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Evening Class Programme Christmas 2014

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A set of evening classes running up until Christmas start at O'Fiaich Institute on Monday 10th November.


Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture 2014 programme unveiled

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Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture 2014 – the official start of the town’s Christmas celebrations takes place on Friday and Saturday, November 28th & 29th with a two-day packed programme of events, set against the brightly illuminated buildings of the town centre.

Celebrations on Friday night will include the switching on of the town centre illuminations and Christmas tree along with the official launch of Dundalk on Ice 

Titan the Robot, who made a huge impression last year returns to Dundalk and will be meeting his fans both in the Dundalk Town Centre and The Marshes Shopping Centre over the two days of the Festival. Funny, fast paced and full of surprises, Titan is the ultimate family entertainment comedy show where you come to expect the unexpected! Titan’s fame has seen him perform in 25 countries worldwide and in recent years Titan has danced with Rihanna in Hollywood, appeared at Wembley Stadium with Will.i.am, stolen a kiss from Heidi Klum on Germany’s Next Top Model and performed on countless TV shows.

This year’s Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture sees a number of new attractions.

An Animal Farm will be held in the Demesne. Visitors to the Farm will have the chance to see many different animals including chickens, giant rabbits, pygmy goats, pet sheep, llama, alpaca, as well as a small falabella pony and cart. Plus why not take your own pets along for the animal blessing on Saturday. Sponsored by PetSafe, this FREE Animal Farm has the full support of the Louth Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and donations may be made to this very worthwhile local cause.

Those who are busy writing their Letter to Santa will be interested to know that the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture will have a designated Letter to Santa Postbox this year. Young letter writers may be lucky and see an elf or two collecting what is sure to be sackload after sackload of post over the two days. Plus even though he will be getting into the full preparations for Christmas, rumour has it Santa may take time out of his hectic schedule  and turn up to collect some of the post in person.

After posting your letter why not head over to Earl Street where there will be plenty to amuse including carousels and a Disco Dome.

Christmas Markets continue to be featured in the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture. A market aimed at featuring the best of local crafts and offering unique gift ideas will be housed in the Clanbrassil Centre while seasonal scents will permeate the air around the Market Square with sweet and savoury tastes catered for at the food market.

Live entertainment is once again playing an integral part in this year’s Festival of Light & Culture with stages to be located at the courthouse side of the Market Square and also on Park Street.
Blue Moose will headline the live music on Friday, November 28th. Boasting a fantastic following in Dundalk, there’s sure to be a great turnout for what is Ireland’s most in demand cover band. Blue Moose play all major entertainment venues in the country but festival goers will have the opportunity to see them live and free at the Market Square.

A simple walk up the town will entertain during the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture, Fire eaters, unicyclists and other street performers will keep everyone entertained on the main thoroughfare.

Don’t worry if your feet get a bit weary enjoying all the attractions that Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture has to offer plus visiting the many shops in Dundalk. For the two day Festival there will be a free Festival train running through key points between the town centre and The Marshes Shopping Centre. See Dundalk from a different perspective and soak in the lights, aromas and atmosphere of the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture.

The Festival will close on Saturday evening with a spectacular Fireworks Display at the Marshes Shopping Centre, lighting up the Dundalk skyline

Speaking on the launch of the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture Programme Dundalk BIDS Manager, Edel O’Mahony said "The Dundalk Festival of Lights & Culture Organising Committee, which features representations from Dundalk BIDS, The Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Dundalk Tidy Towns and voluntary individuals, has put a lot of effort into bringing together this extensive programme of events and we hope that as many people as possible get to enjoy the two day festival.

"It can be difficult when budgets are tight but I do believe we have been successful in bringing a number of fantastic FREE events such as the Animal Farm, Titan the Robot the Letter to Santa post box and of course our live music, to complement the Dundalk on Ice, markets etc.

"I would encourage everyone to spread the word about  the Dundalk Festival of Lights & Culture and get behind, what is, a main community event in Dundalk’s calendar."

Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture takes place on Friday, November 28th & 29th.

For further details and regular programme updates ‘like’ the Facebook Page ‘Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture’ and follow the Festival of Twitter @dlkfestival


Nominee Photos

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The nominee photos for the Louth Business Awards 2014 are now available! You can view the full gallery here (one or two photos yet to come).

We have also uploaded the photos to our Facebook page, where the staff are currently busy tagging everyone!


Meet The Buyers

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Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry are organising a further Meet the Buyer event which will take place 14 November 2014 in Belfast  8.30a.m to 12.30pm.

A great range of buyers are attending and wide range of supplier businesses to meet buyer requirements is expected.  Buyers include:

  • Aer Lingus
  • Banner Business Services
  • Canyon Europe
  • Concentrix
  • Lagan Construction Group
  • Marcon Fit-Out
  • Montupet
  • Terex
  • Viridian / Power NI

Buyer requirements can be viewed HERE.

It is necessary to request a short application form from John Quinn ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). If you need further information phone 028 90 244113.


Opera...as heard in the movies

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Dundalk Stadium is hosting an evening of music, song and exquisite cuisine in Champion’s Restaurant on Sunday 30th.

Guests will be treated to beautiful arias and ensembles made famous by the silver screen and performed by the superbly talented Opera Theatre Company. This delightful musical experience will feature many cherished movies moments, with highlights such as Lakme’s ethereal Flower Duet from True Romance, and Mozart’s Sull’aria from the Shawshank Redemption.

The evening begins as 5pm with a sparkling wine reception and canapés. Guests will then be escorted to Champion’s restaurant where they will enjoy a specially prepared menu by Head Chef, James Danaher. The operatic performances will be interspersed between courses affording a complete sensory experience for our guests.

An unforgettable evening with delicious food, wonderful music and excellent singers awaits opera buffs and first time opera-goers in the unique surroundings of Dundalk Stadium’s glass-fronted ‘Champion’s Restaurant.’

This enlightening evening of entertainment in pleasantly priced at €60pp to include wine reception, canapés, tasting menu and operatic performance. Reservations can be made by calling Dundalk Stadium on (042) 9334438 Ext.1, or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Have you a special offer for Cork fans coming to Dundalk?

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Dundalk will play Cork City on the final night of the season on Friday the 24th October in Oriel Park at 7.45pm. If both Dundalk and Cork win their match this Friday night then the league will be decided in Oriel on the following Friday the 24th.

We believe we could put a package together for this match aimed not just at Cork fans but for the people travelling with them as this is a Bank Holiday weekend. This package may include:

  • Accommodation
  • Drink in local pubs and bars
  • Events in area on Saturday e.g. entertainment, bands etc.
  • Racing at Dundalk Stadium on Saturday night
  • Shopping  on the Saturday and Sunday in Dundalk
  • Restaurants and coffee shops which have special offers

This offer will be advertised on the Cork City FC website and their social media sites.

If you would like your offer to be included please email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and he will get them advertised for free. You must direct them to Greg, do not contact the Chamber for this.


Big Freeze confirmed for Dundalk this Christmas

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Dundalk On Ice returns to the Market Square this Christmas season, bigger and better than ever, complete with ‘REAL’ ice and housed in an indoor facility.

Dundalk BIDS Manager Edel O’Mahony confirmed the good news that Planet Ice have agreed to operate the enclosed ice rink over the Christmas period, opening on Friday, November 21st until Sunday, January 4th.

Dundalk On Ice is set to play a pivotal role in the town’s seasonal attractions, with an expected attendance of over 35,000 set to enjoy the ‘real’ ice skating experience. While the indoor facility covers and protects skaters from the elements, also giving Dundalk shoppers and visitors the opportunity to see the fun going on inside and draw even more people in to the attraction.

In announcing the Dundalk BIDS coup for the town’s Christmas Calendar of events, Edel O’Mahony said “Since taking up the position of Dundalk BIDS Manager in July of this year I have been working on bringing Dundalk On Ice back to the town centre with a main priority to make it bigger and better. This year will be a showcase of what has been evolving on the Market Square in the previous two years.

‘We have great confidence that Planet Ice will deliver a superior skating experience for Dundalk On Ice 2014.

Ms O’Mahony also confirmed that seasonal employment as far as possible will be created plus an additional boost to local businesses via ice rink staffing and the provision of ancillary services.

“It was also my intention to feature a local workforce and encourage the use of local services in the operation of DundalkOn Ice 2014. Dundalk BIDS was adamant that this be a feature of any agreement and Planet Ice readily agreed to this.”

Commenting on their participation in Dundalk On Ice 2014 McDara Hosty for Planet Ice said; “We are really looking forward to working with Edel and her team at Dundalk BIDS and to playing our part in making this year’s Dundalk Christmas Festival a fantastic event. The plans that the Dundalk BIDS team have in place are pretty amazing and will really bring the town centre to life in a very special way this Christmas”.

Dundalk On Ice 2014 runs for 44 days only commencing on Friday November 21st until Sunday, January 4th. The Dundalk On Ice box office opens on Friday, October 31st in The Marshes Shopping Centre with some very special pre-opening offers for patrons wishing to purchase their tickets in advance.


Shine a Light Night

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Our Chamber President Paddy Mathews is taking part in the Focus Ireland "Shine a Light Night" at the Iveagh Gardens Dublin on 17th October 2014.

This is an Event where individuals sleep out for one night with just a sleeping bag and mug of soup, to raise awareness of the number of people who are sleeping rough on our streets every night.

He has to raise £5000 in sponsorship to take part in this event.

We have attached a copy of the letter that we are sending out to our suppliers and friends, asking them to sponsor him, you can also sponsor him online at the Focus Ireland website. Please also see the official site here.

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Louth Business Awards Finalists 2014

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Here are the Louth Business Awards Finalists 2014, selected by our independent judges. Congratulations to all and stay tuned for more information. Photos of the nominees will be made available next week. Details of the Awards Evening can be found here.

Best Customer Service Award Independent Retailer (sponsorsed by The Argus)

  • Terry Kelly Wallpaper and Paints
  • 23 Seats
  • Conlons Food Halls Ltd.
  • MacGuinness Wines

Best Retail Premises for Both Exterior and Interior Visual Impact (sponsored by The Fairways Hotel)

  • Sweet Little Babies
  • Ruby's Vintage Style Tearoom
  • Neola
  • Brubakers
  • Brodigans Londis

Special Community Group (sponsored by Dundalk Credit Union)

  • Dundalk Santa Run 2013
  • Irish Wheelchair Assoc ROC & Sports
  • Louth Community Mens Sheds
  • St. Vincent De Paul

Age Friendly Award (sponsored by My Homecare.ie)

  • Colman & Ann O Flynn's Pharmacy
  • McCabes Pharmacy
  • Kevin Matthews Pharmacy
  • County Louth Citizens Information Service
  • Louth Trades Network
  • Cuchullain Credit Union Ltd.

Business Growth Award (sponsored by VHI Heathcare)

  • Leinster Environmentals Ltd
  • Colortrend
  • Prometric
  • Glen Gat Guest House
  • Cargotec Ireland

Best Exporter (sponsored by Enterprise Ireland)

  • Easy Dry
  • Leinster Environmentals Ltd
  • Ovelle Pharmacuticals Ltd.
  • Wakely Engineering Ltd.

Best Bar/Pub (sponsored by Diageo)

  • The Glyde Inn
  • The Castle Bar
  • Taaffe's Castle Bar Carlingford
  • McKeowns Bar

Best Training Initiative (sponsored by Louth & Meath Education & Training Board)

  • Walk Peer Programme
  • Louth Community Mens Shed
  • Relish Café
  • Secret Hair Salon

Best Tourist attraction (sponsored by Crowne Plaza Dundalk)

  • Dundalk Stadium
  • County Museum Dundalk
  • The Spirit Store
  • Dundalk Golf Club

Dundalk's Best High Growth SME (sponsored by Louth Local Enterprise Office)

  • Loughran Family Malt
  • Statsports
  • MVI Cleaning Service
  • Photo Express
  • M1 Document Solutions

Best use of Internet Technology (sponsored by Oriel Hub)

  • Louth Volunteer Centre
  • Servisource Recruitment
  • McArdle Skeath
  • altFIRE Technologies
  • Climote

Best Marketing Campaign (sponsored by AIB Bank)

  • Matthews Coaches
  • Crowne Plaza Dundalk
  • Suretank Ltd.
  • Ecological Waste

Best Eating Establishment (sponsored by Tesco)

  • Fitzpatrick's Bar & Restaurant
  • PJ O Hares
  • Ghan House
  • Carrickdale Hotel & Spa

Corporate Social Responsibility (sponsored by Prometric)

  • PayPal
  • Fyffes
  • Open Hydro
  • Horseware

Employment Law and Health & Safety Workshop

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Dundalk Chamber in association with Chamber HR are holding an Employment Law and Health & Safety Workshop on Wednesday 19th November.

This fast paced update, specifically designed for Business Owners and Directors is full of useful information, tips and advice on how to assist you in understanding your obligations as an employer.

What you will learn...

• How to implement and conduct disciplinary policies and procedures

• What documentation you will need for a NERA inspection

• How to avoid expensive employment litigation

• Health & Safety duties and responsibilities explained

• The rights of your employees and how to avoid infringing them

Not only is this an excellent learning and networking opportunity but everyone who attends will be awarded with CPD certification.

* Strictly Directors and Business Owners *

Cost: Free from Dundalk Chamber Members, €10 +VAT for non-members.

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