Volunteers sought for Reclaim Ravensdale event this Saturday

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Volunteers are being sought to help reclaim Ravensdale Forest from invasive species this Saturday.

Those involved will help clear an area of Rhododendrons and Cherry Laurels.

The group will meet at the forest car park at 11am and it will take approximately four hours.

All support is most welcome.

Cross-border group to tackle cattle rustling

Seamus Kirk TD

Seamus Kirk TD

A cross-Border group of gardaí, PSNI officers and the investigative units of the Departments of Agriculture in both jurisdictions has been established to investigate the recent spate of cattle rustling in Border counties.

Minister of State for Rural Development Ann Phelan said the North-South liaison group was investigating thefts, while a recent Garda and Department of Agriculture investigation uncovered an illegal abattoir near the Border.

The Minister was responding to Fianna Fáil Louth TD Seamus Kirk who said he had had “too many broken-hearted farmers standing in my constituency clinic complaining” about cattle theft. “We seem to be able to do nothing about it.”

Ms Phelan said that since the beginning of 2012 just 555 cattle were reported stolen out of a total population of 6.9 million.

Mr Kirk said there had been a “serious intensification of activity in this most nefarious area” recently, affecting farmers in Louth, Monaghan and Armagh.

It was costing farmers tens of thousands of euro and in many cases the top-quality cattle were bought with bank loans, he said.

Mr Kirk suggested that the catering industry could be using the meat and there should be a system in place where “individuals trading in the area must be compelled to vouch for the source of their meat”.

Ms Phelan said it was an issue mainly for the Garda and called on people to be vigilant, which she said could reduce the impact.

Fiver Friday deals in Dundalk today

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A number of local businesses are taking part in Fiver Friday today.

The initiative, which was launched by The Joe Duffy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 back in 2011, sees businesses put forward an offer at a cost of just €5.

There’s quite a few bargains going in the area today.

Check them out below.

Graphic Lights Creative Solutions

Logo design for €5 before 5pm today. A new logo designed for your business or organisation, with the chance to make three amendments. Email info@graphiclights.ie or visit www.graphiclights.ie for more info.

Sure Shot Productions, Wedding Videographer


A fantastic offer for three couples on their wedding day

Sure Shot will film from the couples’ guests arriving at their ceremony, through to the ‘Meet & Greet’ after the ceremony. Normal price €575.  Offer to 3 couples only @ €5.

T&C: Offer is subject to availability / Along with normal conditions (nothing onerous available on request){outlined in booking form) / Offer available only on 24th October 2014 / Offer available for Sunday to Thursday Weddings ONLY / Wedding Date must be before 30th April 2015 / Contact by email only hello@sureshotproductions.ie www.sureshotproductions.ie http://www.sureshotproductions.ie/testimonals

Print Express Limited, Stapleton Mews, Ramparts, Dundalk

  • 50 6×4 digital print €5 normally €9.50
  • 80 6×4 photo album €5 normally €8.99
  • 16×12 enlargement €5 normally €8
  • Printed mugs €5 normally €12.99

Find us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PrintExpressDundalk
Tel: 042 9351878 http://photoexpress.ie/

Johnny Morgans Quality Seafood, Market Square,  Dundalk

  • Six sole fillets €5 (usually €1.50 each)
  • Four Plaice fillets €5 (usually €2 each)
  • Four salmon darnes for €5

Tel 042 932 7977

Kearney’s Wallpaper & Paints, 56 Dublin St, Dundalk

We have a vinyl wallpaper priced €28.95. On Fiver Friday just €5.

We have a fresco wallpaper priced €15.95 euro. On Fiver Friday just €5. While stocks last. Tel 042 9388288

East Coast Alloys Ltd, Dundalk Road , Ardee, Co. Louth
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1x Terraclean service for your car/ van/ 4×4/ motorbike.
The Terraclean will de-carbonised your engine, restore fuel economy, regain performance and reduce emissions.
Usual price is €135 up to a 2.0l

On Fiver Friday €5 for the first caller 041-6857801
www.eastcoastalloys.com info@eastcoastalloys.com

Creative Spark, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, Co. Louth

2 HOUR PRINT CLASS USUALLY €15.00 PER PERSON

Email your interest in advance by email
Friday 24TH OCT 10:00am-12:00pm- Come to Creative Spark and try some printmaking today in our new studio. Give it a try for €5.00. This is a limited offer – please contact us for booking in advance. printstudio@creativespark.ie

Windmill Bistro, Seatown Place, Dundalk, Louth

All our bistro burgers only a fiver this Friday 24th October 2014 (Normal prices start at €9)

Industrial and Farm Machinery Ltd, Mullin’s Cross, Dunleer, Co. Louth

Fiver Friday Offer: XL Snickers Workwear Hoodies normally €57 only €5 www.ifm.ie Contact number:  042-9372294

McCormick’s Butchers, Church Street and Long Walk Shopping Centre, Dundalk

  • 2lb beef mince €4.99
  • 5x chicken fillets €4.99
  • 1lb sirloin steak €4.99
  • 5x boneless chops €4.99
  • Large Irish chicken €4.99

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Dundalk Relay for Life this weekend

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The Dundalk Relay for Life event takes place in Dundalk Stadium this Sunday and Monday.

Dundalk was the first venue in Ireland to host the event six years ago and has raised over €300,000 for the Irish Cancer Society to date.

The event gives communities a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and fight back against the disease.

At the heart of each Relay For Life event, teams of friends, neighbours, families and colleagues come together in groups and commit to keeping participants walking around a track or path for 24 hours.

Hundreds of other activities take place throughout the 24 hours to create a wonderfully festive atmosphere. The event starts with a cancer suvivors’ lap of honour.

Relay for Life events are organised entirely by communities so that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and in the hope that one day cancer will be eliminated.

The event gets underway in Dundalk Stadium at 3pm on Sunday with the hope of finishing at 3pm the next day.

More information on the Dundalk event can be found at www.facebook.com/relay.dundalk

All are welcome to attend over the course of the weekend.

Aldi refused permission for Ardee store

aldi-jobs-ireland-390x285Aldi’s hopes of setting up in Ardee appear to have been dealt a fatal blow after An Bord Pleanála voted unanimously to uphold Louth County Council’s decision to refuse them planning permission for a new store on the outskirts of the town.

The German supermarket giant first proposed to set up a store at The Glebe on a 2.9 acre site beside the closed McCabe’s Toyota Garage back in March.

However, the application was rejected by local planners before Aldi lodged an appeal to the decision in June.

An Bord Pleanála have decided to quash the application on three counts. Firstly that its out-of-town location “would have an advertse effect on the viability and vitality of the town centre.”

They also ruled that the land in question was not zoned for retail and would therefore contravene with the Local Area Plan. They also had fears of the supermarket’s impact on the N33 national road, which links Derry and Letterkenny with the M1 motorway to Dublin.

The proposed land that the store would have been built on is bound by the N33 Ardee Link Road to the south and the R171 Tallanstown Road to the west. Access to the supermarket would have been from the R171 Tallanstown Road.

In May Louth County Council rejected the supermarket retailer’s plans for a new store in the Mid-Louth town on four counts – the three mentioned by An Bord Pleanála and the other relating to capacity constraints on the Ardee Waste Water Treatment System.

Aldi had been hoping to build a single storey discount foodstore and off licence at the site. It would have had a gross floor area of 1,551 square metres, with a retail area of 1,140 square metres.

The development would also have included the erection of two double pole, free standing, double sided internally illuminated signs with a double sided opening hours sign at lower level located adjacent to the proposed vehicular entrance to the site from the R171 and adjacent to the pedestrian entrance from the N33 Ardee Link Road.

There would also have been one single sided internally illuminated gable sign on the south west gable, one single sided internally illuminated entrance door sign and two single sided free standing internally illuminated poster display signs.

The proposed development would have been served by 90 car parking spaces and 10 bicycle spaces and included a request for permission for all landscaping, boundary treatment, engineering and site development works.

There is already a Lidl store on the opposite side of Ardee, as well as Lanney’s SuperValu in the town centre. Previous attempts by Tesco to set up a store in Ardee over the years were met with stiff resistance.

There had been six objections to the initial Aldi application from Escadia Limited, Vincent Matthews from Dromin, Padraig Malone of Malone Oil Products Ltd, Tara Buckley of RGDATA in Blackrock, Co Dublin, Tesco Ireland and Hughie O’Neill of O’Neill’s Menswear in Castle Street, Ardee.

New coffee shop opens at Heaton’s in Dundalk

Inside the new Insomnia coffee shop at Heaton's

Inside the new Insomnia coffee shop at Heaton’s

A new coffee shop opened in Heaton’s department store in Dundalk today.

The new facility at the shop in Dundalk Retail Park will be serving Insomnia coffee.

This is the latest coffee facility to open in the town, following hot on the hells of Starbucks, which recently opened in the Marshes Shopping Centre and Urbano 21 in Park Street.

Dundalk Women’s Aid to host sale in Long Walk next week

Womens-AidWomen’s Aid Dundalk are holding a books, bag and bling sale on Friday October 31st and Saturday November 1st in the Long Walk Shopping Centre.

The sale will take place beside Welby’s while donations are being accepted to the refuge on the Avenue Road or by calling 042-9333245.

All proceeds raised will go directly to the women and children who use the service.

Charity cake sale in Dundalk tomorrow

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Kevin Matthews Pharmacy in Park Street are hosting a charity cake sale this Friday in aid of breast cancer research.

The Think Pink Cake Sale takes place in store from 10am to 6pm with all proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.

All support for the event is greatly welcomed.

Great Northern Distillery to open in January

The Great Northern Brewery, which is set to become the Great Northern Distillery

The Great Northern Brewery, which is set to become the Great Northern Distillery

The Great Northern Distillery will be up and running by January.

That’s according to new owner John Teeling, who bought the former Great Northern Brewery site from Diageo last year.

The former Cooley Distillery boss plans to spend €35m over four years to transform the former Harp Lager brewery into one of the biggest in the country.

Speaking to The Dundalk Leader this week, Teeling said he hoped to have construction completed at the site by December, with the hope of being operational early in the New Year.

He revealed that three copper kettles will be adapted into pot stills, which will allow the company to build a grain and pot still distillery in the same still room.

The full capacity of the distillery will be three million cases.

The distillery will be operational 24 hours a day from Monday to Friday and is expected to employ between 25-30 people.

Its produce will mainly be sold to third parties, with the plan being to distill grain whiskeys, pot still whiskeys and single malts for both the national and international markets.

He also hinted that he may look at building a visitor centre at the existing Carrick Road entrance.

Teeling’s Irish Whiskey Company will only be using half of the 13 acre site with 6.8 acres of it already leased to Cellulac, who will create 30 new jobs in Dundalk for the sustainable production of lactic acid from second generation (2G) feedstocks.

Maxi confident of Dundalk success on Friday

Maxi with his new tattoo

Maxi with his new tattoo

As the build-up continues to Friday night’s title decider between Dundalk and Cork City at Oriel Park, it would be understandable if fans from both sides were getting a little nervous.

One local fan, Mark ‘Maxi’ McAllister, has little doubt that Stephen Kenny’s side will finish the job by beating the Rebels though after getting ‘League Champions 2014’ tattooed onto his arm.

Maxi posted the picture on his Facebook page yesterday after getting it done by Fergus Cullen of Cuchulainn Tattoos and vowed to get the words ‘Cork City’ added to the tattoo if his side fail to win on Friday.

“Dundalk can’t lose or draw on Friday, we all believe that here,” Fergus told The Irish Examiner.

“I approached him on the street this morning and said I’d do it free of charge and he said,   ‘come on let’s do it’. It was done in 12 minutes,” he added.

The new tattoo is below an existing one of the club’s crest and a remembrance of Lilywhites legend Tommy McConville.

Maxi will no doubt be hoping McConville will act as a guardian angel for the side on Friday, with the one year anniversary of his passing the next day.

A video of the procedure can be seen here.