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Applegreen is big lift for Lifford

Conor McGettigan’s new state-of-the-art Applegreen forecourt in Lifford, Co Donegal, is proving a major boon for the local area. Lifford’s modest population of 1,700 fails to reflect the pivotal position of the town. Resting on the River Foyle, marking the Northern Ireland and Republic border, the town is a popular conduit for thousands of border-crossing motorists every day. As the ...

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Kilkenny at a ‘Cross’ roads

Philip Cross, owner of Topaz Spar in Kilkenny’s Callan Road, speaks to IF&CR after switching brand An avid eye might just catch a glimpse of Philip Cross’s Topaz service station from one of Kilkenny Castle’s archaic crenels. Located just under a kilometre (as the crow flies) from the fortification and surrounding city centre, the forecourt rests at three chief intersections ...

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Staying ahead in Headford

The town of Headford, located a fairly stiff drive north of Galway city centre, has two claims to fame. Firstly, it had a brief cameo as the back drop to John Wayne’s man’s man, Sean Thornton, in the Oscar winning The Quiet Man; and secondly, its iron-aged archaeological monuments. It may be small, but it’s growing, and that’s good news ...

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McNulty’s business becomes rock of Hospital

It’s usually hedonistic rock stars that grab the headlines at the age of 27, but for young Eric McNulty, it’s the beginning of a blossoming business career. After his (slight) return to Ireland following academic pursuits in Scotland, his new show-stopping forecourt in Co Limerick is quickly becoming a huge hit with the local community. McNulty’s Fuels is located on ...

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Gala award Candy’s Carnew

Michael Kelly speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer after his Gala store and forecourt in Carnew, Co Wexford, undergoes a rigorous revamp. Achieving buy-in – a personal investment of time, effort and good intention – is one of the strongest foundations any business can have. Candy’s Carnew in Co Wicklow is as good an example of this as you ...

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Fingerboard Tullamore hits the high note

IF&CR speaks to Olive Flynn, who along with husband Aidan runs the recently transformed Fingerboard service station in Tullamore The intriguingly named Fingerboard forecourt on the Charleville Road Tullamore turns 70 next year – what a time to reinvent it. Admired locally for its 99 ice-cream cones, it’s a store where everybody knows your name. A former Esso site, it ...

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Maxol at the heart of it in Dundalk

The Maxol team speaks to IF&CR about the company’s latest forecourt opposite Dundalk’s Institute of Technology Most readers of this magazine would hardly need a lesson on the importance of location, but Maxol seem to have turned the skill into an art form. The latest addition is example of location insight at its best. Speaking to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience ...

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Veteran Waterford couple hailed as best Newcomers

After only months of trading at their new forecourt site on the Park Road, Waterford, veteran retailers Brian and Siobhan Mooney collected the Forecourt of the Year (category one) title at the recent IFCR gala awards in Dublin… Waterford couple, Brian and Siobhan Mooney were celebrating early success recently with their new Park Road forecourt site in the city after ...

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Turvey on top at IF&CR Awards

After walking away with a major prize in the recent IF&CR awards, Junction 4’s site director explains how the service station has stayed on top for the past four years. “We’re delighted with the award,” said Aaron MacHale, site director at the award-winning Junction 4 Turvey site in Swords, Dublin. The Great Gas and Centra site was named winner in ...

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Victory for the ‘Battleship’! – Applegreen Lusk takes top prize

The captain of Applegreen Lusk Northbound, known affectionately as ‘the Battleship’, speaks to IF&CR following the site’s award-winning performance. Battle cries erupted around the Ballsbridge Hotel on the 11th of September when Applegreen Lusk Northbound was revealed as the name on the golden Forecourt of the Year envelope. Applegreen’s original Motorway Service Area (MSA), the first of their hugely-ambitious sites, ...

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Roscommon is making the switch to Valero

IF&CR speaks to two Co Roscommon forecourt retailers, who have made the switch to Valero, selling fuel under the Texaco brand.   When experienced forecourt professionals with the business acumen of Declan Jones and Emer Cooney switch to your brand, you must be doing something right. Both former Esso dealers and highly-regarded business people in Co Roscommon, their forecourts have ...

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Camlin service station in the spotlight

Joe Raleigh’s family-run Camlin Service Station has been serving one of Longford’s arterial routes since 1988. The popular forecourt is already home to an award-winning BWG Spar, but Joe is convinced his latest partnership with Valero will see his business flourish in what are changing times for the industry. “In November last year we found ourselves in a free situation,” ...

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