Cooley Mountain trek takes place this Sunday

Eric Beggs

Eric Beggs

The Cooley Mountain trek takes place this Sunday in aid of Fighting Blindness.

Organised by Dundalk man Eric Beggs, this is the third year of the popular walk which is set over 12km and 6km distances.

The 12km walk begins at 11am and the 6km walk at 12 noon.

Buses will be available to transport people from the car park of the Lisdoo to the starting point at The Lumpers in Ravensdale from 10.30am on the day for the long walk and from 11.30am for the short walk.

Refreshments and entertainment will also be provided afterwards.

The entry fee, payable on the day, is €20 for adults and €5 for children.

Residents evacuated after gas leakage is discovered on Quay Street

Two people were evacuated from their home in Dundalk last night after a wheelie bin fire uncovered a cracked gas pipe.

The bin was set alight outside a house in Quay Street around 2.30am with Dundalk Fire Service quickly responding to the call.

Upon discovering the cracked pipe they closed the street and contacted Gas Networks Ireland whose contractors discovered a high concentration of gas at a potentially explosive level.

The two residents were allowed to return to their home a short time later after repair work was carried out.

According to LMFM, a second wheelie bin was also set alight around the same time outside a premises at the junction of Quay Street and Mill Street. Again the fire service dealt with the matter.

Horseware owners given go ahead for new house in Blackrock

horseware_irelandHorseware owners Tom and Carol MacGuinness have been granted conditional planning permission to build a new house in Blackrock.

The couple, who live in Dromiskin, have been given the go ahead by Louth County Council to demolish the existing two houses on the beachfront site at Sandymount.

In its place they hope to construct a new two and a half storey house with an amended vehicular and pedestrian access arrangement onto the public road.

Lockup Festival coming to Bellurgan Park next month

lockup festival

A new music festival will take place at Bellurgan Park next month.

The Lockup Festival will take place on August 1st and 2nd and feature the likes of Kormac, Cian Finn and Elephant as headliners, with bands including The Beached Whales, Evil Presidentes, Black Svan and Carron supporting.

Tickets, with camping, are €45 including booking fee and can be bought on

Taste of Togher returning this September


Taste of Togher will return to Annagassan this September.

The celebration of local food and heritage takes place at the Linn Duachaill Restaurant on Saturday September 26th from 12 noon to 5pm.

With free entry, there is a range of activities to keep you entertained including viking cookery demos, viking food history talk, kids food workshops, viking facepainting, local craft beers/cider, local artisan producers, trad music and a chowder competition.

For further details visit

National hunger strike commemoration coming to Dundalk


The national hunger strike commemoration is coming to Dundalk next month.

Amongst a range of events planned include a march in the town on August 23rd.

As well as various events in Drogheda, there will also be a guided tour of Republican graves at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Dowdallshill and an exhibition in Dundalk Gaol.

Further details will be made available closer to the events.

Zoe and John release details for summer concerts in Carlingford


Carlingford-based musical couple Zoe Conway and John McIntyre have announced the line-up for their annual series of summer concerts in Carlingford Heritage Centre.

The concerts will take place on Sunday afternoons from 4pm to 5pm, with a different special guest each week.

The first concert will take place on July 26th and is aimed at children with a performance by Riverdance lead dancer Siobhan Manson.

Whistle player Brian Finnegan from Flook will perform on August 2nd, while it’s the turn of concertina player Edel Fox on August 9th.

Singer/songwriter John Spillane will perform with the duo on August 16th, with Liam O Maonlai visiting on August 23rd before Luka Bloom completes the series on August 30th.

Print factory on the Ramparts Road could soon become a car park

The site of the former print factory on the Ramparts

The site of the former print factory on the Ramparts

The former McGowan’s/Shamrock Print factory on the Ramparts Road could soon become a car park.

That’s because Cavalli Investments Plc have been granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to demolish the former factory buildings (3,000sqm) and the dwelling/commercial premises (355sqm), which was most recently occupied by Auto Extreme.

In its place there will be a new temporary surface car park containing 139 parking spaces, with access via Marshes Avenue.

The existing vehicular entrance at the Ramparts will be closed and the new car park access will also serve the HSE building. Pedestrian access will be provided onto the Ramparts Road and Marshes Avenue, with a new pedestrian crossing on Marshes Avenue leading to the Marshes Shopping Centre.

Permission has also been granted for landscaping, lighting and all associated site works.

Previously there had been plans to convert the land into a 28,607sqm mixed-use scheme comprising a five storey hotel with bar, restaurant and meeting facilities, 22 retail units, offices, 10 live/work units, a medical centre, a gym, a restaurant, a library and a multi-storey car park although this was never built due to the recession.

DKIT Sport officially launches with the creation of 35 jobs

dkitsportDKIT Sport was officially opened earlier today.

The new facility, which features a gym, sports pitches and more, is part of Dundalk IT and is located at the former JJB complex at Dundalk Retail Park.

A number of local representatives attended the launch, hosted by DkIT president Denis Cummins, including Louth TD and Junior Minister Ged Nash.

It was revealed at the launch that 35 new jobs would be created by the opening. For further details visit

Dundalk music producer Keith seeks support to land dream record contract

KMAK Photo

Local man Keith McEneaney is seeking support to help him achieve his dream of getting signed by dance music label Spinnin’ Records.

The 22-year-old music producer from St Nicholas Avenue is currently leading a competition for the contract but he is appealing for as much support as possible to help him land the deal.

Keith explained to Talk of the Town what the competition was all about.

He said: “The competition itself is a remix competition where I have to remix “Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank ft. Delaney Jane – Shades of Grey” and the overall winner of the competition wins an official release on Spinnin’ Records, which is the biggest dance music label in the world with over 5.3 million Facebook fans alone.

“I’m currently top of the leader boards and in with a great chance if things keep going the way it has over the past few days. I’ve been getting an incredible amount of support locally around Dundalk which I can’t stress how hugely appreciative of this I am.

“I entered the competition because I seen it as a chance to broadcast my music to a much wider range of fans and seen it as an incredible opportunity to develop and grow as an artist as well as the obvious possibly of getting a chance to get a release on my favourite label.

“Winning this competition would be a dream come true for me. Spinnin’ Records is a label which I have adored for a very long time and also most of my favourite artists are signed to Spinnin’. It’s simply mind-blowing to think that I could have even somewhat of a chance of getting this let alone being top of the leader boards.

To vote for Keith click here.

He added: “Once on this page you have to click “Vote”, you will then be asked to sign in. Just click “Sign in/Log in using Facebook”. You will then be brought to your new Spinnin’ Records account then all you have to do is go back to the track and click “Vote just one last time. The whole process takes roughly 15-20 seconds but could mean so much to me.”

The submission Deadline for the competition is the July 26th which will be followed by a few weeks of another voting phase which will then be followed by the judging stage and announcement of the successful participant.

Keith, who DJs under the name KMAK, has work uploaded on Soundcloud and you can also find out more about him via his Facebook page.