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Recalling a lost ’empire’in Ruan

THE introduction of large foreign multinational retail outlets has resulted in the demise of rural Ireland, according to a retired businessman. Michael Moloney, (72), who ran the Dalcassian Bar in Ruan, has outlined how he built a “business empire” in the small village, which attracted hundreds of shoppers from surrounding towns and villages for years. In 1968, Mr Moloney re-opened McGann’s pub in Ruan, which had closed due to a bereavement. He had learned the trade from managing a licensed premises in Galway City for more than two years and working five and a half years in the Diamond Bar in Ennis. At the time the Diamond Bar had a great grocery and retail business, which proved to be a great learning ground for him. Fr Carmody called into the pub he was working in Galway City and told him he should buy a property in Ruan. With the help of a loan from AIB in Galway, he purchased the …

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Ennis Resident Nets Two International Awards

AN Ennis resident has won two international business awards for public relations and communications in Barcelona. Nicola Corless, originally from Mayo but who has been living in Ennis for the past 10 years is to receive a Gold and a Silver Stevie® Award at the 14th Annual International Business Awards, which will be held in Barcelona in October. The awards recognise her work within the Marketing and Communications Division of University of Limerick. UL was the outright winner in the Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Global Issues category for which it will receive a Gold Stevie® Award. The university marketing and communications division also won a Silver Stevie® Award in the Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Low Budget (Under $10,000 / € 7,000) category. Judges described the public relations campaign, Meet the Mesentery, The Organ Hiding in Plain Sight, led by UL’s Communications Officer Nicola Corless, as “an excellent showcase of PR skills and story-telling …

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Small firms’ ‘Toolkit’ for Brexit

The Small Firms Association (SFA) has, following the triggering of Article 50 by the British Government, published a toolkit for small businesses to help them to practically prepare for Brexit. Sue O’Neill, SFA chair, commented, “Whilst many factors are outside our control, it is important for each small business to assign senior management responsibility to assessing the impact on their own business, and developing contingency plans for likely impacts. Companies should pay particular focus to assessing the potential impacts of currency movements, along with supply chain, commercial contracts, finance and funding and workforce considerations. They should also reassess the impact on technology, in particular issues around data sharing, likely changes to regulation and market access, and change their own operating structures accordingly.” Ms O’Neill emphasised the singular impacts of Brexit on Ireland, over and above other EU members states, and called on the EU Commission to prioritise these concerns in their negotiating strategy. “The UK is a key marketplace for …

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Rewarding good business

THE annual FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards for 2013 were officially launched this week with a networking coffee morning in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis. Previous winners from the past three years were invited to the launch and some availed of the opportunity to introduce themselves to those in attendance to explain what winning an award meant for their business. Aodhnaid Lennon of Home Instead, winners of the Professional Services Award in 2012, stated, “Winning the award was instrumental in helping us increase our profile in County Clare. We knew we were doing a good job but to have that rubber stamped by an external body was fantastic. In fact, we were further inspired to apply for our ISO award which we achieved. We are really looking forward to being involved again this year.” Colm Davoren of Caherconnell Fort and Sheep Dog Demostrations, winners of the Clare Tourism and Hospitality Award last year, added, “The awards have been very beneficial …

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€35m property spend in seven months

SOME €35.6 million has been spent on Clare property so far this year, according to the residential property price register.

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Bruton launches aviation fund

A NEW Enterprise Ireland €375,000 Competitive Feasibility Fund, aimed at stimulating new start-ups or the expansion of existing business activity in the aviation sector, was launched by Minister Richard Bruton on Monday in Shannon.

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45 jobs created at Miltown supermarket

FORTY-five full-time jobs have been created following the opening of the SuperValu supermarket in Miltown Malbay. The 12,500ft2 supermarket represents an investment of €5.5 million by local businessman John Jones, who is the seventh generation of his family in business in the town since the 1830s. The new store is located on the Ennis Road.The development includes a sports complex and children’s playground, along with 132 car-parking spaces.“I am proud to stand on the site of our new SuperValu store with my parents, Cyril and Patsy, who both still work in the business. This is a tremendous achievement for us to continue to build on a business that has been in our family through the generations,” Mr Jones said on Wednesday.He said the opening day was exceptionally busy.“We have 45 full-time staff taken on and we’ve had an extremely busy day. We’re delighted with the way the building turned out and there seems to be overwhelming support in the town, …

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