End of an era in Dundalk as Mulhern’s prepares to close

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It will be the end of an era in Park Street on Saturday when Mulhern’s shoe shop closes its doors.

A shoe shop has been present at the site of Gerald Mulhern’s popular store for around 150 or 160 years having first been known as Murtagh’s.

Anyone who attended the St Malachy’s School, aka The Friary, over the years will have great memories of passing there following the annual sports day when all the prizes were showcased in the windows.

Many generations of people from Dundalk and further afield got their first pair of shoes in Mulhern’s and it will be sad to see it closing.

You still have a chance to make one last purchase though. Call in before close of business on Saturday for one last visit to one of Dundalk’s most iconic shops.

Tommy Bowe in Dundalk this Saturday


Ireland and Lions rugby star Tommy Bowe will be in Dundalk this Saturday to launch his new footwear collection for Lloyd & Pryce.

The Tommy Bowe signature shoe range has been popular since launching in recent years and the Monaghan native will be in McKenna Man in Earl Street this Saturday to launch his new summer collection.

The Ulster winger will be in store form 4.30pm and all are welcome to attend.

In the meantime, you can preview the collection here.

New boutique to open on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk next week


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

When the shoe is on the other foot


Local Sinn Féin councillor Tomás Sharkey had a morning to forget when he left for work this morning wearing two different types of shoe.

Cllr Sharkey clearly seen the amusing side of it though after posting the picture to his social media pages, saying: “Turned up for work today in odd shoes. Does this mean I am becoming like Garreth Fitzgerald? Mary Lou McDonald wouldn’t do such a thing.”

Things might not have went in Cllr Sharkey’s favour in terms of footwear this morning but the Louth County Council rep will be hoping he’s a shoe in for the local elections in May.

Odd shoes? No I meant it


If you happen to see someone wearing an odd pair of shoes in Dundalk today, don’t panic, they probably meant to do it.

That’s because today is the Funny Feet Fundraiser in Dundalk, aimed at promoting and raising funds to establish the first cancer care centre in the town in association with CARA.

Organisers have been encouraging people to wear odd shoes or decorate them as part of the campaign, which is being supported by a number of schools, offices, banks, factories and restaurants.

Collectors will be around the town and anyone who partakes could be in line to win a prize.