Modern Fashions to host designer bridal showcase weekend

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Modern Fashions in Clanbrassil Street are hosting a designer bridal showcase weekend from Friday March 27th to Sunday March 29th.

Modern FashionsThe store have a new bridal collection launching with collections by Maggie Sottero, Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane, Sottero & Midgley and Sacha James.

A sneak preview of the collection will take place on Thursday March 26th before the popular bridal event from Friday to Sunday. This will give brides the chance to see the gowns modelled and give you valued inspiration before your appointment.

Limited invitations are available so contact Modern Fashions today at 042 9334356 for your free appointment.

There will be a free glass of bubbly on arrival to the preview and if you “Say Yes To The Dress’ over the course of the three day event and you will also receive 10% off plus a bonus prize.

Dundalk St Patrick’s Day launch video whets the appetite for March 17th

The Dundalk St Patrick’s Day parade launched in the An Táin Arts Centre at the Town Hall this day last week and now a new video of the launch has been released.

Compiled by BorderRegion TV, presenter Helena Mullins – who is also the parade’s PRO – talks to sponsors Ciaran Herr (Horseware Products Ltd) and Michael O’Reilly (Moffett Engineering Ltd).

There’s also an interview with Grand Marshal, Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny, head judge Paul Hayes, Tourism Officer Sinead Roche and parade chairperson David Minto.

For that, as well as a glimpse of performances from the Dance Kids, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Dún Dealgan and DKIT’s Circus Arts Society check out the video above.

Anyone wishing to take part in this year’s parade, please email certs@dundalk.ie or phone 042 9336343 where you can get the necessary information from Kerry Ann or Kim. Food vendors who wish to set up camp at the Market Square area please contact Mandy Fee of Pelican Promotions on 087 2222100.

The deadline to get involved is Monday March 9th.

Almost €1.3m lost on “obsolete” equipment for cross-border broadband project

broadband-internetA cross-border broadband project that was to provide faster internet to a number of locations, including Dundalk, had €1.3m worth of equipment bought for it despite the fact it was only worth €30,000.

That’s according to Northern Ireland’s auditor, who found that the “virtually obsolete” Nortel racks were never used and Northern Ireland’s Enterprise Department lost €2m after the EU withdrew.

The company behind the ambitious plan, Bytel, aimed to provide faster internet connections to homes in Belfast, Craigavon, Armagh, Dundalk and Dublin.

Comptroller and auditor general Kieran Donnelly said: “Bytel shows what can go wrong when projects like this are not handled properly.

“I have serious concerns over how it was managed and the legitimacy of the grant payments made. The response to whistleblowers fell well short of the standard required and a robust investigation took too long to complete.”

Although ineligible for funding, €1.3 million was given for equipment that was never used in the project, the audit office said.

The racks were bought by Bytel, a Belfast IT company, for €1.3 million from a “related” company.

The audit report added: “Evidence suggests that this equipment cost €30,000. The racks were never used for the project.”

It said a whistleblower’s concerns, which alerted Stormont’s Enterprise Department to the true cost in 2008, were not brought to the attention of European funders until 2011.

The project, approved in 2004, was to be funded by the EU. However, Europe withdrew because of irregular expenditure and Northern Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment lost €2 million of EU funding and the Republic’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources lost €1.8 million, the audit office report said.

Local estate agents on the move to new premises

The former Planet video store on Park Street

The former Planet video store on Park Street

Local estate agents DNG Duffy look set to relocate their offices to the former Planet video store at 66-67 Park Street.

Currently based at 18 Park Street, facing Jimmy’s Bar, owner Keith Duffy has just applied for planning permission to carry out alterations to the shop front of the recently bought building which he is believed to have purchased.

He has also sought planning permission for two projecting signs and the “relocation of office/financial and professional services use from 18 Park Street to 66-67 Park Street.”

The purchase of the former Planet video store, which has been lying idle for some years, included two units on Gray’s Lane, neither of which are part of the planning application to Louth County Council.

New London fashion brand FROWW has roots in Dundalk

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A new online fashion brand with origins in Dundalk has launched recently.

FROWW is an exciting new ready-to-wear clothing brand that is inspired by models, bloggers, celebrities and fashion editors.

The name FROWW comes from the acronym ’Frow’ which stands for the ‘front row’ in fashion.

The brand was created by sisters Áine and Eilis McDonnell, who hail from the local village of Knockbridge. With a serious passion for fashion, their aim is to create ready-to-wear collections that combine the hottest trends and unique designs.

FROWW.com offers an exclusive high quality range of clothing, from chic dresses and chunky knitwear to must-have tops.

Team FROWW are setting out to give luxe fabrics and cool cuts with an affordable price tag… And, judging by the huge interest in their launch, the London label looks set to explode and become a new favourite online shopping destination.

You can connect with FROWW via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as signing up for their email newsletter for more inside fashion tips and key catwalk looks.

With Ireland and international delivery options, including next day delivery throughout Ireland, it couldn’t be easier to get the latest, hottest fashions from FROWW.com.

FROWW.com are also currently collabrating with Ireland’s top fashion blogger sosueme.ie. They have 250 £20 vouchers up for grabs along with a beauty hamper worth €100. To enter click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Dundalk St Patrick’s Day parade is launched

Dundalk FC players John Mountney, Chris Shields and Daryl Horgan with manager Stephen Kenny and local kids at the launch of the St Patrick's Day parade. Kenny will be this year's Grand Marshal

Dundalk FC players John Mountney, Chris Shields and Daryl Horgan with manager Stephen Kenny and local kids at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day parade. Kenny will be this year’s Grand Marshal

There was a very successful and enjoyable launch of this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade on Thursday evening at An Táin Arts Centre.

The organising committee were delighted to have Dundalk FC manager, Stephen Kenny in attendance following his appointment as this year’s parade Grand Marshall. Stephen was a well-deserved choice having guided Dundalk FC to their 10th league title in 2014 after a 19-year wait.

“I am overwhelmed by the community spirit in Dundalk,” declared Stephen, who added he was extremely humbled by being asked to be Grand Marshall for this year’s parade.

The committee said they were grateful to Kieran Herr of Horseware Products Ltd and Paul Rogan of Moffett Engineering Ltd, two of the main sponsors, for attending on the night. Among those who attended the launch were Paddy Matthews President Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Brian O’Neill, Chairman of Dundalk BIDS and many local councillors.

The entertainment provided by Dance Kids, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Dún Dealgan and DKIT’s Circus Arts Society was spectacular and everyone in the area can look forward to seeing them participate in the parade.

Members of the Dance Kids performing at the launch of the St Patrick's Day parade

Members of the Dance Kids performing at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day parade

The judges selected this year are Independent Councillor Maeve Yore, Sinéad Roche Dundalk Tourist Officer, Sarah McCann Head of Creative Media DKIT, Sinéad McNally local singer/song writer and Alan Doherty, Dundalk Musical Society. They will be guided by Paul Hayes, An Táin Arts Centre’s Artistic Director who is looking for more innovation and creativity from the participants this year and he believes that they will have ample opportunity with the broad theme of ‘Myths, Magical and Miracles’. For those who wish to get some artistic direction, they can contact Paul via the antain.ie website.

Media coverage on the night was provided by Pat O Shaughnessy of LMFM, Marissa Luchessi of Dundalk FM and St Patrick’s Day committee PRO Helena Mullins with Border Region TV.

Anyone wishing to take part in this year’s parade, please email certs@dundalk.ie or phone 042 9336343 where you can get the necessary information from Kerry Ann or Kim. Food vendors who wish to set up camp at the Market Square area please contact Mandy Fee of Pelican Promotions on 087 2222100.

With an estimated 20,000 spectators attending last year’s Dundalk St Patrick’s Day parade, it is expected that this year’s parade will be a bigger and better event with wonderful entertainment for all the family. Keep an eye on the Facebook page – St Patrick’s Day Dundalk – for further updates on the parade and surrounding events.

Dundalk billionaire Lyons’ company Alltech could be worth up to $3bn

Dr Pearse Lyons

Dr Pearse Lyons

Dundalk born billionaire Pearse Lyons has said that his fast-growing Alltech animal nutrition business could be worth “between $2.5bn to $3bn” (€2.2bn to €2.63bn) following its latest growth spurt, which has seen revenues jump “comfortably over $1bn”.

This valuation would make it one of the largest, privately owned Irish companies in the world.

Alltech, which has operations in 128 countries, is one of the world’s biggest animal nutrition, brewing and biotech companies, supplying agricultural products for use in both livestock and crop farming. It was set up by Dundalk native Lyons in 1980.

The Kentucky-headquartered firm is rolling out ambitious plans to grow its sales to $4bn.

“That is still on track,” Lyons told the Sunday Independent last weekend.

“We will do it in three ways, through organics growth, acquisitions or we might do joint ventures.

“If you’d asked me four or five years ago, would we be doing big acquisitions, I would have said no. If you’d asked me about doing joint ventures then I would have said no.”

Lyons said that the companies he was looking to buy had sales of between $50m to $100m. He did not rule out a bigger “transformative buyout” saying “we are keeping our gunpowder dry”.

A major investment in fish oil will boost Alltech’s growth trajectory, with Lyons planning to spend “a couple of hundred million” to build a big plant in Kentucky.

The firm is looking to capitalise on the fish oil market, which is worth close to $4bn, according to Lyons. There may also be further investment in Irish operations “in due course”.

The company is also working on a number of major joint ventures, including a deal with Nestle. Alltech has been upscaling operations in China, with Dr Mark Lyons running the business there.

However, China and South-east Asia only account for 25pc of the firm’s revenues, which are equally split between Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Alltech had earlier indicated that it may sell off a number of its divisions.

PwC was appointed to examine a potential divestment of its Life Sciences Division, which had a valuation of around €800m. Alltech’s crop sciences business was also readied up for a potential sale, with a €300m price tag.

“We did have a number of very nice bids but we decided that they were more valuable for us to keep,” Lyons said. “That’s not to say that we wouldn’t sell them in the future.”

Lyons indicated that major rivals have expressed interest in buying Alltech in the past. However, the billionaire has no plans to sell the company.

Lyons is also ramping up Alltech’s brewing business and will visit Dublin this weekend for the company’s craft beer festival in Dublin’s Convention Centre.

It is also rolling out an education scheme for potential craft brewers.

Lyons says that the craft brewing “revolution” is “extraordinary”. Sales of craft beer in the US have grown 19pc in the last year, now outselling Guinness.

Alltech’s own product is the top-selling craft beer in Shanghai.

Toolfix to host pre-season sale this weekend

ToolFixToolfix in Dublin Street will host a pre-season sale this weekend with a number of unbeatable offers on a range of products and clothing.

The sale runs from Friday to Sunday with full details available on www.toolfix.ie

Toolfix will also be holding the largest tool, garden retail and trade exhibition Ireland has ever seen in the Citywest in Dublin on March 28th and 29th.

Local insurance company have offices ransacked

ocallaghans quotemeGardaí in Dundalk are appealing for information after the offices of a local company were ransacked in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The incident occurred at the offices of O’Callaghan Insurances / QuoteMe.ie at Blackthorn Business Park on the Coes Road sometime between 1.05am and 1.10am.

Entry was gained via a smashed window. Nothing was taken during the break-in but the office was ransacked.

Anyone who spotted anything in the area at the time is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station.

News & Deli premises up for sale

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One of Dundalk’s best known stores has been placed on the market with local estate agents DNG Duffy.

News & Deli at 78/79 Park Street is being sold as one unit.

The shop comprises of a retail unit of approximately 116 square metres on the ground floor with over head office space with own door access.

Now empty, it was formerly an auctioneer’s office.

The unit is laid out in open plan format at ground floor with WC and a tea station.The property also benefits from a side entrance which is also secure and gives access to Park Street via Williamson’s Place.