Market Bar launch new lunch menu


The Market Bar has recently launched a new lunch menu as it prepares to celebrate two years opened this Christmas.

The popular Clanbrassil Street bar and tapas restaurant has a range of new options on the new look menus including baguettes, wraps, toasties, salads and, of course, tapas.

Lunch is served from 12 noon to 3pm Monday to Friday and from 12 noon to 4pm on weekdays.

For bookings call 042-9356652.


Matthews Coach Hire to increase annual commuter ticket price by 6%

web2matthews-marshes-2The cost of commuting to Dublin for locals is set to increase in the New Year with Matthews Coach Hire set to put up the price of their yearly ticket from Dundalk to Parnell Street by 6%.

The increase will see the cost of a yearly ticket rise from €2,258 to €2,394.

One customer contacted Talk of the Town today to complain about the fare going up again but it still represents the best value for commuters with the same Irish Rail commuter ticket costing €3,340.

The latest Matthews increase will cost passengers around €2.60 extra per week or €11.30 per month.

When tax savings are taken into account passengers can make real savings by purchasing an annual ticket.


Dundalk’s first online print store launched by Graphic Lights


Local graphic design and print studio Graphic Lights have just launched their new online print store at

The company, founded earlier this year by Colin Toner, recently closed its Park Street store to concentrate on the internet.

As the only online print store based in Dundalk, customers can now order a large selection of digital print from the comforts of their own home or office and have it delivered free of charge to anywhere in Ireland.

It places customer care alongside competitive pricing, while its unique selling point is its four-day turnaround of work from time of approval.

Customers can log on and upload their own designs for print or, if needed, for a small fee extra Graphic Lights will design your material.

To celebrate the opening of the new shop Graphic Lights are giving away a 10% discount to all Talk of the Town readers. Just type TOTT10 in the coupon area of the shopping cart at to avail of this fantastic offer.

Kieran’s Avenue Pharmacy’s official opening weekend event gets underway today


Kieran’s Avenue Pharmacy on the Avenue Road will hold their official opening weekend this weekend.

Events get underway today with a Voya beauty expert in store from 11am to 4pm to offer you hints and tips.

On Friday there will be a Halloween Fancy Dress event with a prize for the best dressed adult and child. Free face painting will take place between 2pm and 4pm, with a free nail painting for all those who purchase Mavala polish.

On Saturday there will be a Decleor Paris promotion, with a free gift available following purchase and a free skin consultation.

There will also be giveaways, goodie bags, raffles and a series of special offers over the course of the weekend so feel free to drop in.

Kieran’s is a joint operation between Amy Kieran and Justin Nevin and opened last month beside The Gym and Country Fresh on the Avenue Road.

The Saturday’s star Una makes a new friend at Bellingham Castle

Ferdia and Una at Bellingham Castle

Ferdia and Una at Bellingham Castle

Irish wolfhound Ferdia has certainly made a big impression since taking up residence at Bellingham Castle since its reopening at the tail end of last year.

Visitors are frequently enthralled by the friendly pooch but it appears he has a new celebrity fan too.

The Saturdays star Una Foden (nee Healy) was in the Castlebellingham-based castle this morning and took two pictures of Ferdia, including one alongside her new best friend, which she then shared on her Instagram page.

Healy seemed impressed with all that Bellingham had to offer and she is a tough judge of late having recently signed up to be a coach on the new series of The Voice of Ireland.

Win one of five Dundalk FC wall crests, courtesy of WallBuddy

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The Dundalk FC wall crest that you could win, courtesy of WallBuddy

The celebrations of Dundalk’s Premier Division title success are still ongoing throughout the town following Friday night’s victory over Cork.

To mark the occasion, Ravensdale company WallBuddy have added a new mini Dundalk FC Crest to their range. Discounted to €9.99 with FREE shipping to anywhere in Ireland this week. It’s a perfect gift for any Dundalk fan young or old.

Check out the crest here.

Talk of the Town have teamed up with WallBuddy to give away five of the crests HERE today.

To enter simply answer the following question correctly: Who scored Dundalk’s first goal on Friday night against Cork City?

To enter visit WallBuddy’s website here, get the competition code and post your answer along with the code on our Facebook page.

The five winners will be picked out on Tuesday morning.

Fiver Friday deals in Dundalk today


A number of local businesses are taking part in Fiver Friday today.

The initiative, which was launched by The Joe Duffy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 back in 2011, sees businesses put forward an offer at a cost of just €5.

There’s quite a few bargains going in the area today.

Check them out below.

Graphic Lights Creative Solutions

Logo design for €5 before 5pm today. A new logo designed for your business or organisation, with the chance to make three amendments. Email or visit for more info.

Sure Shot Productions, Wedding Videographer

A fantastic offer for three couples on their wedding day

Sure Shot will film from the couples’ guests arriving at their ceremony, through to the ‘Meet & Greet’ after the ceremony. Normal price €575.  Offer to 3 couples only @ €5.

T&C: Offer is subject to availability / Along with normal conditions (nothing onerous available on request){outlined in booking form) / Offer available only on 24th October 2014 / Offer available for Sunday to Thursday Weddings ONLY / Wedding Date must be before 30th April 2015 / Contact by email only

Print Express Limited, Stapleton Mews, Ramparts, Dundalk

  • 50 6×4 digital print €5 normally €9.50
  • 80 6×4 photo album €5 normally €8.99
  • 16×12 enlargement €5 normally €8
  • Printed mugs €5 normally €12.99

Find us on Facebook:
Tel: 042 9351878

Johnny Morgans Quality Seafood, Market Square,  Dundalk

  • Six sole fillets €5 (usually €1.50 each)
  • Four Plaice fillets €5 (usually €2 each)
  • Four salmon darnes for €5

Tel 042 932 7977

Kearney’s Wallpaper & Paints, 56 Dublin St, Dundalk

We have a vinyl wallpaper priced €28.95. On Fiver Friday just €5.

We have a fresco wallpaper priced €15.95 euro. On Fiver Friday just €5. While stocks last. Tel 042 9388288

East Coast Alloys Ltd, Dundalk Road , Ardee, Co. Louth

1x Terraclean service for your car/ van/ 4×4/ motorbike.
The Terraclean will de-carbonised your engine, restore fuel economy, regain performance and reduce emissions.
Usual price is €135 up to a 2.0l

On Fiver Friday €5 for the first caller 041-6857801

Creative Spark, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, Co. Louth


Email your interest in advance by email
Friday 24TH OCT 10:00am-12:00pm- Come to Creative Spark and try some printmaking today in our new studio. Give it a try for €5.00. This is a limited offer – please contact us for booking in advance.

Windmill Bistro, Seatown Place, Dundalk, Louth

All our bistro burgers only a fiver this Friday 24th October 2014 (Normal prices start at €9)

Industrial and Farm Machinery Ltd, Mullin’s Cross, Dunleer, Co. Louth

Fiver Friday Offer: XL Snickers Workwear Hoodies normally €57 only €5 Contact number:  042-9372294

McCormick’s Butchers, Church Street and Long Walk Shopping Centre, Dundalk

  • 2lb beef mince €4.99
  • 5x chicken fillets €4.99
  • 1lb sirloin steak €4.99
  • 5x boneless chops €4.99
  • Large Irish chicken €4.99


Aldi refused permission for Ardee store

aldi-jobs-ireland-390x285Aldi’s hopes of setting up in Ardee appear to have been dealt a fatal blow after An Bord Pleanála voted unanimously to uphold Louth County Council’s decision to refuse them planning permission for a new store on the outskirts of the town.

The German supermarket giant first proposed to set up a store at The Glebe on a 2.9 acre site beside the closed McCabe’s Toyota Garage back in March.

However, the application was rejected by local planners before Aldi lodged an appeal to the decision in June.

An Bord Pleanála have decided to quash the application on three counts. Firstly that its out-of-town location “would have an advertse effect on the viability and vitality of the town centre.”

They also ruled that the land in question was not zoned for retail and would therefore contravene with the Local Area Plan. They also had fears of the supermarket’s impact on the N33 national road, which links Derry and Letterkenny with the M1 motorway to Dublin.

The proposed land that the store would have been built on is bound by the N33 Ardee Link Road to the south and the R171 Tallanstown Road to the west. Access to the supermarket would have been from the R171 Tallanstown Road.

In May Louth County Council rejected the supermarket retailer’s plans for a new store in the Mid-Louth town on four counts – the three mentioned by An Bord Pleanála and the other relating to capacity constraints on the Ardee Waste Water Treatment System.

Aldi had been hoping to build a single storey discount foodstore and off licence at the site. It would have had a gross floor area of 1,551 square metres, with a retail area of 1,140 square metres.

The development would also have included the erection of two double pole, free standing, double sided internally illuminated signs with a double sided opening hours sign at lower level located adjacent to the proposed vehicular entrance to the site from the R171 and adjacent to the pedestrian entrance from the N33 Ardee Link Road.

There would also have been one single sided internally illuminated gable sign on the south west gable, one single sided internally illuminated entrance door sign and two single sided free standing internally illuminated poster display signs.

The proposed development would have been served by 90 car parking spaces and 10 bicycle spaces and included a request for permission for all landscaping, boundary treatment, engineering and site development works.

There is already a Lidl store on the opposite side of Ardee, as well as Lanney’s SuperValu in the town centre. Previous attempts by Tesco to set up a store in Ardee over the years were met with stiff resistance.

There had been six objections to the initial Aldi application from Escadia Limited, Vincent Matthews from Dromin, Padraig Malone of Malone Oil Products Ltd, Tara Buckley of RGDATA in Blackrock, Co Dublin, Tesco Ireland and Hughie O’Neill of O’Neill’s Menswear in Castle Street, Ardee.

New coffee shop opens at Heaton’s in Dundalk

Inside the new Insomnia coffee shop at Heaton's

Inside the new Insomnia coffee shop at Heaton’s

A new coffee shop opened in Heaton’s department store in Dundalk today.

The new facility at the shop in Dundalk Retail Park will be serving Insomnia coffee.

This is the latest coffee facility to open in the town, following hot on the hells of Starbucks, which recently opened in the Marshes Shopping Centre and Urbano 21 in Park Street.

Great Northern Distillery to open in January

The Great Northern Brewery, which is set to become the Great Northern Distillery

The Great Northern Brewery, which is set to become the Great Northern Distillery

The Great Northern Distillery will be up and running by January.

That’s according to new owner John Teeling, who bought the former Great Northern Brewery site from Diageo last year.

The former Cooley Distillery boss plans to spend €35m over four years to transform the former Harp Lager brewery into one of the biggest in the country.

Speaking to The Dundalk Leader this week, Teeling said he hoped to have construction completed at the site by December, with the hope of being operational early in the New Year.

He revealed that three copper kettles will be adapted into pot stills, which will allow the company to build a grain and pot still distillery in the same still room.

The full capacity of the distillery will be three million cases.

The distillery will be operational 24 hours a day from Monday to Friday and is expected to employ between 25-30 people.

Its produce will mainly be sold to third parties, with the plan being to distill grain whiskeys, pot still whiskeys and single malts for both the national and international markets.

He also hinted that he may look at building a visitor centre at the existing Carrick Road entrance.

Teeling’s Irish Whiskey Company will only be using half of the 13 acre site with 6.8 acres of it already leased to Cellulac, who will create 30 new jobs in Dundalk for the sustainable production of lactic acid from second generation (2G) feedstocks.