Catering To You

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catering to you delivers an exceptional dining experience to your door or venue. Indulge your passion for food with their professional and attention to detail services. They cater for all events big or small, from Birthdays, Communions, Funerals, Weddings and much more!

Catering to you are fully HACCP compliant and registered with the HSE. They deliver to a wide area in their fully refrigerated van. Established by head chef Trish Culloty who has over 25 years of catering experience, Trish and her team promise to make any event you may have a special one for you and your guests

Prices include delivery, crockery and a cutlery service free of charge. Trish is available to meet you and discuss any questions you may have.

Check out the website: http://www.cateringtoyou.ie to view their menu, photos, and reviews. You can also visit their Facebook page where you can see regular updates and news so make sure to give them a like and a follow!

To make an inquiry contact Trish on 086 2420202 or alternatively you can email cateringtoyou@outlook.com

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Online Business Banking Security

As criminals are coming up with more inventive ways of defrauding you in order to steal your personal information and money, here are some tips to stay safe online.

Email Scams
Be wary of emails requesting you to change bank account details or make payment to someone you have not paid before. Scam emails have the following characteristics.

• Emails pertaining to be from Suppliers advising they have changed their account details for payments for a variety of reasons.
• The “from” field is designed to look like the emails are from a company manager, director or senior staff members email account requesting that an urgent payment is made.
• The email address may be slightly different to the genuine one e.g. there may be a slight misspelling.
• The language/wording used may be unusual for your company/supplier ; e.g. asking you to “sort” or complete a “financial obligation” or a “wire transfer”
• The email may have an unusual timestamp, this indicates that it’s coming from a jurisdiction different to what you would expect.
The sender may indicate they are uncontactable on the phone.

Malware
Be wary of malware on your pc that displays screens that purport to be Business banking screens. Examples of fraudulent requests include

• Verify your identity
• Security challenge
• User Authentication
Be wary of opening documents from sources you are not familiar with.
• In particular be wary of opening documents containing macros of which state that the content will not be visible until the macro feature is enabled.
• Ensure macros are automatically disabled as standard on your PC.

DO’S
• Be wary of any emails or phone calls claiming to be from the bank or suppliers requesting you to update information or to make payments.
• Install and regularly update firewall software.
• Review your antivirus software protection on every PC & Laptop used to access Business banking and be on your guard for suspicious activity on your PC e.g. slow response times, unusually high CPU/Memory utilisation.

And DONT’S
• Never make payments on foot of an email request without contacting the supplier, manager or director using the existing agreed phone number to verify the request – do not use any of the information in the email to make contact.
• If you chose to share your logon details with a Third Party, please check that the Third Party is authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland or another European Regulator. Never share your logon details with Third Parties who are not authorised with a relevant Regulator.

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Twitter Tips for Business

How to use Twitter for Business – The Ultimate Guide 2018

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Tidy Towns – Old Photos of Glen River

DO YOU HAVE OLD PHOTOGRAPHS?

The Maigue River Trust has been in contact with Charleville Tidy Towns. They are currently preparing information boards for erection on the banks of the Maigue River and some of its tributaries, including The Glen River in Charleville.
Information about species on/near the river would be included as well as some heritage features.We have established that there were tanneries on Baker’s Rd as well as the creamery. All were in close proximity to the river and may have been dependent on it. We would be delighted to hear more about the relationship between The Glen River and the tanneries and/or creamery We would especially appreciate any old photos that might throw light on the past history of the Glen River. Photos can be put in an envelope with your name and address and can be dropped at Vincents shop FAO Ian Doyle.Your photos will be taken care of and returned to you..
If you can help us please contact Cllr.Ian Doyle at 087 6644654 or by email to iandoyle245@gmail.com.

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M 20 Motorway Survey Results

1. How would you rate the current road network serving Charleville and the Region?
Poor 71% Average 20% Good 9%

2. Are you in favour are you of the M 20 Cork – Limerick Motorway?

Yes 84% Undecided 8% No 8%

3. What impact would the M 20 Motorway have on your business?

No Impact 37% Undecided 19% Significant Impact 44%

4. Are you happy with 14,000 vehicles a day passing through Charleville?

Definitely Not 82% Absolutely Yes 18%

5. Would the M 20 have a positive or negative effect on Charleville Town?

Negative Effect 18% No Effect 17% Positive Effect 65%

6. Would a Relief Road around Charleville improve traffic management?

Yes 76% No 24%

7. What impact would a Relief Road have on your business?

Negative Impact 24% No Impact 28% Positive Impact 48%

8. In your opinion what effect would a Relief Road have on Charleville Town?

Negative effect 17% No Effect 18% Positive effect 65%

9. Do you think that a safer environment for the public would improve trade for businesses in Charleville Town?

Yes 59% stay the same 8% No 33%

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Cork Chamber Press Release: The need for skilled Construction Workers is on the rise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final Cork Chamber Economic Trends Survey of 2017 reflects the business experiences of Cork Chamber members over the course of October, November and December. The survey gathered information on the financial performance and business experiences of Cork Chamber member organisations, recruitment experiences, and also member opinions on what a City needs to make it attractive for family living.

Cork Chamber CEO, Conor Healy noted, “It is particularly encouraging to see the continued high level of business confidence amongst the Cork business community reported at 95% over Q4 2017, and consistent with that surveyed throughout the past number of years. We are experiencing robust growth across Cork, with exciting new construction projects underway and in planning, and with strong year on year jobs announcements across the region. All in all, this is a very positive time for Cork.”

Mr. Healy added, “Alongside this we note an increase in overall confidence levels in the Irish economy compared to 3 months ago, now at 48%, an increase of 9% on the Q3 survey results. Again an encouraging response and a vast improvement on the 25% reported for the same quarter in 2016. There is no place for complacency and however encouraging, there are challenges. Business members reported Cost Competitiveness as the number one threat to business growth over the next 12 months, followed by the availability of housing and rental accommodation, skills, and Brexit. Cork Chamber is committed to continuing our work in addressing these concerns, to enhancing the Cork offering and resilience in the face of global economic uncertainties such as Brexit, and in responding to the housing, skills, and competitiveness challenges”.

Within the Q4 2017 Economic Trends survey as with its predecessors, Cork Chamber also asked about recruitment experiences. The Cork business community reports a number of skills for which there is a continuing and growing demand, these are namely Engineers across a range of disciplines, IT professionals and with the re-emergence of Quantity Surveyors and Construction Workers. In commenting, Mr. Healy added, “There is a national shortage for skilled trade’s people and Cork is no different. The growth across Cork is a positive story and has positive implications across a range of issues, economic and social in offering employment opportunities to those that moved abroad to return to a Cork that is growing.”

When asked about the priorities for growing a City environment for ‘family living’, the number one response by far related to diversity of housing, the quality, affordability, the need for new builds, and the need for refurbishment of vacant buildings. The second priority was for an enhanced Cork transport network and infrastructure, followed by the development of amenities. In concluding, Mr. Healy added, “Cork Chamber is committed to working with stakeholders to developing a City region that continues to grow sustainably, and to meet the needs of current and future business and residents. Housing availability, the development of a transport network and public transport offering, and the promotion of Cork to ensure a thriving and vibrant City region will continue as key priorities into 2018 and a resolute theme across the work of the Chamber.”

Respondents to this survey are reflective of a diverse range of responding businesses and are representative of a broad range of sectors, inclusive of Services (including Financial) at 43%; Industry and Manufacturing at 17%; Science and Technology at 8%; Tourism, Travel, Culture and Arts at 8%; Construction at 12%; Agriculture and Fishing at 2%; Transport at 5%; and Multi-sectoral at 5%.

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  • For further information please contact:Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber, 087 9471858, Michelle O’Sullivan, Policy and Research Executive, Cork Chamber,michelle@corkchamber.ie; 021 4530132/ 087 1404014
  • To read the full publication: Cork Chamber Economic Bulletin http://www.corkchamber.ie/UserFiles/file/Eco%20B%201%202018.pdf
  • Cork Chamber is the leading business organisation in Cork supporting and representing the interests of close to 1,200 businesses employing over 100,000 people in the region.

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Charleville Tidy Towns Update 14/12/17

L to R: Timmy Griffin, Flotek, Sponsor; Garda Nick Phelan, Sergeant Mark Daly, John McMahon & Cllr Ian Doyle,Charleville Tidy Towns

8K FUN RUN/5K WALK ON ST.STEPHEN’S DAY

On St. Stephen’s Day a 5k family walk and an 8K fun run has again been organised by Charleville Lions Club for the benefit of Charleville Tidy Towns.  This has become an annual event and has proved to be most enjoyable, giving people a chance to get out and get exercise and fresh air after the festivities of Christmas Day.  It is an ideal opportunity to catch up with family and friends and spend some time together, and this is especially so for many of our young people working and living away from Charleville.

This year walkers and runners can register and collect their numbers at the Scout Hall in the car park behind the library from 10.15am for an 11am start. The family walk will go from the Scout Hall down the Railway Road while the runners will complete an 8K route mapped out by North Cork A.C. with the finish line at the bridge by the Pitch &Putt.  Mulled wine, tea/coffee and mince pies will be provided by members of Charleville Lions Club in the Scout Hall after the walk/run.  A draw for hampers based on your walk/run number will take place in the Scout Hall also.

SOCCER TOURNAMENT

We are very grateful to Garda Nick Phelan and all the gardai in Charleville for nominating Charleville Tidy Towns as the beneficiary of a very successful soccer tournament run by them on November 4th. We thank all participating teams for making this tournament a success and congratulate the winners.

A YEAR OF PROGRESS

2017 has been a very busy year for Charleville Tidy Towns.  Many significant projects were undertaken and completed. The major ones included the fountain, the derelict house on Smith’s Lane, information boards in the park as well as maintenance of the Garden of Remembrance and flower tubs on Main Street. At the moment we are working on the approach road from Cork and significant planting has been done here.

We are grateful to all the schools, individuals, groups and organisations who helped us this year.

We appeal to the people of Charleville to come out in force to support our walk/run so we can continue to take on new projects in 2018 and make Charleville an even more attractive place in which to live and work

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CHARLEVILLE TIDY TOWNS – A YEAR OF PROGRESS

REVIEW 2016/2017

THE FOUNTAIN

Charleville Tidy Towns has undertaken a number of major projects this year.  Chief among these is redesigning and getting the fountain back in working order again. The fountain wasn’t in operation for some time. Water was leaking out but, as it wasn’t coming onto the street, it proved impossible to ascertain where it was going or how to remedy the problem.

It was decided to redesign the fountain so that the two major industries in Charleville, dairying and stainless steel manufacture, would be represented. To overcome the problem of leakage/seepage a large stainless steel container was designed to hold the water. A pump circulates the water through a tipped milk churn into the container which evokes the era of the old creamery days when milk was tipped from the churns into the weighing scales. To reinforce this theme, a creamery cart, complete with four milk churns was added. The border all around was planted with flowers for added interest and colour.

This project was made possible by the support of Kerry Group, Cork County Council, BCD Engineering, Plate-Tek Engineering, Senator Engineering, Dairy & Engineering Services, John Frawley Electrical, Maurice Carroll, Haulier, Charleville Fire Brigade and the Gardai. The planting was done by lady members of Charleville Tidy Towns.

INFORMATION BOARDS

Charleville is fortunate to have a beautiful town park which is used for sporting activities as well as runners and walkers. There is a variety of beautiful mature trees in the park and a wildlife area where native trees have been planted.

Charlville Tidy Towns wanted to enhance the enjoyment of all who use the park by providing some information about the trees and birds which can be found here. We want to have young people engage with their environment and become involved in some of our projects. Last year pupils from St Anne’s primary School brought in material for a bug hotel. They did some art work in the form of painting on blocks of wood inspired by their involvement in the bug hotel. Photocopies of this work can be found on one of the notice boards erected this year in the park.

We invited pupils from St Mary’s Secondary School to paint the most commonly found birds in the area.  Their beautiful hand-painted birds are displayed on a notice board and we are delighted to be highlighting the work of these talented local artists.

We photographed many of the mature trees in the park. These photographs are displayed on the notice board accompanied by the names of the trees and pictures of their leaves, barks and fruit. This should be helpful in identifying the various trees to be seen on a walk around the park.

THE PLAZA

The planted bed at the Plaza, directly in front of the library was unsightly.  Many of the shrubs had suffered severe damage and others were overgrown and unsuitable for this location. Tidy towns volunteers, along with Tus workers undertook the heavy work of clearing the damaged shrubs/trees.

The soil was then levelled and raked by volunteers and Tus workers and got ready for planting. Again the ladies selected suitable shrubs, weed block was put in place and the shrubs planted.  A layer of clean stones completed this project. We were helped to spread the stones by some scouts from the local troup who volunteered their services that evening. We thank them and their leaders for their help in helping us to weed the car park that evening also.

WATER HARVESTING

One of the problems associated with hanging baskets and floral displays around the town is the amount of water needed to sustain them during dry periods in the summer. Conscious of conserving water, we sought the permission of Cork County Council to put in place a tank to harvest the water running off the roof of the library. This was granted and we are indebted to Tus for putting the tank in place and BCD and Plate-Tek for doing all the necessary piping to make this viable.

RAINBOW HOUSE

The derelict house on Smith’s Lane which once showed paintings of Mrs. Doyle and Fr. Jack on its windows had suffered severe weather damage and become an eyesore..We sought the help of the art students and teacher in St. Mary’s Secondary School and challenged them to come up with a design for the outside wall. The art teacher got the three first year classes to work on this. Charleville Tidy Towns was presented with three sketches, from which one was chosen. The teacher then worked with senior students to refine this as it wasn’t practical for a busy street. The painter and art teacher then worked together to bring this design to life. The finished product is a credit to them and the talented students of St Mary’s and we are delighted to showcase local talent.

CORK COUNTY COUNCIL ANTI-LITTER CHALLENGE

We took part again this year in the Anti-Litter Challenge run by Cork County Council. This competition aims to raise awareness of the problem of litter on our streets which , unfortunately, is a major  problem. The huge number of cigarette butts carelessly discarded on the streets, despite the number of bins available, reflects very badly on our town. We are hugely indebted to Mr. John Moloney and his staff on Cork County Council for the tremendous work they do in maintaining our streets as clean as possible. We will not see an improvement on our streets until we all realise that it is the responsibility of every single person to dispose responsibly of their own litter.

This year we enlisted the help of our schools and we thank them for their enthusiastic participation. St. Anne’s Primary School and CBS Primary School looked after the streets outside their premises for the entire duration of the competition,  while transition year students from St. Mary’s Secondary School and CBS Secondary looked after Main St during the first judging period . As they were then on holidays Tidy Towns volunteers did a litterpick every week day morning for the two remaining judging periods.

INVOLVEMENT OF LOCAL SCHOOLS

There is a huge amount of talent and goodwill in our young people and we do them a disservice if we don’t ask them to use their talents for the good of their community. We are very fortunate that all the local schools we approached this year were so willing to help. Two primary and two secondary schools took part in the Anti-Litter Challenge and were of tremendous help to us. There is benefit also in raising awareness of the litter problem among young people.

The beautiful, eye-catching facade of the “rainbow house” on Smith’s Lane is a credit to the art teacher and students of St. Mary’s.

The hand-painted birds on the notice board in the park is the work of transition year students in St. Mary’s and the lovely paintings inspired by the bug hotel which they helped set up last year is the work of students of At. Annes.

The display of bluebells in May under the trees behind the graveyard  was the work of students of CBS Primary School and their teachers. Wildflower seeds were harvested in Autumn and scattered in Spring at Canon Burke Place by pupils of St. Mary’s

We thank all school staff and pupils who helped us in any way.

ONGOING WORK FROM SPRING TO AUTUMN

Generally the group meets on Monday evenings at 7pm to tackle whatever work needs doing. This varies from planting flowers to clearing weeds, cutting overgrown hedges, litter picking, painting and generally keeping the town looking clean and tidy. We thank all who help us in this, especially Cork County Council with whom we work closely and who have given us great support. We thank all the traders who brighten the streetscape by painting their premises and putting out lovely floral displays.

PLEASE SUPPORT US SO WE CAN CONTINUE TAKING ON NEW PROJECTS

THANK YOU

 

 

 

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M 20 Motorway – Journey Time Benefits

 

As the M20 scheme represents a major motorway upgrade to an existing national primary road, the potential journey time benefits for road users are expected to be significant.The analysis undertaken as part of the 2011 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the M20 scheme estimated that completion of the scheme would result in a reduction in journey time of approximately 16 minutes, compared to existing travel times on the N20.  This is equivalent to a 26% reduction in journey time.

Indecon has extended the 2011 analysis by applying the estimated percentage changes in journey times to current (2017) traffic volumes on the N20.  This would indicate potentially significant time savings from completion of the M20 in the case of a number of selected typical journeys (see table below).

In particular,  the estimated end-to-end  (Blarney to Patrickswell) journey reduction to from 63 minutes to 47 minutes will offer a substantial improvement to the connectivity of the Cork and Limerick urban centres, as well as providing shorter travel times for the surrounding hinterlands. As travel volumes on the existing N20 continue to expand with the economic recovery, the potential impact of completion of the M20 in reducing journey times would also increase.

 

Origin Destination Estimated Journey Time

(mins) – Existing N20

Estimated Journey Time

(mins) – with M20

Completed

Estimated Time

Savings (mins)

Limerick City Cork City 96 80 -16
Patrickswell Blarney 63 47 -16
Croom Limerick City 25 23 -2
Croom Cork City 74 59 -15
Charleville Limerick City 38 33 -5
Charleville Cork City 56 45 -11
Buttevant Limerick City 51 42 -9
Buttevant Cork City 44 36 -8
Mallow Limerick City 62 51 -11
Mallow Cork City 33 28 -5

 

The existing N20 corridor, due to its connectivity with major regional industrial areas and accessibility to strategic ports and airports, represents an economic corridor of strategic national importance. The M20 catchment contains a diverse economy that will benefit  from the improved transport connectivity that would be provided through completion of the motorway. In particular, the presence of large multinationals and indigenous businesses and primary producers which utilise the N20 as a supply route for production inputs as well as transporting finished product on to domestic and export markets, underscores the implications of the existing deficiencies. In its current form, the existing N20 route is considered to be not fit-for-purpose, particularly given the high level of commercial activity taking place between Ireland’s second- and third-largest cities, and given the presence of key sectors including engineering, pharma, ICT, logistics and agri-food producers in the region. Further, providing greater levels of urban clustering and knowledge-spill overs, that a motorway investment would offer, is considered by TII to offer nontrivial potential productivity gains.2

The estimated journey time reductions that would arise through completion of the M20 represent important productivity benefits for businesses and commuters, as well as general road users.  By reducing the cost of transportation, there will be a direct logistics-related productivity and competitiveness benefit for businesses which are transporting inputs and moving finished product to domestic and export markets.  In addition, by reducing commuting times for employees, the M20 would expand the supply of skilled labour which is accessible to firms in the region (this aspect is examined in detail in Section 5 of this report). It should be noted that survey research conducted by RED C Research found that over one-third (35%) of the surveyed firms’ employees utilise the N20 to commute daily to their place of work.

By addressing the existing weaknesses, the benefits of completion of the M20 in terms of productivity and reduced costs for businesses and employees would combine to enhance the competitiveness of the Mid-West and South-West Regions, improving their attractiveness for FDI and indigenous investment, and boosting potential economic growth and employment creation

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M 20 MOTORWAY – JOB GROWTH POTENTIAL

The transport/accessibility benefits from the completion of the M20 provide a further incentive to foreign and domestic investors in relation to facilitating the development of industrial sites along the catchment area of the scheme. The M20 would play an important role in this context through improving accessibility and marketability of industrial sites and land banks in the scheme corridor to investors.  The region boasts a wide sectoral eco-system including employment in the biopharma, engineering, ICT, life-sciences, energy, tourism, professional/financial services and agri-food sectors. The development of the M20 would improve labour market access to employers in these sectors as well as incentivise future investment in the region.

In this context, it should be noted that the World Economic Forum recently ranked Ireland’s road infrastructure in 32nd place, behind major FDI rivals in Europe. Addressing the deficiencies in relation to the existing N20 would therefore play a role in improving the competitiveness and attractiveness for foreign investment of regions outside Dublin. The wider region has a strong track record in attracting FDI, for example the South-West Region accounted for 29% of the total net FDI jobs gained over the period examined. Nevertheless, various industry stakeholders attending the regional workshop undertaken as part of this assessment considered the current road to not be fit for purpose, and expressed concerns over the negative connotations a prospective investor may infer from the lack of public investment in critical areas such as the transport network between Ireland’s second and third largest urban centres.

As an illustration of the potential role which completion of the M20 could play in acting as a catalyst for investment and employment creation, Indecon has identified six potential land bank/development sites along the catchment area of the scheme, which are currently at various stages of development/utilisation. The future economic impacts, in terms of potential employment creation that could be supported by these sites, are subject to uncertainty.  If investments were to emerge which utilise the sites, actual job creation potential would be dependent on the nature of the activity and the scale of the investment involved.  Indecon has developed indicative estimates of potential employment generation that could be supported on the six industrial sites, based on alternative scenarios for employment density and the proportion of lands developed

These indicative estimates suggest a potential economy-wide employment impact over time of 8,251 direct and indirect jobs.

Indecon has indicatively estimated that the additional direct employment would support direct annual employment incomes amounting to up to €382 million per annum in gross terms if displacement impacts are excluded. The gross incomes from additional direct jobs supported could in turn provide a gross exchequer impact of up to €128 million per annum, depending on the nature of investment attracted.

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