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The Wacky Day at the Races fast approaching

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Move over Leopardstown or even Dundalk Stadium - Carlingford is laying on a day at the races…. kiddie style!

On Easter Monday, children and families will be flocking to the medieval town of Carlingford  to ensure their position at the sidelines to watch the colourful birds strut their stuff on the Village Green.  Local breeders are looking forward to sprucing the birds for the hilariously funny day that is now annual feature in the national calendar.

And this year organiser’s are offering an extra special prize to any bird that lays an ’Easter’ egg on the course! The sane and insane are invited to watch chickens, roosters, ducks and geese race to the finish line.  International Boyle Sports will be on course to accept bets as usual and representatives from the Irish National Poultry Health Association have been inspecting the ongoing training and overseeing the course preparation.

Regulars at the Four Seasons Hotel and Leisure Centre, official sponsors of the races and official training camp for the feathered contenders have been kept amused all week as What a Yoke,  I’d Rather be a Duck and hot favourite Classy Chick have been  heavily working out doing wish bone stretches and laps around the pool.

Competition is serious and tensions between the bird camps continue to rise with a story being tweeted during the week about an incident in the changing rooms. Apparently the reportedly shy What a Yoke refused to come out of his locker until the other female birds had left the building. When an amazed INPHA official later found two fresh eggs in the locker, it emerged that Bird Shit was sighted re-entering the building through the window.  The matter is currently under investigation.  

The wacky day is delivered by The Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office and sponsored by The Four Seasons Hotel & Leisure Centre.  It is also supported by Carlingford Cooley Tourism, Carlingford and Mourne Region Ltd and local business’ who sponsored the 12 races including the prestigious Scrambled Eggs Stakes.  Flat, hurdle and obstacle races will be programmed and the event promises to be one to not to miss! 
Registration is open for hen, chicken and geese entries.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Closing date Fri 18th April 2014 at 5.00pm

 

Cross Border Employment Advice Fair

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Eures Cross Border Partnership in association with Dundalk Chamber host Jobs Fair in the Marshes Shopping Centre with vacancies in many sectors so spread the word to family and friends!

Eures Cross Border Partnership in association with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Jobs & Advice Fair on Friday the 23rd May 2014 in the Marshes Shopping Centre Dundalk from 10am to 5pm.

The event will be attended by both local employers, locally based Employment Advice Agencies , Business Start up Advisers and a number of Cross Border Advisers who will be available to assist those interested in employment and career development options both north and south.

In addition, Irish Advice and Welfare Agencies including those dealing with Social Welfare and Taxation will be in attendance.

There are a number of companies with vacancies exhibiting on the day including National Pen, Irish Homecare Services, Servisource Recruitment, Teleperformance,Vesta Payment Solutions and MJM Marine Ltd. to mention but a few. The companies are looking for vacancies in the following sectors- engineering staff, bricklayers, office administrators, software engineers call centre staff and van drivers. There will also be a Jobs Board on the day of the Jobs Fair with vacancies on it.

Dundalk Chamber is part of a European Commission network called EURES (European Employment Services). EURES advisers are trained specialists who provide information and guidance to jobseekers and employers interested in the European labour market and Cross Border Working. The EURES service is supported by the European and is free of charge.

Don’t forget to come along to this event and bring along your CV. Jobs Club will be hosting a CV Clinic and you can get tips on updating your CV.

For more information on this press release call Paddy Malone PRO Dundalk Chamber on Tel: 042 9336744 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

In Carlingford - Easter Time means The National Poultry Races Time..!

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Easter is the time of holy celebration, colorful Easter hats and chocolate eggs… Well, not in Carlingford in Co Louth – get set for the wackiest event of the year!  The area that hosts the National Leprechaun Hunt is ‘laying’ on a day at the races Easter egg style.  Open to anything that lays an egg - The 2014 Easter National Poultry Races are on!

The sane and insane are invited to watch chickens, roosters, ducks and geese race to the finish line on the Village Green in the picturesque town of Carlingford in County Louth on Easter Monday April 21st.   International Boyle Sports have partnered with the innovative event and will be on course to accept bets on ‘Golden Nugget, ‘What a Chick’ or ‘Sunnyside up’.  However, this appears to be serious business to some poultry farmers.   Over the last 6 weeks, intensive training has been taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel Leisure Centre in Carlingford, the official training centre for the madcap races. Residents of the hotel have been surprised to find themselves swimming alongside ‘Duck It’ and running side by side with ‘Early Riser’ on the treadmill. 

Competition is reported to be high and tensions between the bird camps are becoming quite frayed.  A reliable source confirmed that a recent scattering during training resulted in quite a mess to clean up.  Apparently, during a particular session ‘Feathery Jane’, felt that her Four Seasons personal trainer was giving too much time to rival ‘What a Yoke’.  The white Suffolk flew into a rage and later departed from the hotel, looking ruffled. 

Representatives from the Irish National Poultry Health Association have been inspecting the ongoing training and overseeing the course preparation. An INPHA spokesperson said ‘We are delighted to see this healthy activity for poultry and it is encouraging to see that people are offering a fun activity for these birds who are usually attended to solely for their produce.  The country is so much into health these days and it is appropriate that it is including our feathered members of society.’

The day at the races is delivered by The Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office and sponsored by The Four Seasons Hotel & Leisure Centre.   It is also supported by Carlingford Cooley Tourism, Carlingford and Mourne Region Ltd and local business’ who sponsored the 12 races including the prestigious Scrambled Eggs Stakes. Flat, hurdle and obstacle races will be programmed and the event promises to be one to not to miss! 
Registration is open for hen, chicken and geese entries.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Closing date Fri 18th April 2014 at 5.00pm

 

Support our Leprechauns!

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It is exactly 25 years ago since the amazing discovery was made on Slieve Foy Mountain in Carlingford Co Louth which firmly proved the existence of leprechauns. And to mark this 25th anniversary, the event is aiming to break the world record for the greatest amount of people gathered as leprechauns!

In 1989, the suit and bones of a leprechaun were found on The Slieve Foy Mountain by the late local business man, P.J. O Hare.  He discovered them after hearing a loud cry coming from the mountain and when he went to investigate; he was shocked to find the suit of a leprechaun, along with 4 gold coin and some bones within an area of scorched earth. The story captured the nation’s interest at the time and the small picturesque village of Carlingford was thronged with visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the wee green men.  This sparked the first Leprechaun Hunt which was held on the Easter Sunday of that year, attracting 4,000 visitors to the region.  But locals feared for the wee people’s future and sought to have them protected under EU legislation.  And in 2009, Slieve Foy Mountain was officially designated as a Special Area of Protection for Flora, Fauna and Little People under the European Habitats Directive, allowing the very popular Leprechaun Hunt to be reintroduced into the areas event calendar. 

On the day of the hunt, 100 ceramic leprechauns are hidden on Slieve Foy mountain, to the right of the S.P.A, with a total cash amount of €2000 beneath them. However, people that may come across a real leprechaun are requested not to try to capture them. Only carriers of authenticated licenses are allowed on the mountain during the hunting period and prospecting licenses are sold with proceeds going to charity.  

But organizer’s state that this is not only about breaking a world record -  ‘Slieve Foy is known as the home of the last remaining 236 leprechauns left in Ireland”. There were once millions of them in Ireland and they died out when people stopped believing in them’. Frances Taylor, Event Coordinator said. ‘We can ensure their survival through maintaining and strengthening this belief.  So the more people that show up and show their support, the more we can ensure their future.’

Irelands last Leprechaun Whisperer and author of the Last Leprechauns of Ireland - “McCoillte” will be present on site to answer any questions about the lives of the remaining 236 little people. 

This event is facilitated by The Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office, Carlingford and Mourne Region and East Coast Adventure Centre with support from Louth County Council and Failte Ireland.

For further details please log on to www.thelastleprechaunsofireland.com Tel  00 353 (0) 42 937 3033 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Smart ECO Hub - Irish wood-based biomass industry with cross-border conference

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Ireland’s potential in establishing and expanding a wood-based biomass industry is to be highlighted at a cross-border conference to be held in the Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk on Wednesday, March 26.

Smart ECO Hub delegates and representatives pictured at the World Sustainable Energy Days event held in Austria
(L-R) Ciaran McGrath- Smart ECO Hub; Neil O'Brien - Amber Green; Neil Greenan-Smart Bunker;  Sean Dolan- Dolan Energy;  Dwyer O'Neil –Amber Green Solar;  Aidan Marron - Activ8 Energies;  David Gibbons -Netronics, John McGahan- Innovative Roofing; Clare McAllister -Electric Ireland;
Jimmy Gargan Pure Heat Technologies; George Hagen - Northern Bio Energy; Alan Fannin - Dartery Technologies, John Martin - Green Energy Technologies; Vincent Boden- Down Light Attic Seal; John Cowan - Northern Bio Energy.

‘Biomass Energy – Growing the industry’ is being organised by Smart ECO Hub. The aim of the Smart ECO Hub cluster is to stimulate product development and commercialisation through collaboration. This project is part financed by the European 's INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

This cross border event will combine a conference, networking opportunity and exhibition and will appeal to those with an interest in the biomass energy sector including policy makers, facilities managers considering alternative low carbon fuels, growers, equipment manufacturers, installers, consultants and researchers. There have been many strides taken both north and south in the area of promoting low carbon biomass energy. A number of initiatives have already been set up, creating a firm base for Ireland’s biomass industry, including the agriculture, manufacturing and retail sectors and those attending the conference will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from these entrepreneurs on how they set up their projects and how they see the future.

John W Martin who will speak at the event, was for many years a dairy farmer in Waringstown, Co Armagh. Today, the cattle are gone and instead John has found a firm footing with his 120 acres of land dedicated to short rotation willow growing, which is chipped, stored and dried on his farm. The conference will also hear of the success story of Gurteen College in Co. Tipperary. Under the leadership of Principal Mike Pearson, the residential agricultural college has reduced energy bills to the extent it now grows and harvests woodchip on 80 acres to fuel the College’s two 300kw boilers.

Earlier this year, Smart Eco Hub - the cross-border cluster organisation for the sustainable energy sector - brought representatives from 16 companies to Austria to attend The World Sustainable Energy Days event - this combines a major trade exhibition and conference program  and is the premier European event for Biomass and related sustainable technologies. Included in the delegation were those already involved in the biomass Industry along with people considering a move into the sector. Ciaran McGrath, Technical Manager, Smart ECO Hub, explained the benefits of the visit which has been swiftly followed by the decision to hold the cross-border conference. “Obviously Austria’s biomass industry is at an advanced stage. This meant that in bringing the company representatives to the World Sustainable Energy Day event, we could show them how much they can progress in the sector, as well as giving them an opportunity to network with those who have been in the Austrian industry for many years. “The Austrian visit was such a success that we felt there was a need to organise a conference and exhibition showing how we can all work together and watch Ireland’s biomass industry grow.”

The ‘Biomass Energy – Growing the Industry’ event takes place on Wednesday, March 26 in the Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk.
Admission is €60 for non-Smart ECO Hub members, including light lunch. The exhibition fee for those wishing to highlight and publicise their product is €250.

 

Carlingford to break world record for Leprechauns!

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25th Anniversary of The National Leprechaun Hunt-Carlingford to break world record for Leprechauns! One of the nation’s favorite events is aiming to break the world record for the greatest of people gathered as leprechauns… at where else.. but the National Leprechaun Hunt in Carlingford Co Louth on Sunday 30th March 2014 at 2.00pm.   The event that has captured the nation’s imagination since the official designation of Slieve Foy Mountain in Co Louth as an EU Special Protection Area for Little People in 2009.

Exactly 25 years ago, the suit and bones of a leprechaun were found on The Slieve Foy Mountain by the late  local business man, P.J. O Hare.  He discovered them after hearing a loud cry coming from the mountain and when he went to investigate; he was shocked to find the suit of a leprechaun, along with 4 gold coin and some bones within an area of scorched earth.This sparked the original Leprechaun Hunt which was held on the Easter Sunday of 1989, attracting 4,000 visitors to the beautiful region of Carlingford. On the day of the hunt, 100 ceramic leprechauns are hidden on Slieve Foy mountain, to the right of the S.P.A, with a total cash amount of €2000 beneath them. However, people that may come across a real leprechaun but are requested not to try to capture them.

This is about more than breaking a world record’ Frances Taylor Event Coordinator said. ‘Slieve Foy is known as the home of the last remaining 236 leprechauns left in Ireland”. There were once millions of them in Ireland and they died out when people stopped believing in them. We can ensure their survival through maintaining and strengthening this belief.  These ‘wee people’ are the touchstone of our heritage and folklore and it is essential that we look after them and their future’.

The organizers are appealing to people to show support by arriving on the day in leprechaun costume. Only carriers of authenticated licenses will be allowed on the mountain that day  and prospecting licenses are sold at €6.00 per person with registration beginning at 1.00pm at the Village Green Carlingford.   Irelands last Leprechaun Whisperer “McCoillte” will also be available on site to answer any questions about the lives of the remaining 236 little people.

This event is facilitated by The Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office, Carlingford and Mourne Region and East Coast Adventure Centre with support from Louth County Council and Failte Ireland.

For further details please log on to: www.thelastleprechaunsofireland.com, Tel:  00 353 (0) 42 937 3033 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Energy Efficiency Seminar

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AIB and Dundalk Chamber hosted and energy efficiency seminar for SMEs in Louth and surrounding areas.  AIB announces €100 million lending programme to allow SMEs invest in energy-saving projects.

AIB and Dundalk today hosted an energy seminar for SMEs in the Louth area who want to drive down their energy costs and increase their competitiveness.  Over 150 SMEs attended the seminar which was held in the Bellinghamcastle Hotel and speakers included AIB’s Head of Energy and Clean Technologies, Ray O’Neill and on behalf of SEAI, Declan Meally.  The theme was helping businesses to reduce their energy costs and improve profitability. AIB research shows that energy accounts for approximately 9% of operating costs, averaging nearly €70,000 for the typical SME. To support SMEs invest in energy saving measures such as heating, lighting, cooling systems, etc., AIB recently launched a €100 million fund for lending to allow SMEs to radically lower their energy bills. This fund is unique in that the bank will take into account the projected savings from energy efficiency projects when calculating the borrower’s repayment capacity. Qualifying SMEs can also avail of discounted funding supported by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

AIB’s Head of Energy and Clean Technologies said “The opportunity for Irish SMEs to reduce energy costs is enormous. With our new Energy Efficiency Finance we want to help SMEs keep cash in their business and cut costs. Locally trading and export focused companies can increase their competitiveness by tackling energy costs head on. Reducing fundamental consumption in a sustainable way is achievable."

Head of North East Business Centre Kenneth Rooney “We want to help our customers in every way possible and assisting them invest in energy efficient initiatives is key to drive down costs and remain competitive in what remains a challenging trading environment. Every SME can benefit from reviewing their energy consumption and using available supports such as the SEAI.  I would encourage SMEs to call into any branch, to talk to our expert staff about financing projects that will get them the savings on their bills.”

President of the Dundalk  Chamber, Paddy Matthews said: “We are delighted to host this event for our members as this is an area where SMEs can take small practical steps and make real savings. We welcome AIB’s announcement of €100million fund and look forward to working with all our members in this regard".  On behalf of SEAI, Declan Meally said: “I would urge all businesses to examine their energy outgoings in their businesses. We have found that most businesses can make 11% savings in their energy usage without spending a lot of money. The rewards are substantial and SEAI is there to assist every step of the way. New finance offerings, like those being launched today, make it even easier to act and are a welcome addition to the market.”

For further information, please contact:
Helen Leonard
AIB Press Officer
Tel: 01 6414141 or 087 9850445
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Dundalk Driving Tourism Forward at Dundalk Stadium

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Dundalk Driving Tourism Forward Event took place on Friday 28th February the event raised funds which will be reinvested into tourism initiatives in the North-East region.

Tourism Providers Presentation

The Dundalk Tourism Committee was founded with the objectives of promoting Dundalk and its greater environs as a tourism destination and to provide a ‘meeting of minds’ for all stakeholders in the region to generate ideas and expertise. The committee is entirely voluntary and given the creative inputs thus far has generated ideas to produce tangible events and products that will drive footfall to the region within 2014 onwards.

 

Giro d’Italia Dundalk route and sprint finalised

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The Giro d’Italia route through Dundalk has been finalised following a visit by Irish organiser Darach McQuaid of Shadetree Sports, along with his Italian colleagues and event organisers.

On Sunday, May 11th Giro d’Italia cyclists will sprint into Dundalk. The race for the coveted Red Jersey will pick up pace as the cyclists approach Dundalk  and will end at St Nicholas’ Green Church, meaning that spectators will get to see cyclists taking a gentler pace up through Church St, Clanbrassil St, the Market Square, Francis St, Park St, Dublin St and onto the Dublin Road. The Giro logistics crew were welcomed by to Dundalk by Cathaoirleach Eamonn O’Boyle, Town Clerk Frank Pentony, and Cuchulainn Cycling Club’s Pat O’Shaughnessy. Also putting their best foot forward for the town were Fiona Cunningham of Dundalk BIDS and Dundalk Tourist Officer Sinead Roche.

Pat O’Shaughnessy said that the crew were impressed by what they saw as they took a walk along the Clanbrassil Street and pinpointed locations for the sprint finish.“Dundalk will be the place where thousands can gather at the Market Square, see the only sprint in the Southern leg of the race approach Dundalk on the Big Screen and anticipate the competitors’ arrival through the town centre. “It’s going to be an amazing sight given the speed of the sprint in contrast to the much slower pace they’ll cycle at through the remainder of the town route".

Speaking following the Giro d’Italia crew visit, Cathaoirleach Eamonn O’Boyle said: “Dundalk is in the enviable position of being the only town centre to feature prominently on the Irish route. Everyone involved in Giro Dundalk, including myself is delighted that the cyclists will now travel the full length of the town, highlighting Dundalk on a global platform.”

Giro d’Italia route for Sunday May 11th: Starts in Armagh via Keady, over Keady mountain, Newtownhamilton, Lislea, Longfield Rd, and into Louth on the Carrickasticken Road, on its journey past Forkhill, into Kilcurry and joining the R177 Armagh Road, onto Lisdoo and into Dundalk Town Centre.  Leaving Dundalk, it travels on the R132 via Castlebellingham, Dunleer and Drogheda to Dublin.

 

Pink Pink Pink Giro d'Italia

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We are thrilled to welcome the 97th Giro d’Italia to Dundalk on Sunday the 11th of May 2014. Three stages, 22 teams and the only southern sprint stage to be held on the streets of Dundalk Town Centre.

The tour spends Friday around Belfast, Saturday up around Glens of Antrim and Causeway.


SUNDAY

Armagh, Dundalk, then on OLD DUBLIN ROAD Castlebellingham, (feeding station but still moving at speed) Dunleer and Drogheda finishing in Dublin City

The only HOT SPOT on the Sunday is CLANBRASSIL STREET. It’s a sprint within the race and is always spectacular.

We would encourage your business to get in to the spirit of the Giro by doing any of the following

  1. Put up flags on your business ….. Irish to the LEFT or above all others.
  2. Put up hanging baskets and pots- think PINK  the official colour of the Giro.
  3. Email in your special offers to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will upload them on to the site and our social media pages.

This is an excellent business opportunity for you and the town.

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Come and get on board this wonderful event that puts Dundalk on the map/ All ideas welcomed just email me to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call me on Tel: 042 9336744

 
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