Silver Linings pop-up shop opens on Clanbrassil Street

Orla Barry and Sarah McKenna of Silver Linings

Orla Barry and Sarah McKenna of Silver Linings

Bridge Street Studios artists Orla Barry and Sarah McKenna have recently opened a pop-up shop of Irish Designer Art and Craft ‘Silver Linings’ at 22 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk.

The store opened last Wednesday and will remain open until Christmas Eve. It has a fantastic range of work by 35 Irish artists, makers and designers.

‘Silver Linings’ will be open daily on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am-6pm, Thursday from 10am-8pm and on Sunday from 12-6pm.

The shop has a large variety of work for sale which is ideal for Christmas presents and all are handmade in Ireland. The ethos behind ‘Silver Linings’ is to demonstrate that people can buy quality Irish handmade products at affordable prices while supporting local artists, makers and designers.

Stockists include ceramicists Mary Cowan and Gillian Callan, jewellers Garrett Mallon, Fiona Thornton, Cecelia Casey, Jill Graham, Nuala Lynch, Natasha Duddy, Emma Andrews, Sinead McInerney and Rachel McKnight, textile artists Fiona Quigley, Mel Bradley, Rachel Tinniswood, Liz Christy, Breda McNelis and Rag Button by Heather Burgess. Also taking part are Patricia Murphy Art, Slated tableware by Tara Hammond, Koko Designs; handpainted silk scarves, bags and lamps, home and giftware by Green Gorgeous, Mooble and Toobles baby apparel, King’s Forge Glass, print artists Martina Scott, Tracey Fry and Orlaith Cullinane, Emma’s Eco-Soy Candles and of course Orla Barry Art and Sarah McKenna Ceramics. Plus more to come!

Visit for more information.

Dundalk-based clothing store LilyCoo to open pop up shop on Clanbrassil Street this Friday

Suzanne Jackson of So Sue Me blog is the face of LilyCoo, which will open a pop up shop on Clanbrassil Street this Friday

Suzanne Jackson of So Sue Me blog is the face of LilyCoo, which will open a pop up shop on Clanbrassil Street this Friday

Locally-based online clothing store, LilyCoo is set to open a pop up shop in Clanbrassil Street this Friday.

This will allow people from both near and far to browse through LilyCoo’s selection of dresses, which are ideal for a Christmas party, a big night out or a wedding.

The pop up shop will be located beside Wendle’s and will also stock a range of jumpers, tops, shirts, cardigans and coats for women.

LilyCoo was launched in October 2013 by Oonagh McNally and Kevin Quinn from the Castle Road.

Earlier this month popular Irish fashion blogger and model Suzanne Jackson of So Sue Me was unveiled as the face of LilyCoo’s Christmas campaign.

You can check out all LilyCoo has to offer at or call into the store from this Friday.

Rape Crisis North East to hold Christmas Hamper fundraiser next week

Rape Crisis North East will be holding their Christmas Hamper fundraising event on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of December in the Clanbrassil Centre, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk.

All proceeds from this event will go to Rape Crisis North East charity, to provide a much needed counselling and support service to the increased number of women, men and teenagers attending the service. For more details contact Rape Crisis North East Centre on 042 9339491 oremail

For counselling and support please contact their freephone confidential helpline number 1800 21 21 22.

Dundalk Santa Run is finally here with road closures in place tonight to accommodate it

The Coca Cola truck parked at Tesco Extra this morning

The Coca Cola truck parked at Tesco Extra this morning

It’s finally here, the day you’ve all been waiting for!

No, not Christmas, but the Dundalk Santa Fun Run.

The event, which is aiming to break another world record, gets underway from 6.30pm this evening at the back of the Tesco Extra shopping centre. From there it will make its way to the Market Square.

Also at Tesco tonight will be the Coca Cola truck, which features in the famous advert with the tune ‘Holiday’s are coming’.

The truck is already parked outside Tesco this morning but will be lit up and available for people to check out properly from 4.30pm until 9pm.

People can still get involved in the Santa Run today. The distance is only 1km and you can walk, run or crawl. Registration can be made online at and make sure to collect your race tag and santa suit at the Santa Run HQ at Pulse Pacemaker, Park Street. Registration fee is €10 per Adult and €5 per child.

As a result of the run, a number of roads in the town will be closed between 6pm and 8pm to accommodate it.

These include:

  • Ramparts Road (from Junction with Stapleton Drive to junction with Thomas Street)
  • Thomas Street
  • Dublin Street (from junction with Thomas Street to junction with Park Street)
  • Park Street (from junction with Anne Street to The Demesne)
  • Market Square
  • The Long Walk
  • Griffith Court/Laurels
  • Church Street (from Junction with the Laurels to Clanbrassil Street)
  • Clanbrassil Street

The alternative routes and traffic diversions will be sign posted on site for the various section closures.

Businesses offering special deals for launch of Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture

To mark the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture this weekend a number of local businesses have put together special offers to mark the occasion.

All of the businesses will be open late on Friday evening for the official launch of the festival at the Market Square and here are some of the offers you can avail of.

  • Sheba Boutique in Clanbrassil Street are offering 20% off everything in store on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Urbano 21 in Park Street are offering 10% off when you show the voucher below
  • Kids under 12 will eat for free in Johnny Mason’s when you present the voucher below
  • Barry’s Café at the Square are offering a kids treat of a hot chocolate and a chocolate muffin for just €2.
  • Jackie’s Café at the Square are offering free face painting for customers on Friday.






Heaven Boutique open pop up shop on Clanbrassil Street

Inside the new Heaven Boutique pop up shop at the Clanbrassil Centre on Clanbrassil Street

Inside the new Heaven Boutique pop up shop at the Clanbrassil Centre on Clanbrassil Street

Heaven Boutique, which used to trade in the Marshes Shopping Centre in the outlet now occupied by Starbucks, have opened up a new pop up shop at the Clanbrassil Centre on Clanbrassil Street.

The boutique opened its doors at 9am yesterday and will be trading for five weeks right through until December 23rd, with everything priced €15 or less.

The pop up shop is located in the former Michael H unit, opposite McArdle Meats and Boyd’s.

The store still trades online at but if you’re looking for a dress for Christmas or for a party over the festive period be sure to call in for the chance of grabbing a bargain.

An Evening of Mediumship in Dundalk this Saturday


An Evening of Mediumship with mediums Fiona Faery and Elaine Maher will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel this Saturday from 7-10pm.

Tickets, priced €20, are available at McAteer’s The Food House, Clanbrassil Street, Michael Smyth’s Gift Shop in Francis Street, via or on the night.

All proceeds raised will go towards Dundalk Dog Rescue.

Market Bar launch new lunch menu


The Market Bar has recently launched a new lunch menu as it prepares to celebrate two years opened this Christmas.

The popular Clanbrassil Street bar and tapas restaurant has a range of new options on the new look menus including baguettes, wraps, toasties, salads and, of course, tapas.

Lunch is served from 12 noon to 3pm Monday to Friday and from 12 noon to 4pm on weekdays.

For bookings call 042-9356652.


Supermac’s to return to Dundalk?

logoSupermac’s could be set for a return to Dundalk.

The Irish fast food chain, which operates over 100 restaurants nationwide, was previously based in the former Phil Lynch premises – now Heustons – in Clanbrassil Street in the mid to late ‘Nineties.

It has been closed over a decade, however, with the nearest restaurant located in Main Street, Carrickmacross.

Now Supermac’s could be set to return after they recently advertised a number of positions on their website for a new store opening in Co Louth.

While a spokesperson for Supermac’s could not confirm whether or not the new store would be in Dundalk due to the matter still having to go before the planning authorities, they said it would be in a large population area.

The positions advertised include general managers, assistant managers, supervisors and trainee managers. Further positions will be advertised at a later date.

While the exact location of the new Supermac’s is not known, the new restaurant is not expected to open until “early next year.” Any restaurant opening would also likely to include the company’s pizza chain, Papa John’s.

Further details can be found at