The Ulster Dance Championships will bring 3,000 visitors to Dundalk next year and the following year.
This event is nearly as big as the All-Ireland Fleadh and it is a major coup for the local business company, Business Investment District Scheme Dundalk (BIDS) which has been instrumental in bringing it to the town.
Last year, thanks to BIDS, a very successful ice rink was set up for the Christmas holiday and the Festival of Lights event will once agin be held at the end of November 29 and 30.
BIDS will hold its agm on Thursday 24 October at the AV Theatre County Museum Dundalk. This will be a crucial meeting for the pioneering company which has been in existence for five years and has attracted the interest of many other towns in the country, many of whom - including Drogheda - want to copy the idea.
Brian O’Neill is chairman of BIDS which is a partnership between local businesses and Dundalk Town Council. The management board is made up of ratepayers, two town councillors and two council officials. It is financed by the ratepayers and the town council and organises events to increase footfall in the town.
When Failte Ireland closed the tourist office, it was BIDS that stepped and got it re-opened at the Square where 4,000 people have used it.