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Good Morining Louth Newsletter

Click on link for latest edition: newsletter spring 15

An Post Ras, Pilgrimage Walk, Maritime Festival, Assistance Needed:

Please click on link for further details: An Post Rás, Pilgrimage Walk, Maritime Festival

‘My Streets Drogheda’, Homeless Social Enterprise

Please click on link for further details: My Streets Drogheda

LGNI Newsletter

Please click on link for further details: LGNI Newsletter April 2015

Gerry & Gille Tour

Please click on link for further details: Duo Gerry & Gille May tour Promo

Bealtaine 2015 Library Events

Please click on link for further details: Bealtaine 2015 Brochure

Drogheda Arts Festival:

Drogheda Arts Festival is underway: Please click on link for further details: Drogheda Arts Festival

Dementia Elevator free online training for retail staff

The Dementia Elevator team is delighted to inform you that our Dementia Training for Retailers programme is now available on the Elevator website. Click on link for details: The Dementia Elevator team is delighted to inform you that our Dementia Training for Retailers programme is now available on the Elevator website

Choirs for people with dementia

Please find attached a piece from the Alzheimer Society on a  fund they have available to support community projects especially around the development of Dementia Choirs. Closing date for application is the 15th May 2015. Click on link for further details: Call for application to DFC ‘Community Choirs’ April 2015 (2)

Times and Venues for Short IT Courses

Please click on link for further details: Details of Times and Venues for Short IT Courses

Free Short IT Courses, Spring/Summer 2015

Please click on link for further details: Benefit 4 flyer LMETB Spring 2015 LOUTH

Go for life CarePALs

Go for Life have secured funding through the HSE national lottery fund to facilitate a 2 day Care PALs training course specifically for those working in the residential care setting.  They have only just confirmed dates with me this week so hence the little notice.  The 2 dates are Tuesday May 5th and 19th, in the Ardee parish centre. See attached flyer for more information: CarePALs DNE Flyer

LMETB’s upcoming Community Development course

Community Development Course 2015  (QQI/FETAC Level 5)

Click on link for details: Poster Community Development Course 2015


Relay for Life – Irish Cancer Society

Please click on link for further details: relay_promotional_dl

Friends of Collon Church Garden Party

please click on link for further details: Friends of Collon Church Garden Party

Invitation to a free seminar “Taking Dementia out of the Closet: A World without Stigma”

Please click on link for further details: Invitation to a free seminar Please click on link for booking form: Booking Form for free seminar 20May15

EngAGE eNewsletter March/April 2015

Click on EngAGE eNewsletter March for latest edition.

Local Adult Learners feature on national TV

“Get the Numbers Write” is a three-part series on TV3 that follows the lives of 5 local adult learners from Louth and Meath who have returned to education and are currently attending the LMETB Adult Learning Service.  The programme highlights the difficulties faced by many adults who struggle with spelling, reading, writing and maths in everyday life. The series features Chris Duffy, Richard McCormack, Johnny Carolan (Louth) and Gerardine Dunphy and Nadia Jerogova (Navan).   The group are supported and guided in their learning by LMETB tutors Miriam Campbell and Micheál Garvey. Episode 2 and 3 to air on Monday the 6th and 13th April @ 9.00 p.m., TV3. The National Freephone Number which is available to anyone who is interested in returning to learning – 1800 34 55 55. 

Better Energy Warmer Homes

You or a family member could be eligible for this scheme which provides free energy upgrades in vulnerable homes built before 2006 to make them more comfortable, healthier and cheaper to run. The upgrades are free to eligible homeowners in receipt of certain benefits including: • Fuel Allowance • Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and with children under 7 years of age • Family Income Support For more information call 1800 250 204 or visit   Below are some useful links which will help to reduce your home energy usage, reduce GHG emissions and save money. Also details of recently improved grants/funding (attached) available from SEAI for Energy Efficiency Upgrades. Switch & Save:   Energy Saving Tips:   Available Energy Efficiency Upgrades Grants:   Please see attached flyer:  Better-Energy-Homes-Leaflet-2015 (2)



Short IT courses – LMETB

Just a reminder of upcoming short IT courses provided by LMETB in Dundalk and Drogheda under BENEFIT IIII scheme. Click on link for more details: Short IT Courses For further information on course content, please click on attached flyer: Benefit 4 flyer LMETB Spring 2015 LOUTH If you are interested in any of the courses, please contact : Sinéad Fearon │ Community Education Facilitator │ LMETB │( (042) 9364627 │Email: and indicate the following:

  • Your Name
  • Your contact number (preferably a mobile number)
  • Preferred location (Dundalk or Drogheda)
  • Subject area requested

You will then be contacted if there is a place available for you on the course. Each course will only proceed if 8-10 learners have been registered.


Better Energy Warmer Homes

You or a family member could be eligible for this scheme which provides free energy upgrades in vulnerable homes built before 2006 to make them more comfortable, healthier and cheaper to run. The upgrades are free to eligible homeowners in receipt of certain benefits including: • Fuel Allowance • Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and with children under 7 years of age • Family Income Support Please click on link for further info Better-Energy-Homes-Leaflet-2015

February Ageing Matters

The latest edition of Ageing Matters is out today The latest edition of Ageing Matters is out today.  This month’s content includes:

  • Our chief executive Robin Webster looks at a book which challenges attitudes towards ageing, older people and caring for older people — page 2;
  • HSE figures reveal how older patients are trapped in hospital beds – page 3;
  • Age Action is planning an exciting fundraising trek in Corsica and Sardinia – page 4;
  • Designer chic: our latest vintage and designer evening takes place this week in Dun Laoghaire – page 5;
  • Speaking out: an overview of our series of regional meetings with members across Ireland – pages 6 & 7;
  • Where do you want to live when you grow older?  One community answered this question by building their “vision” – pages 8 &9;
  • A new Age Action booklet highlights the challenges of ageing in Ireland and the developing world – page 11;
  • What’s life like for older people in Ireland? Two Age Action members give their view – pages 12 & 13;

Click on link for February edition:

GENIO – SSDL Train the Trainer Course

Genio is delighted to announce that registration is now open for the SSDL Train the Trainer Course.  This course will prepare suitable candidates from service providing organisations to deliver in-house training in SSDL.  This is an 11 day course delivered across four stages with courses starting in May and November 2015. Information and registration for the SSDL Train the Trainer Course is available on our website.  Applications will be assessed for suitability against criteria and may be asked to attend for interview in order to secure a place.  Places are limited and due to demand we recommend early booking.  We expect registration to close week commencing 13th April 2015.  Course details are also available through our SSDL Train the Trainer Brochure. Click on link for further courses coming soon: Further courses coming soon are

LMETB Community Education Grants Programme Summer 2015

Education Grants Programme Summer 2015 will be advertised in local papers week beginning 30th March and currently on, LMETB Community Education Service are currently inviting applications from community groups/organisations for support under LMETB’s Community Education Grants Programme Summer 2015.  The deadline for receipt of application is Wednesday 15th April 2015. For further information or to download an application form, please click on the link below:


Information Meeting

Dundalk Institute of Technology, in conjunction with the ‘Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities fund’ have secured funding and an artist to provide a piece of public art on the grounds of DKIT.  The artist, James Hayes, is holding an information session in Creative Spark, on Monday 23rd March at 6pm. Please click on link for further informaion: Information Meeting in Creative Spark

Trinity College Dublin launches Online Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia (Interdisciplinary)

Please click on link for further information: Online Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia TCD

Public Consultation Days – Draft Flood Maps

To provide an opportunity for all interested persons to view and comment; click on link for listed Public Consultation Days taking place. Notification Public Consultation Days Draft Flood Maps


March 2015 Newsletter Disability Federation of Ireland

Please click on link for further details: Disabilty Federation of Ireland, March 2015 Newsletter

5th National Memory Clinic Conference 27th March 2015 – Trinity Bio-medical Sciences Institute

Please click on link for further details: 5th National Memory Clinic Conference

Disability in older heart disease patients: Research launch 26th March Belfast

Please click on link for further details: The Centre for Ageing Research and Development

LMETB Spring Courses 2015

Please click on link for course details: Short IT courses provided by LMETB in Dundalk and Drogheda under BENEFIT IIII scheme Click on link for flyer: LMETB Spring 2015 LOUTH

Major Cross Border Tourism Conference

This conference takes place on the 15th April in the Crowne Plaza Dundalk.  Are you interested in attracting more tourists to your area?  Have you tried everything you can think of to bring more people in? Would welcome professional advice from experts on tried  and rested, successful tourism offers?  Come and join us for the annual Dundalk Chamber of Commerce cross-border tourism conference 2015. Click on link for details: Cross Border Tourism Conference 2015 Click on link for conference programme: Conference Programme 2015


The Garda Band Charity Event

The Gards Band Charity Event takes place Friday 20th March 2015 at 8pm in the An Tain Arts Centre, Crowe Street, Dundalk. Dundalk Rotary Club continually supports the following local charities: North Louth Hospice, The Birches, Sosad, Irish Cancer Society and Dundalk Simon Community. Click on link for poster: The Garda Band Charity Event

Streetsmart Entrepreneurship

Click on link for details: Streetsmart Entrepreneureship


Notification – Public Consultation Days – Draft Flood Maps

The maps listed below will be on display at the following times and venues: Public Consultation Days – Daft Flood Maps


Opera Night

Last concert of 2014-2015 series in St Peter’s Church, Peter’s Street, Drogheda. Co Louth Please click on link for details: DICMS Last concert of 2014


National Memory Clinic Conference

The 5th National Memory Clinic Conference takes place on 27th March 2015.  See attached link for additional information: 5th National Memory Clinic Conference

LMETB Night Training 2015

Please see attached flyer advertising upcoming night training opportunities in the Regional Skills Training Centre (former FAS Training Centre, Coe’s Rd, Dundalk). Information and Registration Evening is on Monday 23rd March 6.30-8.30pm. Contact details are also outlined on the flyer. LMETB Training Opportunities

Carmichael Centre – Essential Information for Charity Boards and Managers

Are you a member of a voluntary or community group? Are you unsure of what is expected of you? Find out at this three hour workshop on Board Roles & Responsibilities on Saturday April 11th 2015. This course will demystify your responsibilities and give you the tools to enhance your contribution and the effectiveness of your Board. Facilitated by Diarmaid O’ Corrbui. Book now on: For anyone who needs to understand the Role of the Company Secretary for Charities, Dr Tom Courtney will deliver a seminar outlining the main duties and responsibitities.  Book Now on: Please note places are limited.  Booklings must be made online using a credit card.

Public Consultation Days – Draft Flood Maps

RPS, who are conducting the North Western – Neagh Bann CFRAM Study on behalf of the OPW and with the support of the Louth County Council, have produced Draft Flood Maps for several areas in County Louth.  To provide an opportunity for all interested persons to view and comment on these maps, two Public Consultation Days are taking place.  Please click on link for times and venues: Public Consultation Days Draft Flood Maps Draft Flood Maps for the areas of Carrickmacross and Inniskeen in County Monaghan; a Public Consultation Day is taking place on Thursday 19th March 2015 from 3pm to 7pm in the Carrickmacross Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan  at which the maps will be on display. Members of the North Western – Neagh Bann Study project team will be available to discuss and explain the maps to all attending on the day and to collate any local flooding information.  The Draft Flood Maps willl be on display on the date stated and will also be accessible on the study website  from that date.  Interested persons may provide observations on the Draft Flood Maps at the public consultation events and/or through the study website.


Ageing Matters

The latest edition of Ageing Matters is out. It is bursting with news and articles. Please click on link to read magazine. If you have any comments to make or suggestions for articles, please let us know by emailing Would you like a walking holiday to the Islands of Sardinia and Corsica in Italy & France on the 1st to 8th October 2015 and raise much needed funds for age action at the same time?  We need a group of 25 likeminded people to raise €2,900 each for an all inclusive package to cover flights, accomodation, meals and transfers. For all details please see the following link

Adult Education Information Events

As part of the Adult Learners’ Festival 2015 from 23rd – 28th February, LMETB’s Adult Education Guidance and Information Services are holding some information events for the public, hosted in Dundalk, Ardee and Drogheda local libaries. At each event, the service will be available to answer queries from adults seeking information on returning education at any level. For further information on each event, please see links below:


Age Friendly News

Click on link for Issue 2 Age Friendly Ireland October 2014 News.

Healthy Ageing

A practical guide to healthy ageing.  Click on link for booklet. Healthy Ageing

Short IT courses in LMETB – Feb/March

Each course will take place one day a week and will run for four weeks.  Laptops/Ipads will be available for the classes.  Courses are intended for beginners.  See flyer attached for further details of course content.  Courses will only go ahead if sufficient numbers are interested and you will be informed of this in the week before the course. LMETB Courses


Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Ireland are running a Group Facilitation Skills programme. This programme leads to a level 6 QQI component award.  Please click on llinks for further information and Application Form Group Facilitation Skills Application Form Group facilitation skills (3)

EngAGE eNewsletter

Age and Opportunity, life is for living. Please click on link for latest edition. EngAGE eNewsletter January/February 2015

LGBT Seminar Invitation

The revised date for the LGBT Seminar is attached.  March 26th 2015 in Osprey, Naas.  Agenda will follow. SEMINAR INVITATION OVK 26Mar2015

Social Inclusion Forum 2015

The Social Inclusion Forum is part of Government structures to address poverty and social inclusion in Ireland.  The European Anti Poverty Network is hosting a wordshop in Drogheda to provide opportunity for individuals and groups dealing with poverty and social exclusion to raise relevant issues and to explore the government’s plans.  Please find attached an invitation and outline of the Social Inclusion Forum workshop in the West Court Hotel in Drogheda on Tuesday 24th February 2105. Local Preparatory Meetings – Social Inclusion Forum 2015 – Flyer Please contact the European Anti Poverty Network for further details or to register for the workshop email


Public Consultation Days – Draft Flood Maps

RPS, who are conducting the North Western – Nenagh Bann CFRAM Study on behalf of the OPW and with the support of Local Authorities, are publishing Draft Flood Maps for several of the Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs) in the North Western and Nenagh Bann districts. Click on the attached link for times and venues Draft Flood Maps Public Consultation Days

Self Awareness/Personal Enrichment Course

A Self Awareness Personal Enrichment course for adults is starting February 2015 in the Accord centre, Crosslanes, Drogheda.  It will run for 6 weeks, 7.30pm-9.30pm each night and costs €5 per night.  Topics covered are : Learning Styles, Communication, Asserttivness and Managing Conflict. Anyone interested can book a place or arrive on the night.  All are welcome Click on link for additional information and course times. Self Awareness Course

Pallative Care and Dementia Seminar

The Programme is now available for the Irish Hospice Foundation third regional seminar. Bookings are being accepted at present.  For booking Form and more information please visit our website here Enquiries can be forwarded to For those of you registered to attend and who intend on displaying a poster please submit abstract with poster information by March 9th 2015

AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival 2015

The 9th Adult Learners’ Festival will take place from the 23rd – 28th February 2015. AONTAS Adult Learners Festival 2015 You can also keep an eye on the listing of events in Louth that may be advertised on the AONTAS website over the coming weeks by following the link below:

Louth & Meath Education & Training Board Short Courses

Each course will take place one day a week and will run for four weeks.  Courses are intended for beginners and will only go ahead if sufficient numbers are interested. Click on link for more information. Short IT courses in LMETB Feb & March See  flyer attached for further details. Benefit 4 flyer LMETB Spring 2015 LOUTH

Age Friendly Community Innovation Award Dundalk


Up Coming Netwell Memory Cafe Meetings in 2015

Netwell Memory Cafe in Ruby’s Tea Room, Williamson Mall, Francis Street, Dundalk.  Click on link for latest information. Memory Cafe Feb & March Meeting


New Courses for 2105 at Creative Spark

Creative Spark is a creative community hub and enterprise centre which first opened in October 2012. They offer training spaces and meeting rooms for community use at affordable rates. Community art projects as well as creative classes and workshops take place throughout the year at Creative Spark which is a not-for-profit organisation. Please click for more information

Netwell Memory Cafe

Netwell Memory Cafe in Ruby’s Tea Room, Williamson Mall, Francis Street, Dundalk.  meeting on Thursday 15th January 2015 from 6-8pm.  Guest speaker Solicitor Catherine MacGinley will speak at 6.30pm on legal issues including Wills, etc. Netwell Memory Cafe Meetings

Alzheimer Cafe Training

A two day course on how to host an Alzheimer cafe will take place on 22nd and 23rd January 2015, its free of charge and covered by AC networking fundraising. Click on links below for Workshop Application Form, Proposed Agenda for the Course and Dr Gemma Jones article on Dementia Care: Alzheimer Cafe Workshop Jan 2015. Application Form Proposed Agenda for the course Dr Gemma Jones on Dementia Care

Louth and Meath Education and Training Board Short Courses.

These  courses are intended for beginners, each course will take place one day a week and will run for four weeks. Laptops/ Ipads will be available for the classes. Course will only go ahead if sufficient numbers are interested. IT Courses for Beginners See flyer attached for further details of course content. LMETB Aut 2014 LOUTH


November 2014 edition of Ageing Matters

Please click on link below for latest information from Ageing Matters. Ageing Matters Nov Edition


Date for your Diary

Information on funding for those involved in Voluntary Organisations in Louth. (see link below) Financing Social Enterprise

Linking Generations Issue 10

Click on link below for December 2014 issue of Linking Generations Northern Ireland Newsletter LGNI Newsletter December 2014

Life is for Living

This publication is produced to celebrate 25 years of Age and Opportunity.  All proceeds will go towards supporting Age and Opportunity programmes.  An ideal gift for Christmas. Life is For Living

Older Voices Kildare

Older and LGBT in Kildare date for your diary. For more information please click on link below: Older Voices Kildare

Engage Newsletter Nov/Dec

Click on link for the latest information from Engage EngAGE eNewsletter November


Energy and Climate Change

An invaluable course for anyone looking to develop community activities on climate change, energy-saving and invironmental issues Engaging Communities on Energy and Climate Change


Performing Arts

Final year students on the BA in Performing Arts programme in the Section of Creative Media are preparing to perform in Oscar Wilde’s classic, The Importance of Being Earnest (see link below for more details) Performing Arts Programme


ODDM Launch Dundalk

Irish traditional music from Monaghan/Fermanagh. Album launch. ( see link below for more information) ODDM Launch Dundalk


Community Education Grants Spring 2015

Applications are currently being accepted for Community Education Grants. Community Education Grants Programme Spring 2015


Polish Piano Concert

Piano Concert organised by Polish School in Dundalk The Piano Concert

Epilepsy Ireland

An introductry talk for people with epilepsy, parents and healthcare professionals on Tue 2nd December at the Mill Enterprise Centre, Greenhills, Drogheda. Epilepsy Ireland

Community Addiction Studies Courses

A 20 week course to enable people living or working in the community to become more effective when they encounter drug/alcohol misuse or addiction. Community Addiction Studies Course


Carers Information Day

Family carers and older people living in Louth are invited to attend a free information day organised by the Carers Association at the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda Carers Information Day -Westcourt Hotel


Training Courses

The following four courses are starting next week in VTOS building ( Old ESB building, Chapel St, Dundalk). Multimedia Courses Chapel St Nov


Training Options

Training opportunities for people in receipt of a disability/illness welfare payments. (see link below for further information) Training Options


Ageing Matters

The latest edition of Ageing Matters is out and it’s packed with news and views. (see link below for further information) Ageing Matters

College Awareness Week and Guidance Service

Public workshops and application process for mature students.  (See link below for further information) College Awareness Week

Bi-Annual Age Friendly Workshop

Photographs from the event which was held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on 9th September, 2014.   Photo 6   Photo 5   Photo 4   Photo 3   Photo 2   Photo 1

Louth leads the way with new age-friendly website

Louth has led the way in the development of a ground-breaking new age friendly website which will be used as a model for local authorities throughout the country. The redeveloped website will be launched this week and offers a one-stop shop on the information that is most sought after by older people.     For more information please click on link below:


Library Events

Please find below details of a number of events we have coming up in Dundalk Library Numbers will be limited, particularly for the reminiscence session, so if any groups are interested  they can contact Amanda Branigan, Senior Executive Librarian or issue desk to book a place. All events are free and will be held in the Reference Library in Dundalk Library. Wed. Sep. 10th @ 11am: ‘Bringing Back the Memories of Dundalk in the Old Days’,  Reminiscence Session with Harry Lee. Thur. Sep. 25th @ 6.30pm: ‘From Home Rule to World War’, Dundalk in 1914, with Local Historian Donal Hall. Amanda Branigan, Senior Executive Librarian, Louth County Libraries, Roden Place, Dundalk, Co. Louth Tel: 042-9324321



ORIEL CENTRE @ DUNDALK GAOL The Best Traditional Irish Music Venue in the North East Final Show This Thursday Evening 21st August @ 8pm  Last opportunity to join us for the final performance of Seisiún 2014.  A Stage show celebrating Traditional Irish Music, Song, Dance and Storytelling which is followed by an informal session with audience who wish to participate. (also some light refreshments served)  Tickets for this and all events available to book online at Ph: 042 932 8887  e mail

Free Training: Promotion and support of  young people’s mental health

The following dates are confirmed for training workshops around the topic of Mental Health. •         25th September 2014 –  “Understanding Youth Mental Health”  (9.30am – 4.30pm) •         22nd October 2014 – “Understanding Youth Mental Health”  (9.30am – 4.30pm) Both workshops are being delivered by Jigsaw Meath and will take place in the LMETB offices, Abbey Road , Navan, Co. Meath.  If you are interested then please contact:  Ian Walker, Youth Officer, LMETB Chapel Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth.  Tel. 042 9334047

People Urged to Air Views on Home Care

The HIQA (Health Information & Quality Authority) have updated the national standards which apply to nursing homes around the country, and are looking for feedback from residents of care homes, their families, and indeed staff. Please click on link below for more information:

Irish Blood Transfusion Service – Dunleer

Reminder to Blood Donors in the Dunleer Area

 The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Mobile Unit will be located in Scoil Ui Mhuirí, Dunleer on:

 Wednesday 13th August, 2014.  From 5.00pm to 8.30pm

 Please Note Day & Clinic Opening Times

If you are fit and healthy, aged 18 to 65 (between 65 and 70 years if you have donated in the last 10 years), over 7st.12 lbs (50kg) and have not donated in the last 90 days, please make a special effort to come along.  Help ensure that essential blood supplies are always available.  New and former donors always welcome.  Remember YOU can make a difference.  For further details, please contact our lo-call Donor Information Line 1850 – 73 11 37 or John Healy, Area Manager at our Ardee Regional Office, 041 – 685 9994 or

 This week, approximately 1,000 Irish people will receive a blood transfusion.  To meet this demand from our hospitals we need 3,000 donations of blood each and every week.  Help us to help others. Please remember Our Lady’s of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda required 1895 units in 2010.


Louth Local Sports Partnership Sports Club Grant Schemes 2014

Louth Local Sports Partnership are currently inviting applications for two grant schemes

  • Sports Club Grant Scheme for Increasing and Sustaining Participation 2014.
  • Grant Scheme for increasing participation opportunities in sport and physical activity for PwD (People with a Disability)

For further details please see under the funding section or contact Celine Kearney Louth Sports Partnership Administrator County Hall Millennium Centre Dundalk Co. Louth +353(0)42-9324318


Droichead Arts Centre Invite ‘Searching for Nick Drake’

Droichead Arts Centre are delighted to invite you to our exhibition ‘Searching for Nick Drake’ Wednesday 6th August 7pm Stockwell St. The exhibition will feature performances by Loner Deluxe, Cubs, Phantom Dog beneath the Moon and Gavin Prior. Please click here Searching Nick Drake


On the weekend of August 1st– 3rd, the Brantry Bard Sessions Group, supported by South Tyrone Borough Council and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will host ‘The Brantry Fleadh’ at The Brantry Bard Cultural Centre, near Dungannon, Co Tyrone.  This significant event will see a series of Concerts each evening followed by music sessions, lasting no doubt into the wee small hours! On Saturday there will be Traditional Music workshops, under the guidance of some of Irelands leading Traditional Musicians (Cathal Hayden, Mairtin O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd, Brid Harper, Meave Donnelly, PJ McDonald & John Joe Kelly). On Sunday there will be a Sets Ceili, music sessions and a variety of other events.  This is the 7th Brantry Fleadh, building each year on the success of the previous events.     Please see links below: Fleadh Launch press release 27 june        brantry Fleadh 2014


Funding Opportunities for Community Groups to Assist in IT training

An initiative under the National Digital Strategy

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR)

Please see links below for more information and application form:

Scanned advtertisement re Digital and Community Groups



Oriel Centre Summer Show – ‘Comhaltas Seisiún 2014’

ORIEL CENTRE, DUNDALK GAOL The Best Traditional Irish Music Venue in the North East Each Thursday throughout July / August we offer a feast of Traditional Irish entertainment in a uniquely historic setting.  Relax with a drink from our theatre bar while you watch, listen (and even participate!) as the best of talented traditional musicians, singers and dancers perform in a lively and colourful evening of traditional music, song, dance and storytelling.  The evening finishes with a cupán tae, ceol & craic. July performance dates –  Thur 17th July   Thur 24th July Thur 31th July            Admission €10 ; Family ticket  €30 Tickets for this and all events available to book online at Ph 042 9328887  | email

Palliative Care Needs of People with Dementia – Building Capacity

Dundalk Seminar 25th September 2014 Focus Of Seminar: To raise awareness of the role and benefits of the palliative care approach for people with dementia To showcase Irish projects promoting the palliative care needs of people with dementia To outline the policy and legal perspective when caring for people with dementia.  Please see links below: Palliative Information Link    Booking-form    poster call

  Please make a gift to our Nurses for Night Care   DONATE NOW   Find out more about Nurses for Night Care

  The Irish Hospice Foundation | Morrison Chambers | 32 Nassau Street | Dublin 2 Tel: +353(0)1 6793188 | Fax: +353(0)1 6730040 |

Developing Louth Integration Strategy

On behalf of Louth County Council and Louth Integration Forum,  we would like to invite you to attend ONE of the planning workshops on Developing Louth Integration Strategy. You can also contact The Integration Centre, if you would like us to organise a separate planning workshop with your community between the month of July and the first week in August 2014. Please see invite link below, and a copy of press release for more information. Louth Integration Strategy INVITE pdf Louth Integration Strategy Press Release


Louth’s success as an age-friendly county is to be held up as an example for the rest of the EU at a two day workshop on Age-Friendly Environment Strategies which will be attended by many of the top European decision makers on ageing. Entitled “Louth County: An Irish Catalyst” the workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel this Thursday and Friday (July 3-4). “This is the first workshop held by the pan-European Afe-Innovnet group on ageing, and we are honoured that they have chosen to host it in Louth,” said Mary Deery, Louth Age Friendly County Co-ordinator, who will address the workshop on partnership and collaboration. For more information on the conferenceplease click here. See below photographs of the participants at the event!   AgeFriendlyLouth - 03 AgeFriendlyLouth - 02     AgeFriendlyLouth - 05AgeFriendlyLouth - 06   AgeFriendlyLouth - 06

Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Expo

The Age Friendly Business Consumer Expo which takes place on Sunday the 5th October in the Crowne Plaza. Please see attached Promotional Poster:    Poster_2014_rev1 (2)

Iarnród Éireann offer Free Group Travel for Community & Voluntary Sector

Please click on link for more details:   Web Version

Free GP care for over 70s to be introduced

See link below for this article on

Dundalk Outcomers proudly presents:

Dundalk Outcomers proudly presents the fifth annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in North east region of Ireland, running from 14th to 19th of July 2014. This year’s theme is “Because Family matters”, reflecting the fact that all LGBT people are part of family whether as fathers, mothers, sons or daughters, partners, husbands, wives, grandchildren… or a chosen family of friends and community. Arising from this year’s theme, we proudly present and invite you to celebrate Pride by attending a Diverse LGBT Families Seminar that will take place in The County Museum Dundalk on 15th of July, 11am – 12.30pm. This seminar will give you a glimpse into the lives of LGBT families, their experiences and challenges the are facing in everyday life. As a part of Diverse LGBT Families Seminar, we also invite you to the launch of our Pride photography exhibition ‘Relate’. We had the pleasure of collaborating with photographer Ken Finnegan whose work celebrates everyday, ordinary LGBT lives. Photography exhibition will run until 25th of July 2014, in The County Museum Dundalk. Admission to the seminar and photography exhibition is free. Should you require more information, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward seeing you in The County Museum. Dundalk Outcomers Office 0429329816       Mobile 0876200021


Louth Business Awards for 2014

Dundalk Chamber has just launched the Louth Business Awards for 2014.  We hope you will enter your business and you may also wish to nominate other businesses who you feel deserve an award in one of the 14 categories below.  These awards have been a huge success and have been a sell out with 500 people attending on the night. There has been fantastic exposure in the media in the run up to the event and it is now the highlight in the business calendar in Dundalk every year.  Please see link below: To enter Click on and make an on line entry. You can enter 4 categories.

Community Education Grants Scheme Autumn 2014

Community Education Grants Programme Autumn 2014. Deadline for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 18th July.    Please click on link below for details:


The June Edition of Ageing Matters is out.  This Month’s Edition Includes:

Surfer search – the search has begun  for 2014’s Google Silver Surfer Award winners:  page 3Water  charges – learn how Age Action is working to ensure the new charges do not cause increased hardship for the most vulnerable of older people : pages 6 & 7;

  • Legal victory – a pensioner recently settled his High Court action for damages against the State for depriving him of his pension: pages 8&9;
  • Expert appointed – the United Nations has appointed its first independent expert on the rights of older people: page 10;
  • Making a difference  — a story from our Care and Repair team of how a small, thoughtful job by one of our volunteers made a big difference to an older person’s life: pages 12 & 13.  For these articles and more see


Parkrun is now up and running in Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co. Meath! Louth Local Sports Partnership is delighted to have supported the set up  of this Parkrun. Parkrun is a novel concept which has proven to be very successful in other countries, and has been introduced to Ireland in recent years.  There are no barriers to taking part and no entry fee. Parkrun gives people that first experience of taking part in a structured and timed event, without the competitive element which some beginners might find off-putting.  For more information click here.

Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair 5th October 2014

Louth is the first Age-Friendly County in Ireland and leads the way for others to follow. Businesses have an important role to play in this initiative. Products and services will be showcased on the day for older people to assist them in living longer healthier lives at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on Sunday 5th October 2014 from 12pm-5pm- Free entry and discounts on refreshments available. For more information click here and for Business registration click here.

Oriel Centre Events

Please see the following link for timetable: Oriel Centre June Events

March Edition of Ageing Matters

Please click on the link below for the latest edition of Ageing Matters and please feel free to pass on to anyone who you think may be interested.


Pensioners Handbook 2014

The Pensioners Handbook for 2014 is now available.  Please click on the link below

Drogheda Senior Citizens – New Charity Shop Opening

Doing a wardrobe clear out? If so send any good quality, or new clothes & accessories to Drogheda Senior Citizens Interest Group. A new boutique “Déjá Vu” will be opening on the 1st May in West Street Arcade (where the Wise Owl used to be). All proceeds from this boutique will be donated to the Drogheda Senior Citizens Interest Group. It’s for charity so get de-cluttering that wardrobe, its all for a good cause. Please drop them into The Drogheda Senior Citizens office in West Street Arcade Monday – Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm, OR Freephone (1800 200 459) for collection.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.

Property Tax Bands

Please click on the following link to access property bands which you may find useful:

Property Tax: Online Estimate of Value

An online estimate of property values was launched by the Revenue Commissioners on Sunday. If you want to check the value of your property online please go to click on Co Louth, your house type and if it was built before 2000. You will then go to a map where you need to zoom in on the county and click on your area. The property value will appear on the screen.

New Service from ESB Networks

As winter approaches, storms may cause interruptions to electricity supplies. ESB Networks would like customers to be aware of two new services that may help during a power outage. In addition to their existing (1850) 372999 number, customers can call our 24/7 landline number (021) 238-2410, particularly those with free landline to landline calls. You can also can find realtime information on power supply outages anywhere in the country using Powercheck at  or on their Powercheck app. By clicking or tapping on app icons, customers can find the start time of an outage and an estimated restoration time. Log into their website. or download the Powercheck app from the App Store to a smart phone (such as an iPhone) and you can keep yourself fully informed of the progress in restoring your power supply.

Bus Eireann: New Bus Routes being launched for easier access to hospital

A new age-friendly era is dawning for bus commuters looking to use Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital – thanks to a series of meetings between Bus Éireann and the Louth Age Friendly Transport Group. After consultation with the transport group of the age friendly county programme, Bus Éireann has announced that a number of bus routes will be revised from next Sunday, November 24th, 2013 to give people easy access to the hospital. All details are available on Please click on the following link for further information: For details and timetables of the new bus routes please click on the tab for Transport and Mobility on the Home Page of this website and then click on Transport Timetables

Louth/Meath Educational Training Board: Community Education Grants Scheme: Spring 2014

Details of funding available on, please see below details of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board: Community Education Service Grants Spring 2014 For further information on guidelines or to download an application form, please click on the link below : Please note that LMETB’s Community Education Grants Scheme now provides two options for groups to avail of funding: 1)      Direct tuition hours, whereby the groups can apply for a programme and  LMETB will organise and pay the tutor directly


2)      Financial Grant, whereby the group can apply for a programme and source their own tutor. LMETB will then provide a financial grant towards the tuition costs. For further information please contact Sinead Fearon on 042 933 4047


Good presentation and public speaking is important for any community organisation.  Training in Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda commencing Wednesday, 15th October, 2014 (see links below for more details). Course content Application for public speaking Presentation Dundalk

Effective Communications –  1  Day Course

(see link below for more details)

  1. People Management Skills


  1. Degrees  and  Courses

(see links below for more details) BA-in-Community-and-Family-Studies-brochure Practical Quality Assurance Course

Caring & Sharing Conference: 12th November: Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda

This conference was funded by Indaver – hosted by Lorraine Cunningham of Duleek Womens Group and supported by Louth County Council, Meath County Council and Louth Leader Partnership.

Double Award Winners for Moorehall Lodge, Ardee

Moorehall Lodge Ardee have achieved an amazing double at the Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards 2013. Please click on the following link for further information:

COLLAGE officially launched by Maire Geoghegan Quinn


Community Car Scheme: Search for Volunteers

Together in association with the Louth/Meath Educational and Training Board and the Louth Volunteer Centre, Flexibus in Meath are hoping to run a training course for people that would be interested in volunteering to bring people who live locally to them to hospital appointments.

Community Car Scheme: We Need Volunteers

Louth Age Friendly Volunteer Car Driving Training: Do you transport a family member or neighbour to personal appointments. Do you need training to do this? Flexibus, Navan funded by Louth Meath Education Training Board is offering training to volunteer drivers in Louth in November. For further details contact Patricia McKenna on the following e-mail address: or by telephone on 046-9074830

Positive Ageing Week Dundalk

Afternoon of fun for Positive Ageing Week Positive Ageing week is a nationwide festival which highlights the many positive aspects of ageing and celebrates the contribution older people have made and continue to make to their communities. As part of the United Nations Positive Ageing Day, and in conjunction with Positive Ageing Week, 220 senior citizens from across Louth gathered at the Carrickdale Hotel in Dundalk last week for an afternoon of wonderful food and entertainment. The event was organised by the Nestling Group and saw a variety of different groups attend to celebrate the occasion.  Among them were groups from Omeath, the Peninsula Club and Cooley Active Retirement, residents from Castleross and Moorehall Lodge retirement villages, Dealgan Nursing Home, Derrytrasna, as well as members of the Nestling Group.  Music was provided by Pat Power and The Vintage Quartet, with transport being supplied by Halpenny buses, Paul Connolly with the Garda Community bus and the Red Cross transport, amongst others. Ann Marron from the Nestling Group Commented: ‘A wonderful time was had by all at the Carrickdale and we would like to thank everyone involved who made the event a great success’. On the same day, a study was released by Help Age International and the United Nations which analysed income, health, education, employment and age friendly environments, and ranked Ireland as third in the world for providing an ‘enabling environment’ for older people, especially in areas such as social connections, access to transport and physical safety

Positive Ageing Week Drogheda

Local group nails a top Positive Ageing Week Positive ageing week has proved to be another wonderful success, with plenty of activities for people of all ages. The ladies took the time on Friday to get their nails done, courtesy of the Beauty Academy, at the Town Centre.  Bernice Sullivan and her team arrived to transform some willing nails as part of the week long programme of events. Claire Bellis from Age Action also popped along with Kieran Hallinan from Bluebird Care who presented the group with an award for their efforts.

Disability Federation of Ireland

Newsletter now available.

Google Silver Surfer Awards

Tutor of the Year Award Winner: Ann Egan, Louth Older Peoples Forum Ann Egan   Please click here for Press Release

Part-time Courses: Health & Science: DkIT

Certificate in Ageing, Health & Environment – 1 year E2,400 Postgraduate Diploma in Ageing, Health & Environment – 2 years E4,800 Masters in Ageing, Health & Environment – 2 years E7,200 View courses and enrol online @

Irish Railway Heritage Calendar 2014

Defibrillator used to save a woman’s life

Quick thinking staff and diners at a local restaurant saved an elderly woman’s life last week by using a nearby defibrillator.

Young and old ‘appy’ to bridge generational gap

Bridging the generational gap, the SANDPIT project was officially launched at the Netwell Centre in DKIT last week. The project has produced four smart phone apps that have been shortlisted for a major European Award. Cooley welcomes the Birches Day Care Centre Louth Age Friendly County receive EU “Oscar” for active ageing project Garda Vetting: Mandatory Requirements

Wexford Age Equality Network Visit to Dundalk

Louth Age Friendly County welcomed Wexford Age Equality Network to Dundalk where we showcased the age friendly projects such as the Great Northern Haven, the Parlour and the Age Friendly Journey. For the Wexford opinion of Louth Age Friendly please click on the link below:         Dundalk Positive Mental Health Art Exhibition – 07/10/14 (See link below for more details) Dundalk Positive Mental Health Art Exhibition Invitation