Go ahead given for all-weather jumps racing at Dundalk Stadium

Dundalk Stadium

Dundalk Stadium

Dundalk Stadium has been granted conditional planning permission to provide all-weather jumps racing at the Racecourse Road track.

Plans for the €3.5 million floodlit national hunt track were revealed last December after the venue collected the Racecourse of the Year award at the HRI Awards in Leopardstown.

However, Dundalk Racing (1999) Ltd only submitted their planning application in January, with the process delayed following the request for additional information, including a Natura Impact Statement in March.

The venue – Ireland’s only all-weather racecourse – has been given the go ahead for the “widening of the existing horse racing track at two sections and the provision of fences for jump racing”.

As part of the application, they have also been given the go ahead to install two oil tanks and boiler containers for undersoil heating to the new area of the track.

Plans for the proposed new facility at Dundalk received a mixed response from the racing community when they were unveiled prior to last Christmas. The proposal is something of a hybrid with an undersoil-heated grass surface envisaged on two new straights and the current polytrack all-weather surface on the flat course used on the bends. Obstacles will be placed on the straights.

“It will be turf on both straights, a special design that will give excellent drainage, and the undersoil heating will mean it will be an all-weather facility. We’re totally confident it can work. It’s designed for good ground horses and it will allow those horses have a programme, instead of what can happen now with trainers and owners having to say in September or October that they’ll wait until the spring to run their horse again,” Dundalk’s chief executive Jim Martin told The Irish Times last December.

He said that issues will have to be sorted out in terms of funding and also fixtures but it was the Stadium’s hope to have the facility open by 2016.

New coffee shop and deli opening on Park Street


A new coffee, sandwich shop and deli is set to open on Park Street in the coming days.

Urbano 21 will be located at 21a Park Street, the former Dundalk Asian Market.

It will serve gourmet sandwiches, artisan breads, locally sourced produce and fine coffee and handmade cakes.

For further details call 086 892 5922 or email urbano21a@hotmail.com

Dealz announce 28 new jobs for Dundalk

The new Dealz store on Earl Street

The new Dealz store on Earl Street

Dealz have announced that their new Dundalk store will be bringing 28 new jobs to the town.

The discount retailer, which trades in the UK as Poundland, will shortly open its doors at Earl House, the former National Irish Bank building on Earl Street.

The jobs announcement was made this morning to coincide with the launch of another Dealz store at Merchant’s Quay in Cork, which will provide 22 jobs.

The store opened its doors this morning, with the bulk of positions already filled.

The building has undergone massive renovation in recent months.

Dealz – which sells a range big brand items at discount rates – currently has over 30 stores in Ireland, with their West Street store in Drogheda the closest to Dundalk before now.

You can find out more about Dealz at www.dealz.ie

Gardaí appeal for information on Toberona assault

Gardaí are appealing for information regarding an assault that occurred in the in the Toberona area of Dundalk on Sunday last.

A middle-aged man was assaulted by two men who broke into his house in the Oldbridge estate.

The intruders got into the house by breaking a kitchen window around 8pm, with the victim assaulted in his bedroom.

The two men then fled the scene without taking anything.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Gardaí at 042-9335577.

WallBuddy selling large Dundalk FC crest

An example of the Dundalk FC crest

An example of the Dundalk FC crest

Ravensdale-based company wallbuddy.ie have a large scale Dundalk FC crest for sale.

The crest, which is made using PhotoTex the best wall graphic material in the world, is fully licensed by the club and is 96cm x 96cm in dimension.

The crest would be perfect for any home, office or pub looking to support the club as they aim for EA Sports Cup glory this Saturday and the league title next month. You can view and purchase it here.

WallBuddy is run by Rory Callan, with the company selling premium quality wall graphics through their website. They are perfect for decorating rooms, offices, clubrooms or gyms.

WallBuddys can be stuck on, removed and hung again over 100 times without marking the wall or leaving any residue behind so they are totally safe for your walls!

For further details log on to www.wallbuddy.ie or call 085 8723684.

Kirk to step down from politics at the next General Election

Seamus Kirk TD

Seamus Kirk TD

Fianna Fáil TD Seamus Kirk has confirmed that he will not be running in the next General Election.

The Knockbridge man yesterday signaled his intent to retire from politics when the current government is dissolved.

The father of four will be 70 next April and has served as a TD for the county since first being elected in 1982 – taking over from the retired Eddie Filgate.

He also acted as Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil from October 2009 to March 2011.

A former county footballer, he also served on Louth County Council from 1974 to 1985.

Deputy Kirk was Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food from 1987 to 1992 and is the party’s current spokesperson on Horticulture and Rural Affairs.

He was chairman of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party from 2002 until October 2009 while he was an unsuccessful candidate for the European Parliament elections in 2004 – although he did help his running mate Liam Aylward take a seat for the party.

Dundalk Democrat seeking new editor

10365735_10152851543302306_7300844346046658157_nThe Dundalk Democrat has today advertised for a new editor.

The post is advertised in today’s newspaper. According to the ad, the paper is looking for a ‘writer, leader, motivator, educator.’

The Crowe Street-based paper had been sharing an editor with The Longford Leader for some time as part of an editorial management plan implemented by former owners Johnston Press.

However, new owners Iconic Newspapers – who took over the Johnston Press stable of newspapers in Ireland back in March – have now opted to change those plans by hiring back on-site editors.

It should be a good boost to local news, with deadlines for entry the end of the month to david.fordham@iconicnewspapers.ie

Bronze for Oliver at Special Olympics Euro Games in Antwerp

Oliver Hanratty

Oliver Hanratty

Dundalk-based Special Olympics athlete Oliver Hanratty has secured a bronze medal in the Bocce team event at the Special Olympics Euro Games in Antwerp.

Oliver, a member of the St Therese’s club from the Redeemer Family Resource Centre, is well known in the area as an amateur DJ and for his work in McGeough’s in Roden Place.

Also on the Irish team, who were in action yesterday, were Thomas Comer, Darren McClatchey and Kris Gilroy.

Well done Oliver!

UPDATE: Oliver also secured a silver in the doubles competition at the event.

Miss Louth Fionnuala appears on TV3’s Xpose

Fionnuala Short on Xpose yesterday

Fionnuala Short on Xpose yesterday

Miss Louth Fionnuala Short appeared on TV3’s Xpose programme yesterday, modeling clothes for the winter months for fashion retailer iClothing.ie

The Hackballscross woman, who was second runner-up in the Miss Ireland contest last month, modeled ponchos and parkas on the show as she continues her foray into the modeling world where she is represented by the Andrea Roche Model Agency.

You can view the segement here.