Blow for Supermac’s fans as new Louth restaurant is to open in Drogheda, not Dundalk

logoThere has been some bad news for local fans of Irish fast food chain Supermac’s, with their new Louth store not set to open in Dundalk.

Last October Talk of the Town revealed that the franchise, which operates over 100 restaurants nationwide, was due to open in Co Louth.

At the time management at Supermac’s would only reveal that the new restaurant would only be in one of the county’s two major towns but it has now been revealed that the new Supermac’s will be opening in Drogheda, not Dundalk.

Supermac’s were previously based in Dundalk in the former Phil Lynch premises – now Heustons – in Clanbrassil Street in the mid to late ‘Nineties.

It has been closed for well over a decade, however, with the nearest restaurant located in Main Street, Carrickmacross.

While people from this area now have the option of travelling to Drogheda, it will come as a disappointment to many that the new store will not be opening locally with many highly enthusiastic about the prospect when discussing the matter on the Talk of the Town Facebook page last year.

As well as Supermac’s, the new Drogheda outlet will also include the company’s pizza chain, Papa John’s.

New barbers opening in Dundalk this Saturday

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A new barber shop, Signature Hair, will open its doors on Clanbrassil Street this Saturday.

Run by local man Barry Kieran, the barbers will be located at 74 Clanbrassil Street – the former Portway Travel/Rug Store shop, in between Swift Alterations and Property Partners Laurence Gunne.

The shop will open at 9am Saturday and appointments can be made by calling or texting Barry on 087 9642463.

Travelling from Dundalk to Dublin Airport via rail could be a possibility in the next few years

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David Franks, chief executive of Irish Rail

People could soon be able to travel to Dublin Airport from Dundalk train station.

That’s if an ambitious Irish Rail plan to link the airport with Cork, Galway and Belfast comes off.

The proposed new line was revealed by Iarnrod Éireann chief executive David Franks in an interview with The Irish Independent.

While the line would cost in the region of €300m, it would open the entire rail network to air passengers and boost tourism. Dublin Airport is one of the few major airports in Europe without a rail link to its city centre.

“One of the biggest contributions we can make to the economy is moving people over long distances and into city centres fast,” the chief executive told the Irish Independent.

“My vision is more a Manchester Airport connection where you can go all over the country using diesel trains.

“You could gain access to Cork, Galway or Belfast. We think it could be done for about €300m, but that’s very rough and ready.”

Irish Rail might run intercity services direct to the airport, or else link the airport and city by DART before switching to intercity trains.

The ambitious plan would involve building a spur line to the airport from Clongriffin.

This is already being considered by the Department of Transport, in the context of developing a new public transport option for north Dublin.

But the second part would involve a second line from the airport to Swords, before connecting back onto the main Dublin-Belfast line, which would also service commuters from Drogheda and Dundalk.

Trains could run every 15 minutes into the city, with the trip taking 20 minutes. As the line is underneath the flight path, no property would be affected.

Irish Rail believes it could be built in less than five years, and carry three million airport passengers. Research suggests that 24pc of people travelling through airports use a rail link.

The scheme would also be enhanced if the proposed DART Underground project goes ahead, which will link the main lines between Heuston Station and Connolly Station.

Dundalk “booming” again due to euro’s fall in value against sterling

Paddy Malone insists Dundalk is "booming" again for the first time in years

Paddy Malone insists Dundalk is “booming” again for the first time in years

Local businesses have been reporting a mini-boom in recent weeks due to the decline in the value of the euro.

Tens of thousands of shoppers have been pouring south of the border from the North to avail of the current strength of sterling compared to the euro.

Dundalk has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the fact that a pound is now roughly equal to €1.32 with some currency experts predicting the euro could fall further in the coming months.

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce PRO Paddy Malone told The Irish Independent today that the town was “booming” again for the first time in years.

“A couple of years ago finding a northern-registered car in a car park in Dundalk was like finding hen’s teeth,” he said.

“Now it’s a completely different story.

“Added to that, shoppers aren’t going north any more, they’re staying at home,” he said.

The rise of sterling is good news for cross-border workers who work in the North but live south of the border, giving them an equivalent 15% pay rise over the past two years.

However, it is bad news for workers going the other way with an effective pay cut for people paid in euro and living in the North.

Local haulage company directors have huge judgements made against them

The directors of a local haulage company have had judgements made against them for a combined total of almost €3.5 million.

The case against the directors of Arthur Mullen Truck Importers Limited was taken by Danske Bank, with the judgement made in the High Court on January 5th.

Adrian Mullen from Plaster, Mountpleasant, Dundalk, Co Louth and Arthur Mullen Jnr, from Ballymakellett, Ravensdale, each had judgements against them totaling €1,742,745.

Details of the judgement were published in The Stubbs Gazette.

No eBay jobs expected to be lost in Dundalk

Ebay_LogoProposed job losses in eBay are not expected to affect its Dundalk operation, according to reports.

The online auction site announced plans earlier this week to cut 2,400 jobs worldwide ahead of a split with its sister company, PayPal, later this year.

eBay currently employs 600 people in Ireland between its facility at the Xerox Technology Plant in Dundalk and a centre in Blanchardstown in west Dublin.

It had been feared that Dundalk would be targeted for job cuts due to the fact that no redundancies would have to be paid, with the company only opening locally in April 2013.

However, it is now understood that no customer service positions will be affected – something which makes up the bulk of the jobs in Dundalk. Indeed, the local operation is still hiring on an ongoing basis.

Louth designers impress at RDS showcase

Senator Mary Moran

Senator Mary Moran visited the showcase on Tuesday

Ten business owners from Co Louth were amongst the exhibitors at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s showcase in the RDS earlier this week.

Each of the exhibitors displayed their designs and products at the event and they included: Branigan Weavers Drogheda; Charles Gallen Irish Linen Termonfeckin; Corona Silver Readypenny; Garrett Mallon Jewellery Carlingford; Green Gorgeous Muirhevnamor, Dundalk; Marie Fay Inspiration Ravensdale; Martina Scott Carlingford; Orla Barry Art Bridge Street Studios, Dundalk; Sarah McKenna Ceramic Bridge Street Studios, Dundalk; and Tinnakeenly Leathers Ltd Carlingford.

Senator Mary Moran visited the local designers on Tuesday and was full of praise for them.

“’I was truly impressed with the quality and unique craftsmanship of the Louth exhibitions at this year’s showcase. We were well represented this year with ten Louth exhibitions from all corners of the county.  Almost 500 exhibitors unveiled their latest collections with products ranging from jewellery, linen, ceramics, homewares and fashion.

“’I was delighted to meet with each of the exhibitors and see first hand the exciting crafts and designs being produced right here in our county.  I would like to congratulate and commend each person on their hard work, dedication and truly excellent products,” she said.

The Imperial Hotel back serving food

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The Imperial Hotel in Park Street reopened its carvery earlier this week with tasty food now on sale seven days a week.

Breakfast is served every morning from 8am with the carvery open for lunches from midday each day.

A full kids menu is also available while there is a large selections of desserts available.

The Imperial has a long reputation of serving fine food but had stopped the service in recent years.

Fears for Dundalk jobs as eBay confirms plans to cut 2,400 jobs globally

Ebay_LogoAs speculated before Christmas, eBay has confirmed plans to cut 2,400 jobs worldwide.

This makes up around 7% of its global workforce, slightly less than the 10% cut predicted when news of the company’s plans broke last month.

With its European HQ in Ireland, eBay employs around 2,500 people in Dundalk and Dublin and while it is not clear whether any Irish jobs will be effected, there will be fears over positions locally due to the fact the vast majority of staff at the company’s base in the Xerox Technology Park would not be entitled to redundancy.

The cuts are to be made in the first quarter of the year and come ahead of the split between eBay and sister company PayPal into two separate entities by mid-2015 in an effort to maximize shareholder value.

eBay announced the plans cuts while reporting its fourth quarter earnings yesterday and also revealed that it was exploring the possible sale or IPO of its eBay Enterprise unit.

eBay first acquired PayPal, an online payment processing service, in 2002 for $1.5 billion. While it once made sense to pair an online auction house with a payments company, some investors and outsiders called for a split long before the official announcement so the two companies can better focus on their core products.

The eBay facility in Dundalk officially opened its doors in April 2013 and has become one of the town’s biggest employers in that time.

Catwalk Boutique launch huge stock clearance sale

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Catwalk Boutique in Park Street are hosting a huge stock clearance sale from today.

The biggest ever clearance event in the store’s 27-year history got underway this morning and will run for one week only, with up to 75% off all stock.

Clothes in sizes from 10-24 are available so be sure to pop in to grab yourself a bargain.