Eileen Takes the Reins at No.74 Main Street, Castleisland

Eileen O’Connor outside her new business at 74 Main Street, Castleisland after it opened this morning. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Eileen O’Connor (centre) outside her new business at 74 Main Street, Castleisland with staff members, Helen O’Keeffe (left) and Mary O’Regan after it opened this morning. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Daniel Nelligan, owner of Mrs. Nelligan’s Bakery & Coffee Shop announced over the Christmas period that he had reached an agreement which will result in the premises continuing to trade as a bakery, coffee shop and delicatessen at 74 Main Street, Castleisland.

There has been a Nelligan’s bakery in Castleisland since 1945 and the premises at 74 Main Street has operated as a bakery and coffee shop since 1982.

Moved to Laois

Daniel and his wife Louise had operated the business at 74 Main Street since January 2010. Having moved from Castleisland to Laois five years ago their decision to move on was not unexpected with their daily involvement in the Castleisland business having been curtailed in recent years.

Relaunch Today

Knocknagoshel native, Eileen O’Connor has recently commenced trading there and has carried out decorative and organisational changes before re-launching today as Eileen’s Bakery, Coffee Shop & Deli.

“Since we made the announcement we have been inundated with lovely messages, calls and texts over the last number of weeks and we appreciate them all,” said Daniel Nelligan.

A Superb Chef

“We are very grateful for all the business and friendship we have enjoyed over the last nine years. I am delighted that Eileen has decided to set up business. I have known Eileen as a superb chef for a number of years and in fact Eileen worked with us as a baker for over five years.

“She has lots of culinary experience and some great ideas and I look forward to visiting and eating in her newly revamped premises in the future.

A Huge Addition

“It is satisfying to know that she will retain the best of what we had to offer on the menu and also I am delighted that she has retained the colleagues who trained and worked with me for her new endeavor.

“I wish her every success and have no doubt her business will be a huge addition to the town,” said Daniel.

New Year – New Start

Commenting on her new venture Eileen O’Connor said she is looking forward to getting started so early in the year.

“I have a good team working with me and have had great support from family and friends. I’m looking forward to putting my ideas into practice and welcoming new and old customers over the coming weeks.”

Good luck to Daniel and Louise on their venture in the midlands and to Eileen and her staff at No. 74.

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