Clare MACE stores honoured for exceptional standards

Clare MACE stores honoured for exceptional standards


Gina O’Sullivan and Jessica Burke, MACE Gort Road, Ennis, Clare.

MACE stores from across the country including Clare have been honoured for achieving exceptional standards in retailing at the MACE Excellence Awards.

The MACE Excellence Awards are only awarded to MACE stores that pass grueling year-long inspections, including unannounced store audits, legal compliance, financial and food hygiene audits and visits from mystery shoppers.

Hogan’s MACE Lahinch Road, Ennis and Talty’s MACE Lissycasey were among a group of retailers from around the country who were awarded an Excellence Award for five consecutive years.

MACE stores and  Lahinch Road, Ennis at the awards ceremony

Other Clare MACE stores to take home an Excellence Award were:

  • Hogan’s MACE Gort Road, Ennis
  • Ryan’s MACE Shannon
  • Whelan’s MACE Kilrush

Congratulating the winners, Alex Banahan, MACE Sales Director said: “All of this year’s winning retailers have worked tirelessly to achieve the high standards that these awards demand and celebrate. They showcase the quality of MACE stores across Ireland and continuously raise the bar for industry as a whole. Retailers who achieve the MACE Excellence Award must comply with a strict set of criteria, which involves stores being rigorously monitored throughout the year in areas such as shop presentation, food safety and legal compliance. Their efforts have been truly outstanding and their recognition is very well-deserved.”

The MACE Excellence Awards are now in their 14th year. The EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) are involved in the auditing process for MACE stores. The association has been at the forefront of the quality crusade in Irish retail for more than 45 years helping to drive the highest standards.

MACE is the longest serving convenience brand in Ireland, serving local communities for more than 50 years. Operated by independent retailers, the network includes local community stores as well as forecourt shopping, with over 240 MACE stores located around the country.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.