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January 2015
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At the Spirit Store

Spirit Store

Weakening euro benefits trade in Dundalk.

TENS of thousands of Northern Ireland shoppers are pouring over the border to take advantage of significantly lower prices caused by the weakening euro.

Hotels, shops and businesses operating close to the Republic’s side of the border are reporting a currency-fuelled business boom on the back of the decision by the European Central Bank to pump billions of euro into the eurozone economy through quantitative easing. The move saw the euro drop further against sterling, giving consumers from Northern Ireland a longer-stretching pound in the south.

Tourism chiefs in the Republic are predicting that 2015 will be their best in years.

In Dundalk, Co Louth, Paddy Malone from the local Chamber of Commerce said the town was “booming” again for the first time in years.

The flow of trade into the Republic is a reversal of the cross-border boom enjoyed by border retailers in Northern Ireland around 2009.

RehabCare to hold fashion show in June – can you help out?

RehabCare have come up with a fantastic and positive idea to generate funds and awareness for the resource centre.

RehabCare is a group of adults with intellectual disabilities from RehabCare Resource centre in Dundalk and they want to put on their very own fashion show.

“Its going to be classy, cool and colourful but we need help,” drama coordinator Sandy Sneddon said.

“We want to work with local businesses, media, schools, colleges and community groups to show what a great place Dundalk.”

Sandy explained that they wish to hold the fashion show at the end of June in the Marshes shopping centre, the Square
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The Dance Kids performed ‘Sparkle and Shine’ in An Tain Theatre

The Dance Kids performed their Christmas show ‘Sparkle and Shine’ in An Tain Theatre on the 29th and 30th December.


Some of the Dance Kids enjoying Sparkle and Shine' (Small)

IBAL Anti Litter Survey for Dundalk

Dundalk: 29th out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Clean to European Norms.

Dundalk’s ranking is buoyed by its earlier result in 2014. Less than half of the sites surveyed getting the top litter grade it puts Dundalk towards the bottom half of the 2014 IBAL Anti-Litter League. Some of the better sites included Dundalk Grammar School, the ‘managed’ Recycle Facility and Dundalk Institute of Technology. Clanbrassil Street was seriously littered as was the connecting road between Dundalk and Drogheda.

Approach from the North: Grade A. This was a very good route with attractive red paving for the pedestrian and cycle paths. The grass was
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Brigid of Faughart Festival 30th Jan – 1st Feb 2015

brigid of faughart festival 2015

Brigid of Faughart Festival 30th Jan – 1st Feb 2015

‘Sparkle and Shine’ with The Dance Kids this Christmas

Freda Hearty and the Dance Kids are back once more with their Christmas show ‘Sparkle and Shine’ which takes place on the 29th and 30th of December in An Tàin Theatre.

‘Sparkle and Shine’ is jam packed full of all your Christmas favourites as well as an excerpt from the hit Disney film Frozen. The talented dancers will also be performing to many favourites such as Michael Jackson, Connie Francis and The Beatles to name just a few that are guaranteed to have audiences of every age dancing and singing along in their seats.

“The Dance Kids have been busier than Santa’s elves rehearsing for
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Rape Crisis North East will be holding their Christmas Hamper Fundraising Event on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of December in the Clanbrassil centre, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk.

All proceeds from this event will go to Rape Crisis North East charity, to provide a much needed counselling and support service to the increased number of Women, Men and Teenagers attending the service.

For more details contact Rape Crisis North East Centre on 042 – 9339491, email info@rcne.ie For counselling and support please contact our Freephone Confidential Helpline Number: 1800 21 21 22

Rape Crisis North East is a registered charity: 11972.

Cursillo: Mass with Archbishop Eamon Martin – 12th December

Armagh Diocesan Cursillo: Mass in Preparation for Christmas. Friday 12th December, 7.30pm. St Patrick’s Church, Dundalk. Celebrant: Archbishop Eamon Martin. Refreshments served after Mass. All Welcome!

Lions Club Poker Classic – Lisdoo 30th November

Dundalk Lions Club are hosting a Poker Classic in the Lisdoo on Sunday Novemeber 30th next. This event is to raise vital funds for the variety of charitiable works carried out by the local branch of the Lions Club. Further details available from the Lisdoo or any Lions Club member.

Rape Crisis North East Flag Day – Thu 27th Nov. 2014

Rape Crisis North East will be holding their annual flag day on Thursday the 27th of November 2014. We will be in various locations around Dundalk, and we are actively seeking your help to fundraise on the day itself and help us raise much needed funding for our counselling & support services.

If you would like to be a volunteer collector, please contact Rape Crisis North East Centre on 042 – 9339491, email info@rcne.ie or visit our website www.rcne.ie and we will issue you with Flag Day stickers, collection buckets and collectors permits.

We are grateful for any time you may be able to provide.

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Action Quote

“Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower.”

Your action for today is to do something kind for someone that you don’t feel deserves it.
— Biologist, S.H. Simmons