The Fix Factory coming to Blackrock

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Blackrock Tidy Towns will host ‘The Fix Factory’ at the local Community Centre on Sandy Lane on Saturday March 21st from 11am to 2pm.

The event is organised to help people determine whether something can be fixed or not before being throw out. You are encouraged to bring along your broken household items so an expert can look over them free of charge.

Amongst the items you can bring include electrical and electronic equipment, bicycles, jewellery, furniture, musical instruments, cloth and shoes.

A tyre health check will also be provided on the day by professionals from Bridgestone Ireland and McManus Tyres on the Coes Road.

Children’s activities and refreshments will also be available on the day.

MAD Youth Theatre to stage ‘Remote’ in An Táin Arts Centre

Remote cast members Calvin Magee, Lynsey Keating, Clodagh Griffin and Cathal Purcell

Remote cast members Calvin Magee, Lynsey Keating, Clodagh Griffin and Cathal Purcell

MAD Youth Theatre will be taking to the stage of An Táin Arts Centre on March 13th and 14th for the Irish premiere of their play Remote.

Remote by Stef Smith is a play that not only tackles the issues of young people today but gives the audience a unique perspective of how young people think and respond to social situations both good and bad. It asks the question, are young people apathetic? Do they not care about what goes on in this world, in their communities, in their home? The cast intend to answer these questions with their edgy, bold and unmissable performance.

A girl called Antler steps out of her front door and throws her phone on the ground. She stamps on it. She then climbs the tallest tree in the park. She doesn’t want to be found, not by anyone. Seven teenager’s lives all intertwine over the course of a single evening as they make their way through the park on a seemingly normal autumn’s night.

Director Kwasie Boyce said: “The cast are doing a remarkable job of bringing truth to the play. This is a play that is relevant to young people, when you see it you will recognise yourself or someone you know in these characters.”

Admission is €10 or €7 for concessions and are on sale from the An Táin Arts Centre box office on 042 9332332 or by logging on to www.antain.ie

Dundalk Dog Rescue to host table quiz tonight

dundalk-dog-rescueDundalk Dog Rescue will host a fundraising table quiz in The Malthouse tonight.

Tickets for a table of four are €20 and there are lots of great spot prizes to be won.

A raffle will also take place, while finger food will be served.

Proceedings get underway at 8pm and all are welcome to attend.

Five mile run in aid of Oran’s Foundation scheduled for June

Oran’s Foundation in Castlebellingham will host their inaugural five mile run in Stabannon on Saturday June 7th at 12 noon.

Registration is now open at www.precisiontiming.net. Entry is €15 for adults and free for U-16s.

There will be children’s races and entertainment on the day, with refreshments served afterwards.

Date set for Tidy Towns’ table quiz

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The Louth Tidy Towns’ Together group will hold their annual fundraising table quiz in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday March 11th at 8pm sharp.

A table of five costs €50 with a raffle on the night and attendance prizes for your nominated Tidy Towns’ group.

All support is most welcome.

Campaign launched to turn Dundalk purple for Today FM’s Shave, Dye or Oh My

80448_54_news_hub_28660_588x448A campaign has been launched to turn Dundalk purple as part of Today FM’s Shave, Dye or Oh My fundraiser in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

Organiser Orla Crilly, from Pearse Park, is asking all hairdressers and barbers in the town to participate in the event on Thursday March 12th.

Each business is being asked to dye the hair of at least 10 people purple on the day.

Amongst the hairdressers signed up so far are Monet on Dublin Street, The Grafton Barber in the Marshes, Signature Hair in Clanbrassil Street, The Works at the Market Square, Charlie’s Barbers and Chaplin’s in the Clanbrassil Centre and Felda.

Already signed up to get dyed are Spirit Store staff Alan Anderson and Brian Loughran and John Doyle of The Fane Bar.

Anyone who wishes to get involved can contact Orla at 087 2797901. Donations can also be made online here.

Dundalk billionaire Lyons’ company Alltech could be worth up to $3bn

Dr Pearse Lyons

Dr Pearse Lyons

Dundalk born billionaire Pearse Lyons has said that his fast-growing Alltech animal nutrition business could be worth “between $2.5bn to $3bn” (€2.2bn to €2.63bn) following its latest growth spurt, which has seen revenues jump “comfortably over $1bn”.

This valuation would make it one of the largest, privately owned Irish companies in the world.

Alltech, which has operations in 128 countries, is one of the world’s biggest animal nutrition, brewing and biotech companies, supplying agricultural products for use in both livestock and crop farming. It was set up by Dundalk native Lyons in 1980.

The Kentucky-headquartered firm is rolling out ambitious plans to grow its sales to $4bn.

“That is still on track,” Lyons told the Sunday Independent last weekend.

“We will do it in three ways, through organics growth, acquisitions or we might do joint ventures.

“If you’d asked me four or five years ago, would we be doing big acquisitions, I would have said no. If you’d asked me about doing joint ventures then I would have said no.”

Lyons said that the companies he was looking to buy had sales of between $50m to $100m. He did not rule out a bigger “transformative buyout” saying “we are keeping our gunpowder dry”.

A major investment in fish oil will boost Alltech’s growth trajectory, with Lyons planning to spend “a couple of hundred million” to build a big plant in Kentucky.

The firm is looking to capitalise on the fish oil market, which is worth close to $4bn, according to Lyons. There may also be further investment in Irish operations “in due course”.

The company is also working on a number of major joint ventures, including a deal with Nestle. Alltech has been upscaling operations in China, with Dr Mark Lyons running the business there.

However, China and South-east Asia only account for 25pc of the firm’s revenues, which are equally split between Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Alltech had earlier indicated that it may sell off a number of its divisions.

PwC was appointed to examine a potential divestment of its Life Sciences Division, which had a valuation of around €800m. Alltech’s crop sciences business was also readied up for a potential sale, with a €300m price tag.

“We did have a number of very nice bids but we decided that they were more valuable for us to keep,” Lyons said. “That’s not to say that we wouldn’t sell them in the future.”

Lyons indicated that major rivals have expressed interest in buying Alltech in the past. However, the billionaire has no plans to sell the company.

Lyons is also ramping up Alltech’s brewing business and will visit Dublin this weekend for the company’s craft beer festival in Dublin’s Convention Centre.

It is also rolling out an education scheme for potential craft brewers.

Lyons says that the craft brewing “revolution” is “extraordinary”. Sales of craft beer in the US have grown 19pc in the last year, now outselling Guinness.

Alltech’s own product is the top-selling craft beer in Shanghai.

Early bird entry still open for Glenmore AC 10 mile challenge on June 13th

The Glenmore Athletic Club 10 mile challenge and 5km walk will take place this year on Saturday June 13th.

The road race will start and finish at the Mullaghbuoy Community Centre in Cooley with entry €15 until March 8th, €20 from then until June 1st and €25 afterwards.

The non-chipped 5km walk is €10 to enter.

You can sign up now at www.precisiontiming.net and on the day from 8am to 10am. The race will get underway from 11am.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the Maria Goretti Foundation in Lordship.

Consultation day to be held on draft flood maps for Dundalk

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A public consultation day on the draft flood maps for Dundalk will take place in County Hall on Thursday March 5th from 3pm to 7pm.

The draft flood maps will show the extent of flooding in your area. Your comments on the draft maps and your experience of flooding in the area would be msot welcome on the day.

The maps will also be accessible online at www.northwestcframstudy.ie