Almost 250,000 people tune in for Dundalk’s Champions League clash on RTÉ

DundalkCrest2010Almost a quarter of a million people tuned in to watch Dundalk’s Champions League second qualifying round second leg tie against BATE Borisov on RTÉ Two last month.

Figures from Irish TV Ratings showed that there was an average audience of 135,000, with 237,000 tuning in at the peak.

Dundalk drew 0-0 on the night, meaning they bowed out of Europe 2-1 on aggregate.

The Lilywhites are at home to Longford Town this Friday night.

Go ahead granted to convert former Irish Nationwide building into a shop

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The go ahead has been given to open a new shop at the former Irish Nationwide Building Society office on Clanbrassil Street.

John Gao has been granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to convert the building at 86 Clanbrassil Street from a financial institution into a shop.

Irish Nationwide has been closed since 2011 when it was taken over by Irish Life and Permanent.

The Building Society was consequently split between its deposit book and its loan book, which was merged with Anglo Irish Bank to become the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.

The unit on Clanbrassil Street, beside Smyth’s Pharmacy, has been idle ever since.

House building up 47% in Louth in first half of the year

property-price-increase-090913-tfa8-300x164The number of houses built in Co Louth in the first half of the year jumped by 47%, according to figures published in today’s Irish Independent.

The paper revealed that there were 193 new homes built in the county from January to June 2015.

Of this total 86 were one-off houses while the remainder were multiples.

The increase in Louth was the largest along the east coast, with the exception of Fingal which saw house builds jump by 102% in the first half of the year.

You can read the full article here.

This week’s Argus

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This week’s Argus leads with the story of the latest death along the M1 motorway following the death of Francis Judge on the road at the weekend. There;s also coverage of James Meenan’s triumphant return from the Special Olympics and the 10th anniversary celebration of the Louth Animal Pound.

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

Summer reading adventure at Dundalk Library

Dundalk Library

Dundalk Library

The Summer Reading Adventure is running in Dundalk Library this summer.

The Reading Adventure is a free program open to all children. Each child who registers for the programme at their local library chooses books to read during the summer holidays. They will recieve a Summer Reading Card to record their progress along the way and a library reward stamp will be added to their reading card at the library after each book read.

At the end of the program, all children who participated are invited to attend an award event at which they will be presented with their award certificate.

For further information contact Dundalk Library at 042 9353190.

There will also be a storytelling event, suitable for those aged three and upwards, in the library from 11.30am this morning.

Na Piarsaigh to host ‘A Night of Sport’ later this month

na piarsaigh crestLocal GAA club Na Piarsaigh will host a ‘A Night of Sport’ later this month in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The event on Saturday August 29th is a fundraiser for the club’s underage teams.

The night will feature famous faces from GAA, soccer, rugby and boxing all of whom will speak about their careers and preview the likes of the Rugby World Cup and the All Ireland Football and Hurling Championship Finals.

The night will also feature an auction of some very interesting items from each of the sports.

More news in relation to this night will follow in the coming weeks including the panel of guests, MC of the event and auction items.

SOSAD car boot sale this Sunday

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SOSAD will host a car boot sale this Sunday in McEvoy’s car park on Batchelor’s Walk.

The event takes place from 11am to 3.30pm and will feature face painting, ice cream, tea and coffee.

Vehicles can sell at the event priced €10 for cars or €15 for vans with entry on the day €2 for adults, while children go free.

All support for the event is most welcome.

Dundalk Cardiac First Responder Group to hold training sessions next week

The training will be held in the community room of Tesco

The training will be held in the community room of Tesco

The Dundalk Cardiac First Responder Group are holding training sessions in the Community Room of the Tesco Extra megastore at Dundalk Shopping Centre on Saturday August 15th.

Sessions start on the day at 11am and run until 3pm.

All are welcome along on the day to learn a little, meet new people and also meet the team that are responding to emergencies in Dundalk.

For further details check out the group’s Facebook page.

Entries being accepted for Dundalk Company Challenge

The launch of last year's challenge

The launch of last year’s challenge

Entries are now being accepted for the second annual Dundalk Company Challenge, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday September 26th and 27th.

Last year 20 teams took part in the event with Aiken Barracks emerging as the overall winner.

Events include a table quiz, indoor football, tug of war and relays.

The cost of entry is €300 per team, plus VAT, with further information available by calling Kim or Kerryann on 042 9336343 or by emailing certs@dundalk.ie

Management practices in Lourdes Hospital require scrutiny, insists Sharkey

Cllr Tomás Sharkey

Cllr Tomás Sharkey

Councillor Tomás Sharkey wants the relationship between HSE management in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and private recruitment and staffing agencies scrutinised.

His comments come following a report last week that management at the hospital had spent more on agency staff than any other hospital.

Commenting on the matter, Cllr Sharkey said: “Last week The Irish Times reported on an audit report into how the HSE works with recruitment agencies. That report found that Our Lady of Lourdes did not use a competitive process to select some recruitment agencies. It also found that the proper documentation was not available relating to the filling of jobs through agencies or indeed the rates being charged by the private agencies.

“In the last 6 years €3.8m was paid out to two recruitment agencies even though no service level agreements were in place.

“I have been concerned about the outsourcing of services in our local hospitals and have made it clear to HSE management that the use of agencies to staff our hospitals is not value for money.

“In particular, I want an examination of the relationships between HSE management in our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and agencies. I have challenged HSE management to explain why they have actively promoted individual recruitment agencies for tenders in the health service and allowed these endorsements be used for publicity purposes.

“Too much money has been wasted using agencies instead of directly recruiting staff and I want to get to the bottom of what has been happening in Our Lady of Lourdes.”