News from around Blackrock and Haggardstown
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 www.stfurseys.com.
It is necessary to resubmit all paperwork for any parents who have already completed application forms in the past.
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.
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.
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.
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.