Dundalk Democrat seeking new editor

10365735_10152851543302306_7300844346046658157_nThe Dundalk Democrat has today advertised for a new editor.

The post is advertised in today’s newspaper. According to the ad, the paper is looking for a ‘writer, leader, motivator, educator.’

The Crowe Street-based paper had been sharing an editor with The Longford Leader for some time as part of an editorial management plan implemented by former owners Johnston Press.

However, new owners Iconic Newspapers – who took over the Johnston Press stable of newspapers in Ireland back in March – have now opted to change those plans by hiring back on-site editors.

It should be a good boost to local news, with deadlines for entry the end of the month to david.fordham@iconicnewspapers.ie

Two new businesses open their doors


The Racket Café opened its doors this morning for the first time at Dundalk Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.

Open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, the café is open to all members of the public and will serving locally roasted coffee and some great homemade delights.

Delivery is also available by contacting Katrine on 086 3425378.

Meanwhile, Kieran’s Pharmacy opened last week on the Avenue Road.

Open late on Thursday and Friday until 8pm, they have a range of opening offers at present including shower gels and deodorants for just €1.

Be sure to call in to the new store, located beside The Gym.

Dealz store taking shape

The new Dealz store. Pic: Paddy Mac

The new Dealz store on Earl Street. Pic: Paddy Mac

The new Dealz store in Earl Street is on course to open in the next few weeks after the scaffolding surrounding it was removed yesterday.

Work has been ongoing at Earl House, the former National Irish Bank’s Dundalk branch, for some months but it appears that the bargain retailer are now set to move in, with staff having started working on site since last Monday.

No exact date for the opening has yet been revealed although it is expected to open its doors by the end of the month.

Dealz – which sells a range big brand items at discount rates – currently has over 30 stores in Ireland, with their West Street store in Drogheda the closest to Dundalk.

You can find out more about Dealz at www.dealz.ie

The Racket Café to open at Dundalk Tennis Club on Monday


A new café will open on the grounds of Dundalk Tennis and Badminton Club on the Ramparts Road this Monday.

The Racket Café will be open to all members from the public from 9am on the day and will be serving great tasting, locally roasted coffee along with some great homemade delights.

The Racket Cafe will also offer a new experience at lunch time providing a selection of sandwiches and melts as well as daily specials.

Open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday The Racket cafe will allow you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Dundalk Tennis Club and the neighbouring Redemptorist Church.

The cafe offers peaceful surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of town and with free car parking, it is the ideal place to meet with friends for morning coffee or afternoon tea.

With the large amount of offices in the area, The Racket Café will also offer a pre-order service as well as a free delivery service to all offices and workplaces around town. For more information or to get your first order in on Monday call Katrine on 086 3425378

For more information on The Racket Café pop over to their Facebook page here.

Future of No 32 Restaurant in doubt


The future of No 32 Restaurant in Chapel Street is in doubt after its owner was locked out of the building in recent days.

The award-winning restaurant, which has been in operation for 18 years, has closed its doors with owner Susan Heraghty admitting she did not know if it would be reopening any time soon.

In a statement to Talk of the Town this evening, Susan said: “Due to circumstances beyond my control I cannot gain access to my restaurant.

“My landlords have changed the locks and alarm without prior notice

“I have no access to cash, credit card slips, food & wine, all equipment, tables and chairs etc

“After 18 years of business and regarded as one of Dundalk’s top restaurants, this is a very distressing situation.

“I am extremely grateful to my staff, customers and suppliers for their continued support.”

Asked whether this meant the restaurant would be closing for good or not, Susan replied: “Well I can’t get in to open!”

Another blow for Clanbrassil Street

Michael H boutique enjoyed a popular location fronting onto Clanbrassil Street

Michael H boutique enjoyed a popular location fronting onto Clanbrassil Street

Clanbrassil Street has suffered yet another retail blow following the closure of Michael H boutique at the Clanbrassil Centre.

The women’s clothes store have closed their doors in recent days, following hot on the heels of the Brass Rail last month.

To make matters worse, it appears that charity shop Something Old Something New at 42 Clanbrassil Street is also set to close, with a closing down sale currently going.

Something Old Something New are currently holding a closing down sale

Something Old Something New are currently holding a closing down sale

Hat-tip to Niamh Kirk

Starbucks now recruiting for new Dundalk store

The poster in the window of Starbucks in Newry

The poster in the window of Starbucks in Newry

Starbucks have started to recruit for their new store in Dundalk.

Talk of the Town revealed exclusively last month that the coffee chain was set to open its doors in the Marshes Shopping Centre, with the former Heaven boutique believed to be its likely destination.

Now an advert has been posted in the window of the Starbucks store in the Quays Shopping Centre in Newry, encouraging people to apply for the store manager, shift supervisors and barista positions.

The poster indicates that Starbucks will open its doors either later this month or early next month.

All applications can be sent to the Newry store.

To date Starbucks has only been available to buy locally in The Coffee Room at the Northlink Retail Park on the Coes Road and at an outlet in Dundalk IT.


Ages and Stages staff hold sit-in protest

A member of the Ages and Stages staff speaks to reporter Elaine Keogh during their sit-in protest last night

A member of the Ages and Stages staff speaks to reporter Elaine Keogh during their sit-in protest last night

Staff of the Ages and Stages Early Years Centre in Mullaharlin Park staged a sit-in protest yesterday evening against the closure of the facility.

Supported by parents who gathered outside the facility, the staff claimed that crèche operators Dundalk ICTU Ltd had handled the closure of the crèche badly and that they were protesting for “simple dignity” and for theirstatutory rights to be upheld.

Talk of the Town broke news of the closure two weeks ago.

Staff had been campaigning for their P45s and redundancy but it is understood that an agreement was reached late last night.