Memories of Pa’s at the Dundalk Shopping Centre

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Anyone over a certain age in Dundalk will surely recall the old Pa’s Bar upstairs in the Dundalk Shopping Centre.

It must be closed for well over a decade at this stage but many people still have fond memories of nights there, whether it be for a drink, a dance or a bite to eat.

Some of those memories came flooding back recently when Colin Martin shared the above pictures of the old Pa’s menu. Certainly, you’d do well to find prices like that around these days.

Limerick come from two down to derail Dundalk’s title hopes

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny

Dundalk’s bid to force their way into the Airtricity League title race suffered a major setback at Thomond Park last night as they squandered a two goal lead at the break to lose 3-2 to Limerick FC.

The Lilywhites appeared to be cruising when Kurtis Byrne’s ninth minute strike was followed up with a second from Dane Massey seven minutes before half-time.

However, Limerick fought their way back into the game on 55 minutes when Shane Tracy pulled a goal back from a free kick before substitute Rory Gaffney levelled matters with his first touch on 74 minutes.

Craig Curran then struck a dramatic 81st minute winner to shock Stephen Kenny’s side – leaving them with a must-win visit to the Brandywell next week to face Derry City.

Limerick FC: Barry Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Robbie Williams, Stephen Folan, Shane Tracy; Danny Galbraith, Joe Gamble (Rory Gaffney, 73), David O’Leary, Axel Bossekota; Darragh Rainsford; Craig Curran.

Subs not used: Shane Cusack (GK), Val Feeney, James McGrath, Barry Sheedy, Shane Costelloe, Brian O’Callaghan.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; John Sullivan, Andy Boyle, Mark Rossiter (Stephen McDonnell, 27), Dane Massey; Richie Towell, Chris Shields, John Mountney (Tiarnan Mulvenna, 78); Darren Meenan, Vinny Faherty, Kurtis Byrne (John Dillon, 62).

Subs not used: Aaron Shanahan (GK), Sami Osobi, John McKeown, Eoghan Osborne.

Referee: Tom Connolly (Dublin).

Louth make tough work of seeing off Antrim

Louth's Ciaran Byrne celebrates his goal against Antrim today

Louth’s Ciaran Byrne celebrates his goal against Antrim today

Louth saw off Antrim by six points on a 1-17 to 1-11 scoreline in Drogheda today but the victory was nowhere near as comfortable as the scoreline might suggest.

Aidan O’Rourke’s side looked like they were on the way to a comfortable victory when they led by six points in the first half and seven in the second, only for the Ulstermen to battle their way back into contention each time.

In the end a strong finish ensured that the Wee County advanced to the next round of the Qualifiers but they will know that there is plenty of improvements to be made before their next outing.

The home side were quick out of the blocks and raced into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead on 15 minutes after Ciaran Byrne squeezed a shot under Chris Kerr having collected a Derek Maguire pass at the edge of the square.

Antrim responded well to the setback, however, with Paddy Cunningham hitting three successive points. Indeed, they could have been level on 19 minutes only for a fine save from Neil Gallagher, who turned a Sean Kelly shot around the post.

In the end though a stoppage time free from Shane Lennon gave the Wee County a 1-7 to 0-6 lead at the break.

Louth quickly built on that advantage on the restart as they scored five of the next six points to lead by 1-11 to 0-7 after 48 minutes.

Frank Dawson’s side refused to throw in the towel though and when Michael Pollock’s goal a minute later was followed up with two further points from Cunningham, suddenly the deficit was back to three.

Louth finished the stronger of the two sides, however, with Lennon adding to his advantage in a late rally from the home side. The one downside was a late red card for goalkeeper Neil Gallagher after he verbally abused an umpire but it mattered little as the Wee County marched on to the next round.

Louth: N Gallagher; P Rath, D Finnegan, J Bingham; C McGuinness, D Crilly, A Reid; P Keenan (0-1), B Donnelly; C Rafferty (0-2), B White (0-2, 1f), C Judge (0-1); D Maguire (0-1), S Lennon (0-5, 1f), C Byrne (1-2) Subs: R Finnegan (0-1) for C McGuinness, 16 mins; R Carroll (0-2) for B Donnelly, 30 mins; D Clarke for C Byrne, 50 mins; P Smith for C Rafferty. 67 mins; J Flanagan for N Gallagher 69 mins.

Antrim: C Kerr; K O’Boyle (0-1), P Doherty, R Johnson; A Healey, S Kelly, J Carron; S McVeigh, J Crozier; C Murray (0-1), M Sweeney, M Herron (0-1); M Pollock (1-1), B Herron (0-1), P Cunningham (0-6, 4f). Subs: P McBride for A Healey, 53 mins; R Murray for S McVeigh, 58 mins; D McAleese for M Herron, 62 mins; N Delargy for B Herron, 66 mins.

Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down).

Speech and Drama stage camp to be held next month


Geraldine’s School of Speech and Drama will be hosting Stage Camp Summer Performance Workshops from July 22nd to 26th in the Louth Creative Community Hub in Muirhevnamor.

The workshops run from 10am to 1pm each day and is suitable for children between the ages of seven and 12.

For further information call Geraldine on 087-1914076 or visit

Gerry Adams to launch Dundalk Pride event



The Dublin Pride event, which celebrates gay and lesbian rights, will be held this weekend. With that in mind it’s worth noting that its Dundalk equivalent is only around the corner.

The Dundalk Pride event will be launched on Friday July 19th by Sinn Féin president and local TD Gerry Adams at the Dundalk Outcomers Centre in Roden Place in Dundalk.

The night before a table quiz will take place in McGeough’s Bar in Roden Place from 9pm.

Man who suffered severe injuries in Dundalk accident is awarded €5.2m

The Industrial Park in Dundalk where Mr Crabbe's accident occurred

The Industrial Park in Dundalk where Mr Crabbe’s accident occurred

A young man who suffered brain damage and other devastating injuries while working in Dundalk yesterday secured €5.2m damages in a settlement of his high court action.

On January 14th 2008, a high voltage current coursed through Nicholas Crabbe, then aged 19, after a steel lamp pole he was holding became live when it came into contact with a live overhead power line, the court heard.

Mr Crabbe suffered severe full thickness burns and had to have some fingers and toes amputated after the accident which occurred when he was inserting metal poles for lighting at the IDA industrial park outside Dundalk.

Now aged 24, he is brain-damaged with speaking difficulties and is confined to a wheelchair.

Mr Crabbe, Ventry Road, Cabra, Dublin had, through his mother Pauline, sued his then employers AI Read Electrical Company Ltd, Santry, Dublin and Hydro Excavation (Ireland) Ltd, Damastown, Mulhuddart.

He also sued Kilwex Ltd, Naas, Co Kildare as the main contractor responsible for the construction work on the IDA business park at the time of the accident.

It was claimed the defendant employers were responsible for the operation, management and direction of him in his work and had a duty to provide him with a safe place of work and not to expose him to a risk of of danger.

Kilwex, it was claimed, was obliged to ensure the site was safe and without risk of injury to the safety, health and welfare of Mr Crabbe when working there.

Mr Crabbe was installing steel lamp poles into sockets along the road at the business park when the accident occurred. He was working as part of a two man crew with a colleague driving the lorry and operating the crane.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told a steel lamp pole, while suspended from the crane and being manoeuvered into place into the ground socket, came into contact with a live overhead power line.

Turlough O’Donnell SC, for Mr Crabbe, said the high voltage electricity cable had not been disconnected and Mr Crabbe was very severely electrocuted and later suffered two heart attacks causing a deprivation of oxygen to the brain. Mr Crabbe also suffered severe burning, counsel added.

He said the young man is in a wheelchair as physiotherapy has not been available to him for some time. When physiotherapy was available, Mr Crabbe could walk up to fifty metres with a rollametre, counsel added.

Approving the settlement, the judge said she knew nothing would ever compensate Nicholas or his mother for the injuries received but the money would go some way towards giving him a better quality of life. It was a very good settlement, the judge added.

Dundalk native Duffy is new CEO of Longford/Westmeath VEC

Dr Christy Duffy

Dr Christy Duffy

The Louth VEC might have wrapped up this week but one local man is set to play a prominent role in the future of the education committee in the Midlands.

Dundalk native Dr Christy Duffy has just been appointed the new CEO of the Longford/Westmeath VEC.

In recent years Dr Duffy had been working as Adult Education Officer with Meath VEC, which will shortly combine with its Louth equivalent.

You can bank on long queues in Dundalk



Fiona McLaughlin has reported that an old man has just collapsed while waiting in a queue at the AIB branch in Dundalk.

Apparently the problem was exasperated by the failure of staff to open another window.

Admittedly, queues in local banks can be tedious with the pillar banks AIB and Bank of Ireland amongst the worst offenders. Indeed, it’s often easier to buy cakes, buns or even furniture in some of the banks rather than get at your hard earned cash.

Still, at least you’re being charged for the pleasure of it… with both banks having recently announced increased charges for customers.

Here’s hoping the old man is all right. For the rest of us the wait for decent customer service goes on…

Source: Fiona McLaughlin (Twitter)

New Dundalk bingo hall to open in August


The grand opening of new local bingo hall Let’s Bingo has been scheduled for Tuesday August 6th at 5.30pm.

The new bingo hall, which will be located at the former Sportsbowl bowling alley on the Racecourse Road, has been dubbed “the most luxurious, modern and technically advanced bingo anywhere in Ireland.”

Amongst the features of the venue, will be a full bar and restaurant.

Staff are currently undergoing training ahead of the opening.

Previously: New bingo hall to open in Dundalk