The Strand Hotel, Omeath - home for most of our meetings


Meetings of the Cooley Environmental and Health Group, are held every two months or so, usually in the Strand Hotel, Omeath. Summaries of this year's meetings appear below with the most recent appearing towards the top of the page.

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For reports on the Annual Workshops please select the Workshops link.

For information on the Cancer Conference follow the Cancer link.

The next general meeting will be held on Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 at 7pm in the Strand Hotel, Omeath. These meetings are open to all. If you would like to become involved in the activities of the Cooley Environmental and Health Group, please come along. You will be very welcome.

The minutes are always carefully scrutinised before being accepted

Report on Cooley Environment and Health Group Meeting, Sunday 13th May 2018

It was noted that the See Change organisation, dedicated to encouraging people to dispel the stigma associated with mental health issues is running agreen ribbon campaign for the month of May . Please see for further information.

The next meeting was fixed for Wednesday 26 September 2018 in The Strand, Omeath, starting at 19:00. It will be held on the theme: “Positive Mental Health.” Speakers will include Aoibhe Nikkel and Sean Crudden. It is hoped that Pakie O’Connor, chairperson, Dundalk Mental Health Association, will attend and speak. Speeches must be short and pithy to leave ample room for discussion, possibly in small groups. We expect to cater for about 20 people at the meeting. A short committee meeting will be held at 21:00 to make some arrangements about the winter workshop which will take place in January 2019. The workshop will probably concern itself with the environmental and health implications of Brexit.

Aoibhe Nikkel reported on a recent meeting in Cooley Hall about applying for energy conservation grants for retrofitting houses with insulation and with heat pumps. The main speaker was Eugene Conlon from Dunleer Community Development Association. The scheme for group applications is organised by SEAI. The Cooley application is already in train. For further information, see

Report on Cooley Environment and Health Group Meeting, Sunday 11th March 2018
The Chairman, Jonathan Larkin, welcomed Aoibhe and Chris Nikkel to the meeting. It is always nice to see new faces.

The meeting was preceded by a presentation by Tony Lennon outlining the economic and health benefits of cycleways. The presentation included a proposal for a cycleway which would connect with the cycleway from Newry, to run through Omeath and Carlingford, round to the south side of the peninsula, through Dundalk and more or less following the coast all the way to Drogheda. If extended southwards, this could eventually form a continuous route all the way from Portadown to Dublin. This was followed by a short supporting speech by Liam Kieran. Between them they made a very persuasive case.

There was agreement that the Winter Workshop on 27th January had gone very well, thanks to the efforts of our two principal speakers: Lisa Butterly and Jim Walsh. It was felt there was a lot of latent interest in the topic, so Jonathan Larkin, Sean Crudden and Aoibhe Nikkel are to explore the possibilities of a further meeting on a similar theme before our next meeting. This ideally would be held sometime before the summer.

Sean Crudden reported on the CEHG's financial situation. This is currently in a reasonably healthy state, but Sean warned that the biannual charge for web hosting, one of our larger outlays, would be due shortly, and that some of our traditional income sources could no longer be relied upon.

Some provisional thought was given to next year's Winter Workshop. Our Secretary, Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes, suggested that we might do something associated with Brexit and its implications for Louth and the other border counties. It was agreed that this could well be extremely topical by the beginning of 2019. The Committee decided to mull it over.

A timetable for future meetings was provisionally agreed. It was agreed that our outgoing Chairman, Paul Smyth, who was unable to attend should be invited to become Vice Chairman.

Under Any Other Business, Sean Crudden drew attention to an on-line petition organised by the Dundalk Cycle Alliance on requesting Louth County Council to include traffic separated cycle lanes in its €4m upgrade of Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk. The Secretary was also instructed to make a submission if possible, given that the deadline for submissions is actually tomorrow (12th March), on the issue on behalf of the CEHG .
Report on Cooley Environment and Health Group Meeting, Sunday 21st January 2018
This, the final meeting before the 2018 Workshop, was chaired by Jonathan Larkin. The main item on today's agebda was to finalise the details for the Workshop to be held next Saturday on the topic: Mental Health Care in Louth 1918–2018 and Beyond. The main speaker will be Dr Lisa Butterly, who has vast experience of Ardee Mental Hospital which opened for business in 1935. Other speakers include Dr Dennis Pringle, Geography Prof Emeritus Maynooth; Seán Crudden, Retired Maths and Science Teacher VEC; as well as many more who have been involved in Mental Health Care. Our Honorary Secretary, Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD will act as the facilitator.

Following the presentations the workshop will split up into 3 groups to discuss Depression; Services and Suicide before reporting back to a concluding round table session.