Elmay Boutique to host charity fashion show in Dundalk this Sunday in aid of cancer

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Cara Cancer Support and Elmay Professional Styling Boutique in Clanbrassil Street are coming together this Sunday to host a fundraising fashion show.

The fashion show will take place instore at Elmay Boutique, 30 Clanbrassil Street on Sunday from 3-6pm. Admission is free and all donations will go directly to the Cara Cancer Support Centre, a voluntary charity that is funded by the generosity of the public.

Laura Corry, proprietor of Elmay Boutique, told Talk of the Town she is honoured to be involved in this event for a charity that is so close to her heart and she will be donating a percentage of profits of all sales on the day to Cara Cancer Support.

Elmay Boutique is home to the best of Irish and European labels such as Libra, Avalon, Darcy, Ella Boo, Closet, Comma and Le Vertige among many more. It caters for women of all ages with a wide range of sizes starting from a size 8 with also a dedicated section on the first floor for size 18 plus.

Cara Cancer Support provides a supportive environment for people living with cancer and the centre is a place where patients and family members can come to find solace, they offer a range of holistic therapies, pamper days, a number of workshops for men and women along with welfare information and counselling to name just a few of their services.

All are welcome to come along on Sunday and this is your chance to help the people of Dundalk and the surrounding areas to find much needed support on an illness that has touched so many families.

For more information please phone Cara Cancer Support on 0873955355 or visit www.facebook.com/ElmayProfessionalStylingBoutique

 

Louth has highest take up of free childcare places in the country

Local creche Ages and Stages closed its doors in August

Local creche Ages and Stages closed its doors in August

Louth has the highest take up of places in state-funded crèches in the country, according to new figures.

The Irish Independent revealed today that Louth and neighbouring Monaghan were the only two counties in the country that were oversubscribed for childcare places.

The Wee County has the capacity for 1,271 free childcare places but was 9% over this. Meanwhile, Monaghan was 4% over its capacity of 1,083.

Some counties barely fill four-fifths of their allocation and the figures will undoubtedly lead to calls for more childcare places to be made available in Louth, especially in light of the closure of the Ages and Stages Early Years Centre in Mullaharlin Park in August.

Even in the capital, just 91% of the 2,896 places were availed of in Dublin City Centre, while just 85% of the 1,330 places were taken up in South Dublin and just 74% of the 1,217 places in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown.

Businesses offering special deals for launch of Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture

To mark the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture this weekend a number of local businesses have put together special offers to mark the occasion.

All of the businesses will be open late on Friday evening for the official launch of the festival at the Market Square and here are some of the offers you can avail of.

  • Sheba Boutique in Clanbrassil Street are offering 20% off everything in store on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Urbano 21 in Park Street are offering 10% off when you show the voucher below
  • Kids under 12 will eat for free in Johnny Mason’s when you present the voucher below
  • Barry’s Café at the Square are offering a kids treat of a hot chocolate and a chocolate muffin for just €2.
  • Jackie’s Café at the Square are offering free face painting for customers on Friday.

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Peadar’s expected to change hands in the New Year

McArdle's pub in Anne Street

McArdle’s pub in Anne Street

Peadar McArdle

Peadar McArdle

One of Dundalk’s best-known pubs could be set to change hands in the coming months.

Well-known publican Peadar McArdle announced back in July that he was retiring after 25 years of running McArdle’s in Anne Street by placing the leasehold interest up for sale.

Now Talk of the Town can reveal that a deal has been struck for the pub to change hands to an unknown bidder, with estate agents Sherry FitzGerald Carroll marking it as ‘Sale Agreed’ on their website on Monday.

Barring any complications, the final details of the sale are likely to be completed in the next few weeks with the likelihood that the changeover will happen sometime in the New Year.

Now 70, Peadar bought the lease of the pub in 1989 after being made redundant from Clark’s shoe factory and ran the pub with his wife Teresa.

While now living in Knockbridge, Peadar and Teresa raised their family of five above the premises for a time, with son Paul still working behind the bar to this day.

‘Peadar’s’, as it is affectionately known, is believed to have origins from the 1800s when it was an inn and lodging house.

A popular venue for supporters of local GAA, soccer and rugby teams, the pub has its own golf society and has entertained countless sporting stars down through the years, including Stephen Staunton, whose jersey from the 2002 World Cup adorns the walls of the pub.

The Century Bar launch new pie menu

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The Century Bar in Dundalk is now serving a new range of pies for lunch.

The pies, supplied by the popular Pieman company in Dublin, are available throughout the week, as well as a selection of sandwiches and soup.

The food is included as part of the new ‘Pie & Brewer Collection’ at the Roden Place pub.

The bar, run by Pat and Darren Kerley, is also stocking a range of Kentucky beers, who which are made by Dundalk native Pearse Lyons.

A new selection of cask wines are also available as well as a wide range of other hot and cold drinks.

Amongst the pies available – all of which are served with a creamy mash, mushy peas and a rich gravy – are chicken, mushroom and Jameson; steak and stout; steak and mushroom; chilli beef and chorizo; chickpea, corn and carrot and chicken, leek and cheese.

Specials are also available throughout the week.

For further details call in to The Century Bar or call 042 9338567.

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Alan makes a proposal with a difference to girlfriend Amanda

Dundalk man Alan Foran made a proposal with a difference on Saturday after popping the question to his girlfriend Amanda Lavery at the Scotch Hall Shopping Centre in Drogheda.

Alan, well known as the lead singer with local band Electric Avenue, arranged for a flash mob to perform in the shopping centre. After watching dancers perform to Ed Sheeran’s track ‘Thinking Out Loud’, the flash mob then appeared with Alan asking for Amanda’s hand in marriage during Bruno Mars’ song ‘Marry You’.

To Amanda’s surprise, her family then appeared to share the special moment with them as her favourite track, Celine Dion’s ‘Oh Holy Night’ played.

Alan bought the ring three weeks ago and wanted to do something special for his engagement so he called in his band mates from Electric Avenue, the Drogheda brass and youth band, along with the wonderful dancers from Btown dance studios to help make it a memorable proposal.

Well done to Alan on a unique proposal and may the couple have a lifetime of happiness together.

Check out the video above.

Dublin Road residents face water disruption tonight

A number of areas around Dundalk may suffer disruption to their water supplies tonight due to essential maintenance works being carried out by Irish Water.

The works are due to be carried out from 11pm to 6am and could effect the following areas:

Dublin Road, Mullaharlin Road, Mullaharlin Park, Langfield, Hoey’s Lane, Muirhevna, Priorland Grove, Mourne View, Ladywell, Hughes Park, Line Terrace and Hill Street.

Supply disruption is also a possibility up until November 31st.

Coca Cola truck to visit Dundalk next month

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For a lot of people Christmas only really begins when they see the Coca Cola advert.

Now Christmas can really begin though as the Coca Cola truck is set to visit Dundalk very soon.

The famous truck, which appears in the famous advert with the tune ‘Holiday’s are coming’, will be at the Tesco Extra at the Dundalk Shopping Centre on Friday December 5th from 4.30pm to 9pm.

Everyone is invited to come along on the day to see the famous truck and get their picture taken with it.

The Coca Cola truck first appeared on our TV screens back in 1995, with the 18 wheelers covered in more than 30,000 bulbs for the advert.

And seeing as this time next month we’ll all be recovering from the Christmas dinner around now, here’s the famous advert in all its glory…

Kirk welcomes broadband plan announcement

Seamus Kirk TD

Seamus Kirk TD

Louth Fianna Fáil TD Seamus Kirk has welcomed the announcement that high speed broadband would be made available every household in the county by the end of the decade.

The National Broadband Plan was released yesterday, with a  focus on supplying broadband to rural and urban Louth.

Commenting on the subject, Deputy Kirk said: “It is vital that areas including Ardee, Blackrock, the Cooley Peninsula, Dromiskin, Dunleer and Tullyallen, as well as all other areas in Louth, are covered by the National Broadband Plan.

“I urge the Minister to make sure all areas in Louth are covered by this new plan. It is so important for businesses to strengthen and grow in Louth to have access to a first class broadband system.

“It is also imperative that there is a reliable internet connection for businesses. Internet outage can seriously affect a business in terms of lost revenue.

“I will be in contact with the Minister’s office to get a detailed timeframe for internet availability in all areas in Louth, but this is a step in the right direction,” said Deputy Kirk.

Dundalk girl lands Poland’s Next Top Model title

Osi Ugonah

Osi Ugonah

Dundalk’s Osi Ugonoh has been named Poland’s Next Top Model.

The local woman, who is of Polish and African descent, has been involved in the competition since it got underway at the start of September but last night saw off competition from Michał Baryza to clinch the coveted prize.

Osi, a former student in Dun Lughaidh Secondary School, is the fourth ever winner of the show and the first to triumph when the competition has also involved male models.

The 20-year-old 5ft 11in model, was born in Gdansk in Poland to Nigerian parents but relocated to Ireland at the age of 11 with her family and settled in Dundalk.

She first entered the modelling world aged 15 and three years ago things really took off for her when she entered the international beauty pageant Miss Supranational in Poland and was later crowned Miss Africa Ireland for 2012 – all while starting health science and nutrition studies in Athlone IT.

Poland’s Next Top Model is based on Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model competition and is hosted by Polish born supermodel Joanna Krupa, who serves as the lead judge alongside fashion designer Dawid Woliński, fashion show director Katarzyna Sokołowska and photographer Marcin Tyszka. Well known Polish model Kasia Struss was also a guest judge for last night’s final.

Osi’s family, including sister Ogi – who is a member of Dundalk Youth Theatre – still live locally.