Celtic Funk Quartet and Henry Mac to perform at Stephenstown Pond


The Celtic Funk Quartet and local musician Henry Mac will be performing at Stephenstown Pond in Knockbridge on Thursday October 29th.

The pair will be performing the very best of folk and trade on the night with booking essential at the Dairy Maid Coffee Shop at the pond due to limited places.

The show gets underway at 8pm on the night, with admission €10 including supper.

Skypark to host family fun day on October 25th


Skypark in Carlingford will host a family fun day in aid of St Vincent de Paul and the Irish Red Cross’ Migration Crisis Appeal on Sunday October 25th.

Admission on the day will be half price with time slots open from 10am to 2pm. You can book your place online now at www.skypark.ie

There will also be a bouncy castle and face painting on the day.

Conradh na Gaeilge to look back on historic Ard Fheis of 1915

The Dundalk and Newry branches of Conradh na Gaeilge are combining to examine the historic 1915 Ard Fheis which witnessed the dramatic departure of Douglas Hyde as long-standing President of Conradh na Gaeilge (holding that office since the League’s inception in 1893) partly as a result of IRB manoeuvrings which saw the League adopt, for the first time, an overtly political aim to its constitution.
The Ard Fheis in Dundalk, which coincided with a very successful and non-controversial Oireachtas na Gaeilge in the town, will be explored through open access to rare, hard copies of the League’s newspaper, An Claidheamh Soluis.  Indeed, over 300 issues from various years will be available for perusal during the sessions in Dundalk and Newry.
In addition, two bound volumes of An Claidheamh Soluis (1899 and 1900), on temporary loan from the Cardinal O Fiaich Library and Archive in Armagh, will also be available.  These offer fascinating insights into the early years of the Gaelic League in the north where Newry and its still Irish speaking hinterland was arguably the most advanced district.  The bound volumes are replete with reports from Newry, Dundalk, Omeath, Warrenpoint, Bessbrook, Camlough, Rostrevor and Dromintee in years which saw the spectacular growth of the Gaelic League across the island.
A highly ornate address, co-presented to Douglas Hyde in Dundalk in 1915 by Canon Quin of Bessbrook, will assume a central position in a mini-exhibition.  An impressive national Gaelic League pop-up display entitled ‘An Ghaeilge agus 1916’ will also be on show on only its second outing in Ireland.
The talks in both the Dundalk and Newry venues will be in Irish and pitched at a general interest level, though any student of the cultural and linguistic revival in pre-1916 Ireland will find the ‘Claidheamh Soluis’ bilingual materials accessible and suitably detailed.
This joint venture, entitled ‘An Scoilt’ (The Split), will run in Newry’s Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail, on Monday 19th October at 7pm and in a newly renovated Áras an Chonartha in Seatown Place in Dundalk on Wednesday 4th November at 7.30pm. ‘An Scoilt’ is supported by Foras na Gaeilge and admission is free.

Dromiskin filling station close to being sold

dromiskin hallinans texaco

A filling station and convenience store in Dromiskin is close to being sold after going sale agreed in recent days.

The Texaco garage and Centra store is located in the heart of the village and is currently run by Hallinan’s, whose lease is unaffected by the sale. It is understood that Hallinan’s themselves led the bidding for the business. Estate agents DNG Duffy had been seeking €800,000, although the agreed selling price is not known.

The pharmacy which makes up part of the complex is not part of the sale.

The investment property includes a supermarket, forecourt, canopy to the front, car wash, offices, storage, staff kitchen and toilets to the rear. There is also a car park to the side and rear of the property.

The property has 23 years and 11 months remaining on its lease, which was signed on June 1st last year. The annual rent is €50,000 plus VAT, payable monthly pro rata, with a rent review every five years. There is also a break option after the first 10 years while the tenant is liable for insurance costs and service charges.

Additional date added for Dundalk Musical Society’s production of Sister Act


Due to phenomenal demand a new date has been added to the run of Dundalk Musical Society’s Sister Act on Sunday 18th October at 2pm.

All tickets for the show are €15 and are available from www.antain.ie now.

The An Táin Arts Centre box office is also  open from 10am-4pm on Tuesday to Saturday and can be reached at 042 9332332.

Tickets for all other shows are sold out.

Arrangements made for Garda Tony Golden’s State funeral

St Oliver Plunkett Church in Blackrock, where the State funeral will take place

St Oliver Plunkett Church in Blackrock, where the State funeral will take place

Arrangements for the State funeral of Garda Tony Golden have been released.

The father of three will be reposing at his home at Sandygrove, Blackrock, from 3pm to 7pm on Wednesday. House is private at all other times.

Removal on Thursday to St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, arriving for funeral Mass at noon, followed by burial at St Paul’s Cemetery, Heynestown.

Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to the North Louth Hospice and Homecare Foundation, The Ramparts or on mycharity.ie.

Gardaí have advised there will be traffic restrictions around the village from early on Thursday morning to facilitate mourners.

Eoin’s Bar in Clanbrassil Street to open this Sunday

eoin's bar

Eoin’s Bar in Clanbrassil Street will open this coming Sunday afternoon at 5pm with a trad music session.

Formerly The Central Bar and Benny Brady’s, the pub – opposite the post office and beside Carphone Warehouse – has gone under extensive renovation work in recent weeks.

Once open the bar will cater for live music sessions including traditional Irish, jazz and bluegrass.

A number of jobs have also been advertised. Those interested should send their CV to eoinsbar@gmail.com

Garda Tony Golden to be given State funeral on Thursday

Garda Tony Golden RIP

Garda Tony Golden RIP

A State funeral for Garda Tony Golden is set to take place on Thursday.

He was shot dead as he attended the scene of a domestic incident in Omeath, Co Louth on Sunday.

The woman he was helping, Siobhan Phillips, is still critically ill in hospital after being shot a number of times, while the 24-year-old gunman Adrian Crevan Mackin also died at the scene having taken his own life.

Garda Golden has been hailed by the Garda Commissioner as a hero, and his colleagues will gather later today for a private prayer service in his memory at Dundalk Garda Station.

The force’s Chaplain Fr Joe Kennedy has been trying to offer words of comfort to Garda Golden’s widow Nicola, who will be attending the service.

“Just to say to you – we’ll be there with you over the coming days, and we’ll celebrate Tony’s life and the good man that he was, the great Garda that he was, and most of all the great family man that he was, blessed with three beautiful children,” he said.

The venue of the funeral has not yet been announced.

Christmas-themed nightclub to open in Dundalk


A new Christmas-themed pop-up nightclub is due to open in Dundalk in the coming weeks.

Rudolph’s will be located in the former Silence nightclub at the Imperial Hotel and will be open in the build-up and over the festive period.

No opening date has yet been revealed but it gives people an additional place to party over the festive season.