Ideal Living 15 Expo in Dundalk this weekend

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The Ideal Living 15 Expo will take place at the Dundalk Youth Development Centre at Oriel Park this weekend.

The event runs from Saturday to Monday from 11am to 6pm each day and will see a range of local businesses and suppliers from the Dundalk and Louth area come together to provide information on selling, building, upgrading or decorating your home or garden.

With over 100 exhibitors in attendance, there is also a range of events planned over the three days with further details available at

Stands are still available, starting from €200+VAT.

McAteer’s The Food House to open in Carlingford this July


McAteer’s The Food House are set to open in Carlingford in early July.

The popular shop, restaurant and delicatessan, run by Jerome McAteer and Bobby Wain, has been a huge success since opening on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk in recent years.

Now a new venture awaits with McAteer’s currently on the look out for chefs, general kitchen staff, deli assistants and waiting staff, both full and part-time.

If you are interested please send your CV and references to

Interviews will take place shortly as McAteer’s hope to integrate staff with their existing team in Dundalk before their new premises in Carlingford opens in July.

Tiger to open in Dundalk with the creation of seven new jobs

Tiger Stores Limerick, opened in February 2015

Danish brand Tiger Stores is set to open in the Marshes Shopping Centre in June and is currently recruiting full-time sales assistants.

Since arriving in Ireland just four years ago, Tiger has opened 15 stores all over Ireland, with the store at the Marshes set to become the when it opens next month.

Seven new full-time retail sales assistant roles will be created by the store’s opening.

The Tiger brand has a simple mission – to provide stylish products featuring the best of Danish design, in a pleasant environment, at astonishingly low prices, from just €1 to €30 at most.

According to Tiger’s recruitment campaign: “To work at Tiger, you’ll not only have previous retail experience, you will thrive in a fun, dynamic and creative work environment. And, as this role operates a 7-day shift pattern, you will also have full- time availability.

“In return, get to work with a great team in a great company. But don’t just take our word for it. The experts obviously agree, as Tiger Stores scooped two of the top accolades at the 2015 Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) Awards, including Company of the Year and Best Small Company (under 100 employees).”

If you believe in this mission and want to be part of the Tiger team, please send your CV and cover letter with Dundalk in the subject line. An assessment day will take place for these positions on Wednesday June 3rd in Dublin with roles commencing in mid to late June.

Dundalk BIDS launch new ad campaign targeting rail users


Dundalk BIDS have launched a new advertising campaign targeting rail users on the main Dublin to Belfast route.

The Visit Dundalk advertisement will be postered on the Enterprise train service.

Be sure to check it out if you’re passing.

Will it attract more visitors to the area?

New baby shop opens in Dundalk

The former Baby Shop in Market Street

The former Baby Shop in Market Street

The Baby Shop in Market Street closed its doors in recent times but a new venture spawned out of it opened on Park Street at the weekend.

The Baby Shop was run by Lorraine and Helen Long with Helen keeping the baby business going by opening a new store in the former Pulse Pacemaker shop at 82 Park Street, beside the old Dunnes Stores and Tony’s Pizzeria.

Here’s hoping the new venture is a success. Be sure to call in if you have a new born or toddler to shop for.

Reports suggest deal has been struck for sale of The Fairways Hotel


It appears a deal has been struck for the Fairways Hotel.

The Dublin Road premises closed its doors at the start of the year on the instructions of its receivers and was subsequently put up for sale by joint selling agents Property Partners Laurence Gunne in Dundalk and Savills in Dublin.

The Fairways Hotel page put up a sold sign this morning

The Fairways Hotel page put up a sold sign on their Facebook page this morning

The Fairways Hotel Facebook page today put a sold sign up on its page, suggesting a deal has now been struck.

The hotel, which was being sold on the basis of the overall complex, had a €1.5m asking price but no details have been revealed as yet in relation to the selling price or the buyer.

As well as the hotel and conference, The Fairways occupies a 5.8 hectare (14.5 acre) site with the benefit of full planning permission for a mixed commercial and residential scheme.

There is valid planning in place until January 2018 for 93 residential dwellings comprising 49 townhouses and 44 apartments in four blocks. The breakdown of this residential area would be 14 four bed houses, 17 three bed houses, 18 two bed houses, 35 two bed apartments and 9 one bed apartments.

Planning has also been granted for the development of a supermarket (1,640sqm), two retail/service units (338sqm), a bingo hall (368sqm) and a crèche (206sqm) together with car parking, signage and service areas at the northern end of the complex.

There is also planning in place until October 2016 for the demolition of the original Fairways Hotel complex and for a replacement with a new hotel foyer to service the hotel and conference section of the complex.

The hotel, formerly the Glendevlin, was developed in two phases, firstly in the 1960s and subsequently in 2000.

The original 44 bedroom hotel, function room and nightclub consists of a three storey flat roof structure. Phase two was added 15 years ago and comprises a conference centre with six syndicate rooms, a large reception area and a three storey accommodation block comprising 56 bedrooms. The total footprint of the building extends to approximately 0.7 hectares (1.75 acres).

Around 80 jobs were lost when The Fairways was officially closed on January 5th. Owner Billy Kelly said he was hopeful at the time of coming to a resolution on the hotel’s future as soon as possible, adding that he hoped to honour all bookings, but these talks were unsuccessful.

It now remains to be seen what the next chapter holds for the Dublin Road hotel.

Angelo’s Take Away back open on the Dublin Road


Angelo’s Take Away has reopened on the Dublin Road.

Open 7 days a week from 4pm to midnight, the take away has a host of special offers and student meal deals available with €4.90 specials available from Sunday to Wednesday on a host of popular items such as snack boxes, chicken fillet burger and chips, cod steak and chips, chicken curry and chips and much more, all with a can.

Loyalty cards are also now available where you will get your 10th meal free.

You can also contact Angelo’s via WhatsApp, text message and Facebook messanger.

For orders or delivery call 085 8679047 or 042 9320060.

Two substantial sites on outskirts of Dundalk up for sale

The land for sale at Xerox

The land for sale at Xerox

Two substantial development land sites on the outskirts of Dundalk have gone on the market in the past week.

REA Gunne Property have an 8.99 hectare area (22.23 acres) for sale for an undisclosed sum adjoining the Xerox Technology Park. The land is currently zoned as ‘Employment Mixed Use’ and could be of interest to anyone who wants to expand the business offering in the area.

Notable businesses operating beside the land include Xerox, PayPal, eBay, Warner Chilcott, Furniture Link and National Pen.

Meanwhile, Sherry FitzGerald Carroll have 6.33 hectares (15.68 acres) of development land for sale at Ballybarrack on the Ardee Road for an asking price of €250,000.

While currently used as agricultural land, it is described as offering great potential for future development subject to planning permission. A low density housing development has previously had planning permission year although it has now expired.

The lands remain zoned phase 3 residential for future development and expansion of Dundalk town.

The land for sale at Ballybarrack

The land for sale at Ballybarrack

Rainbow cake to mark referendum day on sale in 23 Seats


Unless you’ve been living under a rock all day you’ll know that the country is going to the polls right now to vote in the marriage equality referendum.

Whether you choose to vote Yes or No is your democratic right but no matter what side of the fence you come down on it’s hard not to be impressed by this rainbow cake.

The creation of Brodigan’s Londis Cakery in Quay Street and on sale in 23 Seats in Crowe Street it really is magnificent. Why not call in for a slice and a cuppa after voting today.


Horseware Ireland launch new Dundalk headquarters

The Horseware HQ

The Horseware HQ

Horseware Ireland yesterday launched their new headquarters at the Finnabair Industrial Estate in Dundalk.

Coming 30 years after its establishment and 15 years on from when their factory in Quay Street burnt down, the opening was performed by Minister Kevin Humphreys.

Horseware, which is one of the leading manufacturers of equestrian clothing worldwide, currently employs around 120 people in Dundalk with owner Tom MacGuinness, from Dromiskin, hoping of expanding this in the coming years.

The new facility includes 16,000sq ft of office space and also features a factory shop. All sales, marketing and financial work for the company is carried out here while it is also the base for its European warehousing.