Tuesday 12 December 2017

Plans for Ireland’s first cat café are well under way

Georgina O’Neill plans to open Dublin's first cat cafe. Photo by Trigger Bug Photography
Georgina O’Neill plans to open Dublin's first cat cafe. Photo by Trigger Bug Photography
Georgina O’Neill plans to open Dublin's first cat cafe. Photo by Trigger Bug Photography
Georgina O’Neill plans to open Dublin's first cat cafe. Photo by Trigger Bug Photography
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Ireland is a step closer to opening its first-ever cat café, with one set to open its doors in Dublin this year.

The Crazy Cat Cafe has taken its inspiration from Japanese joints of the same ilk and will give punters the chance to enjoy a hot mug of cha while moggies and tom cats wander about and cough up hairballs.

Georgina O’Neill is the brains behind the operation and hopes to open the cafe in Lucan later in 2015.

“We will have barista-style coffee, delicious cakes and a minimum of eight cats in the premises,” she said.

“Cats are very soothing. One day, I’d like to have a kitten therapy room to help people unwind.”

O’Neill is hoping to fund the new opening through crowd funding and has raised €900 of the €50000 capital she needs to launch the business.

Georgina O’Neill plans to open Dublin's first cat cafe. Photo by Trigger Bug Photography
Georgina O’Neill plans to open Dublin's first cat cafe. Photo by Trigger Bug Photography
Georgina O’Neill plans to open Dublin's first cat cafe. Photo by Trigger Bug Photography

The aspiring entrepreneur said the cafe won’t cater just for “crazy cat ladies” and has a wider appeal to all of Dublin's cafe-goers.

“Everyone will be welcome to have tea and chill with the cats,” O’Neill said.

“Providing they don’t have dogs with them,” she said.

The Cat Cafe has already garnered over two thousand supporters on Facebook.

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