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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.


Louth’s County Museum named Best Local Authority Museum

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The County Museum, Dundalk is celebrating being named as the Best Local Authority Museum in this year’s Irish Public Sector Magazine Awards.
Curator Brian Walsh said this week that he along with his colleagues in the Museum are celebrating the achievement.

Of course, we were all absolutely delighted to hear that we had won the award. It is, I suppose, particularly special to receive this recognition in our 20th anniversary year.”

Mr Walsh added that the award reflects the quality projects and exhibitions undertaken within the County and the hours of work that go on in the background.

We have a significant turnover of successful projects and exhibitions in the County Museum. Many are groundbreaking and innovative, be it welcoming Cassie, our virtual presenter, bringing a full size Boyne Currach to the Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda, or - as we are currently working on - incorporating a visual of the GPO facade into the set for our major 1916 exhibition which will open in the near future.
“But these plans are not simply put together. It takes an incredible amount of time and effort which I am delighted to say the team here in the County Museum take on without question.
“This, along with the support of Louth County Council and, previously, Dundalk Town Council has enabled the County Museum, to become involved in the community in a meaningful and lasting way. In that sense, the award is a true team effort that we think Dundalk and Louth as a whole should be proud of


Fantastic team building event at the Dundalk Chamber’s Company Challenge in Oriel Park

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Dundalk Chamber hosted their first company challenge last weekend in Oriel Park and Oriel Active.

Congrats to the Suretank team who won 'Best Team Spirit' at the Dundalk Chamber Company Challenge on Saturday!

The Challenge started on the Friday night with a table quiz testing the brain power of all eighteen teams competing and this event was won by Intact Software, who were pushed to the final round by DSP Dynamos and Matthews Coach who came second and third respectively. 
The sun shone on Saturday morning and created a beautiful atmosphere in Oriel Park.

The first event of the day was the indoor football tournament which was very competitive yet great fun.  Intact Software, Louth Trade Networks, DSP Dynamos and Aiken Barracks won their respective group stages to compete in the semi- finals.  The hotly contested final was then won by Aiken Barracks over DSP Dynamos.
In the afternoon competitors and their supporters  moved out onto Oriel Park pitch for the field events with a lot of points still up for grabs.  The pitch was a beautiful array of colours as all teams were decked out in bright colours to distinguish their companies.

The contestants  put their hearts and bodies on the line in all events from the  Obstacle Race, Tug of War, Relay Race and the fun filled water relay.   There was also plenty of refreshments on the day from the Brew Crew Café and Sing Li Curry. The children were entertained with bouncy castles provided by Pelican Promotions ensuring a fun day for all.
The overall winners of the Company Challenge were Aiken Barracks anchored by Big John Ray. Dunleer Company Suretank  received an award for Best Team Spirit.
Speaking after the event Chamber President Paddy Matthews hopes that this Inter Company challenge will be an annual fixture in the Chambers events guide. With 18 teams taking part and over  200 in attendance on the day supported by family and friends this was one of the best team building events to date and is a must for local companies in the future.

The Dundalk Chamber would like to thank  our main sponsor  Ecological Waste without whose support this event could not have happened.  Also Tool Fix, Colortrend,  Pelican Promotions  and Trend Trophies for supplying the equipment. Oriel Park and Oriel Active  were very generous in providing the facilities for the weekend.
If you would like to enter your company next year then call Tracey or Kim in the Chamber on Tel: 042 9336343 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as this is one event not to be misse


Hungarian Ambassador visits Dundalk

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Dundalk Chamber hosted another very successful Embassy visit when The Hungarian Embassy came to Dundalk last week to meet local companies in order to forge business links.

Mr Gergely Janzso,Consul and Cultural Attaché of the Hungarian Embassy, Jimmy Cumiskey, member of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Management


Mr Gergely Janzso, Consul and Cultural Attaché of the Hungarian Embassy visited Dundalk with The Hungarian Ambassador on Wednesday 10th September for a series of one-to-one meetings with various companies from around the North-East. This is just one in a series of many visits which Dundalk Chamber has organized.

Mr Janzso and The Ambassador were delighted with the number and variety of contacts and were sure that the visit would enhance trade in both directions. He also stated that a representative from the Hungarian Embassy would be delighted to visit Dundalk in the future to meet with more companies in the hope of forging business links between Ireland and Hungary.
He also thanked the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce for giving him the opportunity to explain the activities of the Commercial Office of the Hungarian Embassy and the contact he made with local entrepreneurs.

Due to the success of the meetings, Dundalk Chamber will play host to more Embassies in the near future, including Brazilian Embassy which will be taking place on the 8th October 2014 in Oriel Hub in the Finnabair Business Park.

If your company would like to attend one of these free meetings please call Annmarie or Luke in Dundalk Chamber on 042 9336343 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Louth County Enterprise Fund Business loans for entrepreneurs and SMEs

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Business loans for entrepreneurs and SMEs

Louth County Enterprise Fund was established 25 years ago by the International Fund for Ireland, supported by donations from many Louth-based businesses. The purpose then was to provide loan finance to entrepreneurs and small businesses that had difficulty securing funding from the established lending institutions.

Its mission now is as it was then and financial support is available for most business sectors to help finance start-ups and business expansion.

Loans are up to €25,000, typically over 3 years.

For more information, contact Ronan at 041 687 1370 or 087 234 1455 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.thefund.ie

Ardee Business Park, Hale Street, Ardee, County Louth


Park 'n' Stride, Moving Smarter, Living Better

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What is Part 'n' Stride?

Park 'n' Stride is an initiative promoted by Dundalk Town Council partnership with local businesses and nine local schools where parents driving their children to school can park in a nearly car park for a short time so that they can walk their children the rest of the way to or from the school gate.

How does Park 'n' Stride work?

Once you or your family are registered in the scheme, you can park in any of the participating car parks at certain times so that you can walk the rest of the way to or from school.

Why should I Park 'n' Stride?

If you Park 'n' Stride you will be helping to keep traffic congestion away from the school gates and so everyone's trip to school will be safer. And you'll be getting some exercise too! So Park 'n' Stride is a safer and healthier option for everyone.

How can I take part in Park 'n' Stride?

Just fill out the registration form (available from your school or from www.godundalk.ie and give it to the Go Dundalk Co-Ordinator in your school.  You will then receive a Park 'n' Stride sticker to display inside the front windshield of your car.  After that, all you have to do is use any of the participating car parks at specified times to Park 'n' Stride!

Times allowed for Park 'n' Stride parking

Morning 08:30am to 09:30am - 60 minutes maximum
Afternoon  Between the hours of 13:00 and 16:00 - 60 minutes maximum

For more information go to www.godundalk.ie

The Chamber welcomes this initiative which does address the need to encourage more people to avail of the many shops and other attractions in the town centre.
The centre is an excellent place to have a snack, meet friends and of course shop. We would encourage all parents to apply for the scheme and all retailers to let their customers know.

The flexibility of the afternoon allows for shopping either before or after the school closes and should reduce traffic congestion at school closing.


Yet another successful year for the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic sponsored by Servisource & myhomecare.ie

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A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all at the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic which is one of the longest established and popular golf classics in the North East region. This very prestigious annual event, sponsored by Servisource & myhomecare.ie was held on Friday 29th August at the Dundalk Golf Club, Blackrock and had 43 teams booked in. Year on year the success of this event has drawn many teams back to enjoy the warm atmosphere and hospitality experienced on the day.

Winning team Moffett Engineering

The Dundalk Golf course as usual was in magnificent condition and is unquestionably one of Ireland’s premium parkland layouts. The traditional delicious bar-b-que was enjoyed by team members at the 9th hole was sponsored by McArdle Meats and also offered an opportunity to meet other team players for a chat before completing the course.  An evening of entertainment followed with dinner, prize presentation and a raffle in the Club House followed by music.
It was a fantastic competition and the results were as follows:

First Prize: Moffett Engineering with 98 points. Team included Paul Rogan, Brian Carey, Kevin Turnbull and Gary Kelly.

Second Prize: Newry and Mourne District Council with 94 points. Team included Jim McCorry, Colin Moffett, Andy Graham and Joey Annett.

Third Prizes: Chamber of Commerce Team with 93 points. Team included Martin Patterson, Cathal O Hare, Gary McLoughlin and Frank Pentony.

Fourth Prize: was Truform with 92 points and included Damien Savage, John Kerr, Shane O Reilly and Brendan Tumilty.

Fifth Prize: was won by Dimpco Team with 91 points. Team included Ian McDonald, John McGrane, Martin Farrelly and Robbie McCreevy.


Nearest the Pin Men - Stephen Burke

Nearest the Pin Ladies - Eva Beirne

Longest Drive Gents - David Staunton

Longest Drive Ladies - Rita Blac

The fantastic raffle which followed included a variety of prizes including 2 tickets to Blood Brothers in the Bord Gais Theatre won by Anne Doohan and a beautiful DKNY Handbag donated by Miro Shoes was won by Angela Kilboy.
Servisource and myhomecare.ie would like to thank the organising committee at the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, The Dundalk Golf Club and to all those who helped to make this golf classic a tremendous success.


50 Jobs to be create in Meath by SmartStart Companies

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The new technology positions are part of a total investment of €1.5 million for SmartStart.

Thursday 28th August: SmartStart has  announced that two of its accelerator programme participants, SWG and MDS Global Technologies, will create 50 jobs in Meath over the next two years. Located in Kells Enterprise and Technology Centre, the new jobs will be created across a number of areas including engineering, research and design, sales and support, marketing and administration.

Established in 2011, SmartStart is an Irish centric global accelerator programme for high potential technology companies. Driven by international entrepreneurs and business mentors, SmartStart works with start-ups to provide financial, legal, technology and business development guidance.
SWG, a Philadelphia based company, works with customers to grow their telecommunications networks, repurpose, reuse and recycle their existing telecommunications equipment. The SmartStart programme provided a landing pad and interim Chief Executive for the company as well as access to established agency relationships within Ireland. The company is set to create 25 jobs as part of this announcement.

MDS Global Technologies transports IP data using existing infrastructure and networks at a significantly higher rate than other providers. A US based company, MDS will locate all Global sales and technical support functions in Kells Enterprise Technology Centre, Meath creating 25 jobs. SmartStart has mentored MDS for over two years in business development, corporate structure and Angel-led seed funding.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English stated; “This is a very significant development for County Meath, the region and indeed Ireland as we continue to attract high potential start-ups and established technology SMEs looking to expand in to Europe. SmartStart is a recognised international accelerator programme providing ambitious entrepreneurs and growing companies with the platform required to develop their businesses further. The programme is an example of how Irish expertise and guidance can facilitate growth that impacts on the international stage.

Founder and CEO of SmartStart, Gerry Moan commented: “This announcement marks the third anniversary of SmartStart and we are delighted to facilitate the growth of these companies, and help bring them to Ireland. At SmartStart we foster innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit in our high potential partners, encouraging them to develop in a structured and measured environment. The SmartStart programme is an all-island accelerator programme as we believe Ireland as a location, and not just Dublin, is ideal for high potential international technology companies and start-ups.”

Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive, Meath County Council said; “We are delighted to welcome SWG and MDS Global Technologies to County Meath as part of the SmartStart programme. With access to international transport links and a highly developed integrated business infrastructure offering, this announcement is a further endorsement of Meath as a place to do business.”


Growing your Business Online

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Dundalk Chamber of Commerce in association with Paypal and Ebay would like to invite you to a seminar, in Ebay inc.

See here for more information

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