Rugby Star JJ to Open Kieran’s XL Store in The Mall

Rugby star, JJ Hanrahan will officially open Kieran McAuliffe's XL Store in Knocknagoshel on Saturday with a whirl of events from 11am to 2pm. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Rugby star, JJ Hanrahan will officially open Kieran McAuliffe’s XL Store in Knocknagoshel on Saturday with a whirl of events from 11am to 2pm. ©Photograph: John Reidy

As far as connections to place are concerned, Knocknagoshel has as much claim to J.J. Hanrahan’s increasing fame as Northampton or Currow or Thomond Park. 

On this Saturday, August 5th. JJ will do the honours when he will cut the ceremonial ribbon for Kieran McAuliffe as he officially opens his village based XL Store with a raft of entertainment and give-aways from 11am to 2pm.

Long Held Ambition

While he opened the store on Monday morning, April 3rd and realised a long held ambition and dream in the process, it’s only now he’s got a chance to do so officially.

Kieran had traded from a rented premises in The Village Shop for the past couple of years but after purchasing a house in the village he realised there was space to convert his shed into a new, modern premises.

Having served a decade long apprenticeship in some of the leading supermarkets in Tralee and Listowel, Kieran knows his business from the ground up.

The conversion from the shed to the shop took just over two months.

An Intense Process

“It was an intense process with Lee Roche Construction and his team working hard to meet the deadline. I’m delighted at how the business is going here and I’m listening and responding to the needs and requests of my customers. I’m looking forward to seeing them all on Saturday,” said Kieran.

Kieran’s XL Store trades as part of the franchise which is operated by the BWG group. They also own the Spar, Mace and Londis.

A lot of the goods he stocks are provided by local suppliers and he cites the examples of: bread, milk and vegetables. You can pick up your daily and Sunday newspapers, sit down and have coffee or tea or take it and go. Kieran’s XL Store is open daily from 8-30am to 9pm.

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