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.

Louth employers urged to have their say on graduates and future skills needs

Louth employers ranging from SMEs to multinationals are being asked to have their say in a major national survey to gauge their satisfaction with the quality of graduates emerging each year from Irish further and higher education institutions.

The National Employer Survey on Graduates in Ireland is a partnership between the Higher Education Authority (HEA); SOLAS – the Further Education & Training Authority and Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI), with the online survey being conducted on their behalf by Insight Statistical Consulting.

The first to have been undertaken on this scale, the survey will provide a snapshot of employer opinion with the results helping to inform policy direction across further and higher education.

A smaller-scale pilot study conducted two years ago found Irish employers were generally satisfied with graduates’ skills but less so about their written communications, business awareness and entrepreneurship skills. Respondents also expressed concern about graduates having the ‘right attitude’. There was also less satisfaction at the speed at which course content adapts to reflect changes in the external environment.

Encouraging employers to participate in the current survey, Tom Boland, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “As the economy recovers and a growing number of companies look to recruit additional personnel, it is important that their voice is heard in the debate about how graduates are equipped for work.

“The results of our survey – which we will benchmark over time – will help shape strategy and, in practical terms, ensure that the courses pursued by students are aligned with future job opportunities with relevant curriculum content that will equip graduates for work. This takes nothing away from the broader importance of education for life and we fully recognise that further and higher education is not exclusively about employability.”

Paul O’Toole, CEO, SOLAS, said: “SOLAS welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the HEA and QQI on this important piece of research. It is crucial that the further education and training sector understands employers’ views on the graduates it provides. We, in turn, must use these insights as we continually work to optimise our investment in future skill needs.”

Padraig Walsh, CEO, QQI, added: “Feedback from employers is an essential element of the quality assurance of education and training programmes. We look forward to analysing the results of this survey and continuing to work with employers to promote the enhancement of quality and innovation across both further and higher education and in ensuring that qualifications meet the changing needs of the labour market.”

Hughes Transport eye warehouse in Xerox

Xerox Technology Park in Dundalk

Xerox Technology Park in Dundalk

Hughes Transport could be set to move to the Xerox Technology Park.

The company, currently based on the Coes Road, have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission for a proposed logistic warehouse (1,352sqm in floor area and 11.062m high) at Site No 2 at the Dundalk Logistics Park at Xerox on the Dublin Road.

Their application includes the provision for vehicular parking and a new 2.4m high paladin boundary fence. They also want a new site entrance to an existing internal access road.

The council are due to make a decision on the matter by December 3rd.

Good Time Charlie returns to Dundalk to run Mr B’s Disco Bar

Charlie Coyle, aka Good Time Charlie

Charlie Coyle, aka Good Time Charlie

One of Dundalk’s best known barmen is set to return to the town next week.

Charlie Coyle, better known as Good Time Charlie, has been hired to run the new Mr B’s Disco Bar premises, which opens next Thursday night at 8pm.

Mr B’s Disco Bar is located in the former Good Times Charlies premises in Francis Street and is owned by Pat Belton from Inniskeen.

Most recently operating as The Bar, the premises as undergone a “major revamp” and will initially open from Thursday to Monday.

Charlie initially set up Good Time Charlie’s eight years ago but left the town in recent years.


Registration open next weekend for Dundalk Santa Run


The Dundalk Santa Run is back again once again this year and is scheduled to take place on Friday December 5th.

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, who are running the event to raise funds for the Dundalk Simon Community, are hoping to repeat last year’s feat of breaking a Guinness World Record.

Registration dates have now been posted with those looking to partake able to do so from Saturday week, October 25th.

A special Santa Run shop will be set up in the old Pulse Pacemaker shop in Park Street. It will be open from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and from 12 noon to 6pm on Sundays.

Registration is just €10 per adult and €5 per child. This allows you to participate and receive a Santa suit.

For sponsorship cards call 042 9339583.

Paddy Matthews to sleep rough tonight in order to raise awareness of homelessness

Paddy Matthews

Paddy Matthews

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce president Paddy Matthews plans to sleep rough tonight to raise awareness of the plight of Ireland’s thousands of homeless people.

Armed with just a sleeping bag and a cup of soup, the Matthews Coach Hire boss will join other business leaders to take part in Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light Night in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens.

“I was shocked to realise that there are over 5,000 people homeless in Ireland today and that one in seven of them is a child,” Paddy said this week.

“I really wanted to do something to raise funds and awareness of the issue of homelessness both locally and across Ireland. Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light Night gives me, and many others the perfect opportunity to do this.

“I have never even so much as slept outdoors in a tent, so this is a totally new experience for me. I’ll be on a sheet of cardboard and I’m praying for a quiet night with no rain!

“The funds raised enable Focus Ireland to reach out to even more families, children, young people and adults who so desperately need their support.”

Paddy has been fundraising for the event for some time now, and as he works towards his goal, is asking anyone who is interested in helping to solve the homeless issue in Ireland to consider sponsoring him.

“I would like to thank all of those who have contributed to my fundraising efforts so far.

“On line donations can be made here. Alternatively, cheques made out to Focus Ireland can be sent to me at Matthews Coach Hire, Callenberg, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan.”

Focus Ireland aim to break the cycle of homelessness by giving people access to information, housing, childcare and a range of education services throughout Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford, Clare and Wexford.

Supermac’s to return to Dundalk?

logoSupermac’s could be set for a return to Dundalk.

The Irish fast food chain, which operates over 100 restaurants nationwide, was previously based in the former Phil Lynch premises – now Heustons – in Clanbrassil Street in the mid to late ‘Nineties.

It has been closed over a decade, however, with the nearest restaurant located in Main Street, Carrickmacross.

Now Supermac’s could be set to return after they recently advertised a number of positions on their website for a new store opening in Co Louth.

While a spokesperson for Supermac’s could not confirm whether or not the new store would be in Dundalk due to the matter still having to go before the planning authorities, they said it would be in a large population area.

The positions advertised include general managers, assistant managers, supervisors and trainee managers. Further positions will be advertised at a later date.

While the exact location of the new Supermac’s is not known, the new restaurant is not expected to open until “early next year.” Any restaurant opening would also likely to include the company’s pizza chain, Papa John’s.

Further details can be found at

Open forum event for businesses in County Museum tonight

Chamber-of-Commerce-LogoDundalk Chamber of Commerce will hold an open forum for the business community at 6.30pm this evening in the County Museum in Roden Place.

The event has been organised to discuss a number of matters and is open to all interested parties.

Amongst the items set to be discussed include the new night-time taxi ranks on Park Street and Francis Street, which has angered locals.

The Christmas Light displays on the various streets of the town will also be discussed.

Auto Assure to open new service centre this Monday


Auto Assure on Gray’s Lane, off Park Street, will be opening a new service centre this Monday.

Founded by Adrian Sherman and Eoin McGuinness five years ago, Auto Assure has earned a fine reputation for selling used cars and sourcing vehicles for people throughout the North East.

Now they are also set to offer a one-stop shop for all your serving requirements and diagnostics.

There will also be a collection service available from either your home or workplace.

For further details visit or call 042-9386777.

Carraig Donn opening in Dundalk with recruitment day tomorrow


Fashion, jewellery and gift store Carraig Donn are set to open a new store in Dundalk in the coming weeks, with a recruitment day scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The following positions are available in the store:

  • Store Manager
  • Assistant Store Manager
  • Senior Sales Advisors
  • Sales Advisors

The recruitment day takes place from 10am to 4pm in the Crowne Plaza and all applicants are invited to attend.

Alternatively please email your CV and cover letter to with the job reference DUN0041 by Monday October 20th.

For further details on the company visit

While not confirmed where the new store will be located, it is believed it is moving into the Marshes Shopping Centre.

Prior to now their nearest outlet was in the Scotch Hall Shopping Centre in Drogheda.