Picket to be held outside Ard Dealgan complex in Quay Street tomorrow

Cllr Jennifer Green at the Ard Dealgan complex

Cllr Jennifer Green at the Ard Dealgan complex

Louth County Councillor Jennifer Green has organised a picket to take place tomorrow outside the Ard Dealgan apartments in Quay Street between 4pm and 4.30pm.

The 73 units, built by controversial developer Tom McFeely, have been unoccupied since 2009 when 30 tenants were evacuated by the council due to safety concerns.

The development has become an eye sore and nuisance for local residents since then with it becoming known as a local drugs den. A numbers fires have also taken place there with homeless people regularly staying there also.

With McFeely having washed his hands of the development and now out of contact, Louth County Council said earlier this month their only remaining option was to carry out a compulsory purchase order on the site. They are unlikely to do this, however, as more than €700,000 of development levies are owed on it.

Commenting ahead of tomorrow’s picket, Sinn Féin councillor Green said: “We want someone to take responsibility for the Ard Dealgan complex and secure it properly or even demolish it.

“We don’t want the community to be ignored any longer. They have a right to live in a safe environment.”

Táin March to arrive in Dundalk this Saturday

The Táin March crew who set off from Roscommon last weekend

The Táin March crew who set off from Roscommon last weekend

The Táin March will arrive in Dundalk this Saturday.

The Táin March is a fun, family event, held annually to celebrate the Táin Bo Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), Ireland’s most famous saga, and the warrior champions Cuchulainn and Ferdia.

Having got underway in Rathcroghan in Roscommon last weekend, it is due to arrive into this area from tomorrow.

Setting off from Kells on Friday it will march into Knockbridge, via Tallanstown where it will be greeted by young warriors.

The next day it will march from Knockbridge to Dundalk, arriving at Oriel Park for 1.30pm, before going on to the Market Square at 2pm, where there will be a range of entertainment including free face painting, a battle re-enactment, ancient Celtic cookery lessons and a meeting with the local 27th Battalion of the Irish Army.

On Sunday it will depart Dundalk again, heading for the Lumpers, Ballymakellett and the Cooley Peninsula. The final push over the Cooley Mountains will then take place on Monday where the army meets Cuchulainn.

People are invited to dress up and meet the march along the way.

For more details visit www.tainmarch.net

Louth County Council’s Authorised Field Officers to visit homes to compile updated last of voters

Louth-County-Council-Offices_01Louth County Council’s Authorised Field Officers will shortly be commencing calling at each residence in the county to ascertain the number of occupants in each house over the age of 18 who are entitled to vote.

The information is being collected for the draft Register of Electors 2016/2017, which will be published on November 1st 2015 and come into force on February 15th 2016.

This will mean that for voting purposes your details will not come into effect until next year.

In the event of an Election/Referendum before the Draft Register is published, and if you are not currently registered, have moved address or turned 18 you must complete a Supplement application form. Application forms can be obtained at www.louthcoco.ie or at any Louth County Council office.

Senior Executive Officer in the council, Paddy Donnelly said of the Field Officers: “We would appreciate your co-operation with them to ensure that you are registered correctly.”

More than 400 local premises now have access to high speed broadband from today

broadband-internetMore than 400 new premises in the area will be able to access high speed broadband from today.

Eircom has revealed that 203 premises in Dundalk off Dundalk (cab E01) exchange can now avail of speeds of up to 100Mb/s, as well as 220 premises in Blackrock off Dundalk Blackrock (cab E01) exchange.

Work is currently underway in Louth Village, Inniskeen and Togher to bring the first Live Fibre Services there later this summer.

Vogue Williams to judge this year’s ladies day at Dundalk Stadium

Vogue Williams doing publicity photographs at the Marshes Shopping Centre yesterday

Vogue Williams doing publicity photographs at the Marshes Shopping Centre yesterday

TV personality and DJ Vogue Williams will be the judge of this year’s Marshes Shopping Centre Best Dressed Lady event at Dundalk Stadium on Sunday July 12th.

The annual ladies day at the dual race day at Dundalk Stadium is always a popular affair with Vogue – wife of former Westlife singer Brian McFadden – following in the footsteps of last year’s judge Susan Jackson of So Sue Me.

The winner of ladies day will receive €5,000 worth of Marshes shopping vouchers.

This year’s event will be the culmination of a week long Dundalk Style Week, with a number of events lined up in the Marshes.

Further details to follow in the weeks ahead.

3D Tour of new St Mary’s College school

Earlier this week St Mary’s College gave a presentation in the Crowne Plaza Hotel to parents interested in sending their children to the school.

As part of that presentation was a look ahead to the opening of their new school building on the Marist grounds next year.

It will be an exciting time for the school when the new building opens and a teaser was given of the new building as a 3D model tour was given.

You can check it out above.

St Joseph’s GFC to celebrate bar’s 20th anniversary this Sunday


St Joseph’s GFC will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Joe’s Bar at Cluskey Park in Dromiskin this weekend.

A special event is planned for Sunday night at 9pm, with music by Off The Record.

Refreshments will also be serviced.

Dorothy Perkins to open on Clanbrassil Street tomorrow


The former Dorothy Perkins/Burton store in the Marshes will be converted into a H&M

Dorothy Perkins will open in Houston’s on Clanbrassil Street this Friday, with up to 30% off over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The store had previously been located in the Marshes Shopping Centre but is making way for Swedish brand H&M, which is expected to be open by July.

The store is being revamped and extended for H&M, with a mezzanine level similar to the men’s section of River Island being added.

To mark the Bank Holiday weekend Houston’s will also have a number of other special offers running on Friday and Saturday.