Sam McCauley Chemists relocates to bigger premises on High St in Kilkenny

Sam McCauley Chemists is to take over Sherwood’s Electrical store this summer. The pharmacy chain said it has invested heavily in the new expansion and it will bring the total number employed by the company in Kilkenny to 25. “We are delighted to be relocating to a bigger premises on High St,” said managing director Patrick McCormack. “We will be making an investment of over €500,000 in the new premises and increasing the number employed to 25. This is a huge vote of confidence in Kilkenny City and our many loyal customers.” The group said it now has 28 stores nationwide and an online store www.sammccauley.com with further new openings and…

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Seventeenth Maxi Zoo store in Ireland opens in Kildare

Pet retailer Maxi Zoo has opened its seventeenth store in Ireland, in Newbridge Retail Park, Co Kildare, which will create 15 jobs. Maxi Zoo is part of the Fressnapf Group which is Europe’s largest pet retailer with over 1,295 stores across the region. The new 8,000 sq ft store in Newbridge is owned and operated by Cork couple Tony and Alice Cross. Maxi Zoo opened its first Irish store in Ballincollig, Co Cork in 2006 and plans to open a further 15 new stores across the country over the next five years, creating up to 150 new jobs. With all staff trained to be ‘pet experts’, Maxi Zoo invites people…

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IT Carlow graduate wins top three awards at Universal Design Grand Challenge

Jack Gregan with his winning design for a therapeutic horse riding aid

A product design graduate of Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow, Jack Gregan, has won the top three awards at the Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) student awards for his design for a therapeutic aid that can be used in equine therapy for children with autism. Currently an intern with Carlow IT’s DesignCore design research centre, Gregan won the UDGC People’s Choice Award, the UDGC Judges’ Choice Award and the Enterprise Ireland Universal Design Commercialisation Award for his ‘Go Therapeutic’ horse riding aid. His project is an alternative to a saddle, ensuring the stability of the rider while enhancing all the benefits of equine therapy. The solution is proving to work…

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Delphi Adventure Resort to manage Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery in Connemara in five-year deal

Delphi Adventure Resort has won a contract to manage Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery in Connemara for the next five years. On the River Erriff just outside Leenane, Aasleagh Lodge is a restored 19th century Victorian country house, set in 36 acres of mature woodlands with views over Killary Harbour, with nine bedrooms, two self catering apartments and access to wild Atlantic salmon fishing on the river nearby in Erriff Fishery. The Erriff Fishery includes the Erriff River and the two lakes of Tawnyard and Derrintin. Previously part of the estate of the Marquis of Sligo, Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery was managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland until recently. “This…

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Trafficattic Hosted 130 Local Businesses in 2015

An online business focused on allowing people to shop local online called Trafficattic.com set up in Co Mayo in 2014 now hosts 130 businesses and is selling throughout Ireland and worldwide. Husband and wife team Brendan and Sophia McHugh founded the business, which provides users with access to over 15,000 products on offer from Irish shops and businesses ranging from gifts to cosmetics to garden and commercial pool furniture . “Trafficattic.com supports Irish businesses by providing them with an easy to use, low-cost platform to sell their products online. It takes the fear and stresses away for small businesses,” said Brendan McHugh. “We help businesses to bring their products and services to a wider audience…

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37 West owner opening new restaurant venture in Galway City – 56 Central

Owner of restaurant 37 West in Newcastle, Co Galway Gill Carroll is starting a new venture in Galway city – she is re-launching Lynch’s Café on Shop Street it as 56 Central once it is revamped. Lynch’s Café has been in existence for 20 years and it will re-open as 56 Central on 19 May. Carroll previously worked there for two years. She said: “I knew then I always wanted to return and put my stamp on this restaurant. 37 West is open two years now and is firmly fixed on people’s radar, for bringing healthy and ‘sexy’ food to the table and will continue to do so. “56 Central…

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27pc of all parking transactions in Luas Park+Ride locations now via Parkbytext

Irish mobile parking operator Parkbytext has reported that so far in 2015, 27pc of all parking transactions in Luas Park+Ride locations are originating from the app. It said Stillorgan is the busiest Park+Ride location for parkbytext, accounting for an average of 40pc of all parking revenue. Overall the Red Cow is the busiest Park+Ride location. Parkbytext and Nationwide Controlled Parking Systems started a five-year contract last November with public transport operator Transdev to provide managed parking systems in the Park+Ride car parks attached to the Luas. Since then, over 1,900 Luas Park+Ride customers have registered with Parkbytext, which accounts for 88pc of all Luas Parkbytext transactions – the remaining 12pc…

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Ignite alumni plan expansion thanks to Competitive Start Fund

Three early stage businesses that took part in the Ignite Graduate Business Innovation Programme at University College Cork (UCC) are among the 81 recipients of Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Class of 2014 – Competitive Start Fund’. Uniwink, Ottera and Mohago are the three Ignite alumni that are receiving up to €50,000 each to help them expand and grow under the fund. Founded by Sarah Dineen, Uniwink is a peer-to-peer online learning platform that caters specifically toward the educational needs of third level students. Its objective is to help students to achieve high grades through the provision of tutorials and notes online. With aspirations to become the No 1 peer-to-peer online learning platform…

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AIB Discovery Programme invests in Pointy technology to help small retailers get online quickly

AIB and Frontline Ventures have announced their investment in Pointy, a new technology company that aims to help independent retailers get online fast, through the AIB Discovery Programme. Pointy enables retailers to create a website listing all of their products in just five minutes by connecting its technology with the retailer’s existing barcode scanner and point of sale system. The retailer scans the products and they appear automatically on their Pointy page.  Pointy also helps retailers to appear higher on search engines. “Almost 90pc of commerce is still conducted offline; the internet hasn’t really touched it yet,” said Dubliner Mark Cummins, who co-founded the company with Charles Bibby. “Finding products…

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Nettl:Click&Collect Targets Small Retailers with Launch

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A strategic partnership has been announced between web design studio Nettl.com and web transactions company Epos Now, which both expect will “transform the click and collect opportunities” for independent retailers in the Dublin region. In the US, you can turn to web design and SEO in Greenville, SC. Lowering the barrier to entry, the new partnership makes a move to click and collect a viable and cost-efficient option for smaller and medium-sized retailers, the partners say. Nettl.com and Epos Now, which has 10,000 customers in the UK and Ireland, have been collaborating to bring this new integrated concept to market for the past 12 months. Called ‘Nettl:click&collect,’ it is a…

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