October News


  • The most significant development since our last newsletter was the inclusion of the Mallow relief road in the Government’’s Capital Investment Plan, Building on Recovery. This announcement is welcome news for Mallow. In addition to relieving serious traffic congestion in the town centre, the bypass road will facilitate expansion of both the local agri-business and tourism sectors, improve Mallow’’s connectivity to national transport routes which in turn will facilitate local employment creation. Mallow Chamber was delighted to be part of the successful lobbying campaign by the Mallow Representative Group, which also included the Mallow Development Partnership together with local businesses, on this issue. We also wish to thank Karl McCoy for his work in presenting the economic case for the road. It is imperative that the planning and construction stages of the relief road commence as soon as possible.
  •  Mallow Chamber organised a meeting for town traders on September 22nd at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow. Chamber President Kevin O’’Keeffe spoke on the present state of Mallow, Brendan O’’Shea spoke on the work of the Mallow Development Partnership, Karl McCoy, KMPC, spoke on the need for the northern bypass road, Ian Lucey spoke on the need for better communication between town traders and Sean Lynch represented the Chamber and spoke on the benefits of Chamber Membership. Noreen Walsh also spoke about the forthcoming Irish Examiner supplement on Mallow and Caroline Sheehan spoke on the Beacon initiative which supports local businesses. There were a number of contributions from the floor and the meeting proved to be a constructive affair.
  • Mallow Chamber is associated, along with the Mallow Development Partnership in the
    organisation of the forthcoming Mallow Life supplement, which will be published by the Irish Examiner on November 6th. The supplement will be included with that date’’s Irish Examiner and Evening Echo and a further 5,000 copies will be available for distribution throughout the town. This supplement will feature articles on all aspects of Mallow town. It is an invaluable opportunity to promote Mallow and for local traders to advertise.
  • The important role played by Mallow Chamber in attracting companies to Mallow was
    recognized by Minister Sean Sherlock, when he welcomed the 12% fall in the Live register in Mallow between July 2014-15.
  • We are delighted to announce that further additions to the Christmas Lights will be erected in town for this year. The Kanturk/Mallow District Council will provide funding from the Town Parking pay dividend and the Town Development fund towards the purchase of new lights for O’’Brien St and the installation of the new lighting.
  •  Mallow Chamber was pleased to be associated with the North Cork Business Alliance’’s Start-Up  and Grow event which was held on Friday Oct 9th, as part of national Start-Up week. Sean Lynch represented the Chamber as spoke on the advantages of chamber membership to new businesses. Other speakers included Kevin Curran, Cork North and West LEO, Brian Cahill, MDP, Maura Hunter and Siobhan Finn, Cork Innovates.
  •  The annual Chamber Dinner will take place on November 28th this year in the Hibernian Hotel.  Music will be by the Silver Dollar Band.

Member Achievements:

  •  Jim Barry, Managing Director of the Barry Wholesale Group was named as a ““National
    Champion for Ireland”” at the recent European Business Awards. Mallow Chamber congratulates Jim on this prestigious achievement.
  •  Patricia Messenger, C103 FM, was awarded a PPI Radio Award for best Current Affairs
    Programme. We congratulate Patricia on her achievement.
  • Cork Racecourse Mallow will upgrade its facilities through a €€520,000 investment, with over €€200,000 allocated from Horse Racing Ireland. This investment will see enhancements to the stable yard, the parade ring, an upgraded kitchen and modernized turnstiles.
  • Mallow Chamber congratulates Maura Hunter on becoming Chairperson of Cork Regional Chambers for 2015-16.  We wish Maura well for the coming year.
  • Chamber President Kevin O’’Keeffe was appointed to the Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee of Cork County Council.
  • Bohan’’s Dry Cleaners achieved great success in the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Garden and Estates contest, winning both the Mallow and overall District prize for the best Commercial Floral Display.
  •  EPS is a finalist in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland awards.
  •  Mallow College of Design and Tailoring experienced success with two students, Aimee O’’Shea and Anne Cantillion-Linnane reaching the final of the young designer contest at the Dublin Fashion Festival, whilst the work of another student, Cija Lamb was represented at the Public Choice award at the Frankfurt Style Contest.
  •  Dano’’s SuperValu has just completed a €€2.1 million store investment which will include a new bakery in addition to a health and fitness section.
  • Heather O’’Brien, North Cork Physiotherapy, has signed up with French Women’’s rugby team Toulouse for six months and received an Evening Echo ladies Sport Star Award. We congratulate Heather on her achievements.

Community Notes:

  • Members of the Mallow Chamber are active in the Mallow Development Partnership. Four of the six pillars are chaired by Chamber members. Tricia O’’Sullivan chairs Pillar 1,(Infrastructure), Caroline Sheehan chairs Pillar 2 (Retail, Health and Professional Services), Mary Kelly chairs Pillar 3 (Community Events, Tourism and Heritage) and Noreen Walsh chairs Pillar 4 (Industry and Large employers).
  • Mallow Tidy Towns have recently cleaned up the Muddy Hill area and have called on local residents/businesses to clean up the Gas Works, Spa Stream and the Dog Heads. Mallow Tidy Towns are always looking for more volunteers. Anyone interested in lending a hand can contact the group at mallowtidytowns@gmail.com, find them on Facebook and Twitter or sign up to receive text alerts by sending your name to 086 3436 283.
  • Chamber Member Dermot Casey has generously donated a van to Mallow Tidy Towns to  replace the old one, which had to be scrapped for safety reasons. Mallow Tidy Towns would like to express its immense gratitude for this donation. Hopefully, the generosity of Dermot Casey will inspire others and contribute to greater community cohesion within the town.
  • Mallow Chamber was one of the sponsors of the popular Crafted Fitted Furniture Jim Walsh Forest Rally, which was organized by the Cork Motor Club. The headquarters of this year’’s rally was the Roundabout Tavern Mallow. Chamber Director Maura Hunter spoke of the economic benefits that the Rally brings to Mallow at the Rally Media Launch.
  • Maura Hunter also represented Mallow Chamber at the launch of the Tip O’’Neill exhibition in Mallow Town Library on September 17th.

Other News:

  • Mallow Chamber sends it congratulations to Darren Owens, Hibernian Hotel, who married recently.
  • Mallow Chamber also sends congratulations to Don O’’Regan, O’’Keeffe undertakers who
    married recently.
  • The Chamber also sends it best wishes to Sean Sherlock TD and Minister of State, who recently married.
  •  Mallow Chamber sends its sympathies to the families of Michael Walsh, former proprietor of  Springfort Hall, Eimear O’’Mahony, Mallow Star Employee, and Stephanie Hartnett, Mallow Development Partnership and Past President Mallow Rotary Club.
  • We also sympathise with Willie John O’’Flynn, Chamber Director, on the recent passing of his mother.

On a personal note,

I have very much enjoyed my two years as Chamber President and was pleased to be involved with a number of major projects which took place in Mallow over this period.

I feel that Mallow has a lot to offer and with cooperation between all parties I am optimistic that the next number of years will bring prosperity to the Town.

I would like to wish my successor, Sean Lynch, the very best in his role as Chamber President  when he takes over on the 28th November at the Annual Chamber Celebration in the Hibernian Hotel and I would like to thank all our Members and the Community in Mallow for their help over the last two years in making my job easier.

I would especially like to thank George in the Chamber Office who has been a constant help and who has used a lot of shoe leather in getting around to meeting all the Members and Traders over the last two years.

I am also very pleased with the work being carried out by Ray Ryan in the Chamber Office and if anyone has any problems do not hesitate to contact Ray or George at 022-55660.

Kevin O’ Keeffe,
Chamber President.

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