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.

Live Register figures up 0.3% in Dundalk despite national decline

00018679-314Live Register figures for Dundalk grew slightly last month despite unemployment at a national level falling below the 10% mark for the first time since early 2009.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there were 5,900 people signed on in Dundalk last month, an increase on the 5,881 who were on the register in March – a rise of 0.3%.

This is the first increase recorded in the Live Register figures in Dundalk since January.

On a county level there were 13,844 people signing on last month, down by 0.6% from the 13,924 a month earlier. There were also declines recorded in both Ardee (-1.4%) and Drogheda (-1.2%).

Despite the narrow rise last month, unemployment levels in Dundalk are at their lowest level in six years since April 2009 when 5,871 people were on the Live Register.

New Chinese and Thai restaurant opening soon in Dundalk

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A new Chinese and Thai restaurant will be opening in Dundalk shortly.

Gourmet Palace will be located at 43/44 Park Street in the former Left Bank premises, above Courtney’s Bar.

It will sell a range of Chinese and Thai dishes with their menu available from here.

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25 new jobs to be created by Maxol opposite Dundalk IT

Brian Fitzpatrick, outgoing Student Union president; Aaron Lawless, incoming Students Union president; John Sisk; Brian Donaldson, the Maxol Group; Mario Macblain; John Hanna (contracts manager) and Eamonn Phillips (site manager)

Brian Fitzpatrick, outgoing Student Union president; Aaron Lawless, incoming Students’ Union president; John Sisk; Brian Donaldson, the Maxol Group; Mario Macblain; John Hanna (contracts manager) and Eamonn Phillips (site manager) at the turning of the sod at the new Maxol Southend Service Station, opposite Dundalk IT

Maxol is to employ at least 25 people at a new service station at the Southend Service Station, on the Dublin Road opposite Dundalk IT. 

An investment of around €2m will be made in Maxol Southend, which will incorporate a Maxol Mace convenience store within the forecourt and will also see the introduction of Maxol’s new café/deli concept Moreish.

Brian Donaldson, group general manager, the Maxol Group said: “We have been seeking a prime location in Dundalk to add to our three existing Maxol branded stations for some time so when this opportunity at Southend presented itself, it was the perfect fit for our latest new forecourt concept.”

The new service station is due to open in August and will bring the number of Maxol stations in Ireland to 234. 

Over the past 18 months it has been investing heavily in Ireland which has resulted in the opening of 21 new service stations and the rollout out of its new forecourt image to over 150 stations.

In January Maxol announced a new partnership with Dundalk IT as part of the institute’s Global Student Project 2015.

The cross college collaboration project will see DKIT students join forces with students from universities in USA and Australia to develop a new mobile app for Moreish, Maxol’s new convenience food and café brand.

Using digital communication facilities and on-line project management software, the teams of students will work together to design the Moreish café app for Maxol. Students will test the app among the student and staff base at DKIT, with the intention to expand its use across the 30 Moreish deli cafés that are expected to be open by the end of 2015. Potential built-in features of the app will include; food ordering, delivery, payment and a loyalty programme.

Dunnes Stores workers in Dundalk holding solidarity day today in three local stores

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Dunnes Stores workers in Dundalk will hold a solidarity day today.

The event gives members of the public the chance to speak to workers at the three local stores about their current dispute which led to them taking strike action last month and show their support for them.

The events take place from 12 noon to 1pm at the Marshes Shopping Centre, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the Neighbourhood Centre in Muirhevnamor and from 3pm to 5pm at the store in Ard Easmuinn.

Penney’s in Dundalk hiring part-time staff for summer

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Penney’s in the Marshes Shopping Centre are currently hiring part-time retail assistants for the summer months.

Candidates must have continuous availability from June to September and be available to work evenings and weekends, including Sundays and public holidays.

Further details are available here.

Dundalk-based start-up PlayerTek secures €1m investment

Ronan Mac Ruairi and Kevin McDaid of PlayerTek

Ronan Mac Ruairi and Kevin McDaid of PlayerTek

Dundalk-based tech startup PlayerTek has secured a €1m investment for its wearable sports tracker, ahead of the product’s imminent launch in Ireland.

The firm was founded by Ronan Mac Ruairi and Kevin McDaid, both of whom have worked in education and technology development for years.

The founders claim that PlayerTek is the world’s first consumer wearable sports tracker designed to give aspiring amateur players the ability to optimise their training and matches – something previously available only to professional players.

The system measures more than 2,000 variables every second and uses algorithms to produce measurements and simple charts that help players improve their performance.

Investment into PlayerTek has come from Danu Investment Partners and entrepreneur Brendan Gilmore.

According to co-founder McDaid: “PlayerTek is a system that can give a player pinpoint accuracy.

It is much more sophisticated than the GPS in a jogger’s watch because it has to be – football, rugby, GAA, and hockey players, for example, don’t run in straight lines.”

The company is taking pre-orders for the PlayerTek device from its website, with an RRP of €249.

Its founders said that, following the Irish launch, PlayerTek will be launched in the UK to coincide with the start of the 2016 Premier League season.

Mac Ruairi added: “There has been huge interest in the product, as wearable tech is the area that so many brands are focusing in on at present.”

Cellulac to invest €25m in Dundalk facility

Cellulac will be based at the former Harp Lager brewery, now the Great Northern Distillery

Cellulac will be based at the former Harp Lager brewery, now the Great Northern Distillery

Irish biotechnology firm Cellulac is to invest €27m into redeveloping its plant in Dundalk over the course of the next three years.

The company is leasing a 6.8-acre site from John Teeling’s Irish Whiskey Company at what is now the Great Northern Distillery. Cellulac is to retrofit the facility for the production of barrel plastics.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Cellulac chief executive Gerry Brandon said that the company was set to begin phase one of the revamp in the first quarter of 2016, which he estimates will cost roughly €2m.

The second phase, set to commence in 2017, is estimated to cost €25m.

Mr Brandon said that the first phase will allow the firm to ramp up production at the facility initially to 20,000 tonnes a year of an acid used to produce biodegradable plastics for export.

He said that construction of the second phase was set to begin at the end of 2017 and run into 2018, and said that by the time it was completed the plant will be producing approximately 100,000 tonnes a year.

He added that the retrofit would add about 30 jobs to the firm, which employs 19 people.

He said: “Most jobs will be created in phase one, where there will be about 36 new jobs. During phase two there will probably be work for another 50 people in construction and then production in the plant will become automated, we will have just under 50 people working full-time.”

He said that in total in equity and grants the firm has received roughly €16m so far.

He added that the company would look at its funding options within the next 12 months.

Cellulac recently signed a signed a five-year partnership deal with Dutch waste manager Pharmafilter worth €35m.

Source: Irish Independent

DkIT Sport to open to the public in June

DkIT Sport will be located at the former JJB facility at Dundalk Retail Park

DkIT Sport will be located at the former JJB facility at Dundalk Retail Park

The Holohan Leisure Group will manage the new DkIT Sport facility – formerly JJB – when it opens its doors to the public in June.

The centre at Dundalk Retail Park has had a limited opening to students in recent weeks and will include a 20m swimming pool, changing rooms, steam room, jacuzzi, gym area, aerobic studio, indoor cycling studio, 10 indoor sports pitches and a dedicated high performance strength and conditioning training zone when fully operational.

The strength and conditioning training zone is the first of its kind in the county while the gym will include brand new, gold standard, Precor gym equipment.

The aim is to make DkIT sport “the best kitted out gym in Ireland.”

The indoor sports pitches will be available to local sports teams, clubs and the public for recreational use, as well as catering for children’s birthday parties.

A full timetable of group exercise classes will also be available.

The leisure centre will open on Monday June 29 and club membership options will be available to members of the general public.

A pre-opening membership sale is expected in early to mid June and will include use of the gym, studios, swimming pool, steam room and jacuzzi.