- The annual Chamber Ball took place at the end of November in Springfort Hall and
proved to be a major success. With almost 200 in attendance there was a great
atmosphere on the night and Brian Wall was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement
Award for his long-standing contribution to the business landscape in Mallow.
- The Business Awards sponsored by Barrys Cash & Carry also took place on the night,
with a host of worthy winners on show. Ian Lucey, of Lucey’s Good Food Shop, was the
recipient of the overall award on the night. Our thanks again to Barrys Cash & Carry for their continued sponsorship of the Awards.
- The Christmas lights were turned on by Cllr John Paul O Shea, Katy Daly of Cope and
Chamber President Kevin O’Keeffe. The Rotary Christmas Tree was also turned on that
night at St Mary’s Church by Rotary President Dr Kevin Brennan.
- The overall Thomas Davis experience during 2014 proved to be a major boost for the
town and the organising committee deserve great praise for all the work that went into
making it such a successful year of celebration and commemoration.
- The ongoing issue of parking in the town is never off the menu and I am glad to report
that I have received plenty of good feedback from traders following the 1-hour free
parking initiative which ran between 28 November and 5 January. Mallow Chamber is
continuing to lobby for this key initiative to be re-introduced shortly and on a permanent basis.
- The Plaza has been generally recognised as an attractive new addition to the town centre, and new seating areas and floral designs are to be installed there in February. These additions will certainly brighten up the area even further, and the traffic lights at the Plaza are due to be turned on shortly which will hopefully further alleviate the traffic situation on the Main Street.
- Mallow Chamber played a significant role, in conjunction with the local councillors and Cork County Council in securing €35,000 in funding for the new Christmas Lights which hung in the town over the festive period. These lights were well received by everyone and really helped add to the Christmas flavour.
- There was good news on the jobs front recently with the opening of the Dealz store on
Market Square, creating 25 jobs. This is the 37th Dealz store in Ireland and the fourth to open in the region. It’s another boost to local employment and all going well a sign of
things to come in 2015.
- In my role as Chamber President I was delighted to hand over a cheque for €2,055 which was the proceeds of the collection taken up at the Chamber Ball. It was given to the Nazareth House Sisters on Christmas Eve. Thank you to everyone who contributed. This care home provides a vital resource for the people of Mallow and its surrounds and Mallow Chamber is happy to play a role in supporting all its great work in the
- Sean Lynch has been elected as Vice President of Mallow Chamber following a meeting
of the Chamber Directors in early January. Sean will take up office as the new Chamber
President at the beginning of December 2015.
- The CCTV cameras in the town are due to be reactivated during the next few weeks following months of inactivity.