Towell the only Dundalk player named in RTE’s Team of the Year

Richie Towell

Richie Towell

Richie Towell is the only Dundalk player to have been named in the’s Airtricity League Team of the Year.

The midfielder was the undoubted player of the year for the Lilywhites as they claimed second place in the table.

However, it is somewhat surprising that he isn’t joined by any of his team-mates in the team despite honourable mentions for Peter Cherrie, Stephen O’Donnell and Pat Hoban.

Manager Stephen Kenny was named manager of the team, however, just pipping Liam Buckley of St Pat’s.

You can check out the team in full here.


Local couple collect €2m lotto jackpot

national-lotteryA lucky local couple yesterday claimed their €2 million prize, having scooped Saturday night’s lotto jackpot.

The pair, who wish to remain anonymous, bought their ticket in Central News in Clanbrassil Street on Friday last and say they will pay off bills with the winnings and perhaps treat themselves to a new car and a holiday.

The thrilled couple claimed their prize on Wednesday morning.

“We checked the ticket on Sunday….well actually we checked it a number of times just to make sure,” they said.

“We’re totally shocked and still can’t believe this has happened…we are just numb since we found out,” said the smiling couple.

Talking about how they might spend their winnings, they said, “No plans as of yet but we’ll pay a few bills, maybe change the car and look at going on a cruise”.

HMV reopening in Dundalk tomorrow

Staff at Xtra-vision Dundalk have been preparing for the reopening of HMV in the store in recent weeks

Staff at Xtra-vision Dundalk have been preparing for the reopening of HMV in the store in recent weeks

Remember, remember, the first of November. That’s because HMV will be back in Dundalk from tomorrow.

The final nine HMV stores opening up in Xtra-vision outlets nationwide will open for business tomorrow.

That includes the new HMV at Xtra-vision in Dundalk.

The new dual store will be located at the current Xtra-vision at the Long Walk.

The new store opens at 10am tomorrow morning and will remain open until 11pm.

Dundalk to face Portadown in next round of All-Ireland Junior Cup

Club-CrestDundalk RFC will face a trip to take on Portadown in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Junior Cup.

The draw for the next round was made earlier today with the Mill Road side set to travel north for the game on Saturday November 23rd.

Dundalk booked their place in the last eight on Saturday when they beat Donaghdee from Co Down 12-10.

This weekend sees Ene Fa’atau’s side take on Wanderers in a top-of-the-table clash at Lansdowne Road.

Kearney’s got style… Lifestyle!

Dave Kearney in gear from Lifestyle Sports with fellow Style Ambassador Ian Madigan

Dave Kearney in gear from Lifestyle Sports with fellow Style Ambassador Ian Madigan

David Kearney was yesterday unveiled as one of four new Style Ambassadors for Lifestyle Sports.

The Willville man, who earlier this month was one of three uncapped players called up to the Irish squad for the autumn internationals, was joined by his Leinster colleague Ian Madigan at the unveiling yesterday.

Munster rivals Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony are the other ambassadors for the sports retailer.

Fundraising remembrance night planned for Marty Shields


A fundraising remembrance night in honour of well-known Dundalk FC supporter Marty Shields, who passed away in September, will be held in the Lilywhite Lounge on Saturday December 7th at 8pm.

Music on the night will be by DJ Baz, with a raffle and light refreshments served on the night.

Tickets are available from Goldstar Jewellers in the Demesne Shopping Centre.

Previously: Dundalk make a wonderful gesture ahead of Shields funeral

Dundalk man named Irish Betting Shop Manager of the Year


Ken Smartt of Paddy Power in Dundalk has been named Irish Betting Shop Manager of the Year.

The prestigious award was handed out just 24 hours after Ken was nominated for the prestigious Betting Shop Manager of the Year award for Ireland and the UK.

Ken is one of two nominees from Paddy Power, along with Paddy Griffiths from Southampton.

The Racing Post/SIS-sponsored competition is open to entries from independent managers in Britain and Ireland with 84 managers nominated in eight regions before being whittled down. Ken now advances following his success as the best betting shop manager in Ireland.

O’Hanlon’s marathon hopes hit by phone thieves

Gary O'Hanlon

Gary O’Hanlon

Earlier this week Talk of the Town reported how local runner Gary O’Hanlon claimed an impressive sixth place finish in the Dublin Marathon.

The Kilkerley man, however, claims he was robbed of a “dream” top three finish by thieves, who took his phone and left him with a broken hand.

Gary, who runs for Clonliffe Harriers AC, had his hopes of winning Monday’s race shattered after thieves forced him into a dramatic undercover sting that left him “in bits” less than 24 hours before the start of the race.

The 39-year-old was working at the Dublin Marathon Expo in the RDS on Sunday when he realised his €500 Samsung phone had been stolen.

According to the Irish Mirror he text it from a friend’s mobile and got a reply demanding €200 if he ever wanted to see it again.

He told the thieves he would meet them before secretly alerting gardaí, who went in undercover to nab the gang.

One of the suspects was arrested near O’Connell Street but another three Gary’s phone into the Liffey, with the athlete ending up with a broken hand in the scuffle.

Gary still managed to run the race, smashing the 2 hours 20 minute barrier he was aiming for, finishing sixth and winning the over 35s section.

Gary told the Mirror: “Year I lost a €500 phone that was only a couple of months old but it cost me so much more than that; I lost loads of important numbers and pictures and I lost out on a top three finish.

“I was so shocked and p**sed off by what had happened and I just couldn’t think straight so I didn’t get a wink of sleep going into my biggest race of the year.

“I had been training flat out for the past three months and I feel I would have been third at worst but like most of the top guys I was hoping to win and I lost out on all that and it’s gutting.”

Gary said he forgot about the pain in his hand after five or six miles but was exhausted from a lack of sleep, with his head “all over the place.”

Source: Dublin Marathon: Phone thieves cost top athlete a top 3 finish and a broken hand (Irish Mirror)

New monthly house night coming to Dundalk

Fans of house music will be delighted to hear that a new house night will be getting underway in Dundalk at the end of next month.

Silence at the Imperial Hotel will be hosting a new monthly house night on their terrace from Friday November 29th.

The event will then run once a month and will be run by Rush Promotions.