The Copper Kettle celebrates 10 years in business

Joan and Gerry Byrne of The Copper Kettle

Joan and Gerry Byrne of The Copper Kettle

The Copper Kettle in the Clanbrassil Centre are celebrating 10 years in business this weekend with the popular restaurant set to open on Sunday to mark the occasion.

It was December 21st 2004 when Gerry and Joan Byrne and family opened the Copper Kettle and it has served countless locals in between.

A live broadcast of the start of the celebrations was recorded on Dundalk FM this morning and there will be plenty of other surprises over the course of the weekend.

Gerry, Joan and family say they are “extremely grateful” to everyone who gave them custom over the years and helped the business go from strength to strength.

They also wish everyone a happy Christmas and invite them to call in over the course of the weekend to mark this landmark occasion.

Rotary Club of Dundalk to launch Tree of Remembrance in Earl Street this afternoon

Oliver Nixon, president of Dundalk Rotary Club

Oliver Nixon, president of Dundalk Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Dundalk will open up their annual Tree of Remembrance in Earl Street this evening, with the tree set to remain there until Christmas Eve.

The launch of this year’s tree will take place at 5pm with a short interdenominational service.

The Tree of Remembrance gives an opportunity to members of the public to remember their loved ones by placing a ribbon on the tree with their loved one’s name on it. There is no cost but all voluntary contributions are welcome.

Ribbons will be available from 11am to 5pm daily at the tree and also at both the Long Walk and Tesco Extra Shopping Centres.

Rotary Club of Dundalk president Oliver Nixon said: “The Remembrance Tree offers a moment of reflection and a time to remember loved ones in a special way.”

Dundalk on Ice brings economic boost to town centre this Christmas

506327_143668_DundalkSquareOnIceLogo.jpgThe success of this year’s Dundalk on Ice experience has led to an economic boost for the town centre this Christmas season.

To date thousands of skaters, of all ages and expertise have taken to the Dundalk on Ice rink and with the benefit of being a fully enclosed real ice facility has made it the most successful rink Dundalk has played host to.

Planet Ice who operate Dundalk on Ice have remained true to their commitment to support the local economy and as far as possible have created seasonal employment locally via the rink’s construction, staffing, security etc.

Offering a family fun experience, families and friends not only arrive into Dundalk to skate, they stay to shop and socialise, creating a additional financial spend in the town.

Martin McElligott, Dundalk BIDS said that the success of this year’s Dundalk on Ice has gone beyond expectation.

“It has been fantastic to see so many people going into skating sessions, day in, day out, whether it’s families, school groups or friends meeting up.  The enclosed rink has meant that weather doesn’t deter people from coming along.

“Plus the feedback we are receiving from the neighbouring businesses is that people are staying in the town after their skating session be it to socialise in the coffee shops, restaurants etc or to carry out some Christmas shopping.

“Dundalk BIDs is just thrilled to have played a major role in bringing this year’s Dundalk on Ice experience to life.”

McDara Hosty of Planet Ice, is also very positive of the group’s first project in Dundalk.

“We are very happy with the way Dundalk on Ice is going. We found a great seasonal workforce here in the relevant areas. There has been a very positive attitiude to what we were doing from day one and I am happy to say that from what we are hearing, is that our facility on the Market Square is boosting Christmas trade, creating a win win situation for us all.

“Now, as the school holidays start we are looking forward to welcoming thousands more to Dundalk on Ice in the coming weeks.”

Dundalk on Ice will remain open each day at the Market Square until January 4th, with the exception of Christmas Day.

For further details re session times, opening hours, booking etc visit or the Dundalk on Ice Facebook page.

A Dundalk on Ice Box Office is located in Marshes Shopping Centre and of course, bookings can also be made at Dundalk on Ice at the Market Square

Dundalk on Ice is partnered with Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk BIDS, Dundalk Bureau de Change, iRadio, The Argus, Meridian Security Ltd, Long Walk Shopping Centre and Dundalk Tidy Towns.

GPs asked not to refer patients to Lourdes Hospital

The letter to GPs

The letter to GPs

Sinn Féin councillor Tomás Sharkey has learned that GPs in the area have been asked to stop referring patients to the Acute Medical Assessment Unit of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital while the hospital has an overcrowding crisis.

Commenting on the matter, Cllr Sharkey said: “This is the latest in a series of crises in the Drogheda Hospital. The trolley crisis in the A&E Department is as bad now as it ever was under Mary Harney. The letter to GPs gives us an insight into the failures of the hospital’s systems.

“This letter explains that there is a huge number of acute medical patients in the hospital and asks that GPs stop directly referring any more medical patients into the hospital. But this is a nonsense. It means that a sick patient with an acute medical condition will have to present at A&E to be triaged to receive attention.

“The people of Louth do not need reminding that acute medical services were withdrawn from Louth County Hospital in Dundalk. We warned that this type of crisis would happen. I am calling on all government TDs and senators in Louth and Meath to admit that there is a crisis in our hospital and to demand the reopening of acute medical wards in Dundalk.”

Appeal issued for man last seen at Clarke Station in Dundalk

Seoirse Mac Gabhann

Seoirse Mac Gabhann

An appeal has been issued to trace a 52-year-old missing man from Raheny in Dublin.

Seoirse Mac Gabhann was last seen on Tuesday at approximately 3pm at Clarke Station in Dundalk, where he was to get a train to Dublin.

He is described as being 1.75m (5’9″) tall and of slim build with grey hair and blue eyes.

When last seen he was wearing a navy jacket.

Gardaí and family are very concerned for his wellbeing and are appealing for anyone with any information is asked to contact Raheny Garda Station on 01-6664300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111 or any garda station.

O’Brien’s Discount Store in Castlebellingham to cease trading after Christmas


O’Brien’s Discount Store in Castlebellingham have announced that they will cease trading after the Christmas period.

The business will keep going, however, on a door to door basis with deliveries in Kilsaran, Castlebellingham, Togher, Dromiskin, Stabannon and Dunleer.

Writing on their Facebook page, owner Paidi O’Brien said: “It is with regret that I wish to let you all know that after the Christmas period, O’Brien’s Discount Store will cease trading in Castlebellingham.

“Over the last few months things have happened beyond our control, and we feel that in the long run it is better to close the shop and continue on with a new business venture and new direction.

“The ‘O’Brien’s Discount Store’ brand will still be running behind the scenes but it will be door to door from now on – daily deliveries of all washing powders, coal, logs, gas, sticks, toilet rolls etc. We will be delivering fliers around over the coming weeks so make you let us know if you would be interested in door-to-door deliveries. This will cover all areas – Kilsaran, Castlebellingham, Togher, Dromiskin, Stabannon, Dunleer etc.

“On behalf of myself, Eileen and Charlotte, we want to say a huge thank you to all our customers, for your support from day 1 and we wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Ward to appeal sentence for killing of Niall Dorr in Dublin today

Douglas Ward

Douglas Ward

Douglas Ward will appear before the Court of Criminal Appeal in Dublin today in a bid to get his sentence reduced for the killing of teenager Niall Dorr in Dundalk in 2010.

The 39-year-old father of four will be appealing against the severity of his 16-year prison sentence, which was handed down two years ago this Sunday.

Ward, with an address at 7 Loughantarve, Knockbridge, admitted the manslaughter of the 18-year-old on the Castle Road on October 13th 2010.

At the time the court heard that Mr Dorr, from Avondale Park, was acting as a peacemaker and trying to break up a row when Ward attacked him.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said at the time that it was totally unacceptable to kick someone in the head leading to brain damage.

He said it was an aggravating factor that Ward was on bail at the time he committed the offence although the judge did suspend the final three years of the sentence.

Mr Dorr was with two friends on the Castle Road on October 13th 2010 when a group, including Ward, approached them at around 9pm and a row broke out.

Mr Dorr, a champion kickboxer, was trying to stop the row and keep the peace when Ward repeatedly punched and kicked him in the head.

Ward did not know Mr Dorr, but he ripped the teenager’s shirt off him and continued to attack him even when he was unresponsive.

He left zigzag shoe marks on the teenager’s forehead and the side of his head after he punched, stamped and kicked him.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Patrick Marry said Mr Dorr sustained irrevocable brain damage.

Dundalk 10k to take place on April 22nd

dundalk-10k_no-dates_1080xWe will all probably overindulge in some way over the Christmas period but if you want to motivate yourself to get fit in the New Year then what better way than to get into training for the Dundalk 10k.

Organisers have confirmed that the annual road race will be officially launching on January 14th, with the event pencilled in for Wednesday April 22nd.

Earlier this year Dundalk IT were the major sponsor and organiser of the race, which started and ended on the campus.

Darragh Greene retained the title in a time of 31.10, pipping Gary O’Hanlon and Brian McCloskey to the title.

Donna Evans was the first woman home, with 695 people in total taking part.

Further details on how to register for the 2015 event will be published in the New Year.

A World of Cribs coming to Dundalk this Sunday


St Joseph’s Redemptorist Monastery in Dundalk will be hosting ‘A World of Cribs’ over the festive period.

The church will host a unique display of over 450 nativities from around the world from this Sunday December 21st right through until the following week December 28th, with the exception of Christmas Day.

The display is open daily from 2pm to 5pm and admission is free.

Donations are in aid of Dundalk Simon Community while groups can be accommodated via appointment.

Several businesses left without water on Francis Street due to burst pipe

Ruby's is one of the businesses worst affected by the burst pipe

Ruby’s is one of the businesses worst affected by the burst pipe

A burst water main has left a number of businesses in the Francis Street area of Dundalk without water just a week before Christmas.

The problem arose after a pipe was burst by Irish Water workers, with businesses notified of the problem this morning.

Irish Water insist the problem will be rectified by 7pm this evening but this is likely to cause major problems for the likes of Ruby’s Tea Rooms and, in particular, hair salons Déjà vu and The Hair Shop who rely heavily on water for their day-to-day trade.