‘Com­mu­nity Store of the Year’ is in Don­eraile

The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HERLIHY

ROCHE’S Londis Don­eraile was re­cently awarded the Com­mu­nity Store of the Year at this year’s Ireland’s Fore­court and Con­ve­nience Re­tailer Awards.

The event took place at the Clayton Ho­tel on Burling­ton Road, Dublin. Now in their 16th year Ireland’s Fore­court & Con­ve­nience Re­tailer Awards cel­e­brated the finest re­tail­ers from across the is­land. It is seen as a piv­otal event for the Ir­ish re­tail in­dus­try, act­ing as a bench­mark of ex­cel­lence for the sec­tor and a key driver of in­no­va­tion.

Owner of Roche’s Londis Don­eraile, John Roche, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic award, not just for us, but for the lo­cal­ity. Our store is a ru­ral shop, so we work hard to sup­port all the lo­cal teams, char­i­ties and events in the area.There is a huge amount of com­mu­nity spirit in our store, where cus­tomers come in for a chat. We’re the third gen­er­a­tion to run this store, and the fourth gen­er­a­tion is on its way, so we’re de­lighted to have won recog­ni­tion for the store and the con­tri­bu­tion it has made to lo­cal life.”

Roche’s Londis Don­eraile is in­volved in fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for many lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Don­eraile Ac­tive Re­tire­ment Group, Scouts, GAA, The St Vin­cent De Paul and Tidy Towns.

They have also car­ried out fan­tas­tic work rais­ing money for Pi­eta House both lo­cally and na­tion­ally, and were in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up and tak­ing part in the Londis Climb for Joy event ear­lier this year that raised over €100,000 for the char­ity. They al­ready have plans for a Londis Cy­cle for Joy event for 2018 with a tar­get of €150,000 in the pipe­line.

Com­mu­nity Store of the Year, Roche’s Londis Don­eraile: Pic­tured are Ma­jella and John Roche with spon­sor, Ro­nan Neary of the Na­tional Lot­tery.

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