments made to the ap­pear­ance of the vil­lage in the re­cent his­tory of the vil­lage.

These were the com­plete re-de­vel­op­ment of the Main Street and the cre­ation of the pub­lic park that have won wide­spread recog­ni­tion for Black­rock, and have given a great im­pe­tus to the Tidy Towns ef­fort which has earned the vil­lage Gold Medal sta­tus.

The re-de­vel­op­ment of the car park and the re­vamp of the com­mu­nity cen­tre is the cul­mi­na­tion of five years work and en­tails a big in­vest­ment in the fa­cil­i­ties that will be paid off over a num­ber of years but it was felt that was the right ap­proach rather than em­bark on a piece­meal ap­proach.

The project was driven by the Par­ish Cen­tre Com­mit­tee that is headed by Fa­ther Brian White who states that it will be com­pletely fin­ished in the next few weeks and the mem­bers are ‘very happy with the out­come that will fu­ture proof the cen­tre for the next 20 to 30 years.’

A new fea­ture added to the fa­cil­ity is an elec­tronic com­mu­nity no­tice board, which is fit­ted to the ex­ter­nal wall fac­ing the road on Sandy Lane. This con­tains ro­tat­ing im­ages of the vil­lage, with the fa­cil­ity to ad­ver­tise events and re­lay live im­ages on the screen as they take place.

The cen­tre re­mained largely the same since it was built and opened in 1983, although ex­tended and mod­i­fi­ca­tions car­ried out, while the car park cer­tainly saw bet­ter days, and flood­ing and drainage prob­lems cur­tailed it’s use un­til work on ren­o­vat­ing it started last year. This work alone cost €120,000 ap­prox­i­mately.

The cen­tre’s in­stal­la­tions, in­clud­ing electrics and plumb­ing were up­graded and the build­ing in­su­lated while ex­ter­nally it was given a com­plete facelift, freshly painted with a new colour with rail­ings erected and stor­age con­tain­ers with cladding match­ing the cen­tre.

The con­tain­ers al­low the var­i­ous groups us­ing the cen­tre to store equip­ment. Triple PC has been fit­ted to win­dows and doors.

Also a whole new CCTV sys­tem has been in­stalled to cover not only the cen­tre but the ad­join­ing park, and greatly en­hances safety and se­cu­rity in the lo­cal­ity.

The light­ing sys­tem makes the build­ing and car park es­pe­cially at­trac­tive at night.

Sup­port and fund­ing for var­i­ous el­e­ments of the work was ob­tained with grants from Louth Leader, Sports Cap­i­tal Fund and SEAI. Do­na­tions were also re­ceived from com­pa­nies to fund dif­fer­ent projects in­clud­ing the erec­tion of the elec­tronic no­tice board.

The us­age of the cen­tre has been trans­formed from where it was largely un­der- utilised a few years ago to now when there is hardly a room avail­able through­out the week.

Banon Posters

Credit Black­rock Tidy Towns for the cam­paign in the county to en­cour­age can­di­dates in the Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions not to erect posters in the cen­tral area of vil­lages and town - within the 50km speed zone.

Louth is the only county to launch a con­certed cam­paign seek­ing the co-op­er­a­tion of can­di­dates, although quite a num­ber of vil­lages and towns have it in op­er­a­tion across the coun­try.

The cam­paign is backed by ten towns and vil­lages within the Louth To­gether Group that rep­re­sents the Tidy Towns move­ment in the Louth. The likes of larger cen­tres like Drogheda and Dun­dalk have not been asked to be in­volved be­cause of their size.

Oth­ers are ex­pected to join the cam­paign which orig­i­nated when Black­rock suc­cess­fully ap­pealed to can­di­dates and po­lit­i­cal par­ties in elec­tions and or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in ref­er­enda not to put posters on the Main Street and at land­scaped en­trances to the vil­lage.

The ini­tia­tive was taken lo­cally some eight years ago prompted by aes­thetic and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions.

The group also ques­tions the cost ef­fec­tive­ness of posters and whether they are value for money with so­cial me­dia and other com­mu­ni­ca­tion op­tions avail­able nowa­days.

Only two of the Pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates are to erect posters as part of the cam­paigns for elec­tion.

Chair­per­son of the Group is lo­cal man Larry Mag­nier who is a stal­wart of the vil­lage’s Tidy Towns com­mit­tee.

Ms. Burns’ 1st class pupils tak­ing part in the GAA coach­ing pro­gramme in St. Fran­cis NS, Black­rock spon­sored by Frank Lynch & Com­pany.

Gavin Clarke, Geraldines GFC at the GAA coach­ing pro­gramme in St. Fran­cis NS, Black­rock, with pupils, An­nalua and Mia.

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