Christmas Casino Night

Charleville Chamber of Commerce will hold a ‘Christmas Casino Night’ at Charleville Golf Club on Friday December 14th from 9 pm – 12 am.

There will be 3 Black Jack tables and 2 Roulette tables, each looked after by a professional croupier. You don’t need to be an expert gambler as the rules at each table will be explained in full. Whether you are there for a FUN NIGHT OUT or to win the amazing prizes, this promises to be a great occasion.

Top Prizes on the Night include

*€500 voucher to be spent locally in Lees Centra, Bridgets, Fitzgerald Electrical, Morans Menswear and Love Cherish.

*€250 McCarthy’s Pharmacy Cosmetics Hamper.

*Hampers & Vouchers from local retailers including Charleville Park Hotel, Lidl, Thrive Fitness and Supermacs.

*Plus many more individual prizes for Best Dressed Male & Female and our fun ‘Roulette Raffle’.

Tickets cost €20 or 3 for €50 and include $100 Fun Money (10 Free Bets) and Finger Food. Full bar services are available on the night. Extra Fun Money available.

Rules

On display of entry ticket, each player receives $100 Fun Money. This Fun Money can be cashed in for chips and entitles the player to 10 free bets on the Black Jack and Roulette tables. More Fun Money is available on the night. At the end of a 2 Hour play period the players with the most chips go on to a ‘Final Table’ to play for the Top Prizes.

It’s an ideal opportunity for a work night out or a catch up with friends.

Tickets available from Charleville E Centre (063 33133) on Bakers Road and Charleville Golf Club (063 81257). Get them early to avoid disappointment.

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Enterprise Ireland Online Trading Scheme

Enterprise Ireland Online Trading Scheme

The Online Retail Scheme was launched by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation (DBEI) on 20th September 2018 to support eligible SMEs in the retail sector to develop a more competitive online offer.

This is a Competitive Fund which will be administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of DBEI with a total fund size of €1.25m.

The purpose of this fund is to enable retailers to increase their customer base and build a more resilient business in the domestic and global marketplace both online and offline. The retail sector plays a vital role in supporting regional development and vibrant communities in every county. Therefore, at least 50% of the total number of grants awarded will be reserved for retail SMEs with their headquarters outside of county Dublin.

Applications for funding will be invited through two public Calls for submission of projects. The first Call will open on Wednesday 24th October 2018 with a closing date of Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 3pm. The second Call will be launched in 2019, following completion of the first call.

Successful applicants will be awarded funding to support a maximum of 50% of the project eligible costs with a maximum grant of €25,000. Typical elements involved in developing a sophisticated and transactional online presence include research, consultancy costs for strategy development / implementation and training costs.

Who can apply?

Applicant companies must be an Irish-owned small or medium sized retail enterprise that has the potential to create jobs, generate growth in sales and internationalise their business. The business must also:

  1. have an existing online presence (e.g. website or social media)
  2. have a retail outlet and derive the majority of revenue from the retail outlet(s)
  3. Must employ at least 20 employees in the Republic of Ireland (on a full-time equivalent basis)

Further information on the Scheme and details on how to apply are available at www.enterprise-ireland.com/retail, or interested parties can email retail@enterprise-ireland.com or call 01-7272166.

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Charleville Heritage Society – Festival of History

A Word of Welcome from Ian Doyle

On Behalf of Charleville Heritage Society, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2018 Festival of History.  This year the theme of our festival is the legacy of Roger Boyle the founder of Charleville in 1661.  Boyle had an immense influence on Charleville, which he named in honor of King Charles II of England.  As well as founding the town he introduced many industries to the area.  He had Charleville made a borough in 1671 and it had its own seal of incorporation.  Boyle, also known as Lord Broghill, was a soldier and politician and also a playwright and author.

Today the Boyle still has local connections.  The 15th Earl of Cork and Orrery is Jonathan Boyle, who presently sits in the House of Lords in London.  He still owns property both in Charleville and elsewhere in Munster, as he told members of Charleville Heritage Society when they met him in the House of Lords earlier this year.

We have laid on an attractive program with two fascinating talks on the Boyle family by prominent historians, and a great traditional Irish concert head lined by Sean O Se, and poetry and prose workshops in keeping with the literary tradition of Charleville.  We will have a walking tour of the historic Turrets area of the town.

If you are visiting Charleville for the first time we extend a warm welcome to you and I hope you enjoy our festival and I look forward to meeting you at one of the events.

Ian Doyle

Chairman, Charleville Heritage Society

Programme

Thursday 27th September:

Art Exhibition at Charleville Library

Featuring the works of local artists from the Maura Ryan School of Arts and other local artists.

6.30pm – 8.00pm             Exhibition of local photographs at the Provincial Heritage Centre featuring pictures of local people and places in Charleville through the years.

8.15  pm                                     Official Opening at Charleville Park Hotel by Connor Nelligan, Heritage Officer Cork County Council followed by a talk on: Model Planter and Colonial oppressor? New research on the Munster estates of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, 1595 – 1643 Speakers David Edwards and Colin Rynne of the School of History, UCC

Friday 28th September:

6.00pm – 8.00pm             Exhibition of local photographs at the Provincial Heritage Centre:  Featuring pictures of local people and places in Charleville through the years.

8.15pm                                 Talk at Charleville Park Hotel: The Legacy of Roger Boyle, Founder of Charleville in 1661 Speaker: Liam Irwin of History Department University of Limerick

Saturday 29th September:

Art Exhibition at Charleville Library:  Featuring the works of local artists from the Maura Ryan School of Arts and other local artists.

10.30am – 12.30pm         Reading and Poetry Workshop at the Provincial Heritage Centre, Main Street, Charleville: in Association with the Sean Poetry Circle with one of Ireland’s leading poets, Gabriel Fitzmaurice

2.30pm:                                Writer’s Workshop at Charleville Library: with published author Michael Sheehan, Charleville who will speak on structuring a story

4.30 pm – 6.30pm            Exhibition of local photographs at the Provincial Heritage Centre featuring pictures of local people and places in Charleville through the years.

Sunday 30th September:

2.30pm                                 Walk the historic oldest area of Charleville, the Turrets: Hear about: the history of the Bianconi Stage halt and stables, the Weaver’s Cottages, the site of Zion Church, the site of the Charleville Free Mason Lodge Known as the Elm Lodge 914 and more.  The walking tour of the Turrets’ area of Charleville starts and finishes at the Provincial Heritage Centre and is conducted by Owen Binchy.

Roger Boyle

Founder of Charleville in 1661

Roger Boyle was born in Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford in 1621.  He was created Baron of Broghill in 1627.  He fought on both sides of the English Monarchy and when the Monarchists were defended he switched over to the Parliamentarians in 1649 led by olive Cromwell.  On the restoration of the Monarch in 1658 he reverted to the side of King Charles II who rewarded him by bestowing on him the title of First Earl of Orrery and Lord President of Munster in 1660.

Boyle founded the town of Charleville in 1661 to coincide with the laying of the foundation of his mansion, Charleville Manor located where Moatville House now stands at Limerick Road, Charleville on the 29th May 1661.  He named the town Charlesville in honor of King Charles II.  The‘s’ in the name was later dropped.

In addition to being a soldier and politician, Boyle was a noted author and wrote plays that were performed in Dublin and London, and also wrote a novel ‘Parthenissa’ Charleville was incorporated a borough in 1671 and granted Seal of Incorruption, and returned two Mp’s to Parliament.

Charleville Manor was burnt by the Duke of Berwick in 1690during the Williamite War.  Boyle lived out his life in Castlemartyr until he died in 1679 and is buried in the Collegiate Church in Youghal, Co. Cork.

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Charleville Tidy Towns Update

 

Kerry Group volunteers, with John McMahon CTT, ready for action on their community volunteer day 20 July

 

CHARLEVILLE TIDY TOWNS

Tidy Towns Competition

By now, though no Tidy Towns judge was spotted in the area, we expect that judging has been completed.

Thank you to our group of Tus workers who did trojan work throughout the summer in sometimes very difficult conditions due to the intense heat. Your commitment to the cause is much appreciated and your work has greatly enhanced the appearance of our town.

Our thanks also to Cork County Council engineer and staff for their constant help and support.  They play an important role in keeping our streets clean and tidy and always picked up the bags left for collection by our volunteers after the Monday evening clean-ups.

Thank you to the groups who volunteered their assistance this summer: to the schools for their assistance in the Anti-Litter Challenge; to the staff of AIB who also assisted in the Anti-Litter Challenge; to the volunteers from Kerry Group who cleared and cleaned the footpath on the Kilmallock Rd; to the ladies of Charleville Flower Club for their assistance in the Garden of Remembrance and with the roses behind the library; to the many businesses and Charleville GAA who displayed beautiful flowers, whether in tubs or baskets outside their premises. Your efforts help to add colour and atmosphere to our town.

CTT also planted tubs and put up hanging baskets and we offer our thanks to those who watered and took care of them, they would not have survived this summer’s drought without your assistance.

Charleville Tidy Towns consists of a small but dedicated group of volunteers who give of their time and energy in many ways, especially in the weekly get togethers on Monday evenings to plant and maintain flowers and shrubs, weed footpaths and road edges, pick litter, tidy any area that needs attention and generally attempt to show off Charleville in the best possible light.

WEBSITE : www.charlevilletidytowns.ie

Do check out our website for information on all our projects. You will find extensive coverage of work undertaken to improve Charleville during the past few years accompanied by a lovely selection of photographs.  If you would like to get involved or want to make comments or suggestions we would be delighted if you contact us on: community@charlevilletidytowns.ie. We look forward to your involvement.

 

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Marketing Charleville – Facing The Challenge

Charleville Chamber Press Release

Marketing Charleville-Facing The Challenge.

There will be an open meeting for all Charleville retailers and business people next Monday July 9th in Charleville Park Hotel at 6 pm to discuss ways and means whereby Charleville Town and District can be marketed as an attractive location to Shop. The short-term objective is to prepare for the Christmas shopping period and the long-term objective is to prepare for the bye-pass and any other situations that may arise.  Charleville has a fantastic array of retail outlets from cars to fashion to groceries not to mention a host of speciality retailers. The town has been selected as a location by both National and International retailers as a town worthy of their outlets.

Charleville Chamber are convening this meeting so that all interested businesses and individuals can attend and air their views on the best ways to promote Charleville as a major retail town.  According to Chamber President P.J McCarthy, Charleville has “a great tradition of retail businesses and service providers to local people, businesses and to the farming community”.

Retailers are now facing the challenge of online shopping and city suburban shopping centres and now according to P.J. is “the time for Charleville to face that challenge, meet it head on and deal with it”.

Charleville Chamber has already had preliminary discussions with a leading social media marketing company that has expertise in the retail sector; they will attend on Monday night and they will participate in the meeting. P.J McCarthy urges all those who have a stake in Charleville whether it be retail or business to attend this meeting.

 

 

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Casino Night Fundraiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casino Night Fundraiser Saturday 7th July

Charleville Chamber of Commerce will host a ‘Casino Night Fundraiser’ at Charleville Park Hotel on Saturday July 7th from 9 pm – 12 am.

There will be 3 Black Jack tables and 2 Roulette tables, each looked after by a professional croupier. You don’t need to be an expert gambler as the rules at each table will be explained in full. Whether you are there for a FUN NIGHT OUT or to win the amazing prizes, this promises to be a great occasion.

Top Prizes on the Night include

€500 voucher to be spent locally in Lees Centra, Bridgets, Fitzgerald Electrical, Morans Menswear and Love Cherish.

2 Nights B&B plus one evening meal at any So Hotel ie Charleville Park Hotel & Leisure Club, Castletroy Park Hotel & Leisure Club, Killeshin Hotel & Leisure Club or Loughrea Hotel & Spa.

€250 McCarthy’s Pharmacy Cosmetics Hamper.

Plus many more individual prizes for Best Dressed Male & Female plus our fun ‘Roulette Raffle’.

Tickets cost €20 and include $100 Fun Money (10 Free Bets) and Finger Food. Full bar services are available on the night. Extra Fun Money available.

Rules

On display of entry ticket, each player receives $100 Fun Money. This Fun Money can be cashed in for chips and entitles the player to 10 free bets on the Black Jack and Roulette tables. More Fun Money is available on the night. At the end of a 2 Hour play period the players with the most chips go on to a ‘Final Table’ to play for the Top Prizes.

It’s an ideal opportunity for a work night out or a catch up with friends.

There will be a limited number of tickets available from Charleville E Centre on Bakers Road and Charleville Park Hotel. Get them early to avoid disappointment. Buy 10 tickets and receive 2 extra FREE  .

Contact Sean on 063 33133 for more details

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Charleville Chamber Official Statement concerning Roadworks.

Charleville Chamber understands the frustration caused by the current infrastructure works and empathise with both the business people and customers of Charleville Town, we acknowledge that these works are essential within the town and are in the interest of the public’s health and safety.

Charleville Chamber was informed that there would be upgrading works to Main Street, Charleville, with these works being carried out at night in order to minimise the disruption to local business and customers. The last time such works were undertaken on Main Street, Charleville it was successfully completed at night with minimum dispruption to all concerned. The full extent of the current infrastrucutre works beyond the Main Street to Charleville Park Hotel, Limerick Road and to the Medical Centre, Cork Road, has not been communicated to the businesses of Charleville or Charleville Chamber. Charleville Chamber are appealing to TII, Cork County Council and local elected representatives to communicate clearly with the business of Charleville Town and Charleville Chamber.

In light of additional infrastructure works required to replace the water mains on Limerick Road, we strongly recommend that the works would be paused while a proper and full engagement with all stakeholders is carried out in order to limit the disruption to business and customers.

Communications between TII, Cork County Council, resident engineer, the main contractor, the business of Charleville and Charleville Chamber needs to be improved and dealt with as a matter of urgency to avoid any further stress, anxiety and financial risks to local businesses. I call on the professionals in the TII design team, main contractor and Cork County Council to make an extra effort to engage with local business, understand the impact of the current infrastructure works on their businesses and work to minimise the disruption as much as possible. Working together to complete this project is paramount.

We would advise that people would plan their journeys while these works are ongoing, to avoid delays to their journey times.

In the meantime, we would like to acknowledge the loyalty of all customers to businesses in Charleville Town and ask that they continue doing business with the committed and hardworking business people of Charleville. Your patience and understanding is much appreciated and look forward to your continued support.

P.J McCarthy

President Charleville Chamber of Commerce

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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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