Jim McDonnell is the owner of Tony McDonnell menswear on Earl Street, Dundalk. The shop was founded in 1964 by his father Tony. They also have an online business: www.tonymcdonnell.com
What’s your favourite thing about Dundalk?
Well, I used to play rugby, so I'd have to say Dundalk Rugby Club. I had some good times there. We used to play a match and then head into the bar for a pint afterward. Unfortunately, I'm not playing anymore so I watch the match and go into the bar there for a pint after.
What would your perfect day in the local area be?
A walk up the back of the shore in Gyles Quay and continue all the way to Carlingford. And into PJ's for a few oysters on the way back.
What would you like to change about Dundalk?
I would change Louth County Council. I don't think they are proactive enough for shopkeepers in the town. They could do a lot more. Drogheda recently got the Fleadh Cheoil - we need more events like that here to promote Dundalk and help put the town on the map.
What annoys you about the town?
The amount of homeless people and drug addicts. There should be more of a crackdown by Gardaí. There are problems with drugs on Earl Street. We need more guards on the beat around the town centre.
What plans do you have for the rest of year?
My plans are to keep the head down now for the Christmas season. We're looking forward to the upturn. There's definitely a lot more money around these days. We have big plans for our website www.tonymcdonnell.com. It's going from strength to strength.
How would you describe Dundalk people?
Dundalk people are great. I think we're quite cosmopolitan and have a great sense of humour too.
Where's the best place to go for a walk in the local area?
Well, it has to be the Navvy Bank, doesn't it?
What local amenities could Dundalk do with?
We need a proper stadium here for GAA. We've no county grounds here. I think if the GAA DkIT could get together to propose something we could end up with a proper stadium.
What’s your first memory of Dundalk?
Attending the Maytime festival Those were great times! It's a pity it couldn't be resurrected.
What's your favourite story you've heard about Dundalk?
The best one I've heard is about when Louth won the All Ireland in 1957 and there were bonfires all along the Dublin Road in town to welcome the team back I don't think the fire brigade were too happy.
What's your favourite Dundalk phrase?
The classic - C'mon the town!
Where is your favourite pub in Dundalk and why?
The Vinegar Man's. Many's an evening was spent there. It was formerly Brian McEntegart’s. It's great to see it back in action now.
Do you think Dundalk men are stylish?
Of course, they all shop in Tony McDonnell's! I think Dundalk men are quite cosmopolitan, and it's because we're close to cities like Dublin and Belfast. Dundalk men are definitely focused on their style.
How have menswear trends changed in Dundalk over the last few years?
Yes. Guys are more into health and fitness now. So they're wearing more tailored clothes and they're definitely more style-conscious.