Monday 11 December 2017

Never mind the divisions, we are all on the same bigger team

There are more important issues than a boundary squabble between Kilkenny and Waterford, writes Bobby Kerr

OPEN for business: From left, Brian Cody, Jim Power, Bobby Kerr, Willie Duggan and Mick Galwey at the opening of the Insomnia coffee shop in Kilkenny
OPEN for business: From left, Brian Cody, Jim Power, Bobby Kerr, Willie Duggan and Mick Galwey at the opening of the Insomnia coffee shop in Kilkenny

Bobby Kerr

Ilove the way we Irish define ourselves by where we are from. After the weather, it's the first thing we are happy to discuss with anyone we meet for the first time.

I am a proud Kilkenny man. My father was a Clare man and always said he was a blow-in. He set up the Newpark Hotel on the Castlecomer Road in 1966 and it remained in our family until 2007 when I sold up. From 2007 to 2017, I had no family or business interest in Kilkenny - but I tried at every opportunity to stay in touch with the place I grew up in and love so much.

So it gave me great joy earlier this year to open Insomnia coffee shop No.140 in Kilkenny. For years, I have wanted to open a business in my home city and I am delighted to have finally achieved that goal and I am happy to say it is trading exceptionally well.

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