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rattan Square has been at the heart of Dungarvan town since its design & construction in the early

1800s. Last year the town council agreed to renovate the square and alter its layout, which is the first rejuvenation project of its type in nearly 200 years. While one half of the square is still under construction, the side that has been completed gives a glimpse of how impressive the old market square will look once it has been completed. Around the square, new businesses have popped up such as The Gourmet House, cafe and deli in the old Mountains pub and the gorgeous gift shop Willow & Oak, which is housed in the former Currans hardware building. Willow & Oak is a design centre showcasing the best of Irish and international giftware and design, from fashion and handmade jewellery to pottery and crystal. There are also a number of new and exciting initiatives being introduced by

the council and the local chamber for the summer which Jenny Beresford from the Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber tells us about. “Dungarvan is full of energy and it is very

active. Shop and retail space is at over 80% plus occupancy so that is great from the point of view of choice of outlets. A few new lovely shops have opened up like Willow and Oak, we also have lots of lovely visitor shops like the Beach house Gallery which has lots of artisan products and handmade gifts. We have a few new restaurants, cafes and delis that have opened up close to Grattan square; we have The Gourmet House owned by Orla Brady and Cass & Co down on Main Street. The Mill cookhouse has reopened as a pop-up restaurant run by the people who own Jitterbeans, they had that years ago and they have taken that on for the summer. Also Murphy’s bar has been redeveloped on Grattan quay beside the civic offices and

Dungarvan is a town on the crest of a wave. New shops and restaurants are opening up, there have been recent impressive job announcements, awards for local businesses and the tourist season is just about to kick off in earnest. My Waterford went along to soak up the positivity.....

that looks really good at the moment and it is drawing a crowd down there. Meanwhile footfall in the tourist office is up 20% on last year which is really positive because last year was a boomer of a year.”


“Based on the success of the restaurant trails and the Bus Bia tours during the food festival every year we have decided to offer these during the summer. So they will run during July and August every Wednesday. The restaurant trail is where consumers have three different courses of a meal in three different locations. They are really popular during the festival of food so we think there is a market there and we are going to test it this summer.” “Grattan Square is currently being

developed as part of the Smarter Travel initiative. It’s a bit messy currently but the half that has been completed is very

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8.30am-6pm Sat: 9am-6pm


ungarvan’s ever-increasing food rep- utation was further boosted with the launch of gourmet food shop Cass &

Co in February this year. Cass & Co is a veritable feast for the sens- es and the first striking impression on enter- ing the shop is the glorious smell of ground coffee beans. The word on the street is Cass & Co has the best coffee in Dungarvan and beyond and this is corroborated by the many bodies shuffling in and out for their fix of americanos, flat whites and cappuccinos. As well as a café element, the store offers a wide variety of cheeses, meats, Italian goods and wines. Owner Stephen Cass explains the philosophy, “we try and focus on high quality and offering something a bit different. For example we offer artisan Irish cheeses which we cut direct from the wheel and we have a gorgeous range of organic wines. We also have a terrific range of Ital- ian produce which people love”.

Lunch times

are buzzing as Cass & Co offers gourmet sand- wiches using local bread, meats, chutneys and pesto. All of the meats are roasted in house and there is no frozen produce on a packed counter full of sumptuous baked goodies.

Cass prides himself on a ‘local first’ policy,

saying “our meat comes from John David Power across the road, our bread from Barrons in Cappoquin, our cakes from Tory Barrett in Villierstown and our pestos from Pure Food Company in Dunhill. We then look to compliment all this beautiful local produce with Irish artisan goods and some terrific Italian products, French wines etc”. All this serves to help create the most

gorgeous gift hampers, which are a growing part of the business and are proving popular in households and businesses in West

Waterford. Cass & Co is not only well worth a visit

when you are in Dungarvan, it should be right at the top of your list.

13 Main Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. T: 086 3037961 W: 18 WATERFORD

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