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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


Download this file (010203 - DS Opera Ad.pdf)Dundalk Stadium Opera526 Kb

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.

Download this file (Sponsorship Letter Focus Ireland-Dundalk Chamber.pdf)Paddy Sponsorship Letter546 Kb

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.


Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair

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Come Along to The  Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair at the Crowne Plaza on Sunday 5th October 2014!

The fair is a unique opportunity to learn about the innovative products and services to enhance and secure our lives as we live longer & its FREE.

Thousands of local people are expected to attend the Louth Age Friendly Business Fair at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, on Sunday October 5 (12-5pm, admission free).

Louth is Ireland's first age-friendly county, and a multitude of business and services for older people will be on display at the third annual fair. Over 3,000 people annually have attended the event and experienced an array of innovative products and services that will enhance and secure our lives as we live longer.

The special guest on the day will be businessman Gavin Duffy, star of RTE Dragons Den and chairperson of the Louth Age Friendly Business Forum.

"The Age Friendly Business Fair is a flagship example of how the innovations coming out of our wee county are shaping our future", said Gavin. "Two amazing things about this day are the feel-good factor and the huge spread of age groups that attend."

Come along and:

  • Learn how new innovate products can assist in the daily activities of living
  • Learn about services that are available to support you or a loved one in their own home and in the community
  • Listen to informative talks on matters that concern older people including Cardiac First Responder Programmes and Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Learn about those businesses who offer products and services for older people, to assist them in living longer and healthier lives in the best possible way

As well as over 50 Age Friendly business exhibitors, leading figures from caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion, law and many more will be on hand to give advice and provide valuable information. A full profile of all exhibitors will be available over the coming months on http://www.agefriendly.ie/louthagefriendly and multiple media.

Guest speakers in the "Parlour" will be Barry Hennessey who will speak about  the  Linked Community Cardiac First Responder Scheme and also Marie Hayes & Mary Gaughran who will talk about  Dementia Supports in Community.  

A discount of 10% is being offered on lunch to all those attending the Consumer Fair on the day.

The  event is supported by the Louth Age-Friendly County Initiative, Age-Friendly Business Forum, Louth Economic Forum,  Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Louth Older Peoples Forum.


Meet The Judges

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It's time to meet the judges for the upcoming Louth Business Awards!

Anne Caldwell - Enterprise Ireland

Anne has 29 years experience in Enterprise Development in the Region, having worked for IDA Ireland, Forbairt and now Enterprise Ireland. Anne's has vast experience in assessing and evaluating projects. Anne covers Counties Louth, Cavan and Monaghan.

Robbie Richardson – Director of Customer Focus

An accomplished customer experience, management, sales and marketing strategist, with 25 years experience in the retail, service and hospitality industries. Currently the director of Customer Focus, which offers management solutions, through a blend of training, coaching and customer auditing. An experienced business tactician, with a reputation for generating results through increasing sales, retaining customers and maximising business potential. He has developed a reputation as a customer experience specialist through keynote speaking, training seminars and has guest lectured for the DKIT Business School. A regular judging panellist for the Louth Business Awards and was a panellist for the DKIT Business School Enterprise Programme.


Mario MacBlain - School of Business & Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Mario is a lecturer with the School of Business & Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology. He delivers under graduate and post graduate degree modules across a subject  range from Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business strategy, Business modelling, Accountancy, Marketing, Business planning, Business strategy, Quality Management  through to Dissertation Research Projects. Mario, together with School and Institute colleagues has developed Global Student Programmes between Australia, USA and EU partners, ICT Accountancy Support Programmes and EU Business Planning Models. He works closely with many business support organisations and SME's in the region augmenting the links between the Institute sector and national / international industry plus consulting on business planning and development issues. Mario has a background of some 37 years with international industry at senior management level through this time holding eight directorship positions with manufacturing and financial services companies. He is the founder of an Integrated College with a current enrolment of over 600 pupils and an ethos of shared mutual understanding.

Paul Cumiskey - Business Development Manager at Ulster Bank Corporate Markets

Has been a professional Banker for 20 years and works extensively in client-facing roles. Currently Business Development Manager in the North East, Paul has extensive experience in working capital requirements, re-financing, leasing, deposits, invoice financing, interest rate hedging along with all other related banking products.

He is also a qualified Accountant Technician and hold the QFA Designation.

Michael Gaynor - Gaynor HR

Previous employment includes: Management of Employment Agency (London), worked in the Public Service within, Dept of Labour, Enterprise Trade & Employment and Dept of Education.
Currently managing Book publishing company, operating and providing a HR (human resource] support service to the business sector. He has many years experience in dealing with, and providing a wide range of services to SME'S and has a familiarity and knowledge of the challenges facing the sector.

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