Extension to cash and carry refused

logoValue Centre Cash & Carry on the Castle Road in Dundalk has been refused planning permission by Louth County Council to extend the facility.

Owners BWG Foods has been looking for the go ahead for a development consisting of alterations and extension to the existing wholesale warehouse and all associated site development works.

However, the council refused to give it the go ahead on the basis that BWG Foods “failed to demonstrate that the proposed development can be adequately serviced by the surface water discharge pipeline submitted in support of the application.”

They further added that this “may result in the creation of a hazard from surface water flooding.”

Go ahead given for all-weather jumps racing at Dundalk Stadium

Dundalk Stadium

Dundalk Stadium

Dundalk Stadium has been granted conditional planning permission to provide all-weather jumps racing at the Racecourse Road track.

Plans for the €3.5 million floodlit national hunt track were revealed last December after the venue collected the Racecourse of the Year award at the HRI Awards in Leopardstown.

However, Dundalk Racing (1999) Ltd only submitted their planning application in January, with the process delayed following the request for additional information, including a Natura Impact Statement in March.

The venue – Ireland’s only all-weather racecourse – has been given the go ahead for the “widening of the existing horse racing track at two sections and the provision of fences for jump racing”.

As part of the application, they have also been given the go ahead to install two oil tanks and boiler containers for undersoil heating to the new area of the track.

Plans for the proposed new facility at Dundalk received a mixed response from the racing community when they were unveiled prior to last Christmas. The proposal is something of a hybrid with an undersoil-heated grass surface envisaged on two new straights and the current polytrack all-weather surface on the flat course used on the bends. Obstacles will be placed on the straights.

“It will be turf on both straights, a special design that will give excellent drainage, and the undersoil heating will mean it will be an all-weather facility. We’re totally confident it can work. It’s designed for good ground horses and it will allow those horses have a programme, instead of what can happen now with trainers and owners having to say in September or October that they’ll wait until the spring to run their horse again,” Dundalk’s chief executive Jim Martin told The Irish Times last December.

He said that issues will have to be sorted out in terms of funding and also fixtures but it was the Stadium’s hope to have the facility open by 2016.

New coffee shop and deli opening on Park Street


A new coffee, sandwich shop and deli is set to open on Park Street in the coming days.

Urbano 21 will be located at 21a Park Street, the former Dundalk Asian Market.

It will serve gourmet sandwiches, artisan breads, locally sourced produce and fine coffee and handmade cakes.

For further details call 086 892 5922 or email urbano21a@hotmail.com

Dealz announce 28 new jobs for Dundalk

The new Dealz store on Earl Street

The new Dealz store on Earl Street

Dealz have announced that their new Dundalk store will be bringing 28 new jobs to the town.

The discount retailer, which trades in the UK as Poundland, will shortly open its doors at Earl House, the former National Irish Bank building on Earl Street.

The jobs announcement was made this morning to coincide with the launch of another Dealz store at Merchant’s Quay in Cork, which will provide 22 jobs.

The store opened its doors this morning, with the bulk of positions already filled.

The building has undergone massive renovation in recent months.

Dealz – which sells a range big brand items at discount rates – currently has over 30 stores in Ireland, with their West Street store in Drogheda the closest to Dundalk before now.

You can find out more about Dealz at www.dealz.ie

WallBuddy selling large Dundalk FC crest

An example of the Dundalk FC crest

An example of the Dundalk FC crest

Ravensdale-based company wallbuddy.ie have a large scale Dundalk FC crest for sale.

The crest, which is made using PhotoTex the best wall graphic material in the world, is fully licensed by the club and is 96cm x 96cm in dimension.

The crest would be perfect for any home, office or pub looking to support the club as they aim for EA Sports Cup glory this Saturday and the league title next month. You can view and purchase it here.

WallBuddy is run by Rory Callan, with the company selling premium quality wall graphics through their website. They are perfect for decorating rooms, offices, clubrooms or gyms.

WallBuddys can be stuck on, removed and hung again over 100 times without marking the wall or leaving any residue behind so they are totally safe for your walls!

For further details log on to www.wallbuddy.ie or call 085 8723684.

Two new businesses open their doors


The Racket Café opened its doors this morning for the first time at Dundalk Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.

Open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, the café is open to all members of the public and will serving locally roasted coffee and some great homemade delights.

Delivery is also available by contacting Katrine on 086 3425378.

Meanwhile, Kieran’s Pharmacy opened last week on the Avenue Road.

Open late on Thursday and Friday until 8pm, they have a range of opening offers at present including shower gels and deodorants for just €1.

Be sure to call in to the new store, located beside The Gym.

Dealz store taking shape

The new Dealz store. Pic: Paddy Mac

The new Dealz store on Earl Street. Pic: Paddy Mac

The new Dealz store in Earl Street is on course to open in the next few weeks after the scaffolding surrounding it was removed yesterday.

Work has been ongoing at Earl House, the former National Irish Bank’s Dundalk branch, for some months but it appears that the bargain retailer are now set to move in, with staff having started working on site since last Monday.

No exact date for the opening has yet been revealed although it is expected to open its doors by the end of the month.

Dealz – which sells a range big brand items at discount rates – currently has over 30 stores in Ireland, with their West Street store in Drogheda the closest to Dundalk.

You can find out more about Dealz at www.dealz.ie

The Racket Café to open at Dundalk Tennis Club on Monday


A new café will open on the grounds of Dundalk Tennis and Badminton Club on the Ramparts Road this Monday.

The Racket Café will be open to all members from the public from 9am on the day and will be serving great tasting, locally roasted coffee along with some great homemade delights.

The Racket Cafe will also offer a new experience at lunch time providing a selection of sandwiches and melts as well as daily specials.

Open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday The Racket cafe will allow you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Dundalk Tennis Club and the neighbouring Redemptorist Church.

The cafe offers peaceful surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of town and with free car parking, it is the ideal place to meet with friends for morning coffee or afternoon tea.

With the large amount of offices in the area, The Racket Café will also offer a pre-order service as well as a free delivery service to all offices and workplaces around town. For more information or to get your first order in on Monday call Katrine on 086 3425378

For more information on The Racket Café pop over to their Facebook page here.

Locals named on latest Revenue defaulters’ list

RevenueLogoA number of local businesses and individuals were named on the Revenue Commissioners’ latest defaulters’ list, which was released yesterday.

The biggest settlement was made by KTCO Property and Management Services Ltd of Unit 1A Riverside House, Main Street, Dunleer, Co Louth, who made a settlement of €62,670.50 for Underdeclaration of Corporate Tax following a Revenue Audit Case.

Meanwhile, Mark Grills Plant Hire of Ballynamoney, Carlingford was fined €10,000 for failure to lodge corporation tax returns.

Eksewhere, farmer Norman Bell from Drumcar, Dunleer, Co Louth, recycler Adrian Boyle of Mullacrew, Louth Village, Co Louth, safety consultant Colm Howley of 22 Woodbury Gardens, Dundalk, beauty salon owner Lynda McKenna of Curraghbeg, Ardee, motor repairs man Paul McManus of 11 Grange Close, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, angling supplies man Michael McShane of 6 Philip Street, Dundalk and publisher Rachel Hanna of 18 Castle Road, Dundalk were all fined €1,250 for failure to lodge income tax returns.

There was also individual fines of €2,500 each for security systems consultant James Donnelly of 67 Oakland Park, Cox’s Demesne, Dundalk, Peter Sheridan of Rathlust, Ardee, Co Louth, Rolandas Zenkovas of Ban House, Mansfieldstown, Castlebellingham, Co Louth and company director Ciaran Morgan of Ardaghy, Omeath for the misuse of marked mineral oil.

Meanwhile, fuel retailer Bernard Kirk of Tatebane, Dundalk Upper, Co Louth, was fined €2,500 for failure to hold a current mineral oil licence.

Sub-contractor Declan Moran of 1 Railway Cottages, Lordship, Dundalk, Co Louth was also fined €2,500 for possession of an unregistered vehicle and an additional €2,500 for failure to keep vehicle stationary.

Gavin Murphy of 13 Mullach Alainn in Omeath was also fined €2,500 for failing to comply with the requests of an officer.

Finally, Ardee Leisure Ltd of 10 Heathergate Court, Stoney Lane, Ardee, Co Louth were fined €1,300 for two counts of failing to display a gaming machine licence.