Loving Local: Business is booming in Dublin 8 and beyond

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Donore Credit Union – All About Community

“For over 60 years, Donore Credit Union has been about neighbours and helping neighbours” says David McCauley, CEO Donore Credit Union, who are delighted to be participating in the Loving Local initiative.

“We are all playing a vital role, when we support local at this time. We know businesses have struggled, and we all need to do our part in raising the profile of local businesses and organisations in our community.”

Donore is a locally member-owned Credit Union co-operative in the Liberties. It truly understands the importance of community as borne out in their recently released Social Return on Investment Report, (available at www.donorecu.ie and reported in Dublin Gazette).

Remember, if you live, work or study in Dublin 8, and join Donore Credit Union – you are supporting your local Credit Union and your local community! See www.donorecreditunion.ie or contact 01 453 6686.

Urban Plant Life

Urban Plant Life, Dublin’s only city centre garden centre located at Cork Street in the Liberties, spans an impressive half acre of plants, tools and gardening equipment. Proprietor Sam Smyth established the centre 25 years ago.

“Since we re-opened in May, our online services have blossomed. We are literally out the door with orders. Notably, house plants have really taken off. Currently,” said Sam. “We have seasonal autumn-winter stock in, plus bulbs for Spring 2021. We deliver across Dublin – contact 01 453 6201 or email [email protected]

The Corner Butcher

The Corner Butcher, located at Leonard’s Corner on the South Circular Road is run by Anthony Kelly.

“I took over the business three years ago,” said Anthony “There has been a butchers here since 1928. We have four staff and have a great rapport with local clientele.

“There always a bit of banter going, the only way to get through these difficult times, along with providing quality meats and poultry, all Irish sourced. Fresh fish too from Kish Fish here in Dublin – guaranteed from Irish waters.”

Hens Teeth

Hens Teeth Diner, Gallery, Wine Bar and Store located at Blackpitts, D8 opened last November. Rosie Gogan-Keogh, MD, stated: “We are a gallery, art and lifestyle store but also a wine bar and diner. We work with Irish and international artists to create new limited editions and collections, including ceramic pieces and original artwork, all of which are for sale.

“We also sell books, and unusual gifts such as Falcon enamel ware, Earl of East candles, Snoopy and Peanuts mugs – playful and colourful giftware.” See www.hensteethstore.com.

T McCann & Co Ltd

T McCann & Co Ltd located at 136 South Circular Road is a leading builder’s providers and DIY retail outlet. A family business established in 1976, they are suppliers of all building materials to the trade, and also to DIY enthusiasts, for all major home improvements.

“We have experienced staff to hand here to deal with all your building and DIY enquiries,” said Paul Kelly, Assistant Manager. See www.tmcann.ie, our Facebook page or phone 01 453 3335 for further enquiries”.

Community Credit Union – Working for You

Community Credit Union understand the importance of supporting local businesses and helping local communities thrive.

“At Community Credit Union, there is an emphasis on treating members as people and making every effort to cater to their financial needs” says Sue Callanan, Head of Business Development. “We have been serving members for decades. Listening to them, helping them, and supporting them through various community and club initiatives.

“We help our members with all kinds of loans, home renovations for the growing family, a new car, back to school or expensive college costs and lots more! Community Credit Union are here for it all and we are proud to say we put community back into the local community”.

For more information about Community Credit Union, call 01 869 2500 or see www.communitycu.ie/


GRUB located at the Fassaugh Recreation Centre on Fassaugh Avenue, D 8 provides high quality bar, carvery and function food. For September, GRUB offers a Sunday Senior Citizen Special with an ‘FU’ to delivery charges!

Any dessert and dinner €9.99 + free delivery but note, this only applies to phone orders – contact 085 783 2533 now.

In support of the Inner City Helping Homeless, GRUB also offers a free dessert with carvery deliveries, if you have old clothes to donate. Just contact 085 783 2533 to make your order and on delivery, GRUB will give you a free dessert in return for your donated clobber! Supporting the community always, GRUB Bar and Carvery.

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