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.”

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.

Dundalk-based clothing store LilyCoo to open pop up shop on Clanbrassil Street this Friday

Suzanne Jackson of So Sue Me blog is the face of LilyCoo, which will open a pop up shop on Clanbrassil Street this Friday

Suzanne Jackson of So Sue Me blog is the face of LilyCoo, which will open a pop up shop on Clanbrassil Street this Friday

Locally-based online clothing store, LilyCoo is set to open a pop up shop in Clanbrassil Street this Friday.

This will allow people from both near and far to browse through LilyCoo’s selection of dresses, which are ideal for a Christmas party, a big night out or a wedding.

The pop up shop will be located beside Wendle’s and will also stock a range of jumpers, tops, shirts, cardigans and coats for women.

LilyCoo was launched in October 2013 by Oonagh McNally and Kevin Quinn from the Castle Road.

Earlier this month popular Irish fashion blogger and model Suzanne Jackson of So Sue Me was unveiled as the face of LilyCoo’s Christmas campaign.

You can check out all LilyCoo has to offer at www.lilycoo.com or call into the store from this Friday.

Two stores close in Marshes Shopping Centre


Two stores have closed their doors in the Marshes Shopping Centre in the build-up to Christmas.

Eyecare Plus, opposite Dunnes Stores, has closed its doors for good while Exhibit clothing store has also shut up shop.

While a sign outside Exhibit suggests the store may be set to reopen shortly, Talk of the Town understands this is in doubt after staff were unable to gain access to the shop in recent days. It follows on from its two managers quitting recently.

These losses have been softened somewhat by the opening of Carraig Donn and Reload in the centre in recent weeks.

Heinz to sell Dundalk site to The Authentic Food Company for undisclosed sum

The Heinz factory in Dundalk

The Heinz factory in Dundalk

Heinz is set to sell its frozen ready meals manufacturing site in Dundalk to The Authentic Food Company for an undisclosed sum.

The factory in the Finnabair Industrial Estate off the Inner Relief Road was opened in 1993 and produces the WeightWatchers from Heinz, Ross and Heinz Big frozen ready meal ranges. It currently employs 155 staff.

The proposed deal includes a three-year co-pack arrangement for The Authentic Food Company to continue to manufacture the products, with all Heinz staff expected to be retained under the new ownership arrangements.

In a statement, Heinz said it planned to continue working closely with The Authentic Food Company “to further develop the WeightWatchers from Heinz range, in addition to reviewing future opportunities for Heinz in frozen.”

The Manchester-based Authentic Food Company said it had plans for the continued expansion of its retail and foodservice business both in the UK and continental Europe “with the enhanced capability and capacity the site acquisition delivers.”

Lynch appointed new Dundalk Democrat editor

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 09.50.32Local man David Lynch has been appointed the new editor of The Dundalk Democrat.

The 31-year-old will succeed existing editor Sheila Reilly in January.

Lynch has worked for the Democrat for the last two years in the paper’s sports department, predominantly covering GAA.

He is a graduate of Coláiste Rís Secondary School and Independent Colleges, where he received a Masters in Journalism.

Lynch will become the 11th editor in the paper’s 165 year history and will follow in the footsteps of the likes of TF McGahon, Frank Necy, Tom Roe, Peter Kavanagh, Joe Carroll, Dolan O’Hagan and Anthony Murphy.

Having been established by Joseph Cartan back in 1849, The Dundalk Democrat was sold to the Roe family in 1872 and remained under its ownership until 2000 when it was bought by the Leinster Leader group. The paper was then acquired by Johnston Press in 2005 before changing hands to Iconic Newspapers in March of this year.

Leaf Restaurant opens its doors at Tesco Extra Dundalk


The new Leaf Restaurant opened earlier today at the Tesco Extra shopping centre.

The restaurant, which is located beside Hickey’s Pharmacy and opposite the post office, will be open from 9am to 6pm seven days a week serving breakfast, brunch and lunch.

With a full carvery and salad menu, there is plenty to choose from with a number of opening offers in place to mark the opening.

Kajo Boutique opening in Carlingford tomorrow


A new women’s clothing store will open its doors in Carlingford tomorrow.

Kajo Boutique on Old Quay Lane will open at 10am, with 20% off all stock on the opening day.

The store will be run by Joanne McCann and sell labels such as Vesper, Little Mistress, Maisy and many more.

For further details check out their Facebook page here.

Niall Clarke Oils hiring for their Dundalk filling station

logoNiall Clarke Oils have announced a number of new positions at their Topaz filling station on the Dublin Road.

The service station is currently recruiting for full and part time positions.

An immediate start is required with full training provided.

For further details call 042 9371331.

Those interested in applying are asked to drop their CV into the manager or email it to ROIOffice@niallclarkeoils.com