Top honours for O’Dwyer’s shop in Quilty

Top honours for O’Dwyer’s shop in Quilty


Peter Conroy and Aoife O’Riordan, XL Quity with Val O’Meara, XL Development Manager

A Co Clare store has been honoured for achieving outstanding excellence in retail at the recent prestigious XL Retailing Standard Awards.

Beatrice O’Dwyer’s XL store in Quilty, was among a group of retailers from around the country who were awarded a Gold Retailing Standard Award.

The event, which attracted retailers from all over Ireland, was held at the Lyrath Hotel in Co. Kilkenny while the ceremony was run by BWG Foods, owners and operators of the XL brand.

The XL Retailing Standard Awards are only given to stores that pass a tough year-long inspection, including visits from mystery shoppers.

John Moane, Managing Director of BWG Foods Wholesale Division, honoured those who achieved an XL Retailing Standard Award for their determination and ongoing commitment.

He said:  “XL retailers have an unwavering passion for improving their businesses as they continue driving on store standards across the group and the wider retailing community. The XL retail group continues to grow each year and it’s easily explained by way of our retailers’ deep knowledge of and loyalty to their local communities.”

“I’d like to congratulate our outstanding county Clare winner, O’Dwyer’s XL on their award, and wish them continued success in the future,” added Moane.

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.