€1.45m sought for Castlebellingham farm


A 280 acre (113.2 hectares) farm at Mooretown in Castlebellingham is set to go under the hammer next month with an asking price of €1.45m.

The lands at Marsh Farm are in one main block running between a sea wall and the main road. The land, which is of excellent quality, is currently in tillage.

Around 252 acres of the lands contain the tillage lands and sea wall with the remainder of the lands beyond the sea wall. The lands are currently laid out in a number of large open plan divisions with large drainage ditches with some hedging. The lands are accessed by three entrances off the main road.

Dublin-based auctioneers Ganly Walters are selling the lands by public auction on October 1st at 3pm in their offices in Percy Place, Dublin 4.

This week’s Dundalk Democrat



This week’s Dundalk Democrat leads with the story about Louth County Councillors having decide whether or not to vote through a 15% cut in the Local Property Tax, with a decision due on Friday. There’s also coverage of last week’s fatal road crash in Castlebellingham and reaction to the burglary at the Dublin Street post office last week.

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

Dundalk Democrat seeking new editor

10365735_10152851543302306_7300844346046658157_nThe Dundalk Democrat has today advertised for a new editor.

The post is advertised in today’s newspaper. According to the ad, the paper is looking for a ‘writer, leader, motivator, educator.’

The Crowe Street-based paper had been sharing an editor with The Longford Leader for some time as part of an editorial management plan implemented by former owners Johnston Press.

However, new owners Iconic Newspapers – who took over the Johnston Press stable of newspapers in Ireland back in March – have now opted to change those plans by hiring back on-site editors.

It should be a good boost to local news, with deadlines for entry the end of the month to david.fordham@iconicnewspapers.ie

Bronze for Oliver at Special Olympics Euro Games in Antwerp

Oliver Hanratty

Oliver Hanratty

Dundalk-based Special Olympics athlete Oliver Hanratty has secured a bronze medal in the Bocce team event at the Special Olympics Euro Games in Antwerp.

Oliver, a member of the St Therese’s club from the Redeemer Family Resource Centre, is well known in the area as an amateur DJ and for his work in McGeough’s in Roden Place.

Also on the Irish team, who were in action yesterday, were Thomas Comer, Darren McClatchey and Kris Gilroy.

Well done Oliver!

Miss Louth Fionnuala appears on TV3’s Xpose

Fionnuala Short on Xpose yesterday

Fionnuala Short on Xpose yesterday

Miss Louth Fionnuala Short appeared on TV3’s Xpose programme yesterday, modeling clothes for the winter months for fashion retailer iClothing.ie

The Hackballscross woman, who was second runner-up in the Miss Ireland contest last month, modeled ponchos and parkas on the show as she continues her foray into the modeling world where she is represented by the Andrea Roche Model Agency.

You can view the segement here.

Rovers end Dundalk’s treble hopes

DundalkCrest2010Substitute Karl Sheppard hit a late double as Shamrock Rovers came from behind to see off league leaders Dundalk 2-1 in last night’s FAI Ford Cup quarter-final replay at Oriel Park.

The home side’s treble dream looked very much on when leading scorer Patrick Hoban fired them in front five minutes before half-time.

However, Sheppard’s goals in the 81st and 87th minutes rocked Oriel Park.

Just as in the first game, which finished 0-0 in Tallaght last Friday, Dundalk were left to rue a series of misses when they were on top with Barry Murphy excelling for Pat Fenlon’s side in goal.

Hoban deservedly headed them in front in the 40th minute when he headed home from Darren Meenan’s delivery.

Murphy was superb though to twice deny Hoban on the restart before doing likewise from Andy Boyle.

Having weathered the storm, Rovers began to pile on the pressure and it finally told as they grabbed an equaliser nine minutes from time when Sheppard raced onto Sean O’Connor’s pass to slot past Peter Cherrie.

The real drama was yet to come, however, as three minutes from time Sheppard broke clear on the right to fire his side into the last four.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Rossiter (Higgins 88), Boyle, Massey; Meenan (McMillan 88), Shields, Towell, Horgan; Byrne (Mountney 68), Hoban. Subs not used: Ward, Griffin, Kaguako, Sava.

Shamrock Rovers: Murphy; Madden, Kenna, McGuinness, Byrne; Brennan (Waters 53), Robinson (McPhail 62), Cregg, Finn, O’Connor; Kelly (Sheppard 77). Subs not used: Cornwall, Bayly, McCabe, Hyland.

Referee: D McKeon (Dublin).

Multi-vehicle accident at Newry Bridge in Dundalk

The scene of the crash

The scene of the crash

A multi-vehicle accident has occurred on the Newry Bridge, close to the Lisdoo.

The crash, which took place around 6.30pm outside Bishop’s Texaco Filling Station and Riverside Drive, involved three cars – two Renault Clios and an Opel Corsa.

While damage has been caused to all of the cars, it is not believed that any significant injuries were sustained in the smash.

Dundalk hoping to advance in Cup

Dundalk take on Shamrock Rovers tonight in the FAI Ford Cup quarter final replay hoping for a place in the last four.

The two sides played out a scoreless draw in the initial tie on Friday night.

A win would keep Dundalk’s treble bid on track although they will have to face into the game without the services of Brian Gartland and Donal McDermott who are both suspended.

Taste of Togher Festival this weekend

the Taste of Togher front

The third annual Taste of Togher Festival takes place in Linn Duachaill Restaurant (The Glyde Inn), Annagassan this Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm.

This year the festival will be celebrating the rich Viking culture and local artisan foods of the area. Dr Mark Clinton, Director of Excavations at the Linn Duachaill Viking site in Annagassan will deliver a talk relating to the kind of foods the Vikings would have eaten while in Annagassan, while one of the local chefs will prepare some of these ancient dishes.

There will be plenty of local fare on offer. You will find delectable treats like cheese, honey, jam, cupcakes and much more. You are also invited to sample some local craft beer with BRU in Trim or Dan Kelly’s cider / apple juice from Drogheda available.

What’s more, there will be cooking demonstrations and kids cookery workshops by Tara from thetastytart.ie and Dermot Seberry of Food Tours.

There will also be local traditional Irish music to keep everyone entertained while the Chowder of the Year competition will feature some of the North East’s best restaurants.

General admission is free with stall holders charged €20. For further details visit www.tasteoftogher.com

Two new businesses open their doors


The Racket Café opened its doors this morning for the first time at Dundalk Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.

Open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, the café is open to all members of the public and will serving locally roasted coffee and some great homemade delights.

Delivery is also available by contacting Katrine on 086 3425378.

Meanwhile, Kieran’s Pharmacy opened last week on the Avenue Road.

Open late on Thursday and Friday until 8pm, they have a range of opening offers at present including shower gels and deodorants for just €1.

Be sure to call in to the new store, located beside The Gym.