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Dundalk enjoys a great location, strategically located approximately midway between, and fifty miles from the two largest cities in the island of Ireland, Belfast and Dublin.
Dundalk has been selected as a Gateway Centre for Development under the Irish Government's National Spatial Strategy. This will position Dundalk as a primary centre of growth, alongside the four cities of Ireland outside Dublin.
Historically a town famous for manufacturing industries (featuring brewing, textiles, shoe making and tobacco plants), Dundalk has now evolved into a hub for technology, electronics and engineering.
In the 5 years between 1999 and 2004, a total of 108 indigenous industry projects were approved by Enterprise Ireland in the Dundalk area. Electronics and Engineering accounted for 18.5% of those projects. The town also hosts operations of foreign owned companies like Xerox, Heinz, Diageo, Fyffes and Irish Life. The majority of businesses in Dundalk (61%) operate in the locally/nationally traded services.
Dundalk prides itself on its quality infrastructure, telecommunications and energy provisions with a strong emphasis on quality of life for its workforce. It is one of Ireland’s largest urban centres, is the administrative capital of the north-east region and the business and retail capital of County Louth.
Dundalk Town has a population of 35,085 (2006 Census, CSO) which is estimated to grow to 60,000 by 2020. Within a 30 mile radius, the catchment area grows to 482,000 and this increases to in excess of 3 million within a 50 mile radius.
All of this is complimented by the outstanding beauty of the Cooley Peninsula which provides a stunning backdrop for the County Louth town.