DKIT Sport opens doors to the public

Dundalk FC duo Daryl Horgan and Ciaran O'Connor at the launch of DKIT Sport yesterday with manager Kelly Gaffney and DKIT president Denis Cummins

Dundalk FC duo Daryl Horgan and Ciaran O’Connor at the launch of DKIT Sport yesterday with manager Kelly Gaffney and DKIT president Denis Cummins

DKIT Sport officially opened its doors to the public for the first time yesterday.

Formally ‘JJB’, DKIT Sport was purchased in early 2014 for a cost of €3million. The facility will be managed by the Holohan Leisure Group and is located adjacent to the 90-acre DKIT campus at Dundalk Retail Park.

The state of the art sports facility boasts a 20 metre swimming pool, changing rooms, jacuzzi, steam room, gym area, an aerobic studio, 1 indoor cycling studio, 10 indoor sports pitches and a dedicated high performance strength and conditioning training zone. The high performance, strength and conditioning zone is specifically designed for increased team performance and is the first of its kind in Co Louth.

The gym itself includes the latest, brand new, gold standard,’Precor’ gym equipment. The indoor sports pitches will be available not only to students and staff, but to local sports teams, clubs and the public for recreational purposes. There will be catering facilities also.

The acquisition of DKIT Sport forms part of the development of a comprehensive Sports Strategy by DKIT that includes the Centre of Sport, Exercise and Health with the Institute now offering a range of sports related courses such as BA in Sport, Exercise and Enterprise, BA (Hons.) in Community Sports Leadership and B.Sc. (Hons) in Health and Physical Activity.

Members of Dundalk FC were amongst those who attended yesterday’s launch, as well as Dundalk IT president Denis Cummins, who said it was a “great day for Dundalk Institute of Technology and Dundalk as a town”.

He said: “Today is the soft opening of the new DKIT Sport and we will do another official launch in September or October when all of the students are back.

“We are now open to the public and have grown to over 600 (public) members over the last couple of days as well as the 5,000 students all being members too so it’s a great day for everyone to be involved in.

“We have all worked really very hard over the last year to get to this point and it is brilliant to see this wonderful facility back in business. We have 20 staff employed at the moment and that will increase as the numbers continue to grow.”

Further details can be found at www.dkitsport.ie

Cusken Ltd secure big win for small businesses

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Cusken Ltd of Castletown Road, Dundalk and Boyne Business Park, Drogheda were successful along with eight other SME’s from across the country recently in an appeal which was taken by the Commissioner of Public Works in Ireland to the Supreme Court against a High Court judgement that was awarded in their favour of Cusken and the other SME’s.

The case was taken by the small businesses in order to allow them the opportunity to tender for government contracts.

Paddy McCusker from Cusken Ltd explained: “The whole process was legally very complex and costly. We got involved back in 2012 after the Government made it ‘mandatory’ for central and local government bodies, including the HSE, local councils, all levels of the educational sector, covering primary, secondary and VEC schools etc to only engage with certain companies for print managed services.

“If any of these bodies required a photocopying print managed services they could ‘only’ choose from a limited panel of government selected companies, none of which were based locally. This eliminated all of the local companies/SME’s to tender for this type of business right across the country. “

Paddy explains “that in his opinion the initial competition was completely anti -SME and local companies, with a criteria that was so outlandish it was impossible for any local SME to be involved or even to get the opportunity to apply for the ‘right to tender’.”

He said: “All we and other local SMEs ever wanted was a level playing field and the right to tender

“Like all other SME’s Cusken contributes to local government bodies and councils through an array of taxes. I know this does not give us an entitlement to local contracts, but surely we have the right to tender for them and that was all we were ever asking for.

“We know we can compete, if allowed, because we offer not only value for money right across the spectrum but we also make a valuable contribution to local social and business needs by means of jobs, services, taxes etc.

“Even now looking back on the long complex process and court cases, I am glad I got involved, because it was morally the right thing to do. It would have put countless local businesses and jobs in jeopardy across the entire country.”

Paddy would like to thank everyone for the support from all quarters he received, including staff, customers, local people, local business, and political representatives across every divide and Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.

“Finally, the one thing I found very ironic, was that I never met one political representative, whether in government or not, who did not support what we were trying to achieve.

“SME’s have a crucial role to play in our local and national economies, just give us a level playing field, and we can do the rest. It is morally the right thing to do,” said Paddy.

New craft beer company on the way to Carlingford

carlingford brewing companyA new craft beer company is being established in Carlingford.

Carlingford Brewing Company recently established its Facebook page, with a website on the way.

Its aim is to extol “the beauty, history and mythology of Carlingford town and the Cooley Peninsula through its delicious craft beer.”

When its products go on sale it will become the first major craft beer company in north Louth. The business, which was set up in March last year, is run by Sharon Boyle and Desmond Goldrick and is based at Rampark Shore in Jenkinstown.

Nearby companies such as Dan Kelly’s Cider in Drogheda and the Brehon Brewhouse in Killanny have had good success of late and here’s hoping that Carlingford Brewing Company will follow suit in that regard.

New trampoline park AirBound to open in Dundalk soon

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A new trampoline park is coming to Dundalk soon.

Talk of the Town revealed in April that Donal and Jacqueline Rankin had applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to convert part of the ground floor (935sqm) of Unit 19 at the North Link Retail Park to a trampoline park.

As part of their application they also hope to install associated signage and carry out minor internal alterations to the unit, which is currently part-occupied by AV Direct.

Now it has been revealed that the new facility will be called the AirBound Trampoline Park.

The fitness centre and café recently set up their business Facebook page with an ‘opening soon’ logo placed on it.

When opened the facility will be open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 9pm.

Further details will be made available in the coming weeks and months but for now enquiries can be made by calling 086 600 3287.

Tiger opens its doors in Dundalk

Staff at the opening of the Tiger store in the Marshes Shopping Centre this morning. Picture: Arthur Kinahan

Staff at the opening of the Tiger store in the Marshes Shopping Centre this morning. Picture: Arthur Kinahan

Tiger Stores opened their new store in the Marshes Shopping Centre this morning.

The Danish brand have created seven new jobs in what is their 16th store in Ireland, with goodie bags handed out to the first 50 customers this morning.

Tiger is located in the former Exhibit store, opposite Reload, and sells a range of household products priced between €1 and €30.

Green urges local companies to tender for council and government contracts

Cllr Jennifer Green

Cllr Jennifer Green

Local councillor Jennifer Green has urged Dundalk companies and tradespersons to tender for council and government contracts.

The Sinn Féin representative said many people did not know the process that was required but insisted it was a relatively easy process.

She said: “I have been approached by tradespeople who are simply unaware of just how to tender for a council or a local government contract. If there is a job to be done in Dundalk or indeed any town in Louth, I would encourage local businesses to tender for it and the process itself is fairly straightforward.

“The steps online are fairly easy to follow and you can find them on the council’s website www.louthcoco.ie or you can go straight to www.etenders.gov.ie

“I would urge you if you are a local business or tradesperson who wishes to tender for a contract, please go to either website and register.”

Paddy Power looking to set up in Ardee

paddypowerPaddy Power are looking to set up a new bookmakers in Ardee.

The company have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to convert a former bar at the junction of Market Square and Irish Street into a betting office (102sqm) at ground level.

They also hope to fit four satellite dishes on the flat roof at the rear and have three condenser units in the yard at the rear.

The application includes permission for their signage and the internal modification of the building.

The move would pit them in direct competition with the nearby Boylesports unit

Tiger Stores to open in the Marshes Shopping Centre on June 16th

Gillian Maxwell, Operations Director of Tiger Stores Ireland

Gillian Maxwell, Operations Director of Tiger Stores Ireland

Danish brand Tiger Stores will open its new store at the Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk on Tuesday week, June 16th.

The opening of the company’s 16th Irish store will create seven local jobs.

Described as a variety store selling low cost high value items, ranging from €1 to a maximum of €30, Tiger Stores is set to bring Scandi-chic to Dundalk, and is a welcome addition to the Marshes.

On hearing about the impending opening, Michael Gaynor, President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, commented: “Dundalk Chamber is delighted that Tiger Stores has chosen to open at the Marshes Shopping Centre. It’s fantastic to see such a successful brand coming to the area, creating new jobs and adding to our growing retail community. I know that the people of Dundalk will give them the warmest welcome and wish them every success.”

For Tiger Stores’ Operations Director Gillian Maxwell, Dundalk provided the perfect location for a new store.

“Dundalk is a super town for shopping and it felt like an obvious next step for us. With Dundalk Institute of Technology and lots of international businesses based in the town, there is a real buzz around the Marshes, and we are really excited to be part of that. We can’t wait for June 16.”

Since arriving in Ireland just four years ago, Tiger Stores has amassed a portfolio of 16 stores nationwide, and with two top accolades from Retail Excellence Ireland under its belt, including Company of the Year and Best Small Company (under 100 employees) 2015, the brand really is one to watch.

From June 16, Dundalk shoppers can enjoy Tiger’s own brand design-led, low-cost colourful lifestyle products, from homewares to toys, stationery, toiletries and accessories, in a fun environment with friendly staff, where it’s a pleasure to shop. Plus, new stock deliveries every fortnight ensure Tiger delivers a consistently fresh shopping experience, making it a paradise for budget-conscious browsers and stylish shoppers alike.

Get to the Marshes Shopping Centre from 10am on Tuesday, June 16, and see why Tiger loves Dundalk!

New alteration shop opening in Dundalk

Williamson's Mall

Williamson’s Mall

A new alteration shop will open in Dundalk in the coming weeks.

The new business venture will be located in Williamson’s Mall, beside Ruby’s Tea Rooms, off Francis Street.

A number of other units are still available in Williamson’s, which was purchased at auction in April for €1,175,000.