There’s probably not a parent in Dundalk of a certain age who didn’t shop there over the years but, after 31 years in business, the Country Stores Toymaster in Forkhill is set to close for good.
Located just over the border, near Murphy’s on the Carrickasticken Road, its owners Sharon and John Eveson announced at the weekend they were to retire.
The Evesons had previously operated a Toymaster in Dundalk, firstly in Clanbrassil Street from August 1991 to 2007 when they moved to the Long Walk before closing in the summer of 2008.
Their Forkhill store remained open though and it is on a nostalgic note that its closure has arrived. Its location just three miles from Dundalk made it a hugely popular place for toys, particularly in the late Eighties and Nineties before the likes of Smyth’s arrived in town. It proved particularly popular in years where the old Irish punt was worth more than sterling.
The Evesons have thanked all their customers from over the years and have announced a retirement sale, which gets underway this Tuesday at 10am. Be sure to call out to Country Stores Toymaster one last time to grab a bargain.
The Marist Church in Dundalk will be the setting for an afternoon concert of choral and orchestral music on Sunday next at 5pm.
Dundalk’s Clermont Chorale and the Fr McNally Chamber Orchestra will be joined by Dublin choir Cantairí Avondale in a performance which will include the Schubert Mass in G, the Capriol Suite by Warlock, Bruckner’s Ave Maria, the Pizzicato Polka by Strauss and many other well-loved choral and orchestral pieces.
Tickets for the event are available from Brendan Marmion’s on Clanbrassil Street (€12 and €10 concession), from any choir or orchestra member or at the door.
The Easter Egg Hut in Clanbrassil Street
The Easter Egg Hut is back in Dundalk having reopened in the last few days.
Originally set up last year by Dundalk IT business student Declan Curran, it proved a huge success in selling a range of eggs and seasonal novelties in the build-up to Easter.
This year it’s back in a new location in the former Declan’s shop on Clanbrassil Street, opposite Byrne’s Chemist, with Declan’s sister Éadaoin McGuinness at the helm.
Éadaoin told Talk of the Town: “We have an even wider selection of eggs to suit every member of the family and gift sets start from just €2.50! We have all sizes of eggs, even giant ones!”
Amongst the brands stocked include a wide variety from Cadbury’s, Kinnerton, Thornton’s and character eggs and sets from the likes of Frozen, Minnie, Mickey, Thomas, Skylanders, Turtles, Minions and lots more!
There are also fantastic baskets for babies and for the special person in your life.
To make Easter affordable, whilst still staying special, The Easter Egg Hut will allow customers to secure items with a deposit and pay off them as they wish.
You can find out more about the shop on its Facebook page or call in yourself to see all it has to offer.
AIB in Dundalk
AIB Dundalk will host a mortgage information evening on Wednesday evening from6pm to 8pm.
All are welcome to pop in to the branch in Clanbrassil Street that evening to meet the bank’s mortgage teams and to discuss your options regarding a mortgage.
Further details on AIB mortgages can be found here.
Bank of Ireland will host an open house mortgage event in their Dundalk branch in Clanbrassil Street this Saturday.
The event runs from 10am to 1pm and offers first-time buyers or trader uppers the chance to come along and discuss everything they need to do in order to obtain a mortgage.
All are welcome to attend.
This year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Dundalk will have a new route.
The parade will commence at 1pm from the Carroll Village Shopping Centre car park and finish at the Tesco Extra megastore at Hill Street bridge.
It will travel up Clanbrassil Street, on to the Market Square, Crowe Street, Francis Street and Park Street before breaking up at the end of Dublin Street.
Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny is this year’s Grand Marshal, with sponsors including Horseware Products Ltd and Moffett Engineering Ltd.
A family fun zone will be operating at the Market Square and Earl Street from12 noon to 4pm on the day with a fun fair also open at the Marshes Shopping Centre from 12 noon to 10pm.
Boylesports plan to expand into the former Brass Rail boutique (on right of the picture)
Boylesports are looking to expand their betting shop in Clanbrassil Street, Talk of the Town can exclusively reveal.
The betting chain, whose headquarters are in Dundalk, have applied for planning permission to convert the vacant Unit 1 of 86 Clanbrassil Street into a bookmakers premises.
Unit 1 of 86 Clanbrassil Street is the former Brass Rail premises, which has been lying idle since the boutique closed its doors last August.
If given the go ahead, Boylesports would be extending the ground floor of the bookmakers into Unit 1, as well as carrying out alterations to the front of both buildings.
Louth County Council are due to decide on the matter by April 29th.
Modern Fashions in Clanbrassil Street are hosting a designer bridal showcase weekend from Friday March 27th to Sunday March 29th.
The store have a new bridal collection launching with collections by Maggie Sottero, Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane, Sottero & Midgley and Sacha James.
A sneak preview of the collection will take place on Thursday March 26th before the popular bridal event from Friday to Sunday. This will give brides the chance to see the gowns modelled and give you valued inspiration before your appointment.
Limited invitations are available so contact Modern Fashions today at 042 9334356 for your free appointment.
There will be a free glass of bubbly on arrival to the preview and if you “Say Yes To The Dress’ over the course of the three day event and you will also receive 10% off plus a bonus prize.
A campaign has been launched to turn Dundalk purple as part of Today FM’s Shave, Dye or Oh My fundraiser in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.
Organiser Orla Crilly, from Pearse Park, is asking all hairdressers and barbers in the town to participate in the event on Thursday March 12th.
Each business is being asked to dye the hair of at least 10 people purple on the day.
Amongst the hairdressers signed up so far are Monet on Dublin Street, The Grafton Barber in the Marshes, Signature Hair in Clanbrassil Street, The Works at the Market Square, Charlie’s Barbers and Chaplin’s in the Clanbrassil Centre and Felda.
Already signed up to get dyed are Spirit Store staff Alan Anderson and Brian Loughran and John Doyle of The Fane Bar.
Anyone who wishes to get involved can contact Orla at 087 2797901. Donations can also be made online here.
St Peter’s Athletic Club in Dromiskin are hosting a 50 shades of spring fashion show in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday March 5th to raise funds for young athlete James Meenan, who will carry the Irish flag in the Special Olympics in Los Angeles this summer.
The event will also seek to raise funds for the club’s new track.
On the night there will be exhibitors from Ruby Nu in Park Street and Elmay and Bella Me Dress House in Clanbrassil Street.
Tickets, priced €10, are available from any of the competing shops or from The Gift and Art Gallery. Alternatively you can pay at the door on the night.