Dundalk Santa Fun Run to take place on November 27th

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This year’s Dundalk Santa Fun Run and World Record attempt will take place on Friday November 27th.

The event has been organised to coincide with the town’s Christmas Festival so it promises to provide plenty of family entertainment.

This year’s record attempt will involve the most Santas in a conga line at the one time.

The route will be the same as last year, starting out at Tesco Extra and finishing at the post office in Clanbrassil Street.

The event is aimed at supporting a number of charities, with over €100,000 raised in the last two years.

Registration for the event will take place from Monday November 16th right through to the day of the event in the Long Walk Shopping Centre. Entry fee is €10 per adult and €5 for a child or student. There is also a family discount of €25 for two adults and two children

For further details contact Kim or Lucy in Dundalk Chamber of Commerce on 042 9336343 or email santa@dundalk.ie

Dundalk taxi drivers pay touching tribute to murdered colleague Martin Mulligan

Some of the taxis at the Market Square this morning

Some of the taxis at the Market Square this morning

Dundalk’s taxi drivers paid a touching tribute to former colleague Martin Mulligan in the town centre today.

The 53-year-old was murdered after being stabbed three times during the course of his work in the early hours of Monday morning at Carnmore in Kilcurry.

The father of two was laid to rest this morning in St Patrick’s Cemetery in Dowdallshill following his funeral Mass in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church.

To mark Martin’s tragic passing the town’s taxi drivers came together in a show of unity by parking their vehicles along the funeral cortege route, including the Market Square, in a guard of honour as his remains made their way to the graveyard.

All taxi drivers have been invited along to the United Krav Maga studio in Clanbrassil Street this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm or Sunday from 11am to 1pm to attend a free self defence workshop.

A minute’s silence is also due to be held in Martin’s honour prior to Sunday’s County Final between his local club the Sean O’Mahony’s and St Patrick’s GFC of Lordship. Martin’s nephew Garry is a member of the Point Road side’s team.

Predeceased by his father Christy, Martin is survived by his wife Gráinne (née Watters), daughters Sharon and Shauna, mother Nancy, brothers Gerry and Kevin, sisters Imelda Callan and Clare D’Arcy, mother and father-in-law Evelyn and Gussie, uncle Sean, aunt Marian, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Yesterday Gardaí made a renewed appeal for witnesses to come forward with any information that might help their ongoing investigation.

They are particularly keen to speak to any motorist who travelled the Dundalk to Armagh Road (R177) between 1am and 3.30am or who was a passenger in Mr Mulligan’s taxi on Sunday night/Monday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Taxi drivers invited to free self defence class in Dundalk this weekend

1487428_814183058595079_514892991_nHead instructor of United Krav Maga Dundalk, Anthony Cunnane, has issued an open invite to taxi drivers to attend a free self defence workshop this weekend.

The invite comes in the wake of the murder of local taxi driver Martin Mulligan in the early hours of Friday morning.

All taxi drivers have been invited along to the United Krav Maga studio in Clanbrassil Street this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm or Sunday from 11am to 1pm to attend the class.

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

Anthony has contacted local taxi groups about the class and it has been well received to date.

For further details call 0851114604 or check out their Facebook page.

Eighth consecutive gold medal for Dundalk at Tidy Towns’ awards

Pictured at today's awards ceremony in The Helix at DCU were Willie Duffy (Chairperson of Dundalk Tidy Towns), Mary Capplis (Louth County Council) and Art Veerkamp (Parks & Environment Officer - Louth County Council)

Pictured at today’s awards ceremony in The Helix at DCU were Willie Duffy (Chairperson of Dundalk Tidy Towns),
Mary Capplis (Louth County Council) and Art Veerkamp (Parks & Environment Officer – Louth County Council)

Dundalk secured an eighth consecutive gold medal at today’s SuperValu Tidy Towns’ awards at The Helix in Dublin

Drogheda also picked up a gold medal at the event, with Letterkenny in Co Donegal named the overall winner.

Amongst the areas praised in Dundalk were the outdoor gym at the Navvy Bank and the Lisdoo and the Quay Street mural project. The County Museum and a number of local schools were also praised as well as local businesses including The Greenore Railway Saloon on Quay Street, Houstons on Clanbrassil Street, Michael Lynch Menswear on Clanbrassil Street, Toales on Crowe Street, Lins Take Away on Barrack Street and Eno’ and McGeough’s on Roden Place.

The judges pointed out that it was a pity to see the DK Interiors building, formerly Dearey’s, fall into such a “bad state of repair” though. The road surface on Chapel Street was criticised for being “rather rough” and broken in patches, with litter visible near to O’Carroll’s Pub. Chipped kerbs and graffiti at Wrightson’s Lane were also criticised, as well as parts of lower Jocelyn Street which had a “proliferation of cigarette butts plus a few cans and bottles.”

Cracked footpaths, over hanging wires, derelict properties and dated shop signage were all deemed a problem but there was praise for very little dog fouling and Dundalk Retail Park was also deemed to be “well managed”.

In terms of the estates there was good reports for Mulholland Avenue, Avondale Park, Meadow View, Belfry Drive, Belfry Crescent, Barton Park, Aisling Park and Cedarwood Park.

Muirhevnamor also came in for praise with a Sunday World report which described it as the most problematic estate in the country deemed “a most unjustified depiction” by the adjudicator.

There was also good news for Blackrock, which picked up a Climate Change Award and for Dromiskin, which won a Youth Award.

2010 National winner Tallanstown was once again named the tidiest place in Co Louth, with Blackrock second and Knockbridge third.

Tallanstown jumped by four points on last year’s total to 317, with Blackrock also up four to 312 and Knockbridge up two to 311.

Dundalk gained three points to go to 306, with Drogheda also up three to 307.

Pensioner robbed and assaulted in broad daylight on Clanbrassil Street

The entrance to Wrightson's Lane, which the attacker fled down after robbing and assaulting his 78-year-old victim

The entrance to Wrightson’s Lane, which the attacker fled down after robbing and assaulting his 78-year-old victim

A local pensioner was robbed and assaulted in broad daylight on Clanbrassil Street on Monday morning.

The incident happened just before 11am close to the Church Street end of the road. A man, described as being around 30 years of age and 5ft 9in in height, of slim build and wearing a dark blue, came up behind the 78-year-old victim and grabbed a plastic bag which he was carrying.

The man was struck several times during the incident by a golf club handle that was being used like a baton. He suffered injuries to his right arm and neck but these are not thought to be serious.

The man fled down an alleyway known as Wrightson’s Lane, which leads onto Chapel Street.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9335577.

Superman takes to the skies above Dundalk

Following on from our last post regarding the aerial view of Clanbrassil Street, we thought it worth sharing this drone video which Niall Carroll recorded recently.

The local photographer tied a Superman figure to the drone to give it the impression of the superhero flying over Dundalk.

It’s worth a view for that alone but also for the stunning sights of the town.

Clanbrassil Street from the sky

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Thanks to PAK Aerial Media for sharing this superb aerial shot of Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk.

The church among the trees is the Parish Church of St Nicholas, affectionately known locally as the Green Church. The Long Walk Shopping Centre and Carroll Village can also be seen, as well as the Marist Church, Coláiste Rís school and the CBS primary school.

Colortrend to host charity tea party in aid of cancer groups tomorrow

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Colortrend Paint and Wallpaper Store in the North Link Retail Park will host a charity tea party in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Action Breast Cancer this Friday.

The event will take place in store throughout the day with food and refreshments kindly donated by Belle’s Coffee Boutique in The Cellars on Clanbrassil Street.

All support for the event is welcomed with goodie bags up for grabs on the day.

One Dundalk bar close to being sold while another is set to reopen

McManus' Bar in Seatown

McManus’ Bar in Seatown

One of Dundalk’s best known bars is close to being sold while another is set to reopen.

McManus’ Bar in Seatown went on the market last February but has gone sale agreed in recent weeks with local estate agents REA Gunne Property.

The bar, located on the corner of Seatown and Mary Street North, had an asking price of €350,000.

It has a number of bar areas, a lounge, a music/games room, a private beer garden with smoking facilities, residential accommodation overhead and a commercial off sales area that benefits from own door access onto Seatown.

The property is leased for a period of 4 years 9 months from March 1st 2014 at an annual rent of €26,000 and the current tenant will be unaffected by the sale.

Meanwhile, the Central Bar in Clanbrassil Street – which traded most recently as Benny Brady’s – is also set to reopen shortly. The new venture will be called Eoin’s Bar, with new signage erected in the last week.

Go ahead granted to convert former Irish Nationwide building into a shop


The go ahead has been given to open a new shop at the former Irish Nationwide Building Society office on Clanbrassil Street.

John Gao has been granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to convert the building at 86 Clanbrassil Street from a financial institution 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.