Latest Laois News: Killenard Shop wins National Award

Latest Laois News: Killenard Shop wins National Award

Win for Dowling’s Gala at National C-Store Awards

Dowling’s Gala in Killenard, Co. Laois has been awarded the ‘Best Community Initiative’ award at the prestigious ShelfLife National C-Store Awards 2023. Now in their 23rd year, the C-Store Awards are the only comprehensive and independently judged business accolades for the convenience store sector.

Store owners, Colm and Lynda Dowling, attended the awards at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire where the best of the Irish convenience sector was recognised for their success and contribution to the industry.

Over 440 guests from various corners of the retail industry were present. The evening saw the presentation of 38 awards, recognizing excellence across a diverse array of categories and honouring the finest stores in the industry.

Dowling’s Gala received the Community Initiative award in recognition of going that extra mile for their customers. From Halloween events to family fun days, this award is a testament to the dedication of the team at Dowling’s, who always go above and beyond within the local community.

Emma Gregory country manager of Ireland from Nomadic presents the Community Initiative Award to Dowling’s Gala represented by Lynda Dowling and Colm Dowling

It’s been an award-winning month for the store as Dowling’s Gala, was also awarded ‘Excellence in Retail’ and scooped up the ‘2023 Marketing Initiative Award’, at the 2023 Gala Annual Conference, which took place at The Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Commenting on the win, CEO of Gala Retail, Gary Desmond, added: “Huge congratulations to Lynda, Colm and the team at Dowling’s on the store’s award win at the ShelfLife C-Store Awards.

“We’re extremely proud to have them in the Group and command them for the positivity they bring in going that extra mile in the local community. To be awarded with best community initiative is no mean feat and it’s a testament to the investment and hard work that Colm, Lynda and the team have put into making the store a success and in supporting and giving back to the local community.

“We’re extremely proud to have Dowling’s Gala in the Group, and we wish Colm, Lynda and the store all the best and many more successes in the future.”