Dundalk News

Five star Dundalk roar into the semi-finals of the FAI Cup

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Five star Dundalk roar into the semi-finals of the FAI Cup

Any notions that Dundalk would have one eye on their impending title showdown with St Patrick’s Athletic were blown away as the Lilywhites marched triumphantly into the semi-finals of the FAI Cup thanks to a 5-1 demolition of Shelbourne at Tolka Park on Friday night. Stephen Kenny’s men ruthlessly... Read More

Private clamps being deployed at the Demesne

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Private clamps being deployed at the Demesne

Motorists using parking spaces along the shop front of the Desmesne have this week been hit with new clamping restrictions. Yet the clamping has been brought in privately, in a bid to stop the apparent practice of people leaving cars in the space all day.There is now a two hour limit to the... Read More

Demolition hails a wave of nostalgia for the old shopping centre

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Demolition hails a wave of nostalgia for the old shopping centre

IT was a notable start to the week in Dundalk as the workers building the new Tesco store began the demolition of the old Dundalk Shopping Centre. There was an outpouring of nostalgia on social media site Facebook, with many members of the Dundalk North End and Friends lamenting the end of the... Read More

Finnegan header gives U19s another victory

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Finnegan header gives U19s another victory

Dundalk U19s made it two wins out of two in the Aitricity Northen Division as they battled to a 2-1 victory over Fanad United on Saturday. Martin Connolly’s side had to dig deep to come away with all three points and they did so thanks to Paul Finnegan’s second-half winner.In a game played in... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

x8,000 given to Louth Hospice

A father of four who bought a stolen laptop to give to one of his children, was given a four month suspended sentence at Dundalk district court last week. Richard McDonagh (41) with an address at St. Vincent’s Avenue in Dundalk was prosecuted for handling stolen property, at Bridge Street, Dundalk... Read More

“I always knew I’d hit the jackpot”

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

“I always knew I’d hit the jackpot”

A Co Louth man, who is said to be from Dundalk, scooped a whopping €3.9 million in last Wednesdays Lotto draw. The winning ticket was sold at The Beehive Store on the Castletown Road, Dundalk.The lucky winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, collected his cheque from National Lottery offices on... Read More

New era for Relay for Life at stadium

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

New era for Relay for Life at stadium

Relay for Life is the biggest annual fundraising event in Dundalk every year and it’s found a permanent home - the Dundalk Racecourse. Having found difficulties in securing a venue in recent years, Dundalk Stadium came to the rescue.With the Relay date set for the 1st and 2nd June 2014, a race... Read More

Dundalk’s newest drug’s den discovered

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Dundalk’s newest drug’s den discovered

Residents in the Castletown Road area have raised their concerns regarding a derelict building being used by local drug addicts. Two concerned residents, Matthew English and Darren Taaffe investigated the den at the site a of the old Rice’s ShopInside they found silver wrapping and empty packets of... Read More

Skipper not worried about performance

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Skipper not worried about performance

Dundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell believes his late winner against Drogheda United puts the Lilywhites back in a great position ahead of their visit to Inchicore to take on table-topping St Patrick’s Athletic. The sides are locked level at the summit with the Dubliners ahead on goal difference as... Read More

Last cup clash with Shels was back in 2008

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Last cup clash with Shels was back in 2008

Dundalk have participated in the FAI Cup since 1927, when Bohs inflicted a 6-1 defeat in Dalymount Park. The following season Dundalk met Shels for the first time, the Reds prevailing on 3-1 scoreline in Dublin. It was 1932 before they met again in a first round match; Shels again winning, 2-1.... Read More

Youths bounce back from opening day defeat to pick up the points in Kildare

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Youths bounce back from opening day defeat to pick up the points in Kildare

Dundalk Youths bounced back from their opening day loss to Stella Maris by winning 2-1 on the road against Celbridge outfit Ballyouster on Sunday morning. Alan Browne’s side started brightly and Anton Reilly saw a free-kick well saved before A Boyle raced on to a Frank Osadebe pass only to see his... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Teenagers dressed like TV burglars

An 18 year old man charged with trespass and burglary offences over a four day period last month, had never come to Garda attention until his father was shot dead, Dundalk district court was told last Thursday. The court heard that Shane McMahon of Ashbrook, Avenue road, and a number of... Read More

Top celebs for Santa Run record attempt

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Top celebs for Santa Run record attempt

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, as part of the organizing body of the Dundalk Christmas Charity Fun Run/ Lunch are planning to break the Guinness World Record for the most Santa’s running a mile this November. This event is formally launched on Wednesday 11th of September on Market Square, Dundalk at 6.... Read More

Deloitte to audit house 
purchases

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Deloitte to audit house purchases

IN an unprecedented move the manager of Louth Local Authorities has ordered that an audit of council house acquisitions in 2010 be carried out. The audit comes in wake of revelations last week regarding the council purchasing two properties from senior members of its own housing section.In a... Read More

It’s more
medals
in Tidy
Towns

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

It’s more medals in Tidy Towns

Tallanstown took a gold medal, Knockbridge retained its silver, Ardee its bronze, in the National Tidy Towns finals. Tallanstown joins Dundalk, Blackrock, and Drogheda in the gold category and Dromiskin won the regional Bring Bank award.The judges said that once again it was a pleasure to visit... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Dundalk manager backs SOSAD

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny has strongly criticised Minister of Health James Reilly for not doing enough to tackle the scourge of suicide that has swept the country. “The minister’s response has been inadequate,” Mr Kenny said at Oriel Park last Friday when it was announced that he is now a... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Stephen Kenny supports SOSAD

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny has strongly criticised Minister of Health James Reilly for not doing enough to tackle the scourge of suicide that has swept the country. “The minister’s response has been inadequate,” Mr Kenny said at Oriel Park last Friday when it was announced that the Dundalk... Read More

Brides and Gers through to Intermediate semi finals

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Brides and Gers through to Intermediate semi finals

St Brides and Geraldines both booked their places in this year’s Intermediate Championship semi finals thanks to wins over St Fechins and Young Irelands respectively. In the quarter final double header in Castlebellingham tonight, it was the second match between Gerladines and Young Irelands which... Read More

“I Always knew I’d hit The Jackpot,”

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

“I Always knew I’d hit The Jackpot,”

Co. Louth man wins €3.9 Million There was great excitement at National Lottery offices today, as Ireland’s latest Lotto millionaire picked up his cheque for over €3.9 million. The man from Co. Louth, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been playing Lotto for a number of years and spoke today of his... Read More

Winning lotto ticket sold in Dundalk

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Winning lotto ticket sold in Dundalk

Last night’s winning €4 million lotto ticket was sold in the Beehive Store on the Castletown Road, Dundalk. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 4, 9, 12, 28, 31 and the bonus was 35. The Beehive owners, Catherine and Jerome Sheerin, celebrate 30 years in business this year. What a way to celebrate!... Read More

Gold medal winner
Thomas is honoured

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Gold medal winner Thomas is honoured

There was a lovely turnout in Ardee on Saturday last to honour Thomas McCague. He was honoured in his family’s home town of Ardee for his great athletic achievement. Thomas was a gold medal winner at Powerlifting at World Dwarf Games in Detroit.Thomas’s father Paddy is originally from Dawson¹s... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Dundalk jumps in litter league

The latest survey in the Anti-Litter League by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows Dundalk is up the league ladder from ‘moderately littered’ to ‘clean to European norms’ and in 29th position. IBAL has warned that vacant properties in towns are a growing concern, despite... Read More

Figures to be re-examined by manager

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Figures to be re-examined by manager

The new County Manager, Philomena Poole, has agreed to re-examine figures regarding a proposed 53 per cent cut to Women’s Aid in Dundalk. The women’s shelter is now set to close on the back of the massive cut to their grant.A meeting was held this week between Ms Poole, Dundalk Women’s Aid, Joe... Read More

Families still should be allowed to give eulogies says Fr Paddy Rushe

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Families still should be allowed to give eulogies says Fr Paddy Rushe

Fr Patrick Rushe, Chaplin of Dundalk Institue of Technology (DKIT), writes on the controversy surrounding funeral eulogies announced by the Bishop of Meath. “A funeral is supposed to be a solemn and touching occasion to recall the Christian life of the person and articulate the hope in the... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Slideshow: Coláiste Rís Graduation 2013

The glitz and glamour of the Graduation season continues with Coláiste Rís, Dundalk. The students stepped out in style to celebrate the occasion. Email to a friendPrint this... Read More

Distance is no barrier to real love

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Distance is no barrier to real love

This week in Across the Water, Martin Grant talks to Mary Bridget Morwald, originally from Blackrock, now living in Pennsylvania, United States. Originally from?I grew up in Blackrock.Parents names and names of family?Bridget and Tommy McCudden.When did you leave and why?I went to work in Dundalk at... Read More

Dundalk troops ready to serve
with UN in Syria

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Dundalk troops ready to serve with UN in Syria

Members of the 27th Infantry Battalion, which is based at Aiken Barracks Dundalk, will form part of the 115 Irish troops who will leave for the Golan Heights in Syria this month. They will be based 50 kilometres from Damascus and join the UN troops policing the zone that separates Israel and Syria.... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

O.N.E. keeps people in touch

The local branch of the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women (O.N.E) helps assist those who have left the forces. The Michael McNeela branch at Aiken Barracks was opened in 2010. The national organisation was established in 1960.It is for those who once served for their country and... Read More

Council says rules followed in sale of house

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Council says rules followed in sale of house

A senior executive officer of Louth County Council’s housing section represented the council while it was in the course of purchasing his own property for the provision of social housing, documents obtained by the Dundalk Democrat reveal. In 2011 two houses belonging to senior members of Louth... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

The 27th batallion celebrates 40 years service at Aiken Barracks

Dundalk celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion with a parade through the town at the weekend. Established in 1973, the battalion has been based out of Aiken Barracks over the last five decades.Hundreds of people from the town, the country, and abroad, turned up at the... Read More

Busy time for second hand books shop

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Busy time for second hand books shop

With just a few days to go before another school year commences, thousands of people have been flocking to the secondhand school bookshop run by the Dundalk People’s Resource Centre. According to manager John Matthews, who spoke to The Dundalk Democrat, it has been one of the busiest years for the... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Seamus Heaney poem inscribed on town stone

“I think this is a really sad day,” Brian Harten, Louth Local Authority Arts Officer, said on Friday last, when he paid tribute to our national bard, who left us to join the best poet of all. It was a heartfelt statement from someone who has spent his whole professional life working in the arts.“His... Read More

Ryan’s best friend raises €15,000 for Dystonia Ireland

Dundalk Democrat8 months ago

Ryan’s best friend raises €15,000 for Dystonia Ireland

Last October in a little pub in Jonesborough, Armagh called The Gap O The North Bar, a fancy dress party took place. This wasn’t just any old halloween party but a charity fund raising fancy dress party organised by a young gentleman from Carlingford by the name of Aidan Baker.Aidan was the best... Read More

Local News

Knockbridge men out for revenge

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Knockbridge men out for revenge

It was a tough defeat to take. Having been the dominant force in the county for a decade losing to relative upstarts Pearse Og hurt - a lot. Still, it’s a new year and a new approach admits Knockbridge captain Conor Kerrigan.“Last year Pearse Og were worthy champions, no doubt. In year’s gone by we... Read More

Raiders tried to steal
Brown Bull of Cooley

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Raiders tried to steal Brown Bull of Cooley

The popular roadside sculpture of the Bull of Cooley has disappeared. The sculpture, which was based along the N1/A1 motorway at Balriggan, Ballymacscanlon, was voted one of the three most popular roadside works of art in the country.It was created by the talented artist and sculpture Micheal... Read More

Louth Macra grows
despite hard times

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Louth Macra grows despite hard times

Shirley Reynolds is the new PRO for Louth Macra. She has been a member of Macra for 10 years and is currently a member of the Stabannon club. For the past two years she was county chairperson and before that county secretary. “I’m enjoying this new challenge,” she said. “It’s a new role that I am... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Knockbridge Vintage Day will feature fabulous old world demostrations

The annual Knockbridge Vintage Day and Working Rally takes place this Sunday 15 September in Knockbridge and promises to be a fun day out for all the family. The show starts at 1pm with ample parking available close by. The list of highlights on the day is endless and indeed all ages will be catered... Read More

‘No more boring wood veneer for me thanks to Anne Sloan!’

Dundalk Democrat8 months ago

‘No more boring wood veneer for me thanks to Anne Sloan!’

ANNIE Sloan Rocks! “Annie who?”, I hear you say …. Well if you haven’t heard of Ms. Sloan then you must not be aware of this new painting revolution! DIY enthusiasts are foresaking the new for the old by up-styling their dated dressers, tired tables and bedraggled bedframes, many with the help of... Read More

Regional News

Cooley reach Senior final

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Cooley reach Senior final

Cooley Kickhams booked their place in this year’s senior championship final when they saw off O’Connell’s in Dowdallshill this evening by 2-9 to 0-9. A penalty for the Peninsula side eight minutes into the second half swung the clash in favour of Cooley.O’Connell’s keeper Stuart Reynolds cut down... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Farmer was ‘a man possessed’ when he attacked tractor

A man who was attacked by a violent farmer said he was in fear of his life when he drove his tractor through the attcking man’s van- Carrickmacross District Court heard this week. John Martin (58), of Coolcair, Donaghmoyne, Carrickmacross was charged with criminal damage and assautt.The court heard... Read More

Cooley bridge seven year gap with championship victory

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Cooley bridge seven year gap with championship victory

Cooley Kickhams were crowned the Louth Ladies Senior Championship winners for the first time since 2006 in a tightly fought contest against the Newtown Blues in the last game of a triple header in Castlebellingham. In what was a physically demanding game the Blues were edged out by a more... Read More

Gers hit back at Irelands

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Gers hit back at Irelands

If he could bottle whatever he said at half time and sell it, he’d be a very rich man. Eamon McEneaney took his troops into the dressing room at half time and said or did something which completely spun this game around for Geraldines.In the first half on Saturday evening in Castlebellingham the... Read More

Inaugural vintage rally a huge success

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Inaugural vintage rally a huge success

The day far exceeded all our expections - the word sof John Joe Cunningham, Chairman of the Carrickmacross Vintage Club. John Joe was speaking to the Monaghan Democrat in the wake of the inaugural Carrickmacross Vintage Rally, which saw hundreds of people descend on the Shercock Road to partake in... Read More

Smarmore summer camp a great success

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Smarmore summer camp a great success

Now in its second year, Gael Champa took place at Smarmore Castle just a few miles from Ardee in the middle of August. “We had 24 children from the ages of 5- 13 who attended and participated in the Irish language summer camp,” said Clodagh McClean, who has BSA in Irish.Clodagh and Kenny Rabbitt... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Gerry might one day rule all from Carlingford home of the Irish mint

They came to the right place to talk about money. After all the only mint that ever existed on the island of Ireland, was in Carlingford. It was based at King John’s Castle. But there was just a passing mention of kings and castles at the Sinn Fein Carlingford Think-In before some Robin Hood-style... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Fuel campaign a real success

The fuel quality campaign initiated by petroleum retailers here in Louth is seen as a welcome step in the fight-back against the criminals involved in fuel laundering. Fifteen top petrol retailers are now flying a flag at their forecourts with the guaranteed quality sign indicating that the fuel on... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Fuel quality campaign

The fuel quality campaign initiated by petroleum retailers here in Louth is a welcome step in the fight-back against the criminals involved in fuel laundering. About fifteen top petrol retailers are now flying a flag at their forecourts with the guaranteed quality sign indicating that the fuel on... Read More

Historic opening of town’s first Irish speaking secondary - Coláiste Lú

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Historic opening of town’s first Irish speaking secondary - Coláiste Lú

There was tremendous excitement in Coláiste Lú on Tuesday as the new Gaelcholáiste’s first ever students took the historic step across the threshold on their first day. The pioneering students and their parents and guardians were warmly welcomed by the excited staff led by Stiúrthóir Deirdre Uí... Read More

Late Roche goal sees off Na Piarsaigh

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Late Roche goal sees off Na Piarsaigh

A fumbled late goal from Roche Emmets’ Padraig Callaghan saw the North Louth men into the semi finals of this year’s Intermediate football championship tonight in Haggardstown. A tremendous score from Na Piarsaigh’s sub Gerard Smith looked to have given the Rock Road men the game with just a minute... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Sun makes Louth people happier

It’s official. As Ireland’s summer of 2013 winds to a close it can now be officially declared as one of the sunniest, both weather-wise and in terms of the mood of that nation! The majority of Louth adults surveyed¹ (91%) gave the sunny weather during the summer of 2013 the thumbs up saying it... Read More

Avoid ‘physical engagment’ 
council staff told

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Avoid ‘physical engagment’ council staff told

Louth County Council this week told the Democrat that it operate a system for their staff of avoiding physical engagment with the public. Last week Cork local authorities revealed that they giving staff martial arts training. No such policy exists in Louth County Council.“Delivery of a service... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Local schools for READaTHON

MS Ireland is encouraging schools in County Louth to sign up for the 26th MS READaTHON in the run up to the launch of Ireland’s biggest charity schools reading initiative. The MS READaTHON fun theme for this year aims to mobilise thousands of young ‘book-bots’ in schools around the country to read... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Rise in numbers are work welcomed

Louth TDs have been quick to welcome new figures which show a rise in the numebr of people at work. New figures from the Quarterly National Household Survey show a 1.8% rise in the number of people at work compared to last year, and 33,000 more in the month of June year on year.Labour TD Gerald... Read More

Pajo the Calf predicts Mayo will lift the Sam Maguire

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Pajo the Calf predicts Mayo will lift the Sam Maguire

Pajo the Calf, Ireland’s celebrity calf, paid a flying visit to Boyle Sport’s headquarters on Thursday to demonstrate his uncanny knowledge of all things GAA, and crucially to predict the winner of the All Ireland. Pajo predicted that Mayo will lift the Sam Maguire after decades of heartbreak and... Read More

Dramatic late points secure semi final place

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Dramatic late points secure semi final place

Just over sixty seconds before referee Kevin Carroll blew his whistle for full time Gaels were in the semi final of this year’s senior championship. By the time he actually called a halt to this bitterly contested quarter final clash on Friday those in the Blue and White collapsed to the ground,... Read More

Lordship giants through

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Lordship giants through

For the first time in quite a while St Pat’s were made to work for a championship win. They had to break a sweat to reach this year’s semi finals and a lot of praise must go to Michael McConville’s Ardee side for that.St Mary’s showed real strength and belief in pushing the Lordship Giants all the... Read More

Newfoundwell outfit cruise into semis

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Newfoundwell outfit cruise into semis

The white flag was hoisted as early as half time. The battered men from Collon emerged for the second half with little to play for but pride. And even that was beyond them as The Blues completely crushed them with astonishing ease. It could be the end of the road for a lot of this Mattock team.The... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Louth Leader Partnership give x200,000 towards Dunleer Market House

Louth Leader Partnership have given E200,000 towards the restoration of the old Market House in Dunleer. The Glen Dimplex Corporation has already donated E200,000 towards the project sot the funding is now there to convert the building into a state-of-art community centre.The Dunleer Community... Read More

Museum at
barracks a
real treasure

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Museum at barracks a real treasure

You can almost hear the sounds of gunshots and see the brave soldiers battling in the trenches when you visit the museum at the Aiken Barracks, writes Martin Grant. Sgt. Ricco Lucchesi and his comrades have expaned the museum has been developed in recent years.It contains old uniforms of commanding... Read More

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

A man who recorded the beauty of being

One of Seamus Heaney’s close friends was the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz. Milosz wrote: “Books were still governed by the old rule,Born of a belief that visible beautyIs a little mirror for the beauty of being.”Poetry is just that: a little mirror for the beauty of being, praise for the gift of being.... Read More

Man drank caustic liquid before death

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Man drank caustic liquid before death

A 52-year-old Carrickamcross man had already taken a fatal amount of an undentified caustic substance before attacking himself with a knife an inquest has heard. Bernard Byrne (53) from Corrán Fionn Barra and formerly St. Macartan’s Villas, Carrickmacross was suffering from a severe mental illness... Read More

Dunleer gets
x200,000 for
Centre plan

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

Dunleer gets x200,000 for Centre plan

Louth Leader Partnership have given €200,000 towards the restoration of the old Market House in Dunleer. The Glen Dimplex Corporation has already donated €200,000 towards the project and the funding is now there to convert the building into a state-of-art community centre.The Dunleer Community... Read More

National: Gardai investigate death of little girl

Dundalk Democrat7 months ago

National: Gardai investigate death of little girl

Gardai in Finglas are investigating the sudden death of an 18 mth old female infant that occured at 9.30a.m. this morning Sunday September 1. The incident occured when the infant fell from an apartment window at Tolka Valley Apartments on Finglas Road.The infant was removed to the Mater Hospital... Read More

Great celebrations at Scoil Uí Mhuirí for Leaving Cert results day

Dundalk Democrat8 months ago

Great celebrations at Scoil Uí Mhuirí for Leaving Cert results day

There was great excitement on Wednesday last, when the Leaving Certificate class of 2013 arrived at Scoil Uí Mhuirí to collect their long awaited Leaving Certificate results. Principal Fiona Kindlon was there to welcome them all.“A total of 87 students sat their Leaving Certificate in Scoil Uí... Read More