Living and shopping together
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.