Coca Cola truck to visit Dundalk next month

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For a lot of people Christmas only really begins when they see the Coca Cola advert.

Now Christmas can really begin though as the Coca Cola truck is set to visit Dundalk very soon.

The famous truck, which appears in the famous advert with the tune ‘Holiday’s are coming’, will be at the Tesco Extra at the Dundalk Shopping Centre on Friday December 5th from 4.30pm to 9pm.

Everyone is invited to come along on the day to see the famous truck and get their picture taken with it.

The Coca Cola truck first appeared on our TV screens back in 1995, with the 18 wheelers covered in more than 30,000 bulbs for the advert.

And seeing as this time next month we’ll all be recovering from the Christmas dinner around now, here’s the famous advert in all its glory…

Rossiter announces Dundalk departure

Mark Rossiter

Mark Rossiter

Dundalk defender Mark Rossiter has confirmed his departure from Oriel Park.

The 31-year-old joined the Lilywhites from St Patrick’s Athletic two seasons ago and was a popular figure at the club.

He featured 28 times under Stephen Kenny in his debut season at the club but found chances limited in 2014 due to a combination of injuries and the form of Sean Gannon at right back.

The Sligo native did manage to captain the side to the EA Sports Cup in September though, starting the game at centre back.

A former Sunderland player, Rossiter has won all there is to win in the Irish game have previously clinched two League of Ireland titles, an FAI Cup and a Setanta Sports Cup during his time with Bohemians.

In a tweet this afternoon, he said: “Want to wish all the players, staff and fans @DundalkFC all the best in the future. Had an amazing 2 years there but now onto pastures new!”

While it is not known where Rossiter will end up, the Lilywhites vice-captain has been linked with a move to Sligo Rovers.

This week’s Dundalk Democrat

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In this week’s Dundalk Democrat, one of the organisers of the local water charges protests denies the group condone physical violence. There’s also coverage of the opening of the ice rink at the Market Square and reaction from St Patrick’s GFC’s league success over the Dreadnots.

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

Kirk welcomes broadband plan announcement

Seamus Kirk TD

Seamus Kirk TD

Louth Fianna Fáil TD Seamus Kirk has welcomed the announcement that high speed broadband would be made available every household in the county by the end of the decade.

The National Broadband Plan was released yesterday, with a  focus on supplying broadband to rural and urban Louth.

Commenting on the subject, Deputy Kirk said: “It is vital that areas including Ardee, Blackrock, the Cooley Peninsula, Dromiskin, Dunleer and Tullyallen, as well as all other areas in Louth, are covered by the National Broadband Plan.

“I urge the Minister to make sure all areas in Louth are covered by this new plan. It is so important for businesses to strengthen and grow in Louth to have access to a first class broadband system.

“It is also imperative that there is a reliable internet connection for businesses. Internet outage can seriously affect a business in terms of lost revenue.

“I will be in contact with the Minister’s office to get a detailed timeframe for internet availability in all areas in Louth, but this is a step in the right direction,” said Deputy Kirk.

Dundalk girl lands Poland’s Next Top Model title

Osi Ugonah

Osi Ugonah

Dundalk’s Osi Ugonoh has been named Poland’s Next Top Model.

The local woman, who is of Polish and African descent, has been involved in the competition since it got underway at the start of September but last night saw off competition from Michał Baryza to clinch the coveted prize.

Osi, a former student in Dun Lughaidh Secondary School, is the fourth ever winner of the show and the first to triumph when the competition has also involved male models.

The 20-year-old 5ft 11in model, was born in Gdansk in Poland to Nigerian parents but relocated to Ireland at the age of 11 with her family and settled in Dundalk.

She first entered the modelling world aged 15 and three years ago things really took off for her when she entered the international beauty pageant Miss Supranational in Poland and was later crowned Miss Africa Ireland for 2012 – all while starting health science and nutrition studies in Athlone IT.

Poland’s Next Top Model is based on Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model competition and is hosted by Polish born supermodel Joanna Krupa, who serves as the lead judge alongside fashion designer Dawid Woliński, fashion show director Katarzyna Sokołowska and photographer Marcin Tyszka. Well known Polish model Kasia Struss was also a guest judge for last night’s final.

Osi’s family, including sister Ogi – who is a member of Dundalk Youth Theatre – still live locally.

Navvy Bank calendar on sale now

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Local amateur photographer Darran Rafferty has released a second version of his popular Navvy Bank calendar.

Last year his calendar proved a big seller in the build-up to Christmas and now a new version has just been released that promises to be an excellent Christmas present for those both at home and abroad.

Darran will be throughout the town selling them in the build-up to Christmas but you can also pop in to The Dundalk Democrat offices in Crowe Street to secure yours for just €10.

If you’d like to contact Darran, you can do so via his Facebook page here.

Bikes stolen from Dundalk estate

A warning has been issued about thieves targeting the theft of bikes in the area at present in the run up to Christmas.

Four bikes were robbed from properties in the Marian Park estate last night, with three different houses – all from the one family – affected.

The Talk of the Town reader who contacted us about the matter described it as a “disgrace”, especially “so close to Xmas.”

Anyone who spots suspicious activity in the area or who is approached about buying a second hand bike is asked to contact Dundalk Gardaí.

Dundalk School of Music Christmas concert

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Dundalk School of Music will host its fifth anniversary Christmas Concert on Sunday December 14th at 2pm and 5pm in The Spirit Store.

Admission is €10, payable at the door, and entitles you entry into the raffle.

A supplementary raffle will also be held in aid of Dundalk Simon Community.

All are welcome to attend with further details available at www.dundalkschoolofmusic.com

Call for support for Dundalk family who have lost their house to fire just before Christmas

John Menary

John Menary

Local man John Menary has issued an appeal for support for a local family who have lost their house due to fire.

Writing on his Facebook page yesterday, John said that the family in question had three children – aged 4, 5 and 8 – who were facing a horrible Christmas as a result of the blaze that has gutted their home.

The incident happened on Sunday in the Lios Dubh estate on the Armagh Road.

Now John has asked people to donate anything that would help make this Christmas that bit more special for those affected.

He said: “To all my friends, something terrible has happened to two great friends of mine here in Dundalk. Yesterday their house burnt down. They have 3 small kids ages 4 (girl) 5 and 8 (boys). They’ve been left with absolutely nothing apart from the clothes on their back.

“They’ve been put into a B&B for the next 3 weeks until the council guts the house but it’s going to take a long time for this young family to get back on their feet and with Santa due in 5 weeks it has caused so much pain for this young family.

“Can I ask all of my friends in the local area if there is anything you can do/give/donate to help this family it would be so much appreciated.

“I’m going to do all I can to help. I’d love for all who can to be behind me and help support them.”

In an update, John said he was amazed at the kindness and support shown and thanked everyone for their help to date.

Anyone who would like to help out is asked to contact John via his Facebook page.

UPDATE: John has organised a collection point this evening (Tuesday from 6.30pm to 10pm at the old Toymaster between Carroll Village and the Long Walk. All are invited to come along and lend their support.