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Sick of paying sky-high rents, or struggling to make it onto the property ladder? Well, a GAA club in Louth may just have the solution for you. 

St Fechin's GAA club in Termonfeckin is raffling off a four bedroom semi-detached house as part of its massive fundraising campaign, with tickets going for just €100. 

Launched on Friday, the 'Win a Feckin House' competition is capped at 8,000 tickets, giving you a fairly decent chance of nabbing the top prize – Well, when you compare it to the likes of the Euromillions anyway. 

According to Buzz.ie, the property, which is located in the new Castle Park development in Termonfeckin, features a landscape garden, rear patio and solar panels, as well as a fully fitted kitchen, built-in bedroom wardrobes and heated towel rails. 

The draw is due to take place on Sunday December 30, 2018, in the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda, but people who purchase their tickets before August 1 will be entered into a bonus draw with the chance of winning five more tickets. 

Other prizes on offer include a cruise for two, a bathroom makeover and a 55" LED TV. 

All of the money raised over the course of the campaign will go towards building a new community centre for the club. 

Speaking about the raffle, a spokesperson for the club said: 

"St Fechins GAA in Termonfeckin, Co Louth will be changing someone’s life on Sunday, 30th December 2018 when one lucky winner will be the proud owner of a beautiful 4-bedroom semi-detached house in Castle Park, Termonfeckin worth over €280,000!" said a spokesperson for the club.

"We've many more great prizes bringing the total prize fund up to over €300,000!"

Upon purchasing a ticket, you will automatically become a social member of the club. 

Tickets can be purchased online here or at the following locations: Wogans Build Centre, North Road, Drogheda; Briscoes Electrix Ltd, Donore Road, Drogheda; Westcourt Hotel, West Street, Drogheda; The Design Gallery, St Laurences Gate, Drogheda; The Forge Field Shop & Coffee Shop, Termonfeckin; Termonfeckin Post Office; Dublin Meat Company, Dublin Road Drogheda.

Good luck! 

Feature Image // myhome.ie 

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Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred early this morning on the N2 south of Ardee at Mullacapple.

The single car incident occurred at 1am this morning.

A male in his 30s was fatally injured when the car he was driving left the road and collided with a pole.

He was the only person in the car, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been removed to our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

This stretch of road is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.

Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Ardee Garda Station on 041 6871130, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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A man has died following a stabbing incident in Co Louth earlier today.

According to the Garda Press Office, authorities are investigating the fatal incident in Dundalk which occurred shortly before 9am this morning.

A man, whose age has yet to be established, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A number of other people have also been injured in this incident but their injuries are unknown at present. 

There are currently three scenes preserved for technical examination; Avenue Road, Inner Relief Road and Seatown.

One man has been arrested and is currently detained in Dundalk Garda Station.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388400, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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One man has been killed following an explosion at a house in Co Louth overnight.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Termonfeckin Road in Drogheda, shortly after midnight.

Gardaí believe the explosion, which resulted in a fire at the house in Beaulieu, was caused by a faulty boiler.

The incident is being treated as a tragic accident and no foul play is suspected.

Two others are being treated for burn injuries at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

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A man in his 20s has died following a road traffic accident in Co Louth in the early hours of this morning.

The incident occurred at around 12.20am on the Dundalk to Castleblaney road.

It's understood the vehicle he was travelling in hit a wall at Rathmore, Kilkerly, around three miles outside of Dundalk.

The man, who was the sole occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been taken to hospital in Dundalk.

The road has been closed for examination and gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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Gin school? Hell, yes.

That's right, Ireland's first gin school is opening up and we couldn't be more excited.

In conjunction with the launch of a new premium gin, Listoke 1777, a gin school is opening up and will be held in a swanky, purpose-built distillery in Co. Louth.

It will offer unique experiences such as the history of gin, learning the secrets behind the booze and also making your own bespoke bottle.

You will also be able to tour the new distillery, with G&Ts being served throughout the day to keep you going.

Now, that's a kind of school we could get into!

James McKenna, Sales and Marketing Director for Listoke Distillery, said, "Having recently returned to Ireland after 18 years working in the bar industry in New York, I was struck by the interest in gin, and saw the opportunity to recapture Ireland’s heritage of spirit production."

Where do we sign up?!

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Ebay are about to announce the closure of their operations in Dundalk, Co. Louth.

According to the Independent, even though the Dundalk branch is closing, it will still continue to employ staff in other parts of the country.

However, with job losses expected, their former sister company PayPal will add additional positions to their business, which is also located in Louth.

It is believed that up to 150 jobs will be lost as Ebay are set to announce the news today.

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With his wife, Nicola, his three young children, Lucy, Alex and Andrew, and a host of dignitaries – including Michael D Higgins and Enda Kenny – in attendance, the funeral of Garda Tony Golden has now taken place. 

The service was held at the small St Oliver Plunkett's church in the parish of Blackrock, Co Louth at 12noon.

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Prior to the service the funeral cortège, led by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, had made its way through the locale 

Businesses in the area have shut for the day as a mark of respect, with most residents instead lining the town's streets.

Most impactful of all, however, was the sight of 35-year-old Garda Tony's coffin being escorted by thousands of his serving colleagues, many of them in uniform.

The church itself can only accommodate some 300 people, so most stood in the grounds, where big screens broadcasting the funeral have been erected.

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Tony was killed on Sunday when he responded to a local 999 call.

He was shot and shortly afterwards died alongside the 24-year-old shooter, Adrian Crevan Mackin, who turned the gun on himself after fatally striking Garda Golden. 

The killer's partner and the mother of his two children, Siobhán Phillips, 22, remains in a critical condition in a Dublin hospital after also being shot in the head by Crevan Mackin.  

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This afternoon, the dead garda was remembered as a role model for the community; his brother, Patrick, also described him as a "big gentle giant".

And in his homily, chief celebrant Fr Pádraig Keenan told the congregation that the killing of Garda Golden was "cold blooded murder". He reminded the mourners that Co Mayo-native was the 88th garda to die in the line of duty. 

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He continued: "It is 88 members too many. He like all the others is mourned by the entire nation.

Fr Keenan went on to say that too many hearts have been broken, and too many lives shattered. There is no place for violence in our society, violence is wrong, always wrong, he stated.

Symbols brought to altar by heartbroken family members include photographs; a club jersey and hurley from the Stephanites GAA club in his native Ballina, Co Mayo; as well as a TV remote control, a soft drink, a bar of chocolate and packet of crisps to recall his cherished "time out".

Garda Golden will now be laid to rest at St Paul's Cemetery Heynestown.

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As further details of the killing emerge this afternoon, a shocked nation continues to mourn the late Garda Tony Golden.

The 35-year-old was gunned down in the line of duty yesterday evening in Co Louth by Adrian Crevan Mackin, a suspected IRA member who had been on bail.

Adrian Crevan Mackin afterwards turned the gun on himself

 

Crevan Mackin, 24, took his own life after shooting Garda Golden – who was unarmed, in uniform and responding to a 999 call alone at the time of his death.

The killer had also shot his former partner and the mother of his two children, Siobhán Phillips, 21. This afternoon, she remains in a Dublin hospital receiving life-saving treatment for her critical injuries, which include serious head wounds.

Siobhán Phillips, seen with Crevan Mackin, is in a critical condition

 

The Newry-native gunman was due to appear at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin at the end of this month. Following a joint Garda-PSNI operation to target dissident republicans he had been arrested and charged with IRA membership at the beginning of this year. 

Ms Phillips had already reported an earlier incident involving Crevan Mackin to gardaí – and her relatives had also expressed concerns for her safety. 

Meanwhile, dozen of tributes to Garda Golden – who had more than a decade of service to his name – have been made over the last 24 hours. The Garda Representative Association described him as "an Irish hero who died putting his life on the line for his community".

Calling it a tragedy, President Michael D Higgins said he wanted to express his "deepest sympathy to the family and friends" of Garda Golden.

Garda Tony Golden is survived by his wife, Nicola, and their children

 

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald featured on RTÉ's Morning Ireland today, telling listeners that the "death will be mourned by the entire nation, grateful for the service which he gave to it".

She continued: "Gardaí go out everyday, it takes courage to do their job, going out to face the unknown as they do on a daily basis."

 And local Omeath resident Marie McGuinness told herald.ie that the father-of-three “was a gentle giant and an absolute gentleman".

The garda had been based in the now-closed Kill O'The Grange station in south county Dublin, but was deployed to Co Louth some six years ago.

He lived with his young family locally in the town of Blackrock, and originally hailed from Co Mayo. 

Garda Golden leaves behind a wife of nine years, Nicola O'Sullivan, as well as two daughters and a son under the age of eight.

His parents Breege and David, who still reside in Ballina, are also said to be heart-broken and shocked by the tragedy, as are his parents-in-law, Tony and Iris.

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Not caring what you look like when you work out is a thing of the past. Gone are the days you exercised in black leggings and an old, worn-out baggy top.

Celebrities like Khloe Kardashian, Adriana Lima and Gigi Hadid are spicing up the fitness world – along with their wardrobes while they're at it. 

In short: with fitness now becoming more important and popular than ever, we need to look better than Bridget Jones while doing so. 

That's why one woman in Ireland came up with a new business, to get us Irish gym bunnies looking slick and stylish as we hit the treadmill.

Co. Louth fitness guru, Laura Armada-Buch, is launching a new range of gym-gear called Fit Is An Attitude this week. 

Born in Spain, she has been based in Ireland for years having studied here back in the Nineties – eventually marrying an Irish guy. So while she's practically a Louth-native at this stage, we love though that she's bringing Mediterranean warmth to her pieces.

Laura says she wanted to ensure that woman can FINALLY look good in gym gear – which for her means no nasty bulges and lumps and bumps.

In fact, the entrepreneur first came up with the idea for her collection a number of years ago as she constantly heard women in the gym complaining about ill-fitting, uncomfortable and heavy leggings.

Fast forward to 2015, and these items definitely flatten and shape your legs and bum while also being thick enough to hide the outline of underwear. They are also breathable, however, which means they're seriously comfortable. Phew! Meanwhile, the jazzy patterns will definitely spice up your gym game.  

According to Laura: “Fit Is An Attitude is filling a niche. We’re providing premium quality leggings which are comfortable, non-see through and breathable. 

"They also stay up as you squat, which is a huge bonus. As well as looking great, they make you look good as they flatten the tummy and skim the love-handle areas." 

The launch of the new brand is set to take place on August 21 in Laura's gym, Labfitness, in Drogheda.

It will be hosted by TV3’s Deric Hartigan, who is also well-known for participating in triathlons all over the country.

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Each week we speak to an inspiring go-getter as part of our Rising Stars series.

Here, 24-year-old Hazel Wallace – better known to her many fans as the Food Medic, explains to us how she mingles her medical degree studies with managing her incredible online profile.

She also intimately discusses 6am starts, the sudden death of her father, and her BIG plans for the future…

Hazel Wallace is busy. Very busy in fact. She’s taking medical exams for one, and she runs her own business. Oh, and she still finds time to go to the gym.

If you follow her on Instagram (and if you don’t you should), you will probably have noticed that she looks her happiest when she’s working out.

And yes, she now has a body to die for.

By Hazel’s own admission, however, this wasn’t always the case.

Five years ago, when she moved from her native Co. Louth to the UK to pursue an initial degree in medical sciences, and a subsequent degree in medicine, she found herself switching between comfort food and what she thought was a healthy diet of fruit, cereals and yoghurt.

Although Hazel was slim, she says she felt lethargic, lacked in body confidence and had dry skin and hair.

“I developed bad eating habits and an unhealthy relationship with food,” Hazel explains to SHEmazing! “During a six week revision period leading up to exams, I decided to join the gym as an incentive to keep me motivated and energised during the study period.

“Alongside my new training programme, I began to feed my body the nourishment it so desperately needed and soon became a more energised, healthy and happy girl. I started to cook meals from scratch, try new foods and experiment with different ingredients.” 

Two years ago, Hazel decided to merge her love of health sciences with her interest in nutrition and fitness, and in doing so, created the Food Medic blog. Her aim was simple: to show people that a healthy lifestyle is possible for everyone regardless of how busy they are.

She also began posting to Instagram pictures from her sessions in the gym, and at last count, her followers totaled some 48,000.

Hazel finds her insta-fame “all a bit surreal” but says she is “humbled by the support and constant positivity” she receives from her followers.

Last year, she even released her first eBook, Clean Eats And Protein Treats.   

The 24-year-old explains that her interest in medicine was first triggered at 14 when her father suffered a stroke and sadly passed away. Medicine, she says, pushes her mentally, while training pushes her physically.

Understandably, her day is planned with military precision – because it has to be.

“I get up at 6am every day to reply to emails and get organised for the day ahead by packing my lunch, a gym bag and my bag for placement or the library,” she explains.

“I spend 9am-4pm in the library revising. I hit the gym afterwards for 60 minutes and come home for dinner. I do an hour of emails and social media or any Food Medic admin that needs attending to.

I revise for another few hours, prep my lunch for the next day and try to get to bed by 11pm. On the weekends I generally do all my meetings and events. I’m just back from the NIKE NTC tour in Stockholm!” 

And Hazel has big plans too for the Food Medic brand and hopes to one day open a health food café.

“Some say I might bite off more than I can chew, but so far I’m enjoying juggling medicine and a business!” she laughs.

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The residents of Tullyallen in Co. Louth are under attack from one very confident crow!

The bird, which has been dubbed as the ‘Crazy Crow’, has been landing on people’s heads, waking people up by tapping on their windows and stealing the cones at GAA training! He has become so well known around the local area that he even has his own Facebook page!

However, not everyone has deemed the crow as a pest – one woman, June Smith is quite taken by the winged creature!

Sinead Sweeney, on the other hand, was not happy when he woke her and her family up pecking at the window and squawking. Sinead said that he "then tried to attack my dog. Lunatic!!"

We really want to meet this guy! However, some residents are worried he will hurt one of the school kids. One woman revealed that "it was my child he went for this morning, to the back of his head."

Suddenly, this funny story has taken an eerie twist….

 

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