AN ENNISCORTHY convenience store completed a notable hat trick when proprietor Albert O'Callaghan went to Killarney to collect a 'Supreme National Hygiene Award' – for the third year on the trot.
O'Callaghan's Centra on Shannon Hill was honoured after meeting the highest of standards, reflecting the rigorous approach taken to hygiene, stock control, cleaning and all other aspects of food safety. Staff at the shop had to endure an unannounced visit by hygiene auditor a few months ago, checking everything was in order.
'Credit is due big time to the staff here,' said boss Albert O'Callaghan, who has 13 people employed in his business. 'I only talk about it but they do it. They have done all the courses and got their certificates.' He gave particular credit for the success to Catherine McGoey, who is very experienced in matters of hygiene.
The shop was one of just 40 among hundreds in the Centra chain around the country to make the supreme grade. A further six Wexford stores: Flood's Centra in Ramsgrange, Caulfield's Centra in Campile; Whelan's Centra in Gorey, Sinnott's Centra in New Ross, Kenna's Centra at Trinity Street in Wexford and Richard & Marion Barry's Centra at North Main Street in Wexford qualified for other hygiene awards.