Aldi refused permission for Ardee store

aldi-jobs-ireland-390x285Aldi’s hopes of setting up in Ardee appear to have been dealt a fatal blow after An Bord Pleanála voted unanimously to uphold Louth County Council’s decision to refuse them planning permission for a new store on the outskirts of the town.

The German supermarket giant first proposed to set up a store at The Glebe on a 2.9 acre site beside the closed McCabe’s Toyota Garage back in March.

However, the application was rejected by local planners before Aldi lodged an appeal to the decision in June.

An Bord Pleanála have decided to quash the application on three counts. Firstly that its out-of-town location “would have an advertse effect on the viability and vitality of the town centre.”

They also ruled that the land in question was not zoned for retail and would therefore contravene with the Local Area Plan. They also had fears of the supermarket’s impact on the N33 national road, which links Derry and Letterkenny with the M1 motorway to Dublin.

The proposed land that the store would have been built on is bound by the N33 Ardee Link Road to the south and the R171 Tallanstown Road to the west. Access to the supermarket would have been from the R171 Tallanstown Road.

In May Louth County Council rejected the supermarket retailer’s plans for a new store in the Mid-Louth town on four counts – the three mentioned by An Bord Pleanála and the other relating to capacity constraints on the Ardee Waste Water Treatment System.

Aldi had been hoping to build a single storey discount foodstore and off licence at the site. It would have had a gross floor area of 1,551 square metres, with a retail area of 1,140 square metres.

The development would also have included the erection of two double pole, free standing, double sided internally illuminated signs with a double sided opening hours sign at lower level located adjacent to the proposed vehicular entrance to the site from the R171 and adjacent to the pedestrian entrance from the N33 Ardee Link Road.

There would also have been one single sided internally illuminated gable sign on the south west gable, one single sided internally illuminated entrance door sign and two single sided free standing internally illuminated poster display signs.

The proposed development would have been served by 90 car parking spaces and 10 bicycle spaces and included a request for permission for all landscaping, boundary treatment, engineering and site development works.

There is already a Lidl store on the opposite side of Ardee, as well as Lanney’s SuperValu in the town centre. Previous attempts by Tesco to set up a store in Ardee over the years were met with stiff resistance.

There had been six objections to the initial Aldi application from Escadia Limited, Vincent Matthews from Dromin, Padraig Malone of Malone Oil Products Ltd, Tara Buckley of RGDATA in Blackrock, Co Dublin, Tesco Ireland and Hughie O’Neill of O’Neill’s Menswear in Castle Street, Ardee.

New coffee shop opens at Heaton’s in Dundalk

Inside the new Insomnia coffee shop at Heaton's

Inside the new Insomnia coffee shop at Heaton’s

A new coffee shop opened in Heaton’s department store in Dundalk today.

The new facility at the shop in Dundalk Retail Park will be serving Insomnia coffee.

This is the latest coffee facility to open in the town, following hot on the hells of Starbucks, which recently opened in the Marshes Shopping Centre and Urbano 21 in Park Street.

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.

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.