Dorothy Perkins to open on Clanbrassil Street tomorrow


The former Dorothy Perkins/Burton store in the Marshes will be converted into a H&M

Dorothy Perkins will open in Houston’s on Clanbrassil Street this Friday, with up to 30% off over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The store had previously been located in the Marshes Shopping Centre but is making way for Swedish brand H&M, which is expected to be open by July.

The store is being revamped and extended for H&M, with a mezzanine level similar to the men’s section of River Island being added.

To mark the Bank Holiday weekend Houston’s will also have a number of other special offers running on Friday and Saturday.

McAteer’s The Food House to open in Carlingford this July


McAteer’s The Food House are set to open in Carlingford in early July.

The popular shop, restaurant and delicatessan, run by Jerome McAteer and Bobby Wain, has been a huge success since opening on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk in recent years.

Now a new venture awaits with McAteer’s currently on the look out for chefs, general kitchen staff, deli assistants and waiting staff, both full and part-time.

If you are interested please send your CV and references to

Interviews will take place shortly as McAteer’s hope to integrate staff with their existing team in Dundalk before their new premises in Carlingford opens in July.

39-year-old arrested for break-in to Boylesports

Boylesports on Clanbrassil Street

Boylesports on Clanbrassil Street

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the weekend in connection with a burglary at a bookmakers in the town in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The incident took place at Boylesports on Clanbrassil Street around 12.15am on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

The man attempted to break-in to the premises, causing €200 worth of damage in the process. He felt after an alarm was activated but was apprehended and arrested a short distance away.

The man has since been charged and bailed to appear before a sitting of Dundalk Circuit Court at a later date.

McAteer’s make last ditch appeal for Yes vote in marriage equality referendum

Bobby Wain and Jerome McAteer

Bobby Wain and Jerome McAteer

One of Dundalk’s best known gay couples have issued a last ditch appeal for people to vote yes in tomorrow’s marriage equality referendum.

Jerome McAteer and Bobby Wain, best known as the proprietors of popular Clanbrassil Street eatery McAteer’s Food House, have been in a relationship for a number of years.

Ahead of Friday’s vote though, Jerome took to the McAteer’s Facebook page encouraging people to vote Yes.

He said: “So everyone we are almost there. Thank God!! Myself & Bob would like all our family, friends & lovely customers to give a YES vote this Friday so as ALL people of Ireland whoever you love will have the same right to marry. It is ALL Ireland’s gay peoples’ future at stake here & especially our future children.

“As Mary McAleese put it so well: ‘The only children affected by this referendum will be Ireland’s gay children. It is their future which is at stake. It is in our hands. They are too few in number to win this on their own. A yes vote costs the rest of us nothing. A no vote costs our gay children everything.’

“So please
for all gay people right now.
For all our future gay children.
And indeed for myself & Bob 

“Thank you & fingers crossed for Friday. X”


Sheba Boutique celebrate 70 years in business with 20% off sale this weekend

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Sheba Boutique in Clanbrassil Street are celebrating 70 years in business this year and to mark the occasion they are having a 20% off sale in store all day Friday and Saturday.

To mark the sale there will be prosecco and canapés from 4pm to 8pm on Friday night with all welcome to attend.

The shop is in its third generation. Kitty Mulligan started off the business in 1945. When she was killed in a tragic road accident in 1971 her daughter Sheila Gaffney took over the business.

Sheila’s daughter Jean McArdle then entered the business 10 years ago and they are still working side by side and enjoying every minute of it.

Be sure to pop in to Sheba at the weekend to wish them well and maybe even pick up a bargain in the process.

Belles Coffee Boutique opening in Dundalk on Monday

bellesBelles Coffee Boutique will open in Clanbrassil Street on Monday with a special private launch event taking place from 6pm this evening.

The sister café of the popular Belles Tea Rooms in Blackrock, it will be located in The Cellars at McEvoy’s Department Store.

Tonight’s private launch night gets underway at 6pm with a wine reception and entertainment from local singer/songwriter Stewart Agnew.

Belles Coffee Boutique will then open to the public on Monday morning.

The new venture, run by Mark and Michelle McCumiskey, has been described as “an elegant shabby chic coffee room that serves the finest coffee and homemade pastries, savoury and sweet.”

For further details call 086 778 9361.

Elmay Boutique celebrates first anniversary in style

Laura Corry of Elmay

Laura Corry of Elmay

Elmay Professional Styling Boutique recently celebrated its first anniversary in their store at 30 Clanbrassil Street in style.

The store hosted a Fabulously Fashionable Event which consisted of fashion shows in-store throughout the day where they showcased Elmay’s exciting range of labels including Libra, Darcy, Personal Choice and Naya by Michael H, Aria, Avalon, Ella Boo, Gardeur, Comma, S Oliver, Street One, Via Veneto among many more.

The store caters for a wide variety of sizes from 10-24 and there is something for every occasion from smart/casual to more occasional/wedding wear –  all of which are exclusive to Elmay Boutique in Dundalk.

Laura Corry, proprietor of Elmay Boutique, and the team at Elmay would like to thank all their loyal customers for their continued support throughout the year.

Laura said: “We cannot do it without you our valued customers so our sincerest thanks to you all.”

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New craft market to open at McEvoy’s

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A new craft market will open at McEvoy’s on Clanbrassil Street on Monday May 18th.

The Cellers will be open from Monday to Saturday, with a number of stalls available to rent. They are suitable for a wide range of uses and give you the opportunity to showcase your products or services in one of the town’s busiest stores.

Access will be directly from McEvoy’s and Belle’s Coffee Boutique, which also opens on May 18th.

For further details ask in store or email Gerard at


Prominent Clanbrassil Street building for sale

The front of The Diamond Buildings on Clanbrassil Street

The front of The Diamond Buildings on Clanbrassil Street

One of the most prominent buildings on Clanbrassil Street has gone on the market for an undisclosed sum.

The Diamond Buildings portfolio at 49/50 Clanbrassil Street and 2-6 Yorke Street is for sale through local estate agents DNG Duffy.

Best known for housing Jacqueline Woods Interiors’ shop, the portfolio offers an opportunity to invest in a collection of residential, commercial and retail elements, with the total offering sitting across c.0.37 acres of land.

The initial focus is a dual fronted retail space on Clanbrassil Street measuring c.192sqm. The property includes two floors of exquisite residential accommodation comprising four bedrooms, kitchen and living room with separate entrance from Clanbrassil Street.

The development aspect of the portfolio includes units 2-6 Yorke Street inclusive, which currently are disused buildings with open yard space.

The agents insist that the portfolio offers a “multitude of current and future opportunities.”

For further details visit

The Diamond Buildings portfolio from Yorke Street

The Diamond Buildings portfolio from Yorke Street

End of an era as Country Stores Toymaster prepares to close


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.