Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce e-Zine - September 2022

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Supporting local businesses SEPTEMBER 2022

BUSINESS SUPPORT EVENTS

QUARTERLY E-MAGAZINE

MEET THE CHAMBER

NETWORKING

LOCAL OFFERS

LOCAL HEROES

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02 Welcome 04 Meeting Schedule 05 About the Chamber 06 What our members say 09 Featured Member Interviews 32 Food in Blarney 35 Words from Cllr Damian Boylan 41 Blarney Trades 42 Meet the members 83 Business Resources & Events 85 Member Directory


WELCOME TO THE BLARNEY & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce is back after its summer break and will resume its morning and evening meetings to facilitate all businesses to be able to attend. The Blarney Chamber have some exciting projects coming up in the coming months and one which is taking place this month is our expo night which is been held on the 27th of September. Information on the expo can be seen below. We have seen with the past covid-19 epidemic the support given to local businesses and shopping local did to keep businesses trading and now we again must give our support for these businesses as they struggle with running costs. If at all please try to shop as local as you can as it will save local jobs and keep local businesses open.

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.

Our recent duck race joint fundraiser with Brand Blarney was a huge success, I would like to thank everyone who was involved with the fundraising and volunteering and also the public for supporting it. All funds raised will be spent locally and we will be announcing soon which project the funds will be allocated too. If you would like to visit one of our business meetings please see the calendar below on the dates we are meeting this month, why not come along for a coffee and a scone and see what it’s all about. You can contact the Chamber if you would like to attend a meeting by e-mailing admin@blarneychamber.com John Foley.

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

WELCOME

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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? "Being in a community of like-minded people whom support each other at all times and are like a community of people where each one of us matter."

"Blarney Chamber has been great to promote my business. I’ve met other business owners who have now become clients and friends. The support to my business has been great - thank you! "

"It’s all about meeting with local businesses, making a connection and building your network within your community- community which I have grown up in. The chamber has enabled me to promote JGD Safety locally and to grow within the community also."

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An interview with...

James P. White

Q - Give us a quick description of your business. A - Clinical Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Hypno-psychoanalyst, Hypno-Counsellor and International Emotional Intelligence & Mindfulness Trainer. 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. A - Sole trader who collaborates with other international qualified trainers. Q -Where are you based? A - Cork City & Online for Training Q -How long have you been involved in this work? A - Since 2012

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Q -Tell us about your offerings. A -1 to 1 client focused therapeutic sessions & Public and Corporate Trainings. Q -What do you consider to be one of your works best features- what are you proud of? A - Down to earth approach, James’s passion is to empower others with knowledge, learning, experience, and facilitate an overall greater wellbeing for yourself and others. Q - Highlights? A - Achieving Masters Diploma in Clinical HypnoPsychotherapy and being awarded Specialist Therapist of the Year 2 years running including 2022 by the Prestige Awards. Q -What is the biggest challenge to your business since #Covid19? A - The amount of younger people who are really struggling out there Q -Any advice for Joe Public? A - Everyone needs support, please ask or talk to someone. Reach out it will make all the difference to your life. You are Worth It. Q - Any new ideas in the pipeline? A - Developing more training programs and involved in running a Christmas Market in Aid of Cork Cancer Care Centre in November, on the 18th, 19th & 20th, which will be held in St Peters North Main street, Cork to raise much-needed funds for this charity whom is not government backed and solely relies on the public’s donations to survive.

Contact Details API Clinic Phone: 087 3385640 Website: https://apiclinics.com Email: jamesapiclinic@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APIClinic

Q - How does Blarney Chamber membership help you/what do you like most about your local chamber? A - Being in a community of like-minded people whom support each other at all times and are like a community of people where each one of us matter.

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An interview with...

Katrina Myers

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Q- Give us a quick description of your business. A - Beauty by Katrina is an award- winning Beauty Salon in the heart of Blarney village, where our aim is to make you look great and feel fabulous!! At Beauty by Katrina, we are passionate about one thing: making you feel special every day. That’s why we offer a wide selection of quality beauty treatments in our salon and use premium brands only. The ethos of Beauty by Katrina is to provide a haven of indulgent satisfaction - a place to soothe the mind, body & soul. A rare haven of relaxation where you can de-stress, unwind and let us take care of you- as nothing quite compares to the benefits of experiencing a professionally applied treatment in a relaxing, warm and stress-free environment. Q-Who are the faces behind your business? A - Katrina - Owner/Beauty Therapist Abbie - Junior Beauty Therapist Katrina has over 10 years’ experience in the beauty industry. She opened the doors to Beauty by Katrina over 6 years ago. She runs all aspects of the business including carrying out all beauty treatments for her clients. She has been awarded Dermalogica Expert Status each year and a Master Waxing Technician title. She specializes in Facials, Waxing and Nails while offering a wide range of beauty treatments. Laura - Beauty Therapist Laura joined the team in early 2021 and has over 5 years’ experience in the beauty industry. Passionate about all things beauty and offering a wide range of beauty treatments, she specialises in Waxing, Lash Extensions & Brows.

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Abbie is the newest member of our team, joining us earlier this year after finishing her Beauty Therapy training. Abbie completed her work experience with us throughout her training and once qualified we welcomed her back as our junior beauty therapist. She loves all things beauty especially Makeup, Waxing & Lashes. Q - Where are you based? A - We are based in Blarney Village. Unit 3a, 1st Floor, Blarney Shopping Centre, St Ann’s Road, Blarney. We are located right next door to Walsh's Allcare Pharmacy.

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Q - Tell us about your offerings: A - We offer a wide range of Beauty Treatments. We strive to offer the best for our clients. We have taken on some of the most well-known brands across the globe to give our clients the best quality products and treatments. What we offer: Skin Consultations Dermalogica Facials Advanced Skin Treatments Peels NanoNeedling MicroNeedling Hydrodermabrasion Dermalux LED Light Therapy MicroCurrent (non-surgical face lift) Hair Removal - waxing for women & men Nail Treatments - Manicure, Pedicure, Shellac & Gel Overlay. Makeup Lash Extensions LashLift Brow & Lash Tinting Brow Lamination Hybrid Brows & Henna Brows Holistic & Body Massage Tanning Gift Vouchers Online Booking WebShop / Online Store selling Dermalogica, Lash & Brow products, CND nail care and BASQ NYC products.

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Q - What are you proud of? A - I am proud of how much the salon has grown and expanded over the years thanks to our amazing loyal and supportive clients. We are also very proud to have been awarded The Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce "Excellence in Customer Service" Award in 2019- a true testament to our loyal and satisfied customers. Q - Any advice for Joe Public? A – Skin Care - Why it’s important to take care of your skin. Taking care of your skin is important for more than just your appearance. As it’s the largest organ you have, your skin is essential to your general health. It is absolutely worth the time and energy to take care of your skin on a daily basis. When it comes to skincare, there is no question that prevention is easier than fixing a problem. Doing things like wearing sunscreen, washing your face daily and using a good serum and moisturiser can prevent invasive treatments down the road. We have a number of skin treatments and advanced skin treatments to target all your skin needs. If you would like to learn more about why skin care is so important in your life, set up a skin consultation at Beauty by Katrina. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the best routine and products for you.

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Q - Any new ideas in the pipeline? A - We are always training and keeping up to date with the latest treatments to bring into the salon for our clients. Keep an eye on our social media pages for news, updates and new treatments. Q – Any special offers at present? A - We would like to offer 10% off treatments for the Blarney chamber readers. All you need to do is quote “Blarney chamber” at booking. Limit one per customer. Offer good until 31st October. We look forward to welcoming you to the salon. Q - How does Blarney Chamber membership help you/what do you like most about your local chamber? A - Blarney Chamber has been great to promote my business. I’ve met other business owners who have now become clients and friends. The support to my business has been great - thank you!

Contact Details Beauty by Katrina Phone: 0214384535 Website: www.BeautybyKatrina.ie Email: beautybykatrinam@outlook.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/beautybykatrinam Instagram: www.Instagram.com/beautybkatrina LOCAL HERO

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An interview with...

James Davis

Q- Give us a quick description of your business. A - JGD Safety is a Health and Safety focused company. We meet many businesses and their needs in the workplace in relation to Health & Safety. This is completed by ensuring stringent and high-quality inspections, reports and recommendations are made and safety training is provided at a business friendly, competitive price point. Q - Who is the face behind your business? A - JGD Safety consists of myself, James Davis, I set this company up in September 2020 after seeing a gap in the market and decided to use the qualifications I had gained. I am the CEO, the admin, the quality checker and the client liaison! As people with small businesses are aware, we put our heart and soul into our work.

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Q -Where is JGD Safety based? A - Though based in Blarney, my work has taken me both local and throughout Ireland including Limerick, Dublin & Offaly. Due to restrictions over the last two years, safety training classes have been conducted online for a number of clients. Q -How long have you been involved in this work? A - Before starting this venture, I was/am a Health and Safety officer for our family construction company for the past 7 years. This heightened my interest in getting more involved and completing training on additional courses- and so I sought to expand my role into offering safety training courses. Q -Tell us about your offerings. A - JGD Safety offer a number of different services to our clients and are spread across many different industries. When people ask me about what type of companies I can do business with, I tell them about the time I had an office safety inspection on a Monday, safety training in a bakery on a Tuesday and safety training in a laboratory on a Wednesday. Below is a list of the different services we provide: Health & Safety Training: Manual Handling Abrasive Wheels Working at Heights Chemical Awareness Fire Safety / Fire Warden VDU/DSE Assessments Safety Awareness – For Management Safety Representative Safety Documentation: Safety Management Systems Safety Statements Risk Assessments Method Statements Construction: Safety Plans Scaffolding Inspection Traffic Management Signing, Lighting & Guarding Road Opening & Reinstatement Licencing Safety Files Other: Workplace Safety Inspections Safety Harness & Lanyard Inspection

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Q -Any advice for Joe Public? A - I would recommend for businesses to be aware of what Health & Safety requirements apply to them, whether its safety documentation, inspections, or safety training. This can affect a business in the event of an insurance claim or an inspection from the Health & Safety Authority. If you or your business is unsure of what your requirements are, this is where I can help as I can give recommendations to move forward. Q -Any new ideas in the pipeline? A - For the future, JGD Safety’s goal is to offer training on different machinery (e.g. forklift, teleporters, excavators) and to have a base of operations locally where training can be provided for this machinery. Q - How does Blarney Chamber membership help you? A - It’s all about meeting with local businesses, making a connection and building your network within your community- community which I have grown up in. The chamber has enabled me to promote JGD Safety locally and to grow within the community also. Contact Details: JGD Safety Phone: 087 9421430 Email: jgdsafety@outlook.ie Web: www.jgdsafety.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jgd-safety

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An interview with...

Q- Give us a quick description of your business.

Marlene Griffin

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A - SBG Cork City is a family based, full time Martial Arts & Fitness Centre based in the Northpoint Business Park Blackpool, with opening hours from 6am through to 9.30pm daily, catering for kids from the age of 3yrs to adults. We are proud to boast of having one of the biggest Martial Arts gyms in the country. We run lots of world-renowned programmes, such as: Growing Gorillas- for kids from 3yrs-17yrs Train Alta - a 20-week program which takes contestants from couch to cage, Training for Warriors- the complete fitness program. We provide access to local, national, and international competition across all disciplines. With our 14,000 sq. foot of facilities, we host many top-level coaches and athletes for Seminars regularly, like John Kavanagh, Gunner Nelson, Chris Hauter and Frank Mir to mention just a few.

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Q -Who are the people behind your business and define each of your roles? A - SBG Cork is run by myself, my brother Liam-og and the great support of my other half James White. I myself am co director and gym manager, and look after all the day to day running of the gym, like timetable, membership, facility, clients, and am fondly referred to as the Gym Momma. Liam-Og is co-director and Head Coach and is the driving force behind our hugely successful fight team. Q-Where are you based? A - We are very local with easy car parking at Unit 31, Northpoint Business Park Blackpool T23 HN76 Q -How long have you been involved in this work? A - I have been involved in Traditional Martial Arts since the age of 6yrs and my passion has evolved over the years, to now being so involved in MMA. I I am not going to tell you how long that is- I don't want to give away my age!! Q -Tell us about your offerings. A - We offer a friendly, safe and welcoming environment in a top-class facility where people can achieve their goals and celebrate and support each other's achievements. One Tribe, One Vibe!

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Q -What do you consider to be one of your works best features- what are you proud of? A - I am very proud of many of our achievements, from creating world champions to supporting a local girl to walk. I am proud of our role & work in the national MMA Organisation in developing it to be the fastest growing sport in Ireland and world. Q - Any funny anecdotes? A - Our commitment to achieving what we have today comes with lots of funny anecdotes! To raise the money for our rent in the early days, people entering our gym could not be blamed for trying to figure us out as the reception was a mix of selling clothes, jewellery, and even Polish satellite tv ... and by the way we have martial arts and fitness also! Q - Any Highlights? A - Thankfully, we have many highlights. The main one is the amazing reputation and recognition me and Liam and SBG Cork have achieved not just locally but also both nationally and internationally in our sport.

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Q -What was the biggest challenge to your business since #Covid19? A - Covid has been a huge challenge our gym just like every other business in the world, but it's behind us now and we have survived to tell the tale, so onwards and upwards!

Q -Any advice for Joe Public? A - For those thinking of taking up our sport, why not make an appointment to have a look around our gym and have a chat about what we have available here... be it to get fit or take up a new hobby ... Find something you enjoy doing and the results will come! Q -Any new ideas in the pipeline? A - So many exciting plans ahead, just watch this space as we plan to be bigger and better.

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Q- Anything else you’d like to add? A - Our next TrainAlta 20 week program starts this October, so if you are looking for the Ultimate Challenge, then drop us a message! Q- How does Blarney Chamber membership help you? A - The Blarney Chamber is an amazing way of meeting likeminded, hardworking, driven business owners who support their community and other businesses. I am grateful to be part of a wonderful group of people who wish everyone well and success. "Surround yourself with people who empower you, believe in you, support you, uplift you, motivate you & appreciate you " And that’s what the chamber does for me :)

Contact Details: SBG Cork City Address: Unit 31 Northpoint Business Park, New Mallow Road, Cork Phone: 021 4215007 Email: info@SBGCork.com Website: https://www.SBGcork.com/ FB, Twitter & Instagram: SBG Cork City

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Q - Give us a quick description of your business.

An interview with...

A - Crime Stoppers Security provide over 14 security services from Mobile Patrols, CCTV Systems, Automatic Gates, Home Minding, Intruder Alarms, Monitoring, Alarm Response etc. Q -Who are the faces behind your business?

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A - Denis Kelly & John Foley operate and manage the company. Denis is responsible for the installation side of the business dealing with all the electronic installations while John is responsible for the mobile patrols and security guard divisions.

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Q -Where are you based? A - We are based at 2403 Euro Business Park Little Island Cork Q -How long have you been involved in this work? A - Crime Stoppers Security are celebrating 10 years in business this year Q -Tell us about your offerings. A - We offer our clients a complete package, so you are only dealing with 1 company for Security Installations, Manned Guarding Mobile Patrol Services. Q -What do you consider to be one of your works best features- what are you proud of? A - Our staff are key to our business, our engineers and Duty Managers are very diligant in everything they do and without good staff you can’t give a good service to your clients. Q - Any funny anecdotes? A - One of our engineers was crawling through an actic space to run cables for a CCTV system and got stuck so another engineer had to go and go and pull him out by his legs, we won’t mention that it was Colm who got stuck!! Q - Highlights? A - Being awarded various awards from Little Island Business Association to Business Cork and others. It’s a great achievement for the company. Q -What is the biggest challenge to your business since #Covid19? A - We were fortunate to be one of the businesses that grew through covid as unfortunately, a lot of premises closed and needed 24/7 security protection

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From this to a fleet in 10 years

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Q -Any advice for Joe Public? A - If you have an intruder alarm at Home it is essential to have it serviced regularly to ensure that it is working at all times. Security lighting is a great deterrent for would be burglars. Q -Any new ideas in the pipeline? A - Crime Stoppers Security is always on the forefront of technology and are always adapting to new ways of protecting our clients so we always have new ideas. Q - Anything else you’d like to add- offers etc.? A - To celebrate 10 years in business Crime Stoppers Security will be giving special offers on home alarm systems. Contact us today to see what we can do for you! Q - How does Blarney Chamber membership help you/what do you like most about your local chamber? A - The Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce has always been very supportive to our business. The meetings are a very relaxed and welcoming. If you are in business or starting a business, then the Chamber is the place to go for advice or to help grow your business.

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Contact Details: Crime Stoppers Security Address: 2403 Euro Business Park, Little Island, Cork Phone: 021 2339040 / 0877069069 Email: info@crime-stoppers.ie Website: www.crime-stoppers.ie FB: Crime Stoppers Security Ireland Instagram: crimestopperssecurityireland Twitter: @crimestoppers3

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An interview with...

Corrinne Austin

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Q - Give us a quick description of your business Corrinne’s Kitchen. I am based in Blarney since 2018 and specialise in vegetarian & baked goods for collection. I cater for small-scale private functions. I offer a private chef option for in-house, bespoke catering. Online orders & personalised quotations to suit your function or event. Q -Who are the people behind your business? A - I am the Corrinne in Corrinne’s Kitchen, so everything stops with me! I have you been involved in this work for over a decade now. Cooking is my passion and I try to embody that in my food :-) My South African heritage is an influence when creating unique and exclusive menus. I use quality ingredients and try to focus on artisan, Irish produce. All food is handmade from scratch, and I grow my own edible flowers and herbs which I use in my produce.

Q-Tell us about your offerings. A - Corrinne’s Kitchen offers private catering for your bespoke event, creating personalised menus to suit your function. I am also an artisan producer for Neighbourfood.ie and you’ll find my products at Cork City, Ballincollig, Douglas, Lisavaird and Carrigaline Neighbourfood collections. Q -What do you consider to be one of your works best features- what are you proud of? A - I am proud of my creativity, and exploration of a variety of cultures and countries cuisine which I bring to everything involved in Corrinne’s Kitchen. Q -Any Highlights? Coming to live in Ireland and making our home in Blarney in 2018. Corrinne’s Kitchen Winning the ‘Blarney and District Chamber of Commerce Best Taste Award’ in 2021. I was truly blown away!

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Q-Any advice for Joe Public? A - If you are planning on opening your own business, do a lot of research beforehand and join the nearest business chamber to network and get advice. Q -Any new ideas in the pipeline? I am working on an Autumnal Food Interactive Workshop watch this space… I am working on a proposal for offering private, bespoke cooking lessons in the comfort of your home - this could be something fun for couples to do as a date night or simply for a ladies’ night get together or something similar. Q - How does Blarney Chamber membership help you? A - Being a member of the chamber has helped me grow my business by networking opportunities as well as Corrinne’s Kitchen catering for some of their own events, I have made so many contacts and been able to access advice from more established, local businesses. It is an invaluable membership.

Contact Details: Corrinne's Kitchen Address: 7 Willison Meadows, Blarney, T23VP92 Phone: +353 830696984 Email: corrinne.austin@gmail.com Order form: https://corrinneskitchen.wufoo.com/forms/corrinneskitchen-order-form/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/corrinneskitchen Blog: corrinneskitchen.blogspot.com

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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

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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 On 11 April the Government announced further energyrelated 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.

The Energy Crisis I know that we seem to be facing into uncharted waters when it comes to Energy and its costs now. The Government is equally as worried and along with ethe energy companies has put together a suite of measures which will be expanded upon as needs arise. The era of cheap energy would seem to be over and we are looking at uncertainty in the future. If you have any queries on this or any other matter please don’t hesitate to contact me. Government response In March, the Government brought a Financial Resolution into the Oireachtas providing for 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 15cent 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. In terms of revenue impacts, the six months decrease in mineral oil tax is estimated to cost €320 million.

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 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

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Cllr Damian Boylan WORDS FROM OUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR

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 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. Fuel Allowance Government has approved an additional lump sum payment of €100 to be paid to all households who were in receipt of the Fuel Allowance from the Department of Social Protection in the last week of the Fuel Allowance season i.e., week commencing 4th April 2022. The €100 payment is equivalent to over 3 weeks additional Fuel Allowance payment for these households. Over 371,000 households will receive the payment, at a cost of €37.1 million.

Further information Budget 2022 provided for several expansions to the eligibility criteria for the Fuel Allowance payment. The weekly means threshold for the Fuel Allowance scheme was increased by €20 to €120 above the appropriate rate of Contributory State Pension, representing a 20% increase in the threshold, which enables more people to qualify for this support. With effect from the start of the next fuel season (October 2022), the qualifying period for Jobseeker’s and Supplementary Welfare Allowance recipients to access the Fuel Allowance payment will be reduced from 15 to 12 months. As part of the February package, the Government announced additional measures to help mitigate the effects of rising energy costs. As part of this package of measures totalling over €500 million, an additional lump sum payment of €125 was paid to all households in receipt of the Fuel Allowance payment - equivalent to almost 4 weeks additional Fuel Allowance. Bord Gáis Energy (BGE) increases its electricity and gas prices Bord Gáis Energy on Friday announced increases in prices for electricity and gas effective from the 2nd of October. Residential electricity will increase by 34%, which equates to €48.25 per month on the average electricity bill. Residential gas will increase by 39%, which equates to €43.80 per month on the average gas bill. This increase comes just a day after similar high price rises from Electric Ireland. We expect that there could be similar announcements from other suppliers. Unprecedented price rises of this scale will have a broad impact on almost all householders and businesses and will continue to mean that energy is a big driver of costs across the economy. This is a major concern to the Government.

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However, this situation is having the biggest impact on households with lower incomes, as the proportion of their income to be spent on energy increases to new levels (and they cope with other cost of living pressures). What makes this situation challenging to respond to is the fact that it is being driven by international factors – outside of Ireland’s control. The Government is keenly aware of the growing pressures that families and businesses are under. We have already put a €2.4 billion package of policies and measures in place to support people and we will go further. We will introduce more strong measures in Budget 2023, with a focus on a range of targeted measures needed – to ensure that those least able to cope receive the most help. This is a priority issue right across Europe and we will continue to work with our European partners to help mitigate this price shock together. Minister Donohoe will attend a meeting of Finance Ministers next week (Friday, 9th September) and Minister Ryan will attend an extraordinary meeting of EU Energy Ministers next week (also on Friday, 9th September) to discuss an EUwide approach to tackling the surge in energy prices. Supports for those in hardship from Bord Gais Energy: Bord Gais Energy has announced that they will pledge 10% of operating profits to its Energy Support Fund during the energy crisis. €1.25 million was already pledged to the fund earlier this year to support customers struggling to pay their bills. Working in partnership with the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), Focus Ireland, and Saint Vincent de Paul, Bord Gais Energy indicated that

the fund has already supported many eligible customers through this difficult time and will continue to do so. CRU announces enhanced consumer protection measures: The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications continues to work closely with the independent Commission of the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) to ensure that people are aware of (and understand) the consumer protection measures that are in place to support them if they are struggling to meet their electricity and gas bills. In this regard, we would encourage people towards the CRU website (https://www.cru.ie/need-assistance/). On 25th August, following engagement with customer representative groups, energy suppliers and network operators, the CRU announced enhanced consumer protection measures. These include an extended moratorium on disconnections, extended debt repayment periods, reduced debt burden on pay-as-you-go customers and better value for those on financial hardship meters. Gas Prices Background: International wholesale gas prices began to rise in mid2020, due to factors such as strong demand for gas as the pandemic receded. The move from coal to gas increased the demand for gas for electricity generation. Since then, following the invasion of Ukraine, gas prices and volatility in the gas market have risen to unprecedented levels and consequently have been driving retail electricity prices up steeply. This is not unique to Ireland. Energy bills are rising across Europe.

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Grants for attic and wall insulation: Also, in response to increasing energy costs, new grant rates have been introduced that will cover approximately 80% of the typical cost of attic and wall insulation. These are very cost effective upgrade measures that can be deployed rapidly and at scale this year. The typical cost saving from cavity wall insulation is €300 per year on a home heating bill. This is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Government action already taken: The Government has acted through the electricity costs credit of €176.22 (excluding VAT) – applied to over 2.1 million domestic electricity accounts, with 99.36% of all eligible domestic electricity accounts credited. This €377 million measure was in addition to the range of measures introduced on 10th February to address increasing costs of living, including the lump sum payment for people on the Fuel Allowance of €125, which was paid to recipients in March. This fuel allowance year recipients received a total of €1,139, compared to €735 in 2020/2021. Furthermore, a €320 million measure was introduced to temporarily reduce excise duties on petrol, diesel and marked gas oil, which cut excise by 20c per litre of petrol and 15c per litre of diesel. The Government is acutely aware of the impact of rising energy prices on households and has taken action throughout 2022. The Government continues to monitor this unprecedented and evolving situation closely – to inform further action.

Electric Ireland increases its electricity and gas prices Electric Ireland last week announced increases in prices for electricity and gas effective from the 1st of October. Residential electricity increases by 26.7%, which equates to €37.20 per month on the average electricity bill. Residential gas increases by 37.5%, which equates to €42.99 per month on the average gas bill. Unprecedented price rises of this scale will have a broad impact and will continue to mean that energy is a big driver of costs across the economy. This is a major concern to the Government. However, this situation is having the biggest impact on households with lower incomes, as the proportion of their income to be spent on energy increases to new levels (and they cope with other cost of living pressures). What makes this situation challenging to respond to is the fact that it is being driven by international factors – outside of Ireland’s control. The Government is keenly aware of the growing pressures that families and businesses are under. We have already put a €2.4 billion package of policies and measures in place to support people. We will introduce further measures in Budget 2023, with a focus on targeted measures needed to reach those most at risk of fuel poverty. Minister Ryan will attend an extraordinary meeting of EU Energy Ministers next week (9th September) to discuss an EU-wide approach to tackling the surge in energy prices. Supports for those in hardship (Electric Ireland): Electric Ireland has pledged €3 million for a Hardship Fund to support customers.

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In addition, Electric Ireland has supports for customers with financial challenges, include flexible payment plans, payment holidays, PAYG (Pay-AsYou-Go) meters, as well as smart meter tariffs and energy saving advice. Electric Ireland can also provide support through partnerships with MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP). The CRU announces new (electricity) customer protection measures for the coming winter The CRU (Commission for the Regulation of Utilities) announced a suite of new (electricity) customer protection measures for the coming winter – to further enhance the existing protections that are in place. This is being done in the context of continuing volatility in global energy prices. The new measures were developed as part of the CRU’s contribution to the National Energy Security Framework, which was announced by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications in April (in response to Ireland’s energy challenges following the war in Ukraine). While the current measures provide protection for all customers, they are focused particularly on strengthening protections and security for customers in greatest difficulty – including vulnerable customers, customers in debt and customers on financial hardship prepayment meters. Key measures include: An extension to moratoriums on disconnections: The current moratorium on disconnections for all domestic customers is in place between mid-

December and mid-January. The moratorium for vulnerable customers is in place from 1st November until 31st March. Under new measures, the moratorium is being extended for all domestic customers from 1st December 2022 until 28th February 2022 and for vulnerable customers from 1st October 2022 to 31st March 2023. Extended debt repayment periods: From 1st November, 2022, debt repayment plans will be extended to allow a minimum of 24 months for customers to repay debt. Customers can repay debt quicker if they prefer. Reduced debt burden on pay-as-you-go top-ups: New measures mean that the debt repayment levels will reduce to 10% from a previous 25% on pay-as-you-go customers top-up payments. On a €20 top-up for example, only €2 will go towards debt repayment (if it exists), rather than €5 previously. Better value for those on financial hardship meters: All customers with a financial hardship meter will be placed on the cheapest tariff available from their supplier from 1st December, 2022. At the moment, suppliers are not required to do this. Promotion of a vulnerable customer register: There will be enhanced requirements on suppliers to actively promote the vulnerable customer register and the protection it offers. This will come into effect from 1st November, 2022. The Government is keenly aware of the growing pressures that families and businesses are under. We have already put a €2.4 billion package of policies and measures in place to support people. We will introduce further measures in Budget 2023, with a focus on targeted measures needed to reach those most at risk of fuel poverty. Minister Ryan will attend an extraordinary meeting of EU Energy Ministers next week (9th September) to discuss an EU-wide approach to tackling the surge in energy prices. Supports for those in hardship (Electric Ireland): Electric Ireland has pledged €3 million for a Hardship Fund to support customers.

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In addition, Electric Ireland has supports for customers with financial challenges, include flexible payment plans, payment holidays, PAYG (Pay-AsYou-Go) meters, as well as smart meter tariffs and energy saving advice. Electric Ireland can also provide support through partnerships with MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP).

Key measures include: An extension to moratoriums on disconnections: The current moratorium on disconnections for all domestic customers is in place between midDecember and mid-January. The moratorium for vulnerable customers is in place from 1st November until 31st March. Under new measures, the moratorium is being extended for all domestic customers from 1st December 2022 until 28th February 2022 and for vulnerable customers from 1st October 2022 to 31st March 2023.

The CRU announces new (electricity) customer protection measures for the coming winter The CRU (Commission for the Regulation of Utilities) announced a suite of new (electricity) customer protection measures for the coming winter – to further enhance the existing protections that are in place.

Extended debt repayment periods: From 1st November, 2022, debt repayment plans will be extended to allow a minimum of 24 months for customers to repay debt. Customers can repay debt quicker if they prefer. Reduced debt burden on pay-as-you-go top-ups: New measures mean that the debt repayment levels

This is being done in the context of continuing volatility in global energy prices. The new measures were developed as part of the CRU’s contribution to the National Energy Security Framework, which was announced by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications in April (in response to Ireland’s energy challenges following the war in Ukraine). While the current measures provide protection for all customers, they are focused particularly on strengthening protections and security for customers in greatest difficulty – including vulnerable customers, customers in debt and customers on financial hardship prepayment meters.

will reduce to 10% from a previous 25% on pay-asyou-go customers top-up payments. On a €20 top-up for example, only €2 will go towards debt repayment (if it exists), rather than €5 previously. Better value for those on financial hardship meters: All customers with a financial hardship meter will be placed on the cheapest tariff available from their supplier from 1st December, 2022. At the moment, suppliers are not required to do this. Promotion of a vulnerable customer register: There will be enhanced requirements on suppliers to actively promote the vulnerable customer register and the protection it offers. This will come into effect from 1st November, 2022.

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

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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

https://www.facebook.com/martincrowleyele

Address: Whitechurch, Co. Cork

ctrical/

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 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 API CLINIC James holds a Masters diploma in Clinical Hypno-psychotherapy and brings a unique blend of over 8 years of experience in the area of mental health challenges. He also holds certification in Mindfulness Education, Hypno-counselling, Meditation, Training, Diploma in MBCT (Mindfulness based cognitive therapy), and Diploma in MBSR (Mindfulness based stress reduction). James is also a volunteer Director at Cork Cancer Care Centre (www.corkcancercarecentre.ie) a charity that is very close to his heart.

JAMES P. WHITE

Address: St. Paul's Avenue, Cork City, Phone: 087 3385640 Email: jamesapiclinic@gmail.com Website: https://apiclinics.com/

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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 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 – 6pm with last admission at 5pm! 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 Duck Race Fundraiser in conjunction with Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce In conjunction with the Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce Brand Blarney would like to thank everyone for their support of our Duck Race fundraiser. The race was held on 21st June. We raised €2,300 to be split equally between Brand Blarney and the Chamber for community projects. We especially would like to thank our sponsors who generously donated prizes: Blarney Woollen Mills for the first prize of €250. Cork CPC Training for the second prize of €100. Blarney Gun Club for the third prize of €50. Congratulations to our winners: Maria O'Sullivan (first prize), Jim O'Leary (second prize), Julie Spillane (third prize) and Ann O'Donoghue whose duck was last over the line and earned her €25.

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 I am based in Blarney since 2018 and specialise in vegetarian & baked goods for collection. I cater for small-scale private functions. I offer a Private chef option for in-house, bespoke catering. Cooking is my passion and I try to embody that in my food :-) My South African heritage is an influence when creating unique and exclusive menus. I use quality ingredients and try to focus on artisan, Irish produce. All food is handmade from scratch. Online orders & personalised quotations to suit your function or event. Order form: https://corrinneskitchen.wufoo.com/forms/corrinneskitchen-order-form/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/corrinneskitchen

CORRINNE AUSTIN

Blog: corrinneskitchen.blogspot.com

"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 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!

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“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 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

Never get stuck with maintaining your website Hands-on website monitoring to ensure that your website is secure and always in perfect working condition. Getting a well-designed website is only the first step towards having a successful one. Ongoing maintenance to protect your security and keep your site working efficiently is vital. Yet I’ve heard some really stressful stories of people being left with no help at all after the original build. I can assure you, I will always be available to help if needed.

SUE PAMMENT

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 Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/victordalydec orating/

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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 Blarney Adult Folk & Pop Choir returns for a new Season. We are accepting new members, for a fun and relaxed choir, meet people, singing for mental well being. Monday nights in Blarney at 7pm. Contact Anna 085 8297737 Youngstars Music School are looking forward to a new term of music lessons, welcoming lots of new students and additional classes and courses. For ages 4 upwards! Piano, Singing, Ukulele, Guitar, Musicianship, rhythm classes, Leaving Cert ANNA MITCHELL

and Junior Cert music grinds. Concerts and camps!

"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

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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

API Clinic

Kevin Condon Financial Brokers

Apollo Print

Maranatha Country House B&B

Beauty by Katrina

Marie O’Byrne Consultancy (Science)

Bia Sasta

Martin Crowley Electrical

Blarney Caravan & Camping Park

O’Connell Crash Repairs

Blarney Castle Estate Partnership

Oriel House Hotel

Blarney Castle Hotel

Pharmacy First Plus

Blarney Credit Union

Science Direct Ltd.

Blarney Post Office

Straight Blast Gym of Cork City

Blarney Woollen Mills

TaxAssist Accountants

Blizzard Sports

The Village Hair Studio

Brand Blarney

The Website Chef

Cork CPC Training

T.I.S Fireproofing Ltd

Cork Therapy Centre

Tower Auto Centre

Corrinne’s Kitchen

Tower Laundrette

Crimestoppers Security

Victor Daly Painting & Decorating

EMF Lifting & Laughing

Windy Acre Garden Designs

Findings

Youngstars Music School

Guilty Little Pleasures Hair and Beauty John Henchion & Co. Solicitors Hydro Farm Allotments iFix Blarney

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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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