'BUSINESS AFTER HOURS' ORGANISED BY WEXFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN COLMAN DOYLES, SOUTH MAIN STREET

ALMOST 200 people flocked to Colman Doyles in South Main Street for a social shopping evening as part of the 'Business After Hours' programme organised by Wexford Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber members enjoyed a discount of up to 25 per cent on goods throughout the three floors of the fine furniture store.

The evening started with wine and canapes prepared by Le Tire Bouchon restaurant. There were competitions in all departments and everyone who attended had a chance to win spot prizes along with a door prize of a ¤300 shopping vourcher.

Interior designers were available to talk about new trends. Photographers Ray Flynn and Pat Kenny displayed their work and ICA members demonstrated embroidery and cross-stitching.

Among those who attended were over 100 retail owners and managers, along with Wexford County Council's Senior Roads Engineer, Eddie Taaffe, who spearheaded the refurbishment of the Main Street as Borough Engineer.

Eddie acknowledged the contribution that Colman Doyle has made to the Main Street and commented that he had survived more than one recession.

He told shop-owners that the upgrading of South Main Street would be completed this year.

'Wexford has a unique town centre with side streets that add character and this is one of the many reasons visitors come to the town', he said.

Caroline Flanagan of Colman Doyle said retail shops in the town centre are currently finding it difficult as footfall has reduced significantly. She emphasised the importance of people shopping locally and keeping business in Wexford.

Attending the event were (above, left) Pauline Breen, Dolores Power and Carol O'Shea; (above, centre) Trina Barnes, Geraldine Rochford and Sarah Rochford; and (above, right) Gilly Thomas and Mary Carley.

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