Recruitment underway for Army Reserves

180px-27_Infantry_Battalion.svgThe 27th Infantry Battalion in Dundalk, Cavan and Navan are currently recruiting members of the Army Reserve.

They are looking for men and women, aged 18 to 35, from all backgrounds that possession a strong sense of duty and enjoy working as part of a team.

Applications can be made online at, with the closing date Friday November 14th.

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

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.

PayPal to host multilingual open day in Dundalk this Saturday

paypalPayPal Dundalk are hosting a multilingual open day this Saturday for those looking to find out about recruitment opportunities at the company.

Bilingual speakers are invited along on the day to check out PayPal’s state of the art office, meet staff and to discuss possible career opportunities.

There will be three sessions on the day from 9am to 10am, 10am to 11am and 11am to 12 noon and if there is an opening that matches your skills and experience then you will also be invited to attend an interview in the afternoon.

For further details and free registration click here.

Dundalk On Ice to return to the Market Square next month

Dundalk On Ice is set to return to the Market Square this Christmas season, bigger and better than ever, complete with rela ice and housed in an indoor facility.

Dundalk BIDS Manager Edel O’Mahony confirmed the news earlier today that Planet Ice have agreed to operate the enclosed ice rink over the Christmas period, opening on Friday November 21st and running right through until Sunday January 4th.

Dundalk On Ice is set to play a pivotal role in the town’s seasonal attractions, with an expected attendance of over 35,000 set to enjoy the ‘real’ ice skating experience. The indoor facility also covers and protects skaters from the elements, giving Dundalk shoppers and visitors the opportunity to see the fun going on inside and draw even more people in to the attraction.

In announcing the Dundalk BIDS coup for the town’s Christmas calendar of events, Ms O’Mahony said: “Since taking up the position of Dundalk BIDS Manager in July of this year I have been working on bringing Dundalk On Ice back to the town centre with a main priority to make it bigger and better. This year will be a showcase of what has been evolving on the Market Square in the previous two years.

‘We have great confidence that Planet Ice will deliver a superior skating experience for Dundalk On Ice 2014,” she said.

Ms O’Mahony also confirmed that seasonal employment as far as possible will be created plus an additional boost to local businesses via ice rink staffing and the provision of ancillary services.

 “It was also my intention to feature a local workforce and encourage the use of local services in the operation of Dundalk On Ice 2014. Dundalk BIDS was adamant that this be a feature of any agreement and Planet Ice readily agreed to this.”

Commenting on their participation in Dundalk On Ice 2014 MacDara Hosty for Planet Ice said: “We are really looking forward to working with Edel and her team at Dundalk BIDS and to be playing our part in making this year’s Dundalk Christmas Festival a fantastic event. The plans that the Dundalk BIDS team have in place are pretty amazing and will really bring the town centre to life in a very special way this Christmas”.

Dundalk On Ice 2014 runs for 44 days onlym commencing on Friday November 21st until Sunday January 4th. The Dundalk On Ice box office opens on Friday, October 31st in the Marshes Shopping Centre with some very special pre-opening offers for patrons wishing to purchase their tickets in advance.

Starbucks and the Christmas Claus-Et opening in Dundalk today

starbucks_logo_by_takako_and_merieru-d45qp2nCoffee lovers will have a new place to get their fix from this morning.

Starbucks opened its doors in the Marshes Shopping Centre at 8am this morning.

The multi-national chain is located in the former Heaven boutique, opposite the entrance to Penneys with a number of new jobs being created by its arrival in town.

This is the first official Starbucks outlet in Dundalk, although its products are sold in other local stores.

Another store opening its doors today is the Christmas Claus-Et in Clanbrassil Street.

The festive store, which was also open last year, is bigger and better than ever and will be located in the former Cumiskey’s music store, opposite Costcutter.

You can read more about the Christmas Claus-Et here.

The Christmas Claus-Et returns to Dundalk


The Christmas Claus-Et is on its way back to Dundalk.

The popular seasonal store first opened its doors last year in the build up to the festive season but this time around it is set to be bigger and better than ever having secured a much bigger unit in the old Cumiskey’s music shop on Clanbrassil Street, opposite Costcutter.

The Christmas Claus-et promises to be the North-East’s largest dedicated Christmas store and will have lots of opening offers on beautiful new decorations, lights, trees and much more.

For further info on the store, check out their Facebook page here.

Park Inn Hotel could reopen after Kirk family reach agreement

The Park Hotel

The Park Hotel

The Park Inn Hotel could be set to reopen its doors in the coming weeks and months after the Kirk family secured an agreement at the weekend to regain the property.

Philip Kirk had been protesting for some time to regain control of the hotel at Carnbeg on the Armagh Road, which he had owned with his mother Eileen before it was closed by examiners KPMG four years ago this month.

However, it appears he has finally reached a breakthrough after publishing a statement on his Facebook page at the weekend, signed by both himself and Eileen.

It read: “The Kirk family and associated parties would like to state that we have reached an agreement with the Directors of Corran Field Limited and associated parties moving forward. We would also like to put on record that we have received opportunities to purchase the former Park Inn Hotel and associated lands in November 2013 as well as July and August 2014. However, we were unable to complete the purchase during those periods.

“We would like to apologies to all parties that we have mentioned throughout our protests as this was a particularly stressful time for all involved on both sides.”

While, Philip would not be drawn on his future plans, saying only that “I hope to be in a position soon to let the public know”, it is understood he has been in negotiations with one of the world’s biggest hotel operators to help run the 84 bedroom hotel.

While the future of the 18 hole golf course, which closed in August 2008, is unknown it is also believed that Mr Kirk still has hopes of building the 9,000 seater arena once earmarked for the site that would have rivaled the likes of the 3 Arena in Dublin and the Odyssey in Belfast.

The signed notice from Philip and Eileen Kirk

The signed notice from Philip and Eileen Kirk

eBay and PayPal pledge commitment to Ireland

Ebay_LogoeBay and PayPal will continue to have “a big presence” in Ireland after the companies split next year, a spokesman has confirmed.

The online retail giant had previously announced plans to spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments business, into a publicly-traded company in the second half of 2015.

The companies have plans to boost employee numbers at a Dundalk site to 1,850 by 2018.

An eBay spokesman said the move was good news for both brands and would help the two separate entities to grow.

“PayPal and eBay have a big presence in Ireland and that’s set to continue,” he added.

eBay chief executive John Donahoe (pictured) previously resisted demands by activist investor Carl Icahn to hive off the service, saying PayPal was integral to eBay’s business – and vice versa.

PayPal was founded in the late 1990s and went public in 2002. It was acquired by eBay soon afterward for $1.5bn (€1.18bn), and had 143 million users by the end of last year.