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City Manager Michael Walsh in a radio interview had referred to city retailers as ‘a broad parish’ and somewhat of a disjointed group. Up to that point, there had been two retail organisations. Waterford Chamber Retail Committee and the City Centre Retail Association. Both groups had been working together with city council under the umbrella Destination Waterford Retail Committee (DWRC) and subcommittees. However, although the DWRC had done great work behind the scenes little was achieved and the group ceased to meet in January 2013.

On hearing the radio interview and frustrated with the disjointed state of affairs, Glenn Sheridan, a former chair of the chamber retail committee and member of DWRC, set about bringing together the current chair of the chamber retail committee Brian Tynan, the chair of the retail association Declan Conway and George Kehoe (DWRC) to see if retailers could again work together, regroup and bring the unfinished work of DWRC to fruition. It was agreed that this new group would expand to represent all business types in the city centre. The newly formed group was established after a meeting in Dooley’s Hotel on March 28th, 2013 with founding members Glenn Sheridan, Declan Conway, Brian Tynan, George Kehoe, Will Lee, Tom Reddy, Tina Darren, Eddie Mulligan, Jim Gordon & Ciaran Cullen. At the following meeting, both Michael Garland & Tony Fitzgerald joined the steering committee of the newly named Waterford City Centre Business Group. WCCBG launched its briefing document & appendix penned by Michael Garland.

The group started work at a tremendous pace tackling issues such as parking, shop local, social media promotion, the development of the website –, and working with all the stakeholders in the city centre. The group now represents over 170 local businesses and has expanded into subcommittees under the steering group of Eddie Mulligan (Chair), Michael Garland (Treasurer), Glenn Sheridan (Secretary), George Kehoe, Brian Tynan, Jim Gordon & Declan Conway. 

Michael Garland Chairman


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