Welcome to The Lowdown. This is LouthNow.ie’s evening bulletin, brought to you in association with McGoey’s Pharmacy. Every weekday evening, we will bring you what you might have missed during the day in a digestible, quick read so you can catch up and then relax for the night.
/ONE What’s the difference between vandalism and mindless vandalism? Nothing, of course. It’s one and the same. Any act of vandalism is perpetrated without proper thought and consideration for those affected. It is no victimless crime.
Shattered glass will need repairing. Stolen lifebuoys will need replacing. Graffiti needs to be removed. It’s painstaking work, takes time, it’s labour intensive and of course it costs.
The work undertaken on the Riverside Walk and the Railway Line in Ardee by volunteers, members of Ardee Tidy Towns and CE Scheme workers over the years has been a credit to the town. Which is why it was so devastating to see – by anyone’s standards – an inordinate amount of graffiti daubed on the wall linking the Railway Line last week, adding to graffiti further along the river at the Riverside Walk public space.
“It is the burden of the community to clean up after the irresponsible people,” Cllr Jim Tenanty told us today. It is one burden too far. It sees valuable and worthy work undone. It will be done again, too. Vandals don’t get to win.
Read the full story here: Tenanty laments burden on community as graffiti fiend strikes again
/TWO Three years ago, Failte Ireland funding was granted to the Tholsel Building in Drogheda which would allow a substantial phase two of redevelopment work to be carried out. The ground floor had already been redeveloped, a restoration that included a brilliant new interactive exhibition for visitors.
The 2017 funding would see essential renovation carried out on the upper floor – but as of yet, there’s been no progress there. Ardee Castle applied for funding under the same Capital Grant scheme but received no money. They did via a subsequent scheme and last Thursday, locals in Ardee took part in a workshop on the future of the townhouse.
Councillor Kevin Callan raised that at the Drogheda Borough Council meeting on Monday evening. What is the delay, he asked? Answers were not forthcoming. Expect more on this in the coming weeks.
/THREE You can sponsor a lot of things these days. Even roundabouts. Come again? Roundabouts? Yes, roundabouts.
Louth County Council are accepting expressions of interest from businesses around Louth for sponsorship of 19 roundabouts dotted across the county, in Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee.
The scheme bids to raise funds for visually enhancing the built environments of the roundabouts through landscaping and maintenance. Businesses who sponsor a roundabout can benefit from advertising opportunities on the selected roundabouts via signage which will take a prominent position on the roundabout. Louth County Council say the minimum sponsorship for an individual roundabout is €1,500 annually.
The local authority even claim that that ‘sponsorship costs and exposure may be more effective in relation to other advertising media.’ We’re fighting Netflix, Facebook, YouTube and everything else for people’s attention. We’re fighting against an increasing amount of subscription products for people’s money. And now, media outlets like LouthNow.ie are fighting the council for attracting advertisers.
Read the full story here: Council looking for roundabout sponsors across county Louth
/FOUR It was announced today that Stephen Kenny is returning to Dundalk. Hang on. Don’t get too excited. The Football Association of Ireland are gearing up for this summer’s European Championships, with four games to be hosted in Dublin – regardless of what happens in Ireland’s playoff in March. To celebrate, the National Football Exhibition is touring the country and it’s coming to Dundalk for two weeks this month (February 14 to February 29).
King Kenny is coming too – to launch the event on Thursday February 13 along with Ireland legends Ray Houghton and Dundalk man and Ireland centurion Steve Staunton. For fans of soccer in Dundalk, it is a night not to be missed. For the next two weeks too, surely a trip to the County Museum in Dundalk should be pencilled in too.