'There is a sense of recovery about town'

'Your Dundalk'

'There is a sense of recovery about town'
Cathal Sweeneyeditor@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

In this feature, we talk to townsfolk about their opinion of the town in 2016, as well as their memories of, growing up in the town, and the changes that have happened in Dundalk since then.

This week we speak to local man Jimi Stafford.

What do you think of Dundalk as a town in 2016?

“From the point of view of an unemployed 21-year-old, there is sense of recovery throughout the town. A few years ago, Clanbrassil Street seemed like a ghost town, but recently enough, it seems to be getting busier. Shops seem to be opening up rather than closing down now. There’s still a high unemployment rate and a problem with homelessness. But it’s starting to be a nice place to live again with factors such as the football club keeping the spirits high”.

What do you think the biggest problem in Dundalk is?

“Homelessness, just because you see it first hand any day you walk through town. I find it really sad to see any person out on the street, I think it shouldn't be as much of a problem as it is in 2016

What has been the biggest change in the town, from when you were growing up here?

“Ever since they did up the town square, I think the town has changed in a way. The town looks and feels a lot cleaner now. It's bit more of a refreshing place to be now, rather than looking quite grim like the old town square”.

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