- The Mallow Development Partnership updated the Chamber recently on its ongoing
work and informed us that they hope to appoint a full time Project Coordinator
- We have close to 20 new members paid and signed up to Mallow Chamber: this is
a great boost for those of us directly involved with the Chamber and a firm indicator that the work we are carrying out on behalf of our members is paying dividends.
- News of Cork County Council’s plans for the development of Mallow Castle have
been awaited since the authority purchased the Castle for €1.7m back in 2010. Now
plans have been presented with a view to upgrading Mallow Castle and its grounds over
three separate phases in the years to come, with the first phase set to commence in the
coming weeks. The initial phase will concentrate on enhancing access to the castle and
its 33 acres of gardens and parklands, the second phase will focus on work on the estate
grounds, while the final phase will concentrate on refurbishing the Castle itself and its
- Local deputy Sean Sherlock, TD, has set up an online petition calling on Cork
County Council to turn off the traffic lights at the end of Tuckey’s Hill on the main
street. The petition can be found at www.seansherlock.ie/mallow-traffic.
- Of course the traffic lights issue is one that is of concern for our local representatives
across the entire political spectrum and Mallow Chamber will continue to work with all
the key stakeholders involved in trying to find a positive resolution as soon as possible.
- The Clock House has been purchased by the FDC Group, led by Rockchapel man
Jack Murphy. FDC, which specialises in offering independent financial related services
to a broad range of clients, will move its Mallow office to the Clock House once
refurbishment on the site is complete with 10 employees working in the newly
- Feedback from local traders following the introduction of 30 minutes free parking
has been very positive and it is great to see that this initiative has had such a positive
effect on commerce in the town centre.
- As well as the introduction of 30 minute free parking, life in the town centre is set to
receive a further boost with the news that the Mallow Park Hotel site has been sold for
retail development. Once a bustling and successful hub of activity, the hotel site has been crying out for development in recent years, and it is to be hoped that its new owners, MM Capital, will develop the site accordingly. A thriving commercial space right in the heart of the town would be a significant boost.
- Mallow is in line for up to €2m in funding as part of its designation as a hub town
under the National Spatial Strategy scheme. Mallow qualifies for the funding, which has not yet been confirmed, as part of the Designated Urban Centre Grant scheme and there are a number of local projects that would benefit greatly were the money to come
through. We will provide a further update as more news on this matter emerges.
- Cork county councillors have given the green light for a car park to be constructed in
Shortcastle, with work scheduled to commence on the €400,000 development in early
2016. It is planned that the new space will have room for 168 car and three coach spaces, on a site leased from Dairygold with an entrance on Shortcastle Street. This new development is sure to alleviate some of the parking problems townspeople are currently experiencing and as more news comes on stream we’ll be sure to bring it to you.
- Mallow Chamber sends it congratulations to Brian and Ronnie Wall on the occasion
of their 50th wedding anniversary. Brian was presented with the Lifetime Achievement
award at our most recent Chamber Ball in recognition of the contribution the Wall family has made to the business life of the town from their shop on the Main Street.
- Recognition must go to COPE Foundation Mallow, Bellevue and Glen Lodge which
were all recently granted full HIQA Registration in reaching the national standard for
people with intellectual disabilities living in a residential setting.
- Regarding the proposed Mallow Bypass, Minister Paschal Donohoe, stated that he can
see the rationale and sense behind funding the bypass, but countered that by saying
Mallow is competing with other areas for limited funding and that not everyone is going to end up happy. Despite his measured response we will work closely with the MRG to keep the pressure on at local and national levels and try hard to achieve the objectives
- Fianna Fáil leader Mícheal Martin voiced his full support for the proposed Mallow
bypass and the Cork to Limerick M20 motorway in a recent visit to the town. It remains to be seen whether Deputy Martin and his party will play any role in the next
Government but pledges of support for the Mallow bypass scheme from senior
politicians are always welcome and will help build momentum for the campaign.
- Our congratulations go to Cllr Dan Joe Fitzgerald who has recently taken over the
running of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Committee. The MDC has hit the
ground running since its foundation a year ago, and carried out sterling work in its first
year under the stewardship of Cllr John Paul O’Shea. Mallow Chamber looks forward to continuing this positive working relationship with the Cllr Fitzgerald in the year ahead.
- Our congratulations also go to Cllr O’Shea, who recently took office as Mayor of
Cork County. One of the youngest people to hold the office, and the first Independent to wear the Mayoral Chain, Cllr O’Shea is a local representative with whom Mallow
Chamber works with on a number of issues and we wish him well in his new role.
- The pop-up shop set up in town recently to raise funds for the Nepal Earthquake
Appeal did wonderful work and was really well supported, with the total amount raised
coming in at over €5,000. Our thanks must go to all those involved in setting up and
running the venture, and also to Ian Lucey and his family who allocated space in his busy shop for the Appeal workers to go about their business.
- Congratulations to Phillips Bookshop, Park West Flowers and Moda Fashions who
were all nominated in the Irish Times Best Shop in Ireland contest: voting is now
complete and we wish all three businesses success when the results are announced.
- We also congratulate Stunners Hair Salon who received the Hair Salon of the month
award sponsored by the Cork Independent.
- Former Chamber president Mary Kelly has been appointed to the Cork Chamber
Tourism Task Force, a group with the underlying goal to promote Cork as a tourism
destination. We wish Mary well in her endeavours and look forward to Mallow reaping
some of the benefits of her hard work in the future.
- Mallow Tidy Towns has once again called for more volunteers to join its efforts in
helping give the town a much-needed spring clean. Anyone interested in lending a hand can contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org, find them on Facebook and Twitter or sign up to receive text alerts by sending your name to 086 3436 283.
- N20 Plaza and Supermacs celebrated their 10th Anniversary recently. Cork sporting
legends Donncha O’Callaghan and Sean Og O’hAilpin were on hand to add stardust to
the proceedings, accompanied by Supermacs owner Pat McDonagh. Here’s to the next
10 years being just as successful.
- The annual chamber dinner will take place on November 28th this year in the
Hibernian Hotel: more details to follow as the date approaches.
- Though we are still in summer the issue of Christmas Lights for the town is one that
various representations to the council have already been made. The dialogue has been
going very well to date and we expect to receive good news on the matter of funding for
this project in the coming weeks.