Busy month for Blarney Chamber

Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome our new member this month Blarney Golf Resort Hotel, which has recently been taken over by the Choice Hotel group, who also run the very successful Cork Clarion Hotel plus 6 other hotels. Marketing Manager Zuzana Brosnan has been a regular at our meetings and we look forward to working with her as she moves full time into her role in Blarney. Exciting times ahead for Zuzana, the hotel and the local area which will benefit greatly from their increased investment and presence.

Very excited about the plans that we are hearing about from Blarney Woollen Mills for ‘Magical Blarney.’ It’s going to be huge, and will put Blarney back on the map as THE number one Christmas destination. It’s yet another massive investment from the group, who will spend more than €300,000 on the project, of which the short and long term effects will be felt by all local businesses.

Still at The Mills, we extend a very warm big welcome to Insomnia who have opened up within Blarney Woollen Mills, another great addition to Blarney.

Corkman and Chapter One chef Ross Lewis returned to Cork to officially open ‘The Square Table’ last month, accompanied by Food and Wine Magazine Best Chef Ireland Graham Neville. It was a huge success and owners Tricia and Martina have seen a direct increase in business since the launch which was attended by some of Ireland’s most prolific food bloggers and writers. If you haven’t eaten there yet then book now, it’s simply superb.

The Chamber of Commerce was delighted to host an evening with local MEP Deirdre Clune earlier this month at Blarney Golf Resort Hotel. Deirdre spoke of her role within the European Parliament, her plans for Cork and answered questions on how, in her role as MEP, she can help.

Thanks to Mick Forde in the Farm for sponsoring the materials for the renovation of the exterior of the Tourist office, a job which was undertaken by the volunteers in Blarney Men’s Shed and Tidy Towns.

The timeless Granny Griffin at Griffin’s Garden Centre, Dripsey is celebrating her birthday on the weekend of November 15th and 16th. All welcome, lots of goodies, free food tastings and discounts. Go and enjoy!

Our members are a charitable bunch and many of them are involved in organising events that directly benefit local charities, please support if you can, it’s a great opportunity to buy locally.

Saturday Nov 22nd 4.30pm – 8pm ‘Christmas in Courtbrack’ in aid of ARC Cork Cancer Support. Organised by Antoinette of Cards Complete.

Saturday Nov 22nd from 6pm – 9pm Gaelscoil Christmas Indoor Market at Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel. Organised by Annette Dilworth Enright of Cinderella’s Closet.

Saturday Nov 29th from 7.30pm The Farm Christmas Party. The Chamber will be taking a table, tickets are priced at €32.50. To reserve your place(s) please email admin@blarneychamber.com

Saturday Nov 30th at 6pm Fashion Show Extravaganza at The Oriel House, Ballincollig. Tickets, €10, can be purchased from 083 1801126. Proceeds to Dripsey GAA and Marymount Hospice. MC Annette Enright.

Congratulations to local company and Chamber member Irishmadegifts.com for being the worthy winners of ‘Best Video’ at the prestigious Cork Digital Marketing Awards 2014 last week. Pictured accepting their award are Deborah Maguire, Arann Maguire and Fortune Sibanda from Irishmadegifts.com. Also included are Red FM’s KC and Damien Mulley.

Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce meet every Friday morning for networking, and constructive local issue driven discussion and action. Feel free to join us any Friday morning. For times and venues of meetings email admin@blarneychamber.com / http://blarneychamber.com Blarney and District Chamber of Commerce … helping to make Blarney a better place to work, live and play.