Officers For 2011/2012:
The President of Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce is John Guilfoyle (Guilfoyle Trucks) the Treasurer is Liam McGrath, (Liam McGrath & Co), and the Secretary is Brian King (Roscrea Credit Union Limited.)
The Chamber has fought hard on the issue of Derelict Sites in the town. The Chamber therefore welcome news that the County Council Area Office has forwarded recommendations to the Environment section of the Council for appropriate action under the Derelict Sites Act.
Coach Park For Town Centre:
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce would like to congratulate and thank Minister of State Mr Alan Kelly TD for helping secure €70,000.00 for the provision of a Coach Park in Roscrea. The Chamber has advocated the necessity of a Coach Park in the town for many years. In 2008 a sub committee of the Chamber, consisting of Brian King, Michael Madden and Brendan O’Meara produced a detailed submission regarding a coach park for the town. After considering a number of sites, the committee concluded that by far the most suitable site for a coach park was the Council Car Park adjacent to Tesco’s. The Chamber report concluded that this venue offered quick access to the town centre, to toilet facilities and to the wonderful heritage sites Roscrea has to offer. If Roscrea is ever to consider itself a serious tourist destination, the town needs at the very least, a proper Coach Park with easy access and proximity to local amenities all of which will encourage tour operators to visit our town.
Tesco/Town Centre Development:
There is a number of concerns concerning the recent town centre development. The Chamber is currently in negotiations with the County Council and Tiernan Properties to help ensure that the original plans for the development are fulfilled. A number of issues were brought to the attention of the Chamber last autumn. These issues included construction of a new restaurant, the introduction of water features and further landscaping in the area. The Chamber has also offered Michael Tiernan whatever support is needed to help fill the vacated Tesco’s store in the shopping centre. With Christmas looming it is imperative for the town centre and the existing businesses in the shopping centre that an anchor tenant(s) be found as soon as possible.
The Chamber has campaigned for a plan for Gantly Road since it’s opening. The Chamber welcome news that this plan will be undertaken as part of the Roscrea local area plan in 2012.
The Chamber looks forward to the introduction of herringbone parking on Main Street in the near future.
The Chamber has major plans to help develop the Christmas lighting in Roscrea over the next number of years. The plans however will depend upon all businesses recognising the importance of the lights and paying an annual contribution to their upkeep. Organsing the lights takes a considerable amount of time each year and businesses that do not contribute should sit back and ponder just for a minute, what would Roscrea be like with no Christmas lighting?
Shannon Development Update:
The Chamber is in continuous contact with Shannon Development and we are hopeful that the state agency will source tenants for the Business Park in Benamore in the near future. The launch of the “Roscrea Brochure” will be a major step in the Chamber’s ambition to help bring more investment and jobs to Roscrea.
The Chamber was delighted with the great results achieved by the Tidy Towns this year in the national competition. The town received a lot of credit for it’s litter control but the adjudicators report was very critical of some areas such as signage. The Chamber hopes to work with the Council over the coming months to address the issues raised. The Chamber would also like to congratulate and thank Roscrea Tidy Towns for their great work each year. The Chamber would also encourage more people to join Roscrea Tidy Towns and help them in anyway with the great workload that they have each year.
Chamber Secretary Brian King is currently working with Roscrea Tidy Towns to help prepare a plan that will have a dramatic effect on the landscape and layout of our town. The plan will hopefully see the introduction of tress to Main Street, Castle Street and Gantly Road. In addition provisions will be made for better traffic flow and providing more recreational amenities that will help give the town a more welcoming look which should add significantly to our tourism potential.
Congratulations were extended to Aileen O’Meara and George Cunningham on the recent launch of their “Audio Guide” to Roscrea. The guide can be downloaded at www.aileenomeara.ie/heritage or from www.roscreaonline.com. The guide received support from Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce and the Chamber is delighted with it’s early success.
Congratulations to Sean Mulrooney his family and the staff of Mulrooney’s Gala Roscrea. The store recently received a national award for “Best Bakery” at Checkout Magazines “Best In Fresh Awards”. It was a great honour to receive and the Chamber of Commerce are delighted to see a local business achieve such success. Congratulations also to Super Valu Roscrea who had all-star Lar Corbett in attendance to help open their very new impressive extension including a wonderful new restaurant and congratulations also to Michael Ryan and all the staff of Centenary DIY Roscrea who organsied a wonderful family afternoon’s entertainment to help celebrate their tenth anniversary.
Roscrea Town Brochure:
The much anticipated brochure will be available for distribution in the coming months. The brochure will focus on why companies should invest in Roscrea. The brochure will highlight the great education and recreational amenities available in the area as well as the tremendous history and tourism potential associated with the town. Roscrea Business & Technology Park will feature strongly in the brochure and there will be also a section on why it makes sense to invest, holiday and live in the area.
Through Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce the Tipperary Enterprise Board are keen to stress, that they do offer facilitation and mentoring services. If a business finds itself under pressure they should contact the Enterprise Board as soon as possible as professional advice is always available.
All Ireland Hurling Final:
The Chamber would once again like to sincerely thank all the businesses that contributed towards the cost of the bunting and flags that were used to decorate the town ahead of the All-Ireland final. Thanks in particular to Jo Jo Cunningham and the Loughnane family for all their efforts once again this year. While the hurling result didn’t go our way, the Minor football team did the County proud and it was wonderful to have the town decorated for both occasions.
The Chamber would like to thank all members, the local press, the County Council, Peter Fee and all the local Councillors for their support, and co-operation.
As you will appreciate Chamber Officers volunteer a lot of their own free time in an effort to make sure Roscrea is afforded every opportunity to continue its growth and prosperity. Any organisation however, is only as strong as its membership and for this reason we are appealing to every retailer in Roscrea to make a positive contribution to the town by joining the Chamber of Commerce. By becoming a member you are absolutely under no obligation to attend meetings, but by becoming a member you will be helping the Chamber to achieve its objectives through strength in numbers.
To raise any item on the Chamber agenda or to become a part of Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce, please contact Chamber Secretary Brian King in Roscrea Credit Union (0505) 23601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Your support, contributions and suggestions are more than welcome. Remember the Chamber also gives regular updates through the Chamber web pages on the Roscrea Online website which can be accessed at www.roscreaonline.com.