Daybreak partners with Irish Heart Foundation to help more people live longer, healthier lives

Pictured at the launch of the Daybreak/Irish Heart Foundation charity partnership at Daybreak Clonliffe Road, is Damien Osborne, owner of Daybreak Clonliffe Road, Thomas Morrison, Daybreak sales & development manager, Siobhan Hanley, head of fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation and Paul Ryan, head of retail sales for MWP.

Daybreak has announced the Irish Heart Foundation as its official Charity of the Year for 2016. The Irish Heart Foundation is the national charity fighting heart disease and stroke and is 92% funded by public donations.

As part of this year-long initiative, Daybreak will work with the charity to raise much-needed funds for the foundation’s work across the country. Daybreak will kick off its fundraising efforts by supporting the Foundation’s Happy Heart pin campaign, and other events and initiatives are planned in stores across the country and online throughout the year, including Happy Heart Day celebrations on 6 May and Heart Runs and Walks for World Heart Day on 29 September.

The Irish Heart Foundation plays a key role in Ireland as, at present, more people now die from heart-related illnesses than any other cause of death. In fact, every hour a child or adult dies from heart disease or stroke here. According to the World Health Organisation, heart disease will become the leading cause of death and disability worldwide by 2020.

Musgrave MarketPlace head of retail sales, Paul Ryan said: “We have been working closely with the Irish Heart Foundation to put together an engaging programme for our staff and customers over the next year. We believe that all funds raised will make a strong impact on families affected by heart illnesses.”

Siobhan Hanley, head of fundraising with the Irish Heart Foundation noted that “80% of this disease is preventable,” and said, that raising awareness and funds with Daybreak would help “more people live longer, healthier lives”.

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The award for SuperValu Store of the Year goes to…

Garvey’s SuperValu in Dingle has won the 2016 award for best SuperValu in Ireland, against stiff competition from 11 other finalists at the recent SuperValu National Conference.

Winning this title recognises the exceptional standards of the Dingle store as SuperValu stores throughout the Republic of Ireland were assessed and adjudicated by independent competition judge, Paul Ellison, to determine the most deserving winner. The audits focused on product range and innovation, store presentation, fresh food offering, customer care and store quality and hygiene standards; with SuperValu Dingle surpassing all SuperValu stores nationwide within these criteria.

Quish’s SuperValu, Ballincollig won best large format store category and Ryan’s SuperValu, Kilmallock received the best small store category award.

On receipt of the National Store of the Year award, Jim Garvey paid tribute to store manager Kevin O’Connor and the Dingle team. He acknowledged their passion and enthusiasm for the business and their dedication to providing a unique shopping experience for their customers. “In 2015 we invested €2.7 million and completely revamped our store demonstrating our long-standing commitment to the community and economy in Dingle. Our staff of 73 embraced this change and the store is exceeding all expectations. We have been serving the community of Dingle since 1935 and this award is a real testament of having a great team and a store that we are all proud of. We wish to thank all of our customers who have supported us down through the years.”

Speaking at the awards, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu congratulated SuperValu, Dingle and said, “Each year, we face the difficult decision in choosing the SuperValu Store of the Year winner from a group of very strong finalists. However, Garvey’s SuperValu in Dingle stood out, as it’s a superb store in the heart of Dingle with an exceptional team demonstrating our true brand ethos of Real Food, Real People.” 

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Musgrave helps tackle youth unemployment as part of feeding Ireland’s future ‘skills for work week’

Musgrave Group has helped to tackle youth unemployment by running career development sessions for young jobseekers across Ireland as part of Feeding Ireland’s Future ‘Skills for Work Week’, a joint initiative between Government and industry.

Running from 29th February to 4th March, the initiative saw suppliers and service providers to the Irish food and grocery sector give free pre-employment skills advice to over 1,000 young unemployed people, with 28% of participants attending a Musgrave workshop at 12 Musgrave sites nationwide.

Over the course of the week, Musgrave’s HR team delivered workshops on a range of topics including how to manage social media reputation, CV preparation, drafting cover letters and applications, and interview role plays. Participants were also taken on site tours to give them an overview of what a career in the food and grocery industry entails. New to the Skills for Work Week 2016 programme is a partnership with Youthreach, a Department of Education and Skills official education, training and work experience programme for early school leavers aged between 15 and 20 years old. 19 Youthreach centres across Ireland took part in Skills for Work Week 2016, with Musgrave facilitating 21% of these across Cork, Waterford, Dublin and Killarney.

Commenting, Adrian Grey, Musgrave Group HR Director, said: “As the largest private sector employer in Ireland, we are delighted to be participating in this initiative and helping young people gain an understanding of the range of career opportunities available in the Irish food industry. Our workshops are designed to support young unemployed people in developing the skills needed to secure a job through hands-on experience which demonstrates what a day in the food industry is like. We hope to inspire young people to pursue a career in food and in doing so, help to boost one of the most important industries for the Irish economy.”

Feeding Ireland’s Future is promoted by ECR Ireland and conducted in association with the Department of Social Protection and its Intreo service and the Department of Education and Skills and its Youthreach service. More information is available at:

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