Dates set for Tidy Towns’ clean up days across Co Louth

The first of the clean-up events takes place in Carlingford on Wednesday

The first of the clean-up events takes place in Carlingford on Wednesday

The Louth Tidy Towns’ committee has drawn up a programme of street sweeping for village and towns.

The fortnight of events are aimed at encouraging local people to come out and tidy up their communities ahead and everyone who has some spare time is encouraged to take part.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday May 27th

  • Carlingford – 6am to 9am
  • Omeath – 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Greenore – 1pm to 4pm
  • Grange – 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Thursday May 28th

  • Tallanstown – 6am to 9am
  • Knockbridge – 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Louth Village – 1pm to 3pm

Tuesday June 2nd

  • Collon – 6am to 9am
  • Tullyallen 10am to 1pm
  • Philipstown 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday June 3rd

  • Dunleer – 6am to 9am
  • Clogherhead – 11am to 4pm
  • Kilcurry – 5pm to 6pm

Thursday June 4th

  • Ardee 1 – 6am to 10am
  • Ardee 2 – 10am to 4pm

Monday June 8th

  • Baltray – 6am to 9am
  • Termonfeckin – 9am to 12 noon
  • Kilkerley – 2pm to 4pm

Tuesday June 9th

  • Stabannon – 6am to 10am
  • Reaghstown – 11am to 2pm

Wednesday June 10th

  • Castlebellingham – 6am to 10am
  • Kilsaran – 11am to 1pm
  • Annagassan – 2pm to 4pm

Thursday June 11th

  • Blackrock – 6am to 9am
  • Dromiskin – 10am to 2pm

Plans for new student accommodation, nursing home and R&D facility at Dundalk IT

Existing student accommodation at Dundalk IT

Existing student accommodation at Dundalk IT

Plans have been drawn up for new student accommodation, a nursing home and a research and development facility at Dundalk IT.

Fallstar Construction Ltd have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission for a development of four blocks of student housing, three storeys in height, at Greenpark on the Inner Relief Road.

This is beside existing student accommodation to the rear of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Each block would contain 21 units each, with each containing nine rooms. This would lead to 189 rooms in total being built should the go ahead be given.

Mullingar-based Fallstar have also applied to build a 127 room nursing home at the same location. This would be two storeys in height and would include ancillary facilities.

They have also proposed a research development and training centre five storeys in height, which would have a gross floor area of 12,286sqm, all with associated parking and a roof-top plant including optional solar/photovoltaic panels and all associated site development works.

Louth County Council are due to decide on the matter by July 7th.

Counting underway in Louth

Counting is underway in Louth and across the country following yesterday’s referendum vote.

Dundalk had one of the highest turnouts in the country with 70% of the electorate voting and the early indications from Louth are that the marriage equality referendum will pass and the presidential age vote will be turned down.

Horgan double sinks Pat’s and sends Dundalk six clear

DundalkCrest2010Daryl Horgan scored in either half as Dundalk ran out 2-0 winners over St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park last night to move six points clear at the top of the table.

The winger gave his side the lead just before the half hour mark when he slotted home a David McMillan pass.

Pats then had defender Kenny Browne sent off in the 36th minute for a second bookable offence.

Stephen Kenny’s side then pushed on for a second goal which duly arrived in the 61st minute when Horgan finished off a good team move involving Dane Massey and Ronan Finn.

Despite going close to adding further goals, the visitors had to rely on a couple of late stops from Gary Rogers to ensure they seen the game out.

Next up for Dundalk is Shelbourne at home in the FAI Cup on Friday night.

Live Register figures up 0.3% in Dundalk despite national decline

00018679-314Live Register figures for Dundalk grew slightly last month despite unemployment at a national level falling below the 10% mark for the first time since early 2009.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there were 5,900 people signed on in Dundalk last month, an increase on the 5,881 who were on the register in March – a rise of 0.3%.

This is the first increase recorded in the Live Register figures in Dundalk since January.

On a county level there were 13,844 people signing on last month, down by 0.6% from the 13,924 a month earlier. There were also declines recorded in both Ardee (-1.4%) and Drogheda (-1.2%).

Despite the narrow rise last month, unemployment levels in Dundalk are at their lowest level in six years since April 2009 when 5,871 people were on the Live Register.

Two substantial sites on outskirts of Dundalk up for sale

The land for sale at Xerox

The land for sale at Xerox

Two substantial development land sites on the outskirts of Dundalk have gone on the market in the past week.

REA Gunne Property have an 8.99 hectare area (22.23 acres) for sale for an undisclosed sum adjoining the Xerox Technology Park. The land is currently zoned as ‘Employment Mixed Use’ and could be of interest to anyone who wants to expand the business offering in the area.

Notable businesses operating beside the land include Xerox, PayPal, eBay, Warner Chilcott, Furniture Link and National Pen.

Meanwhile, Sherry FitzGerald Carroll have 6.33 hectares (15.68 acres) of development land for sale at Ballybarrack on the Ardee Road for an asking price of €250,000.

While currently used as agricultural land, it is described as offering great potential for future development subject to planning permission. A low density housing development has previously had planning permission year although it has now expired.

The lands remain zoned phase 3 residential for future development and expansion of Dundalk town.

The land for sale at Ballybarrack

The land for sale at Ballybarrack

McGahon goes above and beyond to help Carlingford twins vote

Cllr John McGahon (right) with Cillian and Gearoid McDonald after they voted in Carlingford

Cllr John McGahon (right) with Cillian and Gearoid McDonald after they voted in Carlingford

Local councillor John McGahon went above and beyond the call of duty to help two brothers vote in today’s marriage equality referendum.

The Fine Gael representative for Dundalk-Carlingford received a phone call from twins Cillian and Gearoid McDonald to say they were stranded in Dublin and wanted to get home to vote.

The Dundalk Rugby Club member then hopped in his car to pick them up and take them back to Carlingford where they both voted Yes.

For Cillian it could be a particularly historical contribution as he emigrates to Australia on Sunday.

Boylesports offering a free bet to anyone who flew home to vote

smr36623_[1]_BoylesportsDundalk-based bookmakers Boylesports are offering a free €5 bet to anyone who flew home to vote in the marriage equality referendum.

All you have to do to claim the free bet is call into any Boylesports shop, display and hand in your boarding card and make your selection.

Boylesports’ PR executive Aoife Heffron said: It has been overwhelming to see the many hundreds of people coming back to Ireland solely to use their vote on the Marriage Referendum and Age of Presidential Candidates Referendum and as a way of showing our gratitude we want to offer a free bet to anyone who made the journey.”

She added: “With BoyleSports shops staying open until 9.30pm this evening, and polling stations open until 10pm, why not stop into your local shop after you vote with your boarding card and pick up a free bet – just like voting it’s that simple.”

Chance to reduce speed limit in your estate to 30km/h


As part of a review of vehicle speeds in local housing estates, Louth County Council are currently inviting submissions from residents’ associations and community groups regarding the adequacy or otherwise of existing speed limits in their area.

A notice put out by the local authority says: “In order to ensure that housing estate roads are as safe as possible for pedestrians, cyclists and children, the Council would particularly welcome submissions in relation to the possible introduction of a 30kmh speed limit in their area.”

Submissions may be made in writing to Eugene McManus, Administrative Office, Infrastructure, Louth County Council, Town Hall, Dundalk before 5pm on Friday June 5th.

Rainbow cake to mark referendum day on sale in 23 Seats


Unless you’ve been living under a rock all day you’ll know that the country is going to the polls right now to vote in the marriage equality referendum.

Whether you choose to vote Yes or No is your democratic right but no matter what side of the fence you come down on it’s hard not to be impressed by this rainbow cake.

The creation of Brodigan’s Londis Cakery in Quay Street and on sale in 23 Seats in Crowe Street it really is magnificent. Why not call in for a slice and a cuppa after voting today.