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Latest result for IBAL Anti Litter Survey in Dundalk

Dundalk has improved on its ranking of last year, and will be cleaner than the European norm if progress continues. A couple of the top ranking sites in Dundalk were not just clear of litter but very well presented and maintained e.g. Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk Grammar School and the Recycle Facility on Newry Road. All three approach roads were also top ranking. The remainder of the sites were moderately littered.
Approach from Dublin: Grade A. A well kept approach road creating a positive first impression of the town – this high standard was maintained for many of the remaining sites in Dundalk.

Approach to the North: Grade A. (not the motorway) The road surface / signage / markings were in good condition and the grass had been neatly cut. Overall, this was a very fresh and well maintained route.

Dundalk Institute of Technology: Grade A. A superb site. Not only was the campus clear of litter but the impression was of a very clean environment. This has recently been recognised in the awarding of the Green Flag – well done to all concerned.

Dundalk Grammar School: Grade A. This was an excellent site – not only was there a complete absence of litter it was also very fresh ain appearance. Signage, litter bins, railings etc. were in very good order.

Dundalk Railway Station: Grade B. There was a small litter presence in the car park of the train station – the rest of the station was much cleaner.

Clanbrassil Street: Grade B. The presentation of this main shopping street was mixed – some aspects were nicely paved and laid out. Other parts had poor footpath and seats at the northern end were not in great shape. Cigarettes and chewing gum were prevalent with lower levels of fast-food wrappers and sweet papers.

Recycle Facility: Grade A. (Newry Road) A drive-in facility – all aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order.

Dunnes Stores: Grade B. There was a wide variety of litter at this site, much of it was food related. Chewing gum levels were high and there were also some cigarette packs.

Oriel Park: Grade B. The litter in the car park took away from an otherwise good site. Bus parking area had good surface / markings and signage.

Drogheda – Dundalk Road (N132 – M1 – N52): Grade A. This was a clean and well maintained route.


Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, and Jon Snow get behind Dundalk book

Two of Hollywood’s leading actors, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons, along with Channel 4’s celebrated newscaster Jon Snow, have commented enthusiastically on the recently published Dundalk novel A Mad and Wonderful Thing.


Liam Neeson, yesterday, commented on the locally set book: ‘I thought it excellent. Deeply satisfying and moving. I also think that sufficient time has passed since the Good Friday Agreement to, at last, have a novel that goes inside the head of one of the ‘Troubles’ protagonists and hear the pros and cons of the conflict (to take up arms or not,) told in an original and exciting way. All Mark’s hard
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SONG project – Sweeney Todd- Feb 2015

Dundalk musical theatre group SONG are currently working on fundraising projects to help out with the costs of their next production Sweeney Todd, The Musical which will take place in An Tain Theatre in February 2015.

The amateur company will, for the first time, have a professional director working with the company, Rob Vickers. Rob is one of Ireland’s leading actors and singers who recently was a member of the cast of Les Miserables in London.

The groups musical director, Patrick Dunne, is also a former musical director of Riverdance and has worked with Phil Coulter and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

The group are trying
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A major refurbishment for St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church and Monastery.

The announcement was made at masses on Sunday by Fr Michael Cusack, Adm St Joseph’s.

An open evening will be held this (Tuesday) evening at the parish room in the monastery to outline the planned refurbishment and development.

An application for planning permission is expected to be submitted this week.

The monastery was built towards the end of the 19th century.

The Redemptorists came to Dundalk in 1876 and established a monastery firstly in Park Street, and then on St Alphonsus Road, then known as Windmill Road.

The missioners, as many local people called them, became household names when, in 1892, the beautiful church of
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Race night for Birches – Golf Club – 16th August

A charity race night in aid of “The Birches Alzheimer’s Day Centre, Dundalk” will be held at Dundalk Golf Club on Saturday 16 August.

100% of all money raised will go to looking after Alzheimer’s patients in “The Birches, Dundalk”.

Business Sponsorships are a very important part of reaching this target. All sponsorships will be acknowledged in the Race Programme and displayed on TV screens throughout the Golf Club.

The following sponsorship options are available: Race Sponsor @ €300: the race will be named after your company; half page add in programme; The company name displayed on TV screen.

Jockey Sponsor @ €50: jockey named
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Junior Songschool Dundalk 22nd-25th July

Don’t miss the chance to join us for an exciting four-day workshop in song-writing, recording and performing, presented in association with Songschool. Junior Songschool – guaranteed absolute musical fun for 8-12 year olds.

An ability to sing or play an instrument is not required!

The workshop takes place in O’Fiaich College, Dundalk from Tues 22 –Fri 25 July (10am-2pm. Cost €55. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to book your place. Space is limited so be sure to book early! Email: musicgeneration@lmetb.ie Tel: 042 9364635


COOLEY GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY Theme : IRISH BIRDS AND A BIT OF IRISH FOLKLORE BREFFNI MARTIN WILL GIVE A TALK IN LONG’S PUB, GRANGE, COOLEY, ON FRIDAY, JULY 18TH, 2014 at 8.00 pm. God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds – Aesop. The talk will embrace myths, legends and traditions which centre on our feathered friends and more………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. COOLEY GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Seisiun at Dundalk Gaol on Thursday at 8 p.m

TRADITIONAL IRISH culture will be served up at Dundalk Gaol on Thursday at 8 p.m. when the Oriel Centre launch their Summer Show, Seisiún 2014 – Siamsaiocht Ghaelach Náisinta agus Ceol na nGael. Seisiún is an annual staged theatric performance of authentic traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling which provides holidaymakers with a unique experience at various locations around Ireland during July and August.

For more information call 0429328887 or email info@orielcentre.ie.

Dance Kids celebrate ‘Anything Goes’ success

Some of the Dance Kids taking part in 'Anything Goes' (Small)

Some of the Dance Kids taking part in ‘Anything Goes’

The Music of the Beatles – Crowne Plaza – Fri. 27th June.

The New Originals Present:

The Music of the Beatles Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk – Friday 27th of June Doors 7.30Pm – Show 8:00 pm Tickets: €15

Action Quote

“If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.”

Your action for today is to make a conscious and deliberate choice to be happy.
— Indian Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda