New micro distillery earmarked for outside Dundalk

Newtowndarver is located close to Readypenny and Darver Castle

Newtowndarver is located close to Readypenny and Darver Castle

A new micro distillery is being planned for Newtowndarver, outside Dundalk.

Raymond Thornton has applied to Louth County Council for the facility, which would be housed in a single storey sheet cladded steel portal frame building, measuring 415sqm.

The proposed development would also comprise of a single storey boiler house (35sqm), an over ground alcohol storage tank (5,000 litres), an over ground LPG storage tank (2,000 litres), an underground fire water storage tank (180cu.m), a waste water treatment system/percolation area, a landscaped earth embankment, an oil interceptor, a soakage trench and all other associated site development works.

Louth County Council are due to decide on the matter by May 4th.

The Easter Egg Hut returns to Dundalk

The Easter Egg Hut in Clanbrassil Street

The Easter Egg Hut in Clanbrassil Street

The Easter Egg Hut is back in Dundalk having reopened in the last few days.

Originally set up last year by Dundalk IT business student Declan Curran, it proved a huge success in selling a range of eggs and seasonal novelties in the build-up to Easter.

This year it’s back in a new location in the former Declan’s shop on Clanbrassil Street, opposite Byrne’s Chemist, with Declan’s sister Éadaoin McGuinness at the helm.

Éadaoin told Talk of the Town: “We have an even wider selection of eggs to suit every member of the family and gift sets start from just €2.50! We have all sizes of eggs, even giant ones!”

Amongst the brands stocked include a wide variety from Cadbury’s, Kinnerton, Thornton’s and character eggs and sets from the likes of Frozen, Minnie, Mickey, Thomas, Skylanders, Turtles, Minions and lots more!

There are also fantastic baskets for babies and for the special person in your life.

To make Easter affordable, whilst still staying special, The Easter Egg Hut will allow customers to secure items with a deposit and pay off them as they wish.

You can find out more about the shop on its Facebook page or call in yourself to see all it has to offer.

20% stake in Great Northern Distillery to be sold for around €5 million

John Teeling at the Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk

John Teeling at the Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk

The Teeling family are reportedly in discussions with a number of investors to sell a 20% stake in the Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk for around €5 million.

According to an article in yesterday’s Sunday Business Post, discussions with investors are at an “advanced stage” and could be completed within the next couple of months.

The paper reports that the deal is set to value the company at more than €25 million.

It is understood that any equity investment deal is likely to involve a firm looking to launch a new whiskey, which will be supplied from Dundalk, while also investing in the company.

Currently two months from production, the Great Northern Distillery is looking to sign up clients and will specialise in supplying whiskey to private label brands rather than under its own name. The company is set to have its first whiskey available for delivery in 2017 and last week advertised a number of jobs in the local newspapers.

Entrepreneur John Teeling’s Irish Whiskey Company bought the brewery from Diageo in 2013 after they opted to close the former Great Northern Brewery, which was best known for producing Harp Lager, amongst other brands.

Teeling is the founder of Cooley Distillery, which was bought by US firm Jim Beam for €71 million in 2011.

The deal in Dundalk is separate to the Teeling Whiskey Company, which is owned and run by Teeling’s sons Jack and Stephen and is opening the first new distillery in Dublin in 125 years.

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce to host sporting lunch this Friday

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Dundalk Chamber of Commerce will host their annual sporting lunch this Friday at 12.30pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Speakers on the day will include Sean Óg Ó hAlpín, Stephen Kenny and Joe Kernan, while MC will be LMFM’s Colm Corrigan.

Tickets for the lunch are available for €35+VAT for members and €45+VAT for non-members.

For further details call 042 933 6343.

Wires cut during attempted break-in to Bellurgan filling station leaves peninsula with a communication blackout

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Gardaí are investigating an attempted break-in to a filling station in Bellurgan overnight which has led to a communication blackout in the peninsula today.

Phone lines were cut during the incident, which has led to a phone and internet blackout in the area today – something that has affected 4,602 customers.

The attempted break-in is said to have occurred around 1.40am and any witnesses to suspicious activity in the area at the time are asked to contact Gardaí.

Eircom say they are working to repair the problem at present and hope to have service restored this evening.

The issue has affected a number of local businesses, including post offices in Cooley, Riverstown and Jenkinstown, which have been unable to operate today.

New coupon booklet of discounts released in Dundalk

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A new coupon booklet has been released offering plenty of discounts in town centre businesses.

The booklet is available from the Dundalk BIDs and Dundalk Tourist Office at the Market Square and from participating stores in the town centre.

Be sure to pick up your copy and start saving today.

RTÉ refused planning for support tower at Clermont Carn

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National broadcaster RTÉ have been refused permission by Louth County Council to retain a 30m high operational support tower with associated equipment attached at Clermont Carn in Ravensdale.

The council refused RTÉ permission to retain the structure on three counts. They said that it was located on an exposed mountain top site within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which they wanted to preserve and protect.

They also said the structure was “inappropriately designed” with regard to its location’s sensitive landscape. Finally, they said it would interview would the view of the area.

Dundalk company Net1 offer cheapest fibre broadband deal in the market for €34 a month

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Local company Net1 have launched Ireland’s best value fibre broadband deal.

They are offering fibre powered speeds of up to 100mb/s, a free router with optional pay as you go landline and a generous 100GB monthly allowance, all for just €34 a month.

To avail of this offer you have to commit to Net1 for two years and pay each year’s fee in advance (€408 a year).

The company, based at Quayside Business Park, claim it is the cheapest fibre broadband available on the market at present.

The offer is available to more than a million homes nationwide. At present it is available in Dundalk, parts of Kilkerley along the Carrickmacross Road, the Armagh Road as far as the bridge, Blackrock, Castlebellingham, Annagassan, Dunleer and Ardee.

Other areas such as Inniskeen, Louth Village, Reaghstown and Broomfield will be coming online next month, with the Ath Lethan estate on the Racecourse Road and Togher set to have it available by the summer.

It is expected it will be available in Omeath, Carlingford, Riverstown and Hackballscross sometime between October and Christmas.

For further details check out this page or visit www.net1.ie

Boylesports looking to extend Clanbrassil Street shop

Boylesports plan to expand into the former Brass Rail boutique (on right of the picture)

Boylesports plan to expand into the former Brass Rail boutique (on right of the picture)

Boylesports are looking to expand their betting shop in Clanbrassil Street, Talk of the Town can exclusively reveal.

The betting chain, whose headquarters are in Dundalk, have applied for planning permission to convert the vacant Unit 1 of 86 Clanbrassil Street into a bookmakers premises.

Unit 1 of 86 Clanbrassil Street is the former Brass Rail premises, which has been lying idle since the boutique closed its doors last August.

If given the go ahead, Boylesports would be extending the ground floor of the bookmakers into Unit 1, as well as carrying out alterations to the front of both buildings.

Louth County Council are due to decide on the matter by April 29th.

Frazer Ferries apply for foreshore license at Greenore Port

Greenore and Greencastle are just 1.1 miles apart by sea but 32 miles apart by road

Greenore and Greencastle are just 1.1 miles apart by sea but 32 miles apart by road

Frazer Ferries Ltd have applied for a foreshore license at Greenore Port.

The Limerick-based company are hoping to run a car ferry from the peninsula port to Greencastle in Co Down.

The journey is just 1.1 miles by sea but 32 miles apart by land.

Last August Frazer Ferries were granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanala for the ferry terminal at Greenore after an initial acceptance by Louth County Council was appealed by the local Tidy Towns’ group and Greencastle Area Residents Group.

The proposal by Limerick-based Frazer Ferries would see the construction of a reinforced concrete slipway, 60 metres in length, at Greenore. It would be supported by seven vertical tubular berthing and fender piles on the southern side to facilitate ferry berthing.

Frazer Ferries also propose to relocate the existing port entrance gates and weighbridge, as well as carrying out modifications to the entrance road layout.

They wish to demolish part of the gable walls of an existing shed on the site to allow through access for vehicles, with the hard stand area to be used for parking and queuing.

As well as the facilities at Greenore, the proposal would also see the construction of a reinforced concrete suspended pier, 58 metres in length, at Greencastle. It would be supported by vertical tubular piles and a reinforced concrete slipway that would be 70 metres in length to allow vehicular access to the ferry.

The company are also looking to build berthing facilities to tie up vessels overnight, while they also propose to upgrade and widen part of the Greencastle Pier Road.

At present it takes just under an hour to drive from Greenore to Greencastle, with a ferry trip able to vastly shorten the journey time.

It is estimated that somewhere around 18 new jobs would be created should the project go ahead, with 11 of those jobs being based in Louth. It is estimated that the ferry would operate for 350 days of the year and prove a substantial boost to tourism in the area.

The Foreshore Application, Environmental Impact Statement, associated documents, all relevant maps, site plans and drawings may be inspected at the following locations: Dundalk Garda Station, Dundalk, County Louth, Carlingford Library, Newry Street, Carlingford and Louth County Council, County Hall, Millennium Centre, Dundalk.