Town offers retail value, says survey

OVER 40 per cent of people in Newry believe that Dundalk is better value for money in terms of retail and entertainment, according to a new survey.

OVER 40 per cent of people in Newry believe that Dundalk is better value for money in terms of retail and entertainment, according to a new survey.

The survey, which was carried out by the Town Centre Commerical Manager’s (TCCM) office, also reveals that 60 per cent of shoppers from Drogheda believe Dundalk offers better value for money.

The survey shows there are a higher percentage of people travelling from Newry to Dundalk, than from Drogheda to Dundalk.

Meanwhile, over 65 per cent of respondents from Dublin said that they had heard of Dundalk with some people guessing the town was in Co Down or Co Armagh.

Some people who were asked how long it takes to get to Dundalk from Dublin guessed up to two hours or more when the journey actually takes between 45 and 90 minutes.

In relation to shopping and entertainment the survey results have shown that over 50 per cent of Drogheda interviewees visit Dundalk to either shop in the town or embark on looking for various things to entertain them.

According to Alison Cotter and Lorraine Casey, interns in the TCCM, the results show that Dundalk is an “extremely popular place” to visit for shopping and entertainment. “We were delighted with the results from Dublin as 65 per cent of people surveyed on Henry Street and Grafton Street had been to Dundalk and would visit again. To have that kind of recognition in the capital city is a good sign,” said Ms Casey.

“The people of Louth are doing a fantastic job to attract crowds with numerous events in the pipeline for the months coming.

“This month in particular will be a fun-filled month of activity with St Patrick’s Day parades being held in Dundalk, Ardee, and Drogheda.”