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Facelift for Opera Centre eyesore underway

first_img Previous article‘Cops’ on trail of copper thieves in city and countyNext articleArts notes in brief admin Linkedin Email ON our edition dated July 16 last, it was exclusively reported by Andrew Carey, on page one, that approaches had been made to wealthy Limerick business people to assist with funding for a proposed clean- up of the ill-fated Opera Centre. It was revealed that talks had been held between interested parties, and to which JP McManus was invited. Dr Hugh Maguire of the Hunt Museum stated at the time that it would be of great benefit to the city if a clean up operation was put in place.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Well, it emerged this week that McManus, through his charitable foundation, is making such funds available.The decision had been taken following talks with the developers of the site.According to a spokesperson for the foundation, their involvement will not make for a permanent solution, just that they want to make the city look good.There is to be an emphasis on carrying out improvement to the lower sections of buildings on Patrick Street, Rutland Street and Ellen Street.The amount being donated has not been disclosed.The Opera Centre site, currently on the books of NAMA, developed into an eyesore within one year of plans to develop a multi-million euro shopping centre.Property owners in the three streets had benefited handsomely, with huge sums paid out to finalise deals, some of which had been ongoing for years. Twitter NewsLocal NewsFacelift for Opera Centre eyesore underwayBy admin – September 1, 2011 606 center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Print Facebooklast_img read more

Smooth growth from bump-in-the-night

first_imgHalloween has become a short but often lucrative sales opportunity in the UK, bakers have reported.The annual festival has become well established with bakers reporting significant sales spurts that can last several weeks.Jason Jobling of WT Warren & Son, based in Penzance, Cornwall, said Halloween gave a welcome boost to sales in the relative lull after summer: “Five years ago Halloween used to be a week or two. Now we can do four weeks.”Halloween specials have become a big seller since Warren launched its first products five years ago, said Jobling. This year the company expects to sell about 4,000 of its coffin biscuit a week in its 36 shops, he said. Coffin biscuits are chocolate-coated shortbread topped with a Halloween wafer.Trevor Mooney, joint MD of baker Nantwich-based Arthur Chatwin, said Halloween was a useful boost to business, although sales did not match those at Easter.”It’s an important time for us, but it’s a short time,” he said. “We can only make it last two weeks.”Chatwins’ products include chocolate sponge ghosts and pumpkin-shaped biscuits.The Co-operative group’s central buying operation is also entering into the spirit of Halloween, supplying each Co-op shop with a selection of special products and a halloween-themed point-of-sale package. All Co-op stores have Halloween aisle ends.New this year in Co-op stores are Halloween Treacle and Ginger Loaf, Halloween Mini Jam Tarts and Halloween Fairy Cakes, selling for 99p each or two for £1.50.last_img read more