Locals urged to manually lock their cars after spate of thefts

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Local motorists have been warned about a crime syndicate who are using blockers to prevent people from locking their cars before taking items from their vehicles.

The latest incident occurred at the car park outside Lidl, opposite St Helena’s Park, on Thursday when a woman had her laptop and handbag stolen from her supposedly locked car.

This was the fourth such incident to occur in the town this week.

Thieves are able to record and playback the car’s locking code when people click the button on their keys to lock the vehicle. They can then take your possessions and lock the car again before driving off.

People are encouraged to manually lock their car if it all possible.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station.

Boylesports refused planning to expand Clanbrassil Street shop

Boylesports on Clanbrassil Street

Boylesports on Clanbrassil Street

Boylesports have been refused planning permission to expand their betting shop in Clanbrassil Street.

The betting chain, whose headquarters are in Dundalk, applied to Louth County Council in March for planning permission to convert the vacant Unit 1 of 86 Clanbrassil Street into a bookmakers premises.

Unit 1 of 86 Clanbrassil Street is the former Brass Rail premises, which has been lying idle since the boutique closed its doors last August.

Boylesports had been hoping to extend the ground floor of the bookmakers into Unit 1, as well as carrying out alterations to the front of both buildings but their application was refused by the local authority earlier this week.

McAteer’s The Food House opening in Carlingford today

McAteers_Logo_lgMcAteer’s The Food House are set to open in Carlingford today.

The popular shop, restaurant and delicatessan, run by Jerome McAteer and Bobby Wain, has been a huge success since opening on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk in recent years.

From 12 noon today though they will also have a similar offering in Carlingford.

Commenting on the opening the owners said: “It’s the start of a new chapter for us and although some what nervous at getting going also very excited to making new friends in this class wee village.

“So hopefully we won’t disappoint as we really will try our very best to put a smile on your face, serve you some lovely food and indeed have a bit of craic along the way.”

Kilduff strikes on debut to earn victory for Dundalk over Bray Wanderers

DundalkCrest2010Ciaran Kilduff came off the bench to grab a debut goal that earned Dundalk a 1-0 win away to Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds last night.

The result keeps the Lilywhites six points clear of Cork City at the top of the table with 12 matches to go.

The crucial moment came in the 74th minute when the new recruit from St Patrick’s Athletic got his head on the end of a Daryl Horgan cross to steer his header past Peter Cherrie.

In the first half both Ronan Finn and Horgan had hit the crossbar within moments of each other while Richie Towell squandered a good chance to wrap the game up late on when he fired into the side-netting after being put clear through by Kilduff.

Dave Scully did have a good chance to level matters for Bray but Gary Rogers pulled off a magnificent low stop to ensure Dundalk took the spoils in the end.

Dundalk’s James Meenan clinches gold at Special Olympics

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James Meenan crossing the line a winner at the 100m event in Los Angeles yesterday

A gold medal will be coming back to Dundalk after local athlete James Meenan won the 100 metre event at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles yesterday.

The 20-year-old from Greenacres came home in a time of 12.49 seconds to cross the line ahead of everyone else.

Amongst those cheering him on at the Loker Stadium in LA was Irish boxing legend Wayne McCullough, who said: “It was amazing to watch James win his Gold medal for Team Ireland in the 100M; when he took off, no one was going to catch him – I’ve christened him the Junior Pocket Rocket. When I heard that the Special Olympics were on in LA, I just had to come and support the guys.

“It’s been great to meet James and some of the other athletics medallists, as well as the Team Ireland aquatics team and footballers today. Team Ireland has a huge amount of medals at the minute and I know they’re going to get more; win or lose, you’ve just got to fight until the end and I know they will do that.”

Team Ireland has taken 70 medals back from the States, with Meenan’s gold adding to the bronze he picked up earlier in the week when he came home third in the 200m event in a time of 26.13 seconds.

James left for Los Angeles with everyone from Dundalk wishing him well, he will return this weekend as a hero and a champion.

Well done James!

Meenan, his gold medal and Wayne McCullough

Meenan, his gold medal and Wayne McCullough

Dundalk Shopping Centre to celebrate first birthday with free family fun day tomorrow

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Dundalk Shopping Centre will hold a first birthday celebration tomorrow from 12 noon to 3pm.

There will be giant games, bouncing castles, face painting, balloon modelling and more to mark the centre’s anniversary of reopening.

All are welcome to attend what should be a great event.

Bingo Bonanza for just €1 at Let’s Bingo this Sunday

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Let’s Bingo, Dundalk’s luxury 500 seater bingo club located on the Racecourse Road, is hosting a huge Bingo Bonanza this Sunday.

The price to play the entire night of bingo is only €1 for singles or €2 for doubles. You can also play a bingo handheld, which start at only €10!

That’s just €1 for a night out in Dundalk with a chance to win hundreds of euro!

For more information check out their Facebook page ‘Racecourse Road Dundalk‘ or call 042 93 31552

Dundalk man jailed for 10 years for possession of car bomb

The church in Kilcurry where the device was intercepted

The church in Kilcurry where the device was intercepted

A local man has been jailed for 10 years by the Special Criminal Court after he was found guilty of the possession of a large car bomb destined for Northern Ireland.

The non-jury court today found Gareth Mulley (45) guilty of possession of the device, which was intercepted near the border last year.

Mulley, from Aisling Park in Dundalk , had pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of an explosive substance – PETN and RDX, an adapted 50 litre beer keg, 50 kg of ammonium nitrate homemade explosives, an improvised steel booster tube and an improvised time and power unit at Kilcurry Church, Co Louth on May 25th, 2014.

The court heard that Mulley was arrested after a garda operation against dissident republicans in the Co Louth area involving the Crime and Security Branch and the Special Detective Unit.

He was observed by gardai in the grounds of Kilcurry Church was arrested by members of the Emergency Response Unit after there was a transfer of material from a van to a northern registered Volkswagen Passat car.

The prosecution case was that the components seized were for a large beer keg bomb that was to be moved to Northern Ireland.

Returning judgement this morning, presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court found that Mulley transported the items and was part of an operation to transfer the same from one vehicle to another.

He said it was not an exaggeration on behalf of the prosecution to describe Mulley as having been caught “red handed”.

Called to give evidence today, Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce told prosecution counsel, Mr Paul Greene SC, that the device had the capacity to result in significant damage to property, as well as injury and loss of life to persons in the immediate vicinity if detonated.

He said the device would have a detonation range of 280 metres.

Det Sgt Boyce confirmed with Mr Greene that the accused has no previous convictions.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Butler said the bomb was a “very lethal device” that was not designed for any purposed other than to cause damage and could inevitably lead to loss of life.

He said the court had to consider the mitigating factors in the case, and it was significant the accused had no previous convictions and was on evidence a “committed family man” who was heavily involved in soccer in Dundalk.

However, Mr Justice Butler said this had to be set against the fact that this was a “very serious offence” and the court had “no indication whatsoever” as to future intentions.

“In those circumstances there can be no room for suspending any part of the sentence, we regard the matter so seriously,” Mr Justice Butler said.

Mr Justice Butler said the court believed the minimum sentence the court can impose was 10 years, which was backdated to June 1, 2014.

Mr Mulley was also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on May 25th, 2014.

Mr Greene asked that the court enter a nolle prosqui – a decision not to proceed – on that count.

Source: Irish Independent

 

Clan na Gael given go ahead for second pitch on the Ecco Road

Clan na Gael Park in Dundalk

Clan na Gael Park in Dundalk

Local GAA club Clan na Gael have been granted planning permission for a second pitch on the Ecco Road, next door to their current ground.

The club, who celebrate their centenary next year, have been given the go ahead for a training/playing pitch together with two ball stops, perimeter/boundary fencing and all associated and ancillary works.

Tweeting about the subject earlier today, the club said: “Fantastic achievement in procuring this land, well done to all involved.”

57 Louth childcare services to benefit from grant funding

Senator Mary Moran

Senator Mary Moran

Senator Mary Moran has welcomed the announcement that 57 Louth childcare services have been allocated grant funding through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs as part of an overall almost €7 million in capital grant funding allocated to early years services across the country.

In a statement the Labour Party senator said: “I am delighted that 57 Louth childcare services will receive grant funding to make various improvements to their facilities.

“Seven services in our county have been allocated funding towards works to improve the Building Energy Rating of the facility and medium scale essential maintenance works. Fifty-four services have been allocated funding for upgrades to ICT equipment.

“I look forward to the positive impact these improvements will have for each of the 57 childcare services in Louth who have been allocated funding.”