Britain’s Got Talent stars to return to Dundalk next week


Britain’s Got Talent stars Bars & Melody are set to return to Studio 8 at the Fairways Hotel next week.

The talented young duo will be in Dundalk on Friday week, October 31st, with support from the Pow Pow Girls.

Tickets, priced €15, are on sale now from the Fairways, with meet and greet tickets also available for €20.

For further details call the hotel on 042-9321500.

Dundalk secure their tenth Premier Division title


Second half strikes from Stephen O’Donnell and Brian Gartland proved decisive as Dundalk seen off Cork City 2-0 at Oriel Park tonight o secure their tenth SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title.

Stephen Kenny’s side came into the game knowing nothing short of victory would suffice to land their first title triumph since 1995.

However, their third victory over John Caulfield’s side this season ensured they pipped the Leesiders to the title by two points in what was a repeat of the 1991 decider.

The key moment came three minutes into the second half when Stephen O’Donnell fired the home side in front with a low strike from 20 yards out.

It was a fairytale return to action for the 28-year-old, who was making his first start since returning from a potentially career threatening injury. The Galway man – who picked up his third league winners’ medal at the end – was told he would never play again after rupturing his anterior knee ligament against Shamrock Rovers on Good Friday.

However, a remarkable return in recent weeks after just six months out was capped off with his second league goal of the season in the 48th minute.

Despite Cork City going close in either half, they lacked the firepower to find the goal they so badly needed with Dundalk all but sealing the title three minutes from time when Gartland scrambled home his ninth league goal of the season to cap a famous victory for the Lilywhites.

Needing the win, it was the home side who did much of the early probing. That said, it was the Leesiders who posed much of the early threat.

Billy Dennehy was unlucky that his first touch was too heavy after being slipped through by Garry Buckley on four minutes while the first real chance of note also fell Cork’s way on 33 minutes.

John O’Flynn found space on the right to cross, with Mark O’Sullivan getting the deftest flick to it only to see his effort creep inches the wrong side of the post.

That let-off sparked Dundalk into life with Darren Meenan breaking clear on the right within seconds at the other end. His near post cross evaded Daryl Horgan only to break to O’Donnell but the Lilywhites captain could only fire over under pressure from Colin Healy.

Horgan then fired over after cutting in off the left before Mark McNulty was forced into the first save of the game on 36 minutes when he got down low to keep out Dane Massey’s effort, which came about after a slip from Cork skipper John Dunleavy.

It was the visitors who went closest to breaking the deadlock in the 39th minute, however, when Billy Dennehy’s free crept under a seven man wall only to strike the butt of the post.

Richie Towell then fired just over with an attempt to chip McNulty a minute before the break as the sides went off at the break with everything still very much in the balance.

Dundalk had to wait less than three minutes after the restart before finding themselves in the driving seat though. Towell held the ball up for O’Donnell to latch onto, with his strike from 20 yards creeping past McNulty at his left hand upright to send Oriel Park into hysterics.

The same player almost added a second in the 54th minute when he got his head on the end of a cross from Patrick Hoban only to see it creep inches the wrong side of the same post he had scored at minutes earlier.

Horgan then got a shot away from 25 yards four minutes later but it was well stopped low to his left by McNulty.

Two substitutes almost combined to bring Cork level in the 80th minute. John Kavanagh broke down the right with his cross being flicked on at the near post by Rob Lehane, whose effort was inches away from finding the far corner of the net.

That miss was to prove all the more costly when Dundalk doubled their advantage two minutes later. Ruaidhrí Higgins’ free wasn’t dealt with by the Cork defence and when it broke to Gartland, he made no mistake by toe poking to the net from eight yards.

The title was Dundalk’s, with the country’s most successful provincial club on top of the pile for the 10th time in their history.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Meenan (Mountney 77), Shields (Higgins 9), O’Donnell, Horgan; Towell; Hoban (Byrne 90). Subs not used: Griffin, Rossiter, McDermott, Sava.

Cork City: McNulty; Dunleavy, Murray, D Dennehy, McSweeney; O’Flynn (O’Shea 63), Healy, Morrissey (J Kavanagh 62), Buckley (Lehane 73), B Dennehy; O’Sullivan. Subs not used: G Kavanagh, O’Leary, O’Brien, Kearney.

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).


Motor-Ed Driving School open day this Monday


Motor-Ed Driving School will hold an open day at their premises on the Newry Road on Bank Holiday Monday from 12 noon to 4pm.

Motor-Ed is the leading provider of driver training in the North East with all categories covered including cars, bikes, buses and trucks.

Discounts will be available on bookings on the day.

For further details call 087-7874448.

Shotgun and rifle stolen during break-in to house in Kilcurry

A shotgun and a rifle, both legally held, were stolen during a break-in to a house in Kilcurry last week.

The incident happened sometime between 10.30pm on Sunday night and 7.30am on Monday morning.

No one was home at the time of the burglary.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042-9335577.

Volunteers sought for Reclaim Ravensdale event this Saturday


Volunteers are being sought to help reclaim Ravensdale Forest from invasive species this Saturday.

Those involved will help clear an area of Rhododendrons and Cherry Laurels.

The group will meet at the forest car park at 11am and it will take approximately four hours.

All support is most welcome.

Dundalk v Cork match to be screened live on big screen at Market Square tonight

Cllr Jennifer Green

Cllr Jennifer Green

Sinn Féin Councillor Jennifer Green has delighted Dundalk FC fans who were left disappointed when they failed to get a ticket for tonight’s Dundalk v Cork City title decider match.

Hundreds of supporters had queued outside Oriel Park on Wednesday morning hoping to get tickets but many were left disappointed when they sold out very quickly.

Jennifer said “My husband and I were hoping to take our boys to the match but weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets so I thought, wouldn’t it be great if it could be shown at the Town Square? I imagined there were other families in a similar position to us so I set about trying to make it happen.”

“What we want to do is to recreate the atmosphere at Oriel Park, which will be electric tonight. We want everyone in Dundalk to witness and share in, hopefully the success, of our football team. Come to the Market Square this evening. C’mon the Town!”

Councillor Green continued “This is a big event for Dundalk and we are all part of it. Let’s join together and celebrate. Bring your families and watch Dundalk FC make history tonight.”

Cllr Green concluded by saying: “I want to thank everyone who helped me make this a reality. RTÉ, Airtricity, Dundalk Tourist Board, the Screen Operator and even the people in Norway who operate the stream.”

She laughed as she said: “After all this, Dundalk FC better win tonight.”

OG Christmas Show to take place in Dundalk Golf Club on December 12th

Paudie Breen will be performing at the OG Show in Dundalk Golf Club

Paudie Breen will be performing at the OG Show in Dundalk Golf Club

Owen Gray’s Christmas Show and Dinner Dance will take place in Dundalk Golf Club on Friday December 12th.

Special guest Paddy Cole will entertain the crowd along with appearances from Paudie Breen (performing songs of the Rat Pack), Tom O’Rourke (Joe Dolan tribute) and Rocabilly Stars Reily and the Moon Rockers.

Tickets are €40 including a meal.

Booking is essential. For further details contact the O.G. Hotline on 087-9440042 or Dundalk Golf Club on 042-9321731.

Cross-border group to tackle cattle rustling

Seamus Kirk TD

Seamus Kirk TD

A cross-Border group of gardaí, PSNI officers and the investigative units of the Departments of Agriculture in both jurisdictions has been established to investigate the recent spate of cattle rustling in Border counties.

Minister of State for Rural Development Ann Phelan said the North-South liaison group was investigating thefts, while a recent Garda and Department of Agriculture investigation uncovered an illegal abattoir near the Border.

The Minister was responding to Fianna Fáil Louth TD Seamus Kirk who said he had had “too many broken-hearted farmers standing in my constituency clinic complaining” about cattle theft. “We seem to be able to do nothing about it.”

Ms Phelan said that since the beginning of 2012 just 555 cattle were reported stolen out of a total population of 6.9 million.

Mr Kirk said there had been a “serious intensification of activity in this most nefarious area” recently, affecting farmers in Louth, Monaghan and Armagh.

It was costing farmers tens of thousands of euro and in many cases the top-quality cattle were bought with bank loans, he said.

Mr Kirk suggested that the catering industry could be using the meat and there should be a system in place where “individuals trading in the area must be compelled to vouch for the source of their meat”.

Ms Phelan said it was an issue mainly for the Garda and called on people to be vigilant, which she said could reduce the impact.

Fiver Friday deals in Dundalk today


A number of local businesses are taking part in Fiver Friday today.

The initiative, which was launched by The Joe Duffy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 back in 2011, sees businesses put forward an offer at a cost of just €5.

There’s quite a few bargains going in the area today.

Check them out below.

Graphic Lights Creative Solutions

Logo design for €5 before 5pm today. A new logo designed for your business or organisation, with the chance to make three amendments. Email or visit for more info.

Sure Shot Productions, Wedding Videographer

A fantastic offer for three couples on their wedding day

Sure Shot will film from the couples’ guests arriving at their ceremony, through to the ‘Meet & Greet’ after the ceremony. Normal price €575.  Offer to 3 couples only @ €5.

T&C: Offer is subject to availability / Along with normal conditions (nothing onerous available on request){outlined in booking form) / Offer available only on 24th October 2014 / Offer available for Sunday to Thursday Weddings ONLY / Wedding Date must be before 30th April 2015 / Contact by email only

Print Express Limited, Stapleton Mews, Ramparts, Dundalk

  • 50 6×4 digital print €5 normally €9.50
  • 80 6×4 photo album €5 normally €8.99
  • 16×12 enlargement €5 normally €8
  • Printed mugs €5 normally €12.99

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Tel: 042 9351878

Johnny Morgans Quality Seafood, Market Square,  Dundalk

  • Six sole fillets €5 (usually €1.50 each)
  • Four Plaice fillets €5 (usually €2 each)
  • Four salmon darnes for €5

Tel 042 932 7977

Kearney’s Wallpaper & Paints, 56 Dublin St, Dundalk

We have a vinyl wallpaper priced €28.95. On Fiver Friday just €5.

We have a fresco wallpaper priced €15.95 euro. On Fiver Friday just €5. While stocks last. Tel 042 9388288

East Coast Alloys Ltd, Dundalk Road , Ardee, Co. Louth

1x Terraclean service for your car/ van/ 4×4/ motorbike.
The Terraclean will de-carbonised your engine, restore fuel economy, regain performance and reduce emissions.
Usual price is €135 up to a 2.0l

On Fiver Friday €5 for the first caller 041-6857801

Creative Spark, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, Co. Louth


Email your interest in advance by email
Friday 24TH OCT 10:00am-12:00pm- Come to Creative Spark and try some printmaking today in our new studio. Give it a try for €5.00. This is a limited offer – please contact us for booking in advance.

Windmill Bistro, Seatown Place, Dundalk, Louth

All our bistro burgers only a fiver this Friday 24th October 2014 (Normal prices start at €9)

Industrial and Farm Machinery Ltd, Mullin’s Cross, Dunleer, Co. Louth

Fiver Friday Offer: XL Snickers Workwear Hoodies normally €57 only €5 Contact number:  042-9372294

McCormick’s Butchers, Church Street and Long Walk Shopping Centre, Dundalk

  • 2lb beef mince €4.99
  • 5x chicken fillets €4.99
  • 1lb sirloin steak €4.99
  • 5x boneless chops €4.99
  • Large Irish chicken €4.99