Róisín Dooley to host violin recital in Carlingford next month


Violinist Róisín Dooley will host a violin recital, accompanied by pianist Patrick Coyle, in the Carlingford Heritage Centre on Sunday May 11th.

The event gets underway at 3pm with music from Bach, Debussy, Chausson, Sarasate, Szymanowski, Kroll and Gershwin.

Róisín started her studies at the age of six with Teresa McArdle and later with Fr Brendan Mc Nally. From a young age Róisín took part in many music festivals including Feis Ceoil where she won numerous prizes. She was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland for several years.

Róisín was selected to represent Ireland at the International Millennium Music Festival in Leeds, England in 2000. Before Róisín commenced her further studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester under Wen Zhou Li, she gave her first solo recital in Carlingford. Four years later Róisín graduated with a BMus Degree.

Since graduating she enjoys performing with Castleward Opera, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Fr McNally Chamber Orchestra. Before commencing her masters Róisín furthered her studies with Michael D’Arcy.

Róisín was also soloist with the Fr McNally Chamber Orchestra in November 2013.

Róisín is currently in her second year as a MA student in the Cork School of Music, under the tutelage of Ruxandra Petcu-Colan. This is her third and final recital for the above course.

Admission to her show on Sunday May 11th is €15 or €10 with concession.

Worklink to host interview skills workshop in Dundalk next week

worklinkDo you want to improve your job interview skills and learn how to present yourself? Worklink are running “Impressive Interview Skills”, a free interview workshop on Wednesday 30th April from 7pm until 9pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk.

The workshop will cover interview preparation, preparing for commonly-asked questions and give tips on how to present yourself.

“Impressive Interview Skills” will be delivered by Worklink’s volunteers, who are experienced professionals in the fields of Human Resources and career coaching. Places are limited to unemployed jobseekers and booking is essential.

Worklink is a volunteer-led organisation which aims to help unemployed job-seekers access employment. The local group plan to run a number of events this year, including CV and interview clinics, and the Worklink WorkOut, a six-week programme aimed at getting job-seekers “interview-fit”.

For more information about “Impressive Interview Skills” or to book your free place, call Ceinwen on 087 7988008 or email: ceinwen@worklink.ie

Seán Bellew to run as an independent in local elections

Cllr Seán Bellew

Cllr Seán Bellew

Current Dundalk Town Councillor Seán Bellew has announced his intention to run as an independent in the Dundalk South constituency in the forthcoming local elections.

The Faughart man failed to have his name put forward for election by the Fianna Fáil party, whom he was elected for in 2009. A row last month led to a number of members refusing to pay their membership fees in protest at the decision.

Fianna Fáil will be running two candidates in Dundalk South – outgoing Louth County Council chairman Cllr Declan Breathnach and Blackrock-based businessman Stephen Egan, who runs Panama Café in the Market Square.

Seán, whose late uncle Tom was a well-known councillor and TD, has now opted to follow the route of Town Council chairman Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle, who is also standing as an independent candidate having been overlooked for a nomination by Fine Gael.

The local barrister has served on Dundalk Town Council for the last five years and is a prominent supporter of Dundalk FC.

Cox’s Demesne Regeneration Project to get underway at the end of summer

Cox's Demesne

Cox’s Demesne

Work on the first phase of the Cox’s Demesne Regeneration Project is expected to get underway at the end of summer.

Dundalk Town Councillors were told at their monthly meeting on Tuesday night that work on the project was likely to start in either August or September, with  tenders to be invited in the next few weeks.

The first phase has a budget of €2.7m and will see 27 new homes constructed in Ashling Park. There will also be a looped road laid out, designed to prevent joy-riding and aimed at ensuring drivers keep to a 30km speed limit in the estate.

Big week for Friary Youth Club


The Friary Youth Club in Anne Street have a big week coming up starting with a big bingo night tonight in the Dominican Hall of the Friary School.

The event will start at 8.30pm and is sure to be a great night with some great prizes up for grabs. Books cost €5 and can be bought on the night.

Refreshments will also be served and a raffle will also take place. All proceeds will go towards the Friary Youth Club and we would greatly appreciate your support.

The second event taking place this week is the club’s annual Talent Show, which will take place this Sunday 27th April starting at 5.00pm, again in the Dominican Hall.

The club have over 10 member acts along with two leader acts and the groups and individuals have been working really hard in the last few months preparing for the show. Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost €5 for adults and €2 for children. There will also be refreshments served on the night.

The show will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and is a great way to spend your Sunday evening.

The Friary Youth Club was set up in 1997 and catered for the needs of children from the Friary and surrounding areas. As the years went on, the demand for the club’s services grew and that saw the club open its doors to children from all over town. Today the club has a record number of volunteer leaders (43) and members (402). Indeed, it was only two weeks ago when it reached the milestone of over 400 members for this term, which began in September 2013 and will end at the end of May 2014.


Dundalk IT inviting tenders for catering services

DKITBusinesses are now being offered the opportunity to tender for catering services at Dundalk IT.

Those interested in providing canteen and catering services at the college have until 3pm on Friday May 16th to submit their application.

The catering contractor will be required to provide a comprehensive catering service during the normal operating hours at DkIT when students and staff are in attendance (e.g. early September to late June) and a reduced facility to include lunches is also required from 10am to 4.30pm during holiday periods.

For further details click here or call Peter McGrath on 042-9370210.



Development lands at the Lisdoo close to being sold

An aerial view of the land

An aerial view of the land

Twenty acres of residential development lands at the Lisdoo have are close to being sold after being marked sale agreed earlier this week.

The lands, which are being sold through Kildare-based auctioneers O’Neill & Co, are zoned Residential 1 as per the Dundalk and Environs Development Plan 2009/2015. The definition of this is “to protect and improve existing residential amenities and to provide for infill and new residential developments.”

While no selling price has been revealed, it did go on the market for €600,000 last October. That price for the land, which is circa 8.09 hectares, equates to €30,000 per acre.

The lands are described as being in a “rectangular configuration” and are currently divided into several divisions by grass.

Part of the land fronts onto the junction for the Racecourse Road on the Lisdoo Road, while another section fronts onto the Armagh Road.

The derelict building that fronts onto the road of the 20 acres of land

The derelict building that fronts onto the road of the 20 acres of land

Disposable income in Louth below the national average

00018679-314Residents of County Louth have below the national average when it comes to disposable income, according to new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The ‘CSO county incomes & regional GDP study – disposable income 2011’ found that the average person in the Wee County has disposable income of €18,095.

That was 13th in the list of the 27 local authority areas surveyed and just below the state average of €18,817.

Dubliners had the highest disposable income of €21,329, with Donegal residents having the lowest at €15,897.

The border area, which Louth is a part of, was found to be the poorest region in the country with typical disposable incomes 12.2% below the mean at €16,984.

Neighbouring Monaghan had the second lowest disposable income in the country at €16,261.

The CSO defines disposable income as primary income (which includes wages, self-employed earnings, rental income, net interest and dividends earned) plus social benefits and transfers less taxes and social insurance contributions.

Dublin, Kildare, Limerick and Cork were the only counties to have disposable incomes above the state average in 2011.

Bombing claim made against Adams and McGuinness

Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams

A former IRA prisoner said he was instructed to carry out a bombing by Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams – now a TD for Louth – and Martin McGuinness.

The party has said allegations by Peter Rogers are untrue.

Mr Rogers told the BBC Mr Adams and Mr McGuinness ordered him to transport explosives to Britain in 1980 and said they must be “suffering from Alzheimer’s” if they can’t remember.

Rogers said he expressed concerns at a meeting in Dublin that the liquid explosives were “unstable” and feared he could be killed in a premature explosion or that he might be arrested in possession.

“When I met with them, Gerry wanted to know what the delay was,” Mr Rogers told the BBC when repeating claims first made in the Sunday Independent.

He asked for replacement explosives. He said the pair listened to his comments and then spoke together out of his hearing before taking a decision.

“Gerry said, ‘look Peter, we can’t replace that explosive, you will have to go with what you have and as soon as you can get it across, the better.’ So, as far as I was concerned, I was given a direct order,” said Rogers.

The 69-year-old is a former IRA prisoner who escaped from the Maidstone Prison Ship in 1972.

Shortly after his alleged meeting with the Sinn Féin leaders his van was stopped in Wexford while he was transporting the explosives, with Rogers jailed after shooting and killing Detective Garda Seamus Quaid in the ensuing gun battle on 13 October 1980.

Another officer was injured in the attack.

A Sinn Féin spokesman said: “There is no truth in these allegations. Gerry Adams has already publicly refuted these claims.”

However, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) East Derry MP Gregory Campbell claimed the republican leaders needed to come clean.

He asked: “How long will they continue their pretence? The terror happened, it is now over.

“They need to admit their part in it, face whatever consequences there may be and move on.”

The Sinn Féin president has always denied being in the IRA, while Mr McGuinness said he left in the early 1970s.

Mr Campbell said: “The latest revelation from former IRA prisoner Peter Rogers that he had been instructed by Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness to carry out a bombing in England in 1980 is further evidence of Sinn Féin’s attempt to live in denial about their past.”

New boutique to open on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk next week


Clanbrassil Street is set for a welcome boost as a new styling boutique is set to open its doors on Friday May 2nd.

The person responsible for the new venture, which will be called Elmay Professional Styling Boutique, is Dundalk woman Laura (Hughes) Corry – the former manager of Sally West, which closed its doors recently.

Laura has over 12 years experience in the fashion industry and she comes from a strong family background steeped in fashion history from designers to manufacturers and wholesalers to retailers.

Laura has furthered her styling knowledge by receiving professional training from top celebrity stylist Nicky Hambleton Jones who is best known for presenting Channel 4′s hit show 10 Years Younger.

Elmay Professional Styling Boutique will combine both styling expertise with clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories to give each customer an individual look.

Elmay Boutique will cater for a wide variety of ladies from mid-20s to mid-70s and above, and with a selection of sizes from 8-24 there will surely be something to satisfy all women’s needs.

The shop will be located at 30 Clanbrassil Street – the former Madame Kay’s – and will have well-known brands from the four corners of the globe as well as celebrating the best of Irish fashion hosting labels such as Endora.ie, most recently seen on Ireland AM, as well as Avalon, Via Veneto, Roisin McCarthy knitwear and Aria – a company which featured in Elle magazine’s top 10 brands of last year.

Elmay Boutique will offer a special opening discount of up to 20% off for each customer from Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th May. For more updates visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ElmayProfessionalStylingBoutique