Emergency appeal for local donations to refugee crisis

Sevens have donated the use of their Francis Street office towards the appeal

Sevens have donated the use of their Francis Street office towards the appeal

An emergency appeal for donations to help with the current refugee crisis in Syria has been made.

Local groups are accepting donations to assist those caught up in the Middle Eastern conflict with appeals having been issued for the following:

  • Sleeping Bags and Blankets
  • Tents (Especially 4 Man Tents)
  • Heavy Duty Rubbish Bags
  • Men’s Warm Winter Clothes (Size S & M)
  • Mens Scarves, Hats and Gloves
  • Candles and Torches
  • Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Soap, Razors, Shaving Foam
  • Tissues, Toiletry Bags
  • Medicines and First Aid Supplies

The drop off point will be the Sevens office in Francis Street, which will be open to accept donations from Monday to Friday from 4pm to 10pm.

Sevens have kindly donated the office for the appeal.

Meanwhile, local company National Pen have also plans to fill a 40ft container with further details available here.

Trial harness race meeting to take place in Dundalk later this month

Dundalk Stadium

Dundalk Stadium

A harness race meeting will take place at Dundalk Stadium later this month.

The trial event was confirmed by the Irish Harness Racing Association earlier today for Sunday September 27th.

It follows an intervention earlier this year by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney who said in July he would investigate the possibility of staging harness racing in Dundalk Stadium.

It came following a query from Deputy Martin Ferris as to why the IHRA’s bid to stage races in Dundalk were objected to by Horse Racing Ireland.

Number claiming dole payments in Dundalk falls for first time in four months in August

00018679-314The Live Register figures for Dundalk fell for the first time since March last month.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there were 6,255 people signed on in Dundalk last month, a fall of 1.4% from the 6,341 who were caliming dole payments in July.

This is the first fall after four consecutive months of increases but the numbers on the Live Register in the town are still 6.4% higher than they were in March when just 5,881 were on the register.

On a county level there were 14,611 people signing on last month, also the first fall since March and down by 1.2%.

There was also falls recorded in Ardee (-1.7%) and Drogheda (-0.8%).

Plans to increase screens in Dundalk Omniplex cinema from seven to nine

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It hasn’t even opened yet and already there are plans to expand the number of screens at the new Dundalk Omniplex cinema at Dundalk Retail Park from seven to nine.

Talk of the Town revealed exclusively in July how Paul and Mark Anderson had registered a new company called Dalkbridge Limited to open the cinema at the former Harvey Norman outlet, off the Inner Relief Road.

Work has commenced on units 2, 3 and 4 of the retail park in recent weeks but already changes are afoot.

Last week Chandos Investments PLC and Dalkbridge Ltd applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to alter the plans that had previously been approved by the council in late 2013 and which were finally given the go ahead in April 2014 following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála by IMC Cinema and the Marshes Shopping Centre.

The alterations comprise of the reduction in the size of the cinema. If approved, it will now only be contained within units 2 and 3, with unit 4 being retained for warehouse use.

There are also proposing an internal reconfiguration of the ground floor and projector room level, including increasing the number of cinemas from sevne to nine. There would also be minor alterations to the elevations including the relocation of the escape doors to suit the reconfigured internal plan.

The new cinema also includes plans for an entrance foyer with ticket kiosk, food and beverage stalls, a coffee shop, service and circulation areas and toilets.

The council are due to decide on the matter by October 20th.

Lorry veers off the road on N53 diversion route

The truck on the Annavackey to Inniskeen Road

The truck on the Annavackey to Inniskeen Road

A lorry has veered off the road on one of the diversion routes in play due to the ongoing roadworks on the N53 Dundalk to Castleblayney Road.

The articulated truck is well into the ditch between Annavackey to Inniskeen and is likely to require major assistance to get out.

The incident happened shortly before midday and the road is passable at present although motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

Delays are expected in the area later when assistance arrives.

The N53 closed last month between Barronstown and Hackballscross and will remain closed until November.

Controlled explosion carried out on bomb components found at Ciara Breen search site

The army bomb disposal team pictured at Balmer's Bog this afternoon

The army bomb disposal team pictured at Balmer’s Bog yesterday afternoon

The army bomb disposal team have confirmed that bomb component parts were found at the site of the ongoing search for missing Dundalk teenager Ciara Breen.

The Defence Forces were called to the site at Balmer’s Bog yesterday, where Gardaí and army personnel have been searching for Ciara’s remains for the past three weeks, after a suspicious device was discovered. They were determined to be bomb component parts but were made safe by controlled explosion shortly after 6pm.

The items found were understood to have been there for some time.

Then 17, Ciara hasn’t been seen since leaving her home in the Bachelor’s Walk area of Dundalk on February 13th 1997.

Bomb squad called after suspect device is found in search for Ciara Breen

The army bomb disposal team pictured at Balmer's Bog this afternoon

The army bomb disposal team pictured at Balmer’s Bog this afternoon

The army bomb disposal team have arrived at Balmer’s Bog in Dundalk – the site currently being searched for the remains of missing Dundalk woman Ciara Breen.

While army personnel from Aiken Barracks were called in to assist with the search yesterday, the bomb disposal team were called upon after a suspect device was found during the search today.

The bomb squad were called after a “substance of concern” was found but this has now been dealt with.

Up to 61 members of the Defence Forces had already been helping out from this morning as the search is into its third week.

Ciara, then 17, hasn’t been seen since leaving her home in the Bachelor’s Walk area of Dundalk in February 1997.

Eno’ recruitment day this Saturday

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Eno’ Bar, Grill & Wood Fired Pizza are holding a staff recruitment day this Saturday from 10am to 12 noon.

There are full and part-time waitress/waiter positions up for grabs but anyone interested is asked to drop their CV in or email it to them in advance.

Saturday will also see Eno’ host a shoe sale this Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

The event is a clearance sale of high end, quality, brand name and designer ladies shoes and boots.

All shoes are €25 on the day with boots €45. There are lots of larger sizes for sale on the day, up to a size 10, making it particularly suitable for women with larger foot sizes.

All are welcome to attend.

GSD announce new pre-school course

b8d210_48eb13704843422c8b6ed4909a466ada.png_srz_p_290_240_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Geraldine’s School of Drama have announced a new pre-school course.

GSD’s Geraldine Kieran said demand had led to the idea.

“Following a very successful term in the Holy Family Crèche; I decided that starting in earnest a course designed for pre-school children or young children who have just started primary school is ideal,” she said.

This course focuses on fun drama activities to help develop imagination, social skills and self-confidence. Through stories and short rhymes very young children will develop clear speech and improve their communication skills. Starting drama at an early age broadens children’s imagination, stimulates their senses and helps improve or correct speech issues early on. The course focuses on all of these areas but the key focus is fun and the development of positive social skills.

The course is ideal for children who are in pre-school or just starting school as an after school or weekend activity. The class itself will run for 45 minutes.

Geraldine said: “This is an ideal amount of time for this age group to be engaged and involved. Over the term GSD will introduce set themes which will encourage learning and positive social interaction. Drama Bunnies is ideal for children who are shy, struggling with social skills or require a broader area to expand their imagination and creativity.”

The course will run for six weeks starting this month. In order to provide quality places are limited. Check out GSD’s website www.eloquence.ie for further information.

Army personnel drafted in to assist with search for Ciara Breen

CiaraBreenArmy personnel from Aiken Barracks as well as other members of the Defence Forces have been drafted in to assist in the ongoing search for missing Dundalk woman Ciara Breen.

The then 17-year-old hasn’t been seen since leaving her home in the Bachelor’s Walk area on February 13th 1997.

Last month Gardaí began to search the Balmer’s Bog area off the Ardee Road for her remains having received a tip off and that search is now in its third weeks.

Yesterday a platoon of 34 soldiers joined the search with 61 members of the Defence Forces assisting from today.