Roads in Dundalk to close for resurfacing

The Crescent will be one area affected by the resurfacing works

The Crescent will be one area affected by the resurfacing works

Dundalk Town Council will close part of the Carrick Road and The Crescent areas of the town between Monday August 5th and Friday August 16th to facilitate resurfacing of the road.

The works will commence at the west end of the railway bridge on the Carrick Road to the junction with Anne Street, Vincent Avenue, Stapleton Place and the Ardee Road.

Alternative routes will be in place during the closures.

Johnny is a young grandad and he loves it!

Becoming a grandparent can make you feel old but for a lot of grannies and grandads out there, they are gaining that title at a very young age.

The Irish Independent did a feature on the subject in today’s paper, during which time they spoke to Dundalk-based window cleaner Johnny Cooney (44), who first became a grandad at 39.

Johnny had no problems taking the new role in his stride though and told the paper that he was only too happy to help with nappies and night feeds.

“When you first find out you’re going to be a grandparent, it’s a bit of a shock.

“At 39, I remember joking with my eldest daughter Derval: ‘I’m too young to be a grandad!’ Secretly though, I couldn’t wait.

“Now I have four grandchildren: Lee (5), Jay (4), Tara-Lynn (3) and Penny-Rose (7 months).

“As a dad-of-five myself, I have great time for the kids. Your first grandchild is a bit like starting all over again.

“They all live close enough by, so I can help out with the school run and babysitting. Or if I’m going somewhere and they want to come with me, it’s no bother.

“I’d like to think I’m a good grandad. I’m very close to all four children. Like most grandads though, your granddaughters are your little princesses!

“When we’re out and they call me ‘grandad’, some people do look twice. But I just laugh it off. As a young grandad, with any luck, you get more time with your grandchildren. You get to see them growing up.

“When my grandkids are in their 20s, I’ll still only be in my 60s and able to do stuff with them.

“I know lots of people who are older than me and don’t have any children or grandchildren, so I consider myself very lucky.”

 Source: Groovy grandads (The Irish Independent)

This week’s Dundalk Leader

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In this week’s Dundalk Leader, there’s the story of Louth Village teenager Brendan Lawlor’s All-Ireland pitch and putt success in Cork, news of a potential €50m investment in the town by Cellulac and an update on four St Vincent’s students who are going to Romania to work with underprivileged children.

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

Dundalk Mavericks settling into their new home

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Fledgling local American Football team the Dundalk Mavericks have found a new home at Dundalk Rugby Club’s pitch on the Mill Road.

We reported last month that the new team, which has attracted up to 40 members since getting off the ground, had been told by officials at Dundalk IT that they must find a new home.

The rugby club has come to their rescue though and anyone who would like to get involved with the new club can do so by calling along on Sunday from 12 to 3pm. The Mavericks have been training at the club since the start of July and are said to be delighted with their new setting.

For further details check out the Mavericks Facebook page here.

Crimmins triplets featured in The Sun as they aim to crack US market

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Local models the Crimmins triplets are featured in a picture special in today’s Irish Sun as they bid to make a break in America.

The Belfry Gardens sisters – Alison, Nicola and Laura – recently signed with top LA-based agent Eric Thomas of Ice Management.

Now the 26-year-olds are hoping he can help them conquer the States.Alison revealed: “We got in contact with our agent through Twitter and it just snowballed from there. We didn’t think model triplets would be such a big deal in the States but we were told there’s nothing like us over there because we’re Irish and completely different. We’re going there in October to do promotional work so hopefully that will be the start of an incredible few years.”

Thomas told The Sun that he believes the girls will do great Stateside.

“They are smart, beautiful and very driven. Many times it is hard to find one woman in this industry who shares all those traits. Ireland is giving us three! We are very thankful.”

The girls recently relaunched themselves on the modelling scene with stunning snaps by celeb photographer Lili Forberg.

Source: Crimm always rises to the top (The Irish Sun)

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This week’s Argus

The front page of this week's Argus

The front page of this week’s Argus

In this week’s Argus, a warning has been issued after a number of young calves were stolen in the area, there’s a report on a possible 60 new jobs for the area if Cellulac invest €50m in Dundalk while local musical couple Zoe Conway and John McIntyre reflect on performing for President Michael D Higgins.

All that and more in this week’s Argus… on sale now.

Previously: Cellulac planning €50m investment in Dundalk

Gerry Adams the most popular TD on Twitter

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Louth TD Gerry Adams has more Twitter followers than any other member of the Dáil.

Research by Eamon Bell found that as of July 22nd, the Sinn Féin president had 30,800 followers on the social media network – more than the other 146 TDs who also used the medium to communicate with the public.

While Deputy Adams’ political views are strong, he has used his Twitter to show his lighter side with many of his tweets focusing on his relationship with his teddy bear, his love of music and his escapades around the countryside. You can follow him at @GerryAdamsSF

Source: Eamon Bell

Ski slope may still go ahead, insists Curran

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An artist’s impression of the proposed Altitude Resort

The much-debated ski slope facility, which had been earmarked for the Racecourse Road area of the town, may not be dead in the water.

That’s according to the businessman behind the ambitious project, known as Altitude, which was granted planning permission back in 2010 only for that decision to be overturned by An Bord Pleanala.

Last week Talk of the Town revealed that a part of the land that had been earmarked for the facility was on the verge of being sold.

However, Sam Curran of Innovative Leisure Systems – the company behind the ski scope facility – told The Dundalk Democrat this week that he hadn’t given up on the project.

He told the paper that ILS were willing to go back to the drawing board on it and may have to “trim the project down in size and propose it on a smaller scale.”

He added that he still had hope for a “down-sized facility which would regenerate Dundalk.”

The proposed facility was to include a ski slope, water park, indoor events area, and indoor and outdoor adventure park, cinema and bowling alley while there were hopes for a hotel and casino down the line.

The casino element led to a huge backlash locally though although ILS always insisted that they would only go ahead with that phase of the project if they were given the go ahead by Irish law.

Previously: Three Dundalk sites close to being sold, including the land once earmarked for the ski slope facility

This week’s Dundalk Democrat