Champions League Second Round Discussion

BATE Borisov v Dundalk
BATE Borisov v Dundalk

Gavin McLaughlin from the Dundalk Democrat was John’s guest on the Sports Academy. Gavin gave us descriptions of the stadium, the atmosphere at the match and the accompanying football talk and opinions of the travelling support.

In the second half of the show Dundak FC’s General Manager Martin Connolly joined the discussion and gave very important advice for everyone attending the return leg in Oriel Park on Wednesday 22nd July.

Sports Academy 20th July 2015 Part 1  - Download This Episode
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Dundalk Connections with the Spanish Civil War

Friends of the International Brigade
Friends of the International Brigade

Tony Martin was Eileen Corcoran’s guest on the Arts and Culture Show on Saturday 11th July 2015. Tony shared his knowledge about Eoin O’Duffy and the 700 Irish Blue-shirts who went to support General Franco as part of the International Brigade in 1936.

Tony talks about people local to Dundalk who joined O’Duffy including Charlie Donnolly who arrived in Spain on the 7th January 1937. Charlie was a poet, a philosopher and a soldier from Dungannon and Dundalk. 7 people went out 6 died. Andrew Delayney Carlingford, Albert McIlroy possibly from Blackrock, Francis Duffy O’Brien, Alexander Madero, Union Street, John McAleenan, Sheeptown Newry and Archibald Lester Doran, Ardee.

There will be a Commemorative Walk in Omeath on 25th July

More information from this website Friends of the International Brigade

And to give you more background have a search online for ‘Jarama Valley’ sung by Woodie Guthrie also by Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

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Clodagh Culligan, member founder of Oran’s Foundation

Oran's Foundation

The Oran Foundation was established in 2015 with the aim of fundraising for Oran and children with multiple and complex disabilities.  Oran was born in 2011 with multiple disabilities, complex medical needs and an uncertain future.  During difficulties and setbacks his will and spirit shine through.  He has exceeded expectations and has a smile and laugh that uplifts all those around him.  Oran has limitations but can continue to thrive and enjoy life with a little help from you.

The primary aim of the charity is to raise funds to purchase a modified vehicle which will be adapted to enable Oran to be transported to his school and his many hospital appointments.  We also want to assist the many organisations and charities who support Oran such as Suzanne House, Laura Lynn, Jack and Jill and Child Vision.

Marissa Lucchesi spoke to Clodagh Culligan about their first 5 mile road run fundraiser  in Stabannon on the 7th of June.

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Brendan McCahey winner of the Voice of Ireland

Brendan McCahey To where I begin

Listen to an interview with winner of the Voice of Ireland Brendan McCahey, who was in studio before Easter to play a few tunes from his new album ‘To where I begin’. Brendan sang ‘On and On’. and a cover of the Monkees’ I’m a Believer’.

Brendan talks ‘making those connections’ and using the platform of winning The Voice. He talks about meeting John Cleese, recording with Don Mescal and writing with Grammy nominated song writer John Peppard. There is a special thank you to Derek Turner and Mark Dearey from the Spirit Store who have been supporting him for 20 years.

Brendan is in the middle of writing songs for his new his new album which will be recorded in July and will be released in September.

Brendan’s website is

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Brendan McCahey at Dundalk FM
Brendan McCahey at Dundalk FM

Brendan is a regular guest on Dundalk FM and here he is with Michael Duffy on the Town Talk show singing David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ in 2012.


John’s Half Time Hello’s from Dalymount Park 24 March 2015

Happy Birthday to Ayuna Murphy and hello to Stephen, hello to Gerry McArdle, O’Hanlon Park, to the local hope Joe Martin, Dublin Street who scored 109 goals for Dundalk in his career, to Vinno Gray hello from Philip in Manchester, Tom King Legion Avenue, the two Maxis in Coxes Demesne, Eamon Matthews McSwiney Street, Tom Murphy and Paddy Mullen from the Quay, Gerry Casey, Eamon Dowdall, Andrew Mackin and his sons Emmet and Cian listening in Blarney in Cork, John Mc Court who listens in from Zambia, Simon Mackin and Mark Guinness in Sydney who get up at 3 in the morning to listen to the commentary, David Farrelly, Switzerland, David Kelledy in Boston, Alan McManus in Melbourne and Tommy Begley listening in in Jersey.

If you would like to tell John where you are listening in from or would like to say a hello to some friends or family then email or send a message to John directly on his Facebook page ‘John Murphy on Dundalk FM’.

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Stroke Awareness Week


Town Talk presenter Caoimhe O’Malley spoke to Fiona Connaghton, the Clinical Nurse for Our Lady of Lourdes/Louth County Hospital about National Stroke Week.

Fiona described a stroke is ‘ the sudden interruption of the blood supply to a part of the brain’. 10,000 people in Ireland will have a stroke in the next twelve months. One third of those will be under the age of 65.


What to look out for

Ask the person to smile – if one side of their face is drooping then they could be having a stroke, if one arm falls when they lift both arms or if they are having difficulty getting words out or cannot speak.

If you notice any of these signs it’s time to ACT FAST – call 999 or 112 and ask for an AMBULANCE.

The patient has 4.5 hrs to get to an emergency ward and receive treatment.

For more information you are encouraged to talk to the Multi Disciplinary Team at the Health Promotion Stand at the Drogheda Town Centre Shopping Mall  today Tuesday 24th from 12pm to 3pm and tomorrow Wednesday 25th the team will be in the Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk from 4pm to 6pm.

On Friday there is a Stroke Survivor Day in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin and it is free of charge. To find out more log on to the Irish Heart Foundation website

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Blackrock Fix It Factory

Blackrock Fix It 2015

Blackrock Tidy Towns in association with the Louth County Council organised a Fix It Factory at the Community Centre on Saturday 21st March 2015.

As Larry Magnier describes in this interview with Padraig Quigley, the idea is to get people to think about recycling or ‘upcycling’ as he describes  it.

There were experts on hand to have a look at  furniture, musical instruments electronic and small electrical equipment, bicycles, jewellery, clothing and shoes as can be seen in our collage.

Bridgestone and McManus Tyres were also there to check your tyres and give you a written report.

There was free tea and coffee and fun activities for the children.

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