Multi-vehicle accident at Newry Bridge in Dundalk

The scene of the crash

The scene of the crash

A multi-vehicle accident has occurred on the Newry Bridge, close to the Lisdoo.

The crash, which took place around 6.30pm outside Bishop’s Texaco Filling Station and Riverside Drive, involved three cars – two Renault Clios and an Opel Corsa.

While damage has been caused to all of the cars, it is not believed that any significant injuries were sustained in the smash.

Dundalk hoping to advance in Cup

Dundalk take on Shamrock Rovers tonight in the FAI Ford Cup quarter final replay hoping for a place in the last four.

The two sides played out a scoreless draw in the initial tie on Friday night.

A win would keep Dundalk’s treble bid on track although they will have to face into the game without the services of Brian Gartland and Donal McDermott who are both suspended.

Taste of Togher Festival this weekend

the Taste of Togher front

The third annual Taste of Togher Festival takes place in Linn Duachaill Restaurant (The Glyde Inn), Annagassan this Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm.

This year the festival will be celebrating the rich Viking culture and local artisan foods of the area. Dr Mark Clinton, Director of Excavations at the Linn Duachaill Viking site in Annagassan will deliver a talk relating to the kind of foods the Vikings would have eaten while in Annagassan, while one of the local chefs will prepare some of these ancient dishes.

There will be plenty of local fare on offer. You will find delectable treats like cheese, honey, jam, cupcakes and much more. You are also invited to sample some local craft beer with BRU in Trim or Dan Kelly’s cider / apple juice from Drogheda available.

What’s more, there will be cooking demonstrations and kids cookery workshops by Tara from thetastytart.ie and Dermot Seberry of Food Tours.

There will also be local traditional Irish music to keep everyone entertained while the Chowder of the Year competition will feature some of the North East’s best restaurants.

General admission is free with stall holders charged €20. For further details visit www.tasteoftogher.com

Two new businesses open their doors

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The Racket Café opened its doors this morning for the first time at Dundalk Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.

Open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, the café is open to all members of the public and will serving locally roasted coffee and some great homemade delights.

Delivery is also available by contacting Katrine on 086 3425378.

Meanwhile, Kieran’s Pharmacy opened last week on the Avenue Road.

Open late on Thursday and Friday until 8pm, they have a range of opening offers at present including shower gels and deodorants for just €1.

Be sure to call in to the new store, located beside The Gym.

The Dreadnots book their place in Louth SFC final

Louth crestThe Dreadnots booked their place in their second Louth SFC final in the last three seasons when they overcame Dundalk Gaels on a 0-16 to 0-13 scoreline in Saturday’s semi-final replay in Dublin.

They now go on to meet St Patrick’s in what will be a repeat of the 2012 decider.

There was little between the sides for a long time but four points in-a-row at the start of the final quarter from James Califf (2), Cian McEvoy and Anthony Williams gave the Dreadnots some breathing space before injury time points from Califf and Pat Lynch helped see them over the line.

Meanwhile, the Oliver Plunketts clinched the Louth Junior title with a 2-6 to 0-9 victory over the Glen Emmets in Stabannon on Sunday courtesy of goals from Stephen Keely and Cian Matthews.

There was also celebrations for the Newtown Blues, who clinched their first ever Ladies SFC title with a 2-9 to 0-7 victory over Stabannon Parnells in Castlebellingham on Sunday.

Laura Collins led the way for the Drogheda side with 1-6, with their other goal coming from Kate Gerard.

Councillors to vote on potential property tax cut

The offices of Louth County Council

The offices of Louth County Council

Louth County Council will this morning vote on whether or not to cut the rate of property tax by 15%.

The motion from Sinn Féin’s Imelda Munster, which will be dealt with at this morning’s monthly meeting, could see the Local Property Tax rate reduced by the maximum amount allowed.

Councillors were warned at the July meeting that a funding gap of €1.4m would arise were the cut to be made, which would have an impact on local services. However, Cllr Munster told LMFM radio that she is confident that the extra funding needed would be found.

Cuchulainn riders take part in charity cycle

Members of the Cuchulainn  team who took part in the Lap of Louth on Saturday

Members of the Cuchulainn team who took part in the Lap of Louth on Saturday

On Saturday last Dundalk’s Cuchulainn Cycling Club, under the guidance of Barry Rogers, Francis Dollard and their committee, organised a cycle in aid of the cancer supporting charity On Your Bike.

The cycle was christened the Lap of Louth and took in all the highlights of the “wee” county. Over 100 local cyclists gathered at 8:30am on Saturday morning and started their journey by heading North taking in Carlingford, Omeath and the infamous Davy’s Climb up to the Long Woman’s Grave. The riders then headed out through Faughart and onto Bridge-a-Crinn, where club members Ray Fedigan and Karl Dolan hosted all 100 riders in their bike shop, The Bike Station.

After refuelling on coffee and freshly made scones the riders thanked their gracious hosts and headed for Hackballscross. The 170km route finished up through Ardee, Collon, Drogheda and finally the scenic route home along the coast.

Fresh from her world championship medal winning ride in the USA, Eve McCrystal was back in the Irish colours, racing as part of the Irish team in the 5 day international race, Rás na mBan. Eve went into the race as one of the favourites, despite strong international teams from America and Europe. However bad luck was to befall Eve when she endured a nightmare day on stage three. A puncture, crash and another mechanical fault saw her lose time. A strong ride in the individual time trial and the remaining stages did see her make up some time but not enough to feature amongst the winners.

With the racing all done for the year the next event on the calendar for the club is definitely a leisure event, when on Saturday September 27th the riders will be riding to the outskirts of Belfast for their annual overnight trip. Details can be found on www.dundalkcycling.com

Meanwhile, the AGM for the club’s leisure section will take place tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 8pm in the Jockey’s on Anne Street.

Knockbridge reclaim Louth SHC title

Knockbridge HCKnockbridge clinched the Louth Senior Hurling Championship title for the first time since 2011 when they denied Pearse Óg a third successive title at Stabannon yesterday on a 1-15 to 1-8 scoreline.

Sean Byrne was in immense form for the winners with eight frees throughout. Despite this a Tony Teefy own goal had Pearse Óg ahead midway through the first half but a free from Byrne ensured Knockbridge led by 0-8 to 1-4 at the break.

Three more frees from Byrne inside the first eight minutes then saw the village side pull away from their opponents with the killer blow arriving in the 43rd minute when Conor Deane found the net to make it 1-13 to 1-5.

That killed the game as a contest, allowing captain David Dunne to lift the Paddy Kelly Cup afterwards.

Knockbridge: Paul Dunne; Ricky McKeown, Tony Teefy, Conor Kerrigan; Mark Wallace 0-1, Ronan Byrne 0-1, Conor Deane 1-0; Shane Kerrigan, Gavin Kane 0-1; David Dunne 0-1, Peter Brennan, David Kettle; Shane Fennell 0-1, James Costelloe 0-2, Sean Byrne 0-8. Subs: Stephen Kettle for R McKeown, Andrew Smith for S Byrne, Gavin Kerrigan for P Brennan, Michael Lundon for J Costelloe.

Pearse Óg: Barry Myles; Matthew Myles 1-0, Noel Callan, Richard Scanlon; Andrew McCrave, Shane Callan, Aidan Callan; Donnach Callan, Mike Lyons; Gary O’Brien 0-2, Brian Minogue 0-1, Brian McCabe 0-1; Brian Hassett, Gavin Hartnett, Gerard Smith 0-4.Subs: David Mulholland for A Callan, Kenneth O’Hagan for D Callan.

SONG to perform musical and movie hits at Dundalk Golf Club

SONG will be performing 25 songs from well-known musicals and movies in Dundalk Golf Club on Friday September 19th.

Tickets for the show are available from Grant’s Newsagents on Dublin Street or the golf club.

For further details contact Terese Dunne at 086 8963079 or email terese-dunne@eircom.net