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PUTTING THE TOWN FIRST A Strategic Plan for the Continuance of Dundalk Town BID

Welcome from Chairperson of Dundalk BIDS ‘As Chairman of Dundalk BID Ltd, I would like to inform you of the progress of the company and our plans for the successful implementation of a new BID Programme 2014 – 2017. In these extremely challenging times, every town in Ireland is trying to survive and in Dundalk we are constantly looking to give the town that competitive edge. I have mentioned this at business meetings over the last number of years but I mean it when I say that ‘we shouldn’t be selfish for our own individual business but we need to be selfish for our town’. The key to a successful working BID programme is that the private and public sectors work in partnership and trusting each other. To be truthful, BID’s 1 has not been easy but I feel that we have made progress. We have had successes, have learnt from our mistakes and are confident that we can deliver a meaningful programme for the benefit of the entire town of Dundalk.

Improve Footfall & Increase Profits Dundalk has been the only town in the country that has a BID scheme, where all ratepayers of the town and its environs contribute equally through a levy on the commercial rates. I am acutely aware of the expenses that every business has at the moment, rates been one and we in Dundalk BID’s want to deliver “value for money “.In order to attract customers our shops , cafes, bars and businesses we must raise the environmental quality of our streets and buildings to higher standard. Businesses need to raise the bar providing a clean, friendly and safe environment, offer accessible and affordable parking and market together to improve our footfall dramatically. Business Improvement Districts ( BID ) provide us with a framework to achieve these goals , Dundalk BID’s can facilitate and enable business people to help themselves for the common good of our town.

New Faces - Vote Yes

We are always on the lookout for fresh faces, bright ideas and new ways of doing things. Indeed if you feel that there are particular areas that need to be addressed under the new programme of work please let us know. That is the main aim of this document. I would like to ask the ratepayers of Dundalk to vote in favour of the continuance of the BID and vote yes in the plebiscite at the end of the year. “Above all we need to take ownership” I will finish with this quote from Mary Portas, who this year delivered a vision for the UK Government on how the UK High street needs to be revived, and I believe this is how Dundalk BIDs can play its role as a facilitator on behalf of our town. ‘We want to see the town centre where localism really delivers integrated action from all the relevant stakeholders. Local authorities, landlords, retailers and the public working together to really animate the spaces they occupy, creating and nurturing their own unique place. Local people as co-creators and not simply consumers, Councils as managers and enablers, Landlords as long-term investors, Businesses as stakeholders, the best returns on investment will come from maximum collaboration based on local partnerships. Crucially, we need everyone collaborating and compromising at a local level to develop and deliver a vision which works. Yours Sincerely Brian O’Neill , Chairperson Dundalk Bids

What is a BID ? It is a public private partnership in which commercial property owners/occupiers (commercial tenants) who are ratepayers elect, through a local plebiscite, to make a collective financial contribution to the provision of additional services used for the development and promotion of their Business District.

How is a BID calculated ? The method of calculation is the same for every business. The formula is BID Multiplier (1.5%) x Rateable Value = Annual Contribution For example: if your rateable value is €3,000, your annual contribution = €45 Dundalk BID is approaching the end of its first full term and is now seeking a second complete term from our members. If the BID is not renewal the programme will come to an end in 2013. In the current economic climate it is unrealistic to assume that this work will then be taken on by others.

Boots has 3,000 outlets on the UK and Irish Towns . We have seen how effective well managed BID can be in ensuring that a district meets customer expectations , thereby maintaining and restoring the best opportunity its competitive advantage and footfall. The Bid Model represents the best opportunity that the private sector has to shape and influence its own environment to meet the challenges of today’s competitive market place’ Andy Godfrey Public Policy Manager , Boots.

The Work of Dundalk Bids to Date Events & Festivals

24th August nternational Wheelchair Basketball Blitz

Dundalk Half Marathon & 10k Road Race

Sat 31st August Dundalk Open Dog Show & Market International Free Movie 101Dalmatian

& Street Entertainment

Fortnightly Farmer & Craft Market


Fri 13th SeptBusiness & Tourism Expo Farmers & Craft Market Dundalk Fashion show


Clinton Anniversary concert9

Sat 7th Sept Brocantes Market (an Open Air of Ireland Bric-a-Brac Circuit attic & Garage Sale)




Model T Ford visit

Fri 27th Sept RasMarket Race and Farmers & Craft

International Market

Fashion & Shopping Weekend

Fri 11th & 25th Oct 19thMarket June- County Farmers & Craft

Louth Show- Dundalk Stadium

European Senior Badminton Championship 2011

28th Oct – 3rd Nov A Festival of Horrors Táin March Bellurgan Park)


St.Patrick’s Day 2011/12/13



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Fri 29th NovJedward 2012 Winter Festival - Night of Lights Nathan Carter


Nathan Carter in The Square Family Tickets €20 2 adults 2 children

Táin Summer Festival

Táin Summer Festival


Euro 2012 Market Square 29th & 30th Nov Dundalk Stadium 10 Year Anniversary Dundalk Square on Ice For further information please contact Night of Lights & Culture


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Tourism Relocation of Tourist Office to Market Square

‘It is important from the publican’s point of view that the town’s shoppers stay in town for as long as possible. Most of our business is done in the evening period , so we need to create a town centre environment where people want to stay for as long as possible to socialise and meet friends , the recent events on the Square like the Ice Rink ,the Jedward & Nathan Carter concerts have been great for business , more of the same please.

Appointment of Tourism Officer Sinead Roche Revamp of Town Centre Map Launch of Dundalk Tourist Guide - Best of Ireland Series Launch of Dundalk Events & Festivals Guide 2013 Tourism DVD DKIT & Tidy Towns Attendance • Holiday Fairs – Dublin /Belfast • Traders fairs - Dublin • Ploughing Championships

Betty Traynor - Phoenix Bar

Over 3,000 tourists have visited the tourist office following it’s relocation to the Market Square in June 2012


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Where to Stay:

The Crowne Plaza Hotel: Inner Relief Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042. 9394900 The Fairways Hotel: Dublin Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9321500 The Park Hotel: Carnbeg, Armagh Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9395700 Ballymascanlon House Hotel Golf and Leisure centre, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9358200 Innisfree Guest House: Carrick Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9334912 Glen Gat Guesthouse: 18/19 The Crescent, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9337938 Hotel Imperial, Park Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9332241 Lismar Gusethouse, 8-9 Stapleton Place, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9357246 Greengates B&B, Dublin Road, Blackrock, Dundalk,Tel: 042 9322047 Fairlawns B&B, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9323813 Krakow B&B, 190 Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9337535 Rosemount B&B, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9335878 Lynolan House, Mullaharlinn, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9336553 Keernaum House B&B, Dublin Road, Tel: 042 9321795

Where to eat:

The Pirates Den:

Coes Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9327454 This is a large indoor area for children of all ages with areas designed for babies aged 0-2 years, toddlers 2-5 years and the big kid’s zone for children aged 5 years and over. Oriel Park Youth Development Centre: Tel: 042 9335894 This is a multi purpose indoor sports facility featuring indoor artificial turf football pitches, a futsal hard court and gymnasium. JJB Fitness Club Inner Relief Road, Dundalk: Tel: 042 9391301

Fahrenheit Rooftop Restaurant: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel: 042 9394900 The Walnut Restaurant, the Fairways Hotel, Tel: 042 9321500 Major’s Restaurant, the Park Hotel, Tel: 042 9395700 Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9358200 Innisfree House, (The Edwardian experience) Carrick Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9334912 The Lisdoo Bar & Steakhouse, Newry Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9334829 Jade Garden, 24 Park Street, Dundalk, Tel: 9330378 La Cantina, 1 Riverlane, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9327970 Riva Brasserie, No. 3 Earl Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9354578 McAteer’s The Food House, Clanbrassil Street, Tel: 042 9326420 The Kingfisher Restaurant, Park Street, Tel: 042 9351465 Villa Toscana, 60 Park Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9386696 Restaurant No. 32 , Chapel Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9331113 Kennedy’s Bar & Restaurant, Carrick Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9393999


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Rossa Restaurant, 5 Roden Place, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9356502 Punjab Curry House, Park Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9329980 Quaglinos, located above the century bar, Roden Place, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9334147 Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant, Rockmarshall, Jenkinstown, (On the road to Carlingford), Tel: 042 937619


Century Bar, 19 Roden Place, Dundalk. Tel: 042 9334147 The Jockey’s, 47 Anne Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9334621 Courtney’s Public House, 44 Park Street, Dundalk: Tel: 042 9326652 Castle Bar, 11 Seatown, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9339841 Gormleys, 95 Park Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9337303 The Lisdoo Bar & Steakhouse, Newry Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9334829 McAlester’s, 65 Bridge Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9337780 McGeoughs Bar, Roden Place, Dundalk. Tel: 042 9328980 McKeowns, 16 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9337931 McManus, 13/17 Seatown, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9331632

The Windsor Bar & Restaurant, Dublin Street, Dundalk, Tel 042 9338146 Russells Bar, 28 Park Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9334053 Johnny Masons, Hagan House, The Ramparts, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9353997 The Bar Tender, 12 Park Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9335175 The Phoenix, 15 Park Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9352925 The Wee House, (Live Traditional Music) 20 Anne Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9335359 Parkes Bar, Park Street, Dundalk, (part of the Imperial Hotel), Tel: 042 9332241 Donnellys Bar/ Beagans, 28 Seatown, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9337354 Puzzles Bar, Earl Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 Callans off licence and Bar, 40 Park Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9334382


Brubakers, 39 Park street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9329699 Club Amber Niteclub, Earl Street, Dundalk Mr Ridley’s Niteclub, Park Street, Dundalk. Tel: 042 9333329 Silence Niteclub, Hotel Imperial, Tel: 042 9332241 D. Venue, Earl Street, Dundalk


Places to stay:

Darver Castle, Darver, Readypenny, Co. Louth, Tel: 042 9379466 Smarmore Castle & Leisure Centre, Ardee, Tel: 041 6857167 Setanta Guesthouse, Ardee, Tel: 041 6853319

Places to Eat: Darver Castle Restaurant, Darver, Readypenny, Co. Louth, Tel: 042 9379466 Fuchsia House & Restaurant, Ardee, Co. Louth, Tel: 041 6858432 Dooleys Restaurant, Edmondstown, Ardee, Tel: 041 6855165 La Cucina Italian Restaurant, at Smarmore Castle, Ardee, Co. Louth, Tel: 041 6859955

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Places to Stay:

Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford: Tel: 042 9373530 Ghan House, Carlingford: Tel: 042 9373682 McKevitts Village Hotel, Carlingford: Tel: 042 9373116

Places to Eat: Ghan House, Carlingford, Tel: 042 9373682 Kingfisher Bistro, McGee’s Court, Carlingford, Tel: 042 9373716 P.J’s Oysterbar & Restaurant, Carlingford, Tel: 042 9373106 The Liberty Bar & Bistro, the Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford, Tel: 042 9373530 Magees Bistro, Carlingford, Tel: 042 9373751 Carlingford Marina, Tel: 042 9373073 Oystercatcher, Carlingford Tel: 042 9373922 McKevitt’s Hotel, Tel: 042 9373116

Live Entertainment venues: The Spirit Store, (Live Music, Comedy, Gigs, Venue, Bar, Drink), Georges Quay, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9352697 Good Time Charlies, (Live Music and good craic, 8 nights a week), Francis Street, Dundalk, 042 9334539

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The Castletown River flows into Dundalk Bay. This system holds wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon and is also stocked with brown trout. The Fane River and the River Glyde hold wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon. Day permits available from


Kildemock Equestrian Centre: Ardee, Co. Louth Tel: 041 6857124 Kildemock Equestrian Centre is an AIRE approved riding centre

Activity Centres & Leisure activities for all the family



Ravensdale Lodge Equestrian & Trekking centre, Tel: 042 9371034 As one of Ireland’s leading equestrian establishments, Ravensdale Equestrian Lodge and Trekking Centre offer a wide and unique range of horse experiences from horse riding lessons for all levels and exam training to exhilarating cross country riding, horse riding holidays, trekking in local stunning scenery, Local and National Show Jumping Competitions & Facility Hire.




Dundalk Sports Bowl:


The infamous “Tain Trail” is some 500 kilometres in length & follows the route taken by the armies of Ireland in the ancient saga Tain Bo Cuailgne, the Cattle Raid of Cooley. The trail takes in many famous monuments & attractions of

Shuffleboard, action target and archery. Clay pigeon shooting is available upon request Dundalk Stadium, Racecourse Road, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9334438 Enjoy both Horse and Greyhound racing in Ireland’s only all weather floodlit track. Greyhound racing every Thursday, Friday and Monday night throughout the year

Tel: 042 9373100 Carlingford Adventure Centre offers the perfect mix of medieval character with modern comfortable facilities. You will never be bored at Carlingford Adventure Centre with over 20 lands & water based activities; we cater for all ages & abilities. You do not have to be part of a large group- we cater for individuals also: Choice of: Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Canadian Canoeing, Piccolos, raft building, frenzies, and pier jumping.

County Museum: Jocelyn Street Dundalk, Tel: 042 9327056 The award-winning county museum is located in a beautifully restored 18th century warehouse and traces the history of Louth from the Mesolithic era to the present day. Basement Gallery: Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9332276 The basement gallery hosts eleven exhibitions a year, and is programmed and managed by Dundalk Town Council. A wide variety of median and styles are displayed, featuring work by local, national and international artists. An Tain Theatre: Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Tel: 042 9392919 An Tain Theatre is to be a point of access to the arts for all people of Dundalk and it’s surrounding communities providing an exciting and rich programme of diverse artistic activity including, national touring theatre, dance, community theatre, visual arts and a dynamic outreach programme.


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Ardee Sporting Grounds Located within a 10 minute drive from the M1, Ardee shooting grounds is very accessible. With beautiful views of the Cooley Peninsula this 14 acre shooting grounds maintains its rural atmosphere and can host a variety of clay pigeon shooting disciplines for shooters of all levels.



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Ireland’s East Coast & Midlands Region, bringing its followers to the mythical hidden Ireland, over mountains, by the sea, to lakes & noble rivers, where life moves at a leisurely pace & the past is ever present.


Some of the best Golf Courses in the North East are available to include; Dundalk Golf Club, Blackrock Golf Club, Killin Park Golf Club, Greenore Golf Club, Ballymascanlon Golf Course, Carnbeg Golf Club, Ardee Golf Club, County Louth Golf Club Baltray and Seapoint Golf Club, Termonfeckin.




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Marketing & Promotion “Dundalk a Great Place to Shop” €5,000 euro prize giveaway – Supported Argus Newspaper Your Pound goes further in Dundalk campaign (showing the value of sterling in town) Dundalk Big Screen - Deal of the Week Mystery Shopper programme - Finding Dundalk’s Friendliest Retailer Customer Service in Dundalk …meeting customer perception

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I believe bids has greatly helped change and facilitate much needed forward thinking in Dundalk. It continues to promote new ways in which i feel we all must point our business. It has recognised and is helping us adapt to the generation/social media “swap over” curently being felt in our shops today and is also working to improve the overall retail experince not only to attract new business and customers back to Dundalk but to reaffirm our current clientel that Dundalk means Business. Bids is much needed and now more than ever and this is why i am voting YES!. Martin McElligot - Photospeed.

‘As retail professional for over 25 years and in my role as Manager of The Marshes Shopping Centre, I know the importance of Bids in maintaining and developing the town centre experience, Key national and international retailers tell me the importance of an active and dynamic Bid in choosing where to invest. We need to attract key retailers throughout the town to act as a magnet for further investment and a draw for customers to our streets. For this reason Marshes Shopping Centre is voting yes to the BID. Harry Traynor - The Marshes

Investment & Infrastructure Assisted in the new Signage programme for the Town Facilitated Market Square Consultations Produced ‘All Roads lead to Dundalk’ Investment Brochure Business Incentive Scheme to Encourage The Use Of Vacant Commercial Premises Policy Produced “ All Roads Lead to Dundalk” investment brochure which lead to a number of business relocating in the town, remove the word rates from the sentence subsequent occupier and add to legislation being reviewed and updated.

Petsafe Relocates to The Market Square WHEN Petsafe announced plans for 56 jobs at their new European Headquarters in Dundalk, it only came after an exhaustive search which lasted ten years and saw 27 countries competing against each other for the American business. What made the difference? According to MD of Petsafe Ireland European HQ, David Verdon and Vice-President Laurie MacNair, the sheer desire on the people within the town to attract the business was something of a deal breaker. “The pro-business attitude in Dundalk was a big factor in our decision,” says Mr Verdon, who is originally from Dublin. “We were definitely struck with how much the people in Dundalk wanted it. They were hungrier than elsewhere. “The infrastructure in Dundalk is excellent, giving us ease of access to both Dublin and Belfast. The business rates and the cost of renting property here also made Dundalk an attractive option,” says Mr Verdon, whose open-plan office space looks out upon new Market Square. “We were looking at spaces in the outskirts of Dundalk but we wanted to be in the town centre.” David says that he has been impressed by the work of Town Centre Manager Andrew Mawhinney, David Story from the Town Council, Paddy Malone from the Chamber of Commerce and the IDA who David says deserve huge credit for the move to Dundalk. It’s not just one way traffic, as David says, the company are looking at putting money back into the local economy. “We have a budget of €1million, lots of which will be flowing directly back into the town’s economy.” “Already we are regulars at both Barry’s and at Panama,” says Ms MacNair, who has flown over from Tennesse to oversee the set-up of the headquarters. Petsafe will eventually employ 56 people in Dundalk over the course of three years. Twenty people are already working at the office and they hope to employ a further 25 by the end of the year. Petsafe are also looking to reinvest in the community by supporting charitable initiatives. Dave Verdon - MD, Petsafe Ireland

Like all large towns Dundalk has been severely hit by the recession , in my view we are extremely fortunate to have Dundalk Bids in the town , its gives the town an edge in terms of business , a lot of the hard work is done behind the scenes where existing and new businesses have been facilitated through the office in dealing with the local authority and other bodies , having strong communication lines and people who are prepared to listen is so important and that is the reason why I will be voting Yes for a continuation of Dundalk Bids. Michael Gunn Gunne Property “The investment at the market Square has given a new lease of life to the town centre This coupled with the existing road and rail network means the town can look forward In a positive way and I would see BIDs as integral part of this development.” Paddy Malone - Chairman, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce

Town Watch Town Watch is a positive “self-help” process that engages the retail heart of our town with Garda and local authority and works to enhance the quality of life for both the businesses and our patrons with a “Safer” street programme. Worked along with improved infrastructure, it has a positive effect in attracting new investment and delivers and welcoming quality to the town making it a family choice Our Priorities are: -

A network of street co-ordinators


A full time Garda on patrol in the town centre

The scheme links business and law enforcement to promote the safer street concept by targeting those committing crime and sharing that information. It encourages greater communication between members and by sharing data on those offending we contribute directly to the planning and delivery of the policing resource. Which will contribute to more Garda on the beat

‘I needed convinced of the value of the Bid , I know that it has not been an easy task , the market square and the events which have taken place there have been very positive and I noticed an increase number of customers in the shop who had come to visit the ice rink. Without the Bid this wouldn’t take place so Tony McDonnell Mensware is supporting the BID’ Jim McDonnell Tony McDonnell Mensware

‘As a small retailer , I cannot afford to do all the things I need to draw customers to my business. By investing in Dundalk Bids the costs are spread among everyone and we can then work together to bring a full range of improvements to increase footfall and profits , I have also found being part of Town Watch as a street co-ordinator particularly beneficial for my business’ Aidan Brennan - Brennan Jewellers, Clanbrassil St

Goals for the Next Bid Term Environment & Infrastructure Parking To explore the opportunity of “Park & Stride” and to see how it could incentivise by retailers for shopping early in the morning and extended to the afternoon. The council have to be congratulated on their foresight. To examine other parking incentives that would encourage the customer to shop in town To see if the businesses could co-ordinate opening hours and examine the appetite for Sunday afternoon trading when there is free parking. To look at the possibility of promoting a car park such as Linenhall Street “ Free to workers” and the possibility of using Carroll Village as another similar car park. Identify a parking location in town centre for Tourism Coaches & Buses.

Tidy Towns To encourage DTC to examine the shop front budget and examine how best this money could be used in conjunction with Dundalk BID’s. To provide support and commitment to Dundalk Tidy Towns Proposal

Cleaning Up The Streets •

Paint your shop front Scheme. Joint application

Coorinated Design Plan

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Promote Dundalk’s Unique Style of Architecture

Marketing & Promotion To increase the level of marketing & promotional activity and to ensure that Dundalk has a strong public image to attract business and footfall to the town. To have a strong retail & promotional committee with representatives from the entire town . To concentrate on incentives , deals & promotions which will be put in place on a collective basis to drive footfall into our town . Students /teenage mid-summer madness deals Friday could be promoted as Deal Day Dundalk/late night shopping/use of Big Screen Mother and Child Special Day / Sunday opening/late night opening Free Gifts; free Cups of coffee etc. ……. King and Queen for a day competition makeover and VIP treatment Half Day Wednesday Hairdresser Specials /Dundalk Butchers Good Food and Health Day Chefs demos eg outside Dunnes Stores Park Street, other parts of town To provide a report on how best retailers can effectively promote themselves online, recognised that a lot of older retailers in town are lost in this area and there is a generation gap when it comes to online promotion of their business , the new generation of shopper ’ the Social Media and online generation ‘

“High streets and town centres that are fit for the 21st century need to be multifunctional social centres, not simply competitors for stretched consumers. They must offer irresistible opportunities and experiences that do not exist elsewhere, are rooted in the interests and needs of local people, and will meet the demands of a rapidly changing world.” Action for Market Towns (2011) Twenty-First Century Town Centres

‘As a restaurant on Earle St I can see first – hand that the BID has been instrumental in pushing for the redevelopment of the Market Square. Their festivals and events such as the Market Square on Ice , the Jedward Concert and the Model T Ford attraction have helped increase footfall. For these reasons alone Riva Restaurant will be voting yes to the Bid renewal ‘ Tim & Bernie Murphy Riva Brasserie

Events & Festivals A calendar of events for the town has now been put in place, significant events which are properly planned financed and implemented and organized by individual committees and facilitated by Dundalk BID’s Key events such as the Festival of Light & Culture, Dundalk Square on Ice, and St Patricks Day, supported festivals include Dundalk Half Marathon & 10k, Táin March / Summer Festival, Dundalk Stadium 12th July Ladies Day, The newly developed Market Square has given the town a new lift & energy, the Dundalk BID’s building now incorporates the Tourist office, and Coffee Shop. The BIG screen has also brought a new dimension to the Square. The Market Square has brought footfall and business into the town and position the Market Square as a resource which would be actively utilised by businesses and the local community. From the experience of two major events on the town Square the committee is of the opinion that the office acilitates a series of free shows over the summer months where entertainment is provided by local artist and community groups would be better. The following are possible events have been suggested by the general public , some which are taking place in 2013 and there is the opportunity for others in the 2014 -17 programme , the key here is identifying different committees to organize them.

‘In my opinion Dundalk Bids has brought a lot of added value to the town over the past three years, their relationship with Dundalk FC has been very positive. The Bids office has recognised the importance of Dundalk FC to the town both economically as well and we have been involved in many joint promotions. In particular the role the BIDs office played in securing the Senior Badminton European Championship at the Oriel Development Centre was a particular highlight , attracting visitors.” Paul Johnston - General Manager, Dundalk FC

Other Potential Uses - May Time Dance Festival , Dundalk in Bloom Flower Festival & regular Market, Antique Fair , Dundalk Food Network Flea Market, Mid-Summer Barbeque, Dundalk Book Festival , Battle of the Bands, Torchlight Halloween Fancy dress parade Open air Fashion shows , Dog Show ,DKIT Film festivals ,Open Air Theatre/ Opera/ Cross Border Orchestra Dundalk Proms , Craft Beer Festival – Promoting / Whiskey tasting Good food Fairs cookery demos etc. , Taste of Dundalk, Gourmet week/ good food week

“In a very short time, we have learned that Dundalk is one of Ireland’s treasured regions, for its people as much as its remarkable legends. Prometric is pleased to once again support the Táin Festival. Our hope is that the weather will be beautiful and that people from all over will visit and enjoy the activities and culture hosted by the town.” Kevin Patrick Kane - Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Global Marketing Prometric

Investment & Town Watch Investment BIDs have actively lobbied and supported DTC in relation to the Subsequent Occupier legislation which is now being brought to the Dail for progression An updated version of All Roads will be available for distribution and will be put on the web site To continue working with Dundalk Town Council and estate agents to drive investment into the town

‘I have served as a board member of Dundalk Bids for the past three years, even though it has been a very difficult time for business , Dundalk Bids have attempted to bring life back into the town centre and some of the events which the office has been involved in such as the Jedward concert and Dundalk Square on Ice have certainly created a buzz and activity .’ Jennifer Green Dundalk Town Councillor

Town Watch Town Watch is established as a key pillar of BIDs and is developing momentum through street co-ordination to improve safety in our town. We will lobby for improvement on the state of security and safety in the town, whilst the full time presence of uniformed Garda on the street is seen as essential dealing directly with begging, crime and anti-social behaviour. To introduce /examine opportunity for street ambassadors.

Dundalk Bids has been a very positive addition to the development of business in the town , the partnership on the board between the public and private sectors is a very important element as it allows people to exchange and share information and in my opinion Dundalk Bids has certainly contributed to bring life back into the town centre and I will be encouraging all chamber members to vote YES for the continuation of Dundalk Bids. Paddy Matthews - President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce

Finance & Board Membership Membership of Board

Bid Board Chaiperson : Brian O’Neill RQ O’Neill , Retailer 1.

Paddy Malone Malone & Associates


David Storey, Manager nominee


Catherine Duff, Manager nominee


Maria Doyle,


Jennifer Green, Councilor nominee


Harry Traynor, Manager Marshes Shopping Centre


Tim Mullins, Glengat , Bed & Breakfast


Martin McEllioght Photspeed


PJ Roddy, Lawrence Gunne Property Partners


Frank McArdle, Brookville Properties


David McGee Mcgee Insurance


Tom Muckian Carrolls Bookshop


Councilor nominee

Siobhan McTaighue Crown Plaza Hotel

Business Improvement District Scheme Dundalk Ltd Projections for 2014

Town Council 120000 Louth Tourism 20000 Miscellaneous 5000 Chamber 3000 ----------- 148000 148000 = = = = = = = = Overheads (excluding depreciation) 140,000 ----------- 8,000 Contingencies 8,000 ---------- 0 ========

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