Dundalk FC need your support to clinch a FIFA treble

Dundalk FC are going for a treble and need your support.

Not on the field obviously but the search is on for the next Irish cover stars of the FIFA 16 game from EA Sports.

In the last two season Patrick Hoban and Richie Towell have adorned the Irish cover and given the Lilywhites’ superb form this season here’s hoping they can make it a hat-trick.

Dundalk's Richie Towell appeared on last year's FIFA 15 cover along with Barca's Lionel Messi and Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Barry Murphy

Dundalk’s Richie Towell appeared on last year’s FIFA 15 cover along with Barca’s Lionel Messi and Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Barry Murphy

This year the process is slightly different as you can vote for any player at any club. Each club’s most popular player will then go forward as the representative for the final 12 to decide who the two lucky players are that will join Lionel Messi on the cover of the iconic video game.

The two winning players will be unveiled on Wednesday September 23rd, with the exclusive cover available to download for free via easports.com/fifa from Thursday 24th of September. Once you’ve printed out your preferred sleeve, you can simply replace the existing cover in your FIFA 16 pack and start playing with your very own League of Ireland cover stars.

For the past eight years, FIFA has exclusively featured the League of Ireland, giving local fans the chance to play out their ultimate footy fantasies.

FIFA 16 will be available nationwide from Thursday 24th September.

So what are you waiting for? Get voting at extratime.ie/fifa16

Colortrend to host charity tea party in aid of cancer groups tomorrow

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Colortrend Paint and Wallpaper Store in the North Link Retail Park will host a charity tea party in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Action Breast Cancer this Friday.

The event will take place in store throughout the day with food and refreshments kindly donated by Belle’s Coffee Boutique in The Cellars on Clanbrassil Street.

All support for the event is welcomed with goodie bags up for grabs on the day.

1916 Commemoration Lecture Series is launched in Dundalk

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The 1916 Commemoration Lecture Series was launched in Jocelyn Street in Dundalk this afternoon.

Organised by Dundalk and District Old IRA Commemoration Committee, the lecture series will be held on a regional basis to commemorate the led in to 2016 and the centenary of the Easter Rising.

The first venue is in Ardee on September 21st where Mary Gallagher, a descendant of Eamonn Ceannt, will give a lecture on his life and links to Ardee. Rosemary King will also give a lecture on Joseph Dolan, a significant business person in the Ardee area and who also assisted those in the Volunteer movement the same evening.

The second venue is Dunleer where Ailbhe Rogers will give a lecture on Cumann na mBan and volunteer activity in Mid-Louth on October 5th.

The series then moves to the Old Gaol in Dundalk on October 22nd where Conor Keelan and Donal Hall will give lectures on Seán MacEntee and the Hughes brothers, respectively, all of whom had links to the former Dundalk Urban District Council either as employees or as Councillors.

The series then moves to Newry on November 6th where there will be a lecture on Patrick Rankin, the only participant from that area to partake in the Rising. Four days later in The Shirley Arms in Carrickmacross, Terence Dooley will give a lecture concerning the 100th anniversary of Pearse’s visit to the town.

The series then moves to Drogheda before Christmas where Tom Reilly, author of a biography of Joseph Stanley, will give a lecture on his life.

In the New Year two additional lectures conclude the series. Mary Gallagher returns to Drogheda to discuss the Ceannt connections with the area and Liam Reilly will give a lecture on Volunteer activity in South Louth that same evening.

Finally Ruth Sweetman, a descendant of the O’Rahilly family, will give a lecture on the family in Carlingford.

Agnew track to feature in travel ad in the UK, South Africa and Dubai

One of Dundalk singer/songwriter Stewart Agnew’s songs is set to feature in a new travel advert.

Agnew announced this afternoon that he had signed a three year deal with UK travel company Imagine Cruising for his track ‘Look How The Stars Turn On” to be used in their UK, South Africa and Dubai ad campaign.

The campaign will launch on September 7th and will hopefully lead to bigger and better things for Agnew.

‘Look How The Stars Turn On’ was taken from Agnew’s last album ‘Hello Bright Spark’, which will be four years old next month.

Stewart will be performing at next month’s Caravan of Love Festival in Gyles Quay, which he has co-organised with Niall Ferguson, and plans to release the first single from his new album before the end of the year.

It is expected that his fourth album will be out in the springtime.

Dundalk Mental Health Association to hold Rose Day tomorrow

The Dundalk Mental Health Association is hosting their annual Rose Day this Friday.

All proceeds from the sale of the roses will go back into the association to help fund much needed social activities for local service users.

Volunteers will be selling roses from 10am on Friday at the Longwalk Shopping Centre, Clanbrassil Centre, Dundalk Credit Union and at Dunnes Stores in Ard Easmuinn and the Marshes.

All support for the event is welcomed.

Cara Cancer Support Centre to host family fun walk this Sunday


Cara Cancer Support Centre will host their seventh annual family fun walk in aid of themselves and St Luke’s Cancer Hospital this Sunday at 2.30pm.

The 8.5km walk takes place from Louth Village to Tallanstown and back with refreshments served afterwards.

For further info contact Cara on 087 3955335 or Claire on 087 4157544.

All are welcome to attend.

Gardaí insist Kingscourt searches are not related to Ciara Breen disappearance

CiaraBreenGardaí have insisted that searches taking place in Kingscourt, Co Cavan at present are not connected to the search for missing Dundalk teenager Ciara Breen.

Searches began in Kingscourt, around 35km from Dundalk yesterday, but while Gardaí would not be drawn on what they were in relation to they denied it had anything to do with the ongoing search for Ciara Breen.

They would only say that the Kingscourt searches were part of an “ongoing operation.”

A man in his 60s from Dundalk was arrested on Monday on suspicion of withholding information from Gardaí but was later released without charge.

Ciara has not been seen since going missing from her home in the Bachelor’s Walk area of Dundalk on February 13th 1997.

Last week a search of the Balmer’s Bog area, off the Ardee Road, commenced following a tip-off to Gardaí. That search remains ongoing.

Campaign launched to return the Castlebellingham Silhouettes

The building how it looked after the silhouettes were added to it

A campaign has been launched to return the silhouettes to Castlebellingham.

Talk of the Town recently featured an abandoned building in the village which had been brought to life by the Castlebellingham Tidy Towns committee who painted silhouettes of people from the past at dances on the derelict property.

However, complaints about the building were made soon after and the silhouettes were painted over.

Now a campaign has been set up for their return with a board with the words ‘bring back the Castlebellingham silhouettes” placed at the building and a Facebook page set up.


SNAP to host car boot sale this Sunday


Special Needs Active Parents (SNAP) will host a car boot sale this Sunday in McEvoy’s car park in Bachelor’s Walk.

The event will run from 11am to 3.30pm and along with the stalls will include tea/coffee, cakes and ice cream, as well as face painting for the kids and a raffle.

Admission is €2 per person, with kids going free.

Sellers can set up from 9.30am, with a fee of €10 per car or €15-€20 per van.

For further information contact Finola on 086 8601150.

SNAP is a non-funded charity and depends totally on fundraising and donations to provide services and activities for special children.

Lyons returns to Dundalk to launch Kentucky beers in McManus’

Pearse Lyons (right) pictured with local businessman Bernard Conlon in McManus' last night

Pearse Lyons (right) pictured with local businessman Bernard Conlon in McManus’ last night

Dundalk-born millionaire Pearse Lyons returned home last night to help promote his Kentucky ale craft beer collection in McManus’ pub in Seatown.

While best known for being the brains behind animal health and nutrition firm Alltech, Lyons – who started out working the Harp Lager brewery in Dundalk – also oversees Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.

The firm have a line of beers such as Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, as well as spirits including Town Branch Bourbon, Pearse Lyons Reserve malt whiskey and Bluegrass Sundown, a bourbon-infused coffee drink.

Samples of the Kentucky products went down very well on the night with a large crowd turning out for the launch and entertainment provided by Celtic Dawn.

Try out the products for yourself by calling into McManus’ in Seatown over the weekend.