March News


  • Our congratulations go to local physio Heather O’’Brien who once again played a key role in the success of the Irish Women’’s Rugby team, who clinched the Six Nations title with a resounding win over Scotland just a day after their male counterparts had also taken the crown. Well done to Heather and all the ladies involved.
  • It’’s an encouraging sign of the times that this year support for the festival from local businesses has reached an all-time high and we wish everyone who plans on playing their part in the Easter festivities an enjoyable time.
  • EPS Group kept up the winning theme by being named as one of Ireland’’s Best Managed Companies at an awards gala held in Dublin on March 6th. EPS was one of 17 companies spread nationwide who were recognised as first-time recipients of the awards, which were presented by Minister Richard Bruton, with the programme identifying companies operating at the highest levels of business performance.
  • Dairygold hosted an event in the Mallow GAA Complex on February 12th, which aimed to attract young females towards studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects in school with a view to focussing on careers in these growth areas. The event, which was also attended by Minister Sean Sherlock, proved to be a big success and further served to underline the potential in this area with a view to expanding students’’ range of subject choices and offering them an even more diverse selection of careers paths to choose from.
  • The Development of Mallow project is ongoing with great work being done by the sub-committee consisting of Noreen Walsh, Martin McMahon, Niall Lehane, Tricia O’’Sullivan, Jim Ronayne, Jim Barry and Kevin O’’Keeffe.
  • In keeping with the traffic theme, the thorny issue of pay parking in the town is one that continues to stay on the agenda. Our own local TD and Cllrs are all being very helpful in trying to organise one hour free parking in all public car parks and the main street at present. It is hoped that a motion in relation to the above will be put to the Cork County Council meeting on Holy Thursday. We are all trying to level out a situation which sees some other prominent county towns not having a pay parking system, while those of us going about our business in Mallow town are confronted on a daily basis with a pay parking system that is consistently penal. This is an issue that we will continue to make our representations on, whilst also supporting local representatives and we hope to achieve a positive resolution shortly.
  • Jim Barry, Barry Group MD, made national headlines in recent weeks by being named
    ‘”Ireland’’s Most Trusted Leader’” at Ireland’’s Best Workplace Awards. This is a significant honour to be bestowed on him, and is a deserved recognition for the work Jim has undertaken in making the Barry Group a leader in its field –- supplying 265 franchises under three different brand names. The fact that the award is chosen by an employee survey is also testament to the esteem Jim is held in by those working for Barry Group, totalling over 230 in Mallow. And that’’s not forgetting that the Barry Group is also a major supporter of Mallow Chamber and sponsor of the bi-annual Business Awards. On behalf of Mallow Chamber its only right that we acknowledge Jim’’s award and wish the Barry Group continued success in the future.
  • The Mallow Representative Group (MRG), comprising Mallow Chamber, Mallow Development Partnership, local industry and businesses has made an application to Cork County Council for funding to undertake an economic assessment of the potential benefits for the Mallow Bypass. It is hoped that an assessment can be carried out and submitted by May to the office of An Taoiseach, following on from recent comments made by Enda Kenny on this issue, in the hope that this project would be considered for inclusion in the 2016 Budget for infrastructure projects. MRG is firmly of the view that a bypass is a key piece of infrastructure that Mallow is lacking, and that is currently hindering Mallow’’s progress and threatens to continue to do so. The MRG is hopeful that Cork County Council will be supportive of this groups efforts and ambitions and we’’ll continue to update you all as we progress with this issue.
  • Mallow will become the first town in Ireland to offer free wi-fi this summer, with the service being readied for roll out at the new civic plaza. This is an important step for the town insofar as it will help to raise Mallow’’s profile and will be an added attraction for locals and tourists alike to pass through the town during the busy summer months. We will keep all our members updated on this initiative as it moves towards installation.
  • One of Mallows most famous landmarks, Maureens bar on O’’Brien Street, recently celebrated its 70th birthday, and is still going as strong today under the ownership of the Dinan family as it has done since opened by Noel’’s mother back in 1945. Maureens had a birthday weekend of celebrations in the lead up to St Patrick’’s Day, and no doubt there will be plenty more to come in the years ahead.
  • Representatives from Mallow Chamber met with Cllr John Paul O’’Shea on Monday, March 23rd, to discuss ongoing items concerning the town and how best to progress these issues. Items discussed included parking, traffic lights and CCTV cameras.
  • The roll of honour for EPS Group continues to expand following its latest award, as it was named as one of 110 European companies to be chosen for a Ruban D’’Honneur at the European Business Awards -– having been one of just five Irish companies to be chosen for this prestigious selection. EPS Group will now go on to compete in the final round of the Environmental and Social Responsibility category, with the overall winner due to be announced later this year. EPS Group have previously won this award and on behalf of Mallow Chamber I want to wish them luck in the hope that they repeat their success at the final stage.
  • The Racing Home for Easter Festival is just around the corner, and now in its sixth year the festival continues to go from strength to strength. The highlight this year will be three days racing at Mallow Racecourse, which features a family fun day on the Saturday, and a competition on Easter Sunday where renowned model and TV host Glenda Gilson will be on hand to judge both the Best Dressed Lady and Gent on Easter Sunday.
  • Mallow Chamber was well represented at the breakfast meeting held in the Hibernian Hotel where the guest speaker was Jim Power, Chief Economist with Friends First.
  • Local hairdressing salon, Stunners, was shortlisted for the Salon of the Year at the prestigious Schwarzkopf Professional Irish Hairdressing Business Awards, which took place at the RDS in Dublin on the weekend of March 27–-29.
  • The situation with the new traffic lights at the Clock House end of town needs to be resolved, and our local cllrs have all raised the issue at municipal district level. In much the same way that the pay parking issue is one that Mallow Chamber is working hard with its partners to bring about a positive solution, so the issue of the new traffic lights is one we’’ll keep on top of and help look to find a better way forward.
  • This year’’s St Patrick’’s Day parade went off very well again, with the ‘”Walk of Youth”’ theme being very well received by all involved. Our thanks go to all involved in making the parade such a success.


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