Emergency appeal for local donations to refugee crisis

Sevens have donated the use of their Francis Street office towards the appeal

Sevens have donated the use of their Francis Street office towards the appeal

An emergency appeal for donations to help with the current refugee crisis in Syria has been made.

Local groups are accepting donations to assist those caught up in the Middle Eastern conflict with appeals having been issued for the following:

  • Sleeping Bags and Blankets
  • Tents (Especially 4 Man Tents)
  • Heavy Duty Rubbish Bags
  • Men’s Warm Winter Clothes (Size S & M)
  • Mens Scarves, Hats and Gloves
  • Candles and Torches
  • Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Soap, Razors, Shaving Foam
  • Tissues, Toiletry Bags
  • Medicines and First Aid Supplies

The drop off point will be the Sevens office in Francis Street, which will be open to accept donations from Monday to Friday from 4pm to 10pm.

Sevens have kindly donated the office for the appeal.

Meanwhile, local company National Pen have also plans to fill a 40ft container with further details available here.

Trial harness race meeting to take place in Dundalk later this month

Dundalk Stadium

Dundalk Stadium

A harness race meeting will take place at Dundalk Stadium later this month.

The trial event was confirmed by the Irish Harness Racing Association earlier today for Sunday September 27th.

It follows an intervention earlier this year by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney who said in July he would investigate the possibility of staging harness racing in Dundalk Stadium.

It came following a query from Deputy Martin Ferris as to why the IHRA’s bid to stage races in Dundalk were objected to by Horse Racing Ireland.

Louth derby to be shown live on RTÉ

DundalkCrest2010The Louth derby clash between Dundalk FC and Drogheda Utd on Friday September 18th in Oriel Park will be shown live on RTÉ Two.

The kick-off time will be 7.25pm to facilitate TV coverage.

This will mean the Lilywhites will feature on RTÉ for two consecutive weeks with the FAI Cup clash with Sligo Rovers on Friday September 11th also set to be screened.

Dundalk also take on Sligo in the league tomorrow night, with kick-off at Oriel Park 7pm.

Six local acts to perform at this weekend’s Electric Picnic

Pat McDonnell will be in the comedy tent on Saturday

Pat McDonnell will be in the comedy tent on Saturday

Six local acts will be performing at this weekend’s Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Amongst those set to take the stage over the course of the weekend are bands RichardRichard, The Beached Whales, Elephant and Third Smoke, as well as DJ collective Evil Presidentes.

The Beached Whales are first to perform this evening on The Salt Dog Stage from 5pm to 5.50pm. On Saturday Dromiskin-based comedian Pat McDonnell will also be in the comedy tent from 4.35pm to 5pm.

Be sure to check the locals out if you’re at the Picnic this weekend.

Number claiming dole payments in Dundalk falls for first time in four months in August

00018679-314The Live Register figures for Dundalk fell for the first time since March last month.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there were 6,255 people signed on in Dundalk last month, a fall of 1.4% from the 6,341 who were caliming dole payments in July.

This is the first fall after four consecutive months of increases but the numbers on the Live Register in the town are still 6.4% higher than they were in March when just 5,881 were on the register.

On a county level there were 14,611 people signing on last month, also the first fall since March and down by 1.2%.

There was also falls recorded in Ardee (-1.7%) and Drogheda (-0.8%).

Plans to increase screens in Dundalk Omniplex cinema from seven to nine

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It hasn’t even opened yet and already there are plans to expand the number of screens at the new Dundalk Omniplex cinema at Dundalk Retail Park from seven to nine.

Talk of the Town revealed exclusively in July how Paul and Mark Anderson had registered a new company called Dalkbridge Limited to open the cinema at the former Harvey Norman outlet, off the Inner Relief Road.

Work has commenced on units 2, 3 and 4 of the retail park in recent weeks but already changes are afoot.

Last week Chandos Investments PLC and Dalkbridge Ltd applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to alter the plans that had previously been approved by the council in late 2013 and which were finally given the go ahead in April 2014 following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála by IMC Cinema and the Marshes Shopping Centre.

The alterations comprise of the reduction in the size of the cinema. If approved, it will now only be contained within units 2 and 3, with unit 4 being retained for warehouse use.

There are also proposing an internal reconfiguration of the ground floor and projector room level, including increasing the number of cinemas from sevne to nine. There would also be minor alterations to the elevations including the relocation of the escape doors to suit the reconfigured internal plan.

The new cinema also includes plans for an entrance foyer with ticket kiosk, food and beverage stalls, a coffee shop, service and circulation areas and toilets.

The council are due to decide on the matter by October 20th.

Lorry veers off the road on N53 diversion route

The truck on the Annavackey to Inniskeen Road

The truck on the Annavackey to Inniskeen Road

A lorry has veered off the road on one of the diversion routes in play due to the ongoing roadworks on the N53 Dundalk to Castleblayney Road.

The articulated truck is well into the ditch between Annavackey to Inniskeen and is likely to require major assistance to get out.

The incident happened shortly before midday and the road is passable at present although motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

Delays are expected in the area later when assistance arrives.

The N53 closed last month between Barronstown and Hackballscross and will remain closed until November.

MAD Youth Theatre open day this Tuesday

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Now in their fifth year, locally-based MAD Youth Theatre are on the look out for new members aged between 12 and 21.

Anyone interested is invited to join them in Wellington Hall on St Mary’s Road this coming Tuesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

No experience is needed, just an interest in drama.

Amongst the events planned for the year ahead are theatre trips, master classes and performances in festivals.

Tuesday’s open day is a fun two-hour drama workshop. All you need is comfy clothes and a bottle of water. Feel free to bring a friend along also.

For further information contact 083 1404747 or 086 0457026. You can also email info@madyt.com or check out their Facebook page.

O Fiaich College evening class programme launching next week

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Thinking about learning something new in these autumn evenings? Maybe learn new skills for career purposes or a new hobby? O Fiaich Institute Dundalk is now taking bookings for the Autumn Evening Class Programme 2015 starting this month.

This term there are over 60 night classes on offer. The main areas are QQI (FETAC) certified Childcare and Healthcare modules which lead to overall awards. Anybody seeking to work in these areas should consider these modules as they are mandatory qualifications. There is great flexibility in undertaking modules depending on your circumstances. Those who wish to work from home may study our blended learning modules online. Certificate in Nursing Studies QQI level 5 is a new award we are offering this term along with Certificate in Business Administration, also at level 5.

Also on offer is a wide range of hobby courses from Beauty and Cosmetics to Yoga. New courses this term include Ballroom & Social Dancing, 1916 Rising – What happened in Louth?, Introduction to Living Mindfully, Self Defence for Women and Disability Advocacy. As always we are offering the ever popular Flower Arranging, Pilates, Art, Floor and Wall Tiling classes.

Keeping a focus on relevant courses for the workplace we offer Basic Food Hygiene, Train the Trainer and Diploma in Event Management all of which are certified courses.

Further details and online bookings may be obtained on Louthnightclasses.ie. Enrolling takes place on Monday and Tuesday 7th and 8th September from 10am to 3pm and evening enrolment on Tuesday 8th September from 7pm to 9pm. Or call the Night Class office 042 93 53 967. There is a 20% reduction for those on Social Welfare.

Classes start week beginning Monday 14th September.

Dundalk Young Irelands golf classic next Friday

dundalkyiDundalk Young Irelands are hosting their annual golf classic at Greenore Golf Club next Friday September 11th.

Entry for a team of four is €150, with sponsorship for a tee or green on the day just €50.

Refreshments and a BBQ will be provided for all those who enter.

The golf will be followed with a presentation ceremony and live music in Brubakers, who sponsor the club’s senior team this year.
If you have any queries in relation to this or want to book a tee-time please do not hesitate to contact Barry McDermott, who is the event organiser, on 0872022470 or Robbie Whyte on 087 2428665 or Cian O Naraigh on 087 6178653.