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Freda Hearty and the Carrickmacross Dance Kids are back and ready to take over An Táin Theatre on June 19th, 2013 with their spectacular show, ‘Dance Fever’.
‘Dance Fever’ is a perfect night out for all the family, with performances to suit all ages. The talented dancers aged from just 4 years onwards are promising to stage a “show-stopping performance” of the popular Disney film, 'Toy Story', where Buzz, Woody and all the gang get up to lots of mischief. There will also be songs from Little mix, One Direction and a spectacular sailing scene. If that wasn't enough, the Dance Kids will also be performing excerpts from the timeless classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

“We are literally going to ‘Rock’ An Táin Theatre,” laughed Freda Hearty, founder and director, Carrickmacross Dance Kids. “We have been so busy the last few months preparing for this show. I would like to thank all the Carrickmacross Dance Kids and their wonderful families; they have been great and so supportive. All the hard work has really paid off and it’s going to be a fantastic show."

Over the past number of years, Freda Hearty and the Dance Kids have raised an amazing €130,000 for charity both locally and abroad. This year, proceeds from ‘Dance Fever’ will be going to local charities. After the huge success of last years show 'Midsummer Beat', 'Dance Fever' promises to be a fun filled night out for all the family.
‘Dance Fever’ takes place in An Táin Theatre, Dundalk, on June 19th, 2013. Book your tickets today at An Táin Theatre’s box office on 042 9392919.  ‘Dance Fever’ will showcase some of the finest talent from Carrickmacross and is not to be missed. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Check out our 2013 line up and join us in experiencing one of the most enjoyable weekends of this summer and share in the mystical, fun and laughter of the Carrickmacross Festival 2013.

Click here to view 2013 Line Up




Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan, Heather Humphreys, has received confirmation from Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, that part-time fire-fighters will now be entitled to jobseeker's payments. Up to now many retained fire-fighters were deemed ineligible for jobseekers on the grounds that they were not 'available for and seeking work'.

Minister Burton, in response to representations made by Deputy Humphreys, has confirmed that she intends to legislate for this anomaly in the upcoming Social Welfare and Pensions Bill which will finally provide clarity to this longstanding problem.

“Minister Burton has confirmed to me in writing that Social Welfare and Pensions Bill will provide that any days of employment as a fire fighter will not reduce the individual's jobseeker's benefit weekly entitlement. If they work five days as a fire fighter they will also receive 5 days of Jobseeker's benefit.

“However, if they have other employment aside from fire fighting then their jobseeker's benefit entitlement will reduce for days worked in their non-fire fighting job. As such, the legislation will result in no losses being imposed on existing retained fire fighters who are in receipt of a Jobseeker's payment. Having taken up the case of part-time firefighters who have been disallowed jobseeker's benefits, I want to welcome this news and commend Minister Burton for her efforts.


Youth Work Ireland Monaghan`s Youth Information Service would like to appeal for donations of unwanted Driver Theory Test CDs/Books and Rules of the Road booklets.

Youth Work Ireland Monaghan understands that for many young people, learning to drive is an important milestone. However, accomplishing this milestone brings with it many expenses. Youth Work Ireland Monaghan, therefore appeal to people in the Carrickmacross and Castleblayney area, who are finished with and no longer need their Driver Theory Test material, to donate them to either of the Youth Information’s Centres. Ideally, the most up to date Official Theory Test Book and CD (5th Edition) would be of benefit. Lyndsey Maguire from Youth Work Ireland Monaghan states that “In order to provide young people with the most up to date information on learning to drive, it is important that we have the latest edition of both the Theory Test Book and CD available to them”.

When enough copies of both the Driver Theory Test book and CD have been donated, Youth Work Ireland Monaghan’s initiative is to run a pilot service, where young people in the Carrickmacross/ Castleblayney area will be able to borrow any of the material from each of the Youth Information Centres. A small deposit of €5 will be requested on borrowing the material which will be reimbursed when the material is returned.


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