Cuchullain Credit Union now on Facebook

Cuchullain Credit Union

Cuchullain Credit Union

Cuchullain Credit Union on the Ramparts Road have recently launched a new Facebook page.

The page will allow members and potential members to stay up to date with what is happening within the credit union. It will also include details of competition and bursaries for primary, secondary and third level education over the coming weeks.

Click here to follow them now.

Local teens create new app that posts across several social networks at once

Cian Martin Bohan and Cormac Kinsella at the launch of their new app, Open Share

Cian Martin Bohan and Cormac Kinsella at the launch of their new app, Open Share

Two local CoderDojo pals, Cian Martin Bohan and Cormac Kinsella, 13 and 14 respectively, have created an app that allows a user to share a post across several social networks at the same time.

Their app, Open Share, works across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Viber, Gmail, Tumblr and SMS.

Open Share is available in the Google Play store and a version is coming to iOS and Windows Phone before the end of the year.

The two pals were regulars at the CoderDojo coding club since it began in Drogheda three years ago, and they spent more than a year working on their app.

Cian and Cormac collaborated at CoderDojo, stayed over at their homes in Drogheda and Dundalk for all-night coding sessions, and collaborated over a distance using Face Time and Skype to get their app to market.

Drogheda CoderDojo founder and local tech entrepreneur Graham O’Rourke recognised the teens’ achievement and told Silicon Republic: “You both have worked so hard to get to your first commercial launch … remember be proud and if you need to pivot, you will succeed!”

Convicted sex offender operating as a pimp in Dundalk and Carlingford

'Mucky' Marty Heaney

‘Mucky’ Marty Heaney

A convicted sex offender is reported to have established himself as a pimp in this area, operating between Dundalk and Carlingford.

According to The Sunday World, self-confessed child abuser ‘Mucky’ Marty Heaney – who once used the cover of a ‘Children in Need’ charity to lure two teenage girls into his web of evil – is a Facebook fraudster, who uses the site to spy on unsuspecting innocents.

The paper reports that he uses a number of false Facebook accounts while plotting to procure the services of cash-strapped young women.

According to The Sunday World: “We discovered he likes to trawl the internet searching for suitable females. And once a number of targets are singled out, he sends the girls a personal message asking: “Do you want to make an easy £20 for 5 minutes work?

“Then a few minutes later, he sends a second message stating: “Sorry! Sent that by mistake lol.”

The paper said that Heaney uses the technique – a seemingly innocent message sent in error – to lure young females into starting Facebook correspondence with him.

Once he gains their confidence he then pushes the conversation in the direction of sexual preference.

You can read the full story here.

Water metering protests coming to Dundalk

With water metering set to commence in Dundalk in the next few weeks, a group of locals are trying to organise a protest fighting back against the introduction of water charges.

A new group – Louth water metering lets fight back – has been set up on Facebook and has attracted around 350 followers to date.

They are appealing for people to get involved with helping to stop meters being installed in the area and anyone interested is asked to contact 087-6350177 to get involved.

New boutique to open on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk next week

elmay

Clanbrassil Street is set for a welcome boost as a new styling boutique is set to open its doors on Friday May 2nd.

The person responsible for the new venture, which will be called Elmay Professional Styling Boutique, is Dundalk woman Laura (Hughes) Corry – the former manager of Sally West, which closed its doors recently.

Laura has over 12 years experience in the fashion industry and she comes from a strong family background steeped in fashion history from designers to manufacturers and wholesalers to retailers.

Laura has furthered her styling knowledge by receiving professional training from top celebrity stylist Nicky Hambleton Jones who is best known for presenting Channel 4′s hit show 10 Years Younger.

Elmay Professional Styling Boutique will combine both styling expertise with clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories to give each customer an individual look.

Elmay Boutique will cater for a wide variety of ladies from mid-20s to mid-70s and above, and with a selection of sizes from 8-24 there will surely be something to satisfy all women’s needs.

The shop will be located at 30 Clanbrassil Street – the former Madame Kay’s – and will have well-known brands from the four corners of the globe as well as celebrating the best of Irish fashion hosting labels such as Endora.ie, most recently seen on Ireland AM, as well as Avalon, Via Veneto, Roisin McCarthy knitwear and Aria – a company which featured in Elle magazine’s top 10 brands of last year.

Elmay Boutique will offer a special opening discount of up to 20% off for each customer from Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th May. For more updates visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ElmayProfessionalStylingBoutique

Dundalk students running for positions on Irish Secondary Schools Union

Craig McHugh's election poster

Craig McHugh’s election poster

Two Dundalk students, Craig McHugh and Shay McArdle, are running for positions on the national executive of the Irish Secondary Schools Union (ISSU).

Craig McHugh is running for the position of president, while Shay McArdle is contesting the position of welfare officer.

The Union, which has been in existence since the 1970s, represents and works on behalf of the views and opinions of secondary students of Ireland with direct links to government and authorities with the power to make change.

17-year-old Craig is a fifth year student from Dundalk Grammar School. Best known for his appearances in theatre on his YouTube channel and work with youth groups, Craig is contesting for the position of president as he feels he could represent the ever growing union in a strong, efficient and effective manner.

Craig is currently the chair of Dundalk Grammar School’s Student Council, and has recently organised and presented the council’s highly successful Talent Show which raised over €760 for Cara Cancer Support Centre. Craig also sits as Vice Chair of Louth Comhairle na nÓg and is an active member of Louth Young Fine Gael, Dundalk Musical Society and MAD Youth Theatre.

Craig’s main goals as president would be to work for a more practical and efficent education system in Ireland, that caters for students that don’t wish “to be slaves to the point system” and showcase the importance of Career Guidance teachers in Ireland.

Shay McArdle, 16 of O Fiaich College is a sixth year student and is running for the position of ISSU Welfare Officer. Shay is an active member of Craobh Rua, is the policy maker of Louth Young Fine Gael and is the Louth representative of the National Comhairle na nÓg and is currently raising money for charity by skydiving and doing a sponsored starvation day.

Shay is campaigning for Mental Health Awareness among second level students and equality for race, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds. Shay wishes to become the Welfare Officer of ISSU because he feels no matter where he goes he strives to make a difference for the good no matter how great or small.

Both candidates will seek election on Wednesday at the ISSU 2014 AGM in Dublin’s Liberty Hall, with voters representing schools across Ireland attending to voice their opinions and decide their future leaders.

You can support the tw0 campaigns via Facebook. Craig’s page can be found here, while Shay’s can be found here.

Shay McArdle's election poster

Shay McArdle’s election poster

Eno prepare for birthday celebrations by releasing behind the scenes video

The good folk at Eno Bar & Grill in Roden Place recently spent a day filming behind the scenes to give customers an idea of what goes into preparing the restaurant for a busy Saturday night.

You can view the video above.

The restaurant are busy preparing for their birthday celebrations next month.

Below are all the amazing special offers they have going on over a 4 day period next week.

  • Tuesday April 1st: Half price on their house red or white wine all night. That means a glass is just €2.95, a carafe €7 or a bottle €11.50.
  • Wednesday April 2nd: A 2 for 1 will be available on their Early Bird menu serving from 5pm to 7pm (last orders 6.30pm). That means two people can dine for the price of one. As big interest is expected you are encouraged to book now to secure this offer. Every diner on the night will also get a personal voucher to use on a return visit in April. This will entitle them to a free starter or dessert from the Early Bird menu.
  • Thursday April 3rd and Friday April 4th: Enjoy 5 for €5 cocktails all night on both these nights.
  • Saturday April 5th: Four friends will wine and dine for free in Eno. A Facebook competition is underway at present offering you the chance to win a three course meal for you and three friends, as well as two bottles of Italian house wine. Simply like and share the video on Eno’s Facebook page to be entered. Winners will be announced on Tuesday April 1st.

Finally, during the month of April Eno will also randomly mention some “secret” discounted items, exclusively for their Facebook, Twitter and newsletter followers so make sure you are following them.

Ford Cortina Enthusiasts to host Spring Run in Dundalk

An old Cortina which would be expected to feature at the Spring Run event in the Carrickdale next month

An old Cortina which would be expected to feature at the Spring Run event in the Carrickdale next month

The Ford Cortina Enthusiasts of Ireland group will hold their Spring Run weekend in The Carrickdale Hotel in Dundalk from Friday April 4th to Sunday April 6th.

The weekend of events will feature a drive in some of the old cars on the Saturday and all are welcome to attend.

Further details on their Facebook page.

Morgan hits out at “evil elements” he believes are plotting against him

Cllr Oliver Morgan

Cllr Oliver Morgan

Dundalk Town Councillor Oliver Morgan believes a number of “evil elements” are plotting against him in his bid to land a seat on Louth County Council in the forthcoming elections.

As revealed on Talk of the Town yesterday, the Meadow Grove man has lodged a complaint with gardaí in Dundalk after his Facebook page was hacked last week in the lead-up to his campaign launch last Friday night in the Imperial Hotel.

Explicit material was believed to have been posted on his page, all of which has since been removed.

In a statement on the matter, Cllr Morgan said he believes the same people who made unfounded allegations against him shortly after his last election campaign in 2010 are behind the current attack and said he was “gutted” that anyone would do such a thing.

He said: “I am utterly gutted to see that the evil elements who tried to destroy my public representational career in 2010 have not gone away.
“I have reported this latest despicable episode to An Garda Siochana who have told me that they will spare no effort in the attempt to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“I wish, once again, to thank all those who gave me such helpful support during the last campaign against me and I am counting on them to rally around me during this latest episode of filthy vilification.”

Cllr Morgan was first elected to Dundalk Town Council in 2009 as a Fianna Fáil representative but will be aiming for a seat on Louth County Council in May as an independent representative.

You can read extracts of Cllr Morgan’s campaign launch speech here.