Graphic Lights launch Dundalk’s first online print store

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Local graphic design and print studio Graphic Lights have just launched their new online print store at www.graphiclights.ie

The company, founded earlier this year by Colin Toner, recently closed its Park Street store to concentrate on the internet.

As the only online print store based in Dundalk, customers can now order a large selection of digital print from the comforts of their own home or office and have it delivered free of charge to anywhere in Ireland.

It places customer care alongside competitive pricing, while its unique selling point is its four-day turnaround of work from time of approval.

Customers can log on and upload their own designs for print or, if needed, for a small fee extra Graphic Lights will design your material.

To celebrate the opening of the new shop Graphic Lights are giving away a 10% discount to all Talk of the Town readers. Just type TOTT10 in the coupon area of the shopping cart at www.graphiclights.ie to avail of this fantastic offer.

Gardaí believe Knockbridge shooting was a case of mistake identity

Knockbridge village has now reopened following a technical examination

Knockbridge village has now reopened following a technical examination

Gardaí insist they are satisfied that shots fired at a house in Knockbridge yesterday evening was a case of mistaken identity.

A number of shots were fired at the house from a semi-automatic weapon around 7.30pm.

A woman and a teenager were inside at the time, however no one was injured during the incident.

The Garda Armed Response Unit were quickly on the scene and preserved the scene for a technical examination that took place this morning. The Dundalk-Knockbridge Road had been closed overnight and this morning but has now fully reopened.

Local representatives expressed their shock at the incident, with Fianna Fáil councillor Declan Breathnach telling the Michael Reade Show on LMFM this morning that it was only for the “Grace of God” that no one was injured.

Meanwhile, local TD Seamus Kirk has condemned the shooting.

He said: “This is a despicable attack and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. The community is in complete shock about this. This is an extremely quiet and peaceful village just five miles from Dundalk.

“Gardaí are actively investigating this case and I would hope that the culprits will be brought to justice.”

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have noticed a car being driven at speed on the Stephenstown Road around 7.30pm last night to contact them at Dundalk Garda Station or on the Garda Confidential Line.

Local graves now appearing online

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.08.17Locals may be interested to know that a number of their deceased friends and relatives’ graves are now appearing online.

In a move that will be welcomed by some and seen as an invasion of privacy by others, Northern Irish company Ever After have recorded the plot information of a number of local graveyards on their site www.discovereverafter.com

While to date Bridge-A-Crinn cemetery in Faughart and St Fursey’s Cemetery in Haggardstown are the only two in this area available on the site, along with St Peter’s in Drogheda, it is understood that there are plans in place to plot more local graveyards.

As well as giving an interactive map of the cemetery, Ever After takes a picture of each grave and records a number of details about the individual(s) buried there, including: their name, date of death, townland, age and any additional information such as who they are related to.

The site then has a link allowing people to place flowers on the grave while donations can also be made to the parish or church.

Ever After – who are based in Portglenone in Antrim – have received EU and government funding under the Rural Development Programme but a number of locals are concerned about their deceased loved ones’ breach of privacy.

Leona and Sean McAlister set up Plotbox, a cemetery and crematorium programme that allows content to be generated for their genealogy website discovereverafter.com

In February this year they won Invest NI’s Propel Company of the Year award. While the bulk of the cemeteries on the site are based in Northern Ireland, they are increasingly adding southern sites to their website.

Kieran’s Avenue Pharmacy’s official opening weekend event gets underway today

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Kieran’s Avenue Pharmacy on the Avenue Road will hold their official opening weekend this weekend.

Events get underway today with a Voya beauty expert in store from 11am to 4pm to offer you hints and tips.

On Friday there will be a Halloween Fancy Dress event with a prize for the best dressed adult and child. Free face painting will take place between 2pm and 4pm, with a free nail painting for all those who purchase Mavala polish.

On Saturday there will be a Decleor Paris promotion, with a free gift available following purchase and a free skin consultation.

There will also be giveaways, goodie bags, raffles and a series of special offers over the course of the weekend so feel free to drop in.

Kieran’s is a joint operation between Amy Kieran and Justin Nevin and opened last month beside The Gym and Country Fresh on the Avenue Road.

Shots fired at house in Knockbridge

This area of the village is closed off as a result of this evening's incident

This area of the village is closed off as a result of this evening’s incident

A Garda investigation is underway after shot were fired at a house in Knockbridge this evening.

A number of shots were reportedly fired at the house around 7.30pm.

An adult and a child were inside at the time, however no one was injured during the incident.

The Garda Armed Response Unit were quickly on the scene and have preserved the scene pending an examination.

Diversions are in place as a result of the incident, with cars travelling on the R171 from both Dundalk and Louth Village directions unable to access the area in front of Brodigan’s shop, St Mary’s Church and St Mary’s NS.

Traffic coming are being diverted via the N52 Ardee to Dundalk Road before turning off in the direction of Stephenstown Pond.

Planning Clinics to allow people have their say on Draft County Development Plan

The offices of Louth County Council will host the Dundalk clinic on November 12th

The offices of Louth County Council will host the Dundalk clinic on November 12th

Planning Clinics will be held at various locations throughout Co Louth in November to help the public to shape the County Development Plan for 2015-2021, the draft of which is currently on public display until Wednesday, December 17.

Currently,  the draft plan can be reviewed at Council Customer Service Desks and libraries around the county while Dundalk Town Hall on Crowe Street has a facility to discuss the draft plan with a planner during normal office opening hours.

However, for those not able to do so, a number of planning clinics have been arranged throughout the county, offering the public the opportunity to discuss the plan and any associated queries they may have, with a member of staff from the Louth County Council Planning Department.

The planning clinics will take place as follows:
Dunleer:
Wednesday, November 5 from 10am to 1pm at the Dunleer Library, Station Road, Dunleer
Drogheda:
Thursday, November 6 from 10am to 1pm at Louth County Council offices, Boyne Centre, Patrick St, Drogheda
Ardee:
Friday, November 7 from 10am-1pm at the Mid Louth Civic Service Centre, Fairgreen, Ardee
Carlingford:
Tuesday, November 11 from 10am to 1pm at the Carlingford Heritage Centre
Dundalk:
Wednesday, November 12 from 10am to 1pm at the County Hall, Millennium Centre, Dundalk

Speaking on the Draft Louth County Development Plan and the associated Planning Clinics, Mary T Daly, Director of Services, said: “This is a valuable opportunity for the people of Louth to have their say in the county’s future.

“The planning clinics provide an ideal opportunity for those who are interested to meet a member of the planning department and discuss relevant issues before making a submission to the process.”

Copies of the Draft Plan, Strategic Environmental Report, Natura Impact Report and accompanying documents continue to be available for public inspection during normal opening hours 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays and public holidays) until Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the various Council offices in Louth.

Copies are also available for inspection during opening hours at the county libraries at Dundalk, Drogheda,Ardee, Dunleer and Carlingford.

You may also view a copy of the Draft Plan and all accompanying documentation at www.louthcoco.ie

The Saturday’s star Una makes a new friend at Bellingham Castle

Ferdia and Una at Bellingham Castle

Ferdia and Una at Bellingham Castle

Irish wolfhound Ferdia has certainly made a big impression since taking up residence at Bellingham Castle since its reopening at the tail end of last year.

Visitors are frequently enthralled by the friendly pooch but it appears he has a new celebrity fan too.

The Saturdays star Una Foden (nee Healy) was in the Castlebellingham-based castle this morning and took two pictures of Ferdia, including one alongside her new best friend, which she then shared on her Instagram page.

Healy seemed impressed with all that Bellingham had to offer and she is a tough judge of late having recently signed up to be a coach on the new series of The Voice of Ireland.

Anti water charges protest planned for Dundalk this Saturday

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Right 2 Water Dundalk are holding an anti water charges protest in Dundalk this Saturday afternoon to campaign against the introduction of water charges.

Those looking to get involved are asked to meet at the Fairgreen before 2pm, with the march then taking place to the Market Square.

The event will coincide with more than 50 other similar events around the country.

The protest comes following an incident in Ardee yesterday in which Gardaí seized a firearm when a homeowner produced it during a confrontation with an Irish Water worker trying to install a meter.

The incident occurred at 9.20am at a house at Home Farm, Townparks, Ardee. A Garda spokesman said no arrests had been made in relation to the incident and investigations are ongoing.

Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture 2014 programme unveiled

506327_143668_DundalkSquareOnIceLogo.jpgDundalk Festival of Light & Culture 2014 – the official start of the town’s Christmas celebrations takes place on Friday and Saturday, November 28th &29th with a two-day packed programme of events, set against the brightly illuminated buildings of the town centre.
Celebrations on Friday night will include the switching on of the town centre illuminations and Christmas tree along with the official launch of Dundalk on Ice
Titan the Robot, who made a huge impression last year returns to Dundalk and will be meeting his fans both in the Dundalk Town Centre and The Marshes Shopping Centre over the two days of the Festival.
Funny, fast paced and full of surprises, Titan is the ultimate family entertainment comedy show where you come to expect the unexpected!
Titan’s fame has seen him perform in 25 countries worldwide and in recent years Titan has danced with Rihanna in Hollywood, appeared at Wembley Stadium with Will.i.am, stolen a kiss from Heidi Klum on Germany’s Next Top Model and performed on countless TV shows.
This year’s Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture sees a number of new attractions.
An Animal Farm will be held in the Demesne. Visitors to the Farm will have the chance to see many different animals including chickens, giant rabbits, pygmy goats, pet sheep, llama, alpaca, as well as a small falabella pony and cart. Plus why not take your own pets along for the animal blessing on Saturday.
Sponsored by PetSafe, this FREE Animal Farm has the full support of the Louth Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and donations may be made to this very worthwhile local cause.
 Those who are busy writing their Letter to Santa will be interested to know that the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture will have a designated Letter to Santa Postbox this year.
Young letter writers may be lucky and see an elf or two collecting what is sure to be sackload after sackload of post over the two days. Plus even though he will be getting into the full preparations for Christmas, rumour has it Santa may take time out of his hectic schedule  and turn up to collect some of the post in person.
After posting your letter why not head over to Earl Street where there will be plenty to amuse including carousels and a Disco Dome.
Christmas Markets continue to be featured in the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture. A market aimed at featuring the best of local crafts and offering unique gift ideas will be housed in the Clanbrassil Centre while seasonal scents will permeate the air around the Market Square with sweet and savoury tastes catered for at the food market.
Live entertainment is once again playing an integral part in this year’s Festival of Light & Culture with stages to be located at the courthouse side of the Market Square and also on Park Street.
Blue Moose will headline the live music on Friday, November 28th. Boasting a fantastic following in Dundalk, there’s sure to be a great turnout for what is Ireland’s most in demand cover band. Blue Moose play all major entertainment venues in the country but festival goers will have the opportunity to see them live and free at the Market Square.
A simple walk up the town will entertain during the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture, fire eaters, unicyclists and other street performers will keep everyone entertained on the main thoroughfare.
Don’t worry if your feet get a bit weary enjoying all the attractions that Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture has to offer plus visiting the many shops in Dundalk. For the two day Festival there will be a free Festival train running through key points between the town centre and The Marshes Shopping Centre. See Dundalk from a different perspective and soak in the lights, aromas and atmosphere of the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture.
The Festival will close on Saturday evening with a spectacular Fireworks Display at the Marshes Shopping Centre, lighting up the Dundalk skyline
Speaking on the launch of the Dundalk Festival of Light& Culture Programme Dundalk BIDS Manager, Edel O’Mahony said “The Dundalk Festival of Lights & Culture Organising Committee, which features representations from Dundalk BIDS, The Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Dundalk Tidy Towns and voluntary individuals, has put a lot of effort into bringing together this extensive programme of events and we hope that as many people as possible get to enjoy the two day festival.
“It can be difficult when budgets are tight but I do believe we have been successful in bringing a number of fantastic FREE events such as the Animal Farm, Titan the Robot the Letter to Santa post box and of course our live music, to complement the Dundalk on Ice, markets etc.
“I would encourage everyone to spread the word about  the Dundalk Festival of Lights& Culture and get behind, what is, a main community event in Dundalk’s calendar.”

25-year-old dies following balcony fall in Dundalk

A 25-year-old man has lost his fight for life after falling from a balcony in Dundalk on Sunday night.

The incident happened just off Bridge Street, with the man passing away in hospital on Monday evening.

He had been in a critical condition following the incident.

His identity has not yet been revealed but he is of Polish descent.