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Avoid Computer Scams by Phone and Email

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Scams involving computers are becoming more and more common as criminals know if they ring a home or business, they most likely have a computer. It is also incredibly likely that the computer is installed with softwarre from Microsoft and/or Google. So if they ring random phone number, and say "This is Terry from Microsoft, we have noticed a problem with your computer and just wanted to discuss with you" then this would apply to nearly 90% of users.


Microsoft, Google or any other major internet business DO NOT PHONE CUSTOMERS. This is invariably a scam to try and get you to either download malicious software to your PC (ie. virus, spyware) or get you to give up credit card details. Hang up the phone immediately, do not even engage with these people!

There is also a record increase in emails claiming to be from your online banking, paypal or other site. In most of these cases they have "lost" your details and need you to type them in again. Don't do it! This is also as scam. Emails like this can be made to LOOK like they are legitimate, but they are NOT. Again, these businesses do not send emails of this nature (not do they phone you, unless you have contacted them first). But don't just delete these emails, mark them as SPAM so you can cut down on future instances.

Finally, if your business runs a website, be sure it is up to date. Nearly every day thousands of website are infected with malware that us used by the above email scammers - yes, that's right, the fake online banking people are redirected to could exist on your very website. Make sure your website software is completely up to date, and use a service like http://sitecheck.sucuri.net to scan your site for malicious code. If you are not sure how to keep your site safe, there are plently of nightclasses, training centres etc in town where you can learn. We are in the the middle of updating dundalk.ie right now and go live with a new site in 2015.

Be safe online over the Christmas season - while it is the best time of year for retail, it is also the best time of year for criminals. For more information, see the following links:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx
https://support.google.com/faqs/answer/2952493?hl=en

 

Dundalk on Ice brings economic boost to town centre this Christmas

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The success of this year’s Dundalk on Ice experience has led to an economic boost for the town centre this Christmas season.

To date thousands of skaters, of all ages and expertise have taken to the Dundalk on Ice rink and with the benefit of being a fully enclosed real ice facility has made it the most successful rink Dundalk has played host to.

Planet Ice who operate Dundalk on Ice have remained true to their commitment to support the local economy and as far as possible have created seasonal employment locally via the rink’s construction, staffing, security etc

Offering a family fun experience, families and friends not only arrive into Dundalk to skate, they stay to shop and socialise, creating a additional financial spend in the town.

Martin McElligott, Dundalk BIDS said that the success of this year’s Dundalk on Ice has gone beyond expectation. “It has been fantastic to see so many people going into skating sessions, day in, day out, whether it’s families, school groups or friends meeting up.  The enclosed rink has meant that weather doesn’t deter people from coming along.

“Plus the feedback we are receiving from the neighbouring businesses is that people are staying in the town after their skating session be it to socialise in the coffee shops, restaurants etc or to carry out some Christmas shopping.

“Dundalk BIDs is just thrilled to have played a major role in bringing this year’s Dundalk on Ice experience to life.”


McDara Hosty of Planet Ice, is also very positive of the group’s first project in Dundalk. “We are very happy with the way Dundalk on Ice is going. We found a great seasonal workforce here in the relevant areas. There has been a very positive attitiude to what we were doing from day one and I am happy to say that from what we are hearing, is that our facility on the Market Square is boosting Christmas trade, creating a win win situation for us all.

“Now, as the school holidays start we are looking forward to welcoming thousands more to Dundalk on Ice in the coming weeks.”


Dundalk on Ice will remain open each day at the Market Square until January 4th, with the exception of Christmas Day. For further details re session times, opening hours, booking etc visit http://www.dundalkonice.com or the Dundalk on Ice Facebook page. A Dundalk on Ice Box Office is located in Marshes Shopping Centre and of course, bookings can also be made at Dundalk on Ice at the Market Square.

Dundalk on Ice is partnered with Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk BIDS, Dundalk Bureau de Change, iRadio, The Argus, Meridian Security Ltd, Long Walk Shopping Centre and Dundalk Tidy Towns.

 

Cleantech Mission 2015

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The "EU Business Avenues" Programme is now inviting Chamber networks to join the Cleantech Mission in Singapore and Vietnam this coming June.

The business mission is aimed at facilitating the entry of EU 'cleantech' companies into the Southeast Asian market. The mission offers companies the chance to meet stakeholders and get the benefit of high quality information and coaching services. It is scheduled to take place in Singapore and Vietnam from the 15th-19th June 2015. The deadline for registration is the 23rd January 2015.

For background, the EU Business Avenues programme, which is an EU-joint initiative promoted by Eurochambres, aims to strengthen the presence of European companies in South East Asia by organising one week business missions to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The programme provides strategic, logistic and financial support to European SMEs who want to gain firsthand experience of local markets.

Services include market information, tailored business matchmaking and customised support services both before and during business missions. In order to be eligible to participate in EU Business Avenues programmes, a company must meet the following requirements:

  • Must exist as a company for five years and be able to demonstrate three years of financial figures
  • Be entirely or majority EU owned
  • Have a headquarters in the EU
  • Be active or operational in at least one of the economic sectors covered by the EU Business Avenues Programme
  • Have a proven track record of international business co-operation
  • Have a solid business strategy for entering ASEAN markets

Companies must also operate in one of the following sectors:

  • Environment and Water
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Efficiency

The Southeast Asian market presents a number of exiting opportunities for companies looking for new markets. This particular trade mission could be of significant interest to some to you if you operate in the clean technologies sector. Should you have further questions on the Cleantech Mission or on the work of the EU Business Avenues programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For more information, please see the attached documents or visit www.businessavenues.eu.

Also call Brenda in Dundalk Chamber on Tel: 042 9336343 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Sparkle and Shine with The Dance Kids this Christmas

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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 ‘Sparkle and Shine’," said Freda Hearty, founder, Dance Kids Stage School. "Tickets for ‘Sparkle and Shine’ make great stocking fillers and with our earlier show time of 6:30pm it promises to be a perfect night out for all the family."

‘Sparkle and Shine’ takes place in An Tàin Theatre on the 29th and 30th of December at the earlier starting time of 6:30pm. It is the perfect festive event for all the family to enjoy during the Christmas period. The Dance Kids are well known for putting on a fantastic show, and ‘Sparkle and Shine’ will be no exception. Book your tickets today at An Tàin Theatre’s box office on 042 93 32332.

 

 

Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture hailed a tremendous success

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This year’s Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture has seen its best event to date with thousands flocking into the Dundalk town centre and enjoying a packed two day programme of events. Friday’s event had something for everyone. There was the official opening of  Dundalk on Ice and the switching on of the town’s Christmas Tree lights with the honours falling to Louth Cathaoirleach , Cllr Oliver Tully along with Dundalk FC Manager Stephen Kenny.


In fact Stephen had travelled from Donegal with his family to make sure he was there to celebrate with the Dundalk Festival goers.

Titan the Robot received a rapturous welcome back to Dundalk and a lot of families made sure they were in the town for his performances over the weekend both at the Market Square and in Marshes Shopping Centre. The street performers were outstanding as they entertained the many people on the streets who were availing of the fantastic offers both at the Craft and Food markets and via the many special offers town centre businesses were offering over the Festival.



Animal lovers flocked to the Animal Farm and brought their pets in for the special Blessing of the Animals ceremony, with all donations going to the Louth SPCA.

The Festival fireworks were a sight to behold and Santa’s arrival on the huge Kenworth truck had children staring wide eyed as the man in red had given the reindeers some time off before their big Christmas run.

Speaking on the success of the Festival, organising committee member Harry Traynor of Marshes Shopping Centre said "This year’s Festival was definitely worth all the hard word and demonstrates  how year on year Dundalk is improving.

"With top class acts such as Titan, a premier Dundalk on Ice facility, fantastic Festival fireworks, Voice of Ireland winner Brendan McCahey, Dundalk put on a Festival equal if not far superior to other parts of the country."


Fellow Committee member, Martin Mc Elligott was equally impressed by the Festival’s success. "This has been a fantastic Christmas experience and it was tremendous to see retailers coming together as a community, being involved in the Festival’s organisation and/or offering promotional discounts to Festival goers.

"Hopefully the positivity created over the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture will carry on to Christmas and beyond."


The Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture organising committee would like to thank those who generously sponsored and supported the weekend Festival. Without their sponsorship, The Festival, would quite simply, not have happened.

Thanks to sponsors, supporters and festival goers. Appreciation goes to: Louth County Council, Marshes Shopping Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk BIDS, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Dundalk on Ice, Dundalk Tidy Towns, PetSafe and Haribo.

Thanks also to the media for their promotion of the event, all the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture Facebook followers and tweeters and to the retailers and of course, those who attended, were entertained and shopped locally.

 

Rape Crisis North East Christmas Hamper

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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For counselling and support please contact our Freephone Confidential Helpline Number: 1800 21 21 22

Rape Crisis North East is a registered charity: 11972.

 

Stars for the Night

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Dundalk Chamber is proud to present "Stars for the Night". If you think your company has an ABBA, Gareth Brooks, Nathan Carter or Spice Girls then this is for your company!

  • Stars for the Night will take place in the Tain Suite of the Fairways Hotel on Saturday the 28th March 2015  with entertainment until late!
  • You'll get 6 weeks of fun filled training to make sure your act is top class be it singing, dancing or comedy.

Choreography and singing lessons will take place in The Studios in North Link Retail Park by professional  instructors before the big event and no experience is required but you may have a secret Elvis in your company!


To be crowned the winner your company team will be judged by 3 judges on the night and public voting. The company that scores the most points overall will be declared the winner and can claim “Superstar Status”

  • Is your company team willing to put themselves up for the challenge?
  • Has your team got what it takes to be crowned the overall winners?
  • Does your company want to take part in a fun team building exercise?


This will be a fantastic opportunity for team building among your staff. Entries can be in the form of groups, duets, comedy acts or bands. Training will start in February – 2 nights a week.  The cost of entry is €200.00 for solo acts and €250 for duets or groups.

The event will be launched on Friday the 6th February 2015 and everyone is welcome to attend to hear the proposals. There will be 15 acts taking part.

The Professional instructors will be at the launch to answer any questions you may have and this is led by Rosie Watson who has some fantastic ideas for costumes and props!

If you or someone in your organisation is interested in taking up the challenge and have great fun, make new friends and lose some weight after the festive season  then call Brenda on Tel: 042 9336343 or email her to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Places are "strictly" limited, so commit now.

 

Christmas Wine Fair at MacGuinness Wine Merchants

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Come along to the Christmas Wine Fair on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December! 2 until 6:30 daily. You will have an opportunity to taste all the popular wines for this Christmas, plus listen to guest speakers give advice on what to purchase.

 

Preventing Retail Crime at Christmas

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The Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association I.S.M.E., report that the direct shoplifting cost to retailers in 2014 will be in excess of €230m, of which €51m will occur at Christmas alone. It is estimated that shoplifting alone adds up to 3% to the price of products.

An Garda Síochána, through it’s Theft from Shop Strategy encourages retailers to adopt and promote shoplifting crime prevention measures.

Please see the attached advice from your local Garda Crime Prevention Officer.

 

50% reduction in Dundalk pay parking rates this December

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Louth County Council has cut pay parking rates in half in Dundalk this Christmas season.

The reductions are a further commitment by the local authority to encourage seasonal shoppers, where possible, to shop local and support local business. Pay parking rates in Dundalk have been halved from €1 to 50c per hour on all streets and in Louth County Council car parks, with the exception of Long Term Car Parks. These LSCP which are located at Linenhall Street, Long Walk and Ramparts Road remain good value at €2 for up to eight hours parking.

The reduced rates come into effect this Monday, December 1 and will apply until Wednesday, December 31, as indicated on the pay parking machines. In confirming the reduced rates, Frank Pentony, Director of Services, Louth County Council, said: “Louth County Council supports the many calls for people to shop local this Christmas. In doing so, shoppers are keeping money in the local economy and strengthening the retail industry, one of the main employers in this county.

“By halving the pay parking rates, Louth County Council is continuing to play its part in supporting both the retail community and shoppers this Christmas season."

This commitment has also been demonstrated by the Council’s continued sponsorship of events such as the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture and Dundalk on Ice.

“On behalf of the Council, I encourage Christmas shoppers to stay in and come to Dundalk and support our retail trade this Christmas. Through sponsorship and reduced pay parking, the Council is doing what it can and we now hope that everyone else plays their part.”

 
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