Following Cashel Chamber of Commerce’s AGM on Wednesday, February22, President, Mike Ryan, who gave enormous dedication to the organisation over the last two years, has stepped from office. He has been replaced by the new President (and former PRO) Sean Laffey.
Treasurer, John Lacy has remained in the same position and both Catherine Stapleton and Niall Gregory have returned to the committee after two years involvement in other ventures. Catherine Stapleton has resumed her former position of Chamber Secretary and Niall Gregory has take up the posts of Vice President and Acting PRO. The Chamber AGM saw an excellent turnout representing all facets of Cashel business community, in particular that of the retail sector.
In his inaugural presentation, Mr Laffey identified the need for an on-going strong cross sector representation of business community to ensure the Chamber’s effective success into the future. He welcomed all initiatives and suggestions and that given the economic challenges faced by every business and household, none should be considered inconsequential. The Rock of Cashel was a key item that came up for discussion. As one of the most visited heritage sites in the country and the most visited one in any town in Ireland, there is poor translation to that of tourism economy for the town. National figures show that for every €E1 invested in heritage tourism this correlates to €E4.40 spent in the economy. The Chamber will shortly seek to engage with Cashel Town Council to jointly engage with the Office of Public Works (who are the custodians of the Rock) to create a more direct link between visitors and Cashel economy.
Mr Laffey urged all business owners to attend the monthly meetings. He proposed that sub-committees will be created to fully recognise the needs and meet the challenges of the diverse business sectors. Cashel Chamber’s next meeting will be held Wednesday 7th March at Kearney’s Castle Hotel (Main Street) at 6.15pm. New, prospective and indeed existing members can meet at 6pm beforehand. A key item on the agenda is initiatives for improving the town’s Christmas lights.