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Three Starbucks in Dun Laoghaire

Starbucks has taken a 2,787 sq ft unit at Bloomfield Shopping Centre in Dun Laoghaire.
 The centre is anchored by Tesco and IMC Cinemas with other top retailers including Boots, Argos and Dealz.
 Starbucks is taking over what was formerly Mandalay Café and the opening means that there are now three Starbucks cafes in Dun Laoghaire. 

ITIC Calls for West Tourism Investment

The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) has launched a report on the importance and potential of tourism along the Western seaboard from Donegal to Cork. In its report “Tourism in the West: An Engine for Growth & Jobs

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” ITIC argues that increased government investment is needed to underpin recent progress and to allow tourism to realise its full potential. 
 
ITIC is calling on government for a tourism-specific capital investment for the West of €125m over the next 5 years and an increased commitment to, and deepening, of the Wild Atlantic Way brand proposition. ITIC is also advocating an industry-led alliance to improve co-ordination and collaboration of tourism development along the Western seaboard. 
ITIC’s report states that tourism is annually worth €2.6bn to Western coastal counties, providing 100,000 jobs. It is the largest industry employer in the West and an estimated 12.7m bed nights were spent by overseas visitors to the West in 2014 with Europe being the chief source market. Encouragingly last year expenditure by overseas visitors increased by 21% and nearly half of all overseas tourist expenditure within Ireland was spent in the West. 
 
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Art Gallery at Carton House

Carton House has added  The Kildare Gallery to the resort. Located in the old Steward’s House, dating from the late 1800s, the gallery captures the natural and artistic ambience of Carton House, while integrating all that modern art has to offer.
 Inspired by the Carton Estate and the FitzGerald family history and landscape, esteemed art enthusiast Ken Folan, curator of the Vanishing Art exhibition, and Ruth Liddle, Bloom Sculpture Garden Gold Medallist, have brought the historic Steward’s House back to life. Together they have revived the space to bring an art gallery of the highest quality to the heart of Kildare. The Kildare Gallery aims to provide a breath-taking array of quality sculptures, paintings, craft and design while making art easily accessible to the public.
 
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Sodexo wins EnviroCom Award

Sodexo Ireland won the ‘Best Example of Waste Prevention’ Award at the 9th Annual EnviroCom Awards, organised by the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber .

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Pictured are  Chamber President Kevin Kelly; Aidan Walker, Sodexo Ireland; Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Gillian Sheehan, Sodexo Ireland and Barry Saul, An Cathaoirleach Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
 
Gillian Sheehan, business manager at Dell Cherrywood, was presented with the Award by  Mr Alex White, TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources together with Councillor Barry Saul, Cathaoirleach of DLR County Council and Kevin Kelly, President of DLR Chamber.
 
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Wetherspoon buys Dublin church

UK pub company JD Wetherspoon has bought a former church on Lower Abbey Street ,Dublin for €1.475m ,substantially more than the €400,000 guide price.
Wetherspoon’s success in buying the former Baptist church opposite the VHI headquarters means it will be able to amalgamate it with the former TSB bank at 12B Lower Abbey Street which it bought earlier this year for €1.5 million. Wetherspoon is expected to run the two buildings as a gastropub.
 

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