Kearney brothers announce the name of their new Ballsbridge pub

Leinster Rugby players Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney at The Bridge 1859

Leinster Rugby players Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney at The Bridge 1859

The Bridge 1859 has been officially announced as the name of the Ballsbridge bar formerly known as Bellamy’s.

Recently acquired by Noel Anderson of The Grafton Lounge alongside Ireland and Leinster Rugby stars Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien and Willville brothers Rob and Dave Kearney, The Bridge 1859 is looking forward to welcoming a scrum of customers from the end of September.

“I’m obviously over the moon to have gone into business with the four lads,” said Anderson.

“I can see us having some great days ahead in The Bridge 1859. The highs and lows of the last few months will all be worth it when we open the doors and pull that highly anticipated first pint.”

Heaslip added: “For all of us it was important to get a name that paid homage to the history of the building and the area. We feel that The Bridge 1859 captures both – we’re located in Ballsbridge, and the building was first used as a pub in 1859. We also wanted a name that was easy to roll off the tongue standing in the RDS or the Aviva – let’s go to The Bridge for one.”

The Bridge 1859 has been completely redesigned. The bar counter is now longer and the new back bar has a selection of wine, whiskey and spirits. It is currently recruiting full-time and part-time bar and waiting staff at

The new pub will open on Thursday September 25th.

RTÉ to broadcast Dundalk’s FAI Cup clash away to Shamrock Rovers

DundalkCrest2010RTÉ have confirmed that they will broadcast the FAI cup quarter final tie between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk FC in Tallaght Stadium on Friday September 12th.

The live programme, which will be broadcast on RTÉ Two, will commence at 7pm, with the game now kicking off at the earlier than normal time of 7.05pm.

Dundalk will also be live on RTÉ this Friday night when they travel to Richmond Park to face St Patrick’s Athletic. That game will also have a 7.05pm kick-off.

FAI pays tribute to former Dundalk chairman Denning

Des Denning lifts the FAI Cup following Dundalk's success in 2002

Des Denning lifts the FAI Cup following Dundalk’s success in 2002

The Football Association of Ireland has paid tribute to former Dundalk FC Chairman Des Denning who died suddenly yesterday evening.

A native of Cavan, he was a prominent businessman in Dundalk and served on the board of Dundalk FC. He was chairman for four years during which the club won the FAI Cup in 2002 and the First Division in 2001.

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said: “The news of Des Denning’s sudden passing has shocked everybody within football. He was a passionate follower of the game and will be remembered for the contribution he made to Dundalk Football Club.”

SSE Airtricity League Director Fran Gavin said: “Des Denning was a familiar face around Oriel Park and was always on hand to assist the club whenever he could. His partner Regina O’Hare is the Event Controller at Oriel Park and she, together with his family and friends, are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

Meanwhile, Dundalk FC have also released a statement on the passing of its former chairman.

It read: “Everybody at Dundalk Football Club is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of our former Chairman Des Denning.

“Des was a true friend of everybody at Dundalk FC and was always there to offer advice and support to everybody at the club. A proud Chairman for four years, Des was at the helm when Dundalk won the 2001 First Division Championship and the 2002 FAI Cup.

“We send our condolences to his family and many friends. Des’ partner, Regina, is still a very important part of our club and we send our support to her at this very sad time.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”


Water meter installations to take place in the coming weeks

The protest at the Market Square today, as captured by Pat O'Shaughnessy

The protest at the Market Square today, as captured by Pat O’Shaughnessy

The installation of water meters will commence in the area in the coming weeks, according to Irish Water.

The news came ahead of a non-political protest at the Market Square this morning against the implementation of water charges at the end of next month.

According to Irish Water, advance notification of at least 14 days will be issued to each householder with information packs outlining the details of the installation process.

Meters will be installed outside domestic residences connected to the public water mains generally between 7.30am and 7.30pm, Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.

A spokesperson for Irish Water says meter installers will always carry identification cards, wear branded uniforms and will never ask to enter people’s homes.

Picture credit: Pat O’Shaughnessy (Twitter)

This week’s Dundalk Democrat


This week’s Dundalk Democrat leads with the story that retired councillors in the town and county are set to pocket a combined total of €520,000 in their severance packages. There’s also photographs from the local debs and reaction from Dundalk’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Bohemians last Friday.

All that, and more, in this week’s Dundalk Democrat… on sale now!

World silver medal for Dundalk cyclist Eve McCrystal

Nathan McGreehan and Tomas McCabe, second and first in the Louth Hill Climb Championships at the weekend

Nathan McGreehan and Tomas McCabe, second and first in the Louth Hill Climb Championships at the weekend

Ireland’s Paracycling team of Katie George Dunleavy and Dundalk’s Eve McCrystal claimed a silver medal at the World Paracycling Championships in Greenville, USA on Sunday.

Competing in the tandem road race the pair were edged out in a sprint for the gold by the British pair of Lora Turnham and Connie Hall, with the Spanish in third. The Irish team had been in the US for the last three weeks becoming acclimatised to the stifling heat and humidity of North Carolina.

On the previous Friday the Irish tandem duo had been unlucky to puncture in the time trial event, yet still managed to take sixth position. Also competing in the male tandem time trial and road race was Ireland’s James Brown, with Dundalk’s Bryan McCrystal, like his sister, acting as the pilot for the visually impaired athlete. The men posted top 10 results in both events but just couldn’t quite make it onto the podium.

The last competitive event of the year went to Tomas McCabe when he won the Louth Hill Climb Championships ahead of Nathan McGreehan. Tomas also won the Leinster A3 event, with the main event going to defending champion James Davenport. In the women’s event Annette Dolan took the gold ahead of Sandra O’Hagan.

Sunday also saw the final round of the Skoda Cycling Challenge descend on Louth. Fiona Rogers and Philip Kerley headed up a team that organised an excellent event for over 500 cyclists. An 80km route and 130km route were both on offer to the cyclists, taking in the likes of Ballymascanlon, Riverstown and the Long Woman’s Grave. Good weather meant than more than expected tackled the longer route, but with a well stocked food stop at the Fairways Hotel everyone managed the distance. Cuchulainn Cycling Club extends a huge thank you to the organising committee, marshals, drivers, Irish Red Cross, Skoda Ireland, The Fairways Hotel and St Kevin’s GAA Club.

Former Dundalk chairman Des Denning passes away

Des Denning lifts the FAI Cup following Dundalk's success in 2002

Des Denning lifts the FAI Cup following Dundalk’s success in 2002

The sudden death has occurred of former Dundalk FC chairman Des Denning.

A native of Cavan, Denning was also known for his insurance business Denning Insurances, which was based in Market Street for a number of years before relocating to Bridge Street.

From the Castle Road in Dundalk, Des passed away suddenly last night.

Des Denning in more recent times with Irish soccer legend John Aldridge

Des Denning in more recent times with Irish soccer legend John Aldridge

He will be best remembered for his contribution to Dundalk FC, where he was chairman for a number of years, including during the club’s run to the 2002 FAI Cup final.

Having stepped aside from that role in May 2004 following the resignation of Trevor Anderson as manager, he later returned to the board of the club before stepping down in 2010.

Throughout the years he remained active in a number of fundraising roles, however, and was a close friend of the late Tommy McConville, who passed away last October.

Well known in Irish soccer circles, Des was also an avid Liverpool FC supporter and a keen pool player.

Sympathy is extended to his wide circle of family and friends, especially partner Regina O’Hare who is also well known at Oriel Park for heading up the security detail at the club.

Apart from Regina, Des is survived by his sister May, brothers Michael, Sean and Brendan and sisters-in-law Kathleen and Ann. Also Carmel, Seamus, Miriam and the extended O’Hare family, as well as nieces, nephews, relatives and large circle of friends.

He will be reposing at his residence on the Castle Road from 8pm until 10pm on Wednesday evening and from 2pm until 9pm Thursday. Removal on Friday morning at 10.30am, proceeding on foot to St Patrick’s Cathedral, arriving for Funeral Mass at 11am. Removal afterwards to Glasnevin Crematorium, arriving for 2.30pm.

May he Rest In Peace.

High Court dismisses McKevitt legal challenge

Michael McKevitt

Michael McKevitt

The High Court has dismissed a legal challenge against a decision of the Minister for Justice refusing to release convicted IRA leader Michael McKevitt, under a scheme of enhanced remission of sentence.

However, McKevitt will now attempt to launch another challenge to his detention using an alternative legal mechanism, judicial review.

This afternoon Mr Justice Bernard Barton applied a recent Supreme Court decision, which ruled that the Minister’s decision could not be challenged using Article 40 of the Constitution.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton ruled the decision of the Minister was a valid one.

McKevitt’s lawyers immediately applied to another judge of the High Court for permission to seek a judicial review.

A ruling is expected later this evening.

Earlier today lawyers for McKevitt told the court they were withdrawing the challenge taken under Article 40  in light of the Supreme Court decision.

However, Mr Justice Bernard Barton said he would still give his judgment in the case because of the “public importance and public interest” of the case.

McKevitt, 59, from Beech Park, Blackrock, Co Louth, had sought an Article 40 inquiry under the Constitution claiming his continued detention at Portlaoise Prison is unlawful.

However, the application was overtaken by a decision of the Supreme Court which ruled an Article 40 inquiry was the incorrect legal mechanism for such challenges.

McKevitt will now seek leave to bring a judicial review of the Minister’s decision not to grant him remission of sentence.

Lawyers for McKevitt told the High Court this morning they were withdrawing the application and would instead seek a judicial review of the Minister’s decision, which the Supreme Court had ruled was the correct way to proceed with the challenge.

They said it was possible that McKevitt was still illegally detained and therefore they would be asking for leave to seek judicial review and requesting an expedited hearing.

McKevitt was jailed for 20 years in 2003 for directing terrorism and membership of the Real IRA.

He claimed he was entitled to one third remission of his sentence for good behaviour and participation in activities designed to prepare him for release.

His lawyers claimed that if proper consideration for a one third enhanced remission had been given he would already have been released by now.

Judge Barton had adjourned ruling on the matter pending the decision of the Supreme Court in a case brought by Limerick man Eddie Ryan, where a similar legal argument had been made.

Last month Ryan was released from prison after Mr Justice Max Barrett found that under Rule 59 of the 2007 Prison rules Ryan, imprisoned for possession of a pistol and ammunition, was entitled to release.

However, the Supreme Court ruled Ryan’s release by the High Court was invalid and ordered his re-arrest.

The Supreme Court held his release by way of habeas corpus under Article 40 of the Constitution was not the appropriate remedy on the issue of remission of prison sentence.

It agreed with the State, which had appealed the Ryan High Court ruling, that Ryan’s application for early release should have been brought by way of judicial review.

Reports of another broken down ambulance in the North East at the weekend

An ambulance being towed up River Lane in Dundalk earlier this year

An ambulance being towed up River Lane in Dundalk earlier this year

Sinn Féin councillor in Louth Tomás Sharkey is repeating his call for an urgent review of the suitability of the ambulance vehicles in the North East following reports that an ambulance broke down in Castlebellingham on Saturday.

In a statement to the media today, Cllr Sharkey said: “On Saturday the 30th August an ambulance broke down while carrying a patient to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. The patient has spoke to me of the incident. He had a serious injury to his eyes when the ambulance broke down at Castlebellingham. The paramedics gave him the best of care and another replacement ambulance arrived with little delay.

“This latest incident highlights the fact that our ambulances are not able to take the workload that is demanded of them. It is crucial that decent vehicles that are fit for purpose are acquired from now on,” he said.