Walking tour of Dundalk next Friday

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The Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism Project will be hosting a walking tour of Dundalk this day week, Friday April 25th.

The urban geology and archaeology field trip of the town will be led by geologist Dr Siobhán Power and archaeologist Dr Vanessa Ryan, daughter of local councillor Jim Ryan.

The meeting point for the walk is the Dundalk Tourist Office at the Market Square, with the walk getting underway at 2.30pm.

Light refreshments will be served after the walk with further details available by emailing Vanessa at vanessa.ryan@newryandmourne.gov.uk

Plans for 17 new houses in Stamanaran remain on course

The four bed semi-detached homes at Stamanaran

The four bed semi-detached homes at Stamanaran

Plans for 17 new homes in the Stamanaran estate on the Old Golf Links Road in Blackrock are still on track after Andrews Construction Limited were granted an extension of planning permission for the development they first sought the go ahead for in 2008.

While the additional homes in the estate were never built due to the downturn in the construction sector, they remain a possibility in the next few years.

The Mullingar-based company have been given the go ahead to remove 36 apartments in three blocks at the estate that were never actually built.

In their place they are proposing 16 new houses, comprising 12 four bed two storey semi-detached dwellings and 4 three bed two storey terraced houses.

They have also been given the go ahead to relocate the proposed crèche in the estate and replace two four bed homes with three two bed homes.

Jobs and advice fair set to visit The Marshes next month

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A jobs and advice fair will take place in the Marshes Shopping Centre next month.

EURES Cross Border Partnership, in association with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, will host the event on Friday May 23rd from 10am to 5pm.

Amongst those set to participate include cross border employers, European advisors, business start-up and welfare advisers and education and training providers.

Admission is free of charge with further information available from Brenda at brenda@dundalk.ie

Caravan park at Gyles’ Quay set for expansion and upgrade

The caravan park at Gyles' Quay

The caravan park at Gyles’ Quay

The caravan park at Gyles’ Quay could be set for a major upgrade and extension.

The property at Maddoxland has been popular for years but now owners the Ferguson’s hope to improve it by catering for the new phenomenon of glamping.

Niall Ferguson has applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to extend the caravan park to include touring berths and glamping pods.

He is also seeking to change the house of the dwellinghouse on site to a short term holiday home while also constructing a new service building.

Louth County Council are due to make a decision on the matter on June 5th.

Corr not giving up on plan for Ravensdale estate

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Jim Corr

Musician Jim Corr hasn’t given up the option of building a small estate on land he owns in Doolargy in Ravensdale.

The 49-year-old, who achieved worldwide fame with family group The Corrs, had outline planning permission granted in 2010 for 14 detached houses to be built close to the border.

He recently applied to extend that duration with Louth County Council but his application was deemed to be incomplete and therefore invalid. However, he is expected to return with another application shortly.

The guitarist, who still lives locally, invested in property and land during the boom times and last year was forced to settle a €1.4m debt with ACC Bank following a High Court case.

Then and now on the Castletown Road

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Mark Quigley has been busy working on his Then/Now project for the past few weeks and here’s another stunning shot from the Castletown Road.

In it he shows the street in its current format but also as it was years ago in a flooded state under the bridge with the old Bridge Stores in the background.

Check out more of Mark’s work here.

Tallaght Stadium to host Setanta Cup final between Dundalk and Sligo Rovers

Tallaght Stadium

Tallaght Stadium

Tallaght Stadium has been confirmed as the venue for this year’s Setanta Sports Cup final on Saturday May 10th.

Dundalk and Sligo Rovers will face off on the day, with both clubs hoping to win the competition for the first time in their respective histories.

Stephen Kenny’s side booked their place in the final with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Shamrock Rovers in the semi-final. Two Richie Towell penalties helped them to a 2-1 win in Tallaght before Chris Shields struck to secure a 1-0 win in the second leg on Tuesday.

Sligo, who have serious cup pedigree in recent years, booked their place in the final with an emphatic 7-1 aggregate victory over last year’s league winners St Patrick’s Athletic.

There had been speculation that the final could be played in The Showgrounds in Sligo or at a neutral venue such as Athlone or Longford but Tallaght will suit Dundalk as it means they have less of a journey.

Tallaght was also the venue when the club lost the 2011 decider 2-0 to Shamrock Rovers, although the Lilywhites were angered at that time that they had to play at a venue that was not neutral.

Kick-off for the final will be 4pm. For the final Dundalk FC have been allocated the East Stand. Tickets will be €15 for adults, €10 for OAPS, unwaged and students and €5 for U14s.

3,000 litres of fuel laundering waste dumped in Haggardstown

Around 3,000 litres of toxic sludge was discovered dumped just outside Dundalk earlier today.

In total three containers of oil laundering waste, each containing about 1,000 litres of the toxic material, was discovered under the railway bridge on the Haggardstown Road.

This was the 26th incident of diesel sludge dumping since the turn of the year with Louth County Council spending almost €80,000 thus far recovering and disposing of it.

Last year the bill for the entire year was €686,000 with 698 tonnes disposed of following 105 incidents.

Anyone with information on the activity is asked to contact Dundalk Gardaí or Louth County Council.

This week’s Dundalk Leader

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This week’s Dundalk Leader leads with the story of local man David Garvey getting home from hospital as he battles locked-in syndrome. There’s also a report on former Louth GAA star Ciaran Byrne making his debut for AFL side Carlton Down Under while there’s plenty of pictures from last weekend’s Patsy Kelly 5k.

All that, and more, in this week’s Dundalk Leader which can be read online for free here.

Louth Bee Keepers lecture taking place tonight

The Louth Bee Keepers’ Association continue their lecture programme with a talk on ‘Queen Rearing’ by Keith Pierce in the Teagasc Centre on the Dublin Road tonight from 8pm to 10pm.

Membership cards will be available on the night and all are invited to attend.