In with the new
IN recent years a number of prominent, long-established retail businesses disappeared from the vicinity of the centre of Cahirsiveen town, leaving something of a void there.
However, things are now looking up and shoppers in the town have in recent times been pleasantly surprised by a number of changes to that particular area, which include the arrival of a café as well as a butcher shop.
In these times of austerity and cutbacks, the green shoots of small business are always welcome to the Iveragh area.
The Cafesiveen, as it is called, opened on November 15 last and is run by Tiernan Clarke and Angela O'Connell who are based in Ballinskelligs. It was once the premises of Nancy O'Donoghue who had a women's clothing outlet. Tiernan is a ''born and reared Dub, ''as he refers to himself and Angela originally comes from the Portmagee area. He is from Rathfarnham and attended the De La Salle Brothers secondary school in nearby Churchtown, a well known academy of colleges rugby. He played with the college and operated as a hooker and other times as a wing forward.
He has a '"grá" or a soft spot for gaelic football as well and would be associated with the Ballyboden St. Enda's club. He also enjoys the football banter and slag with Kerry customers and friends, enjoying a particular relish in these times of the Dubs as reigning All -Ireland champions. His first association with Kerry was as a holidaymaker in the Ballinskelligs area in the '90s. Best wishes to them.
Situated close by is the newly opened butcher shop known as Moran's Meats, which is being run by a young man from Kells, named Mike Moran, who is newly qualified to the trade. He opened to the public in December in a building which was once the long established butchering premises of the late Josie ''Humphrey'' O'Connor.
With so many young people are leaving our shores for work it's always pleasing to see a young person embarking on a business venture. Such people should be facilitated and encouraged by central government as the success of small business is vital among other endeavours to the recovery of rural areas and the Irish economy in general.