Ferdia Chocolates host end of summer sale

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Ferdia Chocolates in Ardee are hosting an end of summer sale today and tomorrow.

The event got underway at their factory at Unit 8 & 9 of the Currabeg Business Park this morning and will run until 6pm.

It will also be open tomorrow from 10am to 6pm so be sure to pop in to grab yourself a tasty bargain.

Dundalk manager Kenny picks up brand new Renault Fluence from Blackstone Motors

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny receiving the new car from Blackstone Motors in Drogheda

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny receiving the new car from Blackstone Motors in Drogheda

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny recently picked up his brand new 152 Renault Fluence Limited edition car from Blackstone Motors in Drogheda.

This is Stephen’s second car this year as a Blackstone Motors brand ambassador.

Blackstone said: “The Renault Fluence is one of Ireland’s best-selling family cars, with a range of custom features to help find the perfect design for you. We are delighted for Stephen to be a brand ambassador for Blackstone Motors. Congratulations on all his hard work managing Dundalk FC and we would like to wish him best of luck for the rest of his campaign.”

The Lilywhites are in action away to Bohemians in Dalymount Park tonight.

Major upgrade planned to Dundalk’s IMC Cinema with installation of Galactic auditorium

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IMC Cinema in Carroll Village is set for a significant investment with a new Galactic auditorium on the way in the next few weeks.

The new Galactic auditoriums have earned rave reviews at other cinemas around the country for their comfortable reclining chairs, big screens and state of the art sound.

The new screen will be 60ft x 25ft and features Dolby Atmos sound technology with 40 speakers in the theatre, including some in the ceiling.

imc galactic screenThe new screen also employs new technology which improves light distribution and uniformity, providing more light to more seats. The 3D films will also have a deeper field of view, making pictures more realistic.

The new feature will have a cost, however, as shows on the Galactic screens carry a €1 premium on the ticket price.

The Ward-owned Irish Multiplex Cinemas Ltd doubled its profits last year to €850,379.

New figures lodged with the Companies Office show the firm recorded the sharp jump in operating profits after the company’s gross profits rose from €2.54m to €2.6m.

According to the directors’ report, the profitability of the company increased during the year as a result of management implementing cost savings.

The directors stated: “It is expected that trading in 2015 will not be significantly different to 2014.”

The directors also disclose that they have paid a dividend of €207,000 in April 2015 in relation to the year ended October 2013 and that they have deferred the decision on the payment of a dividend in relation to the year ended October 2014 until a later date.

The profit takes account of non-cash depreciation costs of €410,804. The firm is one of a number of Irish cinema firms operated by the Ward family who own Dublin’s Savoy and Screen cinemas, with the Savoy playing host to many movie premieres.

Ward also has cinemas in Dún Laoghaire, Tallaght, Athlone, Killarney and Ballymena.

Numbers employed by the firm last year reduced from 57 to 44 with staff costs reducing by 24.5% from €1.19m to €903,573.

The firm reduced its administrative costs from €853,723 to €705,117.

The new state-of-the art auditorium could be vital for the cinema in fending off competition from the new Dundalk Omniplex, which is due to open in the coming months at the former Harvey Norman store at Dundalk Retail Park.

Work is understood to have started on the facility in recent weeks.

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.

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.

Cooley Distillery and Oxigen Environmental amongst the most complained about sites last year

Cooley_distillery_logoCooley Distillery was one of the most complained about sites in the country for noise pollution last year.

That’s according to the latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which found that of 149 noise complaints last year, some 80 per cent of them related to five individual sites.

Cooley Distillery was one of the five along with only Panda Waste in Co Meath receiving more noise complaints.

Despite this the number of complaints about the Riverstown-based distillery fell from 38 in 2013 to 27 last year.

The EPA said nearly all firms complained about were in breach of their licence conditions.

Three firms were prosecuted under environmental legislation in 2014, according to the report with Dundalk-based Oxigen Environmental ordered to pay €9,000.

The Coes Road company was also the fourth most complained about site in the country last year in relation to odours.

There were 64 complaints about the Dundalk site last year, down from 77 the year before.

Tesco Extra Dundalk deli scoops top prize

Tesco Extra celebrated a year open earlier this month

Tesco Extra celebrated a year open earlier this month

The delicatessen at Tesco Extra in Dundalk has been named Best Deli 2015 by Checkout Magazine.

The local deli picked up the award at the ‘Best in Fresh’ awards recently.

It is a fitting way for Tesco Extra to mark its first anniversary in Dundalk with the new centre having opened a year ago earlier this month.

New men’s clothes shop Pinstripe Punk opens in Dundalk

Inside the store on Crowe Street

Inside the store on Crowe Street

A new men’s clothes shop opened its doors in Dundalk this morning.

Pinstripe Punk is located at 5 Crowe Street and is run by local man Darren Guest, who many will recognise as having worked in the nearby Tony McDonnell’s Menswear over the years.

Pinstripe Punk promises “something totally unique for Dundalk and men’s fashion” so what are you waiting for? Pop in and see all they have to offer.

Pinstripe Punk promises something totally unique to Dundalk

Pinstripe Punk promises something totally unique to Dundalk

Jones Oil release helpful infographic on diesel laundering

Fuel company Jones Oil, who have operated in Barrack Street in Dundalk since 1984, have put together a helpful infographic to prevent people from filling their engine with bad fuel.

Their infographic ‘Diesel Laundering – what to look out for!’ gives all the facts and figures in relation to the criminal trade – outlining that 11 laundries were closed in Co Louth in early 2015 alone.

Jones Oil advise: “It’s important to shop around when it comes to finding the best price for petrol and diesel. However with diesel laundering becoming a big problem in Ireland it’s important to know all the facts so you don’t run the risk of ruining your engine!

“To keep you in the know, we’ve created a guide outlining what to look out for when it comes to diesel laundering.”

Check it out below and find out more information at www.jonesoil.ie

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One Dundalk bar close to being sold while another is set to reopen

McManus' Bar in Seatown

McManus’ Bar in Seatown

One of Dundalk’s best known bars is close to being sold while another is set to reopen.

McManus’ Bar in Seatown went on the market last February but has gone sale agreed in recent weeks with local estate agents REA Gunne Property.

The bar, located on the corner of Seatown and Mary Street North, had an asking price of €350,000.

It has a number of bar areas, a lounge, a music/games room, a private beer garden with smoking facilities, residential accommodation overhead and a commercial off sales area that benefits from own door access onto Seatown.

The property is leased for a period of 4 years 9 months from March 1st 2014 at an annual rent of €26,000 and the current tenant will be unaffected by the sale.

Meanwhile, the Central Bar in Clanbrassil Street – which traded most recently as Benny Brady’s – is also set to reopen shortly. The new venture will be called Eoin’s Bar, with new signage erected in the last week.