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At the Spirit Store

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Takeover of Airtricity League club Dundalk FC

US investment firm Peak6 has completed its takeover of Airtricity League club Dundalk and formally taken control of the club.

It was announced on Thursday evening with the club issuing a statement confirming the news and local businessmen Paul Brown and Andy Connolly insisting that they had found buyers capable of taking the Oriel Park outfit to the next level.

Peak6 have, in fact, been assuming control for a number of weeks now with former Sheffield United chief executive Malachy Brannigan, who has previously worked with a number of other major clubs in England, easing his way into the same role at Dundalk.

Representatives of the company have met with the small number of staff, including manager Stephen Kenny, to provide assurances about the future.

The company, which is based in Chicago where Matt Hulsizer – who has an active interest in Ice Hockey – and Jenny Just established it in 1997, describes itself as “always looking for ways to deliver untapped, exceptional value to the market”.

How much of that it can find in a League of Ireland club, even one that has enjoyed such remarkable success in recent seasons, remains to be seen but it is clearly a very serious operator with one recent report putting the number of different investments it has at just over 4,300 and the combined value at just under $19.6 billion (€16 billion).

In sport, its best known investment in these parts is the 25 per cent stake it took in AFC Bournemouth a couple of years ago which, though hardly transformative, seems to have helped the comparatively tiny Premier League club to compete.

Dundalk supporters will be hoping their money will generate a more obvious bang for their many bucks in Ireland with the club’s ground in need of complete redevelopment and the team requiring investment if it to substantially build on the achievements of two years ago.

Special radio documentary on Brigid of Faughart – 9 am on Sat. 13th January on Dundalk FM..

Dundalk FM (97.7FM) will broadcast a special radio documentary on Brigid of Faughart at 9am on Saturday 13th January, it will also be repeated on Sunday 14th January at 5pm and will be available as a podcast for the Dundalk FM homepage.

The programme is presented by Dolores Whelan and contributors to the programme are Dr Mary Condren, Fr Tom Hamill, Maura Lennon, Dr Alison Lennon, and May Coyle. Music by Ann Mc Donald and the Late Eithne Ní Uallacháin.

Post Brexit International & Cross Border Trade – Carrickdale Hotel – 7th Feb. 2018

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade, Dundalk Chamber, Local Enterprise Office Louth, Louth County Council and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council is hosting a major FREE event in the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa on 7th February 2018 to help businesses gear up for Brexit.

Hear up-to-date insights from guest speaker Tánaiste and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Simon Coveney on how to plan for Brexit.

Practical workshops on specific Brexit-related issues such as VAT, Customs, Tax and Rules of Origin.

Tips on how to prepare for the challenge with a panel discussion on people, supply chain and currency with SME company experiences.

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PANTOMIME: Sleeping Beauty – Main Theatre, An Táin Arts Centre – 9th to 14th January

Dundalk Musical Society is delighted to present the pantomime of your dreams “Sleeping Beauty”. For over 25 years, the society has brought you on a magical trip to pantoland each January – and this year will be no different! We meet the beautiful princess Aurora, tenderly cared for by her loving Nanny Lola under the watchful eye of King Anto!

Featuring a chorus of 100 children and young adults, Sleeping Beauty is sure to be a feast for the senses, with music, dancing, comedy and the usual pinch of panto magic. Will the dashing Prince William win the heart of Aurora? Will the evil Magnificent
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Community Notices

*New* Help your child/Teen understand Bereavement – A talk in Boomrang Cafe, Drogheda on 20th December at 10am – click here

 

*New* An Tain Arts Centre December Events and Link to January to April 2018 Programme – Click here

 

Gary Kelly Support Centre December 2017 – click here

 

Rehabcare – Pop up Shop Dundalk – click here

 

Oriel Centre, Dundalk – Events – (December ’17 – April ’18) – click here

Want a Gift that lasts forever?

Artisans are holding a display of their paintings in the LOUTH CO. LIBRARY DUNDALK from Tuesday Dec 5th to Thursday Dec 14th (Library hours).  Paintings to suit all tastes and priced to suit all pockets will be on show there.

Artisans are a group of Artists who meet and paint every Friday in the Carroll Mead Hall.  New members are always welcome.  No previous experience is necessary.  For further information have a chat with one of the members in attendance in the Library.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Dundalk On Ice

Experience the magic of Christmas in Dundalk this festive season. REAL ICE | REAL BIG | REAL FUN at Dundalk on Ice this Christmas!

It’s time to get your skates on again for Dundalk On Ice – this REAL ICE rink is fully housed in a festive all weather marquee so that means that rain, hail or snow you will be able to skate away to your heart’s content!

The ice skating rink opens at 1.30pm on schools
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Frostival Winter Festival 2017

Get into the Spirit of Christmas in Dundalk Town Centre at Frostival Winter Festival on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th November 2017!

Friday 6.30 – 9am LMFM Outside Broadcast at The Home Bakery 11am – 6pm Dundalk Christmas Market at Courthouse 12 – 3.30pm Charity Cake Sale in An Táin Arts Centre 12 – 5pm Frostival Family Treasure Hunt (Tourist Office) 3 – 5pm ‘DJ Christmas’ at Market Square 3 – 6pm Little Elves Fun Zone w/ Pelican Promotions 3 – 6pm Santa’s
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Lions Club Annual Poker Classic on Sunday 26th November in Lisdoo @ 6pm.

Dundalk Lions Club will be holding their Annual Poker Classic in the Lisdoo Arms, Newry Road, Dundalk on Sunday the 26th  of  November 2017.  This is their 22nd Annual Poker Classic and all the proceeds will go toward the Dundalk Lions Club Christmas Food appeal when they will make up and distribute almost 300 Food Parcels to the needy in our community at a cost of over twelve thousand euro.

The Poker Classic begins at 6 pm on the 26th of November and fifty per cent of the income on the night will be paid out in prizes.  Tickets are fifty euro which will include
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Dromiskin Tidy Towns Concert – 7th December – Crowne Plaza

Action Quote

“The world is filled with interesting things to do. Don’t lead a dull life in such a thrilling world.”

Your action for today is to do something that you find really interesting.

— American Writer and Lecturer, Dale Carnegie