Gardaí and army seal off area just outside Dundalk

Roskeagh is located close to Mountpleasant and the Carrickasticken Road

Roskeagh is located close to Mountpleasant and the Carrickasticken Road

An on-going Garda-led operation is in progress near Dundalk.

It is taking place at Roskeagh close to the M1 flyover – just off the Old Armagh road – about two miles from Dundalk.

It is understood the Garda regional support unit are involved in the operation.

The Army bomb disposal unit are also at the scene.

A small area has been sealed off.

Fitzpatrick welcomes increased tourist numbers to the North East

Peter Fitzpatrick TD

Peter Fitzpatrick TD

Local TD Peter Fitzpatrick has welcomed the news that the number of tourists to the North East has risen.

According to the CSO, the number of overseas visits to Ireland between December and February increased by 10.3%, with the North East amongst the areas to have benefitted.

Deputy Fitzpatrick was in the area yesterday with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, who was impressed with Louth’s offering to tourists.

“During a visit to Carlingford, Minister Michael Ring highlighted to me the importance of attractions like the Cooley Mountains, the festivities in Carlingford, the heritage of Drogheda and the amenities in nearby Dundalk to tourists in attracting visitors,” said the Fine Gael TD.

“The strength of the tourism offering in Louth continues to grow and we are in a very strong position to add to the current success. It is clear to those on the ground that more people are coming to visit, we see and deal with them every day, but now we have the details.

“Tourists from North America are up by 6.6%, 7.7% of new visitors are coming from the UK and 18.1% are coming from mainland Europe.

“Tourism is a major area of potential growth for the North East and in particular for County Louth. I am confident that tourism numbers in this area will continue to grow and I congratulate all those working in the business who have contributed to the sector’s success to date.”

Fr Brendan Callanan appointed new administrator of St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church, Dundalk

Fr Brendan Callanan

Fr Brendan Callanan

Fr Brendan Callanan, CSsR has been appointed the new administrator of St Joseph’s Church in Dundalk.

Fr Brendan was ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1972 before departing for Brazil, where he worked in a parish with the Formation of Young Redemptorists until 1993.

He then returned to Ireland and was Provincial from then until 1999. He lived in Clonard Monastery from 2000 to 2002 before returning to Brazil in August 2002.

He did parish work there and in January 2007 went to Suriname to work with Redemptorists from other provinces until August 2011.

He work in Brazil again from 2011 to January of this year but will now take up residence in St Joseph’s on the Alphonsus Road.

Fr Callanan will work alongside Fr Michael J Cusack, CSsR, who last month was reappointed as Superior of St Joseph’s for the next four years.

Lisa misses out on her Dream Job

Lisa Casey

Lisa Casey

Local woman Lisa Casey has unfortunately missed out on her ‘Dream Job’

The 24-year-old from Ard Easmuinn has been competing in the Budweister ‘Dream Job’ competition, with a €50,000 prize up for grabs as she looks to pursue her dream career of becoming a full-time comedian.

Lisa had been plugging for votes since making the final five but it has emerged that Clare-based aspiring film maker and actor Mark Griffin is the winner after being announced as the victor by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul yesterday.

Mark, who is originally from Ardnacrusha in Clare but who grew up in and around Limerick city, said the €50,000 winners prize would be used to purse his dream of a full-time career in theatre and film.

Local pair elected new heads of Dundalk IT Students’ Union

Paddy Duffy and Aaron Lawless celebrate their recent election success

Paddy Duffy and Aaron Lawless celebrate their recent election success

Local men Aaron Lawless and Paddy Duffy were recently voted in as the new president and vice president of the Dundalk IT Students’ Union.

Fourth year marketing student Aaron is from Blackrock, while third year accounting and finance student Paddy is from Louth Village.

The pair will replace outgoing duo Brian Fitzpatrick and Paddy O’Rourke in July.

Aaron's campaign aims

Aaron’s campaign aims

New micro distillery earmarked for outside Dundalk

Newtowndarver is located close to Readypenny and Darver Castle

Newtowndarver is located close to Readypenny and Darver Castle

A new micro distillery is being planned for Newtowndarver, outside Dundalk.

Raymond Thornton has applied to Louth County Council for the facility, which would be housed in a single storey sheet cladded steel portal frame building, measuring 415sqm.

The proposed development would also comprise of a single storey boiler house (35sqm), an over ground alcohol storage tank (5,000 litres), an over ground LPG storage tank (2,000 litres), an underground fire water storage tank (180cu.m), a waste water treatment system/percolation area, a landscaped earth embankment, an oil interceptor, a soakage trench and all other associated site development works.

Louth County Council are due to decide on the matter by May 4th.

End of an era as Maxwell’s Terrace is to be demolished today

Maxwell's Terrace

Maxwell’s Terrace

It will be the end of an era at Maxwell’s Terrace on the Newry Road today as the development is demolished.

In total five homes and the former Coogan’s shop, opposite the Lisdoo, will be demolished to make way for the construction of four new residential houses.

The work is being carried out by Chevron (Ireland) Atlantic Limited, who bought the sites back in 2011 for €840,000.

Part of Maxwell's Terrace looking onto the Lisdoo as pictured in 2009

Part of Maxwell’s Terrace looking onto the Lisdoo as pictured in 2009

A picture from local digital artist Paul Connolly on how Maxwell's Terrace looked in its prime

A picture from local digital artist Paul Connolly on how Maxwell’s Terrace looked in its prime

Damien Dempsey, Mundy and Duke Special to headline new Caravan of Love music festival in Dundalk

caravan of love

Damien Dempsey, Mundy and Duke Special have been announced as the headliners for the Caravan of Love music festival in Gyles’ Quay from Friday September 11th to Sunday September 13th.

Also set to feature at the event at Ferguson’s Bar and Caravan Park are Newry act The 4 Of Us and a wide range of local performers including Stewart Agnew, Zoe Conway and John McIntyre, Finnian, David Keenan, The Oceanographers and Pete Johnson.

Tickets, priced €35 for a day ticket or €65 for a weekend ticket, will be available from Ferguson’s Bar, Valentine’s in Carlingford, Photospeed in the Longwalk Shopping Centre and Carroll’s Book Shop in Park Street.

The official launch of the festival will take place this Friday night in Ferguson’s Bar at 8pm.

Diageo are the main sponsors with further details available by calling 087 6440384 or 087 6140961.

23-year-old arrested in connection with Dundalk murder is released without charge

The late Seamus McMahon was shot five years ago this week

The late Seamus McMahon was shot five years ago this week

Gardaí last night released without charge the 23-year-old man they arrested in Dublin yesterday in relation to the murder of Seamus McMahon in Dundalk five years ago.

Mr McMahon, aged 41, was shot at a house in Bothar Chroinn, Saltown, Dundalk, on March 21st 2010 after two men entered the property around 7pm.

Mr McMahon was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda with a gunshot wound to his side but later died from his injuries.

A man detained in Dublin yesterday had been detained in Drogheda Garda Station but was released without charge last night.