The meeting was held upstairs in the Shopping Centre and was well attended. There was a special welcome for Jason O’Callaghan who recently opened the Roasted Road Coffee Drive-Thru on the Link Road, and we all wish him well in his new venture.
Dympna Crowley gave a brief outline of the Beacon Initiative, as the Lee Travel shop in Youghal is taking part in the scheme there. The BBA is to invite the co-ordinator of the initiative, Padraig O’Sullivan to a meeting to discuss the scheme in detail. The general feeling at the meeting is that it appears to be a good initiative and could be of benefit to a good number of local businesses.
There was a big welcome back to Barbara Mc Donagh who gave an update on the Christmas Retail Promotion. The meeting endorsed the concept of focussing the promotion on social media in particular. If 50 businesses support the promotion there will be a surplus generated which will be used to provide music in the town, which proved to be very popular last year. The organising committee will call to individual business over the next while to outline the promotion and posters will be distributed when printed.
Micheal O’Crualaoi hosted a special celebratory meal for in the Plaza Restaurant to thank the volunteers from the Tidy Towns for all their hard work for the Entente Florale. A number of BBA members also attended to show our support for the efforts of the Tidy Towns throughout the year.
For a change the meeting was held in the Garda Station and was addressed by Garda Tony Davis as well as local Garda Liam Linehan and Sgt Brian Murphy. All there found the meeting quite interesting and it was great to hear that the crime figures for Ballincollig compare very favourably to towns of a similar size. Liam outlined some procedures that he had prepared for the BBA that were of particular interest to business dealing with cash in the run up to Christmas. He suggested a number of initiatives, especially for like for like businesses and the BBA would certainly support such schemes.
In keeping with the trend over the past few weeks, this meeting was addressed by a guest speaker, Ann O’Mahony of AHR and was on the topic of Stress and Resilience – Keeping Ourselves Well During Demanding Times. The meeting was held in the Anglers Rest and special thanks must go to Bríd and Frank from the Anglers Rest for the use of their excellent facilities and the fantastic supper enjoyed afterwards.
AHR was established in 1994 by Joe O’Mahony (Occupational Psychologist) and Ann O’Mahony (Counselling, Work and Occupational Psychologist) and is a company of Occupational Health Psychologists and Counsellors, based in Cork and Dublin delivering psychological initiatives to organisations and workplaces throughout Ireland. These include Employee Wellbeing Programmes, Critical Incident Support, and training programmes on Stress Management, Personal Effectiveness and Resilience, Return to Work Support. Ann has spent the past number of years developing programmes to support client organisations undergoing significant change and uncertainty.
The meeting was very informative and everyone there seemed to get something out of it. Thanks also must go to Tom Purcell for organising Ann to speak.
A large crowd attended the turning on of the Christmas Lights in Coach House Square in the Shopping Centre. The lights were turned on by Velvin from the Voice of Ireland and Lisa Baxter the current Belle of Ballincollig.
Before that at the Coach House a special commemorative plaque will be unveiled by the Tidy Towns to honour their achievement in this year’s European Entente Florale.
As always the eateries from the BBA provided refreshments for the children and the adults and entertainment was also be on hand to launch the festive spirit.
A good crowd enjoyed a lively talk and subsequent discussion with Declan O’Connell, owner of the Lee Travel Group, our guest speaker at this meeting. It was interesting to hear Declan discuss how he has grown his business over the years and how he has adapted to cope with the many challenges that technology and a changing marketplace has put in his way, since he got involved in the business since shortly after he did his leaving cert. From a Ballincollig business point of view it was very interesting to hear of the Lee Travel’s involvement in the Beacon Initiative in Youghal and hopefully we can avail of his experience again in the future. So thanks to Declan and thanks also to Dympna Crowley from the Lee Travel in Ballincollig, and Finbarr Moloney of O’Mahony Walsh and brother-in-law of Declan for persuading him to give the presentation.
Barbara Mc Donagh gave an update on the Christmas Retail promotion. Over the coming weeks there will be a number of prize draws on Facebook culminating in a grand prize draw at Christmas. We would ask all members to get customers and family and friends to like and share the Ballincollig.ie Facebook page.