Haunted House - presented by Cox's Demesne Community Volunteers

On Saturday 31th October, Cox’s Demesne Community Volunteers organised an event aimed at bringing the community together and letting them know about the work that they had been doing over the past five months to promote volunteering and improve the area.

The Haunted House was supported by many local agencies including Louth County Council, Louth Volunteer Centre, Redeemer Family Resource Centre and Cox’s Demesne Community & Youth Project.

In the lead up to Halloween, volunteers ran art classes with the after school groups in ‘The House’ to make gravestones to be put in the garden for the Halloween event.  Both the Redeemer Boys and Girls National schools also took part, by encouraging all students to take part in in a Halloween art competition. Prizes were donated for three winners in each school by Pirates Den, Dundalk FC, Hallmark, Easons, Penneys and Boots.

Halloween Group

Over 30 volunteers helped to make the day a success performing tasks such as sending out leaflets, sourcing props, recruiting volunteers, face-painting, taking part in the haunted house as actors and tour guides.

The Haunted House was very well attended with over 200 children attending on the day. Each child was charged €1 to enter. The total raised was €200.50 and £2.50.

The proceeds are to be divided between Cox’s Demesne Community & Youth Project and Cox’s Demesne Community Volunteers to go towards their Christmas event.

Cox's Demesne Community Volunteers Clean Up local community

Cox’s Demesne Community Volunteers have been working hard to bring people together and help to improve the estate in recent months. The group hope to target a number of areas that have become notorious for illegal dumping and so have become overgrown and dangerous. The first clean-up was held in the Beechmount drive area last Tuesday morning. The volunteers were supported by both council workers and local CE workers to get the job done. They were also supported by thirteen staff, interns and volunteers from Louth Volunteer Centre, many of whom travelled from Drogheda to help out as part of a team volunteering day, and two county councillors, Maeve Yore and Edel Corrigan. Kayleigh Mulligan, from Louth Volunteer Centre, has been working closely with residents in the area since May to help revive volunteering in the area said that “while the clean-up was a huge success on the day, we really need to stress the importance of getting more local people on board with making improvements to the area if we are to be successful in the long term.” She also acknowledged the dedication of the four local volunteers that have been the driving force behind getting this work done, Charlie O’Brien, Fergal Sheehy, Ciarán McIntyre and Anthony Heeney. This environmental project is the second event run by these volunteers. On 29th August they organised the free family day named El Paso Party, which was very well attended with over 150 children on the day with their families.

Louth Age Friendly Business Fair 2015

    Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair

Crowne Plaza, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Sunday 4th October 2015 – Midday to 5.00pm

A unique opportunity to learn about the innovative products and services
 to enhance and secure our lives as we live longer

Within the Northeast region, Louth is seen as leading the way in developing a range of age-friendly initiatives and related new products and services. These developments are happening across the board with businesses, within communities and among the public services.

As we grow older our needs and aspirations change, so what range of products and services are available to help enhance the wonderful opportunity of living longer?

Following on from the success in previous years of the Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair , we will once again seek to provide information on what products and services are available for older people.  Attendees will be able to

  • Learn how new innovate products can assist in the daily activities of living
  • Learn about services that are available to support you or a loved one in their own home and in the community
  • Listen to informative talks on matters that concern older people
  • Enjoy some fun and get fit with Carmel Dowdall’s Chairobics!
  • Learn about those businesses who offer products and services for older people, to assist them in living longer and healthier lives in the best possible way

As well as over 50 Age Friendly businessexhibitors, leading figures from caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion, law and many more will be on hand to give advice and provide valuable information..

The special guest on the day will be businessman Gavin Duffy, star of RTE Dragon’s Den and chairperson of the Louth Age Friendly Business Forum.


We look forward to seeing you at this FREE event on Sunday 4th October in the Crowne Plaza.

A discount of 10% is being offered on lunch to all those attending the Consumer Fair on the day.

The  event is supported by the Myhomecare.ie, Louth Age-Friendly County Initiative, Age-Friendly Business Forum, Louth Economic Forum,  Dundalk Chamber of Commerce 

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