Live Register figures up 0.3% in Dundalk despite national decline

00018679-314Live Register figures for Dundalk grew slightly last month despite unemployment at a national level falling below the 10% mark for the first time since early 2009.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there were 5,900 people signed on in Dundalk last month, an increase on the 5,881 who were on the register in March – a rise of 0.3%.

This is the first increase recorded in the Live Register figures in Dundalk since January.

On a county level there were 13,844 people signing on last month, down by 0.6% from the 13,924 a month earlier. There were also declines recorded in both Ardee (-1.4%) and Drogheda (-1.2%).

Despite the narrow rise last month, unemployment levels in Dundalk are at their lowest level in six years since April 2009 when 5,871 people were on the Live Register.

Two substantial sites on outskirts of Dundalk up for sale

The land for sale at Xerox

The land for sale at Xerox

Two substantial development land sites on the outskirts of Dundalk have gone on the market in the past week.

REA Gunne Property have an 8.99 hectare area (22.23 acres) for sale for an undisclosed sum adjoining the Xerox Technology Park. The land is currently zoned as ‘Employment Mixed Use’ and could be of interest to anyone who wants to expand the business offering in the area.

Notable businesses operating beside the land include Xerox, PayPal, eBay, Warner Chilcott, Furniture Link and National Pen.

Meanwhile, Sherry FitzGerald Carroll have 6.33 hectares (15.68 acres) of development land for sale at Ballybarrack on the Ardee Road for an asking price of €250,000.

While currently used as agricultural land, it is described as offering great potential for future development subject to planning permission. A low density housing development has previously had planning permission year although it has now expired.

The lands remain zoned phase 3 residential for future development and expansion of Dundalk town.

The land for sale at Ballybarrack

The land for sale at Ballybarrack

McGahon goes above and beyond to help Carlingford twins vote

Cllr John McGahon (right) with Cillian and Gearoid McDonald after they voted in Carlingford

Cllr John McGahon (right) with Cillian and Gearoid McDonald after they voted in Carlingford

Local councillor John McGahon went above and beyond the call of duty to help two brothers vote in today’s marriage equality referendum.

The Fine Gael representative for Dundalk-Carlingford received a phone call from twins Cillian and Gearoid McDonald to say they were stranded in Dublin and wanted to get home to vote.

The Dundalk Rugby Club member then hopped in his car to pick them up and take them back to Carlingford where they both voted Yes.

For Cillian it could be a particularly historical contribution as he emigrates to Australia on Sunday.

New 7.55am direct train from Dundalk to Dublin launching this Monday

IrishrailA new direct train service from Clarke Station in Dundalk to Dublin Connolly will launch on Monday morning.

The new 7.55am train will leave from Dundalk train station, with a stop off at MacBride station in Drogheda the only stop en route to Dublin.

Irish Rail estimate that the total journey will take 63 minutes, with passengers expected to be in Connolly Station for 9.03am.

This is to compliment the existing Enterprise service, which leaves from Belfast Central and usually arrives in Dundalk around 8am. This train will still stop in Clarke Station.

This ‘additional’ train is only covering a period of time where there will be significantly reduced capacity on the usual train as the Enterprise is being replaced by a smaller train as part of the Enterprise refurbishment. Regular train goers will be familiar with the already reduced capacity on the 8am train from Dundalk.

SNAP announced as charity partner for County Louth Agricultural Show

co louth agricultural show

The County Louth Agricultural Show have announced that their charity partner for 2015 will be Special Needs Active Parents (SNAP).

The annual County Louth Agricultural show is organised and managed by The Dundalk Show Society. The Society is run by a committee of dedicated volunteers, who each year choose a worthy cause as their charity partner.

The aim of this partnership is to support the charitable work of SNAP by raising awareness of their work and carrying out some much needed fundraising on behalf of the charity.

SNAP is a voluntary organisation which was founded in 2004 by a group of parents that had one thing in common; children with special needs. SNAP is a positive, family focused organisation that works tirelessly to provide support to families with children who have special needs. Their volunteers are dedicated to ensuring the provision and improvement of services for those with special needs while also organising important social events for the families of children with special needs.

Since its establishment in 1888 the County Louth Agricultural Show has sought to support local communities.

Announcing the 2015 charity partner for the Show, Carmel Mee, Chairperson of the Dundalk Show Society, said: “Each year the County Louth Agricultural Show partners with a charity that works within the community. We are delighted that this year that charity will be SNAP.”

The County Louth Agricultural Show, is the county’s premiere agricultural showcase and takes place on Sunday 14th June at Bellurgan Park, Carlingford Road, Dundalk.

Now in its 126th year, the County Louth Agricultural Show offers a day of competition, exhibitions, entertainment and fun for all the family. For the full programme events and further information please see

New Chinese and Thai restaurant opening soon in Dundalk

gourmet palace

A new Chinese and Thai restaurant will be opening in Dundalk shortly.

Gourmet Palace will be located at 43/44 Park Street in the former Left Bank premises, above Courtney’s Bar.

It will sell a range of Chinese and Thai dishes with their menu available from here.

gourmet palace

Missing dog reunited with his owner thanks to Dundalk FM

Spock at the Dundalk FM studios

Spock at the Dundalk FM studios

A lost dog was reunited with its owner thanks to Dundalk FM earlier this week.

Three-year-old “Spock” the Labrador went missing from his home last Wednesday with his owner Stephen Burns contacting Dundalk FM to issue an appeal for information.

Thankfully it was heard by two ladies, who helped reunite Spock with his owner.

A happy ending all round!

Dundalk FM helped reunite Spock with his owner Stephen Burns

Dundalk FM helped reunite Spock with his owner Stephen Burns

Man had jeep stolen after going to meet woman he met online in Dundalk car park

clanbrassil centre car park

The Clanbrassil Centre car park where the incident took place


Gardaí are investigating an incident in Dundalk in which a man was the victim of a car jacking having gone to meet a woman he had met online.

The 28-year-old, who is from the area, had arranged to meet the woman at the Clanbrassil Centre car park at the Long Walk in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

However, as he was waiting for her a man approached him with a knife before demanding his wallet and the keys to his jeep. The victim then had to show the thief how to start the vehicle as it was an automatic.

The thief said he needed to go to Ardee but was from Drogheda.

The shaken man arrived at Dundalk Garda Station at 4am on Tuesday to report the incident.

Fortunately his vehicle was later recovered in the Oakland Park estate in Dundalk.

Gardaí have advised caution for anyone arranging to meet up with someone they have met online.

Bus substitutions on railway line between Drogheda and Dundalk for next two weekends

IrishrailDue to engineering works on the main Dublin to Belfast train line for the next two weekends, a bus substitution will operate on the last two trains services (in both directions) on Saturday 23rd May and 30th May between Drogheda and Dundalk.

This will result in the following schedule changes:

From Belfast;
• 1805 will operate as timetabled to Dundalk with a bus substitution between Dundalk and Drogheda; train arrives Dublin Connolly 2050.
• 2135 will now depart Belfast Central 2140 with a bus substitution from Dundalk to Dublin Connolly arriving 0015.

From Dublin;
• 1900 will operate as timetabled to Drogheda with a bus substitution between Drogheda and Dundalk; train arrives Belfast 2135.
• 2050 will operate as timetabled to Drogheda with a bus substitution between Drogheda and Dundalk; train arrives Belfast 2333.

StatSports’ Alan Clarke named as a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme

Alan Clarke of StatSports pictured working with Arsenal

Alan Clarke of StatSports pictured working with Arsenal

Alan Clarke of local company StatSports has been named as a finalist for this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme.

Clarke has been nominated in the international category of the prestigious award where he will be up against Crest Solutions (Frank Madden), Diona (Graham Stubbs), PlanNet21 (Denise Tormey), SOSventures (Sean O’Sullivan), Stripe (Patrick and John Collison), Vita Liberata (Alyson Hogg) and Vizor (Ross Kelly and Conor Crowley).

StatSports was founded in Dundalk by Alan Clarke and Sean O’Connor in 2008 and is now based in Newry.

Since then StatSports has grown to become Europe’s premier, unrivalled sports science service with Manchester Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and the Leinster Rugby team amongst their clients.

Their range of products includes the world’s only GPS analysis and consultancy service. StatSports offer teams and individual athletes the opportunity to train and test themselves using the most advanced sports science equipment currently available, catering for all teams and individuals from the elite to the amateur.

As part of the nomination for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, finalists will travel with 100 former finalists for a week-long CEO retreat to Berlin and Munich in June. There they wil visit some of the biggest names in German industry, including the BMW headquarters.

The awards gala will take place in October with a winner in the three categories announced before an overall winner is selected to represented Ireland at the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monaco in June 2016.