Dundalk put five past Shelbourne

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk ran out 5-0 winners over Shelbourne at Oriel Park last night to book their place in the last 16 of the FAI Cup.

An own goal gave Stephen Kenny’s side the lead on 14 minutes before Jake Kelly doubled the advantage with a header eight minutes later.

Kurtis Byrne made it 3-0 early in the second half before Richie Towell added a fourth from the penalty spot with 20 minutes to go.

Ronan Finn then completed the rout with a fifth in the 89th minute.

Dundalk driver Aimee Woods to race in Formula Vee

Aimee with her new car and Modello Chief Instructor Ken Elliott

Aimee with her new car and Modello Chief Instructor Ken Elliott

Dundalk driver Aimee Woods is set to join the Formula Vee ranks.

She will make the move with immediate effecvt after buying a Leastone in the last week.

According to motorsport.ie, she plans an extensive test programme and at least two races this season before embarking on a full championship campaign in 2016.

The daughter of well known saloon car specialist Sean Woods, Aimee has done some Uno races and some rallysprints in the past but sees Formula Vee as a new and exciting challenge.

She first raced the single seater at the Formula Vee festival last year and has recently made the decision to buy the car she drove.

With the help of Modello Chief Instructor Ken Elliott she feels that she can make progress through the field with the ultimate aim of becoming the first woman to win a Formula Vee race.

Dundalk IT to host FÍS 2015 next week

Creative Media at Dundalk IT returns with its end of year student showcase, FÍS 2015, in the surroundings of the award-winning Carroll’s Building.

Housing the School of Informatics and Creative Arts, the building houses a state-of-the-art TV studio, audio and radio recording studios, a photographic darkroom, performance spaces, edit suites and a screening room.

The launch of Fís will take place on Wednesday June 3rd from 6pm -9pm and will be open to the public on Thursday June 4th from 12pm-9pm.

Fís (Irish for ‘vision’) 2015 features completely new and original work ranging from film to interactive installations and games. The work on show will highlight the relevant and diverse skills that students of creative media & film acquire over the course of their studies at DKIT. The students showcasing work are graduating from four main programmes: the BA / BA (Hons) in Communications in Creative Multimedia and the BA / BA (Hons) in Video and Film Production. In addition, for the first time, students on the one-year Springboard programme, the Certificate in 2D/3D Digital Animation Production, will also showcase their work.

New works from students completing the BA (Hons) in Communications in Creative Multimedia respond to the theme of ‘socially responsive design’. Juvenis, Metus and Level Up combine interactivity and design to explore a range of issues relevant to young people. Juvenis deals with identity issues confronting young people while Metus strives to raise awareness of GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder). Level Up meanwhile aims to assist second level students with identifying careers they may be interested in pursuing.

Exhibits from the BA in Communications in Creative Multimedia – including Aquatica, Drumon and DoodleBlocks – focus on the theme of ‘play’ through a series of interactive games and installations aimed at a wide range of age groups.

Visitors to the exhibition can also enjoy a programme of short films from students completing the BA in Video and Film Production. These will be on show in the purpose built screening room. The shorts on show include ‘Harry’ which takes a blackly comic look at the dangers of using the internet as a replacement for creativity and ‘The Shift’, a coming of age tale set in the Ireland of the 1980’s.

Students completing the BA (Hons) in Video and Film Production will also present screen work that draws on the results of their practice-based research projects. The subject matter of their final films includes the issue of media bias, women in the Irish film industry and the history of cinemas in Dundalk.

For further information on the large range of programmes in the Section of Creative Media currently open for Change of Mind applications through the CAO, visit www.dkit.ie/creativemedia. Also find out more on free Springboard programmes in 3D for Games and 2D/3D Digital Animation Production at www.springboardcourses.ie/.

FÍS 2015 is open to all, and will be launched at 6pm in the Carroll’s Building on Wednesday 3rd June.

Michael Gaynor named new Dundalk Chamber of Commerce president

PRO Paddy Malone, new Chamber of Commerce president Michael Gaynor, outgoing president Paddy Matthews and new vice-president David Minto at the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce AGM

PRO Paddy Malone, new Chamber of Commerce president Michael Gaynor, outgoing president Paddy Matthews and new vice-president David Minto at the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce AGM

Michael Gaynor was elected the new president of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce at its AGM earlier this week.

Michael, who had been vice-president, takes over from Paddy Matthews after a two-year term. David Minto is the new vice-president with Michael Farrell and Paddy Malone remaining on as treasurer and PRO respectively.

The new president, who runs a book publishing company, said in his speech that he wanted to further develop links with local industry and to encourage more membership from this sector. It is his intention to forge greater links and ‘build bridges’ with other stakeholders in Dundalk who have the town’s development interest at heart. He also said he wanted to encourage youth membership onto the various Chamber committees and sub-committees.

Plans for a new microbrewery in Carlingford have been rejected


Plans for a new microbrewery in Carlingford have been rejected by Louth County Council

Aidan and Thomas McGrath had applied to the local authority for planning permission to partly demolish an existing shop and residential unit on Newry Street/Old Quay Lane.

In its place they hoped to construct a ground floor retail shop, café and microbrewery with three apartments on the first and second floors.

However, the council refused the application on two counts.

They say that because the proposed development is situated within the designated Carlingford Architectural Conservation Area it would not fit in with the “urban vernacular character of the centre of the historic town.”

They say the alteration of the front wall or façade of the buildings would result in a “loss of character and distinctiveness.”

They also insisted that the development would contravene the Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines for Planning Authorities issued by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2011.

Public consultation meetings next month to discuss commemorations for the centenary of 1916


Louth County Council will host a number of public consultation meetings next month to discuss coordinating events and commemorations for the centenary of 1916 next year.

They would like to hear your suggestions as to how 1916 can be remembered, reconciled, represented and imagined.

The Dundalk meeting takes place on Tuesday June 9th at 7pm in the Louth County Library at Roden Place.

There will also be a meeting in Drogheda Library in Stockwell Street on Wednesday June 3rd and in the Ardee Library at Market Square on Thursday June 11th. Both of those get underway at 7pm also.

For further details contact Bernadette Fennell on 042 9324239 or email bernadette.fennell@louthcoco.ie

Picket to be held outside Ard Dealgan complex in Quay Street tomorrow

Cllr Jennifer Green at the Ard Dealgan complex

Cllr Jennifer Green at the Ard Dealgan complex

Louth County Councillor Jennifer Green has organised a picket to take place tomorrow outside the Ard Dealgan apartments in Quay Street between 4pm and 4.30pm.

The 73 units, built by controversial developer Tom McFeely, have been unoccupied since 2009 when 30 tenants were evacuated by the council due to safety concerns.

The development has become an eye sore and nuisance for local residents since then with it becoming known as a local drugs den. A numbers fires have also taken place there with homeless people regularly staying there also.

With McFeely having washed his hands of the development and now out of contact, Louth County Council said earlier this month their only remaining option was to carry out a compulsory purchase order on the site. They are unlikely to do this, however, as more than €700,000 of development levies are owed on it.

Commenting ahead of tomorrow’s picket, Sinn Féin councillor Green said: “We want someone to take responsibility for the Ard Dealgan complex and secure it properly or even demolish it.

“We don’t want the community to be ignored any longer. They have a right to live in a safe environment.”