Local estate agents on the move to new premises

The former Planet video store on Park Street

The former Planet video store on Park Street

Local estate agents DNG Duffy look set to relocate their offices to the former Planet video store at 66-67 Park Street.

Currently based at 18 Park Street, facing Jimmy’s Bar, owner Keith Duffy has just applied for planning permission to carry out alterations to the shop front of the recently bought building which he is believed to have purchased.

He has also sought planning permission for two projecting signs and the “relocation of office/financial and professional services use from 18 Park Street to 66-67 Park Street.”

The purchase of the former Planet video store, which has been lying idle for some years, included two units on Gray’s Lane, neither of which are part of the planning application to Louth County Council.

New London fashion brand FROWW has roots in Dundalk

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A new online fashion brand with origins in Dundalk has launched recently.

FROWW is an exciting new ready-to-wear clothing brand that is inspired by models, bloggers, celebrities and fashion editors.

The name FROWW comes from the acronym ’Frow’ which stands for the ‘front row’ in fashion.

The brand was created by sisters Áine and Eilis McDonnell, who hail from the local village of Knockbridge. With a serious passion for fashion, their aim is to create ready-to-wear collections that combine the hottest trends and unique designs.

FROWW.com offers an exclusive high quality range of clothing, from chic dresses and chunky knitwear to must-have tops.

Team FROWW are setting out to give luxe fabrics and cool cuts with an affordable price tag… And, judging by the huge interest in their launch, the London label looks set to explode and become a new favourite online shopping destination.

You can connect with FROWW via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as signing up for their email newsletter for more inside fashion tips and key catwalk looks.

With Ireland and international delivery options, including next day delivery throughout Ireland, it couldn’t be easier to get the latest, hottest fashions from FROWW.com.

FROWW.com are also currently collabrating with Ireland’s top fashion blogger sosueme.ie. They have 250 £20 vouchers up for grabs along with a beauty hamper worth €100. To enter click here.






Major changes to take place at Blackrock church

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Major work is being planned for St Oliver Plunkett’s Church in Blackrock.

Louth County Council has granted planning permission to Parish Priest Fr Padraig Keenan to construct a new site entrance to the church, located on the southside of the building at the position of the present confessional.

The existing confessional structure would be demolished and re-configured to form an ambulant and wheel chair accessible single storey porch with new glazed doors and screens.

Additional space would also be allocated in the Nave to allow for improved circulation for safe entry and exit.

Other works will include the upgrading of the mechanical and electrical system of the buildings and the re-decoration of all spaces.

There will also be alterations to the existing Sanctuary with a relocation planned of the existing Altar and the reinstatement and restoration of existing mosaic floor at the altar rails.

Alterations will also be made to the Sacristy building with a porch added to the main entrance door and the existing PVC windows replaced with hardwood.

It is also planned to relocate the existing plant room to a new detached single storey A-pitched structure to the rear of the Sacristy.

This building will also accommodate a wheelchair accessible toilet and bunded oil storage room. The existing oil storage tank to the rear of the church would be removed.

On the ground works would include a new layout of the existing car park to include an additional two disabled car parking spaces and improved pedestrian access.

Dundalk St Patrick’s Day parade is launched

Dundalk FC players John Mountney, Chris Shields and Daryl Horgan with manager Stephen Kenny and local kids at the launch of the St Patrick's Day parade. Kenny will be this year's Grand Marshal

Dundalk FC players John Mountney, Chris Shields and Daryl Horgan with manager Stephen Kenny and local kids at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day parade. Kenny will be this year’s Grand Marshal

There was a very successful and enjoyable launch of this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade on Thursday evening at An Táin Arts Centre.

The organising committee were delighted to have Dundalk FC manager, Stephen Kenny in attendance following his appointment as this year’s parade Grand Marshall. Stephen was a well-deserved choice having guided Dundalk FC to their 10th league title in 2014 after a 19-year wait.

“I am overwhelmed by the community spirit in Dundalk,” declared Stephen, who added he was extremely humbled by being asked to be Grand Marshall for this year’s parade.

The committee said they were grateful to Kieran Herr of Horseware Products Ltd and Paul Rogan of Moffett Engineering Ltd, two of the main sponsors, for attending on the night. Among those who attended the launch were Paddy Matthews President Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Brian O’Neill, Chairman of Dundalk BIDS and many local councillors.

The entertainment provided by Dance Kids, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Dún Dealgan and DKIT’s Circus Arts Society was spectacular and everyone in the area can look forward to seeing them participate in the parade.

Members of the Dance Kids performing at the launch of the St Patrick's Day parade

Members of the Dance Kids performing at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day parade

The judges selected this year are Independent Councillor Maeve Yore, Sinéad Roche Dundalk Tourist Officer, Sarah McCann Head of Creative Media DKIT, Sinéad McNally local singer/song writer and Alan Doherty, Dundalk Musical Society. They will be guided by Paul Hayes, An Táin Arts Centre’s Artistic Director who is looking for more innovation and creativity from the participants this year and he believes that they will have ample opportunity with the broad theme of ‘Myths, Magical and Miracles’. For those who wish to get some artistic direction, they can contact Paul via the antain.ie website.

Media coverage on the night was provided by Pat O Shaughnessy of LMFM, Marissa Luchessi of Dundalk FM and St Patrick’s Day committee PRO Helena Mullins with Border Region TV.

Anyone wishing to take part in this year’s parade, please email certs@dundalk.ie or phone 042 9336343 where you can get the necessary information from Kerry Ann or Kim. Food vendors who wish to set up camp at the Market Square area please contact Mandy Fee of Pelican Promotions on 087 2222100.

With an estimated 20,000 spectators attending last year’s Dundalk St Patrick’s Day parade, it is expected that this year’s parade will be a bigger and better event with wonderful entertainment for all the family. Keep an eye on the Facebook page – St Patrick’s Day Dundalk – for further updates on the parade and surrounding events.

Ina to give talk on baby slings in Dundalk on March 14th

4.5yrs-258x300Ina Doyle, a Dundalk based babywearing consultant, is organising a baby sling demonstration in Dundalk later this month.

The ancient tradition of babywearing (the use of a baby sling) is making a reappearance in Western parenting, with everyone from Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker, to Jessica Alba and Gisele Bundchen choosing to keep their babies close in a sling or carrier.

Ina says there are many benefits to parent and baby.

“Carrying baby in a sling meets his innate need for physical contact and allows him to observe and be part of life, in security and comfort,” she says. “It aids the development of a strong bond, supports normal physical and cognitive development and develops the baby’s sense of balance.

“A well-fitted sling also supports healthy hip development and can help relieve colic and constipation.”

And it allows the wearer to see to the baby’s needs quickly, helping to reduce stress levels all round.

However, while wearing a sling has many benefits, it can be dangerous if not used properly. Doyle says it is very important to choose the correct style and position for your child and ensure it is adjusted to fit.

“As with any piece of equipment, unsafe or improper use can be dangerous,” she says. “The main dangers are of baby slumping in the sling and their chin falling onto their chest, which could compromise baby’s airway and/or baby being covered by fabric and not visible to the wearer.”

A mum of three, Doyle has found slings to be an invaluable tool in her own parenting. She is organising an “Introduction to Baby Slings” talk and demonstration in the Coachman’s Tearoom on the old Dublin Road on Saturday 14th March, at 11 am.

Parents will learn about the different types of baby slings and their suitability for different ages and situations, be informed about safety guidelines when using slings and have the opportunity to see a range of slings at this free event. Doyle has been working with parents and slings for many years and will be able to answer all your questions on the day.

For more information about Ina please see www.bumptobeyond.com/about

1,100 new homes needed in Dundalk


Almost 1,100 new homes are required in Dundalk, according to a new report from the Department of the Environment.

Figures show that there is land in the area zoned for more than 23,000 units with the extra capacity needed to cater for the expanding population in the area and to deal with the backlog for social housing.

A further 1,300 units are also required in Drogheda.

Meanwhile, separate figures from Dundalk-based Link2Plans have revealed that planning applications in Louth fell by 1% last year. The number of projects commenced was up by 6% though.

Another trophy for Dundalk as they see off Pat’s to land President’s Cup

Dundalk claimed their second trophy in the space of a week when they saw off FAI Cup winners St Patrick’s Athletic 2-1 in Oriel Park on Saturday to clinch the President’s Cup.

All three goals came within a three minute spell just past the half hour mark.

Chris Forrester fired Pat’s in front in the 35th minute but just seconds after the restart Daryl Horgan replied with a stunning right foot effort to the top right hand corner of the net.

Richie Towell then hit what proved to be the winner 60 seconds later as Dundalk made the perfect finish to their pre-season campaign, with the league starting next Friday when Longford Town come to Oriel Park.

Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle (capt), Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Richie Towell, Ronan Finn; John Mountney (Jake Kelly 90), Daryl Horgan (Darren Meenan 80); David McMillan (Kurtis Byrne 64).

Louth see off Wexford to record second successive win

Louth crestLouth made it two wins in-a-row in Division Three with a 1-16 to 1-10 victory over Wexford in Drogheda yesterday.

Following on from their victory over Clare last month, Colin Kelly’s side once again came from behind to run out six point winners in the end.

Having trailed by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break, the Wee County went on to hit seven unanswered points midway through the half.

Wexford lost Adrian Flynn to a straight red card midway through that Louth purple patch, but they were right back in it when sub Conor Sinnott fired to the net from close range to make it 0-14 to 1-10.

However, Louth didn’t panic and Colm Judge restored a two-point cushion before substitute Tommy Durnin rounded Anthony Masterson to tap in a decisive goal.

Next up is a trip to face winless Sligo next Sunday.

Louth: N Gallagher; K Toner, P Reilly, P Rath; A Williams (0-1), D Finnegan, D O’Hanlon (0-2); B Duffy, E O’Connor; A Reid, C Judge (0-6, 3f), D Byrne; R Burns (0-3, 2f), C Grimes (0-1), D Maguire (0-1). Subs: R Moore (0-1) for Duffy (21 BC), S O’Hanlon (0-1) for Grimes (46), T Durnin (1-0) for O’Connor (46), J Stewart for D O’Hanlon (57).

The Fix Factory coming to Blackrock


Blackrock Tidy Towns will host ‘The Fix Factory’ at the local Community Centre on Sandy Lane on Saturday March 21st from 11am to 2pm.

The event is organised to help people determine whether something can be fixed or not before being throw out. You are encouraged to bring along your broken household items so an expert can look over them free of charge.

Amongst the items you can bring include electrical and electronic equipment, bicycles, jewellery, furniture, musical instruments, cloth and shoes.

A tyre health check will also be provided on the day by professionals from Bridgestone Ireland and McManus Tyres on the Coes Road.

Children’s activities and refreshments will also be available on the day.