2010 has been a busy year for Cashel Chamber of Commerce, which has seen its membership soar to the highest it has been in years despite the economic downturn.
The Chamber elected a new president in Sean Moloughney and also Finula Crowe as secretary. The year also saw some long standing stalwarts of the Chamber step down from their roles but kept a keen interest in all Chamber activities and initiatives, such as Wally Ryan and Philip Ryan, both of whom have been the backbone of the Chamber for years and are still an essential ingredient in the Chamber moving forward. The Chamber is a voluntary business group and very few have given up of their time more freely than long standing officers, Sean Laffey (Treasurer) and Niall Gregory (PRO). Throughout 2010 the Chamber have endeavoured to promote the town through various different initiatives and activities.
Website - Cashel Chamber of Commerce has been proud and pleasantly surprised at the great reaction to the revitalised town website, www.cashel.ie, with nearly 4.5 million hits this year alone the website has proven to be a great source of information but locally and further a field internationally. The website continues to provide up to date information on upcoming events, news items and directory of local businesses including tourism, retail, services, etc. www.cashel.ie is worth a look and one-stop information hub for Cashel.
Cycle 4 Sick Children - The chamber was honoured to host a leg of the Cycle 4 Sick Children event in June 2010. The organisation was founded by Liam and Stacey Mulcahy from Kilmallock with the aim to help to raise funds and promote awareness in helping kids with severe neurological disabilities, promote learning and education and improve children's abilities and giving care to severely ill children while also helping parents of these children by providing nursing and respite care and also providing a home away from home environment near the hospital where all the family can stay as a unit. Stacey Mulcahy is originally from Cashel Town with family still here and Chamber secretary Finula Crowe was instrumental in bringing the cycle from Kilmallock to Cashel. Cycle 4 Sick Children website; www.cycle4sickchildren.com
Europe Meeting - Cashel hosted a special meeting in May 2010 themed "Cashel In Europe", which was well attended. Speakers on the night were Dr. Niall Gregory and Cllr Eoghan Lawrence who spoke on the forthcoming EU Rural Charter being hosted by Cashel in June 2011 and Cashel's role as Ireland's representatives in the EU Charter. Special guest on the night was Alan Kelly MEP who spoke on the affect of Europe on job creation in rural Ireland and fielded questions from the audience well into the late hours.
South Tipperary Chambers increase co-operation - In September of this year Cashel Chamber of Commerce arranged a meeting of South Tipperary Chambers and Business Associations to forge closer links with our near neighbours Clonmel, Cahir and Tipperary Town. The aim of this meeting was to set a foundation for joint projects and initiatives to help promote South Tipperary as a whole in terms of business development and increased tourism initiatives. The collaboration between Chambers and Business Associations will be stepped up in 2011 given the dire straits of the current economic climate.
Enterprise of the Year Award - Cashel Chamber of Commerce hosted a gala dinner night in the Cashel Palace in October. The night was supported and attended by many businesses in the town and surrounding areas and proved to be a fantastic networking success for business people to meet in a social setting. The Inaugural Cashel Chamber of Commerce Award was presented by chamber President Sean Moloughney to local businessman Henry Clifton Browne of Crozier Blue Cheese for his continued success of producing his internationally acclaimed goats milk cheese and exporting it to markets as far away as Australia. Only last week Crozier and its sister cheese Cashel Blue won gold medals at the World Cheese Fair in England.
S.M.E. Advise Expo 2011 - Cashel Chamber of Commerce will be running a S.M.E. Advise Expo on the 21st January 2011 in Halla Na Feile to advise new or existing Entrepreneurs where to start or go when starting a new business or diversifying an existing business. There will be stands with financial institutions, state agencies and local businesses who will be on hand to advise on lending options, business plans, planning requirements, employment law, corporate law and many other matters concerning businesses, new or existing.
The Chamber recognises that 2011 is shaping up to be a more difficult year for businesses than 2010 and to this end it will be concentrating and expanding it's membership and asking business people to become more active members within the Chamber to help focus and create business opportunities locally for all members and businesses.