MY DUNDALK LIFE

"What you hear in the barbershop stays in the barbershop. It’s like confession!"

Local barber Tony Hande chats all things Dundalk

Tia Clarke

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Tia Clarke

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tia.clarke@dundalkdemocrat.ie

"What you hear in the barbershop stays in the barbershop, it’s like confession!"

Tony Hande

Tony runs Tony Hande’s barber shop on Chapel Street. He is also a Young Irelands stalwart.  

What's your favourite thing about Dundalk? 
I grew up in New Street, my shop is in Chapel Street and the Seatown area is a part of town where everybody still smiles and says ‘hello’.

What would your perfect day in the local area be and why?
My perfect day in the local area would be the day Dundalk Young Irelands win the Leinster Junior Championship final!

What would you like to change about Dundalk?
It would have to be parking in the Chapel Street and Seatown area and some of the bicycle lanes.

What annoys you about the town?
Traffic congestion and parking and Clanbrassil Street seems to be forgotten about.

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
A lot of hard work and a Happy Christmas with my family.

How would you describe Dundalk people?
Funny, friendly and warm. Dundalk people are great storytellers.

What's the best place to go for a walk in the local area?
Up around St Brigid's Shrine in Faughart and then the Navvy Bank.

What local amenities could Dundalk do with?
For the local economy and for sport, the proposed new county ground would be of great benefit to the town.

What's your first memory of Dundalk?
Playing football for Seatown in the seventies Cumann Peil na nÒg.

What’s your favourite story you’ve heard about Dundalk in the barbershop?
What you hear in the barbershop stays in the barbershop, it’s like confession!

What's your favourite Dundalk slang or phrase?
Our Jim, our Brendan, our Noel, our Gerard and our Benny!

Where is your favourite pub in Dundalk and why?
Dessie Hughes’, because there’s a GAA meeting in it every Sunday night chaired by Noel “Litcher” Lichfield and President Pat Bailey.

Any closing messages? 
To all of my loyal customers over the years - I'd like to wish a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.