Gardaí seek help in locating two-man gang suspected of local thefts

Gardaí are seeking assistance in locating a two man gang, who are suspected of carrying out two robberies at local businesses last week.

The duo, armed with what appeared to be a hand gun, entered the Backhouse Pharmacy on Clanbrassil Street last Thursday at 3.45pm before threatening staff and demanding that they hand over pills.

They then made off with some tablets, as well as cash from the till, and fled the scene in a dark-coloured Ford Mondeo.

The same pair are suspected to have made an attempted robbery at Arthur’s Shop on the Newry Road the previous evening.

A man wearing a white facemask and gloves, who was carrying what appeared to be a small handgun, entered the shop and threatened staff around 5.10pm.

He fled without getting anything and sped off in a Ford Mondeo with false Northern Irish number plates, which was driven by another male.

The man is described as being 5ft 10in tall, of average build and was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the pair are asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station at 042-9335577.

Vehicles damaged as BMW flees across border following high speed chase

A number of cars were damaged in Dundalk on Saturday after a BMW fled across the border following a chase with Gardaí.

Local Gardaí tried to fence the driver of the car, which had no registration plates, in on the Ramparts but he mounted a footpath to escape. The car then proceeded up River Lane, where it struck a car before turning right onto Park Street the wrong way and then speeding down Earl Street. From there it also crashed into a couple of parked cars on Clanbrassil Street and the Castleblayney Road before finally fleeing over the border.

The incident happened around 3.30pm, with the car believed to have been stolen from north Dublin the previous day.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dundalk Gardaí on 042-9335577.

Another blow for Clanbrassil Street

Michael H boutique enjoyed a popular location fronting onto Clanbrassil Street

Michael H boutique enjoyed a popular location fronting onto Clanbrassil Street

Clanbrassil Street has suffered yet another retail blow following the closure of Michael H boutique at the Clanbrassil Centre.

The women’s clothes store have closed their doors in recent days, following hot on the heels of the Brass Rail last month.

To make matters worse, it appears that charity shop Something Old Something New at 42 Clanbrassil Street is also set to close, with a closing down sale currently going.

Something Old Something New are currently holding a closing down sale

Something Old Something New are currently holding a closing down sale

Hat-tip to Niamh Kirk

Drama at the post office

The pair clash outside the post office

The pair clash outside the post office

There was drama at the Post Office earlier today when a Roma woman attempted to scare off a local collector from in front of the entrance to the Clanbrassil Street branch.

In a video captured by Darren O’Donagh, the Roma woman is seen pushing over the collector’s desk and then later stamping on it before threatening the local collector with her stool.

You can check out the video for yourself here.

Designer bridal weekend in Modern Fashions

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Modern Fashions in Clanbrassil Street will host a designer bridal weekend from Friday to Sunday this week.

The event will showcase the latest in bridal wear from top international designers.

All orders placed over the course of the weekend will be discounted by 10%, while appointments can be made by calling 042 9334356.

Bank of Ireland to host Open House event in Dundalk next Saturday

BOI_Spon_logo[Ulster Rugby]Bank of Ireland will host an ‘Open House’ event in their branch in Clanbrassil Street on Saturday August 23rd from 11am to 3pm.

The event will tell you all you need to know about getting a mortgage, whether you are a first time buyer or simply moving home.

Local auctioneers will be on hand to display some of the latest property listings while local solicitors will also be available to answer legal questions you might have on the day.

All are welcome to attend.

New stores open but others close in a mixed few weeks on the retail front

The Brass Rail boutique closed its doors last Friday after over 19 years in business

The Brass Rail boutique closed its doors on Clanbrassil Street last Friday after over 19 years in business

There has been mixed news on the retail front in recent days with stores both opening and closing in the area.

A new Mace store opened its doors in Blackrock yesterday while Kieran’s Avenue Pharmacy is set to open shortly on the Avenue Road beside The Gym and the former Joan’s Stores.

There have been casualties too unfortunately. After over 19 years in business, the Brass Rail boutique in Clanbrassil Street closed its doors last Friday.

This follows hot on the heels of other recent closures such as The Bar on Francis Street and the Buy and Sell shop on Clanbrassil Street.

Dundalk restaurant served with closure order by Food Safety Authority of Ireland

The Golden Dragon in Clanbrassil Street

The Golden Dragon in Clanbrassil Street

The Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant in Dundalk was one of seven businesses around the country that had closure orders served on them during the month of July by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

The restaurant, located on the first floor of 88 Clanbrassil Street above the Greenmount Restaurant – had a closure order served on it under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2010.

The notice was served on Zhao Jie Wu by the Health Service Executive on July 29th and lifted on August 1st.

Earlier in the month a similar notice was served on Neil McGorrian of The Coachman’s Tearooms on the Dublin Road at Dromiskin. It was served on July 10th and lifted on July 11th.

Explaining the closure order to Talk of the Town, a spokesperson for the Coachman’s said: “We were closed due to the water being brown due to pipework being done in the area. We were granted a lift the next day when it came back.”

The Coachman’s insist the problem was beyond their control and that everything has been running smoothly since then.

The law under which both premises were closed relates to a non-compliance with food legislation.

The Market Bar prepares for Bank Holiday weekend Fiesta

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The Market Bar in Clanbrassil Street are hosting an August Bank Holiday weekend Fiesta from Friday to Sunday.

There will be food and drink specials over the course of the weekend as well as music from 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be no cover charge for any of the events.

Bank of Ireland looking to update Clanbrassil Street signage

BOI_Spon_logo[Ulster Rugby]Bank of Ireland are hoping to change their signage at their Clanbrassil Street branch in Dundalk.

The bank’s governor has applied to Louth County Council for permission to replace the existing sign with a new sign of 8sqm. They also hope to replace the existing banner signs with two new projecting banner signs of 0.9sqm each and one projecting banner sign of 0.35sqm all to the front of the bank at 78-81 Clanbrassil Street.

It is also hoped to replace two existing signs at the rear of the premises with new signs of 5.5sqm and 4sqm.

Louth County Council are due to decide on the matter on September 4th.