Liv­ing and shop­ping to­gether

The Corkman - - CHRISTMAS IN MALLOW -

THE pres­i­dent of Mallow Cham­ber of Com­merce, Pat Hayes, wants to see peo­ple who live lo­cally, and work lo­cally, also shop­ping lo­cally as much as pos­si­ble.

In fact, ‘ar scáth a chéile a mhairean na ndaoine’ might sum up his ap­proach not just to Christ­mas but to the town and its peo­ple.

“When I started my busi­ness in 1983 there was no in­ter­net and peo­ple gen­er­ally shopped lo­cal. I would ap­peal to peo­ple to shop lo­cal this Christ­mas and there are many rea­sons why we should sup­port each other,” said Pat.

“When the lo­cal schools or lo­cal sports clubs want a spot prize or spon­sor­ship where do they go for it? They do not go on the in­ter­net but they go to the lo­cal shop­keeper.

“When your child needs work ex­pe­ri­ence they go to the lo­cal busi­ness for that work ex­pe­ri­ence. By shop­ping lo­cal, you are cre­at­ing jobs within the com­mu­nity.

“Peo­ple work­ing and liv­ing in the com­mu­nity gen­er­ally give back to the com­mu­nity through vol­un­teer­ing their time in char­ity work, fes­ti­vals, Tidy Towns etc.”

And as Christ­mas ap­proaches, Pat said Mallow Cham­ber has been ac­tive in pro­mot­ing the town and mak­ing it an at­trac­tive to come to for lo­cals and visitors alike. Now, he’s happy Mallow has lit up for Christ­mas and is look­ing so at­mo­spheric. “And I have to say the shops around town are look­ing re­ally great this year,” said Pat.

He said there is a lot of pos­i­tiv­ity in the town at the mo­ment, which the Cham­ber wants to har­ness and build on. “We have re­ceived a tremen­dous amount of pos­i­tive feed­back about the var­i­ous ini­tia­tives we, in the Cham­ber, have been in­volved with, as well as those ini­ti­ated by other groups in the town,” said Pat. “We have re­ceived great sup­port from Cork County Coun­cil and the Mallow Kan­turk Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict here in North Cork.”

“We have a great va­ri­ety of shop­ping here in Mallow,” said Pat, who is the pro­pri­etor of Coun­try Life­styles on The Spa. “We have all the big shops car­ry­ing big brand names, and we also have an ar­ray of smaller re­tail­ers with their own unique of­fer­ing.”

“We want to see the peo­ple who live lo­cally and work lo­cally to also shop lo­cally in Mallow, es­pe­cially in the run-up to Christ­mas.”

The best of Christ­mas fare served up with a smile by De­nis Se­nior, De­nis Ju­nior and Danny at McCarthy Butch­ers.

Cllrs Gearòid Mur­phy, John Paul O’Shea and Mallow Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Pat Hayes at the Plaza on Satur­day af­ter­noon as Mallow switched on for Christ­mas. Photo: Eu­gene Cos­grove

De­nis But­ler with some fab­u­lous rings at Fitz­patrick’s Jewellers.

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