In this feature, we talk to townsfolk about their opinion of the town in 2016, as well as their of, growing up in the town, and the changes that have happened in the town since then.
This week we speak to local man Colin McDonnell.
What do you think of Dundalk as a town in 2016?
“ I see Dundalk as a town looking forwards. Recession hit the town really hard, but as a people, we bounce back even harder. Dundalk is a great town and getting greater. ”.
What do you think the biggest problem in Dundalk is?
“Dundalks biggest problem is the dangers faced by our young people, unemployment, drugs, alcohol abuse and depression.”
What factor, in your opinion, sets Dundalk apart from other towns?
“What sets Dundalk apart is the never say die attitude of its people. We get knocked down, we get up again.”
What has been the biggest change in the town, from when you were growing up here?
“ The biggest change is the diversity of people from all corners of the globe. Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Americas, all living together in our fantastic town, and for the best part, getting on well. When I was growing up here, any foreign person was a tourist. Now, he or she is my neighbour”.
How do you envision Dundalk in the future?
In future I see a young, thriving town full of talented, hard working people making life better for themselves and their children.
What, in your opinion attracts people to the town?
People are attracted to Dundalk by its people, it's history and its determination, as well as our enviable hospitality.