Blow for Supermac’s fans as new Louth restaurant is to open in Drogheda, not Dundalk

logoThere has been some bad news for local fans of Irish fast food chain Supermac’s, with their new Louth store not set to open in Dundalk.

Last October Talk of the Town revealed that the franchise, which operates over 100 restaurants nationwide, was due to open in Co Louth.

At the time management at Supermac’s would only reveal that the new restaurant would only be in one of the county’s two major towns but it has now been revealed that the new Supermac’s will be opening in Drogheda, not Dundalk.

Supermac’s were previously based in Dundalk in the former Phil Lynch premises – now Heustons – in Clanbrassil Street in the mid to late ‘Nineties.

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

While people from this area now have the option of travelling to Drogheda, it will come as a disappointment to many that the new store will not be opening locally with many highly enthusiastic about the prospect when discussing the matter on the Talk of the Town Facebook page last year.

As well as Supermac’s, the new Drogheda outlet will also include the company’s pizza chain, Papa John’s.

New barbers opening in Dundalk this Saturday

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A new barber shop, Signature Hair, will open its doors on Clanbrassil Street this Saturday.

Run by local man Barry Kieran, the barbers will be located at 74 Clanbrassil Street – the former Portway Travel/Rug Store shop, in between Swift Alterations and Property Partners Laurence Gunne.

The shop will open at 9am Saturday and appointments can be made by calling or texting Barry on 087 9642463.

The Market Bar to host black tie event for second anniversary celebrations

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The Market Bar in Clanbrassil Street will be celebrating its second anniversary on Friday January 30th and to mark the occasion they are hosting an exclusive ticket-only black tie event.

The event gets underway at 8.30pm with a drinks reception. This will be followed by a three course meal and live music.

Tickets are limited and are available by calling 042 9356652, priced €40 each.

The Darkness set to rock Dundalk as Spirit Store show is confirmed for March

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British rock band The Darkness are set to play The Spirit Store in Dundalk on Friday March 6th.

The band – whose hit singles include ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, ‘Growing On Me’ and ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ – were massive in the in the first half of the last decade before splitting in 2006.

They reunited in 2011, however, with their third album ‘Hot Cakes’ released in August 2012.

Tickets for their Dundalk show, priced at €22, will go on sale this Thursday at 9am from www.spiritstore.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie. They will also be available from McAteer’s The Food House on Clanbrassil Street, Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and from the bar of The Spirit Store from 4pm on Thursday.

For those of you who’d like to relive old times, here’s one of their biggest hits…

Dundalk 29th in latest IBAL survey

Clanbrassil Street was one of the areas the survey found to be littered

Clanbrassil Street was one of the areas the survey found to be littered

Dundalk was ranked 29th out of 40 towns in the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) Anti Litter Survey, released today.

The town was found to be Clean to European Norms, although it was in the bottom half of the league.

Neighbouring Drogheda was found to be moderately littered, which suggests that the local authority have work to do to raise the standards heading into the New Year.

Some of the better sites in the town included Dundalk Grammar School, the ‘managed’ Recycle Facility and Dundalk Institute of Technology. Clanbrassil Street was seriously littered as was the connecting road between Dundalk and Drogheda.

The full details of each area surveyed is below:

Approach from the North: Grade A. This was a very good route with attractive red paving for the pedestrian and cycle paths. The grass was neat and shrubbery / trees were in good order.

Dundalk Grammar School: Grade A. A very well presented and maintained educational environment – well done to all involved in same.

Dundalk Recycling: Grade A. This is a ‘managed’ facility where you drive through a barrier. The entrance was in excellent order – red brick paving, abundant flower boxes, grass and road markings / signage were very good. There was a complete absence of litter in the area surveyed.

Dundalk Institute of Technology: Grade A. Dundalk Institute of Technology is very much living up to the ethos of the Green Flag – it was spotless throughout. As well as a lack of litter the overall presentation of buildings / greenery / signage etc. was excellent.

Castleblaney Approach Road: Grade B. There was a variety of litter at this site, much of it food related e.g. sweet papers, plastic bottles, fast-food wrappers and cans. As well as these items cigarette packs and butts were also very much in evidence.

Dunnes Stores Car Park: Grade B. There was litter within the car park proper and the surrounding pedestrian pathways. Chewing gum and cigarette butts were most prevalent with lower levels of fast-food wrappers and plastic bottles.

Clanbrassil Street: Grade C. This street is very well served by litter bins and has had a relatively recent lift in terms of presentation of the square and courthouse so it is a real shame to see it score so poorly – as well as being heavily littered the seating looked very worn and the paving was uneven and dangerous.

Oriel Park: Grade B. A more thorough approach to cleaning could make a big difference to this site – all litter appeared to be ‘new’ i.e. not a long-term build up – a variety of food related litter was present at the main entrance and environs.

Dundalk Train Station: Grade B. This site just missed getting the top litter grade – with a little extra care on behalf of the users of the station this could easily be achieved.

Link road between Dundalk and Drogheda – South Bound: Grade C. All of this route was within County Louth so the results are for the one county. Surveyor noted that there was persistent litter along the left hand side of the road in the ditches and grass. The result of recent grass cutting was ‘chopped up litter’. As well as the usual types of litter there was plenty of plastic.

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 www.facebook.com/silverliningsdundalk 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 www.lilycoo.com 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 info@rcne.ie

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 www.dundalk.ie/santa 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.