Wexford People - - FRONT PAGE - By SARA GAHAN


IT WASN’T long ago busi­nesses in county Wex­ford felt the crunch in March when the Beast from the East hit Ire­land, but now for some the glo­ri­ous heat­wave is mak­ing up for the loss of profit and foot­fall felt dur­ing the snow­storm.

For the last few days, Wex­ford’s long sandy coast­line is filled with thou­sands of peo­ple who have trav­elled from all over the coun­try to en­joy the sunny south east.

As a re­sult of this, many busi­nesses in Wex­ford have re­ported an in­crease in sales since the heat­wave hit Ire­land.

Over­look­ing the sea on a slight hill in the small vil­lage of Ca­hore is the newly ren­o­vated Strand Bar. The premises was opened in Jan­uary by Pa­trick and Aileen Han­ley, and in the last three weeks they have started to serve some de­li­cious food.

‘When the snow fell, peo­ple could not get to Bal­ly­gar­rett to their lo­cal for a drink,’ said Pa­trick. ‘They would all come here. The snow helped us as a busi­ness to es­tab­lish our­selves, and now since the sun is out a lot of peo­ple come here.’

‘The beach is back in Ca­hore, and the swimming area is very safe,’ said Pa­trick. ‘The heat­wave has been good to us. Peo­ple come up and grab some­thing to eat and drink. Par­ents can sit out­side and look down on their kids and know they are safe – it gives them that ex­tra se­cu­rity and con­ve­nience.’

The Strand is open ev­ery day, and serves food from Mon­day to Fri­day from mid­day to 6 p.m.

The staff at Brooks Su­per­mar­ket in River­chapel have been kept busy. Rob­bie Brooks, son of pro­pri­etors Paul and Orla Brooks, said they have been non-stop since the great weather.

‘It has been ab­so­lutely hec­tic. Many of our cus­tomers are peo­ple from the sur­round­ing car­a­van parks, which are more or less full,’ said Rob­bie. ‘Our in-store bak­ery, butch­ers and ice-cream par­lour are do­ing very well.’

Rob­bie, who works along­side his mother and fa­ther, said it was bril­liant to see River­chapel and Cour­town Har­bour con­stantly busy be­cause of the heat­wave.

Over­look­ing Cour­town Har­bour is one of the south east’s lead­ing en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres. Hun­dreds of kids have been pass­ing through the doors of

Pi­rates Cove, keep­ing them­selves en­ter­tained dur­ing the hot weather.

Fresh off a yacht af­ter sail­ing the seas for nine months with his fam­ily, owner Karl Flem­ing said June’s turnover was nine per cent on last year’s.

‘It has been great,’ said Karl. ‘Nor­mally the first week of July is slow start­ing off, but this year we have re­ally launched into our busy sum­mer sea­son.’

Karl said the 18-hole Ad­ven­ture Golf is still the big­gest at­trac­tion with fam­i­lies.

‘Once the fam­ily play a round of golf, we stamp their ticket and if they re­turn within five days they re­ceive a round of golf for half-price,’ said Karl.

Af­ter a day of en­ter­tain­ment, the fam­ily can en­joy some food or an ice cream from the new par­lour.

Down in the hus­tle and bus­tle of Cour­town Har­bour sits the Kiosk, pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors with ice-cream, drinks and beach toys.

The shop, which is si­t­u­ated in the Square is a busy lit­tle busi­ness that has stood in the mid­dle of the Har­bour for more than 20 years. Pro­pri­etor June O’Lough­lin said she had to in­crease the stock on ice creams as they have been ‘fly­ing out’ since the hot weather be­gan at­tract­ing thou­sands of daily vis­i­tors to the sea­side vil­lage.

‘It has been a great few days,’ said June. ‘The sun­shine brings ev­ery­one out and ev­ery­one is happy. Our beach toys have been fly­ing off the shelves, so to speak.’

Over in Cour­town Ad­ven­ture and Leisure Cen­tre, gen­eral man­ager Mar­garet Quinn said it is great to see Cour­town re­ally busy dur­ing the great weather.

The Out­door Ad­ven­ture area has been very pop­u­lar, with many en­joy­ing the zip-wire and high­ropes course while the sun is out.

Karl Flem­ing of Pi­rates Cove in Cour­town. Zack O’Sul­li­van from Aus­tralia, for­merly from Sta­tion Court, Gorey, hav­ing an ice cream at the Kiosk in Cour­town. Staff mem­ber Ni­amh Cousins at the Kiosk in Cour­town.

Pa­trick Han­ley of the Strand Bar in Ca­hore.

Rob­bie Brooks, son of own­ers Paul and Orla Brooks, at Brooks Su­per­mar­ket, River­chapel.

The Kiosk in Cour­town.

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