New slimmer’s menu coming to The Market Bar

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The Market Bar in Dundalk will be launching a new slimmer’s menu from next Monday.

That means that you can call in and enjoy some of the best grub the town has to offer without feeling guilty afterwards.

The menu has already got the thumbs up from local Slimming World representatives so why not check it out yourself from Monday on.

Dundalk Company Challenge to take place this September

The contenders for the Dundalk Company Challenge 2014

The contenders for the Dundalk Company Challenge 2014

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce are set to hold an entertaining two day event this September to find the town’s ultimate company team.

The Dundalk Company Challenge 2014 will take place on Friday September 12th and Saturday September 13th.

The event will see 20 of the area’s biggest employers go head to head in a range of different events, all of which will take place at Oriel Park and in the Oriel Active centre.

Amongst the events the companies will compete in include a table quiz, indoor football, tug-o-war, relay races, obstacle courses and more.

The companies who will compete include Applegreen, Servisource Recruitment, Pelican Promotions, PayPal, Matthews Coach Hire, Boylesports, Aura Leisure Centre, Irish Life, Louth Trades Network, Louth County Council, Crowne Plaza Hotel, eBay, the Department of Social Protection, Suretank, Prometric, FPM Chartered Accountants, Heinz, Horseware, Hydroscand Ireland and Intact Software.

Further details are available from Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.

Countdown is on to the opening of new Tesco Dundalk

Tesco ire Logo colThe countdown is on to the opening of the new Tesco Extra megastore at Stapleton Place in Dundalk.

The filling station element of the complex – located at the site of the former Dundalk Shopping Centre – will open on Monday.

The main Tesco premises will then open its doors the following week on Bank Holiday Monday August 4th.

The new Tesco will provide groceries, clothing, hardware, a pharmacy, a butchers, a Costa Coffee outlet and much more.

It was recently revealed that more than 500 people had applied for jobs in the new Tesco, with more roles expected to be advertised in the coming weeks following its opening.

Meanwhile, a new roundabout junction has been implemented at the rear of the centre on the Ramparts Road. Cars travelling from the direction of the Marshes towards Tesco can no longer turn right to head towards Stapleton Place. They now must proceed past the turn and negotiate a roundabout before continuing on their journey.

The junction between McDonald’s and Sherry FitzGerald Carroll has also now been reduced to one lane.

Dundalk BIDS manager “thrilled” with turnout at Open Day

Dundalk BIDS manager Edel O'Mahony

Dundalk BIDS manager Edel O’Mahony

Dundalk BIDS manager Edel O’Mahony has said she is thrilled with the response to the recent BIDS Open Day held in the new look BIDS and Tourist Office at the Market Square.

The event also highlighted Dundalk BIDS’ focus on ‘Better Business – Brighter Future’

“It was fantastic to see so many ratepayers as well as town representatives call into the office and was the ideal opportunity to introduce myself and listen to the many views and ideas within Dundalk’s business community,” said Edel.

She added: “I thank everyone who came along in support of Dundalk BIDS along with their views and ideas on how we can all work together for the betterment of Dundalk’s business community”

Plans remain in place for Point Road medical centre

Plans remain in place to build a medical centre at Cherry Grove on the Point Road.

Mr Brendan Watters has applied to Louth County Council for an extension of the duration of the planning permission previously granted to demolish an existing house on the Point Road.

In its place he plans to construction a medical centre with consulting rooms and ancillary accommodation.

Louth County Council are due to decide on the matter on September 2nd.

Bank of Ireland looking to update Clanbrassil Street signage

BOI_Spon_logo[Ulster Rugby]Bank of Ireland are hoping to change their signage at their Clanbrassil Street branch in Dundalk.

The bank’s governor has applied to Louth County Council for permission to replace the existing sign with a new sign of 8sqm. They also hope to replace the existing banner signs with two new projecting banner signs of 0.9sqm each and one projecting banner sign of 0.35sqm all to the front of the bank at 78-81 Clanbrassil Street.

It is also hoped to replace two existing signs at the rear of the premises with new signs of 5.5sqm and 4sqm.

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

O’Hanlon Park Boxing Club looking to open new community boxing club at the Long Walk

O’Hanlon Park Boxing Club are hoping to open a new community boxing club in the Long Walk area of Dundalk.

The club have applied to Louth County Council for the part change of use of an existing retail outlet/store to a community boxing club.

This would include alterations to the existing elevations, boundary fencing and all associated site works.

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

No Carlingford Oysterpearl event this year due to lack of funding

Last year's Oysterpearl winner Michelle McGrath with 2012 winner Erin O'Connor at last year's event

Last year’s Oysterpearl winner Michelle McGrath with 2012 winner Erin O’Connor at last year’s event

The organisers of the popular Carlingford Oysterpearl event have announced that the competition will not take place this year due to a lack of funding.

They insist they will try to bring back the event in 2015, with last year’s Oysterpearl winner Michelle McGrath set to hold on to her crown for another year.

On a more positive note the Carlingford Oyster Festival in association with Morgan’s Fine Fish will take place from Friday August 8th to Monday August 11th but it will be on a much smaller scale than last year’s event.

Morgan’s and Parkview Provisions in Newry have been praised for their sponsorship of the event, as well as other local businesses who have saved it from also not happening.

This year’s event will be family-orientated with lots of fun things for children do to including a dance workshop, a fun fair, a roaming street magician, balloon modelling, street theatre, an oyster welly hunt, a teddy bear’s picnic, bouncy castles, a colouring competition at the Four Seasons, kayaking in the harbour, traditional street sports, oyster eating and opening competition and much more.

Live music on Saturday will be from the JCB man Seamus Moore with The Enemies performing on the Sunday.

The Market Bar gets a facelift

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The Market Bar in Clanbrassil Street got a bit of a facelift yesterday with a new look front and covered outdoor seating section.

Since opening just before Christmas 2012, the tapas bar – run by the McGuinness family – has grown increasingly popular and their new look front certainly adds to its offering.

You can find out more about The Market Bar at www.themarketbar.ie

Baldwin’s Jewellers relocating to Earl Street

Karen McCrystal of Baldwins is looking forward to the move to Mint by Baldwins in Earl Street

Karen McCrystal of Baldwins is looking forward to the move to Mint by Baldwins in Earl Street

Baldwin’s Jewellers are set to move from their Park Street premises in the coming weeks.

The store, which will be 60 years in business next year, will be moving into the Mint by Baldwins store in Earl Street, which is currently run by Bryan McCrystal who would be well known to Baldwin’s customers having designed rings in the store for the last few years.

In the build-up to the move, Baldwins will be having a relocation sale with up to 70% discounts on selected items.

Writing on their Facebook page, Baldwins said: “We would like to thank all our customers that have supported us for 59 years on Park Street. All business will remain the same and existing deposits and business shall be unaffected.”