Lo­cal busi­nesses set out their stalls

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A CROSS-SEC­TION of lo­cal busi­nesses show­cased what they have to of­fer in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuib­hne’s sports hall on Fri­day night where Bank of Ire­land’s Dingle branch hosted the town’s first En­ter­prise Town event.

The bank-led ini­tia­tive aimed to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses by pro­vid­ing a plat­form where they could pro­mote the ser­vices they of­fer and net­work with their fel­low busi­ness-peo­ple. The event was dili­gently pro­moted around Dingle by lo­cal Bank of Ire­land Man­ager Michael McCarthy and the suc­cess of his ef­forts was to be seen in the packed sports hall and the pos­i­tive re­sponse of busi­nesses that set out their stalls there.

Paddy Chau­vet, who re­cently closed his Skip­per restau­rant in Ven­try and is mov­ing the busi­ness to the Dingle Penin­sula Ho­tel near Gal­larus, felt the night pro­vided a valu­able op­por­tu­nity to let peo­ple know about his new ven­ture and where it is lo­cated.

Orla Mo­ran, who opened her Clas­sic Hair De­sign sa­lon in 1998 and is now based in Green Street, Dingle, thought the en­ter­prise night was very ben­e­fi­cial to lo­cal busi­nesses and was ‘a fun thing to do’ into the bar­gain.

Tim and Josie Finn of Cur­tain Call on John Street, who mea­sure, make and fit cur­tains, were happy to re­port that West Kerry is rid­ing on the coat-tails of the na­tional eco­nomic re­cov­ery. “We’re as busy now as we were dur­ing the boom,” said Tim.

Also reap­ing the ben­e­fits of Ire­land’s green shoots of re­cov­ery is Ja­son Court­ney whose Court­ney & Sons Prop­erty Main­te­nance busi­ness pro­vides a range of ser­vices from chim­ney clean­ing to grass cut­ting. Ja­son reck­ons that when the econ­omy picks up in cities such as Dublin, Dingle quickly sees the ben­e­fits. Hol­i­day home own­ers are again able to af­ford to hire him to main­tain their houses and lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors are too busy to cut their own lawns so there’s more work for peo­ple pro­vid­ing ser­vices.

Ja­son said the ‘per­sonal touch’ is vi­tal for do­ing busi­ness in West Kerry and that view would be shared by Irene Flan­nery and the crew in the Ré Nua Nat­u­ral Health Clinic, which has been op­er­at­ing in Dingle for the past five years. Irene of­fers nu­tri­tional ther­apy, her sis­ter Michelle does mas­sage, an­other sis­ter, Brenda, pro­vides group med­i­ta­tions and an­gel heal­ing ther­apy, her daugh­ter Elouise does childen’s art classes. Ciarán Broad­bury does home­opa­thy, Marie Daly pro­vides acupunc­ture, Neasa O’Con­nor does re­flex­ol­ogy and Eddie O’Grady takes care of phys­i­cal ther­apy. “We can fix ev­ery­thing, with­out drugs,” said Michelle who felt the En­ter­prise Town event was very use­ful for in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple to the ser­vices of­fered byy Ré Nua.

Pho­tos by De­clan Malone

Veron­ica Houli­han gets a touch of hair care from Goda Lem­nick­yte of Clas­sic Hair De­sign, Green Street, at the Dingle En­ter­prise Town event in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuib­hne on Fri­day night. IN­SET: Irene Flan­nery of the Ré Nua Nat­u­ral Health Clinic on Green Street and (be­low) Mary Frances McDer­mott and Holly Hen­nessy en­joy­ing the the can­died toma­toes served by Aga Manda at the S Skip­per Restau­rant’s stand.

Tim and Josie Finn of Cur­tain Call, John Street, Dingle.

Ja­son and Tier­nan Court­ney, of Court­ney & Sons Prop­erty Main­te­nance.

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