Carlingford Community Newsletter – Sept 2019 Edition

Carlingford Community Newsletter September 2019 Edition


Carlingford Residents Association


Carlingford Community Development

(The Foy Centre)


Carlingford Tidy Towns


Carlingford & Cooley Tourism Assoc.


Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust

This newsletter is jointly produced by the five bodies representing the Carlingford community,


Carlingford Community Forum News

As we approach our follow up meeting with Louth Council, it is heartening to see that work has begun on the Ghan Folly. This site, together with the concrete supports on the Holy Trinity Cemetery wall have become eyesores in recent years. Not only will the work improve things aesthetically but will help with the Tidy Towns efforts in having to compensate for the untidy appearance of these sites.

The Forum is hoping to arrange a ‘meet & greet’ with the newly elected members of Louth County Council to inform them of the aspirations and concerns outlined in the community feedback and to familiarise them with the plans of the constituent organisations of the Forum.

We continue our engagement with An Garda Síochána on matters of law and order. We welcome the level of cooperation which we continue to receive.

We are happy to report that under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme, the contractor will begin work on the Strand Lane/Old Quay Lane project within the next two to three weeks. Savings were required to bring the project in on budget and this took some time to negotiate, but hopefully we will soon see activity on site.

The Forum notes that a Part 8 planning notice has been issued by Louth County Council for the development of the next sections of the Greenway, namely from the Station House in Carlingford Town to Carlingford Marina and from Omeath Pier to the National Border.

Heritage News

Carlingford featured in a two-page article in the summer-autumn issue of the Heritage Ireland newsletter. It notes that the castle was most likely built by John de Courcy, the Norman knight who invaded Ulster. At the end of the twelfth century it became the property of Hugh de Lacey, but was seized by King John who stayed there for three days. This is a poor qualification for having a castle named after you, so the consensus is that it should really be known as Carlingford Castle.

If you would like to read the article, a copy is available in the Heritage Centre and it is also reproduced below.

The Foy Centre

Coming Soon to the Foy Centre! Singing Lessons in Cooley.

Director/Head Teacher is Nicole Ring, International Soprano.

All ages are welcome from Beginners to Advanced. Lessons in Classical, Musicals, Trad, POP and Jazz. Commencing October 7th 2019.


Email: Twitter: @AcademyCooley.

Carlingford Knights Juniors

Carlingford Knights Junior Rugby commenced a new season on Saturday 31st August and welcomed 6 to 12 year old children free of charge for a fortnight, to try it out prior to becoming signed up members.

As a result, Carlingford Knights Juniors are growing all the time. On Saturday 21st Sept there were 140 children on the pitch including visiting teams from Banbridge. Many thanks to Jonathan for his generosity in providing food for all the children.

The Orchard Bakery

The Orchard Bakery will be hosting their next Pop Up night on Friday 1st November. See Facebook page for menu details.

Keep Fit Classes

Keep Fit Classes with Marie continue daily as follows:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 30am-10 30am. Tuesday and Thursday: 7pm-8pm.

If there’s anything you would like to see happening in the centre or on the pitch please contact 0876331701.

Carlingford Tidy Towns

The wonderful bee friendly garden in the heart of Carlingford.

CTT held a Spring Bulb planting session on Thursday 12th September.

Some mysterious new little residences were spotted on the green recently…

Discarded cigarette butts have long been a problem in Carlingford despite the fact that most know they are non-biodegradable. They are also quite a problem to sweep up due to their size and habit of getting into cracks in the pavement. Please dispose of them in the bins we have provided if you are out and about. Under no circumstances, empty car ashtrays into the gutter, do this at home when you are cleaning the car and don’t make this yet another task for CTT to have to clean up after you!

CTT held a Big Beach Clean on Saturday 21st September in conjunction with the An Taisce Clean Coasts National Big Beach Clean 2019 and succeeded in cleaning all the way from the harbour out to the junction with the Greenore Road.

Our volunteers didn’t park that bicycle there, we found it on the beach covered in seaweed. Neptune’s trident (oddly with an additional prong) was also recovered.

Great News in the Pipeline

Carlingford TT has made it to the National Finals of Tidy Towns 2019! The last time Carlingford we were nominated and won our category was back in 1988.

The focus of Tidy Towns is not only on appearance and aesthetics but lately on following the recent trend of restoring our environmental biodiversity and protecting our bees, butterflies, birds etc. This year, Carlingford TT has planted pollinators, let the wild flowers repopulate through the grass, planted fruit trees and raised awareness of the importance of biodiversity in our community. Many

thanks to the volunteers and the people of Carlingford who have supported this initiative, be it through giving their time, financial support and sponsorship.

The results will be announced on Monday 30th September. Watch this space…

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Please note we would welcome more contributions from Carlingford Community groups such as Residents Groups, sports and other active clubs.

If you run a local community group and would like to advertise your past or future events in this newsletter, please contact the undersigned.

Thank you for supporting your community

If you have any ideas or comments please Email them to

and I will ensure they are brought to the attention of the appropriate committee.


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