New menu for Kieran’s Take Away

Kieran’s Take Away in Chapel Street has one of the best reputations for fast food in the town.

Over the years the food, particularly the chicken, has been consistently good but in that time their menus haven’t changed a lot.

Until now that is.

The take away recently hired Liam Barnacle of Awesome Chalk Design to redo their menus.

Liam recorded the process and uploaded it to YouTube. Check it out above.

For further details on Liam’s work visit

O’Brien’s Discount Store in Castlebellingham to cease trading after Christmas


O’Brien’s Discount Store in Castlebellingham have announced that they will cease trading after the Christmas period.

The business will keep going, however, on a door to door basis with deliveries in Kilsaran, Castlebellingham, Togher, Dromiskin, Stabannon and Dunleer.

Writing on their Facebook page, owner Paidi O’Brien said: “It is with regret that I wish to let you all know that after the Christmas period, O’Brien’s Discount Store will cease trading in Castlebellingham.

“Over the last few months things have happened beyond our control, and we feel that in the long run it is better to close the shop and continue on with a new business venture and new direction.

“The ‘O’Brien’s Discount Store’ brand will still be running behind the scenes but it will be door to door from now on – daily deliveries of all washing powders, coal, logs, gas, sticks, toilet rolls etc. We will be delivering fliers around over the coming weeks so make you let us know if you would be interested in door-to-door deliveries. This will cover all areas – Kilsaran, Castlebellingham, Togher, Dromiskin, Stabannon, Dunleer etc.

“On behalf of myself, Eileen and Charlotte, we want to say a huge thank you to all our customers, for your support from day 1 and we wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Several businesses left without water on Francis Street due to burst pipe

Ruby's is one of the businesses worst affected by the burst pipe

Ruby’s is one of the businesses worst affected by the burst pipe

A burst water main has left a number of businesses in the Francis Street area of Dundalk without water just a week before Christmas.

The problem arose after a pipe was burst by Irish Water workers, with businesses notified of the problem this morning.

Irish Water insist the problem will be rectified by 7pm this evening but this is likely to cause major problems for the likes of Ruby’s Tea Rooms and, in particular, hair salons Déjà vu and The Hair Shop who rely heavily on water for their day-to-day trade.

Tea tasting morning in Relish Café tomorrow

Inside Relish in Dundalk

Inside Relish in Dundalk

Relish Café in Jocelyn Street will be hosting a fun tea tasting morning tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11.30am.

A Java Republic representative will be in Relish on the day with free tasters of their award-winning teas.

You will also be able to enjoy free samples of Relish’s homemade pudding, their delicious mince pies and much more.

All are invited to attend.

Boylesports to launch €5 million TV advertising campaign after Christmas

pr95142_[4]_New logoDundalk-based bookmakers Boylesports is gearing up to target the British market with a €5 million spend on TV advertising in 2015.

The company’s customers bet over €1 billion with the business last year, with half of those bets made online. About half of its online business already comes from Britain.

The company’s commercial director Brendan Hughes said the company was targeting strategic alliances to help It break further into the British market next year.

He said: “2015 is our year to consolidate our position in the Irish market as a strong alternative and challenger and we aim to make in-roads in Britain by the end of the year.”

Boylesports will launch a TV advertising campaign on RTÉ on St Stephen’s Day – it’s first in four years – when it becomes the main sponsor of the channel’s racing coverage.

The news follows last week’s rebranding of the company, which followed its 25th anniversary celebrations.

New café opens on Bridge Street

A new café opened its doors on Bridge Street recently.

Ella’s Café serves an all day breakfast as well as brunch, lunch, coffee and snacks seven days a week from 8.30am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9.30am until 3pm on Sunday.

There is an extensive range of hot and cold dishes available so why not pop in for a bite or a coffee.

Boylesports launch new brand identity

Soccer pundit Eamonn Dunphy, Boylesports owner John Boyle, jockey Barry Geraghty and former Dublin GAA star Ciaran Whelan at the launch of the new Boylesports brand identity in Dublin earlier this week

Soccer pundit Eamonn Dunphy, Boylesports owner John Boyle, jockey Barry Geraghty and former Dublin GAA star Ciaran Whelan at the launch of the new Boylesports brand identity in Dublin earlier this week

Locally-based bookmakers Boylesports launched their new brand identity last week at their store in Grafton Street.

The new branding followed on from an event in Drogheda last Monday in which the company marked 25 years in business.

Owner John Boyle unveiled the new brand with the help of jockey, Barry Geraghty, former GAA footballer, Ciaran Whelan and soccer pundit, Eamonn Dunphy.

Commenting on the new brand launch, John Boyle, CEO of BoyleSports said: “The new brand launch further signifies to customers that BoyleSports are serious about sport and that you can always Bet On Boyle to have you covered for any sporting event that you wish to bet on.”

Appeal lodged against plans for Maxol filling station on Dublin Road

The site of the former Texaco Southend Service Station on the Dublin Road, which Maxol had been given the go ahead to develop prior to the appeal

The site of the former Texaco Southend Service Station on the Dublin Road, which Maxol had been given the go ahead to develop prior to the appeal

An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against Louth County Council’s decision to grant Maxol conditional planning permission for a new supermarket and filling station at the Southend Service Station on the Dublin Road – opposite Dundalk IT.

Formerly a Texaco station, the site was completely leveled in recent years.

When the initial application by Maxol was made earlier this year there were two objections from P Herr and Associates on behalf of Niall Clarke Oils Ltd and William Fry, acting on behalf of John V McCabe and Dympna McCabe, the owners and residents of the property situated immediately south of and adjoining the proposed development site.

Maxol hope to erect a new supermarket on the 0.25 hectare site, including an ATM, deli, ancillary stores and offices and internal and external seating areas.

There would also be a new forecourt canopy, rollover carwash, equipment store, floodlighting and security cameras, a rear compound area, underground fuel tanks, a petrol interceptor, a carwash interceptor, an aluminium clad illuminated gantry sign and associated services including drainage works and alterations to the existing access to the public road.

The application had been given the go ahead last month subject to 20 conditions but will now be delayed while the appeal is heard.

Dundalk jobs could be at risk if eBay proceeds with plans to cut 10% of its workforce

Ebay_LogoA number of jobs at eBay’s Dundalk site could be in jeopardy if the company proceeds with plans to lay off as much as 10% of its workforce.

The Wall Street Journal has stated that the sales site could be set to cut back on the number of staff it employs in anticipation of the company’s planned separation with sister company PayPal, who are also based at the Xerox Technology Park in Dundalk.

The job cuts, if they go ahead, are likely to affect each site and could involve around 3,000 people globally being made redundant. The Journal reported that those within the company’s marketplace division would be most at risk.

The report comes just three months after eBay announced it would split its online marketplace from PayPal by mid-2015.

eBay first acquired PayPal, an online payment processing service, in 2002 for $1.5 billion. While it once made sense to pair an online auction house with a payments company, some investors and outsiders called for a split long before the official announcement so the two companies can better focus on their core products.

The eBay facility in Dundalk officially opened its doors in April 2013 and has become one of the town’s biggest employers in that time. As well as having a facility in Dublin, Ireland is its European headquarters and if any job cuts came here they would most likely be in Dundalk given no redundancy payments would have to be made due to the short tenure in which staff have worked there.

End of an era as Peadar pulls his last pint

Peadar McArdle

Peadar McArdle

It was the end of an era in the Dundalk pub game last night following the retirement of Peadar McArdle.

The 70-year-old, who runs McArdle’s in Anne Street, recently agreed to sell the leasehold interest on the premises after 25 years of running the popular local pub.

After a special farewell party at the weekend involving family, friends and loyal customers, Peadar enjoyed his final send off last night.

Peadar bought the lease of the pub in 1989 after being made redundant from Clark’s shoe factory and ran the pub with his wife Teresa.

While now living in Knockbridge, Peadar and Teresa raised their family of five above the premises for a time, with son Paul still working behind the bar to this day.

‘Peadar’s’, as it is affectionately known, is believed to have origins from the 1800s when it was an inn and lodging house.

The pub will continue to be a popular spot for anyone out for a pint in Dundalk. However, with Peadar gone, it’ll never be quite the same again.