Illustrated tweets of Gerry Adams’ ramblings now available

A sample of one of the illustrations

A sample of one of the illustrations

A new Twitter account has emerged recently with illustrations of tweets by Louth TD Gerry Adams.

The Sinn Féin president has become almost as famous for his trivial tweets as for his political background and the hilarious sketches capture them superbly.

You can check out the range of them at @GA_Illustrated.

Hat-tip to local journalist Niamh Kirk for spotting the account.

New road linking the Ramparts and the Avenue Road opens

Where the new road will merge onto the Avenue Road

Where the new road will merge onto the Avenue Road

The new road linking the Ramparts Road to the Avenue Road opened earlier today.

The road, which travels along the back of the new Tesco superstore at the former Dundalk Shopping Centre site emerges on to the Iron Road. From there, motorists can either turn left in the direction of the Marshes or go straight on, passing the back of Lidl and coming out at The Gym onto the Avenue Road.

A new roundabout is also in place at the rear of the shopping centre, which those travelling from the Marshes Shopping Centre direction of the Ramparts Road will have to use if they wish to travel onto Stapleton Place.

The filling station at the rear of Tesco will open this Monday, followed by the opening of the megastore itself the following week on Monday August 4th.

Big Top Carlingford to host Last of the Summer Wine event this Saturday


The Big Top Carlingford will be hosting a Last Of The Summer Wine event this Saturday, featuring a stock clearance party and BBQ.

The Beached Whales and The School of Fish will be performing on the night at the Carlingford Marina venue, followed by DJ sets from Barry Hoey and Evil Presidentes.

Complimentary buses will be running to and from the event, collecting at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dundalk at 9pm and returning from the marina at 2.30am.

All stock of beer, cider, wine and spirits have to go on the night with admission €10 on the door.

This will be the last event at the venue this year.


Firefighters tackle forest fire overnight

Firefighters from Dundalk and Ardee were called to a forest fire in the north of the county last night.

The incident happened at an area between Jenkinstown Hill and Rockmarshall. The fire service were called to the scene around 8.15pm and spent over three hours battling the blaze before finally bringing it under control.

Louth has one of the highest obesity rates in the country

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Louth has one of the highest obesity rates in the country, according to a report on the nation’s health published in today’s Irish Examiner.

The study found that approximately 16% of the population of the county is classified as obese – making it one of six counties with the highest obesity levels nationwide, a stigma it shares with all of the border counties, as well as Sligo.

The report also found that there were more medical cards in the Wee County than anywhere else, with 50% of the county’s 122,897 people having access to one.

Louth also has one of the highest rates for diabetes, with around 3.03 – 3.2% reporting the problem.

The suicide rate of 12.2 suicides per 100,000 was also above the national rate of 11.5.

The county was in the middle of the road when it came to respiratory illnesses and cancer, although it had the fourth highest mortality rate in the country for Non-Melanoma skin cancer.

You can read the full report here.

Eden to launch new cocktail menu this Saturday


Eden Disco Bar in Park Street will be launching their new cocktail menu this Saturday night at 8pm.

The new menu is created by Eden’s very own Jim Shevlin and will include three new ice cream cocktails.

You can reserve a booth with table service on the night, with tickets available right now from Ridley’s Bar.

Louth Rose Ciara Soraghan will be one of many attending the launch, which promises to be a fantastic night.

Louth Rose Ciara Soraghan will be in Eden on Saturday for the launch of their new cocktail menu

Louth Rose Ciara Soraghan will be in Eden on Saturday for the launch of their new cocktail menu

Kearney brothers in Dundalk Rugby Club this Friday


Dundalk Rugby Club will host a fundraising night on Friday called ‘Keepin’ up with the Kearneys’.

On the night Leinster and Irish rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney – who hail from Willville in Carlingford – will be in attendance for a Q&A session hosted by local solicitor Dermot ‘Doc’ Lavery, who will be assisted by RTÉ pundit Brent Pope.

The pair will question the brothers about their recent success and their journey to international glory.

There will be a disco afterwards in what promises to be an excellent night’s entertainment.

Doors on the night open at 8pm, with tickets priced at €20.

Ticekts are on sale now from Tommy Campbell at Dundalk Rugby Club on 087-6362778, Tony McDonnell’s Menswear, Lily Finnegan’s Pub or from Hallmark in the Marshes Shopping Centre.

Steam Traction Engine Road Run to visit Blackrock tomorrow


Ireland’s largest Steam Traction Engine Road Run will visit Blackrock tomorrow (Thursday).

The fleet of engines will travel around the bypass in Dundalk and head for the Fairways Hotel, arriving around 3pm.

A number of the engines will then proceed to the promenade, via the Greengates, arriving at 4pm and remaining there until around 7pm.

The run is in aid of TinyLife, Northern Ireland’s premature baby charity.

New slimmer’s menu coming to The Market Bar


The Market Bar in Dundalk will be launching a new slimmer’s menu from next Monday.

That means that you can call in and enjoy some of the best grub the town has to offer without feeling guilty afterwards.

The menu has already got the thumbs up from local Slimming World representatives so why not check it out yourself from Monday on.