Shannon Free Zone gets the country’s first Starbucks drive-thru

first_imgNewsBusinessShannon Free Zone gets the country’s first Starbucks drive-thruBy Staff Reporter – July 4, 2018 3103 Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Advertisement Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Email Previous articleMcNamara qualifies for Irish OpenNext articleLimerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2018 has officially begun Staff Reporter Twitter Print Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins TAGSShannon airportStarbucks Shannon Commercial Properties, Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Grainne McInerney, Property Development Manager and Gerry Dillon, Head of Operations & Developments. Pic Arthur Ellis. One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport The Shannon Free Zone has become home today of the country’s first drive-thru Starbucks as the US coffee house chain opened the doors of its latest outlet to the public this afternoon.The 204 sq metre unit developed by Shannon Group subsidiary, Shannon Commercial Properties, will employ 15 people as it becomes the latest page to turn in the evolving story of the Shannon Free Zone.The US based giant, which is among the world’s largest coffee companies and coffee house chains, operates over 20,000 outlets globally but this is the very first drive-thru in the Republic of Ireland.  Starbucks opened its first Irish store in 2005.Located in Shannon Free Zone ‘West’, the single storey unit will include outdoor – as well as indoor – seating, ideal for the heatwave currently gripping the nation.Given its location in one of the country’s largest industrial parks, the unit also, appropriately, comprise a coffee dock/meeting hub that will service the entire industrial estate and prove an additional draw for FDI companies, who typically look for such facilities in new investment locations.Its development is part of the ongoing investment by Shannon Commercial Properties in the Shannon Free Zone, the 600 acre business park adjacent to Shannon Airport. The business park is currently home to 160 companies employing almost 8,000 people.  By year end, Shannon Commercial Properties current investment programme will have seen over €40 million invested in the Free Zone since 2015.Said Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Shannon Commercial Properties, “We are currently working on the biggest investment programme of the millennium years in the  Shannon Free Zone. We’re developing world-class property solutions and providing facilities for amenities such as Starbucks is a key part of our redevelopment strategy. Attracting global brands like Starbucks is a great vote of confidence for the region.“Companies want their locations to have these types of services and brands in place.  The meeting hub there is also a great idea and everything has been built to the highest standard. We’re just looking forward now to our first cup of coffee there!”The unit was built by Moloney Contracts from Tralee in Co. Kerry and 40 people were employed during the construction phaseClick here for more business news. WhatsApp Linkedin Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” last_img read more

Fulham’s woes continue

first_img The Bulgaria striker looked well-placed to control and sneak through for a one-on-one with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. But his first touch let him down at the crucial moment, and the half-chance evaporated on the icy autumn air. After that it was Spurs’ chance to turn wasteful once again. Defoe cut clear on the left after a deep clearance, held up play well, and waited for Lamela’s well-timed delayed run into the box. The former West Ham striker’s cut-back begged for a finish: instead Lamela side-footed wide. Lamela was once again in action with a rising drive from the area’s edge, but Stekelenburg was easily equal to the challenge. Fulham plundered the lead when Dejagah capitalised on the plus side of Berbatov’s enigma, cutting into the box after the Bulgarian’s sharp pass to slide the ball past Lloris. Meulensteen’s men were unable to hold out though, with Chiriches firing in with a first-time strike after a loose headed clearance from a Fulham corner. Just as Fulham looked to settle, Spurs struck again, Holtby smashing in another good finish, to floor the hosts. Fulham pressed again at the death, but Berbatov clipped wide before Kasami struck the outside of a post with the final play, though Lloris was primed to save an on-target shot. Romania defender Chiriches’s crisp 20-yard finish and an equally neat second from Holtby helped Spurs dispatch a spirited Fulham side desperate to start Rene Meulensteen’s reign in style. When Ashkan Dejagah capped Dimitar Berbatov’s astute through-ball with a calm finish just before the hour, Fulham had capitalised on Spurs’ first-half profligacy. But the hosts were unable to hold that lead, with the defensive fragility that ended Martin Jol’s tenure again costing dear. And so it was Tottenham who ended a run of four Barclays Premier League matches without victory – with Fulham slipping to their sixth consecutive league defeat. Tottenham wasted two gilt-edged chances in a first half heavy on application but little else, with Paulinho and Erik Lamela the guilty parties for Villas-Boas’ men. Spurs rallied when left with little option by a Fulham side scrapping for any kind of league foothold, and that proved enough for victory. But Villas-Boas will know his men were nowhere near as fluent as he would expect, struggling to control the pace and tempo for much of the match. Paulinho and Lamela wasted gilt-edged chances for Spurs in a first half Fulham shaded through territory and possession – but not clear opportunities. Brazilian Paulinho fired wide after Jermain Defoe had sent him clear on goal, spurging the first definitive opportunity of the match. The closest the home side came to a real chance was from Pajtim Kasami’s early through-ball to Berbatov. Vlad Chiriches’s first Tottenham goal and a smart strike from Lewis Holtby spared manager Andre Villas-Boas’s blushes as Spurs scrambled a 2-1 victory at Fulham. Press Associationlast_img read more

Punters buzzing as one of the biggest TV betting markets returns

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles This Sunday marks the opening of ‘one of the biggest TV betting markets of the year’ as ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here kicks off from the Australian jungle. As reality TV punters wait with baited breath for the show to get underway, unsurprisingly given some of the big names in this year’s show, Betfair’s Katie Baylis revealed that there is already a “huge buzz” about this year’s series. Baylis told SBC: “I’m a Celebrity is definitely one of our biggest TV markets of the year and last year on Betfair Exchange we saw well over £1m bet on the winner market alone. There is already a huge buzz about the show this year and considering some of the big names heading into the jungle, we are expecting a huge amount of interest betting wise and wouldn’t be surprised if we topped £2m this year.”She went onto confirm that Jennie McAlpine is the early favourite for to be crowned queen of the jungle, adding that: “She’s definitely one of the bigger names in the jungle this year and as the lovable Fizz in Corrie, viewers will be expecting her to be just as friendly and popular in the jungle as she is on the cobbles. We’ve also seen some early money for Jack Maynard and Jamie Lomas so those three at this stage are our early favourites.”Ahead of Sunday’s opening show, former Olympian Amir Khan, Rebekah Vardy, Dennis Wise and Stanley Johnson are all currently unfancied outsiders, however Baylis emphasised that she believes there is nothing stopping these celebs becoming “big contenders.”  She added: “There’s going to be a huge curiosity factor from viewers when it comes to whether Stanley Johnson talks much about his son and Rebekah Vardy about her husband, while Amir Khan and Dennis Wise are both controversial characters who could make life very interesting down under – so we’re not counting anyone out at this stage.”last_img read more