Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce E-zine May 2022

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Supporting local businesses MAY 2022

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02 Welcome 04 Meeting Schedule 05 About the Chamber 06 What our members say 09 Blarney Business Awards 2021 22 Featured Member Interviews 34 Food in Blarney 37 Words from Cllr Damian Boylan 39 Blarney Trades 40 Meet the members 83 Business Resources & Events 85 Member Directory


WELCOME TO THE BLARNEY & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2021 It was a great night to recognise all those in business who work so hard all year round. We had a great turn out for our 2021 Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards held this year in the Oriel House Hotel. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the nominees and the award winners. The Chamber Committee worked so hard to make the night a success and also the awards committee who had the tough decision of overseeing the whole awards process.

John Foley CHAIRMAN OF THE BLARNEY & DISTRCT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JOINING THE CHAMBER If you are thinking about becoming a member, please contact us and we can discuss the host of benefits that come with your membership. We want your business to succeed and grow with the help of the Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce.

CONTACT DETAILS Email: blarneychamber@gmail.com Phone: 086 162 6000

Our MC on the night was local Annettee Dilworth Enright who really made the night very special and of course hilarious. I would to thank Councillor Damian Boylan for deputising for the Lord Mayor. Our main sponsor AIB for supporting us again this year and all the local busiensses who donated spot prizes and advertised on the night. The awards supplier Irish Made Gifts who have produced the amazing sign post awards for the Chamber. The Oriel Hotel staff and events Manager Elaine Gantly for putting on a great night with a fantastic room and food. If you would like to join the Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce why not visit our website www.blarneychamber.com or come along to a meeting and see for yourself what the Chamber does for each other. Our next event will be the duck race which will see all funds raised go back into local community projects for Blarney & district. John Foley Chairman

https://blarneychamber.com/

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Meet the Chamber Committee 2022

Chairman John Foley

Co-Vice Chair Treasurer Deborah Maguire Elke O'Mahony Secretary Sue Pamment

CHAMBER MEMBERS

Co-Secretary Fionnuala Carroll

Vice-Chair Mary Ring

Events Co-Ordinator Adrian O'Connell

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CONTACT DETAILS Email: chairperson@blarneychamber.com Phone: 086 162 6000 https://blarneychamber.com/

WELCOME

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Together in Business The Benefits of joining the chamber Online Magazine Content Listed On The Chamber Website Facebook, Instagram &Twitter Platforms Weekly Meetings Networking Events Business Development & Growth Social Events Referrals From Members

ABOUT THE CHAMBER

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What do our members say? "Membership has put me in touch with many like-minded people who took the plunge and opened their own business. They have been through all the ups and downs of being self employed and offer great support and advice. The weekly meetings are great to get out of the office and have a chat especially without the work colleagues I was used to."

"Blarney Chamber are fantastic to promote all the local businesses and give great advice and support."

"Blarney Chamber is an excellent way for me to introduce my company and to get to know other local businesses and locals."

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The Blarney Business Awards for 2021 was held on April 22, 2022 at the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig. Our sincere thanks go to AIB Blarney for sponsoring the event and without whom the Awards would not have happened. Congratulations to the six winners. It wasn't easy to choose from the many businesses that had been nominated.

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In addition to our main sponsor, AIB, we'd like to thank all those businesses that sponsored the event and/or donated spot prizes.

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Digital Media Award: Any form of media that uses electronic devices for distribution to include videos, articles, advertisements, music, podcasts, audiobooks, virtual reality, digital art, social media, websites etc. The nominees were: The nominees in the Digital Media Award category of the Business Awards were: Youngstars Music School Pharmacy First Plus SBG Cork City The Website Chef Bethan O'Riordan Muskerry News Tax Assist Blackpool Bia Sásta Blarney Blog Blarney GAA Cian Dalton The Rathpeacon Rambler MMA Cork iFix Corrinne's Kitchen Ball & Socket BUSINESS AWARDS

Winner: Elke O’ Mahony Elke is the recognised ‘go to’ expert for everything food related and is often called upon to give her opinions and advice on various radio stations. She runs Bia Sasta, a company that caters for events for food lovers and creates corporate event experiences based on the best of Cork’s food offerings. She also organises the hugely successful Blarney Christmas Market each year as well as regularly listing local shops where you can buy gifts and support local businesses. Elke is the food correspondent for the Cork Independent and writes a weekly food blog. Blarney Chamber has had the benefits of Elke’s social media expertise over many years as she structured/ organised & shared the social media posts so efficiently on behalf of the chamber and its members. Thank you, Elke

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Business & Entrepreneurship Award: Any established businesses, innovative businesses, new businesses. The nominees were: Beauty by Katrina Corrinne's Kitchen Voiceworks by Nikki Griffin Guilty Hair & Beauty Pharmacy First Plus Youngstars Music School Blarney Wellness Centre SBG Cork City EMF Lifting & Laughing JCD Developments Village Hair Studio Irish Made Gifts Fintal Coleman Electrical TaxAssist Accountants Blackpool Jennifer Earle Pilates The Website Chef Osborne Butchers Blarney Castle Hotel Hair By Zara MMA Cork BUSINESS AWARDS

Winner: Sue Pamment Sue Pamment is The Website Chef - a web designer who puts longlasting client relationships at the heart of her business, perfectly combining all the ingredients needed for successful websites for start-ups and small businesses. One look at the glowing testimonials is proof that Sue really does put her heart & soul into her work and loves the variety and challenge that each new website brings. Year on year her business evolves and her websites are just premium quality. Sue takes on the Blarney Chamber ezine with the same pride and efficiency she gives all her work- and organises the content & publication of this beautiful online magazine voluntarily on behalf of the chamber. This promotes all the Chamber members and keeps us up to date on all things business in the area. Sue also does a lot of voluntary work in the local community and is presently Chairperson of Brand Blarney who work with Cork City Council to promote the local Clogheenmilcon Fen. Thank you, Sue.

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Blarney & District Best Visual Display Award: Visual & artistic displays that promote or enhance a company, product, event, shop, community space etc. The nominees were: Mary Ring Mulcahy for her work at the Christmas Village and decoration in Blarney Woollen Mills Horgan's of Blarney for their wonderful window display Blarney Woollen Mills for their elegant displays SVP - Vincent's Shop Blarney for their creative displays A Load of Blarney for their amazing work at The Fen and Blarney in general under Brand Blarney Guilty Hair&beauty for their elegant decorations Ifix Blarney for their window display but also for their help and support.

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Winner: Mary Ring Mulcahy From the magic of the Cash’s window displays of our youth (now Brown Thomas), Mary Ring Mulcahy, on behalf of Blarney Woollen Mills, now brings her design skills to the set of ‘Magical Blarney’ which sees children finally visiting Santa in his grotto- having first journeyed through the magical ‘Night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…’ This attraction draws huge numbers of visitors to Blarney & sells out almost as soon as it is advertised each year. It is a truly wonderful experience for adults and children alike. Mary also decorates the amazing Christmas trees that adorn Blarney Woollen Mills shops all around Ireland and all this with no fuss or drama and plenty of her positive energy! Thank you, Mary.

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Business Awards 2021

Blarney & District Great Taste Award: Food or beverage products, cafés, restaurants, food vans, delis etc. The nominees were: The Square Table Corrinne's Kitchen BiaSásta Claddagh - NewManagement EATin'IT The Good Life Hog Roast Blarney Castle HotelHotel Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel O'Briens Free Range Eggs Hegarty cheese

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Winner: Corrinne’s Kitchen Corrine Austin is the person behind Corrinne’s Kitchen, a home catering business in Blarney, Co. Cork specialising in vegan, vegetarian and baked goods as well as small-scale catering for functions such as birthdays, communions, confirmations, or any family get-together. Corrine arrived to Blarney from South Africa with her family, just a few years ago and very quickly engaged with the local Blarney Chamber. This business has gone from strength-to-strength year on year and Corrine works hard on social media promoting her produce and her online ordering facility. When Covid brought its challenges, Corrine adapted by increasing her ‘Neighbourfood’ output and all this from a home-based kitchen. Now back once more to managing events as well as ‘Neighbourfood’ orders, Corrine really is a deserving winner of the Great Taste award.

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Home Based/ Cottage Industry Award: Businesses that are home based across all disciplines without a physical product or cottage industry businesses with a physical product The nominees were: The Website Chef Corrinne's Kitchen Windy Acre Designs Orla McAndrew Catering Horgan's of Blarney Village Hair Studio Theresa O'Brien Brian Murphy Garden Design Hegarty cheese OC Crash Repairs & Recovery Service Science Direct Ltd

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Winner: Fionnuala Collins of Windy Acre Designs Fionnuala is the woman behind Windy Acre Designs. Your garden can be a world of enjoyment and escape when designed properly and that's exactly what Fionnuala will do for you. Passionate about working with you to design the garden of your dreams, Fionnuala also works on a voluntary basis with Brand Blarney in the local community and it is because of her design expertise and attention to detail, that we have the beautiful, revamped seating and recreational space enjoyed by so many in the beautiful Clogheenmilcon Fen. Thank you, Fionnuala.

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Ambassador Award A person, group or business that best represents the spirit of Blarney & District locally, nationally, or internationally. The nominees were: Sinead Quinlan Blarney Castle Hotel Tom O’Byrne Eoin Murphy Marlene Griffin John Foley Agnes Collins The Life of Ivy Tidy Towns Sue Pamment Brand Blarney Alice O’Neill Mary Ring Robert Gabriel Deborah Maguire Cor Gael Choir Jessica Griffin MMA Cork

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Winner: Jessica Griffin of Jessie GH Designs/ One Piece Missing. Jessica a young Cork artist & author, crowned Foróige Innovator of the Year 2020 for her comic series exploring life with Asperger’s Syndrome is the winner of the Blarney & District Ambassador award. While still a secondary student at Cork Life Centre, Jessica created a beautifully illustrated comic book aimed at educating people about what it’s like to live with Asperger’s and make Autism easier to understand as well as providing knowledge, comfort and support to people living with Autism. Over 4,000 young people and 120 Schools and Youth Projects right across the country took part in the programme which saw Jessica crowned as the Innovator of the Year. She then represented Ireland at the European Youth Entrepreneur Awards in Vienna in 2021 and was awarded the Silver Medal in the ‘We Grow Category’. Jessica’s journey to overcome the daily struggles of live with Asperger’s is now set to become part of the Junior Cert English curriculum so once again, Jessica is shining the light and showing the way for others who deal with the day-to-day realities of life with autism. Jessica will start her arts degree in Crawford College of Art & Design this year and we are very proud to call her our first Blarney & District Ambassador. 16 | Blarney Business


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An interview with...

Q - Give us a quick description of your business.

Terry O'Donovan

We are your local trusted accountant, and we are here to help you and your business thrive. At TaxAssist Accountants, we provide a personal and professional accounting service tailored to you. Who do we help? Start-ups Sole traders Partnerships Limited companies Property landlords Contractors Freelancers Individual taxpayers

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If you are looking to find an accountant who will allow you to spend more time doing what you do best, then contact us today. We provide all the services you would expect from an accountant, including accounts, tax, payroll, business advice and much more. Whatever business you operate, our local, expert advisors will guide you every step of the way.

Q -Who are the people behind your business. TaxAssist Accountants Blackpool, a local business run by Terry O’Donovan, opened in 2021. Terry is the managing director and looks after the day- today client portfolios, meeting with them, discussing their needs and completing all accountancy and tax matters. Working with me is Miriam O’Donovan who joined at the start of 2022. Miriam is the office manager and is the first point of contact with prospective clients in the local office. Miriam also looks after all the admin side of the business. Q-Where are you based? We operate in the Cork North Central electoral area. The places we work in are Blarney, Blackpool, Ballyvolane, Glanmire, Little Island and all surrounding areas. We are in the process of sourcing a premises to open our shop to enable clients to walk in and discuss their needs with us. Hopefully this will be up and running in a couple of months. Meanwhile, we continue to be available for business at the contact details below. Q-How long have you been involved in this work? I am a qualified accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, having qualified in 2012. I have over 15 years accountancy experience working for various companies in the Funds Industry in the Cork Area. I set up TaxAssist Accountants in April 2021 and have been going from strength to strength since.

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Q -Tell us about your offerings. We look after everything tax and accountancy related. Some of our core offerings are Tax Returns Year-end accounts Bookkeeping VAT Returns Payroll Company shares Tax returns We offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients to meet either online or in person to discuss what they are looking for. We also use the most up to date technologies to keep records and track business performance. This helps us stay away from the shoebox of receipts being dropped on our desk, most of the time. As part of our service we offer fixed fee pricing, therefore no surprise bill at the end of the year.

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Q -What do you consider to be one of your works best features- what are you proud of? We started in April 2021 and in that time, we have had a number of referrals from clients. It’s good to know that our clients have been happy with us and referred us to friends and colleagues. We have also had several clients come back early this year to complete their accounts again. Q -Any advice for Joe Public? If setting up a new business, speak with an accountant at the beginning and have them involved from the start. It will help things run smoother in the long run. After this focus on your core business offering and leave your accountant look after the financial side of the business. Finally, file your tax returns as early as you can. Don’t leave it to the last minute.

Contact Details Terry O'Donovan TaxAssist Accountants Address: Blackpool

Q - How does Blarney Chamber membership help you/what do you like most about your local chamber? Membership has put me in touch with many likeminded people who took the plunge and opened their own business. They have been through all the ups and downs of being self employed and offer great support and advice. The weekly meetings are great to get out of the office and have a chat especially without the work colleagues I was used to.

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Phone: 021 2427576 Website: https://www.taxassist.ie/accountants/blackpool/ Email: terryodonovan@taxassist.ie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaxAssistBlackpool Twitter: https://twitter.com/taxassistaccou1

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An interview with...

Q- Give us a quick description of your business.

The Good Life Hog Roast

The Good Life Hog Roast is a Free-Range Pig on a Spit offering and caters for all occasions from private parties, communions, day after weddings, etc., either at your home or a venue of your choice. Q- Who are the people behind your business and define each of your roles/ or if it’s just yourself tell us about your role. This is a joint venture consisting of husband-and-wife team Ken and Frances Mitchell. Ken’s main role is rearing our Free-Range Rare Breed pigs. Frances main role is organising & taking the bookings to ensure everything is in place for every event. Once we are at each occasion however, we work in tandem, with Ken responsible for the carving while I look after serving, and organising the day’s event.

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Q-Where are you based? We are based just outside Blarney in the beautiful Shournagh Valley. Q -How long have you been involved in this work? We’ve being involved in this business for over 5 years but since Covid, we rebranded our name to the Good Life Hog Roast as it describes the way we rear our pigs, and a lot of us remember the show back in the day! Q-Tell us about your offerings. We have our own Gazebo, serving tables etc. and we make sure that we do all the hard work so you can totally chill! We serve our Pig on a Spit with relish and a brioche bun. Salads can be added, and we also supply ceramic ware and stainless-steel cutlery. Not forgetting “The Crackling”! If you have any special requests or allergies, please let us know.

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Q-What do you consider to be one of your works best features- what are you proud of? The quality of our food The quality of our service Getting such positive responses after every event. Q- Any funny anecdotes? When people come back for more and try to sneak another piece of crackling! We do see it happening! You will understand when you taste it! Q -What is the biggest challenge to your business since #Covid19? Getting our name out there as conscientious caterers. Getting people to try something new. It really is delicious Q-Any advice for Joe Public? If you have a business idea, take a chance you never know where it might lead! Q- How does Blarney Chamber membership help you/what do you like most about your local chamber? Blarney Chamber are fantastic to promote all the local businesses and give great advice and support.

Contact Details The Good Life Hog Roast- Farm to Fork, Free Range Pig on a Spit Phone: 0879088009 (Frances) Website: www.thegoodlifehogroast.com Email: Thegoodlifehogroast@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goodlife_hogroast/

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An interview with...

Q- Give us a quick description of your business.

Victor Daly

Victor Daly Painting & Decorating is a local company that accommodates all types of painting.Our Craftsmen are highly skilled and reliable with a great reputation for both our work and customer care service. When it comes to paint, we can do EVERYTHING including Interior and Exterior Painting on Existing and New Builds. Wallpapering. Decorating homes & offices. Refurbishing worn down furniture. Hand & spray-painting kitchen units and staircases. Industrial, commercial, and fireproofing works.

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Q -Who are the people behind your business. Myself and my team are all equally highly qualified and have trained for years in advancing our decorating, restoration and spray painting skills. Q-Where are you based? My company is based in the Blarney district. Q -How long have you been involved in this work? I have been involved in the painting trade for over 24 years now! Q -Tell us about your offerings. At Victor Daly Painting & Decorating we offer a very high standard of work at competitive rates with friendly and reliable staff. We are fully insured, and all quotations are free. Q -What do you consider to be one of your works best features- what are you proud of? We have an excellent reputation for transforming new builds into cosy homes, transforming staircases into amazing features and refurbishing run-down units and furniture.

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Q-What is the biggest challenge to your business since #Covid19? Our biggest challenge during Covid was entering houses and properties safely, both for our clients benefit and our own, but with simple planning and working in separate areas, sanitising, and wearing masks we have got through it safely so far. Q-Any advice for Joe Public? Neutral colours are great for giving the effect of a bigger space which is great if you have a room or area with not much natural light, but if you have the space and enough natural light don’t be afraid to use darker bold colours like Greens, Blues, Greys, Browns etc. They can completely transform a room. Or why not try use them as a magnificent feature wall!

Q-Any new ideas in the pipeline? My team and I are shortly taking part in an advanced spraypainting course run by Dulux. We are always keen on expanding our knowledge and skills in painting & decorating and the results are evident in the quality of our finished work. Q- How does Blarney Chamber membership help you/what do you like most about your local chamber? Blarney Chamber is an excellent way for me to introduce my company and to get to know other local businesses and locals. Contact Details Victor Daly Painting & Decorating Phone: 0851337217 Email: victordaly.decorator@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victordalydecorating/ LOCAL HERO

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Food in Blarney Blarney & District is the place for good food. It can be difficult to choose where to go for a meal so we have compiled a list of tasty places (please note, this list is not comprehensive and we might have missed some great places - let us know if we did).

Una & Ian Forrest have used lockdown to revamp the Castle Hotel, bar and restaurant with an eye for detail and great design while still maintaining the character of the wellknown Blarney icon. Traditional Irish food is served with traditional Irish hospitality by great staff. You can enjoy tasty food in the cosy bar, stylish restaurant or in the new roofed and heated outdoor space - no matter where you decide, you will feel relaxed and well looked after. Call (021) 438 5116 for bookings

The Blarney Woollen Mills doesn't need any introduction but did you know that they are serving a tasty Sunday lunch? Or breakfast, or lunch and even an elegant afternoon tea? Meet your friends at the Mills and enjoy a piece of history in Blarney. Call (021) 438 5011 or email info@blarneywoollenmillshotel.com for inquiries.

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Food in Blarney Corrinne Austin and her family have made Blarney their home and have brought with them some tasty recipes from their South African heritaqe with an Irish twist. Corrinne's Kitchen has become a must for food lovers in Blarney, Ballincollig and beyond. Don't feel like cooking? Let Corrinne do it for you instead. You can choose from simple bakes to more elaborate catering - everything is prepared by hand and with a lot of care. Call 083 069 6984 or email corrinne.austin@gmail.com for inquiries

Blarney Castle is always worth a visit not only for the amazing grounds, interesting features and stunning gardens but the cafe is a wonderful place to warm up in winter while enjoying a hot cup of tea and a bite to eat. What is better after a brisk walk than to sit down to local food, served by local staff? Visit www.blarneycastle.ie for details

The Oriel House Hotel is a must visit when in Ballincollig - the bar-restaurant with a lovely outdoor space is a busy spot for catching up with friends and colleagues. The menu features a nice mix of contemporary Irish cuisine catering for vegetarians and children as well. Why not meet up for Afternoon Tea - delicious and elegant - it will make you smile in seconds. Excellent staff, attention to detail will make any visit an experience. Visit www.orielhousehotel.ie for details FOOD IN BLARNEY

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Food in Blarney In case you have planned a safe family gathering and would like something different, why not let Francis & Ken of The Good Life Hog Roast do the work for you? The tastiest of free-range pork bred and raised on the family farm near Tower and the crispest of crackling you will ever eat. The team can ater for outdoor and indoor gatherings. Call 087 908 8009 for inquiries. Blarney & District have so many wonderful and tasty food offerings - it is difficult to create a complete list but we think we have a good mix selected for you

Muskerry Arms - you can't miss the much loved pub and restaurant at The Square in Blarney. Food is served all day in the bar and heated beer garden to the rear. Call (021) 438 5200 for bookings The Claddagh - under new management since before the lockdown, it has quickly become a favourite for gatherings at The Square in Blarney. A mixed menu, catering for all tastes. Call (021) 438 3342 for bookings EATinIT - for an Italian treat, why not try this little gem next to the bus stop in Blarney. Traditional Italian food and bakes, you will enjoy your stay. Call 089 420 2422 for bookings Blairs Inn - heading out to Cloghroe it is a must to stop at this traditional Irish pub with a huge reputation for excellent food and hospitality. Choose from a delicious menu and pair your food with one of the many craft beers on offer. Call (021) 438 1470 for bookings

The Angler's Rest has undergone a huge makeover under new ownershop and you might find it difficult to get a table - so early booking is advised. Located at Leemount Cross, free parking is across the road. Call (021) 235 5699 for bookings The Old Post Office Cafe, next to the entrance to Blarney Castle with it's lovely garden to the rear is a perfet spot for a relaxed breakfast, tasty lunch or a cheeky afternoon treat and service with a smile. Call 083 140 8768 for inquiries FOOD IN BLARNEY

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Cllr Damian Boylan WORDS FROM OUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR

Cllr Damian Boylan Contact details: Tel: 087 2244364 e-mail : damianboylan@live.com excise duty decreases on mineral oil taxes with effect from 10 March. This provided for a 20 cent reduction in the excise rate for petrol and a 15 cent reduction on auto diesel, with a proportionate 2 cent reduction for the excise on Marked Gas Oil (green diesel). These measures were VAT inclusive and will last until 31 August 2022.

It was my pleasure to represent the Lord Mayor at the recent Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce business awards. My sincerest congratulations to all of the winners and it was notable that all recipients were female and it shows the depth and breadth of female talent that exists in our area. A wonderful, positive night of fun was had and my thanks to the committee and the chair John Foley for the invite. I will stick with some news that affects business and businesspeople this month. Cost of living The Government is very aware of the severity of the financial impact that rising prices in energy and fuels are placing on Irish businesses and households. The current trends in energy prices are not unique to Ireland and are in fact, part of global trends. Taxation of energy products is not what’s driving current energy prices. The comprehensive response of Government to the energy crisis and in other areas will soon begin to have a positive effect. Government response to Increased Energy Costs The Government brought a Financial Resolution into the Oireachtas providing for

In terms of revenue impacts, the six month decrease in mineral oil tax is estimated to cost €320 million. On 11 April the Government announced further energy-related measures to reduce the rate of VAT on the supply of gas and electricity on a temporary basis from 1 May to end October. This will cost an estimated €46m. In addition, the Government has extended the period of the reduced rates of excise duty on petrol, diesel and MGO to Budget Day, costing an estimated €80m. In putting these reductions in place, the Government had to take account of the restrictions of the EU Excise and VAT Directives. The combined effect of the measures in respect of the 15 cent reduction in excise on diesel, along with the scheduled 1 cent reduction to offset the biofuel obligation scheme increase and the Diesel Rebate Scheme meant that any further excise reduction would bring the effective rate below the minimum permissible rate. Ireland previously relied on a historical derogation to provide a reduced rate of 13.5% to gas and electricity. Any change to the VAT rate would have removed that historical derogation. However on 6 April 2022 an amendment to the VAT Directive came into force which has given greater flexibility to Member States to change VAT rates applying to gas and electricity. The VAT and excise measures are in addition to measures introduced in Budget 2022 that included a personal income tax package worth €520 million for this year alongside a social welfare package of over €550 million. It must also be seen in the context of the additional package of measures to the value of over €500m introduced in February that included: an increase in the energy credit to €200 including 37 | Blarney Business


Cllr Damian Boylan WORDS FROM OUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR

VAT, estimated to impact just over 2 million households (to be paid in April) a lump sum payment of €125 on the fuel allowance will be paid in early March to 390,000 recipients to reduce the burden on people returning to the workplace and people using public transport, there will be a temporary reduction in fares of 20% from the end of April to the end of the year. This will impact approximately 800,000 daily users the original Sláintecare report proposed a reduction of the Drug Payment Scheme from €144 to €100. The government has decided to reduce this further to €80. This will benefit just over 70,000 families the working family payment budget increase announced on Budget Day will be brought forward from 1 June to 1 April reduced caps for multiple children on school transport fees to €500 per family post primary and €150 for primary school children

Local Enterprise Office LEO (021-4961828) Restart Grants: www.corkcity.ie Business Supports: www.dbei.gov.ie

The comprehensive response of Government to the energy crisis and in other areas will soon begin to have a positive effect. While this happens, we cannot compromise the progress we have made on implementing the climate policies which are critical to ensuring we reduce emissions and mitigate climate change impacts. There is no doubt that we live in uncertain times and that they are very stressful for all in business. If there are ideas that you think the government could implement to help business at this time, please don’t hesitate to contact me on damianboylan@live.com and I will gladly pass those on to the relevant Minister for consideration. As always if there is something you feel I can help with please let me know and I will always try my best for you.

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Blarney Trades This page lists those vital people we frequently rely on or are often looking for a referral for - the trades that keep everything running smoothly from plumbing to car repairs, electricians to carpenters, etc.

CRIME STOPPERS SECURITY

K&M LANDSCAPING & GROUNDWORKS

Phone: 021 2339040 / 0877069069

Address: Willison Meadows, Blarney

Email: info@crime-stoppers.ie

Phone: 086 1038710

Website: https://www.crime-stoppers.ie

Email: Bart.murphy52@gmail.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/bartc2019/

MARTIN CROWLEY ELECTRICAL

O'CONNELL CRASH REPAIRS

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Address: Whitechurch, Co. Cork

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Phone: 087 2541306

Phone: 085 1218458

Email: adrian@occrashrepairs.ie

Address: 1 Ashdale House, Blarney, Cork,

Website: http://occrashrepairs.ie/

T23E954 Email: martincrowleyelectrical@gmail.com

TOWER AUTO CENTRE

VICTOR DALY DECORATOR

Address: Model Village, Tower T23 FA37,

Address: Blarney

Blarney

Phone: 085 1337217

Phone: 086 2578807

Email: victordaly.decorator@gmail.com

Email: edhealy58@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edwardhealyands onsgarage/

WINDY ACRE GARDEN DESIGNS Address: Vicarstown, Co. Cork Phone: 087 4021397 Email: windyacredesigns@gmail.com Website: https://windyacredesigns.com/

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Meet the Chamber Members

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Meet the Members AD QUANTITY SURVEYORS AD Quantity Surveyors is a Client focused Quantity Surveying company based in Blarney Co.Cork providing Quantity Surveying Services and Cost Management advice to Clients through out Munster for their construction projects from inception to completion including, feasibility cost estimates, value engineering, budget cost estimates, procurement, preparation of pricing documents, tendering and post-contract cost management. If you are planning your dream home or extending your existing home and feel some of our services may benefit your project please contact us for more information.

ADAM DAWES

"Blarney and District Chamber of Commerce strives on supporting local businesses through encouragement, advertisement and the wealth of knowledge from other members with different business backgrounds ensuring great advice for any questions. All the members are only a message away and so friendly, approachable and willing to help which has really benefited my businesses. I would encourage any small business to join."

Address: Blarney Phone: 087 2141692 Email: adawesqs@gmail.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/ADQuantitySurveying/

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Meet the Members AIB BLARNEY Your Individual Banking Needs AIB Blarney brings a unique local knowledge and understanding of customers and their needs. We recognise that your time is precious so at AIB Blarney we offer experienced bank staff who will be available to discuss your individual banking needs. Whether you are thinking of changing your car, buying your first home or wish to save for a rainy day, we are here to talkthings through and provide useful and informative advice ELMARIE CULLINANE

“Being a member of the Blarney Chamber gives me and my colleagues the opportunity to meet & support local businesses in our community.”

Address: The Square, Blarney Phone: (086) 0466465 Website: https://aib.ie/branches/cork/blarney/

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Meet the Members APOLLO PRINT We're a Cork based, family-owned business and we've been in business since 1986. We have a strong track record of excellent customer service as many of our clients have been with us for 20+ years. If you have any queries or you want further information on any of our services please phone us on Tel: 021 4871456 or Email: info@apolloprint.ie BRIAN CARTER

"Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce is a great place to learn new skills whether it's marketing or social media tips from other members. Having like-minded business owners to talk to also gives you the opportunity to get advice from them on all sorts of things related to your own business. This network group offers so much and is great value."

Address: Woodside, Kerry Pike Phone: (021) 487 1456 Email: info@apolloprint.ie Website: https://www.apolloprint.ie/

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Meet the Members BEAUTY BY KATRINA Beauty By Katrina is a locally owned Beauty Salon located in Blarney village. We offer a wide range of beauty treatments using the best quality and top branded products. We strive to give each of our clients individual bespoke treatments leaving them feeling extra special leaving our salon. Visit our Website & Online shop for all your beauty needs, free delivery and free gifts with purchase available. KATRINA MYERS

Address: Unit 3a, Blarney Shopping Centre, Blarney Phone: (021) 4384535 Email: beautybykatrinam@outlook.com Website: https://www.beautybykatrina.ie/

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Meet the Members BIA SÁSTA The end of the year always gets us thinking of the months that have passed and what worked, what didn’t, what we learned and how we can do things better. I am currently working with a group of creatives and I have learned as much from them as they have from me. 2021 has been as weird as 2020 was but thankfully, I was a lot busier and got used to the online mentoring and teaching. Although busy, business has changed. I concentrated more on the mentoring side, helping start-up businesses to get business plans done etc. and discovered how much I enjoy teaching and sharing my experience. I am looking forward to times when I can start the food event side of the business – at least to a limited capacity as the

ELKE O' MAHONY

new side is just too exciting to stop. Wishing all my clients – new and old – a wonderful Christmas time and the very best for a better 2022. "Joining the chamber was one of the best decisions I have made. The depth of knowledge, love for local business and support available in the chamber pays back the fee in no time. Winning the Business Women of the Year in 2019 has given me the confidence that self-employed people working from home need from time to time."

Phone: 087 3168855 Email: elke@biasasta.ie Website: https://www.biasasta.ie/

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Meet the Members BLARNEY CARAVAN & CAMPING PARK Blarney Caravan and Camping Park is a four-star Failte Ireland registered family-run park situated eight kilometres from Cork city and three from Blarney village. The park is gently sloping and well sheltered, with views of Blarney Castle and the surrounding countryside. Whether you’re camping, touring in a caravan, or travelling by Motorhome nothing’s too much trouble for our staff who are on hand to help and advise at all times. Should you wish to visit us often, then you can always store your caravan in our storage area as an easy option. Blarney Pitch & Putt course is a beautifully maintained 18 hole course established since 1995, overlooking the world famous Blarney Castle and surrounding countryside. The Course is open for green fees 7 days a week and is only 10 minutes’ drive from Cork City. With large golf like greens and beautifully maintained fairways this course is a pleasure for both beginners and experienced players alike. BLARNEY PITCH & PUTT NOW OPEN

CON QUILL

"Becoming a member of the Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce has helped us to get to know other businesses in the area while also helping to promote the economic and tourist development of Blarney and supporting local employment."

Address: Stoneview, Blarney Phone: 021 4516519 Email: info@blarneycaravanpark.com Website: https://blarneycaravanpark.com/

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Meet the Members BLARNEY CASTLE We have Gift Vouchers available for our 6 & 12 month memberships which can be bought from our ticket office! Details of our memberships can be found at the following link https://blarneycastle.ie/pages/annual-membership Our current opening times are 9am – 5pm with last admission at 4pm! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and we hope to see you in the gardens soon! CHARLES COLTHURST

Address: Blarney Phone: 021 4385252 Email: info@blarneycastle.ie Website: https://www.blarneycastle.ie/

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Meet the Members BLARNEY CREDIT UNION Do you know what Blarney Credit Union can do for you? Home Improvement Loans up to €60,000 for rates as low as 6p/c* Car loans rates from 7.5p/c on amounts of €10,000 and over* Death benefit for members* Insurance on borrowings at no cost to the member* 24- hour online access to your account through Blarney Credit Union app Over the phone card payments to your loan Fee free transactions for day -to- day lodgements* EDEL DESMOND

Please note that the above products are subject to eligibility and terms and conditions. Like our Facebook page for the most up to date news and offers available exclusively to our members. Address: St. Ann’s Road, Blarney, Co. Cork Phone: 021 438 1149 Email: info@blarneycu.ie Website: https://www.blarneycu.ie/

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Meet the Members BLARNEY WOOLLEN MILLS Originally established in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills is proud to be a family run Irish business. Our unique store is the largest Irish shop in the world and showcases the best of what Ireland has to offer from knitwear, activewear, fashion and gifts to Meadows & Byrne's exclusive homewares and furnishings. BLARNEY WOOLLEN MILLS https://www.facebook.com/blarneywoollenmills GILLIAN HAYES

Still delivering our wide array of products worldwide via Website www.blarney.com Phone via our dedicated phone sales team 021-4516144 THE MILL RESTAURANT-BLARNEY WOOLLEN MILLS: Offering great tasting take-out meals 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm. Order online at https://themillblarney.clickandcollection.com/

"Since joining the chamber of Commerce I have received great advice and knowledge from the other members. It is a real community feeling with a great sense of support at the end of the phone at any time."

Address: The Square, Shean Lower, Blarney, Co. Cork T23 H63K Phone: 087 2054104 Email: gillianhayes@blarney.com Website: https://blarney.com/

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Meet the Members BLIZZARD SPORTS Blizzard Sports™ is a trusted Irish Sports company based in Cork. We offer full customisation and supply Sports Goods in your design and logo. We handle your designing, manufacturing, quality controls and shipment your goods to your door. Currently we are working with many GAA, Taekwondo, Karate, Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA and Football clubs in and out of Ireland. We also offer services to companies who are looking to purchase T-shirts, Hoodies, vests and jackets in their branding. Please give us a call or drop in to our store at the above address.

KASHIF JAMIL (KASH)

Follow us on Instagram: @blizardsports @blizzardsportsofficial FB: https://m.facebook.com/blizzardsports.ie/ Address: Unit 31, North Point Business Park, New Mallow Road, Cork Phone: 087 9116042 Email: blizzardsportsireland@gmail.com Website: https://www.blizzardsports.ie/

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Meet the Members BRAND BLARNEY Town & Village Grant of €135,000 for clearance and planning at The Fen. New bike racks were installed thanks to the Cork City Council. In conjunction with Cork City Libraries a permanent Poetry in the Park Installation was put in place. Poems will be changed every 5-6 weeks. Dawn Chorus was held on May 1st. Tom O'Byrne and James Mulcahy identified the bird songs for the dedicated audience who sat in the drizzle for an hour at 5am. A Duck Race fundraiser in cooperation with the Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce will be held on May 29th at 3pm at Blarney Woollen Mills. All proceeds to be split between the Chamber (Community Projects) and Brand Blarney (Clogheenmilcon Fen). Ducks are €5 each and can be purchased online at https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/Blarn eyDuckRace

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BRAND BLARNEY

Email: talktome@brandblarney.com Website: https://aloadofblarney.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ BrandBlarney

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Meet the Members CORK CPC TRAINING

We are Cork CPC Training, a family run -business. The CPC stands for Certificate of Professional Competence in the transport industry. All drivers wishing to drive professionally must do one days training every year to be compliant. We run CPC every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at our NEW location at The Radission Blu, Eastgate Little Island.

JIM MULCAHY MARY RING MULCAHY

Our start time is 8am and finish at 4pm. We have a lovely bright room with a desk per customer and enough room to socially distance everyone. Tea and coffee at 11am. Lunch can be preordered starting at €10.00 and ready for lunchtime. We have our Modules up online www.corkcpctraining.com. It is

''I look forward to the weekly meetings, it's an informative hour of chat, coffee, fun and great to hear how other businesses are progressing.''

very easy to book, however if you are not comfortable using a computer please phone Mary on 087 2667191 and she will only be delighted to do it for you. Stay safe Jim and Mary Mulcahy

Phone: 087 2667191 Email: info@corkcpctraining.com Website: https://www.corkcpctraining.com/

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Meet the Members CORK THERAPY CENTRE The practice treats a wide range of injuries including back and neck pain, sciatica, shoulder injuries, tennis elbow, hip, knee and foot injuries, biomechanical dysfunction, paediatrics and many more. Our clientele vary from babies to elderly people, from Olympic athletes to fun runners. We work in conjunction with Doctors, Consultants, Coaches and Gym Instructors. We remain open throughout all levels for face to face sessions while adhering to strict HSE guidelines. We also provide online consultations and online Pilates classes

ERIC WOLFE

"The Chamber of Commerce has been excellent for promoting the local businesses of Blarney and district. It has put local businesses front and centre with its shop local ethos. It has provided great support and encouragement to small business owners in this difficult time."

Address: Unit 4, Tower Shopping Centre, Tower, Blarney Phone: (021) 4384882 Email: corktherapycentre@gmail.com Website: https://corktherapycentre.com/

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Meet the Members CORRINNE'S KITCHEN Open for Orders Delicious baked goods, canapes, snacks, cakes. I create personalized quotations to suit your function. I live in Blarney, after moving in 2018 from South Africa. Cooking is my passion :-) I ran a Pop-Up restaurant alongside another chef for 2 years. I started my own catering business registered with the HSE to produce baked, vegetarian, vegan and low risk produce. Christmas Order Form: https://corrinneskitchen.wufoo.com/forms/nowtaking-orders-christmas-order-form/

CORRINNE AUSTIN

"I became a member of the chamber shortly after launching my home catering business in Blarney. I have made numerous contacts through the chamber's networking meetings. I've secured new customers, I've met so many new people and made friends. :) I felt welcomed into the community and have benefitted from advertising on the chamber social media outlets. I loved the social evenings out, the chats, and encouragement. "

Phone: +353 830696984 Email: corrinne.austin@gmail.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/corrinneskitchen/

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Meet the Members CRIME STOPPERS SECURITY “When your Business is closed, we are open 24/7 protecting it” Crime Stoppers Security provides every security solution for your business. We provide the following services: Intruder Alarms CCTV Systems Key-Holding Alarm Response Mobile Patrols Fire Alarms Sprinkler Systems Fire Extinguishers www.crime-stoppers.ie

Intercom Systems Security Lighting Access Control Site Security Systems Manned Guarding Alarm Monitoring Automatic Gates Service & Maintenance

JOHN FOLEY

“The Chamber is such a great way to meet other local businesses and help each other in so many ways” Phone: 021 2339040 / 0877069069 Email: info@crime-stoppers.ie Website: https://www.crime-stoppers.ie/

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Meet the Members EMF LIFTING AND LAUGHING Lifting and Laughing once again! "EMF Lifting and Laughing re-opens for in-person banter on the 8th of June. We are delighted to welcome back all our current members to their favourite house of exercise. Our waiting list for new members is now also open across PT, Group Coaching and Child/teen PT". "Thanks to the work of team EMF and the support of our fantastic members EMF has not just survived the pandemic but thrived. The EOIN MURPHY

importance of physical and mental health has never been higher and we are looking forward to changing many more lives into 2021 and beyond". 'We are a comedy club with a focus on fitness. A gym for people who don't like gyms. No judgment and no notions. Just fun, family-friendly flapping about". "Lifting and Laughing for physical and mental health".

"The Chamber is a place of business and a place of support. Knowing the right people in any area is a great way to feel connected to the community and helps massively with becoming a part of that community yourself."

Address: Unit 7, The Mill, Shean Lower, Blarney Phone: 021 2040112 Email: info@emf.ie Website: https://www.emf.ie/

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Meet the Members FINDINGS I opened Findings as a Pop-up Shop in the Summer of this 2021 to sell Art, Jewellery and Crafts which I design. Everything is original and made in our in-store workshop. The pop-up was in effect a trial run. I wanted to hone my products and to see if there was a commercially viable business. I figured if the business could survive in the current climate then it would have a good chance of a future. Findings is still here (thanks to all my lovely customers) and busy coming up to Christmas, especially fulfilling orders for the personalised Music, Dance and Heart ranges of pictures and orders for bespoke jewellery. After a post-Christmas Break, the shop will reopen as ‘Findings on the Square’ with our range extended to children’s books and toys. This reopening will be in tandem with the launch of our brand and a full online shop. ‘I get such a buzz when I meet someone and see they’re wearing my

ANNE MARIE FORREST

Beautifully unique, Gorgeously original. Address: The Square, Blarney, T23 K236 Phone: 086 814 5419 Email: findingsonthesquare@gmail.com Instagram: @findingsblarney

jewellery!’

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Meet the Members GUILTY LITTLE PLEASURES Here at Guilty little pleasures Hair and beauty we aim to make your experience an unforgettable one. A place where you can get everything done under one roof and where you can feel at home under the care of our experienced stylists/therapists. We cater for all ages and all occasions. We provide the most professional treatments from Dr. MURAD Advanced skincare facial treatments to Cosmetic tattooing (eyebrows, lip liner, eye liner) and the must luxurious hair

NATASHA FALVEY

extensions. "Blarney Chamber has been such an amazing support to us as a new addition to the Blarney village. I've never felt so welcome and comfortable around other entrepreneurs and I really now feel like a part of the community." Address: Blarney Phone: 085 1340747 Email: natashafalvey@hotmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guiltylittlepleasurs/

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Meet the Members JOHN HENCHION & CO. John Henchion & Co. is a progressive and contemporary firm of solicitors based in Blarney, dealing with many areas of law. Our main focus is providing you with first class customer service while dealing with all your legal needs. We understand that our success not only depends on getting you the best legal outcome, but also on giving you the best possible service at each stage of your case. Types Of Litigation Cases We Deal With We provide expert legal advice in the following areas of litigation: JOHN HENCHION

Personal injury Boundary disputes Libel Slander Judicial reviews Medical negligence Building defects and property disputes Professional negligence Injunctions

Address: The Bakehouse, Waterloo Road, Blarney, Phone: 021 438 2870 Email: johnh@blarneylaw.com Website: https://blarneylaw.com/

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Meet the Members IFIX BLARNEY On the Spot Repair iFiX Blarney specialize in the Repair of all Phones / Computers / Gaming Consoles / iPads & Tablets / Apple iMac / MacBooks & ghd Hair Straighteners. We also stock Apple & Samsung Phones / Laptops / iPads and a wide variety of accessories in our shop in Blarney. Located by Tung Sing Blarney. We can be contacted through facebook at iFix Blarney or Call:4384713. And just to add a little bit more text about us, iFiX Blarney proudly support local clubs and sponsor local school comps with

DEREK O' CONNOR

spot prizes. We like to show that we support local.

Address: Unit 2 Ashdale House, Blarney, Co. Cork Phone: 021 4384713 Email: ifixblarneyit@gmail.com Web: http://ifixcork.ie/

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Meet the Members IRISH MADE GIFTS Corporate Gifts & Awards Let’s face it, an award is nothing without an owner and though we may love seeing our awards stand out in a crowd… what we love most is seeing them standing out with the crowd! Why not switch even one corporate gift to an Irish alternative and support artists, designers and makers from all around Ireland! • Bespoke awards that really tell your company’s story. • Personalised gifts to acknowledge valued staff. • IRISHMADEGIFTS- SUPPORTING IRISH MADE. Give us a follow on https://www.facebook.com/irishmadegifts

DEBORAH MAGUIRE

"The Friday morning meetings allow me to network, touch base with the faces behind our local businesses and socialise all in one hour... and everyone at the end of a phone when needed!"

Phone: 087 1961454 Email: deborah@irishmadegifts.com Website: http://IrishMadeGifts.com

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Meet the Members JGD SAFETY I love working with people to give them a greater understanding of risk when it comes to Health & Safety. The training that JGD Safety currently provide is: (Always updating) Manual Handling Abrasive Wheels Working At Height Chemical Awareness VDU/DSE Assessments Fire Safety Safety Awareness

JAMES DAVIS

Safety Representative Safety documentation is a legal requirement for businesses and this is a service that JGD Safety also provides. Below are some of the services that we offer: Safety Statements Risk Assessments Workplace Audits Workplace Health & Safety Audits Safety Harness & Lanyard Inspection (6 Month Check)

Address: Faggot Hill, Clogheen, Blarney Road, Cork T23YH74 Website: https://jgdsafety.com/ Phone: 087 9421430 Email: jgdsafety@outlook.ie

Safety Officer Safety Plans – Construction Stage Scaffolding Inspections (Weekly) Traffic Management Plans Road Opening & Reinstatement – Advanced Signing, Lighting & Guarding Safety File COVID Compliance Officer

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Meet the Members K&M LANDSCAPING & GROUNDWORKS Here at K&M we spare you, your time and stress as we supply and fit so you don't need to be running around. Our services. All types of concrete work Patios & decking Fencing including smart fence Artificial grass Property maintenance & management (internal & external) Soakways

BART MURPHY

Lawn renewals Ground leveling Grass & hedge cutting taken away All types of general Groundworks We are now offering a carpentry service, so contact us for wooden flooring/ wall panels/ skirting/ doors/ roof repairs, etc.

Address: Willison Meadows, Blarney Phone: 086 1038710 Email: Bart.murphy52@gmail.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/bartc2019/

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Meet the Members KEVIN CONDON FINANCIAL BROKERS If you were to die suddenly or suffer a critical illness, would your family have the financial resources to carry on as before? If not, maybe you need a complete “Financial Health Check” To book a complimentary consultation call Pierce Grace QFA on 087 2396762 Whether its Death and/or Specified Illness Cover, Mortgage or Income Protection, Pension, Savings or Investments, at Kevin Condon Financial Brokers Ltd we search for the most suitable products and providers to match your specific requirements.

PIERCE GRACE

For further information give Pierce a call on 087 2396762. "Being a member of the chamber ensures you are never far away from someone that is as keen as you are to offer help, advice and assistance (no always business) to fellow members. You can't put a price on these values."

Address: Unit 11 Sunberry, Blarney Phone: 087 2396762 Email: pierce@kcfb.ie Website: https://kcfb.ie/

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Meet the Members MARANATHA COUNTRY HOUSE Peaceful Oasis in a Perfect Location Its location is also an ideal base from which to visit the many local tourist attractions such as Blarney Castle, or if golf is your sport - you can enjoy the nearby golf courses. Maranatha Country House is nestled in the midst of peaceful wooded gardens. Within this lovely family home, each of the en suite bedrooms is uniquely designed to give you an experience that is certain to be

OLWEN & DOUGLAS VENN

memorable, and the flower filled conservatory makes the perfect setting for a sumptuous Irish breakfast.

Address: Blarney, Co. Cork Phone: 021 4385102 Email: douglasvenn@eircom.net Website: http://www.maranathacountryhouse.com/

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Meet the Members MARTIN CROWLEY ELECTRICAL SERVICES We are Safe Electric registered, certified & insured so you can have peace of mind when we work in your home or business. Fuseboard Upgrades Re-wiring Smoke Alarms Electric Shower Installations & Shower Pumps Extra Sockets/Lighting Points Certified Electrical Testing Outdoor Sockets

MARTIN CROWLEY

We have done 6 upgrades over the last two weeks alone. Lots of phone calls as ESB are issuing letters after installation of smart metres. These letters are for safety reasons: tails, earthrods & fuseboard need upgrading as the old ceramic fuseboard has little to no protection for customers. Call us today for more info on 085 1218458

Phone: 085 1218458 Email: martincrowleyelectrical@gmail.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/MartinCrowley-Electrical-Services-175851723246868/

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Meet the Members O'CONNELL CRASH REPAIRS One call and we will do it all! O’Connell crash repairs take the hassle out of your motoring mishaps . Just one phone call and you are sorted. We can recover repair and get your car back on the road as soon as possible . One call and O’Connell’s will do it all. 24 hour recovery / Crash repairs / Panel beating / Spray painting / Van conversations / Headlight focusing / Tow bars / Sandblasting / Man with van (Ikea) / Collecting and delivery service / NCT & DOE failures (rust) "You bend it we mend it, you scratch it we’ll match it , and if your in trouble we are there on the double"

ADRIAN O’ CONNELL

"I have been a member of the Blarney Chamber of Commerce since day one, I have made a lot of friends from the group but I have also made a lot of business contacts and have done a lot of business through the Chamber members and non members. I would go as far as saying it’s like family with business connections. If you need help there is always someone there to help you no matter how big or small your problem is . I look forward to our weekly meeting."

Address: Whitechurch, Co. Cork Phone: 087 2541306 Email: adrian@occrashrepairs.ie Website: http://occrashrepairs.ie/

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Meet the Members THE ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL The Oriel House Hotel is a luxury business and leisure hotel located on the west side of Cork city.Our unique property offers a mix of old and new, making it the leading four star hotel in Cork. The Oriel is luxury and relaxation, pure and simple and you will depart with nothing more than a desire to return. CIARA BARRY

Address: Ballincollig, Co. Cork Phone:021-4208400 Email: cbarry@orielhousehotel.ie Website: https://www.orielhousehotel.ie/

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Meet the Members PHARMACY FIRST PLUS Pharmacy First Plus has three pharmacies in the Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce area, in Tower, in Grenagh and in Onslow Gardens (PFP Northside). In March 2020, we set up our online order offering for prescriptions, or any other item, where you can fill in the form on our website, selecting their pharmacy of choice. You can do this anytime, day or night. Orders are sent directly to the pharmacy where a member of the pharmacy team will review the order before contacting you to confirm your order and arrange a time for it to be ready for you to collect. You can even pay over the phone and we’ll drop it out to your car when you call. This facility has been used over 3,200 times (by 25/01/21).

ANNE & KEITH

Have you used it yet? Go to www.pharmacyfirstplus.ie/order now!

O'HOURIHANE

“Most important is the support I have received and the connections I have made while a member of the Chamber, regularly doing business with a huge variety of product and service provider members, and those members regularly doing business with me.”

Address: Tower Shopping Centre, Tower, Blarney Phone: 021-4385225 Email: tower@pharmacyfirstplus.ie Website: https://www.pharmacyfirstplus.ie/ Additional Locations: Grenagh: 021-4629918/grenagh@pharmacyfirstplus.ie Northside: 021-4398135/northside@pharmacyfirstplus.ie Glanmire: 021 482 2412/glanmire@pharmacyfirstplus.ie

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Meet the Members SBG CORK CITY JOIN OUR TRIBE

To experience the Vibe for yourself with our free private lesson, so that you can come along by appointment to have a look around our great facilities and chat about your goals and aspirations and a free private lesson to kickstart your journey. Straight blast gym family Martial Arts and Fitness Beginner friendly classes all year around kids Martial Arts Classes from age 3yrs upwards personal training & fitness classes Mma, Bjj, Kickboxing & Boxing for all ages

MARLENE GRIFFIN

open 7 days per week Free parking "I absolutely love coming to the chamber meetings on Friday mornings, it rejuvenates me after a tiring week of work."

Address: Unit 31 Northpoint Business Park, New Mallow Road, Cork Phone: 021 4215007 Email: info@SBGCork.com Website: https://www.SBGcork.com/

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Meet the Members SCIENCE DIRECT LTD. Drinking Water Quality Science Direct is a local laboratory specialising in water testing, particularly for private water supplies. For your own peace of mind, it is important to know that your drinking water meets the standards of the drinking water regulations and that it is safe to consume. Contact us to order a water testing kit by post. Test results are returned within 4 working days from receipt of the sample at the laboratory, and we will give helpful insight into the quality of your drinking water supply.

TIM BUTTER & TOM O’BYRNE

Address: Unit 7 Monard Glen, Rathpeacon, Cork T23 HN8W Phone: (021) 438 4200 Email: info@sciencedirect.ie Website: https://www.sciencedirect.ie/

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Meet the Members TAXASSIST ACCOUNTANTS TaxAssist Accountants Blackpool are focused on providing a personal and professional service and we work with a whole host of different types of clients. We typically help limited companies, sole traders, partnerships, landlords, contractors, freelancers and start-ups. We are a local service with an office in Blackpool to help and support your business meet its accountancy requirements. Our local team is further supported by a team of tax experts within the national TaxAssist Support Centre. We often find our clients are interested in making their accounting function much smoother and want an accountant to help them along

TERRY O'DONOVAN

the journey which we enjoy doing. Our growing team of accountants and tax experts are always accessible to our clients and are happy to help. We can offer your business a host of accountancy services including Company Accounts, Payroll, Bookkeeping, Tax Returns, CGT, Online Accounts and more.

Address: Breffni Court, Watercourse Road, Blackpool, Cork, T23XO2N Phone: 021 242 7576 Email: terryodonovan@taxassist.ie Website: https://www.taxassist.ie/blackpool/

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Meet the Members THE HOG ROAST Address: Blarney Phone: 087 9088009 Email: thegoodlifehogroast@gmail.com Website: https://www.thegoodlifehogroast.com/

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Meet the Members THE SQUARE TABLE We are heartbroken to announce that the Square Table will be permanently closing due to personal circumstances which are out of our control. We would like to thank the people of Blarney, all our customers, staff, producers, family and friends for your continuous support. We shall forever cherish the friendships and memories we have made. To all those who hold gift vouchers we shall arrange a full refund. Please email Tricia at Info@thesquaretable.ie a photo of your voucher and the number and she will arrange payment via bank transfer. Due to our closure there is an excellent business opportunity for the vacant premises. Any queries regarding the premises email Tricia at Info@thesquaretable.ie. Thank you Tricia and Martina

TRICIA & MARTINA CRONIN

"We love being part of the Chamber. It's our direct link to the local community and local businesses. It's like being part of a family of like minded hard working people. When opening in Blarney the Chamber were the 1st to welcome us and continue to support us. We hold the Chamber in very high regard and appreciate the hard work the members do."

Address: 5, The Square, Blarney Phone: 021 4382825 Email: info@thesquaretable.ie Website: https://www.thesquaretable.ie/

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Meet the Members THE VILLAGE HAIR STUDIO Back in Style Located in Courtbrack, The Village Hair Studio has been helping our patrons to look and feel fabulous for over 15 years. We look forward to welcoming our loyal family of customers back to the salon, so that we can give them every care and attention. We were very proud to have been awarded by the Blarney and District chamber of commerce the award for Best Home Based Business award 2019. We are a ladies' and gents' salon and we specialise in colouring and cutting – no

AGNES COLLINS

matter what your needs or your occasion, we have the style for you. We stock a wide range of L'Oréal products, to keep your hair glamorous and healthy. "We really appreciate the great support we receive from like-minded businesspeople. It is such a help and encouragement to talk to people who understand the joys and challenges of running a small business. We also get great benefits from the advertising opportunities that we receive as members of the chamber." Address: Courtbrack, Co. Cork Phone: 021 4383121 Email: agnescollins33@gmail.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/agnes.collins.5602/

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Meet the Members THE WEBSITE CHEF Baking success into your website

Small-business website design packed with goodness! Perfectly combining all of the ingredients you need for a successful website, The Website Chef is a web designer who puts long-lasting client relationships at the heart of her business. Looking for a professional website that perfectly represents you, your values and your business? I’m a passionate web designer based in Cork, Ireland, helping small

SUE PAMMENT

businesses and entrepreneurs across the world (yes, I have clients in both the UK and US too!) to get a website that works. I'm honoured to be the recipient of the Blarney Business & Entrepreneurship Award. It means a lot to m that my business was recognized from among so many other worthy nominees.

Phone: (021) 7332865 Email: sue@the-website-chef.com Website: https://the-website-chef.com/

"Becoming a member of the Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce when I moved to the area 9 years ago was an excellent way to integrate into the business community and to make friends. I love being part of a group of like-minded people and enjoy the weekly meetings we have had pre-Covid."

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Meet the Members T.I.S FIREPROOFING LTD TiS FireStopping Ltd are experts when it comes to passive fire protection. Our installers are qualified and experienced in all aspects of firestopping design solutions and installation details. Passive fire protection includes compartmentalization of the overall building through the use of fire-resistance rated walls and floors. Separation into individual fire compartments, consisting of one or more rooms or floors, prevents or slows the spread of fire and smoke from the room of fire origin to other building spaces, this can limit property damage and provide extra time to the building occupants to evacuate and reach a safe area.

DEREK O'CONNOR

TiS FireStopping Ltd installs all products and materials as per manufacturer's specifications and works in compliance to the latest Building Control Regulations to ensure a correct installation every time. We use only quality and tested products and materials from reputable manufacturers and suppliers, these include but are not limited to Rockwool, FSi, Protecta, Nullifire, Firetherm, Siderise and Hilti. TiS FireStopping Ltd cover the Commercial / Industrial & Pharma Industry, we are based in Blarney, Cork providing service in Cork & all of Ireland. Please find all contact details on our web site at www.tisltd.ie

Phone: (021) 6010423 Email: derek@tisltd.ie Website: https://www.tisltd.ie/

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Meet the Members TOWER AUTO CENTRE Family Run Business Established 1984 Located in Tower T23 FA37 Contact 0862578807 E-mail edhealy58@gmail.com Over 40 Years Experience on all Makes & Models Full Workshop Facilities. OBD Diagnostics Pre N.C.T. Servicing EDWARD HEALY &

Repairs

DEIRDRE HOURIHAN HEALY

Car Sales To Suit All Budgets Excellent After Sale Service

"Being a member of The Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce has helped us with our profile within the Business Community of Blarney." Address: Model Village, Tower T23 FA37, Blarney Phone: 086 2578807 Email: edhealy58@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edwardhealyandsonsgarage/

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Meet the Members TOWER LAUNDERETTE Tower Launderette is a family run Launderette and Dry cleaners based in Shournagh House in the heart of Tower. Tower Launderette was fitted with brand new machines that are as ecofriendly as possible. The machines we installed use no harmful chemicals or solvents and are digitally monitored to ensure that they clean to HSE Guidelines. Our services include: All Laundry services, including Dry Only Dry Cleaning

LISA COSTELLO

Ironing services, Commercial and domestic Commercial Laundry services (B&B, Hairdressers, Child Care, Sports Teams, Restaurants) Address: Shournagh House, Tower T23HP5C Website: https://www.towerlaunderette.com/ Phone: 085 145 99 99 Email: lisa@towerlaunderette.com

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Meet the Members VICTOR DALY DECORATOR Local, Reliable Painting & Decorators At Victor Daly Painting & Decorating, we are highly skilled decorators with great attention to detail. We cater for all your needs including domestic, commercial and industrial work. We specialise in all types of spraying, ranging from Kitchen units , interior houses, office blocks and fire-proofing. We also love to refurbish worn down floors, counter tops, furniture etc to bring them back to life. Fully insured and registered. Very competitive rates call any time for free quotation. VICTOR DALY

Address: Blarney Phone: 085 1337217 Email: victordaly.decorator@gmail.com

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Meet the Members WINDY ACRE GARDEN DESIGNS Give a gift of a garden design consultation, great as a Christmas, Birthday or housewarming gift. Contact windyacredesigns@gmail.com. FIONNUALA CARROLL

"Business aside, I’ve made great friends by joining the Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce and would urge anyone, particularly those who tend to work alone like myself, to join.."

Address: Vicarstown, Co. Cork Phone: 087 4021397 Email: windyacredesigns@gmail.com Website: https://windyacredesigns.com/

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Meet the Members YOUNGSTARS MUSIC SCHOOL Youngstars Music and Creativity Camp July 18th - 22nd Gaelscoil Mhuscraí, Blarney Youngstars Summer Camp is a fun and energetic camp with a strong focus on music and creativity, suitable for boys and girls. Every day is a mixture of music, arts and crafts, zumba,

ANNA MITCHELL

singing, drumming, percussion games, band dress up and performances as well as fun camp games! Email youngstarsmusicschool@gmail.com to book your place.

"As a new business owner the chamber is a wonderful outlet to meet people who have experience in business and who can offer support and lend an ear in times of need. We all look forward to our weekly Friday coffees and scones.

Phone: 085 8297737 Email: youngstarsmusicschool@gmail.com Website: https://www.youngstarsmusicschool.com/

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Business Resources and Events

BUSINESS RESOURCES & EVENTS

Thursday, 12th May 5:30pm

Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce weekly meetings. Blarney Castle Hotel

Friday, 27th May 9:00 am

Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce weekly meetings. Blarney Castle Hotel

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Business Resources Enterprise Ireland Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/

Local Enterprise Offices The Local Enterprise Office is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. The Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business https://www.localenterprise.ie/

SME On Line Tool Kit There are over 170 different Government supports for Irish start-ups and small businesses. This Online Guide is to help Irish start-ups and small businesses navigate the range of Government supports to see which you could possibly apply https://supportingsmes.gov.ie/sme-search/

Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, is the only independent representative association for Small and Medium Enterprises and currently has in excess of 10,200 members nationwide. Uniquely in Ireland, ISME is independent of big business, big banks and government and gives voice to the issues facing SME owner-managers. https://isme.ie/

Small Firms Association The Small Firms Association (SFA) is the national organisation exclusively representing the needs of small enterprises (i.e. those employing less than 50 employees) in Ireland. sfa.ie BUSINESS RESOURCES & EVENTS

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Supports Local Business

Members (alphabetically) AD Quantity Surveyors

JGD Safety

AIB Blarney

K&M Landscaping & Groundworks

Apollo Print

Kevin Condon Financial Brokers

Beauty by Katrina

Maranatha Country House B&B

Bia Sasta

Marie O’Byrne Consultancy (Science)

Blarney Caravan & Camping Park

Martin Crowley Electrical

Blarney Castle Estate Partnership

O’Connell Crash Repairs

Blarney Castle Hotel

Oriel House Hotel

Blarney Credit Union

Pharmacy First Plus

Blarney Post Office

Science Direct Ltd.

Blarney Woollen Mills

Straight Blast Gym of Cork City

Blizzard Sports

TaxAssist Accountants

Brand Blarney

The Hog Roast

Cork CPC Training

The Square Table

Cork Therapy Centre

The Village Hair Studio

Corrinne’s Kitchen

The Website Chef

Crimestoppers Security

T.I.S Fireproofing Ltd

EMF Lifting & Laughing

Tower Auto Centre

Findings

Tower Laundrette

Guilty Little Pleasures Hair and Beauty

Victor Daly Painting & Decorating

John Henchion & Co. Solicitors

Windy Acre Garden Designs

Hydro Farm Allotments

Youngstars Music School

iFix Blarney Irish Made Gifts

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Chamber Membership

To join the Chamber: https://blarneychamber.com/membership/ Annual Membership rates:1 year €100 For more details about the Chamber visit our website at https://blarneychamber.com/

Together in Business The Benefits of joining the chamber Online Magazine Content Listed On The Chamber Website Facebook, Instagram &Twitter Platforms Weekly Meetings Networking Events Business Development & Growth Social Events Referrals From Members

ABOUT THE CHAMBER

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