County Louth Show the highlight of year’s events list

THE County Louth Show on June 19 will be the centre of this year’s events in the area when it takes place in Dundalk Stadium this summer.

THE County Louth Show on June 19 will be the centre of this year’s events in the area when it takes place in Dundalk Stadium this summer.

The event, formerly known as the Dundalk Show, is the single largest attraction in the North East and this year the TCCM will work in conjunction with the organisers to offer the best possible show yet.

It is hoped that last year’s attendance of 20,000 can be topped with the TCCM due to host a Louth Tourism Expo called “What’s on your Doorstep” on the day with an estimated 50 exhibitors expected.

Anne Murray of the TCCM office described their involvement in the event as a “real big coup” while Andrew Mawhinney expressed the hope that the show would become a two day event “in time.”

The first event to take place later this month, however, will be the LAMA Conference in the Fairways Hotel. This will see the TCCM working in conjunction with Louth County Council to provide a day to remember for what will hopefully be 400 people.

Included as part of the conference are a golfing trip, a shopping trip in Dundalk, a visit to the County Museum and visits to the Highlanes Gallery and Battle of the Boyne site in Drogheda.

After that on May 4 is the Dundalk Half Marathon and 10k Run, sponsored this year by Talk to Me Mobile, with the organisers hoping to build on the 1,000 people that took part in the inaugural event last year.

Then on May 13 and 14 there will be an international market in Clanbrassil Street and Earl Street with local Louth producers involved. There will also be a variety of street entertainment over the course of the two days.

Then on June 25 and 26 the Táin March, a horse trek and/or walk from Roscommon to Carlingford, will visit the county. The march begins on June 17 in Roscommon and arrives in Dundalk on Sunday June 25 with over 100 walkers expected to be dressed in Celtic warrior dress. To celebrate the arrival of Queen Maeve’s army in Dundalk there will be a fleadh in the Seatown area of the town over that weekend.

It will consist of music sessions in the pubs with each two hour session starting at different times to encourage people to follow the music.

An open air stage will be erected on one of the streets with master classes taking place in adjacent buildings.

Finally, on the October Bank Holiday weekend the Táin Festival will be held featuring a variety of acts from music, comedy and drama. This year fringe events will be the main focus with the hope of including as many smaller venues as possible such as pubs, restaurants and nite clubs.

There will also be a film festival as part of this year’s festival.

Meanwhile, the TCCM office are also launching a mystery shopper programme in the coming weeks to find Dundalk’s Friendliest Retailer.