Loving ❤ Local with Dublin Credit Unions: supporting local business

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This week, we focus on the communities of Malahide and Tallaght, both of which have been generously supported by the credit union movement for over 50 years.

A spokesperson for Malahide CU said: “We proudly sit within the heart of the village, providing highly competitive loans to our members, with no hidden charges to worry about. We also provide a safe and secure home for their savings.”

Malahide Credit Union.

Manor Books

Manor Books at Church Road is run by Robert Redmond with two part time family employees also working there.

He revealed: “We were busy during the Covid, closed but then re-opened as we sold newspapers, and deemed as ‘essential services’.

“We posted out loads of books ordered by email or phone. There was also a huge demand for jigsaw puzzles but now those orders are easing off.

“The CU’s shop local incentive is brilliant as we face huge competition from online suppliers. We are all a bit down on our turnover but definitely local shopping is up a little in recent weeks.

“They also did a branch promotion a few months ago, using book vouchers for prizes which they purchased here, book tokens that won’t expire and can be used anywhere but they bought them here. Great to see them promoting reading.”

Paperweight Office Supplies

Paperweight Office Supplies is a family owned business in Malahide over 33 years now. Located at 2 Main Street, the shop sells office and school supplies, and has a business website which delivers all over the country (paperweight.ie).

“We have all the major, most popular brands online without swamping you with too much choice!” said Denise Doyle who runs the shop with husband Sean.

“Anything you can’t source, just ring us and we’ll try to locate it for you. At least 90% of stock is delivered the next day.

“In recent months, we laminated new menus and Covid signs aplenty. We were open behind closed doors during the restrictions but we serviced people working from home.”

Tallaght Credit Union. Picture: Google Maps

Tallaght & District Credit Union has been serving the area for over 50 years, and lending money for the benefit of the wider community.

“We have gone from strength to strength with assets of over €60m and membership of over 12,000,” said a staff member. 

“In all the development over the past 50 years, Tallaght has not lost its ‘village’ feel, and the Credit Union has been at the centre of the village. 

“We are happy to support Saoirse Women’s Refuge and Priory Dentist here, both delivering very different but vital services to the area.” 

Many readers will remember when there was just one small supermarket in Tallaght village, and then more shops were opened in the old town centre, decades before The Square opened in 1990.   

Saoirse Women’s Refuge

Sadly, one in four women in Ireland will be abused by a current or former partner. Hence ‘Saoirse’ was set up in 2006 in Tallaght, after 12 tireless years of lobbying.

“Up to then, there was no service supports for women and children in our community. Saoirse expanded in 2019 and now includes two refuges, two safe houses and an outreach service,” said Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, Acting CEO Saoirse.

“We provide safe, supportive and confidential services for women and children experiencing domestic abuse in the Tallaght/Rathcoole and Dublin SW area, along with clinics from West Wicklow to Dublin 12.

“Saoirse’s main funder is Túsla, however, we could not deliver our services without the additional support of local community enterprise, in particular the credit union.”

Contact Saoirse’s 24 hour Helpline at 01 463 0000 to report domestic abuse.

Priory Dentist

Located at No 5 Main Street, Tallaght, Priory Dentist was established in 1987 and now boasts four experienced and qualified dentists and four dental nurses.

“We are very busy since re-opening and provide full general dentistry, orthodontics (braces), and oral surgery,” said Dr Karim Shahani. 

“We are more of a family than co-workers here in the Priory Dentist. We have gotten to know all our patients well over the years, not only from Tallaght but also the wider area,” added Dr Karim. “We believe you deserve your best smile.”

Business neighbours of Tallaght Credit Union, Dr Karim praised the CUs promotion of encouraging this and other shop local campaigns.

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