Dundalk FM to change frequency from next month

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Dundalk FM is set to change its frequency to 97.7FM from next month.

The station will no longer broadcast on the 100FM frequency as of Sunday November 1st.

The 100FM frequency has been used since the community radio station got up and running in September 2004 but now they have been requested to move to 97.7FM by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

There will be no effect to the station’s online streaming service available through dundalkfm.com and mobile apps such as ‘TuneIn’.

However, those listening on their radios are advised to retune the channel to 97.7FM at their earliest convenience.

Dundalk FM will be simulcasting on 100FM and their new frequency 97.7FM until the changeover.

For further details call the station on 042 9395100.

Frightfest to return to Fitzpatrick’s next week

Fitzpatrick's in Rockmarshall

Fitzpatrick’s in Rockmarshall

Frightfest will return to Fitzpatrick’s in Rockmarshall next week.

The annual Halloween event is now in its sixth year and in that time has attracted people from both near and far to the award-winning bar and restaurant.

The haunted house will be back this year, as well as a few additional surprises with proceeds raised from this year’s event going to the Maria Goretti Foundation and Carlingford Scouts.

The event kicks off on Thursday October 16th and will run each evening until the 18th at 6pm each day. It will then return the following weekend on Friday October 23rd and run right through until Halloween night, Saturday October 31st.

Niall Clarke Oils to host 5k walk for Action Breast Cancer

niall clarke oilsNiall Clarke Oils on the Dublin Road are organising a 5k walk for Action Breast Cancer in conjunction with Centra Ireland.

The event will take place on Saturday week, October 17th, with as much support for the event as possible welcomed.

The walk will start and end at the Dublin Road filling station with refreshments provided afterwards.

For sponsorship cards and other details call into the shop or phone now to 042 9339485.

AIB Dundalk support GOAL jersey day


Fair play to the staff at AIB in Dundalk who got behind GOAL jersey day today.

Each staff member donned their favourite colours as part of a fundraiser for the charity.

After last night’s superb victory for Ireland against Germany green was the predominant colour.

A great effort by all those at the Clanbrassil Street branch.

Council funds to improve access for people with disabilities in North Louth

The Loughantarve estate in Knockbridge is to benefit with improved access to the village

The Loughantarve estate in Knockbridge is to benefit with improved access to the village

As many as 30 different areas in the Dundalk Municipal District area are to have work carried out to improve access for people with disabilities.

Earlier this week local councillors agreed to allocate €49,000 in funding for the work from their discretionary budget.

Areas set to benefit include Dundalk, Knockbridge, Omeath and Carlingford.

Cllr Maeve Yore told LMFM that this was a starting point to deal with problems not just facing those in wheelchairs but also the elderly, the infirm and people with buggies.

One of the main areas to be upgraded is in front of the Loughantarve estate in Knockbridge, with slow crossing ahead road markings to be installed along with an improved footpath into the village.

Blackrock is set to benefit from five disabled bays and drop footpaths at five locations along Main Street. There will also be footpath repairs between Wallace’s Road and Rock Court, as well as to the footpath outside The Loakers.

In Carlingford work will take place at Castle Hill and Newry Street with disabled bays to be installed at Donard Lodge, the junction at Valentine’s, Bradley’s Pharmacy, Memories Boutique and the Village Pharmacy while in Omeath footpath repairs will take place between Mulligan’s Shop and the Esso Garage.

Coffey reveals cuts to home help hours in Louth

Emma Coffey

Emma Coffey

New figures obtained by Fianna Fáil Dáil candidate for Louth/East Meath Emma Coffey have revealed that the number of home help hours available to older people in Louth have been slashed by the Government in recent years.

In response to questions from Fianna Fáil, the HSE has confirmed that Louth has suffered a cutback of 43,038 hours to home help care hours since 2010. In 2010 263,038 home help hours were made available to older people but the HSE now says that just 220,000 hours will be delivered in 2015.

The Drogheda-based solicitor, who hails from Dundalk, said: “I was shocked to learn of the extent of the cutbacks to the Home Care Package. We have seen a sustained and sneaky attack to supports for older people and people with disabilities over the past four years.  However the figures that I have obtained are the clearest sign yet that Fine Gael and Labour are eroding core medical services for older people.

“Since coming to office this Government has overseen a cutback of over 1.2m home help hours across the country. We now have 43,038 fewer home help hours available to older people in Louth when compared to 2010. This is despite the fact that there is a growing demand for services to assist older people continue living in the comfort of their own home.

“The underprovision of home help hours is just the latest example of the State not playing its part in ensuring that people who need help in the home get the services that they deserve.

“The Home Help Care Package is the best way forward to allow older people to continue living an active and fulfilling life. The availability of home help hours is a vital component of this package and it is disappointing to see Fine Gael and Labour continue targeting these supports for sustained cutbacks.

“I believe we should be putting more money into the provision of supports for older people. The withdrawal of home help hours is counter-productive. It means that many older people now have to attend hospital just to receive basic treatments that can be delivered in the comfort of their own home. This in turn is putting further pressure on our hospitals which are already chronically overcrowded.

“We should be facilitating older people to continue living active and fulfilling lives in the comfort of their own homes where they have a strong community network looking out for them. Cutting home help hours is not the way forward and with that in mind I will be campaigning for more investment in community based care services for older people,” said Emma.

Crisis deepening at Drogheda hospital as patients are sent elsewhere

Some of the ambulances that were backed up at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda earlier this week

Some of the ambulances that were backed up at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda earlier this week

The ongoing crisis at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda deepened last night after the hospital was taken off call.

No new patients were admitted last night due to overcrowding with medical patients being referred to Cavan and surgical patients to Blanchardstown before normal service resumed around 8am.

Earlier this week there were seven ambulances backed up at the hospital, some of whom had to wait up to four hours to admit patients due to the fact there were no trolleys for them with more than 70 patients on trolleys at the time. At present there is 71 patients on trolleys in the hospital.

Commenting on the latest development, Cllr Tomás Sharkey said the crisis was getting worse.

He added: “Now more than ever the beds and patients need to be in Louth County Hospital.”

Number of large bets placed on McGuinness to be next president

Mairead McGuinness in the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Mairead McGuinness in the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Ardee woman Mairead McGuinness’ odds on becoming the next President of Ireland after Michael D Higgins have fallen.

The Fine Gael MEP was available at 7/1 earlier in the week but has been cut into 11/2 following some hefty bets in the last few days with bookmakers Boylesports.

The betting is interesting as there will be no Presidential election in Ireland until 2018.

RTÉ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan remains the 9/2 favourite with Bernardos chief executive Fergus Finlay behind McGuinness at 7/1.

Local TD Gerry Adams is an 80/1 outsider.

Liam Glynn, BoyleSports’ spokesperson said: The past few days has seen some hefty bets placed on Mairead McGuinness to become the next President of Ireland with one punter staking €200 on McGuinness at 7/1 in one of our North Leinster shops.”

He added: “Miriam O’Callaghan remains favourite to succeed Michael D. Higgins as President but we have had to clip Mairead McGuinness into 11/2 as the former Ear To The Ground presenter and now MEP is now a five figure loser for the firm.”

Irish Water planning upgrade to Cavan Hill Water Treatment Plant

irishwater-waterchargesIrish Water are planning to upgrade the water and sludge treatment process systems at the Cavan Hill Water Treatment Plant in Knockbridge.

The utility company has applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to upgrade the treatment plant, which currently supplies up to 27,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day to Dundalk and its environs.

The planned upgrade comes after question marks were raised about the quality of the town’s drinking water in recent weeks.

Earlier this year a national newspaper suggested that the town’s water was being polluted by diesel launderers operating in the area while just last week Cllr Maeve Yore questioned the local authority on the cause of brown effluent discharge into the River Fane and why fish stock in the river was down.

The council reiterated that there was “no evidence of pollution” following recent inspections, pointing out the plant was being closely monitored and that they were satisfied there was no accidental discharge into the River Fane.

They added that all process wastes are retained on site and disposed of to a landfill.

Despite this, locals will be pleased to see upgrade works planned.

The proposed development will include the provision of a new flocculation tank of approximately 142sqm with an overall height of approximately 6.2m. There will also be a new underground UV chamber of approximately 80sqm.

Internal modifications are also planned to the existing chemical storage building, sludge treatment facility and control building, while modifications will also be made to an existing boundary wall and the existing entrance gate to provide a new entrance arrangement.

There will also be a new external perimeter fence of approximately 1m at the north west and south site boundaries and an internal security fence of approximately 2.4m at all of the site boundaries.

The existing drainage system will also be upgraded to provide a petrol/oil interceptor.

A decision on the matter is due by November 25th.

Clery’s ex-stock clearance shop opening in Dundalk this morning

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A clearance shop featuring ex-stock from former Dublin department store Clery’s will open this morning at 10am in the Northlink Retail Park, off the Coes Road.

The pop-up shop will feature some major brands from Clery’s, which closed its doors in June.

It is located next to Frank’s Carpets and will sell a range of items including:

  • Bedlinen
  • Towels
  • Cutlery sets
  • Glassware
  • Cookware
  • Duvets
  • Pillows
  • Utensils
  • Delph

There will be between 50%-70% off all stock with top brands including Denby, Tefal, Cole & Mason, Jamie Oliver and many more.

Be sure to pop along today to grab yourself a bargain. The shop will be open from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday for a limited time only.