No decision made on the return of Dundalk’s ice rink this Christmas

No decision made on the return of Dundalk’s ice rink this Christmas
It has not been decided if the annual ice rink at the Market Square will return for the Christmas period, The Democrat has learned.

It has not been decided if the annual ice rink at the Market Square will return for the Christmas period, The Democrat has learned.

The ice rink has become an annual attraction in the town’s Christmas calender for the last two years.

However, it is uncertain if the festive rink will return to the town in December.

Edel O’Mahony, Dundalk’s newly appointed Business Investment District Scheme (BIDS) Manager, told The Democrat that nothing is confirmed as of yet.

“It is still in the consideration stages,” Edel told the paper, “Nothing has been confirmed or ruled out.

“It will be considered in the planning stages.”

Paddy Malone, PRO of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce would like to see the rink return to the Market Square.

“Christmas worked in Dundalk last year,” said Paddy, “It was the best Christmas we had in this town for many years.

“The Santa Run launched the whole season and the Square looked really well with the ice rink.

“From what I understand, it was not a drain on resources by BIDS. It was self sufficient.

“If a promoter wants to come in and operate the rink, I don’t see any problem with that.

“The rink is an attraction and it brings people into the town and gets people spending within the town.

“It also creates a great buzz around Dundalk and offers that Christmas spirit that we all need.”

Malone also believes that it is what the punter wants.

“If the punter on the street wants the rink, that’s what they should get,” said Paddy.

“There is a demand for the ice rink.

“Dundalk has a great connection to skating. Just think of the Ice Dome or the skating hall in Blackrock.

Two years ago, when the rink first operated the skating surface was real ice and the costs involved are significant.

Last year, the rink was synthetic which is much cheaper to operate.