Morgan Fuels planning new building on the Ramparts Road

Morgan-Fuels-3688Morgan Fuels (Ire) Ltd have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to build a new four storey mixed use building at the Ramparts in Dundalk.

The company, owned by Hugh Morgan, plan for the 1,215sqm building to comprise of retail units at the ground and first floor levels (513sqm) with offices above (233sqm) and two 2 bed apartments at the third floor level.

Their application also includes the provision of an electrical sub-station, roof top plant room and site development works.

Louth County Council are due to make a decision on the matter by September 11th.

Registration open for D’Arcy McGee summer school


This year’s Thomas D’Arcy McGee summer school will take place in the Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford from Sunday August 17th to Wednesday August 20th.

The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School will look at the life and times of McGee through presentations and discussions involving academics and experts on McGee and the Young Ireland movement.

Focusing on the Great Famine, you can book your place and read further details here.

Live music in the Crowne Plaza Dundalk


There will be live music with Philip Kennedy for the next two weekends at the 14 Below Bar in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Philip will be performing at 9.30pm tonight and 8.30pm on Bank Holiday Sunday August 3rd.

All are welcome to attend.

Global Tyres looking to install advertising sign on the Ramparts

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A new advertising billboard could be on the way to the Ramparts Road.

Mullinary Tyre Co Ltd, who trade as Global Tyres, have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to erect an advertising sign at their premises.

The company are clearly looking to cash in on the impending opening of the new Tesco Xtra store nearby with the council due to make a decision on the matter by September 7th.

Martin named new Louth County Council chief

Joan Martin of Louth County Council

Joan Martin of Louth County Council

Earlier this week Joan Martin was appointed as the new chief executive of Louth County Council.

Ms Martin had been filling the position for the last few months since the last County Manager, Philomena Poole, left Louth to take up a position with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Ms Martin has previously filled in as acting County Manager following Conn Murray’s departure from Louth two years ago.

She has worked in the Irish public service for close to 40 years and holds a degree in Public Administration, as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Amongst the areas she has worked in over the years include transportation, planning, environment and water services.

Ms Martin has been most active in recent years in the Louth Age Friendly Alliance.

Completion of six homes given the go ahead in Knockshee

One of the existing homes in Knockshee

One of the existing homes in Knockshee

BWH Developments Ltd have been granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to complete six houses at the Knockshee estate on the Old Golf Links Road in Haggardstown.

The homes were originally given the go ahead in 2007 but were never built due to the downturn in the building trade and property market.

However, with the market on the up again and interest in homes close to the likes of PayPal on the rise, it appears that they will be completed shortly.

The six houses include four two storey semi-detached homes and two two storey detached homes. The houses will be located at sites 1, 2, 3, 21, 22 and 23.

Market House Campus Project opens in Dunleer

Martin Naughton speaking at the opening of the Market House Campus Project in Dunleer today

Martin Naughton speaking at the opening of the Market House Campus Project in Dunleer today

Glen Dimplex founder Martin Naughton officially opened the Market House Campus Project in Dunleer.

The new community centre will benefit a number of individuals, groups and businesses in the area with a number of local politicians attending the opening including Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick and Senator Mary Moran.

Also in attendance with local councillor Pearse McGeough was Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, who commended all those who got the project off the ground.

He said: “I want to congratulate the Dunleer Community Development Board for its extraordinary dedication and vision in successfully renovating Market House.

This is a tremendous addition to Dunleer and will provide a first class resource for individuals, community groups, artists, educationalists and business.

I also want to commend all of those involved in supporting the project financially, including Louth County Council, the Louth Leader Partnership and Glen Dimplex.

The Market House project is an excellent example of what is possible when communities work in partnership with local stakeholders to provide a much needed resource and jobs.”


Go ahead given to convert St Brigid’s Hall into a house

St Brigid's Hall on the Point Road

St Brigid’s Hall on the Point Road

An Bord Pleanála have decided to uphold Dundalk Town Council’s decision from February of this year to grant planning permission to turn the former community hall at St Brigid’s Hall on the Point Road into a house.

As part of the application by Gerard and Alice Hoey of 13 Belfry Avenue, St Alphonsus Road, there is permission for alterations and an extension to the property.

Patrick and Monica Cheshire had appealed the decision of the council to give the development the go-ahead on the basis that they owned “a significant area of ground” that the development was due to be built on.

However, despite their appeal An Bord Pleanála decided to uphold the council’s decision of February 24th last to give the Hoey’s the go-ahead for their plans.

Another large turnout at Support Gaza Protest

Some of the crowd that gathered in the Market Square for the protest at lunchtime today. Picture: Kenneth Sloane

Some of the crowd that gathered in the Market Square for the protest at lunchtime today. Picture: Kenneth Sloane

There was another large turnout at the Market Square in Dundalk this afternoon for the second Support Gaza Protest.

Around 500 people turned out for a previous protest last week aimed at showing solidarity during the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine and the figure was estimated to be roughly similar in a sunny town centre.

Local Sinn Féin councillors have been appealing for people to boycott Israeli products during the ongoing conflict.

This week’s Dundalk Leader

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This week’s Dundalk Leader leads with the story of two ambulances breaking down in the area over the weekend. There’s also news about a boat that was donated by Dundalk Lions Club 10 years ago to a Sri Lankan village and reaction from David Lennon on his visit to the World Cup.

All that and more in this week’s Dundalk Leader, which can be read online for free here.