Military parade in Dundalk


A military parade was held in the Market Square in Dundalk this morning to mark the 40th anniversary of the 27th Battalion at Aiken Barracks.

A number of former soldiers were present at the event, including local TD Peter Fitzpatrick who served in the army for a number of years.

Thanks to Anthony McGrath for sharing the picture above of the scene at the event.

The beginning of the end for the Dundalk Shopping Centre


Demolition work has commenced at the Dundalk Shopping Centre, which is to be knocked in order to be replaced by a new Tesco Xtra superstore.

While work on the demolition of the centre has started, it will be January 2014 before Tesco move to their new temporary unit on the Avenue Road.

It is then hoped that the new facility will be open by August 2014.

Dundalk go top of the table with victory over UCD

Pat Hoban celebrates his opener against UCD

Pat Hoban celebrates his opener against UCD

Dundalk’s title challenge stepped up a notch last night as a 2-0 win over UCD at Belfield saw them move top of the table.

Stephen Kenny’s side climbed to the summit of the table courtesy of goals from Pat Hoban and Richie Towell, with St Patrick’s Athletic dropping two points following a 1-1 draw with Bohemians.

The Inchicore men remain Dundalk’s main title rivals, however, and can take back their position at the top of the table with either a win or a draw against Derry City in their game in hand next week.

A frustrating opening to the game saw the Lilywhites having to wait until the 67th minute to open the scoring, with UCD’s Michael Kelly bizaarely sent off on the hour mark.

Good work on the left by Stephen O’Donnell saw him play a great ball into Hoban, who calmly slotted past Ger Barron.

The victory was then assured in the 83rd minute with a superb strike from Towell from the edge of the area.

Dundalk’s next outing is on Sunday week at home to neighbours Drogheda Utd.

UCD: Ger Barron, Gareth Mathews, David O’Connor, Michael Leahy (Michael Kelly 57), Tomás Boyle, Robbie Creevy, Craig Walsh (Barry McCabe 87), Samir Belhout (Cillian Morrisson 55), Robbie Benson, Dean Clarke, Seán Russell

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Chris Shields, Stephen O’Donnell, Patrick Hoban (Vinny Faherty 87), Kurtis Byrne (Tiarnan Mulvenna 80), Dane Massey (Jordan Keegan 89), Richie Towell, Mark Rossiter, Darren Meenan.

Dundalk hoping to keep title push on track against UCD


Dundalk will be aiming to keep their league title push on track when they travel to face UCD at the Belfield Bowl tonight.

While the students are ninth in the table, Stephen Kenny’s side will be wary of a potential banana skin against a side who beat Dundalk 3-2 in Oriel Park back in May.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Soup kitchen set to open in Dundalk

A new soup kitchen is set to open in Dundalk.

Twist Soup Kitchens provide 2,500 meals a week across the country and founder Oliver Williams told The Dundalk Democrat recently that he was looking to expand the service.

“It is one of the largest towns in Ireland and I understand that a lot of people are struggling at the moment,” he said.

“I have been contact by individuals and organisations in Dundalk who have looked for my help.”

The new soup kitchen is expected to open in the coming months but no location has been determined as yet.

Source: Twist Soup Kitchen will open in Dundalk (The Dundalk Democrat)



Santa Fun Run aiming to break the World Record


Dundalk Chamber of Commerce will be aiming to break a Guinness World Record when they hold their annual Santa Fun Run on Friday November 29th.

Over 4,000 participants are needed to break the record, which will be run in aid of five local charities: Lordship Children’s Respite Centre, North Louth Hospice, Men’s Sheds, SNAP and SOSAD.

The official launch of the event will take place at the Market Square on Wednesday September 11th at 6pm, with Louth captain Paddy Keenan and Leinster pair Rob and Dave Kearney amongst the guests of honour.

The event will take place from the Redemptorist Church on St Alphonsus Road to the Demesne and Market Square.

It will also coincide with the start of the Festival of Light and Culture.

Entry is only €10 per person or €25 per family with further details available here.

Bluebird Care to host 5k in aid of Special Olympics


Bluebird Care North East will be hosting a 5k charity run/walk in aid of Special Olympics Ireland in Dundalk on Saturday September 21st at 10am.

Entry to the event is €15 with the race taking place on the old Newry Road.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in Dowdallshill GFC’s St Brigid’s Park.

Further details and registration can be found here.

Dundalk striker Hoban in the running to appear on cover of FIFA 14


Patrick Hoban

Patrick Hoban

Dundalk striker Patrick Hoban is in the running to appear on the front cover of EA Sports’ FIFA 14 game.

The Galway native has been a revelation for the Lilywhites this season with 11 league goals as Stephen Kenny’s side continue to push for the title.

He is now up against the likes of Bohemians’ Luke Byrne, Bray’s Jason Byrne, Cork City’s Daryl Horgan, Derry City’s Rory Patterson, Drogheda’s Declan O’Brien, Limerick’s Shane Treacy, Shamrock Rovers’ Ronan Finn, Shelbourne’s Glen Cronin, Sligo Rovers’ Rafael Cretaro, St Pat’s Killian Brennan and UCD’s Craig Walsh for one of the two coveted spots on the front cover, alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

To vote for Hoban visit the voting page. The two winning players will be announced on Monday September 16th with the cover available for download via from Friday September 27th.

Last year’s cover featured former Lilywhite Mark Quigley – then of Sligo Rovers – and Cork City’s Davin O’Neill.

You can vote here.

Last year's front cover featuring former Lilywhite Mark Quigley and Cork's Davin O'Neill

Last year’s front cover featuring former Lilywhite Mark Quigley and Cork’s Davin O’Neill

HMV will reopen in Dundalk, Hilco boss confirms


It has been officially confirmed that HMV will reopen in Dundalk in the Xtra-vision store at the Long Walk.

Talk of the Town reported last week that owners Hilco were planning to open 26 stores as part of a “shop-in-shop” project within Xtra-vision outlets.

Earlier today Hilco chief executive Paul McGowan, who resides in Blackrock, confirmed via Twitter that the move was going to happen in Dundalk, with HMV reopening in Xtra-vision in the “next few weeks”.

Four HMV stores are set to reopen next month – three in Dublin and one in Limerick – while the shop-in-shop projects at the Xtra-vision outlets are expected to see a further 25 HMV stores open around the country.

HMV has already announced that it will be honouring valid gift vouchers for its stores when it reopens.