10 things to do in Dundalk before you die


10 things to do in Dundalk before you die
Conor Martineditor@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

1- The Marshes Shopping Centre

Stroll round aimlessly with the school kids doing laps of the centre. One can buy items that you might never actually use while you’re at it. Get your Saturday night essentials in the many shops before hitting the town hard this weekend.

2- Brubakers

Even if the plan was to go out for a quiet drink, most of us end up in Brubakers at the end of the night. With their variety of cocktails, excellent bouncers and quick staff service Brubakers is the home for all of our Saturday night needs. The place starts to fill up from 11pm onwards so get in quick to let off some steam from the busy working week that has just passed.

3- The Spirit Store

A beacon of hope for local talent including live music gigs, comedy sessions and occasional drama productions. The location is perfect for people looking for a very subtle chilled vibe. The venue is situated beside the shipping quay, adding to the relaxed ambience. Stars such as Hudson Taylor and Ellie Goulding have all graced the stage.

4- Roe River Books

For all your intellectual and book-reading needs, pop down to the shop formally known as Carroll’s Bookshop. Whether you’re getting ready to beat the school time rush, browsing through the many graphic novels available or just hunting for the perfect holiday book. Roe River Books will cater to all of your needs with their quaint selection of books.

5- Omniplex Dundalk

This new cinema is not only squeaky clean, filled with comfortable seats but it is also spacious. Aesthetically pleasing and perfect for students on a Tuesday as entry is only five euro.

6- Grab a Coffee

Dundalk has some top cafes to suit all tastes and moods. Panama Coffee is the perfect place to sit outside on a sunny day and watch the world go by. The staff are friendly, quick and make each visit to Panama a wonderful experience. Or even try the cool laid back vibe of 23 Seats on Crowe Street. Sit, sip and soothe your mind.

7- The Home Bakery

Established in 1953 by Annie Maguire, the home bakery has been a staple for the people of Dundalk for many years. The social aspect of going in and getting a selection of cakes would brighten any ones day.

8- Saint Helena Park

Easily accessed through different points of the park. Perfect spot for evening dog walks and has a children playground facility.

9- Hill of Faughart

This has great views over Dundalk Bay and the Cooley Mountains. Also nearby there is a motte, the foundations of a round tower and the tomb of Edward Bruce. A crisp atmosphere matched with historical significance.

10 - St Patrick's

A wonderful addition to the Dundalk skyline, the gothic architecture of St Patrick's stands proud in the centre of town. As impressive inside as it is outside.

If you did decide to leave?

We may be the town of “greatness” but you could always check out some other parts of the country for the sheer hell of it. Except Drogheda. Never Drogheda.