Gardaí investigating cause of fire at Oxfam shop in Dundalk


Gardaí are investigating a fire at a retail premises on Clanbrassil Street last night.

The incident occurred around 3am when two units from Dundalk Fire Service were called to a blaze at the Oxfam shop.

They spent 90 minutes bringing the fire under control. One person who was upstairs in the building managed to escape unharmed but the downstairs area was extensively damaged with large volumes of stock destroyed.

The scene has been preserved for a technical examination.

Anyone with information in the incident is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9335577 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Noonan rejects Dundalk’s bid to be included in Living City Initiative

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Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has poured cold water on Dundalk’s hopes of being included in the Living City Initiative.

A motion was put forward by local councillor Mark Dearey at the Dundalk Municipal District Committee’s annual general meeting earlier this month seeking to have the initiative – which focuses on the regeneration of retail and commercial districts in the historic centres of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford – brought to the town.

It had been hoped the scheme, which offers tax relief on the refurbishment or conversion of old buildings, would encourage more people to take up residence in the town centre on streets like Clanbrassil Street.

However, when local TD Fergus O’Dowd asked Minister Noonan whether he would extend the list of eligible towns to include Dundalk and Drogheda, his appeals fell on deaf ears.

In his response, Minister Noonan said: “The Living City Initiative, which was enacted in the Finance Act 2013 and commenced on 5th May 2015, has been extended beyond the original pilot cities of Limerick and Waterford, to include the cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Kilkenny as well.

“In line with my Department’s commitment to evidence based policy-making, the inclusion of these additional four cities was as a result of a comprehensive, independent ex ante cost benefit analysis.

“This Initiative is targeting particular areas of these six cities which are most in need of regeneration. I do not currently intend to extend the Initiative further than the six cities. However, my Department will closely monitor the progress of the Initiative in the six cities, and will keep the matter of potentially extending the relief further under review.

“It is important to note that I do not see this as a wide-spread Initiative, as it is targeted at those areas in the six cities which are most in need of attention.”

New brunch menu launching at The Market Bar this Sunday

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The Market Bar on Clanbrassil Street will launch a new brunch menu this weekend, starting on Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm.

The popular tapas bar, which recently made a few changes to its menu, will be offering bottomless Pimms or Sangria, as well as a Prosecco menu.

For bookings call 042 93 56652.

Irish Nationwide unit on Clanbrassil Street could reopen as a shop


Plans are in place to open a new shop at the former Irish Nationwide Building Society offices on Clanbrassil Street.

John Gao has applied to Louth County Council to convert the building from a financial institution at 86 Clanbrassil Street into a shop.

Irish Nationwide has been closed since 2011 when it was taken over by Irish Life and Permanent.

The Building Society was consequently split between its deposit book and its loan book, which was merged with Anglo Irish Bank to become the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.

The unit on Clanbrassil Street, beside Smyth’s Pharmacy, has been idle ever since.

A decision by the local authority is due on August 5th.

United Krav Maga Ireland HQ to be based in Dundalk

1487428_814183058595079_514892991_nKrav Maga has been growing in popularity in recent times and now the United Krav Maga Ireland HQ is set to be based in Dundalk.

Krav Maga is a self defence system that anyone can learn and use regardless of size, fitness level or strength.

Welcoming the news that the new HQ for Ireland will be based in Dundalk, the local club said: “As well as this being fantastic news for our club in Dundalk, it is also great news for our organisation and clubs all over Ireland as very soon we will be starting Krav Maga training clubs in Dublin, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan, Armagh and Antrim.

“We as part of the internationally recognised and respected United Krav Maga World Organisation means we will be working closely with our large support network all over the world.

“Nowhere else will you receive the the high standard level of training with our chief instructor in Ireland Master Tomasz Adamczyk and our global expert team including some of the most respected Krav Maga instructors in the world today.”

United Krav Maga is based on Clanbrassil Street with further details available by calling 085 111 4604.

The Cellars has plenty to offer


The Cellars, a new craft and traders’ market, opened its doors recently in the cellar, downstairs in McEvoy’s on Clanbrassil Street.

So far the market format has proven a huge success with many people visiting during the opening hours of Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm.

There are still some stalls available to rent, with details available from McEvoy’s. All types of arts crafts and traders welcome.
Here are some of the stalls that are currently trading:

Draiocht Handmade and Photography
At Draiocht Handmade and Photography, they specialise in handmade natural bath products, such as soaps, body scrubs, and body butters with a number of new products currently in the pipeline. They also have a vast selection of photography of Dundalk and the surrounding areas, also with a portrait studio opening soon.

Paris Chic
Paris Chic, brings a touch of the European jewellery market to Dundalk.  They are pleased to offer you a fine selection of one-of-a-kind hand crafted pieces and fashion accessories created by them and sourced from jewellery artisans all over Europe.

Mulholland’s Emporium
Mulholland’s Emporium stock creative craft kits for children and adults of all ages. Kits include mug and plate design, dream catchers as well as airfix models and military vehicle kits, and many more products.

Upstairs Downstairs
At Upstairs Downstairs they stock a range of vintage clothes with labels including, French Connection, Louis Vuitton, John Rocha and many others. Dresses, blouses, cardigans, tops and jackets at very affordable prices are available here.

Viv’s Krackin Sauces
At Viv’s Krackin Sauces they have products ranging from pizza sauce, hot sauce, relish etc. as well as baby porridge and porridge blends including nuts and seeds. All Viv’s products contain no additives and no preservatives. Viv’s goods are perfect for foodies, pressies, or little treats for yourself.

Dee’s Designs
Dee’s Designs specialise in handmade greetings cards for all occasions, including Father’s Day. There is also a selection of jewellery, all reasonably priced.

Alma Visual Artist
Alma Visual Artist offers a beautiful collection of original, hand painted, abstract and semi abstract artworks. Competitively priced, each artwork is vividly vibrant, imaginatively inspiring, aesthetically pleasing and uniquely special. A truly thoughtful gift, perfect for all occasions. Commissions also welcome.

Younique sells top notch make up and high end products. They are an international cosmetic company famous for their 3D Moodstruck fibre lash mascara, three times the wow factor. Let your eyes do the talking, call in and see Younique transform your look.

Brigid’s Cauldron
Brigid’s Cauldron is a holistic shop, selling incense sticks, crystals, angel cards, spiritual books and much more. Angel card readings and spiritual guidance are also available. Come in and see them for a chat.

The Vintage Snug
The Vintage Snug holds a selection of old and new items ranging from, fine bone china sets, mirrors, small pieces of furniture, antique items and personalised handmade pictures.

The Cycle & Trophy Shop reopens on Clanbrassil Street

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Clanbrassil Street has received a huge boost in recent days with the reopening of The Cycle and Trophy Shop.

The store at 48 Clanbrassil Street burnt to the ground in a blaze just days before Christmas on December 22nd 2013.

Since then its owner Eamon Begley has been operating the business for a number of temporary units, most recently from two doors up at 46 Clanbrassil Street – the former Junior’s store.

However, in June last year he was given the go ahead to rebuild his store, as well as two two bed apartments overhead, and the results are quite impressive.

The revamped store is said to be bigger and better than the original and certainly gives Clanbrassil Street a fresher look.

The fire at the Cycle Shop three days before Christmas in 2013

The fire at the Cycle Shop three days before Christmas in 2013

Dundalk seeking to become part of Living City Initiative

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A motion was put forward at the Dundalk Municipal District Committee’s annual general meeting last night seeking to have the Living City Initiative extended to Dundalk.

The Living City initiative focuses on the regeneration of retail and commercial districts and encouraging people to live in the historic centres of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford.

The aim of the Living City initiative is to bring life back into the heart of the relevant cities by offering tax relief for qualifying expenditure incurred on the refurbishment or conversion of certain buildings where conditions are met. These property tax incentives apply in certain “special regeneration areas” (SRAs).

Cllr Mark Dearey of the Green Party put forward the motion to seek the extension of the scheme into Dundalk. A recent Sunday Times article titled ‘Rotting to the Core’ further highlighted how the centre of Dundalk is in need of regeneration with the number of people living on the likes of Clanbrassil Street now extremely low.

Cllr Dearey’s motion was supported by his fellow councillors and the local authority will now put forward a case to the Department of Finance to have Dundalk included in the scheme, which was launched early last month.

Dorothy Perkins to open on Clanbrassil Street tomorrow


The former Dorothy Perkins/Burton store in the Marshes will be converted into a H&M

Dorothy Perkins will open in Houston’s on Clanbrassil Street this Friday, with up to 30% off over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The store had previously been located in the Marshes Shopping Centre but is making way for Swedish brand H&M, which is expected to be open by July.

The store is being revamped and extended for H&M, with a mezzanine level similar to the men’s section of River Island being added.

To mark the Bank Holiday weekend Houston’s will also have a number of other special offers running on Friday and Saturday.

McAteer’s The Food House to open in Carlingford this July


McAteer’s The Food House are set to open in Carlingford in early July.

The popular shop, restaurant and delicatessan, run by Jerome McAteer and Bobby Wain, has been a huge success since opening on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk in recent years.

Now a new venture awaits with McAteer’s currently on the look out for chefs, general kitchen staff, deli assistants and waiting staff, both full and part-time.

If you are interested please send your CV and references to

Interviews will take place shortly as McAteer’s hope to integrate staff with their existing team in Dundalk before their new premises in Carlingford opens in July.