Limited edition scarf on sale tonight


Dundalk FC will be selling a limited edition Celtic scarf from tonight in the build-up to their fundraising match against a Celtic Legends side at Oriel Park on June 22nd.

The game will see the Dundalk 2002 FAI Cup winning squad taking on a team of Parkhead legends.

The limited edition scarf goes on sale tonight before the club’s FAI Cup clash with Phoenix FC and will cost €10.

VEC advertises teaching jobs

New VEC Logo with website

Co. Louth VEC has this week advertised in the national press, and on its website, to fill teaching posts that are expected to arise in the new school year. The posts will be attached to its various schools and adult education centres across the county.

Dr. Pádraig Kirk, CEO of the VEC, said, “increasing student numbers in our schools and centres for education, exacerbated by recent staff retirements, and some maternity leave and career break scenarios, has given rise to the need to fill a cohort of teaching posts. The immediate future looks bright also for jobs as we will be opening two new schools next year and these will require teaching and ancillary staff also”.

The teaching positions currently available span a range of subject areas including Irish, Physical Education, Spanish, French, Science, Geography, Science/Biology, Maths, English and Business Studies.

Dr. Kirk points out that it is vital that prospective applicants are registered with the Teaching Council. “The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D., will invoke Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act (2001) on 1st November this year. This will mean that it will only be possible to pay teachers who are registered with the Teaching Council out of funds made available by the Oireachtais”.

Completed applications for these posts will only be accepted on-line via the VEC’s website at and must be submitted by the deadline of 4pm on 6th June. Dr. Kirk said that, “in the current climate this is a good news story. Jobs are vital to the local economy of Louth and the VEC will continue to do all it can to secure as many for the county as possible”.

Extra councillors for Louth from next year

How Louth's electoral areas will look next year

How Louth’s electoral areas will look next year

Louth will be divided into four electoral areas for next year’s local elections.

The Boundary Commission released their break down of electoral areas yesterday evening with the destination of the seats on Louth County Council determined.

From next year there will be 29 members of the council, as opposed to 26 at present.

As things stand there are five seats for Ardee, six for Drogheda East, four for Drogheda West, five for Dundalk Carlingford and six for Dundalk South.

From next year though Ardee will have six seats, Dundalk Carlingford will have six and Dundalk South will have seven. Drogheda has also been amalgamated into one electoral area with 10 seats.

The following is a detailed description setting out the electoral divisions that comprise each recommended local electoral area:

Ardee Ardee Rural, Ardee Urban, Castlebellingham, Clogher, Clonkeen, Collon, Darver, Dromin, Dromiskin, Drumcar, Dunleer, Dysart, Killanny, Louth, Mansfieldstown, Stabannan and Tallanstown.

Drogheda Fair Gate, Monasterboice, Mullary, St. Lawrence Gate, St. Mary’s (art), St. Peter’s, Termonfeckin and West Gate.

Dundalk – Carlingford All of the existing local electoral area of Dundalk – Carlingford as follows: The parts of the Castletown and Dundalk Rural electoral divisions north of the R178 (Carrickmacross Road), the parts of Dundalk No. 1 Urban, Dundalk No. 3 Urban and Dundalk No. 4 Urban electoral divisions not contained in the local electoral area of Dundalk- South; Ballymascanlan, Carlingford, Drummullagh, Dundalk No. 2 Urban, Faughart, Greenore, Jenkinstown, Rathcor and Ravensdale.

Dundalk – South All of the existing local electoral area of Dundalk – South as follows: The parts of the Castletown and Dundalk Rural electoral divisions south of the R178 (Carrickmacross Road), the parts of Dundalk No. 1 Urban, Dundalk No. 3 Urban and Dundalk No. 4 Urban electoral divisions south of a line drawn as follows: Commencing at the boundary between the electoral divisions of Dundalk No. 1 Urban and Dundalk No. 3 Urban at the Carrickmacross Road Bridge and St. Dominick’s Place and proceeding to the junction of St. Dominick’s Place with the roundabout at the Crescent; then proceeding in a clockwise direction around and excluding the said roundabout to its junction with Anne Street; then proceeding in a north-easterly direction along Anne Street to its junction with Park Street; then proceeding in a north easterly direction along Park Street to its junction with Francis Street; then proceeding in a northeasterly direction along Francis Street and Roden Place to the junction of Roden Place with Jocelyn Street; then proceeding in an easterly direction along Jocelyn Street, Seatown Place and along the road connecting Seatown Place to Barrack Street to reach the junction of said road with the Dundalk Inner Relief Road; then proceeding in a north-westerly projection along the Dundalk Inner Relief Road to its junction with the road at St. Helena; then proceeding along the north-easterly projection of the said road at St. Helena to Dundalk Harbour; and the electoral divisions of Barronstown, Castlering, Creggan Upper and Haggardstown.

Dundalk have best programme yet again

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Dundalk FC’s match day programme has been voted the best in Ireland for the third successive year by the Irish Programme Club.

The Oriel Park outfit have now clinched the prize five out of the last six years.

The latest edition (pictured above) is on sale tonight at the club’s FAI Cup clash at home to Phoenix FC.

Source: Programme of the Year! (

Paul scoops gold for his garden at Bloom 2013

A 3D image of Paul's garden

A 3D image of Paul’s garden

Bloom 2013 got underway today in the Phoenix Park and local gardener Paul Martin has already picked up a gold medal for his large concept garden ‘The Kerry Group/Concern 1,000 Days Garden’ in association with Concern.

Paul has delivered a dramatic Zambian landscape, growing Irish and African foods, which tells the engaging story of 1,000 Days and underpins the importance of kitchen gardens in feeding women – the world’s frontline hunger champions – and children.

Local rugby star Rob Kearney was amongst a number of people who helped Paul prepare the garden for the opening event, which took place earlier today.

The Bloom 2013 event runs until Monday June 3rd and will also feature Danucci-Ferdia Chocolates from Ardee, who will be displaying their products at the Love Irish Food marquee.