Sadness and Shock in Castleisland as Nana Bea’s Announces Closure

In Happier Days: Management and staff at Nana Bea’s Cafe generously and kindly sponsored and preparing scones and tea and coffee for the return of the walkers in Castleisland’s annual Good Friday Morning / Kerry Hospice Foundation Walk over the past few years. Included are: Clodagh O’Toole, Rosaleen Higgins, Peter Cottontail-Rabbit who just dropped in for the photograph; Monika Kloskowska, Christine and Trish Higgins and Joanne O’Toole. ©Photograph: John Reidy  19-4-2019

After the euphoria of yesterday’s record-breaking St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Castleisland comes the saddening and shocking news that one of the town’s leading, pioneering and respected family businesses, Nana Bea’s Restaurant is to close its doors permanently today.

The alarming announcement that yet another local business is to close its doors in the town was made via the Nana Bea’s business Facebook page as follows:

“Nana Beas Cafe will permanently close its doors today.

Due to extremely high and continuously rising costs and demands across all aspects of the business, staffing issues along with Covid warehousing issues we have no choice but to close our doors.

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. The honour it has been.

The constant support and goodwill behind us these past ten years it would make you believe in nothing but magic. Thank you to each and every customer that came through our door.

Thank you to the Nana gang, the love and daily laughs were something else. The amount of learning that was done what a way to spend the last decade. Our cups, bellys and hearts were always full.

We only wish that the success and further potential of the business was met and this “perfect storm” of post covid issues in our industry could have been weathered, we are however fierce grateful for the time we had.

Thank you all for being a part of the Nana community and supporting us at whatever stage. Thank you to all our local suppliers.

The tears and thanks are plenty today but to the reason the business came into existence in the first place Nana Bea, thank you to infinity, hope you got to see and enjoy the madness that was all in your name, you truly were bigger than the whole sky.

So much love and thanks for all of it.”

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