Gardaí searching for man suspected of three muggings in Dundalk at the weekend

GARDAI3Gardaí in Dundalk are appealing for information on a man who is believed to have been involved in three different muggings in the town centre at the weekend.

On each occasion the culprit threatened his five victims before escaping with their mobile phones and, in some instances, cash.

None of the victims were injured.

The first mugging took place at around 12.30pm on Friday at the Táin Court apartments on Bridge Street where a victim in his 30s was texting before being approached by the thief, who threatened to stab him before forcing him to hand over his Samsung Alpha device.

The second incident occurred that night at 11.15pm when two men were approached in the car park at the back of the Clanbrassil Centre and forced to hand over their wallets and phones.

Then around 2am on Sunday two friends, aged 23 and 21, who were walking near the Ramparts Road entrance of the Marshes Shopping Centre were approached by the man who was brandishing a broken bottle. They offered to hand over cash instead of their phones and went to an ATM in Clanbrassil Street where €40 was handed over but he insisted on taking their phones then too, one of which was an iPhone.

The thief is described as being in his late 20s, around 5ft 10in in height, with a Dublin accent and was wearing a black puffer jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dundalk Gardaí on 042 9388400 or the confidential line on 1800 666 111.

Louth GAA Supporters’ Club running bus to Enniskillen on Saturday

Louth crestThe Louth GAA Supporters’ Club are running a bus to Louth’s National Football League Division Three opener against Fermanagh in Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Saturday.

The bus leaves Drogheda at 3.30pm, Dunleer at 3.45pm and from McKeown’s Bar in Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk at 4pm.

For booking contact Brian Matthews on 087 2830308 or Gerry McGee on 087 7500414.

New Louth boss Colin Kelly will be hoping for his first victory since taking over from Aidan O’Rourke against the Ulster men.

Quay Celtic now accepting registrations for the KUBE

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Quay Celtic are putting on a production of the hot TV series the KUBE on Saturday April 18th and the Clancy Park outfit are now accepting registrations from contestants.

The fundraiser for the Point Road side will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel and is sponsored by Ecological Waste Management Ltd.

There will be total prize money on the night of €3,250, with a first prize of €2,500.

For information on becoming a contestant call 087 278 4676 or email quaycelticfc@gmail.com

 

Go ahead given for new housing estate on Mount Avenue

The proposed layout for the new estate

The proposed layout for the new estate

Conditional planning permission has been granted for a new housing development on Mount Avenue.

Urban Life have been given the go ahead by Louth County Council to construct 141 new homes at Farrandreg – subject to 41 conditions – despite the objections of 22 local residents, many of whom were concerned about the quality of the road and footpaths on an area known locally as ‘The Back of the Wall’

The new estate will include 24 four-bed detached houses, 64 four-bed semi-detached houses, 20 three-bed semi-detached houses, 18 three-bed terraced houses, 5 three-bed detached bungalows and 10 two-bed OAP houses.

Under the planning application, each dwelling would have an option for the installation of photovoltaic/solar panels on the front and/or rear roof slopes.

The development would also include a new access road and pedestrian entrance from Headford, Mount Avenue, landscaping and boundary treatment reconfiguration and realignment of the existing public water main, ESB substation and associated site development works.

Castlebellingham-based Urban Life was established in May last year with its directors listed as Peter Brennan and Laurence Peter Goodman, son of local millionaire Larry.

The location of the new estate in relation to other local developments

The location of the new estate in relation to other local developments

Kirk calls for multi-agency approach to tackle fuel smuggling

Fuel smuggling waste dumped at Stephenstown Pond yesterday morning. Picture by Fra Browne

Fuel smuggling waste dumped at Stephenstown Pond yesterday morning. Picture by Fra Browne

Local TD Seamus Kirk has called for a multi-agency approach involving authorities North and South to tackle fuel smuggling in the border counties.

Deputy Kirk was speaking about ongoing concerns around smuggling by criminal gangs and dumping of toxic materials affecting water quality in the region.

His concerns come after a further find of toxic diesel sludge in his native Knockbridge yesterday at Stephenstown Pond.

He said: “The issue of fuel smuggling remains a major concern for Louth and other border counties.  I have consistently called for the Government and State agencies to increase co-operation with authorities in the North and last week I sought the intervention of the Environmental Protection Agency following media reports that water for County Louth was being polluted by toxins harmful to the public.

“There are around 40,000 people living in Dundalk and they need assurances that their water supply is safe and hasn’t been compromised by toxins from criminal activity.

“I will be writing to the EPA and raising this matter in the Dáil with the Minister for Environment Alan Kelly.  Fuel smuggling remains a major problem in the border region and the Government and the Gardaí need to do more to shutdown illegal operations.  The fact that criminal elements are being left to producer fuel that can damage vehicles and now threaten the water supply to thousands of people is simply unacceptable.

“One measure the government should look at is to change the excise duty on agricultural diesel.  The simple fact of the matter is auto diesel is considerably more expensive than agricultural diesel.  If we’re in a position to take some of the incentive for smugglers we could significantly dent the market for this illegal activity. This would likely involve compensation for farmers but I believe this is something the Government should be open to looking at.

“A multi-agency approach that is cross-border in nature involving Revenue, the EPA, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency as well as local authorities in Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, and Newry is the best way to tackle this problem.  A lot of work is already being done but I believe more action is required particularly given the fact that concerns are now being expressed about the safety of water from this criminal activity.  Fuel smuggling has a huge impact on the economy, locally and nationally and it must be stamped out.”

Dundalk man jailed over assault with pick-axe

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A 23-year-old man from Dundalk has been jailed for three years after being convicted of striking another man with a pick-axe at Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court.

Martin Smith, from Ashling Park in Cox’s Demesne, admitted five offences including assault, criminal damage and obstructing a garda on March 24th 2013.

Mr Smith also exposed himself to a female garda in the incident, which occurred shortly after he was released from prison for a robbery in which he had threatened a woman with a Samurai sword.

Smith apologised for his actions in court and said he had undertaken anger management and relapse prevention courses to help turn his life around.

The incident occurred when a dispute broke out between Mr Smith and another man on the street in Cox’s Demesne. Smith then assault his victim with a pick-axe handle he had with him with the victim suffering multiple injuries including a broken arm in three places, a broken jaw and chin and a fractured eye socket.

As well as losing a number of teeth, the victim was left with a clot behind his eye that has affected his vision.

Smith also admitted in court to a more minor assault on a neighbour who had seen him strike the injured man as he lay on the ground.

After exposing himself to a female garda who had arrived at the scene, Mr Smith also smashed windows of a patrol car and another vehicle nearby. He also admitted to obstructing a garda who responded to the incident.

Smith was given three years for assault causing harm, four months for the minor assault on a neighbour, four months for obstructing gardaí, 12 months for smashing the patrol car window and 18 months for damaging windows on another vehicle. Each of these sentences are to run concurrently.

Source: The Irish Times.

Féile na Tána musical festival next month

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The inaugural Féile na Tána musical festival will take place in Carlingford from Friday February 6th to Sunday February 8th.

The event, which aims at bringing the best of Irish traditional music to the Cooley Peninsula, is the brainchild of husband and wife musical duo John McIntyre and Zoe Conway who will launch the festival with a session in the Foy Centre on Friday.

As well as a series of workshops throughout the weekend there will be concerts on Saturday and Sunday. In the Foy Centre on Saturday there will be a concert with Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessey, while the recital concert will feature a wide range of artists at 2pm on Sunday.

Admission to both is €10 with further details on the festival available at www.feilenatana.com

Dundalk Schools’ Leinster bid ended by Newbridge

Louth crestDundalk Schools’ bid for Leinster Colleges glory was ended by Newbridge Patrician School at the Ramparts earlier today on a 1-10 to 0-11 scoreline.

The local side got off to a bad start in their quarter-final tie as the visitors opened with a goal and two points inside the opening five minutes before Dundalk finally got off the mark through Tadgh McEneaney in the eighth minute.

A missed goal chance and five wides were then to prove costly as the Kildare school went off 1-6 to 0-4 ahead at the break.

Within nine minutes of the second half Newbridge had extended their lead to six points but despite a brave late Dundalk fightback, which seen them close the deficit to two, they could not find what was needed to take them into the last four.

The starting 15 on the day was Fergal Sheeky (Dundalk Young Irelands); Hugh Osbourne (Naomh Fionnbarra), Dan Rice (St Patrick’s), Jack McGailey (Dowdallshill); Niall Craven (Geraldines), Kevin Carr (Newtown Blues), Sean Matthews (Sean O’Mahony’s); Matt Corcoran (Geraldines), Alan Dunne (St Brides); Stephen Coleman (Clan na Gael), Adam O’Connor (St Joseph’s), Colin O’Connor (De La Salle); Sean Marry (St Brides), Tadgh McEneaney (Kilkerley Emmets), Stephen McCooey (St Mochta’s).

Blow for Supermac’s fans as new Louth restaurant is to open in Drogheda, not Dundalk

logoThere has been some bad news for local fans of Irish fast food chain Supermac’s, with their new Louth store not set to open in Dundalk.

Last October Talk of the Town revealed that the franchise, which operates over 100 restaurants nationwide, was due to open in Co Louth.

At the time management at Supermac’s would only reveal that the new restaurant would only be in one of the county’s two major towns but it has now been revealed that the new Supermac’s will be opening in Drogheda, not Dundalk.

Supermac’s were previously based in Dundalk in the former Phil Lynch premises – now Heustons – in Clanbrassil Street in the mid to late ‘Nineties.

It has been closed for well over a decade, however, with the nearest restaurant located in Main Street, Carrickmacross.

While people from this area now have the option of travelling to Drogheda, it will come as a disappointment to many that the new store will not be opening locally with many highly enthusiastic about the prospect when discussing the matter on the Talk of the Town Facebook page last year.

As well as Supermac’s, the new Drogheda outlet will also include the company’s pizza chain, Papa John’s.