Busy month for Blarney & District Chamber and its’ members

Blarney and District Chamber of Commerce caters for all businesses, be they start ups or well established companies. Our aim is to connect with and support our fellow members, create a viable business community in our area and still remain true to our heritage as one of Irelands top tourist villages, all in one hour a week!

Regardless of the weather (and this year we really cannot complain), Summer is heralded in Blarney with the installation of our beautiful flower baskets which are erected once agin this year in conjunction with Blarney Tidy Towns. The brainchild of Olwen Venn of Maranatha Country House B&B and a chamber member, the baskets were funded by the Chamber last year and each year have to be replanted, erected on the poles and watered throughout the summer months. They are perfectly complimented by the new benches soon to be installed in the plaza by the Tidy Towns Committee and the entire village really does look like a picture postcard. Many thanks also to Denis Murphy for watering our flowers this summer.

Summer also sees a huge increase in the number of tourists visiting Blarney, one of the best branded and most visited tourist attractions in the world. Blarney Chamber works very hard to leverage this to promote local business and our tourist office is funded by our member’s subscriptions. It is great to have B&B owners among our members as we value their feedback and their first hand interaction with our tourists. We would love to have more B&B’s join us especially as we roll out a subcommittee that seeks to actively engage with and encourage more interaction with prominent visitors to Ireland, and to also seek out ways to get tourists in general to stay in Blarney just one more night. This would contribute millions to our local economy and is a huge part of the Chambers remit. Are you a guesthouse in Blarney? We really want your input.

Featured Chamber Member. Apollo Print www.apolloprintcork.net Established in 1986, Apollo Print is a second generation family owned printing business centrally located in Kerry Pike, just next door to Ravenscourt Garden Centre. Offering a full in-house print and design service, they guarantee customers top quality printing, quick turnaround and competitive pricing. Be it beautifully crafted business cards, docket books, brochure, leaflets or flyers our high quality stationary will help create a professional image that is sure to impress your customers. “We deliver a professional service while at the same time offering a fair price that is affordable in the current economic climate,” says Brian Carter “And we aim to do this without sacrificing a single ounce of quality in your product! We also have an instant print quote facility on our website that allows the customer to check out our competitive prices for themselves…instantly!” http://apolloprintcork.net/instant-print-quote/ Brian is delighted to offer Muskerry News readers the Apollo Print July special offer; 250 Business Cards printed full colour 1-side on 350g heavy board €35 plus vat @ 23% Printed on state of the art digital printing press for superior colour and quality. Why not get us to design the business card for you for an additional fee of €25? Business cards can be printed 1-sided or 2-sided and include matt or gloss lamination. For prices on other quantities and options or simply phone us at 021 4871456

IrishMadeGifts.com have added an extra dimension to our local tourist office by adding two display cabinets that feature craft and design that are made here in Ireland. Tourists can see first-hand the quality of work turned out by Irish makers and the QR scanner app on their mobile phones allows them to track back to the page on the website for more information. An exhibition of prints and paintings will follow shortly so we would be delighted with some local visitors too! If you are a craftsperson or artist looking to sell online please do contact us or have a look at our sellers information page here http://www.irishmadegifts.com/index.php?route=information/join

We had two very welcome visitors at a recent meeting from Dogs for Disabled. This small national charity based in Vicarstown provides assistance and stability dogs free of charge to children and adults with a physical disability. This helps them to gain confidence and live independent lives. No government funding is received so they rely completely on fundraising and public generosity. Jennifer Dowler is CEO and dog trainer, Margaret Guckian looks after the office and Alice Anne Oliver chairs the board of 5 volunteers. You will see the team out and about around Blarney training dogs so please do say hello. An Open Day takes place on August 10th, more of which in next month’s edition. www.dogsfordisabled.ie

New website for Blarney Chamber: http://blarneychamber.com/ Our new website is geared towards local business, local community and tourists. All members are listed in the free directory which is another bonus along with the free TV adverts in the Tourist Office window. Please do have a look at our fantastic new website and sign up for our newsletter!

Welcome to Blarney Chocolate Factory the most sinfully delicious chocolate made right in front of your very eyes, there is no escape! And welcome also to Claddagh our newest café ensuring Blarney has even more culinary offerings for both locals and tourists.

Summer meetings are informal and relaxed with just a quick catch up over coffee each Friday morning at 9am for an hour in locations around the village. Send your email address to blarneybusiness@gmail.com and we will keep you informed of where we meet each week, and all our other activities.