Charleville Chamber Notes

Charleville Chamber is keen to establish how local businesses is progressing and is anxious to help in any way they can to achieve the success they so richly deserve. The Chamber has circulated a survey to their members in the retail sector seeking their views on a number of issues, which could lead to an improvement of their businesses into the future. The survey contains ten questions and would take as little a short time to complete. Chamber President P. J. McCarthy says that completion of the survey will enable the Chamber to plot a future agenda, which will be specific to the needs of local business people in Charleville.
Train Station Facilities
Chamber director and Cllr. Ian Doyle, in his capacity as a member of Cork County CouncilChamber successfully countered a proposal by Iaranrod Eireann to close the toilets at Charleville Train Station, when he raised the matter at a meeting of the County Council. This proposal has now been dropped by the rail authorities in the case of Charleville and is being reconsidered with regard to other rural train stations in the country.
Trade Mission
Representatives from industry in Charleville town and area have been invited to participate in a trade delegation to the Paraguayan capital of Ascuncion. The trade mission is predominantly a UK initiative following the British/Paraguayan Trade Exhibition, which Chamber was held in November and attended by Chamber President P. J. McCarthy.

Heritage Society
The Chamber’s Heritage Society will be holding its first historical event on Friday the 6th February at the E Centre, Baker’s Road, Charleville at 8pm, when Cork based military historian Gerry White, co-author of the book ‘A Great Sacrifice’ will be speaking on the subject of ‘Cork and the Great War.’ The presentation will examine the impact of war on Cork and Ireland, the lives of some Cork servicemen, their motives for enlistment and the part women played in the war. It will also look at the number of Cork servicemen that died in individual battles, trench warfare and the different war memorials located in Cork. Mr. White’s book (co-written with Brendan O’Shea) ‘A Great Sacrifice’ identified over 3,800 Allied servicemen with connections to Cork City and County who died during, or as a result of World War 1. Fifty-four of these were from Charleville town and area.
Upcoming events organised by the Society will include a talk on Famine with emphasis on the effect it had on Charleville town and area, an outing to Kilkenny Castle, a weekend commemorating Jacobite poet Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill over Whit Weekend (29th/30th/31st May) and our Festival of History weekend in mid-September (18th/19th/20th) will remember the first Irish Ambassador to Germany, the Charleville born author and academic, Professor Daniel A. Binchy.
E Centre
If your organisation is thinking of holding a meeting or business people organising a course for staff members, why not consider holding it in the comfortable surroundings of the fully equipped E Centre at Baker’s Road, Charleville, which is available at very reasonable rates.
Are you a start-up business looking for office space? The E Centre also contains hot desks ideal for business start-ups or those working from home who may need a business environment. A desk, telephone point and broadband link is provided at just €50 per week. For further information on the above please contact Robert or Sean at 063-33133.


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